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Wage Gap Hits Women
of Color Hardest
While economists have suggested that closing the gender wage gap
would create a huge economic stimulus across the U.S., a recent report
by the National Partnership for Women & Families shows that pay
equality is still a long way off-- especially for Black women.
According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data, women in the
United States are paid just 77 cents for every dollar paid to men on
average. But a closer look reveals that for African-American women,
this disparity is much worse, with women of color earning just 70
cents for every dollar paid to men and just 64 cents for every dollar
paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
What's more: It's happening in the 20 states with the largest number of
African-American women working full-time and year round, studies
show. Previous research has shown that the gap often starts right out
of college -- as women are less likely than men to be fully employed
one year post grad -- and has a significant impact on the burden of stu-
dent loan debt.
Against Creflo Dollar
Charges against Pastor Creflo Dollar, stemming from the June 2012
domestic dispute involving his teenage daughter, have been dropped.
His 15-year-old daughter told authorities that the World Changers
mega-pastor shoved her to the ground, choked and hit her with a shoe
- but apparently that wasn't enough.
According to State Court Solicitor Dollar fit the criteria for a pre-trial
Though he was initially charged with simple battery and cruelty to
children, Dollar was ordered to take anger managemenLclasses and
pay $1,072 in fees and court costs.
The initial report said the deputy also interviewed Dollar's 19-year-
old daughter, who said her father grabbed her sister's shoulders and
slapped her in the face and choked her for about five seconds. She said
her sister tried to break free, but did not fight back. When her father
threw the 15-year-old on the floor, the older girl ran to get her mother.
Dollar's wife, Taffi, told the deputy she did not see the fight.
Dollar's arrest spawned a contentious debate about child abuse and
corporal punishment in the African-American community.
Boy Scouts Considering Admitting
Gays as Scout Masters, Scouts
The Boys Scouts of America is considering a dramatic change in its
controversial policy of excluding gays as leaders and youth members.
Under the change being considered, the different religious and civic
groups that sponsor Scout units would be able to decide for themselves
how to address the issue either maintaining an exclusion of gays or
opening up their membership.
The announcement of the possible change came after years of
protests over the policy including petition campaigns that have
prompted some corporations to suspend donations to the Boy Scouts.
Under the proposed change, said BSA spokesman Deron Smith, "the
Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to
units, members, or parents."
Man Faces Jail Time for
Fathering More Children
A Lorain County, Ohio, judge ordered Asim Taylor not to have any
more children during his probation period or he could face jail time for
being in arrears for child support payments At his recent sentencing,
the judge reportedly cautioned Taylor, "I put this condition on for one
reason and one reason alone: it's your personal responsibility to pay
for these kids." He owes over $100,000 for four children.
Taylor's lawyer, Doug Merrill, argues that the judge's punishment
is totally unrealistic, extreme, and an invasion of his client's right to
procreate, because the ruling puts stressful constraints on Taylor's sex
life, "The court is now stepping in to his bedroom."
Judge Walther did agree to lift the ban on procreation if the 35-year-
old could prove he is in fact making a concerted effort to pay back the
monies he owes to support his brood.
When the hearing was concluded, Taylor stressed how he does love
his children and should not be portrayed as a deadbeat Dad, "I take
care of my children," he lamented. "I just don't pay them through child
Ohio Players Frontman Leroy
'Sugarfoot' Bonner Dead
DAYTON, Ohio Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner,
frontman for the hit-making funk music band the
Ohio Players, has died at the age of 69.
The Ohio Players topped music charts in the
1970s with hits such as "Love Rollercoaster,"
S "Fire," "Skin Tight" and "Funky Worm." They
were known for their brassy dance music, catchy
lyrics and flamboyant outfits.
Bonner helped form the Ohio Players in the
1960s. He had remained active in recent years with a spinoff called
Sugarfoot's Ohio Players.
Volume 26 No. 14 Jacksonville, Florida January 31 February 6, 2013
Cong. Hastings: President Has No Love for Us
by George Curry
The honeymoon and celebration
with the recent inaugural festivities
must be over. Just one week later,
Florida Congressman Alcee
Hastings says President Obama
consistently disrespects the
Congressional Black Caucus
(CBC), the Black Press, and gradu-
ates of historically Black colleges,
key groups that were critical to his
re-election in November.
Speaking Friday at the mid-win-
ter convention of the National
Newspaper Publishers Association
(NNPA), Hastings, a former federal
judge, said the Congressional Black
Caucus carefully vetted candidates
they felt would be ideal for the sec-
ond Obama administration, which
has come under criticism for being
dominated by White males.
"The Black Caucus of Congress
then sent 61 names to the White
House," Hastings recounted. "Time
went by. Not one of that 61 was
selected not one."
In a speech that had a rich blend
of seriousness, humor and exple-
tives, Hastings said during the cam-
paign, the CBC pressed the Obama that was raised under pressure to $1 with people who probably had as
campaign about the paucity of million which meant that $999 much to do with my becoming pres-
advertising with Black newspapers million went to others. ident as anybody," the Florida
in particular. He said a top cam- "If I was president of the United Democrat said.
paign official said Obama initially States, there is no way in hell that I Hastings, the first African-
planned to spend only $650,000 would raise a billion dollars and American elected to Congress from
with Black newspapers, a figure don't spend but a million dollars Continued on page 3
Stanton Class of '42 Calls it Quits
Class of 1942: STANDING (L-R) James Lloyd, Jerry Izzard, Dorothy Bradley, Vivian Wilson-Howard,
Bettye Dwight, Lois Izzard and David Dwight. SEATED Luressa Armstrong, Lavinia Mathis, Wilhemenia
Rousseau, Virginia Scott and Harriett Martin. FMPphoto
Zetas Honor Community Pearls:
"Educators Making a Difference"
On Saturday, January 26th,
Attorney Rhonda Waters-People,
was the guest speaker for the 6th
annual Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter
Community Pearls Scholarship
The breakfast theme was
"Educators making a Difference".
Twelve women of distinction were
honored for their wisdom and
knowledge through education and
dedicated contributions to the
Jacksonville community. This year,
the scholarship breakfast presented
a special award to Eugenia M.
Brown, who recently turned 98
years old and is a distinguished 65
year member of the sorority.
The 12 women were honored with
a string of pearls and plaque to
commemorate their success. Bishop
Rudolph McKissick, Sr, presented
the invocation, and Rob Sweeting
was a guest on the dais.
The event was held in the
Emmanuel Baptist Church Banquet
Shown above are the honorees: SEATED (L-R) Dawn Lopez, Ann
King, Evelyn G Hayes and E. Trudy Dixon. STANDING: Bishop
Carolyn Love, Sadie Milliner-Smith, Ruth Taylor, Delia Winston,
Annie McCaleb-Smith, Angela Randall and Myrtia Stroy and Carol R.
Hall and witnessed by 200 guests. instruct, inform, communicate and
This year's circle of honor focused inspire in their literary and creative
on educators in traditional and non- fields to make a difference in some-
traditional settings, who teach, one's life.
All good things must come t an
end. At least that is what the
Stanton Class of 1942 have con-
cluded about their reunions,
Last weekend, they held their last
class meeting and concluded that
their work has been done.
After celebrating their school his-
tory for 71 years, the group unani-
mously voted to keep in touch by
phone and mail. The group has
traveled together and celebrated
many years of personal success.
Class president, Jerry Izzard,
remarked, "we've been meeting
since the 1940's. You have to
remember we started meeting regu-
larly after World War II. Before that
time many of the men were in the
army and the ladies had returned to
Many of the classmates have
become incapacitated and it was
only right that the class go out on
top and preserve their legacy. They
celebrated their final meeting at
A historical institution, Stanton
was the first school of education for
African-Americans in Jacksonville
and surrounding counties estab-
lished in the 1960s. It exclusively
became a high school in the 1940s.
Brown Keeps on Campaign Promises With Downtown Development Plan
Shown above at the announcement are (L-R) Kay Harper, Don
Redman, Dr. Chester Aikens, Mayor Alvin Brown, Steve Halverson,
Jerry Mallot and Ben Warner.
When Alvin Brown campaigned
for Mayor, he made two promises:
1 to unite the city of Jacksonville
and 2, a strong pledge for down-
town development. This week that
dedication got a big push when
Mayor Brown announced a plan to
inject $11 million into urban revi-
talization and job creation.
Creating greater opportunity
Downtown is the primary focus,
something that drew applause from
the audience of business and civic
leaders who gathered Tuesday
morning to hear the news.
The initiative's funding, which is
subject to City Council approval,
would include $9 million in
Downtown investments to further
spur private sector activity, as well
as an additional $2 million for eco-
nomic expansion efforts citywide.
The $11 million would be managed
with Council oversight by the new
Downtown Investment Authority
and the Office of Economic
Development, agencies created dur-
ing the mayor's restructuring of the
city's economic development arm.
The ability of Mayor Brown's
office to refinance the city's munic-
ipal debt provided an opportunity
for Jacksonville to invest in its
future without taking on additional
debt, using reserves or impacting
the city's solid AA+ bond rating.
The refinancing provides $11 mil-
lion in savings for the 2012-13 fis-
cal year, with additional savings
expected in future years.
Mayor Brown has made reinvigo-
rating Downtown a priority. His ini-
tiatives to restructure the city's eco-
nomic development activities and
create the Downtown Investment
Authority won strong approval
from City Council, the Legislature
and Gov. Rick Scott. A recent sur-
vey of residents by the JAX2025
initiative to create a community
vision for Jacksonville's future
found that their top issue is improv-
ing Downtown Jacksonville.
January 31 February 6, 2013
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
The U.S. Department of the Treas-
ury today reported that five million
checks continue to be mailed to fed-
eral beneficiaries each month. With
just two months remaining until the
March 1, 2013, electronic payment
law goes into effect, the Treasury De-
partment is urging Social Security
and other federal benefit recipients to
not delay and switch now to either di-
rect deposit or the Direct Express
Debit MasterCard card.
"Choosing direct deposit or the Di-
rect Express card makes it easier,
safer and more convenient for bene-
ficiaries to receive their payments.
Switching to an electronic payment
is not optional it's the law," said
David Lebryk, commissioner of the
Treasury Department's Financial
Management Service. "If you or a
loved one still receives paper checks
for your benefit payments, now is the
time to switch. It's free and easy -
just call (1-800-333-1795) or visit
Currently, approximately 93 per-
cent of Social Security and Supple-
mental Security Income (SSI)
payments are being made electroni-
cally. Converting the remaining
paper check recipients to electronic
payments will save American tax-
payers $1 billion over the next 10
years. Spreading the word about
The Treasury Department pub-
lished a final rule in December 2010
to gradually phase out paper checks
for federal benefit payments. Since
May 1, 2011, all people newly apply-
ing for federal benefits, including So-
cial Security, SSI, Veterans Affairs,
Railroad Retirement Board, Office of
Personnel Management benefits and
other non-tax payments, have had to
choose direct deposit or the Direct
Express card at the time they sign
up for their benefits. March 1, 2013,
is the final deadline by which all re-
maining federal benefit check recip-
ients must receive their money
The Treasury Department's Go Di-
rect public education campaign is
working with more than 1,800 part-
ner organizations throughout the
country to spread the message about
the electronic payment rules and ed-
ucate federal benefits recipients
about their options. The campaign
has developed and shared a variety of
public service announcements, edu-
cational videos, check inserts and
other materials to explain how elec-
tronic payments work and how to
make the switch from paper checks.
The videos and materials are avail-
able on the GoDirect campaign web-
site at www.GoDirect.org.
"The Treasury Department has
taken great strides to support and
guide check recipients through the
change to electronic payments, and
we're increasing our efforts signifi-
cantly in the final two months before
the deadline," Lebryk said. "We have
a team of friendly, helpful agents
standing by at our call center, and
may financial institutions, caregivers,
senior services providers and advo-
cates for people who are homeless or
have disabilities have the necessary
information and resources to help
federal benefit recipients make the
Switch to electronic payments now
before time runs out
Check recipients can sign up for
direct deposit or the DirectExpress
card by calling toll free 1-800-333-
1795, visiting www.GoDirect.org, or
talking to their local federal paying
agency office. The process is fast,
easy and free.
-By taking a few minutes to gather
the necessary information ahead of
time, most federal benefit recipients
can sign up for electronic payments
with one phone call.
Individuals will need their Social
Security numbers or claim number,
their 12 digital federal benefit check
number and the amount of their most
recent federal benefit check. If
choosing direct deposit, recipients
also will need their financial institu-
tion's routing transit number, (often
found on a personal check) account
number and account type (checking
-There are no sign-up fees or
monthly fees to receive benefits elec-
Don't Be Fooled by Low Car Payments
What you should know about leasing and long-term auto loans
With the average cost of a new ve-
hicle now around $30,000, it's a no
surprise that car loans are getting
longer and longer. Some banks now
offer car loans with pay-back terms
that run for as long as eight years.
While long term loans translate into
lower monthly payments, they can
cost you more in several other ways.
Higher Interest, More Risk
A longer loan means higher inter-
est costs. That's because you're mak-
ing payments for a longer period of
time, and longer loans often have
To find out how much more you
might pay, the Money Lab calculated
the difference between 48-month and
72-month loans on a $32,765 car,
with a negotiated price of $30,520.
