a -- -
Eric Holder to Stay on
U.S. as Attorney General
Eric Holder appears to have some gas left in the tank after announc-.
ing his plans to continue as the Attorney General under the Obama
Fox News confirmed that Holder accepted President Barack
Obama's request to remain in the position, and he'll be doing so for
about a year.
While addressing law school students at the University of Baltimore
on November 8th, Holder had said he was unsure if he had enough
"gas left in the tank" to continue as the Attorney General.
'That's something that I'm in the process now of trying to deter-
mine." Holder added.
Holder became the first African-American Attorney General of the
United States when he was nominated by Obama back in 2008.
He has been a prime target for criticism from Republicans, who
alleged that he played a nefarious role in the government's ill-fated
Fast and Furious program.
However an official investigation cleared him of any Nw inudoin,.
Routine HIV Screening Backed By
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
An influential U.S. panel has called for routine HIV screening for all
Americans aged 15 to 65, a change that could help reduce some of the
stigma about getting tested for the sexually transmitted infection that
The draft recommendations, released on Monday by the U.S.
Preventive Services Task Force, a government-backed group of doc-
tors and scientists, also called for routine HIV testing for all pregnant
"The prior recommendations were for screening high-risk adults and
adolescents," said task force member Dr Douglas Owens who is a
medical professor at Stanford University.
"The current recommendation is for screening everyone, regardless
of their risk," said Owens, who is also affiliated with the Veterans
Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System in California.
Nearly 1.2 million people In the United States are infected with HIV'
yet 20 to 25 percent of them do not know it.
African American Farmers File
Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination
BIRMINGHAM, AL Some African American farmers in Alabama
say they are still facing discrimination with the federal government.
About a half dozen farmers held a news conference at Kelly Ingram
Park in Birmingham. Black farmers have filed a class action lawsuit
against the U.S. Agriculture Department, alleging the federal agency
failed to provide loans going to white farmers.
A $1.2 billion settlement has been offered in this case. But, the farm-
ers in Birmingham say they are not a part of the class action case and
their independent lawsuit's have yet to be addressed. The lawsuits have
been filed dating back to the 1990's.
"The black farmer lawsuit started in 1999. They have tried on sev-
eral occasions to pay us but they have failed to pay all of us," Robert
Binion, a farmer from Clanton said.
"Black folk, y'all need to wake up. Wake up black folk. This is what
is going on in the United States. They don't want us here. But it's OK,
we're here," Mike Stovall, a farmer from Town Creek said.
The black farmers claim the federal government is trying to force
them to sell their property. The group asked President Obama to get
involved and to have his Agriculture Deptartment settle their lawsuits
Elmo Puppeteer Accuser
Recants Story of Sexual Abuse
The man who charged famous 52-
year-old' Kevin Clash, voice of the
beloved character Elmo, with bedding
him at age 16 admitted his allegations
against Kevin Clash were false.
The unidentified accuser "wants it to
be known that his sexual relationship
with Mr. Clash was an adult consensu-
al relationship," said a statement from
a law firm.
The vindicated Clash, who was
placed on a leave of absence from
"Sesame Street" when the charges went public, was pleased to see the
sordid claims and attention in his rear view mirror.
"I am relieved that this painful allegation has been put to rest," said
the man whose voice is familiar to two generations of kids. "I will not
discuss it further."
"We are pleased that this matter has been brought to a close, and we
are happy that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate episode,"
Sesame Workshop said without elaborating.
The scandal started when the now-23-year-old man contacted
Sesame Workshop in June with his claims.
Clash, the divorced dad of a 19-year-old daughter, was outed by the
allegations first reported by TMZ.com. But he immediately insisted
there was nothing untoward about the relationship, saying that the
young man was not underage when they got together. He has since
resigned from Sesame Street.
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Volume 26 No. 5 Jacksonville, Florida November 22-28, 2012
Income Inequality Gap Grows in the U.S.
B1y George E. (Currv
The threat of an impending fiscal
cliff has sparked intense conversa-
tions about whether upper income
citizens are paying their fair share
of taxes. But equally important
and perhaps more important in the
long term is the issue of income
A new report by the Center on
Budget and Policy Priorities and the
Economic Policy Institute, two
Washington-based think tanks, doc-
uments the growing gap between
rich and poor as well as the rich and
middle-class families. That pattern
holds true both nationally and at the
The report, titled, Pulling Apart:
A State-by-State Analysis of
Income Trends, found: "Over the
past three business cycles prior to
2007, the incomes of the country's
climbed substantially, while mid-
dle- and lower-income households
saw only modest increases.
"During the recession of 2007
through 2009, households at all
income levels, including the
wealthiest, saw declines in real
income due to widespread job loss-
es and the loss of realized capital
gains. But the incomes of the rich-
est households have begun to grow
again Continued on page 2
Jags Host Thanksgiving Dinner for Families in Need
This week Terrance "Pot Roast"
Knighton, a 330-lb defensive tack-
le with the Jacksonville Jaguars
and his mother Rochelle, hosted
their third annual Thanksgiving
dinner celebration for families
served by Community Connections
Since arriving in Jacksonville in
2008. Terrance and Rochelle
Knighton have supported a variety
of nonprofit organizations through-
out the area including Children's
Home Society. American Red
Cross and Community
"Growing up in Connecticut with
a single mom and three siblings.
life wasn't always easy for us."
said Knighton. "I know the hard-
ships and sacrifices families some-
times have to endure and the
dreams that kids hold so to help
in this small way is as much a
blessing to me as it is to them."
Over 100 kids and adults enjoyed
dinner with the Knightons and their
Shown above (l.-R) are Jessica (;olden, Frances Fields., Rochelle Knighton, Shicoa Knighton and Dishari
Gauldin receiving their meal from C(.J. Mosley # 99. Terrance Knighton # 96. .Austin photo,
Setting the .Eampfe
Jermaine Oliver Completes
Eagle Scout Service Project
Students Hitting the Holidays With Style
Shown above is Dave Seaman of the Florida Fallen Heroes
Jernmaine Oliver hanging the flag at Raines High School.
Jermaine Oliver conducted a Flag
Dedication Ceremony on
Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at
William M.Raines High School as
culmination to his liagle Scout
Service Project. The flagpole was
dedicated in memory of Raines
Alumnus that died in the Vietnamu
War. They are: Ronald Baltile
(USMC), Ronald Chisholm
(USMC), Harold Herring (LISA),
Fred .1. McClain (USMC), and
Johlnie Powell (USMC).
The Flag and Flagpole has been
donated by the Flags for Fallen
Military and Florida Fallen Heroes.
His entire project included the
painting of the Viking Mural, side-
walk, and the installation of the
flagpole for the JROTC Program at
Raines IHigh School. He gives
credit to ISG (R) Jlames Murphy, Jr.
and MSG (R) John Wade lfor pro-
viding oversight to this project.
Jermaine is a member of Troop
175 at Greater Grat AME Church.
Ilis Scoutmaster is Robert Bradley
and the Assistant Scoutmaster is
slihom (L-R) are Basil'u% orni PaI'rkei .laikki stuhbl%. Bttll Don.ild
and Betty Burney.
Phi Delta Kappa Celebrates
Young Readers Week
On Thursday, November 15,
2012 the National Sorority of Phi
Delta Kappa, Inc., Delta Delta
Chalper, volunteered and celebrat-
ed, "Young Readers Week" at
Pinedale Elemnentary School. The
theme was "Wild About Reading".
The industrious sorors read books
about animals to students and
answered questions relating to the
stories. Earlier in the year Delta
Delta Chapter also adopted
PineDale Elementary School and
participates where ever the chapter
9 the Ultimate
in the Face
Big 9 Reunion Breakfast Honors Gilbert Panthers & Fort Lauderdales's Dillard High
Shown above in are (L-R) Saundra Morene, Bobbie Jones, Harold Jones, Selina Lee, Roosevelt Cross, Annie Bean, Her-
man Callender, Leon Smith, James Murphy, Elaine Kitchings, Alice Sapp Kitchings, Jr., Louis Hill, Willie Haywood,
John Bush Bobby Newsome, Robert Clark, Charles Waldon Jt, Redd Norman, Elaine Jackson, and Jesse Johnson.
By Charles Moseley
There was a time in the not do
distant past before school desegrega-
tion outlawed racial division in our
nation's public school systems when
two all Black High Schools met oni
the gridiron to determine who the
best in the state of Florida was.
Those schools ironically both
were known as the Panthers. Dillard
Comprehensive High represented
the Panthers from Fort lIaudeirdale,
Fla., and Malhew W. Gilbert High
School represented Panthers 'roni
Jacksonville, Fla. The chalmpi-
onship game featured tile Big Nine
'onifcrence ( 'hanmpions firom North
and South Conferences.
IU unfortunately for the home leamn,
the Panthers from Fort Lauderdale
would come up short by a score of
14 to 7 in a hotly contested game,
with Gilbert capturing the states
championship between the two top
colored schools back in 1958.
Gilbert High would remain unde-
feated and cap off a perfect 11-0 sea-
son. Dillard would wind up with two
losses that season, including one to
the Bulls of Northwestern Iligh
School in Miami.
Recently, members from that his-
toric championship (Gilbert Il igh
continued from page 1
while the incomes of those at the
bottom and middle continue to stag-
nate and wide gaps remain between
high-income households and poor
and middle-income households saw\
only modest increases."
The poorest fifth of households in
the U.S. had an average income of
S20,510. The top fifth had eight
times as much S 164,400.
"On average incomes fell by close
to 6 percent among the bottom fifth
of households between the late 1990s
and the mid-2000s, while rising 8.6
percent among the top fifth," the re-
"Incomes grew even faster -14
percent among the top 5 percent of'
A similar gap existed been top
earners and middle-class households.
"On average, incomes grew by just
1.2 percent among the middle fifth of
households between the late 199))0s
and the mid-2000s, well below the
8.6 percent gain among the top tifth,"
the report stated. "Income disparities
between the top and middle fifths in-
creased significantly in 36 states and
declined significantly in onlA c
state (New Hampshire.)"
The report contains charts that
show how income equality plays out
at the state level.
The state with the largest house-
hold income gap was Ne\w Mexico,
where the bottom fifth averaged
S16,319 annually and the top fifth of
households earned $161,162, a top-
to-bottom ratio of 9.9. New Mexico
was followed, in order, by Arizona,
California, Georgia, New York,
Louisiana, Texas. Massachusetts, Illi-
nois and Mississippi.
New Mexico also had the greatest
gap between the middle fifth of
households ($51,136) and top fifth
($161,162). a ratio of 3.2. New Mex-
ico was followed, in order, by Cali-
fornia, Georgia, Mississippi, Ari-
zona, New York, Texas, Oklahonma,
Tennessee and Louisiana.
Those gaps were even larger \when
poor and middle-class households
were compared with the top 5 prciceII
of all earners. For example, thie in-
come of the top 5 percent of house-
holds was 13.3 times the a\crage
income of the bottom fifth. 1'he tatio
\was more than 15 times that in Ari-
zona, New Mexico, Calim(ornia, Geor-
gia and Neo\ York.
According to tilhe report, thlie m.ior
reason fbr tlie grow inrg ecConomic dis-
parity has been the stagnant \\ages
for workers in tile low and middle-in-
come brackets while \\ages of the
highest paid employees ha\ e gro n
"'The erosion weakness of w\agce
growth for w workers at thile bottom aind
middle of the income scale reflects at
Sariety of factors," thle report noted.
'Over the last 30 years, thie nllioil
has seen incleasingl, long periods of
high unemployment, mole iiltelnsc
competition romi foreign timns, a1
shiit in tile mix oofl jobs ftroim inanu-
tacturing to ser\ ices, and id\ aincCs ill
technology tli.t llha e changed jobs.
The share of worikeCs in unitonls also
fell signitlicantlt .
"At the same time, the share otllthe
workforce made tip of households
headed by women x\ihch tend to
ha\ e lower incomes has increased.
SiGo vernent policies such as the flil-
ure to maintain the rcal \ alue of the
minimum \\age and to adequatel'l
fund supports for low-vage w workers
as well as changes to thile tax code
that favored the wealthy have also
contributed to growing wage ineiual-
Authors of the report made the tol-
lowing recoimmenilidatlions for nairrtm -
ing the inequaity gap:
*Raise anld index the minnniimum
*Improve and extend unemploy-
*Make state tax systems more pro-
gressive by weighing he impact of
sales tax and user fees on low-in-
comlle families aind
*Strengthening the safety ncet
"The coisequences olf oI'.oi\ iIn
collie iniequiality each beyond indt-
vidtual families," the icporl stated
-"or instance, iii ordci to compete iIn
the future economy, sales ;ild ile ina-
tion as a whole need a. lulghi -skilled
\worklorce. But research shox\,s that
children fi1'ro poet atamilies don't
pcirf'orn as \\ell in Ichool iand ;ice
likely to be c,,less,-pi t.iicd lot ithe oh
of the future. Moico \ci, as tincomel
gaps \\ iden, wealthy lhouI holds be-
comlne increasingly\ isolated fiolll poor
and middle-inconmie comlitliiti IUCs
This hurts the national's sense ot coni-
Inuniti and slihared interests. to ex-
ample, ulndcitining support I lor
public schools .imd othici building
blocks of econoitlc glitow h.
