Looked at as a
e Her Integrate
Black Home Ownership
Hits Historic 18 Year Low
Bloomberg has recently reported that African-American home own-
ership has hit an 18 year low. The publications reports:
For blacks in the U.S., 18 years of economic progress has vanished,
with a rebound in housing slipping further out of reach and the unem-
ployment rate almost twice that of whites. The homeownership rate for
blacks fell from 50 percent during the housing bubble to 43 percent in
the second quarter, the lowest since 1995. The rate for whites stopped
falling two years ago, settling at about 73 percent, only 3 percentage
points below the 2004 peak, according to the Census Bureau.
The publication also reports regarding the nationwide wealth gap:
The median wealth of white households was 20 times that of blacks
and 18 times the Hispanic rate, a record gap in data going back three
decades that is twice the pre-recession size.
Because African American buyers were last into the market and
bought at the most inflated prices, when the market deteriorated, they
were the ones who lost the most."
Wyoming NAACP Meets with KKK
In what many are calling a very unusual move, leaders from a local
NAACP chapter and a local KKK chapter met last weekend in Casper,
Wyoming. Their purpose was to address the recent violence in the
area's Black community, as well as the group's distribution of its KKK
pamphlets. Jimmy Simmons, the president of the NAACP Casper
branch, reached out to John Abarr of the United Klans of America.
Abarr gave his reasons for why he joined the Klan, saying, "I like it
because you wear robes, and get out and light crosses, and have secret
handshakes." He added, "I like being in the Klan I sort of like it that
people think I'm some sort of outlaw."
Also, as the meeting ended, Simmons gave Abarr a membership appli-
cation for the NAACP and Abarr agreed to join, adding a $20 donation
to the $30 membership fee. Abarr then said, "We'll have to do this again
sometime. Or maybe not. I don't know. We'll have to keep in contact for
Unemployment Climbs to 13%
The Labor Department reported last week that the national unemployment
rate fell td 7.3 percent in August after businesses added 169,000 jobs, but
the jobless rate for blacks actually ticked up to 13.0 percent.
At the same time, the number ofAfrican Americans 16 year or older who
held jobs dropped from 16,318,000 in July to 16,108,000 in August-a
decline of 210,000.
The labor force participation rate in the African American community
dropped from 61.4 percent in July to 60.8 percent in August The 60.8 per-
cent African American labor force participation rate in August was the low-
est that rate has been since July 1982."
The report offers a mixed bag of economic news. While the unemploy-
ment rate did dip, 312,000 workers also dropped out of the workforce.
The federal government tabulates its statistics using those who are active-
ly looking for a job. Those who have stopped searching for any number of
reasons, including discouragement and retirement, are not counted.
Dennis Rodman to Train North
Korea's Basketball Team
ra"J ....... Just days after returning from
i North Korea, Dennis Rodman
announced that he will coach
North Korea's basketball team for
the 2016 Olympics. He also plans
to stage two exhibition games in
January and will return to the coun-
ie try in December to choose players
fofor the games. He hopes to bring
Jf Former Chicago Bulls teammate
Scottie Pippen and Karl Malone
Rodman hopes his form of "basketball diplomacy" will help mend the
fractious relations between the U.S. and North Korea.
This is the Worm's second visit to Pyongyang in six months. He first
visited in March on a trip withVice magazine. That trip drew harsh criticism
from the U.S. government and human rights observers.
Jackson Jr. Must Forfeit Over Items
Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. received a forfeiture order from the
United States District Court, asking the embattled politician to fork over
$750,000 and give up some of his prized possession. Jackson Jr. has to
cough up a wide array of items, reports NBC Chicago, including: $10,000
worth of Bruce Lee memorabilia; $5,000 football signed by American
presidents; $15,000 worth of Dr. Martin Luther King memorabilia; $18,000
worth in Michael Jackson souvenirs (including two of his MJ hats); $4,000
guitar signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen; $2,775 worth of
Jim Hendrix memorabilia; $2,200 worth of Malcolm X souvenirs and
$5,000 worth of furs.
So far Jackson Jr. has forfeited 13 items including some of the Bruce Lee
and Michael Jackson memorabilia. NBC Chicago also reports he has hand-
ed over a mink cashmere cape, a black and red cashmere cape, a black fox
coat and a mink parka.
He was sentenced to 2 years in federal prison on August 22,2013 for using
$750,000 in campaign funds for personal use.
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Volume 26 No. 46 Jacksonville, Florida September 12-18, 2013
More Students of Color Enrolled in U.S. Schools
According to the United States
Census Department, a greater per-
centage of African-American
school-aged children are in school
than the percentage of white stu-
dents in comparable age groups.
The review of the data, published
by the Journal of Blacks in Higher
Education, reveals that there were
nearly 12 million African-American
students enrolled at all levels of
That represented 31.4 percent of
the national Black population over
the age of three.
That compares with 23 percent of
the white population of school-aged
students over three.
The figures reflect date compiled
by the Census Bureau in 2012.
With regard to college school
enrollment, the same trend applies,
according to the census figures.
They indicate that 8 percent of the
nationally was in college or
That compares with 6.2
percent of the white population, the
census figures stated.
There was a sharp difference in
gender when it came to African-
Americans enrolled in college,
however. The census figures indi-
cated that 1.8 million Black women
were enrolled in college, compared
with 1.1 million Black men.
Black women accounted for 62
percent of the number of African-
American students enrolled in col-
lege, the census figures showed.
Jacksonville Eastsiders Feel Taxation Without
Representation, Vow a Fight to Save Their Library
Pictured are protesters: Marquise Hardwick, H, Pastor Marquise Hardrick, Willie Royal Ravon Mitchell,
Sharon Coon, Jean H. Toussaint, Synthia Turnage, Melvin Turnage, Sinedu Turnage, Annette Hines, Pearl
West, Reggie Fullwood and Elisha V. Brown. L. Jones photo
By L. Jones
Residents of Jacksonville's urban
core have to deal with many things.
Blighted buildings, a lack of eco-
nomic development and random
crime. Now added to their pain was
the stigma of "taxation without
representation". In the original
budget, the Jacksonville City
Council voted to close the library.
They have since voted to reverse
the funding cuts.
Neighbors say they were not hav-
The members of Central
Metropolitan C.M.E. Church joined
forces with their Brentwood neigh-
bors and protested in front of the
Brentwood Library to voice their
concerns and to inform the
Jacksonville City Council that the
library is important to the
Jacksonville community. For over
30 years the structure has been a
landmark institution and has been a
gathering place to enrich students
and the elderly in the district. The
resource provides much needed
computers, internet services and
reading materials to an underserved
Central Metropolitan C.M.E.
Church local lay council president
Sharron Coon, was unwavering,
"Though we have been informed
they are reversing the funds that
slated to close Brentwood, we urge
everyone to continue to contact all
city council members because the
final decision will be made by the
full district council. Our children's
-future is at stake."
T he-library is also in .disrepair.
Among the ills are a condemned
second floor and little resources.
Nevertheless, visitors still find it
valuable. Ten year old Marquise
Hardwick, H, said I need this
library so I can read books. I read at
least 2 -3 books a week and walk to
the library with my friends. This
makes me sad."
Keeping Brentwood open would
cost about $164,000 extra, and
about $102,000 extra to save
Maxville. Housing someone in a
state prison averages $45,000 per
The full council will vote on a
final budget Sept. 24, when it will
formally set the tax rate, called the
Serena Williams Wins Her
5th US Open Title, 17th Slam
NAACP President to
Resign After 5 Years
Benjamin Todd Jealous, who
signed on to be president of the
NAACP back in 2009, has
announced that he will retire by
December 31, 2013. During his
tenure, he has led the NAACP -
from marches protesting the death
of Florida teen Trayvon Martin to
vigils for death row inmate Troy
Davis in Georgia.
Jealous said the constant travel
as president and CEO of the
nation's largest civil rights organi-
zation has kept him away too much
from his family.
He commented, "Leadership
knows when to step up and when to
step down. This day I can say with
pride that I'm prepared to step down
and make room for the next person
who will lead this organization to
its next chapter."
Under Jealous' leadership, the
NAACP donor base grew from
16,422 in 2007 to well over
100,000 last year. Revenue has
grown from nearly $26 million in
2008 to almost $50 million in 2012.
Out of a total score of 70, inde-
pendent non-profit reviewing
organization Charity Navigator
gives the NAACP 51.42 for
finances and 70 for accountability
Shown above is Serena Williams cradling her latest trophy
NEW YORK Top-seeded Serena Williams won her fifth U.S. Open
championship and 17th Grand Slam title overall by beating No. 2 Victoria
Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 in a record U.S. Open final.
Williams, who turns 32 on Sept. 26, has now won the sixth-most Grand
Slam titles in history and one less than Martina Navratilova and Chris
Evert. She collected a $3.6 million prize, including a $1 million bonus for
producing the best results during the North American summer hard-court
circuit leading up to the U.S. Open.
Williams equaled Steffi Graf with five U.S. Open titles, one behind
Evert's record of six in the Open era, which began in 1968. Williams never
had won two consecutive U.S. Opens, but now she has, adding to the tro-
phies she earned in New York in 1999 at age 17 then 2002 and 2008.
Those go alongside five from Wimbledon, five from the Australian Open,
and two from the French Open, which she won this year.
Williams also became the first woman to surpass $9 million in prize
money in a single season, while topping $50 million for her career.
Black Workers Would Benefit from Minimum Wage Hike
By Freddie Allen tern, blacks were heavily concen-
WASHINGTON (NNPA) In- treated in many of the lowest-paid oc-
creasing the minimum wage would cupations."
disproportionately benefit, Black "The shift from farm work to in-
workers and push the country closer dustrial manufacturing work in urban
to racial and economic equality, ac- areas lead to a sharp increase in
cording to a recent report by the Eco- wages for Black men and Black
nomic Policy Institute, a non-profit women from 1939-1959," according
to the report.
Wages for Black men rose 148.9 Wages for Black
percent and wages for Black men rose 148.9 percent
Si 130.1 and wages for Black
women increased by and 130.1 women increased by
percent between 1939 and 1959. and 130.1 percent be-
Despite those gains, however, more tween 1939 and 1959.
Desit Despite those gains,
than half of Blacks still lived in however, more than
poverty. Black men earned 52.8 half of Blacks still
percent of what White men lived in poverty. Black
men earned 52.8 per-
earned; Black women earned 60.5 cent of what White
percent of what White women earn, men earned; Black
women earned 60.5
percent of what White
think tank, focused on economic women earned, stated the report.
policies that affect low- and middle- In 1963, March organizers be-
income workers, lived that increasing the minimum
The report titled, "To Work with wage, "had the potential to lift a large
Dignity: The Unfinished March To- share of the black population out of
ward a Decent Minimum Wage," is poverty."
part of series published by EPI that In today's dollars, the 1968 mini-
examines the often forgotten eco- mum wage would be worth $9.44,
nomic objectives of the 1963 March more than $2 higher than the current
on Washington for Jobs and Free- minimum wage of $7.25, according
dom. to the report.
