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Volume 26 No. 17 Jacksonville, Florida February 21-28, 2013
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press February 2 1-27, 2013
By Jason Alderman
The U.S. tax code grows more
complicated every year and currently
spans thousands of pages even gov-
ernment experts can't agree exactly
how long it is. So it's not surprising
that millions of Americans hire pro-
fessional tax preparers to complete
Relinquishing the task of calculat-
ing your taxes to a professional may
save you time and give peace of mind
- they know more about tax law than
you do, right? But remember: You're
still legally responsible for all infor-
mation on the return. So if the pre-
parer makes a mistake or
intentionally defrauds the govern-
ment, you'll be on the hook for any
additional taxes, interest and penal-
ties even prosecution.
The IRS notes that although most
tax return preparers are professional,
honest and serve their clients well,
taxpayers should use the same stan-
dards for choosing a preparer as they
would for a doctor or lawyer, and be
on the lookout for incompetence and
There are several basic types of tax
preparers: certified public account-
ants, IRS-designated enrolled agents,
tax attorneys, retail agents ( H&R
Block) and self-employed preparers.
and Estate Planning
February is the month when our
country takes time to remember
and celebrate Black History. We
give honor to our great ancestors
and rejoice about how far we've
come. In parades, poems, church
services and school performances,
the nation commends the leaps and
bounds we have traveled and the
heroes who have guided us along
From slave shacks to the back of
the bus to the White House, Black
people have worked hard to get
where they are. Normally, we hear
the same names, the same
speeches, and the same stories -
as we should, because greatness
never gets old. But, for this Black
History Month, I'd like to offer a
new perspective to remind us just
how far Black people have come
and how much there is to be thank-
Have you ever heard anyone say,
"If you die without a will, the State
gets everything" or "If you die
without a will, the government will
take it all"? Many of us have heard
it, and some still believe it. The fact
is that it is a rare case these days
when a person's property goes to
the State upon his or her death be-
cause he or she doesn't have a will.
Only in the case where no blood
relatives can be found will a per-
son's estate be forfeited to the State
upon death. In spite of this reality,
the myth that failure to have a will
results in forfeiture to the State still
circulates because it was a fright-
ening and cold reality for Black
people in the post-Civil War era.
In 1865, when the Emancipation
Proclamation was enacted, the 13th
amendment abolished slavery and
set the slaves free. Slaves were
transitioned from property to per-
sons, from cattle to civilians. But
emancipation had one shortcom-
ing: it did nothing to undo the in-
justices already done to Blacks
who had been living in slavery. The
message was, "We acknowledge
your humanity from this day for-
ward, but we don't acknowledge
anything that happened before
today." Thus, no marriages, di-
vorces, births, nor family relation-
ships which occurred prior to 1865
mattered in the eyes of the law. If a
slave man and a slave woman had
gotten married before 1865, it
didn't matter. If a slave woman had
given birth to a slave child before
1865, it didn't matter. Any human
bonds that were forged before 1865
simply didn't matter. No slave had
any legal relationship to another.
The mindset of the prevailing soci-
ety was clearly stated during an
1899 Supreme Court case: "Eman-
cipation was not retroactive; nor
could it infuse inheritable blood
into those who did not possess it
before emancipation." The laws of
intestate succession whereby a per-
son's relatives would inherit his or
her property upon death in the ab-
sence of a will simply didn't apply
to pre-1865 slave relationships.
Under such circumstances, a per-
son had two options to insure that
his or her property would go to his
or her relatives upon death: (1) go
to court and struggle to prove a re-
lationship that had already been a
reality, or (2) the best, maybe only
viable option, was to have a valid
will. If a former slave had not legit-
imized pre-1865 relationships and
had no will, all land and property
would be forfeited to the State
upon his or her death since no pre-
1865 heirs could claim it.
It is hard for us to imagine such
an unfair and insensitive practice
today, but I encourage you to do so.
When we think about what our an-
cestors endured and overcame, it
helps make us all the more grateful
for the freedoms, wealth, and op-
portunities we have today.
The first three types must meet
their own licensing agency's contin-
uing education and licensing require-
ments and are bound by ethical
standards; they're also the only pro-
fessionals authorized to represent
you before the IRS on all tax matters,
including audits, collection and ap-
peals. Others may only represent you
for audits of returns they actually
prepared. Always ask whether they
belong to any professional organiza-
tions with continuing-education re-
Here are tips for choosing the right
tax return preparer:
Request an initial free consultation
at which you can share last year's re-
turn and discuss how your situation
Ask how their fees are determined
- some charge by the number of
forms (schedules) filed, others by the
hour. You might pay anywhere from
$100 to many thousands of dollars,
depending on the complexity of your
situation, where you live, the agent's
One good way to get a sense of
fees is to ask what they would have
charged to complete your last year's
Be wary of tax preparers who
claim they can obtain larger refunds
than other preparers. No one can es-
timate your refund without first re-
viewing your financial information.
Avoid preparers who base their fee
on a percentage of the refund.
Consider whether the individual or
firm will be around to answer ques-
tions about the return months or
years after it's been filed.
Check their credentials and find
out if any complaints have been filed
with the Better Business Bureau.
Reputable preparers will ask to see
receipts and will ask multiple ques-
tions to determine whether expenses
qualify for deduction.
Ask whether your return's prepara-
tion will be outsourced, which means
your personal information could be
transmitted electronically to another
firm, possibly outside the U.S.
Ask about their experience with
IRS audits and what their fees would
be to represent you in an audit.
Ask their policy for reimbursing
you for fines, penalties and interest if
it turns out your owe back taxes on a
return they prepared- many have in-
surance for that purpose.
And finally, don't muddy the wa-
ters by linking your tax-return fee to
buying another product the preparer
may be trying to sell, such as a re-
fund-anticipation loan or check, re-
tirement savings account or
Social Security Checks
on the Verge of Extinction
For the more than 5 million con-
sumers who still collect their Social
Security by check, February is a
crucial month for them. In order to
save tax payers id="mce marker"
billion over 10 years and mitigate
Social Security fraud, the govern-
ment has informed these partici-
pants that they need to sign up for
direct deposit or the Direct Express
debit card by March 1, 2013.
The only participants exempt are
those who were born on or before
Although it's hard for many peo-
ple to change their ways, it's impor-
tant for them to know there are
benefits by choosing either direct
deposit or the government debit
Direct Deposit Benefits
Direct Deposit is a free service
that automatically deposits recur-
ring income received into any
checking or savings account chosen
by the customer.
It's convenient. Your money is
deposited automatically into your
checking or savings account, even
when you are too busy to get to the
It's fast. You have same-day ac-
cess to your money on the day of
It's safe. Never worry about
checks getting lost, delayed, or
Checking accounts are also a
great value for consumers: they
offer convenience, and multiple
ways to access/manage their money
and security. In many cases, having
direct deposit is one way to waive
a monthly service fee on a checking
The government card is a prepaid
debit card payment option. Card-
holders can make purchases, pay
bills and get cash back at thousands
of locations nationwide. There are
no sign-up fees or monthly account
fees. Consumers can use their card
to make purchases, to pay bills, and
get cash from an ATM or financial
Switching from checks is fast,
easy, convenient, safe and most im-
portantly its free. Consumers can
go to www.GoDirect.org, call the
U.S. Treasury Electronic Payment
Solution Center's toll-free helpline
at 1-800-333-1795 or simply visit
with a local banker.
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Guess what folks it's Black
History Month! I almost want to
say surprise! It's amazing how a
month that used to be so celebrated,
especially by black folk, has
become nearly an afterthought.
Unless you watch PBS or BET
television networks, you would
never know that it's Black History
I said it time and time again, but
it seems that the further we get
away from slavery, the Civil Rights
Movement, and the obvious strug-
gles of the past the more desensi-
tized people become to recognizing
and celebrating blackhistory.
A. Phillip Randolph once said,
"Freedom is never given; it is
Freedom and equality in this
country was not given it was won
through blood, sweat, tears, and
sacrifice. Our children need to
know that; and that is what Black
History Month should be about.
If you walk into any elementary
school classroom around the coun-
try, regardless of the demographic
make up of the children, a vast
majority of those students will
know who Dr. Martin Luther King
If you walk in to that same class-
room and ask about Medgar Evars
or Harriet Tubman, you may have a
fewbright students who may have
heard of these African American
leaders from decades past.
Who has heard of John
Langston? Well, he was a black
leader and educator who is believed
to have been the first black elected
to public office in the United
We all know who Barack Obama
is, but does the President's success
in essence give people, especially
blacks, a false sense of "arrival?"
No on can fault Obama for being
the ultimate overachiever. The
nerve of him to actually shock the
world and put together one of best
presidential campaigns ever in
Some might argue that over time,
the relevance of Black History
Month should diminish. As blacks
achieve more, the less they should
hold on to the past right?
I say wrong. "Those who cannot
remember the past are condemned
to repeat it," a wise man once said.
Most blacks feel that we are still
far from equal, despite major
advancements in equal rights over
the past 50 years.Even the
President of the United States still
deals with racist and bigotry com-
ments every day.
In May of last year, Republican
Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, said
Obama's election "comes back to
who he was: he was black." A few
months later Republican Senator
Tom Coburn, claimed that "as an
African American male," Obama
received a "tremendous advantage
from a lot of [government] pro-
We all know that if you are black
you obviously have been on wel-
fare and food stamps at some point
in your life.
It's absolutely ludicrous for any-
one to think that blacks have
"arrived" or that America no longer
has racial issues. Simply look at
black unemployment rates, which
are twice as high as white unem-
Let me take you back to a study
done several years ago by MIT.
This report showed that job-seekers
with "white names receive 50 per-
cent more callbacks for interviews"
than job seekers with comparable
r6sum6s and "African American-
The old saying that when white
America has a cold, black America
has the flu is still true today. From
education, jobs, housing, and bank-
ing African Americans are still
struggling to gain an equal footing.
The Obama effect on diminish-
ing Black History Month is as
about as real as the boogey man.
Clearly Obama's elec-
tion and re-election
should not diminish the
need for Black History
election does signify
that America is in a con-
tinuous state of evolu-
tion in all aspects of its
socially, and economi-
cally. America is the
greatest country in the
world, has made signifi-
cant progress in race
relations, but we have a'
long way to go.
