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Erics Brown was devastated when he heard of the death of friend, Whitney Houston, in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards, February 11, 2012. Brown, a Jacksonville native, played drums for Cissy and Whitney Houston for 23 years and 14 years, respectively, during the New Hope Baptist Church Gospel Choirs Sunday radio broadcasts. He described his relationship with the Houstons as family-like, referring to the elder Houston as Mother throughout the interview. Brown received a phone call from a grieving Cissy Houston requesting his attendance at the funeral. Only guests with invitations were allowed through the many checkpoints approaching the church, with security provided by Newark and military police through the area. Although Brown walked into the funeral with the family, he was asked to move to another area near Bishop T. D. Jakes and Rev. Jesse Jackson, when it was clear there was not enough seating for the immediate the family. A repast was held on the 22nd floor of the Newark Center, where guests were required to show repast tickets to gain entry. According to Erics, an invitation to the funeral did not guarantee entry to the repast. He was seated at a table across from Whitneys Bodyguard co-star, Kevin Costner and his wife. Pictures were allowed at the repast (but not inside the church). Brown snapped many of the celebrities in attendance, i.e. Oprah, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, Angela Bassett, Viveca A. Fox, Brandy, Derek Luke, and Jennifer Hudson. www.thefloridastar.com Looking for customers to patronize your business or utilize your services? If you answered YES, then you need to place an ad in The Florida Star or Georgia Star! CALL 904/766-8834 to place your ad TODAY!! Check, Money Order, or Credit CardsAccepted ad@thefloridastar.com NORTHEAST FLORIDAS OLDEST, LARGEST, MOST-READ AFRICAN-AMERICAN OWNED NEWSPAPER I N S I D E Opinion/Editorial............A-2 Church...........................A-3 Talk of the Town...............A-4 Around the Area............A-6 Caribbean News.............A-7 Local..........................B-1 Columns........................B-2 Sports...........................B-4 Crime & Justice..(A).C&J-1-4 Prep Rap...........(B).PR-1-4 Classified & Business...B-7 Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 3617 FEBRUARY 25, 2012 MARCH 3, 2012 VOL. 61 NO. 44 50 CENTS An Award Winning Publication, serving you since 1951. Rated AŽ by the Better Business Bureau Wish to give us a News Story? Call (904) 766-8834 or Send it to: info@thefloridastar.com Read The Florida and Georgia Star Newspapers. Listen to IMPACT Radio Talk Show.www.thefloridastar.comStill the peoples choice, striving to make a difference. Cant Get to the Store? Have The Star Delivered! The Florida Star P. O. Box 40629 Jacksonville, FL 32203 The Florida Star, The Georgia Star! Impact Radio AM1360 (904) 766-8834 SINCE 1951 President Obama spoke at the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. President Obama said the National Museum of African American History and Culture honors an important part of U.S. history: the central role played by African Americans in the life of the nation. But it will do more than simply keep those memories alive,Ž he said. It should inspire us as well.Ž Obama said he wants his daughters and others who visit the museum to see how ordinary Americans could do extraordinary things. ƒ I want them to appreciate this museum not just as a record of tragedy but as a celebration of life.Ž The National Museum of African American History and Culture was authorized by Congress in 2003 as the Smithsonian Institutions 19th museum. It is scheduled to open in 2015. Black and Latino seniors in the U.S. are facing a tougher time in retirement: Elder poverty rates are twice as high among these groups compared to the U.S. population as a whole, according to a new study by the University of California, Berkeley. Some 19.4 percent of black and 19.0 percent of Latino seniors have incomes below the federal poverty line, compared to 9.4 percent for the senior population overall, according to the analysis, which is based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey and U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. Recent household surveys show that retirees of color, especially blacks and Latinos, rely more heavily on Social Security and have less access to other types of retirement income than their white counterparts,Ž researcher Nari Rhee of UC Berkeleys Center for Labor Research and Education, said in a statement. Less than one-third of employed Latinos and less than half of black workers are covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan, a key resource in ensuring adequate retirement income. As a result, they are disproportionately reliant on the limited income provided by Social Security, the report found. Among retirees age 60 and older, people of color are disproportionately likely to be low income: For 2007-2009, 31.6 percent of blacks and 46.5 percent of Latinos were in the bottom 25 percent income group. The otherŽ race category of the Census, which includes Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American populations, is also more likely to be low-income (38 percent), the report noted. It is critical to improve both job access and job quality -in terms of wages and benefits, including pension benefits -to improve retirement prospects for current workers,Ž Rhee stated. New Museum to Celebrate History, Culture of African Americans Local residential group homes utilized by youth in foster care are now under additional scrutiny thanks to a new Five-Star Quality Rating System pilot program implemented by Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS), the lead agency for foster care, adoption and family preservation in Duval and Nassau counties. FSS is the first community-based care agency in the state to initiate a rating system for residential group homes that establishes criteria above the minimum legally mandated standards and that focuses on the physical conditions of the facilities. The Five-Star Quality Rating System establishes standards and expectations that FSS expects group homes to meet; standards that are above statutory requirements. The rating system provides for uniform evaluation and consistency among grading for all group homes. Lee Kaywork, FSS CEO, explained, Many group homes are excellent and offer wonderful accommodations for youth in foster care; but others just meet the bare minimum legal requirements, and thats simply not good enough.Ž FSS introduced the Five-Star Quality Rating System in October and will issue the first certificates of rating at a quarterly group home meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The group home rating system is like those used to measure quality in hotels, and provides for scoring in specific focus areas: -Interior amenities, atmosphere, specific conditions of each room in the home -Exterior amenities, security, parking, yard -Client and Staff Interactions communications, participation, discipline, activities, meeting individual needs of youth Our instructions to staff were simple: if you wouldnt sleep in the home, our children shouldnt,Ž Kaywork said. We want our foster youth to be housed in group homes that are better than mediocre and expect group homes to improve and come up to our standards.Ž Continued on A-2 Black, Latino Seniors Twice As Likely To Be In Poverty In Retirement Jacksonville Musician Attends Whitney Houstons FuneralFormerly played drums for Cissy and Whitney HoustonBy Frances Calhoun Bradley Photo furnished by Erics Brown Armed Man Randomly Shoots Through Neighborhood And At Police Officers See Crime & Justice Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra andAlvin Ailey Get your Free Tickets Call 904-766-8834 Man Charged with Three Felonies by Kevin KimPolice say Jaquez Roland, 34, had pulled a gun out on a clerk in a hotel demanding money from a safe. When the clerk wasnt able to open the safe, Roland tied his wrists and stole his wallet. Two weeks later, he broke into a home and stole an air conditioning unit while the resident was asleep in the room. Hours later that same day, Roland went to rob a liquor store with a gun. He tied the clerks wrist and legs and dragged her into a stock room and took money from the cash register and safe. Police were able to later identify the suspect and went to his home. Roland had told the woman in the home to tell the police that he wasnt there. The officers talked to a pizza man who had just made a delivery to the house and showed them a receipt, which had Rolands name on it. Roland was arrested and faces three felony charges including the robberies at the hotel and the liquor store. He is also charged with resisting arrest without violence and is being held on $429,000 bail. Group Homes for Foster Kids Judged by New Five-Star Quality Rating System; If you wouldnt sleep there, then our children shouldnt.ŽBy Janet Peters Mauceri McCain, Ed.M Erics Brown at WhitneyHoustons Funeral Erics Brown and Cissy Houston Jaquez Roland Image by AP

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Black History month often reminds me of the brutal past we have endured as a people. The common thread we all share is that of a people forcibly removed from a continent and their respective nations. They were brought here across the Atlantic to serve as human chattel. One of the biggest criticisms of the Slave Trade was the forcible conversion of people and the names they were given to reflect those of their Christian masters. The knowledge of this heinous chapter in our nations history, coupled with the codified racism that followed, have led some to vehemently oppose the Christian faith and label it a White mans religion.Ž That stated … I beg to differ with the description White mans religion.Ž The Slave Trade had many conspirators of diverse religious backgrounds, from the indigenous, ancestral worship of warring tribes that captured their enemies and sold them to the merchants or kept them for themselves, to the Arab Muslims who historically enslaved non believers and rivals alike. Religion has always been used to justify atrocity and one mans oppression of another. We must always keep in mind that many good Christian White people fought and gave their lives as abolitionists to destroy the institution. I believe some of our fathers found a new faith in the journey across the Atlantic. It was not something their fathers would recognize or something they were force fed by plantation owners. They created a culture grounded in a hope for the future and a freedom they would never experience in this life. They were not earthly minded. They looked past the hypocrisy of their captors and believed in the God of the Bible based upon their own internal witness. In spite of all tangible evidence, the Black church believed that God was with them and that he in fact died for them. The preachers insisted that those who called upon their God would be saved, but not by human hands, and not necessarily in this life. Think of the profound contrast between modern day saints and the rampant materialism that is taught from the pulpits of many Black preachers today. In the past, Courageous believers planted seeds of hope through their simple instruction the wonderful music left behind that spoke of the riches of Christ. Stripped of all earthly hope, they found an architect who promised to build them a city beyond the Jordan, and they sang (man did they sing!) about it often. They grabbed hold of a compassionate Christ that loved them and looked neither like their master or themselves. He was a spirit, a fire, a light, eternal and unchanging. Their music identified with the bondage of the Hebrews and they surmised that one day their deliverance would come, and if not for them … then the generations that would proceed from them. I have often wondered about this faith handed down for centuries. The faith of our fathers is something to reacquaint ourselves with. They were illiterate, yet spiritual beyond description. Victims; yet, overcomers in every sense of the word! They possessed nothing but were rich beyond compare. Their faith created a perseverance few human beings would ever know. I believe their prayers were answered regarding many of the opportunities Blacks have been given today, but I believe many remain unanswered still because many have remained in mental bondage. The Black church has a rich heritage. Historically, it gave us was a sense of community and belonging to one another. It was a place we could go to and seek a God who would make Himself accessible when we called upon Him. I think it was the closest place to home they knew. They carried the Sunday experience into the everyday toil of a life in bondage. In my minds eye I can see them now and I hear the passionate cries of yearning that ascended into heaven that came be known as gospel music. I see their torment of soul as their family members were tortured, raped and sold off. I imagine the sweltering heat of the sun during the summer and blistering cold of winter and alas I hear a prayer from the battered psyche of a people. Delivah us Lawd, and if not us, our lil ones.Ž That was the spirit of our fathers. The church is not about color, but it is about people called out from diverse backgrounds throughout the history of the human race. Our spiritual journey emerged out of extraordinary circumstances because God reached out to a people, oppressed and dispersed throughout this nation. Whereas some ridicule the history of the Black church by citing excessive expression, emotionalism, shallow theology/doctrine and the like, I salute it and thank God for it. I understand that it is an inseparable part of our unique history. PAGE A-2 THESTAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012 The Faith of Our Fathers: Reflections on the Black Church By Hakim Hazim Quality Group Homescontinued from A-1 He also said, The rating system is one of many tools in an arsenal of evaluations and monitoring that FSS utilizes to judge the quality and acceptableness of group homes.Ž Other evaluation tools include administrative, program and personnel reviews; client case file monitoring; client interviews; financial audits; and staff interviews. FSS produced a comprehensive, easy-to-understand rating system guide establishing standards and expectations with specifics about what comprises an acceptable condition of a group home. Quality ratings are determined by a team of FSS auditors that carefully inspect and evaluate each focus area of the rating system. A four-star rating is the ideal rating for group homes. Five-star is the highest rating overall. Group homes achieving a five-star rating will be awarded a plaque from FSS to display in their facility. A residential group home with an institutional look and feel would not be an ideal setting for our youth,Ž said Roberta Zipperer, FSS program manager. Its not just about being safe, clean and free from hazards, but whether the home is warm and appealing, for example. Does it have a pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere with caring and involved staff providing activities and enrichment opportunities?Ž Jacksonville Branch NAACP Monthly Membership Meeting, Thursday, March 8, 2012The Jacksonville Branch NAACP will meet -Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 1725 Oakhurst Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208. We are located across the street from the Edgewood Branch Library, inside the Legacy Building. We need ALL YOUTH to attend this meeting. We will began training for them immediately. Thanks, PhyllisCommunications JACKSONVILLE BRANCH NATIONAL ASSOCIATON FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP) We meet every 2nd Thursday of each month."THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES" Follow us on FACEBOOK

