Local Students and
to Dream Big
with Steve Harvey
and Friends at
Michael Vick Cancels Book
Tour After Death Threats
PHILADELPHIA Michael Vick's book-signing tour has been can-
celed because of threats against him for running a dogfighting ring.
The Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback was scheduled to sign copies of
his autobiography "Finally Free," at Barnes & Noble stores in Atlanta,
New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Vick served 18 months in federal prison for his role in running the
dogfighting ring. According to court papers in the cases of Vick and
his codefendants, Vick bankrolled the operation and joined others in
killing dogs that didn't perform well.
While there will always be staunch animal lovers who will never for-
give Vick's role in running a dogfighting ring, he has been largely
embraced in Philadelphia. He revived his career and rehabbed his
image without the protests and anger that followed immediately fol-
lowing his release from prison.
Since his release from prison in 2009, Vick has worked with The
Humane Society of the United States to speak out against animal cru-
elty. He had made appearances at schools and spoken to students about
the dangers of being involved in dogfighting.
Former FAMU Student to Plead
Guilty in Hazing Manslaughter Case
ORLANDO, Fla. A man charged in the hazing death of a Florida
A&M drum major is going to plead guilty and cooperate with prose-
cutors. Caleb Jackson will plead guilty to felony hazing and
manslaughter as soon as April, attorney Chuck Hobbs said at a hear-
ing at the Orange County Courthouse.
Jackson currently is being held in the Leon County Jail for violating
Drum major Robert Champion died in November 2011 in Orlando
after he collapsed following what prosecutors say was a savage beat-
ing during a hazing ritual. A dozen former Florida A&M band mem-
bers have been charged with manslaughter and felony hazing.
Hobbs said no promises or guarantees have been made by prosecu-
tors regarding Jackson's cooperation.
"It would be his hope that by cooperating, such would bode well
when it comes time for his sentencing," Hobbs said.
Number of Hate Groups
Reached All-Time High in 2012
There has been a sharp rise in anti-government "patriot" groups since
the election of President Obama in 2008, according to a study issued
last week by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The number of these
organizations reached an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012.
There were 149 organizations before Obama took office in 2008.
That amount shot to 512 by 2009, 814 in 2010, and jumped to 1,274
in 2011. The study attributes the rise of"hate groups" to Obama's pres-
ence in the oval office and the recent push for gun control laws fol-
lowing shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The SPLC provides a "hate map" on its website, pinpointing the loca-
tions of organizations they categorize as hate groups. But some critics
believe SPLC is too broad for including political organizations that
oppose illegal immigration, gun control, gay rights and other issues.
Locally, the SPLC named Black nationalist Nation of Islam and the
New Black Panther Party as hate groups.
College Tuition Stipends
Suspended for US Airmen
RALEIGH, N.C. The U.S. Air Force has joined other military
branches in suspending tuition assistance that thousands of active-duty
airmen rely on to pay for college classes.
Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley said airmen were
notified in an email Tuesday that new applications for tuition assis-
tance won't be accepted because of the $85 billion in federal spending
cuts that went into effect March 1.
The U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard suspend-
ed their assistance programs last week. A decision by the U.S. Navy is
The tuition assistance programs pay up to $250 per semester hour for
active duty personnel, up to $4,500 per year. Military personnel may
still qualify for aid under the GI. Bill, which is not affected.
Judge Strikes Down NYC Soda Ban
A judge has struck down a ban restricting the size of sodas sold in
certain establishments in New York City that was set to go into effect
this week. Known as the "soda ban," the legislation was instituted by
the New York City Board of Health, a body appointed by New York
City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
A State Supreme Court Justice ruled that the ban was invalid in part
because the Board of Health does not have the power to regulate por-
tion sizes as a means of curbing obesity. Sugary drinks, such as soda,
have been linked to obesity in numerous studies.
The edict would have restricted the largest soda portion to 16 ounces
when sold at retailers controlled by the city, such as convenience
stores and restaurants, in an effort to reduce obesity. The city claims
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Volume 26 No. 20 Jacksonville, Florida March 14-20, 2013
Shown above at the Trailblazers Awards are (L-R): Cong. Corrine Brown, Brenda Jackson, Alton Yates, Dr. Alvin White, Nathaniel Glover,
Judge Pauline Drake, Dr. Norma White, Mayor Alvin Brown, Dr. Adam Herbert, Dr. Arnett Girardieu, Dr. C.B. McIntosh, Rita Perry, Betty
Holzendorf, Dr. Chester Aikens and Judge Henry Adams. Seated Gwendolyn Leaphart and Dr. Wendell Holmes. FMPphoto
Black History Month may be
over, but in the spirit of "living
roses", Mayor Alvin Brown has
shown that those who have written
their name in the city's annals of
history should be recognized. Last
week, the Mayor recognized 17
community leaders who were the
"first" African Americans in vari-
ous fields such as business, educa-
tion and public policy. Each
received the inaugural "Mayor's
Trailblazer Award" in City Council
Shown above are new Eta Phi Beta Members (L-R) Theresa Spencer,
Jewel Turner, Nola Lester and Dianne Townsend.
Eta Phi Beta Adds Four to Sisterhood
The president, officers, and members of the Nu Chapter of Eta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc., recently inducted four new sorors into their sisterhood. After
completion of their three month initiation process, Theresa Spencer, Jewel
Turner, Nola Lester and Dianne Townsend pledge their sacred oath in a
private ceremony presided by membership chair Virginia Johnson.
Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. founded in 1942, is a professional and business
women's sorority. Gloria Torrence Rhett is president of the local chapter,
and Loretta Kirk-Adair is the national president.
"Being a Trailblazer means set-
ting the right example to influence
greatness that goes beyond self,"
said Mayor Brown. "I'm proud of
the accomplishments each of these
Trailblazers has made, and I'm
inspired by the paths they have set
for the next generation of leaders."
More than 450 guests attended
the packed ceremony to acknowl-
edge and honor the local citizens
for their contributions to society,
both on the local and national stage.
For more, see page 2.
Laverne Johnson Wins
Free Press History Contest
No Walily 1lat
Free Press Publisher Rita Perry presents Ms. Johnson with her prize money.
Laverne Johnson winner of the Jacksonville Free Press Black History
Contest stopped by the Free Press offices this week to receive her $100
check. The contest consisted of 26 questions of notable local historical
facts of African American people, places and institutions. The Raines
High School graduate and teacher only missed one question. When asked
how she retrieved her answers and the copy of the contest, Laverne noted,
"Dr. Pritchy Smith is a friend and he always i s a copy to me. so I
researched the internet, talked to friends and on knew some answer from
my own knowledge".
obesity-related illnesses cost approximately $4.7 billion a year. Outlets
such as 7-Elevens and grocery stores were exempt from the ban,
because they are regulated by the state.
The Need for a Black Media is Greater Than Ever
by Johnahan Hicks in America. been an important source of which to get the pulse on the
Long before the Civil War, a John Quincy Adams was presi- information in the effort by music and culture of comnluni-
group of free African-American dent of the United States in the Repu blican-con trol led legisla- ties that Ire often ignored and
men founded a publication called days of Freedom's Journal. But tures around the country to dis- marginalized.
Freedom's Journal. It was to be the need for vibrant African- enfranchise African-Anterican Just as Freedom's Journal had
the first newspaper published in American media is just as pro- voters. its financial and other troubles -
the United States by African- nounced in the age of Obania. They are the news outlets that it closed within two years, pub-
American journalists; starting in The fact of the matter is that continue to revisit Hadiya lishing its last issue in 1829 so,
1827. The objective of the news- coverage of African-Ainerican Pendleton's tragic killing and the too, do the Black media organi-
paper, published in New York life is at best an afterthought for gun violence of which she was a zations of 2013. The answer is for
City, was to right against the mainstream media. For some of victim long after the national the public to be more supportive
degradation of Black people and the prominent newspapers in the media have left for the next big of these outlets and for the Black
to call for an end to slavery. country, coverage of events in story. They are the ones that help media organizationsto rind novel
The publishers of Freedom's London, Berlin orTel Aviv is far bring to prominence the tales of ways to present their coverage in
Journal conveyed a special per- more of it staple than reports of the so-called school-to-prison more engaging and professional
spective of the news of the day. important developments in pipeline, in which young stu- methods.
When mainstream publications LaVilla, Chicago's South Side or dents, the overwhelming number After all, a robust American
were actively condemning aboli- South Central Los Angeles. of them Black, are reprimanded media landscape takes all forms
tionists who called for the end of Black media has led the way in and even arrested by police for of players and should appeal to
slavery, the Journal's writers the coverage of the Trayvon minor infractions. every realin of the country's
took such views to task. They Martin shooting and its after- Even on the less weighty issues news and entertainment appetite,
played an important role in help- math. They have led the way in of the day, Black-oriented media particular in this fast-paced
ing to frame the public discourse chronicling the scourge of stop- have demonstrated they are on information world. It only helps
on the topics of slavery and the and-frisk police practices in New the forefront. The Black press to tell a more balanced story of
role of people of African descent York City. The Black press has remains in invaluable means by American life.
Ii ilnesses Last
Chapter in His
Fall firom Grace
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2013 Mayors Trailblazers Awardees
Lt. Colonel Alton W. Yates
(ret.) 1st African American
from Jacksonville to be an Air
Research and Development
Volunteer for the U.S. Air Force.
Judge Pauline Drake Dr. Norma Solomon White
1st African-American First African American from
female appointed to Jacksonville be elected President
the Duval County Court of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Dr. Chester Aikens Dr. Alvin G. White
1st African American 1st African American
from Jacksonville to be Chief of Staff of
named National Dental Duval County Public Schools
Dr. Landon Williams
Dr. Adam Herbert
1st African American am
International Ve 1st African American President
International Vice President
of the International of the University of North
of the International
Longshoremen's Association Florida, Chancellor of the
Florida State University System,
Betty Holzendorf Dr. Arnett Girardeau
1st African American female 1st African American male
from Jacksonville elected elected to the Florida Senate and
to the Florida State Senate. elected Senate Pro Tempore
Mrs. Brenda Jackson
1st African American to be
named to the New York Times
Bestsellers list and the USA
Dr. Charles B. McIntosh
1st African American
to practice Pediatric
Medicine in Jacksonville
First African American
to be named to the
Civil Service Board
Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr.
