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Kwame Kilpatrick Wants
a "Get Out of Jail Free" Card
DETRIT, Mi. Not that long ago, disgraced ex-Detroit mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick opted to spend a weekend in jail as a penalty for a
parole violation to avoid going through the violations process. Now
facing an uncertain future behind bars following his conviction on
racketeering, bribery, extortion, mail fraud, wire fraud and tax corrup-
tion charges, Kilpatrick wants out until his sentencing.
His attorney argued in a court filing that Kilpatrick, whose mother is
offering her home as collateral, is too poor to flee bail."His bank
accounts, his retirement funds and other assets were liquidated to pay
[restitution]," he said. "He has no funds with which to flee."
After Kilpatrick was found guilty of 24 out of 30 corruption charges,
the judge ordered he be held on remand because "he has proven him-
self untrustworthy. "
Justice Department Investigating
Cleveland Police Department
The U.S. Dept. of Justice has launched a civil rights investigation to
determine whether the city's police department has used excessive
force, including "unreasonable deadly force" in dealing with citizens.
The decision to investigate the Cleveland police comes after a mas-
sive chase last fall in which officers in more than 60 patrol cars fired
137 shots that killed two people who were widely thought to be
unarmed. In the aftermath, elected officials and leaders of civil rights
groups in Cleveland have called for a federal investigation of the
Thomas Perez, the assistant attorney general, said the Justice
Department investigation will look into procedures and practices
beyond the November car chase that ended in the shootings of
Timothy Russell, 43, and his 30-year-old passenger, Malissa Williams.
The victims were each shot more than 20 times. Some of the police
officers said they believed the two to be carrying weapons, however
no weapons or shell casings were found. At one point, the chase
reached 100 miles per hour. It covered 25 miles over 22 minutes.
"No one in America should ever have to deal with a situation like
this, where people are chased, gun downed and killed without anyone
asking them a single question," said Gary Norton Jr., the mayor of East
Cleveland, Ohio, where the chase ended.
Condoleeza Rice Writing
Book on Democracy
NEW YORK Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is work-
ing on a book about democracy.
Henry Holt and Company announced that the book, currently unti-
tled, will be published in 2015. The 58-year-old Rice has previously
written or co-written a handful of policy books, along with memoirs
about her family and her years in the George W. Bush administration.
She served as national security adviser during Bush's first term and
secretary of state during his second term. She is currently a professor
of political economy and political science at Stanford University,
where she has taught off and on since the early 1980s.
In her new book, Rice will draw upon personal and professional
experiences to address such issues as self-government, immigration
Abortion Rates Highest Among
Black Teens and Twice as High
A new study reveals that African American teen abortion rates are
more than twice as high as the national average.
According to the study, the national average is 18 abortions per 1,000
women among 15-19-year olds. The African-American abortion rate is
41 per 1,000 women among that age group, which is four times high-
er than non-Hispanic whites abortion rate at 10 per 1,000 and twice as
high for Hispanics at 20 per 1,000.
The Guttmacher Institute revealed in a recent study that Black
women account for 30 percent of all abortions and African Americans
make up only 13 percent of the total U.S. population.
In a state-by-state study in states with high abortion rates, African
American teen pregnancy had the highest probability of ending in an
abortion of any other race. The study determined New York has the
highest teen abortion rate in the country.
So far there has not been a study that has found the direct cause for the
high abortion rate among black teenagers.
Spinners' Lead Singer Passes
ORLANDO, Florida A former lead singer of the
soul music group The Spinners has died in Orlando.
Bobbie Smith passed away Saturday morning due to
complications from pneumonia and influenza. He was
76 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer in
Smith was the group's original lead singer and was
the voice on their first hit "That's What Girls Are
Made For." Also called the "Detroit Spinners," the group earned near-
ly a dozen gold records and half a dozen Grammy award nominations.
The group's biggest hits in the 1970s included: "I'll Be Around,"
"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" and "Games People Play."
Volume 26 No. 21 Jacksonville, Florida March 21-27, 2013
Recognize America's Black Press
Continues to Serve an Invaluable Role
By Freddie Allen
WASHINGTON (NNPA) Like
its White counterpart, Black news-
papers must adjust to a rapidly
changing digital age. But unlike
White newspapers, the Black Press
continues to play a valuable and
unique role in the African American
community, panelists said at the
National Press Club.
"I'm a product of Black schools
and Black churches," said
Benjamin Chavis, an online educa-
tor and longtime activist. "The
Black press has a value to all peo-
ple, but if Black people don't cele-
brate the Black press why should
we expect other people to celebrate
Harvard Law Professor Charles
Ogletree also praised the Black
Press noting that he still prefers to
hold a printed copy of Black news-
But the youngest member of the
panel challenged members of the
National Newspaper Publishers
Association (NNPA) to target
Jineea Butler, founder of the
Socials Services of Hip Hop and
the Hip Hop Union said the Hip
Hop generation needs support, too.
"Corporations engage us," said
Butler. "The disconnect is that the
people that came before us don't
think that we want the informa-
During the panel discussion,
Butler said that the Hip Hop gener-
ation not only wants information,
but they also desperately need lead-
ership, too, and the Black Press can
fill that void. Continued on page 7
Former Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll
Fifty-seven Charged in Scandal
Leading to Carroll Resignation
She made history as Florida's
first Black Lt. Governor with her
tenure ending just as dramatic.
Last week, former lieutenant
Act-So Teens Compete for Excellence in Arts and Science
Shown above are ACT-SO 1st Place Winners (L-R): Willie Moore, Mauriah Downer, Nia Knighton,
Brandy Beans, Gabrielle Roulhac, Briana Stallworth and Tyler Redd-Stanton.
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural Technological and Science Olympics) com-
mittee held it's competition last weekend at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Students in grades 9-12 com-
peted in a variety of areas under the arenas of Science, Humanities, Performing Arts and Business. All of the first
place winners will travel to Orlando to compete with students from across the nation for cash, prizes and schol-
arships. The students will be feted with a community celebration showcase to highlight all of their endeavors.
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(L-R) Reggie Williams, Jennifer Kennedy. Earline Ciscero, Novella
Williams, Ruth Roberts, Lucille Grant and Councilman Reggie Brown.
Old Floradale Association Recognized for
Outstanding Community Contributions
The Old Floradale Neighborhood Association held their monthly meeting at
the Northside Church of Christ. City Councilman Reggie Brown was the guest
speaker and presented association president Lucille Grant with a plaque rec-
ognizing the association's efforts in the community. Councilman Brown
addressed many questions pertaining to sidewalks, ditches and structural
changes in addition to all of the northside improvements under his jurisdiction.
"Much more is planned for Soutel, a water park and other entertainment
options. Remember when we work together, we get more," said Brown.
governor Jennifer Carroll resigned
and nearly 60 other people were
charged in a widening scandal of a
purported veterans charity that
authorities said was a $300 million
front for illegal gambling.
Carroll's resignation came a day
after she was questioned in the
investigation. Her public relations
firm did work for the Allied
Veterans of the World, but she has
not been accused of wrongdoing.
As Florida's lieutenant governor,
Carroll was one of just a handful of
statewide office in the country -
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick
and California Attorney General
Kamala Harris being two of the
others, prior to the appointment of
Tim Scott and Mo Cowan as U.S.
Senators from South Carolina and
Massachusetts. As a black
Republican, that meant instant
national stature for Carroll, who
was among the supporters presiden-
tial candidate Mitt Romney took
with him to the NAACP convention
in Houston, Texas, last July.
Authorities said the probe
involved 57 arrest warrants and 54
search warrants issued at gambling
operations in 23 Florida counties
and five other states: South
Carolina, Georgia, Alabama,
Nevada and Pennsylvania.
Continued on page 3
700+ Visioneers Share Excitement
for City's Future at Jax 2025
Pictured is Kristan Kohn, Chardea Murrey and Reganel Reeves, Esq.
By L. Jones
Over 700 Jacksonville citizens
attended the Jax 2025 vision meet-
ing at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center this week. The
citizens came together to discuss
the shared agenda for the
"JAX2025 Vision" and determine
what Jacksonville will preserve,
and improve. Round table discus-
sions refined concepts into state-
ments of vision and purpose. Future
follow-up meetings will determine
measures of success and accounta-
bility, and then develop a plan of
action. JCCI has declared that "now
is the time to step back, take a deep
breath, and decide together what we
want our city to be." Attendee
Reganel Reeves, was excited, "We
have to stop talking and incorporate
new ideas and follow through."
For more information on Jax2025
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Make the Most of Your Tax Return
April fifteenth is fast approaching.
Have you filed your taxes yet? If
you're like most Americans, you're
probably still scurrying around trying
to get all the necessary papers to-
gether so that you can get started, all
the while wondering if this might fi-
nally be the year that you receive a
Anyone who followed the recent
fiscal cliff showdown knows it ended
in what's been dubbed the American
Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Here's
a quick look at its basics:
If you're single and your taxable
income exceeds $400,000, or mar-
ried, filing jointly and your taxable
income exceeds $450,000, then in-
come earned in excess of those
amounts will be taxed at the new
higher rate of 39.6 percent.
The estate tax exemption is now
made permanent and set at
$5,250,000 and will be indexed for
Long-term capital gains and div-
idends will be taxed at 20 percent for
individuals with taxable incomes ex-
ceeding $400,000 and married cou-
ples filing jointly with taxable in-
come exceeding $450,000.
Read on to learn how you can
make the most of this year's return.
1. Make sure you aren't missing
out on any deductions. This new tax
law signed in January extended a
number of tax breaks that had ex-
pired at the end of 2011 or 2012.
Some of these tax breaks could affect
your 2012 tax return, which you will
be filing in the coming months. Be
sure not to overlook these tax deduc-
tions when preparing your income
tax return this year:
The optional deduction for state
and local sales taxes in lieu of de-
ducting state and local income taxes.
The above-the-line deduction for
up to $4,000 for qualified tuition and
The above-the-line deduction for
up to $250 for classroom supplies
purchased by teachers.
The deduction for mortgage in-
The exclusion from income for
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to $2 million on a principal resi- mum tax.
dence. 4. Make full use of tax-
The good news is there are tons of counts. These include IR
possible deductions out there just like annuities, and some lif
these, including deductions based on contracts. According to
mortgage and loan interest, invest- government allows you
ment interest, and more. taxes on this income b
2. File an amended return for want to encourage you to
missed tax deductions and credits. If sible and prepared for
you missed any tax deductions or The Internal Revenue
credits you were entitled to over the mechanism by which the
past few years, it's not too late to cor- can influence taxpayers'
rect that mistake by filing an giving them incentives
amended return. do certain things. It vi
3. Be smart about when you make ferred accounts as a way
certain payments. Many people taxpayers save money f
aren't aware that you may be able to term and build a secure,
shift income and deductions to the and sustainable retireme
tax year that will result in lower selves.
taxes. For instance (depending on 5. Take full advantage
your circumstances), if your esti- penses to maximize your
mated city and/or state income tax come. One way to inc
payments are due in January, you can tax-free income is to ma
pay them before December 31 and employer reimburses yo
reduce your federal income tax liabil- penses you paid that ar
ity by as much as 39.6 percent of the guidelines set by your ei
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By Charlene Crowell
As Black America continues to
struggle with high unemployment
rates, a new research report by
Demos, a public policy organization
titled, Discredited: How employment
credit checks keep qualified workers
out of a job, unveils how the use of
credit history in employment deci-
sions is often leaving people of color
in the unemployment lines.