Let's not forget to cel-
ebrate Black History
Month in February, but
make the education of
ouf children ianongoiing
Signing off from the
Ritz Theatre and
-- Reggie Fullwood
The Obama Effect Is Black History Month
by George Curry
The murder of 14-year-old
Emmett Till in 1955 was a water-
shed moment, marking the begin-
ning of the modem Civil Rights
Movement. While visiting relatives
near Money, Miss., the Chicago
native was murdered for allegedly
whistling at a White woman. The
brutal act was intended to send an
unmistakable message to Black
boys everywhere: If you even whis-
tle at a White woman in the Deep
South, you could pay for it with
Like everyone else, I was
appalled to learn that rapper Lil
Wayne had made a vulgar reference
to Till's death. On a re-mix of an
upcoming CD by Future called
"Karate Chop," Lil Wayne essen-
tially spewed the line: "Beat that
[female sex organ] up like Emmett
When I sat down to write this col-
umn, I planned to excoriate Little
Wayne about his insult. I started to
remind him that musical artists
don't have to be ignorant fools, even
Shubambr o Commerci: Vickie B
while showing their underwear on
stage. I was going to say that Curtis
Mayfield of my era and Chuck D of
his generation demonstrated that
African-American artists can make
good music and provide uplifting
race-conscious lyrics at the same
Rather than spend another
nanosecond on Lil Wayne, we
should use this Black History
Month moment to educate young
people who may not have ever
heard of Emmett Till. While serving
as editor of Emerge magazine, I had
the pleasure of interviewing Mrs.
Mamie Till Mobley, Emmett's
mother. For the 40th anniversary of
his death in 1995, I wrote a story on
This is how it began:
Mamie Till Bradley was about to
experience a mother's worst night-
mare. She had to identify the corpse
of her only child, 14-year-old
Emmett Till, who had been abduct-
ed, beaten, shot in the head and
tossed into the Tallahatchie River
near Greenwood, Miss., for alleged-
ly whistling at a White woman.
As she approached the cold, metal
slab that held the mutilated body at
A. A. Rayner & Sons funeral home
in Chicago, the grieving mother
thought to herself: "I got a job to do
and it's not going to be easy."
Mamie Till wanted to look direct-
ly into her son's face, but she could-
n't bring herself to do it. Not yet. So
she started with the lower extremi-
ties and worked her way up.
"Those are his feet," she conclud-
ed. The ankles? Yes, those were her
son's skinny ankles. Next, she sur-
veyed the knees. Most people have
sharp, pointed kneecaps. But the
mother and son had flat ones.
"Those are the Till knees," she told
Her eyes continued up her son's
body and stopped on his genitals.
Later, she would be happy that her
inspection included that section of
her son's body because some people
later would say, incorrectly, that
Emmett had been castrated. Now,
she would know otherwise.
Mrs. Mamie Till Bradley Mobley
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who will be called Mrs. Till here-
after to make it easier to follow the
cast of characters in this drama -
examined Emmett's hands and
arms, which provided more confir-
mation of what she did not want
confirmed. Finally, she took a deep
breath and looked at her son's
decomposed face. This, too, she did
piece by piece, separating his face
into imaginary compartments, start-
ing with his chin and moving to the
top of his head.
"Bo," as he was known, had
flashed a perfect set of teeth during
his short life. Now, in death, only
one or two were visible. "Oh, my
God," his mother thought. "Where
are the rest of them?"
The bridge of his nose, though all
chopped up, was recognizable. She
looked for his right eye it was
missing. There was only an empty
socket. She looked at the left one
and it was detached, dangling from
"That's his hazel eye," Mrs. Till
said. "Where is the other one?"
She searched for one ear and it,
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of Emmett Till
too, was missing. Peering through
the ear hole, she could see daylight
on the other side. The remaining ear
protruded from her son's head, just
like hers- another family trait.
"That's Emmett's ear," she said,
His hair? Yes.
After inspecting the outstretched
body inch by inch, Mrs. Till came to
the sad but inescapable conclusion
that the remains of what remained
before her were those of Emmett
Louis Till. Still, she turned to Gene
Mobley, later to become her third
husband, hoping he might have
noticed something that she had not,
anything that would cast the slight-
est doubt about whether this was
indeed Bo. But Mobley had identi-
fied young Till in his mind long
before the child's mother had fin-
ished her methodical examination.
The barber had recognized the hair-
cut he had given Emmett two weeks
earlier, just before Bo left for
Mrs. Till had one thought over
and over: What kind of person could
do this to another human being,
especially a 14-year-old boy?
Her second thought was that this
was a sight so ghastly, so inhumane
that people would have to see it for
themselves to believe it.
"Gene, I want you to go home and
get some of Bo's pictures," she said.
"We'll spread the pictures around."
The undertaker politely asked,
"Do you want me to fix him up?"
Mrs. Till did not hesitate: "No, you
can't fix that. Let the world see what
Obviously, Lil Wayne never saw
that story. If he had, he would have
realized this isn't something to be
George E. Curry, former editor-
in-chief of Emerge magazine, is
editor-in-chief of the National
Association News Service
(NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker,
moderator, and media coach.
Curry can be reached through his
Web site, www.georgecurry.com.
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Minimum Wage Should
Spark Maximum Outrage
By Raynard Jackson
Last week, President Obama gave his annual State of the Union speech
before a joint session of Congress. I am stunned at how far left he has
moved politically. He wants more government spending, more programs,
and more government regulations. Ted Kennedy, the late senator from
Massachusetts, would be very proud of Obama's continued lurch to the left.
The one thing that stood out with me from his speech was his wanting to
increase the federal minimum wage from $ 7.25 an hour to $ 9 an hour.
With a weak economy, you want to increase the cost of labor? Are you kid-
This is like asking someone who just had a root canal to have a steak din-
ner or someone with a broken leg to play basketball-it's painful. I am
philosophically opposed to a minimum wage because it is very detrimental
to the very people it's supposed to help low.and under-skilled workers.
I know why a minimum wage was created. Its creation flowed out of the
Great Depression of the 1930s. Workers were routinely exploited in facto-
ries and sweatshops and worked in unimaginably horrible conditions.
Like many government programs, good often. intensions lead to mission
creep. Mission creep is when you create a program to solve a very specif-
ic problem and then the solution is expanded to address an additional prob-
lem that had nothing to do with the original problem. It's like going to the
grocery store to buy food and walking out with a new pair of shoes along
with the food. There is nothing wrong with buying a new pair of shoes, but
it has absolutely nothing to do with feeding your family.
Minimum wage started out as a way of protecting mostly women and
children from being exploited. But, it has now led to the notion of livable
wage. I live in Virginia where the livable wage is in excess of $ 10 an hour
(well above the federal minimum wage of $ 7.25 an hour). Local politi-
cians determine what the livable wage is (but it is always higher than the
federal minimum wage).
Even the most radical of liberals must admit that workplace protections
have improved drastically since the 1930s; so worker protection is no
longer a valid argument for minimum wage laws. Thus, the pro-minimum
wage crowd has morphed into the pro-livable wage crowd.
As an employer, my goal is not a livable wage, but a profit. I know with
the Obama crowd profit is a dirty word; but no businessman opens a busi-
ness with the goal of paying a livable wage. Their whole raison d'etre is
to make a profit. Any smart businessperson knows this means he or she has
to pay a fair wage to make a profit or the employer will constantly lose
good employees. It's called free market economics. What a novel concept
in Obama's America!
As cold as it might seem, as an employer, your not making enough
money to raise your family is not my issue. It is your private matter.
Employers pay employees based on value added to the business, not on
how many kids you have or the cost to sending those children to school.
The people who want employers to pay them so they can raise their chil-
dren (a private matter) are the same people who tell their employers to stay
out of their private lives-they should be able to smoke away from the job,
be overweight (even if it make the cost of health insurance more expensive
for all employees), watch pornography at home, or be a member of the
KKK during their hours away from the job.
So, I am somewhat confused that employees want privacy when it comes
Scertainm personal behavior, but when it comes to pay, they want to use
thdir personal bel\ r (Ji .ha mg'a family)' as the basis for"'- irased pay.
You can't have it both ways.
My point is that the market place should determine the cost of labor
based on value added to the business, not some politician who doesn't
understand business or has never had to meet a payroll.
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African American Game Officials & Athletic Association Honor Their Own
Shown left is Teddy Montgomery receiving his plaque from J.L. Williams. Shown right is Elaine Kitchings, wife of Coach Earl Kitchings, view-
ing some of the historical photos on display of Jacksonville's athletic leaders at the event.
Thirteen community leaders were Stewart and Ike Grayson. Earl
honored at the Ritz Theater last Kitchings, Jr. was the presenter.
Friday at the 3rd annual Legends Each honoree received a plaque
Program honoring African outlining their contributions to the
American Game Officials and Jacksonville community.
Athletic Association participates in Presenters in the area of recre-
the areas of coaching, game offici- ation were Spencer Meeks and
ating, recreation work and athletics. Mathis Daniels. The honorees were
This year the honorees in coach- Florida Dwight, Emma Hightower
ing were Earl Kitchings, Dennis and Carlton Bryant.
Jordan Davis' Parents
by Janell Ross, HP
Before his son died, Ron Davis
had had just one distant brush with
Florida's gun laws.
Right around the time Davis
retired from Delta Airlines in 2006,
an airport security guard with a
moonlighting gig at a local bank
suggested that he apply for one of
the state's new concealed-carry per-
mits and take on some part-time
security work. The permits legally
allow holders to carry a loaded
weapon outside their home, in a
What's more, just a year earlier
Florida had passed the country's
first Stand Your Ground Law,
which proteqts legal gun owners
who don't retreat if faced with a
potentially dangerous confronta-
tion. Instead, Stand Your Ground
gives gun owners both criminal and
civil legal protection if they use
their weapons based on "reasonable
suspicion" of fearing for their lives
or those of others.
In November, everything
changed. Davis's 17-year-old son
Jordan was shot and killed in a
Baymeadows Road gas station
parking lot by Michael Dunn.
Dunn, 46, has indicated that
Stand Your Ground may be part of
his defense. He claims he demand-
ed that Jordan and his friends, who
were riding inside an SUV, turn
down the car's music. They argued
and Dunn fired his weapon eight or
nine times. He said he had been
frightened by the barrel of a shot-
gun he saw emerging from the rear
window of the SUV, and the sense
that he was facing down a group of
The Sheriff's Office determined
that no one inside the SUV was
armed at the time of the shooting.
Now, Ron Davis and his ex-wife,
Jordan's mother, Lucia Kay
McBath, have launched a legal
effort to force Dunn to atone for his
actions and statements -- what they
see as a wrongful death by murder,
defamation and inflicting emotional
distress. They hope to give gun
owners with concealed-carry per-
mits a new reason to reconsider
using their guns in Florida: the pos-
sible loss of their assets.
