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Civil Rights
Fighters Need

Love Too:
Rev. Al Proudly

Saying "Yes
She's My Girl!
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Reform is

Critical, But

Doing It Seems

Nearly Impossible
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the Signs of

Mental Illness

and How

to Cope )
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North Carolina Passes
Tough New Voting Law
The same day that Attorney General Eric Holder put states on notice that
the Justice Department will continue to fight voting laws it considers dis-
criminatory, North Carolina made itself the agency's next likely target
The Tar Heel State has passed a sweeping new voting law that requires vot-
ers to present government-issued photo IDs and reduced the number of
early voting days from 17 to 10, the Associated Press reports.
In addition, the bill ends same-day registration and voters must make any
changes to their status, such as an address change, 25 days before an elec-
tion. A high school civics program through which tens of thousands of stu-
dents registered to vote before their 18th birthday also was eliminated.
If Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, signs the measure, North Carolina
could become the first state to pass a voting law without having to seek
clearance, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act.
According to the newswire, a state study found that more than 300,000 reg-
istered voters in North Carolina. mostly senior citizens and low-income
minorities, do not have driver's licenses or other state-issued IDs.

Willie Reed, Last Living Witness to
Emmett Till's Kidnapping, Dies
A memorial service was held this week for Willie
Reed, the last living Black witness to testify against the
two Mississippi men who admitted to ldkilling 14-year-
old Emmett Till.
Reed testified at a September 1955 grand jury inves-
tigation that he saw Till being kidnapped and later heard
him being beaten before he was shot in the head and
thrown in the Tallahatchie River. Reed was 76, and
lived in Chicago. He testified in ithe in,.stigatiouii of
Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam. who admitted to killing Till-who lived in
Chicago, but was spending the summer living with relatives in Money,
Miss.---after they were acquitted of the crime.
Bryant and Milam kidnapped and murdered 14 year-old Till after he
reportedly whistled at Carol Bryant, Bryant's wife. Milam was Roy
Bryant's half brother.
According to the 1955 court transcripts, Reed was 18 years old when he
saw four White men sitting in the cab of a truck. In the back were three "col-
ored" men and a boy sitting on the truck's floor.
Despite orders from then Mississippi Governor Hugh White to fully pros-
ecute Bryant and Milam, and the resulting trial and acquittal, no one every
served time for Till's murder.

O.J. Simpson's Small Court Victory
Narrows His Sentence to 4 More Years
CARSON CITY, Nev. O.J. Simpson won a small victory this week in his
bid for freedom as Nevada granted him parole on some of his convictions
in a 2008 kidnapping and armed robbery involving the holdup of two sports
memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas hotel room.
But the decision doesn't mean Simpson will be leaving prison anytime
soon. Because he was convicted on multiple charges, Simpson still faces at
least four more years in prison on sentences that were ordered to run con-
The Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners on Wednesday released an
order approving the former NFL star's parole request
Simpson appeared before a two-member parole panel to plead for lenien-
cy. He expressed regret for his actions and said he's tried to be a model
inmate while behind bars. He's had no disciplinary actions against him.
Simpson was convicted in December 2008 on charges including kidnap-
ping, robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced
to nine to 33 years for the 2007 stickup of two memorabilia dealers, Alfred
Beardsley and Bruce Fromong.
Simpson still faces time for four weapon enhancement sentences, followed
by consecutive terms for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Court: Oscar Grant's Dad Can Sue
Police Officer Who Killed Son
San Francisco, CA A
federal appeals court says
the Northern California tran-
j H ~w ^f g Oscar Grant's father can sue
sit officer who shot and killed
his son on a train platform.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals has rejected for-
mer officer Johannes
Mehserle's claim that he was
acting in his official capacity
when he killed the younger
Grant during a 2009 New
Year's Day melee captured on video by several bystanders.
Violent demonstrations ensued after the videos showing the white officer
shooting the unarmed black man were viewed by millions online.
The appeals court said it's up to a jury to determine whether Mehserle was
justified in shooting Grant in the back as he lay face down on the train plat-
Mehserle served 11 months in prison after he was convicted of involun-
tary manslaughter.
The appeals court's decision affirmed a lower court ruling.

Volume 26 No. 40 Jacksonville, Florida August 1-7. 2013

Marie Heath is shown with EWC Alumni Community Partner award
recipient Marguerite Warren. Warren has dedicated countless hours
throughout the years to support her alma mater.

EWC Senior's Center Gives

Back to Community Volunteers

By Lynn Jones ... ,- :, ;I
The Edward Waters College
Schell Sweet Community
Resources Center recently held a
volunteer recognition and apprecia-
tion dinner at the Legends
Community Center. The dinner
honored and celebrated the many
volunteers that lend a hand to
Schell Sweet's administrative staff.

,The communit- resource center is-a
full service facility serving citizens
over 60.
"I am very proud of my seniors.
They volunteer and give of them-
selves every day. Without the sen-
iors, there would be no Schell
Sweet," said center director Mary
Heath. Over twenty-five seniors -
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Community Slam Dunks for Homeless Youth

Shown above are participants in the basketball game for homeless students. Both events were organized
by Betty Burney, Executive Director of the I'm A Star Foundation. The game featured local celebrities
coached by NBA legend Artis Gilmore in a game against local students. T Austin photo.

The "I'm a Star" Foundation and
Jacksonville H.E.L.P.S. held a chari-
ty walk and basketball toumrnamanet
this weekend. Hundreds lined up for
the two mile walk at 8:30 a.m. and
trekked from the Landing to the
Riverside YMCA. Later in the
evening at Paxson High School,
Jacksonville H.E.L.P.S. (Homeless
Students Empowered through
Leadership, Personal commitment
and Service) presented a "celebri-
ties" vs. students basketball game to
benefit the 1,900 homeless students
in Duval County. Proceeds from
both events will be used to provide
assistance, resources and empower-
ment to homeless students and their
families through resources at Ability
Housing and the Sulzbacher Center.
The student team consisted of high
school basketball players from vari-
ous Duval County Public Schools.
After a very exciting game, the
Students won by the score of 101-

Mayor Educates Youth on Economic Responsibility with Learn 2 Earn

More than 50 Duval County high
school students participated in
Mayor Alvin Brown's Leamrn2Earn
college immersion program on the
Jacksonville University campus
from July 21 to July 26.Throughout
the week, students lived on campus
and learned more about the path to
college acceptance and success by
attending seminars on topics rang-
ing from Financial Aid 101 and
College Admissions to Leadership
Development, Greek Life, and
Study Abroad Opportunities, all
taught by JU staff and local profes-
The students also toured
Bethuneo( okinman University and
Daytona Stitec College. Mayor
Brown met with the students
.hriotigiiii the week, encouraging
them to remain focused and

accountable as they pursue their
goals, and forge deep roots in
Jacksonville so they can build pros-
perous futures for themselves and
their hometown.
The mayor, who himself is a first-
generation college graduate, spoke
to the students and their parents
about the importance of following
the path to higher education. While
42 percent of the U.S. population
age 25 and older has a college
degree, the number is only about 25
percent in Duval County. Among
Duval's African-Americans, it's 15
percent. Now in its second year,
Learn2Earn is designed to help
change that statistic.
Students who have participated in
Learn2Earn are given priority
acceptance in the Mayor's Summer
Jobs program the following sum-

Student participants listen intently to their future options.
mer. Collectively, these programs competitive workforce to meet the
are part of a critical effort to create challenges of the global economy.
opportunities for Jacksonville resi- For more information about
dents by raising the high school Learn2Eamrn and other initiatives
graduation rate and increasing the from the Mayor's Education Office,
number of college-educated adults visit
in Duval County, building a more cation.aspx.

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ESTATE PLANNING 101: Living With Mama

Many parents have an adult child
living with them. Sometimes it is for
the benefit of the parents a child can
be a wonderful caregiver and provide
much needed financial assistance.
Oftentimes, however, the adult child
is living with the parent because ei-
ther he or she never left home in the
first place or because he or she is un-
able or unwilling to establish a
household of his or her own.
When parents pass away and leave
adult children living in the residence,
unfortunate events can occur. If the
residence is inherited by siblings,
those living outside the residence
may want the property sold in order
to receive their share of the parent's
This can create tension and conflict
with those living in the house-they
may be motivated to do almost any-
thing to continue to live there. Under
the law, without an agreement be-
tween the siblings or an estate plan
which provides otherwise, persons
living in the house have to either buy
out the other sibling or move out so
that the house can be sold.
Also, during the period between

Pay Less on
Follow these tips to avoid taxes
and penalties on minimum required
Shortly after turning 70 V2, many of
us must begin to pay the piper. That's
because the Internal Revenue Service
makes us take taxable distributions
from traditional individual retirement
accounts and 401(k)s and many other
retirement accounts.
The IRS taxes required minimum
distributions, or RMDs, at the same
rate as regular income, as high as
39.6 percent. But you can use strate-
gies to reduce what you pay and
avoid penalties and fees. That re-
quires understanding some basic IRS
Your age matters: the younger
you are, the less your RMD will be.
The annual amount is based on the
market value of your holding as of
December 31, of the previous year,
divided by yourjife expectancy. You,
can find life-expectancy tables in the
appendices in IRS Publication 590,
"Individual Retirement Arrange-
ments (IRAs)." (Table Ill-Uniform
Lifetime is for single people and
those whose spouses are 10 years
younger or less.)
Your spouse's age matters. If your
spouse is more than 10 years young-
and is your sole beneficiary his or
her age will be factored into your life
expectancy. That will further reduce
your annual RMD (see Table II in
IRS Publication 590). For example, a
married 71-year-old-man with
$500.000 in an IRA and a 67 year old
wife would need to take an RMD of
$18,868. The same man with a 57
year old wife would need to take
You have leeway with your IRA.
IRA plan administrators are required
to calculate the exact amount of
clients RMDs each year or offer to do
the calculations for them. But you
don't have to take the exact RMD
amount calculated for each IRA; the
IRS only cares that you take and re-
port the correct total amount however
you divvy it up. So you can take
more from one account and less from
another to reach that total.
You can be flexible with a 403(b).
As with IRAs, the IRS says you don't
have to take an exact RMD from a
403(b) account. (Savings in a 403(b)
that started before 1987 might be
subject to other, more liberal rules.)
Ask your plan administrator to calcu-
late the RMD for you.
You must take an exact RMD
from a 40(k). As with a 403(b), your
plan administrator can calculate the
exact amount of your RMD. Note
that if you're still working and par-
ticipating in an employer retirement
plan you might not have to take an
RMD. The IRS lets employers de-
Strategize your withdrawals: You
can always withdraw more than the

the death of the parent and the sale of
the house, the persons living in the
house can be held liable for rent. I
have seen families struggling and
fighting with the issue of putting a
brother or sister "on the street" so
they can sell the house and split the
inheritance. At best, it leads to hard
feeling between the siblings. At

worst, it leads to costly and time con-
suming lawsuits.
Here are some suggestions for par-
ents who want to address this situa-
tion in advance:
Don't make the child living at
home the Successor Trustee or Ex-
ecutor of your estate just because
they are living with you. Choose

someone because he or she has good
business sense and follow through.
Make plans with your children
ahead of time concerning what you
want to happen to your home when
you pass away. I recommend that
families have open dialogues about
the issue so that there are no sur-

If the parents want the adult child
living in the house to be able to re-
main there until the adult child passes
away (essentially a "life estate").
then they need to figure out how the
property will be maintained and how
taxes and insurance will be paid. I
have seen houses lost simply because
the adult child living there fails to

pay the mortgage or taxes and by the
time the other siblings find out about
the default, it is too late to save the
A revocable living trust can be
used to address the issues raised
above. A little planning now can save
many headaches hand heartaches in
the future.

