Turned One Sisters
Pain to a 1501b
Howard Trustee Sends Letter
Warning HBCU in 'genuine trouble'
In a letter sent to her fellow Howard University board of trustee
members, vice chairwoman Renee Higginbotham-Brooks warned that
without immediate changes to management and leadership the school
would cease to exist.
The letter was leaked to the Chronicle of Higher Education, who pub-
lished it to their website.
In the letter, Higginbotham-Brooks wrote: "Howard will not be here
in three years if we don't make some crucial decisions now."
Some of the decisions she suggested Howard University make were
changes in leadership. Higginbotham-Brooks called for "a vote of no
confidence in both the Chairman of the Board and the president."
She also cites the lack of a fundraising infrastructure, the decline in
student enrollment, and the expected decline in federal support as
important issues that need to be addressed.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private institution located
in Washington, D.C. In U.S. News & World Report's 2013 ranking of
historically black colleges and universities, Howard was ranked num-
ber two overall, and was ranked in the top 120 national universities for
Southern Baptists Convention's
Re-elect First Black President
HOUSTON The Southern Baptist Convention
has re-elected its first black president, the Rev. Fred
Luter was first elected in 2012. His presidency
comes at a time when the nation's largest Pil,'tei<.it
denomination is trying to move beyond its tradition-
al white Southern base.
The Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention
claims 16 million members, but recently announced
that membership declined in 2012 for the sixth straight year.
Luter was re-elected on Tuesday during the convention's annual
meeting in Houston. He was unopposed and received a standing ova-
Southern Baptist presidents can serve a maximum of two one-year
Prosecutors Request Jail Time
for Jesse and Sandi Jackson
Federal prosecutors have requested a four-year prison sentence for
former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. They also asked that his wife,
Sandi Jackson, serve a term of 18 months.
The couple's two children, ages 9 and 13, were a consideration in the
sentencing recommendation, so the Jacksons would not be imprisoned
at the same time, the Chicago Tribune reports.
As outlined in the sentencing memo, Sandi Jackson, a former
Chicago alderman, would serve her term first and with good behavior
could return home in a little more than a year after surrendering. She
also would have to pay more than $168,000 in restitution and be on
home confinement after her release.
Jesse Jackson would then serve his term. Prosecutors recommended
that he repay his campaign $750,000 and forfeit another $750,000. He
also would be on supervised release for an additional three years.
According to the Tribune report Jackson's lawyers were scheduled to
file a sentencing memorandum today, but it will likely be sealed until
the judge decides to grant a request to withhold parts containing "per-
sonal, sensitive details about his medical condition" from the public.
Both Jacksons entered plea deals earlier this year on charges related to
the misuse of campaign funds and underreporting income on their tax
returns. They also resigned from their positions.
The final sentences are expected to be handed down in early July.
Support for Affirmative
As the Supreme Court reviews the Abigail Fisher v. Texas case, a
newly released poll shows a decrease in support for affirmative action.
The poll shows that 45 percent of participants say affirmative action
programs are still needed, while an equal 45 percent feel the programs
should be ended.
Across party lines, only 67 percent of Democrat and 22 percent of
Republican participants find such programs a necessity.
Kevin Brown, a law professor at Indiana University attributes the
dwindling support to the "Obama effect."
"Certainly, the election of Barack Obama as president has made a
difference..." Brown tells NBC News. "My concern is underneath the
veneer there is this separate story that the descendants of slaves are
falling farther and farther to the bottom in a way that no one would
recognize. The group most left behind is the group most affected by
our history of racial discrimination."
Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation,
believe that the decline reflects a shift in focus from race to economic
In an email to NBC News, he wrote "The decline in support for affir-
mative action based on race is not surprising, as the growing divide
between rich and poor has become more important to an individual's
life chances than the differences between being white and black."
But Brown said he believes that statement "misses the point."
Volume 26 No. 33 Jacksonville, Florida June 13 19, 2013
Pictured is Wal-Mart pharmacy intern Christina Villanueva adminis-
tering a glucose test to Nicole Dunlop.
Health & Resource Fair
Delivers Community H.O.P.E.
Operation New Hope hosted its 3rd annual Health and Resource Fair last
weekend to enilight, educat and empower Springfield area citizens.
Headquartered at Foy's Eastside Open Air Market on A. Phillip Randolph
Blvd., participants had the opportunity to retrieve pamphlets, receive free
:cloitiings, cLduaLmL. testing and information, on many of the health
related issues in the Jacksonville Community.
10 Thing You
Toward the second half of the 19th century.
fathers in the U.S. moved away from farii
and small business to the emerging industri-
al economy seeking work in big cities.
This left the responsibility of raising chil-
dren to the mothers and narrowed the per-
ception of the father as one of breadwin- t e .
ner and provider. As long as the father I
was earning a paycheck, he was considered 1
a good father. A male who financially pro- N
vided a good home and the single parent earn-
ing income became the accepted norm. An n r., i] a '__
who did not provide for his family financially was
considered a bad father. This viewpoint of a good father/bad father based
on just providing has negatively affected research and perceptions of
African American males, who have unfairly become increasingly under-
employed and unemployed. Consequently, African American fathers
have been historically cast as poor husbands and bad fathers who do not
provide for or raise their children. How many of you knew the truth?
1. African American fathers are
more likely to help with domestic
chores such as cooking and chang-
ing diapers than any other ethnic
1000s Seek Employment at City Job Fair
Mayor Alvin Brown and
Congresswoman Corrine Brown
welcomed 1000+ job seekers to the
2013 Job and Resource Fair this
week. The Prime Osborn Center
served as headquarters to apply for
jobs, network and make connec-
tions on securing full-time or part-
The job fair began at 9 p.m. and
was packed to capacity thirty min-
utes later. In addition, a series of
free Job Readiness workshops were
conducted by various agencies. The
sessions are designed to enhance
applicant interview skills. Major
companies and corporations in
Jacksonville accepted resumes on
the spot. Job seekers also had the
opportunity to speak directly with
hiring managers. Job seeker Eunice
Brody was enthusiastic,
"There's a lot of information
here, even though you may not get
a job right way. It's good to meet
management in person and then go
Pictured is Valerie Currelley advising Eunice Brody at the Breach
online to apply for a job. It's The annual event is designed to
impressive and I'm confident I'll bring jobs closer to home for
have a job soon." Jacksonville's unemployed.
2. African American fathers
choose not let the media define
them as men or as fathers.
3. African American fjtlicis have
been known to have their children
take cell phone pictures of
their homework when they have to
4. African American often fathers
learn to parent based on what not
to do when raised by
absentee or uninvolved fathers.
5. African American fathers in
the home are less likely to have
sons who repeat a grade and less
likely to have daughters who suffer
6. Twenty-one percent of African
American fathers many and live
with their child's mother
within 9-10 years after a premarital
7. African American fathers pass
on social capital in their parenting
8. African American fathers
often treat their stepchildren as
their own natural born children.
9. African American fathers
understand that a relationship with
their children's mother is impor-
tant to their success as a father.
10. African American fathers
become more religious after the
birth of their first child.
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Members of the Bold City Chapter of The over 400 guests to the gala celebration. The The chapter, still jubilant after their First Place
Links, Incorporated celebrated twenty-five years evening kicked off with greeting from chapter awards at their recent conference for the Links
of friendship and service at a Black tie event last president Barbara Darby and included a com- Leadership Academy, look forward to a summer
weekend at the Hyatt Hotel. Donned in shades of memorative video, dinner and dancing to the respite before continuing their legacy of commu-
green and white, chapter members welcomed sounds of the Katz Downstairz. nity service through friendship in the fathll.
Nets Big Tony
' Reminder of the
June 13-19, 2013
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
To the millions of college and high
school seniors who recently gradu-
ated (and to their parents, who weath-
ered the ups and downs of reaching
that summitt: congratulations on a
job well done. After the celebration
dies down, you'll no doubt be eager
to embark on life's next chapter,
whether it's finding a job, preparing
for college or enrolling in military or
Before you jump in feet first, how-
ever, let me share a few financial les-
sons I learned the hard way when I
was just starting out. They might
save you a lot of money in the long
run and help you get closer to your
life goals, whether it's buying a
house, starting a tinfamily or even retir-
ing early as far off as that mnlay
First, pretend you're still a starving
student. After landing your first full-
time job, the urge to go on a spending
spree for new clothes, a better apart-
ment and a car from this decade will
be irresistible after surviving on
ramen noodles for four years. But un-
less you had generous scholarships or
a rich aunt, you're probably already
saddled with thousands of dollars in
student loan debt.
(Note to entering freshmen: Tread
carefully around student loan debt.
The Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau (CFPB) has a great guide for
making informed decisions about
paying for college at www.con-
After you've factored in rent, car
payments, renter's and car insurance,
credit card charges, student loan bal-
ances and other monthly bills (not to
mention payroll taxes such as Social
Security tax, which went up 2 per-
cent this year), your new salary prob-
ably won't go as far as you'd like,
especially if you're trying to save for
one of those life events.
That's where a budget can help.
Numerous free budgeting tools, in-
Legal Facts: What You Need to Know
About George Zimmerman's Murder Trial
This week, the George Zimmer-
man (murder trial began Here, is an
overview to help you stay abreast of
The trial against George Zimmer-
man for the death ofTrayvon Martin
will begin with jury selection. This is
the most-important phase of the case.
Injury selection, the prosecution and
the defense attempt to reveal any bi-
ases of potential jurors. If they do not
remove jurors with biases, the case
may be compromised by that juror
causing a hung jury or bringing in
their biases in their decision of a ver-
dict. These biases may include any
history of being a victim of violent
crime, if potential jurors have their
minds made up about the case, or if
they were involved in any organiza-
tions that may have racial biases. The
potential jurors will be questioned
about media exposure and what they
know about the case. With the large
amount of media coverage and the
defense releasing potential evidence
to the media, jurors will be heavily
questioned about this exposure.
In opening statements, the prose-
cution and defense get to tell the jury
what testimony they expect to come
from the witness stand during the
trial. The prosecution goes first and
the defense goes second. It is very
important for each side to establish
trust with the jurors and say things
that they can definitely show
throughout trial. The jurors will be
expecting each side to uphold what
they say the evidence will be, which
is very important for each side to
only say what they definitely can
prove. Opening statements are not
considered evidence in a trial. Only
testimony from the witness stand can
be considered evidence.
The prosecution will call their wit-
nesses first. They may call witnesses,
including forensic and expert wit-
nesses. They will call witnesses wvho
have a firsthand account of what hap-
pened because they were there.
These witnesses may include the
neighbors, anyone who saw the
shooting, and those who called 911.
Forensic witnesses may include any
testimony in reference to DNA, fin-
gerprints, bullets, and any other
physical evidence. Forensic wit-
nesses are typically experts in their
field and each side will have the op-
portunity to challenge the expert tes-
timony of the opposing side. It would
not shock me if both side had experts
stating differences of opinions. We
commonly call this "battle of the ex-
perts," with each side trying to show
that their expert is more knowledge-
able than the other so they can help
their case. This has already been dis-
played in regards to the 911 calls,
where expert testimony is being used
to determine whose voice is heard
screaming on the call. The prosecu-
tion intends to call an expert to state
the screaming voice may have been
Trayvon's and the defense may call
a witness who may dispute that tes-
After the prosecution finishes,
Zimmerman's defense team can call
witnesses to bolster their case. In this
trial, Zimmerman has claimed self
defense and Zimmerman should take
the stand. The self-defense claim
means that Zimmerman believes he
used deadly force to protect himself
from Trayvon; therefore, the jury
will be expecting to hear from him as
to why. The prosecution will have
the opportunity to cross-examine
Zimmerman to disprove his claims
of self defense and cross examine
any witnesses that the defense puts
Closing arguments are when each
side tells the jury their interpretation
of the evidence. This is the last time
the jury will hear from either side.
