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Parents of Jordan Davis Reach Volume 27 No. 10 Jacksonville, Florida January 9-15, 2014

Settlement With Son's Alleged Killer-2
The parents of Jordan Davis, a17-year-old who was slain WAKEUPCALL FIft Percent of Black Males Will he Arrested bmu2l
at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, in I ovember 2012, -especially black males are nay- males, 44 percent of Hispanic
have reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit 7 igating the transition from youth males and 38 percent of white
against their son's alleged kiler to adulthood with the baggage and males have been arrested.
Ron Davis and Lucia McBath won an undisclosed difficulties from contact with the m While the prevalence of arrest
amount from Michael Dunn, 47, on Dec. 30. The parents criminal justice system," says increased for females from age 18
of the other two boys, who were in the vehicle with Davis iRobert Bramne, a criminology pro- to 23, the variation between races
when he was shot also reached settlements. Jordan's par- fessor at the University of South was slight. At age 18, arrest rates
ents say they went through pain and suffering when their son was killed and 'Carolina and lead author of the were 12 percent for white females
after Dunn accused their son of being violent suy n 18pretad1. ecn
McBath and Ron Davis "wanted closure as soon as possibe"Jh "Criminal records that show up for Hispanic and black females,,
Phillips, their attorney said to the Tumes-Union. "We were frankly a little Xi erhscnipd mly epciey yae2,ars
surprised [Dunn] accepted our offer." ment, reduce access to housing, rates were 20 percent for white
SDunn is, charged with first-degree murder and will begin criminal trial on thwart admission to and financing females and 18 percent and 16
Feb. 3. He is claiming self-defense and said he saw a weapon in the teens'frhge dcto n fetpretfrHsan n lc
car, even though police did not find a gun in their possession. civic and volunteer activities such females, respectively.
Jordan's death has been compared to the slaying of Trayvon Martin and as voting or adoption. They also The study included minor
brought further attention to controversy over Florida's "Stand Your Ground" can damage personal and family crimes like truancy and more serilaws. In October 2013, McBath testifed with Trayvon's mother Sybrina relationships," added Brame. ous offenses such as violent
Fulton in front of the U.S. Senate to call for the law to be repealed or Among the other key findings of crimes. Traffic violations, howevreformed. the study: er, were excluded.
A new study by the journal White men don't fare much bet- w By age 18, 30 percent of black Previous studies have found that
M an Gets 8 M onths for Slappn Crime & Delinquency has found ter. Forty percent of white males males, 26 percent of Hispanic blacks are discriminated against in
PM9that 49 percent of African- are arrested by the time they are males and 22 percent of white every phase of the criminal justice
Child Because He was Black American are arrested by the time 23. males have been arrested. system, from arrest to prosecution
ATLAI TA, Ga. A federal judge sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to they are just 23 years old. "A problem is that many males m By age 23, 49 percent of black and sentencing.
slapping a crying toddler on a flight to serve eight months in federal prison.
Joe Rickey Hundley was accused of using a racial slur to refer to the 19-month-old boy, who's black and. hitting him~under. 1ae eye, last February. ,; ~ u i n W ie P r w y U veiled
He pleaded guilty in October to simple assault after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of six months in prison, and
Hundley reserved his right to argue for a lower sentence. U.S. Magistrate
Judge Alan Bavennan said he imposed a higher sentence in part because of
Hundley's crimnal history which includes a prior assault Before he was sentenced, Hundley told the judge be took full responsibility for his actions and turned to apologize in person to Jessica Bennett, the
toddler's mother, who was in the courtroom.
As the plane descended into Atlanta, the child started crying. Hundley
leaned over to Bennett and "told her to shut that (I -word) baby up," according to a sworn statement from an FBI agent who investgated. the incident
Bennett asked Hundley what he had said, and he leaned in with his face next
to hers and said it again, prosecutors have said.
Hundley then slapped the childs -face, leaving a scratch below his night
eye, the FBI agent's statement says.
Bennett said after the hearing that she was satisfied by the sentence and
didn't believe Hundley's apology was genuine.

Prosecutors Say Marissa
AeadrVoaigH ueAretRaiyT Sar C tsheH dc e Shown (L-R) Dr. Julian White, Dr. Alvin White, Atty. Tonja White
TV S ar hats the Hard ore Matthews, Julian White, Jr., Deanene White and Councilwoman




Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press January 9-15, 2014



Money Moves for Those Starting 0t Retirement Plan Limits
Is it harder to get off to a good build your credit history, which will You can
start in life? Research indicates 36 pay off when you need a loan, always ~m i u I .a ~ ~ m m~. f
percent of young adults ages 18 to Get car insurance. Car insurance find a Large., Un ha ge in** **~ 2014u
31 were living in their parents' can be expensive, but it is a must. reason
homes last year, and only 63 percent The best way to get a good value is not to .By Jason Alderman Thrift Savings plan remains un- If you're single, a head of houseof those in this age group had jobs. to drive cautiously. s a v e Anyone who's bought groceries, changed at $17,500. Keep in mind hold, a qualifying widow(er) or marAccoording to creditcard.com, Get renter's insurance. This is not However, filled their gas tank or paid insurance these additional factors: ried and neither spouse is covered by
young adults are also facing serious the place to save. You take too big a if you start 1 premiums recently would probably People over 50 can also make an an employer-provided retirement
debt challenges, with the second risk when you choose not to protect now, the magic be surprised to leamn that, according additional $5,500 in catch-up contri- plan, you can deduct the full IRA
highest rate of bankruptcy, an aver- everything you own. of compounding interest will be on to Department of Labor, the rate of butions (unchanged from 2013). contribution, regardless of income.
age student loan debt of $20,000 Start building an emergency fund. your side. Put retirement savings inflation is relatively flat only 1.2 The annual limit for combined If you are covered by an emand nearly 1 in 5 aged 18-24 con- It's not a matter of "if' something into your budget from the start. If percent from September 2012 to Sep- employee and employer contribu- ployer plan and are single/head of sider themselves as being in debt unexpected happens. It's a matter of your company offers a 401(k), take temnber 2013. tions increased by $ 1,000 to $52,000. household, the tax deduction phases
hardship. "when." Eventually your car will advantage of it. That's bad news for people who Because your plan may limit the out for AGI between $60,000 and
Eight musts for die or you'll find you suddenly need Exercise self-control. Consider were hoping to boost their contribu- percentage of pay you can contribute, $70,000 (up from $59,000 to $69,000
a root canal. Ideally, you need to the luxuries even the small ones tions to an IRA, 40 1 (k) plan or other your maximum contribution may ac- in 2013); if married and filing jointly, starting smart: have at least three months' salary before you buy them. A 20-ounce tax-advantaged retirement savings tually be less. (For example, if the the phase-out is $96,000 to $116,000
Opena ceckng aco Ifyou saved. Don't let the amount intimi- bottle of water a day will end up accounts, since the IRS uses the CPI- maximum contribution is 10 percent (up from $95,000 to $115,000).
Or e n iy pen a checkingacon.Iyu date you. Start small but start im- costing you $365 a year. Packing U's September year-over-year per- of pay and you eamn $60,000, you If you're married and aren't coyareonw inrsty, Sopen ladchecsng mediately to build that savings, your lunch could save you $2,000 a formance to determine whether or could only contribute $6,000.) ered by an employer plan but your accunt first Somt'en andsre- Create a budget. Keep track of year. not to make cost-of-living adjust- Individual Retirement Accounts spouse is, the IRA deduction is
quie thepofirt mont' en ad se-h everything you spend for two to Don't put off student loan pay- ments to many of the retirement con- (IRAs). The maximum annual contri- phased out if your combined AGI is curtiy deo toey paidewih. three months so you know where ments. Your student loans don't go tributions you and your employer can bution to IRAs remains the same at between $18 1,000 and $19 1,000 (up ceriid aceckt hormone aoer. your money goes. Then be realistic, away, and they accrue interest. You make in the following year. $5,500 (plus an additional $1,000 if from $ 1.78,000 to $188,000).
Bouil ca credit hior a s oonre asdi create a budget and stick to it. Don't will be on a slippery slope if you fall Here are highlights of what will 50 or older also unchanged from For more details, read IRS Publiyoudcan.aApplyiforaadsecured creditne forget bills (like insurance and behind. Consider those luxuries and won't change in 2014: 2013). Maximum contributions to cation 590 at www.irs.gov. card paour beitl car with. A conr taxes) that will come once or twice again and trim even more if you Defined contribution plans. The traditional IRAs are not impacted by Retirement Saver' Tax Credit. As and poaymrb ill ntiep yeod a year. have to, but make that loan pay- maximum allowable annual contri- personal income, but if your modi- an incentive to low- and moderateofprmp pymntwil el yu Don't forget retirement savings. ment. bution you can make to a workplace fled adjusted gross income (AGI) ex- income workers save for retirement
40 1(k), 403(b), 457(b) or federal ceeds certain limits, the maximum through an IRA or company plan, amount you can contribute to a Roth many are eligible for a Retirement IRA gradually phases out: Savers' Tax Credit of up to $1,000
12 Y ar ld aun hes O w nthe phase-out range is $114,000 to your tax bill, dollar for dollar, in ad$129,000 (increased from $112,000 dition to any other tax deduction you to $127,000 range). Above $129,000, already receive for your contribution. F ash on L ne ne Bw a a im e you cannot contribute to a Roth. Qualifying income ceiling limits
Fas ion Lin O n Bo ata T m e- For married couples filing jointly, for the Savers' Tax Credit increased
Quoting Morris, "One of my close the rag s$81,000 to $191,000 in 2014 to $60,000 for joint filers, friends says to this point, 'Mo (up from $178,000 to $188,000). $45,000 for heads of household, and mows?' Absolutely, I replied. Mo Keep in mind these rules for de- $30,000 for singles or married permow."ducting traditional IRA contributions sons filing separately. Consult IRS
With a birthday in November, now on your federal tax return: Form 8880 for more information.
that our dapper 12 year-old has a successful run in fashions; is a profitable Em lym n Opportunit
business owner, and is looking to be
bigger than Ralph Lauren, he has hisD r vs: $ 0
sights on Parsons School of Design
or college.
"You don't have to wait until
you're older," his mother said. "IfS gf- I flBU !
you have a dream and you have aPa !Feg t
passion, we say go for it." Great Pa !Consistent F eg t
But as Mo passionately pursues his
Goals in the world of fashion com- Great Miles on this Regional Account.
merce, Rheana Murray in the New

this journey towards the realization
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Alwaysia Bridges YokDiyNwIemnsu hti N tr is :
ton ay down, abl styled in a but- orful bow tie is part of my vision to Locally, as shared in the McCul- *Q
tndwcreased slacks and dress make the world a fun and happier lough interview, Memphis has been shoes, our talented feature this week place." a great market for his sales: "The
after school pins patterns and sews Tramica Morris, Mo's mom, posi- churches have been so supportive stitches. As noted in a promotional tions that "Old School" trends as mir- and it seems like a lot of teachers buy descriptor, we can find his youthful rored by his well-dressed dad and my bow ties. I think this is so because fingers on a sewing machine for grandpa inspired his love for fashion they are proud of me making my own hours or at least until his mother tells and instilled in her son the impor- business. I have even sent many bow him it's time for bed. tance of dressing for success. ties to New York, Las Vegas, Miami
He is young, gifted and Black. A huge selection of Mo's bow ties and even some to Australia." 4
Moziah Bridges, then a fourth are from his grandmother's vintage Looking towards the future in Mcgrader in his hometown of Memphis, fabric, respective selections of which Cullough, he views prospects to sell Tenn., started his career as a fashion date back more than 50 years. his bow ties in Macy's or Dillard's designer at the age of 9 in June of And it was, in fact, his grand- and to see them included in New 2011 with his exclusive line of Mo's mother who taught him to sew. Mo's York's fashion magazines. Bows. Bows is indeed strongly guided by He adds: "I also want a super big
His creations, writes Hannah Sayle his mother and grandmother accord- billboard. I just want to see Mo's in her October 27, 2011 Memphis ing to Sayle. After stopping by his Bows really big in the sky and in a





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A
33rd Annual MLK Holiday



Celebrations Planned

The Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr. "Chief' L. Jerome Spates. Chief MLK Parade. Among the park Memorial Foundation will begin its Spates (as he was so affectionately activities will be tributes to Mr. MLK Holiday Celebration on known) was a staunch supporter of Nelson (Madiba) Mandela; Dr. Saturday, January 18, 2014, with a the MLK Holiday Parade in Chester A. Aikens; Mr. Melvin "Let Freedom Sing" concert at Jacksonville, Florida. Alston; and Mr. William Stetson
Edward Waters College's Milne The Parade will start at 10:00 Kennedy. Other activities include a
Auditorium. The concert, featuring a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014, Battle of the Bands, music for all songs that inspired the Civil Rights at Jefferson and Water Streets in age groups, and a host of vendors. Movement, is free to the public. Downtown Jacksonville. Among Additional information regarding
On Monday, January 20, 2014, in the participants in the parade will the MLK Holiday Grand Parade Y
celebrating the legacy of one of be Florida's Governor, Rick Scott, and post-parade activity at America's finest sons, Dr. Martin Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Metropolitan Park can be found at Pictured I r at a team practise are Jax Panthers are Howard Smith, Willie George Bussey, Joe Wyatt, Luther King, Jr., their will be a Jacksonville's Mayor Alvin Brown, www.mlkfdnorg.com. or calling Marvin "Roach" Robinson, Big Barron Jenkins, Robert Cole (equipment man) and Nick Malpress. MLK Holiday Parade followed by a school groups, churches, organiza- 904-807-8358 or 904-463-2425. post-parade celebration at tions, and individuals. Registrations will be accepted
Metropolitan Park. The post-parade celebration will through Saturday, January 11, 2014. Reunion Planned for Jacksonville
The Grand Marshal of the MLK take place at Metropolitan Park
2014 Parade, posthumously, is directly at the conclusion of the K.Johnson Panthers/Raiders Sem i Pro League

Continued from front In 1968 the first semi-pro football leagues. The men were very excited for the
When Kendrick was found, the team was formed in Jacksonville, In 1970, Robinson was very opportunity to play football and the Nike shoes he'd wom to school were Florida. Jacksonville natives adamant that the team play a game semi-pro league kept the players off tucked behind his legs inside the Marvin "Roach" Robinson and R.V in the historic Gator Bowl the street," said Sutton. "Their mat. A science textbook and a folder Daniels were the catalyst that Jacksonville's nationally known demeanor changed and they containing his class schedule and lat- opened the opportunity for many stadium. As the team manager, he became men and forgot about going est report card lay on the floor near young men in Jacksonville to play went all the way to the top for a back in the streets. If they wanted the mats. Also on the floor was an semi-pro football. Following a visit meeting with Mayor Hans G. to eat or wanted to stay somewhere, Adidas shoe. Deputies found its to Tampa, Florida where the semi- Tanzler, Jr. to request use of the I let them stay there." match pinned beneath Kendrick's pro owners met to discuss league facility. Tanzler informed the ambi- Currently Robinson, 78 and arm and head. rules and regulations, Robinson and tious team owner that he had to Sutton,72 are organizing the first
Medical Examiner Maryanne Daniels were granted ownership of change the name of the team as the Jacksonville Panthers/Raiders
Gaffhey-Kraft found no wounds the Jacksonville Panthers the only national climate denoted the name reunion. except for a scrape on the back of team in northern Florida. "Panther" with the Black Panther "We want to get together to remiKendrick's right wrist and three Recruitment began from area col- Black power movement. nisce and talk about the good old
small injuries on his right pinky. She leges and people who just enjoyed "The Mayor was excited for the days of football," said Robinson. determined he died accidentally the sport. Soon, weekly games were team to play at the Gator Bowl, but Charles Sutton laughed, "We're from "positional asphyxia," meaning played at local ballparks in various was adamant that if the team used trying to keep up with everybody so his body was stuck in a position that cities throughout the nation. the "Panthers" name there could be we can enjoy the camaraderie of prevented him from breathing. The Panthers, in their love of the trouble." Said Robinson. later years, we getting old and we'd
After receiving the autopsy, investi- game, played everywhere from In an effort to get his players the like to reminisce and talk politics gators concluded Kendrick fell into baseball fields to community parks. location they all desired, the and other interesting topics and defthe mat while trying to retrieve one They also raised money for lodg- Jacksonville Panthers changed their initely the Jacksonville Panthers of his gym shoes. Nobody saw him ing, equipment and other amenities. name to the Jacksonville Raiders. players and find out where they are struggling or heard him cry out, Semipro teams received no pay for Player Charles Sutton who gradu- now?" Roach and Sutton have yet though a steady stream of students the players and were not associated ated from FAMU and played for the to set a date for the Jacksonville were in and out of the gym until 8 with the NFL. The team enjoyed a Dallas Cowboys took it upon him- Panthers/Raiders reunion. The first Simmons Pediatrics Treats Honor Roll Students to p.m. It's unclear how long Kendrick very successful first year with a self to help the players with lodging meeting to discuss reunion options,
aDayofFun- Simmons Pediatrics held its 10th Annual A-B Honor could have survived, but he likely record of 14-0. The years that fol- and food. Sutton was an employee locations and logistics is scheduled Roll Party at Dave & Buster's on Saturday, January 4th. Each Honor Roll passed out soon from blood rushing lowed were equally as successful of the local boy's home and often for Thursday, January 23rd at 6 student was given a medallion to wear and was treated to a buffet meal and to his head, Lt. Jones says. with records of 12-0, 14-0. 11 -1 and utilizes his employer to help the p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Heritage power cards to play the games. Over a dozen students and their parents "We never had credible information continued throughout the years of players. Park located at 1096 A. Philip
participated. Shown above left is Dr. Charles E. Simmons, 111, M.D. with that indicated this was anything 1968-1985. The team holds the "Many of the players were also Randolph Blvd. For more informaone of the smiling honorees, Justin McGriff. other than an accident," he says. record as the most successful team neighborhood gangsters and would tion call Charles, Sutton at 502among both Florida and Georgia come to practice after a robbery. 0539.












