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SC State President Named Exec. Dir.
of White House Initiative on HBCUs
President Obama has tapped a veteran educator who was pressured to step
down as president of South Carolina State University in 2012 to be the new
executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black
Colleges and Universities (HBCU's).
Dr. George Cooper will be the administration's public face for HBCU's,
working with Secretary of Education Ame Duncan and 32 other federal
agencies that provide grants and financial assistance to the nation's HBCU's,
Dr. IvoryA. Toldson, a tenured associate professor of education at Howard
University and a rising star in academia, has been selected by the White
House to serve as Cooper's deputy director.
Cooper fills the vacancy left behind by Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., who
left to become president of Morehouse College in Atlanta earlier this year.
He said that he will focus his efforts on recruitment and retention of stu-
dents, while building a strong alumni network of HBCU graduates.
Prior to becoming president of SCSU, Cooper spent 17 years with the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and
was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Animal Science at
Alabama A&M University.
Jackson Jr. Items Auctioned Online
Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee memorabilia and fur jackets and capes are
some of the 13 items bought by ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his
wife, Sandi, with campaign funds that went on the auction block this week.
The U.S. Marshals Service will hold the auction online at txauction.com
until Sept. 26. The opening bids range from $115 for a fur-trimmed cape to
$350 for an autographed photo of Bruce Lee, far less than the amounts orig-
inally paid for the items. The proceeds will be used to help Jackson repay the
$750,000 looted from his campaign., .\....
Jesse Jackson Jr. received a 30-month prison sentence in August for the
misuse of campaign funds. Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago alderman who
pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns, will serve her 12-month sentence
upon her husband's release. She also must pay $22,000 in restitution.
It is unclear how much the auction will raise or when and if other items, like
two mounted elk heads Jackson bought for his office that helped lead to his
downfall in an FBI sting, will also be auctioned off.
The Washington and Chicago homes owned by the couple are not yet on
the block, but may be later.
First Indian Crowned Miss America
Miss America 2014 was crowned this weekend
in Atlantic City, N.J.: She's Nina Davuluri, the first
Indian American to take the crown.
It was the second year in a row that a young
woman from New York was named Miss America.
Davuluri, 24, competed in outfits including an ani-
mal-print bikini and a bright yellow evening gown.
In the talent portion of the evening, she delivered a
Unfortunately, Davuluri's win has not been cele-
Sbrated by all, with some users of social media
attacking her color, accusing her of not being an American and of being a
Muslim (she is American; she is not a Muslim). The newly crowned queen
told the Associated Press she would "rise above" such detractors.
University of Alabama to End
Segregation Within White Sororities
After being at the center of controversy this past week for its segregated
Greek system, the University ofAlabama is issuing a new deal that is expect-
ed to allow organizations to offer membership bids to Black candidates who
were previously rejected.
The university is making steps to end segregation since four traditionally
white sororities were called out for blocking Black candidates, who were
well qualified, from joining. Alpha Gamnma Delta. Delta Delta Delta, Chi
Omega and Pi Beta Phi were cited as having recruitment issues according to
The Final Barrier: 50 Years Later, Segregation Still Exists, an article pub-
lished in the The Crimson White last week.
"The issue is the alumnae and not the undergraduates," says Gentry
McCreary, a former director of Greek affairs told TIME Magazine. "There's
definitely some fear, whether real or imagined, that there would be some
repercussions if a sorority took an African-American member. They're able
to subvert the will of the chapter, and it's gone on for far too long."
NAACP Begins Search
for New President
The nation's oldest civil rights organization will be ushering in new leader-
ship in January and has officially launched their search for a new president.
NAACP board members are forming a search committee and will meet in
October to begin planning the transition.
Benjamin Jealous announced that he would be stepping down in 2014 after
five years of leadership. Current leaders of the NAACP say Jealous' succes-
sor must be energetic, experience with the digital age and ready to take on
the "long-term" race in fighting for civil and human rights.
"First, you have to realize ifs not a job it's a lifestyle, 24 hours a day, 7
days a week," said board member Kamilia Landrum of Detroit, according to
the Associated Press. "You have to be almost Baptist preacher, corporate
America, or father and husband at the same time."
The NAACP is alive, and it's well," said Chairman Roslyn Brock said. "The
work goes on, and there's so much for us to do."
I-LOR1UA' b -IRS I COUASI QLALIIY BLACK WEEKLY 50Cents
Volume 26 No. 47 Jacksonville, Florida September 19-25, 2013
by Lauren Bankert
National, state and local leaders
visited Edward Waters College last
week to meet with residents and
discuss ways to revitalize neighbor-
hoods in the 32209 ZIP code. The
discussions, part of a Community
of Hope event sponsored by the
Florida Department of Children and
Families, targeted improvements in
health, safety, education and eco-
They also met to honor the work
of the Schell-Sweet Community
Resource Center, a partnership
between DCF, the City of
Jacksonville and Edward Waters
College, in restoring family stabili-
ty. The community center played a
large role in DCF's achievement of
reducing the number of new foster
cases in Jacksonville by 50 percent
Schell-Sweet provides communi-
ty support through programs such
as in-home advocacy program that
Toward Change for 32209 Residents
Shaunita Brown shares her experiences as a resident of 32209.
provides support for at-risk children
and families, and monthly food
giveaways from Second Harvest.
The event also gave community
members the opportunity to share
Young Black Men Being
Jailed In Record Numbers
Last month, the March on
Washington commemoration cel-
ebrated the history of the civil
rights movement and our nation's
continued progress toward racial
equality. Yet decades later, a bro-
ken criminal-justice system has
proven that we still have a long
way to go in achieving racial
Today people of color continue
to be disproportionately incarcer-
ated, policed, and sentenced to
death at significantly higher rate
than their white counterparts.
Further, racial disparities in the
criminal-justice system threaten
communities of color-disenfran-
chising thousands by limiting vot-
ing rights and denying equal
access to employment, housing,
public benefits, and education to
In light of these disparities, it is
imperative that criminal-justice
reform evolves as the civil rights
issue of the 21 st century.
Below are important facts per-
taining to the criminal-justice sys-
tem's impact on communities of
While people of color make up
about 30% of the population, they
account for 60 percent of those
imprisoned. The prison popula-
tion grew by 700% from 1970 to
2005, a rate that is outpacing
crime and population rates. The
continued on page 2
their ideas for improvement in
breakout sessions, attended city
staff. Student volunteers from EWC
went door-to-door at homes and
churches throughout the ZIP code
inviting residents to contribute to
32209 is one of the most belea-
guered areas in Jacksonville, featur-
ing the highest poverty, infant mor-
tality, teen pregnancy, unemploy-
ment and violent crime rates.
Following the event, quarterly
progress reports are expected to
hold the partner organizations
accountable for improvements.
"Half of the children in this ZIP
code are growing up in poverty. The
rate of children being placed into
protective custody in this ZIPcode
is three times higher than the rest of
the city. There is still a major need
for assistance," said DCF Northeast
Florida Regional Director David
Abramowitz. "Now is the time for
local leaders, the private sector, the
faith-based community and anyone
who wants to help to continue to
search for solutions. This event will
be just the start of our efforts."
5 Things You Should Know
By Julie Appleby
Premiums will skyrocket next year! Premiums will be lower than expect-
ed! Premiums will be about the same!
Consumers are understandably confused after weeks of conflicting pro-
nouncements about the expected cost of plans, for individuals and small
groups, to be sold in new online insurance marketplaces under the federal
health law beginning Oct 1. _
New York regulators said average premiums on those plans
will be half of what they cost now, while Indiana warned of _..
an average 72 percent increase. Florida's insurance 40=
officials projected 30 to 40 rate increases, while the Il i '
White House trumpeted a report saying that rates in 10 f|
states and the District of Columbia will average 18 percent .I _r
less than forecast. i
How is a consumer to make sense of this? For starters, state
rates vary considerably because state regulations differ,
although that is expected to lessen under the health, 1
law. But a bigger factor is that state officials who have
opposed the health law are inclined to compare measures that show a big
increase, while those in favor are inclined to do the opposite.
"Premiums across states vary a whole lot less than the spin does," said
Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a
non-partisan health policy research organization. (KHN is an editorially
independent program of KFF).
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Childhood Obesity Combatants Celebrated at Annual Breakfast
Last Friday, nearly 250 attendees
gathered to celebrate healthy kids
and active communities. The sec-
ond annual awards breakfast, host-
ed by the The Healthy Jacksonville
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Coalition (HJCOPC), commemo-
rated National Childhood Obesity
Awareness Month with the celebra-
tion of their annual awards break-
fast. Over 250 attendees witnessed
18 local organizations and individu-
als for their commitment to helping
children grow up healthy through-
out Duval County. Leadership
awards were presented in the cate-
gories of Community,
Organizational and Youth.
In addition to the awards cere-
mony, emcee Donovin Darius of the
Donovin Darius Foundation and
keynote speaker Superintendent Dr.
Nikolai Vitti spoke about the
importance of good health in sup-
porting our community's children
to reach their full potential.
Childhood obesity has reached
epidemic proportions in communi-
ties all across the country.
Jacksonville is not immune to the
threats posed by the rising rates of
overweight children and adults.
Nearly 30 percent of Duval County
residents are overweight or obese.
According to a report by the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation, medical
costs associated with treating pre-
ventable obesity-related diseases
are estimated to increase from $48
billion to $66 billion per year in the
United States by 2030, and correlat-
ed implications will follow.
To combat this threat, local
organizations across Northeast
Florida have been collaborating for
more than 12 years in efforts to
reverse the tide of obesity by
increasing access to healthy foods
and safe places to play, teaching
families how to grow and cook their
own healthy meals, and offering
opportunities for routine physical
activity every day. During the last
four years HJCOPC members' serv-
ices have been delivered to more
than 51,000 children and nearly
9,000 adults, and their voices have
been heard on many issues affect-
ing our city's built environment and
The Healthy Jacksonville
Childhood Obesity Prevention
Coalition (HJCOPC) is a public-
private partnership devoted to
Dominique Trowell, I'm a Star Foundation, Donovin Darius, Donovin
Darius Foundation, Youth Leadership award honoree Better Burney,
I'm a Star Foundation and Laureen Husband, PhD, Healthy
reducing and preventing childhood healthy environments for children
obesity in Duval County. Citizens, and families through advocacy,
business leaders and community education, policy development and
organizations work to create cultural changes.
Smart Real Estate Moves That You Can Make Now
Until recently, home buyers occu-
pied the housing market. They were
able to choose from a glut of avail-
able homes that were severely deval-
ued during the recession, and they
could lock in historically low mort-
gage interest rates.
But the landscape is shifting.
Through May of this year, home
prices rose almost as fast as they did
during the peak bubble years that
ended in 2006. The national median
closing price for an existing single-
family home was up 15.4 percent
from May of 2012. And that was the
largest year-over-year gain since the
end of 2005, according to the Na-
tional Association of Realtors. More
people are buying, too: Monthly
sales of existing homes were up 4.2
percent from April to May.
Home prices usually rise as the de-
mand for them increases. But declin-
ing inventories are driving this
housing recovery. Last spring there
were 15 percent to 20 percent fewer
homes available than in the spring of
2012. Because some homes were
worth less than what people paid for
them, many have been waiting to
That's great news for those who
are ready to list. It's not uncommon
for sellers in many areas to receive
multiple bids today, and in hot mar-
kets some homeowners are even
lucky enough to experience bidding
wars. But it's tougher now for buyers
to secure financing, which can cause
deals to implode. In 2006 almost
anyone could get a loan; now lenders
are scrutinizing a buyer's ability to
repay with more diligence.
Whether you're buying or selling,
there are a variety of tips that will
help you get the best deal. If you're
not planning to move anytime soon,
you may still find it makes sense to
refinance if you can lock in a lower
Buyers: Save the most
Home prices may be up, but in
many markets they're still below
where they were seven years ago.
And mortgage interest rates are still
low: The National Association of Re-
altors predicts that 30-year fixed
rates will rise from their recent 4.29
percent national average to about 5
percent by the end of 2014. So the
housing market will stay affordable
for many people at least for the next
year or so. Here's how to close the
deal on the home you want.
Check your credit. Years ago you
needed a FICO score of 680 or more
to get the best mortgage rate. By
2008 the number climbed to 720.
Now buyers need a score that's at
least 760. Banks cut losses by tight-
ening lending to home buyers during
the recession, and no one knows
when they'll relax their standards.