The prosecution goes first and states
why they feel the evidence is enough
to convict Zimmerman of murder.
They will reiterate the testimony of
any witness testifying on their behalf
and try to continue to discredit the
evidence that the defense put on, ex-
plaining why they have proven their
case beyond a reasonable doubt.
The defense goes second and will
tell the jury their summation of evi-
dence and attempt to show why the
prosecution has not proven their case
beyond a reasonable doubt. They
will attempt to give the jury sound,
sensible reasons as to why Zimmer-
man is not guilty and why his self-
defense claim is valid.
Then the prosecution presents their
evidence again. This will be the sec-
ond closing argument of the prosecu-
tion in the Zimmerman case. Since
the prosecution has the burden of
proof, they get to go twice. The pros-
ecution has the last word in the case
and they will hammer home their
version of the evidence and why
Zimmerman should be found guilty.
The juryv will be given the charges
and the law that they can consider in
their verdict. They will be instructed
that they can only consider the evi-
dence heard in the trial and they can-
not allow any outside influences to
have an impact on deliberations. The
verdict must be unanimous, which
means every juror must agree. If the
jury does not have a unanimous ver-
dict, the case can be deemed a mis-
trial and the prosecution can choose
to go to trial again or dismiss the
eluding interactive calculators, are
available at such sites as the govern-
(www.mymoney.gov), the National
Foundation for Credit Counseling
(https://www.mint.com) and Practi-
cal Money Skills for Life
free personal financial management
program run by Visa Inc.
Next, know the score, credit-wise.
Many people don't realize until it's
too late that a poor credit score can
trash your financial future. After
you've missed a few loan payments,
bounced some checks or exceeded
your credit limits, you'll probably be
charged higher loan and credit card
interest rates and offered lower credit
limits (if not denied credit alto-
gether), unless and until you can raise
your credit score. You may even have
to pay higher insurance rates and
harm your ability to rent an apart-
ment or get a cell phone.
To know where you stand, review
your credit reports fiom each of the
three major credit bureaus (Equifax,
Experian and TransUnion) to find out
whether any negative actions have
been reported and to look for errors
or possible fraudulent activity on
your accounts. You can order one
free report per year from each bureau
if you order them through www.An-
you'll pay a small fee.
To learn more about credit reports
and scores, visit the CFPB's "Ask
CFPB." Another good resource is
What's My Score
(www.whatsmyscore.org), a finan-
cial literacy program for young
adults run by Visa, which features a
free, downloadable workbook called,
"Money 101: A Crash Course in Bet-
ter Money Managenment," and other
You worked hard to graduate. Just
make sure you don't sabotage your
efforts by starting out on the wrong
Jacksonville Beach Jazz
Jacksonville Beach proudly presented their Summer Jazz Concert Series,
Sunday, June 9th at the Sea Walk Pavilion. Jazz lovers from around the
city enjoyed the cool sounds of jazz on a hot summer night. People
brought lawn chairs and blankets and listened as headliners Phil Perry
and Joey Sommerville captivated the crowd. Enjoying the night is Linda
and Dennis Stewart(TOP) and Gloria Chaplain dancing to the music.
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S1 Jax Visionaries Enjoy Historic First
U l 1 __ ,Friday Springfield Summer Splash
Shown (L-R) Nikolai and Rachel Vitti, Sandra and Cal Jackson and Dr. John Montgomery, Chevarra
Orrin, "Mississippi" Charles Bevel and Rina Stermilli.
Left to right Taylor Tilery, Holly Webster, Rossie Carter, Kiaira Nixon and Tavosia Mitchell.
AKA Debs Enjoy Cultural
Alhambra Theater Experience
The 2013 Debutante Coterie of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., opened the 2013 season of events at the
Alhambra Theater on June 8, 2013. The event was hosted by Ms. Roxanne Carter in honor of her daughter,
Debutante Rossie Carter. The following debutantes were in attendance: Rossie Carter (honoree), Holly Webster,
Tavosia Mitchell, Taylor Tilery and Kiaira Nixon. Members of the chapter and debutante committee that were
present were Mrs. Juliann Blackmon, Committee Chair, JoAnn Buggs and Gail Holley.
Commerce Department Announce
$6.3 Million Minority Business Grant
The U.S. Department of
Commerce made an announcement
that will change the fortunes of a
number of minority business own-
ers: Through a grant competition,
minority business will get to run
one of six Minority Business
Development Agency (MBDA)
centers in major metropolitan hubs
nationwide in order to grow their
jobs and businesses.
Thirty of these centers are
already in existence across the
United States and Puerto Rico. With
this new competition, though, grant
winners will be able to operate
MBDA Business Centers in New
York, Houston, San Francisco, St.
Louis, Baltimore, and Washington,
which, according to David A.
Hinson, MBDA national director,
"is critical to furthering the
Agency's mission in assisting
minority-owned businesses in gain-
ing access to contracts, access to
capital, and access to markets."
Hinson adds, "It is our goal to
ensure the continued success of
minority-owned firms who, in turn,
strengthen the economy and create
The grant amounts will range
between $300,000 to $500,000
annually over the course of a three-
year cycle, and awardees will be
connected to the other already
established 30 MBDA Business
Fiscal Year 2012 was noteworthy
for MBDA as it helped to create and
maintain more than 16,000 jobs,
making it the most-successful run
in the agency's 44-year existence.
In addition to the jobs, the MBDA
also helped clients gain $3.6 billion
in capital awards and contracts.
Chevara Orrin and Marion Hubbard opened their
home and hearts to neighbors and friends to bring the
community together in a way that is inspiring and
reflects the newly created JAX2025 vision.
Although new to Jacksonville, the couple have
become an integral thread in the vibrant fabric of the
community. The 2nd annual Historic Springfield
Summer Splash Soiree featured gourmet cuisine, exot-
ic beverages and Tony award-nominated actor and
vocalist, "Mississippi" Charles Bevel, who also hap-
pens to be Chevara's uncle. Bevel co-wrote and starred
in the Broadway musical revue, 'It Ain't Nothin' But
the Blues" which garnered four Tony award nomina-
tions in 1999. The eclectic crowd of 200 enjoyed rock-
ing hip house/techno/world music with DJ Catharsis,
delicious fare and loads of networking.
Zetas Award Scholarships to H.S. Seniors
The Beta Alpha Zeta
Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. awarded scholar-
ships in the amount of $500
each to three graduating High
School Seniors at their recent
Awards Assembly and one ,
deserving undergraduate at
The UNF undergraduate was
awarded the first Eugenia
Brown scholarship for excel-
lence in academics. Eugenia
Brown is the oldest member of
the Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter at
the age of 98 she is still active
in the chapter. She is a retired
educator from the Duval county
school district of 45 years.
The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. would
like to congratulate the scholarship
recipients for a job well done.
PaShea Simmons graduated from
Shown is Elnora Paulk, recipient Amber Harrell and Alpha Hay.
First Coast H.S. received the Alpha uated from Clay H.S. and Amber
Hay Moore Memorial Scholarship; Harrell graduated from Paxton H.S,
Sherda Pierre senior at UNF, both received the Zeta Phi Beta
received the Eugenia M. Brown Sorority Memorial Scholarship
Scholarship; Yasmeen Davis, grad-
IT CAN TAKE A JOB TO MAKE
A MORTGAGE PAYMENT.
AND SOMETIMES, IT TAKES A
BANK TO HELP FIND A JOB.
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 oflcr such assistance
and hope we won't be the last.
FIFTH THIRD BANK
The curious bank.
Fith Tird Bank. Member FDIC Equal I housing Lendoii.,
Ju.ne 13-19. 2013
PageBuins 4E-cMs.ngrry's FeelPres Jufesne31,21
Imagine beingateen Zimmerman Trial a Reminder of the
walking through a
neighborhood and some
guy starts following yo Absurdness of Stand Your Ground Laws
and you have no idea
This man is in a pick up truck
and although you are a pretty con-
fident teen, you are still worried
that you might be attacked or
robbed. By now we all know how
the story ends.
Young African American man
shot and killed by a self appointed
neighborhood watch captain. Not
by a police officer or anyone of
real authority, but by a regular old
citizen that thinks that the young
man looked out of place.
As the father of a teenage
African American make this issue
hits home. Most don't realize, but
because my son young and black
he has the unfortunate experience
of being told by his parents time
and time again that peoplestereo-
type you because of your race and
And that is the extremely unfor-
tunate story of Trayvon Martin -
an unarmed black Florida teenager
in Sanford that was killed last year
by George Zimmerman.
The story has received national
attention and has brought to light
Florida's deadly force law that
allows people who feel "threat-
ened" to react in self-defense with
excessive force.This bill was
passed several years ago and there
have been some very legitimate
and extremely illegitimate cases in
which the law was used.
In the case against Zinunmmerman,
the neighborhood watchvoluhmteer
told a police dispatcher that the
Let me think about it for a
moment so because a young
minority is walking through a mid-
dle class neighborhood, and maybe
he is wearing "Hip Hop" clothing
you think that you have the right to
follow and harass him?
Unfortunately, just being black
makes you suspicious in the eyes
So of course black folk have
been mad since the shooting
occurred. African Americans lead-
ers and every day people are fed
Last year, the outcry has reached
the national and international
media scene with activists, enter-
tainers,politicians, preachers and
every day folk speaking outagainst
the senseless shooting.
Fast forward to today, and with
jury selection going on this week
the attention and interest is back at
the national media forefront.
It is still unimaginable that a
young man could be harassed and
eventually shot simply because he
"looked" suspiciousin some para-
noid observers eyes.
The deadly force law rearranged
the very foundation of the Florida's
self defense rules, and basically
states that victims of violence
don't have to retreat when
attacked, and can fight back even if
they are in a public place.
You might be saying wait a
minute that actually sounds like a
good thing. Victims of crime now
can fight back versus running
away, but the devil is in the details.
Under the bill, a person is justified
in using deadly force when the
force is "necessary to prevent
death, great harm or the commis-
sion of a forcible felony."
Several years ago after this bill
was passed, an unarmed man was
shot and killed, but the person
committing the homicide was
released from jail because of the
deadly force law. Apparently, the
two men knew each other and
dated the same woman, which had
been the center of several con-
frontations in the past. So the State
Attorney's Office ruled that the
shooter was justified in his use of
It is a very scaly thought to me
when a person only needs to justi-
fy a murder by saying that they felt
that their life was threatened. This
could very well be one of those
bills that was passed with good
intentions, but has become ajudi-
When you start legislating issues
that are subjective in nature there is
always going to be trouble. How
do you clearly validate if a situa-
tion is necessary to prevent death
The bill's supporters including
the National Rifle Association -
say it is a necessary self-defense
measure for potential victims of
those crimes. The deadly force
legislation does not change the
requirements for carrying a con-
cealed weapon, which was the only
good portion of the bill. People
without permits can still have guns
in their homes or in the glove com-
partments of cars as long as they
have not been convicted of a
After this legislation passed
years ago I said that we werehead-
ed down a slippery slope, and the
death of Trayvon Martin proves
that we have slipped all the way off
of that slope.