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As We Enter 2014, the Income Gap



Continues to be a Major Issue in the U.S. p)

"Human progress is neither auto- minimum wage, part of an effort to these statistics. higher than it should be. N
matic nor inevitable," said Dr. make income inequality a core Here's another fact to ponder; Then the pressure is on current
Martin Luther King. There is an midterm campaign theme. according to the Census Bureau, employers and John Q Citizens
assumption that as humans we nat- It's too early to tell if the income the wealthiest 20 percent of house- who simply cannot find a job. urally progress as generations pass gap will play a primary role in the holds in 1973 accounted for 44 per- Meanwhile, soaring health care Buins Exhag by Ra r Jako
by. Well,that assumption may not mid-term 2014 elections, but it is a cent of total U.S. income. Their costs are gobbling up much of the be quite true. critical issue that Democrats will share jumped to 50 percent mn 2002, gains from rising labor productivity ~j i ~ ~ i
What if I told you that black men continue to push. Republicans are while everyone else's, or us poor -further discouraging employers You g B ac R epfhulicans
in America make less today on likely to resist a minimum wage folk's incomes fell. For those really from hiring. average than they made 30 years increase, but party leaders may poor, or the bottom fifth of the So again, the poor continue to WVho D eny Their Blackness
ago of course you have to factor have to concede the need to start spectrum, their share dropped from struggle while the rich get richer. inflation in those figures. But, talking about poverty after two 4.2 percent to 3.5 percent. The New Deal social contract has By Raynard Jackson
would you believe me? presidential election losses in a With rising health care costs, out- been canceled, revoked,and thrown NNPA Columnist
I know, you are thinking that row. rageous gas prices, and real estate out with the trash and so have the Recently, Joyce Jones, a columnist for BET.com wrote an article titled,
there is no way that anyone makes I don't want to be misleading markets that are extremely unsta- restraints it imposed on both indi- "The Loneliness of the Black Republican: What attracts young.Africanless in 2014 than people made in incomes have increased between ble, we should all be concerned. vidual and corporate behavior. Americans to the GOP?" Although the article was off-base on so many 1984. both black and white families in the Well, unless you are one of those in And for black folk, while we all points No I won't waste my time listing them here it got me reflecting
Yes, it's hard to fathom, but black past three decades; it's been mainly the wealthiest 20 percent. must admit that the social, civic, on this younger generation of Black Republicans. men on average made more money because more women are in the The Brookings report also found and economic environment in the Undoubtedly, young Blacks are attracted to the GOP brand more than
in 1984 than they make today; well, workforce. However, this increase that about two-thirds of the chil- country have improved remarkably older Blacks. If Jones could have tapped into that phenomenon, it could at least according to a study was greater among whites, accord- dren surveyed grew up to have over the past 30 years, African have been an enlightening article. But, not surprisingly, her column ended released last week by the ing to the study. higher family incomes than their American unemployment and other up being your typical Black Republican-bashing.
Brookings Institution that tracked So why has the disparity grown parents had 30 years earlier inequalities still persist. How would she know "it's not easy to be a young, Black Republican?"
the incomes of some 2,300 families so much? Incomes among black Grown black children were just So what's the solution? We must She talks about conservatism, but fails to define the term. She refers to for more than 30 years. men have actually declined in the as likely as whites to have higher press on. It's all about education "rising stars," but fails to identify those stars or what makes them rising
I have written about- the income past three decades, when adjusted incomes than their parents. and opportunity, and America truly stars. gap in the past, and I keep waiting for inflation. However, incomes among whites provides the best chance for As for Black Republicans being lonely, a deeper explanation is in order.
on the gap to start moving in a pos- The saving grace for blacks has increased more than those of their African Americans to achieve and Many Black Republicans who are of the millennial. demographic have itive direction, but it hasn't hap- been the large number of African black counterparts. achieve greatly. made a conscious decision to self-isolate. Translation: They can't possible
pened. American women who have made OK, let me attempt to break "Bringing the gifts that my go behind the Democratic stranglehold on Blacks and not expect to be isoOn the national front, Democrats gains in the workforce. Once again, down the problem with this income ancestors gave, I am the dream and lated. Millennials are generally defined as those bom between 1980-2000. are trying to extend unemployment sisters have to bail the brothers out. gap as it relates to today's econo- the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I Tina Wells, a 30-year old and CEO of Buzz Marketing Group, a youth benefits while Republicans are hes- I would venture to guess that the my. We all know that job growth rise," wrote Maya Angelou. marketing company, was interviewed by Black Enterprise and had this to itant to do so. Dems are also plan- large percentage of black males in has stalled for the most part, leav- Signing off from Tallahassee, say, "The sense of entitlement that Millennials exhibit can be performance ning to push to increase the federal jail has an effect when considering ing the unemployment rate much Reggie Fullwood prohibitive. Their idea of paying dues is different from their parents... .they
have grown up in a very instant world, so how do you tell then that a job
the want in six or seven months is a job they have to wI usually six or
AL ~4...w~.S I seven years to get?"
~I I 4 [~ IA !This sense of entitlement has caused many millennials to think that simR ae W ato Nw ply showing up is all they need to do in life. All too often, these millennials have no political curiosity about those who paved the way for them.

By George E. Curry became a red meat story for the net- uisites to vote that many older and cials in several cities where attacks There are about 30-40 Black Republican staffers who work for members
NNPA Columnist work an opportunity to justify minority voters cannot easily meet. have been reported who concluded of the House and Senate; but they have n ot 'formed an organization of likeIn 2013, race still mattered -right-wing gun culture anct stand Previously; SY~ch measures in that the game 'amounted to little middpoe.Tyhaeswno jiltgreiinsih
Black operatives such as Michael-' Ste&A, ~shanhn Reeves, or Greg
especially at Fox News. According your ground laws, stoke fears about states with a history of disenfran- more than an urban myth, and that O.v ~ ~ ~ ,
to MediaMatters, the watchdog the dangers of black youth, and chising minorities required the attacks in question might be Simpkins. group, last year was a banner peri- paint white-on-black crime as approval from the Justice nothing more than the sort of ran- o Bob BroAu r FlheBll yuslaBacoelano ay aes o namlega od for race-baiting at Fox. exceedingly rare and usually justi- Department before being imple- dom assaults that have always fw Thes Brwthur rFiile gedtitcher BilClmn republcasonay a
"Viewers 'who spent 2013 fled while black crime is explod- mented." occurred."'prattallzr.Asi vryisactoepoer i o u
absorbed in Fox News might be ing." The report noted that the Voting Fox even played the race card irmot therailblazers. Also, ineer stance, hoepu ines didthe notefrn
under the impression that an all-out When Fox wasn't fear monger- Rights Act's preclearance provision with Santa Claus. from their Blckosommnty. Th were ac Republcas but thenvr for-s
race war has erupted across the ing about Black crime, the report had been invoked more than 700 "Fox capped a year decorated gtheir Black ro ts ore.ih o h Bakmdllssnohrwrs nation this year, thanks to the net- stated, it was supporting voter ID times between 1982 and 2006 to with race-baiting overtones and Thyewr whone they e w ere aldb ofwrta 0mmeso work's coverage of everything laws that suppress the African- prevent racially discriminatory vot- racial dog whistles with a compara- Thirs yer aonhe, pitvebncallaied abyo fheer hn1member ofhBlc from voter fraud to Santa Claus Amrcnvt.igpooast oit fet l budonmn o h o f Republicans. I am asked why Black staffers are emphatic that they don't
echoing one common theme: white "2013 marked a unique year with "Perhaps the one story that best their tree: New Fox megastar want to be the point person for the Black community they just want to be folks are being victimized in regard to free and fair elections in encapsulates the way Fox News Megyn Kelly's unabashed declara- astfe;sthuhhyarmtalyxcsi.Itanbbohnd Obama's America," an analysis of the United States. In June, the con- goes out of its way to paint a dis- tion ("for the kids at home") that a staffer; fa as though thee rBt allysexcluive Itf can beibot and!you coverage on the network conclud- servative bloc of the U.S. Supreme torted image of the crossroads of Santa Claus is wie" to other Blacks. They seemingly get more satisfaction out of being known
ed.. Court disregarded history, legal race and crime in America, it's the MediaMatters recounted.
The review showed that Fox, the precedent, and congressional intent network's coverage of the so-called "'Santa just is white,"' Kelly told within White circles. I don't expect a lot of my White readers to undernation's top-rated cable network in a 5-4 Shelby County decision 'knockout game,'" the report viewers in response to a Slate col- stand this dynamic; this is a dirty little secret that Blacks refuse to discuss with 1.76 million daily viewers, that gutted the Voting Rights Act of explained. "Fox described the urun by Aisha Harris, an African- publically. routinely exploited racial fears to 1965 (VRA). Weeks later, thou- knockout game as a violent and American who noted that depic- Many of these Black Republicans will deny what I am saying, but I boost its ratings. sands of Americans gathered with spreading trend primarily involving tions of a Caucasian Santa Claus know them by name and from direct experience. Maybe I will write a
"Fox became obsessed with civil rights leaders in the nation's black youths assaulting unsuspect- can have an alienating effect on book about my experiences with these Blacks in our party.
black crime rates in the summer of capital to commemorate the 50th ing and primarily white victims on minority children. Conservative Teeaetetp fBak htmn eulcn r otcmot

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CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGLATE MID EASTERN SUHRINERCOLLEGIATE SOUTHWESTERN
CAA c...'T LL... MEAC IAC"S THCONFERSWAC INDEPENDENTS
ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION ATHLETIC CONFERENCE S ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DIV CONF ALL CONF ALL CONF ALL DIV ALL W L
NORTH IVISION W L W L W L W L W L EAST IVISION W L W L W L W L Central State 7 5
Virginia Union 1 0 2 2 3 10 Norfolk State 2 0 8 7 Benedict 2 0 7 3 Southern 2 0 6 9 WVaSte4 5
Lincoln 0 0 1 2 9 3 Hampton 2 0 7 7 Fort Valley State 2 0 6 5 AlabamaA&M 2 0 5 7 Univ. ofSC 3 7
Eliz. CityState 0 0 1 2 6 7 CoppinState 1 0 4 10 Clann 2 1 5 8 Ark. PineBluff 1 0 3 10 2 11
Bowie State 0 0 0 3 6 8 Coeyyn State 1 0 4 10 Ark. Pine 1 1 0 6
Chowan 0 0 0 3 3 Morgan State 1 0 3 10 Paine 1 1 5 6 Alabama StateLinoln(M.) 2 12
irginia State 01 0 3 76 Savannah State 1 0 3 12 Albany State 1 1 4 6 Jackson State 1 1 5 9 Tenn State 2 14
SOUTH DMSION Howard 1 1 3 14 Tennessee State 2 14
Livingstone 0 0 3 0 102 Delaware State 0 2 4 10 Morehouse 0 2 3 7 Texas Southern 1 1 5 9
Shaw 0 0 3 0 5 8 FlodaA&M 0 2 4 11 ClarkAtlanta 0 2 4 6 Prairie ViewA&M 1 1 3 11 PLAYEROFTHE WEEK
StAugustine's 0 0 2 0 9 3 Bethune-Cookman 0 2 2 15 WESTDIVSlON Miss. Valley St. 0 1 4 10 PatrickMiller,6-1,Sr.G, TENN.STATE-Scored
J. C. Smith 0 0 2 1 103 North Carolina Central 0 0 7 4 Tuskegee 2 0 5 6 Alcom State 0 2 3 11 19 points with 4 assists and 4 steals in win over
Fayetteville State 0 0 2 1 9 4 SC State 0 0 4 9 LeMoyne-Owen 1 0 3 5 Grambling State 0 2 1 10 Jacksonville State.
Winston-Salem State 0 0 2 1 7 6 NC A&T State 0 0 3 11 Stllman 2 1 7 7 SWAc PLAYERS OF THE WEEK OmarAbbas,6-1,So.,G, UDC-Shotl0ofl3from
Md. E. Shore 0 1 2 11 Lane 1 2 2 4 PLAYER theield,6of8from3-pointrange,3of3fromthe
BGSP GIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK PL Y R inetld,o f fro point a pran e o o te
PLAYER Kentucky State 1 2 2 6 Jeremy Crutcher, 5-8, Sr., G, ALABAMA line,tallyng29pointsinwinoverAppruftceSco.
Amere May, 6-1, Jr., G, ST. AUG'S- League sing leader PLAYER Miles 0 3 0 10 A&M Led Bulldogs with 16 points in win
talied 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in OTwin vs. ECSU, Casey Walker, 6-5, Sr., G/F, DELSTATE Scored over Jackson State Saturday and came back 27 pointsinwin overChawan.Shotll fr 16 fronmthe ei,6for career-high 30 points hitting 12 of 15 FTs in win SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK to score 20 points, canning 6 of 7 3s, iA win NEW MAN AT A&M: 10from3,14-16fmmntheFTlintwogames. over Campbell. Also had 21 points, 8 rebounds in PLAYER over Grambling Monday.
NEW Nevada assistant James NEWCOMER win over Gardner-Webb. Avgd. 21.0 pts., 4.0 rebs Markleth Madison, 6-3, Sr., G, STILLMAN-Had NEWCOMER
Anteony Gaskin, 6-, Fr., G, ST. AUG'S-aTwa big 3s in OT in3 nn-conference games. 20 points each in wins over Morehouse and Paine. Calvin Godfrey, 6-9, Jr., F, OUTHERN Spady is the new head foot- win vs. Eiz. City SistA. ROOKIE Shot 9 of 15 vs. Morehouse, 7 of 17 vs. Paine. Had Scored 16 points and pulled down 5 rebounds
BHOOD ball coach atAlabamaA&i. ROOKIE Lawrence Cooks, 6-1, r-Fr., G, HAMPTON -Got5 16 rebounds (8.0 rpg.) in two games. in win over Prairie View Saturday and came
Lany Richardson, 6-3, Fr., G, SHAW-20 points with five 3s points and 5 rebounds in win over Radford. NEWCOMER back to lead Jaguars with 27 points and 10 in win over Va. State, 12 points in win over Chowan nth three DEFENSE LamarAdkins, 6-8, Sr., F, BENEDICT -Averaged rebounds in win over Texas Southern Monday. 3s. Was 8-or-14 from 3,11or-16 fron the held. Kendall Gray, 6-10, Jr., C, DELSTATE 26 re- 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds in two wins getting 29
SPADY NEW COACH AT ALABAMA A&M; COACH bounds, 9 blocks in three non-conference games. points with 5 rebounds in win over Stllman, 12
Tony Sheals, ST. AUG'S Ran Falcons win sreak to seven Had 13 boards vs. St Francis and Campbell.Added points and 3 boards in win over Miles. ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS REVEALED with wins over ECSU in OT and Chown. Came from 21 down 35 points in 2-1 week.
in win over ECSU.


HOOPS SCORES BCSP Hoops Notes

MONDAY, JANUARY 6,2014 MEN
CIAA V Three black college basketElizabeth City State 69, Fayetteville State 68 ball players, scoring leaders in their
Livingstone 79, Lincoln 47
St. Augustine's 77, Chowan 60 respective leagues, are among the SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Fayetteville State @ Bowie State
Sha 77,Vrin ia Sta 6 CIAA Livingstone @ Chowan
Shaw 77, Virginia State 69 top Div. I scorers as we head into W-Salem State @ Chowan J. C. Smith @ Virginia State
Virginia 83, 73 the mid-Janu schedule St. Augustine's @ Lincoln St. Augustine's @ Virginia Union
Winston-Salem State 77, Bowie State 57 J. C. Smith @ Eliz. City State MEAC
MEAC Texas Southern 6-10 center Livingstone @ Virginia State Savannah State @ Howard
ME -h Shaw @ Bowie State Norfolk State @ Delaware State
Savannah State 66, Md. E.-Shore 42 Aaric Murray, the SWAC scor- Fayetteville State @ Virginia Union N. C. A&T@ Florida A&M
A2 ing leader, has moved from fourth MEAC N.C. Central @ Bethune-Cookma
Claf 86, Lane 72 Norfolk State @ Md. Eastern Shore S. C. State @ Coppin State Murray Curtis
Kentucky State 83, Clark Atlanta 71 to third nationally at 24.2 points per Savannah State @ Coppin State SlAM
N. C. A&T @ Bethune-Cooknan Lane @ Morehouse
Paine 86, Miles 69 game. Murray, a LaSalle and West S.C. State @ Morgan State Stillman @ Clark Atlanta
Stillman 99, Morehouse 88 Virginia transercontinued his tor- Hampton @ Delaware State LeMoyne-Owen @Albany State
Tuskegee 89, Albany State 82 transfer, N. C. Central @ Florida A&M Claflin @ Tuskegee
SWAC rid pace with 24 points in a 79-71 SIAC Kentucky State @ Paine
Alaa a A& 70ce Gabn 58 Moinnda 7971Miles College @ Albany State Miles @ Fort Valley State
Alabama A&M 70, Grambling 58 loss to Southern Monday. Kentucky State @ Benedict SWAC
Jakson Se 70, Alam State 68 North Carolina Central 6-3 LeMoyne-Owen @ Morehouse Miss. Valley St. @AlabarnaA&M
Pairie V e 70, Alm State 6 N Stilnman @ Fort Valley State Grambling @ Alcom State
Southern 79, Texas Southem 71 senior guard Jeremy Ingram, the Tuskegee @ Clark Atlanta INDEPENDENTS
INDEPENDENTS top scorer in the MEAC, fell from Jackson State @Alcom State Tennessee State @ UT Martin
Miss. Valley St. @ Alabama State Urbana @ W. Va. State
W. Va. State 82, W. Va. Wesleyan 64 third to sixth nationally in the scor- Grambling @ Southeu .
ing race at 23.4 points per game. In- Ark. Pine Bluff @Alabama A&M THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 Lenjo Kilo
Prairie View @ Texas Southern MEAC
gram had a season-low 11 points in INDEPENDENTS N.J. Inst Tech @ N. C. Central
t Tennessee State @ S. E. Missouri SIAC
the Eagles' last game, a New Years Notre Dame Coll. @ W. Ve. State Tuskegee @ Benedict
R T H E BA N N ER Eve loss at Maryland. Cheyney @ Kutztown Albany State @ Lane
Ingam' NCU bckcurtLincoln @ Fort Hays State Ft. Valley State @ LeMoyne-Owen
UNDERm' THE BAR backcourt: Morahouse @ Kentucky State
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS mate, 6-0 senior point guard Em- MONDAY, JANUARY 13 Miles @ ClarkAtlanta
ClAA INDEPENDENTS
manuel Chapman, continues to W-Salern State @ Eliz. City State Tennessee State @ Jacksonville St.
pace the MEAC and is third nation- Shaw @ Lincoln (Pa.) Alderson Broaddus @ Central State
ally at 7.5 assists per game.
NCCU (7-4) had its first confer- ward Deshawn Curtis, leads the 28th and 30th in the nation. Kilo
ence game Tuesday (Jan. 7) hosting Pennsylvania Athletic Conference has averaged 27.7 points over the Emmanuel Chapman
Hampton (7-7, 2-0 MEAC). The (PSAC) and is the top black col- last four games.
Pirates are tied with Norfolk State lege Div. II scorer at 21.6 points per Fort Valley State's Brandon ing leader, is 13th nationally in Div.
(8-7, 2-0) for the early MEAC lead. game, good for 23rd in the nation. Davey has the top Div. I 3-point I at 22.4 points per game.
Tennessee State 6-1 senior Curtis has averaged 25.0 points per performance this season. The 6-6 Norfolk State's 6-foot senior
guard Patrick Miller, second in the game over his last eight games with senior forward canned 12 of 19 Rachel Gordon paces the MEAC
Ohio Valley Confererice in Scoring, high of 33 points vs. Mansfield. shots from behind the arc en route in rebbundifik and is 7th in Div. I at
is 22nd in the nation at 20.9 points The Wolves have won just two of to a 40-point outburst against Ala- 12.4 caroms per game.
per game. 13 games. bama-Huntsville in early Novem- North Carolina A&T 5-10
Six-ten Jackson State center Six-six junior forward Len- ber. Davey is currently averaging senior guard Tracy King and FlorBrandon West leads the SWAC jo Kilo of the University of the 19.7 points per game ida A&M 5-9 senior guard JasAlabama A&M Sports Photo and is fifth in the nation at 11.1 re- District of Columbia (UDC) and mine Grice lead the MEAC and
BULLDOG BRADY: New Alabama A&M football coach bounds per game. CIAA scoring leader, 6-1 junior V On the women's side, 6-2 are fourth and seventh nationally
James Spady, second from right, with A&M president guard Amere May of Saint Augus- junior forward Tierra Hawkins of in steals at 3.45 and 3.27 per game
Dr. Andrew Hugine, director of athletics Bryan Hicks and V Cheyney's 6-6 senior for- tine's, average 21.2 and 21.1 ppg., Delaware State, the MEAC scor- respectively.
trustee Chris Robinson.

