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Jacksonville Fla
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Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
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"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."
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Black Coaches 'Disappointed' in
Decision to Axe UC Football Coach
The executive director of the Black Coaches Association said today
he is disappointed by the University of Colorado's decision Sunday to
fire football coach Jon Embree after only two seasons on the job.
Embree was fired by athletic director Mike Bohn late Sunday after-
noon following a 1-11 season that marked the first time in history a
CU team went winless at Folsom Field. The Buffs were 4-21 under
Embree in two seasons and lost 15 games by 20 or more points in
those two seasons.
Embree was the first black head football coach in CU history.
"I'm disappointed for Jon because I thought he might get another
year," Floyd Keith said. "I would have been pleased if he had gotten
another year, but I'm also not blind. I think the thing that did him in
was the loss to the FCS team (Sacramento State). What can you say
about that?
Keith served as an assistant coach at Colorado under former coach
Bill Mallory in the 1970s. He coached CU running backs and quarter-
backs. He was part of the staff that led the Buffs to the 1977 Orange
Bowl only to be fired two years later. He has been with the BCA for
12 years.

Civil Rights Leader
Larry Guyot Dies at 73
WASHINGTON Laxwrence Guyot, a civil rights
leader %\ho survived jailhouse bearings in the Deep
South in the 1960s and \vent on to encourage gener-
ations to get involved. has died. He was 73.
Guot had heart problems and suffered from dia-
betes, and died at home in Mount Rainier. Md.. -
A Mississippi native. Guyot (pronounced GHEE-ott) worked for the
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of
the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, which brought thousands of
young people to the state to register blacks to vote despite a history of
violence and intimidation by authorities. He also chaired the
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, Which sought to have blacks
included among the state's delegates to the 1964 Democratic National
Convention. The bid was rejected, but another civil rights activist,
Fannie Lou Hamer, addressed the convention during a nationally tele-
vised appearance.
Guyot was severely beaten se% eral times, including at the notorious
Mississippi State Penitentiary known as Parchman Farm. He contin-
ued to speak on voting rights until his death, including encouraging
people to cast ballots for President Barack Obama.

New Yorkers Commemorate
Anniversary of Sean Bell's Date
Thanksgiving weekends are commonly shared with family, eating
leftovers and enjoying good cheer. But for the family and friends of
Sean Bell, it's a constant reminder of a life that was lost due to police
brutalty.
To commemorate his death, last weekend, Nicole Bell, Sean's fianc6,
and some family and friends gathered in Jamaica, Queens, on
Liverpool Street (which has been changed to Sean Bell Way) and 94
Avenue, at the exact spot where Mr. Bell was killed. Rain, sleet or
snow hasn't been able to deter the annual gathering from taking place.
On Nov. 24 at 11 p.m., the start time of his bachelor party, they start
assembling. They stand outside with candles until 4:17 a.m., the time
of his death. They then ring a bell 50 times to symbolize the bullets
police fired at Sean and his friends.
On Nov. 25, 2006, an unarmed Sean Bell was fatally gunned down
and two of his friends were injured by a team of plain-clothes, under-
cover New York City police officers in a hail of 50 bullets while leav-
ing his bachelor party in Queens, New York. He was to be married
later that day.
The incident caused a national stir and criticism against the police
department, comparing the killing to that of Amadou Diallo, an
unarmed African immigrant who was killed when New York City
police officers fired 41 bullets at him in February 1999. The police in
both cases were acquitted of any and all charges.

Black Nannies Earn the Most


The first-ever national study of the employment conditions of
domestic workers, released today by the National Domestic Workers
Alliance, reveals low wages and few benefits for home-help employ-
ees, but substantial variations in compensation based on ethnicity,
immigration status and whether employees live with their employers.
Interestingly, while white domestic workers generally earned more
than their black, Hispanic and Asian counterparts, the study found that
African-American nannies earned slightly more -- a median of $12.71
an hour -- than white ones ($12.55 an hour).
But overall, "Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated
World of Domestic Work," based on interviews with 2,086 workers in
14 major metropolitan areas to provide an empirically grounded pic-
ture of what it means to be a domestic worker in modem America, had
somber findings for these workers as a group. Among the surveyed
employees, who are excluded from key federal and state labor laws
and regulations, researchers uncovered denial of meal and rest breaks,
overtime pay and paid vacations or holidays. Also found: multiple
accounts of physical and psychological abuse.


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Volume 26 No. 6 Jacksonville, Florida November 29-December 5, 2012


Obama's Re-Election Puts

Stamp on Health Care Law


by Chris Levister
With the re-election of President
Barack Obama, the Affordable Care
Act, passed in 2010, stands as a his-
toric achievement, ending a
decades-long quest by Democrats
- and some Republicans to
guarantee healthcare to all
Americans.
That outcome which seemed
almost unimaginable this spring
when the Supreme Court consid-
ered whether the Affordable Care
Act was constitutional puts
immediate pressure on many


Republican state leaders who
fought it. They must decide in days
whether to implement it or have the
federal government do it for them.
"It's all over but the shouting,"
said Families USA Executive
Director Ron Pollack, a consumer
advocate and leading champion of
the law. "What was very question-
able at the start of the year has been
settled. ... The Affordable Care Act
will be a permanent fixture of the
American healthcare system."
Continued on page 9


Artist Daniel Wynn with Rhonda Bristol admiring his work Woman in
Recycling.
Wynn Debuts Moments in Time
This week artist Daniel Wynn's eclectic and electric style of art was on
display at a reception held in his honor at the Jewish Community Alliance
on San Jose Blvd. Displayed art included both acrylic on canvas and oil
paintings reflecting characters that were embracing, recycling or in a car-
nival. Daniel Wynn's expressed his thanks to the admirers, My art is an
inspiration from my father who was a musician in the 1940's, he played in
a the big bands of that era and he believed that art could change lives in
young people."
Daniel Wynn's work of art will be on display until December 26th.


Michael Dunn


Jordan Russell Davis


Man Shoots Teen for

Playing Music Too Loud


Florida's controversial 'Stand
Your Ground' law is back on the
national stage after the murder of
yet another unarmed, black teen.
.Michael Dunn, a 45-year-old
South Florida resident is invoking
the controversial law after a recent
confrontation turned fatal.
According to authorities, 17-
year-old Jordan Russell Davis, a
black teenager, and several other
friends were confronted by Dunn, a
white man, who pulled alongside
the teens' SUV in the parking lot a
Gate station on Baymeadows and
Southside Blvd.. Dunn asked them
to turn their music down, and after
an exchange of words, he fired
between 8 and 9 shots at the vehi-
cle, several of which hit Davis,
causing his death.
Dunn was arrested on Saturday
and charged with murder and
attempted murder, his lawyer said
that her client acted "responsibly
and in self defense."
During a telephone interview
with ABC 12, Dunn's daughter
Rebecca defended her father, say-
ing he did not intend to kill anyone
and was responding to a threat.
Dunn's self defense claim falls
under Florida's "Stand Your
Ground" law, which was the same
claim used in the defense of George
Zimmerman, the man accused of


murdering 17-year-old Trayvon
Martin earlier this year.
Davis was a student at Samuel W.
Wolfson High School. He will be
buried in his hometown of Marietta,
Ga. His family plans to start a foun-
dation in his honor for at risk youth
who have been the victims of
tragedy.
Andrew Young

to Keynote

MLK Breakfast
The City of Jacksonville will
present its 26th Annual Martin
Luther King Jr. Breakfast on
Friday, January 18 at 7:30 a.m. at
the Prime Osborn Convention
Center.
U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young
has been selected as the keynote
speaker. Ambassador Young con-
fronted segregation with Dr. King
and has been a consistent voice for
civil and human rights throughout
his life as a public servant.
In addition, youth from local
schools and organizations will be
honored as Tomorrow's Leaders.
Tomorrow's Leaders are young
people who exemplify the ideals
and principles of King and excel in
community volunteerism, leader-
ship and civic responsibility.


The Impact of Impact Jax Education Initiative


by William Jackson
The Impact Jax Education
Initiative, the first of its kind, has
made significant strides in creating
a mentoring program that involves
young professionals throughout the
city. The goal is to collaborate with
young professionals of various pro-
fessions to become involved in
schools in the Duval County Public
School system as mentors.
The Impact Jax Education
Initiative is a unique mentoring
entity that will provide workshops
to students at Robert E. Lee High
School, on subjects that range from
social interaction, social media,
personal finance, writing, and other
educational and social disciplines
that students will use as they transi-
tion from high school to higher edu-
cation.
The selection of Robert E. Lee
High School was done with plan-
ning, academic need of students,
administrative support and the
school's reputation of innovation as
the first national model for original
college ready early programs where


Participants of the Impact Jax Education Initiative are: Sarita
Fleurantin (Altria Group Distribution Company), Erin Davis Laura
Weiss (Teach for America) Michael Doyle (Nova University)
Samantha Kelly (Chase Bank), Kemal Gasper (Urban Trust Bank)
Gayle Jones (CSX) Teneshia LaFaye (Author/Blogger), William
Jackson (Duval County Public Schools and JCCI Forward).


students can earn a AA or AS col-
lege degree before graduating and
earning a high school diploma.
Lee is also a Magnet School
under the leadership of veteran
administrator Principal Dr. Denise
Hall. Hall is not just an educational
institution of academic focus, but
understands the holistic approach to
education and family involvement.
As a teacher of over 20 years and
community activist I encourage
other teachers and young business
professionals to use their experi-
ence in education, social awareness
and community involvement to par-
ticipate as a mentor.
The participants of Impact Jax are
"fired up" to be the best mentors
that will provide support and
encouragement to the students that
need that extra voice of encourage-
ment, students that need an ear of
listening and words of wisdom.
If other young professionals are
interested in participating as men-
tors with the ImpactJAX Education
Initiative contact Laura Weiss at
laura.weiss@teachforamerica.org


Bipartisanship

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Tallahassee and

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Harlem Renaissance
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 Cummer
Museum 829 Riverside Ave. For
more details call (904) 356-6857 or
visit the museum website at
www.cummer.org.

A Night with Stars
Friends of Elder Source presents
"A night with the Stars" honoring
advocates and caregivers of elders,
Thursday, November 29th, 5:30
to 8:30 p.m. at the University of
North Florida. For more informa-
tion call (904) 391-6692 or visit
www.myeldersource.org.

A Message of Hope
from Joel Osteen
Pastor Joel Osteen will be in
Jacksonville for a book signing of
his new book "I Declare," on
Thursday, November 29th at 7
p.m. at Books-a-Million, 9400
Atlantic Blvd. Followed by a "A
Night of Hope" Friday, November
30th at 7:30 p.m. at Veterans
Memorial Arena. For more infor-
mation contact the bookstore at
(904) 805-0004 or call the arena
(904) 630-3900.

EWC Choir
Christmas Concert
The EWC Choir will present a


concert themed "Sing Noel."
Music from all genres will be per-
formed, including works from
Mozart and Christmas Spirituals
and Gospels. It will be held Friday,
November 30th at 6 p.m. in the
Milne Auditorium, 1658 Kings
Road. The concert is free and open
to the public.

