Oldest Living American Dies at 114
Mamie Rearden, recognized by Guinness
World Records as the oldest living American,
S----- has died at 114-years old. Rearden was born
on September 7, 1898, in Edgefield, South
Carolina, where she was raised and lived all
her life. She was a school teacher for a short
time, and was married to her husband for 59
years until his death in 1979. She raised 11
children. At the time of her death, she lived in
the family homestead with a son and a daugh-
ter on land that had been in the family since
her father's accumulation of acreage that made
him one of the area's largest black landowners.
Chicago Ends Year
with 500 Murders
500 people were murdered in Chicago, Illinois in the year 2012. The
500th person was 40-year old Nathaniel Jackson, who was shot in the
head while standing outside of a store in the city's West Side Austin
neighborhood. This was a grim milestone for Chicago, as the city did
not reach 500 homicides since the year 2008, which ended with 513
homicides. According to the Chicago Tribune, prior to 2008, the city
had not seen the homicide rate above 500 since the year 2004. Sadly,
although 500 seems very high, the numbers have actually decreased
since the year 2001 when the city had an all-time peak of 667 homi-
cides in one year.
George Clinton Gives Up Rights
to Funk Classics to Pay Debt
Funk music legend George Clinton has been forced to sell the copy-
rights to some of his classic funk songs in order to pay off legal debts,
according to TMZ.
Clinton has reportedly owed over $1 million to the law firm Hendricks
& Lewis since back in 2010, but has allegedly paid back only
Court documents suggest that Clinton has sold the rights to "Hardcore
Jollies," "The Electric Spanking of War Babies," "Uncle Jam Wants
You" and the classic "One Nation Under A Groove."
Hendricks & Lewis can use the songs any way they like to recoup the
money owed to them by Clinton. Once they are fully repaid, the rights
to these songs are expected to return to Clinton.
U of Az Makes Hip Hop a Minor
Universities across the nation have offered courses on hip-hop culture
for several years, but the University of Arizona has decided to take its
program further, adding the subject as as a concentration in its Africana
Studies minor program as it was announced in December. The univer-
sity has offered hip-hop courses since 2004.
Last spring, a class on hip-hop cinema at the university filled up in a
matter of hours with students mailing the teacher in an attempt to add
The curriculum will go beyond the stereotypical gang and drug cul-
tures to examine the movement's intersection with politics, marketing,
fashion and other academic disciplines.
Myrlie Evers-Williamsto Deliver
Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights activist Medgar
Evers, will deliver the invocation at President Barack Obama's inaugu-
ration later this month.
Evers-Williams, also a civil rights activist in her own right, is report-
edly the first woman and non-clergy member to deliver a president's
In contrast with the untraditional selection of Evers-Williams, the
Presidential Inaugural Committee announced that the Rev. Louie
Giglio, a conservative evangelical who is the pastor of Passion City
Church in Atlanta, will deliver the benediction at the inauguration.
Giglio is the founder of the Passion Conferences, a student-centered
Christian movement that raises awareness about human trafficking.
The official swearing-in for his second term is Jan. 20, but the cere-
monial events organized by the inaugural committee are Jan. 21.
Bank of America to Pay $10B to
Fannie Mae for Discrimination
Bank ofAmerica has agreed to pay roughly $10 billion to Fannie Mae
in a settlement involving troubled mortgages issued by the bank's
Countrywide Financial unit.
Under the terms of the recent agreement, Bank of America said it will
pay the housing finance giant $3.6 billion and will also spend $6.75 bil-
lion to buy back mortgages from Fannie Mae at a discount to their orig-
inal value. All of the lender's disputes with Fannie Mae would be
resolved. The bank settled its fight with Freddie Mac, the other gov-
ernment-owned mortgage finance giant, in 2011.
Countrywide is the same subsidiary that agreed to pay $335 million
to settle allegations that its financial unit discriminated against quali-
fied Black and Hispanic borrowers between 2004 and 2008.
Shown at the Potters House are (L-R) Elder Donald Foy, artist
Jimmy Hell and church pastor Bishop Vaughn McLaughlin.
On Sunday, January 6th, the
Potters House Sanctuary was filled
with parishoners enjoying
renowned gospel artist Jimmy Hill.
Currently on a "Stop the Violence"
tour, Jimmy brought the house
down with his new song, Stop the
Violence which featured a video
depicting the violent acts that tran-
spired in 2012; from the movie the-
ater massacre in Aurora, Colorado,
to the Newtown, Connecticut
shootings and the everyday vio-
lence in Jacksonville, Florida,
Jimmy has proclaimed, "the vio-
lence has to stop, we are in need of
peace, we are living in our last
days". Next stop for the tour will be
Orlando, Florida where Hill was
invited by the mayor to perform.
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Next Budget Showdown
Could Lead to More Cuts
by George Curry
WASHINGTON After blinking
during in a New Year's Day show-
down with President Obama that
could have triggered across-the-
board spending cuts and significant
tax increases, Republicans are
poised to seek deep cuts in spend-
ing that would violate the "bal-
anced" approach to the deficit that
the president has advocated.
In an interview Sunday on ABC's
"This Week," Senate Minority
Leader Continued on page 4
Gospel Artist Jimmy Hill Inspired
to do a Stop the Violence Music Tour
Jordan Davis Honored on Jet Cover
The upcoming January 14, 2013 issue
of JET Magazine asks the question "Is
Your Child Next?" and addresses the
recent death of Jordan Russell Davis,
the Georgia teen who was recently shot
and killed by a Caucasian man in
Florida because he was playing his
music too loud. The case is the second
of it's kind in the state of Florida, fol-
lowing the popular case of Trayvon
Martin. Inside the issue, Davis' parents,
Ron Davis and Lucia McBath, sit down
with journalist Denene Millner to talk
about how they are seeking justice for
their son and why they want to see the
laws changed. The family is actually
petitioning the Obama administration to
declare the state's Stand Your GroundM
Alexis and William Glover where
married in St. Augustine, Florida at
the White Room Loft on New
Years Eve. William Glover is the
son of Christopher Glover and
Cheyenne Mason and Alexis
Hazewood is the daughter of
Kimberly Jones (Dane) and Ken
William graduated from Stanton
College Preparatory and the
University of Florida. He will com-
plete his pharmacy doctorate stud-
ies from Lecom Medical School in
2014. Alexis is a nurse and cur-
rently the director of Royal Care in
Tampa, Florida. Following a hon-
eymoon in the Domincan Republic,
the couple will reside in Tampa.
Raines Among Schools Celebrating FCAT Grade Increase
Dr. John Guns (Senior Pastor of St. Paul MBC), Marion Riley (Raines Class of '92), George Maxey (Raines
Principal 2009-2011), Cleve Warren, Irven Pedro Cohen (Raines Class of'87), Donna Pressley (Raines SAC
Chair), James Ross, Michelle Ragans, Lee Brown, Tony Bellamy, Shateena Brown (Raines Principal), Betty
Burney (Raines Class of '74), Anthony Rodgers (Raines National Alumni Association President) and State
Representative Mia Jones (Raines Class of '86).
by Willie B. Hall
Duval County Public Schools
(DCPS) saw eight of its high
schools' grades rise in 2012. All
high schools are now A, B, or C
grades. William M. Raines High
School improved from a "D" to a
"C". In fact Raines was 19 points
away from a B. The school grade is
based off of data from the 2011-
2012 school year.
This is a big improvement from
the 2008-2009 school year, the
school performed the lowest out of
all DCPS High Schools on the
Florida Comprehensive Assessment
Test that year.
The 2008-2009 school year
reported only a 55% graduation
rate, 34% of the student body was
retained and only 7% of 10th
graders were reading at or above
their grade level.
The school hosted a celebration
assembly to celebrate the student
achievements where students,
alumni and several community
leaders who were mostly alumni of
the school spoke to the student
body. The highlight of the event
occurred when former principal
George Maxey made a surprise
appearance and spoke to the stu-
dents. Maxey served the school
from July 2009 until his resignation
in December of 2011. Much of the
schools recent success can be cred-
ited to his leadership. The school
improved dramatically since 2009.
In just the 2009-2010 school year
Maxey implemented study hall
immediately after school, gender
based classes and Saturday school
to help students prepare for the SAT
and ACT tests. Maxey also added
several new courses: JROTC,
Drama, African American History,
Chinese, Dance, Law Studies and
Maxey yelled out "My God is
good", as he greeted the students.
"When I arrived at Raines in 2009 I
was told by many that the students
of Raines could not learn and the
school would eventually be closed.
Well today Vikings you have
proven them all wrong", said
Alumni State Representative Mia
Jones & former school board chair
Betty Burney were amongst the
other speakers who praised the stu-
dent body of 1,000 for their efforts.
Although the school grade is a
"C" the current principal of Raines
Shateena Brown is not satisfied.
Shirts worn by all of the school fac-
ulty at the assembly and posters
adorned the walls read:
"C...Raines did it!
"I am proud of our students and
teachers success in the face of
adversity but we are not satisfied.
We will continue to strive for excel-
lence here at Raines and a "C" is
just one stop on being an "A"
school. Our students are "great" and
we as educators will continue
"Educating Greatness", said princi-
pal Shateena Brown.
Raines is the only historically
African American high school in
Duval County that is still predomi-
nately serving students of color.
The current principal, is Ms.
Shateena G. Brown, she has led the
school Since July of 2012.
