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Sam's Club names first

Black female CEO
Wal-mart the world's biggest retailer has
named Rosalind Brewer CEO of Sam's Club as
the first woman and the first African-American to
hold a CEO position at one of the company's
business units.
Brewer, 49, is replacing Brian Cornell, 52, who
is leaving the company so he can return to the
Northeast for family reasons.
Brewer, who will also be president of Sam's Club, was previously pres-
ident of the retailer's U.S. East business unit. She will report to Wal-Mart
CEO Mike Duke. The moves are effective Feb. 1.
Sam's Club warehouse club business has outperformed its namesake
stores. Revenue in stores open at least one year rose 5.7% at Sam's Club
and 1.3% at Walmart U.S. stores in its third quarter.
Before joining Wal-Mart, Brewer held a number of executive positions
at Kimberly-Clark.
Wal-Mart also said Friday that it is promoting Gisel Ruiz, 41, to exec-
utive vice president and chief operating officer for its U.S. operations.
Ruiz has been an executive vice president working on human relations
and store innovation issues.
Wal-Mart is also promoting Rollin Ford, 49, to chief administrative
officer. Ford was chief information officer. He will be replaced as CIO by
Karenann Terrell, 50.

FAMU dismisses students

charged with hazing
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The four students charged last week with haz-
ing pledges of a Florida A&M University marching band club known as
the Clones have been dismissed from the school.
The move was announced Monday during a FAMU board of trustees
meeting. The students will have a chance to appeal their dismissal before
a student judicial committee.
The four band members face misdemeanor hazing charges after reports
that other students were punched and paddled during initiation meetings
that began in early September. Last week's arrests are the latest in a scan-
dal that has rocked the university and its famed Marching 100 band.
In November, FAMU drum major Robert Champion died hours after a
football game in Orlando in what authorities said was a hazing ritual. His
death has been ruled a homicide, but no charges have been brought.

Georgia mom charged with cruelty

for getting her 10 year old a tattoo
Napier, GA A Georgia woman was released on bond last weekend
after being arrested for getting her 10-year-old son a tattoo on his arm.
The Acworth Police Department arrested Chuntera Napier of Cobb
County for tattooing her son after a person noticed the emblem on his
arm. She was charged with misdemeanor cruelty as well as being a party
to a crime.
She said that she wanted to let her son, Gaquan Napier, get a tattoo to
honor his older brother, Malik, who had died after being killed by a
teenaged driver in Macon two years ago. Since the family is still mourn-
ing the death of Malik, Napier granted Gaquan's wish to get a tattoo of
his brother's jersey number. Malik was 12 when he was killed.
A 2010 Georgia law criminalizes tattooing children under the age of 18.
In her defense, Napier told WSBTV that she thought, if a parent gave
consent to the tattooer, then tattooing a child was within the law. "How
can somebody else say that it's not OK? He's my child, and I have the
right to say what I want for my child. I can't go tell anybody else what I
want for their child," Napier said.
Gaquan also told WSBTV he wanted the tattoo, "because it represents
my brother."

Jewish Times publisher resigns after

calling for Obama assassination
After writing a very controversial column about assassinating President
Barack Obama, the Atlanta Jewish Times owner and publisher resigned.
Andrew Adler wrote a scathing opinion piece, supposing Israel would
consider assassinating the president in a plan to head off a nuclear Iran.
But the response was not positive at all. Adler, feeling a little pressure
from outraged readers, threw in the towel and named staff writer John
McCurdy interim managing editor until a replacement can be found. He
also plans to publish an apology in the next issue.

Also, as a result of his erroneous actions, The Jewish Federation of
Greater Atlanta has severed ties with the publication.
"While we acknowledge his public apology and remorse, the damage
done to the people of Israel, the global Jewish people, and especially the
Jewish Community of Atlanta is irreparable," the Atlanta federation said
in a statement issued Monday to constituent groups.
In the column, the writer and publisher proposed three possible
responses by Israel to Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon.
The first was a pre-emptive attack against Hamas and Hezbollah, a
direct strike on Iran, or (the one that got folk upset) give Mossad agents
permission to take out the president of the U.S.
He wrote, "... give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take
out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel in order for the current vice
president to take his place, and forcefully dictate that the United States
policy includes its helping the Jewish state obliterate its enemies."

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President Lays out Master Plan for the Country

President Obama warned in his
State of the Union address this
week that the nation's middle class
is at risk because of growing eco-
nomic inequality, and argued that
the government must do more to
preserve the basic American dream.
In a speech that is likely to set the
theme of his 2012 re-election bid,
Obama said "the basic American
promise" that hard work can allow
one to own a home and support a
family are at risk if the government

doesn't do more to balance the scale
between the nation's rich and poor.
"The defining issue of our time is
how to keep that promise alive. No
challenge is more urgent. No debate
is more important," Obama
declared. "We can either settle for a
country where a shrinking number
of people do really well, while a
growing number of Americans
barely get by. Or we can restore an
economy where everyone gets a fair
shot, everyone does their fair share,

Shown above is Alpha Hay of Zeta Phi Beta Sororit presenting the
Award of Distinction to Ruth Benjamin.
Benjamin Awarded Zeta Award for Distinction
The Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority Inc. along with
their Amicae and friends traveled to Mount Tabor First Baptist Church in
Palatka to celebrate their Geographical Area II 92nd Founders day lunch-
eon. The guest speaker was renowned Putnam county educator Ruth
Benjamin. Mrs. Benjamin spoke on the theme "Positive women making a
difference in the community." Continued on page 1

and everyone plays by the same set
of rules. What's at stake are not
Democratic values or Republican
values, but American values. We
have to reclaim them."
In his third such address to the
Congress, Obama's focus was not
just on the future-as he laid out
broad proposals to boost an "econo-
my built to last, where hard work
pays off and responsibility is

But in a message that was unmis-
takably aimed at voters in the
upcoming presidential election,
Obama reminded his audience that
the nation's economic troubles
began long before he arrived at the
White House, starting with the col-
lapse of the nation's leading banks
in 2008 due to lax regulation and
"bad behavior." Continued on p. 3

Masons Honor Commander

in ChiefAlexander Earl

Illustrious Arther J. Mincey and awardee Grandmaster Earl Augustine
The Tillman Valentine Consistory #22 held their annual Election
Banquet at their lodge with a ceremonial toast, and words of wisdom from
St. Paul A.M. E. Church Reverend Marvin Zanders. The Illustrious Peer
Arther J, Mincey presented the Award of Excellence to Commander in
Chief Alexander Earl, Sr. for his career service and dedication to the chap-
ter. "Don't worry about what you dqi't have, be thankful for what you do
have and just hold on cause God will give you another day," said Zanders.

Women of Color Preparing to Showcase Teens at Pageant

Shown above (L-R) is Ebony Bow, Deja Rogers, Donald Johnson, Gabrielle Wilson, Uriah Oden, Diantay Denard, Alexa Griffith, Cameron
R. Hopper, Reyshaune Mullennix, Maleah Wilson, Parrish D. Dove, Brianna Young, Niomi Burgess, Jeremi Smith, Jasselli Cuello, Rea
Southerland, Brianna Lundy, Anita Caldwell, Aries Robertson and Amber Gainer. FMPphoto

Universal Teen Scholarship
Program's orientation was held on
Saturday, January 21,2012. Young
men and ladies attended in anticipa-
tion of becoming either the 2012
Mr. Universal Teen or Miss
Universal Teen. Each participant
selected a country to represent as
its' ambassador. They will do
research on that country while
learning life skill applications dur-
ing a nine week series of workshops
and mentoring. The program is
given by the Women of Color

Cultural Foundation, Inc.
The workshops encourage cultur-
al diversity enrichment, positive
behavioral lifestyle changes, writ-
ten and oral communication skills,
personal growth and development,
financial management, business eti-
quette, college/job readiness, and
community involvement.
Participants select a platform issue,
a social cause, to which he or she is
committed and willing to effect
change. Parental involvement is

strongly engaged and expected
throughout the program. The
crowning of Mr. Universal Teen
and Miss Universal Teen and schol-
arship award announcements will
be on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at
6:00 o'clock in the evening at the
Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum in
downtown Jacksonville, Florida.
The Mr. and Miss Universal Teen
and the first, second, and third run-
ner-ups comprise the Royal Court.
The Universal Teen Royal Court
becomes the youth planning com-

mittee for the ACE Youth Summit
component of the annual Health
Symposium for People of All
Nations in July 2012. WOCCF is a
non-profit 501c3 that provides
scholarships and learning opportu-
nities to assist high school students
seeking college degrees to achieve
higher education attainment in
efforts to improve their quality of
life. WOCCF has provided over
$135,000 in scholarships to youth
since March 2002.

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Advice and Solutions to Help Avoid Foreclosure

Elite Seekers Get on Board

I -- At one point in
time I served on nine civic and
educational boards: a chamber of
commerce, a visitors and conven-
tion bureau, a university, a bicen-
tennial commission, a museum, a
state building authority, a scholar-
ship fund, a citywide leadership
group, and a small foundation.
One was a gubernatorial appoint-
ment (Republican) and one was a
mayoral appointment (Democrat).
How is that for good politics?
The question I am asked so often
is: "How do you network to be
selected to these illustrious
boards?" The secret lies in under-
standing why anyone would
select you in the first place. What
do corporations and charitable
groups and universities look for in
selecting their board members?
From my experience, the follow-
ing criteria come into play when
selecting a board member:
Public service track record.

Are you a selfless doer, who has
served with distinction on other
boards of important committees
over the years?
Influence in the community.
Do you have a successful busi-
ness or professional position or a
high-profile reputation that puts
you in a position to influence the
movers and shakers?
Wealth. While it's not what has
landed me on any boards, it is an
attribute that definitely enhances
one's profile in the community
and brings power.
Positive profile. This is the
"Mother Teresa" factor. You don't
necessarily need great wealth or
influence; if your reputation for
good works and high moral char-
acter is strong enough, this alone
can bring invitations to certain
board seats.
Political savvy. Are you politi-
cally active? Do you publicly sup-
port candidates?

Belonging to a racial minority
and possessing any of the above
qualifications. Examples of
prominent Black people in this
category who serve on many
boards are Andrew Young, Bob
Johnson, Earl Graves, Vernon
Jordan, Quincy Jones, Dr.
Johnnetta Cole, Dr. Andrew
Brimmer, Dr. Alvin Poussaint,
and Hugh Price.
Don't be offended; being a
minority-slot selection to a board
is a foot in the door. It is your
opportunity to make a differ-
ence.You have to be comfortable
with power to sit on a board, and
you have to know when to work
for a consensus, when to pick
your battles, and when to stand up
and say, "Enough!"
Bottom Line: If you are not
serving Black interests while ful-
filling your responsibility to the
organization, you are just anoth-
er "spook who sits by the door."