According to the report, "The de- The EPI report showed that, al-
mand for a higher minimum wage though Blacks account for 12 percent
was part of a package of demands of the workforce, 14.1 percent of
seeking economic justice for workers workers affected by an increase in
through government intervention in the minimum wage would be Black.
the labor market." The report contin- More than half of all workers who
ued: "Due to discrimination in the would benefit from an increase in the
labor market and the educational sys- minimum wage would be White.
When it comes to minimum wage,
the United States, one of the wealth-
iest nations in the world falls woe-
fully behind its partners in the
Organization for Economic Co-oper-
ation and Development, an interna-
tional group that promotes economic
and social well-being. Collectively,
in OECD member countries, the min-
imum wage is half the country's me-
dian wage. That group includes
Australia, Turkey, Canada, France
and 30 other countries.
Currently, the minimum wage in
the United States is 37 percent of the
According to the report, weak
labor laws, the struggling economy,
and falling influence of labor unions
contributed to income disparities in
the low-wage job market.
Earlier this year, Democratic law-
makers proposed, the Fair Minimum
Wage Act of 2013, a bill that would
raise the federal minimum wage to
$10.10 in small steps. The increase
would bring the minimum wage to a
little more than half of the median
wage in the United States. The bill
faces an uphill battle in today's par-
tisan political climate.
According to the EPI report, eco-
nomic output has more than tripled
since 1963 and "productivity is up
about 130 percent, yet so many
workers still struggle."
As production increased by 80 per-
cent from 1973 to 2011, "typical pro-
increased by less than 11 percent."
EPI also dispelled the misconcep-
tion, often promoted by restaurant
groups, that minimum-wage workers
are mostly teenagers, high school
dropouts and various underachievers.
According to EPI, "roughly 80 per-
cent are at least 20 years old and 78
percent work at least 20 hours per
The Center for Economic and Pol-
icy Research, a research group that
promotes democratic debate on eco-
nomic and social issues, found that
40 percent of fast food workers are
25 and older and "half of fast-food
workers are 23 or older."
The report also found that one-
third of workers over 20 years-old
are raising children. Six percent have
"Studies show that most of those
workers are not kids, they're grown
folk," said Steven Pitts, labor econo-
mist at the labor policy specialist
with the Center for Labor Research
and Education at the University of
California, Berkeley. "At a certain
point, when people keep repeating a
lie long enough folks are going to be-
The EPI report recommended a
$13.39 minimum wage, in line with
the goals of the 1963 March on
Washington, expanding the 1938 Fair
Labor Standards Act to include in-
home care workers and raising the
minimum wage of tipped workers.
Still, without direct intervention
from the federal government, in-
creased public awareness and more
protests, increasing the minimum
wage will continue to be an unmet
demand from a march celebrated for
its historical impact.
"There are a set of people who
don't want to raise wages and it does-
n't matter what sector you talk about
they are going to say, 'no," said Pitts.
Pitts continued: "The minimum
wage is an important element to pro-
viding a whole lot of people good
jobs and it hasn't kept up to what it
has been in the past and it's far away
from what the people's goals were
and what their dreams were during
the 1963 March on Washington."
3.2M Floridians Prepare for Drastic Cuts in SNAP Benefits
An estimated 3.2 million men,
women and children in Florida will
see a reduction in their SNAP [Sup-
plemental Nutrition Assistance Pro-
gram], formerly referred to as Food
Stamps, on November 1st, equating
to around $5M by the end of 2014 to
once-eligible households in the State.
SNAP provides over 46 million low-
income participants in the U.S. and
3.2 million in Florida, with monthly
benefits via a grocery debit card.
Florida hunger statistics
Total food insecurity rate (avail-
ability of food and one's access to it):
Total number of food insecure
people: 3.1 million
Total child food insecurity rate:
Florida's biggest counties (num-
ber, percentage of food insecure peo-
Dade County: 432,990 people,
Broward County: 281,480 peo-
ple, 16 percent
Orange County: 180,470 people,
Duval County: 154,800 people,
Hillsborough, 200,590 people,
How to Survive an IRS Audit
By Jason Alderman
Few events inspire more dread
than an IRS tax audit. Even if you're
confident you've accounted for every
cent of income and only taken legiti-
mate deductions, it's hard not to
worry what a close examination of
your tax returns might uncover not
to mention the time spent tracking
down old records.
Here are a few pointers to help
allay your fears and better prepare in
case you should ever get chosen for
the dreaded IRS audit:
There are three basic types of IRS
Correspondence audit, which is
conducted entirely by mail. You'll re-
ceive a letter from the IRS asking for
additional information about specific
items on your tax return.
Field audit, where an IRS agent
comes to your home or business to
examine records and observe where
Office audit, where you must be
interviewed at an IRS office.
According to Chris Kollaja, a cer-
tified public accountant and partner
at A.L. Nella & Company in San
Francisco, California, if you're hav-
ing a correspondence audit and you
feel your records are too voluminous
to mail, you can request a face-to-
"You can also ask a representative,
such as your accountant, tax preparer
or lawyer, to help prepare for the
audit and even attend it in your place,
if allowed," says Kollaja. "An expe-
rienced tax professional can tell you
what to expect, guide your responses
and keep the audit on track should
you get tongue-tied or start sharing
more than is necessary."
The chances of being audited are
low. "Sometimes returns are ran-
domly selected for audit, but more
often it's because something jumped
out in the computer analysis each re-
turn receives," he explains.
Common items that
might trigger an audit:
Taxable income listed on your re-
turn doesn't match amounts W-2 or
1099 forms, 401(k) plan or IRA dis-
tributions, brokerage accounts, etc.
Taking above-average charitable
deductions relative to your income.
Deducting business meals, travel
Claiming the home office deduc-
Failure to report foreign bank ac-
Concealing cash income or re-
Excessive cash transactions over
Your close relationship to another
taxpayer being audited.
Someone reports suspicious ac-
tivity by you (the IRS offers a
Kollaja recommends several ways
to prepare for and attend an audit:
Respond to the IRS within the stated
deadline usually 30 days.
Organize paperwork and receipts
pertinent to the issues they've identi-
If you won't have everything
ready in time for the audit, contact
your auditor to discuss whether it can
proceed anyway, or ifthey'liagree to
-postpone-it. ... ..........
Bring or send only documenta-
tion requested in the initial notice. At
an in-person audit, keep you answers
brief and don't voluntarily provide in-
formation that could launch a fishing
If the examiner questions you on
an item not mentioned in the initial
notice, you're allowed to ask for ad-
ditional time to fulfill additional re-
Never give original receipts to the
IRS agent they are not responsible
for lost paperwork.
You're allowed to make an audio
recording of the atdit provided you
sent your agent written -.notice 10
days before the appointment. Video
recordings are not allowed.
Always be polite. Acting belliger-
ent or evasive can only hurti your
Great Pay! Consistent Freight!
Great Miles on this Regional Account.
Kollaja suggests reading IRS Pub-
lication 556 to learn more about how
the audit process works and review-
ing the section on itemized deduc-
tions in Publication 17, both
available at www.irs.gov.
Bottom line: Think positively -
you might even come out of the audit
with a tax refund it happens.
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Food insecurity in the U.S.
Nearly 49 million people in the
U.S. are food insecure, about 1-in-6
16 million children are food inse-
cure, more than 1-in-5 children
Even more tragic than the cuts
which many families and individuals
can ill afford is the fact that many
people don't even realize that the cuts
are scheduled to take place.
"Many of the people we serve
don't even know this is about to hap-
pen and there's really nothing we can
do about it," said Lavemrne Elie, exec-
utive director, Curley's House. "We
aren't sure how this will impact our
community but we know it's not
going to be good. We are currently
feeding 400 people a day and we
are seeing a lot more new clients -
sometimes as high as 150 on any
given day. As for the cuts, we have
some seniors that we provide food to
who are only getting $17/day in
SNAP benefits. What can you buy
for $17 dollars in the grocery store?
The elderly are going to be the ones
who are hit the hardest any many
of them live alone and don't have
family to look after them. We're re-
ally concerned about what the future
holds for them and for children
Stepping up to the plate
Lorenzo G. Johnson, Jr., minister
of Evangelism, Outreach and Mis-
sions at New Birth Baptist Church,
agrees that more work will fall on the
shoulders of local non-profit organi-
zations and churches when the cuts
kick in. He currently oversee a pro-
gram that provides over 300 hot
meals per month along with an addi-
tional 150 bags of groceries.
"Most of the families we serve
come from Overtown but we are see-
ing people in need come from Little
Haiti, Opa-locka and North Miami,"
he said. "Sometimes the lines get so
long that we run out of food it's
happened several times lately. And
the families from Little Haiti have
the greatest need because you aren't
eligible for any form of government
assistance until you have been in the
U.S. for at least two years."
September 12-18, 2013
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
* Local Attorney Joins Mayor in Celebrating
I BSuccess of Summer Nights Lights Program
Pictured at the OSOS press conference 1 -r: Marquise Hardrick, Pastor Central Metropolitan C.M.E.
Church, Pastor John Guns, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and Retired JSO Officer Ken Jefferson.
Operation Save Our Sons is Calling
all Fathers for One Day Seminar
By Lynn Jones
The Reverend John Guns of St.
Paul Missionary Baptist church
held a press conference to announce
the "Fathers Calling Fathers" event
this coming Saturday at Ribault
High school. The event is geared
for fathers to come together to dis-
cuss how to be better fathers to their
children and create dialogue on
how to tackle the fatherless com-
munity. Pastor Guns also spoke on
the funerals that he has presided
over where young males age 21 or
younger have died without a father
at the service. Retired JSO officer
Ken Jefferson remarked, "we can-
not arrest our way out of this epi-
demic. It's time out for putting a
band-aid on the problem."
The "Fathers Calling Fathers"
event was initiated by Pastor Guns
parent program Operation Save Our
Sons, which helps 10- to 18-year-
old boys make better decisions
instead of becoming a crime statis-
tic. The event is also designed to
bring together men who want to
improve their parenting skills.
Operation Save Our Sons board
member Pastor Marquise Hardrick
also spoke about his congregation,
"I have so many parents in my con-
gregation that sons have been sent
to jail for 30 or 40 years for minor
offenses.." Bracey Taylor said his
biological father was murdered
when he was 17, "my stepfather
was the driving force and my role
model in my household. All I knew
is that my biological father was in
the streets and many people thought
that I would follow in his foot-
The forum will have breakout
sessions with 20 or so facilitators
discussing how to manage conflict
and the proper way to respond to
authority figures. 40 new Save Our
Sons chapters nationwide will be at
Ribault to learn how to recreate the
event in their own communities.
