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No Religion?

Some Couples

Vow to

Make it Last
Page 6


Rainbow

PUSH Hears
Racism
Stories from
Paula Deen
Employees
Page 2


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Holiday is
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WEEKLY 5 Cents
50 Cents


President Obama's Half Brother
Selling His Letters for $15,000 Each
Kenya's newly elected president is under investigation for war crimes
and the country is on edge as it forecasts the future.
Maybe that stress got to Obama's half brother because he is seeking
to secure himself financially by selling two of President Obama's let-
ters for $15,000 a piece.
The notes are written to President Obama's brother, Malik Abongo
Obama, on official White House letterhead and contain the message,
"thanks for the support" along with Obama's handwritten signature,
"B.O."
"I can't run away from my name and association with my brother,
but I have the feeling that people somewhat want to see who the broth-
er of Obama is," Malik said during his campaign for Mayor in Kenya.
Malik is the son df President Obama's father and first wife.

Food Network Drops Paula Deen
After Admitting to Racial Slurs
SAVANNAH, Ga. -The Food Network says it will not renew the
contract of celebrity chef Paula Deen, days after it was revealed she
admitted using racial slurs in the past.
The network said in a news release Friday afternoon that it would
not renew Deen's contract when it expires at the end of the month.
Deen has built an empire from her television shows, cookbooks and
product endorsements. The Food Network began airing "Paula's Home
Cooking" in 2002 and added "Paula's Best Dishes" in 2008.
Deen admitted while being questioned as part of a lawsuit that she
had used racial slurs in the past. The network's announcement came
just hours after she posted a video online apologizing for her past mis-
takes.
A Capitol Homecoming
for Frederick Douglass
A seven-foot bronze statue of world-
renowned abolitionist, orator and states-
man Frederick Douglass was unveiled in
the U.S. Capitol's Emancipation Hall. The
statue stands next to the marker dedicated
to the slaves who built the Capitol.
Born a slave in 1818, Douglass rose to
become the most influential African-
American of the 19th century. "Instead of
condemning the nation that made him a slave, he embraced its stated
principles and used them as a sword to try to free others," said Vice
President Joe Biden in remarks delivered at the unveiling ceremony.
Douglass, added House Speaker John Boehner, "set an example for
humanity that is unmatched."

Jarrod Deas, FAMU Drum Major,
Now Facing Felony In Hazing Case
Prosecutors have added manslaughter and felony hazing to their case
against former FAMU drum major Jarrod Deas, who was once charged
only with a misdemeanor.
Deas, 24, was scheduled to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge
of hazing in an incident involving fellow drum major Keon Hollis
when the judge announced that prosecutors had added the more seri-
ous charges. Deas was accused of participating in the hazing of Hollis
on the same parked charter bus where Robert Champion received a
fatal pummeling after the Florida Classic football game at the Citrus
Bowl on Nov. 19, 2011.
Deas is now also charged with manslaughter and felony hazing
resulting in the death of Champion, 26.
Prosecutors had been weighing an upgrade for months but believed
their case against Deas has been bolstered by testimony given by haz-
ing defendants who accepted plea deals. Those include fellow drum
majors, Shawn Turner and Rikki Wills, both of whom received proba-
tion and community-service sanctions.

Michigan Highest in US for
Unemployment Rate For Blacks In
Detroit- While Black unemployment remains at almost twice the
national rate, baffled policy experts are trying to determine why the
state of Michigan has the highest number of jobless African-
Americans in the nation.
Nearly 1 in 5 African Americans in Michigan 18.7 percent, are unem-
ployed. That rate is almost 2.5 times higher than the unemployment
rate for white workers in the state.
Michigan's rate of 18.7 percent for the 4th quarter loomed above the
national black unemployment of 14 percent for the same period. Many
experts point to Detroit as the culprit the largest city in the country
with the highest black population at 82.7 percent where the public
transportation system is so bad that even those residents who have a
job need as long as three hours to get to work.
Experts contend that the persistent unemployment of blacks has had
a huge impact on the wealth gap between blacks and white. Wealth or
net worth is defined as a person's total assets such as bank and retire-
ment accounts, stocks and home value-minus debt. According to
experts, it's the cushion that Americans can lean on during an eco-
nomic downturn.


Volume 26 No. 35 Jacksonville, Florida June 27 July 4, 2013


Voting Rights Act Gutted by the Supreme Court


For the countless souls who
marched for their voting rights in
the 1960s and believe not much has
changed a big slap in the face was
received this week from the U.S.
Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court struck down
Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act,
the provision of the landmark civil
rights law that designates which
parts of the country must have
changes to their voting laws cleared
by the federal government or in fed-
eral court.
The 5-4 ruling, authored by Chief
Justice John Roberts and joined by
Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony
Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and
Samuel Alito, ruled in Shelby
County v. Holder that "things have
changed dramatically" in the South
in the nearly 50 years since the
Voting Rights Act in 1965.
The court's opinion said it did not
strike down the act of Congress
"lightly," and said it "took care to
avoid ruling on the constitutionality
of the Voting Rights Act" in a 9epa-


rate case back in 2009. "Congress
could have updated the coverage
formula at that time, but did not do
so. Its failure to act leaves us today
with no choice but to declare
[Section 4] unconstitutional. The
formula in that section can no
longer be used as a basis for sub-
jecting jurisdictions to preclear-
ance."
The Voting Rights Act has recent-
ly been used to block a voter ID law
in Texas and delay the implementa-
tion of another in South Carolina.
Both states are no longer subject to
the preclearance requirement
because of the court's ruling.
"Our country has changed, and
while any racial discrimination in
voting is too much, Congress must
ensure that the legislation it passes
to remedy that problem speaks to
current conditions," Roberts wrote.
"There is no doubt that these
improvements are in large part
because of the Voting Rights Act,"
he wrote. "The Act has proved
immensely successful at redressing


racial discrimination and integrat-
ing the voting process."
In his bench statement, Roberts
said that Congress had extended a
40-year-old coverage formula
based on "obsolete statistics and
that the coverage formula "violates
the constitution."
Congress, the court ruled, "may
draft another formula based on cur-
rent conditions." But given the fact
that Republicans currently control


the House of Representatives, many
voting rights advocates consider it
unlikely that Congress will act to
create a new formula.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
issued a wide-ranging dissent on
behalf of herself and Justices
Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor,
and Elena Kagan, justifying the
continued vitality of the Voting
Rights Act's preclearance provision.
Continued on page 3


Duval County Placing Black

Mens' Health at the Forefront


Picture: L-R, HJMHC members Rod Brown and Richard Tyson,
Florida Department of Health in Duval Community Relations
Director Jocelyn Turner, Director of Florida Department of Health in
Duval County Dr. Kelli Wells, with husband Marcus Wells.


by C. Griggs
The Healthy Jacksonville Men's
Health Coalition, Inc. (HJMHC)
held the 5th Annual Health Summit
for Men and Boys last weekend.
The event was held at the Florida
State College at Jacksonville's
Downtown
Since its inception, the HJMHC
annual health summits have provid-
ed free health screenings, work-
shops and resources to thousands of
males. This year the event hosted
more than 500 men and boys.
"Since the data has shown most
men in Jacksonville were affected
by health issues that were preventa-
ble and lifestyle related, we've
included a special forum for young
males 13 and older," said Roger
Williams, chairmen of the HJ
Men's Health Coalition. "We're


working to improve the quality of
life for all Duval County residents,
by specifically addressing the
chronic health disparities that dis-
proportionately affect our men."
The HJMHC is a grassroots
coalition comprised of individuals
representing various civic organiza-
tions, hospitals, faith & educational
institutions and local citizens.
The event featured a speaker's
bureau of physicians, nurses and
lay health persons. During the event
men were encouraged to participate
in advocacy campaigns that identi-
fy opportunities for policy change
that will help improve health out-
comes. Men were also educated on
how to take advantage of a health
care system that encourages men to
seek routine and preventive med-
ical care.


