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Title:
The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
February 14, 2013

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African American newspapers -- Florida   ( lcsh )
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30.31944 x -81.66 ( Place of Publication )

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

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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lccn - sn 95007355
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UF00028305:00402

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Preceded by:
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Losing
Weight is

Not Just

Physical -

it's Spiritual
Page 12



Legal Woes


Motown
the Musical
Ready to Take
Broadway by
Storm with an
Inside Look to
the Music Legend
Page 9


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Michael

Jordan's

Contributions

Cannot be

Measured
Page 4


for Bishop

Eddie Long

Continue with

New Lawsuit
Page 10


Jesse Jackson, Jr. Signs Federal Plea
Deal for Misuse of Funds
It's been nearly three months since Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from
Congress, and now he has signed papers in a plea deal within the past
several days.
Under the terms of the deal Jackson signed, he pleads guilty and his
fate as to jail time would be in the hands of a federal judge, not yet
assigned. He would repay the government hundreds of thousands of
dollars for items like the $40,000 Rolex watch, travel expenses for a
woman he described as a "social acquaintance" and furniture purchased
for his home.
Converting campaign contributions for personal use is strictly prohib-
ited by federal law. It opens Jackson up to "not more than 5 years" in
prison.

Man Gets 220 Years for
Molesting Three Year Old
Jason Jerome Hambrick (pictured) was sentenced to 220 years for sex-
ually molesting a 3-year-old girl back who was left in his care in 2011,
reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The incident occurred back in July 2011, when the little girl was left
in Hambrick's care for one month. Police investigators discovered that
the 23-year-old man forced the toddler to engage in sexual acts that
oftentimes resulted in physical injury to the child.
Relatives of the child noticed she had been making gestures that were
sexual in nature and began to question how she came to know about
such inappropriate behaviors.
After a thorough investigation of the case, police were led to Hambrick
who was arrested in August 2011 after authorities ransacked his home.
DNA was also collected from the suspect.
Fulton Counrt Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford sentenced
Hambrick to 50 years for each of his four sexually related crimes, plus
another 20 years was tacked on to a first-degree cruelty to children
charge. The sentences will run consecutively.

Senate Approves Anti-violence
Against Women Act
By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted this week to renew
the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and les-
bians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access
to the act's anti-domestic violence programs.
The 78-22 Senate vote to reauthorize the two-decade-old act that has
shielded millions of women from abuse and helped reduce national rates
of domestic violence turns the focus to the House, where Republican
leaders are working to come up with their own version.
The act expired in 2011, putting efforts to improve its many federal
programs on hold. Last year both the Republican-led House and the
Democratic-controlled Senate passed renewal bills, but they were
unable to reach a compromise.
Positive changes created by VAWA are a decline in intimate partner
violence by 67 percent between 1993 and 2010 and an increase in vic-
tims reporting domestic and sexual violence to police, resulting in more
arrests. The act provides grants to state and local authorities for legal
assistance, transitional housing, law enforcement training, stalker data-
bases and domestic violence hotlines. The Senate bill extends the act for
five years and provides $659 million for VAWA programs.

55 Year Sentence in
Rilya Wilson Case
MIAMI A South Florida woman who once cared for missing 4-year-
old foster child Rilya Wilson has been sentenced to 55 years in prison
for kidnapping and child abuse convictions.
Circuit Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez imposed the sentence this week
on 67-year-old Geralyn Graham. Jurors could not agree last month on
her guilt or innocence on a murder charge, and prosecutors will not retry
Graham on that count.
Graham's sentencing closes a case that spanned more than a decade
since Rilya went missing in December 2000. Her disappearance wasn't
discovered for 15 months, leading to reform laws and a high-level
shakeup within Florida's child welfare agency.
The prosecution was complicated because Rilya's body was never
found and there were no witnesses. Graham consistently denied harm-
ing the girl.



Black Murder Victim Rate
For the third year in a row, Missouri ranks as the state with the high-
est homicide victimization rate, with 33.86 per 100,000, double the
national average of 16.32 for Black homicide victims, according to an
annual study by the Violence Policy Center.
The report, "Black Homicide Victimization in the United States: An
Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data," also noted that African-Americans
represented 13 percent of the population, but 49 percent of all homicide
victims. There were 6,469 Black homicide victims in the United States.
Of these, 5,582 were male, and 887 were female.
The homicide rate for Black victims in the United States was 16.32 per
100,000. In comparison, the overall national homicide rate was 4.42 per
100,000 and the national homicide rate for Whites was 2.66 per
100,000.


OAi 1 QLALI 1 Y BLACK W, I:KLY
50 Cents


Volume 26 No. 16 Jacksonville, Florida February 14-20, 2013


Trayvon Martin


Jordan Davis


How Valuable is a



Black Child's Life?


What is the life of a Black child
worth these days? This week,
aMiami foster parent was sentenced
to 55 years for the death/dissapear-
ance of three year old Rilya Wilson.
Her body has never been found in


the decade old case. The sentenc-
ing casts a shadow on more recent
deaths such as Trayvn Martin and
Jacksonville's own Jordan Davis.
Young lives senselessly taken all
garnering national attention..


Most recently, the death of Hadiya
Pendleton, a 15-year-old honor stu-
dent on Chicago's South Side is
finally receiving the national atten-
tion that it deserves. An honor stu-
dent and majorette in her school's


marching band, Hadiya had recent-
ly participated in President
Obama's inaugural parade in the
nation's capital.
After leaving school on Jan. 29,
Hadiya was shot and killed in a
park after she and friends sought
shelter under a canopy when it
began raining. She was killed about
a mile from Obama's Chicago
home. Hadiya's father, Nathaniel
Pendleton, summed up his loss this
way: "They took the light of my
life... She was destined for great
things and you stripped that from
her."
First Lady Michelle Obama,
Secretary of Education Arne
Duncan and presidential adviser
Valerie Jarrett attended Hadiya's
funeral on Saturday. Her mother,
Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton, was a
guest of the Obamas at Tuesday's
State of the Union address. The
president is scheduled to visit
Chicago on Friday where he will
deliver a major address on gun vio-
lence that is certain to contain a
mention of Hadiya. It's fitting that
Obama return to his adopted home
town to make his case against dead-
ly violence. Continued on page 4


Retired Educators Celebrate Past and Present Trailblazers in City's History

The Duval County ,
Retired Educators
Association held
their annual Black
History program,
themed, "A Walk r L
through History."
The event chroni-Ad
cled the many
achievements of
African American A m a ~
icons and natives of
Jacksonville, Florida C"
that renowned in
their various areas.-
The program consist- ,t
ed of a powerpoint
presentation com-
mending Olympiana .
Robert "Bob Bullet"
Hayes, Chandra
C he e s e borou g h Shown above (L-R) Bettye D. Pittman, Sandra English, Christine Hicks, Deborah Rasheed, Andrew Daigeau, Anne Hart,
Guice, and Danette Estelle McKissick, Karen Jenkins, Flora Parker, Francine King, Mattie Campbell, Cornelia Fountain, Janie Robinson,
Young-Stone; former Edward Hall, Larry Boston, Rufus English, Bernard Wright, Catherine Massey, Mattie Campbell and Annie Griffin.
Jacksonville Mayor Walter Orange, member of the hit- under the Lincoln Administration Sandra English remarked, "These
Jake Godbold; Richard W. making group the Commodores; during the American Civil War and individuals grew up in or and
Marshall, Chief Financial Officer, Edwin McMasters-Stanton, an Mayor Alvin Brown. around Jacksonville or made major
of the Martin Luther King, Jr. American lawyer and politician Held at the Mary Singleton contributions to the State of
National Memorial Foundation; who served as Secretary of War Senior Center, DCREA president Florida."


Links Excite 300+ with a Party with a Purpose Western Style


Shown above at the Western Gala are Gayle Byrd, Margaret
Thompson and Esmin Masters.


The Jacksonville Chapter of the
Links, Incorporated held their 9th
annual Western Gala Saturday night
at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
Hundreds of western clad guests
dined on fresh grilled chicken,
freshly cooked pasta. and Caesar
salad, all catered by the event's
major sponsors Carrabbas and
Bruster's Ice Cream.
DJ Rodney Hurst spinned dance
favorites through the ages complete
with the party favorite line dancing
and western dance lessons for those
brave enough to try it.
Between line dancing and fel-
lowshipping, guests also enjoyed
gaming tables where they could
win gift cards. The tables included
classics such as Blackjack and
roulette. Door prizes included a
Carrabbas gift basket and a two
night stay at a Rosen resort in
Orlando. Candace Thompson and
Marietta LeBlanc, chairs for the


event both agreed, "it just seems to
get better every year".
A highlight of the evening was
Betty Cody, president of the chap-
ter, presenting a $ 2000.00 check to
Edward Waters College to benefit
needy students. Other proceeds
from the event will benefit UNCF,
EuGene J. Butler Middle School,
and other local charities and organ-
izations. The chapter's signature
program is a partnership with
Eugene Butler Middle School to
provide social and life style skills to
sixth through eighth grade female
students. The girls selected to par-
ticipate in our program must have a
grade point average of C or better
with no significant behavior prob-
lems. The overarching goal is to
foster a transformational program
that addresses Childhood Obesity
and Bullying.
For more photos, see page 2


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Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press February 14 20, 2013


Links Western Gala


- a Party With a Purpose


Rometa Porter and Dr. Ruben Brigety


Eric and Branita Mann


Marquita Guillory, Lois Lindsey and Pat Hairston


Anne & Michael Gayle, Michelle & Renard Rawls


Bottom: Larry Helms, Terry Mosley. Top: Gloria
Belton, Jean Gilmore and Nolan Gilmore


Thelma Lewis, Jean Aikins and Dr. Chester Aikens


Charles and Kia Kemp with Pat and Orrin Mitchell


Pat Bivins and Pat Godboldt


Table host Marretta Latimer and Ernestine Rutledge, Terry Stepter, Pat Mitchell, Kelly Toaston
Marguertie Warren with their guests and Tracy Rutledge met guests at the door to seat them.


Majoria and Robert Manning


Bill and Betty Cody


*: ; -1 ,


Wanda Willis accepts check from Chapter President
Betty Cody to suuport Edward Waters College.