1st African American Judge for
the Middle District of Florida
1st African American founding
female Publishers of a weekly
newspaper in the state
Dr. Wendell P. Holmes, Jr.
1st African American in Duval
County and Florida elected
school Board Chairman.
Continued from front
The honorees were feted by fam-
ily and friends along with the other
invited guests that packed the
Council Chambers. Each presenta-
tion was highlighted by a brief per-
sonal video that provided insight to
the various honoree's journeys.
The Trailblazer's host was Chan-
nel 4 anchor Melanie Lawson who
guided the evening's activities.
Keynote speaker Ken Amaro set
the tone for the by emphasizing the
magnitude of each honoree's
"There may be others," said
Amaro, "but you will always be the
first. The Mayor was also feted
with a surprise gift of Presidential
cufflinks from Cong. Corrine
Brown and his own recognition of
his triumphant political victory as
Jacksonville's first African-
American mayor. Following a
benediction by Bishop McKissick,
Sr., the honorees and their guests
attended a private reception to con-
tinue their celebration.
Financial Freedom: Will Social Security Be Available For You?
By Ingrid M. Ellis
Have you ever read your Social
Security statement? Most of my
clients say, "No". Many people
simply get it in the mail and stash it
in the pile of papers for shredding at
best or toss it I the trash as soon as
it arrives. But the reality is, you
need to know what it tells you. You
should be kept abreast of what
could potentially be available to
you in your retirement years.
Although I don't factor in Social
Security benefits when I am creat-
ing a Financial Needs Analysis
(FNA) for my clients, I encourage
you to get familiar with the ver-
biage the next time you receive the
paperwork from the Social Security
Administration. Read it. There is a
lot of valuable information stuffed
within the four page fold out. Let
me share a few key things on the
Social Security Statement:
1."Social Security was never
intended to be your only source of
income when you retire. You will
need other savings, investments,
pensions or retirement accounts to
make sure you have enough money
to live comfortably when you
2. "In 2016, we will begin paying
more in benefits than we collect in
taxes. Without changes, by 2037 the
Social Security Trust Fund will be
enough money to pay only about 76
cents for each dollar of scheduled
3.If you were born before 1938
your full retirement age is 65.
Because of a change in the law, the
full retirement age will increase
gradually to 67 for people born in
1960 and later."
Most people don't plan to fail
they fail to plan. And there is a high
price to pay for waiting to create
your family's financial solution. As
a result, a lot of consumers are dis-
illusioned to believe that they will
be able to draw from the benefits of
Social Security when they retire.
The problem with that is although
YOU may be contributing to the
Social Security fund through regu-
lar payroll deductions, what YOU
contribute isn't being banked for
YOU when YOU retire.
It's a first-come-first-served
program. And if there is nothing left
for YOU when YOU retire, oh well.
The crazy part is the Social Security
Administration told you to find
another alternative. But because
most people haven't read the docu-
ment, they haven't a clue.
Listen, no matter how old you are
right now, you will retire one day-
God willing. Because the retirement
age has increased, people are hav-
ing to work longer which means
they enjoy less and less time spent
in their "golden years."
If you haven't done so already,
begin taking steps to create an
incredible financial future for your
family. Don't depend on Social
Security or any other system to sus-
tain your love ones. Make sure that
you are dotting the "i's" and cross-
ing the "t's" for yourself. Save!
Invest! And do it aggressively so
that you don't retire broke. In that
way, if there isn't anything avail-
able for you with Social Security
you would have already prepared
yourself for the coldest days.
Love and Relationships in the African-American Community
By Kam Williams
"SBF Single Black Female. Walk
through any major city in the U.S.
on a Friday or Saturday night and
you will find her. She'll either be
alone or with her girlfriends, but
almost never, EVER with a mate.
The how and why of relationship
status among African-Americans is
a touchy subject. The black mar-
riage gap has become such an open
secret that it is now a source of end-
less bad jokes and fodder for
primetime and reality shows such
as "Basketball Wives" and "The
Real Housewives of Atlanta." So
what's going on? "Where Did Our
Love Go?" explores the substantial
issues surrounding relationships
and marital status in the African -
American community from the
Baby Mama Syndrome to the more
serious implications of what single
parent households will mean for
Traditionally, the marriage rate
has been a reliable indicator of the
stability and vitality of a culture.
For this reason, the decline in
African American marital union is
a very troubling sign.
The shocking statistics indicate
that over 40% of black men and
women are choosing to remain
unmarried and that about a quarter
of the brothers tying the knot are
picking partners of another ethnici-
ty. When you factor in the 75%
Black illegitimacy rate, the black
community's long-term prospects
aren't exactly brilliant.
This grim reality wasn't lost on
Gil Robertson, a veteran journalist
with his finger on the pulse who
examined AIDS and what it means
to be African-American in his earli-
er books. His latest offering in the
series, "Where Did Our Love Go?"
takes a hard look at black love from
the distinctly different perspectives
of dozens of contributors, each of
whom was given the freedom to
expound on being single, engaged,
married or divorced.
R&B crooner Anthony Hamilton
identifies "having confidence and a
willingness to want it to work" as
the keys to a successful relation-
ship. However, he also warns folks
to forget about trying to find a "per-
fect mate" because "that keeps you
blind from what's really real."
By contrast, marriage-minded
Melody Guy has been patiently
waiting to walk down the aisle
since accepting a proposal from a
fiance' who not only has cold feet,
but won't let her have a key to his
apartment. Meanwhile at least he
did "put a ring on it."
Amy Keith, a self-professed
BAP (Black American Princess) is
in no rush to pressure her Mr.
Right, despite her fast-approaching
30th birthday, Why not? Because
as a child, her own family was irre-
versibly fractured by her parents
separation, so this wounded victim
of divorce is cognizant of the high
stakes associated with failure.
"Where Did Our Love Go?"
devotes space to same sex and
interracial relationships too. For
example, NYC radio talk show host
Clay Cane's chapter is structured in
the form of journal entries recount-
ing his frustrations with a passion-
ate affair with a Broadway actor
which failed to blossom into more.
He discusses the sometime awk-
ward etiquette of gay dating and the
stigmas attached. Later "Avery"
declined to take an AIDS test
expecting to be trusted on his word
that he wasn't HIV+. Sounds a lit-
Atlanta news anchor Veronica
Waters entry, entitled "To Swirl or
Not to Swirl?" refers to the mixing
of vanilla and chocolate in soft ice
cream. Veronica is a sister who
readily admits that "It's white men
who make me swoon" before issu-
ing a call for recruits with "Let's
get jiggy with it sisters!"
Overall, "Where Did Our Love
Go?" proves to be a most informa-
tive and entertaining read, at least
in terms of the individual contribu-
tors intimate experiences. I can't
say that the diversity of personal
opinion contained on the pages
allows one to draw a conclusion
about where African-American cul-
ture is headed but I don't think any-
body's expecting the black commu-
nity to share a monolithic mindset
Where did our love go? Who
knows'? But it's apparently still
leaving behind a trail of broken
hearts with a "yearning, burning,
yearning feeling deep inside" like
The Supremes sang about a half
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Cong. Corrine Brown
1st African-American elected to
the U.S. Congress from
Florida since reconstruction
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STARS' Student Learn Hands on
Leadership Skills from Area Trendsetters
Seated (L-R) Penny Lewandowski (Lowe Foundation), Hon. Becki
Couch, Hon. Connie Hall, Kim Ward (Michael and Kim Ward
Foundation); Katie Ross (Senator Bill Nelson's Office), Carolyn
Chatman (Cong.Corrine Brown's office); Standing (Row 1) Joshua
Steen, Hon Ashley Smith Juarez, Superintendent Nikoli Vitti, Lt. Gov.
Carroll, Jim Bailey (Daily Record); Garrett Denis (Supervisor of
Elections Office); Betty Burney (I'm A Star Foundation); Back Row
(L-r) Joel Mec (Chartwell Foods); Frank Denton (Florida Times
Union); Hon. Bill Gulliford; Mike Williams (Sheriff's Office); Michael
Ward (CSX); Levi Washington (St. Luke Baptist Church).
Pictured from left to right are: Sharon Peele, Helen Bargeron, Patrice Cushion, Barbara
Hopkins(Chapter President), Tiffany Julia-Winkler, Julia Paul and Albertha Bevel.
Chi Eta Phi Welcomes New Members
On Saturday, March 9th, Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Sigma Chapter welcomed two new members, Patrice Cushion and
Tiffany Julia-Winkler, into the organization. Chi Eta Phi is an international organization of registered nurses
whose motto is "Service for Humanity".
Chi Eta Phi, Sigma Chapter has been providing service to the community for fifty-five years. Three of the chap-
ter's charter members, Helen Bargeron, Albertha Bevel and Barbara Shuman, remain active participants in the
Betty Burney's I'M A STAR
Foundation, Inc. held its 3rd Annual
Leader to Leader Summit on March
9th. The room was filled with
national, state and local leaders
who came together to collaborate
with student leaders. Lieutenant
Governor Jennifer Carroll,
Superintendent Nikoli Vitti,
Senator Bill Nelson's Regional
City to Host Fair Housing Awareness Symposium
The City of Jacksonville Human
Rights Commission is hosting its
annual Fair Housing Symposium,
which coincides with the
Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) Week. The event is
free and a continental breakfast and
lunch program will be provided for
those who attend.
It will be held on Saturday, April
6 from 8 a.m. 1 p.m. at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center.
The theme of this year's event is
"Living Free: Removing Barriers."
Workshops will be provided for
both citizens and industry profes-
sionals, such as home builders, real-
tors, property managers and home-
owners. All workshops will be pre-
sented by attorneys and other
experts in the field of fair housing
and disabilities. Citizen workshops
include the elements of a housing
complaint, reasonable accommoda-
issues and code enforcement. The
Professional's Workshop will focus
on trends in design and construc-
tion, barriers to accessible housing
and visitability. Those who attend
the Professional's Workshop will
receive certificates that may be
used for obtaining continuing edu-
include the Jacksonville Urban
League, the MetroNorth CDC, the
Jacksonville Housing Authority, the
City of Jacksonville Disabled
Services Division, Jacksonville
Area Legal Aid, Inc., and the City
of Jacksonville Housing and
Advanced registration is
required. Please email
email@example.com or call (904) 630-
1212 x3020 to register. Parking is
free. Childcare for ages 4 to 12 will
be available. Requests for special
needs must be received no later
than Monday, March 25, 2013.