Jacksonville's organizers also will
gather data to plan future work-
shops. Ken stated, "to get the young
men to the event, we are knocking
on doors, passing out fliers, talking
to men at the strip clubs and on the
basketball court to get them to the
event. The goal is to pair fathers
with children that need a role model
and a mentor." "Fathers Calling
Fathers" will be held 10 a.m. to 1
p.m., Saturday at Ribault High
School, 3701 Winton Drive. Parents
and boys ages 10 to 18 are invited
to the free event. Duval County
Superintendent Nikolai Vitti will
close the session.
To register or for more informa-
tion, visit Visit www.ososnation-
al.org or call 595-6105.
by Monica Landeros
Mayor Alvin Brown said a
$35,000 donation from attorney
Wayne Hogan of the Terrell Hogan
Law Firm for the JaxParks Summer
Nights Lights (SNL) initiative will
go a long way towards helping
young, inner-city teens.
"This is about hope and opportu-
nity for the next generation," said
Mayor Alvin Brown.
The programs are credited with
detouring teens and young adults
from potential violence and crime
by engaging them in productive and
rewarding activities. SNL operates
for eight weeks Thursdays, Fridays
and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to mid-
night,. and includes nutrition class-
es, dance and choreography classes,
science and engineering projects,
comic and cartoon classes, and
This year's SNL hosted six loca-
tions: Clanzel T. Brown, Grand
Park, Robert F. Kennedy, Emmett
Reed, Woodland Acres and McGirts
Creek. Additional sites hosting
pool-only activities included
Charles Clark, Harts Road,
(L-R) of the EEAP/School Beats Academy Team...Shantel McClain
(Office Manager,), Mr. Hogan, Mayor Brown, Ebony Payne-English
(Curriculum Development Manager), and Theadford Christian
Jefferson St. and Eugene Butler. support them." Hogan said.
Sites were visited over 17,000 The donation was celebrated with
times during the summer by youth, an end-of-the-summer pizza party
"Because these SNL programs for the participants and brief
work, and because they have speeches by Mayor Brown and
proven effective, I am sure more Hogan at Clanzel T. Brown Park on
businesses and civic groups will the Northside.
Urban Leagues Hosts "We Care" Consortiums
Pictured is l-r is Glen Gilzean, Step up for students, Troy Bell,
Students First Florida and moderator Al Paxon, Florida Educator.
To commemorate the 1963 Civil their partnership with Urban
Rights Movement March on League consortium of Florida.
Washington, the We CARE The town hall meetings have been
"Education" Campaign kicked off taking place across the State of
Florida. Glen Glizean, Vice
President of Step Up for Students
discussed scholarships that low-
income families can obtain
through Florida tax credits. Panel
member Troy Bell, Deputy
Director of Students First of
Florida discussed the challenges
associated with education and
parental engagement. Panel mem-'
ber Isha Haley, Executive Director
Black Floridians CARE of the
campaign, stated, "Now, more than
ever, we want to make sure that we
cultivate a generation of Black
leadership in our communities that
can be in the forefront of designing
high quality schools with deep
connection to community and cul-
For more information call the
Jacksonville Urban League at 356-
THE WORST DAY AT
DAY IN FORECLOSURE.
SEEKING A SOLUTION FOR THOSE
With job loss responsible for up to half of
all mortgage delinquencies, getting people
back on their feet became our focus. But
the economy and the job market have changed.
People desperately looking for work need
help. Which is where Fifth Third Bank
and NextJob, a nationwide reemployment
solutions company, came in.
Last year we initiated a pilot program that
provides mortgage customers up to 39 weeks
of job training including live coaching, job
search training and software fully paid for by
Fifth Third Bank. Participating Fifth Third
customers at risk of defaulting on their
mortgages had experienced, on average, 22
months of unemployment. After six months
of reemployment assistance, nearly 40% of
participants had secured meaningful employment.
BUSINESS AS UNUSUAL
Our commitment to reemployment continues
to grow with the signing of a multiyear contract
with NextJob, which allows us to move the
program out of the pilot phase and incorporate
it into the way we do business. Curious behavior
for a bank? Maybe. But we're proud to be the
first financial institution to offer such assistance
and hope we won't be the last.
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"I am invisible, understand, sim-
ply because people refuse to see M e
me," said Ralph Ellison. Many of
our young black men are invisible
to those who have the resources to l
help them. And I am certainly not Ml
talking about helping with your
pocket book, but helping with your We all see
time and guidance. the inner city
It's no secret that young African the street using
American males are the highest at- their pants vw
risk group for everything from clearly expose
criminal behavior to dropping out site.
of school to being jobless. For some (
Identifying the problems facing finishing high
our communities has never been an cool. Having
At the heart of the
challenges facing the black
community is the dysfunction
and crisis amongst young
African American males.
Black men are not stepping
up as fathers, falling behind
in education and still going
to jail at alarming rates.
issue, but finding solutions to those mine, but it is
problems has always been a major get on my soap
challenge. Instead of ci
At the heart of the challenges work on soluti
facing the black community is the and time again
dysfunction and crisis amongst grams like Talk
young African American males. Kessler Mento
Black men are not stepping up as 100 Blackmen
fathers, falling behind in education one young blai
and still going to jail at alarming How do we
rates. It has to start e
an intensive e:
ntoring is Critical but Black
these young men in
either walking down
g one hand to hold up
ith their underwear
ed. It's a ridiculous
of these young men
School is no longer
a legal job is no big
deal and if you have
been arrested it is a
badge of honor.
What is even
than black male
is the notion that
many young black
men have that it's
so cool to have a
helping to raise the
child. Yes, this is a
normal rant of
hard to stop once I
complaining, I like to
ons. I have said time
n that mentoring pro-
:e Stock in Children,
ring, Kappa League,
Share the way to help
ck male at a time.
e stop the bleeding?
early and it has to be
effort. What I mean
by intensive is that we have to be
able to provide one-on-one contin-
uous focus on these youth. And
that type of attention comes from
strong mentoring programs.
Very few people would debate
the fact that strong father figures
make a difference in the lives of
their children. Good mentors help
children stay focused, provide pos-
itive reinforcement and guidance
and most importantly good men-
tors help mentees understand that
they can do anything the further
That's how we change lives and
keep young black men out ofjail -
concentrating on comprehensive
mentoring programs and educa-
And there is a connection
between mentoring, education and
even jobs. Through mentoring,
youth will do much better in school
and stay on a positive path that can
easily lead to creating a strong
Investing in mentorship pro-
grams is a great strategy forlong-
term workforce development.
Investing more in young black
males could systematically change
the African American community.
It is as simple as good jobs and
opportunities create stable house-
holds and strong families.
When speaking about the Great
Depression, Langston Hughes said,
"The depression brought every-
body down a peg or two. And the
Negro had but few pegs to fall."
That is still true to this day, and
that is why it is so important that
the 100 Black Men and other pro-
grams be successful. The stakes are
Of course there is no one solu-
tion, but like I said earlier it is my
belief that if black professionals
give back to the community
through mentoring we can save
one child at a time.
Some may say that mentoring is
only making a marginal difference,
but I say if we can save a few
young men it is well worth the
But as Michael Jackson sang, "I
am starting with the man in the
mirror." It takes folks giving back
and being willing to sacrifice time,
knowledge and a little love.
Regardless of your schedule, we
should all try to find the time to
give back through mentoring it
"I don't care what my children
choose to do professionally, just as
long as within their choices they
understand they've got to give
something back," said Marian
Signing off from the monthly
Jacksonville 100 Black Men meet-
Cheating Our Children Out of an Education is the Worst
By Harry C. Alford
There are very few things that are
as vile and predatory than cheating
young Black students out of a
decent education. There are two
things that quickly come to my
mind when I ponder this subject.
There is also a third event that has
developed in the last few years.
Let's begin at the beginning.
When school segregation was
ending as the Civil Rights Era was
beginning to yield results, two
groups got together and concocted
a scheme. In order to quickly inte-
grate schools the idea of school
busing evolved. It seemed like a
good idea to many who thought by
having their children sit next to
White people, their skills would
automatically improve. Those who
stood to gain from this were bus
manufacturers (many more buses
will be needed) and unions that
would increase their membership
through the numerous number of
bus drivers. So, groups such as the
NAACP and others were encour-
aged to lead the charge for busing.
The busing was pretty much one
way. Whites weren't going to send
their kids on a bus to sit with Black
students. When two-way busing
was being forced, the White stu-
dents enrolled into private schools
even if they had to quickly build
the private school. Rapidly, many
Black students, who enjoyed
matriculating to Black schools that
had great legacies, were being
forced to get up early in the mom-
ing, get on a bus and arrive at a
strange school that didn't welcome
them. It was psychologically
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demeaning and affected grades and
equal opportunity. Eventually,
great legacy schools such as
"George 'Washington Carver,"
"Booker T. Washington", "Crispus
Attacks," etc. would close wherev-
er busing was occurring. It was a
major blow to our esteem and psy-
I learned of the next evil event
while traveling through the South
visiting local Black chambers. At
different times I would hear the
term "Dummy Checks" or "Stupid
Checks." Both former
Congressman' Earl Hilliard (D-
Ala.) and current Congressman
Benny Thompson (D-Miss.) were
vocal about this practice. White
school officials developed an idea
that would segregate the class-
rooms at the expense of Black stu-
dents. Officials would talk to
Black parents and show them how
they could qualify for Social
Security disability benefits. All
they had to do was declare their
children very slow learners. For
this, they would be assisted in
applying to the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services for
financial assistance. Some single
mothers would make serious
money from the monthly checks as
the minds of their children wasted
Unfortunately for the declared
slow learners, they were put into
special education classes and
taught very little. Many of the
accelerated classes of the rural
schools would become almost 100
percent White students while most
of the Black students would be
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wasting away in these special edu-
cation classes. Again, segregation
returned in a vicious way, thanks to
fraud assisted by school officials
and meddling White parents. A lot
of this is still going on. We, the
National Black Chamber of
Commerce, have voiced our con-
cern about this but little has been
done. Through fraud they brought
harm to young Black students and
When Speaker of the House of
Representatives John Boehner (R-
Ohio) and former Sen. Joseph
Lieberman (I-Conn.) announced
that the Education Department had
agreed to fully implement the D.C.
Opportunity Scholarship Program
for low-income D.C. students, we
all became excited. The parents of
these scholars would be given up to
$12,000 annually to place their
children into charter schools.
However, the teacher unions were
not excited. They pressed the
White House to eliminate this.
Soon, in 2009, the Democratic cau-
cus of Congress brought the schol-
arship program to a halt.
According to the Washington Post,
"Mr. Obama has proposed letting
the 1,700 students now in the pro-
gram continue their schooling
while admitting no new students
and letting the program die by attri-
tion." The majority of D.C. parents
favored the voucher program and
was sad to see President Obama
reverse his funding for the pro-
Now President Obama is going
national with his assault on charter
schools and voucher programs all
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Attorney General Eric Holder has
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by Bill Reed
Fifty years after the March on Washington, the sole surviving speaker
from that day is Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. Lewis is a living
symbol of the Black struggle. As the struggle continues. Lewis is at once a
prominent part of the past. but now. possibly part of Black peoples' prob-
lems. Called "one of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights
Movement produced," Lewis. and his gaggles' political accomplishments
are subject to question.
