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and still enjoy
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Black woman makes history as

first for big city fire chief post
Oakland, CA- In the city of Oakland, it's not only men putting out fires.
In a career spent climbing ladders, Teresa Deloach-Reed has become the
first Black woman to serve as fire chief of a major metropolitan fire
department in the United States.
Starting in March, Deloach-Reed, 53, will head the 580-person Oakland
fire department. In her previous position she served as assistant fire chief
of San Jose, California.
"There are still a lot of [fire] departments that don't have any women,"
Deloach-Reedsaid. "We still have a long way to go in regards to break-
ing down the doors."
Nationwide, in 2010, fewer than 4 percent of U.S. firefighters were
women and just over 6 percent were Black, according to the National
Fire Protection Association.
Deloach-Reed will take over in Oakland from interim Chief Mark

Woman awarded $1 million after

giving birth alone in her in jail cell
SEATTLE- A woman has won $975,000 in a federal jury trial, 14 years
after giving birth in a jail cell in Washington state.
A jury agreed last week on nine of 10 counts in Imka Pope's civil rights
case against King County. Pope says jail nurses and corrections officers
violated her civil rights in 1997 by dismissing her claims that she was
She had been arrested for sleeping on a bench at a Metro bus stop. In
the lawsuit she filed in 2007, Pope said jail health officials locked her in
a cell and ignored her for six days. She got help after a guard heard a
baby crying.
Her mental illness has delayed the case. It went to trial once previous-
ly, but at that time Pope was involuntarily committed to Harborview
Medical Center.

Black jobless numbers

improve for first time in months
The unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month after a surge of
January hiring, a promising shift in the nation's outlook for job growth.
The Labor Department says employers added 243,000 jobs in January,
the most in nine months. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent
from 8.5 percent in December. That's the lowest in nearly three years.
African-American unemployment fell significantly for the first time in
three months, going from 15.8 to 13.6 percent. Black teen joblessness
also went down from 42.1 to 38.5 percent.
Employers have added an average of 201,000 jobs per month in the past
three months. That's 50,000 more jobs per month than the economy aver-
aged in each month last year.
The January jobs report was filled with other encouraging data and revi-
sions. Hiring was widespread across many high-paying industries. Pay
increased. And the economy added 200,000 more jobs in 2011 than first

Darden Restaurants to

be sued for discrimination
Darden Restaurants Inc., the company that owns Olive Garden, Red
Lobster and other restaurants has been threatened with legal action by a
workers group claiming that it discriminates against people of of color.
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) is an organization that
advocates for better wages and working conditions for food industry
workers. They have announced plans to file suit against Darden on behalf
of behalf Capital Grille employees in Chicago, New York City and
Washington, D.C., who claim preference in restaurant hiring was based
on race.
The Capital Grille workers, who are ROC members, said that people of
color are often relegated to lower paying "back-of-the house" positions
as dishwashers and cooks while white workers were given jobs as bar-
tenders and waiters, where they are paid more. ROC also claims that
Capital Grille employees were made to work without pay and denied

Long apologizes after being

crowned a king in his church

Atlanta, GA Bishop Eddie Long, the embattled pastor of the New
Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, was the subject of a ceremo-
ny at his church where he was proclaimed to be a king.
The event was presided over by Ralph Messer, a self-described rabbi
and bible teacher who was the visiting speaker. Messer presented Jewish
scrolls that he said were more than 300 years ago, unfurling them around
Long, to thunderous applause from the congregation.
"He's now been given the constitution of God as a king," Messer said,
presenting the scroll to Long. He has since apologized to the Anti-
Defamation League over the incident in which he was wrapped in a
Torah scroll and crowned "king."
"The ceremony was not my suggestion, nor was it my intent, to partic-
ipate in any ritual that is offensive in any manner to the Jewish commu-
nity, or any group. Furthermore, I sincerely denounce any action that
depicts me as a King, for I am merely just a servant of the Lord," Long
wrote in a letter .

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Volume 25 No. 16 Jacksonville, Florida

February 9-15, 2012

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Florida Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson keynoted the 4th
Annual Urban Education Symposium: Reclaiming Black Males for
Jacksonville's Future. Held at the main library, the annual event seeks to
improve the education and future of black males in the city. The sympo-
sium attracted everyone from corporate leaders and educators to the tar-
geted young Black males themselves. Shown above in attendance are
Malcolm Bloodsaw and Sj Hannan with teacher and mentor William

The labels used to describe
Americans of African descent mark
the movement of a people from the
slave house to the White House.
Today, many are resisting this pro-
gression by holding on to a name
from the past: "black."
For this group some descended
from U.S. slaves, some immigrants
with a separate history "African-
American" is not the sign of
progress hailed when the term was
popularized in the late 1980s.
Instead, it's a misleading connec-
tion to a distant culture.
The debate has waxed and waned
since African-American went main-
stream, and gained new signifi-
cance after the son of a black
Kenyan and a white American
moved into the White House.
President Barack Obama's identity
has been contested from all sides,

" ..- .

Seated (L-R) Anest McCarthy, Vice Queen Bertha Padgett, Queen Norma White and Gloria Reed.
STANDING: 2nd row Betty Lang, Bettie Hudson, Sarah Roberts, Jimmie Harper, Patricia McGrigg,
Betty Howard, Erma Thompson, Catherine Nobley. 3rd row Yvette Thomas, Sandra Milton, Ruby
George, Brenda White and Gail Kenny.

Ladies of DivaNation Celebrate First Anniversary

The Ladies of DivaNation of the
Red Hat Society celebrated their
first anniversary in grand style this
week with an International Hat
Luncheon at the Epping Forest
Yatch Club.
The celebration began with
Queen Diva Norma White (the

founder or leader of a local chapter
is referred to as a "Queen") setting
the tone with food for thought fol-
lowed by their pledge and a song of
celebration. The Red Hatters were
adorned in purple outfits and beau-
tiful hats from various countries.
The parade of international hats fol-

lowed with each member showing
off her hat and giving information
about the country represented.
Founded in 1998, there are over
40,000 chapters in the United States
and 30 other countries celebrating
the pursuit of fun and happiness of
women over the age of 50.

renewing questions that have fol-
lowed millions of darker
What are you? Where are you
from? And how do you fit into this
"I prefer to be called black," said
Shawn Smith, an accountant from
Houston. "How I really feel is, I'm
"I don't like African-American. It
denotes something else to me than
who I am," said Smith, whose par-
ents are from Mississippi and North
Carolina. "I can't recall any of them
telling me anything about Africa.
They told me a whole lot about
where they grew up in Macomb
County and Shelby, N.C."
GibrA George, an entrepreneur
from Miami, started a Facebook
page called "Don't Call Me
African-American" on a whim. It
now has about 300 "likes."
"We respect our African heritage,
but that term is not really us,"
George said. "We're several gener-
ations down the line. If anyone
were to ship us back to Africa, we'd
be like fish out of water."
"It just doesn't sit well with a
younger generation of black peo-
ple," continued George, who is 38.
"Africa was a long time ago. Are
we always going to be tethered to
Africa? Spiritually I'm American.
When the war starts, I'm fighting
for America."
'I am not African'
Joan Morgan, a writer born in
Jamaica who moved to New York
City as a girl, remembers the first
time she publicly corrected some-
one about the term: at a book sign-
ing, when she was introduced as
African-American and her family
members in the front rows were
appalled and hurt.
"That act of calling me African-
American completely erased their
history and the sacrifice and contri-
butions it took to make me an
author," said Morgan, a longtime
U.S. citizen who calls herself
Black-Caribbean American. (Some
insist Black should be capitalized.)
She said people struggle with the
fact that black people have multiple
ethnicities because it challenges
America's original black-white
classifications. In her view, forcing
everyone into a name meant for -
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Shown above at the All About Healthcare Advocates Open House are Business Leaders- Kristin Flannigan;
L.J. Holloway (Founder, AAHA), Marion Conway (Humana), Lauren Little (owner, Edible Arrangements)
and Donna Orender (Generation W).
Innovative Minority Owned Firm, AllAbout

Healthcare Advocates, Opens Ponte Vedra Branch

Black History Month kicked off
with a historic start for the All About
Healthcare Advocates firm.
The firm owned by Jacksonville na-
tive LaShonda Holloway, celebrated
the opening of its second location
with an OPen House at its new loca-
tion in Ponte Vedra.
All About HealthCARE Advocates
is a non-profit, patient centered, com-

munity based organization (CBO)
that educates and enlightens all about
health care. The proven professionals
can accompany you or a loved one
on an appointment or in the hospital
during a hospital stay. The health
care advocates at AAHA can provide
research on devastating diagnoses,
insurance or billing and serve Jack-
sonville and the surrounding coun-

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The Difference Between Sudden
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How To Use a Defibrillator To Save
a Life; Symptoms of a Heart Attack
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Heart Healthy Cooking Tips are
some of the many topics that will be
covered at the Healthy Heart Pro-
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Heart disease is the number one

killer of American women. Heart dis-
ease is a group of diseases of the
heart and the blood vessel system in
the heart. Coronary heart disease, the
most common type, affects the blood
vessels of the heart. It can cause
angina or a heart attack. Angina is a
pain in the chest that happens when
the heart does not get enough blood.
It may feel like a pressing or squeez-
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The program will be Saturday,
February 11th from 9:00 a.m. -
12:00 noon at the Bethel Baptist In-
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Room. A healthy lunch will also be
served. It is open to any and everyone
that is interested in attending.

Beyonce showed up at her hubby
Jay-Z's first gig at Carnegie Hall on
Monday night, turning heads just by
walking into the show in her first
public appearance since the birth of
Blue Ivy Carter last month.
It was the capper to a historic night
for Jay, who filled the Stem Audito-
rium at Carnegie Hall for the first of
two benefit concerts for the Shawn
Carter Scholarship Foundation and
the United Way to raise money for
gifted high school students who need
financial assistance to attend college.
According to MTV, he was backed
by a full orchestra that included
Roots drummer ?uestlove and Young
Guru playing DJ. Hov took the stage
just before 9 p.m. in a white tux
jacket and holding a bottle of cham-
pagne. He began the night by shout-
ing the iconic line from his 2003
song "Public Service Announce-
ment" in which he declares "Allow
me to reintroduce myself, my name
is Hov."

Richardsons 55 Years and Counting
Barbara and BJ Richardson celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary in
Orlando, Florida with relatives and friends. The couple enjoyed dinner, a tour
and sightseeing. Married in 1957, the couple celebrated 55 years of marriage.
She is the former Barbara Baldwin.
Clara White Mission Culinary Institute
Enables Students with New Career

Shown above is Jania Manning with baby Kamari congratulating her
mother, recent culinary CWM graduate Sandra Scruggs.
The historic Clara White Mission held its' Culinary Arts and Janitorial and
Environmental Services graduation at City Hall. Over 35 students graduated
from the 22 week rigorous program which taught culinary students how to
prepare and serve food and create exquisite cuisine. Janitorial students receive
OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) certificates while
learning proper construction cleanup operations. The students certificates and
awards create a portfolio leading to fulltime employment or preparation to
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when she came to the mission, after graduation she exclaimed, "I am proud
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Mayor Brown Hosts Free

SBusiness Builder Summit

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New ILA Local 1408 President Greets Retirees
The International Longshoremen Association retirees of the Port of Jacksonville held their annual meet-
ing this month to discuss the needs of retiree's health care, emergency and transportation needs. Recently
elected ILA President Louis Johnson joined recently elected retiree President Arbie Clark in welcoming
new retirees to the Association. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Mary
Singleton Center, 150 E. 1st St. or for more information call (904) 551-1037 or (904) 476-8857. Pictured are
officers and elected members in attendance. SEATED (L-R): Mary Clark, President Louis Johnson,
Brother Robert Jarrell, Retired President A.J. Clark, Retired Vice President James Gordon. (STAND-
ING), Mrs. Elouise Bolden, Brother James Taylor, Chaplain Edward Armstrong, Brother Gail Murray,
Brother Lawrence McFarlin, Past President Perty Gibson, Past President Levi Griffin and Brother James

What's your name? African American,

Black American or Just American?