This law also reinforces the dan-
ger of not having firm check and
balances in place in government
because of one-party being in full
control of the legislative and exec-
utive branch of government for the
past 14 years.
I just think that sometimes to
have to put politics aside and look
at issues like "deadly force" from a
practical perspective. I sympathize
with the rights of a citizen to pro-
tect himself in his home, but this
law gives a green light to any per-
son with a short fuse and a gun to
commit homicide as long as they
can justify a threat.
Think about what happened to
Trayvon Martin, he was killed
because he was being stereotyped,
and all the shooter had to do is say
that he felt threatened. Fortunate
for Trayvon, the shooter had called
the police and reported this "suspi-
cious" character and was told by
the 911 operator not to follow the
young man. This may be the evi-
dence needed to bring the shooter
Six years ago I said, "For some
reason I have a feeling that race
and social status will come into
play when standing before a judge
or state attorney as they interpret if
the deadly force you used was truly
I hate it when I am right. My
prayers and condolences go out to
the Martin family. Hopefully, jus-
tice will come soon.
Signing off from Sanford, FL.,
Gambling on Gambling
Gambling and gambling-related problems are common among all racial
and ethnic groups, but there's evidence that African Americans are more
likely to experience more serious gambling-related troubles than White
Americans. At the forefront of gambling's rise across America have been
Black politicians. Recently Florida's first African-American lieutenant gov-
ernor resigned her position because of a scandal involving a purported vet-
erans' charity that authorities said was a front for a $300 million gambling
operation. Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, a 53-year-old Republican was not
among those charged.
But Carroll will hardy be the sole Black politician with a role in gambling
in America. As gambling remains legally restricted in the United States, its
availability and method of expansion is often based on actions by Black
politicians. In 2007, U.S. gambling activities generated gross revenues (the
difference between the total amounts wagered minus the funds or "win-
nings" returned to players) of $92.27 billion.
Few can argue the economic impact of legalized gambling: construction
jobs toward building casinos, staffing of the facility by locals employees,
and suppliers for ongoing casino operations, all provide multiplier effects
that ripple throughout the overall economy. Black politicians have played
pivotal roles in cities such as Detroit and in hamlets like Tunica and other
Mississippi towns along the Gulf Coast, in causing gambling to be viewed
as "appropriate economic development tools." For example, commercial
casinos provided 354,000 jobs, and state and local tax revenues of $5.2 bil-
lion as of 2006.[update]
Companies in this industry operate gambling facilities or offer gaming
activities, including casinos, casino resorts and hotels, bingo halls, lotteries,
and off-track betting. Nevada is the only state where casino-style gambling
is legal statewide. All other states that allow casino-style gambling restrict
it to small geographic areas (e.g., Atlantic City, N.J. or Tunica, Miss.). As
sovereign nations, Indian tribes are allowed to open and operate casinos.
For example, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community owns Mystic
Lake Casino Hotel south of Minnesota's Twin Cities. In some states, casinos
are restricted to "riverboats," large multi-story barges that are permanently
moored in a body of water. Legal gambling revenues in 2007 were: Card
Rooms $1.18 billion; Commercial Casinos $34.41 billion; Charitable
Games and Bingo $2.22 billion; Indian Casinos $26.02 billion; Legal
Bookmaking $168.8 million; Lotteries $24.78 billion and Pari-mutuel
wagering $3.50 billion. Grand Total $92.27 billion.
Many say Prince George's County Executive Rushem Baker's support for
MGM Resorts International's casino plan at National Harbor may lead him
to one of the country's best paying jobs. Baker was the impetus behind the
MGM bid to build an $800 million casino-resort on a hill in the county that
overlooks the nation's capital. The National Harbor MGM is expected to
serve as a beacon for more than 40 million visitors to the capital region each
year who gamble. As general manager of the National Harbor MGM, Baker
would make five times his $174,540 per year government salary.
If Baker joins the ranks of gambling operators he'll mainly provide a place
or a means to play games of chance, including slot machines (slots); video
poker, and table games such as roulette, baccarat, blackjack, and craps
(dice). The house take on slot machines varies, depending upon the denom-
ination of the slot machine, but generally runs between 5 and 10 percent. The
take on most table games may be higher, from 15 to 30 percent. State lottery
games often retain between 30 and 40 percent.
A lot of Blacks may join Baker in the industry. Over the next 10 years, jobs
in the industry are expected to increase by 470,000. Career possibilities
range from architecture to accounting to hotel management, computer sci-
ence and information technology. Industry employees receive highly com-
petitive salaries and benefits packages that can include health care benefits,
retirement plans, paid vacation, child care options and training programs.
The industry consistently has extremely high employee satisfaction ratings
and impressive retention rates, and a good history of diversity practices
across jobs and business opportunities.
The Jury is Out on Obama's Fight to Confirm Judges
By George E. Curry
The next major showdown in
Washington may not be over how
best to reduce the deficit or involve
another Obama cabinet appoint-
ment. Look for sparks to fly over
the president's prerogative to nom-
inee federal judges and the Senate's
responsibility to either confirm or
reject those nominees.
The latest manifestation of this is
the President decision to fill three
vacancies on the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit, a frequent step-
ping stone to the Supreme Court.
The president said he is merely ful-
filling his responsibility as presi-
dent, but Republicans are accusing
him of "packing the court."
Clearly, the courts are anything
but packed. In fact, more than 10
percent of all judgeships are
unfilled. There are 87 vacancies, up
from the 55 when Obama first took
To fully appreciate the signifi-
cance of this standoff, it is impor-
tant to remember that in their effort
to radically shift the nation to the
right over the past two decades,
Republicans have gone all out to
control the federal judiciary by
placing young, arch conservatives
on the bench.
According to a March 5 report by
the Alliance for Justice titled, "The
State of the Judiciary: Judicial
Selection At the Beginning of
President Obama's Second Term,"
Republican appointees still control
the federal judiciary.
However, the study found, "Since
the end of the Bush Administration,
the percentage of Republican-
appointed circuit judges dropped
from 61.3% to 51.2%, and the per-
centage of Republican-appointed
district court judges dropped from
58.6% to 53.6%."
Political affiliation isn't the only
thing that is changing.
"President Obama's nominees
have been the most diverse in terms
of race and gender in American his-
tory," according to the report.
"Forty-one percent of his
appointees have been women and
36% have been people of color, a
far higher percentage than any of
Bill Clinton had the second-best
record, with 29 percent of his
appointees women and 24 percent
people of color.
Obama's record would have been
even more impressive had he made
nominations at the same pace of his
The Congressional Research
Service (CRS) issued a report on
May 2, titled, "President Obama's
First Term U.S. Circuit and District
Court Nominations: An Analysis
and Comparison with Presidents
It noted, "President Obamna is the
only one of the five most recent
Presidents for whom, during his
first term, both the average and
median waiting time from nomina-
tion to confirmation for circuit and
district court nominees was greater
than halfa calendar year (i.e., more
than 182 days)."
There is plenty of blame to go
around for such a slow confirma-
tion pace, beginning with Obama.
"... Of the 81 circuit or district
court vacancies that existed at the
end of President Obama's first term,
50 (or 61.7%) were vacancies for
which, as of January 19, 2013, the
President had not selected a nomi-
nee," the CRS study found.
And even when Obama did sub-
mit names, the study found, his
confirmation rate was lower than
most of his immediate predeces-
"Among the first five Presidents
during their first terms... President
G.H.W. Bush had the greatest num-
ber of circuit court nominees con-
firmed, 42. President Reagan had
the greatest percentage of circuit
nominees confirmed during his first
term (86.8%). In contrast, President
Obama had the second-lowest per-
centage of circuit court nominees
confirmed (71.4%) and is tied with
President Clinton for having the
lowest number of circuit nominees
There was a similar pattern with
district court nominees, with
Obama having the second-lowest
number and percentage confirmed.
Although Obama has done an
impressive job appointing nomi-
nees who reflect racial and gender
diversity, he has not done as well
with professional diversity, accord-
ing to the report by the Alliance for
Justice. While Obama has appoint-
ed 99 ex-prosecutors, he has nomi-
nated only 33 former public defend-
ers and 16 former academics.
A professionally diverse judici-
ary better reflects the range of legal
and societal experiences that judges
bring to the bench," the report
observed. "A judiciary heavily
slanted toward former corporate
attorneys and prosecutors lack the
perspective of lawyers who have
represented clients in criminal
defense, consumer and environ-
mental protection, personal injury,
and other public interest fields."
Unlike Republicans, Obanma has
tended to nominate older candidates
to the bench, averaging 51.3 years
old. That's typically 2-5 years older
than Republican appointees. And
that could come back to haunt
Democrats in the future.
"Because federal judicial
appointments are for life,
Republican presidents have repeat-
edly nominated people under 50 to
circuit court seats, and in fact have
placed a premium on selecting
Young nominees," the Alliance
for Justice study stated. "As for dis-
trict court seats. President Reagan
nominated over 30 people under 40
years old to the district court bench,
while President Obamna has nomi-
nated only 5.
"Since young district court
appointees are often prime candi-
dates for subsequent elevation to
thie circuit courts, both President
Obama and future Democratic pres-
idents may have relatively few of
these potential nominees to consid-
er going forward."
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Widow Works to Preserve
Evers' Civil-rights Legacy
JACKSON, Miss. Myrlie
Evers-Williams acknowledges it
would be easy to remain mired in
bitterness and anger, 50 years after
a sniper's bullet made her a widow.
Instead, she's determined to cele-
brate the legacy of her first hus-
band, Medgar Evers a civil rights
figure often overshadowed by peers
such as the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. and Malcolm X.
Events including a black-tie gala
are being held this week to remem-
ber Evers, the first
Mississippi field secretary of the
National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People.
He was 37 when he was assassinat-
ed on June 12, 1963.
"We are cursed as human beings
with this element that's called
hatred, prejudice and racism," said
Evers-Williams, now 80. "But it is
my belief that, as it was Medgar's,
that there is something good and
decent in each and every one of us,
and we have to call on that, and we
have to find a way to work togeth-
Evers-Willliams, who moved
final months of his life, led a boy-
cott of white-owned businesses in
Two weeks before his death,
Evers helped coordinate a sit-in at
an all-white lunch counter. That
night, someone tossed a firebomb at
his house. It was extinguished, but
the warning clear.
Evers-Williams recalled that the
night before her husband was slain,
she sat with him on their couch and
talked about the danger. He made
her promise that if anything hap-
pened to him, she would take care
of their three young children. She
also vowed that if he were killed,
she would seek justice and keep his
The night he was killed, Medgar
Evers stayed out late, attending a
community meeting. Shortly after
midnight on June 12, 1963, he
arrived home. His wife and children
were still awake after watching a
televised speech on civil rights by
President John F. Kennedy.
"And as soon as the children said,
'There's daddy,' the shot rang out -
one of the loudest and most power-
La Beckwith, was tried twice for
Medgar Evers' slaying in the 1960s,
but all-white juries failed to convict
him. The case was re-opened in the
1990s based on new evidence, and
he was convicted of murder in
1994. He was 80 when he died in
prison in 2001.
Myrlie Evers-Williams remarried
in 1976 to longshoreman Walter
Williams, and the couple moved to
Oregon in 1989. Williams died of
cancer in 1995, about the time she
became national chairwoman of the
NAACP, a post she held until 1998.
