The Miami times.
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Title: The Miami times.
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Language: English
Creator: Miami times
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Creation Date: January 11, 2012
Subjects / Keywords: African Americans -- Newspapers. -- Florida
Newspapers. -- Miami (Fla.)
Newspapers. -- Miami-Dade County (Fla.)
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General Note: "Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
General Note: "Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis."
General Note: Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
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Casino bill

passes first


crucial test
By Kathleen Haughney
TALLAHASSEE Despite fierce
opposition from members of the busi-
ness community and religious inter-
ests, a controversial destination re-
sort casino measure passed a crucial
first round test Monday afternoon.
The legislation, which has been
substantially reworked from its
original version, still allows up to
three destination casinos in Florida,
with each requiring an investment
of at least $2 billion. But it also now
requires each county that wants a
destination casino to put the question
to the voters first.
Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lau-
derdale, spent the past month mak-
ing major changes sought by the Sen-
ate Regulated Industries Committee
during a six-hour hearing last month
on SB 710.
Those changes include language
regulating existing Internet cafes and
a ban on additional Internet cafes
or parimutuel permits for horse, dog
or jai alai betting. The measure also
sets up a state gaming board with
sweeping powers to regulate all forms
of gambling in Florida, except the
But the bill also would potentially
allow a host of smaller casinos; if a
county approves a destination casino,
parimutuels would be able to open
full-scale casinos themselves on the
date it opens. Today, parimutuel facili-
ties in Miami-Dade and Broward are
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A boy takes a shower outside his tent in Cite L'Eternel, a poor neighborhood of Port au Prince.

Half a million still in camps

By Trenton Daniel
The Associated Press
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Days after
the earthquake killed their little girl and
destroyed much of their house, Meristin
Florival and his family pitched a make-
shift tent on a hill in the Haitian capital
and called it home. Two years later they're
still there, living without drains, running
water or electricity.
A few kilometers (miles) away, Jean
Rony Alexis has left the camp where he
spent the months after the quake and
moved into a shed-like shelter built on
a concrete slab by the Red Cross. But
he's not much better off. The annual rent
charged by a landlord who lives in a near
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high schools

make the


N'western receives
first "B" Southridge
gets its "A"
By Randy Grice
The performance grades of schools
often reflects more than a reputa-
tion it reflects the quality of edu-
cation. Recently, the Florida Depart-
ment of Education (FDE) released its
grades for high schools throughout
the state. Miami-Dade County Public
Schools did signifi- -
cantly well with no
school receiving an
"F". While many ,.
schools improved, ORM. ', .
some predominantly- .
Black schools made .'' :
remarkable advances .
since school grades RENNINA TURNER
were first given in Principal, Central High
Wallace Aristide, 47, the first-year
principal of Miami Northwestern led
the charge in raising his school's
grade from a "D" status in 2010 to a
"B" in 2011 the first in the school's
"We got our students excited and
interested in going to different colleg-
es and universities," he said. "I think
that was extremely helpful in getting
us to the level that we are on right
now. I also think that preparation for
the ACT and SAT really helped us as
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Highwaymen to be

honored at annual

MLK breakfast
On Monday. January 16th, eight of the original
26 Florida Highwaymen will be honored at the
19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Unity
Scholarship Breakfast. The group -of men that
painted impressive works of Florida's landscape,
was founded in Ft. Pierce in the 1950s and contin-
ued to master their craft well into the 1980s. They
are being recognized for their talents as self-taught
and self-mentoring Black landscape artists. The
Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Jungle Island
Treetop Ballroom.

Norland's Johnson

honored as Mr. Florida
Few players statewide have
ever had playoff performances
or careers like Miami Norland
running back Duke Johnson.
Last Friday, Johnson, 18, a
senior at Norland who has al-
ready committed to the Univer-
sity of Miami, earned a place
among the State's all-time best
high school football players
being named this year's Mr.
Duke has been highlighted
on several occasions this year
in The Miami Times. Now with
his latest coup, fresh on the
heels of leading Norland to its

First days as first lady: 'Alone, Frightened'

Beyonce and Jay-Z welcome baby girl
New York was abuzz Tuesday over the birth of baby girl Blue to one of the
Big Apple's most glamorous couples, rapper Jay-Z and R&B singer Beyonce.
Curious onlookers and TV satellite vans staked out Lenox Hill Hospital in
Manhattan's posh Upper East Side, waiting for a glimpse of Blue Ivy Carter, .
born Saturday, and her proud parents.
Jay-Z, originally Shawn Carter, released a newly recorded song "Glory"
with a ,iti. accompaniment from his crying daughter, and New York tabloids
celebrated with front-page spreads.

By Cecilia Vega
After her husband's historic win in the
2008 presidential race, Michelle Obama
wanted to stay put in Chicago with her girls
and not move to the White House, accord-
ing to "The Obamas," a new book by New
York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor that
hit stores on Tuesday. The book describes
Obama as "alone, frightened and unsure of
what to do next" during her first days. She
worried about her children bumping into
White House tourists during play dates.
Later, she would acknowledge just how

toug h life at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
can be.
"Sometimes it becomes difficult to live in
what we call a bubble," she said, according
to the book.
The world watched her on a trip to Lon-
don in April 2009 when she visited with
young girls nothing out of the ordinary.
"We are counting on every single one of
you to be the very best that you can be,"
Obama told them.
But what we didn't know, according to
Kantor's book, was that Obama was having
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King's memory

reminds us that many

together are mighty
By this time next week, most of you will have listened
to Stevie Wonder's salute to Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., "Happy Birthday," more times on Black radio sta-
tions like HOT 105 and 99 JAMZ than a sane man or woman
can bear. But that is the price we pay for trying to squeeze all
of the accomplishments of one of the country's greatest lead-
ers into one 24-hour period.
It's almost the kind of frustration we face when Blacks ev-
erywhere try to do their part in February for Black History
Month and wind up competing for dates, times and venues.
Perhaps we should make the King Holiday the start of our
recognition of King's contributions to Black America, the U.S.
and the world. Then we can continue the party throughout
the remaining months.
Dr. King is often portrayed as this larger-than-life figure
who made his mark most prominently in the fight for civil
rights before being assassinated. But if you read the works
that he penned or listen to his sermons, what you find is a
man who realized he was flawed, understood his strengths
and his limits, feared for the safety of his wife and children
and reluctantly admitted that his chances for living a long life
were slim. What remains most impressive about King, how-
ever, was his keen understanding that his accomplishments
were not achieved because of his singular brilliance but due
to the hard work and sacrifices made by those who were part
of the movement.
King could never have reached the pinnacle of honor that
he so justly deserves without the everyday, little-known ef-
forts of ordinary people. King was undoubtedly a superior
commander-in-chief but he knew that the "war" could not be
won without plenty of warriors. We stop to honor and remem-
ber our brother because he made a difference in our lives
The world as we know it is a far different place than it
was in 1954 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Brown
vs. Board of Education and determined that segregation in
public schools was unconstitutional. And it is a better place
because a young Morehouse graduate and preacher named
Martin King decided to stand up for justice and to speak out
for equal rights for all.

Miami's Black

schools all moving in

the right direction
Sometimes the best way to reach new levels of excel-
lence is to raise the bar of expectations. It's clear that
the principals who lead the predominantly-Black pub-
lic schools in Miami-Dade County have done just that. After
years of consecutive failing grades, some dating back to five
years running, we have witnessed an impressive turnaround
in the school grades for our high schools. The bottom line and
real achievement to celebrate, is that not one of our schools
received an "F" grade.
We know the challenges that have faced students at Central,
Northwestern, Edison and Booker T. Washington, among oth-
ers. In the southern part of the county, schools like South-
ridge, who earned their first "A" in the school's history, were
better known for the poor behavior problems of their students
rather than their class performance. But they too have found
a way to encourage students to study harder and to focus
with more intensity on the task-at-hand.
As Central's Principal Rennina Turner notes, the challenges
of the lowest-achieving students must still be addressed. We
are glad to hear that she has made that her first priority. She
makes no excuses for their "D" grade she is already looking
at what needs to and will be done to raise the score and the
overall achievement of every Central student. That's the mark
of a real leader and we are confident that things will continue
to improve. But it takes a plan.
The fact that both Central and BTW were penalized because
the lowest 25 percent of their students failed to improve in
performance may not be fair then again, maybe it is fair.
After all, if we allow one-quarter of each of our student popu-
lations to stay stuck, stagnant on one sub-par level of ed-
ucational ability, over time we are sending a large number
of Black boys and girls to a place where they will never be
able to compete. Dreams should be something that all of our
young people have. We must make sure that each has the
opportunity to improve their minds and talents. As Dr King
said, "We must accept finite disappointment but never lose
infinite hope."

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The Black Press believes that America can best lead the
world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race, creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights. Hating no person, fearing no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

Audi Bureau of Circuatons

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Foreign aid often leads to immoral ends A,,

In early history, nations or
empires that wanted to expand
would just invade unsuspect-
ing people and take what they
wanted. It might have been
just the land or crops or pre-
cious metals or women. What-
ever it was, they would just
take it and kill anyone who got
in their way. Seizing property
from others was a quick way
to increase your wealth and,
most of all, influence. The Brit-
ish Empire was the most suc-
cessful of these aggressors and
much of what they influenced
still has implications today.. As
time went on, it became im-
moral for a nation to take what
it wanted. Eventually, at the
end of World War II, aggres-
sion and theft were replaced
with a thing called "aid." For-
eign Aid became the vehicle to
influence and inject wealth -
someone else's wealth -into
an aggressive nation.
President Harry Truman said
the U.S. would lead the way in

this new vehicle for influence
and wealth. He believed that
for the first time, "humanity
possesses the knowledge and
skill to relieve the suffering
of these people." He makes it
seem so noble and altruistic. It

Laden referred to it in one of
his verbal condemnations of
the western world. Reading it
will give you an understand-
ing of the seemingly sense-
less hatred the leaders of Iran
have towards western nations.

As time went on, it became immoral for a nation to take
what it wanted. Eventually, at the end of World War II,
aggression and theft were replaced with a thing called

basically was a new approach
to an old tradition exploi-
tation, economic slavery and
theft of natural resources.
How a lot of this works is
brilliantly explained in an au-
tobiography by John Perkins
entitled, "Confessions of an
Economic Hit Man." I still get
chills from his explanation of
how we exploit innocent na-
tions for the sake of control
and greed. Even Osama Bin

Perkins points to tools that in-
clude: fraudulent financial re-
ports, rigged elections, payoffs,
extortion, sex and murder.
They play a game as old as em-
pire, but one that has taken on
new and terrifying dimensions
during this time of globaliza-
tion." Now, that is starting to
hit the "nail" on the head.
How do we escape from this
predicament? Perhaps the
first thing we do is encourage


Century of
During the past 100 years,
the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) and the Afri-
can National Congress (ANC)
have directly shared in con-
tributing to the attainment of
some of the most important
milestones in the history of Af-
rican people, as well as mak-
ing indelible contributions
to the progressive uplift and
transformation of all human-
ity throughout the world. This
year marks the 100th anni-
versary of the African National
Congress. We celebrate and
take due notice of the his-
toric accomplishments of the
ANC in overcoming the rac-
ist apartheid regime in South
Africa and for leading the way
to the continued transforma-
tion of South African society
into a non racial democracy
and economy. Similarly, three
years ago in 2009, we ob-
served and celebrated the 100
anniversary of the NAACP. We

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struggle: ANC and Ni

should never take for granted
the progress that has been se-
cured as a result of the work,
struggle, sacrifice and lead-
ership of the NAACP and the
We still have much work to
do in 2012 and into the future

life. Today in the U.S., many
states are attempting to un-,
dermine the Voting Rights Act,
in particular in those states
where Blacks and Latinos
have a large percent of the po-
tential statewide vote. 2012 is
one of most important election

Millions of South Africans and millions of others through-
out the world celebrated the first century of the ANC
Africa's oldest liberation movement and the current
ruling party in South Africa.

both in America and in South
Africa, and throughout the
world where Black people and
others are still valiantly yearn-
ing for freedom and stand-
ing up against the so-called
post-modern institutionalized
systems of racial and socio-
economic oppression and ex-
ploitation. This is no time to
engage in any historical myths
about a "post-civil rights" or a
"post-freedom-fighting" era of

years in our lifetime. Sadly,
many have forgotten about the
sacrifice of NAACP Field Secre-
tary Medgar Evers and others
who gave their lives so that we
could have the fundamental
right to vote. For Blacks the
right to vote is blood-soaked
with a moral and historical re-
sponsibility that should never
be taken for granted.
Millions of South Afri-
cans and millions of others

fledgling nations to become
self-sufficient through other
means. Another vehicle is to
promote the rich and famous
to give something back. We
should also remember an an-
cient Chinese proverb: "Give
a man a fish and he eats for
a day. Teach that man to fish
and he will eat forever." This is
so true today. Instead of "feed-
ing the hungry," we should
be promoting agri-business
and full processing of natu-
ral resources rather than let-
ting some other entity provide
such means. God will bless the
"child" who has his own.
Finally, our entrepreneurs
who have been successful
should strongly consider open-
ing subsidiaries somewhere on
the African continent. These
are exciting times. We are
evolving into taking things into
our own hands and settling
only for success. Africa will not
only survive; it will prosper.
Foreign aid get gone!

throughout the wvorld cele-
brated the first century of the
ANC Africa's oldest libera-
tion movement and the cur-
rent ruling party in South Af-
rica. The ANC is the party of
John Dube, Oliver R. Tambo,
Walter Sisulu, Albert John
Lutuli, Nelson Mandela and
President Jacob Zuma free-
dom fighters who were victori-
ous against apartheid.
During the tenure of WEB
Dubois and James Weldon
Johnson at the NAACP, there
was an ongoing mutual and
supportive dialogue that
transpired between the ANC
and the NAACP. We need that
same type of dialogue and
joint planning today for the fu-
ture mission for the continued
advancement, progress and
liberation of African people
all over the world. The ques-
tion before us is how can we
build a stronger alliance with
our sisters and brothers of the


Lessons from King: Blacks' shared struggles

We are experiencing the
most insidious assaults on
communities of color we've
seen in decades. As we cele-
brate Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr.'s legacy we are reminded
that in times like these we
can't honor the sacrifices of
our ancestors without stand-
ing up for justice today.
The passing of Arizona's ra-
cial profiling law, SB 1070,
the ensuing ban on Affirma-
tive Action, ongoing attacks
on ethnic studies, the Depart-
ment of Justice's report dem-
onstrating Maricopa's Sheriff
Arpaio's culture of racial pro-
filing and inmate abuse, as
well as attempts to suppress
the vote in Arizona and other
states stand as evidence of
the interconnected issues that
threaten the dignity of people
of color and the promise of our
Sadly, inhumane immigra-
tion and anti-democratic voter
suppression laws have been

exported to states throughout
the nation with varying mu-
tations. Alabama's HB 56 (a
copycat of Arizona's SB 1070)
and broadside attacks on the
Voting Rights Act are testa-
ment to that. These laws are

are happening. Beyond the
actual laws, the racist impu-
dence of those who legislate
anti-immigrant agendas give
license to white supremacist
ideologies and individual acts
of racism.

A labama and Arizona are on the tips of many tongues these
days. As people who live in these states, we are constant-
ly asked to give voice to the legislative disasters that are

harsh reminders of what King
wrote in his letter from the
Birmingham jail, "... injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice
everywhere." From Arizona to
Alabama we know that our
destinies are intertwined.
Alabama and Arizona are
on the tips of many tongues
these days. As people who live
in these states, we are con-
stanth-l asked to give voice to
the legislative disasters that

During times like these, we
are compelled to join in the
battle against these injustic-
es. The anti-immigrant fight
is about us, and the legacy
of white privilege. Immigrant
rights are principally about
racial justice and this also
means rights for the rarely
discussed Caribbean, African
and Afro-Latino immigrant
communities in the U.S. Cor-
respondingly, the fight against

voter suppression and the
prison industrial complex is
one that immigrants must
also be invested in as these
laws and current backlash
is about their growing power
and influence.
Any threats to immigrants
should be seen as affront to
our collective dignity and to
Black liberation struggles. We
must understand that the an-
ti-immigrant agenda is a guise
to reverse the gains made by
the civil rights movement and
divert attention from real cri-
ses such as the widening
wealth gap between the top
one percent and the rest of us.
There's a Martin Luther
King, Jr. within each of us.
We are the inheritors of such
great freedom fighters such
as Sojourner Truth, Fred-
erick Douglass, Ida B. Wells
and Malcolm X. We must cou-
rageously take heed the call
and not become calloused to


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Have unions lost their relevancy?
Unions were the back bone American Airlines which was Union corruption has also
of the Democratic Party and running at a profit declared led to a decline in union mem-
for that reason several Repub- bankruptcy to in effect get out bership. Union presidents be-
lican governors have target- of its obligations to its pilots come powerful because they
ed unions. Many claim that who were getting excessive can control votes and in the
unions have made the U.S. retirement bonuses. No one case of large unions, stand
less competitive and say that seems to mention that Ameri- to collect millions of dollars.
expensive union benefits have can Airlines CEO and his Miami Gardens recently voted
killed many corporations. cadre of vice presidents took in a new police union, which

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Has president Obama made a different

for Blacks since becoming president?

While benefits like pensions
and health insurance are ex-
pensive, the benefits provided
to U.S. workers in unions are
still far less than those pro-
vided to workers in most of
Europe. This fact seems to
discount the idea that health
benefits provided to workers
is making us less competi-
tive. Japan, Canada, China,
Germany and France all pro-
vide health care to workers.
Some believe that a healthy
workforce leads to increased
productivity. Pensions are ex-
pensive and may bring down
the bottom line, but then so
do large salaries and bonus-
es for corporate executives.

without the union, the police officers were getting
decimated in disciplinary actions, where they were
refused even the basic right of being allowed to have

an attorney to defend them.

home millions in golden para-
chutes as they departed the
company. We pay our CEOs
extravagant salaries and this
seems to be okay, even when
the company they are lead-
ing is losing money. The gap
between CEO salaries and
the average worker salary has
widened since the 1950's but
no one mentions limiting the
benefits of CEOs.

I applaud. Without the union,
the police officers were getting
decimated in disciplinary ac-
tions, where they were refused
even the basic right of be-
ing allowed to have an attor-
ney to defend them. The City
rules allowed a "representa-
tive" which meant that you
could bring a fellow employee
to defend you in a disciplin-
ary hearing against the City's

attorney and senior manage-
ment. Good luck getting a
fair hearing in that situation.
Many Black officers feel that
there is disparate treatment
in discipline and promotions.
Now that the City has a union,
the officers will have the abil-
ity to bring in union stew-
ards and attorneys to defend
themselves. The days when
management could punish
employees with impunity is
coming to an end.
In an at-will state State like
Florida, the average worker
is completely at the mercy'
of management. Older em-
ployees are more expensive
and getting rid of them helps
the bottom line. A union can
help combat this despicable
practice. In the next election,
it will be unions that will be
leading the fight against bil-
lionaires and Fortune 500
corporations. They remain a
relevant force in this new age.

BY QUEEN BROWN. COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, Queenb2020@bellsouth.net

I In 2012 your
The year 2011 will be remem-
bered as one of change and
challenge. After the financial
breakdown of 2008, frustrated
Americans began taking to the
streets and expressing their
discontentment with the sta-
tus quo. Issues such as high
unemployment and massive
home foreclosures were at the
top of protesters' agenda. In ad-
dition to the street demonstra-
tions protesters also utilized
the power of the vote as stra-
tegic move to challenge elected
officials to a recall. In some
cases this strategy success-
fully ended careers including
that of Miami-Dade County's
"strong" Mayor Carlos Alvarez.
Recalling elected officials
became popular in 2011 and
seems to be continuing right
into 2012. Wisconsin Republi-
can Governor Scott Walker is
* also facing a recall vote for his
unprecedented attack on orga-
ce nized labor unions and public
sector employees. As long as

vote will count more than ever

politicians preferred methods
to balance their budgets is to
take money out of the pockets
of public workers there will
be demonstrations, protests
and recalls of politicians. Af-
ter four consecutive years of

county employees and union
representatives signed up and
waited in line for hours to
bring their concerns before the
Board of County Commission-
ers. In Wisconsin, public sec-
tor employees demonstrated

At a recent Miami-Dade County budget hearing thousands
of frustrated residents, county employees and union rep-
resentatives signed up and waited in line for hours to
bring their concerns before the Board of County Commissioners...

high unemployment, a slug-
gish economy and the expan-
sion of big banks many Ameri-
cans have lost faith and want
solutions. Working people,
especially those of the middle
class and working poor as well
as students overburdened with
loans, are organizing and de-
manding a system of economic
At a recent Miami-Dade
County budget hearing thou-
sands of frustrated residents,

and staged a massive sit-in for
several weeks at the State Cap-
ital protesting Walker's contro-
versial bill. We can expect to
see a wave of movements like
the Occupy Wall Street as long
as elected officials continue
to balance the budget on the
backs of public workers, even
the working poor, while giving
tax breaks and stimulus dol-
lars to the very wealthy and
Several very important elec-

tions are scheduled for 2012.
In addition to electing the U.S.
president and Miami-Dade
County mayor, other impor-
tant races will help determine
the quality of life for all of us.
We must be informed about
the pertinent issues before
Election Day and should stop
voting based on name recogni-
tion, ethnicity, race, gender or
religion. Labels should not be
why we are voting. We must
vote based on solutions and
answers. Our vote is for a bet-
ter quality of life for all people.
We must insist on politicians
telling us what they plan to do
and how they plan to do it.
In 2012 voters must hold
politicians accountable to what
they say they will do. We need
to know how things will change
if we elect a candidate. If vot-
ers become engage and ask the
right questions in the election
process they will likely call it
right the first time and there
will be no need for recalls.

Unemployed, Liberty City

Yes, because
he has done a
lot to change T. '
things for us. ( ,
He has helped ""
with the job
situation in ">'
America. I - --
know a lot of
people feel that the job situation
hasn't changed but things have
changed a little. So, he has done
some work.

Retired, Liberty City

He has made
a significant .
in the job mar-
ket, that was
extremely help-
ful to people in
the Black com-

Retired, Liberty City

I think that
he has had a
positive impact
on all commu- .
nities, not just
the Black com-
munity. He has
made govern-
ment work for
every community.

Retired, Liberty City

He made a
difference for
Blacks by just
being elect-
ed president.
When I was
young I never
thought that
we could have
a Black president, now we do.

Unemployed, Miami

I don't think
that he has
made any
change in the
Black commu-
nity since he
has been in of-
fice, nothing.
Nothing in the
Black community

y has changed;

nothing in the world has changed.
All I see is him on vacation all the

Retired, Coral Park

He has made I
a positive dif- '
ference in the g y ,._..
Black commu- .l
nity because
of what he is
trying to do. I
think that he is just being blocked
by the opposite party. He really
has tried to make sure that the
tax situation works for everybody.


