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Volume 26 No. 13 Jacksonville, Florida January 24-30, 2013
President Barack Obama takes the oath of office from U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts, as first lady Michelle Obama holds the Bible and daughters Malia, 14,
and Sasha, 11, look on in the Blue Room of the White House on Sunday, January 20. (L-R) Both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn in
Sunday, with the public inaugural ceremonies on Monday, January 21st the day the annual Martin Luther King holiday is celebrated; the President and the First
Lady make an unplanned walk during the parade and the First Couple at the Inaugural Ball. For full coverage, see page 2.
Barack Hussein Obama
44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
January 24-30, 2013
Obama Opens Second Term with a Bold Return to his Base
Among the Jacksonville contingency making the bus trip to the inauguration sponsored by Cong. Corrine
Brown are (L-R) Ashley Storrs, Mary E. B. Young 91, Sharifa Glass, Rosemary Young Johnson, Philip John-
son grandson, Sarah Johnson and Chauncey (Coach) Mitchell. FMPphoto
Standing Richard (Richie) Danford; Joyce Morgan Danford; Shmara (Sham) Mitchell; Nikia Danford;
Faith Danford; John Lancaster Finley; Congresswoman Corrine Brown; Morgan Danford; Christine Fletcher;
and Deborah Huggins. Sitting Richard Danford; Alicia Smith; Alarie Smith.
By George E. Curry
Rejecting calls for him to move
closer toward his Republican critics,
a confident President Barack H.
Obama kicked off his second term on
Monday by making an impassioned
plea for a more inclusive America.
"It is not our generation's task to
carry on what those pioneers began,"
Obama said in his inaugural speech.
"For our journey is not complete
until our wives, our mothers and
daughters can earn a living equal to
their efforts. Our journey is not com-
plete until our gay brothers and sis-
ters are treated like anyone else under
the law for if we are truly created
equal, then surely the love we com-
mit to one another must be equal as
"Our journey is not complete until
no citizen is forced to wait for hours
to exercise the right to vote. Our
journey is not complete until we find
a better way to welcome the striving,
hopeful immigrants who still see
America as a land of opportunity -
until bright young students and engi-
neers are enlisted in our workforce
rather than expelled from our coun-
try. Our journey is not complete until
all our children, from the streets of
Detroit to the hills of Appalachia, to
the quiet lanes of Newtown, know
that they are cared for and cherished
and always safe from harm."
Obama's speech represented a
clear shift from four years ago when
the newly-elected president opti-
mistically thought that he could in-
ject civility and common sense into
Washington's contentious politics.
After being rebuffed by opponents
who placed politics ahead of the in-
terests of the country including tak-
ing it to the brink of a self-inflicted
financial cliff President Obama
boldly shifted gears Monday, by
sketching a progressive vision and
signaling a willingness to fight for it.
"For now decisions are upon us
and we cannot afford delay," he
stated. "We cannot mistake abso-
lutism for principle, or substitute
spectacle for politics, or treat name-
calling as reasoned debate. We must
act, knowing that our work will be
imperfect. We must act, knowing
that today's victories will be only
partial and that it will be up to those
who stand here in four years and 40
years and 400 years hence to advance
the timeless spirit once conferred to
us in a spare Philadelphia hall."
Obama, the nation's first African-
American president, was sworn in on
the day the nation observed the an-
nual federal holiday to honor the
birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He was sworn in on a black leather
Bible used by King that was topped
by a smaller one owned by President
Abraham Lincoln. And he referenced
both men as he declared Americans
"are made for this moment."
The direct link between the na-
tion's first Black president and the
observance of King's birthday under-
scores how far this country has pro-
gressed since the assassination of the
Southern Christian Leadership Con-
ference (SCLC) president and Nobel
Peace Prize winner in 1968.
Although King did not live to see
the election of an African-American
to the nation's highest office, he pre-
dicted in 1964 that a Black would be
elected president of the United
States. In an interview with the BBC,
King was asked to comment on a
statement by then New York Senator-
elect Robert F. Kennedy that it might
be possible to elect a Black president
in 40 years.
"I've seen levels of compliance
with the civil rights bill and changes
that have been most surprising,"
King said. "So, on the basis of this, I
think we may be able to get a Negro
president in less than 40 years. I
would think that this could come in
25 years or less."
Obama's election came 44 years
after King's statement and four years
longer than what Robert Kennedy
had envisioned. Standing in the shad-
ows of a U.S. Capitol built by slave
labor, Barack Obama expressed
much more self-assurance Monday
than he had four years ago.
"We do not believe that in this
country freedom is reserved for the
lucky, or happiness for the few," the
president said. "We recognize that no
matter how responsibly we live our
lives, any one of us at any time may
face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or
a home swept away in a terrible
storm. The commitments we make
to each other through Medicare and
Medicaid and Social Security, these
things do not sap our initiative, they
strengthen us. They do not make us
a nation of takers; they free us to take
the risks that make this country
The reference to a nation of takers
was a direct rebuttal to Mitt Rom-
ney's telling a group of donors that
47 percent of Americans are "depen-
dent on government" and would
"vote for the president no matter
what." Ironically, Romney received
47 percent of the popular vote in his
losing effort against Obama.
The president indicated he plans to
move the U.S. away from "perpetual
war" and will take on tough issues
such as immigration reform and cli-
mate change. Obama became the
first president to link the 1839
Seneca Falls Convention for
women's rights, the Selma-Mont-
gomery, Ala. voting rights march and
the 1969 Stonewall movement that
put gay rights center stage.
He said, "We, the people, declare
today that the most evident of truths
- that all of us are created equal is
the star that guides us still; just as it
guided our forebears through Seneca
Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just
as it guided all those men and
women, sung and unsung, who left
footprints along this great Mall, to
hear a preacher say that we cannot
walk alone; to hear a King proclaim
that our individual freedom is inex-
tricably bound to the freedom of
every soul on Earth."
President Obama used "we the
people" the opening words of the
U.S. Constitution five times dur-
ing his 18 1/2 minute speech.
Although attendance at the inaugu-
ration was expected to be half of the
1.8 million four years ago, it ap-
peared that Monday's figures will
probably exceed previous estimates.
One official said there were probably
more than 1 million in attendance in
After the inauguration, the Obamas
led a parade procession that included
59 groups with 8,800 people from the
Capitol approximately 1.6 miles
down Pennsylvania Avenue to the
White House. The president and the
first lady left their limousine near 9th
Street, N.W. and walked for three
blocks, returning the waves and
cheers of excited onlookers, before
returning to the motorcade.
President Obama, Vice President
Joe Biden and their families watched
the remainder of the parade from the
glass-encased official review stand in
front of the White House facing
Later, they danced at two private
balls in the Walter E. Washington
Convention Center, down from the
10 held in their honor four years ago.
At each ball, they slow-danced as
they were being serenaded by fellow
Chicagoan Jennifer Hudson, who
sang Al Green's "Let's Stay To-
gether," a tune the president had
belted last year at the Apollo Theater
in Harlem to display his vocal talent.
As usual, all eyes were on First
Lady Michele Obama as onlookers
waited to see what fashion designer
she would elevate to international at-
tention. She surprised everyone by
selecting Jason Wu, the same de-
signer she used for the first inaugu-
ration. The first lady came on stage
at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball in
a dazzling ankle-length ruby-colored
Alicia Keyes was no fashion
slouch, wearing a red backless dress
as she played the piano and sang,
"Obama's on firrrrrre!"
Earlier, Beyonce Knowles stirred
the inauguration crown with her ren-
dition of the National Anthem. How-
ever, the The Times of London
reported and CNN later confirmed
- that she lip-synched the National
Anthem. Kelly Clarkson, on the
other hand, performed live.
On Monday, Obama became the
second and probably last president to
be sworn in four times. In 2009,
Supreme Court Chief Justice John G.
Roberts flubbed his line at the offi-
cial swearing in and do-over was
completed the next day. This time,
Roberts administered the oath of of-
fice in a flawless private ceremony
Sunday because the Constitution re-
quires the president to be sworn in on
Jan. 20; he repeated it in the public
ceremony on Monday.
Reciting his oath Monday, it was
President Obama's turn to make a
slight error. Instead of "United
States," he said, "United Sta -." It
didn't matter because the official
oath had already been administered
the day before.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was
elected four times before presidents
were restricted to serving two terms,
was the only other president to utter
the presidential oath four times.
"... We, the people, understand
that our country cannot succeed
when a shrinking few do very well
and a growing many barely make it,"
Obama said. "We believe that Amer-
ica's prosperity must rest upon the
broad shoulders of a rising middle
class. We know that America thrives
when every person can find inde-
pendence and pride in their work;
when the wages of honest labor lib-
erate families from the brink of hard-
ship. We are true to our creed when
a little girl born into the bleakest
poverty knows that she has the same
chance to succeed as anybody else,
because she is an American; she is
free, and she is equal, not just in the
eyes of God but also in our own."
As he prepared to leave the U.S.
Capitol, President Obama stopped
and turned around. "I want to take a
look more more time," he said. "I'll
never see this again."
