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Teen Said Officers Beat Him President: "I Don't Quit."
F Many label it 'racial profiling.' Jordan Miles,
an 18 year old violist did not understand 'racial
profiling' since he had been well-sheltered. Yet,
on January 12, he was stopped on a street in
Pittsburgh, PA as he was headed to his grand-
As he walked, he noticed three white men sit- -
ting in a white car but thought nothing of it and
continued to walk.However, the men stopped
him, asking him such questions as where are
your drugs, where is the money, etc. He thought
Jordan Miles, 18, severely beaten he was being robbed.
Instead of being robbed, he was beaten by the
men whose arrest report said he was standing against a building. The three officers
did not appear at the first hearing and now state that after the struggle, they found
that Jordan had a soda bottle under his coat rather than a gun.
The department said the incident is still under investigation.
Former Director Indicted
Forme ir After about a four-years
investigation of former
SJacksonville Port Authority
chairman of the board,, Tony
Nelson, 50, the FBI has
charged Nelson with conspira-
..4 cy, money laudering, mail
fraud, bribery and making false
Tony Nelson statements to the FBI.
Nelson and a former lobbyist
for the South Florida Water Management District,
Frank Bernardino turned themselves, in.
If convicted, Nelson could receive up to 715 years in
prison and a $13.5 million fine. Nelspn has not made
any comments on the charges.
Brunswick Native Comes Home
the R&B world v.as
most premiere %,:'caI-
ist of thie modern era,
Luther landros It
was thotulight that
there v would neer be
another ocallst t-,
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Danny Clay, Brunswick Native Luther........ until
now. It now appears
that a new voice has been discovered that has taken die-hard
Luther fans by complete shock in the most unexpected
places....on a national radio show, "The Steve Harvey
Danny Clay regularly opens comedy tours with the world's
funniest comedian/actor Steve Harvey. One day Danny
called into Steve Harvey's morning show and just started
singing. Steve told him to hold on and the rest is history.
He's taken Danny under his wing and now he's opening for
him on tour. Luther's mother also heard him sing before she
passed and gave him her stamp of approval.
Danny says, "I am very BLESSED and GRATEFUL to be
the opening act for Steve Harvey and Nephew Tommy. I am
also grateful to God to have a voice similar to Luther
Vandross and whenever I perform his songs, it ismy
absolute intention that the listeners walk away NEVER for-
Actor and film maker Tyler Perry is taking his Madea char-
acter on the road for a nation wide tour with "Madea's Big
Happy Family. The play also features the phenomenal
Danny Clay. Danny's Debut Single "Foolish Pride" was
Released Nationally in January 2009 on CMG Records.
You can See Danny Clay in Tyler Perry's "Madea's Big
Happy Family" At the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena, Jacksonville, Florida on February 16 and 17 and
tune to FM105.3 and AM1360 and join in a conversation
with Florida Star's publisher, Clara McLaughlin, on
Tuesday, February 9, 2010.
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A War for
Reggie Bullock, Film
served as a high school
and college educator for
almost twenty years.
In 2009, he produced a
15-minute film that has
been, seen across the
world. His objective in
making the film was to
reach "at risk" teens to
help them get back on
track. He felt that if
they better understood
the history of blacks in
America, it could
change their view and
motivate them to
achieve honest, produc-
You can meet Mr.
Bullock on Wednesday,
February 3, at the
Baptist Church in
Jacksonville at 7 p.m.
See ad on page B-5.
Democratic members of the House, including Florida's congressmen Corrine Brown and Kendrick
Meek, responds to President Obama as he gave his first State of the Union address to a Joint
Session of Congress, Wednesday. The President visited Florida on Thursday to announce his
transportation plans. Congresswoman Brown chairs the Transportation Committee. (Photo by
Melina Mara/The Washington Post) Rep. DeRpsa (D-CT)
President Obama made his first State of the Union address on Wednesday. He was
very 'to the point' regarding concerns that many Americans have, and took a firm stand
on issues explaining that he is not perfect and mistakes.have been made but that he is
in the position of President of the United States, to serve the people. He asked the other
members of the House and Senate to also remember who they are there to serve.
Though you may hear a lot continued criticism, he spoke about that matter also and
in ited the GOP members of the House and Senate to give him ideas, not just criticize.
He emphasized that he is here for the American people, and that, he does not quit.
Serena Help Continues for Haiti
Fifth Open Final U
Serena Williams has
advanced to her fifth
Australian Open final and
will put her 100-percent
record on the line against
Justine Henin, who is two
tournaments into her come-
back from retirement.
The First Lady and ?
In the event
you are wonder-
ing why is that
the First Lady of
America is on .
Wendy Williams .
Show and in a
gown, here is the
The wax figure --
of First Lady --
Michelle Obama Talk show" holt, \\nd3 V illiims
and First Lady Michelle Obama
was unveiled on
the Wendy Williams Show. It was unveiled to the pub-
lic Tuesday. Mrs. Obama did not personally appear.
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Jacksonville and Brunswick native, Wil Williams, gathered
many items for Haitians.
When Wil E. Williams heard of Haiti's disaster, he
immediately went to work. First he gather gallons of
water from neighbors and took the water to Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church. But that was not enough,
so, he went through all of his closets and drawers and
gathered about twenty boxes of items such as clothes,
bed linen, towels, shoes, etc. He attended the meetings
with the pastors and provided information to the public
on the Andy Johnson Show and Impact.
When Senator Hill introduced the Mission Harvest for
Haiti, Williams went to work to give the twenty boxes
to Mission Harvest.
Mission Harvest have developed drop off sites
throughout Southern Georgia and down to North
The Jacksonville areas are:
Physicians Medical Center
1840 Dunn Avenue
Contact Person: Dr. Kersey
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r The Change we seek is in our Hands
Ben Jealous, National President, NAACP
Just minutes ago I witnessed black and brown American and our families go bankrupt must be regenerated, or it
President Barack Obama unemployment hovers before they would pay their will ebb. More importantly,
complete his first State of above 16 percent. Over 40 own way are committed to our communities' and fami-
the Union address. Sitting million Americans lack funding a fierce battle for lies' fates, which are in per-
there in the House chain- health insurance. Millions the status quo. The Supreme ilous condition, will ebb
bers, I was humbled by how more-- disproportionately Court has unleashed unlim- with it.
far we have come as a children-- don't get enough ited amounts of corporate Too many times over the
nation. to eat. dollars into the political past 12 months we have
The president's address was Tonight the President landscape with its ruling this powered down, left the
a testimony to the power of unveiled new polices to sup- month on campaign finance field for the bleachers, and
we: we, who dared to dream port working families. He reform, money sure to chosen to play armchair
that breaking the centuries- reiterated his commitment to undercut and distort the real pundit rather than continue
old color barrier, even at the rein in some of the worst priorities of our democracy. to build and lead. When
lofty heights of the White excesses of Wall Street, and President Obama has vowed our president is not bold
House was possible; we, pledged to bring health care to fight. He has pledged to enough, it is up to us to
who continue to fight for to millions of uninsured reverse the worst impact of build the next wave for
expanding voting rights; we, Americans. He expressed the Supreme Court decision. bolder action.
who battle tirelessly every his forceful and compas- Yet without each of us fully Frederick Douglass said,
election to maximize voter sionate commitment to the engaged, billions of dollars "If there is no struggle there
participation and minimize people of Haiti -- a swift, will be harnessed to crush is no progress. Those who
voter intimidation. We who comprehensive response to his agenda and those who profess to favor freedom
struggled to guarantee that the human tragedy that support it for simply daring and yet depreciate agita-
every vote cast will indeed stands in stark contrast to his to do the people's will. tion...want crops without
be counted. President predecessor's reaction to the Still, we can win. Organized plowing up the ground,
Obama's State of the Union thousands victimized by and educated people ulti- they want rain without
address is a paean to those Hurricane Katrina. mately trump misdirected thunder and lightning. They
who have joined together President Obama outlined money. want the ocean without the
throughout history to change the right agenda-- one that is But without you and all awful roar of its many
our country for the better, pro- civil rights, pro- human your friends and neighbors waters.... Power concedes
Today our country is in cri- dignity, and pro- American back on the battlefield, har- nothing without a demand.
sis. Wall Street greed has Dream for every American. nessing the power of we, It never did and it never
unleashed a torrent of preda- But he cannot do it without there is no guarantee will."
tory lending that is turning us. progress will continue. Like We cannot be silent. The
homeowners into the home- Predatory lenders, profit- every great wave, the one change we seek is in our
less. The unemployment driven health care CEOs, that made it possible for an hands.
rate for Americans of all col- and those business leaders African-American family to I hope you will join me.
ors is over 10 percent, and who would see our country live in the White House
DON'T GIVE AWAY YOUR POWER BE COUNTED.
WHEN THE CENSUS IS TAKEN, DON'T BE LEFT OUT.
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Faith In Our Community
Schedule of Events and Services
AL LETSON'S SUMMER IN SANCTUARY,
Saturday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. South Jacksonville
Presbyterian Church...Fellowship Hall, 2137
, Hendricks Avenue. You don't just watch Summer in
Sanctuary......Al Letson's one-man play based on his
experience as a summer camp counselor at The
Sanctuary on 8th Street... It's something you feel... By
sharing his experience of that summer, Al tells his own
life story and the stories of the inner-city children he
worked with there. You will laugh and you will cry and
you will come away with a better understanding of a
troubling yet hopeful world.