At 48: Bernard Hopkins Becomes
by Darren Rovell process, Hopkins became the old-
How old is too old? est boxing champion in history,
Apparently not 48 years old, as beating his own record that he set
boxer Bernard Hopkins became a two years ago.
champion once again on Saturday. "This victory is sweeter than
Hopkins beat 30-year-old honey," said Hopkins.
Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light It was a moment that never
heavyweight championship. In the would have happened had he lis-
Director and Jim
of the Daily record
dents with price-
less advice on
leaders put their
heads together to
and a game plan to
students in Duval
fantastic ideas that
will be imple-
mented by I'm A
Star students in
coming months to impact the near-
ly 1,500 homeless students in
I'm A Star students attend middle
and high schools throughout
Jacksonville and have been trained
to develop solutions to negative
barriers that impact student success.
City Council Vice-President Bill
Gulliford and School Board mem-
bers Becki Couch, Connie Hall, and
Ashley Smith-Juarez were also on
hand to work with the students.
"Students had an opportunity to
strategize with our major decision-
makers. More importantly, students
had an opportunity to 'see' possibil-
ities. My students can 'see' Lt.
Gov. Carroll, Michael Ward, the
CEO of CSX or Jim Bailey, pub-
lisher of the Daily Record and
aspire to reach similar heights,"
STARS is an acronym for Smart,
Talented And Resilient Students.
I'm A Star Students Pose With Superintendent
Nikoli Vitti and Betty Burney after a successful
Leader to Leader Summit.
Oldest Boxer to Win Major Title
tened to his mother's dying wish When Hopkins was 17, he served
that came a decade ago: don't fight 4 1/2 years in prison. Behind bars,
past 40. boxing became his release and
"My mother would always say eventually his meal ticket.
get the hell off the ring and don't go "It's a lot of victories that I had
in again. I probably wouldn't be over the years, but this one means
boxing, I would have been gone 10 more because I am older. And 50 is
years ago," Hopkins said. around the corer," Hopkins said.
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Cosby's Life Should Inspire Young African Americans
Sometimes you have to put the
politics aside for a moment and talk
about things or people that have
made a significant impact on the
lives of others. Often overlap exists
between politics and those who
have achieved greatly; these same
people are alsoconstantly giving
A couple of weeks ago I had the
great opportunity to meet a real
American hero Bill Cosby. He
was in town in support of the
Mayor's Summit on Education, and
he didn't disappoint. Between his
insight and openness when talking
to small groups or his still funny
stand-up act on stage the man
continues to be amazing.
And no he didn't fight in any
wars or save children from burning
buildings, but he has inspired and
touched the hearts of so many.
Growing up I always knew who
Bill Cosby was, but it wasn't until
the infamous "Cosby Show" did I
get to see and appreciate him.
Mr. Cosby is not only an African
American superstar, but has
become simply an American icon.
The Cosby Show is now a TV
legend. You can't talk about suc-
cessful sitcoms without mentioning
Cosby's hit production. The show
probably meant a lot more to me
and many other African Americans
than whites could even imagine.
The show was about a successful
black doctor (Bill Cosby) and his
successful attorney wife (Felicia
Rashaad), and their half a dozen or
so children. It showed lower
income families that blacks can be
successful and have great profes-
sions, and live in wonderful houses.
It may seem like an exaggeration
to some, but it is real. It was
because of Cosby thatgrowing up I
knew that blacks could go to col-
lege and become: anything they
wanted to be. His show was so dif-
ferent from Good Times, Sanford
and Son, or The Jefferson's.
For most of us, we could identify
not only with the show, but also
with Cosby's life and success.
Coming from a poor Philadelphia
neighborhood, he saw little of his
father, a mess steward in the Navy.
He left school in tenth grade to join
the Navy and finished high school
via a correspondence course while
still in the service. When he was
discharged, he enrolled at Temple
University in Philadelphia and the
rest is history.
He used his life experiences and
determination to fuel his drive. And
yes, The Cosby Show was a sitcom
or better yet entertainment; but it
brought black people or better yet a
successful black family into
American households on a weekly
Sure we had other shows in the
past, but nothing that portrayed a
strong black family structure like
Bill Cosby's sitcom.
I remember watching an inter-
view with Cosby several years ago
and he said, "it is my duty to show
America that blacks can have a
functional, strong family struc-
Cosby has always had a since of
"the bigger picture." In the 1960s,
the hit show "I Spy" broke the
racial barrier in television by fea-
turing Cosby as the first-ever black
lead of a weekly dramatic series. In
the 1980s, Cosby raised the bar
another notch with the show
Coretta Scott King described as
"the most positive portrayal of
black family life that has ever been
I have always admired him for
being a longtime champion for the
betterment of African Americans
through education and access to
Yes, Cosby used his good-
natured, colorblind comedy to
reach out to all races, which made
him a major success. He
approached his work like Martin
Luther King in a sense,which I
guess makes Richard Pryor more
like an aggressive, in your face
Malcolm X type.
In an interview several years ago,
Cosby said that today's black
comedian have tainted the legacy
he left for them. He feels like
today's African American comics
are foulmouthed, unfocused, and
too eager to reinforce the stereo-
types of black people.
That was the beauty of "The
Cosby Show," it didn't reinforce
those negative stereotypes about
blacks. "The fact that the family is
black, without making a particular
point of it," reported Time maga-
zine, "is an encouraging sign of
maturity in matters of race."
Cosby is much harder on the
younger comedians because he
feels that "their job isn't limited to
getting laughs. Whether they know
it or not, they are role models as
Cosby once said, "You can turn
painful situations around through
laughter. If you can find humor in
anything, even poverty, you can
And for those who think that
Cosby has retired "forget about it."
His show in Jacksonville a couple
of weeks ago wasn't unique he
still does shows on weekends and is
still selling out crowds around the
country or making fund-raising
appearances at black colleges.
Yes, our young folks can learn a
lot from Bill Cosby, especially
African American males. From his
strong educational beliefs to his
entrepreneurship, he is a true role
model and hero.
I'll end with one of my favorite
Cosby quotes. He said, "A word to
the wise ain't necessary it's the
stupid ones that need the advice."
Signing off from Tallahassee,
The Rich are
F. Scott Fitzgerald got it right when he said the rich are different.
We are witnessing that in the sequester fiasco and we heard it in another
form last week when Attorney General Eric H. Holder offered an asinine
reason for not prosecuting bankers/gangsters known as banksters.
Testifying before Congress, Holder said, "I am concerned that the size of
some of these institutions becomes so large that it does become difficult for
us to prosecute them when we are hit with indications that if you do pros-
ecute, if you do bring a criminal charge, it will have a negative impact on
the national economy, perhaps even the world economy."
Holder is not the Secretary of Treasury. While he, like all of us, might be
concerned about the economy, that's not his area of responsibility. His job
as the nation's chief law enforcer is to enforce the law. And that should
apply to banksters like it applies to gangsters. But, as we know, the rich and
institutions they control are treated differently.
This variation of banks being "too big to fail" is essentially telling us
their CEOs are "too big to jail." If banks are too big to fail, we should
remind ourselves who allowed them to grow that large. Each time big
banks gobbled up smaller ones like ATMs suck in your check deposit, they
had to first win approval from the federal government. That is the same
federal government that bails them out when they get in trouble and the
same federal government that now whines that their CEOs are two big to
jail. Try explaining that to a first-time, non-violent drug user who is rotting
away behind bars.
Even in clear-cut cases of gangster behavior, there is a double-standard.
Take the case of HSBC, which signed a $1.9 billion settlement with the
U.S. after CEO Stuart Gulliver acknowledged the bank's failure to catch at
least $881 million in drug trafficking money that was laundered through
the institution's accounts. Officials admitted their bank had facilitated illic-
it financial transfers on behalf of rogue nations, including Iran and Libya,
as well as Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.
Their punishment? A fine that equaled 11 percent of last year's profits
and a promise to do a better job of monitoring their accounts. And they
avoided criminal prosecution.
Like other banks, HSBC will continue to benefit from American taxpay-
ers underwriting its deposit insurance.
Senator Elizabeth Warren [D-Mass.] observed, "It has been almost five
years since the financial crisis, but the big banks are still too big to fail.
That means they are subsidized by about $83 billion a year by American
taxpayers and are still not being held fully accountable for breaking the
The $83 billion a year Warren referred to represents the amount taxpay-
ers pay in insurance to make sure U.S. bank deposits are guaranteed.
Think about that. Banks are profit making entities yet the public pays
their insurance. Does anyone else pay for your homeowner's insurance?
Health insurance? Car insurance? So why should the public share in banks'
expenses, but not their profits? It is yet another example of the rich and
their powerful institutions being different?
Contrast that treatment with what's happening in our nation's capital.
In the never-ending game of chicken, Republicans are threating yet
another budget showdown. They are adamant that whatever comes out of
the ongoing sequester and deficit debates, all cuts must come from the
spending side, including Medicare and Social Security.
Although President Obama has used strong, protective language in his
State of the Union and inauguration speeches, he has a tendency to cave in
when negotiating with Republicans and that has many Democrats wor-
Obama and his advisers have already stated that they are amenable to a
"grand bargain" whereby the White House and Republicans will reach an
agreement on budget cuts.
So far, 107 of the 200 House Democrats have signed a letter to the pres-
ident threatening to vote "against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid
or Social Security benefits including raising the retirement age or cutting
the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need."
Continued on page 7
Is it Time for Blacks to Turn from Democrats I
By William Reed
"It is easily seen, that if every
member of the race strove to make
himself successful in business, he
would contribute much toward
smoothing the pathway of his own
and future generations."
Booker T. Washington
Isn't it time Black Americans
turned the page on their political
preferences? Republican National
Committee chairman Reince
Priebus has been holding meetings
with designated community leaders
to discuss how the GOP can become
more appealing to minority voters.