Continued from front
descendants of American slaves
distorts the nature of the contribu-
tions of immigrants like her black
countrymen Marcus Garvey and
Claude McKay.
Morgan acknowledges that her
homeland of Jamaica is populated
by the descendants of African
slaves. "But I am not African, and
Africans are not African-
American," she said.
In Latin, a forerunner of the
English language, the color black is
"niger." In 1619, the first African
captives in America were described
as "negars," which became the epi-
thet still used by some today.
The Spanish word "negro" means
black. That was the label applied by
white Americans for centuries.
The word black also was given
many pejorative connotations a
black mood, a blackened reputa-
tion, a black heart. "Colored"
seemed better, until the civil rights
movement insisted on I egro, with
a capital I .
Then, in the 1960s, "black" came
back as an expression of pride, a
strategy to defy oppression.
"Every time black had been men-
tioned since slavery, it was bad,"
says Mary Frances Berry, a
University of Pennsylvania history
professor and former chairwoman
of the U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights. Reclaiming the word "was a
grass-roots move, and it was oppo-
sitional. It was like, 'In your face.'"
Afro-American was briefly in
vogue in the 1970s, and lingers
today in the names of some news-
papers and university departments.
But it was soon overshadowed by
African-American, which first
sprouted among the black intelli-
'A compromise term'
The Rev. Jesse Jackson is widely
credited with taking African-
American mainstream in 1988,
before his second presidential run.
Berry remembers being at a 1988
gathering of civil rights groups
organized by Jackson in Chicago
when Ramona Edelin, then presi-
dent of the I national Urban
Coalition, urged those assembled to
declare that black people should be
called African-American.
Edelin says today that there was
no intent to exclude people born in
other countries, or to eliminate the
use of black: "It was an attempt to
start a cultural offensive, because
we were clearly at that time always
on the defensive."
"We said, this is kind of a com-
promise term," she continued.
"There are those among us who
don't want to be referred to as
African. And there also those
among us who don't want to be
referred to as American. This was a
way of bridging divisions among us
or in our ideologies so we can move
forward as a group."

Jackson, who at the time may
have been the most-quoted black
man in America, followed through
with the plan.
"Every ethnic group in this coun-
try has a reference to some land
base, some historical, cultural
base," Jackson told reporters at the
time. "African-Americans have hit
that level of cultural maturity."
The effect was immediate. "Back
in those days we didn't talk about
things going viral, but that's what
you would say today. It was quite
remarkable," said the columnist
Clarence Page, then a reporter. "It
was kind of like when Black Power
first came in the '60s, there was all
kinds of buzz among black folks
and white folks about whether or
not I like this."
Page liked it he still uses it inter-
changeably with black and sees an
advantage to changing names.
"If we couldn't control anything
else, at least we could control what
people call us," Page said. "That's
the most fundamental right any
human being has, over what other
people call you. (African-
American) had a lot of psychic

value from that point of view."
It also has historical value, said Irv
Randolph, managing editor of the
Philadelphia Tribune, a black news-
paper that uses both terms: "It's a
historical fact that we are people of
African descent."
"African-American embraces
where we came from and where we
are now," he said. "We are
Americans, no doubt about that.
But to deny where we came from
doesn't make any sense to me."
Jackson agrees about such denial.
"It shows a willful ignorance of our
roots, our heritage and our lineage,"
he said Tuesday. "A fruit without a
root is dying."
Today, 24 years after Jackson pop-
ularized African-American, it's
unclear what term is preferred by
the community. A series of Gallup
polls from 1991 to 2007 showed no
strong consensus for either black or
African-American. In a January
2011 I BC/Wall Street Journal poll,
42 percent of respondents said they
preferred black, 35 percent said
African-American, 13 percent said
it doesn't make any difference, and
7 percent chose "some other term."

Mayor Alvin Brown hosted his
inaugural Business Builder pro-
gram today where small businesses
learned more about available
resources and tools necessary to
compete and grow. Participants also
received information on how to
gain access to capital and credit.
More than 450 small business
owners and entrepreneurs attended
Mayor Brown's Business Builder
and learned more from instructional
sessions that featured speakers
including: Small Business
Administration Administrator
Karen Mills, American
Management Services' George
Cloutier and First Oklahoma
Bank's Tom Bennett.
"Helping to grow small business-
es is a key objective in my mission
to reduce unemployment and com-
pete more vigorously in the global
economy," said Mayor Brown.
"Today's agreement is a major step
toward helping entrepreneurs gain
access to the tools they will need to
turn their business visions into real-
ity. It also shows my administra-
tion's commitment to bring the right
stakeholders forth to work together,
leverage our scarce resources and
put Jacksonville back to work."
There are more than 80,000 small
businesses in the I northeast Florida
region that provide a source of
income for nearly 230,000 workers,
managers and owners. Mayor
Brown's Business Builder is a
series of events designed to help
entrepreneurs start and expand
business on the First Coast. There
was also a mini showcase expo for
the participants.
A highlight of the summit was the
signing of a memorandum of under-
standing between the U.S. Small
Business Administration and the

City of Jacksonville. The MOU is a
partnership joining the two entities
together with a common mission to
helping start, maintain and expand
small businesses in the area.
The MOU will help increase the
resources available to entrepreneurs
by increasing the city and SBA's
commitment to work together to
help small businesses in
Jacksonville gain access to capital
and credit and better utilize SBA's
tools and services.
Mills told attendees that 23 per-
cent of federal government con-
tracts go to small businesses and
that government does not create
jobs small businesses create jobs.
"We are doing everything we can
to foster an American economy
built to last," Mills said. "Part of
those efforts is to partner with local
governments to help entrepreneurs.
I want to applaud Mayor Brown for
his efforts to help Jacksonville's
small businesses. The Business
Builder is one more step to make
sure small businesses have the tools
they need to do what they do best -

create and grow jobs."
The JAX Chamber has a long-
standing commitment to small busi-
nesses and entrepreneurship and is
a strong partner with the city. The
organization drives economic
development and job creation by
attracting, retaining, starting and
growing businesses in I northeast
"With 1,700 new micro firms cre-
ated in the JAX region in the past
five years, entrepreneurship is one
of our region's strengths," said JAX
Chamber Chair Tom Van Berkel,
who is chairman and CEO of The
Main Street America Group and
participated in the event today.
"Mayor Brown and many service
providers in our community are
committed to strengthening entre-
preneurship. Small businesses are
an important part of our economy,
and with continued focus, we will
experience even greater success."
The next Mayor Brown's
Business Builder will take place
May 17-18, 2012. More details will
be announced soon.



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Why Black History Month Still Matters

If you walk into any elementary
school classroom around the coun-
try, regardless of the demographic
make up of the children, a vast
majority of those students will
know who Dr. Martin Luther King
If you walk in to that same class-
room and ask about Medgar Evars
or Harriet Tubman,you may have a
few bright students who may have
heard of these African American
leaders from decades past.
Who has heard of John
Langston? Well, he was a black
leader and educator who is believed
to have been the first black ever
elected to public office in the
United States.
The reason that many American
students don't know about key
black leaders who helped shape this
country's history is pretty simple. It
was the same reason that existed
when I was in elementary some 25
years ago the textbooks used by
many school districts do not feature
much about African American his-
That has certainly changed some-
what; but instead of blacks like
Booker T. Washington and
Frederick Douglas being included
as key components of a particular
section or chapter, there's simply
some page, or a few pages dedicat-
ed to black history.
In my many times irrelevant,
somewhat educated opinion,
American history books should not

just highlight black, Hispanic, or
Native American history; but pro-
vide a historical context from vari-
ous perspectives.
For example, when talking about
the Civil War, it's important to look
at the rationale for the fighting
from a Northern white perspective,
Southern white perspective,
Northern black freed man, and
Southern black slave point of view.
You cannot talk about the Civil War
without talking about the conflict
that many slaves were faced with -
run or stay.
Because American children are
not getting a complete "American"
history, it is critical that Black
History Month continues.
Hopefully, you noticed that I said
"American history," because the
reality is that America is so unique
because so many different races,
and folks from all walks of life
have molded our history.
So Black History Month will
continue to be relevant until
African American history is truly
interwoven into American History
in textbooks and lesson plans.
Yes, I know some will say that
parents have a number of
resources, like the internet that
could be used to educate their chil-
dren; so the onus shouldn't be on
the schools to teach black history.
Well, parents can also educate
their children on the American
Revolution, the Bill of Rights, or
about the Roman Empire; but we

find those very relevant topics in
our history books. My point is sim-
ple black historical figures should
have a more prominent role in our
American and world history books.
So was Black History Month
meant to last forever?
We know that Black History
Month originated in 1926 by Carter
G. Woodson as Negro History
Week. Why February? Well,
Woodson selected the month in
deference to Frederick Douglas and
Abraham Lincoln who were both
born in February.
No one really knows if Woodson
ever foresaw this country's evolu-
tion to the point where a black man
could be elected to President so
soon. I have a feeling that a sunset
date never entered Woodson's
If the acknowledgement of the
month is supposed to sunset/end,
then what event or accomplishment
triggers that end? Is it a black man
being elected to President of the
United States? Well let's check that
indicator off the list.
I guess we should fault Barrack
Obama for being the ultimate over-
achiever. The nerve of him to actu-
ally shock the world and put
together one of best presidential
campaigns ever.
Back to the question at hand;
some would argue that over time,
the relevance of Black History
month has diminished. I can under-
stand that argument because each

generation of African American
youth becomes more removed from
the Civil Rights era and the legacy
No one living today has ever
experienced slavery directly; and
most of our youth can't begin to
fathom the impact that slavery has
had on black culture, resulting in
them havingno frame of reference.
Most blacks feel that we are still
far from equal despite major
advancements in equal rights over
the past 50 years. To put this issue
into perspective, the immortal
words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
ring true today.
He said, "Being a Negro in
America means trying to smile
when you want to cry. It means try-
ing to hold on to physical life amid
psychological death. It means the
pain of watching your children
grow up with clouds of inferiority
in their mental skies."
Obama's election should not
diminish the need for Black History
Month; and I don't believe that we
should ever stop celebrating our
past and present accomplishments.
President Obama's election does
signify that America is in a contin-
uous state of evolution in all
aspects of its existence racially,
socially, governmental make up,
and economically.
Let's celebrate Black History
Month in February, but make the
education of our children an ongo-
ing affair.