Among employers with fiduciary
responsibilities, it is a long-standing
practice to include credit reviews in
hiring decisions. Banks, credit unions
and similar employers should be
careful in handling others' money
and deposits. But the Demos report
found that employment credit checks
now are becoming standard operat-
ing procedures for many employees
without Such responsibilities. In these
instances, disproportionately screen-
ing people of color out of jobs can
lead to discriminatory hiring.
With higher rates of unemploy-
ment and the additional burden of
wealth disparities, many African-
American and Latino households
have a greater need to borrow for
emergencies and are also at a greater
risk for foreclosure or loan default.
Surveying nearly 1,000 low- and
middle-income households with
credit card debt, Demos found that
people of color are disproportion-
ately likely to report worse credit
than Whites. Even for employed per-
sons seeking a promotion at work,
credit scores can be a factor in decid-
ing which employee will get the bet-
Consumers surveyed shared that
much of the debt going to collections
agencies was for unexpected medical
costs rather than for retail credit card
usage. Households without health
coverage were more than twice as
likely to report that their credit score
had declined in the past three years.
"It makes little sense to say that
someone is not a good candidate for
a job because they are still coping
with the expense of a costly family
medical emergency several years
ago," the report said. "Yet this may
be exactly the type of situation that a
blemished credit history indicates:
having unpaid medical bills or med-
ical debt is cited as one of the leading
causes of bad credit among survey
Amy Traub, the report's author and
a senior policy analyst at Demos, was
even more frank. "This practice con-
tinues because it financially benefits
the companies that market and sell
this information to employers with
little concern for the negative impact
to the economic security of those
with most at stake low and middle-
income Americans struggling to find
work in a tough job market."
This specific finding on medical
debt mirrors another by the Federal
Reserve Board. According to the Fed,
52 percent of all accounts reported by
collection agencies consisted of med-
These consistent findings on med-
ical debt are also reflected in Amer-
ica's disproportionate unemployment
data. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Sta-
tistics continues to show that Black
unemployment doubles that of
Whites. From December 2012
through February 2013, White unem-
ployment averaged 7 percent. By
contrast, Black unemployment stood
at 14 percent.
So what is a debt-burdened, unem-
played consumer to do?
The Fair Credit Reporting Act
(FCRA) allows employers to request
credit reports on job applicants and
existing employees. The statute also
lays out specific steps under which
these credit checks must occur. By
law, employers must:
First obtain written permission
from the affected consumer before a
Notify individuals before any ad-
verse action is taken as a result of the
Offer the employee or applicant a
copy of the credit report, along with
a written summary of his/her con-
sumer' rights; and
Provide job applicants with a
brief period of time to dispute any er-
rors in their report.
Additionally, eight states have
laws against employment discrimina-
tion involving applicants' credit his-
tory: California, Connecticut,
Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon,
Washington, and Vermont.
Currently three other states are
now considering similar legislation:
Colorado, Massachusetts and New
If your state lacks laws against this
type of discrimination, contact your
local legislator about passing such
Tax Deadlines are Real
By Jason Alderman
Congress could well debate the
debt ceiling, tax reform and other
important economic issues until the
cows come home, but one thing's
for sure: If you don't pay your in-
come taxes or at least file for an
extension by April 15, you could
be in for a world of financial hurt.
That's because the IRS probably
won't give you a break on the
penalties it levies on unpaid taxes
unless you were the victim of a nat-
ural disaster, suffered death or seri-
ous illness in your immediate
family, or experienced another cat-
You must file your 2012 federal
tax return (or request an extension)
by midnight on April 15, 2013, oth-
erwise the penalty on any taxes you
owe will increase dramatically.
You'll be charged an additional 5
percent of taxes owed for each full
or partial month you're late, plus in-
terest, up to a maximum penalty of
25 percent of the amount owed.
(The interest rate currently charged
is 3.22 percent.)
If you file your return or exten-
sion request on time, however, the
penalty drops tenfold to only 0.5
percent per month, plus interest.
Here's how it adds up: Say you
owe $2,500 in federal income tax.
If you haven't requested an exten-
sion, you would be charged an ad-
ditional $125 (5 percent), plus
interest, for each month you're late
in paying off your bill. Had you
filed for an extension, the penalty
would drop to only $12.50 per
month (0.5 percent).
Be sure to contact the IRS early
if you won't be able to pay on time
so you keep as many payment op-
tions open as possible either call
800-829-1040 or visit your local
IRS office. Also check out the IRS'
"Filing Late and/or Paying Late"
webpage for helpful information
One way to avoid this penalty is
to pay by credit or debit card before
the filing deadline. You'll pay a
convenience fee, which is tax-de-
ductible if you itemize. Fees vary
depending on which payment
processor you choose. (See "Pay
Your Taxes by Debit or Credit
Card" at www.irs.gov for details.)
If you use a credit card, make sure
you can pay off the balance within
a few months; otherwise the ac-
crued interest might exceed the
Other payment options include:
If you can pay in full within 120
days, you may qualify for a Short-
Term Extension. If granted, you'll
still owe interest on your debt, but
will avoid the application fee for an
If you need longer than 120 days,
an Installment Agreement lets you
pay off your bill in installments.
To apply for either, fill out an
Online Payment Agreement Appli-
cation at www.irs.gov or call an
IRS representative at 800-829-
Under certain dire financial-
hardship circumstances, the IRS
will allow some taxpayers with an-
nual incomes of up to $100,000 to
negotiate a reduction in the amount
owed through an Offer in Compro-
mise. For step-by-step instructions,
read the IRS Form 656 Booklet.
If you're unable to make pay-
ments on your installment agree-
ment or offer in compromise, call
the IRS immediately for alternative
payment options, which could in-
clude reducing the monthly pay-
ment to reflect your current
Also read the IRS's guide, "The
What Ifs for Struggling Taxpayers,"
which contains helpful information
on the tax impacts of different sce-
narios such as job loss, debt for-
giveness or tapping a retirement
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NFL to Pay $42M for Using Retired Players Images -
MINNEAPOLIS The NFL has fit everybody, especially those Hall of Fanmer Elvin Bethea and
agreed to pay $42 million as part who need extra medical or finan- five other retired players filed the
of a settlement with a group of cial assistance," NFL federal class-action lawsuit in
retired players who challenged the Commissioner Roger Goodell said Minneapolis in 2009 accusing the .I
league over using their names and in a statement. NFL of blatantly exploiting retired ..
images without their consent. The settlement could improve players' identities in films, high-
The league will use the money the frosty relationship between the light reels and memorabilia to
to fund a "common good" trust NFL and many of its retired play- market the league's "glory days."
over the next eight years that will ers who have felt left behind as the "The retired players who created
help retired players with an array league has exploded in popularity these glory days, however, have
of issues including medical over the last decade. Former stars gone almost completely uncom-
expenses, housing and career tran- like Mike Ditka, Jim Brown and pensated for this use of their iden-
sition. The settlement also estab- others have lobbied hard for more titles," the plaintiffs said.
lishes a licensing agency for help dealing with retired players' "Notably, while exploiting the
retired players to ensure they are mounting financial difficulties and identities of retired players for
compensated for the use of their medical expenses. commercial gain, the NFL pro-
identities in promo materials. "We were able to finalize this hibits retired NFL players from
"We look forward to building an agreement and for the first time in using their own identities as play-
unprecedented new relationship history retired players will be rep- ers to promote themselves com-
with retired players that will bene- resented at the table," Brown said. mercially."
Jennifer Carroll Resignation Amidst Much Fervor I
continued from front
Florida Attorney General Pam
Bondi said charges, which will soon
be formally filed, include racketeer-
ing, conspiracy, money laundering
and possession of slot machines.
According to the AP, authorities
refused to discuss any ties between
Carroll, a 53-year-old Republican,
and the investigation.
Carroll, a Navy veteran who
served in the Gulf War, appeared in
a TV ad in 2011 promoting the
organization's charitable work on
behalf of veterans and their fami-
lies. Her resignation letter to Gov.
Rick Scott offered no details about
her reason for leaving, but the
Republican governor said in a state-
ment she resigned so her ties to the
company would not be a distraction
for the administration.
"I will not elaborate on the details
of her resignation further, other
than to say that she resigned and
she made the right decision for the
state and her family," Scott said.
Allied Veterans evolved from a
charitable organization that ran
bingo games and held bake sales
for veterans beginning in 1979 to a
group suspected of operating more
than 40 illegal gambling locations
around Florida, according to an
Internal Revenue Service affidavit.
The veterans' charity was a fraud,
according to the IRS.
"In an effort to mislead the pub-
lic into believing that it is not prof-
iting from an illegal gambling
enterprise, Allied Veterans and oth-
ers have engaged in a conspiracy
and scheme to defraud," the affi-
One of those arrested,
Jacksonville attorney Kelly Mathis,
is the alleged mastermind of the
scheme, authorities said. Mathis
allegedly made about $6 million
alone from the gambling operation.
From 2007 to early 2012, investi-
gators found evidence of over $6
million in what appear to be chari-
table donations by Allied Veterans.
That amount, however, was only
about 2 percent of the over $290
million made from gambling oper-
ations during that time period.
Instead of going to veterans, the
vast majority of the money went to
for-profit companies and the indi-
viduals who operated Allied
Veterans and its so-called "affili-
Authorities said they seized
about 300 bank accounts containing
$64.7 million and assets including
exotic vehicles such as Maseratis,
Porsches and Ferraris.
To play games at one of the
Internet cafes, a customer gets a
prepaid card and then goes to a
computer to play "sweepstakes."
The games, with spinning wheels
are similar to slot machines.
Winners go back to a cashier with
their cards and cash out.
The games have been the subject
of much debate in Florida and some
are legal as long as most of the
profits are donated to charity.
Each of the locations had a big
sign prominently displayed that
read: "This is not a gaming estab-
lishment." Inside were rows of
computers where patrons could
play the various games.
At most of the sites, employees
wore shirts emblazoned with an
"Allied Veterans" logo. On the
walls were photos of company
executives making donations on its
behalf and letters of recognition
from some of the charities that
In Anadarko, Okla., the owner of
International Internet Technologies,
which was accused of supplying the
cafes with software, was arrested
along with his wife.
Chase Egan Burns, 37, and his
wife, 38-year-old Kristin Burns,
faced charges including racketeer-
ing and conspiracy in Florida.
