On t4e Run
Finalize 50th .
Judge Overturns New York's
Controversial Stop and Frisk Law
The nation's largest police department illegally and systematically
singled out large numbers of blacks and Hispanics under its controver-
sial stop-and-frisk policy, a federal judge ruled this week while
appointing an independent monitor to oversee major changes, includ-
ing body cameras on some officers.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would appeal the ruling, which
was a policy he and the New York Police Department have defended as
a life-saving, crime-fighting tool that helped lead the city to historic
Stop-and-frisk has been around for decades in some form, but record-
ed stops increased dramatically under the Bloomberg administration to
an all-time high in 2011 of 684,330, mostly of black and Hispanic men.
The lawsuit was filed in 2004 by four men, all minorities, and became
a class-action case.
About half the people who are stopped are subject only to question-
ing. Others have their bag or backpack searched, and sometimes police
conduct a full pat-down. Only 10 percent of all stops result in arrest,
and a weapon is recovered a small fraction of the time.
Four African-American Among
Medal of Freedom Honorees
President Barack Obama will award 16 recipients with the
Presidential Medal Of Freedom. Of that number, four African-
Americans have been selected as well,
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, civil rights leader Cordy Tindell "C.T."
Vivian, late Martin Luther King. Jr. adviser Bayard Rustin, and
Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks will be awarded with the medals. The
group joins a distinguished list of past \ winners such as Jackie
Robinson, Sidney Poitier, Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou. and
Dorothy Height among others.
Similar to the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal Of
Freedom is the highest award given to civilians in the United States.
The medal serves to recognize the significant cultural achievements by
the award winners, spanning areas of arts, entertainment, world peace
endeavors, human rights and other arenas.
During several instances during his term, President Obama has
awarded the honor to public figures such as Stephen Hawking, Harvey
Milk, Warren Buffet and also George H.W. Bush. According to the
Senate website, this will be the sixth such ceremony for Mr. Obama.
Rick Scott Demands
Apology from Jesse Jackson
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has demanded an
apology from longtime civil rights activist Jesse Jackson for comparing
the state's struggle with the Trayvon Martin case to the civil rights
clashes with police during the 1960s in Selma, Ala.
Jackson joined the protest last week and during his remarks called the
environment in Florida "toxic." He linked Scott to former Alabama
Gov. George Wallace by pointing out that Southern governors have
"changed their minds" about their stances on civil rights. While he was
governor, Wallace stood in the door at the University of Alabama to try
to block the entry of two black students.
In his remarks Jackson said the protest would continue to mount
because "this is the Selma of our time."
Scott in a release blasted Jackson's comments as "reckless" and "divi-
sive" and said that he should apologize to residents.
"It is unfortunate that he would come to Florida to insult Floridians
and divide our state at a time when we are striving for unity and heal-
ing," Scott said.
Scott also criticized Jackson for labeling Florida an "apartheid state"
although Jackson made that comment previously and not while he was
MLK Memorial May Not Be Ready
For March On Washington
Work to refinish part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial where
a disputed inscription was recently removed may not be done until after
the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Executive architect Ed Jackson Jr. said that a disagreement arose over
the past 10 days over how to sandblast and refinish the stone where an
inscription was recently chiseled away.
The side of the memorial's "Stone of Hope" has been left unfinished
because the main contractor, Worcester Eisenbrandt Inc. of Baltimore,
doesn't have insurance to complete the sandblasting with steel pellets,
the way it was originally created, Jackson said.
There are color differences now where words were removed, and a
slight yellow stain was left on the stone when workers tried an alter-
nate process using walnut shells to blast the stone.
Sculptor Lei Yixin, who created the memorial, traveled from China to
do the corrective work and plans to return home Aug. 20.
Lei said that sandblasting was always a crucial piece of the project,
and he did not know how it was left out of the original contract.
"All we have done is kind of physical damage to the sculpture because
we chiseled the inscription out," Lei said. "The sandblasting is a way
to restore the damaged surface to make those damaged surfaces look
uniform with the rest of it."
LO0RIDA'S IIRSI COASI QLALIIY BLACK WEEKLY
Volume 26 No. 43 Jacksonville, Florida August 15-21, 2013
New Sentencing Guidelines Will Transform Prison Populations
sixty-five percent of America's
prison populations mostly for non
violent and drug related crimes.
Attorney General Eric Holder is
seeking to lower those statistics by
his announcement this week that
the Justice Department will avoid
charging certain low-level and non-
violent drug offenders with crimes
that carry mandatory minimums.
The policy shift will allow, certain
defendants -- those without ties to
large-scale organizations, gangs or
cartels -- to avoid what Holder
called "draconian mandatory mini-
He also announced the Justice
Department is giving U.S. attorneys
throughout the country a greater
amount of prosecutorial discretion.
"Some issues are best handled at
the state or local level," Holder will
say, according to prepared remarks
provided by the Justice
Department. "And that's why I have
directed the United States Attorney
community to develop specific,
locally-tailored guidelines -- con-
sistent with our national priorities -
- for determining when federal
charges continued on page 3
Students Well Prepared to Go Back to School in Duval
w A I a IF
First Baptist Church of Oakland Pastor Torin Dailey with DCPS stu-
dents Sheniqua and Janayah Jones at the sixth annual Back to School
Festival at the Fairgrounds. Over
participated in the days activities.
By Lynn Jones
This past weekend all over
Jacksonville it was a back to school
frenzy as organizations across the
first coast armed students with the
tools for success. First Baptist
Church of Oakland was among the
area's drive hosts with their Annual
Back To School Festival and Jam
at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds.
Over 20,000 students from
around Duval County stood in long
lines in the sweltering heat to enter
the Expo Hall to receive backpacks
and school supplies. Over the past
six years, the annual event has
grown to include many sponsors
and supporters. Participating stu-
dents had access to free physical,
entertainment, vision screenings,
physical exams, adult heart health
screenings, health counseling, asth-
ma education information, CPR
training, haircuts, fashion show,
entertainment, and performances
by Andrew Jackson High School
20,000 students were on hand to
Over on the eastside, Nehemiah
Family Life Center was the head-
quarters for the "Take it to the
Community and Stop the Violence"
rally. JSO stopped by and taught a
self defense class to teach the elder-
ly and students how to protect
The, Canterbury Garden apart-
ment complex on the Westside was
the location for a back to school
give-a-way hosted by the Phat
Ryders Motorcycle Club and
Hurting Families with Children and
Crime. Phat Ryders, an all female
motorcycle club, has been commit-
ted to giving back to the communi-
ty marking their 9th back-to-school
supply giveaway. Phat Ryders MC
President and Founder, Trice Willis
was proud of the clubs accomplish-
ments, "each year we are so excited
to make a difference in the commu-
nity. So many kids go to school and
don't have supplies and we want to
make sure parents have support,"
Ja'Tara Pryor handing supplies to Kalaylah Williams at the PHAT
Ryders School Drive give-a-way at the Canterbury Gardens
Apartment Complex. This is the ninth year of the event.
Paint the Paws Blends Teen
Volunteerism with Team Spirit
Dream Defenders Launching Voting Drive to Oust Scott
The Dream Defenders, a group of
young activists who have been
protesting the Stand Your Ground
law in Florida for the past month,
have announced a massive drive to
register 61,550 voters by 2014.
That number is the amount of
votes Florida Gov. Rick Scott won
by in the 2010 election. The organ-
ization plans to enlist students on
Florida campuses to push the move-
ment forward. Their drive will be
focusing on issues, not candidates
or political affiliations.
"We intend to register the people
that are forgotten the Black, the
brown, the indigent, the poor, the
LGBT community and we will
meet them where they are, in the
classrooms, in the mall, at the club,
on the corner, at the bus stop," said
the Dream Defenders Executive
Director Philip Agnew at a press
conference Thursday, according to
Tampa Bay Times.
Agnew added that there is a need
to "build power" so that "when the
time comes again for us to move on
issues like the school-to-prison
pipeline, like racial profiling, like
Stand Your Ground, we don't have
to sit on the floor again."
The Dream Defenders began
organizing against the Stand Your
Ground law after George
Zimmerman was acquitted of sec-
ond-degree murder charges in the
killing of Trayvon Martin. Hip hop
artist Talib Kweli joined the protest-
ers Thursday and in the past weeks,
Harry Belafonte and Rev. Jesse
Jackson have stood with them as
Last Friday, Rep. Matt Gaetz told
the Tampa Bay Times that he does-
n't "support changing one damn
comma of the Stand Your Ground
law," in response to news that
Florida House Speaker Will
Weatherford ordered hearings this
fall for the controversial law. He
added, "It would be reactionary and
dangerous to make Floridians less
safe to pacify uninformed protest-
Three days into their protest, the
group met with Gov. Rick Scott,
who did not allow them the special
legislative session they are demand-
ing to repeal the law. Scott told
them he agreed with the state's Task
Force on Citizen Safety and
Protection that backed the Stand
Your Ground law in February.
But Agnew said the students will
remain camped out until they
receive their request. "As long as it
takes. I think a lot of us would love
to see what 40 days and 40 nights
feels like," he said.
For the 3rd straight year, the Gamma Rho Omega B.R.A.T.S. (Brilliant,
Responsible, Alert, Talented, Scholars), their youth volunteer organization,
have helped to Paint the 253 paws along Bay Street leading to Everbank
Stadium. Shown above is Kahtya Henderson setting the example for her
younger cohorts. Photo by T Austin.
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Student Loan Debt Reduces Lifetime Wealth
by Charlene Cromwell
A new research report on Amer-
ica's still-growing student loan debt
found that its financial effects can
last a lifetime. According to Demos,
a national, nonpartisan public policy
organization, 39 million Americans
have used student loans to fund col-
lege education. An education debt of
$53,000 will lead to a $208,000 life-
time loss of wealth. If current stu-
dent borrowing trends continue,
student debt will reach $2 trillion by
2025. Additionally, a $1 trillion in
outstanding student debt will lead to
a total lifetime loss of $4 trillion for
"Though a college education re-
mains the surest path to a middle-
class life, evidence has begun to
mount that student debt may be far
more detrimental to financial futures
than once thought, particularly for
those with the highest levels of debt:
students of color and students from
low-income families," states the re-
port titled, At What Cost: How Stu-
dent Debt Reduces Lifetime Wealth.
Lost lifetime wealth, according to
the report, will reduce two-thirds of
retirement savings by $134,000 with
the remaining third being lost from
lower accumulations in home equity.
Demos attributes these wealth losses
to loan repayments and the amount of
time required for repay them in full
have on savings and delays in buying
a first home.
Further, the report warns of the
risks that spiraling student loan debt
has on the nation's economy.
