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Tempora Mutantur Et Nos Mutamur In Illis

Blacks still suffering from record unemployment

County jobless rate drops to 12 percent
but rate for Blacks hovers near 16 percent

By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times writer

There's a popular adage that
says, "When America gets
a cold, Black America gets
pneumonia." And the saying

is apropos given the contin-
ued serious situation facing
the country's disproportion-
ate number of unemployed
According to the U.S. De-
partment of Labor, as of Feb-

ruary 2011, the nation's un-
employment rate fell by .5
percentage points, down to
8.9 percent nationwide. How-
ever, for Blacks the unemploy-
ment rate continued its climb
to a staggering 15.8 percent
nationwide. Meanwhile, Flor-
ida, the state with the third
highest jobless rate in the na-
tion, reported 12 percent of

its population as unemployed.
This figure does not include
seasonal agricultural work-
ers. Only Nevada and Califor-
nia have higher percentages of
their population unemployed.

Here in Miami-Dade Coun-
ty, the overall county unem-

ployment rate was 13.6 per-
cent at the end of December
2010 an increase over the
previous month which sig-
nals, according to financial
experts, a lackluster job mar-
ket for 2011. Broward County,
overall, fared better than Mi-
ami-Dade, not only showing a
smaller unemployment rate of
Please turn to JOBLESS 8A

-Miami Times photo/Jimmie Davis, Jr.
CITIZENS REFUSE TO REMAIN VICTIMS: The mothers, fathers and other family members of those Blacks injured or killed on
the streets of Miami, stand together for healing and support.

Response Team extends a hand

to survivors of violent crimes

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

Unless you are fortunate
enough to beat the odds, at
some point many who reside
in Miami-Dade County will
face the unfortunate and pre-
mature death of a family mem-
ber due to violence, undergo
therapy and healing due to
a gunshot or knife wound or
look for help after being physi-
cally or sexually assaulted.

And while none of these expe-
riences are easy to overcome,
at some point one has to work
towards picking up the pieces
and move on with their life.
The good news is that you
are not alone as there are a
plethora of resources avail-
able through the Miami-Dade
County Community Response
Team [MDCRT].
Stephanie Wimberly, 47, is
still mourning over the death
of her son Michael Beatty, 20,

Defense for Spence-Jones to begin
Miami Times Staff Report yet to rule on whether she
will acquit Spence-Jones all
Following a three-day post- together on the bribery and
ponement of the grand-theft charges
trial of former City that she currently
Commissioner faces. Rodriguez con-
Michelle Spence- tinued to question
Jones, the State re- Richard Scruggs, the
cently concluded its prosecutor in the case,
case. Now the de- on his theory that the
fense will take over. commissioner used an
However, the pre- impending vote to ille-
siding judge says SPENCE-JONES gally receive $25,000
she remains skeptical about from two developers in March
the State's case against Spen- of 2006. Last Monday marked
ce-Jones. Miami-Dade Circuit the third week of testimony in
Judge Rosa I. Rodriguez has the case.

who was gunned down in the
middle of the street on Novem-
ber 14, 2010.
Wimberly and other victims
of heinous crimes attended
a "Recovery & Restoration"
seminar on March 10th at
Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist
"I will never forget my child
and I think about him every
day," she said. "He has a child
on the way that he will never

Wimberly says she attended
the meeting in anticipation
of receiving some sort of as-
sistance, because where she
presently lives there is too
much violence. When she ap-
proached representatives in a
local HUD (U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Develop-
ment) office, she was told that
they couldn't help her.
"They asked me to move into
the Pork and Beans that's
Please turn to TEAM 10A

Opa-locka police chief reinstated

Miami Times Staff Report

Formerly suspended Cher-
yl Cason, Opa-locka police
chief, has been reinstated.
Cason returned to her
post after initially
being relieved of
duty less than
there weeks ago
for allegedly failing
to report a minor
accident she had in
a city-issued vehicle.
Philip Mandina, Ca-
son's attorney, said the
city reached out to Cason

last week to let her know she
would be able to return to
her position. She returned on
March 7. Clarence Patterson,
Opa-locka city manager ini-
tially suspended Cason
Indefinitely, with
'- pay on February
i' 18. Mandina add-
Sed that Cason did
I call workers' com-
s sensation believing
she was following
proper protocol. Ca-
son, who was sworn in
last January, has ended
her plans to sue the city.

Japan braces

for radiation


Over lo,ooo killed in

massive earthquake
By Shinichi Saoshiro
and Chisa Fujioka

TOKYO (Reuters) Japan faced a potential catastro-
phe on Tuesday after a quake-crippled nuclear power
plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating
toward Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital
S. -,,'. to. 'k up on essential supplies.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged people within 18 miles
of the facility a population of 140,000 to remain
indoors amid the world's most serious nuclear accident
since the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine in 1986.
Officials in Tokyo, 150 miles to the south of the plant,
said only minute levels of radiation had been detected so
far in the capital, which were "not a problem." But foreign
experts disagreed on whether this was harmful or not.
Please turn to JAPAN 6A

President's pastor

challenges Miami's

"lost citizens"

Jeremiah Wright brings fiery
message to Liberty City
By D. Kevin McNeir
S kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

Just over 100 people gathered at Liberty City's Church
of the Open Door on Sunday morning to mark the con-
gregation's annual ob-
servance of Amistad
Sunday, named after
the 19th century revolt
of Africans from Sierra
Leone who were illegal-
ly abducted in 1839 by
Portuguese slave hunt-
ers and who eventually
secured their freedom
in 1841 when the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled in
their favor returning
the surviving 35 defen- OBAMA AND WRIGHT
dants to their native land.
Please turn to WRIGHT 10A

GOP trying to 'shock and awe' Dems into submission

By DeWayne Wickham

If you're eager to see the
2012 presidential race get un-
derway, don't be fooled by the
slowness of Republican wan-
nabes to officially enter the
campaign. It's already in high
In their attempt to deny

Democrat Barack Obama
a second term in the White
House, Republicans appear
to be using the same "shock
and awe" strategy employed
by the U.S. military to con-
fuse the forces of Saddam
Hussein at the beginning of
the Iraq War. While Saddam's
troops prepared to repel an

American-led invasion, U.S.
naval vessels fired hundreds
of Tomahawk cruise missiles
at key targets throughout
Iraq. The destruction of those
targets crippled any chance
Saddam had of putting up a
good fight before a major en-
gagement between Iraqi and
U.S. forces was fought.


Republicans are employ-
ing a similar "shock and awe"
campaign. The pre-emptive
strikes the GOP is launching
aren't so much a direct attack
on Obama as they are intend-
ed to destroy the base of his
support before the 2012 presi-
dential race begins.
Proof of this strategy sur-

faced in the wake of the attack
Republicans launched against
public-employee unions in
Wisconsin. With a movement
underway to recall eight of
the Republican state sena-
tors who joined the GOP ma-
jority in passing the bill that
stripped away most of these
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Strength often comes from

leading from the back
Since the unprecedented seventh death of a Black
man at the hands of City of Miami police officers
since last July, there has been a plethora of march-
es, rallies, tfte-&-tetes, press conferences and other forms
of social protest. Several local politicians have even joined
the foray, wielding their clout and calling on federal offi-
cials to come to Miami and get to the bottom of the string of
police-involved shootings that have this City on the verge of

Each of these various forms of complaint has been well-
founded and important as Black folks in the Magic City say
they have had more than enough. And while we applaud the
intentions of the organizers and visionaries that have pulled
these illustrative forms of protest together, one problem that
remains is the lack of overall coordination.

Let's break it down to the simplest denominator only
one person can speak at a time at the microphone. In other
words, what we really need in order to get our point across
and, presumably, have our complaints seriously addressed,
is the willingness for some of the Black leaders of Overtown,
Liberty City and Little Haiti, to take a back to be open to
stepping out of the limelight and to agree that what we face
today is greater than any one person.

We cannot say which of our leaders should move to the
forefront but what we can assert is that everyone cannot
stand in the front of the bus. Someone has to be willing to
do the work without public recognition. Someone has to ac-
cept the role of subordinate, silent partner and team player.

Consider how little the civil rights movement of the 50s
and 60s would have accomplished if Ralph Abernathy, Jes-
se Jackson, Andrew Young, Bayard Rustin and the other
"varsity team players" had all decided that they wanted to
be seen as "the man"- the position that would eventually
be bestowed upon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We have many worthy soldiers with talents, ideas and a
sincere desire to bring immediate and positive change to
the Black communities of Miami. But from where we sit,
there are simply too many wannabe chiefs an'id ot e'nugh

Central students get

an "A" for effort
It's not often that we adults stop to applaud the efforts
of teenagers most of the time they are involved in
antics that make our blood pressure rise and our hair
turn prematurely gray. In the inner city, with the host of
temptations and far from positive influences that abound,
it's amazing that some of our kids even make it out of the
"hood" in one piece.

So we felt it imperative that we salute the young men and
women of Miami Central High School for their outstanding
behavior during President Barack Obama's recent visit and
their continued commitment to improving their academic

It wasn't that long ago that school district officials from
Miami-Dade County Public Schools were considering lock-
ing the doors at Central High. And given the surge of tom-
foolery including sometimes vicious fights and other gang-
like activities that were going on, some of the students and
teachers as well were ready to ready to run for the hills.

But then a few rumblings were heard from Central's
Alumni Association which turned into mighty roars. Mean-
while, parents started spending more quality time checking
on their children and accepting more responsibility when
Juwan or Jasmine did something that was out of line. But
more than that, the students at Central, with a push from
their Energizer-Bunny-like principal, Rennina Turner, grew
weary of being labeled as the "little high school that could

The visit by Obama last week, so we hear, has only in-
creased the motivation for these students young brothers
and sisters who have been told more often than not that
they are merely fodder for failure and destined for disap-

It is impossible to describe the long term effects that the
President's visit will have on the surrounding community
and this mostly-Black high school that was once on the
verge of extinction. But given the glow that is apparent on
the faces of our young adults here in Liberty City, we think
that it has made and will continue to make a profound dif-
ference in their lives. Because our President cared enough
about their future to come encourage children that had
been written off by so many others, they have now tran-
sitioned, as poet Robert Frost once said, to "the road less

We are all proud of their decision and their efforts.
Go Rockets!

Mbe fwliami Cimes

(ISSN 0739-0319)
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GARTH C. REEVES, JR., Editor. 1972-1982
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The Black Press believes that America can best lead the
world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race. creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person.
the Black Press strives to help every person In the firm belief
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

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Black uner
Even though the unemploy-
ment rate in the U.S. is finally
beginning to inch downward,
the painful truth is that Black
unemployment continues to
remain at a crisis level. While
the overall economic forecast
appears to be improving each
month for the last year, the offi-
cial national unemployment for
the first time in more than two
years is at 8.9 percent.
There are more than 13.7
million unemployed persons in
the U.S., as of this month. But,
Black unemployment persists
in double digits above 15.3 per-
cent. For teenagers in our com-
munities, the unemployment
rate is more than 40 percent.
All labor surveys show that
Blacks have the highest rate
of unemployment of all groups
surveyed. These unemployment
percentages indicate a dire so-
cioeconomic condition for the
Black community in 2011.
President Barack Obama says
our top priority right now has to
be creating new jobs and oppor-


U.S. needs
God continues to bless Amer-
ica despite our repetitive mis-
takes. We can go back to the
1970's to realize that our de-
pendence on foreign oil can be
detrimental to our economy and
quality of life. Oil is the key com-
ponent to energy and energy is
the lifeblood of our economy. It is
absolutely essential for us to de-
velop a security strategy for our
energy needs. The longer it takes
for us to do this, the more danger-
ous our future becomes. While
this denial has been going on for
more than 40 years, technology
in Canada has positioned a re-
source we never knew we had.
Lately, scientists and engineers
have discovered that Canada has
as much oil in the ground as Sau-
di Arabia. This great land mass
has little need for that much oil
as its population is less than 30
million. Already the number one
importer of oil into the U.S., Can-
ada can now load it up as NAFTA
(North American Free Trade Act)

nployment remains too
tunities in a fiercely competitive new jobs and economic sustain-
world and we agree with him. ability for our community. Pri-
However, the challenge for the vate jobs are now showing the
our community is to increase greatest increase in the overall
meaningful and productive job national employment rate. Sim-
creation for Blacks and others ply put, we need more Black en-
ahead of the current pace of in- trepreneurs and we need more
creased employment because of businesses to be established

here will be no easy solutions going forward. But, one
thing is clear: our long struggle for freedom, justice,
equality, and empowerment is not over.

the disproportionate high un-
employment in our community.
Understanding the magnitude
of the problem is important. But
just restating the devastating
impact of high unemployment
is not going to produce the so-
lutions that we need. Improv-
ing the quality of education in
the Black community is an im-
portant factor to help increase
employment opportunities. In-
creasing the establishment
of Black-owned businesses is
another key factor in creating

and owned by Blacks so that
they can contribute directly to
the increase in providing more
employment opportunities for
African Americans and others.
There is a direct relationship
between the entrenched Black
poverty rates and the persistent
Black unemployment rates. But
these two social indicators are
also directly related to the issue
of education, particularly to the
issue of a high quality educa-
tion for Black children. Chil-
dren in our communities are

high r
three times likely to poor
as white children according to
the 2010 U.S. Census Report.
More than 40 percent of Black
children are born in poverty.
Economically impoverished
children given an inadequate
education is a formula not only
for acute unemployment, but
is also a recipe for; prolonged
social misery, unjust imprison-
ment and intractable poverty.
There will be no easy solu-
tions going forward. But, one
thing is clear: our long strug-
gle for freedom, justice, equal-
ity, and empowerment is not
over. It will be increasingly im-
portant for all of us to find new
and innovative means to take
a greater responsibility for the
economic development of the
Black community specifically
to ensure that we ourselves do
more to create the businesses,
jobs, schools and other institu-
tions that we need to improve
our quality of life for our chil-
dren and for our future.


to confront its oil crisis

gives it duty free status in trad-
ing with the U.S. We don't need
another teaspoon of oil from the
Middle East. Canada, Mexico and
Nigeria are already in the top five
nations that sell oil to us and we
just need to concentrate on doing

reserves amount to about a six
month supply. Brazil, on the
other hand, has a reserve level
of 10 years. We should manage
ourselves more like that because
right now we are terribly vulner-

WAe are in the middle of a recession and now is not
the time to enforce increased economic pain on the
American people. The Obama administration needs
to wake up and look at all the opportunities before us...

business with them exclusively.
In addition, and more impor-
tantly, we need to harvest the
great amount of oil stored under
our own land and off the shores
of our coastlines. We need to lift
the self-imposed moratoriums
on our own resources and con-
centrate on doing business with
our neighbors and become self-
sufficient. By doing this, we have
security for the next one hundred
years at least. Right now our oil

Nations that do not protect
themselves will become slaves
and victims to oil producers who
may not have good intentions for
peace and stability. I envision a
big pipeline from Canada to the
Gulf, California and the East
Coast. Oil will no longer be an is-
sue. Right now our gasoline pric-
es are approaching $5 dollars per
gallon and that will have a ripple
effect throughout every aspect of
our economy.

Rising oil prices will have an
instant spike in inflation. Gro-
ceries, clothing, taxes, interest
rates, rent, mortgages and every-
thing else about our cost of living
will be heavily impacted. A stable
and inexpensive oil reserve will
have an enormous and positive
impact on our daily living and
the future of our nation. It is time
to fight the environmental alarm-
ists and let the'new pipelines le
constructed and share in the
precious resources amongst our-
selves and our neighbors to tlie
North and South.
We are in the middle of a reces-
sion and now is not the time to
enforce increased economic pain
on the American people. The
Obama administration needs to
wake up and look at all the op-
portunities before us and start
acting affirmatively. Capitalism
is what made this nation great
and capitalism and good govern-
ment will sustain us for the fu-


Hazing hurts Black Greek life
Seven members ofeta Phi Beta into or just happen to do it's a Of course most Black
Sorority were recently charged very deliberate and specific pro- and sorority members
with hazing a University of Mary- cess. It's a conspiracy of individu- there beating people or
land pledge. The Zetas allegedly als who all pledge to themselves their oath. Instead, t
followed the usual modus operan- a code of silence in order to pro- ing to chapter meetir
di, beating the pledge with an oak tect themselves. If you're going community service -
paddle, pushing her against a wall to haze pledges, you have to set promise they made to
and causing what the police say up an illegal underground pledge nizations. But there are
were "severe bruising on the arms
and chest." Now that this has be-
come a police matter, all of the ac-ee, hazing isn't something that you just h
caused Zetas are shocked that this y h
pledge has been hazed. Yeah, right. run into or just happen to do it's a very delibe
Those involved will probably get specific process.
off with a slap on the wrist, some
sort of community service and the
national organization will get a program, identify the members of who enjoy hazing people
lawsuit that will cost them quite your chapter or organization who it is an aphrodisiac of I
a pretty penny. But I wish the aren't trustworthy, exclude them has become a fetish tha
sorority's national headquarters from knowledge of the illegal pledg- their fraternal existence
wouldn't wait until the accused are ing and then figure out when and them feel better about t
declared guilty to make a decision where to haze your pledges. The and equates to the psy
on their fate. I wish Zeta expelled idea that you're in the room where thrill that happens wh
the accused immediately and with- hazing is going on, but you didn't able to dominate some
out a hearing. Maybe then we could participate, is as absurd as say- submissive to your eve
get the attention of Black fraternity ing that you were in the pool, but That's what drives ha:
and sorority members, you didn't expect to get wet. You're power that fills the voice
You see, hazing isn't some- there, you're guilty, whether you own lives and instead al
thing that you just happen to run 'throw a stroke of wood or not. to punish the helpless

aren't out
r breaking
they're go-
igs, doing
living the
their orga-
still those

happen to
(rate and

. For them
power that
t validates
e. It makes
ien you're
ne who is
ry whims.
zers. That
Is in their
lows them
pledge in

order to come to grips wit ei
own inadequacies.
The hazers in our fraternities
and sororities are leaving a legacy
that will take years to repair and
since we see from this Zeta case
that they're willing to keep haz-
ing after they've left school, their
damage is both ongoing and con-
As Black fraternities and sorori-
ties, we've tried understanding. We
did the suspension thing and the
revoking the chapter charter thing.
Now it's time to do the draconian
thing. I'm not interested in wait-
ing until the legal system makes a
decision. I just want to know: Did
you have an illegal underground
process and were you there? If so,
I want your shingle, your para-
phernalia and your membership
card because it's quite clear that
when you participated in an ille-
gal underground pledge program,
you certainly didn't give a damn
about anyone except yourself and
your own needs. And that's as un-
fraternal as it gets.

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Governor's address confirms the worst

Just over one week ago, on
Tuesday, March 8th, Governor
Scott gave his vision for the
future of Florida in his first,
"State of the State Address."
The governor used this speech
to push hard for his budget-
slashing, tax-cutting job-grow-
ing agenda. In his 70 days
since taking office, Scott has
made some bold moves while
adding to a growing list of for-
midable foes.
His speech is being praised
by many conservatives and Re-
publicans as a great "State of
the State Address" which re-
mains on message and stays on
course. As a leader and admin-
istrator, Scott is confident that
he is making the correct moves
and decisions to resurrect Flor-
ida's business community and

it was evident in his speech.
His goal is to make Florida a
state which is business-friend-
ly and he brought and talked
about four companies that will
bring jobs to Florida: Chromal-
loy has opened a new manufac-
turing plant in Tampa and cre-
ated 400 jobs; Vision Airlines

and Dean Minardi of California
will be moving an energy com-
pany to Florida. Throughout
his speech Scott emphasized
that jobs is the number one
priority on his agenda.
Whether you are a friend or
a foe of Governor Scott, he is a
man of convictions and he has

Whether you are a friend or a foe of Governor Scott, he
is a man of convictions and he has the courage to
lead. However, it is too early to evaluate his agenda
and his budget cuts.

will begin flying to 23 cities
and plans to put more tourists
on Florida's beaches; Arthrex,
Inc., is breaking ground on a
160,000-square-foot facility
that will create 150 new jobs;

the courage to lead. However,
it is too early to evaluate his
agenda and his budget cuts.
What one can count on it that
in the months to come every-
one will feel the effects of fewer

services and a decline of work-
ers doing state jobs. With a' 12
percent unemployment rate in
the state and over one million
people unemployed, Florida
clearly faces a crisis. And as
Senate Democratic Leader Nan
Rich said while giving her per-
spective on the Scott speech,
"It doesn't seem like its aver-
age Floridians for whom the
governor is working."
Scott has laid out his agenda
- now the Florida Legislature
has the option to accept or re-
ject his initiatives. With the
Republicans holding a major-
ity in both houses, the gover-
nor's plans and initiatives will
probably be accepted. Every-
one should tighten their belts
because cuts are surely com-

I Leter to lhe Eitoir

Is our Black history no longer relevant?

Dear Editor,

As I drive around my city,
especially in the South Dade
area, I see many school mar-
quees and they tell the pub-
lic what events are being
observed. What has me so
disturbed is that everything

else seems to be more im-
portant than our own his-
tory. The marquees are a
form of communication to
the community and indicate
what our children are learn-
ing and doing. Black History
Month has passed now, but
should not be forgotten as it

Real fathers, where are you?
Dear Editor, munities and I applaud them
all. But to defend the virtue of
I know that many Blacks these mothers sometimes over-
believe the greatest problems shadows the issue of absentee
affecting us are racism and fathers, as if the presence of
economics. If this is true, ac- one negates the other.
cording to our community lead- There are some good police
ers, clergy and the masses, the officers who exercise poorjudg-
next problem facing the Black ment under stress and there
community is the police/chief are some bad police officers
of police and the mayor. who need to consider other ca-
However, I believe that father- reers. I believe the overwhelm-
less homes in the Black com- ing majority of those who wear
munity are the second greatest a badge are good, decent people
problem facing us today and involved in a very dangerous
is a plague on our communi- profession. It's hard to believe
ty. Looking at all the woes in that any police officer gets up
our community- drug addic- in the morning and plans or
tion, teen pregnancy, illiteracy, plots to kill a Black man.
grade retention, incarceration We don't need Al Sharpton
and Black-on-Black crime or Congresswoman Frederica
the common thread running Wilson calling for a federal in-
through them all is the absence vestigation; we need to investi-
of the father/male role model in gate the rampant violence that
a child's life. results in the deaths of dozens
There are single mothers who of Black men, women and chil-
raise their children to become dren throughout the County
productive citizens in our com- every year. Our inept Black

Students seemed thrilled with Obama's recent visit to Miami

Central but will it really make a difference in
SHANTELL BROWN, 39 that he took time out to talk ARDESPRA FLOREAL, 27
Security Officer, Liberty City with them was significant and Nurse, Liberty City
They figure if he can make it to
I think it be President, what can they do I think it was
will have a i someday? good for them

good impact
on our chil-
dren because
loves Obama.
So, I think it
was a good

Student, Liberty City

I think it
will promote
change that
the president
came to talk
with them 1
because he is
very influen- f
tial in Amer- '
ica. The fact

Teacher's aide, Liberty City

I felt that
it was ex-
to have Bar-
rack Obama
visit and was
the best thing
that could
have hap-
pened to the
City of Miami. It uplifted the
sprits of the students to see
that a Black president came to
visit them to see how he could

and will mo-
tivate them
to learn more
and to go 4
to college. I
think it was
very positive
for them es-
pecially since they have im-
proved their school grade.

Student, Liberty City

I think it i
was inspiring;
for the kids
at Central.I
At one time
I heard they
did not have
enough books ..g

their lives?
for all the kids that attend the
school. I think that was an in-
spiration for all of them, espe-
cially the young men.

Retired, Liberty City

I think they
will change
for the better
because he is
the President.
I think that
will encour-
age them to
stay in school
and do what

they have to do to graduate.

. I for one believe that
if you give people a thorough un-
derstanding of what confronts them
and the basic causes that produce it,
they'll create their own program, and
when the people create a program,
you get action .."
Malcolm X

is a direct correlation to our
local community's history.
Has Black history become
null and void? Let's not al-
low our history to be invis-
ible and unravel the progress
we've made in our relation-
ships with each other. Our
school marquees show what

community leaders and clergy
never miss a Kodak moment
when a White/Hispanic po-
lice person kills a Black man.
But they remain deliberately
inconspicuous when Blacks
are slaughtering other Blacks,
shooting police officers or rob-

has taken place recently;
the signs show sweetheart
dances, drama shows, cyber
safety, FCAT and bake sales.
Surely, our history deserves
more respect than that!

Marion A. Harris, II
Miami, FL

bing and terrorizing women
and children in our communi-
Real fathers, real men . .
where are you?

Valarie Person-Baker
Miami Gardens, FL

Universities across Florida are seeing that hard times are
about to get harder. They are beginning to target a wide range
of degree programs as the Florida Legislature begins slash-
ing education, social services and other critical programs to
make up a nearly $4 billion budget shortfall. Among the tar-
gets at Florida State University, the bull's-eye is on music
theory and composition. At the University of Central Florida,
it's forensic science. And at Florida A&M University, it's Afri-
can-American studies. Stay tuned.

Many folk are getting anxious about Florida's five nuclear
reactors and proposals to build up four new ones in light of
the crisis in Japan. Florida Power & Light, the state's larg-
est utility has two nuclear generators at its Turkey Point
plant near Miami and two in St. Lucie County that combined
enough electricity to power about one million homes. It has
proposed expanding the four units and adding two new ones
at Turkey Point, at an estimated cost of $18 billion. Progress
Energy has an 860-megawatt nuclear generator near Crystal
River and wants to build two new units in Levy County.

Tallahassee As part of a federal probe into former Sen.
Mandy Dawson, an FBI Investigator last week collected the
Fort Lauderdale Democrat's oaths of office she signed in 2002
and 2004. The investigation stems from the criminal fraud
investigation into fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn, a Hollywood
ophthalmologist who testified in federal court on December 9
that he funneled $82,000 to the senator through one of her

There are more Subway stores on the planet than McDon-
ald's. Has McDonald's lost its grip? Not overseas, where it has
nearly twice as many stores as the sandwich chain, and not
in terms of worldwide sales. Still, it's a coup for Subway. The
chain has been promoting the beautiful aspects of its food
since 1996, well before Jared went on TV with his Subway
diet in 2000, and this without even reformulating the meat,
according to Subway spokesperson Les Winograd.
One month after 10-year-old Nubia Barahona was found
dead in the bed of her adoptive father's pickup truck, state
child welfare administrators fired two workers connected
with the case, including the investigator assigned to look into
an abuse report four days before the girl's body was located.
Five other employees also received reprimands: the agency's
top Miami administrator, Jacqui Colyer, and four workers at
the state's abuse hotline, counselors Katie Stuck, Marvina
Jackson, and Brian Gautier, and supervisor Milton Hart.
***** ***
The news this week that the Philadelphia Catholic Archdio-
cese placed on leave 21 priests accused of sexually abusing
minors was a reminder that the U.S. church-abuse scandal
is far from resolved nearly a decade after it came to light. Five
suspects will appear in court. They face charges, including
child endangerment, assault and rape. The 21 priests were
put on leave following a grand jury report last month that
lambasted the archdiocese for allowing 37 priests to remain
around children.


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BV Michelle Faul ... People walk past clothes will not appear on any of the from doing so.

Associated Press

py meets philanthropy in a
new international clothing
line being launched by Nel-
son Mandela's foundation.
The 46664 Apparel line,
named after Mandela's in-
mate number at Robben Is-
land Prison, features colorful
clothing that is supposed to
make wearers look good on
the outside and feel good
Profits from Mandela's
project will help sustain the
foundation's charitable gifts,
while boosting South Africa's
troubled textile and clothing
industry, officials said at a
news conference at the Nel-
son Mandela Foundation re-
With the launch, the foun-
dation joins a small but grow-
ing club of socially conscious
sartorialists, such as Edun,
a line founded by Bono and
his wife in an effort to bring a
steady, sustainable manufac-
turing industry to Africa.
The 46664 line features
brightly colored men's sports-
wear and intricately pat-
terned, African-influenced
women's wear, all designed by
Seardel, South Africa's big-
gest textile and clothing man-
Mandela was the 466th
prisoner at Robben Island, a
wind-swept penal colony in
the Atlantic off Cape Town,
in 1964. The anti-apartheid
icon spent 27 years in pris-
ons for fighting white rule. He
became South Africa's first
Black president in 1994, win-
ning office in all-race elec-
tions that spelled the end of
Golf shirts and jerseys car-
ry a small embroidered up-
held palm symbolizing Man-
dela's hand and alluding to
his challenge at the 46664
London concert in 2008 for
"new hands be found to lift
the burden."
"You are not just investing
in a piece of apparel ... you
also are investing in a plan
that will continue to spread
that humanitarian legacy"
of Mandela, said foundation
board member Achmat Dan-
He said the 46664 cam-
paign has evolved since its
start to raise global aware-
ness and prevention of HIV
and AIDS to "confronting and
inspiring action to address
the broader social injustices
in our society."
Seardel CEO Stuart Queen
pointed to special touches in
the clothing colorful Afri-
can shweshwe cloth discreetly
lining the waistband of a pair
of pants and chinos closed by
two brass buttons and one
red button, all branded with
"Everywhere you look,
there's a surprise," Queen
told journalists.
But many South Africans
will not be able to afford the
clothing. When the brand is
launched in South Africa in
August, a T-shirt will cost
about 180 rand ($26). A man's
collared shirt runs about 600
rand ($86). A quarter of South
Africa's work force is unem-
ployed. The minimum month-
ly wage for a farm worker is
1,300 rand (less than $200).
The clothing will be sold at
the group's own store, to be
opened August in downtown
Johannesburg, as well as at
upmarket Stuttafords depart-
ment stores. It also will be
available online. Next year,
Danger said, the line will
launch internationally, prob-
ably in Britain and the United
Danger said Seardel paid
the foundation a royalty of one
million rand (about $143,000)
and the foundation will get a
share starting at seven per-
cent of annual turnover rising
to nine percent.
The money will help the
foundation's sustainability,
Danger said, describing how
last year it had been forced
to stop supporting projects in

Ghana and Tanzania.
He said Mandela's image


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during the launch of an in-
ternational fashion clothing
line by the Nelson Mandela
Foundation in Johannesburg,
South Africa, Wednesday,
March 9.

clothing a commercializa-
tion some find distasteful.
Mandela has fought law
suits to prevent his name be-
ing used for commercial gain.
His lawyers in 2005 confront-
ed a clothing company that
applied to register Mandela's
prison number, preventing it

A more recent controversy
erupted last year when Man-
dela's family, including el-
dest daughter Makaziwe and
grandson Mandla, launched
House of Mandela wines.
Many were outraged but
Mandela gave the commercial
project his blessing.



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Hearing on radicalization of

U.S. Muslims touches nerves

By Alan Gomez

Pete King concluded a House
Homeland Security Commit-
tee hearing recently that in-
vestigated the radicalization of
Muslims in America, the New
York Republican said he hoped
it put to rest the "mindless
hysteria" that preceded it.
His comments followed near-
ly five hours of debate that in-
cluded Rep. Al Green, a Texas
Democrat, passionately ques-
tioning why the remaining
factions of the Ku Klux Klan
aren't also being investigated
for their acts of terrorism. Rep.
Sheila Jackson Lee, another
Texas Democrat, said the hear-
ing amounted to an "abuse of
power" by King, the committee
chairman who organized the
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.,
one of two Muslims in Con-
gress, left the committee room
in tears after scolding King
because of the hurtful mes-
sage the hearing would send to
Muslims all over the world.
"These are individuals, not
entire communities. When you
assign their violent actions to
the entire community, you as-
sign collective blame to a whole
group," Ellison said. "This is
the very heart of stereotyping
and scapegoating."

King had his defenders on
the committee, as Republicans


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Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., one of two Muslims in Congress,
said the hearing was "the very heart of stereotyping and scape-
goating." He left the room in tears.

repeatedly said they embrace
the Muslim-American commu-
nity but would be negligent in
their duties if they ignored the
number of homegrown terror-.
ists inspired by radical Islam.
Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif.,
said he had participated in
panels that investigated the
continuing presence of Nazi
war criminals in the U.S. and,
as California attorney general,
investigated skinhead groups
and militias.
"My point is that we are look-
ing at a specific problem, and
we're trying to deal with it," he
King said that the hearing

was fruitful and that it would
be the first in a series.
"To .back down would be a
craven surrender to political
correctness and an abdication
of what I believe to be the main
responsibility of this commit-
tee to protect America from
a terrorist attack," he said.
The hearing was one of the
most controversial of the new
Congress, with lines of people
trying to cram into the hearing
room on the third floor of the
Cannon House Office Build-
ing. An overflow room was
opened to accommodate the
crowd, and extra security was
on hand.

Five-year minimum OK'd for felons

Scott and the Florida Cabinet
recently imposed a minimum
five-year waiting period for con-
victed felons to apply to have
their rights restored, setting up
a more onerous standard than
the state has used for the past
three decades.
Florida now joins only two
other states Kentucky and
Virginia that require felons
who have completed the terms
of their sentences to apply to
have their rights restored. Crit-
ics say the new process is a re-
turn to post-Civil War Jim Crow
laws crafted to prevent Blacks
from voting.
"The Board today didn't just
go back to before the Gov. Crist
reforms; they went way, way
past that placing brand new,
long-term restrictions on get-
ting basic rights restored," said
Howard Simon, executive direc-
tor of the ACLU of Florida. "The
new administration that runs
Tallahassee today demonstrat-

ed their hostility to the
mental right of any dem
the right to vote."
Scott and the Cabine
ing as the board of ex
clemency, approved th
rules unanimously afte

ing 30 minutes of public com-
ments limited to two minutes
per speaker. The rules were not
available for review until min-
utes before the board's meeting
began last week.
Under the new rules, felons
convicted of non-violent crimes
can apply to have their rights
restored without a hearing five
years after they have completed
their sentences and paid resti-
tution, while felons convicted of
violent crimes must wait seven
years to apply and then win ap-
proval in a hearing.
Florida had a five-year wait-
ing period for all felons from
1975 to 2004, when then-Gov.
Jeb Bush eliminated the wait-
ing period for non-violent fel-
ons but required them to apply
funda- for the restoration of rights. In
locracy, 2007, Gov. Charlie Crist and
that Cabinet put in place the
et, act- automatic restitution of rights
:ecutive for non-violent felons who had
ae new completed their sentences.
r hear- "Felons seeking restoration

Jaman faces potential radiation threat

continued from 1A

Around eight hours after the
explosions, the U.N. weather
agency said winds were dis-
persing radioactive material
over the Pacific Ocean, away
from Japan and other Asian
countries. As concern about the
crippling economic impact of
the nuclear and earthquake di-
sasters mounted, Japan's Nik-
kei index fell as much as 14 per-
cent before ending down 10.6
percent, compounding a slide of
6.2 percent the day before. The
two-day fall has wiped some
$620 billion off the market.
Two of the reactors exploded
on Tuesday at the Fukushima
Daiichi plant after days of fran-
tic efforts to cool them.
"The possibility of further ra-
dioactive leakage is heighten-
ing," a grim-faced Kan said in
an address to the nation. "We
are making every effort to pre-
vent the leak from spreading. I
know that people are very wor-
ried but I would like to ask you
to act calmly."