50 Years Mark Few Gains Since the March on Washington


Thousands participated in a
Detroit march commemorating the
50th anniversary of one that Martin
Luther King Jr. led in 1963.
The walk down Woodward Avenue
last weekend culminated in a rally
featuring the civil rights icons who
visited Detroit on June 23, 1963, to
lead tens of thousands in a freedom
walk and previewed Martin Luther
King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Martin Luther King III, Detroit
Mayor Dave Bing and the Revs.
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton par-
ticipated in Saturday's march and
rally.
Detroit NAACP President Wendell
Anthony said the march "signifies
that the work for freedom and jus-
tice must continue" in Detroit and
worldwide.
Sharpton says it's important to
keep fighting for justice and
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nostalgia trip down Woodward."
The 50 years since the historic
March on Washington have pro-
duced little of the gains that its
organizers envisioned for African-
Americans, with many living in


poverty and attending schools that
are effectively segregated.
Those were some of the conclu-
sions reached in a recent report: The
Unfinished March: An Overview -
looks at many of the goals articulat-


ed by several major figures in the
historic March on Washington in
1963, comparing those with the
conditions affecting African-
Americans today.
Among the many conditions cited
in the report are the persistently
high levels of unemployment in the
nation's Black communities and
high levels of African-American
children who live in poverty.
"From the 1960s to today, the
Black unemployment rate has been
about 2 to 2.5 times the white
unemployment rate," the report
said. "In 2012, the Black unem-
ployment rate was 14.0 percent, 2.1
times the white unemployment rate
(6.6 percent) and higher than the
average national unemployment
rate of 13.1 percent during the
Great Depression, from 1929 to
1939."
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Stories from Paula Deen


Siblings Bubba Heirs and Paula Deen.


An attorney for the
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition said cur-
rent and former Paula Deen employ-
ees told him the famous cook and
her brother discriminated against
black employees, one of whom was
consistently referred to as "my little
monkey," reports the Huffington
Post.
After Deen acknowledged using a
racial slur, the story went viral and
the Food Network announced that it
would not renew her contract when
it expires at the end of Jume.
Deen and her brother, Bubba
Hiers, are being sued by Lisa T.
Jackson, a former employee who
claims she endured a hostile work
environment replete with racial
slurs.
Robert Patillo, an attorney for
Rainbow/PUSH., said one current
and two former employees told him
white employees are routinely paid
more than black employees and are
promoted more quickly. A black
man who had threatened to go to the
Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission said Deen's brother
told him "you don't have any civil
rights here," Rainbow/PUSH said in
a press release.
Rainbow/PUSH said it has "found
evidence of systemic racial discrim-
ination and harassment" by Deen
and that "a family member consis-
tently referred to a black cook as
'my little monkey."
Patillo, who conducted interviews
in Savannah where Deen's restau-
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mer employees told him that Deen
'piclmi.I white and light-skinned
blacks to work with customers" and
that darker-skinned blacks were rel-
egated to "back-of-the-house oper-
ations."
Patillo said employees have been
reluctant to talk to him about their
experience with Deen because they
fear retaliation.
Deen acknowledged in a deposi-
tion that she used a racial slur "a
very long time" ago. CBS News has
also reported that Deen said jokes
often target minority groups.
"I can't, myself, determine what
offends another person," the station
quoted Deen as saying.
With social media ablaze, Deen
on Friday released a pair of videos
apologizing and begging for for-
giveness on YouTube.
"I want to apologize to everybody
for the wrong that I've done," she
said. "I want to learn and grow fromn
this. Inappropriate, hurtful language


Employees
is tolally, tolally unacceptable."
In an interview with The AMC,
Palillo said Deen's use of a racial
slur isn't the problem. "It's a free
country," Palillo said. "We have
fiedom of speech, and you can say
what you want. Our issue is whether
that minindset has filtered into em-
ployment decisions."
Patillo said there are strong indi-
cations that Deen's operation mis-
treats and limits opportunities for
black employees.
"What we've found is that there
has been disparate treatment,"
Patillo said. "What we'd like is to
have her remedy the situation."
Those remedies, Patillo said,
should include giving blacks a fair
chance for employment and promo-
tion, sensitivity training and provid-
ing an avenue of recourse for those
who have been mistreated.


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Homeownership Budgeting 101


by Bridget Mcrea
When you take out a mortgage on
a home one of the first acronyms that
you'll probably hear is "PITI." Used
in relation to mortgages, PITI stands
for "principal, interest, taxes and in-
surance" or the four elements that
will make up the mortgage payment
on your new home.
You'll have the option of paying
only principal and interest (P&I) on
a monthly basis and then covering
your tax and insurance bills when
they are due or paying a single
monthly payment to cover all four
components of your mortgage. It's
important that you know exactly
what is and isn't covered in the loan
quote that you receive from your
lender. You don't want to find out
later that you're unknowingly re-
sponsible for the "T&l" portion of
the payment!
With PITI, the lender collects and
then holds the taxes and insurance


portion of that payment in escrow updated "new" monthly payment.


until those bills are due. Check with
your insurance provider and local
taxing authority for specifics, but in
most cases the former will be due on
an annual or biannual basis, the latter
will have to be paid yearly.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind
about your mortgage payment:
Lenders use PITI for loan ap-
provals. Even if you decide to pay
your taxes and insurance on your
own, the PITI payment is the amount
used for your loan approval.
The T&I component may not be
constant. Your monthly mortgage
payment may not fluctuate over the
life of your loan, but your tax and in-
surance obligations likely will.
When your property is reassessed by
the county or city where you reside
and/or as insurance rates go higher,
your T&I will adjust accordingly.
Stay on top of changes. Don't
wait until the lender sends you an


How to Dispute a Credit Car


By lason Alderman
Have you ever ordered something
online that was delivered damaged '
or never arrived at all? Or been dou-
ble-billed by a i circhaint? Or spotted
a charge on your credit card state-
ment you didn't make? Most of tus
have.
Fortunately, the 1975 Fair Credit
Billing Act (FCBA) protects your
rights during such credit card billing
disputes. It also outlines the process
for contesting charges made to your
account. Here's how it works:
First, FCBA protection applies
onlN to "open-end" credit account
transactions those invol iln credit
cam Lrds or rcvol\ ing charges (e.g., de-
parItmInClt store alccounlts). It doesn't


cover installment contracts you repay
on a fixed schedule, such as car
loans.
Billing errors that arc covered by
the FCBA include:
Fraudulent or unauthorized use of
your credit card, whether it was
stolen or merchants charged unap-
proved items to your account.
Charges that list the wrong date or
amount.
Charges for goods or services you
either did not accept or that weren't
delivered as agreed.
Math errors, such as being charged
twice for a transaction.
Failure to post payments or other
credits.
(Note: Report suspected Craud im-
mediately. By law, you're only liable
for the first $50 in unauthorized
charges; however, most card issuers
waive that liability if you report the
charges quickly.)
Review all billing statements care-
fully upon receipt because in order to
be covered under FCBA rules, most
disputed transactions must be re-
ported within 60 days of the state-


ment date on which the error ap-
peared.
First, contact the merchant and tty
to resolve the dispute directly with
them. If this good-faith resolution at-
tempt doesn't work, you can escalate
the process by filing a written report
with your credit card issuer within
the 60-day window.
The card issuer is then obligated to
investigate the dispute on your be-
half. They must acknowledge your
complaint, in writing, within 30 days
of receipt and resolve the dispute
with the merchant within two billing
cycles but not more than 90 days.
Send your letter via certified mail
to the card issuer's billing inquiry ad-
dress. not the payment address. In-
cluide your name, address, account
number and a description of the
billing error. Include copies of sales
slips or other documents that support
your position.
According to the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC), you may with-
hold payment of the disputed amount
and related charges during the inves-
tigation. In fact. many card issuers


Pay attention to the "tax-appraised
home value" that you'll receive an-
nually and/or homeowner's insur-
ance notices that you get in the mail
and budget accordingly.
Make sure you're ready when the
bills come. Depending on your loca-
tion, both insurance and property
taxes can be significant obligations.
If you're not using the 12-month in-
stallment PITI plan to cover these
expenses, budget accordingly so that
you don't get overwhelmed when
the bills hit your mailbox.
Don't forget about the other costs
of homeownership. Homeowner's
association fees, utility costs, ongo-
ing maintenance costs and moving
expenses should all be factored into
the equation. You can use Wells
Fargo's Budget Worksheet or Fred-
die Mac's Home Budget Worksheet
to shore up the financial aspect of
your homeownership journey.


d Charge

may voluntarily remove the charge
until the matter is resolved since they
are representing you, their client, in
the dispute.
If it turns out your bill contains a
mistake, the creditor must explain, in
writing, the corrections that will be
made. In addition to crediting your
account, they must remove all fi-
nance charges, late fees, or other
charges related to the error.
However, if the card issuer's inves-
tigation determines that you owe part
or all' of the disputed amount, they
must promptly provide you with a
written explanation. If you disagree
with the investigation's results, you
may further dispute your claim with
the creditor.
If you believe a creditor has vio-
lated the FCBA, you may file a com-
plaint with the FTC or sue them in
court.
Hopefully, you'll never have a
billing dispute that goes to these ex-
tremes. But it's good to know how
consumer laws protect you, just in
case.


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Jacksonville Links Award Laptops to Youth to

Keep Them Tech Savvy During the Summer


Pictured are GEMS (Girls Empowered and Motivated to Succeed) who are in 6th Grade at Eugene Butler
Middle School and Jacksonville Chapter Links Kenyonn Daniels Demps, Gail Riley Kenney, Gloria Belton,
Marietta LeBlanc, Ingrid Burch, Chapter President Betty A. Cody, Pat Bivins and Geri Smith.


