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Title:
The Jacksonville free press
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Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
January 17, 2013

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

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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Obama's Step Brother

Running for Office in Kenya
Another Obama is getting into electoral politics, and
no, it's not Michelle Obama.
Malik Obama, the African stepbrother of the U.S.
president, is planning to run for governor of the
Kenyan county of Siaya, reports Bloomberg News.
"Siaya county is facing a lot of problems from poor
infrastructure to poverty due to bad leadership," he
said. "I will change this if elected."
The 54-year-old will be running in a primary this
coming March. This year's elections mark the nation's first since 2007.
According to the Huffington Post, "Fighting over the 2007 election
results left hundreds of people dead and displaced hundreds of thou-
sands across the country."
Siaya reportedly has a population 842,000 and a poverty rate of 35.3
percent.

Los Angeles' Largest AME

Church Suing Pastor and Wife
Los Angeles' most prominent black church, First AME Church is
suing its former minister and his wife, along with seven trustees and
employees of the church's non-profit arm, accusing them of financial
mismanagement.
Rev. John Hunter, who was forced out after serving eight years with
the congregation amid questions over his use of church credit cards and
a settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit. The lawsuit also seeks to
remove Denise Hunter as head of F.A.M.E., the church's non-profit
corporation which provides community and business development,
housing, transportation and health services to low- and moderate-
income people in South Los Angeles.
Denise Hunter continues to act as F.A.M.E.'s president despite her
husband having been fired. Her husband appointed her to the position
while he was pastor, according to the lawsuit.
The suit alleges the couple and a "small group of Stewarts and
Trustees of FAME" conspired to stage a "coup," taking control of
FAME Corporations for their own financial gain.
A court will decide whether, as the lawsuit claims, the church has legal
control over the charities.

Tyler Perry Offers 100K

Reward for Florida Cold Case
NAPLES, Fla. Filmmaker Tyler Perry is offering a $100,000
reward for information in the decade-old case of two men who went
missing after separate encounters with a sheriffs deputy in southwest-
ern Florida.
Perry joined the Rev. Al Sharpton and Ben Jealous of the NAACP at
a news conference Thursday in Naples to discuss the missing-person
investigations of Terrance Williams and Felipe Santos.
Santos and Williams disappeared three months apart in the Naples
area in 2003 after crossing paths with Collier County Sheriffs Deputy
Steven Calkins. He was never charged but was fired the next year.
Perry says the media is not paying enough attention to missing-per-
son cases involving minorities.

5-Year Old Boy Banned From

School For Having Long Hair
Hockley, TX A 5-year-old boy was turned away from Roberts Road
Elementary School in Hockley, Texas. because school officials say his
hair is too long. His mom, Ursula Martin, said that
H i when she tried to enroll her son, she was told that
her son's hair needed to be cut first. Apparently,
the school's dress code does not allow for a boy's
hair to go beyond a shirt collar. Martin contends
S that her son's hair is a religious statement.
The school district responded by releasing a
i.; statement that said: "The principal of each campus
-' shall apply the grooming code and make all final
decisions regarding what is acceptable and appropriate, considering the
age and activities of the students. Guidelines and administrative deci-
sions regarding appropriate dress will reflect concern for health and
safety of students and the influence of specific dress or grooming on the
overall educational climate of the school."


Texas Not Allowed to Secede
EL PASO, Texas Bad news for thousands of people who wanted to
see Texas secede: The state is still in the U.S.
The White House has responded to a petition asking that Texas be
allowed to break away from the country, saying the Founding Fathers
who created the nation "did not provide a right to walk away from it."
More than 125,000 people signed the petition, which was created a
few days after President Barack Obama won re-election. The White
House has promised to respond to any petition that gets more than
25,000 signatures within 30 days.
Jon Carson, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement,
issued a response quoting Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address
and a Supreme Court opinion after the Civil War. It said America was
created as a "perpetual union," but one that allows people with differ-
ent beliefs to debate the issues.


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Volume 26 No. 12 Jacksonville, Florida January 17-23, 2013


By Freddie Allen
In schools today, Black students
get suspended at a rate that is more
than triple the rate of their White


lushing JEnd
ildren's
is down classmates. As the
a drain? uneven enforcement
of zero tolerance
policies disconnect
minority students
from their schools,
juvenile detention
centers and, in some
cases, adult prisons
Sj welcome them with
/ open arms.
Data collected by
the Office for Civil
Rights at the U.S.
Department of
Education found that 70 percent of
students arrested or handed over to
law enforcement were Black and


ling the Cycle


Latino.
"For many young people our
schools are increasingly a gateway
to the criminal justice system," said
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) during
a Senate subcommittee hearing in
December that addressed the conse-
quences of the school-to- prison
pipeline. "What's especially con-
cerning about this phenomenon is
that it deprives our kids of a funda-
mental right to education."
Fearing the long-term social and
economic impacts of the school-to-
prison pipeline, lawmakers, educa-
tors, parents and students have unit-
ed to keep children in classrooms
and out of courtrooms.


The school-to-prison pipeline has
roots in the zero tolerance rhetoric
popularized by the war on drugs. In
an effort to get tough on school vio-
lence, President Bill Clinton signed
the Gun Free Schools Act of 1994.
Clinton called for more police on
school campuses and even funded
the project through his Community
Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
In Schools Program.
Overall, COPS has contributed
nearly a billion dollars to hire more
than 6,300 school resource officers
(SROs) and expand the use of metal
detectors and surveillance cameras
to make schools safer.
Continued on page 3


Florida Black Caucus


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Shown above is Mayor Alvin Brown and Mentor William Jackson
with mentees Kalib Moore, Autumn Williams, Tymple Williams and
Solomon Moore at a City Hall event.
Andrew Robinson Elementary teacher William Jackson takes the love of
his job beyond the classroom. As a mentor, he often takes his mentees to
various community and cultural events from parades to the annual Daddy
Daughter Dance. Jackson, who has over seven students under his guid-
ance, said the most rewarding aspect of mentoring is, "seeing the students
develop and valuing their education, developing good character, and see-
ing them benefit from being exposed to diversity in the community."
He focuses on children without any positive male role models.


Florida Governor Rick Scott (R)
faced sharp criticism this week dur-
ing a session with two dozen inem-
bers of the state legislature's black
caucus.
The caucus, composed entirely of
Democrats, called Scott out for not
vetoing a 2011 bill that would
affect young and minority voters
and for not extending early voting
to avoid long lines at the polls.
The caucus members gathered
around a table with Scott and Lt.
Gov. Jennifer Carroll at its head.
Carroll had been the only
Republican member of the
Legislature's black caucus before
she left the House to become Scott's
lieutenant governor.
Scott was also criticized for lack
of diversity in his judicial appoint-
ments. State Rep. Darryl Rouson
(D) called Scott's judicial appoint-
ment record "disappointing" and
"appalling" according to The
Herald Tribune.
The governor stood his ground,
claiming to have no involvement in


the 2011 elections bill and few judi-
cial appointment options thanks to
nominating panels.
The caucus also condemned Scott
for not embracing the Affordable
Care Act and the expansion of
Medicaid. Scott defended his
stance, citing cost concerns.
In response to past criticisms,
Scott ordered a review of voting
procedures to avoid yet another
Florida election debacle.
As the discussion ranged from
health care to education to a pay
raise for state workers, the governor
managed to lighten the mood sever-
al times with jokes.
When Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-
Miami Gardens, criticized Scott for
signing the 2011 election law cut-
ting the number of days of early
voting, Scott said he "didn't have
anything to do with passing it."
"He wants to run Florida like it's
Florida, Inc." said Senator Arthenia
Joyner of Tampa. "And this is not a
corporation. This is state govern-
ment."


Deltas Invade the Nation's Capitol for 100th Anniversary


Barbara Vanessa LaTasha Carlottra Roslyn Avis
Darby Boyer Fullwood Guyton Burroughs Sweet


Often when you look around the
community and you see women
actively volunteering and in service
to others, there is a chance she
could be a member of one of our
countries historical sororities.
This week our nation's capital is
swarming with thousands of those
women ladies wearing crimson
and cream, as one of the country's
largest African-American sororities
gathers to celebrate 100 years of
sisterhood.
More than 12,000 members of
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Inc.gathered to mark the organiza-
tion's centennial this weekend with
activities including community
service, a rededication and an
awards ceremony.
"We want people to understand


that we are still called to serve,"
said Gwendolyn Boyd, chair of the
sorority's centennial events. "When
we gather, we gather not to just
socialize, but also to render service
in every community."
Members from across the country
participated in 22 projects through-
out the District of Columbia in
honor of their 22 founders.
Boyd said the sorority was also
using the weekend to thank those
who have collaborated with them in
service. They held a rededication
luncheon and gala on Saturday
emceed by actors Tim Reid and
Daphne Maxwell Reid.
The gala will honor members,
organizations and individuals who
represent the sorority's mantra,
including the Rev. Jesse Jackson;


JuCoby
Pittman


Johnetta B. Cole, the director of the
National Museum of African Art;
comedian Bill Cosby and his wife,
Camille; former U.N. Ambassador
Andrew Young; syndicated radio
host Tom Joyner; and U.S. Surgeon
General Regina Benjamin. Also
being honored: the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People, the National Urban
League and the National Council of
Negro Women.
The festivities culminated on
Sunday, the sorority's actual centen-
nial, with a black-tie dinner with
guest honoree, General Electric
CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt.
The weekend celebration was a
part of centennial year events In
March, the Deltas will re-enact the
Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913, in


Eleanor
Gaye


Audrey
Gibson


which their founders participated.
The sorority will gather in
Washington again in July for its
national convention.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
was founded on Jan. 13, 1913, on
the campus of Howard University.
There are more than 250,000 mem-
bers with 900 plus chapters.
Members have included activists
Mary McLeod Bethune and
Dorothy Height and congress-
women Shirley Chisholm and
Barbara Jordan. Other notable
members include poet Nikki
Giovanni, journalists Gwen Ifill
and Soledad 0' Brien, singers
Aretha Franklin, Lena Home,
Leontyne Price and Roberta Flack,
and actresses Cicely Tyson and
Ruby Dee.


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Should You Consider Buying a Foreclosed Home?