International Internet Technologies
made $63 million from the Florida
operation during 2007-2010,
according to the IRS affidavit.
Carroll, an immigrant from
Trinidad, served 20 years in the
U.S. Navy, working as a jet
mechanic before retiring as a lieu-
tenant commander. Elected to the
state House in 2003, she's served as
deputy majority leader and majority
whip. She's also a former executive
director of the Florida Department
of Veterans' Affairs. She moved to
Florida in 1986. A married mother
of three, she has a son who plays
defensive back for the Miami
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Pictured are Ducote Credit Unions members of all ages: Chairman Supervisory Committee Betty LeRoy,
R. Ernestine Poole (56 years), R. Ernestine Poole (56 years), Lillian Poole-Porter (52 years), Board Member
Alice Denson, (37 years), April Ayers (Credit Union Association Rep), Board Member John Matthews (34
years), Board Chairman Walter H. White (50 years), Dr. Eugene White (40 years), Lanita Laws (15 years),
Timothy Sinclair (10 years), Tinmiah Sinclair (9 years) and Eleanor Peterson (member and employee).
DUCOTE: Historic African-American Owned Credit
Union Celebrates 75 Years of Serving Jacksonville
The Ducote Federal Credit Union
celebrated 75 years in operation as
an African American owned and
operated financial institution. The
celebration kicked-off during the
75th annual membership meeting
last Tuesday at the credit union
located at 2212 North Myrtle
Over 50 members were in atten-
dance to share in this historic occa-
sion and reminisce on the many
years of membership and friend-
Estelle Mckissick, smiled when
asked how long she had been a
member. "Let me think, I graduated
from college in 1950 and my father
was a founding member, so that's
63 years." Mrs. McKissick also
read a poem entitled "A Circle of
Board Chairman Walter White,
recanted Ducote's history and lega-
cy which was charted in 1938 as a
financial institution. Founded by
forty-two African-American educa-
tors, the credit union was created to
provide financial services to Black
educators who could not receive
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Opinions on Same Sex Marriage Changing But WhIy
Funny how things change over
time. From a city's skyline to peo-
ple's perceptions on issues of race,
gender equality and sexual orienta-
tion, time has a way of healing and
"They say I'm old-fashioned, and
live in the past, but sometimes I
think progress progresses too fast,"
said Dr. Seus.
Sometimes time does develop an
issue rather fast; and if you look at
the history of the perception of gay
marriage in America we have
moved ahead light years in a fairly
short period of time.
According to a new Post-ABC
poll, support for same-sex marriage
among Americans has jumped to 58
percent. This figure is extremely
significant when you consider the
fact that this has been a divisive
and highly emotional issue in this
country. Most religious leadersand
conservatives are not in favor of
same-sex marriage for obvious rea-
But many Americans seem to be
coming to the conclusion
that folks are gay not by
choice, but because that's
who they are, and how they
This survey shows that
many of us have come to the
grips with the fact that gay
Americans too are good
people and productive citi-
zens. Clearly, sexual orien-
tation does not determine
the character of a person. C
Think about Dr. Martin c
Luther King's "I have a
dream" speech. King said, "I
have a dream that my four
little children will one day
live in a nation where they
will not be judged by the
color of their skin, but by the
content of their character."
This holds true to sexual ori-
entation we should judge
people by the "content of
their character" not who
they choose as a partner.
Many friends of mine,
much like the pundits on tel-
evision initially said that
President Obama's decision to sup-
port same sex unions was a bad
one. I certainly believe that every-
one is entitled to his or her own
opinion, but from the results of the
election, it's now clear that the
President definitely made the right
Around the time of President
Obama's decision, a New York
Times poll showed his new posi-
tion to be a net loser. But the presi-
dent didn't have much of a choice;
Vice President Biden's embrace of
same-sex marriage in the national
media forced Obama's hand .
He had to make a decision and
didn't have much time to do it.
There's an old African Proverb that
says, "Indecision is like a
stepchild: if he does not wash his
hands, he is called dirty, if he does,
he is wasting water."
President Obama's decision was
monumental on so many fronts. He
is the first American President to
openly support same-sex marriage.
And he did it during what could
have been a major campaign issue
during his bid for reelection.
I find it interesting that many of
my fellow Christians will sentence
gays to hell and damnation as if
they are the father himself. But I
often times look at my Christianity
in a very simple way how would
Jesus deal with this situation or
issue or person.
And if you know your bible the
way I do, it's clear to me that Jesus
would not forsake anyone or com-
mit any person to hell if they are
believers. The bible tells us that all
of us are born into sin and no one is
perfect or sinless.
I am not saying that the
President feels the exact same way,
but ultimately hate and discrimina-
tion against someone because of
their sexual orientation is as wrong
as racial or gender discrimination.
Whether you agree with gay mar-
riage or not, gay Americans should
be entitled to the same rights as the
rest of us and that's ultimately
where the president landed. It's
anuncomfortable position for many
politicians, but a necessary one.
Former Secretary of State Hilary
Clinton just came out this week in
favor of same sex marriage. Was it
political? It certainly was if
Clinton wants to run and win the
Democratic primary for president
in 2016 then support for gay mar-
riage is critical to the party's base.
"LGBT Americans are our col-
leagues, our teachers, our soldiers,
our friends and our loved ones, and
they are full and equal citizens and
deserve the rights of citizenship.
That includes marriage," she says
during a video she just released.
"That's why I support marriage for
lesbian and gay couples. I support
it personally and as a matter of pol-
icy and law."
I have a feeling that 10 years
from now this issue will be a non-
issue, but only time will tell.
Signing off from Tallahassee, FL,
Ben Carson: Candidate-in-
Waiting? Or New GOP Toy?
A major television network anoints him "The New Conservative Folk
Hero." A Wall Street Journal editorial and a T-shirt available online hail
"Ben Carson for President."
Well, maybe not for president, but some in Maryland Republican circles
are dreaming of a gubernatorial candidacy for Dr. Ben Carson, the preem-
inent Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon. He is, after all, touted among the head-
line speakers, along with Marco Rubio and Paul Rand, at the annual
Conservative Action Political Conference (CPAC) being staged this week
at National Harbor in Prince George's County.
The superstar doctor has become such a sought-after political commodi-
ty since his conservative speech calling for a flat tax and private health care
accounts given before President Obama during the National Prayer
Breakfast last month that it takes nearly five minutes to listen to all the con-
tact instructions given by the doctor's office assistant on his answering
machine. The message directs everyone except his patients to a half dozen
numbers, websites and fax machines to leave messages and comments.
Efforts to reach Dr. Carson were unsuccessful.
"Republicans like bright, shiny objects and he's a bright, shiny object for
a lot of conservatives," said Michael Steele, a political commentator and
former Republican National Party Chairman and Maryland lieutenant gov-
ernor. He should know.
Is it any wonder when Carson's prescriptions for what ails America
include giving speeches peppered with parables and scriptures and admo-
nitions against "moral decay," "fiscal irresponsibility," "the PC police" and
such? The latter he suggests do not allow free expression in public dis-
course. In fact, he claims a White House aide asked him not to offend the
president during the National Prayer Breakfast.
Speakers have traditionally avoided political subjects such as the tax
code, though Carson cloaked his comments in God's fair system of tithing.
Then, at the March 8 Maryland Legislative Prayer Breakfast in
Annapolis, the good doctor once again reportedly raised eyebrows after
making a questionable comment about the institution of slavery. It was
America's "mistake," but "there is no one alive today who is a slave and no
one alive who is a slave owner ... At some point you need to get over it and
move on," he said, according to The Washington Post.
Really? Does Dr. Carson not see the vestiges of slavery for Blacks and
Whites today, for example, in the income disparity of these groups alone?
Indeed, we don't want to make excuses, but we can offer slavery as an
explanation for the current state of certain Black affairs. The intractable
racism in this country is an outgrowth, for example. If we deny our histo-
ry, then what? I'm not sure of the context in which Carson's comment was
given, but no one would dare suggest that Jews forget the Holocaust. Why
should African Americans erase the Middle Passage and hundreds of years
of bondage from their heritage memory, asked one woman, a Virginia
Republican, upon hearing of Dr. Carson's suggestion.
Flavor of the month? Carson told Fox News that he is sometimes giving
four speeches a week to Democratic and Republican audiences. Steele said
he greatly admires Carson and said he thinks the doctor's statements, espe-
cially about health care and education, are genuinely his, not force fed to
the doctor by others with ulterior political motives.
"He's beginning to find his political voice and it remains to be seen how
it plays out," Steele said.
However, he noted that Republicans have a penchant for discovering
Black conservatives, especially those willing to speak-against Obama,
"without any forethought as to what it means" for the long term. So, think
no cost-benefit analysis of their ideas. Remember Herman Cain's 9-9-9
plan. So think "extraneous leaps."
But "the party's problems extend beyond" personalities, because the
GOP's issues "no longer resonate with the American people," Steele said.
He noted how outspoken celebrities in both parties are often pumped up
and set up for a fall because they really don't understand how the political
game is played, or what it takes to run a billion-dollar enterprise, like a
state government. Note Jesse Ventura and Ashley Judd, he said.
Continued on page 7
US and Europe, Not the Catholic Church, Blowing Smoke
By Julianne Malveaux
The selection of Argentinian car-
dinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the
next leader of the Catholic Church
was, in some ways, inevitable.
Latin America is home to the largest
Catholic population in the world,
and it has been more than past time
for the tradition of selecting
European popes to end. Hopefully,
Cardinal Bergoglio, to be known as
Pope Francis, will be able to stem
the tide of sexual abuse in the
Catholic Church as well as put the
church on the path of more trans-
parency and integrity. Proposals to
allow women to be priests and to
allow married priests into the clergy
are, for Catholics, revolutionary
ways to modernize the church.
Pope Francis, who brings a reputa-
tion of frugality and humility to the
church, may well be able to deal
with these proposals.
With some competition for the
papal position, I am not sure why
the College of Cardinals settled on
Pope Francis. A nod to diversity
may or may not have played a role
in the selection. Still, Catholic car-
dinals have been able to embrace
diversity in ways that other world
institutions have not. When we look
at world monetary institutions the
World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund we find no such
nods to the way that world demo-
graphics and realities have changed.
While the United States and Europe
are still seen as trend leaders in
world economic matters, China is
nipping at our heels, and both Latin
America and the African continent,
despite internal problems, are world
players. These continents are
excluded from G8 meetings where
global economic leaders gather to
The custom that the United States
should nominate the head of the
World Bank, and that Europe should
nominate the head of the
International Monetary Fund speaks
to the hegemony that these two
countries have assumed in world
monetary matters. When Christine
Lagarde was selected to lead the
International Monetary Fund (suc-
ceeding the disgraced Dominique
Strauss-Khan), France declared
their "victory." But, Lagarde faced
unprecedented competition from
countries out of the US/Europe
monopoly. A Mexican finance min-
ister threw his hat in the ring, and
attracted attention, if not sufficient
votes to outpoll Lagarde.