Scores have a big impact on the
total amount you'll pay for a loan. If
your score is 760 and you apply for a
$300,000 30-year fixed mortgage,
you could recently qualify for a 4.25
percent interest rate with monthly
payments of $1,476. But if your
score was below 620, your interest
rate would have been 5.84 percent
and your monthly payment $1.768.
Over the 30-year life of the loan, that
would cost you more than 105.000.
Get pre-approved. That was al-
ways a good idea, but now it's a
must. Sellers tend to take buyers who
are pre-approved for a mortgage
more seriously, a competitive edge
over those who fail to take this step.
Do some digging to find out where
you can get the best rates. Check sev-
eral lenders, including national, local,
and online banks as well as credit
unions. Don't hire a mortgage broker
to do this for you because he may be
more focused on selling you a mort-
gage than getting you the best deal.
Knowing your monthly payment
amount isn't enough. Also get an es-
timate of the closing costs and all the
additional fees you'll owe. Many of
the fees involved are negotiable, such
as the home inspector's fee, the cost
to do a title search, and your attor-
ney's fee, to get the best deal you
Use an agent. Working with your
own real-estate agent can be helpful
in a seller's market, when competi-
tion is high and home sell quickly. An
agent can clue you in to market con-
ditions and will know which homes
will cost you more than you might
think because, for example, flood in-
surance might be required. You might
also pay less for a home. A recent
survey showed that 66 percent who
used a real-estate agent to buy paid
an average of $5,000 less than the
listing price. The buyers who negoti-
ated their own deals without an agent
(34 percent) paid close to the asking
Consider going right to contract. If
the market in your area is especially
hot, buyers should skip making an
offer and write up a contract for a
seller to review. Just make it contin-
gent upon a home inspection. Also
try to find out why the owner is sell-
ing, and add something to the deal
that reflects his needs. If he wants
more time to live in the house for ex-
ample say you'll postpone the close.
Sellers: Get the most.
If you've wanted to put our house
on the market, now may be the time
to act. Here's how to get the most on
Pick the right improvement.
"Curb appeal is crucial today," says
Walter Molony of the National Asso-
ciation of Realtors. "Buyers get a lot
of information from the Web, and
they drive around to decide which
ones they want to see." Remodeling
magazine's annual "Cost vs. Value"
report for 2013 found that sprucing
up the outside of your home with
new entry doors, fiber-cement siding,
wood decks, and garage door tended
to recoup the most value when you
You'll also want to clean, remove
clutter, give overgrown trees and
shrubbery a trim, and paint where
needed. The right color palette can
raise your home's value by 10 per-
cent or more. For interiors, warm
beige colors appeal to the greatest
number of people.
Interview more than one agent.
Ask friends and family members for
recommendations and meet with sev-
eral candidates. They should explain
how they would market your prop-
erty-how they would advertise your
home and social media, how they
would handle open houses, and what
they would say in Internet and news-
paper listings. After you select an
agent, make sure the marketing plan
is part of the listing agreement, so if
it's not followed you'll be able to
take your business to another agent.
Also try to negotiate the commission.
Our survey found that many agents
were willing to cut a deal. Readers
who successfully negotiated a reduc-
tion often cut the traditional 6 percent
to 3 or 4 percent, and they tended to
be just as satisfied with the result as
those who paid more.
Pay for an inspection. To spot ex-
pensive repairs, get a home inspec-
tion, which might run about $275 to
Blackstartup.com Providing Funds for New Businesses
By Kristyl Smith
Crowdfunding, or crowdsourc-
ing, is a relatively new method pow-
ered by social media and Internet
networking to raise money for proj-
ects, products, businesses and per-
Individuals'are able'to open anab'c
count, write a proposal describing
why they need the donations and set
an amount goal. There are several
crowd funding organizations includ-
ing gofimundme.com, indegogo.com
and wefund.com to name a few.
However, a new crowdfunding or-
ganization was recently created
specifically for African-American-
based needs, BlackStartUp.com.
Their platform is "a new tool to gen-
erate financial resources to fund
ideas and to address systemic social
problems facing African-Americans
on the local national and interna-
Based in Washington DC and
founded by Nathan Bennett-Fleming,
BlackStartUp.com is essentially the
"Blark" Kickstarter.com. Kick-
starter.com is another crowd sourcing
platform the specifically focuses on
funding projects, products and busi-
nesses. The ultimate purpose is to
allow ideas that benefit the African-
American community an opportunity
to be seen and heard by potential in-
vestors at hardly any expense to the
creators. This also provides investors
who are specifically looking to invest
in African-American based ideas go
to places to find exactly what they
are looking for. BlackStartUp.com
has taken a fundraising method that
is used in the general public to di-
rectly positively influence African-
American communities all over the
This not only fosters more finan-
cial support for various organizations
and ides, it also'create unity and net-
work amongst the many individuals
looking to positively impact their
neighborhoods both online and of-
fline. To top it off, the creators of
BlackStartUp.com also want their
business to be uses as a tool to teach
the community about the importance
of investing and to address high con-
BlackStartUp.com is revolutionary
not only because if it's now historic
relevance, but also because it utilizes
the fact the African-Americans are
one of the largest consumers of tech-
nology and has begun making it
work for the betterment of our own
$500 or so. Then you can make the
repairs or, if you don't want to, you
can share the information with poten-
tial buyers early in the process.
"We've found buyers are most likely
to accept flaws when they are most
in love with your house, which is
when they first want to buy it," says
Robert Bailey of Bailey Properties in
California. Buyers are less likely to
gloss over shortcomings a few weeks
Assess your need for staging. You
may want help to present your home
in its best light. A two-hour consulta-
tion with a professional stager will
cost about $300. A full staging,
which includes renting furniture, can
run from $500 to several thousand.
What's more, you may be able to
write off their fees (but probably not
the paint or accessories they suggest
you buy). Home staging is consid-
ered an "advertising fee" and can be
subtracted from a gain on the sale of
your home along with agents' com-
missions and legal fees.
Price it right. The listing price is
critical. Homes sell most quickly if
they are put on the market at a price
that's right at, but not higher than,
those of similar homes in the area.
And use round numbers. Most peo-
ple buying homes today get informa-
tion by searching online sites like
Trulia.com. To conduct a search on
that site, buyers specify a price range,
beginning and ending with round
numbers. So if you price your home
that way more people will see it. In-
stead of putting it on the market for
$349,000, use $350,000 instead. That
way people shopping online for
houses from $300,000 to $350,000
will see your home and so will peo-
ple looking between $350,000 and
Dodge low-appraisal nightmares.
One of the downsides of today's sell-
ers market is the tendency for ap-
praisers to undervalue a property.
That happens when prices have been
rising quickly and appraisers who
aren't familiar with the area use com-
parable transactions that don't reflect
the latest price trends. So when a
prospective buyer schedules the ap-
praisal, make sure you are present to
share data on comparable properties
that may be overlooked.
Trulia vs. Zillow If you've
checked your home's value on these
websites, you might have noticed
very different results. These services
aggregate data from several sources,
including Multiple Listing Services.
To come with your home's value,
they use the MLS estimate of what
similar homes are selling for in your
area then apply other proprietary cri-
teria. The amount varies because
their data and formulas vary. For a
rough estimate of your home's value,
take the average of what Trulia and
Zillow say, as well as similar sites
like Homes.com and Realtoe.com
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Most policy analysts concur that
average premiums will go up for
younger, healthier people and that
they will get better benefits than they
do now but that rates may fall for
older or sicker Americans, as new
rules go into effect Jan 1. Increases
may be offset for many of those buy-
ing coverage through tax credits
available to people with low and
In general, the rates for individual
policies look an awful lot like what
employers pay now for worker's cov-
erage, said Williams Custer, who
studies health insurance at Georgia
"The goal was to let people buy
comparable coverage to what em-
ployers get with comparable prices.
It seems like that's the premium we
are seeing," he said.
Here are five things to keep in mind
when evaluating claims bout the cost
of coverage that starts in 2014:
1. Comparing apples to apples is
The first thing to understand is that
policies that will be sold to individu-
als and small businesses in online
marketplaces are brand new and must
cover a range of essential benefits
that were not always covered in the
past. This includes prescription
drugs, hospitalization and maternity
Consumers cannot be turned away
or charged more because of health
problems as they can now in most
states. Women can not be charged
more than men. In addition, the
amount you'll have to pay out of
pocket will be capped at $6,350 for
singles or $12,700 for families.
Racial Disparities in U.S. Justice System
continued from front
incarceration rates disproportion-
ately impact men of color: 1 in every
15 Black men and 1 in every 36 His-
panic men are incarcerated in com-
parison to 1 in every 106 white men.
According o the Bureau if Justice
Statistics, one in thee black men can
expect to go to prison in their life-
time. Individuals of color have a dis-
proportionate number of encounters
with law enforcement, indicating that
racial profiling continues to be a
problem, A report by the Department
of Justice found that blacks and His-
panics were approximately three
times more likely to be searched dur-
ing a traffic stop than white mo-
torists. Blacks were twice as likely to
be arrested and almost four times as
likely to experience the use of force
during encounters with the police.
Students of color face harsher pun-
ishments in school than their white
peers, leading to a higher number of
youth of color incarcerated. Black
and Hispanic students represent more
than 70% of those involved in school
related arrests or referrals to law en-
forcement. Currently, African Amer-
icans make up two fifths and
Hispanics one-fifth of confined youth
According to recent data by the
Department of Education, African
American students are arrested far
more often than their white class-
mates. The data showed that 96,000
students were arrested and 242,000
referred to law enforcement by
schools during the 2009-10 school
year: Of those students, black and
Hispanic students made up more than
70 percent of arrested or referred stu-
dents. Harsh school punishments,
from suspensions to arrest, have led
to high numbers of youth of color
coming into contact with the juve-
nile-justice system and at an earlier
African American youth have
higher rates ofjuvenile incarceration
and are more likely to be sentenced
to adult prison. According to the Sen-
tencing Project, even though African
American juvenile youth are about
16% of the youth population. 37 per-
cent of their cases are moved to crim-
inal court and 58% of African
American youth are sent to adult
As the number of women incar-
cerated has increased by 800 percent
over the last three decades, women of
color have been disproportionately
represented. While the number of
women incarcerated is relatively low,
the racial and ethnic disparities are
startling. African American women
are three time more likely than white
women to be incarcerated, while His-
panic women are 69% more likely
than white women to be incarcerated.
The war on drugs has been waged
primarily in communities of color
where people of color are more likely
to receive higher offenses. According
to the Human Rights Watch, people
of color are no more likely to use or
sell illegal drugs than whites but they
have higher rate of arrests. African
Americans comprise 14% of regular
drug users but are 37% of those ar-
rested for drug offenses.
Once convicted, black offenders
receive longer sentences compared to
white offenders. The U.S. Sentencing
Commission stated that in the federal
system black offenders receive sen-
tences that are 10% longer than white
offenders for the same crimes. He
Sentencing Project reports that
Blacks are 21% more likely to re-
ceive mandatory-minimum sentences
than white defendants and are 20%
more likely to be sentenced to prison.
Great Pay! Consistent Freight!
Great Miles on this Regional Account.
September 19-25, 2013
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Has the National Action Network
Surpassed the NAACP in Influence? ______ J
Rev. Al Sharpton (C), president of the National Action Network, speaks during a news conference outside the U.S.
Justice Department while discussing planned 'Justice for Trayvon' vigils in 100 cities across the U.S. in July. Sharpton
also called for the federal government to investigate civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
. byMary Curtis, TG
As Ben Jealous prepares to step
down from his leadership post at
the end of this year, there is no
question that he brought stability
and visibility in his five years as the
president and CEO of the NAACP.
Now, as members and observers
give Jealous a proper celebratory
sendoff, they are also looking to the
future of the nation's oldest and
largest civil rights organization.
How is the National Association for
-the Advancement of Colored
People, founded in 1909, tackling
21st-century challenges and what is
its relationship with other civil
There is still much work for the
NAACP in a nation where, with its
help, progress has been made but
where inequality remains. Many
issues look familiar. For example,
at this year's commemoration of the
50th anniversary of the March on
Washington for Jobs and Freedom,
voting rights and income inequality
battles topped the agenda in 2013,
as in 1963. However, some tactics
and players had changed.
At the Aug. 24 "Realize the
Dream" event the weekend before
the official anniv'ersarN with
President Obama in attendance,
tens of thousands gathered on the
National Mall to hear speeches by
Jealous and others.