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Pictured are the Girls Rock opening performers, dancers with The Jacksonville Centre of the Arts and
students of Douglas Anderson high school. Octavia Glymph (15), Lauren Smith (17), Julie Williams (chore-
ographer), Faith Norton (15), Carmen Cage (17) and Gabrielle Roulhac (17).
Girls Rock! Inspires and Educates Duval Tweens
The Ritz Theater auditorium was
filled with over 300 girls of all ages
last week at the 3rd annual Girls
This year's theme, "Taking Back
Our Community, One Girl at a
Time." Duval County Public
Schools superintendent Nikolai
Vitti spoke to the students, "This
reminds me of when I grew up in
Brooklyn. Girls do rock and I am
proud to stand here today and sup-
port your efforts," said Vitti. The
inaugural Girls Rock took place at
Paxon Middle school with the help
of Pearls of Perfection, a local non-
profit. The organization's mission
is to assist adolescent girls in build-
ing leadership skills and develop
character traits such as honesty,
responsibility, respect, tolerance,
self-control, communication and
vital critical thinking skills that will
aid them throughout their life.
A special component of Girls
Rock is that all participants com-
pete in an essay challenge and
receive knowledge and wisdom
from various community leaders.
Fox 30 news anchor Dawn Lopez
moderated the Science,
Technology, Engineering, Art and
Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) panel.
The panel consisted of profession-
als in the areas of STEAM who pro-
vided open dialogue to remind stu-
dents how literacy plays an intricate
part in youth development Panelists
this year included: Julie Watkins
and Miren Schinco (Science), Lana
Khanachet (Technology), Tiffany
Hickson (Engineering), Rhodesia
Butler (Arts) and SuDelta Henson
Shown above are calendar honorees Rodney Hurst, Lloyd Pearson and Sollie Mitchell at the calendar
unveiling held at the Main Library last week.
The 2013 Jacksonville Black
History Calendar unveiling took
place last week honoring local
heroes. This year's theme is "At the
Crossroads of Freedom: The
Emancipation Proclamation and
the March on Washington."
The 2013 honorees are Rodney
Hurst, author of "It Never Was
About a Hot Dog and a Coke,";
civil rights trailblazer Lloyd
Pearson, and Sollie Mitchell, for-
mer member of the Brotherhood of
Sleeping Car Porters and retired
Atlantic Railroad retiree.
The three men gladly accepted
their commemorative calendars
with a smile and took pride in the
fact that students of Duval County
high schools took the time to
research and document these histor-
ical events. Rodney Hurst wrote
the forward, "We must understand
the struggles, the sacrifices, and the
physical misery Blacks endured to
simply gain human dignity and
Black History Contest to Net Scholarship for Students, Cash for Educators
The governor's office invites stu-
dents in kindergarten through 12th
grades to participate in the Florida
Black History Month art and essay
contests. Students, parents, teachers
and principals can also nominate
full-time Black educators in ele-
mentary, middle or high schools for
the Black History Month
Excellence in Education Award.
The student contests focus on the
theme "Diversity in the United
States" and Information about the
contests and Florida's Black
History Month is available on the
The contests are for essay and art.
The Art Contest for Grades K-3 is
open to all Florida students and two
winners will be selected.
The Essay Contest for Grades 4-
12, will include three student win-
ners: one elementary (4-5), one
middle (6-8), and one high school
(9-12). Winners will receive a 4-
Year Florida College Plan scholar-
ship provided by the Florida
Prepaid College Foundation.
The Excellence in Education
Award is open to all Black, full time
educators in an elementary, middle
or high school in Florida. Three
winners will be selected in the ele-
mentary, middle school and high
school areas. Winners will receive
a check for $1,500.
All entries must be received by
the Foundation no later than 5:00
p.m. EST, February 6, 2013.
Mayor Alvin Brown also spoke to
the crowd and Dr. Brenda R.
Simmons-Hutchins, co-creator, of
the calendar, was equally proud as
the calendar represents "thoughts of
thirteen young people who re-read
This year's calendar format
departed from past editions with an
inter-generational approach. Each
month, highlighted students provid-
ed reflections through their eyes
and the significance of the histori-
cal events for their future. Dr.
Simmons-Hutchins also dedicated
the memory of the calendar to the
late Clovia Russell, who passed last
year. The calendar began circulat-
ing in 1989 co-sponsored by Burger
King. It features local Black history
makers and even money saving
coupons from Burger King.
The 2013 Calendar can be picked
up at your local Burger King restau-
rants and the Main Library
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Nearly a million people stood or
sat in the cold on Monday to watch
President Obama get sworn in for
the second time. On a day that
nearly marked the 50th anniversary
of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I
Have a Dream" speech another
great African American leader gave
another profound speech.
As I sat in the cold surrounded by
people of walks of life, the diversi-
ty of Obama's support was impres-
sive. From an older Jewish couple
sitting close by to the gay couple
sitting in front of me and the black
children playing behind me the
crowd clearly represented America.
And America is the most diverse
country in the world, but that diver-
sity and equality has not come
without costs. Blood, sweat and
tears paved the road for the free-
doms we enjoy today in America.
From President John F. Kennedy
to Martin Luther King, Jr. and
Abraham Lincoln these men paid
for our freedoms with the ultimate
sacrifice their lives. So Obama's
elections were seeded years in
As I looked around the crowd I
saw every race and ethnic back-
ground represented. James Baldwin
once said, "Color is not a human or
a personal reality; it is a political
So seeing a sea of people, rich
and poor, gay and straight, from
union workers to corporate execu-
tives from famous entertainers to
just regular everyday Americans -
that is what America is about and
that is what Obama represents.
During his Inaugural speech on
Monday, President Obama spoke
several times using the
Constitutional phrase, "We the peo-
ple." The magnitude of Obama's
election and re-election is signifi-
cant for so many reasons. It repre-
sents steady progress.
The President's election and re-
election shows that this "Grand
experiment called America" has
been an unparalleled success.
President Obama said, "My fel-
low Americans, we are made for
this moment, and we will seize it -
so long as we seize it together."
"For we, the people, understand
that our country cannot succeed
when a shrinking few do very well
and a growing many barely make
it, he added. "We believe that
America's prosperity must rest
upon the broad shoulders of a rising
Dr. King once said, "Being a
Negro in America means trying to
smile when you want to cry. It
means trying to hold on to physical
life amid psychological death. It
means the pain of watching your
children grow up with clouds of
inferiority in their mental skies."
Dr. King would be proud of the
progress America has made.
After the 2008 election,
Michelle Obama said that she has
never been proud of the United
States until now. Many
Republicans and pundits twisted
her words to mean that she hasn't
been proud to be an American.
What the new First Lady was
really saying was that as an African
American we face so many chal-
lenges and hurdles that it's hard to
be unconditionally proud of your
country. Of course blacks love
America and the opportunities that
this great country represents, but
it's hard to understand the struggles
that black face in America unless
you are black.
Hank Aaron, former baseball
star, once said, "I never doubted my
ability, but when you hear all your
life you're inferior, it makes you
wonder if the other group have
something you've never seen
before. If they do, I'm still looking
The President set the tone for the
next four years and reaffirmed the
progress and this country continues
"It is now our generation's task
to carry on what those pioneers
began. For our journey is not com-
plete until our wives, our mothers,
and daughters can earn a living
equal to their efforts," said the
President. "Our journey is not
complete until our gay brothers and
sisters are treated like anyone else
under the law for if we are truly
created equal, then surely the love
we commit to one another must be
equal as well," added Obama.
In closing, the President said,
"Let each of us now embrace, with
solemn duty and awesome joy,
what is our lasting birthright. With
common effort and common pur-
pose, with passion and dedication,
let us answer the call of history, and
carry into an uncertain future that
precious light of freedom."
Congratulations Mr. President.
Signing off from the
Inauguration in Washington D.C.,
President's Second Inauguration a
Microcosm of the Nation's Great Diversity
Hands Off Malia and Sasha Obama
By George E. Curry
Just when you think leaders of the
National Rifle Association can't
stoop any lower, they keep manag-
ing to plunge even deeper. This
time, they have strayed way over
the line of respectability by using
Malia and Sasha's enrollment in
Sidwell Friends, a private Quaker
school, to malign President Obama
over his proposal to place limits on
the sale of assault rifles and expand
"Are the president's kids more
important than yours? Then why is
he skeptical about putting armed
security in our schools when his
kids are protected by armed guards
at their school? Mr. Obama
demands the wealthy pay their fair
share of taxes. But he's just another
elitist hypocrite when it comes to a
fair share of security. Protection for
their kids. And gun-free zones for
White House Press Secretary Jay
Carney was correct when he said in
a statement: "Most Americans
agree that a president's children
should not be used as pawns in a
political fight. But to go so far as to
make the safety of the president's
children the subject of an attack ad
is repugnant and cowardly."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a
Republican, said: "To talk about the
president's children or any public
officer's children who have not by
their own choice, but by require-
ment to have protection and use
that somehow to make a political
point I think is reprehensible."
I am tempted to call NRA
Executive Vice President Wayne
LaPierre and his comrades scum.