As the table below shows, the longer
loan will cost you about $1,600
more, assuming a 10 percent down
payment. If you put 0 percent down,
the difference climbs to more than
And longer term loans are more
risky. That's because cars depreciate
over time, with the quickest loss in
the early months. So unless you
make a substantial down payment or
have a high value trade-in, your new
vehicle initially will lose value faster
than you're paying for it. Owing
more than the car is worth is known
as being upside down. At some point
as you pay off the loan, you'll no
longer be upside down and will
begin building equity in the vehicle.
But the longer the loan, the longer it
takes for that to happen. If you de-
cide to trade in the car during that
upside down period, you'll probably
get less than what you still owe on
the loan. And the vehicle's depreci-
ated value is typically the maximum
amount your insurer will pay you if
your car is seriously damaged or
stolen. If you're within the upside-
down period, that amount won't be
enough to pay off the remaining loan
As the graph on the facing page
shows, the upside down period on a
72 month loan with no down pay-
ment lasts until about the 30th pay-
ment based on our $30,520 purchase
price, current loan rates, and average
depreciation. For a 48-month loan,
the upside down period lasts only
about a year.
The Catch With Leases
Another way people lower their
monthly payments is by leasing. But
if you think that makes leasing less
costly, think again. The first thing
you should understand about leases
is that whether you acquire the vehi-
cle with a loan or a lease, you're bor-
rowing the entire value of the
vehicle, minus any down payment or
trade-in. And you'll charged
monthly interest on that amount re-
duced by what you pay back along
the way. There's the rub.
With leasing, instead of paying off
the entire car, your payments are
based only on the projected depreci-
ation. That's because, unlike with a
loan, you're not building equity in
the vehicle which you must return
when the lease is over.
So over a 48 month lease, for our
example, instead of paying off the
entire net cost of the vehicle, you'd
pay back only about half, which re-
sults in much lower monthly pay-
ments. And because you'd be paying
back less that leaves a greater
amount subject to a finance charge
month after month. It's true that
you'll lay out much less cash, but
with loan you get to keep the car.
And if you take into account its
value, the loan typically ends up
The biggest saving grace for leas-
ing is the sales-tax break you get in
most states compared with buying
the car. In most states, leasing cus-
tomers pay tax on the monthly pay-
ment instead of on the entire cost of
the vehicle. But some of that benefit
is offset because, unlike with a loan,
the finance charges are taxed as well.
In Illinois and some other states,
lessees must pay sales tax on the full
vehicle cost, just as if they had made
a purchase. But only in a period of
very low interest rates would the tax
savings under a lease offset the
higher finance charges. That almost
happens in the example in the chart
below. But even in that case, once
you factor in a $500 lease- acquisi-
tion fee, the lease ends up costing
more. And any disposition fee would
drive the cost higher.
One of the worst things about leas-
ing is that it could start you on a
.cycle of having, to get .anew car i
every fewv years, leaving you con-
stuatlyipaying depreciation when it's
at its highest. And because it's diffi-
cult to compare the cost of leasing
with buying, you won't even realize
how much extra you're paying.
Lease again and again, and those
extra costs add up.
Auto dealers love it when your at-
tention is focused on the monthly
payment. That's because you're less
likely to be thinking about the total
cost of the vehicle. By manipulating
the length of the loan, the dealer can
overcharge you for the vehicle, add
hundreds or even thousands of dol-
lars in extras-such as undercoating
and a service contract-and still give
you the low monthly payment you
crave. Never mind that you'd be pay- One way to make sure you won't
ing much more overall than you get distracted by monthly payments
would have if you'd negotiated a fair or anything else is to find out how
price and rejected all those unneces- much car you can afford before
sary add-ons. going to a dealership. You can do
Another concern is that long term that by using an online loan calcula-
loans can leave you with a perpetual tor such as the one you'll find at
car payment. By the time you pay off Bankrate com.
the vehicle, you may be ready for To use the Bankrate calculator,
the next one. That, along with a you must have the following infor-
mortgage, student loan, or other long mation:
term financial commitment makes Amount borrowed. Figure out how
life complicated if you lose your job much cash you can put down and, if
or get sick, or if any other calamity you have one, the value of your
affects your finances. It gets worse trade-in. Of course, the larger your
if you're upside down on the loan. down payment, the better off you'll
What to do be. You can research car prices and
When dickering over a new car, trade-in values by going to such
concentrate on the vehicle price, not websites as ConsumerReports.org,
the monthly payment. And don't let Edmunds.com, and KBB.com.
the dealer sneak any add-ons into the Current loan rates. You can get
contract. Concentrating on the price current loan rates at Bankrate.com or
not only saves you money but short- by going to the website of banks and
ens the upside-down period, since a credit unions or online banks such as
lower price means having .to borrow,. Allty. he best rates are! reservedefor,
less to start with. those with good. credit scores. If
you're in doubt about yours, try pre-
qualifying for a loan by contacting
one or more lenders.
Loan term. You might want to try
entering different terms and vari-
ables into the auto- loan calculator
you're using to find out what the
monthly payments will be and
whether they fit into your budget. If
you can't afford to buy the vehicle
without taking out a loan that's
longer than 48 months, you probably
should consider purchasing a less ex-
pensive model. (Even if you're able
to swing a 48-month loan, you might
still be stuck paying off the vehicle
after its bumper to bumper warranty
Of course, paying cash is best.
You'll eliminate the risk of being up-
side-down and you'll save the fi-
nancing costs. If you're financially
strapped or just budget conscious,
avoid leasing. It's typically the most
expensive way to acquire a car. A
March I electronic payment deadline
Treasury Department Urges Remaining Paper Check Recipients
to Make the Switch Now to Direct Deposit or a Prepaid Card
january eit --r-uur ,, Mr- a
Raines Honors Exceptional Students With Pinning Ceremony [
Shown at the ceremony are: Reginald Allen, Markeisha Easterling, Jordan Johnson, Tokia Brown, Delana Green,
Ciara Harold, Auvian Cherry, Reginald Kissoonlal, Ebonee Maxey, Johnahan Grayer, Candace Roberts, Timothy
Harrison, Brandon Stokes, Nathaniel Hill, Zakiah Williams, Joel Lewis, Kiana Crutchner, Ahmon Lott, Johnnie
McClain and Arshena Miller.
by Willie B. Hall recently hosted their second annual of Education (AICE) Pinning
William M. Raines High School Advanced International Certificate Ceremony. The ceremony honored
CBC Member Says Obama Disrespects Blacks
continued from front
Florida since the Reconstruction
Era, expressed admiration for the
Black Press, saying it covers the
full scope of Black life better than
"I spent more money in this elec-
tion than I have in any election,"
said Hastings, who has served in
Congress since 1992. "And I spent
an equivalent or more money than
the Obama for America people did
with in my local Black newspaper."
Hastings said he also outspent the
Obama campaign in other media in
Broward County, which makes up
part of his congressional district.
"I did that because I wanted
Obama to win the presidency, but I
particularly went to the ground in
this election to prove to him and his
minions that this was territory that
5th 3rd Name
New CRA Vic
Fifth Third Bank (Central and
North Florida) has named Keith
Bell as Vice President, Affiliate
Community Reinvestment Act
(CRA) Manager. Bell will be
had been watered, flowered, grown
and harvested long before anybody
knew his (expletive) name."
Hastings continued, "...Because
of your efforts -national Black pub-
lishers because of many of your
efforts, we voted 2 percent in this
election more than we did in '08.
And I received 2 percent more in
the congressional district that I
serve than he did -and that's the
message I wanted to send to him."
He said a strong message also
needs to be sent to advertisers that
fail to support the Black Press.
According to a 2012 report by
Nielsen titled, "African-American
Consumers: Still Vital, Still
Growing," Black consumers will
have a projected buying power of
$1.1 trillion by 2012. Yet, of the
$120 billion spent on advertising in
?s Keith Bell
responsible for implementing the
bank's CRA and fair lending strate-
gic plan, as well as managing com-
munity development and financial
He brings nearly two decades of
government and banking experi-
ence to the position. As a communi-
ty affairs veteran, Bell's work is
dedicated to meeting the needs of
underserved populations through
Neighborhood Stabilization initia-
tives, REO and HUD programs.
Bell earned his MBA in finance
from the Huizenga School of
Business at Nova Southeastern
University, as well as his bachelor's
degree in management and infor-
mation systems from Morehouse
College in Atlanta, Ga. He is also a
Certified Associate in Project
Management (CAPM) and a
Certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow
Are We So Different?
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Hasting criticized several Florida
newspapers and local advertisers by
"Many of the same people that
advertise in these [White-owned]
publications don't advertise with
you and that's insulting because we
ultimately wind up using the prod-
ucts that they advertise and some-
how or another, our news is
Hastings graduated from Fisk
University in Nashville and Florida
A&M University Law School, both
historically Black colleges. He said
Obama has also demonstrated
insensitivity to HBCUs. Obama
administration officials disagree
with that assessment, pointing out
that he announced a plan to increase
spending on HBCUs by $850 mil-
lion over the next 10 years.
"It was nine months into the
administration before he appointed
a single person, not just at the cabi-
net level ... Hasting recalled.
"But when you look at the Schedule
1, Schedule 2, and Schedule 3, none
in his first nine months of his
administration was from a histori-
cally Black college."
Hastings predicted that the nation
will lose half of its 105 HBCUs
over the next 15 years.
In a more serious vein, Hastings
advised the publishers, "The sub-
stantive news has long since gone
by the board you are the one that
can still educate not only our com-
munity [but others]. Don't you
think they are not looking at your
the Junior & Senior students who
are enrolled in the program. The
event was hosted by sophomores
Ciara Harold, Eboney Maxey and
Freshmen Jordan Johnson.
AICE is a rigorous, international-
ly recognized pre-university cur-
riculum that provides students with
a broad, balanced preparation for
college honors-degree programs.
AICE is recognized as the equiva-
lent to first-year standing at more
than 150 colleges and universities
in 39 states. AICE prepares stu-
dents to enter college with up to 45
hours of college credit and provides
skills required to be successful
once they become college students.
The event included the senior
students being pinned by AICE
instructors Luke Beasley, Riza
Belcher, Christian Legler,
Rakendra Simpson and
Coordinator June Williams. The
junior students were also pinned by
the senior students. All honorees
then recited the AICE creed as can-
dles were lit.
Former DCPS Board Chairs
Betty Burney and Jimmy Johnson,
who also was the longest serving
principal at Raines, were both pres-
ent at the event.
(L-R) Kenderson Hill JJC Center Director, Dr. N. Vitti-Duval
County School Superintendent and Michael Laroche-Sia Tech
Charter School Principal.
Job Corps Strategizes with DCSB
Jacksonville Job Corps Center
(JJC) Director Kenderson Hill and
Michael Laroche, Principal of the
Charter High School on the campus
recently met with Duval County
School Superintendent Dr. Nikolai
P. Vitti. The meeting was designed
to share the resources of what the
Job Corps program offers to the
Jacksonville community. The JJC
exists as a safety net in order that
the every student has the opportuni-
ty to become a productive citizen.
The Jacksonville Job Corps
Center has been in the Jacksonville
Community since 1979. The cen-
ters focuses on preparing students
16-24 with a career technical trade
to assist them in becoming a pro-
ductive citizen in their communities
around the country. The center
offers 10 career trades for students
to select from in addition to high
school completion or GED prep.
Wiley Senior Group Sail to Bahamas The Wiley Park Senior Citizens
group cruised to Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas last weekend aboard the Carnival Fascination.
40 seniors were in the group. The Wiley Park Senior Citizen group meets at the Mary Singleton
Center daily to enjoy fun times and staying active in the community. Organized for over 40
years, their next trip is to Cape Canaveral in June. Members are looking forward to the next
event! R. Silver photo
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Should Women be Allowed on the Front Lines
Last week, Secretary of Defense
Leon Panetta announced that the
Obama administration would
"Allow women to be placed in
positions that will expose them
more directly to fighting with
enemy ground forces."
This revision in policy will allow
women to fill hundreds of thou-
sands of combat roles from which
they are currently excluded.
Should women be allowed to
fight on the front lines next to men
during war? That's a tough ques-
tion for me.
According to the Pentagon, more
than 200,000 women are in the
active-duty military, including 69
generals and admirals. Roughly
200,000 plus which is around 15
percent of the active-duty force of
nearly 1.4 million.
Last week's announcement
requires all of the service branches
to come up with plans by May 15
for integrating women into combat
positions and for requesting
Most know that I am very liberal
when it comes to women's rights. I
think that women certainly deserve
equal consideration for jobs, civil
rights, equal pay, etc. But, I am
also a traditionalist that thinks that
a man should be the head of his
household; and that you should still
open the door for your woman, and
carry her bags.
Should women be allowed to
fight? Well, I say yes because all
women are not created equal. And
what I mean by that is that some
women are stronger and more
focused on- careers that have tradi-
tionally been male careers.
There are certainly women out
there that are physically and emo-
tionally stronger than a lot of men.
There are women'BwV shoot better.
and run faster than many men. ;1
So here is my middle ground -"
women should be allowed to serve
on the front lines, but on a volun-
tary basis without mandatory
assignments. Some might say that
if "they" want to be treated like a
man, well let's treat them like we
treat our male soldiers and assign
them to their jobs.
Again, this is my middle ground
And why this middle ground?
Well it is not some myth, but fact
that women and men are very dif-
I don't know if women should be
allowed to be Navy SEALs, Army
Rangers, or Green Berets. Think
about it, those guys are deployed
for months at a time in the back
woods or mountains of some very
dangerous places, with very little
They often have to do very per-
sonal things around each other like
dig a hole in the ground and use the
restroom; or as we were taught in
grade school number 1 and num-
Hygiene becomes a major prob-
lem, and some young women may
not be able to handle the lack of
I was reading an article on NPR
that talked about some the of
requirements to operate a tank in
the military. To work in a tank,
women will have to demonstrate
the ability to repeatedly load 55-
pound tank shells, just as men are
required to do.