It was, however, the Rev. Al
Sharpton and his National Action
Network (NAN) a host alongside
the NAACP and others center
stage at the Lincoln Memorial.
Sharpton walked arm in arm during
the march with U.S. Rep. John
Lewis of Georgia a young
SNCC (Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee) leader
when he spoke in 1963 and
Martin Luther King III.
The two organizations with dif-
ferent histories have worked togeth-
er on events. Both have weighed in
on racial profiling, recently in the
response to the killing of Trayvon
Martin in Sanford, Fla., and subse-
quent acquittal of George
Zimmerman for the shooting.
That said, a New York City
"Justice for Trayvon" rally after the
verdict was organized by NAN,
with Sybrina Fulton, Martin's
mother, alongside Sharpton and
attendees that included Beyonce
and Jay Z.
In a Miami rally that was part of
100 NAN-led events across the
country, Tracy Martin, Trayvon
Martin's father, appeared with
Bishop Victor Curry, president of
the South Florida chapter of NAN
and director of the southeast region.
In the past, Curry served two stints
heading the Miami-Dade NAACP,
the last term ending about a year
and a half ago, he told theGrio.
"I have nothing but respect for
the NAACP," Curry said, praising
its longevity. "Being around over
100 years, that says a lot about the
organization. But I think sometimes
a discouraging aspect of working
with an organization that has been
around that long, sometimes it
becomes top heavy."
He said, "Before you can get
things done in your local branch
you go through so many different
layers of leadership, and by the
time you get approval from every-
body the situation you're dealing
with on the ground has almost
"That was what was refreshing
with me from Reverend Sharpton,"
Curry said. "He gives his chapter
presidents a lot of leeway to deal
with what's going on in their com-
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Martin Luther King, Jr., once
said, "We cannot be satisfied as
long as the Negro's basic mobility
is from a smaller ghetto to a larger
one." That has been the case for
many low-income families, espe-
cially for African Americans.
Many poor families are caught in
a cycle of moving from one
depressed neighborhood to anoth-
er. Some are even caught moving
from one mobile home park to
another, which presents a different
set of problems because those
types of "neighborhoods" are
slowly dying off.
For blacks in America today, the
struggle is certainly not the same as
it once was. It is no longer about
not having access to certain neigh-
borhoods or dealing with the open
discrimination policies that many
banks once used. Today, the strug-
gle is often affordability and lack
of strong credit.
The American Dream is to own a
nice house in a goodneighborhood,
but that dream often is not easy to
accomplish. In the past, housing
covenants, and a handful of other
methods have kept blacks out of
the suburbs and kept blacks in the
Now, with the renewed interest
in inner-city communities and
areas around the downtown in
nearly every major city in the
country, upper income families and
young professionals have rediscov-
ered many communities were once
forgotten by whites.
From Harlem, New York to
Philadelphia and even places like
Tampa, Florida, neighbors that
were once considered "the ghetto"
over the past ten plus years have
become more attractive to develop-
ers and "urban pioneers."
This resurgence of interest is a
good thing, but it may come at a
price. As new and rehabilitatedde-
velopments come into some of
these areas, it drives property val-
ues up, which can have a negative
impact on poor residents who can-
not afford to pay their property
taxes. Certainly after the economy
collapsed a few years back, real
estate values took a nose dive, but
values will slowly rise back up.
This urban renewal process or
trend spawned the term "gentrifi-
cation." The dictionary simplifies
the term by explaining it as, "The
buying and renovation of houses
and stores in deteriorated urban
neighborhoods by upper- ormid-
die-income families or individuals,
thus improving property values but
often displacing low-income fami-
liesand small businesses."
But even with this resurgence of
urban infill housing and develop-
1963 Was the Pivotal
by George Curry
In the modem civil rights era, no
year stands out in my memory
more than 1963. I was a sophomore
at Druid High School in
Tuscaloosa, Ala. and living in
McKenzie Court, the all-Black
housing project on the west side of
town. After a life of second-class
citizenship, I finally saw the walls
of segregation crumbling.
Tuscaloosa provided me with a
front-row seat. My stepfather,
William H. Polk, drove a dump
truck at the University of Alabama.
Although our taxes went to support
what was even then a football fac-
tory, African Americans were
barred from attending the state-
On Feb. 3, 1956, Autherine Lucy
gained admission to the University
of Alabama under a U.S. Supreme
Court order. But a mob gathered on
campus three days later. Instead
defending the Black graduate stu-
dent, the university suspended
Lucy, saying officials could not
protect her. When she sued to gain
readmission, Alabama officials
used that suit to claim she had slan-
dered the university and therefore
could not continue as a student.
But things would be different on
June 11, 1963, which is not to say
there wouldn't be resistance.
, Vivian Malone and James.Hood,
armed with a federal coirt order
that the university admit them and
segregationist Gov. George C.
Wallace not interfere, sought to
enter Foster Auditorium on campus
to register for classes. They were
accompanied by Deputy U.S.
Attorney General Nicholas
Instead of complying with the
federal order, Gov. Wallace, who
had pledged "segregation now, seg-
regation tomorrow, segregation for-
ever" in his inaugural address,
staged his "Stand in the
Schoolhouse Door" to block to the
two students from entering.
Katzenbach left with the students
and placed a call to President John
F. Kennedy. The president national-
ized the Alabama National Guard.
When Malone, Hood and
Katzenbach returned to Foster
Auditorium that afternoon, Gen.
Henry Graham told Wallace, "Sir, it
is my sad duty to ask you to step
aside under orders of the president
of the United States."
After uttering a few words,
Wallace stepped to the side and
Malone and Hood walked inside
It was exciting to see the drama
being played out on our black and
white TV. At last, I thought, the
walls of segregation would be for-
President Kennedy gave an elo-
quent televised speech to the nation
that night. He said, "Today we are
ment, blacks in this city and many
others still lag far behind when it
comes to new home sales.
Last week, The Free Press
reported that black home owner-
ship has hit a historic 18 year low
according to theBloomberg Urban
Report. That is an issue that we all
must be concerned about.
The reports states that for blacks
in the U.S., some 18 years of eco-
nomic progress has vanished. If
you are wondering what happened
it is pretty simple.
What's that old saying. "When
white America catches a cold,
black America catches pneumo-
nia." The housing crash hit minori-
ties the hardest. Unfortunately,
manyminorities were victims of
very bad predatory lending, which
caused unstable mortgages that
ballooned or eventually got too
high to afford.
The housing boom of the last
decade led to a different kind of
discrimination, known as reverse
redlining-the practice of steering
residents of minority neighbor-
hoods into high-cost mortgages,
resulting in a flood of foreclosures
when the market crashed.
The other major homeownership
challenge facing blacks is the
unemployment rate, which is
almost double that of whites.
According to Bloomberg, "For
many blacks in the U.S., though,
years of economic progress have
vanished. The homeownership rate
fell from 50 percent during the
property boom 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 percent-
age points below the 2004 peak,
according to the Census Bureau."
Some would say that the num-
bers don't lie. Eleven percent of
black borrowers lost their homes to
foreclosure during the housing
crash, almost double the rate for
whites, according to a 2012 Center
for Responsible Lending report.
This article is not all about
gloom and doom! Although blacks
have really struggled through the
mortgage bust, there still are great
first time homebuyer programs,
housing counseling services, and
downpayment assistance plans.
Now is still a great time to buy a
home. As the poet Virgil once said,
"Fortune favors the bold."
Signing off from my inner-city
Year for Civil Rights
committed to a worldwide struggle ed a box of dynamite with a time
to promote and protect the rights of delay under the steps of the'
all who wish to be free. And when Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in
Americans are sent to Viet Nam or Birmingham, Ala., a rallying point
West Berlin, we do not ask for in the city for civil rights activities.
whites only. It ought to be possible, At 10:22 a.m., the bomb went off,
therefore, for American students of killing four young girls Addie
any color to attend any public insti- Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley,
tution they select without having to Carole Robertson and Denise
be backed up by troops." McNair -and injuring 22 others.
The euphoria of a victory in my Although the violent message
hometown was short lived. Within was supposed to remind Blacks that
hours of Kennedy's speech, there were no safe places for them,
Medgar Evers, who headed not even church, Blacks sent a
NAACP field operations in more lasting message by continu-
Mississippi, was shot to death in ing to desegregate public facilities
Jackson, Miss. after parking his car in Birmingham and across the
in his driveway and exiting to enter South.
his home. Byron De La Beckwith, a The enormous sacrifices of 1963
member of the Ku Klux Klan, was were not in vain. They provided the
arrested for the crime. However, he groundwork for passage of the
was acquitted by an all-White, all 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965
male jury. It wasn't until 30 years Voting Rights Act and
later, when new evidence surfaced, the Fair Housing Act of
that Beckwith was finally convict- 1968. It was a year
ed for murdering Evers. worth remembering. T
Of course, 250,000 gathered George E. Curry, j
Aug. 28, 1963 for the March on former editor-in-chief
Washington. Much has been writ- of Emerge magazine, is
ten about the March as part of the editor-in-chief of the
50th anniversary celebration, so I National Newspaper
won't devote much space here Publishers Association
except to note that the news media News Service (NNPA.)
was fixated on the possibility of the He is a keynote speak-
March turning violent. But, as the er, moderator, and '
Baltimore Sun noted, only three media coach. Curry '
people were arrested that day and can be reached through
"not one was a Negro." his Web site, '
Like the desegregation of the www.georgecurry.com.
University of Alabama, White You can also follow
racists were eager to "send a mes- him aon twitter at cur-
sage" that the March on rygeorge and George s
Washington would not change their E. Curry Fan Page on
In the wee hours of Sunday, Sept.
15, four Klansmen Bobby Frank
Cherry, Thomas Blanton, Herman
Frank and Robert Chambliss, plant-
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By William Reed
Since the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC)7
started its Annual Legislative Conference (ALC)
weekend, the "Michigan Reception" and "Motown Live Afterglow" have
always been the premier parties. From the first Black Caucus weekend in
1971, Motown music executive LeBaron Taylor held the record for hosting
the best ALC party. Like other Detroit heavy-hitters, Taylor, a former radio
DJ, stood out as an all-time pillar for the CBC's decades of successes.
For the image of the Black Caucus to be maintained, before they host any
festive events celebrating the 43rd ALC, Black American leaders should
use the gathering to pay homage to Detroit and address its downfall. it's
time to take measure of Black American's views of Detroit. Before Blacks
took over Detroit in 1950, the population numbered 1.85 million; as of
2011, Detroit had a population of just more than 700,000. It's time Black
political leadership address: What went wrong and why?
Over the years, the conferences on legislative and policy issues impact-
ing the African American community have been helpful, but the "top-shelf"
parties always overshadowed the hearings. Before anyone sips a cocktail at
ALC 43, it's mandatory the nation's top Black political operatives address:
What caused Detroit's demise?
Detroit has been under Black political leadership for more than four
decades. Numerous factors have brought Detroit to this point, including a
declining tax base. Still, a huge, 139-square-mile city has to maintain; over-
whelming health care and pension costs; repeated efforts to manage mount-
ing debts with continued borrowing; annual deficits in the city's operating
budget since 2008; and city services crippled by outdated computer sys-
tems, abysmal record-keeping practices and widespread mismanagement
and operational dysfunction.
It's time the nation's Black leadership focus on the urgent business at
hand. The caucus describes its goals as "positively influencing the course
of events pertinent to African Americans" ... and "achieving greater equi-
ty for persons of African descent in the design and content of domestic and
international programs and services."
Thousands will attend the four-day conference the ALC has labeled, It
Starts with You. Touted as "a call to action to be and lead the positive
change needed in public policy," the sessions begin Wednesday, Sept. 18-
21, 2013, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Each year, the
ALC's highlight has proven to be the Phoenix Awards Gala fundraiser, at
which time, the president of the United States usuallyattends.
The engine behind the ALC events is the Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation (CBCF), established in 1976. The CBCF is a public policy,
research operation that aims to help the socioeconomic circumstances of
African Americans. The CBCF bills the ALC as "providing an African-
American perspective on public policy with thought-provoking and educa-
tional policy forums, community education workshops and policy briefs."
The 2013 CBCF Weekend's credibility is at stake, if current leadership
attempts to ignore the Detroit debacle and what wrong transpired in the
The New York Times reported that between 2004 and 2008, CBC's polit-
ical and charitable wings amassed at least $55 million in corporate and
union contributions. Black "Special Markets" managers and executives
provided the initial ,upp9rt for te conferAce, it, se pqinars nd exhibitions.
