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Ohio's new law forces teachers to
take a standardized test for their job
As soon as next year, approximately 7,000 educators in Ohio's poorest-
performing public schools may be required to retake teaching exams
under a new law passed by the state.
Math and English teachers who work at schools ranked in the lowest
10 percent of the state will be required to retake and pass Ohio's teacher
licensure exams. If the teachers pass, they will be exempt from retaking
the test for three years. Each district's school board will have the option
to fire teachers who don't pass the test.
The earliest the changes will be implemented is prior to the 2012-2013
school year, and that the criteria for ranking schools is still being devel-
oped. Meanwhile, the state's education department is developing a new
teacher evaluation system that will be piloted later this school year in cer-
Administrators say that by holding schools and teachers accountable for
student achievement, underperforming schools will hopefully improve.
The Ohio law is the most comprehensive state law requiring teacher
retesting. The state has aggressively implemented teacher evaluation leg-
islation over the past year, to the chagrin of some teaching groups in the
state, who argue that teaching in poorer, urban schools is inherently a
Unemployed reach 27 year high
CNNMoney is reporting disturbing news about racial inequality in the
job market, saying that black unemployment has surged to its highest
level in 27 years, while the rate fell slightly for whites.
Black unemployment surged to 16.7% in August, its highest level since
1984, while the unemployment rate for whites fell slightly to 8%, the
Labor Department reported.
Black unemployment has been roughly double that of whites since the
government started tracking the figures in 1972.
Economists blame a variety of factors. The black workforce is younger
than the white workforce, lower numbers of blacks get a college degree
and many live in areas of the country that were harder hit by the reces-
sion -- all things that could lead to a higher unemployment rate.
Federal judge rejects
Wesley Snipes tax appeal
ATLANTA -Blade is going to stay in jail. A fed-
eral appeals court in Atlanta has turned away the
latest attempt by actor Wesley Snipes to get his
conviction and prison sentence on tax charges
The llth Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta
rejected the appeal by Snipes this week, who was
convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file
income tax returns.
Defense lawyers contended they received two emails from former
jurors who reported misconduct among other members of the panel. But
the court held that it wasn't "strong, substantial and incontrovertible evi-
dence" that would warrant a new trial.
Snipes started a three-year term in a Pennsylvania prison in December.
He's appeared in dozens of films, from "White Men Can't Jump" and
"Demolition Man" in the early 1990s to the blockbuster Blade trilogy.
Zimbabwe's Mugabe leaked to be
stricken with prostate cancer
Zimbabwean.President Robert Mugabe has prostate cancer that has
spread to other organs and was urged by his physician to step down in
2008, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.
In the cable dated June 2008 and written by James D. McGee, the for-
mer U.S. ambassador in Harare, Zimbabwe's Central Bank governor
Gideon Gono was cited as saying the cancer could lead to Mugabe's
death in three to five years.
Mugabe, 87, has been in power since Zimbabwe gained independence
from Britain in 1980.
Although there have been numerous reports over the past decades on
Mugabe's health, he has no publicly known serious ailment but under-
went cataract surgery in Singapore in February.
In an interview with Reuters last September, Mugabe dismissed rumors
-that he was dying of cancer and had suffered a stroke.
24 people shot in NYC in 24 hours
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is demanding action from
Washington after 24 people where shot in the city during a span of 24
hours, this Labor Day weekend.
A rash of shootings in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx from 6 a.m.
Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday left many injured and one man dead.
As of Sunday night, no arrests have been made.
New York Daily News reports:
The mayor said 24 people shot in 24 hours in the city "is just uncon-
"We cannot tolerate it," Bloomberg said while speaking at the Christian
Cultural Center in Brooklyn. "There are just too many guns on the streets
and we have to do something about it."
New York has the toughest gun laws in the country, but Bloomberg said
the city alone cannot stop the onslaught of shootings. "We need the fed-
eral government to step up," he said.
Volume 24 No. 47 Jacksonville, Florida September 8-14, 2011
STANDING BY THE CAUSE ..* i
Democrats gear up for 2012 e
despite political minefields
By Sommer Brokaw
While Democrats gear up for
their 2012 national convention in
Charlotte, their presumptive presi-
dential candidate is wrestling with
A "year out" rally was held for
the 2012 Democratic National
Convention at Time Warner Cable
Arena this week, a year to the day
before President Barack Obama is
expected to claim nomination for a
second term. The convention is
scheduled to open on Sept. 3, 2012.
"The energy and excitement we
feel from the people of North
Carolina is really a great ItnlI for the
work we have to do," said DNC
CEO Steve Kerrigan, who led the
site selection team that chose
A *" L- *
Charlotte. "We're expecting a huge
turnout...as a result of the excite-
ment and energy that people feel
about the president being re-nomi-
nated in North Carolina and in
However, Obama's popularity is
Frank Newport, PhD, who man-
ages and analyzes The Gallup Poll,
recently cast a bleak outlook on
Obama's 2012 prospects. Obama's
job approval rating, according to
three-day averages based on phone
interviews conducted across the
nation, slipped after the debt ceiling
deal, hitting a new low of 39 per-
cent for Aug. 11-13, and recovering
to 41 percent Aug. 22-24.
Continued on page 3
Florida state Senator Gary Siplin hands out belts to students to
enforce new law allowing schools to suspend students for saggy pants.
Pull those pants up!
Florida law could get your student suspended
ORLANDO You might call it
the most important weapon in the
battle against saggy pants.
As students begin school across
the state, one of the battle's biggest
backers made sure everyone had
one. Florida State Senator Gary
Siplin handed out belts last week at
several Orange County schools.
Against adversaries including the
state NAACP, he pushed for six
years for the so-called Pull Your
Pants Up law, and finally got his
wish last spring.
The state legislature voted over-
whelmingly to enact the ban at the
start of the 2011-12 school year,
making Florida and Arkansas the
only two states with such a wide-
spread prohibition against saggy
pants for students.
"We want our kids to believe
they're going to college, and part of
that is an attitude, and part of that is
being dressed professionally,"
"It's about education. That's why
we wanted to come out here per-
sonally and enforce the new law,
and we've had good results." said
The statewide school dress code
bucks a fashion trend with roots in
prison attire and the rap and hip-
hop music community. Siplin, who
admits to sporting an Afro and plat-
form shoes in his youth, grew tired
of seeing young men wearing their
pants so low their underwear was
State law now says kids can be
suspended from school if they don't
pull up their pants.
Continued on page 3
Garrard throws last Jaguar pass
Tens Joyner Family Reunion- stars flocked
alongside the throngs of participants at the recent Tom Joyner Family
Reunion in Orlando, Florida. Held over the Labor Day weekend, the fam-
ily oriented event included seminars, concerts ad parties accented by
Disney's theme parks for four non stop days. Shown above hamming it up
from Jacksonville are Linda Stevenson, comedian Sinbad and Deb Clark.
For more on the event, see page 2
S:i.k. '- ,tr .rc-d as Surprise "Sw eetthcanrt"
Following the Rounds at the Grounds a baseball benefit pitting
local doctors against each other to raise funds for infant mortality,
event organizer Marsha Gardner was honored by the Jacksonville
Suns as the day's team sweetheart. She is shown above right with
Sunbeam Alexis Thomas. The annual game's goal is to help Healthy
Start reach audiences with health strategies and practices that prevent
infant mortality Jacksonville is a state and national leader in the num-
ber of babies who die before their first birthdays. TMA photo
David Garrard was the Jacksonville's second Black starting quarter-
back. The first was Byron Leftwich who earned a SuperBowl ring
after he was cut by the Jaguars. After head coach Tom Coughlin was
let go, he earned a Super Bowl ring for the New York Giants. TMA
The Jacksonville Jaguars have
released veteran quarterback David
Garrard, a stunning move that will
save the franchise $9 million this
Whether it saves coach Jack Del
Rio's job remains to be seen. Team
owner Wayne Weaver has said
Jacksonville needs to make the
playoffs for Del Rio to stick around
for a 10th season. Del Rio made it
clear late last season that he had
grown tired of Garrard's inconsis-
Del Rio's quarterback swap is
similar to what he did in 2007,
when he released Byron Leftwich
in favor of Garrard after the presea-
son. This time, though, Del Rio has
been steadfast that Garrard was the
Garrard missed the preseason
opener because of a sore back, but
started the final three games. He
completed 50 percent of his passes
for 216 yards, with no touchdowns
and an interception.
Luke McCown is expected to start
the opener against the Tennessee
Titans on Sunday.
For more fan sights and scenes
from the recent loss to the St. Louis
Rams, see page 12.
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14,000+ attend Tom Joyner Family Reunion in Orlando
Stars and performers included (L-R) Jennifer Hudson, The Crews family leading a seminar, Kirk Franklin and host Tom Joyner and da Brat.
by L. Jones
Oh, oh oh it's the Tom Joyner Fam-
ily Reunion!! The Fly Jock Tom
Joyner flew into Orlando on a whirl-
wind tour over the Labor Day week-
end bringing over 5,000 families from
across the country to the Gaylord
Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.
Guests wined and dined with
celebrities, visited theme parks and
attended R&B and comedy concert
each night. During the day, their were
health and wellness seminars to en-
rich the soul.
Celebrities on hand for the festivi-
ties with their families included
singer Hudson, Royce Reed ("Bas-
ketball wives"), Allan Houston, assis-
tant general manager of the New
York Knicks; Boris Kodjoe, Rebecca
and Terry Crews, Roland Martin,
Sinbad,, David and Tamela Mann,
and, of course, "The Tom Joyner
Morning Show" crew: Tom Joyner, J.
Anthony Brown and Sybil Wilkes.
The Family Reunion Expo was
packed every day, with seminars that
included family yoga presented by
the Alzheimer's Association, Allan
Houston's "Father Knows Best" bas-
ketball camp, "Sybil's Book Club"
with Don Lemon and a "Brother to
Brother" session with Roland Martin,
Eddie Lavert, David Mann, Roger
Bobb and Lucas Boyce.
Talent searches were held by Cen-
tric to find a red carpet host for "The
Soul Train Awards," producer Roger
Bobb conducted a talent search for
someone to appear in an ultpcmiiLnig
movie, and NBC's new TV show
"The Sing Off' sought singers extra-
ordinaire for potential contestants,
using "The Tom Joyner Morning
Show" famous "h(.. Oh, Oh" jingle.
Performers diuinii the getaway,
held from Thursday, Sept. I though
Monday, Sept. 5, included Brian
McKnight, Cee-Lo Green, Melanie
Fiona, Kenny "BH.h.il, L.i."' Edmonds,
Kindred the Family Soul, Keith
Sweat, Kevon Edmonds, Jennifer
Hudson, Sinbad, Di Brat, I.il Mo,
Monie Love, Kirk Franklin,
VaShawn Mitchell, Paige Bryan, the
Florida Memorial choir and Bobby V.
Every year Tom Joyner brings his
family, love and staff to reunite with
fans and supporters.
Its "S' jagged Out Saturday" con-
cert, the event drawing the biggest
teen turnout yet to hit the Allstate
Tom Joyner Family Reunion, fea-
tured well-received performances by
Digg. Simmons and Mindless Be-
lIh i.r. as well as Soulja Boy. The
show, hosted by Lil JJ, also featured
Hamilton Park and Travante.
Jennifer Hudson/Sinbad show was
a sell-out for Orlando, longg with the
"Gospel Explosion" musical fest on
Sunday with Kirk Franklin.
Black men falling out
of the middle class
Growing up middle class is no
guarantee of maintaining the same
status as an adult, according to a re-
port released today by Pew's Eco-
nomic Mobility Project. Downward
Mobility From the Middle Class:
Waking Up From the American
Dream reports on findings that a third
of Americans who grow up as mem-
bers of the middle class eventually
"fall out" of it.
"Middle class" Americans are de-
fined as those between the 30th and
70th percentiles of the income distri-
bution. Erin Currier, project manager
of the Economic Mobility Project,
says, "A variety of factors, including
family background and personal
choices," influence the downward
mobility that takes people out of that
Race is a factor, too, but only for
men. Not surprising to anyone famil-
iar with the pervasive stereotypes,
unequal access to criminal justice
and negative media imagery that
black males of all income levels must
navigate, the researchers found that
38 percent of black men fall out of
the middle, compared with 21 per-
cent of white men. In contrast, white,
black and Hispanic women are
equally likely to drop out of the mid-
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Senteber 8--14. 2s y rsP
Plan now to protect
The Pension Protection Act of
2006 (PPA) turns five years old this
month. As companies rush to shore
up pension or cancel underfunded
plans you need to protect yourself
from common pension mistakes.
PPA was designed to close loop-
holes in the pension system and
addresses problems for the roughly
34 million Americans covered by
traditional pensions known as
PPA requires pensions be fully
funded by 2015. It also prevents
companies with big pension deficits
to skip annual contributions and
still pronounce their plans healthy.
Another major goal of the bill was
to shore up the health of the
Pension Benefit Guarantee
Corporation (PBGC). PBGC is an
agency of the US government that
Anytime you change
were frozen and 2% were in the
process of terminating the plan.
You should immediately request a
personal statement of benefits if
this happens to your pension. The
statement will tell you what your
benefits are currently worth and
how many years you've been in the
plan. It may even include a projec-
tion of your monthly check.