The Jacksonville Chapter of The
Links, Incorporated awarded lap-
tops to seventeen sixth grade girls
who attend Eugene Butler Middle
School. The young women are par-
ticipants in the chapter's GEMS
(Girls Empowered and Motivated
to Succeed) Program, a weekly
mentoring and enrichment program
held at the school from September
through June.
To qualify for a laptop each
GEMS participant was required to
attend weekly sessions and to read
and submit a written book report on


a biography of her choice. GEMS
submitted reports on such notables
as Wilma Rudolph, Mary Scioscia,
and Helen Keller.
Now in its fourth year the GEMS
program uses an integrated
approach in specific areas of learn-
ing and doing. Interactive Modules
have been held on topics such as
Food & Nutrition, Building Better
Bodies, Exercise including Zumba
lessons, Bullying & Safety,
Careers, Technology and Life
Skills. "The use of technology will
enable the GEMS to improve their


Voting Rights Act Gutted


Continued from front
"The sad irony of today's decision
lies in its utter failure to grasp why
the VRA has proven effective,"
Ginsburg wrote. "The Court
appears to believe that the VRA's
success in eliminating the specific
devices extant in 1965 means that
preclearance is no longer needed."
The court did not rule on Section
5 of the Voting Rights Act, the pre-
clearance requirement itself, which
requires those affected states to
have changes to their voting laws
cleared by the Justice Department
or a federal court in Washington,
D.C., before they go into effect.
Rather, the court ruled that the cur-
rent formula that determines which
states are covered by Section 5 is
unconstitutional, effectively elimi-
nating Section 5 enforcement, at
least for the time being.
"In the Court's view, the very suc-
cess of 5 of the Voting Rights Act
demands its dormancy," Ginsburg
wrote.
The provision has proven "enor-
mously successful" in increasing
minority registration and access to
the ballot and preventing a "return
to old ways," Ginsburg said. Even
in jurisdictions where discrimina-
tion may not be overt, "subtle meth-
ods" have emerged to diminish
minority turnout, such as racial ger-
rymandering.
As for Section 4, Ginsburg wrote
that "the record for the 2006 reau-
thorization makes abundantly clear


[that] second-generation barriers to
minority voting rights have
emerged in the covered jurisdic-
tions as attempted substitutes for
the first-generation barriers that
originally triggered preclearance in
those jurisdictions."
March on Washington
Continued from front
The report stated that African-
American students are now as like-
ly to attend schools with other
minorities. Black students, the
report said, are "still in segregated
and unequal schools," adding that
"marchers demanded adequate and
integrated education, but that has
not been achieved."
The report stated that "in the late
1960s, 76.6 percent of Black chil-
dren attended majority Black
schools. In 2010, 74.1 percent of
Black children attended majority
nonwhite schools." It also
explained that the so-called segre-
gated schools of today "do not have
the same resources as schools serv-
ing white children, violating the
core American belief in equality of
opportunity."
In addition, America continues to
contain what the report described as
"ghettos of poverty." It quoted
Whitney Young, the late executive
director of the National Urban
League, who called for the nation to
provide "decent, wholesome, unre-
stricted residential areas" for Black
citizens.


critical thinking skills with the use
of computers at home and at
school", stated Jacksonville
Chapter new member Ingrid Burch
who along with Representative
Corrine Brown secured, trained
recipients on usage and distributed
the laptops as a part of their Links
New Member Service Project.


The El-Beth-El Development Center 4th

Annual Banquet Honors Community Leaders
The Officers and Board Members of The El-Beth-El Development Center in continuing its legacy of honoring
leaders of the community who have touched lives in and out of their professions, held their 4th Annual "Stop the
Violence Recognition Banquet" on Thursday, June 20th, at 6:30 p.m. The banquet was held at the Community
Rehabilitation Center Banquet Hall. The 2013 honorees were : 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 speaker was Judge
Gary P. Flower. Eight youths were also be for lauded for outstanding achievement. For more information call 710
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Whose Holiday is the 4th of July Anyway


After our forefathers signed the
Declaration of Independence, the
document's chief architect,
Thomas Jefferson, was disappoint-
ed at many of the amendments.
Jefferson had condemned slav-
ery in his original draft. He wrote
in a letter, "The clause too, repro-
bating the enslaving the inhabitants
of Africa, was struck out in com-
pliance to South Carolina and
Georgia, who had never attempted
to restrain the importation of
slaves, and who on the contrary
still wished to continue it."
While Jefferson may have been a
major opponent of slavery, no bill
of the magnitude of the
Declaration of Independence can
be passed without some consider-
able concessions being made.
Unfortunately, slavery was one
of those concessions.
It is no secret that blacks have
always played prominent roles in
building the foundation of this
great country without much recog-
nition of our contributions. It's no
secret that Independence Day was
celebrated for years while blacks
were enslaved and segregated in
this "independent" nation.
So many holidays are celebrated
without Americans understanding
the original purpose of the day. My
question is simple: because the
abolition of slavery was deliberate-
ly left out of the Declaration of
Independence, should blacks even
recognize the Fourth of July as our
holiday as well?
The great black leader and aboli-
tionist Frederick Douglas asked the
same question on July 5, 1852,


when he gave a speech at an event
commemorating the signing of the
Declaration of Independence.
During his speech he simply
asked, "What, to the American
slave, is your 4th of July?"
Douglas adds, "This Fourth of
July is yours, not mine. You may
rejoice, I must mourn."
In what probably has become his
most popular speech, Douglas
asked the crowd, "What have I, or
those I represent, to do with your
national independence? Are the
great principles of political free-
dom and of natural justice, embod-
ied in that Declaration of
Independence, extended to us?"
A nation founded on the princi-
ples of freedom and justice for all
certainly has never lived up to its
creed. Winston Churchill once
said, "The price of greatness is
responsibility." Our great nation
has not always accepted the
responsibility of providing a level
playing field to all of its citizens.
So as Douglas challenged his
audience over 150 years ago, 1
would challenge you today to think
about our country and if it has lived
up to its creed. You probably do not
have to think long.
For so many years America's
Declaration of Independence, the
nation's most cherished symbol of
liberty was a false document.
The first sentence of the second
paragraph was the largest false-
hood. "We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are creat-
ed equal, that they are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalien-
able Rights, that among these are


Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of
Happiness."
In theory it sounds great. It
sounds like the founding fathers
were truly dedicated to equality,
justice, and opportunity;but we
know that history tells a much dif-
ferent story.
Douglas goes on to add in his
speech, "1 say it with a sad sense of
the disparity between us. I am not
included within the pale of glori-
ous anniversary! Your high inde-
pendence only reveals the immeas-
urable distance between us. The
blessings in which you, this day,
rejoice are not enjoyed in com-
mon.
Getting back to the irony that for
years we celebrated this country's
"independence", while a large por-
tion of our citizens (e.g. African
Americans) didn't share the same
liberties as the majority.
Of course, so much has changed
since the Declaration of
Independence. African Americans
have truly achieved in this country.
Racism and discrimination are no
longer at the forefront of American
society.
That doesn't mean that issues do
not still exist obviously racism
and bigotry are still alive and well;
but we have come a long way.
There are more black CEO and
leaders of major corporations than
ever before. African American
homeownership and college gradu-
ation arc at their highest levels
ever. Black entrepreneurship is
higher than ever.
Of course, we can't forget about
electing and re-electing our first


African American president of the
United States. Yes, we have
achieved, but the question still
lingers should blacks celebrate
the 4th of July?
Yes. We should celebrate
because blacks help make America
what it is today the most power-
ful nation in the world. And while
I may criticize my country and
it'spolicies, I love being an
American. Despite our nations
past, I still think that this is the best
country in the world for African
Americans to live.
Blacks have always been a for-
giving people. Despite the injus-
tices my grandfather faced, he still
served his country in the military.
He still worked as hard as he could
to provide for his family and he
still insisted on buying only
American cars and trucks.
For all of the contradictions of
the past, there will be many oppor-
tunities in the future. Blacks
should celebrate Independence
Day because we can find solace in
the fact that America would not be
a great nation without us. With our
physical abilities, intellect, and
will to survive and achieve, it's
clear that we are "The American
Dream."
Enjoy your Fourth of July! By
the way, tune in next week as we
discuss the N word. It has recently
taken Paul Deen down, but does it
have the same power that it used
to?
Signing off from a cookout near