Through what is expected to be a
series of court hearings and likely
appeals, Davis and McBath plan to
challenge the blanket criminal and
civil immunity that Florida's Stand
Your Ground law provides. They
are also suing Dunn for slander for
statements made by his former
lawyer. "The victims were made out
to be thug-like aggressors, tarnish-
ing their standing in the communi-
ty," according to the suit.
"This is not about money, it will
never be about money," said John
Phillips, an attorney representing
Jordan's parents and those of two
other teens sitting in the SUV at the
time of his death. "This is about try-
ing to set the record straight, sal-
vage reputations and make sure that
Michael Dunn, who is apparently a
man of some means, can't just
spend it all down."
Dunn owns a waterfront condo-
minium, a small plane and is at least
the partial owner of a software
company, according to records.
Unlike the parents of Trayvon
Martin, Jordan's parents never
faced a battle to see the man who
admitted to shooting their son
charged with a crime. The state of
Florida has charged Dunn with
first-degree murder for Jordan's
James L. Williams presented the
plaque to the honorees in game offi-
ciating. The honorees were Ed
Benthone and Theodore
In the area of athletics, the hon-
orees were Bobby Lang, Al Frazier,
Willie Austin, Van D. Jenkins and
Oscar Norman. The presenters were
Anthony Rodgers and Harold
death and with the attempted mur-
der of his friends.
But to prove that Dunn is guilty
of first-degree murder in the state of
Florida, the prosecutor must show
that Dunn fired his gun intending to
harm or kill someone. Any testimo-
ny that might leave the jury with the
impression that Dunn only intended
to scare the teenagers, or that he did
not intend to kill Jordan, could lead
to an acquittal or a conviction on a
crime that carries a lighter sentence.
In civil court, the standard of
proof is different and lawyers say
easier to meet: negligence. In
Florida, negligence is defined as an
act that exposes others to harm or
the threat of harm. A person found
guilty of wrongful death in civil
court due to negligence can be
forced to compensate victims for
pain, suffering, medical and other
costs, whether or not he is convict-
ed in criminal court.
Dunn, currently in jail awaiting
trial, seems to know this, Phillips
said. When Phillips's process server
approached Dunn in his solitary
confinement cell earlier this month
to serve him a notice of the civil
suit, Dunn curled into the fetal posi-
tion and refused to take the papers.
Jail officials forced Dunn to accept
the documents the next day.
While the civil and criminal cases
against Dunn are pending, one
Florida legislator has begun the
process of trying to alter what she
considers the most dangerous
aspects of Florida's Stand Your
Ground law. Rep. Cynthia Stafford
(D-Miami) has introduced a bill
that would alter the law to require
an "overt act" to support the use of
deadly force, rather than "reason-
"Buster" Hair. Jimmie Johnson
presided over the program.
Other program highlights includ-
ed Johnny Mitchell prayer and
scripture, Ed Hall welcome and
occasion and Harold Pearce solo.
A great time was had by all as the
Athletic Association and Officials
honored their own for their lasting
contributions and sportsmanship.
Stafford's bill has not yet been set
for discussion or a vote in the two
committees it must clear in order to
reach the full legislature. One of
those committees is chaired by the
man who drafted Florida's Stand
Your Ground Law in 2005.
"One way or another I am con-
vinced -- no, I am compelled to
make sure that something changes
here," said Ron Davis. "My life,
Jordan's mother's life, his brother's
life have been forever changed."
The city of Jacksonville declared
Saturday, Feb. 16 Jordan Davis
Day. Had he never crossed paths
with Dunn, it would have been
Jordan's 18th birthday.
Celebs Corner Among Jax
Honorees at BBIF Luncheon
Niki Brunson and her team at Celebs Comer were among recipients of
the 2013 Black Business Investment Fund Award. The BBIF awards focus-
es on highlighting Florida's trailblazing black businesses. Held this week
in Orlando, Florida, the luncheon celebrates and salutes "Beacons: Our
humble beginnings, our endless possibilities." Celebs Comer, established
in October 2010, describes their fare as "bistro style with an international
influence. They served a packed house daily for breakfast, lunch and din-
ner at the A.Phillip Randolph Blvd. location.
After a rigorous selection process from the hundreds of nominations from
across the state, Celebs Comer join their Jacksonville colleagues being
honored including Sewing House Inc, Simmons Pediatrics, Soul Food
Festival and the the Gregory Law Firm. Shown above is Celebs Comer
staff: Owner Niki Brunson, Thaddeus Powell, and Sonja "Chef Love"
Family Cultural Day
"Our Roots. Our History."
Are We So Different?
A Project of American Anthropological Association
National award-winning exhibit hosted by
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE C HISTORY
Saturday, February 16
11 a.m 4 p.m.
Musical and dance performances
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Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
If you have "talent," sing for God, praise dancing, speaking ministries,
poems, clean fun, and spiritual talent, and testimonies or if you are a pas-
tor, please contact us to be a guest on the show. RWPM TV ministry airs
every Saturday on Comcast 99 at 8:00 a.m. For more information email
email@example.com or visit www.rwpm.info or call (904) 220-6400 or
write RWPM c/o Reverend Mattie W. Freeman, PO Box 350117,
Jacksonville, Florida 32235-0117. All are welcome.
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
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner will be served after each service.
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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.
Rev. Terry Hill, Jr., 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 Christian radio host of the Terry & Terry Show, will 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandra Milton (904) 463-1311,
email: lafayeisworthy@bellsouthnet for further information.
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 information contact missionary Mattie Ferrell at
Healing Hearts CD Release Concert
Dasia Amonie Enterprises and Chanelle Flornoy presents her 1st "Never
Alone" Congenital Heart Disease CD release party concert, Friday, March
1st at 7 p.m. Enjoy music, door prizes and celebrate the theme: "Healing
one heart after another". The event will be held at The Temple at One
Accord Ministries International, 2971 Waller St. For more information call
554-0689 or visit www.dasiaamonienterprise.vpweb.com.
St. Paul AME Honors Dr. Marvin
C. Zanders, II and the First Family
The Stewards and disciples of Saint Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings
Road, will have an Appreciation Service to honor Pastor Zanders and
Family on Sunday, February 24th at 4:00 pm. The special guests for this
celebration will be The Rev. Karl N. Flagg and The Mt. Tabor First Baptist
Church of Palatka, Florida. Pastor Zanders has demonstrated unparalleled
leadership at Saint Paul and to the Community for over thirteen years.
Friends, sister churches, and the public are extended a warm invitation to
share in this special Celebration. Please contact the office of the Church at
(904) 764-2755 for more information.
Mt. Olive P.B.C. Celebrates Elder
Lee Harris' 20th Anniversary
Elder Lee E. Harris, Pastor of Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist Church will
celebrate 20 years of service to the church and the community, Sunday,
February 24th at the 11 a.m. worship service Black History program. Pastor
Harris accepted the leadership as shepherd to the flock and began pastorate
duties at Mt. Olive on September 4, 1992. The 20th anniversary speaker is
Dr. Ernest Ferrell of St. Mary Primitive Church, Tallahassee, Florida and
invited musical guest is gospel recording artist Troy Sneed. For further
information contact the church at 355-0015. Mt. Olive Primitive Baptist
Church is located at 1319 N. Myrtle Avenue.
Keeping History Alive at Bethesda
Temple Honors Shadidi Amma
Come celebrate a Black history program entitled "Keeping History
Alive" presented by Reaching Women through Special Events, Saturday,
February 23rd at 2 p.m. and a festival from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy music,
dance and special word. Wear your African attire. This event is dedicated in
the memory of co-founder of the Kuumba Festival, "Shadidi Amma,"
Stephanie C. Bryant (1956-2006). Admission is free and will be held at
Bethesda Faith Assembly Church, 600 E. 4th Street. For mpre information
call Jackie Franklin at (386) 631-8150.
k you want it to run. Easter Exercise Service
Drmation received prior Sweetfield Missionary Baptist Church located at 1365 Harrison Street
the event date will be where Dr. Richard R. Russ is Pastor, is inviting the public to attend their
ited on a space available Easter Exercise Service at 7 p.m. nightly March 27th, 28th & 29th. The
is until the date. Fax e- guest speaker will be Rev. Walter Scott, Pastor of Friendship Baptist
l to 765-3803 or e-mail to Church of Waycross, Ga. For more information contact Sister Nicolla
eePress@aol.com. Mack at 226-6437.
Nominations Now Being Accepted
for the City's Spirit of Rosie Award
The Equal Pay Day Committee of
the Women's Center of Jacksonville
is accepting nominations for the
Spirit of Rosie Awards given to
women who have proven them-
selves in the workplace, broken
down barriers, entered non-tradi-
tional careers, and proven that "We
Can Do It!" Award categories are
the Glass Ceiling, Non-Traditional,
and Pioneer. Nomination forms
can be obtained by mailing the
Women's Center of Jacksonville at
Nominations are due by March 8,
The three women Spirit of Rosie
Award winners will be honored at
the Annual Equal Pay Day Lunch
held on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at
11:30 at the Florida State College at
Jacksonville Board Room located at
the FSCJ Administrative Offices on
State Street in downtown
The Spirit of Rosie award is
named for the fictional character
promoted in World War II as the
ideal woman worker. More than six
million women helped to build
bombs, planes, tanks and other
weapons that would eventually help
win World War II. They became
streetcar drivers, operated heavy
construction machinery, worked in
lumber and steel mills, unloaded
freight and much more, thus creat-
ing an entirely new image of women
in American society and setting the
stage for upcoming generations
Equal Pay Day symbolizes how
far into 2013 women must work to
earn what men earned in 2012.
Because women earn less, on aver-
age, than men, they must work
longer for the same amount of pay.
The wage gap is even greater for
most women of color.
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Education Summit to
Kick Off Next Week
In little more than a week,
Mayor Alvin Brown will kick off
Jacksonville's citywide education
summit. The two-day summit, a
collaborative project between the
Mayor's Office and Duval County
Public Schools, priorities
strengthening the roles parents
play in their kids' education as a
major factor that will transform
the city's educational opportuni-
ties. The Summit will be held Feb.
28th and March 1st.
"Studies show that kids with par-
ents who are involved in their
education are more likely to earn
higher grades and test scores,"
Mayor Brown said. "They also
have better attendance records
and social skills, and are more
likely to graduate and pursue
higher education. There are a lot
of ideas when it comes to improv-
ing education, but increasing
parental involvement is a key
lever that will truly be a game-
changer in Jacksonville."