Time to send Republicans packing

Let's take a snap shot of the
GOP and analyze why the up-
coming U.S. presidential elec-
tion is so important. The GOP
has not introduced a real jobs
plan. Their only plan is to make
President Barack Obama a one-
term president. Furthermore,
the GOP proposes tax cuts for
the wealthiest Americans, ad-
ditional tax cuts for corpora-
tions, with no requirement for
them to create jobs in order
to receive that additional tax
break. The GOP also supports
ending Medicare leaving our
senior population in dire need;
they also support cutting Social
Security. And the list goes on.
As a reminder for those that
don't know it, Obama's poli-
cies have created an average of

200,000 private sector jobs per
month in the last 22 months,
which equals to about 3 mil-
lion jobs with no help from the
Republican-led Congress. In

Congress to approve the exten-
sion of unemployment insur-
ance as well as the payroll tax
cut. Those two policies alone
would help sustain and create

s a reminder for those that don't know it, Obama's poli-
cies have created an average of 200,000 private sector
jobs per month in the last 22 months, which equals to
about 3 million jobs with no help from the Republican-led Con-

the last year alone, 2 million
jobs were created, showing that
since our President took office
the remedies that he has put
forth are showing positive re-
sults. But there is more we need
to do, like take action and push

more job growth in this tough
economy. The GOP is dead set
against helping the Ameri-
can people as a whole; this is
shameful and hypocritical to
say the least.
In 2010, the GOP campaigned

on creating jobs for the Ameri-
can people. But their primary
accomplishment has been at-
tacking the president at every
turn. Since they took control
of Congress, what types of job
bills have they passed? Believe
me, if the GOP had passed one
bill that would have created
one job we would have never
heard the end of it. The election
this fall is not about President
Obama it's about determin-
ing who has a pragmatic plan
of action and can show present-
day results in continuing on the
trajectory of positive job growth
for the American people.
Listen to Henry Crespo on
Today's Truth of the Matter on
Sunday from 3 4 p.m. on 880
AM the Biz.

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Kwanzaa critic missed the point by a mile

Dear Editor,

I wish to speak out against
the horrendous editorial by Adia
Banjoko criticizing Kwanzaa.
Kwanzaa was created to uplift
the spirits of Blacks in America,
something which is definitely
needed in these hard econom-
ic times. Adia calls it "wacky."
What is he against? The prin-

cipal of unity? The principle of
economic cooperation and re-
sponsibility? The principle of
creativity? The principle of faith?
He claims he has read the works
of many scholars of African his-
tory and culture. He obviously
did not learn much. Banjoko
tries to discredit Dr. Karenga
with a claim that he was an
FBI informant. My question is:

Whose payroll is he on? (The
KKK, Rick Scott, or Glen Beck).
He further tries to discredit
Karenga, a scholar on Africa by
saying some of the "stuff" used
in rituals is not native to Africa.
Karenga was quite clear that he
was creating Kwanzaa for Black
Americans and thus used what-
ever worked to make it relevant
for them. If Adia chooses not to

celebrate Kwanzaa he becomes
just one more uninformed or
misinformed Black American.
That' unfortunate but no big
deal. When he uses the mass
media to undermine something
that can help my people, he be-
comes an enemy of my people.

Shelton Allwood, LCSW

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At The Children's Trust,

It Was a Year of Setting New Goals and

Achieving Results for All Our Children

Maria A. Alonso
Chair, The Children's Trust

his past year we offered our most am-
bitious Notice of Funding Availability
(NOFA) to date that competitively re-bid
nearly $40 million of our investments for a
new three-year funding cycle. Our goal was
to more closely align funding priorities of
The Children's Trust with the results out-
lined in our 2011-2015 Results-Based Stra-
tegic Plan for Investments, specifically to
ensure that children are healthy, physically
and emotionally; supported by safe, nurtur-
ing families and communities; ready to suc-
ceed when entering school; and succeeding
in school and society.
Community response to the competitive
funding process was unprecedented, and a
new electronic application system helped us
consider more than 460 applications. We
were especially vigilant to ensure our
process remained as transparent, fair and
equitable as possible, and awarded funds to
the highest quality programs, while
balancing the need to provide critical
services to our most impoverished
communities. A number of new board
members joined our ranks this year, and
these newcomers brought fresh ideas and
vitality that benefited our process. Today,
we're managing 300 contracts, most of
them are tried-and-true performers that
have served the community commendably
for years, to which we've added 15 agencies

that we are funding directly for the first
Despite a further decline in property
values that caused us to suffer our third
consecutive year of budget reductions, we're
working together with our partners to ob-
tain stellar results. For example, 93 percent
of students in our youth development pro-
grams improved their academic perfor-
mance; 96 percent of young children with
special needs served in our early childhood
development programs improved speech
and language skills; and 98 percent of par-
ents and caregivers in our parenting pro-
grams increased healthy relationships with
their children.
Our Quality Counts initiative, designed
to improve the quality of child care in
Miami-Dade County, now includes 478
early childhood education providers and
more than 30,000 children. Our teams of
HealthConnect nurses, social workers and
health aides provided more than 246,000

services to nearly 71,000 students in the
2010-11 school year at 131 Miami-Dade
public schools, and 83 percent of students
seen were able to return to class the same
day. We also continue to do more with less.
In the 2011-12 school year, we expanded to
more .than 157 schools attended by nearly
140,000 students, with no additional fund-
The Children's Trust 211 Helpline, op-
erated by Switchboard of Miami, provided
valuable information or referrals to nearly
60,000 callers, and Helpline counselors
continue to improve to meet high quality
customer service standards.

And despite ongoing economic challeng-
es, we continue to set new, more ambitious
goals, such as embarking on a community-
wide literacy initiative that has the potential
to change the course of Miami-Dade Coun-
ty by developing a more educated workforce
over time.
As we look forward to 2012, we will
maintain our emphasis on accountability
and documenting the impact of invest-

ments; persist in elevating our presence at
the state and federal levels to sensitize legis-
lators to the needs and benefits of a society
that safeguards and nurtures its children;
and sustain public awareness efforts that in-
crease the community's understanding and
support for children and families, while di-
recting parents and caregivers to programs
and services that help children reach their
full potential.

Board of Directors

Maria A. Alonso, Chair
Chet Zerlin, Vice Chair
Dr. Josee Gregoire, Secretary
Hon. Isaac Salver, Treasurer
Dr. Rosa Martin, Chair
Childhood Health and Development
Dr. Gina Cortes-Suarez, Chair
Human Resources
Dr. Miguel Balsera, At-Large

Donald I. Bierman
Alberto M. Carvalho
Lileana de Moya
Bill Diggs
Carolyn Donaldson
Hon. Audrey M. Edmonson
Terria Flakes
Dr. Thresia B. Gambon
Benjamin F. Gilbert, Jr.
Dr. Nora HIernandez-IHendrix
Nelson Hincapie
Alina Hudak
Fedrick Ingram
Rep. John Patrick Julien
Dr. Martin Karp
Pamela Lillard
Roymi Membiela
Carolyn Y. Nelson-Goedert
Dr. William E. Pelham
Hon. Orlando A. Prescott
Dr. Isaac Prilleltensky
Leah Sigillo"
Evelio Torres
David Lawrence Jr.
Founding Chair
Modesto E. Abety-Gutierrez
President and CEO
County Attorney's Office
Legal Counsel

Read to Learn:

A Communi

nation with long-term impact ranging
from national security to economic sustain-
ability. High school dropouts earn less than
half of college graduates and 88 percent of
children who never graduate from high
school were poor third grade readers.
In Miami-Dade, The Children's Trust is
serving as the catalyst to organizing key
community partners around this issue and
to creating a blueprint that will turn the
tide on grade-level reading. These partners
include Miami-Dade County Public
Schools, Miami-Dade County and its Pub-
lic Library System, the Early Learning Co-
alition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, the
Miami-Dade Family Learning Partnership,

T he Children's Trust launched Read to
Learn this year, with the goal of re-
ducing by half the number of third-graders
who fail to read at grade level by 2020, and
to improve reading proficiency of children
in Miami-Dade overall. Reading at grade
level by the third grade is the leading indi-
cator of school success and high school
graduation, but currently one-third of our
third graders fail to achieve this critical
National research finds that poverty is a
leading indicator of limited early reading

skills, which contribute to deficient school
readiness, poor school attendance and
learning loss in the summer all factors
that help create achievement gaps between
low- and middle-income children. This is
clearly evident in Miami-Dade County,
where communities with higher rates of
poverty have worse literacy outcomes.
Our efforts in Miami-Dade County co-
incide with those across the state and nation
that are supported by an array of organiza-
tions and foundations, such as Annie E.
Casey, Bill & Melinda Gates, and W. K.

Kellogg. This movement knows the failure
of too many of our children to read well is
among the most pressing issues facing our

United Way of Miami-Dade, The Chil-
dren's Movement of Florida and others.
Representatives from these important insti-
tutions and many social service agencies
convened at a summit to launch Read to
Learn, and then continued their efforts,
meeting for a series of work groups to create
a community action plan. A second summit
is planned for February 2012.
The Children's Trust is ideally suited to
bringing community partners together by
aligning many initiatives that have promot-
ed literacy for years. Since our inception in
2002 and our first funding cycle in 2004,
we've funded programs that promote litera-
cy. Today, each of our funded after-school
and summer programs continues to offer a
literacy component, as do our parenting
and home visitation programs. With Read to
Learn, we seek to close the gap that sepa-
rates many low-income students from their
peers, enabling all children to make the piv-
otal switch in the third grade from learning
to read to reading to learn a transition that
will open their eyes and broaden their fu-
ture opportunities.

The Children'sTrust

Because All Children Are Our Children

The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their futures.

Reading Initiative





Clout on the catwalk can come with tweeting

By Samantha Critchell
Associated Press

NEW YORK Social media is
giving a voice to models who, for
the most part, have built their
careers as pretty, non-speaking
They'll tweet what they had for
breakfast, post behind-the-scenes
photos on Tumblr and use Face-
book to cultivate 'friends" around
the world. Tech-savvy fashion fol-
lowers are eating it up, gaining
entry to a world that is so often
behind velvet ropes.
"I realized there was an audi-
ence interested in what I had to
say, not just the images from my
work," said model Coco Rocha,
who alternates personal posts and
lighthearted tidbits with a more
businesslike platform to high-
light brands and magazines she's
shooting for as well as her favorite
social and charitable causes.
At age 23, Rocha is no longer
the new girl in town, but her fan
base of more than 200,000 Twit-
ter followers and 66,000 Facebook
friends (plus Tumbler, Google Plus
and Instagram accounts and blog
readers) gives her "longevity," she
said. "Because I have a voice and
I'm sticking to having that voice,
I feel like I have extended my ca-
Name recognition increases a
model's value, said Sean Patter-
son, president of the Wilhelmina
agency. Models who become ce-
lebrities, online or otherwise,
might even help reverse the trend
of movie and pop stars with "re-
latable" personal stories taking
the A-list advertising jobs and
magazine covers that used to go
to models.
With the day of the supermodel
over, models have become more
"interchangeable and dispos-
able," Patterson said. But social
media may change that by letting
models define themselves: "With
fan sites, blogs and Facebook, all
of a sudden you can follow a mod-
el and know who she is."
Models with online followings
can also create extra buzz for
brands they rep resent. "I imag-
ine, for example, that Victoria's
Secret likes that Doutzen (Kroes)
has so many Twitter followers and
that she tells them, 'Watch the
Victoria's Secret show I'm in at 9
p.m.," Patterson said.
In addition, social media lets
models show the interesting lives
they lead off the runway, and it's
a way for chatty, likable person-
alities to shine. That could tip the
balance of who makes it big and
who doesn't, said Michael Flutie,
of the E! show "Scouted."
"If you have 10 beautiful girls,
all diamonds in the rough to be
the next Christy Turlington or
Cindy Crawford, you have to nar-
row it down somehow and you're
going to narrow it down to the
four who can communicate really
well digitally," he said.
Flutie, a veteran agent and
manager, added that being pho-
togenic is no longer the only re-
quirement: "If you can't walk and
talk, you can't really be a success-
ful ambassador of a brand. You
have to be able to communicate."
Models should also know how
to Google. There's no excuse for
a model with thousands of cyber
followers to not know the name
of a company's CEO when she
shows up to shoot its catalog,
Flutie said.
In the 1990s, Turlington, Craw-
ford and their pals like Linda
Evangelista, Kate Moss and Naomi
Campbell were household names,
but they didn't get to create their
own personas the way Rocha or
Kroes do today. The public got to
know those supermodels in gos-
sip columns and paparazzi pho-
tos; this newer generation posts
notes about their yoga poses.t
"I started out doing all this as a
fun thing by myself," said Kroes.
"My big thing was how I could
give back and how I could tell peo-
ple I was involved in charity, but
then I figured out how it all fits
together: I realized I could build
my own profile."
Liane Mullin, co-founder of
Modelinia.com, an online indus-
try hub, notes that models have
a lot of credibility when it comes
to posts about "fashion, beauty,
fitness, nutrition and food. That's
what they're experts in. If they
recommend a mascara, they've
had it put on them 10,000 times,
and I've never worn that much
mascara myself, then I trust her

Hearing about their everyday
lives is icing on the cake, she said.
"When you see who their friends
are, who they are getting con-
gratulations from, who is sending
birthday wishes, it's the popular
group that you're watching from

the sidelines that you always
wanted to be a part of."
Models also tend to be very
active online once they start.
'They're traveling all over the
world, sometimes with people
they don't know, and they're lone-
ly at times. Social media keeps
them company and connected,"
Mullins said.
Model Heide Lindgren wasn't
sure about social media at first.
She worried about alienating

friends and family, fans or po-
tential employers. But when she
wanted to promote a pet cause.
Models4Water, which supports
clean drinking water efforts, do-
ing it online was the best way. It
put her in touch with people in
the renewable energy industry,
pet lovers and fashion fans. From
there, she was hooked.
'You can make yourself into
more than a model this way. ...
It introduces me to a new audi-

ence, and it might be more people
seeing my posts than something
that s in Vogue," Lindgren said.
She mentions products occa-
sionally. but not as paid endorse-
ments. She's not sure pitchwom-
an is the online personality she
wants: "I want it to be 100 per-
cent real."
Kroes said she's still trying to
strike the right balance in pre-
senting herself as new wife and
mother, celebrity and do-gooder.

Sometimes, she slips and
sends something person-
al, not thinking about the
thousands of people who
might be reading her post.
"Sometimes it's scary. I
can tweet and 160,000 can see
what I'm doing or cooking at
home. I forget that because I'm
just doing it on my phone, but
I'm always trying to reach people
in a positive way so I don't think
it's a bad thing."






Judge Robert L. Carter, leading

strategist against segregation dies '

By Roy Reed

Robert L. Carter, a former fed-
eral judge in New York who, as a
lawyer, was a leading strategist
and a persuasive voice in the le-
gal assault on racial segregation
in 20th-century America, died on
Tuesday morning in Manhattan.
He was 94.
The cause was complications
of a stroke, said his son John W.
Carter, a justice of the New York
Supreme Court in the Bronx.
Judge Carter presided over the
merger of professional basketball
leagues in the 1970s and was in-
strumental in opening the New
York City police force to more mi-
nority applicants. But perhaps his
greatest impact came in the late
1940s and 1950s as a member of
the NAACP Legal Defense and Ed-
ucational Fund Inc., led by Thur-
good Marshall.
Often toiling behind the scenes,
Carter had a significant hand in
many historic legal challenges to
racial discrimination in the post-
war years. None was more momen-
tous than Brown v. Board of Edu-
cation, the landmark case that led
in 1954 to a Supreme Court deci-
sion abolishing legal segregation in
the public schools.
Carter's well-honed argument
that the segregation of public
schools was unconstitutional
on its face became the Supreme
Court's own conclusion in Brown.
The decision swept away half a
century of legal precedent that the
South had used to justify its "sep-
arate but equal" doctrine.

Carter and his underpaid, over-
worked colleagues at the Legal
Defense and Educational Fund
argued before the court that the
South's schools rarely offered
anything like equal opportuni-
ties to Black children. But that
was beside the point in any case,
they said. Segregation itself, they
argued, was so damaging to Black
children that it should be abol-
ished, on the ground that it was
contrary to the 14th Amendment,
which guarantees equal rights to
all citizens.
Carter spent years doing re-
search in law and history to con-
struct that legal theory before
it reached the Supreme Court.
Though aspects of segregation
law had been struck down before
World War II, Carter's task was
still daunting. His challenge was
to persuade the Supreme Court
to overturn, finally, a looming ob-
stacle to equal rights, the court's
1896 decision in Plessy v. Fergu-
son. That ruling upheld a Louisi-
ana law requiring racial separa-

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The lawyers for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. From left, Louis L. Red-
ding, Robert L. Carter, Oliver W. Hill, Thurgood Marshall and Spottswood W. Robinson III.

tion on railroad cars. The South
used that decision to justify a wide
range of discriminatory practices
for years to come.
"We have one fundamental con-
tention," Carter told the court. "No
state has any authority under the
equal protection clause of the 14th
Amendment to use race as a factor
in affording educational opportuni-
ties among its citizens."

Carter insisted on using the re-
search of the psychologist Ken-
neth B. Clark to attack segregated
schools, a daring courtroom tactic
in the eyes of some civil rights law-
yers. Experiments by Clark and his
wife, Mamie, showed that Black
children suffered in their learning
and development by being segre-
gated. Clark's testimony proved
crucial in persuading the court
to act, Carter wrote in a 2004
book, "A Matter of Law: A Memoir
of Struggle in the Cause of Equal
As chief deputy to the imposing
Marshall, who was to become the
first Black Supreme Court jus-
tice, Carter labored for years in his
shadow. In the privacy of legal con-
ferences, Carter was seen as the
house radical, always urging his
colleagues to push legal and con-
stitutional positions to the limits.
He recalled that Marshall had
encouraged him to play the gadfly:
"I was younger and more radical
than many of the people Thurgood
would have in, I guess. But he'd
never let them shut me up."

Robert Lee Carter was born in
Caryville, in the Florida Panhandle,
on March 17, 1917, the youngest of
nine children. His family moved to
New Jersey when he was 6 weeks
old, and his father, Robert L. Cart-
er, died when he was a year old.
His mother, Annie Martin Carter,
took in laundry for white people for
25 years.
Carter recalled experiencing ra-
cial discrimination as a 16-year-
old in East Orange, N.J. The high
school he attended allowed Black
students to use its pool only on Fri-
days, after classes were over. After
he read in the newspaper that the
State Supreme Court had outlawed
such restrictions, he entered the
pool with white students and stood
up to a teacher's threat to have him
expelled from school. It was his
first taste of activism, he said.
He attended two predominantly

Black universities: Lincoln Uni-
versity in Pennsylvania, where he
enrolled at 16, and Howard Uni-
versity School of Law in Washing-
ton. He then went to Columbia
University as a graduate student
and wrote his master's thesis on
the First Amendment. He used
parts of the thesis in preparing for
the school segregation cases in the

Carter joined -the Army a few
months before the United States
entered World War II. His military
experience made a militant of him,
he said, starting with the day a
white captain welcomed Carter's
unit of the Army Air Corps at Au-
gusta, Ga. The captain, Carter
said in his memoir, "wanted to in-
form us right away that he did not
believe in educating niggers."
"He was not going to tolerate our
putting on airs or acting uppity,"
Carter said.
In spite of repeated antago-
nisms, Carter completed Officer
Candidate School and became a
second lieutenant. He was the only
Black officer at Harding Field in
Baton Rouge, La., and promptly
integrated the officers' club, arous-
ing new anger. He was soon trans-
ferred to a training base in Colum-
bus, Ohio, where he continued to
face racial hostility.
He left the service in 1944 and
got a job as a lawyer at the Legal
Defense and Educational Fund,
then the legal arm of the National
Association for the Advancement of
Colored People. (It later became an

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Monday, January 16th,
the U.S. will pause to mark the
annual celebration of Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King, Jr., Day. In
1983 the holiday was signed
into law by President Ron-
ald Reagan. The civil rights
leader, born Jan. 15, 1929,

was assassinated April
4, 1968 in Memphis,
Tennessee at the Lor-
raine Motel. He was in
the city to show sup-
port for Black sani-
tation workers that
were on strike. King,

AKA's celebrate legacy

The ladies of Gamma Zeta
Omega Chapter and Pi Delta
Omega Chapter of Alpha Kap-
pa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and
New Way Fellowship Praise and
Worship Center will celebrate
the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., on Sunday, January
15, 2012, from 3:00 p.m. to
5:00 p.m. at a Youth Summit
to be held at New Way Fellow-
ship, 16800 NW 22nd Avenue,
Miami Gardens. The program's
theme is "Timeless Service:
Past, Present and Future."
The event will reflect on
King's vision and how mem-
bers of the South Florida com-
munity have used King's in-
spiration to join the civil rights
movement to make our com-
munity a better place for all.
Albert D. Moore, Congress on
Racial Equality (CORE); Garth
C. Reeves, Publisher Emeri-
tus, The Miami Times; Dr.

George Simpson, Congress on
Racial Equality (CORE); Mar-
jorie Young, female activist
and Earl Davis, Birmingham
Church Bombing; local heroes
and heroines of the civil rights
movement will be presented.
Adore News, President State of
Florida NAACP; Colonel Brides
Hartley, CEO; and other promi-
nent young people from diverse
backgrounds and ages will be

a Nobel Prize winner,
worked tirelessly to
end racial segregation
and discrimination.
He remains one of the
most revered leaders of
the Civil Rights Move-
KING ment.

of Dr. King
there to share the information.
They will inspire others to car-
ry the torch as they reflect on
King's vision of "The Dream"
through service.
The event is free and open
to the community. If you go,
please make your reservation
by calling 305-336-2516, or
by sending an email to cakac@
bellsouth.net. Refreshments
will be served.

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independent organization.) He had
become Marshall's chief deputy
by 1948, and soon became active
in school segregation cases, nota-
bly Sweatt v. Painter, in which the
Supreme Court ruled in 1950 that
the University of Texas Law School
had acted illegally in denying ad-
mission to a Black applicant.

Carter was also involved in
housing discrimination cases, the
dismantling of all-white politi-
cal primaries in several Southern
states and the ending of de facto
school segregation in the North.
Carter was disappointed when
Marshall passed him over and
chose a white staff lawyer, Jack
Greenberg, to succeed him as di-
rector-counsel of the fund in 1961.
Carter moved to the N.A.A.C.P. -
by.then a separate entity as its
general counsel. He considered
that a demotion, and resented
what he saw as Greenberg's un-
dercutting him.

