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By D. Kevin McNeir
knicneirA@miamiinmesoilhne.c- om
Close to 1.000 law enforcement of-
ficers, along with state prosecutors,
teachers, social workers, community
activists and local politicians met in
downtown Miami last week with one
goal in mind: to reduce crime in the
Black community.
Under the leadership of Pam Bondi,
who as the Florida Attorney General,
has made reducing the presence and

impact of gangs one of her office's top
priorities, the 26th National Confer-
ence on Preventing Crime in the Black
Community met over four days, pro-
filing national initiatives and com-
munity strategies that have been suc-
cessful in reducing violence and other
inappropriate behavior. The most en-
couraging sight at this conference,
however, may well have been the over
100 Black teens who live in some of
South Florida's most crime-infested
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It's a Jacksonville first

Alvin Brown pulls off
stunning win in mayoral race
By D. Kevin McNeir
Two years ago Alvin Brown, a former assistant
to President Bill Clinton, decided to move from the
private sector and set his sights on becoming mayor
of Jacksonville, Florida. With no experience as an
elected official but with a boatload of good ideas, in-
tellectual profundity and a sincere faith in both God
and the people of the city, he plunged headfirst into
a grassroots campaign.
When the polls closed last week and after a hard-
fought run-off against Republican Mike Hogan,
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people say
they can't make
their dreams
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Construction projects moving ahead

By 0. Kevin McNeir
Some of the roughest neigh-
borhoods in Miami-Dade and
Broward Counties have reason
to celebrate as more than 25
affordable multi-family proj-
ects are either near completion
or under construction. It's good
news to those several for-prof-
it developers that make their
money in affordable housing
- and it's good news for those
citizens who need better and
affordable places to live.
Among the list are three proj-
ects that fall under the Carlisle

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Development Group: Browns-
ville Transit Village, a five-
phase, 467 unit, $100 million
development, 5200 NW 27th
Avenue (Miami/Brownsville);
The Beacon, a 90-unit, $25
million development, 1000 NW
1st Avenue (Overtown); and
NW 7th Avenue Transit Village
(Miami), 202 units of afford-
able housing with phase one
for family and elderly and total
cost for both phases estimated
at $60 million.
Other projects underway in-
clude: the Arcola Police Sta-
tion, Library and Head Start
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of the Brownsville Transit Village

illustrates how much the community will soon change for the better.

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Jobs still

hard to find

in Florida

AWI economist reveals April
unemployment numbers
By D. Kevin McNeir
Even with 16,000 new jobs in South Florida, Miami-
Dade County's unemployment rate moved from 12.9 to 13.1
percent in April. Chief Economist Rebecca Rust, from the
Agency for Workforce Innovation, released the latest figures
on Friday, May 20th, as part of a conference call to the local
media. She highlighted the best and worst times for Florida
and said based on her data and forecasts from a team of fel-
low economists, our state will recover albeit slowly.
"The unemployment rate that we are used to seeing in
Florida, six percent, won't become a reality until 2018,
based on our findings," she said. "But there are a few
things to celebrate: three months of consecutive gains on
manufacturing jobs in Florida; costs are still being held at
a fixed rate; and businesses are working with greater ef-
ficiency. But we are still facing the challenge of a construc-
tion sector that lost 353,000 jobs and a decreased valuation
of homes, down three percent from the previous month."
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Vets struggle with life's issues

Summit targets ways to
help our war heroes
By D. Kevin McNeir
Contrary to popular belief,
when many soldiers complete
active duty and come home,
what they find are not pa-
rades of friends and families
celebrating their return but a
host of challenges. Many are
unable to secure jobs, find af-
fordable housing or adequate
health care. For those who

Waddell McGee, Colonel David Sutherland, Annie Neasman
and Kevin Humes.

have been injured and are
now disabled, the struggle for
survival and securing a rea-
sonable quality of life becomes
even more daunting.

With that in mind, the
American Veterans Alliance,
the American Alliance for Dis-
abled Veterans, the American
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Rappers help

youth overcome

peer pressure
By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer, gemjuledavis81@yahoo.com
Black children require more than their parents and school-
teachers to instill educational and cultural values in their
lives. It takes a community of clergy, mentors and celebrities
to raise their level of consciousness to help them become pro-
Iductive members of society.
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1. 2011

When our children fail the

FCAT, we fail them too
he end of the year is rapidly approaching for Miami-
Dade County Public Schools and young folks from
kindergarten to 12th grade are eagerly anticipating
the start of summer vacation. As the countdown continues,
students are studying for final examinations, preparing for
proms, class trips and the most exciting event of all gradu-
But for close to 6,000 high school seniors in M-D and Bro-
ward Counties, graduation has been delayed postponed
for an unspecified amount of time because of their inability
to pass the required reading and/or mathematics portions of
the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
Even with five attempts, about 3,833 M-D seniors failed
one or both parts of the test. The irony is that some of these
students may be "A" or "B" students; others have received
letters of interest if not actual acceptance from colleges and
universities. But for a host of reasons they cannot pass our
State's standardized examination that has become the omi-
nous gatekeeper allowing some to pass through with di-
ploma in hand barring entrance for others despite having
done their best for 12 years of schooling.
Do we believe that students should be tested on a regular
basis? Certainly. Is it important to have a general knowledge
of fundamental subjects like reading and mathematics? Yes,
without a doubt. But if the teachers of our students, who
have put years of study and service into honing their craft be-
lieve that students are ready to move on, then why do we put
the final verdict of their results on a high-pressure, winner-
takes-all examination?
We celebrate diversity and have students in our schools
that speak Spanish and Creole at home but speak English
in their classrooms. Should they be expected to perform the
same? Are these tests truly objective or are they culturally-
biased? Finally, while our teachers are forced to teach test-
taking skills to students throughout the year, does adequate
time remain to help students develop the kinds of analytical
abilities that could benefit them for the rest of their lives?
We have allowed the FCAT to become a high-stakes exam
that dooms some children to futures with greater obstacles
and an increased chance for personal failure. Because today
without a high school degree, about the only thing a young
child of any color can hope for, besides a minimum wage,
dead-end job, is a cot, three meals and membership in the
'prison industrial complex.
To be clear, we do not advocate social promotion. Rather.
we think teachers, not tests, should have the final worct min a
student's future.

Memorial Day is about

fallen soldiers not

beach parties
In May 1971, the soulful Marvin Gaye released an album
entitled "What's Going On," that shared nine vignettes told
from the viewpoint of a Black veteran returning from Viet-
nam. What he discovered and was forced to endure upon his
return to the U.S. was injustice, suffering and hatred. He real-
ized that as a Black man he had fought for his country but was
not welcome to share in that country's privileges.
This weekend we mark another Memorial Day when we honor
American soldiers who have died serving our country. Years
ago, one would see U.S. citizens wearing red poppies in honor
of those who died serving our country at war. But today the
meaning and traditions of Memorial Day have been all but for-
gotten. The number of parades have dwindled while the graves
of the fallen have been increasingly ignored and neglected.
If Gaye were still alive today, one has to wonder what would
he assess our world and therefore answer the question, 'what's
going on?'
One song on his breakthrough concept album, "Inner City
Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler)," could still be appropriately
used to describe the life for many Blacks here in Overtown, Lib-
erty City, Opa-Locka. . and the list continues daily life still
makes us want to holler.
As we pause this Memorial Day, we should give reverence to
the 620,000 who were killed during the Civil War more than
were killed in all the major U.S. wars since then. We should pay
homage to 50,000 U.S. soldiers that died in World War I, the
estimated 5,000 in Iraq and close to 1,200 in Afghanistan.
And while we cannot provide an easy answer to the question,
how many of these soldiers were Black, one could assume that
given the frequency with which Blacks were sent to the front
line, a lot of those seriously injured and killed were Black men.
Of course, race is really not the issue here. For as Gaye right-
fully described, "war is hell."
Let's remember that freedom, true freedom, always comes at
a cost. For our veterans who manned the battlefields, that price
was their lives.


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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 ol race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights Haung no person, fearing no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held oack

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National solution needed to Black dropout dilemma

For the last several years
there has been an endless
stream of negative reporting
about the growing and persis-
tent problems of the terrible
rate of high school dropout
rates for Black students across
the U.S. Certainly, there is
no greater challenge than en-
couraging our youth to stay in
school to complete their high
school education and to pre-
. pare for their life careers by
going on to finish college and
graduate school or to enroll in
some type of hands-on career

training or to start their own
businesses that may require
special entrepreneurial intern-
ship and mentorship.

contradictions that plague the
Black community will do very
little to change this situation. It
is not a hopeless state of being

Recently, there was an article in the Economist magazine
that described the problem of the direct causative rela-
tionship between the high rate of Black unemployment
and the high rate of Black high school dropouts.

But, to just keep describing
and analyzing the "problems"
of Black high school dropouts
or pointing the fingers at the
internal and external forces or

that cannot be changed. There
are solutions to this problem.
Malcolm X reminded us that in
life you are either going to be
part of the problem or part of

the solution.
Recently, there was an arti-
cle in the Economist magazine
that described the problem of
the direct causative relation-
ship between the high rate of
Black unemployment and the
high rate of Black high school
dropouts. Among Blacks, 70
percent of those who have
dropped out of high school
are also unemployed. But, the
article offered no solutions. It
painted a seemingly hopeless
situation for Black high school


The frivolous attacks on Obama and Common

If you thought nothing could
be more frivolous than con-
servatives questioning wheth-
er the President .was born in
the U.S., think again. The
recent criticism of Obama's
decisions to worship Eas-
ter Sunday at Shiloh Baptist
Church .in-..Washington, D.C.
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House celebration of poetry
illustrates how far his critics
will stoop to manufacture a
Fox News was hysterical
over the Obamas' decision to
worship at the predominantly
Black church founded in the
1800s by former slaves. Fox
News' Sean Hannity aired a
clip from the speech Rev. Wal-
lace Smith, the pastor of Shi-
loh, had given at Eastern Uni-
versity, in Davids, Pa.
"It may not be Jim Crow
anymore," Smith said "Now,
Jim Crow wears blue pin-
stripes, goes to law school and
carries fancy briefs in cases .
he can wear the protective
cover of talk radio or can get a

regular news program on Fox."
After the clip aired as part of
Hannity's criticism of the pres-
ident, Smith said his church
received more than 100 threats
via telephone and e-mail.
Fox host Bill O'Reilly tried
to dismiss Smith as a "racial
activist", and kept objecting to
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n 1991, President George
to the White House. His gr
F--- tha Police. Again, there

tution was a flawed document
that did not count African de-
scendants as full human be-
ings. When it was pointed out
to O'Reilly that Ronald Reagan,
George H.W. Bush and Bill
Clinton had attended the same
church as president without
being criticized, O'Reilly said
they attended under different
circumstances. That, however,
was not the end of Fox News'
assault on the President and
his wife.

Various Fox News personali- Stewart drove hoe that
ties criticized Common for his point when he cited the lyr-
work titled, "A Song for Assa- ics of Johnny Cash: "Early
ta," written in honor of Assa- one morning' while making' the
ta Shakur, the Black Panther rounds/I took a shot of co-
Party member who was con- caine and I shot my woman
victed of the 1973 murder of down." Cash was invited to
New Jersey State Trooper Wer- the White House by presidents
.QA-Fonert&er. ..In. 'his ..tibutein Ilixon, Carter Reagar ,and
Common wrote: "Assata had Clinton.
been convicted of a murder I In 1991, President Qeorge
H.W. Bush invited rapper
H.W. Bush invited rapper Easy-E Easy-E to the White House.
oup, NWAreleased a song titled, His group, NWA, released a
up, NWA, release a song ie song titled, F--- tha Police.
e was no public outrage. Again, there was no public
By today's standard, Corn-
she couldna done. Medical evi- mon's lyrics are mild. Lost in
dence shown she couldna shot the controversy over Common
the gun." Although Fox led the was the purpose of the White
recent campaign against Corn- House event, which was to
mon, the network's Jason Rob- honor poetry.
inson told Common last year: As President Obama said at
"Your music is very positive. the event, "The power of poetry
And you're known as the con- is everybody experiences it dif-
scious rapper." ferently. There are no rules
It is unfair to hold Obama re- on what makes a great poem.
sponsible for the lyrics of Corn- Instead, a great poem is one
mon and not apply the same that resonates with us and
standard to other presidents. challenges us and teaches us
Daily Show comedian Jon something about ourselves."


Is continued hip-hop violence here to stay? hr
Most of us knew that Tupac Death. ing trip to the morgue. the violence that pgue
Shakur was going to die. He With the recent drive-by kill- While it might be easy to streets. But the violence is so
wrote songs about his funeral, ing of the rapper M-Bone and blame the artists for glorify- pervasive that sometimes it
used imagery in videos that the murder warrant placed on ing violence, one must also simply cannot be avoided.
revolved around death and the head of the rapper Cassidy, acknowledge the cultural The rapper Method Man,
described young Black males we see that even 15 years later, tornado under which many who was a close friend of Tu-
like himself as if they had the the culture of death and vio- Black males are born. T.I. of- pac's, has made it clear that
life expectancy of 85-year- lence hasn't left gangster rap. ten writes about how seeing Tupac never wanted to die the
old men. Living till the age of way that he did. Instead, as
30 is a luxury that some feel Meth explained, "When you're
they can't afford and hip-hop these horrific choices that must be made by Black men at the top, everybody just
seems to celebrate death as everywhere neglect to acknowledge the reality that most keeps coming at you."
if it is as inevitable as paying Black men, like all other human beings, don't look for- I suspect that for M-Bone,
the IRS during the month of ard to being involved in the violence that plagues our streets being a leading artist in the
April. ward to being involved in the violence that plagues our streets middle of gun-slinging Ingle-
When Tupac was murdered wood made him an easy tar-
at the age of 25, the public's Rappers are regularly shot, his best friend murdered right get for any armed and "player
shock was tempered by ex- murdered, arrested and in- next to him filled him with hating" by-stander with a
pectation. The artist had died carcerated for a string of in- both suicidal and homicidal gun on his hip and nothing
"right on schedule" and the cidents that lie outside the tendencies. Tupac shared a to lose. In the eyes of many
same was true a few months boundaries of the law. T.I. is similar sentiment in his song, of his peers, M-Bone, like Tu-
later when Tupac's nemesis, currently in prison on a parole Only God Can Judge Me. pac, simply died according to
the Notorious B.I.G., found violation for a weapons charge These horrific choices that schedule. Early death has be-
himself sitting in a truck rid- and Lil Wayne just finished must be made by Black men come a fundamental compo-
dled with bullet holes. Biggie serving time for carrying a everywhere neglect to ac- nent of the existence of nearly
had also written about his gun. It's kill or be-killed in the knowledge the reality that every Black male in urban
pending death, with his fi- worlds of some men, where most Black men, like all oth- America and commercialized
nal two albums being called the lucky ones get jail time, er human beings, don't look hip-hop both reflects and ex-
Ready to Die, and Life after for that surely beats a pend- forward to being involved in pands this reality.

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3A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-31, 2011



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Wilson must do more for Blacks

Dear Editor,

Recently Congresswoman
Frederica Wilson went to
Haiti to meet with the new
president and to survey the
damage. She went back to
Washington to tell the Obama
Administration to extend TPS
benefits for the Haitians in
Miami that came here ille-
gally before the earthquake.
The new policy is that they
are going to extend TPS to the
Haitians that came after the
quake. When a person is given
TPS, they are given an employ-
ment authorization card so
they can get a job. Last week,
your paper reported about
a survey Wilson took that
showed Liberty City and other
Black areas that are suffering
the most out of 466 other U.S.
Districts. My question to her
is, how does giving TPS to il-
legals help Black Americans
stop struggling and get jobs?
If the illegal immigrants clear
out from the TPS and the "wet

foot, dry foot," Blacks would
have some jobs and do better.
She is stomping for TPS and
the irony of it is that many Hai-
tians did not even vote for Wil-
son, but for the Haitian candi-
dates that ran. Did I waste my
vote on her as she puts Blacks
in the back of the line? This
is the problem I have with the
Democratic Party. They don't
look out for Blacks, the most
loyal of all Americans to the
party. We don't need a task
force we need jobs and money
for Black small business. Why
are Blacks being thrown un-
der the bus when we are the
ones that voted for Wilson in
large numbers? This is an ex-
ample of the Black vote being
disrespected and taken for
granted. It sure didn't take
long to pull the TPS rabbit
out of the hat. Let us see how
long it will take her to help our

Linda Simmons
North Miami


Sun Rail is an easy decision for
In 2006, an agreement be- transit-related corridor devel- Scott's staff with weekly up-
tween the State of Florida and opments. dates. There are many others
CSX Corporation was finalized; In the next few weeks, Gov- who have endorsed this project
plans were set in motion for a ernor Scott will decide if the including: Meg Crofton, presi-
commuter rail system for the project is right for the commu- dent of Walt Disney World; Lars
Greater Orlando area. The rail nity it will serve. With my lim- Houmann, CEO of Florida Hos-
system, now referred to as the ited knowledge of business, it pital; Alex Martins, president
"Sun Rail," will consist of 17 appears that this project is a of the Orlando Magic; Sherrire
stations along 61.5 miles of
track from DeLand in the north n May 2, 2011, the U.S. Department f Transportation
to Poinciana at the southern n May 2, 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation
end and will utilize the existing concluded its review of the project and sent to Congress
CSX right-of-way and tracks. a Full Funding Grant Agreement. This action signifies
On May 2, 2011, the U.S. that the DOT is ready to enter into a multi-year funding agreement
Department of Transporta-
tion concluded its review of the with the State of Florida
project and sent to Congress
a Full Funding Grant Agree- win-win for everyone involved. Sitarik, president of Orlando
ment. This action signifies that Scott has not made a decision Health and Buddy Dyer, Mayor
the DOT is ready to enter into but we hear he is leaning to- of Orlando. One has to wonder
a multi-year funding agree- wards approving the project. what's taking Scott so long to
ment with the State of Florida Orange County Mayor Tere- decide.
to assist in the construction of sa Jacobs is among a host of The cost of the project is $1.3
the project. The Federal Tran- Central Florida political, corn- billion, and I am sure that there
sit Administration analysis of unity, civic and business are deadlines that the gover-
the project identified 10,800 leaders, who have met with nor will be forced to follow.
construction jobs and 150,000 Scott to urge him to approve This should be a no-brainer.
future jobs resulting from the Sun Rail. Jacobs said she The Sun Rail will bring thou-

sands of jobs to our state and
stimulate Florida's economy. It
is time for our governor to use
the resources at his disposal.
U.S. Representative John Mica
(R-FI) is the Chairmen of the
House Transportation and In-
frastructure Committee. Mica
has worked with this project
since 2006 and says the gov-
ernment has spent over $100
million in the planning stages
In politics ore hand works
with another hand to get things
done. The governor is seeking
$77 million in federal money to
help deepen the port of Miami.
Mica could.be instrumental in
helping Scott get the grant, if
the Governor approves the Sun
Rail project.
Learning to be a team player
makes it easier to get some-
thing when you need it. Having
someone like Mica in your cor-
ner when ydu ask for $77 mil-
lion is a good thing.


Mayoral rumble erupts at New Birth
The NAACP and Miami-Dade insightful and controversial unable to remain cool someone slingi:
Chamber put on the best may- questions., responded. His were not the ac- with
oral forum that I have attended The most amusing moment tions of a future mayor. showe
in 25 years. Kisha'sha Sharp was after Luther Campbell The most surprising can- new v
and Bill Diggs should be com- accused several candidates didate was Gabrielle Redfern Roose
mended. The Black community of being on the "take." Some who made many statements though
came out in force with several responded but Wilbur Bell's that resonated with the audi- and
hundred people in attendance. statement must have hit a ence. The most disappointing what
It sent a message to the may- nerve. Campbell looked like he candidate was Farid Khavari, He ke
bral candidates that the Black was n
community is interested in he most amusing moment was after Luther Campbell ac- which
this race and that they need cse jab at
to pay attention to us as vot- used several candidates of being on the "take." Some los G
ers. Unlike the FIU/Univision responded but Wilbur Bell's statement must have hit a Robai
event, the NAACP and Cham- nerve. Campbell looked like he wanted to punch the elderly Bell... Mayoo
ber invited every candidate to Can
attend regardless of race or ente (
ethnicity. FIU/Univision had a wanted to punch the elderly am economist who kept point- the p
forum where they only invited Bell but to his credit, Bell did ing to the number of books had a
Hispanic candidates, which not back down. For a moment it he has authored. Eddie Lewis photo
just smacks of racism and dis- looked like there was going to made a favorable impression, and d
respect to the entire commu- be fight in the sanctuary. attending the forum despite of the
nity. The public should be able The next day on Tuesday having suffered a tragic death that r
to hear from all candidates so Talk, Bishop Curry said the in his family the day before, to vot
they can make informed choic- event showed the strong emo- Bell said he wants to raise the concu
es. Julio Robaina indicated tions of the candidates. But I sales tax that wasn't well re- don't
Forum moderators Jim De- was disappointed that Camp- ceived. When Campbell stuck munit
Fede and Joy-Ann Reid offered bell could sling mud but was to the issues instead of mud- forum

ng, his ideas resonated
the crowd. At times he
ed glimpses of a powerful
voice in our community.
velt Bradley was the most
htful in his responses
you could tell he knew
he was talking about.
pt emphasizing that this
.ot the time for a trainee,
1 I assumed was a subtle
t Campbell. I found Car-
imenez a little flat while
na was smooth and very
ididates Cancio and Llor-
did not show up. One of
people sitting next to me
newspaper clipping with
graphs of the candidates
rew an "X" over the faces
e two no shows. I guess
meant they did not intend
:e for either candidate. I
irred. Candidates that
respect the Black com-
:y enough to attend our
n don't deserve our vote.


Where is Norman Braman when you need him?

Many people worked to-
wards removing former Coun.-
ty Mayor Carlos Alvarez from
office. But when you identify
a problem, you need to make
sure you offer possible solu-
tions. It is reported that Nor-
man Braman spent one mil-
lion dollars to fund the recall
efforts. Voters were inundated
with information, some of
which was misleading. But if
Alvarez was not the right man
for the job then who is? Where
were Braman and these con-

cerned citizens when 11 can-
didates showed up to replace
What qualities do we need
in our next mayor? Hopeful-

rez. He at least understood
the strengths and weakness-
es of this community. Our
new mayor must be strong
and innovative and yet com-

B But if Alvarez was not the right man for the job then who
is? Where were Braman and these concerned citizens
when 11 candidates showed up to replace Alvarez?

ly we will find someone that
thinks a lot like Mayor Alva-

Is the FCAT a fair tool for determining the academic abilities of students?

Unemployed, Liberty City

I don't
think the test
is good, it's :
not fair. A lot
of Black kids
are failing
this thing and
I don't think it's by accident ei-

Unemployed, Overtown

Yes. I think
you want a
student to
be prepared .
when they get
to college or
wherever, you
want them to

be able to succeed. To examine
what the kids know on tests is
better than just having them
graduate being lost.

Unemployed, Miamii

I don't think
the FCAT is a
good way to
judge these
kids. The test
is very unfair,
especially to
children that
are immi-
grants to the states.

Unemployed, Homestead

I think the test is a good
idea. I remember when kids

were graduat-
ing and they
didn't even
know how to
read, that was
a shame. The
test is tough
but so is life.

Unemployed, Miami

I can't re-,
ally say. I
know a lot of
kids are fail-
ing but some
are passing
too. I guess
it's just up to
how smart
you are so I
guess the test is good for deter-

mining kids futures.

Screenwriter, Miami

The test is
good for ac-
but I think it
doesn't take
in to account
students with
disabilities. I

. 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
action ...

Malcolm X

passionate. Most of the can-
didates supported reducing
salaries and laying off County
workers as the answer to the
County's deficit. One candi-
date even offered to reduce his
salary upon becoming mayor.
We need someone who under-
stands that the vast major-
ity of County workers do not
make six-figure salaries. By


reducing some employees' sal-
aries they may be dangerously
close to earning an amount
below the mandatory mini-
mum wage. Our new Mayor
must not be willing to add to
the number of the working
poor and unemployed by ad-
vocating poverty-like wages or
unemployment. Such a strat-
egy will not only affect County
employees but all public and
private sector employees. Can
our new mayor work with the
community to come up with
creative solutions to solve our
most difficult challenges?
We need someone who is not
looking for simple solutions to
difficult problems. I wonder
if those who initiated the re-
moval of Alvarez believe that
such a candidate existed in
this last race?

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I 5A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-31, 2011

Liberty City gets

By Stefanie Cole

In conjunction with Hands on
Miami, nearly 60 volunteers from
the Florida Power & Light Com-
pany planted a vegetable gar-
den to benefit the residents of
Liberty City on Friday, May 13.
As part of FPL's "Power to Care
Week," local employees and their
families spent the day building
raised beds, planting seedlings,
creating rain barrels and more.
The land for the garden was pro-
vided by the Church of God and
Christ International and will be
maintained by Green Renewable
Innovation Projects (GRIP).
"This neighborhood is filled
with crime, we want give people
hope," said Pastor Elder Clifford
Sanders. "When people see this
they will say 'oh man this is a
beautiful place, I want to be part
of this'."
"This is our first step in pro-
viding access to fresh fruits and
vegetables to the people of Lib-
erty City," said Project Coordina-
tor Gihane Chouloute of GRIP.
"We plan to use this garden to
teach low income residents how
to grow things in their own

Who Tweets?

By Christopher Shea

A survey of 505 college stu-
dents found that almost all of
them had heard of Twitter but
only about 18 percent used it.
Researchers interviewed an
entering class as freshmen in
spring 2009 and sophomores
in spring 2010 at the University
of Illinois, Chicago, which was
chosen for its ethnic and eco-
nomic diversity.
Students whose parents
lacked a high-school degree
were less likely to use Twitter
than their peers, and students
with higher Internet skills were
more likely. But the most strik-
ing finding had to do with race:
37.2 percent of Black students
were at least occasional Twitter
users, compared with 20.8 per-
cent of white students and 10.1
percent of Hispanics.
Previous studies have also
found high Twitter adoption
rates among Blacks. The survey
tied those rates to a dispropor-
tionately high interest in celeb-
rity and entertainment news-
one of the. key reasons people
turn to Twitter, the survey says.
"The Tweet Smell of Celebrity
Success: Explaining Variation
in Twitter Adoption Among a Di-
verse Group of Young Adults,"
Eszter Hargittai and Eden Litt,
New Media & Society (forthcom-



continued from 1A

Complex, at $13 million, $6
million and $8 million, re-
spectively, developed by Miami
Skyline Construction; and the
former Scott/Carver homes at
NW 22nd Avenue and NW 74th
Street, also known as Hope VI.
According to Sandra Seals,
spokesperson for Hope VI, the
McCormack Baron Ragan-de-
veloped multi-family housing
project will be completed in
late 2012. Workshops are al-
ready underway to help former
residents return as "responsible
"We know some people are
hesitant about moving in but we
are working hard to educate the
community about this beauti-
ful property that will have up to
four bedrooms in some units,"
she said.
County Commissioner and
Vice Chairwoman Audrey Ed-
monson said she is pleased
with the construction projects
that are underway in her Dis-
"I have sought to ensure and
encourage any developer doing
work in District 3 to hire resi-
dents that live in the District's
targeted urban areas and that
our residents have priority sta-
tus in employment opportu-
nities," she said. "We want to
maintain these facilities as they
become available and make

sure the rents reflect the AMI
level, and in most aspects even
lower. I am excited about all
the projects, both on-going and
those slated to start within the
next few months."

backyard." She added that once
the peas, tomatoes, mangoes,
bananas and other produce are
ready, they will set up a farmer's
market, which will create jobs in
the neighborhood.
"FPL is celebrating its third
annual Power to Care event this
week with thousands of em-
ployees participating in more
than 21 community volunteer

projects throughout
territory," said Pam f
president of corporate
nal affairs. "What sta
day of volunteerism h
tended to an entire v
courage employees tc
to the communities
they live and work.
City residents deser
space to commune

new vegetable

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irted as one volunteered throughout Florida has expanded to an entire'
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ing, restoring natural spaces,
tutoring at-risk children, read-
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6A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-51, 2011

State legislator's son charged with fraud I .

State Representative Daph-
ne Campbell's son, Grego-
ry Campbell, 28, has been
charged after his alleged par-
ticipation in a $299,000 Med-
icaid scheme. He is being ac-
cused of falsely billing the
medical agency for clients to
whom he did not give servic-
es. He was arrested May 12th
and is currently being held in
the Miami-Dade County (M-
DC) jail. The charges include
grand theft; organized fraud;
and Medicaid fraud all are
first-degree felonies. Campbell
allegedly double-dipped and
billed Medicaid for the same
recipients at two M-DC adult
family care homes.
In addition, he billed the

company for clients w
lived at either of the

according to an affidavit filed
in M-DC court by the Flori-
da attorney general's office.
Campbell did not act alone.
He allegedly split his earn-
ings with Percival Wignall,
the owner of Sunnyman Re-
tirement Home, -61 NE 211th
St., in North Miami-Dade.
The other home, Denian Adult
Homes, was located at 1835
NW 185th St., in Miami Gar-
dens. That home is owned by
Cebert George Williams, who
closed the facility in 2005 and
relocated to Port St. Lucie, but
S maintained the nursing home
PBELL The investigation, headed
vho never by the state Medicaid Fraud
facilities, Control, lasted two years and

uncovered close to $300,000
in fraudulent claims paid by
the State Agency for Health
Care Administration. Medic-
aid, jointly funded by the state
and federal government, is a
$20 billion program serving
in excess of three million low-
income adults and children in
Rep. Campbell was unavail-
able for comment.
Campbell, who is a fairly new
face in the political commu-
nity, is a registered nurse and
was elected to represent Dis-
trict 108 last November. Her
district spans across North-
east Miami including sections
of North Miami, El Portal and
Miami Shores.

Thirty students arrested in Palm Beach County drug sting

By Alexia Campbell

An undercover drug sting that
nabbed 30 Palm Beach County
students recently is just the
beginning of a long-term drug
investigation that will expand
to more high schools in the dis-
trict, police said.
The students arrested face
expulsion, and most will be
charged as adults for allegedly
selling marijuana to kids near
school campuses.
The nine-month investigation,
dubbed "Operation D Minus,"
began in the fall at Park Vista,
Royal Palm Beach and Jupiter
high schools, School District
Police Chief Jim Kelly said.
Undercover officers posed as
students, attending classes for
most of the school year and
even doing homework, he said.
They also befriended teens and
bought drugs from them.
On May 2 and 3, police went
into classrooms to arrest some
of the students. Others were ar-
rested at their homes. Most were
charged with selling marijuana
within 1,000 feet of a school.
Police and school administra-
,rto J; ,-: /il :t -; " .

tors said they hope the arrests
are a warning to other students
involved in drugs, and stop
them from making the same
Although school drug stings
are successful in scaring some
students, it's not enough, said
Jeff Kadel, executive director of
the Palm Beach County Sub-
stance Awareness Coalition.
. Educating parents and get-
ting them involved in what their
children, do is key to curbing
drug use among teens, he said.
Many parents either are un-
aware of the problem or send
the message that drinking and
using marijuana are not a big
deal, he said.
"Parents are without a doubt
the biggest factor in keeping
kids away from drugs," Kadel
School police should have
arrested the students last fall
to make a stronger impact, he
said. Over the summer, their
fear of being arrested may fade.
Administrators, though, said'
police needed enough time to
investigate, and will spread
their operation to other county

schools in the fall. They de-
clined to name those schools.
The youngest among those
arrested were two middle
school students, ages 13 and
14, charged with burglary. One
goes to Independence Middle .
School and the other is home-
The oldest among those
charged is 20, and a student in
Jupiter High's adult-education
More students likely will be
arrested soon, Kelly said.
"I think they should be look-
ing over their shoulder," he

Concerns from principals
about .drug use on their cam-
puses triggered the crack-
down, Kelly said.
The last undercover drug
sting in Palm Beach County
schools was Operation Old
Schoolhouse in the 2005-06
school year, police said.
Thirteen students were ar-
rested that January at Wel-
lington, Forest Hill, John I.
Leonard, William T. Dwyer and
Jupiter high schools. Like now,
most were charged with selling
marijuana near campus. -
"We do these [operations] be-
cause we know there are drugs
in schools, and we're going to
keep doing them," Acting Su-
perintendent Bill Malone said.
"I doubt I will live long enough
[to see] the time that it's not
necessary to do these."
School district policy re-
quires that students be ex-
pelled when caught selling
drugs. Those arrested have
been suspended, and have the
option to continue with alter-
native schooling, either online
or at alternative teaching cen-

FBI: 5.5 percent drop in violent crime in U.S.

number of violent crimes in
the United States dropped 5.5
percent last year compared to
2009 and the number of prop-
erty crimes went down 2.8 per-
cent, the FBI announced Mon-
There were declines in all
four categories of violent crime
last year murder, rape, rob-
bery and aggravated assault.
The FBI reported that violent
crime fell in all four regions
of the country last year 7.5
percent in the South, 5.9 in
the Midwest, 5.8 percent in the
West and 0.4 percent in the
The bureau's preliminary


statistics for 2010 are based
on information from more than
13,000 law enforcement agen-
Nationally, murder and non-
negligent manslaughter de-
clined 4.4 percent, forcible rape
decreased 4.2 percent, robbery
declined 9.5 percent, and ag-
gravated assault was down 3.6
The downward trend for mur-
der and non-negligent man-
slaughter was especially pro-
nounced in the smallest cities,
where it went down 25.2 percent
for cities under 10,000 people.
Murder actually rose three per-
cent in cities with populations
of 250,000 to half a million.