There's no progress without struggle, so it's proper to honor Lewis for
his struggle. In his struggle, Lewis has experienced more than 40 arrests,
physical attacks and serious injuries. While still a young man, Lewis
became chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
(SNCC). By 1963, he was dubbed one of the "Big 6" leaders of the
Movement. At the age of 23, he served as both an architect of and a keynote
,/speaker during the historic 1963 March on Washington.
On March 7, 1965, Lewis and Hosea Williams led more than 600 peace-
ful proiestors across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. They intend-
ed to march from Selma to Montgomery to demonstrate the need for vot-
ing rights, but were attacked by .Alabama state troopers in a brutal con-
frontation that became known as "Bloody Sunday."
John Robert Lewis is known by most as an accomplished civil rights
leader, but actually, Lewis has spent most of his life as a politician. A for-
mer Atlanta Council member, Lewis has spent decades in Congress. The
powerful Democrat has served in Congress since 1987. He represents the
Fifth District of Georgia, which includes most of Atlanta. This district is
nearly 56 percent African American. He's the dean of the Georgia con-
gressional delegation and serves as senior chief deputy whip.
At 72, Lewis epitomizes African Americans "marching in place." Blacks
are in a "static hold" characterized by a fixed or stationary condition. In
reality, Blacks' economic condition shows no change since Lewis spoke on
the National Mall in 1963. Economically, African Americans benefited
from the advances made during the civil rights era but not without the lin-
gering effects of historical marginalization when considered as a whole.
The income gap between White and Black Americans is $8,000 less than it
was 40 years ago. Over the past 50 years, the unemployment rate for
African Americans has remained tmice that of Whites. The income gap
between African Americans and Whites has closed a mere 7 percent.
There's little evidence that Blacks correlate their voting patterns and eco-
nomic status. It's as if they never heard the political term "bring home the
bacon." There's been little serious thought or discussion among African-
American leadership as to "why the failures?" To whom do we attribute our
overall lack of "change" over the years? At minimum, longtime politicians
and officeholders such as Lewis, the Democratic Party and the roles
they've played must be scrutinized. Given the economic problems that still
beset the Black community, has our historic and overwhelming loyalty to
the Democratic Party really paid off? At whose door should Blacks lay
blame for their static conditions? Who has been at the helm when African
Americans got the worst as the economy declined and the least when it
!We are complicit in our demise. We refuse to hold Lewis, Black
elected officials and executives that became post-civil rights movement
power brokers accountable. Somehow Black voters can't see that the blame
for our paltry economic status goes to African-American voters who regu-
larly return Black incumbents such as Lewis to local and national office.
Black Democrats hold 43 of the 50 least competitive seats in the Congress.
Lewis holds the country's "least competitive House district" and hasn't
faced a challenger in decades. Twenty-two members of the Congressional
Black Caucus hold "safe" seats similar in profile to Lewis.
Continuing to do what you've always done will continue to provide what
it always has. To experience a "change" in our status, Blacks must make
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Indianapolis Colts Photo
TURNV R ANTOINE BETHEA:
TURNOVER Former Howard star sa-
AT THE lutes the home crowd after
his late pick preserves
TOP Colts' win over Oakland.
WSSU LOSES OPENER; DEFENDERS MAKE
THEIR MARK IN NFL; HOWARD JOINS SWAC!!!
C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
C *I A ATHLETIC AssOCIATION
NORTH DIVISION w L W L
Bowie State 0 0 1 0
Lincoln 0 0 1 0
Virginia State 1 0 1 0
Virginia Union 0 0 0 1
Chowan 0 0 0 1
Elizabeth City State 0 0 0 1
Shaw 1 0 1 0
Johnson C. Smith 1 0 1 0
Winston-Salem State 0 0 0 1
Saint Augustine's 0 0 0 1
Livingstone 0 1 0 1
Fayetteville State 0 1 0 1
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OL Jeremy Gatson, Sr., SHAW
WR Kowalskil Kitchens, Jr.,WR,SHAW-Teamrecord12
receptions, 144 yards, 2 TDs vs. Chadrleston.
QB Quinshon Odom, Sr., SHAW 23-30, 234 yards, 4
TDs vs. Charleston.
OB Jordan Anderson, Sr.,. RB, VSU 182 rushing
yards, 2 TDs, 112 in second half in win over Fayv. Slate.
DL Donnie Owens, Sr., DT, WSSU 8 tackles, 2 sacks,
2 tackles for loss, a forced fumble vs. UNC-P.
LB Chaz Robinson, Jr., SAC -19 tackles, 11 solos, 2.5
tackles for loss vs. NC Central.
DB Corey Davis, Jr., ECSU 12 tackles, 8 solos, an
interception, 3 break-ups
ROOKIE A.J. Gifford, R-Fr., SAC-217 passing yards,
SPECIALTY Devonte Hunt, Sr., PK, VSU -30-yard FG
in final seconds in win over FSU.
M EA MID 1 EASTERN
M EA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Bethune-Cookman 0 0 2 0
NCA&TState 0 0 1 0
N. Carolina Central 0 0 1 1
Florida A&M 0 0 1 1
Howard 0 0 1 1
Delaware State 0 0 0 1
Morgan State 0 0 0 2
SCState 0 0 0 2
Hampton 0 0 0 2
Norfolk State 0 0 0 2
Savannah State 0 0 0 2
# Nol eligible for t ll
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE Greg McGhee, Jr., QB, HOWARD
- 21 of 37,242 passing yards, 3 TDs, 10 carries,
54 yards in win over Morehouse.
DEFENSE D'Vonte Grant, Sr., OLB, NC A&T -
Returnedintereception 57 yards forTD, 8 tackles,
4 solos, 1 for loss in win over App Stale.
ROOKIE Dominic Frescura, Fr., P, NCA&T -
Avg'd. 47.1 yards on 9 punts, 5 inside in 20, three
to the 5. Punts of 63, 60 & 48 yards.
SPECIALTEAMS Oleg Parent, Jr., PK/P, NCCU
- Kicked game-winning 19-yard FG in second OT
after PATs in regulation and first OT.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Alex Monroe, Sr., LT,
B-CU -2 pancakes, 93% grade
IAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
S ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Benedict 1 0 1 0
Albany State 0 0 0 1
Clark Atlanta 0 0 0 1
Fort Valley State 0 0 0 1
Morehouse 0 0 0 1
Kentucky State 0 0 1 0
Lane 0 0 1 0
Stillman 0 0 1 0
Tuskegee 0 0 1 0
Miles 0 0 0 1
Central State 0 1 0 1
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Marcus Graham, So., QB, BEN 11 of 23, 269
passing yards, 3 TDs, 94 rushing yards on 14 carries
in win vs. Central State
CameronStallings,Jr., DB, STILLMAN 6 tackles,
2 interceptions vs. Concordia.
Lake McGuffie, Fr., WR, MOREHOUSE 4 recep-
tions, 102 yards vs. Howard.
LINEMAN Trevonte Jones, Jr., OT, LANE 92%
grade, 3 pancakes vs. VUL.
Ed Dunaway, Sr., DB, KENTUCKYSTATE- Blotcked
a punt and PAT in win over Ky. Wesleyan.
Tennessee State 1 1
Concordia 0 1
Cheyney 0 1
W. Va. State 0 1
Langston 0 1
Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 0 1
Lincoln (Mo.) 0 1
Edward Waters 0 2
Texas College 0 2
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Tim Broughton, Sr., RB, TENN. STATE
- Rushed 17 times for 124 yards including
a 10-yard TO run in win over Florida A&M.
Marquaveous Jackson, Sr., DE, TENN.
STATE Had four tackles, 2 sacks for -18
yards in losses in win over Florida A&M.
Martin Stevenson, Jr., KR, TENN. STATE -
Returned kickoff 95 yards foraTD vs. Florida
A&M. Had two kickoffs for 111 yards.
Louisiana-Monroe 48, Grambling State 10
McNeese St. 58, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 14
Mississippi State 51, Alcomrn State 7
NC A&T 24, Appalachian State 21
NC Central 23, St. Augustine's 20 20T
Newberry 35, Elizabeth City State 32
North Greenville 26, Albany State 24
Northwestern State 55, Southern 14
Point University 35, Edward Waters 22
Robert Morris 31, Morgan State 14
Rutgers 38, Norfolk State 0
Shaw 44, Charleston (W.V.) 14
Stillman 52, Concordia-Selma 0
Tennessee State 27, Florida A&M 7
Texas State 28, Prairie View A&M 3
Troy 66, Savannah State 3
Tuskegee 23, Alabama A&M 7
Valdosta State 36, Fort Valley State 21
Virginia State 29, Fayetteville State 28
West Alabama 42, Clark Atlanta 6
William & Mary 31, Hampton 7
1. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (2-0) Walloped Virginia Union,
66-7. NEXT: At Florida International.
2. TUSKEGEE (1-0) Shut down Alabama A&M, 23-7.
NEXT: At Albany State.
3. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (1-0) Knocked off FCS No.
21 Appalachian State, 24-21. NEXT: Hosting Elon.
4. TENNESSEE STATE (1-1) Upended Florida A&M, 27-
7. NEXT: Jackson State in Memphis.
5. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (0-1) Fell at UNC-Pem-
broke, 25-21. NEXT: At home vs. Va. Univ. of Lynchburg.
6. JACKSON STATE (1-1) Knocked off Alabama State,
S30-23. NEXT: Tennessee State in Memphis.,,
7. HOWARD (1-1) Beat Morehouse, 27-16. NEXT: At Old
8. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (0-2) Beaten handily by
Clemson, 52-13. NEXT: Hosting Alabama A&M.
9. FLORIDA A&M (1-1) Fell to Tennessee State, 27-7.
NEXT: Hosting Samford.
10. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (0-2) Throttled by Mc-
Neese State, 55-14. NEXT: Hosting Alabama State.
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
HOWARD SOCCER SWAC BOUND:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Southwestern Athletic
Conference has entered a membership agreement wel-
coming Howard University into the league for the sport
of women's soccer. The announcement was made follow-
ing the approval of the league's Council of Presidents and
The Lady Bison will compete in 2013 season as an
independent before officially joining the SWAC during
the fall of 2014.
Having previously played in the Great West Confer-
ence, HU will be eligible to compete for the SWAC Soc-
cer Championship and have an opportunity to earn the
conference's NCAA automatic qualifier in 2015. With the
addition of Howard, the SWAC will now feature 11 soc-
cer teams eliminating divisional play. Each team will play
an overall conference schedule alternating home games
Howard will play its SWAC home games in Birming-
ham, Ala. at a venue to be determined at a later date.
"We are pleased to welcome Howard University and
its women's soccer team to the Southwestern Athletic
Conference," SWAC Commissioner Duer Sharp added.
"They are an amazing university with a strong academic
and athletic history. Howard's athletic programs have
strong fan support and the program fits well with the
goals we have in place for the sport."
