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88 NUMBER 38

MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 18-24, 2011







By O. Kevin MoINIr
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President 3 aCk Obama sent one of his
L, .top ai Michael Blake, to Miami last
Satu i.or an informative roundta-
ble dl u6islon with some of the ar-
ieas tb6S lack business leaders. The

aim? To share vital information about the pro-
grams Blake is currently spearheading and to
update local entrepreneurs on the President's
newest initiatives aimed at helping small busi-
nesses, particularly Black owned.
Blake also gave the 20-odd business men and
women that attended a list of suggestions on
Please turn to BLAKE 10A

IB, Is the associate director, White House Office of Public Engagement
ty Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

County jail population drops

By JImmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

The number of inmates being detained
in Miami-Dade County jails and across
the nation has declined for the second
consecutive year, The numbers have fall-
en off, according to a published report,
Jail Inmates at Midyear 2010, by Todd

D, Minton, statistician with the U.S. De-
partment of Justice.
Nationally the numbers decreased from
767,434 to 748,728 as of June 30, 2010
and males accounted for 87.7 percent of
incarceration, while females made up the
difference with 12.3 percent.
In 2010, there was a total of 656,360
males and 92,368 females locked up in

jails across the nation.
The annual report was based on jails
that hold 1,000 or more inmates. Los An-
geles County, California led the nation
in overall decline from 19,869 in 2009 to
16,862 in 2010. New York City came in
Miami was eighth, In 2008, there were
Please turn to JAiL 10A

State Rep., District 108 State Rep., District 118

FCAT failures

threaten future

for 6,ooo seniors
IV Randy Orile
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) recently
released scores from last month's final testing of the Florida
Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for the year. The
outcome was grim for both Miami-Dade and Broward coun-
ties. The results reflect a drop in FCAT scores for thousands
of Miami-Dade County high school seniors.
An estimated 6,000 South Florida high school seniors
will be forced to pursue other options for graduation, after
failing their final chance at passing the state exam. About
3,833 high school seniors in Miami-Dade County and 2,026
in Broward failed portions of the FCAT on their final try this
Please turn to FCAT 10A

ACE grapples with local politics

Students at alternative ed center-
seek clarity on current ballot
By D. Kevin MoNaIr
knui',ir@uikif' iro'nli in.rli .nn

It is always encouraging when young adults who
have just reached the age to legally vote want to
know more about the political process. So when stu-
dents from the Academy for Community Education
(ACE), an alternative program for at-risk students
in Miami-Dade County, contacted The Miami Times,
Please turn to STUDENTS 10A

ACE students are eager to learn more about the political process.

-Miami Times photo/D, Kevin McNeIr

Curley's House: Helping Blacks survive
By D. Kevin Mlameir T'i is., W Sheshbazzar Payne (l-r) and
kmcnelr@mcit litnesonliecom Sh. M 41 iI ,v n t-. ..

MALCOLM REMEMBERED: We remember the birth day of
Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little, on May 19, 1925. Malcolm X
was a Black activist and minister in the nation of Islam who was
once a follower of Elijah Muhammed before leaving the Nation
of Islam In 1964.
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LaVerne Holliday, a self-
described eastern seaboard
gypsy in her mid 60s and
Lavern Elie, who says age is
just a number and is proud
to be a "country girl from
North Carolina," are the
two women who as assis-
tant director and founder/
Please turn to HELP 10A
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L-aver i t ne uunuer/e ecu-
tive director, Curley's House),
work their skills on long-time
client Gerallne Long, who
donates regularly to the
non-profit organization and
still returns to Elle's shop to
get her hair done.
-Miami Times photo/D. Kevin McNeir
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Let's shed the image of the brash, angry Black woman

By DeWayne Wlokham
I really hope what Sophia Nel-
son is saying will muffle the
voice of NeNe Leakes, whose
growing presence on TV surre-
ality shows sullies the image of
Black women.
A former stripper, Leakes is
a hulking, loud-mouth whose
profanity-laced outburst on a

recent episode
of NBC's The
Celebrity Ap-
prentice was
the most ap-
palling of her
bad-girl acts
on a genre of
TV shows that
falsely claims
to reflect real life,

She's also a

mainstay of Bravo's Real House-
wives of Atlanta, where she reg-
ularly behaves like an overgrown
schoolyard bully on estrogen,
Nelson is the author of a new
book that seeks to debunk the
image of accomplished Black
women as angry and unful-
filled a stereotype that Leakes
feeds, While Nelson doesn't
say her book is the antidote to

Leakes and the proliferation
of other dysfunctional, angry
Black women who populate TV
surreality shows built around
Black female characters like her,
I hope it is,
In a recent Celebrity Appren-
tice episode, Leakes, who rose
to TV fame as a well-to-do At-

lanta housewife in the Bravo
show, confronted fellow Black
contestant Star Jones with an
expletive-laced tirade that had
to make a lot of television view-
ers cringe.
"You talked a good game,
Now bring your street game,
because that's what I'm bring-
ing," Leakes said to Jones in a
ghetto bravado that she flash-

es just about every time a cam-
era focuses in on her. And usu-
ally for no good reason, Leakes
threatens to pounce upon
In her book, Black Woman
Redefined: Dispelling Myths
and Discovering Fufillment
in the Age of Michelle Obama,
Nelson holds out the nation's
Please turn to ANGRY 10A

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2A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011


Justified shooting?

Moore deserved a better end
Conversations with family members and reports from
the media all indicate that DeCarlos Moore was not a
bad brother. He, like all of us, had his challenges -
even personal demons with which he had to contend. Still, he
was not a bad man,
That being said, one has to wonder why we continue to hear
that somehow it was his lack of judgment, his failure to fol-
low directions and comply, his unwarranted movements that
caused a City of Miami police officer to aim for Moore's head
in a shoot-to-kill reaction.
Let's forget for a moment the recent ruling by the State At-
torney on the case -justified shooting which she says was
based on her office's interpretation of Florida law. Actually
her conclusion was one that many of us had anticipated.
And another Black man bites the dust.
Only Officer Marin (the shooter) and his fellow officer will
ever really know if Moore's actions really made them "fear
for their lives" thus leading the officer to shoot or whether
he simply overreacted, However, given the extensive training,
hours of practice on shooting ranges and familiarity with a
wide variety of take-down tactics, couldn't the officer have
stopped Moore without causing life-ending injury? For all the
good that the police and the State Attorney do for our com-
munity we cannot help but conclude that in the matter of
brother Moore, they have taken refuge with the support of an
antiquated law that is sorely in need of revision.
Rest in peace DeCarlos Moore.

Black youth need a griot
T making a cold, hard look at the relatively small number
of Blacks in Miami-Dade County who serve as inspira-
tions to today's Black youth can often leave one wal-
lowing in despair. It's not because we don't have our fair share
of mentors or those who are doing positive things for the com-
munity, The problem is many of these heroes and sheroes
and the deeds they do remain unknown to our younger gen-
eration. Similarly, the rich history that has been forged and
lessons learned through the blood, sweat and tears of our
ancestors have either been forgotten or ignored.
What then is the solution? Let's identify a few community
griots storytellers straight out of the tradition of western
Africa' '- and' put them to work. Black kids need a primer in
our local history, particularly but not exclusively to serve as a
means of encouragement.
In the past it was our teachers who shared these stories to
young, eager minds. But most teachers today can barely get
through their FCAT preparation lessons there just isn't any
time for good old-fashioned storytelling, And that is tragedy.
How much do our children know about the Overtown com-
munity and the men and women who in the days of segre-
gation established and maintained successful Black-owned
businesses, built ornate churches, provided lodging for celeb-
rities and other Blacks in need of a good meal and comfort-
able bed? What have we taught our children about how our
leaders fought Jim Crow on Miami Beach, in the City's police
department and in the County Public School System?
Sharing these and other tales of struggle and triumph are
what the newly-established Overtown Music Project is all
about and we for one, applaud their efforts. More people
should have been in the house when they held a gospel fes-
tival recently at Greater Bethel AME Church. But those who
did show up were treated to a host of griots who helped the
audience celebrate the music, history and spirit of Overtown.
We must tell the story about the amazing things accom-
plished by our forefathers, despite the odds and racism. Be-
cause when our children fully understand just how far Blacks
have come in once-segregated southern Florida perhaps they
too will be able to access that tremendous spirit of resiliency
that was common among our ancestors and kept them going
when all hope seemed to be gone,
We need a griot to set the record straight.

Charter amendments:

Guaranteed confusion
Y et another round of special elections is approaching
here in Miami-Dade County as we go to the polls next
Tuesday, May 25th. This time voters are being asked
to pick from a huge lineup of candidates who want to move to
the head of the class as our next county mayor. But we will
also be asked to consider six charter charter amendments -
several of which may have a profound effect on the residents
of this County for decades to come,
And we'll just bet "dollars to donuts" that most of the vot-
ers in this County know almost nothing about the nuances
and distinctions of these amendments. What we hear from
common folks on the streets is that they are confused by the
whole thing and need them written in a more user-friendly
language. In an unofficial poll that a few of our writers con-
ducted, many people said they would rather just skip that
portion of the ballot dealing with the amendments, rather
than play an adult version of "eenie meenie miney mo."
If we are correct in our assessment, and we firmly believe
that we are, that means that once again a very small num-
ber of our County residents will cast their vote and poten-
tially change the lives of millions. Without pointing fingers,
more should have been done to educate the public, especially
those in the inner city, so that they could vote with a sem-
blance of intelligence on the amendments. The Republicans
who currently dominate our State's Legislature took power
under similar circumstances. We must find a way to make
our opinions heard,

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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, hie 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 sl held back,

Auo Burewu of Citulations


College grads can expect more debt, more
Shortly after I began my joins other graduates in ex- graduating with more debt earn as much
tenure at Bennett College for periencing an improved labor than any of their predecessors so that they can
Women, the class of 2011 market. an average debt of $22,900 loans and get c
arrived on campus. Several According to a survey by the which is eight percent more lives.
weeks the first class to spend National Association of Colleg- than last year and in infla- Black college
their entire four years with es and Employers, 53 percent tion-adjusted terms, 47 per- more likely to be
me as their president gradu- of all employers expect to hire cent more than a decade ago. tion and working
ated. Elaine Jones was our new college graduates; in the To be sure, an investment in others, carry mo
commencement speaker and fall, fewer than half said they education is the best invest- others, HBCU
she challenged students to would hire from the class of ment that one can make. At those who atter
commit themselves to lifelong 2011. While the labor market the same time, the realities with lower endo'
learning, and to giving to their has still not recovered from of debt repayment shape the other colleges, a
alma mater. likely to have a h
Indeed, she described our ccordIng to a survey by the National Association of Col- indebtedness. Hu
students as LAMBA Belles,vital part of our
with LAMBA an acronym for leges and Employers, 53 percent of all employers ex- er education lai
lifelong learning, ambition, pect to hire new college graduates; In the fall, fewer ing more with les
managing resources, belief than half said they would hire from the class of 2011. other institution
systems and alma mater. As buoyed and sup]
the first woman to lead the energy and spirit
NAACP Legal Defense and Ed- the recession, and the class life choices of the new gradu- nae. We need the
ucation Fund, she challenged of 2011 won't have as many ates, causing many to delay the Class of 20
students to continue to grow, opportunities as the class of homeownership, graduate people who hav
to give, to be discerning and 2007 did, they are entering a school, car purchase, or even lenges, chances,
to believe. Her managing re- labor market that looks better nonprofit sector employment, who enter a labc
sources point was especially than it did in the past three Indeed, while the federal gov- proved but not
provocative, as she described years, ernment offers some loan for- shackled by deb
resources as health, repu- Unfortunately, they'll need giveness for those who accept same time, arme
station and energy, not just everything they earn to deal public service jobs, including HBCU experien

Bennett's Class of 2011

with the mounting student
debt they face. This class is

classroom teaching, many
graduates feel challenged to

shape and dire(
and careers.

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Rosa Parks did a lot more than refuse to stand

Traditionally Black history
is presented with accounts of
luminaries such as Harriet
Tubman, Frederick Douglas,
Sojourner Truth, Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa
Parks. In nearly every instance
the narrative is narrowly of-
fered and skewed to the hero-
ics of Black men,
The story of Rosa Parks is no
exception. I remember learning
the limited lesson that Parks
was a "poor seamstress who
was simply too tired to move to
the back of the bus,"
But in reality, she was no
"shrinking violet" in her re-
sponse to racial segregation.
Park completed college at the
Philander School, which was
a training ground for activists
who wanted to challenge Jim
Crow laws. After finishing her
studies, Parks returned to her
home of Montgomery and im-
mediately challenged the rac-

1st voting laws of Alabama by
applying for the right to vote,
In 1943 and 1944, Parks was
told she failed the voting ex-
amination. In 1945, she not
only memorized the questions,
but the answers to the exam
and repeated them to voting of-

move, was well known within
the Black community of Mont-
gomery as a virulent racist,
who regularly verbally insult-,
ed Blacks, particularly Black
women, Parks deliberately
chose the exact bus and the
date (December 1, 1955) to en-

Moreover, Parks Intentionally chose to be a part of his-
tory. James Blake, the bus driver on whose bus she
refused to move, was well known within the Black
community of Montgomery as a virulent racist

flcials. As a result, she passed
and was granted her right to
vote in Alabama 20 years be-
fore Blacks could vote via the
1965 Voting Rights Act and 10
years prior to the Montgomery
Bus Boycott.
Moreover, Parks intentionally
chose to be a part of history.
James Blake, the bus driver
on whose bus she refused to

ter the annals of world history.
However, one major role she
played in history has not been
sufficiently revealed until re-
cently in the form of the book,
"The Dark End of the Street,"
by Danielle McGuire. McGuire
exposes widespread cases of
rape by white men of Black
women, few of which went to
trial, and despicably even less

as they can
pay off their
in with their

first genera-
.g class than
ire debt than
ided colleges
wments than
.re also more
higher level of
[BCUs are a
nation's high-
ndscape, do-
ss than many
s. Yet we are
ported by the
I of our alum-
m to embrace
11 young
e more chal-
and choices,
ir market im-
yet vibrant,
t and, at the
ed with a rich
ce that will
ct their lives

resulted in convictionl Recy
Taylor was one of those women
who was gang raped by seven
white men in 1944, Like count-
less Black women raped by
white men prior to the 1960's,
she was let go by her captors
and threatened by death if she
told. Unlike most, she immedi-
ately and courageously told her
family and the National Asso-
ciation for the Advancement of
Colored People (NAACP).
Parks was assigned by the
NAACP to investigate the rape
case and organized a portion
of the Black community to call
for the rapists to stand trial.
She won the battle of bringing
the men to court twice, but all-
White juries never convicted
the rapists. Nonetheless, Parks'
organizing skills and activism
led to a network of community
organizers upon which the his-
toric Montgomery Bus Boycott
was successful, Who knew?


Blacks must make economic recovery our top
If there was ever a time to ad- therefore, with the Black private high rates of imprisonment and
vance the economic status and sector in terms of producing and self-destruction, But we must
condition of the Black commu- providing new job opportunities do more than describe these
nity it is now. As of May 2011, for Blacks? More often we have problems and social ills that are
the U.S. economy continues to been too dependent on economic derived from both the history of
steadily recover and rebound, forces outside our community to racial and economic discrimina-
The stock market is up and provide economic upward mo- tion against Blacks, We must
our country's largest corpora- ability, In truth, there is no bet- be more discerning as to what

tions are reporting record prof-
its, But, the disproportionately
high unemployment for Blacks
is still twice the unemployment
of whites, Black unemployment
remains more than 16 percent,
The President recently an-
nounced that an additional
258,000 jobs were added by the
private sector. In fact, during
the last 14 months more than
two million new jobs have been
provided by the "private sector"
to the U.S. economy.
The private sector includes
the personal sector (households)
and corporate sector (compa-
nies), and is responsible for al-
locating most of the resources
within an economy icrcording
to a definition of key econom-
ic terms, What ia happening,

Many of our national leaders and commentators continue to
rightly focus on the devastating Impact of Black unemploy-
ment even amidst the current economic recovery In the U.S.

are the solutions to Black eco-
nomic progress in the U.S. and
throughout the world.
With Obama in office, we
should be focused on the steps,
plans, tactics and strategies to
secure a long-lasting sustain-
able economic development of
the Black community, We can-
not afford just to complain about
high unemployment. We have to
get busy ourselves and make a
difference concerning this issue,
From the NAACP to the Na-

Unemployment further sustains pove

ter time than now for the expan-
sion of currently Black-owned
businesses and for the estab-
lishment of new and innovative
businesses within our commu-
Many of our national leaders
and commentators continue to
rightly focus on the devastat-
ing impact of Blm k iir]m'riil,hI\
ment even amidst the current
economic recovery in the U.S.
I frn1m,pI, ni% -nt further sou -
tains poverty, hupclo)cinej',

priority m
tional Urban League, 0rm e
National Action Network to the
Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, from the National
Business League to National
Bar Association and from the
Congressional Black Caucus to
the Hip-Hop Caucus to the Hip-
Hop Summit Action Network, we
all have work to do, And, we all
should be working together for
the economic uplift of the 50
million Blacks that live in the
U.S. In every state, we should
be building new businesses and
financing those businesses with
more of the one trillion consum-
er dollars that we spend annual-
ly, We are the "richest" poor peo-
ple in the world, Black spending
power needs to be translated
into real Black economic power
through new business and com-
munity economic development
projects that will train and em-
ploy millions of Blacks, Ameri-
cans. Now is the time for us to
meet both the challenges and
the opportunities to make more
economic progress,


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Governor Scott is calling
his first Florida Legislature
Session a "qualified success."
Since he does not have a track
record almost anything he
was able to get accomplished
is success to him. He is equat-
ing success with progress and
everyone must remember that
he is learning on the job.
The governor initially re-
quested lawmakers to cut al-
most $5 billion from the bud-
get, but instead he received a
$700 million reduction. There
is a huge difference in what
he asked for and what the leg-
islature decided to give him.
However, unanswered ques-
tions remain as to why there
were so many cuts in critical
areas given a budget reduc-
tion of only $700 million.
The fiscally-conservative Re-
publicans that controlled the
allocation of funding have not
been completely transparent
with the different line items in
the budget as it is'mostly writ-
ten behind closed doors.

victory lap is
Throughout the session, the
governor threatened to veto
the entire budget, particularly
when the Legislature moved
slowly to fund corporate tax
cuts. During the final week,
Scott backed off of his threats
when he realized that he was

a bit premati
send their children to charter
schools; and was successful
in slashing classroom fund-
ing for public schools by 7.9
percent. I am still wondering
how he was able to maneuver
several of these victories.
With the Republicans con-

ome of Governor Scott's biggest victories were forcing.
teachers, police and other state workers to contribute
three percent of their salaries to their pensions.

going to get a portion of his
initiatives. It is clear that he is
learning two new words: com-
promise and negotiation.
Some of Governor Scott's
biggest victories were forc-
ing teachers, police and other
state workers to contribute
three percent of their sala-
ries to their pensions. He also
got authorization to increase
privatization of some of the
prisons; was able to give more
Florida residents the ability to

trolling both Houses one
would have assumed that
more cuts would have been
made from the budget. How-
ever, the reality if that only a
handful of cuts were made. As
for Scott's promise to create
jobs, it was all rhetoric and a
lot of hot air. There simply is
no evidence that tax cuts have
ever achieved the expressed
purpose of increasing the
number of quality jobs.
The tax cuts that have been

ure -
approved will primarily benefit
the upper five percent income
earners in the State. Scott has
shifted the cost of state servic-
es from the richest Floridians
to those who work hardest
just to make ends meet.
If Scott is going to bring jobs
to Florida, it will be necessary
to attract technology indus-
tries that continue to shape
the world's future. It will re-
quire a world-class education-
al system that translates
into increasing not decreasing
funding for students.
States that have benefited
most by an influx of technol-
ogy industries did not sell
themselves as the cheapest
place to do business.
As the governor takes his
victory lap around the state,
we are still facing a $4 bil-
lion deficit and experts pre-
dict that it will increase next
year. Florida is still in bad
shape. Let's hope the governor
doesn't spend too much time


School board's makes sound budget cuts
It is rare in Miami-Dade while giving lavish raises to his achieve, he actually punished the body and letti:
County when we can heartily staff and requesting that he the true culprit of the attacks somewhere on lan
endorse the actions of our po- be provided with a new luxury on the Twin Towers. President created a shrine
litical leadership but for today BMW. Alvarez's stupidity led to Bush launched two expensive, worshipped by ex'
the school board of Miami-Dade his demise. Even his most ar- needless wars leading to the The next level of
County and Superintendent dent supporters realized that he deaths of hundreds of thou- believe that the P
Carvalho deserve applauding. failed to demonstrate the type sands of people, while the mas- ally killed Osam
Like every school district in this of leadership needed in these termind and admitted plotter of The treasure trc
State, Miami-Dade County is tough economic times, the Twin Tower attacks contin- the journal and p
again faced with the need for ued to live his life in peace. enough proof. T1h
massive budget cuts. In a show OBAMA AND OSAMA In response to the attack, now letting select
of leadership, Carvalho and the I have watched with some in- President Obama was criti- Congresspersons
senior management team are credulity, the reaction to death cized because he did not keep tos of dead Osam

taking cuts to their pay first. He
approached the problem of bud-
get cuts and determined that he
and senior management should
cut their salaries and budgets
in order to save more classroom
jobs. This is an amazing display
of real leadership.
Normally, when it comes time
to cutting budgets, the leader-
ship cuts the lowest level em-
ployees' salaries while main-
taining their own salaries and
perks. We saw that type of
leadership with former County
Mayor Alvarez, who cut the gen-
eral county employees' salaries

The next level of critics did not believe that the President
actually killed Osama Bin Laden. The treasure trove of
videos, the journal and photos are not enough proof.

of Osama Bin Laden. Some peo-
ple in this country have given
President Obama the congrat-
ulations that he deserves for
ordering the Navy Seal action
on the compound in Pakistan.
President Obama accomplished
what President Bush and Vice
President Cheney could not

the body and show pictures of
Osama Bin Laden with his jaw
shot off. First, showing a dead
body, even of an enemy is quite
frankly low class. It would have
stirred the emotions of the Mos-
lem world, and lead to needless
violence and anti-American
sentiment. Likewise, keeping

ng it be buried
nd would have
that could be
f critics did not
President actu-
a Bin Laden.
ove of videos,
photos are not
he President is
Senators and
view the pho-
.a to proof the

veracity of his death. Now, the
final set of critics are claiming
that we should not have invad-
ed Pakistan to attack Osama
Bin Laden and that we should
have captured him and let him
go to trial. They claim Osama
Bin Laden was unarmed in
his compound with his secu-
rity guards and 18 foot walls.
This is the same pacifist Osama
photographed with AK-47 who
fought against the Soviets and
U.S. troops. It seems that this
President will never please his
detractors, no matter how much
he achieves.


Can 'Sweet Micky' make a difference in Haiti?

On Saturday Michel Joseph
Martelly, a.k.a. "Sweet Micky,"
was sworn in as the next presi-
dent of beleaguered Haiti in
the shadows of the collapsed
gleaming white presidential
palace once a symbol of the
country's strength now a meta-
phor for its weakness.
Martelly, who outpaced his
opponents by running a bril-

liant campaign, must quickly
unite a fractured nation, bro-
ken physically and emotion-
ally, as Haitians try to pick up
the pieces 16 months after an
earthquake shook the country
to its core.
The entertainer-turned-pol-
itician rode into office amid a
wave of popular support, prom-
ising compulsory elementary

Are the citizens of Miami-Dade County ready for a Black mayor?

Unemployed, Overtown

Yes, it is -
just time for
a change. We
need a fresh -
face in this 1,-
city. We need -
to show them L_ i_
that Black people are here and
they must respect us.

Unemployed, Liberty City

Yeah, because
this world needs
help and we .
really need a -
Black mayor to
get things in or- .

Unemployed, Miami Gardens

Yes, it is
about time
for Miami to
have a Black r
mayor. All the .
politicians only ,
think about
their self in-
stead of think-
ing about us.

Unemployed, Miami Gardens

I feel like we
should have a
Black mayor.
I like the fact y
that Spence- _
Jones tried to
get to being the _.

mayor. I know that Dunn took
over so I think that we are in line
for having a Black mayor.

Unemployed, Overtown

No, it's not .
going to hap- :
pen because J, ,
Miami is too
hispanic for
one thing and ,. 1'
the Black folks
are not going i,
to vote. Not
only that, the
Black politicians that we've had
are screwing up. We will never
have a Black mayor, we're lucky
we have a Black president.

Unemployed, Overtown

I don't think
there will be a
Black mayor /
anytime soon ,
in this city.
Hispanics run '"'
this city and .
they would /
never let that

.. I for one believe that
if you give people a thorough under-
standing 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

Malcolm X

education, massive job creation
and competency in a dysfunc-
tional political system.
These are promises made by
every candidate who has sat in
the presidential chair and un-
fortunately these vows have re-
mained elusive to the grasp of
the people since Haiti began its
democratic experiment in 1986.
If Martelly, who won a runoff
against former first lady Mir-
lande Manigat in March, is to
become the first elected presi-
dent to honor his promises, he
has to gain the trust and re-
spect of Haiti's disenfranchised
masses, the Diaspora, the in-
ternational community and a
political opposition whose rai-
son d'etre is to derail the ruling
administration, even if it is to
the country's detriment.
Martelly's easiest and most
malleable ally remains the Di-
aspora. For nostalgic reasons,
this group has always yearned
to be woven in Haiti's fabric
and has thrown its support, for
the most part, to whomever oc-
cupies the palace. Last week,
Haiti's parliament gave Martel-
ly a huge Diaspora shot in the
arm when legislators voted to
allow Haitian born people dual-
citizenship even if they have
pledged allegiance to another
country after years of debate.
Haitians emigres particu-
larly those living in the U.S. -
have grumbled that while they
support the country with more
than $1 billion in remittances,

they have had little say in shap-
ing their country's future. They
had few rights, including the
ability to vote or own property.
So now, Haitian overseas
are feeling empowered and are
more likely to return to invest
in the country that has strug-
gled to entice serious financial
investors, but needs just about
everything from hotels to car
rental companies to supermar-
kets. As the country's proxy
middle class, the Diaspora has
not played a destructive role
in Haiti, if one considers being
gullible to be detrimental. All
Martelly has to do to woo the
Diaspora is to remind them of
their importance and how inte-
gral it is for them to help Haiti
and they're with him.
The international community
on the other hand, has been
exasperated with Haiti and is
looking for any shred of prog-
ress so it can justify the bil-
lions it claims has been spent
in an effort to turn Haiti from a
neighborhood eye-sore to a well-
manicured plot in the Ameri-
cas. The international commu-
nity has to build the capacity
of the Haitian state by helping
recruit and retain a coterie of
highly-qualified Haitians liv-
ing overseas to fill the void cre-
ated by decades of brain drain
in order to transform Haiti from
a chronic welfare state that de-
pends on food aid to survive to
a functioning society that is re-
sponsive to its people's needs.









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5A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011



By.Gregory W. Wright
,Miam, Th'ir fi/i t

The saying goes "when
America gets a cold, Black
America gets pneumonia."
For Blacks, it's pneumonia
season again in the form of
$4- and $5-per-gallon of gas.
While all Americans are feel-
ing the economic strain of the
ever-increasing cost of gas and
high unemployment, the ques-
tion still looms: How will sky-
rocketing gas prices impact
Blacks that segment of so-
ciety that historically suffers
from fewer jobs, lower pay and
higher crime rates?
Some politicians say that
given the country's 37-year
dependency on foreign oil, the
U.S. should have been better
prepared. But as the prices
continue to rise, it appears
that we are anything but
In 1974, an oil .embargo by
The Organization of Petroleum
Exporting Countries (OPEC)
resulted in a crisis that

Black America

HIGH GAS prices

brought the U S to its knees
with closed gas station and
long lines at the gas stations
that were able to remain open.
But what stunned Americans
most, was that gas prices
jumped, for the first time in
history to over $1-per-gallon.
With the nation's great-
est political and automotive
minds working together, what
have we all learned in the past
37 years? That gas prices are
still something that we can do
little about.
Derrick Ham, a service tech
for AAA, is someone used to
helping stranded drivers -
driving on Miami-Dade's roads
and highways is therefore part
of his job. But he says the high
price of gas has changed his
personal traveling habits.
"I try not to drive that
much," he said. "It's just too
Employees at local gas sta-
tions say they feel caught in
the middle.
Natalya Negron, an associ-
ate at a Race Trac Gas Station

"' > f-w 2: -. 4.w .- '_..- . . .1 .:
in Miami Gardens said, "Peo-
ple don t like Lt. The' think it s
iis. BLIt 'xe are only here to col-
lect the money."
Negron explained that gas
stations are typically consid-
ered to be in the lower price
chain of service stations. With
today's gas prices and con-
sumers being more price con-
scious, the competition is get-
ting tougher.

There are several ways that
consumer experts suggest one
can survive, even with gas
prices continuing to soar. Here
are a few of those suggestions.
Use mass transit Let the
taxpayer side of you be con-
cerned with the shenanigans
going on in the director of the
Transit's office. But let the
commuter side of you take ad-
valntge of the Contly's mass
transit system of buses, trains
and movers.
Carpool Whether it's
your neighbor, co-worker or

.buddy,-someone- is going y our
\a}. if there are four of .ou,
each one should choose a day
to drive for that week.
Organize your travel -
Decide which trips are really
necessary and which are not.
Then organize your travel to
ensure the least travel dis-
Check car efficiency -
Make sure that your car gets a
tune-up regularly.
Check tires -- Under-in-
flated tires cause drag on your
car, causing more effort (and
gas) to operate. Over-inflation
can ruin your tires.
Check yourself Your
driving habits are costing you
big time including such no-
no's like jack rabbit starts,
speeding and unnecessary
trips. Try to relax, enjoy the
ride and your favorite music
and turn on cruise control.
*Use the cheaper vehicle
when possible Use the fam-
ily's smaller vehicle on the
weekends and park the big gas
guzzler and the truck.

FAMU writer is Freedom Rider

A&M University (FAMU) stu-
dent Stephanie Burton knew
that spending a few weeks out
of her summer on the bus with
the original Freedom Riders
would be one of the highlights
of her college career.
Burton said, "I was think-
ing, 'what a way to comple-
ment what I've learned in the
Burton, a senior journalism
student from Montgomery, was
selected for the 2011 Student
Freedom Ride, an experiential
-learning opportunity for col-
lege students in conjunction
with the 50th anniversary of
the original May 1961 Freedom
Rides. Over a 10-day journey,
the Ride is a moving classroom
in which 40 college students
from across the country will
retrace the route of the original
Freedom Rides. Accompanied
by filmmaker Stanley Nelson,
original Freedom Riders and
others, the Ride will engage
students in this important era
in America's history, as they
learn about the commitment
and courage of the individuals
who took part in the Freedom
"I applied for the 2011 Stu-
dent Freedom Rides because

as a Montgomery native,
HBCU attendee and Black
woman, I realize the value and
importance of civil rights his-
tory," Burton said. "During
my application process, I read
that we would be required
to blog and shoot video. As a
journalism student, those as-
signments particularly stood
out and motivated me to apply
as well."
The Student Freedom Riders
were chosen from nearly 1,000
applicants and represent a di-
verse cross-section of the U.S.,
much like the original Free-
dom Riders, who were Black

Early voting will end

House Bill (HB) 1355 passed
during the recent legislative ses-
sion and will, upon becoming law,
require the Elections Department
to cancel the last day of early vot-
ing for the May 24 Miami-Dade
County Special Election. The gov-
ernor is expected to sign this bill
and the vast majority will become
law on or before May 21.
While this bill effectuates many
changes to current election laws,
which the Elections Department
will address at the appropriate
time, the immediate impact on
the May 24 special election re-
lates to early voting, which is al-
ready underway.
Early voting hours throughout

the week are unaffected. However,
the days and hours that require
amending will be the last week-
end. The Elections Department
will be extending the hours of
early voting on the last Saturday,
May 21. It will now be available
from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., as opposed to
the previous schedule of 9 a.m.-l
p.m. In addition, the availability
of early voting on the last Sunday,
May 22 will be eliminated.
"While this is an abrupt
change, the legislature passed
this law, and now it is the respon-
sibility of the Elections Depart-
ment to adhere to it. We hope that
providing the additional time on
Saturday will help mitigate the

and white, men and women,
and who, in 1961, used public
transportation as a means of
challenging segregation in the
South. Burton was selected on
the basis of her essay, describ-
ing the reasons for wanting to
participate, her thoughts on
the role of social media and
technology in civic engagement
today and extracurricular ac-
"I hope to gain a better un-
derstanding of the Freedom
Riders Movement," she said.
"It is such an outstanding
story of courage, determina-
tion, resilience and fearless-
ness! Besides understanding, I
would also like to find a sense
of purpose and organization."
Burton said she plans to
start a non-profit in Montgom-
ery for teens and young moth-
"I also want to be a com-
munity organizer, attacking
issues in our society such as
homelessness, obesity, pov-
erty and illiteracy," the strong-
minded individual said. "But
I think I can learn from the
original freedom riders the
best way to go about doing
The participants will travel
through Virginia, North Caro-

May 21
impact of this change on voters,"
stated Supervisor of Elections,
Lester Sola.
The Elections Department is
taking all necessary measures
to minimize any disruption or in-
convenience to Miami-Dade vot-
ers, including placing signs at all
20 early voting sites. Should a
voter show up to vote on Sunday,
they will be instructed to their
assigned polling place on Elec-
tion Day and/or call the Elec-
tions Department for additional
For more information, visit the
Miami-Dade Elections Depart-
ment website at www.miamidade.
gov/election or call 3-1-1.

lina, South Carolina, Georgia,
Alabama, Tennessee, Mis-
sissippi, and into Louisiana,
stopping along the way at his-
torically significant locations.
The journey will end in New
Orleans, the intended destina-
tion of the 1961 Freedom Rid-
"I'm most looking forward to
meeting the 39 other students
who have been selected," she
said. She added that she plans
to use social media as a means
to chronicle her trip and share
her adventure with the public.
"We can bounce ideas off of
each other," she said. "We- all
want to help make the world a
better place."