Carter resigned in protest from
the N.A.A.C.P. in 1968 when its
board fired a white staff member,
Lewis M. Steel, who had written
an article in The New York Times
Magazine critical of the Supreme
Court. After a year at the Urban
Center at Columbia, he joined the
New York law firm of Poletti, Fre-
idin, Prashker, Feldman & Gartner.
President Richard M. Nixon nomi-
nated him to the federal bench for
the Southern District of New York
in 1972 at the recommendation of
Senator Jacob K. Javits, Republi-
can of New York.
On the bench, Judge Carter be-
came known for his strong hand in
cases involving professional bas-
ketball. He oversaw the merger of
the National Basketball Associa-
tion and the American Basketball
Association in the 1970s, the set-
tlement of a class-action antitrust
suit against the N.B.A. brought by
Oscar Robertson and other play-
ers, and a number of high-profile
free-agent arbitration disputes in-
volving players like Marvin Web-
ster and Bill Walton.
In 1979, his findings of bias
shown against Black and Hispanic
applicants for police jobs in New
York City led to significant chang-
es in police hiring policies and an
increase in minority representa-
tion on the force.
Carter, who lived in Manhattan
and died in a hospital there, mar-
ried Gloria Spencer of New York in
1946. She died in 1971. Besides
his son John, Judge Carter is
survived by another son, David; a
sister, Alma Carter Lawson; and a

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More A's for Broward schools

By Cara Fitzpatrick
and Dana Williams

Broward County high
schools earned a record num-
ber of A's on the state's re-
port card this year, with two
schools earning the coveted
status after more than a de-
cade of C's and D's.
Blanche Ely High in Pompa-
no Beach and McArthur High
in Hollywood were among the
county's 17 A-rated schools;
both jumped from C's. Last
year, Broward had 13 A's.
Overall, 76 percent of the
county's district and char-
ter schools earned A's or B's.
Parkway Academy, a charter
in Miramar, was the county's
only F-rated school, according
to results released Wednesday
by the state Department of
Superintendent Robert
Runcie said it was a "signifi-
cant jump" from last year and
credited teachers and schools
with focusing on academics
despite budget challenges and
upheaval in the district.
"We're doing extremely well,"
he said.
School grades are closely
watched in both the schools
and the business community.

Grades can be a draw for
new residents and business-
es. Parents often make deci-
sions about where to buy a
house or send their child to
school based on the grades.
It's been a longer than ex-
pected wait for this year's high
school grades. The state's el-
ementary and middle schools
received their 2011 grades in
late June.
High. school grades, which
take longer to calculate, were
expected in early December.
Their late release frustrated
many school administrators
in part because it has held up
the awarding of "school rec-
ognition" money, even to el-
ementary and middle schools.
The money, given to schools
with top or improved grades,
is often divvied up as teacher
In Pompano Beach, news
that Blanche Ely had vault-
ed to an A from a C spread
quickly Wednesday. Anthony
Campbell, a 1986 graduate
who taught there for 12 years,
dropped by the campus with
"I think now it's kinda a
confirmation of what we've
always known and now the
whole world knows we are an
A school," he said.

Principal Karlton John-
son said Blanche Ely is often
known for its athletics, but
will now be recognized for its
academics too.
"We're so proud," he said.
At McArthur High, Principal
Todd LaPace credited teach-
ers, students and staff for
embracing a "unified vision"
of constant improvement and
leadership. He said the A-rat-
ing will be a point of pride for
"It's so nice for this entire
community because they
have never been higher than
a C," he said.
Statewide, 78 percent of
high schools earned A's or
B's, up from 71 percent last
Many high schools saw dra-

matic improvement in their
school grades last year after
the state changed its grad-
ing system, n, r-,rn;,: :-, the
importance of scores on the
Florida Comprehensive As-
sessment Test and .!i r-, :
other measures, such as
graduation rates and partici-
pation in Advanced Placement
and dual-enrollment courses.
FCAT scores now are worth
800 points on a 1,600-point


scale. In prior years, high
schools. like elementary and
middle schools, were graded
solely on FCAT ; .- :-:- -
The change has made it
easier for schools to earn
higher grades, producing re-
cord numbers of A's and B's
statewide during the past
two years. But it also made
it t ...*-1-he- to judge a school's
academic performance based
solely on its letter grade.

FCAT scores
now are worth 800
points on a 1,600-point
scale. In prior years,
high schools, like
elementary and middle
schools, were graded
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Black high scool grades improve in all areas

Black high school grades improve in all areas

continued from 1A

Miami Southridge has some-
thing of which it can truly be
proud, improving its grade from
a "D" last year to an "A" some-
thing that they have never been
able to do and something that
few, if any, Black high schools
can claim.
But there are other feats that
deserve being acknowledged. Mi-
ami Jackson earned a "B" grade
this year a first for the Gen-
erals. And Miami Edison, after
five years of consecutive failing
grades, held on to its "C" grade
standing for the second year in
a row.
"We received tremendous sup-
port from the district," said Pab-
lo Ortiz, 43, principal of Edison.
"The students are working hard
to graduate college-ready and
be successful in college or in the
Miami Carol City, Miami Nor-
land and North Miami Senior
High Schools all earned a "C" for
the first time in over six years. In
2010, those schools were at "D"
"We assessed areas of need and
selected programs/strategies
that needed to be implemented,"
said Luis Solano, 42, Norland's


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LarMarc Anderson, 43, Miami Northwestern's College Assistance Program (CAP) advisor, speaks with a
group of students about information they need to know when applying to college and requesting financial aid.

principal. "We also identified and
worked with community partners
in order to instrument change."
School grades are earned
based on two major elements:
50 percent from the performance
of each school's students on the
FCAT and 50 percent from fac-
tors that include the school's
graduation rate, the performance
and participation of students in
Advanced Placement (AP), In-
ternational Baccalaureate (IB),

Dual Enrollment, Advanced In-
ternational Certificate of Educa-
tion (AICE), industry certifica-
tion courses, the post-secondary
readiness of high-achieving stu-
dents as measured by the SAT,
ACT or College Placement Test
(CPT) and the high school gradu-
ation rate of at-risk students.
"I have been a teacher all of
my life and I know students can
learn if we put the right team in
there," said Dorothy Bendross-

Mindingall, 69, Miami-Dade
School Board member, District 2.
According to results released
from the FDE 78 percent of the
state's high schools earned ei-
ther an "A" or "B" grade an in-
crease from 71 percent last year.

While many schools moved
up a letter grade for their per-
formance in 2011, some were

penalized because all students
didn't rise to the occasion. In
2010, Booker T. Washington
Sr. High (BTW) received an "F"
- this year they received a "D."
But there's more to the formula
that is used to evaluate a school.
BTW actually earned a "C" but
because the lowest 25 percent
of its students didn't improve
in their performance, the school
was penalized one full letter
"I think this is very unfair,"
said William Aristide, 45, BTW's
principal [and the younger
brother of Northwestern's man
in charge]. "It is very painful be-
cause these kids have worked
so hard and the teachers have
worked hard as well. When you
have a school with a very high
percentage of English language
learners it is that much more
difficult, but we were still able to
make things happen."
Miami Central Sr. High School
was also penalized in 2011. The
school fell from "C" status in
2010 to a "D."
"Receiving the "D" is disheart-
ening but we will not ques-
tion why nor how this hap-
pened we will simply make
the necessary adjustments so
that we are not faced with this
again," said Rennina Turner, 43,

Central's principal.

While improvement is evident
in the current grades of the ma-
jority of the County's schools,
several administrators say they
already have their eyes set on
doing even better next year.
"We think that there is room
for improvement," Wallace Aris-
tide said. "We are focusing on
trying to do a better job on read-
ing when it comes to the FCAT.
We are also looking at helping
our kids to do extremely well in
writing. We hope over 80 percent
of our students will have a level
4 or higher score in writing. That
would be a major impact for us."
Central's principal also has an
agenda for success in the future.
"Specifically, we are identify-
ing the lowest 30 percent and
providing them with targeted
instruction based on current
data," Turner said. "Additional-
ly, we have implemented a men-
toring program, Rising Rockets,
where teachers have agreed to
adopt students who make up
the bottom 35 percent and men-
tor them, providing additional
School districts have an op-
portunity to appeal the grade
through February 3rd.

Progress slow yet persistent hope and faith prevail

HAITI be spread out to ease the hu- politics, took six months to in- The government and inter-
continued from 1A man crush of Port-au-Prince, stall a prime minister, whose national partners say there
the sprawling capital with its 3 job is to oversee reconstruction has been some progress 600
by camp jumped from $312 to million people. projects. He infuriated oppo- classrooms for 60,000 children
$375, and he too has no run- But now the government sition politicians because his to return to school, more than
ning water, seems to be going back to ba- administration jailed a deputy half of the 10 million cubic
"This is misery," said Flori- sics, nurturing small, commu- without following the law and meters of rubble cleared, and
val, whose 4-month-old daugh- nity-based projects designed named a prime minister with- roads newly paved in the capi-
ter was crushed to death in the to bring the homeless back out consulting them first. They tal and countryside.
quake-stricken family home. to their old neighborhoods to retaliated by trying to thwart New housing is still the most
"I don't see any benefits," said build, renovate and find jobs him at every turn. critical objective, yet the biggest
Alexis, whose shed is flooded through friends. For six months, Martelly was official housing effort targets
with noise at night from a sa- The reasons for the slow running a government with just 5 percent of those in need,
loon next door that's appropri- progress are many. Beyond be- ministers of the outgoing ad- and the encampments of card-
ately named the "Frustration ing among the world's poorest ministration. "It created a situ- board, tarps and bed sheets
Bar." nations and a frequent victim ation where it was difficult to that went up to cope with 1.5
The two men are among hun- of destructive weather, Haiti's take off," the new foreign affairs million homeless people have
dreds of thousands of Haitians land registry is in chaos a minister, Laurent Lamothe, told morphed into shantytowns that
whose lives have barely im- drag on reconstruction because The Associated Press. increasingly look permanent.

proved since those first days
of devastation, when the death
toll climbed toward 300,000
and the world opened its wal-
lets in response.
While U.N. Secretary-Gener-
al Ban Ki-moon, former U.S.
President Bill Clinton and oth-
ers vowed that the world would
help Haiti "build back better,"
and $2.38 billion has been
spent, Haitians have hardly
seen any building at all.
At the time, grand ambitions
were voiced for a Haiti rebuilt
on modern lines. New housing
would replace shantytowns and
job-generating industry would

it's not always clear who owns
what land. Then there's a po-
litical standoff that went on for
more than a year and still hob-
bles decision-making.
After the quake, a disputed
presidential election triggered
tire-burning riots that shut
down Port-au-Prince for three
days. The international airport
was forced to close and for-
eign aid workers had to hunker
down in their compounds.
Even after the vote was re-
solved and Michel Martelly was
installed as president in May
2011, there were further snags.
The former pop star, new to

Another victim of the impasse
was a reconstruction panel co-
chaired by Clinton, the U.N.
Special Envoy to Haiti. Law-
makers refused to renew its
mandate, complaining it con-
tained too few Haitians, though
they may have been using it as
a pretext to punish Martelly.
But it meant that for the next
six months there was no agen-
cy in place to coordinate home-
Meanwhile government em-
ployees could be found napping
at their desks while awaiting
orders from their bosses that
never came.

Powerful lobbying group targets lawmakers

continued from 1A

allowed slot-machine "raci-
nos," but can't have the black-
jack and craps tables.
The bill also sets a 10 per-
cent tax for the new destina-
tion casinos and parimutuels
that convert into full casinos
- and it would allow slot ma-
chines at parimutuel facilities
in counties outside of Miami-
Dade and Broward. Critics

say its passage would cost the
state about $250 million a year
paid by the Seminole Tribe of
Florida in return for exclusive
rights to operate casinos in the
Bogdanoff said the bill would
provide a "strategic direction"
for gambling in the state, one
controlled by the state and not
the gambling industry.
Without her bill, she said, "It
will not be the games that we
want and it will be without the

direction of the Legislature."
The measure still faces stiff
opposition from many in the
business community, includ-
ing tourism giants like Walt
Disney World as well as the
Florida Chamber of Commerce,
which is launching a campaign
against the bill today with a
news conference in the capital.
The powerful lobbying group
also has begun targeting law-
makers open to the idea of
building resort casinos.

New book describes difficulties of new role

continued from 1A

an epiphany, understanding for
the first time through the eyes
of those admiring girls what it
meant to be first lady.
"She saw the responsibility,
the impact, the potential of her
role," Kantor writes.
In the early days, the pres-
sure to both be perfect and look
perfect was always on.
"Everyone was waiting for a
Black woman to make a mis-
take," an advisor told Kantor.
But Obama moved past that
anxiety and took on a fight
against childhood obesity and
became a defender of her hus-
band's drive to reform health
Obama examined what she
wore, realizing that "everything
she wore carried a meaning,"
Kantor writes. Her fashion be-
came strategic, she wore glam-
orous ensembles at night and
more relatable outfits bought at

chain stores during the day.
Eventually, former aides say,
Obama came to not only em-
brace, but love her role as first
"It was natural that there
would be a period of transition

when she and the family went
from being a private family in
Chicago to the first family of the
U.S.," said former White House
deputy communications direc-
tor Jen Psaki.

Duke Johnson wins Mr. Florida

continued from 1A

first state championship title,
the young man ends a career of
which others can only dream.
The Mr. Florida Football award
is given annually by the Florida
Diary Farmers Association to
the state's top. overall football
player. Past winners include:
Tim Tebow, Anquan Boldin,
Travis Henry and Daunte Cul-
pepper. Johnson is the second
South Florida player to be hon-
ored Miami Northwestern and
University of Miami quarterback
Jacory Harris won it in 2007.
Johnson led Norland (15-0) to

Lhe Class 5A state championship
and its first perfect season, scor-
ing five touchdowns in a 38-0
state final win against Crawford-
ville Wakulla on Dec. 16th. He
was the game's MVP, hauling in
a County-high 29 touchdowns.
For his career, Johnson finished
with 5,069 yards rushing and 52
touchdowns. The yardage total
was third in County history be-
hind Frank Gore (Coral Gables)
and Bobby Washington (Killian).
- Johnson edged out an impres-
sive group of gridiron greats
including: Kelvin Taylor, Cord
Sandberg, Nick Patti, Derrick
Henry, Nathan Peterman, Nel-
son Agholor and Theryl Brown.

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The Miani Tih




Jewish holiday

marks siege of

By Kaila Heard

On Thursday, Jan. 5th, religious Jews cel-
ebrated 10 Tevet, the anniversary of the date that
Babylonian emperor Nebuchadnezzar began his
siege of Jerusalem in BCE 589.
The date is based upon the tenth day in the
Hebrew month of Tevet.
The siege lasted 30 months, but Nebuchadnez-
zar finally breached the city's walls and a month
later the Jewish people were exiled to Babylonia
for the next 70 years.
During 10 Tevet, from sunrise until nightfall,
worshippers refrained from eating and drinking.
One of the five minor fast days during the Jew-
ish calendar year, 10 Tevet is also meant to com-
memorate other calamities during Jewish history
including the translation of the Torah from its
original Hebrew into Greek and the death of the
influential Ezra the Scribe, according to tradition.
More recently, the day was also chosen to serve
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Second annual youth choir and
liturgical dance group contest comes to Miami

Some of the finest young
choirs and Christian liturgi-
cal dancers came together to
face off against one anoth-
er's talents during the an-
nual spirit-filled and joyful
competition known as South
Florida's Best on Saturday,
Dec. 17th At Miami Edison *
Middle School Auditorium
which was presented by the
City of Miami, P.U.L.S.E.
(People United to Lead the o
Struggle for Equality) and

Holiday sheds light on overlooked 'Wise Men'
By Kaila Heard .
kli t t ird@-_n'tll iinwlL iL'v'oIhline 11 .tlO 'i

For many Christians, the
tale of the the magi or the
three wise men who visited -
the baby Jesus in Bethlehem ,

is often treated as a side
note to the larger story of the
birth of Christ.
Yet during the Feast of
Epiphany, the often over-
looked biblical characters
take center stage.
To commemorate the rev-
elation of the baby Jesus
to mankind, the holiday of
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By Kaila Heard
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Music has always been an important part of Pastor Avery Jones' life. By tle time rhe
was nine-v/ears old, he had joined the church choir. By the time he was 16, he had
become a choir director.
I believe music is a powerful tool to draw those who may not be drawn [tc
church] b',' a traditional sermon," said the pastor of Holy Spirit Ministries.
So it was not a total surprise that 30 years ago, he would choose to
minister through music by founding the South Florida community choir,
the Spiritl f Lie Choir. The choir still performs to this day.
And although Jones enjoys a wide range of musical styles, he
nonetheless sets a firm boundary about what is acceptable
worship musi-:
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CDTC takes families to see The Nutcracker




On Wednesday, December
21, six families of special
needs clients who receive
primary medical care and case
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Diagnostic and Treatment
Center, a not-for-profit orga-
nization that serves I.hI-idr-tn
with special health care needs
in Broward County, were given
a special treat just in time for
Christmas thanks to the CDTC
Transformers, a professionals
group that raises awareness
and funds on behalf of the
The families participated in
a special evening that included
a specially catered dinner, an
opportunity for the children
to decorate their own orna-
ments and family portraits
with Santa. Afterwards a limo,
courtesy of All Florida Trans-
portation, whisked them away
to The Broward Center for the

Performing Arts for the open-
ing night of Miami City Ballet's
production of George Bal-
lanchine's The Nutcracker.
This is the fourth special
evening facilitated by Trans-
former Karen Kintner this
year. Kintner has made it
her mission as a Transformer
to open the doors of arts
and culture to our medically
complex children and their
families. Transformer Cindy
Salazar utilized her contacts
to ensure the families had a
special ride in the limo to the

Children and Families
from the Children's Diag-
nostic and Treatment Center
spent an evening at the
opening night of Miami City
Ballet's production of the

performance. The 11 children
also received chocolate ballet
slippers and chocolate nut-
crackers as sweet mementos.
The mothers received holiday
picture frames as keepsakes
for their family portraits.
"Our families had a magical
evening thanks to the generos-
ity and thoughtfulness of our
Transformers", said Ana E.
Calderon, assistant adminis-
trator of CDTC.
CDTC Transformers is a
group of like-minded profes-
sionals in the South Florida
community who serve as
advocates for Children's Diag-
nostic and Treatment Center.
Formed in January 2010, this
group has grown to over 60
members who participate in
fundraising efforts and raise
awareness for the Center.
Transformers enjoy invitations
to four exclusive networking

Preschoolers need to get a move on

Academics, fear

of injury cut


By Nanci Hellmich

Most children at child care
centers, preschools and nurs-
ery schools spend hours doing
sedentary activities and aren't
spending much time playing
outside, research has shown.
A new analysis suggests
possible reasons include
concerns about injuries and
parents' pressure on schools
to pursue academic pursuits
such as teaching kids shapes,
colors and the ABCs.
"We know children learn
through play, including vig-
orous play," says Kristen
Copeland, a pediatrician
at Cincinnati Children's
Hospital Medical Center
and the study's lead
author. "They practice
fundamental motor
skills like skipping,
playing with balls,
jumping and climbing."
Physical activity helps
prevent excessive weight
gain and helps children
develop healthy habits that
can last them a lifetime, she
says. But such play is getting
squeezed out because of other
"These kids finish preschool
and don't know how to skip,
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know their
ABCs and can count to 10,"
Copeland says.
About 75 percent of chil-
dren ages three to five are in
some kind of child care; 56
percent are in centers, includ-

ing nursery school, preschool
and full-day centers, she
Other research shows kids
spend about 70 percent to 83
percent of their time in child
care being sedentary, not
counting the time spent eat-
ing and napping. About two
percent to three percent of
the time is spent in vigorous

Copeland and colleagues
held focus groups with 53
early-childhood educators,
both preschool and child care
teachers, from 34 inner-city
and suburban centers in the
Cincinnati area, including
Head Start and worksite child
care centers.
The study, published today
in Pediatrics, the journal of
the American Academy of
Pediatrics, found that educa-
tors said they know vigorous
activity is important to
c children. But they
cited several bar-
riers, including
concerns about
injuries, focus on
academics and
limited outdoor
space and play-
ground equip-
It doesn't take a lot
of expensive equipment
for children to be active, Co-
peland says. "They just need
to be taken outside and given
the time, space and freedom
to run. Many kids spend all
day in child care, so this may
be their only chance to be
physically active."
Russell Pate, an exercise
researcher at the University
of South Carolina, says his
research shows children are
more likely to be active if the
play space has toys such as
tricycles, balls and hoops
rather than static playground

Three ways to raise a grateful child

Lessons on teaching humility to youth

By Patty Onderko

For distractible, still-de-
veloping children (and that's
pretty much all of them),
gratitude can be hard-won.
While many can be trained
to say "please" and "thank
you" beginning at about 18
months, true appreciative-
ness and generosity take
time to seed and blossom.
"There's a difference be-
tween encouraging thankful-
ness in your kids and actu-
ally expecting it." says Claire
Lerner, a child-development
specialist at Zero to Three, a
nonprofit organization dedi-
cated to the healthy develop-
ment of kids and families.
"Raising a grateful child is an
ongoing process.'
To everyone else. here's
how to avoid getting derailed
by five not-so-thankful-kid
moments, all year long:
Your 9-year-old keeps a
running -- and growing -- list
of toys he has to have. He's
up to number 23 this sea-
In-The-Moment Fix: Ask
him to make a second list,
equal in number to the
things he wants to get, of
things or actions he is willing
to give, suggests Maureen
Healy, author of 365 Per-

fect Things to Say to Your
Kids. For example: 1) Clean
his room, 2) Help you find a
charity that the family can
donate to, 3) Pitch in when
you are wrapping presents,
4) Make a hohday card.
Long-Term Strategy Help
him understand that gifts
are thoughtful gestures, not
just a way for him to score
materialistic gain, says Le-
rner. Anytime he receives a
present, point out everything
the giver put into it.

Your 5-year-old grimaces
at the stuffed Elmo her aunt
gives her and says. "But I
wanted a Barbie!'
In-The-Moment Fix: "The
concept of hiding your own
negative feelings to protect
someone else's is way too
complex for kids five and
under," says Lerner. So vali-
date your daughter's feelings
without responding critically,
says Brooks. Say I know you
wanted a Barbie. but let's
think about all the differ-
ent ways we can play with
Long-Term Strategy: Before
any gift-getting occasion,
prepare your child for the
possibility that she may not
like all her presents, but at
the same time. let her know
that it's still important to

show her appreciation.