Reggie Fullwood


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Jury Out on All Female


Jury for Zimmerman
The speculation has been non-stop over whether an all-female jury is a
good or bad thing for accused Trayvon Martin shooter George
Zimmerman. There is no consensus on this. But the view of women jurors
in major case trials is rife with myths, stereotypes, and preconceptions.
Researchers have found that in the decades before and even after the
Supreme Court ruling in 1979 that knocked out biased exclusions of
jurors based on gender, there's still the deeply embedded notion that
women jurors are different than men in that they are more easily swayed
by emotions, more likely to be emphatic to defendants and less pre-
dictable in how they will decide a case, even one that on the surface
appears to be a lock for the prosecution.
A series of informal studies and the experiences of defense attorneys in
major criminal cases have continued to try to find differences between
female and male juries and jurors.
They claim that women are more compassionate than men in most crim-
inal cases, but they can be ruthless when it comes to sex crimes. Men tend
to be harder on defendants. Women are sympathetic to mistreatment. As
one seasoned criminal defense attorney noted, "Like black people, they
are sensitive to injustice because they have had a lot of it put on them."
Majority female juries came under much scrutiny and criticism after
they voted to acquit O.J. Simpson. The criticism was not just that their
decision to acquit Simpson allegedly was a race-biased decision but also
that as females they were supposedly more sympathetic to the defense.
Jurors that spoke for the record following the verdict hotly denied that
race, gender or empathy toward celebrity Simpson had anything to do
with their decision to acquit him. They were virtually unanimous that the
prosecution presented a jumbled, slipshod, and badly tainted case that
came nowhere close to meeting the hard legal requirement for conviction
of guilt beyond reasonable doubt. Most legal experts when the emotional
dust finally settled in the case agreed that the prosecution badly bungled
the case.
Despite the volumes of studies on juror attitudes, none have conclu-
sively found any evidence that women are less capable then men of
weighing the evidence, testimony, and arguments of prosecutors and
defense attorneys and arriving at an objective decision in a case based on
the quality of the evidence for and against a defendant. There is no real
evidence that majority female juries have a higher acquittal rate of defen-
dants than majority male jurors.
Zimmerman's fate, as Simpson's and countless other defendants that
majority women juries have decided, will be determined as always on
how vigorous, professional, and pointed the prosecution presents its case
against him. And how well prosecutors parry the ploy of defense attor-
neys to relentlessly try to paint Zimmerman as a victim of Martin while
further impugning Martin's character. If it does its job, Zimmerman will
fare no better or worse than he would if he faced an all or majority male
jury.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His new ebook
is America on Trial: The Slaying of Trayvon Martin (Amazon). He is an
associate editor of Newt America Media.


Eliminating Affirmative Action Would Hurt Black Enrollment


By George E. Curry
WASHINGTON (NNPA) -
Whenever states have eliminated
affirmative action in the past, a
decline in Black college enrollment
has followed that decision, a study
by The Civil Rights Project at the
University of California-Los
Angeles (UCLA) shows.
Rather than make a definitive rul-
ing on a case involving the
University of Texas, on Monday the
United States Supreme Court sent
the case back to the 5th Circuit
Court of Appeals with instructions
for the judges to determine whether
the university met the strict scrutiny
standard mandated by previous
Supreme Court ruling involving the
University of California-Davis
Medical School (Bakke) University
of Michigan Law School (Grutter).
On a 7-1 ruling, with Justice
Elena Kagan rescuing herself, the
court said, "The reviewing court
must ultimately be satisfied that no
workable race-neutral alternatives
would produce the educational ben-
efits of diversity."
At issue in Fisher v. University of
Texas at Austin was whether the
university could consider race as a
factor in admissions in addition to
their race-neutral Top 10 Percent
Plan that guarantees the top 10 per-
cent of each high school class
admission to the state's flagship
university.
The year Fisher applied the
University of Texas, 92 percent of


the freshman class was admitted in
2008 because they ranked in the top
10 percent of their high school grad-
uating class. The remaining students
were admitted after officials
weighed a variety of factors, includ-
ing demonstrated leadership, stan-
dardized test scores, socioeconomic
status, race and family status and
responsibilities. No specific weight
was given to either of those factors.
Yet Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff,
sued the university claiming she
was denied admission because she
is White. Two lower courts rejected
her claim, but the Supreme Court
accepted the case.
"To understand what the likely
outcomes of a loss of affirmative
action nationally would be, one
only needs to look at the state of
California," Patricia Gandara states
in her report titled, "California: A
Case Study in the Loss of
Affirmative Action."
She noted that the Regents of the
University of California passed a
resolution in 1995 eliminating affir-
mative action in university admis-
sions. In 1996, California voters
approved Proposition 209, a ballot
measure that abolished affirmative
action in employment and universi-
ty admissions.
"In the University system as a
whole, there was a 22% decline in
enrollments of African American
students between 1995 and 1998
and a decline of 15% for
Chicano/Latinos for the same peri-


od," the report found. "The greatest
impact however was felt at the flag-
ship institutions of the University of
California. For example, between
1997 and 1998, when the policy
went into effect, freshmen enroll-
ments of African Americans
declined by 52% while
Chicano/Latino enrollees decline by
43% at UC Berkeley. Similarly. at
UCLA black enrollments dropped
by 32% while Chicano/Latino
enrollments declined by 54%0 the
same period."
Another report by The Civil
Rights Project, titled, "The Impact
of Affirmative Action bans in
Graduate Education," published a
year ago, found: "...The bans in
Texas, California, Washington and
Florida have reduced by about 12
percent the average proportion of
graduate students who are students
of color across all the fields of grad-
uate study included in the evalua-
tion."
The decline was greater in some
areas. In engineering, for example,
the drop was about 26 percent for
people of color. It was 19 percent in
the natural sciences, 15.7 percent in
the social sciences, 11.8 percent in
the humanities and 13 percent in
education.
The report by Patricia Gandara,
also of The Civil Rights Project,
published last August, recounted a
number of steps taken by the
University of Texas to compensate
for the abolishment of affirmative


action in the state.
A number of outreach efforts
were undertaken, including working
directly with 50 underperforming
high schools that would serve as
feeder schools with local UC canm-
puses.
Approximately 50 percent of all
California high school graduates are


either Black or Latino. Yet, in 2010,
they made up only 26 percent of the
freshmen class of the University of
California system.
Despite spending more than $100
million a year on outreach efforts.
universities in California have never
fully recovered from the abolish-
ment of race-conscious affirmative


action 15 years ago.
The report said, "Although there
has been a modest recovery since
that time, neither campus has
regained the diversity it had in
1995, and admissions and enroll-
ments for Blacks and Latinos con-
tinue to decline annually at both
[flagship] campuses."


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ASALH 10th Annual Membership

Luncheon at Bethel Baptist
The James Weldon Johnson ASALHII 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
I listoiy 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 cgwfin64@(yahoo.com.

60th Birthday Party for Pastor Brock
Come celebrate a very distinguished man of God, Bishop Bill Brock Jr's
60th birthday celebration, Saturday, June 29th at 6 p.m. the festivities take
place at the Community Rehabilitation center, 623 Beechwood St. For more
information call Norma Wallace at 713-3267. Billy Brock is the Bishop of
greaterr Faith Christian Fellowship Church.

Union of Black Episcopalians

Celebrate 45th Anniversary
The Sidney B. Parker Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians is host-
ing their 2013 Annual Meeting and Conference, June 30th July 3rd. The
Union of Black Episcopalians is continuing the tradition of 200 years of
Black Leadership in the Episcopal Church with the theme: "Equipping
Servant Leaders fjbr Urban Ministiy." Events take place at various locations
throughout Jacksonville. Of note, tlhe 45th Annual UBE Gala will be held
Tuesday, July 2nd at 6 p.m. at the Hlyatt Regency Riverfront. Tickets are
$75 and formal attire is requested. For more information, contact Alma
Flowers at (904) 403-2100. For more information call 353-5885 or email
thelemahall2012(&,comcast.net.

"A Walk in Our Shoes" Aging

Program at St. Thomas
The St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church and Baptist Health will pres-
ent "A, walk in our shoes" a sensitivity program to understanding the dis-
eases and disabilities associated with aging. The program takes place,
Saturday, June 29th at 1 p.m. at the St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church,
Family Life Center, 2119 Rowe Avenue. For more info call 768-8800.


Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20


Pastor Landon Williams


Weddings Without God: Couples Exchange Rings


Without Religion Do They Stand a Chance ?