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Four South African police killed

By Donna Bryson
Associated Press

against South African police has
reached a crisis point, the na-
tional police chief said Sunday,
after four of his men were killed
in just a few days.
Two officers were shot dead and
their guns stolen early Sunday
in a Cape Town squatter camp.
Thursday, two officers were killed
after raiding a building in east-
ern KwaZulu-Natal province. Po-
lice say the suspect in the Kwa-
Zulu-Natal shooting opened fire
after police demanded he show
them his liquor license.
"This is indeed a crisis,", chief
Bheki Cele said in a statement
Sunday. "The rate at which
our officers are being callous-

ly gunned down. is extremely
Cele, himself accused of im-
proper conduct in leasing police
property, presides over a force
beset by charges of corruption
and brutality as it struggles
to contain high rates of violent
crime. Experts have expressed
concern about the violence po-
lice face and low morale in the
force, and about what they 'see
as a breakdown in trust between
police and the citizens they are
pledged to protect.
"I have attended funerals of
my police officers every weekend
in this past four weeks, and I
cannot help but state that com-
munity outcry on the killings of
our officers is seriously lacking,"
Cele said Sunday.
South African police officers

are standing trial in the death
of a protester in an assault last
month that aired on state TV and
sparked accusations police were
resorting to apartheid-era bru-
tality. Also last month, one of the
country's highest-ranking police
officers was charged with murder
in an alleged plot with other cops
to kill a rival in a love triangle.
Last year, former national po-
lice chief Jackie Selebi was con-
victed of taking money and gifts
from, a confessed drug smuggler
and was sentenced to 15 years in
prison. Earlier this year, a gov-
ernment watchdog found that
Selebi's successor, Cele, acted
unlawfully in making a deal to
lease police offices from a promi-
nent businessman, though no
criminal charges have been

Daycare owner charged with child negle
BOYNTON BEACH (AP) ing seat belts as Denson drove.
The owner of a daycare center The officer found nine chil-
has been charged with child dren, between the ages of two
neglect after an officer report- and four, inside the van. Six
ed seeing her drive a minivan were not wearing seat belts
full of children not wearing and a toddler was in an unse-
seat belts. cured carrier. '
Abagail Denson, the owner Denson reportedly told an r
of Abby's Little Angels, was ar- officer her van was broken and
rested Friday and also charged that she'd used another think-
with driving an unregistered ing it was best to get the chil-
motor vehicle. dren to school.
A Boynton Beach police offi- The Department of Children
cer says he observed children and Families has launched an
moving around and not wear- investigation.L DENSON

Police blame jealous ex-girlfriend for hit-and-run
Miami police said 19-year-old Sanabria Leslie Shantelle was jealous to
see her ex-boyfriend with a new woman and on May 17 police say she
tried to split them up using deadly force.
At about 2 a.m., police were called to West Flagler Street and 30th
Avenue about a possible hit-and-run.
' Police say Shantelle made a U-turn at that intersection to run over
her former boyfriend Lazaro Crespo, 34, and his current girlfriend
Olga Barrero, 19. The impact caused Crespo severe head trauma and a
broken leg, while Barrero suffered minor cuts and bruises, police said.
Early reports suggested a 1993 Toyota Camry had struck two
pedestrians and fled. But an investigation revealed that the two
pedestrians were a couple and that the woman behind the wheel was
the man's ex-girlfriend.
Shantelle is now in jail and charged with attempted murder and
aggravated assault with a motor vehicle.

Man exposes himself to student
A 13-year-old girl witnessed something lewd and lascivious while
waiting for the school bus.
Police say the girl was standing near the intersection of 200th Street
and Southwest 123rd Drive when she saw a man about 20-feet away
wearing a black T-shirt and dark jean shorts.
At about 7:30 a.m. on May 13th, police say the man identified as
26-year-old Christopher Reed then "unzipped the jean short, exposed
his penis and began to masturbate," according to police report.
The girl rushed home to tell her mother. The girl's mother immediately
dialed 911. When police arrived, Reed had fled.
Police were able to track him down and the girl identified him as the
man who exposed himself to her, according to the police report.
Reed faced a bond court judge recently and was ordered held on a
$7,500 bond.

Teens burglarized high school
Three teens are accused of breaking into at least 18 classrooms at a
North Miami-Dade high school.
Police say Ariel Valenti, 19, and Flavio Aburto, 18, and a.17-year-old
boy arrived on the school's campus, just before midnight on May 18th
armed with hammers, chisels and other equipment to steal computer
Police arrived at Michael Krop Sr. High School at 1410 NE 215th Street
in North Miami Beach after a silent alarm went off at the school.
When police arrived they found Aburto "hiding in the courtyard of the
school," according to the report.
Valenti was found trying to escape a police perimeter.
Both men appeared before a bond court judge recently where a judge
set Valenti's bond at $16,000 and Aburto's bond at $11,000. The 17-year-
old was held in juvenile detention.

Former Miami cop sentenced to prison for extortion
A former Miami police officer who pleaded guilty to extortion charges
has been sentenced to six months in federal prison.
Prosecutors say in 2010 Charley Braynen, a 14-year veteran of the
police force, used his position to provide an associate with a variety of
illegal services, including providing a false police traffic accident report
to be used in filing a false insurance claim.
According to undercover FBI probe, he also provided protection
to the same individual who was reportedly receiving a shipment of
stolen electronics including iPhones. Braynen was paid with variety of
merchandise including a number of iPhones.
Following the completion of his prison sentence, Braynen will serve six
months of home detention. Braynen was also ordered to pay $3,000 and
he will forfeit the payments he received for providing illegal services.

I 7A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-51, 2011


Graduating to productive

life from homelessness

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer, gemjuledavis8l@yahoo.com

Under normal circumstances,
people usually graduate from
an academic arena, but for the
men and women who graduated
on April 30th from the Miami
Rescue Mission/Broward Out-
reach Centers, it was not an or-
dinary occasion.
That's because these indi-
viduals have been rescued from
living a dreadful life that fa-
cilitated them into becoming
homeless. They have slept on
streets, under bridges and on
bus benches, before they were
accepted into the Miami Res-
cue Mission/Broward Outreach
"God got my attention, be-
cause I wasn't living right," said
Carol Crockrom. "I went to God
and he changed my life."
She said it's a remarkable
transition from being indigent
and residing in a homeless shel-
ter to securing gainful employ-
ment and renting an apartment.
Graduation has made these
individuals more productive
and eager to spread the gospel
of how God touched their lives
and gave them a new lease on
The faces of the people with-

out a roof over their heads are
changing primarily because the
economy has shifted, folks are
losing their jobs, homes are be-
ing foreclosed and they can't
make ends meet, which leaves
them in a very precarious pre-
Crockrom, whose been a reg-
istered nurse for over 35 years,
says she wasn't managing her
life right and got caught up in a
web of deceit, manipulation, ly-
ing and cheating.
Those days are over with and
Crockrom thanks God for her
life, health and strength and
wants the other grads to not
ever lose sight of where God has
brought them from.
"I found a job now as a nurse,"
she said. "Don't ever forget you
lived at the homeless shelter."
Broward County Drug Court
Judge Gisele Pollack was very
fortunate to recover from her
substance abuse afflictions
without having to reside in a
homeless shelter.
She's celebrating 19 years of
recovery and says many times
she could've' lost her life, but
God's goodness, grace and mer-
cy have spared her life.
Pollack said that she feels
blessed to be over the drug
court and that she keeps it real

with the men and women who
are assigned to her courtroom.
"You have come so far and
climbed so many mountains,
but it's not over," Pollack said.
"Whatever you are recover-
ing from you need to walk the
Marilyn Brummitt, director of
Development for the Miami Res-
cue Mission/Broward Outreach
Centers said there were over-

-Photos courtesy of Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers
Graduates of the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Cen-
ters from all three campuses Miami, Hollywood and Pompano

124 individuals that graduated
from the ceremonies.
Brummitt is the wife of Ron-
ald Brummitt, who's the presi-
dent of the shelters located in
Miami, Hollywood and Pom-
pano. He used to be a client in
"Events like the gradua-
tion are the days that make it
worthwhile to serve the men,
women and children that come
into our shelters for assistance,"
said Marilyn. "These individu-

als' lives have been transformed
and now they are filled with
In the company of graduates,
was Larry Wright, who has
learned a tremendous amount
about God and his life as a cli-
ent living in the mission.
"I used to live a hard life in
the streets, being homeless us-
ing drugs and alcohol," said
Wright. "But now I have Jesus
through the Miami Rescue Mis-

Graduates (left to right) Stephanie Ballard, Moses Babies and
Julio Alamino waiting to walk across the stage.

Ten hurricanes; six predicted to be major

-NOAA, AFP/Getty Images
Hurricane Earl spins in the Atlantic Ocean last September. Although
it didn't make landfall, Earl came the closest to hitting the U.S. of any
2010 hurricane.

By Doyle Rice

The U.S. will have an "above
normal" hurricane season this
year, with anywhere from 12-
18 named storms to form in
the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean
Sea and Gulf of Mexico, federal
forecasters predicted Thursday.
Of those named storms, six
to 10 should become hurri-
canes, including three to six
"major" hurricanes, with wind
speeds above 111 mph.
Tropical storms are given a
name when wind speeds reach
39 mph. They are upgraded to
hurricane status when their
sustained winds reach 74 mph.
An average Atlantic hurricane
season sees 11 named storms,
including six hurricanes; two
become major hurricanes.
Forecasters do not predict
the number of storms that will
make landfall.

Climate factors in this out-
look include unusually warm
Atlantic Ocean water and tem-
peratures two degrees above
average, reports Gerry Bell,
lead seasonal forecaster at the
Climate Prediction Center. Ad-
ditionally, the impacts of the
La Nina climate pattern, such
as reduced wind shear, are
expected to continue into the
hurricane season.
"In addition to multiple cli-
mate factors, seasonal climate
models also indicate an above-
normal season is likely, and
even suggest we could see ac-
tivity comparable to some of the
active seasons since 1995," Bell
Since 1995, Bell said, the
Atlantic has been in an era of
increased hurricane activity.
There are consistently favorable
ocean and atmospheric condi-
tions for storm formation.

Thursday's NOAA forecast is
similar to earlier predictions by
researchers at Colorado State
University and the AccuWeath-
er commercial weather service.
The Colorado State team, led
by William Gray and Phil Klotz-
bach, forecasts that 16 named
storms will form in the Atlan-
tic basin; it says there is a 72
percent chance of a major hur-
ricane striking land.
AccuWeather predicts that
15 named storms will form, of
which eight should be hurri-
The season officially runs
June 1 through Nov. 30. How-
ever, most hurricanes tend to-
form from August through Oc-
tober, according to National
Hurricane Center records.
The first storm of this year
in the Atlaritic, Caribbean or
Gulf of Mexico will be Arlene,
followed by Bret, Cindy, Don

and Emily.
Forecasters also released
their prediction for the Eastern
Pacific basin, where nine to 15
named storms are expected,
which would be a below-nor-
mal season. An average East-
ern Pacific hurricane season
produces 15 to 16 named
Eastern Pacific storms and
hurricanes primarily stay out
to sea and seldom affect the
U.S., although some storms do
hit the west coast of Mexico.
NOAA forecasts for named
tropical storms and hurricanes
have been accurate in six out
of the past 11 years, according
to a USA TODAY analysis.
NOAA's prediction was too
low in four years and too high
in just one year: 2006. Nine of
the 11 years saw above-average
activity for tropical storms and

Simple quest for literacy hits a wall of politics

By A. 0. Scott

"The First Grader," directed by
Justin Chadwick and written by
Ann Peacock, tells the remark-
able true story of Kimani Ng'ang'a
Maruge, an illiterate member of
the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya who
enrolled in a rural primary school.
in 2003, when he was 84. The
Kenyan government had recently

cal and social complexities. This
ambition to provoke thought
while tugging at heartstrings -
makes "The First Grader" fasci-
nating and frustrating in almost
equal measure. A sometimes un-
wieldy blend of flashbacks and
classroom scenes, shifting points
of view back and forth between
Maruge (Oliver Musila Litondo)
and his teacher (Naomie Harris),

was killed and he spent ycars in
British-run prison camps, and
memories of the brutal years be-
fore independence trouble the se-
renity of his old age.
The conflicts of the past also
resonate in modern Kenya, and
the most intriguing parts of "The
First Grader" wrestle with a leg-
acy of tribal conflict and politi-
cal score-settling that has long

played by Tony Kgoroge).
In examining what kind of
society would begrudge an el-
derly man a chance at literacy,
the filmmakers situate Maruge's
tale on the slippery ground be-
tween satire and suspense thrill-
er. As her pupil becomes famous,
Jane receives threatening phone
calls and visits from self-impor-
tant officials in dark suits and

black sedans. She and Maruge
are shaken down, by gangsters
and government goons, for a cut
of the money their would-be ex-
tortionists assume must be at-
tached to Maruge's celebrity.
He also struggles to learn his
letters and numbers, to help the
younger pupils and to keep the
nightmares of his earlier life at
bay. There is powerful drama

here, but too many of the scenes
are handled with blunt porten-
tousness rather than the sub-
tlety a story as rich as this one
deserves. And as a result, a spe-
cific and potent slice of history is
turned into another predictable,
well-intentioned movie. Not a
bad one, mind you, but one that
never quite lives up to its poten-

Oliver Litondo in "The First Grader."

established universal free educa-
tion, and in claiming his right to it
Maruge became both an inspira-
tion and a lightning rod. He was
invited to New York to address the
United Nations, but in his own
country his embodiment of the
concept of lifelong learning was
decidedly controversial.
Chadwick's film, in addition to
providing a richly textured glimpse
of Kenya's land and people, tries to
honor both the uplifting aspects of
Maruge's experience and its politi-

the movie never quite figures out outlasted the British. Rather
which story it wants to tell. than being proud of Maruge, the
But if it is- messy and occasion- powers that be and some of
ally mawkish, "The First Grader" is the old man's neighbors are
rarely dull. The drama of Kenya's suspicious of his motives and
past, the tangle of its present and worried about the effect he will
the beauty of its landscape make have on the children who crowd
that virtually impossible. Maruge, the tiny schoolhouse run by
a benign local character, took part Jane Obinchu (Harris). By ad-
in the Mau Mau uprising against mitting him to her class, and
the British in the 1950s. (His then refusing to reverse her
younger, militant self is played decision, Jane risks her career,
by Lwander Jawar.) During that her safety and her marriage
time, he was tortured, his family (to an ambitious bureaucrat,


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Storyteller shares tale of Western Africa's early history.

African king apologizes

for slave-selling ancestors

-Photos by Albricka R. Gordon

Marshall L. Davis,
director of the
African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center.

His Majesty Nii Dr. Kpobi Tettey Tsuru III of La Traditional
Area of Accra, Ghana speaks to the audience at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center..

By Jimmie Davis, Jr.
Miami Times writer

During the 14th and 15th
century, Africans practiced
indentured servitude, where
an individual served ) their
master for a number of years
and then was released. But
when the African kings sold
their kinsman to the Europe-*
an slave traders they had no
idea it would last forever.
In 2007, Ghana initiated
the "Joseph Project" to cel-
ebrate their independence
from..British imperialism and
the iniquitous North Atlantic
Slave Trade.
"We sold you into slavery
and I have come all the way
from Ghana to reconcile with
you," said His Majesty Nii Dr.
Kpobi Tettey Tsuru III. "We
are very sorry for what we
Tsuru from La Traditional
Area of Accra, Ghana spoke
at the African Heritage Cul-
tural Arts Center in Liberty

City on Friday, May 13th.
Tsuru poured out a libation
and asked God to forgive him
for speaking to him in the
white man's language [Eng-
lish] arnd prayed for the, tmi7-
lies to have good children and
for blessings and wisdom.
Queen Mother Vivian Cole-
man and Chief Jonas Cole-
man, whom were instru-
mental in bringing Tsuru to
Miami thanked everyone for
coming to the event.
"The king is here to crown
your own," said Coleman.
Marshall L. Davis, director
of the African Heritage Cul-
tural Arts Center, welcomed
Tsuru and his cabinet and
spoke about some of pro-
grams that the center offers
the community.
Tsuru acknowledged com-
munity activist Lillie M. Wil-
liams and selected her as
Queen Mother and gave her
beads signifying honor.
Davis and Dr. Larry D.
Capp were crowned Chiefs

[warlords] by Tsuru and given
caps, which represents cour-
age and a whip-for defense.
Then the drummers began
their music and Tsuru arid
everyone on stage began to .
dance with joy about their
newfound comradeship.
The Joseph Project has
been very successful in es-
tablishing a rapport with the
African Diaspora, because it's
based on the vision of Gha-
na's first Prime Minister and
President Kwame Nkrumah
who was overthrown in 1966
by the CIA in a clandestine
Ghana sits off the Ivory
West Coast of Africa and was
used as a haven to export
slaves during the 14th-15th
Accra is the most inhabited
city with 1.7 million people.
The Backbone Cultural
Group, Inc. sponsored the rit-
ual and regards African cul-
ture as an essential part of
everyone's life.

New Federal Theater celebrates 4oth anniversary

By Marcus Baram

Long before Denzel Washing-
ton was Denzel the two-time
Oscar winner who is one of Hol-
lywood's. biggest stars -- he was
a struggling actor taking the
stage in summer stock and off-
Broadway productions.
When he was cast as Mal-
colm X in "When Chickens
Come Home to Roost" at the
New Federal Theatre in 1981,
little did he know that the role
would propel his career into
the stratosphere. Washington's
electric performance captivated
audiences and caught the at-
tention of television producers
assembling the cast for a new

May 25, 1919- .Madame
C.J. Walker, the first, Black
millionaire, died in Irvington-
on-the-Hudson, NY. Her hot
straightening comb, condi-
tioning compounds and oth-er
hair and skin care products
made her the wealthiest Black
woman in America.
May 25, 1935- Jessie
Owens, broke five world re-
cords and tied for a sixth in
a 45-minute span while run-
ningin the Big Ten Champion-
ship track meet for Ohio State

TV hospital drama, "St. Else-
where," which went on to win
multiple Emmys and push-
start his jump to Hollywood.
Sitting in the audience for one
of those shows at the theater's
home on Grand Street on New
York's Lower East Side was a
young NYU film student named
Spike Lee, who was blown away
by Washington's performance
and chose him to play Malcolm
X in his hit film nearly a dozen
years later, a role which thrust
the actor into the A-list of Hol-
lywood stars.
Washington is just one of
many stars who have graced
the stage of the legendary
theater, which celebrates its


*May 26, 1956- Althea Gib-
son, tennis legend, won the
women's singles champion-
ship in the French Open, be-
coming the first Black to win a
major tennis title.
May 26, 1968- Ruth A. Lu-
cas, became the first Black
woman to be promoted to Col-
onel in the U.S. Air Force.
May 27, 1863- Andrew
Cailloux, a Black captain, was
a major fieure in the First and
Third Native Guards' assaults

40th anniversary this year.
As founder Woodie King Jr.
says, it is almost impossible to
turn on a TV or watch a movie
and not see a former student
from the New Federal Theatre,
which 'has remained true to
its original mission -- to inte-
grate minorities and women
into the mainstream of Ameri-
can theater. Morgan Freeman,
Samuel L. Jackson, Debbie Al-
len, Phylicia Rashad, Laurence
Fishburne, Robert Downey Jr,
Lynn Whitfield and Ruby Dee
are just some of the stars who
have appeared in productions
at the theater over the past four
Washington is among many

rebel positions at Port Hud-
son, LA, (a Civil War battle)
This victory helped the Union
gain control of the Mississippi
May 27, 1958- Ernest
Gideon Green became the first
Black person to graduate from
Central High School in Little
Rock, AR.
May 28, 1963- The home
of civil rights activist, Medgar
Evers, was bombed. Evers was
assassinated just two weeks
May 28, 1986- Matthew
A. Henson, explorer and the
first person to reach the North

stars who honored the New
Federal Theatre on Sunday eve-
ning, buying a table at its 40th-
anniversary gala at the his-
toric Edison Ballroom. Among
those who will attend are Spike
Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert
Townsend, Danny Glover, Lam-
man Rucker and Starletta Du-
King remembers the early
days, when he started the the-
ater. "There was a real lack of
opportunities for Black actors,
directors, designers," he says.
The 73-year-old director grew
up in Detroit and worked for
several years at Ford before get-
ting into theater and eventually
moving to New York, where he

Pole, was commemorated on a
LU.S. postage stamp.
May 29, 1851- Sojourner
Truth (Isabella Baumfree),
preacher, abolitionist, speaker
and women's rights advocate,
spoke to the second Black
Women's Rights Convention in
Akron, Ohio. Truth delivered
her famous speech, 'Ain't I A
May 29, 1980- Vernon E..
Jordan, Jr., National Urban
League president, was seri-
ously injured in an assassina-
tion attempt in Fort Wayne, IN.
May 30, 1822- Denmark
Vesey, leader of a slave rebel-

founded the NFT in 1970. Since
then, the theater has presented
more than 280 productions, in-
cluding "For Colored Girls Who
Have Considered Suicide/When
the Rainbow is Enuf," "What
the Winesellers Buy", "Reggae"
and "The Taking of Miss Janie."
"It's always a struggle, al-
ways about whether we can get
the funding" says King, who
has acted in small roles over
the years, in films that include
"Serpico" and the upcoming
"Men In Black III." "No one ever
told me it would be easy. But it's
very joyful to look back at all
the people who came through
the theater and have gone on to
fabulous careers."

lion in Charleston, SC, had his
conspiracy betrayed.
May 30, .1965- Vivian
Malone became the first Black
graduate of the University of
May 31, 1870- Congress
passed the first Civil Rights
Enforcement Act. This Act was
designed to protect the voting
rights of Blacks.
*May 31, 1921- The affluent
Greenwood section of Tulsa,
OK, was destroyed as Black
residents were attacked by
mobs of whites. Around 300
Blacks were killed and 4,000
left homeless.




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-Photo by Joey Walker
Teen participants on break at teen conference


-Photo courtesy of Donnell Redwine

Student excels

despite the odds

By Randy Grice

While many students are
struggling or just getting by in
school, some students are beat-
ing the odds. Donnell Redwine,
a 18-year-old, Miami Southridge
High School senior, is beating
the 'odds. While Redwine has
not made all A's during his aca-
demic career, his grade point
average is very impressive.
"I have a 5.05 GPA from tak-
ing honors classes my whole
life," he said.
Althea McMillan, a Miami-
Dade County Public Schools
substitute teacher, said she was
impressed with Redwine from
the beginning.
"He came to class late one day,
about 35 minutes after the class
had started and he walked in to
the class with his shirt and his
tie on," she said. "I was like wow
I can't believe that this young
man is coming in here with his
shirt and tie on. He is a dynam-
ic young man."
Redwine does well in school
despite having a home environ-
ment that is not the most sup-
portive for academic success.
His father has been absent in
his life since he was five-years-
old and he and his mother did
not have the best of relation-

ships either. He and his family
were evicted, which forced them
to move. He then had to move
two more times, jumping from
his grandmother's house to his
aunt's house.
Now living in Liberty City,
Redwine has to stick to a strict
regiment get to school on time.
Everyday he wakes up at 4:45
a.m., catches the bus to the
train station, gets off at the very
last stop, catches another bus
and then walks the rest of the
way to school.
Redwine said that he makes
that journey because he is com-
mitted to his school.
"I have school pride, once I
start something, I finish it," he
said. "And by me being on the
track team I felt that by me be-
ing such a good asset to the
team, I was not going to aban-
don my team to go to a different
school. I use my struggles as a
way to make me stronger."
He also credits his godmother,
Latara Harris, for helping him
out. He first met her in the 11th
grade and she took him under
her wing because she felt he was
a good kid.
Redwine is in all honors class-
es and taking college courses.
After graduation, Redwine will
attend Florida State University
in Tallahassee.

FMU president hosts high school graduates

By Randy Grice

Last week Florida Memorial Uni-
versity (FMU) president Dr. Henry
Lewis III hosted a program to con-
gratulate Black male high school
graduates. The 2011 High School
Black Male Baccalaureate Service
was the first if its kind for the uni-
versity. The event that took place
in the Lou Rawls Center on the
campus was aimed at honoring a
group of extraordinary Black male
students who are slated to gradu-
ate from high school.
Kareem Coney, director of FMU's
Black Male College Explorers Pro-
gram (BMCEP) and creator of the
baccalaureate initiative, said that
the recognition was needed.
"I thought it was very incumbent
of us as Black men at our institu-
tion, us in particular being the only
HBCU [historically Black college or'
university] in South Florida to take
the lead on this particular issue,"
he said. "We wanted to emphasize
on this in particular so that we can
continue to open up doors for our
younger- brothers. We want them to
leave here today knowing that any-
thing is possible, set a goal, have a
plan and achieve it."
Lewis said that the university
will continue to honor graduates

-Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
FMU president Dr. Henry Lewis III with 2011 honorees

each year.
"We plan on doing this every
year to accentuate the positive at-
tributes that African-American
males are doing," he said. "You
hear so much about .the nega-
tives of African-American males,
this is our way of saying that we
are celebrating their success,
we want to encourage them to

continue on to the university
and continue to do the kinds of
things that make them a posi-
tive citizen here in the state of
Maurice Williams, a 19-year-
old, Hialeah Miami Lakes gradu-
ate, said he feels privileged about
being honored.
"It feels great because I actu-

ally thought I wasn't going to
graduate until Mr. Coney came
in and saved us," he said.
Honorees may be eligible for
BMCEP's new summer dual en-
rollment program where attend-
ees stay on campus and take
college courses that focus on
science, technology, engineering
and mathematics.

Proposed funding cuts to hurt Black graduation rates

By Randy Grice public school system in the coun- percent Black, one percent Asian Sixty to 80 percent of Black males
rgrice@miamitimesonline.com try, with 62 percent of its stu- or Pacific Islander and less than in Florida's largest school district
dents being of Hispanicorigin, 26 two percent of other minorities, do not graduate with their class.
In Miami-Dade County, 28,500
students were enrolled in night
school. Many of the students
needed to take classes or else
they would not graduate. In the
future, adult education may not
be a option for students and that
could cause a slip in graduation
Bobby Gornto, administrative
director of school operations, said
cuts would hurt the night school
"Adult education would be hin-
dered by cuts which could be neg-
ative for students trying to gradu--a
ate as well," he said.
The legislation that threatens
the night school option is intend-
ed to save money, but many Mi-
ami-Dade educators believe the
district's graduation rate could
suffer by as much as 30 percent.
Jean Coty Ridore, Ed. S., North
Miami Adult Center, said Blacks
and minorities would suffer from
cuts the most.1
"We are one of the biggest
night programs," he said. "A cut Your name
will hurt the graduation rates of High School Graduated from
Black Haitian-American and His-
panics specifically." Congrat a n.:r:. a or, d beit .h;
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NAACP summit coming to South Florida

By Randy Grice

During Memorial Day week-
end, the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) will descend on
Hollywood for the organization's
annual Leadership 500 Sum-
mit. The NAACP issued a call for
all emerging leaders to join their
chairman, Roslyn M. Brock,
for the summit. The seventh
annual summit is intended to
encourage discussions on a re-
vitalized civic agenda that lays
groundwork for young profes-

sionals in the modern-day civil
rights movement.
"In 2011, one year away from
another landmark election, the
NAACP is issuing a new front
line call for all young people to
come and discuss the future
of the civil rights movement,"
Brock said. "This year's Leader-
ship 500 Summit is particularly
important as the political cam-
paign season begins."
This year's summit is themed
"Leadership by Design: Ensur-
ing our Legacy" and will allow
participants to attend two-and-
a-half days of workshops, in-"

teractive panel discussions and
a general session led by non-
profit, private sector and com-
munity innovators. The event is
set to feature prominent leaders
instructing workshops and help
participants craft a balanced
agenda for young professionals
in the coming year.
April Woodard of BET will host
"2012: What's the Next Step," a
town hall meeting to discuss the
role of young adults in the up-
coming -election cycle. Discus-
sion contributors will include:
former U.S. Representative Ken-
drick Meek, Rev. Leah Daughtry

and journalist Charles Ellison.
"We are seeing an unprece-
dented and coordinated attempt
to roll back the clock on civil
rights protections in this coun-
try," said Benjamin Todd Jeal-
ous, NAACP president and CEO.
"Our generation must continue
to step up and help lead the na-
tion in resisting these attacks
to regain the inclusive, for-
ward looking spirit of 2008. The
NAACP Leadership 500 Summit
empowers young leaders na-
tionwide to do just that: step up
and win battles for justice and
equality for all."

Rappers say beware of making bad decisions

continued from 1A

Black youth in particular face a
tremendous amount of peer pres-
sure that can greatly affect their
outlook on life. Standing up to that
peer pressure was the purpose for a
recent seminar held at Miami Car-
ol City Senior High School on May
20th. Coordinators say it was meant
to alert students about the dangers
surrounding rap music, a deviant
life of crime and HIV/AIDS.
"Kids are being influenced by rap
music and end up making the wrong
decisions in life," said Corey Gordon,
CEO of Global South Record Label.
"Don't let rap music control your
Gordon says that rap music is just
entertainment and shouldn't be tak-
en literally.
"The music is not real it's just
entertainment," he said. "If these
rappers were doing all of this killing
they would be in prison."
Global South and. HIV/AIDS na-
tional representative Quintara "Lady
Queen" Lane collaborated with I AM
ONE youth program to provide men-
torship and leadership skills to stu-
dents in Miami-Dade County.
"The decisions you make now
can affect you the rest of your life,"
said Corey Thomas, 28, who served
five years in prison. "If you start
king posmve decisi..rns
then when you become an adult you
will continue to make positive deci-
During adolescence, youth must
also decide whether or not to engage
in sexual activity.

-Miami Times photo/Jimmie Davis, Jr.
THE POSSE: Members of Global South Record Label and I AM ONE youth program work locally
to encourage youth to make positive decisions in their lives.