When you say no to a
DS that, according to your
daughter, "everyone at school"
has. she complains that all
her BFFs get cooler stuff than
she does
In-The-Moment Fix: Remind
your daughter that, actually,
many people don't have as
much as she does. How? Be-
gin a tradition of charity work
and donating.
Long-Term Strategy: Ex-
pose your daughter to people

from all walks of life. So the
next time you see a homeless
person, pass a shelter, or read
a story in the news about a
needy family, ask questions -
"Where do you think that man
sleeps?" or 'Can you imagine
what it would be like not to
have a home?' that get
your kids to put themselves in
someone else s shoes. (At the
same time. assure them that
your family will always have a
place to call home.l You'll be
surprised and pleased at
how often kids are moved to
want to help.

Joe and Shilesa Chandler are pictured with Dashea Kelly,
Dashea's new bike and her grandfather.

T ..

Joe and Shilesa Chandler, the father and daughter team,
give bikes to the Miller girls as their dad looks on.

Christmas bike giveaway

to kids in South Miami

Christmas came early for 10 kids when the Chandler fam-
ily and Hey Girlfriend, LLC, delivered bikes to deserving kids
in South Miami on December 23. The Chandler family and Hey
Girlfriend, a t-shirt company owned by Shilesa, said they plan
to continue the tradition of donating items to families in need for
years to come.

Hurtful words you should

never say to your child

Experts explain how
damaging some
phrases can be

By Paula Spencer

We all say the wrong thing
sometimes, leaving our kids
feeling hurt, angry, or con-
fused. Read on for some of the
most common verbal missteps
moms and dads make, and
kinder, gentler alternatives.
"Leave Me Alone!"
A parent who doesn't crave
an occasional break is a saint,
a martyr, or someone who's so
overdue for some time alone
she's forgotten the benefits of
recharging. Trouble is, when
you routinely tell your kids,
"Don't bother me" or "I'm busy,"
they internalize that message,
says Suzette Haden Elgin,
Ph.D., founder of the Ozark
Center for Language Studies, in
Huntsville, Arkansas. "They be-
gin to think there's no point in
talking to you because you're
always brushing them off."
At those times when you're

preoccupied (or overstressed,
as I was when I exploded at my
girls), set up some parameters
in advance. I might have said,
"Mom has to finish this one
thing, so I need you to paint
quietly for a few minutes. When
I'm done, we'll go outside."
Just be realistic. A toddler
and a preschooler aren't likely
to amuse themselves for a
whole hour.
"Don't Cry."
Variations: "Don't be sad."
"Don't be a baby." "Now, now --
there's no reason to be afraid."
But kids do get upset enough
to cry, especially toddlers, who
can't always articulate their
feelings with words. They do
get sad. They do get frightened.
"It's natural to want to protect
a child from such feelings,"
says Debbie Glasser, Ph.D.,
director of Family Support
Services at the Mailman Segal
Institute for Early Childhood
S studies at Nova Southeastern
University, in Fort Lauderdale.
"But saying 'Don't be' doesn't
make a child feel better, and
it also can send the message
Please turn to WORDS 12B



Queen Latifah participates in National Choir Day

By Mark Hensch

Hollywood's Queen Latifah
and Dolly Parton are helping
to sing the praises of church
choirs everywhere with the Na-
tional Choir Appreciation held
on Sunday, Jan. 8th.
The national campaign cel-
ebrates singers and musicians
giving it their all for God every
week. The first event of its kind,
it attracted Parton and Latifah
given the pair's participation
in "Joyful Noise," a new movie
soon to be released. In it, they
portray two women competing
over their choir's musical direc-
tion at a small Georgia church.
"You know, when I was a little
girl, my favorite part of church
service was hearing the choir
sing," Parton told America's
choirs in a video on ChurchAp-
preciationSunday.com. "Of
course, they made it seem so
easy. What I didn't know, until
I was older, was just how much
effort goes into making a song
sound good. All the hours you
volunteer to make that service

After starring in the choir featuring movie, with Dolly Parton star in "Joyful Noise," Queen
Latifah says she understands how hard choirs work to sound good.

uplifting are not lost on me."
"That's the day churches na-
tionwide are going to be celebrat-
ing the folks like you who make
such a joyful noise," Latifah add-
ed in her own video on the site.
"May God bless you always for
the important work you do."
Both Parton and Latifah per-
sonally sing in "Joyful Noise,"
leading their own fictional choir
in the faith-based film. Its
soundtrack symbolizes the hard
work of real choirs nationwide,
highlighting the fact that many
choir participants perform as a
labor of love for the Lord. Ac-
cording to ChorusAmerica.org,
32.5 million adults regularly
sing in choruses, and one in five
American households counts
a choir member among their
Kathy Fernandes, vice presi-
dent of marketing for J.W. Pep-
per, said in a statement her
sheet music publishing compa-
ny was happy to honor so many
souls singing for Christ.
"We are thrilled to be part of
such a worthwhile event that

honors those that give so self-
lessly for the life and vitality of
the church," Fernandes said
in the statement. "We envision
January 8, 2012 as a day desig-
nated for churches nationwide to
thank their choirs volunteers
of time and inspiration for the
joyful noise they provide week
in and week out all year long."
The event did more than just
thank choirs; it also showered
them with prizes. ChurchAp-
preciationSunday.com said the
choir winner of their sweep-
stakes will receive $5,000 for
their church.
Support for the event is prov-
ing popular online, with over
27,000 users liking the group's
Facebook page. Before Sun-
day's drawing, participating
churches and their members
could thank their choir mem-
bers on ChurchAppreciation-
Sunday.com and share ideas
for making their musicians feel
As of press time, there were
44 pages and counting of thank
you notes for choirs nationwide.


Did church

show bias

against pastor?

Was a Black pastor

let go to attract a

white worshippers?

By Devin Katayama

A Louisville-area pastor has filed a
complaint against St. Stephen Bap-
tist Church, accusing the church of
reassigning him because of his race.
St. Stephen is Kentucky's larg-
est African-American congregation
and includes a satellite location in
Jeffersonville, Indiana. Pastor Billy
Hollins, who is African-American,
worked for the church from 2001
until August last year.
Hollins filed a suit in November
saying he was reassigned from the
Indiana church in 2007 after Senior
Reverend Kevin Cosby told him the
pastor in Jeffersonville needed to
reflect that branch's growing Cauca-
sian population. Hollins also claims
that worker's compensation pay-
ments were underpaid.
But those accusations lack legal
and factual merit, said attorney Gor-
don Rowe who represents Cosby and
the church. While Rowe would not
discuss specific arguments against
the claims, he did say he expects
both sides to begin the discovery
phase, including any depositions, in
the next 30 days.
At this point there has been no
firm deadline on discovery but both
parties are likely eager to move this
forward, he said.
Hollins' attorney Stuart Alexander
would not comment directly on the
case but in an email sent to WFPL
said, "I would expect that discovery
by both parties will begin in the near
When asked whether the promi-
nence of St. Stephen Baptist Church
would have any affect on the case,
Rowe said it's likely the facts will
speak for themselves.
"Reverend Cosby and St. Stephen
have made very positive contribu-
tions to the Louisville community. I
don't expect that will prejudice any-
one to make a decision one way or
another," he said.
The complaint says Hollins was
underpaid by the church for work-
er's compensation claims after he
was involved in a work related acci-
dent in 2010. It further claims this
lead to the churches decision to let
him go.
Hollins claims he was able to per-
form his job with necessary medica-
tion and that the firing was discrimi-

fJakes on daughter's teenaged pregnancy

Minister tells why he did not force

young couple to
By Jessica Brooks

'Pastoring a church of
30,000 members comes
with its own complexities
and stresses but this can be
multiplied many times over,
when your teenage daughter
gives the news that she is
After nine years, mega-
church Pastor T. D. Jakes of
The Potter's House in Dallas,
Texas is opening up about
how he handled the news of
his then 14-year-old daugh-
ter's pregnancy.
"Shocked, crushed, emo-
tionally devastated, and yet
there was something down in-
side of me and in her mother
as well, that said we have to
rise above the trauma," Jakes

said on the Roland Martin
Report describing his first
reaction to the news.
After expressing his initial
feelings of disturbance over
the incident, Jakes concluded
that "love overrides every-
When news of the pregnan-
cy spread, the prominent pas-
tor also encountered difficulty
emanating beyond his home.
"We got letters, we got
blogs, we got stuff that was
lies and garbage told about
us. We had the press swarm-
ing the church."
Despite the pressure, Jakes
stood by his daughter keep-
ing her as his chief concern
and not his image.
"It wasn't about being
embarrassed, it wasn't about

Bishop T.D. Jakes proudly walked his daughter, Sarah,
down the aisle in her 2008 wedding.
protecting my image. I cared When asked if she felt as if
nothing about that. I cared she had let her parents down,
about what you see sitting Henson said
right here," referring to his "I think I did. I mean, I
daughter, Sarah Henson, as knew they had high expecta-
he placed a hand on her back tions for me as their daughter
to comfort her. and I felt like I did let them

down but the grace of it all
is that we have a faith that
teaches us no matter what
you've done, there's always
a way back onto the right
After having her son
Malachi and embracing
motherhood, Henson went
on-to graduate high school at
16-years-old, attended Texas
Christian University and is
now married.
Confronting questions
about involving teenage
fathers so that they don't
become disillusioned and
abandon their children, Jakes
believes that pastors should
reach out to them and get
them included as soon as
possible as a means to re-
store the family but disagrees
with the thinking that teen
pregnancy determines the
young parents should marry.
Please turn to JAKES 12B

Why voters should apply a religious test

By Gary Bauer

A thought experiment:
Imagine a presidential
candidate. He has spent
years in politics, rising to
become a trusted leader in
his party. He also has spent
time in the business world,
has an impeccable personal
life, a deep understanding of
the issues, and is eloquent
in speech and moderate in
temperament. Sounds like a
dream candidate, right?
Meaning. In our ever-
shrinking world, the tenta-
cles of religion touch every-
thing from governmental
policy to individual morality
to our basic social con-
structs. It affects the lives
of people of great faith or
no faith at all. But imagine
that, along with those quali-
ties, the candidate is also a
Wiccan, a modern pagan.
It's not an implausible idea.
Some estimates put the
number of American Wic-
cans at more than 100,000.
It's safe to say most voters
would at least have a few
questions for our hypo-
thetical candidate. After
all, Wicca involves magic,
spell-casting and sorcery
- not exactly mainstream
religious practices. But
would this candidate's be-
liefs make you question his
fitness for office? Would you
oppose him based solely on
his faith?

There has been much talk
lately about whether, and to
what degree, a candidate's
religious faith should mat-
ter on the campaign trail
and in the voting booth. I
have come to the conclusion
that while a candidate's
faith matters, what's most
important is how he or she
applies that faith.


Some commentators, cit-
ing the constitutional clause
forbidding a religious test
for office and the so-called
separation of'church and
state, assert that all reli-
gious considerations should

Candidates' beliefs,

or lack of them,

often tell you a

great deal about

how they'd govern.

be off limits. Many in the
news media report the
"unsettling news" that polls
show some voters are less
likely to vote for candidates
of certain religions. Nobody
should be legally prohib-
ited from running for office
because of his religion.
That is what the Founders
addressed when they wrote
what could be the Constitu-
tion's most emphatic state-
ment: "No religious test
shall ever be required as a
qualification to any office
or public trust under the
United States."
Even so, voters should
consider a candidate's


religious beliefs (or lack
them) because, whether
ularists want to acknox
edge it or not, those be:
often help define the ca
date's political values a
public policy positions.
The question America
should ask is not whetl
candidate is affiliated w
a particular faith but ra
whether that candidate
faith makes it more like
or she will support poli
that align with their val
Just knowing that a ca
date is, say, Catholic sa
little or nothing about I
her political positions.'
Catholicism of Nancy P
leads to very different p
positions from the Cath
cism of Rick Santorum
Though I wouldn't vo
for a pagan, I'd vote for
Catholic or a Jew whos
policies reflect the trad:
tional understanding of
marriage and defend th
sanctity of human life r
more readily than I wou
vote for the man next to
in the pew who doesn't
port those things.
Sojourners Editor Jin
Wallis and I are both ev
gelical Christians. Butv
come to radically differ

conclusions about govern-
ment's role in address-
ing poverty. Wallis thinks
Republican tax cuts are
unbiblical, and that more
government spending and
taxes are the main antidote.
But nowhere in the Bible
are we told that govern-
ment should take one man's
money by force of law and
give it to another man.
Jesus' admonition was a
personal command to share,
not a command for Caesar to
"spread the wealth around."
It's important to ask can-
; didates about their beliefs,
-. in part because politicians
frequently exploit religious
k of faith often with the idea
r sec- that voters will be more
wl- likely to unthinkingly accept
liefs certain political positions so
ndi- long as they arise from reli-
md gious belief. For example, it
would be appropriate to ask
arns a Muslim candidate about
her a her views on Islamic law and
rith Israel. It would be fair to ask
father an atheist candidate if he'd
's eliminate the White House
ely he Office of Faith-Based and
cies Neighborhood Partnerships
lues. or restrict religious free-
ndi- dom in the public square. It

his or

o me


would be reasonable to ask
an evangelical candidate
whether her belief in the
sanctity of human life means
she would seek restrictions
on abortion and other life-
destroying procedures. And
perhaps we could ask the
Wiccan candidate whether
sorcery would be covered
under his health care reform

Americans have always
valued religious belief in
their leaders. "The Ameri-
cans combine the notions of
religion and liberty so inti-
mately in their minds that it
is impossible to make them
conceive of one without the
other," observed Alexis de
Tocqueville in the 1800s.
A 2007 Pew poll found that
69 percent of Americans
believe that the president
should have "strong religious
Americans have not only a
right but a responsibility to
consider the values of those
who seek to lead them -
whether they arise from life
experience, political ideology
or religious belief.

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How does the faith community honor elders?

Older congregants

want to worship

without being

a burden

By Rev. Martha R. Jacobs

Because we are living longer
with chronic health problems
that can be "managed," our
health care system and many
long-term care facilities, are not
able to keep up with the needs of
our growing elder population who
are living longer and remaining
vital well into their nineties and
even hundreds. Similarly, our
churches seem to be struggling
with this same issue. How do we
maintain relationships with our
elders when they can no longer
attend church "regularly" and
need to rely on others for trans-
portation to and from church?
Another factor that has to be
considered is how far apart fam-

ilies live. Those whose children
live far from them, tend to rely
more on their faith community to
give them the support they need.
Whether it is helping them deal
with a death or helping them
to find someone to accompany
them to a doctor's appointment,
our elders have come to rely
on their long-term relationship
with their house of worship to
help them when they live alone
and a long way from their chil-
dren and/or grandchildren.
"Perhaps the most disturbing
information comes from a 2004
article in the Archives of Inter-
nal Medicine, which found that
many common and chronic ill-
nesses are associated with an
increased risk of suicide in el-
derly people. According to this
study, approximately every 83
minutes, one adult 65 years or
older, commits suicide in the
U.S. Statistics show that el-
derly people kill themselves at a
higher rate than any other seg-
ment of the populations in many

How churches care for their el-
ders shows how much they value
their elders. It also shows where
their values are. I can't imagine
that Jesus would forget our el-
ders, and neither should we. So,
how do we, as a faith commu-
nity, honor our elders? How do
we make sure that they still feel
valued and that we find ways to
let them know that we appreci-
ate the work that they did for the
church in their younger years?
Churches need to make in-
volving our elders in the life of
the church a priority. Younger
members of our churches need
to step up and ensure that
these important connections for
the elder person, as well as the
church, are not just maintained,
but are nurtured. Elders have a
great deal of wisdom to offer -
we need to honoi that wisdom
and seek to build relationships
and programs that help our el-
ders to know that they have not
been forgotten by God or by us.


Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International welcomes
the community to their Sun-
day worship service at 10:30
a.m. and their Bible study and
Prayer sessions on Tuesdays at
7 p.m.954-963-1355.

Ministry in Motion and the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center present 'In the Begin-
ning There was Gospel' on Jan.
27 at 7:30 p.m. 786-443-7406.

The Historic Mount Zion
Missionary Baptist Church will
be honoring an extraordinary
educator on Jan. 15 at 10 a.m.

The Women Transition-
ing Program is hosting another
computer training session for
women and men. 786-343-0314.

Bible Teachers' Interna-
tional Ministries is hosting
their second annual Family and
Friends Day on Jan. 29th at 11
a.m. at the Sunkist Grove Com-
munity Center.

*. Tabernacle Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting New
Year Revival Services, Jan. 11 -
13, 7:30 p.m. nightly.

M New Beginning Church of
Deliverance invites everyone
to their free weight loss classes
Saturday at 10 a.m., but enroll-
ment necessary. 786-499-2896.

The Church of Jesus

Christ is celebrating their 22nd
Anniversary on Jan. 15 at 4 p.m.

Memorial Temple Baptist
Church holds worship services
nightly at 7:30 p.m. 786-873-

Running for Jesus Youth
Ministry welcomes the commu-
nity to their 'Free at Last' Youth
Conference on Jan. 15 at 4 p.m.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites every-
one to their Sunday Worship
Services at 7:30 a.m. and 11
a.m. 305-696-6545.

New Life Family Worship
Center is hosting special servic-
es at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25, when the
topic will be "Prophetic Teaching
on the Curse of the Law"; and on
Jan. 26 about "The Blessings of
Abraham." Their Women's Min-
istry is hosting a seminar, "What
Kind of Woman Am I" on Jan. 21
at 1 p.m. 305-623-0054.

The Women in the Minis-
try Network is hosting a Fellow-
ship Prayer Breakfast on Jan.
14 at 9 a.m. 954-292-4891.

N Running for Jesus Youth
Ministry invites everyone to
their Youth Tent Revival on Jan.
15 at 4 p.m. 954-213-4332,

Baptist Church welcomes ev-
eryone to their 'Introduction to
the Computer' classes on Tues-
days, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and
Thursday, 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
305-770-7064, 786-312-4260.

New Canaan Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to Sunday Bible
School at 9:30 a.m. followed by
Worship Services at 11 a.m. 954

God Word God Way in
revival with Elder Torrey Higgs
and Pastor Jessie Brown of
EPC Ministries. 786-326-3455.

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance hosts a Mar-
riage Counseling -Workshop
every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Ap-
pointment necessary. 786-597-

M Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the community
to Sunday School at 10 a.m.
and worship service every week
at noon and praise service on
Thursday at 8 p.m.

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International invites
the community to their Sunday
Praise and Worship Service at
10:30 a.m.

Glendale Baptist Church
of Brownsville invites every-
one to morning worship every
Sunday at 11 a.m. and Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7
p.m. 305-638-0857

* Redemption Missionary U0 Set Free Ministries

through Jesus Christ of the
Apostolic Faith Church, Inc.
will be starting a New Be-
reavement Support Group be-
ginning on the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of each month
from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. 786-488-
2108. '

Lifeline Outreach Minis-
tries invites everyone to their
roundtable to discuss the Bible
every Saturday, 6 p.m. 305-

Join Believers Faith
Breakthrough Ministries Int'l
every Friday at 7:30 p.m. for
Prophetic Breakthrough Ser-
vices. 561-929-1518, 954-237-

The Women's Department
of A Mission With A New Be-
ginning Church sponsors a
Community Feeding every sec-
ond Saturday of the month,
from .10 a.m. until all the food
has been given out. For location
and additional details, call 786-

New Mt. Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to their Sunday Bi-
ble School classes at 9:30 a.m.
and 11 a.m. Worship Service.
305-635-4100, 786-552-2528.

The Heart of the City
Ministries invites everyone to
morning worship every Sunday
at 9 a.m. 305-754-1462.

New Life Family Worship
Center welcomes everyone to
their Wednesday Bible Study
at 7 p.m. 305-623-0054.

Pastor's passion supports music ministry

continued from 9B

"The music must have a mes-
sage...that's the difference be-
tween gospel music and secular
music," he explained. "Secular
music has a great beat, but
gospel music has a message
that can heal, that can deliver."
In 2011, Jones released "Tis
So Sweet," a contemporary
gospel album.

In 1991, he founded the Holy
Spirit Ministries, a non-de-

nominational church in Liberty
With his passion for music,
Jones' church naturally sup-
ports a lively music ministry.
However, the church also em-
phasizes its Outreach Ministry.
"Many of our services take
place outdoors where we put
up a tent in our parking lot,"
he explained. "We are a church
without walls."
Any passer by is welcomed
to their services and Jones
prefers not to make a distinc-
tion between formal mem-
bers of the church and casual

"I believe church member-
ship goes beyond members.
[God] told us to go make dis-
said Jones, who was inspired
and learned from local min-
isters such as Rev. C.P. Pres-
ton, Bishop Victor Curry, and
Mother Ruth Crockett.
When he's behind the pulpit,
Jones finds that he preaches
the most about Jesus and re-
"I talk a lot about relation-
ships because I have a very
young congregation and I find

that young people are very
challenged with [relationships]
financially and emotionally,"
he said. "These are not new
problems, but I find these is-
sues are more magnified now
because of the economy."
The married father of two
believes many of these issues
could be alleviated if couples
got to know each other better.
"It has to begin with a longer
courtship, spending time to get
to know the individual," said
Jones, who married his high
school sweetheart after a seven
year courtship.