"Student debt's financial impact
Have You Fallen Victim
to Debt Collectors?
or -repeatedly use
the phone to annoy
may not lie when
they are trying to
collect a debt. For
example, they may
-falsely claim that
they are attorneys or
-falsely claim that
you have committed
that they operate or work for a credit
-misrepresent the amount you
-indicate that papers they send you
are legal forms if they aren't; or
-indicate that papers they send to
you aren't legal forms if they are.
Debt collectors also are prohib-
ited from saying that:
-you will be arrested if you don't
pay your debt;
-they'll seize, garnish, attach, or
sell your property or wages unless
they are permitted by law to take the
action and intend to do so; or
-legal action will be taken against
you, if doing so would be illegal or if
they don't intend to take the action.J,
Debt collectors may not:
-give faise credit information
about you to anyone, including a
credit reporting company;
-send you anything that looks like
an official document from a court or
government agency if it isn't; or
-use a false company name.
Unfair practices. Debt collectors
may not engage in unfair practices
when they try to collect a debt. For
example, they may not:
-try to collect any interest, fee, or
other charge on top of the amount
you owe unless the contract that cre-
ated your debt or your state law
- allows the charge;
-deposit a post-dated check early;
-take or threaten to take your prop-
erty unless it can be done legally; or
-contact you by postcard.
For the first time ever, it is likely
that debt collectors and credit bu-
reaus may be subject to federal su-
The Consumer Financial Protec-
tion Bureau proposed a rule on
Thursday that would allow the organ-
ization to oversee the nation's largest
debt collectors and consumer report-
ing agencies, such as Equifax, Exper-
ian and TransUnion, who, until now,
have largely evaded federal scrutiny.
"Our proposed rule would mean
that those debt collectors and credit
reporting agencies that qualify as
larger participants are subject to the
same supervision process that we
apply to the banks," Richard Cor-
d#ay, the new director of the bureau,
said in a statement.
SThe CFPB estimated that under the
proposed rule, they would oversee
about 175 firms that account for
about 63 percent of the debt collected
from consumers each year.
The news comes in light of the fact
that for years, collection agencies
have been accused of targeting
In 2010, Allen Jones, a Black man
from Texas, was awarded a $1.5 mil-
lion settlement after a debt collector
allegedly left him racially charged
messages, including one in which the
collector told Jones to "go pick some
[expletive] cotton fields."
Additionally, debt buyers have
often failed to notify African-Ameri-
cans that they are being sued. Joanna
D., a single mother of Buffalo, New
York, for example, was sued by debt
buyers three times. In one lawsuit,
The Jacksonville Local Organizing
Committee of the Millions More
Movement Inc., a non-profit local or-
ganization, will 'Give-A-Way'
Clothes for school children only on
Saturday, August 17,2013. The loca-
tion is 916 N.Myrtle Avenue between
Kings Road and Beaver Street from
11:00 a.m. til 4:30 p.m.
If you have any questions or just
want to learn more about the Millions
More Movement, visit the website
www.com/jacksonvilleloc.org, or call
cial donations and other donations
The next Ask-A-Lawyer event will
be held Saturday, September 14th, 9
a.m. 12:00 p.m., at Florida State
College at Jacksonville (FSCJ)
downtown campus, 401 West State
Street, Rooms T140 and T141. 12-
15. Licensed, pro bono attorneys
will talk to individuals, one-to-one,
in 10-15 minute interviews to answer
legal questions and provide guid-
ance. For more details call 356-
8371, Ext. 363 or visit
though she is not married, the buyer
claimed to have served Joanna's hus-
band. In another, the buyer claimed
to have served her in person, describ-
ing her as white, though she is
African-American. In another, the
buyer claimed to serve her at a loca-
tion she has never lived. In response,
the buyers obtained automatic "de-
fault" judgments against her in all
three lawsuits, according to the non-
profit New Yorkers for Responsible
The new CFPB plan will seek to
eliminate cases, like these, of wrong-
doing. The power to oversee non-
banks was the main component of
the CFPB's new design and they
have already put some of their power
to use as hearings on payday lending
and plans to propose new rules for
mortgage services have already been
The proposal to oversee debt col-
lectors and reporting agencies now
enters a 60-day comment period. The
bureau expects to finalize the rule by
July, the two-year anniversary of the
According to the FTC, the follow-
ing are practices that are off-limits
for debt collectors:
Harassment. Debt collectors may
not harass, oppress, or abuse you
or any third parties they contact.
For example, they may not:
-use threats of violence or harm;
-publish a list of names of people
who refuse to pay their debts (but
they can give this information to the
credit reporting companies);
-use obscene or profane language;
won't just be felt by the nearly 39
million Americans who currently
have student loans. The drag of stu-
dent loans on indebted households'
purchasing power and ability to save
will slow an already-sluggish growth
for the entire U.S. economy," the re-
port stated. "If we wish to avoid this
fate, we need to take immediate ac-
tion to both reduce the burden of ex-
isting student debt and prevent future
debt from piling up even higher."
Other key findings show:
*Nearly 80 percent of Black stu-
dents in the class of 2008 graduated
with student debt averaging $28,692,
while student debt for White gradu-
ates occurred with 65.6 percent and
at a reduced debt load of $24,692;
*Approximately 75 percent of stu-
dents earning Bachelor's degrees
from families earning less than
$60,000 incurred debt; by compari-
son, students earning the same de-
gree from families earning more than
$100,000 incurred debt at a rate of 45
*Students enrolled in private for-
profit schools incurred the greatest
average debt at $33,050; followed by
private, non-profit schools with an
average of $27,650 in debt;
*The lowest student debt was in-
curred at public universities with an
average of $20,200.
Debbie Goldstein, executive vice-
president with the Center for Respon-
sible Lending said, "This rising
burden on American young people
impairs their ability to build wealth
through savings, homeownership or
other investments in their financial
future. The problem is particularly
serious for students of color and also
for those who attend for-profit col-
leges, which leave students with
much larger debts and a higher risk
Black Women in Good
Shape for Loan Approval
African-American women, who have long complained of the negative
impact of predatory lending, appear to be coveted candidates when it
comes to getting loans, according to a study by researchers at the Uni-
versity of Iowa.
The study, called "Status Effects in Lending Markets: The Importance
of Gender and Race," indicates that lenders perceive African-American
women as favorably as they do white males. Lenders, the report says,
are inclined to lend Black women sums equal to what they would lend
"The reason: African-American females are generally perceived as sin-
gle mothers who are industrious and hardwork-
ing," the report states.
The study is based on past re-
search suggesting that lend-
ing markets tend to work
against certain groups. "
"Evidence shows that s.
disparities in funding
outcomes are partially
due to the actions of '
lenders," Harkness said.
"I wanted to know what
lenders were picking up on."
The report's results are particularly
striking because Black women have long complained of being at the bot-
tom of the list of desirable prospects for lenders. Predatory lending and
discrimination have been the focus of years of complaints from Black
women and men on lending practices.
Harkness said she decided to test her theory by assembling hundreds
of undergraduate students and alumni from West Coast universities,
some of whom were in the banking or financial industries. Harkness then
gave the participants a hypothetical $1,000 and asked them to look at
fictional loan applications and determine how much money to loan. The
gender, race and education of applicants varied, but their financial profile
was the same.
The report indicated that education factored prominently into how
lenders viewed borrowers and thus their decision to lend. However, "It
didn't wipe out the impact of gender and race," Harkness said. She added
that some cultural stereotypes consistently influenced how much money
the study participants were willing to lend.
For example, African-American men were viewed as least competent
and received the least amount of funding, followed by white women.
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August 15-21, 2013
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I'm a Star's Student Leaders Stand Up for
Homeless Students with $20,000 Donation
N_______ IF i
Student leader Willie Moore MI presents a check for $20,000 to
Superintendent Vitti and School Board Chairman Fred Lee as I'm A
Star students look on.
Students in the I'm A Star I'm A Star's student leaders
Foundation proved that teenagers planned and implemented an ini-
CAN make a difference. In June tiative entitled "Jacksonville
the student leaders embarked on HELPS" to engage the entire city
their mission to bring awareness in their efforts. On July 27, 2013
and resources to the 1,900+ home- the teenagers hosted a telethon, a
less students in Duval County 5K walk/run and a celebrity bas-
Public Schools. ketball game to raise funds. A
New Justice Department Drug Sentencing Reforms
continued from front
Continedshould be filed, and
when they should not."
The "Smart On Crime" plan that
Holder is announcing intends to
lower the overall federal prison
population. As part of that measure,
Holder will announce, elderly pris-
oners who committed no violent
crimes and served a significant por-
tion of their sentences may be eligi-
ble for early release.
"Today, a vicious cycle of pover-
ty, criminality, and incarceration
traps too many Americans and
weakens too many communities,"
Holder will say. "However, many
aspects of our criminal justice sys-
tem may actually exacerbate this
problem, rather than alleviate it."
Under the drug policy, Holder
will say defendants would be
"charged with offenses for which
the accompanying sentences are
better suited to their individual con-
duct, rather than excessive prison
terms more appropriate for violent
criminals or drug kingpins."
"By reserving the most severe
penalties for serious, high-level, or'
violent drug traffickers, we can bet-
ter promote public safety, deter-
rence, and rehabilitation -- while
making our expenditures smarter
and more productive," Holder said.
Booker Wins New Jersey Primary for Senate
Cory Booker, a
Rising party star,
as their candi-
election to fill a U.S. Senate seat
Booker has drawn national atten-
tion for his efforts to improve
"Brick City" and his embrace of
Twitter as a form of civic engage-
ment. He is favored to replace
Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg,
who died in June at 89.
Steven M. Lonegan, the former
mayor of Bogota, N.J., won the
Republican party's nomination.
Because Democrats outnumber
Republicans in the Garden State,
the October general election is
expected to remain an uphill climb
for the GOP, despite the popularity
of Republican Gov. Chris Christie.
"It is safe to say that winning the
Democratic primary on Aug. 13 is
the entire game," wrote Jennifer
Duffy, a senior analyst for the non-
partisan Cook Political Report, in
an early assessment.
Booker, 44, voted early Tuesday
morning and then campaigned on
Twitter, where he has become well-
known among his 1.4 million fol-
lowers for personally answering
'Wish List' was sent to churches,
families, organizations and city
leaders. Last week, the students
presented a check for $20,000 and
a check for $15,500 in scholar-
ships to the Chairman of the Duval
County School Board and
Superintendent of Schools Nikoli
Students collected hundreds of
items from the Wish List to give
away to the school district and
homeless shelters. Betty Burney,
I'm A Star's founder, called this
event "a very proud moment" for
this city. Mayor Alvin Brown and
City Council President Bill
Gulliford were on hand to show
their support for the students'
efforts. Their next big project is
the 3rd Annual Let's Move
Jacksonville event which will get
Jacksonville eating healthy, stay-
ing fit and living strong!