If the CBCF decided to recognize long-time supporters, including the late
Ofield Dukes, aA4Taypr,,haigrp up would Alsohayeto, jnclp beverage
executive Henry H. Brown. This trio greatly contributed to the CBC, and
its charities. These African-American executives served as the forerunners
of the current Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) in supporting CBCF pro-
grams and objectives.
CBC Corporate Advisory Board members sit on various caucus commit-
tees to help members of Congress decide what positions to take on issues.
These traditionally included cigarette companies, automobile manufactur-
ers, Internet poker operators, beer brewers and the rent-to-own industry,
which has become a particular focus of consumer advocates for its practice
of charging high monthly fees for appliances, televisions and computers.
Dissenters, say that Black Caucus celebrants are lost in purpose and mis-
sion. But Black Caucus Weekend continues to evolve.
ITORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
linson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta
hyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver,
Mwn, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson.
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I A Ritz Welcomes Gullah Geechee Exhibit
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Mom to be Feted with Gifts at Baby Shower
Friends and family hosted a baby shower for Qwentilya Lang to welcome
her first bom, a baby girl at the Boobie Clark Community Center. Little
Miss Quamani is expected to arrived October 15th! Over 60 guests were
in attendance and showered the honoree with over 100 baby gift items. The
guest enjoyed a bevy of food, played games, networked and had a great
time! Shown above at the event are Ronisha Gilbert, Dequila Lang, hon-
oree Qwentilya Lang, and Laurie Bowen Real Rellphoto
Soul Train Cruise Departing from South Florida
The Soul Train Cruise will depart on February 23-March 2, 2014, trav-
eling from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to St. Barths and St. Maarten and then to a
private island for a day of events created exclusively for the ship's guests.
Guests will mingle with the legends of R&B who will perform concerts
nightly, including The Isley Brothers, Charlie Wilson, Roberta Flack,
Jeffrey Osborne, The Commodores, Stephanie Mills, Peabo Bryson,
Morris Day & The Time, The Manhattans, Maxi Priest, The Chi-Lites,
Honey Cone, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Blue Magic, Peaches & Herb, and
DW3. Comedian Alonzo Bodden and DJ extraordinaire Biz Markie will
also entertain guests around the clock. Reservations for cabins can be
made now by visiting http://www.SoulTrainCruise.com or by calling (toll
free) (855) SOUL TRAIN (855-768-5872).
Shown above responsible for assisting in bringing the exhibit to the city are (L-R) Lydia Stewart, Tony Hill, Habeebah Muhammad and Mayor
Alvin Brown. Shown right are some of the artistic pieces of the exhibit on display. COJphotos
A traveling Smithsonian exhibit
history along the coastal Southeast
is now in Jacksonville. Mayor
Alvin Brown and the Ritz Theatre
and Museum Administrator Lydia
Stewart welcomed the collection
"Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow
Turner Connecting Communities
through Language," organized by
"We are proud to work with the
Smithsonian to offer this glimpse
into history at one of Jacksonville's
best-known cultural institutions,"
said Mayor Alvin Brown. "'Word,
Shout, Song' makes for an educa-
tional, family-friendly experience
for people all over Northeast
Florida and beyond to enjoy."
The traveling exhibit includes
rare audio recordings, photographs
and artifacts from Dr. Turner's
research in the 1930's confirming
that people of African heritage
retained and passed on their cultur-
al identity through words, music
and story in the Gullah/Geechee
community in South Carolina and
Director of Federal Policy Tony
Hill, who is also a member of the
NE Chapter of the Gullah Geechee
Society, said the exhibition is a
groundbreaking opportunity for
Jacksonville. Hill and Mayor
Brown also welcomed the exhibi-
tion's registrar, Habeebah
Muhammad, who explained how
the exhibition chronicles Turner's
work and explorations in the U.S.,
Brazil and Africa.
The collection will be on display
in Jacksonville until the end of the
Has the National Action Network Surpassed the NAACP in Influence?
Continued from front
In his first time as head of the
Miami-Dade NAACP, Curry, who
pastors two Baptist churches and is
president, general manager and
talk-show host at a radio station,
said the national sent him a letter
telling him to "cease and desist" his
on-air criticism of the organiza-
tion's position in the aftermath
of a rash of police shootings not
to reconsider a decision to hold its
convention in Miami Beach.
"We needed the NAACP to think
about not coming," he said.
"Instead of them wanting me to dis-
!cuss it they told me to shut up. I'm
on the ground; I'm having-to bury
these young men. For the national
to do that that kind of hurt me."
When the federal government sub-
sequently indicted 11 police offi-
cers, Curry felt a measure of vindi-
National Action Network, found-
ed in 1991, says in its mission state-
ment that it "works within the spirit
and tradition of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. to promote a modem civil
rights agenda." Curry said he favors
that "preacher-friendly" tradition,
birthedd out of the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference."
Curry said he spoke with longtime
friend Sharpton about working
together. Sharpton's MSNBC show
Politics Nation provides a Monday-
to-Friday cable megaphone.
Though NAN has chapters through-
out the nation, its personality is tied
to Sharpton, its founder, and his
swift reaction to controversies.
"You don't try to stifle that," said
Curry. "You ride the wave. You
strengthen the organization so that
when it's time for these others chap-
ters to fly, they can fly." He said, "I
believe NAN is strong enough and
has enough strong chapter leaders."
The NAACP's legacy from its
founding by whites and blacks part-
ly in response to the horror of
lynching includes grueling battles
for social, political and economic
justice that resulted in precedent-
making civil rights laws, part of the
landscape of 20th-century America.
Mississippi Field Secretary
Medgar Evers was murdered for his
civil rights organizing in 1963; his
widow, Myrlie Evers-Williams,
became the third woman to chair
the NAACP in the 1990s. Some say
it is time for another woman to lead
"Most people don't understand
what the NAACP has always under-
stood, and that is that movements
come from the bottom up, not from
the top down," Rev. Dr. William
Barber, North Carolina NAACP
president, told theGrio. The organi-
zation initiated and has led "Moral
Monday" demonstrations noted
for the diversity of the thousands
who participated which continue
to protest a conservative wave of
legislation enacted by Republican
super-majorities in the state legisla-
"When you become president of
the NAACP, you don't have to field
an organization in North Carolina,
you have one. You don't have to
field an organization in Mississippi,
there already is one, with leadership
that gives their lives to this work
voluntarily. ... That's been the
power and the consistency of it," he
said. "President Jealous was able to
put forward a vision to expand on
an already strong foundation."
"Sometimes people mistake delib-
eration for slowness," Barber said.
"The NAACP is deliberate when it
gets involved in an issue. We're not
a helicopter organization; we don't
just pop in and pop out. In North
Carolina, we didn't just have a
march, we started a movement."
He said the North Carolina
group's activism goes back years,
when Democrats were in office,
"pushing through same-day regis-
tration, early voting and Sunday
voting and the Racial Justice Act,
more money for education, standing
up against voter ID when it first
came up, suing over redistricting
and building relationships with our
After arrests at the first Moral
Monday, "it sent a signal to people
we already had relationships with
- over 13 weeks, 1,000 arrested.
That didn't happen because a
William Barber popped into North
Carolina, gave a speech and popped
out. It happened because the
NAACP has a history of grassroots,
Barber said, "No human organiza-
tion is perfect. But very few organ-
izations can look at its [sic] track
record and say every major victory
we've ever won on the national and
the state level bettered America."
After Jealous, "whoever is CEO,"
said Barber, "male, female, young,
old, whomever God sends, first
thing is they become not so much a
CEO but the leader of the largest
volunteer civil rights program in
In telling its history, which
includes the names W.E.B. Du
Bois, Rosa Parks and Charles
Hamilton Houston, the NAACP
acknowledges occasional friction
with groups that advocated more
direct action. "Although it was crit-
icized for working exclusively
within the system by pursuing leg-
islative and judicial solutions, the
NAACP did provide legal represen-
tation and aid to members of other
protest groups over a sustained
period of time," the group's website
Curry, of NAN in Miami, said,
"I'm not naive. I know back in the
day, all of the civil rights organiza-
tions weren't always on the same
page. They were mature enough to
put aside their difference for a
greater cause." He said, "I think it's
going to take all of the organiza-
tions working together in order to
keep the powers that be [with their]
feet to the fire." He also said he is a
big William Barber fan.
Baber, who.has been a guest on
Sharpton's MSNBC show, said,
"The true reality of the first March
on Washington is that Bayard
Rustin and A. Philip Randolph
insisted and demanded that people
not be stuck in their egos -
whether it be organizational ego or
whether it be personality ego. What
we must understand, particularly in
the south, is you cannot have social,
political and economic victories
without fusion politics."
As was the case 50 years ago,
when leaders of a host of civil rights
groups, from the National Urban
League to the Student Nonviolent
Coordinating Committee to the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, the NAACP and others
shared the stage and the job of chal-
lenging the country to live up to its
promise of equal rights for all, the
job is still big enough to keep dif-
ferent organizations plenty busy.
For now, those organizations are
planning their next steps, separately
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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-
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Friday Night Live Gospel Blast
Greater New Hope AME Church, 2708 Davis St. N., invite you to join
them as they come together for a "Friday Night Live Gospel Blast" Friday,
September 20th, at 7 p.m. Vocalist Dr. Vernal Bradshaw, First Lady Cynthia
Eichelberger, Bro. Ulyssess Salet, Sis. Ruth Grant, Sis Debbie McClendon
with Rev. Marclus King as MC along with other local talent will be singing
and dancing to the glory of God. Come get your praise on, wear your
shouting shoes as we celebrate "God's Glory and Greatness!" For addition-
al information contact the church at 356-3232 or email
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 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.
Faith Life Evangelistic Ministries
1st Anniversary Church Celebration
With great joy and praises Pastor Daniel S. Cohen III and Lady
Jacqueline Cohen and the Faith Life Evangelistic Ministries, family request
the honor of your presence to come and celebrate with them the blessings
of God as they celebrate their 1st Anniversary Church Celebration. Sunday,
September 29th. The theme is: "Perfecting Worship" John 4:24. Celebrate
with two services: 11:30 a.m. morning worship service with guest speaker:
Pastor Paula Outlaw, Brunswick GA, and at 4 p.m. enjoy evening worship
service with guest speaker: Bishop Marvin Cohen, Jacksonville, FL. The
anniversary service will be held at the Oceanway Center Park facility,
12215 Sago Avenue. For any questions call the church office at 487-5521
or contact Sister Robin Wright at 716-5256. Dinner will be served after the
11:30 am service. Faith Life Evangelistic Ministries is located at 1511
Greater Grant Celebrates
United Effort Day
Pastor F.D. Richardson, Jr. and the Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church family invites everyone to come out and share in their annual
"United Effort Day," Sunday, September 29th at 10:30 a.m. for a unique,
spirit-filled and exciting worship experience. The church is located at 5533
Gilchrist Rd. Transportation is available. For more information call the
church office at 764-5992 or email email@example.com.
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.
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
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Job Corps Graduates Prove
Youth Programs Can Work
Shown above is Job Corps graduate Eric Royster with Alpine Air
owner Anthony Reid.
During a time when unemploy-
ment among African-Americans are
at an all time high, one local non-
profit is proving there are jobs out
there. Job Corps, which trains and
places young adults, is one such
f Llw I Jacksonville Job
Mark Starr recently
at GC Services
was an Office
dent at the center
Starr for a little over 8
months. On August 23, 2013 Mark
graduated with 75 of his peers at the
Jacksonville Job Corps Center.
Speaker Florida State
Representative Reginald Fullwood
told him to "never give up on your
dreams". Mark's plan includes
entering the military as a life long
career in the steps of his father.
HVAC graduate Eric Royster was
hired by Alpine Air Incorporated.
Eric completed the program in May
and was hired shortly after by
Alpine. Alpine Air, Inc. is a
Jacksonville, Florida HVAC con-
tractor business owned and operated
by Saundra Jones. They specialize
in service, repair, installation and
maintenance of residential, com-
mercial and industrial/process heat-
ing, ventilation, air conditioning &
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When Christian media personality
Tamers Mowry-Housley admitted to
watching pornography in the past
for personal tips, some inside the
faith community were offended.
The perverse industry consistently
exploits women many who feel
like they have no hope or choice.