With home prices and mortgage
rates at all-time lows, it's a good time
to buy, and an even better time to buy
foreclosed properties. However it is
not as easy as just going on a few
tours and picking out a home.
Foreclosure describes the legal
proceedings that take place when a
lender has notified the courts of a
borrower's default on their mortgage
loan, which may ultimately result in
an attempted foreclosure sale of the
property.
At any point during the foreclosure
process, from when the borrower
first defaults on the loan to after the
foreclosure sale, you may be able to
purchase a home at substantially less
than market value. Although it is a
process like buying any other home,
it is a little different with plenty of


By Jason Alderman
Anyone who's put a loved one to
rest knows that death is not cheap.
According to the National Funeral
Directors Association, the average
adult funeral cost $6,560 in 2009
(their most current data). That does-
n't include such common add-ons as
a cemetery plot, headstone, flowers,
obituaries and limousine, which can
add thousands to the bill.
Because death is a frequently
avoided topic, many people aren't
armed with information about the
many variables and costs in-
volved in planning a funeral. Thus,
just when survivors are grieving and
most vulnerable, they're bombarded
by decisions that must be made
quickly, often without even know-
ing what their loved one would
have wanted.
The key message for the living is
to decide on preferred funeral
arrangements ahead of time and to
convey those wishes to your family
- ideally in your will.
Another important lesson: Know
your legal rights and what funeral-
related goods and services cost so
you or your survivors don't feel
pressured into buying things you
don't want or need. The Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) oversees
"The Funeral Rule," which regu-
lates how funeral providers must
deal with consumers. Among its
provisions:
Upon request, funeral homes
must provide an itemized price list
of all their goods and services,
whether you call (even anony-
mously) or visit in person.
You have the right to choose
among their offerings (with certain
state-mandated exceptions) and are
not required to purchase package
deals containing unwanted items.
Prior to purchasing a casket or
outer burial container from a funeral
home, they must share descriptions
and prices before showing you
stock on hand.
Providers that offer cremations
must make alternative containers


pitfalls to avoid along the way.
Buying a Foreclosed Home: How
to Find a Property
There are four points during and
after foreclosure when buying a fore-
closed home is possible and can help
you land a good deal.
Direct from Homeowner
This is often the most desirable
point to purchase a foreclosure, be-
cause you'll be dealing directly with
the homeowner who's facing default
at this stage. This time period is also
referred to as pre-foreclosure.
Short Sale
When a homeowner is in default,
the lender may opt for to initiate a
short sale. Lenders are often willing
to sell the home for less than the re-
maining amount on the existing
mortgage loan only if the purchase


(besides caskets) available.
Note: The Funeral Rule does not
apply to third-party sellers such as
casket and monument dealers, or to
cemeteries that lack an on-site fu-
neral home.
If your beliefs don't require fol-
lowing specific funeral protocols,
here are a few ways to reduce costs
while still honoring the deceased
and their survivors:
Veterans, immediate family mem-
bers, members of the Commis-
sioned Corps of the U.S. Public
Health Service and certain civilians
who've provided military-related
service may be entitled to burial at
a national cemetery with a grave
marker. Burial is free, but families
are responsible for funeral home ex-
penses and transportation to the
cemetery.
A $255 lump-sum death benefit is
available to surviving spouses or
minor children of eligible workers
who paid into Social Security.
For many, cremation is a viable,
less expensive option to burial. If
you plan to hold a viewing first be-
fore the cremation, ask whether you
can rent an attractive casket for the
ceremony.
Some families prefer not to hold
a public viewing. For them, "direct
cremation" or "immediate burial"
may make sense. Because the body
is promptly cremated or interred,
embalming and cosmetology serv-
ices are not necessary, which saves
hundreds of dollars. Also, with di-
rect cremation you can opt for an
unfinished wood coffin or heavy
cardboard enclosure for the journey
to the crematorium.
You can purchase a casket or cre-
mation urn from a source other than
your funeral home. The funeral
home cannot assess handling fees or
require you to be there to take de-
livery.
The death of a loved one is al-
ways upsetting, but you may be able
to ease your family's emotional and
financial burdens by planning
ahead.


will be more cost-effective than the
foreclosure proceedings and resulting
resale.
Foreclosure Sale or Auction
Once a home has reached its offi-
cial foreclosure date (as established
by the court or power of sale), it will
be put up for sale in a foreclosure
auction. Prospective home buyers
will be permitted to bid on the prop-
erty. which may result in a great deal
on the price. However, you run risk
of not being able to perform a proper
home inspection on the property
prior to the sale.
Real Estate Owned (REO)
If the foreclosure did not result in
a sale, the property then is labeled
"Real Estate Owned", basically
meaning there is no longer a mort-
gage involved and the bank or lender
is the official owner of the defaulted
property.
Types of Foreclosure Sales
There are two types of foreclo-
sures, which is generally determined
by whether the loan was a mortgage
loan, or involved a power of sale or
deed of trust. The type of foreclosure
determines how the property will be
sold, and may also be influenced by
the state's foreclosure laws.
Judicial Foreclosure
Depending on your state's laws
and the type of mortgage involved,
the property may be put up for sale
in a Judicial Sale. A Judicial Foreclo-
sure, also known as a Sheriff's Sale,
means that the court is involved in
supervising the sale.
The highest bidder that meets court
approval will become the owner of
the property, with proceeds going to
satisfy the mortgage first, then lien


holder and finally, the borrower if
any is left over.
Non-Judicial Foreclosure
If a power of sale (a clause that al-
lows the lender to sell the property if
the borrower defaults) or deed of
trust (a mortgage involving three par-
ties: lender, Trustee and borrower) is
used in the mortgage, the foreclosure
can then be handled outside of the
court system, by the mortgage holder
or Trustee (then called a Trustee
sale).
The auction will be open to all bid-
ders, and typically the highest bidder
who can also meet all the require-
ments established by the lender or
Trustee will become the new prop-
erty owner.
What to Know About
Foreclosure Auctions
A foreclosure auction is as fast-
paced as an auction for antiques.
Whether the auction is a judicial auc-
tion or non-judicial auction, they
function basically the same way.
When preparing to join in the
splendor of a foreclosure auction,
you need to make sure your financial
documents and records are all pre-
pared and in order. Many times pre-
qualification mortgage approval
letters are required to gain access into
an auction. Remember, these homes
already went into foreclosure once
and banks are not interested in the
next round of owners who are likely
to repeat the cycle.
Before the foreclosure auction, re-
search the properties you are inter-
ested in thoroughly. Leave no stone
unturned when it comes to investigat-
ing the comparable home prices of
neighboring properties, local school


districts, the closest fire department
and hospital.
You should also consider any de-
velopments that may be going up in
the neighborhood you are interested
in, as well as the condition of the sur-
rounding area.
The key to being successful at a
buying a foreclosed home via auction
is knowing the properties you are in-
terested in, researching comparable
properties and sticking to your
budget.
Just keep in mind that you are
more likely to have access to inspect-
ing the property if it is a non-judicial
sale, than a judicial sale.
Benefits of Buying a
Home in Foreclosure
While the prospect of a foreclosure
is unfortunate for the borrower who
has defaulted on the loan, foreclosed
homes pose as a genuine opportunity
to snag a home for less.
The key reasons buying a home in
foreclosure can be financially advan-
tageous for your future are:
1 .Both sellers and banks are highly
motivated to sell, giving you more
leeway to negotiate on price,
2.The cash payment requirement at
auction reduces bid competition,
3.You can get more house for your
buck in all foreclosure scenarios,
4.1f purchasing through a REO
sale, title to the home will be clear.
With mortgage rates at record-
lows, it can be tempting to jump into
a foreclosed home purchase, but
buyer beware: there are also serious
considerations to make before lock-
ing yourself into a foreclosed prop-
erty sale.


Pitfalls of Buying
a Foreclosed Home
If you are getting the itch to pur-
chase your next home and buying a
foreclosed home sounds like an in-
triguing investment, it's important to
also be aware of the dangers a fore-
closed property may harbor.
A few examples of the disadvan-
tages of a home purchased from a
foreclosure include:
1.Auction and REO Foreclosure
sales are as-is, meaning the bank will
not perform any needed repairs,
2.You may not be able to move
into the home right away, as the pre-
vious inhabitants might still need to
vacate (can happen when buying di-
rect from homeowner or a short sale),
3.Potentially buying the property
unseen and without an inspection, as
is the case with foreclosure auctions
and REO sales,
4.Cash only payment can prove
challenging for foreclosure auction
bidders
5.Bank won't provide property his-
tory to those buying a foreclosed
home via auction and REO,
6.Defaulted owner may have retal-
iated by damaging or stealing com-
ponents of the home before vacating
(rare, but still likely).
Buying a foreclosed home can be
tricky, but by utilizing helpful re-
sources like a mortgage calculator
and performing research about the
property and its surroundings, you
could find a diamond in the rough.
Take the process slowly and make
sure that you can afford not only the
purchase, but also the costs associ-
ated with homeownership for the
long-haul.


How to Keep Funeral Costs


Down and Affordable


January 17-23, 2013


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January 17-23, 2013 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3


Bahamian MLK

Bust Courtesy of

Jax Connection


A Jacksonville contingency trav-
eled to Bimini, Bahamas last year
as part of a Jacksonville-based
effort to honor Dr. King in the man-
groves he visited nearly 5 decades
ago. Former TV personality Joyce
Morgan-Danford, was instrumental
in sharing this history with Harry
Frisch of Beaver Street Fisheries,
who brought the Martin Luther
King, Jr. Bimini Bahamas Plaque
Project to life and strengthened our
cities ties with Bimini. In addition,
a scholarship to Bahamian students
to attend Edward Waters College
was established.


First Place Sports runner Doug Aired and Jacksonville Urban
League President Dr. Richard Danford.
Urban League to Bring 5k to Springfield
The Jacksonville Urban League has signed an agreement with Gate River
Run organizer First Place Sports. On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Urban
League, with assistance from running maestro Doug Alred's First Place
Sports, will stage a 5K walk and run in the heart of Springfield.
Mr. Alred's First Place Sports organizes 50-plus races a year along the
First Coast. Upon signing the contract with the Urban League, Mr. Aired
said, "This race can play a big role in growing running [in Jacksonville]."
It also can, according to Dr. Richard Danford, CEO and President of the
Jacksonville, bring attention to the growth "of an increasingly diverse" his-
toric Springfield.


The world's oldest intercollegiate
fraternity founded by African-
American men Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity celebrated the official
installation of new General
President Mark S. Tillman. The cel-
ebration and recognition attracted
the well-known community and
national names like Congressman
Bobby Scott of Virginia, and
Congressman John Conyers.
The inauguration ceremony was a
weekend filled with greetings, cele-
brations and community involve-
ment.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's mis-
sion is to "develop leaders, promote
brotherhood and academic excel-
lence while providing service and
advocacy to the community." Alpha
has served as the community in
multiple facets including its mem-
bers being outspoken political
advocates for the African-
American community. In-service
community efforts, national pro-
grams and partnerships include: Big
Brothers Big Sisters of America,
who recognized General President
Tillman for being a three-time big
brother and leading by example as a
mentoring brother.
Mark Tillman has dedicated over
2 decades of service to making


Ask General President Mark S. Tillman being sworn in by Judge
James R. Williams and Damon Jerome Keith, a Senior Judge for the
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.


Alpha Phi Alpha a leader in the
eyes of its membership and the
communities it serves. A resident of
Detroit for the past 24 years,
Tillman is also dedicated to uplift-
ing the community and remains
actively involved. Tillman has a
passion for empowering young


African-American men and spoke
to a group of local Detroit youth
that are members of the mentor pro-
gram Alpha Esquires. The 2,000
members of Alpha Phi Alpha in
Michigan plan to celebrate along
with the over 100,000 members
across the nation.


Big Benefits Abound in Ending the School to Prison Pipeline


continued from front
But school administrators soon
began to use the SROs to discipline
students for minor infractions once
handled in the principal's office.
Across the nation, police arrest stu-
dents for shoving writing on desks
and being disruptive in class.
According to The Civil Rights
Project at the University of
California, suspensions deprived 17
percent of Black students of that
fundamental right during the 2009-
2010 survey period. During that
same period, 5 percent of White
students were suspended.
Besides the obvious loss of time
in the classroom, suspensions mat-
ter because they are among the
leading indicators of whether a
child will drop out of school, and
because out-of-school suspension
increases a child's risk for future
incarceration."
Black students in Illinois suffer
the highest rate of suspensions in
the country at 25 percent. The high-
est rate for White students (10 per-
cent) was found in Wyoming.
Illinois schools suspended 42 per-
cent of Black students with disabil-
ities at least once.
During the recent Senate subcom-
mittee hearing, Edward Ward, a
graduate of Orr Academy High


School in Chicago, testified that
even though he was an honor stu-
dent, his school days were "nerve-
racking." and "tense" because of
the ever-present threat of suspen-
sion and expulsion.
Ward recounted classmates get-
ting suspended for minor infrac-
tions such as not displaying proper
identification, using cell phones or
wearing headphones. Students lived
in a constant state of fear of vio-
lence spurred by drug activity and
gangs on the outside and swift pun-
ishment meted out by SROs and
security guards inside of school.
Ward, now a sophomore political
science major at DePaul University
in Chicago, testified that security
guards victimized the students at
Orr, dispensing physical, oral and
even sexual harassment so often
that it was "normalized" and that
"students didn't think to make for-
mal complaints and didn't trust that
they would be listened to anyway."
In 2011, suspensions for miscon-
duct topped 66 percent at Orr
Academy High School while the
district average was 39.3 percent.
Chicago Public Schools records
showed that the dropout rate at Orr
Academy High School was 21.4
percent in 2012 -three times the
district average of 7.6 percent.