She is widely credited with putting
the organization back on solid
She had never planned to move
back to Mississippi, but was drawn
by an invitation to teach at her alma
mater, now known as Alcorn State
Evers-Williams said she sees
progress, such as Mississippi's large
number of black elected officials,
including a congressman, and may-
ors of Jackson and several other
cities. It's common to see black and
white people working together and
socializing, though many neighbor-
hoods are still largely one race or
Still, some things disturb her in
Mississippi and elsewhere. Long
lines to vote and voter-identifica-
tion laws could limit access to the
ballot, she said. When Obama was
re-elected, clashes between stu-
dents at the University of
Mississippi were largely divided on
What would Medgar Evers think
about American society now?
"1 believe he would look at the
landscape of this country and real-
ize what so many of us have said:
We have made progress but there's
still so much to be done. and if we
don't guard the progress we've
made, that too will slip away,"
She spoke at the University of
Mississippi graduation May 11. and
the university gave her a humanitar-
ian award the third it has ever
given. After the ceremony, she was
attending a campus reception when
James Meredith and his wife
"I ran to the door and I stood
there and held my arms out," Evers-
Williams recalled with a smile. "I
said to him, 'You can't come in here
unless you come through me."'
It was an echo of long-dead seg-
"We had the biggest laugh,"
Evers-Williams said. "We laughed
until we cried. Here we are, 50-plus
years later, and we can do that
back to Mississippi in 2012, is
treated with reverence by strangers
who recognize her these days. She
recently went to downtown
Jackson's King Edward Hotel to
meet reporters from The Associated
Press for an interview a hotel, she
notes, that was off limits to black
people decades ago. As she waited
for her coffee, a white man
approached to shake her hand and
ask if she'd pose for a photo.
"I've always wanted to meet
you," said Ron Walker, former
mayor of the tiny town of
Evers-Williams smiled cautious-
ly, then beamed, as Walker said he
believes she and Medgar Evers had
made Mississippi a better, more
Evers-Williams gave the invoca-
tion at President Barack Obama's
inauguration in January, and met
with the president June 5 at the
White House. A ceremony of
remembrance was held June 6 at
Evers' gravesite in Arlington
National Cemetery, attended by for-
mer President Bill Clinton and
Attorney General Eric Holder.
Myrlie Beasley and Medgar
Evers met as students in 1950 at
Alcomrn College, a historically black
school in rural southwest
Mississippi. He was from Decatur,
Miss., and served in the Army dur-
ing World War II before becoming a
star football player for the school.
Nearly eight years his junior, she
was a talented pianist raised by a
protective grandmother in
Vicksburg. The couple married in
In 1954, Evers applied to the all-
white University of Mississippi
Law School. After he was rejected,
he sought the NAACP's help to file
a lawsuit. Instead, the organization
hired him to coordinate its work in
Evers spent years investigating
violence against black people,
including the 1955 killing of 14-
year-old Emmett Till. He helped
James Meredith gain admission as
the first black student at the
University of Mississippi in 1962.
Evers pushed for black voter regis-
tration, drew young people into the
civil rights movement and, in the
ful I had, and still have, ever heard.
And I knew exactly what had hap-
pened," Evers-Williams recalled.
Neighbors drove Evers to the
University of Mississippi Medical
Center a few miles away. Within an
hour, he was dead from the shot to
Evers-Williams and her children
moved to California just over a year
"We could no longer live in our
home," she said. "The memories
were just too vivid, and I could
never get all of the blood up off of
the concrete driveway."
A white segregationist, Byron De
Watching from the sidelines is Tangela Ennis, Raines Assistant Athletic Director, Pamela Ennis, Bettye
White, Sharon White, Dyman Addision, Dominique Tomlin and Oshawn Smith
Moms Cheer Athletic Sons from the Raines'Stands
Raines High School held their 5th annual two-day Jacksonville summer basketball camp for area and local
high schools athletes. In terms of talent and tradition, teams are matched up with teams from other northern
portions of the state and students are also brought in from out-of-state teams from Georgia. Teams play on
Friday and Saturday nights at Raines. The two-day camp competition provides athletes with mentoring, and
athletic activities to prepare them for college sports. Over 12 different teams competed. Athletes also received
advise on how to apply for college scholarships, tutoring assistance and financial planning. Throughout the
day, over 300 people witnessed the camp activities.
Florida Legislative Black Caucus Elects
New Leader and Sets June 14 Session
Members of the Florida
Conference of Black State
Legislators elected State
Representative Alan Williams (D-
Tallahassee) as the Chair of the
Florida Legislative Black Caucus, ,
an organization dedicated to cham-
pioning issues and legislation of
importance to the black community
"I'm thrilled to have this chance
to lead the Caucus and work to
expand our work on the issues that
affect our constituencies and dis-
proportionately affect people of
color.," said Rep. Williams.
The Caucus leadership team con-
sists of: Sen. Oscar Braynon (D-
Miami Gardens), Vice Chair; Rep.
Hazelle Rogers (D-Lauderdale
Lakes), Secretary; Rep. Shevrin
Jones (D-West Park),
Parliamentarian; and Rep. Barbara
Watson (D-Miami Gardens),
Treasurer. The Florida Legislative
Black Caucus is comprised of 27
African American members of the
On Friday, June 14,, the Florida
Legislative Black Caucus (FLBC)
will gather in Broward County for a
Policy Issues Convening Session.
During this meeting. FLBC mem-
bers will spend a day engaging in
policy panel sessions and sharing
many innovative ideas that
enhances the FLBC mission and
goals to strengthen our communi-
ties and unite this state.
The policy issues session will be
centered on legislative priorities
giving a voice to issues of impor-
tance and concern for FLBC con-
stituents. FLBC legislative priori-
ties will offer a multi-faceted strat-
egy for ensuring the development,
growth and visions for our state's
future. During the convening ses-
sion, experts will provide legisla-
tive ideas and review state and
national topics, engage in discus-
sion and develop an agenda to
strengthen the communities served
by FLBC members.
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Fathers Who Cook Fundraiser
Jacksonville's Fathers Who Cook will present a "Taste of Jacksonville"
youth summer camp fimdraiser event, Saturday, June 15th, 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
at the Gateway Town Center. Celebrity chefs, married and single fathers
will display their culinary skills. Enjoy food tasting, entertainment, chil-
dren's activities, health screenings, vendors, cooking demos and door
prizes. Guest Chef is Mayor Alvin Brown. For more information visit
www.jacksonvillefathierswhocook.com or call Eugene Eubanks at 359-
The El-Beth-El Development
Center 4th Annual Banquet
The Officers and Board Members of The El-Beth-El Development Center
will host its 4th Annual "Stop the Violence Recognition Banquet" on
Thursday, Jmune 20th, at 6:30 p.m. The banquet will be held at the
Community Rehabilitation Center Banquet Hall located at 623 Beechwood
Street. The 2013 honorees are : Paula D. Wright- Duval County School
Board (DCSB), Atty. Robert Fishback, David Hodges, Private Investigator,
Atty. Refik W. Eler, Chief Assistant Public Defender, Maria Machin,
President of LULAC, Lt. Mathew Nemeth, Director of Police Athletic
League, Jackie Perry- Director of Beaver Street Enterprise, Dr. Nikolai P.
Vitti, DCSB Superintendent, Rita Perry, Publisher, Jacksonville Free Press,
Michael Carralero, District Manager of Walgreens Store. The guest speak-
er for the evening is Judge Gary P. Flower. Eight youths will also be for
outstanding achievement. For more information call 710 -1586.
St. Paul Missionary Celebrating
ASALH 10th Annual Membership
Luncheon at Bethel Baptist
The James Weldon Johnson ASALH Branch invites you to attend ASALH
10th Annual Membership Luncheon. The theme is "Crossroads of
Freedom," featuring keynote speaker Dr Daryl Michael Scott, National
President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and
History and Professor of History at Howard University
Saturday, June 29th at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215
Bethel Baptist Street. For more information call 487-5707 or email cgw-
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.asalhjacksonville.com.
Durkeeville Historical Society
Come enjoy Durkeeville's Juneteenth celebration festivities, Friday, June
14th -Wednesday, June 19th. On Friday, June 14th, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
enjoy the meet and greet reception. Saturday, June 15th from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. is the District of Soul event. On Sunday, June 16th from lla.m.-7 p.m.
is the Father's Day in the park father/son game and grill-off at J.P. Smalls
Baseball field. On Monday, June 17th, 6 p.m. 9 p.m. enjoy the Night of
the Arts, followed by the Literacy Awareness (book signing), Tuesday, June
18th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. To round off the festivities is the Juneteeth
Celebration Historical Walking Tour/Luminaria, Wednesday, June 19th,
from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. For more information call 598-9567. Durkeeville
Historical Society is located at 1293 W. 19th Street.
Join Billy McGraw Celebrates 67
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134th Anniversary & 5th Convocation Years of Life at Jerusalem Missionary
Billy L. McGraw invites Jacksonville to celebrate his 67th birthday featur-
ing Reverend Walter Ellis & the Country Boys and other artist, Saturday,
June 22nd at 6 p.m. The celebration will be held at Jerusalem Missionary
Baptist Church, 2010 Westminount St. For more info call 254-0786
A.M.E. Revival: Breaking Strongholds
The A.M.E. Church of the Master Lay Organization will be hosting a
revival on Saturday, June 23rd. Elder Virgil Jones, Jr. of Philippian
Community Church will be the messenger. The service begins at 4 p.m. and
the theme is "Breaking Strongholds". A.M.E. Church of the Master is
located at 5637 Vernon Rd. For more details call 766-7834.
From June 23rd through Junme 26th St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church will
celebrate their 134th Church Anniversary and 5th Annual Convocation with
guests from around the country and the St. Paul Ministries congregation.
Beginning Sunday morning June 23rd Bishop L. Spenser Smith of Impact
Nation, Tuscaloosa, Alabama will be the speaker. In the evening at 6 p.m.
enjoy the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Concert. On Monday at 7
p.m. is Bishop Eric D. Games of Tabernacle of Praise Cathedral, Brooklyn
New York. On Tuesday at 7 p.m. is Bishop Brian D. Moore, of Life Center
Church, North Charleston, South Carolina. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. St.
Paul Missionary Baptist Church Pastor John E. Guns will conclude this
spiritual assembly. For more information contact Debbie McNeil at 843-
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By James Washington
It is no secret that my favorite
passage is the Bible is Matthew 4:1-
11. To me it's good versus evil, up
close and personal. On one side the
devil incarnate: on the other Jesus
the Christ. When I read this I am
reminded that God's plan is pretty
precise and more than obvious to
those willing to seek Him first.
After 40 days of fasting in the
desert, Satan offers Christ "all the
kingdoms of the world and their
splendor." We should all give pause
and realize the power the devil has
to tempt each and every one of us as
we go about our daily lives, essen-
tially on his turf.
The truth be told, Lucifer and the
Lord hung out in heaven. You could
call them boys; that is, until Lucifer
got the big head and was banished
to the physical realm. In this con-
frontation of all confrontations,
once Jesus rebuked him for the
third time, scripture says, "Then the
devil left Him and angels came and
attended (to) Him," So, once Christ
withstood and overcome the temp-
tations, God then delivered unto
Him all that Satan had offered and
When you get this, then you'll
Vacation Bible School at Summerville
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, James W. Henry, Pastor is gear-
ing up for vacation bible school. The week consists of bible studies, games,
crafts and fitness activities. Vacation Bible school begins Sunday, June 9th
at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and continues Monday, June 10th through Friday, June
14th from 6 9 p.m. An exciting time awaits each family member! For
more information call 598-0510.