Word of God delivered through music

continued from 9B

artists, musicians and liturgi-
cal dancers to compete against
one another.
"We wanted to put some-
thing in the airwaves that
would model the X-factor
but on a Christian level," ex-
plained Yvette McCrea, vice
president of Royalty Enter-
tainment. "Basically we want
to bring something new to the
Christian entertainment [in-
dustry] so that people don't
feel that they have to com-
promise their salvation if they
want to entertain and still be
Artists were judged on the
basis of originality, punctu-

ality and audience
engagement. There
was even a category
for an artist's per-
ceived "anointing
or divine influence"
on their perfor-
mance. One of the
judges was Miami's
Rev. Avery Jones of
Holy Spirit Minis-
tries, who is also a
gospel recording art- AVER
ist. For him, an art-
ist's anointing was
one of the most important el-
ements of any performer.
"The word of God through
music is God's way of joining
men to Christ and gives heal-
ing and deliverance," he said.
He further explained that

anointing can be
judged by observ-
ing "how the art-
ists themselves
are engaged in
(. their presentation
; *' how the song
moves them."
Battle of the
Praises first place
winner, 35-year-
old Christina Rob-
JONES bins, has been
singing since she
was 14 and was
the winner in the quartet di-
vision of the 2009 Gospel
Music Workshop in America
contest. She decided to enter
the competition to gain great-
er exposure, perhaps win the
cash prize and "just to have

"I enjoy singing and what
I enjoy most is being able to
change lives, touch hearts
and empower people," she
According to McCrea, Sat-
urday's event represented
the first of several upcom-
ing Battle of the Praises that
will continue to audition and
eliminate contestants until
the final round pits artists
against one another with a
recording contract and up to
$10,000 at stake.
The other top performers of
the Battle of the Praises event
included the vocal groups,
Vision who came in second
place and won $500 and Sons
of Gospel who came in third

Name child's real feelings

continued from 10B

that his emotions aren't valid -
that it's not okay to be sad or
Rather than deny that your
child feels a particular way
- when he obviously does -
acknowledge the emotion up
front. "It must make you re-
ally sad when Jason says he
doesn't want to be your friend.
By naming the real feelings
that your child has, you'll give
him the words to express him-
self and you'll show him
what it means to be empathetic.
Ultimately, he'll cry less and de-
scribe his emotions instead.
"Stop Or I'll Give You Some-
thing to Cry About!"
Threats, usually the result of

parental frustration, are rarely
effective. We sputter warn-
ings like "Do this or else" or "If
you do that one more time, I'll
spank you!" The problem is that
threats of hitting have been
found to lead to more spank-
ing which itself has been
proven to be an ineffective way
to change behavior.
The younger a child is, the
longer it takes for a lesson to
sink in. Even with older kids,
no discipline strategy yields
surefire results right off the bat
every time. So it's more effective
to develop a repertoire of con-
structive tactics, such as redi-
rection, removing the child from
the situation, or time-outs,
than it is to rely on those with
proven negative consequences,
including verbal threats and

Open your heart, give prayer

continued from 9B

as a day for mourners to give
a brief prayer for the victims of
the Holocaust, many of whose
actual day of death remains un-
According to Rabbi Rachel
Barenblat, the holiday also of-
fers the chance for observers to
practice repentance and "mind-

"Sit with what hurts: whether
that's the memory of the siege
of Jerusalem 2600 years ago,
or the memory of your own ex-
perience of being besieged and
broken-into, or the uncomfort-
able awareness that we allow
the suffering of rape victims in
our communities to remain in-
visible," she stated on her blog,
Velveteen Rabbi. "Make a con-
scious effort to open your heart
to this suffering."

Daughter was always first concern

continued from 11B

"I think whenever possible
we should try to get the young
man in. I think that we should
try to get the family restored
but let's not go back to the
old days where just because
you make a mistake you end
up marrying somebody that
you're miserable with for 30
Whose to blame?
Henson now has a blog giv-
ing advice to young girls and
women speaking on sex and
marriage in an' attempt to de-
mystify the subject so that
young girls who are curious
about it won't experiment with
it just because they are inquis-
itive about the subject but will
have a place they can come
where it is discussed.
She encourages a level of

transparency between children
and their parents on the sub-
Giving advice to other par-
ents who are shocked by the
experience of teenage preg-
nancy, wondering if they
"skipped something" in raising
their children, Jakes believes
that parents should reflect on
if they could have done some-
thing better but not fall into
blaming themselves.
Jakes also emphasized the
action was the mistake and
not the child and urges oth-
ers to "separate who a person
is from what they do," it being
important to him not to judge
his daughter by her mistakes.
"For me, when push came to
shove, I wanted her to know,
that if I get pushed on this I got
you no matter what. I might be
working at Wendy's but well
be together."


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

NSMC donated toys to 150 kids

at annual breakfast with Santa I

The hospital joined forces
with other local companies to
collectively brighten the holi-
days for over 350 Miami-Dade
County children
North Shore Medical Center
partnered with Breakfast with
Santa of South Florida, Inc.,
donating toys to 150 local
children. The hospital proud-
ly supported this year's event,
which aims to make a differ-
ence in the community and
share the joy of Christmas
with underprivileged children
from little Haiti and the sur-
rounding Miami areas. North
Shore Medical Center is part
of a bigger donation with two
other companies. Together,
the sponsoring companies
contributed gifts to a total of
about 350 children.
"The holidays are a time to


Manoucheka Thermitus, member and NSMC Director of
Business Development and Carol Lawrence, NSMC Director
of Rehabilitation Services.
give back, and participating Center to give the gift of hap-
in this year's Breakfast with piness and smiles to the un-
Santa event is a true opportu- derprivileged children in our
nity for North Shore Medical local community," said North

Shore Medical Center chief
executive officer, Manny Lin-
Each year, the Breakfast
with Santa organization ran-
domly selects children be-
tween the ages of 5-12 years
old from churches, schools
and after care programs in
little Haiti and the Miami sur-
rounding areas. The selected
children are invited to the
Annual Breakfast with Santa
event that is held at the JW
Marriott located on 1109
Brickell Avenue in Miami. At
this year's event, each child
took home a present, a full
belly after a delicious meal,
a souvenir picture with San-
ta, and fond memories of a
Christmas celebration in the
spirit of giving back to the

I Beans deserve our attention

It's easier to eat healthy when ev-
erybody in the family is practicing the
same nutritional habits.
The American Academy of Family
Physicians offers these suggestions to
help the whole family eat healthy:
Cook meals at home, together as a
Encourage your kids to help you plan
snacks and meals.
Stock up on healthy snacks.
Make sure your children understand
they should only eat when they're
hungry, rather than when they're bored
or emotional.
Make sure the whole family eats
Take turns putting down your forks
and talking about your day during

By Kim O'Donnel

Now's the time when folks
bemoan the state of their
waistlines and consider a
dietary overhaul in 2012.
I've heard a lot of "Maybe I
should cut out X and lay off
Y," but not much "In their
place, I'll ramp up A, B and
I have a resolution I reck-
on could help us all: Let's
eat more beans.
Imagine this: 2012, The
Year of the Bean, when we
pledge to eat three half-cup
servings of beans, peas or
lentils (aka legumes) a week.
That's the recommendation
in the 2010 Dietary Guide-
lines for Americans, and al-
though it sounds doable, it
far surpasses our appetite
for legumes. (In 2010, per
capital consumption was a
mere 7 pounds, according to
the USDA.)

Beans are cholesterol-free
and nutrient-dense, includ-
ing antioxidants from their
pigmented skins. They're
loaded with fiber, which
helps us feel full for longer
and stabilizes our blood
sugar, a surefire way to help
keep diabetes at bay. They're
a lean source of protein, at
pennies per serving, and
they are deliciously versa-
Many of you might argue
that you're already eating
hummus, bean burritos
and steamed edamame. The
challenge, then, is how to in-
corporate the virtuous bean
into everyday meals with lit-
tle fuss. To that end, I'd like
to introduce the garbanzo
bean beyond hummus.
And let's leave our comfort
zone of canned beans and
try dried beans, a cheaper
option and simpler to pre-
pare than you think.

A few more dried
bean starter tips

Choose bulk bins at your
area store versus beans in
bags which can languish
and age on a shelf. More
small family farms are
starting to grow and sell
dried beans at farmers'

Most beans need at least
four hours of soaking in
at least 3 inches of water.
The exceptions: Lentils,
split peas and mung beans,
which can be used irnriledi-
ately, and chickpeas, which
Please turn to TIPS 14B

Vanessa Rodriguez, RN, Terri Wright Walker, RN with Yolanda
McKinney and baby Angelina.

NSMC first born baby of 2012

North Shore Medical Center is
proud to announce the first baby
born at the hospital in 2012. At
8:10am Angelina Crystal Toribio
rang in the New Year with a
healthy newborn cry and parent
Yolanda McKinney and Adonis
Toribio were overcome with joy
as they welcomed their Baby
New Year into the world at North
Shore Medical Center. For the
medical staff at the hospital, the
first baby born in the New Year is
an exciting time to celebrate new
"Every baby that is born at
North Shore Medical Center is
special; however, the arrival of
Baby New Year is an especially
celebratory time for us all," said
Manny Linares, CEO of North
Shore Medical Center. "We con-
gratulate Yolanda and Adonis for
the birth of their beautiful baby
girl and wish their family a New
Year filled with continued health
and happiness."
North Shore Medical Center
recognizes that welcoming a
baby into the world is one of the
most joyous, meaningful times of
life. That's why the hospital does
everything possible to make the

experience special. The hospital
offers advanced medical care
delivered by skilled profession-
als who have the experience to
handle routine deliveries as well
as those more complicated and
To help premature or ill new-
borns, the Level III Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit can provide
immediate, on-site attention.
Hospital-based neonatologists
and skilled nursing staff provide
advanced care in the technologi-
cally equipped Unit. The Unit is
part of the full spectrum of care
for expectant mothers who may
be at high-risk, including prena-
tal testing, fetal monitoring, and
care for women with high-risk
pregnancies and deliveries.
To best prepare expectant
mothers for their baby's arrival,
North Shore Medical Center of-
fers classes taught in English
and Spanish. Topics include
anatomy and physiology of preg-
nancy, stages of labor, comfort
techniques of labor, Caesarean
birth, and breast feeding. Tours
of the Maternity Center, led by
the Childbirth Educator, are part
of the class.

For many older women, sex gets better as they age

Sp _-i p I the report in this month's The and live in a planned com-


not frequency,

is the key
By Janice Lloyd

Not in the mood tonight,
dear? Not to worry, according
to a study on sexual activ-
ity and satisfaction of older
A majority of women report-
ed sexual satisfaction increas-
es with age and arousal
and orgasm are frequent, de-
spite having low sexual desire.
Women want to engage in sex
for multiple reasons, including
sustaining relationships even
when the libido wanes late in
life, the authors conclude in

American Journal of Medicine.
"A more positive approach to
female sexual health focusing
on sexual satisfaction may
be more beneficial to women
than a focus limited to sex-
ual activity or dysfunction,"
author and physician Susan
Trompeter says in a press
The authors note earlier
studies show low sexual de-
sire correlates to low levels
of arousal and orgasm. For
example, a 2006 study of
50,000 women ages 18 to 101
reported the most common
problem regarding satisfac-
tion was low desire.
The current study involved
806 women who are part of
an ongoing, 40-year research

munity near San Diego. The
researchers are from The
University of California-San
Diego School of Medicine,
and the Veterans Affairs San
Diego Healthcare System.
The women answered ques-
tions about the prevalence of
their sexual activity, health,
hormone use, frequency of
arousal, lubrication, orgasm,
discomfort and sexual desire
and satisfaction.
The mean age was 67 years
and 63 percent were post-
menopausal. Sexual activ-
ity could include caressing,
foreplay, masturbation and
intercourse. Half who report-
ed having a partner had been
sexually active in the last four

Yellowtail now available to home cooks

By Florence Fabricant

Hamachi, or yellowtail, a
fish in the jack family, is so
very familiar and yet so rare:
well known in its raw state,
as sushi, sashimi and tartare
in restaurants, yet seldom
sold in retail markets for the
home cook.

Now, that is changing. Lo-
cal Ocean, a land-based salt-
water fish farm in Hudson,
N.Y., that says it does not
release any water or waste,
has just started selling its
hamachi (shown at right) to
retailers as well as to chefs.
The fish, which run 2 to 3
pounds, arrive in the market

within 24 hours of harvest-
ing, so the pinkish flesh is
excellent raw.
It has a rich, slightly briny
flavor and a fairly high fat
content, making it delicious-
ly silky when seared in a pan
or on a grill, or baked. Cook
the fish until the center of
the thickest part is a bit shy

of turning fully opaque.
Local Ocean has also
started sending its branzino
to New York City markets.
These fish are not only vis-
ibly fresher than imported
farmed branzino, but when
cooked and compared, the
Hudson branzino also has a
firmer consistency and more
flavor. All fish from Local
Ocean are identified with a

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Florida baptists

have helped.

construct over

120 churches

By Holly McCrae

Smiling through her tears,
Madam Maris thanks and
kisses the Southern Baptist
volunteers as they hand her
the keys to her new home.
For nearly two years, the
70-year-old Haitian woman
has lived in a tent. She lost
her husband, two nephews,
her arm and her home in
the Jan. 12 earthquake that

rocked Haiti in 2010. Now,
she and her niece have a
chance to start over.

Theirs is one of many new
beginnings Southern Bap-
tists have helped provide

since the 7.0-magnitude
quake, which killed 230,000
people and left millions
more injured, homeless or
both. To date, Southern
Baptists have given more
than $11 million in aid.
Many have volunteered their
time and skills to help Hai-
tians recover.
At first, Southern Bap-
tist aid workers focused on
the most pressing needs -
medical care, food and basic
shelter -- that would serve
as a witness to the love of
Christ. But they also sought
more long-term solutions
to help Haitians break the
cycle of dependency that
keeps them mired in ex-
treme poverty.

Since the quake destroyed
or damaged millions of
houses, the vast need for
housing captured the at-
tention of Southern Bap-
tist relief planners. They
developed a project called
"Rebuild Haiti," a joint ef-
fort involving Haitians and
Southern Baptists.
By the time the housing
project ends this spring,
Rebuild Haiti will have con-
structed about 2,800 hous-
es in 30 communities. The
International Mission Board,
Baptist Global Response, .
the Southern Baptist Di-
saster Relief Network and
Florida Baptist Convention
all have contributed to the
"This sounds like a lot,
and it is a lot in such a
short period of time," said
retired missionary Carter
Davis, who has worked with
relief efforts in Haiti since
the earthquake. "But the
real effect is seen when we
recognize how many per-
sons are now in substantial
houses and not in tents or
other shelters." Since the
average Haitian family is six
people, an estimated 16,800
Haitians are now in stable
homes. Many of these were
built on original founda-
tions, keeping families who
owned land from relocating

Got beans? That's good

continued from 13B

need more time, as noted in
the recipe.

Generally, most beans cook
in about 60 to 90 minutes. Ex-
ception: lentils and split peas,
which take 30 to 40 minutes.
Add about V2 teaspoon salt
to season two cups of cooked
What about the pressure
If you've got one and know

how to use it, go for it. Beans
cook in mere minutes. For
wannabes, learn from an expe-
rienced pressure cooker "cook-
er" before investing.
What about canned beans?
They're a convenient, last-
minute option, but they are
also less flavorful and mushier
than their dried counterparts.
Keep an eye on sodium content
when using.
One last thing: For a few
hundred more ideas, look for
Bean by Bean: A Cookbook by,
Crescent Dragonwagon, which
will be in bookstores in March.

Remember: see your

doctor for your

annual checkup!

Humana Famile



__ ____ ___ __ __ __ _

and losing their property.
These projects also revived
local businesses and put
Haitians back to work.
"Almost all the labor was
done by Haitians," Davis
said. "This provided income
for many and stimulated the
local economy by purchas-
ing the materials from local
"It was a cooperative ef-
fort," agreed Jeff Palmer,
Baptist Global Response.
"Haitian Baptists and [other]
Haitian workers actually
built more of the houses
than the volunteer teams.
But the-teams were good for
coming down and interact-
ing, sharing their faith, as
well as just giving encour-
agement to the local people
that 'Hey, somebody cares,
and they're coming from the
outside to help us rebuild
our homes.'"
Florida and Haitian Bap-
tists were able to make
significant contributions, in
part because of the 17-year
partnership Florida Bap-
tists have maintained in the
country, Palmer noted. Just
in the joint Florida-Haitian
effort, 124 new churches
were started, 56 church
buildings were repaired and
1,000 homes will be built by
the time Rebuild Haiti wraps
up in March.


Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

14 -^t

ard of I hanks

The family of the late,
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The Hicks Family

MARCEL DORVIL, 72, self-em-
ployed contractor, died January 3.
Service 10 a.m., Saturday in the

homemaker, died January 8. Ser-
vice 1 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

ERNEST N. JEANTY, 93, busi-
ness owner, died January 7. Ser-
vice 3 p.m., Saturday in the chapel.

02/24/1939 0111012011

You have been gone one
year, we think of you always,
but especially today.
You will never be forgotten,
although you are gone away.
Your memory is a keeepsake
with which we never part.
From your daughters, El-
eanor Hall, Rhonda Hamil-
ton, Debra Wright, family and
a host of other relatives and

Florida Family

salesman, died January 7 at
Florida Medical Center. Service
Fl iudy, iL thp hr ..,l

Palms Woodlawn
COMB, 85, retired security guard,
died July 8 at home. Service 11
a.m., Saturday at Mt. Pleasant
M.B. Church, Goulds, FL.

Thursday. Arrangements are in-

rlnuay in te c ape l.

YOLANDE BOTHA, 84, home-
maker, died January 7 at home.
Arrangements are incomplete.

DENISE PLESCIA, 59, cashier,
died January 5 at Broward Gen-
eral Medical Center. Memorial ser-
vice Sunday, January 22 at The
Parish of St. Francis and Clare.


would like to express our sin-
cere thanks and gratitude for
your concern prayers, pres-
ence, all deeds of kindness,
and generosity shown dur-
ing this difficult time.
Special thanks to Rev
Franklin Clark and the con-
gregation of Mt. Olive Baptist
Church, close friends and
family, and the staff at Carey,
Royal Ram'n Funeral Home.
Vandetta Thomas, grand-
daughter and great grandchil-
dren, Harold, Vaniecia, Tellek
and family.

EDWARDS, 57, manager, died
January 2 at Claridge House.
Private service.

chef, died January 5 at Lower Keys
Medical Center. Arrangements are



4:30 P.M., TUESDAY

Legendary Justice

Robert Carter dies

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By Roy Reed

Robert L. Carter, a former
federal judge in New York
who, as a lawyer, was a lead-
ing strategist and a persuasive
voice in the legal assault on
racial segregation in 20th-cen-
tury America, died last week in
Manhattan. He was 94.
The cause was complications
of a stroke,
said John W.
Carter, Cart- ,
er's son and 1, i
justice of the
New York
Supreme /
Court in the 'j
Bronx. "
was born in
Caryville, in the Florida Pan-
handle, on March 17, 1917,
the youngest of nine children.
His family moved to New
Jersey when he was 6-weeks-
old and his father, Robert L.
Carter, died when he was a
year old. His mother, Annie
Martin Carter, took in laundry
for white people for 25 years.
Judge Carter presided over the
merger of professional basket-
ball leagues in the 1970s and
was instrumental in opening
the New York City police force
to more minority applicants.
But perhaps his greatest im-
pact came in the late 1940s
and 1950s as a member of
the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund Inc., led by
Thurgood Marshall.
Carter had a significant hand
in many historic legal chal-
lenges to racial discrimination
in the postwar years. None was
more momentous than Brown
v. Board of Education, the
landmark case that led in 1954
to a Supreme Court decision
abolishing legal segregation in
the public schools.

New Corinth 54th Church
celebration "Family and Friends
Week," guest speaker will be
Rev. Freddie L. Wilson starting
tonight, January 11, 12 and 13,
7:30 p.m. nightly.
Everyone is invited to worship
at New Corinth M.B. Church,
1435 NW 54 Street, Rev. M. L.
Paschal is the pastor.

Gospel in the garden at Millrock

Pastor Aaron Jackson and the
Millrock Holy M.B. Church fam-
ily invites everyone to our "Gos-
pel In The Garden," 6:30 p.m.,
Friday, January 20 at 2575 NW
65 Street.
Miami's own Second Chapter,
Artise Wright and The Spiritual

Harmonizers, Vision, the Sons of
Gospel and many more will ren-
der our song service.
This event is an outside casual
event. There is a $10 donation.
Food will be served.
Call 786-318-7047, for ad-
vance tickets.

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Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Mt. Calvary Missionary
Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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St. Mark Missionary
Baptist Church
1470 N.W. 87th Street
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Liberty City Church
of Christ
1263 N.W. 67th Street

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Jordan Grove Missionary
Baptist Church
5946 N.W. 12th Avenue

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15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue


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

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

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Antioch Missionary Baptist
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2799 N.W. 46th Street

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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

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11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

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Fax: 305-685-0705

Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

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Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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4600 N.W. 23rd Avenue (Hebrew Israellites) Dan. 2:44

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P.O. Box 26513
Jacksonville, FL 32226
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93rd Street Community
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"A Time of New

Beginning Service"

A Time of New Beginning Service will be held 6 p.m., Tuesday,
January 17 at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, 2330 NW
93rd Street. Rev. Dr. Carl Johnson, Senior Pastor/Teacher will
host guest lecturer, Dr. Tyrell Omar Brown of Morning Star Bap-
tist Church, Richmond, Virginia and guest preacher, Pastor H.B.
Charles, Jr. of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Jacksonville,
Family and Friends Day, 11 a.m., Sunday, January 22. Every-
one is invited! Don't miss these power packed services! For more
information call: 305-836-0942.

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man, barber,
died January ,
3 at Memorial
Hospital South. ,s
Mr. Hollinger
is a native of '.-
Blakely, GA. He -
later moved to
West Park, FL,
where he would call home. He is
survived by his devoted wife, Mrs.
Ora K. Hollinger; brothers, Wat-
kins Hollinger (Eunice) and Marzel
Hollinger (Gwendolyn); a host of
sisters-in-law, grandchildren, great
grandchildren, nieces, nephews,
cousins and friends.
Viewing 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday,
January 13 at Greater Ward Cha-
pelA.M.E. Church. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Greater Ward Chapel
A.M.E. Church, Hallandale, FL.

died January i
4 at Jackson
North. She was
a loving and
devoted moth- -.
er and grand- R K l
mother. She
was a graduate
of Dorsey High
Class of 1953 and a loyal member
of the Church of the Transfigura-
Alice is survived by her husband,
Daniel Knowles; eight children,
Byron Knowles (Payola), Deborah
Albury, Derwin Knowles (Marcillis),
Roderick Knowles (Juanita), Myra
Clarke, Karen Brown (Paul), Mari-
lyn James and Rowland Knowles;
sixteen grandchildren, two broth-
ers, Roosevelt Collins (Hazel) and
Harold Collins, Jr.
Viewing 3-5 p.m., Friday at
Range Funeral Home, 5727 N.W.
17 Ave., 6-9 p.m. at Church of the
Transfiguration, 15260 NW 19 Ave.
Litany at 7 p.m., followed by wake
at 2270 W. Bunche Park Dr., Miami
Service 10 a.m., Saturday at
Church of the Transfiguration.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
tired Seaboard -
Coastline Rail-
road switchman,
died January -
7 at Claridge
House. Service
10 a.m., Satur-
day in the cha-

January 8 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Survive ors -W -
include: sister,
Iverson; nieces, -
Sylvia Williams,
Chappell, Rachael Chappell-
Wilkerson, Terri Hutchinson, and
Tracie Stanley; nephews, Brian
Chappell, Craig Chappell, Jerry
Brown, and Omar Perry. Service 10
a.m., Friday, in the chapel.

Hadley Davis
CAMELA BROOKS, 48, appli-
cation specialist ,-
II, died Janu-
ary 9 at North .
tal. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Monument of
Faith Ministries.

AKEEM SIMPSON, 22, entre-
preneur, died December 19, 2011.
Services were held.

SHANITA LEE, 21, died Decem-
ber 23, 2011. Services were held.

PHILLIP ARTHUR, 24, security
officer, died December 24, 2011.
Services were held.

cial aide, died December 29. 2011.
Services were held.

JAMES MALCOLM, 80, sanita-
tion worker, died December 29,
2011. Services were held.

MARGIE THOMAS, 73, nurse,
died December 31, 2011. Services
were held.