For civil rights advocates work-
ing to reform school discipline
codes, ignoring the voices of stu-
dents is not an option.
"Part of the problem that we have
found across the country is that
we're not talking to each other,"
said Judith Browne Dianis, co-
director of the Advancement
Project, a justice and civil rights
advocacy group. "We can't arrest
our away out of this issue. We can't
suspend our way out of this issue.
Young people have to be part of the
conversation; schools have to be
part of it. It's about getting every-
one at the table to work towards a
solution."
Steven C. Teske, chief judge of
the Juvenile Court of Clayton
County, Ga. witnessed first-hand
how minor schools became part of
the judicial systems. After joining
the bench in 1999, Judge Teske was
shocked when he learned that near-
ly one-third of his cases were
school-related, many of them for
low-level offenses. Five years later,
school referrals jumped 1,000 per-
cent and 80 percent of them were
for Black students. In 2003, the
graduation rate for Clayton County
plummeted to 58 percent.
"The more students we arrested,
suspended and expelled from our


school system, the juvenile crime
rate in the community significantly
increased, said Teske said in his
appearance before the Senate sub-
committee. "These kids lost one of
the greatest protective buffers
against delinquency school con-
nectedness."
Teske decided something had to
be done.
He assembled a number of stake-
holders, from school administrators
to the chief of police, to address
school disciplinary policies and the
role of the juvenile court system.
After meeting for nine months, the
group created the "School Referral
Reduction Protocol," which limited
when police could arrests students


and refer them to courts.
Teske also organized the Clayton
County Collaborative Child Study
Team, a multi-discpinary panel to
serve as a single point of entry for
all child service agencies, including
schools, to work with the most at-
risk children and families to steer
the students back into the class-
rooms and a positive learning envi-
ronment.
Utilizing the School Referral
Reduction Protocol court referrals
dipped 86 percent for fighting
offenses and 64 percent for school
disruption offenses for Black stu-
dents. Graduation rates in Clayton
County climbed more than 20 per-
cent.


A study by The Alliance for
Excellent Education revealed
increasing male graduation rates by
5 percent can save taxpayers nearly
$5 billion annually in societal and
economic costs related to crime.
When annual earnings for those
who graduate is added to the mix,
the U.S. could see $7.7 billion in
benefits, The Alliance reported.
"The Clayton experience is not a
novel idea," Teske said. "It's
grounded in research that supports
common sense notions that keeping
kids in school will increase gradua-
tion rates, that in turn will positive-
ly impact community safety and
improve our economy."


AREA MARTIN LUTHER


KING HOLIDAY EVENTS

MLK 5K
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-
norg.com
So 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
mlkfdnorg@yahoo.com or call (904) 463-2425.
26th Annual City of Jax MLK Breakfast
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 information or to purchase tickets visit www.makeascenedowntown.com or
call 630-3690.
Old Timers MLK Day
Join the Old Timers as they celebrate M.L. King Day, Monday, January 21st for
their annual tribute and celebration for Ronald "Track" Elps. The celebration will be
held at Charles "Boobie" Clark Park, 8793 Sibbald Rd. Bring your own grill.
Children eat free. Activities include a youth basketball tournament at 10 a.m. for
ages 11 to 17. At 3 p.m. and the Old-Timers Football game. Music by DJ Roach.
For more information call Cookie Brown at 405-9192.
Boylan-Haven MLK Celebration
The Boylan-Haven Alumnae Association Jacksonville Chapter will host their 28th
annual Martin Luther King Jr. birthday observance, Monday, January 21st at 11
a.m. The event will be held at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 9114 Norfolk
Blvd. Keynote speaker is Nathanial Glover, President of Edward Waters College.
For more information call 751-7300 or email joloncop@bellsouth.net.
Links Collecting at Winn Dixie for MLK
Second Harvest and the Bold City Chapter Links will celebrate the Invitational
Day of Service by collecting non-perishable food items at Northside Winn Dixies.
On Saturday, January 19th from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., your contributions are wel-
come to support families in need in our community. For more information contact
Jackie Lee at 751-2670.


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neighbors. They are people you pass on the street and people
you meet. And they have one important characteristic in
common with us all: they are human beings.

The Faces of HIV project offers an intimate look at Florida
residents living with HIV and AIDS through captivating portraits,
insightful interviews and poignant journal writing. To watch their
stories, read their journals and to view the mobile art exhibit
schedule, visit wemakethechange.com/faces.


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Second Inauguration Reinforces the Significance


of Obama Being Elected as First Black President


Despite the ongoing talks about
the "fiscal cliff" and gun control,
we shouldn't let the magnitude of
President Obama's re-election be
overshadowed. He basically defied
the odds in 2008 and became
America's first black President.
Some would say that his re-elec-
tion was a big feat considering the
economy, unemployment rate, and
several other challenges. At the end
of the day, Obama will undoubted-
ly go down as being a great presi-
dent who helped lead the country
out of the worst recession since The
Great Depression.
I often think that Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. had to be smiling
down from heaven after Obama's
2008 election.
Dr. King was prophetic in his
preaching and speeches. He talked
about this day at a time when many
felt it was the darkest hour for
African Americans in this country.
Who would have thought that in
the 1960s when Dr. King was
speaking about unity and his
dreams that America would
mature to the point that it could
elect a minority as President? It
was in that dark hour when it
seemed that the Civil Rights
Movement wasn't gaining any trac-
tion that the seed was planted.
Some 40 years later that seed has
blossomed into an exotic rose.
In one of Dr. King's most famous
speeches, he said, "I've looked
over, and I've seen the promised
land. I may not get there with you,
but I want you to know tonight that
we as a people will get to the prom-
ised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm
not worried about anything. I'm not
fearing any man."
And that was the power of Dr.
King the movement wasn't about
him, it was about creating equality
and opportunity for everyone.
Barack Obama has that same
spirit. One of Obama's favorite
phrases on the campaign trail was
that the election wasn't about him.
It is about all of us.
This victory is about Frederick


Douglas, Harriet Tubman, John F.
Kennedy, Martin Luther King, all
of the thousands of blacks that died
during slavery, everyone who
marched for civil rights, and every-
one who believes in democracy and
equality.
I remember when Obama
announced his candidacy.
"In the shadow of the Old State
Capitol, where Lincoln once called
on a divided house to stand togeth-
er, where common hopes and com-
mon dreams still live, I stand
before you today to announce my
candidacy for president of the
United States," he said.
Of course, the question of the day
was simply could he win?
If you said no, then you obvious-
ly didn't understand the power of
God. Some may say that God had
no hand in this Presidential elec-
tion, but I beg to differ.
Only God could take a race of
folks who were once slaves and


some 40 years ago legally segregat-
ed in schools, neighborhoods and
lunch counters and lift them up in
this country. That is God's power.
I recall immediately after
Obama's announcement, a Gallup
Poll asked Democrats and
Independents that lean toward
Democratic candidates to choose
among 15 presidential prospects;
18 percent said they would be most
likely to support Obama.
That put him second behind New
York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton,
the choice of 29 percent, and ahead
of Al Gore, the 2000 presidential
nominee; John Kerry, the 2004
nominee; and Kerry's old running
mate, John Edwards.
I remember asking if the country
was ready for an African American
President. My answer in February
of 2007 was an emphatic no. I was
the one who lacked faith and lost
focus on the power of God.
So here we are while history


has been made again, there is still
so more to be written in this tale.
Obama may have won the battle
for presidency, but there are more
to come.But despite the challenges
ahead, it still feels good to elect
someone so uniquely qualified for
the job.
Next week's inauguration will
truly be another reminder of a
dream. And I am not talking about
a Barack Obama dream or even an
African American dream.
I am talking about an American
dream. I am talking about a country
finally living up to its creed that
"All men are created equal." I am
talking about a country bringing to
fruition its foundation as the "Land
of Liberty."
Congratulations on being re-
elected President Barack Obama.
Signing off from Washington
D.C.,
Reggie Fullwood


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"All Myv Babies Mamas"


and Other Insults
By James Clingman
The latest negative programming coming from the dominant media is a
ridiculous show about a Black guy who has 11 children by 10 different
women. "All My Babies Mamas" was planned for the coming season, but
now it may be completely scrubbed, mainly because of a sister, Sabrina
Lamb, sent out a petition protesting the show in the most serious manner.
I say kudos to Ms. Lamb and others who have spoken out against this non-
sensical and degrading show; I wish the same fate for some of those other
so-called reality shows.
You can do your own research on the content and intent of the show if
you are interested in that sort of thing. For now, I want to talk about the
economic implications of it. As you should well know, beneath everything
lies economics. First off, we know that no profit-minded business person
would intentionally insult its customers by doing something to drive them
away, right? So why would Oxygen Media even attempt to put this show
on the air? For that matter, why do any of the other networks put the same
kind of insulting and demeaning shows on the air?
That answer is quite simply: "Profit." If we were not watching these stu-
pid shows and not salivating for more and more outlandish depictions of
Black folks on TV, they'd all be gone tomorrow. We love this stuff, and the
producers are staying up at night trying to develop more. While we may
complain about how they disrespect us (Or is it really how we disrespect
ourselves?) we will jump on whatever bandwagon that comes along, no
matter the content. So it's certainly no surprise that Oxygen decided to put
"Babies Mamas" on the air because they think it's what we want to watch.
I recently read about two Black radio stations, one that's been around for
more than 42 years, that were bought by Koreans and the stations went
from soul music to Seoul music overnight. Remember, it's all about the
money, and as Nino Brown once said, "It's not personal, it's business."
The Black consumer market is a veritable goldmine, and it seems every-
one knows that but Black folks, at least everyone profits from it except
Black folks. This latest insult by the media reminds me of an article I wrote
a few years ago, "The Answer to Media Bias is Media By Us." Until we
decide to do what Sabrina Lamb and others are doing, and until we mount
a concerted and sustained effort against our own "ignant" brothers and sis-
ters who perpetuate the "baby mama" and "baby daddy" nonsense, we will
always be nothing more than profit margins for the latest fads and any stu-
pid TV show that comes along.
Ownership is the key. Media owned by us, and by "us" I mean conscious
brothers and sisters who will not stoop to producing the trash we see now,
is the appropriate response to the trash we see and hear in the media today.
If you don't own anything, you are always at the mercy and the whims -
of those who do.
As you read this, Bob Law, noted radio talk show host and one of the
most informed brothers in the industry, is mounting a campaign to bring
Black radio back up to the level of respect and intelligence it once knew.
He writes, "In our initiative there are two levels of responsibility, holding
corporations responsible for the inequality that contributes to the condi-
tions in Black communities, and the Black community's responsibility to
change and correct those conditions."
So always remind yourself of the role we play in the media, especially
on the negative side. If we would not accept the trash they throw at us, it
would not be thrown, at us, If we stand up and let corporations and media
outlets know that e-tvill use our.collecti.ve.economio leverage against
them by withdrawing our money from their products aj, g rsng to watch
and listen to their nonsense, we would at least have a fighting chance to
change things in our favor.
You can start by signing Sabrina Lamb's petition and the online petition
that change.org is circulating. Then you can turn all that mess off your
TV's and radios. You will notice that I have not even mentioned the guy's
name that has all the babies by all the "mamas." That's another step we can
take. Don't even give the recognition of calling their names. And always
remember, "It's not personal, it's just business."