Most of the time companies
won't intentionally fudge; some-
times the blame can be on simple
errors. Here are seven common
pension mistakes to watch for:
1. Company forgot to include
commission, overtime pay, or
bonuses in determining your bene-
2.Your employer relied on incor-
rect Social Security information to
calculate your benefits.
3. Somebody used the
wrong benefit formula (i.e., an
jobs or take a lump-sum incorrect interest rate was
plueged into the equation).
you are at risk.
insures private pension plans. 147
pension plans failed in 2010 which
increased the PBGC deficit to $23
billion. The agency assumes termi-
nated plans and pays benefits to
retirees up to a maximum of
$54,000 if they retire at age 65 or
One problem not addressed by
PPA but continues to affect millions
of people of all ages, not just
retirees are pension miscalcula-
tions. Anytime you change jobs or
take a lump-sum pension cash-out,
you are at risk. Women are espe-
cially vulnerable to pension mis-
takes because they tend to move in
and out of the workforce more
often than men. For the most part,
pension mix-ups aren't intentional.
How would you know if there
was an error which had been com-
pounding for many years? How can
you ensure that you'll get what's
rightfully yours when retirement
arrives? It's up to you to keep track
of your own pension. Know your
rights and monitor your retirement
plan before the "golden years"
creep up on you.
Educate yourself about how your
plan works. Contact your company
benefits officer and ask for a copy
of the plan, not the summary plan
description. In May, the US
Supreme Court ruled that you can't
depend on your employer's sum-
mary plan description. The sum-
mary is an abbreviated form of the
plan. The Court held that if there
are discrepancies, the plan is the
controlling document. You need a
copy of the plan to determine how
your pension is calculated. The
plan document can run 50 pages or
More and more companies are
freezing or terminating their pen-
sion plans. Only 38% of Fortune
1000 companies offered a pension
plan in 2010. That number is down
from 59% in 2004. Of those com-
panies with a plan, 35% of those
continued from front
He originally sought to criminal-
ize saggy pants, but the current law
instead subjects repeat violators to
up to three days of in-school sus-
pension and up to 30 days suspen-
sion from extracurricular activities.
Girls are not excluded off of the list
- it also targets low-cut and midriff-
exposing shirts on girls.
Adversaries contend the law vio-
lates personal freedom and unfairly
targets minority students.
But Siplin, said he had received
accolades from constituents for his
"The parents, the grandmothers,
the professional people, they say,
'How can they walk down the street
showing their behinds?' It's not civ-
ilized," he said.
"I'm not going to hire anyone,
white or black, with saggy pants,"
he said. "I want to make sure our
Municipalities around the country
have enacted their own laws bar-
ring saggy pants, and many indi-
vidual school dress codes already
ban fashions that leave certain
body parts exposed.
4.Calculations are wrong
because you've worked past age
5.You didn't update your
workplace personnel officer about
important changes that would affect
your benefits such as marriage,
divorce, or death of a spouse.
6. The company neglected to
include your total years of service.
7.Your pension provider made a
How do you protect yourself?
Create a "pension file" to store all
your documents from your employ-
er. Also keep records of dates when
you worked and your salary, since
this type of data is used by your
employer to calculate the value of
your pension. Ask for professional
help, if you still think something
might be wrong. The American
Academy of Actuaries Pension
Assistance List program offers up
to four hours of free help from a
volunteer. The federal administra-
tion on Aging's Pension Counseling
and Information Program may also
Continued from front"
Ten incumbent presidents have
sought re-election since World War
II, and none has won a second term
with final pre-election job approval
ratings below 48 percent," Newport
said in a Gallup Politics report.
"The last two presidents who lost
their re-election bids George
H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter had
job approval ratings in the 30 per-
cent range in the fall of the election
year. Thus, Obama's challenge is
not only to move his rating back
above 40 percent, but also to push it
close to or above 50 percent."
In addition to disapproval of his
agreement to raise the federal debt
ceiling, Obama faces pressure for
more iob creation after the reces-
I0Sgh s ndS cenes: L ong sh re m an A nn al La or D a i c N c*
ILA Local 1408 President Romia Johnson, Ricky Graham,
Tomeka Williams, Joann Graham, and Tenae Branch
Sen. Tony Hill serves BBQ to Lakeisha Battles and Patrice Battles
Hundreds of friends and
employees of the ILA Local 1408
converged on Metropolitan Park for
the annual Labor Day picnic. In
addition to fun and music in the
sun, Mayor Alvin Brown was also
in attendance to talk about jobs in
Longshoremen, who load and
unload ships at the port, have a very
strong union in Jacksonville, and
they addressed the city's jobs situa-
sion that started at the end of
George W. Bush's second term and
budget cuts spurred by the 2010
Republican takeover of the House
of Representatives. Liberals and
African Americans core
Democratic constituencies have
become more vocal in taking
Obama to task over jobs, the deficit
and his handling of tea party
But Kerrigan said Obama's diffi-
culties haven't drained convention
"We're excited about this oppor-
tunity to really showcase the work
we're doing in getting ready for a
convention that's a year away," he
said. "The president has been
working tirelessly in job creation, it
will be exciting to highlight all our
"We were the last one to feel the
effect and the first ones to go back
to work," said Romia Johnson,
President of the ILA Local 1408.
"We sympathize with the public.
We are doing anything we can to
enhance the community as far as
jobs are concerned."
Proceeds from the picnic go to the
union's scholarship fund.
Those on hand said they under-
stand what others are going
"Keep your heads up. It's going to
get better," said worker Jann Clark
in a television interview. One per-
son who really believes that is
Mayor Alvin Brown. It was a
mantra he campaigned on and a
focus he continues to stress
"One thing we are going to let
them know is we are going to work
hard to put Jacksonville back to
work," Brown said. One big con-
tributor to the recent rise in unem-
ployment is government, with city
workers being laid off all across the
country. The same thing is happen-
ing in Jacksonville.
"The good news is they are very
skilled individuals and they can go
out and get a job in the private sec-
tor," Brown said. "A lot of them
have good experience, and it should
not be a challenge for them."
Even though the mayor says there
will be layoffs at City Hall, he
believes Jacksonville will come out
ahead in the end. FMP.photo
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Jacksonville Journey Needs to Continue; Michael Vick's Road to Redemption
Jacksonville Journey Needs to Continue; MicanDapr ck's Road to Redemption
Perhaps Martin Luther King, Jr.
said it best when he stated,
"Strangely enough, I can never be
what I ought to be until you are
what you ought to be."
This concept of community is at
the heart of the issues that we are
dealing with here in Jacksonville
as a city. In order for Jacksonville
to be the progressive "bold" city,
then all parts of our community
have to grow and prosper.
The Jacksonville Journey is an
initiative that involved the fixing
and reopening of community cen-
ters, ex-offender job placement,
after school programs, out of
school suspension centers, build-
ing and rehabbing homes in dis-
tressed areas, and putting more
police officers on the street.
One of my favorite components
of the Journey was the Jacksonville
Commitment, which was a pro-
gram that provides college scholar-
ships to targeted low-income youth
at local colleges JU, EWC, UNF
I am using past tense because the
Journey and many of itscompo-
nents are in jeopardy of being cut
by the Jacksonville City Council.
It's a scary thought considering the
state of public education and recent
incidences ofcrime in our city.
How do we reverse the cycles of
poverty, crime, and education?
Well, you have to do something -
and no, the answer is not more
police. The Journey has had a pos-
itive effect; but you can't expect
The Jacksonville Journey cer-
tainly isn't the one answer to the
problems facing our community;
but it has been an important tool in
the toolbox for the last couple of
Drastic times call for drastic
measures; and in order forthese
drastic measures to generate mean-
ingful results,there has to be true
leadership and a commitment to
long-term solutions, not short-term
The Journey is unique from both
a political and social perspective.
From a Chamber of Commerce
viewpoint,you have to do some-
thing to directly address the mur-
der rate and crime. If not, we lose
potential economic development
opportunities that could create new
jobs and help grow our local econ-
Much like the weeds that grow in
your flowerbeds -simply pulling or
cutting the weeds is only a tempo-
rary solution. If you don't destroy
weeds from the roots, theywill
grow back within a very short peri-
od of time.
Plans that simply put more
police officers on the streetsare
temporary and costly solutions.
Long-term success has to focus on
the roots. Without after school pro-
grams, job training, mentoring for
young adults, and quality child
care services, a cop on every cor-
ner only will make the situation
This city cannot afford to go
backwards. For sustainable results
the Mayor and City Council have
to finish what's been started and
fine-tune the programs as we
measure the impact of each initia-
The Journey started with $30
million in funding, now that figure
is down to $9 million that won't
get the job done. Let's hope that
the City Council sees the big pic-
ture and not just figures on a
The Michael Vick
Story Just gets Better
For us religious folks, redemp-
tion is a recurring theme through-
out the bible and the belief that
although we may make mistakes,
the Lord does forgive.
It's essentially what Christianity
is about: if you believe in the Lord
and acknowledge him, you can be
forgiven for your sins. And while
the Lord forgives, man often does
Despite tremendous pressure on
the NFL two seasons ago, Michael
Vick was reinstated to the league
after serving a year in jail. Two
years ago his path to redemption
began with his signing with the
Last year, he became the starting
quarterback of the Eagles, posted
record career numbers, and almost
won themost valuable player
His reward for last year's play is
a six year $100 million contract
agreed to this week with the
Eagles. Talk about redemption a
few years ago he had to file bank-
ruptcy;and now he is one of the
highest paid players in the NFL.
I have seen articles both good
and bad about Michael Vick since
being convicted of dog fighting
and being reinstated to play foot-
ball. Some called last year the
"Season of Redemption," and oth-
ers continue to point out that he
was an athlete prior to torturing
dozens of dogs; so they are not
impressed with his exceptional
Despite how you feel about Vick
as a person you have to acknowl-
edge that he has made the best of a
bad situation. In fact, he is almost
the role model for those who get a
second chance and focus their
efforts on making that opportunity
I wasn't a big fan of Vick prior to
his conviction and come back, but
now I am because of his commit-
ment to bettering himself and focus
on being a better person. I guess I
am a sucker for happy endings, or
better yet...fat pockets!
Signing off from J.S. Johnson a
Lack of investment in people
destined to hurt Jacksonville's future
As the Jacksonville City Council pursues budget
reductions, quality of life is being put at risk.
By Noval Jones
"We simply attempt to be fearful
when others are greedy and to be
greedy only when others are fear-
ful." Warren Buffett
In 1968, the citizens of
Jacksonville voted to move into
the future by approving a new
form of consolidated government.
At that time Jacksonville renamed
itself as the "Bold New City of the
South." It was a catchy phrase that
excited the citizens of northeast
The goal was to grow
Jacksonville as an alternative to
other Florida tourist traps while
providing a good old, down-home
quality of life.
For the most part Jacksonville
has come a long way. The city has
made tremendous strides towards
putting itself on the map. The
development of a sound economy,
great outdoor activity opportuni-
ties and the securing of a National
Football League franchise has
done wonders to introduce
Jacksonville to the rest of the
world. Over the past 30 years
Jacksonville has maintained a
steady stream of progress into
mainstreaming as a top-tear city.
Certainly consolidation put
Jacksonville in position to deliver
a better quality of life for its citi-
zens. However, one of the key
components of successful growth
of the city was the willingness of
the people and leadership to invest
in itself. Efforts such as the
Jacksonville Landing, River City
Renaissance and the Better
Jacksonville Plan were publicly
funded projects meant to enhance
economic development and a bet-
ter quality of life. Without ques-
tion, even over the voices of crit-
ics, these efforts have made a sig-
nificant impact on the positive
growth of Jacksonville. These
investments signaled that
Jacksonville was interested
attempting to provide safe and cul-
turally rich environments for citi-
zens and guests to enjoy. Some
may argue that even these efforts
haven't gone far enough.
When people feel good about
where they live, their safe environ-
ments that offers protection and
the genuine interest of community
leadership, others will take notice
and want to be where they are.
Instead, the current leadership of
Jacksonville's City Council
Finance Committee has been on a
mission to turn back the clock to
the days of Cowford.
Under the circumstances it's an
easy poke for conservative leader-
ship to rant about spending. That's
been their buzz-term in politics for
three decades, which has arguably
yet been proven to work. However,
the reality is that we are now at the
point where the continued hacking
away of government-supported
resources is now beginning to
impart major damage on society.
As of result of Jacksonville's
lack of investment in people we
are starting to see many chickens
come to roost. Many would argue
that the chickens are here and the
bone is starting to show manifested
in violent crime increases, stagnant
economy and unhealthy communi-
ties and environments.
In an effort to tow the party line
of cuts, conservatives are missing
an opportunity to make
Jacksonville a real player.Studies
have shown that dirt low tax rates
are not what attract companies
who offer good high-wage jobs. It
is the willingness to invest in peo-
ple that make sense when consid-
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the Jacksonville Journey, Parks
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Celebrates 25 Years of Service
September 16th will mark 25 years of service for the Free Press.