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Rules for "good debt" and
"bad debt" Have Changed
By Jason Alderman
Before the Great Recession of
2008 overturned many long-held fi-
nancial beliefs, it wasn't uncommon
for people to differentiate between
"good debt" and "bad debt." The
thinking was that certain kinds of
debt were worth taking on because
you come out ahead in the long run.
Buying a home and financing a col-
lege education were two examples.
But when home values plum-
meted and the cost of a bachelor's
degree soared, those once-safe in-
vestments in your future suddenly
seemed risky or unattainable.
Now's a good time to step back
and examine the concept of good
debt vs. bad debt and why, in certain
cases, acquiring debt may still make
sense provided you plan carefully
and don't exceed what you can rea-
sonably expect to repay.
This simple distinction still ap-
plies: Taking on so-called good debt
can help boost your credit rating or
allow you to buy something that
will increase in value over time,
whereas bad debt often fuels the
purchase of items that are dispos-
able, unnecessary or depreciable.
One of the best ways to build
strong credit history is to show
lenders you can pay off debt respon-
sibly. You're more apt to qualify for
a mortgage, car loan, or other large
debt if you've demonstrated sound
repayment behavior. Just remem-
ber: Carrying multiple loans or
high-limit credit cards could harm
your rating, since lenders might
worry you're taking on more debt
than you can repay.
Student loans. The average col-
lege graduate earns $47,422 a year,
compared to $26,349 for high
school graduates a difference of
$21,073. Using simple math, some
calculate the difference in total
earnings over a 40-year work life as
more than $800,000.
However, such estimates don't
factor in the crippling student loan
debt many graduates face or their
inability to find work in a chosen
field during difficult times. But still,
the unemployment rate among col-
lege grads is roughly half that of
high school grads 4.5 percent vs.
8.4 percent. College is still a worth-
while investment for many people
if they don't go overboard on loans
and choose a degree with good
earnings and employment potential.
Mortgages. Before the real estate
crash, homeownership was consid-
ered good debt because when some-
one finally paid off their mortgage,
their home was usually worth much
more than the purchase price. For
many, this probably still will be
true, unless they bought during the
market upswing or are forced to sell
before prices can recover. After all,
mortgage interest rates are histori-
cally low and interest and mortgage
points are still tax-deductible.
Just don't buy more house than
you can afford. Factor in expenses
like property tax, primary mortgage
insurance, homeowners dues, utili-
ties and repairs and if you get an
adjustable rate mortgage, calculate
how high rates could climb.
Bad debt. What qualifies as bad
debt hasn't changed since the reces-
sion, but budget-conscious con-
sumers are paying more attention
now. Meals out, excessive vaca-
tions, and unnecessary clothing or
electronics wants vs. needs all
qualify if you're spending beyond
your means. Basically, if you can't
pay the bill in full within a month or
two, reexamine whether it's a
worthwhile expense; particularly if
you don't have at least six to nine
month's pay stashed in an emer-
gency fund or you're trying to save
for a car or home.
Money Available in 2013
As the U.S. economy continues to
rebound, the number of scholarships
available to students also is increas-
ing. Every year, more than $40 bil-
lion dollars in scholarships are given
away, and experts estimate that in the
year 2013, that number will climb
Contrary to popular belief, 97% of
all scholarships are given away by
colleges and universities themselves,
and the other 3% are given away by
non-profit organizations and
local/federal government agencies.
The amount of funding that they give
away all depends on how much rev-
enue and donations they are generat-
ing, and as the economy recovers,
more money is able to be given away.
It's estimated that a staggering $50
billion dollars in scholarship money
will be given away this year.
One web site, ScholarshipsOn-
line.org, a free online directory of the
latest scholarships and education
grants, is already publishing avail-
able 2013 scholarships for students,
parents and teachers. The web site lit-
erally posts a new scholarship every
day, and each opportunity is real and
legit most of them being offered by
recognizable corporations such as
Verizon, Burger King, or Best Buy.
Others are offered by reputable or-
ganizations, and government agen-
cies managed by states, counties,
In addition to listing upcoming op-
portunities, the web site also features
the top 100 tips on how to find, apply
for, and successfully win a scholar-
ship competition. Visitors can also
make use of a comprehensive list of
resources for their needs.
The site is 100% free to use, and
does not require a membership of any
For more details, visit www.Schol-
RALEIGH, N.C. Outgoing North
Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue issued
pardons last week to the Wilmington
10, a group wrongly convicted 40
years ago in a notorious Civil Rights-
era prosecution that led to accusa-
tions that the state was holding
Perdue issued pardons of inno-
cence for the nine black men and one
white woman who received prison
sentences totaling nearly 300 years
for the 1971 firebombing of a Wilm-
ington grocery store during three
days of violence. The pardon means
the state no longer thinks the 10 peo-
ple four of whom have since died -
committed a crime.
"I have decided to grant these par-
dons because the more facts I have
learned about the Wilmington Ten,
the more appalled I have become
about the manner in which their con-
victions were obtained," Perdue said
in a news release.
The three key witnesses in the case
later recanted their testimony.
Amnesty International and other
groups took up the issue, portraying
the Wilmington 10 as political pris-
In 1978, then-Gov. Jim Hunt com-
muted their sentences but withheld a
pardon. Two years later, the 4th U.S.
Circuit Court of Appeals in Rich-
mond, Va., threw out the convictions,
saying perjury and prosecutorial mis-
Wilmington 10 members Benjamin Chavis, William "Joe" Wright, Con-
nie Tindall and Jerry Jacobs, seated from left, and Wayne Moore, Anne
Sheppard, Willie "Earl" Vereen, James McKoy, Marvin Patrick and
Reginald Eppes, standing from left, in a Wilmington News & Observer
file photo from a 1976 news conference
conduct were factors in the verdicts.
"We are tremendously grateful to
Gov. Perdue for her courage," said
Benjamin Chavis, who spent about
five years behind bars as one of the
10, and is the former national
NAACP executive director. "This is
a historic day for North Carolina and
the United States. People should be
innocent until proven guilty, not per-
secuted for standing up for equal
rights and justice."
In addition to Chavis, the surviving
members of the Wilmington 10 are
Reginald Epps, James McKoy,
Wayne Moore, Marvin Patrick and
Willie Earl Vereen. Those who have
died are Jerry Jacobs, Ann Shepard,
Connie Tindall and Joe Wright.
The Wilmington 10 were con-
victed in October 1972 on charges of
conspiracy to firebomb Mike's Gro-
cery and to assault emergency per-
sonnel who responded to the fire.
The trial was held in Burgaw in
Pender County after a judge declared
a mistrial the first time. A jury of 10
blacks and two whites had been
seated in the first trial when prosecu-
tor Jay Stroud said he was sick, and
the judge declared the mistrial. At the
second trial, a jury of 10 whites and
two blacks was seated.
The three key witnesses who took
the stand for the prosecution recanted
their testimony in 1976. And the
prosecutor, Stroud, became a flash-
point for the Wilmington 10 support-
In November, NAACP state lead-
ers said they believe newly uncov-
ered notes show Stroud tried to keep
blacks off the first jury and seat
whites he thought were sympathetic
to the Ku Klux Klan. The group
showed the notes on a poster board,
saying the handwriting on the legal
paper appeared to match notes from
other prosecution records in the case.
At the top of the list of 100 jurors,
the notes said, "stay away from black
men." A capital "B" was beside the
names of black jurors. The notes
identify one potential black juror as
an "Uncle Tom type," and beside the
names of several white people, nota-
tions include "KKK?" and "good!!"
Stroud told the StarNews of Wilm-
ington that he wrote some of the
notes but declined to confirm that to
the AP in November. He told the AP
that he wouldn't have written "stay
away from black men," and said
someone could have forged the
Outgoing N.C. Governor Pardons Wilmington 10,
Wrongly Convicted Civil Rights-era Group
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January 10-16, 2013
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
Philly Holds Guiness Wo
for Longest Soul Tra
From left, Mannwell Glenn, Deanna Williams, Mayor Michael Nutter
Sheila Simmons and E. Steven Collins accept a certificate from thi
Guinness Book of World Records verifying that Philadelphia holds thi
record for the longest "Soul Train" line, set Feb. 13, 2012, when 291
Philadelphians beat the previous record.
It's another record for certificate issued by the Guinness
Philadelphia the longest "Soul Book of World Records.
Train" line officially noted by The mayor, against the advice of
Mayor Michael Nutter on all his advisors, he said, took part
Wednesday when he accepted a in the "Soul Train" line last
February and noted that it was
magical moment for partici-
"It was incredible," he said. "It
really felt like the whole city had
come together for one unique
A crowd of 291 people took
part in the "Soul Train" line on
Feb. 13, 2012 in front of the
Philadelphia Museum of Art in
honor of "Soul Train" creator
and host Don Cornelius, who
died last year. Philadelphia's
record beat the previous record
of 211 people set by Beverly
Hills High School.
"We figured that was a number
we could beat," said Sheila
Simmons, event organizers..
She vowed as did several
others present that Philly
would fight to keep the record,
e which was certified by the
Guinness Book of World
Records last month.
More than 2,000 people showed
up at many dressed in Afro wigs
and bell bottoms to honor
Cornelius, host of the long-run-
ning TV show "Soul Train."