NRA Maintains Stranglehold on Congress


By George E. Curry
In the wake of the killing of 20
schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn.
last month and just before Vice
President Joe Biden presented a list
of proposals to President Obama
this week that includes banning
assault weapons and limiting sales
of high-capacity ammunition clips,
the president of the National Rifle
Association expressed confidence
that new gun legislation will stall in
Congress.
In an interview Sunday on CNN's
"State Of The Union," NRA
President David Keene said, "I
would say that the likelihood is that
they are not going to be able to get
assault weapons ban through this
Congress."
When asked about placing limits
on high-capacity ammunition clips,
Keene replied, "I don't think ulti-
mately they are going to get that,
either."
Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.),


referring to Keene, said on CNN, "I
think he's wrong." Murphy
explained, "Newtown fundamental-
ly changed things. The NRA doesn't
get this."
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)
acknowledged that it will not be
easy to get Congress to ban assault
weapons.
He told CNN, "I think we have
the possibility, but it's going to be
difficult." Cummings said the
prospects are brighter for Congress
to place restrictions on high-capaci-
ty magazines and require expanded
background checks.
A 10-year ban on the sale of
assault weapons expired in 2004,
largely as a result of pressure exert-
ed by the NRA. The organization
has risen from being founded in
1871 to help improve marksman-
ship to a powerful 4 million-mem-
ber lobbying organization that takes
in more than $200 million in annual
revenue.


According to Opensecrets.org,
NRA spent $20 million in the last
election cycle, all on friendly law-
makers who score well on the
NRA's political scorecard. The
combination of big bucks and polit-
ical pressure have made too many
members of Congress fearful of
bucking the powerful gun lobby, a
group that doesn't even want
machine guns banned.
But there are growing indications
that the NRA's political clout might
be vastly overrated.
"The gun lobby had an abysmal
2012 election cycle. They spent
more than $11 million to defeat
President Obama, warning that on
Election Day, "Americans will vote
either to defend or surrender free-
dom in the most consequential
national decision in U.S. history."
They also failed to elect their pre-
ferred candidate in six of their seven
top targets for the U.S. Senate. And
more than two-thirds of incumbents


who lost their seats in the House of
Representatives were backed by the
NRA, including four Democrats,"
noted Media Matters.
And the NRA got a poor return on
its political investment.
"According to open government
group the Sunlight Foundation, the
NRA Political Victory Fund, the
NRA's political action committee,
received a less than one percent
return on $10,536,106 spent on
expenditures during the election
cycle," the media monitoring group
also found. "The NRA spent 0.44
percent of its money supporting
winning candidates and 0.39 per-
cent opposing losing candidates.
The NRA Institute for Legislative
Action, their lobbying arm, gar-
nered a 10.25 percent return on
$7,448,017 spent on the election. In
seven Senate races where the NRA
spent more than $100,000, six of the
NRA-backed candidates lost."
That trend did not start with the


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November elections, according to
ThinkProgress, a liberal blog.
Paul Waldman, contributing edi-
tor at The American Prospect, ana-
lyzed data from the last four federal
elections 2004 2010.
"The conclusion to be drawn from
these data will be surprising to
many: The NRA has virtually no
impact on congressional elections,"
he wrote. "The NRA endorsement,
so coveted by so many politicians,
is almost meaningless. Nor does the
money the organization spends have
any demonstrable impact on the out-
come of races. In short, when it
comes to elections, the NRA is a
paper tiger."
Not exactly.
"If you've been following the
issue of guns over the last few years,
you know that these have been good
times for gun advocates," according
to ThinkProgress. "In a landmark
2008 decision in District of
Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme


Court settled a longstanding ques-
tion by declaring that the 2nd
Amendment confers an individual
right to own guns. Under Barack
Obama's administration, the only
pieces of legislation on guns have
expanded gun rights; for instance,
gun owners are now allowed to
bring firearms into national parks as
a result of legislation Obama signed
in 2009. The assault weapons ban
passed under Bill Clinton expired in
2004, and despite early indications
the Obama administration might try
to renew it, they have made no
moves to do so."
Public opinion on gun control has
moved, according to a Gallup poll
released Monday. It showed that 38
percent of Americans favor stricter
gun measures, a 13-point increase
from last year and the highest it has
been in more than a decade.
Now is the time for Obama to
make his move. If not, the NRA will
do it for him.


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V-STATE HIRES LATRELL SCOTT:
Hampton University product and former University of
Richmond head football coach Latrell
Scott was named Monday as the new
head coach at Virginia State Univer-
sity.
Scott, 37, is replacing Andrew
Faison who was let go following the
2012 season. Faison compiled a 58-53
SCOTT record in ten seasons at VSU including
SCOTT
a 4-6 mark this past season.
Scott, 37, was the youngest Div. I head coach in the
nation in 2010 when, at 34, he was named Richmond's new
coach. He led Richmond to a 6-5 record before resigning
in August of that year following a DWI arrest. It was his
second such arrest in seven years.
"Everyone knows that I've been through a lot over the
past 15 months," Scott said. "I have a group of family and
a great group of friends who have supported me through
this entire ordeal and without them I wouldn't be standing
here.
"I believe this place is special," he said of VSU at
the news conference where he was introduced. "VSU has
made a commitment to football."
Scott was the tight ends coach at James Madison this
season and spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as the wide
receivers coach at the University of Tennessee and the
University of Virginia, respectively. He had previously
serteddas Wide receivers coach and assistant head coach
at Richmond.
He was a three-year starter at tight end at Hampton,
earning All-American honors his senior season. He played
on two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship
and NCAAplayoff teams He graduated from Hampton with
a sport management degree in 2001 and is a highly-regarded
recruiter.


HOLMES NEW FAMU GRID COACH:
TALLAHASSEE, FL The Florida A&M University
Department ofAthletics has announced
that Earl Holmes has been selected as
the new head football coach. Holmes,
a FAMU graduate and All-American in
his playing days with the Rattlers, has
served as defensive coordinator the last
two years and acting head coach for the
HOLMES final two games of the 2012 season,
guiding the program's day-to-day
operations.
Holmes' proposed multi-year contract, which offers him
an annual salary of $200,000 over the next four years, must
be approved by the FAMU Board of Trustees.
FAMU InterimPresident Larry Robinson said, "Ibelieve
we have selected the right coach to lead Rattler football. I am
impressed with his plan to develop the whole person, not just
the student's athletic ability. Coach Holmes is a solid choice
when you consider his vision for the program, 10-year- career
in the NFL as a linebacker and experience gained at FAMU
as a defensive coordinator and linebackers coach."
"First, I would like to thank God, because he continues
to prove that he is able to make dreams come true," said
Holmes. "I want to thank (former FAMU) Coach Joe Taylor
for his mentorship and having the confidence in me to bring
me back to FAMU as a part of the coaching staff.
"There is no one you could have selected that will work harder
to return FAMU football to the prominence it deserves than
I am dedicated to doing."
Holmes, affectionately known as "The Hitman" in his
playing days at FAMU (1992-1995). He captured I-AA and
Sheridan Broadcasting All-American honors in 1994 and
1995, was named SBN and Mid-EasternAthletic Conference
Defensive Player of the Year in 1995. A three-time first team
All-MEAC selection, he was a devastating tackler, completing
his career with 509 total tackles, 309 solos and 200 assists
- all Rattler career records. His 1995 senior season totals
shattered all existing school marks for season solo tackles
(103) and total tackles (171), highlighted by a spectacular
one-man demolition derby performance against Southern in
Atlanta when he totaled 30 tackles.
Following his collegiate career, Holmes was drafted in
the fourth round of the 1996 National Football League drafted
by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played 10 seasons in the NFL
as linebacker, six with Pittsburgh (1996- 2001), one season
with the Cleveland Browns (2002) and three with the Detroit


Lions (2003-2005) before retiring.


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pionts in win over ECSU. Shot 27 of 40 from the
field, 11 of 19 from 3.
NEWCOMER
Emilio Parks, 6-6, So., F, JCSU -In3games, aver-
aged 15.6points, 7.3reboundswhileshooling 58%
from the field. Vs. VUU, had 18 pts., 12 rebs.
ROOKIE
Kortez Smith, 5-7, Fr., G, CHOWAN Averaged
14.5 points in two games.
COACH
StephenJoyner,Sr.,JCSU-Threeblowoutwinsin
four nights over VUU, Chowan and ECSU.


MEAC M o EASTERN
M E ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CONF ALL
W L W L
Norfolk State 4 0 9 10
North Carolina Central 3 0 10 7
Hampton 2 0 5 10
Delaware State 1 0 6 9
Savannah State 2 1 8 9
Morgan State 1 1 4 9
NCA&TState 1 2 8 10
Bethune-Cookman 1 2 6 12
Florida A&M 1 2 4 13
Coppin State 1 2 4 14
Howard 1 3 4 14
Md.E. Shore 0 2 0 13
SC State 0 3 4 12
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Stanton KIdd, 6-7, Jr., NCCU-Averaged 16.5 points,
8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and blocks in 2-0 week.
Was 15 of 23 (65%) from the field, 5 of 6 (83.3%)
from charity stripe.
ROOKIE
DeronPowers,5-11, Fr.,G, HAMPTON -Averaged
16.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0steals
in 2-0 week. Got 19 points, 3 rebounds vs. JMU, 14
points vs. Howard.
DEFENSE
Arnold Louis, 6-7, Sr., F, SSU Grabbed 22
rebounds with 2 steals in 2 games. Also tallied
16 points.


SIAC sOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
SI ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


EAST DIVISION
Morehouse
Benedict
Claflin
Paine
Fort Valley State
Clark Atlanta
Albany State
WEST DIVISION
Tuskegee
Stillman
Kentucky State
LeMoyne-Owen
Miles
Lane


SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Shawn Allen, 6-5, Sr., F, MOREHOUSE Scored
26 points, had 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals
in 98-96 win over Stillman.
NEWCOMER
Brennan Reynard,6-11, Fr.,G, BENEDICT-Aver-
aged 10.3 points, 3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3
steals in three wins over LOC, Lane and KSU.


SWAC SOUTHWESTERN
S WV ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DIV ALL
W L W L
Southern 6 0 12 6
Ark. Pine Bluff 4 1 5 12
Texas Southem 4 1 5 13
Alcom State 4 2 6 15
Alabama A&M 3 2 7 9
Alabama State 3 2 5 13
Prairie View A&M 2 3 7 11
Miss. Valley St. 1 4 1 14
Jackson State 0 6 1 14
Grambling State 0 6 0 15
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Malcolm Miller, 6-6, Fr., G, SOUTHERN In two
blowout wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (84-50) and
Miss. Valley State (88-54), Millertallied 21 points with
9 rebounds (vs. UAPB) and 28 points and 10 boards
(vs. MVSU). Averaged 24.5 points and 9.5 rebounds
while shooting 19 of 31 (61.2%) from the field, 10 of
15 (66.6%) from3-poinrangein the wins. Millerleads
the SWAC in 3-point percentage (48.5%), is fourth
in scoring (16.4 ppg.) and FG percentage (53.8%)
and ninth in rebounding (5.6 rpg.).
NEWCOMER
YonDariusdJohnson,6-3, Jr., G, SOUTHERN -Had
13 points inwins over UAPB and MVSU as Jaguars
moved to 6-0 in SWAC play.