Jax Urban League
Neighborhood Mixer
Excellent food, great music and
lots of good conversation are about
to happen at the Historic
Springfield Learning Center on
Friday, November 30th, 5:00 p.m.
to 9:00 p.m. A cornucopia of art
from statues to historic master
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 hsclcenter@gmail.com.

Santa Claus with
Jack and Jill
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack
& Jill will present their 2nd annual
holiday affair with Santa, Saturday,
December 1st from 2 -5 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Marriott, 4670
Salisbury Road. Bring the little
ones for a picture with Santa in
Santa's Workshop. There will be a
book drive benefiting underprivi-
leged children. To RSVP contact
Committee Chair Robbin Bray at
robbinbray@yahoo.com.


Billie McCray
Art and Craft Show
There will be an Arts and Craft
Christmas show exhibiting the
works of the talented Billie
McCray on Saturday, December
1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the
Atlantic Recreation Center, 2500
Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina
Beach. For more information con-
tact felicef@bellsouth.net.

Mayors Holiday
Festival Senior Event
The annual Mayors Holiday festi-
val for Seniors event will be held
Saturday, December 1st at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center,
1000 Water St., from 2-5 p.m. This
annual event provides an opportuni-
ty for Jacksonville seniors 60 years
and over to share the spirit of the
season while enjoying a traditional
holiday dinner, a visit from Santa
and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment,
dancing, door prizes and more.
Tickets are available at Mary
Singleton Senior Center, 1501st St.
and at City Hall, 117 W. Duval St.,
Suite 220. For more information or
to volunteer call (904) 630-7392 or
visit www.coj.net/seniors.

5th 3rd Northside
Grand Opening
The Fifth Third Bank of North
Florida will host a grand opening
community event to celebrate the
new Lem Turner banking center.
Festivities are free and open to the
public. There will be free food and


music, a prize wheel, face painting,
balloon art and a "cash grab" booth.
Come enjoy the festivities,
Saturday, December 1st, 9 a.m. to 2
p.m., Fifth Third Bank, Lem Turner
Banking Center, 7753 Lem Turner
Rd. For more details contact Jeana
Bella at (904) 520-4200.

Spoken Word
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. The Ritz is locat-
ed at 829 North Davis Street.

Amateur Night
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
on sale now! For more information
contact Ritz Theatre and Museum at
(904) 632-5555, 829 North Davis
Street or visit www.ritzjack-
sonville.com.

Become a Brand New
Woman Conference
The Brand New Woman
Conference will be held Saturday,
December 8th, at the Sheraton
Jacksonville Hotel, 10605
Deerwood Park Blvd., promises to


educate and motivate. The confer-
ence is dedicated to addressing the
total needs of women highlighting
money management, careers and
relationships. Special guest is best-
selling author Brenda Jackson. For
more information email
info@totalcareconsulting.com.

NAACP Community
Meeting
On Tuesday, December llth at 6
p.m. at the Legends Center, 5054
Soutel Drive, the Education
Committee of the Jacksonville
Branch NAACP will host a
Community meeting on "Ending
the School to Prison Pipeline." The
community meeting is scheduled to
get input from parents, students,
educators, and the general public.
For further information, please call
the NAACP office at (904) 764-
7578 or call E.G Atkins at (904)
655-3502.

Annual Children's
Christmas Party
The Children's' Christmas party
of Jacksonville will be held,
Saturday, December 15th, 9:00
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jacksonville's
children, 12 years of age and
younger, who otherwise might not
receive toys for Christmas, will be
treated to a fun day in celebration of
this important holiday. For more
information call (904) 350-1616 or
visit www.ccpoj.org.

Annual Children's
Christmas Party
The annual Children's Christmas
Paiiy of Jacksonville will hold their
ditfiual toy give3'a\a Thursday.
December 15th at the Prime F
'Osborn" Convenffi+olf"Ce6iteF,"lU00
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
(904) 350-1616.

Douglas Anderson
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.

Blue & White
Christmas Affair
The Jacksonville Sigmas's pres-
ents their Blue & White Christmas
Dinner, Saturday, December 22nd,
6 p.m. 8 p.m. at the Blue Bamboo,
3820 Southside Bld. For more
information email trusig-
mal914@yahoo.com.

The Chocolate
Nutcracker
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
incorporates African dance, Ballet,
Hip-Hop and Jazz, while telling the
tdory of a 3 oung girl"nmned Claire
who travels the worlfin a dream
"With'tei Chocolafte'uciifacker. For"
more information, call 768-2255.


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Father, Son and Grandson helped make families happy On Wednesday, November
21, 2011, Kenneth Reddick, his son Devin and grandson Jaylon are shown above preparing bags of groceries for
needy tfaitlics. The bags and boxes are part of an annual effort sponsored by Malivai Washington Kids
Foundation and their TNT Program. Devin Reddick is the Head Tennis Professional for the Program. The father,
son and grandson team helped to bring some smiles to the faces of more than 100 families for Thanksgiving.
Knntclh Reddick said volunteerism is something his family has practiced since he was a child and happy to pass
the tradition on.


Study: Black Male Incarcerations Jumped 500%

from 1986 to 2004, Resulting in a Mental Health Crisis


By Dr. Boyce Witkins
A report has been
released at Meharry
Medical College School of
Medicine about the devas-
tating impact that mass
incarceration has on our
society. The study, pub- w
lished in Frontiers in
Psychology, is one of the
most thorough examina-
tions of the impact that
mass incarceration has on
the African American com-
munity.
The study's authors
argue that the billions of
dollars being spent keeping
non-violent offenders
behind bars would be better
spent on education and
rehabilitation.
"Instead of getting
health care and education from civil
society, African American males


Ex-Florida GOP Chair, Claims Republican


Voting Laws Focused On Suppression, Racism


by Ian Gray, HP
Jim Greer, the former head of the
Florida Republican Party, recently
claimed that a law shortening the
early voting period in the state was
deliberately designed to suppress
voting among groups that tend to
support Democratic candidates, the
Palm Beach Post reports.
"The Republican Party, the
strategists, the consultants, they
firmly believe that early voting is
bad for Republican Party candi-
dates," Greer told the Post. "It's
done for one reason and one reason
only...'We've got to cut down on
early voting because early voting is
not good for us.'"
The HB 1355 law, which was
passed by Florida's Republican
legislature and signed by Gov.
Rick Scott (R) in Nov. 2011, cut
the number of early voting days
from 14 to eight. It was publicly
,sold as an effort to, reduce voter
fraud and to save money, but Greer


says that this was simply a "mar-
keting ploy."
Greer served as Florida's GOP
chairman from 2006 until 2010
when he was forced to resign after
allegedly stealing money from the
party. He was arrested and his case
is pending.
Scott's predecessor, Republican-
turned-Independent Charlie Crist,
resisted efforts from Republicans
to shorten the state's early voting
period, citing reasons that mesh
with Greer's claims.
In an interview with The
Huffington Post earlier this month,
Crist said the new law is clearly
aimed at curbing turnout among
Democrats.
"The only thing that makes any
sense as to why this is happening
and being done is voter suppres-
sion," he said.
Crist added, "People have fought
and died for our right to vote, and
unfortunately our legislature and


this governor have decided they
want to make early voting less
available to Floridians rather than
more available ... It's hard for me
as an American to comprehend
why you don't make democracy as
easy as possible to exercise for the
people of our state. It's frankly
unconscionable."
Greer also acknowledged that
the effort to restrict early voting
would directly affect turnout
among Florida's African
Americans, a demographic that
consistently supports Democrats.
"The sad thing about that is yes,
there is prejudice and racism in the
party but the real prevailing
thought is that they don't think
minorities will ever vote
Republican," he told the Post.
Greer went on to suggest that
there was "absolutely nothing"
state Republicans wouldn't do in
following their "absolute obsession
with retaining power."


Parts of HB 1355 were over-
turned by a panel of federal judges
in August, partially due to its antic-
ipated impact on minority turnout.
The three judges ruled that a "dra-
matic reduction in the form of vot-
ing that is disproportionately used
by African-Americans would make
it materially more difficult for
some minority voters to cast a bal-
lot than under the benchmark law."
The court's ruling only affected
five of Florida's 67 counties --
those covered by the section of the
Voting Rights Act cited by the
court in its ruling. The vast major-
ity of Florida voters were subject
to the shortened voting period.
Despite lines as long as nine
hours on Election Day in Florida,
Scott said he stands by the new
law. "Well I'm very comfortable
that the right thing happened," he
told WKMG Orlando after the
election. He later promised to
order a re% iew\ of electoral issues.


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are being funneled into the prison
system. Much of this costly practice
could be avoided in the long-term
by transferring funds away from
prisons and into education," says
Dr. William D. Richie, assistant
professor in the Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
at Meharry Medical College, lead
author of the paper.
The study's authors note that 60
percent of all incarcerations are due
to non-violent, drug-related crimes.
The authors also note that the cost
of substance abuse in the United
States is as high as half a trillion per
year.
"Spending money on prevention
and intervention of substance abuse
treatment programs will yield better
results than spending on correction-
al facilities," the authors claim in
the study.
Finally, the authors note that
while crime rates have declined
over the last 20 years, incarceration
rates has climbed through the roof.
The inmates occupying these jail
cells are disproportionately Black.
In fact, the Black male incarcera-
tion rate has jumped by 500 percent
between 1986 the 2004. The
authors note that, even for those
who don't abuse drugs before going
to prison, the likelihood of sub-
stance abuse after prison goes up


dramatically. The mass
incarceration epidemic affects all of
us, even those who haven't gone to
prison: It affects the child who
grows up without a father who has
been incarcerated, the children who
are bullied at school by that child,
the woman seeking a husband who
can't find a good man to marry, the
list goes on and on. When so many
of our men are marginalized and
incarcerated, this has a powerful
impact on the sociological ecosys-
tem of the Black community, the
same way an economy crumbles
when a few large companies go
bankrupt.
The point here is that we cannot
look at the holocaust of mass incar-
ceration as someone else's problem
or something that just affects crimi-
nals. The punishment should fit the
crime, and when every study imag-
inable says that Black people are
more likely to go to jail for the
same crimes, this means that Jim
Crow alive and well. Something
must be done at the grassroots, state
and federal levels. We cannot allow
this epidemic to exist any longer.
Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of
the Your Black World Coalition and
the creator of the "Building
Outstanding Men and Boys
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Ever in Tallahassee and Washington