AREA MARTIN LUTHER
KING HOLIDAY EVENTS
Old School Dance
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Foundation, Inc., of Jacksonville,
Florida, cordially invites you to participate in the 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., Holiday Celebration activities beginning with the MLK "Old School"
dance, Saturday, January 12th, 9 p.m. 12 a.m., at the Hyatt Hotel, 225 East
Next it's the MLK 5K walk/race in downtown Jacksonville, Saturday, January
19th, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information access the website at www.mlkfd-
Parade and Gospelfest
The MLK Holiday parade will be on Monday, January 21st, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
followed by the MLK Gospelfest at Metropolitan Park, 1:30 p.m. 4 p.m., featuring
gospel songstress Miss CeCe Winans. For parade registration email
email@example.com or call (904) 463-2425.
Baptist Ministers Breakfast
The Baptist Ministers Conference of Duval presents their 15th annual Dr. Martin
Luther King., Jr. celebration service at Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 1620
Tuesday, January 15th at 7 p.m. Reverend Robert Herring, Sr. Pastor. On
Saturday, January 19th it's the 14th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer
Breakfast, at 8 a.m. at Emmanuel Missionary Multi-Purpose Center, 2407 S.L.
Badger Jr. Circle E., Reverend Herb Anderson, Pastor. For more information please
call (904) 765-3111.
Inspired by Sandy Hook, Teen's Plan
to Kill Black Classmates Thwarted
by Philip Thompson
Russell County, AL A teenager
and self-described white suprema-
cist made journal entries about a
plot to bomb classmates three days
after the Sandy Hook school mas-
sacre and began building home-
made explosives, a sheriff said.
Derek Shrout, 17, is charged with
attempted assault after authorities
say he planned to bomb fellow stu-
dents at Russell County High
School in Alabama.
Russell County Sheriff Heath
Taylor said that he believed the
shooting at Sandy Hook
Elementary was a factor because
the first date in the boy's journal
describing the plan was December
17 three days after the
Sheriff Taylor said the boy told
investigators that he is a white
supremacist and five of the six stu-
dents he named in his journal are
black. The journal was found by a
teacher, who turned it over to
A search of Shrout's home found
17 year old Derek Shrout
several small tobacco cans and two
large cans, all with holes drilled in
them and containing pellets,
according to authorities.
Taylor said all they needed were
black powder and fuses to become
explosives. The journal also
allegedly mentioned using firearms.
The sheriff said Shrout's father
owned a few household weapons,
such as a hunting rifle, a shotgun
and a handgun.
The sheriff said: 'He just talks
about some students, he specifically
named six students and one faculty
member and he talked about
weapons and the amounts of ammu-
nition for each weapon that he
would use if he attacked the school.'
The sheriff said he didn't believe
the teen's initial claim that the jour-
nal was a work of fiction.
'When you go to his house and
you start finding the actual devices
that he talked about being made, no,
it's not fiction anymore,' Taylor
'Those devices were all they
needed was the black powder and
the fuse he had put a lot of time
and thought into that.'
The judge ordered Shrout not to
contact anyone at his school, stu-
dents or teachers, and not to use the
Internet without parental supervi-
sion. He also must wear an ankle
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Time to Change the Way Juveniles are Treated
"Children respond to the expec-
tations of their environment," states
Price Cobb, a black psychiatrist.
It's a powerful statement and
extremely true. As the old saying
goes, "the apple doesn't fall far
from the tree," so parents have to
set high expectations.
But even when parents do their
jobs and establish strong, stable
households we know that some
children still go astray. When kids
mess up often times they are fac-
ing punishment that is much more
severe than the actual crime or inci-
Jacksonville may be at the top of
the totem pole when it comes to
locking kids up and nearly throw-
ing away the key. The trend nation-
ally has been to promote alternative
methods of punishment.
For example, instead of suspend-
ing a kid and having he or she sit at
home watching TV place them in
a program that allows them to do
their schoolwork and receive some
counseling services. If kids fight at
school and it doesn't escalate to
major violence don't call the
police; handle it internally.
County is certainly not a good
example of how we should be deal-
ing with our minors who get in
Records show that of the approx-
imately 440 school arrests last year,
some 40 percent were for offenses
defined as "petty misconduct."
This means that those offenses are
exempt from the state's zero toler-
ance policy. So why were so many
youth arrested for petty miscon-
The disparity can't be ignored.
Of those 440 arrested, African
American students made up 77 per-
cent of that number. The numbers
Florida leads the nation, and
Duval County leads the state in
sending children to the adult court
system. Experts and studies have
shown that when youth are sen-
tenced to the adult system, they are
much more likely to become career
James Baldwin said it best,
"Children have never been good at
listening to their elders, but they
have never failed to imitate them."
In other words, by placing so many
youth in the adult system, we are
essentially creating Frankenstein's
Think about this fact: 54 percent
of the Duval County children that
were arrested and then referred to
adult court last year were not vio-
lent offenders. There's something
clearly wrong with our system
when reform and prevention are not
as important as saying that we are
"tough on crime."
We have basically criminalized
student misbehavior. According to
the Southern Poverty Law Center,
"Research has shown that pushing
children out of school, unnecessar-
ilylocking them up in detention
centers and youth prisons, and
sending them into the adult crimi-
nal justice systems to be tried as
adults, does not reduce crime."
Dr. Robert Johnson, is a parent-
ing specialist and says, "African
American children in this country
are growing up under the weight of
the pressures that are created by
racism, and it has an effect in
schools and commercial settings
everywhere; and parents need to
strengthen their children with the
abilities and skills to overcome
Easier said than done Doc!
Clearly student poor student
achievement is a byproduct of how
our state and county deal with our
juveniles. Overuse of arrest and
other punitive discipline policies
have lead to low graduation rates
and low performance.
Last year, Duval County ranked
last among Florida's 12 largest
counties in graduating 63 percent
of high school students, which
looks great when you compare it to
our African American students.
That percentage was only 55 per-
cent, according to Florida
Department of Education records.
Clearly, arresting young people
for misdemeanors is counterpro-
ductive to the goal of our public
I realize that the flip side of this
coin is that some repeat and/or vio-
lent offenders have received multi-
ple chances and should be treated
as adults, but they don't make up
the majority of the population of
kids that I am talking about.
Again, some 440 Jacksonville
children were arrested last year in
public schools or at school func-
tions, and over half of them had
never been arrested before.
We have to fix this issue. The
2010-11 state incarceration num-
bers show the average for youth
committed to residential facilities
is 255. The Duval County average
is for that same timeframe being
There are states and even coun-
ties in Florida that are doing it
right. During that same timeframe
only 94 Dade County youth were
committed to residential facilities -
a county much more populated than
We know the issue now we
need the political and community
will to refocus our efforts on
reforming our students who make
mistakes versus they system auto-
matically dropping the hammer on
every kid it can.
Signing off from the Duval
County Juvenile Detention Center,
Banking on Black Banks
By William Reed
Starting during the 1930s, the Mitchells of Washington were close
friends with Edward Kennedy Ellington's family. So, in 2009 when the
Duke Ellington Commemorative Quarter was to be distributed, the
Ellington family selected the Mitchell's Industrial Bank on the historic U
Street corridor to begin distributing the quarter.
The Ellingtons and Mitchells are evidence of the evolution of the
nation's Black middle class. The families grew up in Le Droit Park, an area
of urban, narrow row houses anchored by Howard University. The bank of
Le Droit Park residents, Industrial Bank of Washington, grew to be one of
America's oldest Black-owned banks. The bank and Mitchell family are
testaments to the Washington Black business movement.
When it opened, Industrial Bank was Washington's only Black-owned
bank. Jesse Mitchell, a 1907 Howard University Law School grad, started
Industrial Bank of Washington in 1934. A range of Black investors -
including individuals, churches, and service-oriented organizations ral-
lied around the effort. The bank has had a national impact through three
generations: Mitchell's son, B. Doyle Mitchell Sr., succeeded him as pres-
ident in 1953. He was succeeded in 1993 by his grandson, B. Doyle
Mitchell Jr., as president and CEO and his granddaughter, Patricia A.
Mitchell, as executive vice president. Under their guidance, Industrial
Bank remains a family-owned business that has 150 employees and $350
million in assets.
The story of Industrial Bank of Washington is of importance to Black
Americans because as Black wealth has evolved, Industrial Bank has, over
generations, delivered banking and financial services toward the growth
and development of the nation's largest and longest enduring Black middle
class. Both the bank and Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington are
Washington legends. The "Duke" and other Black music legends helped
establish the U Street entertainment corridor. On February 26, 2009,
Industrial Bank led the way when the jazz musician became the first Black
American to be prominently featured on a U.S. coin in circulation with the
release of a quarter honoring the District of Columbia.
In Images of America: Industrial Bank, B. Doyle Jr. and Patricia A.
Mitchell have produced a good look and insight into Black Washington
over the past seven decades. The book is a worthwhile look into the Black
banking world, people and events.
Since slavery, Africans in America have realized the necessity of accu-
mulating wealth and the subsequent benefits of collective financial securi-
ty. The Free African Society, the Free Labor Bank, and the Freedman's
Savings and Trust Company laid the groundwork for Black capitalism in
America. Black banks gave African Americans a venue in which to learn
about and participate in the business of banking. They helped Blacks learn
valuable economic lessons about being industrious and saving money.
African-American churches and fraternal organizations served as pooling
places for capital needed to open banks sensitive to the needs of African
In Images of America: Industrial Bank, the authors tell the story of the
institution in 130-pages with more than 200 vintage images that brings to
the fore the people, places, and events that shaped the character of
Washington through history and until today. The bank held accounts for the
National Business League, the National Bankers Association, the National
Newspaper Publishers Association (the Black Press of America) and most
national fraternal and sorority organizations. In the book, the Mitchells
have defined a community as the bank's story is illustrated through images
from the Industrial, Bank archives and the Scurlock Studio Records,
Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Behring Center
.and Smithsonia.,,Institution. The.foreword was composed. by Edward
Ellington Jr. and April Ellington, son and daughter of "The Duke."