Despite pleas for calm, resi-
dents rushed to shops in Tokyo
to stock up on supplies. One
general store in Roppongi dis-
trict, sold out of radios, flash-
lights, candles and sleeping

In a sign of regional fears
about the risk of radiation,
China said it would evacuate its
citizens from areas worst affect-
ed but it had detected no abnor-
mal radiation levels at home.
Air China said it had canceled
flights to Tokyo.
Several embassies advised
staff and citizens to leave af-
fected areas. Tourists cut short
vacations and multinational
companies either urged staff
to leave or said they were con-
sidering plans to move outside
Lam Ching-wan, a chemical
pathologist at the University
of Hong Kong, said the blasts
could expose the population to
longer-term exposure to radia-
tion, which can raise the risk of
thyroid and bone cancers and
leukemia. Children and fetuses
are especially vulnerable, he
"Very acute radiation, like
that which happened in Cher-
nobyl and to the Japanese
workers at the nuclear power
station, is unlikely for the popu-
lation," he said.
The full extent of the destruc-
tion from last Friday's 9.0-mag-
nitude earthquake and tsunami
that followed it was still becom-
ing clear, as rescuers combed
through the region north of To-
kyo where officials say at least
10,000 people were killed.

Whole villages and towns
have been wiped off the map by
Friday's wall of water, triggering
an international humanitarian
effort of epic proportions.
About 850,000 households
in the north were still with-
out electricity in near-freezing
weather and at least 1.5 million
households lack running wa-
ter. Tens of thousands of people
were missing.
Hiromichi Shirakawa, chief
economist for Japan at Credit
Suisse, said in a note to clients
that the economic loss will like-
ly be around 14-15 trillion yen
($171-183 billion) just to the re-
gion hit by the quake and tsu-
Even that would put it above
the commonly-accepted cost
of the 1995 Kobe quake which
killed 6,000 people.
The earthquake has forced
many firms to suspend produc-
tion and global companies, from
semiconductor makers to ship-
builders, who face disruptions
to operations after the quake
and tsunami destroyed vital
infrastructure, damaged ports
and knocked out factories.
"The earthquake could have
great implications on the glob-
al economic front," said Andre
Bakhos, director of market an-
alytics at Lec Securities in New
York. "If you shut down Japan,
there could be a global reces-

The hearing featured testimo-
ny from two men whose young
relatives had been recruited to
perform terrorist acts.
Melvin Bledsoe of Tennessee
explained how his son convert-
ed from the Baptist faith to Is-
lam and later traveled to Yemen,
where he received terrorist train-
ing. His son is now charged in
the killing of a U.S. Army private
outside a military recruiting sta-
tion in Little Rock. Bledsoe said
Thursday's hearing was neces-
sary so more parents wouldn't
have to endure his experience.
"We're talking about stepping
on their toes, and they're talking
about stamping us out," Bledsoe
said, referring to terrorist orga-
nizations that are actively re-
cruiting American youth. "This
is a real thing happening in
Sheriff Leroy Baca of the Los
Angeles County sheriff's office
testified before the committee
and said it was right to study the
effects of Muslim radicalization,
but stressed that other religious
and ethnic groups also need
attention. He said the Muslim
community has worked closely
with his deputies to root out po-
tentially dangerous elements in
Los Angeles.
"Evidence clearly indicates a
general rise of violent extrem-
ism across ideologies," he said.
"Therefore, we should be exam-
ining radicalization as an issue
that affects all groups regard-
less of religion."

to get rights
of civil rights demonstrate they
desire and deserve clemency
only after they show they're
willing to abide by the law,"
Scott said before the vote by .the
all-Republican panel comprised
of Attorney General Pam Bondi,
Chief Financial Officer Jeff At-
water and Agriculture Commis-
sioner Adam Putnam. All four
were elected to their posts in
Bondi, a former prosecutor,
had floated the idea of the rules
changes at the new board's first
clemency meeting two weeks
But recently, it was Scott who
was calling the shots.
When asked by Putnam for
specifics about the new rules,
Scott's staff explained the pro-
cess that also does away with
waivers for an eight-year wait-
ing period for certain felons
seeking the right to carry a
firearm and a 10-year waiting
period for others to apply for a

Man accused of killing girlfriend arrested
An 18-year-old man, wanted for the murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, has
been arrested in Miami, just one day after her family made a tearful plea to the
public for help to find the suspect.
Jay Benjamin Thomas Stubbs was arrested March 2 and booked into jail on a
charge of second-degree murder.
Police say an argument between Stubbs and his girlfriend, Tracy Gabriel, es-
calated into violence on February 28 at a Miami apartment on the 1500 block
of NW 1st Place. During the argument, police say, Stubbs pulled out a gun and
shot her.
Police say the couple had been dating for about six months.
Gabriel leaves behind a four-month-old boy.
Stubbs appeared before a bond court judge recently. His case was reset for a
probable cause hearing to be held Thursday morning. He remains held without

Man who shot tow truck driver facing charges
A Hialeah man accused of shooting a tow truck driver was charged with two
counts of attempted murder after a 'repo' attempt went wrong, police said.
The entire incident was caught on tape by a surveillance camera of a nearby
apartment building.
Police said Vladimir Perez-Niebla, 35, shot a tow truck who was repossessing
his vehicle. The tow truck driver, who was later identified as 28-year-old William
Del Valle of Hialeah, was shot in the stomach.
The incident happened March 9 near Palm Avenue and 23rd Street around
9:45 p.m. Hialeah police spokesman Detective Eddie Rodriguez said Del Valle
was in the process of repossessing Perez-Niebla's car when the he came out
and started shooting.
Del Valle has been released from the hospital and is resting at home.

Fort Lauderdale
Well-dressed robbers tie up woman in home
Police are asking for the public's help to find two well-dressed men who tied
up a woman during a home-invasion robbery last week.
The robbery occurred at about 9:50 a.m. on March 3 in the 4400 block of
Northeast 25th Avenue, according to Detective Travis Mandell.
Wearing business suits, the robbers broke into the home, tied up the 51-year-
old resident and rummaged through her belongings, police said.
They fled before the police arrived.
Police investigators suspect the incident was isolated.The robbers chose the
home for a particular reason, police said.
Police ask anyone with information to call Detective Almanzar at 954-828-
5546, Detective Wood at 954-828-5344 or Broward County Crime Stoppers,
anonymously, at 954-493-8477.

Two home searches yield three arrests
Searches of two Fort Lauderdale homes recently resulted in three arrests
and an array of illegal drugs and stolen property, police said.
The searches were conducted at 842 NW 1st Ave. and 804 NW 4th Ave. and
police said community complaints led to their obtaining the search warrants.
Confiscated were a half-ounce of crack cocaine, worth about $600; a .45-cali-
ber handgun; a stolen all-terrain vehicle; multiple sets of fake IDs and about
$600 cash, according to Fort Lauderdale Detective Travis Mandell.
Mandell did not identify the three people who were arrested because, he
said, the arrests were part of a continuing criminal investigation.

Arrest made in Miami Gardens teen murder
Miami Times Staff Report year old boy bleeding to death
on a living room floor from a
The Miami Gardens police gunshot wound in his back.
have made an arrest "' i He died on the scene.
involving the shooting From information
death of a 16-year-old .developed during the
teenager last month. I \ investigation, po-
, According to police '" lice took 18-year-old
spokesman Captain - D'Vonte Stewart into
Ralph Suarez, the custody last Friday.
shooting happened on He's been charged
February 25 around with first degree mur-
the 3500 block of NW STEWART der and is being held
177th Terrace. When of- without bail at the Mi-
ficers arrived, they found a 16- ami-Dade jail.






M-D College student group vows to make a difference

Haitian students seek links with classmates L // //.. .. /.

By D. Kevin McNeir

Last Wednesday, as part of
the Miami International Film
Festival, a special benefit
screening was held at Miami
Dade College's Wolfson Cam-
pus auditorium. The film, "Nou
Bouke [We're tired]: Haiti's
Past, Present and Future," fea-
tured the film's producer, Joe
Cardona and Nancy San Mar-
tin, executive producer.
But the real 'stars' at this
screening were without a doubt
students from the College's
Haitian Boukan and Miami
Dade Student Life organiza-
tions. They partnered during
the event to bring more aware-
ness among their colleagues as
to the ongoing plight of those
living in Haiti. Many of the stu-
dents, particularly those who
are members of the Haitian
Boukan Club were either born
in Haiti or have relatives that
hail from the struggling nation.
"One of our earlier events
this year was held on the an-

niversary of last year's mas-
sive earthquake," said Max
Delphonse, 20. "The point was
to tell our friends here at Mi-
ami Dade College that those
of us with direct ties to Haiti
still remember the many lives
that were lost. In addition, we
wanted to make a difference
during our stay at the College
but teaching others about our
history not only our past but
what is going on in our coun-
try's present."
Delphonse adds that one of
the things he and his club mates
continue to learn through their
lessons at the College, are more
proactive ways to promote their
unique culture and ideas about
improving its future.
Delphonse is an example of
many of the young, upwardly
mobile Haitians who now live
in South Florida. He was born
in Haiti and came to the U.S.
when he was 14. Since then
he has attended and gradu-
ated from Miami Edison Se-
nior High:School. In the fall he
plans to transfer to Florida In-

ternational University.
Another member of the Hai-
tian club, Bethuel Pierre, 19,
says that while he tries to re-
main optimistic, he sometimes
feels as if his fellow classmates
really do not understand how
painful the memories of the
earthquake are to him.
"Sometimes it is a little dis-
heartening because I feel like
they turn the other ear," Pierre
said. "Even when we are just
doing something simple to pro-
mote our culture, not many
people tend to show up. But
we aren't going to stop. Being
a part of this film's screening
is just another way to show we
have pride in our culture."

As one of those quoted in the
film said, "For some Haitians,
hope is all you have. When you
no longer have hope . you
After the screening several
producers of the film answered

-Miami Times photo: D. Kevin McNeir
Student activists at Miami Dade College include: Guy Vital, 20; Niouseline St-Jean, 20; Bethuel
Pierre, 19; and Max Delphonse, 20.

questions from the audience.
"This tragedy [the earth-
quake] affected all of the peo-
ple, both those in Haiti and
those who are part of the Hai-
tian.Diaspora," Cardona said.
"When we were working on it,
we first were concerned with
making sure we included as

many perspectives as possible.
But in the end, the voices that
really mattered, and those
that are featured prominently
throughout the film, were the
everyday people those were
lucky enough to survive."
Cardona added that from
his vantage point, the U.S.

still has a lot that needs to be
changed in terms of its foreign
"The U.S. policy towards
Haiti is abhorrent at best,"
he said. "What is clear about
those who live in Miami is that
foreign policies are often the
local issue here."

SunPass woes

continue for Florida

Turnpike users

By Randy Grice gestions for a problem like ...' ..
rgriceC'mianiiiiiesoniitne.cr m this. '. '
"If you still have any ques- ....
While much has been said tions and cannot get through FAM U's aal
about the celebrated and re- to the SunPass 800 line for FAM U s annual

cent launching of cashless'
tolls along the Florida Turn-
pike in Miami-Dade County,
some drivers'are still hav-
ing problems with their daily
commute. but Chad Huff,
Florida Turnpike Enterprise's
pubbc information and mar-
keting manager, says prob-
lems were expected with
this project.
"No problems have been
experienced that were not
anticipated," he said "The
Homestead conversion to
all-electronic toll collec-
tion is on-going. While the
mainline and ramp plazas
have been configured to
handle electronic rolls only
as of February, there is still
a good deal of construction
that is underway and that
will continue until the end of
the year."
Besides worsened traf-
fic conditions caused by the
demolition of the familiar
tollbooths, there have been
reports of other concerns.
Bruce Cole, one Florida mo-
torist. said he is having trou-
-ble registering his SunPass
and cannot get anyone to help
"I can't use the computer
so I called and for two days
I kept on calling: I got a busy
signal every time I called,"
Cole said.
Huff has offered some sug-

whatever reason, people can
still contact the public in-
formation office at 800-749-
7453 during normal business
hours," Huff said. "Although
we do not have access to the
SunPass computers. we will
attempt to assist where \we

According to Huff, the cash-
less change was made a few
months back with safety and
mobility in mind.
-Cashless toU provides the
safest, most convenient meth-
od to pay tolls." he added.
"Electric toll collection par-
ticipation on the Homestead
Extension stood at approxi-
mately 80 percent of all traf-
fic when the conversion was
The installation of SunPass
express lanes in South Flor-
ida in 2007-2008 resulted in
an approximately 60 percent
reduction in collisions at toll


president's tour

makes stop in Miami

By Randy Grice

Last week James Ammons,
iprai- ent of 'Vri-da A&M Uni-
versity visited South Florida
as part of his fourth annual
president's tour. Ammons met
with students, parents, busi-
ness executives and alumni.
In addition, he spoke at Carol
City Senior High School and
awarded scholarships on the
spot to students who met the
Presidential Scholarship re-
"We want to leave some of
this money in South Florida;
we don't want to take it back
to Tallahassee with us," he
At a private luncheon with
leaders of alumni chapters
and donors from South Flor-
ida, Ammons discussed sev-
eral recruitment issues.
"The requirements to get
into state schools are going
up and that is going to be an
issue for us," he said. "In the
past you only needed a 2.0
[Grade Point Average (GPA)] -
now you need a 2.3."
Romania Wilson, president

of Miami-Dade County's chap-
ter of the National Alumni As-
sociation (NAA), expressed
concerns about the Univer-
sity's recruitment'"fforts and
offered some solutions for at-
tracting potential students.
"I was at a recruitment fair
and FAMU was not represent-
ed," Wilson said. "We as chap-
ters can help out. Just send us
the material and we can do it."
FAMU currently offers the
Distinguished Scholar Award,
a full scholarship, to students
who have 1800 on the SAT or
27 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA.
In addition, partial scholar-
ships will be offered to incom-
ing freshmen who have at least
a 1650 on the SAT or 23 on the
ACT and a minimum GPA of
Other FAMU representa-
tives at the luncheon included:
Mary Smith, president of the
Broward County chapter of the
NAA; and Willie Williams, vice
president of the Miami Gold
Coast Chapter of the NAA.
The president's tour included:
The Villages, Leesburg, Winter
Haven, St. Petersburg and Na-
ples. Miami was the last stop.

Overtown youth

urged to "chill with

the violence"

By Randy Grice
rsr ce t2iiia,litimesonhiiiii" .it

On Sunday, March 6th, the
Overtown Community Over-
sight Committee presented its
first ever."Chill with the Vio-
lence" life maze and concert.
The festivities were held at the
Overtoin/Culmer Neighbor-
hood Center, 600 N.W. 3rd.
The event consisted of a
full day of activities that were
aimed at bringing awareness
to the consequences that vio-
lence and ignorance ha\e.
The youth of the community
were active participants in the
event. The mazes-were geared
towards discouraging teens
from making bad decisions.
The life maze was created like
the game of Life partici-
pants had to make a decision
on which path they would go
All the paths started out at a
party and broke off into dif-
ferent scenarios. One path led
to a domestic violence scene


while another ended with a
car crash caused by a drunk
driver who was subsequently
sentenced by a judge.
"The event was great and
it sent a positive message to
the community." said Com-
mander Lazaro Ferro, hMami
Police Department. "It was a
realistic approach to offer our
kids that truly resonated with
them I look forward to having
this great event next year"
Even volunteers at the event
were pleased with the out-
"Our youth are our future
and we must do all we can to
make sure they have a future
and a bright one at that," said
Alfonso D'Niscio Brooks.
Physicians and health care
professionals from the Univer-
sity of Miami Health System
were also on-site helping to
present a variety of medically-
related topics affecting teen-
agers, as well as to provide in-
formation on specific medical



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Fort Lauderdale honors civil rights pioneer
By Scott Wyman said Marsha Ellison, president she fought for the desegregation of Black leaders in Fort Lau- "a' modest woman with a big
of the Fort Lauderdale branch of of restaurants, hotels, schools derdale. Art Kennedy, longtime heart and extraordinary vi-
FORT LAUDERDALE Eula the NAACP. "She just wanted to and movie theaters. aide to U.S. Rep. Alcee Hast- sions for the community."
Johnson led the way to end seg- be treated like everyone else. She During a protest at a segre- ings, described her as "a deep At the groundbreaking, civil
regation in Fort Lauderdale. Now, wanted folks to be treated right gated drive-in theater, Johnson thinker and action-oriented rights activists pointed to the
her home will be preserved as a and was willing to sacrifice her- jumped in front of a deputy's person," while Circuit Judge presence of many Black of-
museum and civil rights head- self for that." shotgun when he aimed it at a Michael Robinson said she was ficials as a testament to how

Calling it a celebration of a
trailblazer, city officials broke
ground recently on renovating
the small, dilapidated house on
Sistrunk Boulevard. The muse-
um will open July 4 when plans
are for people to go from the
ribbon-cutting to the beach and
re-enact the 1961 wade-in that
Johnson helped mastermind.
Johnson died at 94 in 2001,
but her words reverberated at
the ceremony as civil rights lead-
ers played an oral history she
recorded before her death. She
recounted how she was jailed,
threatened, spat upon and of-
fered bribes to drop her protests
and allow Fort Lauderdale to re-
main a racially divided commu-

"Eula Johnson was Fort Lau-
derdale's version of Rosa Parks,"

The renovation of the Eula
Johnson House is one of the few
historic preservation efforts to oc-
cur in the largely Black northwest
section of Fort Lauderdale. The
city bought the house in 2008
and planned to tear it down, but
officials were persuaded instead
to save it.
When completed, the house
will include a museum, a wel-
come center for the Sistrunk
business corridor and offices
for the NAACP. Its dedication
comes as the city marks its
100th birthday and is under-
taking a major redevelopment
push for Sistrunk.

CAME IN 1935
Eula Johnson moved to Fort
Lauderdale in 1935 and relent-
lessly held to her conviction that
racial boundaries had to come
down. Heading the Fort Lauder-
dale NAACP from 1959 to 1967,

youngster who had joined the
picket line. On the taped his-
tory, Johnson says, "Fear is a
mean monster. I asked God to
take away the fear from me.
Fear is what kept Black people
The lack of a beach for Blacks
was a focal point of Johnson's
efforts. Johnson and fellow
activist Von Mizell organized
a group of Blacks on July 4,
1961, to march on the whites-
only beaches near Las Olas

The city sued Johnson for in-
citing chaos and being a public
nuisance. But a federal judge
ruled in her favor and forced
an end to the city's segregated
public accommodations poli-
Johnson served as a role
model for future generations

Johnson transformed the city.
City Commissioner Bobby Du-
Bose was there as was former
Commissioner Carlton Moore,
acting City Manager Allyson
Love and Police. Chief Frank

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China hunts for uranium in Namibia






By Simon Hall, Robb Stewart
& Michael Haddon

A Chinese nuclear-power
company is moving to acquire
a stake in a big Namibian ura-
nium deposit, and Beijing said
recently that China is poised to
overtake the U.S. as the world's
top user of the nuclear-power
Uranium explorer Extract Re-
sources Ltd. advised sharehold-
ers recently to take no action
while the Australia-based com-
pany reviews a takeover offer by
Chinese state-owned CGNPC
Uranium Resources Co. for Ex-
tract's largest shareholder, Ka-
lahari Minerals PLC.
Perth-based Extract, owner
of one of the world's largest un-
developed uranium projects, is
nearly 43 percent -owned by
Kalahari's board members,
who together hold a roughly 7.3
percent stake in the company,
said late Monday that they in-
tend to recommend the offer
from CGNPC-URC, which val-
ues Kalahari at around 756
million (US$1.23 billion). The
news buoyed Extract shares,
which rose 7.3 percent to 9.94
Australian dollars (US$10.05)
in Sydney recently.
The move by CGNPC comes as
China moves to boost its supply
of uranium.

Qian Zhimin, deputy direc-
tor of China's National Ener-
gy Administration, said Chi-
na's planned construction of
dozens of nuclear reactors in
the next decade meant that
it would overtake the U.S. in
terms of uranium use.
"It is a question of time. We
will not have to wait long for
it to be true. It should hap-
pen some time before 2030,"
he told the China Daily news-
The China Nuclear Energy
Association said last year
that China planned to build
at least 60 reactors by 2020,
with each requiring 400 met-
ric tons of uranium to start
operating. China already has
13 working civil nuclear reac-
tors with a combined annual
capacity of 10.8 gigawatts.
Planning will allow Chi-
na's rising demand to be met
without causing the price of
uranium to surge, Mr. Qian
"The majority of uranium
deals world-wide are done
through forward contracts
rather than spot transac-
tions, and China has always
had a long-term plan for its
uranium demand and pur-
chases," he said.
China is drafting plans for
uranium purchases for the
next decade, he said, declin-
ing to elaborate.






^.. ...

Power Play
China is seeking a stake in a Namibian uranium deposit and expects to
surpass the U.S. as the world's biggest user of the nuclear-power fuel.

Current Uranium
demand for rfeuir.dl nu(,a'-
uranium i 201. ow
i0u if.trix tons retactorss
LU.S. 9
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The country's imports of ura-
nium mushroomed in 2010 to
17,136 metric tons, more than
triple the number from 2009, as
it shipped in the raw-material
feedstock for its nuclear power
plants and reserve stocks from
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Na-
mibia, Russia and Australia,
according to government data.
Zhiping Yu, CGNPC-URC's
managing director, said Mon-
day his company was "delighted
to have secured the support of
the Kalahari board as we be-
lieve this highlights both the
attractive value of the possible
offer and CGNPC-URC's status
as an excellent partner for the
future development of the Hus-
ab Uranium Project."
Kalahari's main asset is its
stake in Extract and its result-
ing interest in the Australian
company's Husab project in Na-
mibia, one of the world's larg-
est undeveloped reserves of raw
uranium. The site is just six
kilometers, or about four miles,

Known uranium resources
in 2009
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0 Namibia, 5 '
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away from Rio Tinto's massive
Rossing uranium mine, and
the two companies are in talks
about jointly developing the
Mark Hohncn, Kalahari's ex-
ecutive chairman, said: "The
Kalahari board believes this
pre-eminent position in the
uranium sector makes CGNPC-
URC a suitable partner for the
realization of the full potential
of the Husab uranium project,
to the benefit of all stakehold-

The potential offer is subject
to a number of conditions, in-
cluding regulatory clearances
in China and Australia. CGN-
PC-URC and Kalahari have
agreed to mutual breakup fees
to demonstrate their commit-
ment to the deal.
In a written statement, Ex-
tract said that its independent
directors will consider the impli-
cations of the offer for Kalahari.
A spokeswoman for Rio Tinto,

-Bloomberg News
Chinese company CGNPC
Uranium Resources would gain
access to the Husab uranium
project in Namibia through a
takeover of Kalahari Minerals.

which owns an 11.5 percent
stake in Kalahari and a 14 per-
cent interest in Extract, de-
clined to comment.
CGNPC-URC's parent, Chi-
na Guangdong Nuclear Power
Holdings Corp., and nuclear-
power developer China National
Nuclear Corp. have signed a
string of uranium-supply deals
in recent months.
China Guangdong Nuclear
signed a uranium trade con-
tract with Uzbekistan's Navoi
Mining & Metallurgy Combine
in June, as well as an agreement
with Canada's Cameco Corp. in
November for the supply of 29
million pounds of uranium con-
centrate through 2025.
CNNC signed an agreement in
.. June with Cameco involving ap-
proximately 23 million pounds
of uranium-concentrate sup-
plies through 2020. It is ex-
ploring for uranium in, among
other areas, Mongolia, Zimba-
bwe, Tanzania and Zambia. The
company is due to ship some
700 metric tons of uranium a
year to China from 2011 from
a mine it controls in Niger, and
additional supplies from a mine
in Jordan.
Qian said that by 2020, nu-
clear power could be contribut-
ing seven to eight percent of
China's energy needs, which is
higher than the official govern-
ment target of five percent .
The National Development
Reform Commission, the coun-
try's economic planner, said
Friday that China's nuclear-
power output in 2011 would be
about 13 percent higher than
last year's,

Blacks still facing record unemployment

continued from 1A

10.2 percent but also post-
ing an unemployment rate
that has actually decreased.
Keeping an eye on Miami's
unemployment condition is
the Beacon Council, the lo-
cal agency in partnership.
with Miami-Dade County
to encourage job-generating
businesses and investors to
relocate to the Greater Mi-
ami area.
In Miami-Dade County,
employees impacted most
by the U.S. economic cri-
sis were those in construc-
tion, retail sales, banking
and real estate. On the other
hand, the hospitality indus--
try has become the State's
fasting-growing industry,
adding 32,600 jobs in Janu-
But where are the jobs in
a down-sizing economy? Na-
tional statistics show that as
the majority of U.S. indus-
tries laid off workers to sur-
vive the economic downturn,
only the educational and
health industries reported
no layoffs due. to economic
pressures. According to the

Council, non-agricultural
businesses did add about
4,100 new jobs between No-
vember 2010 and December
2010. However, the jobless
rate still remains historical-
ly high, effecting both skilled
and unskilled workers.
It's tough for Miami resi-
dents who have become
more pessimistic about find-
ing a job. Jeremy Baker, 24,
has both a Bachelor of Arts
in Business Administration
from FAMU and a master's
in Public Administration -
but is struggling to find em-
ployment. He says what frus-
trates him the most is getting
helpful feedback from agen-
cies to whom he has applied.
"Sometimes I ask if the
job is for real because even
though they are listed, I am
often told that the company
is in a hiring freeze," he said.
Baker says he would prefer
a federal job with the chance
to rise to an upper manage-
ment position. But for now,
he, like most Americans and
Miamians caught in the eco-
nomic and unemployment
downturn, says he will settle
for "something that pays the

Rick Beasley, executive di-
rector of South Florida Work-
force, says there is help from
the federal level. South Florida
Workforce is a federal program
funded by President Obama's
stimulus package. According
to Beasley, unemployment in
local Black communities is ex-
tremely high. Consider the fol-
lowing statistics: Liberty City
28.3 percent; Overtown 26.3
percent; Little Haiti 25.2 per-
cent and West Grove 10.7 per-
cent all compared to M-D
County's rate of 13 percent.
"The competition for employ-
ment is quite high," he said.
He added that while South
Florida Workforce does not fo-
cus on any particular ethnic
group, it does target areas of
high unemployment, consid-
ered enterprise zones or em-
powerment zones. South Flor-
ida Workforce has helped local
residents find employment by
helping community residents
re-train and re-skill to indus-
tries where employment is
more favorable. Those seek-
ing jobs can list their resumes
and preview a list of available

jobs on the statewide job bank.
There is also a financial incen-
tive for employers to hire local
residents. Employers are reim-
bursed for the cost of training
a new employee.
Beasley also touts the part-
nership between the Workforce
and the Children's Trust to de-
velop a summer training pro-
gram for kids.
"Why?" he asked. "What
do children do? They spend,
which stimulates the economy.
They help Mom and Dad pay
light and water bills."
It is important to note that
federal assistance which has
kept many Blacks afloat will
soon come to an end. The fund-
ing for the Obama stimulus
package and subsequent fund-
ing for programs like South
Florida Workforce, which has
serviced over 500,000 resi-
dents, comes to an end in June
And with the Republican-
dominated Florida House re-
cently cutting 'state unem-
ployment benefits from 26 to
20 weeks, despite passionate
pleas from Democrats, our
state becomes the only one in
the Union to provide less than
26 weeks of state benefits.

-Dominic Nahr
Sandile Zungu, in his Johannesburg office, is at the center of
debate over Black Economic Empowerment.

South African

program draws fire

Critics maintain economic policy

for Black empowerment benefits a

few who already are successful

By Peter Wonacott the population, according to
study last year commissioned
JOHANNESBURG-As a by the Johannesburg Stock
young g engineer in South Af- Exchanee. Whites occupy
rica's apartheid era, Sandile nine of ten chief-executive
Zungu was once asked by a positions, according to a sur-
white subordinate to use a vey by lobbying group Busi-
separate toilet. As a business- ness Unit- South Africa of the
man in the post-apartheid era nearly 300 companies listed
of Black empowerment, com- on the exchange.,
pany doors of all kinds have
opened to him. CHANGE COMING
In little over a decade, the Change is in -he works. The
44-year-old has amassed a Department of Trade and In-
fortune by building a! broad dustry last month wrapped
portfolio of business invest- up a three-week process of
ments, from financial ser- accepting bids from legal ex-
vices to pest control. African perts who wish to participate
art adorns his office walls in amending BEE legislation. A
Johannesburg's swank Sand- goal is to prevent companies
ton business district, and he from feigning black ownership
drives a black Mercedes se- through token shareholders
dan to meetings, even if it and to deter BEE monitoring
means traveling a dusty road agencies from falsely certify-
to a gold mine. .. -ing&,compliaace, according,.tp-
But mounting criticism, of. :Nomnonde Me.sat b v.a. chief di-
the Broad-Based Black Eco- rector of BEE for the depart-
nomic Empowerment policy ment.
that has made that possible "We have .had some issues
is pulling Zungu and other of opportunistic misbehav-
Black moguls into a national ior," she says. She plans to
debate over how to right his- have a review group in place
tory's wrongs without upend- this month and hopes that
ing business in Africa's larg- by June to have proposals for
est economy. improving the legislation. Any
BEE, as the policy is widely substantive changes would be
known, reaches across indus- subject to parliamentary ap-
tries, compelling domestic proval, but amendments can
and multinational companies be handled in phases to speed
operating here to meet such up the process.
benchmarks as Black own- The cloud over BEE is one of
ership, skills training and several concerns to investors,
development 'in poor com- particularly in South Africa's
munities. Ford Motor Co. last mammoth mining industry.
month said it plans to build The government recently halt-
a center to support Black- ed awards of some mineral
owned, automobile-parts sup- rights. And the ruling African
pliers. Microsoft Corp. last National Congress has said
year announced a $65 million it will consider nationalizing
program to cultivate young, mines, although officials and
Black software developers, executives play down those
And Belgium's Rezidor Hotel prospects.
Group AB, which operates
such brands as Radisson Blu RICH COUNTRY
Hotels and Resorts, expand- The result is that one of the
ed a partnership with black- world's richest countries in
owned South African enter- mineral and metal reserves
prise Mvelaphanda Holdings has been struggling to attract
(Pty) Ltd. investment. While a downturn

Critics, however, say BEE
too often rewards people who
are already successful. The
Economic Development Minis-
try in November deemed BEE
largely a failure, saying it fo-
cuses too much on deal mak-
ing and not enough on sup-
porting new entrepreneurs
and creating jobs in a country
where it estimates unemploy-
ment is 40 percent for people
between 16 and 30 years old.
A recent audit of mining
companies by the Department
of Mineral Resources found
that many Black shareholders
knew little about their busi-
nesses. "The BEE partners,
in most cases, don't show up
for site visits," Minister Susan
Shabangu says. When they.do
show, they are "clueless about
Despite BEE, Blacks own
only 18 percent of the avail-
able share capital in the top
100 listed companies in a
country where whites make
up less than 10 percent of

in global commodities prices
was partly to blame, foreign
direct investment in other
developing economies fared
better, rising 9.7 percent on
average, the U.N. said. South
Africa's attractiveness among
mining companies as an in-
vestment destination fell to 67
from 61, out of 79 locations,
according to a recent survey
by the Fraser Institute, a Ca-
nadian think tank.
Shabangu, the mines min-
ister, is leading a delegation
to Boston, New York and To-
ronto this month in an effort
to drum up interest from in-
Zungu has been at the cen-
ter of the BEE debate, thanks
to a deal he announced last
August with a unit of Lux-
embourg-based mining gi-
ant Arcelor Mittal. Under the
agreement, valued at the time
at about nine billion rand, or
more than $1 billion, Arcelor's
South African unit will lend
Zungu and other BEE part-
ners money to invest in a proj-
ect with a guaranteed return
over the course 14 years.







Zora Neale Hurston:


By D. Kevin McNeir with a much youngerr man and does of her life
kmn. netriiirnairNtin'cuilitc' i.'ni bear some similarities, in fact, in "Myl English teacher noticed thz
her three marriages. which all failed had a talent for writing and obser
"Courage" is the last word that cel- shortly after each trip to the altar, that while I was always reading
ebrated author Zora Neale Hurston the man in her life was younger wasn't reading any Black author
(1891- 19601 wrote in her letters just and all of them wanted to make HWu- Freeman said "Two things happen
before her death And from her fight ston a child-bearing, housekeeping after mi encounter I saw in her w
to be respected as an equal among woman a role she found impos- an irreverence for the way the Bl
her most\ male colleagues who corn- sible to accept Church remained male domina

poised the majority of authors and
artists of the Harlem Renaissance
during the 1920s and 30s. to her le-
gal battle in 1948 to clear her name
of false charges of child molestation.
Hurston was a Black woman who
knew what she wanted and refused
to let obstacles or life stand in her
In a new book by Virginia Lynn
Movlan (University Press of Florida.
20111. "Zora Neale Hurston's Final
Decade," readers are treated with
some of the finest scholarly research
about the most prolific Black female
writer of the 20th century and the
last 10 years of her life.
Hurston was actually born in No-
tasulga. Alabama but would claim
Eatonville, Florida as her place of
birth. Eatonville. about five miles
from Orlando, was a place of solace
for Hurston during her formative
years as it was one of the first all-
Black communities to be incorporat-
ed it would be her introduction to
the beauty of Black folk life without
the debilitating specter of racism.
The book for which she is most
widely known, "Their Eyes Were
Watching God," was published in
1937 and took her only seven weeks
to complete. And while it is far from
autobiographical, "Eyes" was written
just after Hurston ended a love affair

One of the most endearing qualities
about Hurston, according to lMolan.
was her refusal to depict Blacks as
"defeated, humiliated, degraded or
victimized" in her works. She chose
to portray Black life in which they
were unconcerned with white people
and unaware of problems attributed
to being Black.
Described as loud. coarse, arrogant.
independent and eccentric. Hurston's
w writing career spanned over 30 years.
Yet she died in relative obscurity in
1960 alone. It wasn't until Alice
Walker resurrected her impressive
volume of works in the 1970s that the
contemporary world began to under-
stand the genius that she possessed.
Oprah Wmfrey would contribute to
resurrecting the works and spirit of
Hurston when she produced a televi-
sion version of "Eyes" in 2005.