Similarly, the U.S. nominee to
lead the World Bank was former
Dartmouth President Jim Yong
Kim. While Kim is Korean born, as
President Obama's nominee to lead
the bank, he maintains the tradition
of a U.S. nominee to lead the bank.
He has also been criticized for his
lack of monetary experience. At the
same time, the amazing Ngozi
Okonjo Iweala, a Nigerian econo-
mist, was a strong contender for
World Bank leadership. Apparently
the selection of a woman of African
descent was too far of a stretch for
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President Obama been so unable to
find African Americans for his cabi-
net? Only Attorney General Eric
Holder and International Trade
Representative Ron Kirk remain in
the cabinet, and Kirk is not a key
cabinet member. Congresswoman
Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), leader of
the Congressional Black Caucus,
has taken on the president in a stern
letter that reflects the concern of
many in the African American com-
munity. Why, when Obama gar-
nered 97 percent of the African
American vote, should the African
American community be so under-
represented in the Obama cabinet?
Is the Obama administration rnn-
ning behind the conservative
Catholic Church in its commitment
Either for diversity or for merit,
the College of Cardinals stepped
outside its history of European dom-
ination to select a Pope from
Argentina. What might have hap-
pened if the World Bank had decid-
ed to step outside the tradition of
U.S. domination to select a candi-
date as qualified as Ngozi Iweala
who, one might argue, is a far supe-
rior candidate to the U.S. selection
of Jim Yong Kim? What might have
happened if France had not assumed
that another French leader instead of
someone outside the US/Europe
sphere should replace its flawed
leader of the International Monetary
If our country ever gets its eco-
nomics straight (instead of continu-
ing the crisis of the month club), it
will continue to be a world leader.
though not forever. World demo-
graphics are changing. Catholic
cardinals acknowledged it. Why
can't the U.S. and Europe?
Julianne A alveaurL is a lFlshington. D.C-
hbaseit economist and writer: She is President
Emerita of Bennett College for im,-,en in
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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.
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 concludes Sunday, March
24th. Throughout the month of March, Hope Chapel Ministries' events
included a grand opening, a sports day, a 40th Ruby Jubilee Thanksgiving
service, a VIP Night, 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 Road.
AME Ministers Alliance
Celebrates Good Friday
The AME Ministers Alliance invites everyone to The 7 Last Words of
Christ service on Good Friday, March 29th, at 12 noon at Historic Mt. Zion
Church, featuring sermonettes from area ministers. The church is located at
201 E. Beaver Street, Pearce Ewing, pastor. For more information contact
the church at 355-9475.
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.
Sweetfield Missionary Baptist
Easter Exercise Service
Come and celebrate with the resurrection of our Lord and Savior at
Sweetfield Missionary Baptist church, Dr. Richardson R. Russ, Pastor,
March 27, 28 and 29, at 7 pm nightly. Guest speaker Reverend Walter Scott,
Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Waycross, Ga. will speak at the
Sunday morning 6 a.m. sunrise service. Church School starts at 9:30 a.m.,
morning worship is at 11 a.m., followed by an Easter Exercise service. For
more information contact Sister Nicolla Mack at 226-6437. Sweetfield
Missionary Baptist Church is located at 1365 Harrison St.
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Join Gregg Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church for their Easter
Sunday Worship celebration, Sunday, March 31st at 10:45 a.m. The guest
speaker is Evangelist Diane Barrino-Barber (Mother of Grammy Award
Winner Fantasia Barrino). Celebrate Gregg Temple Mime, Dance Ministry,
Voices of Praise and more! Pastor Malinda Richie-Samuel will lead the
Easter parade and annual community Easter egg hunt. Enjoy free food,
games and prizes. For more information contact Richard Kelly at 469-5518
or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gregg Temple A.M.E. Church is located at
1510 W 45thStreet.
Music Extravaganza at New Birth
Come sing, shout and dance with Greater New Birth for an evening of
praise singing and spiritual dance with special guests New Hope Baptist
Church Choir of Sanderson, Georgia and Zion Baptist Church Male chorus
of St. Mary's, Georgia. In addition, local talent Sabrina Drayton Lambert
and the ChosenFew Divine Power Christian Church, and Greater New Birth
Baptist Church and others will participate. This musical extravaganza will
take place Saturday, March 30th at 4 p.m. at Greater New Birth, 195
Tallulah Avenue. For more information call the church at 765-5878.
Three Night Revival at Mt. Lebanon
The Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church located at 9319 Ridge Blvd.
where Rev. Freddie Summer is pastor, will be celebrating a three night
revival beginning Monday, March 25th through March 27th at 7 p.m. night-
ly. The guest speaker is Pastor Jeremiah Robinson Jr. of New Zion
Missionary Baptist Church, Fernandina Beach, Florida. The theme for this
holy week revival is "Prayer Makes a Difference: If my people which are
called by my name shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and
turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven and will forgive
their sins and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14. On Friday March
29th Mt. Lebanon will celebrate Good Friday service with seven pastors
from the city bringing the "Seven Last Words" preaching with power from
on high as Mt. Lebanon prays for blessings as they bring forth the word of
God. The public is invited to the revival to celebrate the risen savior. For
more information contact the church at 527-1762.
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Easter SonRise at Greater Grant
Celebrate the salvation of mankind with the Greater Grant Memorial
AME Church family at the candlelight SonRise service, Sunday, March
31st, at 6 a.m. as Presiding Elder Tony Hansberry delivers the worship
message. Enjoy breakfast while you continue in praise for Easter Sabbath
at 9 a.m. with the church school Easter production presented by the youth
department. The Easter Worship service will start at 10:30 a.m. and fea-
tures special musical tributes and message to the Risen Christ. The church
is located at 5533 Gilchrist Rd. Rev F.D. Richardson, Jr. is the pastor. For
more information call the church at 764-5992.
St. Paul A.M.E. Church Plans
Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 6910 New Kings Road
has planned special activities for young and seasoned saints, during
March. On Saturday, March 23,2013, a Spring Fling and Egg Hunt will be
held on Saint Paul's Campus from noon-3:00pm. The Bouncehouse,
Water Slide, Face Painting and games promise to delight all who attend.
On Wednesday, March 27,2013, an Easter Drama and Praise Pageant
will be presented at 7:00pm. Maunday/Thursday Reenactment will take
place at 6:30pm. Good Friday's Service, "Seven Last Words," is slated to
be held at Historic Mt. Zion AME Church on Beaver Street.
On Easter /Resurrection Sunday, March 31, 2013, SonRise Service is
slated for 5:30am. Morning Glory Service will begin at 7:30am. The
Latter Rain Service will be held at 10:55am. Friends and the public are
extended a special invitation to share in all services.
The Reverend Dr. Marvin C. Zanders is the Pastor of Saint Paul. For
more information please contact the office of the Church at 764-2755 .
St. Paul Lutheran Celebrating
57th Anniversary with Activities
James Wiggins, Jr., Pastor, of St. Paul Lutheran Church will be cele-
brating their 57th Church Anniversary, April 25th through April 28th. The
Theme is "Faith Forward: Giving things to God for 57 years of divine
providence and provisions through word and sacrament ministry."
Planned activities include Wednesday, April 24th, 7 8:30 p.m. supper
and bible study. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday April 25th is the day
of fasting & prayer. On Friday, April 26th from 6 9 p.m., its family fun
games night. On Saturday April 27th from 9:30 a.m. to noon enjoy break-
fast and Bible study, and neighborhood canvassing. Sunday, April 28th
service starts at 11 a.m. with worship service and anniversary meal. The
speaker is Rev. Dr. Willie Stallworth Pastor, Unity Luther Church, E. St.
Louis, IL. St. Paul Lutheran church is located at 2730 W. Edgewood Ave.
For more information call the church at 765-4219.
NACA Event to Assist Homeowners Facing
Foreclosure and High Interest Rates
As Florida continues to lead the
nation in foreclosures, sunshine
state residents are expected to flock
to Jacksonville's Prime Osborn
Convention Center next week hop-
ing for relief Florida has led the
nation in foreclosures for the 6th
straight month. As a result, a non-
profit housing group will set up
shop in Jacksonville for five days
offering free loan modifications for
The Neighborhood Assistance
Corporation of America (NACA)
kicks off a 5 day mortgage event
aimed at helping people stay in
their homes. The nation's largest
and most effective homeownership
event will arrive at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center
Thursday March 21st and end the
program Monday, March 25th from
8 am to 6 pm each day.
Homeowners with unaffordable
mortgages are expected to line up
early Thursday morning to meet
with their lender for the chance to
reduce their monthly payment and
save their home the same day. New
Home buyers also have the oppor-
tunity to obtain a mortgage.
NACA helps homeowners save
on average between $500 and
$1,000 a month off their monthly
mortgage payment. Many receive
interest rate reductions as low as
2%. Home buyers can also qualify
for NACA's fixed rate mortgage
with no down payment, no closing
costs, no points or fees. And con-
sumers don't need perfect credit.
Today's NACA rate is 3.5% (as of
NACA has legally binding con-
tracts with all the major lenders and
investors to get this done. Hundreds
of counselors and bank representa-
tives are in attendance to assist with
on-site home loans and on-site free
loan modifications. Everything is
People from around the country
are expected to attend. CBS' 60
Minutes featured NACA's Tour on
one of its broadcasts. The news-
magazine highlighted how NACA's
event gets more than half of its
attendee's lower mortgage pay-
ments. CNN featured NACA as
For many Americans, the dream
of home ownership has either
become a nightmare or an illusion.
NACA Founder & CEO Bruce
Marks hopes, through the efforts of
NACA, people in Jacksonville and
the surrounding area can hang onto
their homes and again realize the
dream of owning a home. For doc-
uments needed and to register, go to
www.naca.com or call 888-499-
6222. Walk-ins are welcome.
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Ebony Fashion Fair Fashions Through
the Ages on Exhibit at Chicago Museum
In their latest special exhibition,
the Chicago History Museum is
paying homage to the Ebony
The traveling show began in
1958 and, thanks to the leadership
of its long-time producer and
director Eunice Walker Johnson
of the Chicago-based Johnson
Publishing Company, brought
stunning European fashion to the
African American community.
"My mother often spoke about
the importance of African
American women feeling beauti-
ful," Linda Johnson Rice, Johnson
Publishing Company chairman
said in a statement about the
show. "The Ebony Fashion Fair
legacy represents an important
part of the rich African American
cultural experience in America,
and I am extremely excited that
the Museum is bringing my
mother's vision to life."
The exhibition -- titled
"Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years Of
Ebony Fashion Fair" and featur-
ing nearly 70 looks from design-
ers including Yves Saint-Laurent,
Christian Dior, Emanuel Ungaro
and more -- was curated by Joy
"This was really a unique expe-
rience where black women were
exposed to the best of the best. We
really wanted to establish that this
was Mrs. Johnson's vision come
to life," Bivens said.