But I'm going to resist the tempta-
tion. Not because they don't fit that
description. I'm restraining myself
because to call them scum would be
an insult to scum.
A second NRA ad, running four-
and-a-half-minutes, tossed in an
image of NBC newsman David
Gregory whose children also
attend Sidwell Friends School for
good measure. The narrator in the
ad says "Armed Guards Good
enough for the David Gregory's
kids' school, not for the rest of us.
...[The] school Obama's daughters
attend has 11 armed guards."
Not surprisingly, the ad conve-
niently ignores the fact that the
Secret Service is required to protect
the president's children. They pro-
tected Chelsea Clinton and Julie
Nixon when they attended the
school, known as "the Harvard of
Washington's private schools."
Although the original NRA ad
leaves the impression that it is refer-
ring to Secret Service agents, the
longer version makes it clear that
NRA is referencing security guards
at the school, which has a lower
school campus in Bethesda, Md.
and middle and upper schools in
northwest Washington, D.C.
.The Washington Post's Fact
Checker column awarded the NRA
ad four Pinocchios, representing a
"whopper" of a lie. The newspaper
noted, "...the online directory for
Sidwell Friends lists 11 people as
working in the Security
Department. Five are listed as 'spe-
cial police officer,' while two are
listed as 'on call special police offi-
cer,' which presumably means they
do not work full-time. The directory
also lists two weekend shift supervi-
sors, one security officer and the
chief of security."
"... But we spoke to parents who
said they had never seen a guard on
campus with a weapon. And Ellis
Turner, associate head of Sidwell
Friends, told us emphatically:
'Sidwell Friends security officers do
not carry guns.'"
The NRA's ad claiming that
President Obama is "skeptical about
putting armed security in our
schools" misrepresents his position.
The clip was taken out of context
from this exchange between the
president and David Gregory on
NBC's "Meet the Press."
GREGORY: Should we have an
armed guard at every school in the
country? That's what the NRA
believes. They told me last week
that that could work.
OBAMA: I'm not going to pre-
judge the recommendations that are
given to me. I am skeptical that the
only answer is putting more guns in
schools. And I think the vast major-
ity of the American people are skep-
tical that that somehow is going to
solve our problem.
Clearly, the president did not say
he was skeptical about placing
armed security guards in schools.
Instead, he said that is not "the only
Even more insane, at a press con-
ference, Wayne LaPierre of the
NRA asserted that the answer to
preventing future incidents like the
one at Sandy Hook Elementary in
Newtown, Conn. is the placement of
armed guards in every school.
Among the proposals presented
by President Obama is providing
federal funds to place more officers
in schools, if requested by them.
After acting on a specific propos-
al made by NRA, the gun lobbying
organization denounced Obama yet
again. After coming under attack by
even some conservatives, NRA
spokesman Andrew Arulanandam
said: "If anyone thinks we're talking
specifically about someone's chil-
dren, they're missing the point com-
pletely..."No, that's exactly the
point. Leave those beautiful Obama
girls out of your degenerate ad cam-
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King's Greatest Legacy: Seeing
Polarization as Progress
I've always disliked the way Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday is often
The reasons why became even clearer to me these past few days, as the
importance of considering King's life and work was juxtaposed against three
other developments: the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation
Proclamation; the celebration of Barack Obama's second inaugural as presi-
dent of the United States; and the splenetic, knee-jerk resistance of the
National Rifle Association and other conservatives to the president's efforts
to devise sensible gun-regulation proposals.
Those events tell me I'm right in thinking too many King ceremonies
indulge too much in the simplistic, feel-good rhetoric of "Can we all just get
along?" and ponder too little why he was so widely criticized not just by the
overt racists but by White liberals and more than a few Black politicians and
colleagues in the civil rights leadership as well.
The reason is that King refused to temper his increasingly sharp criticism
of America's flaws. Instead, he became more provocative in identifying
those flaws existence in the North and West as well as the South. Those were
the years that he fully took on the mantle of, as Rev. Hosea Williams, one of
his trusted aides, described him, "the militant of the century."
So, I'm sure that, while many in pulpits and auditoriums these past few
days bemoaned the "racial divide" and the "partisan gridlock" that are roil-
ing American society, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been pleased.
Not pleased as in "happy" or "delighted," but because he'd understand that
the polarization itself is a sign that the nation's "outsider groups" are mak-
ing progress in gaining a full measure of their American citizenship.
So it was for the 13 brief years Martin Luther King, Jr. flashed across the
American landscape. Even a cursory reading of media headlines from the
mid-1950s to the late 1960s illuminates how widespread the racial polariza-
tion was. Yet, it's now clear the opposition to the Movement was so fierce
precisely because overt, legalized racism was about to fall. The polarization
was one of the "rainbow signs" that a change was going to come far more
quickly than most White Americans expected.
Indeed, the Civil Rights Movement underscored that there are two differ-
ent kinds of polarization. One results from the oppression that confines its
targets to second-class status. Before the mid-1960s Black Americans (and
other Americans of color) had been locked in that physical and psychologi-
cal ghetto for, literally, centuries. The other kind of polarization, however,
comes into being when the targets of oppression start challenging the status
quo in significant ways.
King and the Movement's other leaders and rank-and-file activists under-
stood that securing equal rights for Blacks required relentlessly, nonviolent-
ly upsetting the White majority's comfort with the country's racist laws and
customs. Their actions compelled the nation, and the world, to juxtapose
America's soaring ideals and rhetorical commitment to freedom for all with
its tawdry reality. The ensuing polarization led straight to the landmark Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Yes, it's evident that in the wake of Obama's re-election, conservatives
have re-committed themselves to flooding the state legislatures with reac-
tionary measures and fomenting chaos in the Congress. Yes, it's critically
important to not lose sight of the magnitude of the challenge: the callous pro-
posals to restrict women's right to determine what reproductive choices are
best for them that conservatives are yet again trying to push through state
legislatures; their resistance to pursuing reasonable solutions to the crisis of
undocumented immigration; their continuing to try to find ways to under-
mine Blacks' right to vote, to mention just a few.
But we should also realize that the president's re-election not only cement-
ed in history his individual importance. It also underscored the rise of mul-
ticultural America as a powerful, progressive voting force which enabled
Obama to overcome the most dangerous reactionary threat to democracy the
country has faced since the Civil War. In that regard, America's current
polarization is a stark, reminder that we're still fighting for the full measure
of our rights as Americans and that at this moment we're winning.
On the verge of Black History Month, should you be at an event where
one of the old freedom fighter songs ares sung, don't just lend it to nostalgia
but an acknowledgment of our present reality and responsibility.
January 24-30, 2013
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Citys Largest MLK Parade Instills
the Dream to a New Generation
Lawrence Mebane, Gayle Mebane, Lymuel Mebane and Ameer Mebane
Shadajia Donaldson, Kwincy Jackson, Kenneth Jackson III and Kennetra Jackson
Myia Edwards, Kerry Edwards, Denice Thomas and Michael Thomas
Mayor Alvin Brown and wife Santhea greet the crowd
Governor Rick Scott shakes hands with supporter Brittany Barr
Councilman Johnny Gaffney leads the City Council
Bold City Chapter Links Leadership Academy
Raven Orsborn leading the Vette Masters
National Association of Black Accountants
Hope Christian Academy
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
2012 2013 Miss First Coast Court Queen Chelsea Bryant
2012 2013 Ms. Senior Jacksonville, Ms. Patricia Richardson
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Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter
Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc.
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January 24-30, 2013
The Role of the Black Church
in the Civil Rights Movement
By Vicki Phipps
The role of the church in every
African American community
played a major role in the Civil
Rights Movement, but the role of
the church began long before the
Reverend, Martin Luther King, Jr.
was born. It began with slavery.
African American churches still
pray the same way today with a
spirit that comes from deep within
the souls of their
ancestors the slaves.
and segregation leave
a human being with
no one to turn to, but
God. Hope came alive
from spiritual songs,
which were sung in
the heat of southern
plantations long ago.
Without that old hope,
the change to move to
civil rights could not
have come. It was
hope that created the churches
which were raised by faith, and it
was the church that produced Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and other
leaders of the Civil Rights
Movement. It wasn't about religion,
but the spirit of so many souls who
remained faithful to hope.
People can only be enslaved for
just so long before they find the
hope inside to rise up for justice. It
took time to do, and we still have far
to go, but the Black church pro-
duced Elvis Presley just as it did
Billy Graham came from that
same southern heat, and preached
from the same side of the pulpit as
Martin Luther King, Jr. and through
them, it changed our society.
Every time the words were sung
from the songs of slavery, We Shall
Overcome, it became an act of faith
which created the need for change.
Because of this, the Civil Rights
Movement was destined to take
place. The church stood by its lead-
ers with that same hope and faith,
which gave Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. the words that were finally heard
with opened minds: "I have been to
the mountain top and I've seen the
In post slavery days, the church
continued with the quest to civil lib-
erty. In Alabama, The Brown
Chapel AME Church played a piv-
otal role in the southern state march-
es and led to the passage of the 1965
Voting Rights Act. The church was
built by a Black builder named A.J.