Royce and Jaminda Thompson


Susan Jones, Kim Hughye and Wanda Willis


Event hosts the Jacksonville Chapter of the Links, Incorporated


Event Chair Candance Thompson and
Chapter Vice President Kenyonn Demps


February 14 20,2013


Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press









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Proprietors Barney and Darlene Spann stand in front of the ne
Day Spa Brings Spark Back


by Lynn Jones
There's a new business in
Historic Springfield catering o the
pampering needs of Jacksonville.
Avela Day Spa, owned by Barney
and Darlene Spann, have brought
new life to the neighborhood in its
continuing resurgence.
Taking on the tradition of luxury
spas, guests are immediately
offered a drink of, green tea, wine
or water as they enter. The atmos-
phere is calm, cool and inviting at
the location nestled between 4th
and 5th Street on Main Street.
After working in corporate
America many years and being a
stay at home mom, Darlene Spann
endeavored on a new path and
attended cosmetology school to
become a licensed ethnitician, body
wrap and tanning specialist.
Darlene Spann smiled,"well
everyone always got me to do their
nails, or I was doing somebody's
makeup, or taking care of some-
one's skin and also doing first aid.
I'd say it was just a natural progres-
sion. I've worked in corporate
American for many years and when
I was laid off I became a stay at
home mom and amongst other
things, this became my second
career."
As residents of Springfield, the
Spanns had no second thoughts
when choosing their location.
"The neighborhood is ripe for
revitalization and now was the time
to make the change and delve right
in," said Barney Spann.
Even though you can't help but
notice the urban blight that sur-
rounds the spa, Avela stands out
amongst its' neighbors. They offer
basic nail and skin care services
such as manicures, pedicures, mas-
sages, waxing and eyelashes.
"We will be expanding into more
treatments such as microdermabra-
sions. I'm a registered esthetician
and also a certified spray tanner,"
says Spann
Barney and Darlene have accom-
plished their goal and will definite-
ly expand to the building next door
which will house the massages ther-
apy and create a more holistic
atmosphere. Barney chimed in,
"timing is everything for me. I've
been in business for over 30 years


with both working a job and run-
ning a business or businesses. I just
thought, I wanna make this happen
and the time is ripe and we looked
at other locations. But this area and
the fact we live in Springfield
sealed the deal. Much of our busi-
ness comes from the car dealership
next door and so far we've had 50 -
60 customers walk-in from the
neighborhood."
As business owners, the Spanns
did not utilize any city funds to ren-
ovate the building structure yet
adhered to guidelines design, regu-
lations, compliance and the new go-
green environment.
The concept and name of the spa,
Avela, was created with the names
of the Spann family legacy ecom-
passing names of their daughters
and both Barney and Darlene's
mothers.
Darlene also wanted to reiter-


:wly opened Avela Day Spa.
to Springfield
ate,"many of the discount salons
have ala carte service and are con-
cerned with volume, we pride our-
selves on specialty services and
paying attention to our customers
needs to craft a spa treatment
ambiance. When asked about salon
promotions, Barney remarked,
"Darlene wanted to do mail outs. I
said let it grow organically. We uti-
lize Facebook, and we've been
communicating with nearby organi-
zations."
Avela Spa is a friendly neighbor-
hood spa creating vision within a
district that is fertile and deserving
of revitalization efforts. The
enhancement to the building has
created curb appeal and inspiration
to future business owners that want
to open a business in Springfield.
For more information on Avela
Spa or to make an appointment call
353-3700.


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Brings a Voi
WASlI!N(;TON -- President
tick Oh Im ni on Tuesday called
Hor C '..,', .. Io vote on a variety of
gtin control proposals that are cur-
rently up I'mo dclate, and he offered
a hIeartllCl, ibu not sharply political,
endorsements lor the proposals.
Towards the end of his State of
the Union addrsi ti I he speech
reached a crescendo, lhe president
turned to the topic ol' pun violence:
"What I've said tonighl matters lit-
tle if we don't come together to pro-
tect our most precious resource --
our children."
"This is not the first time this
country has debated how to reduce
gun violence," Obama said. But
two months after the shooting of 20
children and six adults at an ele-
mentary school, he said, "This time
is different."
"Overwhelming majorities of
Americans -- Americans who
believe in the 2nd Amendment --
have come together around cornm-

Organizations Unite
The Duval County Democratic
Party was joined by the
Jacksonville Young Democrats,
Beaches Democratic Club, the
Jacksonville chapter of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People, the Southern
Christian Leadership Coalition, and
Florida New Majority to rally
against Jacksonville Councilman
Matt Schellenberg's proposed bill
that would decrease the Human
Rights Commission from 20 to 11
members. The organizations gath-
ered together on the steps of City
Hall and made their way into City
Council chambers to City Council
on the discussion. Velma Brown
stood on city hall steps and was
adamant on her stance, "this is
unfair and the commission under
Parvez has not had a chance."
At the end of the day, news outlets
reported that Jacksonville City
Councilman Matt Schellenberg
dropped a bid for an emergency
vote to reshape the city's Human


ce to America's Voiceless


mon-sense reform, like background
checks that will make it harder for
criminals to get their hands on a
gun," Obama continued. "Senators
of both parties are working together
on tough new laws to prevent any-
one from buying guns for resale to
criminals. Police chiefs are asking
our help to get weapons of war and
massive ammunition magazines off
our streets, because they are tired of
being outgunned."
Universal background checks,
and the tougher penalties for "straw
purchases" of guns, are some of the
most popular gun-control proposals
among voters, and both may even-
tually win bipartisan support. But a
ban on military-style weapons faces
an uphill battle in Congress, where
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
has championed a renewal of the
1994 Assault Weapons Ban, which
expired in 2004.
The measures face opposition
largely from Republicans, but in an


unexpected move, Obama did not
single out any of the biggest obsta-
cles to the bills, which include the
powerful National Rifle
Association. Instead, he asked only
they be put to a vote.
"Each of these proposals deserves
a vote in Congress," he said. "If you
want to vote no, that's your choice.
But these proposals deserve a vote.
Because in the two months since
Newtown, more than a thousand
birthdays, graduations and anniver-
saries have been stolen from our
lives by a bullet from a gun."
To drive home his point on the
need for action on gun control,
Obama invoked a string of mass
shootings that have occurred during
his administration. The State of the
Union audience included dozens of
people whose lives had been affect-
ed by gun violence, invited as
guests of congressional Democrats
and the White House.


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Rights Commission. That decision
ended prospects of a last-second
move to preemptively block the
reappointment of board member
Parvez Ahmed, a Muslim whose
first nomination in 2010 had trig-


gered local controversy. Ahmed and
three others that Mayor Alvin
Brown appointed last month had
been scheduled to face vote by the
full council in two weeks.


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A Project of American Anthropological Association


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Family Cultural Day


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Never in the history of the world
has an athlete transformed culture
and business like Michael Jordan.
This week Jordan turns 50 years
old, which seems crazy considering
it feels like a couple of years ago I
was watching him win 6 National
Basketball Association champi-
onships.
There are some sports and enter-
tainment figures that everyone
knows regardless of your age or
background. No one is more known
than Jordan not Ali, Babe Ruth,
Willie Mays, Larry Bird, or Joe
Namath. MJ is at the top of the
totem pole.
Listening to a Jay Z song, the
rapper says that he invented "swag"
or "swagger" to those who are Hip
Hop challenged. I laughed because
in my opinion Michael Jordan cre-
ated swag.
I grew up being a fan and darn
near worshipper of MJ. He is a man
that transformed the game of pro-
fessional basketball and literally
created a new market for athletic
fashions.
Mike entered the league and
kicked doors down.
He said no I am not wearing
those "Daisy Duke" standard NBA
shorts. Make me some cool longer
shorts to match my new cool Nike
Air's (which eventually became Air
Jordan's).
Jordan had swag before the word
was even thought of. His walk, his
abilities on the court, and of course
his trailblazing fashion was
unheard of in the NBA. Slowly,
other players started wearing big-
ger, baggier shorts; but no one
could match MJ's swagger and
skills.
The man made being bald cool;
and that's no exaggeration. Being
bald went from being not hip, to
men deciding to cut their hair off
because MJ made it fashionable. So
Jay Z it was Mike who invented
"swag."
I remember crying because I


wanted some Air Jordan's and we
couldn't afford a pair so I ended up
with some Adidas. I thought that
the world was coming to an end!
Most of us know that Jordan was
no perfect person we all have our
flaws and apparently gambling and
women have been his vices. His
career with the Washington
Wizards didn't work out well, and
his brief hiatusbaseball isn't really
worth mentioning.
His ownership interest and lack
of success at developing the
Charlotte Bobcats franchise has
also been a challenge for His
Airness.
But the fact that he is a human as
any of us doesn't take away from
his accomplishments and impact on
world culture and sports.
Perhaps Jordan said it best, "I've
failed over and over and over again
in my life and that is why I suc-
ceed."
And succeed he did fourteen


All-Star Game appearances,Eleven
NBA scoring titles, Five MVP
awards, and Six NBA
Championships which included six
Finals MVP awards.
He took a lowly Chicago Bulls
team and made them world cham-
pions and relevant internationally.
I talked about the shoes earlier,
but his contracts with Gatorade,
Hanes, Coca Cola, and many more
made him extremely wealthy. I
remember the Gatorade jingle,
"Like Mike, if I could be like
Mike."
In 1998, Fortune magazine ran a
cover story called "The Jordan
Effect." The magazine and its team
of analysts calculated that Michael
Jordan alone had generated $8 bil-
lion in revenue; that was 15 years
ago.
Think about all of the Jordan
shoes that have been sold since
then and his other sponsorship and
business opportunities.


The Chicago Tribune once said
that MJ was worth some $1 trillion
to the local Chicago economy.
MJ is still the man in my book
and so many others as well. Some
young know-it-alls might say that
Kobe Bryant and Lebron James are
worthy of being mentioned in the
same category as Jordan. That's
blasphemy! Kobe and Lebron
would tell you that it's nonsense as
well.
Lebron changed his jersey num-
ber from 23 because he feels that
the number should be retired by the
NBA because MJ is the best player
ever.
I could ramble on and on, but I'll
close with one of my favorite
quotes from Jordan, "I can accept
failure, everyone fails at some-
thing. But I can't accept not trying."
Happy Birthday Mike, and
thanks for so many great memories.,
Signing off from Tallahassee,
Reggie Fullwood


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Michael Jordan's Impact Cannot Be Denied


Black History Month's Most Powerful Question


By Lee A. Daniels
NNPA Columnist
I have a rule about this month. If
it's February, I know that somebody
somewhere has given an interview
or written an article declaring
America no longer needs Black
History Month.
And, sure enough, the conserva-
tive National Review Online of
February 4 has given us the article
of one Charles W. Cooke. Its title is


succinct "Against Black History
Month: This month is Black History
Month. Let's hope it's the last."
That snarky comment is reveal-
ing, isn't it? Even if you're opposed
to Black History Month, no one
would credibly think there's any


chance that this month's, or next
year's, or the year after that's, or ...
you get the picture ... would be the
last Black History Month American
society commemorates? It's not a
serious comment, of course, and it
indicates we're not going to get a
logical argument from Cooke.
But then, that's not entirely
Cooke's fault. That's because there
is no logical argument against com-
memorating Black History Month.


Indeed, now it's more important
than ever that we plumb the facts
and complexities of African-
American history.
This is not a matter of "segregat-
ing" American history into racial
and ethnic enclaves. It is a matter of


acquiring a fuller understanding of
American history by not pretending
that considering American history
primarily through that of White
Americans is the only approach that
counts. Indeed, it's clear that Carter
G. Woodson, the great scholar who
established Negro History Week in
1926, had two goals in mind. One
was to enable African Americans to
see that Blacks had a rich history
before their capture and transport to
the Americas; and that pursuing the
truth of the Black experience in
America was the only way to con-
struct an America worthy of its
ideals.
Cooke's article follows the usual
scheme of the attack on Black
History Month. He asserts that the
undertaking was necessary before
the 1960s, when de jure and de facto
segregation ruled the land. Now,
however, it's outlived its usefulness
and in fact is harming the ability of
all Americans to gain a shared
understanding of American history.
Black History Month should be
eliminated and the Black American


experiences should be integrated
into schools' regular curriculum. "If
there is still too little 'black history'
taught in America's schools,"
Cooke writes, "or if 'black history'
is being taught incorrectly then we
should change the curriculum. If
black Americans remain unfairly in
the shadows, then the solution is to
bring them out, not to sort and con-
centrate them by color."
This is an argument built on sand.
For one thing, Cooke cites no actual
examples of the supposed sins of
Black History Month no examples
of schools or school systems where
Black history is taught only in
February and ignored in the curricu-
lum the rest of the year. No exam-
ples of colleges where Black studies
courses ignore the impact of the
other currents of American society.
No examples where in either ele-
mentary and secondary schools or
colleges there is what he calls the
"equally absurd" repetitive focus on
heroic Black figures.
These attacks on Black History
Month ignore many things: They


ignore how deeply Black history has
already been "integrated" into
broader examinations of American
history, as even a cursory perusal of
popular and scholarly books would
indicate. They ignore how complex
and searching explorations of Black
history have become as a forth-
coming documentary airing next
week on the Public Broadcasting
Service on Whitney M. Young, Jr.,
the charismatic leader of the
National Urban League from 1961
until his untimely death in 1971,
will show.
Most of all, they ignore why over
the last four decades other sub-
groups of Americans have adopted
the "special month" model. Cooke
does list some of these: Women's
History Month, South Asian
Heritage Month, Asian-Pacific
American Heritage Month, Haitian
Heritage Month, Jewish American
Heritage Month, Caribbean-
American Heritage Month, National
Hispanic Heritage Month, National
American Indian Heritage Month,
and Alaskan Native Heritage


Month.
Revealingly, he merely lists them,
ignoring the implications of their
founding, and the fact that, just like
Black History Month, their estab-
lishment was approved by acts of
Congress, and signed by Republican
and Democratic presidents. In fact,
just as Black History Month does,
they underscore valid and wide-
spread educational practice of
focusing on particular facets of a
broad topic and the widespread
social-group practice of closely
examining their particular experi-
ence in America.
And they do something else. They
all echo the question that Carter G.
Woodson's Negro History Week,
now Black History Month set before
the nation more than 80 ago.
That question was never more
powerfully expressed than in the
penultimate line posed by Curtis
Mayfield and The Impressions in
the title track of their 1969 album,
"This Is My Country:"
"Shall we perish unjust," the song
asks, "or live equal as a nation."


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According to statistics analyzed by the Chicago Reporter, more young
people are killed in Chicago than any other city in the nation. More than
530 people under 21 years old have been killed since 2008 most of them
in Black and Brown neighborhoods while hundreds of others have been
injured. According to the newspaper, nearly 80 percent of youth homicides
occur in 22 Black or Latino neighborhoods on the city's South, Southwest
and West sides, even though those communities represent only one-third of
Chicago's population."
Young people are not only the victims of gun violence they are usual-
ly the ones who pull the trigger.
"From 2008 through 2012, nearly half of Chicago's 2,389 homicide vic-
tims were killed before their 25th birthday. In 2011, the most recent year
for which the data were available, more than 56 percent of individuals who
committed murder were also under 25. One-third of Chicago residents are
under 25, according to 2011 Census estimates," the Chicago Reporter
states. "And despite various police strategies and community efforts, things
are getting worse. Last year, 243 people under 25 were killed in Chicago.
That's an 11 percent increase over 2011 and a 26 percent jump from 2010."
Chicago homicides are not limited to the youth.
The Reporter also noted, "In 2012, not only did Chicago lead the nation
in homicides, it witnessed nearly 100 more murders than New York City,
even though the Big Apple has three times as many residents. And Chicago
witnessed 215 more murders than Los Angeles home to more than a mil-
lion more people."
Because of highly-publicized mass murders including shooting deaths
at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.; a movie theater in Aurora,
Colorado; Fort Hood, Texas and Virginia Tech much of the gun debate
has centered on reducing or eliminating access to assault weapons and
high-capacity magazines.
While those are laudable goals, some police chiefs have pointed out that
handguns kill far more people than assault weapons.
In its latest report titled, "Black Homicide Victimization in the United
States: An Analysis of 2010 Homicide Data," the Violence Policy Center
reported: "For homicides in which the weapon used could be identified, 83
percent of black victims (5,073 out of 6,149) were shot and killed with
guns. Of these, 72 percent (3,658 victims) were killed with handguns.
There were 617 victims killed with knives or other cutting instruments, 219
victims killed by bodily force, and 162 victims killed by a blunt object."
Overall, Blacks are more than six times more likely to be homicide vic-
tims than Whites.
Citing FBI crime reports, the Violence Policy Center observed, "...In
2010 there were 6,469 black homicide victims in the United States. The
homicide rate among black victims in the United States was 16.32 per
100,000. For that year, the overall national homicide rate was 4.42 per
100,000. For whites, the national homicide rate was 2.66 per 100,000."
In addition to the need to address handgun violence, President Obama,
Congress and law enforcement officials should acknowledge that violence
is a serious problem and more often than not, the victim knew or had a rela-
tionship with the person who killed them.
"For homicides in which the victim to offender relationship could be
identified, 70 percent of black victims (2,146 out of 3,058) were murdered
by someone they knew. Nine hundred twelve victims were killed by
strangers," the Violence Policy Center report stated.
If this country jsserious, about, curbing murders, it mustfocqus on tragic
deaths, such as the murder of Hadiya Pendleton and 20 young kids in
Newtown, Conn. But it must also deal with handguns and the murder of
people who have or have had a relationship with their killer. Otherwise, all
the tough talk on reducing violence is empty rhetoric.


This is not a matter of "segregating"American
history into racial and ethnic enclaves. It is a
matter of acquiring a fuller understanding of
American history by not pretending that consider-
ing American history primarily through that of
White Americans is the only approach that counts.


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FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 12 18, 2013


CIAA photo
WINNERS: St. Aug's runner
Marcelis Lynch (I.) and head
coach George Williams (r.)
celebrate 16th straight men's
CIAA Indoor Track title.


I HOOPS TOURNEYS FAST APPROACHING;
NEW COACH AT SCSU; HOOPS ROUND-UP




UNDER THE BANNER

WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS



CARTER RESIGNSAT SCSU:Inthe
midst of a 4-17 season, winless at 0-8 in the Mid Eastern
.A Athletic Conference, South Carolina
State head men's basketball coach
Tim Carter resigned the university
announced last Wednesday.
Associate head coach Murray
Garvin will assume the head coaching

GARVIN: Takes duties until further notice, according
over at SC State to Bulldog athletics director Charlene
mid-season. Johnson.

"We thank Coach Carter for his service as head men's
basketball coach at SC State and wish him well in his future
endeavors," said Johnson.
Carter was in his fifth season as Bulldog head coach.
The Kansas graduate and former head coach at Texas-San
Antonio had his best season during his third campaign when
SC State was 18-14 and reached the MEAC Tournament
championship game.


NEWVB COACH AT WSSU: The Winston-Sa-
lem State Lady Rams volleyball program welcomes its new
leader with the hiring of head coach
Andi Henderson. She will make her
head coaching debut at Winston-Salem
State after assistant coaching stints
at her alma mater, Catawba College
and nearby Greensboro College. She'
will take the reins of the Lady Rams
HENDERSON
program immediately.
Henderson joins the Winston-Salem State staff after
spending three seasons at Catawba College. Prior to join-
ing the Catawba staff, she served as an assistant coach at
nearby Greensboro College.
As a player, Henderson was a three-year all-conference
performer at Catawba College, graduating in 2008 with a
degree in sports management. During her career, she set
school records for assists in a match (83), per set average
(12.94), and in a career (4,119). She also ranked second for
assists in a season with 1,605.
Henderson is no stranger to Lady Rams volleyball as
she earned a spot on the Central Intercollegiate Athletic
Association (CIAA) All-Rookie team as a freshman with
the Lady Rams. She will take over a Lady Rams program
that posted an 11-24 overall record last season, but finished
third in the CIAA Southern Division, just one game out of
second place in the division for a second straight season.
The Lady Rams reached the semifinal round of the 2012
CIAA Volleyball Championship Tournament.




STAT CORNER

WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS


BLACK COLLEGE
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS


CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (CIAA)
February 26 March 2, 2013
Time Warner Cable Arena
Charlotte, NC



SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (SIAC)
February 25 March 2, 2013
Morehouse College Forbes Arena
Atlanta, GA



SOUTHWESTERN
ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (SWAC)
March 12- 16, 2013
Curtis Culwell Center
Garland, TX



MID EASTERN
ATHLETIC CONFERENCE (MEAC)
March 11 16, 2013
Norfolk Scope Arena
Norfolk, VA


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M AC A MID EASTERN
lvi ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


Norfolk State
North Carolina Central
Savannah State
Hampton
NC A&T State
Delaware State
Morgan State
Bethune-Cookman
Florida A&M
Howard
Coppin State
Md. E. Shore
SC State


CONF ALL
W L W
11 0 16
10 0 17
7 2 13
7 3 10
6 4 13
5 4 10
5 5 8
4 6 9
3 7 6
3 8 6
2 8 5
1 8 1
0 9 4


C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
C I- ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
DIV CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L W L
Eliz. City State 5 1 7 5 14 8
Lincoln 4 2 6 6 13 9
Virginia Union 4 2 5 7 7 12
Virginia State 3 3 5 7 11 11
Bowie State 2 4 5 7 9 12
Chowan 0 6 0 12 6 15
SOUTH DIVISION
St. Augustine's 5 1 8 4 15 7
W-Salem State 4 2 10 2 17 4
Livingstone 4 2 8 4 16 5
J.C. Smith 4 2 8 4 15 7
Shaw 1 5 7 5 13 9
Fayetteville State 0 6 3 9 8 13
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
PLAYER
Kyree Bethel, 6-2, So., G, CHOWAN Notched
season-high 28 points in double OTwin vs. ECSU.
Had 19 vs. Wash. Adv. Shot 13 of 19.
NEWCOMER
Emillo Parks, 6-6, So., F, JCSU Had game-high
27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in win over FSU.
Was 11 of 15 from the floor.
ROOKIE
Kortez Smith, 5-7, Fr., G, CHOWAN In 1-1 week,
averaged 22.0 points with 30 vs. ECSU, 14 vs.
Washington Adventist.
COACH
Bobby Collins, WSSU Led 24th-ranked rams over
St. Aug's (68-56), avenging earlier loss.


SIAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
I ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CONF ALL
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Morehouse 13 0 15 5
Benedict 12 2 16 6
Paine 8 6 10 12
Claflin 5 9 7 15
Albany State 4 10 5 15
Fort Valley State 4 10 7 14
Clark Atlanta 3 9 4 16
WEST DIVISION
Tuskegee 10 3 11 11
Stillman 9 4 14 8
Kentucky State 8 6 10 10
Miles 4 9 7 15
Lane 4 10 5 14
LeMoyne-Owen 4 10 6 17

SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Marcus Goode, 6-10, Sr., C, BENEDICT- Scored
26 points, grabbed 17 rebounds in win over Ft.
Valley State. Averaged 20 points, 12.5 rebounds,
3 blocks in two games.
NEWCOMER
Jerrell Jooye, Jr., CAU Led all scorers with
18 points in win over FVSU. Helped Panthers
in another win.


SWACA o SOUTHWESTERN
SW A C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DIV ALL
W L W L
Southern 11 2 17 8
Ark. Pine Bluff 11 2 11 13
Texas Southern 10 2 11 14
AlcornState 7 6 9 19
Alabama State 6 6 8 17
Prairie View A&M 5 7 10 15
Jackson State 5 8 8 16
Alabama A&M 4 8 8 15
Miss. Valley St. 4 9 4 19
Grambling State 0 13 0 22
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Lazabian Jackson, 6-3, Sr., G, UAPB Had double-
doubleof20points, 10reboundsas Golden Lionsbeat
Southern (55-52) Saturday to tie the Jaguars for first
place. Shot 7 of 9 from the field, 6 of 8 from 3-point
range in the win. Came back to score 12 points with
4 boards in win over Alcorn State Monday. Jackson,
who leads the SWAC in steals (2.5 spg.,) had two
iin each game.
NEWCOMER
Davon Usher, 6-6, Jr., G, MVSU SWAC scoring
leader (17.8 ppg.), averaged 27.5 points in 1-1 week,
with 30 points on 6 of 10 3s, 8 of 8 from the line in
80-75 win Saturday overAlcorn State. Came back to
gel 26 points with 10 rebounds in close loss (78-74) to
Southern Monday where he canned 13 of 17 FTs.


INDEPENDENTS


Central State 13 6
Tennessee State 14 11
Cheyney 9 13
W. Va. State 9 14
Univ.ofDC 3 18
Lincoln (Mo.) 3 20
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Patrick Miller, 6-0, Jr., G, TENN. STATE Aver-
aged 18.5 points in 1-1 week. Got 25 points, 5
rebounds, 7 assists in 88-82 OT win vs. Austin
Peay. Also had 12 points, 4 boards and 2 assists
in loss to Murray State.
NEWCOMER
NA


Hoops Rundown


The CIAA and SIAC end regular
season play on Feb. 23 and head into
tournament play the following week.
Here's how those races look.

CIAA
Winston-Salem State (4-2)
handed St. Augustine's (5-1) its
first division loss (68-56) Satur-
day to join J. C. Smith (4-2) and
Livingstone (4-2) at a half-game
behind St. Aug's in the men's South
Division.
Elizabeth City State (5-1)
has a half-game lead over Lincoln
(4-2) and Virginia Union (4-2) in
the North.
In key games, Livingstone is




SATURDAY, FEB. 16
CIAA
St. Augustine's @ Shaw
W-Salem State @ Fayetteville State
Lincoln @ Virginia Union
Virginia State @ Elizabeth City State
Chowan @ Bowie State
Livingstone @ J. C. Smith
MEAC
Morgan State @ UMES
Coppin State @ Delaware State
NC A&T @ S. Carolina State
NC Central @ Savannah State
Howard @ Florida A&M
SIAC
Clark Atlanta @ Benedict
Lane @ Kentucky State
Fort Valley Slate @ Claflin
LeMoyne-Owen @ Stillman
Miles @ Tuskegee
Morehouse @ Paine
SWAC
Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Texas Southern
Miss. Valley State @ Prairie View
Alabama State @ Southern
Grambling State @ Jackson State
Alabama A&M @ Alcorn State
INDEPENDENTS
Dowling @ UDC
Lincoln @ Central Missouri
Mansfield @ Cheyney
W. Va. State @ Ohio Valley
MONDAY, FEB. 18
MEAC
Norfolk State @ Hampton
Coppin State @ UMES
Howard @ B-Cookman
NC Central @ SC State
NC A&T @ Savannah State
SIAC
Stillman @ Miles
Fort Valley State @ Morehouse
LeMoyne-Owen @ Tuskegee
Paine @ Claflin
Albany State @ Clark Atlanta
SWAC
Alabama A&M @ Southern
Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Prairie View
Alabama State @ Alcorn State
Miss. Valley State @ Texas Southern
INDEPENDENTS
W. Va. State @ Concord
TUESDAY, FEB. 19
Lincon @ SW Baptist
Cedarville @ Central State
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20
CIAA
J. C. Smith @ W-Salem State
Bowie State @ Virginia State
Shaw @ Fayetteville State
Elizabeth City State @ Virginia Union
Chowan @ Lincoln
Livingstone @ Saint Augustine's
MEAC
Hampton @ UMES
SIAC
Fisk @ Lane
INDEPENDENTS
UDC @ Queens (NY)
Cheyney @ Kutztown
SIU-Edwardsville @ Tennessee State
THURSDAY, FEB. 21
SIAC
Morehouse @ Albany State
Tuskegee @ Kentucky State
Claflin @ Benedict
Clark Atlanta @ Fort Valley State
Stillman @ Lane
INDEPENEPENDENTS
W. Va. State @ Bluefield State


C IAA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
C ATHLETIC AssocIATION
DIV CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L W L
Eliz. City State 6 0 11 1 19 3
Virginia Union 4 2 7 5 10 11
Lincoln 2 4 4 8 8 14
Chowan 2 4 4 8 4 17
Virginia State 2 4 3 9 10 12
Bowie State 2 4 3 9 6 13
SOUTH DIVISION
Fayetteville State 5 1 11 1 19 3
Shaw 5 1 10 2 19 3
St. Augustine's 3 3 6 6 10 12
W-SalemState 2 4 6 6 11 11
J.C. Smith 2 4 4 8 7 14
Livingstone 1 5 3 9 7 14
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
PLAYER
Ashle Freeman, 5-6, So., G, VUU Had 27 points
in win over VSU.
NEWCOMER
Kristen Hanzer, 5-10, Sr., G, FSU Had 18 points,
5 boards in win over JC Smith.
ROOKIE
Courtney Smith, 5-4, Fr., G, LINCOLN Had 13
points hitting on 3 of 3 3-point FG attempts and 4 of
4 from the line in wnover BSU.
COACH
Alico Duunk, ECSU Won ninth straight with 77-49
victory vs. Chowan.


at JCSU and Lincoln is at VUU Satur-
day. JCSU is at WSSU and ECSU is at
VUU Wednesday.
Fayetteville State (5-1) and Shaw
(5-1) stayed atop the women's South
and meet next Wednesday (Feb. 20)
in the season-ender for both teams.
ECSU (6-0) is ahead of VUU (4-2) in
the North.

SIAC
Morehouse (13-0) stayed unbeaten
and atop the East and has a showdown
Thursday (Feb. 14) at second-place
Benedict (12-2). The Maroon Tigers
then play at third-place Paine Satur-
day.
Tuskegee (10-3) beat Stillman
(9-4) Saturday to remain a game ahead
in the men's West.
The Tuskegee women are 12-0, five
games up in the women's West, while
Benedict (11-2) leads the East.


With two weeks to play in the Div. I
regular season, here's how the SWAC and
MEAC races breakdown.

SWAC
Arkansas-Pine Bluffbeat South-
ern Saturday (55-52) to move into a tie
with the Jaguars at 11-2 at the top of
the men's race. Texas Southern (10-2)
got wins over Grambling and Jackson
State and is only a half-game back.
UAPB is at TSU Saturday in a big
game.
For the women, Southern (10-3)
dropped games to Arkansas-Pine Bluff
(59-50) and Miss. Valley State (61-57)
to fall out of a first place tie with Texas
Southern (11-1). TSU won twice and is
on a 10-game win streak.
TSU hosts UAPB Saturday and
third-place MVSU (9-4) Monday.


BCSP Notes


Four HBCUs to play in

ESPN BracketBusters games
Hampton, Morgan State, Savannah State and
Tennessee State have been picked to participate in this
year's 11th Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters a two-
day men's college basketball event pitting potential NCAA
Championship hopefuls against each other Friday, Feb. 22
and Saturday, Feb. 23.
Hampton and Tennessee State will host games while
Morgan State and Savannah State will be on the road. Al-
though 13 of the 71 matchups will be nationally televised,
none of the games involving HBCUs will be broadcast.
Savannah State will open HBCU play when they
travel to Buies Creek, NC to meet Campbell University
Saturday, Feb. 23. Tipoff is set for 4:00 pm in Campbell's
Gore Arena. It will be the first ever meeting between the
schools.
Hampton will host St. Peter's (N.Y.) on Saturday at
2 p.m. at the HU Convocation Center. This will mark the
second straight BracketBusters game for the Pirates; they
fell 68-64 at Delaware last season.
Morgan State will meet High Point University Sat-
urday at 7 p.m. at the Millis Center in High Point, NC. It
will be the first-ever meeting between the Panthers and
the Bears.
The Tennessee State men's basketball team will host
Loyola (Md.) on Saturday at7 p.m. in the Gentry Center in
Nashville. This will be the sixth time TSU has participated
in the event and the second time the Tigers will play Loyola
(Md.). TSU lost to the Greyhounds 62-60 in 2007.
RamadaWorldwide BracketBusters is an ESPN televi-
sion property that has allowed Division I conferences to
participate in a format that involves "wild card" pairings
from the pool of participating teams, with half of the
BracketBusters teams pre-designated as "home" and the
remaining half as "road" teams.
ESPN announced in December this will be the final
year of the BracketBusters event.


St. Aug's sweeps CIAA Indoor Track
Saint Augustine's University's track teams swept
the 2013 CIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
Sunday afternoon at Boo Williams Sportsplex.


M EAC MID EASTERN
ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CONF ALL
W L W L
Hampton 10 0 19 5
NC A&T State 7 2 15 7
Howard 8 3 14 9
Florida A&M 6 3 9 13
Bethune-Cookman 6 4 11 11
SCState 5 4 13 7
Delaware State 5 4 8 14
Coppin State 5 6 9 15
Morgan State 5 6 8 16
Norfolk State 3 8 5 17
Savannah State 2 7 7 15
Md.E. Shore 2 7 6 14
North Carolina Central 0 10 0 23

MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Erln Hogue, 5-11, Sr., F, SSU Had 18 points, 18
rebounds in win vs. SCSU, her 10th double-double
of season..
ROOKIE
Eboni Ross, 6-2, Fr., C, NC A&T -Averaged 11.0
poinIss, 8.0 rebounds and 5.5blocks in two wins. Had
15 pis., 10 rebs. and 6 blocks vs. DSU
DEFENSE
KelaraAvant, 5-11, Sr., F, HAMPTON Grabbed 14
rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals in win over Coppin
State. Also scored 16 points with 5 assists.


SIA C SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
S I ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


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


CONF
W L
11 2
9 3
8 5
7 6
6 7
2 10

12 0
8 5
6 5
4 9
2 11
0 12


SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Ashley Watts, 5-6, G, PAINE Averaged 32.5
points, 6 assists and 2 steals in 1-1 week. Had
30 of her 35 points vs. Albany State in second
half of OT win.
Courtney Engils, 5-10, F, MILES Had 16th and
171h double-double of season vs. Lane and KSU.
Had 22 points, 16 boards vs. KSU.
NEWCOMER
Kiara Johnson, 6-2, Fr., F, PAINE 15 points, 15
boards in win over Albany Slale.
Marie McAbee, 5-8, F, TU Had 10 points, 4
rebounds in win over Stillman.


MEAC
Norfolk State (11-0) and North
Carolina Central (10-0) kept their win
streaks alive and stayed atop the men's
race. NSU has won ten straight while
NCCU has won 11 straight.
Savannah State (7-2) is a half-
game ahead of Hampton (7-3) in the race
for third place and the final first-round
bye to the league tournament.
In key games this week, NCCU is
at Savannah State Saturday and Norfolk
State is at Hampton Monday.
For the women, N. C. A&T (8-2)
has won six straight to move into second
behind Hampton (10-0). Howard (8-3)
is another half-game back.
Howard is atFAMU Saturday while
NC A&T faces SC State. A&T heads to
Savannah State Monday while Howard
goes to Bethune-Cookman.


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CHARLES REYNOLDS WILLIAMS

SAU's men breezed through the two day event with
204 points. Virginia Union followed with 82 points while
Virginia State rounded out the medal stand with 75 team
points.
It is the 16th consecutive Indoor Track and Field title
for the Falcon men, their 28th overall. Marcelis Lynch,
Dane Hyatt and Jermaine Jones finished one, two, three
in the individual standings for SAU, with Lynch earning
MVP for the track events. Lynch was part of the winning
St. Aug distance medley and 4x400 meter relay teams
and won at 800 meters. Hyatt won at 400 meters and 200
meters. Jones won at 60 meters was second in the 200.
Most Valuable honors in the field events went to Vir-
ginia Union's Berfranz Charles who won the long jump
and finished fourth in the pole vault. Charles finished with
an individual total of 14 points.
On the ladies side, Saint Augustine's used a convinc-
ing win in the women's 4x400 meter relay to capture their
first Indoor Title since 2010. Entering the 4x4, the cham-
pionship was up for grabs with only one point separating
the Lady Falcons and Winston-Salem State. The Lady
Falcons sealed the deal with a first place finish of 3:50.15.
Johnson C. Smith held off WSSU for second place in the
4x4, 3:57.99 to 3:58.99.
The Lady Falcons took the 2013 Indoor Title with
95 team points. WSSU finished second in the team com-
petition (92 points) while JCSU settled for third with 75
points.
JCSU's Danielle Williams won the MVPfor the Track
Events with wins in the 60 meter hurdles, 60 meters and
200 meters. There was a tie for the MVP for the field event
between Kendall Reynolds (Bowie State) and Tajanel
McNeil (Winston-Salem State). Reynolds won the triple
jump and was second in the long jump. McNeil was fourth
in the long jump, third in the high jump and second in the
triple jump.


SWAC SOUTHWESTERN
SW A C" ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DIV ALL
W L W L
Texas Southern 11 1 14 9
Southern 10 3 11 13
Miss. Valley St. 9 4 12 12
Prairie View A&M 6 6 9 13
Alabama State 6 6 8 15
Alabama A&M 6 6 7 15
Jackson State 6 7 9 13
Ark. Pine Bluff 5 8 9 14
Grambling State 3 10 5 20
Alcom State 1 12 1 21
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Teera Williams, 5-10, Fr., G, TSU Averaged 15.5
points, 5 boards in two wins as Lady Tigers ran win
streak to 10 games. Got 9 points, 5 rebounds, 5
assists and 2 steals in win over Grambling Monday.
Had game-high 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists in
win over Jackson State Saturday.
NEWCOMER
Brianna Sidney, 5-9, Fr., G, TSU Had game-high
21 points on 8 of 15 shooting, 3 of 7 from behind the
arc, in 59-58 win over Grambling Monday.


Central State
W. Va. State
Tennessee State
Lincoln (Mo.)
Univ. of DC
Cheyney


PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Kest Hess, 5-10, Sr., G, TENN. STATE-Averaged
15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two wins. Scored
12 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists in win over
Austin Peay. Had team-highs of 19 points and 9
rebounds in win over Murray State
NEWCOMER
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MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Arnold Louis, 6-7, Sr., F, SSU In 1-1 week, aver-
aged 20 points, 12.5 rebounds. Got 26 points, 10
boards in loss to Hampton, 14 points, 15 boards.
vs. SCSU.
ROOKIE
Deron Powers, 5-11, Fr., G, HAMPTON -Averaged
14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5
steals iin two wins. Got 14 points vs. CSU, 15 and
8 rebounds vs. SSU.
DEFENSE
Austin Witter, 6-8, Sr., F, NC A&T Collected 26
rebounds, 7 blocks and 1 stealing two league games.
Had 10 points, 14 boards, 5 blks., vs. B-CU.


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February 14-20, 2013


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
revmattie@bellsouth.net 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.

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
email gospell75@aol.com.

Hist. Mt. Zion Family & Friends Day
Pearce Ewing, Sr. Pastor of Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. and his congrega-
tion church will celebrate Family & Friends Day, Sunday, March 10th. Join
Mt. Zion at their 8:45 church school and the 10 a.m. worship service to cel-
ebrate the theme: "Family and friends working in unity to reclaim the rem-
nants of God," Philippians 1:27. For more information contact the church
at 355-9475. Historic Mt. Zion is located at 201 E. Beaver St.
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.

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.


*st A* e






Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20


Pastor Landon Williams


Church Fellowship Celebrates 15 Years
The Church Fellowship Worship Ministries and Bishop Bruce V. Allen
will celebrate their 15th Church and First Family anniversary, Wednesday,
March 13th through Sunday, March 17th. On Wednesday, March 13, guest
speakers will be: Apostle Fred Gooden of Divine Influence Worship
Ministries. On Thursday, March 14th hear Dr. James White of Heritage
Christian Center, and on Friday, March 15th Pastor Torin Dailey of First
Baptist Oakland, will speak. On Saturday, March 16th it's the churches ban-
quet being held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 14670 Duval Road. Pastor Gail
Hill of The Family Church of Springfield, MA will speak at Sunday
Morning Worship at 10 a.m. At 5 p.m. evening service special guest will
be Bishop Allen Wiggins of The Hope Church of Orlando, Florida.
Everyone is invited to attend. If you have any questions, call the church at
924- 0000. The church is located at 8808 Lem Turner Road.

Pastor Landon L. Williams
37th Anniversary Celebration
The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church family will continue the 37th
Anniversary Celebration for Pastor Landon L. Williams, Sr., on Sunday,
February 17th. Enjoy special anniversary worship services On Sunday,
February 17th at 4 p.m., hear spoken word by Pastor John Guns, St. Paul
Missionary Baptist Church. Guest churches for the day include First
Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville Beach, Pastor Marvin
McQueen, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Brian Campbell
and St. Johns Baptist Church, Pastor Steve Jenkins. All Services will be
held at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 W. Edgewood Ave. For
more information please contact the church at 764-9257.

New Stanton Class of 1968 Meeting
All alumni of New Stanton Sr. High Class of 1968 are requested to par-
ticipate in their 45th Class Reunion to be held May 24-26, 2013, in
Jacksonville, FL. For more information, contact Audrey Hicks (305) 474-
0030, email: hicks6756@bellsouth.net or Sandra Milton (904) 463-1311,
email: lafayeisworthy@bellsouthnet for further information.

Annual Legends Awards Ceremony
The African-American Game Officials and Athletic Association will cel-
ebrate their 3rd Annual award luncheon by honoring 13 outstanding indi-
viduals who have been instrumental in the lives of many Jacksonville
youths. The event will be held Friday, February 15th at 6 p.m. at the Ritz
Theater. For information call Bill Hines at 765-3728.


Spring
Conference
Prayer Breakfast
The public is invited to the
Florida Central Second
Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Spring
Conference Prayer Breakfast,
Wednesday, March 13th at San Jose
Country Club, 7529 San Jose
Boulevard. The event is from 8:30
a.m. 11 a.m. For more informa-
tion contact missionary Mattie
Ferrell at 434-2195.
NOTICE: Church news
is published free of
charge. Information must
be received in the Free
Press offices no later than
Monday, at 5 p.m. of the
week you want it to run.
Information received
prior to the event date
will be printed on a space
available basis until the
date. Fax e-mail to 765-
3803 or e-mail to
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BET Sunday Best Joshua Rogers
Kicks off Black Heritage Weekend
EThe llth Episcopal District African Methodist
Episcopal church Black Heritage Weekend will kick
off its' 26th competition year, February 15th 17th.
On Friday evening enjoy a hip hop themed 'This is
'I How we do it" worship service and concert featuring
S- recent BET Sundays Best winner Joshua Rogers at
.p 6:30 p.m. at Edwards Waters College Music and
-^ t Sports Complex, 1658 Kings Rd. Black Heritage
4 ~ weekend is an annual youth competition sponsored by
_.o...__ the 11th District Young Peoples Division (YPD) of the
Rogers AME Church with participants from Florida and the
Bahamas. The service and concert is free. For more information call 355-
8262.

Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness
annual Black History Celebration
The Pastor, officers and members of Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness
Church, 723 West 4th Street, is inviting the community to worship and be
their special guest at their annual Black History Day Celebration, Sunday,
February 24th, at 11 a.m. Duval County School Board member Ms. Paula
Wright is the guest speaker. The guest speaker for the 3 p.m. service is
Bishop Gregory Strowbridge from Open Tomb Ministries. If you have any
questions, contact the church office at 374-3940 or email
gospell75@aol.com. Dinner will be served after each service.

Rev. Terry Hill, Jr.,
1- Keynotes Greater Grant
Family and Friends Day
The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church
Reverend F.D. Richardson Jr., will celebrate their
annual Family and Friends Day, Sunday February
24th. The speaker is Reverend Terry L. Hill, Jr. the
Pastor of The Citadel Church and 103.7 FM
- i Christian radio host of the Terry & Terry Show, will
Rogers speak at the 10:30 a.m. morning worship service.
Church school will begin at 9 a.m. Everyone is invited to come out and
shout and share in the glory of the Lord. The church is located at 5533
Gilchrist Rd. For more information call 764-5992.

Pastor Appreciation TV Tapings
Dr. Jimmie Hill, host of the "Positive Music Therapy" TV show, is invit-
ing all pastors to become a part of a studio audience taping at the Pig
Restaurant, 9760 Lem Turner Road, Monday, February 18th at 6 p.m. Every
third Monday, a pastor will be selected to highlight his family and congre-
gation. Topics include discussion of church events, worship services, com-
munity outreach and music. Pastor Billy Brock of Greater Faith Bible
church is the 1st scheduled pastor. For more information call 294-1846.



Hararm Prese tts

Club Hallelkjah

Club Hallelujah is looking for youth
and adult gospel based entertainers.
Searching for all level of talent, DJ's,
dancers, singers, choirs and comedi-
ans etc.
Need a CD Release Party?

If interested contact Freddy Small at
(904) 600-2566 or like us at www.facebook.com/


Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464


Weekly Services F 'I


Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

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Midweek Services
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 Ist Sundavat 7:40 and 1040a.m.


Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


Grace and Peace Q -
Jl visit www.Bethelite.org


8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7p.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.


Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.


Church school
9:30 a.m.
Bible Study
6:30 p.m.


Worship with us LIVE
on the web visit
www.truth2powerministries.org


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February 14 20, 2013 Ms. Perry's Free Press Pare 7


Donna Richardson Joyner: 'Losing


Weight Is Not Just Physical, It's Spiritual'


The hook in the popular "Birthday
Song" by 2 Chainz, featuring
Kanye West, is "All I want for my
birthday is a big booty h**." In a
sense, big booties and thick women
are glorified.
DRJ: First, let's stop saying the
words big boned and thick to
describe African-American women.
Let's start by saying we are fearful-
1I and wonderfullyy made and we
"can do all things through Christ
S\ lio .tneiiths us." I don't care what
shape, size, color,
age, or nationality
..- you are; it's impor-
tant to be healthy.
.. ,, Full figure, skinny
Minnie, big buns,
,'- r curvy hips, tank


Is it becoming harder and harder
to stick to your resolve to lose
weight as the New Year kicks in to
its second month? Well, fitness
guru Donna Richardson Joyner has
a fitness program to help you work
your plan.
In "Witness to Fitness: Pumped
Up! Powered Up! All Things Are
Possible," Joyner combines a fit-
ness regime of faith, healthy eating,
and exercise that she says is sure to
keep you on track. Throughout the
208-page book, she quotes scrip-
tures, recommends low-calorie
snacks, and 10-minute workouts for
those days when you simply cannot
fit a full workout in to your sched-
ule.
Joyner, a member of President
Barack Obama's Council For
Fitness, took time out of her busy
schedule to talk about her new book
and answer questions about obesity
and the importance of healthy eat-
ing and fitness in the African-
American community. She urges
African-American women, who
have the highest obesity rate of any
group in the nation, and their fami-
lies to join First Lady Michelle
Obama's Let's Move! campaign
and battle against negative stereo-
types in the media.
Q: "Witness to Fitness" is such a
great idea. 'How did you come up
with it?
Donna Richardson Joyner: Just
like my "Body Gospel" faith, fit-
ness and healthy foods DVD and
church program, God placed it in
my heart to write "Witness To
Fitness." Being a witness to your
health is like being a witness to
your faith. People have to be an
eyewitness to their health and take
action to become a better person
with a healthy mind, spirit, and
body.
You don't waiver or compromise
your faith so don't waiver or com-
promise on your health. Your body
is the temple of the Holy Spirit who
is in you, whom you have received
from God, You are not your own (1
Corinthians 6:19-20 NIV). It's time
to stop doing nothing and start
doing something. Stop making
excuses and start making better
choices.
Q: What advice do you have for
African-American women who


have the highest
obesity rate of any
group of Americans?
DRJ: Four out of
five African-
American women
are overweight or
obese. We can't accept this as the
norm. Let's put a stamp on it, "Not
Accepted."
The reason why I wrote "Witness
To Fitness" was because I had trav-
eled around the world helping peo-
ple become healthier but my great-
est challenge was not overseas it
was my family, my community, my
church.
I was sick and tired of being sick
and tired of witnessing love ones
suffer from preventable illnesses
like obesity, go to heaven way to
soon, know better but not do better
and not appreciating good health
until they experienced bad health.
My sisters, the most-precious gift
you can give to yourself is not get-
ting your hair done, or your nails
manicured, a pair of 4-inch shoes or
a fabulous dress, it's good health!
Your health is the power line of
your life, and without it, there is no
being. Sharon, a middle age
woman, went to the doctor a few
times complaining about her health
and never following the advice of
her doctor who told her to be more
physically active and eat nutritional
meals. Falling on deaf ears he final-
ly said, "Would you rather exercise
one hour of every day or be dead
every hour of every day."
It's time for change and you have
the power to change. Change your
thinking and your actions will fol-
low. My pastor once said, "You
cannot conquer what you are not
committed to moving forward."
Let's not just pray about good
health, let's be about it. See your
health as a necessity, not a luxury. I
have 28-day program that will help
you get started and develop habits
that become a part of your lifestyle.
It will work if you work it. In the
Bible it says, "Whatever you eat or
drink do it for the glory of the
Lord." In other words, treasure your
temple don't trash your temple.
Q: What are some of the greatest
myths surrounding Black women
and obesity? Are African-American
women just thick and big boned?


thighs, it does not
matter what you call
it, take care of your
body or you won't be
around to take care of
others.


__________I We have a health
epidemic in Black communities and
we must act now! My grandmother
use to say if you take one step, the
good Lord will take two.
Faith without works is dead.
First lady Michelle Obama says,
"Let's Move." Whatever you want
to call it, just do it.
Q: African-American women
have long been known for their
spirituality. Is that why you com-
bined faith, food, and fitness?
DRJ: If we trust in God for every-
thing else in our life, why won't we
trust in Him regarding our physical
being? Most of us have tried diets,
gadgets, and crazy programs. The
one thing missing was God. By
combining your faith, fitness, and
healthy foods, you sow good seeds,
you reap healthy returns.
Losing weight is not just physi-
cal, it's spiritual. There are no short
cuts and it's not easy. Believe in
your faith and be obedient in your
actions so you can be faithfully fit
and fabulous!
Q: Finally, what is your secret to
staying fit2: What advice can you
give to other women who resolved
to lose weight in 2013 and are try-
ing to stay on track?
DRJ: I'm physically active daily
and enjoy walking, swimming,
golfing, dancing, hiking etc. I prac-
tice good nutrition. I treat myself


once or twice a week. I have daily
devotion every morning with prayer
and meditation. I have used chal-
lenges, obstacles, and pains in my
life to push me in to my greater pur-
pose and calling in life. I have
learned to decrease self and
increase God. I serve with honor
and humility.
Staying fit, having a loving heart,
and a giving spirit allows me to
help people around the world not
just look good and feel good but to
be good and do good. "To whom
much is given much is required."
The problem is not just some-
times starting but sticking to it.
Remember, God can't bless what
you don't do.
Ask him for the grace to change.
You have to want to change more
then you want to stay the same. If
you have started with your New
Year's resolution to lose weight or
become healthier here are a few tips
to keep you going:
1. Decrease processed foods,
increase natural foods.
2. Drink plenty of water (8 or
more glasses daily).
3. Practice moderation. If you
can't see the bottom of the plate,
you have too much. Use a salad
plate, eat slower, snack on fruit and
veggies, no seconds, and don't pick
up the saltshaker.
4. Be transformed by the renew-
ing of your mind. Get rid of nega-
tive self talks, stinking thinking,
and lose the bad attitude.
5. If you fall off the wagon, get
right back on track that day. Don't
blow the whole day, week, or
month because of one mistake. It's
temporary and it shall pass the
moment you call on Him to help
you move forward. Call on him to
push you away from the table when
you are full. Call on him to get your
butt up to workout after you hit the
snooze button. Call on him when
you don't think you can walk anoth-
er mile or stay on the StairMaster 5
more minutes.
This awakening, being a
"Witness to Fitness," is about you,
it's about me, and we are in this
together. Now woman up, and do it
not just for yourself, but also for
your children and your family. Get
pumped up, powered, and prayed
up!


Morehouse College Teaches

First-ever LGBT Course


Morehouse College students
began classes at the school's high-
ly anticipated new LGBT (lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transsexual)
course this week. The course is the
first of its kind at the legendary
historically Black college and will
focus on the history of LGBT cul-
ture, politics and social structures.
"A Genealogy of Black LGBT
Culture and Politics" meets twice
a week on Tuesdays and
Thursday and will outline various
concepts in Black feminism, cul-
tural theories and the methodolo-
gy behind them.
"The course was basically stu-
dent initiated," Morehouse
College Sociology Chair Dr.
Michael Hodge said. "They asked
if they could have a time where
Professor Allen from Yale
University would meet with them
and initially it was going to be a


weekly, bi-weekly group conver-
sation."
The Ford Foundation, which
funds Morehouse's Faces of
Manhood Initiative, had a goal of
offering courses that would dis-
cuss special topics such as sexual-
ity, masculinities, sex, and healthy
relationships at Morehouse
College, which helped make the
campaign for the class a reality.
The course will seek to further
engage students in cutting edge
interdisciplinary learning, as well
as contribute to the transforma-
tional gender context of being
homosexual at the Atlanta
University Center and beyond.
"There is one thing that this class
and its purpose shows is that
Morehouse isn't as traditional and
conservative as it once was,"
Michael Thomas, a senior finance
major said.


Flu Outbreak Prompts Reminder

From Senior Care Experts
This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in decades with the
Centers for Disease Control already reporting widespread 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 franchise network. "We
encourage seniors 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 fre-
quent contact with seniors to get vaccinated if they haven't already done
so. Medicare covers on vaccine 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 alcohol-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 immediately. 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 professional Home Instead CAREGiversSM to take
over caregiving responsibilities, if necessary.
Rest Well, Eat Well: Get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of fluids and eat
healthy foods. Experts also recommend a diet rich in Vitamins C and D and
plenty of exercise. If senior loved ones begin to show symptoms of the flu,
contact their health care provider immediately. Antiviral medications (like
Tamiflu) are available to help make symptoms less severe.
Visit www.caregiverstress.com. for more care giver tips.


The Southern Baptist Convention's Racist Past:


Is it still
By Maria in Christian News
As the nation celebrates Black
History, it would be remiss to not
mention the role the church has had
in the development of the Black
community.
There is no question as to
whether or not African-Americans
are God-fearing people. According
to the Pew Forum 2008 United
States Religious Landscape Survey,
88 percent of African-Americans
believe in God with absolute cer-
tainty. There is evidence though


affecting the
that major shifting is transpiring
within the Black church, in which
more African-Americans are identi-
fying themselves as Black Atheists
and more black parishioners are
integrating multi-ethnic churches.
Many Black Atheists believe
Christianity's racist past is still
keeping blacks in bondage today.
Last summer, the Southern Baptist
Convention (SBC) made a historic
development by electing Rev. Fred
Luter as president of the organiza-
tion. Rev. Luter is the first African


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which was created in 1845. The
SBC had defended slavery, backed
secession and the Confederacy, and
then justified segregation for
decades. It wasn't until 1995 that
the organization officially
renounced its racist roots and apol-
ogized for its past.
SBC, with the help of a Black
pastor named Gary Frost, com-
posed a panel of Southern Baptists
preachers eight Black and eight
white. Together they hammered out


the remarkable 1995 Resolution on
Racial Reconciliation. One of the
resolves apologized "to all African
Americans for condoning and/or
perpetuating individual and sys-
temic racism." Weeks before the
election of the convention's first
Black president, Dr. Richard Land,
president of The Ethics and
Religious Liberty Commission and
the key person behind the resolu-
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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. For details visit
www.jacksonvillezoo.org.

African Children's
Choir on Tour
The Watoto Children's Choirs
traveling from Africa on a five-
month eastern U.S. tour will visit
Jacksonville February 14th and
15th. The performance is entitled,
"Beautiful Africa: A New
Generation." All performances are
free and open to the public. Their
Jacksonville perfornnances include
SweetWater Community Club,
Kingdom Impact Gospel Church
and St. Paul United Methodist
Church. For showtimes or more
information, call 813-449-2927.

Celebrate the
Arts at FSCJ
Enjoy spoken word, music and
dance, Thursday, February 14th at
12 p.m. at FSCJ. For more informa-
tion, contact the North Campus
Student Life and Leadership
Development office at 766-6786
Free for all ages at FSCJ North
Campus, Courtyard, 4501 Capper
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An Evening in Paris
On Saturday, February 16th, the
Art Center invites you to their 2013
Fundraising Event "An Evening in
Paris," at the Haskell Building, 111
Riverside Avenue, from 6 p.m. to 9
p.m. Come enjoy live music, danc-
ing, a silent art auction, a tour of the
Haskell art collection, French hors
d'oeuvres, wine, and more! For
more information visit www.tac-
jacksonville.org or call 355-1757.

Genuine Negro Jig
The band Carolina Chocolate
Drops in concert at the Ponte Vedra
Concert hall, 1050 A1A North,
PonteVedra, Florida, Sunday,
February 17th. Their album
Genuine Negro Jig, garnered a best
traditional folk album Grammy.
The band dips into styles of
Southern black music from the
1920s and '30s-string-band
music, jug-band music, fife and
drum and early jazz. For more
information call 209-0399 or email
eglasgow@sjcfl.us or visit
www.pvconcerthall.com.

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. with a special concert
performance by the Edward Waters


College Concert Choir, under the
directorship of Barbara McNeely-
Bouie. The program will also fea-
ture an honor awards presentation.
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.

The Blues is Alright!
The Jacksonville Blues Festival is
coming to town, Sunday, February
17th at 6 p.m. Featuring blues leg-
ends Millie Jackson, Mel Waiters,
TK Soul, Latimore and Theodis
Ealey. The concert will be held at
the Times Union Ctr Perf Arts
Moran Theater, 300 West Water
Street. For more details visit
www.ticketmaster.com or call the
center at (904) 630-3900.

Anna Kingsley Lecture
Author Dr. Daniel L Shafer will
help celebrate the Kingsley
Plantation 17th anniversary,
Sunday, February 17th. The Anna
Kingsley lecture will be held at the
Mandarin Community Center,
12447 Mandarin Rd., at 7 p.m. For
more information call 662-0828.

A Night on the Hill
"Night on the Hill" wine dinner
sponsored by Jacksonville Beach
Elementary Preservation Fund, Inc.
Monday, February 18th at 5 p.m.
The evening begins with a ride from


Casa Marina to the Rhoda L. Martin
Cultural Heritage Center for a tour
of the center, a silent auction and
"The African American Beach
Communities Memory Lane
Exhibit". For more information
contact Lillie Sullivan at 305-8654.

Alvin Ailey Dancer
Speaks to Students
T he non-profit Don't Miss A Beat
(DMAB) and the Cultural Council
presents Alvin Ailey dancer, Hope
Boykin at the JS Johnson Center,
Youth room, 1112 Jackson St.,
February 18th. Don't Miss A Beat
(DMAB) works with youngsters
from the suppressed Brooklyn
neighborhood in bridging the arts
with academics. The event is from
4-5:30 p.m. and is free and open to
the public. For more information
call 382-5958 or email
kwesley@onideas.com.

Civil Rights Discussion:
Thurgood Marshall &
Daisy Bates
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.


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North Campus Student Life and
Leadership Development office at
766-6786. Event location: Florida
State College at Jacksonville, North
Campus, Courtyard.

Black History Month
Celebration at EWC
The Reverend Dr. D. Lovett
Sconiers, College Chaplain, and the
Edward Waters College family
invites the public to join the college
to celebrate Black History Month,
Wednesday, February 20th.
Special guest is Dr. Eugene Emory,
a Psychology Professor at Emory
University. The program will also
feature performances by the
Edward Waters College Concert
Choir. It will be held on campus in
the Milne Auditorium at 11 a.m.
For more info call Reverend Dr.
Dee Sconiers at 470-8056 or email
amdafricanmk@msn.com.

Still Raines Viewing
There will be a lecture and dis-
cussion 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 history 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.

JAXFacts Trivia Night
JCCI Forward's JAXFacts Trivia
night Thursday, February 21st at 6
p.m. While the questions won't be
this easy, join JCCI at Hightide
Burrito, 1538 Hendricks. Meet new
friends, compete, enjoy dinner and
prizes. For more information call
michelle@jcci.org or call 396-
3052.

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 lec-
ture will be held at the Mandarin
Community Center, 12447
Mandarin Rd., at 7 p.m. For more
information call 662-0828.


Body Image
Workshop
The First Coast Girls Initiative
will present a Growing Great Girls
Workshop on the topic, "What
Makes a Girl Beautiful?". It will be
held Thursday, February 21st, 9 -
11 a.m. 6850 Belfort Oaks Place.
Join FCGI as they explore a new
definition of beauty for girls and
hear strategies to help shift a girl's
focus from external characteristic to
a deeper awareness of themselves.
Register online at www.fcgijax.org
or call Susan Tandingan at 382-
9692.

Whale of a Sale!
The Junior League of Jacksonville
presents their Whale of a Sale pre-
view party and silent auction event
on Friday, February 22nd. Guests
will enjoy food, drinks and fun, and
a silent auction. On Saturday,
February 23rd, 8:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
is the Whale of a Sale, featuring
gently used merchandise at low
prices. The event takes place at the
Greater Jacksonville Fair and Expo
Center, 510 Fairgrounds place. For
more information email annie.lueb-
chow@gmail.com or call 387.9927

A Day of Gardening
To kick off the spring gardening
season Duval County Extension is
offering a delightful day of garden-
ing topics and local vendors for
shopping Saturday, February
23rd, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Topics
include, landscaping, plant prob-
lems mushroom culture and much
more! To register go to www.aday-
ofgardening2013.eventbrite.com or
email Becky at beckyd@coj.net or
call 255-7450. Deadline to register
is February 19th

Black Nurses Asso.
Health Symposium
Join the First Coast Black Nurses
Association for a Heart Health
Symposium, Saturday, February
23rd, at the Charter Theater on the
campus of Shands Jacksonville,
Tower II, 580 West 8th Street. The
two hour symposium begins at 10
a.m. with registration, networking,
and a continental breakfast. Dr.
Josie Burton is the featured speaker.
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Katt Williams Still Playing IRS Catch Up
Finally, we have some good news from Katt
Williams: the comedian just paid off $284,000 in
back taxes.
-, M TMZ reports that the IRS had filed the tax lien
against Williams in 2010, claiming that he did not
... pay on his income taxes from 2007 and that he
needed to pony up $284,419.67. Well, in a glim-
'.%`V mer of good news, Williams paid up and the lien
r-t I was dropped on Jan. 23.
Though this is not the end of his financial woes. The IRS filed anoth-
er lien against him last year for $4 million. The feds claim that Williams
owned Uncle Sam $3.2 million from 2008. They also claim that also he
owes $829, 352 from 2009.
Besides his money issues, Williams is facing felony reckless evasion
charges in Sacramento. He missed to previous hearings. But he said he
had to miss those hearing because he needed to attend a child custody
hearing in Los Angeles.

Mandela's Grand Daughters to Star in Reality Series
NEW YORK The newest
reality television show is in
some ways like any other:
Mother and daughters, siblings
rivalry, family gossip, and talk -
of Big Grandpa, who is very
strict but loves it when his
great-grandchildren are around making a racket. But that's where the
twist comes in: Big Grandpa is Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid leg-
end.
"Being Mandela," a new series premiering Sunday on COZI TV, invites
U.S. audiences in to the lives of Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway (pictured
right) and Swati Dlamini (pictured left), the fashionable, 30-something
granddaughters of Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The 94-
year-old former South African president, who recently was treated for a
lung infection and had surgery to remove gallstones, does not appear in
the series but his controversial ex-wife "Big Mommy" to her grand-
children does and seems to relish it.
If the Mandela clan seems like an odd subject for a reality show, the
granddaughters make no apologies.
"We get asked this question a lot. Is this not going to tarnish the name
and is this not going to be bad for the name?" Swati Dlamini said in an
interview with the Associated Press in New York, where she and her sis-
ter were promoting the show. "But our grandparents have always said to
us, this is our name too, and we can do what we think is best fitting with
the name, as long as we treat it with respect and integrity."
The 13-episode first season follows the two women as they try to carry
on the family legacy while juggling motherhood in Johannesburg.

Are You Ready for the Andre Leon Talley Show
The world-renowned contributing editor to
"Vogue," Andr6 Leon Talley (pictured), is
reportedly in the final throes of inking a deal to
bring his larger-than-life persona to the small
screen via a late night talk show, according to E!
Online.
As one of the most authoritative voices in the
fashion industry, the 6-foot-6 Talley and the pro-
duction company, Electus, will serve as co-exec-
utive producers of the gabfest. Reportedly, the
show will probably wind up on a cable channel
as opposed to a major network.
Talley, whose string of high-powered connections that run the gamut
from A-list entertainers, politicos, to the creme de la creme of fashion-
istas, has said he wants his TV platform to be "a show that blends Dick
Cavett's approach to eloquence and sophistication with unparalleled
access into my international fashion lifestyle. A forum where unique sto-
ries will be told and inspirations shared," he told Women's Wear Daily.
Talley reportedly will not cut ties with Vogue, the publication that made
him a star.

Elba, Smith, Tyrese Among Django Rejects
With this year's annual Oscar Awards less than two weeks away,
Quentin Tarantino's highest grossing film, "Django Unchained," is up
for five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
And while the western-style drama has stirred lots of controversy
since its Christmas release, the 49-year-old director has also admitted to
passing on British heart throb, Idris Elba for the film's lead role due to
his accent.
"Yeah, Idris is British and this is an American story," Tarantino admit-
ted during an interview with London tabloid newspaper, The Sun. "I
think a problem with a lot of movies that deal with this issue is they cast
British actors to play the Southerners and it goes a long way to distanc-
ing the movie."
In addition to passing on Elba and selecting Jamie Foxx to play the lead
role of Django, Tarantino also reportedly overlooked Chris Tucker,
Terrence Howard, Will Smith, Tyrese, and Michael K. Williams.