Local radio legend and lifetime
South Florida resident, E. Claudette
Freeman, 47, says she was first intro-
duced to Hurston while a ninth grad-
er at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior
High School and recalls it as being
one of the most important moments

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even though women were doing so
much of the vork, second, i had an
absolute awv akening as a young Black
woman b\ reading another Black
woman in search of herself. Hurston
"as a woman \who wanted to love and
experience life while not being con-
fined or contained simple\ because
she %.as a woman Growing up in Lib-
ert, Cil\ and then reading Hurston
and also James Baldwin who wrote
about Black love i-n the ghetto, I was
able to relate."
Freeman adds that she was also
"blown awa'y by Hurston's quest to
understand who we are as Blacks"
"Some critics say she had no place
for God in her life but that wasn't so."
Freeman adds "She just needed to
find a god. a spirit or a divinity that
v;ent beyond the rigid and domineer-
ing image of 'The Maker' as she called
it. In the last 12 years of my radio
career I worked at a gospel station
and I saw people walk away from the
church. We have an entire genera-
tion that needs God but can't find a
way to connect to a God that helps
them live and love themselves. Hur-
ston was in search of more than the
10 Commandments as an answer to
her questions about life. I think many
of today's young men and especially
young women, are looking for the
same thing."

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Hurston was actually born in Notasulga, Ala-

bama but would claim Eatonville, Florida as her

place of birth. Eatonville, about five miles from

Orlando, was a place of solace for Hurston during

her formative years as it was one of the first all-

Black communities to be incorporated.

Dr. Enid C. Pinkkney: Dedicated to a life of service

By Simone Gill
Miami Times writer

Witnessing racism first hand
can be a daunting experience
for most, but not for Dr. Enid
C. Pinkney, whose father was
assaulted by a white police of-
ficer in her presence as a child
in the late 1930's. At that time,
Miami was still a racially-vola-
tile and divided city. But that
singular experience would be-
come a pivotal turning point
that fueled her passion for
helping others and opened a
doorway that led to a life of

service to her community.
She ways that childhood
memory, forged on a dark Mi-
ami street, made her realize
that "people had to have cour-
age to stand up for what they
believed to be right despite the
consequences." White police
officers randomly stopped her
father on a bogus traffic viola-
tion charge, then proceeded to
arrest and slap him when he
refused to remove his hat. Her
father's steadfastness in pro-
tecting his stance and dignity
earned him not only the re-
spect of the police officers and

his subsequent release, but
provided her with a valuable
lesson that positively affected
her life's journey ever since.

Pinkney, a historian, pres-
ervationist and activist, is the
third child of Bahamian im-
migrants, Lenora and Henry
Curtis and was born in Oc-
tober of 1931 in Miami-Dade
County. She graduated from
Booker T. Washington High
School in 1949 and later re-
ceived a Bachelor of Arts from

Talladega College in 1953 and
a Master of Science from Barry
University in 1967.
Her first job was as a social
worker from 1953 to 1955;
thereafter she worked in the
public school system until she
retired as an assistant prin-
cipal at South Miami Middle
School in 1991.
Pinkney is known as a formi-
dable leader who has worked
arduously to establish and
preserve the history of Blacks
in Miami's history. In 1948
she became the first Black
president of the Dade Heritage

Trust Historic Preservation or-
ganization. She is also founder
of the African American Com-
mittee which focuses on the
contribution of Blacks to the
In her years of advocacy
Pinkney has wrestled with
City officials to preserve his-
toric sites such as the land-
mark Brownsville Hotel, once
a thriving hub for social and
cultural life in Black Miami;
and saved from demolition the
Hampton Hotel and Lemon
City Cemetery, both sites con-
sidered reservoirs of informa-
tion for Black culture in 1930's

Although she views the pres-
ervation of these sites as ma-
jor achievements, it is her role
as one of the founders of the
Church of the Open Door, Con-
gregational, United Church of
Christ that is her pride and
"I believe that my Christian
foundation given to me by my
parents and grandparents pro-
vided a frame of reference that
inspired me to respect history
and tradition," she said.
Pinkney says she has been
influenced by a long line of
dynamic Black female leaders
including her mother, grand-
mother, an aunt and one of

her school teachers, Marie B.
Roberts, to whom she refers as
an "unsung hero."
"Mrs. Roberts was a pioneer
integrationist who believed
Black youth had to have expo-
sure to white people," Pinkney
said. "She organized many
trips to white schools, univer-
sities and other institutions
in spite of' serious rejection
and resistance. And she spoke
truth to power instead of be-
ing a victim and stood up for
others regardless of opposi-
Pinkney says her battles
with those who objected to.
her efforts to restore dignity

to the culture and history of
early Blacks in Miami have
been among her greatest chal-
lenges but her personal legacy
is testament to her refusal to
give up.
"I have always encouraged
young women to get involved
in their local communities be-
cause I know it will help them
build self-worth and confi-
dence," she said. "We have to
learn how to welcome life's
challenges as opportunities
for personal growth and turn
our dreams into reality."
Pinkney continues her work
today and lives in Miami with
her husband, Frank Pinkney.


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SINGING PRAISES: Rev. Jeremiah Wright sings "Safe in His Arms" with the choir.

Local congregation salutes ancestors on the Amistad
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continued from 1A

But it was clear that the surge
in attendance, which usually
averages several dozen, was due
to the guest speaker, the Rev.
Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., the al-
ways outspoken and sometimes
controversial former pastor of
President Barack Obama.
Wright, 69, pastor emeritus
of Trinity United Church of
Christ in Chicago, grew a small
Southside congregation from
87 members in 1972 to over
6,000 when he stepped down in
2008. And while he may have
slowed down a step or two since
his years of active ministry,
Wright's sermon showed why
he is still considered a homi-
letic genius.
His message began with his
effort to connect the aboli-
tion movement to many of the
problems that Blacks face to-
day. He then wove his sermon
to challenge our country's no-
tions about the economy, teen
pregnancy, gay rights, which he
supports, drug addiction and
last bhut not least, racism and

' "-avbe %hat church folk got
8a Fi't Ifhat urtpedjNe
ieed to hear," he said in the
call-and-response mode in-
dicative of the Bl'ck preacher.
"Church folk put greed ahead.
of need and profit in front of
policies. What church folk say

is insane, insensitive and stuck
on stupid. Church folk often
don't know when to start prais-
ing God because they are too
busy grumbling."
As he continued, bringing
those in attendance to their feet
on several occasions, Wright
said that 'he believes many
Blacks in Miami and across the
country are lost and confused.
But he posited the belief that
the "good shepherd" is looking
to "reclaim His lost sheep."
"Church folk give you lec-
tures but the good shepherd
[God] looks for those who are
alone and in the dark and then
lifts you up because He knows
you are weak from all of your
struggles," he said.

Never one to shy away from
controversy, it was Wright's
sermon in which he blasted the
U.S. as the "U.S. of K.K.K.A."
and suggested that the Sep-
tember 11th attacks were due
to the country's foreign policy,
that led the then-presidential

Rev. R. Joaquin Willis, pas-
tor of Church of the Open Door,
said that Wright's many years
of ministry have moved thou-
sands from "hurt to healing
and from hate to hope."
"We know there are a few
protesters outside of our doors
this morning but those inside
are not only excited because
of Rev. Wright's presence but
proud to once again celebrate
the achievements of Miami's
own graduates from our histori-
cally Black colleges and univer-
Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, 79, a lo-
cal historian in her own right
and one of the church found-
ers, said she was proud to be
part of a tradition that not only
supported the freedom of all
Blacks but that encouraged
higher learning opportunities
for Black youth.
"We celebrate the history and
heritage of the Amistad survi-
vors and the early leaders of our
church," she said.
Honorees included: Elodia
Preston (Hampton University);
Gregory Major (Huston Tillotson
University); Larry R. Handfield

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ing about his I*rmer protegee and Fredricka Johnson Walker
but in other venues it has been (Dillard University). Also hon-
apparent that he was hurt by ored during the service was Dr.
Obama's attempts to distant Joreatha McCall Capers, pas-
himself from the pro-Black tor of Ebenezer United Method-
preacher. ist Church in Miami.

Survivors of violence seek help

continued from 1A

where the man whq shot my
son lives," she said incredu-
lously. "Do they want the rest
of my family killed?"
Beatty's murder remains
unsolved and under investi-
gation and was recently aired
on Crime Stoppers television
There are a number of
groups and organizations
whose stated mission is to
provide community assis-
tance but Retha Boone-Fye,
director of Miami-Dade Coun-
ty's Black Affairs Advisory
Board says they are not col-
lectively attached to the com-
"There are a lot of organi-
zations that are doing won-
derful work but the services
aren't coordinated well," she
said. "We intend to link orga-
nizations and grassroots pro-
grams so residents of Miami-
Dade County will know who
the various players are and
the kinds of services they of-
One of the more vocal
grassroots group here in
Liberty City is the Women's
Association and Alliance
Against Injustice and Vio-
lence [WAAIVE] spearheaded
by Renita Holmes.
Holmes has been instru-
mental in uniting mothers
who have lost family members
to violence while urging wom-
en who have suffered from
a violent crime to speak out
against the bloodshed in our
"If we can do it then other
groups with more funding
can do better," Holmes said.
"I'm calling for more individu-
als to come out and try to pre-

vent crime."
MDCRT works in partner-
ship with various entities to fa-
cilitate crisis intervention and
counseling services to resi-
dents that have been devas-
tated by violent behavior. The
University of Miami in collab-
oration with the Jessie Trice
Community Health Center has
teamed up with MDCRT. Free
therapy is offered through
a project entitled "Back on
Track" which provides support
and coping skills to victims of
violent crimes.
"These are free counseling
services and we pay you," said
LMHC, Tessa Noel. "We want
to be there to help you get
through your problems."
Participants in the study re-
ceive $200 for a total of seven
Judy Moore, another moth-
er who attended the seminar,
says she went because she was
reaching out for help. She lost
her son, Zachary, 19, to the
dangerous streets of Liberty
City. Now Moore says she's on
a mission to teach other kids
about the reality of life and the
dangers of hanging out in the
streets. To spread her message
she solicited assistance from
MDCRT and told them how de-
plorable her living conditions
"Where I live is disgusting,"
she said. "They want me to
move from the valley to the.vol-
A great percentage of crimes
go unsolved because witnesses
don't want to come forward.and
therefore be labeled a "snitch."
Robert Bozeman, 27, an an-
ti-violence ambassador for the
Black Affairs Advisory Board

and who is himself disabled
due to a gunshot injury, says
he's tired of seeing kids getting
shot up and urges residents to
speak up if they see a crime
take place.
"Don't be ashamed to speak
up if you see someone commit
a crime," he said. "Report it.
You are not being a snitch."
For Irma Williams, 51, one of
the most traumatizing events
she has faced was coming
face-to-face with the perpetra-
tor that ended the life of her
14-year-old nephew Rod. But
Williams had compassion in
her heart and didn't seek ven-
geance with the old "eye for an
eye" adage and says she was
moved to request leniency at
the shooter's sentencing.
"I opted for a plea bargain
because I didn't want to ex-
change one life for another."
Also attending the forum was
clinical psychologist, Dr. Larry
Capp who offers training arid
courses on street law and how
to behave when stopped by the
Each day the Black com-
munity loses more youth to
violence says Priscilla Dames-
Blake, vice-chair for the Black
Affairs Advisory Board.
"When these murders tran-
spire they affect the whole
community," she said. "It can
i happen to my child or your
child at any moment."
Mount Tabor MBC not only
hosted the meeting but has
connected with MDCRT as
The church's pastor, the Rev.
George McRae, says he's com-
mitted to doing anything that's
beneficial for the community.
"Whatever we can do to help,
we are ready," he said. "The
church ought to be the light in
the community."

Rebuilding could boost Japan

Earthquake recovery
By Paul Davidson

The massive earthquake that
shook Japan on Friday is ex-
pected to at least temporarily set
back an economy that has fal-
tered lately and is struggling to
recover from years of stagnation.
Ultimately, economists say
efforts to rebuild homes, busi-
nesses and highways in Japan
will at least offset any damp-
ening effects and possibly even
spark economic growth.
The most tangible effect of the
disaster on the U.S. was a drop
in oil prices. In New York, crude
oil fell $1.54 a barrel to settle at
$101.16, reversing a recent run-
up fueled by turmoil in the Mid-
dle East. Japan is the world's
third-largest oil importer. Re-
uters reported that six refineries
that account for 31 percent of
Japan's output shut down after
the quake and a fire broke out
at one of the facilities. Several
shutdowns were precautionary
measures, but it was unclear
when they would reopen.
Oil prices fell largely because
the shutdowns could limit the
country's ability to purchase oil.
In addition, economic growth
could be crimped in the short-
term, says oil analyst Phil Flynn
of PFGBest Research.
Also, several .nuclear reactors
were closed and the area around
one was evacuated after the re-
actor's cooling system failed, the
Associated Press reported.
The Japanese yen, meanwhile,
rose against the dollar after fall-
ing briefly after the earthquake
and tsunami. Win Thin, an an-
alyst at Brown Brothers Har-
riman, attributed the rise to in-
surance companies and other
businesses converting foreign
investments to the Japanese
currency in advance of spending
for the rebuilding.

could add to growth
The quake in northeastern Ja-
pan killed hundreds and dam-
aged homes, businesses and
factories. The region, which in-
cludes the city of Sendai, is in a
relatively rural part of the coun-
try, limiting the economic fall-
out. IHS Global Insight estimates
that the main area affected, the
Miyagi prefecture, accounts for
nearly 2 percent of the Japanese
Still, Toyota and Sony were
among the manufacturers that
shut down plants, most likely as
a precaution.

But Johnson says the research
firm hasn't changed its forecast
of 1.3 percent economic growth
this year.
Still, the quake is another blow
just as the Japanese economy
was slipping. It grew 4 percent
last year as businesses replen-
ished inventories depleted in the
recession, but it slipped 1.3 per-
cent in the fourth quarter.
Within months, the govern-
ment is expected to mount a
reconstruction effort that will
boost growth. The expense will
add to Japan's public debt,
which at 200 percent of gross

A tsunami-tossed boat rests on top of a building amid a sea of
debris in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, on March 14.

"It's a shock, but it's a small
shock and it's notgoing to create
a long-term effect," says David
Griffith, professor of global mar-
keting at Michigan State Uni-
Sara Johnson, IHS senior re-
search director, estimated the
disaster could cause the Japa-
nese economy to contract slight-
ly in the first quarter instead
of growing slightly as her firm
has been predicting. And Capi-
tol Economics estimates the ef-
fects could linger into the second

domestic product, is the world's
S"Overall, it will be that much
harder to deliver a credible
long-term fiscal plan" if "public
finances are in an even worse
state," says economist Julian
Jessop at Capital Economics.
For the U.S., the rebuilding
will likely prompt the Japanese
,government to sell some of its
holdings in U.S. Treasuries to
finance the reconstruction, says
John Lonski, chief economist of
Moody's Capital Markets Group.

Detroit plan makes big charter school bet

By Matthew Dolan and
Stephanie Banchero

.p pla un'-nveiled'o\er the week-
end to convert nearly a third of
Detroit's public schools into pri-
vately-run charter schools has
thrust the Motor City into the
national debate over education
The proposal is part of a bid to
improve academic performance,
save the district millions of dol-
lars and prevent massive school
closings. But it could also lead to
a political fight if scores of union-
ized Detroit public school teach-
ers lose their jobs.
"We shed all physical plant op-
erations, maintenance, security,
central overhead costs. Overall
staffing are expected to be low-
er as well," District spokesman
Steve Wasko said in an e-mail
Sunday. "Pension costs are a
major reason for this." Officials
didn't release an estimate of how
many teachers may lose their
jobs or have to reapply for them
as a part of the charter plan.

Detroit already has a larger
portion of its children enrolled in
charter schools than any other
major city except for New Orleans
and Washington. Nationwide,
about 1.7 million students attend
more than 5,400 charters, ac-
cording to the Center for Educa-
tion Reform, an advocacy group
that promotes charter school
Charters are public schools
managed by autonomous groups.
They are a favored initiative of
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne
Duncan, former New York City

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein
and former Washington -D.C,
qihop c f ^cho ee# "
Alter hurricane 'Katrina in
2005, 'Louisiana "officials 16ok'
control of the New Orleans pub-
lic school system and have since
built it into the only one in the
nation where more children at-
tend charters than traditional
schools. The transformation has
lead to substantial gains on state
achievement exams.

Of Detroit's 142 public schools,
the 41 under consideration for
independent control currently
enroll about 16,000 of the city's
73,000 students and would oper-
ate as public school academies
starting as soon as this fall. "We
want to create a marketplace of
schools," said Robert Bobb, the
district's emergency financial
manager. "It enables us to design
a new DPS at a level that is sus-
tainable given our current finan-
cial legacy deficit situation along
with an opportunity to improve
our cash flow."
Supporters of charters say they
offer choice to many low-income
children trapped in troubled or
poorly performing traditional
schools. Some teachers' union of-
ficials argue that charter schools
transfer control of education to
private entities and don't neces-
sarily perform better. Most char-
ters also hire non-unionized
In Detroit, teachers in the new
charter schools wouldn't be cov-
ered under the current union
contract, according to officials.
"We shouldn't constrain them
in the hiring of their own staff,"
Bobb said in an interview Sun-

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But Keith Johnson, president p
t Inet roi't Federatiore FoTeah-
ers, said any removal of teachers
from the union's current contract
wouldn't be legal under state law
and "would not happen under my
Anthony Adams, the presi-
dent of the Detroit school board,
supports the idea of additional
charters and said he hoped they
would model hiring based on the
current contracts. "I don't think
the reason schools aren't working
can be laid solely at the feet of the
unions," he said.
. The school board would need
to approve the charter-school
plan. But that could change if
the Michigan legislature expands
the power of emergency financial
managers in the state. Adams
called the proposed legislation
Long plagued by some of the
worst test scores, in the nation,
the district's finances have also
been hurt by declining enroll-
ment, which is expected to fall
to 58,570 students by 2014 from
about 73,000 students today.
The savings, still undefined but
expected to be more than $28
million, would come in part from
money not spent to close and
secure schools as well as funds
collected from building leases to
charter organizations. But the
district would also lose out on
state and federal aid based on
the number of students enrolled
in traditional schools.
Detroit's state-required plan to
eliminate its $327 million deficit
originally called for closing 40
schools next school year.

Nation's Republicans using dirty tactics

continued from 1A

union's bargaining rights, the
body's top Republican made it clear
what is at stake if the GOP loses
those seats. "If they flip the state
Senate ... they can take control of
the labor unions. If we win this
battle, and the money is not there
under the auspices of the unions,
certainly what you're going to find
is President Obama is going to have
a ... much more difficult time get-
ting elected and winning the state
of Wisconsin," Senate Majority
Leader Scott Fitzgerald told Fox
Unions, Hispanics, minorities

and college students are as essen-
tial to Obama's re-election hopes as
the targets destroyed by the Toma-
hawk attack were to Saddam's sur-
vival. While much of the nation's
attention was focused on the GOP's
attack on public-employee unions
in Wisconsin, Republicans were
hurling their political missiles at
Democratic targets in other states.
In New Hampshire, the new GOIP
House speaker defended his par-
ty's effort to pass a law that would
make it difficult for many col-
lege students to register and vote.
Young people are "foolish," William
O'Brien told a Tea Party gathering,
because they're "liberal" and "just
vote their feelings."
In fact, Republicans are using

their legislative majorities in doz-
ens of states to push legislation
that would sharply curtail the
ability of students and minorities
- the Democrat Party base to
In Florida, newly-elected Re-
publican Gov. Rick Scott imposed
a five-year waiting period before
non-violent felons can vote after
their release from prison. Asked
why he did ,it, Scott offered this
simple (if not simple-minded) ex-
planation: "Seemed reasonable."
In states like Georgia, Tennes-
see and Texas, Republicans are
pushing anti-immigration bills
that critics believe are meant to
curb'the growing voting strength
of Hispanics.


White House sponsors anti-bullying conference

Local schools follow President's lead

By Randy Grice

Last week President Barack
Obama held an anti-bullying
conference at the White House
where participants discussed
the harassment of students and
brainstormed strategies to phase
out bullying. The President spoke
in front of about 150 students,
parents, teachers and supporters
of prevention measures gathered
in the East Room. Obama gave
his thoughts on bullying being a
normal part of growing up.
"Bullying can have destruc-
tive consequences for our young
people and it is not something we
have to accept," he said. He also
reflected on his own experience
with bullying. "With big ears and
the name that I have, I was not
In addition, Obama touched on

some heavier issues associated
with bullying. He and other at-
tendees recalled examples from
more recent and tragic stories of
young people who killed them-
selves rather than suffer further
abuse from classmates in sev-
eral instances because of their
sexual orientation or accusations
of being gay. The conference was
the collaborated effort of six cabi-
net agencies that began last Au-
gust with a session at the Edu-
cation Department to promote
cooperation between government
and non-government players like
the national Parent Teachers As-
sociation (PTA) and Music Televi-
sion (MTV).

According to Miami-Dade
County Public School's (M-DCPS)
district policy against bully-

-Photo by Doug Mills
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, met with students
and parents on Thursday in the Oval Office as part of an anti-
bullying conference. "You have a partner in the White House,"
Obama said.

ing and harassment, the Dis-
trict is dedicated to eradicating
bullying and harassment in its
schools by increasing awareness
of the problem. In April 2008,
the Florida Legislature passed
the "Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up
for All Students Act." The statute
requires all school districts to
adopt a policy prohibiting bully-
ing. Vanady Daniels, principal at
Arcola Lake Elementary School
said her school does not have a
significant issue with bullying.
"We do not have a problem with
bullying because we are quick
acting," Daniels said. "We rec-
ognize it quickly; we do not take
any tip lightly."
She credits her success in com-
bating bullying to the preventa-
tive measures her school takes.
"We have several steps, we have
an anonymous bullying box, an-
ti-bullying posters up around the
school and our school counselors
do in class presentations on bul-
lying," she said.

Christian Williams-Pope, a M-
DCPS substitute teacher says
that bullying is a big problem.
"Yes, every day I deal with some
type of bullying problem, [so] at
least Obama is talking about the
issue," she said. "Bullying is even
more advanced now as children
have to deal with it at home too
because of the Internet."
SThe president stated that infor-
mation from his administration
about anti-bullying would be dis-
pensed through a new website,
www. StopBullying.gov.
Last October, the Department
of Education's Office of Civil
Rights addressed a letter to edu-
cators explaining their legal ob-
ligation to protect students from
bullying based on race, ethnicity,
disability or sexual preference.
Education Secretary Arne Dun-
can, who heads the administra-
tion's efforts on this issue, sent a
formal list of guidelines to state
officials that included resources
and best practices.

Discovery: Nearly 27 years as NASA's workhorse

A lasting legacy that future spacecrafts will

be hard-pressed to ma

NASA's space shuttle Discov-
ery may be hanging up its wings
after one last mission, but it
leaves a long legacy behind that
will be a challenge for any fu-
ture spacecraft to match.
Discovery is NASA's oldest fly-
ing space shuttle and the most
traveled winged spaceship in
the fleet. It has flown more mis-
sions, and carried more astro-
naut crewmembers, than any of
NASA's other shuttles, agency
officials have said.
The shuttle returned to Earth
today (March 9) after flying its
final mission STS-133 to the
International Space Station.

The 13-day mission launched
on Feb. 24 and delivered a new
storage room and humanoid ro-
bot (called Robonaut 2) to the
International Space Station.
Discovery will be retired along
with the rest of NASA's orbit-
ers later this year. It is the first
shuttle to retire, with NASA ex-
pected to announce where the
shuttles will be displayed on
April 12.
"I think the legacy that she
leaves behind is quite incred-
ible, shuttle astronaut Mi-
chael Barratt said of Discovery,
adding that the spacecraft has
been "space-kindly" to its crews,
largely due to the team of engi-
neers that maintains the ship.

"Even though it's the last time,
we really do look forward to
bringing-her back to her home
port and back into those caring
hands." [Gallery: Space Shuttle
Discovery's Legacy]
Here's a by-the-numbers look
at Discovery's lasting legacy in
space that, according to NASA,
will cement the shuttle's place in
the fleet's record books:
148,221,675: The. number
of miles Discovery has traveled
after 39 space missions. This is
a distance record unmatched
among NASA's space shuttle'
fleet. The miles traveled by Dis-
covery could have carried it to
the moon and back more than
288 times, or on 1 1/2 trips to
the sun.
40,000: The number of spec-
tators, according to NASA esti-
mates, who watched Discovery's

final launch from the Kennedy
Space Center in Cape Canaver-
al, Fla., on Feb. 24, 2011.
17,400: The speed at which
Discovery traveled (in miles per
hour) to remain in orbit. It's
about Mach 25, or five times the
speed of a bullet.
5,830: The number of orbits
Discovery has flown around the
Earth after its final flight. Dur-
ing spaceflight, Discovery com-
pletes one orbit around Earth
every 90 minutes.
1984: The year Discovery
blasted off on its maiden space
voyage. Discovery's first flight
was NASA's STS-41D mission,
which launched on Aug. 30 car-
rying three communications
satellites and an experimental
solar array wing. The mission
was commanded by astronaut
Henry Hartsfield.

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-Photo courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Space shuttle Discovery's drag chute deploys on Runway 15 at
the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in

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By Kaila Heard

Like other Anglican church-
es, the Episcopal Church of
the Holy Family (Holy Family)
in Miami Gardens, follows the
'Book of Common Prayer' and
other practices commonly fol-
lowed in traditional church
Dancing towards the altar,
however, may be a sight that
can be- seen only at Holy Fam-
But, seeing a parishioner

rhythmically prance toward the
altar is accepted, said 70-year-
old Monica Allen, who has been
a member since 1980.
Other church members agree
that the church services and
general atmosphere are any-
thing but dull.
"We're not a dead church.
We're very much alive," said
Hyacinth Miller, who is a 31-
year church member.

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Supa Cindy hosts young women's

empowerment workshops

By Kaila Heard

Chances for young women to
come together to hear positive
messages about themselves

and receive practical, helpful
guidance about the problems
they are facing are few and far
Fortunately, the girls and
young women of South Florida

were provided with just such
an opportunity this weekend.
Supa Cindy, radio star per-
sonality of 99 Jamz/WEDR-FM
and community activist, host-
ed her young women's empow-

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At previous workshops, attendants' received goodie bags as well as practical advice.

erment summit on Saturday,
March 12 at the Joseph Ca-
leb Auditorium. Each summit
has a different theme and this
year's was "I Know I Can 2011:
Be Strong, Be Me and Shine."
"I want girls to feel like they
"carni accomplish anything if
they're strong and if they're nut,
then they have to be [strong] in
order to survive in this world,"
said Supa Cindy.
The summit begins by allow-
ing girls between the ages of
11 to 21 to register and sub-
mit questions anonymously
about any topic which will be
answered at the workshops
during the day. In the past,
questions have arisen about
everything from peer pressure,

relationships, self-love, teen
pregnancy, drugs, social life
and domestic violence.
"Sometirhes the questions
are just unbelievable that a
young girl is dealing with [cer-
tain issue]. But it is their real-
ity," Supa Cindy said.
Among this year's confirmed
panelists were writer Rashida,
Bartley, Philadelphia Eagles
wide receiver Sinorice Moss,
hip hop artist Brianna, HBO
Def Poet Will 'Da Real One'
Bell, public relations manager
Yvette Harris; Power U activist
and community organizer Ja-
marah Abdulla Amani-Walker,
film director Lorenzo Thomas,
associate editor Renee Michelle
Harris, and philanthropist

Tracy Wilson Mourning.
"Even if the "I Know I Can"
young women's summit chang-
es or makes an impact on just
one young woman's life all the
hard work that goes into mak-
ing it happen is so worth it to
me," explained the radio per-
Supa Cindy's empowerment
workshops started in 2002 af-
ter the radio personality con-
tinued to receive phone calls
from young female listeners
seeking advice. Her non-profit
Supa Friends Inc., offers sev-
eral different events such as
motivational seminars, men-
toring programs and free SAT
tutorial classes for teens and
young adults.



Rev. Lomax: You can't live life.


successfully without change \

By Kaila Heard

Reverend Wayne Lomax of the Fountain of New
Life understands the importance and struggle
involved with keeping a family together.
For example, when step-families merge togeth-
er and move into a home, several logistical is-
sues crop up from who gets to use what closet
to who pays to simply learning about the habits
and routines of others. So imagine some of the
issues that the nearly 1,000 members of Foun-
tain of Pembroke Pines and the Miami New.Life
International Church went through when they
joined together last year.
Yet through out it all, they had faith that the
merger was possible.
"We believed that we had more in common than

we had differences," Lomax said. "We focused on
the things in common so we could do some great
things in Miami Gardens and Pembroke [Pines]."
The subsequent church they became, the
Fountain of New Life, now resides on two cam-
puses in Pembroke Pines and Miami Gardens.

Lomax's original church, The Fountain of
Pembroke Pines, was founded in October 1996.
Sinde then the church had grown dramatically.
Space constraints caused them to offer two Sun-
day services since the church began to attract
over 1,000 worshippers a week. The Fountain of
Pembroke Pines had been looking to buy a new
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Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church

celebrates 115th anniversary

City ofMiami's oldest Black church honors historical legacy

By Kaila Heard

Reverend McKinley Young,
the presiding bishop of the
Eleventh Episcopal District,
spoke at Greater Bethel African
Methodist Episcopal Church,
the oldest Black church in the
City of Miami, in recognition of
the church's 115th Anniversa-
ry on Sunday, March 13.
Young told The Miami Times
that the secret to such long-
lasting churches such as Great-
er Bethel A.M.E. are mainly
based on two components.
Part of it would be where
they're locate and how they
are able to reproduce them-
selves, how they empower their
youth to take ownership of the
church, explained Young.

Formally organized on March
12, 1896, the first services of
Greater Bethel A.M.E. were
held in the home of Alex C.
Lightburn, who also voted to
incorporate the City of Miami
in 1896. The steadily growing

membership soon outgrew the
private home, their tent and
even "Little Bethel" a small
frame structure located on
Tenth Street and Avenue H.
To accommodate their grow-
ing size, the wooden church
was transported to the current
location on N.W. 8th Street in
1899. On October 31, 1943, af-
ter years of construction, the
church was renamed and dedi-
cated Greater Bethel A.M.E.

In addition to its rich archi-
tectural history, Greater Bethel
A.M.E. Church also played an
active part in the communi-
ty, providing ministries such
as the Feeding the Homeless,
Food and Clothing Ministry
and Narcotics Ministry, and
the Welfare to Work Outreach
Seventy-year-old Alberta
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Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church's Pastor Eddie Lake, Pre-
siding Bishop McKinley Young and Presiding Elder John L.
Dodison enjoy the festivities during the church anniversary
on Sunday, March 13.


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St. Agnes Episcopal Church reflects upon history


By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline.com i

St. Agnes Episcopal Church celebrated
its 113th Anniversary on Sunday, January
For the Jan. 18 service, Reverend Richard
Marquess-Barry wrote to parishioners and
friends, "The past was great, the future we
must prayerfully and carefully plan but the
present is with us and that is where, each of
us must make our mark and contribution."

With the aid of Louise Newbold, St. Agnes
was founded by Reverend James O.S. Hun-
tington, the late Father Superior of the Holy
Cross. Huntington and 30 founding members
first met in a private home in October 1897.
These members were inspired to select the
name of St. Agnes for their church because
many had been identified with the Church of
St. Agnes in Nassau, Bahamas.
Bishop William Crane Gray formally orga-
nized the church in 1898.
By the 1940s, St. Agnes had become one of
the largest Black churches in the south and the
third largest Black church in the nation. Since
then, membership has declined. Currently, St.
Agnes Episcopal Church is currently the largest
congregation of the diocese of Southeast Florida
Since its first meeting that was held in a pri-
vate home, the church now has grown to include
properties valued over $7 million. St. Agnes
Episcopal Church is the "mother church" of the
Church of the Incarnation in Liberty City and the
Church of the Transfiguration in Opa-locka.

St. Agnes Episcopal Church's mission statement
is "to proclaim uncompromisingly the Good News
of Jesus Christ, Savior, in our worship, service,
study and leisure.apd through our corporate and
individual 'efforts to lift our brothers and sisters
out of despair and hopelessness by a living com-
mitted presence and involvement in the Church
Community and the Larger Community."
Marquess-Barry explained, "We believe that the
church has to go beyond the walls. It has to have
meaningful outreach into the community."
With that purpose in mind, in recent years
the church has gone beyond offering traditional
services such as feeding the hungry. St. Agnes
Episcopal Church has developed commercial and
housing units in Overtown and is now helping to
complete an office facility to serve the Overtown
Metro Rail Station.