The initiative was designed to
both inspire students and rally
parents and community members
around education. Actor and edu-
cation activist Bill Cosby will join
Mayor Brown for activities,
including several high school vis-
its and a performance at the
Florida Theatre. Superintendent
Vitti will give a presentation on
Day 2 highlighting the positive
effects a parents' academy could
have on increasing parental
involvement, and Deputy U.S.
Secretary of Education Tony
Miller will follow with the sum-
mit's keynote address. Day 2 will
also feature several workshops
and other community leaders
including several school board
members and Gary Chartrand,
chair of the State Board of
Tickets for Dr. Cosby's per-
formance are available through
Ticketmaster. Day 2's activities
are open to the public, but partici-
pants must register beforehand at
First Lady reveals secret behind her bangs First Lady
Michelle Obama joked in a recent interview that her now-signature bangs
weren't a fashion statement but a result of a "mid-life crisis."
"This is my mid-life crisis, the bangs," the First Lady, 49, said on thw
"Rachael Ray Show." "I couldn't get a sports car. They won't let me bungee
jump. So instead, I cut my bangs."
"I love her bangs," the President told supporters at an inaugural recep-
tion at the'Nhtifo6al Buiilding'Mtisetm the 'night' before tie Inauguration.
"She looks good.-She always looks good."' '- 1
What Most Blacks Don't Know About Their Heart
IL V L
There's something very important
that most African Americans don't
know about when it comes to
understanding how to protect your
African American adults are more
likely to be diagnosed with coro-
nary heart disease, and they are
more likely to die from heart dis-
ease. Also, although African
American adults are 40% more
likely to have high blood pressure,
they are 10% less likely than their
non-Hispanic White counterparts to
have their blood pressure under
Adding to this problem is the fact
that, according to a recent survey,
only 1 in 5 Americans consider
themselves at increased risk for ath-
erosclerosis-a progressive disease
where plaque builds up in the arter-
ies slowly over time. The survey
also revealed that only 21 percent
of respondents could correctly iden-
tify all 6 surveyed risk factors for
the disease: high cholesterol, high
-a blood pressure,
history of early
This is partic-
over time can
lead to narrow-
ing of the arter-
ies, which is
one of the most
of heart disease.
For adults living with high cho-
lesterol plus at least one additional
risk factor, it's even more important
to understand which risk factors can
"Heart Month is an ideal time for
patients to reflect upon their health
and talk with their doctor to learn
about the risk factors for plaque
buildup in arteries and whether they
may be at increased risk for athero-
sclerosis," said Dr. Philip de Vane,
Executive Director of Medical
Affairs and Strategic Development
at AstraZeneca. "This education
can be extremely valuable for
adults, particularly those who are
unaware of their increased risk, and
may help mitigate the progression
of this disease."
A cholesterol-management plan
to help patients reach their choles-
terol goals should begin with
lifestyle changes, which can
include quitting smoking, eating
healthy foods and exercising more
often. However, for some people,
diet and exercise alone may not be
enough to lower high cholesterol,
so it is important that they talk with
their health care providers about
their treatment options. In addition
to diet changes and exercise, a doc-
tor may recommend particular med-
ications, including CRESTOR
(rosuvastatin calcium), which has
been FDA approved to lower high
cholesterol and slow plaque buildup
Top Dangers of Being Overweight
According to a recent poll, many
people don't understand what being
overweight does to your body.
Instead, they think it's possible for
someone to be very overweight and
However, according to the sur-
vey, which was conducted by the
Associated Press, being too heavy
may lead to or worsen heart dis-
ease, diabetes, high cholesterol,
some types of cancer, arthritis, res-
piratory problems (such as sleep
apnea and asthma), and even infer-
Few Americans truly realize
"People are often shocked to hear
how far-reaching the effects of obe-
sity are," said Jennifer Dimitriou, a
bariatric dietitian at New York's
Montefiore Medical Center.
Although doctors long have
known that fat increases the risk of
developing cancers of the colon,
breast, prostate, and uterus, only 7
percent of Americans seemed to
understand this. Also, being over-
weight can make it harder to spot
tumors early and to treat them.
Likewise, few people know that
obesity can contribute to arthritis,
which can lead to joint pain, which
can then make it harder to exercise
and shed pounds.
Be Realistic About Your Weight
Knowing more about the myriad
ways obesity affects health could
help motivate people to get more
active and eat better before full-
blown disease strikes. However,
only 52 percent of those surveyed
said they've discussed the health
risks of being overweight with a
In another complication, the AP-
NORC Center survey found that
about half of people think their
weight is just about right, and only
12 percent of parents think their
child is overweight. That's even
though government figures show
two-thirds of U.S. adults, and one-
third of children and teens, are
either overweight or obese.
If you're surrounded by over-
weight people, especially in your
family, "then that's all you know,
and that to you is normal,"
Passenger Who Allegedly Slapped Baby
And Call Him 'N*gger' Loses His Job
MINNEAPOLIS -A man charged
with slapping a toddler on a
Minneapolis-to-Atlanta Delta air-
lines flight is out of a job, his for-
mer employer released.
Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, of
Hayden, Idaho, is no longer an
employee, of. AGC Aerospace .and
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ackson Jr. was charged was a Chicago alderman, but named in the one-count criminal
ing to spend $750,000 resigned last month, information filed in the case. The
n funds on personal In a statement, the ex-congress- filing of a criminal information,
lis wife was charged man said, "I offer no excuses for rather than an indictment, ordinari-
'alse income tax forms. my conduct, and I fully accept my ly signifies that a defendant is
osecutors filed a charge responsibility for the improper preparing to plead guilty.
cy against the former decisions and mistakes I have Tom Kirsch, an attorney for
n and charged his wife, made." Jackson's wife says she has signed
h one count of filing Jesse Jackson Jr.'s spending a plea agreement with federal pros-
federal income tax included $43,350 on a gold-plated, ecutors and would plead guilty to
he years 2006 through men's Rolex watch and $9,587.64 one tax count.
agreed to plead guilty in on children's furniture, according to The charge against Sandi Jackson
ith federal prosecutors. court papers filed in the case. carries a maximum of three-year
es represent a dramatic "Defendant Jesse L. Jackson Jr., prison sentence. But Kirsch says
)litical prominence for willingly and knowingly, used the agreement "does not contem-
The son of a famed civil approximately $750,000 from the plate a sentence of that length."
er, Jackson entered
1995 and resigned last
campaign's accounts for personal
expenses" that benefited him and
Al Haase, president and CEO of
AGC, issued a statement early that,
while not referring to Hundley by
name, called reports of behavior by
one of its executives on recent per-
sonal travel "offensive and disturb-
ing" and said he "is no longer
employed with the company."
Keeey would not say whether
Hundley was fired or resigned.
Hundley was president of AGC's
Unitech Composites and Structures
Hundley has been formally
charged in federal court in Atlanta
with simple assault for allegedly
slapping a 2-year-old boy during a
Feb. 8 flight. His attorney, Marcia
Shein, of Decatur, Ga., said that
Hundley will plead not guilty. The
charge carries a maximum penalty
of a year in jail.
The boy's mother, Jessica
Bennett, 33, told the FBI their flight
was on final descent into Atlanta
when her 19-month-old son started
to cry due to the altitude change.
Hundley "told her to shut that (N-
word) baby up," FBI special agent
Daron Cheney said in a sworn state-
ment. She said Hundley then
slapped him in the face, scratching
the boy below his right eye and
causing him to scream even louder.
Bennett told Twin Cities televi-
Shown above is John Hundley in the inset. Jessica Bennet is shown
right with her son.
sion stations that the incident has
caused her family a great deal of
trauma and that her son, Jonah, had
been outgoing but had turned
apprehensive of strangers.
Hundley became increasingly
obnoxious and appeared intoxicated
during the flight and complained
that her son was too big to sit on her
lap, she said.
"He reeked of alcohol," Bennett
told KARE-TV. "He was belliger-
ent, and I was uncomfortable."
Bennett said she was shocked by
the racial slur she says Hundley
used when Jonah started crying.
"And I said, 'What did you say?'
because I couldn't believe that he
would say that," she told WCCO-
TV. "He fell onto my face and his
mouth was in my ear and he said it
again but even more hateful. And
he's on my face, so I pushed him
Bennett and her husband are
white, while Jonah, whom they
adopted, is black.
"We wish to emphasize that the
behavior that has been described is
contradictory to our values, embar-
rassing and does not in any way
reflect the patriotic character of the
men and women of diverse back-
grounds who work tirelessly in our
business," Haase said in his state-
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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
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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.
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-
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-
firstname.lastname@example.org 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-
email Becky at email@example.com or
call 255-7450. Deadline to register
is February 19th
Black Nurses Asso.
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.
To attend, contact Danna Morris at
766-6591 or email
Fathers and daughters across the
First Coast are invited to attend the
fifth annual Spring Daddy Daughter
Dance hosted by Girls Inc. of
Jacksonville. The event will be held
February 23rd from 5:30 9:30
p.m. at the Hyatt Regency
Riverfront, 225 East Coastline
Drive. Proceeds designated to
empowering girls' programs.
For more information visit
www.girlsincjax.org or call 731-
9933. To register for the dance, visit
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee of the Millions More
Movement Inc., (JLOC, MMM
Inc.), will 'Give-A-Way Clothes',
Saturday, February 23rd, at 916 N.
Myrtle Avenue. The Give-a-way is
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have
any questions or just want to learn
more about the Millions More
Movement, visit www.jacksonvil-
The 3rd Annual Dr. Mary
Leadership Breakfast will be held
Saturday, February 23rd at 9 a.m.
at the Jacksonville Airport Hotel.
Breakfast honorees include MaliVai
Washington, Wallace Raspberry,
Tracey "Dj Dr. Doom" McKay,
Jimmie Johnson, and Bono's BBQ.
For more information email duval-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
Darrell Brown at 307-8492.
Features Jasmine Guy
The University of North Florida's
(UNF) Intercultural Center for
PEACE (ICP) will present actress
Jasmine Guy, actress, dancer,
singer, author, and producer
Tuesday, February 26th at 12 p.m.
Guy will discuss "Making Your
Own Different World." Proceeds
from the program benefit UNF stu-
dents. The event will take place in
the Adam W. Herbert University
Center Banquet Hall. For more
information please contact ICP at
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Breakfast at St. John's Cathedral
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from 7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. DCPS
school Superintendent Nick Vitti is
one of the panelist. The topic of dis-
cussion is focusing on the role of
arts education in students K 12.
For more info, contact Ms. Johnson
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call 632-9104, ext 42.