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Join us for a Black History Celebration Honoring the Montford Point MarinesŽ Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. to be held at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 W. Edgewood Ave. in Jacksonville. Please contact Tony Hill at 904-705-5182, for additional information. Join Rev. Alton McGriff, Pastor and HOLSEY TEMPLE CME CHURCH in Celebrating James Lee Coon, Jr. Legacy Saturday, February 25, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 3483 West 1st Street, Jacksonville, FL 32254. Over 80 students will compete in the James Lee Coon, Jr. African American History Brain Brawl in three divisions, elementary, middle and senior high for the three championship trophies. Free family fun activities are planned (Academic Competition, Health Screening, Storytelling, Guest Speaker, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Entertainment, and Food). FAMILIES OF SLAIN CHILDREN INC. will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:30pm to 4:30pm at Families of Slain Children located at 3108 N. Myrtle Ave in Honor of Tommy Lee Jenkins and other victims. Please come out and join us in Honoring Tommy Lee Jenkins or just to give blood. JACKSONVILLE, FL ALFRED Ansley, Sr., died February 14, 2012. BELVIN Betty Joe, died February 13, 2012. BEVERLY Sallie Lee, 81, died February 14, 2012. BROWN Marie, 69, died February 16, 2012. BROWN Walter, died February 15, 2012. CARTER Andrew Robert, 80, died February 17, 2012. CHISHOLM, Philbert, died February 18, 2012. CISKO, Audrey Jean, 84, died February 17, 2012. COTTON Eddie, died February 15, 2012. DELLINGER Gail Irene, 57, died February 17, 2012. DOTSON Mary Louise Groves, died February 18, 2012. DUNCAN, James, died February 16, 2012. FOWLER, Robert Edward, 87, died February 17, 2012. GILES, Laura, 85, died February 15, 2012. GODLEWSKI Michelle, died February 15, 2012. HIRSCHMAN, James Jim,Ž Sr., died February 16, 2012. JACKSON Minnie, died February 17, 2012. JAMES Betty Fay B.J.Ž, 76, died February 18, 2012. JOHNS, Linda Jo, 62, died February 16, 2012. JONES Chester, died February 16, 2012. KING, Mary L., 87, died February 15, 2012. LOPEZ, John Martin, 70, died February 18, 2012. ROLSTON Leonard E., 82, died February 16, 2012. ROYAL Rannie, Jr., 71, died February 16, 2012. SAMMS Dr. Pamela Rose, 74, died February 16, 2012. SANFORD Dennis Lou, 66, died February 17, 2012. SHANNON Timothy Michael, died February 17, 2012. SLUDER James Daniel, 42, died February 15, 2012. TORRES Mercedes, 74, died February 16, 2012. TOWANS Margaret Lee, died February 16, 2012. VERMILLION Nancy, died February 15, 2012. WELLINGTON Doris L., 98, died February 16, 2012. WOOD George Randall, 85, died February 16, 2012.~*~GEORGIA DEATHS HAUTALA Mary S., 80, died February 18, 2012. MANNING, Tammy Renee, 40, died February 18, 2012. STEVENS Annie Ruth, 93, died February 14, 2012. THOMAS Robert L., 71, died February 17, 2012. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. Sunday Worship Service . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. Church School . . . . . . . . . 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Glory HourŽ Bible Study . . . . . . .10:00 a.m. Jehovah JirehŽ Bible Study . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Thursday Young at Heart Ministry . . .10:00 a.m. Friday Joy Explosion Ministry . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With UsŽ New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208Sunday School ƒ..............ƒƒƒƒƒƒ..9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Intercessory Prayer...............ƒ..10:45 a.m. Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m. Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus (904) 764-5727 Church GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCHThe Church Where Everybody Is SomebodyŽBishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586Sunday School.......................................................................................9:30 a.m. Morning Worship.................................................................................11:00 a.m. Tuesday................................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m. Thursday...............................................................................Joy Night,7:00 p.m.Email: Gospell75@aol.com Website: Greaterelbethel.org Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPAGE A-3 THE STAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012 Tune In To WCGL AM RadioForIMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.AtWCGL1360.comThe Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Leath Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934Rev. Marquise Hardrick, Pastor ~ Worship Service ~Sun Church School 9:30a.m. Sun Morning Worship -10:45 a.m. Tues Eve Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Wed Bible Study 12 Noon Wed Feeding Ministry 2:00 p.m. ANNOUNCEMENTS Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. PASTOR Dr. Sirretta Williams (Temporary services held) 623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m. Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226 Seeing Beyond The Lifestyle To Save A Life Website: www.lottojm.com Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Rev. Marquise & Mrs. Deedra Hardrick Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.Ž Mathew 28:19-20 C. L. Page Mortuary offers full funeral and cremation services at an affordable price because we care. We are now offering Live Streaming of Funeral and Visitation Services.Ž3031 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209Visit us atWWW.CLPAGEMORTUARY.COM Carla L. Page, LFDIC Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.everyWednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? Austin Christian Academy for the Development of Excellence and Leadership, Inc. Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten(VPK) 12th Grade Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is a quality education program aimed to help your child enter school prepared and ready to learn. All children 4 years old on or before September 1, 2010 and eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2011 will qualify! A Florida Drivers License and the childs Birth Certificate are required for enrollment. A Social Security number for the child is also preferred, if available. Offering : A Beka Program, Arts and Crafts, Music/Computer Lab, Tutoring, Teen Parent Service Center, Field Trips, Extended Day 6:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m., Alternative Education, Community Hours NOW ENROLLING When: Monday Friday (9a.m. 5 p.m.) Where: 6901 N. Main St. (Greater Israel Baptist Church located on the corner of 59th and Main St.) Audrey A. White, Principal 6901 N. Main St., Jacksonvillle, FL 32208 (904) 647-5065 (904) 333-4290 We are redefining the world in which children live! AgapeFuneral Home and Cremation Services (904) 683-90931248 W. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32208Serving you with the finest in Professional Quality Funeral and Cremation Services with both financing and Affordability The Caring ProfessionalsŽ We would like to thank all of the many families that have allowed us the privilege of serving them. We hope that our services have been in everyway satisfactory.Call on us to compare before you make any final decisions:Harold Felder, LFDIC Minister Orien Greene, Chaplain Evangelist Francina Epps, Grief Counselor Rev. Willie Brown, Notary Rev. Dr. W.G. Mayberry, CEO We serve all of Jacksonville and the surrounding areas... Se Habla EspanolŽ Being Useful Not Giving In Stop The Violence Use Your Talents, Inc.Founder: GERNADO Bring Me to Your Church or OrganizationŽ Ministry … Music … MentoringGreat for youth and young adults (Honorarium or Donations required)Contact: 904-437-0309 or email gernado@yahoo.com To all Catholic, Jews, Baptist, Lutheran, Cogic, Muslims, 7th Day Adventist, Jehovahs Witnesses, Mormons, Non-Demoninational, etc. I have one question to Ask got truth?www.thespiritofyah.com In Loving Memory of Thomas Eugene Abrams, Jr. (a.k.a. Psycho Man) Oct. 4, 1972 to Feb. 28, 2004 No matter how many plans we make, life events such as childbirth, illness, and death happen. Let what you do in the life echo an eternity. STOP THE VIOLENCE USE YOUR TALENTS Zion Hope Academy is a Christian school with a great vision for our children in Jacksonville and surrounding areas. Our mission is to teach children of all nationalities from one year old through high school age to achieve success in their lives: academically, spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. To train up our children in the way they should go to be productive citizens in society; and to take care of themselves and their families. Zion Hope Academy will help them find and lead a purpose-driven life each day. For more information please contact C. Gantling at 904-768-5008 or email me at gantlingc@yahoo.com

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Meet Yannick Lebrun The Artist Series will present the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Tuesday, February 28 in the Moran Theater of Jacksonvilles Times Union Performing Arts Center for one performance only. This is the companys first tour season under the direction of Robert Battle, new Artistic Director and choreographer. Battle is the third Artistic Director in the companys history, succeeding Judith Jamison, who retired in 2011 after many years with Alvin Ailey company, first, as a primary dancer, then, Artistic Director. I had the opportunity to speak with one of the companys principal dancers, Yannick Lebrun whose soft spoken voice belies the magnificently chiseled body seen in various gravity-defying poses on the companys website. In Jacksonville, he is a featured dancer in Alvin Aileys Streams, his well known Revelations, and Ulysses Doves Episodes. Yannick began training with Jeanine Verin of the Adaclam School in his native Cayenne, French Guiana, South America at the age of nine. As a young student he was recruited by the Ailey School while attending dance competitions in France. He was selected to attend the schools intensive summer programs in New York from 2001-2003. Intrigued by the techniques he learned, Yannick auditioned and was grante d a two year Fellowship with the Ailey School after high school graduation in 2004. He began his professional career with Ailey II, the junior company of dancers handpicked by Artistic Director, Sylvia Waters. In 2008, after a successful audition, he joined the main compan y. Lebrun said he looks forward to many years with the Ailey company, learning all facets of the organization. His goals also incl ude sharing the traditional dance of French Guiana in a modern approach and making the art of dance accessible to impoverished children around the world. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Times Union Center for Performing Arts … Moran Th eater, 7:30 p.m... For ticket information visit their website at www.artistseriesjax.org or call (904) 632-3373 or (904) 632-3378 for groups.The Rising … A Black Tie Fundraiser for Highway Park, Florida The Highway Park (Florida) Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement District Council held its first annual black tie affair at Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, Florida. The event, appropriately entitled, The RisingŽ, was a fundraiser for the organization and an opportunity to acknowledge the people who have been key in the work to revitalize Highway Park, a small, black township in H ighlands County, Lake Placid, Florida. Jacksonville resident, Evelyn Colon a retired Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida Vice-President and native of Highway Park, is a consultant to the towns preservation association, providing grant-writing and planning and development expertise to the Board of Dire ctors. The organization began the year identifying community improvement projects and culling the support of the community and government. They are waiting for the results of two grants submitted to Floridas Department of Transportation and Department of Agriculture which will push forward major projects planned for the towns revitalization. The elegant evening began as guests arrived and were welcomed by Martha Aduibaje Davis in the Akan language, one of the dialects of Ghana, West Africa. Davis, a long time resident of Jacksonville Beach was beautifully attired in a gown of authentic kente clot h from her native Ghana. The ensemble group, Olorun performed a medley of songs from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria, including Odunde, a song requested by Evelyn Colon, because its message of celebrating new beginnings in the New Year was symbolic of Highway Parks revitalization, the Rising. Olorun, yours truly and Ok Sun Burks, was accompanied on drums by Felix Colon and grandson, Ali Nosrat Evelyn called on former colleagues from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida to present the main part of the program. Tony Jenkins an Orlando resident and Market President of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, introduced friend and colleague, Darnell Smith as the keynote speaker. Smith, a Jacksonville resident and Group Vice President, Service Organization with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, applauded the Highway Park groups coming together through faith, hope, and teamwork to bring a new face to their community. Perhaps Smiths most poignant message was taken from Marianne Williamsons inspirational passage, Our Deepest Fear (from her book, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles). A delectable menu which featured a duet of lemon pepper chicken and London broil preceded special presentations and acknowled gements of special guests: Jack Richie, Highlands County Commissioner; Susan Benton, Highlands County Sheriff; Debra Worley, Member, Lake Placid Town Council; Penny Phillipi; Mark Delaney, Vice President, Wauchula State Bank; Kristina Anderson, President, Economic Development Council; Jesse Peck, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and Bert Harris, Attorney for the Town of Lake Placid. Highway Park Neighborhood Preservations Board of Directors are: V incent Hill, President; Walter Sholtz, Vice President; Leslie Portee, Treasurer; Stella Walker, Secretary; Michael Callahan, Council Member. Administrative support for the event were: Evelyn Colon, Consultant; Tiffany Green, Media Relations and Mistress of Ceremonies; Ross Hendricks, Sponsorship Manager; Shirley Wilson, Events Coordinator; John Hawthorne, Community Planning; Janice Allen, Advisor; Selvin McGahee, Business Relations; Pastor Kenneth Adkins, Spiritual Advisor; Bishop W. C. Holden, Senior Spiritual Advisor; Faye Walker, Event Designer; Andrea Hill Harris, AMH Designs, Marketing; and Brenda Hill, Program Publisher. PAGE A-4THE STARFEBRUARY 25, 2012 Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! By Frances Bradley Volume Burks, PhotographerE kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. Highway Park Neighborhood Preservation Board of Directors and Guests L-R: Tony Jenkins, Susan Benton, Jack Rich, Debra Worley, CelestineSmith, Darnell Smith, and Mark Delaney L-R: Tony Jenkins, Susan Benton, Jack Richie, Susan Worley, Evelyn Colon, Penny Phillipi, Shirley Wilson, Tiffany Green, and Darnell Smith Highway Park's Kendrix, Hawthorne, and Green Families Yannick Lebrun Photo by Andrew Eccles