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Whole world could live with his view of God

Rev. Gomes'legacy: A

Godfor all mankind

By DeWayne Wickham

As soon as I heard about
the passing of the Rev. Peter
Gomes, I wondered how many
Bible thieves he came across
when he arrived in heaven.
Whatever the number, I'm sure
he was glad to see them.
Gomes,. the longtime Har-
vard Divinity School professor
of Christian morals, died a few
days ago of complications from
a stroke. His life spanned just
68 years, but his professed
understanding of God and the
Bible is the kind of knowledge
that transcended a single life-
time and challenged the or-
thodoxy of religious purists.
In The Good Book, a best-
seller he wrote in 1996, Gomes
told the story of how some of
his colleagues reacted when
an anonymous donor offered

to fill the pews of The Memo-
rial 'Church at Harvard with
a gift of Bibles. They warned
that putting The Holy Book
throughout the sanctuary
would be an invitation to steal
That, in essence, was the
nature of Gomes' ministry. He
was more pastor than preach-
er; more interpreter of The
Good Book than a literal en-
forcer of its every word. He'd
rather have someone come to
church and steal a Bible than
stay away and never explore its
pages. But as important as the
Bible was to him, Gomes real-
ized the harmful impact of its
misuse. He constantly warned
of those who either "trivialize"
or "idolize" the Bible. Both, he
said, "miss its dynamic, living,
and transforming quality."
In fact, many of the world's
enduring conflicts are waged
in the name of religion, with
each party claiming to have
God on its side.
But Gomes said God doesn't

The Rev. Peter Gomes of The Memorial Church at Harvard

pick the winners of wars, presi-
dential elections, sports cham-
pionships or music awards.
When I asked him during a
1996 interview that I did for
CBS News why people so often
thank God when good things
happen to them, Gomes turned
the question on its head. "The
great question is, 'What hap-
pens when you lose?' Did God
abandon you, or did God cause
you to lose? Or did God go over
to the other side?" God, Gomes
told me, doesn't take sides.
A Massachusetts-born con-
servative Baptist, Gomes was
nothing if not a contrarian.
For much of his life he was a
Black Republican who in 1991
announced that he was gay.
Fifteen years later, he became
a Democrat and backed the
election of Deval Patrick, Mas-
sachusetts' first Black gover-
A past president of the Pil-
grim Society, Gomes spoke
with the authority and ca-
dence of a New England Yan-

kee and the passion of a Black
intellectual an emotion that
was nurtured during his stint
on the faculty of Tuskegee
Institute in Alabama, one of
the nation's most prestigious
Black schools.
In a 60 Minutes interview in
1997, Gomes rocked the pri-
macy of the spiritual beliefs of
many in this country. God, he
answered Morley Safer, is not
an American; the Bible wasn't
written in English; and when
Jesus returns, he will not like-
ly show up in Tulsa or some
other American city. Gomes'
religious beliefs had no patri-
otic anchor and established
no supremacy of one secular
group of people over another.
In this life, he believed, those
who would steal a Bible from
church were just as likely to
find a place in heaven as the
people who worried that stock-
ing pews with The Good Book
would tempt a sinner to take
I hope he's right.

Crusade to end biblical illiteracy goes online

nIsts Suspended

By Audrey Barrick

In an effort to combat biblical
illiteracy, a group of 30 seminary
professors have made them-
selves available to provide free
education to the public.
The free education comes in
the form of a blog launched
this week with regular posts on
anything from prayer and spiri-
tual formation to historical the-
ology and biblical exposition.
"At a time when biblical literacy
is at an all time low and there are
so many muddled, uninformed
viewss of the Bible, something
like The Good Book Blog is such
a breath of fresh air," said author
of Hipster Christianity and blog-
ger Brett McCracken.

The Good Book Blog features
daily posts by faculty from Bio-
la University's Talbot School of
In his blog posts, Edward W.
Klink III, assistant professor of
Biblical and Theological Studies,
makes an argument on "the theo-
logical necessity of an historical
interpretation of the Bible." And
Gary Manning, Jr., associate
professor of New Testament, of-
fers helpful tips on how to read
the Gospel of John.
The language presented in
each post ranges from simple
layman's terms to more robust
theological discourse.
Overall, the Good Book Blog
aspires to be a resource for any-
one seeking solid biblical schol-

arship and a vital addition to the
online evangelical discourse.
It comes just months after bib-
lical illiteracy in the church came
to light with a poll by the Pew Fo-
rum on Religion and Public Life.
The poll found that compared to
other faith groups, atheists and
agnostics knew most about the
Bible, church history, world re-
ligions and religion in public life.
Protestants trailed in religious
knowledge behind not only athe-
ists but also Jews and Mormons.
Notably, white evangelical
Protestants were among those
with the highest levels of knowl-
edge on the Bible and Christian-
ity. Mormons were the only ones
to score higher.
Still, pastors have acknowl-

edged that biblical illiteracy in
the church has been a prob-
lem for some time now. Pastor
Randy Frazee, senior minister of
Oak Hills Church in San Anto-
nio, Texas, called it the church's
"dirty, little secret."
With that, Biola professors
have taken initiative to resource
the wider Christian world, not
just seminary students, and
train them in the study of God's
McCracken applauded the
project, commenting, "For a sem-
inary to take its vast academic
resources and put it online for
the world's benefit is not only to
be lauded, but it's to be modeled.
More schools should be doing
things like this."

". .
Cardinal Justin Rigali

THE NEWS: The -rchdilr.ese OI Philidelpha slaid It had Eus-
pended 21 Roman Catholic priests from active ministry in con-
nection with accusations of sexual abuse or other inappropriate
behavior with minors.

BEHIND THE NEWS: The sweeping action followed a
damning grand jury report accusing the archdiocese of a
widespread cover-up of predatory priests lasting for decades.
It was a major embarrassment for Cardinal Justin Rigali, who
initially said that there were no priests in active ministry who
faced credible allegations of abuse.

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Bebe Winans announces last tour, retirement

By Gary Graff

He knows some people might be
skeptical, but BeBe Winans is ada-
mant that the upcoming Still Some-
thing Big tour will be his last with
sister CeCe Winans.
"I feel on the inside that this is our
last go-round," Winans, who's been
recording with his sister since 1984,
tells Billboard.com. "I don't see me
doing this outside of this year." Wi-
nans sees the gospel duo's Holly-
wood Walk of Fame star prevention
on Oct. 19 as a convenient conclu-
sion to their musical association. "I
told [CeCe], 'Sweetie, I think that's
the day we say, 'Thank you. See ya.
So long. Have a great life,' he ex-
plains. "That's not to say that we'll
never sing again, but it is to say

Millrock Holy Mission-
ary Baptist Church invites
everyone to their 'Old Tyme
Revival' March 16 18, 7
p.m. nightly.

New Beginning Em-
bassy of Praise is hosting
the S.D. James Evangelistic
Assoc. International Women
Conference, March 23-27.
Services will be held 8 a.m. -
5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Apostolic Revival
Center is hosting a basic
computer skills class which
will begin Tuesday, April 5.
Classes are 10 a.m. 1 p.m.,
Tuesday and Thursday.
Class size is limited, so reg-
ister early. 305-835-2262.

Holy Ghost Assembly
of the Apostolic Faith is
hosting an Appreciation Pro-
gram on March 19 at 8 p.m.

that it's not going to be a
continuation of BeBe and
Winans says he also feels
that 2010's "Still," which 2
was nominated for a pair
of Grammy Awards and
five Stellar Awards -- with
the single "Close To You"
named BMI's Most Per-
formed Gospel Song of the
Year -- brought the sib-
ling's recording career to a
natural end. "It had been
15 years since we did an Be
album together," he notes,
"so to come back and do the album,
I felt it was important for us to say
goodbye in the manner of honestly
saying goodbye. The album [got] a
wonderful reception and an appre-

The Youth In Action
Group invites you to their
"Saturday Night Live Totally
Radical Youth Experience"
every Saturday, 10 p.m. -
midnight. 561-929-1518

Tree of Life Ministries
is hosting a Gospel, Praise,
Dance and Rap Concert on
March 20 at 5 p.m. at Em-
manuel Missionary Baptist
Church. 954-213-4332 or

Running for Jesus
Outreach Ministries for
Youth invites the commu-
nity to their first anniversary
on March 26 at 7:30 p.m. at
Emmanuel Missionary Bap-
tist Church. 954-213-4332
or 786-704-5216.

Soul Harvest Creative
Praise Ministries invites
you to their Revival 2011

ciation that caused
us to look back and
say, 'Wow, it's been
s a great journey.'
4, ) But every journey
comes to an end, so
I believe it's going
S. to be that for us."
It's not just BeBe
and CeCe that Wi-
Snans plans to put
\ on ice, either. Turn-
ing 50 in 2012, Wi-
'/' nans says, is "a
e Winans good enough rea-
son to say 'so long'
to the touring and the craziness that
goes on with that." In other words,
he's taking himself off the road en-
tirely? "Yes sir," Winans says, "with
a capital Y-E-S and a capital S-I-R."

on March 17 -18, at 7:30
pm nightly. 786-985-2566
or visit www.soulharvestcre-

A Mission with a New
Beginning Church will be
feeding the hungry every sec-
ond Saturday of the month.

The Universal Truth
Center is hosting mini-
workshops for youth ages 11
18 during their Seasons for
Non-Violence on March 19,
12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 305-

New Mt. Zion Mis-
sionary Baptist Church is
sponsoring a trip to the Holy
Land park in Orlando on
March 19. 786-303-3797.

Redemption Mission-
ary Baptist Church holds
a Fish Dinner every Friday
and Saturday; a Noon Day
Prayer Service every Satur-
day; and Introduction Com-
puter Classes every Tuesday
and Thursday at 11 a.m.

and 4 p.m. Reverend
lie McCrae, 305-770
or Mother Annie Chap

0 Holy Ghost Asse
of the Apostolic Fail
vites everyone to thei
sistant Pastor Apprec
Program on March 19
p.m. 305-836-6258.

New Life Family
ship Center is host:
free Wonen's Workshc
Match 26 at 1 p.m. ar
vites the community to
Bible Study Class at 7
every Wednesday. 305

A Mission with a
Beginning Church
bers invites the comr
to their Sunday We
service at 11:15 a.n
Thursday, Prayer Me'
at 6:30 p.m. and Bible
at 7 p.m.

N Come along an
Saint Cecelia's ch

The Winans kick off the Still Some-
thing Big Tour, which also features
Mary Mary, on April 1 in their birth-
place of Detroit. And Winans won't
be hard-pressed for things to do in
the future. He's just finishing the
script for a stage musical currently
titled "Through My Eyes: The Wi-
nans Family -- The Musical," which
will feature seven or eight original
songs and other selections from the
storied family's catalog. Casting is
expected to start soon, and Winans
himself -- who has been in compa-
nies for "The Color Purple," "Don't
Get God Started" and "Civil War" --
has agreed to perform in initial pro-
ductions, which are currently being
shopped to regional theaters and
could be on the boards before the
end of the year.

SWil- of Saint Agnes Episcopal
-7064 Church on Thursday, May
)man, 26-30,2011 to Atlanta, Geor-
gia and Shorter, Alabama. If
interested sign up with Betty
embly Blue, Florence Moncur and
th in- Louise Cromartie. 305-573-
;r As- 5330.
at 8 0 Shady Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church now of-
fers a South Florida Work-
Wor- force Access Center for job
ing a seekers open Monday Fri-
op on day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Maggie
nd in- Porcher, 305-448-8798
p.m. M The True Word of the
5-623- Holiness Church invites
you to attend worship ser-
vices on Thursday nights at
a New 8 p.m. and Sundays at 10
mem- a.m. 305-681-4105.
worship E Christ The King AOCC
n. on Church in Miami Gardens
etings cordially invites you to Bible
Class study class to be held on the
first and third Mondays from
6 -7 p.m. 305-621-1513 or
d join 305-621-6697. Liz Bain,
iapter 305-621-1512.

Miami Gardens Episcopal Chrch celebrates diversity

continued from 12B

Family's mission statement says that
the church's purpose is "to create an
environment of faith, hope and love
by empowering our congregation to
participate in uplifting all people of
the world through worship, ministry,
evangelism, fellowship and disciple-
Founded in 1957, the Holy Fam-
ily originally had a majority white
congregation. However, as the demo-
graphics of the neighborhood have
shifted, so did those of the church.
According to the church's rector,
Reverend Horace D. Ward, there are
24 different nationalities currently
represented within the congregation.
"Holy Family is a church of all the
people of all nations," said Ward.
During the recitation of the Lord's
Prayer, it is not unusual to hear the
[prayer/words] in several different

languages including English, Span-,
ish, French, Creole, Jamaican Pa-
tois, Yoruba, and Dutch.
Currently, the church has approxi-
mately 515 members and is growing,
according to Ward, who has been
rector of Holy Family for the past 16
years. Now, nearly one third of the
congregation are youth members.
Ward believes that growth stems
from the church's dedication to
spreading the message of Jesus
Christ, while serving and being ac-
cessible to its own congregants, and
the larger faith and secular com-
One example of that commitment
is during the Lenten season, Holy
Family participates with other Mi-
ami Gardens churches such as the
Harvest Fire Worship Center, Pen-
tecostal Tabernacle and Parkway
Baptist Church for joint services in
the afternoon.
The Episcopal Church of the Holy

Family itself has various ministries that does not exclude anybody in
to benefit members of the cimmu- nee~," sa id lien, noting thit non-
nity including a branch of the na- members can have their funerals,
tionally recognized prison ministry, weddings and even baptisms at the
Kairos, and a tutoring/mentor- church.
ing ministry for Miami-Dade grade Within its own sanctuary, the
school students. Last year, the church always attempts to reach
church even founded a Text Prayers out to those within its congrega-
Partners Ministry, where prayer re- tion. With so many congregants
quests are sent by text to members who have an international heritage,
cell phones. the church also celebrates vari-
Meanwhile, the church often hosts ous countries holidays and impor-
various Caribbean high school tant events. They even make sure
alumni associations events, to align the back wall with various
"We just reach out and in reach- flags from their member's home
ing out we invite the community at countries.
large in and out of that comes the Charlene Wheat, assistant to the
growth," explained Ward, whose Holy Family's pastor, sees these
own personal motto is "include all, events as normal for the church.
exclude none." "It's only natural that you will
That motto is extended to every- celebrate the people around you,"
one, regardless of whether they are Charlene explained. "If you cry then
a member of the Episcopal Church we cry and that's the sense of fam-
of the Holy Family or not. ily that prevails [at the Episcopal
"This is a church that is open, Church of the Holy Family]."

continued from 12B

Wells Godfrey, a member of the
church for 51 years, remembers
how the church was frequently in-
volved in' the larger community's
"Many of the rallies were held
,right there in the church," said
Godfrey, who recalled the church's
supporting the fight to desegre-

gate lunch counters "during the
Civil Rights Era.
Like other businesses and insti-
tutions in Overtown, Greater Beth-
el also felt the impact displaced
residents due to the construction
of 1-95 through the neighborhood.
Godfrey explained, "It was a well
attended church, all the pews were
filled, but through the years we've
lost many members."
And while the church has man-

aged to maintain ties amongst sev-
eral generations of families, they
have struggled to attract younger
members. However, Godfrey be-
lieves the church is learning how
to address those issues.
"There was a long dry period
when we were really struggling
because most of our members
are older members, but now the
church is beginning to thrive,"
Godfrey said.

Now some of the church's efforts
to reach out to the younger com-
munity include enhancing their
Youth and Children's Ministry, re-
furbishing a computer lab to be
open to the public as well as open-
ing a Children and Family Library
in the upcoming weeks.
Reverend Eddie Lake was ap-
pointed Greater Bethel A.M.E.
Church's 23rd pastor in December


Using two campuses helps a church and its congregation to thrive

continued from 12B

sanctuary for sometime when it
discovered the building at 4601
N.W. 167th street in Miami Gar-
dens. The warehouse had been
converted into a sanctuary by
the Miami New Life Interna-
tional Church. Unfortunate-
ly, the Miami Gardens senior
pastor had passed away a few
years before and the church
was struggling onward with ap-
proximately 100 members.
Although Lomax thought
the two would churches would
make a good fit for one another,
he knew there would difficul-
ties to combining them from
everything to spacing to unit-

ing different congregations.
To help ease the transition,
Lomax used several strategies
focused on transparency.
"The plan of attack was to be
as open and as honest as we
possibly could," said Lomax,
who emphasized communica-
tion amongst church members.
Though the congregation was
excited about the new sanctu-
ary, about 300 members, for
various issues such as trans-
portation concerns, preferred
to continue to worship at their
Pembroke Pines site.
Yet, the financial burden of
maintaining the campuses was
eased when the Fountain of
New Life began sharing their
Miami Gardens facility with a

separate church.
Now, Lomax conducts three
Sunday services. One morning
service is held at the Pembroke
Pines location, followed by two
more at the Miami Gardens
The 54-year-old minister is
pleased with the churches'
"Unless someone told you,
you wouldn't be able to discern
that this was formally two sep-
arate congregations," he said.

The non-denominational
church offers various minis-
tries including an Aerobics
Ministry, Tutoring Ministry,
Children's Ministry, High

School Ministry and a Senior
Adult Ministry.
Last year, the church stopped
offering Sunday School and
mid-week Bible study entirely.
Instead, they offer "Growth
Groups." Each Sunday morn-
ing, groups of about 12 mem-
bers meet to discuss various
biblical stories and lessons.
The members of group can be
selected based upon a wide va-
riety of criteria from common
interests such as "Empty Nest-
ers," "Care Givers," "Couples,"
etc. The groups, which last for
10 weeks, can also be based
upon ages such as young adult
and senior citizens.
Lomax, a married father of
three children, created the

groups to help the members
connect and socialize more
with their fellow church mem-
bers who often live in different
neighborhoods than them.
"The small groups break
down walls and they allow peo-
ple to velcro together and cre-
ate bonds," he explained.

As far as his style, the senior
pastor of the Fountain of New
Life prefers to remain flexible
and preaches upon several dif-
ferent topics through out the
So far this year, he has had
a series of lectures focusing
upon "painkillers" (materi-
als or events that "numb us to

the presence and grace of god"
from depression, disease, di-
vorce and even death) and "cul-
tivating a spirit of generosity."
Recently, he began his lat-
est six week series, "Sex in the
The huge topic will talk about
a variety of subjects from sexu-
al habits, temptation to even if
churches should accept sexual
predators as members.
Lomax explained, "My goal in
this series is not to beat people
up but to deal with sex realisti-
The Fountain of New Life's
campuses are located at 4601
N.W. 167th Street in Miami
Gardens and 21113 Johnson
Street in Pembroke Pines.


Historic Overtown A.M.E. Church prepares for the future



Real men

pray outdoors

Churches target outdoorsmen

to close gender gap in pews

By Bob Smietana

When he wants to talk to God, Ted
Bratcher goes to church.
Or he- goes hunting.
He helped organize Franklin Road Bap-
tist Church's Father and Son Sportsman
Day, held recently at the church's campus
in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The event fea-
tured bow hunting and turkey calling con-
tests, a wild game dinner, a climbing wall
and a preaching elk hunter.
The idea, Bratcher said, is to tell men
who don't like church about Jesus and to
show them that churchgoers can be fun
Many churches are using man-friendly
events to address the gender gap in the
pews. While most church leaders and
preachers are men, women outnumber
them in congregations. Among evangeli-
cals, 53 percerit are women, 47 percent
men, according to the U.S. Religious Land-
scape Survey from the Pew Forum on Re-
Mainline Protestants and Catholics are
split at 54 percent women and 46 percent
men. Among historically Black churches,
the ratio is 60 percent women, 40 percent
David Murrow, author of Why Men Hate
Going to Church, said the gender gap is
no accident. Churches let men do practi-
cal work such as setting the budget and
taking care of the building but don't ad-
dress their spiritual needs, he said.
"Most church ministry is like the Ti-
tanic," he said. "It's women and children
Because of that, Murrow said, men are
less likely to show up at church. To change
that means starting church on time, re-
moving flowers and pretty banners and,
more challenging, setting up programs
that appeal to men.

This man-friendly approach has led to
some hunters and fishers to set up their
own Christian ministries.
Hunters with a spiritual bent also can
connect online through sites such as www.
outreachoutdoors.com. The site's organiz-
ers post and sell tideo.- [haf mix 'u hng
scenes with spiritual lessons. There are
also online forums where hunters can ex-
change tips and talk about God and the
Chad Thede, one of the organizers, said
they want to capitalize on the interest in
deer hunting.
"We understand that there is an antler
craze out there right now," he said. "God
created the antlers he can use them for

Hat program at


Prayer Center

Pastor Pricillia McCray and the Interna-
tional Prayer Center Church family invites
you to our Hat Program entitled, "Women
With A Cover" on Saturday, March 19 at 1-3
This event will be held at Roosevelt Gar-
den, 2841 NW 11 Street in Ft. Lauderdale.
There will be a $15.00 denotation at the
door. Brunch will be served.
For more information, call 888-339-6558.

Need a blessing?
Join Ann Abraham Faith Ministries, 12
p.m., March 20 at 3415 Grand Avenue. This
will be a blessed place for blessed people.
Also, we will be in revival March 21-25.
Elder Robert Abraham will be the speaker.

BLACKS~~~~ Mu_ COTO THI W E i15 H IM IE, AC 62,21

E-books are

a hot story

at libraries

But budget cuts may spoil

the happy ending for readers

By Jonathan Ellis

Public libraries across the USA are seeing
a surge in demand for electronic books at a
time many are facing budget cuts that'make
it difficult to satisfy it.

Heather Stephenson, a librarian in
Sioux Falls, S.D., shows how to download
a book.

OverDrive Inc., which supplies electronic
books to 13,000 libraries worldwide, report-
ed a 200 percent increase in e-book circula-
tion in 2010 from 2009.
Though library officials see the value in
providing e-books, many don't have the
money to keep up.
"Libraries are facing huge budget cuts all
across the country," says Audra Caplan,
president of the Public Library Association.
In 2007, first lady Laura Bush recognized
the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North
Carolina as one of the USA's best. Now that
library is closing four branches and laying
off employees.
_"Wf didsee a ,huge uptick in new users
and use of our e-books," said Linda Ray-
mond, the library's materials management
manager. "And no, we don't have a way to
address it because of our budget."
To lend out titles, libraries buy e-book
licenses from publishers. A single-copy
license lets a library lend an e-book to a
user for a set time, says David Burleigh,
OverDrive's director of marketing. Once
returned, it's available to another patron.
Licenses vary widely in price, depending
on the title, says Jodi Fick of Siouxland
Libraries in Sioux Falls, S.D. A license
for John Grisham's The Confession costs
Siouxland $28.95. For a printed book, the
library would have gotten a 40 percent
discount, said Kim Koblank, who oversees
buying for Siouxland. 4
Maryland's Montgomery County Pub-
lic Libraries have had the budget for new
materials slashed from $6.4 million two
years ago to $3 million, said Barbara Webb,
chief of collection and technology manage-
ment. That doesn't leave enough money for
traditional materials, much less e-books,
she said, adding that the system is trying to
redirect money toward e-books.
Library officials also are concerned about
the different formats among e-readers, said
Denise Davis, deputy director of the Sac-
ramento Public Library Authority. "If you
chose the wrong path, you've made an enor-
mous investment in a technology that was
very short-lived," she said.
This spring, the Sacramento library will
test a program to lend out 100 Barnes &
Noble Nook e-readers. The Nooks will be
preloaded and patrons can return them at
any of 28 branches, Davis said.
The Hennepin County Library in Minne-
apolis is increasing its e-book capacity. Last
year, the system spent $35,000 on e-books.
This year, it's spending $350,000, despite
Budget cuts, said Gail Mueller Schultz,
head of collection management.
Library patron Beth Hindbjorgen of Sioux
Falls, S.D. welcomes the investment. "I
think it's the way we're heading for a lot of

'Golden Rule' can protect weaker children


By Stephanie Samuel

Christians are urging youth
groups take a cue from the White
House conference on bullying by
stepping up efforts against bully-
ing and spreading the love of Jesus
Golden Rule Pledge founder War-
ren Throckmorton praised Presi-
dent Barack Obama's conference
as a reminder that Christian youth
should be taking the lead on bul-
"Christians should be known
for being peacemakers and treat-
ing others the way they want to be
treated," stated Throckmorton.
His Golden Rule Pledge website
provides resources for bullying pre-
vention to churches. Since bully
victims had made news, Throck-
morton said that churches from
all groups began showing interest.
Still, more interest needs to shown,
he said.
Andrew Marin, president of the
Marin Foundation, agrees. His or-
ganization attempts to build bridg-
es between evangelicals, and the ho-
mosexual community.
Marin laments that some youth
groups simply focus on entertain-
ing youth rather than taking on
difficult issues such as how to deal
with bullying and homosexuality.
"We need people in church to be
bold enough to stand up and to say
'no' [to bullying]," he said.
Recently, Barack and Michelle
Obama held a White House forum
to address bullying.
Parents and victims of bullying
gathered together and listened to
the president share his personal
experiences with bullying.
"With big ears and the name that I
have, I wasn't immune," he shared.

The comment elicited some chuck-
les but the Obamas emphasized
that bullying is no laughing matter.
"If there's one goal of this confer-
ence, it's to dispel the myth that
bullying is just a harmless rite of
passage or an inevitable part of
growing up," said Barack Obama.
"Bullying can have destructive con-
sequences for our young people."
He praised teens for taking efforts
to stop bullying in their community.
However, he the Grove City Col-
Slege professor believes Christians,
he believes, are in denial, believing
Christians don't bully others.
Throckmorton recalled the words
of a Pennsylvania assistant super-
intendent during training for Grove
City principals, guidance councils,
teachers and a Christian ministe-
rial association.
"Some of the kids who are lead-
ers in church groups are coming to
school and exhibiting behavior that
is atrocious," said Tom Bell, the as-
sistant superintendent of the Grove
City Area School District.
"That was a real wake-up call,"
said Throckmorton about Bell's
The experience led the Pennsyl-
vania professor to create a Golden
Rule anti-bullying curriculum that,
encourages young Christians to be
more Christ-like at school.
While it is important young Chris-
tians learn how to address bullying,
many family groups have expressed
concern that anti-bullying curricu-
lum is being used to desensitize
children to sex and homosexuality.
In California, conservatives ex-
pressed grave concerns over sexu-
ality-focused anti-bullying curricu-

President Obama opened a White House conference on bullying
recently by telling students and parents that picking on kids isn't a
"rite of passage" and he said that when he was younger, he was a
victim of it as well."With big ears and the name that I have, I wasn't
immune," Obama said."I didn't emerge unscathed."

In listing reasons that kids may be bullied, Obama mentioned skin
color, disabilities and sexual orientation."Bullying can have destruc-
tive consequences for our young people," he said."Sometimes we
overlook the real damage that bullying can do."

lum, believed to positively portray
non-traditional lifestyles to children
attending California public schools
as young as seven or eight.
Focus on the Family plans to
emphasize this during its Day of
Dialogue on April 18. The Day of
Dialogue website urges Christian
youth to use conversation cards to

address issues of bullying and sex-
uality while emphasizing God's love
and care of all individuals despite
their individual problems, heart-
breaks and struggles.
"We challenge students participat-
ing in this event to be the first to
stand up for those bullied around
them," said Cushman.


successfully raising Black boys into men

By Jim Burns and Gary Oliver

It's no surprise that males and fe-
males are quite different. Partially
because of these differences, boys
grow up learning a distorted view of
masculinity. These distortions are
reinforced by the culture, and are
often passed along by fathers. Re-
cently, Gary Oliver, author of Rais-
ing Sons and Loving It (along with
his wife, Carrie Oliver), identified
five key misconceptions of mascu-
linity and I want to pass them along
to you.
Myth #1: A Man's Man Is Big,
Brave and Strong.
Men are typically known by how
big and tough they are. They are
raised to be competitive. Value is
placed on a man's ability to win,
to be brave, bigger and stronger.
Generally, girls are not reared with
these priorities.
The truth: True strength has
very little to do with the physical.
Physical strength has its place, but
being a man has to do with so much
more, such as developing strong
mental, emotional, spiritual and re-
lational characteristics.
Myth #2: A Man's Man Isn't Weak
and Shouldn't Cry.
Historically, men have grown up
learning that crying is a demon-
stration of weakness. They learn to
repress emotions of pain and grief.
Men who cry are chided for being
"wimps" or "girly."
The truth: Real men have the
ability to express pain and grief with
appropriate tears. Parents will do
well to help their sons grow to the
place where they can appropriately
and securely demonstrate tears in
times of pain, grief and crisis.
Myth #3: A Man's Man Is an Ex-

pert on Sex.
From a very early age, boys are
bombarded by the culture with
sexual images and messages. Ado-
lescent boys learn to share sexual
information and stories as if they
were first-person experiences, even
though most often they are not.
This helps to create the myth that
guys are experts on sex. This myth
wreaks havoc with God's design for
sex and often results in a distorted
view of women, an unhealthy focus
on sexual performance, and hin-
ders the ability to build healthy re-
lationships with women.
To counter the myth, parents
should provide their boys with a
biblically-based, values-centered
sex education. This shouldn't be a
one-time talk, but rather an ongo-
ing discussion that addresses sexu-
ality in age-appropriate ways.
Myth #4: A Man's Value Is Deter-
mined by What He Does and How
Much He Earns.
What do you do? How much do
you make? These are often the first
questions men hear when interact-
ing with others. Men grow up learn-
ing how to compete, and what a
man does for a living and how much
he earns is a key benchmark of val-
ue in our culture. This puts a lot of
pressure on boys and men, placing
an unhealthy focus on the material,
rather than the spiritual.
A man's real value is determined
by his relationship with God. Boys
need to be taught to look beyond
the cultural yardstick of vocation
and money and, instead, to be mo-
tivated to place primary value on
developing their relationship with
Christ. It is through that vital rela-
tionship they become the men God
has created them to be.

Halls of learning receive national 2011 magnet school awards

Spec alo til Il ,'hlliani TnLs

Four Broward County Pub-
lic Schools (BCPSI were re-
centld named by the Magnet
Schools of Amenca as Mag-
net Schools of Excellence and
Magnet Schools of Distnc-
tion. Virginia Shuman Young
Elementary, Montessori was
named a Magnet School of Ex-

cellence ard is in the running
for the title of the nation's top
magnet school. Atlantic Tech-
nical High School, Technical:
South Plantation High School.
Environmental Science: and
Stranahan High School. Medi-
cal Science: were named Mag-
net Schools of Distinction
The schools will be hon-
ored at the Magnet Schools of

America Conference m May in
Indianapolis. Indiana. School
representatives will receive a
plaque during the awards cer-
emony that is the culmination
of the conference. This is the
first year that four BCPS ha\e
been recognized in one year.
This is the third time that At-
lantic Technical and South
Plantation are being honored.

Virginia Shuman Young El-
ementary School has previ-
ously received the School of
Excellence award.
The Magnet Schools of
Amenca also announced that
Natasha Gordon of Parkway
Middle School. Performing &
Visual Arts, won first place
in the fifth annual National
Magnet Schools Poster Con-

test among middle school
students. This is the second
time that a student from
Parkway has been recognized
for this award.
The Magnet Schools of
America (MSA) is a national
organization whose mission
is to provide leadership for
innovative instructional pro-
grams that promote equity,

diversity and academic excel-
lence for all students in public
school choice programs. Merit
awards are based on com-
mitment to high academic
standards. curriculum inno-
vation, successful desegrega-
tion/diversity efforts and the
consistent delivery of quality
services to all school stake-


15B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 16-22, 2011


16B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 16-22, 2011



hearts in


Risk is slim but real,

experts say

By Mary Brophy Marcus

After high school basketball star
Wes Leonard, 16, died unexpectedly
of cardiac arrest after a game re-
cently, many parents of teen athletes
probably wondered: Could my child
have a "silent" heart problem, too?
The American Heart Association
says sudden cardiac arrest in high
school athletes ranges from 0.28 to
one death per 100,000 annually, but
some experts
believe the
number may
be higher.
No single
registry tracks
heart-related -
deaths, says .
Victoria Vetter,

at Children's
Hospital of
But she esti- LEONARD
mates 100 to
1,000 young
people ages five to 19 die of sud-
den cardiac arrest each year, most of
them in high school.
Many happen on a sports field or
court, but they can occur anytime
there's exertion, she says.
There are dozens of reasons a
young person's heart may stop beat-
ing, including problems with the
hrt*ectjeiiaLc circuits, an inher- ,
itecd condition or an inflammation,
says Theodore Abraham of the Johns
Hopkins Hypertrophic Cardiomyopa-
thy Clinic. An autopsy conducted
Friday by the county medical examin-
er showed that Leonard, of Fennville,
Mich., died of cardiac arrest due to
an enlarged heart. Up to half the time
in such cases, there are no warning
signs in a child, Vetter says.
"A sudden cardiac arrest can be the
first symptom," she says.
Daphne Hsu, chief of cardiology at
The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
in the Bronx, N.Y., says warning signs
of a heart problem include fainting,
dizziness, extreme fatigue, shortness
of breath, chest pain and irregu-
lar heartbeats with exercise. Abra-
ham also heads the Hopkins Heart
Hype Program, which has screened
hundreds of high school athletes in
Maryland. It includes a health ques-
tionnaire, blood pressure and weight
checks, and an ultrasound and elec-
trocardiogram of the heart.
"It identifies about 80 percent of
common causes of cardiac death
in the young," he says. Vetter says:
"More studies are needed to evaluate
what the most effective screening is
to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in

Disease knocks years off life span

A 50-year-old with Type 2 diabe-
tes will lose an average of six years
of life as a result of the disease,
only one less than would be lost
by a long-term smoker of the same
age, researchers reported Wednes-
He or she is more than twice as
likely to die of cardiovascular dis-
ease as someone without diabetes
and 25 percent more likely to die of
cancer, according to the report, an
international study of more than
820,000 people published in the
New England Journal of Medicine.
People with Type 2 diabetes are
also more likely to die from kidney
disease, liver disease, pneumo-
nia, infectious diseases and even
intentional self-harm, according to
the study, which was conducted by
the Emerging Risk Factors Collabo-
ration, based at the University of
Cambridge in England.
The data are especially concern-
ing in light of the rapidly expanding
incidence of diabetes in the United
States, fueled by the rise in obesity.
An estimated 25.8 million Ameri-

In Type 1 diabetes, usually diag-
nosed in children and young adults,
the body does not produce insulin. In
Type 2, the body does not produce
enough insulin or cells ignore the
insulin, a hormone needed to convert
sugar and other fod into energy.
-American Diabetes Association

cans have diabetes, 10 million more
than two decades ago.
Researchers knew that diabetes
could shorten lifespan, "but this
really says how many years of life
may be lost and to what causes,"
said Dr. David M. Kendall, chief
scientific and medical officer of the
American Diabetes Assn., who was
not involved in the study.
The report also shows that those
who have pre-diabetes in which
blood glucose levels are higher
than normal, but not high enough
to be classified'as diabetic are at
risk for many of the same causes

of death, he noted. An estimated
79 million Americans have predia-
"Diabetes is often seen as a con-
dition rather than an illness, some-
thing you can live with," Kendall
said. "Well, in fact, this shows that
it is associated with a significant
risk of both morbidity and mortal-
The Emerging Risk Factors
Collaboration is an international
group of researchers that has
previously studied the association
of cholesterol, lipids and inflam-
mation-promoting proteins in the
blood with cardiovascular disease
and other causes of death. In
2009, the group decided to extend
its research to diabetes, focusing
on 97 large studies that tracked
subjects for an average of 13.5
years and had adequate informa-
tion about fasting blood-glucose
levels and the diagnosis of diabetes
and other medical conditions. None
of the subjects had cardiovascular
or other diseases at the beginning
of the studies.