By Amanda Green Courtesy of
Religion News Service
Wilmington, N.C. Amanda
Holowaty didn't need God to get
married. She just needed her hus-
band, Mike.
When the Wilmington atheist cou-
ple decided to join their lives a year
ago, they knew they wanted a secu-
lar wedding celebrant, but their fam-
ilies weren't so sure.
Her" family is Methodist and his is
"generally spiritual." And they wor-
ried about even telling Mike's
grandmother, who is Eastern
Orthodox.
So they found a wedding celebrant
ordained through the Hlumanist
Society, Han Hills, who allowed
their family members to read a spir-
itual poem.
"Nobody seemed to notice that we
didn't mention God," Holowaty
said. "People came up afterward and
said it was one of the best weddings
they'd seen."
With the rise of the noness" the
20% of Americans without a reli-
gious affiliation more couples are
looking for wedding celebrants who
don't mind skipping God's blessing
of the ceremony altogether.
More national atheist and human-
ist agencies such as the Humanist
Society and the Center for Inquiry
are developing ordaining programs
to establish non-theist ministers in
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and funerals. CFI began its certifica-
tion program, in 2009.
There are currently 138 celebrants
listed as ordained through the
Humanist Society, and some per-
form weddings in multiple states.
The Center for Inquiry has 23 cele-
brants.
Because of the demand she's see-
ing for marriage
and funeral cele-
brants, Florida
humanist writer
and blogger .
Jennifer Hancock '
is considering writ- .
ing a book about
the secular
approach to mar-
riage.
What's missing,
she says, is adver-
tising for leaders in
the humanist com-
munity who can
fulfill ceremonies
for life-cycle
events. Only a
handful of the
ordained cele-
brants listed on the
society's website
also advertise their services on a
personal page.
Former Army medic Richard
Cotter advertises his services in and
around New York at www.human-
istcelebrations.com. California
humanist minister William Rausch
advertises his memorial, baby nam-
ing and wedding services at
www.ebcelebrant.com.
"As soon as you do the advertis-
ing, people are like, 'Yeah, I want
that.' When I got married, I was
worried. I didn't want any religious
references in my wedding because I
didn't want to start out the most
important relationship of my life
with a lie," Hancock said.
"Some of my most popular posts


are about grief, marriage relation-
ships and parenting. That's all stuff
that a traditional minister would
help you with."
The creative elements of a human-
ist wedding don't differ much from
a religious one. There are sand-mix-
ing ceremonies, candle-lighting cer-
emonies and walking down an aisle


in a Whit u.drss. vows ric typically
written by the couples themselves,
said Hills, whose company is called
Leap of Humanity.
Hills already has eight weddings
booked this year across North
Carolina and is starting to book
weddings for 2014. And he's only
been formally advertising his serv-
ices for a few months.
"You need a certain personality to
do this. If you're mousy, and you
can't think in a crisis, this isn't for
you," he said laughing. "It's the
only job where you can look out and
if you see old ladies crying, then
you're doing a good job. It's an
honor to be given this place of rev-
erence.


Greater Grant Honors Veterans
Greater Grant AME Church, located at 5533 Gilchrest Road, invite all to join the
Lay Organization on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. They will pay tribute to
veterans of Greater Grant and the community. The speaker for the occasion is
Deloris Moton Quaranta, Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Women
Veterans' Association. Rev. Frederick Richardson, Pastor. For more information call
764-5992.

Mt. Olive Presents International

Tea and Tots & Teens Pageant
The community is invited to Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church on Sunday,
June 29, 2013 for an international / USACuisine Tea and Pageant. There will be
foods representing all parts of the world as well as a pageant featuring tots and teens
of all ages. Door prizes will also be given. For more information, call the church at
355-0015. Festivities will start at 4 p.m.

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North Carolina's celebrant num-
bers have grown to seven, while
New York and California have the
most, at about 20 each. But there are
some states without any humanist
celebrants listed, such a Wyoming,
West Virginia or Wisconsin.
Humanist Society program coor-
dinator Sadie Rothman said she gets























a least two requests for humanist
celebrant applications each month.
But the process to become a cele-
brant requires five character refer-
ences and training sessions.
Becoming a wedding celebrant
outside of an established faith sys-
tem can present legal challenges,
depending on the state. In North
Carolina, marriages performed
through the online Universal Life
Church before 1981 are considered
valid. But the legality of ULC mar-
riages after that date is in question,
according to state marriage laws.
Because the Humanist Society is a
religious organization associated
with the American Humanist
Association, they are considered a
valid marrying entity in the state.
But Indiana humanist celebrants
certified through the Center for
Inquiry lost a legal battle in
December over the validity of the
marriages they preformed.
Mike Werner, past president of the
American Humanist Association,
said the demand for humanist cele-
brants will grow to include tradi-
tional ordained ministers interested
in officiating non-theist ceremonies.
Amanda and Mike Holawaty did-
n't want to settle for a justice of the
peace. They wanted to celebrate
their values in a scenic wedding
near the ocean.
"You see weddings in movies and
on TV, the bride being given away
and walking down the aisle," she
said. "It was really the same desire
for us, just minus the religious
aspect."


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TINSLEY WINS: Former
Jackson State trackster
TRACKIN' takes first place with world-
best time in 400 meter hur-
MOSCOW dies at USAchampionships.

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M LOSES WOMEN'S HOOPS
COACH, GETS NEW AD; PACKERS HONOR DRIVER



UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS


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DRIVER'S WAY: Former Alcorn State and Green Bay
standout receiver Donald Driver receives sign for street
named in his honor near Lambeau Field.


GREEN BAY PACKERS HONOR DRIVER:
Green Bay,Wis. Former Alcorn State wide receiv-
er, Donald Driver was recently honored by the Green
H Bay Packers organization for his
dedication and 14 seasons with
the team.
., The Packers all-time leading
Receiver, announced his retire-
ment in January and the city of
t . .Green Bay saluted Driver by
naming a street after him, "Don-
aid Driver Way" between the
RECEIVER STATUE intersection of the former Pearl
Street and Dousman Street which is just across from
Lambeau Field, and unveiling a statue in his honor.
Driver put a stamp on an amazing career with 743 re-
ceptions and 10,137 yards, both franchise records. Driver
also finished with 61 touchdowns which ranks third in
team history. He was enshrined in the Southwestern
Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in December of 2012.
"To have a statue that has my name on the back of it,
it has nothing to do with me, it has everything to do with
you," Driver said to the many Packers fans in attendance
(via Packers.com). "Because you all have put me on a
pedestal that I would have never thought to be standing
on."
The ceremony took place at Titletown Brewing Co.
in downtown Green Bay where the Driver statue is now
located. The statue was originally a generic "receiver"
statue that was dedicated at the Packers Hall of Fame
across from Lambeau Field in 1985. The statue was
moved to Titletown Brewing Co. in 2005, and on Satur-
day, the statue was unveiled with a new look: It had been
painted with Driver's number.
Fittingly, the statue is located at the corner of Dous-
man Street and the newly named Donald Driver Way.
The three-time Pro Bowler played in a total of 15
postseason games in his career, including the Packers'
Super Bowl XLV win over the Steelers, where he caught
two passes for 28 yards.
Driver is known for his contributions off the field as
well. He and his wife Betina started the "Donald Driver
Foundation" in 2001. He is also the author of three books
and the winner of "Dancing with the Stars" with dancing
partner Peta Murgatroyd in 2012.
Donald Driver attended Alcorn State where he let-
tered in both football and track & field. He finished his
college football career with 88 receptions for 1993 yards
(19.69 Yards Per Catch).
He is one of the most decorated track athletes in the
NFL (he is an Olympic class high jumper, being able to
jump 7 feet 6 inches and could have qualified for the
2000 Summer Olympics team). He was a five-time "Ath-
lete of the Year" in the Southwestern Athletic Conference
for his track and football prowess.

SHAW ELIMINATES BASEBALL:
RALEIGH, N.C. -Shaw University will no longer
compete in baseball, the university announced today.
"This was a difficult decision to make," said Interim
Athletic Director Marcus Clarke. "Shaw has a long
tradition in baseball, however as we look to address the
fiscal needs of the entire athletic program, it became ap-
parent that reducing the number of sports was a tough,
but necessary decision that had to be made at this point."
In 2013, the Bears were 8-26 and 1-17 in the CIAA.
Shaw won CIAA championships in 1947, 1969, 1982,
1993, 2001,2002 and 2006. Over the last three seasons,
the Bears were 34-78, with a 16-48 mark in the confer-
ence.