(George 1 Cutrii\, fotinii edilto-iio-
chcet of inctige m.ac.t'inc, it s editloi-
m-chlct of tlihe .iiont,l \c\s sp.tpcI
Pliublisheli s A.ss'ociltion \i s \\ ci\ ICe
lie is .1 kc\ inote spAc.ikct. mniodict.
tor, .ind tedi.i coalh I '111\ cain be
reached lthiou.g'h tl s \\ eb slIt.
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With a Smile
all the needed foods, turkey in-
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joyous time for all of the under-
served people that had came ear-
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for their food baskets. It is a
blessing indeed for JLOC,
MMM Inc.. to share our bless-
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reason or another are without
things that make this particular
holiday something special. A
time when more families share
the joy of coming together on
Thanksgiving, whether it is by
automobile, long train, plane or
." bus ride. it was a pleasure for
Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee of the Millions More
Movement to aid in that holiday
joyous blessings. You can help
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team spent that weekend in Fort
Lauderdale as the host of the Dillard
I igh School Panthers as part of the
home team's homecoming festivi-
ties. Part of those festivities included
a Meet and Greet Breakfast.
Al Battle Jr. is the executive di-
rector for the Fort Lauderdale Com-
munity Redevelopment Agency
(CRA). Both of the Jacksonville na-
tive's parents attended Gilbert High.
His father, Al Battle Sr., was head
drum major. Battle Jr.s mother, Kar-
lyn Velita Robinson, was head ma-
jorette in the Panther Band.
"These two teams that battled,
there's a winner and a loser who
came back together to celebrate that
historic moment and sportsmanship
and the tradition of high school foot-
ball was a little bit different than it is
today," said Battle at the event.
Reverend Byron Mashack ad-
dressed the breakfast gathering. The
topic of his speech was entitled,
"History Matters." He emphasized
the role history plays from a biblical
and cultural perspective.
Former Gilbert football player
Bobby Newsome and Louis Hill
were among the Gilbert players who
traveled to Fort Lauderdale to cele-
brate their team's historical win.
Newsome is retried from a career
with the Amtrak Railroad Company
and Hill spent many years working
with juvenile youth in northern
Florida. They both said that what
stood out beside the game was how
well they were received by the fam-
ilies of the Dillard players who they
stayed with before the game.
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November 22-28, 2012
Petitions Flourish from Angry Citizens Wanting to Secede from America
by Askia Muhamnmad
Even as Caribbean nations
Jamaica and Barbados have
expanded their countries' investiga-
tions into the legitimate claims for
reparations due to the African
descendants of the Trans-Atlantic
Slave Trade, on Nov. 7 in the
United States, the day after
President Barack Obama vwas re-
elected, the White House's website
received a petition asking the
administration to allow Louisiana
to secede from the Union. It was the
Mayor Alvin Brown has named
Theodore N. Carter, an executive
with more than 20 years of public
and private sector experience, to
head the new Office of Economic
As the Economic Development
Officer, he will manage the city's
day-to-day economic development
functions with a goal to attract
good-paying jobs and quality busi-
ness opportunities to make
Jacksonville more competitive. His
appointment will assist in the tran-
sition away from the Jacksonville
Commission to create the Office of
Economic Development with exec-
utive management capacity.
Prior to his appointment, Carter
was an executive managing direc-
tor for CB Richard Ellis in
Washington, D.C. He also has
extensive experience in finance and
public-private partnerships work-
ing with agencies such as the U.S.
Department of the Treasury and
city governments in New York,
Newark and Washington, D.C.
Carter's appointment is subject to
a City Council nomination. His
salary will be S 195,000.
first of several to follow.
Another citizen-authored petition
was quickly filed by Texas, and
similar petitions from IS other
states began arriving Nov. 9, bring-
ing the early total to 20. Most, but
not all were from states which par-
ticipated in the 19th Century trea-
sonous secession in which 11
Confederate States of America
fought the bloodiest war in U.S.
history in a futile attempt to main-
tain chattel slavery.
In addition to Louisiana and
Texas, petitions have been submit-
ted since the 2012 elections from
Montana, North Dakota, Indiana,
Mississippi, Kentucky, North
Carolina, Alabama, Florida, New
Jersey, Colorado, Oregon, New
York, Arkansas, Michigan, and
Tennessee. Three states -Georgia,
Missouri and South Carolina are
each represented by two competing
petitions, according to reports by
Examiner.com, and The Daily
The government allows one
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month from the day the petitions
were submitted to obtain 25,000
signatures in order for the Oba ma
administration to consider the
If 25,000 people sign the various
petition on time, it will "require a
response" from the Obama admin-
istration, according to rules of the
White House's online "We the
People" program. The Louisiana
petition collected more than 12,300
signatures in four days. The Texas
had 15,400 supporters by Nov. 11.
These various petitions come
from disgruntled White voters in
response to the re-election of
President Obama, the first Black
U.S. president, but they ignore a
number of realities. The
Constitutional "job description"--
as it were--of the president's duties
or powers has not been rewritten
since the 22nd Amendment was rat-
ified on Feb. 27, 1951 almost four
years after it was proposed in
"No person shall be elected to the
office of the President more than
twice, and no person who has held
the office of President, or acted as
President, for more than two years
of a term to which some other per-
son was elected President shall be
elected to the office of the President
more than once," that amendment
says in part. Otherwise, the duties
and power of President Obama are
officially the same as those of his
43 White predecessors, including
many of whom were actually slave
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Our Veterans Have Made the Ultimate
Sacrifice Even in the Face Inequality
With the 2012 election season
officially over there is much to talk
about. We could definitely talk
about Florida'sElection Day deba-
cle or we could talk about all of the
issues going on the Middle East. I
could also break down the pros and
cons of the fiscal cliff debate.
But let's put politics to the side
and talk about a group of
Americans that make the ultimate
sacrifice for our country our vet-
erans. Veteran's Day was recog-
nized last week and is a holiday
that reminds us of the sacrifices
many men and women ha\ e made
fighting for our country.
In fact, risking ones life for his
country is truly the ultimate sacri-
fice. Benjamin Franklin once said,
"Never has there been a good war
or a bad peace."
We honor all veterans on this
day, but I think special recognition
must be given to those who fought
for a country they loved that
refused to consider them as "true"
And this is not some radical mes-
sage intended to stir anyone up, but
recognition of the black soldiers
who fought for this country during
very turbulent times dealing with
open racism and segregation.
One of the most troubling stories
I have ever heard \was from a senior
citizen who was attempting to
explain to me the various racial and
economical hurdles he had gone
through in his life.
He talked about serving our great
country in WWII and coming home
to be treated as a second-class citi-
zen. In fact, he talked about mili-
tary does being treated better than
African American soldiers.
He recalled being on a train in
Europe in which German prisoners
were able to ride in passenger cars,
but black soldiers had to ride in the
back of the train often with cattle
and other livestock.
So while African American sol-
diers fought in many battles and
died on many battlefields we were
never good enough to be consid-
ered as equals. Back in the home-
land blacks continued to be dis-
criminated against and lynched in
record numbers during WWIl.
And throughout the South, a
racist legal system known as "Jim
Crow" segregated people by race in
restrooms, hotels, restaurants, and
most other public accommodations.
MyN grandfather xx'was good
enough to drive trucks in (lthie mili-
tary supplying goods and supplies,
but he wasn't good enough to eat at
a diner in downtown .lacksonville
or use the same restrootlls as \\lhites
in I lemntming Plaza.
"'My country tis of' thee, Sweet
land of liberty, of' thee I sing. I and
where our father's died, Land of the
pilgrims pride," hardly words s lthat
related to the true conditions facing
Not only was the U.S. military
segregated during World War 11,
but black soldiers were also exclud-
ed from most victory parades that
followed. And although many his-
tory books don't tell us that African
Americans truly played a promni-
nent role in the lUnited States' vic-
tories in WWVII
The Tuskegee Airincn escorted
hombeis on runs in North \Alica
and parts o1" I' uropc and L'\ever lost
a botlber. I lie 701 st lFank
laltialiont, kto\n ait ts the 'BIlack
Palithers,' laituld in I lri, |ce 'c 0111
tuontlis after the lc -DaI v itn\i siotn
and latcir liberiatcd coincitratitonl
cam ps. It wasn't until ll th -tlirce
\cars aft'ler thie \\ air ended, lthe group
received lthe I'icsP I ciltiail u nil
Some would say why talk about
these past injustices, let's move for-
ward. I agree, but I ami not talking
about the past to upset any one, and
I am not advocating reparations for
these injustices, just simple recog-
Sometimes simple recognition
goes a long way.
The United States has ltie most
poi 'ertill military in thie world, ias
\We standii "unitCed" ;igiiiisl It'rrOr-
ismi, tlltiiiM tiliiiUatc \xC have iCv ci
beeIn ulitcd a ;ialiisI itc'isilm i Id dis-
Signintg off f'iiiit thlie V\'cltc'iiis
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November 22-28, 2012
GOP's 'Racist' and 'Sexist' Attacks on Susan Rice
By George E. Curry
WASHINGTON (NNPA) -
Representative Marcia Fudge, the
newly-elected chair of the
Congressional Black Caucus, says
politically-inspired charges that
United Nations Ambassador Susan
E. Rice is "not very bright" and is
"unqualified" to be named Secretary
of State by President Barack Obama
are racist and sexist in addition to
"All of the things they
[Republicans] have disliked about
things that have gone on in the
administration, they have never
called a male unqualified, not
bright, not trustworthy," Fudge [D-
Ohio] said last week at a news con-
ference called by a dozen women
members of the House of'
Representatives to defend Rice.
"There is a clear sexism and racism
that goes with these comments
being made by unfortunately
Senator [John] McCain and others."
McCain attacked Rice, who is
under consideration to succeed
Hillary Rodham Clinton as
Secretary of State, lit sa\inig in
September that the deallis of fourn
Americans at the I.S. consulate in
Benghazi, Libya was the outgrow til
of spontaneous demonstrations
protesting the release of an anti-
Muslim film made in the U.S. rather
than a planned attack by al-Qaeda,
which turned out to be the case.
"Susan Rice should have known
better and if she didn't know better.
she is not qualified," McCain said
Nov. 14 on "'Fox and Friends." I I
continued, "I will do everything int
my power to block her front being
the United States Secretary of
McCain and other Republicant
senators, including Lindsey ().
Graham of South Carolina, have
been extremely critical of Rice's ini-
Int a round of Sunday morning tel-
evision interviews four days after
the attack in Libya, Rice presented
the administration's official position
on the tragedy. In each interview,
she emphasized that the views she
\\ias c\pilCssiing \\is blis'cd on intol-
mIlntIoI lhall the ,itIllmllisi+ ioIt haid
,ati li th I nIe ,i d thIilt ili n I I int\ csi-
g llo \\n would uI ll ,ilcl\ .nte lC lteirii Cn
Appearing oiin A'\C New s' 'llis
\Week." slie told guest host Jake
Tapper: "Well. Jake. first of all. it's
important to kno\\ ttihat hliere's ant
FBI investigation that lhas begun
and w\,ill take solnie time to be com--
pleted. Thlat \\ ill tell us \\ ith certain-
ty what transpired. But our current
best assessment. based onl what we
have at present, is that. in tlact,\ what
this began as, it \\ as ;i sponllticousis
nol a pre;itceditlatd response to
Shatl had tiiranspired in Cairo. In
Cairo, as yout know. ;i 'l\\ hours ear-
lier, there was ai \ olcnt protest that
was undertaken iii reactionii to this
very ofl'fnsivc \ideo that \\as dis-
Rice used almost identical
nuanced laguiage in interviews tlial
same Sunday with "Face the
Nation" and "Meet thle Press.'"