The party leader says he's listening
to different perspectives on "how
we can build and grow the GOP to
win future elections." The
Republican National Committee
(RNC) effort seeks to "review past
practices" and "make recommenda-
tions" for the future.
To be effective among African
Americans, Priebus and Co., need to
take public policy positions that
have the potential to advance
Blacks' interests. A suggestion is
that Priebus form a task force com-
prised of Black business people that
will mutually help all pursue
American capitalism. It's worth
noting that throughout the history of
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Blacks and Republicans, at the core
has been Blacks' self-sufficiency
interests. From Reconstruction
until the New Deal, Blacks voted
"Republican." Then and now,
Republican values of market eco-
nomics, strong families, and educa-
tion have offered Blacks better
paths, and more direction, to pros-
perity. During times of their
engagements, Republicans have
provided Blacks successful role
models and resources toward their
"piece of the pie."
Booker Taliaferro Washington is
an example of a Black success story
in capitalism, commerce and poli-
tics. During the late 1800s and early
1900s, Booker T. was the most cele-
brated Black of his time.
Washington realized that slavery
had taught Blacks many profitable
skills and trades. Skills such as car-
pentry, cooking, farming, and tailor-
ing were seeds for businesses that
could be started at home and with
UTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
hinson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta
hyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver,
iwn, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson.
little or no capital. Washington
operated numerous schools through
successful capitalists. Sears
Roebuck President Julius
Rosenwald helped in the construc-
tion and operation of more than
5,000 of Washington's schools.
Washington created the Negro
Business League (NBL), with the
intent of creating a Black capitalist
class. At a conference in 1910,
Washington called on NBL mem-
bers to "teach the masses to get
property, be thrifty and economi-
Blacks have always done well
economically with Republicans.
The last time Blacks supported a
Republican presidential ticket in
any sizable numbers was when they
gave Richard Nixon more than 30
percent of their vote. In turn, Nixon
made a multitude of Black million-
aires through his directive toward
establishment of the Office of
Minority Business Enterprise.
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Between 1969 and 1976, 500,000
new Black businesses were estab-
Democrats have been running
Black communities for the past 50-
plus years. These socialist policies
have turned many Black and urban
communities into economic and
social wastelands. But Priebus and
Co., have to realize what an uphill
climb it is to turn Blacks back to
entrepreneurial pursuits and mind-
sets. In 2012, just 5 percent of
African Americans considered
themselves Republicans. To gain
numbers among African Americans,
Republicans need to be private sec-
tor partners with them to generate
economic market share and prosper-
ity. Republicans rolls can go up
among the millions of African
Americans that endorse and advo-
cate laissez-faire economics, fiscal
conservatism, and personal respon-
sibility over welfare program para-
Isn't it time for Republicans and
Blacks to turn the page? Is it possi-
ble that after their disdain and dis-
tance from the Mitt Romney cam-
paign, Blacks and Republicans can
align toward mutual economic and
political clout? Priebus should
establish a task force comprised of
Republican-leaning groups such as
the NBL, the National Black
Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce, Inc., to
establish grassroots programs and
structures. Such alliances were suc-
cessful in the past and can repair
and bring new successes to Black
communities. To correct "past prac-
tices" the Republicans need to instill
practices that "go back" to political
gains made by Nixon and Booker T.
The RNC will reap growth and
national predominance with earnest
efforts to tap into Black enclaves.
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FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 12 18. 2013
Bowie State Sports Photo
CIAA Tourney MVP leads
Bowie State into NCAADiv. II
playoffs, one of seven black
college teams in the field.
I MEAC/SWAC HOOPS TOURNAMENTS UNDER-
WAY; NCAA DIV. II PLAYOFFS BEGIN FRIDAY
UNDER THE BANNER
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
Strong L. Williams Sturdivant Crumbly
SWAC/MEAC HOOPS HONOREES:
Senior guard Omar Strong of Texas Southern (men) and
Prairie View senior forward Latia Williams (women) were
named Southwestern Athletic Conference Basketball Players
of the Year as announced by the conference last week.
Strong finished the regular season second in the SWAC
in scoring (17 ppg.), as the league's top shooter from 3-point
range (120, 3.9 pg.) and led the league in free throw shooting
percentage (.840). Williams was second in scoring (12.9 ppg.)
and rebounding (8.9 rpg.) and led the SWAC women in minutes
played (35.7 mpg.).
TSU first-year head coach Mike Davis and Southern sec-
ond-year head coach Roman Banks shared men's Coach of the
Year honors after tying in the voting. Davis led the Tigers to a
16-2 SWAC mark (17-14 overall)and the regular season crown.
Banks led the Jaguars to a 15-3 league mark and second-place
finish. Nate Kilbert, who led Miss. Valley State (12-6, 15-14)
to a second-place tie with Southern, won the women's award.
TSU senior forward Fred Sturdivant was selected men's
Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in blocks
(99.3.2 per game) and finishing second in rebounding (8.2 rpg.).
Alcorn State's Carolinsia Crumbly finished second in the
SWAC in steals (68, 2.5 pg.) to take the women's award.
Malcolm Miller of Southern averaged 16.0 points per
game, third best in the league, to grab the men's Newcomer
award. In her first season at Grambling, Joanna Miller led the
SWAC in scoring (16.5 ppg.), 3-pointers made (66, 2.4 pg.) and
3-point shooting (.390) to win the women's newcomer honor.
Grambling first-year player Terry Rose scored 13.8
ppg. and finished with 81 treys to claim the top men's freshman
award. TSU's Te'era Williams led the Lady Tigers in scoring
(12.7 ppg.) to claim the women's honor.
MEN FIRST TEAM G Omar Strong, Sr., TSU; Derick Beltran, Sr., SU; F Malcolm
Miller, Jr., SU; Fred Sturdivant, Sr., TSU; C Terrell Kennedy, Sr., UAPB SECOND
TEAM G Davon Usher, Jr., MVSU: Jourdan DeMuynck, Sr., PVAM; F Demarquelle
Tabb, Jr., AAMU; Davon Haynes, Jr., UAPB; C Phillip Crawford, Sr.. ALST THIRD
TEAM G Marquiz Baker, Jr., ALCN; Ray Penn, Jr., TSU; F LeAntwan Luckett, So.,
ALCN; Daniel Broughton, Jr.. UAPB: C -Aaron Claybom, Jr., TSU
WOMEN FIRST TEAM G Joanna Miller, Jr., GSU; Kendra Coleman, Jr., SU; F Alia
Frank, Jr., MVSU; Chigozianyi Okwumabua, Jr., UAPB; C Tiffany Kellum. Jr., JSU
SECOND TEAM G Brianna Sidney, Jr., TSU; Joncyee Sanders, Jr., MVSU; F Jas-
mine Sanders, So., AAMU: Latia Williams, Sr., PVAM; C Quenton Alford, Jr., ALST
THIRD TEAM G Kiara Etienne, Jr., PVAM; LaKendra Marsh, Jr., UAPB; F Te'era
Williams, Fr., TSU; Lechell Rush, Jr., SU; C- Larissa Scott (PVAM)
Senior forward Keiara Avant of women's regular season
champ Hampton and junior guard Pendarvis Williams of
men's champion Norfolk State were named 2013 Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference (MEAC) Basketball Players of the Year in
voting by the conference's head basketball coaches and sports
Avant averaged a double-double (16.3 ppg., 10.3 rpg.),
leading the league in rebounding and finishing fifth in scoring
and field goal percentage (.470). Williams averaged 14.1 points
and 4.6 rebounds while shooting .814 from the line and .407
from 3-point range.
North Carolina A&T forward Eboni Ross led the MEAC
in field goal percentage (87-of-170, .512)) and was second in
blocks (1.7 bpg.) to earn the top freshman award. Hampton
guard Deron Powers was the men's top freshman as he finished
second in free-throw percentage (.830), fourth in assists (4.8
apg.) while leading the Pirates in scoring (11.5 ppg.)
Hampton's Alyssa Bennett won the women's defensive
award after averages of 6.6 rebounds and 9.9 points per game.
NC A&T senior forward Austin Witter got the men's defensive
award based on his league-leading 7.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks
Hampton head coach David Six and Norfolk State's An-
thony Evans garnered coach of the year honors after leading
their teams to 16-0 regular season marks.
WOMEN FIRST TEAM Jasmine Grice, 5-9, Jr., G, FAMU; NIcole Hamilton, 5-8, Jr.,
G, HAM; JaQuayla Berry, 5-11, Sr., G, NCA&T; Saadia Doyle, 5-10, Sr., F, HOWARD;
Keiara Avant, 5-11, Sr., F, HAM SECOND TEAM Bianca Jarrett, 5-5, Sr.. G, MSU;
Tiarra Knotts, 5-4, Sr., G, SCSU; Alyssa Bennett, 6-2, Jr., F, HAM; Tierra Hawkins, 6-2,
So., F, DSU; Rachel Gordon, Jr., F, NSU THIRD TEAM Leola Spotwood, 6-0, Sr., F,
CSU; Cheyenne Curley-Payne, 5-4, Sr., G, HOW; Amber Calvin, 5-8, Jr., G, NC A&T:
Erin Hogue, 5-11, Sr., F, SSU; Trinese Fox, 5-9, Sr., G, SCSU
MEN FIRST TEAM Jeremy Ingram, 6-3, Jr., G, NCCU; Pendarvis Williams, 6-6, Jr.,
G, NSU; DeWayne Jackson, 6-8, Sr., G, MSU; Stanton Kidd, 6-7, Jr., F, NCCU; Adrien
Coleman, 6-5, Jr., F, B-CU SECOND TEAM Tah) Tate, 6-4, So., G, DSU: Ray Willis,
6-6, Sr., G, NCCU; Preston Blackman, 6-0, Sr., G, SSU; Rashad Hassan, 6-7, Sr., F,
SSU' Matthew Hezekiah, 6-11, Jr., F, SCSU THIRD TEAM Adrian Powell, 6-6, Sr., F,
NC A&T: Justin Black, 6-2, Jr., G, MSU; Jamie Adams, 5-10, Jr., G, FAMU; Rob John-
son, 6-8, Sr., F, NSU; Austin Witter, 6-8, Sr., F, NC A&T
ALL ROOKIE TEAM Rashld Gaston, 6-8, Fr., F, NSU; Patrick Cole, 6-5, Fr., G, CSU;
Bruce Beckford, 6-7, Fr., F, NC A&T Doron Powers, 5-11, Fr., G, HAM; Darryl Palmer,
6-7, Fr., F, SCSU
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I ATHLEIIC CONFERENCE
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Pendarvls Williams, 6-6, Jr., G, NSU -Led Spartansto
regularseasontitle averaging 14.1 points,4.6 rebounds
and shooting ,407 from 3-point range.