Five HBCU tracksters make U.S. team


Black college products finished 1-3 in the
men's 400 meter hurdles and three others earned
top three finishes at the recently concluded USA
Track and Field Outdoor Championships at
Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
All five HBCU products earned spots and
will represent Team USA at the IAAF World
Championships August 10 August 18 in Mos-
cow, Russia.
Reigning Olympic silver medalist Michael
Tinsley out of Jackson State took home the
title in the 400 meter hurdles and former Saint
Augustine's hurdler Bershawn "Batman"
Jackson finished third in Saturday afternoon's
men's final.
Tinsley held off Kerron Clement to capture
his first national outdoor title. Tinsley finished
in 47.96 seconds, the best time in the world this
year, nipping Clement who ran 48.06. Jackson
was a close third in 48.09. Tinsley runs for adi-
das while Jackson is with Nike.
In the long jump, current Stillman junior
sprinter and long jump specialist Jeffrey Hen-
derson, who won NCAA Div. II national titles
in the long jump and 100 meters two weeks
prior, was narrowly edged for the top prize by
George Kitchens, Jr.
Henderson leaped 8.22 meters (26 feet, 11
3/4 inches) in his next-to-last (fifth) jump Sun-
day afternoon to come up just short of Kitchens'
winning jump of 8.23 meters (27 feet). This will
be Henderson's second trip to the World Cham-
pionships.
"This is my second time making the ieam,
so I'm just preparing for Moscow," Henderson
said in an interview after the meet. "The first
time I was kind of scared. I was shocked hat I
made the team but I'm really prepared now."
Former Howard hurdler David Oliver,
now running for Nike, also claimed a second-
place finish in the men's 110 meter hurdle; late
Sunday afternoon. Oliver finished in 13.11 sec-
onds, just off Ryan Wilson's winning time of
13.08. Oliver had run 13.05 in the semit nals.
Aries Merritt was third in 13.23.
Former Hampton standout Francena Mc-
Corory, now running for adidas, was runner-up
in the women's 400 meter dash Saturday ifter-
noon.. McCorory's time of 50.01 seconds was


MOSCOW BOUND: (Top I.) Hurdler Michael Tin-
sley (r.) breaks the tape ahead of Kerron Clem-
ent (I.) in winning the men's 400 meter hurdles
Saturday at the USA Track & Field Champion-
ships in Des Moines, Iowa. (Top r.) Women's 400
meter runner up Francena McCorory is comfort-
ed by Sanya Richards-Ross after the women's
400 meters final Saturday. (Middle I.) David Oli-
ver clears a hurdle on way to second-place fin-
ish in the men's 110 meter hurdles final Sunday.
(Middle r.) Bershawn Jackson is up and over en
route to his third-place finish in the men's 400
meter hurdles. (Bottom r.). Stillman junior Jeffrey
Henderson, who finished second in the men's
long jump final Sunday, is shown resting at a
meet earlier this year.

behind Natasha Hastings winning time of 49.34.
Ashley Spencer was third in 50.58.
McCorory's former Hampton teammate,
Kelly Wells, now with Nike, finished fourth in
the women's 100 meter hurdles with a time of
12.54. Wells could make the team as an alter-
nate.


Top four photos courts USATF
Henderson photo courtesy Stillman Athletics
Barbara Pierre, formerly of Saint Augus-
tine's but now running for Nike, set a stadium
record with a world-leading time of 10.85 sec-
onds in the women's 100 meter semifinals, but
came up short of making the team with a fifth-
place finish in the finals.
Pierre will probably go to the World Cham-
pionships representing her native Haiti.


BCSP Notes


Prairie View's Toyelle Wilson leaves
for assistant's position at Baylor
Prairie View A&M head women's basketball coach Toyelle Wil-
son is leaving to become an assistant coach at Baylor. Wilson joins Sytia
B ~Messer as new additions to Kim Mulkey's
staff.
"I am excited to welcome Toyelle and
Sytia to our staff and thrilled to be able to
'-- "J hire two individuals with head coaching
experience. They will be valuable and wel-
come additions to the Lady Bear program,"
S said Mulkey. "I have admired Toyelle's
Leadership and coaching while she's been
'[ 'i at Prairie View A&M and I have always
Wilo kept up with Sytia, I recruited her out or
Wilson high school."
Wilson comes to Baylor after leading the Prairie View A&M Panthers
to three straight SWAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tourna-
ment appearances. Wilson compiled a 55-43 record in her three seasons
as the program's head coach. Prior to accepting the head coach position,
Wilson was the Panthers' top assistant for four years, she also spend three
seasons as an assistant coach at Robert Morris University.
Wilson was recently one of 30 coaches across the nation that par-
ticipated in the Center for Coaching Excellence (CCE) by the Women's
Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The CCE is an elite program
for select basketball coaches and is designed to provide college women's
basketball coaches with the professional skills and personal ethics train-
ing necessary to be exceptional leaders.
A native of Camden, N.J., Wilson earned a bachelor's degree in busi-
ness management from Manhattan College in 2003 and was a four-year
letter winner for the women's basketball team. She was a team captain
and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors while leading the squad
to an NCAA Tournament berth and a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
championship.
Messer comes to Baylor after three years as a head coach at Tennes-
see Tech and serving two stints at Georgia Tech.
Wilson and Messer will begin on July 1 and replace Rekha Patterson
and Damion McKinney. Patterson, the daughter of Fayetteville State head
women's basketball coach Eva Patterson-Heath, has accepted a position
as associate head coach at Ball State. McKinney resigned in May to pur-
sue "other professional opportunities".


TSU's Davis receives contract extension
HOUSTON- The Texas Southern University Board of Regents has
approved a two-year contract extension
ton Friday for TSU head men's basketball
coach Mike Davis. The extension runs
through the 2018 season.
This past season in his first year at the
helm of the program Davis led the Tigers
basketball team to a Southwestern Athlet-
ic Conference regular season champion-
S ship as Texas Southern dominated league
play with a 16-2 overall conference record.
-----TSU finished the season on a 12-
Davis
game winning streak capped off with two
decisive title clinching wins at home versus Southern and Alcorn State
respectively.
For his hard work on the court Davis was tabbed as a 2013 SWAC
Co-Coach of the Year along with being named one of the 20 finalists for
the 2013 Ben Jobe Award. The Ben Jobe award is presented annually to
the top minority coach in division I men's basketball.


This past season was undoubtedly filled with many highlights for the
Tigers basketball program including Davis capturing his 250th career win
on Feb. 18th as Texas Southern defeated Mississippi Valley State.
"We were extremely happy with the outcome of last season during the
circumstances in which we brought Coach Davis in," said TSU Director
of Athletics Dr. Charles McClelland.
"He's proven, not only to be a great coach, but a great leader and
more importantly a great person and role model. It was incumbent on us
to solidify one of the best coaches in my opinion that we could get at this
point in timee"


Former MVSU hoopster named PV AD
Prairie View A&M President Dr. George Wright officially an-
nounced Ashley Robinson as the incoming Athletics Director for the
University last week in the A.I. Thomas Administration Building.
.... Robinson is the currently Director
lof Athletics at Mississippi Valley State and is
no stranger to Prairie View A&M. He served
,,,. as the assistant vice president of athletic com-
pliance & academic advising for three years
| I before his nine-month stint as the MVSU Ath-
letics Director.
The selection of Robinson concludes
l a nationwide search which spanned nearly
three months after former PVAMU Athletic
Robinson Director Fred Washington announced he
Robinson r i
would be stepping down to focus on his role
as the Vice President of Auxiliary Services. He will take over a Prairie
View A&M Athletics Department that has claimed its second-consecutive
SWAC Commissioners Cup, awarded to the university with the most suc-
cessful athletic achievement each season.
In the 2012-13 athletic season. Prairie View A&M won champion-
ships in men's indoor track, women's basketball, bowling and men's ten-
nis. The Panthers were also runners-up in several sports including: base-
ball, men's basketball, women's indoor track & field, women's outdoor
track & field, men's outdoor track & field and men's cross country.
Robinson said that providing Prairie View A&M with the coaches
and resources necessary to continue winning is one of his goals as an ath-
letics director. He will have a solid foundation of recent success to build
OI.
A native of Jackson, Miss., Robinson was a four-year letterman in
basketball and is the single season and career record-holder in assists af-
ter playing point guard for the MVSU basketball team. Robinson also
was named MVSU Athlete of the Year in 2002, receiving the President's
Scholar Award in that same year.
In August of 2006, Robinson left Mississippi Valley to begin a career
in athletic administration as an academic coordinator at Delaware State
University in Dover, Del. Robinson helped implement a comprehensive
academic support system for the department's 300 student-athletes and
was the department's liaison to DSU's faculty, campus academic offices
and support services. He also assisted with the CHAMPS / Life Skills and
Student-Athlete Advisory (SAAC) Board.
After eight months in Delaware, Robinson received the opportunity
to return home as he accepted the position of assistant compliance direc-
tor at Jackson State University. Robinson continued to advance up the
compliance ranks by returning to his almna mater of Mississippi Valley
Stale as the athletic department's compliance director in August of 2007.
In July of 2008. Robinson was named the SWAC'S Assistant Com-
missioner for Compliance where he supervised a NCAA Division 1 Col-
legiate Conference Compliance and Academic Service department, the
National Letter of Intent (NL1) program and was a liaison between the
conference and the NCAA for rules, interpretations and appeals.