During Abraham Lincoln's
acceptance speech for the
Republican nomination for
President, he gave one of his most
controversial yet profound speech-
es.
Lincoln said, "A house divided
against itself cannot stand. I believe
this government cannot endure,
permanently halfslave and half
free."
"I do not expect the Union to be
dissolved -- I do not expect the
house to fall -- but I do expect it
will cease to be divided. It will
become all one thing or all the
other," he added.
Of course today in America slav-
ery isn't an issue, but the concept of
a house divided not being able to
stand is relevant today. Between
the pending fiscal cliff and the con-
tinued disdain that many continue
to show for the President biparti-
sanship is needed now more than
ever.
Lincoln knew that in order for
America to truly be a great nation,
slavery had to end; which was a
tough sale in the south obviously.
But again, the essence of the issue
is alive today. In order for America
to continue being a great nation we
can't have elected officials hoping
for failed policies so that the failure
of the president or Congress bene-
fits one party or the other.
Last week in Tallahassee, the
incoming Florida House of
Representatives Speaker Will
Weatherford echoed similar com-
ments.
During his acceptance speech he
siaLd .',:Whether. you, were happy or.
d1 [ oinreir-TWlThe resuhs rs'ifhe
mftrh-i this--We'" lia\ e a president.
For those who wish him to fail or
for that matter wish our Congress
to fail, only wish for Flonda to fail
and that is unacceptable."
Of course the Democrats in the
chamber erupted with applause.
and maybe a few Republicans
Weatherford went on to talk
about the unemployment rate still
being high, many educational
struggles and more than 3.5 million


Floridians on food stamps. His
message was simple now is not
the time to play politics.
"We are living at a time when the
state of Florida needs us to act," he
said.
That is exactly the kind of lead-
ership our state and nation needs.
So what your candidate did not
win. We should putour country
first, not politics.
When the Republican Congress
took over two years ago,GOP lead-
ership said that their number one
goal was to make sure that
President Obama didn't get reelect-
ed. Excuse me, but how is that your
number one goal? The housing cri-
sis, job creation, oil spill in the
Gulf, education, and numerous
other vital problems; none of those


issues were more of a priority?
OK, so as Weatherford said we
have a president, so now the goal
should be to work with both sides
of the aisle to get our economy
charged and booming again.
Former Democratic Senate
Majority Leader Tom Daschle may
have said it best. He said,
"Bipartisanship isn't an option any-
more; it is a requirement. The
American people have divided
responsibility for leadership right
down the middle."
The same is true today with
Democrats controlling the Senate
and White House and Republicans
controlling the House our coun-
try's leadership is divided, but if
both sides put people ahead of pol-
itics, we will be successful.


"History has shown that a coun
try most effectively speaks wit]
one voice. When nationally elected
officials work together, build con
sensus, and provide leadership, th
American people will follow," saic
former Republican Senator Chucl
Hagel.
Whether we are talking abou
D.C. politics or Tallahassee politi
cal affairs, now is the time tha
bipartisanship is most needed.
Finally, President John F
Kennedy may have said it best."Le
us not seek the Republican answe
or the Democratic answer, but th.
right answer."
Signing off from Tallahassee,
Reggie Fullwood


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SBlack Radio
By William Reed
"Historically, Black radio ... fulfilled all func-
tions Black people needed ... but now it's time to
take a serious look and right the wrong of the mess
we call Black radio today," says Todd Steven
Burroughs, a lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at
Morgan State University. Burroughs is demanding that the Federal
Communications Commission investigate and intervene in the matter, say-
ing "Black communities once again have been given symbolism instead of
substance" and, that "back in the day, African-American DJs not only pro-
vided the community with the latest news and information, they played
h records of Black artists that served as the soundtracks of Black empower-
d ment."
I- Although constituting 13 percent of the U.S. population, African
e Americans own just 2 percent of all commercial broadcast licenses in
d America. But, Blacks need to coalesce around the idea that economic and
k political empowerment among us cannot be achieved without access and
control over the mass media resources that impact us and the world.
it Black radio has consistently been a reliable source of news, information
- and culture for local communities. North and South, Black radio was
it urbane, hip and the main source for all of Black culture. Black radio pro-
vided a voice to millions with unrivaled flair and theater. Black DJ's were
an important part of the communities that stations were licensed to serve.
t Isn't it time we reflected on that unique mixture of news and music that
r were an integral part of Black communities' culture?
e In Atlanta in the early 1960s, on Black-owned station, WERD, "Jockey
Jack" Gibson slipped political messages on air between songs. Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr., whose Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
had offices beneath WERD's studios, would sometimes bang a broomstick
on the ceiling to let Gibson know to lower a microphone out of the window
so King could go on the air with a statement.
In the 1980s, "Information is Power" was Cathy Hughes' mantra. Now
that the Hughes family, is owner of the Radio One Inc. conglomerate and
among the wealthiest African Americans, her new theme may be:
"Information is the Currency of Today's World." No longer a station
owner that provided a sounding board for local issues and stage for local
artists, today Hughes is at the helm of Black radio syndication program-
ming that dumbs down African American audiences, causing them to be 75
times more likely to hear syndicated programming than their White coun-
terparts.
The media landscape has altered Black radio such that it no longer con-
nects in the same intimate and powerful way it used to. Chains such as
Radio One have gradually eliminated news from their mix and have left us
with syndication. Just 9 percent of African Americans use the radio as their
news source, in comparison to nearly 18 percent of Whites. Syndication
slowl\ began on Black radio music formnnats. Tom Joyner. Stee Harvey,
Russ Parr and Michael Baisden ushered in Black radio's syndication era.
These programs nion audiences through stations owned by Radio One Inc.
\Vashington's WOL-AM is an all-talk station and a flagship of the
nation's largest Black-ow ned broadcasting company. Radio One The com-
pan\ is led b\ Chairperson and Founder, Catherine L. Hughes. and her son,
Alfred C. Liggins, Ill, CEO and president. No\%w valued at $400 million
combined. Hughes \\as paid $750,000 in 2011 and CEO Liggins pulled in
$.$27 million ," .
Bla- Radio. ..a.qing an"d turning

and urban consumers The taml r.l ness duo operates the premier muln-
media entertainment and information content provider for African
Americans Hughes and Liggins control programming toward Blacks
through investments in other complementary media properties Other of
their media interests include: controlling ownership interest in TV One,
LLC. an African Amencan targeted cable television network: 53.5 percent
ownership interest in Reach Media. Inc.. which operates the Tom Jo.ner
Nlornuic Show and online sites. NewsOne and TheUrbanDail\.
Back in the day. Black radio was "the rock of the culture. \Will it e\ er be
again?


Not all Public Policy is Created Equal


By Julianne Malveaux
Discussions of the fiscal cliff also
include discussions about ways to
change Social Security and
Medicare benefits in order to save
money. One of the proposals is to
raise the Social Security retirement
age to 70. After all, some argue,
there is nothing magic about 65 or
67, so why not push the rate up to
70?
The difference is the kind of work
we do. I can't imagine that I will
ever stop talking and writing,
advanced age notwithstanding.
However, someone who is waiting
tables, working in a nursing home,
or doing private household work
might not want, but need, to slow it
down after 65, or maybe even earli-
er. Some people take their Social


Security earlier, although they are
lower, at age 62. Tired, and with
sometimes broken bodies, they'd
rather take less money than keep
working. Consider the construction
worker who has not moved up into
management. Will he (or in 10 per-
cent of cases, she) still want to wield
a hammer, climb onto roofs, or do
other heavy work? Raising the
Social Security retirement age hurts
these people.
These folk are also hurt because
their life expectancy is also lower.
People with less education have
shorter life expectancies than those
who are more highly educated.
African Americans have lower life
expectancy rates than Whites,
(although this gap is closing. Thus,
people who have paid into the sys-
tem, but they will get less out of


when they live shorter lives. Again,
those at the bottom are disadvan-
taged by public policy that seems
race and class neutral.
Why the gap in life expectancy?
Part has to do with higher rates of
smoking among less educated
(which propels obesity), and the
lack of health insurance, especially
among those with lower incomes
and less education. Obamacare
partly solves the insurance prob-
lems, but those living in an unreal
time warp seem to think Mitt
Romney won the election and they
are acting accordingly by attempt-
ing to repeal health care reform.
Most of us got the memo about
the dangers of smoking, but women
who lack a high school diploma are
more likely than others to smoke.
Indeed, among women the levels of


smoking have risen, while smoking
rates had declined among men.
Researchers who study these issues
suggest that women are smoking
more because of the many pressures
women face, including being part of
the "sandwich generation" juggling
both elder care and child care. I was
talking to an elder whose smoking
habit spans more than 50 years, and
when we talked about the issue, she
responded that she was over 70, still
living, and wasn't about to change.
We talked a bit about stress and
ways that smoking is a tension-
tamer for her. I suggested she try
yoga, and she just about laughed me
out of the room.
The health insurance gap between
those who are highly educated and
less well educated is growing.
Among working age adults without


a high school diploma, 43 percent
have no health insurance, up from
35 percent a decade ago. On the
other hand, only 10 percent of those
with a college education lacked
health insurance.
While Americans do not like to
talk about class, poor and working
class people do less well in our soci-
ety than others. For example,
attempting to eliminate funding for
Planned Parenthood has a greater
impact on poor women without
health insurance than others whose
contraceptive needs are covered by
their insurance. Yet the right wing
attempts to characterize Planned
Parenthood as an abortion center,
not a place that offers education on
contraception, breast cancer, and
other health issues.
Extending the Bush tax cuts for


the wealth certainly has a dispropor-
tionate impact on the poor and
working class, but there are hidden
attacks on the poorest in our nation.
Raising the Social Security retire-
ment age, eliminating Planned
Parenthood, and attacking
Obamacare are all implicit attacks
on the poor. The class status of our
federal elected officials (with medi-
an wealth of more than $750,000
excluding the value of their home,
compared to just $20,000 for the
average person) suggests that
Congress just doesn't get it. But we
elect these people. What does that
say about us?
Julianne Malveaux is a
Washington, D.C.-based economist
and writer. She is President Emerita
of Bennett College for Women in
Greensboro, N.C.


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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, 1658 Kings Road. The concert is free and open to
the public.

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 Tuesday from 1 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 (904) 437-4090 Ext
7, or visit the depot online at www.helpinghandsdepot.org.

COGIC Bishop Inaugural
Celebration of Gary L. Hall
Save the date for the Inaugural Celebration banquet honoring Designees
Gary L. Hall, Sr. Friday, November 30th at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel, 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-
0723.

Motorcycle Ministry
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Motorcycle Ministry is for you! For more information, contact Ruth at
904-674-4339.

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Wayman Ministries Annual Toy Drive
Wayman Ministries will present its 6th Annual Community Christmas
Fellowship, "An Angel's Point of View", on Saturday, December 22nd, at
the Wayman Academy of the Arts gymnasium, 1176 LaBelle Street, from
12-4 p.m.
The event reaches out to families and residents of nearby Eureka Gardens
and the surrounding communities. The gymnasium will be totally trans-
formed into a Santa's Workshop, a Waymanland Park with games and fun
for the family, and a Wall of Angels. Plus, families will enjoy food, music,
toys for the children, and a picture with Santa.
The community is asked to donate unwrapped toys for boys and girls, ages
0-17. Toys may be dropped off on the Southside, Monday-Friday, between
9:00 am and 4:30 pm; Sundays from 8:00 to 12 noon at Wayman Chapel
AME Church, 8855 Sanchez Road, 32217; or on the Westside at Spirit of
Life Worship Center, 1176 LaBelle Street, 32205, Monday-Friday 9:00 am
to 5:00 pm and on Sundays, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
For more information, log onto www.wayman.org or, call (904) 739-7500
or (904) 693-1503.