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FEBRUARY 25, 2012 THESTAR A recent Today Show blitz of The Bahamas over two days gave approximately 3 million Americans per day a close look at the many islands and vacation experiences the country offers. The fourth hour of the United States number-one television morning show was broadcast live from Atlantis Paradise Island on February 8 and a taped episode aired for audiences on February 9. Hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb whipped through a wide array of Nassau/Paradise Islands offerings … from the water slides of Atlantis to beach volleyball with the countrys national beach volleyball team to eats and drinks at Arawak Cay and Junkanoo Beach. Meanwhile, other segments of the show took viewers to some of the beautiful OutPAGEA-7 BLACKHISTORYMONTH:A Look Back At How Haiti Became The First In The Region To Free Slaves By ARTHIANIXON Florida/Georgia Star Despite its present notoriety as a poverty stricken nation dealt a catastrophic blow with one of the most devastating earthquakes in recent memory, Haiti made history centuries ago when disgruntled slaves took matters into their own hands. From 1791 to 1804 slaves went from plantation to plantation, overthrowing white European (mostly French) land owners. On August 21st 1791 the Haitian civil war began and within days, they made their way through parts of the island. In short order, over 100,000 slaves were had killed some 4,000 whites and burned or destroyed 180 sugar plantations and hundreds of coffee and indigo plantations In March 1972, America and other European countries were appalled when the French granted civil and political rights to free men of color. Among the names that emerged during the war was Toussaint L'Ouverture, a self-educated former domestic slave (pictured). He is credited to restoring order by organizing the slaves and setting up diplomatic communications between Europe and the unruly slaves. He ordered them to stop the mass killings of whites and even went to Santo Domingo where he assisted in freeing slaves as well. He challenged King Napoleon Bonaparte with a constitution for Haiti and was met with resisteance. In spite of all his efforts, L'Ouverture was still a slave. He was promised his freedom if he got his soldiers to fight for the French. However, he was deceived and shipped to a prison in France where he died. a short time later For a brief time after L'Ouverture, Haiti was ruled by the French. However after it was apparent that the goal was to reestablish slavery. In the end, other leaders fought and eventually France only was wble to maintained slavery in Martinique and Guadaloupe. 1804 marked the end of French colonialism on the island. The Haitian Revolution sent fear across the United States and in other Caribbean islands after it was known that former slaves, for a few years continued a bloody fight for their freedom and won. The concern was that slaves would follow suite and rebel as well. While such a massive slave rebellion was never again repeated, the Haitian Revolution was said to have stood as a model for achieving emancipation for slaves in the rest of the Atlantic World. In 1807, Britain was the first to permanently abolish the slave trade, although the practice of plantation slavery was not fully abolished in the British West Indies until 1833. After the French Revolution, Napoleon reinstated slavery in the remaining French Caribbean colonies, which lasted until 1848. Slavery in the United States officially ended after the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in late 1865. Islands. Television audiences saw scenes of boating and snorkeling in the Exumas and sightseeing in the Abacos. The shows celebrity hosts in an interview said they have been won over by the beauty of The Islands Of The Bahamas and the hospitality of Bahamians. Its something I have been feeling from everybody,Ž said Kotb. Kotb said she has been enticed to visit The Bahamas again, even if it is apart from The Today Show. The fact is that you can get on a plane and in two and a half hours go from freezing cold and snow to tropical paradise like that,Ž she said, snapping her fingers on the set at Atlantis Royal Towers. I am going to be on the plane a lot, and this spot is just perfect.Ž The highlight of Giffords visit was swimming with a dolphin at Paradise Island. In addition to the broadcasts of the special Bahamas episodes, segments from the shows are still available for viewing online. Story by Clarence Rolle, MOT Photo by Derek Rose Kathie Lee and Hoda Broadcast Live From The Bahamas Before the adults hit the streets in an all out dance fest complete withAfrican and Indian influences of one of the worlds most multi-ethnic nations, the children of Trinidad and Tobago took the stage to display culture, heritage and bright colors. Indigenous sounds of soca and steel pan drums were heard as children showcased national pride. Carnival is one of the Caribbeans most recognizable events which has spawned similar parades around the world including in England, Canada and several UScities including Miami and New York.(Photos by National Carnival Commission) CARNIVAL2012: Trinidad and Tobago Kids Showcase Culture In Caribbeans Premier Cultural Party

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Sandy Neal, Freelance Writer/Photographer for The Florida Star Angela Favors-Morrell Photographer for The Georgia StarArtist, Singer, Record Producer, Actress and Radio Show Host Yolanda Adams graced the stage at The Paxon Revival Center Saturday and gave an awesome performance. She sung her and many of her fan favorites such as Open My Heart, Fragile Heart, and The Battle is the Lords. Ms. Adams is the oldest of six siblings and the mother to an 11 year old named Taylor whom she speaks of quite often. When Adams was asked how did the Yolanda Adams Morning ShowŽ come about? She said, It was an answer to a prayer, I had been praying for a way to be home Monday through Friday with daughter Taylor and travel on the weekendsŽ, and her prayers were answered. She is in 46 markets and counting. Ms. Adams is signed to her own Record Label/Management and Production Company called In-House Music Group. She has been singing since she was four in the peewee choir and had her first hit song at the age of 18 with My Liberty. At Elektra Records, she met Sylvia Rhone and produced her first multi-platinum album Mountain High Valley LowŽ with such hits as That NameŽ and Open My HeartŽ. When asked, What advice would she have for an artist that was struggling with the idea of secular music vs. gospel,Ž Adams said, to each his/her own.Ž She has friends in the industry such as Stevie Wonder, whom she knows is a man of God and loves the Lord. Adams wrote many songs of her own songs. She was strongly encouraged by Thomas Whitfield. Adams says in 1987 for new artists to write their own songs were for the most part unheard of. Adams says she knew Whitney Houston, not as well as some such as Gospel Artist Kim Burrell, but she has fond memories of her, says she was a wonderful person and funny. She says when she won her first Grammy, Whitney and Bobby Brown ran backstage to congratulate her so she was very honored to pay tribute to her at the NAACP Awards. FEBRUARY 25, 2012 THESTAR LOCAL FLORIDA SECTION B Yolanda AdamsPerforms at The Paxon Revival Center Yolanda Adams, Pastor Michael Mitchell and First Lady Cordelia Mitchell. Artist, Singer, Record Producer, Actress and Radio Show Host Yolanda Adams performing at The Paxon Revival Center. Edward Waters College Choir Rev. and wife and Yolanda Adams Happy Praise Productions Greeters: Victor Ravnell, Kim Jones and Quintin Jones Bessie Brown and Staar Fields Derrick, the promoter of the show and Yolanda Adams. Inez Davis and Yolanda Adams. Angela Favors-Morrell and Yolanda Adams Angela Favors-Morrell with the Group, Eric Witherspoon and Nu Judah 360. Vendors (excited Florida Star readers). VITOŽ vendor with Dr. Ronda Bankovics (Poet/Author/Minister/Counselor/Songwriter and Recording Artist).

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"Auntie Roz" Burrough hosts Black History Event at her HomeŽ FAMILY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, You are invited to a very special event.February 26, 3:00p.m. Call for reservations, 904 713 0885. The 7 Steps of Business Startup, on February 28, 2012, 9:00am 11:00am, at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. For general information call (904)265-4700. DOWNTOWN TOP TO BOTTOM WALKING TOUR: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.1188 for any information. Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. Birthday Dinner Celebration, Sunday, February 26th, 2012, @ 3:00 P.M., at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church 723 West 4th Street, Jacksonville, Fla. 32209. If you have any questions, contact Bro. Jerry Urso at 904-982-7722, Sis.Carla Page 904-353-4434, Elderess Carolyn Hall 904-647-7637, Deacon Winchester Dunbar 904-634-1931. UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.630.4000 for all information. SPOKEN WORD: Thursday, March 01, 2012, Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.632.5555 for more information. MONICA, this Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.355.2787. AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE RITZ, on March 2, 2012, at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.Call 904.632.5555 for additional information. HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, Friday March 2, 2012, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For all information contact 904.630.3900. MAYOR'S WALK FOR SENIOR WELLNESS: Saturda,y, March 3, 2012, at the Metropolitan Park, 4110 Gator Bowl Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.630.0837 for more information. Community ActivitiesPAGE B 2THE STAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012 Rare Diseases Affect Millions Of American Families (StatePoint) One in 10 Americans is currently affected by a rare disease. For these people, getting properly diagnosed and treated can be a challenge. Studies have shown it often takes five years or longer to receive an accurate diagnosis of a rare disease, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). And once diagnosed, many patients and families dont know where to turn for treatment or support. Nearly 30 million Americans are living with the challenges of a rare disease, but they are underserved and often ignored by the medical system,Ž said Peter Saltonstall, President and CEO of NORD. Despite the challenges, many people with rare diseases display tremendous courage and strength, living their daily lives with disabling and mysterious symptoms.Ž To draw attention to rare diseases as an important public health issue, NORD sponsors Rare Disease Day, which is held on the last day of February every year. Details can be found at RareDiseaseDay.us In the US, any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans is considered rare. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are nearly 7,000 rare diseases, and about 75 percent of them affect children.. Dave Crawford of Dallas knows firsthand the challenges of suffering from a rare disease. For more than 50 years, Crawford suffered from daily mysterious symptoms including red, bumpy skin rashes, fevers, conjunctivitis, headaches, joint swelling and muscle aches. The symptoms often occurred after exposure to cold or damp air, but also flared spontaneously. Crawfords mother, grandmother and great-grandmother had also lived with the same painful symptoms, but never received a diagnosis. It wasnt until 2010 that Crawford was finally diagnosed with CryopyrinAssociated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS) -a group of rare genetic diseases that affect an estimated 300 people in the US. After suffering from daily symptoms for decades, it was a tremendous relief to get a conclusive diagnosis,Ž said Crawford. My doctor and I have developed a treatment plan that keeps the inflammation and other symptoms well under control.Ž CAPS is a serious and lifelong inflammatory disease that is treatable, but often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because few physicians are familiar with it, and its symptoms may resemble other illnesses,Ž said Dr. Hal Hoffman, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of California, a specialist in rare inherited inflammatory disorders whose lab identified the gene responsible for CAPS. Though rare diseases are often overlooked, its important to learn your familys health history as many are passed down through generations. To learn more about CAPS and take a disease questionnaire, visit CAPSFamilyConnections.com/rare If you or someone you love have already been diagnosed with CAPS, share your experience with others at CAPSConnectUSA.com/rare. Both websites are provided by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., MD HEALTH NOTES HEELSPUR REMOVAL GENERAL INFORMATION DEFINITION: Removal of heel spur. BODY PARTS INVOLVED: Bottom of the heel bone. REASONS FOR SURGERY: Relief of pain. SURGICAL RISK INCREASES WITH: None expected. WHAT TO EXPECT WHO OPERATES: General surgeon, orthopedist or podiatrist. WHERE PERFORMED: Outpatient surgical facility or doctors office. DIAGNOSTIC TESTS Before surgery: Blood and urine studies; x-rays of both feet. *After surgery: Blood studies; laboratory examination of removed tis sue. ANESTHESIA Local anesthesia by injection. *Spinal anesthesia by injection. DESCRIPTION OF OPERATION An incision is made over the spur. *The spur is cut free and removed with special instruments. *The skin is closed with sutures, which usually can be removed about 10 or 14 days after surgery. POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS Excessive bleeding. *Surgical wound infection. AVERAGE HOSPITAL STAY: Usually none. PROBABLE OUTCOME: Expect complete healing without complications. Allow about 6 weeks for recovery from surgery. POSTOPERATIVE CARE GENERAL MEASURES If the wound bleeds during the first 24 hours after surgery, press a clean tissue or cloth to it for 10 minutes. *A hard ridge should form along the incision. As it heals, the ridge will recede gradually. *Use an electric heating pad, a heat lamp or a warm compress to relieve incision pain. *Bathe and shower as usual. You may wash the incision gently with mild unscented soap. *Use crutches or a cane to walk until your doctor determines that healing is complete. *Between baths, keep wound dry with a bandage for the first 2 or 3 days after surgery. If a bandage gets wet, change it promptly. MEDICATION Your doctor may prescribe: Pain relievers. Dont take prescription pain medication longer than 4 to 7 days. Use only as much as you need. Antibiotics to fight infection. *You may use non-prescription drugs, such as acetaminophen, for minor pain. ACTIVITY Avoid vigorous exercise for 3 months after surgery. *Resume driving 1 week after returning home. DIET: No special diet. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF Pain, swelling, redness, drainage or bleeding increases in the surgical area. *You develop signs of infection: headache; muscle aches, dizziness or a general ill feeling and fever. *New, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs used in treatment may produce side effects. Health Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area embering ThosREAL LIFE STORIES WHO IS THE DADDY? The more important question is who pays child support? Mary and Phil were good friends since High School and despite the fact that there was never a romantic relationship between them, they remained close and loyal to each other. When Mary was 20, she had a son by another man and Phil continued to stand by her side despite the fact that she vowed she would never reveal who the childs father was. Rumor has it that the father was a prominent business man who was married and revealing his identity would create a scandal, but the real father was never named. When the child was a year old Mary began dating Jimmy and a year later they got married. When Jimmy agreed to adopt the child, the childs father needed to sign a consent for the adoption to proceed in Court. Being the loyal friend that he was, Phil falsely signed a consent to the adoption as if he was the childs father. By the time that DCF completed their investigation and back ground check, it was determine that Jimmy was not eligible for the adoption and the adoption was denied. Mary and Jimmy got a divorce. Mary applied for support benefits from the State and at that point it was necessary to reveal a father to reimburse the State for support payments to the child. Because Phil did not want to disclose that he had falsely signed a consent claiming to be the father and committed fraud on the Court, he got stuck with the child support payments. Oh, what a tangled web we weave. Friendship and loyalty are important, but how far should it go? PREPLANNING CAN HELP; WE CAN HELP: Our caring and professional staff includes funeral directors, attorneys, counselors and insurance agents. PREPLANNING SERVICS SERVICES AT TIME OF DEATH AFTERCARE SERVICES R ROBATE OF ESTATES 529 Kingsley Avenue OrangePark, Florida 32073 (904) 264-1233 bivensfuneralhome.com XQVG# KV‘U"KORQTVCPV#