Deron Powers, 5-11, Fr., G, HAM Led Pirates
in scoring (11.5 ppg.) while finishing second in the
MEAC in FT % (.830) and fourth in assists (4.8 apg.).
Austin Witter, 6-7, Sr., F, NC A&T Finished fourth
in MEAC in rebounds (7.2 pg.) and led in blocked
shots (3.0 pg.).
NC A&T State
Md. E. Shore
North Carolina Central
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Kleara Avant, 5-11, Sr., F, HAM Led Lady Prates to
regular season title averaging double-double (16.3 ppg.,
10.3 rpg.), 19 double-doubles on season.
Ebonl Ross, 6-2, R-Fr., NC A&T Led the MEAC in field
goal percentage (.521), was 2nd in blocks (1.7 pg.), aver-
aged 7.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Alyssa Bennett, 6-2, Jr., F, HAM Averaged 9.9 points,
6.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for Lady Pirates.
S A CAf SOUTHWESTERN
SW AC V ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
MEN (FINAL) W L W L
* Texas Southern 16 2 17 14
Southern 15 3 21 9
*Ark. Pine Bluff 15 3 16 14
Jackson State 9 9 10 17
Prairie ViewA&M 8 10 13 18
Alabama State 8 10 10 21
Alcorn State 8 10 10 23
AlabamaA&M 6 12 10 19
* Miss. Valley St. 5 13 5 23
Grambling State 0 18 0 27
* Ineligible for postseason
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Omar Strong, 5-9, Sr., G, TSU Finished second in
SWAC scoring (17.0 ppg.) while leading in 3-pointers
made (120, 3.9 pg.) and FT percentage (.848).
Fred Sturdlvant, 6-7, Sr., F, TSU Led the league in
blocks (99,3.2 pg.)and field goal percentage (.602) while
finishing second in rebounding (8.2 rpg.)
Malcolm Miller, 6-5, Fr., G, SU -Averaged 16.0 points
per game, third best in league, 5.8 rebounds and was
top 3-point shooter (.458), 3rd in 3s made (2.7 pg.).
Terry Rose, 6-4, Fr., G/F, GSU Averaged 13.8 points
with 81 treys.
WOMEN (FINAL) W L W L
Texas Southern 16 2 19 10
Southern 12 6 13 16
Miss. ValleySt. 12 6 15 14
Prairie ViewA&M 11 7 14 14
Jackson State 9 9 12 15
Alabama A&M 8 10 9 19
Ark. Pine Bluff 7 11 11 17
Alabama State 7 11 9 20
Grambling State 6 12 8 22
Alcorn State 2 16 2 25
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Latia Williams, 5-10, R-Sr., PV Finished second in
scoring(12.9 ppg.) and rebounding (8.9 rpg.)whileleading
the SWAC in minutes played (35.7 pg.).
Carolinsla Crumbly, 5-5, Sr., G, ALC Finished second
in steals (68,2.5 pg.), scored 11.2 points per game.
Joanna Miller, 5-8, Fr., G, GSU Led league In scoring
(16.0 ppg.), shot.726 from the line (8th).
Te'era Williams, 5-10, Fr., G, TSU Averaged 12.4
polngs per game (4th), 6.3 rebounds (11th), 2.1 steals
(4th), 2.8 assists (7th) and shot .488 from field (3rd).
The regular season and de-
fending champion Norfolk State
men and Hampton women enter
this week's MEAC Basketball
Tournament on quite a roll.
Head coach Anthony Evans
and his Norfolk State Spartans are
on a 15-game win streak and just
finished an undefeated 16-0 run
thru the MEAC regular season, the
first team to do that since the 1993-
94 Coppin State Eagles.
Hampton, the three-time de-
fending women's tournament
champ, is on a 16-game win streak
and also posted a 16-0 conference
record, the first time that's been
done since the Coppin State Lady
Eagles posted an 18-0 mark in the
2006-07 season. The Lady Pirates
with head coach David Six have
now compiled a 46-2 conference
record (15-1, 15-1, 16-0) over the
past three seasons.
Both the Hampton women and
Norfolk State men are strong fa-
vorites to repeat as champions and
earn automatic berths in this year's
NCAA national tournaments as a
result. The Hampton women how-
ever may be bigger favorites than
the Norfolk State men.
Not only did Hampton run the
table in the conference and win the
regular season title by three games,
but the Lady Pirates' average mar-
gin of victory against conference
competition was 21 points. Only
four games were decided by single-
Second-seed North Carolina
A&T (13-3, 21-8), who won 20
games in its first year under head
coach Tarrell Robinson, did not
face the Lady Pirates. Third-seed
Howard (12-4, 18-10) came the
closest to knocking off Hampton,
losing 52-50 at home. Hampton
was dominant, winning 67-45 in
the rematch in Hampton.
Fifth-seed Coppin State (10-
6, 14-15) played the Lady Pirates
two tough games, losing 58-50 at
home and 68-59 on the road.
It will take a supreme effort to
dethrone the Lady Pirates.
Conversely, Norfolk State (16-
0, 21-10) specialized in close wins.
Eleven (11) of the Spartans 16 con-
ference victories came by single-
digits pegging them perhaps a little
more susceptible to an upset in the
Monday, March 11
#4 S. C. State 50, #13 Savannah State 35
#5 Coppin State 44, #12 N. C. Central 41
#6 Morgan State 56. #11 Md.-E. Shore 49
Tuesday, March 12
#9 Delaware State vs. #8 B.-Cookman 11 am
#10 Norfolk State vs. #7 Florida A&M 1:30 pm
Wednesday, March 13
#1 Hampton vs. DSU/BCU 12 n
#2 N. C. A&T vs. NSU/FAMU 2:30 pm
Thursday, March 14
#3 Howard vs. #6 Morgan State 12 n
#5 Coppin State vs. #4 S. C. State 2:30 pm
Friday, March 15
Women's Semifinals 12 noon
Women's Semifinals 2:30 pm
Saturday, March 16
Women's Finals 1 pm
Monday, March 11
#4 Savannah St. 59, #13 Md.-E. Shore 44
#5 Morgan State 61, #12 S. C. State 52
Tuesday, March 12
#9 Coppin State vs. #8 B-Cookman 4 pm
#10 Florida A&M vs. #7 N. C. A&T 6:30 pm
#11 Howard vs. #6 Delaware State 9 pm
Wednesday, March 13
#1 Norfolk State vs. CSU/BCU 6 pm
#2 N. C. Central vs. FAMU/NCA&T 8:30 pm
Thursday, March 14
#3 Hampton vs. HOW/DSU 6 pm
#5 Morgan St. vs. #4 Savannah St. 8:30 pm
Friday, March 15
Men's Semifinals 6 pm
Men's Semifinals 8 pm
Saturday, March 16
Men's Finals 5 pm
Like Hampton on the women's
side, the Spartans did not face the
second-seed, LeVelle Moton's
Eagles of North Carolina Cen-
tral (15-1, 22-8), whose only loss
in their last 17 games was a 44-36
decision to fourth-seed Savannah
State (11-5, 18-13) on Feb. 16.
Third-seed Hampton (11-5, 14-
16) lost two close decisions to Nor-
folk State (62-59 and 74-67). Fifth-
seed Morgan State (73-71) and
(62-61), who lost to NSU in last
year's tournament finals, came the
closest to knocking off the Spartans
Excellent late-game execu-
tion has enabled Norfolk State to
escape close scrapes all season
long. They'll need three more of
such performances to come away
with their second straight title and
NCAA Tournament berth.
The Southern men and Texas
Southern women are favorites, but
for different reasons, in this week's
SWAC Basketball Tournaments in
The Texas Southern Lady Ti-
gers (16-2, 19-10) are favored by
virtue of their four-game bulge in
winning in the league's regular sea-
But don't count out the South-
ern Lady Jaguars.
First-year TSU head coach
Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has trans-
formed a team that finished 5-26
overall a year ago, 2-16 in SWAC
play and next-to-last in conference
standings, into a juggernaut.
Last season the Lady Tigers
were last in scoring (47.3 ppg.)
and near the bottom in scoring de-
fense (62.0 ppg.). Under Cooper-
Dyke, the highly-decorated former
NCAA and WNBA star and highly-
successful coach (at Prairie View
and UNC-Wilmington in previ-
ous stops). TSU is the league's top
scoring team (61.5 ppg.) and is
second in scoring defense (58.9
Cooper-Dyke added two dif-
ference-makers, freshman guards
Brianna Sidney and Te'era Wil-
liams. Sidney (10.0 ppg.) was a
second-team all-SWAC selection
while Williams (12.4 ppg., 6.3
rpg., 2.8 apg., 2.1 spg.) was the
league's rookie of the year.
But TSU could not get by
Sandy Pugh's Lady Jags of South-
ern (12-6, 13-16) who handed the
Lady Tigers their only two confer-
ence losses, 72-60 at Southern in
early January and 55-53 at home
two weeks ago.
For the men, Southern (15-3,
21-9) assumes the top seed and
St. Aug's wins D2 Indoor title
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Led by the strength of
its sprinters, Saint Augustine's claimed the NCAA
Division II Men's Indoor Track and Field Champi-
onship at the Birmingham Cross Plex last Saturday
The title is the latest achievement in the illustrious
history of the famed St.Aug track and field program.
The Falcons have won 12 men's indoor crowns and
32 national championships overall under legendary
Head Coach George Williams.
The Falcons scored 72 points to earn the title. In
the women's division, Lincoln (Mo.) finished third
with 44 points.