FAMU student

snags CBS


TALLAHASSEE Florida A&M University (FAMUI student
Chantale Glover has a lot to celebrate these days. She recent-
ly was chosen for a highly competitive CBS News 10-week
internship in New York this summer.
"This internship will enhance my skills tremendously," she
said "Being in FAMU's journalism program has made me
more versatile We'\e been trained to shoot, edit and write.
Now I am ready to take what I've learned to the No 1 market
New York."
Glover realized her passion for journalism during her
sophomore year of college.
"FAMU-T\'20's production studio really fascinated me and
it was at that moment that I decided on a major," she said.
Glover currently interns with Javacva Arts Conservatory.
a music school for children and teens. She produces promo-
tional videos for the school.
"I am beyond blessed to have this opportunity." she said
"I can't wait for the experience and I plan to represent FAMU
Gloter was one of the main anchors named for the spring
semester at FAMU News 20 at Five She is a graduate of
Turner Technical School in Miami and is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs Carl G!over.

For online students, there's

an app or two- for class

By Mary Beth Marklein

No time for class? Pull out
your iPhone. A small but grow-
ing cadre of online universi-
ties is developing mobile apps
to help students pursue their
studies whenever and wherever
they want.
Western Governors Universi-
ty, a non-profit online universi-
ty that enrolls 24,000 students
in 50 states, is developing mo-
bile apps to allow students ac-
cess to course content. Golden
Gate University, a non-profit
online university that enrolls
about 4,000 students, antici-
pates the launch of an app in
the upcoming year.
And the University of Phoe-
nix, a for-profit college that
makes its name by offering
flexible schedules to busy
adults, launched an app last
month for the iPhone and iPod
Touch that allows its 300,000
online students to experience
what it calls "a true extension
of the classroom." Students
can use their smartphones
to access online discussions,
threads, assignments, and re-
ceive real-time alerts when

grades are posted.
"It's a supplement . a very
helpful tool on the go," says se-
nior Tracy Lawson, 30, of Port-
land, Ore., who works full time
while pursuing a bachelor's
degree in health care admin-
istration. She is one of nearly
60,000 students who have
downloaded the PhoenixMobile
app since it came out late last
Rob Wrubel, executive vice
president of Apollo Group, the
parent company of the Univer-
sity of Phoenix, says the app
was designed for non-tradition-
al students but that the concept
likely has wider appeal. "If this
is the generation of the future,
and they're ... using these kinds
of information-rich devices, we
have to be able to migrate the
classroom and educational ex-
perience more and more to that
world," Wrubel says.
More than 5.6 million college
students nationwide were tak-
ing at least one online course
during the fall 2009 term,
about a million more than the
previous year, says a November
report by the Babson Survey
Research Group.


A 6 THE MIAMI TIMES MAY 18-24 2011

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

As the devil is con-
stantly at work, there
will surely come a time
when the wickedness of
the evildoer will some-
how find it's way into
everyone's life. Most Hj
times, it happens when least
It happened to me the other
day when I received a letter
from my mother explaining to
me that my father had called
her and told her that he re-
ceived a letter in the mail from
someone pretending to be me
requesting for him to pay for
a subscription to a magazine.
According to her, my father was
extremely upset about being
the target of what he perceived
as an obvious scam in which I
must have had something to do
with since this mysterious let-
ter came from a correctional fa-
cility, not to mention the same
one where I am incarcerated
at. Knowing my father's way of

By Susan Spencer-Wendel

recently convicted Dalia Dip-
polito for attempting to hire a
hitman to kill her newlywed
husband in 2009.
The jury of six took barely
three hours to come back with
a guilty verdict on the one count
of solicitation to commit first-
degree murder.
The 29-year-old Dippolito
barely showed any emotion as
the verdict was read. Dippolito,
who now faces up to 30 years in
prison, was led quietly out of the
packed courtroom in handcuffs
by sheriff's deputies.
Earlier, the alternate two ju-
rors who sat through today's
closing arguments, said after
they would have voted the Boyn-
ton Beach woman guilty. The
two, who were dismissed this

thinking, I am assum-
ing that as far as he was
concerned, the sender
must have obtained his
mailing address from
none other than me.
My mother even went
so far as to chew me
ALL out in her letter, asking
at some. point "when are you
going to learn to stop playing
After reading her letter in it's
entirety, I noticed that nowhere
in it was I given the benefit of
the doubt. Obviously, believing
that I was guilty was the only
conclusion my parents were
willing to come to.
At first I was mentally,
scratching my head, trying to
figure out who in the hell in my
immediate surroundings would
try to pull something like this.
I finally became probably more
upset than my parents were to
know that someone had the au-
dacity to find my father's mail-
ing address and actually write
to him without my consent.

afternoon, said that they were
not swayed by defense attorney
Michael Salnick's arguments.
"He can take a steel gird-
er and bend it into a pretzel,"
Sandra Clutter said she would
think while hearing Salnick
speak during the high-profile
trial. "Dalia is certainly getting

It later occurred to me that
this whole ordeal was nothing
but the work of the devil in-
tending to create division and
ultimately damage the good re-
lationship established between
me and my loved ones.
I wrote to my parents to deny
that I had any involvement in
the scam, prank or whatever
you want to call it and then
asked them to take a moment
to recognize that we can not al-
low the devil to succeed at ru-
ining the mutual trust that we
have developed over the years.
My advice to my father was
that for future reference, if he
ever receive any mail in my
name but with different hand-
writing, don't even open the
envelope just throw it in the
garbage because that's exactly
where it belongs...in the gar-
Lucky for me, I didn't have
to suffer the defamation of
reputation experience by some
athletes, entertainers and poli-
ticians against whom slander-

her money's worth."
Clutter said she observed Dip-
polito's demeanor and noticed
her giggling recently. But re-
cently the reality set in, and she
observed her crying.
The remaining jurors had
asked to see two videos as they
began deliberations.
Both the defense and prosecu-
tion had two hours to sum up
their cases for jurors this morn-
Chief Assistant State Attorney
Elizabeth Parker: "The evidence
is overwhelming... they can't say
she didn't do it."
She likened Dippolito to poi-
son candy: attractive outside,
deadly inside.
Salnick, the defense attorney,
said there are many unresolved
questions. "Dalia Dippolito is
asking you to let her wake up
from this nightmare," Salnick

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Press on and never lose sight of

said, asking jurors to find her
not guilty.
The defense case, predicted
earlier in the trial to last two
days, was over in less than two
Dippolito did not testify. And
no one testified that there was
any kind of ruse or plot between
her and husband, Michael Dip-
polito, to get on reality televi-
Salnick had argued in open-
ing statements that Dalia Dip-
polito never planned to kill her
husband. Rather, Michael Dip-
polito had concocted a murder
hoax in an effort to get on a re-
ality TV show.
Dippolito was arrested in
2009 after Boynton Beach po-
lice staged an elaborate sting.
Their videotapes show her plot-
ting her hgbMi6d's d:-'mis'"e'-nd
trying to hire a hit man.

_______________________________________________________________________________ I

your goals
ous allegations are frequently
The case of Cam Newton, the
former Auburn Tigers star quar-
terback and Heisman trophy
winner, is a prime example of the
devil busy at work.
A young man with a promising
future ahead of him was previ-
ously under a cloud of suspicion.
An NCAA investigation deter-
mined that Newton's father, Ce-
cil, marketed his son in a pay-to-
play scheme when Newton was
being recruited in 2009 by Mis-
sissippi State. The investigation
also determined that Newton
knew nothing about the scheme.
It is intriguing to not that de-
spite being the focus of such
controversy, the young Newton
was able to lead his team to a
national championship.
Perhaps we all could learn a
thing or two from Newton when
it comes to never losing sight of
the goal, pressing on and de-
livering our best even when the
devil is toiling to shame our

Plantation doctor accused of sexual battery against patient

By Danielle A. Alvarez

A prominent longtime local
physician has been charged
with sexually battering a female
patient, according to the Bro-
ward Sheriff's Office.
Dr. Edwin Harvey Hamilton,
79, of Plantation was arrested
recently after the patient told
authorities the doctor touched
her breasts and sexual organs
with his hands and genitals
during an unspecified exam
earlier in the day.
According to a Sheriff's Office
complaint affidavit, the 37-year-
old woman told deputies the
incident happened without her
consent during a visit to Ham-
ilton's general practice office at
401 NE First St. in Pompano
Beach. She told deputies she
wanted to prosecute.
Long one of the most high-
profile health care professionals
in Broward County's Black com-

munities, Hamilton spent the
night at the county's Main Jail.
He was released after posting
$5,000 bond, according to the
Sheriff's Office.
He could not be reached for
comment recently despite sever-
al calls and messages left to his
listed cell phone number.
Hamilton was the first Black
president of the Broward Coun-
ty Medical Association and first
Black chief of surgery at Bro-
ward General Medical Center,
the Sun Sentinel reported in
As the news of his arrest
spread Friday throughout the
local medical community, Cyn-
thia Peterson, executive vice
president of the Broward Medi-
cal Association, expressed
shock and disbelief.
"I just can't believe it," she
said. "He's one of the kindest
men I've met. He's a devoted
Christian, He's an ordained


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Dr. Edwin Harvey Hamilton

minister...when you're in a
meeting and it's a little tense,
he's like the calming voice who
speaks up and has something
eloquent to say."
Peterson questioned if Hamil-
ton had been set up. "It's not of
his character," she said.-

Bin Laden photos would serve no purpose

By DeWayne Wickham

If nothing else, the demand for
the White House to release pic-
tures of the body of Osama bin
Laden proves that Neil Postman
was right to worry that "we are
a people on the verge of amusing
ourselves to death."
The public displaying of bin
Laden's lifeless body with a gap-
ing bullet wound in his head
wouldn't serve any good national
purpose. It would sate only the
voyeuristic interests of those en-
tertained by such gruesome dis-
plays. In a society that increas-
ingly is being transfixed by the
surrealistic programs that mas-
querade as "reality TV," the pic-
tures could serve some twisted
I suspect the news organiza-
tions the Associated Press and
many of the newspapers it serves
- that claim a First Amendment
right to copies of photographs of
the dead al-Qaeda leader under-
stand this. I believe that their
dubious claim to a constitutional
right to obtain the pictures, tak-
en moments after Navy SEALs

stormed bin Laden's Pakistani
hideout and ripped the life from
his body with bullets to the head
and chest, is a ghoulish attempt
to pander to the growing audi-
ence of "reality TV" viewers.
Putting a picture of the mortal-
ly wounded bin Laden in a news-
paper, or splashing it across a TV
screen predictably with the
bullet hole above his left eye ob-
scured in some way will do little
to validate President Obama's as-
sertion on 60 Minutes that "you
will not see bin Laden walking on
this earth again." Not in this In-
ternet era in which uncensored,
fake images of the dead terrorist
leader were hurdling through cy-
berspace before his body, which
was buried at sea, had settled
into Davy Jones' locker.
"Our politics, religion, news,
athletics, education and com-
merce have been transformed
into congenial adjuncts of show
business, largely without pro-
test or even much public notice,"
Postman said in his 1985 book,
Amusing ourselves to Death:
Public Discourse in the Age of
Show Business. And things have

only gotten worse.
In the wake of bin Laden's
death, news organizations,
struggling to survive in the "age
of show business," find them-
selves competing with entertain-
ment shows such as Access Hol-
lywood and The Daily Show that
cross-dress as purveyors of news
of real importance.. But if the
news media really believe that
a compelling national interest is
served by displaying pictures of
bin Laden's body, why don't they
show images of dead and dying
U.S. soldiers? That's something
they rarely do.
Wouldn't such images make
the decade-old war on terror
more than the abstraction it is
for the vast majority of Ameri-
cans who have no personal stake
in this fighting? How do the news
organizations that don't routine-
ly show battlefield photos of dead
and wounded American soldiers
justify their interest in getting
pictures of the dead bin Laden?
Wouldn't publication of U.S. ca-
sualties bring home the reality
of this war in a more compelling
way than pictures of bin Laden?

According to the complaint
affidavit, during the "struggle"
that reportedly occurred be-
tween Hamilton and the pa-
tient, the woman's cell phone
redialed the last number called.
The number reached was that
of the woman's sister, who re-
corded the dialogue between
Hamilton and the patient, the
affidavit said. That recording
has been entered into evidence,
the affidavit from the Sheriff's
Office said.
Hamilton was charged with a
single count of sexual battery,

a second-degree felony. If found
guilty, he faces a maximum
sentence of 15 years in prison.
Hamilton has practiced medi-
cine in Florida since 1962.
Though not on staff, he cur-
rently holds practicing privi-
leges at Broward General Medi-
cal Center, Westside Regional
Medical Center and North Bro-
ward Medical Center, accord-
ing to the Florida Department
of Health's website, which lists
no previous disciplinary action
by the state against him.
The physician was not work-

ing at his Pompano Beach or
Fort Lauderdale offices on
Friday, according to a woman
who answered the phone at
the Pompano Beach office. The
woman said she had been in-
structed Thursday to cancel
all of Hamilton's appointments
through Friday.
As of last Friday, no court
appearance date for. Hamil-
ton had been entered into the
Broward State Attorney's Of-
fice case management system,
according to spokesman Ron


Wife convicted of planning husband's death

LI l ilI II[IL [-,M

Miami-Dade cop arrested
A Miami-Dade Police officer has been arrested and is facing drug trafficking
Miami-Dade Police said Court Services Bureau Officer Peter Hassanos was
arrested recently after "a long-term internal affairs investigation."
Officer Hassanos was charged with two counts of trafficking, two counts
of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, and one count of
concealing information to obtain a prescription doctor shopping.
Hassasnos, 31, was given a bond of $100,000 on each of the drug trafficking
charges. He remains in the Dade County Jail.

Mother charged for beating -child with cord
A 19-year-old mother faced accusations that she struck her son with a cord
leaving him with several open wounds.
Stephanie Joseph was ordered held on $50,000 bond recently for allegedly
beating him with such force that it left several wounds on the boy's body.
Police say that Joseph allegedly struck her child. Police were called to the
home, on the 7600 block of 3rd Court in Miami about a possible child abuse.
Police questioned Joseph and she spontaneously told police that she
"whipped him because of his behavior."
Joseph was charged with aggravated child abuse with great bodily harm.

Former Heat band drummer sentenced in sex case
A former drummer with the Miami Heat's Street Band who was accused of
having sex with an underage girl at a summer band camp has been sentenced
to seven years' probation.
Clinton Simmons, 23, was originally charged with three counts of sex with a
victim between the ages of 12 and 15. He pleaded no contest to three reduced
counts of child abuse.
Simmons, who worked part-time as a music instructor, was also part of the
Heat Street Band in 2009-2010 and performed at the American Airlines Arena
before and during team home games.
According to the arrest report, Simmons allegedly confessed to having sex
with her after meeting her at band camp last year. The girl told police having
sex with Simmons was consensual.
The girl's mother found out about the incident after she read about it in the
girl's journal and called police.

Man killed, two people injured in shooting
An early morning shooting occurred recently, injuring several people in front
of a Miami home.
According to police, several men armed with assault rifles were seen rushing
up to three people and ambushing them as they stood outside the home, located
at 571 NW 73rd Street. It appears all three had just arrived at the home when
the shooting took place.
The injured were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Unit.
One of the injured, 45-year-old Dean Young, died at the hospital shortly after
he arrived. Police said 23-year-old Javarus Hall was in critical condition and
23-year-old Avia Glover was stable.
Ari,.,r'ne wvltr information about the shooting is asked to call ii
Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).


[ 7A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott's first 100oo days

By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times writer

As a candidate to become
Florida's next governor, Rick
Scott spent over $74 million of
his own money to assure voters
he would be the "jobs governor",
and that he would repeal Presi-
dent Obama's healthcare plan.
"Now let's get to work!"
But since becoming gov-
ernor on January 4th, Gov.
Rick Scott has drawn the ire of
Democrats, Republicans, state
workers, teachers, parents, lob-
byists and residents in general.
The new jobs he promised ap-
pear more in the need for bus
drivers to convoy protesters
headed to Tallahassee to pro-
test Scott's latest mandate.
The "jobs governor" appeared
more like the "politics as usu-
al governor" in his decision to
refuse to accept $2.4 billion:
in federal funding for a rapid
train system from Tampa to
Orlando. Scott's refusal was
criticized by opponents as more
about taking a political swipe
at Obama than any budget-
ary concerns. Vice-President
Joe Biden criticized Scott, and
lamented Scott's decision cost
the state to loose 42,000 "high
paying jobs." Other states, in-
cluding states with Republi-
can governors, then began a
mad scramble for a piece of the
now available "Florida Transit

Senator Oscar Braynon, II,
Florida Senate 33
I'm not sure he understands
what his job is. He thinks he's
in charge of a corporation.
He has to work with the leg-
islature. He is so out of touch
with the common person. The
legislature is proposing crazy
things, but nowhere near as
crazy as what the governor is
proposing. His education bud-
get seems to punish teach-
ers. He expects everyone to do
more with less.
He wants to privatize Medi-
care. He thinks the private
sector can do better. The pri-

vate sector is the reason Med-
icaid is so expensive now. The
key to improving Medicaid is
to stop the fraud. The gover-
nor's budget does not address
Even Republicans are upset
with him! But this is not sur-
prising; he is doing what he
said he would do. The man is
who he said he would be.
I have not seen any job cre-
Grade: F

Faye Davis,
Miami-Dade Fire & Rescue
The governor has done noth-
ing that I can see in the way of
creating jobs. Instead, all we
hear about is the number of
jobs that they intend to elimi-
Certainly education is not
important. Education cuts un-
der this governor are slated to
be in the billions of dollars.
I have seen nothing that says
to me that this governor is in-

terested in repairing our state
By attacking the healthcare
law, the governor is clearly
ready to roll back items such
as a child being able to stay on
their parent's insurance until
age 26, or insurance companies
not being able to deny coverage
due to preexisting illnesses, or
being able to drop you when
you need insurance most. To
date, the governor has been a
disaster, refusing to take fed-
eral money for high speed rail,
mandating a change in teacher
pay without funding it; priva-
tizing prisons and probation
officers excusing many busi-
nesses from having to pay tax-
es, thus increasing the state's
budget deficit.
For all the those people who
look like me, who refuse to vote,
thinking it doesn't matter, well
now see that all votes do mat-
ter. Blacks will suffer the most
and have no one but ourselves
to blame. Where are all these
jobs Scott promised?
Grade: F

Bishop Victor T. Curry,
President, Miami-Dade NAACP
He is off the chart of the far
as the right wing! He is trying
to dismantle and destroy pub-
lic education.
He boast that he came from
humble beginnings, but he has
no compassion for poor people.
He makes Jeb Bush look like

. f- m. ,k,- js '-
Mother Teresa.
The only new jobs I've seen
were for the people he hired.
As for improving the state's in-
frastructure, he turned down
federal dollars that would have
created jobs.
He is putting 'politics above
people. Not just Blacks. Sick-
ness knows no color or party
They want Florida to be so
bad by 2012, that people will
take it out on Obama. Presi-
dent Obama is sending billions
of dollars down here, but they
are trying to deplete the state
to the bare bones, and hope
that people will look past Tal-
lahassee, and blame it all on
People's hatred of Obama
created a Rick Scott.
Grade:' F

-Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
Carvajal pauses for a quick photo with classmates on signing day.

Local student to join Purdue football squad

By Randy Grice

Last week Academy for
Community Education (ACE)
Academy senior, Carlos Car-
vajal signed his commitment
papers to attend -and play
football for Purdue University
in the Fall.
"I feel really proud because
I worked really hard dur-
ing the season and also dur-
ing the off-season," he said.
"I'm proud that I've made my
teachers proud and my par-
ents proud, it's like a dream
come true."
Standing at a staggering
six feet six inches tall, it is
hard not to notice Carvajal. in
a crowd. Carvajal has been
on the gridiron since the age
of 10 and has not stopped
yet. While playing for Miami
Lakes Optimist, he always

By George Bennett

Former Democratic U.S. Rep.
and unsuccessful 2010 Senate
candidate Kendrick Meek has
been named chairman of the edi-
torial board for politic365.com, a
news and commentary site that
focuses on "penetrating commu-
nities of color."
Says Meek: "Politic365.com is
bringing the power of the Web
and modern technology to serve
an age-old concern the need to
connect. As chair of the editorial
board, I want to build on this suc-
cess. I want to make Politic365
an essential part of the daily lives
of Americans. I want to build on
Politic365's strengths its news,

stood out as one of the most
talented and tallest players
on the team. The summer be-
fore his senior year Carvajal
was selected to be on the Bad-
ger's Sport 7 on 7 team. The
team came in second place in
South Florida earning them
the right to compete in the
Alabama University tourna-
ment where he and his team
went on to win the entire con-
test. He has overcome a lot of
social adversity as well, stem-
ming from not fitting in with
his own ethnic community
and identifying himself closer
with Blacks to attending an al-
ternative school like ACE.
Carvajal said that he has al-
ways had his eye on Purdue as
his college of choice.
"I always looked at Purdue
as a good college because they
'always come out with great
quarterbacks and good quar-

terbacks always have good re-
ceivers and tight-ends.
Carvajal has a bunch of
support for what he is trying
to accomplish.
Maria Garcia, ACE student
services, said she congratu-
lates him on his success.
"We are very proud of him
and what he has accom-
plished so far," she said.
The tight-end is optimis-
tic of his impact on Purdue's
football program and already
has career goals in mind.
"I think I'll make a pretty
good impact because they
have a really good quarter-
back but they don't have that
many good tight ends," he
said. "I'll be majoring in busi-
ness and then after I'm done
with business I'm going to
another college to study cu-
linary arts to try to open my
own restaurant."

IP 'its analysis, its informed and civ-
il conversations on the chal-
lenges facing our nation.
"As chairman of the edito-
rial board, it is my goal to make
sure that Politic365 is one of the
favorites on computer screens
throughout the U.S. for news and
Meek, who served Florida's 17th
congressional district for eight
years as a Democrat, was the
Democratic nominee in Florida's
2010 Senate race, where former
governor Charlie Crist's indepen-
dent candidacy complicated an
uphill battle against the eventual
winner, Republican Marco Rubio.
Meek finished a distant third in
that race.

Budget cuts remain top

priority for M-D schools

By Gregory W. Wright "It's across the board. Every- leave teachers unemployed.
Miami Times writer body is being affected. It's the Other school positions such

Miami-Dade County Public
Schools (M-DCPS) is leaving no
stone unturned as it seeks ways
to close a budget gap caused by
the Florida Legislature's billion
dollar cut in education spend-
The Legislature's reduction in
funding has left M-DCPS with
a nearly $90 million shortfall.
Salary cuts, layoffs and fur-
loughs are all being considered.
M-DCPS Superintendent Al-
berto Carvalho promised that
he and his top administrators
will be the first to receive sal-
ary cuts. Top administrators
including Central Office ad-
ministrators, principals and
high-ranking school police will
see a near 10 percent decrease
in their salary pay scales. The
salary cuts are being viewed as
fair, according to one school ad-

fair thing to do. Early rumors
were salary cuts of 20 percent.
Now they're at three percent."
The budgets for school secu-
rity will not be touched, accord-
ing to sources, for obvious se-
curity and safety concerns.
School officials are well aware
that public sentiment runs high
on the side of the teachers,
causing administrators to seek
other steps to avoid the hot but-
ton issue of firing instructors.
According to the Superin-
tendent's office, for the com-
ing school year teachers will be
given "one-year contracts" un-
der which they must perform.
At the end of the school year,
principals will have the option
to either renew or not renew a
teacher's contract. However,
while the reasons for not being
"renewed" vs. being fired may
be vastly different, in the final
analysis, both decisions would

as counselors and advisors may
decrease while janitorial servic-
es may see further reductions.
Each school will be given a flat
budget amount under which
they must operate. All school
spending will come from that
Local schools will rely more
on "Dade Partners" local com-
panies or citizens who adopt a
school and donate funds and/or
needed materials to the schools.
Administrative training pro-
grams will also be cut, leaving
up-and-coming teachers and
potential administrators locked
out of the training process for
future growth and development
in the school system.
A budget committee of school
officials and administrators
will continue to meet weekly to
search for an amenable balance
to those line items that must be

By D. Kevin McNeir

The 16th Annual Essentially
Ellington festival for high school
jazz bands was held in New York
City last weekend. Facing stiff
competition, Ft. Lauderdale's Dil-
lard Center for the Arts bested two
Seattle-based schools to take first
prize, much to the delight of the
band's 25 musicians and director.
Musician and multi-Grammy
winner Wynton Marsalis an-
nounced the winners.
The event was held at New
York's Lincoln Center and with its
victory, Dillard took home a tro-
phy, $5,000 and bragging rights
for the next year.
Band director Chiistopher
Dorsey said the win confirms the
excellence of the school's musi-
cal program while student bass
player Russell Hall described the
experience as "magical."
Seattle-area bands have domi-
nated the competition since 1999,
when it was opened to bands west
of the Mississippi, taking first
place seven times Garfield High
four times and Roosevelt High
But Florida has been doing its
homework and putting it a lot of
rehearsal hours.
Last year, Dillard came in sec-
ond, behind Garfield. Dillard's
strongest Miami competitor, New
World High, won in 2005 on
Saturday they received an honor-
able mention.
The decision made by the judg-
es reportedly did not come easy

-Photo by/Mike Stocker
Saxophonist Anthony Burrell hugs drummer Anthony Morrison from Dillard Center
for the Arts Jazz Ensemble react and cheer as JALC Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis
announces the as a finalist during the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz competition

at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.
or without some friendly banter
about who was the best. Fifteen
bands from across the U.S. were
selected to compete with 400 stu-
dents in total representing their
respective schools. Choices were
"hotly contested," said Marsalis
as all of the participants played
three songs each Friday and Sat-
urday in the acoustically-perfect
Rose Hall, at Jazz at Lincoln Cen-
The two highly-ranked Seattle-
area schools, Roosevelt High and
Mountlake Terrace High, took
second and third, respectively.
Essentially Ellington is the
country's premier high school
jazz band competition. It is pre-
sented by Jazz at Lincoln Center,
the New York nonprofit organiza-
tion directed by trumpeter and
composer Wynton Marsalis and
located in the Time Warner Cen-
ter Towers overlooking Central

The festival began Thursday,
with clinics and an inspiring wel-
coming speech by Marsalis, in
which he told the students to lis-
ten carefully to their peers.
"You will learn more from them
than from anyone here," he said.
Previously, the festival featured
only the music of Duke Ellington
but this year.opened up to that of
Count Basie. The stated mission
of Essentially Ellington is to dis-
seminate the music of Duke El-
lington and to improve the qual-
ity of high school jazz bands.
Marsalis says the festival has
begun to accomplish its mission.
"There's a world of difference
from before."
This year the competition at-
tracted 110 bands. The audition
recordings were evaluated by a
panel of jazz-education experts
who selected 15 finalists.

Dillard Center for the Arts: Best jazz band in U.S.

Meek to chair editorial board for Politic365.com




8A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011

---. Mere, tne tirst day of desegregation,
---..... on Sept. 8, 1954, at Fort Myer .
Elementary School in Fort Myer, Va.


May 17, 2011 marked the 57th
anniversary of the historic case,
Brown v. Board of Education.
From the earliest times in
American history, the U.S. edu-
cational system mandated sepa-
rate schools for children based
solely on race. In many instanc-
es, the schools for Black chil-
dren were substandard facilities
with out-of-date textbooks and
insufficient supplies. Court cas-
es against segregated schools
have been documented as far
back as 1849.
In spite of the mandates out-
lined in the newly amended U.S.
Constitution, freedom and equal
rights were not readily bestowed
upon Blacks. Throughout this
period, education was withheld
from people of African descent.
In some states it was against the
law for this segment of the popu-
lation to learn to read and write.
Tremulous disappointment and
disillusionment stirred Black
people to continue to challenge
this system of segregation.
In the first documented school

desegregation case, Roberts vs.
City of Boston, 1849, the courts
denied Benjamin Roberts and
other Black parents the right to
enroll their children in certain
Boston public schools. However,
in 1855 the Massachusetts leg-
islature banned racial segrega-
tion. Then in the 1896 case of
Plessy v. Ferguson, the United
States Supreme Court declared
it law that "separate" but "equal"
facilities be provided for Blacks.
This landmark case from Loui-
siana necessitated separate din-
ing facilities, restrooms, trans-
portation, accommodations and
more, including public educa-
Equal rights remained virtu-
ally unattainable. Across the
country numerous cases were
taken to court between 1849
and 1949. In the state of Kansas
alone there were eleven school
integration cases between 1881
and 1949. In response to these
unsuccessful attempts to ensure
equal opportunities for all chil-
dren, Black community leaders

and organizations across the
country stepped up efforts to
change the educational system.
The National Association for
the Advancement of Colored Peo-
ple (NAACP), founded in 1908,
took a key role in the move to-
ward equal educational oppor-
tunity. Members were involved at
every level, providing legal coun-
sel, funding, and more.
The NAACP legal team devised
a formula for success. As they
organized cases the first re-
quirement was that they involve
multiple plaintiffs. Along their
road to the U.S. Supreme Court
five cases were developed from
the states of Delaware, Kansas,
Virginia, South Carolina and
Washington, D.C. None of these
cases succeeded in the District
Courts and all were appealed to
the U.S. Supreme Court. At this
juncture they were combined
and became known jointly as Ol-
iver L. Brown et.al. vs the Board
of Education of Topeka, Kansas.
The Supreme Court decided to
combine the cases because each


Thurgood Marshall in 1957.
sought the same relief from seg-
regated schools for Blacks. The
circumstances of the plaintiffs
left no question that ending seg-
regation as a historic practice
would be the only viable out-
. Charles Hamilton Houston ar-
gued most of the early NAACP
cases. He had been the Dean
of Howard Law School, a pres-

tigious university for African
Americans. He was teacher and
mentor for many civil rights
lawyers of that time including
Thurgood Marshall. Houston
died in 1950 leaving Thurgood
Marshall as lead strategist and
council for the school integra-
tion cases. Marshall led these
cases all the way to the U.S.
Supreme Court. As a result, one
hundred and five years after the
1849 Roberts case, on May 17,
1954, the U.S. Supreme Court
issued a unanimous decision
that segregation was unconsti-
tutional and violated the 14th
The Brown decision initiated
educational reform through-
out the United States and was
a catalyst in launching the
modern Civil Rights Move-
ment. Bringing about change in
the years since Brown contin-
ues to prove difficult. But the
Brown v. Board of Education
victory-brought Americans one
step closer to true freedom and
equal rights.

The tale of a forgotten civil rights leader

By Carolyn Click

late Rev. Joseph A. DeLaine en-
dured firing, death threats, the
burning of his Summerton home
and Lake City church and pain-
ful exile from his native state,
yet his story and legacy as one
of the central figures in the fight
to desegregate South Carolina
schools is largely obscure.
His daughter, Ophelia DeLaine
Gona, hopes to remedy that with
a new book about the modest,
stately man known to friends,
family and parishioners as "J.A."
It took Gona seven years to
write "Dawn of Desegregation:
J.A. DeLaine and Briggs v. El-
liott" (USC Press)- and a life-
time to discern the scope of her
father's achievements in his na-
tive Clarendon County, as he led
mostly poor Black farmers and
laborers in what would become

May 18, 1896- In Plessy v.
Ferguson, the Supreme Court
paved the way for "Jim Crow"
by upholding the "Separate
But Equal" doctrine in educa-
tion and public accommoda-
May 18, 2000- Follow-
ing protests and a boycott
of South Carolina's tourism
and convention facilities, the
South Carolina General As-
sembly voted to remove the
confederate' flag from South
Carolina's Capitol dome. The

one of the seminal desegregation
battles of the 20th century.
"Almost everything that had
been written up to this point
was hearsay and I thought it
was necessary to get the story
on paper of what actually hap-
pened as closely as possible,"
she said.
Her late father had been pro-
filed dramatically in the Pulitzer
Prize-winning book "Simple Jus-
tice" by Richard Kluger, which
still stands today as the most
definitive account of the five
legal cases that were wrapped
up in the 1954 Supreme Court
decision overturning the long-
held doctrine of "separate but
equal schools." DeLaine was in-
terviewed by Kluger but died in
1974, a year before the book was
There have been plays and
movies, and DeLaine himself
penned a series of articles for

boycott was not immediately '
lifted because of controversy
oier the flag's relocation.
N May 19. 1965- Patricia
Roberts Harris. Hovward Uni-
versity law professor. was ap-
pointed Ambassador t. Lux-
embourg. Harris vas the first
Black woman in the U S to be
named an Ambassador.
May 19, 1991- Willy T.
Ribbs became the first Black
driver to qualify for the India-
napolis 500.
May 20, 1868- P.B.S.

his church publication, The
AME Recorder, that gave an ac-
counting of how he and a group
of largely uneducated parents
pushed first for a school bus in
1946 for Clarendon's Black chil-
dren and then, with the help of
Thurgood Marshall and a team
of NAACP lawyers, upended the
system of segregated schools.
"He was not a writer," Gona
said. "He didn't have it orga-
nized into a book format and
many times he repeated things."
Gona, a retired medical school
professor and grandmother,
wanted to fulfill her father's
longstanding plea that she
write the saga of those turbu-
lent Summerton and Lake City
years, even though she felt she
was ill-equipped to do so.
"Some people are born to
write; I wasn't," said Gona, 75.
"My father wanted the story told
very badly. He asked me to write

Pinchback and James J. Har-
ris served as delegates to the
Republican National Conven-
tion. This event, held in Chi-
cago. IL, produced the first
Blacks to hold national politi-
cal positions
May 20, 1958- Robert Nel-
son C. Nix, Sr.,. was elected
Philadelphia, PA's first Black
May 21, 1955- Charles
Edward Alexander "Chuck"
Berry recorded his hit tune,
May 21, 1964- Elder
Hawkins Garnet became the
first Black moderator of the

it, but I had no idea how to write
the book."
That was decades ago, when
she was a young wife and moth-
er and just beginning graduate
school. But, over the years, she
listened to the stories told by
her mother, Mattie DeLaine, and
other relatives and took copious
She began researching in ear-
nest in 2003 and plumbed her
own childhood memories and
those of her relatives to figure
out how her father, a country
pastor in the African Method-
ist Episcopal church, found the
courage to challenge the 1940s
white establishment.
He wasn't all that complicated,
she said.
"He was a man who believed
that people were responsible for
their own fates," she said. "He
did not believe going to some-
body hat in hand. You held

United Presbyterian Church
May 22, 1863- The War
Department created the Bu-
reau of Colored Troops and
began an aggressive effort to
recruit Black soldiers.
Mla:, 22, 1959- Benjamin
Oliver Davis, Jr., the nation's
first Black General in the U.S.
Air Force, was promoted to
Major General.
May 23, 1900- Sgt. Wil-
liam H. Carney, a leader in the
54th Massachusetts Volun-
teers Regiment who charged
on Fort Wagner in the Civil
War, received the Congressio-
nal Medal of Honor for braY-

your head up high; you carried
yourself erect; you kept yourself
clean; and you thought you were
equal to everyone."
In the midst of the Briggs
court battle, the church moved
the family to Lake City and fi-
nally was forced to leave South
Carolina in 1955 his church
was burned to the ground. Gona
says she was sheltered from the
worst of the threats that eventu-
ally drove her father to fire back
at night riders who had shot into
the family's home.
But DeLaine was never able to
return to his beloved South Car-
olina as a warrant for his arrest
for firing back at night riders
who had attacked him and his
family in their home, remained
in place until two decades fol-
lowing his death. He settled in
New York and served the AME
Church until his 1971 retire-
ment to Charlotte.

ery. Carney became the first
Black to receive this award.
May 23, 1982- Lee P.
Brown became the first Black
Police Commissioner of Hous-
ton, TX.
May 24, 1951- The Mu-
nicipal Court of Appeals ruled
that racial segregation in
Washington, DC, restaurants
was illegal.
May 24, 1983- In an 8 to 1
decision, the Supreme Court
ruled that the federal gov-
ernment could not grant tax
exemption to private schools
that practice racial discrimi-


Children's Trustholds family expo ..
By Randy Grice
rgrice@man timeso mle cm

This past Saturday, The Chil-
dren's Trust held a Family Expo
at the Miami-Dade County Fair
& Expo Center. Families from ev-
ery corner of Miami-Dade County
came to the free festival that pro-
vided parents with direct access
to educational, health and social
services in a fun and festive at-
"The turnout's been great, we
have thousands of people here
and this is a great crowd," said
Emily Cardnas, senior commu-
nications manager at The Chil-
dren's Trust. "We have a bunch
of new areas and the Expo green-
house where their doing edible
gardening with the children, in
support of first lady Michelle
Obama's initiative."
In the new Expo Greenhouse,
teachers in 'The Education
Fund's Plan a Thousand Gardens'
nutrition initiative ran edible
gardening workshops where chil-
dren got to transplant their very
own vegetable or herb plant and
learn about how to grow healthy
foods at home. On display was a
sample of the 4x4 raised garden
beds used in their school-yard
edible garden program.
More than 200 displays were
featured in two exhibit halls
showcasing information about
summer and after-school pro-
grams, injury prevention, vac-
cinations, programs for chil-
dren with special needs, Pre-K
registration, KidCare and much
more. Each hall also offers two
stages with entertainment, fea-
turing winners of the countywide
Young Talent Big Dreams compe-
tition, performances by The Ac-
tors' Playhouse Musical Miracles,
Roxy Theater Group, American
Children's Orchestra for Peace
and many more performing arts
education programs. Face paint-
ing, balloon sculptures, stilt
walkers, magicians and char-

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A group of local children stop to take a picture.