Of the sexually transmitted dis-
eases (STD) that Florida reported
in 2008, 34 percent of chlamydia,
29 percent of gonorrhea and eight
percent of primary and secondary
syphilis cases, were among teenag-
ers between the ages of 13-19.
Most people diagnosed with AIDS
in Florida before the age of 30 were
infected with HIV in their teens or
earl twencide, which clearly illi,--
trates the importance of having col-
laborative endeavors to advise stu-
dents on some of life's perils.
"HIV doesn't have a face," said
Lady Queen. "Anybody can get it."
HIV doesn't discriminate and
any person can get it which unfor-

tunately includes Lady Queen who
acquired it at birth.
"I was born with HIV," Lady
Queen said. "I didn't have a choice,
but these kids do."
Ramorie Cowert, Ynkai Johnson
and Tavares West started the I AM
ONE youth program in 2006, to fa-
cilitate the needs of the kids in their
W. "'e go outto-a number of schools,
and make presentations," Cowert
said. "We also help the elderly, do
cleanup projects and help over at
the Miami Rescue Mission."
Terrance Edwards, 29, a member
of Global South, who served eight
years in prison, speaks to students

because he doesn't want them to go
through the heartbreaks of having
, their civil liberties stripped from
"In prison they take away your
humanity," he said. "They tell you
what to eat and what clothes to
wear. It's a bad feeling being locked
up for Christmas. I forgot what a
Christmas tree looked like."
David Murray,-15, a 10th grader
at Miami Carol City, said the pro-
gram taught him a lot of things.
"I'm not so closed-minded any-
more and very appreciative of what
I have," said Murray. "If I need to
talk to someone they're here for

"Race was never a factor in my campaign"

continued from 1A

Brown, 48, had done the un-
thinkable he became Jack-
sonville's first Black mayor in
the city's history and the first
Democrat since Ed Austin was
elected in 1991.
Brown will take office July 1st;
replacing outgoing two-termer
Mayor John Peyton.
"When young people say they
can't make their dreams come
true, I share my personal story
with them," Brown said. "I was
raised by two strong women, my
grandmother and my mother.
My mother never attended col-
lege but raised five children as a
single parent. I worked my way
up at Winn Dixie, eventually
going to college too. And when
I couldn't pay my tuition, my
pastor co-signed my loan. I am
the result of a family where faith
comes first. I always wanted to
be somebody and I knew the
only way to do that was through
hard work."

When Brown began his pur-
suit of the mayor's office, he

was last among all candidates.
And until January of this year,
he worked with only a team of
volunteers. In order to make
sure he was addressing the real
needs of the community, he says
he went out on a listening tour
and let the voters share what
was really on their minds and in
their hearts.
"I went to every budget meet-
ing, every workshop, every ses-
sion that the mayor and city
council had," he said. "I was
intentional about reaching out
to the business, civic and in-
terfaith communities. I did my
Brown had plenty of ground
to cover as Jacksonville en-
compasses approximately 840
square miles. He attributes the
efforts of his wife, Santhea, who
spearheaded his petition drive
and Tom Bocate, who became
his field director earlier this
year, along with his two sons, as
being instrumental in his win.
'"I got on the ballot by peti-
tion so from the start this was a
campaign that worked from the
bottom up," he said. "We really
reached out to the faith-based
community too. I think the vot-
ers chose me because I was

qualified, came with a vision
and proved that I have skills as
a leader. This was a long journey
for us now it's time to get to

Brown says he wants to make
Jacksonville the kind of place
where people want to live, work,
visit and raise a family. He says
he believes that will happen
only if the citizens of Jackson-
ville work together.
"We have about one million
people in our city with a Black
population of about 27 percent,"
he said. "So it was vital that all
of our citizens understood that
this race had nothing to do with
color but with ability. Some of
our leading businessmen, like
Peter Rumle, made huge finan-
cial contributions after I made
the run-off. He and others saw
that we had a mutual love and
concern for this city. And I am
confident that together we can
turn things around for the bet-
Among Brown's immediate
plans are: revitalizing the down-
town area which has already
had over one billion dollars in-

vested in its improvement; mak-
ing neighborhoods in every sec-
tion safer; improving the public
schools; providing tax incentives
that will bring small businesses
to Jacksonville; and creating
more jobs at the Jacksonville
Port Authority, one of the city's
leading sources for employment.
Brown says he will take a 20
percent pay cut and will not opt
for a pension.
Rod Smith, chairman of the
Florida Democratic Party, said
Brown's victory is an example of
the American Dream come true.
"From a meat cutter at Winn
Dixie to mayor of Jacksonville
- what a tremendous story and
accomplishment," Smith said.
"Alvin Brown was confident that
he could pull this off from the
beginning. Eventually, our party
began to believe him. That's why
we endorsed him and gave him
our support. This was a very
close race and a great political
upset. It proves that when you
have a good plan, a great candi-
date and a broad message that
includes a strategy for economic
development, you can secure
a victory. We are excited about
what Alvin Brown will do as he
leads the City of Jacksonville."

Rebound slow as state faces record jobless rate

continued from 1A

Still Miami-Dade marked its
tenth month of job growth and
the sixth for Broward. Most of
these gains came from the tour-
ism and retail sectors, which
are traditionally among the low-
est-paying jobs in Florida. Rust
pointed out that in the profes-
sional sector, an increase in
demand for lawyers, architects
and accountants suggests that
the recovery is moving forward.
Rust said that there are
240,000 job openings locally
versus over 900,000 unem-
ployed men and women. But the

demand is weak as many work-
ers are unwilling to accept lower
"We have also found that
there is a mismatch in terms of
skills versus job openings," she
said. "Manufacturers cannot
find people who have the skills
they need, IT can't find enough
laborers that are proficient in
mobile applications, data se-
curity or business intelligence
and they're using headhunters
to find qualified workers out-
side of the state. In addition,
because of the housing market,
it's tough for many people to sell
their homes even if they wanted
to take a job here."

Among the state's metropoli-
tan areas, Palm Beach has the
highest unemployment rate at
13.2 percent while Gainesville
boasts the lowest at 7.0 percent.
Data from 2010 shows that
teens still face the toughest
climb towards finding employ-
ment. Their unemployment rate
(ages 16 to 19) was 31.4 per-
cent with young adults, 20 to
24-years-old at a rate of 18.4
percent. Older workers are do-
ing much better, Rust said, with
those in their prime working age
(25-54) showing an unemploy-
ment rate of 9.8 percent.
"We believe that expansion
will continue and more jobs will

return to Florida so that by the
end of this year, we should see
an unemployment rate of about
10 percent statewide," Rust add-
She also pointed out that edu-
cation has become a prime fac-
tor for those who are either em-
ployed or unemployed.
"The unemployment rate con-
tinues to drop as one has more
education those without a
high school diploma had a 14.6
percent rate of unemployment
while those with a bachelor's
degree were at 4.5 percent.
Clearly, it pays to get more edu-
cation in this current job mar-

Colonel David Sutherland (center) and veterans.

Many vets struggling

to find employment

continued from 1A

Veterans Alliance USA Trading
Group and the American Legion
Harvey Seed Post #29 partnered
to hold a Veterans and Commu-
nity Empowerment Summit on
Thursday, May 19th at the Le-
gion's Miami office.
Keynote speaker U.S. Army
Colonel David Sutherland, spe-
cial assistant to the Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and
author of the "Sea of Goodwill"
white paper, said it is vital that
we find a sustainable way to
provide education, employment
and access to quality healthcare
for our veterans.
"We recognize that there is
a desire across Miami-Dade
County to want to assist re-
turning veterans, military fam-
ilies and'families of the fallen,"
Sutherland said. "And we find
that when communities come
together and harness needed
resources it works very well. We
are asking people in communi-
ties to connect with our return-
ing veterans to connect with
them in a meaningful way. They
need a little bit of help during
their transition ,period."

During the summit a panel
of local stakeholders was as-
sembled to initiate a public/
private partnership strategy
that will identify public hous-
ing and multiple support ser-
vices for vets. As similar con-
versations continue across the
country, the goal is to provide
a blueprint for other communi-
ties interested in helping their
veterans assimilate back into
their original locales.
"The primary focus here is in
four capacities: housing, medi-
cal out-sourcing, educational
training and employment," said
Kevin Humes, American Vet-
erans Alliance president/CEO.
"It's vital that we provide more
ways to empower the veterans
Annie Neasman, .president/
CEO, Jessie Trice Commu-
nity Health Center, added that
her agency is anxious to offer
services to local vets needing
health care.
"Just as we have been in the
community to meet the needs
of the community we will cer-
tainly be there for our return-
ing veterans and their families
for the health services that they
may need," she' said.

ivilami i times pno/to/ Kevin ivicieir
MIAMI'S FINEST: City of Miami police officers, Major Craig
McQueen and Commander Delrish Moss.

Youth march to protest violence

continued from 1A

neighborhoods. They were there
listening, sharing their stories
and preparing themselves to re-
turn to their homes, armed with
ways to combat violence.
"You hold the change because
you interact with your peers and
can take the lessons learned
at this conference back to your
inner circles," said Dr. Lonise
P. Bias, the mother of former
basketball standout Len Bias,
whose life ended tragically from
a drug overdose and whose sec-
ond son, Jay Bias, was shot and
killed two years after his older
brother's death. [She served as
the keynote speaker to kickoff
the conference]. "Our youth are
this country's greatest natural
resources but with the deaths
of so many young people occur-
ring every day, they have become
casualties of war. If we are going
to make this a better and safer
place for our children, adults
will have to change our approach
and our strategies. What worked
in 1959 will not work in 2011. We
must begin to take crime pre-
vention seriously. If we did we
wouldn't need a conference like
this. Adults, especially parents,
must take a look at the examples
we give to our youth. Good ad-
vice with poor examples is con-

City of Miami Police Major
Craig E. McQueen was one of
the coordinators of the confer-
ence and said crime prevention
can only be effective when all
members of the community get
"What makes this so encour-
aging is that this conference
isn't just a gathering of police of-
ficers," he said. "It's community

leaders, social groups and most
significantly, young adults. We
need everyone's input to prevent
crime. I am sick and tired of what
I see every day. In my 30 years
as a police officer, I have never
seen such lawlessness from our
youth. Many act like they don't
care what happens. They do as
they please and disregard the
law and each other."
Youth from across the state,
supported and encouraged by lo-
cal Urban League offices, turned
out in strong force to show that
not all young people advocate vi-
olence. In order to illustrate that
notion, they took to the streets
of Miami on Friday afternoon,
with a march that included po-
lice cadets and over 100 teenag-
ers dressed in red T-shirts. Their
message: Stop the violence!
Henry Fuse, prevention coordi-
nator and Gloria Scott, program
coordinator, both from the Urban
League of Palm Beach County,
brought 108 teenagers to the
"The problems our children
are facing in Palm Beach County
are the same that kids in Miami-
Dade and Broward are experi-
encing," Fuse said. "We brought
our teens here so they could
learn how to avoid negative situ-
ations. A lot of them are on the
right track right now and it's our
job to keep them there. They all
want to finish high school, go to
college, get a good job and have
a bright future. We have to keep
them safe and healthy. This is a
great way for community lead-
ers to network and learn the
best strategies. As for our teens,
this has been a tremendous op-
portunity some of them have
never been away from home or
in a hotel. It's not only learning
about crime prevention it's
a chance to teach them how to
conduct themselves properly in
the world."

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he Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel was the setting
for a most successful 7th Annual Orange and
S ," 'Black Scholarship Gala sponsored by the Book-
er T. Washington Alumni Association on Satur-
day, April 30, 2011. This affair also recognized the 2011 Liv-
ing Legends honorees. From 1936 to 1967, the best of the
best graduates and friends of BookerT. Washington Senior
High School were in attendance.
Many outstanding community leaders who participated
on the program and set the tone for the night were Ed Wil-
liams, Channel 2, WPBT; Rev. J. Kenneth Major, Treva Burke,
Erica Wright, representative from The Honorable Audrey
Edmonson's office; William Aristide, principal, BTW Senior
High; Vicar James Leggett, Our Savior Lutheran; and Dr.
Edward G. Robinson, vice principal, BTW Senior High.
The nine distinguished 2011 Living Legends were Dr.
Hortense Jean Hyche Jackson (Community/Public Ser-
vice); Reed Williams (Cultural Arts); Dr. Sandra T. Thomp-
son (Education); Alfred Williams (Entrepreneurial); Dr.
Gladstone A. Hunter, Jr. (Health Care); Franklin Clark (Phi-
lanthropy); Major Leroy A. Smith (Law Enforcement); Irvin
Baulkman (Sports); and Camonique White (Youth Service).
.. Dr. James Bridges, Eunice J. Davis, Enid Curtis Pinkney,
Garth C. Reeves, Laurasteen Jones, Lucius H. King, Sr.,
James Hunt, Agnes Rolle Morton, Maud Newbold, Cap-

tain Rudv Mack Re,.. J Kenneth Major Cir Hattie Daniels,
Johrnv Lee Napier Cecilia Huniei Clemernt Min ; and
Freddi Jabbo Johnson are all former Legends iho were
in attendance
Ten graduating ,enrirs received scholarships donated
by cornnun'ir, organizations family memorials and BTW
alumni cla.:.-es The recipients; Are Margo Hanna BTW
Alumn, A.,c-cianon Chinel- Fleary Th- Miami Timer.
Gabriel Jamnes Dat id F Da% is Memorial Mohammed Jioj-
deh, Jabril Abdul Hagg Willie .lJamrne. Kitchell Camonique
White Wilh-lmina F..lenning :. Memo ial, Shanroria Wash-
ington Paincia. Warren fterinoirial Tatianna Johnson bTW
Class c:t 19t.60- DeBorah Breedlo..e, BTW Class of i962- Tj-
mara Jerry BTW Clas :)f 196?. 'anAlys Menra BTW Cla.;
of 1s66.
Other BTW alumni class-'e contribuiinq to th-e *-clol-
arsh p fund iGold Le.'elI BTW Clas-,;, cf 19. and 1959.
(Silver Level bTW Class.-es 1939 1942 1949 1951 1954
1964 ';65- iCopper Le.ell BTW Cla.ses of 1956 and 195-.
Rcberta T Dan-Ils ,s president of the Booiker T. Wash-
ington rlumnin A-.so,.iaincr arid Eunice J Da.vi w '.a *:hair
of th-- Scholarship Gala and MAjard. F'rogram Financial
support[ to [he p/luiirnn A.sociationr helps to support im-
portant :hoo3l initi .-es *enrich in-[rucic.nal support
and rovid :holar;hip.-, to the graduanig seniors.




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S 11A THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-51, 2011







Old Dillard Museum honors regional holiday

By Kaila Heard
When people think about those celebra-
tions that took place when our ancestors, then
slaves, were told months after the Emancipa-
tion Proclamation took effect that they were
free, some might assume the event in question
is Juneteenth a celebration that originated
in Texas over a century ago. However, fewer
Blacks are aware of Florida's own Emancipa-
tion Day which is celebrated annually at the
end of May.
- To increase awareness of the state holiday, the
Old Dillard Museum in Ft. Lauderdale hosted
a Florida Emancipation Day or "20-Some May"
Celebration on Friday,. May 20th.

Members of The '
McIntyre Institute
Dance Theater minister /
to the song Motherless Af
Child. Dancers:
Carmen Negron,
Kimberly Ford and Dr. 1
Constance McIntyre

By Kaila Heard
(ih' rdL 't mattlthlltrnitll a..llttl, .','.."'
For 10 years, the liturgical
dance school, the McIntyre
Institute has spread messages
of hope, love, and salvation
through their dance ministry.
To commemorate a decade
of dance, the school presented
the final chapter of their dance
series entitled, "Called 2 Dance"
which also featured performanc-
es by rising gospel artist Kevin
LeVar at the Olympia Theater
at the Gusman Center for the
Performing Arts in Downtown

"What a lot of people don't realize is that the
exact same thing that happened in Texas on
June 19th, happened in Florida on May 20th,"
explained Derrick Davis, curator of the Old Dil-
lard Museum.
Florida's Emancipation Day is also known
as "20-Some May" because many celebrations
were often held a few days before or after Mav
20th, the official holiday date
In Florida, at the present-day site of the Knott
House in downtown Tallahassee. the Emanci-
pation Proclamation was announced on May
20. 1865, more than two years after it was first
read in Washington. D.C.
Wh\ the delay in the announcement about
freedom? Part of the reason Floridans were
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"ou already, have the power-
ful medium of m-usic. but then
you add the expression of dance.
vwhen OLu put the t'.\o together.
it's explosm,.e." he explained
This W'as the sixth and final
year that the McIntyre Institute
performed "Called to Dance."
The show featured perfor-
mances by the Institute's stu-
dents from children to adult
"The show has transformed.
Every year it's always different,"
McIntyre said.
Although each year the dances
in the show vary, every perfor-
mance concludes with the dance
Please turn to EPILOGUE 14B

Bishop Abe Randall

celebrates 43rd anniversary

St. Matthew's Freewill Baptist Church'
Ff lBy Kaila Heard
'-- -_ ,',,ll nitd arll lllllmll, \i.'ll'mi e.tcoin

_- W_ hen entering St. Matthew's
Freewill Baptist Church you are
S "we come into this sanctuary to
S..;. w /' orship the almighty God: edify..
S- the saints, heal the wounded
souls and save the lost."
~-" "- Bishop Abe Randall, the senior
= pastor of the church, believes
it sums up the mission of the
ministu-y best. The pastor
S" "' has been in ministry for 48
I'1- '.; : years
"It s not a hard job as long
.. as \ou realize that you're
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I- worKing under the supervi-
sion of God." he explained.
Randall, the second pastor
to lead St Matthew s Freewill
j .Missionary Baptist Church, is
Please turn to RANDALL 14B

^ -7

Miami on Saturday, May 21.
"We are extremely excited
regarding this year's produc- .
tion. Our main goal is to provide
a platform for the community
to witness and enjoy a wonder-
ful night of liturgical dance and
music, leaving motivated and
ready to embrace love again
through a heart of forgiveness,"
said Dr. Constance McIntyre, co-
founder and creative director of
the McIntyre Institute.
LeVar also believes that the
combination of song and dance
makes a powerfully effective


Memorial Day offers chance to

reflect on military service


Rev. Freeman'-.0vc hlie

By Kaila Heard

Blacks have a long and storied history of
serving in the American military beginning
with the American Revolutionary War, where
an estimated 180,000 Blacks fought for inde-
pendence and five earned the Medal of Honor
for bravery during battle.
Black soldiers continued to serve in the mili-
tary from conflicts such as the Spanish Ameri-
can War, on the American frontier as Buffalo

Soldiers, and in both World Wars.
What was the appeal for many of these sol-
diers who were willing to sacrifice their lives for
a country that did not extend to them their full
rights as American citizens?
"From a practical perspective, they were
looking for [money], but they also wanted to
prove themselves and they thought that if they
had fought bravely and if they had proven that
they were capable of defending America that
they would be seen as equal to their white
Please turn to SOLDIERS 14B

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2 dance epi

McIntyre Institute concludes popular dance series

". I


Dr. Sujay becomes trail blazer
.Minister is i Black, wo7 "Now I am ready to go out and bless for human rights and
Minister is the first Black, woman the world." an impressive record
religiousf-reedom ambassador The Office of International Religious of public service. Presi-
Freedom is responsible for monitor- dent Obama could not

By Kaila Heard

The wait is finally over for Reverend
Dr. Suzan Johnson Cook.
The reverend, who is also affection-
ately known as Dr. Sujay, was finally
sworn in as the official ambassador-
at-large for International Religious
Freedom on Tuesday, May 17.
Once described by the New York
Times as "Billy Graham and Oprah
rolled into one," Cook is the first Black
and the first woman to be named into
that position.
However, this is not the first time
that Cook has been a trail blazer.

Among her accomplishments include
being chosen as the first female Presi-
dent of the Hampton University Min-
isters' Conference; elected the first
Black woman as senior pastor of the
American Baptist Churches of the
U.S.A.; the first woman appointed
chaplain of the New York City Po-
lice Department; and the first female
Baptist minister to receive a White
House Fellowship.
It is those experiences in addition to
her being a minority that Cook says
has prepared her for her new posi-
"I have been blessed," Cook said in
an interview with Hutchinson News.

ing global religious persecution and
discrimination and helping to develop
programs and initiatives that will pro-
mote religious freedom. Goals which
Cook believes everyone will benefit
In a previously published interview
Cook stated, "Religious freedom is a
birthright of all people everywhere;
a foundation of civil society, a key to
international security, and it must al-
ways be a pillar of U.S. foreign policy."
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has
praised Cook for her skills and accom-
"Dr. Johnson Cook is an experi-
enced religious leader with a passion

have found a more fitting
choice for this important
position," Clinton said.
In addition to her duties, sh
is also the founder and C E.'
of the Wisdom Women
Worldwide (WWw), the
first international
intercultural, i:n
terfaith center for
women leaders,
which provides
mentoring, advo-
cacy and prepa-
ration for public
life for female

13B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-51, 2011


What's the future of religion in the U.S.?

Get ready for


By Oliver Thomas

The tricky thing about present
trends is that they never contin-
ue. Things change-- law, poli-
tics, medicine, transportation,
all of it. Even religions must
change. As soon as a religion
fails to meet human needs or
even to connect with its audi-
ence it begins to die. History
is strewn with the wreckage of
once vibrant faiths that became
So what of today's religious
landscape? And what of Amer-
ica's dominant faiths? Seismic
shifts are already underway
that will affect the future of faith

in general and of Christianity in
particular. The number of non-
believers, for example, is up-
wards of 15 percent in the USA.
In Europe, they are the major-
ity. And, here at home, Roman
Catholics and Evangelicals have
both outgrown their mainline
Protestant counterparts.
So what does the future of
faith look like? Arid can pars-
ing the past help us divine the
We have a trove of biblical
scholarship that was not avail-
able-just a generation ago to
provide insights into the earliest
iterations of Christianity, which
in turn might help us discern
what lies ahead.

The insights offered here are



Faith. Religion. Spirituality.
Meaning. In our ever-shrink-
ing world, the tentacles of
religion touch everything
from governmental policy
to individual morality to our
basic social constructs. It
affects the lives of people of
great faith or no faith at
all. This series of weekly col-
umns launched in 2005
seeks to illuminate the
national conversation.

not mine alone. I am especially
indebted to Harvard's Harvey
Cox whose book -The Future of
Faith- is recommended read-
ing to anyone wishing to plumb
this subject in more depth. But
like it or not, the religious land-
scape is changing. Those wish-
ing to have a place in that land-
scape will need to pay attention.
For starters, it appears that
faith is becoming less creedal.
A hundred years after the cru-
cifixion of Jesus, Christians still
preferred spoken remembranc-
es to the cache of writings that
would become our New Testa-
ment. Think of your own fam-
ily reunions here. Do you prefer
reading about your ancestors or
speaking directly with those el-
der friends and family members
who actually knew or could

recall stories about your
Early Christianity was spiri-
tually fluid, with an emphasis
on prayer, worship and acts of
charity. It would take several
hundred years for this vibrant
spirituality for which thou-
sands were willing to die to
calcify into the mere assent to a
prescribed set of beliefs known
as "orthodoxy." This. stodgy el-
evation of doctrine over ethics
has carried the day for centu-
ries, but, alas, its days could be
numbered. Exhibit A is the bur-
geoning number of Americans
claiming to be "spiritual but not
Young adults appear largely
uninterested in our denomina-
tional joustings over "correct"
doctrine. They seek opportuni-

ties to worship, serve and be-
come part of a nurturing com-
munity that cares deeply for one
another. Their God is a big God
who is unbound by Scripture or
learned scholarly limitations.
Instead, they see Scripture for
what it is: the witness of fallible
humans to God's acts in history.
It will be interesting to see
whether a new generation of
church leaders can begin speak-
ing about their faith in a way
that will appeal to modern au-
diences. Or will they stubbornly
cling to ancient metaphors that
were created to reach an audi-
ence that no longer exists. The
apostles used images of slavery
(redemption) and blood sacrifice
(atonement) in describing the
Christian revelation because
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Family Resource Center workers Herve Preval, Marisa Vigilante, Shaneise
Bromell, and Amy Clarke attend Child Welfare Professional Day celebration.

Celebration honors child

welfare professionals

More than 60 people attended the Child Welfare Professionals Day celebra-
tion recently at the Department of Children and Families office. Child welfare
professionals create a powerful coalition of private and public agencies serv-
ing and are devoted to the well-being of foster children, our most vulnerable.
Child Welfare Professionals Day was designated by former Florida Sena-
tor Frederica Wilson as the second Monday in May by the State of Florida in
2009. Department of Children and Families, Our Kids' Full Case Management
Agencies and other community groups, came together today to thank these
professionals and honor their dedication.
Speakers included: David Lawrence, The Children's Movement of Florida;
Jacqui Colyer, Department of Children and Families; Judge Mari Sampedro-
Iglesia, assistant associate administrative judge, Juvenile Division of the
Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida; and Oren Wunderman, Family Resource

D. Wade's mom pastors church

By Dave'Hyde "

For y.ears. '..e've watched Dwvy-
ane Wade grow up before us -
from the rookie to the star to one
of the game s best and figured
we k-ne\ him. But Jolinda Wade's
- his mother story says what %\e
don t know far exceeds what we
do know.
His parents broke up when he
was young. His mom descended
into drugs, alcohol and an abusive
relationship It became so bad
that, at nine, D\wane \was taken
by his older sister to live with
their father
Oh. they'd visited regularly back
then. -And as he erew through
high school Jolinda woLld make
sure she didn't reek of alcohol to
watch his basketball games. But
guilt was a constant companion
"It brought such shame on m-e.
that I'd dropped the 'mother ball,'
so to speak. that it made me get
high even more' J,olinda said.
Her drug :ab-jse landed her in
prison twice. It w'.as her second
time in 20U2. when Du%,ane was
a Marquette sophomore, that put
her on today' s patl-i
She turned herself around after
finding religion. She had a vision
about leading a church and began
a prison ministry. Released after
nine months, she studied at a
ministry school.
In 2007, she founded the Tem-
ple of Praise on Chicago's South
Side. Tod.iy, about 200 people can
be found in the church during
her week er'. ice while Pastor
Wade delivers her sermons with
Old Testament thunder. While
the birth of her church may seem
like an inevitable occurrence now,
in the beginning there were no




Mothers and sons: Pastor JoLinda Wade, sitting beside a figurine
of son, Dwyane, overcame years of addiction to found her own

Back then when she found a
proper home for her ministry, she
tried to get a bank loan and was
denied. Her credit was too bad.
Finding that the public world no
longer had faith in her word, she
turned to her son.
"Remember you asked me if I
needed any help to get a church to
let you know?" she asked Dwyane.
"I believe I need you."
Thankfully, he was there for
her with monetary and emotional

support. One wonders how this
family survived to enjoy these
times when, day after day, night
after night, year after year, they
struggled through hell?
"I never thought we'd get to this
point, never thought she'd accom-
plish what she has," Dwyane says.
"I'm so proud of her."
Pastor Wade is told what her
son said. She's quiet for a mo-
ment, then says simply and softly,


Liberty City organization mimics successful Harlem Children's Zone

The Harlem Children's Zone,
a non-profit organization
in New York City, has been
praised for over 40 years for
its dedication to neighborhood
youth and successfully con-
necting social services to an
often underserved population.
Recently, Liberty City
launched the Miami Children's
Initiative (MCI), the neighbor-
hood's answer to the popular
program in Harlem.

The program held a commu-
nity dinner on Sunday, May
MCI is a community-based
service network that hopes to
provide the children of Liberty
City with educational opportu-
nities, accessible health care,
after-school and summer pro-
grams and eventually, employ-
In the bigger scheme of
things, the non-profit organi-

zation aims to act as a trans-
formative agent in the neigh-
borhood, a positive influence
in the lives of children to keep
them on track and college-
MCI has been preparing to
kick off since 2008, when it
was officially created by Flor-
ida Statute 409.147. The legis-
lature also appropriated $3.6
million for MCI as a not-for-
profit organization.

According to Florida Statute
409.147, children in Liberty
City are not read to by an adult
on a regular basis and attend
a prekindergarten program at
a much lower rate than other
children. The statute says that
the children in Liberty City
also suffer from high rates of
asthma, a higher risk of lead
poisoning, inadequate health
care and are routinely exposed
to violence and crime.

Working with a number of
partners including. Habitat
for Humanity, the Jessie Trice
Community Health Center,
Miami-Dade public schools,
Department of Children and
Families and faith-based orga-
nizations, MCI hopes to serve
as a bridge between available
community services such as
dental care, tutoring, comput-
er training and the children
and families in Liberty City

who need access to them.
MCI's long-term goal is to
build a charter school in Lib-
erty City that would serve
children from prekindergarten
through grade eight. For now
though, they're focusing on
community outreach.
For more information about
the Miami Children's Initiative,
please call 786-368-5185 or
visit www.miamichildrensini-

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14B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-31, 2011

Campaign seeks to lower teen pregnancy rates

By Kaila Heard

Here's the good news.
Teen pregnancy rates in
America continue their years-
long decline.
Regarding Black teens, be-
tween 1990 2005, the num-
ber of pregnancies nationwide
decreased by 45 percent (from
223.8 per 1,000 to 122.7).
And while there was a slight
increase in teen pregnancy
rates in 2005 and 2006, the
downward decline resumed
by 2009, according to the
Centers for Disease Control.
Now here's the bad news.
According to a recent CDC
Vital Signs report, the United
States has a teen pregnancy
rate 9 times higher than any
other developed nation.

"Though we have made
progress in reducing teen
pregnancy over the past 20
years, still far too many teens
are having babies," said Dr.
Thomas R. Frieden, director
of the CDC.

So, May, which is National
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Month, provides a perfect
opportunity to focus on the
solutions to unplanned preg-
nancies among adolescents.
The CDC study also found
that among sexually active
teens, 14 percent of girls and
10 percent of boys say they
do not use birth control at all.
Contraceptive usage rate is
lowest among Blacks and La-
The costs of such conse-
quences of unsafe sex practic-
es, in addition to the spread of
sexually transmitted diseases,
are unplanned pregnancies.
These pregnancies come with
a price tag of $9.1 billion a
year nationally, according
to the National Campaign to
Prevent Teen and Unplanned

Meanwhile, the future for
those teens who do become
pregnant are not promising.
Among some of the conse-
quences are the fact that over
half of teen mothers have not
received their high school di-
ploma by the age of 22; one in
three girls born to teen moth-
ers will become a teen mother;
and children of teen parents
are more likely to have low
school achievement, drop out
of school and be teen parents
To combat the country's
comparably high teen preg-
nancy rate, the study found
the following methods to be
most effective: comprehensive
sex education for teens, par-
ents who talk to their teens
about pregnancy prevention,

and access to affordable, yet
effective birth control. So far,
experts have found that con-
doms for boys and hormone
shots, IUD, and birth con-
trol pills for girls are the best
methods for preventing un-
wanted pregnancy.
So, what can parents do to
help their teens?
Preeti Matkins, the direc-
tor of adolescent medicine at
Levine's Children's Hospital
in Charlotte, North Carolina,
advises that parents provide
positive reinforcement.
"Parents should focus on
what you would like them to
do as opposed to what you
don't want them to do and
why. Like what other options
there are. What does it mean
to love someone? What does it
mean to have a boyfriend?"

Military veterans face past limitations, future career gains

continued from 12B

counterparts," explained Professor Ki-
sha King, a teacher of African Ameri-
can history at Broward Community
Eighty-five-year-old Steve Marshall
voluntarily enlisted .in the Marines in
1943, not for money or citizenship, but
because of the branch's reputation.
According to newspaper articles and
other reports he'd read, "it really, really
made you feel like a man to serve in
the Marines," Marshall explained.
His few years of service were spent in
various construction and maintenance
And while Marshall was the victim
of racial discrimination, the legacy of
his service is his health issues. The re-
tired corporal served on Nagasaki, Ja-
pan shortly after the atomic bomb was
He has been suffering from health
problems with his prostate, strokes,
and unable to use his legs.
While all Black soldiers faced racial
tensions, their experiences as soldiers
nonetheless greatly varied depending

upon their age and when they entered
the military.
Reverend Freeman Wyche, who en-
listed a year after segregation was end-
ed in the military, experiences differed.
"Some of our sergeants and com-
manders didn't appreciate the mixing
of white soldiers with Black soldiers,
but overall you also had the soldiers
and officers who welcomed and appre-
ciated integration," he said.
During the late 1940s and early
1950s, Wyche, 80, would work as an
air traffic controller and served tours
of duty in Germany, North Africa,
England and France.
"It was a tremendous experience,"
he recalled, but "it was a lot of work, it
was a lot of stress."