Maryland HBCU Desegregation Trial Nearing an End

by George Curry
After six weeks of testimony, a
major trial to determine whether
Maryland's four historically Black
colleges and universities (HBCUs)
have been routinely denied funding
and other needed resources that
would have made them "compara-
ble and competitive" with White
universities in the state is expected
to end this week, with a ruling
expected by this summer.
The overwhelming majority of
HBCUs, originally established
shortly after the Civil War to pre-
vent African-Americans from
attending all-White state universi-
ties, are located in the South. The
Maryland case (Coalition for
Equity and Excellence in Maryland
Higher Education, Inc., v.
Maryland Higher Education
Commission, et al.) has attracted
national attention, in part, because
it involves a border state that, like
the South, operated a rigidly segre-
gated school system, but unlike the
South, has largely escaped intense
public scrutiny.
U.S. District Judge Catherine C.
Blake presided over the non-jury
trial in Baltimore. The lead attor-
ney for the plaintiffs was Jon
Greenbaum of the Lawyers'
Committee for Civil Rights Under
Law. Pro bono work was provided
by lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis
law firm and the Howard
University School of Law Civil
Rights Clinic.
The suit was originally filed in
2006 by the Coalition for Equity
and Excellence in Maryland Higher
Education, Inc., a community-
based group comprised of alumni

of public HBCUs in Maryland and
other interested parties. It is seek-
ing approximately $2.1 billion to
upgrade the four state HBCUs:
Morgan State University, Bowie
State University, Coppin State
University and the University of
Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Named as major defendants are
officials of the University of
Maryland Higher Education
Commission, Gov. Martin
O'Malley and Secretary of Higher
Education James E. Lyons, Sr.
The state of Maryland's higher
education system has a long history
of racial segregation, according to
witnesses and court documents.
"Throughout its history,
Maryland has systematically
engaged in policies and practices
that established and perpetuated a
racially segregated system of high-
er education," the suit asserts.
"Maryland first instituted its sys-
tem of public higher education in
1807 by establishing the University
of Maryland at Baltimore. This was
a White-only institution.
"Maryland subsequently estab-
lished four other White-only, pub-
lic institutions of higher education:
the University of Maryland, estab-
lished in 1865; Towson University,
established in 1866, Frostburgh
State University, established in
1898; and Salisbury State
University, established in 1922,"
the suit continued. "The state began
its dual-system by assuming con-
trol of The Baltimore Normal
School, an all Black teacher's
school now known as Bowie State
University. This was the beginning
of Maryland's segregated system of

higher education."
Maryland was forced to expand
educational opportunities for
Blacks in order to qualify for feder-
al land-grant funds. That led to the
state also acquiring what is now the
University of Maryland-Eastern
Shore, Morgan State University
and adding Coppin State University
in 1950.
In 1954, the United States
Supreme Court issued its Brown v.
Board of Education ruling, holding
that segregated school systems vio-
lated the Equal Protection Clause
of the 14th Amendment.
"Following Brown, Maryland did
nothing more than lift the rule
excluding Black students from
White schools," the lawsuit
After passage of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, the state ended de jure
segregation, opening the doors for
African-Americans to attend all-
White public universities.
"In 1965, however, rather than
encourage integration at Morgan
State, Maryland established
University of Maryland Baltimore
County ("UMBC"). UMBC was a
complete duplication of Morgan
State's entire institution, not just its
programs," the lawsuit stated.
In 1969, the Department of
Education's Office of Civil Rights
notified the state of Maryland that
it was one of 10 states operating a
racially segregated system of high-
er education in violation of Title VI
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Two decades later, the only two
states in the group still in noncom-
pliance were Maryland and

Facing the possibility of losing
all federal education funds,
Maryland reached agreements with
the U.S. Department of Education
in 1982 and again in 1985. The
later called for "the enhancement of
HBCUs to ensure that they are
comparable and competitive with
TWIs [traditionally White institu-
tions] with respect to capital facili-
ties, operating budgets and new
academic programs."

Have You Seen

Red Tails Yet? r
Have you gone to see Red Tails yet? When the
biopic about the heroic Tuskegee Airmen fighter
pilots opened, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs set the tone
for African Americans by tweeting: "It's important
that we all go support Red Tails the movie and go see
it this weekend!!!" The movie Red Tails has become a Black cause celebre.
The most expensive film ever made with a predominately African-
American cast has renewed debates about whether "Black films" can suc-
ceed at movie box offices. Blacks' esteem and posture in the marketplace
seems at stake based on Red Tails' financial successes, or lack thereof.
Red Tails, was financed by legendary Star Wars director and producer
George Lucas, with a little help from his friends Oprah Winfrey and Tyler
Perry. To promote the movie, Lucas makes the case that "the deck is
stacked against" movies based on the Black experience. Lucas has been
putting forth that Hollywood's lore is that Black history is a downer and no
one wants to see it on the big screen.
Much admiration should go to Lucas for the chutzpah he's shown in pro-
moting Red Tails. Principal among Lucas' ploys was telling how difficult
it was getting the film financed and made. Lucas says he began developing
Red Tails around 1988. But, because of the prejudices of Hollywood, it
took him 23 years before he went on his own and spent $58 million to pro-
duce and $35 million to distribute the film. The crocodile-tear line Lucas,
who has an estimated net-worth of $3.2 billion, is using is that he spent
$100 million to bring the film to the world and the world should beat a path
to the theaters to see the film and help him recoup his investment.
With Red Tails and his "civil rights" storyline, Lucas gave Black
Americans the kind of "respect" we seek; and we intend to pay him back
for the gesture. The billion dollar question is: how can Blacks replicate the
same kind of nationwide enthusiasm for films that Blacks produce?
Lucas' claim that Hollywood executives refused to fund films with an all-
Black cast has compelled millions of Black Facebook users and tweeters to
focus chatter and attention toward supporting the movie. Lucas' marketing
genius made Red Tails a "must see" for Black Americans.
Special screenings of Red Tails were hosted by prominent Blacks across
the country. Receptions and screenings were held in Washington by
President Obama, by Snoop Dogg in Los Angeles, and in a host of cities by
Tuskegee Airmen chapters. Wells Fargo Bank gave Lucas "red carpet treat-
ment" as Red Tails' "official financial institution sponsor."
Red Tails has redeeming features and draws on the exploits of the 332nd
Fighter Group. It stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. (previously in The Tuskegee
Airmen, an HBO movie made for television) and Terrence Howard. The
Tuskegee Airmen were the first Black aviators in the U.S. military. They
were trained as a segregated unit at Tuskegee Institute and became one of
World War II's most respected fighter squadrons. Despite continuing racism
throughout their lives, many became affluent businessmen and community
Lucas' investment has as shot of paying off. Red Tails opened in 2,500
theaters, and raked in $19.1 million its opening weekend. Theaters in
African-American markets did especially well in top grossing theaters in
New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Males made up 51 percent of audi-
ences, while 66 percent were over the age of 25. As the film continues to
have box office success among African-American audiences, it will not
mean that Hollywood studios will suddenly see the light and increase their
investments in Black movements and films; if anything, it will do more for
Lucas and his iconic stature than it will for Black cinema.
Supporting Black films, art and culture in general, should be a tenet of
the African-American community. But, it surely would be a better use of
our time and talents to give up looking to Hollywood for our affirmation,
images and definition.
(William Reed is president of the Business Exchange Network and avail-
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Shaw Sports Photo
HOO S ON A TEAR: Binghamton
HOOPtransfer Malik Alvin (20.8

STRETCH ppg.) leads defending
champ Shaw back to top
RUN of the CIAA standings.




NORFOLK, Virginia The Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference (MEAC) announced last week that the City of
Norfolk, Virginia has been awarded the 2013-2015 MEAC
BasketballTournament. The 2013 Tournament is scheduled
for March 11-16 and will be played at the Norfolk Scope
Mayor Paul D. Fraim of the City of Norfolk, MEAC
Commissioner Dennis Thomas along with Norfolk Vice
Mayor Anthony Burfoot and Norfolk City Councilman
Paul Riddick made the official announcement to media and
fans during a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the
Showcase Restaurant in the Norfolk Scope.
"We are excited to announce that the MEAC Council
of Chief Executive Officers has selected Norfolk, Virginia
as the host city for the 2013, 14, and 15 MEAC Men's and
Women's Basketball Tournament," said MEAC Commis-
sioner Dennis Thomas.
Thomas added, "We anticipate the move to Norfolk will
be yet another opportunity for our fans to enjoy competi-
tive MEAC Division I basketball and be a part of March
Madness in a great and progressive city."
The City of Norfolk, home to MEAC institution Nor-
folk State University, is no stranger to hosting the annual
basketball tournament. From 1991-1993 and again in 1997,
the City of Norfolk served as the tournament's host site.
"The City of Norfolk is pleased to welcome back the
MEAC Basketball tournament for the next three years.
With Norfolk State University and Hampton University,
two leading schools in the MEAC Conference, within a
20-minute drive from the venue, Norfolk is a natural choice
for hosting this prestigious tournament," said Mayor Paul
D. Fraim.
"The MEAC's legacy keeps the rich history of our
African-American colleges and universities alive. I am
pleased Norfolk will play a vital role continuing this rich
tradition," says Norfolk City Councilman and Norfolk State
University Alumni Paul Riddick.
The 2012 MEAC Basketball Tournament concludes
the final year of the four-year partnership with the City of
Winston-Salem. The 2012 Tournament is scheduled for
March 5-10 at the Lawrence Joel Memorial Coliseum in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

GRAMBLING, LA-After interviewing seven finalists
recommended by a search committee,
President Frank G. Pogue announced
this week that Dr. Percy "Chico"
Caldwell will assume the position of
Athletic Director at Grambling State
S, University, pending approval by the
University of Louisiana System Board
Cadwell of Supervisors. More than 50 applica-

tions were received.
"One of the difficult decisions was narrowing this exten-
sive highly qualified pool of candidates to one individual,"
says Dr. Pogue. "Dr. Caldwell's experience and professional
preparation will empower Grambling's athletics to the next
level of excellence and bridge the gap between Grambling's
historic achievements and success in athletics and the aca-
demic mission of the University. He will bring significant
strength to the athletic administration including planning,
research, marketing and financial management."
Dr. Caldwell, a former student athlete, received his
doctorate from Iowa State University and earned certification
as an Administrative Leadership Evaluator. He received a
master's degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation
from the University of Alabama and a bachelor's degree in
Sociology/Psychology from Miles College in Birmingham,
Dr. Caldwell has held several athletic positions over the
course of his career. He was inducted into the Basketball
Hall of Fame in 1989, named Coach of the Year in 1990
and Athletic Director of the Year in 1991 for the West
Virginia Conference. He recently was athletic director at
Winstonn-Salem State. also served in the United States
Army, Military Police Corps.
"The rich athletics history separates Grambling State
University from any other university," said Caldwell. "The
stage is already set, my job will be to start from here assisting
Dr. Progue and his administration continue to operationalize
the mission and vision at GSU."

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Virginia Union 5 1 8 4 13 11
BowieState 4 1 8 3 16 4
Lincoln 3 2 5 6 10 12
Eliz. City State 2 3 4 7 10 11
Chowan 1 4 1 10 7 16
Virginia State 1 5 3 8 4 17
Shaw 5 0 11 0 19 2
J.C. Smith 3 2 5 6 10 11
W-Salem State 3 2 9 2 17 4
St. Augustine's 2 3 7 4 12 9
FayettevilleState 1 4 2 9 5 13
Livingstone 1 4 2 9 5 13
PLAYER Malik Alvin, 6-3, Sr., G, SHAW Averaged
31.0 points in two big wins, getting season-high 36 points
vs. JCSU and 26 in the other win. Shot 21 of 37 from the
floor, 7 of 15 from 3 in the two games.
NEWCOMER-Kimanl Hunt, 6-6, Jr., F, WSSU -Averaged
20.0points and rebounds in 1-1 weekgettingcareer-high
27 pts. and 9 rebounds vs. Livingstone.
ROOKIE Wykevin Bazemore, 6-4, Fr., F, WSSU-Aver-
aged 9.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 1-1 week.
COACH Luqman Jaaber, VUU Led Panthers to 88-83
upset of #17 ranked Bowie State then led 69-63 win over
ECSU. VUU has won seven of eight.

Norfolk State 9 2 17 8
Savannah State 7 2 14 10
Coppin State 7 3 12 11
Bethune-Cookman 7 3 10 14
Delaware State 6 3 9 11
NC Central 6 4 12 11
N.CarolinaA&T 5 5 10 15
FloridaA&M 5 5 7 17
Hampton 4 6 8 15
MorganState 3 7 5 16
Howard 3 8 6 18
Md.-Eastern Shore 2 7 3 17
South Carolina State 0 9 5 18
PLAYER Tony Gallo, 5-11, Sr., G, CSU In wins over
NSU and Hampton, averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds,
shooting 52.4% (11-21) from the floor, 50% (7-14) from
3 and 83.3% (15-18) on FTs. Ray Willis, 6-6, Sr., G,
NCCU Averaged 20.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in
two wins getting 25 pts., 10 boards vs. FAMU, 16 pts.,
4 rebs. vs. B-CU
ROOKIE--Tyshawn Bell, 6-7,Jr., F, DSU-Averaged 12.0
points, 2.5 rebounds in wins over NC A&T and NSU.
DEFENSE Dominque Sutton, NCCU Averaged 8.5
rebs., 2.5 steals, 1.0 blocks and 20.5 pts. in two wins.