Wright and Young
61, retired,
died January
2 at Osceola
Medical Center.
She is survived
by her son,
Brunell Parker;
law, Tawana Parker; grandson,
Bobby Parker; brother, Brad Clorie
and sister, Mary Clorie. Viewing
Wednesday night, January 11 in the
chapel. Service 11 a.m., Thursday
at First Baptist Church Piney Grove,
Lauderdale Lakes, FL.

LALLA B. WILLIAMS, 83, nurse,
died January 7 at North Shore
Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Friday
at Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist

ERICA JONES, 28, home maker,
died January 6 at Jackson North.
Service 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethel
Temple Church.

76, retired nurse,
died January 3
at University of
Miami Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at St.
Agnes Episco-
pal Church.

died January 6
at Jackson Hos-
pital. Service
11 a.m., Satur- .
day at Antioch
M.B. Church of A',
Brc ,ns.lle ,

53, re
died Januai
at North S
Medical Ce
Service 1 p
Second Can
M.B. Church

vry 5


EUNICE WOODEN. 88, retired
dietary super-
visor at Mt.
Sinai Hospi-
tal. died Janu-
ary 6 at home.
Survivors are
daughters. Ze-
nobia (Wayne)
Mercer, Andrea
Ezell; one son, Claude Ezell and
five grandchildren. Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in Mitchell Funeral Home
chapel, 8080 NW 22 Ave.

hore -, DAVID DURHAM, 70, retired,
enter. died January 4
P.m., at Memorial Re-
at gional Hospital.
nnon Viewing 6 p.m.
. i. 8 p.m. Friday
at Fellowship of
Praise Church
Royal of God by Faith,
Inc.. 16929 NW

died January
5 at Jackson i,
North. She A f A

_leaves to ,
mourn three
S sons: Alonzo -
GRAHAM, (Katherine) ,.,/
Pace of Dade
City, FL, Henry
Pace of Miami Gardens, FL and
Willie James(lwilla) Pace of Miami
Gardens, FL; grandchildren,
great grandchildren, great, great
grandchildren, nieces, nephews,
cousins, and church family. Service
11 a.m. Thursday at Soul Saving
Station, 1880 Washington Avenue,
Opa Locka, FL.

Gregg L. Mason
died January
6, at Douglas ..
Gardens ..
G a r d e n s J .
Hospital. The < .
viewing 2 p.m.
- 9 p.m. Friday
and funeral
service 1 p.m.[
Saturday in
the chapel of the Gregg L. Mason
Funeral Home, 10936 NE 6
Avenue, Miami. Interment at Dade
Memorial Park to follow.

Roberts Poi
driver, died .
January 4 at

H o s p i tal.
Service 1 p.m., .
Saturday in the


FRANKLIN CLARKE, 83, retired

fruit laborer, died
December 30,
2011 at North
Shore Hospital.
include Patricia
Clarke, Shelia
Roland Clarke,

and Franklin Clarke, Jr., McGahea;
brother, Nathaniel Lloyd; sister,
Idella Gibson. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Hands of Life Worship
Center, 6248 Miramar Parkway.

tier JACKSON, 82, BE A
R, 65, truck retired police
sergeant, City
of Miami Police
died January
5 at Jackson
North. William
is survived by '"
his devoted wife, Delores Holts-
Jackson; sons, Charles Jackson
and Donald Jackson; daughter,
Desiree Jackson. Service 11 a.m.,
era Saturday at Mt. Tabor M.B Church.

75, transit bus
driver, died
January 3
at Memorial
Pembrok eo .
Viewing and
wake, 7-9 p.m.,
Friday at 640cha-
Hollywood Blvd. FULLER, 58, re-
Service 1 p.m., Saturday at Church.
of God of Prophecy, 1.6801 NW
19th Ave., Miami Gardens.

December 31 at
home. Service
11 a.m., Satur-ch on Tuesday.
day in the cha e .

tired postal worker, died January 6
at VA. Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church.

Nakia Ingrahame
BERNICE REED, 63, housewife,
died January 2 at home. Services.
were held at Ebenezer Friendship
Baptist Church on Tuesday.

LARRY GRAVES, 55, died Janu-
ary 8 at Memorial Hospital. Service
10 a.m., Friday in the chapel.

domestic employee, died January
6 at Memorial Hospital. Service 10
a.m., Saturday at Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah's Witnesses.

23 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL.
Service 11 a.m. Saturday at Fel-
lowship of Praise Church of God
by Faith Inc.

Allen Shaw
55, construction worker, died
January 4 at Vitas Health Care.

SUSAN WOODS, 61, educator,
died January 5 at her home.

postal clerk, died January 4 at
Northwest Medical Center.

retired, died
Health Care.

January 6 at Vitas

accountant, died January 6 at Vitas
Health Care.

MARIE PARSCH, 100, died
January 7 at Sunrise Health Center.

January 6 at Holy Cross Hospital.

homemaker, died January 7 at
Vitas Health Care.

died January 7 at North Broward
General Medical Center.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

Death Notice

Death Notice


WILLIS, 79, of Atlanta, GA died
peacefully Tuesday, December
27, 2011 at Northside Hospital.
Lovingly known as "Ginger",
she is the first born of nine
children to the late Tullie and
Jessie Lou Hixson.
She leaves behind her only
son, Steven Paul Hancock (Ju-
liet); two grandchildren, Steven
Paul, II and Mercedes Pebbles
Hancock; one great grand-
daughter, Isabella Hancock of
Oakland, CA; eight siblings,
Tullie Hixson, Jr., Los Ange-
les, CA; Gertrude V.'11-1 .i and
Johnnie Williams, Sarasota,
FL; Benjamin Hixson (Betty
Lou), Ellison Hixson (Annette),
Bose Hixson, Jerry Hixson
(Phyllis), Miami, FL; Terri Ed-
wards, Atlanta, GA; a host of
nieces, nephews, relatives and
Ginger received her Masters
of Nursing at the St. Helena
Nursing School in Napa, CA.
She was a devoted Pediatrics'
Registered Nurse at the Oak-
land Naval Hospital. She cared
for dependent children of men
and women who served in the
Vietnam War. She was a foster
mother for many children in
Oakland, CA and guardian to
Jamie Pearson and Kisha Rob-
Ginger's hobbies were read-
ing, attending to her garden
of vegetables, fruits and herbs
and especially beautiful roses.
She was a faithful member
of Lakeside Avenue Baptist
Church, Oakland, CA.
A memorial service will be
held at a later date. Arrange-
ments by Dressler's Jewish
Funeral Care, Atlanta (770)

In Memoriam

SR., 83, died January 5.
Viewing 10 a.m. 9 p.m.,
Wednesday at Funeraria La-
tina Emanuel, 14990 West
Dixie Highway, North Miami
Beach, FL 33161. Final rights
in St..,rt,. l:,,.,r:, GA.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

01/09/48- 11/11/07

Love always, Sherrianne,
Willie, Shirlenia, Willie, Jr.
and family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,


In loving memory of,
IML:t V-9

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two months old, died January 4 at
Memorial Regional Hospital. Me-
morial services were held.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

08/05/39 01/08/11

It's been a year since you
been gone. I've been trying so
hard to hold on. We miss you
so much and Deloris too. We
know you're in a better place,
He saw the best in you.
Love always, LaTice and


11/11/90 01/13/11

This is just a dream and
when I awake we will be able
to embrace one another again.
Love, mother, brothers,
family and friends.
Sleep on my child (tears).

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card, or sat quietly in a chair.
Perhaps you sent a funeral
spray; if so, we saw it there.
Perhaps you spoke with
kindest words as any friend
could say.
Perhaps you were not there
at all, just thought of us that
Whatever you did to console
our hearts, we thank you so
much whatever the part.
Special thanks to Pastor Ar-
thur Jackson and Bishop Ju-
lian C. Jackson.
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Black actresses

decry lack of

good roles

Male actors still

have distinct


By Allison Samuels

Comedian/actress Kim
Wayans is all smiles as she
basks in the glow of her first
dramatic role in the new film
"Pariah" but she still has
to pause and ponder when
asked what role in film she
wished she'd had the chance
to portray in the past few
years. After a few minutes
of thought, she shakes her
head and asks, "What have
we had?"
Wayans's not-so-shocking
response is a fitting comment
on the dearth of opportuni-
ties offered Black actresses in
film, television and the media
generally. In a year that has
seen Black women high-
lighted and showcased as
the "help" or as disgruntled
ex-wives ready to fistfight the
next woman in a heartbeat,
many in film and television

continue to pose the ques-
tion: will more selective,
diverse, and fully developed
roles ever be a reality for
women of color?
"I didn't think we'd still be
having this same conversa-
tion so many years later,"
says Wayans, who gained
fame with her brothers on
the comedy variety show In
Living Color. "The 90s were
so bright and promising
for people of color in Holly-
wood and I for one thought
it would only get better with
the chance for me and other
Black actresses to portray
any number of characters
and in all types of stories."
It didn't. Though the likes
of actresses such as Halle
Berry and Mo'Nique have all
won Oscars in recent years,
some would say they were
awarded for stereotypical
portrayals of Black women in
controversial films like Mon-
ster's Ball and Precious. And
while many Black actresses
say they're still struggling to
find work that fully reflects
all .facets of Black female life,
Please turn to ACTRESSES 2C

Mother turns

author to tackle


By Randy Grice

Bullying is a topic that is sometimes hard for
parents to address and it is even harder for the
children that are the victims. Sherria L. Elliott,
41, whose daughter has been a victim of bully-
ing is helping parents and children to deal with
bullying through her book But mommy it's not
"What motivated me to write my book was my
daughter Sheterria," Sherria said. "The process
was very therapeu-

tic for me because
I got the chance to
share my daugh-
ters thoughts and
feelings on being
born looking white,
when she is re-
: ally Black, with the
world. Writing also
S helped me to teach
the world that it
is OK to be differ-
ent. Bullying is not
Just physical any-
more, it is mental
L. ELLIOTT as well."
Sheterria Elliot,

12, Sherria's daughter, was a victim of mental
bullying because of her condition of Albinism,
the complete absence of melanin in her skin.
Other than writing her book to shed light on
bullying Sherria said she hopes the book will
bring the hurtful culture to an end.
"I think my book will help to deter bullying,
because it is very visual with pictures of differ-
ent emotions that all kids who can see or read it
Please turn to BULLY 4C

Dance troupe
fuses tap dancing
t wiih energy of

By D. Kevin McNeir
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first professional company
in the world dedicated to
the tradition of stepping. In
stepping, the body is used
as an instrument to cre-
ate intricate rhythms and
sounds through a combina-
tion of footsteps, claps and
spoken word.

Gumboot dancer

\ Stomping feet. voices
raised ini rh, thmic spoken
S i.word, clapping hands and
hitting chests, arms and
-- legs are all part of the Black
college traditi':n kno'. n as
stepping ArAnd .ith the D.C -
based group Step Afrika',
\'. about 20 dancers \\ho have
--... mrnastered step while stu-
poleon dents either in high school
or college, it's reached a new
EP level of sophistication. Their
leader and founder, Brian
Williams, who first learned
how to step as a member of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,
Inc., at Howard University,
describes how steppers often
start together in unison and
in one line and then break
into a train with each
stepper breaking off into
their own style.
If you've never witnessed
stepping, you owe it to your-
self to check out Williams'
energetic and unique troupe
when they come to South
Florida on Sunday, Jan.
15th at the Miramar Cultur-
al Center. They'll hold a free
workshop for high school
students at 3 p.m. and a
Please turn to AFRIKA 2C

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Hudson's book

focuses on

weight loss

If you pick up Jennifer Hudson's new book,
"I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost
What Weighed Me Down," you won't find out
too many insights about her personal life.
She's very vague about how she met her fi-
anc6e/baby daddy David Otunga, and while
she shares some of
the heartbreak she
experienced with the
death of her mother,
brother and nephew, a
it's not much more
than she's already f i
said in public.
Like Janet Jack-
son's book "True
You," Hudson's tome
focuses on weight g O
loss and fitness and HUDSON
reads primarily as a
book-length promotion for Weight Watchers.
That said, if you've been thinking about join-
ing the popular weight-loss program, it does
its job. Hudson is, of course, the national
spokesperson for the weight loss entity so it
makes perfect sense that she would promote
their program. n "I Got This," Hudson shares
a very sanitized, glossed over and quick ver-
sion of the major events of her life starting
out singing in her Chicago church, then hus-
tling $25 singing gigs while in high school.
She was singing on a Disney ship when she
was encouraged by her longtime friend and
personal assistant to audition for "American
Idol." Hudson would go on to become an Oscar
winner for her role as Effie White in the movie
version of"Dreamgirls" and add a Grammy for
her self-titled debut.





Dr. EnidC. Pinkneymade her
annual trip to Exuma during
the holidays. Upon returning,
she reported that she thought
of everyone as she fished,
danced to Bahamian music,
rejuvenated her bones and
relaxed on her favorite island.
Back to business as usual with
the Historic Hampton House
Trust were many issues for the
board to resolve and numerous
questions about the opening
and restoration and Landmark
bank's role. Dealing with all of
the powers that be including
Metro-Dade County, the
decision maker in the process,
Dr. Pinkney, Charlayne
Tompkins, board members
and office volunteers have
been working zealously toward
the ribbon-cutting of the new
Hampton House and would be
in a better position to answer,
"When will the Hampton House
open in Brownsville?" It's too
late for 2011 but say we're
hoping for a date in 2012.
For those who are concerned,
please give your input by
calling Dr. Pinkney's office
and encourage the staff to roll


I Mi

up their sleeves
because help is
coming and the
battle is not over.
Pinkney is a
retired assistant
principal and she devotes
her time helping others and
setting up organizations,
such as the African-American
Committee for Dade Heritage,
HHHT, Lemon City Cemetery.
Send up a special prayer for
continuation and completion
of the project.
Cars filled the parking lot
and Annie Bostic led the
Miami Northwestern Class
of '59 to a reserved section
at Michael's Diner for their
monthly breakfast meeting
and, of course, reminiscing.
(Boiled fish and grits was
one of the main selections).
Sympathies and many hugs
were extended to Bostic, whose
brother Ronald "Doc" Jacobs,
died on December 3rd and
was funeralized with Pastor
Willie Williams officiating at
Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in
Miami Gardens. According to
Bostic, her brother was born


to Robert and Ethel Mae
Jacobs, on October 14, 1947
in Miami graduated from a
Dade County school became
a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E.
and graduated Miami Dade
Community College. Ronald's
journey also included five
years in the Army, working as
a salesman at Good Year Auto,
filing income taxes under Tax
Mack while becoming engaged
to his sweetheart Collete Hart.
His memories are kept
alive by six sisters, Mary

Church of the Transfiguration
with The Reverend Terrence A.
Taylor officiating. A graduate
of Dorsey High School, she
received her Bachelor of
Science from FMU and worked
at North Dade Jr.-Sr. High for
35 years.
Her -ciaim to fame" came
from her experience as a
registrar and she knew every
student, their parents and
she really helped the students
to remain focused on school.
Before the Class of '59 left, the

Smith, Kathleen retired coaches began
Mumford, Hattie to pile in and occupy
Gainous, Priscilla the vacant seats to
Jacobs, Annie Bostic, begin the camaraderie
Charmaine Jacobs; six and feast on boil fish
brothers, Deacon Ed. and grits. The coaches
Jacobs (Rev. Portia), knew the Class of
James, Charles, '59 and "chattered"
Darryl, Kenneth and with Darryl Dennis,
Keith Jacob; also STRACHAN Richard Smith,
Althea Jacobs and William Snell, William
aunts, Frances Humes, Ruth Evans, Louie Bing, Vernon
Graham and Mary Marshall. Wilder, Woodard B. Vaught,
During the conversations the and Mack Carter, just to name
name of Cleo Braxton came a few.
to the table, as she was well- The wedding of the century
known by Bostic because of between Lena Mae Armbrister-
her family's grocery store and Barnes and Joseph White
kindergarten in the Opa-locka took place on Christmas Eve
community. Braxton passed at St. Luke Baptist Church
on December 13th. Royal with Reverend W. J. Gaston,
Funeral Home handled the officiating and Gerald
arrangements and she was Armbrister, Jr., providing the
funeralized at the Episcopal music.

Dr Richard Strachan

A very big thank you to
all family and friends for
remembering my natal
day with your many calls
and/or visits. I will long
remember your kindness
and generosity. Thanks
again. Wedding anniversary
greetings are extended
to Ronald Frazier I and
Regina, Dec. 28th their
45th; Willie and Louvenia
Toston, Jan. 5th their
38th. Best wishes to both
couples. Blessings and
prayers are extended to all
persons in our community
who are experiencing health
challenges; please know

that it is hoped that each
of you will soon be restored
to good health. Love to each
of you.The old saying "my
how time flies" is certainly
true. Can you imagine that
The Historic Saint Agnes'
Episcopal Church will be
celebrating 114 years this
year? The annual Patronal
Celebration and observance
will be held on Sunday,
Jan. 22nd at 10 a.m.
The Patronal Celebration
Committee is being chaired
by Mrs. Janelle Gilbert Hall
and Mr. Torin Wallace is
the co-chairman. Ms. Janet
Brown chairs the Patronal

Black actresses say trend

cotninued from 1C
others say they're struggling to
find work at all.
"I remember in the 80s when
my sister Phylicia (Rashad) was
on the The Cosby Show and I
was on Fame, girl, you couldn't
tell me that it wasn't a brand
new day for Black women and
the way we were portrayed in
film and television," remem-
bers actress and director Deb-
bie Allen. "No one could have
told me we'd go in the com-
plete reverse in the decades to

The reversal of fortune is
not just limited to the number
of roles offered to women of
color but the type of roles as
well. In the 70s, Diana Ross
and Diahann Carroll won Os-
car nominations for leading
roles in well-defined parts that
highlighted their troubles but
also gave the necessary back-
story to those troubles as well.
Both Lady Sings the Blues and
Claudine offered well-rounded
views of Black women at work
and at home, detailing not just

the sorrow in their lives but the
joy and good times as w.ell. To-
day's films featuring women
of color seem to go to great
lengths to do just the opposite.
After a recent rehearsal for the
Broadway play Mountaintop,
star Samuel L Jackson eas-
ily rattles off a list of upcom-
ing projects due for release in
2012. His equally-talented,
Oscar-nominated co-star, An-
gela Bassett, isn't quite able to
do the same.
"I'm a Black actress, hon-
ey what can I tell you but
I have no idea what's next for
me," she said.
For that reason alone Way-
ans says she literally jumped
for joy when she landed the
role of Audrey in the new film
Pariah. The heartfelt and well-
acted drama follows the life
of a Black teenage girl as she
struggles with how to tell her
family she's a lesbian. As the
teenager's controlling mother,
Wayans is allowed to display
a range of depth and emotion
not often seen in Black female
characters on screen. Pariah
is written and directed by Dee
Rees, a Black woman.
"It's been difficult for me be-
cause of my comic background

dance/social which willI
be held in the parish hall
on Friday, Jan. 20th and
Mrs. Audrey Everette is
coordinating an exciting bus
excursion on Saturday, Jan.
14th. Members are getting
the word out and of course,
the community is invited
to all affairs. Atlanta was
the place to be for Sylvia
Sands and children Michael
Sands, Kathy Sands-Smith,
Gregory Sands along with
granddaughter Raynal
Sands. They enjoyed the
holidays with her daughter
and son-in-law, Rhonda
and Willie Turner and their
children Bert Turner and
Dr. Jasmine Guerrier. They
reported having a fabUlous"
time in "lovely Atlanta."
Until next week . you are
my favorite people.

is disturbing
and others not being able to
see me as a serious actress."
Wayans said. "But it's also
been an issue of not that much
opportunity for roles that are
different or inspiring or up-
lifting when it comes to Black
Even during a period where
mature actresses such as
Meryl Steep, Helen Mirren and
Judy Dench appear to enjoy
their pick of edgy, well-written
and highly publicized films,
veteran actresses like Bassett
and Berry have to search hard
to find work that offers a more
textured, detailed look into the
lives of Black women.
"It's sad to say that the
roles for Black women haven't
strayed very far from what was
comfortable for white or main-
stream audiences to see years
ago," said Donald Bogle, film
historian and professor at New
York University. "Roles that
show Black women as maids,
nannies, or sidekicks for the
mainstream world continue to
reduce Black women to sup-
port systems and to only being
there to service the needs of
others. It's a disturbing trend
to see keep repeating itself
year after year."

Step Afrika! revives Black college tradition

continued from 1C

public performance later in the
evening at 7 p.m.
The origins of stepping
Stepping started in the early
1900s with Black men gather-
ing to sing songs. They soon
began to add basic movements,
then march in a line and chant.
The tradition increased in pop-
ularity on college campuses as
Black men returned from World
War II and the Korean War and
joined fraternities. Eventually
women, mostly members of so-
rorities, began to step as well.
Williams says that while on

a trip to South Africa he wit-
nessed gumboot dance an
African style that originated
with men working in the gold
mines who danced to com-
municate because they were
forbidden from talking. He de-
cided to bring Blacks to Africa
and Africans to the U.S. so they
could learn from one another.
What developed were perfor-
mances that are a blend of both
Step Afrikal has been des-
ignated as an official cultural
ambassador for Washington,
D.C. and was awarded Out-
standing Group Performance
2010 by the City of D.C.

As Washington Post writer
Jill Nelson says, "Stepping is
tap dance without tap shoes.
James Brown without the mu-
sic of the JBs, Cab Calloway
sans piano, a marching band
without John Philip Sousa
- it's jazz, funk, rhythm and
'blues and rap without instru-
What Nelson failed to add is
that from all accounts, Step
Afrika! has emerged to become
the premier professional com-
pany dedicated to stepping. For
more information on the stu-
dent workshop, call (954) 468-
2689 or go to www.miramar-

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it helped us take things to the
next level. We turned profes-
sional eight years ago and
have been touring the world
year round ever since. It's been
an amazing journey and we've
seen some incredible places.
Japan, Australia. New Zea-
land. Singapore. Sometimes
it's still hard to believe how far
a -violin and viola have taken
us. It's fun to see how people
react to our music and to us.
But even more, it's made me
appreciate the things I have,
my friends and family and be-
ing able to do v.'hat we do."
Breaking stereoty pes
Black Violin often goes into
classrooms across the coun-

try and they say that next to
performing on stage, it's one oC
their favorite activities.
"Black kids aren't used tLo
seeing two brothers pick up
instruments that tend to be
mastered by whites but when
they see and hear us, they
begin to believe that they can
do similar things," Marcus
said. "Our audiences are of-
ten mostly Black and we bring
them the classics and hip-hop
all rolled into one show. For
them it's a very different world
and a different side of music.
We want them to think outside
of the box because we believe
that they too can change the
world and make a difference
one day. Kids are our biggest
fans and we try to let them
know that we are just like

What ranks at the top of
their list of memorable mo-
ments? Both brothers point to
the first time they donned the
stage of the legendary Apollo
Theater in Harlem
"\VWe were on the show a total
of four times back in 2005 but
when we took the Showtime at
the Apollo 2005 Legend title it
was like a dream come true,"
Marcus said. I remember look-
ing out at the crowd and real-
izing that this was the begin-
ning of something really big
in our lives. Hearing my mom
scream for us was powerful.
And to think playing a vio-
lin was what got me there."
Black Violin performs on
Saturday. Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. at
the Miramar Cultural Center.