The Falcons produced three national indi-
vidual champions in the running events. Moussa
Dembele won the 60 meter hurdles, Dane Hyatt
captured the 400 meter dash and Jermaine Jones
was the victor in the 200 meter dash.
It was Jones' victory in the 200 dash which
helped the Falcons separate themselves from the
Tuesday, March 12
#10 Alcom State vs. #7 Ark.-Pine Bluff 5:30 pm
#9 Grambling vs. #8 Alabama State 8 pm
Wednesday, March 13
Alcom/UAPB vs. #2 Southern 3 pm
GSU/ASU vs. #1 Texas Southern 5:30 pm
Thursday, March 14
#5 Alabama St. vs. #3 Miss. Valley St. 10 am
#5 Jackson St. vs. #4 Prairie View 5:30 pm
Friday, March 15
Women's Semifinals -12 pm
Women's Semifinals 5:30 pm
Saturday, March 16
Women's Finals -12 noon
Wednesday, March 13
#7 Grambling vs. #6 Alabama A&M 8 pm
Thursday, March 14
#5 Alabama St. vs. #2 Jackson St. 12:30 pm
#4 Prairie View vs. #3 Alcom State 8 pm
Friday, March 15
Men's Semifinals 2:30 pm
Men's Semifinals 8 pm
Saturday, March 16
Men's Finals 3:30 pm
tournament favorite's role after
both first-place regular season
finisher Texas Southern (16-2,
17-14) and third-place Arkansas
Pine Bluff (15-3, 16-14), along
with ninth-place Mississippi Val-
ley State (5-13, 5-23), were barred
from postseason play by low APR
scores. Two of Southern's three
conference losses were to TSU (79-
66) and UAPB (55-52).
That not only makes Roman
Banks's Jaguars (16-2, 20-9) a
strong favorite but catapults Jack-
son State (10-17), a team that fin-
ished only 9-9 in SWAC games,
into the second seed.
Southern is led by all-SWAC
selections Malcolm Miller and
pack. They entered the race tied with Ashland for
the lead with 47 points, but Jones led three Falcon
runners who scored in the event. Jones won in 21.03
seconds, Josh Edmonds was third in 21.36 and Hy-
att was eighth in 24.36.
Howard's Harrell to take
year's leave of absence
WASHINGTON (March I1, 2013) -- Howard
University annottnced Monday that Head Football
Coach Gary Harrell will take a personal leave of
absence for the 2013 season. The University has
named Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coor-
dinator Rayford Petty, a former head coach of the
Bison, interim head coach for the upcoming season.
Harrell said in a statement released Monday:
"After much consideration and discussion with
my family, advisors and several people at Howard
University, it is with much sadness that I announce
today that I will be taking a leave of ab-
sence for the 2013 season. In making
this decision, I thought deeply about
my extended family, my players and coaches. At this
time, my personal and family issues make it impossible
for me to give them 100% and anything less than that is
unacceptable to me. However, as a man of deep faith in
God, my family must take priority at this time. I want to
stress that this is only a temporary leave of absence, and
I look forward to returning to the sidelines in 2014 as
the Bison continue to build a championship team. I want
to thank Howard University for their understanding and
compassion during this difficult time. Without their sup-
port it would not be possible for me to work these issues
out so 1 may return to the University 1 love so much. 1
am proud to be an alumnus of Howard University and
am excited about my future there."
In his second year, Harrell led the Bison to a 7-4
record and 6-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The team recorded the most wins in a decade.
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Norfolk State, Hampton
Southern men, Texas
Southern women favored
Avant Williams Bennett
NCAA DIV. II BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
ATLANTIC REGIONAL Saturday, March 16 West Liberty, WV
#2 Winston-Salem State (21-6) vs. #7 Slippery Rock (22-8) 2:30 pm
#1 West Liberty (30-1) vs. #8 Bowie State (16-13) 6 pm
#4 Fairmont State (22-8) vs. #5 Livingstone (22-6) 8:30 pm
SOUTH REGIONAL Saturday, March 16 Lakeland, FL
#3 Eckerd (20-7) vs. #6 Benedict (23-6) 12 noon
ATLANTIC REGIONAL Friday, March 15 Erie, PA
#3 Shaw (25-4) vs. #6 Glenville State (26-3) 12 noon
SOUTH REGIONAL Friday, March 15 Fort Lauderdale, FL
#2 Tuskegee (19-7) vs. #7 Alabama-Huntsville (15-16)- 2:30 pm
#1 Nova Southeastern (19-8) vs. #8 Clark Atlanta (20-10) 6 pm
Pane 6 Ms. Perry's Free Press March 14-20, 2013
Easter Exercise Service
Sweetfield Missionary Baptist Church located at 1365 Harrison Street
where Dr. Richard R. Russ is Pastor, is inviting the public to attend their
Easter Exercise Service at 7 p.m. nightly March 27th, 28th & 29th. The
guest speaker will be Rev. Walter Scott, Pastor of Friendship Baptist
Church ofWaycross, Ga. For more info contact Nicolla Mack at 226-6437.
Church Fellowship Celebrates 15 Years
The Church Fellowship Worship Ministries and Bishop Bruce V. Allen
will continue celebrating their 15th Church and First Family anniversary,
through Sunday, March 17th. On Friday, March 15th Pastor Torin Dailey of
First Baptist Oakland, will speak. On Saturday, March 16th it's the church-
es banquet 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.
EWC Choir in Concert
at St. Paul AME Church
The Edward Waters College Concert Choir, under the direction of Mrs.
Barbara Bouie will appear in concert at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Pastor, Dr.
Marvin C. Zanders, II. The concert is Sunday, March 17th at 6 p.m. Friends
and the community are invited to attend. For more info call 764-2755.
or email firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Paul A.M.E. is located at 6910
New Kings Road.
One Great Month: 12 Great
Days at Hope Chapel Ministries
Join the family of Hope Chapel Ministries with their pastor and founder
Apostle Dr. Jeannette C. Holmes-Vann as they celebrate 40 years of min-
istry and community impact. The celebration takes place Saturday March
2nd through Sunday, March 24th. During the month of March, Hope
Chapel Ministries will celebrate various events with a grand opening, a
sports day, a 40th Ruby Jubilee Thanksgiving service, a VIP Night, a 40
minis tree planting celebration and a children's gala.
For more information visit www.hopechapel40.eventbrite.com or call
924-2000. Hope Chapel Ministries is located at 9850 Wagner Rd.
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Celebrates Family & Friends Day!
Treat your family like friends and your friends like family because the
family that prays together stays together! Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church, Dr. James W. Henry Pastor will rejoice in its annual Family and
Friends Day, Sunday March 17th at 11 a.m. The worship service is also ded-
icated to the sacrificial groups, the "Twelve Tribes of Israel." Trophies will
be awarded to the sacrificial groups with the largest number of members,
family and friends in attendance. For more information call the church at
598-0510. Summerville is located at 690 W. 20th St.
Champion Lodge No. 2, PHA Presents
Health Symposium at St. Paul AME
A Health Symposium, "Concered About You," will be held on Saturday,
March 16, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the campus of Saint Paul AME
Church- J.M. Proctor Center, 6910 New Kings Road. The purpose of this
Symposium is to arouse, educate and promote enthusiasm for maintaining
good health. Break-out sessions on Breast, Colon, and Prostate
Cancer;STD/HIV/AIDS and Community Hospice are slated to take place
from 9:15 am 1:45 pm. Sessions will be led by Drs. and resourceful per-
sons from select health areas.
Vendors will be available with information relative to Mental Health,
Alzheimers, American Lung Association, Sickle Cell Anemia and Healthy
Start. Body Mass/Weight Examination, Blood Pressure/Cholesterol and
Diabetes Screening and Flu Shots will be administered as per requests.
Shots and all screenings are free to the public.
Contact the office of the St. Paul at (904) 764-2755 for more information.
2nd Annual Caregiver Expo
The Second Annual Caregiver Expo Saturday, April 20th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Caregiver Expo 2013 will help caregivers refresh their spirits and find ways
to better care for themselves and their loved ones. The Expo location is the
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. 225 East Coastline Drive.
For more details call 407-6146 or visit www.communityhospice.com or
Spiritual Play at Theater Jax
Z. Jones Productions presents the play "I need You Now Lord!" Saturday,
March 23rd at 7 p.m. at Theater Jacksonville. 2032 San Marco Blvd. For
more information call 534-3824 or email email@example.com.
EWC Choir to Appear in Concert
at St. Paul A.M. E. Church
The acclaimed Edward Waters College Concert Choir will appear in con-
cert at Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 6910 New Kings
Road. This event will be held on Sunday, March 17th at 6:00 PM. Mrs.
Barbara McNeely Bouie is the director of the reknowned choir. Friends,
Alumni of Edward Waters College and the public are extended a special
invitation to share in what promises to be a heart warming and enjoyable
experience. The Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders is the Pastor of Saint Paul.
Contact the office of the Church at (904) 764-2755 for more information,
or the Church's website at stpaulamejax.com
Greater El Beth-el Divine to Hold
Family & Friends Day Celebration
The pastors, officers and members of Greater El Beth-el Divine Holiness
Church invite the community to worship and be their guest at their Family
and Friends Day celebration, Sunday, March 17th, from 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
Reverend Beverly Clark from Bethel Institutional Baptist Church will be
the speaker for the 11 a.m. service and Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. will be
the speaker for the 3 p.m. service. Several civic and political leaders will be
in attendance to share and inform the congregation about the surrounding
community. For more information contact the church office at 374-3940 or
email firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner will be served after each service.
Greater El Beth-el is located at 723 West 4th Street.
Former Tallahassee Mayor
Holding Book Signing at EWC
Meet former Tallahassee Florida Mayor Dorothy Inman Johnson on
Thursday, March 21st at her book signing for her book, "Poverty, Politics
and Race". The signing is from 6 8 p.m. in the Milner Auditorium at
Edward Waters College, 1658 Kings, Rd. For more info, call 470-8000.