The Bag Lady Luncheon benefit-
ing the Friends for the Arts, will be
held Thursday, February 28th,
11:30 1 p.m. at the Plantation
Clubhouse. Donate your gently
used and vintage handbags, evening
bags, beach bags any bag to be
auctioned off at the "Bag Lady
Luncheon". If you have a handbag
you'd like to donate, drop it off at
the Ponte Vedra Cultural Center, 50
Executive Way, before February
22nd. For tickets and more informa-
tion call 280-0614.
Race in the New
Millenium & the
Age of Obama
The MOSH after dark presents
"Race in the New Millennium &
The Age of Obama" with Dr. Faye
V. Harrison, joint professor of
Anthropology and African
American Studies at the University
of Florida. The series takes place
Thursday, February 28th at 6 p.m.
at the Museum of Science and
History Admission, 1025 Museum
Circle. For more information visit
www.themosh.org or call 396-
Race in the New
MOSH After Dark will present a
free forum in their series, "Race in
the New Millennium & The Age of
Obama" with Dr. Faye V. Harrison,
joint professor of Anthropology and
African American Studies at the
University of Florida. The series
begins Thursday, February 28th at
6 p.m. at the Museum of Science
and History Admission, 1025
Museum Circle. For more informa-
tion visit www.themosh.org or call
Home & Patio Show
Enjoy the Jacksonville Home and
Patio Show at Prime F. Osborn III
convention center, February 28th
through March 3rd, 10 a.m. to 9
a.m. The only place to find fresh
ideas and smart advice for remodel-
ing, home & improvement, decorat-
ing more! For more information
shows.com or call 630.4800.
The Stage Aurora Theatrical
Company announces the audition
for its upcoming production of
"The Me Nobody Knows" on
Saturday and Sunday, February
23rd and 24th and Saturday, March
2nd from 3 5 p.m. at Stage Aurora
Performance Hall located at 5188
Norwood Avenue inside Gateway
Town Center. Stage Aurora is look-
ing for a cast of 25 consisting of
multi-ethnic strong vocal youths
with acting and/or dancing experi-
ence, ranging in age from 7-19. For
audition information call 765-7372
or visit www.stageaurora.org.
Tour is back!
The comedians of the Royal
Comedy tour will take the stage
Saturday, March 2nd at
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph
Blvd. Taking the stage are comedi-
ans Sommore, Earthquake, Bruce
Bruce, Tim Curry, Tony Rock and J.
Anthony Brown! For more infor-
mation visit www.royalcomedy-
tour.com or call the arena at 630-
The world famous Harlem
Globetrotters are coming to town
Friday, March 1, 2013, at 7 p.m.
The Harlem Globetrotters are
bringing unprecedented fan partici-
pation to Jacksonville Veterans
Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip
Randolph Blvd., For more informa-
tion visit www.harlemglobetrot-
ters.com or call the box office at
(800) 745-3000 or email lineberg-
Understanding the Blues and the
Muslim Call to Prayer with Dr.
Sylvaine Diouf, Saturday, March
2nd at the University of North
Florida, 1 UNF Drive. The series
starts at 7 p.m. For more informa-
tion visit www.unf.edu or call 620-
1000 or call 620-1000.
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FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 19 25, 2013
TSU Sports Photos
coaches have Texas
Southern hoopsters on
top of SWAC races.
I LAST WEEK OF PLAY IN SIAC, CIAA; SWAC, MEAC
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DIV CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L W L
Eliz. City State 6 2 8 6 15 9
Lincoln 6 2 8 6 15 9
Virginia Union 5 3 6 8 9 13
Virginia State 4 4 6 8 12 12
Bowie State 3 5 6 8 10 13
Chowan 0 8 0 14 6 17
Livingstone 6 2 10 4 18 5
W-Salem State 5 2 12 2 19 4
J.C. Smith 5 3 9 5 16 8
St. Augustine's 5 3 8 6 15 9
Shaw 2 6 8 6 14 10
Fayetteville State 0 7 3 11 8 15
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kyree Bethel, 6-2, So., G, CHOWAN Notched
season-high 28 points in loss to ECSU. Had 19vs.
Emllio Parks, 6-6, So., F, JCSU Had game-high
27 points in win over FSU. Also had 6 boards and
2 steals. Shot 11 of 15 from the floor.
Kortez Smith, 5.7, Fr., G, CHOWAN In 1-1
week, had 14 vs. Wash. Adv. and season-high
30 vs. ECSU.
Bobby Cotllns, WSSU Led team to win over St.
Aug's, avenging earlier loss to the Falcons.
M EAC MD EASTERN
IA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
12 0 17 10
11 1 18 8
10 2 16 10
7 4 12 13
7 4 10 14
6 6 13 14
6 6 9 14
5 6 10 16
4 8 7 19
3 10 6 21
2 9 2 20
2 10 5 22
1 10 5 19
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Arnold Louis, 6-8, Sr., F, SSU Scored 18 points
and grabbed 12 boards as Tigers downed A&T
Monday. Had 5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals In
win over NCCU.
Rashld Gaston, 6-8, Fr., F, NSU Scored 17
points and pulled down team-high 9 rebounds in
win Monday over Hampton.
Deven Williams, Fr., G, SSU-Tallied team-high 12
points vs. NCCU and scored 7 points vs. NC A&T.
Rashad Hassan, F, SAVANNAH STATE Had
9 points, team-high 11 rebounds and 3 blocks vs.
NCCU, 8 points and 2 rebounds vs NCA&T.
SIA C SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
S IAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sha'Mar Nolen, 6-1, Jr., G, LANE Had 22 points
in two ofthree games including double-OTwin over
Fisk. SIAC scoring leader averaged 20 points, 6
rebounds and 3 steals in three games.
Jerel Stephenson, 6-5,Jr.,F, PAINE-Averaged 17
points, 7 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 2-0 week. Had
team-high 17 points in win over Morehouse.
Southern 13 2
Texas Southern 12 2
Ark. Pine Bluff 12 3
Alabama State 7 7
Alcorn State 7 8
Prairie View A&M 6 8
Jackson State 6 8
Alabama A&M 5 9
Miss. Valley St. 4 11
Grambling State 0 14
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Fred Sturdlvant, 6-7, Sr., F, TEXAS SOUTHERN
- Had double-doubles in wins over Miss. Valley State
and Ark.-Pine Bluff. Scored 21 points and pulled
down 17 rebounds in win over MVSU Monday after
scoring 15 points and getting 14 boards in win over
UAPB Saturday.Averaged 18 points, 15.5 rebounds
in the two wins which allowed TSU to keep pace with
Southern at top of SWAC race.
Malcolm Miller, 6.5, Fr., G, SOUTHERN Had 13
points and 7 assists in win over Alabama State and
tied forteam highwithh21 points in Monday's win over
AabamaA&M.Hiton7of12shots,4of from 3-polnt
range and also had 5 rebounds vs. A&M.
Central State 15 7
Tennessee State 15 11
Cheyney 11 12
W. Va. State 10 16
Univ. of DC 5 18
Lincoln (Mo.) 3 21
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
the Blue Tigers to big win over Belmont scoring 25
points and pulling down 7 rebounds with 2 assist,
2 blocks and 3 steals. Led four tigers In double
figures. Had 11 points and team-high 12 rebounds
in loss to Murray State,
SATURDAY, FEB. 23
W-Salem State @ Livingstone
J. C. Smith @ Shaw
Bowie State @ Elizabeth City State
Fayetteville State @ St. Augustine's
Virginia Union @ Chowan
Virginia State @ Lincoln
St. Peters @ Hampton (M)
Coppin State @ Howard
S. C. State @ B-Cookman
Norfolk State @ Delaware State
NC A&T @ NC Central
Savannah State @.Campbell (M)
Stillman @ Kentucky State
Clark Atlanta @ Morehouse
Tuskegee @ Lane
Miles @ LeMoyne-Owen
Benedict @ Paine
Albany State @ Fort Valley State
Alcom State @ Southern
Jackson State @ Miss. Valley State
Prairie View @ Alabama State
Texas Southern @ Alabama A&M
Grambling State @ Ark.s-Pine Bluff
UDC @ Molloy
Truman State @ Lincoln (Mo.)
Cheyney @ Shippensburg
Charleston @ W. Va. State
Central State @ Washinton Adventist
Loyola (Md.) @ Tennessee State
MONDAY, FEB. 25
S. C. State @ Florida A&M
Hampton @ Delaware State
Savannah State @ B-Cookman
Howard @ Md.-Eastern Shore
Jackson State @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Texas Southern @ Alabama State
Prairie View @ Alabama A&M
Grambling @ Miss. Valley State
Alderson-Broaddus @ W. Va. State
Trevecca Nazarene @ Central State
Tournament First Round (W-4, M-2)
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27
Tournament (W-Qtrfnls.-4, M-1st Rnd.-2)
Coppin State @ Morgan State
Hampton @ B-Cookman
Lindenwood @ Lincoln (Mo.)
Westchester @ Cheyney
Central State @ Urbana
THURSDAY, FEB. 28
Alabama State @ Jackson State
Alabama A&M @ Grambling
Southern @ Texas Southern
Arkansas-Pine Bluff @ Miss. Valley State
Southern @ Texas Southern
Morehead @ Tennessee State
UNDER THE BANNER
WHATS GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
SWAG INDOOR TRACK TITLES: The Alabama
State wbmen and Prairie View men took home S6fithwest-
ernAthletic Conference IndoorTrack and Field Champion-
ships at the Birmingham Crossplex this weekend.
Prairie View A&M dethroned two-time defending
champion Grambling State to take the men's title. PV
finished with 132 points. Grambling was second with 89
points, followed by third place Texas Southern who edged
Jackson State by a half a point with 80.
Individually, Daniel Kibet (left) of Mississippi Valley,
State earned meet top male runner honors after winning the
3000m, 5000m and mile run, tallying 30 points. D'Wayne
Houston of Southern took top field performer honors,
scoring 20 points. He won the shot put and weight throw.
Head Coach Chris Clay (right) was named Men's Coach
of the Year after guiding the Panthers to their first SWAC
title since 2008 and fifth overall.
Another dominating performance by Alabama State
highlighted the women's competition. The Lady Hornets
made it four straight and their eighth overall crown, blow-
ing away the rest of the field. ASU piled up 218 points,
far ahead of second place Prairie View who finished with
Individually, Ninfa Barnard of UAPB was the top
female runner with wins at 800, 3000 meters and mile
runs. She scored 30 points. The top female field performer
award went to Kashmia Weary of Southern who nipped
Aisha White of Prairie View by one point. Weary tallied
14 points, finishing second in the weight throw and third
in the shot put..