But Atlanta-based first lady, Taffi
Dollar, wife of mega pastor Creflo
Dollar, is responding to women in
the sex industry, particularly prosti-
tutes and exotic dancers by offering
The outreach ministry leader
recently directed her followers to
the Prestige website's "community
page" to read the uplifting story of
Carol Smith, formerly a drug-
But now, with the help of God and
Dollar's nonprofit organization,
Smith is free and has launched her
own nonprofit, "Further Building
Our Children and Communities"
(FBOCC), which helps children
who, like its founder, come from
severely dysfunctional families.
"My home environment consisted
of drugs, prostitution, murder,
gangs, incest, and mental illness. As
a result, I became a prostitute when
I was a young teenager," said Smith
in her first-person account. "I con-
tinued in that lifestyle for a number
of years until one day I realized
something was wrong with the way
I was living."
In 1985, the misguided young
woman made her way to church,
joined and gave her life to Christ,
though not completely.
"I straddled the fence; I continued
to make money on the streets and
attend church also," she said.
At 19, she met a man who said he
loved her and would show her how
to live her life. "This man intro-
duced me to other ways of making
money in the sex industry, like talk-
ing to guys on the phone and meet-
ing them out somewhere."
Over time, her negative behavior
According to Smith, "Eventually,
I started using drugs and continued
selling my body to support my drug
habit," until the police caught her.
In 2000, after being busted and
slapped with 10 years of probation,
"I went back to the judge and asked
if there was a better way to serve the
time instead of probation. He sug-
gested I serve four months in jail. In
2006, I did those four months."
After completing her sentence,
Smith's quest to get her life togeth-
er led her to Atlanta, and eventually
to World Changers, the church
Creflo And Taffi Dollar co-pastor.
There, she discovered the Prestige
"Prestige ministers gave me
assurance. They taught me the
Word. I learned I could not really
find myself until I submitted to the
power of God in me. I also learned
that my purpose and my destiny
could also be found within me," she
"They helped me with housing,
food, employment and most impor-
tantly, spiritual development."
These days, the help has paid off
and Smith serves as evidence that
change truly is possible.
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Stop Nodding Off and Take Charge
Maisha Wynn above displays her weight loss journey.
Reformed Eater Tells Journey of Size 20 to 6
BlackDoctor.org recently sat
down with Maisha Wynn: media
personality and inspirational speak-
er. Maisha revealed to us her
incredible weight loss journey and
what it takes to overcome chal-
BDO: Is there a specific event
or thing that happened to make
you want to lose weight?
Wynn: Losing my beloved moth-
er to a multitude of health issues,
including stomach cancer and dia-
betes, was truly the turning point in
my life. In her loving memory, I've
made a conscious decision to live a
BDO: What is your family
health history like?
Wynn: I come from a long line of
family members who have battled
with obesity, including myself.
With this disease come various
health aliments like high blood
pressure, diabetes, and high choles-
terol. However, I am elated to
announce I have a clean bill of
health, from my body mass index
being perfect to my cholesterol
level being normal. I went from
being a size 20 to a size 4. I am liv-
ing proof that transformation is pos-
BDO: When you began to lose
weight, what was your biggest
Wynn: The biggest struggle was
making being healthier a lifestyle
versus an event. We live in a world
where we want to lose weight for
our next big event, such as a family
reunion or a vacation. However, I
had to transform my mentality by
making losing weight a priority for
life, and not a temporary option.
BDO: What advice would you
give someone who was your size
trying to lose weight?
Wynn: I actually have three
1. Learn to be your best friend
and not your worst enemy. What do
I mean? So often people are hard on
themselves when they don't reach a
certain goal in a certain amount of
time: Learn to embrace your small
victories like being able to walk up
a flight of stairs without being out
of breath or having more energy.
These are positive signs that you
are headed in the right direction
towards your personal triumph.
2. Start keeping a food journal of
what you eat and drink daily.
Writing things down is an excellent
way to begin making changes in
your life. It will give you a close
look on how much you eat as well
as help you uncover when and why
you are eating certain foods.
3. Find old pictures of the "BEST
YOU" and place them in key areas,
around your home and office so you
can stay motivated. I've learned
that, in life, seeing truly believes.
BDO: In your quest to stay
healthy, what does a normal day
look like for you?
Wynn: When it comes to me tak-
ing care of my mind (universe) and
body (temple), I am extremely reg-
imented individual. I love juicing
first thing in the morning. It has
become a huge part of my "wyn-
ning" regiment, as well as working
out six days a week. I've learned
this is best for my body and mind.
One day out of the week, I box with
my trainer and the remaining days I
work out on my own. I enjoy
strength training, brisk walking out-
side, and running up stairs in my
BDO: What is one of your
guilty pleasure foods?
Wynn: Sweets are my guilty
pleasure. I love decadent desserts
like homemade cakes and pies
However, I only eat sweets on spe-
cial occasions like going on vaca-
tion or my birthday.,
BDO: What is a problem area
of your body and what do you do
Wynn: I'd rather use the term
challenge versus problem.
Problems are issues we wish would
go away while challenges are creat-
ed to be overcome. I am currently
working diligently on my abdomi-
nal area. For the first time in life, I
desire to have a washboard stom-
ach. Self-motivation and discipline
are essential to achieving this per-
sonal goal. I'm more mindful of
what I eat daily and I've increased
my cardio and abdominal workouts.
I am truly please with my progress,
BDO: What are you up to now
and what's next for you?
Wynn: I stepped out on faith to
start my brainchild, Live To Wynn.
Our mission is to inspire change,
ignite change and initiate change.
As a lifestyles specialist with Live
to Wynn, I show men and women
how to live a more abundant life.
My winningg services include
working individually with clients
who are ready to live a more fulfill-
ing life, conducting a quarterly
lifestyles series, and motivational
With long work days and fully
booked nights, it's no surprise that
sometimes a solid eight hours of
sleep is just not an option for many.
According to the National Sleep
Foundation's "2012 Sleep in
America," poll, about one in ten
Americans say they are likely to fall
asleep at an inappropriate time -
like during a work meeting. With
some positions, falling asleep at
inopportune times is simple embar-
rassing, but in other lines of work,
falling asleep is very dangerous.
Try these tips from TOPS Club,
(Take Off Ponds Sensibly), the
nonprofit weight-loss support
organization, to relieve fatigue and
Get up and go
Studies from the American Heart
Association say that movement
increases the flow of blood to the
brain, which, in turn, helps you feel
more alert. Incorporating more
activity into your day can give you
a mood boost, too. A study of 210
workers, most of them will seden-
tary jobs, found that exercising dur-
ing the workday made them feel
more forgiving of their coworkers'
mistakes and more confident in
their own abilities, as well as
increased their work performance.
Take a short walk if possible. Take
the stairs instead of the elevator.
Stand while talking on the tele-
phone, and take regular breaks for
Pack some protein
A 2011 study published in the
journal Neuron found that protein
stimulates orexin cells in the brain,
which send electrical impulses that
keep us alert and awake.
A carbohydrate rich snack, on the
other hand, boosts blood sugar and
then lowers it just as quickly, which
can cause that drowsy dragging
feeling. Quick, work friendly, high-
protein bites include a hard boiled
egg, a cup of Greek yogurt, a hand-
ful of pumpkin seeds, or almonds.
Give caffeine craving
The reliable favorite, caffeine,
undoubtedly works to keep your
eyes open, but what's the healthiest
way to get it into your system and
how much is enough? Experts con-
sider 200 to 300 milligrams of caf-
feine per day a moderate amount.
So to avoid jitters or insomnia later
in the day, limit yourself to three
eight-ounce cups of coffee. By
comparison, according to the Mayo
Clinic, black tea can help up to 61
milligrams per eight ounces.
Coffee and tea are a better choice
than sugary and sodium-filled ener-
gy drinks and sodas but should still
be sipped in moderation.
Let the light in
Does your work environment
feel like a cave? With no indicators
of time of day or weather condi-
tions, fluorescent lighting and bleak
surroundings, it's easy to feel
Sleepy. If you don't work in
proximity to windows, studies
have shown that having a live
S plant can be just as effective: A
study recently conducted at
Washington State University
showed that having plants
around a work area can greatly
improve employees' energy
level. The results showed that
workers with desk plants were
12% more productive and less
stressed than those who
worked in an environment with
no plants. Subject reaction
time in the presence of plants
was also 12% faster than those
in the absence of plants.
Water is important for your over-
all health and plays a part in energy
levels as well. Dehydration can
cause fatigue, so be sure to drink
plenty of fluids. Also consider eat-
ing foods high in water, including
strawberries, watermelon, can-
taloupe, peaches, cucumbers, toma-
toes, and zucchinis, to replenish.
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Alzheimer's and Eating:
a unique burden
One of the biggest challenges a caregiver will encounter
is providing care for someone with Alzheimer's disease.
The impact on a family with a member who has been diagnosed
with this disease can be devastating in a number of areas.
Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that causes changes in mem-
ory, thinking and behavior that are serious enough to interfere with daily
Although Alzheimer's presents many challenges when providing care
for someone afflicted with it, one of the most common is managing
nutrition and ensuring the person continues to eat a well balanced diet.
While there is no "special" diet for someone with Alzheimer's, it is
essential that the person stays strong and maintains a healthy weight.
Combating this necessity is the fact that your loved one may not remem-
ber if they ate or will tell you that they already had a meal.
When planning meals, present a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables,
whole grain and lean protein. Cut the food into bite-size pieces so it is
easy to pick up and manipulate with either a utensil or fingers; foods
shouldn't be hard to chew or swallow. Since people with Alzheimer's
don't always drink enough water, foods with high water content such as
fruit, soups and smoothies make good choices. Alzheimer's patients
often suffer from visual problems and have difficulty distinguishing the
food on their plate, so try to limit the amount and types of food being
served. Also avoid dishes, tablecloths and napkins that feature a busy
pattern. Even if it is previous favorite, they may not recognize the food
on their plate.
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1 1 3 B C K C 0 L L E G E F0 60 T : A L Re ul sSt n in s. nd We ky on rs
CI AA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
CIAA ATHLETE ASSOCIATION
NORTH DIVISION W L W L
Bowie State 0 0 1 1
Lincoln 0 0 1 1
VirginiaState 0 0 1 1
Chowan 0 0 1 1
Virginia Union 0 0 0 2
Elizabeth City State 0 0 0 2
Johnson C. Smith 1 0 2 0
Shaw 0 0 2 0
Winston-Salem State 0 0 1 1
Saint Augustine's 0 0 0 2
Fayettevllle State 0 0 0 2
Livingstone 0 1 0 2
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OL NA THIS WEEK
lM EAC MID EASTERN
M A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
W L W L
Bethune-Cookman 0 0 3 0
NCA&TState 0 0 2 0
N. Carolina Central 0 0 2 1
FloridaA&M 0 0 1 2
Howard 0 0 1 2
Savannah State 0 0 1 2
SCState 0 0 I 2
Norfolk State 0 0 0 2
Delaware State 0 0 0 2
Morgan State 0 0 0 3
Hampton 0 0 0 3
# Not eligible for title
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE Anthony Jordan, Jr., RB, B-CU -21
carries, 150 yards, 1 TD, 3 receptions, 14 yards
in win over Florida International.
DEFENSE Joe Thomas, Sr., LB, SCSU 12
tackles, 11 solo, 5 for losses of 31 yards, 3 sacks
vs. FlU. John Wilson, Sr., DB, SSU 3 picks,
5 tackles, 4 solos in win over Ft. Valley State.
ROOKIE Michael Jones, Fr., CB, NCCU -2
picks, 4 tackles, 3 solo, 1 break-up vs. UNCC.
SPECIAL TEAMS Adrian Wilkins, So., KR,
NCCU Returned opening KO 100 yards for TD
(longest in school history).
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN Will Robinson, r-Jr., LT,
NCA&T 5 pancakes, 90% grade
S IA SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
SI C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Benedict 1 0 2 0
Albany State 0 0 0 2
Fort Valley State- 0 0 0 2
Morehouse 0 0 0 2
Clark Atlanta 0 1 0 2
Kentucky State 1 0 2 0
Stillman 1 0 2 0
Lane 0 0 2 0
Tuskegee 0 0 2 0
Miles 0 0 0 2
Central State 0 2 0 2
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jacqulse Lockett, Jr., RB, KSU 15 carries, 240
yards, 3 TDs including 78-yard TD run in win over
Quavon Taylor, So., LB, TUSKEGEE -11 tackles, 7
solo, 1 break-up in win over Albany State.