Rita Perry, the newspaper's publisher, thanks the community, our sub-
scribers and advertisers, who have contributed to the success and continuity
of the Jacksonville Free Press, since September 16, 1986. We endeavor to
continue the path we've chosen with continued improvement to our content,
It has been a pleasure to employ young persons and college students inter-
ested in journalism and, a pleasure to have enjoyed the support and contribu-
tions of many others through the years.
An entrepreneur in the true sense of its meaning, the creation of the Free
Press is interesting to say the least. A transplant from Detroit, Michigan, Rita
made her first trip south to visit friends in Albany, Georgia. Her dear friend,
Dr. Thelma Dean Anderson, a department head at Albany State College,
asked her to help another friend with a Miss Black Albany Beauty Contest.
One of the sponsors was the late Willie Lee Russell, publisher of the Albany
Times and Macon Times newspapers, he and Perry worked together on the
pageant. Tecora Thomas, an Albany State student from Atlanta won the Miss
Albany contest, and continued on to win the Miss Black Georgia competition.
After the success of the pageants, Mr. Russell asked Perry if she would like
to remain south and run his Macon Times newspaper, and the rest is history.
Young and adventurous, she accepted the challenge, deserting the world
she left behind in Detroit. Mr. Russell acknowledged that under her direc-
tion the Macon Times was making a profit for the first time.
It wasn't long before a southern gentleman's charms caught the eye of the
Motown girl and Rita was soon wed to a local businessman and concert pro-
moter. Together they started a working business relationship that eventually
led to marriage and their one daughter, Sylvia.
R & B entertainer Jackie Moore of Jacksonville had a monster hit record
"Precious, Precious", the effort to book her introduced Willie J. Martin in
Perry's life. At the time he was station manager at WOBS (later WPDQ), and
Jackie's Mgr. This association encouraged a move to Jacksonville and a new
love affair with what was then dubbed, "the bold new city of the south".
Rita's newspaper experience led her to the Florida Star, published by the late
Eric O. Simpson. However, Martin recruited her for sales in radio.
In the meantime, Carter didn't have the same success in Jacksonville as in
Albany, and returned there. Things worked out well for Rita under the direc-
tion of Martin and the late Larry R. Picus. Her tenure included producing
night club live broadcasts. The late Otis Gamble and the late Nathaniel "Soul
Finger" Jackson, were the hottest DJs who spiced up the remotes.
Under Martin's direction WPDQ presented many activities with "Come
Together Day" usually held at the Myrtle Ave. Ball Park yearly becoming one
of the most popular. Top recording artists were always brought in for this
event. Other events were held in parks around the city and often featured
horse rides, games, food and more. Then Mayor Jake Godbold always came
out and participated, as well community clubs such as the Ladies of
Distinction, the Trotters and Good Guys Motor Cycle Clubs.
In 1986, Perry who had majored in Art and wanted to be another Picasso,
decided that the most creative thing she could do that might provide an
income was a newspaper, NOT in competition with the Florida Star, but with
a different concept.
During Rita's tenure at WPDQ, she began a monthly publication for the
station. Isiah J. Williams III, published a newspaper, the Jacksonville
Advocate, and wanted to partner with Rita in a newspaper because of her
experience. This partnership did not work out for many reasons. All the
work fell on Rita, but not the income. Out of respect for the'.nowdeceased
Ike, I will not discuss this in detail.
The first issue of the Jacksonville Free Press was printed September 16,
1986. The Reverend Gilyard Glover, then president of the Afro American
Insurance Company, traded office space with the Free Press for advertising,
and the Jacksonville Free Press, was born. There were no employees, and as
the Beatles sang, "I got by with the help of my friends." Sylvia was in high
school and had been taught typing. Friends, Shadidi Amma, Rhonda Silver,
David Williams and ElAmin Rahman provided most of the photographs. The
late Mrs. Martha Cummings, receptionist for the Afro American Insurance
Company, also served as the Free Press receptionist. Perry's nephews and
niece spent summers with her and these were the "little boys" that sold the
Free Press on downtown comers. Douglas and Darrell are both graduates of
Harvard University and Bruce is an upper level manager for Publix Super
Markets. Her niece, "Tina" is a graduate of Virginia State College.
Rita's godson, Rahman Johnson, son of Ida Ross Johnson; began his pro-
fessional career at the age of 12 when his weekly column "Youth Quake"
appeared in the Free Press weekly. Other local columnist included Mrs.
Camilla P. Thompson, Attorney Rodney Gregory, Ms. Zelma Dickerson,
Charles Griggs and others.
When the Afro American Insurance Company closed, friends rescued the
Free Press. The Miami Times Publisher Garth Reeves passed down printing
equipment and Dr. Chester Akins, arranged for the Free Press to move into
his building at 1603 West Edgewood Ave. Again, with the help of friends the
Free Press has survived, and we've never missed an issue.
In 1994, Sylvia Perry returned to the Free Press from FSU with college
degrees in tow. Soon, everything was changed from the composition of the
newspaper to distribution. In 1999, we purchased the property at the corner
of West Edgewood Ave. and Marion Street. Mrs. Phyllis Mack was the first
office manager on Edgewood. The office staff also included a guard dog,
Petey and upstairs cats. It is along way from my living room that we began
in during the after hours.
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Pekingnese or office manager Jacquelyn Haynes. Awards from throughout
the years line the walls of the building we solely own. It's hard to believe it's
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what we do we have survived and thrived. It is with pride and humility I look
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The Gospel Truth's 3rd Anniversary Free Clothing and Food Giveaway
The Revelation Prayer House will present The Gospel Truth's 3rd
Anniversary on Sunday, September 11th at 5 p.m. The church is located at
1725 W. 28th Street, 32209. For more information call 674-4370.
Empowerment Season at The Mount
Dr. John Allen Newman and the congregation at The Sanctuary at Mt.
Calvary on Jacksonville's northside invite the public to their 3rd annual
"Empowerment Season". The week is filled with empowering preaching
from preachers who seek to empower the congregation to become better
and stronger and more adept at doing ministry. The grand finale is the com-
munity fair which includes vendors, job fair, legal clinic, continuing edu-
cation, free haircuts and manicures, health fairs and even pre-need funeral
services. Everything is free and open to the public. Festivities kick off
September 28th October 1st. For more information, call 765-7620.
Dual Day Celebration at Mt Lebanon
Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church has been in existence for a great
number of years. As we reflect on the late Dr. Lewis N. Yarber who led the
Mount Lebanon congregation from 1976 to April 22, 2009. The celebration
of the 35th anniversary will be held at the church located at 1939 Ridge
Blvd. Pastor Freddie Summer will host "Women in White, Fruit of the
Spirit Brunch" Saturday September 10th from 10 a.m.- noon. On Sunday
September llth, Annual Dual Day will begin with Church School at 9 a.m.
followed by Morning worship at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker is Minister
Sharisse Bronson-Tumer of Celebrate New Life Tabernacle in Tallahassee,
Fla.. The special celebration will close with a 3:30 p.m. service featuring
Pastor Stavius Powell, Philippi Missionary Baptist Church. The theme for
the event is "Men and Women, Loving God, Loving Each Other." Leading
the occasion are Chairs: Dr. Nancy Williams-Yarber, Patricia Speights, and
Yvonne Bonne Co-chairperson. For more information, call 527-1762.
Dual Day at Mt. Bethel
Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Dual Day on Sunday,
September 18, 2011. The women of the church will be responsible for the
morning service, which start at 11a.m. The featured speaker will be Min.
Saundra Waldrop of Mt. Nebo Baptist. The men of Mt. Bethel will be
responsible for the afternoon service which will start at 4 p.m. The speaker
for the afternoon will be Rev. Clifford Johnson of Zion Baptist Church. Mt.
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor R.E.
Herring Sr., is located at 1620 Helena St. Jacksonville, Fla. 32208.
The public is invited to come and enjoy both services.
at First Church of Palm Coast
The Women's Missionary Society (WMS) of First Church will have a free
clothing giveaway on September 10th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free food
giveaway for those in need will be held the same day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
First Church, under the pastorate of the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, is located
at 91 Old Kings Road North For more information, call 386-446-5759.
Refreshed, Renewed and Revived
JDG Ministries, Inc. presents the Soul Survivors Revival with Revivalist,
Bishop, Dr. Jan D. Goodman, Sr., September 14, 15, and 16, 2011 at 7:30
p.m. The Revival will be held at One Accord Ministries International, Inc.
located at 2971 Waller Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32254 (I-10 and
For more information call (904) 389-7373 or visit www.jdgministries.org
Greater Grant holds
United Front Celebration
The Greater Grant Memorial AME Church will celebrate their annual
United Effort Day on Sunday, September 11, 2011 with Reverend Jeffrey
Rumlin and Mayor Alvin Brown as the guest speakers for the early morn-
ing and morning worship services.
The early morning worship at 8 a.m. features Reverend Jeffrey Rumlin,
pastor of Dayspring Baptist Church in Jacksonville, as the guest preacher.
Under Rumlin's leadership, the church continues to expand their member-
ship, launch new ministries and establish community involvements and
The Honorable Alvin Brown, Mayor of the City of Jacksonville, will be
the speaker for the morning worship service beginning at 11 a.m. Brown
made history as the first African American elected to this position. He pre-
viously served Executive in Residence at Jacksonville University and is the
former president and CEO of the Willie Gary Classic Foundation.
"We're looking forward to a wonderful celebration. Our theme, Kingdom
Building: Impacting lives, serving humankind and bringing souls to Christ,
relates a united effort to do good work for the Lord and people," said event
chair Mrs. Luella McBride.
Church school will begin at 9:30 a.m. and include visiting guest teachers.
The public is invited to attend.
Greater Grant Memorial AME Church is located at 5533 Gilchrist Road
(Sibbald Avenue at Gilchrist Road) and the Reverend F.D. Richardson, Jr.
is the pastor. Call 764-5992 for more information.
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
located at 5235 Moncrief Road
West, will celebrate it's annual
Patronal Feast on Sunday,
September 18, 2011.
On this day, St. Gabriel's will cel-
ebrate the Annual Feast of the Black
saint, Gabriel. This is one of the
most celebrated occasions at the
church each year. Members feast
upon rededication, commitment and
love for faith in Jesus Christ. All are
welcome to attend the celebration,
which begins at 10 a.m.
Mayor Alvin Brown will be the
speaker This is the 15th anniversary
of the Feast honoring Saint Gabriel
for whom the church was named.
The theme of the celebration is
"Christians Bringing Hope of Christ
to the Community." St. Gabriel's is a
church committed to bringing hope,
joy and happiness to the communi-
ty. It is "Greek Day" at St.
Gabriel's, and we are saluting all
greek organizations. A special invi-
tation is has been extended to all
greek organizations, civic, service
and community organizations and
friends and neighbors in the com-
There will be a fellowship dinner
in the T.V. Parrish Hall immediately
following the service.
St. Gabriel's looks forward to wor-
shiping with Christians across the
city of Jacksonville during this
annual celebration. Help us reach
our goal of "covering the blue!"
(This is a term used by the members
of St. Gabriel's to see a congrega-
tion full of faces and no empty
pews; the pew seats are blue.)
For more information call 765-
Community Prayer on 9/10
Christ in Action Ministries invite the public to a Community Prayer on
September 10th at noon. The church is located at 2072 Commonwealth
Avenue. Elder Houston White, Pastor.
Friendship Celebrates Anniversaries
Will be observing its Annual 84th Church and Pastor 36th Anniversary on
September 12th, 14th, 16th, and 18th, 2011 Services will start nightly at
7:30p.m. on Sunday at 4:00p.m. For more information call (904) 353-7734.
Queen Esther holds celebration services
Queen Ester Church of God in Unity located at 1747 Mc Quade St. with
Elder Ben Hoover Pastor, invite the community to celebrate The Church
and Pastor's 23rd Anniversary. It will be held Thursday,t September 15th at
7:30 p.m. and on Sunday September 18th at 11 a.m.
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.
8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.1m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
that's on the
Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr
School of Ministry Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday High Praise Worship 7:00 p.m.
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:email@example.com
St. Matthews Lutheran
services for women
St. Matthews Lutheran Church located in the East
Arlington area, 6801 Merrill Rd., will present
"Christian Women Walking the Red Carpet in The
Name Of Jesus" by the Refreshing Women Push
Ministry. It will be held September llth at 4 p.m.
Evangelist Sabrina Walker and Minister David L.
Bolton will minister in song. For more information
please call 220-6400.
West St. Mark Baptist
to install new Pastor
West St. Mark Baptist Church, located at 1435 W.
State Street, will have Pastoral Installation Services
for Pastor Elect John R. C. Peoples on Sunday
September 18, 2011 at 5 p.m. Willie J. Jones Sr.
Pastor Emeritus, Deaconess Alice B. Jones Clark
New Fountain Chapel
AME hosts Loyalty Day
New Fountain Chapel AME Church with Rev. Louis
Kirkland, Pastor, invite the community to celebrate
their Annual Loyalty Day. Festivities will begin
September 11th at 9 a.m. for Church School at 10:45
a.m for Morning Worship and 4 p.m. for evening wor-
ship, The Church is located at 737 Jessie Street.
For more information call (904) 354-3021.
Lay Org. Anniversary and
Coronation at St. Paul AME
The James L. Williams, Jr. Lay Organization of Saint
Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 6910 New
Kings Road, will observe their anniversary and sponsor
the 10th Coronation of Master/Miss Lay Organization.