Wow how many guys can
repeatedly load 55-pound tank
shells? The article also brought up
the backpacks that infantry soldiers
have to wear. Thos packs can rou-
tinely weigh 60 or 70 pounds. Is it
fair to ask a woman to carry 70
pounds of gear around all day?
NPR Pentagon correspondent
Tom Bowman recently reportedon
the first two women allowed into
the Marines' grueling 12-week
Infantry Officer Course in
Quantico, Va. Both women were in
outstanding physical condition, yet
both dropped out early in the train-
So with the physical limitations
that many women would have serv-
ing on the front lines and in special
forces units is this really a good
idea? Is it needed?
Some would argue that women
are advancing anyway. Women cur-
rently make up about 15 percent of
the overall force and about 17 per-
cent of the officers.
I am going to stick to my guns
and say yes, it's a good idea to
allow "some" women to serve on
the front lines. I suspect that not
much will change from the current
make up of the military.
There will be some women who
can meet the physical demands of
being on the front lines, but most
women will say I'll pass! If a
woman wants to fight and has
passed all of the tests, I say let's do
President Herbert Hoover once
said, "My country owes me noth-
ing. It gave me, as it gives every
boy and girl, a chance. It gave me
schooling, independence of action,
opportunity for service and honor."
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Boy Scouts Shouldn't
Become 'Gay Scouts'
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
This statement is the best way to express my thoughts.and feelings about
what the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is constantly going through.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in
the U.S., with more than 2.7 million youth members and more than 1 mil-
lion adult volunteers. It is estimated that more than 110 million Americans
have been members of the BSA since in founding in 1910, including me.
The BSA's stated goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, char-
acter development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range
of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-
oriented programs in partnership with community organizations, For
younger members, the Scout method is part of the program to inculcate
typical Scouting values such as trustworthiness, good citizenship, and out-
doors skills, through a variety of activities such as camping, aquatics, and
I am fed up with the relentless attacks launched against the BSA by the
homosexual community. The reason for the attacks? Because the Boy
Scouts of America prohibits avowed gay and lesbian children and adults
from participation, citing its principle to be "morally straight." They also
do not allow atheist and agnostics to participate citing its "duty to God
In 2000, the Supreme Court ruled in Boy Scouts of America v. Dale that
Boy Scouts, and all private organizations, have the constitutionally pro-
tected right under the First Amendment of freedom of association to set
membership standards. In 2004, the BSA adopted a new policy statement,
including the following as a "Youth Leadership" policy:
"Boy Scouts of America believes that homosexual conduct is inconsis-
tent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be morally
straight and clean in thought, word, and deed. The conduct of youth mem-
bers must be in compliance with the Scout Oath and Law, and membership
in Boy Scouts of America is contingent upon the willingness to accept
Scouting's values and beliefs. Most boys join Scouting when they are 10 or
11 years old. As they continue in the program, all Scouts are expected to
take leadership positions. In the unlikely event that an older boy were to
hold himself out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a
youth leadership position."
Wow, what a terrible group, a group that actually instills values and
morals into developing kids based on the principles of Christianity. These
are the values that makes remote that a child reared with the values of the
Boy Scouts of America will become a non-productive member of society.
They teach children that there is a right and a wrong; there are things that
are legal, but yet not moral; that the Bible is a great guiding, moral book to
base one's behavior on.
As opposed to constantly trying to destroy the BSA because they have
moral objections to homosexuality; why do they not start their own group
to indoctrinate the youth into their desired sexual preferences?
They can call their group HIM and HERS. Homosexual Indoctrination
of Males (HIM) and Homosexual Enlightenment Regarding She-males
(HERS). They are free, as a private organization, to create any rules of
membership they choose. And yes, they can discriminate against hetero-
sexuals who stand for Christian values.
I am sick and tired of Christians apologizing for their beliefs. The BSA
is not anti-homosexual, but is pro-Christian. I, nor should the BSA, will
not apologize for my beliefs an alvages., :I,,nor should the BSA. change
their values in ordonto-makeothers, feeligoodL'
I. find it amazing tbfthet r sumRigbhsia&mpaign' (HRC) never opens
their mouth when homosexuals discriminate against heterosexuals. Tonya
Parker, a Black, homosexual elected judge in Dallas County, Texas, refus-
es to marry heterosexual couples until she can legally marry. "I do not per-
form them because it is not an equal application of the law. Period," she
said. I guess the HRC has laryngitis when it comes to discrimination from
within their community. Continued on page 6
Obama Races Away from the Issue of Race
By George E. Curry
When Barack Obama accepted
his party's presidential nomination
in Denver on August 28, 2008 the
45th anniversary of the March on
Washington where Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I
Have a Dream Speech" excite-
ment filled the air.
Amid that jubilance, however, it
struck me as odd that Obama failed
to mention Dr. King by name.
".. And it is that promise that, 45
years ago today, brought Americans
from every comer of this land to
stand together on a Mall in
Washington, before Lincoln's
Memorial, and hear a young preach-
er from Georgia speak of his
dream," Obama said at the time.
Seconds later, he would add:
"'We cannot walk alone,'" the
preacher cried. And as we walk, we
must make the pledge that we shall
always march ahead. We cannot
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When Obama was inaugurated for
the second time on January 21,
2013, the day we officially celebrat-
ed as the King federal holiday, I
knew or thought I knew that
President Obama would not make
that same omission again.
I listened carefully as he said:
"We the people declare today that
the most evident of truth 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 guid-
ed 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 inextrica-
bly bound to the freedom of every
soul on Earth."
Why couldn't President Obama
utter Dr. King's name on the day he
used the slain civil rights leader's
Bible to be sworn in? On King's
birthday, why couldn't he be called
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more than just a preacher?
Even though Beyonc6 lip-synced
the National Anthem on
Inauguration Day, she hasn't been
accused of faking it when she sings
another song "Say My Name."
If you ain't running a game
Say my name, say my name
The problem is larger than the
failure to say Dr. King's name. The
problem, according to Michael Eric
Dyson, is that, "This president runs
from race like a Black man runs
from a cop."
When candidate Obama was
forced to address the issue of race in
the wake of controversial remarks
by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his former
pastor, he said in Philadelphia: "But
race is an issue that I believe this
nation cannot afford to ignore right
However, that's exactly what he
has been doing.
Frederick C. Harris, director of
the Institute for Research in
African-American Studies at
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president, Mr. Obama has had little
to say on concerns specific to
blacks. His State of the Union
address in 2011 was the first by any
president since 1948 to not mention
poverty or the poor. The political
scientist Daniel Q. Gillion found
that Mr. Obama, in his first two
years in office, talked about race
less than any Democratic president
had since 1961. From racial profil-
ing to mass incarceration to affirma-
tive action, his comments have been
sparse and halting."
Sure, he had a beer summit at the
White House with Harvard profes-
sor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the
White police officer who arrested
him in his own home. Obama said
the officer had "acted stupidly," but
later softened his criticism. The
president also said, "If I had a son,
he'd look like Trayvon [Martin]."
Of course, the issue is not whether
Obama has a son who looks like
Trayvon Martin. What is he going to
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do about people who are treated like
To discuss race less than Lyndon
Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Bill
Clinton, all White southerners who
grew up under segregation, should
be embarrassing to President
Obama. It should be even more of
an embarrassment that Obama has-
n't taken leadership on the issue as
Bill Clinton did when he launched
his "One America Initiative" on
race. Putting aside the merits of the
initiative, it demonstrated Clinton
was willing to confront the issue of
As my friend Courtland Milloy
wrote in the Washington Post, it's
time to stop making excuses for
He said, "Obama should not be
allowed to get away with thinking
that when it comes to making his
mark on the issue of race, all he had
to do was become the first black
Unfortunately, some of the most
vocal Black leaders have either been
co-opted by the White House or fear
a backlash from adoring Black vot-
The usually outspoken Rep.
Maxine Waters [D-Calif.] told a
crowd in Detroit, "If we go after the
president too hard, you're going
And former Congressional Black
Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver,
II of Missouri admitted, "With 14
percent [black] unemployment if we
had a white president we'd be
marching around the White House."
If we don't get some true leader-
ship on this issue, perhaps it will be
time to march around the White
House, Congress and the headquar-
ters of some of our civil rights
George E. Curry, former editor-
in-chief of Emerge magazine, is
editor-in-chief of the National
Association News Service
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DelState Sports Photo
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women's coach has Lady
Hornets in second place
in MEAC race.
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DIV CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L W L
Eliz. City State 3 0 5 4 12 7
Virginia Slate 2 1 4 5 9 9
Virginia Union 2 1 3 6 5 11
BowieState 1 2 4 5 8 10
Lincoln 1 2 3 6 10 8
Chowan 0 3 0 9 5 12
St. Augustine's 3 0 6 3 13 6
W-Salem State 2 1 8 1 15 3
Livingstone 2 1 6 3 14 4
J.C.Smith 2 1 6 3 13 6
Shaw 0 3 6 3 12 7
Fayetteville State 0 3 3 6 8 10
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
PLAYER & NEWCOMER
Trevln Parks, 5-11, Sr., G, JCSU Scored 65 points
(32.5 ppg.) in two games, 31 and 5 assists vs. St.
Aug's and 34 and 4 assists vs. Livingstone.
Ray Gatling, 6-1, Jr., G, BSU In 1-1 week, aver-
aged 14.5 points, 4 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Had
16 points in win over Chowan.
KortezSmith, 5-7, Fr.,G, CHOWAN -Averaged 13.5
points in two losses, 15 vs. Bowie State.
Luqman Jabber, VUU Got 85-83 OTwin vs. Bowie
State, 60-57 win over Lincoln to move into second
place tie in the North Division
M EAC A*Mi EATERN
North Carolina Central
NC A&T State
Md. E. Shore
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jamie Adams, 5-10, Jr., G, FAMU Averaged 23 p
olnts,2 rebounds, 3assistsand3.5stealsintwo wins.
Scored 28 vs. SCSU and 18 vs. UMES..
Patrick Cole, 6-5, Fr., G, CSU Scored 29 points
with 6 rebounds in win over Hampton. Also recorded
17 points with 6 rebounds vs. NCCU. Averaged 23
points, 6 rebounds in two games.
Du'Vaughn Maxwell, 6-7, Jr., GIF, HAMPTON
- Had 11 boards, 2 blocks, 1 steal vs. CSU, 10
rebounds and 2 blocks vs. NSU. Also scored 27
points in the two games.
SIAC SOUTHERN IrNTFCOLLEGIATE
WSIMC ATMtcTC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Andrae Nelson, 6-6, Sr., C, MOREHOUSE-Scored
25 points, grabbed career-high 21 rebounds, 4
steals, 3 assists and a block vs. Benedict. He
battled foul trouble and had just 7 points and 5
boards in Monday's win over Paine.
Jerel Stephenson, 6-5, Jr., G, PAINE Aver-
aged 11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds adn 2.7 assists
in 1-2 week.
S ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Southern 8 1 14 7
Ark. Pine Bluff 7 2 8 13
Texas Southern 7 2 8 14
Alcom State 6 3 8 16
Prairie View A&M 4 5 9 13
Alabama State 4 5 6 16
AlabamaA&M 3 6 7 13
Jackson State 3 6 4 14
Miss. Valley St. 3 6 3 16
Grambling State 0 9 0 18
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Omar Strong, 5-9, Sr, G, TEXAS SOUTHERN
- Averaged 19.5 points including game-high 27 in
win overAlabama State and 12 in win over Alabama
A&M. Converted 12 of 26 shots in two games, 7 of
16 from the 3-point line.
Ray Penn, 5-9, Jr.,G, TEXAS SOUTHERN-Had 20
points on 7 of 13 shooting and dished out 7 assists in
big 89-56 win over Alabama A&M. Had 19 points, 8
assists in also big 97-65 win over Alabama State.
Central State 12 6
Tennessee State 12 10
Cheyney 8 10
W. Va. State 7 12
Lincoln (Mo.) 3 17
Univ. of DC 2 15
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DeMarkus Isom-Jones, 64, Jr, 0, CENTRAL
STATE Led Marauders with 24 points oh 7 of
11 shooting, 8 of 8 from the line in 92-73 win over
Wilberforce. Added 2 assists and 3 rebounds.
Rashead Stappy, 6-4, Jr., G, CHEYNEY-Had 20
points on 8 of 12 shooting, 6 rebounds, 5 assists
and 6 steals in win over Mansfield. Also had 13
points, 6 rebounds 1 assist and 2 steals in win
over Kutztown. Wolves have won three straight
for first time this season.
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
Women's hoops races
Elizabeth City and Shaw top CIAA
Elizabeth City State and Shaw have unbeaten records
(3-0) in CIAA play and lead the North and South Divisions
ECSU got by Virginia State (67-53) and Lincoln (60-
54) to extend its win streak to six games and faced second-
place Virginia Union (2-1) Wednesday.
SStephanie Harper paved the way last
week averaging 11.5 points in the two
Shaw's win streak is at nine
after wins over St. Aug's (97-74) and
WSSU (70-58). Senior forward Taylor
Dalrymple had 26 points vs. St. Aug's
and 21 vs. WSSU. Dalrymple is third
DALRYMPLE in the CIAA in scoring (15.6) and first
in rebounding (9.2). Shaw hosts Fayetteville State (2-1)
Wednesday and travels to J. C. Smith (1-2) Saturday.