Howard's women soccer program started in 1995.
Under current head coach Brent Leiba, Howard ad-
vanced to the championship game of the 2012 GWC Soc-
cer Tournament as a No. 6 seed. For 2013 season, How-
ard will face a pair of schools currently in the SWAC. The
Lady Bison will travel to Texas Southern for a match-up
on September 20 before facing Prairie View A&M on
The SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors
voted unanimously making Howard the first University
to join the conference in one sport outside of the league's
"SWAC has been recognized for its competitiveness
and commitment to academic excellence. Howard looks
forward to entering the conference and contributing to the
SWAC's traditions of top performance on the field and in
the classroom," said Howard University Director of Ath-
letics Louis "Skip" Perkins.
Change at the top; B-CU at No. 1
A loss by BCSP preseason No. 1 Winston-
Salem State and another impressive win by No. 2
Bethune-Cookman has propelled the Wildcats to
the top of the BCSP food chain.
B-CU, the defending champion of the MEAC
and 2012 FCS playoff participant, pounded out a
relatively easy 66-7 win over Virginia Union of
the CIAA Saturday. That win, coupled with WS-
SU's 25-21 opening season loss to UNC-Pembroke
Thursday catapulted Brian Jenkins' Cats into the
Impressive wins by SIAC defending cham-
pion, BCSP No. 5 Tuskegee over Alabama A&M
of the SWAC (23-7), and by BCSP No. 10 North
Carolina A&T over FCS No. 21 Appalachian
State (24-21), vaulted those teams into the second
and third spots respectively.
Tennessee State bounced back from its open-
ing season loss to B-CU to knock off Florida
A&M 27-7 and retain the No. 4 spot. WSSU is at
Jackson State got a big SWAC East Division
win over Alabama State (30-23) and is at No. 6.
Howard moved into the Top Ten at No. 7 with its
win over Morehouse (26-17).
South Carolina State is at No. 8 after its
blowout loss (52-13) at Clemson. FAMU is ninth
with defending SWAC champion Arkansas-Pine
Bluff, smarting from two blowout losses, at No.
Bethune-Cookman (2-0). travels to Miami
Saturday for a 6 p.m. date against Florida Inter-
national (0-2). FIU will be looking for its first win
after losses at Maryland (43-10) and last week at
home to Central Florida (38-0). The Panthers have
not reached 200 yards of offense in either game.
B-CU is coming off a prolific 464-yard of-
fensive output against the hapless VUU defense.
B-CU has a 2-0 series lead against FIU. The
Wildcats, ranked 23rd in Tuesday's Sports Net-
work FCS poll, defeating the Panthers in 2002
(31-0) and in 2003 (24-14), both times in Miami.
Tuskegee (1-0) is facing perennial SIAC
contender and rival Albany State (0-1) in Alba-
ny, Ga. Saturday (7 p.m.). Albany State featured
former Grambling quarterback Frank Rivers
(266 passing yards, 2 TDs, 2 ints.) in its close
26-24 loss last week to North Greenville. Tuske-
gee got 216 passing yards and three TDs from
QB Justin Nared in its win over Alabama A&M.
Tuskegee is up from 24th to 19th in the ini-
tial regular season AFCA Div. H Coaches poll.
WSSU is 20th after being fifth in the preseason.
NC A&T scored on a 91-yard kickoff re-
turn and a 57-yard interception return in upset-
ting App State Saturday. The Aggies (1-0) are at
home Saturday (6 p.m.) to take on nearby Elon
(1-1). The Fighting Christians were blown out
70-0 by Georgia Tech to open the season and
blasted West Virginia Wesleyan 49-7 last week.
Tennessee State (1-1) and Jackson State (1-
1) tangle in Memphis (6 p.m.) in the always en-
tertaining Southern Heritage Classic. Winston-
Salem State (0-1) gets to lick its wounds and get
healthy with a home date (6 p.m.) vs. Virginia
University of Lynchburg (0-1).
Howard (1-1) will test its mettle at ambi-
tious Old Dominon (0-2), moving up to FBS
football after a short stay in the FCS (6 p.m.). SC
State (0-2) hosts Alabama A&M (1-1) at 6 p.mn.
in Orangeburg, S.C.
FAMU (1-1) hosts Samford (1-1) and Ar-
kansas-Pine Bluff (0-2) tries to get back on track
at home vs. Alabama State (0-2).
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Charlotte vs. NC Central in Charlotte, NC 12n
Concord vs. West Virginia State in Athens, WV 1 p
West Virginia State vs. West Liberty in Institute, WV 1 p
Central State vs. Kentucky State in Wilberforce, OH 1:30p
Tusculum vs. Elizabeth City State in Greenville, TN 1:30p
Wingate vs. Saint Augustine's in Wingate, NC 1:30p
Chowan vs. Alderson Broaddus in Murfreesboro, NC 12:05p
Alcomrn State vs. Miss Valley State in Lorman, MS 2p
Lane vs. Morehouse in Jackson, TN 2p
Edward Waters vs. Pikeville (KY) in Jacksonville, FL 2p
Florida A&M vs. Samford in Tallahassee, FL 2p
Indiana (PA) vs. Cheyney in Indiana, PA 4p
Incarnate Word vs. Langston in San Antonio, TX 6p
Southern vs. Prairie View A&M in Baton Rouge, LA 6p
Clark Atlanta vs. Stillman in Atlanta, GA 6p
Florida International vs. Bethune-Cookman in Miami, FL 6p
Hampton vs. Tennessee Tech in Hampton, VA 6p
Livingstone vs. Catawba in Salisbury, NC 6p
NC A&T vs. Elon in Greensboro, NC 6p
Old Dominion vs. Howard in Norfolk, VA 6p
Sacred Heart vs. Lincoln (Pa) in Fairfield, CT 6p
Savannah State vs Fort Valley State in Savannah, GA 6p
SC State vs. Alabama A&M in Orangeburg, SC 6p
Winston-Salem State vs. Virginia-Lynchburg in W-Salem, NC 6p
Albany State vs. Tuskegee in Albany, GA 7p
Liberty vs. Morgan State in Lynchburg, VA 7p
Virginia Union vs. Shaw in Richmond, VA 7p
West Georgia vs. Miles in Carrollton, GA 7p
Towson vs. Delaware State in Towson, MD 7:30p
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Sam Houston State vs. Texas Southern in Huntsville, TX 2p
- ESPN31 ESPNU Delayed 9:30pm CT
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Alabama State in Pine Bluff, AR 4p
24th Southern Heritage Classic Fox SportsSouth I HSRN
Tennessee State vs. Jackson State in Memphis, TN 6p
Eddie McGirt Classic
Johnson C. Smith vs. Bowie State in Charlotte, NC 2p
41st New York Urban League Classic HSRN
Virginia State vs. Benedict in East Rutherford, NY 3p
Lincoln (MO) vs. Grambling State in Kansas City, MO 4p
5th Two Rivers Classic
Fayetteville State vs. UNC Pembroke in Fayetteville, NC 6p
BCSP NFL Report, Week 1
Former black college defenders make big splash
Savvy defensive veterans from black col-
leges made key plays for winning teams in Week
One of the 2013 NFL season.
Defensive backs snagged four intercep-
tions, two by Week 1 BCSP Player of the Week
D'Mitri Patterson, an eighth-year defensive
back out of Tuskegee, now playing for the Mi-
ami Dolphins. His picks helped the Dolphins get
by Cleveland 23-10.
Veteran Indianapolis safety Antoine Bethea
out of Howard grabbed a game-saving intercep-
tion to go along with six tackles and five assists
in the Colts' 21-17 win over Oakland to share
first week honors.
New Colts' teammate Greg Toler, a fifth-
year cornerback out of Saint Paul's, grabbed
the other pick, an end zone takeaway of a Ter-
relle Pryor pass.
Linemen were not to be outdone as they
registered four sacks in the opening week.
Sack specialists Robert Mathis of India-
napolis (Alabama A&M), William Hayes of
Saint Louis (Winston-Salem State), Junior
Gallete of New Orleans (Stillman) and Jason
Hatcher of Dallas (Grambling) all registered
their first sacks of the season in wins.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
D'Mitri Patterson, DB, Miami (8th year, Tuske-
gee) Had two solo tackles and two interceptions
of Cleveland QB Brandon Weeden, three passes
defended in win over Browns.
Antoine Bethea, S, Indianapolis (8th year,
Howard) Had six tackles, five assists and a late
interception of Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor to pre-
serve a win over Oakland.
OTHERS ON OFFENSE
Jacoby Jones, WR, Baltimore (6th year, LANE) -
Three catches for 24 yards before being injured.
Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh (5th year, Bowie
State) Eight carries, nine yards and two catches, seven
yards with two fumbles, one lost, in loss to Tennessee.
OTHERS ON DEFENSE
Rashean Mathis, DB, Detroit (10th year, Bethune-
Cookman) Three solos, two assists in win over Min-
Robert Mathis, DE, Indianapolis (10 Oth year, Alabama
A&M) Three tackles, two assists, one sack in win over
Greg Toler, DB, Indianapolis (5th year, St. Paul's) -
Three solo tackles and one pick in win over Oakland.
Marquette King, P, Oakland (2nd season, FortValley
State)-Two puntsfor29.0 yard averagevs. Indianapolis.
Rafael Bush, DB, New Orleans (3rd season, South
Carolina State)- One solo, oneassistinwin overAtlanta.
Junior Galette, DE, New Orleans (4th year, Still-
man) One solo tackle, a sack, in win over Atlanta.
Kenrick Ellis, DT, NY Jets (3rd season, Hampton) -
One solo tackle and one assist in win over Tampa Bay.
Sammie Lee Hill, DT, Tennessee (6th year, Stillman)
- One assisted tackle in win over Pittsburgh.
Kendall Langford, DE, Saint Louis (6th season,
Hampton) Two solo tackles in win over Arizona.
William Hayes, DE, Saint Louis (6th season, Win-
ston-Salem State) Three solo tackles, one a sack, in
win over Arizona.
Jason Hatcher, DE, Dallas (8th year, Grambling
State) One tackle, a sack, and an assist in win over
Justin Durant, LB, Dallas (7th year, Hampton)-Three
assisted tackles in win over NY Giants.
Chris Baker, DT, Washington (2nd year, Hampton)
- One assisted tackle in loss to Philadelphia.
Miami Dolphins Photo
LEGAL THIEVERY: (Above) Miami defensive back D'Mitri Patterson (24) makes a stumbling
grab of a pass from Browns' quarterback Brandon Weeden Sunday, one of Patterson's two inter-
ceptions in a 23-10 Dolphins win. (Right) New Indianapolis DB Greg Toler (28) leaps to pull in an
end zone interception of Terrelle Pryor in the first quarter of Colts' 21-17 win over Oakland. For-
mer black college players registered four interceptions and four sacks in opening week NFL play.
