20 Things I
Wish I Knew
When I Was 30
Uganda Anti-Pornography Bill to
Arrest Women in Mini Skirts
Uganda has hit the international headlines once again recently fol-
lowing the re-tabling in parliament of a proposed Anti-Pornography
Bill. Just months after MP David Bahati's Anti-Homosexuality Bill -
referred to by many as the 'Kill the Gays' Bill attracted international
attention and much condemnation, the Anti-Pornography Bill has now
generated another storm of controversy in Uganda and beyond.
If passed, the Anti-Pornography Bill would cover a range of practices
and activities, but much of the outrage and debate has come to be cen-
tred on one particular issue: the miniskirt.
The Anti-Pornography Bill is purportedly a reaction to an "increase
in pornographic materials in the Ugandan mass media and nude danc-
ing in the entertainment world". Its provisions would aim to "equip the
country with a better law to tackle the insidious social problem of
Philly Women's Clinic
Murder Trial Heads to Jury
PHILADELPHIA A Philadelphia jury began weighing murder
charges this week in the trial of a doctor charged with killing four
viable babies who were born alive, part of what authorities describe as
a routine practice at his clinic of illegal, late-term abortions.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, performed thousands of abortions over a 30-
year career. He maintains that he helped desperate women and teens
who had no other access to medical care.
According to prosecutors, Gosnell routinely cut live babies in the
back of the neck to sever their spines because he did not know how to
do a proper abortion in utero.
Gosnell is also charged in the 2009 death of a woman patient who
was given anesthesia and monitored by two troubled medical assis-
tants and a teenager. By that point, state officials had not inspected
Gosnell's clinic since the early 1990s, prosecutors said.
Gosnell faces 258 counts in all, including the five murder counts.
Other charges against him include one count each of infanticide and
racketeering, 24 counts of performing third-trimester abortions and
227 counts of failing to counsel patients a day in advance.
Exhale.. Black Version of
The View Set to Hit TV
Magic Johnson's cabler Aspire has greenlit "Exhale," a talkshow in
the vein of "The View" to be hosted by five African-American women
in the entertainment space.
The shows description aims to bring candid conversation to topics
including family, relationships, career, money and faith. Co-hosts are
Angela Burt-Murray, comedian Erin Jackson, Issa Rae, author and TV
anchor Rene Syler and actress Malinda Williams.
Aspire launched last June as a part of the deal struck between
Comcast and NBCUniversal and targets African-American auds.
Want to Work for the President?
African American Interns Wanted for
2013 White House Internship Program
The 2013 White House Initiative's Year round Intership Program
provides current undergraduate and graduate students with an oppor-
tunity to learn about African American-focused education policy, com-
munications, and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education
Reponsibilities include, but not limited to: Collecting and com-
piling research and data on African American education, institutions
and communities; Performing data entry and managing the offive
database; Greeting and escorting visitors to meetings; Participating in
strategic planning and staff meetings and other Department policy
briefings and meetings relevant to the work of the Initiative;
Responding to constituent inquiries verbally or in writing; and more.
Throughout the course of their internships, students will have the
opportunity to attend and potentially lead in the planning and man-
agement of meetings, briefings and other special events on the Hill, at
the White House and in other federal agencies.
To apply for the 2013 White House Initiative's Year-round Internship
Program visit: www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships .
New Web Dating Site Brings
Together Celibate and Single
If you haven't noticed by now, waiting is in again. More and more
couples are choosing to put sex on hold in favor of finding love and a
worthy life partner first. BlackCelibacy.com founder Jeremy
Billingsley noticed the same thing and put his entrepreneurial mind to
work. The site was born and it caught on fast. Now as he continues to
try to get the word out that BlackCelibacay.com is a convenient place
to meet friends or lovers who share your values, Billingsley's proud of
what BlackCelibacy.com is offering our community.
The site currently has over 4,000 members. Creators say it is for any-
one who is celibate or considering celibacy. And it's for those looking
to meet others with the same values. "We're growing now. There
aren't just Black people on there. We actually have people of all races
on the site.," he said.
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Volume 26 No. 27 Jacksonville, Florida May 2-8, 2013
voted at a higher rate than other
minority groups in 2012 and by
most measures surpassed the white
turnout for the first time, reflecting
a deeply polarized presidential elec-
tion in which blacks strongly sup-
ported Barack Obama while many
whites stayed home.
Had people voted last November
when black turnout was below its
current historic levels, Republican
Mitt Romney would have won nar-
rowly, according to an analysis con-
ducted for The Associated Press.
Census data and exit polling
show that whites and blacks will
remain the two largest racial groups
of eligible voters for the next
black turnout came
despite concerns about
the effect of new
laws on minority vot-
ing, outweighed by the
desire to re-elect the first
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Urban League's 5K Brings
Health and Fitness to Springfield
200+ runners kick off the 5K race on Main Street.
More than 200 men, women and
children joined together for the
First Annual Jacksonville Urban
League 5K Walk/Run and One mile
fun run in Springfield.
As the event came to a close and
more than two dozen volunteers
picked up trash and folded up
tables, Richard Danford said, "this
was a great start. We look forward
to coming back next year for an
even bigger and better event."
Rogers Hill Nuptials
Mr. and Mrs. Jevon Hill
The former Rickell Rogers recently wed Jevon Hill at the Embassy Suites
Hotel in Baymeadows. A graduate of Englewood High, Jevon is a profes-
sional musician and current Musical Director for Fantasia. The bride is a
Philadelphia, PA native holding an AA degree from FSCJ and is a rela-
tionship specialist with Atlantic Bank. Charles McGriff Sr. of Titus
Harvestdome officiated the wedding. The festive occasion was bittersweet
for the groom who lost his father, musician Jimmy Hill, just two days prior.
Following a honeymoon in the Bahamas, the couple will reside in
Hall Travels to Motherland to Bring Literacy to Orphans
Sam Hall joined One Spirit --w
terfaith Seminary for a journey to
duth Africa on a mission trip to '
sit schools, orphanages, and .-.
idangered species. The group of '. s
even from the Seminary took t
early 100 books to the Shagaan '
lementarv school. The books
ranged from particular interest to
"We visited the Hoespruit
Orphanage where we took bags of
fruit to the cafeteria and spent time
with the children. 60% of the kids
in the schools were orphaned
because of HIV/Aids," said Hall.
The nearly two week pilgrimage
took the Seminary through the
Timbauati Reserve region where
they visited a factory where
weavers made items using old
looms. A day in the local village
included food prepared in the tradi-
tional way along with dancing and
singing. The songs were sung in 5
languages, which is due to the local
European influence and history.
Shown above is Sam Hall at the Shagaan Elementary School in South Africa.
Zimmerman Waives Right to Immunity Under "Stand Your Ground"
George Zimmerman, who is
charged in the killing of unmanned
17-year-old Trayvon Martin,
waived his right to seek immunity
under Florida's controversial "Stand
Your Ground" law this week.
But his lawyer Mark O'Mara says
he may seek immunity later.
Zimmerman, a former neighbor-
hood watch volunteer, has pleaded
not guilty, insisting that he shot the
teenager in self-defense. He
invoked the "Stand Your Ground"
law, which allows people to use
deadly force in instances where
they feel threatened.
Prosecutors in the case requested
that Zimmerman publicly state
whether he would use the immunity
defense under the "Stand Your
Ground" law or waive his right to it.
As the June 10 trial date approach-
es, prosecutors wanted the former
neighborhood watch volunteer on
record stating his decision, Reuters
Benjamin Crump, the attorney for
the parents of Trayvon Martin, said
that Zimmernnan's decision is an
indication of the weakness of his
"The fact that George
Zimmennan has decided to now
waive his right to a stand your
ground hearing before trial is very
telling of his defense or lack there-
of," Crump said, in a statement.
Back in March, O'Mara said in a
hearing that Zimmerman would not
seek immunity under Florida's
"Stand Your Ground" law. He
would instead allow a jury to decide
his fate at his second-degree murder
trial for killing unarmed teen
In his statement, Crump added:
"It has and continues to be our posi-
tion that the Stand Your Ground
immunity statute does not apply to
the actions of George Zimmerman
on the night that he shot and killed
A Change Has Really Come: Black Voter
Turnout Rate Passes Whites For The rst
ASHINGTON Black America at the same rates they did in 2004, decade. Last year's hea,- .
There is a
May 2-8, 2013
Five Deadly Retirement Mistakes
Any one of these could sabotage
your plans, but they're all avoidable.
Even the smartest and most sure-
footed among us have been known to
stumble on the path to retirement.
Some of our mistakes are easily
remedied. Others, like neglecting to
save anything at all, require some-
thing more like a miracle.
Miracles are outside the purview of
this department, unfortunately. But
here are five common mistakes that I
think most of us can avoid if we try.
1. Underestimating your taxes.
The tax deferral we've all enjoyed on
our individual retirement accounts
and 401(k) plans lo these many years
came with a catch: When we with-
draw that money, it's going to be
taxed as ordinary income rather than
as capital gains. So instead of paying
20 percent or less under current rules,
we could owe as much as 39.6 per-
cent. That might be an argument for
keeping our mutts off those accounts
for as long as possible, but the inter-
nal Revenue Service thought of that
too, requiring us to take required
minimum distributions every year
after age 70 V2. (Roth IRAs are an ex-
ception here; they're neither taxed
nor subject to minimum withdrawals
during the owner's lifetime.)
2 Assuming that expenses de-
cline. That may have been the case
generations ago, but these days many
retirees find that their cost of living
either remains the same or even rises.
When our recent retirement survey
asked 9,642 retirees what their typi-
cal monthly expenses were like now
compared with their expenses in the
year before they retired, only 42 per-
cent said they were lower, while 32
percent said they were about the
same, and 23 percent said they were
Our survey then took it a step fur-
By Jeff Reeves
Many taxpayers missed the Mon-
day, April 15, deadline for their
2012 taxes. But whether you're a
procrastinator or whether you are
trying to track down a few errant
forms, take heart: There is always
the option of filing for an exten-
The Internal Revenue Service al-
lows taxpayers to file their 2012
taxes as late as October 15, without
any penalties-presuming you ask
permission to file an extension by
April 15 by filling out the simple
Pros of A Tax Extension.