Farley. Joining other Civil Rights
leaders, his head was fractured in
what became known as "Bloody
Sunday." The list of those who
directly came from the church and
changed our country
goes on and on.
The Brown Chapel
sits on Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Street, as the
1 historical monument to
the Civil Rights
-f Movement, but how
amazing it is that most
have never heard of the
man who built it. Still,
thesis is just another way
the church played a
major role in making the
American dream come
true for everyone, even the known
Today the churches in African
American communities continue to
play its role in changing our society.
The church is actively seeking to
improve the urban communities and
provide safe havens for Black chil-
dren. They take on the issues of
gang violence in the same way they
ended slavery, with constant hope
and amazing faith.
Seeking the lost for Christ
-Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
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Shown above is the Education Committee (L-R)- Back row: Pearl Smalls, Tony Hill, Janet Demery, Patricia
Baker, Carolyn Whitehead, Pastor Dr. Landon L. Williams and Leonard Baker. FRONT: Loretta Bolton,
Dr. Alzic Upton, Joan Fowler, Mary Green, and Sheryl Gamble.
Area Students Invited to Macedonia's Bible Blast
Students of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church and the community are making a difference in school and the
nation. Recently, the students voiced their concerns regarding guns and violence recently in letters to President
Obama during their bi-monthly Bible Blast meeting. Bible Blast is an opportunity for students to learn disciple-
ship, leadership skills, and develop to their fullest potential while participating in prayer, winning prizes, and eat-
ing pizza. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month and the sessions are open to the public.
Students are now submitting entries in Florida's Black History Month art and essay contest for grades K-12
(Deadline is February 6, 2013). For more information, c contact Dr. Al Upton 764-9257 for details.
Simmons Pediatrics Lauds Patients' Academic
Excellence with Afternoon at Dave & Busters
Left to right Dr. Charles E. Simmons, Jasmine Byard, Julius Smith, Jaylin Smith, Keith Shannon and M.
Lowery, Jaida Wyles, Jorelle Smith, Jamarion Smith, Kayla Bryant, Justin McGriff, Kiarra Johnson and
Simmons Pediatric recently held and given Power Cards to play their hard work and making excel-
their 8th Annual A-B Honor Roll numerous games of their choice, lent grades. Joined by their parents.
celebration this month at Dave & Participants, all patients of the everyone had lots of fun and look
Busters on Salisbury Road. beloved pediatrician, are honored forward to the rewards of academic
. It was an exciting and fulfilling for maintaining high grades in their excellence.
event. Every child, along with his or respective schools. In addition,
her parents were treated to lunch each child received a medallion for
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
Come share In Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7A. and 10O40 a.m.
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1000+ Join Old Timers to Celebrate 22nd MLK Day
Leroy McCaskill and King Cannon
Tierra Strong, Virginia Davis, Erica Davis-Henry and Ashley Hill
Charles Reddick, Kenneth Reddick, Benny Norman and Ronnie Belton
The Oldtimers presented thier 22nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. trib-
ute to Ronald "Trak" Elps at Boobie Clark Park. Nearly 1000 people were
in attendance enjoying themselves and telling tales of the good ole times!
Saundra Elps, wife of the honoree was all smiles, "We want to keep the
dream and memory alive of Martin Luther King, Jr's., legacy and the
memory of my husband. This is the time of the year to reflect on the past
and prepare for our future."
The annual event was spearheaded by the late Ronald "Track" Elps, a
true community trustee who coordinated the event with his childhood
friends to bring the community closer together. Throughout the year, the
spirit of nonviolence is celebrated with free food for the children and a
highly contested flag football game between the old timers and the
younger generation. No one garnered bragging rights this year as the win-
ning football score was tied 20-20.
"We are so excited that each year we have a big crowd. My grandkids and
other family are here. Martin Luther King, Jr and Track are heroes to our
community," said organizer Cookie Brown. Many of the attendees hadn't
seen each other since last year and vowed to make amends and stay in
touch during the year. Their next event will be the annual softball game in
the fall. For more information on future Oldtimer activities, contact Cooke
Brown at 405-3723. KFP photo
Isreal Stallings, Ronnie Mack, Arthur Prater and Vernetta Green
Ninety-one year old Annabelle Williams and Ruth Young, 70, always
attend the event.
William Blackshear, Jr., Katie Jones, Lea Wills,
Jerome Elps and Thomas Witherspoom
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S- What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority is hosting
their annual Community Pearls
Scholarship breakfast honoring
educators who make a difference in
our community. The event will take
place at Emanuel Missionary
Baptist Church Fellowship Hall,
2407 Division Street, Saturday
January 26th at 9 a.m.
For more information contact
Jackie Barletto at 778-1459.
The James V. Brooks Scholarship
group will meet Saturday, January
26th at 10 a.m., 10895 Copper
Creek Court. For further informa-
tion contact Pearl Mackey at 765-
Black History Gala
The Sherwood Forest Black
History Gala, Saturday, January
26th, at the Legends Center, 5130
Soutel Drive, 6 7:45 p.m. The
theme is "Who am I, I am some-
body." Meet distinguished guests;
enjoy live performers and great soul
food! To RSVP or for further details
call Eunice Barnum at 525-4491 or
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
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.
If this is a g
Time to prepare for spring! Learn
seed propagation, how to use a seed
tape, soil testing, planting and prun-
ing for spring, Monday, January
29th, 6 8 p.m. at the Highlands
Branch Library, 1826 Dunn Ave.
Attendees will be making seed
tapes to take home for their garden.
This is a free program. Send pre-
registration request to
email@example.com or call 255-7450.
The Universoul Circus returns to
Jacksonville at the Prime F Osborn
III Convention Center January
29th through February 3rd, 1000
W.Forsyth. For tickets and special
group rates call (800) 316-7439 or
visit www.ticketmaster.com or
at Stage Aurora
In celebration of Black History
month, Stage Aurora presents the
Pulitzer Prize winning play
FENCES by August Wilson for two
weekends, February 1st 3rd and
February 8th -10th. FENCES is
the 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
Ritz Jazzing with
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.
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-
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
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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
Mardi Gras Party
On Thursday, February 7th, the
6th annual Community
Connections Mardi Gras Party will
take place. Enjoy New Orleans
style food, beverages and live
music. To make reservations or for
more information call 350-9949 or
Best Selling Author
Carl Weber in Jax
Meet author Carl Weber,
Thursday, February 7th at Books-
a-million, 9400 Atlantic Blvd. Carl
is the author of the New York Times
bestseller The Man in 3B. The book
signing begins at 7 p.m. For more
information call 805-0004.
Katt Williams is back!
The comedic concert you don't
want to miss is coming, Friday,
February 8th. See comedian Katt
Williams at the Jacksonville
Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A.
Phillip Randolph. For more infor-
mation visit the arena or call (904)
630-3900 or visit www.ticketmas-
A New Orleans style Mardi Gras
Masquerade Party will be held
Saturday, February 9th, 6 p.m.-10
p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police
building, 5530 Beach Blvd. Enjoy
give-a-ways, door prizes and elabo-
rate costumes. For ticket informa-
tion contact Danette McQueen at
The P.R.I.D.E. February Book
Club meeting, will be held
Saturday, February 9th at 3 p.m. at
the Jacksonville Public Library, 303
N. Laura Street. Come discuss the
book "The Super Freak Way: Focus
to Win" by Almon Gunter. For more
information call Felice Franklin at
Fort Mose Annual
Flight to Freedom
The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection's Fort
Mose Historic State Park will cele-
brate the first legally sanctioned,
free African settlement, Sunday,
February 9th, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Demonstrations will include
ee-enactors in period clothing, mili-
tary drills, cooking and an exhibit
on Native Indians.; There will also
be performances and food vendors.
For event details, call 823-2232.
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C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
DIV CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L W L
Uncoln 1 0 3 4 10 6
Eliz. City State 1 0 3 4 10 7
Virginia State 1 0 3 4 8 8
Bowie State 0 1 3 4 7 9
Virginia Union 0 1 1 6 3 11
Chowan 0 1 0 7 5 10
Livingstone 1 0 5 2 13 3
J.C. Smith 1 0 5 2 12 5
St. Augustine's 1 0 4 3 11 6
W-Salem State 0 1 6 1 13 3
Shaw 0 1 6 1 12 5
Fayetteville State 0 1 3 4 8 8
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
PLAYER & NEWCOMER
Tyrell Tate, 6-5, Jr., F, FSU -Averaged 25.5 points,
9 5 rebounds in two games. Had career-high 35
points, 8 rebounds vs. BSU, 16 points, 11 rebounds
Percy Woods, 5-10, Sr., G, ST. AUG'S Averaged
18.5points, shot 54.5%from field and71.4%from FT
line in two games. Had 19 points in win over WSSU,
18 in win over Va. Union.
Kortez Smith, 5-7, Fr., G, CHOWAN Had double-
digit points in loss to Livingstone, 14 in 2 games.
Lonnie Blow, ST. AUG'S Three blowout wins in
four nights over VUU. Chowan and ECSU.