ACT NOW: Most African-Americans Have No Retirement Plan in Place

by Charlene Crowell
As more Baby Boomers continue
to retire, a new research report has
found that the nation is facing a tril-
lion dollar retirement saving crisis.
According to the National Institute
on Retirement Security (NIRS), 38
million Americans 45 percent of
working-age households-have no re-
tirement account assets.
Among all working households, 92
percent do not meet conservative re-
tirement savings targets for their age
and income. As a result, the collec-
tive retirement savings gap among
working households ages 25-64
ranges from $6.8 to $14 trillion de-

pending upon the financial measure
used. NIRS analyzed the readiness of
all working age households using
data from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
"The heart of the issue consists of
two problems: lack, of access to re-
tirement plans in and out of the work-
place particularly among
low-income workers and families -
and low retirement savings," the re-
port found.
"These twin challenges amountto
a severe retirement crisis that, if un-
addressed, will result in grave conse-
Financial experts recommend that
retirement assets be the equivalent of

Your Retirement Savings

percent and old one making 3 per-
cent, I'd break the new one first," he
says. Some banks allow individuals
older than 70 V2 to break certificates
of deposit with penalty.
Act charitably. You can also sat-
isfy your RMD obligation by trans-
ferring your distribution from an IRA
to a qualifying charity. For 2013 you
can transfer up to $100,000. You
won't get a charitable deduction but
you can exclude the transferred
amount from your taxable income.
SSwitch accounts. A distribution
isn't a liquidation; you don't have to
sell the holdings. If you're taking
RMDs from brokerage-held invest-
ments, ask your broker to transfer or
"journal "those holdings to a taxable
brokerage account, says David
Yeske, a certified financial planner in
SanTFrancisco. In doing so, you'll
avoid transaction costs such as com-
,missions and give your holdings a
chance to continue growing. "As
long as the market value of the shares
equals or exceeds your RMD on the
day they transfer, "Yeske says,
'you've satisfied the requirements of
the law."
Watch your timing. If you decide

to cash out you can take your RMD
as a lump sum at any time during the
year. Or you can ask your broker or
retirement plan administrator to pro-
vide regular monthly or quarterly
payments. On the other hand, let your
plan administrator know if you want
to override any automatic RMD pay-
ments it provides payments.
Note to Newbies. The Internal
Revenue Service gives people just
starting to take required minimum
distributions a break. In most cases
you must take your RMD y Dec 31
every year. But you don't have to
take your first RMD in the year you
turn 70'/2; you can wait until April 1
of the next year. (If, for example, you
turnm 70 on Dec. 30 2013, you must
take your first RMD by April 1,
2014, when you're nearly 71. If you
turn 702 on Jan 1, 2014 you don't
have to take it until April 2015.)
David Yeske, a certified financial
planner in San Francisco, doesn't
recommend that strategy because in
that second year you'll have to take
two RMD, and pay tax on both. The
extra income also could land you in
a higher tax bracket. That's s double
whammy you can do without.

8-11 times annual income to preserve
a standard of living. Many experts
also recommend retirement fund con-
tribution rates ranging from 10-15
percent to eventually reach adequate
retirement funds.
But what if there is no retirement
plan or option for workers?
In 2011, according to the report,
44-5 million people worked for an
employer that did not sponsor a re-
tirement plan. Even among full-time
employees, 35-2 million had no ac-
cess to a retirement plan. Low-wage
industries, regardless of size, were
found to be the least likely to offer a
retirement plan.
Today, the average working house-
hold has virtually no retirement sav-
ing. The median retirement balance
for all working-age households is
$3,000 and only $12,000 for those
nearing retirement.
The shortage of available funds for
retirement adds yet another complex
dimension to the hope for a full fi-
nancial recovery. In the aftermath of
the worst financial crisis since the
1930's Great Depression, communi-
ties of color face financial challenges

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worsened by disproportionate unem-
ployment, foreclosure-blighted
neighborhoods and in many in-
stances, lower incomes and markedly
less wealth than the general popula-
While some might assume that
America's workers make poor finan-
cial decisions, earlier research by the
Center for Responsible Lending de-
termined that the typical household
has just $100 left each month after
paying for basic expenses and debt
payments. After controlling for infla-
tion, the typical household has less
annual income at the end of 2010
than it did in 2000. Households
headed by person s aged 55-65 saw
the largest losses in wealth. People at
or nearing retirement lost an average
of $900,000 from $2007-2010.
Additionally, CRL found that in-
come declines in communities of
color are higher in part because of
declines in over representation in two
types of employment that stable and
historically provided stable and se-
cure jobs: manufacturing and con-
struction. These two industries
suffered job losses of 10 and 20 per-

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cent, respectively. African-Ameri-
cans who formerly worked manufac-
turing and construction jobs lost
more than twice the number of jobs
between 2007 and 2011 than they
previously gained in the pre-reces-
sion decade.
The new NIRS report offered three
specific actions to remedy the retire-
ment crisis:
SStrengthen Social Security
Expand low-and middle-wage
workers access to high-quality, low
cost retirement plans
Expand eligible income limits
and credit rates for the federal
Saver's Credit
Without long-term solutions to the
retirement crisis, NIRS concludes.
"An increasingly dependent elder
population will likely place increased
strain on families and social service
organizations. American workers,
employers, and policy-makers need
to look closely at what we need to do
individually and collectively, so that
everyone can build sufficient assets
to have adequate and secure income
after a lifetime of work."

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RMD each year. But take care not to
withdraw too little or you'll pay a 50
percent exercise tax on the underpay-
ment. Here are other ways to hold on
to your savings:
Dump the clunkers. As long as
you must take a distribution, harvest
the lower performing holdings and
rebalance what's left, says Brain
Roehl, senior financial adviser with
LJPR, a registered investment advi-
sory firm in Troy, Mich. "If I had a
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For Seniors by Seniors: EWC Schell Sweet Center Honors Their Own

Shown above are honorees and guests (L-R) : United Health Care community partner award recipients Douglas Edwards, London Cook and
Sol-Winter Robinson, Faithful Senior awardees Christine Jones and Shirley Brown, guests Glorious Johnson, Greater El-Bethel Bishop Lorenzo
Hall and Councilman Warren Jones with SSC Director Marie Heath.

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seniors were feted with various
awards and recognition.
Department of Children and Family
Northeast Regional Director, Dr.
David Abramowitz was the guest
speaker. "What an event to honor
so many seniors," he said.
Edward Waters College President,

Nat Glover and Councilman Warren
Jones also commended Schell
Sweet and Ms. Heath and her staff
for their hard work and dedication.
The highlight of the evening was
the award for Ms. Shirley Brown a
volunteer who 'if you didn't know
you'd think she was an employee'.
A day at Schell sweet is complete

for seniors age 60 and over who
participate in everything from exer-
cise activities, nutritional and infor-
mational seminars, health screen-
ings, social services and even men-
tal health assistance.
State Senator Audrey Gibson sent
a note of congratulations stating,
"Thank you for your dedication and

commitment in making the Schell
Sweet Center, a best practice
agency and center of hope for
Duval county residents. With a rep-
utation to match its' namesake, the
Schell-Sweet Center will continue
to make a difference in the lives of
Jacksonville's seniors.

Obama, Holder Pledge

Action on Voting Rights Act
President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder pledged to
push Congress to rewrite the Voting Rights Act and also to join with civil
rights groups to fight voting restrictions passed in states at a closed-door
White House meeting with civil rights activists this week.
On the heels of the Supreme Court striking down Section 4 of the Voting
Rights Act last month, more than a dozen civil rights leaders and activists,
including Al Sharpton and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, spent more than 40
minutes with Obama and Holder. Civil rights activists are pushing
Congress to create a new Section 4, but many Republicans in Congress are
wary of such a provision.
"When you think about it, this is small-bore stuff compared to lynching
and shootings and killings that happened 50 years ago,'" Obama said in the
meeting, as first reported by Politico. Obama assured the participants, "this
is within our power to change.'"

Tommy Davidson Entertains

and Greets Sold Out Shows

Florida Refuses Exhumation of Bodies at Reform

School Where African-American Boys are Buried

The state of Florida denied the
University of South Florida's
request to exhume the bodies of
dead boys from the cemetery at the
Dozier School for Boys, where
troubled boys were beaten and
abused over a span of decades.
Secretary of State Ken Detzner
released a statement saying he

understood the push
for the exhuma-
tions, but that "the
Department of State
does not have the
g statutory authority"
l to fulfill the request.
"The [Bureau of
Research's] existing
statutory authority
to grant archaeolog-
ical research permits is restricted to
the recovery of objects of historical
or archaeological value, not human
remains, absent a danger to the
grave site that actually threatens the
loss or damage of those remains."
he wrote.
Many of the graves have been
difficult to locate thanks to the

shoddy upkeep at the school, which
is partly what led to incorrect grave
Some who were abused at the
school, such as Jerry Cooper of
Cape Coral, say it's time to get a
full account of how many boys lost
their lives at the school.
"When you've got graves outside
of the marked cemetery and you
have found more than the FDLE
claims that are buried in the grave-
yard, that's all the more reason to
keep going," he said.
Families of the boys who died at
brutal reform school, which opened
in 1900 and closed in 2011, have
been fighting to have their relative's
bodies moved from school grounds
to family plots.
"They're liars," said Dale Landry,

president of the NAACP's
Tallahassee branch, of state offi-
cials. "Look at the insensitivity."
Landry said Detzner originally
approved of the excavation, saying
that if the school didn't do it, the
state might have to do it.
"At this point, it's starting to look
like a classic run around," said U.S.
Sen. Bill Nelson. "This is state-
owned land, it's the state's respon-
sibility and the state of Florida
needs to do the right thing and not
pass the buck."
African-American children at the
school were three times more likely
to be buried in an unspecified loca-
tion than the white boys, according
to a report. Both white boys and
Black boys were housed at the
reform school.

Comedian Tommy Davidson entertained sold out shows at Jacksonville's
Comedy Zone over the weekend and had the audience in stitches with his
impressions of Barack Obama, cultural differences and personal experi-
ences. Tampa native William Sloan opened for Tommy and shared jokes of
family mishaps and Florida landmarks. Following the show, the top comic
greeted fans and signed autographs. Next up for the actor comedian is a
biopic on Sammy Davis Junior. Pictured with Tommy is Tehmeka
Donaldson. Lynn Jones.

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Immigration Reform is Critical, But

Getting it Done has Been Nearly Impossible

Immigration reform has been a
critical issue in this country for the
past several years. As the President
pushes for reform opponents are
starting to really show their true
Some Republican members of
the U.S. House of Reps say that
they have finally come around to
some level of reform. They say that
the "Dreamers" can stay, but their
illegal parents must go. Hmmm...
seems like a pretty good compro-
mise only if it made sense!
And how about our friend -
Republican Rep. Steve King from
Iowa who said that most young
undocumented immigrants in
America are actively engaged in
the drug trade. Yes, that also makes
sense as well if you live in the sub-
urbs behind a gate and only listen
to Rush Limbaugh.
And these two examples are the
exact reasons that immigration
reform is so hard too many
stereotypes and misconceptions of
who "these people" really are.
Dreamers are simply young
undocumented immigrants that in
most cases may have been born in
their home country, but have lived
in the United States most of their
lives. This is the only real home
many of them know.
Getting back to Rep. King for a
moment the less than honorable
representative actually said these

words, "For everyone who's a vale-
dictorian (Dreamer), there's anoth-
er 100 out there that weigh 130
pounds and they've got calves the
size of cantaloupes because they're
hauling 75 pounds of marijuana
across the desert."
Yes, someone who was elected
to the U.S. Congress actually said
those words. No he is not a former
federal agent or immigration offi-
cer he's just a guy with an opin-
ion that is supposed to represent
the American people. You have to
love Washington D.C.
Someone once said that the game
of chess is not for timid souls.
Sounds much like politics, which I
often equate to the game of chess.
The rule of the game are simple -
two opponents on opposite sides of
a board with a team of workers
with specific goals rooks, bish-
ops, knights and of course pawns.
The ultimate goal is a checkmate,
which happens when the king is in
a position to be captured (in check)
and cannot escape from capture.
Sounds like politics to me, and
the game is being played on the
highest level possible right now
between President Obama and the
Republican lead House of
The beauty of chess is that it's
not a short game and mistakes are
afforded and sacrifices are neces-
sary for victory.

Last year, President Obama
made a bold move that would have
a lasting affect on this marathon of
a race.
He announced that his adminis-
tration would stop deporting some
illegal immigrants who were
brought to the country as children
and have gone on to be productive
and otherwise law-abiding resi-
dents. Just when some thought the
gay marriage issue was dominating
the political cycle Obama aggres-
sively made another bold move.
Of course, there are always
repercussion to every action. The
pro-immigration rights side
cheered the Presidents decision,
while the anti-immigration-build a
fence around the country folks
went crazy. A year or so later and
opponents are still at it.
During his speech last year, the
President described his decision as
the "right thing to do for the
American people."
It's an interesting argument.
Those who are for immigration
reform point out the fact that
undocumented people have leaved
in this country for decades and are
as important to this country as citi-
zens in many ways especially
certain industries like food service,
construction and agriculture.
Those in opposition feel like for-
eigners or illegals are taking over
the country and overusing valuable

resources, living off of the govern-
ment and taking jobs from
American citizens.
The Latino population in this
country is growing very quickly.
In fact, in Florida Hispanics are
now the largest minority group
according to the 2010 Census.
We should embrace our
"Dreamers." And there should be a
clear path to citizenship in this
country for undocumented people
who have lived here most of their
During his speech last year the
President said, "These are young
people who study in our schools,
they play in our neighborhoods,
they're friends with our kids, they
pledge allegiance to our flag."
He added, "They are Americans
in their heart, in their minds, in
every single way but one: on
It's funny how human nature
works. We tend to have very short
memories. The last I checked all of
our families at some point were
immigrants to this country either
by choice or through bondage.
The obvious exception being
Native Americans, but the rest of
our families made it to America as
immigrants of some sort.
Signing off from a Mexican
desert with 75 lbs of weed on my
Reggie Fullwood

March and Protest....

But Voting To Change

the Laws is The Key

Special from the Metro Courier
Nearly 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote a book that
asked a simple question: Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or
Last Saturday night, the shocking verdict in the George Zimmermnan
trial forced us to ask the same question. A Florida jury acquitted
Zimmerman of second-degree murder, which led to rightful protesting
and out cries for justice.
The question now is: what do we do now? What should the angry
masses do about this country's injusticee system? What should fearful
parents do about the safety of their children?
The answer is simple. Being fearful and angry is not enough. It's time
to get active! It's time to turn pain into progress and frustration into free-
dom! It's time to do away with the chaos and embrace each other as a
We are coming together for various protests and rallies. Civic unrest
is a good thing with the stakes so high, yet the problem at hand is the
justice system and legislation. In other words, as sure as we are march-
ing and protesting now, we need to do the same thing at the voting
Midterm elections are coming up next year. We have a chance to vote
out legislators who push for laws like "Stand Your Ground" which equip
monsters like Zimmerman and Michael Dunn.
Who is Michael Dunn, you ask? The man who was charged for first
degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis in
Jacksonville, Fla. Last November. The nightmare continues and we need
to protest at the polls to make sure changes are made.
To all of the parents expressing their concern about their African-
American children, particularly males, raise your children in love and
awareness. As the Good Book says: "For God hath not given us the spir-
it of fear: but of power, and of love and of a sound mind." That means
we have to raise our children to know what's going on in the world
around them. Understand that there are evil forces who set out to destroy
our Trayvons and our Jordans young black men with goals and aspira-
tions. Whether they wants to be or not, our kids are being targeted and
racially profiled and should be knowledgeable of that.
Almost 60 years ago, Mamie Till, the mother of Emmett Till, had to
deal with the same senseless tragedy hat Sybrina Fulton, the mother of
Trayvon Martin, is having to deal with. Some of us might feel that race
relations and civil rights haven't changed in this country since that time.
It is up to us to change that.

Focus on Poverty, Not the Middle Class

By GeorgeE.
Several of us
were sharing our views on radio
Sunday night with Gary Byrd when
my friend and colleague Cash
Michaels urged us to remember that
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was
assassinated while organizing poor
This is a good time to remember
that as President Obama seeks ways
to strengthen the middle class and
civil rights leaders focus on cele-
brating the 50th anniversary of the
Aug. 28, 1963 March on
The idea of organizing a Poor
People's Campaign was discussed
during a Nov. 27-31, 1967 Southern
Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC) planning session in
Frogmore, S.C. With the nation's
attention focused on the Vietnam
War, Dr. King wanted to redirect the
conversation to what the Bible calls
the least among us by focusing on
jobs and income.
Dr. King's idea was to bring poor
people from all over the country to
Washington, D.C. in order to put a
face on the suffering of people.
While still firmly committed to
nonviolence, his plan was for a dra-
matic presence that would disrupt
traffic and shut down the nation's
"We ought to come in mule carts,

in old trucks, any kind, of trans-... paigns in the South."
-portation-people can get.-their hands. But Dr. King forged ahead, call-
on. People ought to come to ing for $30 billion to be spent on
Washington, sit down if necessary anti-poverty measures, employment
in the middle of the streets and say, and housing construction. King was
'We are here; we are poor; we don't helping organize garbage workers
have any money; you have made us in Memphis when he was assassi-
this way,'" King said. "And we've nated. Ralph D. Abernathy, his suc-
come to stay until you do some- cessor and close friend, continued
thing about it." with plans for the Poor People's
Just as his close advisers had Campaign.
urged him not to give his "I Have a Instead of the militant protest Dr.
Dream Speech" in 1963, variations King had envisioned, however, the
of which they had heard earlier, highlight of the Poor People's
most of Dr. King's inner circle dis- March to Washington was not shut-
agreed with his decision to embark ting down the capital, but the erec-
on a Poor People's Campaign. tion of Resurrection City, a collec-
Children activists and former tion of tents pitched in D.C. Various
civil rights attorney Marian Wright executive agencies were lobbied on
Edelman recalled in her book, behalf of the poor and leaders
Unfinished Business, "William called for an Economic Bill of
Rutherford, who had organized the Rights. The shantytown was dis-
Friends of SQLC in Europe in 1966 banded after six weeks.
and was appointed executive direc- In the view of many observers,
tor of SCLC during the summer of Dr. King posed a greater threat to
1967, declared that, 'basically the power structure when he began
almost no one on the staff thought organizing poor Blacks and Whites.
that the next priority, the next major But there is an even better opportu-
movement, should be focused on nity to unite poor people today
poor people or the question of because so many Whites have
poverty in America.' At the time become impoverished as a result of
James Bevel wanted to remain a recession and high unemploy-
focused on combating slums in ment.
northern cities, Hosea Williams Poverty is officially defined as a
promoted voter registration cam- family of four living off of $23,021,
paigns in the South, Jesse Jackson or less a year. Today, a record 46.2
wanted to continue to develop million people -15 percent of the
Operation Breadbasket, and U.S. population are considered
Andrew Young worried that poor. The Associated Press report-
SCLC's budget of under a million ed:
dollars necessitated smaller cam- -For the first time since 1975, the

number of White single-mother
households living in poverty with
children has surpassed or equaled
Black ones in the past decade.
*Since 2000, the poverty rate
among working-class Whites has
grown faster than among working-
class non-Whites, rising 3 percent-
age points to 11 percent.
Still, poverty among working-
class non-Whites remains about
double that of Whites.
Mark Rank, a professor at
Washington University in St. Louis,

believes Dr. King was on to some-
thing when he sought tp unite .poor
people across racial lines.
"Poverty is hno longer an issue of
'them,' it's an issue of 'us.' he told
the Associated Press. "Only when
poverty is thought of as a main-
stream event, rather than a fringe
experience that just affects Blacks
and Hispanics, can we really begin
to build broader support for pro-
grams that lift people in need."
This is no time to keep Dr. King
frozen in the memory of the 1963

March on. Washington or his "I
Have. a. Dream",' speech while
neglecting his true calling to eradi-
cate poverty five years later. As he
said, "If you can't fly then run, if
you can't run then walk, if you can't
walk then crawl, but whatever you
do, you have to keep moving for-
George E. Curry, former editor-
in-chief of Emerge magazine, is
editor-in-chief of the National
Newspaper Publishers Association
News Service (NNPA.)

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Virginia State University announced last week that
Lonnie Blow, Jr., the head coach last season at fellow
CIAA conference member Saint Augustine's, has agreed
to become the school's new head men's basketball coach.
Pending Board of Visitors'
approval, Blow becomes the
School's 20th men's basketball
coach. He replaces Darryl Ja-
cobs who resigned earlier this
summer to become head coach
Iat Queens College in his native
New York. Blow, a Tidewater
Virginia native, is also returning
BLOW to his home state.
In three years as head coach at St. Augustine's, Blow
compiled an impressive 63-27 record including leading
his team to the 2009-10 CIAA Tournament champion-
ship. That year, he was named CIAA Coach of the Year
and Division II National Coach of the Year by two orga-
nizations. The 2009-10 CIAA Championship team also
received the conference honor for the highest team Grade
Point Average. Last year, Blow's team earned a 92 percent
graduation rate.
During the 2010-11 season, Blow was an assistant
coach at Old Dominion University before returning to St.
Augustine's last season. That year, ODU won the Colo-
Srial Athletic Association championship'.' -.
"Lonnie will be a great leader for the Virginia State
University men's basketball program," said Athletic Di-
rector Peggy Davis. "His commitment to excellence on
the court and in the classroom embodies the ideals we set
for our student-athletes. The search committee was unani-
mous in its decision that Lonnie Blow, Jr. is the right per-
son to lead our men's basketball team to a championship
"My goal is to make the Trojans' basketball team a
highly spirited, community-oriented program," Blow
said. "I plan on making the VSU team the hottest ticket in

Orangeburg, SC Claflin University has named
Ricky B. Jackson its head men's basketball coach. Jack-
son joins the Panther staff after
serving five years as the top as-
sistant to the men's basketball
coach at Shaw University in Ra-
leigh, N. C.
"We believe Coach Jackson
is the right fit for Claflin Univer-
sity," Athletics Director Jerome
Fitch said. "He brings outstand-
JACKSON ing credentials as a head coach
and a mentor for student-athletes. He is a passionate stu-
dent of the game and I have every confidence that our
program will continue a tradition of excellence under his
Jackson succeeds Scott Monarch who was hired in
May but never coached a game before leaving earlier this
month to become an assistant coach at Division I North
Texas State.
Before joining the staff at Shaw in 2008, Jackson
spent the previous 12 years at Gloucester County College
of Sewell, N. J., the last eight as head coach. During his
tenure as head coach, Gloucester won seven consecutive
Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Northern Di-
vision titles.
His teams were Region XIX champions three times
and Jackson captured Coach of the Year honors three
times each by the National Junior College Athletic As-
sociation (NJCAA) District 6 and Region XIX. He ended
his head coaching career at Gloucester with a 183-35 re-
cord, a remarkable .839 winning percentage.
In recent years, Shaw has shifted its national promi-
nence upward. The Bears won the CIAA title in 2011 and
have been a mainstay in national and regional polls, rank-
ing as high as No. 7 in the NCAA Division I final poll in
Jackson graduated from Virginia Union University
of Richmond, Va., in 1991 and earned a master's in hu-
man services from Springfield College of Springfield,
Mass., in 2001.
AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XIX, No. 52

BCSP Football Notes


(First Place Votes in Parenthesis)
1. Bethune-Cookman (16)
2. South Carolina State (2)
3. North Carolina A&T
4. North Carolina Central
5. Florida A&M
6. Howard
7. Norfolk State (1)
8. Delaware State
9. Hampton (1)
10. Morgan State
11. Savannah State (1)


Damien Flemming, QB, FAMU and Isidore Jackson, RB, B-CU
Jarkevis Fields, Bethune-Cookman

QB- Damien Fleming, Jr., FAMU; RB- Isidore Jackson, Sr., BCU; RB Malcolm Wil-
liams, Jr., DSU; James Owens, r-Sr., FAMU; WR- Lenworth Lennon, r-Jr., FAMU; Si-
mon Heyward, Sr., SSU; TE- Joseph Hawkins, r-Sr., NSU; C- Brandon Cunningham,
Sr., DSU; OL- Alex Monroe, Sr., B-CU; Kevin House, r-Jr., FAMU; Zerie Patterson,
So., FAMU Joshua Matthews, Sr., HOW
DL- LeBrandon Richardson, Jr., BCU; Damon Greshan-Chisholm, So., HOW; Rod-
ney Gunter, Jr., DSU; Javon Hargrave, So., SCSU; LB- Jarkevis Fields, Sr., BCU;
Ernest Adjai, Sr., DSU; Lynden Trail, r-Jr., NSU; DB- Nick Addison, Jr., BCU; Julien
David, Sr., HOW; DVonte Graham, Sr., NC A&T Terrick Colston, So., DSU; P- Nick


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KICKOFF Kickoff Luncheon Tuesday.


Winston-Salem State top CIAA football pick
Winston-Salem, NC To no one's surprise, two-time defending con-
ference champion Winston-Salem State, coming off a run to the NCAA
Div. H national title game, has been picked to pull of a three-peat in Cen-
tral Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) football this year.
That was the forecast as the conference held its 2013 Football Media
Day last Thursday in Winston-Salem, N.C. Head coaches and key players
from all 12 conference teams gathered at the Donald J. Reaves Student
Activities Center on the campus of WSSU for the confab.
Stan Lewter (Urban Sports
& Entertainment Group)
served as Master of Cer-
emonies for a program that
included interviews with

coaches, and for the first-
time, student-athletes, along
with the announcement of
the predicted order of finish
and preseason all-conference
Following WSSU in the
predicted order of finish were

2-Elizabeth City State,
ClAA Sports Photo 3-St. Augustine's, 4-Chow-
LET'S GET IT ON: Stan Lewter (r.) inter- an, 5-Shaw, 6-Bowie State,
views Johnson C. Smith head coach Ste- 7-Johnson C. Smith, 8-Vir-
ven Aycock (I.) at Thursday's CIAA Foot- ginia Union, 9-Fayetteville
ball Media Day in Winston-Salem. State, 10-Virginia State,
11-Livingstone and 12-Lincoln.
Four new coaches were welcomed to the conference. Lawrence Ker-
shaw of Fayetteville State, Latrell Scott of Virginia State, Daryl Williams
from Livingstone and Ramon Flannigan of The Lincoln University will
make their CIAA head coaching debuts this fall. Kershaw and Scott will
begin their careers facing each other when Fayetteville State hosts Virginia
State in Fayetteville on Saturday, September 7.
In order to help fans identify players to watch during the upcoming
season, the 2013 Preseason All-CLAA Team (attached) was announced.
Winston-Salem State led the field with five players selected followed by
Bowie State and Elizabeth City State with four each.
The CIAA Football Season officially kicks off Thursday, September 5
when Winston-Salem State travels to meet UNC-Pembroke in a nationally
televised contest on the CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is scheduled for
8:00 p.m.

TE- Khari Lee, Jr., BSU; OL-Austin Hochman, Jr., BSU; David Gatlin, Sr., ECSU;
Rico Arellano, Sr., JCSU; Nathaniel Hartung, Sr., WSSU; WR- Robert Holland, Srt.,
CU; Fred Scott, So., JCSU; QB- Keahn Wallace, Jr., JCSU; RB- Colon Bailey, Jr.,
Sr., FSU; Maurice Lewis, Jr., WSSU; KR- Darnell Evans, Sr., SU; PK- Brett Symonds,
DL- Oladimeji Layeni, Sr., BSU; TJ Bachelor, Sr., CU; Javarous Faulk, Sr., SAU; Don-
nie Owens, Sr., WSSUi; LB- Kenneth White, Jr., Jr., LC; Chaz Robinson, Sr., SAU,
Carlos Fields, Sr., WSSU; DB- Curtis Pumphrey, So., BSU; Nlgel Rios, Sr., ECSU;
Damell Evans, Sr., SU; Sean Smith, Sr., VSU; PR- Denzel Duchenne, So., VUU; P-
Brett Symonds, Sr., ECSUi

Bethune-Cookman picked to repeat in MEAC;
Fleming, Jackson, Fields top players
NORFOLK, Va. Defending champion Bethune-Cookman received
the top team honor and two Wildcats' players along with Florida A&M
quarterback Damien Fleming were pegged for top individual honors as
the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its 2013 pre-
season team predictions and football players of the year at the annual Foot-
ball Press Luncheon Banquet here Friday.
IB-CU running back Isidore Jackson shared the top offensive honor
with Fleming while Wildcat linebacker Jarkevis Fields was voted the top
defender. All preseason honors are voted on by the MEAC's football coach-
es and sports information directors.
Bethune-Cookman finished the 2012 season with an unblemished 8-0
conference mark and 9-3 overall record and was picked to repeat as confer-
ence champion. For the second straight year, South Carolina State was
picked second while North Carolina A&T waschosen third. SC State
garnered two first-place votes while Norfolk State, Hampton and Savan-
nah State each received one.
Fleming finished second in the MEAC in passing yards with 2,175,
completing 214-of-308 pass attempts. He ranked second in the conference
in passing efficiency (142.2) and passing yards per game (196.1). Fleming
led the Rattlers in total offense (2,351) in 11 games of action.
Jackson, a native of Mossy Head, Florida, led the MEAC in rushing
with 1,069 yards on 191 attempts. He averaged 89.1 yards per game and
recorded 11 touchdowns. He finished third on the team in receiving with
148 yards, averaging 12.3 yards per game. He led the Wildcats in scoring
(72 points) and all-purpose yards (1,217) during his junior season.
Fields finished sixth in the conference and led the Wildcats in total
tackles with 103 including 46 solo and 57 assists. He averaged 8.6 tackles
per game and recorded six tackles for a loss, four breakups, four deflec-
tions, one sack, and one forced fumble.
Florida A&M led all teams with six student-athletes receiving first-
team preseason honors. Bethune-Cookman and Delaware State were tied
at second with five student-athletes to earn a first-team nod.


Belcher, r-Sr., SCSU; PK- Chase Vanadore, r-So., FAMU; RS- DVonte Graham, Sr.,
QB- Jordan Reid, r-Sr., NCCU; RB-Aquanius Freeman, Jr., HOW; Brendon Riddick,
r-So., NSU; WR- Eddie Poole, Gr., BCU; Derrick Demps, r-Sr., NSU; TE- David Wil-
son, Sr., HOW; C- Ronald Canty, r-Jr., NC A&T; OL- John Smith, r-So., HOW; Jamal
Wilson, r-Sr., HAM; William Robinson, r-Jr., NC A&T; Charles Goodwin, r-Sr., NCCU
DL- Tyree Heam, Sr., NC A&T; George Riddick, Jr., NSU; Matthew Davis, Sr, HAM;
Demarco Bisbee, r-So., MSU; LB- DVonte Grant, Sr., NC A&T; Travis Crosby, Sr.,
NC A&T; Justin Hughes, Jr., SCSU; DB- Davon Moore, Jr., DSU; Joe Rankin, Sr.,
MSU; Ryan Smith, r-So., NCCU; John Wilson, Sr., SSU; Jonathan Pillow, r-Sr.,
FAMU; P- Matthew Comeluis, r-Sr., NCCU; PK Oleg Parent, Jr., NCCU; RS- James
Owens, r-Sr., FAMU
QB- Nico Flores, r-Sr., NSU; RB- Dae Hon Cheung, So., DSU; Conley Smith, So.,
NSU; WR- Tyler McDonald, Sr., SCSU: Dylan Cook, Sr., SSU; TE- Kris Drummond,
Jr., SSU; C- Doug Almendares, Sr., FAMU; OL- Domanic Wilson, r-Jr., SCSU; Karim
Barton, Sr., MSU; E.J. Rogers, r-Jr., NSU; Cameron Williams, r-Sr., NSU
DL- Andrew Carter, r-Jr., SCSU; Tevin Toney, Sr., BCU; Michah Blount, Sr., SSU;
Cikezie Ukeje, Sr., DSU; Noel Clarke, Jr., Jr., NSU; LB- Christopher Robinson, r-Jr.,
MSU; Joe Boyd, Sr., DSU; Brandon Denmark, Sr., FAMU; DB- Keenan Lambert,
r-Jr., NSU, Nathan Ayers, Jr., MSU; Devontae Johnson, r-Jr., FAMU; Carvin John-
son, Sr., HAM; PK- Nick Belcher, r-Sr., SCSU; RS- Chris Flowers, Sr., MSU

SIAC preseason football event
set for August 6 in Atlanta
ATLANTA (July 23, 2013)--The Southern Intercollegiate Athlet-
ic Conference (SIAC) will host its 2013 Football Kickoff Luncheon on
Tuesday, August 6 at the Holiday Inn Perimeter located on 4386 Cham-
blee-Dunwoody Road in Atlanta, GA. The event will be streamed live, via
Live U on the SIAC's website( starting at 12:30 p.m.
The football media day will feature each SIAC head football coach
and two-student athletes, who will provide insight on their respective pro-
grams for the upcoming 2013 season.
In addition, the SIAC will announce its 2013 Preseason All-SIAC
teams and predicted order of finish, as voted by the SIAC Coaches As-
Former Fort Valley State football player Tyrone Poole, a recent Divi-
sion II Football Hall of Fame inductee and two-time Super Bowl Cham-
pion, will serve as keynote speaker for the event. Radio and Television
personality, Doug Stewart, of the "2 Live Stews", will emcee the Kickoff
A limited number of tickets are available to the public for the press
luncheon and can be purchased by calling SIAC Associate Commissioner
Ruben Perez at (404) 221-1041. Tickets are $15.00 per seat and must be
purchased by Friday, August 2...; ..
Formembers of the media'who will be attending, please apply: forcre-
dentials by visiting www. to complete the online application.
All request will be accepted up until 5: 00 pnm. on Thursday, August 1.
Kickoff for the 2013 SIAC season will commence Thursday evening,
September 5, when Miles will travel on the road against The University
of North Alabama of the Gulf Coast Conference. Another marquee non-
conference game will be Fort Valley State against defending Division II
National Champions Valdosta State, also from the Gulf Coast Confer-
ence, Saturday, September 7th in Macon, GA for the Music City Classic.
In the only SIAC conference matchup of the weekend, Central State
will make its debut against Benedict. Other SIAC teams in action include
defending SIAC Champion Tuskegee in the Louis Crews Classic against
SWAC foe Alabama A&M, and Albany State will play North Green-
ville University on the road. Stillman will have its home opener against
Concordia-Selma, while Lane and Clark Atlanta will start its season on
the road against University of Virginia-Lynchburg and West Alabama
Morehouse will close out the SIAC opening weekend against MEAC
opponent Howard at the 3rd Annual Nation's Classic in Washington, DC.

SWAC announces 2013 TV schedule
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. The Southwestern Athletic Conference re-
leased its 2013 football television schedule which includes seven confer-
ence contests to air on several major networks this fall.
The line-up of networks to carry the broadcast: ESPN, ESPNU,
ESPN3, NBC Sports, FOX SportsSouth, and Comcast SportsNet. All
games are available in the network's standard high-definition.
The 15-game schedule begins on opening weekend with three non-
conference match-ups including Mississippi Valley State against Florida
A&M on Sunday, Sept. 1 in the 9th Annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge pre-
sented by Disney.
The schedule kicks off Friday, August 30, at 7:30 p.m. CT when
Southern faces Houston and ends with the 2013 Toyota SWAC Champi-
onship on Saturday, December 7 at 1:00 p.m. Both games will take place
inside Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The schedule also features nine non-conference games and five
HBCU Classics with three games slated for tape delay. The Classic games
include: Alabama State at Jackson State (W.C. Gorden Classic), Jackson
State vs. Tennessee State (Southern Heritage Classic), Alabama A&M
vs. Alabama State (Magic City Classic), Alabama State vs. Stillman (Tur-
key Day Classic) and Grambling State vs. Southern (Bayou Classic).

Game times and television networks are listed below:
Southem at Houston (ESPN 3 7:30 p.m.)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas State (ESPN3 -TBD)
Mississippi Valley State vs. Florida A&M (ESPN 10:45 a.m.)
Alabama State at Jackson State (ESPN3 6 p.m.)*
Grambling State at ULM (ESPN3 6 p.m.)
Prairie View A&M at Texas State (ESPN3 6 p.m.)
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at McNeese State (Comcast SportsNet 7:30 p.m.)
Alabama State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (ESPN3 6:30 p.m.)*
Texas Southem vs. Sam Houston State (Comcast SportsNet- 7 p.m.)
Jackson State vs. Tennessee State (Fox SportsSouth 6 p.m.)
Thursday, September 19
Texas Southern at Jackson State (ESPNU 6:30 p.m.)
Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State (ESPN3 7 p.m.)*
Alabama State vs. Stillman (ESPNU 3 p.m.)
Grambling State vs. Southem (NBC -1 p.m.)
2013 Toyota SWAC Football Championship (ESPNU -1 p.m.)
Game times are Central Time and subject to change.
Denotes tape delay and will air at 9:30 pjn. CT on ESPNU

Jackson Fields

August 1-7, 2013

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El-Beth-El Soulful
Food Kitchen Opens
Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. and Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church
invite you to the El-Beth-El Soul Food Kitchen. Proceeds support local
youth and community programs. Enjoy weekly menu specials! The restau-
rant is located at 725 West 4th Street. For more information call 374-3940
or email

Gospel Superfest Returns in August
The Allstate Gospel Superfest Battle of the Bands national competition
heads to Jacksonville, Saturday, August 24th. The tour stop will feature live
auditions and produce one regional semi-finalist. National celebrities and
recording artists will also be featured during the tour. The superfest will
be held at the Potter's House Church, 5119 Normandy Blvd. Audition time
is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. To apply for the competition and see the complete con-
test rules and restrictions visit

T.B.I.C. 4th Annual Marriage Retreat
Pastor Michael C. Edwards and First Lady Faydra Edwards of Tabernacle
Baptist Institutional Church, 903 E. Union St. are inviting couples to join
this year's "Marriage retreat," September 27th 29th at Epworth by the
Sea in St. Simons, Georgia. Pastor Edwards and Lady Faydra are asking all
Christian marriage couples who love having a great marriage and the desire
to further enrich their marriage or just enjoy having a great time and lots of
fun with other married couples to enjoy the retreat in a beautiful and spiri-
tually uplifting environment. For more information email michaelced- or call 356-3362.

Breaking the Chains Women Conference
The ladies of Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship church invite the
community to their 2nd annual Women's Conference, August 14 16th.
The conference starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday night and 7:30 p.m. Thursday
and Friday. The schedule includes an open forum rap session and speakers
are Sister Camilla Nesbitt of Philippians Community Church and Rev.
Paula Banks of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. The church will also be
celebrating the annual Pastor's Birthday appreciation service, Friday,
August 2nd at 7 p.m. For more information call the church at 765-5683 or
email Disciples of Christ Fellowship Church is
located at 2061 Edgewood Ave. W.

Community Stop the Violence Festival
at Nehemiah Family Life Center
On Saturday, August 10th, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. The Nehemiah Family
Life Center will host a family focused festival with the theme "Take It to
the Community, Stop the Violence." The festival will focus on fathers and
families and will feature back to school supplies giveaway, bounce house,
puppet shows, face painting, food and healthcare screenings! The event will
be held at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 2036 Silver Street. For
more information call the church 354-7249.

Pastor Leroy C. Kelly Celebrates
10 Year Anniversary
West Union Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring a "Decade of
Faithful Service" program honoring Pastor Leroy C. Kelly in his 10th year
anniversary as pastor and faithful saint. The affair will take place Saturday,
August 10th, at 5 p.m. at Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship
Hall, 2407 Rev. S.L. Badger Circle. Dr. Kelly Brown is the featured speak-
er. For further information contact Delaney Williams at 745-5434.

Emanuel Missionary Baptist 121st
Anniversary Homecoming Celebration
From Mixon Town to Grand Park Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church
will celebrate 121 years of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Celebrate
this glorious anniversary celebration Sunday, August 18th, beginning with
Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. The celebration will continue during morning
worship with the message by guest minister, the Reverend Michael Warren,
Pastor of Pleasant View Baptist Church of Apopka, Florida, and end with a
reunion concert, presented by present and former members of the choir at 3
p.m. All friends, former members, and the general public are invited to
attend. Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church is located at 2407 Rev. S. L.

Badger, Jr. Circle. For more infor-
mation call the church office at 356-
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From The Metro Courier
Where is that instruction manual
on raising kids? You know, the one
the hospital gives you just before
you leave with your new baby?
What do you mean, there isn't
one? Raising a child is such an
important, seriously sobering task,
it should at least come with a man-
ual, don't you think?
What do you suppose this instruc-
tion manual would look like? Can't
you just see it? It would contain
some great categories like, "How
to stop the whining" and "How to
get your kids to listen when you
Christian parents face just as
many obstacles as non-Christians
in raising kids. When you add all
the distraction and the pressures in
today's world, Christian parenting
becomes even more than a chal-
A huge part of that challenge is
passing on your faith to kids,
whose priorities are more focused
on video games, sporting events,
and the latest trends in clothes. And
let's not forget to mention peer
pressure and media pressure that
offers temptation to kids to do
drugs, drink alcohol and get
involved sexually. Today's kids
face an overall absence of godly
examples and moral living in a
society that is moving toward
"freedom from religion" instead of

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Help For Homeowners Outreach
The Community Homeownership Center, Inc. will present a Homeowner
Assistance outreach event, August 28th through August 30th. Come let A
HUD-Approved Housing expert review your loan documents and submit a
completed package directly to your service. Hear information on short
sales, foreclosures and refinancing. Also meet one-on-one with a HUD-
approved housing expert. Dates and locations are as follows: Wednesday,
August 28th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First Timothy Baptist Church, 12103
Biscayne Blvd. Thursday, August 29th, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Union
Progressive Baptist Church, 613 Pippin Street and Friday, August 30th, 9
a.m. to 6 p.m. at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 2407 S.L. Badger
Jr. Circle E., For more information contact Adrienna Wright, Community
Homeownership Center, Inc. at 355-2837.

First Baptist Church of Oakland
Youth Explosion Worship Service
First Baptist Church of Oakland will present a Youth Explosion Kick-off
Worship service, Thursday, August 8th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August llth
at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Oakland is located at 1025 Jessie
Street. For more information call 354-5295.

8th Annual Golf "Tournament
of Unity" Fundraiser
Join NCI on the green Saturday, August 31 st, for the 8th Annual Northside
Community Involvement "Tournament of Unity" Fundraiser at the World
Golf Village. Play the Slammer & Squire Golf Course, enjoy great golf, a
lesson at the PGA Tour Golf Academy, treatments at the PGA Tour Laterra
Spa & Resort, or a day trip to historic St. Augustine and the beaches of
Florida's First Coast. For more information email or
call 302-0772.

freedom of religion."
But the good news is that there
are things you can do to raise godly
kids and even share your faith with
them along the way.
Living Your Faith
First, as a parent you must live
out your faith in your own
life. It is impossible to give
away something you don't
have. Kids can spot a
phony from a mile way.
They're looking for the
real deal from their par-
Living your faith can
start with simple things,
like showing love, kind-
ness, and generosity. If
your kids see you finding ways to
"be a blessing," it will become a
natural and normal way of life for
them too.
Sharing Your Faith
Second, start sharing your faith
early in the lives of your kids.
Being a part of an active Christian
church shows your kids that you
think spending time with God is
important. Make it a point to let
them hear you talk about the great
things happening in the church. Let
them hear how much you've been
helped by being in the midst of
people with similar beliefs who
pray for you and you for them.
Sharing your faith also means
reading the Bible with your chil-

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Church school
9:30 a.m.
Bible Study
6:30 p.m.

dren in a way that causes it to come
alive for them. Find age appropri-
ate Bible resources and lessons to
incorporate into your family-fun
times, as well as your child's edu-
cation. Make famifiy devotions and
Bible reading a priority in your

weekly schedule.
Also, incorporate Christian enter-
tainment, books, games and
movies into your child's life.
Instead of feeling deprived of fun,
let them discover and enjoy quality
and inspiring forms of amusement
that will also encourage them to
develop spiritually.
Another great way to share your
faith with your children is to allow
them the opportunity to make and
develop Christian friendships.
Their faith will be strengthened if
they can share the same values with
their friends. Make sure your
church offers a children's program
and youth group that your kids will
want to be involved in,

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
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8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship

9:30 am. Sunday School

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
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SWhen They Really are Crazy: Recognizing the

Warning Signs of Mental Illness and How to Cope

Most people believe that mental
disorders are rare and "happen to
someone else." In fact, mental dis-
orders are common and wide-
spread. An estimated 54 million
Americans suffer from some form
of mental disorder in a given year.
Most families are not prepared to
cope with learning their loved one
Shas a mental illness. It can be phys-
ically and emotionally trying, and
can make us feel vulnerable to the
opinions and judgments of others.
If you think you or someone you
know may have a mental or emo-
tional problem, it is important to
remember there is hope and help.
What is mental illness?
A mental illness is a disease that
Causes mild to severe disturbances
in thought and/or behavior, result-
ing in an inability to cope with life's
ordinary demands and routines.
There are more than 200 classi-
fied forms of mental illness. Some
of the more common disorders are
depression, bipolar disorder,
dementia, schizophrenia and anxi-
ety disorders. Symptoms may
include changes in mood, personal-
ity, personal habits and/or social
withdrawal. Mental health prob-
lems may be related to excessive
stress due to a particular situation or
series of events. As with cancer,
diabetes and heart disease, mental
illnesses are often physical as well

as emotional and psychological.
Mental illnesses may be caused by
a reaction to environmental stress-
es, genetic factors, biochemical
imbalances, or a combination of
these. With proper care and treat-
ment many individuals learn to
cope or recover from a mental ill-
ness or emotional disorder.
How to cope day-to-day
Accept your feelings: Despite the
different symptoms and types
of mental illnesses,
many families who
have a loved one
with mental illness, C
share similar experi-
ences. You may find
yourself denying the w
warning signs worry-
ing what other people
will think because of A
the stigma, or wonder-
ing what caused your
loved one to become ill. Accept that
these feelings are normal and com-
mon among families going through
similar situations. Find out all you
can about your loved one's illness
by reading and talking with mental
health professionals. Share what
you have learned with others.
Establish a Support Network
Whenever possible, seek support
from friends and family members.
If you feel you cannot discuss your
situation with friends or other fami-
i I

ly members, find a self-help or sup-
port group. These groups provide
an opportunity for you to talk to
other people who are experiencing
the same type of problems. They
can listen and offer valuable advice.
Seeking counseling
Therapy can be beneficial for
both the individual with mental ill-
ness and other family members. A
mental health professional can sug-



gest ways to cope and
better understand your
loved one's illness.
When looking for a
therapist, be patient
and talk to a few pro-
fessionals so you can
choose the person that
is right for you and
your family. It may
take time until you
are comfortable, but

in the long run you will be glad
you sought help.
Handling unusual behavior
The outward signs of a mental ill-
ness are often behavioral. A person
may be extremely quiet or with-
drawn. Conversely he or she may
burst into tears, have great anxiety
or have outburst of anger.
Even after treatment has started,
some individuals with a mental ill-
ness can exhibit anti-social behav-
iors. When in public, these behav-
iors can be disruptive and difficult

to accept The next time you and
your family member visit your doc-
tor or mental health professional,
discuss these behaviors and develop
a strategy for coping.
Your family member's behavior
may be as dismaying to them as it is
to you- Ask questions, listen with
an open mind and be there to sup-
port them.
Taking time Out
It is common for the person with
the mental illness to become the
focus of family life. When this hap-
pens, other members of the family
may feel ignored or resentful. Some
may find it difficult to pursue their
own interests.
If you are the caregiver, you need
some time for yourself. Schedule
time away to prevent becoming
frustrated or angry, if you schedule
time for yourself it will help you to
keep things in perspective and you
may have more patience and com-
passion for coping or helping your
loved one. Being physically and
emotionally healthy helps you to
help others.
"Many families who have a love
one with mental illness share simi-
lar experiences."
It is important to remember that
there is hope for recovery and that
with treatment many people with
mental illness return to a productive
and fulfilling life.

Are You Aging to Fast?

How can you tell if your body is
aging too fast? Aside from the com-
mon telltale signs of aging such as
the appearance of wrinkles, age
spots and crow's feet, there are sev-
eral other warning signs that you
need to be aware of if you want to
live a longer and healthier life. Here
are some of them:
Red Eyes
If you usually have red eyes, it
- may be an indication that you are
suffering from something far more
serious than just a case of seasonal
allergies. For all you know, it may
be already be a symptom of arthri-
tis. Studies show that early detec-
tion and treatment would yield bet-
ter long term results so make sure
you consult your doctor at the first
sign of the disease.
In addition you should also start
on an alkaline diet to reduce inflam-
mation, pain and swelling of the

joints. For best results, consider may lead to, excessive daytime
including the following foods into fatigue and sleepiness, obesity, liver
your daily diet: problems, high blood pressure,
Fruits rich in vitamin C such as heart attack and strokes.
blackberries, strawberries and can- Loss of Smell
taloupes. You may not think about it but
Fibrous vegetables that are rich losing your sense of smell can be an
in beta-carotene including carrots, early indication of some serious
squash and sweet potatoes medical conditions such as
Green leafy vegetables such as
cabbage, broccoli and Spanish Caring for the Ca
Nuts, especially walnuts and
almonds The Community Hospice ofI
Cotton Mouth Caregiver" Workshop, is Saturday,
Do you usually wake up with a for the Caregiver" is a workshop
dry and uncomfortable feeling in opportunity to connect with profes:
your mouth? If you do, you may be will support them in their caregiving
suffering from sleep apnea, a sleep givers and listen to professional sl
disorder that causes you to stop caregiving topics. Attendees will e
breathing for a few seconds to a few lunch and have a chance to win c
minutes while you sleep. For some complimentary respite care for you
people, these breathing pauses may July 26th. The Ramada Inn Mand
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hour. If left untreated, this condition or visit

Alzheimer's disease and
Parkinson's disease. Both of these
conditions can severely affect your
quality of life so consult your doc-
tor at the first sign of trouble.
Hairless Feet and Toes
Don't take this lightly for it can
already be a sign of vascular dis-
ease, a condition that may increase
your risk for heart attacks, and
strokes. If you don't have any hair
on your feet and toes, this may
...mean that there, is significant
obstruction to the blood flow to
your lower extremities resulting in
the death of the blood vessels under
the skin. So, what should you do
about it? Consult your doctor, eat, a
healthy diet and adopt a regular
exercise routine. It's the only way
to stop the disease in its tracks. *
You have the power to control
how your body ages so make sure
you live a healthy and active
lifestyle. Remember it's a choice
that only you can make.

Lregiver Workshop
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August 3rd. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Caring
p where family caregivers have an
sionals and caregiving resources that
ig journey, network with fellow care-
>eakers who will discuss a variety of
mjoy a complimentary breakfast and
door prizes. To register and request
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Special Events Mark 50th Anniversary

of the March on Washington
The King Center and the 50th Anniversary Coalition are calling on
people and organizations across America to help culminate the 50th
anniversary of The March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech with "Let Freedom Ring" bell-ringing
events at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on August 28th, a half-cen-
tury to the minute after Dr. King delivered his historic address. In other
nations, there will be bell-ringing ceremonies at 3:00 p.m. in their
respective time zones.
"We are calling on people across America and throughout the world
to join with us as we pause to mark the 50th anniversary of my father's
'I Have a Dream' speech with 'Let Freedom Ring' bell-ringing events
and programs that affirm the unity of people of all races, religions and
nations," said King Center C.E.O. Bernice A. King. "My father con-
cluded his great speech with a call to 'Let freedom ring,' and that is a
challenge we will meet with a magnificent display of brotherhood and
sisterhood in symbolic bell-ringing at places of worship, schools and
other venues where bells are available from coast to coast and conti-
nent to continent."
Local groups are encouraged to present diverse commemorative pro-
grams, which bring people together across cultural and political lines
to celebrate the common humanity in creative and uplifting ways in the
spirit of the dream. Ms. King especially urges that all of the programs
involve children and young people, since children are mentioned in
several passages of her father's "I Have a Dream" speech.
There will be a "Let Freedom Ring" Commemoration & Call to
Action" on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on August 28th. The
program begins with an interfaith service from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Tidal Basin, followed
by the "Let Freedom Ring" Commemoration and Call to Action at the
nearby Lincoln Memorial from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. that includes the
bell-ringing ceremony at 3:00 p.m.
Groups are already planning bell-ringing events in places as diverse
as Concord, New Hampshire; Allentown PA; Lutry, Switzerland; and
Tokyo, Japan. Governors of the 50 states have been asked to support
the bell-ringing, and many have already responded enthusiastically,
with more expected to join the effort. The King Center requests that all
groups planning programs submit a brief description of your 50th
anniversary 'Let Freedom Ring' bell-ringing event to website@thek-
"Let Freedom Ring" will conclude seven-days of events commemo-
rating the March on Washington and Dr. King's Dream speech. For the
millions who can't come to Washington, D.C. for the seven-day pro-
gram, the local 'Let Freedom Ring' programs will provide a unique
opportunity to get involved in a poignant nation-wide and global day
of unity in their respective home towns.
For more information about the 50th Anniversary of the I Have A
Dream speech, please contact The King Center (Atlanta, GA) at 404-
526-8944, or visit the website www.mlk-

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Ritz Jamm Presents (MOSH). For more details visit
Jakiem Joyner

The Ritz welcomes jazz saxophon-
ist Jackiem Joyner. The renowned
chart-topping contemporary jazz
artist and producer will be perform-
ing Saturday, August 3rd for two
shows 7 and 10 pm. The Ritz is
located at 829 N. Davis St. For
more details call 632-5555 or visit

Jacksonville Giants
Hold Try-outs
It's your chance to become a part
of the A.B.A.'s top team in
Jacksonville. If you think you can
ball with the Jacksonville Giants
come to their free agent camp,
Saturday, August 3rd from 10
a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harvest Dome
Gym, 12335 Atlantic Blvd. For
more information and application
call 355-6531.

Fish Fry at Durkeville
Durkeeville Historical Society is
having a Fish Fry, Saturday, August.
3rd at the DHS Center, 1293 W.
19th St. The fish fry takes place
from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more
details visit www.durkeevillehistor- or call 598-9567.

Free Museums
This Weekend
Bank ofAmerica 's Museums on Us
is offering free admission August
3rd and 4th, (and the first full
weekend of each month in 2013) to
Bank of America and Merrill Lynch
cardholders at Museum of
Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the
Museum of Science and History

Prince Hall School
Supply Giveaway
The Jacksonville Area Prince Hall
Affiliated Masonic Family
announce their annual "Back to
School Bash" Saturday, August
3rd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 410
Broad St. Free haircuts, health
screenings, clowns, bouncy houses,
seminars and blood mobile will be
on the premises. For more details
call Chief 0. Martin at 613-2573.

Jax NAACP August
Membership Meeting
The Jacksonville Branch NAACP
will meet Thursday, August 8th, at
7 p.m. at 1725 Oakhurst Avenue.
Fore more information call 764-
7548 or visit

Jaguar Preseason
Attend the Jacksonville Jaguars vs.
Miami Dolphins Pre-Season Game
Friday, August 9th at EverBank
Field, 1 Everbank Field Drive. For
more information visit or call 633.6100.

Upcoming Back
to school events:
Free clothing, school supplies, stu-
dent parent empowerment dinner
and a clothing event Friday,
August 9th at Matthew Gilbert
Middle School, 1424 Franklin St at
5 p.m. For more details call 354-
5295. Next is the Back to School
Jam & Health Fair, Saturday,
August 10th, 10 1 p.m. Over
1,000 backpacks and school sup-

plies will be distributed. Live phys-
icals, health exams and Baptist
Health will be on the premises.
Retrieve the backpacks at
Metropolitan Park.

Downtown Office Party
The Inaugural 'Downtown Office
Party' takes place Friday, August
9th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in
Hemming Plaza. Come network
and enjoy the downtown atmos-
phere, food trucks, merchandise,
vendors and downtown retailers.
For more information visit or call 630-CITY.

Flagler NAACP
Golf Tournament

The Flagler County NAACP will
sponsor the 12th Annual Jacqueline
A. Browne Memorial Golf tourna-
ment Saturday, August 10th at Pine
Course of the Grand Club, 400 Pine
Lakes Parkway. Registration begins
at 7 a.m. For more information call
Harry Davis at 386-437-5082.

3 Divas and a Guy
Named Darryl on Stage
Stage Aurora presents "3 Divas
and a Guy Named Darryl," a lavish
musical evening hosted by Angela
Robinson of Tyler Perry's The
Haves and the Have Nots featuring
Darryl Reuben Hall. The produc-
tion will take place, August 10th at
7 p.m. at the Stage Aurora
Performance Hall, 5188 Norwood
Avenue (Inside Gateway Town
Center). For more information call
the Stage Aurora Box office at 765-
7372 or visit

Ritz Sound & Vocal
Performers Audition
RSVP is the combined musical
force of the Ritz Voices youth choir
and the Ritz Sound instrumental
ensemble. It brings together youth
as they discover the power of
singing learning and playing music
together. Auditions are open for
youth's ages 12 18, Tuesday,
August 13th, 6-8 p.m. The Ritz is
located at 829 N. Davis St. For
more details call 632-5555.

Ritz Amateur Night
Audition Dates
The Ritz is currently auditioning
acts to compete on the September
and October shows. All auditions
times are from 5:00-6:15 p.m.,
Thursday, August 15th and
Thursday, September 12th The
Ritz is located at 829 N. Davis St.
For more details call 632-5555 or

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.

Rights Restoration
The Florida Rights Restoration
Coalition invite the public to attend
the 2013 Annual Convening in
Orlando, August 16 17. This two
day conference will address the
recent legislative changes concern-
ing voting practices and voter regis-
tration in Florida and address the
steps that we can take to improve
our democracy by restoring voting
rights for people with past felony
convictions. For more information
visit or call

15th Annual Toast
to the Animals
The Jacksonville Human Society
will present a night of tag wailing
fun, Friday, August 16th, 6 10
p.m., Come raise your glass for a
Purr-fect cause! Enjoy food, fun
and an auction at the Hyatt
Riverfront, 225 E Coastline Dr. For
more information call 725.8766 or

Ax Handle Sunday
Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. WILL pres-
ent Ax Handle Saturday, August
27th at 7 p.m. at the Stage Aurora
Performance, 5188 Norwood
Avenue. Hurst will speak about his
personal account of the 1960 sit-in
demonstrations in Jacksonville.
Admission is free. For more details
call 765-7372.

American Idol
Fantasia in Concert
Next Level, Inc. presents
Fantasia's "Side Effects Of You
Tour" Thursday, August 29th at 8
p.m. See American Idol Fantasia at
the Florida Theater 128 E. Forsyth
St. For more information visit or call the
box office at 353-3251

"Sanctified Theft" Play
Comes to the Ritz
Is doing wrong ever the right thing?
Pastor Thomas, a loving husband
and father is faced with a decision
that will put his Faith and his fami-
ly to the ultimate test. When doing
the wrong thing for the right reason,
God forgives all...right? Come see
the play "sanctified Theft, Saturday,
August 31st at 7:30 p.m. The Ritz is
located at 829 N. Davis St. For
more details call 632-5555 or visit

Golf "Tournament of
Unity" Fundraiser
For the love of the game, join NCI
on the green Saturday, August 31st,
for the 8th Annual Northside
Community Involvement
"Tournament of Unity" Fundraiser
at the World Golf Village in historic
St. Augustine, Florida. For more
info email or
call 302-0772.

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

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 of St. Johns, Florida.
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Bravo to Premiere Reality Series 'The New Atlanta'

Bravo introduces a new set of
Georgia residents this fall with the
launch of "The New Atlanta," the
cable network's fifth series set in
the southern capital.
Originally titled "Taking
Atlanta," the series is more along
the lines of MTV's "The Real
World," simply following six
strangers Alexandra Dilworth,
Emily Lipman, Africa Miranda,
Tribble Reese and Jevon "Vawn"
Sims, each of whom is busy in var-
ious professions but finds common
ground in the city's social scene.
Atlanta is mecca," Bravo Media
senior vp of current production
Shari Levine tells The Hollywood
Reporter. "There is so much person-
ality to that city and the people real-
ly reflect that."
Levine says the casting process
wasn't that far off from the net-
work's "Real Housewives" fran-
chise. "You're looking for similar
qualities, people willing to be trans-
parent with interesting lives, but
we're targeting a different age
group and very different places in
their lives," she says. "Much of the
cast is 10 years younger, they're
single, they're active in -their
careers.". *
The younger set is something
Bravo has been going after more
and more. Levine compares "The
New Atlanta" to recent successes
Vanderpump Rules and Shahs of
Sunset both of them filmed in
Los Angeles. Bravo wants to bring

that success to the ATL, a city
which has already been a ratings
boon to the network.
Over the course of season one,
the New Atlanta will follow five of
the city's trailblazers as they strive
to achieve their dreams, search for
love, and find resolutions to heart-
breaks from the past. Fighting their
way to the top, each hopes to make

their mark in the cutthroat indus-
tries of fashion, music, event plan-
ning and business while taking
advantage of Atlanta's hot social
So who are these movers-and-
shakers? Meet the cast of the show
Africa Miranda: A triple threat-
actress, singer and model-Africa