It was later disclosed that Rice
was using talking points aboul the
siltul ion tiillh t ha.d bccn stiupplicId hd
,lpplo\cd hI theCIA l.\
McCl.tin dclsct id Ricc ,is "n't
\cr' bhinght." Rice gi.ildut.id tlo110m
Staiflord I 'ii\cisi\ w\\ li tholtiio s .t1d
\\.is elected to Phi B'etai Kappl.t Slic
x.Is x1\ awardedC l Rhodes Schlol.rslhIp
and earned al iistcir's degree aind
Ph.D. at Oxtford cI.'iersit\.
McCain. wxho had the bright idea
of selecting Sarah Palin ;as Ilis rin--
ning mate in 200. tinislhed fifth
from last in his graduating class a;t
the U.S. Naval \Acadci N S)4 ofl
S)). According to the book. Ilhee
Nightingale's Song b\ Robertl
limbeig. the sciltor selnatolf Iroml
A.r/Monta \\s a "'Aelom pma" Ni\\
pilot \\ho lost fIi\c ittlitimi\ liicitl'is
bctooic later Cbein'g' captulicil is AI p is
onerl of \ ir..
IlittLsec Gilahaillm lR- S.C.] siudl hel
docs ntolt Irust Rice
"I think she was ,a political choice.
telling a i pm political natI rati\e., and
cihelr slic didn't kio\\ tlie tiutiht
about Blenglhazi so sheik shouldn't
hlia\e been on T.V. or sihe \\as spill-
nling it,'" (iraIhamn said. I I added. "'I
iklin't iltnk lhil's .i good resume to
be seC.'lC't.\ of Slatc."
Ricc's ticsti e spe.Aks for itself'.
I le l tIic ,tl u lr. ticllell \\as an eco-
iloitIIcs professor .a Cornell
t l\cirsit\ ;illd a; ftormier go\ ernor of
the Federal R-scrx c System. Her
mother. Lois Dickson Fitt, is a poli-
c\ scholar at thle Brookings
Rice also worked at the
Brookings Institute as a Senior
Fellow. w\as Senior Director for
Aflricicn At\t't'airs alt the National
Sccurit\ M Council ;id scr\ cd as
Assistant Secretary of State for
Afltcan .I AtT.'airs during President
B11ll ('lnton0's second term. The
Scmen, confirmed Rice as Ut.N.
Amb.iasstidor biy unamnilimous consent
on J.man. 22, 2009.
A.\t his tnewx s conference, President
Olvitam said last\ week that lie hasn't
miadc a decision on who \\ill
become Secrclary of State in his
second itrlmi. But lie ilade clear that
if Ie decides to select Rice, lie \\ill
iotl back do\ln litromti a figlit \\itli
Scitalc Rplublicians over th(lie nomi-
"...Let me say specifically about
Susan Rice. she has done exemplary
work. She has represented the
United States and our interests in
the United Nations with skill and
professionalism and toughness and
"As I've said before, she made an
appearance at the request of the
White House in which she gave her
best understanding of the intelli-
gence that had been provided to her.
Ift Senator McCain and Senator
Grahamt and others want to go after
somebody. they should go after me.
And I'm happy to have that discus-
sion w ithi them. But for them to go
after the U.N. Ambassador, who had
nothing to do with Benghazi. and
w\as simply making a presentation
based on intelligence that she had
recei ed. and to besmirch her repu-
taiion is outrageous."
In closed door congressional
hearings last week. former CIA
Director Da\ id Petraeus confirmed
that Rice's talking points had been -
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y William Reed
"One day everi,'hing will be well, that is our
hope. Everything' fine today, that is our illusion"
How could a president facing unemployment near
8 percent, and a national debt topping $16 trillion win a second term in
Despite widespread concern about the economy and dissatisfaction with
his record in creating jobs, Barack Hussein Obama sauntered onto the stage
at Chicago's McCormick Place on Election Night to the blare of Stevie
Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" and declared victory.
After the costliest and arguably the nastiest campaign in history, the
government remains "status quo" and "divided." President Obama claimed
60,034,159 popular votes or 50.3 percent, to Romney's 57,357,522 or 48.1
percent. White voters made up 72 percent of the electorate; non-Whites
made up 28 percent Blacks made up 13 percent of voters and Hispanics
10 percent Both groups largely backed Obama, Blacks by 93 percent and
I lispainiCs at 71 percent. In addition, Asians gave Obama 74 percent of their
vote. The president received 54 percent of votes cast by women and 59 per-
cent of voters ages I 8-29.
Ronimcy was viewed as a White supremacist and only received 7 percent
of lie Black \vote, 30 percent of Latinos, 44 percent of female voters and
37 percent of voters ages 18-39.
lhoutgh Blacks alleged in polls that they were "doing better" than four
yeuas ago, "lhie economy" was the top issue on America's other voters'
inuds. Ilhose who felt the economy "is improving" [four out of 10 voters]
tnclded to vote for Obama, while those who felt the economy "is worsen-
Ing" Ithree out of 10 voters] tended to vote for Romney. Thirty-nine per-
cenit of \olcits said the economy is getting better. 31 percent said the econ-
oii1\ Is geliting \wose, and 28 percent said the economy is about the same.
I hough Aft ican Americans have suffered under Obama's tenure, these
\olcis i\e lum 93 percent of their vote to "keep on keeping on." There's
little question that Blacks voted along color lines, not based on compe-
tence. nor lor a job to be done. Blacks stayed with Obama in the case of
"gi a marriage" and even though the economy has not been good for most
in (ctober the Black unemployment rate increased to 14.3 percent,
compared to a Hispanic unemployment rate of 10 percent and 7 percent.
Latinos felt they aligned with Obama on many issues. including jobs and
the ec onom.o Polls showed that Hispanic voters focused on the economy;
Blacks Jst wanted Obanma "to be respected." While Blacks have given
their \iotcs and de\ option to Obama for gratis, none will be able to ignore
the i aclit\ o lthe !ispanic agenda. Maybe they can show Blacks how to get
hC ond "lust grinning with pride" toward actually leveraging their politi-
c.i po\\ ci
\\tth Blck \ others' pi\ oal roles in the 2012 election results. it's time for
u, I dlspl.\ x i son. ne\\ focus and broad strategies. To wit. here is a pos-
siCe %i t\ lic National Business League proposes that President Obama
IuItC ,i ".i\\lute H louise Conference on Minority Business" to address the
licgli ecoinonmic grow thinn minority communities. Malcolm Beech says
"the ..\ ic,t.i-Amrciican community\ suffers due to the lack of opportunities
A.id gio\\ lit among Black-owned businesses. These businesses could be the
siouice of lobs and wealth-building in Black communities. If the president
\\ oild focus attentionn on this issue, urban poverty would be eliminated."
)urnng tits second term. it's time Blacks. alona with our "Brown
Bi otherss" mio\c ui .ip fet \rungs on Obama's "priority list." There should
he no slthaite dcmainding that Obaima 2: focus White House attention on
bttiding nittoriti businesses across America's urban centers: appoint a
"ui bitn coMuselor" to take the lead in building economic de\ elopment cen-
tei s in innei-citl areas that ha\ e high minority populations: attend to Black
\outhll cploM ieni in ligh crime urban areas: and attend to the War on
Si tgs' sentencing disparities.
BUTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
hchinson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta
Phyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver,
rown, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson.
Weak Attendance Taints Florida Classic as Wildcats Beat Rattlers 21-16
iMr and Mrs. Edgar Mathis (left) are joined by T.C and Ruby
Newman as they celebrate Florida Classic festivities.
2012 Florida Blue Florida Classic Most Valuable Players Isidore
Jackson of Bethune-Cookman Ulniversity (left) and Daniien Fleming
(formerly of Ribault Hilgh School) of Florida A& M Iniversity hold
trophies after (the gaie.
Ken Manuel and Jaquelyn Holmes.
Jax FAMU alumni President Godfrey Jenkins leads
the bus of fans from Jacksonville to the stadium.
Jahain SINeet and Sade Allen of lJacksomn ille.
g E E. -in V 1
Morgan l)Danford w ith Oustanding Aliimiiinus
( orrine Brow n. Dennis Ricks and his mioni races .
John Mosley and Tony Jenkins.
Tony Jackson. Simeon Gordon and Octavious Holiday.
by Charles Griggs
University Wildcats defeated the
Florida A&M University Rattlers
21-16 in the 2012 Florida Blue
Florida Classic. The crowd of
32,317 was just over half the
amount of last year's attendance
and the third lowest since the
inception of the Florida Classic in
On the field, the game was high-
lighted by spectacular offensive
and defensive plays by both teams.
B-CU \was led by Quentin Williamsn
who rushed for 80 \ards on 15 car-
ries and passed for 120 yards on 12
of 18 attempts. Also, Isidore
Jackson of the Wildcats rushed for
77 yards on 13 carries \\ith one TD
and was named co-Most Valuable
Placr.. For the Rattlers. former
Ribault High standout Damicn
Fleming completed lS-of-23 pass-
es for 100 yards and one touch-
down. During the game iFleming
became the first FAMU' quarter-
back to pass tfor more than 2.000
\ ards in a single season since 2004.
Fleming was also named Florida
Classic co-Most Valuable Player.
Halftime w as highlighted by the
Nlarching Wildcats and R&B sen-
sation Charlie Wilson. Entering the
field dressed in a Wildcat marching
band uniform. Wilson entertained
the crowd by performing some of
his greatest hits including
Outstanding. Burn Rubber and
There Goes My Baby.
Clara White Mission Feeds Hundreds
at Annual Feed the City Dinner
Pictured is Natalie Williams, Katelyn Williams, Arissa Capers, Noah Ellison and Kelis C(apers.
Drumline Live Tantalizes with the Best of HiBCU Bands
It was a family affair at the l)rumnline Live musical show this past Saturday as people from every nationality con-
verged at the Time Union Moran ('enter to hear the musical instruments that blazed the I IB('C Irail! l)rumline
paid tribute to the various musical genres of the 60's, 70, and 80's. The music continued as the hand made a
l)rumline to the stage and performed gospel, street heat, swinging music and the iultimiate halftime show: The bat-
tle of tile hands. The band also shared their musical instruments with the audience in a drum battle as the auidi-
ence clapped and rocked to the beat. The finale was a mesmerizing and energetic choreographic experience as
the slage came alive with the world class cast of percussionist, musicians and dancers. The show was a high-
oclan;e musical roller coaster that touched every emotion ill your body as delved into the musical contribution of'
lhe marching band genre including everything from history, gospel, motown and electlronica to New Orleans.
Pictured is volunteer l.illian Anderson and Darius Ford.
The Clara While Mission celebrated llieir annual "FI eed the City" event on Saturday. November ISth wNith food
to feed thousands of individuals tliha may not hae thlie opportunity to cat a lhanksgiv\ing meal. D .lo.lo of V 101
was the host along with C(lara \White Mission Ixecuti\e Director u 'obh Pillttan. tOn hand were \ oluntecrs from
around the citY \\ ho stood il line and took plates to the the ilany people that were lhanklul for the meal.
Debbie and Ed Rouse enjoy Classic tailgating.
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have fun?tim Well it all of the answers are yes then Rydas 4 Righteousness
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EWC Annual Christmas Concert
Featuring the EWC Concert Choir
The EWC Choir will present a concert themed "Sing Noel." Music from
all genres will be performed, including works from Mozart and Christmas
Spirituals and Gospels. It will be held Friday, November 30th at 6 p.m. in
the Milne Auditorium, tl(58 Kings Road. The concert is free and open to
Christians in Fellowship
Reverend Steve ,Jenkins Pastor, of St. John NMIissionary Baptist church
will celebrate its Annual Hlomecoming Day Celebration on Sunday,
November 25th. Pastor Jenkins extends this invitation to pastors and their
congregation to help celebrate the grand occasion. Sunday school starts at
9:00 a.m. with morning worship at 10:00 a.mt. The celebratory theme for
the day is: "Gods promise to us all" Luke 24:49. Saint John Missionary
Baptist Church is "-The Church where everybody is somebody and Jesus
Christ is Lord." For more information contact Sister Malissa Israel at
(004) 365-0146 or call (904) 355-4080 or visit the church at 740 Bridier
Food Pantry Available
Helping Hands Depot has joined the fight to eradicate hunger in the
world by creating a food pantry for those in need. The depot is providing
free groceries to the community every 3rd Saturday of each month from
11 a.m. 12 noon and every Fuesdavy from p.m. 2 p.m. Pick up your
groceries at 7029-10 Commonwealth Avenue. Please bring a valid photo
id and proof of residency. For more information call (90(4) 437-40009 'xt
7. or visit the depot online at www.lhelpinghandsdepot.org.
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Otn Saturday No member 17th
Bishop Lorenzo IHall, Sr. of The
Greater Il-Beth-el Dl)i\ine Holiness
Church, along \\with Worksource
presented a Stop the Violence! Stop
the Silence! C'ommuntv Day e\ ent,
which also included a Hlealth Fair.