Clark Atlanta
Fort Valley
Albany State
Kentucky State

11 5
11 6
10 6
9 7
10 7
9 8
9 8
9 9
8 9
8 9
7 12
4 11
4 12

PLAYER Joshua Elchelberger, 6-5, Sr., F,
TUSKEGEE-Averaged22.3points, 160 rebounds,
1.7assists and 1 steal in three games. Had 21 points,
16 boards in win vs. FVSU. Second in scoring (17.5
ppg.) and rebounding (9.4 rpg.) in SIAC.
NEWCOMER- Jeffrey Wherry, 5-9, So., G, STILL-
MAN Averaged 13.7 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 steals
and 2.0 rebounds in three wins.
Brandon Darrett, 6-7, So., F, KSU Averaged
9.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.0
steals in two wins.

Hoops Rundown

MEN Shaw
Cleo Hill Jr.'s talented Bears' win streak at 14. Bears
are capable of distancing themselves from CIAAcomp with
better defense. Tough date at Winston-Salem State Saturday.
TOP PLAYER(S) 6-3, Sr., Alvin Mack making run at
CIAA player of the year award. Now averaging 20.8 ppg.
(second in CIAA), 25.2 in last ten games, shooting league-
best 56.1% from 3-point range, second-best 57.3% (unheard
of for a guard) from the field. 6-4, Sr., PG, Tony Smith
- Keys Shaw attack averaging 10.6 ppg., league-best 6.0
assists per game.
WOMEN Johnson C. Smith, Shaw
Vanessa Taylor's Lady Golden Bulls had 10-game
winning streak halted by Fayetteville State (59-58) Mon-
day. After beating Shaw on last-second shot Saturday, has
big rematch Monday. TOP PLAYER(S) Four double-fig-
ure scorers led by G, Shavona Price 15.0 ppg., 5.8 rpg.
and LaQwesha Gamble 13,2 ppg., 11.4 rpg. (second in
Jacques Curtis's Lady Bears had their nine-game
win streak halted on last-second shot vs. JC Smith. Will
look to even the score with Shaw in Raleigh Monday after
travelling to dangerous Winston-Salem State Saturday. TOP
PLAYER(S) Aslea Williams 14.5 ppg., Kyria Buford 12.7

MEN Savannah State, Delaware State, Coppin
Horace Broadnax's SSU Tigers, the surprise of the
MEAC, have won six straight three in the MEAC to pull
into first-place tie with Norfolk State. Big dates this week
at NCCU (Sat.) and NC A&T (Mon.). TOP PLAYERS)
- Rashad Hassan 13.0 ppg., Deric Rudolph 11.3 ppg.
Greg Jackson's young DSU Hornets have won five
straight including victory over league leader Norfolk State to
pull into second-place tie with Coppin State and Bethune-
Cookman. In Baltimore for big games Sat. (Coppin State)
and Mon. (Morgan State). TOP PLAYER(S) Excellent
combination of vets (CaseyWalker 11.8 ppg., Jay Threatt
second-best 5.5 assists pg., and Marques Oliver 9.9 ppg.,
7.3 rpg.) and rooks (Tahj Tate 15.8 ppg., Tyshawn Bell
.432 from 3).
Fang Mitchell's Eagles have won three straight and
were the first to take down league-leader Norfolk State.
Hosts hot DelState team Saturday. TOP PLAYER(S) Four
double-figure scorers led by Tony Gallo (17.1 ppg.), four of

1. MISS. VALLEY STATE (12-11, 11-0 SWAC) Extended win streak to 11 with wins over
Alabama State (70-58) and Alabama A&M (78-64). Undefeated in SWAC play. NEXT: AtAlcorn
State (Sat.) and Southern (Mon.)
2. SHAW (19-2, 11-0 CIAA) Win streak at 14 after close wins over Livingstone (71-64) and
Fayetteville State (92-84 20T) and blowout of JC Smith (95-76). Up to 12th nationally in NABC
Div. II poll. NEXT: At W-Salem State (Sat.), hosts JCSU (Mon.).
3. NORFOLK STATE (17-8, 9-2) Lost to Delaware State (67-50) Sat. and beat UMES (72-60)
Mon. NEXT: Hosts Hampton Saturday.
4. BOWIE STATE (16-4, 8-3 CIAA) Lost to Va. Union (88-83). Down to 21st in NABC Div. II
poll. NEXT: Hosts ECSU (Thur.), at Lincoln (Sat.)
5. SAVANNAH STATE (13-10, 7-2 MEAC) Beat SC State (73-60) and Texas A&MCC 55-49.
Tied at the top of MEAC standings with NSU. NEXT: At NC Central Sat., at NC A&T Monday.
6. SOUTHERN (11-11, 7-2 SWAC) Got wins over Grambling (57-53) and Jackson State (49-44,
OT) to extend win streak to five.NEXT: Hosts UAPB Sat. and SWAC-leader MVSU Mon.
7. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (16-4, 8-2 CIAA) Beat Livingstone (74-54) and St. Augustine's
53-43. NEXT: Hosts Shaw Saturday and Livingsone Monday.
8. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (10-14,7-3 MEAC) Beat NC A&T (92-79) Sat but lost to NC Central
(81-79) Monday NEXT: At Howard Monday.
9. COPPIN STATE (12-11, 7-3 MEAC) Beat Morgan State (88-86) Saturday. NEXT: Hosts
Delaware State Saturday, UMES Monday.
10. DELAWARE STATE (9-11, 6-3) Knocked off MEAC leader Norfolk State (67-50) and beat
Hampton (77-69) to extend win streak to five. NEXT: At Coppin State (Sat.) and at Morgan
State (Mon.).

Tahj Tate



Miss. Valley St. 11 0 12 11
# Southern 9 2 13 11
Texas Southern 6 4 7 15
Prairie ViewA&M 6 4 10 13
Alabama State 5 6 8 15
Jackson State 3 8 5 18
# Grambling State 3 8 3 18
AlabamaA&M 3 8 5 15
Alcom State 4 7 7 16
Ark. Pine Bluff 4 7 5 19
I inelgile for SWAC Touament
Terrence Joyner, 6-3, Sr., G, MISS. VALLEY STATE
- Averaged 21.0 points while shooting 13 of 21 from the
field (61.9%) and 6 of 10 (60%) from 3-point range in two
wins. Scored 27 points on 8 of 12 shooting, 4 of 5 on 3s
and 7 of 1 FTs vs. Alabama A&M. Tallied 15 points on 5
of 9 shooting from the field, 2 of 5 from 3 and 3 of 5 free
throws in win over Alabama State.
Jameel Grace, 6-0, Jr., G, SOUTHERN Averaged 21.0
points shooting 50% (15 of 30) from the field and 33% (4
of 12) from 3 in wins over Grambling and Jackson State.
Got 24 points on 8 of 16 shooting, 3 of 9 from 3-point
range in win vs. GSU, 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting, 1 of
3 from behind Ihe arc, in OT win vs. JSU.


Morris @ Livingstone
Eliz. City State @ Bowie State
Fayetteville State @ Va. State
Chowan @ Lincoln
Tuskegee @ Benedict
Albany State @ Morehouse
Lane @ Miles
Stillman @ Paine
Kentucky State @ LeMoyne-Owen
Bowie State @ Lincoln
Shaw @ W-Salem State
Chowan @ Eliz. City State
St. Augustine's @ JC Smith
Fayetteville State @ Livingstone
Florida A&M @ Howard
Savannah State @ NC Central
Delaware State @ Coppin State
Md.-E. Shore @ Morgan State
SC State @ NC A&T
Hampton @ Norfolk State
Stillman @ Benedict
Tuskegee @ Paine
Morehouse @ Clark Atlanta
Lane @ LeMoyne-Owen
Central State @ Kentucky State
Fort Valley State @ Albany State
Miss. Valley State @ Alcom State
Grambling State @ Texas Southem
Alabama State @ Alabama A&M
Jackson State @ Prairie View
Ark. Pine Bluff @ Southem
Eliz. City State @ Virginia State
Fayetteville State @ St. Augustine's
Virginia Union @ Chowan
Livingstone @ W-Salem State
JC Smith @ Shaw
B-Cookman @ Howard
SC State @ NC Central
Delaware State @ Morgan State
Savannah State @ NCA&T
Md. E-Shore @ Coppin State
Stillman @ Claflin
Tuskegee @ Morehouse
LeMoyne-Owen @ Clark Atlanta
Ark. Pine Bluff @ Alcom State
Grambling State @ Prare View
Miss. Valley State @ Southern
Jackson State @ Texas Southern
Benedict @ Albany State
Paine @ Fort Valley State
Delaware State @ Norfolk State
Md.-E. Shore @ Hampton
LeMoyne-Owen @ Morehouse
Miles @ Clark Atlanta

Tony Smith

top seven 3-point shooters (Michael Harper, Logan Wiens,
Tariq Cephas and Akeem Ellis).
WOMEN Florida A&M
Ledawn Gibson's Lady Rattlers have won 14 straight
including all 10 MEAC games. Big game Saturday vs. How-
ard. TOP PLAYER(S) League's top player in Sr. Antonia
Bennett, 19.0 ppg. (best in MEAC), 9.9 rpg. (second best),
Sr. Tameka McKelton 14.2 ppg., .388 from 3, Qiana Donald
12.0 ppg., 9.0 rpg.

MEN LeMoyne-Owen
WiilliamAnderson's Magicians had five-game winning
streak halted at Kentucky State Saturday. TOP PLAYER(S)
- Sr., G, Teshawn Byron 13.8 ppg., Sr., F, Calvin Stoudamire
13.7 ppg., 7.4 rpg.
WOMEN Stillman
Cassandra Moorer's troops had their 12-game win-
ning streak that vaulted Lady Tigers into first place halted
by Fort Valley State Saturday. TOP PLAYER(S) 5-11, Sr.,
F, Jamilla McKinnis 15.3 ppg., 3.4 blocks per game (best
in SIAC), 5-9, Sr., F, Phyllice Eubanks 14.3 ppg., 8.1 rpg.

MEN Mississippi Valley State, Southern
Sean Woods' MVSU Delta Devils are SWAC scoring
leaders and have won 11 straight. At Southern Monday. TOP
PLAYER(S) Senior-dominated team with hree double-figure
scorers led by senior Terrence Joyner's 14.1 ppg., Paul
Crosby 13.1 ppg., 6.7 rpg., Cor-J Cox 11.2 ppg., 6.8 rpg.
New SU Jaguars' coach Roman Banks has his team
contending for SWAC title despite postseason ban. Hosts
MVSU Monday. Plays Southern Monday. TOP PLAYER(S)
- Derick Beltran 12.2 ppg., Quinton Doggett 11.5 ppg.,
7.7 rpg., (best in SWAC), Jameel Grace 10.7 ppg., 4.5 apg.
(second in SWAC).
WOMEN Miss. Valley State MVSU won eight of
nine to take over top spot in SWAC. TOP PLAYER(S) -
Ka'Neisha Smith 10.2 ppg., 5.9 rpg., 3.4 assists pg., Lenise
Stallings 9.3 ppg., .451 3 FG (best in SWAC)

1. FLORIDA A&M (17-5, 10-0 MEAC) Beat NCCU (102-66) and NC A&T (68-63) to remain
unbeaten in the MEAC. NEXT: At third place Howard Saturday.
2. HAMPTON (17-4, 9-1 MEAC) Beat DelState, 72-33. NEXT: At Norfolk State Sat.
3. JOHNSON C. SMITH (16-4, 10-1 CIAA) Beat Shaw (68-66) but lost to Fayetteville State
(59-58). NEXT: At St. AOgustine's Sat., before rematch at Shaw Mon.
4. SHAW (15-6, 10-1 CIAA) Lost 68-66 to JC Smith and beat Livingstone 82-61. NEXT: At WSSU
Sat., at home for rematch with CIAA leader JC Smith Mon.
5. HOWARD (17-7, 9-2 MEAC) Won at UMES (49-36) and at Morgan State (64-55). NEXT:
Hosts league-leader Florida A&M Sat., B-Cookman Mon.
6. COPPIN STATE (12-10, 7-2 MEAC) Beat Morgan State 80-77. NEXT: Hosts DelState Sat.,
7. MISS. VALLEY STATE (12-10,9-2 SWAC) Defeated Alabama State (65-50)andAlabamaA&M
(73-44). Moved to first in SWAC. NEXT: Hosts Alabama State (Sat.) and Alabama A&M (Mon.)
8. SOUTHERN (9-9, 8-3 SWAC) Lost to Grambling (60-59) then beat Jackson State (65-60)
NEXT: Hosts UAPB Sat. and SWAC-leader MVSU Mon.
9. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (15-6, 10-1 CIAA) Beat Livingstone (82-68) and St. Aug's 75-63.
NEXT: Hosts Shaw Saturday and Livingsone Monday.
10. FORT VALLEY STATE (15-6, 13-4) Beat SIAC co-leaders TUskegee 78-49 Thurs. and
Stillman 77-66 Sat. NEXT: At Albany State.Sat, and hosting Paine Tues.