Indianapolis Colts Photo
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SWAC c SOUTHWESTERN
SW A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Alabama A&M 1 0 1 1
Jackson State 1 0 1 1
AlcornState 0 0 1 1
Miss. Valley St. 0 0 0 2
Alabama State 0 1 0 2
Prairie ViewA&M 1 0 1 1
Southern 0 0 0 2
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 0 0 2
Grambling State 0 1 0 2
Texas Southern 0 1 0 2
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Isiah Crowell, Jr., RB, ALABAMA STATE 18
carries, 179 yards, including 84-yard TO run in
loss to Jackson State. Zach Pendleton, Sr.,
WR, JACKSON STATE-6 receptions, t177yards,
2 TOs in win over 'Bama State.
DerrickBillups, Sr., DTALABAMASTATE- 12
tackles, 4 solo, a sack, forced 2 fumbles, a hurry
and break-up vs. JSU.
Darcy Williamson, Fr., P, JSU -8 punts, 41.9
yard average vs. ASU.
Davon Jones, Jr., DB, MVSU-Apairofintercep-
lions, 6 tackles vs. Delta State.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Kentucky State 42, Ky Wesleyan 6
Lindenwood 24, Lincoln (MO) 22
North Alabama 42, Miles 7
UNC Pembroke 25, W-Salem State 21
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
Benedict 42, Central State 9
Bethune-Cookman 66, Virginia Union 7
Bowie State 42, St. Anselm 28
Charlotte 47, Chowan 7
Clemson 52, SC State 13
Delaware 42, Delaware State 21
Delta State 24, Miss Valley State 14
Howard 27, Morehouse 16
Incarnate Word 69, Texas College 0
Jackson State 30, Alabama State 23
Johnson C. Smith 34, Livingstone 17
Lane 38, Virginia-Lynchburg 13
Lincoln (Pa) 33, Cheyney 28
Lock Haven 31, West Virginia State 13
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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 27 29th at Epworth by the Sea
in St. Simons, Georgia. Pastor Edwards and Lady Faydra are asking all
Christian marriage couples who love having a great marriage and the desire
to further enrich their marriage or just enjoy having a great time and lots of
fun with other married couples to enjoy the retreat in a beautiful and spiri-
tually uplifting environment. For more information email michaelced-
email@example.com or call 356-3362.
Northside Church of Christ Annual
Harvester's Gospel Meetings
Northside Church of Christ located at 4736 Ave. B, Brother Charlie
McLendon, Pastor, will present, "Let the Bible Speak" Annual Harvester's
Gospel Meetings, September 7-12. The theme is: "Moving Forward
Together." Order of events include the Saturday, September 7th, 7 p.m.
Mass Chorus free concert, Sunday, September 8th, at 9:15 a.m. Bible
school at 10: 30 a.m. is Mass Worship and 1 p.m. is the Fellowship dinner;
at 6 p.m. is evening worship. September 9th -12th is the 7 p.m. nightly
revival. Sunday September 8th is bring your neighbor day. Nursery avail-
able nightly and free local transportation. Guest speaker is Edward
Robinson Minister, West End Church of Christ, Terrell, TX. For more infor-
mation call the church at 765-9830.
Saint Andrew AME Church Presents
Women's Day Service 2013
The members of Saint Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church, cor-
dially invite the community to share in their Women's Day Service,
Sunday, September 15th. This year's theme is "Women Striving for His
Excellence." The event will be held in the sanctuary of Saint Andrew
African Methodist Episcopal Church, 125 9th Street South Jacksonville
Beach, FL 32250, Pastor Elvin J. Parker, III. Get ready for a double anoint-
ed event, there will be two services: 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Everyone is invit-
ed! For more information contact Dr. Vallie M. Holloway at docvallie
@aol.com or call 850 212 3667.
Back To Church Sunday
Observed at Greater Grant A.M.E.
The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church, Reverend F.D. Richardson,
Jr. invites everyone to come and join in praise and worship celebrating
national "Back To Church" day, Sunday, September 22nd at 10:30 a.m.
Morning service with the youth and young adults presenting a hip hop
infused" worship experience. The church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road.
Transportation is available. For more details call the church office at 764-
5992 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Paul A.M.E. Celebrates 144 Years
with Holy Exalted of Sanford, Florida
In celebration of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church's 144th
Anniversary celebration, the anointed group, the "Holy Exalted" of
Sanford, Florida will appear in concert, Sunday, September 15th at 6 p.m.
A special worship service will also be held at 7:30 a.m. The Latter Rain
worship service is slated to take place at 10:55 a.m. Friends, former mem-
bers and the public are extended a special invitation to share in this worship
experience. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II is the pastor of St. Paul African
Methodist Episcopal church located at 6910 New Kings Rd. For more
details call the church at 764-2755 or email email@example.com.
Summerville Missionary Baptist
Church Holds Unity Day
The Summerville Missionary Baptist Church Unity Day will take place
Sunday, September 15th. Come and join in worshipping and praising the
Lord. Worship series are as scheduled: ladies service at 11 a.m., 4 p.m.
youth service and 6 p.m. Men's service. For more information call the
church at 598-0510 or visit www.summervillembc.org.
St. Paul Lutheran Prayer Breakfast
You're invited to St. Paul Lutheran Church "Annual Prayer Breakfast"
with guest speaker Mrs. Deidra Oliver Franklin, an inspiring, prolific
Christian author and inspirational speaker. Mrs. Franklin has written
poems, short stories and guidebooks for people of all ages. Join St. Paul
Lutheran Church Saturday, September 21st, from 8:30 a.m. 11 a.m. for a
free breakfast. For more information call 765-4219. St. Paul Lutheran
Church is located at 2730 West Edgewood Avenue or visit www.spljax.org.
Little Rock Baptist Church
Moments Ministry Health Fair
The Women's Ministry of Little Rock Baptist Church, Pastor Randy L.
Sewell will host a community health and awareness fair, Saturday,
September 28th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot located at 1418
Van Buren St. Health awareness, vision screenings and many vendors will
be onsite to provide valuable information. If you have questions call the
church at 356-2525 or after 5 call 885-3018.
JLOC Call to the Community
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More
Movement Inc. (JLOC, MMM Inc.), a non-profit local organization is solic-
iting donation of your excess clothes, shoes, jackets and school supplies.
Bring them to 916 N. Myrtle Avenue, between Kings Road and Beaver
Street. You can also call Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. If
you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions More
Movement visit www.jacksonvilleloc.org or call 240-9133 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Financial donations and other donations are accepted.
Support the Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee of the Millions More
Movement Inc. (JLOC, MMM INC) as they work to end the violence
through a good, quality education, and not more incarceration.
Ritz Opens Word, Shout, Song:
Lorenzo Dow Turner Exhibit
The Ritz Theatre and Museum will host the groundbreaking traveling
exhibition "Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting
Communities through Language" organized by the Smithsonian's
Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, DC. Anacostia Community
Museum Registrar, Habeebah Muhammad, will provide a tour of the exhi-
bition which chronicles Turner's work and explorations in the U.S., Brazil
and Africa. The exhibit is on display September 13th through December
31st. For more details visit www.dusablemuseum.org or call the Ritz
Theater, located at 829 N. Davis at 632-5555 or visit www.ritzjack-
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 date will be
printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-mail to 765-3803
or e-mail to JFreePress@aol.com.
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Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20
Pastor Landon Williams
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening. 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Sunday2PM 3 PM
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10 a.m. Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
A church that's on the move in
worship with prayer, praise and power!
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
Friendship Through the Ages Longtime Friend Gloria Steinem
to Join Jax's Dorothy Pittman Hughes for 75th Birthday Celebration.
Shown above is Gloria Steinem and Jacksonville Pittman Hughes in 1971 and today.
Shown above is Gloria Steinem and Jacksonville Pittman Hughes in 1971 and today.
Gloria Steinem will join Dorothy
Pitman Hughes as Pitman Hughes
celebrates her 75th Birthday on
Wednesday, October 2, 2013. That
same day Jacksonville Mayor Alvin
Brown's office will deliver a
Mayoral Proclamation in City Hall
at 11:30 a.m. naming October 2nd
Dorothy Pitman Hughes Day in
Originally from Lumpkin, GA
Pitman Hughes has worked on
behalf of human rights for 57 years;
she is a well-known feminist, civil
rights, and child-care advocate.
Hughes began her activism by rais-
ing bail money for civil rights pro-
testers and in 1971, along with
Gloria Steinem, co-founded the
Women's Action Alliance, whose
mission was "to assist women work-
ing on practical, local action proj-
ects; projects that attack the special
problems of social dependence, dis-
crimination, and limited life alterna-
tives they face because they are
Beginning in 1970, Gloria
Steinem and Dorothy Pitman
Hughes traveled across the U.S. on
a high-profile speaking tour about
race, class, and gender equality. In
October 1971, the portrait above,
taken by Dan Wynn, appeared in
Esquire Magazine. The image,
Dan Wynn, is now in the collection
of the National Portrait Gallery,
"Gloria and I have stories to tell. I
hope we can take a look back and
talk about the past as a way to shine
a brighter light on where we are
now. As we look around the world,
let us not forget to [also] look down
the street," says Dorothy Pitman
For tickets or more information,
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship Midweek Services l' .
"Miracle at Midday"
Church school 12 noon-1 p.m.
9:30 a.m. The Word from the Sons
Bible Study and Daughters of Bethel i
6:30 p.m. 3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m Bishop Rudolph
Come share In Holy Communion on Ist Sundayat 40 and lO 1A a.m. Senior Pastor
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U Grace and Peace
Matthew Gilbert Class of 1963 Celebrates 50th Grand Reunion I
Pictured left to right: James Austin, Ruth Stephens, Vimalaskshi
Archer, Anita Shepherd, President Jacqueline Mims, Delores
Gardner, Deborah Thompson and Khamil Ojoyo, Cruise Chairman.
History Buffs Planning Gala Black
History Confab October 2-6 in Jax
The 98th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of African
American Life and History (ASALH), will convene in Jacksonville from
October 2 6, at the Hyatt Regency Jacklonville Riverfront Hotel, 225 E
Coastline Dr. In conjunction with the conference, the James Weldon
Johnson Branch Cruise Ambassadors; Anita Shepherd, President, Khamil
Ojoyo, Cruise Chairman, James Austin and Deborah Thompson are
preparing for guest to embark upon an enjoyable riverboat cruise,
Thursday, October 3rd, 9 11:30 p.m. under the Florida stars aboard the
Foxy Lady. Seating is limited so reserve your spot today! For additional
information call 635-3813.
When Grandparents Are
Raising Their Grandchildren
By Kimetha Hill
San Diego, CA Many youth in
this generation have the opportuni-
ty to experience a special treat.
Grandparents are one of our most
treasured earthly possessions,
though many are bearing the weight
of raising a second generation. For
a multitude of reasons, grandpar-
ents have stepped into the role of
primary caregiver for a second time
for their grandchildren. This is a
unique experience for African
The African-American family
unit faces a multitude of issues, and
adding another dimension to this
family only raises the level of
issues to be faced. According to a
study on African American
Grandchildren done by St.