Tuskegee, Benedict set pace in SIAC
Tuskegee (9-0) is the only unbeaten team in SIAC play.
The Lady Tigers beat Stillman 66-51 Saturday and have
opened up a four-game lead in the SIAC West. Tuskegee, led
by 10-point scorers Amelia Dorton(10.6
ppg.) andNnenne Eze (10.0 ppg.), plays
at LeMoyne Owen Saturday.
Benedict leads the East with a
7-2 mark, a game better than Paine and
Fort Valley State, who are both 6-3.
Benedict got wins over Clark Atlanta
(59-41) and beat FVSU a week ear-
S lier(81-74): Brittany Jacksdn leads
S'-,. .. iBenedict -with410A4points and 7.3
rebounds per game. Benedict hosts Paine Saturday and is
at Claflin 2-7) Monday.
Hampton cruising in MEAC
Hampton remains undefeated (7-0) and atop the MEAC
race while Delaware State, 4-1 under new head coach Tamika
Louis, has passed Howard (5-2) into
Hampton got wins over Howard
(67-45) and Norfolk State (76-41). The
Lady Pirates had three players score
in double figures vs. Howard while
holding league scoring leader Saadia
Doyle of Howard to 10 points. Four
ALLEN Lady Pirates reached double digits vs.
NSU. Olivia Allen had 22 vs. NSU and
16 vs. Howard. Hampton plays at Morgan State Saturday and
Coppin State Monday.
Louis's troops pulled off the difficult task of winning at
FloridaA&M(57-53) andBethune-Cookman (62-57). Tierra
Hawkins dropped 24 on FAMU and 12 on B-CU. DelState
will host NC Central Saturday and NC A&T Monday.
Howard, with both losses in conference play to Hampton,
hosts Savannah State Saturday and S. C. State Monday.
TSU ties Southern in SWAC
The big news in the SWAC women's race is that Texas
Southern (8-1) and new head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
has caught Southern at the top of the
conference. The Lady Tigers behind
dynamic freshwomen Brianna Sydney
and Te'era Williams got big wins over
Alabama A&M (54-50) and Alabama
State (74-40). TSU hosts Prairie View
Southern kept pace with a 64-
COOPER-DYKE 53 win over Alcorn State Saturday.
Southern hosts Grambling Saturday
and Jackson State Monday.
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
BLACK COLLEGE PARTICIPANTS
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18 Lockette, Ricardo (PS)
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WR 1 Fort Valley St.
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
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Prairie View A&M
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State and Claflin hosts Benedict. Thursday's games have
Benedict at Albany State, Paine at Fort Valley State and
Kentucky State at
Former Shaw and MLB standout,
Howard baseball coach passes
Chuck Hinton, a Shaw University alum, former
Major League Baseball standout and longtime Howard
University head baseball coach passed this Sunday. Hinton
Hinton was born in Rocky Mount, N. C. and attended
Shaw where he was all-CIAA in baseball in 1955. He was
signed by the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent catcher
in 1956 but was taken by the Washington Senators in the
expansion draft of 1960 and converted to an outfielder.
During an 11-year career in the majors with the Sena-
tors (1961-64), Cleveland Indians (1965-67, 1969-71) and
California Angels (1968), Hinton posted a .264 batting
average with 113 home runs and 443 RBI in 1,353 games
played. He hit .310 with 17 home runs, 75 RBI and 28
stolen bases in 1962 with the Senators and .318 with the
Indians in 1970.
After his playing career ended, Hinton came to How-
ard in 1971 and spent 28 years as the Bison's head coach
becoming the winningest coach in school history. During
his tenure, he led Howard to its first ever MEAC title,
one other crown and produced two Major Leaguers, Milt
Thompson and Jerry Davis. /
' In 1982, he foundedthe MajorLeagueBaseballPlayers
Alumni Association (MLBPAA) adnon-pibfit organization
which promotes the game, raises money for charities,
inspires and educates youth through positive sports im-
ages and protects the dignity of the game through former
Hinton also penned a book in 2002 entitled, "My
time at Bat," about his experience as a black player in the
Men's hoops races
Morehouse, Tuskegee rule SIAC
Aug's, Elizabeth City
ve to front of CIAA
Lonnie Blow Jr.'s Falcons of Saint Augustine's
emerged as the big winners in the South Division at 3-0
after scoring wins over Johnson C. Smith (66-60,) and
Shaw (75-63) last week. Six-eight sophomore center
Jonathan Crawley came off the bench to get 15 points
and 8 rebounds vs. JCSU and 16 points and 8 boards vs.
Shaw to lead St. Aug's. Crawley shot 12 of 16 (75%) from
the field in the two games.
St. Aug's faced Livingstone Wednesday (Jan. 30)
and will play at Fayetteville State in a televised game
on Saturday (Feb. 2). WSSU (2-1) played at JC Smith
Wednesday and hosts Livingstone Saturday.
Elizabeth City State (3-0) beat Lincoln (58-48) and
Virginia State (88-68) to take over sole possession of first
place in the North Division. A.J. Johnson had 20 points in
the win over VSU while Angelo Sharpless tallied 24 vs.
Lincoln. The next challenge for Shawn Walker's troops
,was aWednesday date at home vs. Virginia Union (2-1)
in a televised game. The Vikings then play at Bowie State
(1-2) Saturday. .
Norfolk State, NC Central
stay unbeaten in MEAC
SIAC East men's leader Morehouse (9-0) got wins
over its nearest pursuers- 68-65 over Benedict on Saturday
and 71-64 over Paine Monday to stretch its win streak
to ten games and its lead in the division to two games.
Six-six senior center Andrae Nelson had 25 points and 21
rebounds in the win over Benedict while 6-4 junior guard
Darrius Williams tallied 25 points with 11 rebounds in
the win over Paine. Williams leads the SIAC in scoring at
17.6 points per game while shooting 55.6% from the field.
Nelson is third in rebounding at 7.6 per game.
Tuskegee got 18 points each from junior guard Javier
McKinney and freshman center Shaquille Cook to halt
Stillman's six-game win streak, 79-66 Monday in the battle
of the top two teams in the West Division. Tuskegee (8-2)
now has a one-game lead over Stillman (7-3).
In key games Saturday, Morehouse travels cross-cam-
pus to Clark Atlanta, Paine is at Benedict while Tuskegee is
at LeMoyne-Owen. On Monday, Morehouse hosts Albany
Junior guard Pendarvis Williams led three Spartans
in double figures with 16 points Saturday as Norfolk State
(7-0) beat Hampton 74-67 to remain atop the MEAC
N. C. Central (6-0) kept pace with wins over Coppin
State (84-75) and Morgan State (69-61). Six-six senior
guard Ray Willis led four Eagles in double figures with
20 points vs. CSU and three double-digit scorers with 19
vs. MSU. Savannah State (6-1) stayed a game behind
with a 64-49 win over South Carolina State. Senior for-
ward Marquis Oliver had 24 points as Delaware State
downed Bethune-Cookman (68-42) and 10 in a win over
Florida A&M (57-48). Tahj Tate led DSU with 16 points
vs. FAMU. The Hornets (4-1) also have just one loss in
Norfolk State travels to Baltimore this week for a
Saturday date vs. Coppin State andMonday date at Morgan
State. NCCU is also on the road at DelState Saturday and
UMES Monday. Savannah State is at Howard Saturday
and hosts Hampton Monday.
DelState hosts NC A&T Monday.
SWAC race tightens
The SWAC race tightened as
fourth-place Alcorn State (6-3) got a
game-high 27 points from sophomore
LeAntwan Luckett and knocked
first-place Southern (8-1) from the
conference unbeaten ranks with a 61-
57 win Saturday.
Texas Southern (7-2) stayed
within a game of the Jaguars with
blowout wins over Alabama State
(97-65) and Alabama A&M (89-56).
Guards Omar Strong and Ray Penn
combined for 46 points vs. ASU and
32 vs. AA&M. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
(7-2) dropped a 82-67 decision at
Jackson State to falling a second-place
tie with TSU.
Southern is hosting Grambling
State Saturday and Jackson State
Monday. Texas Southern hosts Prai-
rie View Saturday. Arkansas-Pine
Bluff is at Alabama State Saturday
and Alabama A&M Monday. Alcom
SATURDAY, FEB. 2
Saint Augustine's @ Fayetteville State
Livingstone @ W-Salem State
Chowan @ Virglnla Union
Uncoln @ Virginia State
Shaw @ J. C. Smith
Elizabeth City State @ Bowie State
Savannah State @ Howard
NC A&T @ UMES
NC Central @ Delaware State
Hampton @ Morgan State
Norfolk State @ Coppin State
Paine @ Benedict
Lane @ Concordia
Morehouse @ Clark Atlanta
Miles @ Stillman
Tuskegee @ LeMoyne-Owen
Fort Valley State @ Albany State
Kentucky State @ Central State
Grambling State @ Southern
Jackson State @ Alcom State
Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Alabama State
Miss. Valley State @ Alabama A&M
Prairie View @ Texas Southern
Bluefield State @ W. Va. State
Shippensburg @ Cheyney
SUNDAY, FEB. 3
Kentucky State @ Wilberforce
MONDAY, FEB. 4
SC State @ Howard
NC A&T @ Delaware State
Hampton @ Coppln State
NC Central @ UMES
Norfolk State @ Morgan State
Benedict @ Clafn
Albany State @ Morehouse
Fort Valley State @ Clark Atlanta
Jackson State @ Southern
Miss. Valley State @ Alabama State
Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Alabama A&M
Grambling State @ Alcom State
Missouri Western @ Uncoln (Mo.)
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6
Uncoln vs. Goldey-Beacom
Washington Adventist @ Chowan
Hampton @ SC State
W. Va. State @ Urbana
Central State @ Notre Dame (OH) "
Cheyney @ E. Stroudsburg
NY Tech @ UDC
THURSDAY, FEB. 7
Hampton @ Savannah State
Paine @ Fort Valley State
Stillman @ Concordia
Clark Atlanta @ ClafI
Benedict @ Albany State
Lane @ Miles
Kentucky State @ LeMoyne-Owen
1 2012 -13 B LA C K C 0 LLE G E AS T B LL W me 'sRe uls S an in s.n We eky Ho o s h u / 8/ 3
C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
WClA Ar ATHLETic ASSOCIATION
DIV CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L W L
EBiz.CityState 3 0 8 1 16 3
Virginia Union 2 1 5 4 8 10
Lincoln 1 2 3 6 7 12
Chowan 1 2 3 6 3 14
Virginia State 1 2 2 7 9 10
Bowie State 1 2 2 7 5 11
Shaw 3 0 8 1 17 2
Fayetteville State 2 1 8 1 16 3
St. Augustine's 2 1 5 4 9 9
Livingstone 1 2 3 6 7 11
J.C.Smith 1 2 3 6 6 12
W-Salem State 0 3 4 5 9 10
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Ashle Freeman, 5-6, So.,G, VUU Had career-high
34 points vs. Lincoln, 30 vs. Bowie State. Averaged
32 points while canning 24 of 47 shots.
Ronika Ransford, 5-6,Jr., G, SHAW- Had 26 points
off bench in win over VUU. Also had 16 points, 6
rebounds in win over St. Aug's.
Regime McCombs, 5-6, Fr, G, SAC Averaged
18 points in two games, 16 vs. JCSU and 20
Jacques Curtis, SHAW Led Lady Bears to three
straight wins to sit atop South Division.
EA CMID EASTERN
M EA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Hampton 7 0 16 5
Delaware State 4 1 7 11
Howard 5 2 11 8
Florida A&M 5 2 8 12
NCA&TState 4 2 12 7
SCState 4 3 12 6
Bethune-Cookman 4 3 9 10
Coppin State 4 4 8 13
Morgan State 3 4 6 14
Md. E. Shore 1 4 5 11
Savannah State 1 6 6 14
Norfolk State 1 6 3 15
North Carolina Central 0 6 0 19
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Saadia Doyle, 6-0, Sr, G, HOWARD Averaged
25.5 points, 8.5 rebounds in wins over NCCU and
NJIT. Had24points, 7 rebounds, 3 stealsvs. NCCU,
27 points, 10 boards vs. NJWIT.
Ashleigh Claybrooks, 6-0, r-Fr., UMES Had
12 points with 6 rebounds and a block vs. FAMU..
Persephone Goodwin, 6-2, Fr., F, SCSU-Grabbed
16 rebounds and blocked 11 shots in two games.
Had career-high six blocks vs. FAMU.
EIA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Courtney English, 6-0, Sr, F, MILES Had 21
points, 20 rebounds inwin over LeMoyne-Owen.
Style Harper, 5-8, Jr., G, KSU Averaged 6.5 as-
sists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 1-1 week.
SWAC ATHLEIc CONFERENCE
W L W L
Texas Southern 8 1 11 9
Southern 8 1 9 11
Prairie ViewA&M 5 4 8 11
Miss. Valley St. 5 4 8 12
AlabamaA&M 5 4 6 13
Jackson State 4 5 7 11
Alabama State 4 5 6 14
Ark. Pine Bluff 3 6 7 12
Grambling State 2 7 4 17
Alcom State 1 6 1 17
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Brianna Sydney, 5-, Fr, G, TEXAS SOUTHERN
- Scored 15 points and 7 rebounds, 2 assists
and 1 steal in win over Alabama A&M. Added
14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals vs.