Imoni Tanis, eight-years-old, gets her face painted at the Family Expo.

acters including Nickelodeon's
Spongebob Squarepants, Dora
the Explorer and Diego were also
featured in the Expo.
Imoni Tanis, eight-years-old,
said she enjoyed the Expo and
one station in particular.
"I'm having a good time," she
said. "I like the face painting,
this is really fun."
Chess tournaments were also
held by Stormont Kings science
education in the Whacky Wild
Science Area. A special reading
corner by the Miami-Dade Family
Learning Partnership offered sto-
rytelling and free books to take
home. The Miami Children's Mu-
seum operated a fun-filled arts
and crafts area based on their
new Mr. Potato Head exhibit. An
indoors sports fun zone was also
in the Expo. The attraction fea-

tured T-ball and speed pitching
practice in the Florida Marlins
tent. Kids were also able to prac-
tice their tennis swing and free
throw shot in this area. Outside,
there were rock climbing walls
and elaborate bounce houses.
Jamie Lynn, a parent that at-
tended the event, said she had a
"This event is for the kids but
parent can have fun here too,"
she said. "My daughter and I
are having a blast. I would rec-
ommend this event to any par-
ent looking to get their child out
of the house, especially a young
child like mine."
The Children's Trust gave away
free gifts to the first 2,000 chil-
dren. The Expo was sponsored
by Target, making it the largest,
single, local event of its kind.

-Miami Times Photo/Donnalyn Anthony
Teachers grading papers during the grade-in at Aventura Mall.

Local teachers stage a demonstration

By Randy Grice

Recently, dozens of teach-
ers from all over Miami-Dade
County held a grade-in dem-
onstration. The demonstration
was designed to help parents
realize the everyday pressures
of being a professional teacher.
Instructors hit the malls car-
rying their students' paper-
work and demonstrated by
grading papers and making
lesson plans at Aventura and
Dadeland Malls. Each week,
teachers spend hours outside
of the school day grading and
planning for their classes that
are often done privately dur-
ing personal time. This grade-
in event was meant to counter
public perception that teachers
work short hours.
Altagracia Pena, elementary
school teacher, said the grade-
in was a much needed demon-

"Parents don't understand
sometimes," she said. "When
you work with kindergartners
or any other of those low grades
you have to do everything. You
are the art teacher, you are
everything. You have to teach
everything to the children. You
have to prepare more for these
little kids."
Sonja Marks, parent of an el-
ementary student, said finally
understands what teachers go
"I would have never believed
that teachers work this hard if
I had not attended the grade-
in," she said. "I think most
people have the same mindset
that I had. I was use to believ-
ing that teachers had it easy,
weekends off and months off
for summer vacation but now
I see that they work extremely
Beverly Dowell, an elemen-
tary school teacher, said she
hopes that parents got the

point the teachers were trying
to make with the grade in.
"We did this because we
wanted the public, which is
made up of parents to realize
that teaching is not an eight
to four job or a nine to five
job it goes on for seven days a
week," she said. "We take pa-
pers home, we grade them so
that we can truly reflect on our
The demonstration was also
held in response to several re-
cent pieces of legislation that
affect public school education
funding and limit local con-
trol over district operations.
The timing of the demonstra-
tion coincided with the last
week of the legislative session,
where decisions were made on
several bills that impact public
school employees. Teachers are.
asking for members of the pub-
lic to support a quality public
education by calling their state

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1,400 teachers get pink slips

Broward district slammed by budget shortfall

By Cara Fitzpatrick

The Broward County School
District is giving pink slips to
about 1,400 teachers this week
as it struggles with a $144 mil-
lion budget shortfall, district of-
ficials confirmed Monday.
Notices are going out Tuesday,
according to the district. Teach-
ers losing their jobs are primar-
ily first- and second-year teach-
ers who don't have continuing

contracts, said Pat Santeramo,
president of the Broward Teach-
ers Union.
District officials stressed
Monday that they weren't lay-
ing off employees. The district
can choose not to renew an-
nual contracts without cause.
And some teachers were hired
last year with the understand-
ing that their jobs were paid for
with one-time money, officials

Other district employees,
such as clerical workers, also
started receiving notices Fri-
day and Monday, said Jim Sil-
vernale, a representative for the
Federation of Public Employees,
which represents workers in the
district's- transportation, main-
tenance, clerical, and other de-
Silvernale said he didn't have
an exact number, but said the
union,had heard about a dozen
or so employees who received

Last year, the district laid off
about 1,305 staffers includ-
.ing 568 teachers and 737 non-
instructional employees and
hired many of those back with
federal stimulus money. The dis-
trict doesn't have the option this
year to use stimulus money.
Of the $144 million shortfall
expected, about $81 million is
coming out of the schools. Prin-
cipals started looking at their
budgets last week, and rumors
have been swirling that lay-offs
were coming.

White House aide leads Chamber in roundtable

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how to jumpstart their compa-
nies and how to increase their
access to capital.
Jamaican-born Blake, 48, is
the associate director, White
House Office of Public Engage-
ment & Deputy Associate Direc-
tor of the Office of Intergovern-
mental Affairs and worked on the
Obama for America campaign.
"My job is to make sure the
concerns of the Black communi-
ty are heard by the Obama ad-
ministration and it is something
that I take quite seriously," he
said. "I hear so many people say
they never thought this moment
[having a Black president] would
come but now that we have this
moment we need to help them
realize some of their dreams."
Blake says he understands
the daily struggles of the Black
community as he comes from
humble beginnings.
"My mother used to cook
meals every weekend when I was
a young boy growing up in the
Bronx and we sold them so that
we could pay our rent," he said.
"So I know what it is like to face
tough times."
Bill Diggs, president and CEO
of the Miami-Dade Chamber of
Commerce, along with attorney
Al Dotson, who also serves as

-Photo by ALx
POWER BROKERS: Judge Jerald Bagley (1-r), Michael Blake
and Al Dotson, Jr. at the Chamber's recent roundtable.

the chairman of the 100 Black
Men of America, Inc., invited
Blake to the ad-hoc meeting.
"Michael Blake listens, assists
and acts and you can't get much
closer to the President he's a
key figure for Black business-
es," Dotson said.
Diggs said it is vital that
Black entrepreneurs take full
advantage of the White House's
willingness to support small
"Our major goal is to remain
as the go-to organization for
Black businesses in Miami-
Dade County," Diggs said. "We
are attempting to build a more
sophisticated business model
that will promote Black eco-
nomic development. We realize
that we are trying some new
things but innovation is the key
to success in this new global

Blake believes the next six to
eight months will shape the Black
business community for at least
20 years into the future. That is
why, he says, he is traveling the
county to update Black leaders.
"Progress is happening but
more needs to be done," he said.
"When we entered the White
House we were losing about
760,000 jobs per month. That
meant we had a lot of catching up
to do. But in the last 14 months
we have had steady job growth
and 2.1 million jobs added from
the private sector. But minor-
ity businesses are still fighting
whites just to stay in the game
and as we know, Black unem-
ployment is still rising."
Blake pointed to several ways
for Blacks to move their busi-

nesses forward including: ap-
plying for federal contracts; con-
necting with federal agencies to
better understand their 'require-
ments and how procurement of-
fices work; taking advantage of
the recently-established Small
Business Lending Fund; under-
standing the newest changes in
national policies as they relate to
bonding requirements for busi-
nesses; and realizing that this is
a global market in which Blacks
must now be prepared to partici-
"It's inaccurate to say that
Congress has minority business
goals because in fact they don't
- what they have are small busi-
ness goals," Blake added. "We
don't need to get caught up in
the language. But rest assured,
the President is firmly commit-
ted to opening doors and provid-
ing more opportunities for small
.businesses in general and Black-
owned businesses in particular."
Blake says we should look out
for a major initiative aimed at
Black youth who are unemployed
in the coming days.
Diggs added that a pilot pro-
gram is underway at Miami Cen-
tral High School that will teach
young Blacks how to be success-
ful entrepreneurs. He hopes to
take the program nationwide af-
ter the pilot is successfully com-

Over 6,000 students fail final FCAT

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year. From the March testing
only 21 percent passed the math
portion in Miami-Dade, down
from 28 percent the year before.
"There was a drop in math
scores but we feel that's because
less kids are taking that portion
and the kids that are taking it
need the most help," said Gisela
Seild, administrative director, M-
DCPS. "We mirrored the results
of the state. In some cases our
drop was less than neighboring
Students must past the 10th
grade state exam, in both the
reading and math portions of the
test to graduate with a diploma.
Students are given up to five
chances to be successful on the

Rosa Maddox, a high school se-
nior, said she does not agree with
FCAT testing.
"We .work. hard for 12 years
straight and just because we can't
pass one exam we can't gradu-
ate," she asked. "I think that's
very foolish. I know students that
are A-1-A students that just can't
get over the FCAT hump."
Students that are not making
the grade on the -FCAT are find-
ing saving grace in other areas.
American College Testing (ACT)
or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
college entrance exams are be-
ing used in place of the failing
scores. Students are also offered
the option to take the test as an
adult. To accommodate students
in this case who want to partici-
pate in commencement services,

All Black women are

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first lady as someone who is dis-
pelling the stereotypes about
Black women. "You humanize
us. You soften us. You make us
approachable, feminine, sexy,
warm, compassionate, smart,
affirmed, accomplished, and
full-filled all at once, she writes
about Obama in the book's pro-

Her point, of course, is not
that the wife of this nation's
first Black president possess-
es positive qualities that few
other Black women have. It is,
instead, that her husband's
elevation in the White House
has put a spotlight on Michelle
Obama who is a high-pro-
file, counterbalancing image to
people such as Leakes.
Black women have long
struggled to define themselves

they would receive a certificate
of completion at graduation and
a full diploma only after passing
the test.
Black students were below the
county average in 2009-2010
for both exams, with 75 percent
passing the math portion, com-
pared to 94 percent for whites
with an average for all students
of 85 percent. Blacks did sig-
nificantly worse on the reading
test, with only 39 percent pass-
ing, compared to 79 percent for
whites with an average for all
students of 58 percent.

Daphne Campbell, state repre-
sentative, District 108, who has
been a vocal opponent to the test,
believes the exarc is biased.
"Miami-Dade has four high

not fed-up
in ways that others would un-
derstand and respect. From
Sojourner Truth's 1851 plain-
tive "Ain't I a Woman" speech,
to Zora Neale Hurston's report-
ing on the 1952 murder trial
of Ruby McCollum (a married
Black woman who killed a
white doctor who fathered one
of her children), to the Agri-
culture Department's contro-
versial dismissal of Shirley
Sherrod, this fight has taken

schools that have 50 percent Hai-
tian students; these kids are not
passing the test," Campbell said.
The system needs to do some-
thing better. The kids that aren't
passing will end up in jail if they
don't have a diploma and a future
to look forward to the system
is broken."
Dwight Bullard, state repre-
sentative, District 118, who filed
legislation earlier in the year to
end the FCAT believes that the
test is used improperly.
"For too long, Florida's educa-
tion accountability system has
put emphasis on getting students
to pass the FCAT instead of fo-
cusing on the individual needs of
every child," Bullard said. "Hard-
working teachers are crying for
the freedom to teach to students
instead of a test."

and angry
many forms.
Nelson's book is another skir-
mish in this battle one she
hopes will bring about a trans-
formative victory. She wants it
to help Black women be defined
by something more representa-
tive of them than Leakes. Be-
cause as Hurston the most
prolific Black female writer of
the first half of the 20th cen-
tury once said, "All of my
skinfolk ain't my kinfolk."

Demand for agency's services rises dramatically

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executive director, respectively,
of Curley's House located in the
heart of Liberty City, have been
helping low- and moderate-in-
come families survive for almost
10 years. The agency will cel-
ebrate its 10th anniversary in
Curley's House of Style, Inc./
Hope Food Bank, located at 6025
NW 6th Court, serves close to
1,500 people a.week individu-
als and families with the "ne-
cessities of life" including food,
clothing and shelter. Besides as-
sisting the residents of Miami-
Dade County, they also find
themselves helping those with
"stress in their lives" in Monroe

and Palm Beach Counties.
"We do some things that the
larger community. doesn't know
about but we believe are very im-
portant," Elie said. "In my beauty
salon I offer makeovers and hair
styles for homeless women once
a month. It's intended to build
up their self-esteem and also to
show them that there are women
out here doing positive things
with their lives. When you look
better you feel better. We work
towards all of clients having a
more positive outlook on life so
they can care for themselves and
their children."
Curley's House has also part-
nered with other community
agencies, most recently 54th
Street Medical for a Mother's
Day senior pampering session.

They have sponsored food give-
aways in Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, the Caleb Center
and Brownsville, sometimes
feeding as many as 5,000 people
at each event.

Holliday says she remembers
when the non-profit agency first
opened its doors in 2001, they
were serving about 795 people
a week. Today that figure has
nearly doubled.
"We have so many more peo-
ple who need help today and a
growing number of them are not
Blacks," she said. "We are get-
ting a lot more Hispanics and
many whites too. There are so
many needs that we try to ad-

dress: getting lawyers; finding
shelters; helping people get food
stamps; preparing and improv-
ing resumes; teaching data entry
and general office skills through
our connection with the South
Florida Work Force and that's
just part of what we do."
Both women said they had a
real passion for senior citizens
because of their dedication for
"fighting for those less fortu-
Curley's House was named af-
ter an Overtown cosmetologist
who was a community mentor
and well-known for her generos-
ity. Curley's House continues her
To make cash or food dona-
tions, call 305-759-9805 or go to

NATIVE SON HONORED: Liberty City's own motivator, Les
Brown, will be honored at a surprise celebration for his 25 years
of "motivation and inspiration" by friends and colleagues on Sat-
urday, May 21st at The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel.
Doors open at 7 p.m.Valerie Parker, a survivor of domestic abuse
and a single parent of four and the founder and president of Arise
By VNP, a company that seeks to empowers victims of domestic
violence, is the lead sponsor for the event. Call 954-724-0900 for
more information.

Inmate numbers decline

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7,082 inmates, in 2009 the
numbers declined to 5,992 and
in 2010 it had fallen to 5,653.
Broward County was 13th on
the list and also reported a de-
cline in the number of inmates
In 2008, Broward had 5,509
inmates 4,915 in 2009 and
4,631 in 2010.

Local jails, unlike pris-
ons, are confinement facili-
ties mainly operated by a local
law enforcement agency. Jails
typically hold inmates that are
waiting to appear in court and/
or serving a sentence of one
year or less.
Black men may outnumber
white males in prison, but ac-
cording to Minton's data it's
just the opposite in the jails
that contributed to this report.
Collectively, the number of
white males locked up in jail
actually increased in 2009
from 326,400 at 42.5 percent to
331,600 in 2010, which equates
to 44.3 percent.
In 2009, there was 300,500
(39.2 percent) Black men locked
up and in 2010 the numbers

went down to 283,200 (37.8
As of April 27, 2011 in Miami-
Dade County, there were 3,209
Black men and 2,562 white
men, bringing the total to 5,772
males in confinement.
Out of 453 women locked up,
237 were Black, 216 were white.
The jail decline here in Miami-
Dade County, suggests that
criminal activity is decreasing
and consequently, members of
the community can feel safer.,
What's more, with fewer in-
mates in jail more services can
be provided to the other detain-
"A reduced jail population
has several positive aspects,"
said Timothy P. Ryan, director
of Miami-Dade Corrections &
Rehabilitation. "We have more
time to address the needs of
the inmates whether it's pro-
viding educational or life skill
classes or more efficient pro-
cessing -through the judicial
These jail population trends
affect everything and at pres-
ent it seems we reflect the na-
tional trends and therefore we
are right on track."
The data used provides infor-
mation on jails and analyzes
patterns of growth and decline
in jail populations.

ACE students want to vote but

need to understand the issues

continued from 1A

and expressed how confused
they were as the Special Elec-
tion approaches, we responded
and paid a visit to the school.
ACE is one of 28 centers in the
County that provides smaller
classes and more one-on-one
attention for students who were
unsuccessful in the tradition-
al, larger public high schools.
Without facilities like ACE that
work with students who have ei-
ther faced academic problems at
their former school or may even
be dealing with difficult home
situations and/or moderate
emotional or behavioral prob-
lems, their only option would
have been to drop out of school.
As instructor Craig Bozorgh,
64, says, "Learning goes on at
ACE. And it's been a good year
for us test scores are up and
we even got a letter of congrat-
ulations from the Superinten-
dent. Some of our teachers have
spent their entire careers at this
school. And our kids are bright."

Sixty students filled out a sur-
vey that asked about the can-
didates, the amendments and
their understanding of the po-
litical process. None understood
the charter amendments al-
though they realized they are on
the ballot. And while most said
they liked "Uncle Luke," none
could distinguish the differenc-

es in platforms between the 11
candidates for county mayor.
"I want to make sure I use
my vote wisely but am not sure
how," said Bredan Harvey, a se-
nior. "I have gotten really inter-
ested in politics. I don't know
know enough about any of the
candidates to vote for them.
But I'd probably vote for Luther
Campbell because Miami-Dade
needs a Black mayor."
"I care about my community
and I want to vote for someone
that feels the same way," said
Jonathan Hamilton, 18, from
Liberty City. "I would ask the
candidates what makes them
the most qualified for the job.
And I want to know if they see
being mayor as more than just
a normal job. Campbell knows
what it's like to grow up here as
a Black youth. He's my choice."
Diana Toledo, 17 and from Hi-
aleah, wants to know how laws
will change depending on how
voters weigh in on the charter
"I know before you vote you
have to do your research so
that's still on my list of things to
do," she said.
As for Shakeva Nelson, 18
from Little Haiti, Wilbur Bell is
her choice.
"I learned about him because
we reached out to him in our
American Government class,"
she said. "I am not sure what
he will do exactly for the Black
community but I get the sense
that he is the best person for the

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The Dzeleimi drum group crank things up on
Labadi Beach in Accra, Ghana, West Africa.


Business leaders from two continents meet.

Charles W. Cherry II, second from left, and Dr. Glenn Cherry, far right, with members of a local
storefront church. "Asylum Down" is the name of an Accra neighborhood (it was 'down' the street
from what was formerly known as an insane 'asylum.')

Frontline Capital Advisors General Manager Kenneth Mpare, left and
point out high-growth areas on a map of Ghana.

CEO Clifford Mpare, right,

Florida journalist goes 'back to Africa'

By Charles W. Cherry II

My name is Charles W. Cherry
II and my family has published
the Daytona Times for more than
30 years and the Florida Courier
newspaper for more than 20 years.
I am also an attorney, author and
entrepreneur. My younger brother
Glenn is the chief executive officer
of our family-owned businesses,
which include newspapers and ra-
dio stations; he's also a veterinar-
ian, a graduate of Tuskegee Uni-
versity's vet school. We are both
Morehouse College graduates.
He and I decided to evaluate
business opportunities in Ghana,
West Africa during a two-week
trip and to write about the rise
of Ghana as West Africa's lead-
ing business center. Our guide is
to be Judith Aidoo, a Ghanaian-
American Harvard Law School
graduate, investor and investment
advisor and close friend.
A 10-minute taxi ride from Ju-
dith's East Legon neighborhood
took us to the Trust Building,
one of the few skyscrapers dot-
ting Accra's modest skyline. You

immediately notice that security
guards are everywhere here at
commercial buildings, at ATMs,
apartment complexes and even at
private homes. Many of the homes
have small security 'huts' like
you see at the front gates of gated
communities in the U.S. (Securi-
ty guards here are unarmed and
generally consist of somebody's
older uncle sitting in a plastic
chair watching you. If something
serious broke loose, I don't think
many of them could do anything
but throw a rock at a perpetrator.)

The two folks we are to meet
are Kwasi Twum, CEO of Multi-
media Group Limited (MGL) and
Edmund Pappoe, the chief finan-
cial officer. They would give us a
broad overview of Ghanaian me-
dia: newspapers, radio stations,
TV, the Internet. MGL is Ghana's
largest media and Kwasi is its vi-
Media is super-competitive in
Ghana; approximately 140 news-
papers, more than 40 licensed FM
radio stations, satellite TV and

Internet access. It is not govern-
ment-controlled, unlike other de-
veloping countries.
In 1995, MGL was licensed to
operate Joy FM, the first autho-
rized radio station in Ghana. The
company has a total of six FMs:
four in Accra, the largest city, and
two in Kamasi, Ghana's second-
largest city that's about a hour's
drive away. (That'p like owning
four FM stations in Miami-Dade
and two FMs in Broward/Fort
Lauderdale.) The stations run the
gamut from English to native lan-
guages with news, talk, and mu-
sic. MGL, which has approximate-
ly 400 employees, also syndicates
its radio content to 30 other radio
stations in Ghana, much like Tom
Joyner and Michael Baisdeh dis-
tribute their shows in the U.S. to
stations around the country.

Looking at a map of Africa, if
you put your finger on the closest
point to America and move your
finger from left to right down Af-
rica's western coastline, you'll run
into Ghana. The country itself is

slightly smaller than the state of
Ghana was formed when two
geographic sections the British
named the Gold Coast and the To-
goland Trust territory fought and
broke away from Great Britain in
1957 and became Africa's first
country below the Sahara Desert
to become an independent na-
tion. Its founder, freedom, fighter
Kwame Nkrumah, is as revered in
Ghana (by most people) as George
Washington is revered in the U.S.
We would stay 14 days at Ju-
dith's family home in the central
part of Accra, Ghana's largest
city population 2.3 million -
making its population about the
size of Miami-Dade County, Flor-
ida. Judith's contacts within the
investment community and the
letter of introduction signed by
Danny Bakewell, Sr., the chair-
man of our 200-member Black
newspaper trade group, the Na-
tional Newspaper Publishers As-
sociation, would give us access
to powerful people in the know
about Ghana.

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Still, there was an intellectual
and emotional component to the
trip for me. I was walking in.the
footsteps of Black liberation fight-
ers W.E.B DuBois (who moved to
Ghana and died there), Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr. (who came to
Accra in 1957 to support the new-
ly independent Ghana and attend
President Nkrumah's inaugura-
tion) and El hajj Malik el-Shabazz
(Malcolm X), whose 1964 trip to
Ghana changed the trajectory of
his life. (He was murdered a year
after his Ghana trip.)
In fact, Ghana was on MLK's
mind the night before he was
killed. In his "Been to the Moun-
taintop" speech, he said that
Black people's desire to be free
resonated in Accra, Ghana as
loudly as it did in Memphis, Ten-

Judith knew that a Who's Who
of Accra's business and political
class would be attending an art
exhibit and reception at the Art-
ists Alliance Gallery, which was

I~r a it~f.

just about a mile or so from where
we were. As sunset approached,
we strolled in past some Ghana
Army soldiers into the gallery,
which includes exhibit space, a
gift shop, and rooms of fabulous
antiquities, some of which were
hundreds of years old. There were
hunters' vests with talismans
hung on them for good luck; or-
nately carved chief's stools; rusty
19th-century single-shot rifles;
even chains and shackles used to
confine Africans headed for the
slave markets that used to dot the
Ghanaian coastline. There was
one room with nothing but kente
cloth, from single strips to pieces
big enough to easily cover a king-
size bed.
I was awestruck by some of
them. I'm no African art expert;
I realize that bogus antiquity
dealers can artificially age stuff
manufactured yesterday. But,
what I saw wasn't 'airport art'
you get just to prove you've been
somewhere. Many of these items
had been in day-to-day use, per-
haps 100 or more years ago; these
weren't things made for tourists.

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a Fa7 ilyr

,,will ensure that your Ta\ Dollars are not wasted and that
'-tthey are spent efficiently to make sure that each neighborhood
't"g gets its fair share.
I will host town hall meetings in all parts of o'r community .
I will ensure that as Mayor, my staff is representative of owi
brilliantly diverse community .
,- I will ensure the County's professional staft is reflective ot
the Count"'s population. Count\ Government shouldd be re-
flective of the County's d iersit,.
I.- I will al\va\.s be visible throughout Mianmi-Dade County in-
U'." : eluding: Miami Gardens; Opa-Locka: Liberti City: Overtoevn.
Richmond Heights Coconut Grove. Florida Citv; and Home-
;'*.- stead. I will be the la\or tor ALL ot Miami-Dad Cournt,v.
I will establish a program that partners Nliami-Dade Count\
; government, local bu-sinesse,. and Historical!' Black College-
and Universities, including Bethune Cookrman. FAMUL and
-.,: ]Florida Memorial University all \n ith the common ,i oal of
redirecting the talent stream to the 'South Florida region
W.-~' I will use the bull\' pulpit of the Mavc'r s office to encourage
._'. partnerships between Comnmunit\ Based Organization Cor-
porate Miami and Nlinorit\ Buine-sses in an eftrt to broaden
the capacity and reach of organizations that are tr\ !ng to af-
tfet real change in oLt community\
I will ensure that County Department- that ha'.e housing,
in their purview work closely with the Cities to en -ure that
the County's affordable housing programs are available to be
^ utilized in the Cities, wherever the law allol.s.
.. I will partner the Count\ Go' ernminnt with ComnLmnitt\

Based Organizatio'ns to initiate lob training programs target-
ed to wards hilh unemploymentlt areas.
I 'V. ll ensure that .ur Senivr Citizen ser' ice-. are the best in
the country : the\ desrc c nothing less.
I will en-uJre that ke aire nia\jmizing iour abihtv to s-timulate
the Nliami-Dade oC1,,omm, b', ensure ng that where possible ,.we
spend 'iit ta\ dollars, with local businesses.
Si!! ill incentr. ize busine.. de'. elopment and redevelopment
in the under-utilized area-s throughout iami-Dade County;
this ill include added support for e\.isting businesses.
I know that at times our community has been divided
along racial and socioeconomic lines. If we are to reach the
realization of our potential, then %%e have to move past his-
torical div ides, stepping forward into a future that we can
only embrace ine\tricably bound together as one; always
understanding that prosperity, real prosperity, can only be
achieved when we work together to provide access and op-
portunity to all Miami-Dade County residents.
I am iulio Robaina and I'm asking bor 'iour pra-er-.. -nupport
and '.ote- I would lo'.e to -er. e a-L. 'eour Nla'or.




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By Kaila Heard
In traditional and popular
Black culture, the rod is often
presented as being the answer
to set children right.
From treasured memories
of being told to "get a switch"
to scenes in Tyler Perry plays,
disrespectful, surly or even de-
linquent children are present-
ed as only needing the "belt" in
order to fall in line.
An ABCNEWS poll found that
65 percent of parents approve
of spanking children, while 50
percent of parents with

children who are minors say
they, actually do physically
discipline their children.
Yet many parenting experts
totally condemn physical chas-
According to the American
Psychological Association, "the
use of corporal punishment by
adults having authority over
children is likely to train chil-
dren to use physical violence
to control behavior rather than
rational persuasion, educa-
tion, and intelligent forms of
both positive and negative re-
The American Academy of
Pediatrics also notes that

while "spanking may seem to
'work' at first, it loses its im-
pact after a while."
Over the years numer-
ous studies have consistently
linked corporal punishment
to children who mature to use
violence themselves and even
juvenile delinquency.
However, in spite of the evi-
dence, many parents remain
reluctant to relinquish the tra-
ditional method of punishment
for their children.
The "Black Parenting Book,"
a detailed primer on issues
for raising healthy and happy
Black children, links such re-
luctance to the history of the
Black community.
The "legacy stems from the
past when an undisciplined
child could literally lose his
or her life," the book states.
And while Blacks no longer
face the yoke of slavery or Jim

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Father Crawford's

proactive ministry
By Kaila Heard
S kh alr,' .l"'lutlhlll ,l hn .... '",
7'w';-. Father Hayden Craw ford hias learned a lot since he be-
came rector of the ChULirch r:f the Incarnation in Liberty
City nearly 10 months ac,_
B,-lorie n,-miNri Mi.,ni C rawford had been leading a
,. smaller parish in Sr. Fcr-rzer.Lrg, Florida (once a popular
haien r retirees. C ra'.. I..id had grown accustomed to
'the slo er pace :,f -the- c, older, homogenous popula-
tion that v, as le-ss industrius13 than South Florida.
Upon arrvial in Liberit, Cit',, the pastor had to acquaint
himself with there o'.er 1 ,0l t members of the Church of the
Incarnation, the tolurtl-h l-rgest parish of the Diocese of
Please turn to CRAWFORD 14B

Crow, there still remains sev-
eral vestiges of institutional
racism and injustice.
Dr. Bryan Nichols, a clinical
psychologist and instructor,
explained, "While there are
no great differences in Black
and white children's behavior,
there are much greater conse-
quences for minor infractions

if a Black child doesn't adhere
to society's standards."
While the tradition of spank-
ing is understandable, the
mounting evidence against
spanking should cause par-
ents to look for another way to
discipline their children, some

experts explain.
First, parents should rede-
fine the concept of discipline,
according the Black Parenting
Handbook. Instead of punish-
ment, think of discipline as a
teaching method.
Sheila Simms-Watson,a lo-
cal mid-wife who also provides
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SllrH New Birth Baptist Church Cathedral of
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on his

Culmination Services

Sunday, May 22, 2011

7:ooa.m. and 11:ooa.m. ^

With Guest Speakers
Dr. Calvin McFadden Senior Pastor Bishop Victor Couzens Senior Pastor
St John's Congregational Church Inspirational Baptist Church
Boston, Massachusetts Cincinnati, Ohio
at the 7:ooa.m. worship service at the mi:ooa.m. worship service

2300 NW 135 Street (a.k.a. Bishop Victor Tyrone Curry Boulevard) in Miami.

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15B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011



Billboards warn of impending doom

Signs warning about the coming
ending of the world by highway
entrances or exits are nothing
Most times such dire warnings
are written on pieces of post-
ers boards, held up by a single
disciple and waved at vehicles
rushing by.
But to ,spread the most recent
predictions about Judgement
Day, Family Radio, a network of
Christian radio stations, decided
to send their message in a more
attention grabbing way.
The network has bought thou-
sands of billboards across the
globe with the message that
Judgement Day is May 21.
Nationwide there are 1,200 and
overseas nearly 2,000 more have
been placed. In South Florida,
there were nine billboards adver-
tising the coming Dooms Day.
Family Radio has also spon-
sored nearly five caravans of
approximately four vans filled
with followers to travel the United
States to pass out fliers. Their ad-
herents have been spreading the
message since October.
According to Harold Camp-
ing, the 89-year-old co-founder
of Family Radio, describes the

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Judgement Day will bring great
earthquakes that will shake the
Earth at 6 p.m. local time.
Camping, a civil engineer, is
basing his prediction on Second
Peter which says, "one day is with
the Lord as a thousand years and

a thousand years in one day."
Translation? The verse is saying
that 7,000 years from the Great
Flood is the end of the world, ex-
plained Camping who places the
flood as beginning on the "17th
day of the second month" accord-

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ing to the Jewish calendar.
However, this is not the first
time that Camping has made an
End Times prediction. Camp-
ing warned that the Apocalypse
would take place on Sept. 6,

New Baptist Covenant attracts diverse crowds

By John Pierce

Three years after the Cel-
ebration of a New Baptist
Covenant drew 15,000 per-
sons from various Baptist
groups to Atlanta, a sec-
ond major event is being
planned for mid-November
with large church-based
gatherings to be held across
the nation.
The major sessions will
originate at the Atlanta
gathering and be beamed to
the various locations. Hosts
in each location may pro-
vide additional program-
ming and will coordinate
ministry opportunities to
close out the event.
"This will be quite a dif-
ferent format than before,"
former President Jimmy
Carter told a group of about
25 Baptist leaders he in-
vited to the Carter Center

National Baptist Convention of
America president
April 4 to hear a report on
the first-stage planning and
to offer suggestions.
Carter said holding the
meetings in churches in
various cities will reduce
overall costs and permit
more people to be involved

Progressive Baptist Convention
than the single large gath-
ering held in Atlanta in
2008. All participants, he
said, will be "bound elec-
tronically and through the
Spirit of Christ."
Longtime Baptist leader
Jimmy Allen, who spear-

headed the planning of the
earlier event, will do so this
time along with David Key,
director of the Baptist stud-
ies program at Emory Uni-
versity's Candler School of
Theology. Emory is provid-
ing office space for the plan-
ning and Mercer University
is managing the finances.
Allen and Philadelphia
pastor William Shaw, for-
mer president of the Na-
tional Baptist Convention
Inc., will co-chair the event
with Carter serving as con-
Currently, San Antonio,
Texas, is the only confirmed
site other than Atlanta.
Shared programming via
satellite from the Atlanta
site is scheduled to begin
on Thursday evening, Nov.
17, and conclude on Fri-
day evening, Nov. 18. Two
prominent Black Baptist

preachers, National Bap-
tist Convention of America
president Stephen Thurston
and Progressive National
Baptist Convention presi-
dent Carroll Baltimore, will
speak. Additional program
personalities and plans will
be forthcoming.
Saturday, Nov. 19, will
be devoted to ministry in
various settings where par-
ticipants gather. The overall
theme of the meeting will
again be tied to Jesus' call
in Luke 4:18-19 to "proclaim
the release of the captives,
and the recovery of sight for
the blind, to set at liberty
those who are oppressed."
Carter said the 2008 meet-
ing broke down racial bar-
riers and brought Baptists
from different backgrounds
together. "This will give us
a chance to build on these
past successes," he said.