While trials and accomplishments of
Black servicemen continue to receive
growing attention, often overlooked
were their fellow sisters in arms. Black
women have also had storied and
praise-worthy careers in the military,
beginning in the nursing field and in
later years, they distinguished them-
selves in other jobs of the military.

According to the Women In Military
Service For America Memorial, First
Lieutenant Nancy C. Leftenant was
the first Black to become a member
of the Regular Army Nurse Corps in
In 1969, Captain Diane Lindsay,
Army Nurse Corps, became the first
Black nurse to receive the Soldier's
Medal for heroism.
One of the most recent Black service
women to make headlines was Ver-
nice G. Armour, who became the first
Black female pilot in the Marine Corps
and the first Black female combat pi-
In an interview with U.S. Black En-
gineer magazine, Armour revealed her
belief of the importance of exposing
youth to role models.
"If your family doesn't own a plane,
or you don't have an uncle who does,
how do you get the exposure to what it
takes to be a pilot? I think that's where
the services and professional organiza-
tions can take on the task.Get the role
models out there in their flight suits;
they need to see us to know people just
like them are doing this," explained

According to the Department of De-
fense, there are 241,670 Blacks serving
in the armed forces, which makes a to-
tal of 17.3 percent of the military are of
African American descent.
Yet according to Defense Department
statistics, the number of Black enlist-
ees have decreased markedly in the
past 10 years.
Analysts cite reasons such as the
Iraq War and the terrorist attacks on
Sept. 11, 2001.
When asked if he would recommend
military service to the Black youth of
today, Marshall replied in the affirma-
"I would tell them to get off the streets
and to go into the military," he said.
Wyche, who is now an active member
of the American Legion Post 165, ap-
preciated the experiences and opportu-
nities the military afforded him.
However, seeing how the American
military now practices a more ag-
gressive, preemptive strategy today,
Wyche's endorsement is more reserved.
He concluded, "The only reason I
would encourage anyone to go into the
military now is to purse an education."

Dance ministry

celebrates 10th


cotninued from 12B

ministry's signature piece,
"State of Freedom."

In the 10 years since the Mc-
Intyre Institute was founded,
it has gone through several
"We have evolved," explained
McIntyre, who received her
bachelors degree in dance ed-
ucation and a masters degree
for professional performance
in dance and a Doctoral De-
gree of Ministry in Christian
In that time, the school has
gained popularity in the com-
munity at large, more students
have enrolled, their artistic
expression has evolved and
the growth of the school's-stu-
"A lot of students have been
healed with attending the In-
stitute and a lot of our stu-
dents have done extremely well
in school," she explained. "It's
been a blessing overall."
For more information, please
visit www.called2dance.com or

Musical program at

Mt. Claire Holiness

The Wimberly Sisters are
sponsoring a musical pro-
gram at Mt. Claire Holiness
Church, 7975 NW 22 Av-
enrue, 7:30 p.m., Saturday.
May 28.
The program %%ill feature
The Wimberly Sisters. Soul
Seekers, Zions Gospel
Singers, Reverend Wright,
LU.B.H. Male Chorus, and
many, mans more.

Museum remembers Florida's forgotten Black History

continued from 12B

slow to receive the information
of the Emancipation Proclama-
tion [January 1, 1863] was its
population and location.
Florida had a population of
approximately 140,000 by the
mid-1800s, of which 63,000
were of African descent, many
of them slaves. During the
Civil War, Florida was impor-
tant strategically because it
often sent food and supplies

to other Confederate states.
However, its vast coastlines
made it nearly impossible for
the Union Navy to impose a
successful blockade to prevent
supplies from leaving the state.
The Union never did. capture
the state's capital during the
war. When the word of freedom
finally made its way to Flori-
da, Brigadier General Edward
Moody McCook made the an-
nouncement on the steps of the
present-day site of the Knott
House Museum.

Now every year, the Knott
House Museum in the state
capital commemorates the
holiday with an actual reen-
actment of the reading of the
proclamation with subsequent
In addition to the focus on
Florida's Emancipation Day,
the service at the Old Dillard
Museum also celebrated Hai-
tian Heritage 'Month with per-
formances by the Dynamic
Dance Studio. Black veterans
representing American Legion

Post 220 were also on hand and
participated in the ceremony to
share their history.
"One of the things that we
celebrated] in our '20-Some
May' is the role that Blacks
have played in the Civil War,"
Davis explained.
In commemoration of the
more popularly recognized
emancipation holiday, June-
teenth, the Old Dillard Muse-
um will be hosting their annual
Jazz Celebration on Saturday,
June 18, beginning at 1 p.m.

Rev. Randall: We must reach people's hearts, minds

continued from 12B

celebrating his 43rd pastoral
anniversary. While he enjoys
his duties, he does not believe
the decision to spend his pas-
toral career here was his alone
to make.
"I stayed here first of all be-
cause I have a strong convic-
tion that God placed me here. I
always felt He would move me
if He found reason to [but] He
didn't move me," Randall said.
The 77-year-old minister re-

called that when he first came
the estimated 300-member
church had the standard min-
istries including a Bible study,
prayer meetings and at least six
different choirs.
"During those days, the em-
phasis was placed more on just
the worship service," he ex-
Nowadays, the church's con-
gregation has grown to include
over a 1,000 members and the
church offers a variety of minis-
tries including tutoring, cloth-
ing and feeding, drug abuse,

mid-afternoon prayer meeting
and Sunday School.
Of all the' ministries, Ran-
dall maintains that the Sunday
School ministry takes prece-
Ministries such as feeding
and clothing are important, but
"it's important that we reach out
to their hearts and minds," he
explained further. "If you can
believe in God, all of these other
things can be worked out."
However, Randall believes
that it takes more than any
ministries can provide in order

to grow and maintain church
According to the minister, it is
the "divine magnetic pull that
draws people to the house of
God. Nothing else is sufficient
to hold people other than God."
To ensure that the "spirit of
God" dwells within a church,
Randall advises that the con-
gregation and the minister,
in particular, pray in order to
speak with God and read the
Bible in order to learn of of
God's word or hear God speak
to you.

Modern times bring churches new styles of worship

continued from 13B

the ancients believed that is
what God required.
Such common New Testa-
ment imagery as "washed
in the blood," for example,
might have been borrowed
from other religions in the
Mediterranean world, in-
cluding the cult of Mithras,
in which devotees were liter-
ally drenched in the blood of
a bull.
Today's congregations are
already showing a willing-
ness to worship at different
times and places as well as in
different ways. Electric gui-
tars, drums and keyboards
have replaced pipe organs in
many of today's churches. I
see no reason why churches
can't also change the theo-
logical metaphors they em-
ploy to convey their ancient

As a practical matter, clergy
are seeing less emphasis on be-
lieving and more emphasis on
As John Ross, the dean of
the St. Johns Cathedral in
Knoxville puts it, "While the
world may still be round to the
church, young people know it
is flat. They are interested in
other religions and cultural ex-
pressions of faith and service.
They are also interested in what
works and are not worried so
much about what is religiously
proper or acceptable."
Not only will faith be less
creedal, it will also be less hi-
"Apostolic succession" the
belief that church leaders de-
rive authority via direct suc-
cession from Jesus, Peter and
the apostles themselves is
largely fiction, according to pro-
fessor Cox. In fact, there were

no professional clergy in the
early church. Even the great
Apostle Paul was a tent-maker.
Women were also in positions
of leadership. The Acts of the
Apostles refers to four sisters
who were evangelists, and at
least one woman (Junia) was an
apostle. Paul refers to her in the
lasf chapter of his letter to the
church at Rome.
Ross says many of his parish-
ioners don't even know why we
have bishops: "Young people
attach themselves directly to
whatever they attach them-
selves to and don't need much
in the way of intermediaries.
Give them the pitch for a hier-
archical clergy, and they roll
their eyes like teenagers being
driven on a date by their par-
ents. They want to experience
God for themselves."
Finally, faith is likely to be-
come more countercultural.
That is to say it will be less cozy
with society's poo-bahs and

more willing to criticize gov-
ernment than curry its favor
or largesse.
Perhaps not coincidentally,
such populist religion appears
more in sync with the demo-
cratic political winds that are
gusting across the planet.
For the first time in history,
more Christians can be found'
in the southern, rather than
northern, hemisphere. Europe-
an and North American religion
- with its long-standing defer-
ence to professional clergy and
adherence to detailed doctrines
and beliefs is being eclipsed
by a brand of Christianity that
is loosey-goosey. It is lay-led,
spirit-filled and more democrat-
ic in orientation.
Most interesting of all is the
fact that what is happening to
Christianity might be taking it
back to its historic and theo-
logical roots. Perhaps the prob-
lem with the "old-time religion"
was simply that it wasn't old.

Anointed Worship Place
invites South Florida to a pow-
erful Worship Service on June
12th at 9 a.m. at Gwen Cherry
Park Center. 305-707-4270.

Second Canaan Mission-
ary Baptist Church is spon-
soring a '100 Women and Men
in White and Black' program
on May 29 at 4 p.m. 305-620-
1276, 305-213-8246.

All That God Is Interna-
tional Outreach Centers is
having Dedicatory Services May
25 27, 7: 30 p.m. nightly 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' musi-
cal on June 25 at @ 6 p.m. A
$15 donation is requested. 786-
255-1509, 786-709-0656.

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

Mt. Clair Holiness Church
is hosting a gospel music pro-
gram on May 21 at 7 p.m. 305-

Zion Hope Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting a
Sixth Pastoral Anniversary, May
23 27, 7 p.m. nightly and a cli-
max service on May 29 at 4 p.m.

New Beginning Outreach,
Inc. welcomes everyone to their
17th Church Anniversary. Ser-
vices begin May 22 at 3:30 p.m.
and May 23 28, 7 p.m. nightly.

N Running for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministry is seek-
ing rappers, soloists, group
singers and praise dancers to
perform at their Youth Jubilee
Celebration on May 28 at 7:30
p.m. 954-213-4332, 786-704-

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 Ap-
ostolic Faith Church, Inc., will
be having a workshop on Homo-
sexuality and the Bible on June
18, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. RSVP by May
31. 786-488-2108.

The Youth In Action
Group invites you to their "Sat-
urday Night Live Totally Radical
Youth .Experience" every Satur-
day, 10 p.m. midnight. 561-

A Mission with a New Be-
ginning Church presents their
annual Women's Ministry An-
nual Convention whose theme
is 'Women of God, Lifting Up the
Name of Jesus' on June 9-10,
7:30 p.m. nightly and June 12
at 11:30 a.m.The church also
will be feeding the hungry every
second Saturday of the month.

B 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.

M Come along and join Saint
Cecelia's chapter of Saint
Agnes Episcopal Church on
Thursday, May 26-30, 2011 to
Atlanta, Georgia and Shorter,
Alabama. If interested sign up
with Betty Blue, Florence Mon-
cur and Louise Cromartie. 305-

Church Notes (faith/family
calendar): Submit all events by
Monday, 2 p.m. phone: 305-694-
6216; fax: 305-757-5770; e-mail:

15B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-31, 2011

Who is, or isn't going to hell


By Thomas S. Kidd

Because of the strange co-
incidence of two recent events
- the killing of Osama bin
Laden, and the publication of
Rob Bell's Love Wins, a book
which advocates the principle
of universal salvation for all
people Americans of faith
are taking a fresh look at hell
and eternal damnation. Who is
hell-bound, after all, and who
is likely to escape this final
fiery plunge?
Many Americans perhaps
even some who had given the
afterlife little thought take
some comfort in the idea that
the terrorist monster bin Laden
is now facing the wrath of God.
But Bell, a cutting-edge mega-
church pastor from Michigan,
suggests that because of God's
great love, he will condemn no
one to hell. Presumably this in-
cludes people like bin Laden.
The book has caused an up-
roar among evangelical Chris-

tians, for whom the doctrine of
hell has long been a theologi-
cal certainty. Upon learning of
the book, leading evangelical
pastor John Piper succinctly
tweeted "Farewell, Rob Bell,"
reflecting the conviction among
many conservative believers
that Bell's views are beyond the

Notions about hell also
framed many Americans' reac-
tion to the killing of bin Laden.
Well of course this despicable
fiend would be destined to hell!
The widespread approval of the
al-Qaeda leader's termination
quickly spun off into questions
about where his departed soul
resides (assuming there is an
afterlife for those who don't
believe in one, the whole dis-
cussion may seem pointless, at
Crowds celebrating out-
side the White House report-
edly chanted "OBL, you're in

Bin Laden:
May 1.


hell!" Fox News show host Mike
Huckabee addressed the de-
ceased terrorist directly, telling
him, "Welcome to hell."
These anecdotes reflect a ma-
jority assumption, as a CNN
survey showed that 61 percent
of Americans believe that bin
Laden is in hell. Pastor Bell ap-

parently still represents the mi-
nority view.
But today's popular ap-
proaches to hell have, each in
their way, actually discarded
traditional Christian beliefs.
Many like Bell believe that prog-
ress in ethical understanding
requires modification of pre-
cepts such as hell. The Bible re-
peatedly refers to hell, and the
idea of hell has 'a longstanding
place in not only Christianity,
but Islam and some traditions
within Judaism. Still, Bell ar-
gues that a loving God would
never cast people into everlast-
ing perdition.
Then we have Huckabee and
many others. The operative as-
sumptions in this camp are that
1) righteous people can know
for sure who goes to hell, and
that 2) really bad people are
especially deserving of divine
judgment. But, though they are
often espoused by Christians,
these beliefs do, not easily ac-
cord with traditional Christian

faith, either.

The colonial-era pastor
Jonathan Edwards, the most
celebrated (or notorious, de-
pending on your perspective)
preacher on hell in American
history, took a different ap-
proach. To Edwards, the reality
of hell threatened all people, no
matter how good they seemed
in the world's eyes. God is per-
fectly holy, he said, and we
have all fallen short of his stan-
dard, therefore all are subject
to divine punishment. All of us
are, in Edwards' phrase, "sin-
ners in the hands of an angry
God." But in love and mercy,
God made a way of salvation
through Jesus and his death
on the cross.
Well never know for sure
who will finally accept God's
forgiveness, perhaps even in
the last moments of life. Some
notorious criminals would find

God's grace, Edwards believed,
while some hypocrites who had
Seemed to be saints would be
turned away at heaven's gates.
Edwards spent his final years
ministering to Native Ameri-
cans, among the most reviled
people in the colonies. But Ed-
wards told them (amazingly, for
his time) that their sins were no
worse than English colonists'.
We all need God's grace, he
said. Edwards would undoubt-
edly caution us against putting
our own righteousness before
God above even that of a mur-
derer like Osama bin Laden.
American believers, then,
need both clarity and humil-
ity about hell. Denying the re-
ality of hell might suit modern
tastes, but it doesn't stand up to
the overwhelming weight of the
Christian scriptures and his-
toric tradition. But confidently
asserting that bin Laden is now
in hell also treats this fearsome,
mysterious reality with far less
sobriety than it warrants.

Can Jews meet Jesus? Michelangelo thought so

By Benjamin Blech

For centuries traditional
Christian dogma taught that
as a nonbeliever in the divinity
of Jesus I could not be expect-
ed to get past the pearly gates.
Salvation was promised only to
a clearly defined and limited
group: "Those who believe in
him are not condemned; but
those who do not believe are
condemned already, because
they have not believed in the
name of the only son of God"
(John 3:18).
Small wonder then that pas-
tor Rob Bell, head of a mega
evangelical church in Michigan,
has ignited what many are call-
ing a new holy war in Christian
circles by preaching the gospel
of universalism. In his contro-
versial bestseller, Love Wins: A
Book About Heaven, Hell, And
The Fate Of Every Person Who
Ever Lived, Bell challenges the
notion of heaven as an exclusive
country club with a "keep out"
sign at its entrance that would
be condemned on earth for its
political incorrectness and in-
Exclusivity in a pluralistic
world is something that Bell
finds hard to justify. A God of
love, it seems to him, could
make room in his eternal abode
for those who led lives of good-
ness even though they were
spiritually misguided in their
beliefs. And while this may
seem dangerous and perhaps
even heretical to many evangeli-
cals, it is in fact a fundamen-
tal premise of Judaism. Jewish
theology proclaims that "the
righteous amongthe nations of

the world have a share in the
world to come."

Yet many Christians find it
impossible to reconcile an open
door policy for heaven with the
New Testament's exhortation to
"Believe in the Lord Jesus and
thou shalt be saved." Bell's ar-
gument about salvation has
been strongly vilified by leaders
of the church, and he personally
has been threatened, with ex-
What seems to have escaped
notice in this contemporary con-
troversy is that the concept of a
universalistic heaven open to all
had a powerful spokesman long
before Bell. Discreetly tucked
into a corner of one of the world's
most famous paintings, in none
other than the Sistine Chapel it-
self, Michelangelo had the cour-
age to defy the teachings of the
church of his time in the 16th
century arid proclaim the same
message. By way of his artistic
genius, Michelangelo discov-
ered a daring way to express
views that at long last today find
echoes of theological validation.
Twenty-three years after Mi-
chelangelo completed his mag-
nificent frescoes on the ceiling of
the Sistine Chapel, Pope Clem-
ent VII called him back to redo
the front wall of the chapel with
a monumental version of The
Last Judgment. For seven long
years Michelangelo labored to
portray the moment when Je-
sus returns to earth to judge all
souls, the righteous to ascend to
heaven and' the evil ones to be
damned to eternal punishment

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"THE LAST JUDGEMENT," one of many frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, was painted by Michel-
angelo in the 16th century. It took the artist five years to complete that section of the chapel.

in hell.
At the very top of this master-
piece, we see the angels holding
the instruments of Christ's mar-
tyrdom. Just below the level of
these angels are The Righteous
Souls, forming a circle over the
head of Jesus. These are the true
holy souls, mostly unknown in
life and rewarded in the afterlife,
mingling with the angels around

A fascinating detail usually
* overlooked and quite possibly
intentionally so was clearly
inserted by the artist to express
his deeply held personal belief
about salvation. Directly over
Jesus' head is a handsome
golden-haired angel robed in
red, pointing at two men in this
inner circle of the righteous.
They are obviously Jews.
One is wearing the two-point-
ed hat that the church forced
Jewish males to wear to rein-
force the medieval prejudice
that Jews being spawn of the
devil had horns. The other is
wearing a yellow cap of shame,
the kind that the church or-
dered Jewish men to wear in
public in 1215. In front of them
is a woman whispering in the
ear of a youth who resembles
Michelangelo's tutor, Pico della
Mirandola, who shared with the
artist his positive views of Jews
as well as his universalistic
belief in a God whose love em-
braced all of mankind.
For Michelangelo, as for pas-
tor Bell, there is no divine prej-
udice in the afterlife and
that's probably why they call it

Minister not seen after doomsday fails !

His faulty Rapture

prediction receives

ridicule, sympathy

By Dennis Cauchon

The religious broadcaster who
predicted the world would end
Saturday and convinced hun-
dreds he was right was no-'
where to be seen publicly Sunday
after his prediction didn't come
Minister Harold Camping, 89,
founder of the Family Radio net-
work, said the Bible and numeric
analysis revealed that the Earth
would be destroyed Saturday
at 5:59 p.m. through a series of
earthquakes. He said 200,000
believers would be sent to heaven
in the Rapture.
On Sunday, Camping's radio
headquarters in Oakland was
closed and nobody answered
the door at his home a few miles
away. The company's website
wasn't responding. It wasn't
clear when the Christian network
would return to the airwaves,
where it is broadcast on 66 U.S.
stations and in other countries.

mping: Had a he wld wuld end n May 21.
Camping: Had forecast the world would end on May 21.

Some Family Radio staff mem-
bers said last week that most em-
ployees planned to be at work to-
day and that most workers were
skeptical about the doomsday
Camping, who was trained as a
civil engineer at the University of
California at Berkeley, had built
media operation that had assets
of more than $100 million and
$18 million in donations in 2009,

the most recent year available.
He had previously written a
book saying the Rapture would
occur in 1994 but, when that did
not happen., revised his calcula-
tion to May 21, 2011. His meth-
od was a combination of Biblical
analysis and numerology. He de-
tailed his views in a booklet, We
Are Almost There, available free
to whoever wanted it.
Camping's faulty prediction

was met with a mixture of ridi-
cule and sympathy.
"Only a fool would believe a fool
saying the world is over and the
Bible told me so," said Rod Tray-
lor, 56, eating lunch at a Patas-
kala, Ohio, fast food restaurant
after church Sunday. He said he
had joked with co-workers about
the doomsday prediction.
But his mother, Jeanine, 81,
was more forgiving. "We all be-
lieve something, and I think he
was just trying to help people by
warning that something bad may
happen," she said. The retiree
said she didn't believe the end
was going to occur but thought
there was a slight possibility.
James Ford, 34, watching his
daughter play at the restaurant
playground, said he was sur-
prised people had time to worry
about such predictions. "You
know they're wrong," he said.
"People are looking for excuses."
Camping and his supporters
had put up thousands of bill-
boards and taken out advertise-
ments announcing the apoca-
lypse was near. His employees
had been given Friday off with
pay, and the minister said he
planned to spend his final hours
with his family.

Role Model finds strength in humility

Having a spirit
of humility is a
quality trait worth
its weight in gold.
Jose L. Rodriguez
uses humility as
a tool to lead by
example. He has
been a member RODR
of the 5000 Role
Models of Excellence Proj-
ect since he was a student
at W. J. Bryan Elementary
School. Currently, Jose
is a 7th grade student at
North Miami Middle School
(NMMS). This is his second
year serving as president of
the 5000 Role Models of Ex-
cellence Project at NMMS.
Jose is very humble but
his humility is a source of
strength. Last year as a 6th
grade student,, he was elect-
ed to serve as president of
the club at NMMS because




of his leadership
ability. The youthful
leader believes that
his involvement in
the 5000 Role Mod-
els has taught him
how to give meaning
and purpose to his
GUEZ life.
Although Jose's
step-mother passed away
last year, he is still focused
on achieving his goals. Orig-
inally from Honduras, he
has been able to learn Eng-
lish and excel in his stud-
ies. Jose plans on eventu-
ally graduating from high
school, going off to college
and working in the infor-
mation technology indus-
try. With his determination,
Jose will surely accomplish
his goals which is why he is
the May Role Model Student
of the Month.

Gospel program at Faith Mission Church
Little Rev will be hosting a gospel program at Faith Mis-
sion Church, 4213 NW 17 Avenue, 3 p.m., Sunday, May 29.
The gospel program will feature various groups.
Call Lil' Rev at 786-447-6956.



16B THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-31, 2011

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Unpaid nosp ital taD $149BS eacn year

By Kelly Kennedy

Uninsured Americans in-
cluding those with incomes
well above the poverty line -
leave hospitals with unpaid
tabs of up to $49 billion a
year, according to a govern-
ment study released recently.
On average, unifisured
families pay only about 12
percent of their hospital bills
in full. Families with incomes
above 400 percent of the pov-
erty level, or about $88,000 a
year for a family of four, pay
about 37 percent of their hos-
pital bills in full, according to

the Department of Health and
Human Services study.
"This report shows that
even higher-income, unin-
sured families are struggling
to meet the high costs of
health care," Sherry Glied of
Health and Human Services
said in a statement.
Researchers also found that
most uninsured people have
"virtually no" savings and
that about a third have no fi-
nancial assets.
Health and Human Ser-
vices released the report as
the, White House defends
the federal health care law

passed last year, which was
intended, to address grow-
ing health care costs as well
as ensure all Americans can
afford health insurance. Re-
publicans have pledged to
repeal the federal health care
law, saying that government
should not take away individ-
ual choices.and that the law
will cost too much. Glied said
the study shows the impor-
tance of health insurance for
all Americans.
Paul Winfree, a senior pol-
icy analyst at the conserva-
tive Heritage Foundation,
disagreed, saying the study

showed how Americans can
exploit the system. "With
($88,000), families should be
able to buy insurance," he
said. "They choose not to."
He said that while he real-
izes hospitalizations tend to
be expensive, Americans need
to look at their spending and
saving habits.
Jack Hadley, senior health
services researcher at George
Mason University in Fairfax,
Va., pointed out that unin-
sured people are charged as
much as two-thirds more
than what insured people are
charged because insurers are

able to negotiate prices.
His research has found that
insured individuals don't end
up paying higher premiums
to make up for the uninsured
because hospitals that serve.
lower-income families don't
have a lot of patients with
insurance. However, he said
the government pays about
75 percent of those unpaid
bills either by direct payment
or through a disproportionate
payment of Medicaid.
"It affects taxes, not premi-
ums,' he said. "The privately
insured are still paying for it."
Jim Tallon, president of the

non-profit United Hospital
Fund, said the federal health
care law's mandate that most
Americans be insured is a
step in the right direction.
Hospital officials are "ner-
vous" about proposed medi-
cal cuts in the House budget,
he said.
"Most of the major hospital
associations were supportive
of the Affordable Care Act for
this reason," he said. "They
were willing to take some cost
. reductions in Medicare pay-
ments. and in return, the
government would insure 32
million people."

ERs shrink as demand rises

One in three have

closed over two


By Mary Brophy Marcus

Close to a third of emergen-
cy departments closed shop
over the past two decades, a
new study shows.
From 1990 to 2009, the
number of hospital emergen-
cy departments in non-rural
areas in the USA declined by
27 percent, according to a
study in Journal of the Amer-
ican Medical Association.
"That's a hefty number, and
more than I expected," says
study author Renee Hsia, an
ass tant professor of emer-
gency medicine at the Univer-
sity of California-San Fran-
Hsia says she and col-
leagues did a "survival analy-

sis," much like researchers do
for breast cancer patients. "In
our study, we used the ER as
the patient," says Hsia.
They found that the num-
ber of emergency depart-
ments dropped from 2,446
to 1,779 an average of 89
closings per year. The figure
included only non-rural loca-
tions since those in rural ar-
eas generally receive special
funding from federal sources.
Hsia says researchers
wanted to examine the fac-
tors that led to closings. "Cer-
tain hospitals are at higher
risk for losing their ERs than
others," she says. ERs shut
down were more likely to:
Have low profit margins;
Serve patient below the
poverty level;
Serve patients with poorer
forms of insurance, including
Be in for-profit hospitals;
Be in more competitive

Emergency experts aren't
surprised by the shrinking
ER trend.
"It isn't shocking. Health
care is a business and cer-
tainly health care parallels
the course of small busi-
ness needing larger corpo-
rate affiliations to survive,"
says Carl Ramsay, chairman
of emergency medicine at
Lenox Hill Hospital, in New
York City.
Hsia says it's very concern-
ing that during the same pe-
riod of time that number of
ERs has decreased, there's
been a 35 percent increase
in ER visits.
"The demand for care has
increased and has rapidly
outpaced our supply. They're
going in opposite directions,"
she says. Other studies show
that the more crowded emer-
gency departments become,
the less able they are to give
optimal care, and remain
America's health care "safety

net," she says.
It's a myth that ERs are
sucking the healthcare sys-
tem dry, says Sandra Sch-
neider, president of the Amer-
ican College of Emergency
Physicians. "About 92 percent
of patients who come to ERs
have to be. there. So you're
not going to get the money
you need by closing emer-
gency departments," Sch-
neider says. She says stud-
ies show only two percent of
total healthcare costs occur
in emergency medicine, while
treating obesity-related ill-
nesses is linked to about 20
percent of costs, and hospital
readmission rates are linked
to about 15 percent.
"The ER is the bird's eye
perspective of the whole
healthcare system. If we re-
ally want a better system, not
just band-aid solutions, we
need to look at how to simpli-
fy the way we pay for health
care," says Hsia.

A way for hospitals to cut costs of tests

By Katherine Hobson

Making physicians aware
of the costs of blood tests can
lower a hospital's daily bill for
those tests by as much 27 per-
cent, a new study suggests.
It is common practice at hos-
pitals to test patients' blood
every day and it is wasting
money and time, according to
the study's authors-from the
University of Miami and Brown
The researchers started by
monitoring the baseline daily
per-patient cost for two com-
mon lab tests, complete blood
count and total chemistry
panel, among surgical patients
at Rhode Island Hospital in
Providence. Then they started
a program of scripted weekly
announcements to surgical
house staff-the doctors-in-
training who order the bulk of
the tests-and their attending
physicians, about the cost of
the tests.
At the beginning of the pro-
gram, the daily cost per non-
intensive care patient was
$147.73. Over the 11 weeks of
the study, that dipped as low

as $108.11, in the eighth week.
There were a couple of weeks
where the cost of tests went up
from the previous week, but
those corresponded with a new
influx of intern physicians, the
authors write.

"There was no telling anyone
when, or when not, to order a
particular test," says Elizabeth
Stuebing, a study co-author
and a fellow in trauma and
critical care at the University of
Miami's Miller School of Medi-
cine. Over 11 weeks, the total
saved was $54,967, though
that figure, and the per-pa-
tient savings are based on the
sticker price of the tests, not
the amounts paid by Medicare
or negotiated with third-party
insurers. That means the true
savings was lower, -Dr. Stue-
bing says.
But she says it shows what
can happen merely by giving
physicians information they
don't usually have. "We never
see the dollar amount of any-
thing," Dr. Stuebing says. "The
first week I stood up and said





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In an accompanying com-
60 mentary, A. Benedict Cosimi, a
professor of surgery at Harvard
Medical School, compares the
daily volume of unnecessary
blood work to the bloodletting
of centuries past. He attributes
redundant and unnecessary
tests in part to defensive medi-
cine-physicians scared ofbe-
ing sued. He also notes that
physicians and patients rarely
know what routine tests and
treatments cost.
Dr. Cosimi says the study
represents "a good first step,
just to show that there's a
problem, and a potential so-
lution." The goal would be to
S' establish guidelines for proper
tests can testing. It's not just blood work
that could benefit 'from this
kind of approach.
week we'd At his own transplant unit,
-i routine Dr. Cosimi says he noticed
wouldd hear changes in prescribing behav-
en,'e." ior simply by posting the dif-
continue ferent costs of two similar an-
's not pos- tibiotics.
e behavior "We know medical care is
tinue. The costing more than it has to,"
i the May says Dr. Cosimi. "There are
Surgery. some simple solutions."

Pancreatic cancer patients see new hope

By Liz Szabo

For the first time in years,
doctors are making progress
against pancreatic cancer,
one of the deadliest of all tu-
mors, which kills all but six
percent of patients.
Although there is still no
cure, a new drug combination
can help patients live months
longer than on standard
therapy. And other studies
already underway may soon
offer patients even more op-
tions, researchers say.
Patients taking Folfirinox,
a novel combination of four
drugs already approved to
fight other cancers, lived 11.1
months 4.3 months longer
than those given standard
chemo, according to a French
study of 342 patients in New
England Journal of Medicine.
That might not seem like a

lot of time in' any other dis-
But study author Thierry
Conroy notes that pancreatic
cancer is especially lethal,
typically killing patients in
only about six months. Pa-
tients diagnosed with the dis-
ease have so few options that

still rated their quality of life
higher, Conroy says. That
may be because Folfirinox
prevented their tumors from
causing serious side effects,
such as pain,' loss of appetite
and weight loss.
Doctors are already chang-
ing their' practice based on

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the Food and Drug Adminis-
tration approved a drug called
Tarceva to treat pancreatic
cancer in 2005, even though
that drug improved survival
by only about two weeks.
Although Folfirinox caused
more serious side effects than
standard chemo, patients

the study, which was pre-
sented at' a medical meeting
last year, says cancer spe-
cialist Gauri Varadhachary
of Houston's M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center, who wasn't
involved in the new study.
"This is great news for our
patients," Varadhachary

says. "I see it becoinimg the
standard of -care. I see pa-
tients requesting it."
Others caution 'that the
new .drug regimen isn't for
everyone with pancreatic
Patients in the study were
under age 76 and especially
healthy, says cancer spe-
cialist, Nilofer Azad, from
Baltimore's Johns Hopkins
Kimmel Cancer Center, who
wasn't involved in the new
But Azad notes that doc-
tors are testing other drug
combinations to treat pan-
creatic cancer. She's hopeful
that these combinations will
work as well or better than
Folfirinox, with fewer serious
side effects.
Folfirinox "is going to be
one of a host of options" for
patients, Azad says.

Survey: Miss.

tops lists at 12.3


By Elizabeth Crisp

JACKSON, Miss. Addie
Mae Payton waits every Thurs-
day for the Meals On Wheels
man to bring her lunch.
"It's things like chicken, rice
and vegetables that I can heat
up in the microwave," says Pay-
ton, 85. '"You get full off of it,
you sure do."
Even with about 5,000 such
programs across the country,
about one in nine seniors are at
risk of hunger because of fac-
tors that include poverty and
limited mobility, program offi-
cials say.
"They're the hidden hun-
gry," says Enid Borden, presi-
dent and CEO of the Meals On
Wheels of America. "It's a na-
tional problem with community
The most recent Meals On
Wheels study on the issue, con-
ducted in 2009, showed Mis-
sissippi had the highest rate
of residents 60 to 90 at risk of
hunger at 12.3 percent. South
Carolina ranked No. 2 at 9.8

The problem has continued to
grow since then, Borden says,
exacerbated by the nation's
economic struggles.
James P. Ziliak, director of
the Center for Poverty Research
at the University of Kentucky
and co-author of the Meals On
Wheels study, says the rate of '
senior hunger has been climb-
ing nationally over the past de-
cade, with as many as five mil-
lion seniors facing hunger. '
Although programs that ad-
dress senior hunger also are on
the rise, Ziliak says the growth
hasn't been enough to compete
with the growing need.
An AARP Public Policy Insti-
tute analysis of data released
last fall showed that between
2006 and 2008, the percentage
of poor and near-poor seniors
who were hungry more than
doubled, from 4.7 percent to
10.1 percent.
"Our programs are the an-
swer, but it's a very large prob-
lem," Borden says. "We can do
Sandra Narron of the Neigh-
borly Care Network of Pinel-
las County, Fla., which serves
about 1,000 seniors knows that
"We still have 200 to 300
people on our waiting list," she
says. "We just don't have-the
funds to do it."

Stress-bursting drinks take off

But some say they're
mellow in name only

By Bruce Horovitz

Energy drinks are so 2010.
In a stressed-out culture,
their antithesis, "relaxation"
drinks, are emerging as .the
beverage world's hot ticket but
are also drawing their share of
More than 70 of these drinks,
heavily marketed as stress re-
ducers in a bottle, have rolled
out in the past three years,
research specialist Mintel esti-
Nutritionists warn they may
be more marketing than sub-
stance. "I don't think there's
any mainstream research that
would support any of this,"
says Alice Lichtenstein, profes-
sor of nutrition at Tufts Univer-
sity. "If you want to relax, drink
chamomile tea."
Consumer advocates and
parents are showing concern,
too. The ingredients and mar-
keting techniques of some re-
laxation drinks are coming
under scrutiny, says Marc
Ullman, an attorney who ad-
vises product makers. "The
relaxation product category is
a category that's looking for

The drinks go by mellow-
sounding names: Unwind,
iChill, Be Happy and category
behemoth Drank. Active ingre-
dients vary from the amino acid
L-theanine, which is found in
green tea, to melatonin, used
in sleep aids.
The category size from
two-ounce shots to 12-ounce
cans is anyone's guess.
Consulting firm Zenith Inter-
national says it's $500 million,
while Terry Harris, president
of Frontier Beverage, maker of
Unwind, says it's $100 million,
a fraction of the $7.7 billion en-
ergy-drink juggernaut.
Yet few beverage categories
are growing faster. Zenith's
projected growth rate for the
drinks in 2011: 38 percent.
A big challenge: convincing
folks it works. Although the
benefit of energy drinks is wide-
ly understood, "The benefits of
relaxation drinks are more sub-
jective," says Lynn Dornblaser,
Mintel's new products guru.
Peter Bianchi, CEO of Drank
maker Innovative Beverage,
says, "It's a positive alternative
to reaching for a bottle of pills
or a six-pack of beer."
HealthGuard Wellness just
launched Be Happy. "We mar-
ket it as an anti-stress prod-
uct," founder Steven Goldberg


Senior hunger

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Unplanne d

pregnancies at

40 percent

Study finds highest
rates in South,
large urban

By Sharon Jayson

About 40 percent of preg-
nancies in every state of the
U.S. were unwanted or mis-
timed, according to the first-
ever state-by-state analysis
of unintended pregnancies.
According to the analysis
released recently, the high-
est rates were in the South,
Southwest and in states with
large urban populations.
Highest was Mississippi with
69 per 1,000 women ages 15-
44; lowest was New Hamp-
shire, with 36 per 1,000.
"There are many, many rea-
sons why people don't plan
ahead, even when it's such a
crucial decision," says Claire
Brindis, director of the Bixby
Center for Global Reproduc-
tive Health at the University
of California-San Francisco,
Please turn to STUDY 18B


pregnancy by state
Number of unintended preg-
nancies per 1,000 women
ages 15-44, 2006:
Top five
Miss. 69
D.C. 67
Calif. 66
Del. 66
Nev. 66
N.Y. 65
Fla. 64
Bottom five

Maine ,37
N.D. 37
Vt. 38
W.Va. 39
NOTE: Rates for District of Columbia, Nevada,
New Hampshire are estimates.
SOURCE: Perspectives on Sexual and
Reproductive Health

America is inundated everyday with
health news. With the well-founded
worries about cancer, heart disease and


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d i a bo- tes among many we often forget
about the little things. Like our kidneys.
Thr fact is that nearly eight million
A m i n cans have seriously reduced kidney
Iuni.tion. Blacks have a four times grater
risi: of developing kidney disease than
whiite Americans.
The kidneys (each person has two) are
bean-shaped vital organs, located near
the middle of your back, just below the rib
cage. Kidneys can be compared to trash
collectors sifting out waste products
and extra urine from your blood. The
wastes in your blood come from the

normal breakdown of active muscle and
from the food you eat. Your body uses the
food for energy and self-repair. After your
body has taken what it needs from the
food, waste is sent to the blood. If your
kidneys did not remove these wastes, the
wastes would build up in the blood and
damage your body. The actual filtering
occurs in tiny units inside your kidneys
called nephrons.

Most kidney diseases attack these
nephrons, causing them to lose their
filtering capacity. Damage to the nephrons
may happen quickly, often as the result
of injury or poisoning. But most kidney
diseases destroy the nephrons slowly or
According to the National Institutes of
Health, the two most common causes
of kidney disease are diabetes and high
blood pressure. If your family has a
history of any kind of kidney problems,
Please turn to KIDNEYS 18B

A guide to headache remedies

By Karen Asp

Head hurts? Try one of these
doctor-approved pain relievers.

Best for: Soothing stress be-
fore a headache starts.
How they work: Simple deep
breathing and stretching (neck
and shoulder rolls, in particu-
lar) relax tense muscles that

trigger headaches, says Sheena
Aurora, M.D., the director of
the Swedish Headache Center,
in Seattle.
A pulse-point balm with aro-
matherapeutic ingredients, like
peppermint, can help, too. Roll
it onto your temples and the
back of your neck.
Keep in mind: Stretching also
improves poor posture, another
possible cause of headaches.

Best for: Medicine-free relief
from minor tension headaches.
How it works: Experts aren't
sure precisely why each ther-
apy is effective, but cold slows
blood flow and reduces inflam-
mation, and heat increases
blood flow; both of these may
ease pain.
"Go with your personal pref-
erence," says Jason Rosenberg,

M.D., the director of the Johns
Hopkins Headache Center at
Bayview, in Baltimore.
Apply a cold compress or a
heating pad wherever you hurt;
limit treatment to 15 minutes
at a time.
Keep in mind: You can also
alternate the two in five-minute
increments. Start with cold,
then switch to heat.
Please turn to REMEDIES 18B



People with Crohn's disease a type of
inflammatory bowel are prone to being
The University of Maryland Medical Center offers
these suggestions to help people with Crohn's better
manage their diet:
Snack throughout the day on small amounts of
food, rather than eating big meals.
Drink plenty of water.
Stay away from spicy foods, and stick to bland,
softer offerings.
Steer clear of foods that are high in fiber, such as
popcorn, seeds, beans, nuts and bran.
Don't eat foods that are greasy or fried, and
avoid heavy and fattening sauces that contain cream,
butter or margarine.
Restrict milk and dairy products if you are
lactose intolerant.
Limit caffeine and alcohol.



Getting plenty of sleep each night can help you
better manage arthritis pain, the Arthritis Foundation
Here are recommendations to.help you get enough
Exercise regularly at a moderate intensity, and
remember to schedule it well before bedtime.
Don't consume caffeine or alcohol, particularly
close to bedtime.
Create a consistent schedule of sleep and wake
times, and stick to it daily.
Soak in a warm bath before bed, or listen to some
soft music.
Enjoy quiet time before bed, or read a relaxing
Don't use sleeping pills, unless your doctor
suggests them.

Medical Center


Diabetics more likely to get cancer
NEW YORK People with diabe- Disease Control and Prevention in ly among diabetics differed between
tes are at higher risk for certain can- Atlanta, Georgia, whose findings ap- men and women.
cers than those without the blood pear in the journal Diabetes Care. Compared to people without dia-
sugar disease, suggests a new study. According to the CDC, nine per- betes, diabetic men were more likely
Based on data from a telephone cent of U.S. adults have diabetes, to report having colon, pancreas,
survey of nearly 400,000 adults, re- After taking into account things rectum, urinary bladder, kidney or
searchers found 16 out of every 100 like age, race, smoking and drinking prostate cancer (the latter only oc-
diabetic men and 17 out of every 100 habits, the researchers concluded curs in men). Diabetic women had
diabetic women said they had can- that diabetic men and women were more cases of breast cancer, leuke-
cer. 10 percent more likely to have had a mia or cancer of the womb.
That compares to just seven per cancer diagnosis of any kind. For men, the greatest increase in
100 men and 10 per 100 women Li told Reuters Health other stud- risk was for pancreatic cancer, with
without diabetes. ies have also found a link between 16 per 10,000 cases among diabet-
"The significant association be- the two diseases, although there is ics and just two per 10,000 among
tween cancer and diabetes does not no proof that one causes the other. non-diabetics.
surprise us," said Dr. Chaoyang Li, The researchers found that the That corresponds to a four-fold
an epidemiologist at the Centers for types of cancers that were more like- Please turn to DIABETICS 18B

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Type 2

. Increased likelihood of Type 2
diabetes among children treated
with a growth hormone than
among kids who are not on the
hormone treatment, a study 'in
Journal of Clinical Endocrinol-
ogy & Metabolism shows.The
researchers found that of more
than 11,000 kids who took
growth hormone, 11 were
diagnosed with Type 2 diabe-
tes after-treatment started,
while none of them had Type
2 diabetes before treatment.
An additional 26 kids had an
impaired ability to process blood
sugar, which is often a precur-
sor to Type 2 diabetes. All the
patients at some point in their
treatment took Humatrope, a
grown hormone marketed by.
Eli Lilly the company that
conducted the study.

Study: Alzheimer's damage may begin at a young age

By Shari Roan

Alzheimer's disease research has shifted to
looking for the earliest signs and symptoms of
the disease process. A new study has found
evidence of early brain damage in some young
people at increased risk for the disease.
Researchers led by Dr. Paul Thompson, a
UCLA professor of neurology, conducted brain
scans on 398 young, healthy people ages 20

to 30. Those participants who carried a par-
ticular gene mutation that is known to raise
the risk of Alzheimer's li -d to the CLU
gene had unique characteristics in white
matter (the bundles of nerve cells) in multiple
brain regions, including in some areas known
to become damaged in Alzheimer's disease.
The findings suggest that changes in myelin,
the substance that protects nerve cells, may
be a sign of increased risk of developing the

disease later in life.
"Alzheimer's has traditionally been consid-
ered a disease marked by neuronal cell loss
and widespread gray matter atrophy," Thomp-
son said in a news release. "But degeneration
of myelin in white matter fiber pathways is
more and more being considered a key dis-
ease component and another possible path-
way to the disease, and this discovery sup-
ports that."

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you may be at risk for kidney disease.

Early stages of kidney disease may
not cause any symptoms at all. And
the first signs of sickness tend to
be general: frequent headaches or
feeling tired or itchy all over your

As kidney disease worsens, you
may feel the need to urinate more
often or less often. Some people also
lose their appetites and experience
nausea or vomiting. Other symptoms
may include swelling or numbness
in the hands or feet, drowsiness,
difficulty concentrating, darkening
skin and muscle cramps.

If you are in the early stages of a
kidney disease, you may be able to
make your kidneys last longer by
taking certain steps:
If you have diabetes, watch your
blood sugar closely and be sure
to consult your doctor on how to
control the condition.

Have your blood pressure
checked regularly and talk with your
doctor about ways to keep your blood
pressure under control.
Be sure to talk with your doctor
about the effects your diet may have
on your kidney function.
Also talk with your doctor about
the affects of protein, cholesterol,
sodium and potassium.
If you notice a sharp stabbing
pain in your side, back or abdomen,
you may have kidney stones. See a
doctor immediately. Try to drink lots
of water while you're waiting to see
the doctor it will help flush out
the stones from your system.
If you've had kidney stones
before, or they run in your family, be
sure to drink lots of water --at least
eight glasses per day, and more in
hot weather.
Don't drink alcohol and take
over-the-counter painkillers at the
same time. This combination can
bring on kidney failure.
Complete and irreversible kidney
disease is sometimes called end-
stage renal disease, or ESRD.
When your kidneys stop working
completely, your body may fill with
extra water and waste products, also
known as uremia. This may cause

swelling, tiredness and weakness.
Untreated uremia may lead to
seizures or coma and will ultimately
result in death.
When kidneys stop working
completely, dialysis or kidney
transplantation is necessary. There
are two major forms of dialysis -
hemodialysis, in which blood is
sent through a machine that filters
away waste products, and peritoneal
dialysis, where fluid is put in to the
abdomen to capture waste products
from the blood.
Kidney transplant requires a
donated kidney from an anonymous
donor who has recently died or from
a living person, usually a relative.
The healthy kidney must be a match
for the patient's body to help prevent
rejection by the body's immune
It's important to remember that
your kidneys are vital organs
that keep your blood clean and
chemically balanced. If you would
like more information about kidney
disease or end-stage renal disease,
be sure to talk to your doctor.
For more information about North
Shore Medical Center, please call
305-835-6000 or for a physician
referral please call 1-800-984-3434.

cotninued from 17B

Best for: Mild tension
How it works: "One
way that caffeine may
help is by blocking brain
receptors to adenosine,
a neurotransmitter that
can cause blood ves-
sels to dilate and create
pressure," says Rosen-
Consuming caffeine
constricts those vessels,
relieving pain. Sip a cup
of coffee at the first sign
of a headache.
Keep in mind: This
method is effective only
if you typically consume
less than 150 milligrams
of caffeine a day. (That's
about one cup of cof-
fee.) If you usually drink
more, your blood vessels
won't be as responsive.

Best for: Those whose
headaches are accom-

panied by an upset
How it works: "There's
evidence that pep-
permint may reduce
spasms in the gastroin-
testinal tract, which can
relieve headache symp-
toms," says Audrey L.
Halpern; M.D., the di-
rector of the Manhat-
tan Center for Headache
and Neurology.
What's more, "neu-
rochemical changes in
.the brain brought on, by
headaches can-also af-
fect the part of the brain
that stimulates nau-
sea," says Halpern. And
peppermint has been
shown to ease a queasy
Keep in mind: If you're
pregnant, talk to your
doctor before using any
herbal remedy or sup-
plement, including pep-

Best for: Headaches

that do not respond to
other remedies.
How they work: Acet-
aminophen products,
like Tylenol, and non-
steroidal anti-inflam-
matories (NSAIDs), like
Aleve and aspirin, de-
crease inflammation
and inhibit chemicals in
the brain that produce
Experiment to figure
out which type works
better for you, but use
these OTCs only one day
a week. Taking them
more often than that
can cause medication-
overuse headaches, says
Halpern. To minimize
stomach discomfort,
take with milk or food.
Keep in mind: For
stronger relief, consider
a brand that combines
an NSAID with caffeine,
such as Excedrin. Ac-
cording to the National
Headache Foundation,
caffeine may help the
body absorb the medi-
cine better.

More than half of pregnancies are unintended

continued from 17B

who was not involved in the anal-
Brindis says difficulty in find-
ing family-planning services and
lack of access to birth control
contribute to the high numbers
of unintended pregnancies. There
is "a very strong denial factor -
(people think) 'this won't happen
to me,'" she says.
The analysis, based on 2006
data, the most recent available,
used national and state surveys
on pregnancy intentions, births,
abortions and miscarriages, in-
cluding data from 86,000 women
who gave birth and 9,000 women
who had abortions. It is published
-online in the journal Perspec-

tives on Sexual and Reproductive
In nearly every state, about 65
percent to 75 percent of unin-
tended pregnancies were consid-
ered mistimed and 25 percent to
35 percent unwanted, according
to analysis by the Guttmacher In-
stitute in New York, which stud-
ies reproductive issues. More
than half of pregnancies in 29
states and the District of Colum-
bia were unintended; 38 percent
to 50 percent were unintended in
the remaining states.
"We know we have very high
levels of unintended pregnancy
in the U.S., much higher than
in most places around the devel-
oped world," says Kelly Musick, a
sociologist at Cornell University
in Ithaca, N.Y., who was not in-

volved in the analysis.
The state breakdown was pos-
sible because additional state
data became available in 2006,
lead author Lawrence Finer says.
Six states and the District of Co-
lumbia had no surveys; estimates
were used.
Among the 34 states that had
data for 2002 and 2006, rates
of unintended pregnancies in-
creased in 23 states and de-
creased in eight; three had little
or no change.
"We do a better job of planning
to buy tickets to see Lady Gaga
than we do about being careful
in planning for when we're go-
ing to have children, how many
children and when in our lives
we're going to have them," Brin-
dis says.

Increased chance of cancer for diabetics

continued from 17B

difference after taking other
factors into account.
Women's risk of leukemia
also varied greatly between
the two groups. One per
1,000 women without dia-
betes said they had been
diagnosed with the blood
cancer, compared to three
per 1,000 women with dia-
This new study is just 'a
snapshot of people's medi-
cal history, and does not
follow them over time.
Dr. Fred Brancati, a
professor at Johns Hop-
kins University in Balti-
more, said he was struck

by the findings, because
some of the cancers kill
people fast, meaning they
wouldn't show up in the
"It shows there's a sub-
stantial pool of American
adults who have diabetes
and cancer," said Bran-
cati, who was not involved
in the study. "The authors
rightly point out that these
two conditions go together
beyond chance alone, so it
pays to think about them
Brancati's own research
has shown that the risk of
dedth from cancer among
people with diabetes is
about 40 percent higher
than among non-diabetics

Li said it's still unclear
why diabetes is tied to
cancer. High blood sugar
levels or excess blood in-
sulin a hormone that
helps ferry sugar into the
cells might increase the
risk, but that has not been
Certain lifestyle choices
reduce the risk of both
diabetes and cancer, such
as maintaining a healthy
weight and not smoking.
Li said the findings are
an important reminder for
people with diabetes and
their doctors to meet regu-
lar cancer screening guide-
lines and to discuss any
possible cancer risk from
anti-diabetic therapy.

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have the best chance of survival and prevention of disability. With a stroke, every minute counts.

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Soldiers suffer mentally after battle ends

Post traumatic

stress disorder
By Kaila Heard

To commemorate the up-
coming Memorial Day holiday,
there will be several programs,
speeches and dedication cer-
emonies for American soldiers
who have died. Such occasions
often provide opportunities to
discuss military service and
soldiers in general from their
bravery under fire to their un-
surpassed loyalty. However,
what is often less discussed is
the mental toil that being a sol-
dier, in particular, a soldier who
sees combat, takes on an indi-
vidual's mental health.
One condition of particu-
lar concern for soldiers is
post traumatic stress disorder
(PTSD), which is a severe anxi-
ety disorder.
There are a host of various
attributes of PTSD and they
are often separated into cat-
egories such as re-experiencing
the trauma, hyper arousal and

avoidance symptoms.
An individual can experi-
ence such manifestations of
PTSD such as experiencing
flashbacks; having frightening
thought; feeling emotionally
numb; avoiding certain places
or people; feeling strong depres-
sion, guilt, or worry; feeling very
tense or on edge; having diffi-
culty sleeping or sudden angry
According to one of the first
studies conducted by the Army
on the disorder, one in eight
soldiers who fought in Iraq or
Afghanistan reported having
symptoms of PTSD.
However, the same 2004
study also found that fewer
than half of them have sought
help for their condition for rea-
sons ranging from fear of poten-
tial damage to their careers to
worry about how they would be
seen by their peers.
The lack of outreach for sup-
port is unfortunate because of
the toil that PTSD often takes
on individuals. Studies have
even shown that people with
PTSD also are at a higher risk
for committing suicide. And

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while PTSD is most popularly through a traumatic experience
associated with soldiers, in re- can develop the disorder.
ality anyone no matter their According to the National In-
age or vocation who has lived stitute of Mental Health, events

such as physical and sexual
assault, natural disasters and
survivors of major accidents
can also be stricken by the

disorder. There have also been
cases where people who were
not directly involved in a trau-
matic experience, but had a
loved one who was, developed
the syndrome. An estimated
seven eight percent of the U.S.
population will have PTSD at
some point in their lives, ac-
cording to the National Center
for PTSD.
Fortunately, PTSD can be
treated and overcome withe
the help of psychotherapy (also
known as "talk therapy") and
In addition to professional
help, there are lifestyle chang-
es that a person suffering from
PTSD should also undertake.
According to the National Cen-
ter for PTSD, individuals should
take several steps including
renewing or deepening with
friends, family and significant
others; volunteering in the local
neighborhood; maintain an ex-
ercise regimen; spending more
time with other trauma survi-
vors; and by staying away from
drinking and drugs.
For more information about
PTSD, visit www.ptsd.va.gov.

Should jobless tithe their unemployment benefits?

By Douglas L-Blanc

There are some reasons for
jobless people or anyone, for
that matter not to tithe. Do
not tithe out of joyless obliga-
tion to law. Do not tithe if your
soul requires nothing short of
a New Testament demand to
tithe (there is none). Do not
tithe under the assumption
that God will owe you any-
thing. Do not tithe if you ex-
pect to default on a debt. Do
not tithe if you will resent God

for asking sacrifices of you-
unless you intend the tithe, in
the spirit of "I believe; help my
unbelief," as your invitation
for God to purge your resent-
Do you see a pattern in those
reasons not to tithe? Ifwe live in
ways that lead to double mort-
gages on our homes or leave
us routinely treating mercu-
rial desires as needs, some-
thing more than whether we
tithe is at stake. Tithing is not
a luxurious option achievable

only by those whose financial
security is assured. It is the
ancient spiritual practice that
God uses to begin setting our
priorities right, to heal our
hearts of greed and fear, and
to draw us ever closer into his
own boundless generosity.
My prayer for jobless broth-
ers and sisters grows from
my vocational desert experi-
ence of only a few years ago.
May times of insecurity or
fear draw you closer to God as
your provider and shepherd.

May unimportant objects in
your life fall away and leave
you feeling liberated. May
you know, both through wor-
ship and through your giving
to others, that God will see
you through this wilderness.
May you discover, in season
and out of season, that God
has a deeper purpose for all
the blessings in your life than
making ends meet. May you
sense God's presence of com-
fort, encouragement, and re-

Women's day program at Millrock

Elder Aaron Jackson and the
Millrock Holy MB Church fam-
ily invites you to our annual
Women's Day program "Chris-
tian Women Without Excuses" at
2575 NW 65 Street, Sunday, May
29 at 3:30 p.m.
Our guest speaker will be Evan-
gelist Gloria Jackson-Richardson

of New Shiloh Missionary Baptist
Church, D.L. Powell is the pastor.
Don't miss this awesome wom-
an of God.
Our song service will be ren-
dered by New Harvest Wisdom
choir, Gregory Thompson Jr. is
the pastor.
Come out and be blessed!

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Revival Center
6702 N.W. 15th Avenue

Temple Missionary
Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

Order of Services
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Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Order of Services
Mon. tru FN. Moon Day Prayor
BillIStudy, ThursmIp.m.
Sunday Worsip 7.11 am.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street
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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m.,
11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Siudy) 6.45p m
Wednesday Bible Siudy
10.45 a.m

1 (800) 254-NBBC
Fax: 305-685-0705
www newbirlhbaptistmimlm.org

Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street

Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services
Sunday: Bible Study 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue
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Order of Services
SUNDAY: Worship Service
Moming 10 a.m.

SChurch School8:30om.I
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_ B Bible Study 7 p.m.

Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Brownsville
2799 N.W. 46th Street

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

93rd Street Community
Missionary Baptist Church
2330 N.W. 93rd Street

Order of Services
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Wright and Young
"MONK", 37,lliam Young; son, Jer-
died May 17 at
Jackson South

Hospital. Sur-L GRANT-
vivors include:
mother, Helen
stepfather, William Young; son, Jer-
emiah Kinchen; brothers, Jamount
Young and Antonio Thornton; and
sister, Tiffany Hughes. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Pilgrim Rest Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.

7 7
died May 22

Hospital. a
in death by
son, Dwight
Whitehead and brothers, Ricky,
Grant and Edward. Survivors
include: children, Linda, Connie,
Lorenzo and Bridgette; brothers,
Calvin, Joel and Johnnie; sisters,
Sarah, Jeanette, Pam, Cheryl and
Mozell; and a host of grandchildren,
great-grands, nieces and nephews.
Service 11 a.rn., Saturday at
Pembroke Park Church of Christ,
3707 SW 56 Avenue.

70, beautician, died May 21 at
Memorial Hospital. Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at Antioch Missionary
Baptist Church of Carol City.

Hadley Davis
EDWARD WHITE, 81, truck driv-
er, died May 19.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

GEORGE JONES, 85, military,
died May 23. Services at V.A. Na-
tional Cemetery.

WIL BROWN, 28, crane opera-
tor, died May 17
at Hialeah Hos-
pital. Survivors
include: mother,
Joyce Brown;
father, Wilbert
Jenkins; sister,
Catina Brown;
brothers, Ruben
Brown, Vincent Brown and Dustin
Orr; and a host of nieces, nephews,
cousins, aunts, uncles and very
close friends. Service 1 p.m., Sat-
urday at Christian Fellowship Mis-
sionary Baptist Church.

LUTHER HURST, JR., 70, auto
detailer, died
May 18 at North-
shore Hospital.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

Nakia Graham
business owner, died May 13 at
home. Service 10 a.m., Saturday
at Pentecostal Tabernacle

May 16 at home. Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at 93rd Street Community
Baptist Church.

CARL H. CRAWFORD, 76, truck
driver, died May 20 at Jackson
South Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Sweet Home Mission-
ary Baptist Church.

dress designer, died May 21 at
Baptist Hospital. Arrangements
are incomplete.

executive and
former pro-
basketball I
player in
Europe ,

Death Notice


departed this
life on May 21
at home. Survivors include his
mother, Margaret Wallace; father
Odell Wallace, Sr.; daughter
Alexandria Wallace and her mother
Trudy McNeil; brothers, Odel
Wallace, Jr., Roosevelt Wallace
and Dexter Wallace; sister, Renee
Wallace; beloved aunts, Annie
Ruth Grice, Sylvia Gerald and Ivy
Martin; uncles, Lee A. Gerald, Sr
and Clyde H. Martin; and a hos
of nieces, nephews, cousins, and
other relatives and friends. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Zion Hope
Missionary Baptist Church, 5129
NW 17 Avenue. Arrangements
entrusted to Range Funeral Home
Interment at Dade Memorial Park.


77, battery
died May 13
at Jackson
H o s p t i a I .
Services were

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The family of the late,

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would like to extend sincere
thanks to our family, friends,
love ones, colleagues, the dif-
ferent ministries of the gospel
and the body of Christ, Pastor
Eddie Lake of Greater Bethel
AME Church for an awesome
home going for our mother.
We appreciate your prayers,
visits, phone calls, comfort,
thoughtfulness, floral ar-
rangements and every acts of
Let's keep in contact by
Facebook Mattie Zanders.
Our e-mail mattiesunshine@
We were all impacted by
mother in some special way,
Happy birthday mother
Divine Order.
Love, the Zanders family

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,


wishes to express our deep-
est appreciation to everyone
for their kind gestures and
courtesy, which was extended
during our time of bereave-
Special thanks to Mrs. Mat-
tie Jackson, Nigel Wright,
Charlie Wheeler, Spencer
"Pond" Pondexter, and The
New Birth family.
Thanks to all her clients
whom have been more than
a blessing over the years. We
will keep her legacy going by
continuing on with her work
at "Business-X-Press."
May God bless you all.
The Family

also affectionately known as
t (O.C.) was born February 6,
1964 in Miami to the union
of Willie Nell and Ossie Lee
Hyman Sr. (deceased). He is
the second youngest sibling of
six born to this union. He de-
parted this life on Wednesday,
May 4 at the Port of Miami.
Ossie's sunset took place
on May 4. In his pasting, he
leaves to cherish his memory
a loving mother, Willie Nell
Hyman; five brothers, Hu-
bert Sutton, Clifford Hyman,
Lawrence Hyman, Carlton
Hyman, and Delbert (Jean-
nie) Hyman; one sister, Mary-
ann Hyman-Toles; a loving
and devoted partner, Elaine
Moss and her two sons, Char-
lie and Jamil; six children,
Schateadre, Antwon, Sieshia,
Monica, Melissa, and Darius;
and four grandchildren.
The family would like to ex-
press our sincere thanks for
all acts of kindness shown
during the loss of our love
Special thank to ILA Local
Union 1416, Mt. Carmel Bap-
tist Church, all neighbors,
friends and family.
May God bless each of you
and continued to keep us in
your prayers.
The Hyman Family

In loving memory of.

05/28/1918 10/19/1998

05/28/72 03/09/92

To some you our forgotten,
to some you are of the past.
But to us, the one who loved
and lost you, your memories
will always last.

Arthur "Tug" Coverson

dies after lengthy illness

On April 5, 1924, Adelle Guy
gave birth to Arthur L. "Tug"
Coverson in Selmon, GA. He
was her only child. Due to seg-
regation in the South, life was
very dangerous so the fam-
ily migrated to Miami, Flori-
da. His mother, "Honey," per-
formed domestic duties and at
one point moved to Pittsburgh,
PA. to find work and a better
life in the North. In Pittsburgh,
Tug honed his basketball skills
which would later develop into
great assets.
The family moved back to
Miami where Tug excelled
both academically and athleti-
cally at Booker T. Washington
High School and graduated in
the class of 1942. After high

tegrated, he became the first
Black administrator at the then
predominantly-white Miami
Central High School. Because
of his no-nonsense approach,
the school district made him
the first principal of Youth Op-
portunity North, also known as
Jan Mann. In 1985 he joined
his wife in retirement.
On May 24, 2011, the Holy
Spirit came and took Tug to
the golden shores. He leaves
to carry his legacy Edith (wife),

Arthur Jr. and Tyrone (sons)
and Sondra (daughter), nine
grandchildren (Arthur III, de-
ceased) two great-grandsons,
five living sisters-in-law and
numerous nieces and neph-
Funeral services will be held
on Wednesday, June 1st at St.
Paul AME Church in Coconut
Grove. Range Funeral Home
will be in charge. The service
begins at 11 a.m. Coverson
was 87-years-old.

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school, Tug searched for his
mission in life. For two years
he played for the world-re-
nowned Harlem Globetrotters
and Miami Giants of the old
Negro Baseball League. He vis-
1i'J1 IIc.a, CLba- ;h~lc play-
ing baseball and fell in love
with Spanish, speaking it for
the remainder of his life. In
1946, Tug was an essential
part of the S.I.A.C. champion-
ship basketball team, which
featured the likes of Nathaniel
"Traz" Powell and Leroy "Crow"
On May 22, 1946, Tug mar-
ried his high school sweet-
heart, Edith E. Jenkins. Their
union lasted 65 years. From
this love affair, three children
were born: Arthur L. Coverson,
Jr. (1947), Sondra J. Cover-
son-Nottage and Tyrone L. Co-
verson (1959).
Tug always had great ambi-
tion and men of his time did
not play games just for fun.
He became a renown billiards
player known and respected by
all. A man of many talents, he
was both a football and bas-
ketball official.
Arthur L. Coverson, Sr. was
a noble member of Kappa Al-
pha Psi Fraternity where he
achieved the honor of the
first life member of the Miami
Alumni Chapter and served as
polemarch (president) of the lo-
cal chapter. He was initiated at
Florida A&M University (AXI)
and was a member for more
than 60 years.
His professional career
touched many lives first as
a truant officer who returned
many students to the place
they were missing (school).
When the Miami-Dade County
Public School system first in-

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Lifesty e nmen

Jazz returns to Liberty City's Caleb Center

Sunshine Jazz Organization continues

series with Sunday show

By D. Kevin McNeir
Jazz returned to Liberty City last
Sunday, May 22nd, with the fourth
concert in a series entitled, "Magic
City Jazz at the Caleb," featuring the
internationally- acclaimed vocalist
Alice Day.
The series is sponsored by The

Sunshine!Jazz Organization (SJO) of
South Florida, a group that many say
is responsible for keeping jazz alive
in this region with concerts, inter-
views. and programs aimed at edu-
cating the public about the signifi-
cance of the musical genre. In fact,
SJO is Miami's oldest and one of the
City's most established jazz member-
ship organizations. It continues to

encourage Florida jazz
talent with workshops,
performances and jam
SJO is a family affair
of sorts created by leg-
endary jazz disc jockey
Charles "China" Valles,
who hosted live broad-
casts from the Hampton
House during the 50s
and 60s. Keith Valles D
now serves as the presi-
dent while Thelma Valles is the orga-
nization's project director.

"Magic City Jazz Series
at the Caleb is always
strong and each show
seems to raise the pro-
verbial jazz bar," Keith
Valles said. "I was over-
come with anticipation
and excitement as we
prepared for this concert
and the incomparable Al-
ice Day."
Y Day is a world-class
singer with a resume
that rivals that of any top vocalist.
She is well-known to jazz lovers of

South Florida, particularly because
of her improvisational skills and out-
standing vocal range. In the past 20
years she has taken charge of both
the European and Asian jazz circuits
where she regularly performs to sell-
out crowds.
Billboard's Sara Lane says, "Her
phrasing resembles that of an in-
strument . her diction is clear and
distinct. She sings like a woman who
SJO celebrates its 25th anniversa-
ry this year. The jazz series will con-
tinue this summer.

to hos'

Chris Brow

leads with.

nods at 201

BET Awarc

By Mesfin Fekadu
NEW YORK (AP) Last year
at the BET .Awards, Chris Brown
performed an emotional tribute to
Michael Jackson. It marked the
beginning of a comeback for the
embattled pop star.
This year, Brown is the top con-
tender at the award show with six
Brown is up for best male R&B
artist, viewer's choice and video of
the year for "Look at Me Now." He's
nominated twice in the best collab-
oration category for .his No. 1 R&B
hits "Deuces," featuring' Tyga and
Kevin McCall, and "Look at Me Now,"
with Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne.
Brown is also nominated for best ac-
tor for his role in the heist thriller
Lil Wayne follows Brown with. five
nominations. Three of Lil Wayne's
nominations come from his guest
appearance on Brown's "Look at me
Now"; Lil Wayne is also up for best
male hip-hop artist and viewer's
choice for "6 Foot 7 Foot."
Kanye West, Drake and Rihanna
are up for four awards each.

Singer Chris Brown performs on
BET's 106 & Park show, March 21,
2011 in New York.
Other nominees for video of the
year include Willow Smith's "Whip
My Hair," West's "Runaway," B.o.B's
"Airplanes," Keri Hilson's "Pretty Girl
Rock" and Marsha Ambrosius' "Far
Willow is also up for best new art-
ist and the YoungStars award. Nicki
Minaj, Bruno Mars, Trey Songz, Cee
Lo Green and B.o.B also received
multiple nominations.
Alicia Keys will perform and come-
dian Kevin Hart will host the award
show. It airs live on June 26 from the
Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

T .Awards

Best of the Best

features hip-hop

and R&B artists

Annual concert teams up with
Black College Reunion

By D. Kevin McNeir
College students once flocked to Atlanta during Memo-
rial Day to celebrate life and youthfulness during the
controversial Freaknik weekend. It was discontinued for
many years after City officials and
residents complained of excessive
noise and inappropriate behavior.
And while a newer, "toned-down"
version of Freaknik has returned
to Atlanta, the real place to be for
Memorial Day Weekend is now in
Specifically, the party takes place
at Miar, i'sBicentennial Park where
for t o days, some of the top R&B,
hip-hop and reggae artists, along
TRINA with our own DJ Rickey Smiley, will
swoop down for one of the most anticipated events of the
Kickoff parties will be held on Friday, May 27th and
Saturday, May 28th on South Beach at the Mansion and
Cameo, respectively. The first evening of the two-day
event will be held on Saturday where the musical theme,
will be R&B and will feature the likes of Chris Brown,
Jazmine Sullivan, Keri Hilson, Lloyd and Jeremih. Sun-
day's headliners include: local favorites Trina, Ace Hood
and DJ Khaled along with two sons of reggae icon Bob
Marley, Stephen and Damian.
Best of the Best is back and promises to be the talk of
the town.

Denzel Washington

receives honorary

Pennsylvania degree I

By Kathy Matheson
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Denzel Washington confessed to a bit of
stage fright in his latest role: Commencement speaker at the Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania.
Addressing about 5,000 graduates at the Ivy League school in
Philadelphia on last Monday, the Oscar- and Tony-winning actor
said the academic ceremony was "a little overwhelming and out
of my comfort zone."
And that was his reason for accepting the invitation to
speak, he said.
"I had to come exactly because I might make a fool of
myself," said Washington. "I've found that nothing in
life is worthwhile unless you take risks. Nothing."
The 56-year-old star of "Malcolm X" and "Phila-
delphia" delivered a humorous speech with a
sobering truth: Failure is inevitable. Yet
instead of having something to fall
back on, he said, graduates should
"fall forward" learn from their mis-
takes and keep going.
Thomas Edison had countless failed
experiments before succeeding with the light
bulb, he said.
"Do you have the guts to fail?" Washington
said. "If you don't fail, you're not even trying."
One of his earliest failures was as a pre-med
student at Fordham University in New York, he
said. He changed to pre-law, then journalism,
and was close to flunking out before switching to
drama and getting his degree.
Washington described a second failure about 30
years ago at a miserable tryout for a Broadway mu-
sical. Then last year, on the same stage as that
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S. Wilson and i-r '.-'r
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Monday. It was held at New
Birth Cathedral of Faith
The program included four
moderators, Role Model Dr.
Larry Handfield, Esq., Role
Model Gordan Eric Knowles,
Role Model Former Chief
Robert Parker and Role
Model Lt. Joseph Schillaci.
Other participants were
keynote speaker 'Dr. Henry
Lewis, president, Florida
Memorial University
(FMU); inductee Dr.
Makola M. Abdullah,
vice president,
FMU; Role Model
Alberto M. Carvalho,
superintendent of
Miami-Dade County
Public Schools;
Role Model Alonzo RE
Mourning, who
videotaped his message from
Boston and Vice Chairwoman
Audrey M. Edmonson.
Also at the ceremony was
Role Model Dr. Lawrence
Feidman, Dr. Wilbert "Tee"
Holloway, school board
member; Role Model Judge
Jerald Bagley, Role Model
Nayib Cabrera, Miami Senior;
who delivered the benediction
and Rochelle Lightfoot,
who performed The National
Anthem and "What About the.
Wilson thanked the parents
for being in attendance, as
well as the scholarship each
role model will receive, along
with a laptop computer and
a bag of toiletries for when
they travel to school. She also
informed the audience about
the graduates that went to the

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Juan Carlos
Frank Munoz, Jeai
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Daniel Saline
Bradley Schneide
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Miami Edison; Shaquille
Bacon. Miami Jackson:
Antoine Daley, Krop; Rashad
Flanders, Joseph Giliyard,
Xavier Mackey, Terrence
McCray, Sheldon Rock,
LaRonz Wells, Eli Williams,
Miami Northwestern; Glenn
Adams, Darren Beckford,
Rubena Pierre, Palmetto;
- Randy Juste, Junior Pierre,
North Miami Beach, Lecnay
preparing a Garcia, South Miami; Joseph
Blackman, Fritz Boucicant,
Models are: Rafael Burdler, Carl Honoret,
American; Rubnintz Laguerre and
Booker T. Matthew Marcelin, Turner
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Hoskins, Gamma Delta Sigma LE
r .Labora, Chapter of Sigma
Raft, Gamma Rho Sorority,
ng-Harper, Inc., for honoring founder Ruby
Antwan T. Rayford under the theme:
Undray "A Phenomenal Woman," last
ix Varela; Saturday, at the Church of
Grandez, the Open Door. Credit goes out
helot, Alex to Carolyn Lewis, president
. and Philo Advisors: Ruby T.
trez, Casey Rayford and Dr. Julia Myers.
arthelemy, The program started with the
Nicola Mistress of Ceremonies, Philo
Flowers, JudyBarr, continuedwith Philo
Maranges, Barbara Weaver, invocation;
n Phillippe Karen Henderson and Gloria
Salinas, Bannister extending the
as, welcome and occasion,
er, I respectively.
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n, I included Lillian Davis,
y; .. Dr. Julie Myers, Dr. Enid
5z, C. Pinkney, Claudia
ta, Slater and visionary
*a, Katie Williams, where
tel the honoree was roasted
an LOCKHART and toasted, as Rayford
or; sat, taking it all in with.
Fritz J. a smile.
Central; Congratulations go out to the
McKenny Philos that were founded by
Herard, Rayford in 1955, along with
I Monates, her mother, Ethel Blocker,

who supported since Gay, Jacquelyn
the beginning. Other Glass, Cheree Gulley,
philos included Lisa Sherron Guyton,
Wallace, Agnator Toni G. Harrison,
Nottage, Pamela 7 Masheena Herring,
Curry, Ruth Henry, Glenda Hill, Paul
Chiquelia Joseph, Hill, Rubye Howard,
Angelia Brown, Tia Tammy J. Smalls,
Harris, Betty Lovell Catherine McPhee,
and Geneva Riley. PARKER Lora Manning, Davida
The honoree's Roberson, Beverly
brother, Ronald Blocker, is Nixon, Erica Powell, Mary
superintendent in the Orange Richards, Snaketha Richie,
County School System and Eddye Rogers, Marilyn
Soror Bernice M. Carey had Tyree, Phyllis Way, Annette
her daughter, Michelle Carey- Williams and Evelyn Wynn.
White, to make a special gift ***************
to the honoree, while The 43rd Annual Pink Tea
Arthur "Jake" Simms was started in 1969 by Eura
sat among the guests. Nesbit Randolph
************** and its popularity
Maud Newbold, has grown from the
program coordinator venue at Church of the
and Delta Sigma Open Door to Florida
Theta Sorority, Inc., Memorial University
and Delta Care, envisioned by Dr. R.
IS III Inc., of Dade County Joaquin Willis, pastor;
Alumnae, presented Priscilla Dobbs and
the 30th Anniversary of Gwendolyn W. Smith, WAL
"Putting on the Ritz: Diamonds co-chairs; and Deacon
& Pearls," last Saturday, at the Dr. Gwendolyn J. Robinson,
Intercontinental West Miami moderator. Early arrivals
Hotel, before a huge crowd of entered through a decorated
artists, newly initiated Deltas arc and were greeted with
and friends. violin music coming from Ena-
The host of the show was Everett, community events
Andre' L. Gainey, entertainer, coordinator and member of the
who starred in "Purlie Coral Gables Congregational
Victorious" and "Flying ,-,.' Church.
West." Performer Matthew
He introduced the Beatty opened up with
entertainment by .,' an articulate voice
Jacaranda (Smooth '.. which relaxed the
Jazz), :A1 Johnson, ,',- ... audience and prepared
Jon Saxx, Rodney them for Travaulya
Clayton, several line Wallace singing "The
dances and Acaria- Lord's Prayer," followed
R&B and Old School. KNOWLES by Liturgical Dancers
Hats off to Newbold, fr6m Church of the
Janice. P. Hopton, president; Open Door. They performed
Jacqueline Lewis and brilliantly to "For Every
Brenda Williams, 'co-chairs, Mountain." Kudos go out to
Danita Jackson-Jenkins, Victoria Beatty, Gabrielle
LaChauncey Rogers and Shi- Bishop and Amani Shaheed.
Mei G. Everette, printer. Also included in the
Others in attendance program was Harvey A.
included Gale Glass Aldrich, Lockhart, a graduate of
Gwendolyn Bryant, Karen Miami Northwestern, 'FAMU,
Bullard, Donna Burke, Nadine Northern Illinois University,

By-Anna" 7e'-"

Hearty congratulations
goes out to my former
student I taught at Dunbar
Elementary, Jacqueline
Charles for being an
outstanding reporter for
the Miami Herald and
continues to keep bringing
the newspaper the glory they
continue to receive. Charles
is The Herald's Caribbean
correspondent and I, along
with Jack Swilley, who
taught Jacquelyn math,
are very proud of her! I was
Jacquelyn's homeroom
teacher and taught her
reading and social studies.
Get well wishes goes
out to all sick and shut-
ins: Naomi Allen-Adams,
Inez McKinney-Johnson,
Dorothy Graham, Mildred
"P.I." Ashley, Sue Francis,
Lessie Paige Smith,
Marian Shannon, Rev.
Charles Uptgrow, Norvell
Bethel, Frances Brown,
Winston Scavella, Ernest
"Red" Knowles, David
Thurston and Timothy 0.
Savage. May you soon be
well again.
Congratulations goes out
to Nicole Roxanne Foster,
daughter of Dr. Harris
Emilio Foster, M.D., of

Connecticut ic It
and Roxanne |
Ware Foster I'
of Michigan.
Nicole is the granddaughter
of Dr. Rosebud Lightborn-
Foster, who received her
B.S. degree in Education
from New York University.
Nicole will pursue a
law degree. Nicole's
grandmother was in" New
York for the graduation and
to pin her when she joined
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Hearty congratulations
to the Rev. Canon Nelson
W. Pinder, who received
the degree of Humane
Letters presented to him
at Voorhees College in
Denmark, South Carolina
last week.
Edward Jr., and
Elizabeth Betty Blue have
returned home after an
eight day cruise down in
the Caribbean.
Hats off to Adriana Kerr-
Smith, who graduated from
the University of .Florida,
with a Bachelor degree in
Spanish and Criminology.
Attending Adriana's
graduation was her mother,
Janice Williams and

sisters Nikki and Jordan
Smith. Adriana will be
going to Spain to study
Spanish on a larger scale.
Congratulations to the
entire family.
St. Scholastica's Chapter
of Episcopal Church women
present "Summer Splash"
Luncheon/Fashion Show
on Saturday, June 11 at 10
a.m., in the Parish Hall at
St. Agnes.
Happy Wedding
Anniversary greetings go
out to my dear friends
Dewey and Sabrina
Knight, III, their 9th on
May 18; the Reverend and
Mrs. Woodrow (Da'Nita J.)
Jenkins, Jr., their 5th on
May 20.
The following "Tornadoes"
were honored as 2011 Living
Legends at the Booker
T. Washington Annual
Alumni Association, Inc.:
Dr. Hortense Jean Hyche
Jackson (Community/
Public Service), Reed
Williams (Cultural Arts),
Dr. Sandra T. Thompson
(Education), Alfred W.
Williams (Entrepreneurial),
Dr. Gladstone A. Hunter,
Jr. (Health), Major
Leroy A. Smith (Law
Enforcement), Franklin
Clark (Philanthropy),
Irvin Baulkman (Sports),
Camonique White (Youth
Service). Roberta C.

Daniels, president; Eurnice
Dayis, Living Legends
chairperson; Cora White,
The last of my newly
initiated sorors made Delta
Sigma Theta, Sorority
Inc., last month. Again
welcome and may you
forever enjoy our great
sisterhood: Vanessa
Sanchez-Woodson, Lynsey
Saunders, Tracy Sealon,
Rhoda Shirley, Lisa
Skirving, Yolanda Smith,
Monique D. Spence, Jessica
St. Amand, Latosina
Styles, Lisa D. Sweeting,
Lynessa C. Sweeting,
Antionette Symonette (my
neice), Kieshda Thomas,
Angela Thompson,
Georgia Thompson, Lillian
Thompson, Shawnyell
Tumbling, Chardeline
Vigne, Saint-Julia Nyree
Washington, Carmen
Watson, Joyce Michelle
Whitaker, Tina Whitaker
and Sherria Williams.
Antionette Silva-
Simmons, daughter of the
late Rodrick and Verneka
Stirrup-Silva returned
home last weekend where
she held a storytelling of
the pioneers of her beloved
Christ Episcopal Church.
Antionette lives in Dallas,
Texas with her husband
Frank Simmons and sons
Mark and Brian.

BET looking to revive "Apollo" with Jamie Foxx

By Nellie Andreeva

Long-running syndication
variety show Showtime At the
Apollo is staging a comeback,
this time on BET. The cable
network is finalizing a' deal
for a pilot order to a Showtime
at the Apollo revival executive
produced by Jamie Foxx and
the the show's original execu-
tive producer/director Don
Weiner. If picked up to series,
Showtime is expected to air
as a primetime series on the
cable network.
As a young producer in the
late 1980s, Weiner found a
video camera, taped a demo

and sold Showtime at the
Apollo in weekly syndication,
where it launched in 1987.
Weiner eventually left to work
on unscripted series, includ-
ing Fox's So You Think You
Can Dance. Following his
departure, Showtime, which
continued the tradition of
The Apollo Theater's famous
Amateur Night, went through
several producing teams and
hosts before ending its 21-
year run in 2008. Weiner re-
cently tracked down the rights
to the franchise, now owned
by the nonprofit Apollo The-
ater Foundation and acquired
them. Then his agency, CAA,

hooked him up with Foxx,
who, as a .young comedian
had been booed off the Apollo
stage. The unpleasant memo-
ries didn't damper Foxx's en-
thusiasm for the project. He
immediately joined it, along
with his producing partner
Marcus King, who also has
a connection to the original
show as a manager, he rep-
resented one of its early hosts,
Mark Curry. Foxx, King and
Weiner took the show out and
set it up at BET. They will
serve as executive producers.
Weiner is also represented by
attorney Brad Small, Foxx by
Nina Shaw and Gordon Bobb.

By Apostle Denise P. Issac Miami, FL

Elevate your mind
It's time for your change
What are you going to do
You need to elevate your mind
Then you can see your way through.

Your mind stays in the gutter
Your thoughts are always low
Stop being so negative about yourself
Elevate your mind and get with the flow.

You can be whatever you want to be
Just speak your way out of the mess
If your mind stays on a positive high
I guarantee what you do will be blessed.

Elevate your mind, brother
Elevate your mind today
Elevate your mind, sister
For your blessings are on the way.

Isaiah Washington pens

book about tracing his roots

By Tonya Pendleton

With "Grey's Anatomy"
firmly in his rear view mir-
ror, actor Isaiah Washington
has taken on another chal-
lenge. He's just released a
memoir, "Man From Another
Land: How Finding My Roots
Changed. My Life," about his
experiences in his ancestral
homeland, Sierra Leone. .
After discovering his gene-
alogy in 2005 via DNA test-
ing, Washington was moved
to find out more about his
Mende ancestors. After visit-
ing their modern-day home
in the African country of Si-
erra Leone, Washington was
moved to activism on the part
of the beleaguered country.
For his efforts, in 2006, he
was inducted as Chief Gondo-
bay Manga, an official mem-
ber of the Mende people.
"If we can all agree that Af-
rica is the cradle of humanity,
then in my opinion, Africa is
the 'oldest elder' responsible
for all of us," he said. "So, why
are we not listening to its cry
for help and seeking its wealth
of knowledge and resources to
get us all back on track?"
Washington founded the
Gondoby Manga Project,
which helps to aid Sierra Leo-

Isaiah Washington
nians, including its popula-
tion of former child soldiers,
who were recruited against
their will during the country's
violent civil war. Washington
has pledged to help the coun-
try with infrastructure and
educational issues as well, all
things suggested to him by
the people.
Washington is currently
working with a Nigerian film-
maker on a film, called "The
Ambassador's Daughter" and
is doing a project with Har-
vard professor Henry Louis
Gates to help inmates discov-
er their culture and ancestry
via DNA testing.
"Man From Another Land"
is in stores now.

and CEO of HEAL'S Industries,
Inc. He dedicated his set to the
late Kenneth T. Williams,
Caroline Y. Williams,
grandparents; Dahlia W.
Lockhart, mother; Caroline
J. Lockhart, sister; Leah W.
Sands, aunt; and Douglas
Gordon Sands, cousin. The
set included a special song
he wrote for his mother.
He took the time to thank
Melton Mustafa who joined
him on stage, along with
the bass Welch Pope, Jr.,
Chris Stanklin, drums, Dr.
Nelson Hall and Annie Miller,
Wallace began her training
in music as soloist
for the Northwestern
Jazz Band with
Christopher Dorsey.
She received a musical
scholarship to FAMU,
where she graduated in
music and ended up in
New York City blowing
LACE critics away, going
to West Palm Beach
in the Kravitz Concert, ILJE
Convention, Lady of Jazz/
Cotton Club 2006-07 tours,
Northern Illinois University
Concert, tours to Lugano,
Switzerland, back to Illinois
where she worked with Louis
Bellson, while receiving a
masters in music. Between the
U.S. and European Countries,
she is establishing herself as a
world renowned performer.
Darryl Reeves captivated
the audience with his
saxophone and used the style
of Cannonball, Coltrain and
many others. He also did a
presentation of his original,
Some of the distinguished
guests were Mary Salary,
Mary McCloud, Veronica
Rahming, Jerry Miller, Dr.
John Johnson, William
Clarke III, Bonnie North,
Kervin Clenance, Dr. Enid and
Frank Pinkney, Charlayne
Thompkins, Rudy Levarity
and Marteen Levarity.

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-Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Kylie Bunbury during a scene from the Disney film 'Prom.' Prom-dress trends come and
go bright colors and bohemian looks this season but the fashion personalities of
the high-school girls celebrating the end of the school year in probably the fanciest dress
they've ever worn are consistent: Every ballroom has its princess, glamour puss, trendset-
ter and rebel.


drives prom gown styles

By Samantha Critchell
AP Fashion Writre

NEW YORK Prom-dress
trends come and go bright
colors and bohemian looks
this season but the fashion
personalities of the high-school
girls celebrating the end of
the school year in probably
the fanciest dress they've ever
worn are consistent: Every
ballroom has its princess,
glamour puss, trendsetter and
"You need to cover a lot of
girls, and a lot of girls who
want to show their personality,
but you always, always need
certain styles," says Michael
Shettel, the designer of bridal
and eveningwear label Alfred

Girls think about their dress
- a lot and they started
this process months ago. That
means that while red-carpet
style and runway looks might
influence some girls, you can
count on some wanting a retro
'50s ball gown while others
want to be all grown up in
something slinky with a slit.
Shettel collaborated with
Walt Disney Pictures for the
movie "Prom," and covered the
bases. One of the main char-
acters wears a champagne-
colored strapless with a short
hemline, another a bright
purple corset style, and anoth-
er in a hippie-esque halter.
High schoolers are a whole
"new crop" of girls learning to
embrace fashion and use it as
a tool of self-expression, says

Jane Keltner de Valle; fashion
news director of Teen Vogue.
The prom outfit is more just a
dress, it's a statement of who
they want to be remembered as
with their old friends, and it's a
glimpse at who they will be in
the future, she says.
The film accurately mirrors
the scenes playing out across
the country, Shettel says. Girls
go into stores and try on some-
times dozens of dresses, but
they know when they hit the
right one.
"They might go through a
frenzy of dresses, like they'll
try on every green dress. But,"
says Shettel, "they're such
quick changers, they're in and
out of the dressing room to
show their friends or their
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audition, Washington won
a Tony award for his work in
Washington also teased the
crowd at Franklin Field by al-
luding to Hollywood gossip,
such as alleged arguments
with Russell Crowe on the set
of "American Gangster" and
an encounter with a partially
clothed Angelina Jolie in her
dressing room. Washington
and Jolie co-starred in "The
Bone Collector."
But then he demurred.
"You're a group of high-

minded intellectuals," he said,
tongue-in-cheek. "You're not
interested in that."
Washington endeared him-
self to some students by
peppering the speech with
references to favorite local
hangouts. His son Malcolm
just finished his sophomore
year on campus, and Wash-
ington often traveled to see
him play on Penn's basketball
"The coach didn't give him
enough playing time," Wash-
ington said, drawing laughs.
"We'll talk about that later."
Washington received an
honorary doctorate at the cer-

emony. In granting the degree,
Penn President Amy Gutmann
said that his moving perfor-
mances have "entertained us,
inspired us and often enlight-
ened us." She also praised .his
off-screen work with charities
and social causes, includ-
ing the Boys 85 Girls Clubs of
Other honorary degree re-
cipients included author
Joyce Carol Oates, husband-
and-wife journalists Nicholas
Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn,
cellphone entrepreneur Mo
Ibrahim, Nobel laureate Ei-ichi
Negishi and sociology scholar
Renee C. Fox.

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one name came back to us loud
and clear: Kevin Hart," said
Stephen Hill, BET's president
of music programming and
"He is blue flame right now,
and we are looking forward to
working with him on the show,"

stated Hill. "His energy, wit and
the always-fantastic perfor-
mances will make for yet an-
other must-see event and the
'Chocolate Droppa' might even
get a verse in the show."
Hart also stars in the new
film, "35 and Ticking," which
explores relationships among
the 30-something set in Los
Angeles, where four friends are

dealing with various relation-
ship challenges, including bio-
logical clocks, singlehood, mar-
ried life and handling children.
Starring along with Hart are
Nicole Ari Parker, Tamala Jones
and Keith Robinson, with spe-
cial appearances by Meagan
Good, Wendy Raquel Robinson,
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celebrity after celebrity sur-
prised her during a farewell
double-episode taping of "The
Oprah Winfrey Show" that will
precede her finale.
"Thank you is not enough,
but thank you," Winfrey told
the crowd of 13,000 gathered
at Chicago's United Center on
Tuesday night for "Surprise
Oprah! A Farewell Spectacu-
lar." "For your love and your
support, thank you."
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standing ovation when she
first walked on the stage.
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MIAMI, FLORIDA, MAY 25-31, 2011

Students Marfor Haiti

Haitian band follows along Stdents gather for
a istude nia lnaitian-Tlag Day parade.
as students march in the parade. t H taF Dy rd
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By Randy Grice
rgrice@nziamnitimesonline.com ..

Last week students, at Mi-
ami Edison Senior High School
held a march to celebrate the
208th anniversary of the Hai-
tian flag. The march was held
on May 18, the annual day of
celebration of the island na-
tion's flag. The march began in
front of Miami Edison and end-
ed at the Freedom Garden 6135
North Miami Avenue. Students
and community members took
the streets singing songs and
waving Haitian flags high in
the air. A Haitian band playing
traditional island instrumen-
tals, accompanied the students

Last weekend a free commu-
nity legal service family fair
was held at Archbishop Curley
Notre Dame. United For Haiti
was aimed at providing free le-
gal consultation, especially for
the Haitian community.
Leigh-Ann Buchanan, an as-
sociate at Rivero Mestre, a co-
sponsor of the event, said the
American Bar Association's
coalition for racial and ethnic
justice came up with the idea
of doing an outreach program.
"The program was created to
reach out to the Haitian com-
munity in South Florida espe-
cially because we have a lot of
displaced Haitians that came to
South Florida after the earth-
quake in 2010," she said.
The fair was comprised of
several legal service groups
that offered free advice and
educated citizens on how to get
legal help in the Miami-Dade
County area.
Steven Perry, a fair attendee,
said he learned a lot at the fair.

on the march. Students also
*held a prayer for the people of
Haiti. Despite the the countless
disasters in the country from
hurricanes, political violence
and an devastating earth-
quake, the theme of the march
was moving forward.
The march was organized
by Wilson Louis, an alumni of
Miami Edison. He said wanted
to have the march to promote
Haitian pride.
"The purpose of the march
is to celebrate Haitian Culture
and the colors of the flag," he
said. "I felt happy to see all of
those kids out there celebrat-
ing their heritage and happy to
be proud of their culture. As an
alumni of Miami Edison High, I
feel its my duty to stay involved
in the community and with the
youth. The march was highly
publicized through word-of-
mouth, with the help of stu-
dents from Edison Senior High
and middle school."
This year's event was bigger
than last year, an estimated
300 to 400 students took part

in the march/street parade.
Jenny Jean-Francois, a Little
Haiti resident who participated
in the march, said she was
happy to see such a big turn
"This is beautiful," she said.
"All of these young people
marching for their culture and
motherland is beautiful. A long
time ago people would not ad-
mit to being Haitian, but these
children wear it proudly across
their chests."
Lewis Pierre, Miami Edison
High student, said he is happy
to celebrate his culture.
"My country has gone
through so much, marching for
them on one afternoon, on one
day is the least I can do," he
said. "I am Haitian,, we are all
Haitian and we are very proud
of our culture and heritage."
This was the fifth annual
march in celebration of the
Haitian flag. Each year Wilson
comes up with a theme for the
parade. Last year's theme was
praying for Haiti.

-Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
Leigh-Ann Buchanan and Patricia Heraold, key coordinators
of the legal fair.

"This was an extremely help-
ful event," he said. "Sometimes
we all have legal questions that
we need to get answered but we
don't always know who to ask.
There is a lot of good informa-
tion in here today and I hope to
see more groups doing service
like this for the community."
Stephanie Willis, who also

attended the fair, said she got
helpful information.
"I wish there were more free
fairs like this one," she said. "I
spoke with a few good people
and I got some valuable infor-
mation too. I think that many
times people like myself want
to get help. but we don't know
where to look or what to ask."





Screenwriter holds

script reading

By Randy Grice


Lolita Stewart-White

In honor of Haitian Heritage
Month. three table readings of
scripts '.,re presented at the
LIMuselm ,,f Contemporary Art
IMOCAi. Lolita Stewart-White
was (,n '. I the screenwriters to
hIi'..- her work presented. She
is. a sc:rer-enwriter and filmmak-
er whOI i'.oes and works Miami.
Her films, have been exhibited
at the Seittle Langston Hughes
A rrica n- American Film Festival,
the Los Angeles Pan american
Film Festival and the Woman's
Lindrground Film Festival in
ia- ingt"in D.C. All American
I asthei title of the script that
sJ r'pr-sentred.
."- Sr' .-irt-White said a local
s Tid'r nr motivated her to create
i* V ti r inspired me,was an in-
,iden th,-it happened in 1983,"
s- a'il. There was a Haitian
r .iud nr.jt t [Aiami Edison Senior
Hlih S-l-,.:. who committed sui-
cide vlihen his friends found out
that he was Haitian. I never for-
got the story. So while my story
is fictional, that is where the
idea for the story came from."
While Stewart-White is Black
and not of Haitian decent, she
tackled this type of story be-
cause she was moved by the the
actions of the Haitian student at
Miami Edison. She went on to

add that she wanted people to
leave learning how to be more
tolerant of others after hearing
the story she created.
"I think that my script will.
expose that as Black people we
have different ethnicities and a
lot of times there are problems
in that," she said. "A lot of times
people don't see that especially
outside of the Black community
because there.is this perception
that Black people are monolithic
even though they are not."
Dean Jeffery-Wills, who was
in attendance at the reading,
said he enjoyed the reading and
learned a lot.
"Excellent, the script was ex-
cellent," he said. "When I think
of good stories I think of scripts
like this one. This was clearly a
story with a purpose and a story
that was meant to grab the au-
dience. The actors were great as
Stewart-White's work was se-
lected to be featured at the mu-
seum by The Miami Filmmaker
Project, a selective mentoring
program for talented filmmak-
ers. The script was among those
selected from all the submission
to the first screenwriters lab
orchestrated by the filmmaker
project. The script was read by
the African-American Perform-
ing Arts Community Theatre
(AAPACT), which has been in.
existence since 1998.

Law firm holds legal fair
By Randy Grice __ '"

6C THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-31, 2011

Miami-Dade State At-
torney's Office will have a
Sealing and Expungement Pro-
gram at New 79 Street Word
Church, 2275 NW 79 Street
on Thursday, May 26 from 4-7
p.m. If you were charged with
a crime in Miami-Dade County
and the case did not result in
a conviction, you may be eligi-
ble. To avoid waiting, pre-reg-
ister at www.miamisao.com or
fax a clear copy of your valid
picture ID and phone number
to 305-547-0273. For more in-
formation, call 305-547-0724.

The Opa-locka Com-
munity Development Cor-
poration will host Homebuyer
Education Workshops on Sat-
urday, May 28 from 9 a.m.-5
p.m. at 490 Opa-locka Blvd.
Visit www.olcdc.org to com-
plete the application. For more
information, contact Sharon
Williams at 305-687-3545 ext.
243 or email sharon@olcdc.

Come join Robert Lem-
on, who will have a book sign-
ing of his book, "Now Is Your
Time: Nine Steps to Reach
Your Full Human Potential,"
on Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m.
The book signing will be held
at the Shops of Pembroke Gar-
dens at Barnes & Noble Book-
store, 14572 SW 5th Street,
Suite 10140. For more infor-
mation, call 954-437-7078.

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.

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-

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 Florene
Litthcut Inner City Chil-
dren's Touring Dance Com-
pany, a not-for-profit orga-
nization, 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 50tfi
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.

M B.T.W. Class of 1967
is having a 2011 Scholarship
Fundraising Project to award
a deserving senior at Booker
T. Washington High School. A
photo day will be held for all
B.T.W. Alumni Classes on June
11 and 12 at Booker T. Wash-
ington High School from 1-6
p.m. We need your support to
achieve this goal. For further
information, contact Lucius
King at 305-333-7128.

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

The Belafonte Tacolcy
Center will be hosting "Real
Men Cook," a fundraiser to
assist 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 in-
formation, contact Akua at
305-751-1295 ext. 134.

The Girl Power Pro-
gram, will be having their
Girl's Rites of Passage Sum-
mer Program from June
20-August 12. The deadline to
sign up is June 24. For more
information, contact Melonie
Burke at 305-757-5502.

Miami Jackson Class of
1971 40th Claqs 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.

Majestic Youth & Arts
Academy, Inc., will be hav-
ing a Talent Show on June
25 at the Betty T. Ferguson
Recreation Center, 3000 NW
199th Street. For more in-'
formation or to sign up to
be apart of the talent show,
contact Phyllis W. Simpkins
at 786-443-3277 or e-mail
phyllis@ majtescyvouthandart-

Mazaja the Writing
Network offers open mic to
the Muslim community. The
next show will be on Satur-
day, June 25 at 6 p.m. at the
Masjid Ibrahim Community
Center, 6800 NW 7th Ave.
For more information, contact
Zarifa Muhammad El at 786-

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.

First Fridays at Calder
Casino Friday, June 3. Spe-
cial guest Johnny Gill. Tickets
$15 in advance and $20 at the
door. Call Carlton, (Mookie)

Work from home and earn
money. The CLICK Charity,
is offering free computer web
design classes for middle and
high school students. Work
at your own pace and re-
ceive one-on-one instruction
in learning a very valuable
trade. Registration and class-
es are free! Open Monday-Fri-
day, 2-7 p.m. Don't wait call,
email or come by today: 305-
691-8588 or andre@theclick-

Free child care avail-
able at Miami-Dade County
Community Action Agen-
cy Headstart/Early Head
Start Program for children
ages three-five for the up-
coming school year. Income
guidelines and Dade County
residence apply only. We wel-
come children with special
needs/disability with an MD-
CPS IEP. For more informa-
tion, call 786-469-4622.

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 for-
ward to seeing each and every
one of you. For more informa-
tion, contact Loletta Forbes at
786-593-9687 or Elijah Lewis
at 305-469-7735.

-.- ~

Mary J. Blige

Nina Simone

Mary J. Blige to begin

filming Nina Simone biopic

By Yannique Benitez

Mary J. Blige has confirmed
that she will star in the Nina
Simone biopic written by "Will,
& Grace's" Cynthia Mort, and is
set to begin filming at the end
of this month. "I'm definitely
still doing it, and I'm in acting
classes for it now."
The script for 'Nina' (work-
ing title) is reportedly based on
Simone's autobiography 'I Put
a Spell on You,' and focuses on
Simone's relationship with her
assistant, Clifton Henderson,
played by actor David Oyelowo
(who is simultaneously filming
'Selma,' the biopic of Martin
Luther King Jr').

Blige is also set to star in the
comedy 'Rock of Ages' alongside
Alec Baldwin and Tom Cruise.
"I'm playing Justice Charlier,
a gentleman's club owner," she
said. "I'm having so much fun
preparing for it, and I know
Tom. I love Tom. He just really
wants the best for everybody."
We wish Blige the best play-
ing the iconic jazz singer and
expect 'Nina' to have an im-
pressive soundtrack. Hopefully
her acting classes and previous
work will prepare her to give a
substantive performance. She
already has the voice but she'll
have to ditch the blonde hair
and get back to her gritty soul-
ful roots to do Simone justice.

'Sister, Sister' star Tamera

Mowry gets married

By Yannique Benitez

Tamera Mowry of the 90s sit-
com 'Sister, Sister' is all grown
up and last weekend she wed
Fox News' Adam Housley in
front of more than 300 guests
at a vineyard in Napa Valley,
"I've always wanted an out-
door wedding with lots of flow-
ers, Mowry told People.- The
32-year-old actress married
Housley, 39, wearing a'Caro-
lina Herrera gown, while the
groom and his eight grooms-
men wore tuxedos and con-
verse sneakers. Mowry's twin
sister Tia Mowry, who recent-
ly posed nude to show off her
pregnant belly, was the matron
of honor alongside seven other
The twins were on 'Sister,

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Winfrey's producers making
good on their promise of the
biggest celebrities of movies,
music and television.
Aretha Franklin sang
"Amazing Grace." Tom Hanks
acted as host for the eve-
ning. Michael Jordan,. who
led the Chicago Bulls to six
NBA championships during
the 1990s, told Winfrey she
inspires him. Tom Cruise, fa-
mous for his couch jumping
on Winfrey's show, was there.
Jerry Seinfeld wore a tuxedo
to give a comedy routine. And
Madonna said she is among
the millions of people who are
inspired by Winfrey.
"She fights for things she be-
lieves in, even if it makes her
unpopular," Madonna said.
Winfrey announced in No-
vember 2009 that she would
end her popular talk show af-
ter 25 years. Tuesday's taping
.will air May 23 and 24, before
Winfrey's final show on May
"You always had the power
and that is, the message you
brought into our lives," Cruise
told Winfrey.
The show highlighted Win-
frey's charity efforts over the
years. About 300 Morehouse
College scholarship students
walked along the United Cen-
ter aisles as Kristen Che-
noweth sang "For Good" from
the musical "Wicked." Gram-
my winner John Legend was
beamed in from a New Or-
leans school and Winfrey's
book club was lauded for get-
ting millions to read.'
Josh Groban and Patti La-
Belle sang "Somewhere Over
the Rainbow" as Winfrey sat in

Tamera Mowry
Sister' from 1994 to 1999, and
Tia's been starring in BET's hit
series 'The Game' since 2006.
Tamera will join Tia in their
upcoming reality special 'Tia
& Tamera Take 2,' slated to de-
but on the Style Network this

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parents standing around in the
background like lightening."
Recognizing that girls shop
more by type than by specific
silhouette, Lord & Taylor is mer-
chapdising its prom dresses by
personality, says Amy Avitabile,
senior vice president of market-
ing. There's an online quiz girls
can take to guide them.
She breaks it down:
'* The trendsetter this year
might consider something with
cutouts, a one-shoulder neck-
line or an asymmetrical hem-
line; neon is a possibility.,
The glamour girl loves em-
bellishment and beading. Look
for her in something fit for a
princess or a goddess.

The daring diva will take
a plunge with a more reveal-
ing neckline and go for a bright
' The romantic might be tak-
ing style cues from a Taylor
Swift type. She likes flowy fab-
rics, laces, bows and ruffles.
A kooky lace veil, chunky
shoe or other bells and whistles
are becoming more common as
a way to put a personal twist on
the outfit, adds Keltner de Val-
le, but underneath all that, the
dresses are typically classic.
That doesn't necessarily
mean timeless, though.
Shettel recalls his own prom
date, decades ago, wearing
an off-the-shoulder dress in a
blue-and-pink floral print, with
a ruffle at the neckline and

goes out with a bang for her farewell show

-AP / Charles Rex Arbogast
Oprah Winfrey acknowledges fans as she is surrounded by stars during a star-studded dou-
ble-taping of 'Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,' Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago.

a white chair onstage. Jamie
Foxx and Stevie Wonder sang
"Isn't She Lovely" to Winfrey.
Wonder followed with his own
song, singing to her, "Oprah
thank you for using your gifts
to uplift so many hearts." Si-
mon Cowell made an appear-
ance; Rosie O'Donnell sang a
Broadway-style song.
Winfrey's longtime partner,
Stedman Graham, introduced
Franklin after telling Winfrey
he loved her and was proud of
"It really does amaze me
that I get to be around a
woman who changes people's
lives every day and who also
takes her own lunch to work,"
Graham told the crowd. "You
know what really is amazing?
You have done this, sweet-
heart, through all of the sac-
rifices you've made, humility

you have and through God's
amazing grace."
That's when Franklin took
the stage in a one-shouldered
white gown to sing "Amazing
Grace." She later joined Usher
for the show's finale song, "Oh
Happy Day," as sparkly con-
fetti filled the arena.
Maria Shriver, the TV jour-
nalist and Kennedy heiress,
appeared on the same day it
was revealed her husband,
Arnold Schwarzenegger, fa-
thered a child with a woman
on his household staff more
than a decade ago. Shriver did
not mention her husband dur-
ing the taping.
"You have given me love,
support, wisdom and most
of all the truth," Shriver told
Winfrey. "And I know I'm not
alone in receiving those gifts
from you."

The taping of. the second
show began with Will Smith
and his wife, Jada Pinkett
Smith, who thanked Winfrey
and told her she mothered
millions and "that puts you in
the status of a goddess."
Actresses Halle Berry,
Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes
and Dakota Fanning all ap-
peared, along with newswom-
an Diane Sawyer.
Beyonce sang her song "Run
the World (Girls)" backed by
dozens of dancers. Rascal
Flatts performed too.
"Oprah Winfrey, because of
you women everywhere have
graduated to a new level of
understanding of who we are,
of what we are and most of all
who we can be," Beyonce said.
The content of the final epi-
sode of "The Oprah Winfrey
Show" is still under wraps.


Jermaine Jackson has settled his child support drama with ex-wife Alejandra by fork-
ing over $80,000 in overdue payments.
She first took the singer to court in 2009 after he failed to pay support for their two
children, Jermajesty and Jaffar.
Jermaine finally put the legal tussle to rest after agreeing on a settlement with Ale-
jandra last month and paying her approximately $80,000, according to court documents
filed this week and obtained by TMZ.
The couple married in 1995 and Jermaine filed for divorce in 2004.

Things are all good between Drake and Hugh Hefner's Playboy empire. On Wednes-
day, May 11, U.S. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow dismissed a 2010 copyright in-
fringement case Playboy Enterprise Inc. filed against the hip-hop star and his label Cash
The suit claimed that "Best I Ever Had," the rapper's breakthrough single off his popu-
lar So Far Gone UP, unlawfully sampled the 1975 song "Fallin' In Love" by the group Ham-
ilton, Joe Frank, & Reynolds reports Law 360.
The now-defunct label still owns the rights to the song and has agreed to an undis-
closed settlement. The Young Money artists now has 65 days to pay up or the case can
be reopened.

Philadelphia rapper Cassidy has reportedly been arrested by New Jersey cops on
Saturday, May 14, while traveling in the Garden State on an arrest warrant.
The Philadelphia Police warrant squad called the Hackensack Police Department ear-
ly that morning to tell officers there was an open warrant for Hackensack resident Barry
Reese, also known as the rapper Cassidy, Hackensack police Lt. Timothy Lloyd said.
Cassidy was reportedly caught off-guard when approached and arrested.
No one was injured in the arrest, Lloyd said. Reese, 28, will be brought to the Bergen
County Jail Annex to await extradition in Philadelphia, Lloyd said.

Hip-hop mogul Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond has found himself in some more trouble
with the law. The manager for artists Game, Brandy, Sean Kingston and Akon is on the
run, according to the New York Post.
Authorities issued a federal arrest warrant for Rosemond last week after he was
indicted for allegedly distributing cocaine. Law enforcement still hasn't been able to
locate the New York native though his attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said he still hasn't seen
any official proof of the warrant.
"Although a federal prosecutor has told me that there is an arrest warrant out, they
have refused to provide me with the warrant or a copy of the charges," he said.
"I don't dispute the fact that there is an arrest warrant, but I haven't seen it," Licht-
man said. "I suppose they're looking for him now, and when they find him, the case will
start," Rosemond is the CEO of CZAR Entertainment, a firm that handles management
for a number of high-profile clients.

Trends for the prom season


Job creation limps along after recession


rate is the lowest

since 1930os

By Dennis Cauchon

Nearly two years after the
economic recovery officially
began, job creation continues
to stagger at the slowest post-
recession rate since the Great
The nation has five percent-
fewer jobs today a loss of 7
million than it did when the
recession began in December
2007. That is by far the worst
performance of job generation
following any of the dozen re-
cessions since the 1930s.
In the past, the economy re-
covered lost jobs 13 months
on average after a recession.
If this were a typical recovery,
nearly 10 million more people

would be-working today than
when the recession officially
ended in June 2009.
"There's still' a lot of uncer-
tainty about the economic te-
covery, and many companies
that would like to hire are re-
luctant to do so because they're
not confident sales will pick up
and remain strong," says Jerry
Conover, director of the Indi-
ana Business Research Center.
This unique recession has
been particularly unfriendly
to job-seekers, experts say.
"There was too much employ-
ment in housing, and that isn't
coming back and frankly
shouldn't come back," says
Amar Bhide, a Tufts University
The housing collapse and
productivity gains on the fac-
tory floor have made it hard for
the economy to absorb workers
without a college degree and
Please turn to RECESSION 8D

By Christopher S. Rugaber
AP Economics Writer

ber of people applying for
unemployment benefits
fell sharply for the second
straight week, suggesting the
job market is slowly recover-
Applications for benefits
dropped 29,000 last week to a
seasonally adjusted 409,000,
the Labor Department said.
The four-week average, a
less volatile measure, rose
slightly to 439,000. It was the
sixth straight increase.
The declines come after ap-
plications spiked last month
to an eight-month high of
474,000. The increase was
largely because of temporary

factors. Still, it lifted applica-
tions nearly 100,000 higher
than February's three-year
low of 375,000 a level typi-
cally consistent with sustain-
able job growth.
Weekly applications peaked
during the recession at
Economists said they were
encouraged to see applica-
tions declining again. But
many said they would feel
more optimistic about the job
market when applications fall
below 400,000.
"It will likely take several
weeks before this average
falls back below 400,000 and
there is a risk that flooding
in the Mississippi area could
distort the claims data in the
Please turn to BENEFITS 8D

Is college necessary in

a recession

By John Hechinger

Higher education fails to
provide students "good val-
ue" for the money they and
their families spend,
more than half of U.S.
adults said in a sur-
The debate over
higher education's
value "has been trig-
gered not just by rising
costs but also by hard
economic times," ac-
cording to a report re-
leased recently by the O
Pew Research Center. The
organization, an indepen-
dent research group funded
by Philadelphia-based Pew
Charitable Trusts, surveyed
2,142 adults, aged 18 and
older, from March 15 through
March 29.
The survey follows a call by
President Barack Obama for
the U.S. to achieve the high-

est college graduation rate in
the world by 2020. The U.S.
now ranks 12th among 36
developed nations, according
to a report last year by the
College Board.
In the poll, 75
'* percent of U.S.
N adults said col-
lege was unaf-
fordable for most
Americans, and
almost half said
that student
I .. loans had made
it harder to pay
BAMA other bills.
At the same
time, 86 percent
of college graduates said that
it had been a good invest-
ment for them personally.
College graduates said they
earned an average $20,000
a year more because of their
degrees, a figure that closely
matches U.S. Census Bureau
data, the survey found.
Please turn to COLLEGE 8D

-AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
From left Rep. Barbara Lee, D- Calif., Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep.
Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo., and Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., walk from the a news
conference outside the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2011, after a
meeting between the CBC and President Barack Obama.

Black lawmakers press Pres.

Obama on jobs in urban areas

By Erica Werner
Associated Press

members of Congress pressed
President Barack Obama re-
cently for a greater focus on
creating jobs in urban areas
where unemployment is often
highest. Obama said he was
trying to fix the economy as
a whole, said Rep. Emanuel
Cleaver, D-Mo., chairman of
the Congressional Black Cau-
The exchange happened
at the first meeting between
Obama and the full Black
Caucus since Obama became
president. It follows long-

standing complaints from
some in the Black community
that the ration's first Black
president hasn't done more to
help minority communities on
jobs and other issues.
Cleaver told reporters at the
White House that lawmak-
ers in.the group which has
about 40 members, all but
one of them Democrats -
highlighted to the president
the difficulties of communi-
ties beset by high unemploy-
ment and stressed the need
to address it, especially with
summer approaching and
teens looking for jobs. The
overall unemployment rate is
nine percent but it's 16.1 per-

cent among Blacks.
"He understands clearly
what we spoke to him about,
and that is the pain that is
taking place in the urban
core and many of the districts
we represent," Cleaver said.
"The president did speak to
us about things that the ad-
ministration is already doing
and he said to us twice that
he's working on trying to heal
the economy, and that if he
heals the economy it will also
take care of the issues that
we raised," Cleaver said.
Obama's consistent re-
sponse to questions about
whether he should be doing
Please turn to JOBS 8D

Economical hardship makes renting a nightmare

Going up

National restaurant chains
that have implemented price
'increases, have said they
will, or are considering it:

* Applebee's
* Arby's
* Domino's
* McDonald's
Texas Roadhouse
Source: Nation's Restaurant News

Menu prices

are on the


Restaurants adjust
to higher costs of
ingredients, -supplies

By Eric Ruth

Thanks to the recession,
2010 was a year of $5.99
lunchtime specials, dollar-
menu bargains and two-for-one
meal deals; 2011 is turning out
to be quite different.
Rising commodity prices
and the high cost of gaso-
line have finally broken the
budget-minded approach that
restaurants embraced to keep
their cash-strapped customers
Across the country, in chain
after chain, menu prices are
climbing or portions are
shrinking as restaurants
contend with across-the-board
increases in the cost of every-
thing from pork to plastic cups.
So far, the price increases
have been incremental and
nearly negligible one percent
seems to be the norm but
federal agencies predict that
relief won't arrive for restau-
rants until next year, meaning
more increases could be ahead.
By the time 2011 ends, expect
restaurant prices to be three
percent or four percent higher,
according to the U.S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture.
Many restaurateurs are
struggling to find ways to avoid
raising their prices, recogniz-
ing that alienating a loyal
clientele could be disastrous.
They are pressuring vendors to
keep charges reasonable and
working with chefs to minimize
waste and maximize every
ounce of food.
"We've really had to tighten
the belt back in the kitchen ...
making sure we're not wasting
any product," said Steve Lucey,
co-owner of Six Paupers Tavern
& Restaurant in Hockessin,
Yet that approach can only
go on for so long before own-
ers say they have no choice but
to raise menu prices. Larger
chains have more leverage to
get better prices from suppli-
ers, and also more power to
keep menu prices down.
"Today, what we've done by
increasing our business (is) we
increased our buying power,"
Please turn to PRICES 8D

By Nisa Islam Muhammad

The Washington faim-
ily knew home ownership was
light years away. Unemploy-
ment and bad credit had left
them barely able to do more
than join the legions of rent-
ers across America. Then it hit
them they were barely mak-
ing enough to even rent.
"It's just really hard out
here," James Washington said.
"I lost my job and then my wife

lost her job. I'm working now
and she has a part-time job.
We have four kids. A one bed-
room just won't do but that's
about all we can afford."
The Washington's are a
prime example of new research
that shows American renters
on average must earn at least
$18.46 an hour to afford a
modest apartment, yet the av-
erage renter makes just $13.52
an hour according to "Out of
Reach 2011," a report released

annually by the Na- -l---x lion more than in
tional Low Income 2007. The current
Housing Coalition. rate of homeowner-
The study shows ship (66.5 percent)
the mismatch be- '- is now at the lowest
tween the rents avail- level since 1998.
able across the coun- With the fore-
try and what low closure crisis and
income renters can recession on the
afford. '4. one hand, an ag-
According to the ing baby boomer
coalition, more than MUHAMMAD population and
38 million households post baby boomers
rent their homes, 1.9 mil- coming of age, the demand for

rental housing is projected to
"This year's Out of Reach re-
port is a reminder that millions
of Americans are still waiting
for economic recovery," said
Senator Tim Johnson (D-S.D.)
in the preface of the report.
"People burdened by unafford-
able housing have less money
for other essential needs like
transportation, food, and med-
icine leaving too many fami-
lies facing impossible choices

at the end of every month."
High unemployment, fall-
ing wages and low rental va-
cancy rates driven by a post-
recession return to renting
have combined to put housing
stability beyond the grasp of
low-income households across
the country, according to the
"Another problem is that just
as we're looking for a place in
D.C., so are a lot of other fami-
Please turn to RENTING 8D

Fewer people applied for

unemployment benefits




8D THE MIAMI TIMES, MAY 25-31, 2011

Why can't athletes have opinions?



By Robert Lipsyte

Forty-five years ago, when Mu-
hammad Ali first said, "I ain't got no
quarrel with them Viet Cong," and
then watched any chance for major
corporate endorsements disappear,
athletes got the message that fans
wanted them, like children, to be
seen but not heard, especially con-
cerning anything political.
No wonder that 24 years later, Mi-
chael Jordan refused to support a
Black candidate for the U.S. Senate
in his home state against a known
segregationist because "Republi-
cans buy sneakers, too." Michael,
of course, was the role model for
sneaker models, among his many
commercial slam dunks.
Michael had gotten the message:
Just shut up and play.
So it's no surprise at the uproar
over Pittsburgh Steelers running
back Rashard Mendenhall's com-
ment on the celebrations after the
assassination of Osama bin Laden.
He tweeted: "What kind of person
celebrates death? It's amazing how
people can HATE a man they have
never even heard speak. We've only
heard one side."
While Mendenhall's timing was
unfortunate, the remark seems
like an arguable position that is,
if it were coming from a politician,
a pundit, a man on the street. Just
not from a jock.
I think this attitude has to do
with how we have come to perceive
our sports celebrities; even though
they are bigger, stronger, richer
and better-looking than most of us,
we can still feel superior by refus-
ing to take them seriously as fellow
citizens with feelings and opinions.
We can pretend a certain level of
control over them.

I'm certainly not suggesting we
whole-heartedly embrace all their
opinions on, say, political candi-

dates or breakfast cereals. By the
time most athletes have reached
the top, they have spent a dozen
years or so concentrating obses-
sively on their journey. In 50 years
of covering sports, I've met few
"dumb jocks" but hundreds of tem-
porarily ignorant ones.
Mendenhall, for example, fol-
lowed up that anti-hate tweet
with a 9/11 conspiracy theory. He
said he didn't believe that planes
brought down the Twin Towers.



Well, I thought, running backs do
take a lot of hits to the head.
And then there's Kobe Bryant
stepping on his tongue. A.few years
ago, he appeared in a public ser-
vice announcement decrying geno-
cide in Darfur, Sudan. Many of the
people who applauded that cringed
recently when he directed a gay
slur at a referee.
Like children, young jocks just
say the darndest things. They are.
still in the process of, well, becom-
ing ...
Even Ali's famous remark about
the Viet Cong was not quite what it

seemed at the time. I happened to
be there in 1966 when he blurted
it out after a day of relentless news
Media interviews about the sudden
cancellation of his draft deferment.
Ali's first reaction had been, "Why
me?" The champ thought it would
make more sense for the govern-
ment to draft poor boys who didn't
buy as many guns and tanks with
their taxes as he did. A human re-
sponse, to be sure, but hardly the
stuff of principled legend.




He immediately became one of the
most beloved and despised men in
America, depending on where you
stood on the Vietnam War. Truth
was, he really didn't know what he
was talking about. Why should he?
He was 24-years-old, and for the
previous 12 years he had lived in
a bubble of training, fighting and
marketing himself. He had never
read a book. He didn't know where
Vietnam was. Hardly a dumb jock,
but certainly an ignorant one.
But within a few years, Ali proved
himself a man of principle by sacri-
ficing for his beliefs. And he was no

longer ignorant; speaking on col-
lege campuses, he could discuss
racial politics and foreign policy.
During the three-and-a-half years
of exile from the ring, he was out-
side the white lines learning about
the larger world.
Most athletes I've met don't fully
mature until after their playing
days are over. By then, they have
related their narrow but deep expe-
riences to a larger world of person-
al and political relationships. But
the news media
aren't asking
them questions

hocking jocks:
ng icon Muham-
Ali, left, and
sburgh Steelers
ing back Rashard

While many
other celebri-
ties have grown
up in similar
bubbles, we don't
seem to react as
badly to their
opinions, however
dumb or wrong
they might seem,
so long as they
stay within their
images. What can

Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Lady
Gaga or Lil Wayne say that will
surprise us?
But most fans want athletes
to be compliant fantasy objects.
Jocks can wave the flag at us or
their brand of sneaker but not their
So what do we do when Menden-
hall questions 9/11, Etan Thomas
of the Atlanta Hawks comes out
against racial profiling in Georgia,
as he has just done, or Scott Fu-
jita, a Cleveland Browns lineback-
er, and Sean Avery, the New York
Rangers' tough enforcer, endorse
same-sex marriages?
Listen to them. They deserve
their opinions. Support them if you
agree, and if you don't, just quietly
wait for them to grow up.

Jobless benefits decrease for the second straight week

cotninued from 7D

next one or two reports,"
said John Ryding, an econ-
omist at RDQ Economics.
Labor Department ana-
lysts said the jump two
weeks ago was largely
the result of an unex-
pected increase in lay-

offs at New York schools.
More of the state's school
systems closed for spring
break than expected. That
boosted temporary layoffs
among school bus drivers,
cafeteria workers and oth-
er hourly employees. A new
extended benefits program
in Oregon also caused ap-
plications to rise.

This week, the depart-
ment said tornadoes that
devastated parts of Ala-
bama in late April caused
applications in that state to
jump by nearly 6,000.
Still, job growth has been
strong this year. Business-
es have added a net total of
more than 250,000 jobs per
month, on average, in the

past three months. That's
the fastest hiring spree in
five years. The unemploy-
ment rate has dropped
nearly a full percent-
age point in the past five
months, though it remains
very high at nine percent.
The total number of
people receiving benefits
dropped 81,000 to 3.7 mil-

lion. But that doesn't in-
clude millions of people re-
ceiving aid under extended
programs put in place dur-
ing the recession. All told,
7.9 million people received
benefits during the week
of April 30, the latest data
available. That's about
50,000 lower than the pre-
vious week.

White House, Black Caucus focus on jobs in low-income areas

continued from 7D

more for Blacks or other in-
dividual groups is that the
best way to help any commu-
nity is by growing the overall
Cleaver said that lawmak-
ers offered ideas includ-
ing targeting census tracts
where poverty is persistent

and seeing whether federal
emergency declarations for
flood-hit areas or elsewhere
can be used to generate jobs
in those areas.
People who are unem-
ployed "are begging for help
and I think that the Con-
gressional Black Caucus and
the president are both inter-
ested in trying to come up
with some means of address-

ing that and doing it rather
quickly," said Emanuel.
Emanuel said Obama
didn't promise anything
specific, and it wasn't clear
whether anything new would
be forthcoming from the
White House.
A senior administration
official said in an interview
later that the president has
various proposals that ad-

dress Black Caucus con-
cerns, including proposals
in Obama's 2012 budget
blueprint that would send
$40 million in grants and
$2.5 billion in employment
and investment tax credits
to economically distressed
areas; and a Department
of Labor program meant to
publicize job opportunities
for low-income youths. The

official spoke anonymously
to discuss issues raised in
the private meeting.
Asked whether the group
was unsatisfied with what
Obama's been doing to ad-
dress their concerns Cleaver
said: "We're not satisfied that
the poor and the vulnerable
are hurting. We are satis-
fied that the attention of the
president is on that."

USDA: Restaurant prices will be higher by end of the year

continued from 7D

said Matt Haley, who
has opened sevefi res-
taurants at the Dela-
ware beaches. "We've
forced the people to
lower their price to
In 2010, restaurant
prices rose 1.3 per-
cent, the lowest an-
nual increase since
1955, according to
the USDA. Since then,
commodities such as
corn and wheat have
spiked as world de-
mand grew and fuel
costs soared.
Since March 2010,
beef prices have ris-
en 12.2 percent, the
USDA said; pork pric-
es are up 11.2 percent
and poultry 2.2 per-
cent. By the end of the
year, beef prices are
projected to increase
seven percent to eight
percent; pork prices,
6.5 percent to 7.5 per-
As a result, the av-

erage menu price in-
crease for 2011 at ma-
jor chain restaurants
is expected to be 1.6
percent, according to
an industry analysis
by the Nation's Res-
taurant News.
"It's inevitable that
we're all going to have
to increase prices,"
said Eric Sugrue,
owner of Big Fish
Restaurants that fo-
cus on Italian or Mexi-
can food will see the
biggest rise in costs,
the research found,
driven by big increas-
es in such ingredients
as bread and pasta,
up 23 percent, and po-
tatoes, up 21 percent.
Some relief is ex-
pected in 2012 but
not for eggs, forecast
to rise 17 percent,
and chicken wings,
expected to be up 10
percent. Higher pro-
jected prices for milk
in 2011 are expected
to mean retail dairy
product prices will

rise 4.5 percent to 5.5
All of this presents
a dilemma for restau-
rant owners, espe-
cially at a time when
customers have grown
used to "value" menus
and have become cost
conscious when it
comes to dining out.
Consumers are even
likely to view attempts
at controlling costs
through reduced por-
tions skeptically, re-
search has found.
The recession has
had a profound and
likely long-lasting ef-
fect on how consum-
ers regard restaurant
spending, according
to a report by the NPD
market research firm.
More than a quarter
of all customers now
consider themselves
to be cautious spend-
ers people who
have been reducing
their restaurant visits,
"trading down" and or-
dering fewer items.
"While these con-

sumers anticipate
that they will be less
restrictive with their
restaurant visits when
the economy recovers,
they do not expect the
economy to recover
any time soon," the re-
port said.
Bob Goldin, execu-

tive *vice president of
Technomic, a food
industry researcher,
said he believes the
rapid rise in gas prices
has heightened sensi-'
tivity to menu price
"Consumers are
deeply concerned

about the price of gas.
... As a result, they are
very likely to reduce
their spending on gro-
ceries and restaurant
meals and increase
their reliance on cou-
pons and deals," Gold-
in said in a recent re-

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Florida Lottery
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Georgia Witch Doctor
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Majestic's Vision, Inc.
Miami Childrens Initiative
Miami-Dade. Water and Sewer
Miami N.W. Express Track Club
Step Above Academy
The Children's Place
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Disputes over higher learning

continued from 7D

The report included
a separate survey of
1,055 college presi-
dents that was de-
signed by the Pew Re-
search Center and the
Chronicle of Higher
Education. That sur-
vey, conducted March
15 through April 24,
showed concern about
diminishing higher
education standards
and quality.