Te'era Williams, 5-10, Fr, G, TEXAS SOUTHERN
- Had 12 points and 12 rebounds in win Saturday
over Alabama A&M. Came back to get 13 points,
7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks In
74-40 win Monday over Alabama State. Averaged
a double-double of 12.5 points and 10 rebounds
in the two games.
Central State 11 4
Lincoln (Mo.) 9 9
Tennessee State 8 11
Univ.ofDC 7 12
W.Va.State 6 11
Cheyney 1 15
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Arana Walker, 5., Sr., G, LINCOLN- Had 2
points, 11 rebounds, 8 assists and2 steals in win
over Missouri Western. Hit of 7 of 12 field goals,
11 of 14 free tlwows.
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Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
If you have "talent," sing for God, praise dancing, speaking ministries,
poems, clean fun, and spiritual talent, and testimonies or if you are a pas-
tor, please contact us to be a guest on the show. RWPM TV ministry airs
every Saturday on Comcast 99 at 8:00 a.m. For more information email
email@example.com or visit www.rwpm.info or call (904) 220-6400 or
write RWPM c/o Reverend Mattie W. Freeman, PO Box 350117,
Jacksonville, Florida 32235-0117. All are welcome, let's get those phones
Bishop Lorenzo Hall Birthday Dinner
Come and fellowship at Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.'s birthday dinner
celebration Tuesday, February 26th, at 6 p.m. Join the church on this joy-
ous occasion at Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, 723 West 4th
Street. If you have any questions, contact Sister Carla Page at 353-4434 or
Donations needed by MMM
Million More Movement Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee, Inc
is asking the public to donate clothes hangers, shoes all size and school sup-
plies to their Clothes Give-Away. These items can be dropped off at 916
Myrtle Ave, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. For
more information visit www.jaxloc.org.
Heart of a Woman Red Lunch Affair
The Heart of a Woman Red Luncheon Affair is scheduled for Saturday,
February 2nd, 11 1:30 p.m. Join women of all ages for a day of health
screenings, door prizes, gifts and guest speakers. This year's event will be
held at WJCT studios, 100 Festival Pk. For more details call 683-1757.
Central CME Honors Local Icons
Central Metropolitan CME Church, Marquise L. Hardick, Pastor, will
honor the Pillars of the Jacksonville African-American community Sunday,
February 17th at 4 p.m. The Board of Christian Education of Central
Metropolitan CME Church will have an anniversary celebration with a spe-
cial concert performance by the Edward Waters College Concert Choir,
under the directorship of Barbara McNeely-Bouie. The program will also
feature an honor awards presentations. Everyone is invited to attend. The
concert is free to the public. Central Metropolitan CME Church is located
at 4611 N. Pearl St. in the Historic Springfield section of town. For more
information call the church at 354-7426.
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Church Fellowship Celebrates 15 Years National Primitive Baptist Convention
The Church Fellowship Worship Ministries and Bishop Bruce V. Allen Returns
will celebrate their 15th Church and First Family anniversary, Wednesday, Returns to Huntsvlle, Alabama
March 13th through Sunday, March 17th. On Wednesday, March 13, guest
speakers will be: Apostle Fred Gooden of Divine Influence Worship Hosted by three local Primitive Chester, pastor of Orthodox Zion
Ministries. On Thursday, March 14th hear Dr. James White of Heritage Baptist Churches in Huntsville, Primitive Baptist Church, West
Christian Center, and on Friday, March 15th Pastor Torin Dailey of First Alabama (St. Bartley, Union Hill, Palm Beach, Florida, is the lecturer.
Baptist Oakland, will speak. On Saturday, March 16th it's the churches ban- and Indian Creek) and three local Evening Worship Services are
quet being held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 14670 Duval Road. Pastor Gail pastors(Elders William T. Gladys, scheduled to begin at seven o'clock-
Hill of The Family Church of Springfield, MA will speak at Sunday Oscar L. Montgomery, and Timothy --beginning Sunday, February 17,
Morning Worship at 10 a.m. At 5 p.m. evening service special guest will Rainey), the National Primitive Union Hill Primitive Baptist
be Bishop Allen Wiggins of The Hope Church of Orlando, Florida. Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Church; Monday, February 18, St.
Everyone is invited to attend. If you have any questions, please call the under the leadership of its 13th Bartley Primitive Baptist Church;
church at 924- 0000. The Church Fellowship Worship Ministries is located president, Elder Dr. Bernard C. and, Tuesday, February 19, at Indian
at 8808 Lem Turner Road. For more information please contact the church Yates of Pensacola, Florida, will Creek Primitive Baptist Church,
at 924-000. convene its Annual Board of respectively. The guest preacher on
Directors' Meeting and 35th F. L. Sunday night is Elder Cedric
Livingston Institute at the Embassy Williams, pastor of Mt. Olive
Pastor Landon L. W illiams 37th Suites Hotel and Spa, 800 Monroe Primitive Baptist Church, St.
Anniversary Celebration Street, Huntsville, beginning Petersburg, Florida; and, the guest
Sunday February 17, through preacher on Monday and Tuesday
The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church family will present the 37th Wednesday, February 20, 2013. nights is Rev. H. B. Charles, pastor
Anniversary Celebration for Pastor Landon L. Williams, Sr., Sunday, Held annually during the month of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist
February 10th and Sunday, February 17th. Enjoy special anniversary wor- of February, national officers, auxil- Church, Jacksonville, Florida.
ship services Sunday, February 10th at 4 p.m. and hear spoken word by iary heads, regional vice presidents, Live Internet Streaming of
Bishop Virgil Jones, Philippians Community Church. state presidents, moderators, pas- evening services can be viewed
Guest churches include Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor tors, elders, and laity assemble to: "LIVE" from Huntsville, Alabama,
Robert Herring and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Pastor Kelly Brown. On 1) conduct business on behalf of the on Sunday through Tuesday, via
Sunday, February 17that 4 p.m., hear spoken word by Pastor John Guns, St. national body; 2) participate in wor- www.faithvideoondemand.com, at
Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Guest churches for the day include First ship experiences; 3) promote evan- seven o'clock CST.
Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville Beach, Pastor Marvin gelism and the study of God's Word; Inspired by the goals of UNION,
McQueen, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Brian Campbell and, 4) fellowship with each other. PEACE, and PROGRESS among
and St. Johns Baptist Church, Pastor Steve Jenkins. All Services will be In addition, President Yates will Primitive Baptists of African her-
held at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 W. Edgewood Ave. For share with the delegation the State itage in the United States of
more information please contact the church at 764-9257. of the Convention and God's vision America, this movement was organ-
and direction for the Convention. ized in 1907 as the Colored
Holy Ghost Comedy Party The public is invited to attend Primitive Baptists of America (now
Institute Lectures and Evening known as the National Primitive
Comedian Funnybone will present a Christian Comedy and Rap explo- Worship Services. The Institute Baptist Convention, USA) by Dr.
sion, Saturday, February 9th at 6 p.m. at the Times Union Center, 300 Water Lectures will be held on February Clarence Frances Sams of Key
St. featuring comedians Chip, Ms. Jen and headliner Albert Harris Jr., aka 19 and 20, 11:45 a.m., at Embassy West, Florida and Elder George S.
Funnybone. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Suites Hotel. Elder Dr. James Crawford of DeLand, Florida.
(407) 914-6519 or visit www.comedianfunnybone.net.
Museum of Science and History
Now a Safe Place to Talk Race
Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Disciples of Christ Cbristiai Fellowship
* A Full Gospel Baptist Church *
JOIN US FOR
10 a.m Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
A church that's on the move in
worship with prayer, praise and power!
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
Last week, Jacksonville became
the first city in the state to partici-
pate in a nationally recognized proj-
ect that is making a powerful state-
ment about the origin of race and
race ideas and their impact upon
American society. From January 26
through April 28, the Museum of
Science & History (MOSH) is host-
ing RACE: Are We So Different?,
an award-winning, traveling exhibit
that tells the story of race through
scientific, historical and cultural
Developed in 2007 by the
Association, RACE is the first
national collaborative (funded by
the National Science Foundation
and Ford Foundation) created to
promote a broad understanding of
race and human variation for the
public. It is designed to help indi-
viduals of all ages better understand
the origins and manifestations of
race in everyday life by investigat-
ing race and human variation
through the framework of science.
With nearly 5,000 square feet of
space featuring interactive mini
exhibits, historic and contemporary
photography, multimedia features
and discussion areas, the RACE
exhibit presents information that
encourages individuals to reflect
critically upon some of their most
fundamental beliefs and perceptions
about how they see themselves and
To build on the various features
and themes presented in the exhibit
that include education, U.S. Census
designations, military access, insti-
tutional racism and disparities in
health, employment, housing wealth
and more, MOSH and a wide vari-
ety of area partners have developed
complementary programming and
activities throughout the 13-week
exhibit. For a complete list of events
and activities, visit
Boyscouts Continued from page 4
The homosexual agenda has little to do with the BSA, they are just a con-
venient target; and more to do about them forcing society to accept their
personal lifestyle choices. They are free to set up any type of private club
they want and indoctrinate anyone who chooses to join.
It was reported Monday that the national BSA board will meet next week
and is expected to announce that it will allow gay Scouts and troop lead-
ers. According the the Associated Press, the board is expected to announce
that local sponsors of Scouting will be able to decide for themselves
whether to bar gays or welcome them into scouting.
We, who believe in Christian values, have an obligation to take a princi-
pled stand in support of the BSA;s current position of banning homsexu-
als and not leave them to fight this battle alone.
I will be making a personal contribution to the BSA and strongly encour-
age you to do the same. If not us, who? If not now, when?
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
[l Weekly Services
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 Sunaadayt aJ naU lOAOa.m.
___ G Grace and Peace
A_.__k___w visit www.Bethelite.org
Worship with us LIVE
on the web visit
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- -Flu Outbreak Prompts Reminder for Senior Care
Shown above is a family of contortionist on tour with the circus.
Universoul Circus Returns to
J'ville Through February 3rd
The UniverSoul Circus has creat-
ed a big top thrill-ride infused with
an unparalleled global mix of circus
artistry, music, dance and style all
inspired by reflections of today's
global culture. The 2013 edition of
UniverSoul Circus the U & US
Tour featuring Shaolin Kung Fu
acrobats from China, bone-break-
ing contortionists from Guinea, and
a dazzling aerial ballet act from
France and Brazil will be per-
forming from Jan. 30-Feb. 3 in the
parking lot of the Prime Osborne III
Convention Center. Tickets, range
from $16 to $30, at Ticketmaster at
under 1 are FREE.
for more info, show times, and
The show's creative team regu-
larly travels the globe to find amaz-
ing talent, and award winning live
Among this year's top acts are:
Comedy Improv Mobile, AL,
New Orleans, LA, Abbington, VA;
Bone Breakers Guinea, Africa
- Hailing from Guinea, this incredi-
ble group of young men, ranging in
age from 10-20 are contortionist
with a hip-hop edge.; Shaolin
Warriors Henan, China With
eight members, ranging in age from
18 to 22, the Warriors are trained
professionals in the art of Kung Fu
in the ancient Shaolin tradition.;
Chino Ramos Tigers Tampa
Florida Considered one of the
youngest tiger trainers in the world
at 19, Chino performs with an
incredible amount of gusto and
machismo as he winds his big cats
through amazing stunts; Jean
Claude and Tatiane Paris,
France & Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
This year acclaimed Jean Claude
continues his aerial strap act with
the lovely and multi-talented
Tatiana Oliviera of Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil; Zhukau Acrobatic Troupe
- Belarus. These gymnasts turn full
body summersaults high into the
upper echelons of the big top and
Rough Riders of Guinea and
Russian. Award winning horse
trainer extraordinaire Sergei
Byakin works with Guinean acro-
bats turned masterful trick riders.
This flu season is shaping up to
be one of the worst in decades -
with the Centers for Disease
Control already reporting wide-
spread out breaks in many states.
While anyone can get the flu,
seniors are especially susceptible
to the virus and are at greater risk
for serious flu related complications
that can lead to hospitalization and
even death. Ninety percent of flue-
related deaths and more than half of
flu-related hospitalizations occur in
people age 65 and older.
"The flu can be very dangerous
for seniors, so we are concerned
about this recent outbreak," said
Jeff Huber, president of Home
Instead, Inc., franchisor of the
Home Instead Senior Care fran-
chise network. "We encourage sen-
iors and their families to take extra
precautions to protect themselves
from the virus."
To fight the flu, senior care
experts recommend the following:
Get a Flu Shot: Experts strongly
encourage all seniors and those in
frequent contact with seniors to get
Do You Know
It was 1993 when actress/ chore-
ographer Lisa Ruffin caught the
vision that she would positively
impact the lives of aspiring little
African American girls, instilling in
them a strong sense of self-esteem
and purpose. She produced her
very first Little Miss African
American Scholarship Pageant and
has never looked back. Today,
twenty years later, she has not only
influenced thousands of lives, but
several of those little girls are now
grown women who credit the pag-
eant as a focal point in their lives.
he Little Miss African American
Scholarship Pageant will celebrate
20 years of success on Sunday,
vaccinated if they haven't already
done so. Medicare covers on vac-
cine per flu season. Practice Good
Hand Washing: Wash hands with
soap frequently, especially after
coughing or sneezing, If soap and
water aren't available, use an alco-
hol-based hand sanitizer.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes:
Droplets from a sneeze or a cough
can travel up to six feet, Cover
coughs and sneezes with a tissue
and dispose of the tissue immedi-
ately. If a tissue is not available,
cough or sneeze into the elbow, not
the hands. Stay In to stay Well: If
there's an outbreak in the area,
avoid trips to crowded shopping
centers or community events.