Pot-like chemicals banned

'Bad stuff used in

smokable herbs

By Donna Leinwand

The Drug Enforcement Admin-
istraton on recently banned for
at least a year the chemicals used
to make "K2" and 'Spice," popular
smokable herbs that mimic the
marijuana high.
The DEA used its emergency
pow er to control five chemicals
used to coat the herbs. It classi-
fied them in Schedule I, the most
restrictive category under the
federal Controlled Substances
Act. Schedule I drugs are found
to have a high potential for abuse
and no accepted medical use.
The U.S. military and at least 18
states have banned the chemicals.
-,Arizn6a.outlawed their sale-and-,
ise on Feb 18. The Alaska House
passed a ban recently; that bill
now goes to the state Senate.
Recently, the U.S. Naval Acad-
emy expelled a midshipman for
use or possession of Spice. Seven
midshipmen were expelled in

Ja.nuar\. media director Deborah
Goode said. The academy has a
zero-tolerance policy for drug use
among its 4.400 students.
'Spice ui particular has a dev-
astating effect on students who
need to study and retain knowl-
edge.' Vice Adm. Michael Miller.

Restricted: K2, a smokable herbal
product marketed as legal fake
pot became popular with teens
and college students in 2009, the
DEA say.

superintendent at the Naval
Academy, said in a statement.
"Our.standards are clear Spice
has no place at USNA or in the
naval service."
Smoking the chemicals can
cause convulsions, anxiety at-
tacks, dangerously elevated heart
**rates, vomiting angl liogianar i.-,
tion, the' DEA said.
"This is bad stuff. It causes a
lot of problems," DEA spokes-
man Rusty Payne said. "It is our
duty and our responsibility to act
when there is an imminent threat
to public health and safety."

Spice and K2 became popular
with teens and college students
in 2009, Pa\ne said. The\ are
often marketed as legal. fake pot
and labeled as herbal incense.
In the notice in the Federal
Register, the DEA cited several
instances in which people who
smoked herbal incense became
severely ill or had accidents. In
September, police in Nebraska
said a teenage boy careened his
truck into the side of a house
and then continued driving, hit-
ting several other things. ,
The boy admitted smoking
"Wicked X," an herbal incense
coated with synthetic cannabi-
noids, the DEA said. Tests found
no alcohol or illegal substances.
"Just because something is le-
gal or unregulated doesn't make
it safe," Payne said. '
The emergency ban is effective
gfor a yejugdgcan be extended
'for six months.
Federal scientists will study
the chemicals, abuse data and
the potential for addiction to
determine whether the chemicals
should be permanently con-

Electronic devices affecting sleep patterns

Using them before bedtime could have dire

health consequences

By Sophie Terbush

Americans aren't getting enough
sleep, and technology may' be the
In the National Sleep Founda-
tion's 2011 Sleep in America poll,
out today, 95 percent of the 1,508
people surveyed reported using
some type of electronic device -
such as a TV, computer, video game
or cellphone within an hour
of bedtime at least a few nights a
All these devices can affect the

quality of sleep, says Lauren Hale,
associate professor of preventive
medicine at Stony Brook (N.Y.)
University School of Medicine, one
of the researchers involved in the
"Communication technologies are
often light-emitting, which can sup-
press the sleep-promoting hormone
melatonin and make it harder to
go to sleep at night." Both the light
and alert sounds from such devices
can interfere with falling asleep and
staying asleep, she says.
"The hypothesis is that more ac-

tive technologies are worse for sleep
because of the psychological effect
of being stimulated at night," Hale
says. "When you turn on the TV or
game, it may be easier to fall into
the trap of doing it for longer than
you had imagined," so Americans
end up substituting technology use
for sleep time.
Watching TV is the most popular
distraction for all ages: Two-thirds
of respondents ages 30-64 and half
of those ages 13-29 watch television
every night or almost every night in
the hour before going to sleep.
About 61 percent of those sur-
veyed also reported using their
laptops or computers at least a few
nights a week within that hour, and
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shun sex

Rise in virginity among

ages 15-24

By Sharon Jayson

A growing number of teens and
young adults say they've never had
sexual contact with another person,
according to the largest and most in-
depth federal report to date on sexual
behavior, sexual attraction and sexual
identity in the USA.
The study; released recently by the
National Center for Health Statistics,
reports that 27 percent of young men
and 29 percent of young women ages
15-24 say they've never had a sexual
encounter. That's up slightly from 22
percent for both males and females,
in the government's last such survey
released in fall 2005, based on 2002
The new findings, from the 2006-
2008 National Survey of Fam-
ily Growth, look at responses from
13,495 teens and adults ages 15-44,
including 5,082 ages 15-24.
"The perception is all kids are en-
gaging in oral sex. Obviously, that's
not the case," says Jennifer Manlove,
a senior research scientist with the
Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit
Child Trends, who studies teen sexu-
ality. "They may be more in control of
their behaviors than we think."
Age is a factor, says J. Dennis
Fortenberry, an adolescent medicine
specialist at the Indiana University
School of Medicine in Indianapolis,
who was not involved in the study.
"As young people progress through
their adolescence, increasing propor-
tions of them experience sexual rela-
' "htibi-s viti afiOe hr fielsn,".h'e sgysY
"Some young people make a strong
commitment to iot having sex for a
variety of reasons and some take dif-
ferent paths."
Among ages 15-17 in the new
study, 58 percent of girls and 53
percent of boys said they have had no
sexual contact, compared to 48.6 per-
cent of girls and 46.1 percent of boys
in 2002. For ages 20-24, 12 percent
of women and 13 percent of men said
they have never had sexual contact,
compared with eight percent for both
sexes in 2002.
Debbie Roffman, a human sexual-
ity educator in Baltimore, says it does
.appear 'that there is a trend toward
"As to why, there are certainly
multiple factors at work," she says.
"While greater caution due to fear of
physical consequences is likely one,
more positive factors are likely to be
at play as well.
"For instance, more young people
may be choosing to wait for a more
quality sexual experience, knowing it
is more likely to come with maturity,
and/or greater involvement by par-
ents in communicating about sexual
values and decision-making and pro-
viding greater supervision and moni-
toring of their children's activities."

Study links pain relievers to erectile dysfunction

Risk higher among

men who regularly use


By Mary Brophy Marcus

Men who regularly take pain
relievers such as ibuprofen and
aspirin may be at increased risk
for erectile dysfunction, new re-
search suggests.
Men who use non-steroi-
dal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs) three times a day for
more than three months are
at a 22 percent increased risk
of erectile dysfunction, reports
Steve Jacobsen, director of re-
search for Kaiser Permanente
Southern California, in this
week's Journal of Urology.
"Regular non-steroidal anti-
inflammatory drug use is asso-
ciated with erectile dysfunction
beyond what would be expected

due to age and other condi-
tions," he says.
More than 30 million people
a day take these prescription
and over-the-counter pain re-
The observational study,
which began in 2002, includ-
ed 80,966 men ages 45 to 69
who were members of Kaiser
managed care plans in Califor-
nia. Erectile dysfunction was
assessed by questionnaire and
NSAID use was determined us-
ing pharmacy records and self-
reported data.
Regular users were about 2.4
times more likely to have erec-
tile dysfunction than men who
didn't use those drugs regularly
or at all. Even when the scien-
tists controlled for age, race and
ethnicity, smoking, diabetes,
hypertension, high cholesterol,
and coronary artery disease
among other health problems,
a link between NSAID use and
erection problems still existed,

said Jacobsen.
A previous smaller study
suggested a similar link, but
Jacobsen says it's too early to
conclude that ibuprofen is the
reason for erectile dysfunction.
He says. that the drugs have
many proven benefits, and that
men whose doctors have pre-
scribed NSAIDs for other rea-
sons shouldn't cut them short.
The results raise more ques-
tions than they answer, says
Stephen Kraus, professor and
vice chairman of urology at the
University of Texas Health Sci-
ence Center at San Antonio.
He says NSAIDs have been
shown to reduce risk of heart
disease, so the same should
be true of erectile dysfunction,
which can be linked to circula-
tion problems. "If it works for
one, you'd think it should work
for the other. But lo and behold,
the opposite is what they saw
in this study. The question is
why?" Kraus says.

What recipe

should the

cafeteria serve?

By Nanci Hellmich

You can vote on-
line for your fa-
vorite new school
lunch recipe start-
ing today at reci-
As part of first
lady Michelle
Obama's Recipes
for Healthy Kids
competition, the
U.S. Department OBAMA:
of Agriculture chal- school lun
lenged teams of
school professionals, chefs,
students and community
members to come up with
new recipes that would fit into
the school lunch program.
The categories: whole grains;
dry beans and peas; and dark


green and orange vegetables.
There were 340 recipes
submitted, and 15 have been
chosen for the final stage of
the competition, including a
recipe for tasty tots (a baked
chickpea and sweet potato
mixture); chicken Alfredo
with a twist (whole-grain pas-
ta); porcupine sliders (turkey
burgers on whole-
wheat bun);
crunchy Hawai-
ian chicken wrap
(pineapple and
crunchy shred-
ded veggies with
poppy-seed dress-
ing in a whole-
S wheat wrap); and
confetti soup
(black-eyed peas,
eeks better smoked ham and
hes. kale). Most of
these recipes are
low in fat, high in fiber and
inexpensive to make.
People are encouraged to
try the recipes themselves
and then vote for their favor-
ites for the Popular Choice
award by May 15.

Common NSAIDs
Non-steroidal anti-inflamma-
tory drugs include:
* Acetaminophen
* Advil
* Anacin
* Anaprox
* Aspirin
* Aspirin-free Excedrin
* Bextra
* Bufferin
* Bayer
* Celebrex
* Excedrin
* Ibuprofen
* Mediprin
* Motrin
* Naprelan
* Naprosyn
* Nuprin
* Vioxx
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Acup of coffee

a day may keep

strokes away

By Janice Lloyd
Drinking coffee appears to offer protection
against stroke, a major study of women con-
Women in the study who drank more than a
cup of coffee a day had a 22 percent to 25 per-
.cent lower risk of stroke than those who drank
less, according to findings reported recently in
Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Associa-
tion. Stroke is the third leading cause of death

Coffee consumption was associated
with a statistically significant lower
risk of total stroke.

in the USA, behind heart disease and cancer.
Swedish researcher Susanna Larsson of the
Karolinska Institute in Stockholm followed
34,670 women ages 49-83 for an average of 10
years. The questionnaire completed by the wom-
en did not inquire whether their coffee
was regular or decaffeinated, but
S the authors say the number of
people who drink decaf in
Sweden is very low.
The findings add to the
growing body of research
showing coffee appears
to have hidden health
perks. A study done by
-.. Larsson in 2008 on men
who drank coffee or tea
had similar results.
One of the most popu-
lar drinks in the world, coffee
contains large amounts of antioxidants
that improve health. Other research has sug-
gested coffee can help prevent cognitive decline
and can boost vision and heart health. It is also
associated with a reduced risk pf liver cancer.
"We used to worry that (coffee) raises blood
pressure and causes increased heart rate, but
it appears to be less risky than we thought,"
says physician Claudette Brooks, spokeswoman
for the American Stroke Association. "We're not
sure what it is in coffee that is giving women
this stroke protection, though." She says more
research is needed before drinking habits
In the new study, the women participated in
the Swedish Mammography Cohort, a longterm
investigation of the association between diet,
lifestyle and disease development. None had
cardiovascular disease or cancer at a baseline
in 1997. Between January 1998 and December
2008, 1,680 strokes were reported.

Tiny diamonds show promise-against cancers

US researchers said recently
,they have found a way to attack
late-stage breast and liver can-
cer tumors by attaching a potent
chemotherapy .drug to tiny car-
bon particles known as nanodia-
The technique was tested in
mice and showed that nanodia-
monds helped the drug, doxo-
rubicin, get inside the normal-
ly chemo-resistant tumor and
shrink it, said the study pub-
lished in the journal Science
Translational Medicine.
Without the nanodiamonds,
the drug was either rejected by
the body and failed to work on
the tumor, or in higher doses it
was too powerful for the patient
to survive.

"This is the first work to dem-
onstrate the significance and
translational potential of nanodi-
amonds in the treatment of che-
motherapy-resistant cancers,"
said the study.
Thp research shows promise for
possible use in humans because
chemotherapy drug resistance
causes treatment to fail in 90 per-
cent of cancers that have spread
inside the body, known as meta-
static cancer.
"What is most interesting from
this study is when we took ani
even higher dose of the drug, that
dose was so toxic that the animals
all died. They didn't even last long
enough to finish the study,' said
lead author Dean Ho of North-
western University.

"But when we took that same
higher dose and bound it to the
nanodiamond, not only did all the
animals survive the study, the tu-
mor sizes were the smallest that
we saw in the study," he told AFP.
Ho said he became interested
in using carbon particles to de-
liver drugs more than three years
ago, and was attracted to nano-
diamonds because they have
been shown in automotive uses
to work well with water, a key re-
quirement in medical uses, too
"We also saw that :he shape of
the diamond was very conducive
because it is a very ordered struc-
ture and that is always good :or
biology," Ho added.
Nanodiamonds are typically
formed in explosions, such as in

coal mining or oil refinery opera-
t:ions, and are even thought to re-
sult from meteorite landings.
'What is neat about it is it is al-
most like a waste material, it
is going to be produced anmrways,"
said Ho
So instead of throwirig it out,
taking this by. product and simply
processing it with things ike acid
v.ashing, milling. sonification, it
can fieldd very uniform particles
of between two and eight nano-
meters in diameter."
Ho said it would likely be a few
years before the therapy may be
available on the market, and that
researchers \would first look at
how the technique works in larg-
er animals before human clinical
trials can start

Exfoliating, moisturizing can save your skin

By Sharon L. Peters
You barely recognize it anymore: Tiny fis-
sures have turned into crevices, and patches
of aridity have cropped up. Color has shifted
from vibrant to dreary.
That dead-of-winter face staring back from
the mirror is something less than the best
one you've ever put forward.
Dermatologist Karen Nern says nearly half
of all patients who visit her office this time of
year for any reason complain about the state
of their skin.

It's the cold-months combo of lower hu-
midity, harsh winds and home and office
heating that wreaks havoc, says Nern of Vail
Dermatology in Colorado.
, But changing your skin-care regimen
between Halloween and Memorial Day can
bring about a happier face "pretty quickly,"
she says.
For starters, that dull, crinkly appearance
is largely on the surface, so shucking winter-
damaged skin will freshen your face.
"That outer-layer buildup sloughs off less
efficiently with age," says Seattle dermatolo-

gist Brandith Irwin of Madison Skin and
In fact, even younger skin can have trouble
keeping up through natural shedding if the
face is under perpetual assault from the
elements, says Irwin, author of The Surgery-
Free Makeover: All You Need to Know for
Great Skin and a Younger Face.
Experts suggest using a gentle exfoliant
every few days. To eliminate the slack top
layer, which accentuates wrinkles, get a pro-
fessional microdermabrasion or use a
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18B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 16-22, 2011

Baby media may not advan

By Dennis Thompson

Parents who want to provide
their babies a learning advantage
these days often turn to what's
been nicknamed "baby media"
videos specifically designed to
stimulate very young minds.
But researchers and pediatri-
cians have begun to question
whether babies actually are learn-
ing anything from these videos.
And new studies are finding that
the videos are successful at keep-
ing infants entertained but do
little to help them pick up words
and concepts.
In fact, some researchers have
found that kids who start watch-
ing baby media at an earlier age
are apt to show less ability with
language than kids who never
were exposed to the videos or
started watching later.
"I don't think we've seen any-
thing to suggest that kids young-
er than 18 months, even with
parents' support, will learn any-
thing from a DVD," said Rebekah
A. Richert, an assistant professor
of psychology at the University of
California, Riverside.
Babies nearing toddler age may
pick up words or ideas by watch-
ing a DVD, but only with the help
of a parent watching alongside
them, Richert added.
She conducted a study of 96
babies between one and two years
old that found no relationship be-
tween the amount of exposure to
baby media and the children's
general language development.
However, she and her col-
leagues also found that children
who started watching baby DVDs


New studies are finding that the videos are successful at k
ing infants entertained but do little to help them pick up wo

at a younger age scored lower on
tests of their language skills.
Their findings were echoed
shortly thereafter by a University
of Virginia study that found that
children who viewed a baby DVD
did not learn any more words
than kids in a control group.
The babies who learned the most
words, in fact, were not exposed
to the video at all. Instead, they
picked them up from their par-
ents during everyday activities,
the researchers reported.
Such findings reinforce the po-
sition of the American Academy
of Pediatrics, which recommends
that parents limit television view-
ing for children younger than two,
said Dr. Don Shifrin, a clinical
professor of pediatrics at the Uni-

versity of Washington Sc
Medicine and a spokesman
"We would gently urge pa
kids under the age of two
screen time with children,'
said. "Play is the work of ch
Sitting down in front of a s
not the work of childhood.'
Baby media exploded in I
ity in the late 1990s, outpa
search efforts into whether
eos were truly helpful, Shif
"It turned out that the m=
was so good that everybody
the act because people we
ing them hand over-fist," h
But Richert said that re
ers now are finding that ba
not able to tie what is ha
on the screen to the obje

ice learning

sensations in their daily lives.
"They don't really understand
the relationship between what's
happening on screen and the real
world around them," she said.
kFor example, babies can't under-
stand that a cup on the screen is
the same as a cup in their hand -
unless there is a parent there to
make the connection.
For that reason, Shifrin and
S Richert said, parents who want
to use baby media should watch
J with their children and reinforce
the concepts being introduced.
Shifrin recommends that par-
ents who want to use baby videos:
Pre-watch a video to make sure
it goes at a slow, deliberate, "Mr.
Rogers"-type pace. Children learn
eep best at that pace, and less so with
e what he called "Warner Brothers"-
rds and style pacing.
Watch the video with their baby,
talking throughout it like a col-
chool of or commentator would do for a
n for the sports event and drawing connec-
tions between ideas in the video
parents of and objects around them in the
to avoid home.
" Shifrin Turn off. the television when the
ildhood. video is done and let their baby
screen is play a while, possibly engaging in
1 activities related to the video. "If
popular- they're watching a video showing
icing re- them how to construct something
the vid- or feed a bird, then go out and do
rin said. it in real life," he suggested.
marketing "The key element is parents be-
got into ing involved," Richert said. 'it's
ere buy- not just the kids watching on
e said. their own. It's not really effec-
esearch- tive to put them in front of the
bies are television on their own and
opening expect them to make those
;cts and connections."

Women more stressed about having work at home i

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study also noted that although men
have taken on more responsibility
at home over the past few decades,
"women continue to do the majority
of domestic work and are still con-
sidered the primary source of child
care in the family."
In the study, men and women
were asked how often co-workers,
supervisors, managers, customers
or clients contacted them about
work-related matters outside of
normal business hours.
Work-family conflict was as-
sessed by asking participants how
often their jobs left a lack of time,
energy and focus on their fami-
lies. Guilt levels were measured
by asking participants the direct
question, "In the past seven days,
on how many days have you felt
guilty?" Psychological distress was
gauged by asking the number of

days they felt tired, run down or
Individuals of both genders re-
ported higher levels of guilt being
contacted at home when they had
young children or when they had
previously been married. But over-
all, regardless of children's age or
marital status, women reported
both more guilt and distress over
work intrusions into the home.
"Initially, we thought women
were more distressed by frequent
work contact because it interfered
with their family responsibilities
more so than men," study author
Paul Glavin, a doctoral student at
the University of Toronto, said in
a statement. "However, this wasn't
the case. We found that women are
able to juggle their work and family
lives just as well as men, but they
feel more guilty as a result of being
contacted. This guilt seems to be at
the heart of their distress."
Schieman said the study builds

upon research in the 1990s that
tested similar patterns in a nation-
al sample of working women and
"It's affirming the way our find-
ings mapped into a much richer,
qualitative in-depth study so many
years ago," he said. But, he noted,
"overall, the levels of guilt and dis-
tress tend to be low in the popula-
tion. People are not running around
riddled with guilt."
Noelle Chesley, an assistant pro-
fessor of sociology at the University
of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, said
the findings tap into the idea "that
women's experiences of leisure
time are very different from men's.
Work intruding into home life is
having really different consequenc-
es for men and women."
"Women and men bring differ-
ent things to the table in terms of
home interactions," Chesley add-
ed. "Women's free time is more in-
terrupted. I could see how, if you're

feeling constantly interrupted...
how all of this together could pro-
duce a very different psychological
What can be done to mitigate the
intrusion of work into home life
amidst the barrage of techncl-
ogy that facilitates i t ?
Not much.
and Ches-
ley said.
"I think
ogy...is in
some ways '
beyond our
control, espe-
cially regarding work use," Chesley
said. "Those are things people don't
have as much discretion with, es-
pecially in the precarious economic
times we're in."
"There's no stopping it," agreed
Schieman. "I think to some extent,
we've lost that (battle)."


Make sure to keep your skin moisturized during the winter

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handheld exfoliater. (Irwin and Nern
suggest the Clarisonic brush; less
expensive brands also are available.)
This exposes the smoother layer
beneath, which must be protected.
*After washing (using only mild
soap, such as Neutrogena, Tone,
Purpose or Dove), leave the skin
damp and immediately apply mois-
turizer or oil to trap moisture and
create a barrier against the ele-
Everyday brands, such as Eu-
cerin, Aveeno and Cetaphil, work
well, experts say. Because some

products seem to work better than
others, depending on the person,
experts recommend trying differ-
ent moisturizers.
Olive oil is also effective, although
Irwin says "most people don't want
that odor or glisten" and might
"find something like jojoba more
aesthetically pleasing."
Some people swear by expensive
moisturizers, and Nern doesn't
dismiss the possibility that some
people may get better results with
pricier brands. But for most peo-
ple, the less expensive brands are
Use the heavier nighttime mois-
turizer you used in the summer as

your day moisturizer in winter.
Dry-skin patches usually im-
prove with exfoliation and moistur-
izing. But if they persist, Aquaphor
can work.
Hyaluronic acid applied under
moisturizers can boost the skin's
moisture-retaining ability, Nern
Other tips: Dermatologists report
seeing improved skin in patients
who take fish-oil pills, Irwin says.
Also, slather the lips. Unlike the
face, lips "have no oil glands," she
says, so they dry out quickly.
And no matter how cold, gray or
nasty it is outside, don't forget the

It's your protection against skin
cancer and those brown-spot dis-
colorations that develop after re-
peated sun exposure. It helps
prevent that leathered look that
epitomizes the "outdoor lifestyle,"
lived without protection, Nern
She recommends at least a 30
SPF sunscreen, applied frequently.
And people who are vacationing
this month and next in tropical
spots or at ski resorts should be
extra vigilant, she says.
Lips and the area around them
need extra attention, says Irwin,
because "we are seeing lots of skin
cancers around lips."


If a child has back pain, it is more likely
than in adults to signal an underlying health
problem, the American Academy of Orthopae-
dic Surgeons says.
The academy adds that back pain in children
should be evaluated by a physician, especially
if the child also is:
Losing weight or running a fever.
Complaining of numbness or weakness.
Having difficulty walking.
Having pain that extends from the back
down one or both of the legs.
Having bladder- or bowel-control issues.
Having pain that prevents the child from

Five steps to a

healthier heart

Simple lifestyle

changes to keep


disease at bay

Five simple steps
can help lower your
risk of heart dis-
ease, says a leading
expert on preventive
About 58 miil-
lion Ameri-
cans have
heart disease
and more
Seeds to be
done to educate people
about nsk factors
and prevention, said
Dr. Holly Anderson,
director of education
and outreach at the
Ronald O. Perel-
man Heart Institute
of New York-Pres-
byterian Hospital/
We ill Cornell Medical
She offered the
following heart health
Know your num-
bers. Ask your doctor
about what are consid-
ered normal numbers
for blood pressure, cho-
lesterol and triglycerides.
Start exercising.
Walking for just 20 to
30 minutes a few
days a week can
Sw b reduce the riskof
premature death
by more than 50 percent. Physical
activity reduces blood pressure, im-
proves cholesterol, reduces stress,
improves sleep, boosts mood, improves
cognition and prevents memory loss.
Laugh. Just 15 minutes of laughter
equals about 30 minutes of aerobic
exercise in terms of cardiovascular
health. Research has also linked laugh-
ter with reductions in pain and anxiety,
health function of blood vessels, and
increased levels of brain hormones that
improve your mood.
Pay more attention to your waist-
line than your weight. The waistline is
a better measurement of overall health
than weight because the amount of fat
around your waist is directly linked to
high blood pressure and high cho-
lesterol and can increase your risk of
Get adequate sleep. Lack of sleep
boosts blood pressure, induces stress,
increases your appetite, slows your
metabolism, dampens your mood and
decreases cognition.

Is juicing healthier than eating whole fruits or vegetables?

By Jennifer K. Nelson
M.S., R.D., L.D.

Juicing probably is not any healthier than eat-
ing whole fruits and vegetables. Juicing extracts
the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The
resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins,
minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients)
found in the whole fruit. However, whole fruits
and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which
is lost during most juicing.
Proponents say that juicing is better for you
than is eating whole fruits and vegetables be-
cause your body can absorb the nutrients bet-

ter and it giles Nour digestive system a rest
from v.rking on fiber. The\ say that juicing
can reduce :,our risk of cancer, boost your im-
mune -, stem. help you remove toxins from
your bod,, aid digestion, and help vou lose
But, rh,-_re s no sound scientific evidence that
extracted jiices are healthier than the juice
you gel by eating the fruit or vegetable itself.
On the other hand. if \o Ldon t enjoy eating
fresh fruits and vegetables. juicing may, be a
fun way toI( add them to your diet or to try fruits
and vegetables you rnormallv would t eat. You
can find many .juicing recipes online or mXiL upi

your own combinations of fruits and vegetables
to suit your taste.
If you do try juicing, make only as much juice
as \ou can drink at one time because fresh
squeezed juice can quickly develop harmful
bacteria. And, when juicing, try to keep some
of the pulp. Not only does it hate healthy fiber.
but it can help fill you up. If you buy commer-
cially produced fresh juice from a juicing stand
or store, select a pasteurized product. Note
that juices from some fruits and vegetables
can contain more sugar than you might real-
ize, and this call add Linwanted calories and
lead to weight gain.


19B THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 16-22, 2011


Rev. Dr. Henry J. Lyons

Sis. Dora McGregor
Women's President

Rev. Dr. W. Edward
Mitchell, Jr.

The General Baptist State Convention at Zion Hope

The General Baptist State
Convention of Florida convenes
March 21-24 at Zion Hope M.B.
Church of Miami, 5129 N.W.
17th Ave.
Monday, Welcome Night,
Florida Memorial Gospel Choir,
2nd Chapter (93rd St. M.B.
Church), and Zion Hope M.B.
Church Mass Choir.

Tuesday, Convention Pro-
gram, 7:30 p.m., Rev. Eric
Campbell of Tampa, FL.
Wednesday, Women's Ses-
sion, 11 a.m., Rev. W. M.
Strange, Sr.; 7:30 p.m., Rev. J.
Ingram of Ft. Piece.
Thursday, Joint Session,
12 noon, Smart Choice Lun-
cheon, Rev. Douglas Cooke,

Sr., speaker and JESSCA Se-
niors Choir; 3 p.m. Rev. Dr.
Lyons' Annual Address; 7:30
p.m. Rev. Johnny White of Mt.
Hermon A.M.E.
Rev. Henry J. Lyons, Presi-
dent; Minister Willie Ray, Pres-
ident of the Men of Distinction;
Sis. Dora McGregor, Women's

Sa ,. .I Exposing your child to physical activity
: l ..'. -' .

continued from 17B

think there's likely a carryover
benefit from physical activity,
period. No matter how the child
is getting active, it's all good."
Parents tend to set limits
on TV watching, and have
confidence in their ability to
influence their children's be-
"This was interesting because
co-physical activity increased
only when both these factors
were present," says Lee. "The
two had to go together."
Parents feel their neighbor-
hood is safe.
Naturally, kids who can't
play safely outside are likely to
get less exercise. But Lee cau-
tions that kids in safe neighbor-
hoods can be affected by this
kind of thinking, too. "What
was interesting here was that
many parents believed that
their neighborhood was dan-
gerous when in fact it probably

wasn't," says Lee. "I'm sure the
pervasive violence in the media
has something to do this more-
perception. But nevertheless, it
decreased the likelihood of co-
physical activity."
SWhat can you as a parent do
to increase activity time with
your child? Lee offers this ad-
Be informed about physical
Know how much is enough:
The current recommendation
for kids aged 6 to 17 is 60 min-
utes of activity every day.
Understand that every little
bit counts.
"That 60 minutes might seem
like a lot," says Lee, "but it can
be accumulated throughout the
day. So look for opportunities
wherever you are, whether it's
at home, at the mall, anywhere."
Try to hang out more.
Make a point of having more
family meals together. Think of
activities to do, even if just for a

few minutes. "No need to make
a big deal about it," says Lee.
"Consider scheduling a day or
two each week, or an evening,
where you get some together
Establish habits early on.
"One thing we found was that
co-physical activity time went
down as child age went up" says
Lee. "The 9-year-olds were sig-
nificantly more likely to spend
more time being active with
their parents than the 13-year-
olds." At the younger age, kids
are more likely to want to hang
out with you, she says. So take
advantage of that and get them
in the habit of exercising for
Seek out supervised activ-
ity in your neighborhood.
If you're worried about safety,
consider school or club sports
teams for your child. Or see
what sports or activities are on
offer at the local Y or commu-
nity center, where there's adult

Electronic glow affecting Americans' sleep

continued from 16B

about half of young people ages
13-29 surf the Internet every
night or almost every night
before bedtime (55 percent of
those ages 13-18 and 47 per-
cent of those ages 19-29).
Nighttime cellphone use is
also common among young
people: 56 percent of 13- to
18-year-olds and 42 percent of
19- to 29-year-olds said they
read, send or receive text mes-
sages every night or almost ev-
ery night.
About one in five said they
are awakened after going to
bed at least a few nights a week
by a phone call, text message

or e-mail.
Hale suggests turning off cell-
phones at night, and if you use
your phone's alarm function to
wake up in the morning, "it may
be better for your sleep to use an
alarm clock that doesn't have
other functions so you don't get
disturbed by a cellphone going
off next to your bed."
Those who use a cellphone
right before trying to go to sleep
reported they were less likely to
get a good night's sleep, more
likely to wake up feeling un-
refreshed, more likely to feel
"sleepy," and more likely to
drive while drowsy. In the sur-
vey, 37 percent said they drive
while drowsy at least once a

Drowsiness contributes to an
estimated 100,000 motor ve-
hicle crashes and about 1,500
deaths a year, says the Centers
for Disease Control and Preven-
Overall, teens ages 13-18 re-
ported the most sleepiness (22
percent), followed by adults
ages 19-29 (16 percent). Of
those ages 30-65, it's about
10%. Most respondents said
they need about 7/2 hours of
sleep to be at their best but re-
ported getting an average of six
hours, 55 minutes.
For 13- to 18-year-olds,
the average reported is seven
hours and 26 minutes on week-
nights, much less than the
nine to 10 hours a night Hale

"Sleep is important for learn-
ing, interpersonal relationships,
and health outcomes," she says.
"If we're starting 13-year-olds
on trajectories of insufficient
sleep, how are they supposed to
develop their potential in high
school if every night they're not
getting enough sleep?"
Cardiologist Virend Somers
of the Mayo Clinic in Roches-
ter, Minn., says a lack of sleep
may have serious health conse-
quences for young people.
Somers notes that young
Americans are not only experi-
encing a chronic lack of sleep
but also are trading sleep time
for sedentary activities, rather
than exercise.

Comm. Dunn to speak at St. John

St. John I.M. Baptist Church
invites you to their Prayer
Breakfast in celebration of
Unity Day 2011. The event is
scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday,
March 19 at 1328 NW 3 Avenue.
Our special guest speaker will
be City of Miami Commissioner .
Richard Dunn II, pastor of Faith
Community Baptist Church for
the program.
The Master of Ceremony will
be Brother Gregory Burrell of
Missionary Evangelist Church.
Sister Lisa Fitzpatrick is the
Unity Day 2011 chairperson.
Bishop James D. Adams, senior
For tickets and more informa-
tion, call 305-371-3212 or 305- Commissioner
323-6765. Richard Dunn, II

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CH 16-22, 2011

64, retired, died
March 10 at Mt.
Sinai Hospital.
Survivors in-
clude: spouse,
Debra King;
sons, Kenneth
King, Charles
King, Jr., Brian
King, Clifton Williams and Ronald
Clark; two daughters, Phalice, and
a devoted daughter Takilya Dyson;
five sisters, Wilhelmina Johnson,
Ethel (Charlie) Johnson, Hattie
King, Stella Neloms and Mary King;
two brothers, Louis (Pat) King and
Pastor Stanley (Lavada) King. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., Saturday at Lord of
the Harvest Ministries Church Int.,
2775 NW 183 Street.

55, diet clerk,
died March 9
at Memorial
Hospital. View-
ing from 4 to 8
p.m., March 18. A
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
New Fellowship Christian Center,
240 Bahman Ave., Opa Locka, FL.

61, laborer, died
March 14 at
Jackson North.
Survivors in-
clude: children, -
grandkids, two
sisters, five
brothers, aunt,
nieces, neph-
ews, other family, friends and dear
friend Melanie as Blondie. Viewing
5-7 p.m., Friday. Service 7-8 p.m.,
in the chapel.
Repast 3100 NW 174 Street. Fi-
nal service April 9 in Manchester,

Hadley Davis
NEOMI GRAY, 74, died March 6
at University of
Miami Hospital.

Vista. Service
11 a.m., Sun-
day at Northside
Seventh Day

10 at the VA-
Hospital. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., in
the chapel. -

KAVAR BAIN, 30, laborer, died
March 8. Arrangements are incom-

March 13 at home. Arrangements
are incomplete.

cap, died March I
12 at Jackson
Memorial Hos- '
pital North. Ser-
vice 11 a.m., in ,
the chapel.

laborer, died
March 8 atre
home. Service
11 a.m., Thurs-
day at Mt. Tabor
Baptist Church.

JUAN MELECIO, 61, vendor,
died March 6 at Mt. Sinai Medical
Center. Services were held.

LIONELL MASSEY, 55, cabinet
maker, died March 11 at Vista. Ser-
vices were held.

Eric S. George
HALL, 75, re-
tired, died March
7. Service 11 1
a.m., Saturday
at Gethsemane
Baptist Church,
5217 Pembroke
Road, Holly-

Carey Royal Ram'n
retired, died
March 8 at
Aventura Hos-
pital. Viewing
and Rosary
4-7 p.m., at the
church. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at Holy Re-
deemer Catholic Church.