Stage Aurora Presents A Very
Merry Jacksonville Christmas
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company will present A VERY MERRY JACK-
SONVILLE CHRISTMAS, a multi-cultural evening of Christmas songs,
dance, and poetry. The musical spectacle will take place December 7 -9,
2012 at the Stage Aurora Performance Hall located at 5188 Norwood
Avenue inside Gateway Town Center.
The performance will feature the music of Motown (The Supremes, The
Temptations, Michael Jackson), Country, Classical, R & B, and Gospel
songs of the Season! A talented group of locals, Angelyn Sabir, Michelle
Kronen, Rachael Rubright, Lauren Harrell, Candace Crump, Teresa Smith,
Kenyada Williams, Lolita Jenning-Flagg, Brenda Kelly, Shacrisa Bell,
Makayla Golen, Sarmento Bronson, Joe Foster, Isaiah Huston, James
Simpo, Joshua Allen, Chris Green, Daiquian Flagler, Lance Singleton, and
Efiancia Singleton, will perform some of your favorite Holiday classics in
their native tongue singing in (English, Spanish, French, etc.).
Performance times are as follows: Friday, December 7, at 7p.m., Saturday,
December 8, at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 8, at 6 p.m. and Sunday,
December 9, at 3 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketleap.com or by calling the
Stage Aurora Box Office at (904) 765-7372 or (904) 765-7373.


Christmas Cantata at Central CME
A Christmas Cantata will be presented December 9th at 4 p.m. at Central
Metropolitan CME Church, 4611 North Pearl Street. Rev. Marquise
Hardrick is the Pastor. Dr. Peter Knox and Etta R. Sanders are Music
Directors. All are invited to this free and joyous holiday event. For more
information, call 766-9558 or 354-7426.

Stanton Class of 1953 Holiday Social
The Stanton Class of 1953 will meet on Thursday, December 6th at 2 p.m.
at the Highlands Library, 1826 Dunn Avenue. The purpose of the meeting
is to finalize plans for their Christmas celebration. For more information,
call Ora Lee McQueen at 924-7322.

NAACP Community Meeting
On Tuesday, December 11th at 6 p.m. at the Legends Center, 5054 Soutel
Drive, the Education Committee of the Jacksonville Branch NAACP will
host a Community meeting on "Ending the School to Prison Pipeline." The
community meeting is scheduled to get input from parents, students, edu-
cators, and the general public so that we can put common sense back in
school discipline and give all students a quality education. Parents NEED
to attend to prevent their child from joining the "School to Prison Pipeline."
For further information, please call the NAACP office at 764-7578, E.G
Atkins at 655-3502 or Isaiah Rumlin, President at 764-1753.

Holy Ghost Comedy Party
Comedian Funnybone will present a Christian Comedy and Rap explo-
sion, Saturday, February 9th at 6 p.m. at the Times Union Center, 300 Water
St. featuring comedians Chip, Ms. Jen and headliner Albert Harris Jr., aka
Funnybone. For more details email latonyaharris36@yahoo.com or call
(407) 914-6519 or visit www.comedianfunnybone.net.

Excess Clothes Donations
Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More
Movement Inc.(JLOC,MMM ), a non-profit local organization is soliciting
donations of your excess clothes, shoes, jackets, blankets, women, men,
children and school supplies. Clothes can be dropped off at 916 N. Myrtle
Avenue, between Kings Road and Beaver St. If you have any questions or
just want to learn more about the Millions More Movement visit www.jack-
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Another Look at Obamacare


Washington (CNN) -- The
Supreme Court has ordered a feder-
al appeals court to take another look
at whether a key requirement in the
health care reform law violates reli-
gious freedoms.
A pending lawsuit from the pri-
vate Liberty University had
claimed, among other things, that
the law would lead to taxpayer dol-
lars funding abortions and contra-
ception, a claim the Obama admin-
istration rejects. The justices issued


their order Monday.
The high court in June had
upheld the overall law cham-
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- aspects of the law's applica-
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The Lynchburg, Virginia-
based school bills itself as the
largest Christian evangelical
college in the world.
A three-judge panel of the
4th Circuit U.S. Court of
Appeals in 2011 unanimously
concluded the university's lawsuit
should be blocked on jurisdictional
grounds. There is no indication
when the appeals court will revisit
the issue in the wake of the high
court's order.
After the Supreme Court upheld
the constitutionality of the
Affordable Care Act's funding
mechanism -- the so-called individ-
ual mandate requiring nearly all
Americans to purchase health insur-


ance or pay a financial penalty -- it
tossed out all other pending appeals.
Liberty University then refiled its
lawsuit, saying its objections to the
law should be reconsidered in light
of the court's 5-4 ruling affirming
the overall law.
The school believes Americans
should not be required to purchase
health insurance -- and employers
forced to provide it -- if there are
legitimate moral and religious
objections to some provisions.
It is one of several dozen pending
lawsuits around the country filed to
challenge the law's application since
the June decision. The Richmond-
based appeals court taking on the
Liberty University case could ask
both the federal government and the
school to submit updated legal argu-
ments. The Obama administration
did not object to the university ask-
ing for another chance to press its
claims.
The case is Liberty University v.
Geithner (11-438).


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by Ugonna Okpalaoka, TG
"I'm a plus sized girl, but I didn't
have any plus sized friends."
When CeCe Olisa moved from
the west coast to New York City to
pursue her music career, she had to
learn to deal with an industry where
image is considered almost as
important as talent.
"There was a lot of stuff I was
working through in regards to my
body image, specifically when it
came to dating, that I just didn't feel
like I could really talk about," she
told theGrio. This realization is
what led her to start The Big Girl
Blog.
"Sometimes you have to talk
things out to kind of purge them
and find out how you really feel
about them," Olisa said about her
website. "I wasn't really writing for
anyone but myself, but writing the
blog was my way of purging it."
She described the experience as
"nerve-wracking" when she first
began. She wasn't accustomed to
publicly sJnring personal feelings
for just anipnOi -o read Ja fact.she.
initially wrote anonymously and
avoided including any photos of
herself in posts.
Gradually, her small, private
space on the web began to grow in
readership and Olisa began to real-
ize there were other women who
related with her story.
"I think there's something power-
ful when you think you're the only
one going through something and
then you see someone else say it or
you see someone else do it and
you're like, 'Oh my gosh, I thought
it was just me!'"
It isn't just her. Olisa's struggle
with her weight isn't one that's
unfamiliar in the African-American
community. In fact, the U.S. Office
of Minority Health has said that in
2011, four out of five African-
American women were either over-
weight or obese.
These numbers are alarming by
anyone's standards, but new


research shows weight may not be
as much of a health hazard as previ-
ously considered. The New York
Times published an article last
month suggesting we may all be
focusing on the wrong thing when it
comes to personal health.
The Obesity Paradox: is
being overweight healthier?
The New York Times article
reports on what health experts call
the "obesity paradox" that is, the
idea that overweight and moderate-
ly obese people with certain chron-
ic illnesses have a higher chance of
recovering than their average-
weight counterparts. The support-
ing evidence debunks the belief that
there is a strict association between
body fat and disease.
The idea isn't new, but the
mounting evidence from recent
studies is gaining attention among
physicians and health experts.
The Journal of the American
Medical Association analyzed sev-
eral studies earlier this year and
found that adult diabetes patients of
-"normal. weight were more than
twice as likely to die compared to
overweight or obese patients.
"Our findings are consistent with
other studies of people with hyper-
tension, end-stage renal disease,
and congestive heart failure: those
with these conditions have higher
death rates if they are normal
weight," wrote Dr. Mercedes R.
Camethon of the Feinberg School
of Medicine at Northwestern
University.
These findings aren't meant to
suggest those who are overweight
or obese shouldn't slim down, but
rather that factors other than
whether a person is obese or not
should be taken into consideration
when treating illnesses. Body mass
index, or BMI the calculation
that determines when someone is
obese doesn't take into account
body fat, muscle mass and other
aspects of physical health.
The New York Times article sug-


gests it may be time for physicians
and researchers to stop framing
health issues in terms of obesity
and, rather, to look into other poten-
tial causes of disease.
"Maintaining fitness is good and
maintaining low weight is good,"
Dr. Carl Lavie, medical director of
cardiac rehabilitation and preven-
tion at the John Ochsner Heart and
Vascular Institute, told the newspa-
per. "But if you had to go off one, it
looks like it's more important to
maintain your fitness than your
leanness."
"Even if weight contributes to
health problems, attacking weight
as the problem is not going to be a
good way to do it," Dr. Linda
Bacon, a nutrition professor at City
College of San Francisco and
author of Health at Every Size: The
Surprising Truth About Your
Weight, told theGrio.
Bacon writes in her book that the
Health At Every Size movement
"acknowledges that good health can
best be realized independent from
consideration of size. It supports
people of all sizes in addressing
health directly by adopting healthy
behaviors."
The movement believes that
rather than focus on weight control,
people should aim to improve their
overall well-being.
"Let's pay attention to the things
that we know are important, that we
know we can change," Bacon told
theGrio. "And let's be open minded
and see what happens with the
weight."
She suggests it's more important
to make sure communities have
access to nutritious food and exer-
cise opportunities because those
factors are valuable regardless of its
impact on weight.
So the consensus seems to be that
black women should shift their
focus from losing weight to main-
taining better health, instead of
focusing on what dress size they
wear.