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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B BLACKHISTORYMONTH SPECIAL FEATURE Brunswicks Living Legends Witness A Century Of Change In Community, Nation and World Mother Carrie Berrian, age 116 years old By ARTHIANIXON Photos ANGELLA FAVORS-MORELL & ED COUNCIL When Carrie Berrian was born in April 1895, the first professional football game was played and volleyball was invented. Also, W. E. B. Du Bois became the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University and Booker T. Washington delivered the Atlanta Compromise speech. she was born two months after Babe Ruth and two months before Hattie McDaniel who would later become the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award in 1939. As a teenager, she would recall the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic and see horse and carts replaced by automobiles. She and other centenarian in Brunswick have no need to read the developments in Black history over the past hundred years because they lived it. With great emotion, they survived the Jim Crow south as the children and grandchildren of emancipated slaves. Among the first members of their families allowed to read in the new South, they spent their adult lives witnessing how blacks were tormented for simply wanting to vote, to watching signs pulled down as intergration took place, to see the fight of Georgia son Dr. Martin Luther King end in tragedy and to cast their ballots to welcome in Barack Obama as the first African-American President with great triumph. With their health being their wealth, we conclude our celebration of Black History Month by honoring Brunsicks living legends. FEBRUARY 25, 2012 Mother Carrie Robinson is 100 years old, Mother W. E. Armstrong is 95 years Old Mother Delores Phillips is 97 years old Mother Magnolia Muhammad is 90 years old Mother Katye Cash died in late 2011 at 102 years old Mr. David Dallas is 106 years old Brunswick Port Poised To Give Jackconville Some Major Competition Increased Activity Could Result In More Job Opportunities For Locals Brunswick Port Employees inspect vehicles. (Photos by Clarissa Davis) By ARTHIANIXON Florida/Georgia Star Instead of droves of Brunswick residents having to drive to Jacksonville to hunt seek employment with their port, Jacksonville residents may soon be joining other neighboring communities who could be coming to seek employment with the Brunswick Port Authority. Brunswick may soon take the title of the nations second busiest automobile port away from Jacksonville now that several major international auto manufacturers are sending their vehicles through. In the past ten years alone, Brunswick has been receiving cars from companies such as Volvo, Hyundai/Kia, and Mercedes-Benz. Prior to the move, all of the aforementioned vehicles were entering through the Jacksonville Port. According to the Georgia Port Authority, 2011 was Brunswicks best year ever, which also saw an increase of 23%. Mercedes-Benz is glad to be on board, especially knowing that Brunswick has about 700 acres of space to expand on while Jacksonville has completely maxed out its space and doesnt have the money to purchase additional property. Among the attributes that make Brunswick the new hot port is the construction of the $121 million Sydney Lanier Bridge in addition to a $100 million harbor dredging. to 36 feet. Those projects allowed Brunswick to attract bigger auto carrier ships and take advantage of the ports large amount of acreage for vehicle processing. Mother Ruth Williams is 98 years old Mother Pauline Berton is 98 years old

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FEBRUARY 25, 2012 THESTAR Despite Infamous 2007 Fumble, Marlon McCree Returns To Jaguars As Assistant Defensive Backs Coach The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks held an open player tryout on the Jacksonville University campus Saturday morning. This years tryout drew nearly 100 participants who competed for the opportunity to join the Sharks for the teams upc oming training camp. Players were split into positional groups and then timed in the 40-yard dash and 20-yard shuttle run. Following the running dri lls, participants worked on position-specific drills. These drills ranged from agility work and route running to one-on-one competition pitting offensive players against defensive players. I thought that everybody that came out competed hard,Ž Sharks Head Coach Les Moss said. We had a great turnout and had some p rospects. It was really a good tryout camp.Ž In previous seasons, the Sharks have brought several players from open tryouts into training camp, including wide receiver/defe nsive back Brian Walker in 2011. Moss expects the trend to continue this year. PAGEB-4 March 1 3, 2012ATHLETIC CONFERENCEBASKETBALL TOURNAMENTJacksonville, Florida GULF COASTGC A C 2012 2012 Adams/Jenkins Sports and Music Complex Edward Waters CollegeFor more information, contact: SID at (904) 470-8045. 2 2 GU U G 2 2 2 2 2 20 20 2 2 F ULF F 2 2 012 012 2 OA OA C C T T A AST GU U G G GU G G G ULF ULF ULF C C G G C C GC OA OA O C C T T C C C C A A A AST A A A AC AC AC A C C C C A A A C C C C C C C G G G G G G G G C C GC GC C C GC C C C C C C C A A A C C A AC AC AC C C C C A A A C C C C C ATH ATH ATH GC G G THLET THLE THLET G C C C TIC TIC C C C C C TIC GC O C C C O ONF O C C C C C C C C RE RE FE FE F F FERE C C C C E E C C E ENC ENC CE CE ENC CE C E E E S A S A A B B B B B ac c ac Jac B B B T T TB TB T TB E E K S SK A A ckso ckso ckso nville, ckso ckso A L L A A B B B B B Flo nville, U UR O T ida ida M A i ri ida R Flo R M A A N N NA NA N NA R R R UR U UR UR T T N E EN M ME T T M M M M M M M M M Marc Marc Mar Mar Ma M Mar Marc ch ch h 1 h ch 3 3 1 20 20 3, 20 012 012 012 Ada Ada Ada ams/Jenk ams/Jenk Ed d Ed ams/Jenk k dw dw wa W ward dw in ins Spor kin s C s C rs aters and rs Co M M W Wa rts and M M ollege olleg usic C sic C M M ollege Music C omplex omple omplex For more information, conta e i ore m inform mation, c mation, mation, co c ct: SID c For more information, conta t D a 4) 4) 904 t ( 9 a a 5 70-8045 5 904) 4 5. 5. 5 Strong Turnout For Jacksonville Sharks Tryout By ARTHIA NIXON Florida/Georgia Star In January 2007, while a safety for the San Diego Chargers, he was one of the most infamous NFL players following a fumble that allowed the New England Patriots to take control of a memorable game. Now with that career highlight (rather lowlight) behind him, Michael McCree is out of retirement and returning to football to be with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team he initially started his NFL career with. This time however, hes gone from player to assistant defensive backs coach coach. Im just humbled to have this opportunity,Ž he stated on the Jaguars official website. Its a privilege to play and to coach in the NFL. We are all in here, and all hands are on deck. We are committed and were going to get it done around here. Im thrilled to have the opportunity and Im fired up and ready to go.Ž A Florida native, McCree was bought up in Orlandos inner-city where he excelled athletically in school. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a finance degree while playing for the Wildcats football team. In 2001, he was drafted in the seventh round by the Jags and played in all but three games during his first two seasons. In 200 3, he was picked up by the Houston Texans after being waived by the Jaguars. While with the Texans he scored his first touchdown. The 2005 NFL season found McCree with the Carolina Panthers and in March 2006, he signed a five year deal with the San Diego Ch argers. While his 2007 fumble was what many remember him from during his Charger days, in January 2008, during a game against the Indianapolis Colts he r edeemed himself by knocking Reggie Wayne out of the game and forced the Colts to use their final timeout. By March 2006, McCree was signed to the Denver Broncos. However, in June 2009 he was resigned with the Jaguars. He was released a mere three months later. Off the field, McCree has developed a reputation as one of those athletes making an effort to continuously give back. He tutors and mentors players at high school, college and professional levels.

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Whitney Houstons Sacrificial Choice: Fame and Fortune, or the Mirror! and the Bobby Brown FactorBy The Admin on February 21, 2012 Cleo Manago, CEO and founder of the Black Mens Xchange (BMX) The Whitney Houston story and finality is profoundly tragic, and may have been inevitable. The whole story may never be told. Given the often daunting or de-dimensionailzed imagery of dark-skinned Black men in America, Houstons former husband, New Editions Bobby Brown, is an easy target to successfully blame for Whitneys demise. Though Mr. Brown has been allowed little air time to speak for himself, so many think they already know what kind of dastardly person he likely is. On the other hand, it is so easy to constantly depict Whitney Houston as a fallen angel, who was abused by Bobby, the big bad [Black] wolf. As a result, many would look at the cruel and anticipated mistreatment of Bobby Brown at Whitneys funeral as par for his course. This done at what supposedly is Gods house … a church, at the funeral of Bobby Browns former wife and his daughters mother. Bobby Brown could never ever be accused of being a fallen or troubled angel.Ž Angels (in our minds eye) dont look like Mr. Brown. Comparatively, Whitney is more the angel type. Yet, the fact of the matter is, no angels were involved here, just a couple of earthly [Black] human-beings who tried to get through the gauntlet of life … as they were and are … in this society. Whitney had rumored struggles connected to her sexuality, her race, her familys (and societys) expectations; being subject to the wrath of the often hypocritical, abusive, judgmental and omnipresent [Black] church culture; and the irony of achieving superhuman iconic status, while never working out the kinks of her deep struggles. Whitney used drugs to self-medicate, then brought a husband and child into the firing-line of the glamorous looking Whitney Houston volcano. Any reference to Bobbys bad behaviorŽ while leaving space to critique Whitneys behavior empty (if you must critique at all) is simply the residue and proof of how successful Clive Davis Houston propaganda machine was, and how well people have been influenced by the racist imagery of Black men. Millions of aspiring [Black] singers, if given the opportunity Clive gave Whitney, would have made the same sacrificial choice (and many have): fame and fortune or the mirror! If Whitney had chosen to deal with the mirror, she may still be here. She did not survive her choice and the preceding pressures long enough to get old, and that was not because of Bobby Brown. Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and Whitney Houston all inherited the deadly circumstance and mixture of being brilliant, famous and Black in this society and unable to make peace with the mirror. What we could learn from facing the premature death of even another beloved icon is the importance of co-creating a culture and climate that allows people to accept themselves … for who and what they really are. Fame, fortune nor religion make us immune to the consequences of not being able to fully embrace ourselves. We can save lives by ceasing to disrupt the personal peace of same-gender-loving (SGL), Black, famous or non-conformist people. PAGE B-6 THESTAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012 OPINION OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. FEFIE SALES & MARKETING G. ABRAMS, DENNIS WADE, DAN EVANS OFFICE/ACCOUNTS MANAGER SHIQUITA WILSON LAYOUT EDITOR MAY E. FORD CRIME &JUSTICE KEVIN KIM CARIBBEAN NEWS/SPECIAL LAYOUT ARTHIA NIXONInvestigative Reporter : Lonzie Leath Reporters/Photographers : Marsha Phelts, Laurence Greene, F. M. Powell, III, Michael Phelts, Richard McLaughlin, Andrea F. K. 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PAGE B-8 THE STAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012 DQWPEG"VX"/"VGNGXKUKQP"QWT"YC[" EQOECUV"447."FKIKVCN"3904 Did you know that one of the most powerful and wealthy plantation owners in the area was an african princess named Anna Kingsley of the Kingsley Plantation? Married to Zephaniah Kingsley and subsequently freed, She and her African Sisters controlled not only the Kingley Plantation, but also nearly the entire Arlington peninsula. The Baxter Plantation and Strawberry Mills ran from the foot of the Matthew's bridge to University Park. http://www.metro ja cksonville.com/forum/index.php/topic,11960.0.html Mkpiung{"Jqog. 3:9:



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Erics Brown was devastated when he heard of the death of friend, Whitney Houston, in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards, February 11, 2012. Brown, a Jacksonville native, played drums for Cissy and Whitney Houston for 23 years and 14 years, respectively, during the New Hope Baptist Church Gospel Choirs Sunday radio broadcasts. He described his relationship with the Houstons as family-like, referring to the elder Houston as Mother throughout the interview. Brown received a phone call from a grieving Cissy Houston requesting his attendance at the funeral. Only guests with invitations were allowed through the many checkpoints approaching the church, with security provided by Newark and military police through the area. Although Brown walked into the funeral with the family, he was asked to move to another area near Bishop T. D. Jakes and Rev. Jesse Jackson, when it was clear there was not enough seating for the immediate the family. A repast was held on the 22nd floor of the Newark Center, where guests were required to show repast tickets to gain entry. According to Erics, an invitation to the funeral did not guarantee entry to the repast. He was seated at a table across from Whitneys Bodyguard co-star, Kevin Costner and his wife. Pictures were allowed at the repast (but not inside the church). Brown snapped many of the celebrities in attendance, i.e. Oprah, Gayle King, Tyler Perry, Angela Bassett, Viveca A. Fox, Brandy, Derek Luke, and Jennifer Hudson. www.thefloridastar.com Looking for customers to patronize your business or utilize your services? If you answered YES, then you need to place an ad in The Florida Star or Georgia Star! CALL 904/766-8834 to place your ad TODAY!! 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Cant Get to the Store? Have The Star Delivered! The Florida Star P. O. Box 40629 Jacksonville, FL 32203 The Florida Star, The Georgia Star! Impact Radio AM1360 (904) 766-8834 SINCE 1951 President Obama spoke at the groundbreaking for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. President Obama said the National Museum of African American History and Culture honors an important part of U.S. history: the central role played by African Americans in the life of the nation. But it will do more than simply keep those memories alive, he said. It should inspire us as well. Obama said he wants his daughters and others who visit the museum to see how ordinary Americans could do extraordinary things. I want them to appreciate this museum not just as a record of tragedy but as a celebration of life. The National Museum of African American History and Culture was authorized by Congress in 2003 as the Smithsonian Institutions 19th museum. It is scheduled to open in 2015. Black and Latino seniors in the U.S. are facing a tougher time in retirement: Elder poverty rates are twice as high among these groups compared to the U.S. population as a whole, according to a new study by the University of California, Berkeley. Some 19.4 percent of black and 19.0 percent of Latino seniors have incomes below the federal poverty line, compared to 9.4 percent for the senior population overall, according to the analysis, which is based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey and U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. Recent household surveys show that retirees of color, especially blacks and Latinos, rely more heavily on Social Security and have less access to other types of retirement income than their white counterparts, researcher Nari Rhee of UC Berkeleys Center for Labor Research and Education, said in a statement. Less than one-third of employed Latinos and less than half of black workers are covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan, a key resource in ensuring adequate retirement income. As a result, they are disproportionately reliant on the limited income provided by Social Security, the report found. Among retirees age 60 and older, people of color are disproportionately likely to be low income: For 2007-2009, 31.6 percent of blacks and 46.5 percent of Latinos were in the bottom 25 percent income group. The other race category of the Census, which includes Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American populations, is also more likely to be low-income (38 percent), the report noted. It is critical to improve both job access and job quality -in terms of wages and benefits, including pension benefits -to improve retirement prospects for current workers, Rhee stated. New Museum to Celebrate History, Culture of African Americans Local residential group homes utilized by youth in foster care are now under additional scrutiny thanks to a new Five-Star Quality Rating System pilot program implemented by Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS), the lead agency for foster care, adoption and family preservation in Duval and Nassau counties. FSS is the first community-based care agency in the state to initiate a rating system for residential group homes that establishes criteria above the minimum legally mandated standards and that focuses on the physical conditions of the facilities. The Five-Star Quality Rating System establishes standards and expectations that FSS expects group homes to meet; standards that are above statutory requirements. The rating system provides for uniform evaluation and consistency among grading for all group homes. Lee Kaywork, FSS CEO, explained, Many group homes are excellent and offer wonderful accommodations for youth in foster care; but others just meet the bare minimum legal requirements, and thats simply not good enough. FSS introduced the Five-Star Quality Rating System in October and will issue the first certificates of rating at a quarterly group home meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8. The group home rating system is like those used to measure quality in hotels, and provides for scoring in specific focus areas: -Interior amenities, atmosphere, specific conditions of each room in the home -Exterior amenities, security, parking, yard -Client and Staff Interactions communications, participation, discipline, activities, meeting individual needs of youth Our instructions to staff were simple: if you wouldnt sleep in the home, our children shouldnt, Kaywork said. We want our foster youth to be housed in group homes that are better than mediocre and expect group homes to improve and come up to our standards. Continued on A-2 Black, Latino Seniors Twice As Likely To Be In Poverty In Retirement Jacksonville Musician Attends Whitney Houstons FuneralFormerly played drums for Cissy and Whitney HoustonBy Frances Calhoun Bradley Photo furnished by Erics Brown Armed Man Randomly Shoots Through Neighborhood And At Police OfficersSee Crime & Justice Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra andAlvin Ailey Get your Free Tickets Call 904-766-8834 Man Charged with Three Felonies by Kevin KimPolice say Jaquez Roland, 34, had pulled a gun out on a clerk in a hotel demanding money from a safe. When the clerk wasnt able to open the safe, Roland tied his wrists and stole his wallet. Two weeks later, he broke into a home and stole an air conditioning unit while the resident was asleep in the room. Hours later that same day, Roland went to rob a liquor store with a gun. He tied the clerks wrist and legs and dragged her into a stock room and took money from the cash register and safe. Police were able to later identify the suspect and went to his home. Roland had told the woman in the home to tell the police that he wasnt there. The officers talked to a pizza man who had just made a delivery to the house and showed them a receipt, which had Rolands name on it. Roland was arrested and faces three felony charges including the robberies at the hotel and the liquor store. He is also charged with resisting arrest without violence and is being held on $429,000 bail. Group Homes for Foster Kids Judged by New Five-Star Quality Rating System; If you wouldnt sleep there, then our children shouldnt.By Janet Peters Mauceri McCain, Ed.M Erics Brown at WhitneyHoustons Funeral Erics Brown and Cissy Houston Jaquez Roland Image by AP

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Black History month often reminds me of the brutal past we have endured as a people. The common thread we all share is that of a people forcibly removed from a continent and their respective nations. They were brought here across the Atlantic to serve as human chattel. One of the biggest criticisms of the Slave Trade was the forcible conversion of people and the names they were given to reflect those of their Christian masters. The knowledge of this heinous chapter in our nations history, coupled with the codified racism that followed, have led some to vehemently oppose the Christian faith and label it a White mans religion. That stated I beg to differ with the description White mans religion. The Slave Trade had many conspirators of diverse religious backgrounds, from the indigenous, ancestral worship of warring tribes that captured their enemies and sold them to the merchants or kept them for themselves, to the Arab Muslims who historically enslaved non believers and rivals alike. Religion has always been used to justify atrocity and one mans oppression of another. We must always keep in mind that many good Christian White people fought and gave their lives as abolitionists to destroy the institution. I believe some of our fathers found a new faith in the journey across the Atlantic. It was not something their fathers would recognize or something they were force fed by plantation owners. They created a culture grounded in a hope for the future and a freedom they would never experience in this life. They were not earthly minded. They looked past the hypocrisy of their captors and believed in the God of the Bible based upon their own internal witness. In spite of all tangible evidence, the Black church believed that God was with them and that he in fact died for them. The preachers insisted that those who called upon their God would be saved, but not by human hands, and not necessarily in this life. Think of the profound contrast between modern day saints and the rampant materialism that is taught from the pulpits of many Black preachers today. In the past, Courageous believers planted seeds of hope through their simple instruction the wonderful music left behind that spoke of the riches of Christ. Stripped of all earthly hope, they found an architect who promised to build them a city beyond the Jordan, and they sang (man did they sing!) about it often. They grabbed hold of a compassionate Christ that loved them and looked neither like their master or themselves. He was a spirit, a fire, a light, eternal and unchanging. Their music identified with the bondage of the Hebrews and they surmised that one day their deliverance would come, and if not for them then the generations that would proceed from them. I have often wondered about this faith handed down for centuries. The faith of our fathers is something to reacquaint ourselves with. They were illiterate, yet spiritual beyond description. Victims; yet, overcomers in every sense of the word! They possessed nothing but were rich beyond compare. Their faith created a perseverance few human beings would ever know. I believe their prayers were answered regarding many of the opportunities Blacks have been given today, but I believe many remain unanswered still because many have remained in mental bondage. The Black church has a rich heritage. Historically, it gave us was a sense of community and belonging to one another. It was a place we could go to and seek a God who would make Himself accessible when we called upon Him. I think it was the closest place to home they knew. They carried the Sunday experience into the everyday toil of a life in bondage. In my minds eye I can see them now and I hear the passionate cries of yearning that ascended into heaven that came be known as gospel music. I see their torment of soul as their family members were tortured, raped and sold off. I imagine the sweltering heat of the sun during the summer and blistering cold of winter and alas I hear a prayer from the battered psyche of a people. Delivah us Lawd, and if not us, our lil ones. That was the spirit of our fathers. The church is not about color, but it is about people called out from diverse backgrounds throughout the history of the human race. Our spiritual journey emerged out of extraordinary circumstances because God reached out to a people, oppressed and dispersed throughout this nation. Whereas some ridicule the history of the Black church by citing excessive expression, emotionalism, shallow theology/doctrine and the like, I salute it and thank God for it. I understand that it is an inseparable part of our unique history. PAGE A-2 THESTAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012 The Faith of Our Fathers: Reflections on the Black Church By Hakim Hazim Quality Group Homescontinued from A-1 He also said, The rating system is one of many tools in an arsenal of evaluations and monitoring that FSS utilizes to judge the quality and acceptableness of group homes. Other evaluation tools include administrative, program and personnel reviews; client case file monitoring; client interviews; financial audits; and staff interviews. FSS produced a comprehensive, easy-to-understand rating system guide establishing standards and expectations with specifics about what comprises an acceptable condition of a group home. Quality ratings are determined by a team of FSS auditors that carefully inspect and evaluate each focus area of the rating system. A four-star rating is the ideal rating for group homes. Five-star is the highest rating overall. Group homes achieving a five-star rating will be awarded a plaque from FSS to display in their facility. A residential group home with an institutional look and feel would not be an ideal setting for our youth, said Roberta Zipperer, FSS program manager. Its not just about being safe, clean and free from hazards, but whether the home is warm and appealing, for example. Does it have a pleasant and enjoyable atmosphere with caring and involved staff providing activities and enrichment opportunities? Jacksonville Branch NAACP Monthly Membership Meeting, Thursday, March 8, 2012The Jacksonville Branch NAACP will meet -Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. 1725 Oakhurst Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32208. We are located across the street from the Edgewood Branch Library, inside the Legacy Building. We need ALL YOUTH to attend this meeting. We will began training for them immediately. Thanks, PhyllisCommunications JACKSONVILLE BRANCH NATIONAL ASSOCIATON FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP) We meet every 2nd Thursday of each month."THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES" Follow us on FACEBOOK