Wright and Young
CON, 89, rail-
road worker, 1 1
died March 11 at
Victoria Select
Hospital. View-
ing 4 p.m., Fri-
day. Service 12 1
p.m., Saturday
at A.M. Cohen
Temple 1747 NW 3rd Avenue.

died March 13'
in Westin, Flor-
ida. Survivors
include: son,
Dauntrae Stur-
rup, Jr.; mother,
Delia Sturrup;
father, Henry
Lawson; girl-
friend, Sheryl Thomas; family and
friends. Service 2 p.m., Saturday
at New Harvest Missionary Baptist

Alphonso Richardson
died March 11
at Memorial of
Miramar. Sur-
vivors include:
mother, Dorothy
Rogers; father, ,
Kenneth Smith;
boyfriend, Willie i
Curry; and her
little bundle of joy, Couture Angel-
Nicole Curry; sisters, Shenikwa,
Latania, and .Rochelle; brothers,
Robert, Levi, Kenneth Jr., Kesan,
and Kenyon; and a host of other
relatives who loves her dearly. Ser-
vice 10 a.m., Saturday at Grace
United Community Church 901 NW
183 Street.

March 9.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to thank those of
you who sacrificed and took
the time out to honor the leg-
acy of Elaine Phillips during
our time of bereavement.
A special thanks to Rev. W.
J. Carpenter, New Missionary
Baptist Church, Ms. Carter,
Manker Funeral Home, Jack-
son Memorial Hospital (di-
etary), Jordan Grove Mission-
ary Baptist Church.
May God continue to bless
and keep you.
The Family

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

03/17/1920 03/22/2010

Yes, we do miss you. It's
been a year since you been
gone and there has not been
a day gone by that we don't
think about you. Happy
The Family

Death Notice

LIONEL BAIN, 86, died
March 1st in New York. Ser-
vices were held.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

07/21/1905 03/15/2008

It's been three years since
you left us. The memories of
you and our love for you will
live on in our hearts forever.
The Scott Family






Blues legend Eddie Kirkland dies in wreck

By Bill Dean

As a lifelong bluesman, Eddie
Kirkland's name may not have
captured the mainstream's
fancy as those of such contem-
poraries as B.B. King or Buddy
Guy when he died tragically
this week in Crystal River.
But like the blues itself, which
wafts its sound and influence
around us in ways we hardly
notice until it puts a smile on
our face or sends shivers down
our spine, Kirkland was a man
whose contribution and in-
fluence was somehow always
there and often nearby even
when we didn't realize it.
He was often referred to as
the "Gyspy of the Blues," a fit-
ting moniker for a guy who was
born in Jamaica in 1923, but
grew up in Alabama not far
from the Mississippi Delta af-
ter having moved to the U.S. as
a young child.
Kirkland also picked up the
guitar at a young age and, after
a stint in the army during World
War II, gravitated to Detroit (like
other musicians from the Delta
who didn't go to Chicago, St.
Louis or stay in Memphis after
hitting the "Blues Highway" to
seek their fortunes), where he
played for several years on the
road with John Lee Hooker.
In the '60s, Kirkland moved
back to the South and settled in
Macon, Ga., where he became
Otis Redding's bandleader and
performed on the road for many
years with acts ranging from
Little Richard and Ben King to
Ruth Brown and Johnnie Tay-
lor, according to his website.
He also recorded on-and-off
for years with a variety of South-
ern labels, at one point chart-
ing a hit on Stax/Volt Records
called "The Hawg" in 1963.
And as the '60s and 70s
gave way to the '80s, '90s and
eventually the 'OOs, Kirkland's
worK euncLI -- I U:;i& U111m
his generation who grew up in
or near the Delta kept him
playing gigs and joining others
on the road and in the studio
even as he eased into his 70s
and 80s.
Two years older than B.B.
King and three years older than
Buddy Guy, Kirkland was a

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


would like to extend our sin-
cerest gratitude for the love
displayed as we celebrated
the life, laughter and smile of
our beloved. To our relatives,
friends and the Jordan Grove
family; we say thank youl To
God be the Glory!
The Family

During the past several weeks, our readers might have no-
ticed that our obituary page has been shorter than usual. The
reason is not that the number of deaths in our community
have suddenly declined but because our newspaper is not
getting the information on all of the deaths.
For some reason, 14 of the 34 Black funeral homes have
informed The Miami Times that they will not submit any more
death notices to our newspaper for publication: Bain Range/
Range, Gregg L. Mason, Poitier, D. Richardson, A. Richard-
son, Mitchell, Jay's Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt, Kitchens, Wright &
Young, Pax Villa, Stevens, Carey, Royal & Rahming and Royal.
This newspaper continues to publish all death notices sub-
mitted to us as a public service free of charge as we have been
doing for the past 88 years.
If your funeral home does not submit the information to us,
you may submit it on your own. Please consult our obituary
page for further information or call 305-694-6210.

to gigs until he attempted a
U-turn in front of a Greyhound
bus in Crystal River early last
Sunday, according to news
reports. He had performed
the night before in Dunedin
and apparently was on the way
back home to Georgia when the
accident occurred.
But countless acts, including
rock 'n' rollers like the
British group Foghat, were
influenced by Kirkland. And a
collaboration with that band
in Florida last year represents
one of Kirkland's last recording
sessions, if not his very last.
Last August, when Foghat
played Silver Springs in Ocala,
founding Foghat drummer
Roger Earl spoke to The Sun
and talked at length about
Kirkland's influence and
contributions to Earl's band
- to the point where the
group invited the 86-year-
old Kirkland to play on their
2010 blues album, "Last Train
Home," which was recorded in
a house owned by the band in
De Land.
Earl said that Kirkland drove
himself from Macon to De Land,
and after arriving there about
10 or 11 p.m., called the band
up and said "What time do you
want me to be there?"
"And we said, Well, we'll
pick you up about midday
tomorrow," Earl said. "And he
said, 'OK, but I have to put a
new alternator on my car and
new brake shoes on the rear of
the car.'
"So, Eddie gets up at like 4
o'clock in the morning, puts his

Happy Birthday

Zone to open up, then puts new
brake shoes on the back of the
car," Earl said.
When the band picked him
up that day at noon at his
hotel, Kirkland was as ready to
plug in and play as a 20-year-
old punker and with nearly the
energy to boot, Earl intimated.
"He was ready to rock," Earl
said. "We started playing we
were all set up in the living
room and the first couple
of songs were a little tentative
because I hadn't seen Eddie in,
wow, 30 years. And he turns
87 this month (last August),
but he was very spry. And after
about the second tune, I think
he realized that the band was
there for him," Earl said.
"And we were off. I don't
think we stopped playing for
five or six hours," Earl said. "It
was a blast.
"I hope that if, the good Lord's
willing and the creek don't rise,
that I get to 87 and I have that
much energy."
That's the way it often is
for lifelong men of the blues.
And that's the way it was for
Kirkland until that final turn
last Sunday in Crystal River.
But who could have known
at the time six months ago
that one of Kirkland's final
recording sessions would end
up being featured on a blues
album fittingly titled "Last
Train Home"?
Somehow, though, with
Kirkland, it will be as if the
train never really left. So rest in
peace, Mr. Gypsy of the Blues.
Rest in peace.

Card of Thanks

In loving memory of, The family of the late,

03/08/1941 02/14/2008

Happy birthday husband,
father and granddaddy.
You will always be in our
The Family


wishes to express our sin-
cere thanks to those who ex-
tended their kindness during
our bereavement.
May God bless you all.
The Family

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By Pheralyn Dove
Bassist Christian McBride. used his original compositions
to celebrate the ancestors. praise the wisdom of the elders,
acknowledge the contributions of the middle-aged and
encourage the hope and promise of youth during a
recent performance ol "The Mo'.ement. Re visited "
J D. Steele served as musical director for the
Philadelphia premiere of McBride's expan-
sive opus, which he created in homage to
the courage of civil rights icons Students
from the Penn Jazz Ensemble and the
New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir were
Interwoven throughout the piece
%%ere excerpts from speeches and writ-
ings of forerunners of the Civil Ric.hts
Movement that %\ere narrated by distin-
guished University Pennsylvania alum-

McBride's bass provided the soul
force, the steady heartbeat
and the pulse of the pro-
duction. It was a proud
night for Philly.s na-
tive son and perhaps
most proud was his
mother and rnen-
tor. Renee Mc-

"I taught Chris that God created us all in his image." she
said after the concert "I taught him to eliminate the word
can't from his \ocabular\. I never tried to create what was
already\ there His greatness was already there. I just en-
couraged it I taught him that you've got to know who you
Lovett Hines. who was McBride's music instructor at Phila-
delphia's Settlement Music School, said he loved ev-
erything about how his former student put the
performance together.
"The most important thing about Chris,
even at an early age. is his dedication to the
music." Hines said. "He's a strong advocate
for education and I'm impressed every time
I hear him pla,. I'm just amazed."
McBride. who graduated from the Cre-
ati'e and Performing Arts High School
in 19S9. and \went on to study music at
the Julliard School in New York, has
distinguished himself as one of the
most sought after bassists of his gen-
eration and has performed with every-
one in the industry including: James
Brown. Kathleen Battle. Herbie Han-
cock. McCoy Tyner. Sting. The Roots
and Queen Latifah. Most agree he has
an incredible work ethic
"in terms of hard work, and my influences.
I don't have to go much farther than my own v
mother," he said. "In terms of musical influ-
ences, those whose work ethic inspired me the
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Ng [l drama continues to dog Iamily

By Ronda Raoha Penrice
"Like mother, like daughter" has been the theme qf many reports regarding
alleged drug use by Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 18-year-old daughter of Whitney
Houston and Bobby Brown. Since photos of Bobbi Kristina that appear to show her
snorting cocaine surfaced in the National Enquirer this month, along with allega-
tions that the teen has a major drug problem, the media has been relentless.
IL's no secret that both Houston and Brown have battled drugs. To promote her al-
bum I[ Look To You," Houston even sat down with Oprah Winfrey in the fall of 2009
to discuss her life with Brown and her drug use, among other issues. Now it seems
that daughter Bobbi Kristina has picked up the worst traits from her parents. Unfor-
tunately, if she is indeed using drugs, it's not a surprising development.. There
were warning signs.
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Taraji P. Henson lands

role in new TV series

By Wilson Morales
The days of yore when film actors were only film actors are long gone.
Maybe it's the economy, or maybe it's just actors diversifying their portfolio, but there seems
to be a growing trend of Academy Award-caliber thespians such as Laurence Fishburne
(CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Terrence Howard (Law & Order: Los Angeles), Kathy Bates
('Harry's Law') and Forest Whitaker ('Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior' ) taking jobs on
Taraji P. Henson is the latest acclaimed actress to sign up for the boob tube.
The 'Curious Case of Benjamin Button' star has been cast in producer J.J Abrams' new
CBS drama series, 'Person of Interest.'
According to New York magazine, the series tells the story of an ex-CIA agent who is re-
cruited by a crazy billionaire to help fight crime in New York City.
Already cast in the series is Michael Emerson, who last starred in Abram' other show, 'Lost.'
He will play the billionaire, while Henson will play a female detective named Carter on the
The pilot, from Warner Bros. TV and Abrams' Bad Robot production company, will be di-
rected by 'Heroes' vet David Semel with a script by 'The Dark Knight's co-writer Jonathan
Abrams' last series was the NBC spy series 'Undercovers,' which starred Boris Kodjoe and
Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The show was canceled in 2010 after low ratings. Only 11 of 13 episodes
were aired.
Henson, who with appear with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Pam Grier in the upcoming
film, 'Larry Crowne,' had previously done some episodic work on ABC's 'Eli Stone' and 'Boston
The Washington D.C native, who recently starred in the Lifetime telepic 'Taken From Me:
The Tiffany Rubin Story,' also has the independent film, 'From The Rough,' slated for release
this year.

Actress Taraji P. Henson forthcoming
female role in new TV series and TV film
on Lifetime Entertainment, titled Taken
From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story.



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Kudos go out to Jackie
Bell, Executive Director. New
Washington Heights CDC. for
recognizing nine Black women
for making an indehble mark
in history in Miami (Overtown),

last First Friday at the
Plaza proximately to the
Lyric Theater, featuring
DJ Sarg and guest, as
well as Anna Grace
Sweeting wearing
the hat of Mistress of
Ceremonies, rather
than her column,
Others on the

program were Dr. Ana Price,
Cecelia Stewart, an Overtown
spokesperson and Bell
escorting the honorees from
their seats to the podium.
The first person honored was
Patricia Jennings Braynon;
Director of the Housing Finance
Authority of Miami-
Dade County, where
she is responsible for
the administration of
the County's $2 billion
dollar bond financed
housing programs, as
National Association of
Local Housing Finance
She is a proud
graduate ofTuskegee University

holding a
Bachelor of
Science degree.
She and her
husband Oscar
are members of


two of Miami's pioneer
Black families, parents
of two children and
grandparents to one.
The next honoree
was Dr. Mae Rene
Christian whose
educational ladder
included graduating
from North Dade Jr. Sr.
High, Florida Memorial

University in Business
Administration, a M.S. at St.
Thomas University and finally
completing requirements for"
her PhD at the University of
Miami, Union Institute and
University of Rockville.
Presently, she is the
President of the
Historic Preservation
Commission and
Cultural Heritage. Her
vision is improvement
of the neighborhoods
in Overtown.
Regina Mobley
Grace, the next
NON honoree is from
Bartow, FL. She has
been a resident of Miami for

35 years. Ms. Grace or
Ms. G, as she is known

work including the
Robert W. Johnson

O.n oa.

Standing out in the Dollard, Fanne Gulley, Erica
organization included: Rev. King, Shawona McFadden,
Dr. Larry T. Walthour, 1"1 Patricia Miller, Connie Ragin,
Vice Moderator; Rev. Franklin Lucille Rambo, Yashica
Clarke, 2nd Vice Moderator, Rogne, Juanita Roundtree
Rev. Dr. W. J. Carpenter, and Lorna Smith.
Chairman of the Board; **************
Sis. Wilhelmina C. The Omega Psi Phi
Brown, Treasurer; Rev. retired brothers met
Glenn Miller, Finance at the Omega Activity
Chairman and Rev. Center last Thursday
Dr. Glenroy Deveaux, to congregate and
workshop presenter. .. dine on fried fish
*************** prepared by Baljean
Speaking of churches, EESmith who allowed
First lady Tracey DEVEAUX Vice President Earl


by, is the mother of Dr. Community Health
JeRhonda J. Grace, Leadership Award,
Pharmacy Supervisor, Community Based
Miami Division/ Teacher Award from
Southern Region of the Florida Chapter
Publix Supermarket, of American College
and the grandmother of EDMONSON of Physicians and the
Miss Paige C. Scavella, Women of Distinction
a second grader at Village Award from Miami-Dade
Pines School. County Commissioners.
Regina is a graduate of Commissioner Audrey
Tuskegee University, with a BS Edmonson, former Mayor
and MA in higher education. To of El Portal, was recently
her list of accomplishments she elected to vice-chair of
serves on numerous Miami-Dade County
communities and state Commissioners. She
boards, including the has a BS degree in
Miami-Dade County Psychology and a
Nuisance Abatement Master's degree in
.Board, South Florida Marriage and Family.
Workforce Board, .; Continuation of
Florida Association for Dorothy Edwards,
Community Action. ACE Lona Brown Mathis
Dr. Cheryl L. Holder, and Priscilla A.
a Princeton University Thompson will be in
graduate fulfilled her desire the next issue.
to become a physician when ***************
she graduated from George The Atlantic Coast Missionary
Washington School of Medicine. Baptist Association provided
She has dedicated her career the community with its annual
to improving her career and banquet, last Saturday, at
the lives of the under- the Holiday Inn with
served communities Doreen Latimer,
in Miami-Dade, Sister Jenny Audain,
*through education .. Evangelist Leshia Fyne,
and provision of the -. Sister Diana Moss and
highest quality health Leona Stirrup under
care. the theme The Dream-
Dr. Holder has Rebuilding the Walls
received numerous by Timer, Talent and
awards for her CHRISTIAN Treasure.

Ash, Mercedes Cobb, Pam

Daniels to conduct
the meeting that single out Dr.
Ed Braynon, Elston Davis,
Anthony Simmons, Oscar
Jessie, Stacy Jones, Peter
Harden, John Shaw, and the
host brothers as Ted Blue,
Herman Dorsett, Vernon
Howard and Smith. A job well
Congratulations go out
to Dr. Richard J.
Strachan for being
elected president of
the 31-year-old King
S of Clubs of Greater
Miami. His cabinet
includes Fletcher
SPaschal, vice president;
Ja'Shon Fayson,
DER treasurer; Ron Butler,
secretary (recording);
James Fayson, financial
secretary and Arthur Simms,
chaplain. Swearing-in is on the
second Wednesday in April at
Picadilly's (Hialeah).

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Hearty congratulations
go out to Oscar Braynon
II who handily won a
seat to the Florida Senate
defeating Republican Joe
Celestin. Senator 02 (as
he is affectionately known
by his family The Braynons,
Franks, Wards, Jennings,
Davis and Ingraham
families) are all very proud
of you! They are all looking
down smiling. In fact, all of
Miami are proud of Oscar.
Also congratulations go
out to Miami Central High
School principal, faculty
and student body who were
paid a visit by our beloved
United States of America
President Obama. See what
good things happen when
you behave and do well?
That is all your parents
ask of you! Stay in school
behave yourselves and
do the best that you can.
Believe me you will not
regret getting your school
work and having good
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to Horace
and Bertha Johnson,
who celebrated their 46th
wedding anniversary on

Donna Dewberry of Dallas,
- i: Texas: grandsons Ishmael
S Thompkins of Chicago,
SiIllinois; Kenneth and
W AN iGabriel Sellers of Orlando,

March 6.
Jones and
Regina M. Grace were
selected and honored by
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Get well wishes go out
to all of you: Winston
Scavella, Natalie Reid,
Rachel Reeves, Gladys
Lynch, Larcena Bullard,
Gwendolyn High (now
living in Charlotte, N.C.),
Grace Heastie-Patterson
(living in the Washington
area), Naomi Allen-Adams,
Inez McKinney-Johnson,
Jestina McGhee-Brown,
Mary Allen, Valvia
Johnson and Princess
Here for the funeral
of their beloved mother
and grandmother Sadie
Belle Dames-Barry were
Sylvia and Earl Scrivens
of Orlando, FL.; Gloria
Deloris Weaver; her sons,
Rev. Corey Weaver and
Gregory Weaver; grandson,
Senior Chief in the U.S.N.
Heerey and Beverly
Gaston of Suffolk, Virginia;
granddaughter Attorney


Edward Robinson is
now Assistant Principal
at Booker T. Washington
Senior High School. He
is the son of Wilhelmina
Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc.'s Jabberwock
will be held on March 26 at
Miami Jackson Senior High
School from 3-6 p.m. Join
us as we attend this lovely
event. Vivian Smith is the
Home for their spring
break from college are
Raynal Sands and her guest
Tangela Phillips, Ronald
P. Wright, Char Wright,
Cecily Newbold, Lindsay
Anderson, Korri McMann
and Jonathan Boyce who
all enjoyed South Beach.
Hearty congratulations go
out to JaRhonda Grace on
recognition as a 2011 Black
Achiever by the Family
Christian Association of
America. JaRhonda was
nominated by the Publix
Corporation as the first
Black Pharmacy Supervisor
in Florida for Publix.
JaRhonda is the daughter
of Regina M. Grace.

Kudos to Alice Warren,
who participated in the
master dance class with
renowned Alvin Alley Dance
Company's Artistic Director
Robert Battle.
During our sisterhood
month (March), Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority, Inc. took the
time to honor our beloved
charter members of Miami
Alumnae Chapter. Miami
Alumnae Chapter, also once
known as Beta Zeta Sigma
was chartered in May 1941.
Charter members Pearl
Tate Jenkins (Alpha XI,
1934), Susie E. Corprew
Lucas (Beta, 1927), Oneida
Byrdie-Mickens (Zeta
Sigma, 1926), Lugusta
Colston (Alpha Iota, 1934),
Mildred Jackson (Alpha
Zeta, 1930), Primrose
Barnwell-Tibbs (Alpha
Rho, 1938) and Maxine
Walker Pollard Bright
Davies (Alpha Delta,
1938). The initiates were
Dorothy Robinson,
Frances Tuckers and Alice
Jones Hawkins. These
women understood the
importance of sisterhood
and moved forward to
build a foundation that has
lasted for nearly 70 years
in Miami. We thank them
for their forethought and
commitment to sister hood,
scholarship and service.

R&B singers' daughter following parents' footsteps

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Back in 2008, word came
out about an alleged suicide
attempt by Bobbi Kristina,
then 15, that reportedly re-
sulted in a stint in a psychi-
atric ward. Growing up is
already difficult enough for
any teen but, for Bobbi Kris-
tina, that difficulty has been
magnified. When her dad's
reality show, Being Bobby
Brown, aired on Bravo, her
mother's legions of fans got
the first inkling that Clive
Davis's pop princess was
far from the person market-
ing campaigns painted her
to be. Although, in industry
circles, there had long been
rumblings that Houston had
used drugs for years, Being
Bobby Brown offered proof. It
also helped to explain Hous-
ton's extremely emaciated
appearance in 2001 during
a televised tribute to Michael
Jackson. Being told what the
deal may be and actually
watching evidence of it is two
different things.

Whitney Houston (L) and Bobbi Kristina Brown ar-
rives at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To In-
dustry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton
on February 12, in Beverly Hills, California.

After the reality show,
Houston did seek help. Also,
she and Bobby Brown even-
tually split.
Brown, backed into a cor-
ner for a statement as he
promoted his upcoming May
album Masterpiece on ABC

News Now "What's The Buzz,"
denied his daughter's drug
No parent, even a model
one, wants to accept that a
child, especially at such an
early age, has ventured off
the right path but with both

Brown and Houston, there's
the added element of paren-
tal guilt, no doubt prompted
by their less than stellar par-
As crazy as it sounds, the
media might be leading an
intervention. The fact that
Bobbi Kristina felt compelled
to respond is a good sign,
even if we don't believe her.
It at least indicates that she
sees such allegations as seri-
ous and is not brushing them
off. Whether she is fully com-
ing to terms with them is an-
other story but everything is
a process.
Considering her family his-
tory, Bobbi Kristina's alleged
drug use was inevitable. Let's
just hope, if true, that catch-
ing it early will make for a
better outcome than her par-
ents have known. At the end
of the day, Bobbi Kristina,
regardless of her famous par-
ents, is no different than any
other young child out there.
She is full of potential and
has much'life ahead of her.
Instead of dooming her to the
worst, let's pray for the best.

Brandon T. Jackson gets lead

role in CBS 'Hail Mary' series

By Wilson Morales

Actor Brandon T. Jackson,
who's currently grac-
ing the big screen op-
posite Martin Law-
rence in 'Big Mommas:
Like Father, Like Son,'
has been tapped as
the male lead opposite
Minnie Driver in CBS'
buddy P.I. pilot 'Hail
Mary.' JACK
The. series centers
on Mary Beth Baker
(played by Driver), a suburban
single mom in Atlanta who,
after her teen son gets killed,

teams up with her son's best
friend, KZ (played by Jackson),
a fast-talking con artist from
the streets, 'to solve her
son's murder and other
crimes, stated Deadline.
While the Detroit na-
tive guest starred on
Fox's 'Raising Hope,' this
represents his first regu-
lar stint on televisibo;r -
SON Driver, who appeared
in 2010's 'Conviction' and
'Barney's Version,' was
last on the small screen in the
critically acclaimed FX series
'The Riches.'

'Pink Friday' breaks new record

By Danielle Canada continues for Nicki now that her
Pink Friday album has become
Young Money emcee Nicki the female rap album with the
Minaj has broken yet another most consecutive weeks in the
record. Top 10.
Nicki Minaj was cred- Nicki quickly broke
ited with having the first the news to her fol-
single by a female emcee lowers on Twitters
to top Billboard's "Rap Wednesday saying,
Songs" category in over "Now 14 weeks; Pink'
seven years with "Your Friday breaks the re-
Love." cord for most consecu-
- Following that she tive weeks in the top 10
made Billboard history MINAI by a female rap album
after being announced on Billboard's 200."
as the first female rap- The Queens rapper
per to have seven entries on the is currently embarking on the
"Hot 100." I Am Still Music Tour with Lil
The record breaking streak Wayne and Rick Ross.

Musician pays tribute to civil rights

continued from 1C

most were James Brown, whose
work ethic was almost patho-
logical and Duke Ellington,
who was so prolific you could
spend your whole life studying
his work."
It's almost unfair to call Mc-
Bride's opus "jazz" because
all of the musical styles were
represented there were ele-
ments of European classical,
references to the traditional
Black spirituals and gospels
as well as moments when the
music spanned from pop, to
swinging jazz, to avant garde,

to rock.
Even as a child, the lives of
the icons of the movement reso-
nated with McBride. He learned
all he could about the contri-
butions of leaders like Harriett
Tubman, Frederick Douglass,
Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. DuBois
and a host of others;
"Black history was so rich in
our household and so was the
music," McBride added, whose
upbringing encompassed lis-
tened to music by masters in-
cluding James Brown, Curtis
Mayfield, Nina Simone, John
Coltrane, Rahsaan Roland
Kirk, and Charles Mingus, just
to name a few.




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Jackson spearheaded
the annual Renew Women's
Conference, beginning Maich
5 to March 20. The first lady
supervised twelve gift baskets
that were included in the
Silent Bidding. Other forums
included Dr. Angela Best doing
a workshop on "Renewing
your Mind, Body and Spirit";
Rev. Paul B. Lake conducted

"Praying Your Way
Through" and Laura
Pickett closed out as
a motivational speaker.
Some of the
attendees included Jai
Ingraham, Stephanie
Bevill, Pamela
Johnson, Karen
Ingraham, Diane
Thomas, Demirra
Hudge, Cathy Wi
Devonna Johnson,
Pressley, NiShawate
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"We're seeing a more adventuresome spirit in the kitchen -'playful takes
on America's favorites that bring both the comfort of familiarity and the
energy of the unexpected," says Larry Tong, McCormick chef. "For example,
a contemporary combination of mustard seed and vermouth sparks a martini-inspired
steak kabob, complete with onion and olive garnishes."
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Dirty Martini Steak Kabobs
Makes 8 servings (2 kabobs and
1 cup salad each)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
3 tablespoons McCormick
Gourmet Collection
Yellow Mustard Seed
3/4 cup dry vermouth
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
11/2 teaspoons grated lemon
2 tablespoons juice from
green olives
1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick
Gourmet Collection
Sicilian Sea Salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon McCormick
Gourmet Collection
Coarse Grind Black
2 pounds boneless beef sirloin
steak, cut into 1-inch cubes

16 small cippolini onions .
16 large pimiento-stuffed
green olives
Mixed Greens with Mustard
Vinaigrette (recipe sidebar)

Nutritional information per serving:
418 Calories, Fat 24g, Protein 28g,
Carbohydrates 19g, Cholesterol 62mg,
Sodium 713mg, Fiber 3g

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1 minute or until fragrant. Immediately pour out of hot pan to a\ old o\ er-toasting.
Coarsely crush seeds using
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(recipe sidebar).
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peel, sea salt, garlic and pepper in large bowl until well blended. Reserve 1 '4 cup of the
marinade for brushing. Place remaining marinade in large resealable plastic bag or glass
dish. Add steak; turn to coat well. Refrigerate 2 hours or longer for extra flaor.
3. Meanwhile, bring water to boil in small saucepan. Add onions; cook 5 minutes Drain
well. Cool onions slightly. Cut
off top and bottom ends, then peel onions. Remove steak from marinade Discard
remaining marinade. Alternately thread steak, onions and ol es onto
16 skewers.
4. Grill kabobs over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes or until steak is desired doneness,
turning occasionally and brushing with reserved marinade. Sen e kabobs % ith Mixed
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Kevin Frazier makes history with move

By Bridget Bland

For years, Kevin Frazier has lent his re-
porting to two of televisions biggest enter-
tainment shows, 'Entertainment Tonight'
and "The Insider.'
Recently, CBS announced that the for-
mer ESPN 'SportsCenter' host has been
named the new co-anchor of 'The Insider.'
He will work alongside 'The Insider' an-
chor Lara Spencer.
Frazier will be the first Black male to
host a daily entertainment news show on

a major television network an opportu-
nity he doesn't take lightly.
"I'm really exciting," he said.
"It's an amazing opportunity and there
has not been an African-American male
hosting a show like this before. It's a fe-
male-dominated genre and so that's why
you haven't seen African-American males
in this genre. It's a little historic and it's
a great responsibility more than a great
He added, "I hope I will bring a unique
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Miami Northwestern
Alumni Association and
Miami Jackson Alumni As-
sociation are calling all for-
mer basketball players for the
upcoming Alumni Basketball
game in April. Bulls Alumni
call 786-873-5992 and Gen-
erals Alumni call 305-651-
5599 for more information.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet on
Saturday, March 26 at 4:30
p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. For
more info, contact Lebbie Lee
at 305-213-0188.

South Florida Urban
Ministries program ASSETS
will be hosting free Business
Training classes every Thurs-
day starting Feb. 17 for 10
weeks from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
at the United Way Center for
Financial Stability, 11500 NW
12th Avenue. For more info,
call 305-442-8306.

The Miami-Dade Park
& Recreation Department
is issuing its annual call for
seasonal job applicants for
its summer programming and
activities. Applications will be
accepted Feb. 21-March 18,
for summer jobs at Miami-
Dade Parks. To apply, visit
the Miami-Dade County On-
line Employment Application
site www.miamidade.gov/
jobs, also contact the Miami-
Dade Park where you wish
to work. For a list of parks,
visit www.miamidade.gov/
parks. Individuals must be at
least 17-years-old. For more
information, call Miami-Dade
Park and Recreation Summer
Job Hotline at 305-755-7898.

The Miami-Dade Public
Library System invites all
high school students, as well
as adults who are interested
in pursuing a college degree,

to a free College and Vocation-
al Fair on Thursday, March
17 from 4- 6 p.m. at the Main,
Library, 101 West Flagler
Street. For more information,
call 305-375-5799.

The Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1964 will be
meeting on Friday, March 18
at 6:30 p.m. at the African
Heritage Center, 6161 N.W.
22nd Avenue. For further
info, contact G. Hunter at

The Miami-Dade Coun-
ty Health Department in-
vites you to their Commu-
nity Health Fair on Saturday,
March 19 from 9 a.m. to 1
p.m. at 14101 N.W. 8th Av-
enue. For more info, contact
Angelica E. Urbina at 305-
47,0-5625/5643 or angelica_

m The On It Foundation
along with CBS4 sports an-
chor Jim Berry will host a
unique fundraising event -
an afternoon of Chicago-style
steppin' classes on March 19
at the VFW Post 8195, 4414
Pembroke Road in Hollywood.
The beginners' class starts at
11 a.m.; intermediate and ad-
vanced class, 1 p.m. The cost
is $20 per person. To reserve
a spot, call Bill Frazier at 954-

Applications are now be-
ing accepted through March
31 for the United States Na-
val Academy Summer STEM
(Science, Technology, Engi-
neering and Mathematics)
Program 2011. The program
is held in three sessions:
June 6-11 (rising 8th & 9th
graders), June 13-18 (rising
10th graders) and June 20-
25 (rising 11th graders) for
those who have an interest in
math and science. For more
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Project Medishare lends a helping hand to Haiti

By Randy Grice

Project Medishare for Haiti,
founded in 1994 by Dr.'s Barth
Green and Arthur Fournier from
the University of Miami's. School
of Medicine, is a non-profit or-
ganization registered in the
State of Florida. The group is
dedicated to sharing its human
and technical resources with its
Haitian partners in striving to

achieve quality healthcare ,and
development services for every-
one. Medishare has been around
for more than a decade and they
are still serving a purpose. "Ev-
erything has proceeded well, we
are advancing quite a bit," said
Dr. Enrique Ginzburg, one of the
medical directors for Medishare.
"We have been extremely effec-
tive, we continue to be the go-to
hospital." In Haiti, Project Me-
dishare is responsible for train-

ing Haitian physicians, nurses
and other healthcare profession-
als. "We have hired close to 180
Haitian staff," Ginzburg said.
The program also offers tech-
nology, supplies and equipment
to their clinic in Thomonde,
Haiti and other associated pro-
grams around the impoverished
country. The program's facil-
ity in Port-au-Prince is one of
the leading clinics; it's the only
one with ventilators. While the

group is making progress, they
are having some difficulties.
Because of customs issues, the
process of getting equipment in
to the country can be a strug-
gle. "Getting needed equipment
out of customs is a challenge to
the program," said Dr. Marinne
Finizio, board member.
But customs is not the only
issue. The fear of not having
enough money to continue the
program is becoming a prob-

lem. The majority of the funds
that keeps the program afloat
are given by private donors.
While they do get grants, that
money is not forever. "The fund-
ing of this project will end in
December of this year, we are
in hopes that we will continue
to get funding," Ginzburg said.
"We feel significantly pressured
to get the funding." Currently,
the group receives aid from only
two organizations, the Ameri-

can Red Cross and Knights of
In addition to funds, the
groups are also able to provide
specials needs equipment like
prosthesis for amputees. Marie
Joseph, a Haitian immigrant
said she still has family in Haiti
that benefits from the work of
Medishare. "I have cousins and
aunts and friends that need this
program, they depend on it for
their life," she said.



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In this photo taken March 2,2011, civilian volunteers receive military instruction from veterans of Haiti's former army
in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Haiti has been without an army since 1995, when President Jean-Bertrand Aristide disbanded
the military after he was deposed in a coup and then restored to power with the help of U.N. forces.The two candidates
who will face off in Haiti's presidential vote on March 20 say they support restoring the armed forces in some form.