Miranda is turning heads in Atlanta.
Co-creator of the live concept show
"The Lipstick Junkies" and the face
of several international hair cam-
paigns, her sultry voice and lovely
locks have put her front and center
in Atlanta's entertainment industry.
Alexandra Dilworth: A recent
college grad, Alexandra is seen and
heard in Atlanta's hot Electronic
Dance Music scene. She is a self-
proclaimed "daddy's girl" on the
look-out for a husband who will be
able to accommodate her current
luxurious lifestyle.
Emily Lipmanz: Emily has the
looks of the girl next door, but is a
force to be reckoned with on her
hunt for love. A successful boutique
owner, she has quickly emerged as
a new leader in Atlanta's growing
fashion industry.
Jevon "Vawn" Sims: Vawn is
known in Atlanta's bustling music
industry as the "Go-to-Guy" for
artist development and discovering
new raw talent. Now writing a book
promoting his theories on love and
romance, this "bad boy" with "good
boy" qualities talks about relation-
ships like never before. His tell-it-
like-it-is attitude is one that you will
either love or hate.
Tribble Reese: A partner in. an
event promotion company, Tribble
always has the scoop on the hottest
parties in town. An up-and-comer in
Atlanta's entertainment industry,
this former arena football quarter-
back knows what it takes to score
on the field but is also looking for a
touchdown in love.
"The Real Housewives of
Atlanta" and "Married to
Medicine" gave the network its
highest rating ever back in April.
"Atlanta last season was just

Denzel Returning to Broadway __
Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway -
but he won't be singing. fk
Standing with his wife, Pauletta Pearson. on the red
carpet Monday at the premiere his new movie, "2 .
Guns," the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor said he's -
set to appear in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "'A
Raisin in the Sun."
"We start previews in March," he said.
Washington then explained his motivation for
returning to the stage.
"I'm trying to keep up with my wife. My wife has
been doing a lot more theater than me," he said as Pearson smiled.
Washington said they were heading to North Carolina for the National
Black Theatre Festival, where Pearson is starring in the award-winning
"Power Play."
"I'm looking forward to one day singing," Washington said playfully to
Pearson's amusement. "See, I just wanted to get something out of her. She
knows I can't sing. But she can sing."
As they walked away, the 58-year-old actor continued: "I can sing. I can
sing ... in the shower."

Kelly Rowland is the New Face of Jaguar
It looks like the strug-
gles in which Kelly
Rowland sings about
in ballad/!musical con-
fessional "Dirty
eLaundry" are long
gone. The music video

debuted on Monday,
July 22nd and Ms.
Kelly is seen crying
through much of the
video as she confesses
to being jealous of
"sister" Beyonce's success and abuse from a former boyfriend. However,
the rough patch seems to be over and everything is coming up roses for
Kelly has just landed an exciting new gig as the new brand ambassador
of luxury car company, Jaguar. The singer was spotted in Miami on set of
a commercial for the British car company. In addition to being the face of

Rev Al: Yes, She's My Girlfriend

Rev. Al Sharpton and Aisha McShaw
Rev. Al Sharpton, the 58-year old 35-year-old stylist from
civil rights icon who marched with Westchester, New York. The two
Martin Luther King, Jr, says that he have been seen together arm-and-
is in fact dating Aisha McShaw, a arm at various recent events. Most

recently, the two were spotted at the
Black-Tie White House
Correspondents Dinner.
This is the first relationship that
Sharpton has made public since he
separated from his wife, Kathy Lee
Jordan, in 2004 after 24 years of
marriage. Although legally separat-
ed, the two have not yet officially
divorced. They also have two adult
daughters together, Dominique and
Sharpton is planning to release a
new memoir in October 2013 called
The Rejected Stone. His publicist
says that the book chronicles his
evolution from street activist to
elder civil rights statesman. She
said it also includes revelations
about Sharpton's private life includ-
ing "dating younger and older
In a recently made comment to
The Daily News, Sharpton said,
"Don't I have a right to date when
my marriage has been over for a

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Arsenio Hall Ready for Comeback
fArsenio Hall is eager to get back in the late-night
television talk show game, minus the big hair and
shoulder pads that marked his initial foray nearly
20 years ago.
Joking to the Television Critics Association on
Monday that he's "been away making turkey
bacon," Hall said the challenges are much bigger
Snow than when he was a pop-culture tastemaker on
his old show that ran from 1989-94.
WIIIW ~Back then, there were fewer channels and Johnny
Carson was the dominant late-night host on "The Tonight Show."
"It's a huge challenge this time to bring people to the television," Hall
said. "Your biggest fan doesn't watch you every night. You hope to get
a guy three nights to check you out, the other nights they'll be catching
someone else."
He offered few details on the format and style of the new "Arsenio
Hall Show" other than the old theme song is coming back with a new
bit of music that Hall wrote added to it.
...,HalL said,'no guests have .yet been -booked tfo-the syldiamai i6' -i6V-
debuting Sept. 9. More than 200 outlets have signed up to carry it.
Soon-to-be rivals Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel have reached out to
Hall.Leno offered the phone numbers of the best writers on his staff
who were forced out during layoffs, while Kimmel %%rote a check to
support Hall's charity when he won "Celebrity Apprentice" last year.
"Maybe they're setting me up to knock me out." he said, "but the bot-
tom line is everybody is being real nice to me."


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Genius in the Midst: 4 Year Old Invited to Join Mensa

-1 year-old girl from
.' i New Orleans. Like
other children, Anala
has vocational aspira-
S* tions-she wants to
become a nurse-and
enjoys playing with
i,'. her big sister. What
makes her different
than other preschool-
ers, ,is her IQ.
She is a whiz when
it comes to reciting
U.S. capitals and the
names of global coun-
tries too, just a few
examples of her apti-
Her mother Sabrina
4 year old genius Angela Beevers. Beevers first noted her
by Alicia Maule, TG exceptional mind when Anala aced
If you saw her %%alkim.g down the the alphabet at four-months-old,
street, you'd think Anala Beevers and later learned numbers in both
was just an ordinary, adorable four- Spanish and English at 18 months.

Anala's IQ is over 145, earning
her an invitation to join the selec-
tive society, Mensa. Most
"Mensans" score in the top two per-
cent of the population for their IQs
- however, Anala's performance
placed her in the top one percent.
Mensa was founded in 1946 by
Roland Berrill, a lawyer, and Dr.
Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer,
who wanted to form a society in
which membership was determined
solely by a person's IQ. Other fac-
tors such as "race, color, creed,
national original, age, politics, edu-
cational or social background are
irrelevant," according to the Mensa
With that said, Anala's IQ is
remarkable for any person, but
especially for a child. She is just
two years shy of the record breaker,
Emmelyn Roettger, who was two
years old when she was asked to

join Mensa. According to, there are currently
2,800 members under the age of 18,
but the majority of Mensans range
inage from 20 to 100. To date, there
are about 110,000 total members
from 100 countries worldwide.
When asked Anala how smart
she is, her response was "very
smart." Her parents would agree
and admit she is smarter than they
are. "She keeps us on our toes...
She is a handful," her father Landon
Beevers said.
"She corrects our grammar,"
Sabrina added.
"She needs a reality show,"
Landon insists.
Despite the IQ difference, Anala
is still the baby of her family. For
now, she seems poised to enjoy a
fruitful childhood without the
megalomania of the reality show

Harry Belafonte Joins 'Stand Your Ground' Protest In Florida Capitol

Continued from fron
to these developments,
Agnew said. Overnight pro-
testors sleep on sheets,
because the Capitol will not
permit sleeping bags or air
mattresses to be used.
Agnew counted nearly 150
overnight protesters one
evening. The group also has
thousands of followers on
social media.
Over the weekend, a
Capitol staffer reportedly
tried to bring food for protes-
tors (who are cut off from the
public outside business
hours), but the staffer felt
intimidated by authorities and
never made it through.
This prompted reports that
Gov. Scott was attempting to
starve the protesters into sub-
mission, reports denied by
Yet, when the Capitol

reopened to the public on
Monday, the activists were
able to bring food in. They
will restock with enough food
for weekend hours to avoid
any future confrontations.
Drafting "Trayvon's Law"
Those camped inside the
Capitol intend to hold their
own week-long session in the
hallways of the Senate cham-
bers to draft "Trayvon's
Law," legislation they feel

will help redress the per-
ceived social injustices high-
lighted by the verdict.
Trayvon's Law has three
pillars. First, is the repeal of
Stand Your Ground laws in
Florida, which sanction the
use of deadly force against a
possibly deadly threat with-
out the obligation to retreat.
Second, is an end to racial
profiling by police coupled
with preventative training and

disciplinary procedures that
curtail it.
The third pillar would end
Florida's zero-tolerance
school policing policy. The
Dream Defenders say these
school policing standards
contribute to what activists
call the "school to prison
pipeline," a phenomenon
whereby young people of
color find themselves more
quickly and easily incarcerat-

ed than others.
According to the Sun
Sentinel, Florida leads in
more school-based arrests
than any other state. The
Florida Department of
Juvenile Justice reported that
more than 12,000 Florida stu-
dents were arrested approxi-
mately 14,000 times last year
in public schools. Although
black students comprise 23
percent of Florida's school
population, they make up 47
percent of arrests.
The Dream Defenders' ses-
sion will host community
experts and testimonies from
young people who have been
most affected by these issues.
Travyon's Law versus
the Trayvon Martin Act
Their efforts do not dovetail
with those of the Trayvon
Martin Foundation, which is
calling for legislatures to

implement the Trayvon
Martin Act.
Tracy Martin, Trayvon's
father, advocated for this act
in before the Congressional
Black Caucus at a hearing last
week to address the state of
black men in America. The
act would amend states' Stand
Your Ground laws, making it
illegal for people who initiat-
ed aggression to act in self-
Conversely, Trayvon's Law
advocates for a full repeal of
Stand Your Ground, not a
revision of the law.
"We need an aggressive
stance against Stand Your
Ground, otherwise we would
be dishonest with ourselves,"
said Agnew. "If we come out
advocating for reform, we get
no movement. It results in a
bad deal with devastating
consequences for our youth."

125 Year Old
HBCU is Closed


St. Paul's College, established in -cg
1888 in Lawrenceville, Va., l -
closed on June 30 after 125 years.
In 2011, St Paul's executed
budget cuts to some of its aca-
demic programs and student life
activities as part of an ongoing e
effort to ease some of the school's
financial burden. This also includ-
ed the closing of the school's
intercollegiate athletic program
that had originally housed 14 ath-
letic teams.
During a two-year probation, the private college struggled, but
couldn't fix what accreditors found lacking at the institution that large-
ly serves low-income, first-generation students. With continuing
budget cuts, enrollment had fallen to below 100 from an original
enrollment of more than 600, reported.
In June 2012, the commission terminated the 125-year old college
accreditation, but it was later restored and put on probation after a fed-
eral court ruling he following August.

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