Mt. Sinai Hosts Gospel Extravaganza
Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. R.L. Gundy Pastor and the
Board of Director of the Civil Rights Museum of St. Augustine is inviting
every church, choir, praise dance, and singing group to join them on
Saturday, March 16th, from 6 8 p.m. for their Gospel Extravaganza
Fundraising Event. For more information call the church at 354-7249. Mt.
Sinai Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2036 Silver St.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.lm.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Unemployment May Worsen for Black Workers
WASHINGTON (NNPA) The tinued to lose ground posting 12.5 California at Berkeley, Calif.
economy beat expectations in percent unemployment rate, an The sequester and a number of
February by adding 236,000 jobs increase from the 12.3 percent the measures planned by Congress and
nearly, doubling 119,000 jobs creat- previous month. That represents the the president, could erase more than
ed in January, according to the highest unemployment rate for 700,000 jobs from the books,
Labor Department. Overall, the Black women since October 2012. according to the Congressional
unemployment rate dipped to 7.7 "We're having a very weak recov- Budget Office.
percent, but the Black jobless rate ery. We are creating jobs, but we're Pitts said that sequestration and
stalled at 13.8 percent, unchanged not creating jobs at a strong enough other policies designed to reduce the
According to some labor experts,
the numbers could signal a tough
year ahead, especially if
Washington lawmakers continue
down the sequester path of cut-first
and ask questions later.
Including February's report, the
three-month average Black unem-
ployment rate was 13.9 percent,
more than twice the rate of White
workers who posted a 6.9 percent
three-month average jobless rate.
The unemployment rate for Black
men at least 20 years old dropped
from 13.4 percent to 12.9 percent in
February and for White men look-
ing for work, the number decreased
from 6.6 percent to 6.3 percent.
For White women, the jobless rate
also decreased from 6.4 percent to
6.0 percent. But Black women con-
pace to dramatically decrease the
unemployment rate," said Algernon
Austin, director of the Race,
Ethnicity, and the Economy pro-
gram at the Economic Policy
Institute. "That's why we need more
stimulus activity not budget cutting
at this time,
Even though the increase in the
number of jobs added was a wel-
comed surprise, economists
remained cautiously optimistic
about the latest jobs report as the
effects of the "never-gonna-happen"
deep and punishing budget cuts,
known as sequestration, threaten job
"The only concern would be what
happens over the next few months,
because of the sequester," said
Steven Pitts, an economist at the
Labor Center at University of
deficit will cause contraction in the
economy and slow down any type
Instead, Pitts said that, lawmakers
should focus on targeted job pro-
grams for Blacks and addressing
discrimination in hiring practices
that often contribute to the 2 to 1
unemployment gap between Black
workers and White workers.
In a recent brief for the Economic
Policy Institute, a non-partisan think
tank focused on fiscal issues affect-
ing low- and middle-income earn-
ers, Austin wrote: "Unemployment
projections show essentially no
improvement from the high levels
that prevailed at the end of 2012.
However, this prognosis may prove
overly optimistic, as poor policy
choices by Congress could easily
worsen the economic outlook."
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-I p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
Come share In oly Communion on 1st Sunday at 740 and 10:40 a.m.
Worship with us LIVE
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Disciples of Christ Cbristia, Fellowship
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JOIN US FOR
10 a.m Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
A church that's on the move in
worship with prayer, praise and power!
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
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2013 Gate River Run and March Art Walk
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Shown above are dreamers from Jacksonville who traveled to Orlando for the Dreamers Academy:
Camille Burns with her son Marcus Burns Jr. (Douglas Anderson School of the Arts) and, Dwight James
(Wolfson High School) and his mother Lisa James.
Local Students Dream Big with Steve
Each year in Walt Disney World
Resort, 100 students participate in
hands-on, full-immersion work-
shops related to a variety of career
paths ranging from animation to
communications and zoology. Each
participant learns important skills
such as communication techniques
and networking strategies. The
experience is all a part of the
Disney Dreamers Acadaemy with
Steve Harvey and Essence
Magazine which just culminated its
Motivational speakers and
celebrities shared their stories and
provided insight on how to achieve
success and "DREAM BIG."
Dreamers (students from around the
country) have the opportunity to
cultivate relationships with other
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students while they gain first-hand
knowledge from Disney experts
and world-renowned entrepreneurs
and executives. The youth were
entertained and educated by the
likes of Yolanda Adams, Lamann
Rucker, The Manns and top execu-
tives from all arenas.
Over 5,000 applicants wrote
essays for a chance to become 1 of
100 finalists to win a trip to the
Florida theme park and to partici-
pate in the Academy and the school
of "Steve Harvey hard knocks."
After the winners are announced,
each student and parent/guardian
receives an all expense paid trip to
Disney World. Family members
that accompany the winners are in
awe as they are treated like royalty
and feted with gifts and pearls of
Harvey at Disney
wisdom from celebrity guest.
The main dreamer that brought
the audience to their feet was the
event's host, Steve Harvey.
Steve left the dreamer with many
words of wisdom and told tales of
his journey from Ohio to
"Don't let anybody tell you what
you can't do. I didn't make it right
away it took a long time. I wanted
to be on TV since I was a young
man. Now here I am giving back
and making sure that your dreams
become reality." he said. Steve
also spoke to the audience on his
own continued journey and had the
crowd roaring with laughter when
he spoke about his past, present,
future. For more information visit
North Florida Obstetrical &
Gynecological Associates, PA.
www. nfobgyn com
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Gate River Run finishers: Katherine Foster, Elaine Harrison, Kraytina Lawrence, Latara Davis, LaToya
Daverport and NaKiya Binder. FMP photo.
EWC Classmates Loctavia Graham, Rina Nellon, Johuna Davis, Jajmine Thomas, and Dr D Stinson at
the March Art Walk. FMPphoto
Are We So Different?
A Project of American Anthropological Association
National award-winning exhibit hosted by
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE 8 HISTORY
Now through April 28
* Activities for All Ages
* Internationally-Acclaimed Speakers
* Talking Circles
* Community Events
* Family Cultural Days
* Film Series
* Facilitated Corporate Dialogues
MAYO Presenting Partners
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What to do fIom social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Mark your calendar for the next
JCCI Community Visioning Event
at the Prime Osborn, Tuesday,
March 19th from 6-8 p.m. The
visioning will focus on Measuring
Change: How Will We Know We
Did It? For more information email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 396-
3052. The Prime Osborn center is
located at 1000 Water St.
Ducote Federal Credit Union will
celebrate 75 years in operation as an
African American owned and oper-
ated financial institution. The
Celebration will kick off at the 75th
Annual Membership Meeting,
Tuesday, March 19th at 5:30 p.m.
at the credit union located at 2212
North Myrtle Avenue. Members are
welcome to attend. For more infor-
mation call 354-0874 or email
Robert E Lee High
School Marching Band
The Robert E. Lee High School
Marching Band will present their
first annual fashion show entitled:
"Act Sharp, Look Sharp, Be Sharp"
at the Robert E. Lee Gymnasium at
1200 S. McDuffAve. Current fash-
ions will rock the runway, and DJ
Packjamz will add rhythmic vibes,
hilarious skits with a meaningful
message, Thursday, March 21st, at
7 p.m. For more details email fash-
email@example.com or contact Terri
Jack & Jill Les
The Jacksonville Chapter of Jack
and Jill Biannual Les Beautillion
Militaire event featuring eight
young men will be held Saturday,
March 23rd at the Hyatt Regency
Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. To
purchase tickets, contact Cassandra
Barlow at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 504-8089 or visit
The Northeast Florida Women's
Awareness conference will present
"I am my Brothers/Sister's
Keeper," a free awareness confer-
ence for men and women, Saturday,
March 23rd from 9 a.m. 2 p.m.
Come be educated and receive free
health screenings. For more infor-
The Edward Waters College W.B.
Stewart Tiger Athletic Boosters will
present their 1st annual Spring
Carnival, March 22nd 24th on
Edward Waters College Campus in
the Adams Jenkins Sports Complex
parking Lot, 1859 Kings Rd. For
more information email
email@example.com or call 470-8050.
The Museum of Science and
History will present "Through Our
Eyes: Racing and Erasing Art" with
Dr. Melissa Hargrove, Thursday,
March 28th 6 p.m. at the Museum
of Science and History, 1025
Museum Circle. For more informa-
tion visit www.themosh.org or call
The Florida Department of
Management Services Office of
Supplier Diversity and the
University of North Florida are
conducting the Northeast Florida
Regional MatchMaker event.
Friday, March 29th, 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
at the University of North Florida,
Adam W. Herbert University
Center, 1 UNF Dr. An array of
informative workshops will be held,
along with one-on-one sessions
with state, local and private entities
to afford you the opportunity to
grow and market your business.
For more information contact
Denise Wright at 850-922-6850.
The City of Jacksonville Human
Rights Commission will host its
annual Fair Housing Symposium on
April 6th. The event is free with a
continental breakfast and lunch
included. The symposium takes
place from April 6th, 8 a.m. 1
p.m. at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center. Workshops will
be provided for both citizens and
industry professionals, such as
home builders, realtors, property
managers and homeowners.
Advanced registration is required.
For more information email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-1212
x3020 to register. Parking is free.
Childcare for ages 4 to 12 will be
Hubbard House wil host a
Domestic Violence Awareness
Walk, Saturday, April 6th. The
walk starts at 8 a.m. at the
Jacksonville Landing. For more
information visit www.hubbard-
housewalk.com or call Ashley
Johnson-Scott at 354-0076 ext. 212
The Duval County Extension staff
are offering a workshop on spring
gardening, Wednesday. April 10th,
10 a.m. 1 p.m. Learn about the
good, bad and ugly insects, land-
scape tips and keeping tools in
shape. This is a free program, send
pre-registration request to beck-
yd(coj.net or call 255-7450. The
workshops will be held at the
Mandarin Garden Club, 2892
Passing Strange at
Players by the Sea
The play Passing Strange by Stew
at the Players by the Sea, 106 6th
St., Jacksonville Beach. The play
takes place April 12th May 4th.
Passing Strange is the story of a
young musician who travels to
Amsterdam and Berlin to find ""the
real" after being raised in a church-
going middle-class Los Angeles
neighborhood. For more informa-
tion call 249-0289.