'There w\as iniorn.ition and gi\e-
aw as tor senior citizens, lIV test-
ing, and crafts tfor the children. Mit
Jcrrv Bass of the .Allied Veteran's,
Center spoinsoied thlie t'\now coine and
cotton canld\ mal.chilinesi Bishop 11.ill
bar-b-quied and ILd thlie cro\\d hot-
dogs and hamburger' Also on hlnd
\\as thle ( ospel ) iciples \\hI o .in
spiritual tunes tor the pirlticpainis
On Sunlda\. No\clmbel I Sl th he
C\ elt w\as Follox ed b\ twxo cliurlih
ser\ ices. honorable circuit t .udge
Karen K. ole. Mrita Machine.
President of LUILAC (League of
Latin American Council), and
Crime Expert Analyst for Channel
4, Kenneth Jefferson \were in atten-
dance. The special guests spoke up
the tlra.lmlla "not snitching" does to
Chevron "t'" Ne\x b of the Faith-
Based ('onintunitx-.-Based Advisory
Council, appointed b\ Governort
Scottll, peenited Bishop Hall \with a
cclitficitie of appreciation for the
\\xok tie is doing ii Iis coImmunit .
Bishop H .ill sei\ es meals after each
xcix\ ice a.s e also ihas a restaurant
Ine\t to the church that is open tfor
meal f'om 1 llam i to (pmi ex eC\I day.
flhanks goes out to Bishop Lorenzo
l.ill. Sr. for his continued effort to
help Ills communi.
Delta Delta Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, Sorority
Phi Delta Kappa Serves
Thanksgiving Dinner to Seniors
The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc.. Delta Delta Chapter along
with Miciah Deleston Foundation for Families, Inc. recently hosted their
annual pre-thanksgiving dinner for approximately 100 senior citizens at
Lincoln Villa Community Center on November 14. 2012. Delta Delta
Chapter's Xinos and Kudos youth groups and a representative from Lee
Boys Girls Club entertained the seniors. The seniors were served a scrump-
tious meal with all the trimmings and were given gifts. Cash prizes were
also given to the winners of a Thanksgiving Trivia. Betty J. LeRoy is the
collllllttee chairperson and Flora L. Parker is the president of Delta Delta
COGIC Bishop Inaugural Celebration
Save Cthe date for the Inaugural Celebration banquet honoring Designees
Gary L. Hall. Sr. Friday, November 30th at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency
Sotel. 225 E. Coastline Dr. The theme for the event is from Psalm 78:72.
"Leading with a true heart and skillful hand." The Inaugural address will
be presented by Bishop Charles E. Blake. Sr.. Chief Apostle and presiding
Bishop. Church of God in Christ. For tickets and more information please
contact Deborah Maiden (904) 662-0697 or call Gail Matthews (904) 662-
180 et 6dewood Avenu
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Book Re\ it\\
bi\ Deborah ICooper
"If \ oi are a single Black \\ omani
regularly attending church and
tithing, or \otl are a woman with
children that a accompany you to
church. please open your mind to
the expressed dangers within the
walls of your house of worship,
because far too often. Black women
go to church to pray to God, and
Black imen are there to game on. and
prey on them link predators...
The ills suffered by women in
Black churches under patriarchal
philosophies of male superiority are
shocking. Throughout the pages of
this book are real stories about
churches and the pastors that run
These are true accounts of imten
charged with spiritual enrichment
and development of colmmunitilies-
behaving in damaging, abusive
ways toward \\women and children...
My goal always has and always will
be to expose uncomfortable truths in
Black culture in relationships." -
Ixcerpted from the Introductionr
(pags.x\ i-x iii).
It's hard to imagine that whoever
coined the phrase. "The closer to
church, the further from God."
could possibly have had as long a
laundry list of complaints about
Christianity as disbeliever Deborrah
Cooper. Actually. Ms. Cooper's
issues are llostlxy with the Black
males in the Black Church. whether
in the pulpits or the pews.
This fearless feminist levels so
manv accusations against brothers
it's frightening. But she does make a
persuasive case by way of a com-
pelling mix of statistics and anec-
dotal evidence. She chides Black
females for being the most religious
demographic in the country. since
they're getting little out of religion
besides pie-in the-sky promises.
Meanwhile their pastors are pressur-
ing them to tithe 10 percent even
though such a directive is apparent-
ly nowhere to be found in the bible.
The author further alleges that an
unholv arrangement exists whereby
African-American women are basi-
cally being exploited by pimps pos-
ing as preachers. She says that these
ruthless exploiters zero in on the
vulnerable and lonely with low self-
esteem. make them dependent.
promise them riches, and use a com-
bination of seduction and intimida-
tion to keep them under control.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
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Sei ior IPaisor
it ~Grace and Peace
El Beth El Presents Stop the
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The Black Church: Where
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Coping Strategies for
There are few responsibilities more emotionally and physically tax-
ing than taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. These
tasks include bathing and feeding them, keeping them safe, perfonrning
household chores, paying bills, and communicating with other family
members and the medical community. Most caregivers take on this
responsibility out of a deep sense of love, duty and devotion, but the
daily tasks can be so consuming that they often leave one critical task
undone: taking care of the caregivers' own physical and emotional
needs. This oversight can cause caregivers to become "secondary
patients" ofAlzheimer's, which puts them at higher risk for developing
high-blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and
reduced immune function.
If caregivers hope to provide effective care to a loved one with
Alzheimer's, they must put their own basic needs first. It's analogous
to the directive flight attendants give to parents in the event of a sud-
den decrease in cabin pressure: put your own oxygen mask on first. If
you attend to your child first, you may pass out before you complete the
task, leaving both of you doomed. Here are four strategies that can help
caregivers help themselves:
Seek support. Attend a support group for Alzheimer's caregivers as
soon as possible after diagnosis and then as often as you can. Now this
suggestion may seem like adding one more time-consuming task to
your already teeming schedule, but this is a resource that provides the
kind of practical tips, knowledge, insight and psychological support
that will benefit both you and your loved one in immeasurable ways.
You'll learn how others deal with problems associated with caregiving;
gain a better understanding of Alzheimer's and how it progresses and
affects those with the disease; obtain information about available health
and social services, as well as financial and legal resources; learn how
to ask for help and better take care of yourself; and safely share feel-
ings of guilt and frustration. What's more, you'll have an expanded net-
work of people who understand and share your experience and are
available to you whenever you need advice or someone to listen. With
a little research or by asking your loved one's healthcare provider for a
referral, you should have no trouble finding a group that meets your
Assess yourself. Caregivers are so often focused on others that they
tend to lose touch with their own needs. To become more aware of what
is necessary to effectively care for yourself, take a quiet moment to sit
down and write a list of the activities and interests that have always
helped you feel energized and thrive. For most people, that means get-
ting at least 8 hours of sleep, good nutrition, regular exercise and some
time to themselves. However, you might be someone wvho needs at least
9 hours of uninterrupted sleep, or you might need to spend time each
day outside or at the gym. Or maybe your emotional vigor is contingent
on daily prayer and church each Sunday morning. Also, consider the
various tasks and responsibilities involved in caretaking and determine
where you are strongest and weakest, and what you enjoy most and
what you don't enjoy at all. You might be especially effective at nur-
turing your loved one and providing physical care but get stressed out
over financial matters or dealing with doctors. Making this type of list
will arm you with the information you need to figure out what help and
resources you need to meet your needs and more effectively care for
your loved one-and decide what tasks could be turned over to others.
Enlist help. To effectively provide care for someone \tilt
Alzheimer's;-your must spread out the workload. Reach out to family.
church members, neighbors and friends and ask them to help in areas
that you can't handle. Not everyone is good at-or comfortable with-
physically caring for a person with dementia, but most people are more
than willing to support you in other ways. A brother-in-law, for exam-
ple, might be able to take care of the bills and other financial matters.
Ask church members or neighbors to bring nutritious meals, shop for
groceries or pick up medications. A friend employed within the health-
care industry can help you fill out necessary paperwork or talk with
healthcare professionals. Ask a neighbor or family member to sit with
your loved one for an hour in the morning so you can take a walk or a
nap. If your loved one's wanderings at night make it difficult for you to
get adequate sleep, ask a family member to stay over one or two nights
Take a break. When stress levels get too high or you're reaching
your physical limits, consider professional help. There are a variety of
new choices available. For example, there's respite care, a program that
allows your loved one to stay in an assisted living community for a
weekend or even a multi-week stay so you can take a break. Another
option is adult day stay, a program available through assisted living
communities or non-profit organizations that takes care of seniors dur-
ing traditional business hours and can be utilized on a full- or part-time
basis or just occasionally.
Choosing to personally care for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be
a noble responsibility to take on, but it is also one that requires a
marathoner's mentality. If you try to do this at a sprint without the req-
uisite support and personal care you need, you won't be able to com-
plete the journey-or you'll end up limping along while suffering both
emotional and physical pain. Find ways to take care of yourself along
the way. You and your loved one will both be better off for your efforts.
As thile holiday season :ppioach-
es, wc think of celebrialions Nitlh
fainil' and friends, and of food!
Whether it is turkey and shillingi
lhai. pumpkin pies, potato lakes or
('hristmlnas cookies, food is an inte-
gral part of tlihe holiday seasoin.Yet
'or millions of Americans who
worry about their 'weight, anticipat-
ing this myriad of delights creates
I low can I go to all of those parties
and not overeat?" or "Why do I get
through the whole evening without
cheating and then find myrselfl'
overeating at homen" are twxo of the
coninmon concerns expressed by
dieters. While the ability to avoid
fattening foods often leads to feecl-
ings of deprivation, indulging inl
these forbidden foods usnu;ll\ leaIds
to feelings ol guilt and weight galn,
w which interfere with the jo) of the
season. Here alce f1ive \\.as to ecnlox
eating the season \\ ithoui \\ orr\:
1. End the deplri action
When \ou tell \our-sellf lt:ial \on
can't have certain f'0oods becaCise
the\ are "too ftilelnini," \on set
yourself' up to o\Cerlt those \xrci
foods. It is hum1lan .nature to w\antl
what e can't lha\ c I' lninating
forbiddenn" foods ll otldc Ito lose
\\eight for the htolidaL s ftequecnll\
leads 1o o\creiating ait partlis and
gatherings. l1\ incoqrpoIatingi all
tl pes of' foods into \ our diet
throughout the Near. \ou can a\x old
the o\creating and holiday\ \\cighlt
gain that results froni dcpri\ ationi
2. Become an attuned cater
Attuned eaters use internal, phis-
ical cues to tell them \\ hen. \ hlat
and ho\\ llnuch to cat luhis \\,I\ of
feeding \ourself helps til to tune
into hitinger and satialiion. latli
luin eating somtethi g lislt becaisc
it's there tlcicoitnunig an aillunecd
cater allow \ s \ou to feel in harg otit
\ our eting \\ hlien \ on .iIt at holid.i\
parties and celebiationis
Nutritiontists .'oilsi.der s\\C i pOtla-
toes to be one of' niatutr's petcIect
toods. Inh liclt. w\hein it comes lto
nutritional lists that single out pat ic-
tlarly noteworthy foods, s\\cIlet potil-
toes are almost always on those lists
This starchy v vegetable is bursting
with v\ itamiin A, fiber, potassium ,i nd
phytochemicals, which sta\ic of't
aging, cancer, a3id airthritls Plus,
they're very filling. natural\ sw \ et.
and so delicious.
Here's hol\ to make sweet pota-
toes healthier, without ruining a
good thing with too much sugar and
1. To bring out more natural
sweetness, roast. don't boil. vour
2. Mash with light sour cream.
butter, salt and citnamon.
3. A standard serving si/e should
be /', cup.
4. He sure to significantly reduce.
or avoid, popular toppings like
marshmallows, too nIulich sugar and
too much butter.
5. If' you're whipping your pota-
toes, try using low-tlht buttermilk.
that you've previously warmed
instead of whole milk.
IlTe rc arc hreec slops to attllncd
cailint. I'isl, Icar to ictogni/c
iheln .uil tic e physically
hllingr. This Iteqtirics
tuning into Nour
) our body
hunger. In order
to match Nyour
hunger xwxith the food L
that \\ill satislf Nou,. have a
Sa iet\ of floods available ianid \\ iih-
hold judgments about \\lihatl Oil are
sutpptosed to ea:. VlWhen )Oi ar at a
pailt) I\ Ito pick the lood(s) that
cotlles closest to whal \our body
cia\ es. I' il:ill., pa attention to
\otl fullness in order to know ho\\
unich to eal. If \otU begin twith a
sensation of plhysical hunger. \ott
\ ill be able to identil\ a feeling of
satisfaction when \ot hla\e eaten
enolth Iloioliing out lihllnget \\ ill
keep oun eating the tght amountliil
lt \ outi bod\ ;ndid pte\ cnl \\ eight
'aini due to o\ eicatiti.