In addition to being aspira-
tional, the vibrant show -- called
"The World's Largest Traveling
Fashion Show" -- has long been
known for celebrating the human
body in ways that were often
unexpected at the time.
The 7,000-square-foot exhibi-
tion, one of the largest in the
museum's history, will run
through Jan. 5, 2014.
The Wonder of Shea Butter
You see them on the comer selling vats of the thich yellow looking sub-
stance Vendors tell you its a natural wonder from the continent of Africa.
After a sniff of the scentless "butter" you decide to take a try to discover
for yourself the wonders of Shea butter.
Everyone loves smooth looking and beautiful skin. That's exactly why
many African American households already have a jar of Shea Butter
stored somewhere in the medicine cabinet. What exactly is Shea Butter?
Shea butter is derived from the nut of the Karite tree, which grows
throughout West Africa. It has been utilized for centuries for its amazing
ability to renew, repair and protect the skin. The name Karite means the
Tree of Life, due to the many important uses that Shea butter provides for
the people of that region. Shea butter is unique because of its high content
of non saponifiable fats which act as a natural skin moisturized. Shea but-
ter moisturizes skin with all the essential elements it needs for balance,
elasticity and tone. Enriched with vitamins A, E and F, Africans have used
Shea-buter for years to protect and rejuvenate their skin.
To date, Shea Butter has been effective at treating: dark scars, eczema,
bums, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, chapped lips, skin discolorations,
stretch marks, wrinkles, psoriasis, razor irritation and dry, damaged hair. It
even offers protection from UV sun rays. As you use this multi-purpose
natural cream, you are likely to discover additional uses. The amount of
time required for optimum results may vary with each condition. So, are
you ready to butter yourself up?
Shocking Health Facts You
Never Knew Were True
For something so crucial to your
quality of life as your health, there
are certain shocking health facts
that can make it difficult to know
just what to do to stay healthy.
Nap or stay awake?
You had to work late for a meet-
ing. Now it's 4am, and you have to
be at work at 7am. Should you try
to get a couple hours of sleep, or is
it better to just stay up and deal?
According to experts, even
though you may want to take that
nap, it may not be the best thing for
you, says Michael A. Grandner,
PhD, research associate at the
Center for Sleep and Circadian
Neurobiology at the University of'
"If you get less than 4 hours,
there's a good chance that you'll
wake up in slow-wave sleep, which
can leave you disoriented, irrational
and extremely irritable," Grandner
So, what should you do'? Drink
some coffee and keep busy until
your regular bedtime.
Which is worse: sitting tor too
long or smoking?
.lust about everyone knows that
both sitting down for too long and
smoking are both pretty bad for
your health. But which one is
A group of Australian researchers
recently tried to find out by analyz-
ing data from a lifestyle survey with
11,247 participants over the age of
25. The result? The team concluded
that every daily hour of sitting
while watching TV was associated
with an 8 percent higher risk of
"Watching one hour of TV above
age 25 may be about as lethal as
smoking one cigarette," says J.
Lenncrt Veerman, PhD, a senior
research fellow at the University of
Queensland, who led the study.
Yes, smoking causes many can-
cers-lung, throat, kidney, bladder,
pancreas, stomach and cervix-as
well as acute myeloid leukemia.
But, prolonged sitting has been
associated with higher risks of heart
disease, diabetes and obesity-relat-
So, what should you do? Or
Roland Martin Given
Walking Papers by CNN
Longtime CNN contributor
Roland Martin has been given chis
walking papers. His last day will be
When a Twitter follower asked
why, Martin tweeted that his "new
boss wants his own peeps."
He was referring to new CNN
chief Jeff Zucker. In the past few
months. Zucker has let go of sever-
al longtime and high-profile con-
tributors, including James Carville
and Mary Matlan. He also canceled
Starting Point, a program hosted by
Soledad O'Brien on which Martin
In a statement to Politico. Martin
said being out at CNN is by no
means the end of the road for him.
"I've worked hard to ensure that
my' voice wasn't t heard in one place.
I will continue with my show on
TV One, a network I was with
before CNN: will continue my
daily segment on the Tom Joyner
Morning Show: and will continue
my nationally syndicated column."
Nlartin. \\ ho has been at the net-
work since 2007. was suspended
early last year for tweets sent dur-
ing the Super Bowl game that were
considered by GLAAD (the Gay &
Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation) and others to be
rather, not do? "While smoking
rates are going down, almost every-
one watches quite a bit of TV," says
Veerman. He recommends limiting
couch time to two hours per day or
Does coffee or alcohol disturb
your ability to sleep more?
Both that cup of coffee and that
glass of wine can prevent you from
sleeping well, says Allison T.
Siebern, PhD, CBSM, clinical
assistant professor and the associate
director of the Insomnia and
Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Program at Stanford University
School of Medicine.
Caffeine makes your body think
that it's not tired, Siebern explains.
But as soon as it wears off, you
crash. End of story. But in the case
of alcohol, while you may get a lit-
tle sleepy at first, and even fall
asleep, you may easily start snor-
ing, having nightmares, breaking
out into nightsweats, or getting
So, what should you do? Have a
cup of coffee if you need to stay
alert, drink a glass of wine for
happy hour with friends. Avoid both
if you need to wake up early the
Should you exercise on a full
stomach or an empty one?
According to Heidi Skolnik, MS,
CDN, FACSM, a noted nutritionist:
"You'll probably be so hungry
later that you'll eat even more," she
says. adding that she sees this over
and over with her clients.
So, what should you do? Think of
your pre-workout snack as fuel.
Skolnik says research supports the
idea that having something in your
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system will help you work out hard-
er, which will then help you bum
even more calories. Overeating will
make for an uncomfortable work-
out, but not eating at all will hurt
your workout, your metabolism and
your overall health.
Continued from front
"These people think they can
run because people tell them they
can. But it is not something to
take lightly," he said. That road is
littered with more failures than
Nonetheless, one Maryland
political strategist speaking
anonymously said Republicans
are hoping to help Carson raise
his national profile and money
through speaking engagements
such as CPAC and with his latest
"America the Beautiful" book
tour, so that he can make a run for
Maryland governor. Their hope,
he said, is that Democrats will be
so split with candidates seeking
the top office that Carson could
slip in between those factions.
That would be one humongous
pay cut for the world renowned
"Gifted Hands" surgeon. And, no
doubt "it is a daunting task," as
Steele suggested, "to move from
the science of saving lives to the
science of improving lives as a
Steele cautioned that he doesn't
think Carson could win statewide
elective office. "He is soft-spo-
ken, quiet, and I don't think his
message would resonate across
the state to get 51 percent of the
vote to win an election," he said.
Carson, as Steele said, should
"not let the exuberance of the
moment" blind him, or "to allow
himself to be used." While they
may all be "clamoring around
now," unless real money and real
organization is put up, Dr. Carson
should proceed with trepidation.
He should "take a step back and
catch his breath." and "not allow
himself to be trotted out as an
example of anything," Steele said
Amen. Physician or politician.
Will CPAC tell?
Why Do Minorities Opt Out of Bone Marrow Donation
While "Good Morning America"
host Robin Roberts has boosted the
visibility of bone marrow trans-
plants in the the U.S., those affiliat-
ed with the blood cancer that often
requires transplantation, say much
more work still needs to be done --
especially among African
At the University of Pittsburgh
School of Medicine, researchers set
out to understand how to begin to
close the bone marrow donation
gap, conducting a study on why
African Americans and other
minorities opt-out of transplant reg-
istries at rates far higher than
What they found -- that four fac-
tors contribute to the high rate of
registry dropouts, including reli-
gious objections, less trust that stem
cells would be allocated equitably,
more concerns about donation, and
a greater likelihood of having been
discouraged from donating --
explains why approximately 60 per-
cent of potential minority donors
who register opt out before dona-
tion, compared with 40 percent of
whites, researchers say.
In an interview on Sunday with
KUT Radio's "In Black America,"
study author Dr. Galen E. Switzer,
professor of medicine and psychia-
try co-chief and The University of
Pittsburgh's VA Center for Health
Equity Research and Promotion
delved further into what his
"Oftentimes patients will first
search within their family for a
related donor, but only about 30
percent can find a match" he said,
explaining how the other 70 percent
are left to rely on a perfect stranger
to give them a second chance at life.
"One thing that's particularly
unique about bone marrow or stem
cell donation is that the precision of
the match between the donor and
the patient has to be much greater
than it is for solid organ donation."
But minorities searching national
donor registries for potential match-
es face a twofold disadvantage, host
John L. Hanson Jr. noted. Not only
is there a higher rate of attrition
from these registries among certain
racial and ethnic groups, the pool of
donors matching their precise blood
and tissue type is smaller to begin
According to Switzer, whites
have a 79 percent chance of finding
a match, compared with 33 percent
of African Americans, a disparity
due largely to ethnic minorities' ten-
dency to have more rare genetic
types and to donors opting out.
Religious objections topped this
list of reasons why study partici-
pants decided not to donate, but
others say that myths about the
donation process and its side effects
is where the problem lies.
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FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 19 25, 2013
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7th-seeded NC A&T cel-
ebrates MEAC champion-
ship game win over Morgan
State. Liberty up next.
I NCAA BIG DANCE BECKONS FOUR; ONE IN
NIT, TWO IN WNIT; BENEDICT GETS D2 WIN
UNDER THE BANNER
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME RECAPS
Prairie View three-peats in the SWAC
GARLAND, Texas Prairie View A&M outscored Mis-
sissippi Valley State 15-2 to pull away in the fourth overtime
and defeat the Delta Devilettes 100-87 to claim its third straight
SWAC Women's Tournament title.
The teams were tied at 65 at the end of regulation and each
team scored 6, 6 and 8 points in the first three extra periods.
Prairie View (17-14), the touma-
ment's fourth seed, knocked off top-seed
Texas Southern (61-58) in the semifi-
nals. The championship game effort was
led by Kara Etienne, named the tourna-
ment's most valuable player, who tallied
31 points including eight 3-pointers and
had five steals. Teammate Larissa Scott
had 24 points with 7 rebounds while La-
tia Williams added 17 points and 13 re- Etienne
For the third-seeded Devilettes (17-15), Kristina Clemons
scored 26 points and was named to the all tournament squad.
Alia Frank tacked on a double-double with 11 points and 19
rebounds. Jasmyne Sanders hit 7-of-14 for 18 points with Jon-
cyee Sanders adding 10 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.
Southern escapes with title
GARLAND, Texas Top-seed Southern used a late 7-0
run to go up on fourth-seed Prairie View and then held on for a
45-44 win in the men's championship game of the SWAC Bas-
ketball Tournament Saturday.