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Diabetes & the Holidays, Damage Control
y Dianne Anderson all on the potatoes, candied yams, But not following a plan can
special to the NNPA from The and cornbread dressing. have severe complications. ADA
cinct Reporter "Portion control, it's not like you reports that in 2007, over 230,000
rom now until after New can't go through Thanksgiving deaths were attributed to diabetes
r's, everyone is breaking out without the turkey and dressing, or related complications, including
Christmas cakes and cookies, but it doesn't mean you have three heart disease, stroke and kidney
breads, the cobblers, the sweet or four or five plates of it," Ms. failure.
ato pies, and just another help- Loduem said. Those who have been diagnosed
of that mac 'n cheese, please. In working with diabetics in the need to stay on top of their sugar
m. Black and minority communities, levels, test two to three times a day,
lut before it's all over, expect she said her biggest message is the learn when they have spikes in
other ten pounds and an inch to importance of regular screenings their glucose level, or when they
waistline, or worse. and early diagnosis. She said the fall low.
Vith every bite, some of the best association provides any informa- It is important for everyone to
ght loss gurus say chew on this: tion anyone with the disease needs. know their body, she said, and
ads, potatoes, pastas and even Health teams are also available know when something is internally
ite rice turns to sugar and fat with resources to help clients wrong.
de the body. whether they are insured, or not. "It's really never too late," she
/alerie Loduem, associate direc- Currently, African Americans said. "Try to put together an indi-
of African American program hold the lead for those impacted by vidual plan. Try to make sure that
the American Diabetes the disease, and are six times more you're testing your blood sugar
sociation, admits that getting likely to be diagnosed with dia- levels every day," she said.
ough the holidays is always betes than whites, compared to Health experts say that at least
gh when it comes to exercising Latinos at 1.5 times, and Asians at 2.5 hours of physical activity per
itrol, but it doesn't have to be 1.2 times, week is enough to positively
nful or tasteless. As a diabetes educator and dieti- impact or ward off stroke, type 2
till, people need to become. cian, Ms. Loduem said that the diabetes, breast cancer and early
idful of what they're eating, she American Diabetes Association heart disease.
d. In the age of health con- has numerous resources and infor- The American Diabetes
ousness, gorging is so passe. mation on their website Association reports that roughly 13
[his time of the year, she is http://www.diabetes.org. Also, at percent ofAfrican-Americans have
*ssing that people look down at the local level, community out- diabetes, compared to only 7 per-
ir plates before they dive in. reach workers walk clients through cent of whites. Other data from the
rderline diabetics and those with meal plans, teach them how to Office of Minority Health shows
blown Type 2 diabetes need to modify recipes, and learn to test that in 2009, African Americans
ecially watch their complex your blood sugar levels, were 2.2 times as likely as non-
bohydrates with total modera- Her other big concern is that too Hispanic Whites to die from dia-
in mind. many African Americans are tak- betes.
or Christmas, the best bet is ing their diagnosis too lightly. http://www.diabetes.org/dia-
ays loading up on vegetables Many ignore the need to change betes-basics/type-2/
I greens, which are also high m their diets at all. http://www.diabetes.org/food-
aniuns A. C. and minerals. "The\ take it as the norm. I have and-fitness/food/planning-
other helping of turkey isn't the low sugar, okay, whatever," she meals/holiday-meal-planning/


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America Learning to Love the Nappy Hair Iai. i


By Tuskee Barnes
Capital Outlook
Today, women of color both
young and old are embracing natu-
ral hair. From curls and afros to
dreadlocks and braids, profession-
als as well as college students are
taking the healthier approach with
their and wearing it proudly.
I natural hair has been a part of
Black

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cul-
ture since
the Africans were brought over dur-
ing the era of slavery and the
Middle Passage. The invention of
chemicals treatments like relaxers
created a European style and bench-
mark of beauty for women that
seemed acceptable to women and
men of all color and creeds. I natural


hair has become a trend amongst
young adults and can be seen all
over the United States.
Through "beauty gurus" on
YouTube and a large number of hair
care companies like Suave and
Pantene jumping on the "natural"
Bandwagon, more and more brown,
black and even blonde afros are
appearing. The way mothers and
grandmothers would often style
their children's mane for a normal
da. of schliool or a Sunday morning
church service has now become
a commonplace styling trend,
causing many Black women
to adopt a new less com-
mercial look.
Transitioning, a now
popular aspect of the
national hair craze, is
the phase that a woman
goes through before
becoming completely
natural. This phase
also gives the woman
the choice of growing
out her remaining
relaxed hair or chopping
off the remaining ends,
which is called "the big
chop." I transitioned for three
months and after a while of the
t\xo textures, I decided to chop it
off," said Jescika Skinner, 22, from
Gulfport, Miss.
During the transitioning phase the
hair isn't the only concern; confi-
dence plays a large part with mak-
ing the life changing decision.
Sisters and owners of Mandisa
I gozi Art and Braiding Gallery in
Tallahassee, Fla. Valencia and
Denise Jones expressed the con-
cerns they hear from many of their


newly natural clients. "Some people
are afraid or intimidated from not
knowing what the texture would
be," said Valencia Jones. "Most are
afraid of what others may think,"
said Denise Jones. There are many
ways to transition into the natural
hair process both mentally and
physically. "I already had natural
friends, and I would talk to them
when I needed more motivation."
Skinner explained. Much of the
negativity surrounding women and
their "nappy hair" can be discourag-
ing, but it is ultimately up to the
women to decide what's best for
her. "Growing up, I always saw a
false light of natural hair but after I
went natural I found a self confi-
dence like never before," said
Skinner. "I feel empowered because
I went against European views of
beauty and embraced the kinks God
blessed me with," said students
Janay Cook of Jacksonville, Fla.
Women who may not have the
courage or knowledge to maintain
their hair in this natural state often
resort to seeking help from hairstyl-
ists. "After the client has a consul-
tation, we decide what is best for
their hair," Valencia Jones said.
"We provide extensions, loc
replacements, cutting the hair,
braids, loc extensions, simple up
dos with their hair and flat twist,"
The best way for women to care for
the hair is to first learn about and
understand the traits of the hair that
is on their heads. "People have to
accept their natural curl pattern and
understand what works for others
doesn't work for you," Denise
Jones explained. I ot all women of
color will have the same hair tex-


ture or pattern. However, there are
many products found around the
home that are ideal for all types and
textures of natural hair.
"We use avocado, honey, eggs
and even mayonnaise," Denise
Jones said. I natural hair is more
diverse and yet still fun and flirty.
"I've done twistouts, afros, 'wash
and gos' and two strand twists,"
Cook said. Often, natural hair can
be more expensive to care for in the
beginning stages versus maintain-
ing relaxed hair. Cook said she
couldn't recall how much she has
spent on hair care products used to
treat her natural hair. "Going natu-
ral is always expensive at the begin-
ning because you are trying out
many products to figure out what
works for your hair." "I appy" hair
needs great care and much protec-
tion, but the end result is worth the
special care. "I usually wrap my
hair up in a silk scarf. As far as the
weather is concerned, I wear a
'Badu' head wrap," Cook said.
Having the hair remain natural
decreases the risk of certain health
problems such as Alopecia or any
internal problems that are created
from years of chemical relaxes on
the scalp. Through many have a
length goal of how long their hair
can grow, the largest purpose
should be to retain a healthy scalp
and a lustrous head of hair. "My
goal is to stay committed to grow-
ing my dreadlocks," Cook said.
Motivating others to continue this
movement that our ancestors ha\ e
modeled since the time before
Christ may empower the geneianton
of women of color for many more
years to come.


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Obama's Re-election Puts Stamp on Healthcare Law


continued from page 1
The election results, also present
Obama with a new set of challenges
as he tries to fulfill the promise of
his signature legislative achieve-
ment, the biggest expansion of the
social safety net since Medicare and
Medicaid were created in 1965.
California was the first state in
the nation to pass legislation creat-
ing a health insurance t change
after the enactment of federal lea Ith
reform.
Its place assured alongside
Medicare and Medicaid, Temetry
Lindsey, the chief executive of
Inland Behavioral & Health
Services, called the Affordable Care
Act the most significant piece of
social legislation in half a century.
"We're now in a sprint to the fin-
ish line, with 11 months to go
before millions of uninsured people
can start signing up for coverage,"
says Lindsey whose growing net-
work of Inland federally funded
health centers provides medical
care to about 12,000 San
Bernardino and Riverside County
residents, many of them low
income.
Under the law, millions of


Americans should be able to get
health insurance for the first time
starting in 2014. Millions more who
don't get coverage through work
should be able to buy a health plan
that meets new basic standards.
"We are speeding patient-pro-
cessing systems, packing doctors'
schedules tighter and seeking to
hire more physicians." Ms. Lindsey
said, estunating that luland clftcs
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would see ne", demand from
10,000 to 25,000 residents by 2014.
Although the Affordable Care
Act, passed in 2010, won't be fully
in place until 2014 billions of dol-
lars have already been distributed
and the wheels of reform have
begun to turn.
Seniors with Medicare prescrip-
tion drug coverage are getting cash
rebates. Young adults have joined
their parents' insurance policies.
Uninsured Americans with pre-
existing conditions are getting
health coverage through Affordable
Care programs.
An added benefit, Lindsey said, is
that the team approach allows pri-
mary care doctors to focus on pre-
vention, wellness and public health.
More than 30 insurers, including


Kaiser and Health I et, are expected
to seek a spot in the state's health
insurance exchange now called
Covered California.
California's health insurance
exchange said more than 30 plans
are expected to vie with one anoth-
er for spots in the state-run market-
place opening next fall.
State officials, an"d those in other
states, a:e eagrYlf6 fle\ their pur-
chasing power under the federal
healthcare law by selecting only
certain individual and small-busi-
ness health plans for 19 different
regions across California.
The exchange, branded as
Covered California, will negotiate
with insurers for the best rates and
will assist consumers and small
businesses in choosing a plan by
separating them into five categories
based on cost and level of benefits.
"There will be a lot of competi-
tion and interest, which will enable
the exchange to be an active pur-
chaser in every region and pick the
best five or six plans," said Peter
Lee, executive director of the
California exchange.
Despite the Affordable Care Act's
more certain future under an Obama


second term, controversy over the
law isn't over. The public is still
largely split on its merits
Republican state lawmakers and
governors won't suddenly and uni-
versally back the law. Republicans
in Congress still have say o er
funding for some of its programs.
But the health care industry, is
now free from a great deal of uncer-
tainty. Or at least it's" free from thlu
round of uncertainty.


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CONTINUES HIGHSTEPPIN': WSSU
CONTINUEO RB Maurice Lewis, coming

TITLE off 156-yard, 2-TD effort,
needs to bring it again in Div.
Q UEST II Super Region I final.

BCSP NO. 1 WSSU LONE HBCU LEFT IN
PLAYOFFS; PIONEER BOWL XIV ON TAP



SCORES
November 22 FCS Playoffs 1st Round
Tuskegee 27, Alabama State 25 Coastal Carolina 24, Bethune-Cookman 14

November 24 Div. II Playoffs Super Region I
Southern 38, Grambling State 33 2nd Round
W-Salem State 37, Shippensburg 14



NCAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Div. II Second Round
Winston-Salem State 37, Shippensburg 14

WINSTON-SALEM, NC- CIAA champion Winston-Salem State
used big plays early to build a 28-14 halftime lead and kept the high-scor-
ing Shippensburg offense out of the end zone in the second half en route
to a dominating second round NCAA Div II playoff home win.
The Rams (12-0) got scoring tossses of69 and _
33 yards from back-up QB Aaron Carrothers to
WRJameze Massey andTD runs of49 and 1 yards '
from Maurice Lewis in building the first half lead.
The Rams added a Landon Thayer field goal and
Carrothers pass to tight end Jerry Chandler in the
second half. Carrothers was playing for starter Kam -
Smith, the CIAA offensive player of the year, who '''* K
hurt his shoulder in the CIAA Championship game A.'
two weeks prior. Joe Daniels photo
The Ram defense shut down Shippensburg MASSEY: 8 catches,
(10-2), who came in averaging 49 points per game, 167yards,2TDsspark
and limited QB Zach ZulU to 25 completions in WSSU's2nd round D2
56 attempts while picking off three of his passes, playoff win.
Zulu came in with over 4,500 passing yards and 53
TDs. The only SU scores came on a 63-yard interception of a Carrothers
second-quarter pass that tied the game at 7, and a 3-yard pass following
a second-quarter kickoff return of 78 yards.
Linebacker Carlos Fields led the Rams defense with eight tackles,
six solos. Defensive back Darryl Pulliam had five tackles, one intercep-
tion and a fumble recovery.
WSSU racked up 525 yards of total offense while limiting the Red
Raiders to 280. Carrothers was 19 of 37 for 332 yards and three TDs.
Massey had eight receptions for 167 yards while Jahuaan Butler had five
receptions for 123 yards. Lewis finished with 156 yards on 26 carries.