Avoid Contact: Those with flu-
like symptoms, especially school
aged children, should avoid contact
with senior loved onces. Enlist the
help of friends, neighbors or profes-
sional caregivers to take over care-
giving responsibilities, if necessary.
Rest Well, Eat Well: Get plenty
of sleep, drink plenty of fluids and
eat healthy foods. Experts also rec-
ommend a diet rich in Vitamins C
and D and plenty of exercise. If sen-
ior loved ones begin to show symp-
toms of the flu, contact their health
care provider immediately.
Antiviral medications (like
Tamiflu) are available to help make
symptoms less severe.
For more information about sen-
ior ad caregiver well-being please
83 years old and still counting! Mrs. Ella Mae
Ellex celebrated her 83rd birthday at Piccadilly restaurant on Ramona
Blvd. Five of her six daughters were in attendance. The daughters pre-
sented gifts to their mother and enjoyed being together for such a festive
occasion. Pictured is Barbara Haskins, Jennie Price, Claudetta Paschal,
Matilda Toliver, Genoral Cohen, and Ella Ma Ellex.
the Next Little Miss African-American ?
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Sho -n 1 a w -it h a n s. .
Shown above is Jay Leno with pageant contestants.
August 4, 2013 at the Wilshire
Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
Registration is nationwide and 50
young participants will be selected,
When Your Cough Calls for a Doctor
Not all coughs are alike. While
that tickle in your throat can often
be treated at home with over-the-
counter cold medication coupled
with Momna. aJ icejlto rest_ up and
drink lots of fluids, sometimes a
cough is a sign of something more
serious than a cold.
When to See a Doctor
A cough is a natural effort by
your body to clear your airways.
The best way to treat any cough is
to treat the cause. For example, if
you have pneumonia, antibiotics
will help, and if your cough is part
of an allergy, you could treat the
allergy or avoid the trigger.
Unfortunately, many coughs are
related to viral infections. You can
treat them with over-the-counter
medications, but you are probably
looking at about a week of aggrava-
tion before your cough subsides.
"When more mucus membranes
are involved your nose and
throat, and you're coughing then
it's viral and it will take longer to
get better," says Richard Streiffer,
MD, professor and chair of the
department of family and commu-
nity medicine at the Tulane
University School of Medicine in
New Orleans. If you have a virus,
there isn't much you can do besides
treat the symptoms and take it easy.
:. On th- oQtheihaud, if you, have
only one or two significant symp-
toms, you may have some-
thing to take to your doc-
tor. For example, if
you have a very/
sore throat and
not much else,/
is your pri-
cem, it could
be worth a i
visit to the
an immediate ,
call to your doctor
Your cough is
accompanied by other symp-
toms such as chest pain, wheezing,
or shortness of breath.
You're coughing up blood or
bloody-looking mucus in any quan-
You're coughing up yellow or
You have a fever of 101 or high-
You're getting worse when you
should be getting better. "Some
people may have a cold
and then five or six
days into it get
worse with fever
they didn't have
at the begin-
h a d
ing the sheets with
^ night sweats.
W hen a Cough Sticks
One reason to take your cough to
the doctor is if it lasts too long.
"You expect people to be getting
better in seven to 10 days," says
Streiffer. This is called an acute
cough. A cough that sticks around
one to two months a subacute
cough is likely to be an unre-
solved respiratory infection, such as
pneumonia. A cough that lingers
past eight weeks is considered a
chronic cough and could be related
--Gastroesophageal reflux dis-
Chronic obstructive pulmonary
Bronchiectasis, or damage to
airways due to infection
Lung cancer (rare)
Congestive heart failure
Certain medications you take,
such as ACE inhibitors or beta
An ongoing cough can interfere
with sleep, mood, and daily activi-
ties. Getting to the bottom of the
cause of your chronic cough or a
cough that is accompanied by more
worrisome symptoms, such as
blood, will help you rest easier
physically and emotionally.
between the ages of 6 and 12, for
this landmark celebration.
The pageant has seen a host of
celebrity participation over the
years including Laila Ali, LL Cool
J, Jamie Foxx, Tarji P. Henson and
Chandra Wilson. Jay Leno even
paid a holiday visit to Ruffin and
the pageant participants this past
Christmas, acknowledging the
wonderful work Ruffin has done
over the years. The visit aired dur-
ing a special holiday highlight seg-
ment on "The Tonight Show."
Young hopefuls, age 6 12 can
submit their application, visit
For further info call 818-570-0631
or email Littlemissaa2013@gmail.com.
New Book to Help
"Better Than Good Hair: The
Curly Girl Guide to Healthy,
Gorgeous Natural Hair!"
(Amistad, $14.99) is the fresh new
handbook on how to achieve and
maintain stylish natural lairom
the savviest and most revered
expert on coils and curls: Nikki
Walton. A force in the natural hair
care movement (she founded the
popular CurlyNikki.com), Walton
is a natural hair blogger and online
hair therapy expert who counsels
thousands of textured women
every day on how to care for their
hair and for themselves.
The book educates women on
how to transition from relaxed to
completely natural hair, with
advice and styles for every length
- from Fierce Braid-and-Curls to
Fancy Faux Buns. She also coun-
sels those considering the "big
chop" cutting it all off at once
to sport a bold and beautiful
"teeny weeny afro." Here, too, is
essential guidance for parents of
mixed-race children dealing with
new and unfamiliar hair textures
Combining Walton's expansive
the curly girl guide to
knowledge with tips from other
experts in the field, this is a book
that encourages women to be bold,
be healthy, and most importantly
- be themselves. With easy step-
by-step illustrated directions for
nearly two dozen hairdos, from
frohawks to twist-outs, this guide
is part Bohemian Chic, part beau-
ty trend and part manifesto and
is a must-have natural hair care
bible that will help women of all
ages and styles achieve their natu-
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Annual Zora Neale
The 24th annual Zora Neale
Hurston Festival of the Arts and the
Humanities will conclude in Zora's
hometown of Eatonville, Florida,
February 3rd. Activities include
live concerts, educational seminars,
heritage tours, a HATitude brunch
and an outdoor festival.For more
information 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.
The Universoul Circus returns to
Jacksonville at the Prime F Osborn
III Convention Center January
30th 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
Jax 2025 Feedback
Hear feedback from the nearly
1,000 Visioneers at the JCCI
Community Visioning event
Saturday, February 2nd. JCCI is
creating a Vision for Jacksonville
using the results from both the
JAX2025 Community Survey and
the January meeting. The Visioning
Event is at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center, 1000 Water
Street, and includes free parking,
complimentary coffee and runs
from 9 -11:00 a.m.
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
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.
This "love themed" scavenger
hunt takes place Wednesday,
February 6th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30
p.m. Bring a teammate along and a
cell phone (to take pictures), so you
can scour downtown Jacksonville.
After the hunt has concluded, join
the Contemporaries inside MOCA
to make your own Valentine for that
special someone. Museum of
Contemporary Art is located at 333
North Laura Street. For more infor-
mation call 366-6911 or email
Chores made Simple
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension office are offering a free
program on Florida-Friendly tips on
irrigation, fertilization, mulch and
weed control, Wednesday,
February 6th, 6 8 p.m. at
Mandarin Library, 12125 San Jose
Blvd. For more details call Becky at
255-7450 or email her your name
and phone number to pre-register at
Learning to CoWork
Join Co-work Jax in celebrating
their 1st year anniversary, Monday,
February 7th, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
CoWork Jax will be sharing insights
on coworking and its impact around
the world. The event will be held at
5 West Forsyth Street. For more
information email info@cowork-
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
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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-
Cocktails for a Cause
Join the office of Public Defender
Matt Shirk and friends as they host
a 'Cocktails for a Cause' at The
University Club, Friday, February
8th. The goal is to help raise funds
for the Vision for Excellence sum-
mer youth program. Enjoy happy
hour, door prizes and a silent auc-
tion. For more details contact Katie
Schoettler at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 255-4672. The event is from 5
p.m. -7 p.m. at 1301 Riverplace
Blvd, 27th Fir.
Join in the Big Read
Check out A Lesson Before
Dying, at Theatre Jacksonville for a
staged reading and discussion of
Ernest J. Gaines' classic novel. The
staged reading will be held
February 8th at 8 p.m. and
February 9th at 2 p.m. Following
the staged reading join JAX2025
Steering Committee Member, Al
Letson, as he leads a community
discussion. For more details call the
theater at 396-4425. Theater
Jacksonville is located at 2032 San
Traces of Blue Sing
ACapella at the Ritz
Traces of Blue, formerly known
as Afro Blue Vocal Band, an acap-
pella group of 10 singers will per-
form at the Ritz Theatre, Saturday,
February 9th. The group was a
contender on the show "the Sing-
Off." Their musical style, is jazz,
r&b, gospel, pop, hip-hop and funk.
For more information contact the
Ritz at 632-5555.
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.
A Holy Ghost Party
Comedian Funnybone will pres-
ent a Christian Comedy and Rap
explosion, Saturday, February 9th
at 6 p.m. at the Times Union
Center,. featuring comedians Chip,
Ms. Jen and headliner Albert Harris
Jr., aka Funnybone. For tickets and
more info call (407) 914-6519 or
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NBC at 8 p.m.
44th NAACP Image Awards -The
NAACP Image Awards celebrate
the accomplishments of people of
color in the fields
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S4 and film, and also
or groups who pro-
mote social justice
through creative endeavors. ABC
and CBS lead the nominees in the
TV categories this year with 20 and
12 nominations, respectively, fol-
lowed by HBO and Lifetime with
10 and NBC with 9. In the record-
ing category, RCA leads with 11
nominations, followed by Atlantic
with 10 nominations. In the motion
picture category, The Weinstein
Company, Lionsgate and
Paramount Pictures each have 4
nominations. Actress Kerry
Washington will be presented with
the NAACP President's Award.
Showtime 10:15 p.m.
"Black Filmmaker Showcase:
Saturday Night Life" Writer-
director Ava DuVernay's short
drama concerns a poor. Struggling
mother whose trip with her three
children to a 99-cent store in Los
Angles becomes an unexpectedly
uplifting family experience.
Melissa DeSousa ("The Best Man")
PBS at 12 p.m.
Independent Lens: "Daisy Bates:
First Lady of Little Rock" As a
black woman who was a feminist
before the term was commonplace,
Daisy Bates refused to accept her
assigned place in society. This film
tells the story of her life and public
support of nine black students who
registered to attend the all-white
Central High School in Little Rock,
Arkansas, which culminated in a
constitutional crisis pitting a
president against a governor and a
community against itself.
Unconventional, revolutionary and
egotistical, Bates reaped the
rewards of instant fame, but paid
dearly for it.
PBS at 1 p.m.
Independent Lens: "The Black
Power Mixtape 1967-1975" -
Startlingly fresh and candid 16 mm
footage that had lain undiscovered
in the cellar of Swedish Television
for the past 30 years, with contem-
porary audio interviews from lead-
ing African-American artists,
activists, musicians and scholars,
"Mixtape" looks at the people, soci-
ety, culture and style that fueled an
era of convulsive change, 1967-
1975. Utilizing an innovative for-
mat that riffs on the popular 1970s
mixtape format, this is a cinematic
and musical journey into the black
communities of America.
PBS at 2:30 p.m.
Independent Lens: "More Than
a Month" Shukree Hassan
Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-
American filmmaker, is on a cross-
country campaign to end Black
History Month. Through his
tongue-in-cheek journey, More
Than a Month investigates what the
treatment of history tells us about
race and equality in a "post-racial"
ESPN Classic at 5 p.m.
The rise of the black quarterback
- Documentary with interviews.
Repeats Feb. 5, 18, 19.
Lifetime at 8 p.m.
William Still Story Documentary
on a free black man who helped
Lifetime at 8:00pm
"Twist of Faith" An interfaith
love story about a single Christian
mother (Braxton) and an Orthodox
Betty and Coretta stars Angela Bassset and was produced by Mary
J. Blige (above).
Betty & Coretta Feb. 2 at 8pm
on Lifetime The dual real-life sto-
ries of Coretta Scott King (Angela
Bassett) and Dr. Betty Shabazz
(Mary J. Blige) are the subjects of
this original movie. The respective
wives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
(Malik Yoba) and Malcolm X
(Lindsay Owen Pierre), the two
women create an unbreakable life-
long bond after their husbands'
tragic assassinations. The film kicks
off Lifetime's Black History Month
Showtime at 8:30 p.m.
"Brooklyn Boheme" A Nelson
George film that documents the
black arts movement of the '80s and
'90s in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
Graduates include Spike Lee and
SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 3RD
STARZ IN BLACK at 7 p.m.
"The Road to Brown" Profiles
Charles Hamilton Houston who
played a significant role in disman-
tling the Jim Crow laws which
helped Black America finally have
legal equal rights under the
STARZ IN BLACK at 8 p.m.
"February One:" The Story of
the Greensboro Four (2004)
Documents one volatile winter in
Greensboro that not only chal-
lenged public laws in North
Carolina but served as a blueprint
for the wave of non-violent Civil
Rights protests that swept across the
nation throughout the 1960s.
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BET at 9 p.m.
Having Our Say: The Delany
Sisters Two North Carolina
women who each lived to be over
100 look back on their lives and all
PBS at 10 p.m.