St. Joseph's Presents 5th Annual
Community Day Celebration
St. Joseph Homeownership Ministry (SJHM) will present their 5th annu-
al "Community Day" celebration, Saturday, June 15th at 485 W. 1st St.,
from 12 -3 p.m. Topics include vacation plans, creating a savings plan, pest
control tips, fire escape routes and technology in the home. St. Joseph
Homeownership Ministry (SJHM) is a subsidiary of Black
Bottom/Springfield Human Development Corporation that provides educa-
tion and counseling for homeowners and prospective owners. St. Joseph
Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Henry Rhim has ministered to the Black
Bottom/Springfield community for over eighty-three years. For more infor-
mation call 435-7546 or visit www.sjhmhelps.com.
Attorney Craig Gibbs is Fathers
Day Speaker at Greater Grant
The Sons of Allen and Greater Grant memorial AME Church family will
observe Fathers Day on Sunday, June 16th with terrific dad and distin-
guished attorney Craig A. Gibbs as the 10 a.m. worship speaker. Gibbs is
the founder of the firm Law Office of Craig Gibbs in Jacksonville. Church
school will begin at 9 a.m. and everyone is invited to come out, shout and
share in glory of the Lord. The church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road,
the Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr. is the pastor. For more information call
the church office at 764-5992.
1st Annual Gospel Step Off
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Dr. John E. Guns, pas-
tor presents the 1st Gospel Step Off, Saturday, June 22nd at 6 p.m. at First
Coast High School, 590 Duval Station Rd. For more information and sign-
up details call 768-7112 or visit www. spmbcjax.org.
realize, it was Christ's birthright
anyway. Now, if I follow this cor-
rectly, the devil probably knows the
Bible better than we do. He under-
stands what tempts us, because he
knows what pleases God. They
were roadies, remember? Then it
stands to reason I'm a much easier
target than Jesus and so are you. My
ruination won't necessarily require
the promise of the whole world and
all of it splendor. But since I am
made in the image of God, perhaps
the key to my ultimate salvation
might be to surrender all that I have
and all that I am to Him, who is my
Sunday Morning Worship
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Lord and Savior. It's His anyway,
right? That way, I won't fall into the
trap that suggests it's mine and I
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I should be able to see the devil
coming with the intention of fool-
ing me into believing life can and
should provide me with more than
God has already blessed me with. If
(and that's a big if), I can see the
devil coming, just maybe I can
position myself to withstand the
need to have my wants and desires
satisfied by sacrificing the integrity
of my soul for momentary gratifica-
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Celebrate Juneteenth Celebration
The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church will celebrate
Juneteenth, June 14, 15 and 16th. Activities include the Juneteenth free
prayer breakfast, Friday, June 14th at 9 a.m. hi the evening is the
Juneteenth Gospel Fest at 7 p.m. On Saturday, June 15th celebrate the
Juneteenth family and community get-together at Riverside Park. 753
Park Street. Enjoy games, pony rides, hula hoops, sack races, flag foot-
ball, waternelon/pie-eating contest basketball games, double dutch/hop
scotch, health/education fair and live entertainment. Celebrate Fathers
day with a Juneteeth Father's day free luncheon celebration Sunday, June
16th at 11 a.m. held at The Greater El-Bethi-El Divine Holiness Church
located at 723 W. 4th Street. For more information email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 710-1586.
Wednesday Noon Service
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12 noon-i1 p.m.
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Shown above at the retirement celebration are fellow teachers Taylor Campbell, Debra Taylor, Dauphine
Arnold, Maggie Wright, Joyce Baker, Lily Bivens, Lavern Brown, Charles Williams, Meltonia DuBois,
Saundra McNeil, and Christina May. Seated is the honoree Pamniela Jenkins.
Pam Jenkins Retires after 28 Years in Education
by Rhonda Silver
On Monday, June 10th Loretto
Elementary School celebrated the
retirement of three of its teachers.
Among them was Ms. Pamela
Jenkins, daughter of the late Melton
Jenkins who worked tirelessly and
creatively as a kindergarten teacher
for the last twenty-eight years.
Busy lifestyle weight gain, hyper-
tension, frustration...repeat. Many
of us know this story, and how
aggravatingly cyclical it can be. But
how do you break the cycle?
Ask Kia Horton.
Kia Horton is a married,
employed mother to two. While
change is hard enough for anyone,
it's even harder when you have
other people depending on you
every single day. But here's how
she was able o change her life:
I have been overweight all of my
adult life. I started to gain weight as
a pre-teen, around the age of 12.
While in high school, my dad
allowed me to sign up for a weight
loss program. I was able to lose
approximately 30 pounds, which
put my weight at 168 pounds. But I
hated the food, so the program was
not sustainable because eating their
food was the only key to success.
By the time I entered college, I
weighed a whopping 210. By the
The weight continued to snow-
ball, and when I returned home
from college, I weighed 260 lbs. I
immediately joined a gym and hired
a personal trainer. This also proved
to be futile because I was not ready
to change my eating habits. I lost no
weight during this time. I quit!
Through the years, over and over
again, I tried and failed at, all sorts
of weight loss plans most of which
With the love and support of fac-
ulty, family and friends, the beloved
educator left a significant impres-
sion on all of those she encoun-
tered. As a teacher she found inno-
vative ways to simulate and engage
the young minds entrusted to her.
Her passion for the craft is echoed
by her dedication.
involved crash dieting
and extreme food depri-
vation. 1 would lose
weight for the short term,
at times as much as 40
pounds, but I would
shortly gain it all back.
plus a little more.
I haven't yet shared
this next part of my story
with everyone because it
is deeply pcioii'n.il, but 1
want to be totally hon-
By the age of 31,1 was
completely fed up with
myself topping out at
319 pounds. This i
prompted my decision to .
go under the knife and
have lap band surgery.
This surgery probably
assisted in me being able to get
pregnant, since prior to the surgery,
I did not have a consistent menstru-
al cycle because I was morbidly
obese. After the surgery, I immedi-
ately dropped 50 lbs and within a
month, I found out I was pregnant
with my first child. I was over the
moon with excitement and did not
care that I had just invested a ton of
money into the surgery.
Within 18 months I was pregnant
again, but this time I wasn't so
lucky. I lost the son that I had
prayed for, which sent me into a tail
spin. I had no outlet for stress...that
Loretto Elementary won't be the
same without her, but for her years
of devotion the lives she touched
are better having known her. Due to
declining health issues she could
not continue in that role; but she
continues to set higher standards in
the role life has caused her to
Lupus is a disease that can be
debilitating and can be mild or
severe. The disease is an inflamma-
tory condition in which the immune
system begins to attack the body's
tissues and organs.
Lupus is often difficult to diag-
nose because it has so many differ-
ent symptoms that often seem like
those of other disease.
Singer and actress, Toni Braxton
has struggled with the disease for
years. The singer even reduced her
appearances on her family's popu-
lar reality show "The Braxtons".
Toni has even announced that she
will no longer pursue a singing
career and will instead focus on her
health and wellness.
No two cases of lupus are exactly
alike. Signs and symptoms may
come on suddenly or develop slow-
ly, may be mild or severe and may
be temporary or permanent. Most
people with lupus have mild disease
characterized by episodes called
flares when signs and symptoms
get worse for a while, then improve
or even disappear completely for a
The signs and symptoms of lupus
that you experience will depend on
which body systems are affected by
the disease. The most common
signs and symptoms include:
*Fatigue and fever
*Joint pain, stiffness and swelling
*Butterfly-shaped rash on the
face that covers the cheeks and
bridge of the nose
*Skin lesions that appear or
worsen with sun exposure
*Fingers and toes that turn white
or blue when exposed to cold or
may vary widely
with the individual
during stressful periods (Raynaud's
*Shortness of breath
*Headaches, confusion, memory
Fed Up With Myself to Lose 1501bs
is, other than food. Since eating was
what provided comfort in any other
uncomfortable situation, I turned to
my old standby once again, and
quickly started to put the pounds
By the grace of God, I was preg-
nant within a year with another son.
During my second pregnancy, I
I couldn't believe that this was
happening to me at the age of 36,
but I accepted it as my fate. I
thought that I was just an over-
weight woman. I spent many years
convincing myself that I had
achieved the American dream
because I had a husband, two chil-
dren, four fish and two birds. What
more did I need?
Yes, I was worried about the life
threatening effects of hypertension,
but not enough to change my
lifestyle. It fact, after my lap-band
surgery, I never once even had it
adjusted. Though, I honestly
believe that, even if I had, it would
not have sustained weight loss since
I was not ready to change my mind
On a random night out with my
girlfriends, I was chatting with a
stranger who happened to be really
into fitness. We started to chat about
my fitness journey
and how defeated I
felt. He encouraged
me to give it one
more try, if not for
myself, for my chil-
S dren. The following
Tuesday on January
S 17, 2012 ,I walked
Watchers with a
SI 'friend I weighed
in at 299.4 pounds.
S I initially only
wanted to join for
S one month to see
S what it was all
about, but after the
first meeting I was
hooked. I signed up
to do it all.
SI wanted to work
he plan to the fullest to see if I could
do it. After the first week I was
down 4 pounds. The second week, I
was down another 4 pounds. I
thought that this was impossible!
This continued for about a month
and then weight loss started to slow
to about a pound per week. I real-
ized then that I needed to incorpo-
rate exercise into my plan.
I started doing Zumba on my Wii
5 or 6 days a week with my husband
and children. I followed this routine
for months, barely missing a day.
When the weather started to get
warm, I signed up to start walking
5ks. This changed my life. I started
walking along the Chicago lake-
front for 3 to 4.5 miles every day.
By the end of July 1, I was able to
run the entire path, albeit slowly,
but I still did it. This started my like
of running (I'm still not in love.)
These days, running for me is the
time that I have quiet space, with
just my thoughts and my breathing.
I often cry when I run, but it's a
good cry, a release of emotion.
Actually, I've learned from talk-
ing to other runners that crying is a
common phenomenon. Running
allows me to be FREE of stress!
In September, it started to get
cold so I started running on the
treadmill! Boring! But I had already
lost nearly 100 lbs, so I couldn't
quit now. I joined a bootcamp with
a friend, and soon developed a love
for circuit training. In October, I
was referred to Andrea Nichols-
Everett, who owns D3: Dre's Diesel
Dome. I initially started doing boot
camp two days a week and I would
run the other three days. After two
months I was hooked, and increased
my program to Monday through
Friday, while still running three
days a week.
Very recently, I weighed in at 149
pounds at Weight Watchers. That
puts my official weight loss at
150.4 pounds. Slowly, but surely,
changing my mind about who I am
has led me to change!
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Crawford in Concert
Comedian Lavell Crawford will be
on stage at the Comedy Zone, June
13th-15th. Known as BET 's
ComicView host, Lavell made a
splash in the industry by headlining
Laffapalooza, the longest running
urban comedy festival. For show-
times, tickets and more information
visit www.comedyzone.com or call
292-4242. The Comedy Zone is
located at 3130 Hartley Rd.
at the Cummer
Motown is coming to town! The
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
is hosting a Motown concert in the
Gardens. Local band KTG will
have you swaying to all your
favorites, including the Temptations
and Marvin Gaye. Hear the soul-
ful sounds, Friday, June 14th, 7 to
9 p.m. at the Cummer Museum of
Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Ave.
For more information call 899-6038
or visit www.cummer.org.