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The bride arrived in a white
Escalade limo and entered
the church as "To God be
the glor-" was played Maid
of Honor Carol Jean Powell
was escorted by Brian Rozed,
followed by the flower girl,
Alysha Martin, who dropped
petals on the carpet. Levi
Hylton, grandson and ring
bearer followed slowly.
The bride wore a canary
yellow gown and processed
down the aisle on the arm of
big brother Gerald Armbrister,
Sr., while the groom awaited
her dressed in a black
tuxedo with accessories of
canary yellow. Minister Vera
Poitier Armbrister read
the scripture. Afterwards,
Carolyn Harvey awaited the
bridal party entourage at the
reception hall where they
were introduced. Harvey took
the time to announce that
Gerald Armbrister, Jr was
selected as Teacher of the Year
at Stoneman-Douglas High
School for the 2011-12 school
Bernard "Schoolie"
Strachan, a former restaurant
owner, took the time to invite
his family members and friends
to his annual New Year's Day
feast at his palatial pad. After
tasting his wild rice, collard
greens, macaroni and cheese,

fish fillet, everyone screamed,
"You still got it mon." Schoolie
nodded and continued making
everyone happy.
Some in attendance were
Valerie Patterson, Sandra
Patterson Hetees Felder and
Bryan Salkey, Sheila
Jackson, Avery Jackson,
Lorenzo Jackson, III,
Barbara Strachan, Solomon
Bostic, Vernae Strachan,
Sheera Clayton, Bertran
Strachan, Jr., Arline Strachan
Sanford,(owner ofArline's Diner
in Opa Locka), Nafissatou, a
friend from France, Timothy
Strachan, Oquendos
Strachan; Christine Sanford
and son, grandchildren:
Dontan, Jr, Kami, Kyle,
Kenia, Connie Rutherford,
Chondoa, Michelle, Jermaine,
Tywane, Paul Bridgewater,
Sharon Bridgewater, Lucinda
Bridgewater, Avanloe Taylor,
Marie Taylor and Angelina
Taylor Strachan.
On January 13th, The King
of Clubs of Greater Miami
will hold their annual Black
and White Gala at the Double
Tree Hotel. Dr. Astrid Mack is
president emeritus and James
Fayson is the chairman.
For more information please
contact a member of the
organization. Happy 2012 from

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step show

Miami Times photo/ Randy Grice
The Miami-Dade County
Alumni Chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta stepped at the
Miami-Dade Alumni Chapter
of the National Pan-Hellenic
Council's alumni step show
held in Florida Memorial
University's gym last Satur-
day. The step show has been
an annual event held since
2004 to raise scholarship
money for students in need.

The National Coali-
tion of 100 Black Women-
Greater Miami Chapter is
accepting applications for
girls ages 12-18 to partici-
pate in Just Us Girls Men-
toring Program. Monthly
sessions will be held every
3rd Saturday 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Jan.-June at the Carrie Meek
Center at Hadley Park, 1350
N.W. 50th Street. You may
call 1-800-658-1292 for in-

Liberty City Farmers
Market will be held Thurs-
days, 12-5 p.m. and Satur-
days, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at TA-
COLCY Park until May 2012.
For information call 954-
235-2601 or 305-751-1295
ext. 107.

The Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1964 will
meet on Friday, Jan. 13th at
the African Heritage Cen-
ter, 6161 NW 22nd Ave. For
info call Gladstone Hunter at

SAn MLK, Jr. Day of Ser-
vice Project will be held at
Goulds Park on Saturday,
Jan. 14th from 8a.m.-lp.m.
Event sponsored by MD-
PROS, AARP, FIU Center for
Leadership and Service, Dis-
trict 9 Commissioner Dennis
Moss, Service for Peace Mi-
ami Office, Miami-Dade Col-
lege Center for Community
Involvement and the Parks

South Miami-Dade
Cultural Arts Center
(SMDCAC) and Culture-
ShockMiami.com present
Black Violin, a free concert
on Sunday, Jan.15, at 7p.m.
Students ages 13-22 may
get tickets through www.
cultureshockmiami. For info
contact the SMDCAC Box
Office at 786-573-5300 or
visit www.smdcac.com.

The Urban Partner-
ship Drug-Free Coali-
tion meeting will be held
on Thursday, Jan.19th at
311 N.E.78 Street from
11:30a.m.-1:00 p.m. This is
a new drug-free community

coalition recently launched in
the inner-city. For info con-
tact 305-398-5985.

Jonathan Spikes, Inc.
presents the "Let's Talk It
Out" conflict resolution work-
shop on Friday, Jan. 20th at
the Joseph Caleb Auditori-
um from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.
For info e-mail info@jona-

The B.T.W. class of
1961 will meet at the Cul-
tural Arts Center on Sat.
Jan 21 at 3pm. For info
please call 305 688 7072.

Booker T. Washing-
ton class of 1965, Inc.
will meet on Saturday, Jan.
21, 4:30 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter. For information contact
Lebbie Lee at 305-213-

The City of Miami-
Gardens will host the City
of Miami Gardens 2012 Citi-
zen's Academy on Jan. 26th
at 1515 N. W. 167th Street.
The 10 week educational
program culminates into in-
creased citizen awareness
and involvement. Gradu-
ates of the first class will be
recognized with a ceremony
and reception. For informa-
tion visit miamigardens-fl.

The Opa-locka Com-
munity Development
Corporation is pleased to
announce its 2012 Home-
buyer Education classes on
Jan. 14th and Jan. 28th,
9a.m.-5p.m. 490 Opa-locka

Call 30 Band of the
United States Air Force
Reserve, Concert Band,
a FREE performance on
Thursday, January 26 at 8
p.m. For information con-
tact the SMDCAC Box Office
at 786-573-5300 or visit

The College of Arts
and Science Art and Art
History Department at
UM presents the Fourth

Cane Fair featuring artwork
of UM students. The exhi-
bition will run until Jan. 27
at the Wynwood Project
Space. For information call

Chai Community
Services food program is
taking applications from
grandparents raising their
grandchildren. All services
are free. For applications
call 786-273-0294.

Dad's for Justice, a
program under Chai Com-
munity Services assists
non-custodial parents
through Miami-Dade State
Attorney's Office with child
support modifications and
visitation rights. For infor-
mation or to schedule an
appointment call 786-273-

Jewels Baton Twirl-
ing Academy is now ac-
cepting registration for
the 2012 season. Open to
those who attend any el-
ementary schools within
the 33147, 33142, 33150
zip codes and actively at-
tend church. Contact Elder
Tanya Jackson at 786-357-
4939 to sign up.

The Miami-Dade
Community Action
Agency's (CAA) Head
Start Program has imme-
diate openings for compre-
hensive child care at the
South Miami Head Start
Center for children ages
3-5 only. For information,
call at 305-665-4684.

Looking for all Ev-
ans County High School
Alumni to create a South
Florida Alumni Contact
Roster. If you attended
or graduated from Ev-
ans County High School in
Claxton, Georgia, contact
305-829-1345 or 786-514-

S.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) is a
bible-based program for
young people and meets
at Betty T. Ferguson Cen-
ter in Miami Gardens each
week. For information con-
tact Minister Eric Robinson
at 954-548-4323 or www.

Empowerment Tutor-
ing in Miami Gardens offers
free tutoring with trained
teachers. For information
call 305-654-7251.

Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1967 meets
the 3rd Saturday of each
month at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center.
For information contact Lu-
cius King at 305-333-7128.

Merry Poppins Day-
care/Kindergarten in
Miami has free open en-
rollment for VPK, all day
program. For information
contact Lakeysha Anderson
at 305-693-1008.

0 Calling healthy ladies
50+ to start a softball team
for fun and laughs. Be a part
of this historical adventure.
Twenty-four start-up play-
ers needed. For information
call Coach Rozier at 305-

The Miami North-
western Class of 1962
meets on the second Sat-
urday of each month at 4
p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. We are
beginning to make plans for
our 50th Reunion. For infor-
mation, contact Evelyn at

Looking for all former
Montanari employees to get
reacquainted. Meetings are
held on the last Saturday of
each month at 9 a.m. For
information contact Loletta
Forbes at 786-593-9687 or
Elijah Lewis at 305-469-

Great Crowd Min-
istries presents South
Florida Gospel Festival at
Amelia Earhart Park on Sat-
urday, March 10 from 11
a.m.-6 p.m. For information
contact Constance Koon-
Johnson at 786-290-3258.

Miami Jackson and
Miami Northwestern
Alumni Associations are
calling all former basket-
ball players and cheerlead-
ers for the upcoming 2012
Alumni Charity Basketball
game. Generals call 786-
419-5805, Bulls call 786-
873-5992, for information.

Former NFL player and 1986 Super Bowl champion, Willie Gault, was re-
cently charged with fraud for allegedly being part of a medical-device com-
pany involved in a stock scam. Gault actually held the title of "co-CEO for op-
erations" at Heart Tronics. He worked mostly as the celebrity figurehead of
the whole shebang. The company filed false and misleading financial reports
to boost its share price. As a result, the 51-year-old and his friends are facing
federal prison time. According to the Securities and Exchange Commission,
Gault diverted one investor's money for his personal use.

Dwight Eubanks, of "Real Housewives Of Atlanta" fame, was arrested re-
cently. The man who made a name for himself as a party planner and style
maven alongside the likes of enemies Nene Leakes and Sheree Whitfield was
charged with driving on a suspended license.

Court documents have been filed by three different women who allege
former NFL player Terrell Owens has not paid child support totaling over
$35,000. According to a filing made by Melanie Paige Smith, he's failed to
pay her the $5,000 monthly support and also claims he missed two other
payments over the past six months. Samelia Miller and Kimberly Floyd also
jointly filed papers against him and say he owes a combined total of $30,000.
Owens recently avoided foreclosure on a Dallas condo he owned, selling it
for $350,000 less than the $1.95 million he paid for it three years ago.

Iron Mike Tyson had an intruder in his hotel room in Las Vegas and was
lucky that the former boxer didn't catch him. Word is that Mike and his family
had gone to sleep for the night, when he woke up to the sound of someone
rustling through his things. The person had a flashlight as well, which got him
even more attention. The intruder fled before Tyson could find him. Police are
investigating and they say that nothing was stolen. Tyson and his family were
in the city for a New Year's Eve concert held by Stevie Wonder.

Yolanda Adams wants to

help hard-to-size women

By Tonya Pendleton

Most people know gospel star
Yolanda Adams as a singer,
but the statuesque beauty is
like a lot of women: She finds
it hard to find clothes that fit
her elongated, 6'1 frame. With
that in mind, Adams created a
new clothing line to help other
women with her same challeng-
es. The Yolanda Adams Col-
lection, comprised of clothing
made from the finest knits in
the country, hope i'to filran"un-
met need for petites, plus sizes
and tall women.
"There's a market out there
for taller women; there's a mar-
ket out there for ample beauty-
bodied women," Adams said of
the target demographic of her
line. "And when you cater to
them, they come back and give
you ideas. We're just trying to
put a twist on the things that
are there already. We didn't
need to reinvent the wheel. We'll
just improve it."
A look at the line, which Ad-
ams models, shows sophisti-
cated, career-oriented clothing
that is a step above the quality
of what most women who wear
special sizes can find online or
in department stores. Adams'
line will be affordable and can

work through the seasons. In
addition, the Yolanda Adams
Collection boasts high-quality
yarn that is exclusive to the col-
"We range from sizes four
all the way to 26W, so there's
a wide range of sizes," Adams
said. "We have such great col-
ors. We have gold, purples,
greens; colors that make you
feel good." Adams says that she
was a hands-on designer for
the line.
"I told them what kind of but-
tons I wanted. I wanted certain
embellishments because I think
that if you elongate the center
of the body it makes a woman
stand direct," she said.

What's the meaning behind

Beyonce's Blue Ivy name?

By Ann Oldenburg

Here's the buzz on why new
parents Beyonce and Jay-Z
chose Blue Ivy as their baby
girl's name, as laid out by Rus-
sell Simmons' Global Grind
Dad Jay-Z's franchise al-
bums have been called the
Blueprint. And Blue con-
sists of 4 letters, a possible
link to Beyonce's love for the

number four.
As for Ivy, that's a link to
Beyonce's love of number four,
too. She told Billboard, "We
all have special numbers in
our lives, and four is that for
me. It's the day I was born. My
mother's birthday, and a lot of
my friends' birthdays, are on
the fourth; April 4 is my wed-
ding date."
Ivy contains the roman nu-
meral IV as its first two letters.

Book may help deter bullying

"HILARIOUSI Few playwrights blend young, edgily urban and funny better than Guirgis! Another

slam-dunk comedy from GableStagel" Christine Dolen, MiamiHerald

"HILARIOUS! A skilled cast delivers a jaw-dropping production! A don't-miss show for broad

minded audiences! Thought-provoking fare!"~ Bill Hirschman, FloridaTheateOnStage.com

"HILARIOUS! Taut with tension! Whip-smart dialogue!" Chris Joseph, MiamiNew Times

"HILARIOUS! Tight, clever, controversial and damned hard to forget! You'll talk about this piece,
I promise you!"~ Roger Martin, MiamiArtZine

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will be able to relate," she
said. "They will understand
how someone can be made to
feel sad because they are dif-
ferent and hopefully this will
change their bullying actions."
Recently, State Representa-
tive Dwight M. Bullard, 34,
District 118 held a press con-
ference on the steps of the Mi-
ami-Dade County Public School
Board building downtown to in-
troduce his anti-bullying legis-

lation, House Bill 627, Sheterria
was named the face of Bullard's
"Hopefully, my book impacts
both children and parents posi-
tively," Sherria said. "I want
Sheterria's story to be a role
model to kids by teaching them
to embrace each others differ-
ences and stop bullying others
because of it. I want my mes-
sage to parents to be loving and
supportive by teaching their
kids awareness of any differ-
ences they may encounter in
others." *




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Business works to help Haitians feed themselves

Wilky Lozandier leads APDA -

agriculture is his primary concern

By Randy Grice

The small "island" of Haiti
has the unfortunate distinc-
tion of being the poorest
nation in the western hemi-
sphere. But generations ago
it was among the richest in
the world. Recent data from
the U.S. State Department
shows that the average yearly
income for Haitians is a paltry
$400. But one local group

based in Miami has taken
on the charge of empowering
Haitians economically while
bringing needed relief in the
form of an agricultural busi-
"In Haiti, sometimes people
wake up in the morning with-
out knowing if they will have
anything to eat all day," said
Wilky Lozandier, 58, president
of Action Permanante Pour
Le Developpement D'Aquin
(APDA). "We have good land

-Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
Wilky Lozandier, president
of Action Permanante Pour Le
Developpement D'Aquin

in Haiti that we can farm on
to help feed these people. No
one has tried to use that land.
Our organization wants to
develop agriculture in Haiti so
that the people will be able to
eat healthy meals on a regu-
lar basis."
APDA first organized in
2008, registered with the Hai-
tian government in 2009 and
with the U.S. in 2010. APDA
takes aim at several targets
including agriculture and
reforestation in urban and
rural areas of Haiti. Although
Lozandier said his organiza-
tion was not affected by the '
2010 earthquake that rocked

the country he admits that
policies with the government
were a challenging issue.
"In the past, in Haiti, there
have been too many politi-
cal problems," he said. "That
made everyone stay away from
any type of project whether it
was positive or not. But right
now with the new government
things seem like they are
beginning to get better. I have
realized that every Haitian
that is still living must con-
tribute to a new Haiti."
Currently, Lozandier oper-
ates his organization with
a nine-person staff, but is
excited about offering oppor-

tunity for people to be a part
of his efforts.
"We are going to hire more
people to get involved with
helping us," he said. "The
nine people are like the head
of the organization. As we
add to our list of tasks we will
need more people to join in on
what we are trying to accom-
In the future APDA plans to
expand its focus to providing
clean water and energy sup-
plies to the people of Haiti.
For more information about
APDA go to www.helpussave-

Signs of



Official numbers

out next week

By Tim Mullaney

ber of people seeking unem-
ployment benefits fell further
last week, and a measure of
private-sector hiring indicated
December's job growth may
have been twice as strong as
expected, as signs that busi-
nesses are adding staff mount
before Friday's official report on
employment. -
On Friday, the Labor Depart-
ment is scheduled to report
on employment conditions in
December. Economists predict
that employers added 150,000
net jobs, which would be an
improvement from November's
gain of 120,000. Government
agencies are expected to shed
jobs, while private companies
It's a monthly report that in-
vestors and policymakers pore
over for days for hints about
the economy's health, espe-
cially when there are questions
about its vitality. In November,
the unemployment rate fell to
8.6 percent from nine percent a
month earlier. Still, about half
that decline occurred because
many of the unemployed gave
up looking for work. When
people stop looking for a job,
they're no longer counted as
Weekly applications for un-
employment insurance dropped
by 15,000 to a seasonally ad-
justed 372,000 last week, the
Labor Department said. That's
11 percent lower than the same
time last year.
The payroll processing com-
pany ADP reported that private
businesses added 325,000
workers in December, far more
than the 150,000 that J.H.
Cohn economist Patrick
Please turn to HIRING 6D

U.S. debt is now equal to economy

$15 trilliom red

ink projected to

By Richard Wolf

ing national debt has reached
a symbolic tipping point: It's
now as big as the entire U.S.
The amount of money the
federal government owes to
its creditors, combined with

IOUs to government retire-
ment and other programs,
now tops $15.23 trillion.
That's roughly equal to the
value of all goods and servic-
es the U.S. economy produc-
es in one year: $15.17 trillion
as of September, the latest
estimate. Private projections
show the economy likely grew
to about $15.3 trillion by
December a level the debt
should surpass this month.
"The 100 percent mark
means that your entire debt
is as big as everything you're

producing in your country,"
says Steve Bell of the Bipar-
tisan Policy Center, which
has proposed cutting nearly
$6 trillion in red ink over
10 years. "Clearly, that can't
Long-term projections sug-
gest the debt will continue to
grow faster than the econo-
my, which would have to ex-
pand by at least six percent a
year to keep pace. President
Obama's 2012 budget shows
the debt soaring past $26
trillion a decade from now.

Last summer's deficit reduc-
tion deal could reduce that to
$24 trillion..
Many economists, such as
the Brookings Institution's
William Gale, say a better
measure of the nation's debt
is how much the government
owes creditors, not counting
$4.7 trillion owed to future
Social Security recipients
and other government ben-
eficiaries. By that measure,
the debt is roughly a third
less: $10.5 trillion, or nearly
Please turn to ECONOMY 6D

Job crisis to last many years for Americans

Job seekers still

suffering from

illjob market
By Barbra Liston

In Orlando, Florida, Bren-
da Solomon lost her retail
job last May at a department
store and was unable to find
even temporary work during

the holiday season.
"I've tried and tried and
tried," Solomon, 58, said
while visiting a job center.
Earlier, the U.S. Labor
department said employers
added 200,000 jobs during
December, many more than
expected by Wall Street. In
2011 as a whole, 1.64 mil-
lion jobs were created, well
above the 940,000 in 2010
and the best showing since

2006. But the amount of
jobs in the economy is still
about 6.1 million lower than
before the brutal 2007-2009
recession. At December's
pace of gains, it would take
about two years just to get
back to pre-recession levels
of employment. That means
many people will be in for an
agonizing wait. In December,
5.6 million of the nation's
unemployed had been out of

work for at least six months,
the Labor Department data
showed, only slightly lower
than the previous month.
Laquanda Carmichael has
been without work for just
over a year and has seen no
improvement in the labor
"It's been the same to me,"
the 39 year-old former sci-
ence teacher and hospital
Please turn to JOBS 6D




Could reach $4/

gallon by summer

MIAMI If you haven't
already noticed, prices at the
pump are on the rise and gas
prices are expected to go even
higher this year, possibly as
high as $4 a gallon or more
during the summer.
Analysts blamed the increase
in gas prices on speculators,
who fear a drop in oil supplies
coupled with a rise in demand.
2011 saw the highest yearly
price per gallon average ever
but 2012 could be even higher.
"I think it's gonna be an ugly
year," said Patrick DeHaan,
a petroleum analyst for www.
"Prices are becoming a lot
more volatile. Demand for oil
is going up in the world and I
think that's making one of the
biggest changes here is that
demand is rising."
The rise in demand is not
coming from the U.S., but from
countries like China. Adding to
oil concerns right now is recent
talk from Iran that it might cut
"I think a lot of it is fear.
There's not much else to ex-
plain it; a lot of fear. And if we
bring out the s-word that ev-
erybody's familiar with, 'specu-
lation' is certainly dominating
the market," DeHaan said.
That speculation has been
causing the rapid rise and oc-
casional gas price drops. It's
something drivers have to live
Increases already have been
significant. Florida finished
2011 with prices averaging a
$3.25 a gallon, up 20 cents
from a year earlier and a year-
end record. They rose to an
average $3.33 a gallon recently.
Prices usually rise at least
90 cents by summer, so that
means gas topping $4 a gallon
in July, analysts say.

Blacks still suffering from generations of income equality

By Dr. Benjamin Chavis
NNPA Columnist

As we begin 2012, the issue
of "income inequality" is a mat-
ter of high importance for mil-
lions of Black Americans and
others who struggle to improve
their overall quality of life. The
fact is that the contradiction
of economic injustice for de-
cades has had a devastating
impact on Black people across
the U.S. Inequality and sys-
tematic racial discrimination
in education, economics and
the environment have been so
pervasive and institutional-

ized that too many of us have
come to falsely believe that
this situation is permanent
without recourse to challenge
and change it. This is again
why the growing Occupy Wall
Street movement should be of
particular interests to Blacks
and Latinos who are the two
groups that are most affected
quantitatively by income in-
equality in America.
Our situation can and will
change to the extent to which
we organize and mobilize
around our defined economic
and political interests. More
than ever before, Blacks will

have a larger role in country and those
shaping the future making the least for
of America. But we a period of time. In
must be focused the U.S., overall in-
on what the prior- A come inequality has
ity issues are while steadily increased
standing tall and -is j during last 30 years
bold in support of between the super
an inclusive move- wealthy and the su-
ment for social per poor. When you
change. add race as a distin-
What is income guishing characteris-
inequality? It is the CHAVIS tic, the widening gap
measurement of the distribu- of income inequality between
tion of income that highlights Blacks and whites in the U.S.
the gap between individuals exposes the lingering impact
or households making the of years of targeted discrimi-
most of the income in a given nation and economic injustice

imposed on the vast majority
of Blacks. Income inequality
is the extent of disparity be-
tween high income and low
income households.
In the U.S., one percent of
the people overwhelmingly
and increasingly control the
wealth of the nation at the eco-
nomic hardship of 99 percent
of the people. To put this in-
equality into a global context,
the Credit Suisse Research
Institute just released a re-
port that documents that the
richest five percent of global
adults hold well over a third of
the entire wealth of the world.