Book Club Meeting
The next P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub
meeting will be held Friday, April
13th at 7 p.m. Your host is Juanita
Powell Williams and will be held at
2867 Lorimier Terrace. The book
for discussion is Disintegration:
The Splintering of Black America
by Eugene Robinson. For more
information call 647-7767 or email
The Second Annual Caregiver
Expo wil take place Saturday, April
20th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Caregiver
Expo 2013 will help caregivers
refresh their spirits and find ways to
better care for themselves and their
loved ones. The Expo location is
the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
Riverfront Hotel, 225 East
Coastline Drive. For more details
call 407-6146 or visit www.com-
Racial Myths and DNA
On Wednesday. April 24th, part 3
of the MOSH After Dark series will
present "Racial Myths: What Does
Our DNA Say?" with Dr. Thomas
Spelsberg of the Mayo Clinic, at 6
p.m. The free forum will be held at
the Museum of Science and
History, 1025 Museum Circle. For
more information visit www.the-
mosh.org or call 396- 6674.
Ribault Class of 1983
30th Class Reunion
Ribault Sr. High School class of
1983 will kick off its 30th Class
Reunion with a 30 Shades of Blue
Party, Saturday, April 27th, at 7
p.m. at the A.L. Lewis Center, 3655
Ribault Scenic Drive. Followed by
a reunion cruise to the Bahamas,
May 2-6.. For more information
call Ms. Flanders at 764-9924.
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp
Festival will take place May 3rd,
4th & 5th. The festival kicks off
Friday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m. on the
riverfront stage and fireworks
scheduled at 9:45 p.m. On Saturday,
May 4th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and
Sunday, May 5th from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m., visitors can enjoy more than
300 award-winning artists and
craftspeople. For more info visit
P.R.I.D.E. May Book
The next P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub
meeting will be held Saturday, May
4th at 3 p.m. Your host is Viola M.
Walker and will be held at 5430
Gregg St., American Beach, FL.
The book for discussion with the
author is Sweet Escape, by Viola
Walker. For more information call
313-410-4429 or email or email
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Kenya Moore's 'Booty Boot Camp'
Outsells Phaedra Parks' 'Donkey Booty'
Housewives of Atlanta"
S the result are finally in:
Kenya Moore's Booty
Boot Camp has outsold
irnu Phaedra Parks' Phine
a P Body in the first week of
S According to reports, the
Phaedra Parks and Kenya Moore former Miss USA's DVD
became an Amazon bestseller in just six hours after its release,
currently ranking at #40 Meanwhile Phaedra's video,
released weeks before Kenya's, is holding down the #93 spot.
The reality stars began their butt-enhancing, entrepreneurial
ventures together. Phaedra hired Kenya to help produce her
"donkey booty" project, however their business relationship
turned sour after both parties failed to reach an agreement on
compensation. Kenya decided to make her own "stallion
booty" fitness DVD -some argue out of spite- and Phaedra
began to make claims that her co-star's behind was not real.
"She is a jealous, fake, evil, and most of all a hypocritical
villain. My body is natural. I clearly work hard for it," Kenya
wrote in response to Phaedra's allegations on her Bravo TV
FBI Releases Files on Whitney Houston
The FBI has released 128
pages from its file on
Whitney Houston, revealing
details of an apparently suc-
cessful blackmail plot, as
well as an investigation into
an obsessed fan.
Released in response to a
freedom of information
request, the FBI's documents
cover 11 years of threats
against the singer, from 1988
to 1999. But the pages are
heavily redacted in many
cases, to the point of incom-
Sometimes the redactions
are tantalizing. In late 1992,
an unidentified Chicago
lawyer wrote to Houston's
New Jersey-based produc-
tion company stating that
unless the singer paid
$100,000 his client planned
to "reveal certain details of
[Houston's] private life ... to
several publications". Later
the blackmail amount was
boosted even higher, to
According to the FBI,
this was extortion. But
when agents met with
Houston and her father,
the singer said she knew
the woman who was mak-
ing the threats, and that
she was "a friend ... [who]
would never do anything
to embarrass her".
Officers closed the case,
even though Houston's
father had apparently sent
the blackmailer a confi-
dentiality agreement and
an unknown sum of
In addition to the extortion
case, officers investigated
several cases of over-devot-
ed fans. One Vermont letter-
writer claimed: "I start to
shake ... when I think about
"Over the past 17 months, I
have sent ... 66 letters to
Miss Whitney," he wrote. "I
have tried to stop writing the
letters and to give up twice
but after a few weeks I had to
Dutch or Belgian correspon-
dent who insisted he had
written some of Houston's
songs. The writer further
claimed that he was the pres-
ident of Europe and had pur-
chased the country of Brazil.
After selling more than 200
million records worldwide,
Houston drowned in a hotel
bathtub in February 2012.
decided he was harmless. She was 48.
The same was true for a
Facing a Minimum of 15 Years, the Downfall of a Once Great Mayor is Now Complete
by Mark Guarino, CSM
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick was found guilty this
week of federal corruption charges
of scheming to enrich himself and
his close confidants during his
tenure in public office.
The verdict, which was
announced after 15 days of jury
deliberations, concludes a saga that
has gripped the destitute city for
over two years and represents
another chapter of the staggering
downfall of Mr. Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick, the youngest mayor in
Detroit's history, was once heralded
as a fresh face to politics in the city,
which is saddled with debt and has
seen its industry, population, and
tax revenues plummet as crime rate
The tales of personal excess
resulting from systemic graft
arrives one day before the city tries
to make a last-ditch attempt to fight
the takeover of its troubled finances
by an emergency financial manager.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says
that decades of corruption and mis-
management have created a finan-
cial burden for the city it cannot
handle on its own and that the only
way out is to cede temporary con-
trol to the state, which will allow it
to create structural changes that
would lead it to solvency.
The trial dates back to December
2010 when Kilpatrick, his father
Bernard Kilpatrick, his childhood
friend Bobby Ferguson, and former
water department director Victor
Mercado were charged with 45
counts of racketeering conspiracy,
bribery, extortion and tax evasion.
Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 of
30 counts. On three counts, he was
found not guilty, and on three no
verdict was reached. Mr. Ferguson
was convicted of 9 of 11 counts.
Bernard Kilpatrick received a con-
viction of a lessor tax charge. Mr.
Mercado struck a plea deal in
November and awaits sentencing.
The primary thrust of the govern-
ment's case, which resulted from a
six-year investigation, was that all
four conspired in what prosecutors
described as "the Kilpatrick enter-
prise," a multi-year extortion
scheme to strong-arm city contrac-
tors working for the city's water and
sewerage department to funnel a
total of $84 million in city contracts
to shell companies operated by Mr.
Prosecutors described Bernard
Kilpatrick as the middleman who
contractors were forced to hire as a
consultant in order to secure city
contracts, some of which were for
the biggest public work projects
during Kilpatrick's tenure, such as
the demolition of Tiger Stadium and
the partial demolition of the Book
Kwame Kilpatrick, who was
charged with the majority of the
counts, was portrayed as the ring-
leader who wielded influence to
reap millions of dollars in kick-
backs. Kilpatrick served as mayor
of Detroit between 2002 and 2008
after serving as a state representa-
tive between 1996 and 2001.
Prosecutors said his wrongdoing
spanned the tenure of both offices.
The case made in the trial against
Kilpatrick and his cohorts was over-
whelming. Prosecutors rested after
four months of testimony.
Witnesses included a roll call of for-
mer Kilpatrick friends or aides. In
total, 90 witnesses took the stand in
the trial for both sides.
The most serious guilty verdict
for Kilpatrick is for the single rack-
eteering charge, a felony that can
bring 20 years in prison.
Most often used to target organ-
ized crime, the Racketeer
Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Act (RICO) law is
increasingly used in high-profile
public corruption trials, including
the federal case against former
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in
2011. While Kilpatrick's defense
attorneys argued that their client
was innocent because the gifts he
received were unsolicited, or that
others in his office approved the
expenses, under the law, all the gov-
ernment had to prove was that
Kilpatrick had knowledge of the
"Either you need solicitation of
the bribe or the giving or receiving
of something of value," says
William Kresse, director of the
Center for the Study of Fraud and
Corruption at Saint Xavier
University in Chicago.
"We know what a bribe is: When
a politician asks for money in
exchange he will grant the favor.
But it doesn't have to have all of
those elements, it needs one of
them," Mr. Kresse says. "Part of the
rationale for the law is it is so hard
to prove all of the elements. All
prosecutors needed to show was
there was an acceptance of the gift."
One tool prosecutors used in their
case were text messages between
Kilpatrick and Mr. Ferguson and
others that Assistant US Attorney
Mark Chutkow says described "a
crime scene frozen in time." The
messages showed Kilpatrick know-
ingly held contracts to help
The trial documented Kilpatrick's
opulent lifestyle, which was funded
primarily by a foundation meant to
support voter education and youth
programs. Instead the fund was
used to expense lavish family vaca-
tions, college tuition for relatives,
and personal items. Several busi-
nessmen testified they were forced
to provide Kilpatrick with expen-
sive jewelry, suits, and vacations in
order to maintain their multimillion
Mr. Chutlow said in his closing
arguments that Ferguson shared
more than $125 million in spoils
with Kilpatrick and that the mayor
spent $840,000 past what his salary
covered during his time as mayor.
"Mr. Kilpatrick lived way beyond
the means of a public official," he
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing
released a statement shortly after
the verdict saying he was "pleased
that this long trial has ended,"
which will allow the city to "finally
put this negative chapter in
Detroit's history behind us. It is
time for all of us to move forward
with a renewed commitment to
transparency and high ethical stan-
dards in our city government."
The guilty verdict is not the first
in Kilpatrick's troubled political
career. He resigned during his sec-
ond term as mayor in 2008 to plead
guilty to lying in a civil case involv-
ing a sex scandal with a top aide. He
ended up serving a 14-month prison
term in 2008 on two obstruction of
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start writing again ... I have
gotten mad at [Whitney] a
few times [for not replying]
... it scares me that I might
come up with some crazy or
stupid or really dumb idea ...
I might hurt someone with
some crazy idea."
FBI agents eventually
questioned Houston's one-
sided pen-pal in 1988. They
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