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Over Voting Law
After 70 years of voter participation, Rosanell
Eaton faces obstacles under the state's new voter
ID laws.
After becoming one of the first African-
American voters in the county of Louisburg in
North Carolina, Rosanell Eaton, now 92, once
again confronts obstacles that abridge her right to
vote under the new voter ID law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.
Eaton, along with the NAACP, is suing the state under Section 2 of the
Voting Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on race.
Under the new North Carolina law, a voter ID card will be required at
the voting booths. For Eaton, the name on her birth certificate is differ-
ent from the name on her driver's license and voter registration card.
Reconciling the name-difference will be too much of a timely and costly
burden for Eaton. After 70 years of voter participation, she may no longer
qualify to vote in North Carolina.
The law also eliminates same-day registration, early registration for
high school students in advance of their 18th birthday and cuts down the
early voting period which Eaton has participated in since it was insti-
tuted in the state.
Additional lawsuits have been filed by the ACLU of North Carolina
Legal Foundation and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice to target
provisions that suppress early voting and registration.
While the Justice Department has not yet responded to this case,
Attorney General Eric Holder argued that a similar Texas law violates
sections of the Voting Rights Act.

TX Pastor Tells Church 'No Weaves'
Pastor A.J. Aamir of Resurrecting Faith in Waco, Texas believes if it
didn't grow from your scalp, it doesn't belong there.
Aamir told American Preachers that he instructed his female staff to stop
wearing weave because "our black women are getting weaves trying to
be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I'm
Yep, he said it. "Grow what the Savior gave ya and leave Black Beauty
alone!" He also admits that he cannot legally ban weaves, but still does
not approve of them.
"Long hair don't care. What kind of mess is that? I don't want my mem-
bers so focused on what's on their heads and not in their heads" he said.
"I lead a church where our members are struggling financially. I mean
really struggling. "Yet, a 26 year old mother in my church has a $300
weave on her head. No. I will not be quiet about this."

Former Cong. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Sentenced to 2.5 Years in Prison
Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to 30 months in
prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release, after pleading guilty
to the misuse of $750,000 in campaign funds. His wife Sandi, a former
Chicago alderman, received a one-year sentence and a period of super-
vised release for an additional year.
Jackson must report to prison on or after Nov. 1 to serve his sentence,
which could be cut short by a few months for good behavior.
Both defense teams pleaded for leniency because of the couple's two
children, aged 13 and 9, and the harm being separated from their parents
could cause. Sandi Jackson's attorney requested that she not receive any
prison time at all.
Not sending Sandi to jail would send the wrong message to others
tempted to engage in similar wrongdoing, the judge and prosecutors both
argued, particularly in light of the wanton greed the couple had exhibit-
ed, stealing not to make ends meet but to finance a lavish lifestyle they
could not afford and absolutely did not need to live well.
But more important, they emphasized, it would tell people like the con-
stituents the couple once served that there are two systems ofjustice: one
for those who have certain advantages and another for those who have lit-
tle to nothing at all.

Attorney Demands More Black Jurors

in Brunswick Baby Murder Trial
The murder trial of 18-year-old De'Marquise Elkins took an interesting
turn when the African-American teen's public defender asked for a more
racially diverse jury. Elkins is on trial in Cobb County, Ga., for the March
murder of 13-month-old Antonio Angel Santiago. Elkins is also charged
with shooting the boy's mother, Sherry West, in the leg, and for report-
edly shooting a minister weeks before the killing of the toddler.
Elkins' public defender balked at the racial imbalance of the jury dur-
ing Day 1 of the selection on Monday and demanded that more Black
persons and young people be part of the pool.
Because of the late arrival of potential African-American and young
jurors, they were put on a "reserve" list.
"We believe that has an impact on the representation of African-
American men," said Kevin Gough, the Brunswick Judicial Circuit pub-
lic defender representing Elkins. Gough later said there were 15 Black
men in the reserve pool, along with several women.
The jurors of the have now all seated. In all, 10 of the newly selected 12
jurors are White with two Black women serving as alternates. The trial,
which was moved to Cobb County Superior Court because of the intense
media coverage in Glynn County courts, began with opening statements
this afternoon.

Volume 26 No. 43 Jacksonville, Florida August 22-28, 2013

Seperate and Unequal

Minority Parents See Serious

Problems In Their Schools

by Phillip Elliott
Minority and low-income parents
are more likely to see serious prob-
lems in their schools from low
expectations to bullying to out-of-
date technology and textbooks -
than those who are affluent or
white, according to a national AP
Overall impressions of the
nation's schools and teachers are
similarly positive among all groups
of parents, but deep demographic
differences emerge in the details of
how parents see teachers, schools
and even their own roles in their
children's education.
The divisions fall along the
familiar fault lines of income, edu-

cation and race that drive so much
of American life. In many cases, it's
as though parents are looking at
two very different sets of schools in
this country.
Most parents say the school their
child attends is high-quality and
rate their children's teachers posi-
tively. White parents are only
slightly more likely than others to
give their child's school high
marks, and parents of all races give
their local schools similar ratings
for preparing students for college,
the workforce, citizenship and life
as an adult.
A majority of parents say their
children are receiving a better edu-
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JLOC's Food, School Supplies

and Clothes Prepare Area Families
Pictured is the Mc Kinnon family who enjoyed food fellowship and
free clothing and school supplies for the youth at the JLOC Give-A-
Way. Andr'eX

For more than 8 years Jacksonville
Local Organizing Committee of the
Millions More Movement, Inc., a
local non-profit organization has
held events for the underserved
people of Jacksonville and the sur-
rounding communities Last
Saturday they presented their annu-
al "Back To School Clothes Give-
A-Way For Children Only". The
crowd was served beef hotdogs,
coleslaw and a variety of cakes,
cold drinks, water and listened to
music. Because uniforms are the
required dress code for most
schools K-7, JLOC,MMM,Inc., had

plenty of uniforms for students to
lift the burden off of parents of chil-
dren that participated in this special
event. The event was held in the
heartof the community off of Kings
Road and Myrtle Avenue.
JLOC is a unique organization that
operated solely off of the donations
of the community and donations. If
you would like to assist them to
continue serving the people by
making a donation of money,
clothes, school supplies, old appli-
ances, furniture, cars, trucks or
even volunteering, call

Dream Defenders End

Capital Sit In After 312 Days
The Dream Defenders caught the nation's attention after staging a sit-in
three days after George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of
Trayvon Martin. After 31 days, the group finally left the Florida capitol.
The organization was pushing for Gov. Rick Scott to hold a session to
repeal the state's stand your ground law. After meeting with the protesters
on July 18, Scott refused their demands. Instead, House Speaker Will
Weatherford agreed to hold a legislative hearing on the law.
The group will now work to register thousands of new voters over the
upcoming months and then return to the Capitol for the annual legislative
committee hearings scheduled in September, according to the group's
executive director Phillip Agnew.
The Dream Defenders actions earned the support of singer Harry
Belafonte, rapper Talib Kweli and civil rights leaders Jesse Jackson and
Julian Bond, who joined the young activists in the capitol.
Throughout the protests, the state reportedly spent a total of $153,630 on
police overtime.

Community Mourns Loss of

Ms. Charlotte Dwight Stewart

Few African-Americans raised in
the city of Jacksonville are unfamil-
iar with the name Charlotte Dwight
Stewart. A well known educator,
writer, and community servant she
was a stalwart of African-American
history and culture.
Born September 28, 1922 in
Jacksonville, Florida, Ms. Stewart
attended local public schools and
graduated from high school at
Boylan-Haven School for Girls in
1939. In 1943 Charlotte received a
Bachelor of Science degree from
Florida A&M College, currently
Florida A&M University. Charlotte
completed additional higher educa-
tion coursework at Northwestern
University in 1944 and the
University of Colorado in 1957 and
1959. Charlotte taught in the Duval
County Public School System's jun-
ior and senior high schools; first as
a physical education teacher and
then as a guidance counselor. Ms.
Stewart also worked 34 years as a
full-time employee in secondary

Mrs. Charlotte D. Stewart
From 1980 to 2002 Charlotte
was the "Social Columnist" for the
Florida Star. As an independent
contractor, Ms. Stewart Worked for
American Express and taught
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FL Black Caucus Head Spearheads Stand Your Ground Repeal

An outspo-
ken critic of
"Stand Your
Ground" has
officially filed
a bill to repeal
the controver-
sial self-
Wllia defense law.
Williams Back in 2005,
Florida was the first of 21 states to
enact "Stand Your Ground," which
allows people in fear of serious
injury to use deadly force to defend
themselves rather than retreat. It
expanded on Florida's previous
self-defense law, the castle doc-
trine, by permitting use of such
force outside of one's home or vehi-
This week, Rep. Alan Williams,

(D-Tallahassee) sponsored HB
4003, which repeals "Stand Your
Ground." He sponsored the same
bill last year, which died in the
Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
"It's not about gun control. It's
about self-control," Williams
recently told a radio station. "We
hunt too. But we don't hunt young
men minding their own business."
The law has come under particu-
lar scrutiny after the acquittal of
George Zimmerman in the death of
Trayvon Martin. Although it was
not officially used by Zimmerman's
defense team, its language was
included in the jury instructions and
it was the reason police did not
arrest Zimmerman for two months
after the shooting.
After Zimmerman's acquittal,
Williams announced plans to also

file a bill clarifying the "Stand Your
Ground" statue language, which is
notoriously applied inconsistently
across self-defense cases.
Last year a similar bill signifi-
cantly revising "Stand Your
Ground," sponsored by Chris Smith
(D-Fort Lauderdale), also died in
the Criminal Justice Subcommittee.
In fact, to this point, nearly every
effort to change the state's self-
defense law has been a dead-end.
In April 2012, a governor-sanc-
tioned task force found that no
major changes to the law were nec-
essary. The finding was not surpris-
ing considering the consulting
members consisted of the original
drafters of "Stand Your Ground"
and a handful of other known sup-
More recently Gov. Rick Scott

rejected activist group Dream
Defenders' request for a special ses-
sion on "Stand Your Ground,"
despite their 31-day sit-in protest
outside his office.
Dream Defenders even gathered
enough Democratic support to initi-
ate a polling of lawmakers on hold-
ing a special session, but it was
rejected by an overwhelming two-
to-one majority.
House Speaker Will Weatherford
has agreed to a hearing on Stand
Your Ground in the fall, but he also
appointed staunch supporter Matt
Gaetz as the hearing chair.
And the push to keep the law as
written was recently refueled by a
questionable "unanimous" vote of
support from Florida law enforce-
ment. Florida sheriffs has since
come out in opposition.