FCS First Round
Coastal Carolina 24, Bethune-Cookman 14

DAYTONA BEACH, FL MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman
wasted several opportunities early, and only scored late in falling to Coastal
Carolina (8-4) in a first round FCS playoff game.
The loss was the 17th straight for the MEAC in the FCS (formerly
I-AA) playoffs.
The Wildcats (9-3) fell behind 24-0 before scoring two fourth-quarter
touchdowns. Sophomore quarterback Quentin Williams was knocked out
of the game on a hard hit in the third quarter and missed three series, but
came back in to lead the 'Cats to the touchdowns. He hit David Blackwell
on a 74-yard score to get B-CU on the board with 6:44 left. He then was
successful on a two-point conversation pass. B-CU RB Isidore Jackson
added a 10-yard TD scamper with 1:22 to play.
Williams finished 8 of 18 for a career-high 215 yards. Jackson rushed
for 77 yards on 18 carries. Wideout Eddie Poole had four receptions for
116 yards. Jarkevis Fields led the defense with 15 stops, six solos. De-
fensive back Nick Addison had 10 tackles, three solos, an interception
and a fumble recovery.




1. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (12-0) CIAA champ dominated Shippensburg 37-14 in D2
playoffs. NEXT: Hosts Indiana (Pa.) in Div. II third round playoff game.
2. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (9-3) MEAC champ fell to Coastal Carolina 24-14 in first round
of FCS playoffs. NEXT: Season over.
3. TUSKEGEE (10-1) Beat Alabama State 27-25 Thursday. NEXT: Pioneer Bowl Satur-
day vs. Elizabeth City State in Columbus, Ga.
4. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (9-2) Idle. NEXT: SWAC championship game vs. Jackson
State on Dec. 8.
5. TENNESSEE STATE (8-3) Season over.
6. JACKSON STATE (7-4) Idle. NEXT: SWAC title game Dec, 8 vs. Arkansas-Pine
Bluff.
7. ALABAMA STATE (7-4) Lost at home to Tuskegee, 27-25. NEXT: Season over..
8. HOWARD (7-4) Season over. Finished second in MEAC.
9. MILES (8-3) Season over. Finished second in SIAC West.
10. DELAWARE STATE (6-5) Season over tied for third in MEAC.



2012 ALL-MEAC
FOOTBALL TEAM


PIONEER BOWL XIV


TUSKEGEE
GOLDEN TIGERS (10-1)
CHAMPION
SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


TEAM RECORD
2012 Overall:
2012 BCSP Ranking:
All-Time vs. ECSU:
Last Time vs. ECSU:
Pioneer Bowls


Head Coach
WILLIE
SLATER


10-1
3rd
1-0
21-7 W, '09
8-1


COACH'S RECORD
Alma Mater: West Alabama ('79)
Record vs. ECSU: 1-0
Record at TU: 61-8, .884 (7th year)
Career Record: Same


2012 RESULTS
TUSKEGEE 10-1
6 ..........Alabama A&M.........7 L
35 ..JC Smith in Atlanta. 17 W
45 ...............Lane............ 17 W
49 ......Fort Valley State...18 W
21 ... M'house in Col., GA 14 W
16 .......... @ Stillman......... 0 W
37. Kentucky State.OW
14........Clark Atlanta .......OW
27.......Miles in B'ham ...17W
49......Fort Valley State...19 W
27....... Alabama State.... 25 W


2012 RESULTS
ECSU 7-4
20 .........@ Newberry........46 L
7 ............Delta State .........26 L
13.........Albany State......12 W
20 ...@ Fayetteville State 13 W
23 .....St.Aug's inR. Mt., NC.. 21 W
17......@ Virginia State.....28 L
63 ...........@ Lincoln. 19W
47............ Chowan......... 21 W
27........Virginia Union.... 21 W
14.......@ Bowie State....13 W
19...........W-S State.........34 L


TEAM RECORD
2012 Overall:
2012 BCSP Ranking:
All-Time vs. TU:
Last Time vs. TU:
Pioneer Bowls:


7-4
15th
0-1
21-7 L, '09
0-1


COACH'S RECORD
Alma Mater: Virginia Union (75)
Record vs. TU: 0-1 Head Coach
Head Coach
Record at ECSU: 56-49, .533 (10th year) WAVERLY
Career Record: Same TILLER


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WSSU in region final, again


LUT WILLIAMS
BCSP Editor
So far, CIAA football champion Winston-
Salem State is following a historic script that
allowed it to reach the NCAA Div. II semifinals
a year ago.
On Saturday, after receiving a bye through
the first round, the undefeated Rams (12-0), the
top seed in the region, shut down high-scoring
Shippensburg 37-14 (see related story) in a sec-
ond round game to advance to the Super Region
I finals, or national quarterfinals for the second
year in a row.
Lastyear, after an undefeatedregular season,
CIAAtitle and first-roundbye, the Rams downed
California (Pa.) 35-28 to break a 18-year, nine-
game drought for the conference in the playoffs
and advance to the region final. Once there, the
Rams downed New Haven 27-7.
This Saturday, WSSU will take on Indiana
(Pa.), who prevented a rematch of last year's
regional final by knocking off New Haven 17-14
Saturday.
IUP (12-1), seeded second in the region, is
the champion of the Pennsylvania State Athletic
Conference, beating Shippensburg 41-10 in the
PSAC championship game on Nov. 10. The
Crimson Hawks defeated Shepherd 27-17 in a
first round playoff game on Nov. 17. Their only
loss of the season was on Sept. 22 to California
(Pa.), 26-24.
IUP, under second-year head coach Curt
Cignetti, sports the stingiest defensive in the
nation giving up just 11.8 points and 251.6 yards
per game. Defensive leaders are junior linebacker
Alexander Berdahl with 98 tackles and five sacks
and senior defensive back Johnny Franco with
58 tackles and a team-leading six interceptions.
Senior defensive lineman Carl Thomton leads
the team in sacks with 7 while sophomore line-
man Shane Meisner has 14 tackles for loss, 6.5
sacks.


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
Pioneer Bowl
Tuskegee vs. Elizabeth City State in Columbus, GA TBA
NCAA Div. II Playoffs Super Region I Final
Winston-Salem State vs. Indiana (Pa.) in W-Salem, NC 12n



On offense, the Hawks rush for 269 yards per
game, tenth best in the nation, led by seniorrunning
backHarvie Tuck who has amassed 1,651 rushing
yards, llth best in Div. II, and 16 TDs. Senior
De'Antwan Williams has also topped 1,000 yards,
running for 1,215 yards and 9 TDs. Williams ran
for 133 yards in Saturday's win over New Haven.
Redshirtjunior Mike Box (95-178-2,1,511 yards,
12 TDs) is the team's starting quarterback.
WSSU head coach Connell Maynor feels
his Ram defense is "the best in the nation."
The Rams are currently eighth in total defense
(284.7 ypg.), eighth in scoring defense (15.9 ppg.)
and third in rushing defense (80.1 ypg.).
The unit was all over the high-scoring Ship-
pensburg offense, who led the nation in scoring (49
ppg.) and total offense (529 ypg.), limiting the Red
Raiders to 280 yards and 14 points. Linebacker
Carlos Fields, the CIAA defensive player of the
year, led the defensive effort with eight tackles.
The Rams picked off three passes, had three sacks
and constantly harassed SU quarterback Zach
Zulli.
The WSSU offense averages 483.3 yards and
44.5 points per game.
Back-up quarterback Aaron Carrothers
filled in nicely for starter Kameron Smith last
week, throwing for 332 yards and three TDs.
Smith, who injured a shoulder three weeks ago
in the CIAA Championship game, may play this
week. Running back Maurice Lewis ran for 156
yards and two scores while Jameze Massey had
eight receptions for 167 yards and two TDs vs.
Shippensburg.


CHALLENGE AHEAD: The WSSU defensive
front seven, led by junior LB Carlos Fields, the
CIAA defensive player of the year, will be tested
this week by an Indiana (Pa.) team that averages
269 rushing yards per game.

Pioneer Bowl XIV
Some have called the Pioneer Bowl, sched-
uled for Saturday (1 p.m.) in Columbus, Ga., the
"Tuskegee Invitational" based on the nine previous
appearances by the Golden Tigers in the CIAA vs.
SIAC postseason bowl game.
Well, the SIAC champs (10-1) and third-
ranked team in the BCSPTop Ten is back in it again
this season, taking on CIAA runner-up Elizabeth
City State (7-4) in the 14th edition of the affair.
The Tigers, under seven-year head coach
Willie Slater, will come in as the favorite and on
a 10-game win streak after dropping their opener
to Alabama A&M, 7-6. Running back Derrick
Washington, the SIAC player of the year, is the
key weapon for the Tigers. Washington has run
for a black-college best 1,494 yards and 14 TDs.
Defensive back Adam Lucas leads the team with
six interceptions.
ECSU counters with senior running back
DaronteMcNeill who has rushedfor 1,197 yards
and 13 TDs, tops in the CIAA. Defensive end Brad
Davis topped the CIAA and black college football
with 15.5 sacks.


MEAC announces 2012 top football honorees


Delaware State senior quarterback Nick Elko was selected as the
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) Offensive Player of the
Year and senior linebacker Keith Pough of Howard earned the Defensive
Player of the Year honor, as voted on by the MEAC's head football coaches
and sports information directors.
Howard defensive end Damon Gresham Chisholm earned the Rookie
of the Year award and Terrance Hackney of Bethune-Cookman was
selected as Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Third-year head coach Brian Jenkins of Bethune-
Cookman was named Coach of the Year. Jenkins led the
Wildcats to an unblemished 8-0 MEAC record and 9-2
overall mark. The Wildcats ended the season ranked No.
22 in both the Sports Network's FCS and the FCS Coaches
polls and received the conference's automatic bid to the
FCS playoffs. It was the second MEAC championship and
JENKINS playoff berth in Jenkins's three years.