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Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press


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 ftim series
of adult programs. For more infor-
mation visit www.themosh.org or
call 396-7062, ext 238.

10 Round
Middleweight Fight
ESPN Friday Night Fights, the
Big City Brawl in Duval, will be
held, Friday, June 28th at 7 p.m.
See the 10 Round Middleweight
fight featuring Sergio Mora vs.
Grzegorz Proksa at the Veterans
Memorial Arena. For more infor-
mation call 404-354-4800 or vis-
itwww.jaxevents.com.

The Millionaire's
Mindset at BSEC
Former McDonalds High School
All American and two time
Collegiate Hall of Fame member


and author Grayson Marshall will
discuss his journey from homeless-
ness to being one of the most sought
after entrepreneurial speakers in the
welhiness, finance and sports indus-
try. Grayson will speak on the topic
"The Millionaire Mindset", Friday,
June 28th, 11:30 1:30 p.m. at the
Beaver Street Enterprise Center,
1225 West Beaver Street. For more
information call 265-4700.

ASALH 10th Annual
Membership Luncheon
The James Weldon Johnson
ASALH Branch will present 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 11I
a.m. at Bethel Baptist Institutional
Church. For more info call 487-
5707 or email cgwfan64@yahoo.com.

"A Walk in Our Shoes"
Aging Program
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Church will present "A walk in our
shoes" a sensitivity program to
understanding the diseases and dis-
abilities associated with aging. The
interactive program takes place,
Saturday, June 29th at 1 p.m. at the
St. Thomas Missionary Baptist
Church, Family Life Center, 2119
Rowe Avenue. For more informa-
tion call 768-8800.


NS Arts and
Vendors Market
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
info@thepaisleypartners.com or
visit facebook.com/northsidelove
or call 610-7103.

Mary J. Blige &
Friends in Concert!
Get ready for a night of soul stir-
ring old school and new school with
nine time Grammny winner Mary J.
Blige in concert Sunday, June 30th
at Veterans Memorial Stadium, 300
A. Philip Randolph Blvd. Also on
stage are musical artist Eric Benet,
Chrisette Michelle and comedian
Jay Lamont. Concert starts at 8 p.m.
For more information call 630-3900
or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

MOSH Senior Day
On Wednesday, July 3rd cele-
brate "Senior Day" at the MOSH, a
day for the senior citizen communi-
ty that includes a cookie and coffee
reception, a special program, and
free time to explore the museum.
Seniors can also watch a patriotic
program in the Bryan-Gooding
Planetarium. Senior Day begins at
9:45 a.m. Advanced registration is
required. For more information
call 904-396-7062, ext 238 or email
cleonardftthemosh.org.


Fourth of July
Celebration
The City of Jacksonville's 4th of
July Fireworks at The Jacksonville
Landing, will be July 4th, starting
at 4 10 p.m. Celebrate
Independence day with live enter-
tainment, interactive activities, food
and beverages, and a spectacular
fireworks display. For more infor-
mation call 630-CITY (2489) or
visit www.coj.net.

Don "DC" Curry at
Comedy Zone!
From July 5 -7th hear prolific
stand-up comedian, Don "DC"
Curry. DC continues to headline
top concert venues and major com-
edy clubs across the country. His
versatility and trademark comedy
shtick keeps him constantly work-
ing. The show takes place at the
Comedy Zone, 3130 Hartley Rd.
For more information call 292-
HAHA or visit
www.comedyzone.com.

Calling all FAMU
Alumni and Friends
The J.R.E. Lee Chapter of the
FAMU National Alumni
Association will hold its monthly
meeting, Saturday, July 13th at 10
a.m. The meeting will be held at
FAMU College of Pharmacy-
Jacksonville Campus. 2050 Art
Museum Dr., Bldg 4800 Suite 200.
Membership dues and endowment
contributions are still being accept-


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ed. For more info call Dr. Ephraim
Riggins, at 307-1962.

P.R.I.D.E.
Bookclub Meeting
The next P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
meeting is scheduled for Saturday,
July 13th at 3 p.m. The book for
discussion is "Gathering of
Waters," by Bernice L. McFadden.
This month hosts is Natasha
Owens. For more information call
887-2366.

Jax Beach Summer
Jazz Series
The City of Jacksonville Beach is
proud to present the line up for the
annual Summer Jazz Concert Series
scheduled for Sunday July 14th
from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Sea
Walk Pavilion. Enjoy musical artist
Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Matt
Marshak and Pierre & Company
Admission is free. Bring your blan-
kets or lawn chairs. For more infor-
mation call 247-6157.

Cedric the
Entertainer in Concert
Charismatic actor and comedian
Cedric "The Entertainer" best
known for his many crowd-pleasing
performances in such hit films as
Barbershop, Johnson Family
Vacation and The Original Kings of
Comedy comes to Jacksonville,
Friday, July 19th. Showtime is 8
p.m. For tickets and more informa-
tion visit www.floridatheater.com
or call 355.2787.

Tommy Davidson
is Back
Comedy Central comedian and
actor Tommy Davidson returns to
the Comedy Zone, July 25th -
27th. For showtimes, tickets and
more information visit www.come-
dyzone.com or call 292-4242. The
Comedy Zone is located at 3130
Hartley Road inside the Ramade
Inn in Mandarin.

P.R.I.D.E. August
Bookclub Meeting
The next P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
meeting is scheduled for Saturday,
August 10th at 4 p.m. The book
for discussion is "The Boy from
Jessie Street" by Landon L.
Williams w/ Marsha Dean Phelts.
Meeting location is at the home of
Marsha Phelts, 5400 Ocean Blvd,
American Beach, Fla. For more
information call 389-8417.


Stanton Class of
1953 60th Reunion
The Stanton High School Class of
1953 is preparing for their 60th
Reunion, August 15-18th. All
grads and non-grads are welcome!
Come and be a part of the planning
and celebration. For information on
planning meetings, date, time and
location, call 765-5402.

NCI 8th Annual
"Tournament of Unity"
It's time once again for the 8th
Annual Northside Community
Involvement Golf "Tournament of
Unity," Saturday, August 31st. Play
the tournament at Slammer and
Squire Course at World Golf
Village, 2 World Golf P1, St
Augustine, Fla. For additional
information contact Jerry Harper at
302-0772 or email
unitygolf06@aol.com.

September P.R.I.D.E.
Bookclub Meeting
The next P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
meeting is scheduled for Saturday,
September 14th at 4 p.m. The
book for discussion is "Airing
Grandma's Laundry and Other
'hush hush' family secrets" by
Natasha Owens. The host is
Jennifer King and the location is
211 Worthington Pkwy, St. Johns,
Florida. For more information call
230-7153.

Ebony & Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation will present their annu-
al "Ebony & Ivory Gala', Saturday,
September 28th at 7 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225
Coastline Dr. East. Women of Color
Cultural Foundation promotes edu-
cation of healthy lifestyles, student
education, economic development
and resources. For your information
call Mary Wards at 635-5191

NBA Basketball
Returns To Jax!
The NBA's Orlando Magic and
New Orleans Pelicans will kick off
their 2013-14 season with a presea-
son game on Wednesday, October
9th. An interactive fan venue will
be located outside the Jacksonville
Veterans Memorial Arena on game
day. The event will include a salute
to members of the military and vet-
eran's community. For more infor-
mation contact the City of
Jacksonville Sports &
Entertainment office at 630-3697.


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Tom Joyner Family Reunion Celebrates 10th Anniversary


STom Joyner, host of the national-
ly syndicated Tom Joyner Morning
Show, and Allstate Insurance
-Company are celebrating ten unfor-
,gettable years of family ftin and
excitement with the 2013 Allstate
Tom Joyner Family Reunion.
Families from all over the coun-
try will join Allstate, Joyner, and his
celebrity friends for Labor Day
weekend (Aug. 29 Sept. 2). The
event will be filled with stellar con-
certs, access to select theme parks,
interaction with celebrities and
leaders, enlightening seminars, and
endless activities for people of all
ages. The event will be held at the
Gaylord Palms Resort &
Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
Fantasia, Grammy Award-win-
ning artist, will headline Friday
night and Jermaine Dupri, Anthony
Hamilton, Da Brat, Jagged Edge,
Bow Wow, Dondria and more of the
SoSo Def reunion tour will headline
Saturday night.
Celebrity families including
Sinbad and Meredith Adkins, Terry
and Rebecca Crews, Boris Kodjoe
and Nicole Ari Parker, NBA execu-
tive Allan Houston and wife
Tamara, and David and Tamela
Mann have highlighted the event
and will be in attendance with their
families. Allstate's teen driving
safety initiative and Quotes for
Education, which was developed to
support Historically Black Colleges
and Universities, have also been
made available to attendees.
In addition to the live entertain-
ment, every weekday from June 3 -
28, Allstate and the Tom Joyner
Morning Show will be giving away
20 family all-inclusiVe packages to
the 2013 Allstate Tom Joyner
Family Reunion.
"The Allstate Tom Joyner Family
Reunion creates an atmosphere of


one true family that celebrates peo-
ple and what we love," says Joyner,
whose radio show airs in over 105
markets with an audience of more


than eight million listeners. "When
we first created this event, we want-
ed families to experience a truly
spectacular vacation that was


unique, all-inclusive, affordable and
more than anything... entertaining.
And not only have we done that, but
we've done it folbr ten years strong.