ME EAC MID EASTERN
W L W L
Norfolk State 6 0 11 10
North Carolina Central 4 0 11 7
Savannah State 4 1 10 9
Hampton 2 2 5 12
Morgan State 2 2 5 10
NCA&TState 2 2 9 10
Delaware State 1 1 6 10
Bethune-Cookman 2 3 7 13
FloridaA&M 2 3 5 14
Coppin State 2 3 5 15
Md.E. Shore 1 2 1 13
Howard 1 5 4 16
SCState 0 5 4 14
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Preston Blackman, 6-0, Sr., G, SSU Totalled 55
points, 8 assists, 4 reboundsand 2 steals inwinsover
Morgan State andFAMU. Had41 points vs. MSUwith
8 of 15 threes. Had 14 points vs. FAMU.
Deron Powers, 5-11, Fr., G, HAMPTON Back-
to-back double-doubles of 16 points, 10 dimes vs.
Quinnipiac, 19 points, 10 assists vs. MSU.
Du'Vaughn Maxwell, 6-7, Jr., G/F, HAMPTON -14
rebounds, 7 blocks in 1-1 week. Had 10 boards, 7
blocks vs. Quinnipiac, 4 rebounds,3 blocks vs. MSU.
Also scored 17 points with 1 assist.
S IAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
I ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Darrius Williams, 6-3, Jr., G, MOREHOUSE In
wins over Lane and KSU, averaged 21 points, 7
rebounds as Maroon Tigers are on seven-game
D'uanaway Bames,6-1,Jr.,G, STILLMAN-Aver-
aged 15.3 points, 2.7 rebounds in three wins.
Jerel Stephenson, 6-5, Jr., G, PAINE- Averaged
13 points, 11 rebounds in 1-1 week.
A SWAC sOUTHWESTERN
^SW C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Southern 8 0 14 6
Ark. Pine Bluff 6 1 7 12
Texas Southern 5 2 6 14
Alcom State 5 3 7 16
Alabama State 4 3 6 14
Alabama A&M 3 4 7 11
Prairie ViewA&M 2 5 7 13
Miss. Valley St. 2 5 2 15
Jackson State 1 6 2 14
Grambling State 0 7 0 16
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Derrick Beltran, 6-4, Sr., G, SOUTHERN In wins
over Alabama A&M and Alabama State, averaged
22 points, shooting 16 of 33 from the field. Tallied
24 points on 7 of 13 shooting, 4 of 7 from 3, in win
over A&M. Also had 20 points, canning 9 of 20 from
the field, 2 of 8 from 3, vs. ASU.
Davon Haynes, 6-8, Jr., F, UAPB In wins over
Prairie View and Texas Southern, averaged 12
points and 11 rebounds. Had 13 points, 15 boards
vs. PV and 11 points 7 boards vs. TSU. Shot 11 for
18 in the two games.
W. Va. State
Univ. of DC
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DeMarkus Isom-Jones, 6-4, Jr., G, CENTRAL
STATE- Scored atotlal of 50 points (25.0 pergame)
in wins over Notre Dame College and Wilberforce.
Had game-high 26 points on 11 of 18 shooting, 4
of 8 from long range vs. Notre Dame. Also had 4
assists and 5 steals. Came back to get 24 points
on 7 of 11 shooting, 2 of 6 from behind the arc,
in win over Wilbertorce. Was 18 of 29 (62.0%)
from the floor and 8 of 9 (88,8%) from the line in
the two games.
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
KERSHAW IN AT FAYETTEVILLE ST.:
FAYETTEVILLE, NC Fayetteville State named
Lawrence Kershaw last Tuesday as
its 15th head football coach. Kershaw
comes to FSU from Florida A&M
where he served as offensive coordina-
tor for the past five years.
During his time at FAMU, the
Rattlers finished as Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference co-champions
in 2010 with a 7-1 record. In 2007,
Kershaw was the offensive line coach at Hampton Uni-
versity. In 2006, he served as the offensive line coach and
coordinator of the strength and conditioning program at
Kershaw is replacing Kenny Phillips, who set the
school record for wins while compiling a 75--63 record and
winning three CIAA titles in 13 years leading the Broncos.
FSU finished 2-8 in 2012.
A 1995 graduate of Virginia State, Kershaw began his
coaching career as the offensive line coach for three seasons
for the Trojans following the completion of his playing ca-
reer. Kershaw completed his Masters of Education Degree
in 1997 at VSU and returned to his home state of New York
in 1998 to volunteer at Fordham University. He returned
to his alma-mater in 2000 as the offensive line coach and
took over as the offensive coordinator a year later.
Kershaw also served as the Assistant Head Coach at
Virginia Union University from 2004-05.
CLARK ATLANTA TABS WESTON:
ATLANTA, GA ClarkAtlanta announced last week
the appointment offormerTusculum College Defensive Line
Coach Kevin Weston as the new head coach for Panther
football. Weston officially joined CAU on Tuesday, Jan.
Weston served eight years on the Tusculum coaching
staff including last season as defensive
line coach. He spent the 2010 and 2011
and linebackers coach. In 2006, he was
Tusculum's assistant head coach and
strength and conditioning coach.
Weston played tight end and
WESTON guard on the Tusculum squad from
1999-2002, and graduated in 2002
with the bachelor's degree in physical education. He subse-
quently completed the master's degree from Troy University
He will be replacing Daryl McNeill who was 4-15 in
two seasons at CAU including a 2-8 mark in 2012.
"We feel confident that he will be a good fit to infuse
momentum into our football program, which has lacked
stability amidst several coaching changes," said CAU
Director of Athletics Dr.. Tamica Smith Jones.
"There are clearly challenges that must be addressed, but
in doing so, we have the rare opportunity to carve out what
can become one of the most focused, unique and forceful
squads in this Division and beyond," said Weston.
"In Weston," CAU President Carlton E. Brown said,
"we have identified an individual who knows the game
inside and out, has proven his ability to build and grow
successful teams, promote values education and insist upon
personal and character development in his players."
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
BLACK COLLEGE PLAYERS ON
SUPER BOWL XLVII ROSTERS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
Divens, Lamar (PS) DT 4
Lockette, Ricardo (PS) WR 1
Adrian Hamilton OLB R
Ramon Harewood OT 3
Jacoby Jones WR 6
Anthony Levine (IR) S 1
Christian Thompson (IR) S R
Nigel Carr (PS) LB R
PS Practice Squad IR Injured Reserve
Fort Valley St.
Prairie View A&M
SOURCE: Offiicial NFL rosters
Morehouse alum lead official
for Super Bowl XLVII
FormerAll-SIAC quarterback and 1977 Morehouse
graduate Jerome Boger was named head referee and will
become the secondAfrican-American in the history of the
Super Bowl to serve as head official.
Boger was the highest-graded official by the NFL
Boger, also a former SIAC official, worked 11 NFL
games during the regular season. His crew averaged 94.1
penalty yards per game, the fourth-fewest of any referee
who worked at least 10 games.
Boger was a four-year starter at Morehouse and
worked high school and recreational league games before
moving up to colleges. He spent 11 years as an official in
the SIAC and five seasons (1996-2000) in the MEAC.
He also officiated in Conference USA, the Arena Football
League and NFL Europe.
He has been an NFL official since the 2004 season.
He started in the league as a line judge and was promoted
to referee in 2006 after only two seasons. He became the
third African-American referee in the NFL after Johnny
Grier and Mike Carey.
Jackson State's Lindsey Hunter
named Phoenix Suns interim coach
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns have turned
to former Jackson State and SWAC star and NBA vet-
eran and champion Lindsey Hunter, as its interim head
Hunter, 40, the team's player development director,
was named to the post Sunday, two days after the Suns
and let go of popular head coach Alvin Gentry.
Hunter got the nod over more experienced assistants
Elston Turner, Dan Majerle and Igor Kokoskov.
"I think the simple answer is that the organization
needed a jolt," general manager Lance Blanks told the
AP. "We needed something that would shock the system
of us, the players, and risk trumps safety in this business.
We felt this was the right person to take the risk on."
Hunter is expected to hold on to the job for the re-
maining 41 games of the regular season. His first game
is Thursday at Sacramento.
Hunter joined the Suns in the scouting department
last year and this season took over the team's new player
development department. As a guard with five NBAteams,
Hunter averaged 8.5 points, 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals in 937
games, 438 as a starter. He won NBA championships with
the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and the Detroit Pistons
At Jackson State, Hunter totalled 2,226 points dur-
ing his three-year career, second on the school's all-time
scoring list. He was the 10th overall pick in the first round
of the 1993 draft by Detroit. Hunter first attended Alcorn
State before transferring to JSU.
Hunter retired in 2010 and served in a player devel-
opment job with Detroit before coming to Phoenix. As a
finalist for the Orlando head coaching job last offseason,
Hunter mentioned learning from the likes of Larry Brown,
Doug Collins and Phil Jackson.
"I've always, since high school, considered myself a
coach on the floor," Hunter said. "I've always had really
tough coaches who demanded that, and I embraced it and
I actually enjoyed it."
Backup point guard Sebastian Telfair, a big supporter
of Gentry, said he wasn't surprised when Hunter got the
"Lindsey's going to hold everybody accountable,"
Telfair said. "He was a player. The players respect him,
so I'm anxious to see how this goes."