1 2 0 2 B A K C O L G A S K E B A L W o en' S an in s nd ee ly Ho or th u 2/ /1 )

Virginia Union 4 1 6 5 9 11
Eliz. CityState 3 2 6 5 12 9
BowieState 3 2 4 7 4 14
Virginia State 2 3 3 7 11 11
Lincoln 2 3 2 9 6 17
Chowan 1 4 3 8 8 13
J.C.Smith 4 1 10 1 16 4
Shaw 4 1 10 1 15 6
W-Salem State 2 1 10 1 15 6
Fayetteville State 2 3 3 7 9 10
St. Augustine's 1 3 6 5 11 10
Livingstone 0 4 2 9 7 16
PLAYER Aslea Williams, 6-1, Sr., C, SHAW Averaged
double-double (20 ppg., 11.5 rpg.) in two games. Had 19
pts., 15 reb. vs. JC Smith and 21 points 8 rebounds in
win over FSU.
NEWCOMER LaMesha Deal, 5-9, So., F, WSSU -
Double-double in three straight games 16 pts., 10 rebs.,
vs. BSU, 12 pts., 10 rebs., vs. Lincoln, 17 points, 15 boards
vs. Chowan.
ROOKIE Danlelle Ferguson, 6-0, Fr., F, VUU Had 20
pts. in win over ECSU. Averaged 13.0 pts., 6.3 rebounds
in 3 games.

FloridaA&M 10 0 17 5
Hampton 9 1 17 4
Howard 9 2 17 7
Coppin State 7 2 12 10
Md.-Eastern Shore 5 4 8 13
N. CarolinaA&T 5 5 10 13
Bethune-Cookman 4 6 7 15
South Carolina State 3 5 8 11
Norfolk State 4 7 9 13
MorganState 3 7 6 17
Savannah State 2 7 9 13
Delaware State 1 8 4 18
NC Central 0 10 2 21
PLAYER- Qiana Donald, 6-0, Sr., F/C, FAMU Recorded
a double-double of 23 pts., 11 rebs., in win over NCCU.
Added three assists and three steals.
ROOKIE Tiffanle Adair, 5-11, So., F, NC A&T Aver-
aged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds in wins over DSU and
B-CU. Had 19 pts., 10 rebounds vs DSU, 9 pis., 8
rebounds vs. B-CU.
DEFENSE Rachel Gordon, 6-0, So., F, NSU Had 28
rebounds, 1 block and 2 steals in two games. Vs. Coppin
State, had 21 rebounds with one steal. Added 18 points
and two assists in the two games.

Stillman 12 3 14 5
Fort Valley State 13 4 15 6
Tuskegee 11 4 14 5
Benedict 10 5 12 6
Miles 10 5 12 7
ClarkAtlanta 9 7 9 10
LeMoyne-Owen 7 8 8 9
Albany State 7 9 7 13
Kentucky State 6 10 7 12
Claflin 5 12 5 13
Paine 3 12 3 16
Lane 0 14 0 15

Phylice Eubanks, 5-10, Sr., F, STILLMAN Averaged
20.3 points, 87 rebounds, 4 steals and 1.7 assists in
three games.
Sharrita Lloyd, 5-6, Jr., G, KSU Averaged 12 points, 3
rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two games

Miss. Valley St. 9 2 12 10
Southern 8 3 9 9
Alcom State 6 5 8 15
Jackson State 6 5 9 11
AlabamaA&M 6 5 11 10
Alabama State 6 5 9 11
GramblingState 6 5 10 11
Prairie ViewA&M 5 5 8 13
Texas Southern 2 8 3 17
Ark. Pine Bluff 0 11 0 22


6 Ms. Perry's Free Press

Greater Macedonia Baptist Church to
Celebrate Pastor's 36th Anniversary
Greater Macedonia Baptist Church will cele-
brate the 36th Anniversary Celebration of Dr.
Landon Williams Sr. February 12th & February
19, 2012. The Special Anniversary Worship
SService 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. Vernon Baptist Church, Pastor Kelly
Brown. On Sunday February 19th at 4 p.m., the
spoken word will be given by Dr. John Guns of
Dr. Landon Williams 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, contact the Church at 764-9257.

African American Brunch at Mt. Lebanon
Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its Annual African
American Brunch on Saturday, February 18th from 10 a.m. noon. The
luncheon will include fellowship, poetry, music, theatre and African cui-
sine. The speaker for the event will be Vanessa Richmond. The church is
located at 9319 Ridge Blvd 32208. For more information email

Mayor Alvin Brown to Highlight
Family & Friends Day at New Bethel
The New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate its
Annual Family and Friends Day, on Sunday, February 12, 2012. The wor-
ship service will begin at 10:30 a.m.
The Reverend Harry L. Dawkins, Senior Pastor states that he is expect-
ing a mighty move of God and extends a heartfelt welcome to the
Honorable Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown as the speaker for the day.
The community is invited to share in what promises to be a joyful wor-
ship experience. New Bethel AME Church is located in the heart of the
Edward Waters College Campus at 1231 Tyler St., Jacksonville, FL.
New Bethel has been a strong spiritual pillar in the community and is
listed in the historical registry. For more information please call 353-

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Black History Month Program at
St. Simon B.C. of Orange Park
In celebration of Black History Month, St. Simon Baptist Church of
Orange Park, FL, Rev. W. H. Randall, Founding Pastor, will present an
original drama presentation "The Journey From Slavery To Freedom". The
production is being sponsored by the St. Simon Sanctuary Choir and will
be performed by the choir and congregational family on Friday, February
24th at 7 p.m. The Church is located at 1331 Miller Street, Orange Park,
FL 32073. Call 215-3300 for more information or directions.
"Our History Month" Celebrated at First Church of Palm Coast

First Church Highlights Black
History Month with Special Services
During the month of February, First Church of Palm Coast will examine
in each of its 8 a.m.and 10 a.m. worship services, Biblical themes that pro-
vide hope to persons who have experienced ostracism and oppression in
North and South America.
Special services include: Sunday, February 12th Rev. Dr. G Vincent
Lewis Reassurance Is there a word from God to persecuted people that
lets us know trouble won't last always?; Sunday, February 19th Dr.
Gillard S. Glover Remembering Have we forgotten that the story of
Christianity begins with Africans in Acts 2 and runs through Acts 8 in
Ethiopia during the first century of the Christian era?; Sunday, February
26th Dr. E. J. Parker, III Relinquishment How can we memorialize the
millions of our ancestors who died in the "Middle Passage" yet relinquish
to God the bitterness, hatred and guilt we harbor concerning the "Great
Disaster"?; Sunday, February 26th at 3 p.m. Dr. E. J. Parker, III Revival
- "People; Peril; Pride and Promise" Deuteronomy 7:7-9
The First Church of Palm Coast, is
pastored by the Dr. Gillard S.
Glover. It is located at 91 Old Kings Bethe l Ba
Road North in Palm Coast, Florida,
(386) 446-5759. 5 Bp t
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Seeking the lost for Christ
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Family and Friends at Greater Grant
Greater Grant AME Church will celebrate Family & Friends Day on
Sunday, February 26, 2012. Activities will be held throughout the month
including a Carnival on Feb. 25th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Greater Grant is
located at 5533 Gilchrest Road. For more information, call 764-5992.

BCU Leadership Breakfast
The Duval/Nassau Alumni Chapter of B-CU will be hosting its annual Dr.
Mary McLeod Bethune Community Leadership Breakfast at The Crown
Plaza Jacksonville airport on February 25, 2012 at 9:00 A.M. The theme is
"Enter to Learn and Depart to Serve".
The funds raised from this event will support ongoing scholarship oppor-
tunities for Duval/Nassau High School seniors and daily operations of the
college. Duval/Nassau Alumni Chapter offers graduating High School sen-
iors an opportunity to receive funds for assistance with textbooks.
The Duval/Nassau Alumni Chapter will also be having their monthly
Alumni Meeting at Bono's BBQ 5903 Norwood Avenue at 6 PM It will
be every First Thursday unless otherwise specified.
For more information visit or
call us @ 904.307.8492 or 904.610.3412.

Cycle Ministry Seeks Participation
Rydas 4 Righteousness Christian Motorcycle Ministry Jacksonville
Chapter teamed up with Colon Cancer Alliance to bring awareness by host-
ing a Colon Cancer Charity Event Weekend. March 23, 2012 March 25,
2012. This weekend includes a Charity Walk, Motorcycle Ride and Bike
Blessing. Please Contact Ruth-President of Rydas 4 Righteousness Jax at
674-433 or

Artist Institutional Church

street Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Weekly Services

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel
3rd Sunday 4:00 p.m

Come share in Holy Communinon on Ist Sundayat 740 and 1040 a.m.

Bishop Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Grace and Peace

Disciples of Christ Cbristiai Fellowship
*A Full Gospel Baptist Church *

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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worship with

prayer, praise

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

Sunday Morning Worship
7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.

Church school
9:30 a.m.
Bible Study
6:30 p.m.

Worship with us LIVE
on the web visit

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.
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Sweet Potato Pie
2 cups cooked mashed sweet
1 1/3 cups sugar (brown or
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon '
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half .
3/4 stick of butter
Peel and cube sweet pota- e'--' _- ---- -
toes. Mash potatoes with all the
above ingredients. Beat with mixer on medium speed until smooth (or you can mix it by
hand until smooth). Place in pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour, or until firm
when touched in the middle.

Bread Pudding
Years ago, people could not afford to throw anything away. If they had a lot of leftover
old bread (the bread that was made with flour, not cornmeal), they would crumble and save
it. The whole message behind bread pudding is that people could not afford to waste or
throw away food, so they rexyxled it. With
[ ik": bread pudding, they used the stale bread to
S make this delicious dessert.
4 cups dried bread crumbs
-- e ( 2 eggs beaten
2 cups milk
S' -. 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
/ 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups raisins
Mix all the above ingredients. Place in 350
degree oven. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the center is firm to the touch. Can be served hot
or cold.

1 package (18 1/2 ounces) yellow cake
4 eggs (room temperature)
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 1/3 cups mashed bananas (about 4 me-
I package (3 3/4 ounces) instant vanilla
pudding Z.
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg '
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients in large mixer
bowl. Mix until blended, then beat at medium speed for 4 minutes. Turn batter into greased
and lightly floured 10 inch tube pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until done. If
desired, dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.

Pineapple Upside-
Down Cake
Sprinkle brown sugar in
bottom of well-greased
pan. Dot with butter. Drain
pineapple. Place slices in
pan with cherry in center of
I each pineapple slice. Sift
together flour, baking pow-
der and salt. Cream short-
ening. Add sugar gradually
and beat until fluffy. Add
egg and vanilla and beat
well. Add flour mixture, a
little at a time, alternately
With milk. Pour batter over
fruit. Bake at 350 degrees F. until brown, for 50 to 60 minutes. Turn upside down on serv-
ing plate. (Serves 8-10).