Travon Spencer, Fr., LB, KSU 9 tackles, one for
toss and a break-up vs. Central State.
Stevon Wllkerson, R-Jr., OT, BENEDICT 92%
grade, 5 pancakes in win over Virginia State.
set up game-tying TD vs. Albany State.
SWAG ( SOUTHWESTERN
Si/AC^ ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Alcorn State 1 0 2 1
Alabama A&M 1 0 1 2
Jackson State 1 0 1 2
Alabama State 1 1 1 2
Miss. Valley St. 0 1 0 3
Southern 1 0 1 2
Prairie View A&M 1 1 1 2
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 1 0 3
Grambling State 0 1 0 3
Texas Southern 0 1 0 2
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dray Joseph, Sr., QB, SOUTHERN 30 of
48,480 yards, 6 TDs in win over Prairie View.
Kourtney Berry, R-Fr.,LB,ALABAMASTATE-
15 tackles, 6 solo, 1 forloss, 1 sack, 1 interception
returned 18 yards forTD in win over PV.
Darcy Wllltamson, Fr., P, JSU -8 punts, 41.9
yard average vs. ASU.
Patrick Ivy, Jr., QB, MSVU 9 of 25,152 yards,
3 TDs, 14 carries, 79 yards In loss to Alcom St.
Bobby Wenzig, Sr., P/PK, ALABAMA STATE
Two FGs (41,30) and 4 PATs,4 punts (39.5 avg.)
Tennessee State 2 1
Lincoln (Mo.) 1 1
Concordia 0 1
Cheyney 0 2
W. Va. State 0 2
Langston 0 2
Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 0 2
Texas College 0 2
Edward Waters 0 3
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Telvin Hooks, RB, TENN. STATE Rushed
16 times for 92 yards in win over Jackson
De'an Saunders, DB, TENN. STATE Had
five tackles, two forlossesandaninterception
returned 71 yards for a TD vs. Jackson State.
Jamin Godfrey, Jr., PK, TENN. STATE -
Scored 14 points converting four field goals
(26, 23, 29, 42) and two PATS in win over
Alabama State 40, Ark.-Pine Bluff 39
Alcom State 35, Miss Valley State 28
Benedict 30, Virginia State 14
Bethune-Cookman 34, Florida Int'l 13
Catawba 42, Livingstone 16
Chowan 60, Alderson Broaddus 39
Concord 36, West Virginia State 3
Incarnate Word 24, Langston 0
Indiana (PA) 49, Cheyney 0
Johnson C. Smith 58, Bowie State 41
Kentucky State 38, Central State 17
Lane 31, Morehouse 17
Liberty 38, Morgan State 10
Lincoln (MO) 47, Grambling State 34
NC A&T 23, Elon 10
NC Central 40, Charlotte 13
Old Dominion 76, Howard 19
Pikeville (KY) 47, Edward Waters 41 OT
Prairie View A&M 59, Southern 56 20T
SC State 32, Alabama A&M 0
Sacred Heart 45, Lincoln (Pa) 3
Sam Houston St. 55, Texas Southern 17
Samford 27, Florida A&M 20
Savannah State 27, Fort Valley State 20
Shaw 33, Virginia Union 21
Stillman 27, Clark Atlanta 6
Tennessee State 26, Jackson State 16
Tennessee Tech 30, Hampton 27
Towson 49, Delaware State 7
Tusculum 54, Elizabeth City State 41
Tuskegee 19, Albany State 13
UNC Pembroke 38, Fayetteville State 24
West Georgia 31, Miles 7
Wingate 24, Saint Augustine's 3
W-Salem State 62, Va.-Lynchburg 8
MEAC tasks, Cleveland showdown on tap
CHAMPS CLASH: Connell Maynor's (1.) CIAA
champ Winston-Salem State Rams and Willie
Slater's (r.) SIAC champ Tuskegee Tigers meet
in Cleveland Saturday at 1 p.m..
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
TV Broadcast ESPNU
Jackson State vs. Texas Southern in Jackson, MS 6:30p
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Miss Valley State vs. Southern in Itta Bena, MS 1p
Taylor vs. Lane in Upland, IN lp
Bowie State vs. Concord in Bowie, MD 1 p
Sacred Heart vs. Chowan in Fairfield, CT 1 p
Virginia-Lynchburg vs. Southern Virginia in Roanoke, VA 1 p
West Virginia State vs. West Liberty in Institute, WV 1 p
Saint Augustine's vs. Stillman in Raleigh, NC 1:30p
Texas College vs. Hardin-Simmons in Tyler, TX 12n
Edward Waters vs. Livingstone in Jacksonville, FL 2p
Johnson C. Smith vs. Davidson in Charlotte, NC 2p
NC Central vs. Towson in Durham, NC 2p
-..Saint Francis (PA) vs. Lincoln (Pa) in Loretto, PA 2p
Missouri Southernvs. Lincoln (MO) in Joplin, MO 2:37p
Lock Haven vs. Cheyney in Lock Haven, PA 3p
North Dakota State vs. Delaware State in Fargo, ND 3:30p
Virginia State vs. Kentucky State in Ettrick, VA 4p
Alabama State vs. Grambling State in Montgomery, AL 5p
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs. Alcom State in Pine Bluff, AR 6p
Miles vs. Concordia-Selma in Fairfield, AL 6p
Nicholls State vs. Langston in Thibodeaux, LA 6p
Prairie View A&M vs. Alabama A&M in Prairie View, TX 6p
Coastal Carolina vs. Hampton in Conway, SC 6p
Western Kentucky vs. Morgan State in Bowling Green, KY 6p
Albany State vs. Elizabeth City State in Albany, GA 7p
Virginia Union vs. Fayetteville State in Richmond, VA 7p
Florida State vs. Bethune-Cookman in Tallahassee, FL 6p
Miami vs. Savannah State in Miami, FL 7p
Ohio State vs. Florida A&M in Columbus, OH 12n
Cape Fear Classic
Shaw vs. UNC Pembroke in Wilmington, NC 1 p
Cleveland Football Classic HSRN
Winston-Salem State vs. Tuskegee in Cleveland, OH 1 p
3rd Chicago Classic
Morehouse vs. Central State in Chicago, IL 1:30p
Iris City Classic
Clark Atlanta vs. Fort Valley State in Griffin, GA 3p
Fish Bowl Classic
Norfolk State vs. Charleston Southern in Norfolk, VA 4p
Palmetto Capital City Classic
SC State vs. Benedict in Columbia, SC 4p
A slew of tough games are on tap for MEAC
teams Saturday while the SIAC and CIAA engage
in four interconference tussles.
It's a toss-up as to who has the toughest task in
Undefeated MEAC defending champion and
current BCSP No. 1 Bethune-Cookman (3-0),
ranked 19th in this week's Sports Network FCS na-
tional poll, plays Saturday (6 p.m.) at Florida State
(2-0), ranked 8th in both the AP and USA Today
Div. I polls.
Florida A&M's and Savannah State's bat-
tles are not much easier.
FAMU (1-2) plays at 12 noon at Ohio State
(3-0) who is fourth in the AP and third in USA To-
day while Savannah State (1-2) is at (7 p.m.) Mi-
ami (2-0), 16th in the AP and 17th in USA Today.
Three others from the MEAC have dates on
the road against ranked FCS teams.
Delaware State (0-2), coming off road losses
to Delaware (42-21) and FCS No.4 Towson (49-7),
hits to road again (3:30 p.m.) to take on two-time
defending FCS national champion North Dakota
State (2-0), currently ranked No. 1 in the Sports
Network FCS poll. ESPN GameDay is passing up
big FBS match-ups to set up shop at the game in
Fargo, North Dakota.
Towson (3-0), up to third in the latest FCS
national poll, travels to Durham, N.C. (2 p.m.) to
take on host NorthCarolina Central (2-1).
And Hampton (0-3) and head coach Donoval
Rose will be looking for their first win of the sea-
son in Conway, S.C. (6 p.m.) vs. Coastal Carolina
(3-0), currently ranked 15th in the FCS.
At the top of this week's CIAA vs. SIAC quar-
tet of games is the showdown of the league's de-
fending champions Saturday in Cleveland, Ohio at
the Cleveland Football Classic held at the NFL's
Cleveland Brown's Paul Brown Stadium.
Winston-Salem State (1-1), two-time defend-
ing CIAA champ, takes on SIAC champ Tuskegee
(2-0) in a matchup of the two most highly regarded
black college programs in NCAA Div. II football
(1 p.m.). The teams were ranked 19th and 20th
nationally in the AFCA Div. II coaches poll a week
ago and will likely move up after impressive wins
this past weekend. Tuskegee is second and WSSU
fifth in the BCSP Top Ten.
Other CIAA vs. SIAC games Saturday are
Saint Augustine's (0-2) hosting Stillman (2-0)
in Raleigh, N.C. (1:30 p.m.), Virginia State (1-1)
entertaining Kentucky State (2-0) in Ettrick, Va.
(4 p.m.) and Elizabeth City State (0-2) visiting
Albany State (0-2) in a 7 p.m. hook-up.
Virginia Union (0-2) entertains Fayetteville
1. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (3-0) Handled Flori-
da International, 34-13. NEXT: At Florida State.
2. TUSKEGEE (2-0) Came back to beat Alba-
ny State, 19-13. NEXT: Faces No. 5 W-Salem
State in Cleveland.
3. NORTH CAROLINA A&T (2-0) Got by Elon,
23-10. NEXT: Idle.
4. TENNESSEE STATE (2-1) Beat Jackson
State in Memphis, 26-16. NEXT: Idle.
5. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (1-1) Feasted on
Va.-UL, 62-8. NEXT: No. 2 Tuskegee at Cleve-
6. JACKSON STATE (1-2) Fell in Memphis to
Tenn. State, 26-16. NEXT: Hosting Texas South-
7. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (1-2) Got 32-0
shutout of Alabama A&M. NEXT: Benedict in Co-
8. FLORIDA A&M (1-2) Went down to Sam-
ford, 27-20. NEXT: At Ohio State.
9. ALABAMA STATE (1-2) Nipped Arkansas-
Pine Bluff, 40-39. NEXT: Hosting Grambling.
10. HOWARD (1-2) Walloped by Old Domin-
ion, 76-19. NEXT: Idle.
State (0-2) in the only CIAA conference game.
One other game involves a team looking to
complete a sweep of CIAA opponents."
UNC-Pembroke (2-0), who has opened with
wins over Winston-Salem State (25-21) and Fay-
etteville State (38-24) of the CIAA, looks for its
third conference scalp against Shaw (2-0) at the
Cape Fear Classic in Wilmington, N.C. (1 p.man.)
Shaw has posted wins over Virginia Union (33-
21) and Charleston (44-14).
Conference play in the SWAC gets into full
swing with five games. Jackson State (1-2, 1-0
SWAC) hosts Texas Southern (0-2, 0-1) Thurs-
day in an ESPNU televised game (6:30 p.m.).IN
Saturday games, Mississippi Valley State (0-3,
0-1 SWAC) hosts (1 pmn.) Southern (1-2, 1-0),
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-3, 0-1) looks to get on
the winning track hosting (6 p.m.) Alcorn State
(2-1, 1-0) and Grambling (0-3, 0-1), also seeks
win No. 1 at Alabama State (1-2, 1-1), and
Prairie View (1-2, 1-1) hosts Alabama A&M
In other games, BCSP No. 7 South Caro-
lina State (1-2) faces undefeated Benedict (2-0)
in the Palmetto Capital City Classic at William
Brice Stadium in Columbia, S. C. (4 p.m.).
BCSP No. 3 North Carolina A&T (2-0) and
No. 4 Tennessee State (2-1) have the week off.
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
WILLIAMS OUT AT GRAMBLING:
GRAMBLING, La. Grambling State University
relieved football head coach Doug Williams and placed
running backs coach
S George Ragsdale as inter-
im head coach last week.
The University an-
S nounced the decision as
the Tigers headed to face
Lincoln (Mo.) in the Mis-
souri Classic in Kansas
Citi""ith a 0-2 &0od"
With Ragsdale at the helm,
Williams Grambling fell to 0-3 with
a 47-34 loss to Lincoln.
"We recognize Doug Williams' many contributions
to our football legacy," said Grambling President Pogue,
"and we express our deep appreciation for his service to
Grambling State University and we wish him well in the
Williams confirmed to The News-Star (Monroe, La.)
that he was fired Wednesday morning.