C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
C ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
DIV CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L W L
Eliz. City State 1 0 6 1 14 3
Virginia Union 1 0 4 4 7 9
Lincoln 1 0 3 4 7 10
Chowan 0 1 2 5 2 13
Virginia State 0 1 1 6 8 9
Bowie State 0 1 1 6 4 11
Fayetteville State 1 0 7 0 15 2
Shaw 1 0 7 1 15 2
St. Augustine's 1 0 4 3 8 8
W-Salem State 0 1 4 3 9 8
Livingstone 0 1 2 5 6 10
J.C. Smith 0 1 2 5 5 11
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Talaya Lynch, 5-9, Sr., F, CHOWAN Had 22 points
in win over Livingstone, 18 in loss to ECSU.
Kristen Hanzer, 5-10, Sr., G, FSU Averaged
19.5 points, 9.5 rebounds in wins over BSU and
JCSU. Had 20 points and 13 rebounds vs. BSU,
19 points vs. JCSU.
Porscha Walton, 5-6, Fr., G, ST. AUG'S Aver-
aged 7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1
steal in two games.
Alico Dunk, ECSU Lady Vikes went 2.0 win road
wins over WSSU and Chowan Have now won four
straight to lake first lace in CIAA North.
MEAC MID EASTERNc
M A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
NC A&T State
Md. E. Shore
North Carolina Central
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Shawntae Payne, 5-7, Sr., G, COPPIN STATE
-Averaged 20 pointsin two wns. Had 22vs. SC State
and 18 vs Norfolk State. Shot 58.3% (14 of 24) from
the field and 60% (6 of 10) from long range.
Eboni Ross, 6-2, r-Fr., C, NC A&T Averaged 10
points, 5.5 rebounds in 1-1 week. Vs. FAMU, had 17
points on 7 of 11 shooing, 2 of 3 from long range.
Erin Hogue, 5-11, Sr., F, SSU Grabbed 19
rebounds, blocked one shot and had four steals in
two games. Also scored 16 points.
SIAC showdown week
Morehouse (7-0) knocked off Claflin Monday, 67-
64 to remain unbeaten in conference play and atop the
East Division men's race. Benedict (6-1) got wins over
Albany State Saturday (83-66) and Fort Valley State
Monday (79-61) to remain just a half-game behind.
Morehouse hosts Benedict Saturday in the East Divi-
Stillman and Tuskegee swept their games last week
and are both 7-2 heading into their clash Monday in
Tuskegee for the West Division lead.
CIAA heats up
The Shaw and Winston-Salem State men suffered
their first conference (and division) losses Saturday.
Nationally-ranked WSSU (11th in Div. II) lost
on the road to Lonnie Blow's St. Augustine's Falcons
(63-61) while Shaw fell at home to Livingstone (76-70).
St. Aug's, Livingstone and J. C. Smith, a 75-64 winner
over Fayetteville State, have the early lead in the South
Division at 1-0.
Elizabeth City State, Lincoln and Virginia State
-who broke a 10-year, 23-game losing streak to Virginia
Union Sunday with a 70-65 victory got wins over the
weekend and lead the North Division at 1-0.
Every game's a big game in the CIAA as it heads into
the final month of the regular season just getting into the
meat of divisional play.
Norfolk State up in MEAC
Norfolk State (6-0) remained atop the men's race
with a 75-68 win over Coppin State Saturday and a close
73-71 win over Morgan State Monday.
N. C. Central (4-0) kept pace with a 71-36 win over
hapless Howard Monday.
Savannah State (4-1) stayed just behind the leaders
by narrowly sweeping the Florida schools 57-55 over
Florida A&M Saturday and 43-40 over Bethune-Cook-
Norfolk State hosts Hampton Saturday. NCCU hosts
Coppin State Saturday and Morgan State Monday. NC
A&T gets the Baltimore schools in reverse order Saturday
and Monday. Hampton, Morgan State and A&T are cur-
rently tied for fourth at 2-2.
Savannah State has just one game, Saturday at South
Southern leads SWAC
Southern (8-0) swept the league's Alabama schools
to stay undefeated and atop the SWAC race.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-1) held off Texas Southern
Saturday (66-63) and Prairie View Monday (55-51) to
hold on to second place just ahead of TSU (5-2).
Southern is at Alcorn State Saturday in its only
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is at cellar-dwellers Gram-
bling Saturday and Jackson State Monday. TSU hosts
Alabama State Saturday and Alabama A&M Monday.
All-star game breakouts
Brandon Thurmond of Arkansas-Pine Bluff had
a sack for the West squad en route to a 28-13 win over
the East in the 88th annual East-West Shrine Game in St.
Petersburg, Fla. Thurmond led the FCS with 17 sacks this
SIAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Paine 6 2 8 9
Benedict 6 2 9 11
Clark Atlanta 4 2 7 8
Fort Valley State 5 3 9 8
Albany State 4 4 6 9
Claflin 2 5 3 14
Tuskegee 6 0 11 6
Stillman 5 3 6 11
Kentucky State 3 5 6 9
Miles 1 5 5 10
Lane 1 7 3 10
LeMoyne-Owen 0 7 2 15
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
April Thomas, 5-11, G, ALBANY STATE Aver-
aged 25.7 points in three games Had 31 points vs
LOC, 25 vs Lane and 21 vs Benedict.
Klara Johnson, 6-2, Fr., F, PAINE- Had 13 points,
18 rebounds in win over FVSU.
SW AC SOUTHWESTERN
SWA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Southern 7 1
Texas Southern 6 1
Alabama A&M 5 2
Miss. Valley St. 4 3
Alabama State 4 3
Ark. Pine Bluff 3 4
Prairie View A&M 3 4
Jackson State 2 5
Grambling State 1 6
Alcom State 1 7
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Adrian Sanders, 5-10, Jr., G, SOUTHERN In wins
over Alabama State and Alabama A&M, averaged
18 points. Tallied a game-high 28 points on 11 of
18 shooting in win over A&M and had 8 points, 5
rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals vs. ASU.
Te'era Williams, 5-10, Fr., G, TEXAS SOUTHERN
- In wins over Ark.-Pine Bluff and Miss. Valley
State, averaged double-double of 19 points and 13
rebounds. Had 22 points and grabbed 16 rebounds
vs. UAPB, hitting on 14 of 17 free throws Also had
4 assists and 4 blocks. Tallied 16 points, pulled down
10 boards, had 2 assists, blocks and steals while
canning 8 of 11 from the line vs. MVSU. Hit 22 of 29
FTs in two games,
SATURDAY, JAN. 26
Virginia State @ Elizabeth City State
St. Augustine's @ Shaw
Bowie State @ Chowan
W-Salem State @ Fayetteville State
Lincoln @ Virginia Union
J. C. Smith @ Livingstone
Coppin State @ NC Central
Delaware State @ B-Cookman
Morgan State @ NC A&T
Md.-E. Shore @ Florida A&M
Savannah State @ SC State
Hampton @ Norfolk State
Miles @ Kentucky State
Benedict @ Morehouse
Claflin @ Albany State
LeMoyne-Owen @ Lane
Paine @ Clark Atlanta
Alabama A&M @ Texas Southern
Southern @ Alcomrn State
Alabama State @ Prairie View
Miss. Valley State @ Jackson State
Ark.-Pine Bluff @ Grambling
Cheyney @ Mansfield
Tennessee State @ Morehead State
UDC @ Roberts Wesleyan
MONDAY, JAN. 28
Md.-E. Shore @ B-Cookman
Morgan State @ NC Central
Delaware State @ Florida A&M
Coppin State @ NC A&T
Paine @ Morehouse
LeMoyne-Owen @ Kentucky State
Stillman @ Tuskegee
Claflin @ Fort Yalley State
Miles @ Lane
Bendict @ Clark Atlanta
Texas Southern @ Alabama State
Alabama A&M @ Prairie View
Miss. Valley State @ Grambling
Ark.-Pine Bluff @ Jackson State
Missouri Western @ Lincoln (Mo.)
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30
Virginia State @ Bowie State
W-Salem State @ J. C. Smith
Lincoln @ Chowan
Livingstone @ Saint Augustine's
Fayetteville State @ Shaw
Hampton @ SC State
Cheyney @ West Chester
Bridgeport @ UDC
Howard linebacker Keith
Pough was impressive in workouts
during the week. UAPB defensive
lineman Terrell Armstead and Ala-
bama State safety Kejuan Riley also
played in the game.
At the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
in Carson, Ca., Norfolk State WR
Xavier Boyce had three receptions
including a 14-yard TD catch in the
Nationals 34-0 win over the Ameri-
cans. Fort Valley State wideout
Chris Slaughter had three catches
for 35 yards for the Americans. SC
State DB Jakar Hamilton had three
tackles and Virginia Union defensive
end Kentrell Harris had one.
Saint Augustine's wideout
Tyron Laughinghouse caught a 13-
yard score for the Stripes team that
defeated the Stars 31-3 in the first
Raycom College Football All-Star
Classic in Montgomery, Ala.