Cream Cheese Pound Cake
3 sticks of butter (the real thing is best!)"
1 8oz pkg cream cheese ,
6 eggs 3 cups sugar, 3 cups of flour
1 tsp lemon or vanilla extract
Cream the butter and cream cheese
together with an electric mixer until well
blended. Add 1 cup of sugar and blend
well. Add 1 egg and blend well. Alternate .
1 cup sugar and 1 egg until sugar is de- -
pleted. Add 1 cup of flour, blend well. Add
1 egg and alternate flour with egg until
flour is depleted. Add extract and blend
well. Pour into a greased and floured tube
pan and bake in a pre-heated 325 degree
oven for 1 hour and 25 minutes. Ice with
lemon glaze.
About 2 cups of confectioners sugar 1 tbsp butter melted,
milk 3 tbsp lemon juice
(all of these measurements are approximate)
Mix these ingredients until smooth and the consistency of a glaze (thicker than regular
milk, but as thick as Eagle sweetened condensed milk) Pour over the cake.

Poppy Seed Cake
1 package yellow cake mix 1 small package instant vanilla pudding 4 eggs
1/3 cup poppy seeds 1/2 cup cream sherry 1/2 cup corn oil 1 cup sour cream
Mix all ingredients together well. Pour into a greased tube or bundt pan. Bake at 350 de-
grees for 1 hr.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Fresh Peach Cobbler
4 C. sliced fresh peaches
1/3 C. brown sugar
fresh grated nutmeg
1 T. flour
Pinch of salt (optional)

1 C. all-purpose flour
1/4 C. sugar
1 t. baking powder
Pinch of salt (optional)
3 T. cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 beaten egg

In a medium bowl, mix together
peaches, sugar, flour, a couple dashes
of fresh grated nutmeg, and salt (if "
using); set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix flour,
sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add butter and cut in with pastry
blender or rub butter into flour with
fingertips until mixture resembles
coarse crumbs.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg and .
milk together.
Add the egg mixture all at once to
the flour mixture.
Stir just until combined-don't over mix!
Pour peach mixture into a small baking dish (8"x8"x2"). Drop topping mixture by large
spoonfuls over the top of the peaches.
Bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven. Topping is done when golden
brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Banana Pudding
1 large package banana cream flavored pudding and pie filling (6 serving size)
3 egg yolks slightly beaten, 3 3/4 cups milk, 30 vanilla wafers
2 large ripe but firm bananas, sliced 3 egg whites, dash salt, 1/3 cup sugar
In a saucepan, combine pudding mix, egg yolks, and milk. Cook over medium heat, stir-
ring, until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat. Arrange a layer of vanilla wafers in
bottom of a 2-quart baking dish.
Add a layer of banana slices and then a layer of pudding. Continue layering the vanilla
r wafers, banana slices, and pudding, ending with the pudding.
..., Beat egg whites with the salt until foamy. Gradually beat in
S the sugar then continue to beat until mixture forums stiff
Shiny peaks. Spoon meringue over pudding, spreading all the
way to the edge of dish to seal. Bake at 3750 for about 10 to
15 minutes, until meringue is cooked and lightly browned.
Serve warm or chilled. Store in refrigerator.

African Heritage

Back in this era, most African men were
farmers, cattle raisers and fisherman. Plant-
ing, sowing and harvesting crops were con-
sidered women's work. Cooking was one of
the most important skills a young girl needed
to learn. One traditional dish called fufu was
made of pounded yams. Fufu was served with
soup, stew, roasted meat and different
sauces. During this time in history, cooking
was done over open pits. Africans were very
skilled in roasting, frying, stewing, boiling and
steaming their foods. Their native foods were
yams, okra, watermelon, cassava, ground-
nuts, black-eyed peas and rice.

Indentured Servants and
Slavery 1619
In August, 1619, the first group of Afri-
cans landed in America at Jamestown, Vir-
ginia. These Africans were indentured ser-
vants. They gave up four to seven years of
labor just to pay for transportation to America.
Southern plantations consisted of Africans
from many different tribal nations. These Afri-
cans made up the slave population in south-
ern America. Verbal exchanges of recipes on
these Southern plantations led to the develop-
ment of an international African cooking style
in America. The slaves enjoyed cooking pork,
yams, sweet potatoes, hominy, corn, ash-
cakes, cabbage, hoecakes, collards and cow-
peas. On these plantations, cooking was
done on an open fireplace with large swing
blackpots and big skillets.
African American cooking techniques
and recipes were also influenced by Native
American Indians all across the United
States. When Africans were first brought to
America in 1619, they lived on farms. In many
areas, local Indians taught them how to hunt
and cook with native plants. Indian cooking
techniques were later introduced into the

southern society by black American cooks.
Dishes such as corn pudding, succotash,
pumpkin pie, Brunswick Stew and hominy
grits are a few examples of Native American
dishes found in African American cooking.

American Revolution
1776- 1880s
Between 1773 and 1785 thousands of
Africans were brought to America. They were
brought ashore in Virginia, Georgia and the
Carolinas (Sea Island). In America, slaves
were cooks, servants and gardeners. They
worked in the colonial kitchens and on the
plantations as field hands. At the Big House,
slaves cooked such foods as greens, succo-
tash, corn pudding, spoon bread, corn pone
and crab cakes. These foods were cooked on
an open pit or fireplace. On the plantation,
breakfast was an important and an early
meal. Hoecakes and molasses were eaten as
the slaves worked from sun up to sun down.

Reconstruction 1865
Both the northern and the southern ar-
mies hired black Americans as cooks. Most of
the cooking throughout the South was done
by black cooks. Slaves created their own reci-
pes and made the best of hard times and
scarce supplies. Cajun and Creole cooking
developed during this period. These foods
included jambalaya, bread pudding, dirty rice,
gumbo and red beans and rice. Cooking was
done on a great big old fireplace with swing
pots and skillets with legs.

Post Reconstruction -

Westward Movement -

At the end of the Civil War, black Ameri-
cans began to move westward. They mi-
grated to Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and
Texas. Black Americans became cowboys

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The Classic barbecue was an invention of necessity
and cooks on the cattle drives. Many black
Americans were also pioneers and as farmers
they survived off the land. They adapted their
cooking habits and formed new ones when
necessary. It was a great challenge to create
good food with primitive tools and very limited
ingredients. They cooked such foods as: bis-

cuts, stew, baked beans and barbecued

The Great Migration
During this period, a large number of
black Americans worked as cooks in private
homes, shops restaurants, schools, hotels
and colleges. Many moved to such large cit-
ies as Chicago, New York, Ohio, Detroit and
Pennsylvania to work. Black cooks, chefs and
waiters also worked in Pullman cars of the old
railroads and on the steamboats. Many black

Restaurants such as Paschal's in Atlanta that ca-
tered to Blacks were not only safe havens for good
food and a symbol of entrepreneurship, but they also
were a haven for civil rights leaders.

Americans also started small businesses
such as fish markets, barbeque and soul food
restaurants throughout the United States.
These establishments specialized in fried fish,
homemade rolls, potato salad, turkey and
dressing, fried pork chops, rice and gravy and
southern fried chicken. Cooking was done on
wood burning and gas stoves.

Civil Rights Movement
1965 Present
In the early 60s and 70s, soul food, the
traditional food of black Americans, was very
popular. Soul foods were candied yams, okra,
fried chicken, pig's feet, chitlin's, cornbread,
collard greens with ham hocks and black-
eyed peas. Today in the 90s, soul food prepa-
ration has changed. Black Americans are be-
coming increasingly health conscious, thus,
they are avoiding foods with high levels of fat
and cholesterol, and increasing their intake of
fruit, vegetables and fiber. Black Americans
are still in the kitchen cooking, but now they
are owners and managers of restaurants. To-
day cooking is done on electric, gas and mi-
crowave stoves.


dish. Place in 450 degree oven to brown
and dry out excess fat. Serve with greens.
(Serves 2-4)

Steak and Gravy
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 beef round steak, about 2 pounds and 1
inch thick
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups unsalted beef broth
1 cup light cream
Combine flour and next 5 ingredients.
Pound mixture into both sides of the meat
with a mallet. Saute meat in 2 tablespoons
of the butter and all of the oil over medium
heat until brown, about 5 minutes on each
side. Remove meat from skillet to a 2-
quart baking dish, cover, and keep warm.
In the same skillet, saute onion and garlic
over medium heat until onion is transpar-
ent; add to meat. Pour over additional but-
ter if necessary. Melt the remaining 2 ta-
blespoons of butter in skillet, blend in the 2
tablespoons flour, stirring constantly and
scraping bottom and sides of skillet, until
the mixture is smooth and brown. Cook
until thick, approximately 3 minutes. Stir
in broth and cook, stirring constantly, until
bubbly; simmer over low heat an addi-
tional 5 minutes. Pour over meat and bake,
covered, at 325 degrees F. for 2 hours or
until meat is tender. Remover cover and
bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Add
cream, stir, and serve. (4 servings)

Smothered Pork Chops
4 pork chops
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
All-purpose flour

1/4 cup bacon drippings or vegetable
1 large onion, sliced
3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 cup water
Wash pork chops and pat dry. Mix sea-
sonings together. Rub on chops
(approximately 1/4 teaspoon per chop).
Reserve remaining seasoning for gravy.
Lightly dust chops with flour. Heat drip-
pings in a large, heavy skillet. Add chops
and brown each side, approximately 5 to
10 minutes. Remove chops from pan to a
warm, paper towel-covered platter. Re-
move all but 1/4 cup drippings from the
pan. Add sliced onion and brown. The
trick is to get the flour as brown as possi-
ble without burning it or the onion. Add
water and stir. Return chops to pan and add
sufficient water to cover. Bring to a quick
boil; reduce heat to low; cover and simmer
about an hour or until chops are fork ten-
der. Season to taste with additional season-
ing mix, if desired. (4 servings)

Fried Pork Chops
4 pork chops
1/2 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 cups oil for frying
Wash pork chops. Mix flour, salt and
pepper together. Put chops in bag and
shake until covered. Drop chops in hot oil.
Fry until golden brown for 20 minutes.
Drain on paper towels. (Serves 2-4)

Ham Hocks
2-4 ham hocks (allow 1 per person)
pinch of salt
Put hock in a large pot. Add just
enough water to cover. Add a pinch of salt.
Cover the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce
heat and simmer 2-1/2 to 3 hours until
hocks are tender. Put hocks in a baking

Chicken/Tuna Casserole
1 1/2 2 cups chicken (cooked)
1/2 cup water
2 cans water chestnuts, sliced
2 cans cream celery soup
1 cup mayonaise
1 cup chopped celery
1 pkg pepperidge cornbread stuffing
4 cups noodles cooked
1/2 stick butter, melted
Combine soup, water, mayonaise. Add
chicken or tuna, noodles, celery, water
chestnuts. If you use tuna, add a little
lemon juice.) Put in buttered casserole
dish. Sprinkle cornbread crumbs on top.
Sprinkle melted butter over crumbs. Bake
at 350 degrees F. uncovered for about 45
minutes. (8 generous servings)
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Fried Catfish Fillets
8 to 10 catfish fillets
Salt and Pepper
3 teaspoons sea-
soned salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon onion
1 1/4 teaspoons
3 tablespoons all-
purpose flour
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1/4 cup bacon drip-
Enough vegetable
shortening to deep-fry
(2 1/2 to 3 cups) Grits
Wash fish and pat

dry. Lightly season with salt and pepper
and set aside. Combine seasoned salt and
next 6 ingredients and mix well. Dip fillets
in eggs, then in cornmeal mixture. Place
fillets on a wax paper-covered plate and
refrigerate at least 1 hour to allow corn-
meal coating to set. In a large, heavy fry-
ing pan, preferably cast iron, heat bacon
drippings and shortening to 370 degrees F.

Oil is sufficiently hot when a hze forms
above the oil and a drop of water can
dance across the surface. Deep-fry fish
until golden brown, drain on paper towels.
and serve immediately. Excellent with
slaw and Hush Puppy Patties. (4 to 5 serv-

5 pounds frozen chitterlings thawed
5 cups water
2 stalks celery with leaves
2 large onions chopped
2 bay leaves
1 clove garlic minced
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 red pepper cut in pieces (opion-ri:
Soak chitterlings in cold water for at
least 6 hours. Cover pot. Drain. Strip as
much fat as possible from each piece and
wash thoroughly in cold water. Make sure
it is entirely free of dirt. Cut into small
pieces about 1 inch. Place in full pot of
water with salt and pepper. Add other in-
gredients to the pot and cover. Cook over
medium heat until tender about 2 12 or 3
hours. Serve with vinegar or hot sauce.
(Serves 4-6)

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Trailblazers in the Landscape

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The Afro American Life Insuranc
ed by A.L. Lewis was the first insura
state, Black or white. The building
corner of Union and Ocean Streets a
the AME Church.
Mary Singleton (1926-1980)
The first African-American.
woman to be elected to the
Jacksonville city council, a cancer
survival and a pioneer in the Florida
State legislature, Mary Singleton
was an "equality trailblazer" for
blacks in Jacksonville. From her
early days at the Boylan Haven
School, then as a graduate of
Florida A&M University, Mary's
community advocacy led her to her
role as the first appointed
Supervisor of Elections. Mary's
efforts are still celebrated today as
she was a woman of valor and
Earl Johnson (1928-1988)
Earl Johnson was a renowned
civil rights leader in Jacksonville's
city government. Earl's accom-
plishments included filing the land-
mark segregation lawsuit against
Duval county school board on
behalf of the NAACP. Earl was also
the first black elected to
Jacksonville's City council, and
was the first black elected to mem-
bership in the Jacksonville Bar
Association. Earl's career expanded
over a decade and was known as the
first man black man that could
become Mayor of Jacksonville.

Eartha White ( 1876 1974)
Eartha Mary Magdalene White

was born in
1876. She
was an
Africanm -
vocalist, edu-
cator, admin-
istrator and
Raised by her
adoptive ,
mother, Clara
e Company, found- W h i t e,
dance company in the Eartha grad-
still stands on the uated from
nd is now owned by Stanton High
worked with
the Republican Party and worked
feverishly with unwed mothers,
children and was appointed to
President Nixon's National Center
for Voluntary Action. Eartha was
influential in social causes and her
legacy lives today at the Clara
White Mission, home to a
renowned culinary, and janitorial
school, veteran services and feed-
ing the homeless.
A.L. Lewis (1865-1947)
Abraham Lincoln Lewis, African
American businessman and mem-
ber of the African American
Methodist church that founded the
Afro-American Life Insurance
Company in Jacksonville, Florida,
and in 1901 became the state's first
African American millionaire and
owner of the National Register-list-
ed community of American Beach,
founded as a prestigious vacation
spot for blacks during the period of
racial segregation. African
American celebrities, families,
churches and children from around
the surrounding counties flocked to
American Beach. A.L. Lewis's
family connection was heralded by
his great-granddaughters MaVynee
Betsch, known for educating the
public on their family history and
her efforts to preserve American
Beach and Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole,
the first woman to serve as presi-

dent of two major universities
Spelman College and Bennett
E.L. Weems (1901-1983)
Prominent photographer E.L.
Weems specialized in photograph-
ing graduations, family groupings,
engagements, weddings and student
yearbook photos. Weems historical
contribution was using his own
method of colorization before color
film was invented. Between 1929
and the mid 1950's Weems was the
most prominent Black photogra-
pher in Jacksonville. "Photos by
Weems" was an award winning stu-
dio documenting the history of
African American photography in
James W. Johnson (1871-1938)
Around the age of 30, James W.
Johnson had already written Lift
Ev'ry Voice and Sing, the song des-
ignated as the Negro national
anthem. James, a graduate of
Atlanta University, was a Harlem
renaissance contributor writing lit-
erature, and advocating for civil
rights for African Americans. He
served in several public capacities
over the next 35 years, working in
education, the diplomatic corps,
civil rights activism, literature,
poetry, and music. In 1904 Johnson
went on Theodore Roosevelt's pres-
idential Campaign receiving an
appointment as the U.S. consul at
Puerto Cabello, Venezuela then
Nicaragua from 1909-1913.
.Ken Knight (1909 1973)
Ken Knight was a pioneer
African American black broadcast-
er, television personality and pro-
ducer. Self-trained as an announcer,
Ken was the first program director
and assistant manager of an all
white radio station in the South.
Ken Knight was the host of the
WJXT television show, the "Ken
Knight Show" which featured
African American entertainers and
achievers. Ken's radio nickname
was "Knight Train." Ken's broad
success help him to initiate training
programs for African American
careers in broadcasting.

"Bad" Foods
You want to shed some pounds,
and immediately your personal list
of no-no's grows. No bread or
potatoes--too many carbs. No
chocolate--too fattening. Sound
familiar? Well you can throw all
those rules out the window.
In fact, forbidding certain foods
can backfire. Thanks to fad diets
that aren't based in solid science,
people avoid foods that would help
them control overeating or fight
belly fat and ultimately lose
weight. Worse still, having an off-
limits list is like stuffing your crav-
ings into a plastic bag. Eventually
it's going to burst open, unleashing
all your food urges at once, which
leads to bingeing. The real key to
weight loss is to watch portions
and choose nutrient-rich foods.
Contains carbohydrates, which
boost brain chemicals that curb

That Help You
Bread is an excellent source of
carbs, which your brain needs to
produce serotonin, a neurotrans-
mitter that promotes feelings of
comfort and satisfaction. As your
body digests carbohydrates, it
releases insulin, which helps chan-
nel tryptophan--an amino acid--
into the brain. Tryptophan then
gets converted to serotonin. When
serotonin levels are optimal, you
feel calm and happy and have
fewer cravings; when they're low,
you feel depressed and irritable,
making you more likely to overeat.
A high fluid content keeps you
satisfied longer
Cooked pasta and rice are about
70% water--and eating fluid-rich
foods keeps you fuller longer,
compared with dry foods, accord-
ing to research from the British
Nutrition Foundation. Like bread,
the carbs in pasta boost serotonin

Lose Weight
to help curb overeating. The prop-
er portion of pasta is /2 cup
cooked, or about the size of an ice-
cream scoop.
Choose whole grain varieties for
filling fiber, and add grilled chick-
en and lots of veggies to bulk up
your dish even more.
Form resistant starch, a fiber
that burns fat
These veggies may be one of our
most misunderstood foods. Fried
or doused in sour cream, they're
not going to help you lose weight.
But when boiled or baked, a pota-
to's starch absorbs water and
swells. Once chilled, portions of
the starch crystallize into a form
that resists digestion--resistant
starch. Unlike other types of fiber,
resistant starch gets fermented in
the large intestine, creating fatty
acids that may block the body's
ability to bur carbohydrates. In

Bethune Invites Alumni for a Day o0 Service

The Bethune-Cookman
University (B-CU) associate
trustees are inviting all B-CU alum-
ni to return to campus for the 2012
Alumni Day of Service on Campus
from March 29-30.
Last March, approximately 50
alumni mentored more than 500 B-
CU students in the first-ever
Alumni Day of Service on Campus.
The plans for the 2012 event
include a reception the evening
before the day of service, a conti-
nental breakfast, several hours of
seminars, class sessions, and men-
toring workshops with alumni and
This event is an excellent oppor-
tunity for alumni to share the
wealth of their B-CU education by
providing students with important
advice, words of guidance, and
sharing career experiences with
them. It is also an opportunity to
develop long-term mentoring rela-
tionships with students.
The B-CU associate trustees
invite all alumni to embrace the
university's motto to "enter to
learn, depart to serve" by being a

part of this exciting event.
In order to participate, you may
register online and make a credit
card payment through the universi-
ty's homepage, www.bethune.cook- Registration will take
place from thorough March 15.
The cost for alumni participation
is $65. The registration fee includes
the cost for all events, as well as

materials provided as a part of your
registration. If you prefer to pay by
check, please send the registration
fee by March 15 to Valerie Powell,
Office of Institutional
Advancement, Bethune-Cookman
University, 640 Mary McLeod
Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL
32114. Please note 2012 Alumni
Day of Service on the memo line.

Public Library Offering

Free Financial Seminars

Florida Saves is a series of free
seminars designed to help residents
navigate some of the most common
financial issues. Seminars take
place Feb. 13 through March 22 at
library locations throughout the
city. The program ends with an
appearance by author Michelle
Singletary at the Main Library on
March 24 at noon.
Adults can choose one, two or all
three workshops:
1. Raising a Money-Smart Kid
(The first 200 attendees receive a

Kids Wealth Money Kit and
Activity Trackers).
2. Rebuilding Credit (At least one
attendee will win a free one-hour
credit counseling session that
includes a three-bureau credit
3. Power Against Fraud (All
attendees receive a safe alternative
to traditional wallets.)
Seminars are free and registration
is required. Visit www.jaxpublicli- to register or call (904)
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State Park Celebrates
Black History Month
Fort Mose Historic State Park will
celebrate the first legally sanc-
tioned, free black settlement in the
United States during its annual liv-
ing history event, Flight to
Freedom, on Saturday, February
11th from 10 a.m. 4 p.m., 15 Fort
Mose Trail, St. Augustine, Florida.
For more information contact Terri
Newmans, Park Service Specialist,
(904) 823-2232 or email

P.R.I.D.E. Book
Club Meeting
The next P.R.I.D.E. Book Club
meeting will take place, Saturday,
February 11th at 3 p.m. at the
Jacksonville Public Library
(Downtown), 303 N. Laura Street,
Rm G-4. The book for discussion is
"Beneath the Surface" by Roy
Glenn. For more information con-
tact Pat Morrison at 630-2960 or

Ritz Jazz Jamm
A Soulful Night of Keys featuring
Lonnie Liston Smith, Brian Jackson
and Mark Adams will take place
Saturday, February 11th at the
Ritz Theater, 829 Davis St. For
more information call (904) 632-
555 or visit

McCray Fine Art Show
at American Beach
The American Beach Community
Center will present the Fiber Arts
work of artist Billie McCray "On
the backs of others," Friday,
February 10th, through February
16th, 5-8 p.m.. at the center. For
directions or more information, call

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.

Free Black History
Month Festival
A Black History Month festival
will be held, Thursday, February
16th at Florida State College at
Jacksonville's North Campus, 4501
Capper Rd., from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. in
the courtyard. The event includes
entertainers and testimonials and a
"Who I am Quiz?" For more details
call 766-6786 or visit

EWC to Present
Coming of Age Play
The Schell-Sweet Community
Resource Center on the EWC cam-
pus will present the coming of age
play "Choices" February, 17th and
18th in the Milne Auditorium. The
special production will include a
red carpet reception, silent auction
and cocktails from 5:30 p.m. 6:30
p.m. followed by the play at 7:00
p.m., entertainment by Akia

Uwanda. On February 18th at 4
p.m. will be the second perform-
ance. For more information call
Marie Heath at (904) 470-8140 or
Akia McDaniel at (904) 469-7511.

Kingsley Heritage
Saturday, February 18th and
February 25th, The Kingsley
Heritage Celebration will celebrate
with melodies, stories and music of
the Civil War era; re-enactor Rose
Person as Harriet Tubman's role in
the Civil War and a kids craft corer
and house tours. Other Includes re-
enactors demonstrations of life on
the plantation and the
Massachusetts 54th regiment, the
first African American unit in the
war. Tour begins at 1:30 p.m., For
more information contact Kingsley
Plantation, 11676 Palmetto Ave.
For more information call (904)

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.