INDEPENDENTS


Tennessee State 11 7
Central State 9 5
W. Va. State 6 9
Cheyney 5 9
Lincoln (Mo.) 2 14
Univ.ofDC 2 11
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kallen Thornton, 6-7, Sr., F, TENN. STATE
- Had career-highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds
in win over SE Missouri. Earlier led Tigers with 13
points and 7 boards in win over UT-Martin. Tigers
stretched winning streak to six games. Lead
OVC East at 5-0.
NEWCOMER
NA


BCSP Notes


MILESTONES: Fort Valley State women's
head coach Lonnie Bartley (1.) sets wins mark.
NC Central hoopster Dominique Sutton (r.)
wins NBA D-League Slam Dunk contest.




SATURDAY, JAN. 19
CIAA
W-Salem State @ St. Augustine's
Livingstone @ Shaw
Lincoln @ Bowie State
Elizabeth City State @ Chowan
Fayetteville State @ J. C. Smith
MEAC
Delaware State @ UMES
Howard @ N. C. A&T
Florida A&M @ Savannah State
Morgan State @ Hampton
Coppin State @ Norfolk State
B-Cookman @ S. C. State
SIAC
Kentucky State @ Tuskegee
Albany State @ Benedict
Fort Valley State @ Paine
Lane @ Stillman
Clark Atlanta @ Claflin
SWAC
Jackson State @ Grambling
Prairie View @ Miss. Valley State
Southern @ Alabama State
Alcorn State @ Alabama A&M
Texas Southern @ Ark.-Pine Bluff
INDEPENDENTS
Tennessee State @ Belmont
West Va. State @ Glenville State
Bloomsburg @ Cheyney
Wilberforce @ Central State
Molloy @ UDC
Lincoln @ Linderwood
SUNDAY, JAN. 20
CIAA
Virginia Union vs. Virginia State (Richmond, VA)
MONDAY, JAN. 21
MEAC
Bethune-Cookman @ Savannah State
Howard @ N. C. Central
Florida A&M @ S. C. State
Coppin State @ Hampton
Morgan State @ Norfolk State
SIAC
Fort Valley State @ Benedict
Morehouse @ Claflin
Paine @ Albany State
Kentucky State @ Stillman
LeMoyne-Owen @ Miles
Lane @ Tuskegee
SWAC
Alcorn State @ Alabama State
Prairie View @ Ark.-Pine Bluff
Texas Southern @ Miss. Valley State
Southern @ Alabama A&M
INDEPENDENTS
Pitts.-Johnstown @ W. Va. State
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23
CIAA
Fayetteville State @ Livingstone
Virginia Union @ Bowie State
Elizabeth City State @ Lincoln
Shaw @ W-Salem State
Chowan @ Virginia State
J. C. Smith @ St. Augustine's
MEAC
Howard @ Delaware State
SIAC
Miles @ Concordia-Selma
INDEPENDENTS
Cheyney @ Kutztown
Urbana @ Central State
Queens (NY) @ UDC
THURSDAY, JAN. 24
SIAC
Paine @ Augusta State
INDEPENDENTS
Tennessee State @ E. Kentucky
Ohio Valley @ W. Va. State
Washburn @ Lincoln


FVSU's women's coach
Bartley reaches victory milestone
With an 85-71 victory over Stillman College last
Saturday (January 12), Fort Valley State women's head
basketball coach Lonnie Bartley became the winningest
coach in black college women's basketball history.
The win was Bartley's 624th and surpassed former
Claflin University head coach, the late Nelson Brownlee,
for the top spot as verified by the Black College Sports
Encyclopedia.
All of Bartley's victories have been at FVSU during
nearly three decades.
"While any coach would be happy with breaking a
record of this magnitude," said Bartley, "what I am most
happy about is the notoriety such an accomplishment brings
to FVSU. I am grateful to this school for giving me the
chance to become a head coach and for its unwavering
commitment to the women's basketball program.
"I also want to thank every player who has played
for me over my 29 years as coach. Each of these players
has a played a role in the success of the program."


NCCU's Sutton wins
NBDL Slam Dunk contest
Former North Carolina Central University men's
basketball standout Dominique Sutton recently won the
NBA D-League's Slam Dunk Contest during the NBA
D-League Showcase Event in Reno, Nev.
Sutton is in his first season with the Tulsa 66ers, the
D-League affiliate of the Western Conference champion
Oklahoma City Thunder, is averaging 11.0 points per
game along with 5.5 rebounds. The Durham, N.C. native
is widely regarded as one of the top wing defender's in
the NBA D-League.
Sutton was picked by the 66ers in the first round of
the 2012 NBDL Draft, sixth overall. He played three years
at Kansas State before transferring to NCCU last season
where he averaged 16.4 points per game and 7.4 rebounds
while earning first team all-MEAC honors. His 66ers
teammate, Andy Rautins, won the 3-point shootout.
The video from the Slam Dunk contest can be seen
at:
http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2013/01/11/sutton-wins-d-league-dunk-
contest.nba/index.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Big wins
Top basketball teams in black college conferences
went at it this week with some decisive outcomes.
SIAC
East Division leader Morehouse (7-5, 5-0) remained
the only undefeated men's team in the SIAC with wins
over LeMoyne-Owen (73-54) and Lane (81-75). The
Maroon Tigers tangle with Claflin (5-8, 3-2) Monday.
West Division men's leader Tuskegee (6-9, 5-1),
whose only conference loss is to Morehouse, got wins
over ClarkAtlanta (69-53) and Claflin (58-50). Tuskegee
hosts second-place Kentucky State (6-6, 4-2) Saturday
and Lane Monday.
West Division women's leader Tuskegee (8-6, 5-0)
gave East Divison leader Fort Valley State (8-6, 4-1) its
first conference loss last Thursday, 65-57. FVSU is now
tied with Benedict (7-10, 4-1) in the East. FVSU plays
Monday at Benedict.
CIAA
The Shaw men (12-4,6-0), tied with Winston-Salem
State (13-2, 6-0) atop the CIAA South Division, got a
buzzer-beater at home Saturday from Latrall McCoy to
squeak by Bowie State in a thriller, 92-90. Cleo Hill Jr's
Bears were led by 29 points from guard Curtis Hines.
Byron Westmoreland led BSU (9-6, 2-4) with 23. BSU


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DOYLE


made up a 19-point second-half deficit.
For the women, North Division leader Elizabeth
City State (13-3, 5-1) narrowly edged Winston-Salem
State Monday, 49-47. The Lady Rams are 8-7, 4-2 in
conference play. ECSU gave Shaw (13-2, 5-1) its only
league loss, 96-86 on Jan. 3.
South Division leader Fayetteville State (14-2,6-0),
the only undefeated women's team in conference play, got
wins over Virginia Union (76-51) and Bowie State (70-
59) last week. FSU handed ECSU's its only conference
loss 75-70 on Jan. 7.
A big showdown for the men and women will be in
Winston-Salem next week (Wed., Jan. 23) as WSSU hosts
Shaw.
MEAC
The three-time defending champion Hampton
women (12-5, 3-0), came back from a 10-point second-
half deficit Saturday in the final seven minutes to squeak
by second-place Howard (8-7, 3-1), 52-50.
On the men's side, Savannah State got 41 points,
from senior guard Preston Blackman, 15 after regulation
Monday, in handing Morgan State its first conference
loss, 78-70 in double overtime in Savannah, Ga. Blackmon
canned 8 of 16 from 3-point range.
Hampton's women entertain Morgan State (5-11,
2-1) Saturday and Coppin State (6-11, 2-2) Monday.
Men's leader Norfolk State (9-10, 4-0) got two
five-point, wins, 63-58 overUMES Saturday and 54-49
over Howard Monday. Norfolk State hosts the Baltimore
schools this week Coppin State (4-14, 1-2) on Saturday
and Morgan State (4-9, 1-1) Monday.
SWAC
The conference leading Southern men (12-6, 6-0)
showed their dominance with two blowout wins, 88-54
over second-place Arkansas-Pine Bluff and 84-50 over
Miss. Valley State. Freshman guard Malcolm Miller
continued his sterling play averaging 24.5 points while
shooting 66% from 3-point range in the wins.
Texas Southern (6-13, 4-1) got big wins over Jack-
son State (96-50) and Grambling (60-44) to tie UAPB
for second place. TSU is at UAPB Saturday. Southern is
at Alabama State (5-13, 3-2) Saturday and at Alabama
A&M (5-13, 3-2) Monday.
The Southern Lady Jaguars are now setting the pace
on the women's side with a 6-1 league mark. They knocked
off Miss. Valley State (73-62) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff
(67-44). Former leader Alabama A&M suffered its first
conference loss Saturday to Alabama State, 69-67.


Howard's Doyle closing in
on MEAC scoring record
Howard senior forward Saadia Doyle surpassed the
2,000-point mark for her career in Monday's night's win
over Norfolk State. She had 26 points and 9 rebounds
in the win over the Lady Spartans.
Doyle now has 2,018 points in her four-year career.
She also has 1,044 rebounds to become the second Howard
player (along with MEAC Hall of Famer, Alisha Hill)
with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
Hill is the MEAC career scoring leader with 2,179
points. Doyle, who is averaging an MEAC-best 22.6 points
per game, needs 161 points over her final 14 games to
break Hill's league's career scoring mark.


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C IAA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L
Eliz. City State 5 1 13 3
Virginia Union 2 3 5 8
Lincoln 2 4 6 10
Chowan 2 4 2 12
Virginia State 1 5 8 8
Bowie State 1 5 4 9
SOUTH DIVISION
Fayetteville State 6 0 14 2
Shaw 5 1 13 2
Winston-Salem State 4 2 9 7
St. Augustine's 3 2 7 7
Livingstone 2 4 6 9
J.C. Smith 2 4 5 10
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
PLAYER & NEWCOMER
Tahlar Mclntosh, 5-8, Sr., F, LINCOLN -Averaged
18 points and 8.7 rebounds in three games. Shot
91% from the line in 1-2 week.
NEWCOMER
Taylor Dalrymple, 6-1, Sr., F, SHAW In three
wins, averaged 16.7 points, 9 rebounds. Had 18
pts., 10 boards vs. VUU.
ROOKIE
Regime McCombs, 5-6, Fr., G, SAC Averaged
19 points and 2 steals in 2-0 week. Had career-higkh
24 points in win over Lincoln.
COACH
Eva Patterson-Heath, FSU -Led FSUto 3-0 record
with wins over ECSU, Lincoln and VUU.