3. Remind yourself that you canl
hal\e it later
Whlio sa .s \ll etin't inake \our
s\\eel potato tlitme ani\ tlime \oil
\ant"' If \oull belie\c that oil can-
not la\ c a special holiday\ food for
another holeoe car. \oit arc hkely
to hai c it w\ hethle \ou aire really\ int
the itmood for it or notl Instead.
promise souiself lital \ oil can make
tluke\ and mislieid ipoitaloes an\
titne of \ e.l and tlhai special\
desscets can ie be biked tO bought'l
\when \oti desLne Kllnow\\ ing that
these loohds can he a\ :ilaiiblc to otil
\\ill Icdiucte lie need to eal soine-
ulliitl .it a holiday\ celebraion \ oil
don't .IWall\ \\ anl at thatii momencilt.
Avoid becoming too hungry
It cani be tempting to "save up"'
tour hunger for parties and special
C\ euts l(Howeve)\ r, hen youil go
\without food for a long period olf
tinime. \ ou becomtie ravenous. At this
stage of physical hunger. tou are
likely to cat anl thing and eve\-
thing in siglt, leading to that out of'
control feeling and \\ eight gain.
Instead. cat in accordance \with
x our ph\ sical hunger throughout
the da. If \ou wil ant to ensure that
\ oU ha\ e a good appetite w hen you
arri\ c at an e\ cut. tr to eat enough
to take the edge off before \ou
lea\ e home.
5. Stay compassionate with
.Just about cx ern one overeats
sometime. especially\ during the
holiday\ season. If \ il \ ell at \our-
self lor \our transgression. oil are
hlkcl\ io cicate a.nxliel\, w which fuels
o\c eatintug and \\eight gain. You
atc also likcl\ toi fall into the trap of
telling yourself' that \o might as
well cat lihate\er \ ou want right
Ini\\ because as of tomorrow\ -or
next week or J.anuarn I oux will
ha\e to restrict \our eating. This
WIC is an equal opportunity provider.
t tude will
increase your sense of guilt
and feeling out of control. and guar-
antees that you will eat more food
than N\our bodN needs.
Instead., remain gentle with y our-
self'. Attuned eaters notice when
they feel too full. and then natural)
xwait for their next sign of physical
hunger to eat again. Acknowledge
the discomfort xou feel from
overeating. and promise yourself
that you will do your best to wait
for the next cue of internal hunger
to let you know that it is time.
Focus on family and friends.
rather than on food.Although food
is an integral part of holiday events.
the real purpose of getting together
is to celebrate with people who are
important to you. Eat for satiation
and pleasure. and then turn your
attention to connecting Nwith others.
rather than continuing to eat. BN
learning to feel in charge of your
eating. you can break the diet/binge
c\ cl and prevent \weight gain from
holiday overeating. Instead. as xou
greet the New\ Year. enjoy the sense
of calm and hope that comes w ith
this health\ attitude toward eating
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Christmnas Made in the South!
Come find that special holiday gilt
for that "hard to shop for" relative
or friend, November 23rd through
November 25th, 9 a.m. 6 p.m. at
the Prime Osborn Convention
Center, 1000 Water St. For more
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The 2012 Art & Antique Show will
kick off this winter's three-day
showcase of collections from
nationally and internationally dis-
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furniture, jewelry, home acces-
sories, sterling silver and period
pieces frolin around the world. I or
at the Cummer
Celebrate the Harlem Renaissance
Jazz, Jacksonville and the Harlem
Renaissance on display,
Wednesday, November 28th from
6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cuminer
Museum 829 Riverside Ave. For
more details call (904) 356-6857 or
visit the museum website at
A Night with Stars
Friends of l'ider Source presents
"'A night with tihe Stars" honoring
advocates and caregivers of elders,
Thursday, November 2Qth, 5:30
to 8:30 p.m. at the lUniversity of
North Florida. For more informa-
tion call (904) 391-6692 or visit
A Message of Hope
from Joel Osteen
Pastor Joel Osteen will be in
Jacksonville for a book signing of'
his new book "I1 Declare," on
Thursday, November 29th at 7
p.m. at Books-a-Million, 9400
Atlantic Blvd. Followed by a "'A
Night of I lope" Friday, Novemiber
30th at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans
Memorial Arena. For morte infotr-
ilation contact the bookstore at
(904) 805)-0004 or call the aricni
The FWCt' Choir will prescnit a
concert themed "Sing Noel."
Music from ,all gellres will be per-
tonnet d, including w oriks It omtl
Mo/art a,\lrd ('histittas Spirittuals
rand (iospels. It \will be held Itida'\,
November 30th at ( p.m. in the
NMilne .\Alditorlin, 1(58 Kings
Road. Thle concert is free anld open I
to the public.
Jax Urban League
1 \cellent food, great music and
lots o t good colin CeisaIt on ait about
to happen art lthe 1 iCstoric
Springfield nine ('Cenite oil
Friday, Novenmber 30th. 5 00 p 111.
to 0.00 p.m. .\ corlutlcopil. of .ill
tlomt statues to historic m istel
works, smooth jazz, soul/neo will
be on display. The center is located
at 1601 North Main Street. For
more information, contact Faith
Danford at (904) 355-2091 or by
email at email@example.com.
Festival Senior Event
The annual Mayors Holiday festi-
val for Seniors event will be held
Saturday, December 1st at the
Prime ()sbornl ( convention ( enter,
1000 Water St., from 2-5 p.m. This
annual eCV til provides aIn opportuni-
ty for Jacksonville seniors 60 years
anid over to share tile spirit of the
season while enjoying a traditional
hIoliday dinner, a visit from Santa
and Mrs. Clans, live entertainment,
dancing, door prizes and mIore.
Tickets are available at Marv
Singleton Senior Celter, I 50I1st St.
Maid at City Hall, 117 \V. Dulral St.,
Suite 220. Fol or me information or
to \ volunteer call (904) 630-7392 or
s\ s \\\\w.col.netl seniors.
5th 3rd Northside
The Fifth Third Bank of North
Florida will host a grand opening
coIIunI U ityi e\ellt to celebrate tihe
nel\ Lem Turner banking center.
IFestl\ iltes are tree and open to the
public Tlheie \ill be liee ftod and
music. pt le \\ heel, lfce painting.
balloon ,ill aiid a "cash grab" booth.
Comle cnio\ the festl\ ites.
S.itrlii d D)ecember Ist(,) itn. to 2
p inl I lthl flurd Bank, I.em TurnerC
Banking Center, "53 LemtL Turner
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Bella at (904) 520-4200.
Once a month, the Ritz offers an
open mic for poets and poetry
lovers of all ages. Show off your
own talent for verse, or just come,
listen and soak up the creative
atmosphere. Spoken Word hits the
stage Thursday, December 5th at
7:00 p.m. For more information call
(904) 632-5555 or visit www.ritz-
jacksonville.com. IThe Ritz is locat-
ed at 829 North Davis Street.
Finals at the Ritz
It's almost over! The Ritz Theater
and museum Amateur Night Finals
will take place on Friday,
December 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets oni
sale now! For mllore information
contact Rit Iheatre and Museum at
(904) 632-5555. 829 North Davis
Street or visit w 'ww.ritzjack-
Become a Brand New
The Brand New Woman
Conference will be held Saturday,
December 8th. at the Sheraton
Jackson tlle Hotel. 10605
l)erwIood Park 1B31d promises to
educate and inoti\ate. Thlie confer-
ence is deducted to addressing the
total needs of women highlighting
lone\ manaCement, careers and
relatlonslIps. Special guest is best-
selling author Brenda Jackson. For
more information e-mail
intii a totalcareconsultring.com.
The Children's" Christmas party
of Jackson\ ille w ill be held.
Saturday. December 15th. 9 00
a.im. to 12:30 p.m. Jacksonrille's
children. 12 years of aec and
younger, \\ho other ise might not
receive to\ s for Christmas. will be
treated to a tfulln day in celebration of
this inmipoilailt holiday For more
information call (004) 350-1016 or
visit w w w .cpo.org.
The annual Children's Christmas
Party of'a.cksom ille will hold their
annual toy giveaway Thursday.
December 15th at the Prime F.
Osborn Convention Center, 1000
Water Street. Free new toys are
handed out on a first come, first
serve basis to Jacksonville's chil-
dren 12 and younger who otherwise
might not receive gifts for the holi-
day. Distribution will be held from
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more
information, call the hotline at
34th Grand Reunion
The 1962 Class of Douglas
Anderson High School #107
extends an invitation to all Fiery
Dragons and friends to join in a cel-
ebrating their 50th year and 34th
Grand reunion, Friday, December
22nd at the Wyndham Jacksonville
River Walk Hotel, 1515 Prudential
Dr., For additional information
contact Sam Davis at
sdavisjr662att.net or call 318-8957.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
will present the Chocolate
Nutcracker Saturday. December
29th, at the Times-Union Center in
Downtown Jacksonville. The per-
formance is an urban spin on the
holiday classic The Nutcracker
incorporating African dance. Ballet.
Hlip-Hop and Jazz. while telling the
story of a voung g-irl named Claire
who travels the world in a dream
w ith her Chocolate Nutcracker. For
tickets or more information. call
Gilbert Grand Reunion
The Matthew W. Gilbert Junior-
Senior High School will hold their
Annual Grand Reunion for students
and teachers 1952-1970 at the Hvatt
Hotel January 4th & 5th. For tick-
ets or more information contact
Ken Manuel at 705-1835 or Lula
Jones at 766-9978.
B.B. King the King of the Blues
in concert Sunday. January 6th at
S p.m. at the Florida Theater. The
King of Blues continues to wear his
crown, singing and playing the
blues with relentless passion. For
ticket information call (904) 355-
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FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 20 -26, 2012
WSSU Sports Photo
health of starting QB Kam
Smith could be key to
WSSU's bid to repeat Div.
II playoff success.
BCSP NO. 1 WSSU AND NO. 2 BETHUNE-
COOKMAN POISED FOR PLAYOFF RUNS
1 2 0 1 2 B L AM K 0t* L L E G.F 0.0ST *BnA Lfn(?eultsStan ingad We H r
C IA A NAtCNI II'nI Ai 1AIIN
FINAL DIV ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L
Ellz. City State 6 1 7 4
Chowan 5 2 6 4
Virginla Union 3 4 5 5
Virginia State 3 4 4 6
Bowie State 2 5 5 5
Lincoln 1 6 1 9
W-Salem State 7 0 11 0
JC, Smith 5 2 6 4
St. Augustine's 4 3 6 4
Shaw 3 4 4 6
Livingstone 2 5 2 8
Fayetteville State 1 6 2 8
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Kameron Smith, Sr., QB, WSSU
Passed for 2,778 yards (178 of 291, 61 2%), 39
TDs and only 9 interceptions. Also rushed for 286
yards and 3 TDs.
Carlos Fields, LB, WSSU
Postes 69 total tackles, 38 solos and six lackles
Tyron Laughlnghouse, Sr., WR/KR, SAC
Led CIAA in punt and kick returns Averaged 40 1
yards on KO returns with 3 TDs Averaged 15 3 on
punts returns witr I TD
I MAllu 1 (M NI I[tiUNt I
'* NC A&T Stato
North Carolina Central
' Inoligble for contLfeencre lile
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Terrance Lefall, Sr, RB, HOWARD-Rushed lorcareer-high
253 yards in 41 carries, 2 TDs in win over DelStale
Keith Pough, Sr., LB, HOWARD Recorded 12
tackles, 10 solos, 1 5 for losses, recovered and returned
fumble for TD
Elandon Roberts, Fr., LB, MSU- Gairmehigh 19 tackles. 8
solos 1 5 for loss. 1 breakup & hurry vs Hampton
Corey Gwener, Sr., C, HOWARD Giudeta.1it 98, 6
panclkevs vs DSU
John Fleck, Fr., P, HOWARD- I rG, ol 41 ,kl ,11 y.lrd
rand peite on 5 i'Als ,; D1SU
S IA C ...i.t... I:: II 1) 11A
fINAL DIV CONF ALL
EAST DIVISION W L W L W L
Fort Valloy Staio 4 0 6 1 8 4
Albany State 3 1 5 2 6 4
MoIehouse 1 3 2 5 3 7
Benedict 1 3 2 6 2 8
Clark Atlanta 1 3 1 6 1 9
Tuskegee 4 0 7 0 9 1
Miles 3 1 6 1 8 3
Stillman 2 2 4 3 6 5
Lane 1 3 4 5 5 5
Kentucky State 0 4 0 7 1 8
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Antonio Henton, Sr., QB, FVSU Was 25 of 42
for 242 yards, 1 TD and 1 Interception in loss to
Leron Furr, DB, FVSU 10 tackles, 7 solos, 3 for
losses in loss to Lenoir-Rhyne
SW AC An i i..( Co tm i
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Jackson State 7 2 7 4
Alabama State 7 2 7 3
Alabama A&M 6 3 7 4
Miss. Valley St. 5 4 5 6
Alcorn State 4 5 4 7
Ark. Pine Bluff 8 1 9 2
Prairie View A&M 3 6 3 8
Southern 2 6 3 7
Texas Southern 2 7 2 9
Grambling State 0 8 1 9
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Benjamin Anderson, QB, UAPB 20-27-2, 262
yards, 3 TDs, ran for 97 yards on 13 carries, 1 TD
in win over Prairie View
Kevin Eugene, Jr., DB, MVSU 5 tackles, 1 solo,
fumble return 100-yard for TD. 45-yard interception
return for TD vs TSU.