Museum and a Movie
The Ritz Museum presents the
movie "On the Shoulder of Giants"
Saturday, February 18th at 11 a.m.
The feature-length documentary
honors a group of sports pioneers
who have been all but forgotten to
time, and it celebrates the legacy of
a magical game and the shoulders
that today's players stand on. For
more information call (904) 632-

5555or email

Ritz Jazz Jamm
The Ritz Jazz Jamm will presents
Ladysmith Black Mambazo in con-
cert, Sunday, February 19th at 7
p.m.. For more information call
(904) 632-5555or email ritzthe-

Night at the Ritz
Former alumni and educators of
Northwestern are invited to attend
Friends and Family Night at the
Ritz Theatre and Museum, Tuesday,
February 21st, 6-8 p.m.. On dis-
play will be "More Than a Game:
African American Sports in
Jacksonville, 1900-1975,".
Participants wil share memories,
participate in conversations, re-con-
nect with classmates, teachers and
coaches. For more information call
(904) 632-5555or email ritzthe-

Free Lecture on
Littlerock Revisited
Florida State College of
Jacksonville professor John Taylor
presents "Little Rock-55 years later
and more additional stories" at a
reading at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday,
February 21st at Jacksonville's
North campus, 4501 Capper Rd.
Room E-235. For more informa-
tion call (904) 766-6726 or visit

Kingsley Plantation
Drama at FSCJ
The play "Magijeen: The story of
Anna Kingsley," will be featured at
2 p.m. Thursday, February 23rd
on the campus of FSCJ's Kent
Campus, 3939 Roosevelt Blvd.,

Room F-128. The celebration will
feature campus instructor and play-
wright Jennifer chase and cast with
a shortened version of Chases full
length musical. For more informa-
tion call (904) 381-3674 or visit

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-

We Remember Raines
Documentary Premiere
The premiere of the documentary
"We Remember Raines," An All
American High school story, will be
on Saturday, February 25th at 7
p.m., in the Raines Auditorium.The
Film is narrated by former news
anchor Ben Frazier and DJ For more informa-
tion and tickets contact Emmanuel
Washington at (904) 465-6891 or

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.

Ritz Jazz Jamm
The March Ritz Jazz Jamm will
feature singer SIMONE on
Saturday, March 3rd, at 7 p.m. and
10 p.m. Tickets on sale now. For
more information call (904) 632-
5555or email

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

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Former 90s Starlet Says She's Back

from Crack and Ready for a Career

Shown is Maia today, in the inset, a mugshot photo a few years ago.

the "In the House" actress
was in a bad way a few years
ago, seemingly strung out on
drugs and hurting from the
death of her mother, author
Bebe Moore Campbell.
Thankfully, all of that
appears to be behind her now,
as she revealed in a recent
radio interview. The 35-year-
old says she's clean and ready
to make a comeback to the
industry-only she wants to
make sure she does it the right
way this time. Check out
some of the highlights of the
On her life...
I've been sober for two
years, and a lot of people
can't say that. I'm timid, shy
and broken a little bit by some
of the responses [online], but
then again so much support
from the people saying "No!
She's none of that." Real
friends stepping up ... And
just showing me who the real

people were in my life. It
helped me find myself and
find out that there's a real true
artist inside of me-that no
matter what obstacles may
come, he's not going to let
you fall, and he's not going to
let you down.
I started ministering to
myself and looking at my
heart ... Finding my voice ...
I listened to the music that
people were making, and it
kept inspiring me. I started
making music, and I just
stepped out on a limb. My
mom died ... So much has
happened. I miss people in
my life. I miss LL [Cool J].
Debbie Allen came back to
the community ... And for
once so many miracles. I
swear so many miracles!
On her career and
Internet image...
"I went on to do movies,
and nobody talked about it,
and that hurt me. I did a

movie called 'Rim Shop' after
Katrina had happened in New
Orleans. We went down there,
and that place looked a mess,
seriously. We shot a film out
there just to help those peo-
ple, to bring revenue in and
just show our support to their
situation. Then, I did a gospel
kind of Tyler Perry play
called 'Friends and Lovers'.
"I'm trying to reach out to
Tyler Perry about one of the
mom's latest novels. She was
nominated for a Noble Peace
Prize for literature. [It's called
72-Hour Hold] it was a story
about her and my relation-
ship, and I wish that Halle
Berry would pick it up and
read it if you're listening. I
would love for her to play the
lead character.
"There are so many goals
and dreams that God has put
in my heart while I'm sitting
here sober. And I'm not doing
the things I use to do. The
way they attacked me on the
Internet-it was BS. These
guys said they were going to
shoot a video for my music. I
was trying to work independ-
ently-and I'm not saying that
I was clear headed to believe
them, but I was not doing
what the heck they said I was
doing. They blasted me with
the words they put on the
screen and just made every-
body look at me another way.
And I'm like, "That's really
messed up if anybody
believes that!" But a lot of
people didn't. And they knew
that and came to my rescue
and said, "Let's just get you
all the way right."
Her plans for the future
"I went to Spelman, but a
lot of HBCUs named a month
after my mom for mental
health month because she
supported the mental health
... Her book was about a girl
with a bi-polar mental health

issues and her relationship
with her mom. It was kind of
a bougie little girl that was
prive to every freakin' thing,
raised up in The Hills and just
had it like that. Nobody took
the time to deal with her psy-
chologically. And that's what
'72-Hour Hold' is about.
That's the next project that I
want to basically get out to
producers and Tyler Perry to
see if anybody is interested in
pushing it.
I want to attach myself to
anything--reality shows,
movies-but positive charac-
ters. I don't want to play the
crazy girl like, "Craig, Craig
let me borrow your VCR!"
It's too much of that in life,
and we got kids out there ... I
wish they would take that
type of stuff off the Internet
because the kids have to go to
school and deal with reality of
that, and it makes it hard for
them to learn."
Sounds like Maia is headed
in the right direction.
Hopefully the people she's
surrounded herself with will
keep her grounded as she
renters the industry.

Cornelius' despised ex-wife will claim his loot
Don Cornelius died with 2 life insur-
ance policies worth hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars, and the ex-wife he hated
will get all the money!
Don's breakup with Viktoria Chapman
Cornelius was brutal. He was convicted
of domestic abuse and, according to him, ,,
she pepper sprayed him multiple times.
The divorce was indeed finalized in
2009, but there's a provision in the settle-
ment agreement that says Don must make Viktoria the beneficiary of both
of his life insurance policies -- totaling around $300,000 in benefits.
Under California law, if a policyholder commits suicide within 2 years of
the time the policy is issued, the company can deny payment. But Don had
the policy for more than 2 years, so Viktoria -- the woman he despised --
will get the loot.
Sanaa Lathan to star in new Starz series
Sanaa Lathan has a new role and this time it's for the
\V small screen. The actress will play Mona in Starz
series, "Boss."
11 Mona is Chicago mayor Tom Kane's "incorruptible
new chief of staff, who becomes an obsession for him."
The new series is gaining momentum in the small
screen world and is beginning to gain respect and
attention in the industry.
And speaking of attention, Lathan has been some-
what MIA for quite sometime lately. Perhaps this role will give her a boost
back in the game.
0 Magazine struggling
Since Oprah's namesake show went off the air last September, her mag-
azine's newsstand sales have also faded from sight, reports. Adweek
Brass at Hearst, which publishes the 2.4 million circulated publication
with Winfrey, had downplayed the impact of the show's ending on the
magazine, saying they expected fans to turn to it to get their Oprah fix.
Yet, O, The Oprah Magazine's newsstand sales plunged 32 percent to
413,363 in the second half of last year (after an 8 percent falloff in the first
half), according to just-released Audit Bureau of Circulations figures. By
comparison, all measured consumer magazines' single-copy sales dropped
10 percent.


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Artist Makes Thousands Selling Picture

of President Trouncing the Constitution

by P. Milo
Provo, Utah In front of the
White House a man is sitting on a
park bench in the throes of depres-
sion. He is surrounded by all 43
presidents. In the forefront, pur-
posefully ignoring the depressed
man is President Obama, whose
right foot is stepping on the
Constitution. James Madison is
next to Obama, pleading with him
to stop.
This tableau is called "The
Forgotten Man", a painting by Jon
McNaughton, an artist who is
known for his politically-charged
The painting, which uses objects
such as discarded dollar bills as
symbols and scraps of paper with
individual constitutional amend-
ments scrawled onto them, has been
making the rounds across the
The painting was initially
released in 2010 and has resur-
faced, causing a stir when it
appeared for a caption contest on
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow's blog.

The responses have ranged from
sarcastic "We'll trade you this
peasant for that constitution. We'll
even throw in the bench." to
Photoshop works of art.
McNaughton released an accom-
panying YouTube video for his
painting. The video shows
McNaughton painting the piece
with a soundtrack that emulates a
movie trailer.
"For a long time I didn't know if
I wanted to paint this picture,
because I worried it might be too
controversial," McNaughton
explains in a voice over. "(T)his
man (on the park bench) represents
every man, woman, and child who
is an American... he hopes to find
the American dream of happiness
and prosperity.
"But now because of unconstitu-
tional acts imposed by the
American people by our govern-
ment we stand on the precipice of
disasters," he added.
McNaughton explained his posi-
tion behind the painting. "I don't
place all the blame on Obama. On

my website I try to explain what
each president has done," he said.
"The thing I like about the painting
is that it does get people talking."
The painting has done well since
it was released. "It sold thousands,"
he told CBS Las Vegas. "I sold
many different sizes and editions,
and now that we are in an election
year I expect to sell more."
This isn't the first time
McNaughton waded into politically
charged waters.
Previously, he released "One
Nation Under God," a painting
depicting Jesus holding the
Constitution and judging several
archetypes such as a liberal journal-
ist, a smug college professor, and
another archetype that
McNaughton calls "Mr.
"I hope my work will create con-
versation and reach people on a
deeper level," he says on his web-
site. "I like to use metaphor and
multiple levels of meaning to reach
my viewer. If it makes them think
and feel, then it is successful."

Times Square street vendor who
alerted police to an attempted car
bombing in 2010 has announced
that he is running for Congress.
Duane Jackson said his brush
with terrorism and celebrity taught
him that it made sense to get
"It was kind of an epiphany for
me," he said. "I had a call from
President (Barack) Obama. I had
people from all over the world
come and thank me for, you know,
seeing something and saying some-
thing. I can tell people, especially
young people and people in the
minority communities, it's OK to
get involved in the running of this
The 59-year-old Jackson is seek-
ing the Democratic nomination to
challenge Republican Nan
Hayworth in his home district north
of New York City.
A Navy veteran, Jackson said he
has 15 years of experience in city
planning and housing, including

Duane Jackson
posts with New York City's educa- ing zone near the Broadway theater
tion and housing departments. He showing "The Lion King." They
sees his years as a vendor as "small- notified police as the vehicle started
business experience." to smoke, and inside was a poten-
On May 1, 2010, Jackson was tially powerful propane-and-gaso-
hawking handbags when he and line bomb that authorities said
another vendor spotted an SUV, might have begun to detonate but
idling and abandoned, in a no-park- did not explode.
Obama called Jackson to thank

Self-proclaimed terrorist Faisal
Shahzad admitted plotting to set off
the bomb and was sent to prison for
Jackson's campaign for Congress
was first reported in The Journal
Jackson, married with two chil-
dren, lives in Buchanan, home of
the Indian Point nuclear plants. He
said he favors new 20-year licenses
for the plants so that the region will
have time to transition to new
power sources.
He said Republicans, and
Hayworth in particular, "are out of
touch with the voters in the Hudson
His campaign has a website and
a phone number for donors to call.
At least three other Democrats are
in the race.
"I'm not going to have $200,000
for the primary," Jackson said. "But
I'm an ordinary guy, and I think I
can get out the Democratic base."

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S PROVIDENCE, R.I. The recording was forgot-
ten, and so, too, was the odd twist of history that
brought together Malcolm X and a bespectacled Ivy
Leaguer fated to become one of America's top
The audiotape of Malcolm X's 1961 address in
Providence might never have surfaced at all if 22-
year-old Brown University student Malcolm
Burnley hadn't stumbled across a reference to it in
an old student newspaper. He found the recording
of the little-remembered visit gathering dust in the university archives.
In the May 11, 1961 speech delivered to a mostly white audience of
students and some residents, Malcolm X combines blistering humor
and reason to argue that blacks should not look to integrate into white
society but instead must forge their own identities and culture.
At the time, Malcolm X, 35, was a loyal supporter of the black sepa-
ratist movement Nation of Islam, now based in Chicago. He would be
assassinated four years later after leaving the group and crafting his
own more global, spiritual ideology.
The legacy of slavery and racism, he told the crowd of 800, "has made
the 20 million black people in this country a dead people. Dead eco-
nomically, dead mentally, dead spiritually. Dead morally and otherwise.

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