This special occasion will take place on Sunday,
September llth at 4 p.m. in the James M. Proctor
Development Center. Contestants for the Coronation are:
Siya Darby, Myles Douglas, Jaylah Lesesner and Anthony
Stewart. Sister Christine Atkinson is local president of the
Organization. The public and friends are extended a spe-
cial invitation to share in this special celebration.
Greater Payne celebrates
Greater Payne AME Church will be celebrating their
100th Anniversary on September 18, 2011. Special servic-
es will be held at 10 a.m. featuring Presiding Elder Tony
Hansberry and 4 p.m. featuring 11th Episcopal Bishop
McKinley Young. The community is invited to share in
this milestone. Greater Payne is located at 1230 Claudia
Spencer Street, 32206. For more info, call 355-6015.
Teen Summit at 1st Timothy
The Truth About Becky and Teddy: A Teen and Young
Adult Health Summit will be held September 17th from
9a.m. 2 p.m. at First Timothy Baptist Church 12103
Biscayne Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32218. The free event
includes lunch and a special session for adults
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-I p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m
Come share In Holy Communion on st Sunday at 7-40 and 10:40 a.m.
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St. Gabriel's celebrates
annual Patronal Feast
Seeking the lost for Christ
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Disciples of Christ Cbristiai Fellowship
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The Shakedown at
the King Monument
The builders of the memorial paid almost $800,000
to the King family to use his words and pictures
By: Charles E. Cobb Jr., The
The builders of the memorial
paid almost $800,000 to the King
family to use his words and pic-
builders of the new Martin Luther
King, Jr. National Memorial at the
National Mall had to pay $761,160
for the right to use King's words
and images, according to financial
documents obtained by the
Associated Press. The money went
to Intellectual Properties
Management Inc. -- a foundation
controlled by King's youngest son,
Dexter. Another $71,000 was paid
out in a "management fee" to the
family estate back in 2003.
I hope I'm not the only one who
found the opening of this monu-
ment soured by what could be con-
sidered extortion. In any case, I'm
especially ticked off, perhaps
because I was an activist and organ-
izer in the Southern freedom move-
ment of the 1960s.
I cannot know this for sure, of
course, but I doubt that the family
of the murdered John F. Kennedy
would charge a fee to a group
organizing to place a memorial to
him on the National Mall. As histo-
rian and King biographer David
Garrow told the AP, "I don't think
the Jefferson family, the Lincoln
family [or] any other group of fam-
ily ancestors has been paid a licens-
ing fee for a memorial in
I agree with Garrow that King
himself would be "absolutely scan-
dalized" by this kind of pimping of
his life and work. When it comes to
King's books or published essays,
no one would quarrel with the own-
ership rights of his descendants.
But public speeches? His image?
The use of King in a celebratory,
nonprofit manner as we see on the
Mall? There is perhaps some gray
area in the use of his image -- for
example, the minting of King "sil-
ver" dollars that we see advertised
for sale on late-night television. But
the memorial hardly falls into this
When work on the monument
began in 2009, Intellectual
Properties Management explained
its fee as compensation for contri-
butions to the King Center in
Atlanta that might be lost in the
fundraising process for the monu-
ment: "Many individuals believe
all King fundraising initiatives
are interrelated and don't
donate to the King Center,
thinking they have already
supported it by donating
to the memorial."
Although the National
Park Service said that, to
its knowledge, no one
had ever before charged
such a fee, Harry E.
Johnson Sr., president
and CEO of the Martin
Luther King Jr. National
Foundation, said the fees were
not a burden (out of $120 million
raised) and that the foundation has
a good relationship with the King
family. "We just want to build the
memorial," said Johnson, a
Houston lawyer. "The memorial we
are building will be the people's
memorial and will belong to the
people of the United States."
The King children have long tried
to make a buck off their martyred
dad, demanding money even when
his name is invoked in celebration.
In the 1990s, the King children
sued USA Today and CBS News
for broadcasting their father's "I
Have a Dream Speech" without
payment. They won; a court
declared the speech a "perfor-
mance" and, thus, subject to copy-
I will not denounce the trivializ-
ing of King's remarks that this deci-
sion reflects, but I must note that
the King children have sold the
right to use that speech in commer-
cials to Alcatel, a French telecom-
In case you're wondering how
that speech could be used, the
answer is found in the tagline to the
commercial, after a shot of King at
the Lincoln Memorial in which the
March on Washington crowd has
been electronically removed:
"Before you can inspire, before you
can touch, you must first connect.
And the company that connects
more of the world is Alcatel, a
leader in communication net-
In 1999 the Library of Congress
was set to purchase King's papers
for an unprecedented $20 million;
King's family demanded that they
retain copyright control, and the
library had to reject that require-
ment. When King's nephew Isaac
Newton Farris was CEO of the
King Center, he demanded payment
from a small company that put King
and President Obama together on a
T-shirt. Farris is now the president
of King's old organization, the
Southern Christian Leadership
More than once, the King chil-
dren have fought among them-
selves. In July 2008, Martin Luther
King III and Bernice King filed a
lawsuit against Dexter King, accus-
ing him of improperly taking
money from the estate of their late
mother and transferring it to the
Estate of Martin Luther King Jr.
Inc., of which Dexter serves as
president. It was settled out of court
in October 2009.
Another battle involved a $1.4
million book deal with the Penguin
Group for Coretta Scott King's
ghostwritten memoir, during which
Dexter went to court to compel his
siblings to turn over personal
papers and photos for the book.
Bernice and Martin III resisted,
insisting that their mother had
decided before she died that she no
longer wanted Barbara Reynolds as
After Coretta King's death in
2006, an investigation by the Wall
Street Journal found that Dexter
had received pay from the King
Center in Atlanta averaging
$165,000 a year. The newspaper
also found that the center had paid a
total of $4.2 million to Intellectual
Properties. At this point, the center
itself was in complete disarray,
needing $11 million in repairs,
according to the Park Service. It
had also discontinued nonviolent-
social-change training and was sub-
ject to intense criticism from former
None of this diminishes the
importance of the King Memorial,
but this writer, anyway, wishes that
even at risk of delay, the Martin
Luther King, Jr. National Memorial
Project Foundation had called
young Dexter out on his shameless
As Atlanta columnist Cynthia
Tucker put it back in 2001 when
Dexter King sold to Cingular
Wireless the right to use Dr. King's
words along with those of Kermit
the Frog, "Dexter King, second son
of the famous civil rights crusader,
had a dream. He wanted to turn his
father's legacy into a cash machine
like Elvis Presley's. So six years
ago, he made two visits to
Graceland, Presley's Memphis
home, to find out how to turn his
dream into dollars. And now the
younger King's vision is finally tak-
And his vision, Dexter told Slate
Magazine's David Plotz, is not to
accumulate great wealth but to pro-
tect and extend his father's legacy
using today's tools: "His media was
marching. We are substituting the
means of today -- CD-ROMs, the
Internet, books -- to get the mes-
sage out ... Our intentions were not
for profit. The profit happens to be
a byproduct of doing the right
That still doesn't explain why the
foundation that built the monument
on the Mall had to pay nearly
$800,000 to "do the right thing."
(Shown L-R) are officers from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, including Sergeant Patricia Grant,
Cheryl Townsend of the Children's Commission, April Griffin of Hubbard House and South Atlantic
Regional Director, Marsha Lewis Brown. Over 400 teddy bears were donated to the three, organizations,
and over 1000 toiletry items were contributed to the Children's Commission and Hubbard House.
AKAs supports three local organizations
during undergraduate round up and retreat
by Dr. Norma White
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Incorporated recently held
their annual Undergraduate Round
Up and Retreat with almost 800
members from the states of
Florida, Georgia and South
Carolina (South Atlantic Region). It
was convened at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel for the three-day educational
The sorority's members donated
toiletries and teddy bears to local
community organizations as a serv-
ice to the community. Over 400
bears and over 1000 toiletry items
were donated to the Children's
Commission, Hubbard House, and
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. To
accept the donations were Cheryl
Townsend of the Children's
Commission, April Griffin of
Hubbard House, and Sgt. Patricia
Grant of the Sheriff's Office.
President of the local graduate
chapter, Bonnie Atwater, was
joined by local chapter members
from Gamma Rho Omega and the
three undergraduate chapters to
plan and host this event. The three
local undergraduate chapters
include Mu Theta (University of
North Florida), Nu Iota (Edward
Waters College) and Omicron Delta
South Atlantic Regional Director,
Marsha Lewis Brown of Tampa,
Florida presided during the three-
day conference. Dr. Norma
Solomon White, former
International President of Alpha
Kappa Alpha, brought greetings on
Sunday morning followed by an
inspirational message by African
Methodist Episcopal (AME)
Presiding Elder and sorority mem-
ber, Dr. Elizabeth Yates.
Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest
African American Sorority in the
country, was founded in 1908 at
Howard University in Washington,
DC. The Sorority's international
program theme is "Global
Leadership through Timeless
Service" under the leadership of
International President, Carolyn
House Stewart of Tampa, Florida.
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1B O FOTBALL Rsl, St sanWekyH os
FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 6 12, 2011
B-CU and SCSU Sports Photos
BATTLE CATS vs. DOGS: Brian Jenkins
(top r.)and the Bethune-Cookman
AT T H E Wildcats face Buddy Pough (bot-
tom I.) and the SC State Bulldogs
B EA C H in Daytona Beach, Florida.
B-COOKMAN AND SC STATE SHOWDOWN;
HAMPTON, MEAC LEAD BCSP NFL REPORT
M EA C MID EASTERN SIAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
I A ATHLETIC CONFERENCE I ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
N. Carolina A&T
S. Carolina State
C IA A CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
N. DIVISION W L W L
Virginia Union 0 0 2 0
Bowie State 0 0 1 0
Chowan 0 0 1 0
Virginia State 0 0 0 1
Lincoln 0 0 0 1
Eliz. City State 0 1 0 2
Winston-Salem State 0 0 1 0
J.C.Smith 0 0 1 0
Shaw 0 0 0 1
Fayetteville State 0 0 0 1
Livingstone 0 0 0 1
St. Augustine's 0 1 1 1
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OL- Deluan Smith, Jr., OG, BOWIE STATE
WR-Jamlan Smith,Sr.,SAC receptions, 118
yards, 2 TDs in win over Catawba.
OB- CameronStover, So., QB, CHOWAN 19-30,
237 yards, 4 TDs in win over Livingstone.
DL- Shonquez Nelson, So., DT, SAC 2 sacks, 2
ints., 8 tackles, 1 forced fumble vs. Calawba.
LB Bekewele Amadl, So., BSU 11 tackles, 9
solos, 1 sack, 2 for losses, 1 forced fumble.
DB- Derrick Parker, Sr., VUU- 6 tackles, 5 solos
in shutout win over Benedict.
ROOKIE Antonio Stewart, Fr., LB, SAC -9
tackles, 1 interception vs. Catawba.
SPECIAL- MichaelGagne, Sr., PK, BSU- Punted
for 44.5 yard average, 2 inside the 20.
Fort Valley State
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jerrell Noland, Sr., QB, KENTUCKY STATE
* Completed 13 of 16 passes for 218 yards and
four touchdowns in win over Central State. Also
rushed for 55 yards in nine carries.
Corey Robinson, Sr., LB, MILES 14 tackles In
loss to Morehouse.
Chris Slaughter, Jr., WR, FORT VALLEY
STATE Hauled in 10 receptions for 202 yards
and touchdown catches of 73 and 6 yards in loss
to Florida A&M.
Justin Rosenbaum, Jr., PK, FORT VALLEY
STATE Connected on 2 of 4 field goals, making
24- and 47-yarders and was 2-of-2 on PATs vs.
SW IC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
E. DIVISION W L W L
Alabama State 1 0 1 0
Jackson State 0 0 1 0
Alabama A&M 0 0 0 1
Alcorn State 0 1 0 1
Miss. Valley St. 0 1 0 1
Grambling State 1 0 1 0
Texas Southern 0 0 0 0
Prairie View A&M 0 0 0 1
Southern 0 0 0 1
Ark. PineBluff 0 0 0 1
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Qua Cox, r-So., DB, JACKSON STATE Had 2
Interceptions, one blocked field goal and two tackles
in win over Concordia.
Greg Jennlngs,Jr., QB,ALABAMASTATE Com-
pleted 19 of 27 passes for 188 yards and 3 Ts to
NickAndrews (36,5,8) and also rushed for56 yards
Including a 12-yard TD run vs. MVSU.
Carlos Sanche, Jr., PK, MVSU Converted three
(30, 32,32) of four field goal attempts to score all of
the Delta Devils' points vs. Alabama State.
D. J.Wlllams, Fr., QB, GRAMBLING Completed
16 of 24 passes for 161 yards and 2 TDs (23, 7) in
win over Alcom Stale.
Tennessee State 1 0
Lincoln (Mo.) 1 0
Cheyney 1 0
Langston 1 0
Central State 0 1
Concordia 0 1
W. Va. State 0 1
Edward Waters 0 1
Texas College 0 2
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Trabls Ward, r-So., RB, TENN. STATE -Had
18carriesfor 141yards andaTD runofyards
in win over Southem.