Al has performed Summer in Sanctuary around the
country, including Off-Broadway in New York City,
where it will return for a run in 2010. In addition to his
role as playwright, poet and actor, Al also created and
hosts NPR's newest national radio show, State of the
RE: Union. Tickets $20. Call: 356.3588, Email:
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EMMANUEL MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL-
WOMEN'S DEPARTMENT PRAYER BREAK-
FAST 6858 Old Kings Rd., January 30, 2010 at 9:30
a.m. Apostle Dr. Edith Moore is Pastor. The theme is
"Standing In the Gap." The speaker for this occasion is
Minister Elaine Walfall of Solid Rock church. We are
asking the women to bring a newspaper article or inter-
net article of something that is happening in the world
and their own personal prayer request. Please RSVP to
Sister Joyce at (904) 472-9925.
CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD, located at
1100 Stockton St., at Park Riverside, Jacksonville, with
Rev. Douglas G. Hodson, Rector. Sunday, February 21st
at 6:00 p.m., Florida State College Chorale, R. Wayne
Bailey conducting, will present a performance of
Rosalind MacEnulty's American Requiem for chorus,
organ, winds and brass. Soprano soloist for the perform-
ance is Sharen MacEnulty. Organist is Shannon Gallier,
Good Shepherd's organist-choirmaster.
The concert is a tribute to Ms. MacEnulty, a Fellow of
the American Guild of Organists and former Dean of
the Jacksonville Chapter of the AGO, who was Good
Shepherd's organist-choirmaster for 32 years from 1956
to 1988. Good Shepherd will hold a reception in her
honor following the performance. The American
Requiem was first performed at Good Shepherd in 1974
during Ms. MacEnulty's tenure there. For more infor-
mation, call (904) 387-5691.
THE MOST WORSHIPFUL UNION GRAND
LODGE of Jacksonville would like to invite everyone
out to our 3rd year annual Black History program,
February 20, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. Special Guest are: E. J.
Cameron--- She has an OES Chapter named after her,
she has been apart of the Order for approximately 40+
years. She has the title of Past Worthy Matron, Past
District Deputy and is honored by many. Delores
Duffee- She has been a member of the Order for over
40+ years and has held several appointed imperial posi-
tions in the Order. Mary Hall Daniels--- She is one of
the original survivors of Rosewood. She will be pres-
ent to share some of her history moments with us.
Herman Randolph-He is one of the first original
black members of the Black Paratrooper Unit called,
"Triple Nickels" of WWII. This great service will be
held at: Greater Israel United Missionary Baptist
Church-- located at 6901 N. Main St. Rev., Dr. Eugene
White, Pastor. Thank you for your support in this great
event, we look forward to seeing you all there. For
more information please feel free to contact Bro. Andre
TEMPLE OF REFUGE MINISTRY where John
Green is Pastor, extend an invitation to all Ministers,
Missionaries, Singers and Deacons to join their congre-
gation every Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Fellowship.
The church is located at 4578 St. Johns Ave. For trans-
portation or additional information, please call (904)
674-4708. J.M. Green is the Assistant Pastor.
NEW FOUNDATION CHAPEL A.M.E. CHURCH -
cordially invite you to come celebrate with us our
church and Pastor's Anniversary Wednesday, February
3, 2010, Thursday, February 4th and Friday, February
5th beginning at 7:00 p.m. nightly. To God be the glory
for the things he has done for us 93 years with the
church and 8 years with our Pastor and 1st Lady
Reverend and Mrs. Louis Kirkland. Alive on the
Eastside: 737 Jessie St., 904-354-3021.
TUESDAYS @ 5:00 P.M.Call: (904) 766-8834
ivarus D. Setzler
31, 1985 Oct 2, 2008
Giving Honor Where
Honor Is Due -
To our fallen H-E-R-O
"Nuk-Nuk" gone, but not
forgotten. We all miss you.
God had other plans. Ecel
3:1-15. God is still God in
Love and Miss You
our Lil' Lady) and Family.
FRIENDSHIP PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH #
Usher Board invites you to a program "Who do you run
to when you are THIRSTY?" Sunday, January 31 at
4:00 p.m. Pastor Elder Bobbie Sheffield. The,church is
located at 1106 Pearce St. The public is cordially invit-
ed. For more information, please call- the church at
2010 GOSPEL HERITAGE PRAISE AND WOR-
SHIP CONFERENCE, February 18 19, 2010 at the
Bethel Baptist Church located at 215 Bethel Baptist St.,
in Jacksonville. Performing are Minister Kirk Franklin,
Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Vanessa Bell-Armstrong,
Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr., and more. For more infor-
mation, call (770) 719-4825.
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Sunday School ..................... .10:00 a.m.
Morning Worship ............. ...... . 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday Bible Study ................. .7:30 p.m.
Friday Ministry Service ..... ........... . 7:30 p.m.
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DEATH NOTICES I
BELLE, Ms. Cora died
January 25, 2010.
DUBOSE, Jerry died
January 24, 2010.
FULLER, James died
January 25, 2010.
died January 24, 2010.
GIVENS, Ms. Erin M.,
died January 21, 2010.
GOODMAN, Fred W.
died January 23, 2010.
HENSON, Carl V., died
January 23, 2010. Aaron
& Burney Bivens Funeral
Shelly, 88, died January
JOHNSON, Willie 'died
January 19, 2010.
Oleana, died January 23,
NTIM, Cecelia died
January 17, 2010.
PARKER, Mrs. Edna E.,
died January 26, 2010.
Alphonso West Mortuary,
Miss Gabriella, died
January 25, 2010.
RUTLEDGE, Toni M.,
died January 20, 2010.
SCOTT, Myrtle C., died
January 25, 2010.
SORRYE, George died
January 22, 2010.
SYMMS, Isaac J., died
January 25, 2010.
TEGELEA, John died
January 22, 2010.
Rebecca, 87, died
January 26, 2010.
TUCKER, James died
January 19, 2010.
Lorraine, 53, died
January 24, 2010.
WOODS, Howard L., Jr.,
died January 2010.
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"Come and Worship With Us."
New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church
1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208
Sunday School .......... .............. 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning .
Intercessory Prayer .....................10:45 a.m .
M morning W orship ......................11:00 a.m.
2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary)
Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ............. 7:00 p.m. [, I
Bishop Eric Lee, Pastor i
Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus
(904) 764-5727 Church _F_
Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
W orship Service ................................. 10:00 a.m .
Church School .................................... 8:30 p.m .
"Glory Hour" Bible Study ...................... . .10:00 a.m.
"Jehovah Jireh" Bible Study ........................ 6:30 p.m.
2nd & 4th Thursday "Young at Heart Ministry ........ .A.10:00 a.m.
Joy Explosion M ministry ............................ 6:30 p.m.
201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475
Rev. F.D. Richardson Jr., Pastor
GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCH
"The Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
Bishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor
Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206
Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586
Sunday School...................................... 9:30 a.m.
M morning W orship..................................................... .................. 11:00 a.m .
Tuesday........................................... Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m.
Thursday ....... ................................. .. ..................... Joy N ight,7:00 p.m .
PENTECOSTAL CHURCH of GOD
"Jesus Loves Sinners Church Folk Don't"
Elder Joseph Rice
Sunday School -- ---------------------- 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship -------------------------12:00 Noon & 7:00 p.m.
Bible Study -------------------Tuesday & Friday------ 7:00 p.m.
(912) 267-6395 (912) 996-4864 Cell
2705 MLK Blvd., Brunswick, GA 31520
Paynes Chapel A.M.E. Church
22i0 Albany Street, P0 Box 759. Brunsr ick, GA 31520
Re, Richard Hucheison. Pastr
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THE STAR JANUARY30. 2010
"There's Always Something
In Remembrance Of The Dream
It was an enchanting evening of marvelous music
and camaraderie with an added opportunity to cele-
brate the presentation of Dr. David C. Driskell, mas-
ter painter, printmaker, collagist, teacher, historian
and curator, as the 2010 In Remembrance of the
Dream humanitarian Award Honoree. Dr. Driskell
whose artistic creations will be on exhibition at
Jacksonville's Museum of Contemporary Art this
spring is well known for his groundbreaking 1976
exhibition and catalog, "Two Centuries of Black
American Art: 1750-1950," established African
American art as a legitimate and distinct field of
study. In 2000 at a White House Ceremony Professor
Driskell received the National Humanities Medal
from President Bill Clinton.
Dr. Driskell has been the recipient often honorary
doctoral degrees and has contributed significantly to
scholarship in the history of art on the role of Black
artists in America. He was educated at Howard
University and received the Master of Fine Arts
degree from The Catholic University of America,
Washington, DC. Presently, Dr. Driskell is the
Distinguished University Professor of Art, Emeritus,
at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The spectacular music for the evening included
works of Brahms, Schubert, Hairston, 'Boatner,
Johnson, Grier and Schumann performed by:
Soprano Ms. Alison Buchanan; Violinists Ms. Kelly
Hall-Tompkins and Orlando Wells; Violist Amadi
Azikiwe; Cellist Caleb Jones; Clarinetist Terrance
Patterson and Pianist Leon Bates.