The late 7-0 surge started with a tip-
in by Southern's Brandon Moore with
3:41 to play. Those points would be the
last for Southern as Prairie View (15-19)
fought back. Carl Blair's back-to-back
baskets pulled the Panthers within 45-44
with less than a minute left. After South-
ern's Jameel Grace ran the shot clock
down and air-balled a three-pointer with
seven seconds left, Prairie View's Jour- Beltran
dan DeMuynck attempted to go the length of the floor but had
his pass deflected by Derick Beltran as time expired.
Beltran, named the tourney's MVP, led the Jags (23-9) with
13 points and six rebounds. DeMuynck had 15 points and 11
rebounds for the Panthers.
N. C. A&T ends title drought
NORFOLK, VA Seventh-seed North Carolina A&T
crowned a tournament of upsets as it got 13 second-half points
from junior guard Lamont Middleton and stellar defense down
the stretch to hold off fifth-seed Morgan State 57-54 and claim
its first MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament title since 1995.
The Aggies (19-16), in taking down
the third team seeded above them, broke
from a 28-all halftime tie and moved out
to a 53-47 lead on the last of Middleton's
points, a fallaway corner jumper with
5:23 left. MSU (17-15) pulled to within
55-54 on a 3-pointer by Blake Boze-
man with 1:23 to play. Tournament MVP
Adrian Powell sank two free throws
with 22.8 seconds left and then blocked Powell
a game-tying 3-point attempt by DeWayne Jackson with seven
Powell's 14 points complimented Middleton's 13. MEAC
Defensive Player of the Year, senior forward Austin Witter of
A&T had 11 points and game highs of nine rebounds and five
blocks. Jackson's 20 and 10 by Anthony Hubbard led MSU.
Hampton women take fourth straight
NORFOLK, VA Top-seed Hampton took advantage of
Howard's cold shooting to grab a 35-15 halftime lead and went
on to win its fourth-straight MEAC Women's Basketball Tour-
nament title and NCAA Tournament berth.
In winning the fourth consecutive title, the Lady Pirates
and head coach David Six match the
MEAC record of former Howard head
coach Sanya Tyler who led the Lady Bi-
son to four straight titles from 1987-90.
Senior guard Olivia Allen, who led
four Lady Pirates (28-5) in double figures
with 16 points, had a team-high 11 in the l
first half. Fellow senior Keira Avant,
named the tourney's MVP, finished with ---
12. Juniors Alyssa Bennett and Nicole Avant
Hamilton had 14 and 10 respectively.
Starting center Ariel Phelps added 7 as all of Hampton's 59
points came from its starters.
Howard (20-11), the tournament's third seed, shot just 18%
(5-for-27) in the first half. The Lady Bison were led in scoring
by Kara Smith's 12 points.
Same 'ol song at the Big Dance
IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
It doesn't seem to matter if
black college teams win their con-
ference tournaments as favorites or
upset winners, their fate remains
the same low seeds for them and
big challenges against top seeds in
the NCAA Tournament.
Such is the case again in 2013
as the MEAC champions the men
of North Carolina A&T and wom-
en of Hampton and the SWAC
champion women of Prairie View
and men of Southern, head into
their respective 'Big Dance' NCAA
Tournaments this week.
The highest seed of the four
went to the 28-5 Hampton women,
the MEAC regular season and tour-
nament champion, who received a
15th seed despite the protestations
of Hampton head coach David Six
- into the Norfolk Regional and
will play at ACC regular season
and tournament champion and 2nd-
seed Duke (30-2) Sunday.
The rest of the black college
champs were relegated to 16th
seeds, including North Carolina
A&T who will have to play their
way into a Thursday date with
Midwest Region and overall No. 1
seed Louisville (29-5) in a Tuesday
game in Dayton, Ohio vs. fellow
No. 16 Liberty (15-20).
But it's not like low-seeded
teams can't win against higher
seeds. Just ask South Carolina,
Iowa State and Missouri, second
seeds who were felled by three
MEAC champions and 15-seeds
- Coppin State (1997), Hampton
(2001) and Norfolk State (2012) re-
spectively in the men's Big Dance.
In facing Liberty Tuesday, NC
A&T (19-16) is facing a team that
perhaps had a harder road to its Big
South title than did the Aggies as a
seventh seed in the MEAC.
The Flames (15-20), coached
by Dale Layer, were the fifth seed
from the North Division of the Big
South, meaning they were seeded
either 9th or 10th g' in, into the Big
South tourney. In winning the title
they defeated the top seeds from
each Big South division to become
only the second team in NCAA
Tournament history to make the
field with 20 losses. The only other
was MEAC champ Coppin State
in the 2008 tourney.
The A2-,;c., will have to look
out for the Flames' standouts Big
South Tournament MVP Davon
Marshall, who canned six 3s and
scored 20 points in the champion-
ship game vs. top-seed Charleston
Southern, John Caleb Sanders,
who had a game-high 27 points in
the win and Tavares Speaks, who
had 18 points and a career-high 9
Their reward if they get by
Liberty is a date in Lexington, Ken-
tucky Thursday vs. Louisville, the
Big East tournament champion and
the tournament's overall top seed.
First-year NC A&T head
coach Cy Alexander however is
no stranger to the NCAA Tourna-
ment, making his sixth appear-
ance in the Big Dance. He won
five MEAC Tournament titles and
NCAA berths during 15 years at
South Carolina State (1987-2003).
He is looking for his first win and
the first for the Aggies who have
made nine appearances, the last in
MEAC Tournament MVP, se-
nior forward Adrian Powell, leads
the Aggies in scoring at 12.5 points
per game. Senior forward Aus-
tin Witter, the MEAC defensive
player of the year, led the league
in blocks (3 pg.) while scoring 6.3
points and pulling down 7.1 re-
bounds per game. Junior Lamont
Middleton (12.4 ppg.) is the top
This will be the fourth consec-
utive trip for Hampton and fourth-
year head coach David Six to the
women's tournament. They will
be looking for their first win. And
the coach is not happy with a 15th
"I'm not happy that we're go-
ing to Duke," Six told the Hampton
Daily Press. "Our body of work
Sunday, March 24 1
#2 Duke (30-2) vy
#15 Hampton (28
OKLAHOMA CITY REC
Sunday, March 24 7:
#1 Baylor (32-1) v
#16 Prairie View (1
This is the third time in as
many tries that Prairie View head
coach Toyelle Wilson and the Lady
Panthers have won the SWAC
Tournament title without being
the top seed. This time the Lady
Panthers were seeded fourth and
proceeded to take down top-seed
Texas Southern in the semis be-
fore knocking off 3rd-seed Missis-
Six sippi Valley State in a 4-overtime
thriller in the finals.
Last year, the reward was to
face UConn, a No. 1 seed, in the
Soon first round. Two years ago, it was
. Baylor, another No. 1.
-5) Wilson's troops get Baylor,
the defending national champion,
GIONAL three-time Big 12 champ and the
NCAA's overall top seed with
30 p.m. consensus Women's Player of the
's. Year Brittney Griner again on their
7-14) home floor in Waco, Texas Sunday
in the opening round of the Okla-
homa City Regional.
doesn't warrant that. But there's
nothing we can do about it."
Six does seem to have an argu-
ment. His Lady Pirates are on a 19-
game winning streak. They ran the
table in the MEAC posting a 16-0
mark (19-0 thru the tournament).
They also have a home win over
LSU, who is in the NCAA field and
seeded sixth. They also lost by one
to DePaul on a neutral floor. De-
Paul got a 10 seed.
"If LSU is a six seed, why are
we a 15 seed," Six asked the news-
Six got his best seed in 2011
when the Lady Pirates were seeded
13th and took 4th-seed Kentucky
into overtime before falling 66-62.
Last year they fell to No. 1 seed
Duke will be playing without
star point guard Chelsea Gray who
was lost for the season in late Feb-
ruary with a dislocated knee. Gray
averaged 13.1 points per game
while leading the ACC in steals and
assists. Duke sophomore center
Elizabeth Williams leads the Blue
Devils at 15.4 points per game and
repeated as the ACC defensive
player of the year.
The Lady Pirates feature a
formidable starting five including
MEAC Player of the Year and tour-
nament MVP, senior forward Kei-
ara Avant (16.1 ppg., 10.2 rpg.)
and junior guard Nicole Hamilton
(12.3 points. 5.3 assists per game)
and junior forward Alyssa Bennett
(10.2 ppg., 6.2 rpg.).
The Lady Pirates lead the na-
tion in scoring defense giving up
47.2 points per game.
Three teams in NIT/WNIT fields
Two black college regular season champi-
ons and one runner-up were named Monday to
fields for the NIT and WNIT postseason tourna-
MEAC men's regular season champion
Norfolk State (21-11), who was upset by Bet-
hune-Cookman in the MEAC tournament quar-
terfinals, received an automatic bid to the men's
NIT for its 16-0 regular season title. The Spar-
tans, under head coach Anthony Evans, received
an 8th seed in Region 4 and played at ACC mem-
ber Virginia (21-11) Tuesday night (9 p.m.).
SWAC women's regular season cham-
pion Texas Southern (20-11) was knocked
off by eventual champion Prairie View in its
tournament semifinals. The Lady Tigers, under
first-year head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke,
also received an automatic bid by virtue of its
first-place finish and will play in the Women's
NIT at Kansas State (15-17) Thursday night (7
Charlottesville, VA Tuesday, March 19- 9 p.m.
#8 Norfolk State (21-11) @ #1 Virginia (21-11)
Thursday, March 21 7 p.m.
Texas Southern (20-11) @ Kansas State (15-17)
Thursday, March 21 7 p.m.
N. Carolina A&T (22-9) @ James Madison (22-10)
First-year head coach Tarrell Robinson and the
North Carolina A&T Lady Aggies finished second in
the MEAC regular season and received an automatic
berth in the WNIT. The Lady Aggies lost to Howard
in the MEAC Tournament semifinals. Tournament top
seed Hampton won the MEAC and advanced to the
A&T will play at James Madison (22-10) Thurs-
day at 7 p.m.
MEC OUNA EN-RSUT
#4 Savannah St. 59, #13 Md.-E. Shore 44
#5 Morgan State 61, #12 S. C. State 52
#8 B-Cookman 89, #9 Coppin State 78
#7 N. C. A&T 65, #10 Florida A&M 54
#6 Delaware State 73, #11 Howard 61
#8 B-Cookman 70, #1 Norfolk State 68
#7 NC A&T 55, #2 N. C. Central 42
#6 DelState 63, #3 Hampton 60
#5 Morgan St. 64, #4 Sav. State 61, OT
#5 Morgan State 82, #8 B-Cookman 71
#7 NC A&T 84, #6 Delaware State 78
NC A&T 57, Morgan State 54
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Adrian Powell, NC A&T, MVP
Lamont Middleton, NCA&T
DeWayne Jackson, Morgan State
Kevin Dukes, Bethune-Cookman
Adrien Coleman, Bethune-Cookman
#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
#9 Delaware State 55, #8 B.-Cookman 44
#10 Norfolk State 72, #7 Florida A&M 55
#1 Hampton 63, #9 Delaware State 28
#2 N. C. A&T 78, #10 Norfolk State 47
#3 Howard 62, #6 Morgan State 60
#5 Coppin State 55, #4 S. C. State 53
#1 Hampton 78, #5 Coppin State 52
#3 Howard 55, #2 NC A&T 42
#1 Hampton 59, vs. #3 Howard 38
Keiara Avant, Hampton, MVP
Saadia Doyle, Howard
Kyra Coleman, Coppin State
Bianca Jarrett, Morgan State
Eboni Ross. NC A&T
The Lady Panthers are led
by forward Latia Williams (13.7
ppg., 9.0 rpg.), tournament MVP,
guard Kara Etienne (10.0 ppg.)
and forward Larissa Scott (8.0
ppg. 7.3 rpg.).