MEAC INDOOR TRACK TITLES: The Hampton
University women and Norfolk State men won the 2013
Mid Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Indoor Track
and Field titles Saturday afternoon at the Prince George's
Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md.
The Hampton Lady Pirates recorded 140.5 points to
win their third consecutive and 11th overall women's title.
Maryland Eastern Shore finished in second with 131
points. Hampton's Maurice Pierce was named the women's
. indoor outstanding coach for the 10th time in his career.
Maryland Eastern Shore's Imani Cox won both the
weight throw and shot put to earn Outstanding Field Per-
former honors. Teammate Petra Kubesova won the 5,000m
and the 3,000m, finished third in the mile and was on the
winning distance medley team.
On the men's side, the Spartans captured their eighth
consecutive and 10th overall MEAC indoor crown with
a total of 152.5 points. Hampton was second with 85
Hampton freshman Trey Holloway set a meet record
in the 60m hurdles with a mark of 7.84. NSU Head Coach
Kenneth Giles was named the Outstanding Coach for the -
eighth straight year.
Bethune-Cookman's Keron Stoute and Dillon Simon
of UMES each tallied 15 points to earn Co-Outstanding
Field Performer accolades, while NSU's Natnael Meseret
recorded 30.50 points to earn the Outstanding Runner
award. Stoute won the heptathlon and was fourth in the
high jump. Simon won the shot put and finished in fourth
in the weight throw. Meseret captured gold in the 3,000m,
mile and distance medley and was second in the 5,000m.
AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XIX, No. 29
Entering the last week of the
SIAC regular season, there is a big
change atop the men's SIAC East
Morehouse (14-2) saw its 14-
game win streak and undefeated
conference mark end with consecu-
tive losses to its nearest competitors
in the division, Benedict (77-70)
and Paine (81-74). Grady Brewer's
Maroon Tigers then narrowly escaped
Monday with a 108-99 three-over-
time win vs. Fort Valley State.
Benedict (14-2) has now tied
the Maroon Tigers for the East's top
spot. Fred Watson's Tigers got a
season-high 29 points from Xavier
Collier and 18 points and 12 rebounds
from Marcus Goode in the win over
Morehouse and followed that up
with a 86-59 win thumping of Clark
Atlanta Saturday Benedict (18-6)
has won seven straight.
Benedict closes the regular
season Saturday at Paine while
Morehouse hosts Clark Atlanta.
Tuskegee (12-3) and Stillman
(11-4) got wins over Miles and LeM-
oyne Owen to keep the two slots in
the men's West Division.
The Tuskegee women. (14-0)
under head coach Belinda Roby and
with no players,, scoring-in, double
figures, are the only undefeated
team in conference play and have a
five-game lead in the West Division
over Kentucky State (9-5). Amelia
Dorton leads TU with 9.8 points per
game while Nnenne Eze leads them
off the boards at 7,1 per game. KSU
moved past Stillman (8-6) into second
Benedict (11-3) has a narrow
half-game lead over Clark Atlanta
(11-4) in the women's East. Benedict
finishes Saturday at Paine while Clark
Atlanta is at Morehouse.
It's also the last week of the
CIAA regular season and, on the
men's side, the teams are tightly
bunched at the top.
SaintAugustine's (5-3) dropped
three straight games to fall out of first
place in the South Division.
James Stinson's Livingstone
Bears (6-2), behind the play of three
Michigan natives junior guards
Mark Thomas and Jody Hill Jr. and
6-9 senior forward Ethan Anderson
- ran off four straight division wins
to move into the top spot. Thomas
averaged 20 points in the four wins,
Hill 13 andAnderson 12.9 points and
4 rebounds. Winston-Salem State is
second at 5-2. St.Aug's and JC Smith
Livingstone finishes its regular
season at St. Augustine's Wednes-
day (2/20) and in a showdown at
C IAA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
DIV CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION WL W L W L
Eliz. City State 8 0 13 1 21 3
Virginia Union 6 2 9 5 12 11
Virginia State 3 5 4 10 11 13
Bowie State 3 5 4 10 7 14
Lincoln 2 6 4 10 8 16
Chowan 2 6 4 10 4 19
Fayetteville State 7 1 13 1 21 3
Shaw 6 2 11 3 20 4
St. Augustine's 4 4 7 7 11 12
W-Salem State 3 5 7 7 12 12
J.C. Smith 3 5 5 9 8 15
Livingstone 1 7 3 11.7 16
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Va. State. Has 119 points in last fivegames.
Kristen Hanzer, Sr., G, FSU Finished with 18
points, 5 rebounds in win over JCSU.
Courtney Smith, Fr., G, LINCOLN-Paced Lincoln
with 13 points in win over Bowie State.
Alico Dunk, ECSU Won ninth straight game,
77-49 over Chowan.
WSSU Saturday. WSSU hosts JCSU
Wednesday. JCSU closes out its
season Saturday at Shaw.
The top two men's and women's
teams in the each division receive first
round byes to next week's tournament
In the men's North, John Hill's
surprising Lincoln Tigers got 26
points from Derrick Washington
n a big win at Elizabeth City State
(76-60) and 18 from Will Cole at
home Saturday in a win over Virginia
Union (60-58) to tie ECSU at the top
of the North Division at 6-2. VUU is
another game back at 5-3. Virginia
State is 4-4.
ECSU played at VUU Wednes-
day and hosts Bowie State Saturday.
Lincoln hosted Chowan Wednesday
and has Virginia State Saturday.
VUU closes at Chowan Saturday.
On the women's side, the top
teams and first round byes have been
Alico Dunk's Lady Vikings
of ECSU ran their win streak to
12 games and remained the only
undefeated men's or women's team
in CIAA divisional play (8-0) with
narrow victories over Lincoln (58-53)
and Virginia State (59-57). ECSU and
Virginia Union (6-2) have clinched
thetwo top spots in the North.
day. ECSU closes the season Saturday
at Bowie State.
Eva Patterson-Heath's Lady
Broncos of Fayetteville State (7-1)
and Jacques Curtis's defending
NCAA Div. II national champion
Shaw (6-2) Lady Bears have clinched
the top two spots in the South. They
engaged in a showdown for the top
spot Wednesday in Fayetteville.
Head coach Anthony Evans
has the Spartans of Norfolk State
playing like the Spartans of old.
The defending MEAC champi-
ons squeaked out a 62-59 win on the
road against rival Hampton Monday
to stretch their winning streak to 11
games and move to 12-0 in the con-
ference as they enter the final two
weeks of the regular season.
NSU's Player of the Year can-
didate, 6-5 junior guard Pendarvis
"Penny" Williams, had 11 points
while Malcolm Hawkins had 18
and Rashid Gaston 17 to lead the
Spartans.. Hampton fell to 7-4 in the
conference, 10-14 overall and into a
fourth-place tie with Delaware State
This year, the Spartans have been
more dominant than a year ago when
2012 Player of the Year, 6-10 center
Kyle O'Quinn, led Evans's troops to
their first-ever MEAC tournament
title after finishing behind Savannah
M EAC MID EASTERN
M EA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
NC A&T State
Md. E. Shore
North Carolina Central
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Saadla Doyle,Sr., F, HOWARD-Tossed In22points
and got 7 boards in win over B-CU after scoring 23
with 6 boards vs.FAMU. In thewin over B-CU, Doyle
passed Howard's Alisha Hill to become MEAC's all
lime scoring leader with 2,192 points.
Kourtney Williams, 5-9, So., G, SCSU -Had team
-high 15 points off the bench in win over NC A&T.
Added 7 points In win over NCCU.
Watson Collier Goode Roby Eze
. ....*EII I
Stinson Thomas Hill Washington Patterson-Heath
Evans Williams Broadnax Louis Allen
Banks Miller Davis Sturdivant Williams
State in the regular season. After tak-
ing the tournament title, the Spartans,
as a #15 seed, upset #2 Missouri in
an NCAA Tournament first round
Prior to joining the MEAC
in 1997, the Spartans, under head
coaches Ernie Fears in the 1960s and
Charles Christian in the 1970s and
'80s, were the terror of the hardwood
in the CIAA winning 11 tournament
titles. The Spartans were talented and
played with a swagger. Evans has as-
sembled a similar bunch and may be
a formidable force in the conference
for years to come.
Tigers of Savannah State (10-2, 16-
10) clamped down on North Carolina
Central Saturday and handed Levell
Moton's Eagles (11-1, 18-8) their
first conference loss, 44-36, ending
an 11-game win streak. The Tigers
then weathered a late comeback by
North Carolina A&T Monday to
come away with a 56-49 win. Arnold
Louis had 18 points and 12 rebounds
Norfolk State (12-0), NCCU
(11-1) and Savannah State (10-2) are
in the drivers' seats for the top three
spots and three first round tournament
byes with four games left on their
Norfolk State plays at Delaware
State Saturday while NCCU hosts NC
A&T. Savannah State visits Bethune-
For the women, Hampton (20-5)
ran its win streak to 11 games and its
conference mark to 11-0 with a 83-42
drubbing of Norfolk State Monday.
OliviaAllen led the Lady Pirates with
26 points. Hampton has a three-game
lead over Howard (10-3) and North
Carolina A&T (9-3).
Sophomore Kourtney Williams
scored 15 points off the bench to lead
South Carolina State (7-4), past
A&T Saturday (69-57) and the Lady
vWALC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Texas Southern 12 1 15 9
Southern 11 4 12 14
Miss. Valley St. 10 4 13 12
Alabama A&M 8 6 9 15
PrairieViewA&M 7 7 10 14
Jackson State 7 7 10 13
Alabama State 6 7 8 16
Ark. Pine Bluff 5 10 9 16
Grambling State 3 11 5 21
Alcom State 1 13 1 22
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kayla West, Sr., G, TSU Had 13 points, 6 assists
and 3 steals in win over Miss. Valley State. Scored
14 points with 3 assists In win over UAPB.
Te'era Williams, 5-10, Fr., G, TSU -Tallied 20 points
with5assistsand 2stealsvs. MVSU. Scored 12 points
with 6 assists and 3 steals In win over UAPB.
Bulldogs downed NCCU Monday
(40-39) to pull within a game of third
SCSU is at Bethune-Cookman
Saturday and FloridaA&M Monday.
Howard hosts Coppin State Saturday
and is at UMES Monday. A&T plays
at NC Central Saturday.
Southern (13-2), Texas South-
ern (12-2) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff
(12-3) are bunched together at the top
of the SWAC men's standings.