The Ritz Chamber Players perform on the First
Coast again with its Spring Concert, Wednesday,
April 21, 2010. Hope to see you there!!
Editor's Notes from last week's column: The
photo of Mrs. Mary Ann Dunbar was incorrectly
identified as Mary Ann Denmark. The photo of Mrs.
Jackie Gray, The Honorable Corrine Brown and
The J. Carl Davises, Sr. was incorrectly identified as
Gray, Brown and Davises. The photo of Mrs.
Jacqueline Surrency and Dr. Roy Singleton with
First and Second Scholarship Honorees Michael
Richardson, Jr. and Philip Johnson was incorrectly
identified as Members of MWG Reunion Planning
Committee-Duke Evans, Mesdames Jackie Surrency
and Lydia Jackson-Bell and Ronald Weeks. Ron
Breaker was co-chair with James Daniels.
Thank you for sharing your events and stories
for the column each week! Because of you readers
are there with you each week. For column entries
you may contact me directly at 904 571-1182, Toll
Free Fax 866 488 6407 or by e-mail at:
Happening On The First Coast"
Dr. David Driskell with MOCO Executive
Director Debbie Broeder looking on.
To the left: MOCA Executive Director
Debbie Broeder awaits Driskell presenta-
Mrs. Bobbie Morgan Jones and
Ritz Chamber Founder and Artistic Director Terrance
Patterson Composer Jon Jon Jeffrey Grier Violinist Kelly
Hall-Tompkins and Supporters.
Dr. Sylvia Johnson with a colleague. Local Artist Tiffany Rodriguez with friends.
The Ritz Chamber Players
Dr. Carolyn Williams and City Kids Newly Named
Executive Director Mrs. Madeline Scales-Taylor
with a City Kids Arts Factory Supporter.
The Honorable Terry Fields, Ms. Carlottra
Guyton and Terrance Patterson.
Ritz Chamber Players Founder and Artistic Director
Terrance Patterson with Dr. David Driskell-Ifumanitarian
Award Honoree and Sunnorters.
Dr. vavia irisKeU iRiZ Cihnamoer players F ounuer/rustuc
Director Terrance Patterson, Jeff Chartrand and The J.
Carl Davises, Sr.
Violaist Amadi Azikiwe with Friday Musicale Supporters. ""', ."".'."" e a r, support ~. The Rodriguez Ladies with Dr. David Driskell.
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JANUARY 30, 2010 THE STAR PAGE A-5
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Po .t,- -e xa ,i. o r d R Dr Mi. ri J..'Burnet- Goia,--' Rev.- Mali Rihi-Sa. uel R. Oceli Whitehead Wallace
The AME Women in Ministry(WIM) R
Conference and Retreat was held at the Clarion, e M,
Hotel January 21st through the 23rd. ut i E
Their mission is to define, enhance, support i t K i J te a
and expand the presence of women in ministry .' '/
in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 4P.. '
SNot exactly in order: Rev. Dr. Miriam J. Burnett, Georgia, Rev. Malinda Richie-Samuel, Rev. Ocelia Whitehead Wallace,
Rev. Maty E Davis, Rev. Mandella RP Smith, Rev. Cynthia Bailey, Ms. Bettye West-Bradwell, Rev. Georgia M. Edwards,
Rev. Thelma Bartley, Rev. Dr. Alesia Scott-Ford Burse, Sis Monica Tellis, Rev. Charletta Calvin Robinson, Rev. Sylvia S.
Jones, Rev. Reba Sorey, Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Allen, Rev. Louisa L. Thomas, Ms.Vernell Griffin, Ms. Renalda Finney, Sis
Back Row: Special Guests Rev. Winifred Williams, Loretta Jackson, Rev. Thelma Knighton, Rev. Valarie J. Houston, Rev. Sandpra E. Williams, Sis Sherry E. Thompson,
Bahamas, Sis. Annis Antrobus, Bahamas, Rev. Charletta Sis Martha Kelsey,Rev. Lillie Ferrell, Sis Jeanette Murray, Sis Jeanette Henderson, Rev. Kennetta Carter, Sis Juanita
Calvin Robinson, Rev. Dr. Miriam J. Burnett; Front Row: Hagans, Rev. Ruby Lowe, Andrea Nelson, Sis Angela Surey Garner, Rev. Linda Nickles-Dukes, Sis Annis Antrobus -
Ms. Malisha Brown, Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Allen, and Sis. Bahamas, Sis Andruann Culmer, Rev. Pat Langston Crusoe Jackson, Rev. Joy L. Gallmon, Sis Ruth Moss, Rev. Mildred
Adriann Culmer, Bahamas Roscoe, and Rev. Winifred Williams, Bahamas not in picture
Wings of Faith Bible College held
it's Inaugural Commencement Services ."
on Saturday, January 23, 2010 at the
Word of Faith UFWBC, Brunswick,A
Georgia. The first class was held in 2009
and currently ten candidates have com- .g
pleted the requirements for graduation
from its seminary level program.
Candidate for Biblical Studies, Stacy
Boone; Candidates for Bachelor of
Theology, James Brison, Jeannette
Brison, Barbara Gamble, Theresa Jones
and Lucy Shaw; Candidates for Bachelor
of Counseling, Donna Smith and Bridget
Williams and Candidates for Master of
Divinity, Dewayne Attical and Ronnie .
Leggett. Many of the graduates are now Instructor Rev. Carlos McCloud and Pastor Dr. Vincent T Dr. Erta Livingston and Dr. Vincent WIlliams Both are Directors of
serving as pastors, church planters, mis- Williams. the School.
sionaries, and para-church worker. Also
pictured are academic Instructors, Dr. Kenny Knight and Professor Carlos McCloud.
Wings of Faith Bible College is a fully accredited member of the NABC(National ....
Association of Biblical Counseling), established as a branch of Faith Bible College of
Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. J.0. Bivins, President and Vice President Dr. Erta C. Livingston who
is also the president of
L ,/ s, Bible College,
"' -" Woodbine, Georgia.
- .Wings of Faith Bible
-. ?' College was founded A .
in 2008 by Dr. Vincent
T. Williams, Pastor of
the Word of Faith
Ronnie Leggett, Dewayne Attical and James Brison (Pastors that Graduated)
Rev. Ronnie Leggett, Vincent William, Pastor Dwayne Attical, and Carlos .
M cCloud. I""- -. :. --:M. V .....
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BATTLES EVIL IN LEGION!
BY RYCH MCCAIN/ FEEDBACKRYCHI@SBCGLOBAL.NET
PHOTO COURTESY SONY/SCREEN GEMS PICTURES
He is definitely no
stranger to the multitude j |
of ladies who flocked to
his concerts and made
him a platinum selling ow -
recording artist while he
was active in the music
game. Now he is attract-
ing the same attention in
the movie arena.
Tyrese Gibson has cov-
ered a lot of ground in a
short period of time
since he broke on the
scene with his famous
in the mid 90's. He went on to release hit after hit
then transitioned into episodic Television which
led to working on the big silver screen. Gibson has
appeared in both "Transformers" block buster
films as well as gracing the screen in several high
action, box office thrillers including "Death Race"
and "2 Fast 2 Furious." In his latest offering,
Gibson is caught stranded in the California
Mojave Desert at a tiny gas station cafe when the
end of the world begins in his new movie "
Legion." Even though he is just a regular guy, the
grave circumstances forces him to become an on-
the-spot solider with the aid of an angel that
appears on the scene.
Considering the fact that his last couple of
films have been of the action genre, is that part of
a career strategy? Gibson says, "It definitely falls
under a strategy. In the beginning of my acting
career, even though I've only been doing it for a
minute and a half, I was just kind of taking the
opportunities as they came and their wasn't any
real thought, strategy, planning or sense of direc-
tion as to what I wanted to do. But I think God's
favor has allowed me to sustain a pretty consis-
tent energy. This film has some action in it but it's
definitely some dramatic acting in this movie. It
takes me back to some "Baby Boy" type stuff like
the few moments I had with Charles S. Dutton and
everyone else. I just try to create a happy balance.
I don't ever want to be the popcorn, bubble gum
actor that's only doing the box office type movies.
I want to definitely maintain my respect amongst
the acting community."
Gibson has high praises for the film's
-Writer/Director Scott Stewart.
This was his first film as a
I.-..P director. Gibson relates,
"Scott Stewart is ahead of his
time. I can't lie I had my
.-.- doubts about a first time
.director just in general, not
just him in particular, but I've
had my experiences a few
times with first time directors
and maybe someone that is
working on their second film.
When you get to the set, you
almost feel like you have to
do your job and do their job.
Preparation meets opportuni-
ty. Scott Stewart was very
well prepared. He had back stories on all the char-
acters, storyboard, the image and what the look
and what the direction of the film was. So for him
to make his film debut and have this many veter-
an actors on the set at one time, all of these differ-
ent personalities, all of these different questions
being bombarded, he handled everything with a
grain of salt. He did his thing and it was a great
Gibson has written a 3 issue comic book
series on a Black Afrikan superhero he created
named "Mayhem." It is published by Image
Comics and already available on iTunes LP.