By Lee Jenkins

If I had all the money I've seen church-
es and Christians throw away in financial
scams, get-rich-quick schemes and bad in-
vestmehts, I would be a multi-gazillionaire!
In 2008, we heard about the mother of all
scams-the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.
However, everyday in churches across
America, people are getting ripped-off!
Recently, members of the mega church,,
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church,
complained about investments they made,
and subsequently lost, in a "kingdom ven-
ture" gone bad. About a million dollars van-
ished according to the investors and their
A few years ago, a member of Gospel
music's first family, the Winans, was em-
broiled in a controversy that (according to
state 'regulators) lost as much as $11 mil-
lion in a Ponzi scheme involving Saudi Ara-
bian crude oil bonds.
Let's stop throwing God's money down
the drain! Below are four ways to avoid a
financial scam:
1. Realize your Pastor is your spiritual
leader, not your investment counselor! Just
because your pastor endorses a person or
a venture doesn't mean you should follow
their recommendation. It's certainly O.K. to
listen to him/her, but in addition, get pro-
fessional financial advice.
2. Do your own due diligence. That means
you must delve into the background, quali-
fications, 'and track record of the. person/
entity presenting the "opportunity." Always
assume that the venture is not legit; then
allow your research to prove otherwise.
3. Remember, if it sounds too good to be
true, it is! If there is little to no risk, prom-
ise of high returns, no cost, and a "once in a
lifetime opportunity" cloaked in scripture...
4. Beware of people who target the church
with their products or services. Scam art-
ists love to target church folks because they
know many of us are ignorant and gullible
when it comes to business. It's called "Af-
finity Fraud." The hallmark of the fraud is
that the scammer looks like or talks like a
member of that group. He may be a member
of the congregation or .'apeft1gt wtK*" dlV
admire or look up to.
Remember, because you lose money in a
venture doesn't make it a scam. There are
risks associated with any investment or
venture. On the other hand, just because
someone makes money doesn't mean it's
legit. Scam artists have to show some suc-
cess in order to lure more people in.

Is your religion your financial destiny?

By David Leonhart

The economic differences
among the country's various
religions are strikingly large.
much larger than the differ-
ences among states and even
larger than those among racial
The most affluent of the ma-
jor religions including secu-
larism is Reform Judaism.
Sixty-seven percent of Reform
Jewish households made
more than $75,000 a year at
the time the Pew Forum on Re-
ligion and Public Life collected
the data, compared with only
31 percent of the population
as a whole. Hindus were sec-
ond, at 65 percent, and Con-
servative Jews were third, at
57 percent. -
On the other end are Pente-

When 10th-grader Quintin
Scott learned that only physi-
cians could diagnose AIDS, he
wasn't in sex education class
and he wasn't overhearing
locker room talk: Scott was in
Such open discussion about
sexual health in the Black
church where Scott learned
this information would have
been unthinkable even a few
years ago, but at the time Scott
was taking a test to become a
peer counselor in one of the 55
churches in Flint, Mich., that
participate in YOUR Blessed
Health, a youth program now in
its fifth year.
The primary goal of YOUR
Blessed Health is to provide
Black faith leaders with the
knowledge and communication
tools to educate young mem-
bers about HIV and sexually
transmitted infections.

costals, Jehovah's Witnesses
and Baptists. In each case,
20 percent or fewer of followv-
ers made at least $75.000. Re-
markably, -.he share of Baptist
households making $40,000
or less is roughly the same as
the share of Reform Jews mak-
ing $100,000 or more. Overall,
Protestants, who together are,
the country's largest religious
group, are poorer than aver-
age and poorer than Catholics.
That stands in contrast to the
long history, made famous by
Max Weber, of Protestant na-
tions generally being richer
than Catholic nations.
Many factors are behind
the discrepancies among reli-
gions, but one stands out. The
relationship between educa-
tion and income is so strong
that you can almost draw a

line through the points on this
graph. Social science rarely
produces results this clean.
What about the modest out-
liers like Unritarians, Bud-
dhists and Orthodox 'Chris-
tians, all of whom are less
affluent than they are educat-
ed land are below the imagi-
nary line)? One possible expla-
nation is that some religions
are more likely to produce,
or to attract, people who vol-
untarily choose 1o wer-pasing
jobs, like teaching.
Another potential explana-
tion is discrimination. Scott
Keeter of Pew notes that re-
searchers have used more
sophisticated versions of this
sort of analysis to look for
patterns of marketplace dis-
crimination. And a few of the
religions that make less than

their education would suggest
have largely nonwhite follow-
ings. including Buddhism and
Hinduism. Pew also created a
categorN of traditionally Black
Protestant congregations, and
it was somewhat poorer than
could be explained by educa-
tion levels. These patterns
don't prove discrimination.
but they raise questions
Some of the income differ-
ences probably stem from cul-
ture. Some faiths place great
importance on formal educa-
tion But the differences are
also self-reinforcing. People
who make more money can
send their children to bet-
ter schools, exacerbating the
many advantages they have
over poorer children. Round
and round, the cycle goes. It
won't solve itself.

offering sexual health lessons to youth
Derek Griffith, assistant pro- Health, said Bettina Campbell, whole community," Jefferson
fessor at the University of Mich- executive director of YOUR said.
igan School of Public Health, is Center and principal investiga- YOUR Blessed Health inter-
evaluating the effectiveness of tor who started the pilot pro- vention includes a menu of ac-
YOUR Blessed Health. gram in 2006. tivities for faith leaders to select
"In a project like this, 'evalu- In six years, 55 churches from according to their insti-
ator' translates to helping with representing nine denomina- tutional beliefs, doctrines and
the development of the pro- tions in Flint have joined YOUR culture. For instance, the pas-
gram, as well," he said. "In a Blessed Health. tor who frowns on a counselor
broader sense, we're trying to At Flint's Faith Deliverance demonstrating proper condom
bring some science to the work Center, Pastor Bernadel Jeffer- application on a banana on
that is being done. The question son said parents were recep- church grounds, might allow
is how do you build the science tive to the idea-the resistance that same demonstration in,
around it to help strengthen came primarily from church say, an empty office space next
the impact of the program on leaders, many of them men who door to the church.
youth, on the organization and weren't as open-minded, she U-M's Griffith said he and
on the community?" said (one of Jefferson's semi- Campbell have been ap-
Sex and HIV are, historically, nars is called "Saved, Satisfied preached by churches around
taboo topics in Black church- and Sanctified! How to Satisfy the country who are interested
es, despite the fact that AIDS Your Boo and Still be Saved"). in duplicating the program, and
impacts Blacks in dispropor- To that end, one critical compo- that the goal is to use YOUR
tionately higher numbers than nent of YOUR Blessed Health is Blessed Health as a model for
other minority groups and enlisting the pastors' spouses how to educate people about
whites-which is exactly why and teaching them the training, sexual health in faith-based
Black churches in Flint so des- "Church is not just for the settings and the Black commu-
perately needed YOUR Blessed people right inside, it's for the nity.

It's A New Beginning Outreach

i7th church anniversary

It's a New Beginning Out-
reach, Inc., 4500 NW 27 Ave-
nue, will be celebrating its 17th
Church Anniversary, May 22-
Come out and support a
Woman of God for her 17 years
of dedication feeding, clothing
and providing shelter to the
homeless and community of
South Florida also her ministry
to men women, boys, girls in
Pastor Darlene Bfaxton-
Jenkins will kick off the grand

opening at 3:30 p.m., May 22.
Other guest speakers will in-
clude Pastor Lamont Finch,
Minister Pamela Fields, Pastor
Curtis Taylor, Pastor Ronald
Johnson, Bishop Johnathan
Olliff, and Pastor Vera Penn.
All guest speakers will start at
7 p.m.
The closing event will include
an anniversary dinner and fel-
lowship 7 p.m., May 28.
You may call Darlene Brax-
ton-Jenkins at 786-443-7306,
if you have any concerns.

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14B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011

Students take pledge to read Embrace girls host tea
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By Kaila Heard

Summer is just around the
corner and so is the last day
of school. Most parents and
children associate the sum-
mer time with opportunities to
travel, swim, camp or, frank-
ly, practice breaking the high
scores playing video games all
A destination that is not often
in many people's mind is the li-
Florida's Summer Literacy
Program was designed to entice
more children to visit their lo-
cal libraries and pledge to read
during their school break.
"Strong reading skills are an
essential part of the learning
process and we must do all that
we can to encourage our chil-
dren to make reading a part of
their daily lives," said Florida
Education Commissioner Dr.
Eric J. Smith.
To participate, students liter-
ally take a "pledge" at www.jus-
treadflorida.com to read, a cer-
tain of books of their choosing.
The promise to read and the
accountability to read is a cata-
lyst for many students. How-

ever, choosing which books to
read of the millions of avail-
able titles can seem a daunt-
ing task to many.
So the program also offers
a [opposite of comprehensive]
reading list that suggest nov-
els based upon grade level.
For example, for kindergarten
through third grade, books
such as "Why Mosquitos Buzz
in People's Ears: A West Afri-
can Tale?", "The Story of Ruby
Bridges", and perennial favorite
"Charlotte's Web." Middle grade
students are recommended
to read such fare as "Twelve
Rounds to Glory: The Story of
Muhammad Ali," "The Anybod-
ies" and "Lockdown." And high
schoolers who choose to partic-
ipate may choose from "Night",
"Trouble" and "In the Time of
In addition to following a
summer reading list, those who
take the pledge have access to
the free online tool, called "Find
a Book, Florida" at florida.lex-
ile.comthat uses Lexile, that
help them locate books about
their favorite subject and on
their reading level.
The DOE's Just Read, Flor-
ida! Office offers a Recom-

Is he your one and only King?
I did not get up at 4 a.m. to in other parts of the world over
watch the wedding of Prince the royal nuptials. As I was
William and Kate Middleton, watching all of the pomp and
but I did catch bits and piec- elegance, I thought of my King
es of the ceremony later that Jesus. I thought of how he is
morning. There was much ex- treated by his subjects.
citement in England, as well as I remember listening to a
here in the United States and message by Myles Munroe,

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

Verna Aardema pictures by
Leo and Diane Dillon

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The popular children's novel, "Why Mosquitos Buzz in Peo-
ple's Ears: A West African Tale," is featured on the summer
reading list.

mended Summer Reading List and families. To learn about
and other valuable reading and these resources, visit www.jus-
literacy resources for students treadflorida.com.

the noted Christian author
and pastor from the Baha-
mas. Munroe said that he nev-
er had a problem with treating

the Lord as royalty
when he accepted
him as Savior. He
said that he grew up
in a small village in
the Bahamas. Until
the 1970's, the vil-
lage was under Brit-
ish rule. As British
subjects, the villag-
ers did not need to
their roads were pavy
the streets lights were

properly, or any of those kinds
of concerns. Because they
were British subjects, and un-
der British rule, that was the

concern of England, not
his village. There were
I certain requirements
and laws that must be
obeyed by the subjects
S and the government
S took care of their needs.
I Munroe said that
when he accepted Jesus
as his Lord, he knew
worry if that things worked pretty
ed, or if much in a similar way. There
working were commandments that he

On Thursday, May 12,
2011, The Embrace Girls Foun-
dation, Inc., hosted an exclusive
meet and greet affair at Crescen-
do's Jazz Blues Lounge in Miami.
The social featured cast mem-
bers from Theo London's award
winning stage play "Lov-
ing Him Is Killing Me".
"We are thrilled to learn la
that the all-star cast has
agreed to arrive a day .
early in order to donate
their time to our benefit
event," said Melba Pear-
son, director of events for BEC
The play ran for five shows
from Friday, May 13 through
Sunday, May 15 at the James L.
Knight Center.
The exclusive VIP affair fea-
tured cast members, Angie
Stone, super model, Tyson
Beckford, R&B singers Christo-
pher Williams and Kenny Latti-
more, as well as the play's writer
and director, Theo London.
Loving Him Is Killing Me is an
inspirational stage play that is
filled with endearing characters,
hilarious moments, and a family
who uses faith and the power of

was required to keep. He had
to be obedient to what was re-
quired of him by his ruler. But
he did hot worry about being
taken care of because his ruler
had promised to do that. He
knew that his royal highness,
Jesus, would not allow him to
be in lack for those things that
he needed.
He also said that he noticed
when he visited the United
States that many of the citi-
zens of this country were not
respectful to the president. He
could understand not agreeing
with everything, or protesting


prayer to overcome the tempta-
tions which lurk between their
walls. The play also includes re-
ality television star Nene Leakes
and gospel singer Dottie Peoples.
"It's not often that we can
come into a city spend time with
a local charity. Re-
sources and logistics
S'" are really a nightmare
' in planning something
like that but when the
opportunity does pres-
ent itself like it has
with this organization,
[FORD we jump at it," said
George Crooks, CEO
of Jammins Productions, adding
"they're truly a one stop shop
highly respected in the commu-
nity with a strong partner base
and great programs for little
Indeed, the Embrace Girls
Foundation's Embrace Girl
Power! After School Programs &
Camps, a not for profit 501c(3)
mentoring program was estab-
lished in 2001, to empower ele-
mentary and middle school aged
girls to be healthy, confident,
ambitious young ladies who
strive for academic excellence.

peacefully if it was necessary,
but the blatant disrespect for
someone in that position was
puzzling to him. Again, as a
British subject, he was raised
being taught to be respectful
to the royal rulers. With that
kind of background, he found
it no problem whatsoever to be
respectful to his royal ruler,
As we watch all of the pag-
eantry and tradition in regards
to the royal wedding, let us re-
flect on how we treat the king
of all kings and the Lord of all
Lords -- Jesus Christ.

All That God Is Inter-
national Outreach Centers
is having Dedicatory Services
May 25 27, 7: 30 p.m. night-
ly and May 29 at 12 noon.
The church also invites the
community to their Glory of
God Anointed Choir's The
Way, The Truth and the Life
Church of Praise' musical on
June 25 at 6 p.m. A $15 do-
nation is requested. 786-255-
1509, 786-709-0656.

N Ephesians Missionary
Baptist Church will be hon-
oring a dedicated and up-
standing servant on Sunday
at 3 p.m.

Holy Ghost Church of
God is celebrating their 31st
Annual Women's Day Service
on May 22 at 11:45 a.m.

E Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites fam-
ily and friends to their Wor-
ship Service every Sunday at
11 a.m.

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center invites all wom-
en to their Let's Talk Women's
Ministry meeting on May 21 at
1 p.m. The church also hosts

Bible Study every Wednesday
at 7 p.m. 305-623-0054.
Mt. Clair Holiness
Church is hosting a gospel
music program on May 21 at
7 p.m. 305-684-4633.

E Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting a
Sixth Pastoral Anniversary,
May 23 27, 7 p.m. nightly
and a climax service on May
29 at 4 p.m. 786-541-3687.

B New Beginning Out-
reach, Inc. welcomes every-
one to their 17th Church An-
niversary. Services begin May
22 at 3:30 p.m. and May 23
- 28, 7 p.m. nightly. 786-443-

B Running for Jesus
Outreach Youth Ministry
is seeking rappers, soloists,
group singers and praise danc-
ers to perform at their Youth
Jubilee Celebration on May 28
at 7:30 p.m. 954-213-4332,

E Titus Chapel is celebrat-
ing their 27th Church Anni-
versary May 9 15, 7:30 p.m.

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance is hosting
a 'Healing and Deliverance
Prayer Service' on May 20 at 7
p.m. and a Sabbath service for
teens with lunch and a movie
on May 21 at 11 a.m. 786-

N Cross Bridge Church is
hosting a 'Joy at Work Week-
end Seminar' on May 20, 7
p.m. 10 p.m., and May 21,
9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. Tickets
$15. 786-388-3000.

The Faith Church, Inc.
invites you to worship service
on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11
a.m. and their Ministry In Ac-
tion outreach service that pro-
vides free hot meals, dry goods,
and clothes every Thursday at 7
p.m. Visit www.faithchurch4y-
ou.com or call 305-688-8541.

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of the
Apostolic Faith Church, Inc.,
will be having a workshop on
Homosexuality and the Bible
on June 18, 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
RSVP by May 31. 786-488-

God Word God Way
Church of God in Christ's
Elder Reginald Wilkerson will
be in revival May 18, 19 and
20. For more information, call

The Youth In Action
Group invites you to their "Sat-
urday Night Live Totally Radi-
cal Youth Experience" every
Saturday, 10 p.m. midnight.

A Mission with a New Be-
ginning Church will be feeding
the hungry every second Sat-
urday of the month.

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church holds a Fish
Dinner every Friday and Satur-
day; a Noon Day Prayer Service
every Saturday; and Introduc-
tion Computer Classes every
Tuesday and Thursday at 11
a.m. and 4 p.m. Reverend Wil-
lie McCrae, 305-770-7064 or
Mother Annie Chapman, 786-

A Mission with a New
Beginning Church mem-
bers invites the community to
their Sunday Worship service
at 11:15 a.m. on Thursdays,
Prayer Meetings at 6:30 p.m.
and Bible Class at 7 p.m.

C Come along and join Saint
Cecelia's chapter of Saint Ag-
nes Episcopal Church on
Thursday, May 26-30, 2011 to
Atlanta, Georgia and Shorter,
Alabama. If interested sign
up with Betty Blue, Florence
Moncur and Louise Cromartie.

Northwestern Senior High Class of 1961 reunion

Northwestern Sr. High-Class
of 1961 will be celebrating their
50th year reunion June 12-20.
The celebration will begin with
worship service at 10:30 a.m.,
Sunday, June 12 at Mt. Tabor

Baptist Church, 1701 NW 66
On Monday, June 13, class
picnic will be held at CB Smith
Park in Pembroke Pines, FL.
All members of the Class of

1961 are welcome to participate.
Contact Marva Cooper for im-
portant details if you plan to at-
Name tags and meal tickets
are required for this event.

Please respond no later than
May 23.
Contact Marva at 305-685-
8035 or Hollot Ferguson, Re-
union Coordinator at 954-940-

Early education readies youth for success later

continued from 12B

Dade County's only school
dedicated to pre-kindergarten
education and reopened in July
2010 as the Dr. Martin L. King
Jr. Early Childhood Center. The
center boasts regular school
hours as well as a fee-based
after-school component that is
open to any four-year-old living
as long as they are a resident of
Miami-Dade County.
Currently, the.school has 105
students divided into 4 class-
es. Class sizes are limited to
no more than 18 students per
teacher and paraprofession-
al. In the upcoming year, the

school is hoping to add six ad-
ditional classes of students.
Having a school devoted to
pre-kindergartners offers edu-
cators a great opportunity, ex-
plained Dr. Henry Crawford,
the principal of the early child-
hood center.
"It gives you the opportunity
to deal with the total child," he
According to Daniella Denis,
a teacher at the Dr. Martin L.
King Early Childhood Center,
her students' school days are
spent learning basic academic
subjects such as math, read-
ing, writing and science as well
as practicing computer skills.
To reinforce what children

learn during the day, parents
are given suggestions for vari-
ous activities they can do at
home to continue their child's
progress. The center also pro-
vides reading books as well as
DVDs that parents can check
out to use at home.
To see how they are doing,
three times a year students are
assessed with testing.
Once a student is noticed
to be having trouble, they are
provided with additional in-
struction and placed in smaller
groups for more individualized
"Whatever they are strug-
gling in we work with them,"
Denis said.

Crawford explained that the
ability of educators to address
any learning problems is why
early education is so important.
"The idea of this [Early Child-
hood] Center is to zero in on
[learning issues] now. This will
hopefully eliminate having to
do an intervention later," he
In addition to regular school,
the Early Childhood Center of-
fers a sliding scale fee-based
afterschool care and is offering
a summer camp this year.
Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Early
Childhood Center is located at
7124 N.W. 12th Avenue in Mi-
ami. For more information,
please call 305-836-0928.

Fellowship Day at New Providence
New Providence M.B. Church, The guest speaker will be
760 NW 53 Street, invites .the Bishop Harry L. Williams of the
community to their Annual Fel- Bethel Apostolic Church from
lowship Day Service 11 a.m., Florence, SC and his congrega-
Sunday, May 22. tion. -

Learn new parenting skills

continued from 12B

parenting lessons, agrees.
Simms-Watson believes that
teaching children to behave
can begin when they are tod-
"Instead of telling them
what you do not want them
to do, you tell them what you
want them to do. It's amazing
when they feel like the have
options how they respond,"
Simms-Watson explained.
Alicia John, a parent-
ing teacher at Cope Center,
North, also explains that by
providing consistency, set-

ting limits and giving positive
reinforcement, parents are
able to discipline their chil-
dren without spanking them.
And, "explain [to the child]
why it is that they should not
do what it is that they are do-
ing," John said.
Yet while she firmly opposes
the use of all corporal punish-
ment, when asked to provide
advice for parents who choose
to still spank their children,
she responded, "then I think
they need to put as much, if
not more time doing [positive]
things with the child, and
definitely don't spank in the
heat of the moment."

Church supports its community

continued from 12B

of Southeast Florida; adjust
to the faster pace of life in
Miami; as well as learn about
the history and the culture of
his new home. Crawford says
he is still learning, but he
does not mind.
"I like the challenge," said
the 62-year-old minister.
Crawford's willingness to
face adversity is fortunate
as he explains that there are
going to be challenging times
in the future for the church
that should be anticipated
He explained, "I believe in
being proactive."
The 62-year-old church
was established in Liberty
City to offer Black Episco-
palians in the neighborhood
a place to worship nearby.
However, with more mem-
bers actually commuting
from other cities today and
a growing local Latin popu-
lation, Crawford says the
church should work to reach
out to its surrounding neigh-
"It's a different dynamic.
We haven't reached them
yet, but in about 15 years we
will," he said.
Crawford's desire to re-

late to and serve those in
the neighborhood stems
partly from his vision of the
church's purpose.
"It's the duty of the church
to be the transformative pow-
er in the community,"
Beyond the traditional
philanthropic work of the
house of worship, Crawford
also believes the church
should service the commu-
nity by forming partnerships
with existing neighborhood
institutions such as schools
and health centers.
According to Crawford,
then churches should pro-
vide support arid resources
for their goals.
He explained further, "The
church doesn't exist just for
its parishioners. Ministry
now is about partnership. Its
about partnering with all of
the community because we
are all God's children."

While Crawford is still ad-
justing to life in Miami, his
two teenaged children and
wife of 22 years are still liv-
ing in St. Petersburg.
But the family manages vis-
its one another at least once
a month and with the help of
communication devices such
as webcams and Skype.

wit yson ec or

15B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011

Local pastor publishes guide
"I personally think that we
Relationship need to hear more about rela-
advice f om the tionships even in the church
because sometimes we tip
S* around issues," she said.
m st.ISry /l Her desire to help led the se- .
nior pastor of Centurion Apos- .-
By Kaila Heard tolic International Ministries,
kheardCniaoioitimneso/ine.conl Inc. to recently publish her first
book, "Loving You Almost Cost
The market for advice books Me Me."
about love and relationships With scripture and positive
has become crowded in recent affirmations, Carter helps read-
years. From best sellers advis- ers explore issues such as the
ing women on how to be a lady difference between love and in-
while thinking like a man, to at- fatuation, the misleading, yet
tributing the differences of the desperate desire to be in a re-
sexes to them being from dif- lationship, and low self-esteem.
ferent planets, many people are Having good self-esteem is an
offering their advice on love and important foundation of form-
relationships nowadays. ing a healthy relationship, oth-
Yet Apostle Sonja Carter ex- erwise "you can get wrapped up
plained that the rising number in to other people's dreams, vi-
of self-help books is necessary. sion, and ideas and lose sight. -

to healthy love

of who you are and what you
want," she explained. "This
book gets you thinking about
how you handle relationships
and how you handle yourself in

Apostle Sonja Carter,

senior pastor of Centurion

Apostolic International Min-

istries, Inc., proudly displays

her first book.

Carter had been gathering
material for the book for years
from her own experience with
marriage and divorce, as a
Christian counselor, as well as
seeing the relationship trials of

her friends and families rela-
The minister, who held a book
signing on Sunday in Miami at
Denny's restaurant, also plans
to hold workshops based on her
For anyone who decides to
read her [book], she hopes they
all decide to "take the challenge
to work on oneself and be true
to the person that God created
them to be."
Carter concluded, "I believe
that when you know who you
are and are sure of your dreams
and goals, [you] will be happier
and ultimately [your] relation-
ships will be healthier."
For more information about
"Loving You Almost Cost Me -
Me," visit www.lovingyoualmos-'
tcostme.com or email lovingy-

Obamna's mother the subject of 'A Singular Woman'

Tumultous life

left its mark

By Susan Page

Obama famously wrote of the
dreams from his father, ,but the
inheritance from his mother is
concrete: the long chin and
toothy smile, the distinctive
tilt of the head, the instincts
of a community organizer, the
seemingly inborn perspective
of an outsider.
Stanley Ann Dunham gave
birth to Obama at 18, and she
died at 52, before he launched
his political career and a few
months after he published
Dreams From My Father. She
gets second billing in that
best-selling memoir, the white
woman from Kansas who mar-
ries a charismatic Kenyan. It
is the absent father who cap-

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In A Singular Woman, on
sale today, New York Times-
reporter Janny Scott tells Ann
Dunham's story notably the
rich, chaotic years in Indone-
sia as she scrambles .to earn
a living, care for her children
and finish her doctoral thesis
in anthropology. Eventually,
she leaves 13-year-old Barack
in Hawaii with her parents
while she returns to her re-
search abroad.
All that may help account for
a bit of distance, of tension, in
their ties. In an interview for
the book, President Obama re-
fers wryly to "the constant mo-
tion that was my childhood."
Dunham left her mark in
some ways her son would em-
brace his ease with other
cultures, for instance and
others he would reject.
The tumult of her life, in-
cluding frequent moves and
two failed marriages, helped

Draw him to the down to-earth
Michelle Robinson, her fam-
ily rooted in Chicago's South
Side, and to insist his White
House schedule include din-
ner with their children almost
every day.
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ed account is a complicated
portrait of an outspoken, inde-
pendent-minded woman with a
life of unconventional choices.
Dunham was an early advo-
cate of microcredit, very small
loans that can help the poor
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economic independence. An
exhaustive researcher, she ex-
plored the key role women play
in emerging economies at a
time that notion was just gain-
ing traction.
But she also was pulled be-
tween family and career, be-
tween a freewheeling spirit and
the demands of the day-to-
day. She struggled with men,
including a late-in-life rela-
tionship with a much younger
Nearly 16 years after she
died of ovarian and uterine
cancer, it is, perhaps, Stanley
Ann Dunham's season for at-
Last month, daughter Maya
Soetoro-Ng, Obama's half-
sister, published a children's
book titled Ladder to the
Moon. In it, her daughter Su-
haila asks what "Grandma An-
nie" was like.
"Full, soft, and curious,"
Soetoro-Ng replies.


Website pairs kids with fun books

By Faran Fagen

For more than a year, the ad-
Senturous reading website What-
.:ta Reading Now? has provided a
* .=fe and fun place online for kids
tO: interact, learn and get excited
.about books.
What started in January 2010
as a modest website created by a
grqup of Broward County women
-or the fabulous girls of What-
cha Rading Now? as they are
known -- has transformed into
a fun pro-literacy cyber world
of kids books that has garnered
more than 15,000 online visitors
Sand 200,000 hits.
Michelle Delisle, of Hollywood,
Kerry Cerra, of Coral Springs,
and Jill MacKenzie, of Fort Lau-
derdale, are the three women
whose mission it is "to bring
\','u books for kids and teens that
will make you think, cry, laugh

out loud or keep you at the edge
of your seat. We love books that
make you think about the world
in a new perspective and books
that you won't forget long after
you've turned the last page. We
promise to read with passion,
diligence and open-mindedness
to bring you reviews of books we
In one year, whatchareading-
now.com has visitors from 60
countries, including Moldova and
Bangladesh. The Facebook group
has more than 1,600 members
- most of them teens who interact
safely with each other and teach-
ers, librarians and authors.
The interactive Facebook pages
gives teens a safe place to interact
and talk about books, and at least
seven free books are given away
each month. "The kids love this,"
Cerra said. "The main thing is we
want to make the site cool."

Emails are sent to Facebook
fans twice a month with updates
on contests, announcement of
new issues and book chats.
Each issue centers on a theme
that runs either monthly or bi-
monthly. December centered on
bullying and January-February
spanned a special birthday theme
to celebrate WRN? turning one.
Each issue highlights a review of
a young-adult book, middle-grade
book and picture book, along with
an author interview.
Many South Florida writers,
teachers, librarians and teens also
contribute to the site's many seg-
ments such as "Teacher Feature,"
"Off the Shelf' and "Teen Feature."
As for the issue themes, the
founders pick topics such as
bullying, friendship and sports,
and the books that go with them
because they appeal to their audi-

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who distrusted his democratic in-
stincts and even some of the coun-
try's Black leadership. Biographer
Jervis Anderson presents an absorb-
ing portrait of the era and of Ran-
dolph's implacable organizing work,
beginning in the late 1920s, when
porters would pass the hat for funds
to get him to his next city. Finally, in
1937, the Pullman company signed
a contract with the Brotherhood of
Sleeping Car Porters. Randolph's
life is a study in moral clarity: He
believed in integration, nonviolence,
working-class values and the propo-
sition that "the first condition to be-
ing worthy of help from others is for
an individual, race, or nation to do
something for itself."

Five books for mothers, others

By Carol Memmott

Here,are five books of re-
invention and inspiration to
give to the women who've in-
spired us the most:
The Forever Box by
Kristin Clark Taylor (Berk-
ley, $22.95). A former White
House adviser shares sto-
ries behind the mementoes
she treasures and how the
women who gave them to
her influenced her life.
No Biking in the House
Without a Helmet by Me-
lissa Fay Greene (Sarah
Crichton Books, $26). Four
biological children just
weren't enough for National
Book Award finalist Greene
and her husband, who ad-
opted a child from Bulgaria
and four from Ethiopia.
Global Girlfriends: How
One Mom Made It Her
Business to Help Women
in Poverty Worldwide by
Stacey Edgar (St. Martin's,
$24.99). Social entrepre-
neur Edgar used her busi-

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ness savvy to help women
support themselves and
their families through the
artisanal products they cre-
The Best Advice I Ever
Got: Lessons From Ex-
traordinary Lives by Ka-
tie Couric (Random House,
$26). Madeleine K. Albright
and Apolo Ohno are among

Kristin Clark Taylor:
Author of Forever Box.

the celebrities who share
their wisdom with the
news anchor.
Girls Like Us: Fighting
for a World Where Girls
Are Not for Sale, an Activ-
ist Finds Her Calling and
Heals Herself by Rachel
Lloyd (Harper, $24.99).
Lloyd writes of her own sur-
vival and struggle to save
other young women.

First pastoral anniversary at

Brownsville Baptist MBC
Brownsville Baptist M.B. Friday night service will be
Church and Rev. Martai D. Mc- rendered by Berea M.B. Church
Cullough, pastor invites all to and Rev. Joseph Toles.
their First Pastoral Anniversary All services will start at 7 p.m.
on Wednesday, May 19 at 2775 The pastor's anniversary
NW 60 Street. God's Taberna- will be closed out by Mt. Nebo
cle of Deliverance Ministry and M.B.Church and Rev. Emman-
Rev. Vernon Gillum will be in uel Whipple on Sunday, May 22
attendance. at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday night service will Come out and be blessed as
be rendered by New Harvest these men of God bring the
M.B. Church and Rev. Gregory word of God.
Thompson. Everyone is welcome.

Harvest Time bus trip to Washington
Harvest Time Fellowship, Inc. mal banquet, family barbecue
is planning a family and friends and Sunday church services.
reunion bus trip to Washington, Hotel accommodations are also
DC. You are invited to travel included for three nights.
from July 6-11. Call 305-332-9812 or 786-
The cost is $490 per person 256-2822, to reserve your seat
and includes sightseeing, a for- and for information by May 23.


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Moms demand it. Can government?

By Joan Biskupic

RICHMOND, Va.- About
20 minutes into a recent
hearing, Appeals Court Judge
Diana Gribbon Motz told Lib-
erty University lawyer Mathew
Staver that she was surprised
a certain topic had yet to come
up: "the broccoli question."
"There is a lot of talk in the
papers about if Congress can
do this, it can require people
to buy broccoli," Motz said.
"Yes," Staver agreed, "cer-
tainly the (judge) in this case
in Virginia ... said that."
Motz said she had a broc-
coli question herself: "Could

the Congress prohibit people
from buying broccoli, or to
make it more real-world, pro-
hibit people from buying trans
fats, because of its bad ef-
Staver tried to turn the sce-
nario around, saying Con-
gress likely could limit a cer-
tain product, "but," he said,
"to force the consumption of it
is completely different."
"If you were to allow Con-
gress to force the purchase
of health insurance on the
private market," he said, "you
would therefore have to allow
Congress to regulate the food
industry to force certain kinds

of food to be consumed."
Motz interjected, "I was ask-
ing about the flip side of that.
Is there any constitutional
problem with prohibiting peo-
ple from purchasing broccoli
or prohibiting them from pur-
chasing trans fats? ... Is there
a constitutional problem with
Staver: "Perhaps not. The
entities that are involved in
producing that are engaged in
an activity ... farmers growing
broccoli. But the difference is
that someone might choose
not to eat broccoli and the
government would say you
must eat broccoli."