By Ben Fox
Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Their mil-
itary fatigues faded and their grizzled
faces stern, the squad of veterans barks
out orders to rows of young men and
women who sweat as they run through
exercises under the blazing Caribbean
The more than 150 volunteers who
have gathered on a hilltop outside the
capital are desperate for a chance to
serve their country. Many say they are
anxious to bring security to Haiti and
help end its long series of troubles.
But the would-be recruits don't really
have any place to go: Haiti has no army
- or any other military forces for that
The drill leaders and ranks of volun-
teers \\ho have eagerly assembled here
represent nothing more than an Infor-
mal movement :,f Haitians eager to re-
establish an arm, an idea that un-
nerves Haitians ''ho remember tires
darkened by military. coups, oppression
and abuse
The Haitian army was disbanded in
1995 b. President Jearn-Bertrand Aris-
tide, after he had been deposed in a
coup and then restored to po\'er u ith
the help of Li N forces. The continuing
presence of Ui.N troops is a sore point
for many Haitians.
The two candidates vying for Haiti's
presidency in the March 20 vote both
support restoring the armed forces in
-..., fo.lp..,;Thats. raised the hopes of
.recNlujs, who


run through several hours of drills
three times a week without any pay..
"I want to see order in my country,"
says 26-year-old Pierre Jeans Rigaud, a
neatly dressed student from the neigh-
borhood. "We all want to see it."
The prospect of a new military is es-
pecially attractive for young Haitians,
given the scarcity of jobs. An' estimated
70 percent of the population is younger
than 30, according to the Washington-
based group, Population Action Inter-
national. Even before the January 2010
earthquake, unemployment was wide-
spread and 80 percent of the people
lived in poverty.
Delise Wilson, 36, who survives by
grabbing whatever sewing jobs he can,
says: "If the army is coming back, I want

to be part of it. ... Even if they don't have
any money, I'm willing to volunteer to
protect the country."
Nestor Apolon, the squad's self-ap-
pointed commander, says "thousands
and thousands" are waiting to be
While there are no weapons visible
at the makeshift base in Carrefour, a
dusty maze of dirt lanes and concrete
shacks, there are reminders of Haiti's
military past.
"The' Haitian army has basically been
an army that's been used against the
Haitian people," said Human Rights
Watch counsel Reed Brody. "It was there
as an instrument of repression, so it's
hard to see what Haiti gains by bringing
back the army."

In this photo taken March 5, civilians volunteers line up during military train-'
ing led by veterans of Haiti's former armyp Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Haiti wants

Canada's help


Baby Doc

CBC Staff Report
The Haitian government wants Canada's help in prosecuting
former dictator Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier for crimes
against his country.
Ren6 Magloire, the current president's special adviser on le-
gal matters and a former Montreal resident, said Haiti's jurists
need guidance from their Canadian counterparts.
"There are a number of jurists and Canadian experts who
could help the public prosecution office prepare the file," he
said, pointing particularly to Quebec.
"There are jurists. who would be able to assist, some who
worked on international criminal tribunals, so they have ex-
perience in similar matters."
Magloire, who was on Parliament Hill appearing before the
Commons committee on foreign affairs, also asked for a formal
statement of support from' Canada for Haiti's prosecution of
Haiti is trying to build a case against Duvalier, who was ar-
rested in January on his return to the country after almost
25 years in exile. Duvalier was accused of corruption and em-
bezzlement and then released.
The Haitians are hoping to drum up support from Quebecers
who could eventually testify in a case against the former dicta-
tor, the CBC's Dan Halton reported.
"Not just money, but more so their legal expertise," Halton
explained. "[It's] a massively complicated affair, and Magloire
says Canada has a duty to help, as one of the western coun-
tries that turned a blind eye during the Cold War, when these
alleged atrocities were being committed. Magloire wants to
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(Baby Doc)

Security safety for

Haiti's election

Miami Times Staff Report

In the days leading up to
Haiti's election, the 3,500
strong United Nation's po-
lice force has made the call
to reinforce its support of
national police for the presi-
dential run-off election on
March 20, although they do
not expect trouble..There was
trouble' with the first round
of election results in Decem-
ber, when thousands of pro-
testers stormed the streets of
Port-au-Prince with accusa-
tions that the ruling coali-
tion had rigged the polls. In
shadow of the batched elec-
tion supports have been the

subject of violence as well.
Three men who were putting
up posters in support of Hai-
tian presidential candidate
Mirlande Manigat have been
found dead, their families an-
nounced after finding their
mutilated bodies. Haitian po-
lice officials declined to com-
ment on the issue. It is still
unclear if the slain men were
actual supporters of Manigat
or just being paid to put post-
ers up. Manigat, who won the
first round vote in November,
will stand against well known
singer Michel Martelly in the
runoff of Haiti's deeply divi-
sive presidential elections on
March 20.




Joe Willie

"Pinetop" Perkins

Ninety-seven-year-old bluesman still going strong

Special to the Miami Times

Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins made history last month when the 9 7-year-old
blues pianist won his third Grammy, becoming the oldest person ever
to snag the award. Perkins topped the previous record-holder, beating
out the late comedian George Burns who won a statue at 95 in the early,
1990s. :"
Perkins and his harmonica-playing collaborator Willie "Big Eyes" Smith" won
the award for Best Traditional Blues Album for their 2010 collection "Joined at
the Hip: Pinetop Perkins & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith." j7
"After we won, they took us to the media tent and Pinetop took photos. did
television. It was a lot of excitement. He was very excited about w inning," Patr- -.
cia Morgan- Perkins' manager, told the Associated Press.
The bluesman won the award for Best Traditional Blues Album in 2007 for
his part in the "Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluiesmen: Live in Dal-
las" and received the Grammy lifetime achievement accolade in 2005 '
Perkins began his 80-year career playing guitar and piano at house %
parties and "honky-tonk" bars throughout the ,
Mississippi Delta in the late 1920s. He spent the -
bulk of his career as a sideman for groups like
the Muddy Waters Band. A late bloomer, Per- '
kins came into his own as a soloist in the
1990s, his seventh decade as an artist. Since
1992, he's released more than 15 solo sessions. .
In the midst of recording, Perkins launched IA
a foundation in his name, which trains aspir-
ing Mississippi musicians in his instruments of
choice the piano and guitar. And his music .
partner says the duo might generate more mu-
sic soon.

Lupe Fiasco aims lyrical'Lasers' at disparate targets

By Steve Jones

Lupe Fiasco's Lasers has
several shining moments but
falls short of the overall excel-
lence of his earlier work.
Lupe Fiasco's three-year
battle with Atlantic Records to
get his third album released
has been well-documented
(title changes, multiple release
dates and an online petition
drive by supportive fans The
result of that tug-of-war over
artistic freedom and commer-
cial viability is Lasers, which
has several shining moments
but falls ft-bfIW'^ civeral
excellence of Lupe Fiasco s
Food &;" LT'utir"(2006) and
Lupe Fiasco's The Cool (20071
Fiasco's knack for clever, in-
sightful descriptions of every-
day situations and social atti-
tudes has also been his calling
card. He's at his best on tracks

It, -

like the politically explosive
Words I Never Said and the
racial fantasy All Black Ev-
erything, in which his thinly

against it on Break the Chain.
But on the more obvious
stabs at gaining airplay, like
the club-banging Out of My
Head featuring Trey Songz,
he seems compromised.
Thats especially true when
he seethes on State Run Ra-
dio, We ain't got the truth,
but how about a remix/ differ-
ent is never good, good is only
what we pick/ you ain't got a
hit, unless it sounds like these
did not too smart you will be
a superstar/ and if you dumb
or something maybe you could
be No. 1." His previous two al-
burng "ttv'ere "ly 13 foOdted-
thematically, but on Lasers,
things get refractel.

veiled anger fuels his pointed
observations. Fiasco has al-
ways been about challenging
the status quo, and he rails

'The T.O. Show' returns for third season

By Bridget Bland

Terrell Owens is definitely in
a place of transition in his per-
sonal and professional lives,
and VH1 cameras are along
for the ride again to capture
the NFL wide receiver in his at-
tempt to reinvent himself and
bounce back.
The cable network an-
nounced that the flamboyant
football player will, return in a
few months for a third season
of 'The T.O. Show.'
The second season of the
baller's hit VH1 reality show,
'The T.O. Show,' ended with the
37-year-old Alabama native

proposing to his business ventures,
longtime girlfriend, including opening a
Kari. Meanwhile, barbershop called T.O.
his business part- Cutz and launching a
ner and publicist, brand of'fitness prod-
Monique, quit. ucts and a personal-
Since then, Ow- training business ca-
ens, who has been tered to women.
playing with the 3. This off-season, he
Cincinnati Ben- decided to move to
gels, was placed ''" Miami along with Mo-
on injured reserve OWENS unique and Kita the
for the first time in two women who man-
his 15-year career. This has age his career. Reluctantly,
sparked much talk that his ca- Monique returned to work for
reer is truly over. But Owens Terrell and he's now broken up
believes he has one more sea- with Kari, yet again.
son in him. The new season of 'The T.O.
Now he is focusing on his Show' will air this summer.

Kevin Frazier, new co-anchor on 'The Insider'

continued from 4C

perspective. I was with 'En-
tertainment Tonight' for seven
years, and it's amazing to be a
part of the monstrous team. I
cherish it and I love it, and the
funny thing is I don't even move
offices. I keep the same office
and go to the same studio, but
just do. a different show. I'm
still around the same people."

Executive Producer of CBS
Television Distribution's 'En-
tertainment Tonight' and 'The
Insider' Linda Bell Blue spoke
highly about Frazier and his
new position.
"Kevin has been an integral
part of the ET/Insider family
for seven years. He is one of the
most respected correspondents
in entertainment news with in-
credible sources and connec-
tions that will be put to good

use as co-anchor of The Insid-
er,' Blue said.
Since joining 'Entertain-
ment Tonight' in 2004, Frazier,
who co-founded an online ur-
ban entertainment news site
hiphollywood.com, has cov-
ered many high-profile enter-
tainment stories and histori-
cal events both in Hollywood
and around the world. He has
also served as co-anchor of the
weekend show.

Four Black celebrities on this season of 'DWTS'

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disclosed that the show pro-
ducers would not reveal who
her partner or the other con-
testants were. She also got a
waltz dance lesson from 'Danc-
ing with the Stars' winner John
Williams, at age 46, is a New
York Times best-selling author

and left her noteworthy career
in radio to pursue a television
career as host of 'The Wendy
Williams Show' full time. Wil-
liams will not put her talk show
on hiatus for 'Dancing'; she will
juggle filming the two both in
Los Angeles and New York.
Romeo, at age 21, is follow-
i in his dad Master P's foot-
steps. The New Orleans rapper
and No Limit Records founder

competed on 'Dancing with
the Stars' in its second sea-
son. Many people don't know
Romeo was originally slated
to compete in season two, but
his famous dad stepped in and
competed in his place after an
injury made him incapable of
The new season of 'Dancing
with the Stars' will kick off on
March 21.



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Felicia."Snoop" Pearson, 30, who appeared on the HBO series "The Wire"
was among more than 60 people arrested in an early morning drug raid in the
Baltimore area, authorities said.
Local television showed video of Pearson being led by DEA agents from an
apartment building downtown to a waiting police van. Police declined to say
what charges she faces.
The raids were the result of a seven-month investigation of a heroin, cocaine
and marijuana operation that spread from the east side of the city into the west
and northwest and into the county, DEA Special Agent Edward Marcinko said.
Many of those arrested will face conspiracy charges.

Ja Rule is set to go to prison in June in a New York City gun case.
A judge set a June 8 date for the platinum-selling rapper-actor's sentencing.
His lawyer says he'll spend the intervening months finishing a new album, "Re-
naissance Project," and taking care of tax matters.
The 35-year-old performer pleaded guilty in December to attempted weapon
possession. He agreed to a two-year prison term.
Police say they found a loaded gun in a rear door of his luxury sports car when
it was stopped for speeding after a July 2007 concert.

Former 50 Cent protege Young Buck pleaded not guilty to federal felony gun
possession charges in a Nashville court on March 7.
The rapper's home was raided in August 2010 by Internal Revenue Service
agents for $300,000 'n unpaid ta'es. During the'raid, officials alleged they dis-
covered a .40-caliber pistol and ammunition belonging to Young Buck. The indict-
ment in the case had been sealed until recently.
SAs a previously convicted felon (for stabbing a man at the Vibe Awards in
2004), he is not allowed to possess a gun and could fapeup to 10 years in prison
if found guilty. The onetime G-Unit star (real name: David Brown), appeared in
court before a judge in handcuffs and pleaded not-guilty. He was released on a
$100,000 bond.

I I.


Unemployment rate falls

in 24 states and rises in 10

By Christopher S. Rugaber

unemployment rate fell or
held steady in 40 states in
January, the latest sign
that hiring is strengthening
throughout the country.
The Labor Department
said recently that the un-
employment rate fell in 24
states, the most in seven
months, and remained the
same in 16. The unemploy-
ment rate rose in only 10
states. In December, the rate
fell in 15 states and rose in
Employers added to their
payrolls in 35 states in Jan-
uary, up from only 15 in the
previous month. That's the
most to report higher pay-
rolls since October.
Nationwide, employers
added 63,000 net jobs in

January, and the unemploy-
ment rate fell sharply to nine
percent from 9.4 percent. The
rate ticked down last month
to 8.9 percent and employers
added 192,000 net jobs, the
most in nearly a year.
Several states that were hit
hard during the recession,
including Michigan and Cal-
ifornia, showed signs of im-
Three of the five states with
the largest job gains were in
the Midwest. Michigan added
a net total of 39,700 jobs, the
second-largest gain among
states. Ohio was third with
31,900 net new jobs. Illinois
was fourth with 24,500. /
Texas added the most
jobs, with 44,100. Califor-
nia rounded out the top five,
with 22,600 new jobs.
The Midwest also saw the
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Economy not adding enough good jobs

By Zachary Roth

When it comes to jobs, it's
not just quantity that mat-
ters it's also quality. It's
great news that the economy
is finally producing jobs
again even if it'll take
another few years of this
Kind of growth to get us back
to where we were before the
Great Recession. But that
also means it's now time to
ask what kind of jobs are
being created. And on that
front, things are a lot less

Several recent studies
suggest that the new jobs
pay less and offer fewer work
hours than the ones they
have replaced. Let's look at
the numbers:
Lower-wage industries
- things like retail and food
preparation accounted for
23 percent of the jobs lost
during the recession, but 49
percent of the jobs gained
over the last year, a recent
study (pdf) by the National
Employment Law Program
found. Higher-wage indus-
tries, by contrast, accounted

for 40 percent of the jobs
lost, but just 14 percent of
the jobs gained. In other
words, low paying jobs are
increasing as a percentage of
total jobs, while high-paying
jobs are on the decline.
Meanwhile, the percent-
age of those working who
have part-time jobs and want
full-time ones surged in
mid-February to 19.6 percent
- almost as high as it was a
year ago before the recovery
began, according to Gallup
numbers. That suggests, of
course, that a large number

of the new jobs created over
the last year are part-time.
And a recent Wall Street
Journal analysis found that
even though productivity
rose 5.2 percent from mid
2009 to the end of 2010,
wages increased by just 0.3
percent. That means only six
percent of productivity gains
were shared with workers. In
past recoveries, that figure
has averaged 58 percent.
This time around, far more of
the gains went to sharehold-
ers, in the form of profits,
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Biggest U. S. trade deficit in six months

By Martin Crut Singer

in oil prices helped push im-
ports up at the fastest pace
in 18 years in January, giv-
ing the country the largest
trade deficit in six months.
The Commerce Depart-
ment said recently the Jan-

uary deficit increased
15.1 percent to $46.3
billion. Exports rose
2.7 percent to an all-
time high of $167.7
billion. But imports
rose a faster 5.2 per-
cent to $214.1 bil-
lion. That reflected a
big jump in America's


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foreign oil bill, un-
derscoring concerns
that surging oil pric-
es could slow the
economic recovery.
A widening trade
deficit hurts the
U.S. economy. When
imports outpace ex-
ports, more jobs go

to foreign workers than to
U.S. workers.
The politically sensi-
tive deficit with China rose
12.5 percent to $23.5 bil-
lion in January, the largest
with any country. Last year,
the deficit with China rose
to a record $273.1 billion,
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Marilyn Davis, 50, fills up her car at a QuikTrip gas station in
Smyrna, Ga., on March 10. She says she adjusted her driving
habits to cope with rising fuel prices.

Americans squeezed by gas prices

By Gary Strauss

Over the past week, five mo-
torists have swapped SUVs and
pickups for gas-sipping hybrid
Priuses at Sheridan's Freemont
Toyota dealership.
"Usually this time of year, no-
body gives up their four-wheel
drive around here," Legerski
After six years at Freemont,
he's more accustomed to mov-
ing brawny Tundras and Tacoma
pickups than compact cars in
the heart of cowboy country. No
longer. "People are getting scared
of higher gas prices," he says.
Crude oil prices are drifting
higher. Libya's civil war and lin-
gering anxiety over potential po-
litical unrest in oil-rich Middle
East nations pushed the average
cost of regular unleaded gaso-
line to $3.53, up 76 cents a gal-
lon from a year ago.

Tom Kloza, head of the Oil Price
Information Service, expects
prices to peak at about $3.75 by
April below the record of $4.11
set in July 2008. But production
disruptions in Saudi Arabia or
Iran could spike gas prices to $5
a gallon or higher. "That's the big
enchilada," Kloza says.
The run-up in prices about
40 cents in the past month alone
- is causing heartburn far be-
yond Wyoming's windswept
plains, pinching consumers, a
range of businesses also crimped
by broader rises in commodity
and materials costs,.and fiscally
challenged government agencies.
Rising prices helped propel the
nation's trade deficit to a seven-
month high in January, the gov-
ernment said recently, fueling
debate between Republicans and
Democrats over which party is to
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Small steps to help you get back on track

By Farrah Gray
NNPA Columnist

Fear is a primary obstacle that prevents
people from becoming entrepreneurs. Many
of us are not living our dreams because we
are living our fears. Fear is a disease. It crip-
ples effective decision-making and most of the
time accounts for the illogical actions that en-
sue. Our country is now deep into a historic
financial crisis that has most people in fear
of losing their jobs, healthcare and life sav-
ings. Learning to manage your fears can help
you weather negative situations during hard
Many aspiring entrepreneurs have the dream

of finding security by starting their and get back on track.
own home-based business, but only ." ; Change the voice. When you hear
about five percent of these people will ,' yourself telling you that you're not
actually apply their knowledge and ". -" good enough you're going to fail.
unique talents. We should begin to Voice fears to a trusted friend or
discuss some of the .techniques for associate. Hopefully you have been
entrepreneurs to learn how to man- able to find some level of support
age and conquer their fears. from at least one other entrepreneur.
Think about what you want. When However, don't go looking for sup-
you doubt yourself by spinning the port to all those people who doubted
wheels in your mind on a worst case you and told. you it was crazy to go
scenario, turn it around and focus FARRAH out on your own. They will rarely
on what you do want. Visualize your- understand the entrepreneur.
self building the new business. Create a new Sometimes just making the smallest step will
truth. Your mind will play powerful tricks, if help get you back on the right track enough
you let it. So, stop being your own roadblock that the fear of not doing something can go

away. Just starting the process can create
enough momentum to see it through. Visualize
the result, but make the action the goal. The
action will eventually produce the result and
you can certainly achieve that goal.
Entrepreneurship and the dream of owning
your own business is a powerful concept. To
get your own business going and growing, it's
necessary to overcome your fears.
Never, ever quit. I hate to even use that "q"
word. Keep seeking new ways to solve chal-
lenges. Listen and learn from others experienc-
es. If you do quit in fear, you cease to be an
entrepreneur otherwise you're not beaten,
you are moving ahead living your dreams of
building your own successful business.



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Does college football have a criminal problem?

By CBS News and.
Sports Illustrated

For most fans of college
football, especially fans
of the big three schools in
Florida, seeing a handful
of players getting arrested
each year for crimes rang-
ing from public intoxication
to sex offenses and assault
is the norm.
Now, a six-month investi-
gation between CBS News
and Sports Illustrated has
found that approximately
seven percent of college
football players for teams
in the Top 25 have a crimi-
nal record. Of course, that
also means that 93 percent

of the players are keeping
their nose clean and per-
forming both on and off the
The investigation looked
at the backgrounds of
2,837 players and found
that of the seven percent
that had criminal records,
40 percent of the alleged
incidents were considered
serious offense. In addi-
tion, only two of the top
25 schools surveyed con-
ducted any background
checks of potential recruits
and none checked juvenile
In the group of players
charged, 56 violent crimes
were reported. 'These

Willie Williams
crimes included assault
and battery (25 cases), do-
mestic violence (6), sex of-
fenses (3), aggravated as-
sault (4), and robbery (4).
There were 41 charges for
property crimes like bur-

glary and theft and 105
cases for drug and alcohol
Of the cases that made
it into the court system,
only 60 percent of the play-
ers paid a form of penalty.
.If the report had looked at
only scholarship players,
the criminal record rate
would have jumped to 8.1

Florida State is one of the
school's that did not per-
form criminal background
checks on recruits.
"We have people in the

community who know peo-
ple," said FSU Head Coach
Jimbo Fisher. "Everybody
knows law enforcement
people. We know people
who are around guys."
FSU and the University
of Miami have been bit-
ten before by players with
criminal records. The most
infamous case was that of
linebacker Willie Williams.
"It's 9:25 a.m. and I'm
committed," declared Wil-
liams six and a half years
Many South Florida
sports fans remember.the
day Willie Williams, the
most highly-touted high
Please turn to COLLEGE 9D

Unemployment rate falls, the most in seven months

continued from 7D

biggest drop in unemploy-
ment among the four re-
gions, falling to 8.5 per-
cent from 8.7 percent. The
unemployment rate in the
South ticked down to 9.2
percent from 9.3 percent.
In the West, the rate edged
down to 10.9 percent from
11 percent. The Northeast's
rate was unchanged at 8.4

Georgia lost 15,300 net
jobs the most of any state.
It was followed by New Jer-
sey, Florida, South Carolina
and Maryland.
Meanwhile, Nevada's un-
employment rate fell to 14.2
percent from 14.9 percent.
It was the biggest drop
among states, but it re-
mains the highest unem-
ployment rate in the coun-
try. California was next,
with 12.4 percent unem-
ployment, followed by Flor-

ida at 11.9 percent.
The drop in Nevada's
unemployment rate was
mostly because more than
10,000 of the unemployed
gave up on theirjob search-
es in January, according
the state's employment
agency. If the unemployed
stop looking for work, they
are no longer counted in
the unemployment rate.
North Dakota had the
lowest unemployment rate,
at 3.8 percent, followed by

Nebraska and South Da-
While private employ-
ers are adding jobs, state
and local governments
are laying off workers as
they struggle to close large
budget gaps. That's low-
ering overall job creation
and making it harder for
the unemployment rate to
come down.
In January, state and lo-
cal governments shed a net
total of 8,000 jobs, a fig-

ure that jumped to 30,000
last month. Government
employment declined in
27 states. Some of the big-
gest cuts were in New Jer-
sey and Wisconsin, where
GOP governors have waged
high-profile battles to cut
government spending and
reduce public employee
State and local govern-
ment payrolls fell by 6,400
in January in New Jersey
and by 3,600 in Wisconsin.

Oil prices push trade deficit to an all-time high

continued from 7D

increasing political
pressure in this coun-
try to take a tougher
line on what critics
see as China's unfair
trading practices such
as manipulating its
currency to gain-trade
The overall January
deficit would translate
into an annual deficit

of $556.1 billion. Last
year's imbalance was
$495.7 billion, which
was 32.8 percent
higher than in 2009
when a deep reces-
sion in this country
had shrunk America's
appetite for foreign
Economists expect
that this year's defi-
cit will be essentially
unchanged from 2010
as rising imports, re-

fleeting a growing U.S.
economy, are matched
by continued strong
export sales. However,
they caution that this
forecast could turn out
to be too optimistic if
oil prices,, which have
surged on political
turmoil in Libya and
other countries in the
region, keep climbing.
For January, Ameri-
ca's oil bill jumped 9.5
percent to $34.9 bil-

lion, the highest level
since October 2008,
reflecting a $4.56 per
barrel increase in
the average price of
imported crude oil,
which rose to $84.34.
In recent weeks, oil
has been trading
above $100 per bar-
rel so oil imports will
likely be even higher
in the February and
March trade reports.
President Barack

Black women's magazine has new editor

continued from 7D

with a heap of backlash from
angry readers, when Burt-Mur-
ray hired and placed Ellianna
Placas, a white woman, at the
helm of the fashion department
at the magazine.
Readers were infuriated, and
many fired back via Facebook at
Burt-Murray's decision, which
was referred to as "mindless,"
"insensitive" and "politically in-
correct." At the time, Burt-Mur-
ray dealt with the backfire and
stood by her decision.
There were whispers, though,
that the powers that be were
not happy about Burt-Murray's
media trial-by-fire. As a matter
of fact, the loudest voice lead-
ing the pack of discontented
dissenters was Michaela Ange-
la Davis, the former editor-in-
chief of Honey magazine, who
took to public forums like Face-
book to vehemently criticize
Burt-Murray alerted her staff
in early November of her plans
to move to Atlanta with her
family. Yet, according to insider

continued from 7D

To Winston-Salem, N.C., flo-
rist Price Davis, the finger-
pointing matters little. He has
raised customer delivery charg-
es 25 percent to $9.95 and no
longer delivers beyond 25 miles
from the store. After sales
dropped 33 percent during the
recession, Davis is jittery. "I'm
holding my breath," he says.
"Flowers are a luxury item."
In neighboring South Caro-
lina, the city of Pickens has cut
some night police patrols. Cops
are doubling up instead of us-
ing multiple cars. "We're going
to have to do without some-
thing to keep gas in our vehi-

Constance C.R. White

reports, she had actually laid
the foundation for her resigna-
tion back in July, when tem-
pers began to boil surrounding
her hire.
Essence has also rehired for-
mer editor-in-chief Marcia
Ann Gillespie as Special Proj-
ects Director. Gillespie, who is
considered to be an industry

cles," Mayor David Owens says.
Gulfport, Miss.-based RPM
Pizza, which operates 137
Domino's outlets in Missis-
sippi, Louisiana and Alabama,
boosted its mileage allowance
to 2,000 drivers by 25 percent.
Prices have risen so sharply
that RPM is adjusting allow-
ances weekly instead of month-
ly, RPM President Glenn Muel-
ler says.
Minnesota-based freight
hauler Smith Trucking has
boosted fuel surcharges 36
percent a mile to customers
since December. If diesel prices
- averaging $3.91 a gallon na-
tionally continue climbing,
Smith will have to cut speed to
conserve fuel. "We're always on

trailblazer and a leader in the
women's movement, was at the
helm of the magazine for 11
years, from 1971 to 1980. She
is credited for transforming the
then-fledging magazine into a
force to be reckoned with at the
time. Gillespie will reportedly
assist White withgrowing the
Essence brand globally.

the tail end of it because prices
are going up," Vice President
Chris Economo says. "It's just
killing" the company.
Independent truckers such
as Lee Klass of Portland, Ore.,
say they've had to absorb the
cost of escalating diesel fuel,
up 30 percent over the past few
"The worst time for diesel
was the recession of '08-'09,"
says Klass, a trucker for 40
years. "Right now, it feels like
Todd Spencer, vice president
of the Owner-Operator Inde-
pendent Drivers Association,
says prices "are a recipe for
bankruptcy" for many of the
group's 153,000 members.

Obama has set a goal
of doubling U.S. ex-
ports by 2015. The
administration is tak-
ing a tougher stance
in trade disputes with
China, including ap-.
plying more pressure
to get China to allow
its currency to rise in
value against the dol-

Recently Obama
sought to highlight
the importance of the
U.S.-China relation-
ship by nominating
Commerce Secretary
Gary Locke to be
U.S. ambassador to
China. Locke would
be the first Chinese-
American to serve in
that post.


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see Canada try to re-
deem that by helping
out with offering some
legal expertise, some
modest financial re-
The case is complicat-
ed by the fact that Hai-
ti's laws currently make
no provision for crimes
against humanity. As
well, there is a 10 year
statute of limitations,
and Duvalier still enjoys
some apparent popular-
ity in the country.
"A judge now has until
April to decide whether
formal charges against
Jean-Claude Duva-
lier for crimes against
humanity and human
rights abuses will go
ahead and whether
there will be a trial,"
Halton said.

The effort has some
high-profile support
from McGill University
law professor Payam
Akhavan, who was the
first legal adviser when
the International Crim-
inal Court pursued
members of the former
Yugoslavia and Rwanda
Akhavan calls Du-
valier one of the worst
tyrants in the Haiti's
history and says he
mustn't be allowed to
go unpunished. "What
message would that
send to the people of
Haiti?" he asked. "What
message would it send
to future political lead-
ers? It would send the
message that you can
commit massive atroci-
ties, you can steal all
the wealth of the coun-
try, and you can enjoy

Good jobs not returning.

continued from 7D

which are at record levels.
There are no easy answers for how to fix the
problem. Some argue that workers need more
clout in their relationship with employers, some-
thing that would require a renaissance of pri-
vate-sector labor unions, which have been on the
decline for the last half-century. But that pros-
pect looks unlikely: Indeed efforts are underway
in several states to make public-sector unions as
weak as their private-sector counterparts.

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The sport that can't keep a secret


By Darren Everson

The public shaming
of Ohio State football
coach Jim Tressel is
the latest in a series of
revelations that have
touched nearly all the
top programs in col-
lege football and many
of the sport's most
prominent stars.
The long trail of in-
vestigations, accusa-
tions, clarifications
and statements of
heartfelt contrition
has cut from North
Carolina to Oregon in
recent months, scoop-
ing up national cham-
pions, famous coaches
and Heisman Trophy
The latest blow came
recently when Tressel
appeared at a news
conference to apologize
for failing to report in-
formation he'd been
given about potential
wrongdoing by two of
his players. Tressel
was suspended for two
games and fined by the
school, but his larger
fate now rests with the
The obvious conclu-
sion to draw is that
college football's moral

The Associated press

ena Williams says it
was 'the scariest mo-
ment in my life' when
blood clots were re-
cently discovered in
her lungs.
The 13-time Grand
Slam champion said
recently she hopes to
return this summer
after recovering from
a recent pulmonary
embolism followed by
a hematoma.
Williams says she
hasn't left her Los
Angles house much
since going to the hos-
pital on Feb. 18 when
she said she "couldn't
Williams says she
had a CAT scan of
her lungs and they
"found several blood
clots." Her treatment

center has been re-
placed with a deli-
cious filling of creamy
marzipan. (Good luck
finding someone who
would argue the other
side). But the events of
recent days also point
to another, more com-
plex truth: College
football is becoming
an impossible place to
keep secrets.

"The more transpar-
ency, the more open-
ness the better," said
former Michigan ath-
letic director Bill Mar-
tin. "I think this is all
very healthy."
For a number of rea-
sons both new and old,
college football may
be the nation's most
out-in-the-open sport.
First, there's the sheer
size of it. There are
26,300 athletes who
play Division I football.
That's more than dou-
ble the 10,800 athletes
on the second-largest
men's sport, .outdoor
track and field. Men's
college basketball has
just 5,182 partici-
It's not just the num-
ber of athletes involved,

Tiki Barber coming

out of retirement

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alerted the NFL that
he plans to come out
of retirement and play |
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represents Barber
confirmed the news
on its Twitter ac-
count, reports Sports
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filed the appropri-
ate paperwork to the
league and will be- scoff
come a free agent, tear
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back, who turns 36 abili'
in April, retired in went
2007. He played 10 Supe
seasons, all for the first
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being critical of the year
motivational style the'
of his former coach, where
Tom Coughlin, and safety

Tiki Barber

fed at former
mate Eli Man-
's leadership
ties. The Giants
Son to win the
er Bowl in the
season after
ler's retirement.
June 2010, the
York Post re-
ed Barber was in
ncial trouble and
dn't pay his di-
e settlement with
rber's twin
her, Ronde," re-
ly signed a one-
extension with
*e he's been a
ty for 14 seasons.

Serena Williams
says it was "the scari-
est moment in my
life" when blood clots
were recently discov-
ered in her lungs.
involved self-injecting
blood thinners. As a
result, she developed
a hematoma in her
stomach that grew to
the size of "a grape-
fruit" and was surgi-
cally removed.
Her absence could
stretch to almost a
year since winning
Wimbledon in July.

or their prominence on
campus. These ath-
letes also must qualify
academically and can't
accept any money or
favors-factors that
create infinitely more
opportunities for the
schools to get in trou-
ble. And many of these
infractions are things
that wouldn't have
registered in the past.
"Jim Tressel's situa-
tion, that's jaywalk-
ing to me," said for-
mer Oklahoma coach
Barry Switzer. "These
things don't surprise
me. This stuff has gone
on forever."

Another difference
today is that there are
hundreds of new ways
for schools and players
to get caught breaking
the rules. Never mind
the growing number
of national media out-
lets that pursue sto-
ries about wrongdoing
in college football (this
week's Tressel story
was first reported by
Yahoo Sports). Today's
information provid-
ers include everything
from TMZ.com and

Coach Jim Tressel
Twitter to the enor-
mous network of fan
forums and scouting
sites that have popped
up to serve the insa-
tiable appetite for mi-
In the last year,
NCAA investigators
have been drawn to
ask questions about
everything from a re-
port on TMZ.com that
a player was at a party
sponsored by an agent
to a Facebook post in
which one heavily re-
cruited high school
player posted about
his new iPhone.
There have been con-
troversies generated
by reports of players
who've been spotted
in fancy cars. And be-
cause most schools

are public institutions
supported by taxpay-
ers, they're required
to respond to requests
for information made
under the Freedom of
Information Act.
Mississippi State
coach Dan Mullen
* says much of the pres-
sure comes from the
increasing number
of "big-money media
sources" competing
for stories. "Everyone's
trying to get the scoop
and it gets a little sen-
sational," he said.