Gibson maintains that there will be another music
album in the future but for now his focus is strictly
on films because he is in the door and he plans to
stay in now that he is there.
WASSUP IN HOLLYHOOD
By Rych McCain email@example.com
A Real Role Model: actress/comedienne Mo'Nique for winning The Best Supporting
13 yr old Morehouse College genius Stephen Stafford is an Actress Trophy at this year's SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) Awards for
excellent example for young Black Afrikan boys. If they can memorize her role as the abusive, psycho mom Mary Jones in Precious. All
dozens of pages of rap lyrics or an entire football playbook, they can
utilize those same mental efforts to advance academically in school. odds point to her winning the Oscar@ as the watch continues.
Stars support Clinic Opening: Radio:
Award winning actresses Patricia Heaton. "Everybody Loves Nationally famous and veteran Washington, DC area WPGC-
Raymond," "The Middle" and Camille Winbush "The Bernie Mac FM radio morning host and former long time host of BET's Video
Show," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," were on hand for Soul, Donnie Simpson is leaving his post effective this weekend. His
the ribbon cutting ceremony of the opening of the Crenshaw District future plans are unknown as of press time.
branch of The Westside Pregnancy Clinic in South Central Los Movies:
Angeles. Their services include Early Prenatal Care, Pregnancy Legion: Screen Gems; a Bold Films Production. Starring
Testing, Pregnancy and Parenting Education and Support, Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrses Gibson, Adrianne Palicki,
T P e n c a P n E a Support, Charles S. Dutton, Jon Tenney, Kevin Durand, Willa Holland,
Prevention, Testing and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections. Charles S. Dutton, Jon Tenney, Kevin Durand, Wia Hoand,
Music: Kate Walsh and Dennis Quaid. Directed by Scott Stewart.
This is Grammy week and the action is live and popping with Written by Peter Schink and Scott Stewart. Produced by David
This is Grammy week and the action is live and poppin with
Lancaster and Michel Litvak. Here we go with another dooms day
several pre-show events and the flood of parties that we will let you Lancaster and Michel Litvak. Here we go with another dooms day
know about. The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast apocalypse film where the entire human race depends on an ordinary
Ceremony will be streamed live at Grammy.com on Sunday, Jan 31, group of people in a small California Mojave Desert cafe/filling sta-
starting at 1 PM PST from the LA Convention Center, hosted by tion/garage to save the unborn baby of the caf6ewaitress. They get
Grammy nominees Tia Carrere and Kurt Elling. The main award help from a fallen angel who schools them on what the game is and
show will broadcast live via Staples Center in LA on Sunday via the how to defeat a legion of fallen angels who are joined by human zom-
CBS-TV Network at 8 PM PST. bies. If you can get pass the religious propaganda and subliminal, hid-
TV and Dance: den messages, it is an entertaining film even though it is bloody and
Multi-Platinum pop singer Omarion has replaced disgraced gory in spots.
choreographer Shane Sparks as a judge on the new upcoming 5th Staint John of Las Vegas; Indie Vest Pictures and Circle of
season of MTV's "Dance Crew." He will join fellow judges Lil Mama Confusion in association with Olive Productions. Starring Steve
and JC Chasezl. Sparks was arrested last December 18th on eight Buscemi, Romany Malco, Peter Dinklage and Sarah Silverman.
counts of child molestation. In observance of Black History Month, the Written and Directed by Hue Rhodes. Produced by Mark Burton, Matt
PBS-TV Network will air a four hour film nationally in two parts begin- Wall, Lawrence Mattis and Kelly McCormick. The idea centers on
ning Feb 1, 2010 titled "For Love Of Liberty: The Story Of America's auto insurance employees running a fraud scam on their own compa-
Black Patriots." The film is directed by Frank Martin and hosted by ny. This film is better suited for late, late, and maybe even later night
viewing when you just absolutely won't go to sleep!
Oscar@ winning actress Halle Berry and was made with the full coop- viewing when you just absolutely won't go to sleep!
ration of the U.S. Army. Hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mo'Nique Award Watch: Study, Observe and Win!
More congratulations are in order for our lady Rych
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By Burnev Bivens, Esq., LFD
AN ACTUAL CASE ON NEGLIGENCE
Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care. Reasonable care is that degree of care
which a reasonably careful person would use under like circumstances. Negligence may
consist either in doing something that a reasonably careful person would not do under like
circumstances or in failing to do something that a reasonably careful person would do under
Most people think of negligence as it relates to accidents and injury cases, but the stan-
dard for negligence is to consider what a reasonably careful person would do under the
same or similar circumstancesL The case being discussed today involves a different set of
facts and it is not an accident case, but the same principles of negligence will apply.
This case involves paternity and child support where a 20 year old mentally retarded
female who had been declared disabled and incompetent became pregnant and had a child
by a 13 year old boy. The 20 year old female's parents had court ordered guardianship over
her and they were receiving her social security disability checks for her benefit. In deed,
they had total control and responsibility for her person and her property. It then follows that
they should be held responsible for her conduct. When the 20 year old disabled female
delivered her child, her parents acting on her behalf filed a lawsuit for child support against
the 13 year old and his parents. The 13 year old acknowledged that he was the father of the
child, but because he had no money for the child support, the lawsuit named his parents and
requested that they pay support for the child on behalf of their 13 year old son.
The parent's of the 13 year old son did not acknowledge any responsibility to support the
child and claimed that they had done nothing wrong and felt that it was unfair for them to
be tagged with the responsibility to support the child and therefore, they sought the assis-
tance of the ESQUIRE, the ESQUIRE understanding the principles of negligence, quickly
analyzed the facts of this case and agreed with the boy's parents that they should not be held
responsible to support this child. The ESQUIRE then counseled the boy's parents to file a
counter-claim against the female's parents for negligence. The theory behind the counter-
claim was that this female's parents who had total responsibility for her conduct as a result
of their guardianship should have been more careful and should have paid attention to what
their daughter was doing. In other words, these question presented was as follows: "Under
the circumstances with the mentally retarded disabled 20 year old female who has been
declared incompetent and disabled, would a reasonably careful person leave that child at
home by herself so that she would be accessible by a 13 year old child?" Keep in mind that
a 13 year old boy who is a minor, as a matter of law, is incompetent as a result of his age.
Now consider this, the 13 year old boy appeared to be a normal healthy child whose con-
duct was similar to that of any other 13 year old. Did his parents have a responsibility, to
stay home from work to monitor and supervise his every move and all of his after school
activities? If you determined that they did, then they may be considered to be negligent.
On the other hand, the female's parents, who knew she was disabled, who knew that she
was retarded, and who knew that she had been declared incompetent, you must ask whether
they had a duty and a responsibility to have somebody watch over her and monitor her con-
duct. If you find that they had such a responsibility and failed to exercise their responsibil-
ity, then you may conclude that the female's parents were negligent. These are the issued
that became the subject of the counter-claim that was filed in the child support case on
behalf of the boy's parents.
Needless to say, this case was settled without a trial where both side agreed to dismiss their
claim against the other and with the girl's parents no longer seeking child support against
the boy's parents. When the boy becomes of legal age, then he can be the subject (defen-
dant) in a child support claim against him.
Understanding negligence allows one to conform his/her own conduct to that which is rea-
sonable and to recognize when the conduct of someone else is unreasonable.
This article is submitted by Burney Bivens, Esq., LFD of the law firm Bivens, Jones &
Associates and Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home. During the next several months a series
of articles will appear regarding legal issues and fimeral service related issues. Mr Bivens has prac-
ticed law in North Florida for 27 years and has provided legal representation to the fimeral service
industry for more than 25 years and is also a licensed funeral director with his son. For questions
on legal issues call the law office at 904-264-3412. For questions regarding fimeral services call
Aaron and Burney Bivens Funeral Home at 904-264-1233.
1. FIS is currently seeking a SOX Manager for its Jacksonville location. This posi-
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degree in accounting, and two to three years of audit experience. Oracle knowledge,
SOX experience, and an MACC or MBA are a plus. Please apply online at
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2. FIS is currently seeking a Sr. Staff Accountant for its Jacksonville location. This
position will require two to three years experience in and accounting environment,
Excel proficiency, a thorough understanding of financial statements and systems,
and a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance. Oracle experience and an MACC
or MBA are a plus. Please apply online at www.fisglobal.com. EEO/AA Employer.
3. FIS is currently hiring for an SVP of Data and Analytics for its corporate office in
Jacksonville, FL. This position will require seven to ten years experience in the
financial services or banking industry in a relevant field; or equivalent combination
of education and experience. Established track record of involvement in industry
trade groups preferred. A bachelor's degree from a four year college or university in
a related field or equivalent experience is required. The primary responsibility will
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position will require a college degree or equivalent plus five years of professional
level experience, including three years as a project manager on complex/multiple
projects. In addition, a project management certification (PMI PMP) or equivalent
experience, strong background in banking, e.g., experience in retail or commercial
banking and/or experience with banking applications and IT is required. Experience
with Fidelity banking applications is a plus. Please apply online at
www.fisglobal.com. EEO/AA Employer.