By Alan Mozes

Numerous studies have attempt-
ed to link specific behaviors and
health conditions to the onset of
Alzheimer's disease, but scientists
still can't say for sure that anything
you do or don't do will prevent the
brain disorder, according to a new
U.S. review of recent research.
The U.S. National Institutes
of Health convened a conference
last spring to analyze 18 studies
of potential risk factors, such as
poor eating habits, chronic illness,
smoking or little exercise, and de-
velopment of Alzheimer's disease.
"Although we are not dismissing
the potential or important role that
these major risk factors might play
in the development of Alzheimer's
disease, at this time, with what we
have currently, we cannot confirm
any risk associations," said study
lead author Dr. Martha L. Daviglus,
a professor of preventive medicine
and medicine at the Northwestern
University Feinberg School of Medi-
cine in Chicago.
"So we need to conduct more re-
search, if we want to have the evi-
dence in hand," she added.
The study, which summarizes
the NIH conference results, is pub-
lished in the May 9 online edition
and September print issue of the
Archives of Neurology.

For now, older age is the leading
known risk factor for Alzheimer's
disease, the study noted. A gene
variation is also tied to increased
risk, it said.
An estimated 5.3 million Ameri-

cans struggle with Alzheimer's,
a figure projected to grow as the
country's Baby Boomer population
ages, the authors said. The disease
is responsible for between 60 and
80 percent of dementia cases.
"What we're talking about here
is something that is going to affect
so many Americans in the years to

of Medicine in St. Louis. "In fact,
there's going to be an explosion in
the next 50 years, because every-
one is living longer in general," she
The studies included in the NIH

research review were conducted
between 1984 and 2009 in Eng-
lish. Participants were at least
50-years-old and living in devel-
oped countries.
Some of the studies looked into

dietary influences, such as folic
acid intake, Mediterranean diet
and nutritional supplements.
Others looked for a link between
health problems, such as diabetes
or high cholesterol, and Alzheim-
. her's. Still others explored levels of
physical activity or alcohol con-
sumption and risk of Alzheimer's
The NIH team found that, as a
whole, the studies were "compro-
mised by methodological limita-
tions" that undercut the ability to
draw a firm association between
any particular behavioral habit
and/or health condition and Al-

Minority Health Month: Wake-up call for Black

By Todd V. Robinson, MD, Ph.D

During April, the U.S. Office
of Minority Health and Health
Equity conducted a month-
long campaign to raise aware-
ness about health disparities
across our nation and ensure
that consumers and health
care professionals are working
together to close the disparity
While this year's promo-
tiqon focused, pn. improving the
quality of school lunches and
the importance of eating nu-

tritious foods, ,there is further
work to be done to improve the
health and wellness of Blacks
throughout the nation.
Many factors affect the
health disparities citied by our
government, including genetic
disposition, income, geography
(urban or rural), age gender,
and educational level, among
other factors. To effectively im-
prove our community's overall
health, each of us must take
time to review our lives and
make changes to improve our
individual health behaviors.

Sometimes, we are trapped
by old habits. We don't exer-
cise. We eat fatty foods. We
use tobacco. All of these hab-
its lead to chronic illness and
death. Thus, it is no surprise
that the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention reports
that heart disease, cancer
and stroke continue to be the
leading causes of death in the
U.S. Chronic lower respiratory
disease is the fourth-ranked
cause of death, while diabetes
ranks fifth.
Major risk factors for heart

disease include: (1) high blood
pressure, which increases the
risk of heart attack and stroke;
(2) high blood cholesterol,
which is linked to foods rich in
saturated fat, such as fat from
dairy products, red meat, and
certain cooking oils; (3) diabe-
tes, given that the American
Heart Association reports that
about 65 percent of diabetic
patients die from a cardiovas-
cular disease; and (4) obesity,
which leads to high blood pres-
sure, increased hl ,'6-r'ra! wid
various coronary diseases.

In addition to these risks,
smoking, is still a leading -
but most preventable -cause
of heart disease, cancer and
stroke. Smoking can perpetu-
ate a scary and often painfully
debilitating end to one's final
days. If you smoke, quit. I talk
with patients routinely about
the dangers of smoking, but
also about the benefits of quit-
ting. The body is miraculously
made and can begin healing
itself from the toll of smoking
immediately 'following, cessa-
tion. However, it may be diffi-


cult to quit using the old cold-
turkey method.
Talk to your.physician about.
quitting. Look into free "stop-
smoking" classes offered by
area clinics and hospitals and
discuss using smoking cessa-
tion products and prescrip-
tion medication with your doc-
tor. Map out a plan and follow
it. Pledge to live a healthier life
by going outside to walk and
monitoring what you eat and
drink. Become a disciple for
better health', "- you will' feel''
better for it.

Diets that make your heart healthy

By Nanci Hellmich

When it comes to the best
diet for heart health, one plan
doesn't fit all.
So says Gina Lundberg, a
spokeswoman for the American
Heart Association and medical
director of the Heart Center for
Women at St. Joseph's Hospital
of Atlanta. She suggests differ-
ent diets to her patients based
on their heart-disease risk fac-
tors. Heart-healthy eating plans
are rich in fruits and vegetables
and dramatically slash junk
food, desserts, sugary bever-
ages, fast food and fatty meats,
she says.
Lundberg gives her diet rec-
ommendations for heart health:

best-selling diet book by cardi-
ologist Arthur Agatston.
"The South Beach Diet is good
for improving cholesterol, tri-
glycerides, blood pressure and
blood glucose," said Lundberg.
This diet restricts many less
healthful carbohydrates, in-
cluding cakes, cookies, candies,
Please turn to DIET 19B


"This is great for a person who is at a normal weight an ryirl to
improve their cholesterol," she said. "It's not a calorie rest cted diet.
It's more about reducing unhealthy fats and increasing hea ats."
The foundation of the diet is fruits and vegetab' sm- amounts
of lean protein, fish that's high in omega-3 fatty acids, beans, peas,
legumes, nuts, small amounts of whole-grain bread and whole-wheat
pasta, avocadoes, olives and olive oil, which is a healthy monounsatu-
rated fat, she says.
She warns patients that this diet doesn't mean they can eat meals
loaded with white bread and pasta. "The pastas should be a side dish
and not the entire meal and small portions of whole-grain, multi-fiber
bread.This is not an Italian-restaurant diet, but a more of Greek island

The fight against preventing a stroke

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was made due to reasons such
as not thinking that the
symptoms were that serious
or deciding to call family or
friends to inquire about the
seriousness of their symp-
This lack of a sense of
emergency is dangerous, ac-
cording to American Heart
Association spokesperson Dr.
Rani Whitfield.
"The survey drives home
why it's important for Afri-
can-Americans of all ages to
seek emergency care when
they're experiencing the
symptoms of a stroke and to
take steps to learn whether
they are at risk for a stroke,"
Whitfield said.

There are several factors that
plays a part in a person having
a stroke. Some of these risks
factors can be lowered. Many of
them cannot, according to the
American Stroke Association.
Among some factors that can-
not be altered are age, family
history, sex, and having had a
previous stroke before increases
the chances of having a stroke.
Grammy-award winning R&B
artist and Power to End Stroke
spokesperson Chrisette Michele
spoke at a recent press confer-
ence about the importance of
knowing your family's medical
"My mother is currently re-
covering from a stroke. My
maternal grandmother had a
hole in her heart and several

other heart problems because
of the lack of record keeping in
the Black community so many
years ago. They weren't fully
aware of their health history,"
she explained.
Yet there are many more con-
trollable risk factors including
high blood pressure, cigarette
smoking, diabetes, sickle cell
disease, high blood pressure,
poor diet and physical inactiv-
ity and obesity.
To help significantly reduce
the risk of having a stroke, ex-
perts advise that people main-
tain a healthy body weight, eat
a nutritious, balanced diet,
consume alcohol in moderation
and not smoke.
To learn more about the 31
Days of Power Campaign, please
visit www.mylifecheck.heart.org
or www.powertoendstroke.org.

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"Once You Know, It's Where To Go"

nic disease often

By Kaila Heard
Hair loss, sensitivity to light, chest
pain when breathing, skin rashes,
unexplained fever, and unusual
feelings of fatigue are among
the symptoms that many people
are not aware are caused by the
autoimmune disease lupus.
National Lupus Awareness Month
was founded to raise awareness
about lupus its dangers, treatment
and to raise funds to find a cure.
Lupus leads to widespread
inflammation and tissue damage.
In short, the disease causes your
own body to attack itself and often
affects the joints, skin, brain, lungs,
kidneys and blood vessels. The
disease is hard to diagnose and
there is no cure.
Because of the difficulty in

affects Black women .

"A lot of people don't understand what
diagnosing lupus, there are various lupus is. I have the kind that affects your ,; .
statistics about the number of
people who have the autoimmune organs. I tell people that if you miss that :
disease. window for early diagnosis, it can be `

But Black women are three times
more likely to develop lupus than
white women, while lupus is more
common in women of Latina, Asian
and Native Indian descent, according
to the Centers for Disease. Control.
Yet Black women and Latinas also
tend to develop the disease at an
earlier age and Black women tend to
suffer more severe organ problems
particularly with the kidneys.
The debilitating disease often
affects people's abilities to lead a
fully functional life.
One study found that nearly three
quarters of its participants (people
diagnosed with lupus in their mid-
30s on average) were no longer
Please turn to LUPUS 19B

difficult to diagnose and result in heart
disease or attack, which was my case
when I developed pericarditis (inflamma-
tion of the fibrous sac around the heart).
My body was in a flare of the lupus, which
caused my heart condition. I had just
signed my contract when I was diagnosed
and was forced to cancel my Vegas show
because my doctor said it would take a
good year before I was in any shape to get
through an hour and a half performance."


By Dr. Alande Brezault
interiial Medicine Physician,
North Shore Medical Center

Chances are you know
someone who has diabetes.
This metabolic disorder af-
fects more than 23 million
Americans, including approx-
imately six million people who"
have the disease but have not
been diagnosed. Diabetes is
a chronic medical condition
that occurs when excess glu-
cose (sugar) builds up in the
blood. It can cause numerous
health problems if not prop-
erly managed. Some symp-
toms of diabetes may seem
so insignificant or seemingly
harmless that you may not

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Dr. Alande Brezault
even notice them for months
or perhaps years. But being
diagnosed early is key to a
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Campaign kicks off to

warn Blacks about strokes

By Kaila Heard
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One of the most important
signs that a person is having
a stroke the number three
killer of all Americans is its
sudden appearance.
The rapid onslaught of a se-
vere headache, loss of ability
to understand what you are
hearing or unable to speak
yourself, vision loss, loss of

coordination or 'dizziness are
all s'mrptoims that one is hav-
ing a stroke.
On average, every 40 sec-
onds someone has a stroke
in America, while. every four
minutes a person who has a
stroke will die.
Among those who are. af-
flicted, Blacks are nearly
twice as likely to have a stroke
then whites and are also more
likely to die.

"lvly mother is currently recovering from a stroke. My ma-
ternal grandmother had a hole in her heart and several other heart
problems because of the lack of record keeping in the Black com-
munity so many years ago ..."

To raise aw',vareness abolit"
the dangers of a stroke for
Blacks, the American Heart
Association is launching a
'31 Days of Power' campaign
which also coincides with
Stroke Awareness Month in

A recent study found that
Blacks are less likely to call
9-1-1 "at the first sign of
stroke." Instead only .12 per-
cent called the emergency
number. Among participants
of the study, the decision not
to call for medical assistance
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Black stroke victims delay seeking help

Family often called
before 911

By Mary Brophy Marcus
Most Blacks ring up a friend or
relative, not 911, when they have
stroke symptoms, a new study
In the study, published online
in the journal Stroke, George-
town University Medical Center
researchers surveyed 253 com-
munity volunteers living in a pre-
dominantly Black, urban area of
Washington, D.C., about how they
would handle stroke symptoms.
Eighty-nine percent said that they
would call 911 first.
When the researchers inter-
viewed 100 patients hospitalized
for stroke in the same geographical
area, however, only half said they
had arrived at the hospital by am-
Almost half had delayed seeking

medical help because they thought
symptoms weren't serious. Three-
fourths called family or a friend.
"There's a disconnect about
knowing what to do and actually
doing it in a real-life situation,"
says Chelsea Kidwell, director of
the Georgetown University Stroke
About 6.5 million Americans
have had a stroke; 3.7 percent of
Blacks have had a stroke, while
among whites, the rate is 2.2 per-
cent, the American Heart Associa-
tion says.
Kidwell says many people aren't
aware there is a treatment for
stroke, called tPA, or tissue plas-
minogen activator. It's a clot-bust-
ing drug that can reduce the debili-
tating aftereffects of a stroke. It's
critical that tPA be administered
within the first few hours after
symptoms appear.
"Embarrassment at calling an
ambulance and bringing attention
to themselves, not wanting their
neighbors to know what's going on"

What to look for
Sudden numbness or
weakness of the face, arm or
leg, often on only on side.
Confusion and trouble
speaking or understanding
Difficulty seeing
trouble walking, feeling of
dizziness and loss of balance
or coordination.
Severe headache.
Source: American Heart Association

also can be a factor, Kidwell says.
A stroke is not like a heart attack,
so it is easier to ignore at the on-
set, says Ausim Azizi, a professor
of neurology at Temple University
School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
"It doesn't cause pain or shortness
of breath it's somewhat benign

until it's too late," he says.
Cultural factors play a role, too,
he says. Blacks may "want to have
a friend to go with themfi, so they
have safety. It's about trust is
the medical system going to do the
right thing by them or not?" Azizi
"This study is a great example
of how some of the most practical,
important issues of stroke care are
right in front of us. How do we get
these patients to treatment?" says
David Liebeskind, associate neu-
rology director at the UCLA Stroke
Center. He says people need to
know that stroke symptoms can
resolve initially because the body
tries to compensate, leading some-
one to believe there's not a prob-
lem any more bu' lie blockage
is still there and n-dical care is
Liebeskind recommends every-
one ask themselves or a loved one
what they would do if they experi-
enced stroke symptoms, and have
a plan.



Kids are typically little balls of endless energy.
But for some, hyperactivity can signal an under-
lying health problem.
While each of us has a different threshold for
measuring hyperactivity, excessive movement is
considered a problem if it interferes with school
work or the ability to fit in with other children.
TheIADAM Encyclopedia offers this list of
potential health triggers for hyperactivity in
Having attention-deficit disorder.
Having a disorder of the brain or central
nervous system.
Having an emotional disorder.
Having hyperthyroidism, an overactive
thyroid gland.

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stroke, every minute counts.

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installs new pastor

0'Cr.I.i-.i r Fellowship Mission-
ary Baptist Church, 8100 NW
17 Avenue, proudly celebrates
the installation of Reverend
Benjamin H. Parrott as senior
pastor and teacher.
Pre-installation services will
commence on Tuesday, May 17.
Rev. Joseph Turner and the Mt.
Moriah M.B.C. :.,ni', will be in
charge of the services.
On Thursday, May 19, Rev.
D.L. Powell and the New Shiloh
MBC family will be in charge of
the services.
On Friday, May 20, Rev. Kito
March and the Mt. Nebo MBC
family will be in charge of the
All week night services will
begin at 7 p.m.
Sunday service will com-
mence at 7:30 a.m., with Rev.
Moses Blackman of Allenhurst,
Georgia. Rev. Charles Cole-

Word of Truth

You are (,i,..1ill, invited to
Word of Truth Deliverance Min-
istry "Woman Thirst No More"
Women Conference, May 25-27,
1755 NW 78 Street,
All lectures will begin at 7
The evening worship service
will start at 7:45 p.m.
For more information, please
contact Pastor Sonja 305-788-

Rev. Benjamin H. Parrott
man, Pastor Emeritus of Chris-
tian Fellowship will deliver the
10:45 a.m. sermon; and at 4
p.m., Rev. Robert C. Stanley of
Hopewell M.B. Church will de-
liver the sermon for the formal
installation of Rev. Parrott us
senior pastor and teacher.

Pastor Sonia Young

Most common healthy diets

continued from 16B
breads, white pasta, especially
during the initial two-week
weight-loss phase, then it
turns into a moderate-carb

diet, It steers people away from
saturated fat found in butter
and fatty meats such as ham-
burger and bacon and encour-
ages the consumption of olive
oil rich in monounsaturated
fat and fish.

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lifetime of better health.
Syrnptoms of diabetes will
vary to some extent depending
on the type of diabetes you have.
Pre-diabetes and gestational
diabetes may not cause any
symptoms. However, classic
symptoms of type 1 and type
2 diabetes include excessive
thirst and increased urination.
This occurs because your kid-
neys have to work overtime to
filter and absorb surplus sugar
that has built up in the blood.
When your kidneys can't keep
up, this sugar is excreted into
the urine along with fluids
drawn from your tissues. A vi-
cious cycle then begins, which
prompts more frequent urina-
tion that leads to dehydration.
This, in turn, is followed by

drinking mure fluids to quench
vour thit_ t and urinate even
Uther common signs of dia-
betes include fatigue, weight
loss and blurred vision. :igi.,e
may be caused by increased
urination resulting in dehydra-
tion and the body's inability to
properly use sugar for energy,
An unexplained weight loss
can occur when calories and
sugar are lost due to frequent
urination. High levels of sugar
can pull fluid from tissues, in-
cluding the lenses in the eye,
and affect the ability focus.
People with diabetes also
may have slow-healing sores,
tingling or numbness in the
hands and feet, and tender
gums. High sugar in the blood
can impair the body's natural
healing process and weaken
its ability to fight infections.

Women umay be -p Li.11:.
pto5ne to blAdder and vagi-
nal infections. Nerve damage
caused by high sugar levels
can make your hands and feet
tingle, or you might experience
buir iiii., pain in your arms,
hands, legs and feet. Because
of the body's decreased ability
to fight germs, you may notice
your guns pulling away from
your teeth or sores developing
in your guns.
If left untreated, long-term
complications associated with
diabetes include cardiovascu-
lar disease, such as heart at-
tack, stroke and narrowing of
the arteries. Other disabling
and potentially life-threatening
complications are skin prob-
lems such as bacterial infec-
tions, bone and joint problems
including osteoporosis, and
damage to the kidneys, eyes

and feet. Pregnant women
who have gestational diabetes
may experience preeclampsia
(high blood pressure) and in-
crease their baby's risk of ex-
cess growth, low blood sugar,
respiratory distress syndrome,
jaundice, and type 2 diabetes
later in life.
Talk with your doctor if you
notice any of these symptoms.
Diabetes cannot be cured, but
it can be successfully treated
so you can live a healthy, ac-
tive life. For more information
about diagnosing diabetes,
visit the American Diabetes As-
sociation website at www,dia-
For more information about
North Shore Medical Center's
Diabetes Center please call
305-694-4844 or for a physi-
cian referral please call 1-800-

No cure for lupus, but adequate treatments toward disease

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working by the time they were
One of the most famous
women who suffer from
lupus, Toni Braxton, has had
the disease affect her working
her life. Braxton was forced to
withdraw from a potentially
lucrative Las Vegas show and
"I had just signed my
contract when I was diagnosed
and was forced to cancel
my Vegas show because my
doctor said it would take a
good year before I was in
any shape to get through an
hour and a half performance.
I was planning a tour and I
had to get out of all of those
contracts," she said,
Now the Grammy-Award
winning singer advocates that
everyone pay more attention
to their health and wellness.
She explained further, "I tell

people that if you miss that
window for early diagnosis,
it can be difficult to diagnose
and result in heart disease or
attack, which was my case
when I developed pericarditis
[inflammation of the fibrous
sac around the heart]."

If you suspect that you
may be suffering from
lupus, contact your doctor
While there are no known
cures for lupus there are
effective treatments, Damage
from the disease can be
greatly controlled if it is
diagnosed early enough and
treatment is began soon.
There is no single test to
confirm if you have lupus,
however your doctor can see
if you have the autoimmune
disease by checking your
medical history, Investigating
if you have a family history of
lupus or other autoimmune

diseases, provide a complete
physical exam, take skin or
kidney biopsies and blood
and urine tests,

For more
please visit
Foundation of

the Lupus
America at

St. Matthew Free Will

pastoral anniversary
St. Matthews Free Will Baptist -y.-
Church, 6700 NW 2 Avenue,
will be celebrating their pastor's
43rd Pastoral Anniversary, The
anniversary will commence 7:30 *
p.m., Friday, May 20. The guest -
speaker will be Pastor Dwayne
Richardson from Greater Love
M.B. Church,
Reverend Patrick Bolden from
Greater Peace M.B,. Churrh will I
be the guest speaker at 7:30
a.m., Sunday.
The celebration will climax
at 11 a.m., Sunday during the
worship service with Reverend
P. Fitzgerald Readon, senior
pastor of Bible Baptist Church, Bishop Abe Randall

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of Christ
1263 N.WX 67th Street

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New Vision For Christ
13650 N.E. 10th Avenue

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Wodnm day Bible ludy 730 pn

Pembroke Park Church of Christ
56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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Ioulling Wonhlip 6 p ni
Wednesday Goneral Bible Study /30 p.m.
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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

Order of Services
SUNDAY : W.oIliip
IMonIngl IO.m,
(huiit khool I:30 oam,
tiodlng Mlnlitry 12 noon
Bible Sludy I7pm.

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 NXW. 46th Street

-- Order of Services
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First Baptist Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville
4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue

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SAnay 7"30 JO 11 aom
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93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

Order of Services
S' 7 I 0m Folly Mirilng WDrthlp
Sm Mo ining Worihip

1, w dib kiblo Study Ip m

Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist
5129 N.W. 17th Avenue

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Church of Christ
4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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Slaord Onay S undayp holg 11 i rn
Sundfly Moning Wiihlp II11gm
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Sunday Ludlim libl Study 5 p m
SSundul frining Worghip pam

St. John Baptist Church
1328 N.WX 3rd Avenue

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Snld Wo 'khl ll30 am
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20B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011

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JAMES, 38,
employee, died
May 10 at home.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday In the

days old, died May 12 a
Memorial Hospital. Arra
are incomplete

Wright and Yc
manager, died -:
May 14 at
North Shore
Hospital. Sur-
vivors Include:
daughters, Lula
Black Eman-
uel, Mardella .
Speed and Carolyn I
Boyce; grandchildren, Ar
vis Boyce and Michael
Service 11 a.m., Saturd
Birth Baptist Church,

20, student,
died May 12
at Jackson
North Hospital,
Service 4 p.m.,
Thursday In the

WMBM radio
announcer, -
died May 8 at
VA Hospital in
Detroit, Michi-
gan. Survivors
include: daugh-
ters, Patrice
Mozell, Market-
ta Mozell; sons, Reverend Kevin
)WENS, 7 Mozell, Alfonza Mozell, III, Deme-
at Jackson trius Mozell; brothers, Larry Mozell,
angements Herbert Mozell; sisters, Cookie
and Artie. Service 11 a.m., Satur-
day at Christian Fellowship Baptist
TIFFANY T. DAVIS, 31, deputy
IES, 80, clerk, died May ---
5 at home. Ser-
., -" vice 3 p.m.,
Saturday In the

Humphries RUBY JACKSON, 70, teacher,
ntionlo Da- died May 15 at Jackson North
Emanuel. Hospital. Arrangements are Incom-
ay at New plete.

GLETARY, Carey Royal Ram'n
maker, died May
14 at home.
Viewing 4 p.m.
S 8 p.m., Friday
at Carey Royal
Ramn Mortuary.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at An-

retired social
worker, died
May 15 In Snell-
villae, GA. Sur-
vivors include:
son, Theodore
V. Neilly; daugh-
ter, Dana Nell-
ly; grandson,
Te'Nell Toney; brother, Theodore
Mike; sister, PatricIa Gallon, Gall
Mike and Kesh Mike; aunts, Mat-
tie Jenkins and Olive Thompkins;
uncles, Rev. Willie, Dea,. Tom-
mie and Roy Thompkins. Service
10 a.m., Saturday at St. Matthew
Freewill Baptist Church, 6700 NW
2 Avenue.

tired, died May 2 at HIaleah Hospi-
tal. Services were held.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
ECE," 71, dIed
May 8 at Mt,
Sinai Hospital,
She is survived
by daughter,
Corona Brown;
three sisters,
Josephine, Ar-
lene and Lorraine; two grandsons,
Charles and Ricky, Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday In the chapel,

VIS, 69, retired, died May 15 at
Memorial West
Hospital. Sur-
vivors Include:
husband, Dan
Davis; sons, Hu-
bert (Fawn), An-
thony and Eric .
Davis; sisters,
Hellen Johnson, .
Ann Mitchell-
Mathias and Carolyn Mitchell-
Smith; brothers, Harry and Curtis
Mitchell; and a host of relative and
friends. View 4 p.m.- until Friday.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at An-
tioch M.B,C. of Miami Gardens, Ar-
thur Jackson III, pastor,

MELVIN DUNNOM, 52, retired,
died May 15 at Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital.
His son Melvins
Marquez Brown
2010). Survivors
include: wife,
Nadine Daniels;
daughter, Mells-
sa Brown; loving
mother, Frances
Dunnom; brother, Paul Dunnom
(Tangela); three nieces; one neph-
ew; four step-children; and a host
of family and friends. Viewing 5-8
p.m., Friday.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist

tioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Brownsville.,

l1 I gUV-lg IIIUIILU*J U*,
j^- -- -

Range (Coconut Grove)
housewife, died
May 9 at home.
Service 11
am., Saturday
at St. Mary's
First Missionary
Baptist Church, ""

borer, died May
14. Service 2:30
p.m., In the cha-

cator, died May --
8 at St Joseph's
Hospital. Ser-
vices were held.

DIANA ROBINSON, 68, health-
care assistant,
died May 9 at
Memorial Hos-
pital Pembroke.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Sixth Avenue
Church of God.

retired inspec-
tor, died May .
13 at Memorial
Miramar Hospi-
tal. Service 11
am., Saturday
at Temple Bap-
tist Church.

St. Fort's
May 9 at home.
Service 10 a.m,,
Saturday at
Notre Dame.,

- ._

Fred Hunter's
tired, died May
15 at Aventura
Hospital. Ar- .
rangements are
incomplete. '

68, of Naranja died May 9 at Kin-
dred Hospital. Services were held.

Cutler Bay died May 2 at home.

Service lu a.m., r-riday in

Bay died May 13 at Jacksc
Community Hospital.
were held.

May 14 at Mount Sinai
Center. Service 11 a.m., S
Arrangements are Incompl

retired, died May 11 at Nc
Hospital. Service 1 p.m.,
New Birth Baptist Church,

Happy Birth
in- lnovingi r rn mn'or of.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


ithe cda- thank each and everyone
who expressed their sympa-
thy with prayers, phone calls,
of Cutler floral arrangements, covered
on South dishes and kind words.
Services Thanks to Pastor Ronald
Johnson and Lady Elect Polly
Johnson of Grace and Truth
81, died Outreach Ministries. Also,
Medical the church family for a beau-
Saturday. tiful home going service.
irete. Thanks to N.E. Transporta-
tion for their show of love.
Special thanks to Mr. Bran-
__ don Lucas and Mrs. Margerat
Haines for such a wonderful
show of love in their reflec-
3R, 72, tions.
irthshore Thanks to Mitchell Funeral
Friday at Home for their kindness and
Special thanks to all the
retirees and Carlyn King for
their love and kind words,
day May God bless you all.
From the goddaughter, Eu-
nice Howell and godmother,
Laura Smith.

Card of Than

The church family o


f the





wishes to thank Mitchell
Funeral Home, Bishop Victor
T. Curry, Miami Northwestern
Senior High School Class of
1964, Second Chapter, Rever-
end, Dr. C.P. Preston, Jr., and
Reverend Johnny Barber, II.
From the members and of-
ficers of St. Mark M.B.C.


Your legacy of love, that was
passed from God to you, is
still with us to share because
your love was true,
Love never dies.
Joe, Thelma, Carol and Lin-

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

i .

11/16/60 5/20/03

Sons are angels sent from
above to fill our hearts with
unending love.
Love always, mother, Mable
Mulkey and :.inil'..

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

06/29/88 05/21/06

My angel in heaven, we miss
you. From Dad and family.








i ies drummer fyd

Knibb dies in Jamaica at 80

The Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica Lloyd
Knibb, an influential Jamaican
drummer who played with The
Skatalites and helped develop
the ska beat, has died, his wife
said Friday. He was 80.
Enid Knibb said her hus-
band died from liver cancer late
He had been receiving treat-
ment in the U.S. but returned to
Jamaica this week, she said,
Knibb's manager, Ken Stew-
art, wrote on Facebook on
Wednesday that he was accom-
panying Knibb on the trip back
to the Caribbean island,
"I can only hope we make it
back so he can enjoy his family
and friends and see his home-
land one more time," he wrote,
Knibb was an original member
of The Skatalites, a Jamaican
ska and reggae band created in
1964. His frenetic style was one
of the band's hallmarks and is
best heard on songs including

"Guns of Navarone" and "Free-
dom Sounds."
The Skatalites broke up in
the 1960s, but reunited two
decades later in New York. Two
of their albums, "Hip Bop Ska"
and "Greetings from Skamania,"
were nominated for Grammy
awards in the 1990s,
Their music has influenced
bands including 311, the Mighty
Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt.
Knibb last performed with The
Skatalites in April.
"Knibb was simply the most
important and influential mod-
ern drummer this country pro-
duced," said Herbie Miller, di-
rector of the Jamaica Music
Museum. "A master percussion-
ist, he contributed to every style
of popular and not so popular
musical form...As a drummer
he established a rhythmic syn-
tax through bold innovative ad-
Knibb is survived by his wife,
five children, seven grandchil-
dren and a great grandchild.

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It's been a year since God
called you home.
We try not to cry, but we
miss you so much.
We keep in our memory
your smile and that laugh.
Forever loving you.
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Do Black men f

still have the

'fever?" r

By Alisha Tillery

When Spike Lee released
Jungle Fever in August 1990,
he single-handedly addressed
an issue that had been raising i--j
eyebrows for years: interracial
Even though at the time of
filming, interracial couples

By Leslie Pitterson

I grew up in a house where
Bob Marley was the default
background music. I can
remember hearing 'Natural
Mystic." "Exodus" and "Re-
demption Song" even before I
could understand what any
of those songs meant.' Put-
ting on one of his records
ensured, a peace settlement
whenever there was a family
picnic, graduation party or
wedding. He was the one art-
ist we could all agree on, the
pendulum between my dad's
irrational love for the Gathers
Family and what he calls me
"hip-hop hurrah."
More than that, Bob Marley
was more than a legend to

my family the reggae star
was a real live person. One
who grew up in the same
part of Jamaica as my father,
recorded music in the neigh-
borhoods my uncles hung
out and was a controversial
national figure before becom-
ing an international icon.
There is always debate
on Marley's legacy, but this
year when Jamaica officially
declared him a national
hero, many wondered if the
title, previously applied to po-
litical figures, was appropri-
ate. In an eloquent argument
in his defense, author Geof-
frey Phillips, explained:
Marley exemplified the
human desire for freedom,
which is why so many around

the world are drawn to his
music. But make no mis-
take, his first audience was
always New World Africans,
and his refusal of life saving
surgery may be viewed as a
kind of sacrifice to the idea
that Rastafari incarnates:
the Black body is a holy site
(temple) and should not be
mutilated (as it had been in
the slavedom days) for any
reason even at the cost of
saving a physical life. Ex-
treme, yes, but that's why we
have heroes. They do things
we wouldn't.
This is Marley's hero deed:
he transformed our con-
sciousness in the areas of
self-determination, identity,
and agency.

represented only 1.9 percent
of the population, according
to U.S. Census Bureau, there
seemed to be a fascination,
and for some, a disgust over
interracial dating, specifically
between Black men and white
women. Set inf New York City,
Flipper (Wesley Snipes), a mar-
ried architect began an affair
with his assistant, Angie Tucci
(Annabella Sciorra), an Italian-
The affair seemed to stem

Jungle Fever," described as an
attraction between two differ-
ent races.
Then there's the memorable
scene where Flipper is scolded
by a waitress played by Queen
Latifah when she refuses to
serve the couple while out on
a date. There was outrage over
a Black man leaving his Black
wife for an Italian woman on-
screen because movie-goers
saw it happening in real life,
but the story was deeper than
just Black and white.
In a 1991 film review, the
from both characters' deep cu- New York Times quoted Lee's
riosity about each other's race, take on the film at the Cannes
more so than mere physical International Film Festival:
attraction, from the contrast "I'm not saying interracial
in their skin colors-his dark relationships are impossible.
complexion to her pale, "lily- Flipper and Angie are not
white" skin to their upbring- meant to represent every in-
ings, which were worlds apart. terracial couple in the world.
After disclosiAg his secret af- They are meant to represent
fair to his best friend, Flipper two people who got together be-
confessed, "I have to admit cause of sexual mythology in-
I've always been curious about stead of love. Then they stay to-
Caucasian women." The friend gether because they're pushed
declared that he had "the fever, Please turn to FEVER 6C

Angie Stone

in play


NeNe Leakes

By EURweb.com .