Underground Railroad: The
Jewish widower (Hirsh), whose
mutual passion for music and
singing draws them together.
PBS at 10 p.m.
The Black Power Mixtape, 1967-
1975 Documentary by Swedish
filmmakers talking with most of the
important black power figures of
the era, such as Stokely Carmichael
and Angela Davis.
STARZ IN BLACK at 7 p.m.
"At the River I Stand" 1993
Documentary chronicles the 1968
Memphis, Tennessee sanitation
workers strike and the death of
Martin Luther King, Jr.
STARZ IN BLACK at 8 p.m.
"Revolution '67" A focus on the
six-day riots in Newark, New
Jersey in July 1967, which began as
spontaneous revolts against poverty
and police brutality, but ended as
fateful milestones in America's
struggles over race and economic
HBO at 7 a.m.
"The Curious Case of Curt
Flood" An overview of Curt
Flood's life and exploration of the
historic stand he launched against
Major League Baseball's reserve
clause in 1969, which led to reform,
but destroyed his career.
BET at 11 a.m.
Dr. Maya Angelou and Common
- An uncommon dialogue between
the scholar and the rapper/actor.
PBS at 9 p.m.
Slavery by Another Name -
Sobering documentary on the sec-
ond-class treatment of blacks all
over America for many decades
after the Civil War ended.
BET at 9 p.m.
BET Honors Hosted by
Gabrielle Union. Honorees include
Lisa Leslie, T.D. Jakes, Halle Berry,
Clarence Avant and Chaka Khan.
PBS at 9 p.m.
The Interrupters Community
workers and former gang members
who intervene to head off violent
confrontations and situations in
HBO at 9 p.m.
"The Loving Story" A racially-
charged criminal trial and a heart-
rending love story converge in this
documentary about Richard and
Mildred Loving, set during the tur-
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Story is a story of love and the
struggle for dignity set against a
backdrop of historic anti-misce-
genation sentiments in the U.S. The
Lovings, an interracial couple, fell
in love and married at a critical time
in American history, and, because
of a confluence of social and politi-
cal turmoil our reluctant heroes
bring about change where previous-
ly no one else could. They are
paired with two young and ambi-
tious lawyers who are driven to
pave the way for Civil Rights and
social justice through an historic
Supreme Court ruling, changing the
country's story forever.
Lifetime at 8:00 p.m.
"Pastor Brown" Follows a
young woman (Richardson-
Whitfield) who returns home to
take over as pastor of the family
church after her father's (David)
death and is forced to face her sor-
did past and mend fences with her
son (Jordan) and sister (Parker).
HBO at 9:00 p.m.
"Beyonce: Life is But a Dream"
- Beyonce gives fans an intimate
look inside her world -- including
revealing the first glimpse of
daughter Blue Ivy in this HBO doc-
STARZ IN BLACK at 7 p.m.
"Nat Turner: A Troublesome
Property" An illuminating docud-
rama on Nat Turner's slave rebel-
lion and its impact on America's
long and troubled history of slavery
and racial conflict. Interviews with
William Styron, Ossie Davis, Henry
Louis Gates, Jr. and others.
STARZ IN BLACK at 8 p.m.
"Banished" Banished explores
African-American families who
were expelled from their communi-
ties by the White majority residents.
BET at 10 p.m.
"BET Takes Hollywood." Focus
on black Oscar nominees.
WJCT at 5:00 a.m.
"Underground Railroad: The
William Still Story" This program
tells the story of William Still, one
of the most important yet unherald-
ed individuals of the Underground
Railroad. The film details the
accounts of black abolitionists, who
had everything at stake as they
helped fugitives follow the North
Star to Canada.
WJCT at 4:00 a.m.
"The Powerbroker: Whitney
Young's Fight for Civil Rights" -
Whitney M. Young Jr. was one of
the most celebrated and controver-
sial leaders of the civil rights era.
This documentary follows his jour-
ney from segregated Kentucky to
head of the National Urban League.
Unique among black leaders, he
took the fight directly to the power-
ful white elite, gaining allies in
business and government, including
three presidents. Young had the dif-
ficult tasks of calming the fears of
white allies, relieving the doubts of
fellow civil rights leaders and
responding to attacks from the mili-
tant Black Power movement.
WJCT at 3:00 a.m.
"Slavery By Another Name" -
Challenges one of America's most
cherished assumptions: the belief
that slavery in this country ended
with Abraham Lincoln's
Emancipation Proclamation of
1863. This documentary tells a har-
rowing story of how in the South,
even as chattel slavery came to an
end, new forms of involuntary
servitude, including convict leas-
ing, debt slavery and peonage, took
its place with shocking force -- bru-
talizing and ultimately circumscrib-
ing the lives of hundreds of thou-
sands of African Americans well
into the 20th century. It was a sys-
tem in which men, often guilty of
no crime at all, were arrested, com-
pelled to work without pay, repeat-
edly bought and sold and coerced to
do the bidding of masters. The pro-
gram spans eight decades, from
1865 to 1945, revealing the inter-
locking forces in both the South and
the North that enabled this
"neoslavery" to begin and persist.
Using archival photographs and
dramatic re-enactments, filmed on
each started life as a second class
citizen in the Jim Crow south. In
this episode we will use DNA to
investigate family mysteries: where
do they come from in Africa, and
who are the white men in their fam-
STARZ IN BLACK at 7 p.m.
"Scandalize My Name: Stories
From the Blacklist" Narrated by
Morgan Freeman, this potent docu-
mentary, examines several promi-
nent African-American performers
who were seeking more and
enhanced roles on radio, television,
and stage. In the 1940s and 1950s,
anti-Communism was one more
tool to maintain Jim Crow and to
oppress African-Americans. Topics
include the Red Scare,
McCarthyism, and blacklists with
STARZ IN BLACK at 8 p.m.
"Dare Not Walk Alone" -
Nominated for the NAACP Image
Award for "Most Outstanding
Documentary," Dare Not Walk
Alone is set to a soundtrack that
flows from Gospel to Hip Hop
music, and examines the heroic
struggle for the courage of the Civil
Rights supporters who put their
lives on the line in the midst of the
now historical racial clashes in St.
Augustine, Florida, in order to force
president to sign the Civil Rights
Act of 1964.
Slavery by Another Name examines the post civil war era where chain games
kept much of the Black population enslaved for frivolous crimes.
location in Alabama and Georgia, it
tells the forgotten stories of both
victims and perpetrators ofneoslav-
ery and includes interviews with
their descendants living today. The
program also features interviews
with Douglas Blackmon, author of
the Pulitzer Prize- winning book
"Slavery by Another Name" and
with leading scholars of this period.
Showtime at 8:30 p.m.
"Phunny Business." The rise
and fall of All Jokes Aside, a
Chicago club that was one of the
few to welcome and encourage
black comedians like Steve Harvey.
PBS at 1:30 p.m.
"Finding Your Roots: Cory
Booker and John Lewis" In this
episode, we feature two African
American politicians from different
generations and opposite back-
grounds. John Lewis grew up in a
sharecropping family in rural
Georgia, while Cory Booker was
raised in an affluent, all-white New
Jersey suburb. Although both men
have devoted their lives to the bet-
terment of African-American peo-
ple, neither of them knows much
about their own ancestors. In this
episode, we introduce Booker to his
white great-grandfather, a man he
never knew, and move Lewis to
tears over the extraordinary ambi-
tions and accomplishments of his
PBS at 3:30 pm
"Finding Your Roots Samuel L.
Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and
Ruth Simmons" Samuel L.
Jackson, Condoleezza Rice and
Brown University President Ruth
Simmons have each climbed to the
pinnacle of their profession, yet
PBS at 9 p.m.
"Memphis." The hit Broadway
show heavy on 1950s-inspired
R&B, set against the backdrop of a
forbidden interracial love story.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH
HBO at 6:15 a.m.
"Joe Louis: America's Hero...
Betrayed" An American story.
Traces the career of Joe Louis
(1914-1981) within the context of
American racial consciousness: his
in his career, r
the pride of
prowess, the ..
shift of White sentiment toward
Louis as Hitler came to power,
Louis's patriotism during World
War II, and the hounding of Louis
by the IRS for the following 15
years. In his last years, he's a casino
greeter, a drug user, and the occa-
sional object of scorn for young
Turks like Muhammad Ali.
Appreciative comment comes from
boxing scholars, Louis's son Joe Jr.,
friends, and icons like Maya
Angelou, Dick Gregory, and Bill
Centric at 11 p.m.
The Life of Heavy D -
Documentary on the influential rap-
per who died young.
PBS at 10p.m.
"Cab Calloway: Sketches." -
Portrait of a fine musician who was
also one of the great showmen of
the 20th century.
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The Jacksonville Zoo
During the 2013 Black History Month, the Jacksonville Zoo is offering
special admission prices. Buy one adult admission and get one adult free
or buy one child admission and get one child free with a coupon.
Governor Rick Scott's Black History
Month Art & Essay Contests
Art Contest and Essay Contest for Grades K-12. Applications are now
available online for Governor Rick Scott's Black History Month Art
Contest. The contest is open to all students in the state of Florida. Two
winners will be selected and will be notified by February 14, 2013. For
more information on contest rules and forms visit www.floridablackhisto-
ry.com or contact the Governor's Office at (850) 410-0501 for any further
questions. Winners receive a full scholarship.
Black Men in History Fellowship Breakfast
There will be a Black History Month Men's Fellowship Prayer Breakfast,
Saturday, February 2nd, 8 a.m. 10 a.m. at Greater El-Beth-El Divine
Holiness Church, 723 West 4th Street. Come hear speaker's Hugh
Wilkerson and Lester Bass celebrate friendship and kinship. For more
information call the church at 374-3940.
Black History Proclamation at UNF
The University of North Florida is presenting a Black History
Proclamation Monday, February 4th at 7 p.m. to honor the courage, con-
tributions, and achievements of African Americans and their essential role
in shaping the story of America. For more information contact UNF at 620-
1000 or visit www.unf.edu.
A Walk through History highlights
icons of Jacksonville's history
The Duval County Retired Educators Association Cultural Affairs
Committee will present a multi-cultural program, entitled "A Walk
through History," Thursday, February 7th Enjoy a program dedicated to
the icons of Jacksonville who have made great contributions to the life,
accomplishments and advancement of our multi-cultural history. The event
will be held, at 10:30 a.m., at Mary Singleton Community Center, 150 East
First Street. Free and open to the public. For more information call
Francina King at 696-2473 or email email@example.com.
Through Song & Story
On Monday, February 11th at 12:30 p.m. the Sparky and Rhonda
Rucker's program, Heroes and Hard Times: American History Through
Song and Story takes audiences on a journey that spans over three centuries
of African American history, including slavery, the Underground Railroad,
the Civil War, the birth of blues music, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Each era is interspersed with stories and popular songs from the time peri-
od. For more information, contact the Deerwood Center Student Life and
Leadership Development office at 997-2795. Event location: Florida State
College at Jacksonville, Deerwood Center, Center Court, 9911 Old
Celebrate the arts at FSCJ
Enjoy spoken word, music and dance, Thursday, February 14th at 12
p.m. at FSCJ. For more information, contact the North Campus Student
Life and Leadership Development office at 766-6786 Free for all ages.
Event location: Florida State College at Jacksonville, North Campus,
Courtyard, 4501 Capper Rd.
Central CME Honors Community Trustees
The Central Metropolitan CME Church, Marquise L. Hardick, Pastor,
will honor the Pillars of the Jacksonville African-American community
Sunday, February 17th at 4 p.m. The Board of Christian Education of
Central Metropolitan CME Church will have an anniversary celebration
with a special concert performance by the Edward Waters College Concert
Choir, under the directorship of Barbara McNeely-Bouie. The program will
also feature an honor awards presentation. Everyone is invited to attend.
The concert is free to the public. Central Metropolitan CME Church is
located at 4611 N. Pearl St. in the Historic Springfield section of town. For
more information call the church at 354-7426.
Civil Rights Discussion: Thurgood Marshall &
On Wednesday, February 20th at 12 p.m. FSCJ presents a lecture and
discussion on Thurgood Marshall and the Little Rock Nine presented by
John Taylor discussing Lawyer Thurgood Marshall and civil rights activist
Daisy Bates who joined several members of the "Little Rock Nine," the
first students to integrate Central High School in Arkansas. For more infor-
mation contact the North Campus Student Life and Leadership
Development office at 766-6786. Event location: Florida State College at
Jacksonville, North Campus, Courtyard, 4501 Capper Rd.
Still Raines Viewing
There will be a lecture and discussion on African American Education on
Wednesday, February 20th 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. View a documentary on
Raines High School by Emmanuel Washington. William Marion Raines
Senior High School opened its in January of 1965 and boasts a rich histo-
ry of sports, controversy and student excellence. RSVP to Kerry Roth at
766-6785. Event location: Florida State College at Jacksonville, North
Campus, E-235, 4501 Capper Rd
Anna Kingsley Lecture
Author Dr. Daniel L Shafer will help celebrate the Kingsley Plantation
17th anniversary, Thursday, February 21st with a lecture on Anna
Kingsley. The lecture will be held at the Mandarin Community Center,
12447 Mandarin Rd., at 7 p.m. For more information call 662-0828.
Mary McCleod Bethune Leadership
The 3rd Annual Dr. Mary McCleod-Bethune Community Leadership
Breakfast sponsored by the Duval Nassau Alumni Chapter of Bethune-
Cookman College University's will be Saturday, February 23rd at 9 a.m. at
the Jacksonville Airport Hotel. Breakfast honorees include MaliVai
Washington, Wallace Raspberry, Tracey "Dj Dr. Doom" McKay, Jimmie
Johnson, and Bono's BBQ Norwood Avenue. For more information email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Darrell Brown at 307-8492.