M~jkff== - r--M1
We have created a new Black
Family tradition that has come to
represent entertainment, exclusivity
and fun and I hope we continue


creating lifetime memories for fam-
ilies for another ten years and
more.
Joyner's family "party with a pur-
pose" was created in 2003 with
thousands of families coming to
Orlando each year to attend.
Last year alone, more than 16,000
guests made their way to the sold
out event, which included show
stopping performances by New
Edition, Kern, Angie Stone, Mint
Condition, Chubb Rock, Diggy
Simmons, OMG Girlz, and many
more.
Past performers and guests have
included Aretha Franklin, Earth,
Wind & Fire, Chris Brown,
Destiny's Child, Lionel Richie, LL
Cool J, Charlie Wilson, Dr. Bobby
Jones, and news anchor Soledad
O'Brien.
For more information about the
2013 Allstate Tom Joyner Family
Reunion, go to
www.BlackAmericaWeb.com or
call 407-248-9191.


Jackson Looking to Cut Brothers Off Financially


Janet Jackson may not be a bil-
lionaire but the fact is that she's
loaded and has managed to do pret-
ty well for herself over the years.
Because of this, the Jackson
brothers have turned to her as their
income since their initial source,
The Michael Jackson Bank, went
under new management.
The National Enquirer reported
that Janet is tired of fronting the
cost for the brothers foreclosures,
tax liens, and back child support.
The fact that she married a billion-
aire on top of having her own
money isn't an open invitation to
the boys. That's still her money.
The tabloid claims:
"Janet has been very generous


whenever one of her family came to
her for a handout," a source told
Enquirer.
"But it seemed like the money
she gave them was never enough,
and it was only a matter of time be-
fore Janet felt like she was being
taken advantage of. Eventually,
Janet had to change her phone num-
ber so that her mom, Katherine, was
the only family member with direct
access to her. But now Janet's
brothers try to get to her through
their mom!"
Janet revealed her secret mar-
riage back in February to Wissam
Al Mana a Middle Eastern tycoon
who is nine years younger than her.
"He wants Janet to cut off her


Legendary Bobbie Blue Bland Succumbs


GRENADA, Miss. (AP) -
Bobby "Blue" Bland, the legendary
blues singer who blended Southern
blues and soul in songs such as
"Turn on Your Love Light" and
"Further On Up the Road," died
Sunday. He was 83.
Rodd Bland said his father died
due to complications from an ongo-
ing illness at his Memphis, Tenn.,


home. He was surrounded by rela-
tives.
Bland was known as the "the
Sinatra of the blues" and was heav-
ily influenced by Nat King Cole,
often recording with lavish arrange-
ments to accompany his smooth
vocals. He even openly imitated


Frank Sinatra on the "Two Steps
From the Blues" album cover,
standing in front of a building with
a coat thrown over his shoulder.
"He brought a certain level of
class to the blues genre." said
Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, son of
legendary musician and producer
Willie Mitchell.
Bland was a contemporary of
B B
King's,
serving as
the blues
great's














teenager~ rn bea e a founIng
valet and
chaffer at
one point,
and was
one of the
last of the
living con-
nections to
the roots of
the genre.
He was
inducted
into the
Rock and
Roll Hall
of Fame in
1992 and
was an
influence
on scores
of young
rock 'n'
rollers.
Born in Rosemark, Tenn., he
moved to nearby Memphis as a
teenager and became a founding
member of the Beale Streeters, a
group that also included King and
Johnny Ace. Upon his induction,
the Rock Hall of Fame noted Bland
was "second in stature only to B.B.


King as a product of Memphis'
Beale Street blues scene."
After a stint in the Army, lihe
recorded with producer Sam
Phillips, who helped launch the
careers of Elvis Preslev and Johnny
Cash, in the early 1950s with little
to show for it. It wasn't until later
that decade Bland began to find
success.
He scored his first No. 1 on the
R&B charts with "Further On Up
the Road" in 1957 and it was
around this time he got his nick-
name, taken from his song "Little
Boy Blue" because his repertoire
focused so closely on lovelorn sub-
ject matter. Beginning with "I'll
Take Care of You" in early 1960,
Bland released a dozen R&B hits in
a row. That string included "Turn
On Your Love Light" in 1961.
Some of his best-known songs
included "Call on Me" and "That's
the Way Love Is," both released in
1963, and "Ain't Nothing You Can
Do" in 1964.
"Lead Me On," another well-
known song, breaks the listener's
heart with the opening lines: "You
know how it feels, you under-
stand/What it is to be a stranger, in
this unfriendly land."
Bland wasn't as well known as
some of his contemporaries, but
was no less an influential figure for
early rock 'ni' roll stars. Many of his
songs, especially "Further On Up
the Road" and "I Pity the Fool,"
were recorded by young rockers,
including David Bowie and Eric
Clapton.
"He's always been the type of guy
that if he could help you in any way,
form or fashion, he would," Rodd
Bland said.


family and he supports her decision
one hundred percent," says the
insider. Of Janet's siblings, her five
brothers -Jackie, 62, Tito, 59,
Jermainec, 58, Marion, 56, and
Randy, 51 are the most demand-
ing, a source says.
"They've asked Janet to help
them with everything from late
child-support payments to home
foreclosures and tax liens," the
source said.
On the other hand, Michael
Jackson's mother, Katherine, could
possibly win $40 billion in the
wrongful death suit against concert
promoter AEG Live. She accused
the company of not properly inves-
tigating and supervising the physi-
cian hired to take care of Michael in
conjunction with the singer's ill-
fated "This Is It" comeback tour.
"If Katherine collects just a small
portion of that claim against AEG,
her sons will be lined up at her
doorstep wNith their hands out," the
source says. "But the good news is
a windfall tfor Katherine will take
some of the pressure off of Janet!"


Nick Cannon is Bringing Back Soul Train
Dude is getting ready to make another big
Move. He's bringing back "Soul Train."
Yep, you read that correctly. At last week-
end's American Black Film Festival in South
i Beach, Cannon revealed that he recently
Struck a deal to bring the musical variety
r show to NBC, via his production company
S" NCredible Entertainment.
"One of the things I'm the most excited
14. -% 7^ about, and we're just now starting to talk
about it is the re-launch of Soul Train and
that coming back," Cannon told theGrio's
AChris Witherspoon. "It means so much for
our culture. It truly is something that to be able to bring through my deal
at NBC Universal is that in itself is kind of taking it to the next level for
where the brand began. I'm excited about that."
Last year it was reported that Cannon inked a first-look production deal
with NBC to develop scripted and unscripted programming for the net-
work
Multi Million Dollar Swirl Love
May the force be with "Star Wars" ere- *
ator George Lucas and Mellody Hobson. a
The longtime couple were married last weekend at
the filmmaker's Skywalker Ranch in Marin County,
Calif, his rep confirmed to People.
Samuel L. Jackson who played Jedi Mace Windu A /
in the Star Wars prequels, was excited about the fl
nuptials. "Let's give a Galactic shout out to Master -
George Lucas & his Bride Melodie on This their
WEDDING DAY!!" he tweeted. "Congrats!!!!!!"
Hobson, 44, explained to Oprah Winfrey last year
what makes her relationship with Lucas, 69, a success. "I think it works
because we are extraordinarily open-minded people and we're open to
what the universe brings us," she said. "I think we didn't have precon-
ceived ideas about what a partnership should be and so we allowed our-
selves to discover something that was unexpected."
Will Smith "too expensive "for Sequel
Will Smith will not be returning for a planned
y"Independence Day" sequel because he's "too
expensive," according to director Roland
Emmerich.
The actor appeared alongside Jeff Goldblum and
Bill Pullman in the 1996 alien invasion blockbuster,
and a follow-up is planned for 2015.
However, Emmerich has said they've had to move
'on without Smith's starring role of Captain Steven
Hiller because of financial issues.
"Will Smith cannot come back because he's too
expensive, but he'd also be too much of a marquee
name. It would be too much," he tells the New York Daily News. "We have
like maybe half of the people that you... would know from the first film
(in the script) and the other half (are) people who are new."


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