Angie Stone is one of those
artists who comes out with full circle back
something every once in a around. It's t.
while, stays low-key, and then coming back in
tries something else. Well, this arena for
that's exactly what's happen- me now," said
ing now. The artist is sort of the co-star of
putting her singing on hold to the new play,
nurture her other passion in "Loving Him is
acting. Killing Me."
"Acting was my first love. This is. her
This was the direction I was third stage role, Nene Le
going when I got discovered and she will be
as a singer. Everything comes Mutha, a nightclub singer

DreamWorks, others team for MLK movie

By EURweb.com

DreamWorks' untitled biopic
about Martin Luther King is f-
nally picking up steam.
Kario Salem, best known for
writing the 2001 Robert De
Niro-Edward Norton drama
"The Score," is in negotiations-
to write the project, which also
sees Warner Bros. coming on
board to co-finance and to dis-
tribute with Disney's Touch-
stone label. (Disney is also
where DreamWorks is housed.)
DreamWorks acquired King's
life rights in May 2009 with the
full blessing of the King estate.
The studio also has access to


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Bernice King

Martin Luther King, II

King's intellectual property,
including his famous "I Have a
'Dream" speech.
Warners, meanwhile, had
been working on its biopic for
several years and had a Salem
script in deep development. Sa-
lem is said to have done three-
and-a-half years' worth of re-
search and interviews when
writing his screenplay.
But while the DreamWorks
and Warners efforts were more
or less under the radar, com-
peting projects began making a
lot of noise.
"Precious" director Lee Dan-
iels has been trying to raise
financing for his take on the

1960s marches in Selma, Ala.,
and he has David Oyelowo at-
tached to play King. Universal,
meanwhile, was planning to
finance and distribute "Mem-
phis," a look at MLK's final
days, to be directed by Paul
But those projects are having
a tough time making it to the
screen. Universal backed out of
"Memphis" less than a month
ago, leaving Greengrass to seek
funds independently.
One major reason for the
hurdles, according to sources,
is the disapproval of the MLK
estate, which is not afraid to
Please turn to MLK 6C


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2C THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011


y D a r a

It is commencement
for all colleges. At Bet
Cookman University,
class of 2011 was anno
as the highest Histo
Black College and Uni
with 464 graduates. W.
graduated in 1955, we
had 123 graduates, the
highest at that time.
During President
Trudie Kibbe
Reed's welcome, she
announced to the
trustee board that the
ceremony will be scared
and in line with the
characteristic of Mary
McLeod Bethune.
Commencement begai
the entrance of the A
Dole African Drummers
the ritual including perm
of the ceremony by Lo
Larry Handfield, chain
the trustee board, who
the torch to Dr. Reed,
while the huge crowd
stood until all the
graduates came in.
The commencement
speaker was Rev. Al
Sharpton's speech
to the graduating
class was on their
level. He challenged
the graduates to have
in their endeavors a
Bethune. From the sta
ovation he received,
evident they are on their
While at the gradi
I was reacquainted
some old friends, su
Dr. Wendel Holmes,
trustee chairman anc
from Miami, Jackie S
They have a thriving i
business in Jacksonvill

time Elethia Sutton 1 S
thune- S i m m o n s,
the whose daughter
lunced Kimberly is -
)rically Miss BCU -.-----*..
versity Alumni 2011
Vhen I representing West Palm Beach
Alumni, as Gordan
Eric Knowles and
Audley Coakley of
Miami, are members of
the Trustee Board.
My daughter, Denia,
and I cheered for
my granddaughter,
Taimyr Brittney
Strachan who took
FLEARY 24 creditsher last
semester to graduate,
n with while making an "A" in each
duride class. Also cheering for
s, with her were mother, Tangela,
mission grandmother Caroline Reed,
)rd Dr. Otis and Altamease Brown,
man of Generva Lowe, Samuel Lowe,
passed Shery and Sherriolyn Lowe,
Reginald Strachan,
uncle, and LaLoni,
friend. We celebrated
at "Bubba Gump
Shrimp" for three
S> hours and packed to
7e return back to Miami,
while Tamiyr made
plans to matriculate at
THOMPSON FAMU in their Master's
"faith" Preceding her as a graduate
3s Dr. of B-CU were my daughter,
ending Denia S. McCurtis; niece,
it is Dr. Loretta Amica; nephew,
r way. O. J. Farrell; sons, Richard
nation, and Reginald Strachan;
with wife, Dr. L. F. Strachan; and
ch as granddaughter Richelle A.
former Strachan, graduates in 2012.
d wife Joining the family in the VIP
pence. section were Willie "Slim"
funeral Jackson, Mrs. Jackson,
e. Also Sallie Nichols Culver, Leilani

White and Tia Major Award and plans to
who took charge of the attend MDCC-Medical
seniors cookout party [ Center. He's the son
on campus. of Russell and Karen
S** **James;
Congrats go out to M o h a m m e d
President Roberta Joudeh, who has a
Thompson Daniels 4.4 GPA, received the
for overseeing the Jabrill Abdul Haqq/
seventh Living Legends DAVIS Willie James Kitchell

Awards Orange and
Black Scholarship Gala for
distinguished graduates from
Booker T. Washington Senior
High School. She indicated
being proud of the honorees this
evening, such as Dr. Hortense
Jean Jackson (Community/
Public Service Award), Reed
Williams (Cultural
Arts Award), Dr. .9
Sandra T. Thompson J
(Education Award),
Alfred W. Williams
Award), Dr. Gladstone
A. Hunter, Jr., (Health .
Care Award), Franklin N
Clark (Philanthropy Cu
Award), Major
Leroy Smith (Law
Enforcement Award), Irvin
Baulkman (Sports Award),
and Comonique White (Youth
Service Award).
Joining the president were
Chairperson Eunice Davis
and Co-Chair Cora White,
who presented the scholarship
awards for selected students.

Miss BTW


Hannah, who has a
5.06 GPA, received the
BTW Alumni Award
and plans to attend the
University of. Florida.
She is the daughter of
Lawna Forbes. Chinelo
Fleary, who has a 4.16
GPA, received The
Miami Times Award



and she too, will attend UF.
She's the daughter of Ian
and Melanie Fleury. Gabriel
James, who has a 2.76, GPA
received the David F. Davis

Award and plans to
attend MDCC. He is the son
of Emad and fIasima Joudeh.
Camonique White, who
has a 3.0 GPA, received the
Wilhelmenia Jennings Award
and will attend Benedict
College. She is the daughter
of Camula White. Shantoria

Washington, who has
a 4.47 GPA, received
the Patricia Warren
Award and will attend
UF. She is the daughter
of Kenneth and
Greta Washington.
Tatianna Johnson,
who has a 3.16 GPA
received the BTW
Award and will attend
MDCC. DeBrorah


Breedlove, who has a 3.33
GPA received the BTW Award
and will attend FAMU. She
is the daughter of Beauty B.
Griffin. Tamara Jerry, who
has a 3.41 GPA, received the
BTW Award and will attend the
University of South Florida.
She is the daughter of Thomas

S Jerry and Marsha
Higgs. Yanelys
Mena, who has a 3.48
GPA, received the
BTW Award and will
attend FIU. She is the
daughter of Gonzalo
and Virginia Mena.
Kudos go out to
HAM those who made the
program a success,
such as Principal William
Aristide, Assistant Principal
Dr. E. G. Robinson, Rev. J.
Kenneth Major, Peggy Green,
Treva B. Harrell, Paulette




Congratulations to the0
Ward fanfl,- Keith aind
Renatta Ward and their
daughter Jasmine, who
attended the graduation
last week of their son
and grandson, Jason
Ward. Jason graduated
from Ursinus College in
Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Also attending the
graduation was Jason's
grandmother Selma
Taylor-Ward and grand
aunt Elry Taylor-Sands.
Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, Inc. line of
Neophytes (continued):
Vernita Kingcade,
Vernatta Lee, Satarria
Level, Janet Lowe,
Trenyce McCoy, Danielle
McLaughlin, Catherine
McPhee, Sandra
Merkerson, Tamara
Monroe, Wairimu N.
Joroge, Tracy Norelien,
Brenda Pacouloute,
Ami Passmore, Brittany
Phillips, Margaret Porter-
Hall, Joyce Postell,
Tamara Price, Conswella
Quinones, Nicole Ramos,
Shaketha C. Ritchie,
Blythe Robinson,
LaChauncey Rogers,
Charlenia Rutland, Renita
Samuels Dixon, Vanessa
Sanchez-Woodson, Lynsey
Saunders, Tracey Seaton
and Rhoda Shirley.
Congratulations goes
out to Iris Elijah who is
graduating with a Juris
Doctor from Florida
International University
College of Law. Graduation
ceremonies will be held
Friday, May 27.
The 12th grade Debutante

Coinmmnittee and
Sch ,oIlarshi l i
k j ri n ei r r s
were Kandys
'Jenkins, Kala Jones
and Shaquira Robinson.
Robinson, who was the
second runner up at
the 61st Annual MAC
Cotillion has received the
Bill and Melinda Gates
Millennium Scholarship.
This full scholarship allows
Shaquira to attend any
college/university of her
choice. Congratulations!
To the families of Calvin
C. McKinney and Joyce
deepest sympathy to your
families. Miamians were
sadden by your losses as
Calling all Wildcats and
all graduates of Bethune-
Cookman University from
the years 1931-1959. The
following alumni request
your presence at a meeting
we are hosting on May 24:
Carol Weatherington,
Martha Day, Nancy
Dawkins and yours truly.
This meeting will be held at
the Carrie P. Meek Seniors
Cultural Center at 11 a.m.
Come prepared to share
ideas relative to the positive
promotion of your alumni
and its mission. See you
Get well wishes to all
of the sick and shut-ins:
Naomi Allen-Adams,
Inez McKinney-Johnson,
Winston Scavella,
Timothy O'Savage,
Marian Shannon, Mary
Allen, Laura Mitchell,
Dorothy Graham, Bernice

Smith, Ettam Jackson,
Lessie Paige Smith,
Gladys Braynon, Latricia
Mobley, Vera M. McMath,
Fredricka Wallace-Smith,
Thelma Dean, David
Thurston, Rev. Father and
Mrs. Samuel J. and Lottie
Congratulations and best
of wishes to all graduates
(high school/college).' This
is always an exciting time in
your life. You can review the
past few years with a proud
sense of accomplishment,
while looking ahead
with anticipation to the
challenges that you will
soon be facing. I am
confident that you will
continue to be a success in
the years to come. Keep up
the good work.
Congratulations goes out
to Mrs. Leome S. Culmer,
a member of our historic
Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church. Mrs. Culmer has
been a member of the Order
of the Daughters of the King
for 61 years. Hats off to you,
madame president.
Hearty congratulations
goes out to the
Desouza-Clarke family,
whose daughter and
granddaughter will
graduate from St. Thomas
Aquinas High School. Let
the celebration beginI
Congratulations Julie
Many, many thanks to
my relatives .and friends
who took time from your
busy day to be with me on
last Saturday at the Annual
Founders Day Luncheon of
Business and Professional
Women's Club, where I was
presented the prestigious
"Sojourner Truth" award at
the Embassy Suites Hotel.
Love all of you.

R&B singer starring in new stage play

continued from 1C

TV show star, Stone said she
doesn't know what all the fuss
is about, but she gets along
with Leakes just fine.
"Sometimes we get thrown
under the bus. A lot of things
happen for a lot of reasons.
Some we can control and some

we can't. I can't say what her
relationship is with other peo-
ple. I don't have a problem with
NeNe. She's a go-getter. She's
a winner. She's always gonna
shine 'cause she knows the
game. When you know the
game too well, it gets thrown
back at you at the wrong
angle," said Stone, who men-
tioned that Leakes was one

of the first to use her glam
"I have a glam squad I cre-
ated, called First Class Glam,
the Angie Stone Agency. I want
to be the first Black artist to
have a glam squad that's for
other people. It's a lot brewing
in my little camp."
Stone is also working on an-
other album to be out this fall.


I RETICE :*it^i~ .it a

Martin, Erica Wright,
Honorable Audrey
Edmondson, Veronica
King, Laura Jones,
President Daniels and
in loving memory of
Gerda Graham who left
a legacy with BTW with
her relentless service JO
to the association. She JOHI
embraced the spirit of
compassion and generosity as
a devoted Tornado.

Dr. Enid C. Pinkney,
founder of the Historical
Hampton House Trust,
received permission from the
board to honor Miami-Dade
County Commissioner Audrey
M. Edmonson, on Saturday,
May 21, at the Historic Trinity
Cathedral, 464 NE 16th St.,
beginning at 3 p.m.
Charlie Austin,
Miami's International
Musician, will be
interviewed by Edwin
O'Dell. He will share
his experience as a
Dr. Edwin T.
Demeritte, fundraiser,
collaborated with DA
Charlayne Thompkins
to contract The Mosaic
Musical Group, jazz and
gospel artist Alice Day, The
Ebony Chorale of the Palm
Beaches including singers
from the Concert Chorale at
Bethune-Cookman University
and other well-known singers.
For advance tickets, contact
Dr. Demeritte at 305-836-",
The family reunion headed
by Thelma Symonette
Brantly is asking for those
who want to participate to
notify her. For more info, call
786-222-7618. The family
reunion will include tours at
Bayside, parties at Bayside
and service at Greater St.
Paul AME Church.

I | The demise of Dr.
S Jack Tuckfield
shocked the
congregation at
SChurch by The Sea of
Bal Harbour, Church
of the Open, Door,
O The Scholarship
'ISON Foundation which is
supporting daughter,
Jacki Tuckfield Foundation
and the King of Clubs of
Greater Miami.
He was born to Cyril and
Irene Tuckfield, received a
Bachelor of Science degree
from the University of Miami,
a masters and doctorate
degree from FAU.
His experience was attaining
the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel in the U.S. Air Force;
Lt. with the Miami-Dade
Police Department;
Criminal Justice
Assistant Dean Chief
of Security at FIU; and
co-owner of Tuckfield
Enterprises with wife,
Gloria, supervising
NIELS the business and
orchestrating the
Jacki Tuckfield Scholarship
Foundation for students
majoring in Business
He leaves behind his wife,
sons Jack and Kiene; Patti,
David Fargie, Mike and Mark
Tuckfield, Lucinda Tuckfield,
Sr., four grandchildren
and Johnathan McLeroy.
Also adopted friends of the
ensemble: Gloria Davis,
Eura Randolph, James B.
Randolph, Jr., LisaGaye
Tolinson, Dr. Richard J.
Strachan, Dr. Astrid Mack,
Nelson Jenkins, James Maull,
James B. Randolph, Patrick
Range, Arthur "Jake" Simms,
Dr. Art Woodard and Fletcher
Paschal, III.

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4C THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011

'O,' down memory lane we go with Winfrey, King

By Ann Oldenburg

The upcoming June issue of
O Magazine will devotes sever-
al pages to the farewell of The
Oprah Winfrey Show.
"She is doing the hula dance,
the happy dance," says her
best pal Gayle King. "You know
that Toyota commercial 'Oh,
what a feeling?' That's Oprah
right now."
King adds: "We're having the
opposite reaction. The closer it
gets, the sadder I get, and the
closer it gets, the happier she
With only seven shows
planned to tape until the fina-
le of The Oprah Winfrey Show
airs May 25, the mistress of
the talk-TV universe is noting
the passage in the magazine
that also bears her name.
Several pages in the June
issue of 0, The Oprah Maga-
zine, on newsstands May 17,
are devoted to "endings and
beginnings," including a fare-
well interview with Winfrey, 57,
conducted by editor-at-large

King, 56.
No, this isn't about hard-hit-
ting questions, acknowledges
King. "Listen, I talk to her all
the time. This is a walk down
memory lane."
Some excerpts:
King tells Winfrey of the
moment 16 or 17 years ago,
while on the way to a speaking
engagement in Racine, Wis. -
that she realized the influence
of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Oprah responds with, "Oh, I
remember that. We pull up to
the place, the cops are lined
up in double rows, and you go,
'What's happening here? Who's
here? Who's here?' And I go, 'I
am, you nitwit!' Oprah says
with a laugh.
King asks Winfrey if she
has any regrets: "I don't regret
having talked about my life.
The show has been my thera-
How is Winfrey feeling
about her farewell show? "I
genuinely feel appreciated and
loved by this audience that
has grown up with me. Which,

Sharing a moment with millions: Oprah Winfrey greets her recently discovered half

Patricia, on the Jan. 24 show.
for me, is a huge, huge, huge grew up feeling the opposite of
accomplishment. Because I that. Feeling.a void, as a little

girl, feeling that really r
loved me. So to be surrc

by this, that is what I'm going
to feel. And when you see the
tears on the last show, that's
what those tears will be about.
Those tears will not be about
The two shows before the
last Oprah Winfrey Show could
bring on the water works. Tap-
ing on May 17 (to air May 23
and May 24) at Chicago's Unit-
ed Center, Surprise Oprah! A
Farewell Spectacular promises
to be star-studded.
But a "surprise," really?
"Oh, yeah," King says. "She
knows it's at the United Cen-
ter. She knows it's going to
be thousands of people. She
doesn't know who's coming.
It's going to be very cool. It will
be a retrospective of what she's.
done. Many people want to pay
tribute. For a girl who doesn't
like surprises, she's going to
have to get 'ovah' it. O-v-a-h."
sister, Though Winfrey's talk show
will leave the air, her magazine
will continue to feature her on
nobody every cover, King says. "We
wounded don't plan on skipping a beat."

'Broom' dusts off familiar themes

Story is pleasant

yet predictable

By Claudia Puig

It's that time of year. Time
for weddings, proms and the
accompanying spate of movies
that Hollywood cobbles togeth-
er to match these occasions.
Jumping the Broom is an

Stars: Paula Patton, Laz Alonso,
Angela Bassett, Brian Stokes Mitchell,
Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, Tasha
Smith, Mike Epps
RATING: PG-13 for some sexual
RUNNING TIME: 1 hr, 48 mins.

agreeable if slight story of a
wedding amid a clash of ideals
and cultures within the black
community. Mostly it's a clash
of matriarchs, played by Angela
Bassett and Loretta Devine. It's
also a collision between Mar-
tha's Vineyard, where Bassett's
privileged, snobbish Claudine
holds court, and Brooklyn,
the home of Devine's down-to-
earth but easily annoyed Pam.
While Claudine's daugh-
ter Sabrina (Paula Patton) is
thrilled to be marring Pam's
son Jason (Laz Alonso), their
backgrounds loom large when


reception tenet.
it comes to nuptial ceremonies.
The spouses-to-be try gamely
to make nice but, as rom-com
formula dictates, nearly part
As wedding stories go, it's an
improvement over the dreadful
Something Borrowed, though
it doesn't have anything terri-
bly new to say. It's essentially
a battle between upper-class
habits and working-class val-
ues, coupled with last-minute

onso right and
Alonso, right, and

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Paula Patton lead the wedding party to the

wedding jitters.
The setting, a gorgeous
manse on Martha's Vineyard,
makes the sumptuous houses
in movies such as It's Compli-
cated seem like lean-tos. But
things are not as glossy within
the home of Claudine and her
husband, Greg (Brian Stokes
The humor arises naturally
from situations, but the story
teeters into melodrama. Still,

watching impressive actors like
Bassett and Devine face off is a
There are stereotypical por-
trayals amid the gloss and a
few screwball couplings. But
the over-riding theme of com-
promise and embracing tra-
ditions like jumping the
broom, which can symbolize
the sweeping away of single
lives makes for relatable and
appealing fare.

Things are rollin' for Raphael Saadiq

He has a new

album, and

newfound fame

By Elysa Gardner

NEW YORK Some who
tuned in last February to watch
Mick Jagger perform for the first
time at the Grammy Awards
may have wondered: Who was
that charismatic, impecca-
bly dressed guitarist jamming
with the Rolling Stone during
his cover of Solomon Burke's
Everybody Needs Somebody to
The answer, as many dis-
criminating R&B fans could
have told them, is singer/song-
mentalist Raphael Saadiq, who
today unveils his latest solo al-
bum, Stone Rollin'.
Though not a household
name, Saadiq, who turns 45
this Saturday, has been a mu-
sician's musician since first
garnering acclaim in the late
'80s with the group Tony! Toni!
Tone! Through the years, art-
ists from Stevie Wonder arid the
Isley Brothers to Mary J. Blige
and the Roots have sought him
out as a collaborator.
In 2008, Saadiq's own pro-
file rose a bit with the release
of The Way I See It. The album
sold 282,000 copies, accord-
ing to Nielsen Soundscan, more
than any previous solo effort,
and earned critical raves that

heightened his media presence.
"It made people take a closer
look at me," says Saadiq, look-
ing predictably sharp in an ol-
ive trench coat over a navy tur-
tleneck sweater. "I honed in on

his youth. "Growing up in the
Bay Area, I played early on with
these quartet groups who set
guidelines for me. I remember
the guys would all have the
same clothes and shoes, like

Don't call him "old-school": Raphael Saadiq, whose new album,
Stone Rollin', arrives in stores today, rejects that label. "I just fol-
low great people," he says of his musical influences.

a great time, the Motown era,
the '60s and '70s. That type of
music has always been a staple
in my life."
Stone Rollin' "has a little
more of a rock edge, but with a
soul feeling because people
like Chuck Berry and Bo Did-
dley and Little Richard really
created rock 'n' roll."
The Oakland native traces
his affection for older sounds
- and his fashion sense to

these uniforms. I was in awe."
But Saadiq says he is wary
of labels .like "old-school" and
"retro" often applied to his mu-
sical sensibility. "Isaac Haves
once told me and rest in
peace, Mr. Hayes that there's
no such thing as old-school. He
said, 'You either went to school
or you didn't.' I just follow great
people. If you want to play like
a pro, you learn from the pros."
He concedes that "it's hard-

er to find music like mine in
America" than it is across the
Atlantic, where artists such
as Amy Winehouse and Adele
launched their careers.
Alan Light, director of pro-
gramming for public televi-
sion's Live From the Artists
Den, which showcased Saadiq
in 2009, agrees that "there's
always more space for some-
one like (Saadiq) in Europe. We
have our Brit-soul moments,
but there's generally less re-
spect for those traditional
Saadiq hopes to spend more
time in Paris in the near future,
to "go back and forth" between
there and Los Angeles, where
he has lived for 12 years. Cur-
rently single "I had a girl-
friend for nearly 14 years, and
we're still close friends" he
spends a lot of time near his
studio, where he rents space to
other artists.
"It's in this cool, artsy little
area in North Hollywood. I'll
skate there, get coffee and a hot
dog, hang out. Sometimes I get
my golf club and go to a driving
range nearby.
"I never have time to play 18
holes, though. I have musician
friends who play too much golf,
and they're not as good at mu-
sic anymore."
If Saadiq is committed to his
craft, he's not preoccupied with
commercial progress. As he
prepares to launch a tour May
18 in Atlanta, he's just hopeful
that "my battery will keep tick-

By Anthony Wooten, Estil, SC

Mother's Day message
It's that time of the year again. Mother's day is upon us and it's time to pay
respect, also cherish our lovely mothers (Black women).
The truth of the matter is that Mother's Day is only a small fraction of
acknowledgement to a whole world of mothers. It's a day out of the year to
show your respect to the women that paved the way and led us, from birth, in
the right direction. We, as a nation of people must cherish our mother's with
pride and dignity, 365 days a year, as well as on Mother's Day.
The mother's day spirit goes'deeper than roses and smiles, but rather than
commitment and sacrifices to and for our mothers (Black women).
It's time, it's the time of the year to prove to your mother that you really
love and appreciate her.
Not by a gift of alone, but by word of mouth and actions.
Tell her you exalt her.
Tell her you care.
Tell her you love her and your so glad that she's here.
Happy Mother's Day to all women, especially the unique, ever changing
Black women of God.
I love you all.

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By Njai Joszer

Tyler Perry's fledgling comedy
'House of Payne' will come to an
end this year. According to Per-
ry, breaking the news recently,
the series has taught him a lot
about television.
"Working on House of Payne
taught me a lot about what it
takes to make a successful tele-
vision series," Perry said, citing
a new series slated to begin
production this summer.
Over the years 'Payne' has
garnered consistent recogni-
tion from viewers and organi-
zations such as the NAACP. In
the show's five year history, it

eled after five-year run
garnered over ten NAACP Image
Awards including Outstanding
Comedy Series, Outstanding
Supporting Actor in a Comedy
* Series for actor Lance Gross
and Outstanding Actress In a
Comedy Series for Cassi Davis
('Madea's Big Happy Family').
'House of Payne,' which pre-
miered in 2006, will close at
222 episodes this year, making
way for Perry's forthcoming se-
ries 'For Better or Worse.'
LaVan Davis, Keshia Knight
Pulliam, Demetria McKin-
ney, Larramie Doc Shaw, Allen
Payne, China Anne McClain,
and Cedric Pendleton also
starred in the series.









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Haitian politician moves to run-off

By Randy Grice

After last Tuesday's election,
Michael A. Etienne is now in a
run-off for the position of city
clerk in North Miami.
"Well we kind of predicted
that we would have been in the
run-off," he said. "We're kind
of surprised that we came out
with such a high percentage of
the vote."
Vying for the position were
two relatively young, unknown
Haitians, Etienne and King-
sley Kings Laurent. Santiago
Ravelo, a Hispanic and Joy
Levy, a Jamaican-born Ameri-
can were also in the race. Eti-
enne was able to secure 46.73
percent of the vote while his
closest competitor Levy gar-
nished only 24.46 percent of

the vote.
Etienne credits North Mi-
ami's Haitian community with
his success thus far.
"I think they were the driv-
ing force to be honest with
you," he said. "They embraced
me and voted for me in large
numbers. The numbers that
we got came from the predom-
inantly African-American and
Haitian American precincts.
Our success rate, fortunately,
came from the Haitian and
African-American precincts."
However, he still has con-
cerns over why he did not get
as much support in other ar-
eas of the city.
"I was fairly surprised that
the predominantly caucasian
precincts did not support me
at all," he said. "Despite that
I am practically a native son,


the Keystone district, a pre-
dominantly white district
didn't vote for me at all and
that was relatively surprising."
Haitians in North Miami pol-
itics are becoming a major fac-
tor considering the large Hai-
tian community. Following in

the footsteps of Haitian politi-
cians like former North Miami
Mayor Joe Celestin and cur-
rent re-elected Mayor Andre
Pierre, Etienne may be next in
line to serve North Miami.
Etienne admits that the Hai-
tian community has a stable
voice when it comes to electing
"I don't think that it's a Hai-
tian-American political take-
over I think that at this point
it's the norm," he said. "The
Haitian vote is a very strong
and determined part of the
vote. Haitians come out and
vote with no ill intentions.
They sincerely go out and vote
for the individual they think
will do the better job.
The run-off election between
Etienne and Levy is scheduled
for May 31st.

North Miami mayor to serve second term

By Randy Grice

Last Tuesday Andre Pierre,
mayor of North Miami, was re-
elected to serve another two-
year term as mayor of the city.
"It's a great victory for the
people of North Miami," he
said. "It's a great victory for
the city. We have provided two
years of great leadership, two
years of progress. And I think
the people voted for us .so we
could continue with another
two years of progress."
Pierre pulled out a narrow
win with 51.69 percent of the
vote, defeating mayoral hope-
fuls Jacques Despinosse and
Carol Keys. In a city with such
a prominent Haitian communi-

ty, the Haitian-born politician
is excelling.
Jerry Andre, North Miami
resident, said he supports what
Pierre is trying to accomplish.
"I voted for him when he
served his first term and I
voted for him time time too,"
he said. "I honestly believe in
what he is trying to do in North
Miami. There was never really
any doubt in my mind that he
wouldn't win this second term.
A lot of people in the city feel
the same way I do."
Bertha Jackson-Marquise,
North Miami resident, said she
believes that the Haitian vote
put him over the top.
"There are a bunch of Hai-
tians in this community that
support Mayor Pierre, includ-


ing me," she said. "He will al-
ways have my support as long
as he keeps doing good for
North Miami."
Last year, Pierre reached out
to neighboring nation Haiti af-

ter the January 2010 earth-
"We raised about $116,000 for
Haiti and that money is already
gone," he said. "At this moment
we have not gone out to raise
additional funds for Haiti. Not
only did we raise funds for Haiti
but we also donated three dif-
ferent containers with supplies,
non-perishable goods." .
The American Red Cross re-
ceived $100,000 of the money
and the remaining $16,000 was
dispersed to Nord Ouest Envi-
ronmental to fix an inoperable
water supply system at the Im-
maculate Conception Hospital
in Port-de-Paix, Haiti.
Pierre said his future plans
include ad; anciri v. ith the pro-
cess of tlIe cit.-'

Rising food prices threaten Haitian people

By Trenton Daniel

Marie Bolivar, a gray-haired
woman with a raspy voice,
crushes peanuts into paste
for sandwiches which she
.sells by the roadside for 12
cents apiece. These days the
paste is thinner, because the
price of peanuts has jumped
by 80 percent.
But Bolivar, 60, says she
still has trouble feeding her
four children and paying the
"I can't survive like this,"
she said on a recent after-
noon as she piled freshly
crushed peanuts on a small
plastic tray.
Soaring food prices aren't
new in Haiti, the poorest
country in the Western Hemi-
sphere and heavily dependent
on imports. Now those prices
are rising again, mirroring
global trends, while the cost
of gasoline has doubled to $5
a gallon. Haitians are paying
more for basic staples than

A boy in Cite Soleil, Haiti, carries a container of food on his

much of Latin America and
the Caribbean, an Associated
Press survey finds.
More than half of Haiti's 10
million people get by on less
than $2 a day and hundreds
of thousands are dependent
on handouts. Undernour-

ished children are easy to
spot by the orange tinge in
their hair.
"Haitians have less room to
increase their expenditures
on their food," said Myrta
Kaulard, Haiti's country di-
rector for the U.N. World Food

Program. "This is a serious
. concern."
Bolivar is one of many who
cope as roadside vendors.
They are getting squeezed
from both ends rising pric-
es and customers with less
to spend. It's ironic to hear
Bolivar say "Everything was
much easier a year ago,"
when a year ago Haiti had
just endured a quake that
killed 300,000 people and
laid waste to large parts of
the capital, Port-au-Prince.
What she means is that food
was much cheaper then be-
cause of the emergency sup-
plies being rushed in. One
bit of good news has been the
price of rice, Haiti's staple
food. Pushed down by the
free food being shipped in af-
ter the earthquake, it fell to
$0.92 a kilogram in Septem-
ber, climbed to $1.38 in Jan-
uary and then began to fall,
according to the U.N. Food
and Agriculture Organiza-

-HPloto y SunJa Leon
Destroyed library at Haitian orphanage.

Local group

holds book drive

By Randy Grice

While Haiti is still on its
road to recuperation, one lo-
cal group is stepping up to
promote literacy in the coun-
try. Revive Haiti, Inc., held a
book drive called a "Buck for a
Book" last Friday to fill librar-
ies of neglected orphanages
in Haiti. The group accepted
monetary donations towards
the purchase of books at a
bingo night, hosted by Haitian
comedian Jacques Kako Bour-
jolly Jr., at the Double Tree
Hotel in Miami.
SunJa Leon, key coordinator
of the event, said they began
this effort to support the edu-
cation of children.
"We believe that reading is
the key to unlocking these
children's future. It develops
creativity, fluency and critical
thinking to say the least," she
said. "Education levels in Haiti
are low, the literacy rate is
averaged somewhere between
43 and 48 percent. The enroll-
ment rate for primary school is
67 percent, of which less than
30 percent reach 6th grade.
Most of the children in the four
orphanages that we are assist-
ing do not attend school. The
funding to send these children
to school is not available since
most orphanages at this time
a struggling to feed their chil-
dren. We feel it is important to
educate these children to at

Haitians face dual
By Randy Grice

Congresswoman Frederica
Wilson (FL-17), the represen-
tative of the largest concen-
tration of Haitian Americans
in Congress, recently praised
the Obama Administration
and Homeland Security Sec-
retary Janet Napolitano for
granting her request for an
extension and re-designation
of Temporary Protected Sta-
tus (TPS) for Haitian nation-
The extension takes effect
on July 23 and applies for 18
months, through January 22,
2013. The extension applies to

least give them a fair chance at
making it in a country where
the odds are against them."
The ultimate outcome of the
book drive is to have libraries
in Haiti packed with French
literature that the children can
actually understand. There
goal is to build four libraries,
one for each orphanage. They
are looking for French, age
appropriate books, specifically
novels, textbooks etc., for ages
two through 25.
Henry Gainer, Miami Beach
resident, said he supports the
group's effort '100 percent.
"It is truly a blessing to
have groups like this still
fighting for the betterment of
Haiti, even after the world has
seemed to take its eyes off the
country," he said. "The chil-
dren will be the future of that
country and literacy is a great
step in the right direction to
insure that those young people
will have some type of oppor-
tunity at success."
Kevin Mathis, Miami resi-
dent, said he hopes Revive
keeps up the good work.
"It seems like they are doing
a lot of'children and I hope
they never stop," he said.
Revive Haiti is a Miami
based nonprofit organization
dedicated to improving the
lives of children. The organi-
zation will be conducting two
more drives for 2011 including
a back-to-school drive in July
and a toy drive in December.

citizenship changes
50,000 Haitian nationals liv-
ing in the U.S. through TPS.
"Last year's earthquake
devastated Haiti and now is
not the time to risk the lives of
so many Haitians through de-
portation. I praise the Obama
Administration and Secretary
Napolitano for upholding its
commitment to the people of
Haiti and providing Haitians
in the U.S. the sense of se-
curity and comfort they need
and deserve," said Congress-
woman Wilson.
Haitians in the United
States who are eligible to ap-
ply for TPS should go to www.
uscis.gov/tps or call USCIS
toll-free at 1-800-375-5283.

New president takes over Haiti

By Randy Grice

This past Saturday, president-elect Michel Mar-
telly was inaugurated as president of Haiti. Former
president Bill Clinton lead the official U.S. delegation
to the inauguration, the White House said recently.
Clinton, a U.N. special envoy to Haiti, joined on the
delegation picked by President Barack Obama by
Kenneth Merten, the U.S. ambassador to Haiti and
Thomas Adams, the state department coordinator
on the impoverished state.
Martelly, a former carnival singer, was sworn in
the latest uncertain chapter of Haiti's turbulent
political history. The ceremony took place on the
grounds of the heavily damaged National Palace.
The palace, parliament and National Cathedral
were all destroyed by last year's massive earth-
quake, which claimed more than 300,000 lives.
The inauguration ceremony began with the arriv-
al of Martelly, parliamentarians and President Ren6
Pr6val at a plaza near the parliament building and
ended with festivities throughout all 10 of Haiti's
geographical political departments. On the Friday

before the celebration, all of the Catholic Chur,: hes
held a mass in honor of the president to-be. In the
afternoon, there were Protestant services followed
by a prayer revival and concert on the Champ de
Mars, the downtown public square-turned home-
less encampments for.tens' of thousands of earth-
quake victims. The ceremony marked the rise to
the presidency of the kompa star better known as
"Sweet Micky" after an election fraught with contro-
versy, protests and foreign diplomatic intervention.
After weeks of doubt about the election results,
Martelly was declared Haiti's president-elect last
month after winning 67 percent of the vote in a
landslide run-off win and now faces a challenge to
forge national unity. Clinton is also co-chairman
of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC),
which set up around the Haitian capital Port-au-
Prince last year. The former U.S. president has of-
ten spoken of his fondness for Haiti, where he hon-
eymooned with his wife, Secretary of State Hillary
About 150 foreign dignitaries were in attendance,
including three sitting presidents representing
Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Suriname.

-Aih' noto/Brennan Linsley
Haiti's new President Michel Martelly stands with his wife Sophia and their children as
the Haitian national anthem is played in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday May 14, 2011. The
50-year-old performer known to Haitians as "Sweet Micky" was swept to power-in a March 20
presidential runoff by Haitians tired of past leaders who failed to provide even basic services,
such as decent roads, water and electricity in the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.