UNF Luncheon Features Jasmine Guy
The University of North Florida's (UNF) Intercultural Center for PEACE
(ICP) will present actress Jasmine Guy, actress, dancer, singer, author, and
producer whose career has included many leading roles on television and
feature films. The luncheon will take place Tuesday, February 26th at 12
p.m. Guy will discuss "Making Your Own Different World." Proceeds from
the program benefit UNF students. The event will take place in the Adam
W. Herbert University Center Banquet Hall. For more information please
contact ICP at 620-2475.
Race in the New Millenium & the Age of Obama
The MOSH after dark presents "Race in the New Millennium & The Age
of Obama" with Dr. Faye V. Harrison, joint professor of Anthropology and
African American Studies at the University of Florida. The series takes
place Thursday, February 28th at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Science and
History Admission, 1025 Museum Circle. For more information visit
www.themosh.org or call 396- 6674.
Honoring service that goes above and beyond
The Tuskegee Airmen soared to new heights when they became the first African American pilots to serve in the U.S. armed forces. They were known for their heroism,
teamwork and honorable conduct in the air and on the ground. Following decades of distinguished military service, Tuskegee Airmen Col. George S. Roberts and Lt. Col.
James A. Walker continued their commitment to service as two of the original personal banking officers at Wells Fargo.
Wells Fargo is proud to celebrate Black History as we honor the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and the contributions that African Americans have made in enriching our company
and encouraging us all to reach new heights.
To learn more about the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen,
check out Red Tails in theaters now.
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Ray Charles Children Win Copyright Dispute
Seven of Ray Charles' children have prevailed
against the Ray Charles Foundation's legal effort
to prevent them from reclaiming copyrights on
about 60 of his best-known compositions,
U.S. District Judge Audrey Collins threw out a
number of claims that the singer's namesake
foundation had filed against the children after
they filed termination notices in 2010 to reclaim the ownership of the
works from Warner/Chappell Music. Although Warner/Chappell has not
challenged the validity of the termination notices, the Ray Charles
Foundation did, as it reaps royalties from the copyrighted music.
But Collins ruled that the foundation lacked standing to challenge the
children' filing of termination notices. A revision of the Copyright Act
in 1976 gives authors the ability to reclaim their works assigned to pub-
lishers or other grantees after a certain period of time, although works
"made-for-hire" cannot be reclaimed.
Seven of Charles' 12 children were defendants in the case
Tyson, Gooding and Williams Cast on Broadway
The Broadway production of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful at
the Stephen Sondheim Theatre will begin March 30.
The cast will feature Emmy winner Cicely Tyson, Academy Award
winner Cuba Gooding Jr., Emmy Award nominee Vanessa Williams and
Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad.
Directed by Michael Wilson and produced by Nelle Nugent, the 14-
week limited engagement will officially open April 23.
The Trip to Bountiful, according to press notes, tells the story of
"Carrie Watts (Tyson), an elderly woman who dreams of returning to her
small hometown of Bountiful, TX one last time, against the wishes of
her overprotective son (Gooding) and domineering daughter-in-law
(Williams). Her journey becomes a heartbreaking but ultimately life-
affirming and inspiring tale that examines the fragility of memory and
celebrates the enduring power of hope and faith."
Former Contestants Sue
American Idol for Racism
The producers of one of
America's most popular reality TV
competition shows "American
Idol" are being sued by nine former
contestants for alleged racism,
according to TMZ. The past per-
formers from various seasons allege
they x ere I he boot as part of
a racist plot to boost ratings for the
The singers hired New York
attorney James H. Freeman who has
reportedly submitted a letter to the
U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC),
asking permission to sue "Idol" and
Fox on behalf of his clients. The
nine performers who are filing the
suit are Corey Clark (Season 2),
Jaered Andrews (Season 2), Donnie
Williams (Season 3), Terrell
Brittenum (Season 5), Derrell
Brittenum (Season 5), Thomas
Daniels (Season 6), Akron Watson
(Season 6), Ju'Not Joyner (Season
8), and Chris Golightly (Season 9).
According to Freeman, his
curiosity about "American Idol's
potential racist practices piqued
after contestant Jermaine Jones was
dropped from the show last year for
allegedly concealing a criminal
record and outstanding warrants
from producers. The probing attor-
ney contends that the show's pro-
ducer's had only publicly disquali-
fied nine people from the show and
they all happened to be Black.
Freeman also contends that the
alleged racist practices begin with
the screening process, when pro-
ducers are said to ask contestants if
they had ever been arrested. The
lawyer says the arrest question is a
violation of California employment
law because the contestants are
applying for a job with "Idol" so to
speak; therefore, the producers are
legally not allowed to inquire about
The attorney says the arrest ques-
tions coupled with the criminal
records obtained by private investi-
gators are not only used to humili-
ate Black "Idol" contestants pub-
licly, but are also negative devices
that help create Black "destructive
The nine contestants were made
out to be "violent criminals, liars
and sexual deviants," according to
Freeman, who also points out that
historically, "Idol" has never dis-
qualified a White or other ethnic
minority in its 11-season history.
"Idol" executive producer Nigel
Lythgoe fired back at the attorney's
allegations by stating he was
"shocked" by them and also
referred to the accusations as
"ridiculous." Lythgoe contends,
"We treat everybody the same... no
matter the race, religion, or sex. I
think we've always had a fantastic
share of talent from contestants
both Black and White.... I don't
think I've ever seen racism at the
And now the waiting game,
Freeman will file the intended law-
suit with the courts as soon as the
EEOC gives him the green light.
Though rumors have swirled for
over a year that the '90's classic
film,"The Best Man," would be be
returning to theaters, it is now offi-
cial and the entire original cast will
After nearly 15 years apart, Taye
Diggs (television's Private
Practice), Nia Long (Big Momma's
House), Morris Chestnyudfxcvut
(Kick-Ass 2), Harold Perrineau
(Zero Dark Thirty), Terrence
Howard (Hustle & Flow), Sanaa
Lathan (Contagion), Monica
Calhoun (Love & Basketball),
Melissa De Sousa (Miss
Congeniality) and Regina Hall
(Scary Movie franchise) will
reprise their career-launching roles
in the next chapter to the film that
ushered in a new era of comedy. easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries
When the college friends finally and romances to be ignited.
reunite over the Christmas holi- When the cast and crew met up
days, they will discover just how for a 12 year reunion back in
October of 2011, the rumors and
wishful thinking spread like wild-
fire and now Universal Studios is
making dreams come true.
Malcolm D. Lee, who wrote,
directed and produced the original
film, will be at the helm of Best
Man 2. In the original film, a writer
(Diggs) is preparing to be the best
man for his football player buddy
(Chestnut), and long-term girlfriend
(Calhoun) but the timing is bad
because the writer's autobiographi-
cal novel is about to debut and it
describes how the best man bedded
the bride. Howard, Perrineau, Long,
De Sousa and Lathan make up the
Cissy Houston Releases Candid Book
on Anniversary of Whitney's Death
By Hillel Italie
NEW YORK Cissy Houston
has a few words, and a few more,
for Bobby Brown.
In "Remembering Whitney," the
mother of the late Whitney Houston
writes that from the start she had
doubted whether Brown was right
for her daughter. And she thinks
that Whitney might not have ended
up so "deep" into drugs had they not
"I do believe her life would have
turned out differently," Houston
writes. "It would have been easier
for her to get sober and stay sober.
Instead she was with someone who,
like her, wanted to party. To me, he
never seemed to be a help to her in
the way she needed."
"Remembering Whitney" came
out Tuesday, two weeks short of the
first anniversary of Houston's
death. She drowned in a hotel bath-
tub in Beverly Hills, Calif., at age
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48. Authorities said her death
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During a recent telephone
interview, Houston said she
has no contact with Brown
and didn't see any reason to,
not even concerning her
Kristina. She reaffirmed her
comments in the book that
Whitney Houston would
have been better off with-
out him. "How would you
like it if he had anything
to do with your daugh-
ter?" she asked.
A request to Brown's
publicist for comment
was not immediately
Houston said she
wanted the book pub-
lished so the world
would not believe the
worst about her
Houston, herself an accomplished
soul and gospel singer who has per-
formed with Elvis Presley and
Aretha Franklin, describes Whitney
as a transcendent talent and viva-
cious and generous person known
affectionately by her childhood
nickname, "Nippy." But she
acknowledges in the book that her
daughter could be "mean" and "dif-
ficult" and questions at times how
well she knew her.
"In my darkest moments, I won-
der whether Nippy loved me," she
writes. "She always told me she did.
But you know, she didn't call me
much. She didn't come see me as
much as I hoped she would."
But, "almost always," Whitney
Houston was "the sweetest, most
loving person in the room."
Brown is portrayed as childish
and impulsive, hot tempered and
jealous of his wife's success. Cissy
Houston describes a 1997 incident
when Whitney sustained a "deep
cut" on her face while on a yacht
insisted it was an accident; Brown
had slammed his hand on a table,
breaking a plate. A piece of china
flew up and hit Whitney, requiring
surgery to cover any possible scar.
The injury was minor, the effects
"She seemed sadder after that,
like something had been taken
away from her," Houston writes.
For years, Whitney's drug prob-
lems had been only a rumor to her
mother, who writes that concerns
expressed by record executive
Clive Davis were kept from her by
her daughter and others. But by
2005 she had seen the worst.
Houston remembers a horrifying
visit to the Atlanta home of Brown
and Houston, where the walls and
doors were spray-painted with "big
glaring eyes and strange faces."
Whitney's face had been cut out
from a framed family picture, an
image Cissy Houston found
"beyond disturbing." The next time
Houston came to the house, she
was joined by two sheriffs
deputies who helped her take
White\ to the hospital.
"She was so angry at me, curs-
ing me and up and down," she
writes. "Eventually, after a good
long while, Nippy did stop being
angry at me. She realized that I
did what I did to protect her, and
she later told people that I had
saved her life."
Brown and Whitney Houston
divorced in 2007, after 15 years of
marriage. When she learned that her
daughter was leaving Brown, Cissy
Houston was "extremely relieved"
and "thanking God so much I'm
sure nobody else could get a prayer
in to Him."
Houston has no doubt that if
Whitney were alive she would still
be singing and making records.
Houston said during her interview
that she has seen "Sparkle," a
remake of the 1970s movie that
came out last summer and featured
Whitney as the mother of a singing
group struggling with addiction.
Although Cissy Houston doesn't
like movies about "drugs and all
that kind of stuff," she was
impressed by "Sparkle."
"I thought she was great in it and
all the kids were great," says
Houston, who adds that the "whole
movie was hard to get through."
The book, too, was painful and
her grief continues. She writes that
sometimes she hears a doorbell ring
and thinks it's Whitney, or sees a
vase in a different place and won-
ders if her daughter is around. Some
nights, Cissy Houston wakes up
crying, not sure at first where she is.
"But then I get up out of bed,
wipe my eyes, wash my face, and
lie back down to my sleep. Because
that is all I can do," she writes. "I
am so grateful to God for giving me
the gift of 48 years with my daugh-
ter. And I accept that He knew when
it was time to take her."
Sequel to hit Best Man in the Works
So exactly who is this 19-year-
old young tennis whiz kid Sloane
Stephens? Do we know much
about the young dynamo who beat
Serena Williams, one of the best
American women's tennis player to
ever swing a racket, during day 10
of the 2013 Australian Open at
Melbourne Park? Well, inquiring
minds want to know and were here
to clue you in on the young girl with
the heart of a true tennis champion.
1) Stephens has idolized both
Serena and Venus Williams ever
since she could remember. As a
matter of fact, she has a photo of
her mentor, Serena, in her room
who serves as her constant inspira-
tion for the game.
2) Stephens' mom, Sybil, is also
an athlete. She was a swimmer at
Boston University (BU) and is
actually touted on the BU Hall of
Fame webpage as "the finest swim-
mer in Boston University history!"
Sybil, who graduated from BU in
1988, qualified for the Olympic
Trials in three events, and later
became an assistant coach at
3) The Plantation, Fla., native is
currently the youngest woman in
the Women's Tennis Association
4) Stephen's dad, John, was a
professional football player who
was selected by the New England
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Patriots in the first round of the
1988 draft and remained for six
seasons. He was tragically killed
in an automobile accident in 2009
at age 43. John passed away right
at the start of the U.S. Open on
that year, and Stephens attended
his funeral and remained entered
in the Open.
5) The sport of tennis was intro-
duced to Stephens by her mom
when she was 9 years old.
6) Stephens, who has been
home schooled since age 12, grad-
uated high school in 2011.
7) In 2007, she played her first
prof game on the International
Tennis Federation Circuit.
8) Stephens' grandfather has
had the greatest influence on her
9) After Stephens beat Serena at
the 2013 Brisbane International
quarterfinals, she moved up from
a ranking of world No. 38 to a
career high of No. 29.
10) The young player who is
excited that her Twitter following
has increased from 17,000 to now
more than 40,000 after the match,
earned a whopping $526,793 for
reaching the semifinals. Stephens
doesn't plan on squandering it,
though! Instead, Stephens wants
to buy herself a pair of Jimmy
Choo shoes and is banking the
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