Elko was the key player in DelState's rise from the bottom of the
conference to a third-place finish. He led the MEAC in passing (257.1
ypg.) and total offense (250.3 ypg.) completing 259 passes on 412 attempts
with 15 touchdowns.
Pough recorded 72 total tackles, 44 solo, with 10 for a losses of 50
yards. He became the FCS all-time record holder in tackles for a loss with


ELKO POUGH


GRESHAM- HACKNEY
CHISHOLM


83. He also recorded 3.5 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, one block, one forced
fumble, two fumble recoveries and earned his first-career touchdown in a
come-from-behind victory over Delaware State.
Gresham-Chisholm led the MEAC and ranks fourth in the nation in
tackles for loss with 18 for 71 yards. The Lumberton, New Jersey native
ranked fifth on the team in total tackles with 41 and added five sacks, nine
quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles.
Hackney led a dominating Wildcat offense that accounted for 4,235
yards, 2,722 yards on the ground. B-CU finished first in the MEAC in scoring
offense (30.8 ppg), rushing offense (237.5 avg/g), and total offense (385.0
avg/g).


FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
QB Nick Elko, r-Sr., DSU
RB Isidore Jackson, r-Jr., B-CU
RB Jeremiah Schwartz, Sr., HAM
TE Joseph Hawkins, Jr., NSU
WR Travis Tarpley, r-Jr., DSU
WR Travis Harvey, r-Sr., FAMU
Justin Wilson, r-Jr., DSU
OL Terrance Hackney, So., B-CU
OL -William Robinson, r-So., NC A&T
OL Joshua Matthews, So., HOW
OL Nail Muradymov, r-Jr., DSU
C Eugene Solomon, Sr., B-CU
PK Chase Vamadore, r-So., FAMU

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QB Damlen Fleming, So., FAMU
RB Mil. r.1,i.,t ,.,. "-r,, NCA&T
PB Tr.r.. rJa .il.l-., i, 8r., M8U
TE David Wilson, Fr,, HOW
WR Xavier Boyce, r.Sr,, NSU
WR Lennel Elmore, r-Sr,, SC8U
OL- R.i',m in. I h,,i.ijih.imi Jr., DSU
OL- C- t rlr; ...l. hir, i ir NCCU
OL- Lavon McCoy, Sr,, B-CU
OL -Davin Morris, Sr,, HOW
OL Tristen :-,I.,.,,,.. r-Jr., SCSU
C r.iil,, y bla1.h J.,tmiir,,jn r-So., HOW
P Jordan Stovall, 8r,, HAM
PK- E.rurotnl G.jl)frij, Sr,, NSU


DEFENSE
DL LeBrandon Richardson, So., B-CU
DL Lynden Trail, r-So., NSU
DL Stephen Young, Sr., NCCU
DL D. Gresham-Chisholm, Fr., HOW
LB Keith Pough, r-Sr., HOW
LB Jarkevis Fields, Jr., B-CU
LB Ernest Adjel, Sr., DSU
DB Nick Addison, Sr., B-CU
DB Davon Moore, So., DSU
DB D'Vonte Graham, Jr., NC A&T
DB Julian David, Jr., HOW
RET-Arthur Goforth, Sr., NCCU
P Dylan Shaddix, Jr., NSU

DEFENSE
DL Xavier Proctor, r-Sr., NCCU
DL Chris Neal, Sr., NC A&T
DL Harold Love II, Sr., B-CU
DL Rodney Gunter, Fr., DSU
Patrick Scott, r-Sr., FAMU
LB Brandon Hepburn, Sr., FAMU
LB Elandon Roberts, Fr., MSU
LB D'Vonte Grant, Jr., NC A&T
DB Terrick Colston, So., DSU
DB Joseph Rankin, Jr., MSU
DB Travis Cosby, Jr., NC A&T
DB DJ Howard, r-Jr., B-CU
RET James Owens, r-Sr., FAMU


1 0 1 2 A C 0 L L G E B K E .AL L-Me R s l t St a d n s a n d e e k l y H o n o s )


C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
ATHLETIC AssocIATION
FINAL CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L
ElIz. City State 0 0 3 1
Lincoln 0 0 3 1
Chowan 0 0 4 2
Virginia State 0 0 2 2
Bowie State 0 0 2 4
Virginia Union 0 0 0 3
SOUTH DIVISION
Livlngstone 0 0 4 1
J.C. Smith 0 0 3 1
W-Salem State 0 0 3 2
t Au,.i,'i.,'- 0 0 3 2
it.,.. 0 0 3 3
Fayotteville State 0 0 1 4
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
OFFENSE
Byron Weetmomland, Sr., F/G, BSU- Had career-
high 37 points vs. Augusta State, averaged 29.3
points and 7,3 rebounds and was perfect (10-10)
from the line in three games.
NEWCOMER
Ashanta Ross, Jr., F, CHOWAN Scored tolal of
41 points in 2-1 week.
ROOKIE
Will Cole, So., F/C, LINCOLN-Averaged 10points
and 10 rebounds in two games. Had 10 points, 13
boards in win over Northern Michigan.
COACH
Bobby Collins, WSSU Led No. 23 Rams to 2-1
week and Fresh Coast Classic championship.


MEAC MID EASTERN
[VI ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
FINAL CONF ALL
W L W L
Norfolk State 0 0 4 2
Savannah State 0 0 4 2
SC State 0 0 4 2
Delaware State 0 0 4 3
NCA&TState 0 0 3 4
North Carolina Central 0 0 3 4
Hampton 0 0 2 3
Bethune-Cookman 0 0 2 4
Morgan State 0 0 1 3
Coppin State 0 0 1 4
FloridaA&M 0 0 1 5
Howard 0 0 1 5
Md. E. Shore 0 0 0 6
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Adrian Coleman, Sr., F, B-CU Averaged 20.0
points, 6.3 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals in
three games. Had 31 points shooting 12 of 18 from
the field in win over Nebraska-Omaha.
ROOKIE
Patrick Cole, Fr., G, CSU Shot 60% (6 of 10), 2
of 3 from long range in win over Cheyney. Made 7
of 8 FTs with 3 assists and 1 steal,
DEFENSE
Michael Murray, Jr., F, CSU Grabbed agame-high
15 rebounds and had one steal vs. Cheyney. Added
14 points and 2 assists.


SIA C SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
S IA^C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
FINAL DIV CONF
ALL
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Benedict 0 0 2 0
Fort Valley State 0 0 2 0
Claflin 0 0 2 2
Morehouse 0 0 1 '3
Albany State 0 0 0 0
Paine 0 0 0 2
Clark Atlanta 0 0 0 3
WEST DIVISION
Lane 0 0 1 0
Miles 0 0 1 2
Tuskegee 0 0 0 0
Kentucky State 0 0 0 1
LeMoyne-Owen 0 0 0 1
Stillman 0 0 0 1
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Brennan Reynard, Fr., G, BENEDICT Had 20
points in college debut in win over Concordia.
Also had 18 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds
in win over Allen
NEWCOMER
Dwayne Bingham, Jr., F, CAU Gad 19 points,
10 rebounds in season opener vs. Ga. College
& State.


SWAC SOUTHWESTERN
vS ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DIV ALL
W L W L.
AlabamaA&M 0 0 2 3
Prairie View A&M 0 0 3 5
Alcorn State 0 0 2 4
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 0 1 4
Southern 0 0 1 5
Texas Southern 0 0 1 5
Jackson State 0 0 0 3
Miss. Valley St. 0 0 0 4
Alabama State 0 0 0 5
Grambling State 0 0 0 5
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Jameel Grace, Sr., G, SU- Led Jags withl18 points,
and also had 3 assists, 1 steal and 3 rebounds in
66-65 loss to Tulane. Came thru with 11 points, 5
rebounds in 67-60 loss to Wyoming.
NEWCOMER
NA


INDEPENDENTS
W L
W. Va. State 3 2
Cheyney 1 1
Tennessee State 2 5
Langston 1 3
Univ. of DC 1 5
Lincoln (Mo.) 1 6
Edward Waters 0 1
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
RobertCovington,Sr., F,TENN.STATE-Had
game highs of 29points, 14rebounds,2 assists
and 5 steals in 92-53 win over Fisk.
Kellen Thornton, Sr., F, TENN. STATE
- Tallied 27 points and 16 rebounds in 81-70
loss to Monmouth.
NEWCOMER
NA


AZEEZ Communicatlons, Inc. Vol. XIX, No. 17


ELIZABETH CITY STATE
VIKINGS (7-4)

RUNNER-UP
CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION


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Gloria Hendry Grace Jones
"Live & Let Die" 1973 "A View to a Kill" 1985


"Skyfall," the latest James Bond
action thriller and the 23rd James
Bond movie, scored an outstanding
$88.4 million last weekend, which
is a new opening weekend record
for the 50-year-old franchise.
Riding that wave of success is
English actress Naomie Harris, the
newest Bond girl. This British-bom
beauty is best known to American
filmgoers for her role as Tia
Dallam/Calypso in the 2006
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead
Man's Chest" and reprising her role
in the 2007 "Pirates of the
Caribbean: At World's End."
Harris says like most Brits she
grew up a big fan of the Bond films
and considers it a "huge" honor to
be a part of the Bond legacy. She
says when she was first approached
she thought it was a joke. But when
she got the part she found herself in
a very secretive world and had to
wait more thanwhree months.before
she could tell her friends that she
was cast in the film. The only per-
son she could tell was her mother,
scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla.
The 36-year-old actress says she
trained for some three months to


learn how to shoot guns and per-
form stunts. She says she was very
good at shooting guns-stunts not
so much. Harris plays Eve, a field
agent, who is very sure of herself,
so much so that she believes she's
equal to James Bond. But as the
movie progresses, she sees she has
a lot to learn.
The other female lead is actress
B&r6nice Marlohe as S6v6rine, the
Bond adversary turned ally and
lover. The 33-year-old French
actress is virtually unknown to
filmgoers, but after this major break
more work will surely come her
way. Marlohe's exotic looks-her
mother is French and her father is
Cambodian-Chinese-reportedly
kept her from getting French roles
because she didn't look French
enough.
I bring all of this up because I
noticed a trend when reviewers
were. discussing, the Bond girls,
especially some American review-
ers. They didn't refer to Naomie
Harris as a Bond girl, just Marlohe,
yet their British counterparts do. I
thought it would be interesting to
see how many, if any Black women


GIRLS


S'
ILA


Halle Berry
"Die Another Day" 2002
also starred in Bond films but were
not considered Bond girls by the
American press. If you sleep with
Bond and have significant screen
time, that makes you a Bond girl.
We all know that Academy
Award-winning actress Halle Berry
was definitely considered a Bond
girl when she starred as Jinx
Johnson in the 2002 "Die Another
Day" with Pierce Brosnan as James
Bond.
But actresses Gloria Hendry and
Grace Jones did not fare as well.
In 1973, Hendry (1974 "Black
Belt Jones") starred as Rosie Carver
in the Bond film "Live and Let
Die."
For my money, that was a
ground-breaking role. The role of
Bond was played by the very
smooth Roger Moore. Hendry
made history as the very first
romantically involved African
American James Bond girl. Hendry
starred as a double agent, working
for the bad guy Dr. Kananga.
Kananga (Yaphet Kotto) used
voodoo to cover up his heroin busi-
ness. Unfortunately, Carver is
scared of voodoo and ultimately


Naomie Harris
"Skyfall" 2012
becomes a victim to it.
The actress accredited with being
called the Bond girl was Jane
Seymour.
Hendry was rarely listed as a
Bond girl, but thanks to some savvy
journalists her name occasionally
pops up on a list.
And then there is the most lovely
and flamboyant Grace Jones, who
starred as May Day, in the 1985
Bond thriller "A View to a Kill."
Grace was on the side of the ulti-
mate bad guy, Max Zorin, played
by Christopher Walken. She got
hers, to say the least, in the end. But
she, too, was not generally referred
to as a Bond girl, although she had
a major role. The actress accredited
as being the Bond girl was Tanya
Roberts.
No doubt Naomie Harris' star is
rising, and "Skyfall" is making
noise all over the world. Make sure
you check it out. It's so "Choice."