Univ. of DC
W. Va. State
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Freddie Sims, 5-7, Sr., G, LINCOLN Tallied
career-high 22 points in win over Lindenwood.
Also had 4 rebounds and 3 steals
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Barack Hussein Obama
44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our
Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation
together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What
makes us exceptional what makes us American -- is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a
declaration made more than two centuries ago:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of
Today we continue a never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words with the reali-
ties of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they've never been
self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on
Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a
few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for the people,
entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.
And for more than two hundred years, we have.
Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on
the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves
anew, and vowed to move forward together.
Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed trav-
el and commerce, schools and colleges to train our workers.
Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competi-
tion and fair play.
Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from
life's worst hazards and misfortune.
Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we suc-
cumbed to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebra-
tion of initiative and enterprise, our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are
constants in our character.
But we have always understood that when times change, so must we;
that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new
challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately
requires collective action. For the American people can no
more meet the demands of today's world by acting alone
than American soldiers could have met the forces offas-
cism or communism with muskets and militias. No
single person can train all the math and science
teachers we'll need to equip our children for the
future, or build the roads and networks and
research labs that will bring new jobs and busi-
nesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we
must do these things together, as one nation
and one people.
This generation of Americans has been
tested by crises that steeled our resolve and
proved our resilience. A decade of war is
now ending. An economic recovery has
begun. America's possibilities are limit-
less, for we possess all the qualities that
this world without boundaries demands:
youth and drive; diversity and openness;
an endless capacity for risk and a gift for 5 jl n
reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are
made for this moment, and we will seize it '
- so long as we seize it together. J
code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn
more, reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards
the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That
is what will give real meaning to our creed.
We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We
must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we
reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this coun-
try and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our
past, when twilight years were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere
We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.
We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face
a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make
to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our ini-
tiative, they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks
that make this country great.
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all
posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would
betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of
science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more
The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America
cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that
willpower new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That's how we will maintain
our economic vitality and our national treasure -- our forests and waterways, our crop lands and
snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.
That's what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.
We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.
Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill
and courage. Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that
is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who
would do us harm. But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war; who
turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends -- and we must carry those lessons into this time as
We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We
will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully not
because we are naive about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift
suspicion and fear.
America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe. And we will
renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater
stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. We will support democracy from Asia to
Africa, from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us
to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the
sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice not out of mere charity, but because peace in our
time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance
and opportunity, human dignity and justice.
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths that all of us are created equal -
is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls,
and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung
and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preach-
er say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our
individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every
soul on Earth.
-It is now our generation's task to carry on what those
pioneers began. For our journey is not complete
until our wives, our mothers and daughters can
earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey
is not complete until our gay brothers and sis-
ters are treated like anyone else under the law
for if we are truly created equal, then
surely the love we commit to one another
must be equal as well. Our journey is not
complete until no citizen is forced to wait
for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our
journey is not complete until we find a
better way to welcome the striving, hope-
ful immigrants who still see America as a
-, land of opportunity until brightyoung
students and engineers are enlisted in
our workforce rather than expelled from
our country. Our journey is not com-
plete until all our children, from the
streets of Detroit to the hills of
Appalachia, to the quiet lanes of
Newtown, know that they are cared for
Iand cherished and always safe from harm.
For we, the people, understand that our
country cannot succeed when a shrinking few iiThat is our generation's task -- to make
do very well and a growing many barely make these words, these rights, these values of life
it. We believe that America's prosperity must and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real
rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle for every American. Being true to our founding
class. We know that America thrives when every documents does not require us to agree on every
person can find independence and pride in their contour of life. It does not mean we all define liber-
work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families ty in exactly the same way or follow the same precise
from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle
when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that centuries-long debates about the role of government for all
she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because time, but it does require us to act in our time.
she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the January 21, 2013
eyes of God but also in our own. For now decisions are upon us and we cannot afford delay. We
cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for poli-
We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. tics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. (Applause.) We must act, know-
So we must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax ing that our work will be imperfect We must act, knowing that today's victories will be
only partial and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years and 40 years and 400 years
hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.
My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who
serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction. And we must faithful-
ly execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so
different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty or an immigrant realizes
her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above
and that fills our hearts with pride.
They are the words of citizens and they represent our greatest hope. You and I, as citizens, have
the power to set this country's course. You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the
debates of our time not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our
most ancient values and enduring ideals.
Let us, each of us, now embrace with solemn duty and awesome joy what is our lasting birthright
With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of
history and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.
Thank you. God bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America
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Condoleeza Rice Now Working for CBS News
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is now a
contributor to CBS News.
Rice has already started her tenure at the network. She
made her debut on "Face the Nation" Sunday and is
being included in Monday's inauguration coverage.
As secretary of state, Rice warned of weapons of mass
destruction in pressing for war in Iraq that killed more
than 4,400 Americans. No weapons of mass destruction were found.
More recently, Rice was part of the team offering Republican presiden-
tial nominee Mitt Romney general strategy and advice on foreign policy.
Former Atlanta Housewife in Trouble with the IRS
Sheree Whitfield has caught the attention of Uncle
Sam and as you know, that's not good.
The former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star owes
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over $40,000 in back
taxes, TMZ is reporting.
According to docs, the government filed a tax lien
against Sheree in Georgia for unpaid taxes in the years
2009 and 2010 to the tune of $41,752.83.
In addition that money issue, as reported earlier,
Whitfield was recently ordered by a judge to pay $119,000 to her former
divorce lawyers, for an unpaid legal bill.
Iverson to Pay $3 Million in Divorce
In the case of divorce, it's always cheaper to keep her as the saying goes.
For former NBA star Allen Iverson that rule also applies, but he didn't
adhere to it because when the smoke cleared his bank account took a $3
million hit to make his now ex-wife, Tawanna, ride off into the sunset.
Iverson and Tawanna who married in 2001 informed a judge last
week they had reached a financial settlement outside of court in their ongo-
ing divorce case ... just days before the two were set to go to trial.
According to TMZ, NBA legend agreed to pay Tawanna $3 million, paid
out as a large lump sum. He also agreed to fork over various assets and a
percentage of his future Reebok endorsement deal checks. He'll pay up
child support payments for the duo's five kids.
On the bright side for Iverson, he scored the couple's GA mansion (which
is currently facing foreclosure) and gets to keep his primo ride, a Maybach,
as well as other personal belongings.
White Author Shares Race
Journey Through Personal,
and Professional Lenses
On the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, a new
book offers a deeply personal and unique look at racism from an unlike-
ly vantage point. In My Black Family, My White Privilege: A White
Man's Journey Through the Nation's Racial Minefield, author Michael
R. Wenger presents a unique perspective as a
'l Jewish man from New York City who mar-
ries, an African.American Woman from the
S This retrospective work chronicles his 11-
year marriage and the evolution of his black
family, as well as his work in promoting
racial justice, during an historic time of
tumult and civil unrest spurred by persist-
ent and widespread racial bias and injus-
tice across the United States.
Mr. Wenger, now a Senior Fellow at the
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Sociology at The
George Washington University, previously served as Deputy Director
for Outreach and Program Development for President Clinton's
Initiative on Race.
"I have had the privilege of glimpsing a world that is beyond the grasp
of most white people, and this book is an attempt to help all of us
become more aware of both the pain that well-meaning white
Americans inflict on people of color, often without knowing it, and the
benefits that await those with the courage to embark on a similar jour-
ney," Mr. Wenger said, adding that race continues to divide the nation.
Mr. Wenger's personal experience left a deep imprint on his attitude
toward race, and he speaks and writes frequently on issues of race.
"Racial healing begins with a better understanding between people of
different races," according to Mr. Wenger. "I hope by discussing both
my personal and professional experiences in this book, it will help
bridge some of the racial divides." My Black Family, My White
Privilege: A White Man's Journey through the Nation's Racial
Minefield, easily readable, tenderly written, and thought-provoking,
inspires readers to reach beyond their comfort zones on matters of race
to move us closer to the "post-racial" society which many seek, but
which, even in the wake of President Obama's re-election, remains elu-
sive. Mr. Wenger's masterful storytelling offers a transparent and inti-
mate look into his unique life and invites readers onto his much storied
From left, "Second Generation Wayans" cast members Celeste Sullivan, George 0. Gore II, Damien
Dante Wayans, Tatyana Ali and Craig Wayans. The show airs Tuesday nights at 10:30 p.m. on BET.
by Kimberly Roberts
The new BET-scripted comedy
"Second Generation Wayans"
debuted last week at 10:30 p.m.
after the premiere of "Real
Husbands of Hollywood." The half-
hour series stars Damien Dante
Wayans, Craig Wayans, George 0.
Gore II and Tatyana Ali.
According to the network, view-
ers saw "the good, the funny and
the ugly" as Damien Dante and
Craig emerge from the long shad-
ows of their uncles, Keenan,
Damon, Shawn and Marlon Wayans
(as well as their aunt, Kim), to
carve out their own paths to star-
dom in Hollywood.
Joining the comedic duo, who
have essentially grown up in show
business, is George 0. Gore II (for-
merly of the sitcom "My Wife &
Kids") as friend and business part-
ner George and Tatyana Ali (for-
merly of "The Fresh Prince of Bel
Air") as their office assistant Maya.