Images of America: Industrial Bank is a "must read" for Blacks. The
book is published by Arcadia Publishing www.arcadiapublishing.com.
Learning about what has become a mainstay for Black Washingtonians will
be a lesson well learned. Industrial Bank has received wide acclaim for its
community reinvestments and performances. B. Doyle Mitchell Jr. says,
they provide "services to create a vibrant local community based on
encouraging thriving businesses."
William Reed is head of the Business Exchange Network and available
for speaking/seminar projects through the Bailey Group.org.
Next Budget Showdown Could Lead to More Cuts
Continued from front
Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)
said Republicans will not consider
additional tax increases to help pay
down the nation's debt.
"The tax issue is finished, over,
completed," he said. "That's behind
us. Now the question is what are we
going to do about the biggest prob-
lem confronting our country and our
future? And that's our spending
addiction. It's time to confront it.
The president surely knows that."
President Obama has rejected the
GOP demand for specific cuts in
exchange for raising the nation's
debt limit to pay its outstanding
"One thing I will not compromise
over is whether or not Congress
should pay the tab for a bill they've
already racked up," Obama said in
his weekly address on Saturday.
That position is being opposed by
"I want to raise the debt ceiling,
but I will not do it without a plan to
get out of debt," Senator Lindsey
Graham [R-S.C.] said Sunday on
CNN's "State of the Union. "If you
raise the debt ceiling by a dollar,
you should cut spending by a dollar.
That is the way to go forward."
House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.), appearing Sunday
on CBS, said "I don't think these
two things should be related. Right
now, we have to pay the bills that
have been incurred," she said. "And
if you want to say cut spending for
what we do next, fine, but don't tie
it to the debt ceiling."
As the Los Angeles Times noted,
the fiscal cliff debate underscored
the geographic divide within the
Republican Party, as the position
taken by McConnell and Graham
The newspaper reported, "Almost
90% of Southern Republicans voted
against the 'fiscal-cliff' compro-
mise. At the same time, a majority
of Republican representatives from
outside the South supported the
deal, which was approved in large
part because of overwhelming
Some experts say cuts in spending
have already outpaced any expected
rise in revenue.
"President Obama has said that
future deficit reduction should come
through a balanced mix of revenue
increases and spending cuts; as a
first step, he required that ATRA's
[the American Taxpayers Relief
Act] two-month delay in scheduled
across-the-board budget cuts
('sequestration') be offset with an
even split of revenues and spending
reductions. By contrast, some
Republicans leaders have indicated
that they will push to achieve the
additional deficit reduction entirely
through spending cuts, with no fur-
their revenue increases at all," wrote
Robert Greenstein, founder and
president of the Center on Budget
and Policy Priorities, a nonpartisan
organization that examines how fis-
cal policy and public programs that
affect low- and moderate-income
He explained, "The President's
approach is the sound and equitable
one. If this Republican view holds,
then when all of the deficit reduc-
tion efforts are tallied together,
spending cuts will outpace revenue
increases by nearly 5 to 1 hardly
a balanced approach."
After Congress hastily approved a
plan to avert the fiscal cliff that
raised taxes on individuals earning
more than $400,000 a year and fam-
ilies earning in excess of $450,000
annually, many angry House
Republicans who did not want to
see any tax increases are threaten-
ing to vote against raising the debt
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limit in two months if Obama does-
n't go along with their cuts-only
As Greenstein noted, cuts have
already been imposed on domestic
spending and any additional reduc-
tions would mean that the budget is
being balanced primarily through
spending cuts rather than a balanced
"Several pieces of legislation, cul-
minating in the 2011 Budget
Control Act, reduced spending on
discretionary programs for both
non-defense and defense programs
- by $1.5 trillion over the 2013-
2022 period," he stated. "All of
these savings are on the spending
Consequently, even if future
measures require an even split
between slashing spending and rais-
ing additional revenue, the burden
would fall disproportionately on
Greenstein noted, "If future
deficit reduction comes through an
even split of revenues and spending
cuts, total spending cuts will still
outpace revenue increases by nearly
2 to 1. (These ratio estimates do not
include the effects of interest sav-
ings; if those savings are included,
the share of savings that come from
spending cuts rises further.)"
The Joint Committee on Taxation
(JCT) estimates show that ATRA
makes all but $624 billion of those
$3.4 trillion in tax cuts permanent.
It thus makes permanent 82 percent
of the Bush tax cuts, while letting 18
The Joint Committee on Taxation
(JCT) and Congressional Budget
Office estimate that making perma-
nent all of the Bush tax cuts would
have cost $3.4 trillion over 2013-
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HOOP CARRYING ON: Without
his top scorer, Tenn.
RACES State head coach Travis
Williams has led Tigers
BEGIN to 3-0 OVC start.
LEAGUE PLAY GETS UNDERWAYTHIS WEEK;
TOP PLAYERS AND SCORERS ON TOP TEAMS
UNDER THE BANNER
WHATS GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
SANDERS IN AT LANGSTON:
Langston, Ok. Langston University assistant head
football coach and defensive coordi-
nator Dwone Sanders was recently
named head football coach by Mike
Garrett, the university's athletic direc-
tor. Sanders, who started at Langston
in 2010, replaces Robert "Mickey"
SANDERS Joseph, whose contract was not re-
newed at the end of the season.
"We are excited about having Sanders at the helm,"
said Garrett. "We believe he has the ability to guide a good
football program and make it a dominant one."
"Langston University is a fine institution led by great
people who are moving it in a forward direction where
excellence is the goal," said Sanders. "I am pleased to be
a part of this new direction that President (Kent J.) Smith
and Mr. Garrett are taking our football program. The goal is
to make the NAIA Football Championship game in Rome,
Georgia. That's the goal every year."
A native of Bellechase, LA, Sanders played linebacker
at McNeese State University. During his time there, he
earned all-conference honors. Prior to coming to Langston,
Sanders completed coaching stints at Southeast Missouri
State, Penn State, Utah State and Alabama State. He has
coached in the 1993 Citrus Bowl (with Penn State) and
earned a Recruiter of the Year award during his tenure at
Utah State University in 1996.
S He holds a bachelor's degree from McNeese State Uni-
versity in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and a master's degree
from Southern University in Baton Rouge.
SWAC DIGITAL NETWORK:
BIRMINGHAM,ALA. With the launch of the SWAC
Digital Network, the Southwestern Athletic Conference
has created the next gen-
eration of live streaming of
athletic contests involving
SWAC member institutions.
The conference is entering
its fourth year of web streaming athletic contests.
"We really want this to be a showcase for what's going
on within our great Conference," said SWAC Commissioner
Duer Sharp. "As the Conference continues to grow and
advance, it is imperative to keep all communication outlets
updated as well."
With the upgrade, all events will remain free. The
events will also feature improved quality with streaming
in high definition (HD). The streams will be available on
any computer or tablet with Flash capability.
The new streaming efforts will concentrate on men's
and women's basketball, with a select list of games airing on
the platform. Plans are also in the works for adding football
and other SWAC Championship events to the lineup.
The first basketball doubleheader was on Sunday, Jan.
6 with Texas Southern visiting rival Prairie View A&M.
On Monday, Feb. 4, Jackson State will be in Baton Rouge
to take on Southern. On Saturday, Feb. 9, bitter rivals Ala-
bama A&M and Alabama State clash in Montgomery in
the third doubleheader on the SDN schedule. Grambling
travels to Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, Feb. 23, and
then the SDN slate wraps up on Saturday, March 2 with
Southern heading to the Lone Star State to tangle with
DANLEY OUT AT 'BAMA STATE:
The Montgomery Advertiser has reported that after
nearly four months of paid administrative leave and a
1 contentious termination hearing,
Alabama State fired athletic director
Danley confirmed on Friday
i evening that a hearing officer had
upheld several charges against him
*- 2, and that he had received a termination
DANLEY letter from the university on Wednes-
day, ending his two-plus-year tenure
in charge of the Hornets' athletic programs.
"I'm very disappointed in how the hearing process
played out," Danley said. "I do appreciate the opportunity I
was given, and I'll never be able to replace the experience of
working at ASU during the time of building a stadium."
Danley was the director of athletics at Tuskegee Uni-
versity from 2008-2009. He also served as an intern at the
Southeastern Conference commissioner's office.
C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
C IA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
NORTH DIVISION W L W L
Lincoln 1 2 8 4
Eliz. City State 1 2 8 5
Virginia State 1 2 6 6
Bowie State 1 2 5 7
Virginia Union 0 2 2 7
Chowan 0 3 5 6
Livingstone 3 0 11 1
Winston-Salem State 3 0 10 2
Shaw 3 0 9 4
St. Augustine's 2 1 9 4
Fayetteville State 2 1 7 5
J.C. Smith 0 2 6 5
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
PLAYER & NEWCOMER
Mark Thomas, 5-10, Jr., G, LIVINGSTONE Had
game-high 29 points in win over Va. Union. Hit 5 of
9 from 3-point range vs. Davis & Elkiinsa
Jody Hill, 6-1, Jr., G, LIVINGSTONE Led Blue
Bears to win over Bowie State with 26 points, 24 in
second half. Was 5 of 5 from 3-point range.
Mykael Faulcon,6-4, Fr., G, ECSU Had 16 points,
four 3s in loss to Shaw.