AS


New York Times Bestselling Author Sister Souljah

to Publish Follow Up To Coldest Winter Ever


Since its publica-
tion in 1999, The
Coldest Winter
Ever by Sister
Souljah, has
solidified itself
mn the literary
canon of fic-
tion, selling
over one
nulhlion copies world-
wide. Readers were enthralled by
its protagonist, Winter Santiaga,
the wealthy daughter of a promi-
nent drug dealing family from
Brooklyn.


In A DEEPER LOVE INSIDE;
The Porsche Santiaga Story
(Emily Bestler Books; January 29,
2013; ISBN: 9781439165317;
$26.99/$29.99 Can; 432 pages)
Souljah revisits the lives of the
beloved characters from The
Coldest Winter Ever, but this time
tells the story through the eyes of
Porsche Santiaga, the forgotten
middle sister. Porsche is young
and beautiful, loyal to her family
and friends, and unafraid to fight
and love with the same extreme
intensity. Readers are sure to be
drawn to this coming-of-age story,


told in Sister Souljah's magnificent
signature style.
"I am thrilled to be publishing A
Deeper Love Inside. Sister Souljah
writes from the heart and I am sure
her fans will be excited to read
how the characters from The
Coldest Winter Ever have
evolved," says Judith Curr,
President, Atria Publishing Group.
"This is the book millions have
been waiting for and as one of the
first lucky readers, I can tell you it
was worth the wait," says Senior
Vice President, Editor-in-Chief,
Emily Bestler.


0 04,


Former world heavyweight box-
ing champ Mike Tyson has traveled
quite a road from fighter, spousal
abuser and convicted rapist, to ear
biter, pigeon lover, actor and now,
children's philanthropist. And to
prove it, Tyson has launched his
very own charity, aptly named,


'Mike Tyson Cares Foundation.'
The organization's mission is to
'"give kids a fighting chance" by
providing innovative centers that
provide for the comprehensive
needs of kids from broken homes.
It will also provide such essen-
tials as healthcare and school assis-


tance, shelter, mentoring, job men-
toring and any other needs that the
foundation deems necessary for the
child in question seeking assistance.
The foundation will make its
presence known even further by
hosting a celebrity-packed gala at
the Las Vegas hotspot, TABU on
December 7. Monies raised from
the star-studded event will help two
Vegas-area charities, The Shady
Tree Foundation and Awakenings,
which also further the mission of
Tyson's organization.
By making the well-being of chil-
dren a priority, Tyson, a fierce con-
tender in the ring and father of 8
children himself, has proven with
this latest venture that he has a com-
passionate heart:
"I am very proud to launch Mike
Tyson Cares Foundation," said
Tyson. "I want my legacy to be
about charity and helping children.
This is my start."


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Kimora Lee and Djimon Hounsou
end 5 1/2 year relationship
Kimora Lee Sinunons and Amistad
actor Djimon Hounsou have split after 5
1/2 years together.
The couple were never married, but they
have a 3 years old daughter, Kenzo Lee
Hounsou.
On Twitter, Kimora cleared up any
rumors about her relationship.
"There have been quite a few hurtful rumors circulating. The truth is
Djimon + I have been separated for some time. We have remained happy,
loving, co-parenting friends + family. We all have much to be thankful
for," she tweeted.
Kimora Lee also has two children with her ex husband Russell Simmons.
Tyler Perry Begins Shooting New Movie Single Moms Club
Media mogul Tyler Perry has begun shooting
?.; -his upcoming flick, Single Mom's Club, at vari-
ous locations across metropolitan Atlanta.
The movie centers on four very different single
mothers who cross paths after a crisis at their
children's school. The women come together to
form an alliance, where they help each other
cope with life's challenges.
Nia Long will play one of the mothers, Lydia,
alongside Wendi McLendon-Covey
(Bridesmaids) as Jan and Colombian-American
actress Zulay Henao as Esperanza. The fourth
lead has yet to be announced.
The film is written, produced and directed by Perry. He will also star in
an unspecified role. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 9, 2014
and be distributed by Lionsgate.
HBO Beyonce Documentary to Premiere in February
A documentary- -
about the
Grammy-winning
singer will debut i
Feb. 16, 2013.
Beyonce is direct-
ing the film,
which will include
footage she shot .
herself with her
laptop. ;. i
The network said the documentary will include "video that provides raw,
unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage
performances." It will also feature home videos of her family and of the
singer as a new mother and owner of her company, Parkwood
Entertainment.
Beyonce said in a statement the untitled project was "personal" to her.
She is married to Jay-Z. They had their first child, daughter Blue Ivy
Carter, in January.
The 31-year-old will perform at the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show on
Feb. 3, 13 days before the documentary airs.


Mike Tyson Launches



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Rep. Marcia Fudge Selected to


Chair Congressional Black Caucus i Wi..


U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge smiles last Wednesday as she comes
out of a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ohio Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn of
Congress member Marcia Fudge South Carolina.
will chair the influential "We could elect no better chair of
Congressional Black Caucus for the the Congressional Black Caucus
next two years. than Marcia Fudge," said Cleaver,
The job entails setting the politi- who described Fudge as "smart,"
cal agenda for more than 40 black "ethical" and "comfortable in her
U.S. House of Representatives own skin."
members and acting as a national Fudge is the second Ohioan to
spokeswoman on issues affecting head the group. Retired Cleveland
black Americans. Democratic Rep. Louis Stokes was
Colleagues congratulated Fudge its chairman in the 1970s.
as she emerged from the two-hour "It automatically gives her a lead-
meeting in which the group unani- ership role in Congress," said
mously named her its leader. The Stokes.
former Warrensville Heights In an interview after her election,
mayor, who joined Congress in Fudge said she will use the job to
2008, quietly worked behind the protect the interests of the more
scenes for months to win the job. than 10 million Americans who are
"She's got great leadership represented by black Congress
skills," New York Democratic Rep. members, concentrating on issues
Yvette Clark said of Fudge. like health care, education, and
"She will be tremendous," added fighting poverty.
Mississippi Democratic Rep. "We call ourselves the conscience
Bennie Thompson. of the Congress," Fudge said. "We
"I am looking forward to it. She focus on things that affect 'the least
will continue to hold individuals of these,' but as well, we focus on
accountable." things that we think are going to
Fudge, 60, will take over the job move this country forward."
when the new Congress begins in Fudge anticipates some of her
January. She had obtained the back- time will be spent fighting efforts to
ing of the group's current chairman, disproportionately cut programs
Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, and that help the needy like Medicaid,
the top ranking African American in Social Security and Head Start --
Congress, Assistant House during upcoming budget balancing


efforts.
Fudge said she has already devel-
oped a solid relationship with
House Speaker John Boehner from
working together on Ohio issues,
and looks forward to helping him
understand the issues that are
important to her group.
"Having been a mayor, we priori-
tized based on where we want our
city and our country to go," she
said. "You make budget cuts based
on what you want to accomplish.
You have to decide, what is our pri-
ority going forward as a country.
You cannot do it on the backs of
any one group of people.. There has
to be some balance."
While the job will involve fre-
quent invitations to speak around
the country, Fudge said she'll often
have other CBC members fill in for
her so she can continue to spend as
much time as she can in Ohio.
She feels the job could bring ben-
efits to the Cleveland area.
"The national exposure can give
me some great ideas about how we
can do things differently, and it puts
me to some degree in position to
talk to the leadership more often,"
she said. "It gives me access to
more things. So I think there is a
great benefit to the community."


Rilya Wilson
MIAMI The foster parent of 4-
year-old Rilya Wilson abused the
girl for months before finally
smothering her, and then lied to


President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha shop for Christmas presents at One More Page,
an independent, neighborhood bookstore in Arlington, Va., on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.
Obama chooses 'Small Business Saturday' over Black Friday for Christmas
shopping In a bid to encourage other Americans to participate in "Small Business Saturday" as an altema-
tive to Black Friday, President Barack Obama visited an Arlington bookstore to buy some Christmas goodies for
his family.
Obama was accompanied by his daughters Sasha and Malia to One More Page Books, which the White House
described as an "independent, neighbourhood bookstore". He bought 15 children's books before even browsing
the store, reports CBS News.
"Preparation. That's how I shop," Obama told shop owner Eileen McGervey.
"Small Business Saturday" has become an annual tradition for the Obama family. Last year, Obama and his
daughters visited Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe in Washington.


child welfare workers who failed to
discover the girl had been missing
for more than a year, a prosecutor
said Monday.
Rilya's case led to new laws and a
massive shake-up at Florida's child
welfare agency after she vanished
in 2000. Authorities long suspected
caretaker Geralyn Graham in
Rilya's disappearance, but didn't
charge her until 2005 when prose-
cutors said she confessed to an
inmate while serving time on an
unrelated fraud charge.
Graham is on trial for first-degree
murder, kidnapping and child
abuse. She faces life in prison if
convicted.
Graham's attorney raised the pos-


sibility that Rilya could still be
alive because her body has not been
found. Attorney Scott Sakin sug-
gested Rilya could've been relocat-
ed to a new home and lost in a sys-
tem that has a history of casework-
er incompetence. Prosecutors said
Graham confessed to killing Rilya,
who would be 16 now, because she
believed the girl was evil and pos-
sessed by demons.
Graham, 66, uses a walker to
move around in court. She has long
insisted she is innocent and claimed
a Department of Children and
Families worker took Rilya from
her Miami-area home one day and
never returned the girl.
Rilya and a younger sister were


both given over to state care
because their drug-addicted, fre-
quently homeless mother could not
care for them. Rilya's name is an
acronym for "remember I love you
always" given by her birth mother.
The girl's disappearance led to
resignations at DCFwhen it was
discovered that a caseworker was
falsifying reports about the girl's
well-being and that supervisors
took little action. The case also led
to a new missing child tracking sys-
tem in Florida, approval of a priva-
tized system of child casework and
tougher laws against falsifying
child welfare reports.
The trial is expected to last five
weeks.


Murder Trial Finally Starts in Fla. Foster Child Case


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