5. FIS is currently seeking an Accounts Receivable Supervisor in Jacksonville, FL.
Requirements include: 3-5 years experience in an automated Accounts Receivable
environment, 2-3 years of supervisory experience, and a bachelor's degree in
accounting or finance. Oracle, SAP, JD Edwards, and PeopleSoft experience are a
plus. Minimal travel (10%) may be necessary. Please apply online at
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position requires a bachelor's degree in a related discipline, 5+ years professional
level experience in JAVA development/architecture, skills in of Java based technolo-
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(SOA), skills in XML technologies, and skills in databases and SQL programming.
Please apply online at www.fisglobal.com. EEO/AA Employer.
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school diploma or GED and 3-5 years experience in a benefits administration or
human resources position. Prior experience working in a multi-state, large-scale
business operation preferred. This position will assist in the administration, commu-
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Jacksonville office, Ronita Sanders
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Event organized by
deemed 'great success' by
"Getting engaged in the
community" is a priority
of Fourth Circuit Public
Defender Matt Shirk
because it.provides for
between elected leaders
and the greater constituen-
cy. This is the message he
delivered to the audience
assembled at -Milney
Auditorium on the campus
of Edward Waters College
on Thursday evening
(1/21/10). The event was
called the Accountability
Forum, an exercise that
organizers intended to bet-
ter facilitate discussion
between local officehold-
ers and the people of
Shirk was one of 16
panelists that discussed a
variety of issues related to
crime, public safety, edu-
cation, housing and elec-
tions. Other panelists
included the Sheriff, the
State Attorney, several
members of the City
Council, a member of the
Duval public -school
board, the Property
Appraiser and the
Supervisor of Elections.
Several other local, state
and federal offices were
The event organized by
Eunice Barnum of the
Association and Lloyd.
Washington of the
Coalition of Presidents of
-began at 5 p.m. with a din-
ner, followed by a 30
minute panelist reception
and ended after a nearly
two hour panel discussion.
Close to 200 people
attended the forum which
allowed for the different
officeholders to address
questions related to their
duties. Moderator Dan
Evans of The Florida Star
was billed with the task of
keeping the discussion
succinct and 'on topic.
"Like any community,
Jacksonville has a lot of
problems, and it is
extremely heartening to
see such an outpouring of
citizens who want to be
part of the solution," said
Shirk. "I am proud to
have been one of so many
fine panelists who repre-
sent our community in dif-
ferent capacities. When I
was asked my thoughts on
preventing juveniles from
following a path into
crime, I like many others
agreed that education is a
critical starting point. A
priority of mine as Public
Defender is to engage in
the community and we are
continually increasing our
efforts of outreach and
education through partici-
pation in events like the
Accountability Forum and
work with schools, neigh-
borhood associations and
Joining Shirk at the
event was Assistant Public
Buncome-Williams, a sen-
ior attorney in his Major
Crimes Unit. As part of
the Florida Bar
Committee, Ms. Williams
is involved with the cre-
ation of collateral pieces
that the organization dis-
tributes to provide better
information and education
about the legal system.
Shirk and Williams pro-
vided copies to attendees.
Many of the partici-
pants in the Thursday
event called it a "great
success." Panelists and
attendees alike agreed that
ongoing discussions like
this are important to mov-
ing the community for-
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Matt Shirk with members of SFPPCA with panelist Brenda Priestly-Jackson
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Annoyed On-Line Reader their doctor or local health departments about the availability and cost of these vac-
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You can file a complaint and the first stop should be the on-site manager's office. If lies, including parents of newborns and friends and family members of pregnant
this resource isn't helpful then you should contact the management company. Yes, women get a shot of TDaP to protect these vulnerable young children," Mills said.
your neighbor pays rent but you pay as well and are entitled to a decent amount of
peace and quiet. Once this is done, boundaries should be established. On another H1N1 Influenza- H1N1 flu is still in Clay County. "We have doctors who
note, if she violates the noise ordinance after hours, you can call the police as a guar- are called 'sentinel physicians'. They send a certain number of tests from ill
antee for a good nights sleep. patients in to check for flu viruses each week," Mills said. "We are still finding lab-
oratory confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in Clay County, so it is not too late to get vac-
Dear Deanna! cinated against this illness." The Clay County Health Department is offering free
I'm a single mom with five kids and I've reunited with my boyfriend of two years. H1N1 shots and mist at their Bear Run clinic, 329 Bear Run Blvd., Building B,
I admit we've had problems on both sides but during this recent make up he Orange Park:
expressed his love, he said that he missed us and he wants to pick up where we left
off. He went to work one day and I didn't hear from him until two weeks later. He 1. Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
left me a voice mail saying that his job had offered him a training position in anoth- (call for an appointment at 213-3202)
er town and he would be back on the weekend. I didn't hear anything for three days 2. Saturday, February 20th, 9:00 a.m. 'to 2:00 p.m., (Walk in No
and decided that I love myself and I'm tired of games. What should I do about this .
man? appointment needed)
Confused Seattle, WA
SRSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) -There is an increase in RSV illness 0
Dear Confused: in the area. RSV normally occurs November through April in the United States.
If a man loves you so much, he will not disappear for two weeks and not contact The symptoms of RSV include cough, sneezing runny nose, fever and decreased E
you. These are signs that he's immature, selfish and not very responsible. Your rela- appetite. RSV is airborne droplet spread and there is no vaccine available. Those
tionship ended for a reason and you should move forward instead of two steps back. at risk for severe illness from RSV include premature infants, children less than 2
You have enough kids already and don't need to add an overgrown man to the years of age with congenital heart or chronic lung disease and children with com-
bunch. Set an example for your kids by taking care of them, loving yourself and promised immune systems to do a medical condition ot treatment. Also at risk are
waiting for a man that will treat you right. adults with compromised immune systems and those 65 and older.
Ask Deanna is written by Deanna M. Write Ask Deanna! Deanna M, 264 S. La Cienega, Suite 1283, How can people stay healthy? Be sure that they and their children are vacci-
Beverly Hills, CA 90211 or Email: email@example.com Website: www.askdeanna.com nated against whooping cough and influenza. Vaccinated or not, people should
cover their cough and sneezes, wash their hands often with soap and water for 15-
0 020 seconds. Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others. Refrain from close
contact with sick individuals. More information on these and other illnesses can be
found at www.cdc.gov.
Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events
scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area.
CERTIFIED CONCEALED WEAPON LICENSE (Permit) Course
Satisfies Florida State Statute 790.06 for Application to Lawfully Canrry a
Concealed Weapon. 1. Hour Course, $35.00 by Appt. in Callahan, Nassau
County, FL. Call Gary Belson (904)491-8358. for information.
The Millions More Movement, Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee
Inc., a non-profit organization is in the process of gathering children, women,
men, shoes, jackets, shirts, suits, dresses, skirts, blouses all sizes, etc. for our
next 'Clothes Give-A-Way'. If you have the items listed above, and are in the
process of cleaning out your closets, give them to us. We need them. We also
accept cash donations. Call us for pickups, or bring them to 916 N. Myrtle
Avenue., Monday through Saturday, 9:00. a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit our website:
www.jaxloc.org or call us at 904-240-9133.
AL LETSON'S SUMMER IN SANCTUARY, Saturday, January 30, 7:00
p.m. South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church... Fellowship Hall, 2137
Hendricks Avenue. You don't just watch Summer in Sanctuary......Al Letson's
one-man play based on his experience as a summer camp counselor at The
Sanctuary on 8th Street... It's something you feel... By sharing his experience
of that summer, Al tells his own life story and the stories of the inner-city chil-
dren he worked with there. You will laugh and you will cry'and you will come
away with a better understanding of a troubling yet hopeful world. Al has per-
formed Summer in Sanctuary around the country, including Off-Broadway in
New York City, where it will return for a run in 2010. In addition to his role
as playwright, poet and actor, Al also created and hosts NPR's newest national
radio show, State of the RE: Union. Tickets $20. Call: 356.3588, Email:
Sanctuaryon8th@aol.com Web site/Paypal: Sanctuaryon8th.org
4TH STANTON GALA -The Annual Gala of alumni, faculty and staff of Old
Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton Vocational High Schools will be May 1,
2010 at the Prince Osborn Convention Center. This year's event will spotlight
former Stanton Bands and honor, posthumously, Band Director Mr. Kernaa
McFarlin. For more information about this year's Gala and to view previous
Galas, visit our website at www.stantonhighschool.org or call Gala Chairman
Kenneth Reddick at 904-764-8795. Spread the word! Tickets will be available
at our next meeting February 8th, 6:00 p.m. Bethel Baptist Institutional
THE CITY OF JACKSONVILLE CANNING CENTER in cooperation
with the Duval County Extension Service will offer a workshop on Wednesday,
February 10th from 9a.m. to Noon and another from 1 to 4p.m.. Get ready for
Valentines Day by learning how to make Sweetheart Jam and take some
home for the family to enjoy; Then on Tuesday, February 23rd from 9a.m. to
Noon and another from 1 to 4p.m. Get ready for Spring by learning how to
make Calamondin Preserves and take some home for the family to enjoy
(approx. 3 half pints. The cost is $20.00 per person for each workshop which
includes all materials. Space is limited. You must pre-pay to register. Send
your $20 check made payable to DCOHAC and mail to Canning, 1010 N.
McDuffAve., Jacksonville, FL 32254. Deadline is February 19. Call Jeannie at
387-8850 to register.