The mortgage market in the US is
turning into bad news for many
families. The number of homes
entering foreclosure continues to
set new records and the worst has
yet to come predicts experts at the
Mortgage Bankers Association.
Over 5% of mortgages are cur-
rently past due from missed pay-
ments and homeowners are just
barely holding on to their homes.
Less than 1% have reached the
actual foreclosure stage where the
families are forced out of the home
and it is sold at auction.
Of primary concern are those
homeowners that don't take action
soon enough to research what their
options are before it is too late. I
guess a silver lining to facing the
loss of your home due to foreclo-
sure at the moment is that with so
many behind, the lenders are will-
ing to consider professional and
realistic offers, rather than just take
the home back.
This mortgage crunch has caught a
lot of people in a difficult position.
Between those in the loan industry
that are losing their jobs in record

numbers, people with good credit
and bad credit are finding it tough,
if not impossible to either purchase
new homes or refinance their way
out of escalating interest rates in
adjustable rate mortgages (ARM)
that they took out a few years ago.
In Kansas City a disproportionate
number of lower-income and non-
white borrowers are stuck in high-
er-interest subprime loans, making
them more vulnerable to foreclo-
sures, a study says. The study found
that African-American homebuy-
ers were 2.9 times more likely
than whites to receive a high-cost
loan, and Latino homebuyers were
1.5 times more likely than whites to
get a high-cost loan.
With over 30% of all loans origi-
nated in Kansas City and Lansing,
Michigan are labeled as sub-prime
loans which makes it even more
likely that those homeowners are at
a much higher risk of foreclosure.
Apparently, while the banks were
supposed to be screening sub-prime
borrowers, they were applying
flawed screening formulas which
did not adequately protect lenders

from risk. One might argue that
greed forced an override of com-
mon sense and now many that
would never have imagined the loss
of their home from foreclosure are
facing just that reality.
Foreclosure Assistance
Avoid Foreclosure
At times like these, consumers
need to be wary of scammers that
might take your money without
delivering results. Some desperate
homeowners have paid thousands
of dollars for foreclosure assistance
and still faced the loss of their
home. Others have signed over
their homes in hopes of avoiding
eviction, getting kicked out of their
homes, only to find these rent back
schemes can result in higher rental
payments and the eventual loss of
their home anyway.
As with any financial crisis, you
should always look for assistance
from someone you are comfortable
with, trust your gut instinct and do
your homework and research before
jumping into any solution.

Involving Kids in Family Finances Teaches the Value of a Dollar

That anguished roar you hear is
the sound of millions of students
returning to school after summer
break. As a parent, you might feel
relief that teachers are taking over
the reins, but hold on: School may
be the best place for kids to learn
the three R's, but you're probably
still the best source for the fourth R
- financial Responsibility.
Although a nationwide movement
to institute financial literacy curric-
ula in our schools is gaining
momentum, currently the vast
majority of schools either don't
offer such courses or don't require
them to graduate. Until that hap-
pens, it's up to parents to ensure
their kids have the financial man-
agement skills they'll need to face

the responsibilities of adulthood.
Charles Schwab's annual "Teens
and Money" survey confirmed that
most teens want more money
coaching from their parents. It
64 percent of teens would rather
learn money management basics
through experience than in the
However, only 30 percent believe
their parents are concerned with
ensuring they learn those basics.
Only 39 percent said their parents
discuss money issues with them at
least weekly.
Only 34 percent feel knowledge-
able about balancing a checkbook,
while 26 percent understand how
credit card interest and fees work.

Visa USA recently conducted a
survey that shows not much has
changed over the years: Only 48
percent of its cardholders said
they'd learned money management
skills from their parents, while 41
percent said they learned it the hard
way or were self-taught and only 9
percent in school.
Say you're 22, earn $30,000 a year
and put aside 6 percent of pay ($150
a month) until age 65. At an 8 per-
cent average annual rate of return,
your $77,400 investment will grow
to $619,000 by then. But if you
don't begin saving until 32 and set
aside the same monthly amount,
you'll only accumulate $274,000 by
65 -

huge difference. By increasing the
percentage of pay you save and fac-
toring in annual raises, your savings
will skyrocket even further.
Here are a few ways to give your
children a leg up:
Set a good example. Kids see
right through "Do as I say, not as I
do." If you consistently spend more
than you earn, don't set aside emer-
gency savings and don't budget,
that's the behavior they're learning
from you.
Set realistic expectations.
According to the Schwab survey,
teenagers expect to earn $145,500 a
year, on average. If only. It's easy to
see how unrealistic pay expecta-

tions might lead young adults to
take on too much student-loan or
credit-card debt in anticipation of
being able to pay them off quickly.
When your kids start discussing
career choices, help them research
what various jobs pay, what educa-
tional requirements they'll need to
meet and how much that education
will cost. The Salary Wizard at contains pay data
for a broad array of jobs by geo-
graphic location.
Share the bills. Have your kids
help review monthly bills and bal-
ance the checkbook. They'll be
shocked to learn how much money
goes toward the mortgage, gas, util-

ities, food and clothing. Give them
a voice in the family budget by
looking for ways to save money in
some areas (turn off the lights,
fewer trips to the mall) to increase
funding for others (better vacations,
college savings).
Show how savings add up. Curb
your kids' impulse spending and
encourage saving by matching a
portion of any money they save
each month.
Take the mystery out of finances
now so your kids will be able to fly
the nest when the time comes and,
so you'll be able to afford to remod-
el the nest when they do.

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continued from front
"In the six months before I took
office, we lost nearly four million
jobs. And we lost another four mil-
lion before our policies were in full
effect," Obama said.
But he argued that the country is
turning around under his policies,
pointing to 3 million jobs created in
the last 22 months. In a sign that
Obama will campaign against the
Republican-led Congress as much
as a his eventual GOP presidential
rival, the president indicated he will
take a hard stand against lawmakers
determined to block his economic
"The state of our union is getting

On Dec. 16, the death of FAMU
Drum Mayor Robert Champion
was ruled a homicide. Autopsy
results showed the 26-year-old
suffered excessive blows to his
head and internal bleeding, all an
alleged result of being hazed.
A month later, as announced on
Tuesday, a host of civil rights
organizations have gathered to
create a National Anti-Hazing and
Anti-Violence Task Force. But
with reports of hazing dating back
to the 1600s, some might ask, why
"I think that what has happened
with the Robert Champion case is
that he has become the poster
child, or the face, to hazing. So,
unfortunately, or fortunately, this
could be a movement to say; hey,
look what hazing can do when it
goes unchained and unchal-
lenged," said Reverend Dr. R.B.
Holmes Jr., organizer of the task
force and pastor of Bethel
Missionary Baptist Church in
Tallahassee, Florida.
According to Holmes, hazing is
an act perpetrated on a person
unwillingly that can cause mental,
emotional, spiritual or physical
damage. He says for too long it
has been a process of belonging to
organizations, and now people see
that not only can it be dangerous
and demeaning, but also deadly.
According to an essay by Hank
Nuwer posted on the website, campus contro-
versy over hazing dates back to
1657, when Harvard College fined
upperclassmen for hazing fresh-

stronger, and we've come too far to
turn back now," Obama insisted.
"As long as I'm president, I will
work with anyone in this chamber
to build on this momentum. But I
intend to fight obstruction with
action, and I will oppose any effort
to return to the very same policies
that brought on this economic crisis
in the first place."
Zeta Phi Beta
Continued from page 1
Also honored were the Zeta Youth
Archonettes who were feted with
awards to recognize their accom-
plishments in high school as they
move towards attending HBCU's
and University's throughout the
state. Alpha G. Hay, presented Ms.
Benjamin with the Zeta Award of

Gloria Simmons celebrates 40 year education career with retirement party Family
and friends joined Gloria Simmons at her recent retirement celebration at the Clarion hotel. The evenings festivities included games and a buffet.
Simmons has taught over 40 years in the Duval County School System. Shown above (L-R) in attendance are Cong.Corrine Brown, Shantrell Brown,
Kedra Williams, Delia Covington, James Whitfield, Abraham Simmons, Ty Willims, Mary Whitfield, honoree Gloria Simmons, Sean Williams, LaVonne
Mitchell, Kennedi Williams, Gloria Davis, Barbara Brown and David Brown. FMP photo.

Kilpatrick May Be

Headed Back to Prison

SJust months
after he was
released from
prison, for-
o mer Detroit
could be
heading back
behind bars.
The former
politician is currently being federal-
ly investigated for a 2005 ad that
compared media criticism of him to
lynch mobs. The creator of the ad,
Adolph Mongo, was recently
ordered to appear before a grand
jury investigating Kilpatrick. When
he went down to the courthouse,
things immediately headed in the
wrong direction for the former
mayor after Mongo was asked who
paid for the ad and with what funds.
"My bank records were subpoe-
naed. They wanted to know what
this check was for, but they had
already done their homework,"
Mongo told Local 4 News.
Mongo testified that Kilpatrick
ordered the ad and paid for it with a
check from his non-profit, the
Kilpatrick Civic Fund a fund
created to collect money to help

children of Detroit and educate cit-
izens on the political process.
The charge of misusing the non-
profit funds is just one of the for-
mer mayor's 38 counts of racket-
eering charges. In addition, court
documents allege Kilpatrick used
the funds to pay for personal items
including golf and yoga.
Kilpatrick is on parole after serv-
ing 14 months in prison for violat-
ing the terms of his probation in a
2008 obstruction of justice case in
which he was convicted of lying
under oath about an affair with his
chief of staff.
Kilpatrick's racketeering trial is
scheduled to start in September. He
says that there will not be a plea
bargain and he looks forward to
clearing his name.
In a city that continues to revive
its image from the wrath of
Kilpatrick, many can only hope that
the upcoming trial does not cause
the city any more harm.

Bethune Cookman's

President Set to Retire

Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed is stepping
Down from her role as president of
Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU ).
At the age of 64, Reed has made the
decision to enter retirement after seven
and a half years of service to the institu-
t tion.
D During her tenure, Bethune-Cookman
Achieved university status with the
.- / launch of its first master's degree pro-
gram in transformative leadership,
earned its highest enrollment in history,
graduated its largest class on record,
received an A bond rating and improved
its physical plant by building several
new buildings on campus, which were
fully paid for without debt to the univer-
Dr. True R d sity. When Reed arrived at Bethune-
Dr Trudie Reed Cookman, the endowment was $28 mil-
lion and has increased to $43 million today.
Additionally, the university has received seven accreditations in approx-
imately 18 months, including reaffirmation of accreditation with no rec-
ommendations for improvement from the the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Reed will remain at the University during this transition until a departure
date is determined by the board of trustees.

men. It has long been a way "to
teach precedence, build school
loyalty and assimilate students
from all economic classes,"
Nuwer writes. Although in recent
years most of the spotlight sur-
rounding the crude acts has
focused on assimilation into
organizations at historically Black
colleges and universities, Holmes
wants to remind others that it's not
a problem at only those places.
"It is not just a Black problem,"
he says. "Hazing is in all cultures;
the military, football teams, soror-
ities, fraternities, predominantly
white universities, and predomi-
nantly Black universities."
Spurred by Champion's death,
the first national anti-hazing con-
ference will take place at South
Carolina State University on
February 24 and 25. Holmes and
his counterparts hope to use the
platform to connect the hazing
issue to the larger one of violence
in the Black community.
"I think that in any movement
they start somewhere," he said.
"It's time for the Black leadership
to start talking because violence
has gone unshaken and unchal-
lenged for too long in our culture;
Black on Black crime, violence in
our music and videos, violence
against our women, against our
senior citizens."
Most of all, for the people who
have been involved in hazing,
have been victimized, or simply
want to fight against it, Holmes
says that change starts with educa-

Rev. R.B. Holmes

Takes on Hazing

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Black Women: From Slavery to

Wall Street Their Strength Endures

"I am a woman who came from
the cotton fields of the South. From
there I was promoted to the wash-
tub. From there I was promoted to
the cook kitchen. And from there I
promoted myself into the business
of manufacturing hair goods and
preparations....I have built my own
factory on my own ground." -
Madam C.J. Walker
I love black women. No let me
repeat that I love strong black
women. From my grandmother to
my wife and women like Madam
C.J. Walker or Harriet Tubman, it's
no secret that African American
women have had to endure more
than any other racial or cultural
group in America.
It is an unfortunate fact that black
women have had to raise more chil-
dren alone than perhaps any other
race of women. It is also unfortu-
nate that black women are often
stereotyped in many ways.
One of the most prophetic state-
ments I heard regarding the
strength of black women was from
W.E.B. Dubois who said, "I most
sincerely doubt if any other race of
women could have brought its fine-
ness up through so devilish a fire."
As I read a recent article in The
Washington Post written by
Krissah Thompson, I was remind-
ed of why I love me some sisters
(yes, I'm using Ebonics).
The title of the article is, "Survey
paints portrait of black women in
America." The story is centered on
a survey done by the paper and

By Julianne Malveaux
NNPA Columnist
Newt Gingrich is playing
racial politics and he is playing to
win. First he says that black chil-
dren should get jobs as janitors
(why not suggest they get the same
consulting contract he did at
Freddie Mac I'm with Mitt
Romney here, what did Gingrich
tell Freddie Mac that was worth
more than a million dollars). Then
he says that he wants to tell the
NAACP that we should demand
jobs, not food stamps. He so bris-
tles at Fox commentator Juan
Williams that he gets a standing O
in South Carolina. And he has
repeatedly described President
Barack Obama as a "food stamp"
President. It's race baiting, pure
and simple, and few have called
him on it.
The true food stamp story goes
something like this. In 2006 just
26.5 million Americans received
food stamps. By 2011 the number
had spiked to more than 45 million
people. This has been the result of
the Great Recession that has left at
least 13 million people officially
unemployed for an average of 40
weeks. Those are the official num-
bers, but they may be twice as high
when we consider the people who
have part time work and want full
time work and those who have
dropped out of the labor market
because it costs too much to look
for work. President Obama is not a
food stamps president; he is a pres-
ident who inherited an economic
crisis. Newt is being extremely
disingenuous and extraordinarily

Kaiser Family Foundation that
basically gives us a portrait of how
black women in America view
The survey includes interviews
with more than 800 black women
and includes everything from ques-
tions about the importance of pro-
fessional success, marriage, chil-
dren, and self esteem.
No surprise to me, but the study
is a reminder of how unique and
strong black women really are.
Some of the findings are very inter-
esting for example, many black
women now feel that career success
is more vital to them than marriage.
Many of my single female
friends constantly complain about a
lack of "good black men." Again, it
is an unfortunately reality that there
are twice as many black women
who annually elect to attend col-
lege than black males.
Of course, I am beating a dead
horse by telling you that today in
America there are more black men
in prison than college.
So it should be of no surprise to
anyone that black women are now
placing more value in their careers
versus marriage.
The study finds that while three-
quarters of African American
women say now is a good time to
be a black woman in America,
being in a romantic relationship is
not essential to their lives.
In her article, Thompson high-
lights several interesting aspects
about the successes that black

women are currently experiencing.
She writes, "But even in this 'age
of Michelle Obama,' black women
are rethinking the meaning of suc-
cess and fulfillment. Many are con-
cluding that self-empowerment is
the road to happiness, and happi-
ness does not require a mate." This
statement is profound, especially
when you consider "the traditional"
view of success that many women
once had included marriage and
The poll also found that forty
percent of black women say getting
married is very important, com-
pared with 55 percent of white
women. Black women are also
more confidant than white women.
The study shows that sixty-seven
percent of black women describe
themselves as having high self-
esteem, compared with 43 percent
of white women. "Think like a
queen. A queen is not afraid to fail.
Failure is another steppingstone to
greatness," said Oprah Winfrey. We
all know that sisters listen to what-
ever Oprah says (just kidding -
well, not really).
In her article, Thompson also
points out that "One-third of
employed black women work in
management or professional jobs,
according to the Bureau of Labor
She also states, "The number of
businesses owned by black women
has nearly doubled in the past
decade to more than 900,000,
according to census figures. Just

Friday, Wal-Mart named Rosalind
Brewer chief executive of Sam's
Club, making her the first African
American to be chief executive for
a business unit of the world's
largest retailer."
Yes, I love black women. From
slavery to Secretary of State, like
Condoleeza Rice; or from running
the Underground Railroad to run-
ning TV Networks like Oprah,
African American women have
become trailblazers and industry
leaders in this country.
What have black women gotten
for all of the strength, intelligence,
ingenuity, and endurance that they
have shown throughout the years?
Stereotypes. Black women are too
aggressive, too flamboyant, too
strong, talk too much. I say it's all
I also say to the brothers who
stray away from black women
because of these stereotypes grow
a backbone. I certainly want to use
another term, but this newspaper is
rated G.
Maybe I should call this article -
My Ode to Black Women. It's prob-
ably also fitting that I close with a
quote from another black man who
loves African American women.
"And I would not be standing
here tonight without the unyielding
support of my best friend for the
last 16 years ... the rock of our fam-
ily, the love of my life ... Michelle
Signing off from The Capital,
Reggie Fullwood

Who Gets Food StampsO

racist in his food stamps rap.
While about 14 percent of all of
us one in seven gets food
stamps, in some states the number
is as high as one in five. In South
Carolina, for example, poverty is
greater than it is in the nation and
18.2 percent of South Carolinians
get food stamps. The number in
Maine is 18.6 percent, in Louisiana
19.2 percent, in Michigan 19.7 per-
cent, in Oregon 20.1 percent, and in
Mississippi 20.7 percent. Given the
racial dynamics in South Carolina,
did Newt decide to show out in a
state where there is more poverty
than elsewhere, and when the racial
resentments (remember I said
Confederate flag waving) don't
need much fuel to turn to fire. He
got a standing O by pandering to
racial stereotypes. And that pander-
ing may well have propelled him
into victory.
Newt has managed to paint food
stamps as a black program, partly
by describing our president as a
"food stamps" president, and partly
by putting food stamps in context
with the NAACP. But Mr.
Gingrich, often touted for his intel-
ligence, must be bright enough to
know that most food stamp recipi-
ents are not African American.
Indeed, according to the Associated
Press, 49 percent of food stamp
recipients are white, 26 percent are
African American, and 20 percent
are Hispanic. Indeed, some of the
folks who gave Newt a standing O
are food stamp recipients, but they

chose to bond with Newt's racially
coded messages instead of their
own economic reality.
Poverty has a different face than
it has ever had before. People who
used to have big jobs and fancy
cars are now struggling to make
ends meet. People who always
struggled are now strangling. More
than 2 million families have dou-
bled up in the past year because
they needed a family lifeline to
save their lives and their worlds.
More than 40 percent of African
American children live in poverty.
Newt Gingrich would blame the
poor for their situation, but the
economy that President Obama
inherited is an economy that has
thrust people into despair. Food
stamps are a lifeline for many. How
dare candidate Gringrich attack
President Obama for providing
relief to 45 million Americans!
Most food stamp recipients are
people who used to work, and they
would, frankly, rather be working
than receiving assistance. But they
have downsized their lifestyles,
their dreams, and their expecta-
tions. They are waiting for the job
market to roar back. Half of the 45
million are white, and some of
them stood to applaud Gingrich.
Do they really think that a man who
disdains the poor will provide them
with a lifeline? Do they really
believe that a man who is selling
wolf tickets to the NAACP is really
concerned with the well being of
the least and the left out. The

poverty that too many Americans
experience is repugnant. The extent
to which politicians trivialize such
poverty is character revealing. Who
will put American back to work?
Who will alleviate poverty?

Julianne Malveaux is President
of Bennett College in Greensboro,
North Carolina.

Coke and the Conspiracy

to Depose an African King
By William Reed
How far should corporate social responsibility go?
Can groups seeking to depose Swaziland's king use
Coca-Cola to help do it? Citing charges of "human
rights abuses" and "looting of the national wealth"
groups opposed to King Mswati are seeking the
world's support in their demand that the beverage
behemoth "withdraw its support" from him.
Mswati III (born Makhosetive Dlamini on April 19, 1968) is the King of
Swaziland and head of the Swazi Royal Family. He succeeded his father
Sobhuza II as ruler of the kingdom in 1986 at age 18. Mswati HI is one of
the last absolute monarchs in the world. He has the authority to appoint the
prime minister, members of the cabinet, and the judiciary. The king is the
means by which state policy is enforced, as well as the mechanism for
determining the policy of the state.
The Swaziland Democracy Campaign says: "Coca-Cola must know
they're doing business with the wrong people ... Their profits don't help the
average Swazi while the king is getting richer by the day." The king's
opposition is steeped in efforts to get him to accept "democratic reform."
Labor unions and pro-democracy campaigns have joined forces to stage
noisy public protests calling for political change. The king's critics also
blame him for "poor economic management" and "widespread corruption.
It seems that Swaziland activists ascribe too much power to Coca-Cola.
A country the size of Connecticut, Swaziland has an annual GDP of $3.65
billion, mostly from agriculture, forestry and mining. Swaziland has excel-
lent farming and ranching land, and 80 percent of the population is engaged
in subsistence agriculture. The Coca-Cola Company is a $15 billion a year
transnational and the concentrate that is the most important ingredient in
the company's African product comes from a huge industrial plant in
Mapatsa, Swaziland that it has operated since 1987. Coke is not in
Swaziland to arbiter its politics, it is there because of favorable taxes and
an abundance of cheap labor and raw sugar.
The consensus is that "Mswati isn't likely to be deposed." Swaziland has
a population of 1.4 million homogeneous people who share language, cul-
ture and loyalty to their king and country. There are no tribal conflicts; the
country is stable, orderly and at peace with her neighbors. The Socialist
People's United Democratic Movement is Swaziland's largest opposition
Coca-Cola has 160 plants and 7,000 employees in Africa, but it's "not the
boss" of the King of Swaziland. The kingdom is a land-locked country in
Southern Africa, bordered on the north, south and west by South Africa and
to the east by Mozambique. Reports show that 63 percent of the popula-
tion lives on less than US$2 per day, and 30 percent live in extreme pover-
ty. The nation, as well as its people, is named after the 19th century King
Mswati II. The capital city, Mbabane has a population of 50,000.
Mswati III is not about to abdicate his throne. According to the former
CEO of the Office of the King, Mswati II earns a salary as head of state,
has investments within and outside the country and owns an unspecified
amount of shares in different companies within Swaziland. King Mswati
is reportedly worth $200 million. This does not include about $10 billion
that King Sobhuza II put in trust for the Swazi nation during his reign, in
which Mswati III is the trustee.
King Mswati has more than 200 brothers and sisters and the task of tak-
ing care of them all. So beyond Coke, Mswati's fate is in profits from the
royal-owned company, Tibiyo TisukaNgwane, established by his father,
King Sobhuza II to provide for his offspring. Nearly 60 percent of Swazi
territory is publicly held by the crown in trust of the Swazi nation. All
seems in accord with the law of the land as Mswati enjoys wealth through
the Tibiyo Tisuka parastatal investment companies and extensive shares in
numerous businesses, industries, property developments and tourism facil-
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C IA A A--_E- C A 3Sc -- C.
Bowie State 2 0 6 2 14 3
Virginia Union 2 0 5 3 10 10
Eliz. CityState 1 1 3 5 9 9
Lincoln 1 1 3 5 8 11
Virginia State 0 2 1 5 2 14
Chowan 0 2 0 8 6 14
W-SalemState 1 0 7 0 15 2
Shaw 1 0 7 0 14 2
J.C. Smith 1 0 3 3 8 8
St.Augustine's 0 1 5 2 10 7
Fayetteville State 0 1 2 4 4 9
Livingstone 0 1 1 6 4 9
PLAYER Trevin Parks, 5-11, Jr.. G, JC SMITH- Had 62
points, 13 assists and shot91 6:from tre FTlineintnree
games Had 28 points vs Va Union 23 vs Livingstone
NEWCOMER-MalikAlvin.6-4, Sr.,G, SHAW -Averaged
22.0 points, 4 assists in three wins Shol 61' (22 of 36)
from thefloor,70 6(12 of 17)from3 Made 10 of 11 FTs.
In OT win vs ECSU, had 25 pts and six assists
ROOKIE Kyree Bethel, 6-1, Fr.,G, CHOWAN-Averaged
15.0 points, 4 rebounds in three games Had 8 3s and 27
points vs. Bowie State Now shoots 54 20 from 3
COACH Cleo Hill, Jr. Team ranked 23rd in NABC,
improved to 15-2 and ran win streak to 11 with wins over
St. Aug's, Lincoln and ECSU



Norfolk State 7 0 16 5
Bethune-Cookman 6 1 9 12
Savannah State 5 2 10 10
N. Carolina A&T 4 2 9 12
Coppin State 4 3 9 11
NC Central 3 3 9 10
Morgan State 3 3 5 12
FlondaA&M 3 4 5 16
Delaware State 2 3 5 11
Hampton 2 4 6 13
Md.-Eastern Shore 1 4 4 14
Howard 1 6 4 16
South Carolina State 0 6 4 15
PLAYER- Kyle O'Ouinn, 6-10, Sr., C, NORFOLK STATE
- Tied career-high with 19 rebounds with 24 points in win
overCoppin State Got 13th double-double with 22 points,
11 rebounds in win over Hampton Averaged 23.0 points,
15.0 rebounds, 1 5 blocks, shot 73C, in two wins
ROOKIE- Richy Johnson, 5-9, Fr., G, B-CU Scored 12
points on 10 of 10 FTs in win over Sav. State. For week.
totalled 17 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists in two wins
DEFENSE Amin Stevens, 6-6, Jr., FAMU Had 28
rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists in two wins over SCSU
and UMES. Got 12 rebounds, 19 points vs. SCSU, 16
rebounds, 4 blocks, 1 steal vs. UMES

BCSP Notes

LaFleur found innocent
BATON ROUGE A Houston jury found former
Southern University Athletic Director Greg LaFleur not
guilty of soliciting sex from an undercover police officer
posing as a prostitute.
LaFleur's attorney Jed
Silverman said a six-person
jury listened to testimony from
prosecutors and Greg LaFleur
before acquitting LaFleur after
deliberating for 34 minutes.
"This undercover police
officer was trying to meet a
quota and completely jumped
the gun and tried to catch Greg
in a gotcha moment when Greg
never made an agreement with Greg LaFleur
anybody," Silverman said.
Silverman said LaFleurplans to pursue a lawsuit against
Southern University and, "It's just our wish that before
Southern University had terminated [LaFleur], they had
done a thorough investigation and afforded Greg the same
presumption of innocence that everybody is afforded here
in the United States of America."
A spokesperson for Southern University said, "we have
no comment."

Basketball stat stuffers
In NCAA Div. II basketball stats, Johnson C. Smith
junior guard Trevin Parks (23.9), the leading scorer in the
black college ranks (See STAT CORNER), is fourth while
Benedict junior center Marcus Goode, the leading black
college rebounder, is sixth in scoring (22.8) and third in
rebounding (11.5). Goode is tied for tenth in Div. II with
eight double-doubles.
Nigel Munson of UDC and West Virginia State's
Delrico Hines are tied for sixth in Div. II in assists at 6.2
per game.
On the Div. I level, Kendall Gray, a 6-10 freshman at
Delaware State is tied for eighth in the nation in blocks at
3.4 per game. MEAC Preseason Player of the Year, 6-10
senior center Kyle O'Quinn of Norfolk State, is tied for
third in the nation with 13 double-doubles in 20 games.
Six-five senior forward Dominique Sutton of N.C. Central
(59.2%) and 6-7 forward Rashad Hassan of Savannah
State (59.1%) are 10th and llth in field goal percentage.
Delaware State senior guard Jay Threatt is fourth in

Fort Valley
Albany State
Clark Atlanta
Kentucky State

Marcus Goode, 6-10, Jr., C, BENEDICT Averaged
30 points, 13 rebounds. 3 blocks, 1 5 steals and 1
assist in two games. Got 38 points with 13 rebounds
in win over Miles Leads SIAC in scoring (22 8) and
rebounding (11.5). Fifth in nation in scoring, third
in rebounding
Kedric Taylor, 6-0, Fr., G, PAINE Averaged 13.3
points, 106 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 3 steals in 2-1
week. Leads all SIAC freshmen in scoring (12 5),
rebounding (6.5)

steals (2.8) while Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior Savalance
Townsend is tenth (2.5).

Lincoln (Mo.), St. Augustine's high on

preseason indoor track ranking
The men's team at Lincoln University of Missouri is the
preseason No. 1 NCAADivision II indoor team in the country,
according to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country
Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national team computer
rankings, released on Jan. 17. Additionally, Lincoln's women's
team, which finished last season as the national runner-up,
begins this season ranked No. 2 in the USTFCCCA women's
Saint Augustine's men were ranked second and their
women's team placed 14th. Johnson C. Smith's men came
in at No. 14 while their women's team was ranked No. 9 in
the preseason poll.
The Lincoln Blue Tiger men, coming off a third-place
finish at the 2011 NCAA Division II national championships,
received 176.25 points in this season's initial computer rank-
ings. Lincoln returns six runners who scored points at last year's
NCAA Division II Men's Indoor National Championships,
including Terrel Cotton, the defending 200-meter champion.
Romel Lewis currently has the country's best time in the 60-
meter dash this season, clocking in at 6.67 on Dec. 9.
St. Aug's Falcons are led by senior Christopher Copeland
(Suffolk, Va.), who leaped 7-1 at the CNU Holiday Classic in
December 2011.Other Falcons who have provisionally qualified
are junior Ramaan Ansley (60 Dash /6.84), junior Gerkenz
Senesca (60 Hurdles/8.02), senior Jason Boyd (Waycross,
Ga./60 Hurdles/8.03) and sophomore Eddie Shelton (Deltona,
Fla./high jump/6-1 ).
On the women's side, among the key returnees for the Blue
Tigers are Judith Riley, the defending national champion in
the 60-meter dash and the national runner-up in the 200-meter
dash, and Michelle Cumberbatch and Yanique Haye, who
helped the 4x400 relay team to a national championship. St.
Aug sophomore Nicketa Bernard (Westmoreland, Jamaica)
has provisionally qualified in the 400 dash in 57.74. The Saint
Augustine's College track and field programs are led by veteran
Head Coach George Williams has won 31 NCAA Division II
indoor and outdoor titles combined.
Both Lincoln indoor track and field teams are coached by
Victor Thomas, who is in his 11th season. Lennox Graham
is in his fifth season as head coach at J. C. Smith
NEXT WEEK: Ladies Stats.

Miss. Valley St. 7 0 8 11
#Southern 6 2 10 11
Texas Southern 5 2 6 13
Alabama State 4 3 7 12
Prairie ViewA&M 4 3 8 12
Jackson State 3 4 5 14
# Grambling State 2 5 2 15
AlabamaA&M 2 5 4 12
Alcom State 2 6 5 15
Ark. Pine Bluff 1 4 2 16
e Ineligible for SWAC Tournament
Cor-J Cox, 6-5, Sr., G, MISS. VALLEY STATE Had team-
highs of26 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assistsand 1 steal in81-57
win over Prairie View Satuday. Came back to get7 points and
6 rebounds in OTwin vs. Texas Southern Monday Averaged
16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds in the two wins
Derick Beltran, 6-4, Jr., G, SOUTHERN Averaged 17 5
points and 5 5 rebounds in two big wins for the Jags Had
18 points and 5 rebounds in win over Alabama A&M and 17
points, 6 rebounds in win over Alabama State.

Eliz. City State @ Chowan Living-
stone @ Shaw
Tuskegee @ Lane
Miles @ Albany State
Clark Atlanta @ Morehouse
LeMoyne-Owen @ Fort Valley State
Claflin @ Benedict
Stillman @ Kentucky State
WSSU @ St.Augustine's
Livingstone @ Morris
Virginia State @ Eliz. CityState
Fayetteville State @ J. C. Smith
Bowie State @ Lincoln
Chowan @ Virginia Union
Coppin State @ Hampton
Howard @ Savannah State
Delaware State @ NC Central
Morgan State @ Norfolk State
B-Cookman @ Florida A&M
Morehouse @ Albany State
Paine @ Stillman
Kentucky State @ Central State
Miles @ Claflin
Benedict @ Tuskegee
Clark Atlanta @ Fort Valley State
Alcorn State @ Southern
Jackson State @ Miss. Valley State
Prairie View @ Alabama State
Texas Southern @ Alabama A&M
Grambling State @ Ark. Pine Bluff
WSSU @ JC Smith
Bowie State @ Virginia State
Livinstone @ St. Augustine's
Virginia Union @ Lincoln
Fayetteville State @ Shaw
Howard @ SC State
UMES @ NC Central
Morgan State @ Hampton
Delaware State @ NC A&T
Coppin State @ Norfolk State
Benedict @ Stillman
Paine @ Tuskegee
Prairie View @Alabama A&M
Texas Southern @ Alabama State
Jackson State @ Ark. Pine Bluff
Grambling State @ Miss. Valley St.
Trinity Baptist @ Savannah State
Lane @ Claflin
Morehouse @ Fort Valley State
Albany State @ Clark Atlanta




1. NORFOLK STATE (15-5, 7-0) Spartans on eight-game win streak, undefeated
in conference play. KEY PLAYER(S): Three double-figure scorers Chris McEachin
(12.9 ppg.), Pendarvis Williams (12.3 ppg.) led by senior center Kyle O'Quinn's
double-double (15.8 ppg., 10.4 rpg.) NEXT: Hosts Morgan State (Sat.) and Coppin
State (Mon.)
2. MISS. VALLEY STATE (8-11, 7-0 SWAC) Delta Devils have won seven SWAC
games in a row after playing tough in 12 non-conference games. KEY PLAYER(S):
Senior-dominated squad with three double-figure scorers led by Terrence Joyner
(14.1 ppg.). NEXT: Hosts Jackson State (Sat.) and Grambling State (Mon.)
3. SHAW (15-2, 6-0 CIAA) Bears undefeated in CIAA and have beaten the two
teams that beat WSSU (Eckerd and Tampa). Up to 23rd in latest NABC Div. II poll.
KEY PLAYER(S): Guards MalikAlvin (20.2 ppg.) and Tony Smith (9.7 ppg., 6.7 apg.)
and center Junious Chaney (12.7 ppg., 6.4 rpg.) NEXT: Hosts Livingstone Thur. and
Fayetteville State Mon.
4. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (14-2,7-0 CIAA)- Rams keeping pace with Shaw behind
balanced squad. KEY PLAYER(S): Justin Glover (14.9 ppg.) and freshman Wykevin
Bazemore (10.1 ppg., 7.5 rpg.). NEXT: At St. Aug's Sat., at JC Smith (Mon.).
5. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (9-12,6-1 MEAC) Surprising Wildcats underActing Head
Coach Gravelle Craig are second in MEAC despite losing 2011 Player and Coach
of the Year (Cliff and CJ Reed). KEY PLAYER(S): Four double-figure scorers led
by Kevin Dukes (10.7 ppg.) NEXT: Hosts Florida A&M Monday

6. BOWIE STATE (13-3, 6-2 CIAA) Bulldogs still nationally-ranked (21st) despite
dropping games on the road to WSSU and Shaw. KEY PLAYER(S): Terrific backcourt
trio of Darren Clark (16.5), Byron Westmoreland (15.6) and Jay Gavin (15.4). NEXT:
At Lincoln (Sat.) and at Va. State (Mon.).
7. SAVANNAH STATE (10-10, 5-2 MEAC) Horace Broadnax's troops, in first year
of MEAC eligibility, have only lost to conference leaders Norfolk State and B-Cook-
man. KEY PLAYER(S): Rashad Hassan (12.5 ppg.), Deric Rudolph (9.9 ppg.). NEXT:
Hosting Howard (Sat.) and Trinity Baptist (Tues.).
8. TEXAS SOUTHERN (6-13, 5-2 SWAC) Tony Harvey's troops lost in OT to Miss.
Valley State Monday. Previously lost on road at Jackson State. KEY PLAYER(S):
Omar Strong (11.2 ppg.), Lawrence Danner-Johnson (8.3 ppg.). NEXT: At Alabama
A&M (Sat.) and at Alabama State (Mon.).
9. SOUTHERN (10-11, 6-2 SWAC) Despite being ineligible for SWAC and NCAA
Tourneys, Jags have made big strides under new coach Roman Banks. In second
place in SWAC. KEY PLAYER(S): PG Jameel Grace (9.5 ppg., 4.9 apg.), PF Quin-
ton Doggett (11.8 ppg., 7.5 rpg.), swingman Derick Beltran (12.1 ppg.). NEXT: Hosts
Alcorn State Sat.
10. BENEDICT (8-4, 7-3 SIAC) Tigers tied with Tuskegee atop a tight SIAC race.
KEY PLAYER(S): 6-10 center Marcus'Goode (22.8 ppg., 11.5 rpg.) one of only two
black college players averaging a double-double, NEXT: At Tuskegee Sat., at Still-
man Mon.

201-20LA K OL EG B SK TB LL(Wme'sStndns andWeely- onos t 1/3/2

Eliz. CityState 2 0 5 3 11 7
BowieState 1 1 2 6 2 13
Lincoln 1 1 1 7 5 14
Virginia Union 0 0 2 4 5 9
VirginiaState 0 0 1 3 9 7
Chowan 0 2 2 6 7 11
W-Salem State 1 0 7 0 12 5
Shaw 1 0 7 0 11 5
J.C. Smith 1 0 6 0 12 3
St. Augustine's 0 1 5 2 10 7
Livingstone 0 1 2 5 6 12
Fayetteville State 0 1 1 5 7 8
PLAYER Keyona Bryant, 6-1, Sr., C, ST. AUG'S Aver
aged 21 7 points, 13 rebounds in three games Had 12 and
19 rebounds vs Chowan 22 and 13 boards vs ECSU, 22
and 8 vs. Shaw
NEWCOMER Sequoyah Griffin, 5-9, Jr., G, SHAW -Aver-
aged 12 points In three wins
COACH- Stephen Joyner,Jr., WSSU- Had parowins, now
has n ne-game win streak and is perfect 7-0 in CIAA.

Hampton 7 0 15 3
FloridaA&M 7 0 14 5
Howard 5 2 13 7
CoppinState 5 2 10 10
Md.-Eastern Shore 3 2 5 11
Norfolk State 3 4 8 10
South Carolina State 3 4 8 10
Bethune-Cookman 3 4 6 13
N.CarolinaA&T 2 4 7 12
Morgan State 2 4 5 14
Savannah State 2 5 7 11
Delaware State 0 5 3 15
NC Central 0 6 2 17
PLAYER Jericka Jenkins, 5-4, Sr., G, HAMPTON
- Averaged 14 0 points, 14 5 assists n 2-0 week Had 16
pts. 12 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals vs Morgan State. 12
pts, 17 assists in win over Norfolk State
ROOKIE-TiffanieAdair, 5-11,So., F, NCA&T- Had 20 pts
9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks in win over MSU
DEFENSE Ariel Phelps, 5-11, Jr., F, HAMPTON 16
boards. 5 blocks. 4 steals in 2-0 week Also 38 points
Antonia Bennett, 6-1, Sr., F, FAMU -16 boards blocks
4 steals in 2-0 week Also had 38 points

Fort ValleyState 10 2 12 4
Benedict 8 2 9 3
Stillman 7 2 9 4
Tuskegee 6 3 9 4
Miles 7 4 9 6
Albany Stale 6 5 6 9
Kentucky State 6 6 6 8
LeMoyne-Owen 5 7 6 8
Clark Atlanta 4 7 4 10
Claflin 4 9 4 10
Paine 3 8 3 12
Lane 0 11 0 12

LaQuisha Lewis, 6-0, Sr., C, CLARK ATLANTA- Aver-
aged 10 3 points 10 6 rebounds.5 blocks. 1 steal in three
games Had 7 blocks vs Tuskegee Now second in the
SIAC in rebounds (10 1) and blocks (3 3)
Courtney English.Jr.. F, MILES -Averageddouble-double
of 13 points and 10 6 rebounds in threegames Also aver-
aged 2 6 steals and 2 0 assists in 2-1 week

Southern 6 2 7 8
Alcom State 6 2 8 12
Miss. Valley St. 5 2 8 10
Prairie ViewA&M 4 3 7 11
Jackson State 4 3 7 9
Alabama A&M 3 4 8 9
Alabama State 3 4 6 10
Grambling State 3 4 7 10
Texas Southern 2 5 3 14
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 7 0 18
Kiara Ruffin, 5-1, Sr., G, ALCORN STATE Averaged
12 0 points and 6 5 rebounds in two keywins. Had 9 points
and 8 rebounds in win over Alabama A&M, 15 points and
5 rebounds in win over Alabama State.
Kendra Coleman, 5-7, Fr., G, SOUTHERN Averaged
200 points in two victories. Had 19 points, 3 rebounds
and 2 assists in win overAlabama State Had 21 points, 3
rebounds and 3 assists in win over Alabama A&M

AZEEZ Communications. Inc. Vol. XVIII, No. 26

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Sons of Allen of St. Paul Presents CFIGC Refreshing

"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
The Sons of Allen of Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church will
present, "Guess who's coming to Dinner," a gospel stage play, Saturday,
January 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. The doors open at 5 p.m.for the special pro-
duction that will take place at The Garden Club of Jacksonville, located at
1005 Riverside Avenue. The donation for this event is $45.00 and dinner
will be served. Call 764-2755 for more tickets or more information.

Greater Macedonia Baptist Church to
Celebrate Pastors 36th Anniversary
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will celebrate the 36th Anniversary
Celebration of Dr. Landon Williams Sr. February 12th & February 19,
2012. The Special Anniversary Worship Service on Sunday February 12,
2012 at 4 p.m. will feature spoken word by Bishop Virgil Jones of
Philippian Community Church. The guest churches are Mt. Bethel
Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Dr. Robert Herring and Mt. Vemon
Baptist Church, Pastor Kelly Brown. On Sunday February 19th at 4 p.m.,
the spoken word will be given by Dr. John Guns of St. Paul Missionary
Baptist Church. Guest churches are First Missionary Baptist Church of
Jacksonville Beach, New Jerusalem Baptist Church and Springhill
Missionary Baptist Church. All services will be held at Greater Macedonia
Baptist Church 1880 W. Edgewood Ave.
For more information please contact the Church at 764-9257.

Family and Friends Day at Mt. Zion
Historic Mount Zion AME Church will have their Annual Family and
Friends Day Celebration on Sunday, January 29, 2012. The Theme for the
Celebration is "Family and Friends Praising and Celebrating God
Together". This special Sunday morning service will begin with Church
School at 8:30 a.m. and Worship Service at 10 a.m. The church is located
at 201 E. Beaver Street. Reverend Pearce Ewing, Sr., Pastor. For more
information, call 576-4423.

NOTICE: Church news is published free of charge.
Information must be received in the Free Press offices no
later than Monday, at 5 p.m. of the week you want it to
run. Information received prior to the event date will be
printed on a space available basis until the date. Fax e-
mail to 765-3803 or e-mail to

Women Push TV Ministry
CFIGC Refreshing Women/Push TV Ministry will present their Annual
Brunch/Luncheon on Saturday February 18, 2012 at St. Matthews
Lutheran Church Auditorium, located at 6801 Merrill Rd. Jacksonville,
Florida, from 9 a.m. 1:30 p.m. From more information call 220-6400.

Football Trivia Event Designed to

Help Men Fight Prostate Cancer
You've always been the guy who won the football trivia contests. Your
depth of knowledge goes back to the days before Broadway Joe and you
can quote every coach's motivational speech back to 1959. Now St.
Vincent's HealthCare and The Mary Virginia Terry Cancer Center are giv-
ing you the chance to show your football trivia knowledge in the Know
Your Stats about Prostate Cancer event.
Know Your Stats will feature food, trivia fun and prizes for the top three
teams, as well as the chance to learn about some new numbers those asso-
ciated with prostate cancer. This free event will be the evening of February
2, 2012 at Season's 52 located at 5096 Big Island Drive in St. John's Town
Center. Check-in is at 5:30p.m. with the festivities slated for 6 to 8p.m.
Bring your buddies so you can have the winning football trivia team. All
guests will receive a gift bag with vital health information and information.
All men over 40 should talk with their doctors about their PSA (prostate-
specific antigen) score and get regular physical exams. Know Your Stats
will highlight what men should do to maintain their health regarding
prostate cancer. Call 308-6155 to register today or visit
St. Vincent's HealthCare includes St. Vincent's Medical Center Riverside,
St. Vincent's Medical Center Southside, St. Catherine Laboure Manor, and
St. Vincent's Primary Care.

Will Hip Hop Gel
"Will Hip Hop Get You To Heaven?"
will be held Saturday January 28th
from 10 a.m 3 p.m. The event will
include a discussion on relationship
building, food and entertainment. The
event will be held at Greater Grant
Memorial AME Church, 5533
Gilchrist Road. Rev. F.D. Richardson,
Jr. Pastor: For further info call 764-

Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

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.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM


t You to Heaven?
a program for Teens & Young Adults

Black Churc

by Dr. Ben Chavis
One of my favorite mentors and
colleagues in the Civil Rights
Movement continues to be The
Reverend Dr. C. T. Vivian.
Whenever I am asked to question,
the movement? I always first quote
Dr. Vivian who once affirmed, "The
movement is about moving people.
If people do not become active
and move, then there is no move-
ment. The Civil Rights Movement is
about the organizing mobilizing and
the movement of people forward to
fulfill the Civil rights agenda in our
lifetime. Thus this is about getting
people to move in the present to
affect the future really of freedom,
justice and equality for all.
It is important here to note that the
Black Church in America has
always been and continues to be the
black bone, of the historical move-
ment s for change across the nation.
Such was the case in the heart of the
Civil Rights Movement of the
1950's and the 1960's. The
"Movement" was in a sense a par-
ticipatory for people of faith to live
out and express their faith in the
God of justice and liberation. In a
paraphrase of the eloquent words of
renowned theologian Dr. James H.
Cone, the God of the oppressed
calls for people of faith to take
action to liberate humanity from all
forms of oppression.
As we witness today the steady
growth and expansion of the
Occupy Movement for economic

Sunday School
9 a.m.
Morning Worship
10 a.m.
Lord's Supper
Second Sunday
3:00 p.m.
Evening Worship
Every 3rd & 4th
4 :00 p.m.

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and power!

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

Lay Sunday at Greater Grant
Greater Grant Memorial A.M.E. Church located at 5533 Gilchrist Road,
where Rev. Frederick D. Richardson is pastor, has invited the Rev. Alton
Center, Pastor of New Bethlehem A.M.E. Church of Alpine, Fl. along with
his choir to be the guest speaker for their 10 a.m. service Sunday, January
29, 2012.
Rev. Center a young and upcoming minister whose soul interest is to
reach the lost so that none will be lost or in need, whether they are young
or elderly. He has facilitated many motivational workshops out the
Eleventh Episcopal District. In 2004 Rev Center received a Bachelor
degree in Business Administration for Edward Waters College. Prior to
becoming a minister he serviced as Episcopal Youth President among the
soloist will be Pheobe Walker-Fennel. Destiny Walker a youth Lay person
is the worship Leader.

Contestants sought
for Miss Jacksonville
Contestants are being sought for the Miss Jacksonville USA and Miss
Jacksonville Teen USA pageant Feb. 25-26 at Florida State College at
Jacksonville South Campus. Interested contestants have until Friday, Feb.
10, to register for the event. The entry fee is $400 per person. Contestants
for the Miss Teen pageant must be 14 to 17 by Feb 1, 2013. For informa-
tion is available at www.

Disciples of Christ Night of Release
Disciples of Christ Christian Fellowship will be having a Night of
Releasing service on Friday February 3rd at 7 p.m. If you need to release
something in your life this is a service that you do not want to miss. Dr.
Robert Le Count, Jr. is Pastor. The church is located at 2061 Edgewood
Ave. W. Jacksonville, Fl. 32208 For more information call the church at
765-5683 or email:

ch Revives the Movement

justice and equality in many cities
throughout the United States, it is
very encouraging to see young and
senior Black church leaders step
forward to provide strategic vision
and prophetic leadership for Occupy
the Dream as an important rising
constituent of Occupy Wall Street.
In a glaring socioeconomic contra-
diction the inequities and inequali-
ties, between 1% of people who
control the wealth of the nation ver-
sus 99% of people who are increas-
ingly being challenged with eco-
nomic hardship and injustice, it is a
sign of the times in which we live to
witness a divers coalition of protec-
tors jell into a national transforma-
tive movement for economic and
social justice. Occupy Wall Street
transcends race, ethnicity, and class
statue, and other social divisions in
our society.
Many see the emergence of what
Dr. King predicted would eventual-
ly happen: the building of the build-
ing of the "beloved community" of
equality, empowerment and justice
for all. Black church leaders are
proactively responding to help
revive the movement in the spirit
and living legacy of the dream of
the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. Dr. King's dream of equal-
ity for all was also focused on the
questions of economic justice and
equity. Occupy the Dream is the
revitalization of the civil Rights
movement. It is a national revival.
The dignity of the individual will

flourish when the decisions con-
ceming his life are in his own hands,
when he has the assurance that his
income is stable and certain, and
when he knows that he has the
means to seek self improvement,
Months later Dr. King and SCLC
would issue a national call for the
Poor People Campaign for justice
and equality to occupy Washington,
DC in 1968. 202 will be a test for
the United States. It is to renew of
struggle for freedom, justice equali-
ty and empowerment.
There will be a political test in
team of how millions of people will
vote for the future. There will also
be an economic test between the
99% and the 1% on the issues of
economic equality. The Black
church has responded to the moral
challenge to join with Dream on
January 16, 2012 will gather church
members other committed people
in a nonviolent protest at Federal
Reserve Bank to challenge the pre-
vailing economic inequalities that
have become so commonplace for
most Americans. It's revival time. It
is time to occupy Dr. King's dream.
We are grateful of Dr. Carroll A.
Baltimore, Bishop Millicent Hunter
and numerous other Black Church
leaders for standing up and helping
to lead Occupy the Dream. Dr.
Benjamin Chavis is National
Director of Occupy the Dream
President of Education Online Service
Corporation and CEO of the Hip-Hop
SummitAction Network (HSAN).

Disciples of Christ Cbristiar) Fellowship
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215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

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Ahmad Corbitt, the stake president of Mormon churches in
southern New Jersey, works in his public affairs office.
A new beginning: Blacks giving the

Mormon Church a second look

Angela Carson used to jump up
and frequently yell "Hallelujah!" in
church. Now, she sits in the middle
pew and sings quietly, with a softer,
gentler demeanor.
Carson, a 28-year-old black
woman, left her Baptist church in
New York last year feeling unin-
spired and removed from the con-
gregation. She visited many tradi-
tional black churches, but she found
her new home with the Harlem
branch of the Mormon church.
The religious pillars of service and
community outreach appealed to
Carson, but so did something that
may surprise many blacks: the
commitment to diversity she saw at
the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints.
"I was approached by two younger
African-American Mormon mis-
sionaries, and it made me think
about the church in a different
way," she said. "So many people
have asked me why I joined a racist
religion, which makes me sad that
people would think this faith teach-
es hate."
Carson and other blacks who have
left churches long associated with
their communities, such as the
Baptist and the African Methodist
Episcopal congregations, say they
often find cultural resistance from
their families and friends who may
be skeptical of how the Mormon
church can minister to a black

"I remember my dad telling me
that if I joined the church, I would
have a hard time finding an
African-American husband,"
Carson said. "I thought about mar-
riage prospects, but I date all kinds
of men, so it wasn't an issue."
There are roughly 13 million
Mormons worldwide, and about
half of those live in the United
States, according to figures fre-
quently cited by the church, which
doesn't record members' racial or
ethnic background.
However, about 3 percent of the
Mormon Church in America is
black, and less than 0.5 percent of
black Americans are Mormon,
according to a survey in 2007 by
the Pew Forum on Religion and
Public Policy. That would translate
to slightly less than 200,000 black
Mormons in America ---- a huge
increase from the 5,000 to 10,000
estimated by many experts at the
turn of the century.
The growth of Mormonism among
blacks is commonly tied to two
In 1978, the church abolished a
long-standing practice that kept
black men from seeking priest-
hoods and black women from par-
ticipating in temple ceremonies. In
2006, Mormon president Gordon B.
Hinckley publicly declared the faith
open to all people. Contd. on p. 11

New Film Tries to Answer the Question: Why our

Churches are Filled with so Many Single Women

by Soul Stirrings
New movie tries to find the
SOULMATE IS an award-win-
ning documentary examining why
the church is full of single black
Christian women. The film is caus-
ing a storm in black Christian cir-
cles. Soul Stirrings talks to writer,
producer and director Andrea
Wiley, who has worked on classic
US comedies like The Prince of Bel
Air and The Parkers.
(SS): What made you decide to
make Soulmate and how long did it
take you?
Andrea Wiley (AW): After I read
The Purpose Driven Life, God sent
me down a path of becoming more
intimately acquainted with Him and
His purpose for my life. While
working on a sitcom, I could clear-
ly hear Him ask, 'How will you use
the gifts I have given you for My
glory?' I left my position as a
Hollywood sitcom writer that day.
A few weeks later, a single girl-
friend told me she was going to
freeze her eggs and pick a man with
whom to have a baby. My heart
went out to her and all my single
girlfriends and I began making
Soulmate a few weeks later.
Soulmate took just under two years
to make from start to finish.
(SS): What key message were
you trying to convey through

Director Andrea Wiley

(AW): I wanted to reveal who our
true soul mate is. Our goal in life
should be to get to know Him inti-
mately. He is our one true soul
mate. Any love we receive on top of
His unconditional love is just icing
on the cake!

(SS): What in your view were
the most touching parts of your F
(AW): The most touching
parts of the film for me were dis- ."
covering that a black child had a
better chance of growing up in a
house with a married mother
and father during slavery than
today, that 70 per cent of black
children are born to single moth-
ers, and realizing how many
people live their entire lives
without ever knowing their pur-
pose. These tragic truths speak
to the break down of the family,
which is the foundation of soci-
SS): How have people been
responding to the DVD when it has
been screened?
(AW): The response has been
simply overwhelming. There have
been tears, laughter, revelations and
lots of hugs. I give God all the glory
for touching hearts, changing minds
and transforming lives through
(SS): Do you feel the church's
role is to help people find partners?
(AW): No, I do not. I believe that
the role of the church is to guide
people to have an intimate relation-
ship with God through Jesus Christ.
The church should teach people
how to read the Bible, which is
God's instruction manual for life.
The church should help train people
to live lives that bring glory and
honour to God.
(SS): What role should the church
play in helping women deal with
their singleness, longing for mar-
riage and children?
(AW): In 1 Corinthians 7:34,
scripture says that the unmarried
woman cares about the things of the
Lord, that she may be holy both in
body and in spirit. I don't think that
single women are taught that sin-
gleness is a gift. What an honour to
dedicate your season of singleness
to caring for the things of God.
Instead, many women are desper-
ate, bitter and angry at God because
He hasn't brought them their hus-


The film examines Black women's spiritual connectedness to the church.
The church needs to teach all cal clock. You could end up making
people that God is not here to serve a decision that you will regret fi
us, we are here to serve Him and it the rest of your life.
should be our goal to please Him. Get to know God during this tin
The other role the church should and understand that singleness is
play is helping to prepare women gift. You can serve God unhindered
for marriage and motherhood, by the demands of a spouse an
because single women are not pre- children, and believe me once yo
pared or equipped. They are not are married with children, your tin
taught properly about the founda- is no longer your own.
tional virtues of humility, servant- Learn about what it takes to be
hood and submission, and as a good wife in Proverbs 31,
result many marriages end disas- Corinthians 13 and Ephesians 5:2
trously. Being a godly wife entails serving
(SS): Are you working on any sacrificing and submitting to yo
other Christian documentary/pro- husband. If this is not appealing
grammes? you, you are not ready to be a wif
(AW): Our next film, God will- (SS): We can't forget about tl
ing, will be a documentary about brothers. What message do yo
black men in America. have for those wanting a soul mat
(SS): How long have you been a (AW): It is the same message
Christian, and how does your faith have for women. Remain right
impact the kind of work you do? related to God and He will dire
(AW): I have been a Christian for your steps. When we have an in
24 years. My faith drives my life. mate relationship with our Creat(
This relationship informs the work I we are not desperate or fretful. Go
do and the choices I make in every fills all the empty places and allo
area of life, not just work. It is my us to move through life with grac
desire to be a living, breathing ease and love. That is quite appei
extension of Christ in this world. ing to the opposite sex.
(SS): What message do you have Spend quiet time with God aj
for single Christian women still meditate in His Word, daily. Allow
looking for their soul mate? His still small voice to reveal H
(AW): Trust God. The sovereign purpose for your life and who I
God of the universe knows exactly wants you to spend the rest of yo
what is best for you. Don't try to life with.
make things happen because of Visit f
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Weird Health Trips That Really Work

While consulting with a doctor is
always a very good idea, there are a
few strange-but-true remedies you
can also try:
Disinfect a Wound with Honey
No Neosporin in the house? Dab
the cut with honey before covering
it with a bandage. Honey has pow-
erful antibacterial properties. A
study in the Archives of Surgery
found that honey is capable of
destroying almost all strains of the
most common wound-infecting
Stop Bleeding
Next time you nick yourself in
the kitchen, reach for the black pep-
per, says Roberta Lee, M.D., vice
chair of the department of integra-
tive medicine at the Beth Israel
Medical Center. Run cold water
over the wound to clean it, using
soap if you were handling meat.
Then sprinkle on the pepper and
apply pressure. In no time, the
bleeding will stop. Turns out, black
pepper has analgesic, antibacterial,
and antiseptic properties. And don't
worry it won't sting.

Massage Away
Nicotine Cravings
If you're a smoker who's trying
to quit, try this next time a craving
hits: Rub the skin between your
index fingers and thumbs and the
center of your palms. A study found
that men using this technique
smoked 25 percent fewer cigarettes
in a month than 10 quitters who
used traditional distraction methods
such as chewing gum. The quick
self-massage evidently calms you
and keeps your hands busy.
See Your Tailor About
Your Back Pain
If you have an aching back, it
may be because one of your legs is
shorter than the other, says Steven
McCaw, Ph.D., a researcher at
Illinois State University. Even a
slight imbalance can cause the
spine to curve to the short side
when you walk or run. Eventually,
the bend puts painful pressure on
disks. Most people can't tell if their
legs are different lengths, but a tai-
lor can. Ask one for a quick meas-
urement. If he finds an imbalance,

correct the problem with a thera-
peutic, Dr. Scholl-type insert or see
a podiatrist for a custom orthotic.
Break a High Fever Faster
With Your Underarms
Anything up to 1020F is mild and
can be treated by drinking plenty of
fluids. But to quickly bring down a
reading above that, put an ice pack
under your arm or near your groin.
Icing either spot will cool your
body's core. It's uncomfortable, but
it works fast. Then see a doctor.
Prevent Claustrophobia
with Fruit
If you get nervous in small spaces
such as subways, elevators, and that
closet of an office they stuck you in,
visit your local fruit stand. A sniff
of green apple may help relieve
claustrophobic sensations, says Dr.
Alan Hirsch, M.D., director of the
Smell & Taste Treatment and
Research Foundation. Carry one
with you. Also, if you're selling
your house, placing a basket of
fresh green apples on the table may
make potential buyers perceive the
house as larger.

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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene

Jax Honors Aviator
Bessie Coleman
Jacksonville will celebrate and
honor the legacy of Bessie
Coleman, the first African
American female pilot to fly over
American soil with a reception at
the Ritz Theatre LaVilla Museum at
6: p.m. on Friday, January 27th.
The celebration will continue on
Saturday, the 28th at 11 a.m., at
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.
For more information contact
Nancy Lawrence at (386) 226-

Rendezvous opening
at American Beach
The American Beach Property
Owners Assoc, Inc., will presents
the Evans Rendezvous Renovation
Part I Celebration, 12:00 Noon,
Saturday, January 28th, on Gregg
& Lewis Streets, American Beach,
FL at Evans on the Beach. Join the
historic community for the celebra-
tion with a Jazz Band and refresh-
ments. For more information call
Events Planner at (904) 261-7906.

Ribault Class of '78
travels to Atlanta
Come join the Ribault High
School Class of 1978 as they pre-
pare to come together for the Honda
Battle Of The Bands at the Georgia
Dome in Atlanta, Georgia,
Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 3:00
p.m. For more information on the
trip, call 410-9603 or email

Tyler Perry's New Play
Tyler Perry, has assembled an all-
new cast of performers "The Haves
and The Have Nots." The play
arrives at the Times-Union Center
Moran Theater, Wednesday,
February 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. For
tickets, call 353-3309.

Reclaiming Young
Black Males
Gerard Robinson, Education
Commissioner, with the Florida
Department of Education will be
the Keynote Speaker for the 2012
Urban Education Symposium 4:
Reclaiming Young Black Males for
Jacksonville's Future, Saturday,
February 4th at 7:30 a.m.,
Jacksonville Main Library. For
additional information, call 766-
6553 or email

Free Heath Fair
The Foundation Academy and
H.E.R.O.E.S. scholarships wil pres-
ent a Free Community Health Fair,
Saturday, February 4th from 9-11
a.m., 3675 San Pablo Rd. The fair
will include a blood drive, health
screenings, fire safety, life-insur-
ance options, scholarship screen-
ings, activities, giveaways, free
food, and gift bags to all partici-
pants. For more information contact
Maro Trendel at 207-8819.

Ritz Jazz Jamm
Enjoy the Ritz Jazz Jamm with
Soulful Night of Keys featuring
Lonnie Liston Smith, Brian
Jackson, and Mark Adams,

Saturday, February 4th for two
shows at 7 and 10 p.m. For tickets
call 632-5555.

Battle of the Bands
The Band Booster Association of
Raines High School is preparing for
their 3rd annual "Battle of the
Beats" drum line competition. It
will take place Saturday, February
4th at 3 p.m. in the Raines High
School Gymnasium, 3663 Raines
Avenue. For more information,
contact KuRonde' Washington
(904) 924-3049 ext. 199 or visit
or email,.

Mayor's Business
Come attend Mayor Alvin Browns
Business Builder, Tuesday,
February 7th, 11 a.m., at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center. This
program is designed to help small
business gain a deeper understand-
ing of what it takes to succeed and
connect entrepreneurs with capital
and credit. Enrollment is free, reg-
istration is required. Visit or call 630-CITY.

"Seize the Date" Single
Lawyer Auction
Tickets are now on sale for the
Carpe Circa "SEIZE THE DATE"
Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction
hosted by the Jacksonville Women
Lawyers Association (JWLA). The
event will take place on February
9, 2012 at The River Club. The
Bachelor and Bachelorettes will be

single local attorneys. For more
information, contact Christa
Figgins at 356-8371, ext. 316.

Christian Comedy
The Clean Kings of Comedy, fea-
turing comedians Albert
"Funnybone" Harris, Cousin
Wayne, A.J. and K. Webb will bring
a night of rated PG comedy,
Saturday, February 11th at 7 p.m.
at the Times Union Center for
Performance Arts. For more infor-
mation call 633-6110.

P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
The next P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
meeting will be held, Saturday,
February 11th at 3 the
Main Library (Downtown), 303 N.
Laura Street, Rm G-4, Jacksonville,
FL 32202. The Book for discussion
is "Beneath the Surface" by Roy
Glenn. For more details contact
Romona Baker (904) 384-3939 or
Felice Franklin at (904) 703-3428.

Gladys Knight
on Stage!
Gladys Knight has long been one
of the greatest! Come hear the
seven-time Grammy winner,
Saturday, February 18th at 8 p.m.
at the Florida Theater. For tickets
visit or call
(904) 355-2787.

Blues Brothers Revue
The Official Blues Brothers
Revue, a live concert show that
combines the comedy and hit songs

from the original 1980 hit film will
be performed at the Times Union
Center, Monday, February 23rd at
7:30 p.m. For more information
call 633-6110 or visit www.ticktet-

BCU Leadership
The Duval/Nassau Alumni
Chapter of Bethune Cookman
University will host its annual Dr.
Mary McLeod Bethune Community
Leadership Breakfast, at Airport
Crown Plaza, on February 25th,
at 9 a.m. The theme is "Enter to
Learn and Depart to Serve". Email or call
at (904) 307.8492 for more info.

Alvin Ailey
The Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theatre will be in town Tuesday,
February 28th at the Times Union
Center of Performing Arts. The
dancers turn every movement
onstage into a testament to living.
For more information visit or call
(904) 632-3373.

UniverSoul Circus
The UniverSoul Circus will return
to Jacksonville February 28-
March 4th. The big top tent will be
headquartered by the Prime
Osborne Convention Center. For
more information, contact
Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters will
bring their 2012 World Tour to
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial
Arena on Friday March 2, 2012, at
7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets visit or by phone
at (800) 745-3000 or email ccas-

Michael Jackson Tour
by Cirque du Soleil
The Michael Jackson Immortal
World Tour by Cirque du Soleil
will give fans a unique view into the
spirit, passion and heart of the artis-
tic genius who forever transformed
global pop culture. The show hits
the Veterans Memorial Arena
Wednesday, March 7 & 8th at 8
p.m. For tickets, call 630-3900 or

Stanton Class of 1963 now meeting
New Stanton Sr. High School Class of 1963 will meet the third Sunday of
each month to prepare for their 50th class reunion in the year 2013. The
meetings will be held at the Highlands Branch Library, 1826 Dunn
Avenue, 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Contact Gracie Smith Foreman or call (904)
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located at the WinnDixie on Moncrief and Soutel.
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B Denzel's Historic Night, 'Help' Stars Could Win Big

"Red Tails" First Premiered to Tuskegee Airmen
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (shown above) greeted Tuskegee Airmen prior to a
movie screening of "Red Tails" in the Family Theater of the White House. The action motion picture opened
around the nation last Friday and stars Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr.
It tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in the segregated armed forces during World War II. In
addition to having an all-Black cast, the movie was directed by Black director Anthony Hemingway. Filmmaker
George Lucas (Star Wars creator) said he spent his own money to the tune of $60 million and 23 years making
the film, after he was unable to get Hollywood interested in the story line and provide funding for the movie.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, "Red Tails" brought in $19.1 million for a solid number 2 placing at
the box office in its opening weekend. The film finished closely behind "Underworld Awakening" which took
in $25.4 million. Producer George Lucas spent 20 years pursuing the project that chronicled one of the many sto-
ried experiences of Tuskegee Airmen. Lucas revealed he couldn't get any studio to finance the film because of
the storyline and the all-black cast. He finally decided to put up the money himself- which cost him $58 million
on the production budget and another $35 in distribution costs.

by Adam Howard
The 74th Academy Awards in
2002 were arguably the 'blackest'
Oscar ceremony in Hollywood his-
tory. Whoopi Goldberg hosted for
the fourth time. Sidney Poitier
received a lifetime achievement
honor, Denzel Washington became
the first black performer to win best
actor since Poitier and, most
poignantly, Halle Berry became the
first (and so far, only) African-
American woman to win best
actress for her role in Monster's
Ball. Ten years later, Viola Davis
and Octavia Spencer have scored
Oscar nominations for their leading
and supporting roles (respectively)
in The Help and are poised to make
history all over again.
After years of apparent snubs and
protests over the lack of representa-
tion of minority actors and actress-
es at Hollywood's most prestigious
awards -- the 2002 Oscars were
seen as a real turning point. The
sense of history was not lost on the
viewers or stars that night.
"This moment is for Dorothy
Dandridge, Lena Home, Diahann
Carroll. It's for the women that
stand beside me -- Jada Pinkett,
Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox...and
it's for every nameless, faceless
woman of color that now has a
chance because this door tonight
has been opened," Halle Berry said
in her emotional best actress

acceptance speech.
In the decades which preceded
that ceremony, only 33 black actors
had been nominated in major acting
categories since the Academy
Awards began in 1929. In the
decade since Berry and
Washington's barrier-breaking
evening, 19 African-Americans
have received major acting nomina-
tions and six have won.
Arguably, Hollywood has
showed vast improvement since the
days when black actors held their
own 'black Oscars' ceremony to
honor their best performances since
they were overlooked by the
Academy Awards. This event was
reportedly called off in 2007, with
black Hollywood royalty feeling as
though they had finally received
acceptance from the Oscars.
Still, the Academy Awards has
come up short when it comes to rec-
ognizing black actresses in its lead-
ing category. Since Halle Berry's
win, only one black actress --
Gabourey Sidibe -- has scored a
nomination for best actress. This
year, not only is Viola Davis a nom-
inee, she's also a frontrunner for the
win -- her closest competition being
perennial nominee Meryl Streep.
If Davis is victorious, it could
finally fulfill the promise of the
2002 awards for African-
Americans. Davis herself recently
pointed out in an Entertainment

Weekly interview that Whoopi
Goldberg is the only black actress
to ever return to the Academy
Awards with a second nomination.
That is, until now.
"That's only because there aren't
a lot of roles out there that are going
to bring you back," said Davis.
"Say if you have two great roles for
an African-American actress in a
year -- one actress can cover it. So
if there's five really good black
actresses out there, and that one
actress gets it all, then the other four
can sit for the next three years."
Halle Berry was already accept-
ing a Razzie award (a parody award
for the year's worst performance) a
couple years after she won best
actress. Mo'Nique has yet to appear
in a follow-up to her winning role
in Precious. And Jennifer Hudson
has been more prominent in her
Weight Watchers ads than in films
since her best supporting actress
win for Dreamgirls.
Whether she wins or loses, Davis
has set a positive precedent. Now
that black actors are routinely in the
mix at the Oscars, black directors,
writers, costumers and technicians
are the next areas in serious need of
diversity. To date, there have been
only two African-Americans nomi-
nated for best director, and blacks
have not fared much better in some
of the less glamorous categories.

The Legendary

Etta James' performance of the house where her mother
enduring classic "At Last" was the in. The pair brought up
embodiment of refined soul: Christian faith, and as a
Angelic-sounding strings harkened her voice stood out in
the arrival of her passionate yet choir. James landed the
measured vocals as she sang ten- choir and became so w
derly about a love finally realized she said that Hollyv
after a long and patient wait. would come to see her
In real life, little about James was But she wouldn't sta
as genteel as that song. The plat- singer for long. Rhythm
inum blonde's first hit was a saucy lured her away from
R&B number about sex, and she and she found herself d
was known as a hell-raiser who had grittiness of the music.
tempestuous relationships with her "My mother always
family, her men and the music to be a jazz singer, bi
industry. Then she spent years bat- wanted to be raunchy,"
tling a drug addiction that she in her book.
admitted sapped away at her great She was doing just
talents, bandleader Johnny Otis
The 73-year-old died at singing on San Franciscc
Riverside Community Hospital, ners with some girlfrie
with her husband and sons at her early 1950s.
side, De Leon said. "At the time, Hank I
She was one of music's original the Midnighters had
bad girls. 'Work With Me, Anni
James' spirit could not be con- decided to do an answer
tained perhaps that's what made think we would get in
her so magnetic in music; it is sure- ness, we were just runn
ly what made her so dynamic as making up answers
one of R&B, blues and rock 'n' James told The Associal
roll's underrated legends. 1987.
"The bad girls ... had the look And so they replied
that I liked," she wrote in her 1995 song, "Roll With Me, H
autobiography, "Rage to Survive." When Otis heard it, he
"I wanted to be rare, I wanted to be to get her mother's per
noticed, I wanted to be exotic as a accompany him to Los
Cotton Club chorus girl, and I make a recording. Inste
wanted to be obvious as the most year-old singer forged h
flamboyant hooker on the street. I name on a note claimii
just wanted to be." 18.
"It's a tremendous loss for her "At that time, yo
fans around the world," he said. allowed to say 'roll' bec
"She'll be missed. A great American considered vulgar.
singer. Her music defied category." Georgia Gibbs did her v
Despite the reputation she culti- renamed it 'Dance With
vated, she would always be remem- and it went to No. 1 (
bered best for "At Last." The jazz- charts," the singer rec
inflected rendition wasn't the origi- Gibbs song was one of
nal, but it would become the most the early rock era w
famous and the song that would singers got hits by cove
define her as a legendary singer. by black artists, often
Over the decades, brides used it as tized lyrics.
their song down the aisle and car After her 1955 deb
companies to hawk their wares, and toured with Otis' revue,
it filtered from one generation to earning only $10 a nigh
the next through its inclusion in she signed with Chic
movies like "American Pie." endary Chess label, began
Perhaps most famously, President out the hits and going on
Obama and the first lady danced to performers such as Bob
a version at his inauguration ball. Little Richard, Fats Dor
The tender, sweet song belied the Vincent, Jerry Lee Lew
turmoil in her personal life. James Everly Brothers.
born Jamesette Hawkins was born "We would travel on
in Los Angeles to a mother whom to all the big auditorium
she described as a scam artist, a had a lot of fun," she
substance abuser and a fleeting 1987.
presence during her youth. She James recorded a strin
never knew her father, although she the late 1950s and '60s
was told and had believed, that he "Trust In Me," "Somethi
was the famous billiards player Hold On Me," "Sunda3
Minnesota Fats. He neither con- Love," "All I Could Do
firmed nor denied it: when they and of course, "At Last.'
met, he simply told her: "I don't "(Chess Records
remember everything. I wish I did, Leonard Chess was the r
but I don't." of anyone. He went up
She was raised by Lula and Jesse the halls of Chess ar
Rogers, who owned the rooming 'Etta's crossed over! Ette

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what that meant, except that maybe
more white people were listening to
me. The Chess brothers kept saying
how I was their first soul singer,
that I was taking their label out of
the old Delta blues, out of rock and
into the modern era. Soul was the
new direction," she wrote in her
autobiography. "But in my mind, I
was singing old style, not new."
In 1967, she cut one of the most
highly regarded soul albums of all
time, "Tell Mama," an earthy
fusion of rock and gospel music
featuring blistering horn arrange-
ments, funky rhythms and a
church chorus. A song from the
album, "Security," was a top 40 sin-
gle in 1968.
Her professional success, howev-
er, was balanced against personal
demons, namely a drug addiction.
"I was trying to be cool," she said
in 1995, explaining what had led
her to try heroin.
"I hung out in Harlem and
saw Miles Davis and all the
jazz cats," she continued. "At
one time, my heavy role mod-
els were all druggies. Billie
Holiday sang so groovy. Is that
because she's on drugs? It was
in my mind as a young person.
I probably thought I was a
young Billie Holiday, doing
whatever came with that."
She was addicted to the drug
for years, beginning in 1960,
and it led to a harrowing exis-
tence that included time behind
bars. It sapped her singing abil-
ities and her money, eventually,
almost destroying her career.
It would take her at least two
decades to beat her drug prob-
lem. Her husband, Artis Mills,
even went to prison for years,
taking full responsibility for
drugs during an arrest even
though James was culpable.
"My management was suf-
fering. My career was in the
toilet. People tried to help, but I
was hell-bent on getting high,"
she wrote of her drug habit in
She finally quit the habit and
managed herself for a while,
calling up small clubs and ask-
ing them, "Have you ever heard
of Etta James?" in order to get
gigs. Eventually, she got regu-
lar bookings even drawing
Elizabeth Taylor as an audience
member. In 1984, she was
tapped to sing the national
anthem at the Olympic Games
in Los Angeles, and her career
got the resurgent boost it need-
ed, though she fought addiction
again when she got hooked on
painkillers in the late 1980s.
Drug addiction wasn't her
only problem. She struggled
with her weight, and often per-
formed from a wheelchair as

she got older and heavier. In the
early 2000s, she had weight-loss
surgery and shed some 200 pounds.
James performed well into her
senior years, and it was "At Last"
that kept bringing her the biggest
ovations. The song was a perennial
that never aged, and on Jan. 20,
2009, as crowds celebrated that at
last an African-American had
become president of the United
States, the song played as the first
couple danced.
But it was superstar Beyonce
who serenaded the Obamas, not the
legendary singer. Beyonce had por-
trayed James in "Cadillac
Records," a big-screen retelling of
Chess Records' heyday, and had
started to claim "At Last" as her
An audio clip surfaced of James
at a concert shortly after the inau-
guration, saying she couldn't stand
the younger singer and that
Beyonce had "no business singing

my song." But she told the New
York Daily News later that she was
joking, even though she had been
hurt that she did not get the chance
to participate in the inauguration.
James did get her accolades over
the years. She was inducted into the
Rock Hall in 1993, captured a
Grammy in 2003 for best contem-
porary blues album for "Let's Roll,"
one in 2004 for best traditional
blues album for "Blues to the
Bone" and one for best jazz vocal
performance for 1994's "Mystery
Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday."
She was also awarded a special
Grammy in 2003 for lifetime
achievement and got a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She suffered from dementia, kid-
ney problems and leukemia. Her
husband and her two sons fought
over control of her $1 million
estate, though a deal was later
struck keeping Mills as the conser-
vator and capping the singer's

expenses at $350,000. In December
2011, her physician announced that
her leukemia was terminal, and
asked for prayers for the singer.
In October 2011, it was
announced that James was retiring
from recording, and a final studio
recording, "The Dreamer," was
released, featuring the singer taking
on classic songs, from Bobby
"Blue" Bland's "Dreamer" to Guns
N' Roses "Welcome To the Jungle"
- still rocking, and a fitting end to
her storied career ..
A public viewing will be held
Friday in Los Angeles, CA and the
Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the
eulogy at a private funeral on
Saturday. The funeral will include
performances by celebrities, but
names have not been announced
The family is asking that any
donations be sent to the
Philadelphia-based Rhythm &
Blues Foundation.


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