Julian Stafford, So., WR/KR, MVSU Ran for 27
yards,, caught five asises for 160 yards including 89-
yard I D pass, returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for
SID AIrnassed 282? all-ijurpose yards vs TSU
Tennessee State 8 3
Langston 6 4
Concordia-Selma 5 4
Edward Waters 6 6
Central State 4 6
Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 2 8
W. Va. State 2 9
Texas College 2 9
Cheyney 1 10
Lincoln (Mo.) 1 10
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Michael German, So.,QB,TENN.STATE-28
of 44 for 355 yards, 3 TDs in lossto UT-Martin.
Threw two interceptions
Antonio Harper, DB, TENN. STATE Five
tackles, 1 solo, 2 for losses, 1 sack (-6),
1 OB hurry
Jamin Godfrey, PK,TENN. STATE- Had FGs
of 29 and 22 yards and 2 of 2 PATs
November 17 NCA&T 22, NC Central 16- OT
Ark.-Pine Bluff 42, Prairie View A&M 41 SC State 27, Savannah State 13
Auburn 51, Alabama A&M 7 UT Martin 35, Tennessee State 26
Bethune-Cookman 21, Florida A&M 16
Edward Waters 24, Va Univ of L'burg 21 Div. II Playoffs Super Region II
Hampton 27, Morgan State 17 1st Round
Howard 41, Delaware State 34 West Alabama 41, Miles 7
Jackson State 37, Alcom State 11 Div. II Playoffs Super Region II
Kentucky State 17, Central State 6 1st Round
Miss Valley State 34, Texas Southern 3 Lenior Rhyne 21, Fort Valley State 6
UNDER THE BANNER
WHATS GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
UAPB vs. JSU IN SWAC TITLE GAME:
Jackson State's 37-11 win over Alcorn State Saturday gave
the Tigers the SWAC East Division title and a spot opposite West
Division winnerArkansas-Pine Bluff
^ in the Dec. 8 SWAC Championship
Game in Birmingham.
JSU (7-4) finished at 7-2 in SWAC
| mo play, tied with Alabama State for the
top spot in the East but gets the division
title by virtue of its 37-34 win over the
Hornets in their head-to-head meeting. UAPB (9-2, 8-1) won the
West Division title by a whopping five games.
In their head-to-head slugfest earlier this season on Oct. 6,
UAPB downed JSU 34-24. JSU rushed for 319 yards with three
players topping the 100-yard mark but fumbled seven times, losing
four. UAPB got 263 yards on the ground led by 154 and 2 TDs
from Dennis Jenkins.
JSU is 1-2 in championship games, winning over Grambling
in 2007, losing to the G-Men in 2008 and to Southern in the first
SWAC title game in 1999. UAPB is 0-1 in title games, falling to
Alabama A&M in 2002.
PIONEER BOWL XIV SET:
'Two of the most dynamic running backs in black college
football will meet on Dec. I in Columbus, Ga. as Elizabeth City
State and Tuskegee tangle in Pioneer
Senior RB Daronte McNeill leads the
CIAA East Division champion and league
runner-up Vikings of Elizabeth City State
(7-4) while senior RB Derrick Washing-
ton is the key offensive weapon for the
....... SIAC West Division and league champion
Golden Tigers of Tuskegee (9-1).
Washington led the SIAC and all of
black college football with 1,399 rushing yards, averaging 139.9
yards per game. Washington scored 13 rushing TDs and had one
receiving touchdown. McNeill topped the CIAA with 1,197 yards
(108.8 ypg.) and also tallied 13 TDs.
Tuskegee will be making its 10th appearance in the Pioneer
Bowl while ECSU will make its second appearance. The Golden
Tigers have won eight Pioneer Bowl titles, the last coming over
Elizabeth City State, 21-7 in 2009.
The Pioneer Bowl, established in 1997, is the only NCAA-
sanctioned/Division II bowl game involving HBCU conferences,
with teams representing the Central Intercollegiate Athletic
Association (CIAA) and the Southen Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference (SIAC). Last year in Pioneer Bowl XIII, Johnson
C. Smith of the CIAA downed Miles of the SIAC, 35-33.
This year's game is set for Saturday, Dec. I at A. J. McClung
Stadium in Columbus. Game time is 1 p.m.
UMES REPEATS IN MEAC VB:
BALTIMORE-Maryland Eastern Shore defeated Florida
A&M, 3-2, to win its second straight Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference (MEAC) volleyball championship Sunday afternoon
at Coppin State University.
UMES was led by Saitaua losia (25 kills, 11 digs) who
was named the Tournament Outstanding Performer. Lady I lawk
Head Coach Don Metil was named the Outstanding Coach for
the second time in his career.
The Lady Hawks will find out their seeding in the NCAA
Tournament and their opponent on Sunday, November 25 th at 4 p.m.
during the NCAA selection show, which will air on ESPNU.
2012 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Maria Ceccarelli, FAMU; Saitaua loisa, UMES, Victoria Williams,
UMES, Vendula Strakova, Hampton; Yeshia Arcia, FIAMU; Desire
FSU CLAIMS CIAA VB TITLE:
HAMPTON, VA- Fayetteville State downed Chowan 3-1
to win the CIAA Volleyball Championship Sunday at the Boo
Williams Complexand automatic bid to the NCAA Regional.
CIAA Coach of the Year Rasheema Johnson and FSU
claimed their fourth CIAA title and first since 2007. Sunday's
match was the fourth straight championship appearance for
Chowan, their first under head coach Makini Thompson.
Tournament MVPJoi Emmanuel led the Lady Broncos with
16 kills in the match. The Lady Broncos grabbed the first two sets
28-26 and 25-23. The Hawks rallied back to win the third set 25-
23 before falling to Fayetteville State in the fourth set 25-10.
The NCAAsclection show will take place on Sunday evening,
Nov. 25 at 10:00 pm EST.
2012 ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
CU Karlna Monroe, Monica Ruffin, Cindy Ehrich; ECSU Kyla Shute;
FSU JaMisha Jordan, Jol Emmanuel, Ifeylnwa Nwokolo; LIVINGSTONE
Phylicia Egbuna; WSSU DeAnn Smith
WSSU, B-CU enter playoff fray
CIAA champion Winston-Salem State and
MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman enter the
NCAA national playoffs Saturday with tough
After receiving a bye thru last Saturday's
first round, BCSP No. 1 WSSU (11-0), the top
seed in Super Region 1 and second-ranked team
in NCAA Div. 11 football, will host 4th-seed
Shippensburg ( 11-1). The second round playoff
game at Winston-Salem's Bowman-Gray Stadium
begins at 12 noon.
BCSP No. 2 Bethune-Cookman (9-2), after
winning its second MEAC title and automatic
Football Chamnpionship Subdivision (FCS) playoff
berth in three years, has a first round game vs.
Coastal Carolina (7-4) at Municipal Stadium in
Daytona Beach. Fla. at 2 p.m.
Winston-Salem State. back-to-back winners
of the CIAAtitle under third-year head coach Con-
nell Maynor, enters the playoff picture hoping to
advance one game farther than it did a year ago.
The Rams, playing three games at home in last
season's playoffs, won two games before losing
to Wayne State 21-14 in the national semifinals.
one game short of the Div. II title game.
In Shippensburg. the Rams are facing a high-
scoring team that was at 10-0 and ranked ahead of
them in the region prior to losing to Indiana (Pa.)
4 10 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Confer-
ence championship game. The Raiders defeated
Bloomsburg, another PSAC playoff team. 58-20
Saturday in the first round.
The Raiders are ranked 15th in the nation
and coached by second-year head man Mark
Maciejewski. They are the second-highest scoring
team in Div. 11 averaging 49.5 points per game and
have the most prolific passing attack averaging
401 yards per game.
Shippensburg junior quarterback Zach Zulli
has completed 317 of 488 passes (64.90) for
4.529 yards and 53 TDs with three receivers
-Jacob Baskerville (76 receptions, 1,291 yards.
14 TDs). Trevor Hannan (69 rec.. 1174 yds..
18 TDs) and Bryan Barley (38 rec., 725 yds.. 9
TDs) accounting for the bulk of those yards and
WSSU is fourth in the nation in scoring at
45.1 points per contest and passes for a not-too-
shabby 293 yards per game. But starting quarter-
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Bethune-Cookman starting
QB Quentin Williams (I.) and Winston-Salem State
back-up Anthony Carrothers (r.) are expected to
be among the key players as the MEAC and CIAA
champs begin their quests for national titles.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22
89th Turkey Day Classic ESPNU Live
Alabama State vs. Tuskegee in Montgomery, AL 3p
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Bayou Classic XXXIX NBC
Southern vs. Grambling State in New Orleans, LA 1:30p
NCAA DIV II Playoffs 2nd Round
W-Salem State vs. Shippensburg in W-Salem, NC 12n
NCAA FCS Playoffs First Round
B-Cookman vs. Coastal Carolina in Daytona Beach. FL 2p
back Kamneron Smith (178-291-9. 61.2. 2.778
yards. 39 TDs). who hurt his shoulder in the CIAA
title game, may not start Saturd.iy. It Smith can't
go. back-up Anthony Carrothers. who threw
three second-half touchdown passes in the CIAA
title game vs. Elizabeth City State, will get the
The Rants also have a lethal trio of receivers
in Jameze Massey (41 rec.. 828 yds., 11 TDs).
Jahuaan Butler (44 rec.. 868 yds.. 12 TDs) and
Jamal Williams (42 rec.. 646 yds., 7 TDs). The
leading rusher for WSSU is Maurice Lewis (678
yards. 9 TDs). Mike Frenette is Shippensburg's
top rusher with 817 yards and 9 TDs.
Bethune-Cookman head coach Brian Jenkins,
like Maynor. is in his third year and is entering
the playoffs for the second time. In 2010. his first
season guiding the Wildcats, he led them to the
MEAC title and automatic FCS playoff berth. The
'Cats, after getting a first round bye. fell to New
Hampshire 45-20 in Daytona Beach.
1. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (11-0) First round Div. II playoff bye.
NEXT: Hosts Shippensburg (11-1) in second round playoff game.
2. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (9-2) Defeated Florida A&M 21-16 to
complete 8-0 MEAC season. NEXT: First round FCS playoff game at
home vs. Coastal Carolina (7-4).
3. TUSKEGEE (9-1) Idle. NEXT: In Mongomery, Ala. Thursday vs.
Alabama State in Turkey Day Classic.
4. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (9-2) SWAC West champ outscored
Prairie View 42-41 to close out regular season. NEXT: SWAC cham-
pionship game vs. Jackson State on Dec. 8.
5. TENNESSEESTATE (8-3)- Dropped 35-26 decisiontoTenn.-Martin.
NEXT: Season over.
6. JACKSON STATE (7-4) Knocked off Alcom State 37-11 to
claim SWAC East Division title. NEXT: SWAC title game Dec. 8 vs.
7. ALABAMA STATE (7-3) Idle. NEXT: Hosts No.3 Tuskegee in 89th
Turkey Day Classic to close out regular season..
8. HOWARD (7-4) Beat Delaware State, 41-34 to claim sole posses-
sion of second in MEAC. NEXT: Season over.
9. MILES (8-3) Fell to West Alabama in Div. II first round playoff
game, 41-7. NEXT: Season over.
10. DELAWARE STATE (6-5) Fell to Howard. 41-34. NEXT: Season
over tied for third in MEAC.