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~ State of the Ununited Union ~
US President Barack Obama gave a thrilling "State of
the Union" speech recently but talk is cheap and even
though talk is inexpensive most'Black people in America
can't afford a sentence!
"Tax cuts and freezes", in political terms, are just catch words to generate hand
claps in the halls of Congress. Spending by government is not America's problem,
the problem is the way that tax dollars are being spent!
No doubt, Barack Obama is one of the best orators, political or otherwise, that
I've seen and heard in my lifetime but if I could choose between a good speech and
a good life, I would choose a good life!
If I could talk to Obama, and I don't see that possibility ever happening, I would
say, "Mr. President, America's Independent voters that voted for a Republican
Senator in a predominately Democratic Senate District are not mad with you.
"The terrorists and suicide bombers that will give their lives to blow up planes
and buildings are not mad with America.
I would say, "Most of the people upset in America and those that are angry
around the world do not dislike America, they are mad at the American way!"
Democrats and Republicans in Congress will never unite in order to do what's
best for the country because the lobbyists will never let that happen!
Lobbyists didn't even wait for your State of the Union speech to be over before
they started to figure out ways to derail your legislative proposals.
You don't have to be a heart surgeon turned rocket scientist to know that politi-
cal mercenaries run this country, not Presidents, not Senators and not
Representatives. If you didn't know, elected officials don't read or write most of the
bills they vote on. They are told what to vote on by lobbyists and governmental staff
But I don't want to get too far ahead of myself here. Let's get back to the main
The big bankers, war mongers, insurance companies, health care providers, cor-
porations, unemployed workers, welfare mothers and the homeless winos sleeping
on the side of the street all want the same thing more money!
The system that President Obama is trying to improve is a system that thrives on
exploitation, oppression and economic mistreatment. The biggest and "best" busi-
nesses in America are those that can take, or steal, the most money.
There are companies here that people called regulated industries. Companies like
banks, insurance companies, telephone companies, health care companies, real estate
companies, loan companies and so on. Trust me, they do not want to operate a con-
siderate business that's fair and helpful to the common man, they don't want to pay
higher taxes, they don't replace cheap foreign labor with American jobs and they
don't want increased government regulation and scrutiny.
No disrespect to our great speaking President but we don't need another hero we
need pay checks with a whole lot of zeros!
ManyAmericans don't want to blend into the "system", they don't want to fix the
system, in fact some people here and other places want to destroy the system and cre-
ate a way to govern that will be more considerate, more sensitive and less devilish!
I know many of America's African American writers and columnists can't wait
to get to their computers to parrot what was written in white papers or heard on white
news shows but I have an old but new take on what to do:
Quit waiting on government, stop depending on devilish politicians and start
focusing on yourselves and each other!
We've got to hire each other. We've got to patronize each other. And, we've
got to depend on each other for out economic, and political, survival. (Buy
Gantt's book "Beast Too: Dead Man Writing" and contact Lucius at
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JANUARY30, 2010 THE STAR PAGE B-3
From Actual Police Reports
Did You Hear About?...
A GIRLFRIEND GOES CRAZY ON HER
A Police Officer was dispatched to 9TH ST. in reference to a dispute. It
should be noted that the victim and suspect have been living together for approxi-
mately three years and have a child in common.
Upon arrival, he met the victim. Victim stated that he departed the residence
due to an argument with T.S. (suspect). He advised when he returned the suspect
approached him outside the residence yelling profanities and acting belligerent. He
told the Officer that the suspect threw a cooler at him that hit him in the head. He
further stated that the suspect began repeatedly slapping and punching him in his
face. He said that he began yelling for the witness to come and restrain the suspect.
The suspect stated that she met the victim outside and began yelling at him because
he departed the residence and returned at a late hour. She advised that the suspect
attacked her during the argument. She said that she was upset because she had been
drinking and the victim had been doing drugs.
The witness advised that he heard the suspect yelling at the victim. He said
that he saw the suspect throwing objects at the victim; he further advised that he did
not observed the victim assaulting the suspect. He informed the officer that the sus-
pect acts violent when she does cocaine. He said that he has observed the suspect
attack the victim numerous times. Cleared by arrest.
BABY MAMA DRAMA
An Officer was dispatched to Northland Street in reference to a violation of
an injunction. Upon arrival, he met the victim. She stated that the suspect Ms. Sharay
has been calling and threatening her. Per the victim, she and the suspect have a baby
daddy in common. While at the scene, the victim showed the officer an Injunction
for protection against the suspect. Officer got the victims information and gave her a
State Attorney's Card and information on filing it.
Before leaving the scene, the victim received several text messages from the
suspect. She threatened to come over to the victim's house and fight her. Officer told
the victim not to confront her. "Call the Police and let us deal with her." Patrol efforts
Man Destroys Dwelling
with a Frying Pan
The suspect and victim live together as a family and have a child in common.
The dispute was mediated and the suspect was advised to leave the premises to allow
both parties time to "cool off'. Neither party claimed physical violence at the time of
the first response.
Upon returning to the address, the victim came to the door, crying and obvi-
ously upset. The suspect had walked away from the scene. The victim stated that the
suspect came back into the apartment and they started arguing again. The victim stat-
ed that the suspect then picked up a frying pan in the kitchen and hit the stove hood,
denting it. The victim stated that he then hit the chandelier, breaking the light bulbs
and bending the metal. The victim stated that the suspect was holding the frying pan
in his hand and told her, "B****, I will whoop you're a** and take the baby!" The
victim stated that she was afraid that he was going to hurt her and possibly the chil-
dren while they were fighting. The victim also advised that the reason she originally
called was that the suspect had pushed her in the forehead several times and held his
fist up saying, I'm about to whoop your butt tonight!". The victim stated that after
she called thepolice the first time, the suspect talked her into saying that they were
Police Officer then met with the witness, who stated that she was awakened
by the suspect and victim yelling at each other. The witness stated that she heard the
baby toys being thrown and when she looked, the victim was "balled up" on the floor
and the suspect went to the kitchen and got the frying pan and broke the light and
threatened the victim with the frying pan raised. The witness said she then told the
victim to call the police after the suspect left the apartment.
Ofe. H arrived back at the scene, and advised that the suspect was nearby at
the Gate store (8070 Atlantic Blvd). The first Officer at arrival sent Ofe. H to detain
the suspect and return him to the scene. Upon his arrival at the scene, Officer provid-
ed the suspect with his Miranda rights by card. The suspect stated that he understood
his rights. The suspect was asked what happened, and he stated that he went back
inside to get some things and the victim provoked him by telling him that she had
another man inside the residence and that he would be coming back to visit with her
and the baby. The suspect stated that he just "lost it" and started hitting stuff with the
frying pan. The suspect stated that he never threatened the victim. Ofc. H recovered
the bent frying pan around the comer of the building near some bushes.
The first time the Officer was at the apartment, he observed that there were
holes in the walls (both parties stated that they were caused by a previous dispute).
When the Officer returned, he noticed that the porch light was broken' and pieces of
plastic were on the ground. The chandelier had two broken light bulbs and the glass
from the bulbs was scattered on the floor, table and a loveseat that was in the dining
area. The stove hood had a large dent in it. The apartment was generally unkempt.
SThere was two small children, that were in the apartment while the Incident occurred.
Police provided the victim with information and completed a written statement and
signature form. The witness provided a written statement. Police arrested the suspect
and transported him to PTDF.
Involvement with prestigious
organizations will be to your
advantage. Relationships will
be erratic this week. Your cre-
ative input will be appreciated
by your boss. Don't be too
quick to judge partners or
those you work with.
Difficulties with females you
live with could cause emo-
tional stress. You could be
emotional if you didn't take
care of problems with loved
ones. Listen to the advice
given by those with experi-
ence. Be sure to take care of
any minor ailments.
"^ l LIBRA
You need an outlet that will
help take your mind off any
troubles at work. Take time to
do some writing, whether it's
correspondence, poetry, or
keeping a journal. Try to calm
down emotionally about per-
sonal financial matters. A
friendship might suffer if
money becomes an issue.
Help if you can, but more
than likely it will be suffi-
cient just to listen. Be on
your best behavior. Travel
for pleasure will be entic-
ing. Trips will be more
Consider starting a small busi-
ness on the side. Look for a
marketable gimmick. Keep
busy and let them fume while
you're not around. Don't lend
or borrow money or belong-
ings. Your best efforts will
come through hard work.
Travel could turn out to be
more exciting than you
imagined. Concentrate on
spending quality time with
children and friends. Join
humanitarian groups and let
your leadership ability take
over. If they don't want to
get involved, work by your-
Avoid scandals of any sort. Call
siblings or old friends to catch
up on recent news. Put your
time and energy into travel, phi-
losophy, and soul-searching.
There might be one who is quite
willing to take the credit for
Accomplishment is yours if
you direct yourself accord-
ingly. Take care when deal-
ing with older relatives.
You will encounter those
who can help you further
your goals if you attend
functions that attract
prominent people. If they
don't like the plan, suggest
that they con tribute a lit-
Don't hesitate to enlist the aid
of friends or family if you
have a big project to finish in
your domestic environment.
People you live with will not
be terribly happy with you
regardless of what you do this
week. Any renovation or deco-
rating to your home should
include the whole family. You
can come up with ways of
earning extra cash.