Catherine University, University of
St. Thomas, "A review of available
literature has found that African
American children in kinship care
arrangements, especially those
being cared for by grandparents, are
more susceptible to mental health
and academic deficiencies than
those in other foster care arrange-
ments (Ghuman, Weist, and Shafer,
According to the Census Bureau,
there are an estimated 2.4 million
grandparents nationwide raising 4.5
million children. Of these statistics,
about 36 percent are African
American families; 42 percent are
white, 17 percent are Hispanic and
only five percent are Asian or
Pacific Islander or American Indian
or Alaska Native.
The report also cites the follow-
ing statistics, "Minkler and Fuller-
Thomson (2005) found that in the
year 2000, over a half a million
African American grandparents
were raising their grandchildren."
"Studies have shown that placing
African American children with
their relatives helps them to main-
tain emotional ties to their extended
family, yet also points to main-
tained emotional ties with
often dysfunctional birth
parents who want to be
reunited with children
(Harris &Skyles, 2008)."
To this end, it is vitally
important that a variety of
resources be readily avRil-
able for African American
grandparents. However, it
is important to note that
the African American
family is diverse.
Meaning, the African
American family cannot
be categorized into one
type. African American
grandparents are raising
their grandchildren in dif-
across the country. Not all
African American grand-
parents raising their grandchildren
are doing so because they come
from dysfunctional parents.
Children being raised by the
grandparents benefit from the close
connection with family that chil-
dren in other care-receiving situa-
tions may not have. For the African
American family, the family unit is
important to maintain, and once the
bond is formed, it should never be
able to be broken.
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Search on for Nation's Top Youth Volunteers
Over the past 18 years, Prudential
Spirit of Community Awards have
been given to more than 100,000
middle and high school students
across the country for helping the
less fortunate, promoting health and
safety, protecting the environment,
and serving their communities
through many other volunteer activ-
ities. The search is on to identify
thousands more who have made
meaningful contributions to their
communities over the past 12
months, as the awards program
kicks off its 19th year.
These awards honor outstanding
community service by students in
grades 5 through 12 at the local,
state and national level.
Young volunteers can apply
http://spirit.prudential.com or at
must be completed by November 5,
2013, and then submitted to a mid-
dle or high school principal, Girl
Scout council, county 4-H agent,
American Red Cross chapter,
YMCA or HandsOn Network affili-
ate. Paper versions of the applica-
tion form are available by calling
(877) 525-8491 toll-free.
There are local, state and national
honorees who have an opportunity
to win everything from certificates
$5,000, gold medallions, crystal
trophies for their nominating
schools or organizations, and
$5,000 grants from The Prudential
Foundation for nonprofit charitable
organizations of their choice.
Good Nutrition for
Women, Infants and Children
WIC offers families:
C heck these guidelines to see if P r o ai e u rt o
WIC might be right for your family: consultations
Checks for free, healthy food
Tips for eating well to
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Shown is the Matthew Gilbert Mighty Panthers Class of "1963" celebrating their 50th Reunion. Front row (l-r): Ruth A. Heath -Roberts,
Laura Smith-Pate, Ruthenia Peoples-Watts, Barbara Wilkerson-Sims, Helen Jennings-Conyers, Virginia Jones-Bythwood, Faye Glover-
Morgan, Barbra Spencer-Young, Diana Jemkins-Williams, Barbara Clark-Kirce, Delores Gardner-Waters. Back row (l-r): Leroy Gay, Ada
Stewart-Wells, Barbara Walker-Gilbert, Waker West, Yvonne Collier-Hackney, Clarence Pearson, Dorothy Seabrook-Johnson, Reubin D.
Heath, Bernice Harris-Adams, Elizabeth Darby-Williams, Theodore Williams, Julius Everett, Willie L. Smith, Samuel Jones, Talmadge Ford,
Sylvester Watts, Robert Stalling and Ann Latimer.
The Matthew W. Gilbert class of 1963 will celebrate their 50th Grand Reunion Finale! The festivities will begin Friday, September 13th at River
City Brewing, 835 Museum Circle at 6 p.m. On Saturday, September 14th a banquet will be held at the Quality Inn, 6802 Commonwealth Avenue, at
7 p.m. On Sunday, September 15th at 11 a.m., the class will attend worship service at First Baptist Church of Oakland located at 1025 Jesse St. For
more information call 333-4156.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic sceneI
The Amelia Island Blues Festival
will feature Mud Morganfield (old-
est son of Blues legend Muddy
Waters), Ana Popovic, Zac Harman,
John Nemeth and Claudette King
(youngest daughter of blues legend
B.B. King). The concert talks place
Friday, September 13th, 6 p.m. 8
p.m. and Saturday, September
14th, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more
details visit www.ameliaisland-
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 www.jaxlegalaid.org.
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
Community Fish Fry
The Durkeeville Historical Society
will present a Fish Fry, Saturday,
September 14th, 12 3:30 p.m.,
1293 W. 19th & Mrytle. For more
details call 598-9567 or visit
My Favorite Cookbook
at the Library
The Jacksonville Public Library
will host My Favorite Cookbook, a
fundraising event to benefit the
culinary program at Florida State
College at Jacksonville. Bravo Top
Chef Season 9 fan favorite runner-
up Chef Grayson Schmitz will give
a presentation and sign books at the
benefit on Wednesday, September
18th at 7 p.m. in the Conference
Center at the Main Library, 303
Laura Street North. For more
details call 630-2353 or visit
The Durkeeville Historical
Society, 1293 W. 19th Street, will
present a free class on learning the
fundamentals of quilting and how
to start your own quilt. No sewing
experience needed, provide your
own supplies, Monday, September
16th, 3:30 5 p.m. To register call
598-9567 or visit www.durkeeville-
Games and Old
Join the Durkeeville Pokeno Club
and meet and chat with your neigh-
bors and share stories, Monday,
September 16th, 11:30 a.m. 1
p.m. To register call 598-9567 or
ciety.com. Durkeeville Historical
Society is located at 1293 W. 19th
Affair in the New
Square in San Marco
San Marco Square merchants are
inviting everyone to come out and
enjoy the Balis Park completion
during an "Affair in the New
Square," featuring live music,
happy hour specials and after-hours
shopping, Thursday, September
19th, 6 p.m. 9 pm. For more
information call Krista Nilsson at
Shrimp & Grits Festival
The Shrimp & Grits: Wild Georgia
Shrimp Festival takes place
September 20th 22nd on Jekyll
Island. The weekend will be packed
with food, music, artists, shrimp
eating competitions, chef show-
downs, a kids fun zone and more!
For more information call 912-635-
4046 or visit www.shrimpandgrits-
City of Jax Pirate Party
Calling all Landlubbers and
Seafarers. Join the City of
Jacksonville for the "Pirate Party,"
Friday, September 20th, 6 10
p.m. at Treaty Oak Park, 1123
Prudential Dr. Come and enjoy
activities, crafts, food and beverage
and the showing of Disney's Pirates
of the Caribbean: The Curse of the
BlackPearl. For more information
visit www.jaxhappenings.com or
& Patio Show
Find fresh ideas and smart advice
for remodeling, home improve-
ment, decorating and more at the
2013 Home & Patio Show,
Thursday September 19 22nd at
the Prime Osbom, 1000 Water St.
For more information visit jack-
"D.A.R.E. 2 Dream"
Free Girls Camp
The Donovin Darius Foundation
will host a life skills camp for girls
entitled: "D.A.R.E. 2 Dream" at
Everbank Field, Sunday,
September 21st from 9 a.m. 1
p.m. The Dignity, Achievement
Respect and Empowerment camp
teaches girls ages 9 16 to dream
and take their lives to the next level.
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Keynote speaker is former TV 12
anchor Donna Deegan. For more
details visit www.donovandarius-
Leadership Jacksonville will hold
their annual "Reunion Luncheon"
Wednesday, September 25th,
11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. honoring
Leadership Jacksonville alumni.
The luncheon will be held at the
Hyatt Regency, 225 E. Coastline
Dr. For more details visit
www.leadershipjax.org or call 280-
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
Got ink? Come participate in the
9th annual Jacksonville Tattoo
Festival September 27-29, 1 p.m. -
12 a.m. at the Wyndham
Riverwalk,1515 Prudential Dr. See
amazing tattoo artists. Enjoy ven-
dors, contests, entertainment, activ-
ities and special guests! For more
information visit www.convention-
pros.com or call 615-429-2200.
Food and Wine Festival
Globaljax will present the Wines
of the World: Food and Wine
Festival, Friday, September 27th,
6:30 7:30 p.m. Enjoy heavy hors
d'Oeuvres, 40 wines and cuisine at
the Jacksonville Public Library, 303
North Laura Street. For more
details visit www.winesofthe-
world2013 or call 346-3942.
Eddie Griffin Live
Comedian Eddie Griffin and
friends Michael Blackson and
Luenell will be on stage Friday,
September 27th at 8 p.m. The
laughter takes place at the Time
Union for the Performing Arts, 300
Water St. For more information call
Old School Party
TLP Enterprises presents an Old
School Grown Folks Dance,
Saturday, September 28th 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 or
Ebony & Ivory Gala
The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation will present their annu-
al "Ebony & Ivory Gala', Saturday,
September 28th at 7 p.m. at the
Hyatt Regency Riverfront, 225
Coastline Dr. East. Women of Color
Cultural Foundation promotes edu-
cation of healthy lifestyles, student
education, economic development
and resources. For more informa-
tion call Mary Wards at 635-5191.
Show some love at the Northside
Lifting Our Various Enterprises
Arts and Vendors market, Sunday,
September 29th at Lonnie Miller
Park, 5054 Soutel Dr. The love
starts at 2 p.m. and will feature food
trucks, entertainment, fresh fruit
and vegetables, train rides, children
activities, arts and crafts, Zumba
exercises and more! For details call
755-5281 or email thepaisleypart-
98th 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 be buzzing with high
energy as noted scholars, historians,
authors, motivational speakers, law
makers converge October 2-6th at
the Hyatt Regency Riverfront
Hotel, 225 E. Coastline Dr. Attend
workshops, tours, plenary sessions,
and banquets galore. For more
information go to www.asalh.org.
Also enjoy the JWJ Branch launch
"Riverboat Cruise & Party on the
Yacht," Thursday, October 3rd,
9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. aboard the
Foxy Lady Riverboat. For more
information call Khamil L. Ojoyo at
635-3813 or visit www.asalh.org.
at the Ritz
Spoken Word at the Ritz will take
place Thursday, October 3rd, 7-9
p.m., at the Ritz Theater located at
829 N. Davis St. For more informa-
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Judge Orders: Woman to Pay Jordan for False Paternity
Orlando Pamela Smith the that it could be refilled.
woman who claimed that basketball According to Estee Portnoy, a
icon Michael Jordan had fathered spokeswoman for the wealthy
her 17-year-old son, was ordered by entrepreneur and majority owner of
he NBA Charlotte Bobcats, stated
then that Smith's legal move didn't
have a leg to stand on and Jordan
would not pay her one red cent.