Joseph Wylie, Sr., DB,TENN. STATE-Three
solo tackles and an interception returned 59
yards for a TD vs. Southem.
A. Fernandez, PK, LANGSTON Was good
on 41- and 43-yard field goals, missed from
46 yards, and also was 2-of-2 on PATs in
win over UAPB.
Jamln Godfrey, So., PK,TENN.STATE-Made
3 of 4 PATs and hit on field goals of 20 and 42
yards in win over Southern.
Lane 17, Edward Waters 10
Langston 19, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 12
Lincoln (MO) 35, Avila 3
NC A&T 38, Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 7
Norfolk State 37, Virginia State 3
Saint Augustine's 30, Catawba 5
Stillman 16, Shaw 13
Tennessee State 33, Southern 7
Towson 42, Morgan State 3
UNC Pembroke 33, Fayetteville State 27
Virginia Union 27, Benedict 0
W-Salem State 22, Eliz. City State 17
Bethune-Cookman 63, Pr. View A&M 14
Eastern Michigan 41, Howard 9
Kentucky State 39, Central State 21
Morehouse 47, Miles 9
HOW THEY DID IT
BCSP No. 1 Bethune-Cookman 63, No. 6 Prairie View A&M 14
Top-ranked Bethune-Cookman (1-0) rolled up
500 yards of total offense, scored four rushing touch-
downs, one thru the air and two on fumble returns
to humble Prairie View A&M and new head coach
Heishma Northern at the MEAC/SWAC Challenge in
New B-CU QB Jamar Robinson (22-31-0, 251
yards, 1 TD) scored on two first-half runs and threw
one first-half TD pass, and along with the two fumble Robinson
returns helped stake the Wildcats to a 42-7 halftime
Central Michigan 21, No. 2 South Carolina State 6
The SCSU Bulldogs could muster only 137 yards of total offense and
score on two Blake Erickson field goals in losing at Central Michigan.
No. 3 Florida A&M 28, Fort Valley State 22
Florida A&M QB Austin Trainor hit Lenworth Lennon with a
68-yard TD pass with 39 seconds left to give the Rattlers (1-0) a last-min-
ute victory over Fort Valley State (0-1) of the SIAC Trainor (19-33-1)
finished with 348 passing yards and 2 scores thru the air and one rushing
TD. WR Kevin Elliott had six receptions for 137 yards including a 43-
New FVSU QB Antonio Henton (18 of 42) threw for 299 yards
and 2 scores but was picked off three times. WR Chris Slaughter hauled
in 10 passes for 202 yards and the two scores from Henton. The Wildcats
took the lead with 1:59 to play on Slaughter's 6-yard pass from Henton.
Slaughter opened the scoring with a 73-yard scoring reception. Demario
Barber had seven receptions for 109 yards.
No. 4 Grambling State 21, Alcorn State 14
Freshman QB D. J. Williams completed 16 of 24
passes for 161 yards and two TDs to lead his father Doug
Williams's Grambling squad to a victory over Alcorn
State (0-1) at Shreveport 's Port City Classic. Alcorn
QB Brandon Bridge was 17 of 25 for 175 yards and
No. 7 Norfolk State 37, Virginia State 3
Norfolk State (1-0) rolled up 438 yards of total offense and held
Virginia State (0-1) to 161 yards and one field goal in winning its fifth-
straight Labor Day Classic. NSU QB Chris Walley was 25 of 29 for 255
yards and 2 TDs.
No. 8 Hampton 21, Alabama A&M 20
Sophomore tailback Antwan Chisolm ran for 141 yards and the
go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter as Hampton (1-0) downed
Alabama A&M (0-1) in the Chicago Classic at Soldier's Field. A&M
led 17-0 at the half but could only manage a second-half field goal.
Hampton QB David Legree hit Jarvis Brown from 22 yards out
in the third quarter to get the Pirates on the board. He later ran in from 8
yards out to pull Hampton to within 17-14.
No. 9 W-Salem State 22, Elizabeth City State 17
Running back Nicholas Cooper ran for 137 yards on
23 carries including a 2-yard TD run and QB Kameron
Smith hit on 18 of 29 passes for 229 yards and 2 TDs
to pace Winston-Salem State (1-0) to a big win over
Elizabeth City State (0-2).
Smith's TD passes went to Tehvyn Brantley from
30 yards out to open the scoring and to Jamal Williams
Cooper from 27 yards away to put the Rams up 20-7.
No. 10 Morehouse 47, Miles 9
Morehouse (1-0) rushed for 269 yards, led by 5-10, 225-pound
junior RB David Carter's 118 yards on 15 carries, and passed for 178
yards in dominating Miles (0-1). Morehouse QB Byron Ingram ran for
two scores and passed for one.
Stillman 16, Shaw 13
Stillman QB Dondre Purnell ran for 130 yards on 14 carries includ-
ing a 63-yard touchdown to help the Tigers jump out to a 16-0 lead and
hold on for the win over defending CIAA champion Shaw (0-1).
1. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (1-0) -Wildcats throttled No. 6 Prrairie View A&M, 63-14.
NEXT: Hosting No. 2 South Carolina State In early MEAC showdown.
2. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (0-1) Fell 21-6 at Div. I Central Michigan. NEXT: Early
showdown at No. 1 Bethune-Cookman.
3. FLORIDA A&M (1-0) Scored late TD to escape with 28-22 win over Fort Valley
State. NEXT: Thursday at No. 7 Hampton.
4. GRAMBLING STATE (1-0) Downed Alcom State, 21-14. NEXT: At Louisiana-
5. TEXAS SOUTHERN (0-0) Idle. NEXT: Facing Prairie View A&M.
6. NORFOLK STATE (1-0) Defeated Virginia State, 37-3. NEXT: At West Virginia.
7. HAMPTON (1-0) Defeated Alabama A&M, 21-20 in Chicago. NEXT: Hosting No.
3 Florida A&M.
8. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (1-0) Got big win over Elizabeth City State, 22-17.
NEXT: At Virginia Union in early battle of unbeatens.
9. MOREHOUSE (1-0) Beat up on Miles, 47-9. NEXT: In Washington, DC to face
Howard In Nation's Classic.
10. ALABAMA STATE (1-0) Rolled over Mississippi Valley State, 41-9. NEXT: At
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Washburn vs. Lincoln (MO) in Topeka, KS 6p
Hampton vs. Florida A&M in Hampton, VA- ESPNU Live 7:30p
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Carson Newman vs. Fayetteville State in Jeff. City, TN 7p
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Eastem Michigan vs. Alabama State in Ypsilanti, MI 1p
Tuskegee vs. Langston in Tuskegee, AL 1p
Bowie State vs. Benedict in Bowie, MD 1p
New Haven vs. Saint Augustine's in West Haven, CT 1p
West Virginia vs. Norfolk State in Morgantown, WV ip
West Virginia State vs. Virginia State in Institute, WV 1 p
Brevard vs. Johnson C. Smith in Brevard, NC 2p
Appalachian State vs. NC A&T in Boone, NC 3:30p
Miss Valley State vs. Murray State in Itta Bena, MS 4p
Kentucky State vs. Lincoln (PA) in Frankfort, KY 5p
Arkansas Monticello vs. Texas College in Monticello, AR 6p
Louisiana-Monroe vs. Grambling State in Monroe, LA 6p
Miles vs. Concordia-Selma in Fairfield, AL 6p
Samford vs. Stillman in Birmingham, AL 6p
SE Louisiana vs. Savannah State in Hammond, LA 6p
Southem vs. Alabama A&M in Baton Rouge, La. 6p
Clark Atlanta vs. Lane in Atlanta, GA 6p
Delaware State vs. Shaw in Dover, DE 6p
Fort Valley State vs. Delta State in Fort Valley, GA 6p
Slippery Rock vs. Cheyney in Slippery Rock, PA 6p
UNC-Pembroke vs. Chowan in Pembroke, NC 6p
Texas Southem vs. Prairie View A&M in Houston, TX 7p
Albany State vs. Wingate in Albany, GA 7p
Bowling Green vs. Morgan State in Bowling Green, OH 7p
Virginia Union vs. Winston-Salem State in Richmond, VA 7p
Central State vs. NC Central in Cleveland, OH 12n
Nation's Football Classic
Howard vs. Morehouse in Washington, DC 3:30p
8th Ralph J. Bunche Football Classic
Edward Waters vs. VU of Lynchburg in Kingsland, GA 4p
14th Down East Viking Football Classic
Elizabeth City State vs. Livingstone in Rocky Mount, NC 4p
TV I INTERNET GAMES
ESPNU Delayed 10:30pm ET
Bethune-Cookman vs. SC State in Daytona Beach, FL 4p
Ark.-Pine Bluff vs. Alcom State in Little Rock, AR SWACTV 6p
Southern Heritage Classic Fox Sports South
Jackson State vs. Tennessee State in Memphis,TN 6p
AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (18, -1)
BALTIMORE RAVENS (1)
78 Ramon Harewood T 2 Morehouse
BUFFALO BILLS (1)
29 Drayton Florence DB 9 Tuskegee
CINCINNATI BENGALS (0)
CLEVELAND BROWNS (4)
58 Marcus Benard LB 2 Jackson State
21 Dimitri Patterson DB 6 Tuskegee
48 Quentin Spears LB R Prairie View
39 Quinn Porter RB (PS) 1 Stillman
DENVER BRONCOS (0)
HOUSTON TEXANS (1)
12 Jacoby Jones WR/KR 5 Lane
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2)
41 Antoine Bethea DB 6 Howard
98 Robert Mathis DE 9 Alabama A&M
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (2)
27 Rashean Mathis CB 9 Beth.-Cookman
43 Terrell Whitehead DB (IR) 1 Norfolk State
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1)
70 David MIms T(PS) R Virginia Union
MIAMI DOLPHINS (1)
70 Kendall Langford DE 4 Hampton
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1)
58 Tracy White LB 9 Howard
NEW YORK JETS (2)
94 Marcus Dixon DT 2 Hampton
93 KenrickEllis DT R Hampton
OAKLAND RAIDERS (0)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1)
33 Isaac Redman RB 3 Bowie State
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (0)
TENNESSEE TITANS (1)
95 William Hayes DE 4 W-Salem State
NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE (24, +2)
ARIZONA CARDINALS (1)
28 Greg Toler DB (IR) 3 Saint Paul's
ATLANTA FALCONS (2)
14 EricWeems WR 4 Bethune-Cookman
36 Rafael Bush S (PS) 1 South Carolina State
CAROLINA PANTHERS (1)
25 Cletls Gordon CB (IR) 5 Jackson State
CHICAGO BEARS (1)
76 Jordan Miller DT (PS) R Southern
DALLAS COWBOYS (1)
97 Jason Hatcher DE 6 Grambling State
DETROIT LIONS (3)
52 Justin Durant LB 5 Hampton
91 Sammie Lee Hill DT 3 Stillman
72 JohnnyCulbreath T(IR) R S. C. State
GREEN BAY PACKERS (2)
36 Nick Collns DB 7 Beth.-Cookman
80 Donald Driver WR 13 Alcom State
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1)
81 Visanthe Shlancoe TE 9 Morgan State
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2)
93 Junior Galette LB 2 Stillman
76 Cecil Newton C 1 Tennessee State
NEW YORK GIANTS (1)
37 Michar Coe CB 4 Alabama State
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2)
67 Jamaal Jackson C 8 Delaware State
23 D. R-Cromartle CB 4 Tennessee State
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers (1)
41 Curtis Holcomb DB (IR) R Florida A&M
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2)
7 Tavaris Jackson QB 6 Alabama State
2 RIcardo Lockette WR (PS) R Fort Valley State
ST. LOUIS RAMS (1)
24 RonBartell CB 7 Howard
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3)
29 D. J. Johnson CB 3 Jackson State
77 James Lee OT 3 S. C. State
86 Raymond Webber WR (IR) R Ark.-Plne Bluff
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (0)
42 (+1) TOTAL BY NFL TEAM
AFC 18(-1) Cleveland 4
NFC 24 (+2) Detroit, Tampa Bay 3
BY CONFERENCE BY EXPERIENCE
MEAC (NC) 17 Donald Driver 13
SWAC (+1) 11 Drayton Florence,
SIAC (+1) 8 Robert Mathis,
ClAA (NC) 4 Rashean Mathis,
Indep. Tenn State (-1) 2 VIsanthe Shiancoe 9
Early I vs. 2 showdown
In mid-October last year, South Carolina
State was riding a 21-game Mid Eastern Ath-
letic Conference win streak and appeared to be
streaking towards its third straight conference
But on the 16th of that month, a strange thing
happened.An upstart Bethune-Cookman squad,
led by brash new head coach Brian Jenkins,
came into Orangeburg. S.C. at 5-0 and halted
the Bulldogs' win streak. Perhaps more dizzy-
ing, Jenkins's Wildcats shut out Buddy Pough's
squad 14-0, the first time in 38 years an MEAC
team had shut out the Bulldogs at home.
Less than a year later, after they both earned
a share of last year's MEAC title (with Florida
A&M), the two meet again Saturday in Daytona
Beach, Fla. with perhaps even more on the line.