James Stinson, LIVINGSTONE- Led team to 3-0
week with wins vs. Bowie State and Va. Union.
M EAC MID EASTERN
V M A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Norfolk State 2 0 7 10
North Carolina Central 1 0 7 7
Delaware State 1 0 6 9
Florida A&M 1 0 4 11
Hampton 1 0 3 10
Howard 1 1 4 12
Morgan State 0 0 3 8
NCA&T State 0 1 7 9
Savannah State 0 1 5 9
Bethune-Cookman 0 1 5 11
SCState 0 1 4 10
Coppin State 0 1 3 13
Md.E. Shore 0 1 0 12
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Adrian Powell, 6-6, Sr., F, NCA&T-Scred43points
in two non-conference wins. Scored 20 points with
5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in win
over Radlord. Had 23 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist,
4 steals in win over Ga. Southern.
Bruce Beckford, 6-7, Fr., C, NC A&T Tallied
24 points, with 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 assists
and 3 steals in two wins. Had 15 pis., 9 boards
Alex Smith, 6-7, Sr., F/C, B-CU -Had 10 rebounds,
7 blocks, 6 steals vs. LSU. Added 10 points in
S1A C ^ SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Claflin 3 0 5 6
Fort Valley State 2 0 4 3
Morehouse 2 0 4 5
Benedict 2 1 6 5
Paine 2 1 5 5
Clark Atlanta 0 0 2 8
Albany State 0 1 1 6
Kentucky State 1 1 3 5
Tuskegee 1 1 2 9
Stillman 1 2 5 6
LeMoyne-Owen 0 2 3 9
Lane 0 2 1 6
Miles 0 3 3 8
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Shawn Allen, 6-5, Sr., F, MOREHOUSE- Led five
Maroon Tigers in double-figures with 20 points on
7 of 12 shooting in win over Tuskegee
Jerel Stephenson,6-4,Jr., F, PAINE-Averaged 13
points, 7.5 assists and 7.5 rebounds in 1-1 week, a
loss to Tuskegee and win over Stillman.
lSWAC A SOUTHWESTERN
^S W I ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Southern 3 0 9 6
Ark. Pine Bluff 2 0 3 11
AlabamaA&M 2 1 6 8
Alabama State 2 1 4 12
Alcorn State 2 1 4 14
Texas Southern 2 1 3 13
Miss. Valley St. 1 1 1 11
Prairie View A&M 0 3 5 11
Jackson State 0 3 1 11
Grambling State 0 3 0 12
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER & NEWCOMER
Malcolm Miller, 6-6, Fr., G, SOUTHERN -Wasteam's
top scorerintwoJaguarwinsthat kept Southernontop
of league race. Tallied 26 points on 9 of 15 shooting,
7 of 11 from long range, in win over Grambling. Was
Jags'only double-figure scorer with 11 points, hitting
on 3 of 8 from the field, 2 of 4 from 3-point arc, in
win over Prairie View.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Patrick Miller, 6-1, Jr., G, TENN. STATE Had
game-high 28 points in win over E. Illinois, team-
high 21 in win over Tenn. Tech and 19 in win over
Jacksonville Slate as Tigers extended win streak
to four games and are now 3-0 in OVC. Miller was
7 of 8 from the field, 3 of 3 from distance and 11
of 11 from the line vs. E. Illinois. Averaged 22.6
in the three wins.
M.J. Rhett, 6-8, So., C, TENN. STATE Averaged
10.0 points, 11.3 rebounds in three wins. Had 10
points, 16 rebounds vs. Jacksonville State, 15
points, 11 rebounds vs. Tenn. Tech and 5 points,
8 rebounds vs. Eastern Illinois.
Teams ready for conference play
[1111 Im PHII
The CIAA is currently in in-
ter-divisional play and so far men's
teams from the South are dominant
at 13-4 against the North.
Defending tournament cham-
pion Winston-Salem State, along
with fellow South Division members
Livingstone and Shaw are off to
3-0 starts. Saint Augustine's and
Fayetteville State are at 2-1. Only
Johnson C. Smith (0-2) of the South
has yet to get a conference win.
James Stinson's Livingstone
Blue Bears (11-1) have the best
overall record and are sporting a
prolific backcourt of junior guards
- 5-10 Mark Thomas (18.4 ppg.)
and 6-1 Jody Hill (17.8). WSSU, at
10-2, is being led by senior guard
Justin Glover's 15.6 ppg.
ECSU senior Angelo Sharp-
less (22.8 ppg., 9.6 rpg.) and Shaw
senior Karron Johnson (20.3 ppg.,
8.9 rpg.) are 3-4 in scoring and 1-2
in rebounding stats.
There's a much more balanced
picture on the women's side. Fay-
etteville State (3-0) of the South
is the only undefeated team. Five
others J.C. Smith, Shaw and
WSSU from the South, Lincoln
and Elizabeth City State from the
North are at 2-1.
Senior guard Kristen Hanzer
leads the FSU Lady Broncos and the
CIAA with a 19.1 points per game
Inter-divisional play continues
for another week. Divisional play,
that will be the first determinant of
tournament seeding, begins next Sat-
urday (Jan. 19) and runs throughout
the rest of the regular season..
Conference play begins in ear-
nest this weekend in the MEAC.
Defending men's champion
Norfolk State is off to a 2-0 start.
The Spartans (7-10) will play at
Howard (1-1, 4-10) Monday.
N. C. Central (7-7) and Florida
A&M (4-11), both at 1-0 in league
play, meet Saturday in Tallahassee,
Fla.. NCCU then travels to Bethune-
Cookman (0-1, 5-11) Monday. NC
A&T (0-1,7-9) is at B-CU Saturday
and FAMU Monday.
B-CU junior forward Adrien
Coleman is pacing the league in
scoring at 18.5 points per game and
is third in rebounding (7.5 rpg.).
Three-time women's defending
tournament champion Hampton (2-
0, 11-5) and Howard (2-0, 7-6) sit
atop the women's race and meet Sat-
urday in Washington, D.C. Hampton
will host Quinnipiac Monday.
Howard senior forward Saadia
Doyle (23.2 ppg.) leads the con-
ference in scoring and is third in
rebounding (9.3 rpg.).
The Southern men and Ala-
bama A&M women are off to quick
3-0 starts in SWAC play.
Six-six freshman guard Mal-
colm Miller (15.3 ppg.) and 6-4
senior guard Derick Beltran (15.5
ppg.) have led Southern (9-6) under
second-year head coach Roman
Banks. The Jaguars host second-
place Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-0,
3-11) Saturday and Mississippi
Valley State (1-1, 1-11) Monday.
Alabama A&M (6-8) and
Alabama State (4-12), both at
2-1 in league play, meet Saturday
in Huntsville, Ala. Alcorn State
(4-14) and Texas Southern (3-13)
are also at 2-1. Alcorn hosts MVSU
Saturday and UAPB Monday. TSU
is at Jackson State Saturday and
hosts Grambling Monday.
MVSU's Davon Usher leads
the league in scoring at 17.2 ppg.
The Lady Bulldogs of Alabama
A&M sport a balanced attack with
no double-figure scorers but all five
starters averaging between 6 and 9
points per game. Senior forward
Jasmine Sanders leads A&M with
9.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per
game. A&M meets Alabama State
(2-1, 4-10) Saturday.
Texas Southern, Alabama State
and Southern are at 2-1.
Grambling's JoAnna Miller
(14.5 ppg.) and Prairie View's Latia
Williams (13.8) are the women's
Ron Woodard's Claflin Pan-
thers (3-0, 5-6), Grady Brewer's
Morehouse Maroon Tigers (2-0,
4-5) and Samuel Jackson's Fort
Valley State Wildcats (2-0,4-3)- all
members of the SIAC East are off
to fast starts in the SIAC.
Claflin hosts Tuskegee (1-1,
2-9) Monday. Morehouse is at LeM-
oyne-Owen (0-2,3-9) Saturday and
atLane (0-2,1-6) Monday. FVSUis
at Stillman (1-2, 5-6) Saturday and
Miles (0-3, 3-8) Monday.
Benedict (2-1, 6-5) is at Ken-
tucky State (1-1, 3-5) Saturday,
KSU hosts Paine (2-1, 5-5) Mon-
Six-four junior guard Darius
Williams of Morehouse paces the
league in scoring at 20.2 ppg.
Fort Valley State (2-0), Albany
State (1-0) and Tuskegee (1-0) are
early leaders in the women's stand-
Shytina Harley's 10.3 ppg.
leads FVSU (6-5) in scoring. April
Thomas is the scoring leader (16.4
ppg.) for Albany State (3-5). Tuske-
gee is led by Amelia Dorton (13.7
Sharnita Lloyd of Kentucky
State tops the league at 18.1 ppg.
Patrick M. J.