New Site Helps Black Entrepreneurs Fund Their Dreams

With Spike Lee reaching his $1.25
million goal on Kickstarter, the
power of a crowd-funding site could-
n't be more inspiring. On sites like
Kickstarter and Indiegogo, anyone
with an idea or a cause can raise
money to get their project funded by
folks who are looking to support their
mission. And in today's economy,
who couldn't use a few dollars to sup-
port a dream?
If it's your dream to be your own
boss and start your own business, for
African-Americans especially, it can
be hard to get started no matter how
great the idea is.
"Despite starting with less wealth
on average, Black and Hispanic en-
trepreneurs rely more on their own
money to start their businesses: On
average owners and company insid-

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than the one they received, but
blacks and Hispanics feel more
strongly than whites that this is the
case. The poll also shows minorities
feel they have a greater influence
over their children's education.
And the ways parents assess school
quality and the problems they see as
most deeply affecting their child's
school vary greatly by parents' race,
education and income level.
Sean Anderson, 30, whose children
will be in the third and fifth grades in
Waxahachie, Texas, this fall, says
their schools are probably fine com-
pared with others near him in Dallas,
but he worries their education isn't as
good as it could be.
"I don't know. Compared to the
kids in the U.K.? Probably not," An-
derson said.
Among the findings of the AP-
NORC poll:
Parents from wealthier families
were less likely than those from less
affluent ones to see bullying, low
parental involvement, low test
scores, low expectations and out-of-
date textbooks as serious problems.
_Parents with a college degree
point to unequal school funding as
the top problem facing education,
while parents without a college de-
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students as the biggest challenge.- -
_Black and Hispanic parents are
more apt than white parents to see
per-student spending, the quality of
school buildings and the availability
of support resources as important
drivers of school quality.
"Schools in many ways are being
parents, role models, providing after-
school care. Especially middle

ers put up 56 percent of initial capi-
tal, with external debt and equity
making up the rest," writes John
Tozzi at Businessweek.
Enter Black Startup, a crowd-fund-
ing site started in 2012 by six More-
house frat brothers all proud
members of Omega Psi Phi: Nathan
Bennett-Fleming, 28; Elgin W.
Tucker, 28; Bola Adewumi, 27; Kyle
S. Yeldell, 28; Christopher G.
Hollins, 27; and Aaron A. O'Brien,
We recently caught up with Flem-
ing, Black Startup's CEO, shortly
after he and his co-founders com-
pleted a 10-week entrepreneurial
boot camp at Yale. Fleming tells us
about the importance of entrepre-
neurship, what it takes to make a suc-
cessful project on Black Startup and

schools; they're babysitting because
they're providing after-school care,"
said John Dalton, a 49-year-old fa-
ther of two from Canandaigua, N.Y,
who teaches high school English.
Dalton acknowledged his Finger
Lakes-region town is affluent and
said money isn't determining whether
the students succeed or fail. But he
said he would like his son Patrick's
public Canandaigua Academy to
spend more time on rigorous studies.
"The focus isn't really on learning,
it's on so many different things, and
the social aspect has taken over for
so many of our students," he said.
When asked about problems facing
students, parents from households
earning less than $50,000 a year were
more worried than parents making
more than $100,000. For example,
among less affluent families, 52 per-
cent said bullying was a problem and
47 percent worried about too little
parental involvement. Among
wealthier parents, those numbers
were 18 percent and 29 percent.
Responsibility falls to the parents

because teachers aren't doing their
jobs, said John Barnum, a father of
five who lives in Las Vegas.
"The educators are not there to par-
ticipate. They're there to do a j-o-b,"
Barnum said. "The teachers are send-
ing kids home with so much home-
work. They're being sent home with
homework to have the parents teach
them or have to teach themselves."
Digging into these numbers reveals
another wide gap based on race.
Fifty-four percent of Hispanic par-
ents and 50 percent of black parents
think they have a great deal or a lot
of influence over their child's educa-
tion. Only 34 percent of white par-
ents share this view.
When asking about school fund-
ing, artistic programs and technol-
ogy, racial identities divided
Sixty-one percent of black parents
saw inequality in school funding as a
problem, compared with 32 percent
of white parents. Thirty-six percent
of black parents saw insufficient op-
portunities for musical or artistic pur-

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Three of the six founders of Black Startup: Bola Adewumi, Nathan Ben-
nett Fleming, Elgin W. Tucker.

what separates their site from other
crowd-funding websites.
Q: In this job climate, how im-
portant do you think it is for

African-Americans to start their
own businesses?
A: Nathan Bennett Fleming: Well,
I think in any climate it's important

suits, but just 21 percent of white par-
ents did. And 50 percent of Hispanic
parents said a lack of computers and
technology was a problem, while 34
percent of black parents and just 16
percent of white parents said the
Hispanic parents were significantly
more likely than white parents to see
keeping good teachers as a problem,
by-a 67 percent to 24 percent margin.
Fighting, violence and gangs were a
serious concern for 53 percent of
Hispanic parents, but only 13 percent
of white parents.
There also are clear socio-eco-
nomic divides on what qualities par-
ents see in good teachers. Parents
with less formal education or lower
incomes are more likely to empha-
size teachers' academic credentials
and experience in the classroom, as
are black and Hispanic parents.

for anybody to become a business
owner, just because it gives you a
level of control and a level of auton-
omy over your life's direction and
achieving your life's goals. But par-
ticularly in the African-American
community where there may be bar-
riers to employment, such as poten-
tially educational issues, interactions
with the criminal justice system or
just a of lack of opportunities in our
It's important to be able to take
ownership and create jobs yourself.
Focusing on entrepreneurship is one
of the most important things that we
can do because it allows us to aggre-
gate our spending power to create
wealth. And once we build that sys-
tem, then there is a cycle where we
can use our capital to grow our com-
munity and to accelerate economic
development in the African-Ameri-
can community. So it's very impor-
tant. Entrepreneurship is a key step
in that.
Q: So other than being focused
solely on Black startups, what do
you think separates your company
from, say, Kickstarter or In-
A: Well, several things. One, those
are one-size-fit-all platforms. The
platforms that will be successful in
the future will not be carbon copies
of Kickstarter or Indiegogo but plat-
forms that service an interesting
niche. So clearly demographically
targeted platforms is an interesting
niche. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are
platforms that build communities on
top of them, but Black Startup is a
community that has a platform. In
addition to that, we have a support
function on our website, so we'll
allow users to be able to access men-
tors, to access e-learning materials, to

access legal and financial documents
to help close some of the knowledge
gaps that inhibit Black entrepreneur-
ship at times.
So those are the main things that
we do differently from the other
crowdfunding sites, is the support
mechanism and the fact that we're a
niche. But for the African-American
community, if you have a project
that's targeted toward the African-
American community or if your proj-
ect is designed to solve a social
problem that's in the African-Ameri-
can community, you're far more
likely to find people that are inter-
ested in the idea and to find a critical
massive of support on a site like
Black Startup. It would be very dif-
ficult to find that critical massive
support on a site like Kickstarter,
where you would be like a needle in
a haystack and the crowd isn't de-
signed for those particular ideas.
Q: Could you talk a little bit
about some of the business plan
contests that you run at colleges
across wherever, and where they
have been and how successful have
they been?
A:The idea is to run competitions
on historically Black college cam-
puses because we know that there are
smart, talented people there, they
have built in crowds, clearly they
have their school networks, they
have their family network, they have
the geographic network. But also,
when I was in college, I had plenty of
good ideas. I didn't know what to do
with a good idea. So we feel that if
there is a crowd that benefits from
the services that we provide, it's
probably going to be younger
African-Americans with some col-
lege who are in college or have grad-
uated college.


Parents See Serious Problems in Their Schools

Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press

August 22-28, 2013

TIs Corruption and Racial Profiling the

A, m Way the State of Florida Does Business?

By Roger Caldwell
Governor Scott has always want-
ed to be a political leader in the
country and he loves media atten-
tion. But with the resigning of
Jennifer Carroll, his Lieutenant
Governor, the corruption of Tony
Bennett, his Education
Commissioner, The Trayvon Martin
Case, Traymon Williams, Racial
profiling case, and the Sopchoppy
Florida, Voter complain case, there
is something wrong with the leader-
ship in the state. Corruption is run-
ning rampant in Florida and the
only answer our governor has is
buy a gun.
When the governor is busy putting
out fires, the systems are dysfunc-

tional, because there is no vision
and leadership from the top.
Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith, a
black man was put into office to
show that there was no racism in
Sanford, but Trayman Williams
says a police car was following him
in the town. He made sure he was
not breaking any laws and he
looked in his mirror and now three
cars were following him, and they
pulled him to the side of the road.
After being pulled over, Williams
was thrown to the ground and hand-
cuffed, and two of his passengers
were handcuffed, and Williams
heard the clicking of guns.
Williams lives in the community
and he was an outspoken supporter,

and gave several interviews during
the George Zimmerman murder
trial. The Sanford Police Chief has
initiated an internal investigation
and Williams is considering legal
action. In Sopchoppy, Florida, a
small Panhandle town where there
are only 500 residents and only 121
who voted, there are claims of a
White city clerk suppressing the
Black vote. This is ironic because
City Clerk Jackie Lawhon made it
difficult for Blacks to cast ballots
by questioning their residency. The
Black mayor lost by one vote and a
Black commissioner was also oust-
ed. The candidates have filed com-
plaints with the Florida Department
Continued on page 7

ILA Local 1408 Awards $45K in Scholarships

Executive Vice President of the
South Atlantic and Gulf Coast
District Charles Spencer presents
Shanese Moore, a Jacksonville
University Business Management
major, with her scholarship cer-
tificate at the ILA Local 1408
Scholarship awards ceremony.
The ILA Local 1408, the
Jacksonville chapter of the
International Longshoremen's
Association, will award $45,000 in
scholarships to more than 30 local
high school seniors and college stu-
dents last week. This year marks the
18th year of the fund assisting local
Students vying for awards from
the ILA Local 1408 Scholarship

Fund submitted a two to three page
essay answering the question, "As
the United States begins transition-
ing beyond the fiscal cliff, what are
the most significant issues still
impacting our economy and how
would you begin correcting these
issues?" Additional requirements
included a minimum 2.75 GPA and
community service activities.
"As future leaders in our commu-
nity, it's important for students to
start thinking about the issues they
will be faced with once they are out
of school," said Charles Spencer,
who serves as chairman of the
scholarship fund. Spencer began
the fund in 1995. when he was
President of the local union.
Since its' inception, the scholar-
ship program has awarded more

than half a million dollars to more
than 600 students. Spencer hopes to
continue to grow the program so
that more scholarships can be
awarded in the future. Currently,
the scholarships are funded by pro-
ceeds from the Local 1408's annual
golf tournament as well as corpo-
rate sponsorships.
"As college tuitions continue to
increase, high school and college
students need community support
to achieve their higher education
goals," Spencer said.
The ILA is the largest union of
maritime workers in North
America, representing upwards of
65,000 longshoremen on the
Atlantic -and Gulf Coasts, Great
Lakes, major U.S. rivers, Puerto
Rico and Eastern Canada.

By Anthony Butler
Following through on a commit-
ment to see more of Jacksonville,
Ted Carter, Director of the Office of
Economic Development for the
city, toured the historic Eastside
with members of the North Florida
Chapter of the E3 Business Group,
Inc. The purpose of the organized
tour was to enlighten city officials
of the many viable economic
opportunities available in this
underserved area of town. The
forty-five minute tour culminated
with a dialogue session of twenty
area entrepreneurs
The tour was led by restaurant
owner Niki Brunson of Celeb's
Corner Kitchen. Passing out cool
towels and cold bottles of water,
Ms. Brunson showed Eastside hos-
pitality as she gave a passionate and
candid look at where opportunities
were for the City to deliver on its
mandate to make Jacksonville a
better place for all people.
Showing empty but clean lots,
long standing businesses and busi-
nesses that looked open but were no
longer operating, Ms. Brunson
shared the thoughts echoed by
many entrepreneurs around the city.
"Grants don't always reach the

ground where the entrepreneurs are.
We need people to realize that
Eastside is a safe and welcome area
to eat and entertain, we just need
help in letting people know."
Entrepreneurs along the tour came
out and shared their thoughts with
Mr. Carter who quietly impressed
many when he saw a city sign
turned over and immediately went
to pick it up and make safe.
E3 Executive Director Anthony
Butler, Sr., sees this as a good "first
step" for the OED.
"Our goal today was to begin to
establish our 'voice' as a collective
of over 100 entrepreneurs who are
all committed to building their busi-
nesses while building their commu-
nities." Butler works with over 500
entrepreneurs nationwide providing
consultation through strategy meet-
ings and aligning corporations with
the various advocacy efforts of E3
entrepreneurs. "When we have
actions which allow people to con-
tinue to attach negative qualities to
certain neighborhoods it under-
mines the efforts of local entrepre-
neurs to build consumer confi-
dence," commented Butler.
In Eastside Jax this is evidenced
on a regular basis by businesses like

Celeb's Corner Kitchen. The dining
establishment located at 736 A.
Philip Randolph Blvd, has been a
successful winner in One Spark, yet
watches potential customers bypass
the area during events at the stadi-
um or Metropolitan Park.
"We have a phenomenal police
presence during events. They are so
focused that they move people
around or through our area so effi-
ciently that people never even con-
sider stopping." Brunson shared.
During the dialogue, Carter and
other participants enjoyed the cui-
sine of Celeb's: Chef Love while
having a conversation about what
needs to happen. It was noted by
entrepreneurs in the room that there
are many areas of the city which
have efforts in the works to boost
an appreciation of entrepreneurs but
there is no synergy in the efforts.
The feeling was that the City is the
key to bringing the message to all
citizens and helping to spotlight all
neighborhoods to all types of citi-
"This is good. We should do this
more often. I commend Mr. Butler
and E3 for creating this dialogue,"
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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 Nextiob, 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.

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.

The curious bank.

Pictured touring the Eastside is Mia Jones, Alaina Reeves, Angela Spears,
Kermal Gasper, guide Anthony Butler, Grayson and Ted Carter. LIones photo

Eastside Entrepreneurs Give City

Officials "Another View" of Jacksonville

Latasha Fullwood Named to

FSCJ Board of Trustees
Governor Rick Scott has appointed Latasha
Fullwood to the Florida State College at Jacksonville
District Board of Trustees.
Fullwood, 41, of Jacksonville, is an attorney and
counsel for CSX Transportation, Inc. She is a board
member of KIPP Jacksonville and of the Florida Bar
Fullwood Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee. Fullwood
received her bachelor's degree and Juris Doctorate from the University
of Florida. She succeeds Gwendolyn Yates and is appointed for a term
beginning September 11, 2013, and ending May 31, 2017.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.


August 22-28, 2013

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The passion and commitment of
the Dream Defenders has reaf-
firmed my belief that our youth are
not lost, but are asfocused on their
futures, justice, and equality as
ever. If our children are our most
valuable population, why aren't
they treated as such?
All kids make mistakes; but in
the past we have treated too many
of our young men and women like
they wereincapable of being
Back in my day a fight
between two guys that had a dis-
agreement basically landed, you
with in-school or out-of-school
suspension for a couple of days.
Now, our kids are being taken to
jail for simple one-on-one fights
and other small altercations at
school. That's not smart
justice.That's exposing a child to
the justice system when many of
these matters could have been dealt
with internally at the school.
SIf we are going to help our chil-
dren, we have to have fewer stu-
dents arrested at school for non-
violent offenses. We also have to
actually use the civil citation alter-
native and other community-based
options to incarceration. There are
some great officers that use civil
citations, and some that just refuse
under any circumstance.
Advocates for Smart Juvenile
Justice reform want to focus more
on prevention and rehabilitation.
Also on intervening at the first sign
of trouble, and providing services
to deal with the underlying issues
that lead to young people offend-

Sending troubled kids to adult
prisons is not the answer. We have
to figure out a way to stop our chil-
dren from being transferred into
the adult system. Florida is a
unique state in so many ways -
some good and some bad.
While the trend nationally has
been to promote alternative meth-
ods of punishment, Florida leads
the nation, and Duval County leads
the state in sending children to the
adult court system. Experts and
studies have shown that when
youth are sentenced to the adult
system, they are much more likely
to become career criminals.
James Baldwin said it best,
"Children have never been good at
listening to their elders, but they
have never failed to imitate them."
In other words, by placing so many
youth in the adult system, we are
essentially creating Frankenstein's
Think about this fact: 54 percent
of the Duval County children that
were arrested and then referred to
adult court last year were not vio-
lent offenders. There's something
clearly wrong with our system
when reform and prevention are
not as important as saying that we
are "tough on crime."
We have basically criminalized
student misbehavior.According to
the Southern Poverty Law Center,
"Research has shown that pushing
children out of school, unnecessar-

ily locking them up in detention
centers and youth prisons, and
sending them into the adult crimi-
naljustice systems to be tried as
adults, does not reduce crime."
Dr. Robert Johnson, is a parent-
ing specialist and says, "African
American children in this country
are growing up under the weight of
the pressures that are created by
racism and it has an effect in
schools and commercial settings
everywhere and parents need to
strengthen their children with the
abilities and skills to overcome
Easier said than done Doc!
Clearly poor student achieve-
ment is a byproduct of how our
state and county deal with our
juveniles. Overuse of arrests and
other punitive discipline policies
have lead to low graduation rates
and low performance.
Last year, Duval County ranked
last among Florida's 12 largest
counties in graduating 63 percent
of high school students, which
looks great when you compare it to
our African American students.
That percentage was only 55 per-
cent, according to Florida
Department of Education.
Clearly, arresting young people
for misdemeanors is counterpro-
ductive to the goal of our public
school system.
I realize that the flip side of this
coin is that some repeat and/or vio-

Why We're Still

By George E. Curry
For a while, it looked like the
50th anniversary observance of the
March on Washington would
expose a sharp split in the Civil
Rights Movement. Al Sharpton
jumped ahead of his colleagues by
cornering Martin Luther King III
and the two of them announced a
March on Washington for
Saturday, August 24. Other civil
rights leaders were planning events
around that time and complained
privately that Sharpton and Martin
III had locked up key funding from
major labor groups, a primary
source of funding for the move-
A series of high-profile events -
the Supreme Court's decision in
Shelby County v. Holder gutting
the heart of the Voting Rights Act
of 1965, remanding a University of
Texas affirmative action case back

to the appellate level for stricter
scrutiny and George Zimmerman,,
being found not guilty of second-,
degree murder in connection with
the shooting death of 17-year-old
unarmed Trayvon Martin in
Sanford, Fla. left African-
Americans and their supporters
clamoring for an outlet to express
their disgust.
Suddenly, the march organized
by Sharpton became the focal
point. With Sharpton still working
on other leaders in the background,
urging them to come aboard, the
pieces began to quickly fall in
place. At this point, it looks like all
of the major civil rights leaders -
including Marc Morial, president
and CEO of the National League;
Charles Steele, CEO of Dr. King's
old organization, the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference
(SCLC); Jesse Jackson, founder of
the Rainbow PUSH Coalition; Ben
Jealous, president and CEO of the
NAACP, among others will join
Sharpton and King as headliners of
the Aug. 24 march.
Of course, there are the usual
detractors who argue, as conserva-
tive talk show host Armstrong
Williams does, that we've been
marching so long that we should
have reached wherever we were
marching to by now.
The reality is that we haven't
reached our destination. Black
unemployment has been twice that
of Whites for the past five decades.
The progress made by expanding
the Black middle class has been
eroded by the Great Recession and

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the streets c
Sanford, Fla
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and galvanize
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It's the coi
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lent offenders have received multi-
ple chances and should be treated
as adults. Well, there certainly are
those people, but they don't make
up the majority of the population of
kids that I am talking about.
But think about this some 440
Jacksonville children were arrested
last year in public schools, or at
school functions;and over half of
them had never been arrested
We have to fix this issue. The
2010-11 state incarceration num-
bers show the average for youth
committed toresidential facilities is
255, with Duval County at 509.
There are states and even coun-
ties in Florida that are doing it
right. During that same timeframe,
only 94 Dade County youth were
committed to residential facilities -
a county much more populated
than Jacksonville.
We know the issue now we
need the political and community
will to refocus our efforts on
reforming our students who make
mistakes, versus the system auto-
matically dropping the hammer on
every kid it can.
In the words of Judge William
Hibbler, "Children don't stop being
children when they commit a
Signing off from the Duval
County Juvenile Detention Center,
. Reggie Fullwood

?rofiled while walking of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream"
)f New York City or '*spe'eh,'o'iiAug. 28',; the actual date
S* of the original March. President
Sat the recent National Obama, who has had difficulty in
ue convention assess- the past uttering Dr. King's name
gress made since the in public, will speak at the second
rch on Washington, Al event organized by Bernice King,
aid, "You say why the sole surviving daughter of the
t voting? Well, that's slain civil rights leader.
it the first time. We did To those who question the need
ig rights at a cocktail for another march, they should
) have racial harmony examine a graphic created by the
e got it by organizing Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
sing and the only way that compares goals of the 1963
to make changes is by March with today's reality:
nd galvanizing." -Goal: We Demand an end to
forget that Trayvon ghettos. Reality: We still live in
ne became a household ghettos. Forty-five percent of poor
after marches led by Black children but only 12 percent
collegee students and of poor White children live in
und the nation, insist- neighborhoods of concentrated
eorge Zimmerman be poverty.
ial for murder. -Goal: We Demand an End to
mnbination of marching School Segregation. Reality:
ic agenda that leads to Seventy-four percent of Black chil-
d while we're on the dren attend schools that are 50-100
marches, not everyone percent non-White, resulting in
the demonstrations of fewer resources than majority
There was not unity White schools.
rights leaders Roy -Goal: We March for Jobs for
example, was intense- All. Reality: In 2012, the Black
f Dr. King and many unemployment rate -14 percent -
not jump on the King was 2.1 times the White unemploy-
until after he was ment rate (6.6 percent).
in Memphis and lived -Goal: We March for a Living
rough his "I Have a Wage. Reality: The minimum wage
ieech and on U.S. of $7.25 an hour, well below the
ips. $11.06 an hour a full-time worker
tely, there will be two needed in 2011 to keep a family of
Sof the 1963 March. four out of poverty (36 percent of
ig. 24 co-chaired by Black workers make poverty-level
nd Martin, III and wages).
more of a celebration That's why we're still marching.

Minimum Reasoning

on Minimum Wage

By William Reed
NNPA Columnist -
Some phones were ringing; others were on hold as Real Christian
Radio's host was well -into his 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. program set. The sub-
ject was "Is minimum wage enough to live on?" and syndicated radio per-
sonality Lonnie Hunter's job was letting the audience "have their say" on
the issue.
Actually, the subject had come up earlier on "The Yolanda Adams
Morning Show" when the show's co-host asked listeners to "speak up" let
him know whether minimum wage "is a livable wage" and could they sur-
vive on $7.25 an hour. All morning long stations in the '"Praise" network
urged listeners to: "Say what you want to say" about whether minimum
wage is a livable wage...
So, as they say in the business, the subject"'already had legs" by the time
Hunter stepped to the microphone. Christian Radio's midday host Hunter
is a minister, musician, artist and producer who got misled into taking an
"on air" position advocating flawed economic concepts. Sadly, Hunter
doesn't know, or see, the socialist philosophy the -issue is based upon.
Though he never cited himself as an economist, but amid the tweets,
Facebook messages and contest challenges, the high audience involvement
Hunter achieved that day. was based on bogus subject matter and theme.
The whole idea and discussion of wage legislation is politics run amuck.
Many liberals, still widely accept the view that minimum wage laws are
needed to provide the working poor with a fair wage. Hunter unwittingly
took sides in a misguided issue that labor unions have been pushing for
years. People proposing minimum wage legislation have the rose-colored
glasses' view of government that promotes redistribution of wealth and
marketplace intervention.
Labor unions have held lofty status in the Black political agenda of
recent years. Sup ers'of the minim. m~ tiiwage c lamt'i increases the stan-
dard of living of workers, reduces poverty, reduces inequality and boosts
morale. Actually, such rules and legislation increase poverty and unem-
ployment. Sixty percent of the jobs lost in the last recession were middle
income. Most new positions are in expanding low-wage industries such as

retail, food services, cleaning
and health-care support. By
2020, 48 percent ofjobs will be
in those service sectors.
The economic evidence
shows Blacks haven't yet mas-
tered capitalism. Most show a

Supporters of the minimum wage
claim it increases the standard of
living of workers, reduces poverty,
reduces inequality, and boosts morale.
Actually, such rules and legislation
increase poverty and unemployment.

gross lack of understanding of Sixty percent of the jobs lost in the last
how it works. An example of recession were middle income.
our participation in misguided
social engineering goes back to Chicago in 2006 when the Chicago City
Council rejected a proposal from Wal-Mart to open a store on the South
Side. Subsequently, that Council approved an ordinance requiring Wal-
Mart and other "Big-Box" stores to pay much higher minimum wages than
their competitors. All to which Chicago unions and community groups
cheered, not fully grasping the fact that such targeted legislation tarnishes
a city's reputation as a place to do business.
A free market economic system is one in which prices and wages are
determined by unrestricted competition between businesses, without gov-
ernment interference. Politicians in the nation's capital moved to center
stage buffoonery with a new "minimum wage" chicanery. The D.C.
Council has moved to raise the local minimum wage for employees at
major retailers and requiring "Big-Box" stores to pay their employees 50
percent more than the existing District minimum wage. At its core, the City
Council measure is all a plot to tell the world's largest retailer "how it
should operate." The "Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013," would
require retailers with more than $1 billion in annual revenues to pay
employees making less than $50,000 a year at least $12.50 per hour. D.C.'s
minimum wage is $8.25 per hour.
The belief that increasing the minimum wage is socially beneficial is a
delusion Blacks need to delete from their economic lexicon. It's time such
buffoonery ceases and Blacks think and act in ways that illustrate a real-
ization of where we live and work an economic and political system in
which trade and industry are based on private ownership for profit.
"Minimum wage" is antithetical to how "laissez-faire" works.

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FAMU FlodaA&M pot hoto
BAND Famed Florida A&M
CLEARS Marching 100 returns to
the field after nearly two-
HURDLES year suspension.



GRAMBLING Grambling State University Presi-
-- dent Frank G. Pogue asked Aaron
James to be interim athletic direc-
tor for a second time since he's been
^ president. This time, however, he's
decided that James is his man.
< I"Aaron was a finalist when
we looked at more than 80 candidates
James for the position, and he was a truly
strong candidate," said Pogue. "After
asking Aaron to fill in just a short few weeks ago and after
working with him and watching him work with others, it
became obvious that our national search yielded a good
batch of candidates, including our own Aaron James.
"The AD job is a difficult and challenging one, but
I have learned that Aaron can work cooperatively with
I've coached basketball at my alma mater. I've
worked in athletics and development at my school," said
James, 60, who lives in Ruston. "I've always wanted to be
Grambling State University's AD, so this is a dream come
true." The appointment is pending approval by the Uni-
versity of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors who
may consider the request as early as this week.

(Homecoming Celebrant listed first and in Bold)
Alabama A&M vs. Miss Valley State
Alcorn State vs. Warner
Concordia-Selma vs Ave Maria
Edward Waters vs. Virginia-Lynchburg
Lincoln (MO) vs. Emporia State
Morgan State vs. Florida A&M
West Virginia State vs. Urbana

Bowie State vs. Chowan
Central State vs. Miles
Delaware State vs. Norfolk State
Hampton vs. NC A&T
Kentucky State vs. Fort Valley State
Saint Augustine's vs. Livingstone
Stillman vs. Benedict
Winston-Salem State vs. Johnson C. Smith

Albany State vs. Morehouse
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Southern
Benedict vs. Clark Atlanta
Cheyney vs. Millersville
Elizabeth City State vs. Lincoln (Pa)
Florida A&M vs. Howard
Jackson State vs. Grambling State
Lane vs. Central State
Miles vs. Kentucky State
NC Central vs. Morgan State
Prairie View A&M vs. Miss Valley State
Shaw vs. Livingstone
Texas Southern vs. Alcorn State
Virginia State vs. Bowie State
Virginia Union vs. Chowan

Bethune-Cookman vs. SC State
Chowan vs. Elizabeth City State
Clark Atlanta vs. Albany State
Fayetteville State vs. Saint Augustine's
Fort Valley State vs. Concordia-Selma
Howard vs. Morgan State
Johnson C. Smith vs. Shaw
Lincoln (Pa) vs. Virginia State
Livingstone vs. Winston-Salem State
Miss Valley State vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Morehouse vs. Benedict
Savannah State vs. NC Central
Southern vs. Alcom State
Tennessee State vs. Eastern Illinois

BCSP Notes

Tinsley, McCorory add silvers
at World Track Championships
As the 2013 IAAF World Track Championships wound down, two
more HBCU products have joined Howard hurdler David Oliver as medal
Oliver won the gold medal in the men's 110 meter hurdles on Monday.
Jackson State product Michael Tinsley finished second in the men's
400 meter hurdles Thursday. Both he and winner Jehue Gordon tumbled to
the track after an exciting finish.
Tinsley led into the straight, led to and off the ninth hurdle. Gordon
of Trinidad & Tobago was closing in on him. Rising to the tenth barrier
they were locked together; off it, perhaps Gordon enjoyed the slimmest of
margins. No-one else had a chance.
Both men dived as they crossed the line. Both hit the track beyond it.
But it was Gordon who produced the better lean to take the gold medal by
a hundredth of a second in a world lead and Trinidad & Tobago national
record 47.69.
Tinsley had glanced across to his right as he dove for the line and prob-
ably knew before he hit the track that he was beaten. He had all but won,
going out very fast from lane three, gathering in Olympic champion Felix
Sanchez half-way up the back-straight and Cuba's Omar Cisneros the two
to his immediate outside a little after.
And he had edged in front of Gordon by the time the final bend stagger
took full effect. But it was the younger man who had the better lean just
- as they battled along the final straight. Tinsley, the 2012 Olympic silver
medalist, finished in 47.70, a personal best. Emir Bekric of Serbia was third
and two-time Olympic champion Sanchez wound up fifth.
After finishing sixth in the individual 400 meter dash finals, Hampton
alum Francena McCorory returned to the track to anchor Team USA's
4x400 meter relay team, Friday.
Running lead-off, Jessica Beard handed off to USA 400 meter national
champion Natasha Hastings with a 5-meter lead. At the second hand-off,
the U.S. and Russia were even as Ashley Spencer took on third-leg duties.
Trailing the Russians by a step, Spencer hugged the inside lane as Kseniya
Ryzova of Russia drifted out to the second lane coming down the home-
stretch. With a half-stride lead over the U.S., Russia then cut into the inside
to make the exchange, with their anchor-leg runner, Antonina Krivoshapka
lined up on the rail and Team USA's McCorory on her outside shoulder.
The cross-traffic jam caused Spencer to come almost to a stop before
being able to hand off to McCorory, who pulled even with Krivoshapka off
the final turn but couldn't overtake the Russian, finishing second in 3:20.41
to Russia's 3:20.18. Great Britain was third in 3:22.61.
Another notable performance came from Jackson State student and
World University Games double champion Anaso Jobodwana in the men's
200 meter final, Saturday. Usain Bolt completed a fourth global champion-
ship sprint double in five years to win the event in 19.66.
Jobodwana, running for South Africa, finish sixth overall at 20.14. Jo-
bodwana and 2012 World junior champion Adam Gemili had shared fastest
time of the heats but Bolt prevailed.

SIAC begins Centennial Celebration
ATLANTA-- The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(SIAC) officially unveiled its logo in commemoration of its upcoming one
hundred year celebration. The conference was founded on December 30,
The official theme for the
centennial celebration is "100
Years of Academic and Athletic
Excellence." To that end, the con-
ference will host marquee events
in recognition of the history and
tradition of the SIAC.
"When we consider the 100 S A
year span of the SIAC, we need
to be sure not to view it simply
through the lens of SIAC and Af-
rican-American history, but rather
through the prism of Intercolle-
giate and American history," said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore.

IAAF Photo
SPENTI: Jackson State product Michael Tinsley lays on the track after a
supreme effort landed him second in the 400 meter hurdles final at the IAAF
Track & Field World Championships in Moscow Thursday. Tinsley was out-
leaned at the tape by Trinidad & Tobago's Jehue Gordon. Tinsley finished in
a personal best of 47.70, one-hundredth of a second behind Gordon.

"It is in this spirit that we will honor our past and recognize our future
throughout the upcoming academic year in commemoration and recogni-
tion of the 100 Year History of the SIAC."
This year's list of events will be highlighted by the SIAC Football
Legends Luncheon that will occur during the week of the 2013 Football
Championship and the SIAC Hall of Fame Gala in February, which will
mark the official return of the SIAC Hall of Fame. The conference will
also celebrate its centennial through additional educational and communi-
ty service related events that will occur during the 2014 SIAC Basketball

Florida A&M Marching 100 returns
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Florida A&M University (FAMU) direc-
tor of marching and pep bands Sylvester Young has announced that the
Marching "100" will perform during the halftime show at the MEAC/
SWAC Challenge presented by Disney in Orlando Sept. 1, 2013 and at
other games during the football season.
According to Young, the band will have fewer members than in the
past, as a result of the new, more rigorous guidelines for participation. He
also reinforced that the group will be equally dynamic and fully represent
the great tradition of the Marching" 100."

"We have made a thorough
assessment of the students who
have auditioned for the band and
firmly believe that we are ready
to return and positively repre-
sent Florida A&M University
and its proud students, faculty,
alumni and community," added
Young, director of marching



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Sand pep bands. "We embark on this season reflective of the circumstances
that led to the band's suspension and are optimistic that this is a new day
for the band and the university. Our goal is to support the mission of the
university and use this program to recruit top scholars and elevate the
stature of the university."
In June, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson announced that
he would lift the suspension, but would leave it up to Young to determine
when the band was ready to perform. Young's announcement on August
15 comes 21 months after the band was suspended as a result of a hazing
incident in Orlando. Since the Orlando incident, the university has created
a comprehensive anti-hazing plan and established new criteria to deter-
mine who can participate in the Marching Band ensemble.
"We fully support Dr. Young's decision," said Robinson. "As the
Marching 100 returns to the field, we believe that it will be a model of
excellence for other bands in the country as we focus on its founding
principles of character, academics, leadership, marching and service."


Bull City Gridiron Classic
Duke vs.NC Central in Durham, NC......................................................... 4:00pm ET
29th Labor Day Classic
Texas Southern vs.Prairie View A&M in Houston, TX............................... 7:00pm CT
Disney MEAC/SWAC Challenge
Florida A&M vs. Miss Valley State in Orlando, FL.................................. 11:45 am ET
15th John Merntt Classic
Tennessee State vs. Bethune-Cookman in Nashville, TN.........................7:00pm CT
Battle of the First
Cheyney vs. Lincoln (Pa) in Cheyney, PA.................................................1:00pm ET
Ohio Classic
Central State vs. Benedict in Wilberforce, OH.......................................... 1:30 pm ET
Macon Heritage Football Classic
Fort Valley State vs. Valdosta State in Macon, GA....................................2:00pm ET
3rd AT&T Nation's Classic
Howard vs. Morehouse in Washington, DC.............................................3:30pm ET
Commorative Classic
Livingstone vs. Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, NC................................... 4:00pm ET
6th W. C. Gorden Classic
Jackson State vs. Alabama State in Jackson, MS..................................... 5:00pm CT
4th Louis Crews Classic
Alabama A&M vs. Tuskegee in Huntsville, AL........................................... 6:00pm CT
Eddie McGirt Classic
Johnson C. Smith vs Bowie State in Charlotte, NC...................................2:00pm ET
41st New York Urban League Classic
Virginia State vs. Benedict in East Rutherford, NJ.................................... 3:00pm ET
Missouri Classic
Lincoln (MO) vs. Grambling State in Kansas City, MO..............................4:00pm CT
24th Southern Heritage Classic
Tennessee State vs. Jackson State in Memphis, TN................................ 6:00pm CT
5th Two Rivers Classic
Fayetteville State vs. UNC Pembroke in Fayetteville, NC......................... 6:00pm ET
Cape Fear Classic
Shaw vs. UNC Pembroke in Wilimington, NC........................................... 1:00pm ET
3rd Cleveland Football Classic
Winston-Salem State vs. Tuskegee in Cleveland, OH ..............................1:00pm CT
Chicago Classic
Morehouse vs. Central State in Chicago, IL.............................................. 1:30pm CT
Iris City Classic
Clark Atlanta vs. Fort Valley State in Griffin, GA........................................ 3:00pm ET
Fish Bowl Classic
Norfolk State vs. Charleston Southern in Norfolk, VA............................... 4:00pm ET
Palmetto Capital City Classic
SC State vs. Benedict in Columbia, SC..................................................... 4:00pm ET
St. Louis Gateway Classic
Tennessee State vs. Central State in St Louis,MO...................................2:00pm CT

Augusta City Classic
Benedict vs. Fort Valley State in Augusta, GA......................................... 2:00pm ET
16th Down East Viking Classic
Elizabeth City State vs. Fayetteville State in Rocky Mount, NC ............. 4:00pm ET

25th Bank of America Atlanta Football Classic
SC State vs. NC A&T in Atlanta, GA.........................................................3:30pm ET
Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic
Prairie View A&M vs. Grambling State in Dallas, TX...............................4:30pm CT
Cross Road Classic
Concordia-Selma vs. Arkansas Baptist in Prichard, AL........................... 2:00pm CT
78th Morehouse-'Skegee Classic
Tuskegee vs. Morehouse in Columbus, GA ........................................... 2:00pm ET
30th Circle City Classic
Alcom State vs. Grambling State in Indianapolis, IN............................... 4:00pm CT
Battle of the Bay
Norfolk State vs. Hampton in Norfolk, VA ............................................... 1:00pm ET
Biker Classic
Bethune-Cookman vs. Savannah State in Daytona Beach, FL .............. 4:00pm ET
Shreveport Classic
Jackson State vs. Prairie View A&M in Shreveport, LA ..........................4:00pm CT
72nd State Farm Magic City Classic
Alabama State vs. Alabama A&M in Birmingham, AL............................. 7:00pm CT
24th Fountain City Classic
Albany State vs. Fort Valley State in Columbus, GA .............................. 2:00pm ET
CIAA Championship
North Champion vs. South Champion in Winston-Salem, NC................. 1:00pm ET
SIAC Championship
East Champion vs. West Champion in Atlanta, GA ................................ 7:00pm ET
Battle of the Real HU
Hampton vs. Howard in Hampton, VA .................................................. 1:00pm ET
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Classic
Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M in Orlando, FL................................ 2:00pm ET
90th Turkey Day Classic
Alabama State vs. Stillman in Montgomery, AL ...................................... 3:00pm CT
40th Bayou Classic
Southern vs. Grambling State in New Orleans, LA................................. 1:30pm CT
Toyota SWAC Championship
East Champion vs. West Champion in Houston, TX .............................. 1:00pm CT

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Texas College vs. Bacone

Grambling State vs. Miss Valley State
NC A&T vs. Virginia-Lynchburg
Norfolk State vs. Florida A&M
Tuskegee vs. Central State

SC State vs. Florida A&M
Virginia-Lynchburg vs. Livingstone

Alabama State vs. Stillman

August 2013

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Page 6 Ms. Perry's Free Press August 22-28, 2013

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

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

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

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..

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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 or
call 302-0772.

Summerville Presents Sunday
School Anniversary Celebration
Summerville Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor James W. Henry and con-
gregation will celebrate the anniversary of their Sunday School Ministry,
Sunday, August 25th at 9:30 a.m. Come and join the celebration! For more
information call 598-0510. Summerville Missionary Baptist Church is
located at 690 W. 29th St.

First Lady Productions Presents
"I'm Doing Me" CD concert
First Lady Productions invites the community to the concert of the year!
It's the live recording of national recording artists Dr. Vera Goodman and
Anointed Praise latest CD entitled "I'm Doing Me," Saturday, August 31st
at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be held at Temple of One Accord Ministries
International, Inc. Jan D. Goodman, Sr. Bishop. Featured in concert with
Dr. Vera Goodman and Anointed Praise is the world renowned Pastor of
One Accord Ministries International Bishop Jan D. Goodman, Sr. and one
of God's best singers Kizzie Walker from last season's "Sunday's Best."
Audience participation is required so bring your best praise and let's have a
hallelujah good time. So we expect to see your face in the place! For more
information contact First Lady Productions at 425-0806. Temple of One
Accord Ministries International, Inc. is located at 2971 Waller Street.

NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge. Information must
be received in the Free Press offices no later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of
the week you want it to run. Information received prior to the event
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Annual ASALH
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 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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Pastors Disagree Over New

Reality Show 'Preachers of LA'

The next wave of reality televi-
sion stars will be men of the cloth
when Oxygen Media premieres its
new docu-series The Preachers of
L.A. in October.
Not everyone is singing its prais-
es, however.
The upcoming show will follow
six "mega-pastors" in the City of
Angels as they live their lives,
preach their sermons and tend to
any lost sheep in their communities.
Offering a glance into the holy
order, the series will focus on daily
"struggles and triumphs" in the
ministers' personal and professional
lives, as well as how they balance
their commitments.
Call it an act of God or scan-
dalous covenant, local pastors have
a few words to say on the matter.
"I'm totally against it," said
Pastor William J. Smith of Saint
Tabernacle Church in L.A. "When
you put the church in the category
of all these other shows though I
don't watch them, I don't have time
for that foolishness it demeans the
church. It brings it down and it takes
away the value of why it's here.
That's why the church is in the con-
dition that it's in. Because the
church has, in a sense, aligned itself
with themes of the world."
Smith argues the public already
ridicules the church, thus this
heightened display of attention will
provide ammunition for their scorn.
"When one falls, we all fall or
we're all no good," he points out,
"Now, I'm. not against prosperity
because God wants these people to
prosper, but there's a way off course
being flamboyant and boasting
about our prosperity."
He adds, "That causes people to
look down on us. Our job is to
preach the gospel, and to reach peo-
ple. It's not to match wits with the
From the son of preacher man
Conceived by real-life pastors'
kids, Preachers of L.A. was created
by Lemuel Plummer, executive pro-
ducer of Vindicated and producer of
The Sheards, and Holly Carter,
executive producer of 106 & Gospel
and The Sheards, as a means of
building awareness of the faith
community and the extent of a
preacher's path.
Pastors on the show include
Bishop Noel Jones, Minister
Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence
McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip,
Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop
Ron Gibson.
In the previews, the men are
shown wearing tailored suits and
sunglasses, tattooed, flanked by an
entourage and driving around in
fancy cars.
Growing up in the church, the
producers wanted to portray unsung
realities they witnessed, and the

pressures placed on preachers and
their families.
Regardless of benevolent aims,
Smith says putting the church on
this platform disgraces its stature.
"We should represent Jesus here
on this Earth today," he explains.
"We have to separate ourselves
from the themes and the limelight of
what people are doing today as far
as commercializing the Bible."
The plus side of opening
Heaven's gate
While Smith may disapprove of
such glorified exhibitions, other
clergymen see a positive angle to
the promotion.
Reverend Mark Whitlock of
Christ Our Redeemer Church in
Irvine, CA knows several of the pas-
tors involved, and feels it is an
opportunity for people to under-
stand how difficult the life of a
preacher can be.
He hopes there will be a "greater
appreciation" for the job, however
he does express reserves for the way
reality TV can misconstrue a story.
If people begin to see that the pain
of a congregation, the pain of a
community is reflected in the mes-
sages [of a preacher], and that in
that pain there is a ray of light and
hope, then we all will benefit from
this television show," Whitlock
remarks. "I sincerely hope that the
producers of this program don't
exploit these great men of God.
They're responsible for the souls of
thousands, and television often is
driven by commercials, by how the
ratings are."
Though many people consider the
church an exalted force in society,
Whitlock doesn't think that pre-
cludes it from documentation.
Actually, he sees it as a necessary
progression. If everyone else has a
TV show, why not preachers?
"The church is a reflection of the
community," Whitlock comments.
"The community has been dis-
played on every television program
there is. I'm hoping that this reality
television program offers reality
that there is a higher power with
sovereign authority over the com-
munity where we live, work and
He continues, "It really is about
helping people to come out of dark
places and those dark places include
drug dens, funeral parlors, hospi-
tals, unemployment lines, food
lines, lines of poverty, homeless
In addition to the TV airing, the
team behind Preachers of L.A. will
implement an extensive digital
strategy to capitalize on the new-
found attention, including a
"Twitter Sermon" on September 3
where each minister will share
anecdotes, advice, and scriptures
with fans of the show.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

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Pittman-Peele Celebrates 50th Birthday

JuCoby Pittman-Peele, the dedicated CEO of the Clara White Mission, celebrated her "Fabulous 50" Birthday
party last weekend with a few hundred of her closest friends. Despite the rainy weather, the event venue Riverside
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and DJ and smorgasbord of gourmet foods. The multiple buffet style food stations included shrimp and grits, Family and friends gathered at the
chicken and waffles, sushi, desserts and specialty dips in addition to two fully stocked bars.The honoree took the Marriott Fairfield Inn on Chaffee
time to personally greet each of her guests and take photos with all of them. A highlight of the evening was the Point last weekend to celebrate the
traditional Happy Birthday Song performed by her daughter, recording artist Alju' Jackson and young son presentation of Miss Leann
Winston. Shown above is JuCoby Pittman-Peele in front of her specialty shopping purse and stilletto cake with Deschanel Jackson to society. The
Alju and Winston following their song rendition.

Homegoing Services Set for Ms. Charlotte Stewart
continued from front the Arts Assembly of ber of the David H. Dwight United Negro College Fund.

occasion, held on her 16th birthday,
was complete with the honorees
entrance in gown and gloves. The
evening also included her "crown-
ing" and positive affirmations spo-
ken over her life. Channel 4 news
Anchor Kumasi Aaron co-mc'd
with Princess Davis.
Miss Leann Deschanel has partic-
ipated in various activities such as

cheerleading, ballet dancing and
band. She is presently attending
Orange Park High School and is a
member of the National Honor
Society, Spanish Honor society and
Tri-Music Honor society. Pictured
are Leann's parents Ray and Sonya
Jackson presenting their daughter
with a gift of diamonds and a pre-
paid college certificate.

courses and acted as a coun-
selor for special programs
and Adult Services at Florida
Junior College, now Florida
State College at Jacksonville.
From 1996 through 1998,
Charlotte served as
Congressional Aide to
Congresswoman Corrine
Ms. Stewwart-w also very
active in the community and
served on many boards and
committees. As a member of

Florida C<
Continued from page 3
of Law Enforcement, but the city
attorney Dan Cox says, "I don't
think that anything was done that
was out of line."
Tony Bennett, the Educational
Commissioner who just resigned
says that he did not do anything
wrong also. In a resignation letter
Tony Bennett dismissed the brew-
ing scandal as "malicious and root-
ed in unfounded allegations, and
created a distraction from important
work and he was leaving his post
immediately." The Indiana State
Teachers Association Called Mr.
Bennett letter-grading scandal
exactly what it is "cheating."
Anytime the Lieutenant
Governor, the Educational

Jacksonville, that became the
Cultural Council, Inc. of
Jacksonville. Ms. Stewart
served as chairwoman of sev-
eral programs involving
African American youth and
the community at large and
was a member of the Florida
Professional Regulations
Board- Cosmetology Section,
a member .of the Jacksonville
chapter of the American Lung
Association of Florida,
founding and on-going mem-

Commissioner, the city clerk in one
of the cities, the police department
in Sanford are being investigated
by the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement, there is something
fundamentally wrong with the sys-
tem and leadership. Governor Scott
is making a mockery of the gover-
nor's office and embarrassing the
state around the country, and the
SOur governor needs to explain to
Floridians how he allows corrupt
people to work for him, and what
he is doing to correct these prob-
lems. It is impossible for Floridians
and specifically Florida African
Americans, to trust the system and
trust our governor, when the leaders
are cheating and corrupt.

Sr. Memorial Committee for
Scouting and most notably a
member of the "Circle of
Three"; a group of three
women who researched
developed and narrated a
slide presentation on the his-
tory of African Americans in
Jacksonville. From 1991 they
presented to numerous audi-
ences throughout te' city,' the
presentation was entitled "An
Oral Black History of
Jacksonville from 1925 to
As member of Historic Mt.
Zion African Methodist
Church Ms. Charlotte served
in many leadership positions
and was a member of the
"Smart Set"and "Entre Nous"
Bridge Clubs. Ms. Stewart
was a long-term member of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
In 2008, Ms. Stewart was an
inductee into the J.P. Small
Foundation Scholarship Hall
of Fame. Ms. Stewart was
also the recipient of numer-
ous awards and certificates
from organizations including
but not limited to, Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church,

Baker Correction Institution,
University of North Florida,
and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Ms. Stewart was a devoted
wife of the late Dennis
Stewart Sr., and leaves to
cherish her memory her two
sons Dennis Stewart Jr. (wife
Linda Stewart) and Michael
D. Stewart (Lydia Stewart).
Her grandchildren Marcus,
Patrick, Maya, Eros and
Cherub Stewart and Great
grandchildren Khari, Amani,
Noah, Zaria and Alexis;
Sister to Lydia Wooden and
David H. Dwight Jr. (wife,
Bettye Dwight). Her beloved
and devoted friend Iona King,
extended family, a host of
supporters, and community
Homegoing services will be
held Saturday at 1 p.m. at
Historic Mount Zion Church.
Arrangements are performed
by Hillman-Pratt Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers,
Donations may be made in
Charlotte Stewart's memory
to Historic Mt. Zion AME
Church, Building Fund

Take Precaution of Mosquito

Borne Illnesses in Severe Heat

Due to the heavy rainfall and
isolated flooding throughout the
state this summer, the Florida
Department of Health (DOH)
emphasizes the importance of res-
idents and visitors protecting
themselves against mosquito-
borne diseases. To prevent mos-,
quitoes from living and multiply-
ing around your home or business,
individuals should remember to
drain and cover.
DRAIN standing water:
Drain water from garbage
cans, buckets, pool covers, cool-
ers, toys, flowerpots or any other
containers where sprinkler or rain-
water has collected.
SDiscard old tires, drums, bot-
tles, cans, pots and pans, broken
appliances and other items that
aren't being used.
Empty and clean birdbaths
and pets' water bowl at least once
or twice a week.
Protect boats and vehicles
from rain with tarps that don't
accumulate water.
SMaintain swimming pools in
good condition and appropriately
chlorinated. Empty plastic swim-
ming pools when not in use.
COVER your skin with:
SClothing If you must be out-

side when mosquitoes are active,
cover up, Wear shoes, socks, long
pants and long sleeves.
Repellent- Apply mosquito
repellent to bare skin and clothing.
Always use repellents according to
the label. Repellents with 10-30
percent DEET,, picaridin, oil -of
lemon eucalyptus and IR3535 are
SUse mosquito netting to pro-
tect children younger than two
months old.
COVER doors and windows
with screens:
SKeep mosquitoes out of your
house. Repair broken screening on
windows, doors, porches and
Symptoms of West Nile virus
and other mosquito-borne illnesses
may include headache, fever,
fatigue, dizziness, and confusion.
For information on mosquito-
borne illnesses, read Healthy
Florida Summer Series: Winning
the Battle Against Mosquitoes
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

M.L.K. Memorial
Foundation Banquet
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

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

League of Women
Voters' Luncheon
The 3rd annual League of
Women's Voters Women's Equality
Day luncheon is scheduled for
Friday, August 23rd, 10:30 a.m.- 3
p.m. at Cummings Chapel at St.
John's Cathedral, 226 E. Church St.
The theme is "Creating an Equal
Society." For more information call
355-8683 or email zontajack-

Operation Kidsafe
Bring your child to a free child
safety event for a free digital finger-
print and photo safety kit and set up
a family safety action plan. Day 1
takes place Friday, August 23rd,

12- 6 p.m. at Bath Planet,4689 US
17 Highway, Suite 10, and Fleming
Island. Day 2 is Saturday, August
24th at Granite Transformations,
4689 US 17 Highway Suite 1, 10
a.m. 4 p.m. For more information
call Operation KidSafe at 866-962-

Womens Health
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 or call

Northside L.O.V.E.
is back!
Show some love at the Northside
Lifting Our Various Enterprises
Arts and Vendors market, Sunday,
August 25th and Sunday
September 29th at Lonnie Miller
Park, 5054 Soutel Dr. The love
starts at 2 p.m. and will feature food
trucks, entertainment, fresh firuait
and vegetables, train rides, children
activities, arts and crafts, Zumba
exercises and more! For details call
755-5281 or email thepaisleypart-

HabiJax Homeowner
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

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

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

"Sanctified Theft" Play
Comes to the Ritz
Is doing wrong ever the right
thing? Pastor Thomas, a loving 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
Unity" Fundraiser
For the love of the game, join NCI
on the green Saturday, August 31st,
for the 8th Annual Northside
Community Involvement
"Tournament of Unity" Fundraiser
at the World Golf Village in historic
St. Augustine, Florida. For more
info email or
call 302-0772.

Old School Party
TLP Enterprises presents an Old
School Grown Folks Dance,
Saturday, August 31st at the Fleet
Reserve, 5391 Collins Rd. Get your
groove on from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Enjoy old school style dancing
without the drama! For more infor-
mation call Toi Potts at 554-9765.

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


Catfish Festival
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

Spoken Word
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

Homeownership Event
Attend the Neighborhood
Assistance Corporation of
American Dream event. NACA
provides the best homeownership
programs for homeowners and
homebuyers September 5th 9th, 8-
6 p.m. For more information visit or call 306-9272.

Amateur Night
at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz, Friday,
September 6th, 7:30 p.m. at the
Ritz Theater located at 829 N.
Davis St. For more information call
632-5555 or visit www.ritzjack-

American Beach
Summer Jazz Series
The American Beach Property
Owners' Association Inc. will pres-
ent its second jazz series featuring
Akia Uwanda, Saturday,
September 7th from 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. at Burney" Park at Historic
American Beach. Enjoy food,
music and bring your lawn chairs!
For more details call 662-7793 or

LEGO Camp In
for Kids at MOSH
MOSH will host its 1st LEGO
Camp-In Saturday, September 7th,
at 6:30 p.m. A fun family event and
opportunity to sharpen your LEGO
building skills. For more details call
396-MOSH (6674), or visit

Jazz at the Ritz
Pieces of a Dream in concert,
Saturday, September 7th, for two
shows, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. This live
cafe style evening features the
music of jazz legends and the
hottest new acts. Enjoy great food
and fabulous music! For more
information call 632-5555 or visit

Ask-A -Lawyer
The next Ask-A-Lawyer event
will be held Saturday, September
14th, 9 a.m. 12:00 p.m., at the
Florida State College at
Jacksonville Downtown Campus,
401 West State Street, Rooms T140
and T141. 12-15. Licensed, pro
bono attorneys will talk to individu-
als, one-to-one, in 10-15 minute
interviews to answer legal ques-
tions and provide guidance. For
more details call 356-8371, Ext.
363 or visit

P.R.I.D.E. September
Bookclub Meeting
The P.R.I.D.E. Bookclub meeting
will be held Saturday, September
14th at 3 p.m. The book for discus-
sion is "Airing Grandma's Laundry
and other 'hush hush' Family
Secrets" by author Natasha 0.
Bookclub meeting host is Jennifer
King at 211 Worthington Pkwy, St.
Johns, Fl. 32259. For more infor-
mation call 230-7153 or email

Chris Tucker is back!
Stand up performer Chris Tucker
is coming to the Florida Theater,
Friday, September 27th at 7:30
p.m. at the Florida Theater. For
tickets or more information 128
East Forsyth Street or call the box
office at 355.2787 or visit

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1 Goode Shares Her Secrets for Beauty Hollywood Style

Meagan Good has a lot to smile
about. Her big and small screen
roles continue to grow, and she con-
tinues to look more fabulous.

The popular actress definitely
looks the part of a leading lady, but
how does she keep it all together?
Here's Meagan's take on how
to stay healthy and vibrant:
Work Outs:
I work with my trainer
Augustina about four to five
times a week for 45 minutes a
day. We start out on the treadmill
and then we do a lot of exercises
using my own body weight.
My favorite workouts are any-
thing having to do with making my
waistline trimmer and toned.
My least favorite is any type of
pushup! Everybody wants lightning
in a bottle, and while healthy things

in a bottle do help, you have to do
the work to get the result you want.
Healthy Eating
I try to eat healthy. In the morn-
ing, I have a protein shake. I the
afternoon I eat mostly whatever I
want, I just try to modify it to a
healthier choice and a smaller por-
tion since I still have time to be
active if I'm a little bad. In the
evening, I stick to baked chicken
and veggies.
I think some of the best ways to
stay healthy when you have a busy
life and career are protein shakes,
lots of vitamins, and not depriving
yourself. Also, modifying your eat-

ing habits to a healthier version of
what you want And always find
some time to be a little bit active,
even if it's just walking.
Beauty Tips:
My best beauty secrets are rest,
water, moisturizer, and a really
great eye cream. Also, an antioxi-
dant for when you travel, so that the
elements that get in the plan don't
suck the moisture from your face.
Let me reiterate rest.
No matter how much good food
you eat or exercise you do, some-
times you just need to take time,
breathe, and rest. There's nothing
like it to help recharge your batter-

'The Butler' is Black America's Next Homework Assignment

Several weeks ago, I saw comedi-
an W. Kamau Bell, host of the FX
show Totally Biased with W.
Kamau Bell and he did an entire set
on black "homework" movies. He
said every few years there's a black
movie that everybody is supposed
to see because a bunch of influential
black folks are in the movie or
political and cultural leaders say it's
important that we support the film.
Some black homework movies are
actually good, like Fruitvale Station
or 42, where you're entertained and
you actually learn something.
Sometimes they're like Red Tails
where you realize that just because
it's an historic movie about black
people, doesn't mean the film is
actually any good. Fortunately this
week Lee Daniels' The Butler
comes out, a movie that is not only
worthwhile black homework, but
objectively is one of the best
movies out of Hollywood in years.
Let me preface by saying I would
never have gone to see The Butler
based on the trailers for the film.
Usually, when Hollywood markets
a 'black film' the trailers are geared
towards attracting white audiences
since the assumption is that black
people will pay to see anything with
Oprah in it. The trailers for The
Butler make it look like another
black 'struggle' film about some
downtrodden black family that
manages to survive by keeping their
heads down, apd; accepting, racism
by being apolitical and staying true
to their values. Essentially a big

screen version of "Good Times".
Fortunately The Butler is much
more than Momma's crying and
wayward sons. The Butler manages
to do something that most 'black
homework' movies fail to do, which
is actually telling the story of black
people. Most black movies are real-
ly just the story of how white peo-
ple's lives are affected by the black
people they know. The Last King of
Scotland was supposed to be about
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, but the
movie focused on a young white
doctor and his liberal guilt and jun-
gle fever. As much as I liked 42, the
movie spent as much time focused
on the white managers, teammates
and press covering Jackie
Robinson, as it did on the baseball
icon himself. The Butler focuses
squarely on the family of Cecil
Gaines, from the good times and the
bad, painting a picture of middle
class black life in Washington D.C.
Gaines' (who is played by Forest
Whitaker) life story is based on a
Washington Post interview with
Eugene Alien, a black man that
served as a butler to eight presi-
dents, from Dwight Eisenhower to
Ronald Reagan over the course of
34 years. While liberties were taken
with Allen's life, the historic inter-
actions he has with presidents in the
film are amazing, humorous and
validating. The war planning,
treaties and policy decision that he
was witness to make this movie a
kind of black Forrest Gump, where
a common man with a sincere heart

finds himself in the middle of
dozens of history altering
moments just by the nature of
showing up to work every
day for 34 years.
The movie doesn't cheat
the audience, all racists don't
get their comeuppance,
everyone doesn't live happily
ever after and some victories .
in the film are small and only
shared by a precious few.
However the movie never
wallows in struggle-porn
either, extolling the values of
survival over living during the
American apartheid. This film
shows the totality of African
American life, happy families,
house parties in the 70's and
moments that are laugh out loud
The main reason the story of
Cecil Gaines is so moving is
because every single actor in the
film is amazingly spot on. Within
five minutes you forget you're
watching Oprah as she transforms
into Cecil Gaines' loving and often
troubled wife. David Olewayo, one
of my favorite actors from the BBC
spy show "MI-5" chews up every
scene as Gaines' son, and delivers
his own personal story arc that is
inspiring and motivating as
opposed to stereotypical narrative
of the prodigal son. There are so
many stars and guest appearances in
thisfinm that you can ceadyv.tell
that everyone involved knew that
cinematic history was being made.

You shouldn't just go out and see
The Butler this weekend because
Oprah is in it, or because a lot of
smart and important black people
say it's "good" for us to see the
film. You should see it, because the
movie is well acted, painful, excit-
ing, and historic and sometimes
laugh out loud funny. See it because
movies like this don't get made
often enough, and this is one home-
work assignment that you'll be glad
you took the time to finish.

Jacksonville Woman Wins Trip

to Steve Harvey's Hoodie Awards
Nielsen, recently spon- -
sored the llth Annual e5ll F
Neighborhood Awards in ......
Las Vegas.
For 13 weeks, listeners
had the opportunity to ; (21 e
answer a Fun Fact Poll ....
question located on for
a chance to win an all-
expense paid trip for two to "'
the awards show in Las
Vegas. The polls paired
real-life conversation
starters with Nielsen
insights on African-
American consumers' pur-
chasing, viewing and -
online habits. Ten Winners
were randomly selected
including LaShawn Fisher
of Jacksonville. She is shown above right with Cheryl Pearson-McNeil,
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Government Relations.

Robin Thicke Sues Marvin Gaye's

Family To Protect Hit 'Blurred Lines'
R&B artist Robin Thicke has filed a preemptive lawsuit against two of
Marvin Gaye's relatives and Bridgeport Music to squash claims he copied
elements from Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" to produce his hit summer song,
"Blurred Lines".
An attorney for Thick and collaborators Pharrell Williams and T.I. filed
the suit after Gaye's family and Bridgeport reportedly demanded financial
compensation for copyright infringement.
The suit alleges, "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire
genre, as opposed to a specific work."
Funkadelic, the George Clinton-led band that spearheaded the '70s funk
movement, has also reportedly claimed similarity between Thicke's hit and
"Sexy Ways."
The suit continued, "Plaintiffs, who have the utmost respect for and
admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, reluc-
tantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged
successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that
plaintiffs' massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines,' copies
'their' compositions."

Russell Simmons Apologizes for

Making Harriet Tubman Parody

Russell Simmons
Music mogul Russell Simmons
has apologized for the "Harriet
Tubman sex tape" video parody -
and in a recent interview, he
explained what made him green-
light the project and why he regrets
doing so.
The fashion and music mogul
was under fire for releasing the clip,
which was widely condemned.
The video, which showed
Tubman participating in lewd sex

acts, was published through
Simmon's latest business venture,
All Def Digital.
Although he released a public
apology and made amends with
Tubman's descendants, Simmons
expanded on his thoughts in an
interview with the YouTube chan-
nel, Brkdwn.
"The vision was traditional com-
edy the oppressed taking advan-
tage of the oppressor," he told one
of Brkdwn's host's Cynthia
LuCiette. "That was what I saw,
although it could have been execut-
ed better, but that's what I saw."
However, Simmons' interpreta-
tion of the video did not match
those of viewers who were outraged
by theclip, including the NAACP
which called Simmons to discuss
the implications and images the
video portrayed.
"When I got a call saying black
women were so disturbed by it, it
broke my heart. They educated me
on how hurtful it was," he said. "I
never considered rape, I just saw
her seduce, take advantage of and

turn the tables on the slave master.
It's really bad and I'm sorry I did
Movie director Spike Lee was
among the many who publicly
expressed his outrage at the video.
Lee took to Twitter and published a
series of tweets questioning the
logic behind Simmon's decision to
publish the video.
"Just Saw Russell Simmons
Produced Skit "HARRIET TUB-
We Desecrate Our Ancestors?Why
Do We Hate Ourselves?QUES-
TION??? [sic]" Lee tweeted.
When asked what he thought of
Lee's response to the video,
Simmons half-jokingly responded:
"It's OK. Maybe he could use his
energy to make a decent movie."
But in reference to the video,
Simmons seems to take it all very
seriously and reiterates that he was
"hurt" by the backlash and that he is
"deeply sorry."
"I try to stand up against injustice
wherever I can, wherever my voice
is useful," he said.

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Caribbean Seek Slavery Reparations

from Three European Countries

Nation Still Mulling a Boycott of Florida

by Alexis Garrett
Florida's brand as a top tourist
destination is world reknown. But
in the wake of a Florida jury finding
George Zimmerman not guilty for
fatally shooting Trayvon Martin,
some want to disrupt this image,
through a black tourism boycott of
the state.
A Facebook page called "Boycott
Florida Tourism In Honor of
Trayvon Martin" has garnered
thousands of likes as of this writing.
Other Facebook pages such as
"Boycott Florida" and "Boycott
Florida Economy" have been creat-
ed as well, along with numerous
calls for a boycott of the state that
have been posted on the "Visit
Florida" Facebook page.
In addition, oher social media
movements include a
petition and boycotts by artists such
as Stevie Wonder and Mary Mary
until the StandYour Ground Law is
The passionate public conversa-
tions via social media have illustrat-
ed just how strongly many feel
about the verdict, particularly
A Pew Research study released in
the days following the verdict
revealed that of the five million
tweets sent during the first 26 hours
after the verdict, 39 percent of all

tweets offered straight news with-
out opinion about the verdict,
showing the manner in which the
trial had captured the public's atten-
Thirty-one percent of all tweets
expressed anger at the verdict,
while only seven percent supported
it, a ratio of more than four to one.
"The sentiments decrying the
verdict were often emotional and
frequently evoked a racial subtext,
according to an analysis of the
Twitter response to the trial out-
come from 10 p.m. July 13 to mid-
night on July 14," according to
Pew. "Among that group, the
largest component (15% of the
Twitter reaction ) was criticism of
the criminal justice system, includ-
ing charges that it is biased against
African Americans."
Social media has captured the
view of legions of African-
Americans reflected in Mary
Mary's tweet among thousands of
others that justice was not served
by the acquittal.
In response to this level of anger,
some are saying that blacks and
like-minded people of all races
should, like Stevie Wonder and
Mary Mary, boycott the state,
specifically by pulling their tourism
dollars from Florida.
Some have personally re-branded

Florida as, "not a safe place to take
your family for vacation as long as
Florida law permits a citizen to
shoot or kill you for merely looking
suspicious, and to do it with
Florida: A magnet for Black
tourism, conventions
Tourism is one of Florida's
largest revenue streams, rendering
the state politically vulnerable to a
boycott. Total tourism spending in
2012 was almost $72 billion based
on preliminary numbers from the
Florida Tourism Board.
This summer alone, Florida was
home to conventions for the
National Association of Black
Journalists (NABJ), the National
Bar Association (NBA), regionally
for the Links, Incorporated and the
National Black Prosecutors
Association (NBPA).
Whether expressed through indi-
vidual or collective action, the crit-
ical takeaway from this debate may
be the importance of getting
engaged in some way.
"For those that we have lost in the
battle for justice, wherever that fits
in any part of the world we can't
bring them back," Wonder further
said when announcing his Florida
boycott. The soul superstar stressed
that there are various types of

MIAMI (AP) Leaders of more
than a dozen Caribbean countries
are launching a united effort to seek
compensation from three European
nations for what they say is the lin-
gering legacy of the slave trade.
The Caribbean Community, a
regional organization that typically
focuses on rather dry issues such as
economic integration, has taken up
the cause of compensation for slav-
ery and the genocide of native peo-
ples and is preparing for what
would likely be a drawn-out battle
with the governments of Britain,
France and the Netherlands.
Caricom, as the organization is
known, has enlisted the help of a
prominent British human rights law
firm and is creating a Reparations
Commission to press the issue, said
Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minis-
ter of Saint Vincent and the
Grenadines, who has been leading
the effort.
The legacy of slavery includes
widespread poverty and the lack of
development that characterizes
most of the region, Gonsalves said,
adding that any settlement should
include a formal apology, but con-
trition alone would not suffice.
The notion of forcing the coun-
tries that benefited from slavery to
pay reparations has been a decades-
long quest. Individual countries
including Jamaica and Antigua and
Barbuda already had existing
national commissions. Earlier this
month, leaders from the 14
Caricom nations voted unanimous-
ly at a meeting in Trinidad to wage
a joint campaign that those
involved say would be more ambi-
tious than any previous effort.
Each nation that does not have a
national reparations commission
agreed to set one up, sending a rep-
resentative to the regional commis-
sion, which would be overseen by
prime ministers. They agreed to
focus on Britain on behalf of the
English-speaking Caribbean as well
as France for the slavery in Haiti
and the Netherlands for Suriname, a
former Dutch colony on the north-

eastern edge of South America that
is a member of Caricom.
In addition, they brought on the
British law firm of Leigh Day,
which waged a successful fight for
compensation for hundreds of
Kenyans who were tortured by the
British colonial government as they
fought for the liberation of their
country during the Mau Mau rebel-
lion of the 1950s and 1960s.
Attorney Martyn Day said his
first step would likely be to seek a
negotiated settlement with the gov-
ernments of France, Britain and
Netherlands along the lines of the

British agreement in June to issue a
statement of regret and award com-
pensation of about $21.5 million to
the surviving Kenyans.
Caribbean officials have not
mentioned a specific monetary fig-
ure but Gonsalves and Verene
Shepherd, chairwoman of the
national reparations commission in
Jamaica, both mentioned the fact
that Britain at the time of emanci-
pation in 1834 paid 20 million
pounds to British planters in the
Caribbean, the equivalent of 200
billion pounds today.

Former Child Protective Investigator Releases
Book About State's Child Welfare System

Kevin L. Ramos officially releas-
es The Department. This com-
pelling novel chronicles the life of
rookie Child Protective Investigator
(CPI) Jeremiah Abundo and his
experiences working in Miami
Dade, Florida. Through his unfor-
gettable experiences as a CPI, he
tries to maintain a semblance of
balance between his demanding job
and his personal life.
The Department also centers
around 15-year old Quintavia
"Queen" Collins a brilliant, young
junior attending Miami
Northwestern Senior High. When
these two dynamic people meet,
they will never be the same. The
Department addresses a number of
issues surrounding this agency
from race relations to unfair work
"I wrote this book because the
public needs to know how we truly
function or a sys-
tem internally," Ramos states.
"Changing this damaged system
will take the effort of our entire
state. If you are wondering how
Florida's DCF has garnered such a
poor public opinion you have to
look no further then how DCF
treats its very employees." Since
May 2013, there have been six chil-
dren that have died in the State of
Florida: each child had prior

involvement with DCF.
The Departmentwill give readers
a better understanding on how it
feels to be a child welfare profes-
sional. In the past, most child wel-
fare stories have portrayed state
social workers as callous, uncaring
individuals; this book casts these
workers in a different light. The
Department is a must read for any-
one interested in discovering the
beauty of human perseverance. The
book is available in softbound
($16.99) and Kindle ($9.99) edi-
tions. The book can be purchased
online by visiting: www.thedepart-

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