MEAC Mio EASTERN
ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CONF ALL
W L W L
Hampton 3 0 12 5
Howard 3 1 8 7
NCA&T State 2 1 10 6
Bethune-Cookman 2 1 7 8
Morgan State 2 1 5 11
Florida A&M 2 1 5 11
SC State 2 2 10 5
Coppin State 2 2 6 11
Delaware State 1 1 4 11
Md.E. Shore 1 1 5 8
Savannah State 1 3 6 11
North Carolina Central 0 3 0 16
Norfolk State 0 4 2 13

MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Saadia Doyle, 6-0, Sr., F, HOWARD Averaged
double-double of 20 points, 10.5 rebounds in
two games. Got 26 points, 15 rebounds vs.
Coppin State
ROOKIE
VictoriaGonzalez,6-0, Fr., F, HOWARD-Combined
for 21 p points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks and steals in 1-1
week. Had 11 points, 3 rebounds vs. CSU.
DEFENSE
Erin Hogue, 5-11,Sr., F, SSU-Grabbed 27 rebounds
and got 5 steals in 1-1 week. Added 25 points.


SIAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
SIA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


EAST DIVISION
Fort Valley State
Benedict
Paine
Clark Atlanta
Albany State
Claflin
WEST DIVISION
Tuskegee
Kentucky State
Stillman
Lane
Miles
LeMoyne-Owen


CONF
W L
4 1
4 1
4 2
2 2
2 2
2 3

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


SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Courtney English, 6-0, Sr., MILES Now has
eight double-doubles after games vs. Albany State
and Paine. Had season highs of 28 points and 18
rebounds vs. Albany State.
NEWCOMER
Ashley Watts, 5-6, So., PAINE In three wins,
averaged 20 points, 4.3 assists and 4.0 steals in
wins over LOC, Miles and Lane.


SWACIA SOUTHWESTERN
S W AV ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DIV ALL
W L W L
Southern 5 1 6 11
Texas Southem 4 1 7 9
AlabamaA&M 4 1 5 10
PrairieViewA&M 3 2 6 9
Miss. Valley St. 3 2 6 10
Alabama State 3 2 5 11
Ark. Pine Bluff 2 3 6 9
Jackson State 1 5 4 11
Grambling State 1 5 2 15
Alcom State 1 5 1 14
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Alyssa Strickland, 5-5, Jr., G, ALABAMAA&M In
three conference wins to start the new year, 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 123 points and 1.3 rebounds.
NEWCOMER


INDEPENDENTS


Central State 11 3
Lincoln (Mo.) 7 7
Univ.ofDC 6 9
Tennessee State 6 9
W. Va. State 4 9
Cheyney 0 12
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Tanja Beasley, 6-0, Sr., F, CENTRAL STATE
- Totalled 21 points and 13 rebounds in loss to
Notre Dame College.
NEWCOMER
NA









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Black Women & Religion: A Combination




that Fosters Strength in Body and Soul


by Ahsley Conti
When Judy Mays needs to replen-
ish her strength, when she must find
a way to cope with life's challenges
and rejoice in its blessings, when
friends and family ask her for
advice, support or help, she heads to
one place to the Lord.
My faith is the difference
between living a God-destined life
compared to just surviving," she
said.
"It makes me learn something
about myself..it further establishes
me in who I am as a person. God has
seen me through every situation in
life and I know (God) will always be
there. Without that faith.. I don't
know."
Mays, an associate pastor at
Union Missionary Baptist Church in
Muncie, Illinois a historically black
church in the city, identifies herself
as a Christian, a Baptist, if you want
to be more precise
For her, religion is not a Sunday
only affair. It is not about getting
dressed up and heading to the large
building on Macedonia Avenue,
although that fellowship is part of
her celebration.
Religion is an everyday experi-
ence for Mays. And she's not alone.
Black women reported as most
religion group.


Many Americans cope
with their stresses and joys by rely-
ing on their faith. But black women
have a different experience.
This summer, the Kaiser
Family Foundation along with the
Washington Post released its
annual report on religion in
America, describing black
women in the nation as
the most religious
population.
Nearly 75 per-
cent of black
women said
"living a reli-
gious life." -
however they
defined this is
very important to
them, compared to
57 percent of white
women.
Women across all racial
and ethnic categories
answered the question in higher
numbers than men in the same racial
or ethnic category, a pattern that has
existed for decades.
During "tough times" daily
stressful occurrences, life threaten-
ing events, overwhelming experi-
ences black women are more like-
ly to rely on their faith to get
through these periods.


Nearly nine out of 10 black handle it (beatings as a child), the
women 87 percent said their faith only way I survived it, is knowing
was even more essential to them that Jesus loved me. That there was
during times a power greater
o f than


tur -
moil.
Arguably one of the most famous
black women in America Oprah
Winfrey echoed this same senti-
ment during her visit to Muncie last
month.
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myself
that loved me,"
she said during the David Letterman
Distinguished Professional Lecture
series at Ball State University. "I
don't believe you go through adver-
sity without believing in a power
greater than yourself."
There are presently no studies on
religion in: Delaware County that
address race and ethnicity, but
many black women in the area
agreed with the study's findings
pointing out their own connection
with their faith.
"I'm a black woman in the Bible
Belt... yes, my religion is impor-
tant to me ,"said Carol Smith,
laughing. Smith is a self-pro-
claimed devout Methodist. "I know
we're all a little more religious here
than the rest of the country except
the South, but I just think church
has meant more socially and civi-
cally to black Americans than other
people. I think this report is right
on."
Feeling esteemed at church
This connection between black
Americans and religion dates back
to slavery, with the relationship
gaining more strength during
racially tense times in the United
States.
The post-Reconstruction and the
Jim Crow eras when black
Americans were treated as second
class citizens legally and socially -
forced former slaves and their
descendents to seek refuge in the
church.
"If you were a maid in some-


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one's home, where were you going
to go to be a leader? Church," said
Monique Armstrong, a self identi-
fied Baptist. "I think that's true for
black women especially through
American history. Being black and a
woman meant you were being hit
with double discrimination so
where would you go to be
where you feel supported.
Where people would
listen to you?
Church."
The church has
primarily been

women, although
Muslim, Jewish
( and Buddhist black
women also have
lR \ stronger connections
to their organized reli-
Sgion of choice compared
to other groups according to
the study.
Local black women who are
overwhelmingly Christian have
noted the church has been where
they gained many of their leadership
skills, whether it be public speaking,
organizational techniques and more.
"We have to remember that
Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman,
and of course, many other incredible
black women gained their founda-
tion in the church," said Maria
'Williams Hawkins, a member" of the
AME Church, the first African
American denomination in the
United States. "Church has been a
place for us to learn these skills,
even today.
"The belief that there has to be
something bigger and better than
what is around us currently...we
have to have faith. We have faith
that we can and will do better."
Black women as leaders
of the religious journey
Mays always knew she was sup-
posed to be a minister. She just was-
n't always interested in following
the path.
Eventually, she listened to God's
call and became a licensed minister.
Once that choice was available to
her.
"I was one of the first women at
my church to become a licensed
minister and I am very proud of
that," she said. "God calls and you
answer. And now I see many more
women preaching and minister-
ing... I'm very excited about that."
Other Christian denominations
have opened up their altars to
women, allowing them to preach on
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betrothed.
The pastor of Union Missionary
Baptist Church, W.J. Jackson,
recalls years back when he inter-
preted Scripture as not being wel-
come to female leadership, but those
times have past.
"I can now see that, in my opin-
ion, the interpretations my father,
who was also a pastor, and his gen-
eration of pastors viewed may not
have been completely correct," he
said. "I read it to be that men and
women can preach the word. I've
seen women do an amazing job
many, many times and I'm glad
we've welcomed women to follow
God's call."
Jackson, having pastured for
decades, has long noticed more
women filling the pews of his
church compared to their male
peers. He agrees with the Kaiser
study; he believes black women
have especially strong relationships
with their religions.
But he also thinks there is room
for men to learn from these women.
"Women are more open about
their feelings and build strong rela-
tionships that are supportive and
encouraging... the church has bene-
fited so much from that strength,"
he said.
"I think if we, as church leaders,
encouraged men to do the same and
to let them know they are welcome
ap the church, we would see more
men come to worship. We're
already seeing a change at Union."
Things will always get better'
At a time when the Pew Research
study has shown more Americans
stepping away from organized reli-
gion and choosing a more spiritual
path, black women have become
closer to their churches, temples,
mosques and other houses of wor-
ship.
As Mays stated, church is not a
one-day-a-week event for many. It
is daily "vitamin" that supports the
body and soul.
The church has also been a spiri-
tual outlet for black women who,
having to deal with racism and sex-
ism, have found a "home" to be
themselves and celebrate their faith.
"The scriptures shape my expec-
tations...they remind me that there's
more to life than this," Hawkins
said. "Especially as a black women.
My faith reminds and probably
many black women and many peo-
ple in general that things will always
get better. They have to. And it's a
blessing to understand that when
you deal with the oppressions of the
day."


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January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma Cases Among Blacks to Increase 66% by 2030


all persons with glaucoma don't
know they have this potentially
blinding eye disease," said NEI
director Dr. Paul Sieving. "The
good news is that glaucoma can be
detected in its early stages through a
comprehensive dilated eye exam.
NEI encourages all people at higher
risk of glaucoma African
Americans age 40 or older; every-
one age 60, especially Mexican
Americans; and those with a family
history to get a dilated eye exam
every one to two years, because
early detection and timely treatment
many save your sight."
During a comprehensive dilated eye


As you and your loved ones
watch the dawning of 2013, every- c r.
one is hopeful of what the new year /
will bring reunions, graduations, I v,8Y -
marriages and other fun family Fo e
occasions. January is Glaucoma in macua
Awareness Month. Make seeing
your best a part of your new begin- No.-
ning by doing what you can to make
sure your eyes are healthy. If you -
are African American age 40 or Noim.,Eye
older or have a family history of i
glaucoma, put learning more about
this disease on your resolution list -
for the new year.
Glaucoma is a group of diseases
that can damage the optic nerve of
the eye and result in vision loss and '
blindness. Primary open-angle
glaucoma is the most common -
form. In this condition, fluid builds
up in the front chamber of the eye,
and the optic nerve is damaged by t ho
the resulting increase in eye pres- o
Glaucoma
sure.
"Glaucoma affects more than 2.7
million people nationwide and is a Much like your blood pressure, your eye
leading cause of vision loss and this intraocular pressure (IOP) exceeds its I
blindness in African Americans. In would damage the optic nerve. This can resu
fact, African American are at risk of al vision and if left untreated can event
developing it at an earlier age than Glaucoma affects three million Americans
other racial and ethnic groups," said leading cause of blindness in the US because
Dr. James Tsai, chair of the know they have it while the others are left un
Glaucoma Subcommittee for the are no signs that one is developing glaucoma
NEI National Eye Health Education occurring, which is why for people who are
Program. "Primary open-angle important to have annual eye examinations
glaucoma often has no early symp- can detect and diagnose high IOP before it F
toms. However, as the disease pro- damage and vision loss.
gresses, a person may eventually decreasing. If the disease is left rows and
notice his or her side vision untreated, the field of vision nar- "Studie



5 Hair Myths


Bad Ideas Won't Solve Bad Hair Days, Says Expert


Misinformation can be just as
stubborn as frizz or those pesky fly-
aways it's difficult to manage,
impossible to reason with and it just
keeps coming back, says longtime
hair-care advocate and health scien-
tist Audrey Davis-Sivasothy.
"Old wives' tales and ineffective
products that claim to treat or reha-
bilitate hair often have a placebo
effect because people want them to


work," says Davis-
Sivasothy, author of "Hair
Care Rehab," (www.hair-
carerehab.com). "But
many of these ideas and
products actually do the
opposite of what's intend-
ed, and they delay the user
from seeking out real solu-

Da\ is-Sivasothy
debunks the following
common hair-care myths:
Myth: There's a
magic pill (or oil, serum
or balm) to grow our
hair faster, stronger or
thicker. Unfortunately,
no. Hair growth is geneti-
cally predetermined and
controlled by our hor-
mones. Unless the magic
pill affects our genes or
hormones, there's no hope that it
might make our hair grow. (This
includes prenatal vitamins. Credit
the upsurge in hormone levels dur-
ing pregnancy for those vibrant
tresses!) Basic vitamin supplements
can offer slight improvements in
hair quality, but only if our body
truly lacks the particular vitamin or
mineral being taken.