Help celebrate the Juneteenth
Festival beginning Friday, June
14th through Sunday, June 16th
2013 at Riverside Park (Park and
Post Streets). Friday's festivities
include a Juneteenth Prayer
Breakfast at Historic New Mt. Zion
AMEC. On Saturday, June 15th
enjoy the opening ceremony and
the history of Juneteenth. On
Sunday June 16th enjoy a church
worship and choir fest, hear Buffalo
Solider history, and community
economic empowerment dialogue.
For more information call Aleta
Alston-Toure' at 631-1674 or email
Come enjoy Durkeeville's
Juneteenth celebration festivities,
Friday, June 14th Wednesday,
June 19th. On Friday, June 14th,
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. enjoy the
meet and greet reception. Saturday,
June 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is
the District of Soul event. On
Sunday, June 16th from l la.m.-7
p.m. is the Father's Day in the Park
with a father/son game and grill-off
at J.P. Smalls Baseball field. On
Monday, June 17th, 6 p.m. 9 p.m.
enjoy the Night of the Arts, fol-
lowed by the Literacy Awareness
(book signing) on Tuesday, June
18th from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. To round
off the festivities is the Juneteeth
Celebration Historical Walking
Tour/Luminaria on Wednesday,
June 19th, from 6 p.m. 9 p.m. For
more information email dur-
email@example.com or call
598-9567. Durkeeville Historical
Society is located at 1293 W. 19th
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.
Wop at the Ritz!
Motown meets Doo Wop at the
Ritz, Saturday, June 15th. Enjoy
the sounds of Motown Doo Wop at
the Ritz Theatre and LaVilla
Museum, 829 N. Davis Street. For
more information visit www.ritz-
jacksonville.comn or call 632-5555.
Free for Fathers at
Dads swim and play free at
Adventure Landing, Sunday, June
16th. Buy one full-priced water
park daily admission and get dad's
water park admission for free!!!
Adventure Landing is located at
1944 Beach Blvd. For more infor-
mation call 246-4386 or visit
All Red Affair Honors
Style and HIV Awareness
The AMG Uptown Salon & Spa
presents the "Red Affair" kick-off
reception hosted by celebrity stylist
Dwight Eubanks. The Red Affair
kick-off reception is an insider's
look at featured designers, bou-
tiques, stylist, and guest models.
The reception will honor HIV &
AIDS survivors who are making a
difference in the community. Enjoy
great music, food and wine. The
reception happens Sunday, June
16th, at Ultra Lounge, 7707
Arlington Expressway, 6 -8 p.m.
For more details call 356-1081 or
show.com or email ulitmaterunway-
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
Jazz Pianist Elisha
Atlas Parris at the Ritz
Urban Jazz Pianist Elisha Atlas
Panrris' CD release party will be at
the Ritz Theater, Thursday, June
20th at 7 p.m. For more informa-
tion visit www.ritzjacksonville.com
or call 632-5555. The Ritz Theater
is located at 829 North Davis Street
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Wind and
Fire in Concert
Classic R&B group Earth, Wind
& Fire will be in concert, Friday,
June 21st, at St. Augustine
Amphitheater at 7:30 p.m. For more
information visit www.staugam-
phitheatre.coin or call 209-3759.
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Yo a isinteFe r ss
The Stanton Alumni Gala week-
end is scheduled for Friday, June
21st and Saturday, June 22nd at
the Wyndham Jacksonville
Riverwalk Hotel, 1515 Prudential
Dr. Enjoy a fun filled gala weekend
featuring trivia games, a sing along,
prizes and more. Don't miss it! For
tickets or more information call
Kenneth Riddick at 764-8795 or
at the Ritz
Artist Gil Mayers will present
"Designed to Provoke: Art that
Inspires Thought and Action" on
Saturday, June 22nd at 10:30 a.m.
For more information call 632-5555
or visit www.ritzjacksonville.com.
Men's Health Coalition presents
"Man up for Health" summit for
men & boys ages 13 and up. The
summit takes place, Saturday, June
22nd, 9- 12 p.m. at Florida State
College of Jacksonville in the
Advanced Technology Center, 401
W. State St. Attend workshops and
receive health screenings, mani-
cures, haircuts, fitness, finances
violence prevention and more! For
more information call 253-1470 or
visit wwwan tupfodiaBth.evenfitLe.om.
Camp Florida Friendly
Indulge in a four-part series on
gardening topics for one of them or
come for all! The Duval County
Extension staff will be offering
classes on Wednesday, June 19th,
Friday, June 21st, Wednesday,
June 26th and Friday, June 28th,
all classes are from 9:30 a.m. 2
p.m.. You can make a rain barrel, a
worm bin or train on a variety of
gardening subjects. To register
email email@example.com. Deadline to
order optional worm bin is June
17th and rain barrel, June 24th.
8th Annual Teen
Battle of the Bands
The Jacksonville Public Library
invites local teens to compete in the
8th Annual Teen Battle of the Bands
at the Main Library, 303 N. Laura
St. on Saturday, June 22nd at 1
p.m. Musicians ages 12 to 18 must
register by May 31st for the free
event. The contest gives teens the
opportunity to perform their origi-
nal work no matter what their genre
for prizes including gift certificates
and studio recording time. For
more information email teen-
firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 630.2665.
Keenan Ivory Wayans
at the Comedy Zone!
Come laugh with legendary come-
dian, film producer and actor
Keenan Ivory Wayans at the
Zone, June 27th 30th. For show-
times, tickets and more information
visit www.comedyzone.com or call
292-4242. The Comedy Zone is
located at 3130 Hartley Rd.
MOSH After Dark:
Wine Making 101
Who doesn't love wine? Come
join MOSH, Thursday, June 27th,
at 7 p.m. for a workshop on wine
making! Wine Making 101 is part
of MOSH After Dark, a fun series
of adult programs. For more infor-
mation visit www.themosh.org or
call 396-7062, ext 238.
ESPN Friday Night Fights, the
Big City Brawl in Duval, is coming
to Jacksonville, Friday, June 28th
at 7 p.m. See the 10 Round
Middleweight fight featuring
Sergio Mora vs. Grzegorz Proksa at
Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A.
Philip Randolph Blvd. For more
information call 404-354-4800 or
ASALH 10th Annual
The James Weldon Johnson
ASALH Branch welcomes all to
their 10th Annual Membership
Luncheon. The theme is
"Crossroads of Freedom," featur-
ing Dr Daryl Michael Scott,
National President of the
Association for the Study of African
American Life and History. It will
be held Saturday, June 29th at 11
a.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. For more information call
487-5707 or email
NS Arts and
The Northside LOVE Arts and
Vendors Market will take place
Sunday, June 30th featuring The
Katz Downstairz and DJ Al Pete.
The "love" takes place at Lonnie C.
Miller Park on Soutel from 2- 6
p.m. For more information email
or call 610-7103.
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Chapter President Dr. Barbara Darby receives a special presentation
from the Jacksonville Chapter of Links President Betty Cody. Athiel "Josh" Jones and Maretta LeBlanc
Bold City Chapter member Janice
Nelson with Dr. and Mrs. Wendell Holmes.
Bold City Chapter member Katherine Byers and husband Richard.
Ronald and Gloria Belton
Edward Robinson, Jr., Vernell Robinson, Alma Greene,
Elaine Ford Jackson, Tony Hill, and Ruth Waters McKay
Von Alexander with Harvey and Jimie Harper
Chapter members Delores Mitchell, LeVon Burnett and Jackie Lee
Dr. Orrin and Pat Mitchell, Dr. Floyd and Wanda Willis,
Terry and Sharon Mills (seated) and Dr. Kenneth and Susan Jones.
Lois Gibson with William and Betty Cody
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Savannah State Sports Photo
TIGER MAN: Earnest
Wilson, former offensive
coordinator at Hampton,
takes over as head football
coach at Savannah State.
I NEW FOOTBALL COACH AT SAVANNAH STATE;
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WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
WILSON GETS SAVANNAH STATE JOB:
SAVANNAH, Ga.- A new era of Savannah State
football began last week with the selection of Earnest
Wilson III as its new head
The coaching veteran of 23
seasons becomes the 24th
head coach of the Tigers since
the football program started in
1915. A native of Columbus,
Ohio, Wilson replaces Steve
WILSON Davenport who served as
SSU head coach for the past two seasons.
Wilson, 48, comes to Savannah State from fellow
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) member
Hampton where he spent the past year as the Pirates of-
fensive coordinator and quarterback coach.
Before joining Hampton, Wilson worked at Jackson
State as offensive coordinator, quarterback and wide re-
ceiver coach for two years (2010-12). Prior to JSU, Wil-
son served as the running backs coach at New Mexico
State (2005-09) and before that was the offensive coordi-
nator at Benedict (2003-04) for two seasons.
Wilson's coaching background includes a stint as
the head coach and director of football operations for
the Carolina Rhinos (2001-02) and Jacksonville Tomcats
(1999-2001) of Arena League Football 2 (AFL2). Wilson
has also served as head coach of the Dayton Skyhawks of
the Indoor Football League (1999); offensive coordinator
at Oberlin College (1998-99); offensive coordinator and
recruiting coordinator at Elizabeth City State (1996-
98); special teams, receivers, and tight ends coach at
Alabama A&M (1994-96); offensive graduate assistant
at Penn State (1993-94); receivers and tight ends coach
at Maine (1992-93); and receivers and tight ends coach at
Allegheny College (1990-92).
Wilson played football while receiving both his un-
dergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas Tech. He
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation in
1989 and a Master of Education degree in Sports Admin-
istration in 1990.
CHARLOTTE NETS $47 MILLION FROM C-I:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 11,2013) -The Central
Intercollegiate Athletic Association's (CIAA) 68th An-
nual Men's andWomen's Basketball Tournament generated
a substantial economic impact for the Charlotte region
with $47.17 million in economic impact and $29.86 mil-
lion in direct spending. The study was conducted by the
Charlotte Regional VisitorsAuthority (CRVA) and accounts
for spending that occurred during the 2013 event, held
February 25 March 2 in Charlotte, N.C.
This year marked the eighth year that the Tourna-
ment has been hosted in Charlotte.
The tournament returns to the Queen City February
24 March 1, 2014, the last year of its current contract
with Charlotte. CRVA, the Charlotte Bobcats and other
key stakeholders are working with CIAA Commissioner
Jacqie Carpenter as the conference formulates its plans
for future years. Carpenter joined the conference in 2012,
strengthening the event through her years of NCAA ex-
perience and emphasis on the student-athlete and fan ex-
THE STAT CORNER
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS N BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
Five HBCU players taken
in Major League Baseball draft
Led by Savannah State pitcher Kyle Mc-
Gowin, five HBCU baseball players were se-
lected in the 2013 Major League Baseball three-
McGowin, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Con-
ference (MEAC) Pitcher of the Year, was select-
Bed in the fifth round by the
Los Angeles Angels on Fri-
day. He finished the regular
season with an ERA of 1.49
in 96.1 innings pitched and
a 12-1 record. He led the
SMEAC in strikeouts (111)
S and wins, and was ranked
McGowin sixth nationally after the end
of the regular season while
leading the Tigers to their first MEAC Champi-
onship and the programs first Division I NCAA
Alcorn State shortstop Angel Rosa was
also picked by the Angels. The 2013 Pre-Season
SWAC Player of the Year, was selected in the
13th round with the 397th overall pick. He fin-
ished the last year with a .294 batting average
and led the Braves in stolen bases (17), on base
percentage (.372) recording 50 hits and 26 runs
North Carolina A&T first baseman Kel-
vin Freeman was picked by the Chicago Cubs
in the 17th round and was the 498th overall se-
Southern University pitcher Jose De Leon
was picked in the 24th round with the 724th pick
by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He finished with
a 4-3 overall record and in the top ten in the
league in ERA (3.28) and innings pitched (81.2).