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Join us for a Black History Celebration Honoring the Montford Point Marines Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. to be held at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 W. Edgewood Ave. in Jacksonville. Please contact Tony Hill at 904-705-5182, for additional information. Join Rev. Alton McGriff, Pastor and HOLSEY TEMPLE CME CHURCH in Celebrating James Lee Coon, Jr. Legacy Saturday, February 25, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 3483 West 1st Street, Jacksonville, FL 32254. Over 80 students will compete in the James Lee Coon, Jr. African American History Brain Brawl in three divisions, elementary, middle and senior high for the three championship trophies. Free family fun activities are planned (Academic Competition, Health Screening, Storytelling, Guest Speaker, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Entertainment, and Food). FAMILIES OF SLAIN CHILDREN INC. will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:30pm to 4:30pm at Families of Slain Children located at 3108 N. Myrtle Ave in Honor of Tommy Lee Jenkins and other victims. Please come out and join us in Honoring Tommy Lee Jenkins or just to give blood. JACKSONVILLE, FL ALFRED, Ansley, Sr., died February 14, 2012. BELVIN, Betty Joe, died February 13, 2012. BEVERLY, Sallie Lee, 81, died February 14, 2012. BROWN, Marie, 69, died February 16, 2012. BROWN, Walter, died February 15, 2012. CARTER Andrew Robert, 80, died February 17, 2012. CHISHOLM, Philbert, died February 18, 2012. CISKO, Audrey Jean, 84, died February 17, 2012. COTTON, Eddie, died February 15, 2012. DELLINGER, Gail Irene, 57, died February 17, 2012. DOTSON, Mary Louise Groves, died February 18, 2012. DUNCAN, James, died February 16, 2012. FOWLER, Robert Edward, 87, died February 17, 2012. GILES, Laura, 85, died February 15, 2012. GODLEWSKI, Michelle, died February 15, 2012. HIRSCHMAN, James Jim, Sr., died February 16, 2012. JACKSON, Minnie, died February 17, 2012. JAMES, Betty Fay B.J., 76, died February 18, 2012. JOHNS, Linda Jo, 62, died February 16, 2012. JONES, Chester, died February 16, 2012. KING, Mary L., 87, died February 15, 2012. LOPEZ, John Martin, 70, died February 18, 2012. ROLSTON, Leonard E., 82, died February 16, 2012. ROYAL, Rannie, Jr., 71, died February 16, 2012. SAMMS, Dr. Pamela Rose, 74, died February 16, 2012. SANFORD, Dennis Lou, 66, died February 17, 2012. SHANNON, Timothy Michael, died February 17, 2012. SLUDER James Daniel, 42, died February 15, 2012. TORRES, Mercedes, 74, died February 16, 2012. TOWANS, Margaret Lee, died February 16, 2012. VERMILLION, Nancy, died February 15, 2012. WELLINGTON, Doris L., 98, died February 16, 2012. WOOD, George Randall, 85, died February 16, 2012.~*~GEORGIA DEATHS HAUTALA, Mary S., 80, died February 18, 2012. MANNING, Tammy Renee, 40, died February 18, 2012. STEVENS Annie Ruth, 93, died February 14, 2012. THOMAS, Robert L., 71, died February 17, 2012. Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church 201 East Beaver St. (904) 355-9475 Rev. Pearce Edwing, Sr. Sunday Worship Service . . . . . . . . 10:00 a.m. Church School . . . . . . . . . 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Glory Hour Bible Study . . . . . . .10:00 a.m. Jehovah Jireh Bible Study . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Thursday Young at Heart Ministry . . .10:00 a.m. Friday Joy Explosion Ministry . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. The Church DirectoryCome and Worship With Us New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church1824 Prospect Street Jacksonville, FL 32208Sunday School ................9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Intercessory Prayer.................10:45 a.m. Morning Worship ......................11:00 a.m. Youth Church 2nd & 3rd Sundays (Old Sanctuary) Tuesday Pastoral Bible Study ................ 7:00 p.m. Elder Arnitt Jones, Acting Pastor Rev. Joe Calhoun, Pastor Emeritus (904) 764-5727 Church GREATER EL-BETHEL DIVINE HOLINESS CHURCHThe Church Where Everybody Is SomebodyBishop Lorenzo Hall., Pastor Street Address: 723 W. 4th St. Jacksonville, Florida 32209 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3575, Jacksonville, Florida 32206Church Telephone: (904) 359-0661 Home: (904) 358-8932 Cell: 710-1586Sunday School.......................................................................................9:30 a.m. Morning Worship.................................................................................11:00 a.m. Tuesday................................................Prayer Meeting & Bible Study,7:00 p.m. Thursday...............................................................................Joy Night,7:00 p.m.Email: Gospell75@aol.com Website: Greaterelbethel.org Faith In Our CommunitySchedule of Events and ServicesPAGE A-3 THE STAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012 Tune In To WCGL AM RadioForIMPACT IMPACTTuesday and Thursday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.AtWCGL1360.comThe Florida Star and Impact Striving To Make A Difference! Clara McLaughlin Leath Host Yvonne Brooks Co-Host CHURCH DEATH NOTICES DEATH NOTICES Central Metropolitan C.M.E. Church4611 North Pearl St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Ofc (904) 354-7426 Fax (904) 354-0934Rev. Marquise Hardrick, Pastor ~ Worship Service ~Sun Church School 9:30a.m. Sun Morning Worship -10:45 a.m. Tues Eve Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Wed Bible Study 12 Noon Wed Feeding Ministry 2:00 p.m. ANNOUNCEMENTS Lion of the Tribe of Judah Ministries, Inc. PASTOR Dr. Sirretta Williams (Temporary services held) 623 Beechwood St., Jacksonville, FL 32206 Sunday School.......10:00 a.m. ~ Sunday Worship .......11:00 a.m. Every 5th Sunday Friends and Family Day Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Direct Phone: 904.866.7047 Office Phone: 904.356.4226 Seeing Beyond The Lifestyle To Save A Life Website: www.lottojm.com Listings are due the Tuesday before the next issue. Email submissions preferred. Send to: Info@TheFloridaStar.com Rev. Marquise & Mrs. Deedra Hardrick Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Mathew 28:19-20 C. L. Page Mortuary offers full funeral and cremation services at an affordable price because we care. We are now offering Live Streaming of Funeral and Visitation Services.3031 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209Visit us atWWW.CLPAGEMORTUARY.COM Carla L. Page, LFDIC Come join Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.everyWednesday and Thursday from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Prayer Meeting and Bible Study at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, located at 723 W. 4th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32209. Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? Austin Christian Academy for the Development of Excellence and Leadership, Inc. Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten(VPK) 12th Grade Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) is a quality education program aimed to help your child enter school prepared and ready to learn. All children 4 years old on or before September 1, 2010 and eligible for kindergarten in the fall of 2011 will qualify! A Florida Drivers License and the childs Birth Certificate are required for enrollment. A Social Security number for the child is also preferred, if available. Offering : A Beka Program, Arts and Crafts, Music/Computer Lab, Tutoring, Teen Parent Service Center, Field Trips, Extended Day 6:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m., Alternative Education, Community Hours NOW ENROLLING When: Monday Friday (9a.m. 5 p.m.) Where: 6901 N. Main St. (Greater Israel Baptist Church located on the corner of 59th and Main St.) Audrey A. White, Principal 6901 N. Main St., Jacksonvillle, FL 32208 (904) 647-5065 (904) 333-4290 We are redefining the world in which children live! AgapeFuneral Home and Cremation Services (904) 683-90931248 W. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32208Serving you with the finest in Professional Quality Funeral and Cremation Services with both financing and Affordability The Caring Professionals We would like to thank all of the many families that have allowed us the privilege of serving them. We hope that our services have been in everyway satisfactory.Call on us to compare before you make any final decisions:Harold Felder, LFDIC Minister Orien Greene, Chaplain Evangelist Francina Epps, Grief Counselor Rev. Willie Brown, Notary Rev. Dr. W.G. Mayberry, CEO We serve all of Jacksonville and the surrounding areas... Se Habla Espanol Being Useful Not Giving In Stop The Violence Use Your Talents, Inc.Founder: GERNADO Bring Me to Your Church or Organization Ministry Music MentoringGreat for youth and young adults (Honorarium or Donations required)Contact: 904-437-0309 or email gernado@yahoo.com To all Catholic, Jews, Baptist, Lutheran, Cogic, Muslims, 7th Day Adventist, Jehovahs Witnesses, Mormons, Non-Demoninational, etc. I have one question to Ask got truth?www.thespiritofyah.com In Loving Memory of Thomas Eugene Abrams, Jr. (a.k.a. Psycho Man) Oct. 4, 1972 to Feb. 28, 2004 No matter how many plans we make, life events such as childbirth, illness, and death happen. Let what you do in the life echo an eternity. STOP THE VIOLENCE USE YOUR TALENTS Zion Hope Academy is a Christian school with a great vision for our children in Jacksonville and surrounding areas. Our mission is to teach children of all nationalities from one year old through high school age to achieve success in their lives: academically, spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. To train up our children in the way they should go to be productive citizens in society; and to take care of themselves and their families. Zion Hope Academy will help them find and lead a purpose-driven life each day. For more information please contact C. Gantling at 904-768-5008 or email me at gantlingc@yahoo.com

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Meet Yannick Lebrun The Artist Series will present the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on Tuesday, February 28 in the Moran Theater of Jacksonvilles Times Union Performing Arts Center for one performance only. This is the companys first tour season under the direction of Robert Battle, new Artistic Director and choreographer. Battle is the third Artistic Director in the companys history, succeeding Judith Jamison, who retired in 2011 after many years with Alvin Ailey company, first, as a primary dancer, then, Artistic Director. I had the opportunity to speak with one of the companys principal dancers, Yannick Lebrun, whose soft spoken voice belies the magnificently chiseled body seen in various gravity-defying poses on the companys website. In Jacksonville, he is a featured dancer in Alvin Aileys Streams, his well known Revelations, and Ulysses Doves Episodes. Yannick began training with Jeanine Verin of the Adaclam School in his native Cayenne, French Guiana, South America at the age of nine. As a young student he was recruited by the Ailey School while attending dance competitions in France. He was selected to attend the schools intensive summer programs in New York from 2001-2003. Intrigued by the techniques he learned, Yannick auditioned and was granted a two year Fellowship with the Ailey School after high school graduation in 2004. He began his professional career with Ailey II, the junior company of dancers handpicked by Artistic Director, Sylvia Waters. In 2008, after a successful audition, he joined the main compan y. Lebrun said he looks forward to many years with the Ailey company, learning all facets of the organization. His goals also include sharing the traditional dance of French Guiana in a modern approach and making the art of dance accessible to impoverished children around the world. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Times Union Center for Performing Arts Moran Theater, 7:30 p.m... For ticket information visit their website at www.artistseriesjax.org or call (904) 632-3373 or (904) 632-3378 for groups.The Rising A Black Tie Fundraiser for Highway Park, Florida The Highway Park (Florida) Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement District Council held its first annual black tie affair at Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, Florida. The event, appropriately entitled, The Rising, was a fundraiser for the organization and an opportunity to acknowledge the people who have been key in the work to revitalize Highway Park, a small, black township in H ighlands County, Lake Placid, Florida. Jacksonville resident, Evelyn Colon, a retired Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida Vice-President and native of Highway Park, is a consultant to the towns preservation association, providing grant-writing and planning and development expertise to the Board of Dire ctors. The organization began the year identifying community improvement projects and culling the support of the community and government. They are waiting for the results of two grants submitted to Floridas Department of Transportation and Department of Agriculture which will push forward major projects planned for the towns revitalization. The elegant evening began as guests arrived and were welcomed by Martha Aduibaje Davis in the Akan language, one of the dialects of Ghana, West Africa. Davis, a long time resident of Jacksonville Beach was beautifully attired in a gown of authentic kente cloth from her native Ghana. The ensemble group, Olorun, performed a medley of songs from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria, including Odunde, a song requested by Evelyn Colon, because its message of celebrating new beginnings in the New Year was symbolic of Highway Parks revitalization, the Rising. Olorun, yours truly and Ok Sun Burks, was accompanied on drums by Felix Colon and grandson, Ali Nosrat. Evelyn called on former colleagues from Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida to present the main part of the program. Tony Jenkins, an Orlando resident and Market President of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, introduced friend and colleague, Darnell Smith, as the keynote speaker. Smith, a Jacksonville resident and Group Vice President, Service Organization with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida, applauded the Highway Park groups coming together through faith, hope, and teamwork to bring a new face to their community. Perhaps Smiths most poignant message was taken from Marianne Williamsons inspirational passage, Our Deepest Fear (from her book, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles). A delectable menu which featured a duet of lemon pepper chicken and London broil preceded special presentations and acknowledgements of special guests: Jack Richie, Highlands County Commissioner; Susan Benton, Highlands County Sheriff; Debra Worley, Member, Lake Placid Town Council; Penny Phillipi; Mark Delaney, Vice President, Wauchula State Bank; Kristina Anderson, President, Economic Development Council; Jesse Peck, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, and Bert Harris, Attorney for the Town of Lake Placid. Highway Park Neighborhood Preservations Board of Directors are: V incent Hill, President; Walter Sholtz, Vice President; Leslie Portee, Treasurer; Stella Walker, Secretary; Michael Callahan, Council Member. Administrative support for the event were: Evelyn Colon, Consultant; Tiffany Green, Media Relations and Mistress of Ceremonies; Ross Hendricks, Sponsorship Manager; Shirley Wilson, Events Coordinator; John Hawthorne, Community Planning; Janice Allen, Advisor; Selvin McGahee, Business Relations; Pastor Kenneth Adkins, Spiritual Advisor; Bishop W. C. Holden, Senior Spiritual Advisor; Faye Walker, Event Designer; Andrea Hill Harris, AMH Designs, Marketing; and Brenda Hill, Program Publisher. PAGE A-4 THE STAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012Talk of the Town! Talk of the Town! By Frances Bradley Volume Burks, PhotographerE kaabo (eh-kah-bow). Welcome. Highway Park Neighborhood Preservation Board of Directors and Guests L-R: Tony Jenkins, Susan Benton, Jack Rich, Debra Worley, CelestineSmith, Darnell Smith, and Mark Delaney L-R: Tony Jenkins, Susan Benton, Jack Richie, Susan Worley, Evelyn Colon, Penny Phillipi, Shirley Wilson, Tiffany Green, and Darnell Smith Highway Park's Kendrix, Hawthorne, and Green Families Yannick Lebrun Photo by Andrew Eccles