BuMd Up ol
Aqueous Humor Fluid
has pressure too. When
healthy pressure level, it
lit in decreased peripher-
uially lead to blindness.
today and is the second
e only half of the people
treated. Generally, there
la until vision loss starts
40 years and older, it is
s. Your ophthalmologist
progresses to optic nerve

vision loss may result."
.s show that at least half of


Myth: Trimming will make
your hair grow stronger, longer,
faster or thicker. Since hair is
dead, cutting the ends has no effect
on what happens at the scalp.
Strands will grow at the same pre-
determined rate each month, and-
individual strands will grow in at
the same thickness as before. While
trimming or cutting the hair does
seem to give the appearance of
thicker hair, this is only because all
of the freshly trimmed hairs now
have the same, clear endpoint.
Myth: Expensive products do
more! Not necessarily. Always look
for ingredients over brand names.
There are just as many poorly for-
mulated high-end products as there
are bargain ones and just as many
.worthy expensive products as there
are bargain ones, too!
Myth: Products made for or
marketed to African-Americans
cannot be used by those of other
backgrounds. False! The ingredi-
ents in a product matter much more
than to whom the product is mar-
keted. In fact, most products have
the same set of three to five base
ingredients. Products for "ethnic"
hair types tend to be more moistur-
izing and have more oils and pro-


teins than those for other hair types.
Damaged hair needs a good dose of
moisture, proteins and oil to regain
its healthy appearance. The same
holds true for products marketed to
those with color-treated hair. Even
if your hair is not dyed, using a
product for color-treated hair can be
beneficial because these shampoo
formulas tend to be gentler (to pre-
serve easily washed away hair
color) and conditioners tend to be
super-conditioning, but lightweight,
to help reduce dryness from the col-
oring process.
Myth: Washing your hair too
often leads to dryness. This
depends. Hair can be cleansed as
often as you like without dryness,
provided you use the proper prod-
ucts to retain moisture. Those who
generally have naturally drier hair
types (including those of us with
curls and highly textured hair) often
shy away from frequent cleansing -
but water is not the enemy! It's the
stripping shampoos and mediocre
conditioners we use that are to
blame. Using the proper moisturiz-
ing and conditioning products at
wash time will actually increase
your hair's hydration.


exam, drops are placed in your eyes
to dilate, or widen, the pupils. This
allows your eye care professional to
see inside your eye and examine the
optic nerve for signs of glaucoma
and other vision problems. A test
for eye pressure alone is not enough
to detect glaucoma. "It's very
important that people don't wait
until they notice a problem with
their vision to have an eye exam,"
adds Dr. Tsai.
If you have Medicare, are African
American age 50 or older, have dia-
betes, or have a family history of
glaucoma, you may be eligible for a
low cost, comprehensive dilated


eye exam through the glaucoma
benefit.
Call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit
the website at
http://www.medicare.gov for more
information. To find out about other
possible financial assistance for eye
care visit
http://www.nei.nih.gov/health/finan
cialaid.asp.
It's a new year, so make sure you
and your family start it off right.
Keep vision in your future. For
more information about glaucoma,
visit http://www.nei.nih.gov/glau-
coma or call NEI at (301) 496-
5248.


Colin Powell: GOP Holds


'Dark Vein Of Intolerance'


Former Secretary Of State Colin
Powell delivered some harsh words
for the GOP as a whole on Sunday.
In an appearance on NBC's "Meet
The Press," Powell noted that there
is a "dark vein of intolerance in
some parts of the party."
"What do I mean by that?," he
explained. "What I mean by that is
they still sort of look down on
minorities."
Powell specifically pointed to
October 2012 comments by former
Alaska Gov. and Vice Presidential
nominee Sarah Palin on the attacks


in Benghazi, Libya.
"When I see a former governor
say that the president is 'shuckin'
and jivin' -- that's a racial-era slave
term," Powell said, referring to
Palin's words on Obama's response.
Powell added that Republicans
had become too preoccupied with
the candidate-selection process,
losing sight of the group's overall
message.
"You've got to think first about
what's the party actually going to
represent," Powell said. "If it's just
going to represent the far right wing
of the political spectrum, I think the
party is in difficulty. I'm a moder-
ate, but I'm still a Republican."
Powell was the first African
American to fill the role of
Secretary Of State, serving under
President George W. Bush from
2001-05. Despite maintaining his
allegiance to the Republican Party,
Powell has been an ardent support-
er for President Obama, giving him
his support in 2008 and 2012.
"I think we ought to keep on the
track we are on," said Powell in


Antiques Roadshow, PBS's
highest-rated series will visit
Jacksonville this summer. The
event will take place on June 8,
giving First Coast community
members an opportunity to bring
antiques and collectibles for free
evaluation by some of the coun-
try's top experts.
The Jacksonville stop is part of
an eight-city summer tour.
Programs taped during the 2013
summer tour will make up
Antiques Roadshow's 18th broad-
cast season on PBS, an expanded,
35-episode season premiering
January 2014.
Admission is free, but tickets
are required and must be obtained
in advance. A limited number of
ticket recipients will be selected at
random from all eligible entries.


October 2012, commending Obama
on the economy and Iraq War.
Top Mitt Romney surrogate John
Sununu turned heads after the
announcement, suggesting that
Powell's Obama endorsement was
motivated by race. That statement
prompted former Powell Chief Of
Staff Lawrence Wilkerson to make
Republican-Party comments simi-
lar in nature to Powell's recen-
tremarks.


Ticket holders are invited to bring
two items for a free verbal approx-
imation of value by experts from
the world's leading auction hous-
es, independent appraisers, auc-
tioneers, and dealers. Everyone is
guaranteed an appraisal.
In addition, "The Roadshow
Furniture Roundup" is looking for
large pieces of furniture within 50
miles of the tour location.
Complete furniture submission
rules and ticket applications along
with ticketing rules are available
at pbs.org/antiques or by calling 1-
888-762-3749.
Antiques Roadshow airs on
Monday at 8 p.m. on WJCT-TV
7.1 (Comcast 8, 440), rebroadcast-
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Saturday at 1 p.m. Episodes are
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Ringling Brothers
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 630-3900
or visit www.jaxevents.

Girls Rock Symposium
Duval Superintendent Vitti will
speak to the attendees of the 2013
Girls Rock Symposium, Thursday,
January 17th at 5 p.m. The goal
is to take back the community one
girl at a time, while helping to raise
the awareness of literacy and to
decrease disparities. The event will
be held at the Ritz Theatre and
Museum, 829 North Davis St. For
more information call Jill Johnson
at 390-2126 or email
johnsonj3@duvalschools.org.


JAX2025
Visoneers Meeting
Are you "all in" and ready to join
JAX2025 a community think tank
for the future? Visioneers and vol-
unteers are needed. There will be a
Visioneers meeting, Saturday,
January 19th, 8:30 a.m. 11:00


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a.m. at 2434 Atlantic Blvd. (JCCI
Headquarters). For more informa-
tion visit www.jcci.org or call 396-
3052.
Zora Neale
Hurston Exhibit
The Jacksonville Public Library
presents Project Mosaic a showcase
of photos and posters highlighting
Zora Neale Hurston and the pres-
ent-day town of Eatonville. The
exhibit is on display all day
Saturday, January 19th at the main
library, exhibit space 3rd floor, 303
N. Laura St. For more information
visit www.jpl.coj.net or call 630-
CITY.

Jaxport Tours
In honor of Jaxport's 50th
Anniversary, Jaxport is offering the
public special monthly bus tours of
their largest cargo terminal. The
first tour is scheduled for
Wednesday, January 23rd, at 9:45
a.m. For more information on cele-
bration activities and to register,
visit www.JAXPORT.com, calling
357-3012 or email
nanc y. rub in @j ax por t. co m.

ASALAH
The Association for the Study of
African American Life and History
(ASALH) will hold a meeting to
discuss their upcoming convention
October 2 6, 2013. For more
information, to participate, or
attend the meeting. Come to the
Ritz Theater, Thursday, January


24th, at 829 N. Davis Street or call
Anita Shepherd at 218-8263 or visit
www.asalh.org..

R.A.C.E
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-
mk@msn.com or visit www.tac-
jacksonville.org.

Discussing
Family Matters
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
info@e3northfloirda.org.

RACE
The MOSH Board of Trustees and
RACE Community Advisory Board
invite donors and program partners
to the opening reception and exhib-
it preview, Friday, January 25th.
The theme is: Are we so different?
For more information call 396-
6674, ext 229 or email events@the-
mosh.org. The event will be held at
the MOSH, 1025 Museum Circle.


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Community Pearls
The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is host-
ing their annual Community Pearls
scholarship breakfast honoring edu-
cators who make a difference in our
community. The event will take
place at Emanuel Missionary
Baptist Church Fellowship Hall,
2407 Division Street on Saturday,
January 26th at 9:00 a.m. For
more information contact Jackie
Barletto at 778-1459.

Annual Zora Neale
Hurston Festival
The 24th annual Zora Neale
Hurston Festival of the Arts and the
Humanities will take place in
Zora's hometown of Eatonville,
Florida, January 26th February
3rd. Activities include live con-
certs, educational seminars, her-
itage tours, a HATitude brunch and
an outdoor festival.For more infor-
mation and festival schedule visit
www.zorafestival.org or call (407)
647-3307. The festival is the largest
cultural festival in the state.
Eatonville is located right outside
of Orlando, FL.

Preparing Your
Spring Garden
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
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tapes to take home for their garden.
This is a free program. Send pre-
registration request to
beckyd@coj.net or call 255-7450.

Universoul Circus
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
email sburtonusc@yahoo.com.

FENCES presented
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 story of Troy Maxson, a former
Negro Leagues star who now
works as a garbage man in 1957
Pittsburgh. For ticket information
and show-times contact the Stage
Aurora Box Office at 765-7372 or
visit www.stageaurora.org.

Ritz Jazzing with
Nick Colionne
The Ritz Museum presents Jazz
Jamm with Nick Colionne,
Saturday, February 2nd for two
shows at 7 and 10 p.m.. Enjoy a
combination of jazz, R&B, blues
and funk. For more information
visit www.ritzjacksonville.com or
call the office at 632-5555


Reclaiming Young
Black Males Forum
The Urban Education Symposium
steering committee invites you to
attend the 5th Urban Education
Symposium "Reclaiming Young
Black Males for Jacksonville's
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
599-0399 or email uescoordina-
tor@gmail.com.

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
Coleburn in the 1950s. February
6th March 17th at the Alhambra
Theater, 12000, Beach Blvd. For
more information call 641-1212.

Ritz Spoken Word
Hear universal spoken word at the
Ritz Theater, Thursday, February
7th at 7 p.m. The event is free and
open to the public. For more info
visit www.ritzjacksonville.com or
call 632-5555.