Mullen said the
added scrutiny is es-
pecially tough for
coaches, who almost
feel that the recruit-
ing experts, reporters
and agents have bet-
ter access to players
than coaches. "We are
restricted by so many
rules," he said. "I. only
get to make one visit
but they can talk to
players whenever they
The deluge of scan-
dals over the past
year is, in large part,
the result of increas-
ing enforcement by the
NCAA. Despite massive

Criminal records in college football

continued from 8D

school football player
in the country an-
nounced he would fol-
low up a stellar career
at Miami's Carol City
-'High, to play, for the
University of Miami.
"Having grown up
in Miami, I'm excited
to be playing for the
hometown team," he
The same day he
announced he'd play
for the U, reports sur-
faced that he'd been
arrested 11 different
times while in high
Once the arrest re-
cord was out, Wil-
liams still was allowed
to sign with Miami.
He couldn't crack the
starting lineup as
a freshman and he
transferred out of the
Williams bounced
around to commu-
nity college, and then
transferred to Louis-
ville where he played
three games before
getting kicked out for
marijuana posses-
sion. He finished his

career at Union Col-
lege in Barbourville,
Williams is just one
of many examples of
players who ended
up on the wrong side
of the law too many
times, embarrassing
themselves and. the
schools they repre-
CBS News' investi-
gation also looked into
the background of 318
student athletes from
the state of Florida
and discovered, that
according to the Flori-
da Department of Law
Enforcement (FDLE),
31 players had crimi-
nal records . 22 of
them had juvenile re-
cords .. including
both felonies and mis-
Not a single school,
not even in-state uni-
versities UF, FSU or U
M, ever bothered to do
a juvenile background
check. It turns out
Florida is one of the
few states that allows
for a check of juve-
nile records through
FDLE for 24 dollars a
The report has

caught the eye of the
NCAA, which has
been notoriously slow
to deal with crime
amongst its ath-
letes. The NCAA has
typically left it up to
schools to dole out the
punishment. But that
may change in the
coming years.
"Whether it's among
student-athletes or
the student body more
generally, violent
crime is something
that we all need to ad-
dress very serious-
ly," said NCAA Presi-
dent Mark Emmert.
"And if it involves
student-athletes, then
that's something that
I as NCAA president
want to work hard
The ball is in the
NCAA's court now, but
it's still to be decided
if the college govern-
ing association will
pressure presidents
to clamp down on re-
cruiting felons; or if
the allure of millions
of dollars in revenue
can cancel out almost
any crimes of players
who can help a team
to a championship.



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criticism for how it has
(or hasn't) meted out
punishment in several
high-profile cases re-
cently-including the
controversy surround-
ing Auburn quarter-
back Cam Newton-
the NCAA has publicly
committed to steeping
up its efforts. "We're
not shying away from
it," said Rachel New-
man Baker, the NCAA's
director of agent, gam-
bling and amateurism

Beyond enforce-
ment, however, there's
a growing consensus
throughout college

football that the NCAA
is simply doing a better
job of collecting infor-
mation. "In the past,
the NCAA was often
criticized for not know-
ing what's going on in
the real world," Baker
said. "I. think we've
got a pretty good idea.
Coaches and players
are starting to realize
that as well."
What's often forgot-
ten is that the im-
mense popularity of
college football, the
intensity of its rival-
ries and the increas-
ing interconnections of
its fans, have created
another potent police
force. The result: more
messes are being ex-

By Jarrett Bell

As threatened, the NFL lockout'is
here complete with a metal chain
locking the gates at the entrance
of the Tennessee Titans
Yet how long the NFL's
first work stoppage in
nearly a quarter-century -
remains and whether it
might wipe out any of the
2011 season, depends on
what happens in court.
A request by NFL players
seeking a temporary in- ROB
junction against the lock-
out that began Saturday
- following the decertification of
the players union is pending in
U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.
A ruling could occur this week.
"We hope it will stop a lockout-
dead in its tracks," said Jeffrey
Kessler, outside counsel for the
NFL Players Association, "and let
the players play and the fans have
a game."
Even if players, who have filed
a sweeping antitrust lawsuit, Tom
Brady et al v. NFL, are granted an
injunction, an NFL appeal could
seek to reinstate a lockout within'
The NFL Draft is still scheduled
on April 28-30, the last vestige from
the expired collective bargaining
agreement. Other typical offseason
activity including free agency, is on
hold. Coaches are barred from con-
tact with players.
"I know this sort of gives us a bad

posed. But the sport is
also seeing more than
its share of sunlight.
And as Justice Louis
Brandeis said, "Sun-
light is the best disin-
"I don't know that
things are a lot dif-
ferent-it's just that
people are turning
in schools now that
weren't before," said
Gary Barnett, the for-
mer Northwestern and
Colorado coach. "It re-
ally comes down to
all of the hype that's
around this sport.
The hype is involved,
therefore the interest
is involved, and people
are willing to come for-

name as well as the owners -
in some fans' eyes," said Minnesota
Vikings defensive end Brian Ro-
bison, among nine veteran players
and one college prospect, named as
plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
Tweeted one of the most
high-profile plaintiffs, New
Orleans Saints quarter-
S back and NFLPA executive
committee member Drew
S Brees: "I'm very sorry ...
fans have to endure this."
Talks broke down Fri-
day, the 17th day of me-
diation sessions.
ISON Several NFL owners,
seeking economic conces-
sions from players, vowed to have a
complete 2011 season.
"I know that the owners are com-
mitted to this process," New Eng-
land Patriots Kipvfer,,,lprt .Kra.,.
said in a statement. "The quickest
way is through continued negotia-
tion, not litigation. For the sake of
all involved ... I hope we return to
the negotiating table very soon."
With NFLPA dissolved as a union,
it can no longer collectively bargain,
for players. The NFL, though, has a
pending charge against the NFLPA
with the National Labor Relations
Which side is more to blame?
A national poll by Bloomberg
conducted March 4-7, found that
Americans favored the players side
by more than a 2-to-1 margin (43
percent to 20 percent), with more
than a third of those surveyed (37
percent) disinterested or unsure.






Copies of the proposed Resolution are available for review at the Public Works
Department, located at 444 SW 2nd Avenue, 8th Floor, during regular working
hours. Phone 305-416-1200.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or rep-
resented at this meeting and are invited to express their views. Should any
person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission with respect to
any matter considered at this meeting, that person shall ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and evidence upon
which any appeal may be based (F.S. 286.0105).

In accordance with the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#14871) City Clerk...

Next stop in ugly NFL lockout

battle: A federal courtroom

Serena hoping for

summer return


10D THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 16-22, 2011

Teach your tech-challenged parents,

By Anita Manning

Millions of people
who grew up with ro-
tary-dial phones and
IBM Selectrics now
face an array of mys-
tifying new commu-
nications tools. And
like new immigrants
in a strange land, they
turn to their children
and grandchildren to
act as translators and
Barbara Sperber, 67,
of Huntington, Long
Island, relies on her
daughter, Jodi, 37, a
social media consul-
tant and doctoral stu-
dent at Brandeis in
Boston. "I've called her
many times" for help
with e-mail glitches
and recalcitrant hard-
Once, she left a
panicked message on
Jodi's voicemail. Jodi
darted out of a meet-
ing, thinking it was an
emergency. And it was,
in a way. Her mother
couldn't get the printer
to work.
Now Barbara Sper-
ber is comfortable with
the computer, but oth-
er forms of technology
haven't grabbed her.
She got a digital.cam-
era for her birthday,
"but I still don't know
how to get the pictures
out of it," and her iPod

remains in a plastic
bag: "I can't picture
myself anywhere lis-
tening to music with
things in my ears. I'm
still into cassettes."
Jodi Sperber is hap-
py to help her mom,
though it's frustrat-
ing trying to diagnose
problems from afar. "If
I go home to visit, she
has 'The List.' We run
down the list and try
to get to all her ques-
The list familiar to
many offspring of tech-
challenged parents
- is what prompted
a group of young wiz-
ards at Google to cre-
ate a website,, teach-
parentstech.org, that
provides brief video
instructions on ev-
erything from how to
change a screensaver
to creating a blog.
The idea originat-
ed in late November
when Jason Toff, .24,
a product-marketing
manager, was chatting
with co-workers "about
how every time we visit
our parents for the
holidays we also help
them with computer
questions," he says.
"My dad would keep a
running list so I could
help with the phone,
computer, whatever.
We thought, 'We love to
help our parents, but

Wanting to stay in touch, more senior citizens, including the very elderly a
line with kids.

there must be a more
efficient Way.' The site
launched in Decem-
ber and has had more
than 1 million video
Sociologist Eva Ka-
hana of Case Western
Reserve in Cleveland
says her research
shows "the very elderly
are the fastest-growing
group of Web users.
We found that 92 per-

Tips for taking seniors from

tech-shy to tech-savvy

1 Explain every step, and be ready to repeat it. "I'm prepared to say some-
thing 500.times," Sperber says. "Teaching anybody is listening to them and
seeing where they are. When I see her eyes glaze over, I say, 'Let's take a
1 Write it down, either on paper or in e-mail. "I have a lot of e-mails I don't
dare delete," says mom Barbara Sperber.
Encourage experimentation. People new to technology fear they'll break
something or lose it forever, Toff says. "I grew up poking buttons and seeing
what happens," he says. "It's just a mind-set. My dad, when he uploads pic-
tures, he's afraid to delete them" from the camera.
) Show people what is useful and important to them. "They don't need to
know the nuances," Sperber says. "Teach in small chunks, and make it relevant
to them." Her mother is a fan of Israeli folk dancing and fell in love with You-
Tube because she can watch dances from around the world. "When it became
relevant to her, that's when she began using it," Sperber says.
"People are driven by what's pragmatic," says Bob Pearson, a technology and
social media expert with WCG, a communications company. If people don't
see the practical need for a new device, they won't bother to learn to use it.
"Seniors are realizing that if they really want to stay in touch with family," he
says, "it's time to'embrace enough of the technology to stay in touch."

High-speed wireless vs. GPS?

By Alan Levin

A new high-speed wireless net-
work given initial approval for in-
stallation across the nation could
cause severe disruptions to GPS
signals, rendering everything from
car-navigation systems to jet-flight
controls useless, industry groups
and government agencies charge.
A trade group called The Coali-
tion to Save Our GPS is announc-
ing its formation today, and on Fri-
day a representative for the Global
Positioning System industry will
testify on the issue before the
House Commerce Appropriations
The Federal Communications
Commission wants the Light-
Squared network to begin serving
100 million customers by the end
of next year. Several government
agencies, including the Federal Avi-
ation Administration and the Com-
merce Department, have raised
concerns that the technology could
cause conflicts with GPS systems.
Industry groups predict the new
towers will create vast zones where
motorists can't find GPS directions,
smartphones will lose functional-
ity, and 911 emergency systems will
be confounded.
"It will overwhelm the signal from
the GPS," says Jim Kirkland, gen-
eral. counsel of Trimble Navigation,
a leading manufacturer of GPS sys-
tems. "If a commercial airliner is
coming in on approach and it loses
its GPS signal, then they abort the
landing. Think what (interference

from a wireless transmitter) would
do to BWI or. LaGuardia (airports).".
LightSquared, a Virginia compa-
ny, plans to install 40,000 cell loca-
tions across the country, in an area
that would jeopardize GPS signals
in as much as one million square
miles, the industry contends.
The system also could undercut
the government's plan to modern-
ize the air-traffic system to use GPS
signals over the next decade.
The conflict pits two of the most
popular consumer technologies
against each other: the growing
wireless networks that power iPads
and smartphones, vs. the network
of GPS satellites that enable much
of the same technology.
The FCC on Jan. 26 granted
LightSquared a waiver to build its
network because it will increase
competition for broadband servic-
es and create tens of thousands
of new jobs, but the company will
not be allowed to proceed if it in-
terferes with GPS signals, spokes-
man Robert Kenny says.
A committee including Light-
Squared and GPS industry of-
ficials will conduct tests and
respond by June, the agency or-
LightSquared says it has filters
that prevent its signal from inter-
fering with GPS devices, says Jeff
Carlisle, LightSquared's executive
vice president for regulatory af-
fairs. The company has no interest
in harming GPS because it is es-
sential to the very smartphones on
its networks, Carlisle says.

grandparents well
cent of the elderly in for photography and
one Florida communi- critique each other's
ty owned a computer," work online.
and nearly half said Bennett says he's
they use it every day. the one who led his
About a third said grandparents into the
the computer was pur- 21st century. They
chased for them by a "were pretty much
family member, and clueless before I talk-
"e-mailing, particu- ed to them," he says.
Slarly e-mailing grand- "They were very old-
children, was an im- fashioned. They liked
Sportant use" of the letters."
computer, along with He persuaded his
researching health grandmother to get an
information, making iPad and loaded it with
travel arrangements apps for her; he talked
and playing games. his grandfather into
For Barney and upgrading his comput-
Joan Silver, 71 and 69, er and photo software.
of Monroe Township, "I told him it was time
S N.J., it's all about the to step it up," Bennett
grandchildren. Grand- says.
son Bennett Silver, Barney Silver says
13, who lives about Bennett is "relentless"
45 minutes away in about teaching him to
South Orange, en- use the new technolo-
joys face time with his gy, and it has all been
grandfather nearly ev- worth it. Why? Sim-
are getting on- ery day through vid- ple, he says: "Because
eo-conferencing. The grandpas have to see
two share a passion their grandchildren."

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One and two bdrms. Fur-
nished units available. Sec-
tion 8 Ok! 786-488-5225 or
Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
1140 NW 79 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $525.
Appliances, free water.

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 Mr. Willie #6

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath
$475 monthly. Stove, refrig-
erator, air. 305-642-7080

123 NW 18 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$395 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath. $450
monthly $700 move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. Free Water.

1317 NW 2 AVENUE
$425 Move In. One bdrm,
one bath $425. Ms. Shorty

1341 NW 52 Street
One bdrm, one bath, air and
appliances, free lights and
water. $595 monthly, first and
last to move in. 786-399-7724
1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $450.

140 NW 13 Street
$500 MOVE IN. Two
bdrms, one bath $500.

1425 NW 60 Street
Nice one bedroom, one bath,
$600 mthly. Includes refriger-
ator, stove, central air, water.
$725 Move In. 786-290-5498
14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Free Water 786-267-1646

14460 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $495
Stove, refrigerator, air
Free Water 786-267-1646

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.

1500 NW 69 Terrace
Beautiful one or two bdrms.
Section 8 OK. 786-486-2895
1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly. $600 move in.
Three bdrm, two bath, $550
monthly, $850 to move in.
Newly renovated. All ap-
pliances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel
156 NE 82 Street
Two bdrms, $800.No deposit.
Section 8 Welcome.
1718 NW 2 Court
$425 MOVE IN, One bdrm,
one bath, $425.

1725 NE 148 Street
Studio $543-$595, One bdrm
$674 plus, two bdrms, $888.
First and security
1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$495. two bedroom, one
bath $595. Appliances,
Ms.Bell #9

1801 NW 2 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $850 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1818 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Appliances, Mr.

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $475.

Appliances 305-642-7080


200 NW 13 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$425. 305-642-7080.

210 NW 17 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$450. Two bedrooms, one
bath $550. 305-642-7080

2335 NE 172 Street #7
One bdrm, one bath,
air. $725 mthly. First
and last. Section 8 OK.'

3669 Thomas Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $525,
appliances. 305-642-7080
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750
50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bedrooms from $490-$580
monthly. 2651 NW 50 Street,
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
No deposit. $675 moves
you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
6020 NW 13 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly. Win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street
Call 305-638-3699
6091 NW 15 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath."$450.
Two bdrms, one bath $550.
699 NE 92 Street Apt 3
Beautiful one bedroom. One
block west of Biscayne Boul-
vard. $800 monthly. First and
last to move in. 305-691-0128
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrm apts.
Section 8 ok. 305-754-7776
90 Street NW 25 Aveune
Two bedroom, one bath.
Light, water, air included.
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more

Easy qualify. Move in
special.One bedroom, one
bath,.$495, two bedrooms,
one bath, $595. Free water!
Leonard 786-236-1144

Jackson Memorial
Hospital Area
One bedroom, $700-$750,
free water, central air, appli-
ance, laundry, ceramic tile
and carpet, very quite. No
credit check. Must have a
job. 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue
Beautiful one bedroom, $594
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines.
Call 305-638-3699
Remodeled one bdrm. $625
to $675. 534 NE 78 Street
Liberty City Area
One bedroom. $500 moves
you in. Call 305-600-7280 or
Overtown Area
One, two and three bed-
rooms. $400-$700.
305-600-7280/ 305-603-9592
NW 2 Ave. and 63 St.
Clean, secure area, one
bdrm, one bath, $675 mthly.
One bdrm, one bath. $495
monthly. 305-717-6084
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750. Section 8 welcome.
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice two bedrooms, air con-
dition, appliances. Free HOT
water in quiet fenced in com-
munity, $470 monthly, plus
$200 deposit. 305-665-4938
or 305-498-8811




Business Rentals

1655 NW 3 Avenue
Store for rent next to Metro
PCS. 1200 square feet. New
central air, tile, great condi-
tion. Two months free. Good
for any retail business or of-
fice. $1200 monthly. Call


2683 NW 66 Street
For more information
Call 786-277-8988

191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
50 NW 166 Street
New four bedrooms, two
baths.$1500. Section 8 OK.
Two bdrms, one and a half
baths, central air, appliances.,
$1200 a month, first and last
move in. Call 786-683-6029


1015 NW 108 Terrace
Two bdrm, one bath, central
air, appliance, washer and
dryer, water included. $925
mthly. 305-978-7119 or
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1521-23 NW 41 Street
One bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances, tiled, bars, air, $700
mthly, security. 305-490-9284
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
1542 NW 35 Street
Newly renovated one and two
bdrms, air and some utilities,
duplexes, townhouses, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
16157 NW 39 Court
Two bdrm, $1050 mthly.
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, stove, refrigerata~rairy
free water and gas.

205 NW 96 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air, appliances, fenced
yard, washer/dryer hookup,
Section 8 OK, $1100 monthly.
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms. Remodeled.
$895. 786-306-4839
2170 NW 91 St #A-B
Large two bedrooms, appli-
ances included, air. $1000
monthly. First and security
moves you in. Section 8
welcome. Must see, won't
last! 305-761-6558
256 NW 57 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Call Ray 305-215-1427
2605 NW 46 Street
Three bdrms, air, bars, tiled,
fenced, Section 8 welcomed!
Will except two bedroom
voucher. 786-443-5367
2742 NW 49 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath, lawn service.
3075 NW 92 Street
Two bathroom, one bath,
washer/dryer included park-
ing, available for immediate
occupancies. First, last, se-
curity. 305-624-2336 or
3359 NW 51 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tile, washer and dryer
Section 8 Preferred. $850
3623 NW 194 Terrace
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1300 monthly, Section 8
welcomed! 305-761-5256
4953 NW 15 Avenue
Nice area.Two bedrooms,one
bath, air, fenced back yard.
Section 8 Wanted.
6215 NW 2 Place
Big one bedroom, one bath,
appliances, $630 monthly.
Free water. 786-419-6613
714 NW 108 Street
Big two bdrm, one bath, air,
good storage, Section 8 OK.
$850 mthly. 786-361-6096
779 NW 78 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
new appliances, section 8
OK. $950. 305-409-8113
7820 NE 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath.
$775. Appliances, free

8005 NW 24 Court
Newly renovated one bed-
room. Appliances included.
Section 8 welcome, call
86 Street NE 2 Avenue

One and Two bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call 305-754-7776

92 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, $900 mthly. Section
8 OK. 305-490-9284
93 Street NW 18 Avenue
Two bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 305-754-7776.
Two bdrm, one bath. Utility
room with washer dyer hook
up, window air unit. $850
mthly. Call 786-316-8671


100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
$120 weekly, private kitchen,
bath, free utilities,
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
5422 NW 7 Court
Includes electric and water.
$625 monthly. 305-267-9449
5541 NW Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN),from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
5629 SW Fillmore Street
Hollywood. Large unit. $650
mthly. $1300 to move in.
Utilities included. 786-370-
New floor, air, fridge, utilities,
cable. $675 monthly. $1000
move in. 305-751-7536
Very large efficiency,. every-
thing included, $645 monthly.
NW 91 Street and
22 Avenue
Furnished with air and light.

Furnished Rooms

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2957 NW 44 Street
Furnished, 305-693-1017,
3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 weekly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
6233 NW 22 Court
Utilities, air included. $90
weekly, $200 moves you in.
Call 786-277-2693
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Utilities included, air. $90
weekly. Move in special
$200. Call 786-277-2693
7749 NW 15 Avenue
Kitchen privileges, utilities,
air, cable. $400 monthly.
305-879-8148, 305-218-4746
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
9119 NW 25 Avenue
$380 monthly. 786-515-3020
9200 NW 25 Avenue
$325 monthly, $650 move in.
One room, central air, appli-
ances. $100 and $125 wkly.
One furnished room for rent.
305-528-3716, 305-625-3081
Miami Gardens Area
Clean room, air, private
entrance. Call 305-454-9877
Clean and nice, air, free
cable. $100 weekly, $200 to
move in. 786-426-6263
Rooms, with home privileges.
Prices range from $90 to
$125 weekly. 305-696-2451
In walking distance of
137 St. and N.W. 27
Use of kitchen, washer and
dryer. Call 786-380-7967.

2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.
Furnished room with cooking
privileges. 305-681-8326

1265 NW 116 Street

Four large bedrooms, two
baths, hugh living room, flor-
ida room. 786-286-2540

1385 NE 133 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1400. Section 8 welcome.
14200 NW 3 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air, florida room.
18715 NW 45 Avenue
Section 8 OK. Three bed-
rooms, one bath, central air,
tile floors. A beauty. $1295
Joe 954-849-6793
189 Street NW 43 Avenue
Four bedrooms, two baths,
den, Section 8, HOPWA.
20520 NW 24 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, den, tile. $1,300
Terry Dellerson, Realtor
NO Section 8. 305-891-6776
2133 NW 43 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
$1300 monthly. 786-399-
2871 NW 196 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath.
2951 NW 65 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, air.
$1000. mthly. 239-692-7946
3148 NW 50 Street
Section 8 OK. Four bdrms,
two baths, $1400 mthly.
$1400 deposit. 305-651-1179
7801 N.W. 2nd Court
Small two bedroom, one
bath, $550 monthly.
Three bdrms, one bath. Sec-
tion 8 O.K. 786-399-5143
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage, laundry and dining
room, yard maintenance in-
cluded. Near Calder Casino,
Turnpike, and Sunlight Stadi-
um. First and security. $1500
mthly. Section 8 OK 305-623-
0493. Appointment only.
Four bdrms, two baths with
den. $1350 monthly. Section
8 Welcome. 754-423-3772
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, living room furniture,
plasma TV included. Section
8 welcome. 305-834-4440
Three bdrm, two bath; and
one bdrm, one bath.
954-552-3429 954-292-5058
Three or four bdrms. Section
8 OK. Call Dre 786-372-0750
Three bdrm, two bath, $1367
mthly. 305-757-7067. Design
Behind in Your Rent? 24 Hour
notice. Behind in Your Mort-
gage? 786-326-7916
Below 54th Street. Complete-
ly renovated. Nice neighbor-
hood near schools. Section 8
OK. Call 305-975-1987
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Appliances included. Section
8 welcome. 786-301-4368 or


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12D THE MIAMI TIMES, MARCH 16-22, 2011

University of Miami beats

University of Miami beats itself

It's official March Mad-
ness, the NCAA championship
basketball tournament that
captures the attention of the
entire nation each spring has
begun. However, March mad-
ness started a few days before
the tournament here in South
Florida as the University of
Miami men's basketball team,
fighting for respect and hop-

ing to punch a ticket to the
dance appeared to be just min-
utes away from knocking off
the ACC tourney's top-seeded
North Carolina Tar Heels.
The Canes led 53-34 with just
over nine minutes left and then
it happened. Just as it had the
entire season, this Hurricane
team is good enough to get up
big on opponents and then it

seems all hell breaks loose and
the team succumbs to wide-
spread panic. Tyler Zeller's
basket off a Kendall Marshall
feed clearly beat the horn and
the Hurricanes fell 61-59 at the
buzzer as the Tar Heels came
all the way back.
"Feels awful," guard Du-
rand Scott said. "I think we
had played pretty well to have
a lead. And if we had executed
properly .."
The most costly execution is-
sue occurred in the final min-
ute. Zeller's jump-hook with
45 seconds to play meant UNC
was on a 25-6 run and that the
Hurricanes faced ever mount-
ing pressure. If they didn't
score on their next trip, the
Heels would have the last shot

March Madness, NCAA money and the state of the Black athlete

By Boyce Watkins, Ph.D.

As March Madness ap-
proaches, millions of people
across the U.S. will be glued
to their TV sets in order to
witness the amazing athleti-
cism of college athletes from
a plethora of universities.
Many, if not most of the lead-
ing athletes we see on the
court will be Blacks, and it's
not uncommon to see a game
where all 10 of the guys on
the court are Black. Black
athletes stand out in college
-basketball and football pri-
marily because of all the lit-
tle LeBron James wannabes
in the hood, some of whom
will never grow to be more
than six feet tall.
Many Black athletes take
what some consider to be
the ultimate gamble: trad-
ing in nearly all of their ed-

ucational opportunities in
exchange for a lottery ticket
that only goes to one man
out of a thousand. It's not a
wise trade, to be sure. It is
also part of the skewed re-
ality of little Black boys in-
fluenced by media that is
obsessed with Black male
athletic prowess. Images of
Carmelo Anthony tattooed
from head-to-toe, standing
next to Amare Stoudemire
after being traded to the New
York Knicks serve as fuel to
the fire of hoop dreams that
typically end up turning into
nightmares. Hip-hop culture,
mixed with mass marketing
of Black athletes, has creat-
ed a community where every
Black boy wants to dribble a
basketball, throw a football,
or bust rhymes for a living.
As many of us already
know, most of these basket-

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ball fantasies never come to
life. Far too many of these
men end their athletic ca-
reers between the ages of 17
and 24 (depending on when
they finally realize they
aren't good enough for the
next level), and end up in the

ranks of thousands of un-
educated Black males who
make up the highest unem-
ployment rate of any race/
gender group'in the entire
U.S. They may also become
valuable commodities for the
prison industrial complex,
where Black men are as com-
mon as the metal bars that
keep them' encased in the
only place where the Consti-
tution actually allows slavery
to exist.
One of the primary ben-
eficiaries of the "Great Black
Male Athletic Illusion" is 'the
NCAA. After being given ex-
emptions from American an-
ti-trust law which allow them
to control the labor rights
of athletes, the NCAA earns
over a billion dollars every
year from the athletic labor
of college athletes in revenue-
generating sports, the vast

majority of whom are Black
males. This year, the NCAA is
set to earn $610 million from
the licensing fees coming
from ad revenue generated by
March Madness alone.
The argument that play-
ers are getting a fair trade by
receiving a college scholar-
ship is beyond the bounds of
silly. Making matters worse,
as a college professor for the
last 17 years, I can tell you
that the professional athletic
schedules of college athletes
in revenue generating sports
makes it extremely difficult
for these students to go to
class or be a normal part of
the campus environment. If
education were a top priority,
then students would not be-
asked to miss class regularly
to play nationally-televised
games on ESPN.
Unfortunately, American

racism shows it's ugly face
in the NCAA's segregated
design: Most of the individu-
als being paid millions are
white, while those earning
the money on the court are
Black. Additionally, many of
the Black athletes come from
homes that are impoverished
and it's interesting that the
nation finds it scandalous
when these multi-million
dollar commodities are found
to have even gotten a tiny
taste of the wealth they are
generating for other people.
It's as if we as a country have
decided that these men don't
deserve to have equal rights.
For all the hoopla, it seems
that our American values are
readily compromised when
it comes to maintaining our
addiction to racial oppres-
sion and the NCAA seems
happy to lead the way.

Woods upbeat after his final-round 66

By Steve DiMeglio

DORAL- Tiger Woods left
the World Golf Champion-
ships-Cadillac Champion-
ship on Sunday with a smile
on his face and feeling fine
about his game.
Phil Mickelson? Not so
Woods shot 70-74-70 in the
first three rounds but closed
with a 6-under-par 66, his
best score of the year, on the
TPC Blue Monster to finish
in a tie for 10th at 8-under-
par 280 -- his best finish
on the PGA Tour since a tie
for fourth in the 2010 U.S.
Open. Despite hitting a few
squirrelly shots, including
a 122-yard tee shot on the
par-4 second hole of the sec-
ond round, and struggling
with his putter for much
of the tournament, the for-
mer world No. 1 said he was
trending forward.
"I, hit a lot of good golf
shots (Sunday), and when I
did mis-hit one, I knew what
the fix was right away, and,
boom, I got right back on
my run of hitting good shots
again. That feels good," said
Woods, who was paired with
Mickelson for the first three
rounds. "Every tournament
that I've played this year, I've
felt better coming out of it,
even though the results have
not been good' But I've felt
better, because it identifies
some of the things I need to

Tiger Woods, right, and his caddie, Steve Williams, wait to tee off at the World Golf
Chamionships-Cadillac Championship on March 13, 2011.

work on."
Woods is expected to play
next in two weeks in the
Arnold Palmer Invitational,
which will be his final prep
for the Masters in April.
When asked whether he was
on track for Augusta, where
he has won four green jack-
ets, Woods beamed and said,
"Oh, yeah." When asked if

he liked his chances there,
Woods broadly smiled and
said, "Mm-hmm."
Augusta is on Mickelson's
mind, too. Earlier in the week,
he went on a reconnaissance
mission to Augusta National,
where he will defend his title
and try to win his fourth
green jacket. By the end of
the week, after rounds of 73-

71-72-76, Mickelson said his
game needed attention.
"I've got some work to do,"
said Mickelson, who said
he would play in the Arnold
Palmer Invitational and the
Shell Houston Open before
the Masters. "I need to play
a little bit more competitive
golf. I'm not shooting the
scores I need to shoot."

Strong kick gives Florida track title

The Associated Press

as Florida coach Mike
Holloway went for a morn-
ing walk with one of his as-
sistant coaches before the
final day of the NCAA in-
door track championships.
The defending champion
Gators were in 12th place
after the first day, 16 points
behind Florida State and
Brigham Young. But with
their strongest events to
come, Holloway wasn't wor-
ried. He knew his team only
needed to perform to their
capabilities to rally.
The Gators did just that

and took home another ti-
Jeff Demps won his sec-
ond consecutive 60-meter
title with a school-record
time, and Will Claye set a
meet record in winning the
triple jump, helping Florida
amass 52 points.
"Last year, we were pro-
jected to finish second or
third, and guys just stepped
to the forefront," Holloway
said. "This year, we were
the big favorites. We had
a lot of fight in us, and we
showed that today.
"We never worry about
anybody else," he said. "We
didn't need to do anything

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special. We just needed to
come out and be Florida.
And that's what we did."
Texas A&M won the last
event of the meet the
1,600-meter relay to fin-
ish second with 40 points.
BYU was third with 34.
Oregon won its second
consecutive women's title

with much less suspense
than the men's competi-
tion. Jordan Hasay won the
mile and 3,000 less than
two hours apart Saturday
to score 20 of the Ducks' 67
Texas was second with 38
and LSU finished third with
"It was a great team ef-
fort," Oregon coach Vin La-
nanna said. "The athletes
did a fantastic job."
The Gators became the
fourth men's program to
repeat as indoor national
champions. Arkansas has
done it three times, the last
in 2005 and '06.

Heat return the favor,

rout Spurs behind Bosh


MIAMI (AP) For the Miami
Heat, there was symmetry in the
Lose by 30 in San Antonio, win
by 30 in Miami.
Chris Bosh scored 30 points
and grabbed 12 rebounds, Dwy-
ane Wade scored 29 and the Mi-
ami Heat avenged their worst loss,
of the season by rolling past the
NBA-leading San Antonio Spurs
110-80 on Monday night.
"It's huge for us, really, just get-
ting even with this team," Bosh
said. "They beat us pretty good and
I'm happy that we were able to re-
spond by playing a complete game

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confidence, it never really wavered.
This is a very confident group. But
the consistency that we've had the
last three games is something we
can build on."
It was the Spurs' biggest regular-
season loss since April 7, 2005, a
104-68 defeat at the Dallas Mav-
Tony Parker scored 18 points
and Tim Duncan added 14 for the
Spurs, who had won 15 of their
last 18 against Miami. Before Mon-
day, San Antonio's worst loss of the
season had been a 96-72 defeat at
the New Orleans Hornets.
And this one was decisive in

Chris Bosh dominated the paint against Tim Duncan and the
Spurs, leading the Heat with 30 points and pulling down 13 re-

tonight. But at the same time, it is
just one game."
LeBron James finished with 21
points, eight assists and six re-
bounds for the Heat, who have won
three in a row and moved within
two games of the Eastern Confer-
ence-leading Boston Celtics and
Chicago Bulls.
Miami lost 125-95 in San Anto-
nio on March 4, the midpoint of a
five-game slide that now seems all
but forgotten after wins vs. the Los
Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies
and now the Spurs.
"Sometimes when you suffer the
results that we were and you have
this extreme noise from outside,
that can be a distraction only if
you let it," Heat coach Erik Spoels-
tra said. "But in terms of the guys'

more than the scoring column:
Miami outrebounded the Spurs
47-33 and shot 54 percent to San
Antonio's 38.
"We made a lot of shots in San
Antonio and they made a lot of
shots here," said Spurs coach
Gregg Popovich, whose team en-
dured its third-lowest scoring to-
tal and fifth-worst shooting effort
of the season. "What goes around
comes around."
According to STATS LLC, it's just
the second time in NBA history
that a two-game series had both
clubs winning once by 30 or more.
The other occurrence came last
season, when Dallas beat New York
by 50 at Madison Square Garden,
then lost at home to the Knicks by
34 nearly two months later.

of a tied game. When Malcolm
Grant's hurried pass bounded
off Adrian Thomas' hands with
18.6 to go, that scenario devel-
oped. The Heels executed per-
fectly down the stretch and ran
a perfectly timed play on the
final possession which led to
Zeller's heroics and some real
questions surrounding UM
Coach Frank Haith. Why does
this keep happening to this
basketball team and is it time
we take a closer look at the
man in charge? Is this Randy
Shannon all over again? Haith
is wonderful fellow and it's
clear he cares about his play-
ers but he simply isn't a good
game-day coach. What ensued
was a meltdown of epic propor-

, But it's not like Miami gave
this one away like Virginia did
a day earlier. The Canes only
committed four turnovers in
the final eight minutes. The
difference, both teams agree, is
when UNC coach Roy Williams
went to a four-guard offense
designed to trap the Canes and
change tempo. The Canes had
built their lead by taking time
off the clock and hitting three-
pointers but the urgency and
stress caused by so many long
arms altered shots and flow.
"Their press sped us up a
bit," Grant said. "Not as smart
as we had played in the 'first
The Canes, as a result, went
stale, and the Heels caught
fire from unusual sources.

And it was another heart-
breaking Canes loss to a top-
notched opponent. Did Haith
panic? Most certainly and as
we know, when the leaders
panics, so does the rest of the
squad. Haith has failed to pre-
pare his team for close runs
at the stretch, he has failed to
teach his team clock manage-
ment and it may be time for
him to depart. The Canes were
so tight they couldn't pass or
dribble the ball. And has be-
come commonplace, they al-
ways look great early on, then
suddenly play like deer caught
in headlights. It may be time
to take a cue from the football
program and pass the torch. I
wonder what Frank Martin is
up to these days?