All you have to do is ask. The
IRS doesn't care why you are ask-
ing for an extension. It only cares
whether you ask by April 15, and
whether you fill out the very
correctly. Meet those two sim-
ple thresholds and you'll be granted
Save yourself an audit. A com-
mon misperception is that exten-
sions make you more likely to
suffer an audit. But you may be
much more likely to be audited by
falling to file a return at all with the
IRS or rushing and making a bone-
headed mistake that raises a red
flag with auditors. Save yourself
late penalties. The IRS charges you
two kinds of penalties for missing
the deadline: The first one is a fail-
ure to file penalty, which is com-
monly 5 percent of taxes due for
each month past the deadline. This
penalty will not exceed 25 percent.
The second is a failure to pay
penalty if you have taxes clue,
which is 0.5 percent of unpaid taxes
per month, with a cap again at 25
percent. You don't want to mess
with charges like these.
Wait six days or six months. Al-
though few Americans file their re-
turns three months before tax clay
because of a lag in getting paper-
work, there's no reason why you
can't file three or four months be-
fore the October deadline. Heck,
there, asking what our respondents ac-
tually meant by higher or lower. That
resulted in some fascinating data that
I've never seen collected before.
Among retirees who told us their ex-
penses were higher, 16 percent said
about 5 percent higher, 31 percent
said about 10 percent higher, 27 per-
cent said about 11 to 19 percent
higher, and 17 percent said 20 to 29
percent higher. And an unfortunate 9
percent said their expenses were at
least 30 percent higher.
Pardon all the numbers, but I
think they make a point. Not only are
your expenses likely to be higher, but
they could also be a lot higher.
Of the retirees who said their ex-
penses had fallen, a majority (55 per-
cent) pegged the decline at between
10 percent and 19 percent. I'm not
dwelling on that group because they
don't seem to have much of a prob-
lem, unless they're making them-
selves miserable by scrimping on
3. Figuring you can easily get a
job. Returning to the workforce isn't
an easy task these days, and it can
take much longer than it used to. A
2012 study by AARP found that job
seekers age 55 and up were out of
work for an average of 55.4 weeks
compared with 37.1 weeks for
Whether that's due to age discrim-
ination, the fact that older workers
tend to be better paid, or whatever,
it's a number worth noting. Of
course, if you have the skills and the
contacts to walk out of retirement
and into a job whenever you please,
more power to you. If not, just be
aware that it could take a while.
4. Expecting unrealistic returns.
There was a time not long ago when
lots of us thought a 10 percent annual
return on our portfolio was a market
file April 16 if you want. The ex-
tension simply gives you the option
to wait six months, not the obliga-
Cheaper preparation. Not sur-
prisingly, some tax-preparation
businesses charge a premium on
any work done in March or April.
If you file an extension and go to
your accountant in July, chances
are you'll probably not pay as
much for the return.
Cons of A Tax Extension
No more time to pay. This is a
biggie. Unfortunately, an extension
on the paperwork is not an exten-
sion on your bill. When you file for
an extension you need to estimate
what you owe and then send pay-
ment on or by April 15. If you
don't, you'll face interest
and penalties even if
granted an extension. Ob-
viously this is not an
exact science, so the
IRS will waive any
i&6 penalties if you pay at
least 90 percent of
,.ouI tax bill up front and then sub-
mit the remainder with your formal
return by October 15. But make
sure you err on the side of overpay-
ment if you're making an extension
or else you could get stuck with
steep fees even if you have permis-
sion to file late.
A longer wait for your money.
Some folks see a big tax return as a
built-in savings mechanism. But on
the other hand, consider that this
isn't a windfall or a bonus- it's your
money that you overpaid in taxes.
That's why it's called a tax "re-
fund." If you have double-digit in-
terest on credit card debt or a
pressing need for cash, why should
Uncle Sam be allowed to sit on
your money? Even if you just were
going to sock the tax return away in
a savings account, at least by taking
ownership back you'll start earning
interest instead of letting the cash
collect dust in the U.S. Treasury.
Delaying the inevitable. If
you're filing for an extension out of
procrastination, you could very
well continue to procrastinate and
face the same time crunch in six
months with no safety net this
time. Make sure you're actually
using the extra time instead of just
given right. So what's a fair assump-
tion these days? Percy Bolton, a fee-
only financial planner in Pasadena,
Calif., tells me he's using 3 V2 to 4
percent, which is conservative but
less likely to get clients in trouble.
He'd rather be wrong on the upside
than the downside, he says.
5. Overreacting to news. Just as
we're supposed to think long-term
when planning for retirement, it's a
good idea to think long-term while
we're in retirement. So even if you
now have time to watch all those fi-
nancial programs on TV, resist the
urge to constantly fiddle with your
asset mix based on the news of the
moment. Bolton remembers anxious
phone calls last December from
clients worried about how the 11 th-
hour "fiscal cliff' deal might affect
them. The answer, it turned out, was
that it probably wouldn't have any
effect unless they had estates that
were worth more than $5 million or
incomes higher than $400,000.
A well-known annual study by the
market research firm Dalbar has
found that both stock and bond in-
vestors tend to overreact to events,
moving money in and out of mutual
funds with breathtakingly bad timing
and ultimately ending up with less
than if they'd simply done nothing.
I think there's a lesson in that, too.
In retirement planning, as in much
else, there's a time for action and a
time for inaction, and wisdom lies in
knowing the difference. The former
executive editor of Consumer Re-
ports, Greg Daugherty is our Retire-
ment Guy. He is also a co-author of
"The Consumer Reports Money
Black Voter Turnout Rate Passes Whites
Continued from front
William H. Frey, a demographer at
the Brookings Institution, analyzed
the 2012 elections for the AP using
census data on eligible voters and
turnout, along with November's exit
polling. He estimated total votes for
Obama and Romney under a scenario
where 2012 turnout rates for all racial
groups matched those in 2004. Over-
all, 2012 voter turnout was roughly
58 percent, down from 62 percent in
2008 and 60 percent in 2004.
The analysis also used population
projections to estimate the shares of
eligible voters by race group through
2030. The numbers are supplemented
with material from the Pew Research
Center and George Mason University
associate professor Michael McDon-
ald, a leader in the field of voter
turnout who separately reviewed ag-
gregate turnout levels across states,
as well as AP interviews with the
Census Bureau and other experts.
The bureau is scheduled to release
data on voter turnout in May.
Overall, the findings represent a
tipping point for blacks, who for
much of America's history were dis-
enfranchised and then effTectively
barred from voting until passage of'
the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
But the numbers also offer a cau-
tionary note to both Democrats and
Republicans after Obama won in No-
vember with a historically low per-
centage of white supporters. While
Latinos are now the biggest driver of
U.S. population growth, they still
trail whites and blacks in turnout and
electoral share, because many of the
Hispanics in the country are children
In recent weeks, Republican lead-
ers have urged a "year-round effort"
to engage black and other minority
voters, describing a grim future if
their party does not expand its core
support beyond white males.
The 2012 data suggest Romney
was a particularly weak GOP candi-
date, unable to motivate white voters
let alone attract significant black or
Latino support. Obama's personal ap-
peal and the slowly improving econ-
omy helped overcome doubts and
spur record levels of minority voters
in a way that may not be easily repli-
cated for Democrats soon.
Romney would have erased
Obama's nearly 5 million-vote vic-
tory margin and narrowly won the
popular vote if voters had turned out
as they did in 2004, according to
Frey's analysis. Then, white turnout
was slightly higher and black voting
More significantly, the battle-
ground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, Florida and Colorado would
have tipped in favor of Romney,
handing him the presidency if the
outcome of other states remained the
Whit Ayres, a GOP consultant who
is advising GOP Sen. Marco Rubio
of Florida, a possible 2016 presiden-
tial contender, says the last election
reaffirmed that the Republican Party
needs "a new message, a new mes-
senger and a new tone." Change
within the party need not be "lock,
stock and barrel," Ayres said, but pol-
icy shifts such as GOP support for
broad immigration legislation will be
important to woo minority voters
over the longer term.
"It remains to be seen how success-
ful Democrats are if you don't have
Barack Obama at the top of the
ticket," he said.
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New Guidelines Issued to Improve
Cultural Competency in Health Care
Global Youth Service Day is a
public awareness and education
campaign organized by Youth
Service America (YSA) that high-
lights the valuable contributions
youth make in their communities
around the country. Job Corps
encourages all centers to participate
in this nationwide event. The goals
of Global Youth Service Day are to
mobilize youth as leaders in under-
standing, valuing, appreciating and
engaging their communities. An
estimated 2 million participated
nationally including 100+here in
The Jacksonville Job Corps
Center joined forces with the City's
of Jacksonville's Recreation and
Community Services Dept. for a
variety of activities. Their day of
service included trimming hedges,
planting trees, cleaning windows
In addition to the impact on com-
munities, research shows that sus-
tained community service can lead
to increased levels of academic
learning and workforce readiness
skills among youth.
Job Corps is a taxpayer-support-
ed education and career technical
training program administered by
the United States Labor
Department. The program helps 16
to 24 year old young men and
women to improve the quality of
their lives through career technical
and academic training. The Job
Corps program serves about 60,000
students each year at 125 centers
across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
For more information on
Jacksonville Job Corps Center
please visit www.jacksonville.job-
EWC Breaks Ground on
Criminal Justice Facility
Edward Waters College commemorated the groundbreaking of its $2.6
million Criminal Justice Education Facility and Police Substation along-
side city and community leaders this week in a formal ceremony.