Now, according to TMZ, on July
19th, a judge reportedly referred to
Smith's filing as bogus and even
"called her out as a gold digging
media hound who hired a publicist
before even securing an attorney to
represent her. The judge then
ordered Smith to ante up the money
so that all of Jordan's legal fees
would be satisfied according to
Shown left are Pamela and Michel when dating, shown right is Pamela Smith and her son TaJ.
a judge to pay him $9,704 for
reportedly trying to milk the player
out of thousands for a child who she
knew was not his, according TMZ.
Smith filed a paternity suit back
in February of this year demanding
she get full custody of their alleged
son, insisting that Jordan take a
paternity test and dole out child
support dollars for knocking her up
back in 1995.
The legendary Hall of Famer,
though, stood his ground and
denied he was the father of the boy.
But during the case's discovery
process, Jordan attorney uncovered
the fact that Smith named her ex as
her son's biological dad in her
Smith then withdrew her suit one
month after filing it with the courts,
but there was always a possibility
NC Pastor Fired For Going to Rick Ross Rap Concert
Winston Salem, N.C. Pastor
Rodney Wills, 26 was recently fired
from his position at a North
Carolina Church after he was spot-
ted at rapper Rick Ross' concert.
Wills was a pastor at Mt. Salem
Baptist Church in North Carolina
for almost four years when he was
unexpectedly fired. The deacon
board voted 11 to 3 when they met
to vote whether Wills should keep
his job or not.
Wills was unaware of his firing
until he showed up to the church
and he noticed his parking sign had
been removed from his usual spot.
A church spokesman said he was
fired immediately because it was
not his first offense. Wills attended
a Lil' Wayne concert 9 months ago
that he was reprimanded for.
One of the Deacons, Miles
Langley released a statement about
the firing that reads, "We cannot
September 12-18, .2013
Bill Williams and Robert Tripp
Vonn Edwards, Chris Johnson, Allen Carson and Ken Scott
have our leader supporting people
of this world who are tearing down
the kingdom of God," reports the
Is "Junk in the Trunk" Really a Secret Treasure?
Is Junk in the Trunk?
Finally! Multiple studies are
proving that the voluptuous figures
of countless Black women posses
more benefits than just
a e s -
thetic perks -
those curves may actually help then
live longer. But why is this?
According to experts, the type of
fat found in the thighs and backside
may actually help reduce disease, as
opposed to the dangerous and life
threatening effects of abdominal
"The fact that body fat's distribu-
tion is quite important for your
health has been known for some
time now," said lead researcher
Konstantinos Manolopoulos of the
University of Oxford in England.
The review also suggests mecha-
nism for conveying those benefits.
According to the experts, the next
step is to figure out how our bodies
decide where to store fat, say, in the
Stomach versus the butt.
"Once this is understood
then one could think
approaches to make
r r use of that,"
"Maybe to make
use (of it) in a pre-
ventive way by
Don't take this
news the wrong
way though. This is
only true to a certain
degree as obesity
increases your chances
o f developing chronic
health conditions. This is
because per studies,
researchers found that not all fat is
According to MSNBC, stomach
fat is considered more metabolical-
ly active than lower body fat. While
that may sound good, as this fat
breaks down easily, the result is a
release of substances called
cytokines, which have been linked
to cardiovascular disease, insulin
resistance and diabetes.
In fact, research on mice reported
in 2008 revealed that belly fat
boosts inflammation and is linked
with hardening of the arteries -
known to increase the risk of heart
But scientist think lower body fat,
like that around the hips and thighs,
produces beneficial hormones that
protect against these diseases,
though more research is needed to
firm up this expectation.
In addition, this lower body fat
also traps fatty acids.-q While this
long-term storage can make it
tricky to slim down your butt and
thighs, it's healthier for you if some
fat stays put.
"If fatty acids are not stored in fat
but in other organs like the liver or
the arteries, this makes you prone to
develop diabetes and heart dis-
ease," Manolopoulos said.
"One moment on the lips, forever
on the hips. It really is exactly this
phenomenon; the fat that goes there
stays there;" that is, on the hips and
Manolopoulos reported that the
most compelling evidence for the
link comes from population studies
showing the more fat individuals
have in the hind area, the less likely
they are to develop diabetes and
heart disease later in life.
Other evidence includes
instances of Cushing's syndrome,
in which patients lose their hips and
thigh fat while gaining stomach fat.
These patients are known to have
an increased risk for diabetes and
The Role of Genes and Gender:
Scientists aren't sure how the body
decides where to store fat, but it's
That genetic force can be seen in
the gender difference in how fat
gets stored, with women having
much more of the healthy, lower-
body fat than men. And females
have a much lower risk for heart
disease, Manolopoulos said. "As
long as you are female and your
hormones are female hormones,
,you are protected from cardiovas-
"The moment you go into
menopause and your hormones
change, you lose your typical
female appearance and gain stom-
ach fat. At the same time, your risk
for heart disease and diabetes
becomes comparable to men of the
Kim Stevens and Cheryl Wilson
Tkairahm Waters, Louis Givens and Xavier Black
The Jacksonville Jaguars season opener in front of 59,416 against the
Kansas City Chiefs was a blow out with a score of 27 2. Gus Bradley
made his Jaguars head coaching debut, and with 26 new players on the ros-
ter, the Jaguars struggled and fell behind by 19 points at halftime.
Jacksonville fans roared to the finish and vowed to return to the stadium
for their next home game, September 29th against the Indianapolis Colts.
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I Oklahoma Schools Prohibit Dreadlocks 1 M '"Er
Oklahoma state legislatures
issued statements last week after a
charter school in Tulsa received
nation-wide backlash for their pol-
icy prohibiting hairstyles such as
"dreadlocks, afros, mohawks and
other faddish styles."
The dress code sparked contro-
versy as the parents of 7-year-old
Tiana Parker withdrew her from
Deborah Brown Community
School after school officials found
her dreadlocks to be "unaccept-
Now, state representatives con-
firm that the they are in the begin-
ning stages of establishing a team
to review the policy.
"We are working to bring the
school administrators and board
members together with the
Oklahoma Legislative Black
Caucus members to coordinate a
review of these policies," said
state Rep. Kevin Matthews.
"Although direct legislative
action is not an option of address-
ing the issue in the short term,
school policies can be addressed,
reviewed, or changed by the
Deborah Brown Community
School's internal board," he
A petition calling for the school
to publicly apologize to Parker
and her family has already
amassed over 20,000 signatures. It
also requests that the charter
school change their dress code or
have their contract terminated.
"Though it's not clear what
other styles the school might con-
sider faddish, the fact remains that
two of the hairstyles spelled out as
being unacceptable in this school's
policy are worn almost exclusive-
ly by African[-]Americans with
natural hair," the petition reads. "It
might as well say that black girls
must have their hair chemically
straightened or covered with a
weave in order to pass muster."
Although the school has yet to
release an official apology to the
family, State Sen. Jabar Shumate
reassures residents that the emo-
tional toll the incident has taken
on Parker and family has not been
"Our hearts go out to the parents
and family of this 7-year-old
promising student," he said. "We
don't want any child to feel like
their educational opportunities are
being infringed upon."
Shown is former federal marshall Charlie Burks and Ruby Bridges. Burks escorted Bridges into a New
Orleans elementary school in 1960 to desgregate the school. The pair have only met once since the event.
Ruby Bridges Reunites With Federal
Zimmerman's Wife Files for Divorce Marshal Who Escorted Her to School
26-year old Shellie Zimmerman,
wife of George Zimmerman, has
filed for divorce, about two months
after her husband was acquitted of
murdering Trayvon Martin. The
couple was married in November
2007, and her reason for wanting to
be divorced is "disappointment".
Just last week, Shellie said during
an interview with ABC's "Good
Morning America" that she was
having serious doubts about
remaining married. During that
interview, she refused to say if she
and her husband were still together.
They have no children together.
Regarding TRayvon Martin
During the interview, Shellie also
revealed she wasn't at their home
the night of Martin's shooting
because she'd had a fight with her
husband. She stated, "I was staying
at my father's house. We had gotten
into an argument the night before
and I left."
Does She Believe Her
Yes. In her interview she said that
she does believe his version of the
events leading to the shooting. But
she added, "I can't tell you how
many nights I've gone or laid awake
at night just thinking that I wish to
God the circumstances had been
Why Did She Lie About The
Shellie, who admitted to lying
during a bail hearing following the
murder of Trayvon Martin, pleaded
guilty last week to a misdemeanor
perjury charge. She commented, "I
can rationalize a lot of reasons for
why I was misleading, but the truth
is that I knew I was lying."
She is reportedly planning to do
her community service with a local
church. "I've made mistakes and I
want to own them right now," she
by Rick Callahan
Civil rights icon Ruby Bridges,
who as a 6-year-old helped end
public school segregation in the
South, was reunited last week with
one of the federal marshals who had
escorted her past angry crowds so
she could attend a previously all-
Bridges, who in 1960 became the
first black child to attend an all-
white school in New Orleans, met
with Charles Burks at The
Children's Museum of Indianapolis,
which was filming the pair for its
permanent exhibit called "The
Power of Children." Burks, now 91,
is the only one of the four marshals
who escorted Bridges to and from
-school who is still alive.
"Thank you Charlie for doing
what was right at a time when it
might not have been the easiest
thing to do," she told Burks.
Burks said escorting Bridges to
school was a highlight of his life,
adding that he supported the land-
mark 1954 Supreme Court decision
that struck down segregation in
public schools. Bridges was in first-
grade when she started attending
William Frantz Elementary School
on Nov. 14, 1960, as the court-
ordered integration of public
schools began in New Orleans.
"It was a privilege to be able to
do what I did, even though it was
one of my duties. Everybody says it
was just another job to do, but it
was a wonderful job," said Burks,
who lives in Logansport, mInd.
Before the meeting Bridges and
Burks had reunited only once, in
1995, since 1960.
Bridges, now 58, said she didn't
realize at the time the role she was
playing in helping end segregation
because her parents had not
explained everything that was hap-
pening. She thought the loud
crowds that gathered daily outside
the school were taking part some
sort of parade, such as Mardis Gras,
and they didn't frighten her.
But Bridges, who still lives in
New Orleans, did recall seeing a
black doll in a baby's casket the
crowd taunted her with, a haunting
image she said gave her night-
"I would dream that this coffin
had wings and it would fly around
my bed at night, and so it was a
dream that happened a lot and that's
what frightened me," she said.
Burks and the other marshals
escorted the young Bridges to and
from school for several weeks
before local police took over that
duty. Eventually the crowds dis-
persed and she no longer needed
The first tense days outside the
school were captured by Norman
Rockwell in a painting that depicts
a young black girl carrying text-
books and a ruler being led by mar-
shals past a wall marred by a splat-
tered tomato and a scrawled racial
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