Romance is likely if you par-
ticipate in unusual forms of
entertainment. Mingle with
those who can further your
goals. You may be in an
extremely passionate mood
this week. Acceptance is the
You may divulge private
information without realiz-
ing it this week. Take a
close look at documents be
fore signing on the dotted
line. Rewards for past good
deeds will highlight your
day. If you try to- manipu-
late emotional situations
you will find .yourself
Do your own thing. You can
make it up to them later. You
can enjoy the company of
others and come in contact
with an ideal mate, if you get
out and mingle. You can
make money if you put your
mind to it.
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SONVILLE, FL Coming
off a Southern League
Championship in 2009,
their first season as an
affiliate of the National
League's Florida Marlins,
the Jacksonville Suns have
announced the field staff
for the 2010 season.
infielder Tim Leiper joins
the Suns as manager, along
with hitting coach Corey
Hart, who spent the 2009
season in the Milwaukee
Former Minor League
pitcher John Duffy will
,rve as pitching
coach while Dustin
to the Suns as
0 played 110
games for the
2 Detroit Tiger-
affiliated Suns in
1995 posting a .259
haiting average with 8
homeruns and 46 RBIs.
Leiper enters his eleventh
season as a Minor League
manager, and second con-
secutive season in the
Florida Marlins organiza-
tion. He spent 2009 man-
aging the Jupiter
Marlins' Single-A affiliate.
The Whittier, California
native and Altoona,
spent 2006-2008 as man-
ager of the Altoona Curve
(AA-Pirates). He has also
seen time coaching or man-
* aging in the Mets, Expos,
Red Sox, and Orioles sys-
tems. As a manager, Leiper
has compiled a 967-929
(.517) career record.
Upon being named the
Suns Manager in 2010,
Leiper stated, "I enjoyed
my time as a player and I'm
looking forward to being
back in Jacksonville."
Leiper coached the
Canadian National Team
from 2003-2006, a string
of four years that consisted
of two Olympic Qualifiers,
the 2004 Olympic Games
in Athens, Greece, and the
inaugural World Baseball
Classic in 2006. As a play-
er, Leiper spent eleven sea-
sons in the Minor Leagues
with the Detroit Tigers,
New York Mets, Kansas
City Royals and Pittsburgh
Corey Hart has been
named hitting coach for the
Suns in 2010, after serving
in the same capacity with
the Brevard County
*up Fihe NmdCron Toph
W S 'tA Ites f th Wee
By MIKE BONTS
NC The Winston-Salem
Department of Athletics
announced that junior
guard MaLisa Bumpus
and senior guard Brian
Fisher were named the
Crown Trophy WSSU
Student-Athletes of the
Week for the week ending
Jan. 24, 2010.
Bumpus, a 5'6" junior
from Virginia Beach,
Virginia, gave a great
effort against the Morgan
State Lady Bears and the
Norfolk State Spartans.
She broke out for 13
points against Morgan
State, connecting on four-
of-12 shots from the field
with three three-pointers
'in the game. She also
added an assist and a steal.
She also kept the Lady
Rams close in a tough loss
to Norfolk State, She fin-
ished the game with 15
points and hit a clutch
three-pointer to tie the
game in the final minutes.
Fisher, a 6'3" senior
from Marietta, Georgia,
scored 29 total points in
two games last week. He
score 10 points in an 84-
65 loss to Morgan State,
but bounced back for 19
points in an 82-70 win
over Norfolk State. At
11.2 points per game,
Fisher is the team's lead-
The Crown Trophy
WSSU Student-Athlete of
the Week award is pre-
sented weekly to the
Winston-Salem State stu-
dent-athletes who have
demonstrated their athletic
talents in the arena of
sport by representing
University. The award is
proudly sponsored by
Crown Trophy, Winston-
known, but locally-owned
awards store located at
2869 Reynolda Road in
during 2'1 "'. and 2009. The
former infielder played
twelve years professional-
ly. most of that time in the
Kansas City Royals organ-
On coaching in
Jacksonville for the Suns,
Hart stated he is "looking
forward to the opportunity.
The team has a beautiful
facility in the Baseball
Grounds and we just hope
to repeat the same success
the Suns saw in 2009."
After spending 2009 as
pitching coach in Jupiter
(A-Marlins), John Duffy
will join the Jacksonville
staff in the same capacity
during 2010. Duffy was
also pitching coach for the
Jamestown Jammers (A-
SS -Marlins) in 2006 and
in 2007 and 2008. Duffy
played six seasons of pro-
fessional baseball in the
Detroit Tigers organization
during the 1980s. He cur-
rently resides in Bay
Athletic trainer Dustin
Luepker enters his second
year in the Florida Marlins
McKinney, Texas resident
spent the 2009 season with
the Suns and returns for
2010 in the same capacity.
The Jacksonville Suns
are the Double-A Affiliate
of the Florida Marlins and
are proud members of the
Southern League of
Clubs. Season tickets,
sponsorships and group
events are currently on sale
for the 2010 season by call-
ing the Suns front office at
Falcons Eighth In Div. II Atlantic Regional Rankings
By Mike Bonts, Sports Editor
Saint Augustine's College is eighth in the first Division II Atlantic Regional
men's basketball rankings of the season. The rankings were released Wednesday
This is the first regional ranking for the Falcons during the tenure of second-year
head coach Lonnie Blow, Jr., who was named CIAA men's basketball coach of the
week on Monday. The Falcons are the only CIAA team in the regional rankings,
which will be released each Wednesday through March 3.
The Falcons would be in the NCAA Division II tournament if it started today.
The NCAA selects the top eight teams in each of the eight regions for the tourna-
ment, which starts March 13 at regional sites.
The Falcons sit atop the CIAA standings at 8-2 and possess the league's best
overall record at 14-3. With 10 regular-season games left, the Falcons are on pace to
reach 20 or more wins for the first time since 1997, the year they won their only
CIAA Tournament crown.
The Falcons, currently on a five-game win streak, host two-time defending
CIAA champion Johnson C. Smith University on Thursday (Jan. 28) at Emery
Gymnasium. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Below are the Atlantic Regional men's basketball rankings. The records are
through Sunday, January 24:
Division II Overall Division II In-Region
1. Indiana (Pennsylvania) 13-1 13-1
2. West Liberty 13-1 13-1
3. West Virginia State ,13-2 12-2
4. Kutztown 14-1 13-1
5. East Stroudsburg 13-1 13-1
6. Alderson-Broaddus 12-2 12-2
7. West Chester 12-4 11-4
8. Saint Augustine's 12-3 11-3
9. Mansfield 10-5 9-4
10. Fairmont State 9-2 9-2
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Rodney Chatman -
Lane In three cL'. mclasI
week, Ciaijman ar.cia'ed
11.6 points and 2 3 :,.sist
as the Dracons \\ient 2- I
Takesha Riggs -- Fort
Valley State-Ri.. a\el-
aged 13.5 points and 3.5
rebounds as the -Lady
Wildcats went 1-1 last
Jeremy Sledge Fort
Valley State-In two
games last week, Sledge
averaged 12.5 points
Stephanie Harper -
freshman forward aver-
aged 17.3 points and 9.3
rebounds leading KSU to
a 2-1 week
Parysh Munroe -
averaged 19.3 points and
pulled down 8.3 rebounds
in three games last week
Shonice Sprouse -
averaged 14.3 points, 9.6
rebounds and 3.3 assist on
LaDarius Johnson -
led the Magicians to a 2-1
week averaging 17.6
points and 4.6 rebounds
Mauriecia Sewell -
Clark Atlanta-In three
Men's Basketball Player of
the Week, Najee Lane -
Clark Atlanta (Guard, 6-4,
195, JR, Trenton, NJ). In
two games last week, Lane
averaged 19 points, 10
rebounds and 3.5 steals
leading the Panthers to a
perfect 2-0 week and 13th
consecutive victory. In his
best game Lane scored 25
points and pulled down 10
rebounds in a 61-60 victory
games last week, Sewell
averaged 12.3 points and
Jelani Figures -
aged 15.1 points, four
rebounds and 2.6 steals in
three games last week
Jennifer Anoka -
aged 11.5 points and
seven rebounds in leading
TU to a perfect 2-0 week
Aaron Ragsdale -
wrome sLL as JUMertaul r iUaye
of the Week
Veronica Jackson Lane
(Guard, 5-10, JR,
Jackson averaged 20
points, 9.6 rebounds and
2.3 blocks which included
two double-doubles in lead-
ing the Lady Dragons to a
2-1 record last week.
Tuskegee-In three games
last week Ragsdale aver-
aged a double-double with
16 points and 11 rebounds
Skyler Williams -
aged 14.3 points, four
rebounds and four steals
in leading the Tigers to a
Phyllice Eubanks -
Stillman-In three games,
Eubanks averaged 12.6
points, six rebounds and
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P1w Star JANUARY 30, 2010
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA ONE OF 41 SITES
SELECTED FOR NATIONAL PROGRAM TO FIGHT
Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition at the Duval
County Health Department Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Major Grant to Improve
Healthy Eating and Active
All Jacksonville Children
Living Opportunities for
In Jacksonville, where 25 percent of the total population is under age
19, the Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition along
with partners will focus on expanding access to healthy foods through farm-
ers markets and community gardens, assessing and improving physical
activity opportunities for children and addressing crime and safety concerns
by increasing the use of parks and recreational facilities.