"It's basically 'Entourage,' but
with my nephews in it," said
Marlon Wayans, one of the execu-
tive producers of the show. "That's
my sister Elvira's son Damien,
and Deidre's son is Craig."
"I'm involved in it if they need
me," Keenan Ivory Wayans, the
monarch of the Wayans comedy
dynasty, told BET.com. "When they
went to do this show, it initially was
going to be all of us producing. But
I said to Craig and Damien, 'This is
your thing and you're doing this to
establish yourselves, so you all
don't need me.' They don't need
Marlon either [laughs]. But Marlon
is there in case they need him.
They're doing their thing."
It appears that the irreverent
Marlon, whose hilarious feature
film, "A Haunted House," is now
open in theaters, is passing on to his
young nephews the showbiz knowl-
edge that his big brother shared
with him. "My brother Keenan
taught me that you can't just be a
'Black actor,'" he said. "If you want
to be a Black actor, expect not to
work. If you want the Black actor to
work, then you must take your
Black a** and write and produce
and learn to direct, so that you can
write a vehicle for your Black actor
to be in, and that's the bottom line."
"The Wayans family name is syn-
onymous with comedy and enter-
tainment, and you'll indulge in
plenty of laughter and amusement
in 'Second Generation Wayans.'
You'll also witness firsthand that
life as a Wayans and childhood star
isn't all fun and games in
Hollywood. In a way, this series is a
behind-the-scenes look at what it's
like to juggle the pressures of being
famous while trying to create your
own path," said Loretha Jones,
president of original programming
wt((dt(td) To It
CNN has covered it. ABC News'
Nightline has done a feature on it. It
has appeared in the pages of the
New York Times and the
It has been discussed on NPR.
Oprah, in her prime even tackled it.
The "it" isn't the deficit, the econo-
my, health care, education, or gun
"It" is Black women's prospect of
marriage in the 21st century.
"A lot of women feel like once
they get to where they want to get in
their career, they'll never find a
man," says Audrey Chapman, a
relationship expert and therapist
based in Washington, D.C.
That belief is reinforced by news
outlets spewing statistics that sug-
gest there are either A. No accept-
able (i.e. employed, heterosexual)
Black men are available in suffi-
cient numbers or B. No Black men
interested in dating or marrying
Consequently, many educated,
successful Black women will never
The numbers tell the story:
Forty-two percent of Black women
have never been married, com-
pared to 23 percent of White
women, according to a 2010 Yale
And there's more: The Census
Bureau tells us that 70 percent of
Black women between the ages of
25 and 29 have never been married,
compared to 23 percent of White
And if you are not a numbers per-
son, the message is conveyed in
other ways as well.
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"African Americans are the most
un-partnered group of people in
America," says Chapman, who has
been practicing for more than 30
years. "Marriage has been eroding
since the 80s among Blacks. But, I
think attitudes of marriage have
changed overall, not just in the
Black community, all over."
Over the past 50 years, marriage
has become increasingly obsolete,
often replaced by practices such as
cohabitation, remaining single and
According to 2010 Census data.
only 51 percent of adults over 1 s
were married in 2010, down 21
points from 1960 and the medi-
an age for first marriage is 28.7
for men and 26.5 for women.
Among African Americans,
the median age for first mar-
riage is 30.7 for men and 30 for
women. In 1960, the median
age for marriage among Black
men was 25, for African-
American women it was 22.
Yet today, despite all the
information that should
suggest otherwise, many
young Black women
are still hopeful that
they'll someday get
"Love is really
important part of my
life," says Carolyn
Smith, 22. "Falling in
love and finding that
best friend you can
share the rest of your life with is
my ultimate goal. It's just some-
thing I've always wanted."
Smith, a resident of Atlanta, says
unfortunately finding the "perfect
catch" has not been as easy as she'd
"When a woman has standards on
what's a great guy, we're called too
picky. When we relax our stan-
dards, all of sudden we don't know
our worth," says Smith. "It's like
women are expected to be perfect;
go out but not too much, be attrac-
tive all the time, be Wonder
Woman. And what do we get? a
[man] that tells you he's not inter-
ested in the whole relationship
thing but is interested in having sex
with you and playing house without
having to commit to you."
Carolyn belongs to the
"Millennial" generation, made up
of those ages 18-29 in 2010, a gen-
eration that, according to an analy-
sis by the Pew Research Center,
places a higher value on parenthood
In a 2010 Pew Research Center
survey, 52 percent of "Millennials"
surveyed said being a good parent
was one of the most important
things in their life, compared to 30
percent who said a successful mar
Among those sur-
veyed 36 percent said
they had children, while on 22 per-
cent had never been married. Which
means "playing house" may be a lot
more popular than Smith, and her
traditional values toward marriage,
is comfortable with.
Valdez Steed, 23, says while he
does want to get married one day,
having a son is an even higher pri-
"I want a son more than I want
marriage. Your offspring is a repre-
sentation of you. Marriage s differ-
ent," Steed says. "I can see myself
loving a kid forever, but not neces-
sarily the person I created the child
And he may not be in the minori-
"Family is not going to be what
you traditionally would think of,"
says Chapman. "It's not going to
look like what I grew up with-I
had a father at the head of the fam-
ily and a mom without a career until
the oldest was in school. Children
in the 21st century are not going to
know that-the ones who do are
going to be dinosaurs."
Chapman also says as we get fur-
ther into the 21st century marriage
won't disappear, but it will be
"redefined" to better fit with socie-
h o w
had to redefine race, we'll have to
redefine marriage," Chapman says.
"We're living now in a multicultur-
al, blended family society that
we've never known before."
Not everyone under 30 is anti-
Angelica Roberts is 22-years-old
and in one week she will be married
to her high school boyfriend, with
whom she already has two kids.
When she was younger, she
thought 28 was the ideal age for
marriage, but now that her life has
taken a different path, she's ready to
settle down and continue her life
with the father of her children.
"Since I had children out of wed-
lock, I wanted my children to be
around their dad," Roberts says. "I
also genuinely love my fiance."
Although, according to the
National Center for Health
Statistics, about 60 percent of cou-
ples who marry between 20 and 25
eventually divorce, Roberts is opti-
mistic about the prospect of staying
with her husband.
"I see us strengthening; as they
say, wisdom comes with age,"
Roberts says. "I really see our
daughters looking up to us and say-
ing 'I want a husband just like
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2500 Witness Civil Rights Trailblazer Inspire
"Tomorrow's Leaders" at City's MLK Breakfast
(L-R) Haley Geeser (high school runner up) ll1th Grade, Orange Park High School, Amber Kristen
Brown (Middle School 1st Place) 6th grade, James W. Johnson College Prep, Duane Moore, Jr. (High
School 1st Place), 12th grade, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, JaQuon Baker (Middle School Runner
Up), 8th grade, Fort Caroline Middle School, Ambassador Andrew Young, Sheila A. Hodges (Elementary
School Runner Up) 5th grade, Argyle Elementary School, Tianna Terry (Elementary 1st Place), 5th grade,
Venetia Elementary School, Mayor Alvin Brown, and Jeff Stiles, Director-Customer Response Center, State
Farm Insurance Company and Pat Geraghty, Chairman & CEO Florida Blue.
by Monica Landeros
On the 84th annivers
King's birth, Mayor Al
welcomed U.S. A
Andrew Young as th
"We all have th
to lead by exam
speaker for Jacksonvill
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ambassador Young conf
regation with Dr. King
remained a champion fo
human rights throughout
a public servant.
"We all have the opp
lead by example," sa
Brown. "That's how we
Dr. King today and ever)
powerful thing to see
sary of Dr.
King's lessons continue through the
actions of those who were closest to
ambassador Ambassador Young gave an
e keynote invigorating speech, urging the
crowd of about 2,500 peo-
e opportunity ple to use the Internet to
iple" read the works of Dr.
Mayor Alvin Brown King, including "The
Letter from Birmingham
le's annual Jail", which Young reflected was
Breakfast. written from a jail cell on the mar-
Eronted seg- gins of a newspaper and "tough toi-
g, and has let paper" in 1963.
)r civil and "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. chal-
t his life as lenged and warned us of the choice
of 'chaos or community'," said
ortunity to Ambassador Young. "It is true
aid Mayor today as it was 45 years ago, but
can honor chaos in the 21st century is also an
y day. It's a opportunity because it grows out of
how Dr. technological change and global-
ization requiring us to broaden our
horizons and deepen our commit-
ment. If we believe we are to man-
age the interest of all of God's chil-
dren whether we like it or not;
America will be the nation that will
manage this change."
During the event, several local
students were honored with the
Tomorrow's Leaders award, which
recognizes young people who
exemplify the ideals and principles
of Dr. King and excel in communi-
ty volunteerism, leadership and
civic responsibility. The honorees
were: Tianna Terry, 5th grade stu-
dent at Venetia Elementary Amber;
Kirsten Brown, 6th grade student at
James Weldon Johnson Preparatory
School; and Duane Moore, Jr. -
12th grade student at Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts.
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