B-CU (1-0) comes in as the No. 1 ranked team
in the BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS PAGE Top Ten with
South Carolina State (0-1) at No. 2. So the battle
is for early season MEAC and black college
supremacy. The 4 p.m. game Saturday will be
shown by tape delay at 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Wildcats picked up Sunday where they
left off last year when they had one of the most
prolific offenses (38 points, 425 yards per game)
and most opportunistic defenses (+27 turnover
margin) in all of FCS football. They put up 63
points and 500 yards of total offense and gathered
six turnovers in shellacking Prairie View A&M
63-14 in the season opener.
S.C. State struggled on offense in losing at
Div. I Central Michigan Thursday, 21-6.
Both have new starting quarterbacks. Mary-
land transfer Jamar Robinson has taken over
201 CS- NL EPR
No. 1 vs. s IRA No. 2
from MEAC Offensive Player of the Year Matt
Johnson at B-CU. Derrick Wiley has assumed
the reins of the SCSU offense ably handled by
the departed Malcolm Long for the past three
PREDICTION: South Carolina State has
less weapons on offense and fewer stoppers on
defense than a year ago. There's a lot of Bulldog
pride riding on this one but the 'Cats are too
quick. B-CU 28, SCSU 22 -
Another big MEAC game involving ranked
teams is Thursday (7 p.m.) as BCSP No. 7
Hampton (1-0) hosts No. 3 Florida A&M (1-0)
in a game to be carried live on ESPNU.
Fort Valley State (0-1), who threw a big
scare into Florida A&M Saturday, has another
tall task hosting NCAA Div. I runner-up Delta
State (1-1) at 6 p.m. Defending SIAC champion
Albany State (1-0) plays at home against 2010
Div. II playoff participant Wingate (0-1). Also
Morehouse (1-0) travels to the Washington,
D.C. to take on Howard (0-1) in the inaugural
Nation's Football Classic. Tuskegee (0-0) opens
its season at home vs, Langston (1-0).
In the CIAA, the big game has Winston-
Salem State (1-0) in Richmond facing Virginia
Union (2-0). Shaw (0-1) travels to Delaware
In the SWAC, Texas Southern and Prairie
View A&M renew their Houston area rivalry
Saturday. Grambling is at Louisiana-Monroe
and Jackson State and Tennessee State do battle
in the Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis on
Fox Sports South at 6 p.m.
NFL numbers up to 42
Black college players on NFL Opening Day rosters
up by one; MEAC, Hampton continue to lead
sity and the Mid Eastern
once again top the list
of players from histori-
cally black colleges and
conferences on 2011
opening day NFL rosters
as compiled in the BLACK
COLLEGE SPORTS PAGE'S FEARSOME
annual report. Former Han
ers now in N
Hampton has four Dran, Ln
players in the league, the Dixon.
most of any black col-
lege for the fifth straight year while the
Pirates lead a contingent of 17 players
from the MEAC with roster spots as the
NFL begins its 91st season this week.
Hampton added the top black
college player taken in the April draft,
rookie third-round pick, defensive tackle
Kenrick Ellis of the New York Jets,
restoring its number to four players
currently in the league. Defensive back
Jackie Bates who was on the Kansas
City Chiefs' roster a year ago, did not
make anyone's roster this year.
Ellis joins fellow former Pirate
defenders still in the league in linebacker
Justin Durant, who left Jacksonville
after four years to sign a free agent con-
tract with Detroit, Kendall Langford a
staple at defensive end for Miami now
in his fourth season and Ellis's new Jets'
defensive tackle teammate Marcus
Dixon, who enters his third season.
Three other MEAC schools, Bet-
hune-Cookman, Howard and South
Carolina State, each had three players
on this year's list which overall is up by
a total of one to 42.
Two other programs,Jackson State
from the Southwestern Athletic Con-
ference and surprising Stillman from
the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
ford, Ellis and
Conference also had three
players on rosters finalized
this weekend. The SWAC
has 11 players on open-
ing day rosters, the SIAC
has eight and the Central
Association (CIAA) has
four. Tennessee State, an
HBCU not in an HBCU
conference, has two.
Ellis was one of
only two rookies to earn
an active roster spot. The
other was undrafted for-
mer Prairie View A&M
standout defensive end Quentin Spears
who made the Cleveland Browns as a
free agent linebacker.
Undrafted rookies OTDavid Mims
out of Virginia Union (Kansas City), DT
Jordan Miller of Southern (Chicago)
and WR Ricardo Lockette of Fort
Valley State (Seattle) were named to
practice squads along with veteran RB
Quinn Porter (Stillman/Cleveland) and
DB Rafael Bush (SC State/Atlanta).
Undrafted rookie WR Raymond
Bay), DB Curtis Holcomb of Florida
A&M drafted in the seventh round by
San Francisco and OL Johnny Cul-
breath of South Carolina State taken
in the seventh round by Detroit, were all
placed on those teams' injured reserve list.
Veterans on that list include DB Cletis
Gordon (Jackson State/Carolina), DB
Greg Toler (St. Paul's/Arizona) and DB
Terrell Whitehead (Norfolk State/Jack-
Green Bay wide receiver Donald
Driver (Alcorn State) is the longest
tenured black college player entering
his 13th season. Defensive back (14) and
defensive line (8) are the most prominent
positions for black college players.
Marcus Dixon NY Jets
Justin Durant Detroit
Kenric Eliis NY Jets
Kendall Langford Miami
Nick Collins Green Bay
Rashean Mathis Jacksonville
Eric Weems Atlanta
Ronald Bartell St. Louis
Antoine Bethea Indianapolis
Tracy White New England
JACKSON STATE (3)
Marcus Benard Cleveland
D. J. Johnson Tampa Bay
Cletis Gordon Carolina
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (3)
James Lee Tampa Bay
Rafael Bush Atlanta
Johnny Culbreath Detroit
Sammie Lee Hill Detroit
Junior Galette New Orleans
Quinn Porter Cleveland
ALABAMA STATE (2)
Tavaris Jackson Seattle
Michael Coe NY Giants
TENNESSEE STATE (2)
Dom. R.-Cromartie Philadelphia
Cecil Newton New Orleans
Drayton Florence Buffalo
Dlmitri Patterson Cleveland
ALABAMA A&M (1)
Robert Mathis Indianapolis
ALCORN STATE (1)
Donald Driver Green Bay
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (1)
Raymond Webber Tampa Bay
BOWIE STATE (1)
Isaac Redman Pittsburgh
DELAWARE STATE (1)
Jamaal Jackson Philadelphia
FLORIDA A&M (1)
Curtis Holcomb San Francisco
FORT VALLEY STATE (1)
Ricardo Lockette Seattle
GRAMBLING STATE (1)
Jason Hatcher Dallast
Jacoby Jones Houston
Ramon Harewood Baltimore
MORGAN STATE (1)
Visanthe Shiancoe Minnesota
NORFOLK STATE (1)
Terrell Whitehead Jacksonville
PRAIRIE VIEW A&M (1)
Quentin Spears Cleveland
SAINT PAUL'S (1)
Greg Toler Arizona
Jordan Miller Chicago
VIRGINIA UNION (1)
David Mims Kansas City
WINSTON-SALEM STATE (1)
William Hayes Tennessee
MOST PLAYERS IN NFL
Jackson State, S. C State
Defensive Back (CB or S, +1) 14
Defensive Line (DT or DE, NC) 8
Receiver (TE or WR, NC) 6
Offensive Line (T or G, +3) 6
Linebacker (-1) 5
Running Back (+1) 2
Quarterback (NC) 1
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSE Chris Walley, r-Sr., QB, NSU -
Completed 25 of 29 passes (86%) for 255 yards
and 2 TDs. Also ran 10 times for 42 yards in win
over Virginia State.
DEFENSE D. J. Howard, r-So.,LB, B-CU 5
tackles,3solo, 1 Inleception and returned fumble
31 yards for a TD in win over Prairie View A&M.
ROOKIE Lenworth Lennon, Fr., WR, FAMU
- 2 receptions for 73 yards including game-win-
ner from 68 yards with :39 remaining vs. Fort
LINEMAN Vincent Harper, So., OL, HAMPTON
- Graded at 93% on assignments, 3 pancakes.
SPECIAL TEAMS lan Davidson, Sr., DL,
HAMPTON Blocked a 34-yard field goal attempt
to preserve win over Alabama A&M.
Central Michigan 21, SC State 6
Chowan 43, Livingstone 7
Rutgers 48, NC Central 0
Georgia State 41, Clark Atlanta 7
Alabama State 41, Miss Valley State 9
Albany State 37, Savannah State 34
Bowie State 28, Assumption 7
Cheyney 21, Lincoln (PA) 19
Delaware State 24, VMI21
Florida A&M 28, Fort Valley State 22
Grambling State 21, Alcom State 14
Hampton 21, Alabama A&M 20
Jackson State 42, Concordia-Selma 2
J. C. Smith 64, West Virginia State 27
Lamar 58, Texas College 0
BLACK COLLEGE PLAYERS ON
OPENING DAY 2011 NFL ROSTERS
It always appears that Black
America is always one controversy
away from the next great idea. The
latest is surrounding the natural
hair phenomena and the natural
Leola Anifowoshe, a self-pro-
claimed authority on natural-hair
care, has founded Pi Nappa Kappa
Marriage -- whether it's a blissful
match or an utter disaster -- is not
something that people are likely to
forget, but a Florida man accused of
bigamy said he doesn't remember
his first marriage.
Despite court documents that
apparently showed Aaron
Richardson, 66, of Vero Beach wed
a second woman while still married
to his first wife, he told police that
he didn't have any memory of tying
the knot in 2004 with Arkina Sneed,
Authorities didn't buy it and
charged Richardson with bigamy
Nappa Kappa has li
with traditional soi
associated with col
sities, and the i
involves no formal
hazing. In fact, all t
an electronic signat
nization's pledge de
which she As a member of the Pi Nappa
says is a Kappa Natural Hair Sorority, I
sorority pledge that:
designed to 1. 1am a smart, special, valuable
allow natu- person!
r a 1- h a i r 2. I respect myself and I respect
enthusiasts to others.
support one 3. My words and actions are kind
another. and honest.
Nearly 600 4. I will respect the dignity and
women have essential worth of all individuals.
a 1 r e a d y 5.1 will promote the diversity of
joined. opinions, ideas, hairstyles and
But you're backgrounds which is the lifeblood
probably not of the sorority.
going to see 6. I will promote a culture of
members in a respect throughout the natural hair
step show on community.
your local 7. I will not tolerate bigotry, dis-
college cam- crimination, violence, or intimida-
pus anytime tion of any kind.
soon. Beyond 8. 1 will practice personal
its name, Pi integrity and expect it from others.
little in common 9. I will always be proud of my
rorities. It's not natural born hair.
leges or univer- 10. I accept only my best in all I
ntake process do.
ceremonies or I am Proud to be ME!
hat's required is Still, some members of histori-
ure on the orga- cally black sororities aren't signing
document, which on to the pledge or even the con-
cept of the group. Their issue isn't
Richardson's alleged double life
while researching a domestic vio-
lence injunction he filed against
Sneed, CBS 12 reported. That
investigation revealed that
Richardson had two marriage
licenses and no divorces.
Richardson said he dated Sneed
when he was released from prison,
but denied that they got hitched.
He might want to forget his sec-
ond marriage too. His new bride --
who he acknowledges is his spouse
-- is Irene Clark. The couple mar-
ried last year, but Clark filed for
divorce in May, CBS 12 said.
RITZ THEATRE AND MUSEUM PRESENTS
OIN JACiONtILLE 1Hi1i5
with its mission but with its use of
the term "sorority." One represen-
tative commenter on a YouTube
video addressing the need for a
natural-hair sorority wrote: "As a
member of a real sorority, I do not
feel this is necessary. Here's why.
Traditional African American fra-
ternities and sororities were found-
ed, [because] we could not belong
to white [organizations]. However,
we accept anybody regardless of
HAIR TYPE! So, is there a need?
NO! [This] sends a message that if
you have natural hair, that you
don't belong ... not true!"
Anifowoshe says there's no rea-
son she can't use the word "sorori-
ty," since it simply means "sister-
hood." And let's be honest -- if she
just called the group a "natural-hair
organization," we probably would-
n't be talking about it. When it
comes to inspiring dialogue about
natural hair and "pledging" 10,000
members by the end of the year,
the buzz around the controversial
nomenclature for the group cer-
tainly isn't going to hurt.
You can sign the pledge at
Several Duval school sports programs saved
Despite state budget cuts that
threatened athletics in area public
schools, the Duval County Public
Schools have announced that the
funds have been raised to save ten-
nis, golf and cross-country for the
2011-12 school year. Thanks to the
efforts of 1st Place Sports Running
Club, First Coast Tennis
Foundation and North Florida
Junior Golf, $43,724 was raised for
each sport to keep them in Duval
County public schools. In addition,
Mayor Brown announced that
$236,250 was raised to save middle
school football as a result of contri-
butions from private organizations,
including the Jacksonville Sharks.