This year the Wildcats will face off against
Coastal Carolina. who got an automatic berth
as champion of the Big South Conference. The
Chanticleers are led by first-year head coach Joe
Senior quarterback Aramis Hillary leads the
CCU offense and led the Big South in total offense.
Hillary has thrown for 2.133 yards completing
64.6% (186 of 289) of his passes for 17 TDs and
just five interceptions. He has also run for434 yards
and three scores. Hillary and Jeremy Height (754
yards, 10 TDs) have led the Chants, who average
35.2 points per game. to over 200 rushing yards
in six straight games.
B-CU leads the MEAC in scoring (30.8 ppg.).
total offense (385 ypg.) and rushing offense (247.5
ypg.). Junior running back Isidore Jackson (992
yards, 11 TDs) and Rodney Scott (594 yds.. 5
TDs) lead the rushing attack while quarterbacks
Brodrick Waters (479 yards. 5 TDs) and Quentin
Williams (449 yds.. 3 TDs) are also among the top
ten rushers in the conference.
Williams, a highly-regarded sophomore and
former Mr. Football in the state of Florida. has started
the last eight games and has run off seven wins after
losing his first start to Tennessee State. Williams
has completed 62.1% (77 of 124) of his passes for
948 yards with 10 TDs and two interceptions.
SIAC names football honorees for 2012
ATLANTA -The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has
announced the 2012 Football All-Conference eamn and individual award
winners as voted by the SIAC Football Coaches Association.
Leading the 2012 All-Conference Team, is SIAC Player of the Year
Derrick Washington of Tuskegee, who also was named SIAC Offensive
Player of the Year. Fort Valley State linebacker LeRon Furr and Clark
Atlanta lineman Vauchard Goodridge were named SIAC Co-Defensive
Players of the Year.
Washington, a senior from Raymore. Mo., led the SIAC in rushing with
1,399 yards rushing (139.9 yards per game) and 13 touchdowns on 8. I yards
per carry. Washington, a transfer from Missouri, ranked eighth overall in
rushing in Division-11. Washington rushed for 224 yards on I8 carries and
two touchdowns and was also named MVP of the SIAC Championship
Furr, a 6-foot-3 junior from Columbus, Ga., led Fort Valley State with
100 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and two interceptions. His 29 tackles for losses led
the SIAC. Furr, one of Fort Valley's big playmakers on defense was named
Defensive MVP of the Fountain City Classic and SIAC Chalmpionshipl
Game, in a losing effort.
Goodridge, a 6-foot-2 defensive lineman from St. Petersburg, Fla., was
a nightmare for opposing offenses this season. Despite facing many double
teams, the senior finished the season with 51 tackles, 16 tackles for losses,
two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.
Clark Atlanta's Se'Cortney Gardner was named SIAC Freshman of
the Year. The linebacker from Prattville, Ala. had a stellar
campaign finishing the season with 62 tackles, two tackles
lor losses, and a sack. lIe also had three quarterback hur-
Tuskegec head football coach Willie Slater was selected
as SIAC Coach of the Year. In his sixth season, Slater led
Tuskegee to a 9- 1 record, the West Division Title and the
2012 SIAC Football Championship.
2012 ALL-SIAC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE DEFENSE
TE Vance Locke, Sr., KSU DL Carlos Ware, Sr., KSU
OL David Garbo, Sr., FVSU DL Justin Blash, Sr., ASU
OL Lester Jackson, Sr., MILES DL Vauchard Goodridge, Sr., CAU
OL Devonte Jones, Jr.,, TU
OL Christopher Tolbert, Jr., TU
OL Drew Wilkins So, MHC
QB Antonio Henton, Sr., FVSU"
WR Christopher Slaughter, Sr., FVSU
WR Damian Ford, Sr., STIL
RB David Carter, Sr., MHC
RB Derrick Washington, Sr., TU
KR Sam Gilmore, Sr., MHC
PK Justin Rosenbaum., Sr., FVSU
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
TE Cessel Taylor, Sr., ASU
OL Mike Coke, Sr., MHC
OL Terrance Owens, Fr., MILES
OL Monterrio Taylor, Sr., MILES
OL Richard Washington, So., MHC
OL Darold Whitfield, Sr., TU
QB David Thomas, Sr., Miles
WR Antonio Pitts, So., MILES
WR Jessie Atkins, So., ASU
RB Floyd Graves, Jr., MILES
Nathan Hoyte, Sr., ASU
KR Travis Richmond, So., FVSU
PK Alejandro Huertta, Sr., STIL
DL Bernard Little, So., FVSU
LB Leron FuIr, Jr., FVSU
LB Quavon Taylor. So., TU
LB Corey Jones, Sr., LANE
DB William Buford, Sr., TU
DB Vernon Kearney, Sr., LANE
DB Dexter Moody, Jr., ASU
DB Dajuan Williams, Sr., FVSU
P Justin Rosenbaum, Sr., FVSU
PR Christopher Slaughter, Sr., FVSU
DL Clarence Christian, So., MHC
DL Devin Gainer, Jr., BENEDICT
DL Alexander Morrison Jr., MILES
DL Adontavious Turner, Sr., TU
LB Elijah Anderson, Sr., MHC
LB Brandon Houston, Sr., MHC
LB Bernard Williams, So., CAU
DB Joe Beckham, Fr., MILES
DB Jarnar Homsby, Sr., TU
DB Justin Oliver, Sr., MHC
DB Carlos Wilson, Jr.,, STIL
P Gene Moody, Jr., TU
PR Damian Ford, Sr., STIL
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Derrick Washington Tuskegee
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Derrick Washington Tuskegee
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Vauchard Goodridge Clark Atlanta,
Leon Furr Fort Valley State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Secortney Gardner Clark Atlanta
COACH OF THE YEAR: Willie Slater TuskegeeK
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V A B
Do Hair Weaves Tangle Black Women's Self Image?
A young obania stands in the legal library at Harvar.
Obama Got Start in
Civil Rights Practice
by Michael Robinson
Attorney Judson Miner called
Harvard to offer a job to a graduat-
ing student inated Barack Obarna
and didn't expect to be showered
with gratitude. Still, he wasn't t
expecting the reception he got.
"You can leave your name and
take a number," the woman wxho
answered the phone at the Harvard
Law Review said breezily. "You're
That was 1991 and even then
Obama the Illinois senator nowx
seeking the Democratic presidential
nomination xwas a hot commodity.
As the first black president of the
Harvard Law Review, Obama had
his pick of top law firms. He chose
Miner's Chicago civil rights firm,
where he represented community
organizers, discrimination victims
and black voters trying to force a
redrawing of city ward boundaries.
Like many lawyers, Obama never
took part in a trial. He spent most of
his nine-year career working as part
of a team, drawing up contracts,
briefs and other legal papers.
The firm of Miner Barnhill &
Galland, many of whose members
have Harvard and Yale law degrees,
has a reputation that fits nicely into
thdie resume of a tiuture presidential
The firm offered another advan-
tage to Obama. It was close to the
Miner was Chicago's corporation
counsel under Harold Washington,
the city's first black mayor, in the
1980s when Washington was bat-
tling for control of the City Council
against remnants of the once-
Miner introduced Obama to a
number of people in politics.
Obama already knew many others,
having worked as an organizer in
the black community before he
entered law school.
Obama was part of a team of attor-
neys who represented the
Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now
(ACORN) in a lawsuit against the
state of Illinois in 1995 for failing
to implement a federal law
designed to make it easier for the
poor to register as voters.
A federal court ordered the state to
implement the law.
Obama also wrote a major portion
of an appeals brief on behalf of a
whistleblower who exposed waste
and corruption in a research project
involving Cook Commnty Hospital
and alleged that she was fired inl
ilhe case was settled out of court.,
File count\ agreed to pay tie feder-
al government S5 million, part of
which wCent to the \\histleblowCr.
Obatia w\\as also part of a teaCn of'
la\\wyers representing black voters
and aldermen that forced C'hicago
to redrawn ward boundaries that tlhe
City C'ouncil drew\ up after the l') 'O
census. l'lhev said the boundaries
After an appeals court ruled the
map isolatedd the federal Voting
Rights Act, attorneys for both sides
dre\\ up a ne\\ set of boirundaries.
Obanta's legal \\work fell off
sharply in 1997 after his election to
the Illinois Senate.
Obanta agreed to work for the
firm in suminer when llthe legsla-
ture was out otf session. His law\\
license became inactive in 2002 .is
politics took over.
For all his passion for ci\ il rights.
Obalma did ha\ e a bit of experience
working in a large firm \\ith bg
corporate clients. In lOSS, lie w\va a
summtlner associate at tlie big
Chicago firm now\\ known as Sidl
Like most sununnIer associates, lie
worked on research projects.
It was there that hlie met Michelle
Robinson, a young l Hariard law
graduate assigned as his mentor at
the firm. They were married four
Neither Obania lingered in corpo-
rate law. She stayed w\\ith t(lie lirm
for three years and moved on. Slhe
is nosw a vice president ait the
University of Chicago.
Besides his practice, narack
Obama taught constitutional law at
the University of Chicago.
Obama's view of the law vwas
shaped in part by his years before
law school as a community organ-
izer working with the poor in
Chicago's housing projects.
In his 1995 book, "Dreams From
My Father," lie said the law could
sometimes be "a sort of glorified
accounting that serves to regulate
the affairs of those who have power
and that all too often seeks to
explain, to those who do not, the
ultimate wisdom and justness of
"I try to do my small part in
reversing this tide," lie wrote.
Ilv Malena Ainusa
As hair weaves and wigs have
become lmiore popular aimongi
African American women, writer
Malenla Auinusa finds an embrace of
femininity in their use as well as a
broader cultural rejection of natural
This past winter, I noticed some-
thing very unsettling while I was
visiting my family in Jacksonville.
Almost all the black women I
encountered were sporting lavishly
long hair weaves, fake locks that
can add length and volume after
being sewed or glued to the scalp.
Weaves come in straight, curly and
kinky textures. But most black
womIien with weaves \\wear themll to
extend and straighten tlie appear-
ancte of their niaturall' coiled aind
lxverv\where I turned, froimi the
church to thile mall, black iomenn
suited iup in tills straight-hair uni-
formi. W\Vas I missing something. 1I
thought. Would my close-cut Atfro
set me too far apart froi othlier
Natural, kinky lair--w which is
most associated \\ith blackness--
has also been tied to infteror lV ill
the United States \We can thank
enitrepreiieui Madam C.J. Walker,
tile late Iloth center\ ill\entor of the
hot pressing conib--literallx a
coitb-shaped iron--tor the subse-
quenlt yeais of black womenn burn-
ing their disobedient lihair into sub-
miission. Still today\ Lamnong African
Americans. there exists a strata
between those \\th l"bad hair" aind
"good hair," the latter being hair
thatii is most in s\nc \\it lthie doLni-
\\Walk into ,an\ phl.iimaic\ alnd
you'lll see ,i deluge of huish chlicn -
cal products lthlt pronuse black
\\ omen unnaIpp li.ih. Min\ bclih\e
thills is .a denlioinstrA on of self-
I lihe .la ar\ 200)- cop\ of
fsscncc magazine 1 picked up did-
n't help. "Look Beautiful inm our
, Os, 40s. 40 s 50, Real \\omen
,11 d Celebs Sh llS ,i.C c.illt \ ll
Health Secrets'," the co\cr read
Featured w\\ere three celebrities with
flo\\ ing, boulnc\ wa\ es and ,anoth-
cr womann whose sll\er hair w as
\ isibly straightened to suppress the
real curl underneath.
fssence had made it clear Ihere
\\was no \\way to be napp\-haircd and
beautiful at anr age.
Myopic Beanuty Image
Ihis perplexed ime because
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BET Scales Back on TJ Holmes
BET is already scaling back
its much-anticipated late-night,
half-hour vehicle for T.J.
Holmes, the former CNN
anchor, from half an hour
Monday through Thursday to an
hour once a week.
The show launched Oct. I.
CEO Debra Lee said last month
the show is "designed to be a
mix of entertainment and news
and commentary. We hoped it
would have been a Jon Stewart,
Stephen Colbert-type show [...].
To be honest, the ratings haven't
been great in the past two
weeks. Our audience always
says they want this kind of pro-
gramming, but they don't show up."
A Nielsen spokesman told
Journal-isms by e-mail on Monday,
"Don't Sleep on BET in its normal
I I pm time slot [averages] 349,000
people [2 years old and older] tun-
ing in to watch Live or that same
day." Stewart's "The Daily Show"
on Comedy Central, which also airs
froin II p.m. to I 1:30 p.m. drew 1.6
million during the week ofl Oc. 29
to Nov. 2, though reruns aired oni
two of those nights were reruns
because of IHurricanle Sandy.