Southern (Jags vs. Zags)
Second-year head coach Ro-
man Banks gets his first foray into
the Big Dance leading the Jaguars
who entered the SWAC Tourna-
ment as the top seed.
The 16th-seeded Jags will face
West Region top seed Gonzaga
(31-2) in a first round game Thurs-
day in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Southern enters the tourna-
ment for the first time since 2006
and its eighth time overall. They
will contend with a Gonzaga team
that received a No. 1 seed for the
first time in its history. The Zags
were ranked first in the nation in
the final regular season AP poll.
Southern features a dynamic
duo of guards Derick Beltran and
Malcolm Miller who average 15.9
and 15.8 points respectively. Bel-
tran garnered MVP honors at the
SWAC tournament while .iller
was named to the all-tourmanent
team. Brandon Moore (7.1 rpg.)
leads the Jags off the boards.
Gonzaga, West Coast Con-
ference champs under head coach
Mark Few, features 7-foot junior
all-American center Kelly Olynyk
who averages 17.5 points and 7.2
rebounds per game while shooting
.652 from the field, third best in the
nation. He's complimented by Elias
Harris (14.9 ppg.) and sharpshoot-
er Kevin Pangos (11.5 ppg., .404
IS A TORA ETRSLS
#6 Alabama A&M 59, #7 Grambling 51
#2 Jackson State 66, #5 Alabama State 59
#4 Prairie View 67, #3 Alcorn State 59
#4 Prairie View 88, #2 Jackson State 75
#1 Southern 72, #6 Alabama A&M 59
Southern 45, Prairie View 44
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Derick Beltran, Southern, MVP
Malcolm Miller, Southern
Christian Williams, Jackson State
DeMarquelle Tabb, Alabama A&M
Carl Blair, Prairie View A&M
Jourdan DeMuynck, Prairie View A&M
#7 Ark.-Pine Bluff 50, #10 Alcom State 46
#9 Grambling 80, #8 Alabama State 56
#7 UAPB 63, #2 Southern 56
#1 Texas Southern 68, #9 Grambling 56
#3 Miss. Valley St. 63, #5 Alabama State 60
#4 Prairie View 66, #5 Jackson State 60
#4 Prairie View 62,. #1 Texas Southern 58
#3 Miss. Valley State 69,. #7 UAPB -55
Prairie View 100, Miss, Valley St. 87, 4 OTs
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Wynton Brown and Anne Grimsley Ivan Mote, Darius Johnson and Angell Davis Author Jeffrey Newsom and Beverly Mays
lery held an Art, Cocktails and Conversations experience with author and police officer Jay "If question and answer session exploring relationships, love and investing in your dreams. Host Anita Baker told the
Jay Knew, hosted by Anita Baker and Darius Johnson. Audience members partipcated in a audience, "be you and accept who you are."
Black Press Continues to Serve Special Role
Continued from front
"The Hip Hop generation didn't
fall out of the sky," he said. "They
were given birth by this generation.
The irony is some of us don't even
recognize or affirm what we gave
birth to. We can use our newspapers
to reaffirm that recognition and I
guarantee that reciprocity can take
Ogletree said both old and young
can benefit from better communica-
"It's cheaper, it's efficient, it's
very effective and when young peo-
ple are reading, we need to make
sure they're reading about what's
happening to us as well," he said.
Kevin Lewis, director of African
American Media for the White
House, stated: "There is no Barack
Obama president without the Black
Press. It's not just the Black press.
It's the Black community and Black
Lewis said President Obama sup-
ported the Black Press and recog-
nized that Black newspapers were a
great conduit to the Black commu-
But some publishers have com-
plained that the 2012 Obama presi-
dential campaign only spent rough-
ly $1.2 million advertising in Black
newspapers and nearly a billion
dollars in other media buys.
Chavis said all advertisers should
be held accountable.
"We march for everything else,
why can't we march for the Black
press?" asked Chavis, who is also
the president of the Hip Hop
Summit Action Network, a non-
profit group that works with Hip
Hop artists and entertainers to
engage young people for social and
political change. "We need to think
about advertising in a new way."
Lewis said, "There's a history in
the Black Press. I think that there is
also a lot of worth in having a phys-
ical newspaper." Lewis continued:
"News is so immediate, that there is
a value in having something online
as soon as something happens. In
the past we would be able to embar-
go something for a week, but now
we're just embargoing it for 10
After the panel discussion,
Cloves Campbell, chairman of the
National Newspaper Publishers
Association, said that reaching that
younger, more connected, Hip Hop
generation remains a top priority.
"Our readership is getting older
and we have to make sure that we
put content in our newspapers that
the younger generation wants to
read," said Campbell. "Bringing
Jineea in was the best thing that we
could have done to get that other
perspective from a younger person
who is right there on the ground
with the people we are trying to
reach. Having her here and having
her participate more in the future
will be the key to our success."
Campbell also said that the Black
Press has to embrace technology
and learn to connect to readers
through social media. Campbell
said that Black newspapers also
need to be more community-orient-
ed and show more support for local
He said, "We have to hit the
ground and get some perspective on
what readers want by hosting
forums, round table discussions and
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The Congressional Black Caucus opposes a proposed House
Republican budget for fiscal 2014 and instead offered an alternative
budget that it said is faired to the voters the CBC represents.
Under the House Budget plan, the deficit would be reduced by $4.6
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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
FSCJ Movie Premier
on Aids Awareness
In recognition of female HIV/Aids
awareness, come view the movie
"You Don't Live On My Street" at
FSCJ Downtown Campus, Friday,
March 22nd from 5 9 p.m. The
movie premier is a two hour drama
that chronicles the lives of six trou-
bled youth struggling to gain
respect while trying to hold onto
their self-respect. For more infor-
mation contact Sandra Parker at
366-6481 or email
The Florida Department of Health
in Duval County will present "I Am
My Brother/Sister's Keeper," a free
HV awareness conference for men
and women, Saturday, March
23rd, 9 a.m. 2 p.m. at UF &
Shands Learning Resource Center
653-1 E. 8th Street. This event is to
educate the community on preven-
tion and health services available
throughout the community.
Services outlined include health
education, free health screenings,
family planning and pregnancy pre-
vention, and health and nutrition.
Lunch provided and CEU's will be
available. For registration visit
nefwac2013.eventbrite.com or con-
tact Charles Griggs at 253-1004.
3rd Annual Diamonds
Denim Fashion Show
The 3rd Annual Diamonds Denim
Fashion Show entitled: "Stand Up
For Our Youth" will be held at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center,
1000 Water St. The models take the
runway, Saturday, March 23rd at 6
p.m. For more information visit
or call 294-2444.
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 will 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, 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-
email@example.com or call 255-7450. The
workshops will be held at the
Mandarin Garden Club, 2892
HAIR the Musical
The 2009 Tony Award-Winning
Best Musical will come to
Jacksonville's Times- Union
Center's Moran Theater for one
performance only on Wednesday,
April 10th at 7:30 p.m. HAIR ener-
getically depicts the birth of a cul-
tural movement in the '60s and '70s
that changed America forever. For
more information visitwww.artist-
seriesjax.org or call 442-2929 or
Comedian Mike Epps
Comedy with Mike Epps will be at
the Times Union Center of
Performing Arts, Friday, April 12th
at 7 p.m. For more information call
the box office at 633-6110 or visit
www.mikepps.com. The theater is
located at 300 Water St.
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
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Rev. Run and Tyrese Reveal Guys' Secrets in Manology
These days, inquiring minds are
turning to diverse resources to get
dating advice from Tyrese Gibson
and Joseph Simmons, aka Rev Run
of Run-D.M.C. The social network
Twitter is where the Fast & Furious
6 actor spars with the
though so many
men are masters
and mind games.
Even Gibson, a
single father, isn't ''
vinced it's even pos-
"It's not every man;
I would be wrong to
generalize and say
every man has these
kinds of intentions,"
says Gibson, who's frank
about his former dating
ways. "Having a 5-year-
old daughter, I've tapped
into a certain sensitivity
that I normally never paid
attention to, and I hope my
daughter never ran into me when I
In the new dating book
Manology: Secrets of Your Man's
Mind Revealed, the two tackle hot
topics like infidelity, effective argu-
ing and the ever-elusive question of
"When is too soon to sleep with
someone?" They each draw from
their own relationship experiences
and separate book successes:
Simmons released an affirmations
anthology Words of Wisdom and a
parenting handbook Take Back Your
Family (which he co-authored with
his wife Justine) while Gibson
wrote the self-help hardcover How
to Get Out of Your Own Way.
, .. .
look at it as
how to catch and keep a
man: Tyrese will show you how to
catch him, and my point of view
will show you how to keep him,"
says Simmons, a father of six chil-
dren whom he first introduced on
MTV's hit reality show Run's
The following is a condensed
combination of interview questions
with Simmons and Gibson on their
relationship mistakes, harsh advice
for women, and inevitable compar-
isons to Steve Harvey's own
straight-talk dating book:
Q: With such different dating
backgrounds and beliefs, how did
you two approach this book proj-
A: Joseph Simmons: I wasn't
looking for him to totally agree
with me. My views were coming
from a Biblical standpoint, a settled
man, and he's coming from the way
he thinks a woman should treat him
[and] the difficulties of understand-
ing being completely faithful. I
knew his point was gonna matter a
lot to women, and I knew my point
" as going to matter, so there was
never an upset like, "You should-
,, n't be thinking that." It never
-came to that point. I knew we
Were making a good book, so I
was happy to have his opinion.
He could've made it alone and
not with me two separate
Tyrese Gibson: We're not
trying to purposely get under
people's skin and piss them
off, we're just trying [to be]
as honest as we possibly
can and, more than any-
thing, for the ladies, we're
trying to give them the
heads up about what's
around the corner before they get
there. ...As many books that we
want to sell: if you have a weak
stomach, if you would rather be
oblivious to the truth and the harsh
reality of what we [men] do and
how we do it the manipulation,
the games that we play, the lies, the
demons, the backstabbing, the
heartache, the pain, all of this stuff
that happens ... certain parts of the
book, it's just so uncomfortable to
read, it might not be for you. It
takes a certain kind of woman that
has a strong stomach and they real-
ly want to know the truth.