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The IRS apparently doesn't care that O.J. Simpson is
serving time behind bars. They want their money!
The notorious and mostly unforgiving government
agency has filed its second tax lien against Simpson.
Simpson, an ex-NFL football great, who's serving 33
years in a Nevada prison, now owes nearly $200,000 in
unpaid taxes. The recent one covers Simpson's income
taxes for 2011, a total $17,015.99.
Simpson, who lived in Kendall, FL until he was
arrested for robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas in
2007, may have a valid excuse for not filing.
He is, after all, serving 33 years at the Lovelock Correctional Center in
Nevada.
But while the former Buffalo Bills runner cools his heels in the desert,
he's still getting a nice NFL pension, believed to be about $19,000-a-month
- and the IRS claims it hasn't been getting its cut!
The IRS hit Simpson with a first lien on his Kendall house last year, this
one for a total $179,437 in unpaid incomes taxes between 2007 and 2010.
Meanwhile, a trial is scheduled in a Miami-Dade court Jan. 30 in the fore-
closure action that JP Morgan Chase undertook against Simpson for his not
paying the mortgage on his $575,000-house.
Yale Galanter, Simpson's lawyer, didn't return a call for comment about
the new filing, which guarantees that Simpson's taxes would get paid when
his house is sold.

Destiny's Child to Unite for SuperBowl
It's now official. Beyonce, Kelly Rowland
and Michelle Williams will reunite as Destiny's
Child for a performance during Bey's half time a
set at the Super Bowl next month.
The trio will perform a medley of their great- -
est hits, as well as their new song "Nuclear," 1
which is featured on the upcoming release of
their new compilation album "Love Songs." The 14-track album will be
composed of romantic-themed songs the trio recorded between 1997-2004
except for "Nuclear."
Their performance at Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 will be Destiny's
Child's first in six years.
Sources also tell US Weekly that Bey' will also debut a new song from
her forthcoming fifth album during the finale of her set.

Quvenzhand Wallis Becomes Youngest Actress Ever To Be
Nominated For A "Best Actress" Oscar F
9-year old Quvenzhan& Wallis just made Oscar
history as the youngest actress ever to be nomi-
nated for "Best Actress". She is starring as
Hushpuppy in the film "Beasts of the Southern m
Wild," which was also nominated as "Best -'
Picture" and won rave reviews at the 2012
Sundance Film Festival. From Houma, Louisiana,
Wallis was just 5 years old when she auditioned
for the role, and has received major recognition
and critical acclaim for her performance. Since
her breakout role, she has now been cast in the
upcoming movie 'Twelve Years a Slave," which
Also stars Brad Pitt.

New Queen of Color


Crowned Miss USA


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Nana Meriwether
Miss USA
Just in time for Black History
Month, a new queen of color has
garnered the Miss USA title.
Donald Trump officially crowned
the new Miss USA last week in
New York City. She was first run-
ner-up in the pageant, but took over


that title after 2012 Miss USA
Olivia Culpo won the Miss
Universe Crown in December.
"They're brilliant, they're really
into charity and the world of chari-
ty, and they're phenomenal people,"
said Trump about both queens.
"They're very solid. "
Nana attended UCLA where she
obtained a Bachelor's degree in
Political Science with a focus on
international relations. Inspired
by the 8 years of pro bono medical
work her father and mother did in
Southern Africa in the 1980s, Nana
co-founded a international nonprof-
it organization, The Meriwether
Foundation. Seeking to support and
sustain AIDS/HIV orphanages,
schools, rural clinics, and commu-
nity and agricultural projects, The
Meriwether Foundation has grown
to operate in 5 countries in
Southern Africa.


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Carrie Washington (Scandal) and Don Cheadle (House of Lies)
are two Black actors who have managed to break into crossover]
casting. Both have received acclaim for their roles which are/
not popular in Black households. Top box officer earners Will
Smith (right) and Denzel Washington continue to be bankable
winners. They are in talks for a remake of the comedy classic.


By Pamela McClintock and Tim white actress Ali Larter, succeeded
Appelo in playing to black and white audi-
When Kenneth Branagh cast Idris ences, but like other genre
Elba as Heimdall in Thor, a furious movies it hit a ceiling in terms of
debate erupted among fans with total gross, earning $68.3 million
some insisting it was wrong for a domestically, and $5.6 million
black man to play a Nordic god. overseas.
But the London-bom actor has no Not long after Obsessed, Screen
patience for the debate. "It's so Gems teamed with Chris Rock to
ridiculous," he said. remake the British comedy Death at
"We have a man [Thor] who has a Funeral but with a mostly
a flying hammer and wears horns black cast. The film also starred
on his head. And yet me being an James Marsden and Owen Wilson,
actor of African descent playing a upping its chances of crossing over.
Norse god is unbelievable? I mean, Still, Funeral did only so-so busi-
Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth ness, grossing $42.7 million domes-
Taylor, and Gandhi was played by tically and $6.3 million overseas,
Ben Kingsley." . mostly in the U.K.
Bleond that artistic defeifse,7',. "But eveniithough they can turn to
though, there is an even more basic such genre films for employment,
reason black actors welcome color- black actors have been losing
blind casting: There is a ceiling on ground. In the early 2000s, blacks
the amount of business black- played 15 percent of roles in film
themed movies can achieve, so the and TV. Today, it has fallen to 13
opportunities for black actors and percent according to SAG. And
actresses remain limited unless they black directors make up only 4 per-
can also claim parts in mainstream cent of the DGA.
entertainment. This year's Academy Awards
Black-themed movies have estab- nominations offered a stark
lished a niche where they can do reminder of the lack of diversity in
significant business at the domestic the movie business; the nominees,
box office, but because they don't both above and below the line, were
travel well overseas, there's a limit- almost uniformly white. And
ed number of them. though 13 black actors have won
Tyler Perry has ushered in a new Oscars in the ceremony's 83-year
era of black genre pics and provid- history, only two directors have
ed exposure for numerous African- been nominated: John Singleton for
American stars. His movies have 1991's Boyz N the Hood and Lee
been a boon for Lionsgate, but they Daniels for Precious.
also demonstrate the math. Perry's "I mean, were there any black
films have grossed a combined Academy Award nominees this
$469 million domestically, with an year? No, zero," says Don Cheadle,
average gross of $52 million, who was nominated for best actor
Other companies have also for 2004's Hotel Rwanda. "Is there
entered that market. Most recently, really a dearth of talent? Who
Fox successfully relaunched the decided that? Who do you point to
Martin Lawrence Big Momma fran- and get mad at? It's hard to pin
chise, casting newcomer Brandon down."
T. Jackson opposite Lawrence. For while Hollywood knows the
Screen Gems' Obsessed, in which market for black films is circum-
Elba starred opposite Beyonce and scribed, it also realizes that black
audiences can boost grosses on
movies aimed at wider audiences.
Studios rely heavily on black
moviegoers to turn out for their
mainstream films. Blacks, who rep-
resent 13 percent of the U.S. popu-
lation, buy 12 percent of all movie
tickets, according to the latest sta-
tistics from the MPAA.
"The prosperity of the African-
American audience is enormous,
and they contribute formidably to
the bottom line for films like Iron
Man or Transformers," one veteran
studio executive says.
S/ oAnimated films also do huge
business among black audiences. In
( l 2009, Disney released its first toon
si featuring a black princess, The
Princess and the Frog, and it
grossed $267 million worldwide.
Seeking out roles, regardless of
color, allows black actors more
opportunities and the chance to
/ build a following among general
audiences.
when Anthony Mackie set his
sights on playing Sgt. JT Sanbomrn in
Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt


Locker,
he and
longtime I11
manager Jason
Spire had some convincing
to do. The part was written for a
white male.
"That was the play we decided
we were going to make," recalls
Spire, who signed Mackie when the
actor was attending Juilliard and
Spire was still an agent at Gersh.
"Unless there is actually a reason
why a role has to be a certain color
or a certain ethnic background to be
pivotal to the story, in my opinion,
all roles should be colorblind.
There's no reason why they should-
n't be."
Although Mackie had worked in
film for nearly a decade, starring in
a number of acclaimed indies, it
was only after his performance in
eventual best picture Oscar winner
Hurt Locker that doors began open-
ing wider. He had a substantial role
in The Adjustment Bureau and
most recently Abraham Lincoln:
Vampire Hunter.
But actors like Mackie and Elba
still face a tough road in trying to
emulate the statesman status of A-
listers such as Will Smith, Morgan
Freeman and Denzel Washington,
who have succeeded against
tough odds in transcending
racial barriers.
Smith has become one of the
world's biggest box-office draws,
debunking the commonly voiced
notion that black stars can't travel
overseas. His films have grossed
$2.52 billion worldwide, not far
behind the $2.87 billion collected
by Tom Cruise films.
"I think it's interesting that the
only lock in this business is Will
Smith," Cheadle says. "But he did-
n't break out until [1997's] Men in
Black, when Sony put its full power
behind him."
Freeman fought for, and won, the
chance to play the role of Red in
Frank Darabont's The Shawshank
Redemption, which earned him an
Oscar nomination for best actor in
1995. In Stephen King's novella,
Red was a middleaged, balding
Irishman.
Darabont has said in interviews
that he always had Freeman in mind
for the part because of the actor's
demeanor and voice.
In the 2004 remake of The
Manchurian Candidate. Washington
was cast in the title role of Maj.
Bennett Marco, the character
played by Frank Sinatra in the orig-
inal. The casting raised eyebrows,
but the film went on to gross north
of $96 million worldwide.
Taraji P. Henson, who was nomi-
nated for an Oscar for her perform-
ance in 2008's The Curious Case of
Benjamin Button, says there is still
a certain mind-set in Hollywood
that keeps studios from casting a


using actors of dif-
ferent ethnicities. And until that
changes, opportunities will contin-
ue to be limited.
"We are petitioning in negotia-
tions for a role they weren't even
thinking about. They're just indif-
ferent," she says. "My people ques-
tion why a character has to be
black, or anything."
Most say Hollywood needs to do
a better job if it is to reduce the glar-
ing disparity in terms of the number
of blacks onscreen and behind the
camera.
In a recent interview, Singleton
says that with expanding diversity
in this country and a globalized
consumer audience, he hopes that
the entertainment industry will cul-
tivate markets for performers of
color men and women -and
take the same risks that are taken
with white artists.
"I think if the playing field were,
in fact, level, we would find that
audiences around the world would
buy good storytelling and consume
good storytelling," he says.
Television arguably has a better
track record in terms of colorblind
casting. Diversity became a popular
story line about a year ago, when
the tide turned at the broadcast net-
works. (It wasn't a surprise when
media outlets began to label it the
Obama Effect.)
Although the five networks still
carry a lack of programming specif-
ically geared to an African-
American audience a void left
by UPN's exit and filled only on
cable by TBS and BET their
slates increasingly feature minority
leads. CBS led the way with
Criminal Minds (Forest Whitaker),
NCIS: Los Angeles (LL Cool J) and
CSI (Laurence Fishbume), while
NBC backed the since-canceled
Undercovers, which featured two
black leads in Gugu Mbatha-Raw
and Boris Kodjoe.
ABC shows including Grey's
Anatomy and Private Practice, both
created by African- American pro-
ducer Shonda Rhimes, feature
black actors as part of their ensem-
ble casts.
Cheadle has personal experience
with colorblind casting. The role he
plays in Showtime series House of
Lies was written for a middle-aged
Jewish man. He won a Golden
Globe for it last week.
But it doesn't mean he wants to
hide who he is, or his cultural back-
ground.
"A white Jewish guy in the part
would play it differently," Cheadle
says. "I want to make a virtue of
that difference. Don't make me
uncomplicated. Dogs are the only
things that are colorblind, and even


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