Freshman sensation Malcolm
Miller averaged 17 points as Roman
Banks's Southern Jaguars got wins
over Alabama State and Alabama
New head coach Mike Davis's
TSU Tigers are riding an eight-game
win streak that includes a 75-69
victory over UAPB Saturday that
avenged a 69-66 loss to the Golden
Lions on Jan. 19. Senior forward Fred
Sturdivantposted double-doubles in
wins over UAPB and Miss. Valley
In key men's games this week,
Southern hosts Alcorn State Saturday
trying to avenge an earlier 61-57
Jan. 26 loss to the Braves. TSU is
at Alabama A&M and UAPB hosts
Grambling. On Monday, TSU is
at Alabama State and UAPB hosts
New TSU coach Cynthia Coo-
per-Dyke's Lady Tigers stretched
their winning streak to 13 with wins at
home overUAPB (63-59) andMVSU
(84-71) and took a three-game lead
in the SWAC women's race. Five-ten
freshman Te'era Williams had 20
points vs. MVSU and 12 points and
6 assists vs. UAPB.
Second-place Southern (11-4)
won at home vs. Alabama State
(55-44) but lost to Alabama A&M
W. Va. State
Univ. of DC
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jasmine Blanton, 5-8,Sr.,G,WVSTATE-Scored
game-high 27 points including canning 13 of 15
free throws in 93-89 win over Concord. Also had
5 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. Made 2 of 5 3-
pointers and pulled down 6 rebounds.
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Conlsha Hicks, 5-4, Jr., G, CLARK ATLANTA
- Had season-high 28 points vs. Paine and had
outstanding game in win over Benedict. Avareged
22.3 points, 4 assists and 4.3 steals.
Ashley Watts, 5-6, So., G, PAINE SIAC scoring
leader had 32 points in win over Clark Atlanta.
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How well do you know your
First Coast Black History?
1. Who was the first Black female elected to Jacksonville
a. Sallye B. Mathis
b. Eartha M.M. White
c. Mary Singleton.
d. None of the above
2. Dr. Wendell Holmes is most noted for?
a. Being the first member of color on the Duval
County School Board?
b. Owning a mortuary
c. A longtime NAACP member
d. All of the above
3. What was the first high school created for minorities post
civil rights movement,
a. Ribault High School
b. Raines High School
c. New Stanton High School
d. Douglas Anderson
4. She graduated from the University of Florida and was a
notable local historian and author of the book "Historic
Photos of Jacksonville." Who is she?
a. Dr. Carolyn L. Williams
b. Willye Dennis
c. Sharon Coon
d. None of the above
5. What was the name of the first African-American
Newspaper in Jacksonville?
a. The Florida Star
b. The Jacksonville Advocate
c. The Florida Tattler
d. None of the above
6. What African American photographer opened his own
photographic studio in Lavilla and was one of the first pho-
tographers to colorize photographs by hand?
a. George Eastman
b. Edwin Land
c. E. L. Weems
d. None of the Above
7. Jacksonville native A. Phillip Randolph was instrumental
in the following?
a. African-American civil-rights and American
b. Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
c. Organizing the March on Washington
d. All of the above
8. He was a nationally acclaimed poet, musician, educator
and wrote "Lift Every Voice and Sing" Who is he?
a. James Weldon Johnson
b. Charlie "Hoss" Singleton
c. Rosamond Johnson
d. None of the above
9. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, she was the 13th child of a
former slave and an entrepreneur who opened several busi-
ness and became an advocate for the poor? Who is she?
a. Eleanor Roosevelt
b. Mary McCleod-Bethune
c. Eartha White
d. None of the above
10. This credit union was chartered in 1938 and was the first
credit union chartered for African -Americans?
a. Community First Credit Union
b. Vystar Credit Union
c. Ducote Credit Union
d. Jax Federal Credit Union
11. What was the name of the Jacksonville's 'Negro League;
a. The Jacksonville Red Caps
b. The Jacksonville Braves
c. The Jacksonville Suns
d. None of the above
12. This Jacksonville native was a graduate of historic
Stanton Highs School and the first female member of
FAMU's Marching 100.
a. Norma Solomon White
b. Camilla Thompson
c. Betty Sessions
d. None of the above
13. What hospital served the African American community in
Jacksonville from 1901 to 1966.
a. Brewster Hospital
b. Shands Hospital
c. Memorial Hospital
d. University Medical Center
14. Jacksonville native Willye F. Clayton-Dennis was a
librarian, civil rights activist, Florida State legislator and
entrepreneur. What was the name of her agency?
a. Fam-Co Learning and Development Center
b. Riverside Day Care
c. Florida Development Centers
d. Child Care Centers
15. "Bullet" Bob Hayes was known as an Olympic Sprinter
and NFL wide receiver? What NFL team did he play for?
a. Houston Oilers
b. Pittsburgh Steelers
c. New England Patriots
d. Detroit Lions
16. His great uncle Richard L. Brown was the last African
American to serve in the Duval Legislator during recon-
struction 1881-1883. He also served in the Florida house of
representative. Who is he?
a. Terry Fields
b. Tony Hill
c. Arnett E. Girardeau
d. King Holzendorf
17. This famous nightclub reigned supreme in the 1950s.
a. The Ritz Lounge
b. The Two Spot
c. Rooster Tails
d. Silver Star
18. Norman Studios was most noted for:
19. Which of the following was NOT created to serve
a. Jean Ribault High School
b. Douglas Anderson Middle School
c. Matthew Gilbert Senior High School
: d. Stanton High School
20. What is the oldest African-American church in the city?
a. Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church
b. Historic Mount Zion AME
c. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
d. Mother Midway AME
21. Anna Kingsley, the African wife of Kingsley Plantation
owner Zephaniah Kingsley, fled to what country with her
children fearing for her freedom?
22. This local landmark was built as a haven for runaway-
slaves from Georgia.
a. Fort Mose
b. Fort Blunt
c. Mayport Island
d. American Beach
23. After its replacement as the municipal ballpark, Durkee
Field continued to be used by local high schools and col-
leges. It is currently called the JP Small Memorial Park.
What was its original name?
a. Myrtle Avenue Field
b. Durkeeville Park
c. Barrs Field
d.None of the above
24. This institution, founded in Jacksonville, was the first
institution for higher education for Blacks in the state of
a. Florida Memorial University
b. Edward Waters College
c. Bethune Cookman Institute
d. Florida A & M University
25. Which f the following was not a local Black Beach.
a. Butler's Beach
b. Pablo Beach
c. Manhattan Beach
d. Duck's Beach
26. This men's social' club is the oldest club for men of color
in the city.
a. The Barons
b. Sigma Pi Phi
c. Fla Jax
d. The Valentines
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Prince Michael Gets Gig on ET
Michael Jackson's oldest son, Prince Jackson,
has reportedly landed a gig as an on-air correspon-
dent for Entertainment Tonight.
The 16-year-old child of the late King of Pop had
his first stint as a correspondent this weekend dur-
ing a Pasadena, California press junket for
Disney's upcoming adventure film Oz the Great
"I'm looking to become well-rounded as a pro-
ducer, director, screenwriter and actor," Jackson told Entertainment
Tonight's Brooke Anderson in the first footage from his gig, airing dur-
ing tonight's program.
Prince's sister Paris Jackson is scheduled to make her film debut later
this year in Lundon's Bridge and the Three Keys. Chances are we can
expect Prince to land an exclusive interview with Paris when she begins
doing press for her film.
There is no word yet on how frequently Jackson will appear on the
entertainment TV program.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight Guerrero on Showtime
Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero on May 4, and he's
changing television networks to do it.
The biggest star in boxing dropped a surprise announcing his long-
rumored next bout: After several years on HBO, Mayweather is moving
to Showtime with a lucrative multi-fight deal.
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) is the sport's biggest moneymaker, and
his new revenue-sharing deal with Showtime could include up to six
fights over 30 months.
Mayweather's first bout is against Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs), the
WBC's interim welterweight champion. The fight likely will be at the
MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Mayweather turns 36 on Sunday, but the unbeaten WBC 147-pound
champion has shown no signs of age in the ring. He hasn't fought since
beating Miguel Cotto last May 5, and he spent two months in jail last
summer after his conviction in a misdemeanor domestic battery case.
Guerrero beat out several contenders to get the biggest payday of his
career and a long-awaited shot at his sport's biggest name. Guerrero,
from Gilroy, Calif., is a onetime featherweight champion who hasn't
lost since 2005, beating welterweight Andre Berto in a thrilling fight last
Holyfield and Tyson Together Again
CHICAGO -- Mike Tyson and
Evander Holyfield stood toe to toe
again, only this time there were
hugs and smiles and no bites to
The ill will that marked the for-
mer champions' rivalry was
nowhere in sight. Instead, they were
like old friends meeting in a super-
market, which is exactly what they
did last weekend
They were at a Chicago grocery
store where Holyfield was signing
autographs and promoting his bar-
becue sauce. Tyson, in town per-
forming his one-man show, made a
"I just wanted to see Evander,
man," Tyson said. "I love Evander.
I'm forever linked with him for the
rest of my life."
Hard to believe those words came
from the man who bit off a piece of
Holyfield's ear during a fight, but
the former "Baddest Man On The
Planet" is showing a different side.
He's baring his soul on stage,
documenting his rise from
Brooklyn's streets to the heavy-
weight championship and subse-
quent fall from grace. It's all there,
from his drug use to his relation-
ships to ex-wife Robin Givens, new
wife Kiki, promoter Don King,
trainer Cus D'Amato and, of course,
a rape conviction that left him
behind bars for three years in the
He's taking it to 36 cities after a
run on Broadway. And before he
hit the stage, he hit the supermarket
to visit his old rival. He wrapped
Holyfield in a big hug and was all
smiles as they chatted and posed for
Evander Holyfield was surprised and appreciated the visit by his old
rival Mike Tyson.
pictures, the fans going wild the
"The show is good," said
Holyfield, who saw it in Las Vegas.
"The show is showing his way of
coming back, being able to come to
an agreement, come to an acknowl-
edgment of what he'd done good
and what he'd done wrong and to
get over it. When people don't get
past their problems, they never
come to an understanding."
What did Holyfield think of the
parts that involved him?
"I think he was letting people
know that he was wrong and what
happened, happened," he said. "He
appreciates that I forgave him. He's
forgiven himself. That's how you
make adjustments in life."
The 50-year-old Holyfield would
still like one more title fight against
one of the Klitschko brothers, either
Wladimir or Vitali. But unless one
of them has a change of heart and
agrees to it, his career is over.
"Now that it's confirmed that the
Klitschkos really don't want to do
it, that's it," Holyfield said. "I'm not
trying to go back and fight someone
24, 25. But the Klitschkos being 37,
38, that's my age."