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IShonda Rhimes has four TV hits on ABC

By Amy Chozick

The Florida A&M Uni-
versity National Alumni
Association (NAA) annual
Convention is scheduled for
May 18-22 in Orlando, Fl. For
more information, call 850-
599-3413 or email public.rela-

A Career and Resourc-
es Job Fair Expo will be held
Friday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-
2:30 p.m. in the library divi-
sion of the African-American
Research Library and Cultural
Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boule-
vard, Ft. Lauderdale. For more
information, call 954-625-

There will be a town hall
meeting on Friday, May 20 at 7
p.m. at First Baptist Church of
Bunche Park, 15700 NW 22nd

P.U.L.S.E. (People Unit-
ed To Lead The Struggle
for Equality) will be hosting
their 30th annual convention
on Saturday, May 21 at 9 a.m.
at the Apostolic Revival Center,
6702 NW 15th Ave. Registra-
tion begins at 8 a.m. For more
information, call 305-576-

The Opa-locka Commu-
nity Development Corpora-
tion will host Homebuyer Edu-
cation Workshops on Saturday,
May 21 and May 28 from 9
a.m.-5 p.m. at 490 Opa-loc-
ka Blvd. Visit www.olcdc.org
to complete the application.
For more information, contact
Sharon Williams at 305-687-
3545 ext. 243 or email sha-

Z Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965 will meet Sat-
'urday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center. For more infor-
mation, contact Lebbie Lee at

The McIntyre Institute
will celebrate its 10-year anni-
versary with a dance produc-
tion entitled Called 2 Dance
Epilogue, featuring acclaimed
gospel artist Kevin Levar.
Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. on
Saturday, May 21 at the Gus-
man Center. For more infor-
mation, to purchase tickets or
to participate in the contest,
call 786-285-0849 or email

To the Booker T. Wash-
ington Alumni Association
and the Class of 1965, we
will worship together at St.
John I.M. Baptist Church on
Sunday, May 22 at 10:45 a.m.,
1328 NW 3rd Ave., Bishop
James Adams, Pastor. For more
information, contact Barbara
Graham at 305-205-7115.

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1967 will be wor-
shipping on Sunday, May 29 at
9:45 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist
Church, 301 NW 9th Street.
All classmates are asked to at-
tend. For information, contact
Elaine at 305-757-4471.

i Miami Northwestern
Class of 1965, please join
your classmates in worship at
The Fountain of New Life on
Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. For
more information, call Margue-
rite Bivins-Mosley at 305-635-

0 The Leading Ladies of
Elegance Inc. will be having
their 2nd Annual Community
Business Block Party on Sat-
urday, June 4 at Amelia Ear-
hart Park, 401 E. 65 Street.
For more information, contact
Catherine Cook Brown at 305-
652-6404 or leadingladies@

The students of Flo-
rene Litthcut Inner City
Children's Touring Dance
Company, a not-for-profit or-
ganization, will perform their
Annual Dance Recital. The re-
cital will be held on Saturday,
June 4, 2 p.m. at the Joseph
Caleb Center Auditorium, 5400
NW 22nd Ave. For more infor-
mation, contact us by email
childrendance@yahoo.com or
call Florene Litthcut Nichols
at 305-758-1577 or Tammye
Holden at 305-600-7580.

The B.T.W. Class of
1961 will celebrate its 50th
Reunion, June 8-12. Come
help us celebrate on a day bus
trip to the Hard Rock in Immo-
kalee, FL. For more reunion in-
formation, call 305-688-7072.

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1961 will cel-
ebrate its 50th reunion, June
11-16. You must confirm your

intent to participate promptly
with Marva at 305-685-8035.
Meetings will be held the sec-
ond Tuesday of each month,
September thru May.

Speaking Hands Inc.,
presents "Playing with a Pur-
pose!" Camp Hands Sign Lan-
guage Camp, June 13-August
5. An exciting camping experi-
ence for children ages eight- to
15-years-old, who are hearing
and/or hearing impaired. For
more information, call 954-
792-7273 or 305-970-0054.

Miami Jackson Class of
1979 will be having a fabulous
50th birthday celebration on
Friday, June 17-Sunday, June
19. Events include a 50th Cel-
ebration Banquet, 50th Cel-
ebration Luau/Social and 50th
Celebration Church Service.
For more information about
payments and events, contact
Sherri Futch-James, treasurer
at 305-607-0852.,

The City of Miami Mod-
el City N.E.T. and Partners
celebrates its 10th Annual Ju-
neteeth Celebration on Friday,
June 17 at the Black Box The-
ater at Charles Hadley, 1350
NW 50th Street. Reception at
6 p.m. and program starts at
7:30 p.m. If you have a liturgi-
cal dance group and are inter-
ested in participating, call the
office at 305-960-2990. The
deadline is Friday, June 10.

On June 17-19, the Dade
County (FL) Chapter of The
Links, Inc., will celebrate 25
years with a weekend celebra-
tion, including an Anniversary
Gala on Saturday, June 18 at
7:30 p.m. The black tie gala
will take place at the Inter-
Continental Miami, 100 Chopin
Plaza. For more information,
contact Tammy T. Reed at 305-

The Belafonte Tacolcy
Center will be hosting "Real
Men Cook," a fundraiser to as-
sist with the positive growth
of children. A basketball tour-
nament will also be held. The
event will take place on Sun-
day, June 19 at the Tacolcy
Center, 6161 NW 9th Ave.
from 12-6 p.m. For more infor-
mation, contact Akua at 305-
751-1295 ext. 134.

The Girl Power Pro-
gram, 6015 NW 7th Ave., will
be having their Girl's Rites of,
Passage Summer Program
from June 20-August 12. The
deadline to sign up is June 24.
For more information, contact
Melonie Burke at 305-757-

Miami Jackson Class of
1971 40th Class Reunion is
to be held on June 23-26, at
the El Palacio Hotel. Call Gail
D. Roberts for more informa-
tion at 305-343-0839 or Sher-
ry Peters at 305-318-1332.

Mazaja the Writing
Network offers open mic to
the Muslim community. The
next show will be on Saturday,
June 25 at 6 p.m. at the Mas-
jid Ibrahim Community Center,
6800 NW 7th Ave. For more in-
formation, contact Zarifa Mu-
hammad El at 786-386-0694.

The Miami Carol City
High Class of 1971 will cel-
ebrate its 40th Class Reunion
on July 22-24 at the Embas-
sy Suites in Ft. Lauderdale.
Activities will include: meet
and greet, bus tour of new
MCCHS, dinner dance, wor-
ship service and picnic. For
more information, go to www.
carolcitysenior71.com or on
Facebook "Miami Carol City
Sr. High Class of '71 Reunion
Info." Contact Gwen Thomas
Williams at 305-625-7244 or
email gwen0525@aol.com.

Free child care avail-
able at Miami-Dade County
Community Action Agency
Headstart/Early Head Start
Program for children ages 3-5
for the upcoming school year.
Income guidelines and Dade
County residence apply only.
We welcome children with spe-
cial needs/disability with an
MDCPS IEP. For more informa-
tion, call 786-469-4622, Mon-
day-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Looking for all former
Montanari employees to get
reacquainted. Meetings will be
held at Piccadilly's (West 49th
Street) in Hialeah, on the last
Saturday of each month at 9
a.m. We look forward to seeing
each and every one of you. For
more information, contact Lo-
letta Forbes at 786-593-9687
or Elijah Lewis at 305-469-

Eta Phi Beta Soror-
ity presents the exciting Bee-
Ettes-and Senords 2011 Ex-
travaganza, Friday, May 20,
7-9 p.m. at the New Miami

Carol City Senior High School
Auditorium, 3301 Miami Gar-
dens Dr. (183rd Street).

In the history of TV, not many
producers have had more than
one show on the air at one time.
This fall, Shonda Rhimes could
have four.
Now in its seventh season on
ABC, "Grey's Anatomy" runs
in syndication on cable and is
licensed in 230 foreign coun-
tries. In 2007 Rhimes launched
spinoff "Private Practice." She
executive-produces ABC's "Off
the Map." Recently, the network
is likely to add to its fall sched-
ule her drama "Scandal," with
Kerry Washington as a political
fixer in D.C.
As ABC makes its upfront
presentation to advertisers
next week, Rhimes, 41, won't
be there-she'll be in Los An-
geles managing her shows. But
she is closely linked to the net-
work's fortunes. Her trademark
soapy female-centric dramas
have come to define ABC at a
time when broadcast networks
need more and more to build
identifiable brands.
"Grey's" premiered in 2005 as
a midseason replacement and
quickly drew 20 million view-
ers. Ratings have since fallen
to around 12 million, accord-
ing to Nielsen Co. The seventh-
season finale airs Thursday.
"Private Practice" and other
ABC stalwarts such as "Des-
perate Housewives" are also
aging. ABC needs to replace
them, and also to seek out
shows that will appeal to both

"If we don't invite guys, that's
not a smart move," says ABC
Entertainment Group Presi-
dent Paul Lee. "But if we go out
there and just do male dramas,
they're not going to work be-
cause men won't find us."
The genesis of "Scandal" re-

Shonda Rhimes
flects the power that Rhimes's
footprint on the ABC sched-
ule gives her. She based the
show on Judy Smith, an Black
woman who was former deputy
press secretary to President
George H.W. Bush and is now
a prominent public-relations
consultant in Washington. "I
get to have a land, that land
is called Shonda. In that land,
we're not going to have a black,
drug-dealing single mother
selling crack. Not 'on one of my
shows," says Rhimes.
The pressure is on the pro-
ducer not only to help ABC ex-
pand its brand but to maintain
her own. "Off the Map," the lat-
est series from her production
company (called Shondaland),
is a medical drama set in a
South American rain forest.
One critic likened it to 'Grey's
Anatomy' with flies." It averaged
a paltry five million viewers
and could face cancellation.

Rhimes has managed turn-
arounds before.. In its first few
years, "Grey's" was plagued by
turmoil among the cast and
ensuing bad press. "There was
a time when there was more

The Associated Press

NEW YORK America may
not find out the winner of this
season's popular TV show
"American Idol" until the end
of the month, but the fate of its
parent company is clear.
Media company CKx Inc.,
which owns proprietary rights
to "Idol" and "So You Think You
Can Dance," said recently is
being sold to a private equity
group for about $511 million in
CKx also owns the rights to
the name, image and likeness
of Elvis Presley and Muham-
mad Ali.
The buyout group, led by
Apollo Global Management,
agreed to pay $5.50 per share
for CKx, a 24 percent premi-
um to the stock's closing price
Monday of $4.45. Shares rose
$1.02, or 22.9 percent, to $5.47
in morning trading Tuesday.
The company had about 92.9
million shares outstanding as
of March 31.
The board' and The Prome-
nade Trust, a group that ben-
efits Lisa Marie Presley and is
the company's partner man-
aging the Elvis Presley name,
support the deal, as does Rob-
ert F.X. Sillerman, the compa-
ny's largest shareholder with a
nearly 21 percent stake. A cash
-tender offer is expected to start

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Romeo is
saying goodbye to the "Danc-
ing with the Stars" ballroom.
The actor and rapper (once
known as Lil Romeo) was dis-
missed recently from the ABC
dance contest.
Romeo's exit was somewhat
of a surprise for those who ex-
pedted rival Ralph Macchio to
get the hook after a leg injury
hurt his performances.
After learning his fate, Romeo
said the show had changed
his life. He explained that be-
fore he entered the competi-
tion, "I was terrified of danc-
ing. I didn't even dance at my

soon and expire in 20 days.
Goldman Sachs Bank USA
provided a debt financing com-
mitment in connection with the
The news came as New York-
based CKx reported net income
of $7.2 million in the first quar-
ter, or eight c6nts per share,
compared to a net loss of $5
million, or five cents per share,
a year ago.
Revenue fell 20 percent to
$53.3 million from $66.6 mil-
lion, last year.
"We believe that our strategy
of focusing on our core prop-
erties, including the resurgent
'American Idol' and 'So You
Think You Can Dance,' which
will begin airing its new sea-
son on May 26, will lead us to
a successful 2011," said CEO
Michael Ferrel.

own prom."
Romeo had won praise from
judge Len Goodman, who re-
minded him "I said to you,
'Up your game,' and that's just
what you have done."
Judges' scores are combined
with viewer votes to determine
which celebrity is ousted each
week. Romeo joins previous-
ly dismissed dancers Chris
Jericho, Sugar Ray Leonard,
Wendy Williams, Mike Cather-
wood, Petra Nemcova and Ken-
dra Wilkinson.
The remaining contestants
- Macchio, along with Kirstie
Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines
Ward will battle it out in
next week's semi-finals.

drama on set than there was
on the show," says Rhimes. No
one, including her, was pre-
pared for it, but she says she's
learned it was a mistake to
close ranks rather than take
"I was like, 'I'm a writer, I
didn't sign up to be a show
mama.' But that's what I am.
I'm the show mama and I'm
fine with that."
Rhimes is fearless about
experimenting. Last March,
a risky musical episode de-
signed to be "event TV" lifted
"Grey's" ratings 30 percent
among viewers ages 18 to
49 to 12.7 million. Other at-
tempts at offbeat episodes
have misfired, as when hun-

ky stroke victim Denny Du-
quette's ghost apparently re-
turned from the dead.
Thursday night's episode,
"Unaccompanied Minor," will
be a nailbiter: she announces
her planned finales to writers
at the start of each season.
"Last year I walked in and said
'There's going to be a mass
shooting [at the hospital].' The
year before that I said, 'George
is going to be hit by a bus.' "
That means each new sea-
son on "Grey's" must start
fresh after major characters
have been killed, wounded or
left in otherwise perilous situ-
ations. "You put everything in
there and the next season you
might have nothing," she says.

MLK movie in the works

continued from 1C

exert pressure to stall projects
it deems as unflattering to the
civil rights leader.
In recent weeks, both
DreamWorks and Warners re-
alized that one project had
the thumbs-up of the estate

and the other was backed by
years of research, meaning a
team-up would best tell the
MLK tale. Salem will now write
a new script with the estate's
backing. Three members of the
King family Dexter, Bernice
and Martin Luther King II -
are acting as executive produc-

Looking back on "Jungle Fever"

cotniued from 1C

.together. They're outcasts. And
since their relationship isn't
based on love, when things get
tough, they can't weather the
To further prove his point,
another character, Paulie, An-
gie's ex-boyfriend, gives in to
his attraction to Orin, a regu-
lar customer at his bar, who
happens to be a Black woman
after Angie tells him she's been
seeing Flipper.
A little over two decades lat-
er, the question remains. Are
we okay with "Jungle Fever"?
A 2010 study conducted by
the Pew Research Center says.
yes. Statistics indicate in the
18-29 age bracket, the follow-
ing would be fine if a family
member married a person of
another race: 88 percent of
whites, 85 percent of Blacks
and 81 percent of -Latinos
compared with 75 percent of
whites, 74 percent of Blacks
and 60 percent of Latinos 30-
49 years old.
Despite these reports, many
Should agree that interracial re-
lationships are no longer taboo,

but still bring great frustra-
tion to many, especially Black
women. From beauty shop
banter to personal essays, like
Jill Scott's 2010 commentary
in Essence, in which she wrote
hearing about a friend's mar-
riage to a white woman made
her "wince," we are still talking
. about interracial dating. And
we can't forget Kanye West's
line in his multi-platinum sin-
gle, "Gold Digger," which comi-
cally drives home the reason-
ing that a white woman is the
Black man's symbol of success.
An unspoken tug of war to
take our men, and yes, even
our women back (6.5 percent
of Black women are dating out-
side of their race) is pointless,
but will likely never cease. No
matter where each of us stands
on the interracial dating/mar-
riage issue, there is a bigger
task at hand, as with any other
relationship, which is to build
together based on common in-
terests, love and trust rather
than using them to check off
an item on our bucket lists.
We're not only dabbling in "col-
ors," but in hearts. Each of us
is worth more than just "seeing
what it's like."

Miami Heat's Chris Bosh is suing the mother of his child who is starring in the
third season of the VH1 reality show, "Basketball Wives," for infringing on'his trade-
mark and publicity rights, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Bosh .:i ji,,,i thtjr co-defendants Allison Mathis and Shed Media are commer-
cially exploiting his likeness and trademark.
Bosh claims his consent was required for use of his mark his name and
that the reality show is likely to confuse the public into thinking he authorized or
sponsored "Basketball Wives:" Bosh also claims that the show has wrongfully con-
verted his "life rights" and divulged facts about him that have been harmful and
"destroyed" the commercial value of his "life rights." He's also suing the defen-
dants for intruding upon his private home life.
Bosh wants an injunction, disgorgement of profits, and further damages.

A woman is suing music producer Jermaine Dupri over missed child support pay-
ments after a judge recently ordered him to pay her.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Margaret Dorsey told the Grammy-winning
producer in March to pay $2,500 a month and an additional $7,500 to Sarai Jones,
based on the results of a paternity test.
Dupri's lawyer, James Kane, declined to comment.
The lawsuit was filed at a time when Dupri is facing financial troubles. His man-
sion was up for foreclosure and set to be auctioned last week, but the sale was .
canceled at the last minute.

Waka Flocka Flame has been cleared of drug charges. The rapper, whose real
name is Juaguin Malphurs, was arrested and charged with drug possession after
his home was raided back in December 2010.
A grand jury in Henry County, Georgia, ruled that there was not enough evidence
against Waka to take him to trial, according to TMZ.
Waka was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of
marijuana, but it was less than an ounce so the amount was insufficient. Also, three
other charges, including weapons possession, suspicion of criminal street gang ac-
tivity, and traffic and probation violations, were dropped.

A summons was served for Beyonc6 in New York City yesterday, alleging that she
reneged on an agreement to develop a motion-sensing dance video game, to be
called Starpower: Beyonce. The company Gate Five is suing for $100 million to cover
lost investments and estimated profits from the venture.
Gate Five says that as a result of Beyonc6 pulling out of the deal, they were forced
to lay off 70 people the week before Christmas.
No comment yet from Beyonc6's camp.

American Idol' parent

to be sold in $giM deal

Romeo out of 'Dancing

with the Stars' ballroom


Xerox makes push for faster services growth

"Xero: won't aban-
don its technology

By Dana -Mattiali

Xerox Corp. is accelerating its.. shift
of resources to its services busi-
ness,' aiming for faster growth even
though services command thinner
margins than the company's trddi-
tional hardware line.
Chief Executive Ursula Burns,
outlining her strategy for. the, year,,
told. investors the company,.*oh't
abandon the technology side'of the
business, but will use investments
and small acquisitions' to expand
the services business more aggres-_
Burns bet heavily on service.ssuch
as business-process outsourcing
and technology outsourcing uiththe
2010 acquisition of Affiliated Com_
puter Services for $6.4 billion.,'The
deal was aimed at counterb c
ala6 ing
the hardware side of the compa I ny
where the rise of digital techIX e '9T

Postal Service,

lost $2.2B in first quarter

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON- The Postal Service is continuing to hemor-
rhage money, reporting a loss recently of more than $2 billion
over the first three months of the year and warning it could
be forced to default on federal payments.
Such a default would not interrupt mail service to millions
of Americans, but it could further hobble an agency strug-
gling with a sharp decline in mail because of the Internet
and a tough economy.
The agency says the $2.2 billion loss covers Jan. 1 to
March 31 sharply higher than the net loss of $1.6 billion
for the same period last year. The post office also said it will
have reached its borrowing limit, set by Congress, of $15 bil-
lion by the end of the budget year on Sept. 30.
Unless Congress intervenes, the Postal Service said, the
agency won't have the cash for certain payment to the gov-
ernment, such as billions for a trust fund to provide health
care benefits for future retirees.
"The Postal Service continues to seek changes in the law
to enable a more flexible and sustainable business model,"
said Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. "The
Postal Service may return to financial stability only through
Please turn to POSTAL 8D

Bank overdraft fees pile

up despite Fed regulation

By Sandra Block

Consumers continue to spend billions on overdraft fees,
despite a Federal Reserve regulation that requires banks
to obtain customers' permission before signing them up for
overdraft-protection programs, consumer advocates say.
Consumers will spend an estimated $38.5 billion in
overdraft penalty fees in 2011, up from $18.6 billion in
2000, according to a study out by the Pew Health Group,
the consumer-product safety arm of the Pew Charitable
Part of the problem is that most banks fail to adequately
disclose the cost of different overdraft options, Pew said.
For example, the median overdraft-protection fee is $35,
vs. $10 to transfer funds from a customer's savings ac-
count to cover the overdraft, the study said.
Under a Federal Reserve rule adopted last year, banks
are required to obtain customers' permission before charg-
ing them fees to cover debit card or ATM overdrafts.
Since then, though, banks have used high-pressure and
misleading sales tactics to persuade consumers to sign
Please turn to FEES 8D

AVON PRODUCTS earnings more than tripled as the com-
pany improved margins and lowered ad costs. Above Avon rep
Aletrice Mann, left, hands client Lee Pahang her order Jan. 26
at Pahang's workplace in North Lauderdale, Fla. Mann started
with the company in November and is saving her earnings for a
family vacation and car payments.

Four unhealthy attitudes

toward monm
By Ryan MacClanathan

If you find yourself constantly
stressed about money, making
poor financial decisions that get
you nowhere, you're not alone.
A new study provides insight
into why some people are locked
into these seemingly losing bat-
tles with their finances. The re-
search, published in The Journal
of Financial Therapy, identifies
four basic attitudes that can hurt
people's finances.
These "money scripts" are usu-
ally unconscious and typically
originate in childhood, said Pro-
fessor Brad Klontz, one of the
authors of the study. They drive
our financial decisions and can
have catastrophic effects on our
finances and lives.
The four harmful money

Money avoidance: Believing
that money is bad or that you do
not deserve money. For people
with this personality, money can
evoke feelings of fear, anxiety or
disgust. Low-income, younger
and single individuals were more
likely to hold this attitude.
Money worship: Believing that
an increase in income or financial
windfall will solve your problems.
People with this attitude are likely
to carry revolving debt. The most
common money attitude found
in Americans, Klontz suspects
it could be a reaction by Baby
Boomers to their parents' extreme
frugality, which was developed as
a survival mechanism during the,
Great Depression. "When parents
take an extreme view of money,
Please turn to MONEY 8D

Persevere if you

want to succeed

in business

Perseverance is a key ingredient when seeking
success in entrepreneurship. While addressing a
church-based youth group of aspiring entrepreneurs,
I noticed that a large number of participants became
frustrated and disillusioned when they didn't achieve
instant success.
Or, young rni.. was at wits' end b;ec~ausehis efforts
to break into the music business had met with defeat.
He said his homemade music CD had not been taken
seriously and all doors to success appeared to be shut



By Gladys Edmunds

tight against him.
He recited a number of young artists who had
achieved fame and fortune long before they had
reached his age of 16. His prime examples were Jus-
tin Bieber and the Jonas Brothers. A number of the
other participants agreed with him. The group took
the position that these young, famous artist couldn't
have struggled and worked hard for very long.
I suggested that he take a minute and do a review.
I asked him to consider why he wanted to make it in
the music business? Did he have a real passion and
commitment and love for music, and if so, was he
pushing forward? Or, was he stuck on the image of
these young artists signing autographs for screaming
adolescent girls and getting loads of media attention?
The room fell silent.
Persistence is an important ingredient toward suc-
cess. Persistence is a learned condition. We can learn
it from our own experience or by watching someone
else. I shared the following .story that taught me how
important and powerful persistence can be.
While getting dressed for my first day at kinder-
garten, my mother picked up my shoe to put it on my
foot and suddenly a mouse jumped out of my shoe.
My mother screamed in fright. As for me, I was too
excited about getting to school than to be concerned
about a mouse taking a nap in my shoe.
That evening during dinner, my mother told my
dad what had happened and informed him that she
needed a better home for her kids than our cramped
rodent-infested dwelling. My father said that was not
possible. The money just wasn't there yet. My mother
listened quietly and said nothing.
Please turn to BUSINESS 8D

HUD works to stop loan scams aimed at homeowners

By Brian W. Carter
Special to the NNPA

The organization is looking
to inform, address and stop
scam artists from targeting
vulnerable homeowners.
On Friday, April 28, the U.S.
Department of Housing and Ur-
ban Development (HUD) held a
press conference launching a
new program to address hom-
eowner scams entitled, "Know
it. Avoid It. Report It." This is a

part of a new campaign start-
ing in Los Angeles as well as
Chicago and Miami. Represen-
tatives of organizations who
came together to address this
growing issue attended the
The speakers included. Lori
Gay, President and CEO of Los
Angeles Neighborhood Hous-
ing services; Yolanda McGill of
Lawyers' Committee for Civil
Rights Under Law; Joel Ibanez,
HUD National Office; and Ray

Brewer, Field Office Director,
HUD Los Angeles.
As many people deal with
foreclosures and mortgage
payments, looking for lower
payments can lead to loan
modification scam artists.The
most vulnerable of these scams
has been minority groups and
the elderly.
Based on information from
the National Loan Modifica-
tion Scam database, as of April
this year, Blacks account for

8.6 percent of the complaints
of scams out of 2,682 com-
plaints in California. By the
end on April, the Loan Modifi-
cation Scam Prevention Net-
work reported that California
homeowners, in total, lost
HUD has launched this new
campaign to stop the growing
scandal that is affecting peo-
ple throughout the U.S., many
of whom reside in Los Angeles.
Homeowners are being led into

faulty agreements, paying fees,
and other fraudulent acts.
HUD is working to inform
and prepare homeowners to
recognize when they come
across questionable ads and
agents. Some of the rules HUD
want people to follow include:
noticing red flags, awareness
of hotlines and complaint
forms, finding HUD resource
centers, -and information on
possible scam artists and

"Know It. Avoid It. Report
It." is a timely program that
couldn't have come at a bet-
ter time. HUD recognizes that
these tough times, unfortu-
nately, bring out "wolves in
sheep's clothing." Together
with people across the nation,
they're working to stop the
scam before it begins.
HUD invites consumers to
visit its site for more informa-
tion at www.hud.gov/prevent-

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8D THE *.i1.'! TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011

Pace of foreclosures decreases

By Julie Schmit_

Foreclosures are taking weeks
longer to complete than a year ago.
and many now last 13 months or
Nationwide, foreclosures in the
first quarter took on average 400
days from default notice to the day
the bank reclaimed the property,
market researcher Realtjyrac re-
That's up from 340 days a year
ago and more than double the aver-
age 151 days it took to foreclose in
the first quarter of 2007, at the start
of the nation's foreclosure crisis.
Foreclosure times are stretching
out partly as a result of last fall's
revelations that many foreclosure
documents were improperly pre-
The delays mean homeowners
may live in homes longer without
paying. Delays also mean bigger
losses for the loans' owners, said
economist Christopher Thi,:rn,_r:"
of Beacon Economics.
April foreclosure activity hit a
40-month low, mainly because of
processing delays, RealtyTrac CEO
James Saccacio said. Default no-
tices, scheduled auctions and bank

repossessions were reported on
219,258 properties in April, down
34 percent from a year ago.
In some cases, lenders are taking

house than what's owed -- or other
alternatives, Saccacio says.
In New York and New Jersey, the
average foreclosure took more than
900 days in the first quarter this
year, more than three times the
2007 average, RealtyTrac said.

-1 f

A foreclosure sign stands in front of a home for sale on Feb. 11.
Foreclosures are taking weeks longer to complete than a year ago.

longer to begin foreclosing on loans
more than 90 days delinquent be-
cause they're waiting longer to al-
low for modifications or short sales
- when lenders take less for a

New York's delays may stem from
an October requirement that law-
yers seeking court approvals for
foreclosures affirm that they re-
viewed court documents and asked

Increased scrutiny delays some evictions

Consumers spend more, but much goes to gas

The Associated Press

spent more in April, but most of
their money went to pay higher
food and gas prices.
The rising cost, of basic ne-
cessities is threatening to slow
economic growth in the coming
months. But hiring gains are the
best in five years, commodity
prices are easing, and gas prices
could follow in the weeks ahead.
Economists say the stronger
job market will offset the impact
of inflation and drive the econo-
my in the second half of the year.

"If this is the full hit from the
rise in gas prices, it is no big
deal," said Ian Shepherdson,
chief U.S. economist for High
Frequency Economics.
More-expensive gas boosted
retail sales 0.5 percent in April,
the 10th-consecutive month of
gains. But excluding gas station
sales, the increase was only 0.2
percent, the Commerce Depart-
ment said recently.
Companies also paid more for
raw materials and factory goods
in April, mostly because energy
prices jumped for the seventh
month in a row.

The Labor Department said
its producer price index, which
measures price changes before
they reach the consumer, rose
0.7 percent. But excluding vola-
tile food and energy categories,
core wholesale prices increased
0.3 -percent, the same gain as
the previous month.
Fuel prices have been surg-
ing in recent months. The na-
tionwide average for gas has
hovered slightly below $4 per
gallon. Economists are wor-
ried that higher fuel costs will
leave motorists with less money
to spend on other discretionary

goods. That would slow econom-
ic growth.
Consumers are paying more
for food, too. Grocery stores
sales jumped 1.5 percent, ac-
cording to the retail sales data.
That's triple the March increase
and a reflection of higher prices.
But commodity prices have
fallen in recent days, hint-
ing that inflationary pressures
could cool in coming months. Oil
prices rose slightly Thursday to
near $99 a barrel. But they were
nearly $114 a barrel last week.
Corn prices fell sharply Wednes-
day and changed little Thursday.

Fed requiring banks to have customer's permission with bank fees

continued from 7D

up for their overdraft-pro-
tection programs, the Cen-
ter for Responsible Lend-
ing said recently.
A survey commissioned
by the CRL found that only
33 percent of consumers
have signed up for over-
draft protection. Of those
who signed up, 60 percent

said they wanted to avoid
paying a fee if their debit
card was declined at the
cash register. In fact, con-
sumers pay nothing if a
debit card purchase is re-
jected for lack of funds.
The CRL's opt-in num-
bers are considerably lower
than the results of a sur-
vey conducted on behalf
of the American Bankers
Association in August. Ac-

cording to that survey, 46
percent-of bank customers
said they had signed up
for overdraft protection or
planned to enroll.
'Andrew Plepler, con-
sumer policy executive for
Bank of America, says he
wasn't surprised by the
CRLs findings. Bank of
America eliminated over-
draft fees on debit cards
last summer because cus-

tomers said they would
rather have debit card
purchases declined than
pay a fee, he says. "It's very
much considered a puni-
tive fee that customers do
not like."
The Pew study, based on
an analysis of more than
250 checking accounts
offered by the USA's 10
largest banks, also con-
cluded that the length

and complexity of most
checking account disclo-
sures make it impossible
for consumers to compare
account terms and condi-
tions. Nessa Feddis, senior
counsel for the ABA, says
banks have to include a
lot of information in con-
tracts to avoid lawsuits.
"They could be simpler if
we weren't such a litigious
society," she says.

Have a positive outlook when striving for success in your business

continued from 7D

Shortly after that, my
mother would take my
brothers and me on street-
car rides to neighborhoods
that she hoped to raise her
children in. We walked tree-
lined streets and admired
houses with green grass,
trees and flowers in the
yard. We watched while kids
my age played in backyards
and walked their dogs. This
was completely different
from where we lived. After
each trip, she would remind
me not to mention- the ex-
cursion to anyone, and es-
pecially my doubtful dad.
One day, while looking for
something in my mother's

closet, I happened on a huge
glass piggy bank loaded
with money. I thought I had
struck gold. I ran to tell my
mother what I had found.
She told me she was sav-
ing for our new home and I
must keep quiet about the
huge pig in the closet.
Every now and then I
would take a peek in the
closet, and sure enough that
pig was growing fatter and
fatter with coins and bills.
My mother was saving every
dime she could scrape from
sewing and baby-sitting for
neighbors. And, we contin-
ued our secret excursions
into tree-lined neighbor-
hoods. She was persistent
in her goals and dreams.
By the time I reached

the third grade, my mother
had more than enough for
the down payment on her
dream house. She also had
enough to retire our old
wringer clothes washer for a
new automatic washer and
dryer. That Thanksgiving
found us in a new home in
one of the neighborhoods we
had frequently visited.
I never forgot that lesson.
My mother told me that see-
ing others people's beautiful
homes let her know there
was a possibility for her to
have a beautiful home, too.
In concluding my remarks
to the group, I reminded
them: If you think you are
going to make a decision to
enter the music business or
any other business by just

walking through a door
marked "success" and ar-
riving at' success, you had
better think again.
The path to success is
heavily strewn with ob-
stacles. These obstacles
show up in many ways,
sometimes as doors being
slammed in your face, not
being taken seriously, or
the negative and doubtful
comments of others, or, as
in my mother's case, having
to delay reaching your suc-
cess goal while you gather
the necessary resources.
But if your heart is truly
at home with your inter-
est then you must prepare
for those challenges. One
way is by being persistent.
Regardless of what anyone

says or thinks persist in
your dreams.
Much of what it takes to
get into any business or to
reach a heartfelt dream has'
plenty to do with mental at-
titude. My mother had the
love, passion and convic-
tion to make a commitment
to find a better life for her
This world is overflowing
with people who gave up on
their desires, dreams and
goals at the first sign of op-
position. To achieve your
dreams, be persistent.
My mother's story and the
success of young people like
Justin Bieber and the Jonas
Brothers serve as a remind-
er of the possibilities that
exist for us if we persist.

mortgage services to verify their
accuracy. Since October, foreclo-
sure filings have tanked. Last week,
150 were filed.
Before October, filings passed
750 a week, said Paul Lewis, chief
of staff to Dep3uty Chief Administra-
tive Judge Ann Pfau.
Lawyers "are not bringing the
cases, which makes me assume
they're having trouble" meeting the
requirements, Lewis said.
A 2009 law that homeowners and
companies try to negotiate a settle-
ment to avoid foreclosure also has
added time to the process, Lewis
In New Jersey, foreclosures have
slowed pending a final rule on what
attorneys will have to attest to when
bringing foreclosure cases, said
foreclosure attorney Bruce Levitt.
Florida foreclosures averaged 619
days in the first quarter versus 470
a year ago. Cases stalled after some
law firms' foreclosure work came
under investigation and replace-
ments had to be found.
The substitutions are just "trick-
ling in" for law firms hit by the con-
troversy, said Circuit Court Judge
Lee Haworth in Sarasota, Fla.
He also suspects that new firms
are "scrubbing" foreclosure paper-
work more than previous firms and
may be starting over on some.

Only 22 percent said
that college is afford-
able to most people to-
day. Just 25 years ago,
39 percent of Ameri-
cans thought college
was affordable to most
But if they could af-
ford it, many saw a fi-,
nancial reward. Adults
with a college degree es-
timate that they make
an average of $20,000
more a year because
they have a college de-
gree. By contrast, those
with only a high school
degree believe that they
make $20,000 less a
year because they don't
have a college degree.
That's almost exactly
what the U.S. Census
Bureau says is the me-
dian annual difference
between earnings of
high school and college

Post office revenue declines

continued from 7D

significant changes to
the laws that limit flexi-
bility and impose undue
financial burdens."
Total mail volume,
about 41 billion piec-
es,' was down 3.1 per-
cent for the January
to March period, com-
pared with the same
time a year earlier, the

Postal Service said. A
modest increase in reve-
nue from standard mail
wasn't enough to offset
the revenue loss from
less first-class mail.
In the last three
years, the agency has
cut over 130,000 jobs.
And it's making more
cuts, with the elimina-
tion of about 7,500 ad-
ministrative jobs in re-
gional offices.