The two-story, 10,500-square-foot facility is being constructed at 1767
Kings Road, just west of EWC's Student Union building and newly-ren-
ovated Salter Hall dorms. It will house Jacksonville Sheriffs Office offi-
cers on the second floor, and two classrooms and a forensic lab for EWC
students on the first floor. The facility will provide a unique opportunity
for criminal justice students to routinely interact and network with law
enforcement professionals without ever having to leave the heart of cam-
pus. Upon its completion, the facility will be the largest building expan-
sion on the campus since 2005.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) The
Department of Health and Human
Services has updated its standards
for cultural competency in health
care, hoping to narrow the racial
and ethnic health disparities com-
mon throughout the United States.
"This provides another opportu-
nity to significantly improve health
disparities," Dr. Howard Koh, the
agency's Assistant Secretary for
Health, said at a press conference
on Wednesday. "Care needs to
honor culture, it needs to be effec-
tive, understandable and respectful.
Care needs to be delivered with
National Standards for Culturally
and Linguistically Appropriate
Services in Health and Health Care
also known as CLAS Standards-
serve as guidelines for facilitating
"culturally and linguistically appro-
priate health services."
The new standards were
announced last week by HHS's
Office of Minority Health at a gath-
ering of health care organizations
the Kaiser Family Foundation
office in Washington.
In 2000, under the Bush adminis-
tration, the Office of Minority
Health published the first set of
standards, which were updated in
2010, to better cater the health care
system to the nation's increasingly
The recently updated standards
include 15 guidelines for effective
cultural communication between
patients and caregivers, including a
"principal standard" that encour-
ages hospitals to provide service
that is "responsive to diverse cultur-
al health beliefs and practices, pre-
ferred languages, health literacy,
and other communication needs."
Other standards include:
Recruiting more culturally
diverse leadership staff
Offering language assistance at
no cost to the patient
Collecting and maintaining
accurate demographic data
Partnering with the community
to design cultural and linguistic
appropriate policies, insurance and are also more likely
As the U.S. population becomes to report poor communication with
more diverse, with Whites becom- nurses.
ing a minority in the U.S. by 2050, "Culture is language it's the
cultural competence in health care way that we through signs, cus-
is being considered crucial to end- toms, beliefs, practices present our-
ing health disparities. selves to other people, understand
And those disparities are striking. other people," said Leon
Black babies are 2.3 times more Rodriguez, director of the office of
likely to die in infancy, Asians are civil rights at HHS. "Proper com-
2.5 times more likely to develop munication is not just a civil rights
liver cancer, Latinos are three times issue, it's about delivering the best
more likely to be uninsured and quality care-this is all about deliv-
Black men are seven times more ering good care, this all about good
likely to be diagnosed with HIV business."
than their White counterparts. Although helpful, the standards
Currently, seven of the 15 most are not mandatory; they are merely
populated cities are majority minor- a set of guidelines put in place to
ity yet African Americans, Latinos, assist the medical community better
Native Americans, and Asians con- serve people of color.
tinue to receive lower quality care Studies have shown that cultural
than their White counterparts competency training improves the
N a t i o n a 1 Black babies are 2.3 times
Disparities reports. more likely to die in infancy.
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Mr. Tavares Laster (instructor) and student planting flowers on Earth Day.
Job Corps Teaches Students to 'Go
Green' for Global Youth Service Day
patient-healthcare provider rela-
tionship. However only six states
have legislation that requires or
suggests cultural competence train-
ing: Maryland, Washington,
Connecticut, New Mexico,
California, and New Jersey.
Five states, including Illinois and
Florida where 15 and 20 percent of
the total populations are uninsured
respectively, have vetoed or denied
such legislation. Iowa, Colorado,
and Oregon also followed suit.
The authors of the standards
believe that if they can get hospitals
and health care providers to adopt
their standards, both the patients
and the medical community will be
"We hope over time this will be
good for practice and good busi-
ness," Koh said. "If every organiza-
tion can at least start by saying we
embrace these values and get lead-
ership to infuse these values
throughout everyday work, we can
begin to gather more data that show
that this is not only good practice,
but it's good for business."
THE WORST DAY AT
WORK BEATS THE BEST
DAY IN FORECLOSURE.
SEEKING A SOLUTION FOR THOSE
With job loss responsible for up to half of
all mortgage delinquencies, getting people
back on their feet became our focus. But
the economy and the job market have changed.
People desperately looking for work need
help. Which is where Fifth Third Bank
and NextJob, a nationwide reemployment
solutions company, came in.
Last year we initiated a pilot program that
provides mortgage customers up to 39 weeks
of job training including live coaching, job
search training and software fully paid for by
Fifth Third Bank. Participating Fifth Third
customers at risk of defaulting on their
mortgages had experienced, on average, 22
months of unemployment. After six months
of reemployment assistance, nearly 40% of
participants had secured meaningful employment.
BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL
Our commitment to reemployment continues
to grow with the signing of a multiyear contract
with NextJob, which allows us to move the
program out of the pilot phase and incorporate
it into the way we do business. Curious behavior
for a bank? Maybe. But we're proud to be the
first financial institution to offer such assistance
and hope we won't be the last.
FIFTH THIRD BANK
The curious bank.
Fifth Third Bank. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender ,
"Health is the
most important thing we have
regardless of our race, socioeco-
nomic status," said Dr. Nadine
Gracia, director of the office of
minority health at the Department
of Health and Human Services.
"Nothing more essential to opportu-
nity than good health."
In a 2002 report on Cultural
Competence in Health Care pre-
sented by the Commonwealth
Fund, a New York based founda-
tion, states, As we become a more
ethnically and racially diverse
nation, health care systems and
providers need to reflect on and
respond to patients' varied perspec-
tives, values, beliefs, and behaviors
about health and well-being.
Failure to understand and manage
sociocultural differences may have
significant health consequences on
minority groups in particular."
A huge barrier between patients
and health care providers occurs
among non-English speakers.
According to the National Health
Disparity Report, Spanish-speakers
are more likely to not have health
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I couldn't help but write about
the recent violence in Boston after
reading Eugene Robinson's column
in The Washington Post.
Before I could even read the
piece I was agreeing with
Robinson. His title was, "Guns and
Terrorism, a Double Barreled
Standard." No need to say more -
in this country we are tough on ter-
rorism and soft on gun control.
Guess what there is a relation-
Think about all the recent acts of
terrorism from shootings at
movie theaters and elementary
schools, to the Boston Marathon -
assault weapons were involved. I
continue to be dumbfounded at
how the National Rifle Association
(NRA) continues to win the battle
over gun control.
Disclaimer time: I agree and sup-
port the fact that every American
citizen has a constitutional right to
bear arms. But bearing arms does-
n't mean that everyday citizens
should have access to the same
assault rifles that our military mem-
Last week in Boston, Tamerlan
and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev not only
detonated two home-made bombs,
but also created an atmosphere of
fear and unrest throughout the city.
Never before had I heard of a city
as large as Boston being on lock-
down while the manhunt took
These two brothers were armed
and dangerous. Armed with some
of the most deadly guns that money
Robinson wrote, "It is
inescapably ironic that while'
Boston was under siege last week,
the Senate was busy rejecting a
measure that would have mandated
near-universal background checks
for gun purchases nationwide."
Talk about the irony of this
debate while Congress debates
the need for background checks,
the city of Boston is in turmoil over
two guys with the same high-
capacity weapons that many
Americans are in support of ban-
"Gun violence costs 30,000 lives
in this country each year," writes
Robinson. "Other steps proposed
after Newtown such as reimpo-
sition of a ban on military-style
assault weapons and large-capacity
magazines were deemed too
much to hope for."
I talked about common sense ear-
lier, and obviously not enough
Americans have common sense
when it comes to gun control.
Even if you are an avid outdoors-
man do you really need an assault
rifle and large capacity magazine to
I have never hunted so I am real-
ly not a subject matter expert.
However, seems like it would be
more sport to use a traditional rifle
versus shooting Bambi 30 times
with a machine gun. I am just say-
Robinson also wrote about the
most obvious issue background
checks. Most of us realize that
these checks will not stop every
senseless act of gun violence, but it
will help. Hell, it certainly will not
"The NRA changed its position
on background checks to 'never'
and dug in its heels, threatening to
punish senators who voted in
favor," added Robinson. "And so,
despite polls showing that up to 90
percent of Americans support uni-
versal background checks, Senate
Majority Leader Harry Reid could
not muster the 60 votes needed to
move the legislation forward."
Talk about insanity the notion
that background checks are bad is
No need to beat a dead horse, or
in this case shoot a dead horse; but
clearly there is a relationship
between the recent terrorist actions
and the desperate need for more
Signing off from Tallahassee,
There is a Connection Between
Terrorism and Gun Control
Featuring Fresh Takes and Real-time Analysis
from HuffPost's Signature Lineup of Contributors
by. E. 0. Hutchinson
The GOP's whiplash of President
Obama's Labor Secretary pick,
Assistant Attorney General for Civil
Rights Thomas Perez, is not about
his alleged over the top activist
cheerleading of labor, civil rights
and voting rights, or any supposed
improprieties in his involvement
with a housing case in St. Paul,
Minnesota a few years ago. It's
Change the name from Perez to
Attorney General Eric Holder or
UN Ambassador Susan Rice or
Chuck Hagel, and one sees that the
playbook the GOP is using again to
slur Obama is identical. The GOP
picks what it considers the most vul-
nerable Obama nominee, then pecks
away at a peripheral issue to malign
the nominee, and then threatens to
delay or block the nomination in
either hearings before a Senate
Committee, or on the Senate floor.
All the while, it chums out the most
ridiculous and scurrilous snippets of
gossip, rumor, half-baked charges to
poison the air and cast public doubts
about the nominee, and by exten-
sion Obama. The tactic worked with
Rice and failed with Holder and
Hagel. But in each case, it served its
purpose namely to replant the seed
that Obama's picks are tainted,
incompetent, or political cronies.
Perez is even more of an inviting
target. He has impeccable civil
rights, labor and progressive cre-
dentials. He has turned the Justice
Department's Civil Rights Division
that he heads into an efficient,
watchdog agency that zealously
guards and extends civil rights and
labor protections. GOP conserva-
tives detest that. In the St. Paul case
that the GOP has latched on to make
the most mischief, Perez's alleged
political sin is that he cut a deal with
St. Paul officials behind the back of
the courts to stop a civil rights law-
suit over housing discrimination
from heading to the court supposed-
ly because it would endanger the
1968 Fair Housing Act. In other
words, Perez violated both ethics
and the law. He did neither. The
facts have been well established.
The deal was cut at the urging of St.
Paul officials, not Perez. And before
he put the Justice Department's
stamp on it, he followed protocol to
the letter and consulted with ethics
enforcement officials, the
Professional Advisory Office, and
officials within the civil rights divi-
sion that enforce the False Claims
Act to determine whether the deal
passed ethics muster.
This is hardly the picture of a civil
rights activist run amok, and riding
roughshod over the law. But the
facts mean little when the issue is
not an official's competence or
integrity but embarrassing a presi-
dent. On this point, the GOP has
even taken its flail at Perez a step
further than it did at Holder or
Hagel. It has threatened to bring in a
whistleblower to testify who sup-
posedly has smoking gun evidence
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Obama official that would be most
likely to take the firmest line on
pushing and protecting pension
security, enforcement of wage and
hour laws, job safety and equal
opportunity in the workplace and
especially and on card check legis-
lation. This would virtually elimi-
nate secret-ballot elections com-
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Perez's staunch commitment to
battling discrimination through
aggressive enforcement of the vot-
ing rights laws poses a major threat
to the GOP's push to undermine the
Voting Rights Act with a slew of
voter ID laws and restrictions,
topped by the lawsuit before the
Supreme Court to scrub the Act.
This is their last gasp maneuver to
halt the momentum in the upsurge
in black and Latino voters in what
once were safe GOP leaning dis-
tricts and states. In 2008 and 2012.
these new voters made a huge dif-
ference in Obama's election and
reelection victories, and in insuring
Democrat gains in many state elec-
tions. The full enforcement of the
Voting Rights Act is the best safe-
guard of those gains. This is the
exact thing that the GOP doesn't
want. Perez, like Holder and Hagel.
will ultimately be confirmed. But
the GOP's aim is again to send the
strong message that it is a potent
force to check and sabotage Obama
and his appointees. The issue again
is not Perez, but Obama.
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Congress Honors Four Little Black
Girls and American Resolve
It has been nearly 50 years since four young Black girls were killed in a
bombing in a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama at the height of the
civil rights movement. And to commemorate that horrific episode, the
House of Representatives voted to award the Congressional Gold Medal
posthumously to 11-year-old Denise McNair and Addie Mae Collins,
Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, each of them 14.
It was a moment of all-too-rare bipartisan action in Congress, where the
measure was cosponsored by two members of the Alabama delegation:
Terri Sewell, a Democrat, and Spencer Bachus, a Republican. They had
been working actively for the House to confer the honor on the four girls
for much of this year.
This congressional honor has a deeper meaning in a contemporary
American landscape. The House of Representative voted on the measure
less than two weeks after the attacks that killed three people and injured
nearly 200 more during the Boston Marathon. And it should serve as a
reminder that what Americans now call terrorism is hardly a new phenom-
enon in our country.
Before any American had heard of Al-Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, ter-
rorism had a strong foothold in the culture of this country in the life of
Black America. The Ku Klux Klan was more active in terrorism than any-
thing the country has seen in this millennium, doing everything to impede
the work of anyone who fought for racial equality.
In Birmingham alone, there were more than 50 bombings of the homes
and institutions of African-American citizens in the first half of the centu-
ry. In fact, the governor of Alabama at the time, George C. Wallace, told
the New York Times that a strategy to halt integration in his state would be
for people to see "a few first-class funerals."
The attack at the 16th Street Baptist Church was particularly heinous. It
took place on a September Sunday morning. The church had been a meet-
ing point for figures as Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph D. Abernathy and
Fred Shuttlesworth in developing strategies to register African-American
residents to vote in Birmingham. And their actions escalated tensions in
Birmingham, particularly among white residents who bitterly resented
And so, early on a Sunday morning, four members of the Klan planted a
box of dynamite with a time delay under the steps of the Black church. As
26 children were walking into the basement to hear a sermon called "The
Love That Forgives," the bomb exploded, blowing a hole in the church's
back wall and destroying all but one stained glass window, the one por-
traying Christ leading a group of young children.
And so, it is fitting for Congress to lay down Republican and Democratic
partisanship and intransigence and simply honor these four girls who lost
their lives in one of the historic acts of terrorism on America's shores. And
just as their deaths gave added drive to the momentum of the civil rights
movement, we should be reminded that other acts of terrorism can lead the
country, when people come together in tragedy, to persevere with a
renewed sense of purpose.
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FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 30 MAY 6, 2013
Penn Relays Photo
RELAYS CHAMP: St.
W INNERS Aug hurdler Elhadji Mbow
ALL shows off watch for win-
ning 400 meter hurdles at
AROUND 119th Penn Relatys.
NEW COACHES AT LINCOLN, TEXAS SOUTHERN;
TWO DRAFTED, 20 FREE AGENTS IN NFL
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
NEW LINCOLN FOOTBALL COACH:
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA Lincoln officially
introduced Ramon Flanigan, the for-
mer Division I offensive coordinator
for Mississippi Valley State, as the
new Lincoln Lions head football coach
at a Monday press conference at the
Student Union Building Theater.
Flanigan comes to Lincoln
Flanigan from a highly-decorated coaching ca-
reer in NCAA Division I with Mississippi Valley State
and the University of North Texas as an offensive co-
ordinator and quarterbacks coach. Prior to coming to
Lincoln, Flanigan, who also assisted with academic and
other administrative duties, worked three years for the
Mississippi Valley State football program under head
coach Karl Morgan.
Flanigan, who replaces Olabaniji (OJ.) Abanishe
after five seasons, is the second Lion head coach in its
NCAA Division II era.
TSU WOMEN'S HOOPS COACH:
HOUSTON-Texas Southern Director of Athletics
Dr. Charles McClelland has announced that current
TSU associate head coach Johnetta Hayes-Perry has
been named the next head women's
Basketball coach at the school.
Hayes-Perry arrived to Tex-
as Southern after a two year stint at
UNC-Wilmington, where she spent
two seasons as an assistant coach on
former TSU head women's basketball
Hayes-Perry coach Cynthia Cooper-Dykes' staff.
At UNCW Hayes-Perry was a part of a staff that led the
program to two 20-win seasons and two postseason ap-
pearances. This past season Hayes-Perry was instrumen-
tal in the Lady Tigers historic success as Texas Southern
participated in the WNIT postseason for the first time in
Prior to coaching at UNC-Wilmington, Hayes-Perry
spent two seasons as an assistant coach at North Texas.
Before her stint at North Texas, Hayes-Perry served as
head coach at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas, where
she guided the NAIA program to 42 victories in her two
seasons. She was named the 2007-08 Red River Athletic
Conference Coach-of-the-Year. Hayes-Perry got her ini-
tial start in coaching serving as a graduate assistant at
Prairie View A&M under Cooper-Dyke.
THE STAT CORNER
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
UNDRAFTED ROOKIE FREE AGENTS
FROM BLACK COLLEGES
Jamaal Johnson-Webb, OL, Alabama A&M
Padric Scott, DT, Florida A&M
Brandon Thurmond, OLB, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Terren Jones, OT, Alabama State
Saeed Lee, DB, Alabama State
Kejuan Riley, DB, Alabama State
Roger Gaines, OT, Tennessee State
Andre Kates, DB, Virginia Union
Vernon Kearney, CB, Lane
Keith Pough, LB, Howard
Jakar Hamilton, FS, South Carolina State
Travis Tarpley, WR, Delaware State
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Paltry numbers (2) again in NFL Draft
Arkansas-Pine Bluffs Terron Armstead goes early,
Florida A&M's Brandon Hepburn late in NFL Draft
Terron Armstead was projected as the only sure-
fire selection from a black college to go in last week's
three-day National Football League Draft.
That projection turned out to be true as the 6-5,
306-pound offensive tackle out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
was snatched up by the New Orleans Saints with the
13th pick in Friday's third round, the 75th overall selec-
No other black college prospect went off the boards
until the Detroit Lions selected Florida A&M lineback-
er Brandon Hepburn Saturday with the 39th pick in
the seventh and final round, a compensatory pick, 245th
The two selections this year match the second low-
est all-time haul of black college players in the NFL
draft, mirroring the 2010 and 2004 tallies. Only last
year's draft when South Carolina State safety Chris-
tian Thompson was the only black college selection
going to Baltimore in the fourth round had a lower
The two selections also continues a trend that has
seen the number of black college players taken in the
draft only rise above five twice in the last 13 years. From
1994 to 2000, black college selectees reached double
digits in five of seven years with a high of 17 selections
In a draft dominated by players at his position
Armstead placed himself among the elite prospects
with outstanding performances at the East-West Shrine
game and Senior Bowl and an eye-opening workout at
the Combine. Offensive tackles went 1-2-4 at the top of
this year's draft with a total of five selected in the first
round. Armstead was the seventh of nine offensive tack-
les taken in the first three rounds.
He is expected to compete with veterans Charles
Brown and Jason Smith for the starting left tackle job
with the Saints protecting quarterback Drew Brees'
"To say he's going to come in here and right away
be at the position as a starter, I just know he's going to
be able to come in here and compete for that opportu-
nity," said Saints head coach Sean Payton of Armstead.
"But I think we've got some players ahead of him that
are going to be doing the same thing.
"So, we've been pretty disciplined and
have had good fortune with finding offen-
sive linemen at the right spot in the draft
and hopefully this is another instance of
Armstead will be looking to follow in
the footsteps of another former Saint with
Pine Bluff, Arkansas connections. Wil-
lie Roaf played at Pine Bluff High School
before a standout career at Louisiana Tech.
Roaf, taken in the first round of the 1993
draft, played nine years with the Saints and
four years with the Kansas City Chiefs and
was selected to 11 Pro Bowls. He was in-
ducted last year into the Pro Football Hall
Armstead told the Times-Picayune
newspaper in New Orleans that he and Roaf
have become acquainted in recent weeks.
He said he's studied tape of Roaf dominat-
ing NFL defensive linemen and hopes to
emulate the Hall of Famer's career, on and
off the field.
"He's a great guy," Armstead said. "He's
been watching me and has been steering me
in the right direction, letting me know what
to expect." Armstead said Roaf texted him
five minutes after his selection on Friday
with a simple message: 'Stay humble and
hungry. It's time to go to work.'
Hepburn was somewhat of a surprise
selection but impressed Lions' GM Martin
Mayhew with his physical and mental abili-
"He just maybe the smartest person
we've ever drafted," Mayhew said of Hep-
Brandon '04 2
Hepburn '03 8
NUMBER OF '01 4
BLACK 2000 13
COLLEGE '99 7
PLAYERS '98 8
TAKENIN NFL '96 17
DRAFT '95 13
SINCE 1994 '94 13
bum who graduated from FAMU last May
with a degree in biochemistry and is work-
ing on his Master's. He recently contributed
to a research project that used Nano parti-
cles as a delivery method for cancer-fighting
'I get that a lot," Hepburn said of May-
hew's statement. "But football is my No. 1
love and I've always wanted to be in the po-
sition I am now. To be able to live out my
dream of playing in the NFL."
Mayhew said speaking to new FAMU
head coach Earl Holmes, a former FAMU
standout who played for the Lions during
a nine-year NFL career, convinced him to
"Earl was talking about the player he
is and talking about how the kid could help
us," said Mayhew.
Hepburn, 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, walked
onto the Florida A&M football team as a
blocking tight end in 2008, but made the
move to linebacker the following season. He
was very productive as a senior, tallying 86
tackles (9.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, seven pass
breakups and a forced fumble. He ran the
40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds at the Combine
and showed some explosiveness in drills.
Hepburn has experience playing both
inside and outside, though the Lions have
more of a need on the outside after losing
starter Justin Durant, a Hampton product
via free agency to Denver.
Hepburn will compete with Ashlee
Palmer, Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis
for that vacant spot
Spring Sports Round-Up
Alabama State sweeps SWAC golf Player, T(
ALEXANDRIA, La. -- The Alabama man Low
State men's golf team repeated as Southwest- ment low
ern Athletic Conference champion, holding Jane
off Jackson State at Oak Wing Golf Club last women tc
week. years shock
The Hornets finished the three-day, 54-hole Kraal
event with a score of 881, pulling away from Player, Fri
second place Jackson State in the final round. alist for th
JSU, who had closed to within eight strokes af- The
ter a strong second round, finished 17 strokes with a tot,
off the lead at 898. ing Jacks
Branson Ferrier led Alabama State and gers shot
was awarded the tournament's Most Valuable
The 119th Penn Relays culminated Saturday before a crowd of over
48,000 fans at Philadelphia's Franklin Field. Here are some of the
black college highlights from the week-long historic event.
- Gerkenz Senesca of Saint Augustine's won the Olympic Devel-
opment men's 110 hurdles in 13.84 and teammate Ramon Gittens
was second in the Olympic Development men's 100 dash in 10.37.
- Elhadji Mbow of St. Aug's won the men's 400 meter hurdles in the
championship division Friday. Mbow, the top-ranked 400 hurdler in
Division II, ran a time of 51.19 seconds.
- St. Augustine's men (Ramaan Ansley, Taffawee Johnson, Burk-
heart Ellis, Jr, Jermaine Jones) finished second to UTech (Jamaica)
in the 4x100 meter relay Championship of America event.
- St. Aug's (Josh Edmonds, Daniel Jamelson, Johnson and Jones)
also finished second in the men's 4x200 (Texas A&M) with Savan-
nah State (Darrius Baker, Chazwyn Price, Cameron Hall, Gregory
- St. Aug's (Edmonds, James Quarles, Ellis, Dane Hyat) also fin-
ished second in the College Men's 4x400 (Texas A&M).
- Former St. Aug's hurdler Bershawn Jackson (45.7) ran the third
leg of the USA Red's win in the USA vs. the World's 4x400.
- St. Aug's women (Kelly Shaw, Akeisha Dumont, Cherrisse Lynch
and Nicketa Bernard) were fifth in the 4x400 (Oregon).
- Norfolk State's women (Torie Cunningham, Rayiana Johnson,
tournament Low Medalist, and Fresh-
v Medalist awards shooting a tourna-
215 at the par 72-7043 yard course.
eile Kraakman led the Alabama State
i their second SWAC golf title in three
voting a tournament low 160 (81-79).
kman was awarded Most Valuable
freshman Low Medalist, and Top Med-
Lady Hornets finished the tournament
al score of 327-330 -- 657, outdistanc-
on State by 25 strokes. The Lady Ti-
a two-day score of 344-338 -- 682.
Stillman takes SIAC baseball title
OZARK, Alabama -Stillman won the
2013 SIAC Baseball Tournament for the sixth
time in seven years after defeating Tuskegee
12-6 Sunday at the Historic Eagle Stadium.
The Tigers from Tuscaloosa (30-14) scored
six runs in the fourth inning and negated a come-
back attempt by Tuskegee by adding another six
runs in the final innings.
Fernando Tanaka finished with three hits,
three RBI's, including a solo home run to lead
Stillman and was named Most Valuable Player
of the Tournament
Champagne Bell of Norfolk State takes
the baton from Rayiana Johnson en
route to sixth-place finish in 4x200 relay.
Champagne Bell, Brittan McCants) were sixth in the 4x200 (Texas A&M).
- Johnson C. Smith (Samantah Elliott, Danielle Williams, Trudy-Ann Richards, Naffene Briscoe)
finished seventh and Norfolk State (Cunningham, Qua'Nesha Wallace, Bell, McCants) eighth In the
BLACK COLLEGE PLAYERS
IN 2013 NFL DRAFT
6-5, 306, OT
13th pick 3rd Round
S6-2, 240, ILB
39th pick 7th Round
Kaderius Lacey, RB, Alabama A&M
Rico Richardson, WR, Jackson State
NEW YORK JETS
K. J. Stroud, WR, Bethune-Cookman
Brian Smith, DB, Virginia Union
Kentrell Harris, DE, Virginia Union
Greg Jenkins, QB, Alabama State
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
Sherman Carter, OL, Tennessee State
Jajuan Harley, S, Tennessee State
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Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service. The show will be air
Saturday mornings at 8A.M. on Comcast 29. Any Pastor wishing to come
on the show in the near future are welcome, and can have their church name
and worship service added to the Community Shout or Roll, by sending
their, church name, address and time of service to P.O. Box 350117
Jacksonville, Fl. 32235-0117. For more information, call Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman at 220-6400 or email CFIGCPUSH TV@Yahoo.com.
Holy Land Trip
and Shopping Experience
On Saturday, May 18th enjoy the Holy Land experience in Orlando with
First Samuel M.B. Church, Alphonse Braggs, Pastor. The buses leave at
7:15 a.m. For more information call the church at 355-4801.
St. Paul Lutheran Church Present
Health Fair and Community Day
Reverend James Wiggins, Jr. Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2739
Edgewood Avenue W. is sponsoring their Annual Community Health Fair,
Saturday, May 4th, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pick-up free health informa-
tion and visit specialists from St. Vincent Health, Soutel Dental
Center/Today's Dentistry, Community Hospice, Be The Match, Blood
Alliance, Berg & Assoc./Atty. R. Berg-Elder Law, Elder Source, Aging
True-Services for Seniors, American Red Cross, WellCare, Mrs. Joyce
Delifus-Weight Loss information, JFRD, AHF Mobile testing and much
more! Kids can enjoy a bounce house, face painting, pop-corn and free
snacks. Sunday, May 5th attend Community Day Tailgate, from 9:30 a.m.
to 4 p.m. For additional information contact Naomi Mungin at 765-4219.
Mt. Sinai Celebrating 105th Anniversary
Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend R.L. Gundy Pastor is cel-
ebrating its 105th church anniversary, beginning Monday, May 13th every
evening at 6:45 p.m.and concluding Sunday, May 19th at 4 p.m. Everyone
is cordially invited to attend this celebration. For more information on this
glorious occasion contact Sister Earlene Malpress at 354-7249. The church
is located at 2036 Silver Street.
Free Health Screenings Saturday
The Indo-American Medical Association of Northeast Florida presents
free health screenings, Saturday, May 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Representatives from health companies and hospitals will hand out free lit-
erature. Come get screened for high blood pressure, prostate, nutrition
counseling and much more! Screenings and lectures will take place at the
Wyndham Hotel, 1515 Prudential Dr. For more information call 308-3780
or visit www.iamahealthfair.com.
Hampton University Concert Choir
in Performance at Bethel Baptist
The Hampton University Choir and their new Director of Choirs, Omar
Dickenson will return to Jacksonville on Wednesday, May 8th at 7 p.m. for
a free concert. Conductor Dickenson is a former Hampton Choir member,
accompanist of the real HU Concert choir and former Minister of Music for
Bethel Baptist Institutional church. Director Dicksenson will also audition
students for choir positions and possible scholarships. For additional infor-
mation contact Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795 or email kwreddick@com-
cast.net. The performance will be held at Bethel Baptist Church, 215 Bethel
Bishop T.D. Jakes to Keynote
Mayor Brown's Faith Breakfast
Mayor Alvin Brown will host his Interfaith Breakfast on May 20 at the
Prime Osborn Convention Center. The breakfast, featuring Bishop T.D.
Jakes of The Potter's House of Dallas, will focus on the theme "Faith,
Family and Friends."
The event will also explore ways to build community partnerships to
improve education and reduce crime. During the event. Mayor Brown will
launch initiatives focusing on mentoring local youth, as well as crime pre-
vention and intervention. For tickets call 630-3690 or visit jaxhappen-
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Birthday Poetry Party for Minister Rhonda Silver
On April 27th, family and friends
gathered to surprise and honor
Rhonda Silver with music, dancing
and poetry read by everyone pres-
ent. The readings were all from
Rhonda's books of poetry books
"Get the Picture 2" and "My 2
cents." She was humbled and
delighted most by her 5-year old
granddaughter's presentation, and
said, "this is a birthday I'll never
Shown above is the is the birthday
honoree, Min. Rhonda Silver with
her granddaughter Brooke Bivens
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Summerville Missionary Baptist Church 1st Annual Marriage Retreat
The Marriage Ministry of the which featured a six part video Shannon, Sylvester and Helen
Summerville Baptist Church recent- series. Couples held brief discus- Flowers, Freddie and Samantha
ly held their first Marriage Retreat sions after each showcase. Pictured Westbrook, Robert and Penny
The spirit filled retreat was held at above are the couples who were in Westbrook, Anthony and Henrietta
the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm attendance from left to right: Albert Sam, seated is Summerville Pastor
Coast, Florida and consisted of and Paim Wilcox, James and Gwen James W. Henry and wife Patricia
workshops and group discussions Johnson, Thomas and Jannis Henry.
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Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
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9 Ways to Shape Up for that
What is the healthiest party diet? People who
are trying to get in shape for a special event,
such as a wedding, an award show, a class
reunion or a vacation, often do extreme things
to slim down and get in shape.
Common drastic measures can include bizarre
food combinations, dramatic detox plans, such
as the Master Cleanse...or just plain starving.
Even more extreme, there have been many
reports of people wiring their mouths shut or
resorting to the K-E Diet, where a feeding tube
is used to slowly drip 800 calories of protein,
water and fat from the nose, down the esopha-
gus and directly into the person's stomach every
day for up to 10 days.
Dangerous Effects Of Dramatic Weight
Yes, any and all extreme diet measures can
result in quick and dramatic weight loss, but the
downside is that, because these are all tempo-
rary fixes, the weight loss not only will not be
long-term, but in many cases, will re-appear
quickly, sometimes along with a few extra
pounds. Aside from these diets being non-per-
manent solutions, medical experts also are
alarmed by the extreme dangers that these
women are putting themselves at risk for.
"Rapid weight loss increases the risk of heart
arrhythmias, dehydration, and electrolyte dis-
turbances," says Ethan Lazarus, a family doctor
who specializes in obesity medicine. "Shedding
pounds this quickly, he says, makes it likely that
you will lose more lean body mass and water
than fat. This can slow metabolism and result in
an instant regain of weight once you go off the
diet. You may gain more than you lost.
Experts also point out that your waistline isn't
the only thing that suffers from rapid weight
loss. Other effects include shrunken fingers and
feet and a drooping face-which can result in a
loose wedding ring, flopping shoes, and a
blushing bride with a dull expression.
What's The Right Way To Get Fit?
If you want to lose weight before an event,
you should actually start your weight loss pro-
gram at least 10 weeks before the event date,
says Heather Mangieri, a registered dietitian
and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics. Some people, especially with
those with more than 20 pounds to lose, can
safely lose more. Experts agree that eventually
things will level out to 1 to 2 pounds a week for
the average person.
Eat a low-carb diet. There is no question that
low-carb diets work well. But experts caution
against eating too few carbs, and advise brides
to consume between 50 and 75 grams per day to
safely speed up weight loss. This can be
achieved by eating lean protein, leafy greens,
and healthy fats, such as nuts and seeds (watch
the portions), and cutting back on processed
grains, dairy, soy, sugar (including fruit sugar),
and starchy vegetables.
Eat more often. That's right! Eat five or six
times a day, spaced out every two, three, or four
hours, says Amira Lamb, a holistic nutritionist
and personal trainer in New York. This can be
three meals and two snacks or all mini meals.
Eating regularly helps to maintain stable blood
sugar and control hunger.
Stop eating out. Eat all of your meals at
home if possible, suggests Keri Gans, a regis-
tered dietitian and author of The Small Change
Diet. That way, you can control portion size and
how food is prepared (without a half-stick of
butter, for example). Remember this is only
By Dieldra Clark
As you grow older, a healthy and
fit lifestyle is very important.
Regular exercise can help boost
energy, and manage symptoms of
illness or pain. Exercise can even
reverse some of the symptoms of
aging. Not only is exercise good for
your body but it's also good for
your memory, mind, and mood.
Whether you are generally healthy
or are managing an illness, there are
plenty of ways of boost your fit-
Many seniors feel discouraged by
fitness barriers, such as chronic
health conditions or concerns about
injury or falls, but you can't afford
not to get moving. Exercise is the
key to staying strong, energetic, and
healthy, as you grow older.
No matter your age or your phys-
ical condition, you can benefit from
exercise in many
ways. Receiving the
goods of exercise
doesn't require stren-
uous workouts or
trips to the gym. It's
about adding more
movement and activi-
ty to your daily life,
even in small ways.
your strength, flexi-
bility and posture,
which in turn will
help with balance,
reducing the risk of
falls. Strength train-
temporary, she says.
Drink the right drinks. Drink as much water
as you can. Naturally fruit-flavored bottled
water is OK. She also suggests drinking 1 to 2
cups of plain green tea before or with lunch or
dinner. Green tea has been shown to boost
Eliminate sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Artificial sweeteners can intensify sugar crav-
ings, making it harder to resist temptation. Also,
there are studies that have shown that artificial
sweeteners may somehow affect the body's
ability to lose weight efficiently.
Eat protein with meals. Protein fuels your
metabolism and helps you stay full. Try an egg-
white omelet with vegetables for breakfast; a
large vegetable salad with shrimp or chicken for
lunch; and broiled salmon with steamed spinach
for dinner. A snack may be nonfat, plain Greek
yogurt, which contains more protein than tradi-
Start dinner with a non-starchy vegetable.
Non-starchy vegetables, such as tomato or
cucumber slices, baby carrots, sugar snap peas,
and broth-based vegetable soup (without pasta,
rice, or beans) help make you feel fuller, faster.
Don't Forget To Exercise. Try sculpting
your body faster by doing high-intensity inter-
val training workouts. Power-circuit training-
a superset of four to six different exercises with
no rest in between-is the preferred method of
Jackie Warner, celebrity trainer and author of 10
Pounds in 10 Days. She recommends doing the
workout five times a week for 20 to 40 minutes.
However, too much exercise can undercut
weight-loss efforts, says Pete McCall, an exer-
cise physiologist with the American Council on
ing also helps alleviate the symp-
toms of chronic conditions such as
Exercise and strength training
helps you look and feel younger
and stay active longer. Regular
physical activity lowers your risk
for a variety of conditions including
Alzheimer's and dementia, heart
disease, diabetes, colon cancer,
high blood pressure, and obesity.
As metabolism naturally slows
with age, maintaining a healthy
weight is a challenge. Exercise
helps increase metabolism and
builds muscle mass, helping to burn
more calories. When your body
reaches a healthy weight, overall
Research shows that a non active
lifestyle is unhealthy for the elderly.
Inactivity often causes seniors to
lose the ability to do things on their
own and can lead to more hospital-
izations and use of medicine for
pain management and injuries.
If you have not exercised in a
while do not go all out. Start off
slow by walking a few extra steps a
day and gentle workouts such as
light weight lifting and stretching.
Commit to your new workout rou-
tine for a couple of weeks so that
your body can get use to it, then
increase your activity gradually
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By now you've
probably seen or
heard the story of the
13 year-old prostitute
in Miami forced to
have her pimp's
name tattooed on her
eyelids because she
threatened to run ,
Thomas III is
accused of having
"Suave," his street
name, tattooed on one Roman
of the girl's eyelids and "House"
tattooed on the other eyelid thus
branding the child as his property.
Thomas and Shanteria Sanders who
has "Suave" tattooed across her
upper chest area were arrested and
jailed on a number of charges
including human trafficking, false
imprisonment and lewd and lasciv-
ious exhibition and delivery of a
controlled substance to a child.
News reports have not indicated if
the tattoo artists in this case face
Sexual service provided by the
13-year-old was advertised on a
notorious website that will not be
named here and providing their site
with more free advertising.
This horrific case forces human
trafficking modem day slavery -
into our private discussions. We can
no longer ignore the subject or rele-
gate it just to a passing topic in a
conversation here or there.
There are many questions about
how all of the parties in the case
now find themselves as a victim
and/or perpetrator. Thomas, 26, has
an extensive criminal history and
was under electronic monitoring
when arrested in this case. Sanders,
22, helped to provide the alcohol
Thomas and Shanteria Sanders
and take obscene pictures of the
teen for the website. The 13-year-
old victim ran away from home for
reasons not yet publicly disclosed
but she does have family support as
evidenced by her mother's search
for her. Lacking morals and model-
ing relationships shown in misogy-
nistic rap videos and reality televi-
sion do shape the socialization of
our youth especially those children
lacking strong parental support.
From the Florida Department of
Children and Families: Human
Trafficking is modem day slavery.
Criminalized under both federal
and Florida law, it is defined as the
transporting, soliciting, recruiting,
harboring, providing, or obtaining
of another person for transport for
the purposes of forced labor,
domestic servitude or sexual
exploitation using force, fraud
If you believe you are a victim of
Human Trafficking or suspect an
adult is a victim of human traffick-
ing, please visit the National
Human Trafficking Resource
Center, or call them at 1-888-3737-
888. If you suspect a child is a vic-
tim, please call the Florida Abuse
Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.
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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 thru 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 churchgoing mid-
dle-class Los Angeles neighbor-
hood. For more information call
for the Stars
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will present Jacksonville's
Dancing with the Stars, Friday,
May 3rd at 8 p.m. at the Times-
Union Center for Performing Arts.
The event will feature local celebri-
ties partnered with professional
dancers who will be competing to
be named Jacksonville's favorite
dancer! For more information call
353-1636 or email ddailey@jax-
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
Book Club Meeting
The next P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub
meeting will be held Saturday, May
4th at 3 p.m. Your host is Viola M.
Walker and will be held at 5430
Gregg St., American Beach, FL.
The book for discussion with the
author is Sweet Escape, by Viola
Walker. For more information call
313-410-4429 or email or email
World of Nations
The annual World of Nations cel-
ebration will be held Saturday, May
4th (10 a.m. 8 a.m.) and Sunday,
May 5th (11 a.m. 6 p.m.) in
Metropolitan Park. Visit more than
30 countries in one trip. For more
information visit www.jaxhappen-
ings.com or call 630-3690.
Jax Branch NAACP
Jacksonville Branch NAACP
General Membership meeting,
Thursday, May 9th at 7 p.m. at
1725 Oakhurst Avenue, Suite 401.
For more information email jax-
email@example.com or call 764-
A Mother's Day
Musical Gift Crowns
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
presents the stand up and testify
musical, "Crowns" by Regina
Taylor directed by Darryl Reuben
Hall. The story of Southern church
women and their adored hats!
Performance dates and time runs
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
Friday, May 10th 12th at Stage
Aurora Theater in the Gateway
Mall. For more information call
765-7372 or visit www.stageauro-
Natural Hair Expo
North Florida Simply Natural Hair
Beauty and Wellness Expo, Sunday,
May 12th. Come celebrate your
"Roots," 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Marriott, 4670
Salisbury Rd. For more information
or call (407) 733-0705.
The 2nd Annual "Building A
Healthy Business Community On
The Northside" will be held,
Wednesday, May 15th, at the
Legends Center, 5130 Soutel Dr.
The topic of this hands on/interac-
tive workshop is "Business Model
Generation." Reception is from
5:30-6 p.m. followed by the work-
shop from 6 8 p.m. For more
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Michael
Wells at 764-4561.
The Executives Book
It's the Burgundy and Brown's
promotional book party for the
book entitled, "The Executives,"
Saturday, March 16th at 7 p.m.
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and dancing at
the Jacksonville Airport Hotel (for-
merly The Clarion), 2101 Dixie
Clipper Rd. For more information
contact Vanessa at 314-8921.
19th Annual Miracle
on Ashley Street
Join the Clara White Mission for
their 19th annual Miracle on Ashley
Street, Celebrity Chefs and Servers,
Friday, May 17th To participate
call 354-4162 or visit
historic institution is located at 613
W. Ashley Street.
Cocktails for A Cause
The Board of Directors of
Knots4Kids, Inc., will hst Cocktails
for a Cause, Friday, May 17th, to
benefit the young men of
Knots4Kids. Knots4Kids is a not-
for-profit organization focused on
delivering programs that support
the needs of young men in the areas
of health and wellness, education,
and personal development. It will
be held at the University Club, 1301
Riverplace Blvd. For more informa-
tion visit www.knots4kids.org or
4th Annual Cultural
Come enjoy the 4th Annual
Cultural Arts Festival, Saturday,
May 18th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Participate in a health community
fair, kid's activities, food, informa-
tion and entertainment. Bring the
family for a day of fun and fellow-
ship on the grounds of Pearl Plaza,
5316-18 Pearl St. For more infor-
mation visit www.africanamerica-
nartsfestival.com or email jaa-
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activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Malcolm X Sunday
The Masjid El Salaam will be
holding their annual Malcolm
Malik El-Shabazz on Sunday, May
19th. This year the keynote speaker
will be teacher, scholar, historian
Dr. Booker T. Coleman "The
Triumph of Melanin" with guest
speaker, Brother Haru Hotep Tap.
There will be 2 sessions at 1 p.m.
and 3:30 p.m. The event will be
held at 1625 N Pearl Street. Call
359-0980 for ticket information or
T.D. Jakes to Keynote
Mayor Alvin Brown will host his
Interfaith Breakfast on May 20 at
the Prime Osborn Convention
Center. The breakfast, featuring
Bishop T.D. Jakes, will focus on the
theme "Faith, Family and Friends."
The event will also explore ways
to build community partnerships to
improve education and reduce
crime. During the event, Mayor
Brown will launch initiatives focus-
ing on mentoring local youth, as
well as crime prevention and inter-
vention. For tickets call 630-3690
or visit jaxhappenings.com.
Dreamgirls on Stage!
Full of joy onstage and backstage,
Dreamgirls tells the story of an up
and coming 1960s girl singing
group, the triumphs and tribulations
that come with fame and fortune.
See the Tony and Grammy Award
winning play Tuesday, May 21st at
7:30 p.m. at Jacksonville's Time-
Union Center. 300 Water St. or call
442-2947 or visit www.artistseries-
D.I.P. Foundations "Strike Out
Violence" annual fundraiser takes
place Saturday, June 8th. Stop by as
D.I.P raises awareness against
domestic violence. D.I.P. provides
care, comfort and leadership to
those who are hurting. For more
information visit www.dipfounda-
tion.org or call 438-4347 or email
coming to Jax
Antiques Roadshow, PBS's high-
est-rated series will visit
Jacksonville Saturday, June 8th,
giving First Coast community
members an opportunity to bring
antiques and collectibles for free
evaluation by some of the country's
top experts. Complete furniture
submission rules and ticket applica-
tions along with ticketing rules are
available at pbs.org/antiques or by
Stage Aurora presents "A Soldiers
Play" June 15th at 7 p.m. and July
19th July 21st is the Aurora
Jacksonville Black Arts Festival.
For more information call 765-7372
or visit www.stageaurora.com.
Youth of all backgrounds are
invited to take part in a performing
arts for a 5-week summer camp
June 17th through June 19th. For
more information call 765-7372 or
Stanton Class of
1953 60th Reunion
The Stanton High School Class of
1953 is preparing for their 60th
Reunion, August 15-18th. All
grads and non-grads are welcome!
Come and be a part of the planning
and celebration. For information on
planning meetings, date, time and
location, call 765-5402.
Flashdance the Musical
The Artist Series is celebrating its
30th Anniversary with the pop cul-
ture phenomenon of Flashdance
live on stage December 10-15,
2013. The musical tells the story of
Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill
welder by day and a bar dancer by
night with dreams of one day
becoming a professional performer.
For more information visit
www.artistseriesjax.org or call 442-
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Fantasia Reveals the Secrets Behind Her 50-Pound Weight Loss
by Nicole Melton
Life for Fantasia hasn't exactly
been a crystal stair. The American
Idol winner has endured her fair
share of ups and downs, but these
days, Fanny is laser-focused on
looking forward and not back.
During a recent interview, it was
easy to see that Fantasia is not only
feeling better, but girlfriend is look-
ing hotter than ever. She's 50
pounds lighter, but just by being in
her presence, you can tell that her
spirit feels lighter, too.
"Working out started as some-
thing mental. It was a way to release
and let some things go," reveals
Fantasia started to pack on the
pounds in 2011 when she was cast
to play the lead role in the Mahalia
Jackson biopic. The project later
folded, but the same year, Fantasia
discovered she was expecting her
son, Dallas Xavier.
In order to get her pre-baby body
back, Fantasia and her trainer
Sonya McRoberts devised a no-
nonsense workout plan that
Fantasia sticks to at home and on
the road. "I workout every day,
sometimes twice a day," says
Fantasia. "I keep my trainer with
me and she travels with me. I love
Pilates, yoga, and spinning. I also
attend bootcamp class and they
have become my workout family.
Doing it with them makes me feel
In addition to breaking a sweat,
Fanny is also committed to rethink-
ing her food choices.
"The fried chicken, the collard
greens with the fatback, it's good
when we eat them, but all of that
stuff that we put into our bodies
eventually breaks our bodies down.
Sonya helped me come up with
ways that you can still eat good, but
it's healthy," says Fantasia.
Becoming a fitness junkie did not
come naturally for Fantasia, but she
made the commitment to get in
shape to set an example for her fam-
ily and fans.
"A lot of my cousins who are my
age or are in their 30's are on high
blood pressure pills and it's like,
c'mon, you're too young for that,"
says Fantasia. "I wanted to be the
person in my family to stand up and
say, okay we have to eat better and
workout. I want to be around for a
long time. I can't travel like I do and
not be healthy. You know how I
move on stage. At any minute I
could just pass out and that's not
Now that she's slim and trim,
Fantasia says she's sticking to her
new lifestyle and loving every
minute of it.
"I'm on that health kick right now.
This is something I had to do for
myself and for my family. I just feel
confident. If no one ever says it, I
can look in the mirror and say to
myself, 'Good God almighty, you're
a bad mama-jamma!'"
Homegoings Doc Goes Behind the Scenes
of African-American Funeral Homes
good time." Owens, who grew up in
Branchville, S.C., moved to New
York City in 1968 at age 17 to learn
his craft. A few years later, he
opened what would become one of
Harlem's most popular funeral
homes, with a largely Baptist clien-
tele. When he is dressing and beau-
tifying the dead, he shows a dedica-
tion to craft and attention to detail
that exemplifies Owens Funeral
Home's motto: "Where Beauty
Softens Your Grief."
Homegoings introduces some of
Owens' customers. Linda "Redd"
Williams-Miller jovially plans her
own funeral down to the last detail,
including the exact shade of her
namesake color to be used for her
nails and hair. The children of
Queen Petra are unsure how to
honor their mother's multicultural
legacy until Owens suggests there's
no reason they can't have a parade,
led by a white horse and carriage,
down the very block where their
mother was a street vendor. Owens
commiserates with Walter Simons,
whose grandmother's passing turns
into a double funeral when his
grandfather dies just two days later.
They share the sorrow and joy in
knowing that two people could be
so connected by love.
Williams-Miller -describes the
African-American funeral this way:
"Homegoing. A happy occasion ....
going home to be at peace .
You're going home to meet the ones
that went on before you and they're
there waiting for you." Owens
relates the culture and history of
death and mourning in the black
community, harkening back to slav-
ery and segregation. He recalls that
when he was growing up in the
South, the funeral director was a
lifeline for the community. He also
recalls more recent history from an
era when Harlem was full of mom-
and-pop funeral homes.
Homegoings is a moving portrait of
a man and a people-and of the
faith, hope and history that sustain
them in the face of death.
"When I was 13, both of my
grandmothers passed away within
two weeks of one another," says
filmmaker Christine Turner. "My
mom's mother, who was Chinese-
American, happened to be
Methodist and was cremated, which
was very atypical for traditional
Chinese funerals. My father's
mother, who was African-American
and Catholic, had an open-casket
funeral-the first I had ever attend-
ed, leaving an indelible impression
"Whatever our beliefs, death is
something we all must face, and yet
it is so often a taboo subject. With
Homegoings, I wanted to open a
conversation on death in a way that
captured grief and sadness, but also
the htunor and the sense of relief
that I sometimes observed from
behind the camera."
Through the eyes of funeral
director Isaiah Owens, the beauty
and grace of African-American
funerals are brought to life. Filmed
at Owens Funeral Home in New
York City's Harlem neighborhood,
Homegoings takes an up-close look
at the rarely seen world of under-
taking in the black community,
where funeral rites draw on a rich
palette of tradition, history and cel-
ebration. Combining cinema v6rit6
with intimate interviews and
archival photographs, the film
paints a portrait of the dearly
departed, their grieving families
and a man who sends loved ones
Christine Turner's debut feature
documentary, Homegoings has its
national broadcast premiere on
Monday, June 24, 2013, at 10 p.m.
on PBS. The show will kick off
American television's longest-runm-
ning independent documentary
series, POV, which was recently
honored with a 25-year retrospec-
tive at the Museum of Modem Art's
2013 Documentary Fortnight
(where Homegoings had its world
premiere) and a MacArthur Award
for Creative and Effective
"When it comes to death and
funerals, African-American people,
we have our own way," Owens
says. "It has worked for us through-
out the ages; it has kept us bal-
anced, sane. And everybody
knows] that it's going to be a sad,
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When I was thirty, I was living
my dream. I'd already accom-
plished most of what I'd set out to
achieve professionally: leading
scorer in the NBA, leading
rebounder, leading blocker, Most
Valuable Player, All-Star. But suc-
cess can be as blinding as Bill
Walton's finger in the eye when bat-
tling for a rebound. I made mis-
takes. Plenty of them. In fact, some-
times I wish I could climb into a
time machine and go back to shake
some sense into that thirty-year-old
me. If I could, here's the advice I
would give him:
1. Be more outgoing. My shy-
ness and introversion from those
days still haunt me. Fans felt
offended, reporters insulted. When
you're on the public stage every day
of your life, people think that you
crave attention. For me, it was the
opposite. I loved to play basketball,
and was tremendously gratified that
so many fans appreciated my game.
But when I was off the court, I felt
uncomfortable with attention. If I
could, I'd tell that nerdy Kareem to
suck it up, put down that book
you're using as a shield, and, in the
immortal words of Capt. Jean-Luc
Picard (to prove my nerd cred),
2. Ask about family history. I
wish I'd sat my parents down and
asked them a lot more questions
about our family history. I always
thought there would be time and I
kept putting it off because, at thirty,
I was too involved in my own life to
care that much about the past. I was
so focused on making my parents
proud of me that I didn't ask them
some of the basic questions, like
how they met, what their first date
was like, and so forth. I wish that I
3. Become financially literate.
"Dude, where's my money?" is the
rallying cry of many ex-athletes
who wonder what happened to all
the big bucks they earned. Some
suffer from unwise investments or
crazy spending, and others from not
paying close attention. I was part of
the didn't-pay-attention group. I
chose my financial manager, who I
later discovered had no financial
training, because a number of other
athletes I knew were using him.
That's typical athlete mentality in
that we're used to trusting each
other as a team, so we extend that
trust to those associated with team-
mates. Consequently, I neglected to
investigate his background or what
qualified him to be a financial man-
ager. He placed us in some real
estate investments that went belly
up and I came close to losing some
serious coin. Hey, Kareem at 30:
learn about finances and stay on top
of where your money is at all times.
As the saying goes, "Trust, but ver-
4. Play the piano. I took lessons
as a kid but, like a lot of kids, didn't
stick with them. Maybe I felt too
much pressure. After all, my father
had gone to the Julliard School of
Music and regularly jammed with
some great jazz musicians. Looking
back, I think playing piano would
have given me a closer connection
with my dad as well as given me
another artistic outlet to better
express myself. In 2002, I finally
started to play and got pretty good
at it. Not good enough that at parties
people would chant for me to play
"Piano Man," but good enough that
I could read music and feel closer to
5. Learn French. My grandpar-
ents were from Trinidad where,
though it was an English-speaking
country, the school system was
started by the French. Whenever my
grandparents wanted to say some-
thing they didn't want me to know,
they'd speak French. The language
seemed so sophisticated and myste-
rious. Plus, you earn extra James
Bond points when you can order in
French in a French restaurant.
6. Get handy. I always wanted to
be one of those guys who, whenev-
er something doesn't work, straps
on a tool belt and says, "I'll fix it."
I like the Walden-esque idea of
complete self-reliance. Build my
own house, clean out the carbure-
tors, find out what carburetors are.
Recently my washing machine
broke and flooded my entire down-
stairs. I was forced to stand idly by
waiting for a plumber to arrive
while water rose around my ankles
because I didn't know how to shut
off the water.
7. Be patient. Impatience is the
official language of youth. When
you're young, you want to rush to
the next thing before you even
know where you are. One of my
favorite quotes is from the philoso-
pher Arthur Schopenhauer: "Talent
hits the target no one else can hit;
genius hits the target no one else
can see." I think the key to seeing
the target no one else can see is in
being patient, waiting for it to
appear so you can do the right thing,
not just the expedient thing.
Learning to wait is one of my great-
est accomplishments as I've gotten
8. Listen more than talk. And
that's all I'm going to say about
9. Career is never as important
as family. The better you are at
your job, the more you're rewarded,
financially and spiritually, by doing
it. You know how to solve problems
for which you receive praise and
money. Home life is more chaotic.
Solving problems is less prescrip-
tive and no one's applauding or
throwing money if you do it right.
That's why so many young profes-
sionals spend more time at work
with the excuse, "I'm sacrificing for
my family." Learn to embrace the
chaos of family life and enjoy the
10. Being right is not always the
right thing to be. Kareem, my
man, learn to step away. You think
being honest immunizes you from
the consequences of what you say.
Remember Paul Simon's lyrics,
"There's no tenderness beneath
your honesty." So maybe it's not
that important to win an argument,
even if you "know" you're right.
Sometimes it's more important to
try a little tenderness.
11. Cook more. After I got
divorced I missed home cooked
meals and the only person I had to
rely on was the guy in the mirror.
Plus, I found it impressed women if
you could cook a good meal.
12. When choosing someone to
date, compassion is better than
passion. I'm not saying she should-
n't be passionate. That's a given.
But look for signs that she shows
genuine compassion toward others.
That will keep you interested in her
a lot longer.
13. Do one thing every day that
helps someone else. This isn't
about charity, this is about helping
one individual you know by name.
Maybe it means calling your par-
ents, helping a buddy move, or
lending a favorite jazz album to
Chocolate Fingers McGee.
14. Do more for the community.
This is about charity, extended to
people close by whose names you
don't know. You can always do
15. Do one thing every day that
you look forward to doing. It's
easy to get caught up in the enor-
mous responsibilities of daily life.
Beyonce and Baby Blu Take on Paris
Beyonc6 is currently in the midst of her Mrs. Carter World Tour in
Europe, but she's still finding time to spend with her husband and
daughter. This week Jay-Z and Beyonce were photographed at Szptime
restaurant in Paris having lunch with 15-month-old Blue Ivy Carter.
Blue Ivy rocked a "Punp Up the Volume" t-shirt, blue jeans and color-
ful Adidas sneakers. Do you think Blue Ivy looks more like Beyonc6 or
The To Do List can swallow your you more knowledgeable about
day. So, I'd insist to my younger your past and it has put the present
self to make sure he has one thing in context.
on that list that lie looks forward to But pop culture is history in the
doing,. making and watching some of the
16. Don't be so quick to judge. popular shows of each era reveals a
It's human nature to instantly lot about the average person, while
judge others. It goes back to our history books often dwell on the
ancient life-or-death need to powerful people.
decide whether to fight or flee. But 19. Do more yoga. Doing more
in their haste to size others up, peo- isn't just for the physical benefits,
ple are often wrong-especially a it's for the mental benefits that will
thirty-year-old sports star with come in handy in the years ahead,
hordes of folks coming at him every when your house burns down, your
day. We miss out on knowing some jazz collection perishes, and you
exceptional people by doing that, as lose to the Pistons in a four-game
I'm sure I did. You have to sweep in your final season.
weigh the glee of sat- 21. fE t.rE thing doesn't
isfaction you get ha' e to be fixed.
from arrogantly Rel.,,.. K-M.m. Some
rejecting people [. tiiit c.n he fixed,
with the 1' 1 1Cme iirtt can't be.
ine vitable -. Dec iding
sadness of .ch is
regret you'll %, lch is
eventually pIm of
feel. ii m.ruiring.
up with a
can't always it
remain friends. I '
have managed to stay
friends with many of
thile women I have dated
because I truly liked and
respected them. But some-
times emotions run too
deep and efforts to
you feel bet-
the other per-
son tfel worse.
Take the hit and
let it go.
more T'V. Yeah,
you heard right,
Little Kareem. It's
great that you
always have your
nose in history
books. That's made
Mortician Isaiah Owens in Harlem.
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