He's not clinging to that possibil-
ity, nor is he holding any hard feel-
ings for Tyson. They reconciled on
Oprah Winfrey's show in October
2009. For that, Tyson is grateful.
"We're both at a stage in our lives
where we can work together and
make really a good thing happen,"
Tyson said. "He's a beautiful per-
son. I've known Evander since I
Now Tyson is putting it out there
on stage, warts and all. He has
made it clear this is not an apology
tour, that it's simply his story.
He says he spends two hours a
day rehearsing the script that his
wife wrote, and the show is direct-
ed by Spike Lee. More are sched-
uled for cities such as San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston
and Washington, and the tour could
be extended if it goes well.
When he's not rehearsing, he's
working for his charitable organiza-
tion, Mike Tyson Cares. The organ-
ization helps underprivileged and
homeless children receive medical
treatment, find shelter, help with
school expenses and assist with job
But he still can't quite escape the
In December, Tyson told a TV
show he was "high on cocaine" dur-
ing filming of the movie "The
Hangover." In November, a Polish
court ordered him to pay $48,000 to
the organizer of a boxing gala after
Tyson did not show up.
In October he was banned from
travelling to New Zealand because
of his rape conviction. That coun-
try's immigration authorities initial-
ly granted him a visa so he could
give talks about overcoming adver-
sity in his life, but a charity with-
drew its support and officials
reversed their decision.
"I just want to live my life this
way," Tyson said. "It's more advan-
tageous to me and my children and
the people that I care about to live
my life this way."
Teen Making History As Fourth Black NASCAR Driver
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -
With his Canon 60D in hand,
Darrell Wallace Jr. is a fixture at the
track, eagerly snapping photos with
an insider's view of auto racing. His
Instagram account is littered with
day-in-the-life snapshots of cars
and crews, all carrying the tag, "My
crazy life captured in pictures."
Wallace, though, isn't a typical
19-year-old NASCAR prospect try-
ing to climb the ladder, and he's less
interested in a budding photography
career. He is a pioneer of sorts as
only the fourth black driver with a
full-time ride in a NASCAR series.
When Wallace takes the wheel for
the Truck Series race Friday at
Daytona International Speedway,
he'll become a slice of NASCAR
history in a race that ignites his goal
of serving as a role model for a gen-
eration of potential future black
"It's kind of up to me," Wallace
said. "It's kind of a huge weight."
Busting down racial barriers in a
sport long reserved for whites is
pretty heavy stuff for a teenager and
all eyes are on him. Yet Wallace, the
son of a white father and black
mother, openly talks of becoming
the Tiger Woods of NASCAR the
great black star who can transcend
the sport and prove people of all
colors can race.
"You don't have a role model.
That's why you don't see anybody
in it," Wallace said. "They can't
look up and be like, 'I want to be
like him because he's the same color
as me.' There's no one there to do
that. I'm the top one right now and
I'm only 19."
Wallace joins Wendell Scott,
Willy T. Ribbs and Bill Lester as the
only full-time black drivers in the
65-year history of NASCAR. Scott
is the only black driver to win a
race, way back in 1964.
Wallace is signed with Joe Gibbs
Racing and will drive the No. 54
Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports
on Friday. Gibbs knows as well as
anyone what it's like to work with
black athletes under the micro-
scope. He coached the Washington
Redskins when Doug Williams
became the first black quarterback
to win a Super Bowl in 1988. Gibbs
said Wallace has the talent and the
mental toughness to break through
"I think he's the right kid," Gibbs
Wallace, raised in Concord, N.C.,
has the full support of the black
drivers before him. Lester has sent
him encouraging tweets. Wallace
met some of Scott's children at a
race in Virginia.
"They're just happy to see some-
one following in their dad's foot-
steps," he said. "I'm hoping that I
can carry that torch a little farther."
He's in a better position to suc-
ceed than many other minorities
over the years. He has sponsorship,
a top-flight team in JGR and is a
graduate of NASCAR's diversity
program. Even in NASCAR, the
climate has changed where drivers
of all sexes and colors are openly
accepted, in the garage, and hope-
fully in the stands.
Wallace, who goes by Bubba,
spent the last three seasons driving
in a low-level NASCAR develop-
mental series and said racism in all
forms was nonexistent.
At lower levels of racing, though,
Wallace would hear racial insults or
encounter ignorant views.
"We used to take it from fans," his
father, Darrell, said. "We've had it
from other drivers. We've had it
from officials. We've had it from
promoters. We've had it from track
owners. We've pretty much had it
Wallace said the heckles and hurt-
ful words from his formative years
in the sport have been left on the
side of the road andhe can continue
to focus on racing -just this time on
his biggest stage so far.
"I'd show up the next week and
wear 'em out again," he said, smil-
ing. "I really didn't understand it.
My dad got more fired up than any-
His father sparked a love of the
sport when he was 9, putting him in
go-karts, and always scouting out
the next series. Darrell Wallace
even bought a Legends car from
Mark Martin. He attends every race
and will be in the stands Friday
night. His mother, Desiree, ran
track at Tennessee and stays home
to watch on TV ("She likes hearing
what they say about me.").
Wallace's love and talent for the
sport will mean nothing if he can't
find the right sponsor willing to
fund his career. Sponsorship cash is
the lifeblood of the sport.
His father has owned an industri-
al cleaning business since .1999 and
pumped at least $1 million into his
son's fledgling career. He spent as
much $250,000 in 2008. The elder
Wallace paid bills late and bor-
rowed money to keep his son's
NASCAR has initiated several
pushes toward boosting the number
of minorities in the sport. There's a
Drive for Diversity program that
may pay some dividends with
Wallace and Kyle Larson after
struggling to find racers for the top
series. The program is 10 years old
and was designed to attract minori-
ties and women to the sport in all
fields, from the track to the front
office. Wallace participated in a
short-lived reality show in 2010
called "Changing Lanes," that fea-
tured 10 young female and minority
racers competing for a spot on a
Not even showbiz helped Wallace
land the big-bucks sponsor needed
to race in the second-tier series.
Wallace ideally would have run in
the Nationwide Series this season,
but was unable to land enough
sponsorship. He had three top-10
finishes and a pole in four
Nationwide races in 2012.
Gibbs said Wallace is still slated
for some Nationwide races.
"We've had a lot of other African-
American drivers get in the sport,
but they got in late," Gibbs said.
"It's hard to get in late. You've got to
start when you're young and race
your way up. I think Darrell's got
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South African Billionaire to
Give Away Half His Money .
JOHANNESBURG A South African billionaire says .,
his family will give away half of its money to charity.
The South African Press Association reported that
Patrice Motsepe said at a recent press conference that it r
is important for the successful to help the less fortunate.
Forbes Magazine says Mr. Motsepe is the fourth-rich-
est man in South Africa and the eighth richest on the
continent. Forbes says Mr. Motsepe has a net worth of
$2.65 billion, wealth made in the mining sector.
Mr. Motsepe said his family decided to join the Giving Pledge, which
was initiated by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. The pledge
encourages wealthy families across the world to give at least half of their
money to charity.
Shown (L-R) is Central Metropolitan CME Pastor Marquise L. Hardrick with honorees, Reginald Gaffney, Kezia Rolle, Karen L. Landry,
Nathanial Glover, Jr., and Pastor John E. Guns. Allen Moore, photo
Central CME Honors Pillars of the Community
Dinkins Hall Nuptials
Valentines Day at the Jacksonville Courthouse was full of love and
commitment. Dozens of couples from around the city made their vows
legal before area judges. Shown above is the former Sheba Dinkins
and her husband Micheal Hall. A graduate of Concord Career
Institute, Mrs. Dinkins is a a private nurse. Mr. Dinkins, a Raines
High School graduate, is employed as a mechanic. They were one of
twenty to wed on the Courthouse steps. R. Silver photo
On Sunday, February 17th,
Central Metropolitan CME
Church's Board of Christian
Education held their annual Black
History event "Honoring the Pillars
of Our African-American
Community". The educational
event which was open to the com-
munity, featured the Edward Waters
College Concert Choir.
The primary focus of the
Education Ministry centers on the
Five Pillars of Essentiality:
Spiritually, Education, Social,
Cultural and Outreach. The abbre-
viated term for these five pillars is
This year's five African
American pillars honorees were:
Spiritually: Dr. John E. Guns,
Senior Pastor, St. Paul Missionary
Baptist Church honored for his
ability to educate, empower and
encourage the hearts and lives of
several cultures, denominations and
people; Education Nathanial
Glover, Jr., President, Edward
Waters College honored for his
passion to transition the First
Coast's first college into an era of
growth, stability, hope and promise;
Social Concern Karen L. Landry,
Executive Director, War on
Poverty-Florida honored as an
inspirational leader, demonstrating
expertise leading a solid grassroots
movement, influencing a diverse
community and corporate connec-
tions; Cultural Kezia Rolle,
Owner, Kezia Rolle Model and
Talent Agency honored for her 16
years in Jacksonville as the premier
dance instructor and art education
leader and distinguished as an
industry pioneer for her boutique
style agency concept and Outreach
- Reginald Gaffney, Executive
Rehabilitation Center, Inc. hon-
ored for his career in the mental-
health services field and his assis-
tance in helping others by providing
comprehensive, multicultural men-
tal health, substance abuse and
HIV/AIDS services and programs.
Central CME's Board of
Christian Education is under the
guidance of Mariea DeVoe,
Mississippi Ratifies 13th Amendment Banning Slavery
Mississippi lawmakers have offi-
cially ratified the 13th Amendment
to the Constitution, which banned
slavery in 1865.
148 years after three-fifths of the
states voted to approve the amend-
ment, Mississippi's legislature
finally took steps to fix the glaring
oversight last month. According to
the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the
decision was inspired by the Oscar-
nominated film "Lincoln," which
depicts the 16th president's efforts
to enact the amendment.
After University of Mississippi
Medical Center professor Dr.
Ranjan Batra saw the film last year,
he was inspired to look into what
happened after states voted on the
amendment. He found that while
the state had originally rejected the
slavery ban, the state legislature
eventually voted to approve the
amendment in 1995. The measure
cleared both legislative chambers,
but was never sent to the Office of
the Federal Register and therefore
never made official.
Batra then contacted another
Mississippi resident, Ken Sullivan,
who in turn got in touch with
Secretary of State Delbert
Hosemann. Hosemann's office
agreed to fix the oversight and file
the paperwork, making the ratifica-
tion official on February 7.
February 21-27, 2013
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