He led the Jaguars with 73 strikeouts including
25 strikeouts looking. Both marks were ranked
second in the conference.
The final HBCU pick of the draft was
Grambling State pitcher Cory Jordan was
taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 35th round
with the 1,058th overall selection. Last year as a
relief pitcher, Jordan finished with a 2-3 overall
record, two saves and a 4.22 ERA. He recorded
27 strikeouts while appearing in 14 games in re-
UMES's Falbo named
MEAC Woman of the Year
NORFOLK, Va.-The Mid-Eastern Ath-
letic Conference (MEAC) named recent Uni-
versity of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)
graduate T'nia Falbo the 2013 MEAC Woman
of the Year.
Falbo will be presented the award in a spe-
cial on-campus ceremony during the next ath-
The award, selected annually by the MEAC
Senior Woman Administrators, celebrates the
achievements of senior female student-athletes
who have excelled in academics, athletics, ser-
vice and leadership. Falbo is the third UMES
student-athlete to earn the honor in the eight
years it has existed. Both previous winners,
Jessica Worsley (2008) and Kristina Frahm
(2011) were also a member of the women's
Falbo averaged 198.5 pins during her senior
campaign. She participated in 63 games and 76
Baker games and led the Lady Hawks' to their
second United States Bowling Congress (USBC)
Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) and
sixth MEAC Conference title. She was instru-
mental in the team's national championship and
as the team's anchor she tossed a clutch double
in the final frame to take the come-from-behind
victory in game two.
Falbo was selected to both the USBC and
MEAC All-Tournament teams for her postsea-
son play. She was also recognized in March as
an MEAC Bowler of the Week and was selected
to the 2013 Jim Brown Classic All-Tournament
team bowling after bowling a 196.8 average
in five individual games. This past season the
four-time National Champion earned her second
straight All-America nod from the National Ten-
pins Coaches Association (NTCA).
Falbo's composure off the lanes were rec-
ognized at the ITCs where
Bshe was awarded the Chris
Award, which recognizes
.. i., the male or female col-
legiate bowler who best
exemplifies true sporting
behavior and the highest de-
Falbo gree of character on and off
the lanes. The award is pre-
sented annually at the ITC and is voted upon by
the collegiate coaches.
The 2012 MEAC Bowler of the Year, Falbo
has accumulated a host of honors throughout
her collegiate career including MEAC all-tour-
nament team selections (2012, 2013), and the
All-MEAC First-Team (2012). She was named
the 2012 UMES Female Athlete of the Year,
the 2012 Outstanding Performer at the NCAA
Championship and was a finalist for the Bowl-
ing Writers Association of America (BWAA)
Collegiate Bowler of the Year award in 2012.
Falbo has performed successfully in the
classroom as well. In May 2013, she graduated
with a 3.78 GPA in Accounting. Her scholastic
accolades include three NTCA All-Academic
Team recognition (2010-2013) and the MEAC
Commissioner's All-Academic Team (2009-
2013). She also received three National Col-
legiate Bowling Coaches Association All-Aca-
demic awards, which require a 3.5 GPA through
the Fall semester. She will continue that journey
in the Fall, enrolling at nearby Salisbury Univer-
sity in pursuit of her M.B.A.
Off the lanes Falbo volunteered with Habi-
tat for Humanity, Relay for Life, the Life Crisis
Center, the Night of the Living Zoo and coached
Other leadership roles included serving as
the UMES bowling team captain from 2011-
2013, tutoring from 2012-2013 and the team's
travel coordinator from 2010-2013. Falbo will
represent the MEAC as its nominee for the
NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
The NCAA established the Woman of the
Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achieve-
ments of women in intercollegiate athletics.
Now in its 23rd year, the award is unique be-
cause it recognizes not only the athletic achieve-
ments of outstanding young women, but also
their academic achievements, community ser-
vice and leadership.
Norfolk State senior volleyball student-
athlete Charlotte Armstead was the 2013
MEAC Woman of the Year runner-up
SWAC Football Media Day
set for July 15 in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM -- The Southwestern
Athletic Conference (SWAC) will hold its an-
nual Football Media Day on Monday, July 15
at the Birmingham Marriott. The event will be
streamed live on the SWAC Digital Network be-
ginning at 10:00 a.m.
The annual kickoff to the SWAC football
season, this year's media gathering will feature
all 10 head coaches and selected student-ath-
letes in an on-line video format.
The SWAC will announce the 2013 All-
SWAC preseason teams and predicted order of
De Leon Jordan
finish during the occasion as well as the fall con-
ference ESPN broadcast schedule.
CIAA preseason event and
football championship at WSSU
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic As-
sociation (CIAA) Football Championship
Committee has unanimously selected Winston-
Salem State University as the host institution for
the 2013 CIAA Football Championship Game.
WSSU's bid to host the game at Bowman
Gray Stadium was accepted following an evalu-
ation process that began last April. Previously
the Football Championship Game had been
hosted at Durham (N.C.) County Memorial Sta-
"CIAA football has experienced tremen-
dous success over the last few years," said
Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter. "In order to
accommodate our growing fan base, the confer-
ence believed that hosting the football champi-
onship at a member institution was the best deci-
sion moving forward into Century II."
The 2013 CIAA Football Championship is
scheduled for Saturday, November 16, 2013 at a
time to be determined.
Winston-Salem State, having successfully
hosted NCAA Division II regional football play-
off games for the past two years, will also serve
as the host for the annual CIAA Football Media
The CIAA will kick-off the 2013 season
on Thursday, July 25 at the newly constructed
Donald J. Reaves Student Activities Center on
the WSSU campus. Key returning student-
athletes will be available for interviews at 10:00
a.m. followed by a formal program beginning at
For those interested in attending the 2013
CIAA Football Media Day, please contact the
CIAA office at (757) 865-0071 or via email
MEAC football to kick off
July 26 in Norfolk
NORFOLK, Va. The Mid-Eastern Ath-
letic Conference (MEAC) will host the annual
Football Press Luncheon with special access for
the media on Friday, July 27 at the Norfolk Wa-
terside Marriott Hotel.
MEAC head football coaches and two stu-
dent-athletes from each team will be on handfor
the media beginning at 10:15 a.m. for one-on-
one interviews in the International Ballroom
also at the Waterside to offer an inside view on
the upcoming 2013 football season.
A limited number of tickets are available to
the public for the press luncheon, set to begin at
12 noon, and can be purchased by calling Jamie
Dennison at (757) 951-2055. Tickets are $30 per
seat or $300 per table (10 persons) and must be
purchased by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12.
The 2013 MEAC football season kicks
off on Thursday, August 29 featuring Hamp-
ton University in a non-conference matchup
against Western Illinois. Additional MEAC
teams including Howard, Morgan State, Nor-
folk State, North Carolina Central, Savan-
nah State and South Carolina State will open
their seasons on Saturday, August 31. Bethune-
Cookman will face Tennessee State on Sun-
day, September 1.
Florida A&M will also compete against
Mississippi Valley State in the annual MEAC/
SWAC Challenge also on Labor Day Weekend,
Sunday. Sept. 1. Details and ticket information
to be distributed at a later time.
Spring Sports Round-Up
Two black college tracksters earn
first team all-American status
The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association
(USTFCCCA) has announced those who have earned USTFCCCA All-
America distinctions for the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track &
Field season. Honors are awarded for performances at the final site of the
NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend in
First-team USTFCCCA All-America honors are awarded to those
who earn any portion of a team point at the national championships, or
reach an eight-entrant final. Second-team All-America honors are handed
out to those whose final placing in the national meet range from ninth to
Jackson State sprinter Anaso Jobodwana finished fourth in the 200
meters dash and Maryland-Eastern Shore quartermnniler Lenora Guion-
Firmin finished seventh in the 400 meters finals to give HBCUs two first
Jobodwana qualified for Saturday's finals with the second fastest time
(20.02) in the preliminaries. He scored five points for Jackson State for his
fourth-place finish in 20.29 seconds in the finals. Ameer Webb of Texas
A&M won the event in 20.17 seconds.
Guinon-Firmin ran a time of 52.03 seconds in the 400-meter dash
semifinals to advance to the finals race Friday where she earned two
points with a seventh place finish in 52.59. Ashley Spencer of Illinois
won the event in 50.29
Nine others from HBCUs received the second team designation.
They are: MEN Akeem Williams (Grambling, 200 meters), Jobodwana
(JSU, 100 meters), Keith Nkrumah (Norfolk State, 110 meter hurdles),
James Taylor (Norfolk State, 200 meters); WOMEN Ashley Ivey, Na-
kia Linson, Dynasty Jones and Jasmine Smith (Florida A&M, 4x100
Relay), Linson (200 meters).
Those who participated at the final site but did not place in the meet's
top 16 are listed as honorable mention. Those are as follows:
MEN Ryan Carter (Delaware State, 200 meters), Trey Holloway (Hamp-
ton, 110 meter hurdles), Darrius Baker, Cameron Hall, Kenshard Hamilton,
Chazqyn Price (Savannah State, 4x100 relay), Ackeem Smith (UMES, 110 meter
WOMEN Nakia Linson (Florida A&M, 100 meters), Emmy Fraenk, Maleka
Holland, La'Quisha Parker (Hampton, 4x400 relay), Parker (200 meters), Cha-
risma Green, Teyanna Green, Ekundayo Sogbesan, Britney Wattley (Morgan
State, 4x100 relay), Champagne Bell (Norfolk State, long jump).
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Monday, July 15- 10 a.m.
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Thursday, July 25 10 a.m.
Reaves Student Activities Center
Winston-Salem State University
MEAC FOOTBALL PRESS LUNCHEON
Friday, July 26 10:15 a.m.
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'The Book of Negroes': Controversial
Novel Turned into a BET Miniseries
BET Networks is turning the con-
troversial novel The Book of
Negroes into a miniseries.
The 2007 novel, written by
Canadian author Lawrence Hill, is
being adapted for TV by
Conquering Lion Pictures and Out
of African Entertainment, according
The Hollywood Reporter.
The story centers on Aminata
Diallo, an African woman who is
taken by slave traders from West
Africa to South Carolina. It follows
her through the American
Revolution in New York, the isolat-
ed refuge of Nova Scotia and the
jungles of Sierra Leone, before she
ultimately secures her freedom in
England in the early 1800s.
"We are excited to partner with
Conquering Lion Pictures, Out of
Africa Entertainment and
Entertainment One on this historic
project and to bring the acclaimed
Book of Negroes to life for the BET
audience," said Loretha Jones, pres-
ident of original programming at
Production on The Book of
Negroes will start in South Africa in
The novel was initially published
in the Canadian and U.K. markets
with its original title, The Book of
Negroes, but due to historical sensi-
tivity the title was changed to
Somebody Know My Name when
published in the U.S.
Somebody Know My Name was
included amongst Oprah's top sum-
mer reads for 2010 in 0 Magazine.
In 2011 Hill's book sparked heat-
ed debates abroad. A Dutch group
torched the cover of The Book of
Negroes as a protest against the
Black Stars Win Big at Tony Awards
Sunday was a big night for black
stars at this year's Tony Awards.