"Funding from internationally respected organizations such as the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation puts Jacksonville on the map as a leader
in public health efforts that focus on local policy and environmental design
to improve our community's health," said Tim Lawther, assistant director for
the Duval County Health Department. "We are proud to be part of a city
where improving access to healthy foods and physical activity is seen as a
priority, especially for children."
Director of Healthy Jacksonville at the Duval County Health
Department, Karen Coleman added, "With funding support from the Robert
I Wood Johnson Foundation, the coalition and its partners will continue to
---.jg, engage the community in preventing and reducing the childhood obesity
Healthy Jacksonville Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition at the
Duval County Health Department has been awarded a $360,000 grant from
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to improve opportunities for
physical activity and access to affordable healthy foods for children and fam-
ilies in Jacksonville, Florida. Based on a rigorous selection process that
drew more than 500 proposals from across the country, Jacksonville is one
of 41 sites selected for the RWJF Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initia-
Among 36 volunteers, representatives' from Golfair Estates Neighborhood
Association, the 29th and Chase Community, AmeriCorps, elementary and high
school students and the community at large joined Northwest Jacksonville
Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) for its 7th annual "Take A Day
On, Not A Day Off" tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a result of
this year's Clean Up Day we were able to collect 68 bags of trash! "We are honored
to serve our community in any way possible, especially around this time of the
year", said Rachonda Grover, NJCDC's community organizer.
NJCDC wishes to express thanks to Clean it up, Green it up, Subway on
Moncrief, Dominoes Pizza on 45th, and W. J Lewis, for contributions in mak- g
ing this event successful.
For more information regarding.NJCDC's next e\ent call i0 -,( %'h4-
1805. Come out and enjoy our community, % ith us
epidemic that is being, seen across the nation, state and here in
Jacksonville. We are excited to expand our coalition efforts to improve
active living and healthy eating opportunities for all children in Duval
"To reverse this epidemic, communities are going to have to rally
around their kids and provide the opportunities they need to be healthy,"
said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation. "Through this project, Healthy Jacksonville and
its partners are doing what it takes to make sure children lead better lives."
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities is a $33 million national program
and RWJF's largest investment to date in community-based solutions to
childhood obesity. With nine Leading Sites chosen in late 2008, the program
now spans 50 communities from Seattle to Puerto Rico. All are targeting
improvements in local policies and their community environment-changes
that research indicates could have the greatest impact on healthier eating,
more active living and obesity prevention. Healthy Kids, Healthy
Communities is a cornerstone of RWJF's $500 million commitment to
reverse the country's childhood obesity epidemic by 2015.
Visit www.healthykidshealthycommunities.org to learn more about
these communities' work and plans.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP 2010
"Building Around the triangles in our community"
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today. On .IMarch 1.5. 2009. this film uwas released on the internet and
has catapulted as a "stirring. epic and inspirational rideo for today's
generationn" Oter 2.. million internet fieaers have uawtched "A liar
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HEALTHY KIDS, HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
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CHILDREN IN DANGER OF INJURY OR DEATH
Edited by Cheryl Williams
Children walking to and from school face extremely dangerous situations
with drivers who do not adhere to speed zones, follow safety signs and respect cross-
ing guards. Thousands of children each day walk to school and face the challenges
of drivers not respecting driving laws and the safety of children in and around school
zones. There are hundreds of crossing guards in Duval County and they have an
inherently dangerous job of keeping children safe. Teachers and other school person-
nel also share this responsibility to guide children safely across streets, into and out
of vehicles and at times direct vehicular and bus traffic. Supplements to school cross-
ing guards are teachers whose extra "school duty" includes bus and car duty. Before
I continue let me make it perfectly clear that I'm not complaining about the extra duty
that I volunteered for, to help students and parents that walk and drive their children
to school. Many parents should be commended, no matter the weather conditions they
make sure their children arrive to school. Parents walk, take public transportation,
ride bicycles, take a taxis, and hitch rides just to make sure their child are attending
The Department of Transportation statistics show that, many more children
are killed as pedestrians than on school buses so drivers need to be extra careful in
school zones. There are circumstances that increasing amount of parents put their and
other children in danger of death or injury by blatantly disregarding traffic rules,
speed limits and safety signs. Having my duty station at the bus entrance, exit area at
my school, my responsibilities include: students and parents cross safely, parents
drive into the car loading and unloading zones not the bus zone and keeping walking
zones for children clear as some parents like to drive through and directing buses to
exit driveways. Some parents are intent on getting their child to school regardless of
the dangers that they place them and children walking in. The U.S. Department of
Transportation statistics shows that in 1998, 580 pedestrians ages 15 and under were
killed and another 21,000 were injured nationally.
One-fifth of all traffic fatalities among people under agel5 are pedestrians.
Consistently the state of Florida is in the top 10 of pedestrian fatalities. Challenges
that are seen include; parents allowing their children to exit the car in the middle of
the street, parking in no loading and unloading zones, parents calling students to cross
the street by themselves. There are situations that parents drive their vehicle into the
bus loading and unloading zones to beat the bus and drop off their child trying to
speed out ahead of buses. Parents even prompt their children to lie about their trans-
portation or write false notes stating their child as a walker just to be released early
so they can get into cars. There is frustration and sadness when I have spoken to
mature parents about not stopping in the street to let their children out or not allow-
ing their child to cross the street alone in busy traffic only to be cursed at, ignored or
watch parents continue these actions, it is difficult for me to intervene because of
threats. The most dangerous metropolitan areas for walking in Florida in 2002/2003
are Orlando, followed by Jacksonville, FL, Tampa, West Palm Beach, and Miami-Ft.
Lauderdale, (Mean Streets 2004).
I wonder if it is my personal hygiene, color of my skin, the lack of JSO pres-
ence or just disrespect the reasons behind some parents not willing to follow traffic
guidance. I can only assume it is human nature to continue this careless driving
behavior until a child is seriously hurt or killed. I'm sure my life is of no importance
to those parents that sling slurs, use profanity and hand gestures against me as I try to
be professional and helpful. Asking parents to slow down in a school zone or to stop
while children are escorted across the street to the safety of school, maybe because it
is not their child they do not care.
"Children are not small adults," said NHTSA Administrator Ricardo Martinez, M.D.
"They don't have the skills to.handle traffic-related environments. A child ver-
sus a car is an unfair fight that the child always loses. Children rely on adults for safe-
ty." Thank you to the parents that do drive slowly in school zones and stop to let chil-
dren cross streets, thank you to parents that give a friendly wave or a polite horn blow
to say good morning or that we are doing a good job. Parents try to understand where
ever you are going to drop your child off to school or pick them up, is it important
enough to risk injuring or killing a child to get there? Think about it and be careful in
school zones, lives are at stake.
13 YEAR-OLD UNICEF AMBASSADOR BILAAL RAJAN
CHALLENGES WORLD YOUTH TO HELP HAITI
Toronto, Canada Bilaal Rajan, the grade nine student at Lakefield
College School, UNICEF Canada Ambassador, youth activist, best-selling
author and fundraiser, has issued a challenge to students all over the world
to raise a minimum of $100 for the relief efforts in Haiti.
"Hundreds of thousands have died, and millions are without shelter,
food, running water or medical attention. Young people have to get involved
and help," says Rajan, the fundraising wunderkind who has raised millions
of dollars for programs that help children in need all over the world. "I think
the potential students have for raising millions of dollars throughout the
globe is overwhelming."
Barely a teenager, the Toronto-based children's activist is already a
force to be. reckoned with. An accomplished writer, Rajan's book, Making
Change: Tips from an Underage Overachiever (160 pages, Orca Book
Publishers), shows people how they can take charge and make a difference
in their communities, no matter what their age.
Rajan is adding an extra incentive for students to raise money. He
will shave his head in honour of the school or student in Canada that raises
the greatest amount of funds. "I'm looking forward to see what kinds of
fundraising ideas young people come up with and how much money they
can raise. Am I looking forward to going bald? Not so much. I hope the
students are gentle," he laughs.
At 4, Rajan began his fundraising success by selling clementine
oranges door-to-door raising money for victims of the 2001 earthquake in
Gujarat, India. At 7, he founded Making Change Now, an organization ded-
icated to heightening awareness of youth issues and raising funds for chil-
dren in the developing world. In March 2005, he was chosen as an official
Child Representative and Ambassador for UNICEF Canada.
In 2004, Rajan launched his first UNICEF fundraising challenge, at
the age of eight, called the UNICEF Canada Kids Earthquake Challenge,
through which Canadian children raised more than $1.8 million to help those
who were impacted by the earthquake and tsunami of south Asia. Canada's
youth contributed again in May 2008 to those affected by the Myanmar
cyclone through Rajan's Me and You for the Children of Myanmar UNICEF
All the proceeds raised by Rajan's Help Haiti Challenge will go to
UNICEF and the organization's relief efforts in Haiti. "The challenges of the
Haitian people won't go away overnight," he says. "But I know that students
throughout the world will step up to the plate and make every effort to help
those who are suffering in the country."
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