A recent Lisa de Moraes article in
the Washington Post said, "D)on't
Sleep's" launch "averaged about
400,000 viewers on Oct. 1. And
while the Oct. 9 episode
approached I million viewers, it has
never comlle close to that nilumber'
since, and subsequent
episodes have been known to
slip as low as 203,000 view-
ers. Over its brief run to dale,
the show is attracting about
50 percent fewer viewers
S than BET had in the tineslot
during the same period a
BET built the show around
the affable Holmes, who left
CNN last December dissatis-
lied with his weekend anchor
role. He told Akolo Ofori-
Atta tof Ihe Root that month,
"My role will be as a journal-
ist. They brought mie on
because of mniy news back-
ground and flor my news chops. I
think many people in llthe black
comnnnitnily would like to turn fite
TV on when they getl holmc or even
in fthe morning to see news cover-
age about things that matter to
them, coming from people who
look like them and talk like them.
We have a great opportunity to do
that next year, and I hope to play a
aroilnd St. L.ouis, so
mialy everyday women
who have Ino celebrity
slakes to claiiIm wxere sub-
scribing to this myopic
image of beauty ll
wrapped around these
hair weaves that, by the
way, can take hours to .
glue onto the scalp and
cost hundreds of dollars.
I wanted to walk in
their shoes and under-
stand them, so I decided --
to get a long, straight wig. The w i
Without thie labor-intensive
process, I achlived the luscious
locks of a \weave so I could learn
wlihat te noln celebrity xwomtan liad
to gain front enil lasting Ithe straight
hair of noln-Af ican woman.l.
After ,sc eral days ofl, w ling the
\\ ig anitld IntCric\ iC ing black w\ onieii,
I loiund itha the stiaighlt-hair phc-
inomenon flhas little to dox with a need
to fit into mainlistlrcain social set-
tings. Rathci, these long weavesis
ina\ reflect our desire toI tr onil a
different felininie pcesona that has
hisitoricall\ been *appropriated for
w white \w oenll
I Hiioughiout itune, w\ eae and
Iw igs ha\c ser\ed as ticosles tir
black womenliCl to put on wxhlien they
\\wan to look sc\\, such as in llhe
2000( ilole "Dl)ream i (irhls" that's
looscl\ based on tlie IL)tis rise of
the SupireCme, ,a Motow\\n sensation.
In the opening scene of the mo\ie,
before the Dreamlls enter their first
big sio\\,. the\ shift their poot\,
1 luropean-i hair \\ Igs a roiunid.
I indini .1 perfect fit. rite\ then put
on A, killer slhmow As the D)icius
become mloc succcsstil ,nild sw\\ itch
lio n is t tll\ blick toI mostll\ ihil
.itdiclccs. theii hlr.i get-upt s
becoiiic longr'ci .land bigger lie
Dict ilts begin to look like xhile
women in bl.ick Iacc And when
onet oI the IneiCmbers gecs kicked out
on the band because of her left\
appeaiirnce. shIe quickly re\erts to
caringig An A\fro
Bui ing ;a \ig
I kne\\ in\ hair \\as being mistak-
oi toi r llt\ fellniliy upon entenrn
wwmpt- t wo WwlC-W -
the Asian-owned beauty-supply
store in nmy predominantly black
neighborhood where I went to buy
Imy wig. Perhaps because tihe elder-
ly Asian sales lady kept sayingg : "Ohi
you prietl with the wig."
It became Cvcli clearly once I
reltrned holnie with the long, black,
straight wig in hand and saw tilhe
label name Nikita. IEven the manu-
flctuirers figured that bvy wearing
this wig, I tiwas t transllormt myself
into another x\Voman.ll.
A few weeks later, I moved to
Ne\ Yolk and nel ai n actress andi
professor of aesithcic studies at the
I 'i\ ersits of lexas-)allas. \Venus
Opal Reese hlias interviewed hun-
dreds of black womenn in researeh-
ing this hair transformation.
During the opening night of her
one-w\\oman pla\ "Split Ends."
which h takes an in-depth look at
black \\omen and their historical
tangle w ith hair, Reese bombarded
a small stage hearing g a skimpy
dress and a Tina Turner \\ig just as
\\wld ,is her falling armss Seconds
litci. the \\ ig t1c\\ off and fell to tile
110 A.\s llthe c o d ielpcd w\ithi
laitghtci. Reese hfirrecd to pick it
tup. and kept \\iA ing the hair imn her
hand as3 if still attached to her
w i ruling head
"Hleing i.1 \\toman is a perforlm-
ance," slie said in the skit. "It's a
full-time. thankless job."
Dressing Up in Drag
I er point was to sho\\ that bx\
hearing g wea\es and wigs. black
women are dressing up in their own
drag, \\ hereby ihe\ can becotmee
type of woman they
aren't otherwise expect-
ed to be. Black women
2:; weaving up has so much
to do with our need to
feel feminine and strong
at different points in our
lives, Reese argued later
in a phone interview.
"Hair is a navigator,"
she said. "It's a negotia-
< f tor, it's a deal-breaker."
/j I'd say. In a world
V where black women are
"hair". constantly blunted by
racial and sexual discrimination, it
makes sense that we'd begin adopt-
ing counter-representations of our-
That's what the wig did for me. It
gave me the freedom to be aloof, to
flirt and to smile without fear of not
receiving smiles in return.
I made several outings with the
wig. During one trip, I went to a
mall. The weave made my confi-
dence soar. lHeading there, I drove
faster than usual. And every time I
reached to pick tip my cell phone, I
dramatically tossed my hair back
and said "Haloh!" roaring and
perky like a valley girl. I was ready
to explode onto the mall scene and
attract all kinds of men.
As I entered the sliding doors, my
hair swooshed about my face and I
loved it. And after some time, I
noticed that I was moving around
like a butterfly. flighty and irregu-
lar. I couldn't stop giggling like a
school girl and tossing my hair
lightly back as I rolled my eyes sen-
suously around while talking.
The wig had changed me: with it.
I felt excited to become Nikita, who
I assumtned w\as a ftun-loving white
1 believed I could seduce with my
hair w without thinking men wouldn't
return my vibes because I was too
black. Whatever that feeling--call it
femininity if you like--I had more
of it. And while I hated the persist-
ent itch of the wig and those fluffy
bangs scratching my eyes. for the
first time. I saw clearly the power of
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Frederick Douglass staue in Washington, D.C.
Frederick Douglass Statue
Moves to Emancipation Hall
A statue of Frederick Douglass,
orator, writer, abolitionist, and
advocate for equality of all people,
will move from the atrium of a gov-
ernment office building to Capitol
Hill's Emancipation Hall to repre-
sent the District if Colombia.
Douglass will be one of three
African-Americans represented in
that hall, including busts of
Sojourner Truth and Martin Luther
Also, it will be the first statue to
represent the city.
The Emancipation Hall holds two
statues for each state. Statues of
notable people that the state can
call their own. Washington D.C. is
not a state and therefore is not rep-
The federal capital, created in
1791, has long been struggling for
recognition with Congress, which
still oversees the city's budget. It
was not until 1961 that residents
were allowed to vote in the presi-
Eleanor Holmes Norton, who
represents the district in Congress,
told the Kansas City Star what
might seem like a "little thing" was
actually a major step for
Washington D.C.'s residents.
"For us, it's a great triumph," said
Norton, who represents the city in
the House of Representatives but
has limited voting privileges. "It
means a great deal to the residents."
"We're delighted that the presi-
dent has signed the legislation, and
are proud that our statue of
Frederick Douglass will finally
have a place in the Capitol,"
Washington Mayor Vincent Gray
said recently. "While we're thank-
fill for this victory, our larger quest
to secure the same rights that our
fellow citizens across the country
enjoy will continue."
Douglass will not be tile only
change to come to the
A new law, passed in 2000,
allows states to substitute their cur-
rent statues for more diverse and
Black and No Kids Dating Launches as the World's
First Dating Site For Black Singles Without Kids
The Black and No Kids dating
site has launched as tlie first dating
website tailored to African
Americans with no children looking
to date other African
kids. During the reg-
members to agree
that before creating
a profile that they do
not have any biolog-
ical, adopted, or foster children.
The site caters to an underserved
niche of the African American pop-
Research studies have shown that
there are over 40 million Americans
who currently use dating services
and that 44%o of the overall US pop-
ulation classifies themselves as sin-
gle. A Pew study also found that
nearly three out of four Internet
users who are single and seeking a
mate have used the Web to find
love; and many
BIac are succeeding.
S given rise to one
in five relation-
Da ting ships and one in
According to 2009 data from the
Census Bureau, 70.5 percent of
black women between the ages of
25 and 29 have never been married
so there is a market for the offering.
The Stall' of Black and no kids
dating during a recent interview
stated that the wcbsite was not cre-
ated to alienate anyone but it was
developed as a vehicle for Black
singles looking for love. They also
went on to say, "Are we anti-kid?
Not at all! However, there are a
number of singles out there who
want their potential mate to be child
free. There are dating sites out there
that cater to single parents, but what
about the flipside? Black and no
kids dating wants to make that a
Signing up for Black and no Kids
dating is free but members will
have to pay (Gold Membership) to
communicate with other singles on
the site. Black and no kids dating is
Black owned and operated and can
be found at www.blackandnokids.comn
and any comments or questions
should be directed to
Federal Housing Programs Fail to
Place Minority and Low-Income
Families Near High Quality Schools
Across the country, tenants
receiving federal housing assis-
tance rarely reside in neighbor-
hoods near high quality schools,
according to a study released
today by the Washington-based
Poverty and Race Research Action
The study,1 Do FedcrallY
Assisted IHouseholds Htav'e Acccss
to High Perftwining Public
Schools"', found that assisted
households are more likely to live
near low-performing schools than
other households. Of the nation's
100 largest metropolitan areas,
Grand Rapids, MIl Monnmouth,.
NJ, Scranton, PA and iergen
County, NJ ranked last in ho\\
well four specific housing pro-
gramns located assisted households
near quality schools.
In urban areas such as Chicago,
IL; Boston, MA; Syracuse. NY:
NMilwaukee, WI and Indianapolis,
IN federal housing units are rarely
located near higher performing
schools, and even housing vouch-
er holders rarely live near higher
performing schools. By contrast,
among the metropolitan areas with
the highest rankings for locating
assisted households near quality
schools are San Antonio, TX;
Mobile. AL; San Jose, CA; San
Diego, CA: Omaha, NB: Tulsa.
OK: Tampa, FL; and Albuquerque,
"It is unfortunate that housing
assistance programs across the
country\ aren't helping families
improve the quality of education
for their children, said Philip
legeler, executive di-ector of
PRRA(C, which is a civil rights
policy organization. "liven hous-
ing assistance programs specifi-
calls designed to help families
move to better neighborhoods are
tailing to achieve that objective."
Georgetown Law Professor
Sheryll Cashin, a PRRAC Board
member who has written about
race and housing issues, said the
study has uncovered "a missed
opportunity" to improve life out-
comes for low-income families.
"Education is the only route to a
better life for children growing up
in poor communities," said
Cashin. "Federal housing assis-
tance programs should expose our
nation's most vulnerable children
to the best available educational
The U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development
HIUD) currently spends about $18
billion annually on Housing
Choice Vouchers, and the Low
Income Housing Tax Credit pro-
gram (administered by the
Treasury Department) currently
costs 56.5 billion annually in fore-
gone revenues. These are extreme-
Iy important programs for low-
income families, and they should
serve as a means for families to
reach high opportunity areas with
better schools. This new study
suggests that rarely do these pro-
Sherrilyn Ifill to
Lead NAACP Legal
The NAACP Legal Defense and
Education Fund has named
Sherrilyn Ifill its new president and
Ifill, who will start her new posi-
tion in January, is a law professor
and the author of On the
Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the
Legacy of Lynching in the 21st
Century. She has also made regular
television and radio appearances to
discuss politics, not much unlike
her older cousin PBS correspon-
dent Gwen Ifill.
According to the NAACP, the
LDF, which was founded by
Thurgood Marshall in 1940, seeks
to "expand democracy, eliminate
disparities, and achieve racial jus-
tice in a society that fulfills the
promise of equality for all
Ifill is not new to the organiza-
tion. having served as assistant
counsel in its New York office
early in her career. During her time
there, she worked on the landmark
Voting Rights Act case Houston
Lawyers' Association vs. Attorney
General of Texas.
"It was a dream come true to
serve as a lawyer at LDF years ago.
and it is a high honor to return to
this premiere institution as
President and Director-Counsel."
Ifill said in a statement.
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