For only the second time in his-
tory, black actors took home four
of the eight major acting awards.
Veteran actor Courtney B. Vance
won the first Tony Award of the
night, for best performance by an
actor in a featured Role in a play,
for his role in Lucky Guy. This is
Vance's first Tony win. He was
nominated for best featured actor
once earlier in his career for his
roles in Fences (1987) and best
actor once for Six Degrees of
Cicely Tyson, who returned to
Broadway this season for the first
time in three decades, took home
her first Tony at age 79. The leg-
endary actress won best leading
actress in a play for her role in
Horton Footes's The Trip to
Patina Miller won for best
actress in a musical for her lead
role in Diane Paulus' Pippin.
Miller was previously nominated
for best actress for her lead role in
Sister Act (2011).
The Tony Award for best actor in
a Musical went to Billy Porter for
his role as a drag queen in Kinky
Boots. This was Porter's first
Tony nomination. The Harvey
Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper show
also took home the night's top
Vance, who was previously nominated for Tonys for "Fences" and
"Six Degrees of Separation," won for playing a newspaper editor
opposite Tom Hanks in "Lucky Guy." They are shown above.
prize of best musical.
Producer Ron Simons' Tony win
for best producer added to the four
acting Tonys won by African-
Americans this year. Simons won
the award for his work on the play
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and
Overall, this year proved to be a
successful year for African-
Americans in theater.
Indiewire reports, aside from the
five winners, there were six addi-
tional nominees of African decent,
who did not win their individual
"What I love about the theater is
that we can celebrate differences.
It was nice to see women and men
of color winning these awards."
Tony Award winner Patina Miller
told thie Wall Street Journal. "It
also gives people w\ho look like
me, and younger artists that maybe
don't think there's a place for them
in the theater, the courage to one
day do this."
novel's title. The group, known as
the Foundation to Honor and
Restore Victims of Slavery in
Surinam, vowed to bum copies of
the book in an Amsterdam park
unless its name was changed.
Hill's novel is based on the his-
torical document "The Book of
Negroes," which was created by
British naval officers in 1783, near
the end of the American revolution-
ary war. It was a list of 3,000
African-American slaves who were
considered British loyalists and
hoped to escape from New York to
Sharon Jones has
i cancer and has can-
S~ H celed plans for an
S album and tour in
,News reports say
I Jones has stage-one
bile duct cancer and needs immedi-
Jones and her band, the Dap-
Kings, had planned to release
"Give the People What They Want"
on August 6 and were already tour-
ing. The singer was forced to miss
a few shows recently while looking
for a cause of her illness.
The release says that doctors
caught the tumor early and that the
cancer hasn't spread. They expect
the 57 year-old to make a full
Jones says she'll stay in touch
with fans and keep them updated
on her condition.
Canada, and thus to free-
dom. The British insisted
that only those who were
listed in "The Book of
Negroes" could travel, and
created a ledger to name,
and seemingly describe,
Canadian film maker
Clement Virgo is said to be
on-board to direct The
Book of Negroes.
The Book of Negroes will
air stateside on BET and on
CBC in Canada.
Cheerio's Ad Star Responds to Controversy
Despite the ugly backlash incited by a Cheerios commercial featuring a
mixed race family, the ad's six-year-old star is all smiles.
Grace Colbert, the adorable actress who plays the daughter in the recent
ad, sat down with her biological parents, Janet and Christopher Colbert, for
an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday. When asked what Grace thought of
the negative response to the commercial, Janet explained that her daughter
simply thought all the attention was because of her great smile.
In the full interview, Grace said that the commercial was "very fun to
"America needs to see that this is just a way of life," Grace's dad
Christopher said in the interview. "I wasn't upset or anything. I was pretty
much really excited about having this type of reaction so we can see where
we still stand in America. But look out, America, because this is just real-
Cheerios has fully stood by its decision to feature a mixed race family in
the ad. Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios, recently
said that the company "felt like we were reflecting an American family."
Wade Robson, Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse
Claim: Judge May Unseal Portions Of Filings
A judge has said he was inclined
to unseal portions of a choreograph-
er's court filings alleging he was
abused by Michael Jackson.
However, personal details and
psychiatrist reports would likely not
Superior Court Judge Mitchell
Beckloff said he needed to address
which records should remain sealed
before he can deal with whether
Wade Robson, a choreographer and
television personality, can pursue
Robson requested on May 1 that
Beckloff allow him to file a late
creditor's claim against Jackson's
estate nearly eight years to the day
after he testified in Jackson's
defense at the singer's molestation
Jackson was acquitted after
Robson told jurors the entertainer
never touched him inappropriately.
Henry Gradstein, an attorney for
Robson, said a breakdown last year
prompted Robson to address the
Howard Weitzman, an attorney
for Jackson's estate and Thomas
Messereau, the lawyer who suc-
cessfully defended Jackson, have
attacked Robson's credibility and
noted his repeated defense of the
Beckloff presented attorneys with
possible redactions of Robson's
sworn declaration and said it should
serve as a roadmap for what infor-
mation can be made public.
The judge believes some material
could be made public, even though
attorneys on both sides would like
the case sealed in entirety.
Some of Robson's private and
personal information, including a
paragraph that detailed his allega-
tions of abuse by Jackson, should
be sealed, Beckloff said.
He also said portions of the
records that deal with mental health
issues also should not be released.
"There aren't a lot of redactions,"
Beckloff said of his suggestions.
Attorneys for both sides will
review the suggestions by the judge
and report back at a hearing on June
25, the fourth anniversary of
Beckoff, who is overseeing the
probate case involving Jackson's
massive estate, said he will also
handle a separate lawsuit filed by
Robson against Jackson and two
other defendants listed as "Doe 2"
and "Doe 3" that includes allega-
tions of abuse by the entertainer.
That lawsuit also remains sealed.
Robson, 30, has worked with
Britney Spears and numerous other
stars. He was 22 at the time he tes-
tified, telling jurors in Jackson's
criminal case that he met the pop
star when he was 5 and spent the
night at Jackson's Neverland Ranch
more than 20 times, sleeping in the
singer's bedroom on most visits.
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t .. Apple Adding New Kill Switch to iPhones
FAMU Class of 1962 Honors Alma
Mater with $62,000 for Scholarships
Giving back to their alma mater
was more than a thought for mem-
bers of the Florida A&M University
(FAMU) Class of 1962. For this
class of dedicated Rattlers, reaching
back and building bridges for suc-
cess was their goal. Members of the
class recently presented a check of
$62,250 to the university toward
the establishment of scholarships
for students. The alumni group
agreed to support the effort after
meeting for their 50th anniversary
during spring commencement
weekend at FAMU.
Booker Daniels, a FAMU retiree
and former student vice president of
the class, said the initial goal was to
have fun during their anniversary
weekend and present the university
with a nice gift.
"It was wonderful seeing people,
many of whom had not seen each
other for 50 years," said Daniels.
"Once we made our decision,
everyone wanted to ensure the
money was going to help the stu-
Obtaining the funds needed for
the donation did not occur instantly,
according to project organizers. A
special committee organized to
spearhead the effort, sent letters, e-
mails and placed phone calls to
classmates for more than a year to
help make the project a success.
Col. (Ret). LaVert Jones, a senior
adviser for the project, said he
hopes all alumni will make more
efforts to support the university,
Joseph and Keana, a bi-racial
couple from Woodbridge, Virginia,
says thy will never shop at Walmart
again after a security guard recently
accused Joseph of kidnapping his
Apparently during a recent trip to
a local Walmart with his three girls,
another customer and a security
guard thought it was very suspi-
cious to see a white man with chil-
dren who looked black. After leav-
even in less popular forms, such as
estate planning or property dona-
"We wanted to ensure that the
kids who come after us and who are
financially challenged are able to
receive an education and meet
many of the successes that our class
experienced," Jones said.
The class hopes to continue
working together to provide addi-
tional support on a regular basis.
ing the store, Joseph went to pick
up his wife, Keana, and when they
arrived home, they were surprised
to see a police officer waiting for
"He asks us very sincerely, 'Hey,
I was sent here by Walmart security.
I just need to make sure that the
children that you have are your
own,'" Joseph said. "He took my
ID and asked my 4-year-old to point
out who her mother and father
It's called "Apple picking," a
growing wave of crime in which
thieves target mobile devices, par-
ticularly iPhones and iPads.
Now the company that gave the
crime its name is taking a step to
stop it, with a "kill switch"-style
update aimed at making the mobile
gadgets less valuable to thieves.
Activation Lock will be part of
iOS 7, the latest version of Apple's
mobile operating system expected
to roll out in the fall. The feature
will require an Apple ID and pass-
word before the phone's "Find My
iPhone" feature can be turned off or
any data can be erased.
At a keynote address opening its
annual Worldwide Developers
Conference, the company said the
same ID and password will be
needed to reactivate a device after
it's been remotely erased.
As mobile devices become more
popular, stealing them has become
a unique sort of crime that has law
enforcement and government offi-
cials taking notice.
In New York, a special police unit
has been created to deal with stolen
The overall crime rate in the city
increased 3% last year -- but "if you
subtracted just the increase in Apple
product thefts, we would have had
an overall decrease in crime in New
York," Deputy Police
Commissioner Paul Browne said.
Advocates have been calling for
so-called kill switch tools in all
mobile devices for some time.
Apple's announcement came the
same week that George Gascon, the
district attorney in tech hub San
Francisco, plans to meet with the
New York state attorney general
and representatives of cell phone
companies to discuss ways of dis-
couraging mobile-device robberies.
In a letter last year to the Federal
chairman, the wireless industry's
trade association released details of
a voluntary effort to "help law
enforcement deter smartphone
A major plank of that effort is the
creation of a database for smart-
phones reported stolen. Phones on
the database, which is scheduled to
be up and running at the end of
November, could not be activated
and would not work on an LTE net-
work in the United States.
White Dad of Kidnapping His Biracial Daughters
Why all the fuiss? According to
the police officer, a security guard
at Walmart called police to report
seeing him in the parking lot with
the 3 girls. "He thought it was
strange," the officer added.
When the officer left, Keana
called Walmart for an explanation,
and the security guard blamed a
"concerned" customer for raising
the false alarm.
He told her, "Well,
the customer was con-
cerned because they
saw the children with
your husband and he
didn't think that they fit.
And I said, 'What do
you mean by they don't
fit?'And I was trying to
get her to say it. And
she says, 'Well, they
just don't match up.'"
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Mayor Creates Summer
Basketball League for Youth
Mayor Alvin Brown announced today the creation of the Summer
Basketball League for youth ages 10 to 18 years old.
Mayor Brown's Summer Basketball League will have its first games
on July 8 and will culminate with the championship games at the
Jacksonville Veterans .* i...i; i : -'.
Memorial Arena on ?. ,.' ."
"Therei s initiative is to many
helessons that youthe game of basketball teaches, and creating this league in
focused on doing
great things and being
fit," Brown said.
"There are so many
lessons that the game of basketball teaches, and creating this league in
the summer fills a void that can keep children focused on goals and
The league will feature four age groups: Under 12, Under 14, Under
16, and Under 18. Teams will sign up through the City of Jacksonville
Parks & Recreation Department (JaxParks); the fee is $75 per team.
League registration begins today and will continue through June 30.
Any individuals looking to join or create a team can contact the Parks &
Recreation Department to get more information or visit JaxParks.com.
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