Get Ready for the Next Phase of Reality TV:

Married to the Medicine Focuses on Doctors' Spouses


Bravo's next reality series focus-
es on the lives of doctors' and doc-
tors' wives in the ATL.
"Married to Medicine," to pre-
miere Sunday, March 24 at 9 p.m.,
follows "the fast-paced and drama-
filled social scene of Atlanta's
exclusive medical inner circle," .
The show takes viewers inside the
medical world in Atlanta with a
group of powerful women where
the rules of the society they play in
are just as high stakes as the med-
ical world they live in.
Cameras follow the following six
women:
Toya Bush-Harris: Bush-Harris
met her husband, emergency medi-
cine physician Eugene Harris, dur-
ing a speed dating event five years
ago while pursuing her master's in
education from the University of
Phoenix and working two jobs.
Bush-Harris is helping to launch
her husband's medical concierge
business, working on publishing a
children's nursery book series and
volunteers at her church and as a
mentor to local young women. The
couple to two young boys also are
in the process of building a home.
Mariah Huq: Dubbed "Queen
Bee" and a mother of two, Huq is
married to Dr. Aydin Huq, an emer-
gency physician and native of
Bangladesh, and embraces her hus-
band's culture by attending
Mosque, learning to cook tradition-
al Indian food and studying
Bengali. The founder/CEO of
Mariah Media Group, troop leader


of her daughter's Girl Scout Troop
and a producer of Married to
Medicine, Huq, along with her fam-
ily, has a foundation in Bangladesh
and is working to build a hospital in
name of her late father-in-law.
Quad Lunceford-Webb: Known
as the "Black Barbie" in her social
circle, Lunceford-Webb is newly
wed to psychiatrist Dr. Gregory
Lunceford, whose reserved
demeanor often clashes with her
unpredictable feistiness. The cou-
ple, who have two dogs, support the
Canine Assistants Foundation and
volunteer their time and efforts with
various charities and organizations
throughout Atlanta.
Dr. Jacqueline Walters: Doctor
to stars like Toni Braxton, T.I. and


Motown the Musical Gets
by Chris Witherspoon 1
Get ready because the debut for
Motown: The Musical is just weeks
away.
The show, which boasts the
largest ensemble of any show cur- i .
rently on Broadway (over thirty-
five performers and nineteen musi- ,
cians,) is scheduled to open March
11 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in
New York City.
During a press eventf6or Motown, '' rr
Beriy 'Goidy 'and the show's dast
members Valisa LeKae (Diana
Ross), and Charl Brown (Smokey "I want people to know that she's
Robinson), talked about what the- human. I think there's a little bit of
atergoers can expect from the show. perfectionism in her because she
The musical brings to life the wants to give her crowd what they
famous tunes of Diana Ross and came here for," LeKae said. "She's
The Supremes, Michael Jackson, probably had moments where she
the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, gets upset, and I get that. She gets
Marvin Gaye, and more, but but
doesn't shy away from revealing
some of the drama within the
Motown family.
Gordy said the hardest part in
bringing Motown to the stage, was
putting the story on paper.
"The hard part was writing it in
the first place. When Diana left me
for $20 million I was crying inside.
I was crying. It was like horrible for
me," the 83-year-old founder of
Motown admitted. "But I had to do
what was best for her, because I
promised her when we had our love
affair that I wanted her to be the
biggest star in the world, and would
never let our relationship interfere
with that."
LeKae, who effortlessly croons
out Ross' version of "You're All I
Need To Get By" during the show,
says that she hopes to humanize the
legendary diva.


Usher, this Board-certified
OBGYN is also a two-time breast
cancer survivor and advocate for
breast cancer awareness. She also
lives by the motto "Thin Is In" and
is obsessed with eating healthy and
excessive exercise.
Kari Wells: The British-born
model has been married to
Colombian-raised orthopedic sur-
geon Duncan Wells for 10 years.
Wells has been the owner of a pro-
duction company and CFO of her
husband's orthopedic practice and
medical realty company. The cou-
ple to two kids support many chari-
table organizations including
Doctors Without Borders and
Thriving Children Atlanta.
Dr. Simone Whitmore: The


independent OBGYN, who has her
own practice since 2004, has been
married to her more laid-back hus-
band, Cecil Whitmore, for 16 years,
and they have sons together. Known
as "The Warden" and "Witchmore"
to her staff, Whitmore in her spare
time participates in a mentor pro-
gram with Spelman College and a
local high school.
"Married to Medicine" follows a
group of successful and educated
women, including doctors and
wives of doctors, who are connect-
ed to the world of medicine in
Atlanta. Whether delivering babies
in Louboutins or rushing off to
galas in Buckhead, these women do
everything with style, drama, and of
course, southern flair.


Inside of Motown Legend
. -The Musical will resonate well with
audiences, and when asked if he can
envision the show being turned into
a major motion picture, he said
"yes, absolutely."
l"Berry started in clubs recording
T shwsongs and then he became a record
executive. Then he took the compa-
ny and knew that film was the next
,thing and he made two of the most
important films, especially for
-African Americans. It was one of
the first times when African
Americans could take a look at
upset in the act. It's a natural themselves on the big screen and
response to life at times. So I think say, 'we're glamorous.' So the idea
in order to embody this woman you of a movie after the musical, it
have to see the colors of who she absolutely makes sense."
is." Broadway previews for Motown:
The show's producer Kevin The Musical begin on March 11.
McCollum believes that Motown: Tickets are on sale now.


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Sil AKAs Inspire and Educate Young Leaders


Young Artists Tribute Historical Images at Artwalk The Jacksonville Artwalk
was in full force last Wednesday as citizens enjoyed vendors, music and art welcoming them to downtown
Jacksonville. Held the first Wednesday of every month, Artwalk brings art lovers and culturists to the downtown
area for a walking, artistic tour. Pictured above is photographer Jihan Grant with one of her participants Anthony
Heard displaying the photo, "A Great Day in LaVilla". The image pays homage to the classic 1958 photo "A
Great Day in Harlem". The 1958 picture was a culmination of the great jazz artists of the 30's, 40's and 50's dur-
ing the Harlem Renaissance posing in front of a brownstone in Harlem, NY. In tribute, the LaVilla image featured
local artisans on the steps of the Karpeles Museum. FMPowell photo


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The Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter, Inc's Emerging Young
Leaders (EYL) participated in an
oratory presentation Saturday,
February 9th in Shands auditorium.
The presentation focused on
African American Women who've
made a significant contribution to
our society. Each participant was
judged on the presentation topic,
content, use of visual aide/costume
and the length of the presentation.
The oratory contest winners are:
1st place Ragan Hatcher, 2nd
place Trinity Dunbar and 3rd


place Jiliah Henderson. Chapter
members Bettye Sessions, Camilla
Thompson and Norma Solomon
White were judges for the event.
Emerging Young Leaders is the
2010-2014 signature program of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
for middle school girls. The pro-
gram consists of four AKAdemies
designed to extend the vision of the
sorority by cultivating and encour-
aging high scholastic achievement
through leadership development,
educational enrichment, civic
engagement and character building


Former New Birth Members Sue Bishop Eddie Long


If Bishop
Eddie Long
thought his trou-
bles were over,
he is thinking
again. Now he
has been sued by
former New
Birth Missionary
Baptist members
who say the mega church pastor
encouraged them to invest money
with a company despite being told
the investor was running a $3 mil-
lion capital deficit.
The suit, filed late last month in
DeKalb County state court, alleges
Long's assistant had been fore-
warned that Ephren W. Taylor was


not to be trusted nearly two weeks
before the self-professed "social
capitalist" held a series of financial
seminars in October 2009 at the
Lithonia church.
New Birth, Long and Taylor are
all named in the suit filed by 12 for-
mer church members who say they
lost more than $1 million dollars in
the alleged Ponzi scheme.
"If Bishop Eddie Long hadn't
endorsed this they wouldn't have
invested," plaintiffs attorney Jason
Doss said.
According to the lawsuit, Long
did not invest himself, but urged his
parishioners to invest with Taylor,
who he introduced as his "friend
(and) brother" prior to his pitch


before the church.
In a statement released by the
church by their spokesman Art
Franklin, he says that Long
remains() hopeful that Ephren
Taylor and companies related to
him restore the funds that were
taken from congregants at New
Birth and churches around the
county. We continue to cooperate as
the case proceeds."
The statement does not address
the warning about Taylor, uncov-
ered during the discovery process.
The church turned over an internal
memo detailing the call to Long's
assistant, who was told by the
unidentified informer he "did not
want the church to be taken advan-


tage of."
Taylor, the caller said, will issue
promissory notes to the congrega-
tion which gives him legal authori-
zation to do as he pleases. "There
will be no return on investment,"
the memo stated.
The former church members
allege that's just what happened.
Taylor, they say, issued a promis-
sory note informing them he was
investing their money in real estate,
guaranteeing a 20 percent return.
"That was my everything, and
that's it, it's gone," plaintiff Lillian
Wells told Channel 2 Action News.
Wells said she invested $122,000
with Taylor, who claimed to be a
self-made millionaire by the time


he turned 16.
The Securities and Exchange
Commission has a civil case pend-
ing against Taylor, who's alleged to
have targeted more than 1,000
investors, mostly church members.
He's accused of diverting hundreds
of thousands of dollars for personal
expenses and to fund his wife's
singing career.
Taylor has never been criminally
charged.
The suit marks the second time in
three years Long has been sued by
former members. In 2011, he
reached a settlement for an undis-
closed amount with four young men
who accused him of sexual coer-
cion.


The chapter is led by Mary L.
Brown, President and Dr. Justine
Redding and Lakeysha Joseph chair
the EYL Committee. Willetta R.
Richie is the Program Chairman.

Free Cat Spaying

and Neutering
The Jacksonville Humane Society
(JHS) and First Coast No More
Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) are pro-
viding more than 400 free spay and
neuter surgeries to feral cats in
Duval County
"We expect a lot of Duval county
residents to take advantage of the
opportunity to decrease the number
of unwanted kittens in the commu-
nity by spaying and neutering feral
cats," said Denise Deisler, JHS
executive director.
The Jacksonville Humane Society
will host Feral Sundays on Feb. 16,
March 10 and April 7 at the shelter
on Beach Boulevard. FCNMHP is
offering the free surgeries on a
first-come, first-served basis at
their facility on Norwood Avenue.
No appointment is necessary at
either location. Feral cats must
arrive for surgery in a humane trap.
Humane traps are available at
FCNMHP for a $100 refundable
deposit. Feral cats will also receive
rabies shots at the time of surgery.
To learn more about free surgeries
at FCNMHP, call 425-0005.


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February 14 20, 2013