As a part of Miami-Dade County's continuing commitment to
public participation in local government, Vice Chairwoman
Audrey Edmonson and the Park -,ecrai'o.r Department
and Public Housing Agency invite area residents to attend a
community meeting:
The community meeting is designed to present the status
of ,:,pp.:,riuniiie; for neighborhood improvements. As part of
the meeting, County staff will answer questions about Lincoln
Gardens Housing and Marva Bannerman Park. Residents are
encouraged to attend and participate in the discussion. The
public meeting .\iii e place at:
Brownsville Middle School cafeteria
4899 NW 24th Av. Miami, FL 33142
June 1, 2011 6:30 8:00 PM
For more information on this project contact:
John Bowers, Landscape Architect 2
Miami-Dade County Park and Recreation Department
To request material in an accessible format, information-on
access for persons with Ji: ibiiiit,,, or sign interpreter services
(7 days in advance), call 305-365-6706.
Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color,
"ehqi,'j, sex, age, national origin, dia3trhiliy or family status.
Multiple members of individual community councils
may attend.
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Attitude towards your finances

continued from 7D

children will either emulate that
attitude or do the exact opposite,
which can be equally dysfunction-
al," Klontz said.
Money status: Tying your
self-worth to your net worth.
Individuals who believe that
money is a status symbol are
more likely to be young, sin-
gle, less educated, and less
Money vigilance: Being se-
cretive about finances and
overly wary of spending. In
other words, the classic miser.
While people with this trait are
often financially secure, they

often do not allow themselves
to enjoy the benefits of having
money. In extreme cases, it can
lead to hoarding and under-
A healthy attitude about
money requires flexibility, said
Klontz, who worked as clinical
psychologist in Hawaii and spe-
cializes in financial therapy.
"If we can identify our money
scripts, have insight into the
early experiences of our child-
hood and multigenerational
patterns of money beliefs in
our family, we can challenge
and change financial beliefs
that may be causing us finan-
cial harm or limiting our po-
tential," Klontz said.

By Allison Linn

The cost of a higher
education has skyrock-
eted in recent years,
and a new poll shows
that many Americans
are unhappy about
More than half of
Americans think the
nation's college system
is not good value for
money, according to a
poll released Sunday by
the Pew Research Cen-
Even so, most college
graduates say it was
worth it to them. The
Pew survey found that
86 percent of college
graduates thought their
education had been a
good investment.
Still, the financial
burden of going to col-
lege is weighing heavily
on Americans' minds.

Bl..\('Ki M \1,S1 (-C' RO\ I "[IlEIR I \IIR N DE1IINY

C. Brian Hart Insurance
Cash for Gold
City of Miami Community Redevelopment Agency
Don Bailey's Carpet
Florida Department of Health
Funeral Planning Life Insurance
Jackson North Medical Center
Julio Robaina for Miami-Dade County Mayor
Miami Childrens Initiative
Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department
Miami-Dade Water and Sewer
New Birth Baptist Church
North Shore Medical Center
Sony Pictures
South' Florida Workforce
The Children's Place
The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
Universal Pictures
Verizon Wireless

College overpriced and

unaffordable but worth it

9D THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011

Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, District 9,
with winners of the "Clean Up and Green
Up" poster contest.

Nine Miami-Dade students
are making it clear: Keep Mi-
ami-Dade beautiful! Commis-
sioner Dennis C. Moss and
County officials awarded a
group of students whose art-
work was selected for Miami-
Dade's Seventh Annual "Clean
Up and Green Up" poster
contest during the May 3rd
County Commission meet-
ing. The contest, sponsored

by the Community Image Ad-
visory Board (CIAB), encour-
ages students to be creative in
the use of its slogan "Clean Up
and Green Up," using their
original art to encourage
civic pride by illustrating the
importance of keeping our
community litter-free.
For the past seven years,
CIAB has invited students to
enter the poster contest for a

chance at winning great priz-
es. The poster contest was
open to elementary, middle,
and high school students at-
tending any school in Miami-
Dade County. The 1,800 en-
tries received this year made
it very difficult to choose only
three winners in each categd-
ry. The winning entries were
on display at Miami-Dade
Fair and Expo, Inc., Miami-

Dade County and the City of
This year all first-place win-
ners received a Best Buy Gift
Card, all second-place win-
ners received a Dave & Bust-
er's Gift Card and all third-
place winners received an
AMC Movies Gift Card.
"Every year, the submis-
sions for the 'Clean Up and
Green Up' poster contest get

better and better," said Com-
missioner Moss. "This pro-
gram organized by the CIAB
is a great method for teaching
our residents at a young age
the importance of preserving
our environment."
The winners of this year's
contest were: first place, Bry-
an Ledesma, South Hialeah
Elementary; Ghalya Lheris-
son, South Miami Middle;

Elizabeth Morales, Hialeah-
Miami Lakes High; second
place, Anny Auris, Ojus Ele-
mentary; David Baptiste, As-
pira Raul Arnaldo Martinez
Charter School; Chi Nguyen,
Miami Beach High; third
place, Katelyn Mora, Sunset
Elementary; Daniela Singer,
Lamar Louise Curry Middle
and Jose Escobar, Hialeah-
Miami Lakes High.

Ways to reduce your car insurance costs

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

If you're looking for clues
about what impacts your car
insurance rates, check in the
mirror it's mostly about you.
"When it comes to car insur-
ance, there's hardly anything
that isn't personal," says Car-
roll Lachnit, consumer advice
editor for Edmunds.com, an
online resource for automo-
tive information.
Here's a look at what mat-
ters most.
What's your driving his-
tory? How many tickets and
accidents do you have on your
driving record, particularly in
the past three years? Insur-
ance carriers will also look at
the number of miles you drive

each year.
Also, how much you pay is
directly related to how long
you've had your license.
There are things that effect
your rates that you can't con-
trol like gender and age.
"Women's car insurance rates
are lower, because they tend
to have fewer accidents and
tickets," says Chris Kissell, a
spokesperson for Insurance.
com. Youth also is a disad-
vantage. "Drivers who are
very young pay higher rates,
-partictularly males, because
they tend to have more acci-
dents and tickets," he adds.
Insurance companies base
their rates on actuarial in-
formation, and they look for
patterns of claims activity
among people like you.

Everyone knows that a poor
credit score makes you less
qualified for the lowest inter-
est rates offered by lenders.
And many people are now
aware that bad credit can
scare off potential employers.
But your credit score is also a
huge factor in how much in-
surers decide to charge you.
It's obvious, but worth re-
peating: The more coverage
you elect and the lower de-
ductible you set, the -more
you'll pay.
"Don't go for every bell and
whistle," says Lachnit. "If
you're willing to pay a little
higher deductible, you can
wind up saving big on your

Economists trim estimates on U

By Christina Rexrode

New York Economists
are dialing, back their ex-
pectations for U.S. economic
growth this year.
A survey from the Na-
tional Association for Busi-
ness Economics predicts
GDP will grow 2.8 percent
this year down from the
group's February predic-
tion that it would grow 3.3
percent. Their outlook for
consumer spending and the
housing market also weak-
ened, in part because they
expect oil prices to remain
above $100 a barrel through
In a survey that the NABE
released recently, a panel of
41 economists also said they
"remain highly concerned"

about the growing federal
deficit, and said that growth
in the first three months of
the year had been weaker
than expected.
The predictions of the
economists reflect the jitteri-
ness of a public that is still
recovering from the finan-
cial crisis and now getting
squeezed by rising prices
for gas, groceries and other
household items. Retailers of
all stripes are paying more
for the raw materials .they
need to make and transport
their products, such as fuel,
cotton and wood pulp, and
saying they have no choice
but to pass along the price
increases to customers.
The NABE's outlook sur-
vey is released every quar-
ter. For this report, the poll

was conducted April 13 to
May 1. For the last report,
released in February, the
economists were polled Jan.
25 to Feb. 9. Since then, un-
rest has spread in parts of
the Middle East and North
Africa, which has played a
role in the higher prices for
raw materials and gas.
The economists said they
expect GDP to grow at 2.8
percent in 2011 a decrease
from the 3.3 percent predic-
tion they made when sur-
veyed in late January and
early February. They also
lowered predictions for con-
sumer spending growth this
year, and housing starts.
They also expect housing
prices to fall 1.5 percent, af-
ter saying earlier that they
would rise 0.4 percent.

rates. Going from a $250 to
$1000 deductible could save
you 25 percent to 40 percent
on your policy."
Set aside a portion of what
you save to cover that higher
deductible cost in case you
ever do have a claim, and you
should come out ahead.
There are plenty of less ob-
vious ways to pay less for car
It's a paradox, but the more
personal you get with some
insurance carriers, the bet-
ter your rates might be. A
relatively new product, pay-
as-you-drive insurance, of-
fers better rates because the
policies are tailored to how
you personally drive, as op-
posed to how people like you
drive, explains Lachnit.

.S. growth

Oil will average $105 per
barrel this year, the econo-
mists said, up from $93
predicted in the last survey.
They expect oil prices to re-
main elevated at $103 a bar-
rel through 2012.
Oil closed at $99.65 a bar-
rel last week. A gallon of
regular gas averaged $3.96
a gallon that day, according
to AAA.
Business spending was
the bright spot in the NABE
predictions. The economists
expect spending on busi-
ness equipment and soft-
ware to rise 11.9 percent
this year, partly because of
pent-up demand after busi-
nesses cut back on spending
during the recession. Corpo-
rate profits will rise by 8.5
percent, they predict.

Sallie Mae cuts interest rates on student loans

By Candice Choi

NEW YORK Sallie Mae is
lowering the interest rates it
charges on its student loans.
But the price cut likely won't
attract a surge of new bor-
Formally known as SLM
Corp., Sallie Mae offers edu-
cation loans with variable
interest rates that tend to
be higher than the rates on
federal government student
loans. Most federal loans
come with a fixed rate of 6.8
As a result, private student
loans are widely regarded
as a last resort in paying for
college, after scholarships,
grants and federal loans
have been exhausted.
A Sallie Mae executive,
Charlie Rocha, notes that
private loans can neverthe-

less help bridge the gap after
families max out federal stu-
dent loans limits.
The new cap on Sallie
Mae's rate will be 9.875 per-
cent plus LIBOR, which is
the interest rate that banks
charge each other for loans.
The new lowest available rate
will be LIBOR plus two per-
cent, which reflects a half
percent rate reduction.
It's worth noting that
benchmark interest rates,
such as LIBOR, are at his-
toric lows, meaning the in-
terest rates tied to them are
poised to rise incrementally.
"The impact is not going to
felt in one fell swoop," said
Greg McBride, an analyst
with Bankrate.com. But he
said costs could rise signifi-
cantly for borrowers over the
next several years.
The exact interest rate Sal-

lie Mae assigns loans varies
depending on the borrower's
credit score and the type of
repayment option selected.
Students who choose to
pay interest charges on the
loan while they're in school
are given more favorable
rates. Sallie Mae encourages
this option because it mini-
mizes the impact of com-
pound interest and lowers
the cost of the loan over the
long term.
Students can also opt to
make $25 monthly pay-
ments while they're in school
to defray interest costs or de-
fer payments altogether until
after graduation. The defer-
ment option comes with the
highest interest rates.
Sallie Mae is throwing in
another sweetener for bor-
rowers. For loans disbursed
between July 1 and Oct. 1,

loans will come with free tu-
ition insurance for one year.
The insurance covers up
to $5,000 in tuition, room,
board and other fees if a stu-
dent is forced to withdraw
because of medical reasons.
For many families, how-
ever, the perk may not out-
weigh the safeguards that
come with federal student
For example, federal stu-
dent loans come with guide-
lines that allow borrowers to
defer payments if they can't
find work after graduation.
Interest continues accruing,
but the loan remains in good
With private loans, lenders
usually decide whether to
grant deferment on a case-
by-case basis. The period of
relief is also generally much
shorter too.


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-Photo credit/Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County
Rowena Crawford, assistant director, Miami-Dade Department
of Housing & Community Development; Theresa Durand, Browns-
ville homeowner and Vice Chairwoman Audrey Edmonson, cut-
ting the ribbon in front of Durand's renovated home.

Family homes renovated

after 2003 tornado

When a tornado hit Miami in 2003,. several homes in the Brownsville
area were severely damaged. Now, the work of Vice Chairwoman Audrey
M. Edmonson and the Miami-Dade County Housing and Community
Development (HCD) Department has helped two more families move
back into their homes after renovation. On April 29, 2011, Vice Chair-
woman Edmonson and HCD officials cut the ribbon on the newly refur-
bished homes of the Allen, 2465 NW 55 Terrace, and Durand families,
2229 NW 61st Street, homes. The County, working with the Brownsville
Affordable Housing Development Corporation, has helped 12 families
to rebuild their homes, restoring affordable housing to the Brownsville

As a result of the passage of House Bill 1355, Early Voting sites for the
May 24, 2011 Miami-Dade County Special Election will be closed on Sunday, May 22.
Please note that the last day for Early Voting will be Saturday, May 21, with extended
hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Below is a revised schedule noting these changes.


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By Derek Kravitz
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Construction of new
homes plummeted in
April, dragged down
by a major drop in
apartment building.
Builders broke
ground on 10.6
percent fewer new
homes last month.
The seasonally ad-
justed rate fell to
523,000 homes per
year, the Commerce
Department said re-
cently. That's less
than half the 1.2
million homes per
year that economists
consider a sign of a
healthy market.
The weak con-
struction data show
how builders are
struggling to com-
pete with millions of
foreclosures, which
are forcing down
prices for previously
occupied homes. The
median price of a
new home was about
34 percent higher
in March than the
median price for
a re-sale. That's
more than twice the
markup in healthy
housing markets.
In some cities, pric-
es are half of what
they were before the
housing market col-
lapsed in 2006 and
2007. Many potential
buyers who could
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worried that prices
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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
101 A Civic Center Area
One bedroom $725
monthly. Two bedrooms
$825-$900 monthly; Ap-
pliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

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

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. Appliances.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile. $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
123 NW 18 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$395 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-

1245 NW 58 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$495 monthly, $750 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1245 NW 58 Street
Studio, $395 mthly. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Joel 786-

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

1286 NW 59 Street
Nice two bedroom, one bath,
$800 monthly. 954-709-4458
1317 NW 2 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.

135 NW 18 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$495 month $750 to move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LDC TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

140 NW 13 Street
Two bdrms, one bath
$500. 786-236-1144

14350 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Free Water 786-267-1646

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one-bath,
$425. Ms. Pearl #13

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $395
monthly. $600 move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

1648 NW 35 Street
One bdrm, one bath, $750.
Section 8 OK. 786-355-5665
1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1

172 NW 52 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$650. Free water/electric.

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 bdrm, one bath, $425.
Appliances, Mr. Hinson #6
1927 NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms. $700 mthly,.
first and last. Free Water.
200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450,
appliances. 305-642-7080
2493 NW 91 Street #5

One bedroom. $525 mthly.
First and last to move in.
Call 786-515-3020 or

2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
405 NW 37 Street
One bdrm, one bath,
$495 mthly. All appli-
ances included. Call Joel

467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency $405. Appliances
and free water.

561 NW 6 Street
One bdrm, one bath $495.
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrm. Section 8 OK.
One bedroom apt. (in-law
quarters), $850 monthly, all
utilities included.
Call 305-431-8981 5-9 p.m.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more

One bedroom, central air,
water included. Quiet neigh-
borhood. 305-751-3498
Spacious, one, two bdrm.
Easy qualify. Move in spe-
cials. One bedroom, $495;
two bedrooms, $595. Free
water! 786-236-1144

Corner of NW 103 Street
Beautiful two bedrooms. $700
monthly. $1000 to move in.
Gated, security, tiled floors,
central air. 786-402-0672
Liberty City Area
One bedroom. $500 moves
you in. Call 305-600-7280 or
Overtown Area
One bdrm $400,
Two bdrm $595,
Three bdrm $700.
305-600-7280/ 305-603-9592
Two bdrms, one bath, $868;
one bedroom, $704; studio,
$595; despoits 305-297-0199
NW 2 Ave and 63 Street
Clean, secure area, one
bdrm, one bath, $625 mthly.
Move In Special!
Spacious two bdrms, one
bath, tile, $700
One bdrm, one bath, $500

South Miami area, near Metro
Rail. Two and three bedroom
apartments for rent.
CALL 786-543-3872
One bdrm, great specials.
Call 786-201-4153
2158 NW 5 Avenue, Miami

1425 NW 54 Street
Former day care and many
commercial uses. $1500.
Call 305-992-7503.

191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
20600 NW 7 AVENUE #202
One bdrm, one bath, central
air, gated. Call 770-598-8974
725 NW 70 Street
Two bedrooms, one and a
half bath, $950 monthly

10 NW 71 Street
Three bedrooms, $975, water
included, call 786-797-6417
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1293 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tiled,
appliances included. Section
8 OK. 786-277-4395
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
15741 NW 40 Court
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1200 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. Call 305-621-
7883, 786-385-8174.
1610 NW 47 STREET
Newly renovated one and two
bedrooms. $625 and $725
monthly. 954-496-5530

1817 NW 41 Street
Two bdrs, one bath, air. $800
mthly. $1900 move in. Sec-
tion 8 OK. 305-634-5794
1920 NW 31 Street
One bedroom. Appliances,
air and water included $680-
$720. Call 305-510-2728.
1921 NW 59 STREET
Ready to move in. Two
bedrooms with new carpet,
one bath, near schools and
buses. Full, big kitchen with
tile floor, stove, refrigerator,
washer, two reverse cycle air
conditioning units, three ceil-
ing fans included. Section 8
Welcome! $750 mthly, $1500
to move in. 305-323-5795 or
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, appliances, free

21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedroom, air, remod-
eled, $895. NDI Realtors
office at 290 NW 183 Street.
We have others. 305-655-
243 NW 59 Street
Rear apt., Two bedrooms,
central air, $675, call:
2452 NW 44 Street
Two bedrooms, air, $696
monthly. 786-877-5358
2480-B NW 66 Street
Two bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances, air, bars. $850 mthly.
Section 8 OK. 305-444-8908
2482 NW 95 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
stove, refrigerator, air condi-
tioner, water, good location.
Ride-by. 305-948-6913
3051 NW 134 Street -
Section 8 welcome! Newly
remodeled, two large bdrms,
one bath, central air, washer
and dryer included. New
kitchen, bath, and refrigera-
tor. $1075 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567
3075 NW 91 Street #2
One bdrm, one bath. Section
8 preferred. 305-299-3142
3143 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
newly renovated, $800 mthly.
First, last and security.
3318 NW 50 Street
Two bedroom, one bath,
$725, appliances.
0 305-642-7080 .

3596 NW 193 Street
Three bedroom, two bath,
central air, fenced yard, en-
closed patio. Section 8 wel-
come. Facilities for the dis-
able in place. $1050 mthly.
786-267-1318 305-331-7115
38 NE 64 Street
One bedroom, one bath, in-
cludes water. $650 monthly.
414 NW 53 Street
Gorgeous remodeled, BEST
VALUE, two bedroom, one
bath, spacious, big bed-
rooms, large yard, totally
fenced, private parking, avail-
able immediately, $875. 305-
4436 NW 23 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 Welcome!
Call 786-251-2591
462 NW 82 Terrace
The perfect 10. Two bdrms,
one bath, appliances.
5537 NW 5th Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, $800 monthly,
Section 8 welcome. Driveway
and gated. Call 786-663-0234
5657 NE 1 Court
,Two bedrooms, new bath,
appliances, air, water, bars,
$700. Terry Dellerson, Real-
tor. NO Section 8.
643 NW 48 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 monthly. Section 8 wel-
come. 305-758-7022
7737 NW 6 AVENUE
Two bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, washer/dryer. Section
8 OK! 786-277-4395
928 NW 55 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$575. Free Water.

One bdrm., $750 and three
bdrms., $1250, Section 8
OKAY! 786-355-5665
Liberty City
Two and three bedrooms,
$950 and $1050 monthly,
Section 8 welcome.
Call Deborah 305-336-0740
Really nice, newly renovated
two bdrms, air and some utili-
ties, duplexes, townhouses,
$850 monthly 786-488-0599

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.

2253 NW 94 Street Rear
One person. Furnished. In-
cludes water and lights. $125
weekly. Move In Special
$999. 954-802-2423
5422 NW 7 Court
includes electric and water.
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Trade deals tied

to aid for jobless

By Julie Pace

-The White House is
threatening to hold up
final passage of three
coveted free trade agree-
ments unless lawmakers
agree to expand retrain-
ing assistance for Ameri-
can workers who lose
their jobs because of for-
eign competition.
The move comes as ad-
ministration officials be-
gin talks on Capitol Hill
to finalize the agreements
the White House reached
to expand trade with
South Korea, Panama
and Colombia. President
Barack Obama has said
the deals are an inte-
gral part of his economic
agenda, and the pacts
have broad Republican
While administration
officials have long said
they supported expand-
ing the Trade Adjust-
ment Assistance Pro-
gram, or TAA, Monday's
announcement was the
first time aides said they
would be willing to delay
the deals without it.
"We will not submit the
FTAs without an agree-
ment on an enhanced
TAA," said Gene Sperling,
director of the Nat ional
Economic Council. "But
we also believe we can
work on congressional
leadership to get that ac-
White House officials
said they're willing to
proceed on the trade
pacts without formal pas-
sage of the assistance
expansion as long as law-
makers outline a plan for
,doing. eo. p. ,A
T-he assistance pro-
gram was expanded
two years ago as part of
Obama's stimulus pack-
age to include aid for more
displaced workers, but
the expansion expired in
February. Labor unions
and some key Democratic
lawmakers have demand-
ed the expansion as a
condition for supporting

the trade deals.
While Republicans
have typically been sup-
portive of the TAA pro-
gram, several GOP law-
makers have expressed
concerns that the level
of spending under the
2009 expansion is no lon-
ger sustainable given the
Capitol Hill negotiations
on debt and deficit.
Administration officials
said Monday they did not
have an estimate for how
much it would cost to re-
new the assistance pro-
gram. Sperling said the
administration is working
with Congress on ways to
fund the program so it
doesn't add to the deficit.
The White House and
Republicans had ap-
peared to have a break-
through on trade ear-
lier this month when the
administration started
informal talks with con-
gressional staff on the
three trade deals. The
talks are the first step to-
ward the final ratification
The administration
wanted lawmakers to
pass the South Korea
deal, the largest of the
three, first while it nego-
tiated outstanding issues
with Colombia and Pan-
ama. But Republicans
demanded the White
House send all three
agreements together,
threatening to block the
confirmation of a new
commerce secretary and
any trade-related nomi-
nees if that didn't hap-
Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch,
the top Republican on
the Senate Finance Com-
,. mii.e soi.dSie4ed im i,s -
~tration's d~c;Is..'i tru link
the tradde deals with the
assistance program was
"hugely disappointing."
"With our economy
struggling and our na-
tion broke, it's time to
stop the excuses and give
our exporters fair access
to international markets,"
Hatch said in a state-

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12D THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 18-24, 2011

STiger's niece has identity ofher own



Cullen Jones, right, edged Josh Schneider to earn a berth on the U.S. swim team
headed to the world championships.

Swimmer heads to worlds

Nine months and 22.24 seconds later,

roster spot is won

By Viv Bernstein

ter nine months of training
and more than a little ten-
sion between teammates and
friends, the final spot on the
United States swim team
came down to a 50-meter
freestyle sprint recently at
Mecklenburg County Aquat-
ic Center. When it was over,
Cullen Jones barely held off
Josh Schneider to earn the
berth for the world champion-
ships in July in Shanghai.
Cullen Jones, right, edged
Josh Schneider to earn a
berth on the U.S. swim team
headed to the world champi-
Jones beat Schneider by
four-hundredths of a second,

winning in 22.24 seconds.
"I know a lot of people built
it up like two boxers, and I
think we definitely went at
it like that," said Jones, 27,
a gold medalist in Beijing in
2008. "But at the same time,
we're friends. We definitely
train well together.
"It's just been kind of an el-
ephant in the room."
The swim-off was necessary
because the two posted iden-
tical times of 21.97 to finish
second at the United States
senior nationals last August.
But the competition was de-
layed because the less-expe-
rienced Schneider, 23, broke
his hand during a later event
in the nationals. So instead,
it was agreed the two would
compete at a USA Swimming

Grand Prix event here, where
both swimmers train with the
SwimMAC Carolina team.
"It's been the talk of swim-
ming for about a couple
months now," Ryan Lochte,
a close friend of Jones's, said
before the swim-off. "For
them, it has to be worse than
the Olympics. Because this is
like, you get one shot. There's
not a prelim, semifinals, fi-
nals. You get one shot, and
it's laying it all on the line. I
think it's pretty cool."
Not for the competitors,
Schneider said he was dis-
appointed. "I knew what it
would take to win. We both
did. I don't think either one of
us went the time we wanted,
but it was a good race. Just
got to get back to work.
"He is a gold medalist for a
reason. It's hard to topple a
giant like that."

V. I." ION-SALEM, N.C. -
When Cheyenne Woods was
two, she plucked a club from a
bag, like a sword from a stone,
and whacked a golf ball into the
netting in her grandfather's ga-
rage, where her Uncle Eldrick -
you may know him as Tiger -
famously took his mythic first
C -r enn,- doesn't remember,
but she knows all about the
family lore. Her mother, Susan,
recalls how Earl Woods Sr. -
beguiled by her swing found
a shorter club and showed his
granddaughter just how to grip
"He saw something in her,"
Susan says.
Earl Sr. didn't coach Chey-
enne, as he did Tiger, but he
bought her clubs of her own by
the time she was six and set her
up with a coach in Arizona, who
would send tapes of her swing
to the doting grandfather in

Today Cheyenne is 20, a ju-
nior at Wake Forest who will
compete in this week's NCAA
championships in Bryan, Tex-
She is ranked 23rd by Golf-
week, a long shot to win the
women's individual title the way
Tiger won the men's for Stanford
in 1:996. But when Cheyenne
won the Atlantic Coast Confer-
ence championship last month,
she immediately thought of her
grandfather, who died in 2006.
"He would be very proud," she
says, "of how far I've come."
Tiger tweeted his delight: My
niece, Cheyenne, just won the
ACC golf title by seven shots
That's awesome, I'm so proud
of her.
Cheyenne's father, Earl Jr., is
Tiger's half-brother. She even
looks -a bit like Tiger. "I get that
a lot," she says. "But I don't see
it. I feel like I just look like my-
Small wonder she asserts

selfhood. When you golf, and
your uncle is you-know-who,
comparisons are unfair but in-
evitable as much a part of
her daily landscape as putting
greens and open fairways.
"Hopefully everyone lets her
be her," Tiger says. "People don't
need to compare her to me."
They do, of course, and have
since she picked up that first
club one of his old ones, as
luck (and creation myth) would
have it.
"Let her create her own life,"
Tiger says, "and her own path."

When she was little, Chey-
enne would ask her teachers on
the first day of school: Do you
know who my uncle is? It was
cool to be Tiger's niece. She still
felt that way when she started
playing junior tournaments
and the cameras followed her
every move.

Today, Cheyenne does her
best to strike a middle ground:
She is proud of her famous un-
cle but eager to own an identity
apart from a man she does not
really know all that well.
"We talk a little bit here and
there," she says. "He's busy. I'm
busy. We have our two separate
They have played together,
though not often. "Obviously, I'd
love to play with her more," Tiger
says. "It has been fun to watch
her. I have watched her on film,
.and it's been amazing to see her
progression over time."
Tiger's face lights up as he
talks about her while walking
to his car after practice before
last week's Players Champion-
ship from which he would
bow out early with a knee in-
"She has sought some advice
here and there," Tiger says, "but
that obviously is between us."

- Black enough? Absurd!

McNabb not Black enough? Absurd!

Some recent comments from
boxer Bernard Hopkins about
current Washington Redskins
quarterback Donovan McNabb
has set the sports world
ablaze. Hopkins, who was in
Philadelphia training for a
fight, took time out of his regi-
ment to comment on McNabb,

implying that he wasn't Black
enough and saying "he's got a
suntan, that's all." He went on
to criticize McNabb for having
a 'privileged childhood in sub-
urban Chicago." He said there
was "something missing" from
McNabb. .
You may remember that

current ESPN NBA analyst
Jalen Rose fell under some
controversy for his statements
in a documentary about the
University of Michigan's "Fab
Five" basketball team, when
he called all or any Blacks
that went to Duke "sellouts"
and "Uncle Toms." He did
make these comments when
he was a Black teenager grow-
ing up in a poor neighborhood
in Detroit and raised by a
single mother. We could have
understood his rationale bet-
ter then.
Instead, Rose like Hopkins,
came to this conclusion as
a middle-aged adult. What

sense does this make? And
what is the criteria for being
Black enough? Hopkins' com-
ments have me checking my
racial resume and seeing if I'm
Black enough. Let's' go down
the checklist.
Been raised in lower income
housing, i.e. the ,projects?
Nope. Never lived in one.
Depended on some sort of
government aid (WIC, food
stamps). Nope. I didn't see
a physical food stamp until
college and it belonged to a
Eaten mayonnaise sand-
wiches and drinking sugar
water (because of no Kool-

Aid). Nope. Mom always made
sure I had Kool-Aid or some
sort of juice.
Raised by a single mother
with no father in the home.
YES. But I don't know if that
gets me much according to
Bernard Hopkins.
The point is, if you are raised
in the Cabrini Green projects
of Chicago or on Star Island in
Miami, that doesn't determine
how Black you are. It's what's
being taught inside of your
home and how you are raised
that influences who you are.
Hopkins received much
criticism for his comments,
as well he should. According

to his thoughts about Black
ness, the current president
of the U.S. may not be Black
enough either. He was raised
by a white mother after all.
Maybe Hopkins should start
a movement to demand that
President Obama show us his
blackness or a "black card."
Blackness has nothing to do
with your physical surround-
ings or the toughness of your
exterior. It has all to do with
your inner self and your state
of mind, knowing your his-
tory and your self-worth. One
should never judge a book by
its cover. What's inside may
surprise you.

First Black driver

to win Grand-Am

Brown, Beckman get

second wins of 2011

at NHRA Southern


The Associated Press

COMMERCE, Ga. Antron
Brown raced to his second Top
Fuel victory of the year Sunday,
beating teammate Tony Schum-
acher in the NHRA Southern Na-
tionals at Atlanta Dragway.
Brown had a 3.856-second run
at 318.69 mph for his 27th career
NHRA victory and fourth at Atlan-
ta Dragway two in Top Fuel and
two in Pro Stock Motorcycle).
Brown moved up to the second
spot in the Top Fuel standings,
70 points behind leader Del Wor-
sham, who lost in the first round
of eliminations to Shawn Langdon.
In Funny Car, fellow Don Schum-
acher Racing driver Beckman also
raced to his second victory of the
season. Beckman powered his
Dodge Charger to a 4.111 at 311.05
to beat points leader Mike Neff in
the final round. Beckman has 11
career victory two at Atlanta
Beckman moved up to the sec-
ond spot in the Funny Car points
standings, 20 points Neff.
Jason Line held off teammate
Greg Anderson in an all Summit

became the first Black driver with
a grand-Am Road Racing win.

Racing final to secure his third win
of the season and first at his spon-
sor's event. Line drove his Pontiac
GXP to a 6.600 at 208.42 for his
23rd career win in Pro Stock.
Tonglet held off the fast-charging
Karen Stoffer in the final for his
first win of the season and sixth
of his career. Tonglet rode his Su-
zuki to a 6.924 at 191.62. With her
runner-up finish, Stoffer secured
the top spot in the standings, 15
points ahead of second-place An-
drew Hines.

Injury exit clouds Tiger's future

By Steve DiMeglio

Fla. In 2008, Tiger Woods
tied for second in the Mas-
ters and took the next nine
weeks off after having ar-
throscopic surgery on his
left knee. In his first tourna-
ment back, he won the U.S.
Open on a broken leg.
Woods will have to travel
down a similar path this
year if he indeed does play
the June 16-19 U.S. Open at
Congressional Country Club
- after he withdrew from
The Players Championship
after nine holes Thursday
citing multiple injuries to his
left leg. The PGA Tour's flag-
ship event was Woods' first

Tiger Woods
action since the Masters; he
announced April 26 that he
had minor knee and Achil-
les strains.
Ten minutes before Nick
Watney began a pace-set-

ting round of 64 at the Sta-
dium Course at TPC Saw-
grass, Woods said he had
tweaked his knee, which
has had four surgeries, with
his opening tee shot.
By the fourth hole, Woods
was walking with a limp
and -well behind playing
partners Matt Kuchar and
Martin Kaymer. He finished
with a 42 on the front nine,
including a triple-bogey sev-
en on the fourth hole, where
he hit two balls into the wa-
"I felt fine during warm-
up, and then, as I played,
it progressively got worse,"
said Woods, who hasn't won
since November 2009, has
fallen to No. 8 in the rank-

ings and has played 17
rounds on Tour this year.
"I'm having a hard time
Where he'll start next is
anyone's guess. He likely
would have played in the
Memorial in three weeks,
then the U.S. Open two
weeks after that.
"I don't know;" Woods said
about what's next, with his
knee and schedule. "I just
finished nine holes. Give me
a few days to see what the
docs say, and we'll take a
look at it."
Woods' agent, Mark Stein-
berg, said Woods and his
doctors were assessing what
the next steps are and that
an MRI might not be needed.

USA's tennis rankings hit 38-year low

Critics have been carping about the decline of American tennis for years.
Today there is another state on their side. For the first time in the history of
tennis'computer rankings I since 19731,. there will be no Americans in either
the ATP or WTA top 10 Serena Williams. who hasn't played since Wimbledon.
drops to I7th after holding down No. 10 for the previous two weeks. Mardy
Fish dropped from the No 10 spot last week to leave no American in the men's
top 10. Former No. 1 Andy' Roddick has bounced in and out but currently sits I
12th, one lov.'er than Fish I 11). Bethanie Mattek-Sands is the top American af-
ter Venus I 19th) and Serena Williams and will climb to No. 38. Mattek-Sands
said changes were necessary in the U S. Tennis Association's development
program. .% ith a varietyy of factors to blame from pressure to burnout to gen-
eral work cthic In other countries there's a littlemore of that grit to get out of
where the:'rc coming from," Mattek-Sands said.