This was the second stint as head coach of his alma
mater for Williams, who played quarterback for the Ti-
gers under legendary coach Eddie Robinson before be-
coming an NFL first-round draft pick in 1978.
Williams is known primarily for being the first and
only black starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl as a
member of the 1987 Washington Redskins.
He succeeded Robinson upon his retirement from
coaching in 1997 and was 53-17 with three Southwest-
ern Athletic Conference titles until leaving to take a job
as a personnel executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
after the 2003 season.
He returned to Grambling State in 2011 and in the
same season won another SWAC title. Last year, the Ti-
gers slumped to 1-10 finishing winless in the SWAC (0-
9) for the first time in program history. Williams overall
record at the school is 62-33.
Ragsdale's interim status began after Williams' dis-
missal. He has coached in the SWAC and Mid-Eastern
Athletic Conference, including stints at North Carolina
A&T, Norfolk State, Morris Brown and Arkansas-
Pine Bluff. He was a four-year letterman at NCA&T and
helped the school reach its first MEAC Championship in
1975. Ragsdale played with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buc-
caneers and the Washington Redskins. He also played in
the United States Football League (USFL) with the Okla-
CLARKE GETS SHAW AD POST:
RALEIGH, NC Shaw University announced
Monday that it has promoted Marcus Clarke to athletics
director. Clarke previously served in an interim capacity
during the 2009-2010 academic year and again in 2012.
He will continue to serve as Shaw's Compliance Officer,
a position he has held for the last ten years.
"Mr. Clarke has consistently shown leadership and a
drive to succeed that has been instrumental in the success
of our athletic department and our student athletes," said
Shaw President Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy. "Under his
direction, the department has shown distinct improve-
ment on the field, and most importantly, in the class-
Clarke began his athletic career as an athletic trainer
and head track and field and cross country coach at Vir-
ginia Union. He was named compliance officer at Union
in 2001. In 1996, he served as the athletic trainer for the
British Virgin Islands Olympic team.
untary manslaughter, which under North Carolina
law involves killing without malice using "exces-
sive force" in exercising "imperfect self-defense."
Police were not expected to further describe
the incident Sunday, CMPD spokesman Officer
Keith Trietley said, and a report was not available
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB, Denver
(6th season, Tennessee State) Three solo
tackles, two assists and an interception in win
over NY Giants.
Robert Mathis, DE, Indianapolis (10th year,
Alabama A&M) Five solo tackles, two sacks
and one forced fumble in loss to Miami.
OTHERS ON OFFENSE
Larry Donnell, TE, NY Giants (1st season, Gram-
bling) Three receptions for 31 yards in loss to Denver.
Isaac Redman, RB, Pittsburgh (5th year, Bowie
State) Three carries for four yards, two receptions for
7 yards in loss to Cincinnati.
OTHERS ON DEFENSE
Kenrick Ellis, DT, NY Jets 13rd season, Hampton)
- One solo tackle in loss to New England.
Kendall Langford, DE, Saint Louis (6th season,
Hampton) One solo tackle in loss to Atlanta.
Sammie Lee Hill, DT, Tennessee (6th year, Stillman)
- One solo tackle in loss to Houston.
Greg Toler, DB, Indianapolis (5th year, St. Paul's) -
Four solo tackles and assist is in loss to Miami.
Jason Hatcher, DE, Dallas (8th year, Grambling
Kerrick, 27, of Midland, turned himself in
for booking Saturday evening and was released
on $50,000 bond, according to the Mecklenburg
County Sheriffs Office website. Kerrick joined
the police force in April 2011.
State) Six solo tackles, one a sack, in loss to Kansas
Justin Durant, LB, Dallas (7th year, Hampton) -Two
solo tackles, one assist in loss to Kansas City.
Rashean Mathis, DB, Detroit (10th year, Bethune-
Cookman) Two solo tackles in loss to Arizona.
Junior Galette, DE, New Orleans (4th year, Still-
man) Three solo tackles and one fumble recovery in
win over Tampa Bay.
Rafael Bush, DB, New Orleans (3rd season, South
Carolina State)- One assisted tackle in win overTampa
Marquette King, P, Oakland (2nd season, Fort
Valley State) Four punts for 41.8-yard average, one
downed inside the 20 with a long of 58 yards.
OAZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX, No. 7
Former Florida A&M player killed
by policeman in North Carolina
An unarmed man who was shot and killed
by a police officer in North Carolina after a
wreck was a former football player for Florida
A&M University, school officials said Sunday.
Jonathan A. Ferrell, 24, played for the
school in 2009-10 and had recently moved to
North Carolina. Early Saturday, he had appar-
ently been in a wreck and was seeking help at
a nearby house early Saturday, according to a
statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.
A woman answered the door and, when she
didn't recognize the man, called 911.
Officers responding to the breaking-and-
entering call found Ferrell a short distance from
the home, police said. As they approached him,
Ferrell ran toward the officers and was hit with
a Taser. Police said he continued to run toward
them when officer Randall Kerrick fired his gun,
hitting Ferrell several times. Ferrell died at the
scene. Later reports indicated Ferrell was shot
Police called the Ferrell and Kerrick's ini-
tial encounter "appropriate and lawful." But in
their statement late Saturday, they said "the in-
vestigation showed that the subsequent shooting
of Mr. Ferrell was excessive" and "Kerrick did
not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon
during this encounter."
Police said Kerrick was charged with vol-
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A R, 0U N1D1' TOW
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
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
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& 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 Osbomrn, 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.
Keynote speaker is TV personality
Donna Deegan. For more info
The Jacksonville Genealogical
Society (JGS) will hold their
monthly meeting Saturday,
September 21st, at 1:30 p.m. at the
Webb-Wesconnett Branch Library,
6887 103rd Street. Speaker is Lori
S. Miranda speaking on "Let Me
Weave You a Story: Genealogical
Synchronicity and Family
Patterns". For more details contact
the society at www.jaxgen.org or
You're invited to Beaver Street
Enterprise Center's 10th
Wednesday, September 25th,
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebrate and
network with BSEC's small busi-
ness owners and community guests.
For more information call 265-4700
or visit www.bsecenter.net. BSEC
is located at 1225 W. Beaver St.
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 call 280-7960.
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
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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
Couture Fashion Show
The Tailor Shop will present a
Couture Fashion Show, Saturday,
September 28th at Trio Event
Center, 9726 Touchton Rd. For
more information call 642.7780 or
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 ofAfrican
American Life and History
(ASALH) will be October 2-6th at
the Hyatt Regency Riverfront.
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 -11:30 p.m.
aboard the Foxy Lady Riverboat.
For more information call Khamil
L. Ojoyo at 635-3813.
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-
tion call 632-5555 or visit
2013 Black Expo
Taste of Jacksonville
The 2013 Florida Black Expo will
kick off Friday October 4th, 6:30 -
10:30 p.m. at Everbank Field
Touchdown Club -East, by shining
the spotlight on some of the area's
best chefs, caterers and restaurants
New this year, attendees will vote
on the best dishes. Enjoy this fes-
tive occasion which will feature
musical performances by regional
and national talent. Chefs, caterers
and restaurants interested in partici-
pating in the Taste should call
Expo/Black Pages at 727-745.
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The unemployment rate between
the richest and poorest families in
America has reached its widest gap
on record, according to govern-
ment data, the Associated Press
Households that earn less than
$20,000 a year have an unemploy-
ment rate of 21 percent. This num-
ber largely contrasts to an unem-
ployment rate of 3.2 percent for
households that make more than
$150,000 a year. Workers in the
middle class have taken jobs that
usually employ lower-skilled, low-
income workers, displacing them.
"This was no 'equal opportunity'
recession or an 'equal opportunity'
recovery," said Andrew Sum,
director of the Center for Labor
Market Studies at Northeastern
Between Richest and Poorest at Widest
University, to the Associated Press.
"One part of America is in depres-
sion, while another part is in full
Black workers in households
earning less than $20,000 were the
most likely to be unemployed, at
48.4 percent. In August, the overall
African-American jobless rate
climbed from 12.6 to 13.3 percent.
Low-income Latinos and whites
were just as likely to be unem-
ployed, at 38 percent and 36.8 per-
cent. This compares to 3.8 percent
for low-income Asian-Americans.
Economists call this a "bumping
down" or "crowding out" in the
labor market, a domino effect that
pushes out lower-income workers,
pushes median income downward
and contributes to income inequal-
ity. Because many mid-skill jobs
are being lost to globalization and
automation, recent U.S. growth in
low-wage jobs has not come fast
enough to absorb displaced work-
ers at the bottom.
Low-wage workers are now
older and better educated than
ever, with especially large jumps
in those with at least some college-
"The people at the bottom are
going to be continually squeezed,
and I don't see this ending anytime
soon," said Harvard economist
Richard Freeman. "If the economy
were growing enough or unions
were stronger, it would be possible
for the less educated to do better
and for the lower income to
Mayweather Win Against Canelo
Pulls in All-Time Gate Record
Shown above are Bold City Chapter participating retreat members (L-R) FRONT: Kathy Wilson, Wanda
Willis, Mary Walker, Chapter President Barbara Darby, Shelly Thompson, Diana Spicer and Norma
White. MIDDLE: Jean Aikens, mary Brown, Deloris Mitchell, Brenda Miller, Gwen Mitchell-Lane, Jackie
Lee and Adrienne Conrad. TOP: Pam Prier, Cynthia Griffin, Alice Venson, Barbara Shuman, Pat Hicks
Harley, Melissa Adams and Sylvia Perry.
LinA T think "Oa f/t' tx" to lEffect Change in the CCoiminunit'
The Bold City Chapter of the
Links, Incorporated held their
annual planning retreat last week-
end at the Amelia Island Plantation.
The industrious ladies combined a
mix of fun and friendship to devel-
op their chapter's service program-
ming for the year. Utilizing the
theme "Think Out of the Box", the
day's activities blended a communi-
cations and technology workshop in
addition to small group break out
sessions. This year's agenda
includes continuing the award win-
ning Links Leadership Academy
and the Invitational Day of Service
to feed the hungry among their
other activities. The Bold City
Chapter is one of 276 in the country
and the Bahamas providing service
to communities of color.
City Approves New Property Exemptions for Seniors
The Jacksonville City Council
passed a new property tax exemp-
tion for limited-income homestead-
ed Jacksonville senior citizens who
meet certain criteria. To qualify,
Be 65 or older as of Jan 1, 2014
Have legal title to the property.
Have resided on the property for
no less than 25 years
Meet annual limited-income
requirements in addition, the
home's just (market) value on
record must be less than $250,000.
The Jacksonville City Council
passed a bill in May. The exemption
become effective on January 1,
2014 and will be administered
through the Customer
Service/Exemptions Division of the
Duval County Property Appraiser's
Office. The deadline to file an
application will be March 1, 2014.
The new law could provide a
qualifying property owner with a
total exemption from the City's por-
tion of property taxes. The exemp-
tion only applies to the city's tax
levy and not to the tax levies of
other taxing authorities.
For those who do not meet the
criteria of the new exemption, the
existing income-based senior
exemption (up to $25,000 off the
homestead's assessed value for
county/municipal levies) is not
impacted and remains available for
those who qualify. For more infor-
mation on this exemption and oth-
ers call the Customer
Service/Exemptions Division at
to him and to Mexico. He can take
a loss and bounce back.
"Seventeen years, and I'm still
going strong. I think had I pressed
the attack earlier, I could have got-
ten the stoppage, but I am very
happy with my performance."
The fight likely will set the record
for the richest event in boxing his-
tory and could challenge the all-
time pay-per-view record of 2.44
million buys. Both those records
were set by Mayweather's 2007
win against Oscar De La Hoya.
Although Mayweather cruised, the
judges incredibly made it a majori-
Judges Dave Moretti (116-112)
and Craig Metcalfe (117-111) had it
for Mayweather, while judge C.J.
Ross scored it an unconscionable
114-114. She also is one of the two
judges who gave Timothy Bradley
Jr. a decision win against Manny
Pacquiao in one of boxing's most
controversial decisions in years.
For his easy work, Mayweather
also made easy money, a guaran-
teed record purse of $41.5 million.
He surely will earn much more
once the profits from the Showtime
pay-per-view event are tallied.
In what some were calling
Mayweather's toughest test in
many years, he authored a clinic
against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez as he
rolled to a majority decision to
unify junior middleweight world
titles Saturday night on Mexican
Independence Day weekend at
the sold-out MGM Grand Garden
Arena, where the all-time gate
record of $20,003,150 was set by
the 16,746 in attendance.