In order to save these programs,
fundraisers were organized by these
companies to show support for their
respective sport. 1st Place Sports
Running Club held the Stadium
Challenge in partnership with Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
and SMG to raise funds for cross-
country; First Coast Tennis
Foundation held the Save Jax
Tennis High School Fundraiser at
the San Jose Country Club with
local tennis pros; and North Florida
Junior Golf sponsored the FORE
Our Students golf tournament that
took place at the Jacksonville Golf
and Country Club.
"I would like to express our grat-
itude to these organizations for
devoting their time and energy to
organize and execute the fundrais-
ers that will allow these sports pro-
grams to remain in our schools this
year," said Superintendent Pratt-
Dannals. "It is encouraging to know
that we have such a supportive
There are four remaining sports
programs that are continuing to
raise the money needed to continue
their sport. Those include slow-
pitch softball, wrestling, lacrosse
and boys J.V. soccer.
Approximately $40-$45,000 is
needed in order for these four pro-
grams to be offered this school year.
Those present at the event today
include Superintendent Pratt-
Dannals, School Board members,
Mayor Brown, Education
Commissioner Dr. Homer, the
Jacksonville Sharks and the repre-
sentatives from Blue Cross and
Blue Shield of Florida and SMQ
along with other prominent digni-
taries and sports organizations.
Duval County Public Schools
operates 177 schools and serves
approximately 123,000 students.
The school district is committed to
providing high quality educational
opportunities that will inspire all
students to acquire and use the
knowledge and skills needed to suc-
ceed in a global economy, and cul-
turally diverse world.
I WVA A .RI 1M MAJOR I OR j)tIU':t
PACE AND I(tGH"I"OU NIs
Maya Angelou slams
MLK Memorial inscription
Carved on the north face of the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, an
inscription reads: "I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteous-
"The quote makes Dr. Martin Luther King look like an arrogant twit,"
poet, author and memorial consultant Maya Angelou said Tuesday. "He
was anything but that. He was far too profound a man for that four-letter
word to apply."
What's the problem with the quote? It was taken a bit out of context. Two
months before he was assassinated, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a ser-
mon that contained the phrase, saying, "If you want to say that I was a
drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum
major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other
shallow things will not matter."
Angelou says, "The 'if clause that is left out is salient. Leaving it out
changes the meaning completely." The paraphrase "minimizes the man,"
she said. "It makes him seem less than the humanitarian he was ... It makes
him seem an egotist."
The Washington Post reports that creators of the memorial had original-
ly intended to use most of the direct "drum major" quote, with "Martin
Luther King Jr." appearing at the end, but after design changes, the north
face of the statue couldn't accommodate all of the text.
Minorities are majority in eight U.S. cities
Carol Morello and Ted Mellnik
of the Washington Post are report-
ing that minority populations are
actually the majority in eight
major metropolitan areas of the
country. Washington, D.C.; Las
Vegas; New York; San Diego;
Montgomery County, Md.; and
..Prince William County, Va., are
Non-Hispanic whites are a minori-
ty in 22 of the country's 100-
biggest urban areas.
The white population shrank in
raw numbers in 42 of those big-
city regions. But every large metro
area showed a decline in the per-
centage of whites.
The shifts reflect the aging of the
white population as more people
get beyond their childbearing
yeais and the relative youth of the
Hispanic and Asian populations
that are fueling most of the
"What's happened is pivotal,"
said William Frey, a demographer
with the Brookings Institution who
conducted the analysis.
"Large metropolitan areas will be
the laboratories for change. The
measures they take to help minori-
ties assimilate and become part of
the labor force will be studied by
other parts of the country that are
whiter and haven't been touched as
much by the change."
Researchers have been reporting
that this is the direction in which
the country is moving racially for
the last couple of decades, and
now it is happening. It will be
interesting to see how the United
States responds to these growing
populations. If the election of one
black man to tlie'office of presi-
dent is any indicator, then we're
going to have our hands full.
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Florida bigamist says he
didn't "remember" first wife
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P.R.I.D.E Book Club
The People Reading for
Inspiration, Discussion and
Enjoyment, (P.R.I.D.E.) will have
their September Bookclub meeting
Friday, September 9th at 7 p.m.
The meeting will be held at the
home of Calvin Jones discussing
"Things Only God Can Explain" by
Antonio Mills. For more informa-
tion contact Felice Franklin at (904)
Civil Rights Tour
of St. Augustine
The National Congress of Black
Women is sponsoring a Civil Rights
Tour of St Augustine on Saturday,
September 10th. Carpools will
meet at 8:30a.m. at Gateway Plaza
and will caravan to St. Augustine
for the first stop to the Excelsior
Museum & Cultural Center located
at 102 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Avenue. Gwendolyn Duncan and
historian David Nolan will be the
tour guides. For additional ques-
tions contact Ms. Benetta M.
Standly at (904) 353-7600.
Cummer Art for Two
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens is hosting a morning of fun
for children ages 3 to 5 and their
favorite adult on September 10th
from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
Participants will spend time explor-
ing the galleries, art making and
time in Art Connections.
The Cummer Museum of Art &
Gardens is located at 829 Riverside
Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32204. For
more information or to register,
please call Art Connections at (904)
Free zoo admission
The Jacksonville Zoo will have a
special free Zoo admission offer for
Grandparents: Saturday and
Sunday-- September 10th and llth
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grandparents
will be admitted free each day when
accompanied by a paying grand-
child, with a coupon from the Zoo's
website at www.jacksonvillezoo.org.
Mali Vai Washington
Golf & Tennis Gala
The Mali Vai Washington Golf &
Tennis Gala is marked for
September 12th and 13th and
includes a Tennis Pro-Am, Golf
Pro-Am and Gala Dinner. For more
information on this event call (904)
359-KIDS (5437) or email
Sawgrass Wine Festival
The inaugural Sawgrass Wine
Festival will take place September
15 -18. The event will be kicking
off with dinners at four Ponte Vedra
Beach restaurants. On Friday night,
September 16, several wine, spirit
tasting and seminars and featured
jazz music from the Douglas
Anderson School Band. For more
information visit www.sawgrass-
wine festival.com or call (904) 285-
Sesame Street Live!
All of the classic Seasme Street
characters will be in performance
for Sesame Street Live "Elmo's
Super Heroes" at Times Union
Center for Performing Arts (Moran
Theater). The show is scheduled for
Friday, Sept. 16th 18th. For more
information call (904) 630-3900.
with the Stars
Help choose Jacksonville's favorite
dancer. The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus is presenting Jacksonville's
Dancing with the Stars event on
Saturday, September 17th at 7 p.m.
at the Times-Union Center for
Performing Arts. Local 'celebri-
ties' will compete in two show
dances and your votes decide who
will get to bring home the mirror
ball trophy. Email carolyna@aso-
cialaffair.net for more information..
Erykah Badu, The O'Jays and
Ricky Smiley will be in concert
together on Saturday, September
17, 2011 at the arena. For tickets
call (800) 745-3000, or visit online
Weekend Sept. 15-17
Caribbean Carnival Jacksonville
will celebrate Caribbean cultures
and live music with a three day
party. Events kick off Thursday,
September 15th with the Unity
Fete, and Flag Party. On Friday
September 16th will be the Mega
Gloannual All White Affair.
Saturday September 17, be down-
town Jacksonville for the big
Parade of Bands from 1 p.m. with
exotic costumes followed by the
festival in Metropolitan Park. For
more information visit www.jack-
sonvillecamival.com or call 465 -
Annual Book Sale
The Bradham Brooks Northwest
library will hold their annual book
sale Thursday, September 23,
noon 8 p.m., Friday, September
24, 10 a.m. 5 p.m., and Saturday,
September 25, 10 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Visit Bradham Brooks library at
1755 Edgewood Avenue W. or call
Beta Greek Picnic
The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta
Sorority, Inc. invite the community
to attend their Greek Picnic, located
in Zeta Phi Beta Park, 3721 Owen
Road Jacksonville, Florid 32208. It
will be held Saturday, September
24th from 1 6 p.m. Activities
include a step show, stroll contest,
volleyball, raffle, food and more.
For more information, call Denise
Everett at 704-5181.
Dog Days in
the Park 2011
Join the Springfield Animal Care
& Rescue Club (SACARC) for Dog
Days in the Park 2011, celebrating
fun for the whole family includ-
ing the four-legged members.
Bring the kids and the dogs to
Confederate Park 956 Hubbard
Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 on
Saturday, September 24, 2011
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for food,
beer and fun. For more information
visit www.sacarc.org or email con-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 633-9308.
The Jacksonville Bar Association in
conjunction with other organiza-
tions are offering an "Ask-A-
Lawyer" event on Saturday,
September 24th, 9:00-12:00, at the
Gateway Town Center. The service
is free-of-charge. Attorneys will
conduct individual, 10-to-15-
minute consultations. For more
information contact Kathy Para,
Esq. at (904) 356-8371, ext. 363.
Ride for Justice
The 6th annual Ride for Justice
will take place on September 24,
2011 to benefit the Justice
Coalition. The ride will begin at the
Jacksonville Landing lead by
Sheriff John Rutherford and Clay
County Sheriff Rick Beseler on a 50
mile scenic route, ending at Old
Plank Baptist Church where riders
will be served a barbecue lunch.
Register by calling 783-6312 or
online at www.justicecoalition.org.
Cruise with Raines
Class of 1970
The Raines Class of 1970 is sailing
on a cruise September 22-29, 2012.
The ports of call are Port Canaveral,
Nassau Bahamas, St. Thomas, and
St. Maarten. For more information
contact Toby Byrd at (904) 879-
2605 or email tobybyrd@wind-
for Gene Hollomon
An Honorary Tribute for Eugene
(Gene) Hollomon: a fundraiser, jazz
and variety show will be held at the
Karples Manuscript Library and
Museum Saturday, October 1st, 6
- 9 p.m., 101 East Laura Street,
Jacksonville FL 32201.
For more information call Roxann
Hilbert at (904) 699-5952.
Daddy Daughter Dance
Girls Inc. of Jacksonville's is host-
ing its' Daddy Daughter Dance on
Saturday, October 1, 2011. The
event is held in honor of girls and
their fathers, or special men in their
lives, and will take place at the
Renaissance Resort at the World
Golf Village, 500 South Legacy
Trail, St. Augustine, Florida 32092
from 6 10 p.m. For more informa-
tion visit www.girlsincjax.org or
call (904) 731-9933. Or visit
at the Ritz
Join the Ritz Theatre for a free
evening of Spoken Word, Thursday,
October 6th at 7 p.m. Call 632-
A Taste of Jacksonville
To celebrate the tenth anniversary
of the Florida Black Expo, there
will be a "A Taste of Jacksonville"
event showcasing area chefs, cater-
ers, bakers and restaurants to local
area and national companies. It will
held Thursday October 6, 2011.
For more information call 403-6960
or call (352) 327-1977.
Join Tony Boselli
for Mud Fest 2011
The Boselli Foundation will pres-
ent the 2011 Jax Mud Fest on
Saturday, October 8th at the
Jacksonville Equestrian Center
(13611 Normandy Blvd., 32221).
The event features a 5K Mud Run
for ages 10 and up, a 1/2 Mile Kids
Mud Run for children ages 6-9 and
an outdoor festival. Come out and
enjoy a day packed full of great
food, drinks, music and other fami-
ly fun. The games begin at 9 a.m.
For more information call 904-573-
4881 or email
With you when forward
is the wise move
To the Heroes of 9/11:
WeV o yt
As the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
approaches, we pay tribute to the
fearless heroes who showed courage
and determination in the face of
disaster. To all the 9/11 firefighters,
police officers, military personnel,
civilian volunteers and search and
rescue workers-fallen or still living,
. human or canine-we are eternally
S grateful for your bravery.
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Devion Washington Donovan Washington,
and Carlos Williams park and ride on the bus to game
Jada Pinkett-Smith just can't
seem to catch a break.
Amid rumors of marriage trou-
bles with Will Smith and tales of
the "Hawthorne" star hooking up
behind-the-scenes with costar Marc
Anthony, her show has been given
"TNT has decided not to order a
fourth season of'Hawthorne,'" TNT
confirmed to E! News in a state-
ment. "TNT truly appreciates the
tremendous dedication of everyone
involved in 'Hawthorne.' The series
gave TNT the opportunity to work
with many outstanding people,
including Jada Pinkett Smith and
the rest of the show's talented cast,
crew, producers and writers. We
wish everyone involved with
'Hawthorne' nothing but the best."
The hospital drama starred
Pinkett Smith as a nurse at a Virgina
hospital hence the "RN" capital-
ization in the show's official title.
"I want to say thank you to all the
fans for being Hawthorne soldiers,"
the actress wrote on her blog. "All
MISSISSIPPI- The family of
James C. Anderson, a black man
allegedly beaten by a gang of seven
white teenagers who then mowed
him down with a pickup truck in
Jackson, Mississippi, filed a wrong-
ful death lawsuit today.
The suit filed by the family's
attorney, Winston J. Thompson III,
with cooperation from the Southern
Poverty Law Center claims that
after a night of drinking, the
teenagers set out to "go f*ck with
some niggers." After finding
Anderson, 49, in a motel parking lot
early in the morning of June 26, the
group set upon him, taking turns
I -- A ,-- -=4
Shown above is Marc Anthony with show producer Jada P. Smith
our facebook fans ... twitter soldiers to come ... believe it!
and viewers ... you held us down. No word on whether that "more
Of course you know there is more to come" refers to an answer to the
beating him as they yelled "White
Power!", according to the lawsuit
filed in Hinds County Circuit
Court. Then, some of the crew ran
him over with a Ford F-250.
Anderson's killing sparked a
national outcry, and video of the
beating captured by a nearby secu-
rity camera was broadcast on CNN.
The family is now seeking punitive
"Anyone who knew James could
see that he was a caring man with a
beautiful smile," said Barbara
Anderson Young, Anderson's eldest
sister, in a statement released today.
"He was such a compassionate per-
son. We must take an honest look at
the racial climate that motivated
some young people to hurt such a
Of the seven teens that the law-
suit alleges were involved in
Anderson's killing -- Deryl
Dedmon Jr., John Aaron Rice,
William Kirk Montgomery, Sarah
Graves, Shelbie Richards, John
Blaylock and Dylan Butler -- only
Dedmon, 19, and Rice, 18, have
been charged by authorities.
Dedmon has been charged with
capital murder and robbery. Rice
has been charged with simple
who-shot-Nick? season three-end-
ing cliffhanger (doubtful) or the
star's career (more likely).
News of "Hawthorne's" cancella-
tion comes on the heels of specula-
tion (we're looking at you, Life &
Style ) that Anthony's separation
from Jennifer Lopez had something
to do with an affair with Jada, and
that that relationship was also stir-
ring up trouble in Pinkett Smith's
Anthony recently shut down that
story when he appeared on
"Nightline," however, calling the
"We were laughing, like 'Wow',"
Anthony said in the interview with
ABC News' John Quinones. "We've
been friends for years. Jada,
Jennifer, me, him, for years ..."
Pinkett Smith's publicist also said
there was no truth to the rumor
(after Will and Jada slammed sepa-
ration rumors), saying, "Everything
about the Marc Anthony story is
The group of white drove around
in a Jeep looking for a Black person
to intimidate.The one they noticed
turned out to be Anderson, in the
parking lot of a hotel. Some of the
teens stayed in the vehicles as look-
outs, while Dedmon, Rice, Butler
and Blaylock got out and
approached Anderson, the lawsuit
claims. The attack was on.
After hitting Anderson, Dedmon
immediately informed the other
Defendants that he had "ran that
The suit includes claims of bat-
tery, negligence and wrongful
Jordan Griffin, Daniel Valencia, Jaquez Fudge,
Jonathan Valencia, MelvinGidden and Christy Oakley
Mary and Gary White (FMPPhotos)
Natashia Swindler and Aleia Gordon
Gladys Patricia Thompson, Warren Schell and Rebecca Williams
Jada Pinkett's life continues to
make news as series is canceled
Family of man killed by gang of
white teenagers, files hate crime lawsuit
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etpeS mber 8-14 2011
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Though the Robert E. Lee Generals were defeated 28 49 by Ed White High School last Friday night,
it didn't stop their lovely cheerleaders from getting the crowd hyped. The young ladies are shown above
striking a pose for photographer Frank Powell at the game.
Waters calls for $1 trillion jobs program
When it seems that every other
entity has benefitted billions from
America's philanthropy, Rep.
Maxine Waters also feels America's
unemployed should be a benefactor.
The outspoken congresswoman
from California, said Sunday that
U.S. President Barack Obama
should propose a "bold" jobs pro-
gram costing $1 trillion or more.
"The president must be bold. I
agree that he must have a jobs pro-
gram, must create jobs," Waters
said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"I'm talking about a program of
$1 trillion or more. We've got to put
Americans to work. That's the only
way to revitalize this economy.
When people work and they earn
money, they spend that money, and
that is what gets the economy up
As Obama prepares to deliver a
major jobs speech before a joint
session of Congress Thursday,
Waters urged against "a program
that simply gives more tax breaks to
the very people who got us in this
trouble in the first place."
"And so I'm hopeful, I'm very
hopeful that the president is going
to put a big program out there, and
that he's going to fight very hard for
it," she said.
Waters said with the unemploy-
ment rate at 9.1 percent, joblessness
"is not only hitting the middle class,
but it is hitting all classes."
She said blacks have been partic-
ularly hard hit, with an unemploy-
ment rate of 16.7 percent and said,
"It is absolutely unconscionable
what is happening in the minority
And with the 12-member "super-
committee" in Congress charged
with coming up with as much as
$1.5 billion in spending cutbacks,
she said, "That means that we're
going to lose more jobs. That means
more people are going to be unem-
Republican CBC member says
he may quit over 'race baiting'
with Coke contest
Here in Jacksonville school has
already begun, and due to massive
budget cuts, Duval schools are lack-
ing in a few areas. Now the public
can support their favorite school
through Sprite with a newly refur-
bished recreational spaces. The
Sprite Spark Parks Project for
Schools program is giving local
schools across the country the
opportunity to liven up areas on
their campuses where students can
play, stay fit and be refreshed all
school year long.
The project is a multi-year com-
mitment to build and restore places
where teens, families and communi-
ties can get outside and get active.
Through its work with teens and
parents, Sprite will put more than $2
million into building or revamping a
minimum of 150 outdoor spaces
throughout the country in 2011.
These spaces include neighborhood
parks, basketball courts, play-
grounds and athletic fields.
During last year's program, three
schools each won a $25,000 play-
ground renovation from Sprite after
parents and community members
rallied to donate points. Another 20
schools were awarded $5,000 to be
used towards athletic equipment for
Parents and community members
can give their favorite school a
chance to win one of 25 grants
worth $25,000 by entering My Coke
Rewards codes found on specially-
marked Sprite packaging. Codes
can be submitted at www.mycok-
erewards.com/sprite between July
18 and Sept. 30th.
by Bill Edonds
U.S. Rep. Allen West of Florida
says he may quit the Congressional
Black Caucus for tolerating what he
described as race-baiting attacks on
the Tea Party.
West, in a letter to the chair of
caucus, took strong issue with
words by U.S. Rep. Andr6 Carson,
who holds the position of caucus
"It is unconscionable when a fel-
low CBC Member, Congressman
Andre Carson, comes to South
Florida and claims that some in the
Tea Party would love to see black
Americans 'hanging on a tree,"
West, the only Republican member
of the Congressional Black Caucus,
wrote in a letter to the caucus chair,
U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of
"Congressman Carson's desire to
generally criticize a large grass-
roots group as racist is baseless and
desperate," West said. "When indi-
viduals believe they are defeated in
a political disagreement, they nor-
mally resort to race-baiting, which
in my opinion is in itself racist."
In his letter, West also expressed
displeasure with remarks by anoth-
er caucus member. "It is appalling
to hear another CBC colleague,
Congresswoman Maxine Waters,
say 'The Tea Party can go straight
to hell." Waters, D-California,
made that fiery comment August 20
at a forum in Inglewood, near Los
At a Congressional Black Caucus
town hall discussion in Miami,
Carson, D-Indiana, told attendees
that the Tea Party was working
against African Americans. "This is
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September 8 -14, 2011
Rep. Alien West
the effort that we're seeing of Jim
Crow," said Carson. "Some of these
folks in Congress right now would
love to see us as second-class citi-
zens. Some of them in Congress
right now of this Tea Party move-
ment would love to see you and me
hanging on a tree."
A video of Carson's remarks is
generating hits on Glenn Beck's
TheBlaze.com, and Sean Hannity's,
the FOX News celebrity, has given
it a lot of attention on his radio
West, in his August 31 letter to
Cleaver, did not indicate he might
leave the caucus which is what
he told Fox News but indicated a
desire to change the tone of the
debate. "I look forward to having a
productive discussion with you and
the entire Congressional Black
Caucus on how we can begin to
reverse the trends of the last few
years and the sense of American
Exceptionalism that transcends the
concept of the 'Balkanization' of
our country," he wrote.
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Panelists secretly blocked convict's parole
A man grasps President Barack Obama's hand as he greets people in the crowd after addressing the Labor
Day celebration in Detroit, Mich., Sept. 5, 2011.
Detroit still has love and
faith in Obama for Labor Day
DETROIT, MI The president
chose Labor Day to promise to
challenge Republicans on jobs.
Addresssing a large crowd of union
members in Detroit, Obama prom-
ised to put a jobs program before
Republicans this Thursday. "We're
going to give them a plan and say,
'Do you want to create jobs? ...
Show us what you've got."
Last Friday's bleak report on
unemployment jobs no new jobs
at all created in August has added
pressure on a White House facing
9.1 percent unemployment (16.7
percent among African Americans -
a 27-year high). To roaring
approval from the crowd, Obama
promised a fight on their behalf,
according to the Washington Post.
The situation is even worse in
Michigan, where unemployment
stands at 10.9 percent. Some in the
crowd of about 13,000 carried signs
reading "America Wants to Work!"
But Obama used Detroit and the
revitalized auto industry to try to
remind people of White House suc-
cesses there and to energize his
base. He touted his administration's
decision to bail out two of the top
three auto manufacturers GM
and Chrysler shortly after he
took office in 2009. And he held up
Detroit as an example of how a city
can survive tough economic times.
"Like the commercial says, this is
a city that has been to heck and
back," Obama said. "And while
there are a lot of challenges here, I
see a city that's coming back. You
ask people here if times are tough
and they say, 'Yeah, it's tough, but
we're tougher.' ... I don't know
about you, but I'm not scared of
tough times. I know we don't quit."
Republicans have pressed Obama
for details on his jobs plans and
have vowed to oppose any new
spending proposals at a time when
both parties are working to reduce
the nation's spiraling debt.
The president did not announce
any new ideas in Detroit, telling the
crowd members that he wants them
to "tune in Thursday night."
Instead, he repeated previous calls
on Congress to extend a payroll tax
cut and to put construction workers
back to work building roads and
ATLANTA -A former Black
Panther convicted of murdering a
California park ranger is getting
another shot at freedom after a fed-
eral appeals court found that a
parole official improperly worked
to keep him behind bars by secretly
handing over information to Justice
The Atlanta-based l1th Circuit
Court of Appeals decision last week
found that then-U.S. Parole
Commissioner Deborah Spagnoli
"impermissibly tainted" the board's
decision to delay Veronza Bowers'
release when she wrote a memo to
government attorneys about the
case. Her actions, the three-judge
panel said, violated the commis-
sion's mandate as an independent
Spagnoli, who resigned from the
commission in 2007, said Thursday
she was unaware of the ruling and
refused to discuss the case.
The panel's decision stopped
short of releasing Bowers, who was
convicted of the 1973 killing of
Kenneth Patrick in California. But
the court ordered a new hearing to
determine if Bowers could be
released, noting that corrections
officials have called him a "model
City creates storm guide for
Mayor Alvin Brown advises resi-
dents to remain aware of the poten-
tial for heavy winds and high surf
as Hurricane Irene bypasses
Jacksonville on its path toward the
Residents can find a 12-page
storm preparedness guide at
http://tinyurl.com/31ox2d4 or by
visiting www.coj.net and following
a link from the homepage.
The guide contains information
about how to report debris, downed
limbs and power outages. City
workers have been cutting down will pass us, but it is always best to
damaged trees and cleaning up be prepared," said Mayor Brown.
debris to keep people safe in the "It is still an active storm season
event of heavy winds, and the city will be ready to
"The forecast shows that Irene respond to any problems."
Bowers was sentenced to life in
prison in April 1974 and at the time
was eligible for parole after 30
years. The U.S. Parole Commission
held a hearing on his case in
December 2004, when an examiner
found that Bowers was not likely to
commit future crimes and had
"been an outstanding inmate" for
the previous 15 years. The panel
decided to grant him mandatory
parole in February 2005.
But days before he was to be
released, a commission staff mem-
ber organized a new hearing that
included Patrick's widow, Tomie
Patrick Lee. The panel met again in
May and deadlocked in a 2-2 vote
on whether to release Bowers,
which by law should have allowed
him to leave prison.
That's when Spagnoli sent the
memo to the office of then-U.S.
Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales, who made the unprece-
dented decision to intervene, the
ruling said. The memo, which was-
n't discovered until 2007, outlined
arguments for an appeal that could
be used by government attorneys if
Bowers was granted parole, the
Gonzales asked the commission
in June 2005 to review its decision,
and days later the panel voted to
temporarily delay Bowers' release.
Commissioners went a step further
in October 2005, voting 4-0 to keep
Bowers in prison indefinitely, citing
a failed escape attempt in 1979 and
fears he could commit another
After the decision, the court said,
Spagnoli sent a one-word email to a
Justice Department attorney:
From left, USA's Allyson Felix, Marshevet Myers, Bianca Knight, and
Carmelita Jeter celebrate winning the Women's 4x100m Relay final at
the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
US wins women's 4x100 relay at worlds
DAEGU, South Korea The United States won the women's 4x100-
meter relay Sunday at the world championships, with 100 gold medalist
Carmelita Jeter running the final leg.
The Americans, who won the world title in 2005 and '07, beat defending
champion Jamaica down the stretch, winning in 41.56 seconds.
Jamaica was second in 41.70 and Ukraine took bronze in 42.51.
Bianca Knight ran the first leg and handed off to Allyson Felix, who won
her record eighth world championship gold medal. Marshevet Myers ran
the third leg and Jeter was last.
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