ALABAMA A&M CHOOSES SPADY:
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama-- Director of Athletics N o tes
Bryan Hicks has announced the hiring of Nevada assistant coach James Michael Spady as the next head foot- E.bc ol e a r i
ball coach at Alabama A&M University. inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl
Eight black college players will be on the rosters of the inaugural post- C$sea rA
Spady had just completed his fourth year as the tight season Medal of Honor Bowl all-star game to be played for the first time
ends and co-offensive line coach at Nevada. Spady was this Saturday, January 11 at 2 p.m. in Charleston, S. C. Pendleton Moody Wallace

the offensive coordinator at Grambling from 2007-2009. One player from the CIAA, three from the SWAC, three from the
He also had coaching stops at North Carolina Central SIAC and one from Virginia University of Lychburg were named to the draft. The game honors the Medal of Honor recipients and the game's benand South Carolina State. He began his coaching career two all-star squads. eficiaries, the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation and the Wounded Warin 1995 at his alma mater (UTEP) where he started at cen- Former. Maryland head football coach Ralph Friegen will coach the rior Project. For more information about the game and to find out how you
American squad which will include Fort Valley State offensive lineman can become a supporter, visit www.MOHbowl.com. ter for the Miners from 1985-1988. Ryan Riggins, Jackson State defensive back Qua Cox, Albany State
He also completed two NFL Minority Coaches In- safety Dexter Moody and VUL cornerback Keith Lewis. TSU's Edwards named to Senior Bowl squad
ternships with the Green Bay Packers and the Philadel- Former Georgia Tech and Central Florida head coach Chan Gailey Decorated Tennessee State offensive lineman
phia Eagles. In 2008, the NCAA selected Spady to par- will coach the National team. Included on his roster are Jackson State wide Kadeem Edwards is the only black college player
ticipate in the highly regarded Expert Football Coaches receiver Zach Pendleton, Virginia Union cornerback Devin Wallace, so far who has accepted an invitation to the 2014 '
Academy, a program focused on assisting qualified, mi- Fort Valley State linebacker LeRon Furr and Mississippi Valley State Reese's Senior Bowl, the premier postseason all-star
defensive end Robert Simpson. game for draft-eligible football players.
nority, assistant coaches with the skills and tools they Cox and Simpson were first team alU-SWAC selections with Pendleton The 6-4, 290-pound left guard is a three-time allneed for career advancement, making the second team. Furr and Moody were first team all-SIAC selec- OVC selection, named to the first team for the past
"I am excited that Coach Spady has accepted our of- tions with Moody earning defensive player of the year honors. two seasons, and earned second team FCS AP Allfer to join the Bulldog Family"! said Hicks. "He repre- The Medal of Honor Bowl is a premier all-star game featuring the American designation this season. Edwards
sents another giant step on our journey toward excellence nation's top draft-eligible college football players as projected for the NFL
in athletics. Many thanks to President Hugine, Dr. Kevin
Rolle and the Board ofTrustees for their continued sup- *-*a- --. ..
port."
MEAo CNEENCE IA OERENCOLE, SW C o.wTEN ID P D NS
Brian Polian, Head Football Coach at Nevada had ClIA CENTRAL'iN.e.COu EOE M MAC A ESTERN OOTNRFNTROLELTE S AC AoEnwsHNE IN EEN E T
this to say about Spady, "Congratulations to James Spady DIV CORE ALL CONF ALL CONE ALL DIV ALL W L
NORTHEIVISION W LW LW L W ILWIL EAST DIVSION WILW I WI WI Univ. of DC8 2
and his family on this wonderful opportunity to lead the Virginia State 0 0 1 1 10 1 Hampton 2 0 11 4 Claflin 3 0 7 6 Southern 2 0 5 5 Central State 6 2
AaaaA Mfoblprga.Jmsiaterfcfo- Bowie Stat 0 0 1 2 6 5 Howard 2 0 8 8 ClarkAtlanta 2 0 9 3 Grambling State 2 0 5 8 W. Va. State 4
Linm & oobl rga. e saterfcfo- coln 0 0 0 3 6 6 Savannah State 1 0 7 7 Benedict 2 0 8 4 Jackson Stale 2 0. 4 8 Lincoln (Mo.) 3 10
ball mind, teacher, and an exceptional recruiter who will Virginia Union 0 0 0 3 3 8 CopnSae104~Fort Valley State 2 0 4 7 Miss. Valley St. 1 0 2 10 Tennessee State 4 1
dob as h tnado ulo otal nw Eliz. City Stat 0 0 0 3 3 g SC State 1 0 2 8 Paine 1 1 3 8 Texas Southern 1 1 4 9 Cheyney 1 1
V-Salem State 0 0 3 0 9 4 Norfolk State 1 1 5 8 Albany State 0 0 5 3 PrairieViewA&M 1 1 1 11
that he will have a positive effect on every student-atlete .c. Smith 0 0 3 0 8 4 Morgan State 0 1 2 9 WEST DIViSION Ark. Pine Bluff 0 1 1 10 PLAYEROF THE WEEK
St. Auguatine's 0 0 2 0 7 4 Delaware State 0 2 3 9 Tuskegee 1 0 5 5 Alabama State 0 2 7 6 PLAYER
he encounters and in the community as well. We wish Fayetteville State 0 0 2 1 9 3 Md. E. Shore 0 2 3 10 Miles 1 2 7 6 Alabama A&M 0 2 2 10 gae-hg Carsoin s stSn, 0, W. VA. m STTHd
Shaw 0 0 2 1 8 5 Bethune-Cookman 0 2 3 11 LeMoyne-Owen 0 0 0 9 Alcom Stat 0 2 1 12 fid and polled damn Trebounds in win overW.
James and Barb nothing but the best as they begin this Livingstone 0 0 2 1 7 6 NCA&T State 0 0 9 2 Stillman 0 2 4 8 Va. Weiwyan.
ne ore. CS IAPAES FTEWR North Carolina Central 0 0 5 7 Kentucky State 0 3 4 7 SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Chielsea Hudson, 6-0, n-Jr., F, TENN. STATEne jurey BSPlAPLAYER S MAFPLYEREOFTHEWEE Lane 0 3 0 5 PLAYER Scored 30 points and had U rebounds in 01 win
APpresEcoferece tPintrduceCoac Spay was DKera Scna5Itlrl.rFWS-g, LdSlern win 13painsBFLYERSoannaMillrsUJS.,k0.GRAMBINGSTATt-tv..Jacsotvlle tate 20otfo o o thattieeld.
pressconfeence o intoduceCoachSpadywas Donno~oit, .11, r.,AveragedLedt19,5 po13pntst InAtwoAvwiged1.5Hadts24to pointsd2 vs.nt NEWCOMERME
and U rebounds in win ovar Sowie Stle. Had 9 points and 10 lenre Hawatas, 6-2, n-Jr., F, DELSTATE -Recrded SlAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Alabama A&M and 15 vs Alabama State. Hit 6sof t1S N held on Friday, January 3rd at 11:00 am in the T. M. El- rebounds in win aver Lincln. Averaged 11.0 paints andi 0.0 henslxthdouble-doubtewith26polnta,16crebounds, PLAYER lnem Jln the twogaesa.
moeGrnsum ebaunds in two wine, 2 asnists, I steal and block vs. Howard. NA Kendra Celemean, 6-7, Jr. 0, SOUTHERN Avermore ymnasusm.NEWCOMER ROOKIE NEWCOMER uged 10.0 points in two wins. Tallied 24 poInts in win
"I understand what kind of team we have (return- Jasmine Elan, 5.0,Sn.,G0, WSSU -Hadtaasn-high 17 paintS, MaliaTateDeFreltaa, 6-U, Fr., F, HAMPTON-Aver- NA ovenrTenonsSouthemoan Sat21sabatIng, hod 121in
including /nree 3s, ir win overnLinroln. Had 7 points in win aver aged 19.5 points, 4.5 neboundn and 3.0 assists in win over Preaite View. Uowie State. Avg'd 12.0 paints in tea games, two non-conternca games. She had 27 points, 7 NEWCOMER igOdm ade."unesadtagigforward, ROOKIE reboundsand2assistsvs, Ga, Tech and 12 points, DomlnlqueBrathern,S-6,Jr., G,JACKSONSTATE
thsi n ftebs lcsfrm ob ucsflad Teridacobs, 60S.F ST.AG'SAvg'd.14.5 pntintwowins. 4 assists vs. Va. Tech. -Averaged 16.0 points in wins aver Alabanna State
ths s neofte es pacsfo m t b ucesfu ad COACH DEFENSE 117 pta.)and AlabannaA&M(115 plo.). Alsoauvergd
th si h r a tdto be." Stven Joyna, Jr., J.E. SMITH Lady Golden Ulls have Brelle Ward, 6-2,n-So, F, HAMPTON-Totlled 26 5.5 rebounds in two games,
thi i w ereI anedwan fiye straight including wins /nls weeh oven towie Slate and nebaunds and 3 steals in two games. Had scholVirginia Union. RACHEL BULLARD, ST AUG'S Hen Lady record and coreer high 23 boards vo. Va. Tech
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Film Tries to Answer the Question: Why Our


7-, Churches Are Filled With So Many Single Women
by Soul Stirrings (SS): What in your view were
Why are there so many single the most touching parts of your
women in Black churches ? DVD?
SOULMATE IS an award-win- (AW): The most touching
ning documentary examining why parts of the film for me were dis
the church is full of single black covering that a black child had a
Christian women. The film is caus- better chance of growing up in a
ing a storm in black Christian cir- house with a married mother
cles. Soul Stirrings talks to writer, and father during slavery than
producer and director Andrea today, that 70 per cent of black
Wiley, who has worked on classic children are born to single mothUS comedies like The Prince of Bel ers, and realizing how many 4,

Ahmad Corbitt, the stake president of Mormon churches in Air and The Parkers. people live their entire lives
(SS): What made you decide to without ever knowing their pursouthern New Jersey, works in his public affairs office. make Soulmate and how long did it pose. These tragic truths speak
A new beginning: Blacks giving the takeyou? to the break down of the family,
Andrea Wiley (AW): After I read which is the foundation of sociM ormon Church a second look The Purpose Driven Life, God sent ety.
me down a path of becoming more SS): How have people been The film examines Black women's spiritual connectedness to the church.
Angela Carson used to jump up American. intimately acquainted with Him and responding to the DVD when it has The church needs to teach all cal clock. You could end up making
and frequently yell "Hallelujah!" in "I remember my dad telling me His purpose for my life. While been screened? people that God is not here to serve a decision that you will regret for
church. Now, she sits in the middle that if I joined the church, I would working on a sitcom, I could clear- (AW): The response has been us, we are here to serve Him and it the rest of your life. pew and sings quietly, with a softer, have a hard time finding an ly hear Him ask, 'How will you use simply overwhelming. There have should be our goal to please Him. Get to kdow God during this time gentler demeanor. African-American husband," the gifts I have given you for My been tears, laughter, revelations and The other role the church should and understand that singleness is a
Carson, a 28-year-old black Carson said. "I thought about mar- gloryT I left my position as a lots of hugs. I give God all the glory play is helping to prepare women gift. You can serve God unhindered woman, left her Baptist church in riage prospects, but I date all kinds Hollywood sitcom writer that day. for touching hearts, changing minds for marriage and motherhood, by the demands of a spouse and New York last year feeling unin- of men, so it wasn't an issue." A few weeks later, a single girl- and transforming lives through because single women are not pre- children, and believe me once you spired and removed from the con- There are roughly 13 million friend told me she was going to Soulmate. pared or equipped. They are not are married with children, your time
gregation. She visited many tradi- Mormons worldwide, and about freeze her eggs and pick a man with (SS): Do you feel the church's taught properly about the founda- is no longer your own. tional black churches, but she found half of those live in the United whom to have a baby. My heart role is to help people find partners? tonal virtues of humility, servant- Learn about what it takes to be a her new home with the Harlem States, according to figures fre- went out to her and all my single (AW): No, I do not. I believe that hood and submission, and as a good wife in Proverbs 31, 1 branch of the Mormon church. quently cited by the church, which girlfriends and I began making the role of the church is to guide result many marriages end disas- Corinthians 13 and Ephesians 5:22. The religious pillars of service and doesn't record members' racial or Soulmate a few weeks later. people to have an intimate relation- trously. Being a godly wife entails serving,
community outreach appealed to ethnic background. Soulmate took just under two years ship with God through Jesus Christ. (SS): Are you working on any sacrificing and submitting to your
Carson, but so did something that However, about 3 percent of the to make from start to finish. The church should teach people other Christian documentary/pro- husband. If this is not appealing to may surprise many blacks: the Mormon Church in America is (SS): What key message were how to read the Bible, which is grammes? you, you are not ready to be a wife.
commitment to diversity she saw at black, and less than 0.5 percent of you trying to convey through God's instruction manual for life. (AW): Our next film, God will- (SS): We can't forget about the the Church of Jesus Christ of black Americans are Mormon, Soulmate? The church should help train people ing, will be a documentary about brothers. What message do you
Latter-day Saints. according to a survey in 2007 by to live lives that bring glory and black men in America. have for those wanting a soul mate?
"I was approached by two younger the Pew Forum on Religion and honour to God. (SS): How long have you been a (AW): It is the same message I
African-American Mormon mis- Public Policy. That would translate (SS): What role should the church Christian, and how does your faith have for women. Remain rightly
sionaries, and it made me think to slightly less than 200,000 black
about the church in a different Mormons in America ---- a huge play in helping women deal with impact the kind of work you do? related to God and He will direct
way," she said. "So many people increase from the 5,000 to 10,000 their singleness, longing for mar- (AW): I have been a Christian for your steps. When we have an intihave asked me why I joined a racist estimated by many experts at the riage and children? 24 years. My faith drives my life. mate relationship with our Creator,
religion, which makes me sad that turn of the century. (AW): In 1 Corinthians 7:34, This relationship informs the work I we are not desperate or fretful. God
scripture says that the unmarried do and the choices I make in every fills all the empty places and allows people would think this faith teach- The growth of Mormonism among woman cares about the things of the area of life, not just work. It is my us to move through life with grace,
es hate." blacks is commonly tied to two
Carson and other blacks who have events. Lord, that she may be holy both in desire to be a living, breathing ease and love. That is quite appealleft churches long associated with In 1978, the church abolished a Director Andrea Wiley body and in spirit. I don't think that extension of Christ in this world. ing to the opposite sex.
single women are taught that sin- (SS): What message do you have Spend quiet time with God and their communities, such as the long-standing practice that kept (AW): I wanted to reveal who our gleness is a gift. What an honour to for single Christian women still meditate in His Word, daily. Allow Baptist and the African Methodist black men from seeking priest- true soul mate is. Our goal in life dedicate your season of singleness looking for their soul mate? His still small voice to reveal His Episcopal congregations, say they hoods and black women from par- should be to get to know Him inti- to caring for the things of God. (AW): Trust God. The sovereign purpose for your life and who He often find cultural resistance from ticipating in temple ceremonies. In mately. He is our one true soul Instead, many women are desPer- God of the universe knows exactly wants you to spend the rest of your their families and friends who may 2006, Mormon president Gordon B. mate. Any love we receive on top of ate, bitter and angry at God because what is best for you. Don't try to life with. be skeptical of how the Mormon Hinckley publicly declared the faith His unconditional love is just icing He hasn't brought them their hus- make things happen because of Visit www.soulrnatefihn.com for church can minister to a black open, to -all people. Contd. on p. I I 1 11 11- 11 ' '* --on the cake! band. fear, loneliness or a ticking biologi- more information


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Generations Telling Suite 200. For more information Show". Marvin's comedic show- Jaye Cherie Coming Soon to Stage Friday, January 31st at 7 p.m. For
call Dr. Ephraim Riggins at 307- case takes place January 16th to Book Signing Aurora, Dream Girls! more information visit www.jaxStories 1962. January 18th at the Comedy Zone, events.com or call 630-2489.
The 2014 Generations Telling 3130 Hartley Road. For more Jaye Cherie author of "The Cost of Stage Aurora present "Dream
Stories workshops a theatrical Art Tour to Winter details call 292-4242 or visit Love and Sanity" will have a book Girls! January 31 -February 9, Dreamgirls Play at
exploration of Gullah Geeche cul- www.comedyzone.com. signing, Saturday, January 18th 2014 (Weekends Only) at Stage
ture, takes place January 9th Park and Orlando from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Books-A- Aurora Performance Hall, 5188 Stage Aurora
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debaters, videographers and script Vedra Beach and FOCUS Cummer more details email lows the story of a young female "DreamGirls" will play at Stage
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Gullah Geechee heritage using the- beautiful Winter Park and Orlando King., Jr. Breakfast will be held music superstars. For more infor- located at 5188 Norwood Avenue
ater and digital media to document to visit two outstanding museums Friday, January 17th at 8 a.m. Library's Let's Talk mation and tickets visit inside Gateway Mall. Dreamgirls
oral history interviews with local and collections, the Orlando Featured keynote speaker is jour- About it Series! www.stageaurora.org or call 765- tells the story of the up and coming
community elders. Leam about the- Museum of Art and the Morse nalist Soledad O'Brian. The event 7372. 1960's girls groups and the triater with professional actors. For Museum. It will be a wonderful day will take place at the Prime Osbom The Jacksonville Public Library umphs and tribulation that come
more information or to register call of culture, beauty and education, Convention Center, 1000 Water St. continues its popular Let's Talk ZORA! Festival 2014 with fame and fortune. For more
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at Jeb Stuart Middle School, 4815 Sommore and History and Place in Muslim Life. at etival or and
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Wesconnect Blvd. Public Speaking Company in Concert January 19th, 2 to 4 p.m. The dis- Cunt w ille andrnge From Kevin Hart's Laugh at My
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Gabrielle Union Dishes on "Being Mary Jane,"


BET's First Drama Started January 7

engaging and generous, but she is Akil said she loves writing about no saint. She can be dogmatic and women, especially black women f.
sanctimonious at work at a channel "the nuances, the details, the choicthat she said is "fifth out of five es they make, the environment that % news networks struggling for rat- informs them." yf
ings" even beind CNN. She can be She chose cable journalism as a ~'
angry and resentful toward her aim- profession for Mary Jane because less family members she helps sup- "she's telling everyone else's story. port. And she makes poor choices Is she really telling hers?" And Akil when it comes to men. herself was a journalism major at a

sShe modeled her broadcast per- Northwestemn in the early 1990s. "I sna after Soledad O'Brien, the for- feel that experience has made me a 7. mer CNN anchor best known for better screenwriter," she said. "I
"Black in America" series. "She's really love rolling around and figurthe barometer for black female jour- ing out the why."
nalists with integrity and compas- But she won't be so heavy-handed INIsion that are well respected." and tie her work life plot lines so
-_7 N Mara Brock Akil, the creator of closely with her personal life. "That
"Being Mary Jane," said Union, can get stilted," she said.
who recently got engaged to basket- And Akil likes how Mary Jane Gabrell Unon lay Mar Jae Pula CN-lie acho wih a ball player Dwayne Wade, "embod- has to balance breaking news at Gabriliaed Ueni fieon playsg Mary Jane Paul, afN-ik inhrth aa ies many layers of Mary Jane. She's work vs. her personal life. "If my
comlictedperona lie o "Bin May Jne, BE's irs drma fearless in her approach to the love life sucks, I can throw myself which was shot in Atlanta last year. It debuts Tuesday, January 7, work. She dives headfirst. She into work. If my love life is great,
201, o BE at10 leavess everything on the screen." let me figure out a way to get out of
by Rodney Ho, Access ATL already shot eight more episodes Ths is Ail's fist drama after work." Sasheer Zamata
BET for many years hasn't gotten that previous spring. They figured it penning "Girlfriends" and "The And how did the name Mary JaneSa u d y N g tL v Hie
a lot of respect, reviled for airing was a perfect fit for a black female Game," successful 30-minute sit- come about? It had nothing to doSa u d y N g tL v H ie
mysogynistic music videos, mind- demographic seeking a realistic, corns. "I've mixed real-life drama with marijuana. It was the name of B a k F m l a tI~ e be
less reality shows and more recent- complex single character handling into these pieces," she said. "But it's an Alanis Morrissette song she ulti- B a k F m l a tM m e
ly, mediocre sitcoms. life in utterly imperfect ways. still not enough room to express mately used in the film. "Saturday Night Live" has hired Sasheer Zamata as a new cast memThat may change with its first "I read ths script and thought, 'I things fully. I have more to say. I "I listened to that song in a loop ber, following a search for a black female to join the comedy cast. hour-long drama "Being Mary can be good at this, this is in my needed a bigger canvas." while writing the pilot," Akil said. Zamata, who began. performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade
Jane" starring Gabrielle Union wheelhouse,' said Union, who Her favorite moments on the The original show title was Theater after moving to New York City in 2009, has performed on the
which is aired Tuesdays at 10 p.m. plays Mary Jane Paul, a CNN-type show, she said, are the times when "Single Black Female." She loved FX show "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell," as well as the Comedy When BET introduced a 90- anchor with both challenging fami- Mary Jane is alone, thinking or that name but sister station VHl Central offering "Inside Amy Schumer."
minute film version in July, social ly and love-life issues. "The role cooking. "Often in storytelling," already had a hit drama "Single Zamata's work has also been featured in Bust, Jezebel, Vulture, Time media feedback was "Scandal"-like challenged me in a way that I was Akil said, "everything is so rushed. Ladies," also shot in Atlnata. Out New York and other venues, as well as in online videos for Jest and heavy and almost universally posi- ready for." There's not enough time to breathe. The new title is more amorphous College Humor. Her live appearances include the Bridgetown Comedy
tive. More than six million people "It goes into our source of pride," I enjoy the space of an hour-long but also more universal, she said: Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival and the Letterman viewed the July 2 debut. Union said. "We weren't surprised. series to tell stories and to give "Anybody can watch my show and Showcase in the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.
"People were surprised that BET We were prepared. We knew we did characters a chance not to say any- connect with it. They shouldn't be Zamata is the first black female cast member on NBC's late-night would take on such a gritty, risque, good work. But the series makes the thing. Sometimes, that says a lot." jarred by the fact it's a black institution since Maya Rudolph departed the series in 2011. raw and smartly written series," pilot look bad. It's so good! If you And she notes that when we see woman." "SNL" has been under the gun to find a black female cast member
plays acmrrie man inrdlove wih soeie tyullggfo h single people on TV, they are rarely Akil also spent some time work- since last year, when cast member Kenan Thompson noted the diversiplas amariedmaninlov wih srie."alone. "Even when I wrote ing for another sitcom back in 2009, ty deficit. The show itself addressed the issue in one of its opening skits,
the very single Mary Jane. Union (who lost out to Kerry 'Girlfriends,' they were always ABC's "Cougar Town" (now on when host Kerry Washington was called upon to play a variety of black
But even before it aired, BET Washington for the lead on the ABC together. I find that's not really true. TB S.) She learned from creator Bill women, including Michelle Obamna, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce. executives knew they had some- series "Scandal") notes that Mary We wanted to show that fourth layer Lawrence that comedy didn't The show held two audition showcases in New York and Los Angeles thing good going. The network had Jane may be smart, gorgeous, of her being by herself." require all the comedic writers in in December for an African-American female cast member. One comeone room. He liked to have two or dian who auditioned, told blog The Jasmine Brand, ""The audition S three writers work in pods. "It's came about from an inside source from 'SNL.' I don't think any of us >,something to incorporate," she said. had a clue about the showcase until two days prior."









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2013 Was a Stellar Year for Black Cinema
By Kenya Vaughn was the diversity of blackness that "Fruitvale Station" Ryan
Something extremely remarkable made its way to mainstream movie Coogler nailed his first attempt at a happened in cinema for 2013. audiences in 2013. The history of feature film as he told the true story
Black people saw ourselves on the the first African American to play in of Oscar Gant, the young man silver screen in a major way with Major League Baseball ("42"), the gunned down by an Oakland Public the release of well over a dozen butler who served seven presidents Transit cop. Michael B. Jordan's major films -yes, more than one ("The Butler") and the film adapta- performance as Gant will be per month -that featured black tion of the autobiography of a man remembered as his breakout role. casts, told black stories and catered illegally sold into slavery ("12 He nails the angst and conflict of a to black audiences. Years A Slave") were mixed in with young man met with constant
If you count the films that would- romantic comedies, holiday stories, obstacles as he attempts to get his n't necessarily fall under the urban gritty dramas and even a horror life on track for himself and his film umbrella, but starred black spoof. family and pays the ultimate
actors like Halle Berry in "The And while the world of black price.
Call," Idris Elba in "Pacific Rim," movie lovers are seemingly split "12 Years a Slave" British Jamie Foxx in "White House down the middle between love and director Steve McQueen recreated
Don..'.Denzel Washington in "2 hate for Tyler Perry, he had an in film the memoir of Solomon Guns" and Morgan Freeman and undeniable presence with his films Northup, a free man who was
Angela Bassett in "Olympus Has "Temptation, ". .The Peeples" and abducted and illegally sold into Fallen" the number creeps to 20. "Madea's Christmas." However, he slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor as But sticking with the urban film would be but a post script among Northup, Michael Fassbender as market, for the sake of the point, 15 the impressive roster of black treacherous slave owner Edwin such films made their way to the- movies in the mix for this year. Epps and Lupita Nyong'o as aters over the course of the year, Fifteen films -just the thought of it Patsey, the forbidden object of irraking in of more than a half-billion is astonishing. Is this a record? It Epps' affections, offer standout perCalifornia Chlurch Replaces Trayvon M artin Image as Jesus in ticket sales (according to boxof- sure feels like it. formances.
IVficemojo.com). Now "12 Years a Slave" leads "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister
CLAREMONT, Calif. A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody We saw black actors, black pro- SAG and Golden Globe nomina- and Pete" In probably the least
Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about ducers, black directors and black tions with Lee "The Butler" in a familiar of the roster of black films
gun violence,. The Los Angeles Times reported that the nativity scene on the lawn of the screenwriters bring our stories to second place with the SAG nods in 2013, "Soul Food" director
Claremont United Methodist Church was created by congregant and artist John Zachary. the mainstream, with plenty of the and Oscar buzz is already surround- George Tilman Jr. gets gritty with
Martin is shown in a hoodie, slumped over and bleeding. The church's Rev. Dan Lewis says films receiving major studio sup- ing those films, as well as Elba for this 'hood tale that tween actor
the scene featuring the Florida teenager whose shooting death captivated the nation was meant port. his performance in the title role of Skylan Brooks gracefully carries on
But what was most captivating "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." his shoulders.
to be thought provoking, about the black film phenomenon Kenya's picks


Jameis Winston Leads Florida State to a National Chapionship

PASADENA, Calif. After a USC 38 at the Rose Bowl in ,..,1:the first BCS championship to charge him.
regular season filled with blowout 2006. That night it was Vince games but had not been back The Seminoles were down 21-3 in
victories and easy fourth quarters, Young leading the Longhorns since, was voted a unanimous the first half to Auburn. They hadn't
Jameis Winston and Florida State and capping a comeback by i;/No. 1 in the final AP Top 25. trailed in a game since Sept. 28.
showed they could close like chamn- scooting into the end zone with Auburn finished second. "I knew we were fighters," nose
pions, too. 19 seconds left. Winston struggled much of the tackle Timmy Jernigan said.
The Heisman Trophy winner led Next season the BCS will be C-night but was near perfect when And now Florida State is national
the Seminoles 80 yards in the final replaced by a four-team playoff. --the Seminoles (14-0) needed it champion for the first time since
79 seconds, flicking a 2-yard TD Winston and the Seminoles 4,most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards 1999, the first team to win the BCS
pass to Kelvin Benjamin to give should be contenders again after on the last drive, title game after being down at halfNo. 1 Florida State a 34-31 victory snapping the Southeastern Florida State hadn't been chal- time. The state of Alabama's
against Auburn in the last BCS Conference's seven-year nation- lenged like this all season, win- national championship run is over
championship game Monday night. al title streak. ning by an average of 42 points. at four, stopped by a quarterback
"The last drive, that's a great way "The SEC is great football, I Florida State and Winston's from Bessemer who never rooted
to cap off our season," Winston coached in that league for 13 biggest problem this season came for the Tigers or Tide.
said. "That's the way we wanted to years, I respect every bit of it," off the field. Winston was inves- "Only thing is we're victorious
cap off our season." coach Jimbo Fisher said, "but tigated for a year-old sexual and glad to say Florida State is the
The Bowl Championship Series there's some other folks in this assault complaint in November, national champion again, and I
went out with a bang, too, with one country that can play some foot- but after three weeks the Florida guarantee you we're bringing that
of the best title games in its 16-year ball, too." state attorney's office determined swag back," Winston said. "You'd
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Generations Telling
Stories
The 2014 Generations Telling
Stories workshops a theatrical
exploration of Gullah Geeche cul-
ture, takes place January 9th -
January 25th. Seeking actors,
debaters, videographers and script
writers ages 13 to 21. Participants
will explore and document living
Gullah Geechee heritage using the-
ater and digital media to document
oral history interviews with local
community elders. Learn about the-
ater with professional actors. For
more information or to register call
962-7284 or email genera-
tionstellingstories@gmail.com or
visit www.generationstellingsto-
ries.com. The workshops take place
at Jeb Stuart Middle School, 4815
Wesconnect Blvd.

Gospel Winter Jamm
Premier Productions presents
gospel rap/hip-hop recording artist
Lecrae and featuring Derek Minor,
Friday, January 10th at Veterans
Memorial Arena, 300 A Philip
Randolph Blvd. For more details
visit www.jamtour.com or call 630-
3900.

Calling all
FAMU Rattlers
The FAMU J.R.E. Lee
Jacksonville Alumni Chapter will
hold its monthly meeting, Saturday,
January 11th at 10 a.m. Round up
all the rattlers for the meeting to be
held at FAMU College of
Pharmacy-Jacksonville Campus,
2050 Art Museum Dr., Bldg 4800,


Suite 200. For more information
call Dr. Ephraim Riggins at 307-
1962.

Art Tour to Winter
Park and Orlando
Join the Cultural Center at Ponte
Vedra Beach and FOCUS Cunmuer
friends and fellow art supporters
aboard a luxury motor coach to
beautiful Winter Park and Orlando
to visit two outstanding museums
and collections, the Orlando
Museum of Art and the Morse
Museum. It will be a wonderful day
of culture, beauty and education,
Tuesday, January 14th. For more
information call 280-0614 x 202 or
email jhixenbaugh@ccpvb.org or
visit www.ccpvb.com.

Public Speaking
Workshops
Sign-up for Beverly Image
Groups' public speaking working
focusing on message articulation,
audience engagement, impromptu
speaking and other public speaking
etiquette. The workshop will be
held on Thursday evenings,
January 16th and 30th and
February 6th, 13th and 20th from
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at various libraries.
For more information and location,
visit www.beverlyimagegroup.com
or call 657-0250.

Marvin Dixon at
Comedy Zone
Comedian Marvin Dixon has
appeared on HBO Def Comedy
Jam, BET Comic View and most
recently "The Tom Joyner Skyy


Show". Marvin's comedic show-
case takes place January 16th to
January 18th at the Comedy Zone,
3130 Hartley Road. For more
details call 292-4242 or visit
www.comedyzone.com.

27th Annual
MLK Breakfast
The 27th Annual Martin Luther
King., Jr. Breakfast will be held
Friday, January 17th at 8 a.m.
Featured keynote speaker is jour-
nalist Soledad O'Brian. The event
will take place at the Prime Osborn
Convention Center, 1000 Water St.
For more details call 630-3690 or
visit www.jaxmlkbreakfast.com or
email jlyons@coj.net.

Sommore and
Company in Concert
Comedian Sommore presents the
"Standing Ovation" tour showcas-
ing comedians Bill Bellamy, Tony
Rock and Joe Torrey, Friday,
January 17th at the Times Union
Center, 300 Water St. For tickets
and more information call 633-6110
or visit www.jaxevents.com.

Flamenco Dance
Open House
Join Fuego Flamenco for their
Flamenco Dance Open House,
Saturday, January 18, 2014 at
9751 Mining Rd. Come meet and
greet the dancers of Fuego
Flamenco and learn a little about
the art of Flamenco Dance. For
more details call 730-9786 or visit
www.flamencojax.com.


Jaye Cherie
Book Signing
Jaye Cherie author of "The Cost of
Love and Sanity" will have a book
signing, Saturday, January 18th
from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Books-A-
Million, 9400 Atlantic Blvd. For
more details email
gemmejane@aol.com or visit
www.youtu.be/rrMF94sMie4.

Library's Let's Talk
About it Series!
The Jacksonville Public Library
continues its popular Let's Talk
About It series at Southeast
Regional Library, 10599 Regional
Library, Room B with a discussion
about The Story of the Qur 'an: Its
History and Place in Muslim Life.
The discussion takes place Sunday,
January 19th, 2 to 4 p.m. The dis-
cussion will be led by Dr. Parvez
Ahmed. To make reservations and
learn how to obtain program mate-
rials, go to
www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/mus-
limjourneys or contact Lisa Brown
Buggs at 630-4655.

Universoul Circus
is back!
The Universoul Circus returns to
Jacksonville, January 28th -
February 2nd at the Prime Osborn
III Convention Center parking lot,
1000 W. Forsyth St. Come enjoy
this unique circus experience! For
more details call 757-5304 or email
gabw3promo@gmail.com or visit
www.universoulcircus.com.


Coming Soon to Stage
Aurora, Dream Girls!
Stage Aurora present "Dream
Girls! January 31 -February 9,
2014 (Weekends Only) at Stage
Aurora Performance Hall, 5188
Norwood Avenue. The musical fol-
lows the story of a young female
singing trio from Chicago, Illinois
called "The Dreams", who become
music superstars. For more infor-
mation and tickets visit
www.stageaurora.org or call 765-
7372.

ZORA! Festival 2014
Music, literature, theater, fashion
and the visual arts come together
for a nine day explosion of culture
at the 25th annual Zora Neale
Hurston Festival of Arts and
Humanities. Eatonville and Orange
County will come alive during the
multi-disciplinary event which will
include Maze Featuring Frankie at
3 p.m., Amiri Baraka, author
Edwidge Danticat, actress Lynn
Whitfield and actor Avery Brooks.
Also on the schedule is The
HATitude Brunch Party, Education
Day, food and fellowship. For addi-
tional information on ZORA!
Festival 2014 events visit
www.zorafestival.org or call 407-
647-3307.

Yachty Gras on the St.
Johns River!
Celebrate Mardi Gras on the St.
Johns! Join the Jacksonville Sail
and Power Squadron for a lighted
boat parade on the St. Johns River
where captains and crews will
showcase their vessels decorated
with lights and beads in true Mardi
Gras fashion. The evening will cul-
minate with a spectacular fireworks
display over our majestic river,


Friday, January 31st at 7 p.m. For
more information visit www.jax-
events.com or call 630-2489.

Dreamgirls Play at
Stage Aurora
The smash hit Broadway musical
"DreamGirls" will play at Stage
Aurora, January 31-February 9 at
the Stage Aurora Performance Hall
located at 5188 Norwood Avenue
inside Gateway Mall. Dreamgirls
tells the story of the up and coming
1960's girls groups and the tri-
umphs and tribulation that come
with fame and fortune. For more
information and tickets call 765-
7372 or visit www.stageaurora.org.

Kevin Hart Boyz at
the Comedy Zone!
From Kevin Hart's Laugh at My
Pain and Let Me Explain tour: Joey
Wells, Will "Spank" Horton and
Na'im Lynn are The Plastic Cup
Boyz. The Laugh at My Pain come-
dy tour comes to the Comedy Zone,
February 6th 8th. For more
details call 292-4242 or visit
www.comedyzone.com.

Jeans, Jewels &
Everything In-Between!
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
Links' annual fundraiser will be
held Saturday, February 8th at the
Jacksonville Fairgrounds. The
event is a Western Gala with a
Bling Twist! Enjoy dancing, gam-
bling tables, great food, door prizes
and line dance lessons. Not only
can you wear western outfits, but
you can wear semi-formal, formal,
Sunday best, or just be comfortable.
DJ Charles 'Jazzco' Scantling will
be on the turntable! For more infor-
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Film Tries to Answer the Question: Why Our

Churches Are Filled With So Many Single Women


Ahmad Corbitt, the stake president of Mormon churches in
southern New Jersey, works in his public affairs office.
A new beginning: Blacks giving the

Mormon Church a second look


Angela Carson used to jump up
and frequently yell "Hallelujah!" in
church. Now, she sits in the middle
pew and sings quietly, with a softer,
gentler demeanor.
Carson, a 28-year-old black
woman, left her Baptist church in
New York last year feeling unin-
spired and removed from the con-
gregation. She visited many tradi-
tional black churches, but she found
her new home with the Harlem
branch of the Mormon church.
The religious pillars of service and
community outreach appealed to
Carson, but so did something that
may surprise many blacks: the
commitment to diversity she saw at
the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints.
"I was approached by two younger
African-American Mormon mis-
sionaries, and it made me think
about the church in a different
way," she said. "So many people
have asked me why I joined a racist
religion, which makes me sad that
people would think this faith teach-
es hate."
Carson and other blacks who have
left churches long associated with
their communities, such as the
Baptist and the African Methodist
Episcopal congregations, say they
often find cultural resistance from
their families and friends who may
be skeptical of how the Mormon
church can minister to a black


American.
"I remember my dad telling me
that if I joined the church, I would
have a hard time finding an
African-American husband,"
Carson said. "I thought about mar-
riage prospects, but I date all kinds
of men, so it wasn't an issue."
There are roughly 13 million
Mormons worldwide, and about
half of those live in the United
States, according to figures fre-
quently cited by the church, which
doesn't record members' racial or
ethnic background.
However, about 3 percent of the
Mormon Church in America is
black, and less than 0.5 percent of
black Americans are Mormon,
according to a survey in 2007 by
the Pew Forum on Religion and
Public Policy. That would translate
to slightly less than 200,000 black
Mormons in America ---- a huge
increase from the 5,000 to 10,000
estimated by many experts at the
turn of the century.
The growth of Mormonism among
blacks is commonly tied to two
events.
In 1978, the church abolished a
long-standing practice that kept
black men from seeking priest-
hoods and black women from par-
ticipating in temple ceremonies. In
2006, Mormon president Gordon B.
Hinckley publicly declared the faith
open, to all people. Contd. on p. 11


by Soul Stirrings
Why are there so many single
women in Black churches ?
SOULMATE IS an award-win-
ning documentary examining why
the church is full of single black
Christian women. The film is caus-
ing a storm in black Christian cir-
cles. Soul Stirrings talks to writer,
producer and director Andrea
Wiley, who has worked on classic
US comedies like The Prince of Bel
Air and The Parkers.
(SS): What made you decide to
make Soulmate and how long did it
take you?
Andrea Wiley (AW): After I read
The Purpose Driven Life, God sent
me down a path of becoming more
intimately acquainted with Him and
His purpose for my life. While
working on a sitcom, I could clear-
ly hear Him ask, 'How will you use
the gifts I have given you for My
glory?' I left my position as a
Hollywood sitcom writer that day.
A few weeks later, a single girl-
friend told me she was going to
freeze her eggs and pick a man with
whom to have a baby. My heart
went out to her and all my single
girlfriends and I began making
Soulmate a few weeks later.
Soulmate took just under two years
to make from start to finish.
(SS): What key message were
you trying to convey through
Soulmate?


Director Andrea Wiley


(AW): I wanted to reveal who our
true soul mate is. Our goal in life
should be to get to know Him inti-
mately. He is our one true soul
mate. Any love we receive on top of
His unconditional love is just icing
on the cake!


(SS): What in your view were
the most touching parts of your
DVD?
(AW): The most touching
parts of the film for me were dis-
covering that a black child had a
better chance of growing up in a
house with a married mother
and father during slavery than
today, that 70 per cent of black
children are bom to single moth-
ers, and realizing how many
people live their entire lives
without ever knowing their pur-
pose. These tragic truths speak
to the break down of the family,
which is the foundation of soci-
ety.
SS): How have people been
responding to the DVD when it has
been screened?
(AW): The response has been
simply overwhelming. There have
been tears, laughter, revelations and
lots of hugs. I give God all the glory
for touching hearts, changing minds
and transforming lives through
Soulmate.
(SS): Do you feel the church's
role is to help people find partners?
(AW): No, I do not. I believe that
the role of the church is to guide
people to have an intimate relation-
ship with God through Jesus Christ.
The church should teach people
how to read the Bible, which is
God's instruction manual for life.
The church should help train people
to live lives that bring glory and
honour to God.
(SS): What role should the church
play in helping women deal with
their singleness, longing for mar-
riage and children?
(AW): In 1 Corinthians 7:34,
scripture says that the unmarried
woman cares about the things of the
Lord, that she may be holy both in
body and in spirit. I don't think that
single women are taught that sin-
gleness is a gift. What an honour to
dedicate your season of singleness
to caring for the things of God.
Instead, many women are desper-
ate, bitter and angry at God because
He hasn't brought them their hus-
band.


The film examines Black women's spiritual connectedness to the church.


The church needs to teach all
people that God is not here to serve
us, we are here to serve Him and it
should be our goal to please Him.
The other role the church should
play is helping to prepare women
for marriage and motherhood,
because single women are not pre-
pared or equipped. They are not
taught properly about the founda-
tional virtues of humility, servant-
hood and submission, and as a
result many marriages end disas-
trously.
(SS): Are you working on any
other Christian documentary/pro-
grammes?
(AW): Our next film, God will-
ing, will be a documentary about
black men in America.
(SS): How long have you been a
Christian, and how does your faith
impact the kind of work you do?
(AW): I have been a Christian for
24 years. My faith drives my life.
This relationship informs the work I
do and the choices I make in every
area of life, not just work. It is my
desire to be a living, breathing
extension of Christ in this world.
(SS): What message do you have
for single Christian women still
looking for their soul mate?
(AW): Trust God. The sovereign
God of the universe knows exactly
what is best for you. Don't try to
make things happen because of
fear, loneliness or a ticking biologi-


cal clock. You could end up making
a decision that you will regret for
the rest of your life.
Get to know God during this time
and understand that singleness is a
gift. You can serve God unhindered
by the demands of a spouse and
children, and believe me once you
are married with children, your time
is no longer your own.
Learn about what it takes to be a
good wife in Proverbs 31, 1
Corinthians 13 and Ephesians 5:22.
Being a godly wife entails serving,
sacrificing and submitting to your
husband. If this is not appealing to
you, you are not ready to be a wife.
(SS): We can't forget about the
brothers. What message do you
have for those wanting a soul mate?
(AW): It is the same message I
have for women. Remain rightly
related to God and He will direct
your steps. When we have an inti-
mate relationship with our Creator,
we are not desperate or fretful. God
fills all the empty places and allows
us to move through life with grace,
ease and love. That is quite appeal-
ing to the opposite sex.
Spend quiet time with God and
meditate in His Word, daily. Allow
His still small voice to reveal His
purpose for your life and who He
wants you to spend the rest of your
life with.
Visit www.souhnatefihn.com for
more information


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Weird Health Trips That Really Work


While consulting with a doctor is
always a very good idea, there are a
few strange-but-true remedies you
can also try:
Disinfect a Wound with Honey
No Neosporin in the house? Dab
the cut with honey before covering
it with a bandage. Honey has pow-
erful antibacterial properties. A
study in the Archives of Surgery
found that honey is capable of
destroying almost all strains of the
most common wound-infecting
bacteria.
Stop Bleeding
Next time you nick yourself in
the kitchen, reach for the black pep-
per, says Roberta Lee, M.D., vice
chair of the department of integra-
tive medicine at the Beth Israel
Medical Center. Run cold water
over the wound to clean it, using
soap if you were handling meat.
Then sprinkle on the pepper and
apply pressure. In no time, the
bleeding will stop. Turns out, black
pepper has analgesic, antibacterial,
and antiseptic properties. And don't
worry it won't sting.


Massage Away
Nicotine Cravings
If you're a smoker who's trying
to quit, try this next time a craving
hits: Rub the skin between your
index fingers and thumbs and the
center of your palms. A study found
that men using this technique
smoked 25 percent fewer cigarettes
in a month than 10 quitters who
used traditional distraction methods
such as chewing gum. The quick
self-massage evidently calms you
and keeps your hands busy.
See Your Tailor About
Your Back Pain
If you have an aching back, it
may be because one of your legs is
shorter than the other, says Steven
McCaw, Ph.D., a researcher at
Illinois State University. Even a
slight imbalance can cause the
spine to curve to the short side
when you walk or run. Eventually,
the bend puts painful pressure on
disks. Most people can't tell if their
legs are different lengths, but a tai-
lor can. Ask one for a quick meas-
urement. If he finds an imbalance,


correct the problem with a thera-
peutic, Dr. Scholl-type insert or see
a podiatrist for a custom orthotic.
Break a High Fever Faster
With Your Underarms
Anything up to 102'F is mild and
can be treated by drinking plenty of
fluids. But to quickly bring down a
reading above that, put an ice pack
under your arm or near your groin.
Icing either spot will cool your
body's core. It's uncomfortable, but
it works fast. Then see a doctor.
Prevent Claustrophobia
with Fruit
If you get nervous in small spaces
such as subways, elevators, and that
closet of an office they stuck you in,
visit your local fruit stand. A sniff
of green apple may help relieve
claustrophobic sensations, says Dr.
Alan Hirsch, M.D., director of the
Smell & Taste Treatment and
Research Foundation. Carry one
with you. Also, if you're selling
your house, placing a basket of
fresh green apples on the table may
make potential buyers perceive the
house as larger.


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Parents of Jordan Davis Reach

Settlement With Son's Alleged Killer
The parents of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old who was slain
at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida, in I ovember 2012,
have reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit
against their son's alleged killer.
Ron Davis and Lucia McBath won an undisclosed
amount from Michael Dunn, 47, on Dec. 30. The parents
of the other two boys, who were in the vehicle with Davis
when he was shot, also reached settlements. Jordan's par-
ents say they went through pain and suffering when their son was killed and
after Dunn accused their son of being violent
McBath and Ron Davis "wanted closure as soon as possible," John
Phillips, their attorney said to the Times-Union. 'We were fiankly a little
surprised [Dunn] accepted our offer."
Dunn is charged with first-degree murder and will begin criminal trial on
Feb. 3. He is claiming self-defense and said he saw a weapon in the teens'
car, even though police did not find a gun in their possession.
Jordan's death has been compared to the slaying of Trayvon Martin and
brought further attention to controversy over Florida's "Stand Your Ground"
laws. In October 2013, McBath testified with Trayvon's mother Sybrina
Fulton in front of the U.S. Senate to call for the law to be repealed or
reformed.

Man Gets 8 Months for Slapping

Child Because He was Black
ATLAJ TA, Ga. A federal judge sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to
slapping a crying toddler on a flight to serve eight months in federal prison.
Joe Rickey Hundley was accused of using a racial slur to refer to the 19-
month-old boy, who's black, and. hitting him under the eye last February.
He pleaded guilty in October to simple assault after reaching a plea agree-
ment with prosecutors.
Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of six months in prison, and
Hundley reserved his right to argue for a lower sentence. U.S. Magistrate
Judge Alan Baverman said he imposed a higher sentence in part because of
Hundley's criminal history, which includes a prior assault.
Before he was sentenced, Hundley told the judge he took full responsibil-
ity for his actions and turned to apologize in person to Jessica Bennett, the
toddler's mother, who was in the courtroom.
As the plane descended into Atlanta, the child started crying. Hundley
leaned over to Bennett and "told her to shut that (I -word) baby up," accord-
ing to a sworn statement from an FBI agent who investigated the incident
Bennett asked Hundley what he had said, and he leaned in with his face next
to hers and said it again, prosecutors have said.
Hundley then slapped the child's face, leaving a scratch below his right
eye, the FBI agents statement says.
Bennett said after the hearing that she was satisfied by the sentence and
didn't believe Hundley's apology was genuine.

Prosecutors Say Marissa

Alexander Violating House Arrest
Prosecutors say MarissaAlexander violated the terms of her pretrial release
and should be back in jail, according to the state's motion to modify or
revoke her bond.
The court required Alexander to stay on home detention, and "not be
allowed to leave her residence except for court appearances, medical emer-
gencies, and to satisfy any requirements of her pretrial services programs."
"Mere days after being released," authorities say Alexander "flouted" the
conditions of her release by shopping for clothes, fenrying family members
to and from the hair shop and airport, going to the bank and auto repair shop,
getting new glasses and a new driver's license, and going to the office of a
former attorney.
A hearing on the motion is set for this week.
Alexander's story became national headlines last year when she used the
stand your ground law as a defense in a 2010 shooting when she claimed
she fired a gun at her abusive husband as a warning shot while her two
stepchildren stood nearby. Refusing a plea deal for a 3-year prison term, she
was convicted on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
She received the maximum sentence of 20 years.
A Florida appeals court ordered a new trial, ruling the trial judge did not
properly instruct the jury handling the case.
Alexander bonded out of jail the day before Thanksgiving last year.

Weight Loss Slower for Black Women


A new study has found that African-American women have to eat less or
exercise more in order to lose as much weight as their Caucasian counter-
parts.
It's a harsh reality that scientists from the University of Pittsburgh attrib-
ute in part to their lower resting metabolic rates and lower calorie expendi-
ture, despite being put on the same exercise regime.
For the study, published online in the International Journal of Obesity,
researchers find in a decreased calorie diet with increased physical activity,
White women lose an average of eight pounds more than Black women.
Meanwhile, one of the biggest reasons African-American women
avoid exercising? In a study published last year, 40 percent of the
female respondents said it was because they didn't want to ruin their
hairdo.
Given that hair care and hairstyle maintenance can be expensive for
African-American women, many ladies would rather opt to forego
physical activity and associated sweating, the report said.


Gabrielle

Union

Dishes

on Being

Mary Jane
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OAST QUALITY BLACK WEkEKLY
50 Cents


Volume 27 No. 10 Jacksonville, Florida January 9-15, 2014



I WAKEUPCALL: Fifty Percent of Black Males Will he Arrested bv 23 1


A new study by the journal
Crime & Delinquency has found
that 49 percent of African-
American are arrested by the time
they are just 23 years old.


White men don't fare much bet-
ter. Forty percent of white males
are arrested by the time they are
23.
"A problem is that many males


- especially black males are nav-
igating the transition from youth
to adulthood with the baggage and
difficulties from contact with the
criminal justice system," says
Robert Brame, a criminology pro-
fessor at the University of South
Carolina and lead author of the
study.
"Criminal records that show up
in searches can impede employ-
ment, reduce access to housing,
thwart admission to and financing
for higher education and affect
civic and volunteer activities such
as voting or adoption. They also
can damage personal and family
relationships," added Brame.
Among the other key findings of
the study:
By age 18, 30 percent of black
males, 26 percent of Hispanic
males and 22 percent of white
males have been arrested.
By age 23,49 percent of black


males, 44 percent of Hispanic
males and 38 percent of white
males have been arrested.
While the prevalence of arrest
increased for females from age 18
to 23, the variation between races
was slight. At age 18, arrest rates
were 12 percent for white females
and 11.8 percent and 11.9 percent
for Hispanic and black females,
respectively. By age 23, arrest
rates were 20 percent for white
females and 18 percent and 16
percent for Hispanic and black
females, respectively.
The study included minor
crimes like truancy and more seri-
ous offenses such as violent
crimes. Traffic violations, howev-
er, were excluded.
Previous studies have found that
blacks are discriminated against in
every phase of the criminal justice
system, from arrest to prosecution
and sentencing.


, ~. 1n Julian White Parkway Unveiled


Reality TV Star Chats the Hardcore

StOry While snowed in during a visit to Detroit, Michigan, Lynn
Jones stopped in American Jewelry and Pawn, location of the reality series
Hardcore Pawn. The gritty show often depicts desperate people and the
often strange teams they bring in seeking funds. Shown above is Jones
with series star and store co-owner Seth Gold. Gold graciously shared the
highs and lows of having his life shared with millions and what it has
meant to their family owned business.


Shown (L-R) Dr. Julian White, Dr. Alvin White, Atty. Tonja White
Matthews, Julian White, Jr., Deanene White and Councilwoman
Denise Lee celebrate at the unveiling.
Dr. Julian White, band director of William Raines High School from
1966-1974 was recently honored with a street marker at the comer of
Moncrief and Raines Avenue. The fanfare continued Saturday night for the
beloved band director (who spent decades leading FAMU's Marching 100
before retiring) at the Raines Ball held by the Class of 1970 where he was
the guest of honor. Councilwoman E. Denise Lee was instrumental in cre-
ating the legislation which is usually honored posthumously.


New Year Brings Renewed Interest in Son's Final Hours


-.~- ~.


by Russ Bynum, AP
Each weekday, Kendrick
Johnson's parents come to the same
comer outside the Valdosta,
Georgia courthouse and spend
hours camped out with cardboard
signs. As cars stream past, some
drivers wave and honk. Others
occasionally shout jeers: "Go


home!" or "Give it a rest!"
It's been a year since Kenneth
and Jacquelyn Johnson's son was
found dead inside a rolled-up gym
mat at his high school the victim,
investigators concluded, of a freak
accident. Authorities determined
17-year-old Kendrick Johnson fell
head-first while reaching for a shoe


and was trapped. Almost a full day
passed before his body was discov-
ered.
The Johnsons, however, do not
accept those findings. Their attor-
neys say authorities may have cov-
ered up evidence that someone
killed the teenager. A grim post-
mortem photo of his swollen, dis-
torted face has been posted by the
family on protest signs and web-
sites to help rally support for
reopening the investigation.
"My family won't be satisfied
until someone is behind bars and
someone is convicted for what hap-
pened," says Kenneth Johnson, pac-
ing the sidewalk one Friday after-
noon as his wife sat with her sister
and mother. "Going over it with
common sense, how can it be an
accident?"
He's not alone in wondering. Last
month, hundreds joined Johnson's
family outside the Georgia Capitol
in Atlanta for a rally calling for
answers. The gathering was billed
as: "Who Killed K.J.?"
Word has spread through social


media, with one Facebook page -
"R.I.P. Kendrick Johnson" draw-
ing more than 25,000 followers.
The Florida attorney who represent-
ed Trayvon Martin's family took up
the Johnsons' cause in October,
drawing more attention to the case.
I ow the U.S. attorney for middle
Georgia is conducting a formal
review.
Perhaps it's the bizarre manner in
which the teenager was found dead
that leaves some disbelieving. Or
lingering doubts about how police
in the South treat cases involving
black victims. Or that a grieving
family simply cannot come to terms
with a tragic loss.
Johnson's supporters won't let his
case be put to rest. But is there evi-
dence someone killed him?
Surveillance footage shows him
entering the gym shortly after 1
p.m. and walking toward the far
corner where the mats were stored.
It doesn't capture him leaving, and
Kendrick never showed up for his
fourth-period weight training class.
Continued on page 3


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Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 5


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NEW

BLOOD


SPADY NEW COACH AT ALABAMA A&M;
ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS REVEALED


20 3-4 LA KCO LE E-AS E BA L Me' Rsuts.Sadigsan eelyHoor h. 16/4


NORTH DIVISION W L
Virginia Union 1 C
Lincoln 0 C
Biz. City State 0 0
Bowie State 0 C
Chowan 0 C
Virginia State 0 1
SOUTH DIVISION
Livingstone 0 C
Shaw 0 C
St. Augustine's 0 C
J.C. Smith 0 C
Fayetteville State 0 C
Winston-Salem State 0 C
BCSP CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER


COW AL
W L W L
2 2 3 10
1 2 9 3
1 2 6 7
0 3 6 8
0 33 7
0 3 7 6
3 0 102
3 0 5 8
2 09 3
2 1 103
2 1 9 4
2 1 7 6


Amere May, 6-1, Jr., G, ST. AUG'S Leag soring leader
faied 15 points, 5 rebnds and assists in OTwmi vs. ECSU,
27 points n win vvrCsvrhow. Shot 11 for 16 tm OhefeW 6 for
10 fhan 3,14-16 from the FTi i Iwo gafes.
NEWCOMER
Anthony Gaskins, 6-0, Fr., G, ST. AUG'S Two big 3s in OT
Arn vs. Ez City Slite.
ROOKIE
Larry Richardson, 6-3, Fr, G, SHAW 20 points with wve 3s
in win over Va. State, 12 points in win over Chowan eith Ihree
3s. Was 8or-14 from 3, -Ifr-1I boo tie field.
COACH
Tony Sheals, ST. AUG'S Ran Falcors win steak to sev
with wins over ECS In OT and Chowan. Came om 21 down
in win off ECSU.


SIA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
C^II -- ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION


S| C SOUTHERN INTERCOEGIATE
WlIA C ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


MFAC i MEAsTERN
MEACAmHETIC CONFERENCE
CONF ALL
W L W L
NorfolkState 2 0 8 7
Hampton 2 0 7 7
CoppinState 1 0 4 10
MorganState 1 0 3 10
Savannah State 1 0 3 12
Howard 1 1 3 14
DelawareState 0 2 4 10
FloridaA&M 0 2 4 11
Bethune-Cookrnan 0 2 2 15
North Carolna Central 0 0 7 4
SC State 0 0 4 9
NCA&TState 0 0 3 11
Md.E. Shore 0 1 2 11
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Casey Walker, 6-5, Sr., GIF, DELSTATE Scored
career-high 30 points hitting 12 of 15 FTs in win
over Campbell. Also had 21 points. 8 rebounds in
win over Gardner-Wehbb. Avgd. 21.0 pis., 4.0 robs
in 3 non-conference games.
ROOKIE
Lawrence Cooks, 6-1, r-Fr., G,HAMPTON -Got5
points and 5 rebounds in win over Radford.
DEFENSE
Kendall Gray, 6-10, Jr., C, DELSTATE 26 re-
bounds, 9 blocks in three non-conference games.
Had 13 boards vs. SL Frands and Campbell.Added
35 points in 2-1 week.


SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Markieth Madison, 6-3, Sr., G, ST1LLMAN Had
20 pointseach in wins overMorehouse and Paine.
Shot 9tof 15 vs. Morehrouse, 7olf17evs. Paine. Had
16 rebounds (8.0 rpg.) in two games.
NEWCOMER
LamarAdklns, 6-8, Sr.. F, BENEDICT-Averaged
20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds in two wins getting 29
points with 5 rebounds in win over Stillman, 12
points and 3 boards in win over Mies.


^W~f^ SOUTHWESTERN
SWAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DIV ALL
W L W L
Southern 2 0 6 9
Alabama A&M 2 0 5 7
Ark.PineBluff 1 0 3 10
Alabama State 1 1 7 6
Jackson State 1 1 5 9
Texas Southern 1 1 5 9
Prairie View A&M 1 1 3 11
Miss. Valley SL 0 1 4 10
Alcom State 0 2 3 11
Grambling Stale 0 2 1 10
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Jeremy Crutcther, 5-8, Sr., G, ALABAMA
A&M Led Bulldogs with 16 points in win
over Jackson State Saturday and came back
to score 20 points, canning 6 of 7 3s, in win
over Grambling Monday.
NEWCOMER
Calvin Godfrey, 6-9, Jr., F, SOUTHERN -
Scored 16 points and pulled down 5 rebounds
in win over Prairie View Saturday and came
back to lead Jaguars with 27 points and 10
rebounds In win overTexas Southem Monday.


INDEPENDENTS


Central State 7 5
W.Va. State 4 5
Untv.ofDC 3 7
Cheyney 2 11
Lincoln (Mo.) 2 12
Tennessee State 2 14
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Patrick Miller, 6-1, Sr., G, TENN. STATE- Scored
19 points with 4 assists and 4 steals in win over
Jacksonville State.
NEWCOMER
OmarAbbas,6-1,So.,G,UDC-Shot10of 13fromn
the field, 6 of 8 from 3-pointrange.3sof 3 from the
line, tallying29poits in winoverApprentki School.


HOOPS SCORES BCSP Hoops Notes
MONDAY, JANUARY 6,2014 MEN H


CIAA
Elizabeth City State 69, Fayetteville State 68
Livingstone 79, Lincoln 47
St. Augustine's 77, Chowan 60
Shaw 77, Virginia State 69
Virginia Union 83, J. C. Smith 73
Winston-Salem State 77, Bowie State 57
MEAC
Savannah State 66, Md. E.-Shore 42
SIAC
Claflin 86, Lane 72
Kentucky State 83, Clark Atlanta 71
Paine 86, MIles 69
Stillman 99, Morehouse 88
Tuskegee 89, Albany State 82
SWAC
Alabama A&M 70, Grambling 58
Jackson State 70, Alabama State 68
Prairie View 70, Alcom State 67, OT
Southern 79, Texas Southern 71
INDEPENDENTS
W. Va. State 82, W. Va. Wesleyan 64


UNDER THE BANNER

WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS





















Alabama A&M Sports Photo
BULLDOG BRADY: New Alabama A&M football coach
James Spady, second from right, with A&M president
Dr. Andrew Hugine, director of athletics Bryan Hicks and
trustee Chris Robinson.


ALABAMA A&M CHOOSES SPADY:
HUNTSVILLE, Alabama-- Director of Athletics
Bryan Hicks has announced the hiring of Nevada assis-
tant coach James Michael Spady as the next head foot-
ball coach at Alabama A&M University.
Spady had just completed his fourth year as the tight
ends and co-offensive line coach at Nevada. Spady was
the offensive coordinator at Grambling from 2007-2009.
He also had coaching stops at North Carolina Central
and South Carolina State. He began his coaching career
in 1995 at his alma mater (UTEP) where he started at cen-
ter for the Miners from 1985-1988.
He also completed two NFL Minority Coaches In-
temships with the Green Bay Packers and the Philadel-
phia Eagles. In 2008, the NCAA selected Spady to par-
ticipate in the highly regarded Expert Football Coaches
Academy, a program focused on assisting qualified, mi-
nority, assistant coaches with the skills and tools they
need for career advancement.
"I am excited that Coach Spady has accepted our of-
fer to join the Bulldog Family"! said Hicks. "He repre-
sents another giant step on our journey toward excellence
in athletics. Many thanks to President Hugine, Dr. Kevin
Rolle and the Board of Trustees for their continued sup-
port."
Brian Polian, Head Football Coach at Nevada had
this to say about Spady, "Congratulations to James Spady
and his family on this wonderful opportunity to lead the
Alabama A&M football program. James is a terrific foot-
ball mind, teacher, and an exceptional recruiter who will
no doubt raise the standard of Bulldog football. I know
that he will have a positive effect on every student-athlete
he encounters and in the community as well. We wish
James and Barb nothing but the best as they begin this
new journey."
A press conference to introduce Coach Spady was
held on Friday, January 3rd at 11:00 am in the T. M. El-
more Gymnasiusm.
"I understand what kind of team we have (return-
ing)," Odums added. "I understand that, going forward,
this is one of the best places for me to be successful and
this is where I wanted to be."



AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX. No.23


V Three black college basket-
ball players, scoring leaders in their
respective leagues, are among the
top Div. I scorers as we head into
the mid-January schedule.
Texas Southern 6-10 center
Aaric Murray, the SWAC scor-
ing leader, has moved from fourth
to third nationally at 24.2 points per
game. Murray, a LaSalle and West
Virginia transfer, continued his tor-
rid pace with 24 points in a 79-71
loss to Southern Monday.
North Carolina Central 6-3
senior guard Jeremy Ingram, the
top scorer in the MEAC, fell from
third to sixth nationally in the scor-
ing race at 23.4 points per game. In-
gram had a season-low 11 points in
the Eagles' last game, a New Year's
Eve loss at Maryland.
Ingram's NCCU backcourt
mate, 6-0 senior point guard Em-
manuel Chapman, continues to
pace the MEAC and is third nation-
ally at 7.5 assists per game.
NCCU (7-4) had its first confer-
ence game Tuesday (Jan. 7) hosting
Hampton (7-7, 2-0 MEAC). The
Pirates are tied with Norfolk State
(8-7, 2-0) for the early MEAC lead.
Tennessee State 6-1 senior
guard Patrick Miller, second in the
Ohio Valley Confeierece in scoring.
is 22nd in the nation at 20.9 points
per game.
Six-ten Jackson State center
Brandon West leads the SWAC
and is fifth in the nation at 11.1 re-
bounds per game.

V Cheyney's 6-6 senior for-


SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
CIAA
W-Salem State @ Chowan
St. Augustine's @ Lincoln
J. C. Smith @ Eliz. City State
Livingstone @ Virginia State
Shaw @ Bowie State
Fayetteville State @ Virginia Union
MEAC
Norfolk State @ Md. Eastern Shore
Savannah State @ Coppin State
N. C. A&T @ Bethune-Cookman
S. C. State @ Morgan State
Hampton @ Delaware State
N. C. Central @ Florida A&M
SIAC
Miles College @ Albany State
Kentucky State @ Benedict
LeMoyne-Owen @ Morehouse
Stillman @ Fort Valley State
Tuskegee @ 0Cark Atlanta
SWAC
Jackson State @ Alcom State
Miss. Valley St. @Alabama State
Grambling @ Southern
Ark. Pine Bluff @Alabama A&M
Prairie View @ Texas Southern
INDEPENDENTS
Tennessee State @ S. E. Missouri
Notre Dame Coll. @ W. Va. State
Cheyney @ Kutztown
Lincoln @ Fort Hays State
MONDAY, JANUARY 13
CIAA
W-Salern State @ Eliz. City State
Shaw @ Lincoln (Pa.)


ward Deshawn Curtis, leads the
Pennsylvania Athletic Conference
(PSAC) and is the top black col-
lege Div. II scorer at 21.6 points per
game, good for 23rd in the nation.
Curtis has averaged 25.0 points per
game over his last eight games with
a" high of 33 points vs.!Mansfield'
The Wolves have won just two of
13 games.
Six-six junior forward Len-
jo Kilo of the University of the
District of Columbia (UDC) and
CIAA scoring leader, 6-1 junior
guard Amere May of Saint Augus-
tine's, average 21.2 and 21.1 ppg.,


BCSP Notes

Eight black college players in

inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl
Eight black college players will be on the rosters of the inaugural post-
season Medal of Honor Bowl all-star game to be played for the first time
this Saturday, January 11 at 2 p.m. in Charleston, S. C.
One player from the CIAA, three from the SWAC, three from the
SIAC and one from Virginia University of Lychburg were named to the
two all-star squads.
Former Maryland head football coach Ralph Friegen will coach the
American squad which will include Fort Valley State offensive lineman
Ryan Riggins, Jackson State defensive back Qua Cox, Albany State
safety Dexter Moody and VUL cornerback Keith Lewis.
Former Georgia Tech and Central Florida head coach Chan Gailey
will coach the National team. Included on his roster are Jackson State wide
receiver Zach Pendleton, Virginia Union cornerback Devin Wallace,
Fort Valley State linebacker LeRon Furr and Mississippi Valley State
defensive end Robert Simpson.
Cox and Simpson were first team all-SWAC selections with Pendleton
making the second team. Furr and Moody were first team all-SIAC selec-
tions with Moody earning defensive player of the year honors.
The Medal of Honor Bowl is a premier all-star game featuring the
nation's top draft-eligible college football players as projected for the NFL


Fayetteville State @ Bowie State
Livingstone @ Chowan
J. C. Smith @ Virginia State
St. Augustine's @ Virginia Union
MEAC
Savannah State @ Howard
Norfolk State @ Delaware State
N. C. A&T @ Florida A&M
N. C. Central @ Bethune-Cookman
S. C. State @ Coppin State
SIAC
Lane @ Morehouse
Stillman @Clark Atlanta
LeMoyne-Owen @ Albany State
Claflin @ Tuskegee
Kentucky State @ Paine
Miles @ Fort Valley State
SWAC
Miss. Valley St. @ Alabama A&M
Grambling @Alcom State
INDEPENDENTS
Central State @ Wltberforce
Tennessee State @ UT Martin
Urbana @ W. Va. State
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16
MEAC
N. J. Inst Tech @ N. C. Central
SIAC
Tuskegee @ Benedict
Albany State @ Lane
Ft. Valley State @ LeMoyne-Owen
Morehouse @ Kentucky State
Miles @ Clark Atlanta
INDEPENDENTS
Tennessee State @ Jacksonville St.
Alderson Broaddus @ Central State


28th and 30th in the nation. Kilo
has averaged 27.7 points over the
last four games.
Fort Valley State's Brandon
Davey has the top Div. Il 3-point
performance this season. The 6-6
senior forward canned 12 of 19
shots from behindi'the arc en route
to a 40-point outburst against Ala-
bama-Huntsville in early Novem-
ber. Davey is currently averaging
19.7 points per game

V On the women's side, 6-2
junior forward Tierra Hawkins of
Delaware State, the MEAC scor-


Pendleton Moody


rI"T I
Murray Curtis


Emmanuel Chapman


ing leader, is 13th nationally in Div.
I at 22.4 points per game.
Norfolk State's 6-foot senior
Rachel Gordon paces the MEAC
in rebounding "and is 7th in Di%. I"at
12.4 caroms per game.
North Carolina A&T 5-10
senior guard Tracy King and Flor-
ida A&M 5-9 senior guard Jas-
mine Grice lead the MEAC and
are fourth and seventh nationally
in steals at 3.45 and 3.27 per game
respectively.


Wallace


draft. The game honors the Medal of Honor recipients and the game's ben-
eficiaries, the Medal of Honor Museum Foundation and the Wounded War-
rior Project. For more information about the game and to find out how you
can become a supporter, visit www.MOHbowl.com.


TSU's Edwards named to Senior Bowl squad
Decorated Tennessee State offensive lineman
Kadeem Edwards is the only black college player
so far who has accepted an invitation to the 2014
Reese's Senior Bowl, the premier postseason all-star
game for draft-eligible football players.
The 6-4,290-pound left guard is a three-time all-
OVC selection, named to the first team for the past
two seasons, and earned second team FCS AP All-
American designation this season. Edwards


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SI/ CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
w' ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
DMV CONF ALL
NORTH DIVISION W L W L W L
Virginia State 0 0 1 1 10 1
Bowie State 0 0 1 2 6 5
Chowan 0 0 1 2 7 6
Lincoln 0 0 0 3 6 6
Virginia Union 0 0 0 3 3 8
Eliz. City State 0 0 0 3 3 9
SOUTH DMSION
W-Salem State 0 0 3 0 9 4
J.C.Smith 0 0 3 0 8 4
St. Augustine's 0 0 2 0 7 4
Fayetteville State 0 0 2 1 9 3
Shaw 0 0 2 1 8 5
LiVingstone 0 0 2 1 7 6
BCSP CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Diona Scott 5-11, Jr., F, WSSU Led heam witl 13 points
and 8 rebounds in win over Bowie State. Had 9 points and 10
rebounds in win over wUn .r Averaged 11.0 points and 9.0
rebounds in two wins.
NEWCOMER
Jasmine Eltum, 56, Sr., G, WSSU Had oeam-f*i r 17 points,
induding bee 3s, ir wir ov Lncoln. Had 7 points n win over
Bowie Stase. Avgyd 12.0 points in two games.
ROOKIE
TenlJacobs, 6-,So.,F,STAUG'S-Avgd. 14.5poinn twowis.
COACH
Steven Joyner, Jr., J. C. SMITH Lady Goden Buis have
won ivestraightinduading winsrthis week am Bowie Stase and
Virginia Union. RACHEL BOLLARD, ST. AUG'S Her Lady
Falos have won ftveasrarigh


EAC Mrs EASTERN
M EA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CONF ALL
W L W L
Hampton 2 0 11 4
Howard 2 0 8 8
Savannah State 1 0 7 7
Coppin State 1 0 4 9
SC State 1 0 2 8
Florida A&M 1 1 7 8
Norfolk State 1 1 5 8
Morgan State 0 1 2 9
Delaware State 0 2 3 9
Md. E. Shore 0 2 3 10
Belhune-Cookman 0 2 3 11
NCA&T State 0 0 9 2
North Carolina Central 0 0 5 7
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Tierra Hawklns, 6-2, r-Jr., F, DELSTATE-Recorded
hersixthdouble-doublewith26points, 16 rebounds,
2 assists, 1 steal and block vs. Howard.
ROOKIE
MaliaTate-OeFreftas,5-8, Fr.,F, HAMPTON-Aver-
aged 19.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists In
two non-conference games. She had 27 points, 7
rebounds and 2 assists vs. Ga. Tech and 12 points,
4 assistsvs. Va. Tech.
DEFENSE
BrIelle Ward, 6-2, r-So., F, HAMPTON -Totalled 26
rebounds and 3 steals in two games. Had school-
record and career high 23 boards vs. Va. Tech.


S SOUTHERN INTEACOLLEGCATE
SIACv ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


EAST DMVSION
Claffin
Clark Atlanta
Benedict
Fort Valley State
Paine
Albany State
WEST DMIVSION
Tuskegee
Miles
LeMoyne-Owen
Stillman
Kentucky State
Lane


SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
NA
NEWCOMER
NA


QI~fA ^ SOUTHWESTERN
SWAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DIV ALL
W L W L
Southern 2 0 5 5
Grambling State 2 0 5 8
Jackson State 2 0. 4 8
Miss. Valley St. 1 0 2 10
Texas Southern 1 1 4 9
Praire ViewA&M 1 1 1 11
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 1 1 10
Alabama State 0 2 7 6
AlabamaA&M 0 2 2 10
Alcorn Sate 0 2 1 12
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Joanna Miller, 5-8, Sr., G, GRAMLBING STATE .
Averaged 19.5 points in two wins. Had 24 points vs.
AlabamaA A&M and 15 vs. Alabama Stlate. Hit 6 of 15
from 3 in the two games.
Kendra Coleman, 5-7, Jr., G, SOUTHERN Aver-
aged 18.0 points in two wins. Talied 24 points in win
over Texas Southern on 9 of 21 shooting, had 12 in
win over Prairie View.
NEWCOMER
Donrnique Brothom, 5-6, Jr., G.JACKSON STATE
- Averaged 16.0 points in wins over Alabama State
(17pts.)and Alabama A&M(15pts.).Also averaged
5.5 rebounds in two games.


INDEPENDENTS


Univ.ofDC 8 2
Central State 6 2
W.Va. State 8 4
Lincoln (Mo.) 3 10
Tennessee State 4 11
Cheyney 1 11

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PLAYER
Lexy Carson, 5-, Sr., G, W. VA. STATE Had
game-high 30 points shooting 12 of 26 from the
field and pulled down 7 rebounds In win over W.
Va. Wesleyan.
Chelsea Hudson, 6-0, r-Jr., F, TENN. STATE -
Scored 30 points and had 8 rebounds in OT win
vs. Jacksonville State. Shot 12nof 20from thefield.
NEWCOMER
NA


NEW MAN AT A&M:
Nevada assistant James
Spady is the new head foot-
ball coach atAlabamaA&M.


FOR THE WEEK OF JAN. 7 13, 2014


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Baptist Minister Conference

of Duval MLK Celebrations
The Baptist Minister Conference of Duval and adjacent counties is
requesting your community support to celebrate their 16th Annual Dr.
Martin Luther King., Jr., celebration service, Wednesday, January 15th at 7
p.m. at West Union Baptist Church, 1605 W. Beaver St. The 15th Annual
Prayer breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, January 18th at 8 a.m. at
Emmanuel Missionary Mufti-Purpose Center, 2407 S.L. Badger Jr. Circle
S., Reverend Herb Anderson. For more information, tickets or to make
reservation call 765-3 111.

IKM Winter Revival
International Kingdom Ministries and Pastor Erika Toney presents a
"Winter Revival" faith infused service with guest revivalist Bishop Willett
Mitchell of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Friday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m. at
2913 Rosselle St. For more information visit www.intemationalkingdom-
ministries.org or call 607-8718.

Caring for the Caregiver Workshops
Community Hospice "Caring for the Caregiver" Workshop takes place,
Saturday, February 1st, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Legends Center, 5130
Soutel Dr. The workshop is where family caregivers have an opportunity to
connect with professionals and caregiving resources that will support them
in their caregiving journey, network with fellow caregivers and listen to
professional speakers who will discuss a variety of caregiving topics
Attendees will enjoy a complimentary breakfast and lunch and have a
chance to win door prizes. Registration is free. To request complimentary
respite care for your loved one call Jennifer Arnold at 807.1318. For work-
shop details and immediate registration call Mitzi Saul at 407-6165 or visit
www.communityhospice.com.

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Pastor Landon Williams


The Evolution of the Black Church


The Chronicle
"The Black church" is shorthand
for the vast network of racial-ethnic
communities of Christian faith,
worship, and life born out of and
informed by the historic and present
day experiences of people of
African descents in the United
States. The Black church is a sacred
and social movement, representing
communities of faith and, at its best,
arenas of change. In oppressions
affecting Black children, women,
and men, Black church have access
to liberative and holistic resources
and to reconciling potential, restor-
ing ancestral wisdom and cultivat-
ing contemporary insights that
uphold the agency of Black human-
ity. When and where the Black
church upholds and models its own
virtues of love, justice, freedom.
Community, equality, dignity, self-
worth and more, it bears magnifi-
cent witness to a just and humaniz-
ing world.
In the last 50 years the African
American community has under-
gone momentous and convoluted
change. By the middle of the twen-
tieth century, a largely Southern
agrarian population had become
predominately urban as Blacks
"voted with their feet" against Jim
and Jane Crow segregation and
repressive white brutality for the


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7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.

Church school
9:30 a.m.
Bible Study
6:30 p.m.


Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor


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11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
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"promised land" of the urban and
mostly Northern and Western indus-
trial cities.
The Black-led freedom move-
ment of the 1950s and beyond was
an intense evocation of powerful
and prolonged experiences that for
the better part of three hundred
years had sought to dismantle the
institutional mantle of racism. The
scope and magnitude of these mili-
tant new protests were of a scale
previously unknown and firmly
identified with the ethos of the
Black faithful the Reverend Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, Ella Baker, and the
Student Nonviolent Coordinating
Committee among others.
Religion scholar C. Eric Lincoln
identified the 1960s as the water-
shed years when the "Negro
Church" died and was reborn in the
form of the "Black Church." Black
churches joined spiritual impera-
tives with Black sociopolitical
objectives in intermittent fashion, at
times impressively so and other
times faltering, as Black clergy and
laity especially women and young
people determined to embrace the
clarion call to resistance, liberation,
and social justice as part of their
spiritual inheritances. In the aged
presence of racism Black churches
bore witness to the transcendent
power of the divine resident in the
souls of Black folk and others of the
disinherited. In the years since the
Civil Rights, Black Power and
Black Consciousness Movements,
Black religious and theological
scholars have provided Black
churches with critical tools of nails
and advocacy in the struggles
against discrimination, apartheid,


the HIV/AIDS epidemic, mass
incarceration, human trafficking and
forms of social stigma, and for gen-
der equality, gay equality, environ-
mentalism, health care equity,
reproductive freedoms, diverse reli-
giosity, Africa and the Diaspora,
immigration, globalization, gun
control, living wages, sustainable
community, and so much more. This
demanding and strategic work has
only begun.
There is a pervasive myth that the
United States is comprised of a
common citizenry living in a post-
racial and inclusive society. In truth,
the oppressive legacies of the past
are hardly eradicated and never so
easily dismissed. Disparity and
death, violence and abuse, stigma
and structural unemployment, food,
deserts and educational malfea-
sance, the War on Drugs and mass
incarceration, racial profiling and
anti-immigration legislation;^'voter
identification and "stand your
ground" vigilantism all function as
contemporary forms of hegemonic
social control.
Bi-partisan obstructionism and
market forces dictate the new racial
reality. Race-relations management
forged in civic and corporate spaces
masquerades as principled public
policy. Intersections between race
and other socially contested realities
- gender, generation, sexuality and
class among others are denied crit-


ical nuance, coalescent recognition
and emancipating capacity. Injustice
comes in new and myriad forms.
The nation's crisis of confidence in
democratic freedoms continues
unabated. Racism, America's origi-
nal sin, lives on.
The state of affairs in African
American churches is as unsettled
as those of larger society. Among
Black mainline denominations
meaning, mission and memberships
are in disrepair. Non-denomination-
alism and non-affiliations are the
new church growth sectors. The lit-
mus test for inclusion in the church
grows weary and unsteady in the
face of a host of contested and
expansive values ranging from fam-
ily, gender and sexuality to culture,
ethnicity and social class. Islam,
indigenous African religions and
other traditions are redefining and
shaping what it means to be the
Black faithful as never before. The
largest reservoir of the Black un-
churched is once potential members
who finally despaired of finding
spiritual, moral and holistic fulfill-
ment in extant Black religious insti-
tutions. In point of fact, the Black
faith community mirrors the same
levels of mistrust and territorialism
as the African American community
and United States society writ large.
Today Black churches are at a
crossroads. They are the fault line
between many progressives and tra-
ditionalists, women and men, young
and old, same and both gender lov-
ing, and the haves and have nots,
*Wierver 'oil AiWs"Of African
descent in the United States are to
be found. The African American
estate awaits the "good news" that
leads to the moral, personal, famil-
ial, social, economic, political, and
cultural transformation of our time.
However, Black churches by and
large have, yet to seriously accept
the fact that tackling the root prob-
lems of Black America will require
a far more organized and intentional
structural witness than is currently
the case.


Month Of Retirement Festivities

Begin for Bishop McKissick, Sr.
Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick,
Sr., Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist
Institutional Church has begun a
whirlwind of retirement festivities M H


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Bishop Rudolph McKissick. Sr.
culminating 47 years in the pulpit.
In recognition of his retirement,
Bethel will continue the year long
festivities with a community wide
church service. Bethel will also cel-
ebrate the 175th Anniversary of the
Church.
Last Sunday, Bishop McKissick,
Sr. preached his final sermons as
Pastor, during both of the morning
worship services. A reception fol-
lowed the second morning service.
On January 12, Pastor Isadore
Edwards of New Rising Star Baptist
Church in Ft. Worth, Texas will be
the guest preacher. On January 19;
Dr. Ralph West, Pastor of the
Church Without Walls in Houston,
Texas will be the guest preacher and
On January 26, Dr. Charles Booth,
Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church
of Columbus, Ohio, will close out
the worship services. To culminate
the year long celebrations, a Formal
Legacy Banquet will be held on
January 31 at the Prime Osborne
Center. For tickets, please contact
the church office at 354-1464.


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Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Dauahters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m


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33rd Annual MLK Holiday



Celebrations Planned


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Memorial Foundation will begin its
MLK Holiday Celebration on
Saturday, January 18, 2014, with a
"Let Freedom Sing" concert at
Edward Waters College's Milne
Auditorium. The concert, featuring
songs that inspired the Civil Rights
Movement, is free to the public.
On Monday, January 20, 2014, in
celebrating the legacy of one of
America's finest sons, Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., their will be a
MLK Holiday Parade followed by a
post-parade celebration at
Metropolitan Park.
The Grand Marshal of the MLK
2014 Parade, posthumously, is


"Chief' L. Jerome Spates. Chief
Spates (as he was so affectionately
known) was a staunch supporter of
the MLK Holiday Parade in
Jacksonville, Florida.
The Parade will start at 10:00
a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014,
at Jefferson and Water Streets in
Downtown Jacksonville. Among
the participants in the parade will
be Florida's Governor, Rick Scott,
Congresswoman Corrine Brown,
Jacksonville's Mayor Alvin Brown,
school groups, churches, organiza-
tions, and individuals.
The post-parade celebration will
take place at Metropolitan Park
directly at the conclusion of the


Simmons Pediatrics Treats Honor Roll Students to
a Day of Fun Simmons Pediatrics held its 10thAnnualA-B Honor
Roll Party at Dave & Buster's on Saturday, January 4th. Each Honor Roll
student was given a medallion to wear and was treated to a buffet meal and
power cards to play the games. Over a dozen students and their parents
participated. Shown above left is Dr. Charles E. Simmons, III, M.D. with
one of the smiling honorees, Justin McGriff.


MLK Parade. Among the park
activities will be tributes to Mr.
Nelson (Madiba) Mandela; Dr.
Chester A. Aikens; Mr. Melvin
Alston; and Mr. William Stetson
Kennedy. Other activities include a
Battle of the Bands, music for all
age groups, and a host of vendors.
Additional information regarding
the MLK Holiday Grand Parade
and post-parade activity at
Metropolitan Park can be found at
www.mlkfdnorg.com. or calling
904-807-8358 or 904-463-2425.
Registrations will be accepted
through Saturday, January 11,2014.

K. Johnson
Continued from front
When Kendrick was found, the
Nike shoes he'd worn to school were
tucked behind his legs inside the
mat. A science textbook and a folder
containing his class schedule and lat-
est report card lay on the floor near
the mats. Also on the floor was an
Adidas shoe. Deputies found its
match pinned beneath Kendrick's
arm and head.
Medical Examiner Maryanne
Gaffhey-Kraft found no wounds
except for a scrape on the back of
Kendrick's right wrist and three
small injuries on his right pihky. She
determined he died accidentally
from "positional asphyxia," meaning
his body was stuck in a position that
prevented him from breathing.
After receiving the autopsy, investi-
gators concluded Kendrick fell into
the mat while trying to retrieve one
of his gym shoes. Nobody saw him
struggling or heard him cry out,
though a steady stream of students
were in and out of the gym until 8
p.m. It's unclear how long Kendrick
could have survived, but he likely
passed out soon from blood rushing
to his head, Lt. Jones says.
"We never had credible information
that indicated this was anything
other than an accident," he says.


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Panthers/Raiders Semi Pro League
>68 the first semi-pro football leagues. The men were very excited for the
vas formed in Jacksonville, In 1970, Robinson was very opportunity to play football and the
i. Jacksonville natives adamant that the team play a game semi-pro league kept the players off
a "Roach" Robinson and R.V. in the historic Gator Bowl the street," said Sutton. "Their
s were the catalyst that Jacksonville's nationally known demeanor changed and they
I the opportunity for many stadium. As the team manager, he became men and forgot about going
men in Jacksonville to play went all the way to the top for a back in the streets. If they wanted
ro football. Following a visit meeting with Mayor Hans G. to eat or wanted to stay somewhere,
ipa, Florida where the semi- Tanzler, Jr. to request use of the I let them stay there."
vners met to discuss league facility. Tanzler informed the ambi- Currently Robinson, 78 and
ad regulations, Robinson and tious team owner that he had to Sutton,72 are organizing the first
s were granted ownership of change the name of the team as the Jacksonville Panthers/Raiders
ksonville Panthers the only national climate denoted the name reunion.
in northern Florida. "Panther" with the Black Panther "We want to get together to remi-
tment began from area col- Black power movement. nisce and talk about the good old
md people who just enjoyed "The Mayor was excited for the days of football," said Robinson.
)rt. Soon, weekly games were team to play at the Gator Bowl, but Charles Sutton laughed, "We're
at local ballparks in various was adamant that if the team used trying to keep up with everybody so
throughout the nation. the "Panthers" name there could be we can enjoy the camaraderie of
Panthers, in their love of the trouble." Said Robinson. later years, we getting old and we'd
played everywhere from In an effort to get his players the like to reminisce and talk politics
11 fields to community parks. location they all desired, the and other interesting topics and def-
ilso raised money for lodg- Jacksonville Panthers changed their initely the Jacksonville Panthers
uipment and other amenities. name to the Jacksonville Raiders. players and find out where they are
ro teams received no pay for Player Charles Sutton who gradu- now?" Roach and Sutton have yet
years and were not associated ated from FAMU and played for the to set a date for the Jacksonville
ie NFL. The team enjoyed a Dallas Cowboys took it upon him- Panthers/Raiders reunion. The first
successful first year with a self to help the players with lodging meeting to discuss reunion options,
of 14-0. The years that fol- and food. Sutton was an employee locations and logistics is scheduled
were equally as successful of the local boy's home and often for Thursday, January 23rd at 6
cords of 12-0, 14-0. 11-1 and utilizes his employer to help the p.m. at A. Philip Randolph Heritage
led throughout the years of players. Park located at 1096 A. Philip
.985. The team holds the "Many of the players were also Randolph Blvd. For more informa-
as the most successful team neighborhood gangsters and would tion call Charles'- Sutton at 502-
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Gabrielle Union plays Mary Jane Paul, a CNN-like anchor with a
complicated personal life on "Being Mary Jane," BET's first drama,
which was shot in Atlanta last year. It debuts Tuesday, January 7,


2014, on BET at 10 p.m
by Rodney Ho, Access ATL
BET for many years hasn't gotten
a lot of respect, reviled for airing
mysogynistic music videos, mind-
less reality shows and more recent-
ly, mediocre sitcoms.
That may change with its first
hour-long drama "Being Mary
Jane" starring Gabrielle Union
which is aired Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
When BET introduced a 90-
minute film version in July, social
media feedback was "Scandal"-like
heavy and almost universally posi-
tive. More than six million people
viewed the July 2 debut.
"People were surprised that BET
would take on such a gritty, risque,
raw and smartly written series,"
said actor Omari Hardwick who
plays a married man in love with
the very single Mary Jane.
But even before it aired, BET
executives knew they had some-
thing good going. The network had


already shot eight more episodes
that previous spring. They figured it
was a perfect fit for a black female
demographic seeking a realistic,
complex single character handling
life in utterly imperfect ways.
"I read ths script and thought, 'I
can be good at this, this is in my
wheelhouse,' said Union, who
plays Mary Jane Paul, a CNN-type
anchor with both challenging fami-
ly and love-life issues. "The role
challenged me in a way that I was
ready for."
"It goes into our source of pride,"
Union said. "We weren't surprised.
We were prepared. We knew we did
good work. But the series makes the
pilot look bad. It's so good! If you
love the pilot, you'll gag for the
series."
Union (who lost out to Kerry
Washington for the lead on the ABC
series "Scandal") notes that Mary
Jane may be smart, gorgeous,


engaging and generous, but she is
no saint. She can be dogmatic and
sanctimonious at work at a channel
that she said is "fifth out of five
news networks struggling for rat-
ings" even behind CNN. She can be
angry and resentful toward her aim-
less family members she helps sup-
port. And she makes poor choices
when it comes to men.
She modeled her broadcast per-
sona after Soledad O'Brien, the for-
mer CNN anchor best known for
"Black in America" series. "She's
the barometer for black female jour-
nalists with integrity and compas-
sion that are well respected."
Mara Brock Akil, the creator of
"Being Mary Jane," said Union,
who recently got engaged to basket-
ball player Dwayne Wade, "embod-
ies many layers of Mary Jane. She's
fearless in her approach to the
work. She dives headfirst. She
leaves everything on the screen."
This is Akil's first drama after
penning "Girlfriends" and "The
Game," successful 30-minute sit-
coms. "I've mixed real-life drama
into these pieces," she said. "But it's
still not enough room to express
things fully. I have more to say. I
needed a bigger canvas."
Her favorite moments on the
show, she said, are the times when
Mary Jane is alone, thinking or
cooking. "Often in storytelling,"
Akil said, "everything is so rushed.
There's not enough time to breathe.
I enjoy the space of an hour-long
series to tell stories and to give
characters a chance not to say any-
thing. Sometimes, that says a lot."
And she notes that when we see
single people on TV, they are rarely
alone. "Even when I wrote
'Girlfriends,' they were always
together. I find that's not really true.
We wanted to show that fourth layer
of her being by herself."


Akil said she loves writing about
women, especially black women -
"the nuances, the details, the choic-
es they make, the environment that
informs them."
She chose cable journalism as a
profession for Mary Jane because
"she's telling everyone else's story.
Is she really telling hers?" And Akil
herself was a journalism major at
Northwestern in the early 1990s. "I
feel that experience has made me a
better screenwriter," she said. "I
really love rolling around and figur-
ing out the why."
But she won't be so heavy-handed
and tie her work life plot lines so
closely with her personal life. "That
can get stilted," she said.
And Akil likes how Mary Jane
has to balance breaking news at
work vs. her personal life. "If my
love life sucks, I can throw myself
into work. If my love life is great,
let me figure out a way to get out of
work."
And how did the name Mary Jane
come about? It had nothing to do
with marijuana. It was the name of
an Alanis Morrissette song she ulti-
mately used in the film.
"I listened to that song in a loop
while writing the pilot," Akil said.
The original show title was
"Single Black Female." She loved
that name but sister station VH1
already had a hit drama "Single
Ladies," also shot in Atlnata.
The new title is more amorphous
but also more universal, she said:
"Anybody can watch my show and
connect with it. They shouldn't be
jarred by the fact it's a black
woman."
Akil also spent some time work-
ing for another sitcom back in 2009,
ABC's "Cougar Town" (now on
TBS.) She learned from creator Bill
Lawrence that comedy didn't
require all the comedic writers in
one room. He liked to have two or
three writers ^%ork in pods. "It's
something to incorporate," she said


Sasheer Zamata

Saturday Night Live Hires

Black Female Cast Member
"Saturday Night Live" has hired Sasheer Zamata as a new cast mem-
ber, following a search for a black female to join the comedy cast.
Zamata, who began performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade.
Theater after moving to New York City in 2009, has performed on the
FX show "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell," as well as the Comedy
Central offering "Inside Amy Schumer."
Zamata's work has also been featured in Bust, Jezebel, Vulture, Time
Out New York and other venues, as well as in online videos for Jest and
College Humor. Her live appearances include the Bridgetown Comedy
Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival and the Letterman
Showcase in the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.
Zamata is the first black female cast member on NBC's late-night
institution since Maya Rudolph departed the series in 2011.
"SNL" has been under the gun to find a black female cast member
since last year, when cast member Kenan Thompson noted the diversi-
ty deficit. The show itself addressed the issue in one of its opening skits,
when host Kerry Washington was called upon to play a variety of black
women, including Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce.
The show held two audition showcases in New York and Los Angeles
in December for an African-American female cast member. One come-
dian who auditioned, told blog The Jasmine Brand. ""The audition
came about from an aiside source from 'SNL.' I doi't dunk anN of us
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Money Moves for Those Starting 9jt


Is it harder to get off to a good
start in life? Research indicates 36
percent of young adults ages 18 to
31 were living in their parents'
homes last year, and only 63 percent
of those in this age group had jobs.
According to creditcard.com,
young adults are also facing serious
debt challenges, with the second
highest rate of bankruptcy, an aver-
age student loan debt of $20,000
and nearly I in 5 aged 18-24 con-
sider themselves as being in debt
hardship.
Eight musts for

starting smart:
Open a checking account. If you
are new in a city, open a checking
account first. Some landlords re-
quire the first month's rent and se-
curity deposit to be paid with a
certified check or money order.
Build a credit history as soon as
you can. Apply for a secured credit
card or a credit card with a co-signer
and pay your bill on time. A record
of prompt payment will help you


build your credit history, which will
pay off when you need a loan.
Get car insurance. Car insurance
can be expensive, but it is a must.
The best way to get a good value is
to drive cautiously.
Get renter's insurance. This is not
the place to save. You take too big a
risk when you choose not to protect
everything you own.
Start building an emergency fund.
It's not a matter of "if' something
unexpected happens. It's a matter of
"when." Eventually your car will
die or you'll find you suddenly need
a root canal. Ideally, you need to
have at least three months' salary
saved. Don't let the amount intimi-
date you. Start small but start im-
mediately to build that savings.
Create a budget. Keep track of
everything you spend for two to
three months so you know where
your money goes. Then be realistic,
create a budget and stick to it. Don't
forget bills (like insurance and
taxes) that will come once or twice
a year.
Don't forget retirement savings.


You can
always
find a
reason
not to
save. vbr '
However,
if you start Ila
now, the magic
of compounding interest will be on
your side. Put retirement savings
into your budget from the start. If
your company offers a 401(k), take
advantage of it.
Exercise self-control. Consider
the luxuries even the small ones -
before you buy them. A 20-ounce
bottle of water a day will end up
costing you $365 a year. Packing
your lunch could save you $2,000 a
year.
Don't put off student loan pay-
ments. Your student loans don't go
away, and they accrue interest. You
will be on a slippery slope if you fall
behind. Consider those luxuries
again and trim even more if you
have to, but make that loan pay-
ment.


Retirement Plan Limits



Largely Unchanged in 2014


By Jason Alderman
Anyone who's bought groceries,
filled their gas tank or paid insurance
premiums recently would probably
be surprised to learn that, according
to Department of Labor, the rate of
inflation is relatively flat only 1.2
percent from September 2012 to Sep-
tember 2013.
That's bad news for people who
were hoping to boost their contribu-
tions to an IRA, 401(k) plan or other
tax-advantaged retirement savings
accounts, since the IRS uses the CPI-
U's September year-over-year per-
formance to determine whether or
not to make cost-of-living adjust-
ments to many of the retirement con-
tributions you and your employer can
make in the following year.
Here are highlights of what will
and won't change in 2014:
Defined contribution plans. The
maximum allowable annual contri-
bution you can make to a workplace
401(k), 403(b), 457(b) or federal


12 Year Old Launches Own



Fashion Line One Bow at a Time


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Always impeccably styled in a but-
ton down, creased slacks and dress
shoes, our talented feature this week
after school pins patterns and sews
stitches. As noted in a promotional
descriptor, we can find his youthful
fingers on a sewing machine for
hours or at least until his mother tells
him it's time for bed.
He is young, gifted and Black.
Moziah Bridges, then a fourth
grader in his hometown of Memphis,
Tenn., started his career as a fashion
designer at the age of 9 in June of
2011 with his exclusive line of Mo's
Bows.
His creations, writes Hannah Sayle
in her October 27, 2011 Memphis
Flyer posting, are aimed "at play-
ground pals and adults alike."
Sayle further reveals that Moziah -
"Mo" for short delivered one of his
ties to Fox 13's bow-tie wearing
weatherman Joey Sulipeck who wore
the gift on the air. Next, comments
Sayle, he plans on sending a few of
his bow ties to his pop idols Justin
Bieber and Chris Brown.
He has been a guest on the Steve
Harvey show and has been featured
in British GQ, in Oprah's 0'-
Magazine, and in Forbes.
"Oprah is big," said Mo as quoted
in Rae Lyn Hartley's LocalMem-
phis.com's August 19, 2013 article.
"Nobody is bigger than '0'. I
thought, 'this is really cool.' What
kind of kid gets to be in an Oprah
magazine?"
Writes Karsten Strauss in the Au-
gust 8,2013 Forbes, "When you look
at the short but potential packed ca-
reer of Moziah Bridges, one gets the
impression that this young man is in
a hurry."
Strauss adds that young Mo is
carving for himself his own notch in
the fashion world, "one bow tie at a
time."
In present day, Mo describes him-
self as a 12 year-old entrepreneur.
Recalling his beginnings just three
years ago, he says: "I couldn't find
fun and cool bow ties one day. So I
decided to use my granny's scrap
fabric to make and sell my own."
He adds that he likes to wear bow
ties, "because they make me look
good and feel good. Designing a col-


Moziah Bridges
orful bow tie is part of my vision to
make the world a fun and happier
place."
Tramica Morris, Mo's mom, posi-
tions that "Old School" trends as mir-
rored by his well-dressed dad and
grandpa inspired his love for fashion
and instilled in her son the impor-
tance of dressing for success.
A huge selection of Mo's bow ties
are from his grandmother's vintage
fabric, respective selections of which
date back more than 50 years.
And it was, in fact, his grand-
mother who taught him to sew. Mo's
Bows is indeed strongly guided by
his mother and grandmother accord-
ing to Sayle. After stopping by his
grandmother's house to pick out fab-
ric and patterns, he settles down with
his mother and grandmother and
starts stitching.
"He can sew a bow tie from start to
finish," says Morris in Sayle. "But
there are some things he really does-
n't like to do, like the ironing. We'll
do some of that for him."
Says Mo, "I just pick whatever I
see. It has to speak to me. It has to be
fun. It has to be preppy," as quoted in
an interview.
Strauss adds that Mo's designs
vary widely from traditional polka-
dot and stripes to multi-colored pais-
ley and sports team themed ties.
He tots his bows in an old suitcase.
Each bow design has its own
name: "Night Magic," "Beale
Street," "Paper Boy," "Buster
Brown," and "Think Pink."
I name all of my bow ties," he re-
veals in Carlee McCullough's July
12, 2012 Tri-State Defender inter-
view. "I make and sell so many. But
'Teachers Pet' might be the bestseller
or 'Buster Brown.''
Strauss cites that our youthful
Memphis native has earned over
$30,000 thus far as of 2013.
He sells on his own website acces-
sible Etsy page. Founded in 2005,
Etsy is an online marketplace where
people around the world connect to
buy and sell unique goods.
The Forbes account further notes
that Mo's Bows are also available in
upscale boutiques in Tennessee, Ala-
bama, Texas, Louisiana, South Car-
olina, and in Arkansas.


Locally, as shared in the McCul-
lough interview, Memphis has been
a great market for his sales: "The
churches have been so supportive
and it seems like a lot of teachers buy
my bow ties. I think this is so because
they are proud of me making my own
business. I have even sent many bow
ties to New York, Las Vegas, Miami
and even some to Australia."
Looking towards the future in Mc-
Cullough, he views prospects to sell
his bow ties in Macy's or Dillard's
and to see them included in New
York's fashion magazines.
He adds: "I also want a super big
billboard. I just want to see Mo's
Bows really big in the sky and in a
really nice store downtown. There's
another store in South Carolina that
wants some of my bow ties too. Now,
that's what's up!"
He has also created a product line
that raises funds for charity.
"I made this bow tie called 'Go
Mo! Scholarship Bow Tie' and 100
percent of the proceeds are to help
kids go to summer camp because I
feel like it's good to help the commu-
nity. And that's what I'm doing."
His next step as a manufacturer per
the Defender writing are pocket
squares, cologne, and later on down
the line, suspenders.
He is even looking to make neck
ties since they are a part of his sixth
grade school uniform.
"Actually," he adds, "I really plan
to have my own clothing line by the
time I'm 15 years-old. I think that
can happen."
"I'm very proud of him. It's still
sinking in," said Morris who in pub-
lished accounts left her career in re-
tirement services to spend more time
building her son's business.
She also works part time for her
mom's trucking company, in between
sewing, organizing trunk shows and
press trips. Balancing academics
with fashion seems to be a "breeze"
for Mo as cited in noted articles. But,
he admits that he owes it all to mom.
Hartley writes that Morris "makes
sure her pint-size businessman stays
grounded" and that homework and
chores are priority as, she says for ex-
ample, the lawn still needs to be
mowed.


Quoting Morris, "One of my close
friends says to this point, 'Mo
mows?' Absolutely, I replied. Mo
mows."
With a birthday in November, now
that our dapper 12 year-old has a suc-
cessful run in fashions; is a profitable
business owner, and is looking to be
bigger than Ralph Lauren, he has his
sights on Parsons School of Design
or college.
"You don't have to wait until
you're older," his mother said. "If
you have a dream and you have a
passion, we say go for it."
But as Mo passionately pursues his
goals in the world of fashion com-
merce, Rheana Murray in the New
York Daily News reminds us that in
this journey towards the realization
of his drmamis, he' hust first flhish"'
sixth grade.


Thrift Savings plan remains un-
changed at $17,500. Keep in mind
these additional factors:
People over 50 can also make an
additional $5,500 in catch-up contri-
butions (unchanged from 2013).
The annual limit for combined
employee and employer contribu-
tions increased by $1,000 to $52,000.
Because your plan may limit the
percentage of pay you can contribute,
your maximum contribution may ac-
tually be less. (For example,, if the
maximum contribution is 10 percent
of pay and you earn $60,000, you
could only contribute $6,000.)
Individual Retirement Accounts
(IRAs). The maximum annual contri-
bution to IRAs remains the same at
$5,500 (plus an additional $1,000 if
50 or older also unchanged from
2013). Maximum contributions to
traditional IRAs are not impacted by
personal income, but if your modi-
fied adjusted gross income (AGI) ex-
ceeds certain limits, the maximum
amount you can contribute to a Roth
IRA gradually phases out:
For singles/heads of households
the phase-out range is $114,000 to
$129,000 (increased from $112,000
to $127,000 range). Above $129,000,
you cannot contribute to a Roth.
For married couples filing jointly,
the range is $181,000 to $191,000
(up from $178,000 to $188,000).
Keep in mind these rules for de-
ducting traditional IRA contributions
on your federal tax return:


If you're single, a head of house-
hold, a qualifying widow(er) or mar-
ried and neither spouse is covered by
an employer-provided retirement
plan, you can deduct the full IRA
contribution, regardless of income.
If you are covered by an em-
ployer plan and are single/head of
household, the tax deduction phases
out for AGI between $60,000 and
$70,000 (up from $59,000 to $69,000
in 2013); if married and filing jointly,
the phase-out is $96,000 to $116,000
(up from $95,000 to $115,000).
If you're married and aren't cov-
ered by an employer plan but your
spouse is, the IRA deduction is
phased out if your combined AGI is
between $181,000 and $191,000 (up
from $178,000 to $188,000).
For more details, read IRS Publi-
cation 590 at www.irs.gov.
Retirement Saver' Tax Credit. As
an incentive to. low- and moderate-
income workers save for retirement
through an IRA or company plan,
many are eligible for a Retirement
Savers' Tax Credit of up to $1,000
($2,000 jointly). This credit lowers
your tax bill, dollar for dollar, in ad-
dition to any other tax deduction you
already receive for your contribution.
Qualifying income ceiling limits
for the Savers' Tax Credit increased
in 2014 to $60,000 for joint filers,
$45,000 for heads of household, and
$30,000 for singles or married per-
sons filing separately. Consult IRS
Form 8880 for more information.


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As We Enter 2014, the Income Gap



Continues to be a Major Issue in the U.S.


"Human progress is neither auto-
matic nor inevitable," said Dr.
Martin Luther King. There is an
assumption that as humans we nat-
urally progress as generations pass
by. Wellthat assumption may not
be quite true.
What if I told you that black men
in America make less today on
average than they made 30 years
ago of course you have to factor
inflation in those figures. But,
would you believe me?
I know, you are thinking that
there is no way that anyone makes
less in 2014 than people made in
1984.
Yes, it's hard to fathom, but black
men on average made more money
in 1984 than they make today; well,
at least according to a study
released last week by the
Brookings Institution that tracked
the incomes of some 2,300 families
for more than 30 years.
I have written about the income
gap in the past, and I keep waiting
on the gap to start moving in a pos-
itive direction, but it hasn't hap-
pened.
On the national front, Democrats
are trying to extend unemployment
benefits while Republicans are hes-
itant to do so. Dems are also plan-
ning to push to increase the federal


minimum wage, part of an effort to
make income inequality a core
midterm campaign theme.
It's too early to tell if the income
gap will play a primary role in the
mid-term 2014 elections, but it is a
critical issue that Democrats will
continue to push. Republicans are
likely to resist a minimum wage
increase, but party leaders may
have to concede the need to start
talking about poverty after two
presidential election losses in a
row.
I don't want to be misleading -
incomes have increased between
both black and white families in the
past three decades; it's been mainly
because more women are in the
workforce. However, this increase
was greater among whites, accord-
ing to the study.
So why has the disparity grown
so much? Incomes among black
men have actually declined in the
past three decades, when adjusted
for inflation.
The saving grace for blacks has
been the large number of African
American women who have made
gains in the workforce. Once again,
sisters have to bail the brothers out.
I would venture to guess that the
large percentage of black males in
jail has an effect when considering


these statistics.
Here's another fact to ponder;
according to the Census Bureau,
the wealthiest 20 percent of house-
holds in 1973 accounted for 44 per-
cent of total U.S. income. Their
share jumped to 50 percent in 2002,
while everyone else's, or us poor
folk's incomes fell. For those really
poor, or the bottom fifth of the
spectrum, their share dropped from
4.2 percent to 3.5 percent.
With rising health care costs, out-
rageous gas prices, and real estate
markets that are extremely unsta-
ble, we should all be concerned.
Well, unless you are one of those in
the wealthiest 20 percent.
The Brookings report also found
that about two-thirds of the chil-
dren surveyed grew up to have
higher family incomes than their
parents had 30 years earlier.
Grown black children were just
as likely as whites to have higher
incomes than their parents.
However, incomes among whites
increased more than those of their
black counterparts.
OK, let me attempt to break
down the problem with this income
gap as it relates to today's econo-
my. We all know that job growth
has stalled for the most part, leav-
ing the unemployment rate much


higher than it should be.
Then the pressure is on current
employers and John Q Citizens
who simply cannot find a job.
Meanwhile, soaring health care
costs are gobbling up much of the
gains from rising labor productivity
- further discouraging employers
from hiring.
So again, the poor continue to
struggle while the rich get richer.
The New Deal social contract has
been canceled, revoked,and thrown
out with the trash and so have the
restraints it imposed on both indi-
vidual and corporate behavior.
And for black folk, while we all
must admit that the social, civic,
and economic environment in the
country have improved remarkably
over the past 30 years, African
American unemployment and other
inequalities still persist.
So what's the solution? We must
press on. It's all about education
and opportunity, and America truly
provides the best chance for
African Americans to achieve and
achieve greatly.
"Bringing the gifts that my
ancestors gave, I am the dream and
the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I
rise," wrote Maya Angelou.
Signing off from Tallahassee,
Reggie Fullwood


Race War at Fox NewsI


By George E. Curry
NNPA Columnist
In 2013, race still mattered -
especially at Fox News. According
to MediaMatters, the watchdog
group, last year was a banner peri-
od for race-baiting at Fox.
"Viewers who spent 2013
absorbed in Fox News might be
under the impression that an all-out
race war has erupted across the
nation this year, thanks to the net-
work's coverage of everything
from voter fraud to Santa Claus
echoing one common theme: white
folks are being victimized in
Obama's America," an analysis of
coverage on the network conclud-
ed.
The review showed that Fox, the
nation's top-rated cable network
with 1.76 million daily viewers,
routinely exploited racial fears to
boost its ratings.
"Fox became obsessed with
black crime rates in the summer of
2013, when Floridian George
Zimmerman went on trial for the
2012 murder of African-American
teenager Trayvon Martin, whom
Zimmerman shot and killed while
he was walking home from a con-
venience store. Zimmerman, iden-
tified as white Hispanic, alleged
that he shot Martin in self-defense,
and was not subsequently arrested
or charged with any crime until a
significant public outcry made the
story national news,"
MediaMatters noted.
"Fox immediately began running
defense for Zimmerman in what


became a red meat story for the net- uisites to vote that many older and
work an opportunity to justify minority voters cannot easily meet.
right-wing gun culture' a nd'"stnd' previouslyy, such' 'ieaiisues in
your ground laws, stoke fears about states with a history of disenfran-
the dangers of black youth, and chising minorities required
paint white-on-black crime as approval from the Justice
exceedingly rare and usually justi- Department before being imple-
fied while black crime is explod- mented."
ing." The report noted that the Voting
When Fox wasn't fear monger- Rights Act's preclearance provision
ing about Black crime, the report had been invoked more than 700
stated, it was supporting voter ID times between 1982 and 2006 to
laws that suppress the African- prevent racially discriminatory vot-
American vote. ing proposals to go into effect.
"2013 marked a unique year with "Perhaps the one story that best
regard to free and fair elections in encapsulates the way Fox News
the United States. In June, the con- goes out of its way to paint a dis-
servative bloc of the U.S. Supreme torted image of the crossroads of
Court disregarded history, legal race and crime in America, it's the
precedent, and congressional intent network's coverage of the so-called
in a 5-4 Shelby County decision 'knockout game,'" the report
that gutted the Voting Rights Act of explained. "Fox described the
1965 (VRA). Weeks later, thou- knockout game as a violent and
sands of Americans gathered with spreading trend primarily involving
civil rights leaders in the nation's black youths assaulting unsuspect-
capital to commemorate the 50th ing and primarily white victims on
anniversary of the March on the street for recreation. The net-
Washington a 1963 march that work has run numerous segments
featured Martin Luther King, Jr's on the alleged craze, and Fox's
"I have a dream" speech and helped Greta Van Susteren has dedicated a
lead to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 recurring segment to the phenome-
and aforementioned VRA," the non.
analysis recounted. "The primary take-away for
"The summer's Shelby County viewers: Be afraid of young, black
decision paved the way for men and women, and don't let
Republican-controlled state legisla- yourself be an unsuspecting victim
tures to continue pushing through black people could assault you at
voter ID laws, a movement pur- any time for no reason other than
porting to fight voter fraud that in the fact that you're white."
fact disenfranchises Democratic In fact, as the report states, "A
voting blocs, particularly minori- New York Times piece on the
ties, by imposing stringent prereq- knockout game cited police offi-


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Young Black Republicans

Who Deny Their Blackness
By Raynard Jackson
NNPA Columnist
Recently, Joyce Jones, a columnist for BET.com wrote an article titled,
"The Loneliness of the Black Republican: What attracts young African-
Americans to the GOP?" Although the article was off-base on so many
points No I won't waste my time listing them here it got me reflecting
on this younger generation of Black Republicans.
Undoubtedly, young Blacks are attracted to the GOP brand more than
older Blacks. If Jones could have tapped into that phenomenon, it could
have been an enlightening article. But, not surprisingly, her column ended
up being your typical Black Repiulican-bashing.
How would she know "it's not easy to be a young, Black Republican?"
She talks about conservatism, but fails to define the term. She refers to
"rising stars," but fails to identify those stars or what makes them rising
stars.
As for Black Republicans being lonely, a deeper explanation is in order.
Many Black Republicans who are of the millennial demographic have
made a conscious decision to self-isolate. Translation: They can't possible
go behind the Democratic stranglehold on Blacks and not expect to be iso-
lated. Millennials are generally defined as those bom between 1980-2000.
Tina Wells, a 30-year old and CEO of Buzz Marketing Group, a youth
marketing company, was interviewed by Black Enterprise and had this to
say, "The sense of entitlement that Millennials exhibit can be performance
prohibitive. Their idea of paying dues is different from their parents.. .they
have grown up in a very instant -uorld, so how do you tell them that a job
they want in six or seven months is a job they have to wait usually six or
seven years to get?"
This sense of entitlement has caused many millennials to think that sim-
ply showing up is all they need to do in life. All too often, these millenni-
als have no political curiosity about those who paved the way for them.
There are about 30-40 Black Republican staffers who work for members
of the House and Senate, but they have not formed an organization of like-
minded people.,Uley have shown no..' P S l4i4gIieltions with
Black operatives such as NMichael" Steele, Shanmon Reeves, or Greg
gSimpkins. -M ." '. L" .% ** .-* T5 '*s 1-o q I
How can you call yourself a Black Republican and have no knowledge
of Bob Brown, Arthur Fletcher, Bill Coleman, or Kay James, to name a
few? These three are giving legends within the Republican Party and
important trailblazers. Also, in every, instance, those pioneers did not run
from their community. They were staunch Republicans, but they never for-
got their Black roots or to fight for the Black middle class. In other words,
they knew who they were.
This year alone, I have been called by no fewer than 10 members of
Congress or other political operatives about these phenomena with Black
Republicans. I am asked why Black staffers are emphatic that they don't
want to be the point person for the Black community they just want to be
a staffer; as though they are mutually exclusive. It can be both and!
I would go so far as to say these Blacks thrive off of being anonymous
to other Blacks. They seemingly get more satisfaction out of being known
within White circles. I don't expect a lot of my White readers to under-
stand this dynamic; this is a dirty little secret that Blacks refuse to discuss
publically.
Many of these Black Republicans will deny what I am saying, but I
know them by name and from direct experience. Maybe I will write a
book about my experiences with these Blacks in our party.
These are the type of Blacks that many Republicans are most comfort-
able with. They never raise any objections to anything thrown at them in
private meetings relative to the Black community. They never raise a
voice when some of our more extreme elements make incendiary state-
ments towards members of our community. They never stretch out their
hands to help others move up within the party. Many are devoid of any
real connection to our community.
On a personal level, I have reached out to many of these millennials and
find their sense of entitlement and arrogance repugnant. They have
accomplished very little, but yet think they have arrived. Being a low level
staffer is not an accomplishment, it is a foot in the door.
Whether Joyce Jones knows it or not, by definition, you can't be lonely
if it is by choice; you can be alone, but not lonely.
So, to all my millennial Black Republicans, stop making it an either or
proposition. Embrace your party, embrace your community, and embrace
your obligation to those coming behind you; but also, pay homage to those
who paved the way for you.


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2013 Was a Stellar Year for Black Cinema


California Church Replaces Trayvon Martin Image as Jesus
CLAREMONT, Calif. A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody
Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about
gun violence. The Los Angeles Times reported that the nativity scene on the lawn of the
Claremont United Methodist Church was created by congregant and artist John Zachary.
Martin is shown in a hoodie, slumped over and bleeding. The church's Rev. Dan Lewis says
the scene featuring the Florida teenager whose shooting death captivated the nation was meant
to be thought provoking.


By Kenya Vaughn
Something extremely remarkable
happened in cinema for 2013.
Black people saw ourselves on the
silver screen in a major way with
the release of well over a dozen
major films yes, more than one
per month that featured black
casts, told black stories and catered
to black audiences.
If you count the films that would-
n't necessarily fall under the urban
film umbrella, but starred black
actors like Halle Berry in "The
Call," Idris Elba in "Pacific Rim,"
Jamie Foxx in "White House
Down," "Denzel Washington in "2
Guns" and Morgan Freeman and
Angela Bassett in "Olympus Has
Fallen" the number creeps to 20.
But sticking with the urban film
market, for the sake of the point, 15
such films made their way to the-
aters over the course of the year,
raking in of more than a half-billion
in ticket sales (according to boxof-
ficemojo.com).
We saw black actors, black pro-
ducers, black directors and black
screenwriters bring our stories to
the mainstream, with plenty of the
films receiving major studio sup-
port.
But what was most captivating
about the black film phenomenon


was the diversity of blackness that
made its way to mainstream movie
audiences in 2013. The history of
the first African American to play in
Major League Baseball ("42"), the
butler who served seven presidents
("The Butler") and the film adapta-
tion of the autobiography of a man
illegally sold into slavery ("12
Years A Slave") were mixed in with
romantic comedies, holiday stories,
gritty dramas and even a horror
spoof.
And while the world of black
movie lovers are seemingly split
down the middle between love and
hate for Tyler Perry, he had an
undeniable presence with his films
"Temptation," "The Peeples" and
"Madea's Christmas." However, he
would be but a post script among
the impressive roster of black
movies in the mix for this year.
Fifteen films -just the thought of it
is astonishing. Is this a record? It
sure feels like it.
Now "12 Years a Slave" leads
SAG and Golden Globe nomina-
tions with Lee "The Butler" in a
second place with the SAG nods -
and Oscar buzz is already surround-
ing those films, as well as Elba for
his performance in the title role of
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."
Kenya's picks


"Fruitvale Station" Ryan
Coogler nailed his first attempt at a
feature film as he told the true story
of Oscar Gant, the young man
gunned down by an Oakland Public
Transit cop. Michael B. Jordan's
performance as Gant will be
remembered as his breakout role.
He nails the angst and conflict of a
young man met with constant
obstacles as he attempts to get his
life on track for himself and his
family and pays the ultimate
price.
"12 Years a Slave" British
director Steve McQueen recreated
in film the memoir of Solomon
Northup, a free man who was
abducted and illegally sold into
slavery. Chiwetel Ejiofor as
Northup, Michael Fassbender as
treacherous slave owner Edwin
Epps and Lupita Nyong'o as
Patsey, the forbidden object of
Epps' affections, offer standout per-
formances.
"The Inevitable Defeat of Mister
and Pete" In probably the least
familiar of the roster of black films
in 2013, "Soul Food" director
George Tilman Jr. gets gritty with
this 'hood tale that tween actor
Skylan Brooks gracefully carries on
his shoulders.


Jameis Winston Leads Florida State to a National Chapionship


PASADENA, Calif. After a
regular season filled with blowout
victories and easy fourth quarters,
Jameis Winston and Florida State
showed they could close like cham-
pions, too.
The Heisman Trophy winner led
the Seminoles 80 yards in the final
79 seconds, flicking a 2-yard TD
pass to Kelvin Benjamin to give
No. 1 Florida State a 34-31 victory
against Auburn in the last BCS
championship game Monday night.
"The last drive, that's a great way
to cap off our season," Winston
said. "That's the way we wanted to
cap off our season."
The Bowl Championship Series
went out with a bang, too, with one
of the best title games in its 16-year
history, right there with Texas 41,


USC 38 at the Rose Bowl in
2006. That night it was Vince
Young leading the Longhorns
and capping a comeback by
scooting into the end zone with
19 seconds left.
Next season the BCS will be
replaced by a four-team playoff.
Winston and the Seminoles
should be contenders again after
snapping the Southeastern
Conference's seven-year nation-
al title streak.
"The SEC is great football, I
coached in that league for 13
years, I respect every bit of it,"
coach Jimbo Fisher said, "but
there's some other folks in this
country that can play some foot-
ball, too."
Florida State, which played in


the first BCS championship
games but had not been back
since, was voted a unanimous
No. 1 in the final AP Top 25.
Auburn finished second.
Winston struggled much of the
night but was near perfect when
the Seminoles (14-0) needed it
most, going 6 for 7 for 77 yards
on the last drive.
Florida State hadn't been chal-
lenged like this all season, win-
ning by an average of 42 points.
Florida State and Winston's
biggest problem this season came
off the field. Winston was inves-
tigated for a year-old sexual
assault complaint in November,
but after three weeks the Florida
state attorney's office determined
it did not have enough evidence


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to charge him.
The Seminoles were down 21-3 in
the first half to Auburn. They hadn't
trailed in a game since Sept. 28.
"I knew we were fighters," nose
tackle Timmy Jernigan said.
And now Florida State is national
champion for the first time since
1999, the first team to win the BCS
title game after being down at half-
time. The state of Alabama's
national championship run is over
at four, stopped by a quarterback
from Bessemer who never rooted
for the Tigers or Tide.
"Only thing is we're victorious
and glad to say Florida State is the
national champion again, and I
guarantee you we're bringing that
swag back," Winston said. "You'd
better believe it."


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