The crowd was overwhelmingly
cheering for Alvarez, the 23-year-
old Mexican hero, but he was no
match for the brilliance of
Mayweather, who did as he pleased
in Rounds 1 through 12 in the
biggest fight in years.
"Canelo is a young, strong champi-
on. A great Mexican champion,"
Mayweather said. "I take my hat off
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jT) the queen returns to daytime
by Lynn Elber
Queen Latifah knows a reli-
able stress reliever to cope with
the pressures of launching a
"I have a drum set in my
dressing room and I go in there
and play for a few minutes to
relax. They can forget about it
being quiet around here I'm
going to bang my drums," said
the singer-songwriter and
actress, who's adding the job of
host to her resume.
With this week's debut of the
syndicated "The Queen Latifah
Show" (3 p.m. on Channel 4),
she intends to make noise in
the competitive realm of day-
"I'm naturally a bit edgier
than typical daytime, but I kind
of want to push things a little
bit further, as far as I can
respectfully, within the daytime
space," said Latifah. "I want
more out of daytime TV. I want
more choices, I want more heart,
She also wants more music, befit-
ting someone who broke ground as
a female rapper before expanding
into other genres. Her wish list is
varied and includes Coldplay and
Kings of Leon, and she's already
got Alicia Keys and Plain White T's
lead singer Tom Higgenson booked
for her first week.
Other inaugural guests include
John Travolta, Sharon Stone, Jamie
Foxx, Jake Gyllenhaal and Lisa
Kudrow. Also invited are "regular
people who do amazing things" that
are inspirational and who deserve to
share the stage with celebrities,
"As much bad news as we see
every day, it's good to see people
out there doing positive things that
give you hope. I'm an optimist," she
The debut show featured a per-
formance by preteen actress-singer
Willow Smith, with dad Will Smith
dropping in Tuesday. If the sched-
ule seems a tad Smith family heavy,
it's with good reason: Latifah and
Smith go way back, and he and wife
Jada Pinkett Smith are among the
producers of Latifah's new venture.
"She's just fantastic," Pinkett
Smith said. "I just feel like every
(day), you have the opportunity to
kick it with your girlfriend, Queen
Latifah, 43, would have liked
such a team for her first try as a
talk-show host. The program had an
abbreviated run from 1999-2001
but pointed her in the right direction
for her new effort from Sony
Pictures. "I learned I really have to
be true to myself.... I want to go out
there and do something that feels
like me every day and is something
I'm comfortable with and excited
about," said Latifah.
Oprah Winfrey's 2011 departure
from daytime opened the floodgates
for new shows, but Latifah said she
was glad to hold off on joining the
fray and isn't presenting herself as a
successor: She wants to have
Winfrey on as a guest to demon-
strate "that I am the current Latifah
and she is the current Oprah," she
She's hopeful fans of her music
and her films, including "Chicago"
and "The Secret Life of Bees," will
be part of her audience. But they
have many choices, whether
celebrity-driven talk shows or alter-
natives including "Dr. Phil" and
"She's coming on at a time when
it's very competitive, but she brings
the name recognition and the sup-
port of a major studio to launch her
show," said Bill Carroll, a daytime
PBS Highlights Genius and Benefits
w mff Chesvon Innter City Youth
Thirteen-year-old Rochelle Baila
the gender line of what had been
club, has the potential to become
American female master in the hist
In Brooklyn, NY resides a public-
school powerhouse in junior high
chess competitions which has won
more than 30 national champi-
onships, the most of any school in
the country. Its 85-member squad
boasts so many strong players that
the late Albert Einstein, a dedicated
fourth if he
were on the
I.S. 318 is a
Castle is the
utyne, who broke story of five of
an allboys chess the school's
the first African- aspiring young
ory of chess. players and
became:the school's unlikely inspi-
ration for academic success.
The documentary will make its
national broadcast premiere on
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at 10 p.m. on
the PBS documentary series POV
(Point of View).
The late principal Fred Rubino
pointed out that extracurricular
activities are not really "extra,"
because they teach "the whole
child." Beginning in 2000, the
school expanded its small chess
program and began competing in
national tournaments. Since then,
they have more than 30 national
chess titles, including the 2012 U.S.
High School National
Championship, a first for a junior
For these kids, chess is more than
a game, and winning is more than a
matter of trophies. Brooklyn Castle
is a clear-eyed look at a school pro-
gram that has made a huge differ-
ence to students. It is equally a cel-
ebration of youth's determination to
dream, if given the chance.
"I had always been interested in
making a film about Brooklyn, but I
wanted to tell a story that people
didn't expect," says Dellamaggiore.
"We're hoping, too, that the story in
this film will make some lawmak-
ers think twice before cutting funds
for extracurricular activities."
TV expert for Katz Media.
Whether her show can topple
reigning queen Ellen DeGeneres or
best successful newcomers Katie
Couric and Steve Harvey isn't the
point: What's key is if it betters the
ratings of the program it replaced in
each market and at least matches
the numbers of the one that pre-
cedes it, Carroll said.
"The Queen Latifah Show" will
air on CBS owned-and-operated
stations in major markets and on
different channels elsewhere in the
country; timing also will vary. In
New York, for instance, it comes on
in the morning against "Today" and
"Live with Kelly and Michael."
While Latifah is eager to connect
with viewers, she doesn't think that
necessarily includes putting her
personal life on display nearly
heretical, since it's common for
daytime talk-show hosts to use their
off-camera world for fodder.
"I'm not trying to throw myself
out there to get ratings. I'm really
more interested in building some-
thing that's entertaining to people,"
she said. "I've never had to just
share everything about my personal
life to entertain people."
Whatever she might discuss on-
air "will be a natural thing and
depends on how I build the rapport
with my audience," Latifah added.
Terry Mcmillan Back with
Long Awaited New Book
by Andrea Williams
This month, New York Times
bestselling author Terry McMillan
returns with her latest novel, Who
Asked You? It's a stirring look at a
slew of issues plaguing the African-
American community (including
the mass incarceration of Black
males and interracial marriage),
centered around a working-class
grandmother forced to raise her two
grandsons who were abandoned by
their drug-addicted mother.
In typical fashion, McMillan tells
the story through the lens of charac-
ters that are rich and real and
flawed an espe-
feat considering she 1/4,.00
writes from the per- -...
spective of 15 dif- -.
ferent people, ,_ '4
including an eight- /". '",' '
year-old boy. It's a-
testament to her
mastery of the craft,
and even with a
portfolio that spans
the last 26 years
and includes the
pop-culture phe- '/fI. ,
nomenon Waiting ., .
to Exhale, Who ,
Asked You? is one '
of McMillan's best.
"I got a lot from telling this story,
and I'm very proud of it," she said
in a recent interview. "So if folks
don't like it, too bad."
Here, in other highlights from the
interview, McMillan discusses the
industry that made her famous and
the future of Black fiction.
Sometimes when you are suc-
cessful and you are famous, [liter-
ary critics] use that against you. So
some critics don't want to like my
book. That's one reason why they
don't want to accept me as a "liter-
ary writer." They call me a "pop
writer," which I really resent. From
Hemingway to Chekhov, Virginia
Woolf everybody wrote in their
voices and about the people in their
times. That's what I'm doing: Just
because we as Black people-may-
not think the way white folks might
be thinking, that doesn't mean that
my work isn't literary. The way I
talk, the way we talk, is valid -just
as valid as the way folks in the
south talk, or British people. It's the
same. Just because you're British
doesn't make it highbrow. So I
On... The Publishing Industry
Vs. Black Writers
For the most part, with African-
American writers, they are having,
and have had, and have been hav-
ing, a much harder time getting
published. It just angers me. And I
say it publicly, and I say it to my
Right after Waiting to Exhale, a
lot of African-American writers
starting getting these huge con-
tracts. I mean, it was just tons. And
there were some really good [writ-
ers, and] there were
0 ;Atr*oli r. quite a few of them
AM ,,# "" that just disap-
r f,,tMtE peared. And in some
-/' ~cases, what hap-
( /''/7f opened was, publish-
f ers starting giving
advances, and a lot
of these writers were
fnot used to having
this kind of money.
A lot of them could-
n't follow up that
S ,I first book with a sec-
I -,-'p ':/ ond book. It was
.' tough. And over a
', period of time, sales
dropped and those
advances were lowered. And as a
result, the publishing industry, to
some extent, started punishing new
writers who came on the scene for
what didn't happen to other writers.
And here we are.
... And I just hope that young
writers aren't discouraged by this.
And if they didn't think about being
rich or being bestsellers, we might
have a wider pool. And maybe
some things would change.
On... Who's Got Next?
There are a lot of young people
out here who sort of understand
when something is wrong. Some of
them have more vision and they
know. I mean, they are alive when
we have the first Black president,
and they see what drugs are doing
to our community, what a lack of
-_education can do&--here -are some
young people that see the big pic-
ture. And some of them are writing.
And they're not writing to be didac-
tic. They're not moralizing. They
just see the impact, and they are
basically interpreting it in their own
way. And so we need them. We do.
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Portaits Of Nigerian Monarchs Capture
Rich Tradition In Contemporary World
Rev. Julius Scruggs, third from left, leads people in prayer during a wreath laying ceremony at the 16th
Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. The congregation gathered where a bomb was detonated 50 years
ago, killing four young girls. (AP Photo/Hal Yeager).
Birmingham Victims Honored on
50th Anniversary of Church Bombing
Last weekend, hundreds of peo- outside wall. Holder and others were set to attend
ple, many holding hands, filled an Rudolph was 12 at the time, and a commemoration. Former secre-
Alabama church that was bombed her family left the church after the tary of state Condoleezza Rice, a
by the Ku Klux Klan 50 years ago bombing. She said it was important Birmingham native who went to
to mark the anniversary of the blast to return in memory of her sister, school with McNair, was among the
that killed four little girls and who was 14, and the three other scheduled speakers.
became a landmark moment in the girls who died: Carole Robertson The dynamite bomb went off out-
civil rights struggle. and Cynthia Wesley Morris, both side the church on Sept. 15, 1963.
The bombing became a powerful 14, and Denise McNair, 11. Of the Klansmen convicted years
symbol of the depth of racial hatred "God spared me to live and tell later, one remains imprisoned. Two
in America's south and helped build just what happened on that day," others who were convicted died in
momentum for later laws, including said Rudolph, who testified against prison.
the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the the Klansmen convicted years later Two young men, both black,
Voting Rights Act of 1965. in the bombing, were shot to death in Birmingham
The Rev. Arthur Price taught the Congregation members and visi- in the chaos that followed the
same Sunday school lesson that tors sang the old hymn "Love Lifted bombing.
members of the 16th Street Baptist Me" and joined hands in prayer. Rev. Bernice King, a daughter of
Church heard the morning of the The somber Sunday school lesson the late civil rights leader, the Rev.
bombing, "A Love That Forgives." was followed by an inspirational- Martin Luther King Jr., noted the
Then, the rusty old church bell was worship service, changed city in a prayer.
tolled four times as the girls' names During the sermon, the Rev. "We thank you father for the
were read. Julius Scruggs of Huntsville, presi- tremendous progress we have made
Bombing survivor Sarah Collins dent of the National Baptist in 50 years, that we can sit in the
Rudolph, who lost her right eye and Convention USA, said, "God said safe confines of this sanctuary
sister Addie Mae Collins in the you may murder four little girls, but being protected by the city of
blast, stood by as members laid a you won't murder the dream ofjus- Birmingham when 50 years ago the
wreath at the spot where the dyna- tice and liberty for all." city turned its eye and its ears away
mite device was placed along an Later, US Attorney-General Eric from us," she said.
Although Nigerian monarchies have undergone a lot
of changes in the last century, they still rule their king-
doms legally, kingdoms which have been amalgamated
into the country now known as Nigeria. As relevant as
ever, Nigerian kings are living symbols of a nation's
roots, ushering costumes and customs as old as time
into the changes brought on by the new millennium.
Lagos-based photojournalist George Osodi captures
Nigerian royalty in all its brightly colored glory, com-
bining traditional kinglike regalia with contemporary
touches like convertibles and spiffy shades. The pho-
tographer perfectly captures a strange population exist-
ing almost outside of time, giving viewers a portal into
another location and era.
The exhibit is on show at The Bermondsey Project,
October 11 until November 3 in London, England.
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