According to the U.S. De-
partment of Commerce and
the U.S. Census Bureau, in
2010-2011, the poverty rate
in the U.S. reached its high-
est level since 1933 while the
Forbes 400, an annual list-
ing of America's richest indi-
viduals inflation-adjusted net
worth, cited that the wealth
of the Forbes 400 rose from
$507 billion in 1995 to over
$2 trillion in 2011. Blacks of
all groups listed in nation-
al annual poverty analysis
have the highest and increas-
ing annual poverty rates in
America going into 2012.

60 THE MIAMI TIMES, JANUARY lI-Il, 2012 IHE \\TltD\ 5 =1 Li ~CK \E\\SF\PER

Some good signs coming from Labor department
HIRING firm Macroeconomic Ad- figures to reflect who ac- ness hiring accounted drop below 375,000 -
continued from 5D visers, which runs the tually quit or was fired for 148,000 of the new consistently they gen-

O'Keefe said is the con-
sensus forecast for
private-sector growth.
Separately, the National
Federation of Indepen-
dent Business reported
that small-company
owners' optimism about
hiring is at the second-
highest point since
"This is the fourth or
fifth month of accelera-
tion," said Joel Prakken,
chairman of consulting

continued from 5D

worker said. "I have a lot
of discouraging days.
I'm looking for anything
right now. Warehouse
processing, hospitality,
While jobs creation
certainly picked up
in the United States
during the end of the
year, economists point
out that even a gain of
200,000 underwhelms
considering constant
growth in the popula-
tion and the still-high
eight percent unem-
ployment rate. Princ-
eton University econo-
mist Paul Krugman
said that at December's
pace it could take a de-
cade for the labor mar-
ket to recover from the
recession. In a back-
of-the-envelope calcu-
lation, Krugman was
considering that the
country's growing pop-
ulation adds at least
100,000 people to the
workforce every month.
"We need much faster
job growth," he wrote on
his blog. "It says some-
thing about how beaten
down we are that this

continued from 5D

70 percent the size of
the economy.
That is still high by
historic standards.
The total national debt
topped the size of the
economy for three years
during and after World
War II. It dropped to
32.5 percent of the
economy by 1981, then
began a steady climb
under President Ron-
ald Reagan, doubling
over the next 12 years.
The combination of
recession and stimu-
lus spending caused
it to soar again under
Among advanced
economies, only
Greece, Iceland, Ire-
land, Italy, Japan and
Portugal have debts
larger than their econ-
omies. Greece, Ireland,
Portugal and Italy are
at the root of the Eu-
ropean debt crisis. The
first three needed bail-
outs from European
central banks; Italy's
books are monitored by

ADP survey. "It's unam-
The trouble with the
ADP number may be
in the seasonal adjust-
ment, Prakken said.
ADP cleans up records
each December to elimi-
nate workers who left
their jobs earlier in the
year but were kept on
their former employers'
payroll systems so they
can be sent tax forms,
he said. The imprecision
involved in adjusting the

(jobs report for Decem-
ber) is considered good
The unemployment
numbers reflect a per-
sistent difference be-
tween those with a
higher education and
those without espe-
cially in certain sec-
tors like engineering.
Nearly 90 percent of
2011 graduates from
Worcester Polytechnic
Institute in Massachu-
setts got jobs or at-
tended graduate school
- almost the same level
as before 2008. Jea-
nette Doyle, director of
the school's Career De-
velopment Center, said
there was a seven per-
cent uptick in late 2011
in the number of com-
panies at the school's
fall recruiting event,
and 17 companies were
on a wait list to get in.
For lower-paid Ameri-
cans, the picture is very
different. Construction
worker Richard White,
also at the job center in
Orlando, has not had
steady work in the last
three years, and gets
by on occasional stints
doing electrical work or

the International Mon-
etary Fund.
The Obama admin-
istration has pushed
European leaders to
resolve their debt prob-
lems by creating a fiscal
"firewall" large enough
to prevent key nations
from bankruptcy. At
the same time, how-
ever, European leaders
urged Obama in No-
vember to get the U.S.
debt situation under
Some $4.6 trillion is
owed foreign nations,
including $1.1 trillion
to China. Other top
creditors: Japan, Great
Britain, Brazil and oil-
exporting nations.
The White House
and Congress agreed
in August to cut about
$1 trillion from federal
agencies over 10 years,
or about two percent
of projected spending
over that period. An
additional $1.2 trillion
in automatic spending
cuts looms beginning
next year if lawmakers
can't agree on a better
way to do it.

in December may have
exaggerated the month's
gains, he said, but they
should still be above the
consensus forecast for
monthly job growth.
"I'd be cautious about
this number," Prakken
said. "But would I totally
discount it? I don't think
I would."
NFIB says the number
of small businesses hir-
ing or expecting to hire
rose in a recent survey.
ADP said small-busi-

jobs it reported.
"Reports of new job
creation should pick
up a bit in the com-
ing months," NFIB chief
economist William Dun-
kelberg wrote in the fed-
eration's report.
The four-week average
of new unempl:,. mernt
claims, which smooths
out fluctuations in week-
to-week job losses, fell to
373,250 the lowest
level since June 2008.
When applications

erail. signal that hiring
is strong enough to re-
duce the unemployment
In a separate report
out Thursday, the activ-
ity of U.S. service com-
panies, which employ
90 percent of the work-
force, expanded at a
faster pace in December,
helped by solid holiday
sales and an economy
that picked up strength
in the final months of
the year.



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The Miami-Dade County Canvassing Board will convene at the Office of the Supervisor of
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Canvassing: 2. Certification of Unofficial Results, including provisionals
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for overseas absentee ballots
4. Certification of Official Results
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matter considered at a meeting, he or she will need a record of the proceedings and therefore will
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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
Two bedrooms starting at
$800 monthly. One bed-
room staring at $725, De-
posit is $500 if you quality.
Appliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Mr. Willie #6
1192 NW 65 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$600 monthly. 305-751-3381
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Appliances, free

1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 monthly, $750 move
in. Two bdrms, one bath.
$550 monthly, $850 move
in. Call Joel 786-355-7578.

1237 NW 77 Terrace
One bedroom unfurnished,
$625 monthly, first and last to
move in. 305-205-2823
1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. Free water.

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080

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

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500, 786-236-1144 or

14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Jackson 786-26--1646

14460 NW 22 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath
$595. Appliances, free

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrms, one bath $525

1500 NW 65th Street
One bedroom, one
bathroom apt. $395 per
month, $600 move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $425; one bedroom
$525; three bedrooms,
$775; cheap move in.

1542 NW 35 Street
Really nice, two bdrms, air
and some utilities, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
1600 NW 59 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $575.
Appliances, 305-642-7080.

1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1

1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom,/one bath,
$450. Two bedrooms, one
bath $550. Appliances,

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

1803 NW 1 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath
apt. $595 per month. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Joel 786-

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $495.

190 NW 16 Street
Studios $400 and one bdrm
$500. Call 786-506-3067.
1905 NW 115th Street
Large furnished one bed-
room. Utilities included plus
cable. $800 monthly. Section
8 Welcome!
Call 267-909-7621

1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$425. AT oiiar.-e- free gas.

200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

2330 NW 97 Street
One bdrm. $760.
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one
bath $650, free water.
2945 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$600. Two bedrooms, one
bath, $800. Call Mr. Perez,
3301 NW 51 Street
$595 move in, utilities in-
cluded. 786-389-1686.
411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $425.
Appliances, free water.

5130 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1,300 per month, all appli-
ances included. Call Joel

5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
$675 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

65 NW 27 Street
(1st Ave. and 27th St.)
Five bedrooms, three baths.
$1000 monthly, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV! Call Joel
6950 NW 8 Avenue
Remodeled studio. $450-
$500, Section 8 Ok!
Call 305-675-1740.
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $495 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878

781 NW 80 Street
One bedroom
,, ,Call 786-295-9961 ,
$800 Monthly! OPA LOCKA
13190 Aswan Road, #1
Renovated one bedroom, one
bath, appliances included,
gated, no credit check $800
move in. Section 8 Welcome.
800 NW 67 Street
Large one bedroom, utilities
included. $675 moves you in.
8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
850 NW 4 Avenue
Large nice and clean one
bdrm. $525-$550 and two
bdrms, $650, includes free
water and gas, washer and
dryers on premises. Close to
Port Miami and Downtown.
Call 786-344-0178
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. Call for specials.

Ready To Move In
Plus water! Spacious, one,
two bdrms. Special for se-
niors 786-416-3903
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
One and two bedrooms avail-
able. Move in special $1,000
with approval. 786-488-5225
No security deposit re-
quired. One or two bdrm,
water included. 305-603-
9592, 305-600-7280 or

MIAMI 9150 NW 7 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $650. On
site laundry and manager.
Two bedrooms, two baths, tile
floors, near all facilities, free
water $850 monthly. Security
required. 305-493-9635
One bedroom, gated. $625
to $675. NE 78 Street


Two bdrms, tiled. $650 mthly.
if qualified. 786-402-0672
One bedroom. Everything in-
cluded. $675 monthly.
One bdrm, one bath, $675
and two bdrms, two baths
$825. Gated security, central
air, on site laundry and man-
ager. 305-685-7048.
Limited time move in
special! Gated and secure
building. One bedroom,
$400 and two bedrooms
$550 only! Water included.
55 and older get additional
discount. Call 305-603-
9592, 305-600-7280 and

1907 NW 2 Court
Nice one bedroom, air,
window shades, appliances.
Free HOT water. $410
monthly, plus $200 deposit.
305-665-4938, 305-498-

Business Rentals
Four chairs, $800 mthly.
9115 NW 22 Ave 786-356-
2683 NW 66 Street
For more information
Call 786-277-8988

140 NW 70 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1500 mthly, 786-370-0832,
18360 N.W. 44th Place
Two bdrms, two baths. $1200
monthly. First and security.
2nd Ave NW 7 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$1000 month, 305-757-7067
Design Realty.
3033 NW 204 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile floors, central air. Section
8 welcome. $1250 monthly.
$1,000 security deposit.
Three. ,nd four bedrooms,
recenil' renovated, Section 8
Welcome. Call Morris
1140 NW 114 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$795 Molly 305-541-2855
1185 N.W. 63 St. #1
Two bdrms, one bath, appli-
ances, air. $800 mthly, $1600
to move in. 305-389-8414
1245 NE 111 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$850 monthly. Section 8 OK.
1291 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tiled,
appliances included. Section
8 only. 786-277-4395
131 NW 32 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $595,
free water. 305-642-7080

1537 NW 51 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, $695,
free water, 305-642-7080.
1590 N.W. 47 Street
One bedroom, one bath, air.
$650. Call 305-759-2280.
16159 NW 39 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, $1050
monthly. 305-751-3381
165 NE 65 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 or Miami City welcome!
1751 NW 50 Street
Two bedrooms, no deposit for
Section 8 tenants, very clean.
1813 NW 44 Street
Efficiency, one bath $595.
Four bdrms, two baths
$1395. Free water, electric-

1826 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances, $800
monthly, Section 8 Welcome.
1875 NW 94th Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$900 monthly, central air.
Stanley 305-510-5894
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, $900 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome. 305-331-
2431 or 786-419-0438.
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bdrms, air, bars. $795
monthly. 786-306-4839.
2285 NW 101 Street
One bedroom, tile, air, water,
bars. $700, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
2561 York Street
Three bdrms, two baths, air,
new appliances and alarm.
Section 8 only! $1200 mthly,
$500 deposit. 786-709-2076

265 NE 150 Street
Quiet area. two bdrms. one
bath, air. all appliances- water
included. S1800 to move in.
S1025 mthly. 678-447-2237.
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895, free water and elec-
r .: t, 305-642-7080.
3051 NW 134 Street
Section 8 Ok! Newly remod-
eled, two large bdrms. one
bath. air S925 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567
3075 NW 91 Street #2
One bdrm, one bath. Section
8 preferred. 305-299-3142
338 NW 59 Street
Huge one bedroom, one
bath, central air. $700 mthly.
Section 8 OK! 305-490-7033
4130 NW 22 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1195. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080.

4425 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one
bath, $650, appliances
449 N.W. 82 Street
Two bedrooms. $1000 mthly.
No security deposit with Sec-
tion 8, 305-751-3381.
542 N.W. 92 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
new carpet, new appliances
and alarm. $1200 monthly,
Section 8 only deposit
Call 786-709-2076

5511 NW 5 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, all
appliances, air, security bars,
$700 mthly, $600 security.
305-979-3509 after 6 p.m.
5629 Fillmore Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$1,200 monthly. First and
security move in. 786-370-
58 St and 11 Avenue
One bedrooms. $775 mthly,
first and last, $775 deposit.
5929 NE 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$725, free water.

6250 NW 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath
$850. Free water/electric.
6960 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 Welcome. Call Mr.
Coats at 305-345-7833.
779 NW 78 Street
One bedrooms, one bath, air,
new appliances, section 8
OK. $650. 305-409-8113
7822 NE 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800. Appliances, free

8392 NW 15 Avenue
Large one bdrm. Second
month free, 786-290-6333.
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845
214 St/37 Ave Area
Open up for large family. Tile,
air, washer, dryer, yard,
$1775. Also two bdrms., one
bath, tile, air, yard, utilities
paid, $975, 786-274-2266.
100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185'
wkly, $650 mthly.
1756 NW 85 Street
$490 move in, $250 bi-
weekly. 786-389-1686
47 N.E. 80th Terr #3
One person, $400 monthly,
$1200 to move in.
Call 305-621-4383
5541 NW Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN), from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
Small but nice, furnished,
free utilities, 954-986-0304.
Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1161 NW 139 Street
$120 weekly, $240 move in.
Includes cable, central air.
1500 NW 74 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1822 NW 66 Street

$300 monthly. 305-244-2528
for appointment.

1902 NW 89 Terrace
Private entrance. $65 weekly
and up. 786-356-8818
1905 NW 115 Street
Furnished one bedroom.
private bath. Utilities included
plus cable. $550 monthly.
Call 267-909-7621.
19541 NW 37 Court
Air. Kitchen pr irege $500
monthly. First and last.
2010 NW 55 Terrace
Air, $140 weekly, cable, utili-
ties included, 786-487-2286
2106 NW 70 Street
Room for one person. $135
Weekly. Private Bath.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrig-
erator, microwave, TV, free
cable, air and use of kitchen.
Call 954-678-8996.
6835 NW 15 Avenue
$80 weekly, $200 to move in,
air and utilities included.
Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Air, kitchen privileges, $125/
week, one person. $250
move in. 786-488-3045
Free cable, air.
10295 S.W. 175 STREET
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$800 monthly.. No Section 8,
call 305-267-9449.
12620 NW 17 Avenue
Cozy three bdrms, one bath,
bars, fenced, air, remodeled.
$1,250 monthly. First and
last. Section 8 OK. Call for
appointment 305-621-0576.
12845 NW 17 Ct (ERPD)
Three bedrooms, new bath,
tile, air, $1,100. No Section 8,
Terry Dellerson, Broker,
133 Street and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
1350 NW 59 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1350. 305-970-1721
1775 NW 126 ST
Three bedroom, one bath.
$1050 monthly 786-285-8232
18002 NW 47 Place
Four bedrooms, two baths,
tile, air, $1,400, No Section 8,
Terry Dellerson, Broker
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bdrms, two baths.
$1095. Appliances
1864 NW 88 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
air, tile. $1200, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
2 NW 69 Street
Three bdrms, one bath
$1075. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080

21958 SW 124 PL
Beautiful four bedroom,
two bath. On a cul-de-sac,
recently remodeled kitchen,
granite counters. Central
air, screened back patio,
wooden backyard privacy
fence, separate living, din-
ing, den, and study. $1600
monthly, $500 security
deposit. Call 954-665-8270.
221 NW 82 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 includes water. No Sec
8. Call 305-267-9449.
2300 NW 53 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, security bars,
fenced, tile, Section 8 Wel-
come, 305-206-0500.
2401 NW 170 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, tile, air, $1,300, No Sec-
tion 8, Terry Dellerson, Broker
4402 NW 15 Ave (Rear)
Two bedrooms, one bath, wa-
ter, $800, 954-805-7612.
4621 NW 15 Ave (Rear)
Cottage, one bdrm, one bath,
$550 mthly. 305-759-2280
5551 NW 15 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two
baths,$1200 per month,
all appliances included.
Section 8 welcome. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel
66 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 Preferred.
7753 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath
house, $700 monthly,
central air, all appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578.

8930 N.W. 15 AVE.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
$1200. Water included, yard
care and appliances,.
Biscayne Gdns Lakefront
Three bedrooms, two plus
baths, garage, $1500 monthly
plus security. 305-769-3726.

Four bedrooms, two baths,
central air. large yard, newly
renovated, S1.650 monthly,
Section 8 okay,
Four bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome. Call
Lloyd 305-628-1007.
Great property, big yard,
three bedrooms, two baths,
family room, near coL.II-ge
quiet, 305-829-2818 or
Near Miami Lakes, three
bdrms, two baths, Section 8
or HOPWA. $1,375. 305-620-
8552 or 786-597-2090.
Newly remodeled five bed-
rooms, two baths, electric
gate. $1,500 monthly. 3440
NW 212 St. 305-834-1737.
Three bdrms, two baths, tile,
appliances. $1375 mthly.
Section 8 or HOPWA. 954-
966-3536 or 954-592-1161.
North West Dade
Three bdrms, Section 8
home, everything newly
renovated with wood floors,
custom kitchen, central air
and more. Move-in condition.
Please call 305-321-4077,
Two bedrooms, $900; three
bedrooms, $1300. 305-757-
7067 Design Realty.
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916.

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Killian boys b-ball Phenomenal and underrated

By Akilah Laster
Miami Times Writer

"He's the best
player in Dade County
you've never heard
of," said Nick Ronda,
head coach of the
boys basketball team
for Killian High, in
regards to his senior
guard, Doug Escobar.
Escobar, 17, is the
team's leading scorer,
second in team as-
sists and third in
team rebounds. He

has made a name for
himself stepping up
not only in district
play, but also in non-
district games includ-
ing a battle against
Carol City where he
scored an impressive
20 points and added
nine assists, nine
rebounds and five
He can do every-
thing above average,"
Ronda said. "Score,

Killian's DOUG ESCO-
BAR is one to look
out for.

Photo courtesy Gina Spicer

Patriots win holiday

basketball classic
The Patriots of American High School in Country
Club (Miami-Dade County Public School) compet-
ed in the Palmer Trinity Falcon Holiday Shootout
Tournament in South Florida December 20-22. The
Patriots defeated each of their opponents and made
it to the championship game, which they won. Dan
Andrews and Johnathan Spicer were named to the
All-Tournament Team and Prince Foster was cho-
sen as the Most Valuable Player.
Kelvin Farrrington, head coach, said, "I am very
proud of the team."
Sporting their first place trophies are Johnathan
Spicer (1-r, rear), Kevin Bueno, Maurice Bromell,
Pernell Riggins, De'vonte Williams, Gerald Joseph,
Carlos Velez; Prince Foster (1-r, front), Bryan Bar-
bra, Orlando Foster and Dan Andrews.

pass, defense -he's
our playmaker."
Escobar says that
his expectations for
his team (8-2) is to
win their district (16-
8A) and move on to
compete in the state
playoffs. After achiev-
ing success in their
recent holiday tourna-
ment in Tennessee,
Escobar adds that he
has even more confi-
dence in his team."

When we won the
tournament it showed
us that we could win
a championship," he
He is not the flashy
kind of player that
one might expect. In
fact, he is rather soft-
spoken and according
to his coach, highly
underrated. But make
no mistake basket-
ball is in his blood.
His mother, Aqua-


Sealed bids will be received by the City of Miami City Clerk at her office located
at City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 for the following:



A MANDATORY gre-bid conference will be held on Tuesday. January 17.
2012 at 9:00 AM at Miami Riverside Center (MRC). located at 444 SW 2nd
Avenue, 7th Floor South Conference Room. Miami. FL 33130. The purpose
of this conference is to allow potential Bidders an opportunity to present ques-
tions to staff and obtain clarification of the requirements of the Bid documents.
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ree Scott, a Killian
alumni also played
"My mom motivates
me," Escobar said,
who started playing
basketball at 11-years
old, said. "She tells
me she's my number
one fan."
Escobar has been

under the radar for
much of his career but
appears to finally be
getting his just des-
erts. He was recently
featured in a Gatorade
commercial alongside
teammate Theodore
"TJ" Allen. Ronda pre-
dicts great things for
his team leader.

He doesn't realize
how good he is," Ron-
da said. "The more
confident he plays the
better the team looks."
Team Record: 8-2
Escobar's is averag-
ing 15 points, three
rebounds, five steals
and four assists per

Pursuant to Miami-Dade County Resolutions R-941-11 and R-942-11, adopted on November 3,
2011, by the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, Floridq, notice is hereby
given of special election on January 31,2012, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors
in Miami-Dade County, for their approval or disapproval, the following proposals:
Charter Amendment
Relating to Initiative Petitions and Elections on Charter Amendments
Shall the Charter be amended to increase from 60 to 120 days the time allowed to circulate initiatory
petitions, and to provide that elections to amend the Charter, either through initiatory petitions or by
Board action, be held in conjunction with the next scheduled General Election rather than within 60
to 120 days, as currently required?
YES 30
NO 31
Home Rule Charter Amendment
Relating to Salaries, Service, and Term Limits of County Commissioners
Shall the Charter be amended to provide that, as of January 31, 2012, County Commissioners
Devote full-time service to the office of County Commissioner and hold no other
No longer receive the $6,000 annual salary established In 1957, but receive instead the
salary provided by state formula, adjusted annually (currently approximately $92,097);
Serve no more than two consecutive four-year terms in office excluding terms of service
prior to 2012?
YES 32
NO 33
All qualified electors residing within the boundaries of Miami-Dade County shall be eligible to vote
YES or NO for these proposals.
The polls shall be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on the day of the special election. This special
election shall be conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of general law relating to
special elections and the provisions of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter.
Penelope Townsley
Supervisor of Elections
Miami-Dade County, Florida
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