For more information call the
I'm A Star Foundation 924-0756.
SIHSAND3 .0 Jguas s. olhn
her first federal
Hester Clark is
small does not
small. Clark is being recognized as
a speaker at the American Express
OPEN Summit for Success event.
The event, which will take place
on Tuesday, August 20,2013, at the
Grand Hyatt in Washington DC,
will be attended by an estimated
700 small business owners. The
summit will be an open forum ded-
icated to federal government con-
tracting. Clark will speak on the
topics, "How To Run Your
Business with the Federal
Government as a Client" and "How
to Get Your Business Contract-
Iin 2009, Clark landed her first
federal government contracts with
the United States Food and Drug
Administration and United States
Navy, both were multi year deals,
totaling near $6 million.
Within two years, American
Express OPEN awarded her
"Woman Government Contractor
of the Year" in 2011. She has been
featured in Black Enterprise, the
Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall
Street Journal, and the Jacksonville
Concerning her recognition as a
speaker at the summit, Clark says,
"It is an honor to be able to share
my experience with fellow small
business owners. I hope sharing
my journey helps."
Hester Group is a nationally rec-
ognized Woman Owned business
serving government agencies and
private corporations through pro-
gram management, strategic com-
munications, staff augmentation
and professional services.
Sharon and Henry Sellers
THE WORST DAY AT
WORK BEATS THE BEST
DAY IN FORECLOSURE.
SEEKING A SOLUTION FOR THOSE
With job loss responsible for up to half of
all mortgage delinquencies, getting people
back on their feet became our focus. But
the economy and the job market have changed.
People desperately looking for work need
help. Which is where Fifth Third Bank
and NextJob, a nationwide reemployment
solutions company, came in.
Last year we initiated a pilot program that
provides mortgage customers up to 39 weeks
of job training including live coaching, job
search training and software fully paid for by
Fifth Third Bank. Participating Fifth Third
customers at risk of defaulting on their
mortgages had experienced, on average, 22
months of unemployment. After six months
of reemployment assistance, nearly 40% of
participants had secured meaningful employment.
BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL
Our commitment to reemployment continues
to grow with the signing of a multiyear contract
with Nextjob, which allows us to move the
program out of the pilot phase and incorporate
it into the way we do business. Curious behavior
for a bank? Maybe. But we're proud to be the
first financial institution to offer such assistance
and hope we won't be the last.
FIFTH THIRD BANK
The curious bank.
FMi Tid Bak M Mt e F AC. Eq Housa lfbrz
Natalie Harford and Traci Evans
Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press Aunust 15-21. 2013
During Abraham Lincoln's
acceptance speech for the
Republican nomination for
President, he gave one of his most
controversial yet profound speech-
Lincoln. said, "A house divided
against itself cannot stand. I
believe this government cannot
endure, permanently half slave and
"I do not expect the Union to be
dissolved -- I do not expect the
house to fall -- but I doexpect it
will cease to be divided. It will
become all one thing, or all the
other," he added.
Of course today in America slav-
ery isn't an issue; but the concept
of a house divided, andnot being
able to stand is relevant today.
Between the partisan divide, or the
expansion, and the continued dis-
dain that many continue to show
for the President bipartisanship is
needed now more than ever.
Lincoln knew that in order for
America to truly be a great nation
slavery had to end, which was a
tough sale in the south of course.
But again, the essence of the issue
is alive today. In order for America
to continue being a great nation,
Bipartisanship Needed Now
More Than Ever in Tallahassee
we can't have elected officials hop-
ing for failed policies so that the
failure of the president or Congress
benefits one party or the other.
At the beginning of Florida's
2013 Legislative Session in
Tallahassee, incoming Florida
House of Representatives Speaker
Will Weatherford echoed similar
During his acceptance speech he
said, "Whether you were happy or
disappointed with the results the
truth is this; We have a president.
For those who wish him to fail or,
for that matter, wish our Congress
to fail, only wish for Florida to fail
and that is unacceptable."
Of course the Democrats in the
chamber erupted with applause,
and maybe a few Republicans.
However, the bipartisan love was
short lived. Not even mid-way
through session, Democrats and
Republicans were battling over
some of the same old historical dif-
ferences, and a few new ones.
Partisanship is pretty normal -
it's the nature of the political
machine, but the political quagmire
that we are in is totally ridiculous.
When Republicans took over
Congress two years ago, GOP lead-
ership said that their number one
goal was to make sure that
President Obama didn't get re-
elected. Excuse me, but how is that
your number one goal? So the
housing crisis, job creation, oil
spill in the Gulf, and education -
none of these issues were more of a
Yes, the word unbelievable con-
tinues to echo in my head.
Former Democratic Senate
Majority Leader Tom Daschle may
have said it best. He said,
"Bipartisanship isn't an option any-
more; it is a requirement. The
American people have divided
responsibility for leadership right
down the middle."
The same is true today with
Democrats controlling the Senate
and White House and Republicans
controlling the House of Reps -
our country's leadership is divided.
However, if both sides put people
ahead of politics, we will be suc-
History has shown that a country
most effectively speaks with one
voice. When nationally elected
officials work together, build con-
sensus, and provide leadership, the
American people will follow," said
former Republican Senator Chuck
Whether we are talking about
D.C. politics or Tallahassee politi-
cal affairs, now is the time that
bipartisanship is most needed.
Finally, President John F.
Kennedy may have said it best.
"Let us not seek the Republican
answer or the Democratic answer,
but the right answer."
And the right answer is to have a
Special Session to deal with crimi-
nal justice reform and maybe
another Special Session to truly
address healthcare expansion. Let's
put politics aside and do the right
Signing off from Tallahassee,
Jackie Jackson: A Mother's Love
by George E. Curry
On Wednesday, Aug. 14,
Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
was scheduled to be sentenced to
prison in connection with using
campaign funds for personal use.
Dozens of letters were sent to the
judge on his behalf, but none more
touching than the one written by
his mother, dated May 28.
She began by noting, "I am
Jacqueline Jackson, the mother of
five children, one of whom I am
writing about, my son Jesse
Her letter shed light not only on
her son's problems growing up in
his famous father's shadow, but
provided a peek into the family's
"...My husband was granted a
Rockefeller Scholarship to attend
Chicago Theological Seminary.
With a family of almost three in
1964, we arrived at McGifford
House on Woodlawn Avenue in
Chicago. By the time my son was
born, my husband was attending
school and organizing the
Kenwood Oakland Community
Organization (KO.C.O) and was
its first Executive Director (an
unsalaried position);," Mrs.
Jackson wrote. "Because of the
success of this organization, and
based on the recommendation of
Rev. James Bevel, my husband was
hired to work for the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference
for $75. If my memory serves me
correctly, that was his weekly
salary. To sustain our family, we
were given food baskets by our
Pastor, Rev. Clay Evans and the
members of Fellowship Missionary
Baptist Church, where my son
Jesse Jr. chose later to be baptized.
I learned to provide the other
necessities by frequenting resale
shops, lawn sales, learning to pre-
serve and can foods, and sewing
and mending things that did not fit.
But most of all, I learned to express
my appreciation and gratitude for
the kindness of others."
Just as her family struggled in
the early stages, so did Jesse, Jr.,
Mrs. Jackson wrote.
"Contrary to the belief of many
who only see us as we are today
from a televised perspective, Jesse
Jr., was not born with a silver
spoon nor was he born privileged.
Jesse Jr., my second child and my
eldest son, was born during the
turbulent sixties, the period of ter-
rible hatred for Dr Martin Luther
King, Jr. and those who followed
Dr King and the principles of non-
violence he espoused. Our son,
Rev. Jackson's namesake, inherited
his friends and enemies. As a child,
Jesse Jr. held jobs waiting tables,
cleaning floors and other odd jobs.
Growing up in the shadow of his
father, Jesse Jr. has always tried
desperately to live up to the expec-
tations we have had for him. I think
perhaps too hard, he has tried."
And she recalled that Jesse, Jr.
was not always successful.
She wrote, "I recall how disap-
pointed Jesse Jr. was when he dis-
covered he could not enter high
school without repeating the 9th
grade. My husband finally con-
vinced him to accept this as his
challenge. Rev. Jackson said,
'Sometimes you must go down to
come up' and Jesse Jr. prevailed.
He completed his undergraduate
studies in three years, received a
Juris Doctor degree and received
his Master' 'degire in Theology.
His passion for the word of God
led me to believe and hope he
would find his niche in Theology.
However, he chose public service,
the United States Congress, and we
are proud of his choice and the
good he accomplished during his
17 years ofperfect attendance and
sterling voting record."
She recalled when Jesse Jr.'s
illness was made painfully clear
"I received a call from my
daughter Santita, who requested
that I check on Jesse Jr. because
she was concerned for him,"
Mrs. Jackson recounted.
"Sometime during the last weeks
of June 2012. I did as she
requested, and found my son
grossly underweight and in poor
health. He asked that I take him
to the office because he had an
upcoming vote. When I took him
to his Capital Hill office to pre-
pare for the vote, the office was
in total disarray, which was
most unusualfor my son. A secu-
rity guard approached me and
said, 'Please take care of Jesse.
Last week he collapsed on the
floor of the House and was taken
to the hospital by ambulance.'
My heart sank. No one had
shared with me my son's condi-
tion. I called my husband. We
told our son to 'come with us.
We are going to get help for
you.' He did not offer any resist-
ance which made us know his
condition was dire. Everything
that has happened since that day is
public record. My son is much bet-
She closed her letter with this
paragraph: "My mother says,
'there is always some good in all
things.' There was a transforming
moment during the horrific trial
experience. As my son Jesse Jr.
" faced the judge, he turned around
to look for his father's support just
as he did when he had to repeat the
9th grade. His lips shaped the
words, 'I love you and I am so
sorry.' I shall never forget that
moment because my heart leapt. I
then realized the joy and love that
sustains all mothers. I love my son.
May God guide your decision."
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Time to Pony Up
With Black farmers
"Tm on the grind, trying to make paper stack up.bAnd if I slip and fall,
then I get back up." 'Trying to Get Paid." Paul Wall
Blacks need to develop a mindset that "it's time to get paid!" If we decide
to go after what is owed us, what better payer is there than the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA)? When it comes to discrimination
based on race, theft and appropriation of Blacks' land and outright illegal-
ities toward a particular race of people, the USDA is the master culprit
If the George Zimmerman verdict makes you feel violated, take a look at
the decades of proven racism and discriminatory practices at USDA toward
Black farmers. While Blacks' attention and concern have been placed else-
where, an overall travesty has been occurring for Blacks across America.
Years since President Obama signed a law compensating Black farmers for
decades of discrimination by federal agriculture officials, the claims
haven't been paid.
Racism and ethnic discrimination has been at the core of the American
fabric from the beginning. Despite the political power Blacks have
acquired, including that of the president of the United States, the case of the
Black farmers tests Blacks' measure of political power and clout.
The latest voice in the matter, Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie
Thompson, says payments from a $1.2 billion discrimination settlement
should start going out to Black farmers soon. The settlement resolved a
lawsuit the farmers filed against the federal Department of Agriculture
claiming officials denied them loans and other assistance because of their
race. Congress approved the settlement in 2010. Farmers originally were
told payments would arrive by late 2012. Thompson estimates about
18,000 to 20,000 farmers, mostly in Mississippi and Alabama, will be eli-
gible to receive payments in the case known as "Pigford U."
The settlement Obama signed marked the second round of payments for
Black farmers. The first was a 1999 class-action settlement. The USDA
denied Black farmers equal access to farm loans and assistance based sole-
ly on their race. The USDA settled the case brought by North Carolina
farmer Timothy Pigford and 400 other Black farmers in "Pigford I" in
1999. The $2.3 billion settlement became the largest in history.
USDA is the federal executive department responsible for developing
and executing policy on farming, agriculture, forestry, and food. The
USDA represents centuries of racism toward Blacks and practices that have
left them completely.out of its loop of productive programs.
Black America's first entrepreneurs now need "some help from their
friends." Black farmers have felt the heel ofUSDA officials for centuries.
They tell stories of USDA officials especially local loan authorities in all-
White county committees in the South spitting on them, throwing their
loan applications in the trash and illegally denying them loans. But when
the USDA's local offices did approve loans to Black farmers, they were
often supervised, farmers couldn't spend the borrowed money without
receiving item-by-item authorization from the USDA, or the agency paid
It's time for America to "pay the Black farmers." There is a long train of
evidence that the USDA participated in "systemic and planned and orches-
trated discrimination." Although the U.S. government never followed
through on its promise to freed slaves of "40 acres and a mule," African
Americans were able to establish a foothold in Southern agriculture. Black
land ownership peaked in 1910 when 218,000 African-American farmers
had ownership in,.1lA, million, acres.of.land. But, by 1992, tholisenumbers had
dwindled to 2.3 million acres held by J 8,000 Blacks. 4 .
The USDA played a lead role pushing Blacks offtheir land. In 1920, one
out of seven U.S. farms was Black operated; by 1992, African-Americans
operated one out of every 100 farms. It's time that we help the Black farm-
ers get their due. Start v, ith letters to the White House and your member of
Congress demanding the USDA uphold the contractual terms of the Pigford
I and 11 cases and pony up Black farmers' money.
ITORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
hlnson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta
hyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver,
wn, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson.
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IAW Sports Photo
WORLD CHAMP: Former
FI NAL Howard standout David Oliver
PI CKS pops his collar after winning
110-meter hurdles at IAAF
ARE IN World OutdoorChampionships.
ALBANY STATE, TUSKEGEE TOP PICKS IN SIAC
FOOTBALL; SIAC UNVEILS NEW TV SCHEDULE
UNDER THE BANNER
WHATS GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
ROBY STEPS DOWN, UP AT TUSKEGEE:
Tuskegee University's Department of Athletics has
announced that head women's basketball coach Belinda
Roby will step down from the po-
sition to become the new assistant
director of athletics at the school.
Essentially, Roby will become
the No. 2 person in the chain of
command within the athletics de-
partment, led by recently hired Ath-
Rob letics Director Curtis Campbell.
Roby Campbell joined the Golden Tiger
staff a month ago following a six-year stint as Director of
Athletics at Stillman College.
Roby had served as senior woman administrator at
Tuskegee while still coaching women's basketball. She
completes a 13-year span with an overall record of 247-
153, with three SIAC regular season championships, one
SIAC Tournament title and two NCAA playoff appear-
"I made the decision that I wanted to get out of
coaching, that I needed a break from coaching, and the
administration assisted in my transition as a full-time ad-
ministrator," said Roby.
With Roby stepping down at the helm of the Tiger-
ette basketball program, assistant
'coach, Tarsha Askew 'will take over
Sas interim head coach.'AkWv, who
is also the school's head volleyball
coach, has served by Roby's side for
nearly every season that Roby has
coached at TU.
Askew The Tigerettes had an overall
record of 19-8 last year, with a trip
to the NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament. Some
key seniors were lost to graduation, but many players are
coming back for the 2013-14 season.
FORMER JSU COACH HUGHES PASSES:
JACKSON, MS Former Jackson State football
coach, Robert "Judge" Hughes
has passed following complications
of diabetes. Hughes, who has been
in and out of the hospital over the
last several months, will be remem-
bered by JSU fans as one of the
great football players and coaches in
Hughes the history of Tigers football.
In 1999, Hughes was named
as JSU's 15th head football coach. In his first season, he
led the team to a 9-3 record. That season JSU won the
Southwestern Athletic Conference Eastern Division
title and played Southern in the Inaugural SWAC Cham-
pionship game in Birmingham, Alabama. The game was
played on December 10 in front of a crowd of 47,621 fans
(the largest crowd ever to watch a SWAC championship
football game) at Legion Field. The Tigers fell 31-30 in a
heartbreaker to the Jaguars.
The following season, Hughes' Tigers finished with
a 7-4 record and matched that 7-4 mark in 2001. 2002
was the final year that Hughes led the Tigers and the team
finished with a 7-4 record. During his four year coaching
career at JSU, Hughes finished with a 30-15 record (.667
As a player, Hughes was named to the JSU All-Cen-
tury team in 2011 as a defensive lineman.
VUU COACH LOU HEARN PASSES:
Lou Hearn, who guided the Virginia Union worn-
en's basketball team to the 1983
NCAA Div. II national champion-
ship, passed away Monday, July 29,
at the age of 73.
Hearn, who coached the Lady
Panthers from 1982-88, compiled a
96-61 record during his time as head
Heam coach. Hearn also coached VUU to a
school record 27 wins in 29 games in the 1982-83 season,
including a 73-60 win over previously unbeaten Cal Poly-
Pomona in the 1983 NCAA Div. II Championship Game.
Oliver comes thru with World Gold
MOSCOW Howard University product
David Oliver joined Ryan Wilson to make a 1-2
statement for Team USA in the men's 110 meter
hurdles at the IAAF World Outdoor Champion-
ships at Luzhniki Stadium.
Oliver (Clermont, Fla.) ran a dominant race
from the gun to capture his first international title
with a world-leading 13.00. 2013 USA Outdoor
champion Wilson (Los Angeles, Calif.) grabbed
silver in his first international appearance at age
32 in a time of 13.13.
Defending world champion Jason Richard-
son (Los Angeles, Calif.) stumbled off the final
hurdle, falling from third to fourth in 13.27,
while world record holder Aries Merritt (Bryan,
Texas), coming back from injury, was sixth at
"It's been a lot of hard work, and just com-
ing up short and dealing with injuries and all of
that kind of stuff," said Oliver. "A lot of changes
had to be made, we made them, and now I can
sit back with my team and celebrate that we are
Oliver had a hard time talking to his mother
after the biggest win of his life. She was crying
too hard, and for good reason.
"Every race is always dedicated to my mom.
She is my biggest supporter and my backbone.
She taught me everything I know, and for them
not to be able to compete in the '80 games and be
here in the stadium, there is just nothing better. I
just love sharing those moments with her, she's
the most important person."
IAAF Sports Photos
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Former Howard hur-
dler David Oliver (above) celebrates 110-meter hur-
dles win at the IAAF World Outdoor Track & Field
Championships in Moscow. It was Oliver's first in-
ternational title in a world-leading 13.00 seconds.
(Right). Former Jackson State standout Michael
Tinsley performs in the first heat of the 400 meter
hurdles. linsley's time of 49.07 was the best of the
In the women's 400 meters final, Hampton
product Francena McCorory and teammate Na-
tasha Hastings came off the final turn in position
to medal, but faded in the last 100 meters. Hast-
ings, the 2012 World Indoor bronze medalist,
finished fifth in a time of 50.30 and McCorory,
who won Olympic gold in London in the 4x400
meters, finished sixth in 50.68.
London Olympic silver medallist Michael
Tinsley, a former Jackson State hurdler who
has the two fastest performances in the world
this year, one at the US Championships and one
at the IAAF London Diamond League, ran the
fastest time of the 400 meter hurdles rounds in
talking the first heat in 49.07.
Former Saint Augustine's hurdler qualified
in the fourth heat with a time of 49.76.
BCSP Football Notes
Albany State, Tuskegee
top SIAC preseason picks
ATLANTA--The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference an-
nounced its preseason all-conference football team and predicted order of
finish Tuesday morning at the 2013 SIAC Kickoff luncheon held at the
Holiday Inn Perimeter.
The SIAC Football Coaches Association unanimously voted Tuske-
gee as the top team in the West Division, as well as favorite to win the
2013 SIAC Championship. The Golden Tigers received 5 out of 6 first
place votes in front of 2011 SIAC Champion Miles, selected to finish
second, followed by third place Stillman. Lane was selected as the fourth
place team, followed by Kentucky State SIAC newcomer Central State.
Led by senior running back and 2012 SIAC Player of the Year Der-
rick Washington, Tuskegee went 10-2 last year, with the only blemishes
resulting from a season opening 7-6 loss to Alabama A&M and a 28-13
loss to Elizabethii City State in the Pioneer Bowl. The Golden Tigers
return 16 starters, including 13 All-SIAC Preseason selections, from a
team that finished 7-0 against conference opponents in route to claiming
the program's 29th SIAC Championship.
In the East Division, Albany State was selected to finished as the top
team, followed by last year's East Division Champion Fort Valley State.
The coaches picked Morehouse to finish third, with Benedict and Clark
Atlanta voted to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.
Headlining the all-Conference team is Miles redshirt-senior quarter-
back David Thomas, who threw for over 2,000 yards and 13 touchdowns
last season, to lead the program to its first Division H playoff appearance
in school history. His teammate running back Floyd Graves, the SIAC's
top returning rusher, and Kentucky State's Justin Williams were picked
as the top running backs. Another Golden Bears player Antonio Pitts
and Albany State's Jessie Atkins were selected at receiver, while Zach
Thomas, a sophomore from Central State, who put up big numbers as a
freshman was named to the team at tight end. Tuskegee's Devonte Jones
and Christopher Tolbert, paired with Morehouse's Drew Wilkins and
Richard Washington are the first team offensive linemen.