New jobs slow

continued from 7D

young people general-
ly, says Carl Camden,
president of Kelly Ser-
vices, a global staffing
firm. Manufacturers
are producing more
value than ever in the
USA with a fraction of
the workers needed be-
fore, he says.
How the recovery
is reshaping employ-
Winners. Health
care added 449,000
jobs during the
18-month downturn

Some 58 percent
of college presidents
said public high
school students ar-
rive at college less
well prepared than
their counterparts a
decade ago, accord-
ing to the survey.
Just 19 percent said
the U.S. system of
higher education is
the best in the world,
and seven percent
said they believe it
will be the best 10
years from now.

in economy

and 483,000 jobs in
the 22 months since.
7 Losers. Construc-
tion lost two million
jobs 1.6 million dur-
ing the recession and
400,000 during the re-
Biggest swing. Auto
manufacturing, saved
by a government bail-
out, had the biggest
turnaround, from a
35 percent job loss in
the recession to a six
percent gain after it
ended. That means
332,000 jobs lost, fol-
lowed by 42,000 recov-

Housing. trouble for renters

continued from 7D

lies who have experi-
enced the same prob-
lems we have like un-
employment," Sharron
Washington said.
According to Out of
Reach 2011, the na-
tional two-bedroom
average rent is $960
per month. In 2011,
the estimated average
wage for renters in the
United States is just
$13.52, a significant
decline from $14.44
in 2010. At the fed-
eral minimum wage
of $7.25, a household
would have to work
102 hours each week
to afford the national
average for a two-
bedroom home.
Much attention has
been paid to the ef-
fect of unemployment

on foreclosure rates.
But, the central find-
ing of this report is
that the housing cri-
sis is the most severe
for low-income peo-
"The report shows
that simply having a
job doesn't guarantee
you will be able to af-
ford even to rent," said
Sheila Crowley, presi-
dent and CEO of the
National Low Income
Housing Coalition.
The coalition has
called on Congress
to fund the National
Housing Trust Fund,
which would provide
communities with
funds to build, reha-
bilitate and preserve
rental homes to end
the housing struggle
of low-income people.
This program is not
yet funded.




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'Mancession' hurts Black men most

By Eve Tahmincioglu

The Great Recession
is sometimes known
as the "Mancession"
because men were
hit so hard by unem-
ployment, but a better
term for it might be
the "Black Mances-
While recent data
show white men are
finding more job op-
portunities than they
did last year, Black
male job seekers are
still in an economic
black hole. In April,
the jobless rate among
adult white males was
7.9 percent, up from
4.1 percent three years
ago but down from 9.3
percent in the same
month last year.
Compare that to the
jobless rate of 17.0
percent among Black
men, down from 17.7

percent a year ago
but more than double
the rate of 8.4 percent
three years ago.
"Since the 1920s the
two-to-one ratio has
defined Black-to-white
unemployment in the
U.S.," said Charles
Gallagher, chair of the
sociology department
at La Salle University
in Philadelphia.
A continued hemor-
rhaging of jobs in ur-
ban areas, a decline
of jobs that pay well
but don't require lots
of education, and a
decline in government
jobs in cities, have
all combined to hurt
Black males, he said.
Harry Holzer, au-
thor of "Where Are All
The Good Jobs Go-
ing?" said low-income
Black men are among
the biggest casual-
ties of the recession.

"Less educated Black
men have been taking
a beating for decades,"
he said. "They are
more likely to drop out
of labor market, and
more likely to get into
the justice system."
Because many lag
in the classroom when
they're young, he said,
"they're having the
most difficulty transi-
tioning to a new ser-
vice-based economy
where education mat-
ters more."
Many face long-term
financial problems
and criminal records,
he noted, and these
two factors can spell
doom for job seekers.
It's not just poorer
men who are suffer-
ing, said Chad Dion
Lassiter, president of
the Black Men at Penn
School of Social Work
at the University of

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with degrees and
credentials," he said.
"They are not getting
jobs, or getting jobs
at a lower salary than

their white male coun-
Once you're able to
move forward, the first
thing to concentrate

on is networking, sug-
gested Rathin Sinha,
president of America's
Job Exchange, a job
site that focuses on
middle-income jobs.
Minorities, he said,
tend not to be as in-
volved in social net-
working sites such as
Linkedln, and he sug-
gested that is the best
place to start. And
don't just send out re-
sumes, he said, target
your search and set
up job alerts for cer-
tain jobs in certain
locations you might be
interested in.
It's also important
to reach out for help
if you need it, he add-
ed, inchiding looking
to state agencies for
programs or visiting
a local Department of
Labor one-stop em-
ployment center.

Pennsylvania's School
of Social Policy &
Practice. Middle- and
upper-income educat-
ed Black men, he said,

are also feeling the
job-market squeeze.
"There's unemploy-
ment and underem-
ployment among men

Looking for employment? Try these cities

By Chris Isidore

NEW YORK While the
overall job market was
crippled by the effects of
the Great Recession, some
sectors never stopped hir-
ing. *
A CNNMoney analysis of
the more than 140 sectors
tracked in the Labor De-
partment's survey of em-
ployers found 15 that grew
fairly steadily from the
start of the recession until
today. And an additional
11 sectors have recaptured
more than half the jobs
that they lost during the
"Even in the worst reces-
sion, there are still some
industries adding jobs,"

said Heidi Shierholz, la-
bor economist with the
Economic Policy Institute.
"The demand for their
goods and services don't
follow the, business cycle."
The aging population,
for example, has fueled
demand for health care
Health care has added
jobs every month since
the start of the economic
downturn, resulting in
nearly one million new
jobs added to the economy,
which comes to about sev-
en percent growth.
Within health care there
were a number of fields
that did even better. Home
health care workers grew
by nearly 20 percent, and

outpatient care center em-
ployment increased by 18
Though people who lost
their health insurance
because of the recession
might have hurt demand
for some health services,
overall, health care is a
fairly recession-proof in-
"If you have a heart at-
tack, you're going to the
hospital whether it's 2006
or 2010," Shierholz said.
And health care was not
alone in weathering the
economic storms of the
recession without shaving
Education was another
winner. Private education-
al services and state colleg-

es also experienced modest
employment growth over
the last four years, adding
just over 300,000 jobs be-
tween them.
While some expensive
private primary and sec-
ondary schools might have
been hit by the downturn
in the economy, others
schools were helped by re-
cently unemployed work-
ers seeking retraining. And
enrollment at more afford-
able state colleges picked
up during the downturn.
The federal government
was the one of the larg-
est and steadiest engines
of job growth during the
downturn outside of health
care. Excluding the Postal
Service and the Census

Bureau, civilian jobs in the
federal government rose by
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education, and a decline in gov-

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combined to hurt Black males."

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June 21st, 2011.
The meetings will begin at 4:30 pm and will be held in
the 4th Floor Conference Room of the Joseph Caleb
Center, 5400 NW 22nd Avenue. Mrs. Elaine Black is
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Small rainy-day funds mean many could get drenched

By Martin Wolk

How long would it take you to
come up with $2,000 in cash?
Could you do it at all?
Half of all U.S. households
say they "certainly" or "prob-
ably" could not come up with the
funds to cope with such an or-
dinary financial emergency, ac-
cording to a new study on finan-
cial fragility.
The lack of emergency resourc-
es is not just a problem of the im-

poverished but also affects many
"solidly middle-class" families,
according to the study just pub-
lished by the National Bureau of
Economic Research. Of house-
holds making between $100,000
and $150,000 annually, nearly
one-quarter said they "certainly"
or "probably" would be unable to
come up with the $2,000.
The study was done by asking
a random sample of 2,100 adults,
"How confident are you that you
could come up with $2,000 if an

unexpected need arose within
the next month?" The amount
was meant, to suggest a major
car repair, a co-pay on a medi-
cal expense or a home repair.
It is far lower than the three to
six months' worth of expenses
that financial planners typi-
cally recommend people have in
Yet 28 percent of respondents
said they "certainly" would be
unable to cope with the $2,000
expense, while 22 percent said

they "probably" would be un- funds. A Pew survey in 2009
able. also found that 42 percent of re-
The survey was conducted spondents said they "often don't
in 2009 near the depths of the have enough money to make
Great Recession, but the find- ends meet."

ings were broadly consistent
with other data about Ameri-
cans' financial resources.
According to the Federal Re-
serve's 2007 Survey of Con-
sumer Finances, for example,
about 42 percent of Americans
had less than $2,000 in check-
ing, savings and money market

The authors, led by An-
namaria Lusardi of the George
Washington School of Busi-
ness, suggest the government
could do a better job of encour-
aging short-term emergency
savings, perhaps by providing
tax advantages to savers, simi-
lar to the tax breaks enjoyed by

homeowners and stock market
The study notes that .in
comparison with other West-
ern countries, Americans are
among the most financially
fragile, along with Germans and
Britons. Survey respondents in
Canada, the Netherlands and
Italy were considered the least
fragile, with less than 30 per-
cent saying they would be un-
likely to come up with $2,000
or 1,500 euros in an emergency.

'Tax cheats' got $24B in stimulus
By Gregory Korte Investigators sampled 15 Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.,
cases and found "abusive or who chairs an investigative
WASHINGTON More than potentially criminal activity" .. subcommittee that will hold
3,700 federal contractors re- in every case. a hearing on the report, said

ceived $24 billion in stimulus
money despite failing to pay
federal income taxes, accord-
ing to a report released re-
cently by the Government Ac-
countability Office.
The total tax liability was at
least $750 million but likely
much more, the GAO report
About 35 percent of the un-
paid taxes go back at least
eight years.

They include an unnamed
construction company that
got more than $1 million de-
spite owing $700,000 in tax-
es. Its CEO admitted to the
IRS that he paid other credi-
tors while failing to pay pay-
roll taxes for years, according
to the report.
A bipartisan group of five
senators requested the report
from the GAO, which serves as
Congress' investigative arm.

President Barack Obama

the Obama administration
should "get on with it and ac-
tually debar the worst of the
tax cheats from the contractor
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.,
the subcommittee's ranking
Republican, said legislation
is needed. "That such a huge
amount of the stimulus mon-
ey went to known tax cheats
should be a wake-up call for
Congress," he said.

Areas that continue to hire for work

continued from 9D
247,000, or 12.5 per-
cent, since December
2007. And federal pay-
rolls have grown in vir-
tually every month.
Temporary workers
took a major hit dur-
ing the recession, but
they've managed to
come back faster than
others workers. Tem-
porary help services
has recovered the most
lost jobs -more than
500,000 of the 800,000

jobs that were lost in
the sector between De-
cember 2007 and the
low point in August
While permanent
jobs might eventually
be better for the econo-
my, the growth in tem-
porary help is a good
sign by economists who
see it as a first step by
employers to add per-
manent staffing.
Information services,
which includes some
high-tech and Inter-
net jobs, has also been

growing steadily. Pay-
rolls grew by 16 percent
through modest gains
almost every month,
creating around 20,000
new jobs since 2007.
Coal mining and oil
and gas extraction have
been two other sectors
adding jobs, helped by
the prices of those com-
modities. Coal mining
has added 11 percent
more jobs since the start
of the recession, and
oil and gas extraction
has grown payrolls by
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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
1191 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, major appli-
ances, $525 per month and
$1050 to move in.
Call 305-299-3450
1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. Appliances.

125 NW 18 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $395
monthly. $600 to move in.
All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV.-
Call Joel 786-355-7578

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

1317 NW 2 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath,.
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.

140 NW 13 Street
Two bdrms, one bath
$500. 786-236-1144
14100 NW 6 Court
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
with air, in quiet area, $650
monthly! 305-213-5013
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 #13 305-642-

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

167 NE 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath; two
bedroom, one bath; three
bedroom, one bath. Section 8
welcome. 954-914-9166
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

1745 N.W. 1 Place
Clean apartments. Near bus
and jitney stops. One bed-
room $400 monthly. $800
to move in. Efficiency $375
monthly, $750 to move in.
Call 305-696-2825.
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
190 NW 51 Street
One bedroom. $595 to move
in. 786-389-1686
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
2229 NW 82 Street # B
One bdrm, one bath, central
air. $775 mthly. 305-685-9909
2295 NW 46 Street
One bedroom $625, newly
renovated, appliances includ-
ed. Call Tony 305-213-5013
320 NW 2 Avenue
Hallandale. Move in Special.
One bdrm only, includes wa-
ter. $575. 305-926-2839
3301 NW 51 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$595 moves you in. Applianc-
es included. 786-389-1686

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

5510 SW 32 Street
Two and one half bdrms, one
bath, living room, washer and
dryer connection, $850 mthly.
Move in: First and last
5545 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $550
monthly, $1100 to move in.
305-962-1814, 305-758-6133
561 NW 6 Street
One bdrm, one bath $495.
60 and 61 STREET
One and two bdrms, $595
and $695. Call 954-482-5400
7527 North Miami Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
Renovated, new appliances,
parking. Section 8. HOPWA
OK. $650, plus security. Call
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. No calls after
7 p.m. 305-754-7900.
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrm. Section 8 OK.
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. For more
Spacious, one, two bdrm.
FROM $400.00
Remodeled efficiencies, one,
two, three bdrms; two bath.
Central air, laundry, gated.
Office 1023 NW 3 Ave.
305-372-1 383
.Easy qualify, Mooe "n spQ-,.
cials. One &eor,.,-.m $495;
two bedrooms, $595. Free
waterlA786-236-1144 .

One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
Remodeled one bedroom.
$625 to $675. NE 78 Street
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
Move In Special!
Spacious two bdrms, one
.bath, tile, $700
One bdrm, one bath, $500
One bdrm, one bath. Special
$495. 305-717-6084
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750. Section 8 welcome.
305-717-6084. '
One bdrm, great specials.
Call 786-201-4153
2158 NW 5 Avenue, Miami

1542 NW 35 Street
Really nice, newly renovated
two bdrms, air and some
utilities, townhouses, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776

11277 NW 17 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
laundry. 786-269-5643
1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.

1243 NW 100 Terrace
Two bdrm, big living room,
central air. 786-663-4963
1524 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $495,
free water. 305-642-7080
15614 NW 2 Avenue, Apt 4
Three bdrm, two baths.
$1200 deposit. $1400 mthly.
Section 8 OK. 305-757-3709
15724 NW 39 COURT
Large two bedrooms, one
bath. Section 8. $1100
monthly. 305-751-3381
1814 NW 93 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1300 monthly.


19 Avenue 31 Street
One bedroom. Appliances,
air and water included $685.
Call 305-510-2728.
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$500, appliances, free

2 NE 59 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. 786-237-1292
205 NW 96 Street
Two bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air, appliances, fenced
yard, washer/dryer hookup,
Section 8 OK, $1100 monthly.
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedroom, air, remod-
eled, $895. NDI Realtors
office at 290 NW 183 Street.
We have others. 305-655-
2480-B NW 66 Street
Two bdrm, one bath, appli-
ances, air, bars. $850 mthly.
Section 8 OK. 305-444-8908
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
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.

3962 NW 165 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air. $975 mthly.
305-685-9909, 305-776-3857
5511 NW 5 COURT
Two bdrms, one bath, all
appliances, air, security bars.
$800 mthly. $600 security.
305-979-3509 after 5 pm
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.
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Three bedrooms, two baths,
quiet street, washer and dryer
hook up, yard, pets ok, Sec-
tion 8 welcome. $1100, first,
plus deposit. 305-270-1888
8118 N.W. 12 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$800 a month, 954-818-4087
86 Street NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
Call 305-754-7776
928 NW 55 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$575. Free Water.

93 Street NW 18 Avenue
Two bedrooms, Section 8
welcome. 305-754-7776.
Liberty City
Two and three bedrooms,
$950 and $1050 monthly,
Section 8 welcome.
Call Deborah 305-336-0740
One bdrm, one bath. $600.
Section 8 OK! 305-469-5062
Miami Shores Area
Renovated, two bedrooms,
one bath, central air, govern-
ment employee discount,
lawn care and water free,
Remodeled, two bdrm, one
bath, Section 8 ok, $925
month, call 305-216-2724.

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
Close to Miami Avenue
on N.E. 84th Street
Laundry room, water includ-
ed, new ceramic tile floors.
$500 monthly. 305-401-2027,
Hollywood Area
Large unit. $650 mthly, utili-
ties, $1300 to move in.
One bedroom, $425 monthly,
call 305-754-1100.
Furnished. Utilities included.
Call 786-663-5641
Utilities included, near trans-
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and last. 786-514-0175
Move-In Special! $375
monthly Call 305-717-6084.
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Nice. Air condition, window
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and free HOT water, $360
mthly, plus $200 deposit.

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Extra large, $100 wkly, utili-
ties, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
143 Street and 7 Avenue
Private entrance, many
extras. $110 weekly.
305-687-6930, 786-306-0308
1775 NW 151 Street
Fully furnished, refrigerator,
microwave, cable, air and
heat. Two locations.
Call 954-678-8996
1902 NW 89 Terrace
Private entrance. $75 weekly
and up. 786-356-8818
2168 NW 98 Street
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-691-3486
3042 NW 44 Street
Big rooms, air, $115 weekly,
move in $230. 786-262-6744
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Utilities included, air. $80
weekly. Move in special
$200. Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Air, kitchen privileges, $125/
week, one person. $250
move in. 786-488-3045
Clean, quiet room with
security bars. $65 weekly.
Call 305-769-3347
Clean, central air. $500
monthly. Call 786-200-0889

10240 SW 171 Street
Four bedroom, two bath,
$1500. Appliances, central
air, fenced yard.
1069 NW 46 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$1050 monthly.
Section 8 welcome
133 St. and NW 18 Ave
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
1364 NW 55 Terrace
Updated three bedroom, two
bath, family room;, $1350
monthly. 305-662-5505
1547 NW 100 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 welcome, call Roy
16130 NW 37 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath,
bars, air, fenced. $1,100
Terry Dellerson, Realtor.
No Section 8. 305-891-6776
1629 NW 125 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. $925
mthly. Section 8 welcome.
1640 NE 125th Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, Section 8, $1500
mthly, 786-285-0287.
1712 NW 66 Street
Two bdrm, one bath, Section
8 welcome. $800 monthly.
1771 NW 81 Terrace
Spacious two bdrm, one bath,
large yard and laundry room.
Move in ready. $950. Contact
Ms. Cooper 305-409-3950
1812 NW 66 Street
Three bdrm, one bath, air,
tile, appliances included Sect.
8 ok! $1100 954-993-5247 or
1840 NW 69 Street
Three bedroom, one bath, tile
throughout, $1350 monthly.
1880 NW 124 TERRACE
SThree and four bedrooms
Princess 305-409-9940
20115 NW 9 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
air condition, Florida room,
fenced, $1600 monthly,
20625 NW 28 Avenue
Three bedroom, one bath,
tile, washer/dryer, applianc-
es. $1250. No Section 8.
2465 NW 81 Terrace
Three bdrms, one and one
half baths. Section 8 wel-
come. 1-229-423-2741,
305-898-0295, or
2724 NW 61 street
New House
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1250 monthly.
2971 NW 56 STREET
Four bdrms, two bath, central
air, appli., fenced, $1300
monthly, $1900 move-in, NO
Section 8. 786-315-0650
3401 NW 170 Street
Three bdrms, one half bath,
38 Avenue 171 Terrance
Three bdrm, two bath, remod-
eled, $1500 mthly, Section 8
OK. 305-926-2839
3809 NW 213 Terrace
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One as president
Wonya Lucas has
been named President
and CEO of TV One, ef-
fective Monday, August
8. The cable industry
programming veteran
succeeds Johnathan
Rodgers, who has an-
nounced his retirement
as of July 31.
Most recently, Lu-
cas was Executive Vice
President and Chief
Operating Officer for
Discovery Channel Wonya Lucas
and Science Channel, strengthen TV One's
where she was respon- brand in a constantly
sible for strategy and evolving media market-
operations for the net- place."
works as well as over- "It's an incredible op-
sight of the networks' portunity to lead TV
research and market- One, which in' just a
ing departments. She few years has become
joined Discovery Com- such a success story,"
munications in 2008 said Lucas. "I am also
as the Chief Marketing
Prior to joining Dis- T1
cover, Lucas served as
Executive Vice Presi- W
dent and General Man- &
ager of The Weather
Channel Networks, "PON
where she was respon- ""
sible for corporate 1 Remove evil spells, cour

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ment, strategic mar-
keting for The Weather
Channel and weather.
com, and operations
and programming for
The Weather Channel,
The Weather Channel
HD, Weatherscan, The
Weather Channel Radio
Network, and newspa-
per syndication.
"Wonya Lucas is the
perfect choice to help
us build on the ter-
rific success we have
achieved at TV One over
the past seven years,"
said TV One Chairman
and Radio One Presi-
dent and CEO Alfred
Liggins. "Her success-
ful career as a top-lev-
el, mainstream cable
programming executive
will be invaluable to us
as we continue to grow
the network and the
company. Her exper-
tise in marketing some
of the best brands in
television will also be a
tremendous plus as we
continue to define and

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flects our lives, history
and culture.
"Through the lead-
ership of Johnathan
Rodgers, TV One is well
positioned for the fu-
ture and has tremen-
dous growth potential.
I look forward to work-
ing with Alfred Liggins,
Cathy Hughes, and the
TV One staff, as well as
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Recession's toll

on retirement:

$2,300 a year

By Ryan MacClanathan

As if the news about
the looming Social Se-
curity crisis wasn't bad
enough, a new study
says the Great Recession
may have permanently
reduced future retirees'
incomes by an average of
$2,300 a year.
Somewhat surpris-
ingly it's not the nation's
high unemployment rate
that receives the brunt
of the blame. Instead,
it's the widespread slow-
down in wage growth,
which many economists
predict will become
permanent, that's hav-
ing the biggest impact
on our golden years' fi-
nances, according to the
"Wage stagnation will
have serious long-term
consequences if wages
resume growing at their
pre-recession rate since
they will never make
up the ground lost dur-
ing the recession," said
the report, which was
released by Boston Col-
lege's .Center for Retire-
ment Research.
Some highlights of the
Workers between the
ages of 25 and 34 in
2008 (the height of the
recession) will see an av-
erage drop of 4.9 percent
in retirement income af-
ter age 70 a hit to their

pocketbooks of roughly
$3,000 a year. Further-
more, the slowdown in
wage growth will accu-
mulate over their entire
T hie between the
ages of 55 to 64 in 2008'
will see a 4.1 percent
drop in retirement in-
come, primarily in the
form of lower Social'
Security benefits. This
problem is compounded
by the fact that many
older workers who lost
their jobs during the re-
cession were forced into
early retirement.
Future retirement in-
come will fall the most
for those with the high-
est incomes. Among the
youngest age group, for
example, those in the
top 20 percent income
bracket will lose $7,500
annually, while those in
the bottom group will
lose only $400 a year.
The decline in house-
hold income will in-
crease the number of
Americans living on lim-
ited incomes at age 70.
Among people between
the ages of 25 to 64 in
2008, the share with
incomes below 125 per-
cent of the federal pov-
erty level at age 70 will
increase 7.4 percent.
That translates into
an additional 711,000
adults living in or near

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NBM player Grant Hill


By Tonya Pendleton




at age 46

The Associated Press

Hopkins became the oldest
fighter to win a major world
championship, taking the
WBC light heavyweight title
Saturday night from Jean
Pascal at the age of 46.
Hopkins (52-5-2) broke
the age record set by George
Foreman in a heavyweight
title victory over Michael
Moorer in 1994. Hopkins won
at 46 years, four months, six
days. Foreman was 45 years,
10 months.
"I won't retire until I'm 50,"
Hopkins said.
He won the WBC, IBO and
The Ring magazine titles from
the 28-year-old Pascal (26-2-
1), the Montreal fighter who
was making his fifth defense
before 17,560 at the Bell
The bout was a rematch of
their Dec. 18 draw in Quebec
"He's a great champion. He
has great defense and a lot of
tricks. I was a young cham-
pion," Pascal said of Hopkins

in the ring afterward. "These
two fights will help take me to
the next level. I learned a lot
from Bernard and his style."
The Philadelphia native
played up his uncanny fit-
ness in the pre-fight banter
and looked the fresher man
throughout the bout, taunt-
ing Pascal by doing push-ups
as he waited for him to start
the seventh round and doing
them again after the fight.
Hopkins landed more
punches and was able to slip
many of Pascal's power shots,
answering with clever jabs
and scoring more than once
on right-hand leads.
Hopkins didn't, as planned,
wear a Philadelphia Flyers
jersey into the ring, but one of
his corner men did.
In the co-feature, Chad
Dawson 'showed masterful
defense and crisp punching
in scoring a 12-round unani-
mous decision over Montreal's
Adrian Diaconu in a light
heavyweight elimination
Hopkins will next fight
Dawson (30-1).

Grant Hill has always had
a reputation for bucking the
NBA-pl. r-,r stereotype. His
12-year marriage to singer
Tamia hasn't produced any
sensational headlines, and
his collection of Black art is
known for its range.
Now the Phoenix Suns
forward is moving into the
film world. He's executive
producer for a new sports
documentary, "Starting at
the Finish Line," the story
of inspirational Duke track
coach Al Buehler.
Buehler is a legend at
Duke, where's he coached
the women's and men's
track teams for over 55
years, including at four
Olympic Games. During
the era when Duke was
segregated, he formed a re-
lationship with Dr. LeRoy
Walker, the Black track
coach at North Carolina
Central University, a neigh-
boring HBCU. Despite the
restrictions, the two would
combine to give NC Cen-
tral track athletes access
to Duke's superior athletic
"It was the right story,
the right time to do it," Hill
told USA Today. "I've always

been a fan of good sports
documentaries. There are
great stories that can be
told. But it's one of those
things. 'Is anyone going to
take you seriously? You're
just an athlete.'"
Like many of Duke's stu-
dent athletes, Hill was in-

Lockouts not much for a fan appreciation

Remember when you
bought your first car and
couldn't wait to give it a
good wash and wax? You
would be standing there
and admiring its shine
when out of nowhere came
a black cloud and the rain.
What a downer.
Today the commission-
ers of two of the most suc-
cessful professional sports
leagues in the nation, the
NFL and the NBA, Roger
Goodell and David Stern,
respectively, must be hav-
ing similar thoughts: "Why
did it have to rain on my new

car?" Just as the NFL was
solidifying its seat as the
big dog on the block, they
were faced with a lockout.
After record breaking view-
ership during the regular
season, things got even bet-
ter in the playoffs. The Jets-
Colts playoff game earned
the highest rating ever for a
primetime wild-card Satur-
day game. The Seahawks-
Saints game earned the
best numbers for the first
Saturday wild-card game
since 1991 and the com-
bined numbers were the
best since 1994.

produced to Buehler
ing his Sports Histor
Even as a 19-year-o
was impressed by
formation presented
class, some of whi
new to him, as well
debate and differed
spectives Buehler

FOX cleaned up the on
the Sunday games with
39.3 million viewers, mak-
ing the Green Bay-Philly
game the most watched
, program since the 2010 Os-
' cars and the most watched
wild card game of all time.
Super Bowl XLV broke its
own record with 111 mil-
lion TV viewers. Even the
Pro Bowl set new records
for viewers.
At the other end of the
spectrum, Stern and the
NBA are enjoying record-
breaking success during
this year's NBA playoffs on
the heels of one of it's most
successful regular seasons
ever. As much as people
may have hated LeBron
James's "decision," its pay-
ing off in spades for the
Heat and the NBA.
Boosted by the hype of
the South Beach NWO also

his students. When Amy
Unell, a Duke alumnus, ap-
proached Hill to participate
in the documentary she
was doing on Buehler, Hill
ultimately agreed to come
onboard as part of the cre-
ative team as well.
After this experience, Hill
may do even more docu-
mentaries, following in the
footsteps of former Michigan
star Jalen Rose and ESPN's
"The Fab Five," which gen-
erated heated controversy
after Rose called Hill an
"Uncle Tom" in the program.
Though it was reported far
less heavily than Rose's
original comments and
Hill's subsequent New York
Times op-ed piece, the two
men had what both called
a positive discussion after-
wards. The success of "The
Fab Five" prompted Hill to
consider doing a documen-
tary on his championship
years at Duke.
"It's been 20 years coming
by tak- around the corner soon. I
y class. lived it," Hill told USA Today.
)ld, Hill "I know the story that went
the in- on behind the scenes. It
in the would be kind of fun. Hope-
ch was fully, the guys that were in-
as the volved trust me enough so
nt per- we can put together a nice
offered piece."

known as the Big Three,
the NBA is on a real roll.
Word is the Commish just
shows up to work on Mon-
day's, sits in a lazy boy in
his Manhattan office and
puffs on fat cigars all day
as if we were Red Auerbach.
Can you blame him? The
NBA is breaking records
like it's Disco Demolition
Night or something.
But let's not forget that
while the NFL is in a work
stoppage after a great sea-
son, the same could soon
follow for the NBA. The los-
er in all of this is the fans
who flock to arenas and
stadiums, tune in on TV or
visit websites and purchase
sports merchandise in re-
cord numbers. And they
are giving their support in
dollars despite the current
economy. Don't they de-
serve better?

In Miami, chucked towels stir Charles

By Tom Weir

Matters between Charles
Barkley and Miami Heat
fans became testy Sunday
night when TNT's postgame
show moved outside.
Apparently some of Bark-
ley's commentary about the
Heat inspired a chant that
took advantage of words
that rhyme with Chuck.
Hoping for a more peace-
ful wrapup when Game 4 of
the Heat-Bulls playoff series
is played at Miami, TNT may
not go al fresco with Tues-
day's show.
That is no surprise, be-
cause when TV studio shows
go on the road for big events
in various sports, they're
usually held at. inside ven-

Hear is on: Charles Barkley feels Miami fans' wrath for
picking the Bulls.
ues. After another appeared to
Sunday in Miami, several hit him in the back. Barkley
fans tossed towels at Bark- warned the offending fans:
ley while he and his fellow Hey, don't make me come
Inside the NBA panelists over there. Don't make me
were on the air. The first come over there now. Be-
towel whizzed by his head. cause if I come over there,

there's going to be hell to
"And I'll come with you,
Chuck." TNT colleague Ken-
ny Smith said on air, al-
though he'd been swaying
to the rhythm of the fans'
Jeff Behnke, Turner
Sports senior vice president
and executive producer,
gave the South Florida Sun
Sentinel this statement:
"We appreciate the tre-
mendous enthusiasm of the
fans and all that they bring
to our live coverage. As we
continue with our coverage
of the Eastern Conference
Finals, we are evaluating
the best options for present-
ing our studio show live
from Miami."

Jordan brand signs Maya Moore

By Leslie Pitterson p;

Recently Maya
Moore, the Univer- :'. ,
sity of Connecticut -
phenomenon inked
an endorsement
deal with Nike im-
print, Jordan Brand, ,
becoming the first MO(
female basketball
signee on the brand's roster.
The 22-year-old forward joins
Derek Jeter, Dwyane Wade,
Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul
and Andre Johnson as the
newest athlete signed with the
In a press release, Nike and
the Jordan family expressed
their excitement naming
Moore as their newest brand
ambassador. Michael Jordan,

the brands namesake
Ab "I am thrilled to wel-
come Maya Moore into
the Jordan Brand. Not
only has Maya proven
to be a prolific winner
on the court, but her
hunger and determina-
ORE tion to make an impact
off the court makes her
a valuable addition to the Jor-
dan family. We look forward
to working with Maya as she
carries her success to the next
This year's WNBA number
one draft pick, Moore will be
starting next season with the
Minnesota Lynx. But she is
best known for her days in
the UConn Women hoops pro-
gram. Leading the team to

a record breaking 90-game
winning streak, back-to-back
championship titles in 2009
and 2010, Moore became a
Huskies' legend and national
face. The two-time National
Player of the Year is consid-
ered one of the top players in
women's basketball.
For Moore, representing the
Jordan brand is an honor that
has been a long time coming.
"As a student of the game, it
is a dream come true to align
myself with a brand that has
a rich history in sports. Like
most kids, I grew up idolizing
Michael Jordan and continue
to work relentlessly to reach
his iconic status on the court.
I'm truly motivated to take my
career to the next level as a
member of Team Jordan."


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