Q: How does this book differ
from Steve Harvey's successful
Act Like a Lady, Think Like a
Simmons: Number one: there's
two of us. Duh! That's like, what's
the difference between a cheese-
burger and a double cheeseburger?
There's more! You're getting more
info, you're getting two different
points of view. I have a different life
than Steve Harvey, Tyrese had a dif-
ferent life than Steve Harvey.
Everyone has their ideas of what
they've gone through in relation-
ships. We're not Steve Harvey, but
we do have relationships. It's differ-
ent because we're different.
Gibson: If Steve Harvey's book
was not a success, if his movie was
not a success, it would've never
created an interest for me and Rev
to come in and do a redo. We would
be crazy to not pay our respects for
the success that Steve's book had! It
created an audience [for] the
straight talk coming from a man's
perspective. ... We had an interview
with Steve Harvey recently in
Chicago on his show, and he said
himself "Ladies, I read this book. If
you think my book gave you the
heads up and looked out for you,
you got another thing coming.
They're giving away all the secrets;
they're giving away stuff I haven't
even gotten into on any level!"
Q: What is one big mistake
women often make in a relation-
ship's earliest stage?
Gibson: They talk too much. It's
simple: ladies, I love you to death,
but shut up. Stop telling random
guys that you meet all your busi-
ness. You don't know what's gonna
happen in this particular relation-
ship: he might be sexy, tall, charm-
ing and charismatic. But all of the
drama dysfunction from your
childhood, all of the abusive rela-
tionships, being cheated on and lied
to, going into details about what
didn't work from your relationships
in the past becomes too much
information. You look at that as,
I'm supposed to be sitting here and
talking and getting to know this
man, [which] includes me telling
him all my business. Like, shut it up
already!...So what ends up happen-
ing, is I got one more person with
all my secrets, all of my business,
and I don't really know if I'm
gonna be with him. You're trying to
emotionally hook him in, and all he
wants to do is have sex with you, if
that's the case. So just keep it sim-
ple, have fun, laugh, enjoy yourself,
but just shut up! I know that sounds
harsh as hell, but stop talking so
much when you first meet people.
Simmons: I like the way Beyonce
and Jay-Z played out: they came
together, but I believe in my mind,
Beyonce stayed on her game. She
stayed dancing, making her videos,
she kept it moving; she gave him
attention, but she gave her career a
lot of attention too. ... So for me,
stay focused. In the Bible, the book
of Ruth talks about Ruth and Boaz.
I talk about this in the book, that
Ruth was out in the field, doing her
thing, and when King Boaz came to
town, all of the women were like,
"Oh my god, Boaz is here!" She
just, "I acknowledge he's a big tall,
handsome man, yeah. But I got
work to do and I'm not playing it
like I don't notice him, but definite-
ly gotta finish up my job." And he
took note of her, and this young
lady captured the king by staying
on her job. Sometimes, you have to
just not to a point where he thinks,
oh she's trying to act like she does-
n't notice me. No, that's too much;
you do that, then you'll lose him
completely. But at least stay on
your grind of what you were doing.
Love yourself first before you
invite somebody else into your
world to love with you. Don't get
too caught up in going from not
knowing a person to giving all your
energy to them.
Q: How would you warn the
men to prepare for the women
who will read Manology and be
able to guard themselves from all
Gibson: A guy tweeted me and he
said, "I'm going right now to buy
Rev Run and Tyrese's book"...he
wants to know how many of our
secrets did Rev and Tyrese expose
so that he can sharpen his game up.
It becomes an opposite effect!
...The only warning is when they
read this book, then they're gonna
be that much more protective of
their hearts, their spirits and what
they know. They're not gonna be
oblivious of the games and the
manipulation and the man-gician,
all of the above that are out there
because they know what they know.
Knowledge is power and not just
within the relationship, just in gen-
Simmons: Manology is a manual
so ladies don't get manipulated. So
for me, if you're doing the right
thing in the first place, you won't
have to worry about her under-
standing your games. If you're
playing games, this book will defi-
nitely get you in trouble, but the
bottom line is you shouldn't be
playing games anyway. I always
think: why get in a relationship if
you can just be single? Stop playing
the games. You want to be single,
you win! Go ahead, you the man!
You're single, you have no prob-
lem. So why pull somebody's heart
into something and drive yourself
and them crazy when you can just
Smiths Put Divorce Rumors to Rest
Jada and Will Smith
It's been nearly two years since patch Will says has characterized
the rumor mill first pit Will Smith two of his seventeen-year relation-
against Jada Pinkett with a divorce ship.
lawyer in between. And while a "Jada and I have been together
separation never ensued, varied for 17 years. If you look at it like a
allegations did and our curiosity as sports record, we are probably like
to whether this is in fact the rough 15 and 2," he told blogger Necole
Bitchie in an exclusive interview
during an appearance in
Philadelphia last month. "The cen-
tral idea of love is not even a rela-
tionship commitment, the first thing
is a personal commitment to be the
best version of yourself with or
without that person that you're
with. You have to every single day,
mind, body, and spirit, wake up
with a commitment to be better.
Don't make that same mistake
tomorrow that you made today," he
went on to say.
For Jada Pinkett Smith, who
recently penned a series of relation-
ship-focused posts on her Facebook
page, marriage success hinges part-
ly on establishing freedom from
mental enslavement; nurturing,
instead of hindering, each other's
dreams; and accepting the existing
relationships a marriage partner is
bringing to the table -- children and
What it doesn't hinge on is
money, Will says. "I think a lot of
people think that when you have
money, that everything gets really
easy, Hell Naw!" he told Bitchie
before adding, "Jada has made me a
better person than anyone on earth
could have every done. There is
nobody on Earth at this point that in
my life and in my career with the
successes and the things that I've
done, there is nobody on Earth that
I would still try to be better for."
Lawsuit Brewing Between Housewives
Drama is brewing between cast-
mates of Real Housewives of
Atlanta, and this time it has noth-
'ing to do with NeNe Leakes.
Kandi Burruss is suing her co-
star Kim Zolciak for copyright
reports. The suit stems from a song
the two made together called
"Tardy for the Party," known to
fans of the show as an awkward
anthem that became a viral hit.
The twist'? Burruss is being rep-
resented by her RHOA co-star and
celebrity attorney Phaedra Parks.
The lawsuit, filed in Atlanta on
March 12, contends that Burruss
wrote "Tardy for the Party" for
Zolciak but never received proper
credit or compen- -
sation. Burruss's I is \
Richard, who co-
wrote the tune, is
and Richard are
also asking for a .
complete I e ,
accounting of the
sales of the track.
Shown is Kandi Buruss and Kim Zolciak.
about the song
became a story plot on the reality anything from 'Tardy for the Party.'
show, and Burruss even wrote That is the truth," she wrote. "I am
about the situation in a blog on not mad about it. I really blame
Bravo's Web site. "I hardly got myself because I didn't handle my
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Thousands Attend Annual Bike Week in Daytona Beach
Calling itself America's largest
motorcycle event, Bike Week fol-
lows close on the heels of
NASCAR's Great American Race
with its arrival in Daytona Beach,
Florida last weekend.
Surprisingly, Bike Week is bigger
than the Daytona 500 or Spring
Break piling in more than 200,000
bikers into the Central
Coast'spopular beach. There are
thousands of sports bikes, cruisers,
choppers and touring rides showing
off their chrome to the delight of
There is every race and creed,
club riders and lone wolves in
attendance. They all seem to enjoy
an adult beverage, ranging in
strength from a simple domestic
beer to southern whiskey. Lost in a
melting pot atmosphere unique to
bike rallies, poor working men who
saved and scraped not only to own
their bikes but to ride them into
Daytona rubbed bare elbows with
millionaires who only agonized
over which of their motorcycles
they'd ride to the beach that day but
they come together for the thrill of
It didn't matter the point of orig-
ination, as long as the visitor in
question brought a love of
FM Powell photos
(CNN) Two hit-and-run deaths
in rural Mississippi just a few miles
apart highlight a disturbing prob-
lem about data collection on possi-
ble hate crimes.
Last summer, 61-year-old
African-American Sunday school
teacher Johnny Lee Butts was hit
and killed by an 18-year-old white
driver. The teen told Panola County
Sheriff deputies he thought he hit a
deer but the driver's two passengers
said he steered straight for Butts.
One passenger said he could see
that Butts was black. The killing
has sparked outrage in the local
SCivil rights groups have demanded
that police prosecute Butts' killing
as a hate crime.
Nonetheless, prosecutors chose
There was no evidence, authori-
ties said, to suggest a racial motive.
The driver was charged with mur-
der. He has not yet pleaded in the
In another hit and run, 41-year-
old African-American Garrick
Burdette was found dead along a
Panola County road in November
His mother, Ruby Burdette, says
for three years she had heard noth-
ing about any police investigation
into her son's death until CNN
began asking about the case.
CNN received no response after
calling the Panola County Sheriffs
department, but just hours after
CNN's call, a sheriffs investigator
drove to Ruby Burdette's house.
"He came in and said he was the
investigator," she told CNN. "He
told me he apologized for no one
coming out before now. And he told
me that the first investigators they
had didn't do anything."
If police suspect Burdette's death
was a hate crime, they're not say-
ing. And even if Burdette's death
turns out to be a hate crime, there's
a chance it won't even be reported.
"The data sucks," said Heidi
Beirich of the Southern -Poverty
Lawv Center, which tiicks the' isshe.
"Hate crime data as the FBI reports
is underreported by an ungodly
In 2005, 2006 and 2007 there
were zero hate crime incidents
reported in the state of Mississippi,
according to the FBI.
"States like California have thou-
sands of hate crimes, and the state
of Mississippi with its record of
racial animus has none?" said
Beirich. "It's ridiculous."'
Federal law has required states to
collect hate crime data since the
early 1990s. Congress has defined a
hate crime as a "criminal offense
against a person or property moti-
vated in whole or in part by an
offender's bias against a race, reli-
gion, disability, ethnic origin or
But states don't have to report
their data to the FBI if they don't
want to. Four states -- Indiana,
Mississippi, New Mexico and Ohio
-- don't even have a Uniform Crime
Reporting (UCR) program.
The result, critics say, is a federal
data system that costs $1 million-
plus but offers very little help to
authorities who investigate, identi-
fy and track hate crimes.
The FBI stats show the following
trends in hate crimes reported by
states from 2008-2011:
-- Crimes linked to bias against
sexual orientation increased from
16.7% to 20.8%.
-- Crimes linked to religious, eth-
nic and disability bias were
-- Racially motivated hate crimes
-- the most commonly reported type
-- decreased from 51.3% to 46.9%.
Back in Mississippi, Ruby
Burdette's pain over the death of
her son has been resurfacing as
police investigate the case more
than three years later.
She believes it could have been
"I would hate to say it, but it
could," she said. "Being a mother, I
want the truth to come out."
In the end, she may never know.
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