On defense, SIAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-American
LeRon Furr from Fort Valley State highlights the group of first team
linebackers. Joining Furr, is Tuskegee's top tackier Quavon Taylor and
Clark Atlanta's Bernard Williams. Stillman's Peter Dele, Morehouse's
Clarence Christian, Benedict's Devin Gainer, and Bernard Little, also
from Fort Valley State were named as first team players. The Fort Valley
State trio of Duron Furr, Thomas "Trey" Wolfe, and Tracey White,
in addition to Albany State All-American, Dexter Moody headline the
heralded group of defensive backs.
On special teams Benedict's Eduardo Hernandez and Morehouse
punter Temitayo Agoro were the first team selections, while the always
dangerous Thomas Williams of Morehouse and Stillman's Dondre
Purnell were voted as first team return specialist. Overall, Tuskegee led
the conference with 13 preseason selections, followed by Miles with nine
2013 SIAC PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
EAST DIVISION WEST DIVISION
1. Albany State (3) 1. Tuskegee (4)
2. Fort Valley State (2) 2. Miles (2)
3. Morehouse 3. Stillman
4. Benedict 4. Kentucky State
5. Clark Atlanta 5. Lane
6. Central State
Overall SIAC Champion: Tuskegee (7)
2013 SlAC PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB David Thomas, Sr., Miles; RB Floyd Graves, Sr., Miles; Justin Williams, Sr.,
KSU; OL Devonte Jones, Sr., TU; Christopher Tolbert, Sr., TU; Drew Wilkins, Jr.,
MHC; Richard Washington, Jr., MHC; Terrance Ownes, So., Miles; WR Antonio
Pitts, Jr., Miles; Jessie Atkins, Jr., ASU; TE Zach Thomas, So., CSU; K Eduardo
Hemandex, So., BC; KR Thomas Williams, r-Sr., MHC
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Bernard Little, Jr., FVSU; Clarence Christian, Sr., MHC; Devin Gainer, Sr., BC;
Peter Dele, Jr., SC; LB Bernard Williams, Jr., CAU: LeRon Furr, Sr., FVSU; Qua-
von Taylor, Sr., TU; DB Carlos Wilson, Sr., SC; Joe Beckham, r-So., Miles; Dexter
Moody, Sr., ASU; Jack Howard, Sr., Lane; P Temitayo Agoro, So., MHC; PR Don-
dre Pumell, Jr., SC
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB Justin Nared, Jr., TU; RB Devonta Parker-Johnson, So., Miles, Michael J.
Thomrnton, Jr., TU; OL Michael Thomrnton, Jr., TU; Marquis Franklin, Sr., FVSU;
Aderus Hood, Jr., Miles; Matt Reese, Jr., TU; Derrick Miles, Sr., SC; WR Marquel
Franklin, Jr., TU; D. J. Fife, Jr., Miles; TE Stephen Clements, Sr., TU; K Cade
Berryman, So., KSU; Dondre Pumell, Jr., SC
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL Jordan Paige, Jr., CSU; Kevdrick Blue, r-So., TU, Reginald Woods, Sr., TU;
Kenneth Townsend, Sr., KSU; LB EI-Malik Chinn, Jr., TU; Marcavius Dudley, Sr.,
ASU; Reginald Virges, Sr., Miles; DB Thomas Wolfe, Sr., FVSU; Duron Furr, Sr.,
FVSU; Tracey White, Jr., FVSU; Joseph Blount, Jr., CSU; P Brian Currey, So., BC;
PR Desmond Reese, So., TU
SIAC releases unprecedented
2013 television schedule
ATLANTA--The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has
released its official 2013 football television schedule, which includes a
record of nine SIAC contests slated to air on three different networks.
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
The television slate is highlighted by the recent announcement of
the SIAC's new deal with Bounce TV. The network will broadcast five
SIAC football games for the 2013 season.
Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) will televise three games featuring
SIAC teams, while ESPNU will broadcast another game, involving a
"We are very pleased that the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
Conference will have an unprecedented number of nine football games
televised this fall," said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore. "I believe
the selection of games is a testa-nent to our outstanding brand of football
' and, tremendous fan base." .. "' ..',
The television lineup will commence on the opening weekend of the
season, as two SIAC football teams will match up against Gulf South
Conference opponents. Miles College will kickoff its season Thurs-
day evening, September 5, on the road against North Alabama at 7:30
p.mxa.(EST) on CSS. On Saturday, September 7, Clark Atlanta University
will travel to Livingston, Ala. to face West Alabama at 12 noon (EST),
also on CSS. The following week, CSS will feature tape-delayed action
from The Nation's Football Classic game between Morehouse and How-
ard, Saturday, September 14 at 12 noon (EST).
The SIAC football slate on Bounce TV will start on October 5,
when Morehouse College will host rival Clark Atlanta University at B.T.
Harvey Stadium for the annual Battle of the AUC at 7 pm. The follow-
ing Saturday, October 12, the Maroon Tigers will face Tuskegee Univer-
sity at the historic A. J. McClung Stadium in Columbus, GA for the 78th
Annual Tuskegee/Morehouse Classic. Miles College will host SIAC
West Division opponent Kentucky State for its homecoming at Albert J.
Sloan Alumni Stadium in Fairfield, AL on October 19.
The 23rd Annual Fountain City Classic Game between Fort Valley
State University and Albany State University will air on Bounce TV, as
well as the 2013 SIAC Football Championship Game, played November
16 in Atlanta.
The SIAC television package will conclude on November, 29, when
ESPNU will televise the 90th Annual Turkey Day Classic game between
Stillman College and Alabama State University at New Hornets Stadium
in Montgomery, Ala.
GAME TIMES AND TELEVISION NETWORKS-
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER, 5
Miles at North Alabama, 7:30 p.m. (CSS)
Location: Braly Municipal Stadium, Florence Ala.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Clark Atlanta at North Alabama, 12noon (CSS)
Location: Tiger Stadium, Livingston, Ala.
TV Games Listing
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Morehouse v. Howard, Nation's Football Classic, 12 noon (CSS)
Location: RFK Stadium, Washington, DC
**Game will be played on Tape Delay from 9/7*
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
Clark Atlanta at Morehouse College, 7 p.m. (Bounce TV)
Location: B.T. Harvey Stadium, Atlanta, GA
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
Morehouse v. Tuskegee, 78th Tuskegee/Morehouse Classic
2 p.m. (Bounce TV)
Location: AJ McClung Stadium, Columbus, GA
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
Kentucky State at Miles College, 5 p.m. (Bounce TV)
Location: Albert J. Sloan Stadium, Fairfield, Ala.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
23rd Fountain City Classic, 2 p.m. (Bounce TV)
Albany State v. Fort Valley State,
Location: A J McClung Stadium, Columbus, GA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
2013 SIAC Football Championship Game, 7 pm. (Bounce TV)
Location: Atlanta, GA
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Stillman v. Alabama State
90th Turkey Day Classic, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)
Location: Hornets Stadium, Montgomery, Ala.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.gospelsuperfest.com.
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-
email@example.com or call 356-3362.
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.
Dr. Robert Smith, Jr. is Speaker at
St. Joseph's Spiritual Revival
Rev. Dr. Robert Smith, Jr., renowned prolific pastor teacher will be the
guest speaker for the SPIRITUAL REVIVAL services to be held at St.
Joseph Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. H.T. Rhim, Senior Pastor.
Services are scheduled nightly, Tuesday Thursday, August 20th 22nd,
Dr. Smith currently serves as Pastor of New Bethel Missionary Baptist
Church, Detroit, MI and is one of the distinguished pastors in the National
Baptist Convention of America, USA. He has a passion for the down and
out and has led the church to minister beyond the walls of New Bethel. In
addition, he is the founder of the Haiti Mission Alliance, and travels to Haiti
at least six times a year to minister to those souls.
The public is invited to the special revival services. St Joseph is located
485 W. First Street (comer of 1st & Broad Streets), downtown Jacksonville.
8th Annual Golf "Tournament
of Unity" Fundraiser
Join NCI on the green Saturday, August 31st, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or
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 information call the church office at 356-9371.
Rev. Dr. Herb Anderson is the pastor.
Seeking the lost for Christ __
-Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
Conference in Jax!
Get ready for the 98th Annual
JWJ Branch of ASALH
Conference in Jacksonville,
Florida. The Association for the
Study of African American Life
and History (ASALH) will include
scholars, historians, authors, moti-
vational speakers, law makers con-
verge October 2-6th at the Hyatt
Regency Riverfront Hotel, 225 E.
Coastline Drive. Attend work-
shops, tours, plenary sessions, and
banquets galore. For more infor-
mation go to www.asalh.org. Also
enjoy the JWJ Branch launch
"Riverboat Cruise & Party,"
Thursday, October 3rd, 9:30 to
11:30 p.m. aboard the Foxy Lady
Riverboat. For more information
call Khamil L. Ojoyo at 635-3813,
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Information received prior to
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date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803 or
e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
How God Fits in the
Eradication of Hazing
By Ronald W. Holmes Ph. D
"I've been a victim of a selfish
kind of love... I'm starting with the
man in the mirror" are the lyrics to
Michael Jackson's song, "Man in
It reflects that a change of behav-
ior and attitude in making the world
a better place to live, work and grow
starts within each individual. Many
individuals and groups have tried
different methods to change the cul-
ture of hazing at our educational
institution. Consequently, laws have
been passed in 44 states to end haz-
ing but it continues to occur in vari-
ous institutions nationwide. So the
critical questions to be asked are:
What is the answer to the eradica-
tion of hazing? What scripture pro-
vides meaning to the eradication of
hazing? What are three essential
points Reverend Dr. R. B. Holmes
Jr., provides for eliminating hazing
from our culture?
On January 17, 2012, Revered Dr.
R.B. Holmes Jr. pastor of Bethel
Missionary Baptist Church in
Tallahassee, Fla., launched the
National Anti-Hazing Anti-Violence
Task Force at the National Press
Club in Washington, D.C. The task-
force's primary goal is to eradicate
violence and hazing from the cul-
ture of educational institutions. As
part of the task force initiative,
Holmes addressed his congregation
on the subject, "Godly guidelines
for victorious living" with a focus
on eradicating" liaziig from our
school culture? This message Was
supported by the biblical text from
the Book of James, Chapter 1: vers-
According to Holmes the Bible
says in verse 25 "but whoever
looketh into the perfect law of liber-
ty: and continueth in it: he being not
a forgetful hearer but doer of the
work; this man shall be blessed in
In essence, Holmes explains that
"when we abide in God's word,
strive to live according to His word,
His ordinances and His standards,
we will be blessed. The reason is
that God has the answer for all our
questions, God knows how to
resolve all of our problems, God can
supply all of our needs and God can
heal all of our hurts and diseases."
Unfortunately, we get in trouble
because we don't listen to God,
Holmes claims. In fact we spend
days and years in the wilderness
engaging in immoral, illegal and
irresponsible acts such as hazing
because we ignore the blessings that
are in the word. So, "the answer to
the eradication of hazing, inequali-
ty, sin and depression in our
schools, community and work-
place," is in the word. The word
can fix our frustration, mend our
broken hearts and revive our
wounded soul. God has given the
guideline, His word, for victorious
Holmes further emphasizes in his
message that for the students and
other people to live victoriously in
accordance with the Book of James,
"we must be (1) open to God's
word; (2) obedient to God's word
and (3) motivated by God's word."
Being open to God's word (James
1:19-22), Holmes says "we have to
demonstrate that we have a capacity
to listen, a controlled tongue, a calm
spirit and a clean life. Allowing
people to haze us such as drinking
and being beaten is not being open
to the word." As an alternative, we
must tell our perpetrators that we
are not tolerating hazing because we
have God's word. We will partici-
pate only in acceptable initiation
Second, Holmes says we must be
obedient to God's word (James
1:22-25). "It is time for our students
to start doing according to the
word." They must look in the mir-
ror and make a change by stop being
the perpetrators or victims of haz-
ing. They know what hazing has
done to our universities, so they
must not be disobedient to God by
being a part of hazing. They must
remember that hazing is immoral
-Third, Holmes says that we must
be 'motivatedr by od's word
(Jamiesl: 26 27),'WhiCh require 'us
to "guard our tongue, life and give
to others." Students must keep
themselves unspotted from the
world by disallowing people to haze
them in order to be a part of a group.
Being a Christian does not consti-
tute individuals being hurt socially,
psychologically and physically.
Christians must not use their reli-
gion in vain. In lieu of hazing, stu-
dents must learn appropriate initia-
tion rites such as community service
projects and mentoring programs.
There are a lot of people in need that
can benefit from their community
spirit of giving.
As part of the hazing task force,
Holes is encouraging other theolo-
gians of churches nationwide to
Worship Services to develop ser-
mons and lectures on the dangers of
hazing and methods for its eradica-
tion. While students may willingly
participate in hazing. Holmes' mes-
sage is very clear: Students should
remove themselves from being "a
victim of a selfish kind of love."
Hazing is demeaning, dangerous
and deadly. The answer to the erad-
ication of hazing is in God's word.
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New Film Tries to Answer the Question: Why our
Churches are Filled with so Many Single Women
Ahmad Corbitt, the stake president of Mormon churches in
southern New Jersey, works in his public affairs office.
A new beginning: Blacks giving the
Mormon Church a second look
Angela Carson used to jump up
and frequently yell "Hallelujah!" in
church. Now, she sits in the middle
pew and sings quietly, with a softer,
Carson, a 28-year-old black
woman, left her Baptist church in
New York last year feeling unin-
spired and removed from the con-
gregation. She visited many tradi-
tional black churches, but she found
her new home with the Harlem
branch of the Mormon church.
The religious pillars of service and
community outreach appealed to
Carson, but so did something that
may surprise many blacks: the
commitment to diversity she saw at
the Church of Jesus Christ of
"I was approached by two younger
African-American Mormon mis-
sionaries, and it made me think
about the church in a different
way," she said. "So many people
have asked me why I joined a racist
religion, which makes me sad that
people would think this faith teach-
Carson and other blacks who have
left churches long associated with
their communities, such as the
Baptist and the African Methodist
Episcopal congregations, say they
often find cultural resistance from
their families and friends who, may
be skeptical of how the Mormon
church can: minister to a black
"I remember my dad telling me
that if I joined the church, I would
have a hard time finding an
Carson said. "I thought about mar-
riage prospects, but I date all kinds
of men, so it wasn't an issue."
There are roughly 13 million
Mormons worldwide, and about
half of those live in the United
States, according to figures fre-
quently cited by the church, which
doesn't record members' racial or
However, about 3 percent of the
Mormon Church in America is
black, and less than 0.5 percent of
black Americans are Mormon,
according to a survey in 2007 by
the Pew Forum on Religion and
Public Policy. That would translate
to slightly less than 200,000 black
Mormons in America ---- a huge
increase from the 5,000 to 10,000
estimated by many experts at the
turn of the century.
The growth of Mormonism among
blacks is commonly tied to two
In 1978, the church abolished a
long-standing practice that kept
black men from seeking priest-
hoods and black women from par-
ticipating in temple ceremonies. In
2006, Mormon president Gordon B.
H.inciey pubhily declared the faith
open to all people: Contd. on p.11
by Soul Stirrings
New movie tries to find the
SOULMATE IS an award-win-
ning documentary examining why
the church is full of single black
Christian women. The film is caus-
ing a storm in black Christian cir-
cles. Soul Stirrings talks to writer,
producer and director Andrea
Wiley, who has worked on classic
US comedies like The Prince of Bel
Air and The Parkers.
(SS): What made you decide to
make Soulmate and how long did it
Andrea Wiley (AW): After I read
The Purpose Driven Life, God sent
me down a path of becoming more
intimately acquainted with Him and
His purpose for my life. While
working on a sitcom, I could clear-
ly hear Him ask, 'How will you use
the gifts I have given you for My
glory?' I left my position as a
Hollywood sitcom writer that day.
A few weeks later, a single girl-
friend told me she was going to
freeze her eggs and pick a man with
whom to have a baby. My heart
went out to her and all my single
girlfriends and I began making
Soulmate a few weeks later.
Soulmate took just under two years
to make from start to finish.
(SS): What key message were
you trying to convey through
(AW): I wanted to reveal who our
true soul mate is. Our goal in life
should be to get to know Him inti-
mately. He is our one true soul
mate; Any love we receive on top of
His unconditional love IS jus icing
on the cake!
(SS): What in your view were
the most touching parts of your
(AW): The most touching
parts of the film for me were dis-
covering that a black child had a
better chance of growing up in a
house with a married mother
and father during slavery than
today, that 70 per cent of black
children are born to single moth-
ers, and realizing how many
people live their entire lives
without ever knowing their pur-
pose. These tragic truths speak
to the break down of the family,
which is the foundation of soci-
SS): How have people been
responding to the DVD when it has
(AW): The response has been
,simply overwhelming. There have
been tears, laughter, revelations and
lots of hugs. I give God all the glory
for touching hearts, changing minds
and transforming lives through
(SS): Do you feel the church's
role is to help people find partners?
(AW): No, I do not. I believe that
the role of the church is to guide
people to have an intimate relation-
ship with God through Jesus Christ.
The church should teach people
how to read the Bible, which is
God's instruction manual for life.
The church should help train people
to live lives that bring glory and
honour to God.
(SS): What role should the church
play in helping women deal with
their singleness, longing for mar-
riage and children?
(AW): In 1 Corinthians 7:34,
scripture says that the unmarried
woman cares about the things of the
Lord, that she may be holy both in
body and in spirit. I don't think that
single women are taught that sin-
gleness is a gift. What an honour to
dedicate your season of singleness
to caring for the things of God.
Instead, many women are desper-
ate, bitter and angry at God because
He hasn't brought them their hus-
ie film examines Black women's spiritual connectedness to the church.
The church needs to teach all
people that God is not here to serve
us, we are here to serve Him and it
should be our goal to please Him.
The other role the church should
play is helping to prepare women
for marriage and motherhood,
because single women are not pre-
pared or equipped. They are not
taught properly about the founda-
tional virtues of humility, servant-
hood and submission, and as a
result many marriages end disas-
(SS): Are you working on any
other Christian documentary/pro-
(AW): Our next film, God will-
ing, will be a documentary about
black men in America.
(SS): How long have you been a
Christian, and how does your faith
impact the kind of work you do?
(AW): I have been a Christian for
24 years. My faith drives my life.
This relationship informs the work I
do and the choices I make in every
area of life, not just work. It is my
desire to be a living, breathing
extension of Christ in this world.
(SS): What message do you have
for single Christian women still
looking for their soul mate?
(AW): Trust God. The sovereign
God of the universe knows exactly
what is best for you. Don't try to
make things happen because of.
fear, loneliness or a ticking biologi-
cal clock. You could end up making
a decision that you will regret foi
the rest of your life.
Get to know God during this tim(
and understand that singleness is
gift. You can serve God unhindered
by the demands of a spouse anc
children, and believe me once yoi
are married with children, your tim<
is no longer your own.
Learn about what it takes to be
good wife in Proverbs 31, 1
Corinthians 13 and Ephesians 5:22
Being a godly wife entails serving
sacrificing and submitting to you
husband. If this is not appealing tc
you, you are not ready to be a wife
(SS): We can't forget about tht
brothers. What message do yot
have for those wanting a soul mate'
(AW): It is the same message :
have -for women. Remain right3
related to God and He will direc
your steps. When we have an inti.
mate relationship with our Creator
we are not desperate or fretful. Goc
fills all the empty places and allow,
us to move through life with grace
ease and love. That is quite appeal.
ing to the opposite sex.
Spend quiet time with God anc
meditate in 'His Word, daily. Allo,
His still small voice to reveal Hi,
purpose for your life and who H(
wants you to spend the rest of youw
Visit www.soUlmatefilm.com fol
Weird Health Trips That Really Work
While consulting with a doctor is
always a very good idea, there are a
few strange-but-true remedies you
can also try:
Disinfect a Wound with Honey
No Neosporin in the house? Dab
the cut with honey before covering
it with a bandage. Honey has pow-
erful antibacterial properties. A
study in the Archives of Surgery
found that honey is capable of
destroying almost all strains of the
most common wound-infecting
Next time you nick yourself in
the kitchen, reach for the black pep-
per, says Roberta Lee, M.D., vice
chair of the department of integra-
tive medicine at the Beth Israel
Medical Center. Run cold water
over the wound to clean it, using
soap if you were handling meat.
Then sprinkle on the pepper and
apply pressure. In no time, the
bleeding will stop. Turns out, black
pepper has analgesic, antibacterial,
and antiseptic properties. And don't
worry it won't sting.
If you're a smoker who's trying
to quit, try this next time a craving
hits: Rub the skin between your
index fingers and thumbs and the
center of your palms. A study found
that men using this technique
smoked 25 percent fewer cigarettes
in a month than 10 quitters who
used traditional distraction methods
such as chewing gum. The quick
self-massage evidently calms you
and keeps your hands busy.
See Your Tailor About
Your Back Pain
If you have an aching back, it
may be because one of your legs is
shorter than the other, says Steven
McCaw, Ph.D., a researcher at
Illinois State University. Even a
slight imbalance can cause the
spine to curve to the short side
when you walk or run. Eventually,
the bend puts painful pressure on
disks. Most people can't tell if their
legs are different lengths, but a tai-
lor can. Ask one for a quick meas-
urement If he finds an imbalance,
8:30 AM- 5 PM
Saturday Appointments Available
correct the problem with a thera-
peutic, Dr. Scholl-type insert or see
a podiatrist for a custom orthotic.
Break a High Fever Faster
With Your Underarms
Anything up to 102F is mild and
can be treated by drinking plenty of
fluids. But to quickly bring down a
reading above that, put an ice pack
under your arm or near your groin.
Icing either spot will cool your
body's core. It's uncomfortable, but
it works fast. Then see a doctor.
If you get nervous in small spaces
such as subways, elevators, and that
closet of an office they stuck you in,
visit your local fruit stand. A sniff
of green apple may help relieve
claustrophobic sensations, says Dr.
Alan Hirsch, M.D., director of the
Smell & Taste Treatment and
Research Foundation. Carry one
with you. Also, if you're selling
your house, placing a basket of
fresh green apples on the table may
make potential buyers perceive the
house as larger.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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.
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 to restoring voting rights for
people with past felony convictions.
For more info visit www.flnewma-
jority.org or call 503-0455.
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-feet cause! Enjoy food, fun
and an auction at the Hyatt
Riverfront, 225 E Coastline Dr. For
more information call 725.8766 or
Celebrate the 13th reunion of the
Everlasting Families of Blodgett
S and surrounding areas, Friday,
August 16th, 7 p.m. 1 a.m. at the
Scottish Rites Building, 29 W. 6th
St. On Saturday enjoy the reunion
picnic at Julius Guinyard Park,
1359 Jefferson St., Saturday,
August 17th, 10 a.m. 8:30 p.m..
Ending the celebration will be
Sunday worship service, August
18th at 10:15 a.m. at Ebenezer
United Methodist Church, 9114
Norfolk Blvd. For more informa-
tion call 635-0293.
Ritz Sound Auditions
Come audition for the Ritz Sound
& Vocal Performers (for middle &
high school singers), Tuesday
August. 20th, 5:30-8 p.m. The Ritz
is located at 829 N. Davis St. For
more information call 632-5555 or
The Jacksonville Human Rights
Commission Brown Bag Lunch
information exchange will be held
Tuesday, August 20th, 12 1: 30
p.m. at Adecco Group, 10151
Deerwood Pk, Bldg, 200. Hot sum-
mer topics include: workplace bul-
lying, social media and unpaid
interns: For more information call
2013 Black Expo
Gospel Best Showcase
The 5th Annual Florida Gospel
Best Competition will be held
Saturday, October 5th at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center. BET's
Dr. Bobby Jones will host the event
and showcase the winner on his TV
Show! Singers, dancers, mimes,
and instrumentalists can compete
for cash prizes totaling $5,000!
Those interested, can submit an
application or in person at Shands
Towers, 580 West 8th Street on
these dates and times: Thursday,
August 22nd at 5 p.m., Friday,
August 23rd at 4 p.m. and
Saturday, August 24th at 11 a.m.
Applications are available at
www.blackexposouth.com or at the
Black Pages USA, local office,
located at 101 Century 21 Drive,
Suite 120. For more information
contact Sun City Events and
Entertainment at eventsbysunci-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 924-7444.
Get Your Brew On
MOSH after dark: "Beer
Workshop with Girls Pint Out,"
Thursday, August 22nd at Museum
of Science & History, 1025
Museum Circle. Learn about home
brewing and cooking with beer.
The beer workshop is at 6 p.m. For
more details call 396.MOSH
(6674), ext. 238 or visit www.the-
Founders of Black
History Month in Jax
ASALH is holding its 98th Annual
Conference in historic Jacksonville,
October 2-6th. Association for the
Study ofAfrican American Life and
History will hold their next local
arrangements' committee meeting
Thursday, August 22nd, 6 to 8
p.m. at the Ritz Theater, 829 N.
Davis St. For more information call
(202) 238-5910 or email gjack-
email@example.com or visit
The Grand Park Community
Association monthly community
meeting is scheduled for Thursday,
August 22nd, 6-8 p.m. Guest
speaker is Senator Audrey Gibson.
For more information call Meltonia
L. Young at 336-653-4494.
The M.L.K. Memorial Foundation
will hold a Community Volunteer
Appreciation Dinner, Friday,
August 23rd, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the
Masonic Temple, 410 Broad St.,
Awardees include Robert Flowers,
Mr. Sollie Mitchell, and other com-
munity stalwarts. For more infor-
mation call 463-2425 or visit
March on Washington
To register a seat for the tour bus
for the 50th Anniversary March on
Washington, August 23-26, call the
office at 764-7578 or visit
Jacksonville NAACP meets every
2nd Thursday of each month.
Gospel at the Ritz
Gospel concert featuring Maurette
Brown Clark, Hope Chapel Mass
Choir & Gospel Violinist Eric
Taylor at 8 p.m, Friday, August
23rd at the Ritz Theater located at
829 N. Davis St. For more informa-
tion call 632-5555 or visit
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Blossom into the new you at the
Speaking of Women's Health and
wellness expo, Saturday, August
24th, 7:30 3:30 p.m. at the Hyatt
Regency Riverfront 245 Water St.
The all day event includes free
health screenings, a luncheon
keynote speakers, breakout sessions
and gift bags! For more infroma-
tion visit www.wjct.org/swh or call
Habitat for Humanity of
Jacksonville is offering an interest-
free mortgage to potential home-
buyers at an orientation session
Tuesday, August 27th and
Tuesday September 24th at 6 p.m.
and will be held at 2404 Hubbard
Street. For more information call
HabiJax at 798-4529 or visit
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
Fantasia in Concert
Next Level, Inc. presents
Fantasia's "Side Effects Of You
Tour" Thursday4 August 29th. at 8
p.m. See American Idol Fantasia at
the Florida Theater 128 E. Forsyth
St. For more information visit
www.floriatheater.com 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 hus-
band and father is faced with a deci-
sion that will put his Faith and his
family 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 www.ritzjack-
Golf "Tournament of
For the love of the game, join NCI
on the green Saturday, August 31st,
for the 8th Annual Northside
"Tournament of Unity" Fundraiser
at the World Golf Village in historic
St. Augustine, Florida. For more
info email firstname.lastname@example.org or
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
Enjoy the 31st Annual Labor Day
Kingfish festival in Kingsland,
Georgia, August 31st September
2nd in Downtown Kingsland's
Historic Royal District along US 17
and Highway 40. For more details
call 912-729-5999 or visit
at the Ritz
Spoken Word at the Ritz will take
place Thursday, September 5th, 7-
9 p.m., at the Ritz Theater located at
829 N. Davis St. For more informa-
tion call 632-5555 or visit
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Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press
August 15-21, 2013
Skip Gates To Produce Complete Black History Documentary
After a tragedy like the Trayvon
Martin killing, calls routinely arise
for a conversation about race. But
Henry Louis Gates thinks the more
direct way for structural change is
through schools and their curricu-
That's what he's hoping will hap-
pen with "The African Americans:
Many Rivers to Cross," a six-hour
PBS documentary series that traces
500 years of black history.
"To tell the whole sweep of
African-American history no
one's tried to do that. That was what
we were crazy enough to do," Gates
By Janice Malone
Who could forget the classic hit
TV sitcom "What's Happening,"
featuring characters, "Raj" (Ernest
Thomas) "ReRun" (Fred Berry),
"Dwayne" (Haywood Nelson)
"Mama Mabel" (Mabel King) and
Raj's little sister, "Dee," (Danielle
Spencer). It was a show with char-
acters that so many of us grew up
with and loved watching each week
from 1976 1979. Unfortunately,
Fred Berry, Mabel King and Shirley
Hemphill have since died. But
Ernest Thomas, Haywood Nelson
and Danielle Spencer continue to
remain in contact with each other.
Dee Thomas (Danielle Spencer)
was the bratty, cute and worrisome
little sister, who's favorite line-,,
"Oooh I'm gonna tell mama,"
became a national catch-phrase.
Whatever happened to Danielle?
We had the opportunity to chat with
her recently and we're happy to
report that she's doing great. She's
been married since 1999 and is cur-
rently, Dr. Danielle Spencer-Fields,
a very successful veterinarian. In
fact, this marks her 20th anniver-
sary as a vet. A few years ago,
Spencer-Fields was paralyzed from
spinal stenosis, the result of a major
car accident when she was a child.
But thanks to medical technology,
and her faith in God and family,
she's back to helping our furry
friends get better again at her
Southern California area veterinari-
After "What's Happening"
ended, Spencer attended the
University of California-Davis two
years to pursue a degree in veteri-
nary medicine. She later took a
break from her studies to participate
in the revival of her character, Dee,
in What's Happening Now!!
(1985-1988). While matriculating
her sophomore year, she pledged
and became a member of Delta
Sigma Theta sorority. Spencer
resumed her study Tuskegee
University Veterinary School in
Alabama. She also portrayed a vet-
erinarian in the films "As Good as
It Gets" in 1997 and "Peter Rabbit
and the Crucifix" in 2001. Dr.
said in an interview.
He hopes the series will find its
way into the nation's schools as
well as its living rooms, and
acquaint audiences of all ages -
both black and white with black
history, about which he says both
races are equally ignorant.
An author, Harvard scholar,
social critic and filmmaker, Gates
has produced such past documen-
tary series as "Wonders of the
African World" and "Finding Your
In this latest project, he reaches
back to the beginning which turns
out to be about a century earlier
than many accounts of black histo-
ry in the New World.
"The very first African to come to
North America was a free man
accompanying Ponce de Leon who
arrived in Florida in 1513, more
than a century before the first 20
Africans arrived in Jamestown in
1620," Gates said. "Nobody was
talking about those first 107 years
of African-American history."
Gates has also tried to get the
inside story that he says has com-
monly eluded historians.
"I've always been struck by the
quality of conversations in a black
beauty parlor or a black barber
shop, as opposed to what black offi-
cials say or what black teachers
write in a textbook," Gates said,
"because we edit ourselves.
"I wanted to get the subjects in
the film to speak to me as we would
speak to each other behind closed
doors." Between 1501 and 1866,
388,000 slaves were brought from
Africa to the U.S. with 42 million
of their descendants alive today.
The documentary premieres
What's Happening Today
With Danielle Spencer
Spencer-Fields and her husband
have no children but are proud pet
parents to three dogs and one cat.
Here, she chats about her amazing
life and career as one of the most
memorable TV characters from
back in the day.
Q: When you were a child star
did you have a love for animals
back then or years later?
A: Oh definitely. I've always
loved animals. My family's always
had pets from as far back as I can
remember. So as I grew up I just
kept in my mind that I wanted to
one day do some kind of work with
animals. So it was my mom who
explained to me that my love for
animals would take me into one day
becoming 4 veterinarian. I love try-
ing to heal ani-naigtt's a lot of fun
and very rewarding work.
Q: Over the years have pet
owners ever made the connection
with you being the "What's
Happening" show child actress?
A: I've had people figure it out
when they see me on other shows
talking about it or if they read an
article about my earlier TV career.
It usually surprises them that I'm
now the same person who's taking
care of their beloved pets. It's pret-
ty neat when people do that.
Q: I understand that you attended
A: Yes, I went to veterinary
school there. Attending Tuskegee
was such a great experience for me.
I am so happy that I was a student
Q: Do you recall details of audi-
tioning for the original "What's
A: I was quite young. I think I
was 10 when the show started. I
don't remember every single aspect
of the audition but I do recall that I
didn't get the part on the first timeI
auditioned. The show already had a
girl doing the part in L.A. and my
family was living in New York at
the time. But about a month later
we got a call from the show stating
they were now interested in me
having the part instead. I was flown
out to L.A. and I've been living
here since then.
Q: After the "What's
Happening" shows ended, did
you still have a desire to pursue
acting and show business?
A: It was a combination. I still
wanted to do some acting but I also
knew the importance of having a
good education, too. So I decided to
dedicate more time to my educa-
tion. I figured that I would give vet-
erinary medicine a good 10-year
run, see if I still wanted to do it or
not. And it's now I'm celebrating
my 20th year as a veterinarian.
Q: Over the years have you run
into some of the former "What's
Happening" cast members?
A: Yes, I have. The only cast
members left now are Heywood
Nelson,, myselfl, .. and Egnest
Thomas. I just had brunch \vif-
Ernest a few days ago. I see him
almost once a month. And it's been
about a year ago since I've seen
Heywood because he mainI. lives
on the East Coast. But I understand
that he's now here in L.A., so I hope
to see him soon. Ernest is still doing
some acting but he's also managing
some singing groups, too. And
Heywood is really a computer
expert. He's always been involved
in computers IT systems and com-
Q: When you starred as "Dee"
your character was the cute but
annoying little sister that exists in
almost every family. Away from
the show, were you anything like
A: I didn't think that I was
(laughing). However, my brother,
who's about 11 years younger than
me, seems to think that Dee would
come out of me at times. My mom
of course wouldn't allow Dee to
come out. But with some of my
cousins, I did use to be a little tattler
on them at times.
Q: Over the years how often
have you watched the old
"What's Happening" and
"What's Happening Now"
A: I've seen them quite often,
especially since the TV One net-
work started showing the shows.
Watching the shows refreshes my
memory on so many things that I
had forgotten because I was so
young back then.
Q: I understand that you
released a book a few years ago.
A: The book is titled, Through
the Fire... Journal of a Child Star.
It's a very candid book where I dis-
cuss the portion of my life of being
a child star, going to college and
what my life was like after
Hollywood. On the other hand, I
reveal how this back surgery I had
changed my whole life and how my
husband and I survived this ordeal.
Q: Do you still have any inter-
est in acting or any areas of enter-
A: There's still an interest in act-
ing. In fact, I've been taking acting
classes with a wonderful acting
coach. Each time I take a class it
seems to revitalize my interest in
acting even more. I also have a cou-
ple of projects that are in develop-
ment, where I will be the producer
once they're fully developed.
(L-R) Brenda Kelly, Angela Robinson, Tarra Conner Jones, Darryl
Reuben Hall, and Brendy Merricks.
3 Divas and a Guy Named
Darryl Pack Stage Aurora
Last weekend Stage Aurora pre-
sented "3 Divas and a Guy Named
Darryl", a lavish musical evening
hosted by Angela Robinson of
Tyler Perry's "The Haves and the
The show featured the CEO of
Stage Aurora, Darryl Reuben
Hall; gospel artist, Tarra Conner
Jones; jazz singer, Brenda Kelly;
and classical singer, Bendy
Merricks. This collaboration pro-
duced a powerhouse of talent that
seized the evening. A mixture of
contemporary, classical, jazz,
Broadway, and pop, entertained
the packed-house. Performances
included Bendy's rendition of
"Home" from "The Wiz" and
Brenda Kelly sang "It Ain't
Necessarily So" from "Porgy and
Bess". Darryl Reuben Hall drew
tears from the crowd when he
belted out "Bui Doi" from "Miss
Saigon" and Tarra Conner Jones
took the audience to church when
she opened her mouth to sing "For
Every Mountain". Hostess Angela
Robinson who happens to be a
Jacksonville native and childhood
friend of Darryl, was graceful and
poised like a true diva. Stage
Aurora Theatrical Company, Inc
is a non-profit organization. It has
continued to produce high-quality
theater for the past 10 years. It is
located at, 5188 Norwood Ave
inside the Gateway Mall. To find
out how you can get involved, call
the office at 904-765-7372.
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Child actress Danielle Specncer is shown
above starrina in "What's Happending
Now". Today she is a veterinarian.
Page 9 Mrs. Perry's Free Press
August 15-21, 2013
Jdgye Throws Out Race Based
Claims in Paula Deen Lawsuit
We Are All Treyvon Martin Debuts in the Capitol Rotunda
ArtistHuong (pictured), a Miami-
based artist, created a mural depict-
ing George Zimmerman shooting
slain teen Trayvon Martin, and it
made its debut at Florida's Capitol
rotunda last week.
The image, entitled "We Are All
Trayvon Martin," shows the volun-
teer neighborhood watchman open-
ing fire on a person wearing a hood-
ie. In Huong's rendering of
Trayvon, she intentionally whited
out his face in order to show that the
shooting could've happened to any-
Huong joined Dream Defenders
protesters, a group of youth and
young adults who are protesting
Florida's Stand Your Ground laws
in the wake of the Zimmerman not-
guilty verdict, on their 25th day of
camping at the Capitol.
The mural also features Civil
Rights leaders, such as Martin
Luther King Jr., and leaves space
for people to write their opinions
Huong says she wants her picture
to encourage discussion on what
kind of society people want.
"We can change," she said. "But
justice, that's what we're sticking
for. Justice for you. Justice for me.
Justice for everybody."
The former Vietnam war refugee
and peace activist says she wants to
take her mural to Washington, D.C.,
A federal judge has
thrown out race dis- --
crimination claims by
a former Savannah
whose lawsuit against
Paula Deen has already -
cost the celebrity cook
a valuable chunk of her
culinary empire. .
Lisa Jackson sued
Deen and her brother,
Bubba Hiers, last year
saying she suffered
from sexual harass-
ment and racially "
offensive talk and
employment practices that were
unfair to black workers during her
five years as a manager of Uncle
Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.
Deen is co-owner of the restaurant,
which is primarily run by her broth-
But claims of race discrimination
by Jackson, who is white, were gut-
ted in the 20-page opinion by U.S.
District Court Judge William T.
Moore Jr. The judge agreed with
lawyers for Deen and Hiers that
Jackson has no standing to sue her
former employers for what she
claims was poor treatment of black
workers, regardless of her claims
that she was offended and placed
under additional stress.
Jackson, at best, "is an accidental
victim of the alleged racial discrim-
ination," Moore said in his ruling.
"There are no allegations that
defendant Hiers's racially offensive
comments were either directed
toward plaintiff or made with the
intent to harass her."
The ruling lets stand Jackson's
claims that Hiers sexually harassed
her when she worked at the restau-
rant from 2005 to 2010. However,
the judge said he was reserving the
chance to rule on requests from
Deen's lawyers to dismiss other
claims in the lawsuit.
The judge added that to allow
Jackson to seek legal recourse for
discrimination directed toward
other workers "would serve to con-
script federal courts as human
resource departments that are
responsible for imposing and moni-
toring a federally created standard
for harmony in the workplace."
More than 250,000 people con-
verged upon the Nation's Capital to
participate in the historic March on
Washington in 1963 to demand civil
rights, jobs and justice.
With the 50th anniversary of the
historic March on Washington for
Jobs and Freedom fast approaching,
organizers in the District are gear-
ing up for the stretch run.
Some speakers at a recent plan-
ning meeting said they hope to
mobilize 50,000 to 100,000 people
from the Washington metropolitan
area to come out on Saturday, Aug.
24, and as many as 100,000 to
200,000 people from around the
country to commemorate the
march. The 1963
march was an event
that immortalized the
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther K
and the civil rights mo
while crystallizing for the
this country just how
African Americans and like
people were about securing
The Rev. Lennox Abrig
dent and founder
Washington, D.C. bureau
National Action Network
acknowledged the enormity
project. But he said the coa
clergy, unions, education
tions, civic organizations a
munity groups that attended the that the establi
ing, Jr., two-hour meeting were coalescing minorities today
vement, around the issue and committing to ized. Gay ai
e -rest ofr
rest of the march's success, while affect
serious "Our primary challenge is to stituencyofth
m-minded obilize D.C. and the greater met- been afforded
g a just ropolitan area and get community state and nation
leaders to get their people out for "We live i
o, presi- the march," he said. "I think the rights is emerge
of the march will be an expression of the concerns. Pe(
Li of the.
oth individual effects that the various rights are bei
(N ofh forms of oppression are having on not just one gr
Salition f people in this country." Abrigo explain
d institu- King's efforts, he said, were the fruition,
focused on a small group of people resistance to a
nd com- in certain cities, while the pushback Janay)e In
shment exerts against
ay is more individual-
ad women's rights,
ng a smaller con-
e whole country, have
d to people in every
a an era when civil
going out of individual
ople feel that their
ng trampled and it's
oup or demographic,"
ned. "This march is
the blossoming of
al this oppression."
gram, NAN's D.C.
bureau chief, said that the Rev. Al
Sharpton and Martin Luther King,
III are the public faces of the march
which is titled, "National Action to
Realize the Dream."
"We're working to achieve the
dream," she said. "We have a lot to
fight for, to focus on and to change.
This is a fight against those who
don't want us to reach our dream."
Bob Ross, president of the Prince
George's County chapter of the
NAACP touched on a theme that
"They didn't have Instagrams or
tweets but they got 250,000 people
on the Mall," said Ross, who was
among the quarter-million people
who marched and were on the Mall
Ernest G Green agreed.
"I drove all night from East
Lansing, Mich., to be at the march,"
said Green, who came to national
prominence as a member of the
Little Rock Nine, the black students
who helped to desegregate Little
Rock Central High School in
Arkansas in 1957. "Bayard Rustin
had no social media blasts or any-
thing like that. All he had to work
with was 3x5 cards."
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August 15-21, 2013