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FEBRUARY 25, 2012 THESTAR A recent Today Show blitz of The Bahamas over two days gave approximately 3 million Americans per day a close look at the many islands and vacation experiences the country offers. The fourth hour of the United States number-one television morning show was broadcast live from Atlantis Paradise Island on February 8 and a taped episode aired for audiences on February 9. Hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb whipped through a wide array of Nassau/Paradise Islands offerings from the water slides of Atlantis to beach volleyball with the countrys national beach volleyball team to eats and drinks at Arawak Cay and Junkanoo Beach. Meanwhile, other segments of the show took viewers to some of the beautiful OutPAGEA-7 BLACKHISTORYMONTH:A Look Back At How Haiti Became The First In The Region To Free Slaves By ARTHIANIXON Florida/Georgia Star Despite its present notoriety as a poverty stricken nation dealt a catastrophic blow with one of the most devastating earthquakes in recent memory, Haiti made history centuries ago when disgruntled slaves took matters into their own hands. From 1791 to 1804 slaves went from plantation to plantation, overthrowing white European (mostly French) land owners. On August 21st 1791 the Haitian civil war began and within days, they made their way through parts of the island. In short order, over 100,000 slaves were had killed some 4,000 whites and burned or destroyed 180 sugar plantations and hundreds of coffee and indigo plantations In March 1972, America and other European countries were appalled when the French granted civil and political rights to free men of color. Among the names that emerged during the war was Toussaint L'Ouverture, a self-educated former domestic slave (pictured). He is credited to restoring order by organizing the slaves and setting up diplomatic communications between Europe and the unruly slaves. He ordered them to stop the mass killings of whites and even went to Santo Domingo where he assisted in freeing slaves as well. He challenged King Napoleon Bonaparte with a constitution for Haiti and was met with resisteance. In spite of all his efforts, L'Ouverture was still a slave. He was promised his freedom if he got his soldiers to fight for the French. However, he was deceived and shipped to a prison in France where he died. a short time later For a brief time after L'Ouverture, Haiti was ruled by the French. However after it was apparent that the goal was to reestablish slavery. In the end, other leaders fought and eventually France only was wble to maintained slavery in Martinique and Guadaloupe. 1804 marked the end of French colonialism on the island. The Haitian Revolution sent fear across the United States and in other Caribbean islands after it was known that former slaves, for a few years continued a bloody fight for their freedom and won. The concern was that slaves would follow suite and rebel as well. While such a massive slave rebellion was never again repeated, the Haitian Revolution was said to have stood as a model for achieving emancipation for slaves in the rest of the Atlantic World. In 1807, Britain was the first to permanently abolish the slave trade, although the practice of plantation slavery was not fully abolished in the British West Indies until 1833. After the French Revolution, Napoleon reinstated slavery in the remaining French Caribbean colonies, which lasted until 1848. Slavery in the United States officially ended after the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in late 1865. Islands. Television audiences saw scenes of boating and snorkeling in the Exumas and sightseeing in the Abacos. The shows celebrity hosts in an interview said they have been won over by the beauty of The Islands Of The Bahamas and the hospitality of Bahamians. Its something I have been feeling from everybody, said Kotb. Kotb said she has been enticed to visit The Bahamas again, even if it is apart from The Today Show. The fact is that you can get on a plane and in two and a half hours go from freezing cold and snow to tropical paradise like that, she said, snapping her fingers on the set at Atlantis Royal Towers. I am going to be on the plane a lot, and this spot is just perfect. The highlight of Giffords visit was swimming with a dolphin at Paradise Island. In addition to the broadcasts of the special Bahamas episodes, segments from the shows are still available for viewing online. Story by Clarence Rolle, MOT Photo by Derek Rose Kathie Lee and Hoda Broadcast Live From The Bahamas Before the adults hit the streets in an all out dance fest complete withAfrican and Indian influences of one of the worlds most multi-ethnic nations, the children of Trinidad and Tobago took the stage to display culture, heritage and bright colors. Indigenous sounds of soca and steel pan drums were heard as children showcased national pride. Carnival is one of the Caribbeans most recognizable events which has spawned similar parades around the world including in England, Canada and several UScities including Miami and New York.(Photos by National Carnival Commission) CARNIVAL: Trinidad and Tobago Kids Showcase Culture In Caribbeans Premier Cultural Party

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Sandy Neal, Freelance Writer/Photographer for The Florida Star Angela Favors-Morrell Photographer for The Georgia StarArtist, Singer, Record Producer, Actress and Radio Show Host Yolanda Adams graced the stage at The Paxon Revival Center Saturday and gave an awesome performance. She sung her and many of her fan favorites such as Open My Heart, Fragile Heart, and The Battle is the Lords. Ms. Adams is the oldest of six siblings and the mother to an 11 year old named Taylor whom she speaks of quite often. When Adams was asked how did the Yolanda Adams Morning Show come about? She said, It was an answer to a prayer, I had been praying for a way to be home Monday through Friday with daughter Taylor and travel on the weekends, and her prayers were answered. She is in 46 markets and counting. Ms. Adams is signed to her own Record Label/Management and Production Company called In-House Music Group. She has been singing since she was four in the peewee choir and had her first hit song at the age of 18 with My Liberty. At Elektra Records, she met Sylvia Rhone and produced her first multi-platinum album Mountain High Valley Low with such hits as That Name and Open My Heart. When asked, What advice would she have for an artist that was struggling with the idea of secular music vs. gospel, Adams said, to each his/her own. She has friends in the industry such as Stevie Wonder, whom she knows is a man of God and loves the Lord. Adams wrote many songs of her own songs. She was strongly encouraged by Thomas Whitfield. Adams says in 1987 for new artists to write their own songs were for the most part unheard of. Adams says she knew Whitney Houston, not as well as some such as Gospel Artist Kim Burrell, but she has fond memories of her, says she was a wonderful person and funny. She says when she won her first Grammy, Whitney and Bobby Brown ran backstage to congratulate her so she was very honored to pay tribute to her at the NAACP Awards. FEBRUARY 25, 2012 THESTAR LOCAL FLORIDASECTION B Yolanda AdamsPerforms at The Paxon Revival Center Yolanda Adams, Pastor Michael Mitchell and First Lady Cordelia Mitchell. Artist, Singer, Record Producer, Actress and Radio Show Host Yolanda Adams performing at The Paxon Revival Center. Edward Waters College Choir Rev. and wife and Yolanda Adams Happy Praise Productions Greeters: Victor Ravnell, Kim Jones and Quintin Jones Bessie Brown and Staar Fields Derrick, the promoter of the show and Yolanda Adams. Inez Davis and Yolanda Adams. Angela Favors-Morrell and Yolanda Adams Angela Favors-Morrell with the Group, Eric Witherspoon and Nu Judah 360. Vendors (excited Florida Star readers). VITO vendor with Dr. Ronda Bankovics (Poet/Author/Minister/Counselor/Songwriter and Recording Artist).

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"Auntie Roz" Burrough hosts Black History Event at her Home FAMILY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, You are invited to a very special event.February 26, 3:00p.m. Call for reservations, 904 713 0885. The 7 Steps of Business Startup, on February 28, 2012, 9:00am 11:00am, at Beaver Street Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204. For general information call (904)265-4700. DOWNTOWN TOP TO BOTTOM WALKING TOUR: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at The Jacksonville Landing, 2 Independent Dr. W., Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.353.1188 for any information. Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. Birthday Dinner Celebration, Sunday, February 26th, 2012, @ 3:00 P.M., at The Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church 723 West 4th Street, Jacksonville, Fla. 32209. If you have any questions, contact Bro. Jerry Urso at 904-982-7722, Sis.Carla Page 904-353-4434, Elderess Carolyn Hall 904-647-7637, Deacon Winchester Dunbar 904-634-1931. UNIVERSOUL CIRCUS on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, 1000 Water Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.630.4000 for all information. SPOKEN WORD: Thursday, March 01, 2012, Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Call 904.632.5555 for more information. MONICA, this Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Florida Theatre, 128 E. Forsyth Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. For more information contact 904.355.2787. AMATEUR NIGHT AT THE RITZ, on March 2, 2012, at the Ritz Theatre and Museum, 829 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.Call 904.632.5555 for additional information. HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS, Friday March 2, 2012, Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. For all information contact 904.630.3900. MAYOR'S WALK FOR SENIOR WELLNESS: Saturda,y, March 3, 2012, at the Metropolitan Park, 4110 Gator Bowl Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Contact 904.630.0837 for more information. Community ActivitiesPAGE B 2 THE STAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012 Rare Diseases Affect Millions Of American Families (StatePoint) One in 10 Americans is currently affected by a rare disease. For these people, getting properly diagnosed and treated can be a challenge. Studies have shown it often takes five years or longer to receive an accurate diagnosis of a rare disease, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). And once diagnosed, many patients and families dont know where to turn for treatment or support. Nearly 30 million Americans are living with the challenges of a rare disease, but they are underserved and often ignored by the medical system, said Peter Saltonstall, President and CEO of NORD. Despite the challenges, many people with rare diseases display tremendous courage and strength, living their daily lives with disabling and mysterious symptoms. To draw attention to rare diseases as an important public health issue, NORD sponsors Rare Disease Day, which is held on the last day of February every year. Details can be found at RareDiseaseDay.us In the US, any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans is considered rare. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are nearly 7,000 rare diseases, and about 75 percent of them affect children.. Dave Crawford of Dallas knows firsthand the challenges of suffering from a rare disease. For more than 50 years, Crawford suffered from daily mysterious symptoms including red, bumpy skin rashes, fevers, conjunctivitis, headaches, joint swelling and muscle aches. The symptoms often occurred after exposure to cold or damp air, but also flared spontaneously. Crawfords mother, grandmother and great-grandmother had also lived with the same painful symptoms, but never received a diagnosis. It wasnt until 2010 that Crawford was finally diagnosed with CryopyrinAssociated Periodic Syndromes (CAPS) -a group of rare genetic diseases that affect an estimated 300 people in the US. After suffering from daily symptoms for decades, it was a tremendous relief to get a conclusive diagnosis, said Crawford. My doctor and I have developed a treatment plan that keeps the inflammation and other symptoms well under control. CAPS is a serious and lifelong inflammatory disease that is treatable, but often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because few physicians are familiar with it, and its symptoms may resemble other illnesses, said Dr. Hal Hoffman, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of California, a specialist in rare inherited inflammatory disorders whose lab identified the gene responsible for CAPS. Though rare diseases are often overlooked, its important to learn your familys health history as many are passed down through generations. To learn more about CAPS and take a disease questionnaire, visit CAPSFamilyConnections.com/rare If you or someone you love have already been diagnosed with CAPS, share your experience with others at CAPSConnectUSA.com/rare. Both websites are provided by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. ULYSSES W. WATKINS JR., MD HEALTH NOTES HEELSPUR REMOVAL GENERAL INFORMATION DEFINITION: Removal of heel spur. BODY PARTS INVOLVED: Bottom of the heel bone. REASONS FOR SURGERY: Relief of pain. SURGICAL RISK INCREASES WITH: None expected. WHAT TO EXPECT WHO OPERATES: General surgeon, orthopedist or podiatrist. WHERE PERFORMED: Outpatient surgical facility or doctors office. DIAGNOSTIC TESTS Before surgery: Blood and urine studies; x-rays of both feet. *After surgery: Blood studies; laboratory examination of removed tis sue. ANESTHESIA Local anesthesia by injection. *Spinal anesthesia by injection. DESCRIPTION OF OPERATION An incision is made over the spur. *The spur is cut free and removed with special instruments. *The skin is closed with sutures, which usually can be removed about 10 or 14 days after surgery. POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS Excessive bleeding. *Surgical wound infection. AVERAGE HOSPITAL STAY: Usually none. PROBABLE OUTCOME: Expect complete healing without complications. Allow about 6 weeks for recovery from surgery. POSTOPERATIVE CARE GENERAL MEASURES If the wound bleeds during the first 24 hours after surgery, press a clean tissue or cloth to it for 10 minutes. *A hard ridge should form along the incision. As it heals, the ridge will recede gradually. *Use an electric heating pad, a heat lamp or a warm compress to relieve incision pain. *Bathe and shower as usual. You may wash the incision gently with mild unscented soap. *Use crutches or a cane to walk until your doctor determines that healing is complete. *Between baths, keep wound dry with a bandage for the first 2 or 3 days after surgery. If a bandage gets wet, change it promptly. MEDICATION Your doctor may prescribe: Pain relievers. Dont take prescription pain medication longer than 4 to 7 days. Use only as much as you need. Antibiotics to fight infection. *You may use non-prescription drugs, such as acetaminophen, for minor pain. ACTIVITY Avoid vigorous exercise for 3 months after surgery. *Resume driving 1 week after returning home. DIET: No special diet. CALL YOUR DOCTOR IF Pain, swelling, redness, drainage or bleeding increases in the surgical area. *You develop signs of infection: headache; muscle aches, dizziness or a general ill feeling and fever. *New, unexplained symptoms develop. Drugs used in treatment may produce side effects. Health Notes Announcements, meetings, happenings, and community events scheduled in Jacksonville and the surrounding area embering ThosREAL LIFE STORIES WHO IS THE DADDY? The more important question is who pays child support? Mary and Phil were good friends since High School and despite the fact that there was never a romantic relationship between them, they remained close and loyal to each other. When Mary was 20, she had a son by another man and Phil continued to stand by her side despite the fact that she vowed she would never reveal who the childs father was. Rumor has it that the father was a prominent business man who was married and revealing his identity would create a scandal, but the real father was never named. When the child was a year old Mary began dating Jimmy and a year later they got married. When Jimmy agreed to adopt the child, the childs father needed to sign a consent for the adoption to proceed in Court. Being the loyal friend that he was, Phil falsely signed a consent to the adoption as if he was the childs father. By the time that DCF completed their investigation and back ground check, it was determine that Jimmy was not eligible for the adoption and the adoption was denied. Mary and Jimmy got a divorce. Mary applied for support benefits from the State and at that point it was necessary to reveal a father to reimburse the State for support payments to the child. Because Phil did not want to disclose that he had falsely signed a consent claiming to be the father and committed fraud on the Court, he got stuck with the child support payments. Oh, what a tangled web we weave. Friendship and loyalty are important, but how far should it go? PREPLANNING CAN HELP; WE CAN HELP: Our caring and professional staff includes funeral directors, attorneys, counselors and insurance agents. 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THESTAR LOCAL GEORGIASECTION B BLACKHISTORYMONTH SPECIAL FEATURE Brunswicks Living Legends Witness A Century Of Change In Community, Nation and World Mother Carrie Berrian, age 116 years old By ARTHIANIXON Photos ANGELLA FAVORS-MORELL & ED COUNCIL When Carrie Berrian was born in April 1895, the first professional football game was played and volleyball was invented. Also, W. E. B. Du Bois became the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University and Booker T. Washington delivered the Atlanta Compromise speech. she was born two months after Babe Ruth and two months before Hattie McDaniel who would later become the first African-American woman to win an Academy Award in 1939. As a teenager, she would recall the tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic and see horse and carts replaced by automobiles. She and other centenarian in Brunswick have no need to read the developments in Black history over the past hundred years because they lived it. With great emotion, they survived the Jim Crow south as the children and grandchildren of emancipated slaves. Among the first members of their families allowed to read in the new South, they spent their adult lives witnessing how blacks were tormented for simply wanting to vote, to watching signs pulled down as intergration took place, to see the fight of Georgia son Dr. Martin Luther King end in tragedy and to cast their ballots to welcome in Barack Obama as the first African-American President with great triumph. With their health being their wealth, we conclude our celebration of Black History Month by honoring Brunsicks living legends. FEBRUARY 25, 2012 Mother Carrie Robinson is 100 years old, Mother W. E. Armstrong is 95 years Old Mother Delores Phillips is 97 years old Mother Magnolia Muhammad is 90 years old Mother Katye Cash died in late 2011 at 102 years old Mr. David Dallas is 106 years old Brunswick Port Poised To Give Jackconville Some Major Competition Increased Activity Could Result In More Job Opportunities For Locals Brunswick Port Employees inspect vehicles. (Photos by Clarissa Davis) By ARTHIANIXON Florida/Georgia Star Instead of droves of Brunswick residents having to drive to Jacksonville to hunt seek employment with their port, Jacksonville residents may soon be joining other neighboring communities who could be coming to seek employment with the Brunswick Port Authority. Brunswick may soon take the title of the nations second busiest automobile port away from Jacksonville now that several major international auto manufacturers are sending their vehicles through. In the past ten years alone, Brunswick has been receiving cars from companies such as Volvo, Hyundai/Kia, and Mercedes-Benz. Prior to the move, all of the aforementioned vehicles were entering through the Jacksonville Port. According to the Georgia Port Authority, 2011 was Brunswicks best year ever, which also saw an increase of 23%. Mercedes-Benz is glad to be on board, especially knowing that Brunswick has about 700 acres of space to expand on while Jacksonville has completely maxed out its space and doesnt have the money to purchase additional property. Among the attributes that make Brunswick the new hot port is the construction of the $121 million Sydney Lanier Bridge in addition to a $100 million harbor dredging. to 36 feet. Those projects allowed Brunswick to attract bigger auto carrier ships and take advantage of the ports large amount of acreage for vehicle processing. Mother Ruth Williams is 98 years old Mother Pauline Berton is 98 years old