The Tennessee State men (9-
7) have won four straight and have
taken the lead in the OVC East with
a 3-0 mark. The Tigers host confer-
ence foes UT-Martin (1-3, 4-12)
Thursday and S. E. Missouri (2-1,
TSU's 6-8 senior all-OVC
forward Robert Covington (17.4
SATURDAY, JAN. 12
Virginia State @ Livingstone
Bowie State @ Shaw
Chowan @ W-Salem State
Virginia Union @ Fayetteville State
Lincoln @ St. Augustine's
Savannah State @ Coppin State
N. C. A&T @ Bethune-Cookman
S. C. State @ Morgan State
Hampton @ Howard
N. C. Central @ Florida A&M
Benedict @ Kentucky State
Albany State @ Miles
Morehouse @ LeMoyne-Owen
Clark Atlanta @ Tuskegee
Paine @ Lane
Fort Valley State @ Stillman
Grambling State @ Prairie View
Alabama State @ Alabama A&M
Miss. Valley State @ Alcom State
Ark.-Pine Bluff @ Southern
Texas Southern @ Jackson State
S. E. Missouri @ Tennessee State
Central State @ Trevecca Nazarene
W, Va, State @ Charleston
Mercyhurst @ Cheyney
UDC @ LIU
MONDAY, JAN. 14
Virginia State @ J. C. Smith
Bowie State @ Fayetteville State
Virginia Union @ St. Augustine's
Elizabeth City State @ W-Salem State
Chowan @ Livingstone
Lincoln @ Shaw
Norfolk State @ Howard
Quinnipiac @ Hampton
Savannah State @ Morgan State
N. C. Central @ Bethune-Cookman
S. C. State @ Coppin State
N. C. A&T @ Florida A&M
Morehouse @ Lane
Paine @ Kentucky State
Tuskegee @ Claflin
Albany State @ LeMoyne-Owen
Clark Atlanta @ Stillman
Fort Valley State @ Miles
Grambling State @ Texas Southern
Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Alcom State
Miss. Valley State @ Southern
Jackson State @ Prairie View
W. Va. State @ Fairmont State
ppg., 7.7 rpg.) is out for at least the
next month after having surgery on
his right knee. Junior guard Patrick
Miller and sophomore center M. J.
Rhett have stepped up in his absence.
Miller has averaged a team-best 20
points per game in the last four wins
while Rhett has averaged 12.5 points
and 13.5 rebounds in the past two
The Central State Lady Ma-
rauders are off to a 10-2 start sparked
by the play of Shakeira Lang, In-
iquia Snell and Aryelle Covington
who all average 10.5 points per game.
Three others average between 7 and
9 points per contest. Tanja Beasley
averages 8.2 points and a team-best
8.2 board per game.
CSU is at Trevecca Nazarene
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SCIAA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
AA ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
NORTH DIVISION W L W L
Eliz. City State 2 1 10 3
Lincoln 2 1 6 7
Virginia Union 1 1 4 6
Bowie State 1 2 4 6
Virginia State 0 3 7 6
Chowan 1 3 1 11
Fayetteville State 3 0 11 2
J.C. Smith 2 1 6 7
Shaw 2 1 10 2
Winston-Salem State 2 1 7 6
Livingstone 1 2 5 7
St. Augustine's 1 2 5 7
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
PLAYER & NEWCOMER
Shatara Jackson, 5-9, Sr., G, ECSU- In win over
nationally-ranked Shaw, scored career-high 29
points, had 3 blocks and 7 assists. Also had 25
points in win over St Augustine's.
Kristen Hanzer, 5-10, Sr., G, FSU Averaged 17
points pergame in two road victories. Had 18points
vs. Chowan and 16 vs. Va. State,
Regime McCombs, 5-6, Fr., G, SAC Averaged
15 points off bench in two games 16 vs. VSU
and 14vs ECSU
Alico Dunk, ECSU Lady Vikings had 2-0 week
with wins over St. Aug and Shaw
M EAC A Mio EASTERN
M A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
NC A&T State
Md. E. Shore
North Carolina Central
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Saadia Doyle, 6-0, Sr., F, HOWARD Had 32
points, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks in win
Eboni Ross, 6-2, Fr., C, NC A&T Averaged 9.5
points and 10.5 rebounds in two games. Had 11
pts., 7 boards vs GW.
Keyanna Tate, 6-0, Sr., F, DELSTATE Pulled
down 16 rebounds, blocked 2 shots and stole two
passes in 1-1 week. Shot 9-of-14 from the floor and
scored 21 points.
SIA C SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Fort Valley State 2 0 6 5
Albany State 1 0 3 5
Clark Atlanta 2 1 5 7
Benedict 2 1 5 10
Paine 2 1 4 8
Claflin 2 1 3 10
Tuskegee 1 0 4 6
Stillman 1 1 2 9
Kentucky State 1 2 4 6
Lane 1 2 3 5
Miles 0 3 4 8
LeMoyne-Owen 0 3 2 11
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Tylesha Brown, Sr., CLAFLIN In win over LeM-
oyne-Owen, had career-high 30 points
Ariel Brown, 5-7, Jr., G, PAINE Grabbed a
season-high 19 rebounds and scored 14 points
with six steals in win over Stillman.
Ashley Watts, 5-6, So., PAINE Averaged 18.5
points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in loss toTuskegee
and win over Stillman.
S VW ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
AlabamaA&M 3 0 4 9
Texas Southern 2 1 5 9
Alabama State 2 1 4 10
Southern 2 1 3 11
Ark. Pine Bluff 1 1 5 7
Miss. Valley St. 1 1 4 9
Jackson State 1 2 4 8
Prairie View A&M 1 2 4 9
Grambling State 1 2 2 12
Alcom State 0 3 0 12
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Alyssa Strickland, 5-5, Jr., G, ALABAMAA&M- In
three conference wins to startithe newyear, averaged
12 points and 3.3 rebounds
Brittney Strickland, 5-5, R-So, G, ALABAMAA&M
- In three wins over conference foes in the new year.
averaged 12.3 points and 1.3 rebounds.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tanija Beasley, 6-0, Sr., F,CENTRALSTATE-Had
double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds in win
Shakeira Lang, 5-5, So., G, CENTRAL STATE
- Led Lady Marauders with 15 points and six
rebounds as they improved to 10-2 with win over
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When your job is a headache, the approach
children don't listen and your to shared
spouse isn't supportive of or even The ai
willing to acknowledge all you do, Awesom
it's all too easy to see them as the Extraord
problem. with Ken
It's not that there are no chal- and othe
lenges in life; it is how one responds of Suc
that determines whether they are
problems or opportunities.
"When I worked in cor-
porate from '84 to '98,
"The No Excuse
Guide to Success "
focuses on accountabil-
ity and positive
outcomes and removing
self-created barriers. It
also provides coping
mechanisms no matter
what life throws your way.
every day there was something or
somebody to blame: my boss, not
getting a promotion and sometimes
I was the party; I was bringing the
blues," said leadership trainer and
motivational speaker Jim Smith,
president and CEO of JIMPACT
Smith, author of "The No Excuse
Guide to Success," said once he
learned to change his attitude and
look at the
a Pathway to G]
o his career, he was able ror and change his ways," Smith
at knowledge with others, said.
ior of "From Average to "When I'm speaking, I don't let
Lessons for Living an up and some people don't like that
ary Life" and co-author style...people think there is a magic
Blanchard, Jack Canfield pill to make them change.
of "The Masters "It's reminding them that energy
ess," and action follow that and remind-
said ing them that what they say is what
h e they are. What you focus on grows.
If you focus on hiccups, they don't
go away. If you go to the mailbox,
are you looking for bills or checks?"
Even the way we look at the polit-
ical scene involves blame and frus-
tration, Smith said.
T O Criticism of President Obama
during his first term focused largely
on blaming the president for not
getting things done, although he
needed cooperation from
Congress, agency heads and other
officials and industry leaders,
lt b s n "Of late, it's been nonstop
blaming the president for
everything, especially the
economy," Smith said. "He
said 'Yes We Can'; he didn't say
takes a "Yes I Can.'"'
tough approach "The No Excuse Guide to
clients because stressing Success" focuses on accountability
out over work or rela- and positive outcomes and remov-
Loesn't serve them men- ing self-created barriers. It also pro-
cally or professionally. vides coping mechanisms no matter
ing to get the people to what life throws your way.
man or person in the mir- The action guide contains
quizzes, exercises and forms to cre-
ate a personal action plan to achieve
goals, from losing weight to win-
ning a promotion to starting a busi-
ness. Additional exercises are avail-
able on his website.
Chapter 2, for example, tells the
story of a woman whose priorities
changed when faced with a life-
threatening illness. Her decision to
develop "appropriate focus and
expectation [of a positive outcome]"
changed the trajectory of her life.
In Chapter 3, Smith lists his
"Super Six Tenets for Eliminating
Fear." He gives a personal testimo-
ny about how fear created problems
for him when he launched his own
business and had several contracts
fall through and how the tenets
helped him overcome his fears. The
beliefs include meditation, a spiritu-
al connection and examining the
stories we tell ourselves about why
we can't or don't succeed.
"It wasn't until I shifted my ener-
gy and started looking for ways out
and not for ways to stay" in a miser-
able situation that Smith's life
improved. "Nine out of 10 times
people say, 'I've taken this as far as
I can go.' I've never taken Jim as far
as I can go."
"Faith," Smith said, "comes from
staying in it when you're really
going through it... your life starts
once you are committed."
Set for Jerald DeSue
Jerald Eugene DeSue, age 54,
passed away peacefully January 3,
2013. A Jacksonville native, Mr.
DeSue was born to the late Eugene
DeSue and Mrs. Martha Tyson
DeSue. He received his early edu-
cation from the Duval County
Public School System, graduating
from Andrew Jackson High School
- Class of 1976. Furthering his edu-
cation, he attended Edward Waters
College majoring in Education.
As an entrepreneur, he was
founder and operator of Flower
Arrangements & Designs By DeSue
located at 3124 N. Pearl St. and
6116 N. Main St. rendering over 12
years of dedicated service.
For many years, Mr. DeSue
was a faithful member of
Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church, serving on the
Culinary Ministry, Chancel
Choir, Beautification Ministry,
Anniversary Committees, and
was affiliated with numerous
Survivors include his sisters,
Mrs. Jerutha DeSue Alderman
(Howard) and Ms. Loretta
DeSue; brother, Howard
DeSue (Rosalyn); aunt, Ms.
Velma Tyson Grant; uncle,
Rev. Dr. Thomas B. DeSue
(Lonnye); adopted brother,
Julius Lunchford; a number of
nieces, nephews, cousins, god-
children, other relatives and
Homegoing services will be held
at 10 a.m., Friday, January 11, 2013
at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church, Bishop Rudolph W.
McKissick, Sr., and Bishop
Rudolph W. Mckissick, Jr., Senior
Pastors, officiating. Mr. DeSue will
rest in the church for visitation
Thursday, January 10 from 5 6:30
PM with a musical tribute begin-
ning at 6:30 p.m.
Interment will be in Evergreen
Cemetery. Friends are asked to
assemble at the church under the
direction of ALPHONSO WEST
MORTUARY, INC., 4409 Soutel
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Class of 1970 Matthew Gilberts last High School Graduating Class
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Walker, Barbara Spencer Young, Harriet Moss Simmons, Ada Stewart Wells, Ruth A. Heath, Roberts, Ruthenia Peoples Watts, Barbara
Wilkerson Sims, Barbara Clark Kirce, Delores Gardner Waters, Ann Lamiter, and Diana Jenkins Williams. BACK ROW (1-r) : Ruben Heath,
Clarence Cross, Esther Quaintance Ashley, John LaRosa, Walker West, Bernice Harris Adams, Sylvester Watts, Elizabeth Darby Williams,
Elbert Porter, Julis Everett, Thedore Williams, Robert Graham, Leon Story, Sadie Bryant King, Laura Smith Pate, Robert Stalling, Louis
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This past weekend, the Matthew Gilbert's Mighty Panthers celebrated their 15th Grand Reunion at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown
Jacksonville. Over 500 classmates from around the city came together to reminisce and honor the class of 1963 in honor of their 50th
reunion. In 1970 Matthew Gilbert became a junior high school. The festive evening included Dr. Roy Singleton presenting the Matthew
Gilbert Golden Eagle Scholarship to Paxon High school graduates Elwood Robinson IV (Catawba College) and Marissa Canady
(University of Southern California). Rounding out the celebration was Coach Nathanial Washington who called the roll in his wig of truth.
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Pae8-M.PrysFe rs aur 01,21
j What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
P.R.I.D.E January Bookclub
Meeting, Saturday, January 12,
2013 at 3 p.m. at the home of Debra
Lewis, 2416 Christi Lake Ct. The
book for discussion is The Family
Business by Carl Weber. For more
information call (904) 693-9859 or
Felice Franklin at (904) 389-8417
or email email@example.com.
Kappas Host 5K Run
The Jacksonville Alumni Chapter
of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity,
Incorporated will host a 5K
Healthy, Fit, and Smart Family
Run/Walk, Saturday, January
12th. The event begins at the
Jacksonville Landing and is open to
all runners, walkers, teams and
individuals at 10 a.m. and the 1
Mile Family Fun Walk/Run begins
at 11 a.m. The purpose of this
charitable event is to bring attention
to the importance to families living
a healthy, fit and smart lifestyle. For
more information contact Scott
Kenney at (904) 537-1915.
Cornbread Skate Jam
and Book Release
Local author and teacher Vincent
Taylor will release his fourth book
in the Cornbread Series entitled
Cornbread and the Stolen Diamond
Watch on Monday, January 14th
from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will
get students engaged with literacy
and enjoy the book release at the
Skate Station in Orange Park, 230
Blanding Blvd. For more informa-
tion about the Cornbread Series, go
to www.CornbreadSeries.com or
call (904) 502-7119, or email vin-
Presents Amazing Act
Ringling Brothers and Barnum
Bailey circus, presents "built to
amaze" January 17th 21st at
Veterans memorial Stadium, 300 A.
Phillip Randolph. Come see ele-
phants, tigers, acrobats and aerial-
ists join together from across the
globe, each a spectacular piece of
the puzzle, forming one exquisite
design of magnificence and preci-
sion. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
For more information call (904)
630-3900 or visit www.jaxevents.
The City of Jacksonville is proud
to announce the 26th annual Martin
Luther King Jr. breakfast, Friday,
January 18th at 7:30 a.m. at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center,
1000 Water St.. The event honors
the life and legacy of service of Dr.
King. U.S. Ambassador and civil
rights leader Andrew Young is the
keynote speaker. For more informa-
tion or to purchase tickets visit
or call (904) 630-3690.
The Respecting Anybody Cultural
Experience juried art show will run
January 24th through March 7,
2013. Attend the opening reception,
Thursday, January 24th, 5 7
p.m. at the Art Center Premier
Gallery, Bank of America Tower, 50
N. Laura Street. For more informa-
tion email Annelies at amdafrican-
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tac-
Real Talk, Real Change IV an
"All in the Family" candid dialogue
on the changing face of families,
their values and environment for
raising children. Discussion starts at
6:30 p.m., Thursday, January 24th.
For more information visit
www.e3northflorida.org or email
Time to prepare for spring! Learn
seed propagation, how to use a seed
tape, soil testing, planting and prun-
ing for spring, Monday, January
29th, 6 8 p.m. at the Highlands
Branch Library, 1826 Dunn Ave.
Attendees will be making seed
tapes to take home for their garden.
This is a free program. Send pre-
registration request to
email@example.com or call 255-7450.
The Universoul Circus returns to
Jacksonville at the Prime F Osborn
III Convention Center January
29th through February 3rd, 1000
W.Forsyth. For tickets and special
group rates call (800) 316-7439 or
visit www.ticketmaster.com or
at Stage Aurora
In celebration of Black History
month, Stage Aurora presents the
Pulitzer Prize winning play
FENCES by August Wilson for two
weekends, February 1st 3rd and
February 8th -10th. FENCES is
the sensational drama of Troy
Maxson, a former star of the Negro
baseball leagues who now works as
a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh.
For ticket information and show-
times contact the Stage Aurora Box
Office at (904) 765-7372 or (904)
765-7373 or visit www.stageauro-
Black Males Forum
The Urban Education Symposium
steering committee invites you to
attend the 5th Urban Education
Symposium "Reclaiming Young
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Future." The symposium will dis-
cuss "Are single gender schools an
answer," with speaker Dr. John H.
Jackson, President and CEO of the
Schott Foundation for Public
Education. The free event will be
held Saturday, February 2nd, 8:30
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jacksonville
Main Library downtown. For
details and more information call
(904) 599-0399 or email uescoordi-
Genuine Negro Jig
The band Carolina Chocolate
Drops in concert at the Ponte Vedra
Concert hall, 1050 A1A North,
PonteVedra, Florida, Sunday,
February 17th. Their album
Genuine Negro Jig, garnered a best
traditional folk album Grammy.
The band dips into styles of
Southern black music from the
1920s and '30s-string-band
music, jug-band music, fife and
drum and early jazz. For more
information call (904) 209-0399 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
Driving Ms. Daisy
at the Alhambra
One of the most heralded plays
comes to town "Driving Miss
Daisy" starring actress Michael
Learned. Made into an Academy
Award winning movie, the story
details the 25 year relationship of
Daisy Werthan, a well to do Jewish
widow and her Black driver Hoke
Colebum in the 1950s. February
6th March 17th at the Alhambra
Theater, 12000, Beach Blvd. For
more information call 641-1212.
A Holy Ghost Party
Comedian Funnybone will pres-
ent a Christian Comedy and Rap
explosion, Saturday, February 9th
at 6 p.m. at the Florida Times Union
Center, 300 Water St. Featuring
comedians Chip, Ms. Jen and head-
liner Albert Harris Jr., aka
Funnybone. For tickets and more
information email latonyahar-
email@example.com or call
(407) 914-6519 or visit www.come-
The world famous Harlem
Globetrotters are coming to town
Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7 p.m.
The Harlem Globetrotters are
bringing unprecedented fan partici-
pation to Jacksonville Veterans
Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip
Randolph Blvd., For more informa-
tion visit www.harlemglobetrot-
ters.com or call the box office at
(800) 745-3000 or email lineberg-
Happenings at the Ritz
The Ritz Museum presents "Through Our Eyes" gallery talk at the Ritz
Museum, Tuesday, January 22nd, 6 p.m. 8 p.m., and the Through Our
Eyes Art Class Pen & Ink, Saturday, January 26th, 10:30 a.m. 12:30
p.m. featuring Daniel Wynn. For tickets or more information call (904)
632-5555 or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com
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Gabby Douglas Overcomes Negatives in New Memoir [I I- I Lrz
History making gymnast
Gabrielle Douglas, has opened up
about the journey she took to
become the international icon she
became over the summer in her new
Only 16-years-old and all of
4' 11", the black girl from Iowa dis-
cusses the sacrifices her family
made to ensure her success, despite
the odds in her new book, written
with 0's founding editor Michelle
Burford, "Grace, Gold & Glory:
My Leap of Faith."
It wasn't all roses or even remote-
ly pleasant for young Gabby who
endured a slew of racism and
ridicule from her peers.
She explains that another gym-
nast referred to her as a slave and
describes the constant criticism
people spewed about her hair dur-
ing the Olympics.
In an interview with theRoot, remember crying and I didn't say
Gabby admitted the constant badg- anything, and I don't recommend
ering because of her skin was a that. You should always tell an
shocker. adult. I overcame that by relying on
"No one likes to be made fun of the Bible to encourage me and to
or joked about," she said. "I lift me up. I knew I had a dream to
follow, and I wasn't going to let
anything or anyone stop me from
achieving my goals."
Excerpts from the interview are
TR: You mention that Martin
Luther King Jr. is one of your
favorite historical figures, and not
just because of his race. Why?
GD: Don't get me wrong; I love a
lot of historical figures, but Martin
Luther King Jr. was one of my
favorites. I loved what he stood up
for and believed. I'm living his
dream, being the first African
American to win the individual all-
around gold in gymnastics. I was
living with a white host family that
opened their home and treated me
as one of their own.
TR: What was it like to be con-
gratulated by gymnast Dominique
Dawes and the Obamas?
GD: It was an amazing feeling
because Dominique Dawes was one
of my role models and I love her,
and I'm so glad I got to meet her
and especially the president and the
first lady. Just to be in their pres-
ence was spectacular.
TR: You told the New York Times
before you won your medals that no
one thought you would win because
you were black and you were the
underdog. Do you feel that your
win has helped erase the perception
that black gymnasts or other ath-
letes are unlikely to excel in sports
where there aren't that many of us?
GD: I'm just so honored to
become the first African American
to win the all-around medal. A lot of
people doubted me, but that was
also my encouragement, not only to
prove them wrong but also to prove
myself right. I'm so happy to bring
a new face to the sport of gymnas-
Boycott of Django
Quentin Tarantino's latest film
Django Unchained may turn out to
be his most successful and most
controversial movie to date.
Aside from the touchy subject
matter of the movie, American slav-
ery in pre-Civil War South, the
acclaimed director has rubbed some
viewers the wrong way with the
film's n-word laden dialogue.
Tarantino's latest decision, to pair
up with the National Entertainment
Collectibles Association, Inc.
(NECA) and the Weinstein
Company to create Django
Unchained action figures, will like-
ly add fuel to the fire.
Eight inch action figures have
been manufactured of the charac-
ters played by Jamie Foxx, Kerry
Washington, Samuel L. Jackson,
Leonardo DiCaprio, James Remar
and Christoph Waltz.
Project Islamic Hope's Najee Ali
and a coalition of African America
community leaders are concerned.
"Selling slaves as action figures
is a slap in the face of our ancestors.
Tarantino and Weinstein didn't
have action figures for their movie
" Inglorious Basterds" because they
know the Jewish community would
never allow it and the African-
American community shouldn't
allow anyone to disrespect our
ancestors," stated Najee Ali,
Director of Project Islamic Hope.
The Harlem Globetrotters traded
in their Jordans for ice cleats yester-
day for their first performance on an
outdoor ice rink in Portage,
Strapping on their bright blue
hockey helmets, the basketball phe-
noms decided to perform on the
slippery court, hoping to appeal to
hockey fans yearning for some
NHL action that was empty this
season due to the NHL lockout.
The Globetrotters also recruited
former Red Wings hockey player,
kevin Miller, to participate in the
game, who actually dribbled the
ball with a hockey stick. The
Globetrotters beat the opposing
team, the Global Select, 24-10.
Aside from playing for the first
time on a rink, yesterday was also a
historic day for the Globetrotters,
marking the 85th anniversary of the
team's first road game in 1927.
The game also paid tribute to the
annual "Winter Classic" an event
held by the National Hockey
League (NHL) near New Year's day
when a regular season game is
played outdoors. This year, the
Winter Classic was cancelled due to
labor disputes between the NHL
Players Association (NHLPA) and
The Globetrotters chose Miller to
participate, because this year's
Winter Classic game was supposed
to host the Detroit Red Wings and
Toronto Maple Leafs. This past
Sunday, a tentative settlement
between the players association and
the league has been made, ending
According to the Globetrotters
official site, this is not the first time
the world-renowned basketball
entertainers have played in an
The team has performed on air-
craft carriers, beaches, bullrings
and even at the bottom of swim-
ming pool just to name a few.
This coming April, Globetrotters
will be on the "You Write the
Rules" World Tour, playing in 45
states and nine Canadian provinces.
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No Clarion Calls For Gun Violence Impacting Blacks
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t lk d about how those come no one's connecting the dots
Anyone have any itea now much
an AR-15 rifle like the one Adam
Lanza allegedly used in the
Newtown rampage costs?
I've heard a low estimate of
$1,400, and a high one of $2,500.
Let me take a quick poll: BAW
readers, how many of you, after
paying rent or mortgage, utilities,
the car note, car repairs, gasoline,
food and household, medical bills
and heaven knows what else have a
spare $1,400-$2,500 in your bank
account or just lying around your
house to buy an assault rifle?
Yeah, I thought so.
Poor folks can't afford assault
rifles. Working class folks can't
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be a strain even for some middle
class families. So who's buying
these darned things?
Affluent people, it seems to me.
And I'll be even more specific:
affluent white folks.
So rich white folks are buying
most, if not all, of the assault rifles
in America. Why are they buying
them, and why have some ended up
in the hands of young, white men in
the 15 to 35 age range, who seem to
be the ones kirking out and going
on mass shooting rampages?
Yes, no one's talked about the
gender gap in mass shootings either.
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who engage in mass shootings
might be mentally ill, and they
But aren't there women who are
mentally ill? How come none of
them grabs an assault rifle and goes
on a mass killing spree?
It's as if everyone in America -
and damn it, I mean EVERYONE -
has covered their eyes and refused
to acknowledge the facts crammed
in their faces.
Was Adam Lanza a male?
Was he young?
Was he white?
The answer to all three questions
is a resounding YES! Now, how
Let's recap: we have a bunch of
rich, white folks buying up thou-
sands of assault rifles. We have
young white boys snapping out,
getting their hands on these rifles
and then committing wholesale
murder. See the problem?
The talking heads you've been
watching on television and policy
makers sure as heck don't. They've
not mentioned race, class or gender
even once in discussing Newtown
and other mass shootings.
It appears way too many people
in America have been spending too
much time swimming on a certain
river that runs through Egypt.
by Gregory Kane
It's been nearly a month since the
massacre of 20 school children and
six adult staff members at Sandy
Hook Elementary School in
That's enough time for the hyste-
ria to have died down, at least
somewhat, and enough time to talk
about something OTHER than gun
The kneejerk response to the
Newtown shooting has been repeat-
ed calls for gun control. CNN on-air
personality Piers Morgan went
above and beyond the call of duty in
this, spending at least an entire
week on a nightly anti-gun rant.
Morgan implied that some
Americans value owning guns more
than they value "protecting our
children," hinted that the Second
Amendment should be repealed and
said outright that he wanted every
gun in America removed.
Other commentators didn't froth
at the mouth quite as much as
CNN's resident cheeky anchor, but
none talked about the other issues
surrounding Newtown that warrant-
ed serious discussion. And yes, race
was one of them.
I'll cut straight to the chase: 19
white kids and one young Latina
being fatally shot in Newtown is
indeed a tragedy of epic scope, but
black kids in Chicago were getting
shot throughout all of 2012.
Let me repeat that, for the benefit
of Piers Morgan who, to my
knowledge, hasn't done a single
show about the Chicago Carnage of
2012 BLACK KIDS IN CHICA-
GO WERE SHOT THROUGH-
OUT ALL OF 2012.
When 7-year-old Heaven Sutton
was gunned down as she sold candy
and snow cones on her Chicago
block a shooting that took her life
- there were no clarion calls for
more gun control laws from
Morgan, President Obama or any-
So it's been business as usual in
America in this respect: the shoot-
ing of white kids in affluent subur-
ban areas induces hysteria and calls
for more gun control; the shooting
of black kids in inner-city Chicago
is regarded as no big deal.
The racial disparity in the reac-
tion is obvious; more insidious is
the other matter that seems to be off
the discussion table: class.
Beaus Attend Final Workshop for Upcoming Beautillion
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack
and Jill held their 4th and final
Workshop for the eight young men
that have participated in the 2013
Biannual Les Beautillion Militaire
The Beaux participated in self
empowerment activities including
community service projects, dance
lessons and educational workshops
in preparation for their upcoming
This past Sunday January 6,
2013, Floyd Willis, M.D.,
Chairman of Family Medicine at
the Mayo Clinic, lead the workshop
that focused on "Choices for
Adolescent Males". Prior to the
workshop, a few Beaus were inter-
viewed by Deborah Cannington and
asked the question "How does this
experience going to help you in the
"So far we have been in four
workshops... letting me know more
about myself and helping me to
become a better person, finding out
ways to prepare myself in life. The
workshop hosts are providing infor-
mation that will help me throughout
life." said Beau Cameron Spruill.
Cameron Spruill, Austin Cannington, Rhyxan Baker, Dr. Floyd Willis, MD, Ahmon Lott, Neal
Jefferson, and Jordon Mitchell.
Beau Ahmon Lott mentioned following topics: Spiritual Growth for Adolescent Males "Sex, Drugs
that, "this experience is going to "Spiritual Journey Into Manhood; & Hip-Hop Music".
help a lot by meeting new people, Career Building "Taking Charge The Beautillion, which represents
learning how to interact and net- of Your Life" Panel Discussion; a manhood rite of passage, will be
work, learning things that will help Leadership & Team Building presented in a formal affair at the
me for the e future...the workforce Team Building and Leadership Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
and life. Training and the most recent. Riverfront Hotel on March 23,
The workshop series included the Healthy & Safe Lifestyle Choices 2013.
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