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FEBRUARY 25, 2012 THESTAR Despite Infamous 2007 Fumble, Marlon McCree Returns To Jaguars As Assistant Defensive Backs Coach The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks held an open player tryout on the Jacksonville University campus Saturday morning. This years tryout drew nearly 100 participants who competed for the opportunity to join the Sharks for the teams upcoming training camp. Players were split into positional groups and then timed in the 40-yard dash and 20-yard shuttle run. Following the running drills, participants worked on position-specific drills. These drills ranged from agility work and route running to one-on-one competition pitting offensive players against defensive players. I thought that everybody that came out competed hard, Sharks Head Coach Les Moss said. We had a great turnout and had some prospects. It was really a good tryout camp. In previous seasons, the Sharks have brought several players from open tryouts into training camp, including wide receiver/defensive back Brian Walker in 2011. Moss expects the trend to continue this year. PAGEB-4 March 1 3, 2012ATHLETIC CONFERENCEBASKETBALL TOURNAMENTJacksonville, Florida GULF COASTGC A C 2012 2012 Adams/Jenkins Sports and Music Complex Edward Waters CollegeFor more information, contact: SID at (904) 470-8045. 2 2 GU U G 2 2 2 2 2 20 20 2 2 F ULF F 2 2 012 012 2 OA OA C C T T A AST GU U G G GU G G G ULF ULF ULF C C G G C C GC OA OA O C C T T C C C C A A A AST A A A AC AC AC A C C C C A A A C C C C C C C G G G G G G G G C C GC GC C C GC C C C C C C C A A A C C A AC AC AC C C C C A A A C C C C C ATH ATH ATH GC G G THLET THLE THLET G C C C TIC TIC C C C C C TIC GC O C C C O ONF O C C C C C C C C RE RE FE FE F F FERE C C C C E E C C E ENC ENC CE CE ENC CE C E E E S A S A A B B B B B ac c ac Jac B B B T T TB TB T TB E E K S SK A A ckso ckso ckso nville, ckso ckso A LL A A B B B B B Flo nville, U UR OT ida ida M A i ri ida R Flo R M A A N N NA NA N NA R R R UR U UR UR T T N E EN M ME T T M M M M M M M M M Marc Marc Mar Mar Ma M Mar Marc ch ch h 1 h ch 3 3 1 20 20 3, 20 012 012 012 Ada Ada Ada ams/Jenk ams/Jenk Ed d Ed ams/Jenk k dw dw wa W ward dw in ins Spor kin s C s C rs aters and rs Co M M W Wa rts and M M ollege olleg usic C sic C M M ollege Music C omplex omple omplex For more information, conta e i ore m inform mation, c mation, mation, co c ct: SID c For more information, conta t D a 4) 4) 904 t ( 9 a a 5 70-8045 5 904) 4 5. 5. 5 Strong Turnout For Jacksonville Sharks Tryout By ARTHIA NIXON Florida/Georgia Star In January 2007, while a safety for the San Diego Chargers, he was one of the most infamous NFL players following a fumble that allowed the New England Patriots to take control of a memorable game. Now with that career highlight (rather lowlight) behind him, Michael McCree is out of retirement and returning to football to be with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team he initially started his NFL career with. This time however, hes gone from player to assistant defensive backs coach coach. Im just humbled to have this opportunity, he stated on the Jaguars official website. Its a privilege to play and to coach in the NFL. We are all in here, and all hands are on deck. We are committed and were going to get it done around here. Im thrilled to have the opportunity and Im fired up and ready to go. A Florida native, McCree was bought up in Orlandos inner-city where he excelled athletically in school. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a finance degree while playing for the Wildcats football team. In 2001, he was drafted in the seventh round by the Jags and played in all but three games during his first two seasons. In 2003, he was picked up by the Houston Texans after being waived by the Jaguars. While with the Texans he scored his first touchdown. The 2005 NFL season found McCree with the Carolina Panthers and in March 2006, he signed a five year deal with the San Diego Chargers. While his 2007 fumble was what many remember him from during his Charger days, in January 2008, during a game against the Indianapolis Colts he redeemed himself by knocking Reggie Wayne out of the game and forced the Colts to use their final timeout. By March 2006, McCree was signed to the Denver Broncos. However, in June 2009 he was resigned with the Jaguars. He was released a mere three months later. Off the field, McCree has developed a reputation as one of those athletes making an effort to continuously give back. He tutors and mentors players at high school, college and professional levels.

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Whitney Houstons Sacrificial Choice: Fame and Fortune, or the Mirror! and the Bobby Brown FactorBy The Admin on February 21, 2012 Cleo Manago, CEO and founder of the Black Mens Xchange (BMX) The Whitney Houston story and finality is profoundly tragic, and may have been inevitable. The whole story may never be told. Given the often daunting or de-dimensionailzed imagery of dark-skinned Black men in America, Houstons former husband, New Editions Bobby Brown, is an easy target to successfully blame for Whitneys demise. Though Mr. Brown has been allowed little air time to speak for himself, so many think they already know what kind of dastardly person he likely is. On the other hand, it is so easy to constantly depict Whitney Houston as a fallen angel, who was abused by Bobby, the big bad [Black] wolf. As a result, many would look at the cruel and anticipated mistreatment of Bobby Brown at Whitneys funeral as par for his course. This done at what supposedly is Gods house a church, at the funeral of Bobby Browns former wife and his daughters mother. Bobby Brown could never ever be accused of being a fallen or troubled angel. Angels (in our minds eye) dont look like Mr. Brown. Comparatively, Whitney is more the angel type. Yet, the fact of the matter is, no angels were involved here, just a couple of earthly [Black] human-beings who tried to get through the gauntlet of life as they were and are in this society. Whitney had rumored struggles connected to her sexuality, her race, her familys (and societys) expectations; being subject to the wrath of the often hypocritical, abusive, judgmental and omnipresent [Black] church culture; and the irony of achieving superhuman iconic status, while never working out the kinks of her deep struggles. Whitney used drugs to self-medicate, then brought a husband and child into the firing-line of the glamorous looking Whitney Houston volcano. Any reference to Bobbys bad behavior while leaving space to critique Whitneys behavior empty (if you must critique at all) is simply the residue and proof of how successful Clive Davis Houston propaganda machine was, and how well people have been influenced by the racist imagery of Black men. Millions of aspiring [Black] singers, if given the opportunity Clive gave Whitney, would have made the same sacrificial choice (and many have): fame and fortune or the mirror! If Whitney had chosen to deal with the mirror, she may still be here. She did not survive her choice and the preceding pressures long enough to get old, and that was not because of Bobby Brown. Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and Whitney Houston all inherited the deadly circumstance and mixture of being brilliant, famous and Black in this society and unable to make peace with the mirror. What we could learn from facing the premature death of even another beloved icon is the importance of co-creating a culture and climate that allows people to accept themselves for who and what they really are. Fame, fortune nor religion make us immune to the consequences of not being able to fully embrace ourselves. We can save lives by ceasing to disrupt the personal peace of same-gender-loving (SGL), Black, famous or non-conformist people. PAGE B-6 THESTAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012 OPINION OWNER/PUBLISHER CLARA McLAUGHLIN LEATH MANAGEMENT LONZIE LEATH, RINETTA M. FEFIE SALES & MARKETING G. ABRAMS, DENNIS WADE, DAN EVANS OFFICE/ACCOUNTS MANAGER SHIQUITA WILSON LAYOUT EDITOR MAY E. FORD CRIME &JUSTICE KEVIN KIM CARIBBEAN NEWS/SPECIAL LAYOUT ARTHIA NIXONInvestigative Reporter : Lonzie Leath Reporters/Photographers : Marsha Phelts, Laurence Greene, F. M. Powell, III, Michael Phelts, Richard McLaughlin, Andrea F. K. 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PAGE B-8 THE STAR FEBRUARY 25, 2012 DQWPEG"VX"/"VGNGXKUKQP"QWT"YC[" EQOECUV"447."FKIKVCN"3904 Did you know that one of the most powerful and wealthy plantation owners in the area was an african princess named Anna Kingsley of the Kingsley Plantation? Married to Zephaniah Kingsley and subsequently freed, She and her African Sisters controlled not only the Kingley Plantation, but also nearly the entire Arlington peninsula. The Baxter Plantation and Strawberry Mills ran from the foot of the Matthew's bridge to University Park. http://www.metro jacksonville.com/forum/index.php/topic,11960.0.html Mkpiung{"Jqog. 3:9: