Toni Morrison Among 2012
Medal of Freedom Honorees
The first female secretary of state, a former astronaut, and a musical pio-
neer are among this year's recipients of the Medal of Freedom, the
nation's highest civilian honor. President Barack Obama will award the
medals at the White House later this spring.
Among this year's recipients are former Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright, the first woman to hold the nation's top diplomatic post; John
Glenn, the third American in space and the first American to orbit the
Earth; and legendary musician Bob Dylan. Adding to that list is author
The Medal of Freedom, to be given out at the White House in late
spring, is for individuals "who have made especially meritorious contri-
butions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world
peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."
Former literary recipients include Maya Angelou and EB White.
Citing her works Song of Solomon, Jazz and the Pulitzer prize-winning
Beloved, the White House called Morrison one of America's "most cele-
brated novelists." She won the Nobel prize for literature in 1993, becom-
ing the first African-American woman to do so, for novels which the
Nobel jury said were "characterized by visionary force and poetic
import," and give "life to an essential aspect of American reality."
Criminal Charges Will Be Filed in
Death of FAMU Drum Major
In Tallahasse, Florida, authorities say they plan to file charges against
band members accused in the hazing death of Florida A&M drum major
Robert Champion. The Orange County Sheriff, Jerry Demings,
announced that multiple defendants will be charged. Detectives say
Champion suffered blunt trauma blows and that he died from shock
caused by severe bleeding after he was hazed by other band members on
a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.Champion's parents have sued the
bus company that owns the bus where the hazing took place.
Since Champion's death, FAMU and other schools have been under
intense scrutiny about how they handle complaints of hazing.
FAMU suspended the band and launched a task force to recommend
steps it could take to curtail hazing, the subject of complaints involving
the university band for years.
George Zimmerman's Web Site
Received $200K in Donations
George Zimmerman's attorney says a website created to raise money
for his legal defense has raised more than $200,000.
Mark Mara said on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last week that a judge
will be informed at a hearing.
Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder in the
Feb. 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, was released from jail after paying
10 percent of $150,000 bail.
Mara says the bail amount may have been higher if the judge knew
Zimmerman had raised $200,000. The website used to raise the money
has since been shut down, but Mara said he'll likely start a new defense
fund for Zimmerman.
1 in 10 US Heterosexual
Marriages are Interracial
The 2010 census revealed that 1 of every 10 heterosexual couples mar-
ried in the United States are interracial. This shows a 28 percent increase
in the past decade. Forty-five percent of these marriages are between
Latinos and another race. The increase in interracial marriages is more
dramatic when unmarried couple are considered as well.
The 2010 census noted the highest number of interracial marriages in
America's history, noting a 28 per cent jump over the past decade.
One out of every 10 married straight couples identified as different
races, which shows an increase from 7 per cent in the 2000 census data.
Greater social acceptance of the unions and demographic shifts
throughout the country are thought to be the two largest contributing fac-
tors to the increase.
European Afro Sponges Under Fire
Paladone has issued dish wash-
*. '- ing sponges shaped to look like
African-Americans with Afro
hairstyles. Some have called
the sponges, which caricature
soul legend Diana Ross with a
brillo pad, offensive and racist.
The Daily Mail reports:
A company behind a new
range of Afro style washing up
sponges has been slammed for being racist.
Campaigners have attacked British makers Paladone for its latest range
of dish cleaning products which caricatures black soul legend Diana Ross
as having a brillo pad for a hairstyle.
The offending items, which have just gone on sale across the UK, have
been likened to reproducing golliwogs or the Black and White Minstrels
by reinforcing negative stereotypes.
The Unite Against Fascism general secretary Weyman Bennett said:
'What are we going to have next, toilet brushes like that?
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America's Social Security Funds Intact Until 2033
By George E. Curry
Despite misleading and incom-
plete media reports, Social Security
remains solvent and will remain
that way in the foreseeable future,
according to several analyses.
In its trustees' report last week, it
was disclosed that without any
future adjustments, Social Security
will be able to pay full benefits only
until 2033 and about 75 percent of
scheduled benefits after that.
"Social Security's annual tax rev-
enue has slipped below the benefits
it pays each year," said Robert
Greenstein, president of Center on
Budget and Policy Priorities, a
research and policy institute. "That
was long expected to happen in the
latter half of this decade, but the
weak economy has taken a toll on
Social Security, as on many other
parts of the budget."
But that's only half of the story.
Greenstein explained, "That
imbalance, however, does not jeop-
ardize Social Security benefits (and
ought not to worry recipients),
because Social Security can draw
on its trust fund which stands at most effective government pro-
nearly $2.7 trillion and will keep
growing until 2020 to enable n to
continue paying full benefits
for some years to come."
After reviewing the
Social Security trustees
report, Rep. John Lewis '
(D-Ga.) said, "This
report should lay the fears
of many people to rest. Man3
of the Democrats on the Ways and
Means Committee have been trying
to shout above a flood of misinfor- grams ever devised is still inherent-
mation that one of the best run and ly sound Continued on page 11
Stanton Vocational Engineers Convene After 30 Year Hiatus
Shown above are (L-K) Clara s. Watson, Elnora laulK, UeDra Collier, vary Benenei ana Kosa G.
Wright. Row 2: Nathanial Thompson, Ivory Robinson, Larry Thomas, Walter Brown and Glenda B.
The Stanton Vocational High
School class of 1969 and 1970 cel-
ebrated 40 years plus with a
"Keeping the Engineers Alive" fel-
lowship day last weekend. Hosted
by Pastor Larry Thomas at his spa-
cious Northside home, the fun
filled day included dancing, remi-
niscing through yearbooks, door
prizes and lots of delicious food.
Attendees talked about the march-
ing band that stepped high in the
homestretch on Clay and Ashley
Streets and the special administra-
tors that kept the Stanton vision
alive. The last class reunion for the
class of 69' and 70' was in 1979,
which makes 30 years of catching
"We just started the reunion this
year and it took six months to
plan," said Chairman Ruth Jones.
Dozens of alumni attended the
event that culminated with Sunday
worship service at North Pearl
Street Baptist Church with
Reverend Larry Thomas a gradu-
ate of Stanton Vocational High
class of 1969. For more informa-
tion on future activities, call 327-
to Benefit North side Schools United Way of Northeast Florida kicked off its community campaign
Mayor Alvin Brown, left, joined Open Arms Christian Fellowship Pastor today at Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville last week.
Leofric Thomas (shown above), last Saturday morning as they hosted their Hundreds of guests were in attendance including past and future cam-
annual 5K Charity Walk. All proceeds from the event were donated to paign leadership as well as key community volunteers. The organiza-
Garden City Elementary and Highlands Middle Schools. For the past 3 tion which meets many needs of the community's underserved, was
years the church has invested in the two neighboring northside schools to established in 1924.Shown above in attendance are Angie Dixon and
assist in helping them financially by sponsoring this charity event. T Austin Brian Clark. T. Austin photo
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Expect A Check: President Obama's
Health Care Rebates To Top $1 Billion
More than 3 million health insur-
ance policyholders and thousands of
employers will share $1.3 billion in
rebates this year, thanks to President
Barack Obama's health care law.
The rebates should average $127
for the people who get them, and De-
mocrats are hoping they will send an
election-year message that Obama's
much-criticized health care overhaul
is starting to pay dividends for con-
sumers. Critics of the law call that
The law requires insurance compa-
nies to spend at least 80 percent of
the premiums they collect on medical
care and quality improvement or re-
turn the difference to consumers and
employers. Although many large em-
ployer plans already meet that stan-
dard, it's the first time the
government has imposed such a re-
quirement on the entire health insur-
"This is one of the most tangible
benefits of the health reform law that
consumers will have seen to date,"
said Larry Levitt, an expert on pri-
vate insurance with the Kaiser Fam-
ily Foundation, which analyzed
industry filings with state health in-
surance commissioners to produce its
report. Kaiser is a nonpartisan infor-
mation clearinghouse on the nation's
health care system.
Still, with employer coverage av-
eraging about $5,400 a year for an in-
dividual, $15,100 for a family, $127
isn't a whole lot of money. It
amounts to 2 percent of an individual
plan, and a little less than 1 percent
of the family premium.
And the insurance industry says
consumers should take little comfort
from the rebates because premiums
are likely to go up overall as a result
of new benefits and other require-
ments of the law.
"The net of all the requirements
will be an increase in costs for con-
sumers," said Robert Zirkelbach,
spokesman for America's Health In-
surance Plans, the main industry
"Given that health care costs are
inherently unpredictable, it's not sur-
prising that some plans will be pay-
ing rebates to policyholders in certain
markets," Zirkelbach added.
But the Kaiser report said the re-
bate requirement may be acting as a
brake on the industry, discouraging
insurers from seeking big premium
increases to avoid having to issue re-
funds later and face possible criti-
"The presence of these thresholds
and the corresponding rebate require-
ment have provided an incentive for
insurers to seek lower premium in-
creases than they would have other-
wise," the report said. "This
'sentinel' effect on premiums has
likely produced more savings for
consumers and employers than the
The study found the largest rebates
will go to consumers and employers
in Texas ($186 million) and Florida
($149 million), where Govs. Rick
Perry and Rick Scott have been
among the staunchest opponents of
the federal law. Both states applied
for waivers from the 80 percent re-
quirement and were turned down.
Hawaii is the only state in which in-
surers are not expected to issue a re-
Here's how the rebates break down
More than 3 million individual pol-
icyholders will reap rebates of $426
million, averaging $127 apiece.
These are consumers who are not
covered through an employer and
buy their policy directly. Consumers
in Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina
and Arizona are most likely to be el-
Insurance companies must notify
policyholders, and the rebates are due
by Aug. 1. Some companies have al-
ready begun to pay.
In the small-employer market,
plans covering nearly 5 million peo-
ple will receive rebates totaling $377
Employers do not have to pass
their rebates on to workers, and can
also take them as a discount on next
Insurers serving large employers
face a stiffer requirement. Under the
law, they must spend 85 percent of
premiums on medical costs. The
study found that 125 plans covering
7.5 million people at large employers
will give back a total of $541 million.
Most plans operated by major na-
tional employers are exempt from the
requirement. The biggest companies
usually set aside money to cover
most of their workers' medical ex-
penses. Typically they hire an insurer
to administer their plan, but they do
not buy full coverage from the in-
Supporters of the requirement say
it will keep insures from padding
their profits at the expense of unsus-
pecting consumers. An efficiently run
insurer should not have any problem
earning a healthy return after devot-
ing 80 percent of premiums to med-
ical care, they say.
"Millions are benefiting because
health insurance companies are
spending less money on executive
salaries and administrative costs and
more on patient care," said Sen. Jay
Rockefeller, D-W.Va., a leading ad-
vocate of the rebate provision.
White House spokesman Jay Car-
ney said the report shows how
EEOC Issues Job Guidelines
that Limit Background Checks
WASHINGTON (NNPA) The
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission has issued updated rec-
ommendations that urge employers
not to misuse criminal background
checks in filling job openings.
By a vote of 4-1 last week, the
commissioners noted that Black and
Latinos may find it more difficult to
find employment because of the
widespread use of background
"Arrest and incarceration rates are
particularly high for African Ameri-
can and Hispanic men," the EEOC
report stated. "African Americans
and Hispanics are arrested at a rate
that is 2 to 3 times their proportion of
the general population. Assuming
that current incarnation rates remain
unchanged, about 1 in 17 White men
are expected to serve time in prison
during their lifetime; by contrast, this
rate climbs to 1 in 6 for Hispanic
men; and 1 in 3 for African American
Those numbers have increased as
the proportion of Americans who
have had contact with the criminal
justice system has risen the past two
According to the EEOC report,
only 1.8 percent of the adult U.S.
population in 1991 had served time
in prison. By 2001, that figure had
risen to 2.7 percent and to 3.2 percent
(1 in every 31) by the end of 2007. If
that trend continues, 6.6 percent of
all persons in the United States born
in 2001 will serve time in a state or
federal prison during their lifetimes.
Using background checks to screen
job applicants especially for jobs
that are not in such sensitive areas
such as banking or law enforcement
- could have an intended effect of
discriminating against people of
"An employer's use of an individ-
ual's criminal history in making em-
ployment decisions may, in some
instances, violate the prohibition
against employment discrimination
under Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act of 1965, as amended," the EEOC
Title VII prohibits employment
discrimination based on race, color,
religion, sex or national origin.
"A covered employer is liable for
violating Title VII when the plaintiff
demonstrates that the employer's
neutral policy or practice has the ef-
fect of disproportionately screening
out a Title VII-protected group and
the employer fails to demonstrate
that the policy or practice is job re-
lated for the position in question and
consistent with business necessity,"
the report observed.
The Lawyers' Committee for Civil
Rights Under Law, which has ongo-
ing projects aimed at eliminating the
overuse of criminal background and
credit checks in employment, praised
the EEOC's new guidance.
NAACP President Benjamin Todd
Jealous said, "The Equal Opportunity
Employment Commission's decision
will help balance the playing field for
job applicants with a criminal history.
Our criminal justice system is deeply
biased against people of color, and
that disparity can carry over to the
job search. These guidelines will dis-
courage employers from discriminat-
ing against applicants who have paid
their debt to society."
The EEOC noted that 92 percent of
companies run criminal background
checks on some or all job applicants.
Such information is easily attainable
either from third-party suppliers or a
check of the Internet.
"Information about federal crimes
such as interstate drug trafficking, fi-
nancial fraud, bank robbery, and
crimes against the government may
be found online in federal court
records by searching the federal
courts' Public Access to Court Elec-
tronic Records or Case Manage-
ment/Electronic Case Files," the
and make a difference!
Obama's law is "already strengthen-
ing the health care system for mil-
lions of Americans."
Like everything else about the
overhaul, the future of the rebates de-
pends on whether the Supreme Court
upholds the law in a decision ex-
pected by early summer.
Seventeen states applied for
waivers from the 80 percent stan-
dard, producing evidence that it
would destabilize their private health
insurance markets. Federal regulators
granted adjustments to seven states,
usually meeting each state's request
The Kaiser report has one signifi-
cant gap. Data from the nation's most
populous state, California, were not
ready and thus were not included.
Final statistics on the rebates will be
issued by the federal government in
Register for the Mayor's Business Builder
Registration for the May session of Mayor Brown's Business Builder is
now open. The two-day event is full of expert panels, speakers, and a busi-
ness opportunity expo designed to help every level of entrepreneur. Day
one, Thursday May 17, provides topics on Franchise and Finance while
Day two, Friday May 18, is focused on Planning for Business Growth.
Visit coj.net today and sign up to attend one of several business growth
City Launches Job for Veterans Initiative
Jobs for Veterans, a one-stop service to help military veterans transition to
civilian life by connecting them with educational opportunities and job leads
at veteran-friendly employers has launched in Jacksonville.
Nearly one in four Jacksonville residents claims a direct relationship to the
military as a service member, veteran or dependent of either. Jobs for Veterans
is another step forward for Mayor Brown's commitment to grow Jack-
sonville's reputation as the most military-friendly city in the nation."Veterans
are highly-qualified, incredibly-talented individuals with a lot of specialized
skills," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
Jobs for Veterans provides an informational hub at www.coj.net/jobs-
forvets offering veterans an in-depth look at employment and educational op-
portunities throughout Northeast Florida. Jobs for Veterans also offers
information to employers about the many advantages of hiring a veteran.
The initiative comes at no additional cost to taxpayers. The Jobs for Veterans
website is built on existing City of Jacksonville web infrastructure in part-
nership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition.
Congressional Black Caucus Announces
Annual 42nd Legislative Conference
The Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation (CBCF) will host its
42nd Annual Legislative Confer-
ence (ALC) from September 19-22
at the Walter E. Washington Con-
vention Center in Washington, D.C.
This year's conference theme is In-
spiring Leadersi Building Genera-
tions. U.S. Reps. Gwen Moore of
Wisconsin and Andre Carson of In-
diana are serving as honorary co-
chairs of the conference.
ALC provides an outlet to high-
light the mission of CBCF to de-
velop leaders, to inform policy and
to educate the public. It also pro-
vides dozens of forums to address
the critical challenges facing the
African-American community. The
The FBI's record system can be
accessed for employment purposes
by those seeking jobs in banking,
nursing homes, securities, nuclear
energy, security guards, transporta-
tion, federal agencies and other sen-
A major problem with these
records, according to EEOC, is that
half of the entries do not contain final
disposition of cases. Therefore, a per-
son could have been charged with a
crime and acquitted, yet that
wouldn't be reflected in the data
bases. A similar problem exists with
Even if a person has committed a
crime in the past, the EEOC noted,
employers should look at the nature
of the crime, the time elapsed and the
nature of the job held or being
"We salute the EEOC's bipartisan
effort to update its guidelines to en-
sure that employers are not unfairly
excluding otherwise qualified appli-
cants from the job market," said
Debo Adegbile, Acting President and
Director-Counsel NAACP Legal De-
fense and Educational Fund. "No one
should be penalized for the rest of
their life for mistakes that they made
in the past. Our whole nation bene-
fits when we open up opportunities
for people who are willing and able
to become contributing members of
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Foundation will offer numerous ses-
sion tracks to present high level,
thought-provoking, engaging and
useful information. The town hall
discussion will center around con-
versations about voting rights and
voter suppression. The third instal-
lation of the research report Break-
ing Barriers 3 will be released
during ALC and further define aca-
demic success for school-aged
African-American males. Returning
events include the CBCF Fellows
Alumni Series and the Black Party
In addition, scholarship recipients
in the performing arts will be recog-
nized during the Celebration of
Leadership, and CBC members and
spouses will join together for a
community outreach project. The
conference will culminate with its
awards/fundraising dinner. Proceeds
are used to fund educational oppor-
tunities and program outreach.
"The Annual Legislative Confer-
ence brings together policy-makers,
educators, business and industry
leaders, celebrities, media, emerg-
ing leaders and everyday Americans
to discuss and solve issues that are
important to all Americans," said
Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., president and
chief executive officer for CBCF.
General registration opens on May
7. The general early registration dis-
count ends July 20. To register, visit
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People with HIV are fathers, grandmothers, friends and
neighbors. They are people you pass on the street and people
you meet. And they have one important characteristic in
common with us all: they are human beings.
The Faces of HIV project offers an intimate look at Florida
residents living with HIV and AIDS through captivating portraits,
insightful interviews and poignant journal writing. To watch their
stories, read their journals and to view the mobile art exhibit
schedule, visit wemakethechange.com/faces.
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A Real Example of Giving Back: Ex-NBA
Star Returns Home to Help Make a Difference
"Without community service, we
would not have a strong quality of
life. It's important to the person
who serves as well as the recipient.
It's the way in which we ourselves
grow and develop," said Dorothy
I have written numerous articles
about mentoring and the overall
community benefits of helping at-
risk youth. It takes a special person
to sacrifice his or her time, money,
and passion to help people that they
have no relation to.
But that is exactly what I am
writing this article about someone
that did not have to give back, but
decided to return to his inner city
roots to help children through
coaching and mentoring.
Many of us followed the career
of former NBA star Anfernee
"Penny" Hardaway. Penny was an
outstanding NBA standout that
grew up on the other side of the
tracks or to better state it he grew
up in a very poor, low-income
Over his 16-year career he made
well over $150 million from his
basketball paycheck, but also his
major endorsements and shoe sales.
Why is this relevant? Hardaway
embodies what volunteerism or
simply giving back to your commu-
nity is all about. Now 40 years old,
he's not playing in "the league" any
more, but basketball is still at the
center of his world.
His basketball career was spe-
cial, but what he's doing now my
have the biggest impact of all. The
story is quite amazing so let me
explain why Hardaway should be
admired now more than ever.
To set the backdrop, Hardaway
grew up in a poor Memphis neigh-
borhood, not knowing much about
his father, with his mother in and
out of his life. Essentially, his
grandmother raised him. He is con-
sidered the best basketball player in
the city's history, and was a phe-
nomenal high school, college, and
It is not unique for former NBA
players to turn to coaching at the
end of their careers, but is unique
when they turn to coaching middle
school kids in urban communities.
I have to start by giving props to
Wayne Drash of CNN who wrote a
great story about Hardaway and his
contributions to his home city of
Memphis. Titled, "Ex-NBA star
returns to inner city, brings hoop
dreams," I ran across the story back
in March and became fascinated
with the depth of the piece.
Drash outlines how Hardaway
was visiting a childhood friend who
had cancer; and that visit sparked
Penny's interest in helping this
friend coach their former middle
school basketball team. This mid-
dle school is in inner city Memphis
and is surrounded by the city's
roughest projects and gang-ridden
Hardaway started offjust helping
out; but because his friend was bat-
tling cancer, he started coaching
more and more until he eventually
became the pseudo head coach.
It is an inspiring story.
According to Drash, "He'd show up
for team practices even before
Merriweather (Head Coach and
childhood friend) arrived.
Hardaway started first as a volun-
teer. Still weakened from cancer,
Merriweather soon delegated his
duties. Hardaway became Coach
Penny. He coached for free, with
Merriweather remaining at his
But coaching was only a small
piece of the overall equation. Drash
writes, "Hardaway talked to the
team about discipline, about class,
about dignity. If you wanted to play
for him, you had to focus on
school. He instituted a mandatory
He adds, "He'd arrive early in the
morning, stick his head in the class-
rooms, make sure his boys were
behaving. He quizzed teachers
about the players' progress reports:
What areas do they need help in?"
The results were phenomenal in
some cases. The team's average
grades drastically jumped from
around a 2.5 GPA to a 2.9 GPA
within a short span. Hardaway said,
"I wanted to make sure they under-
stood that education is more than
sports." Hardaway adds, "A lot of
these kids go from home to home to
live. I had to make sure they're
doing their homework, make sure
they're going to class, make sure
they're not sleeping in class. ... It's
all to make them know that I do
Sometimes all kids need is a
father figure and someone who can
relate to. The article goes on to
add, "He (Hardaway) lectured the
team about life in Binghampton.
He'd walked the same streets, lived
in the same projects. Of the 12
players on the team, nine don't have
fathers in their lives. At least six
live in cramped one- and two-bed-
room apartments with more than
Through his coaching and men-
toring, Hardaway became a surro-
gate farther to the kids on the team.
He never used not having a father
Media Ignores Success of Foo
By George E. Curry
The Department of Agriculture
recently issued a report showing
that food stamps, one of the
nation's largest safety net pro-
grams, is also one of the most
effective. Food stamps were
responsible for reducing the preva-
lence of poverty by an annual aver-
age of 4.4 percent from 2000 to
2009, according to the report,
Alleviating Poverty in the United
States: The Critical Role of SNAP
SNAP, an acronym for
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program, was formerly called the
Food Stamps Program.
According to the study, SNAP's
antipoverty effect was strongest in
2009 when benefits were increased
under the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act. That year,
SNAP befits reduced the poverty
rate by nearly 8 percent and the
depth of child poverty by 20.9 per-
That's startling news. It's also
news you may have easily missed.
Media Matters, the watchdog
group, reported that a week after
the release of the study on April 9,
no broadcast TV outlet had men-
tioned the study. And only one
cable news network Al
Sharpton's "Politics Nation" on
MSNBC mentioned the report.
"New evidence that food stamps
help to drastically reduce poverty
has been largely ignored by the
media, even as the right pursues a
campaign to bully those who face
food insecurity into silence and
help conservatives slash funding
for successful antipoverty meas-
ures," Media Matters stated.
Former House Speaker Newt
Gingrich has tried to demean
President Obama by repeatedly
labeling him "the most successful
food stamp president in American
history." Gingrich continued to
make that charge even after a cou-
ple of fact-checking sites pointed
out that more people received food
stamps under President George W.
Bush than President Obama.
As Media Matters noted, "In fact,
the U.S. DA began taking steps to
'ensure that all eligible people, par-
ticularly seniors, legal immigrants
and the working poor, are aware
and have access to the benefits they
need and deserve' long before
Obama took office."
The attacks on food stamps
recipients extend beyond politics.
Charles Payne, appearing in a
Fox News business segment,
acknowledged that anti-poverty
programs, food stamps and unem-
ployment insurance were "good
programs" and then promptly pro-
ceeded to viciously attack recipi-
ents of those programs.
"I think the real narrative here,
though, is that people aren't embar-
rassed by it," Payne said. "People
aren't ashamed by it. In other
words, there was a time when peo-
ple were embarrassed to be on food
stamps; there was a time when peo-
ple were embarrassed to be on
unemployment for six months, let
alone demanding to be on for more
than two years..."
That's an insult to more than 46
million people who are on food
stamps because they desperately
need them. Approximately 85 per-
cent of SNAP households have
gross incomes below the poverty
line, defined as $22,000 for a fami-
ly of four. And the benefits average
only $1.50 per meal, a figure
scheduled to drop to $1.30 per meal
in November of next year.
Media Matters says conserva-
tives are trying to bully society's
most vulnerable members.
"By bullying into silence those
who would talk openly about their
experiences with successful anti-
poverty programs and white-
washing studies proving these pro-
grams to be effective the media
create an environment conducive to
eviscerating the safety net," the
media monitoring group stated.
And that's exactly what the
Republican majority in the House
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in his life as a crutch, and stressed
the same to his team. That's the
message we have to give more of
our youth that are raised in single-
"Don't use not having a father as
an excuse," Hardaway preaches to
his team. "There are a lot of people
who came out of adverse situations
and made it. Use it as motivation.
Use it to drive you."
Hardaway and Merriweather
were even bold enough to meet
with local gang leaders and ask that
they leave the young kids alone so
that they could stay away from
gangs. The gang leaders actually
agreed and said that they wanted
the boys to succeed too.
Hardaway is not only giving
back through coaching and mentor-
ing he is putting is money where
his heart is as well.
According to Drash, Hardaway
plans on breaking ground on a
facility called Penny's FastBreak
Courts in suburban Memphis later
"The $20 million facility will
house seven basketball courts,
including a 2,000-seat arena, as
well as an auditorium, a rehabilita-
tion clinic, and classrooms to tutor
kids. He's teamed with a foundation
aimed at promoting youth sports
and fighting childhood obesity,"
the article states.
"I'm hoping that by leaving the
neighborhood and going to the sub-
urbs, the kids can at least start
dreaming," says Hardaway.
Only if we had a few more Penny
Hardaway's and Mal Washington's.
Signing off from the MaliVai
Washington Kids Foundation,
of Representatives is already doing.
"The House Agriculture
Committee, which the House-
approved budget requires to quick-
ly produce $33 billion in savings
over the next decade, approved a
proposal that would obtain the
entire amount from cuts to the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP), formerly known
as food stamps," said the Center on
Budget and Policy Priorities. "The
cuts which would come on top of
another proposal in the House
budget to cut SNAP by $133 billion
over the next decade and convert it
to a block grant would reduce or
eliminate benefits for all SNAP
households, including the poorest."
The Center observed, "No other
program under the Committee's
jurisdiction would face any cut
under the proposal, despite fre-
quent calls for reform of the
nation's farm subsidies 74 per-
cent of which go to the largest,
most profitable farms... [that]
received an average annual govern-
ment payment of more than
$30,000 a year in 2009, while hav-
ing an average annual household
income of over $160,000."
Those corporate welfare recipi-
ents are the ones who should be
ashamed, not people who are down
on their luck through no fault of
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The Auto Industry's
The Obama 2012 campaign slogan should be "Osama
bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive."
President Barack Obama's role in the death of bin
Laden troubles some, but his decision early in his presidency to extend
billions in loans to General Motors and Chrysler has paid off. More than
two years ago, the American auto industry teetered on the brink of col-
lapse. Now, it has rebounded and has started to make vehicles for
America's future. Plants are hiring more workers, manufacturers are
returning to profitability, exports of U.S. vehicles are increasing and some
of the most technologically advanced vehicles are now being designed
and produced in this country. The $80 billion bailout was President
Obama's "bet on the American worker" and there have been ample signs
of success in the automotive industry since Obama's bailout.
The news coming out of the U.S. automotive industry has been good for
Black Americans. The automotive industry's financial crisis was more
devastating for African Americans than any other community and eroded
a half-century's economic gains by the Black middle class. From Blacks
who left behind subsistent jobs in the South for high-paying factory jobs
in the North during the Great Migration, to entrepreneurs and contractors
in automotive businesses, the automotive industry has been a major factor
in the formation of the Black middle class. In 1945, Blacks comprised 15
percent of the automobile industry workforce, by the late 1970s, "one of
every 50 African Americans was working in the auto sector." From 1979
to 2007, Black employment in the auto industry fell to one in 100.
Black Americans greeted President Obama's .2012 Washington Auto
Show announcement that "the U.S. auto industry is back" with great antic-
ipation. After hitting a 30-year low in 2009, U.S. auto sales are poised for
a second straight year of growth the result of easier credit, low interest
rates and pent-up demand for cars and trucks created by the recession.
Black groups and activist should move to forge increased employment,
contracting and community partnerships with U.S.-based auto manufac-
turers as they crank up their factories and add thousands of jobs. In addi-
tion to the expanded plant operations and employment opportunities
occurring among Detroit's Big Three, foreign-owned auto companies such
as Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen and BMW have
invested $44 billion into their U.S. operations to account for 80,000 direct
vehicle-manufacturing jobs and 500,000 dealer and supplier jobs.
Automotive manufacturing can help Blacks. The industry is adding
jobs at a faster pace than airplane manufacturers, shipbuilders, health care
providers and the federal government. Americans spent $40 billion more
on new cars and trucks in 2011 than in 2009. The momentum in auto sales
is likely to continue because people need to replace aging cars, of which
the average age is 11 years old. A substantive number of Americans are
feeling more comfortable about their employment outlook and where
they're going. Domestic vehicle sales are expected to reach 17 million
around 2018 as 70 million "Millennials" born between 1981 and 2000 -
buy cars and set up modem households. These customer purchases will
generate manufacturing activities that have the potential of reviving long
distressed populations and industrial sectors. Increasing manufacturing
can turn long-suffering Rust Belt cities like Anderson, Ind., Youngstown,
Ohio, Lansing, Mich., and Kokomo and Elkhart-Goshen, Ind., into
revived and fast-growing cities. The industry's growth enhances Black
Americans'jobs and contracting opportunities.
It's time Blacks take Obama's bold "bailout move" to the next level.
Innovation through education and research is vital to building a manufac-
turing economy. Creating a qualified workforce of technicians and engi-
neers is essential to ensuring future success of America's automotive
industries. Black leaders and teachers must make sure workers have the
skills they need for jobs today and in the future. We need to train our peo-
ple with skills that will lead to jobs for them. Above politics, we each need
to engage in development programs and policies that help people get and
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Local Commemorations to Honor
100th Birthday of Sallye B. Mathis
Sallye B. Mathis, one of
Jaksonville's first female and
will soon be honored with a variety
of events in honor of her 100th
birthday. Elected to the
Jacksonville City Council in 1967,
she was a noted civil rights activist
and a member of the League of
Women Voters. During her tenure
on the council, Mathis initiated
legislation for a Citizens' Police
Review Board, free public toilets,
equal job opportunities in public
agencies, the OIC job training pro-
gram and fought for reduced bus
fares for senior citizens.
Before going into politics, she
had a 28-year career as a teacher in
Duval County schools. She was
also a successful businesswoman
in partnership with her husband, O.
Earl Mathis. The local NAACP
chapter still gives an annual
Community Service award named
the Sallye B. Mathis Award there is
also a local elementary school
named in her honor.
Mrs. Mathis died in 1982 at the
age of 70, but the work she began
continues on. Mayor Alvin Brown
will be issuing a proclamation in
honor of Mrs. Mathis on her 100th
birthday, May 18th, among other
The other events during that
week will be:
SHown above presenting a procl
are (standing L-R) Sallye B. Mathi
Willye Dennis and Mayor Hans Tan
1.) May 15th Jacksonville
Urban League Office, 903 West
Union Street, 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
Alumnae of Matthew Gilbert High
School will be present to share
their experiences with Mrs. Mathis
when she was a history teacher and
dean of girls there before she began
her political career. Among the
speakers will be Frank Lyons, the
first African-American fire chief in
Jacksonville, Deacon McRae of the
Matthew Gilbert Alumnae
makes her a role model for their
2.) May 18th Ribault Junior
i High School on Winton Road at
5:30 PM. Students at the Sallye B.
Mathis Charter School will be
doing a musical play which they
have written about Mrs. Mathis'
career. The winners of an essay
2-" writing contest among the sixth
graders about the life and career of
Sallye B. Mathis will also be
announced that evening.
3.) May 19th The
Jacksonville chapter of
the Association for the
Study of African
American Life and
History will dedi-
amation to a youth ing on May
s, Wendell Holmes, 19th to a dis-
zler. (family photo) .1 cussion of the
Association and history and con-
b tributions of
Alton Yates, whoi tributions of
worked with Mrs. Sallye B. Mathis
worked with Mrs.education, social
Mathis on the develop- to education, social
ing the Greater services as well as
Jacksonville Economic politics during her life-
time in Jacksonville.
The local chapter of the NAACP All events are open to the public.
which gives an annual Community For more information and inter-
which gives an annual Community
Service Award in her name will be views on the various events of the
present to discuss the services and celebration, contact Brooke
contributions of Mrs. Mathis dur- Stephens at 718-812-7433 or
ing her life in Jacksonville which StephensB@aol.com.
Jones, Rodgers Among
Raines "Legends" Honorees
by Willie Hall The program will begin promptly
On May 17, 2012, William M. at 6 p.m. inside of the school audi-
Raines High School will honor 3 torium. For more information, call
retired faculty members and 3 739-5204, extension 102.
alumnus of the school with a Sports Hall of Fame
"Legends Dedication". In other Raines' news, the cere-
The "Legends Dedication" is an monies and induction of the 2012
event that was created by the reign- Raines Sports Hall of Fame will be
ing "Mr. Raines", DevRon Lester. held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at
Key individuals and alumni will be the Omni Hotel. The 2012 Class
honored that have exhibited out- includes Lester Bean (Basketball)
standing service to the school and Charles Bevel (Football). Arthur
left an legacy at Raines for students Hill (Track), Rickey Holden
to look up to and others to follow. (Foot),Sylvester King (Football,
During this program the school Anthony Lawson (Football) and
will dedicate 6 newly named facili- Ruby Le Count (Baseball).
ties and halls including the Julian Since its inception in 1991, the
White Performing Arts Wing and Raines Sports Hall of Fame has
the Eris Northern Media Center. inducted 78 athletes, coaches, and
"Hallways" will be named for Mia supporters. For more information,
Jones, Anthony Rogers, Gaily call W. Earl Kitchings @ (904)
Holley and Clayton Hawkins. 652-5649.
Task Force Meets to Look at Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' Law
A task force set up to examine
Florida's "stand your ground" law
after the Trayvon Martin shooting
met for the first time this week, but
its leader said the panel's job goes
beyond the Martin case.
"The 19-member panel will
review the full scope of Florida
laws governing residents' use of
deadly force, not just the issues
raised by Martin's death," said Lt.
Gov. Jennifer Carrol.
"This task force is not here to try
the Zimmerman-Martin case. We
are charged to review the public
safety law and make recommenda-
tions," Carroll said. Gov. Rick Scott
convened the task force.
The task force will review Florida
Statutes Title 46, Chapter 776,
which deals with justifiable use of
force -- including the "stand your
ground" provision, which allows
people to use deadly force when
they feel a reasonable threat of
death or serious injury. Critics and
defenders of the law have argued
over just what it allows, when it
applies and whether it achieves its
Carroll opened the proceedings
by defending the panel from allega-
tions that it was stacked with sup-
porters of the "stand your ground"
law, including its sponsor in the
state House of Representatives and
other lawmakers who supported it.
"Out of the 19 total members of
the task force, 1 am unaware of the
other 15 members' positions on this
law or whether they favor or disfa-
vor gun laws," she said. "So it is a
mischaracterization for anyone to
presume this task force is not bal-
The panel will take testimony at
public meetings across the state.
The first session will be held in the
state capital, Tallahassee, and its
recommendations will be passed
along to the governor and the
Although details of the shooting
remain murky, it is known that
Martin ventured out from the
Sanford, Florida, home of his
father's fiancee and went to a near-
by convenience store, where he
bought a bag of candy and an iced
tea. On his way back, he had a con-
frontation with Zimmerman, who
Critics accuse Zimmerman, who
is Latino, of racially profiling and
unjustly killing Martin, who was
African-American. But Carroll,
who is also African-American, said
the law under review is "not about
Officials hope the task force will
complete its work by the time of the
state's next legislative session, so
changes could be made then, she
said. A member of the U.S. Civil
Rights Commission, Michael Yaki
of San Francisco, said last week
that he will ask that agency to
investigate such laws.
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Pastor's Anniversary at 1st Timothy
The church family of First Timothy Baptist Church located 12103
Biscayne Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32218, will celebrate their pastor's 25th
Anniversary May 6, 2012 at the 11 a.m. service. The public is invited to
attend. For more information, call 757-9878.
Stanton Gala Planning Meeting
The current class leaders on Old Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton and
Stanton Vocational High Schools will meet Monday May 21st at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, 325 Bethel Baptist Street (First Street
entrance). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss plans for the 6th Stanton
Gala, June 23, 2012. The final meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Bethel on
June llth. Representative from all classes are encouraged to attend. For
more information contact Chairman, Kenneth Reddick at 764-8795 or visit
our website at www.stantonhigh.org.
New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist
Church Celebrates Mortgage Burning
will celebrate the
17th at 7 p.m..
The special cele-
bration will fea-
ture Rev. Marion
Wise, Pastor of
a -'I I Callahan,
Friday May 18th at 7:30p.m., a service of Thanksgiving will be held with
Rev. Johnny Johnson, Pastor of Philadelphia Baptist, bringing the word. On
Sunday May 20th, the 11 a.m. Worship Service and Holy Communion will
be served and the message will brought by Rev. Joe Calhoun. At 4 p.m., the
Official Mortgage Burning Ceremony will take place and the word will be
brought by Rev. Landon Williams, Pastor of Greater Macedonia Baptist
Seeking the lost for Christ
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Nation Plagued by Churches Gone Wild
"There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof like a roaring lion
tearing is prey; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common: they
teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they
shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among
them." (Ezekiel 22:25-26NIV)
By Pastor Rasheed Z. Baaith
A few years ago a craze called
"Girls Gone Wild" swept through
America. "Girls Gone Wild" is
DVDs of girls taking their clothes
off, sexually teasing the camera,
kissing and touching each other,
drinking to excess and generally
acting every kind of fool. You knew
if you bought a "Girls Gone Wild"
DVD, there were no limits on the
behavior you were going to watch.
Even the commercials for DVDs
were over the top.
Many of our churches and much
of our church leadership have done
the same thing: Gone way over the
In the most recent issue of Jet
magazine, Bishop T.D. Jakes lets us
know his personal fortune is $18
million dollars. I'm impressed by
that fact although I'd be more
impressed if the Bishop took $9 mil-
lion and devoted it to feeding those
who needed feeding or housing
those living on the streets or sent
deserving students in need of col-
lege. I'm also impressed that the
growing "Celebrity Pastor Industrial
Complex" can generate that kind of
money. The days of asking Jakes
and others like him to come to town
and save souls for the Glory of God,
expenses and a dinner are long
gone. The difference between
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Rapper 50 cents and these celebrity
preachers in their behavior is yet to
be discovered. They both want to
get rich or die trying.
To further that end, these preach-
ers have developed a come on in the
church, anything goes theology. We
have pastors saying Hip Hop is "a
move from God to bring young peo-
ple into the church." Their Bible
must read different from mine
because I've not read anywhere in it
that Jesus used the music of His day
to evangelize young people.
Hip Hop seems to have driven
many of our pastors insane. It's hard
to decide who's more into it, the
young people of church leadership,
to wit there are Holy Hip Hop
Gangstas; Kanye West is allowed to
"preach" at Ebenezer Baptist
Church in Maryland and Russell
Simmons did the same at New Life
Covenant in Chicago: Rapper
Williams III preaches the Gospel as
an admitted and practicing homo-
sexual who dances in drag.
And so called Hop Hip Hopper
rapper Caton Jones held a church
service in an Atlanta night club
attended by a number of local
Bishops and Pastors. Before any-
body tells me about the church
being the people, not the building,
let me say that might work if there
were no church building around but
we've got church buildings on every
block. There is no such thing as
"holy hip hop" and this was just an
excuse for church folks to hang.
This was not spirit calling to spirit;
it was flesh calling to fresh.
If you're wondering how Gospel
music is doing, Le Andria Johnson,
winner of BET's Sunday Best
Gospel singing competition is
showing off her baby bump. She's
single and unmarried. This kind of
behavior is not why people believe
we are faking our faith. It is our not
condemning this kind of behavior.
No, we are not to condemn the per-
son but we are to condemn the
behavior. If we don't, we help in
spreading the sin.
Wait, there's more. Pastor Mike
Scruggs of Light of World
Ministries out of Ohio put a stripper
pole in the pulpit while teaching on
the "Battle of Sexes." I sure hope it
wasn't a used one.
All or most of this behavior is
antinomianism and the church has
battled this false belief for centuries.
Antinomianism is the false doctrine
that Christians are not bound by
established moral laws but should
rely on faith and divine grace for
salvation. In other words, the body
should do whatever gives it pleasure
as the soul is not touched by the
If that sounds like nonsense, that's
because it is nonsense. While it is
true that salvation cannot be gotten
through good works (Eph. 2:8-9), it
is equally true that those of us who
claim to be saved are expected to
live a life of morality and good
works (Matt.7:16-20;Epp. 2:10:
James 2:14-26: Romans 6:12-22).
Even more, at what point do we as
God's people start trying to keep it
real with the LORD? When do we
stop trying to bring the world into
the church? I ain't trying to be hip
and I ain't trying to hop nowhere.
I'm trying to be holy.
Planned Giving & the Black Church
By Antoine Turner
The foundation of the Black com-
munity has always been the Black
Church, the 'sanctuary,' the place
where people go to fellowship, find
emotional social, spiritual support,
Over the years, the Black Church
has thrived on the weekly financial
offerings and tithes of its members.
The black churches aging popula-
tion has dwindled, the recession hit
our community hard and incomes
have dropped by a third. However
it's the absence of a sustainable
planned giving or endowment pro-
gram that represents the missed
opportunity and biggest concern.
Churches that make planned giv-
ing and endowment building a goal
can be strengthened in their deci-
sions. Data shows that congrega-
tions make major planned gifts
when the pastor encourages them.
Churches that observe the benefits
that promoting planned gifts has
brought to the arts and social wel-
fare organizations see that these are
non-traditional fundraisers with
whom churches may identify them-
When the Black Church starts an
endowment giving program, hidden
donors and expectancies come to
light, gift discussions begin, imme-
diate support increases and a con-
sensus forms that the church must
continue to make a difference in the
future and that it needs long-term
financial strength to do that.
Churches need not abandon their
commitment to meet human needs
today if they also plan for their
financial future. If told, their con-
gregations will understand that
attending to the poor. Attracting tal-
ented preaches, providing social
outreach, and maintaining the roof
and updating the office computers
will take even more money tomor-
row than it does today.
They will understand that a
planned gift or endowment will help
relieve future congregations from
the dilemma to having to choose
one financial priority among many
because of a lack of revenue. They
will also agree that planned gifts
make endowment-building commit-
If we are as Christians a commu-
nity as we say we are, then planned
giving donors are sitting in churches
today. They just need to be shown
Antione Turner is an author and
presents seminars on marketing
planned gifts and values-based gift
planning. Contact him at (310) 871-
Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church
Presents Annual White Women
The Deaconess Ministry of Emanuel Missionary Baptist Church will pres-
ent its 4th annual Women in White celebration May 20th 2012 at 4 p.m.
The theme is "Keeping the Faith," from Hebrews 11.
The guest speaker will be Cynthia Anderson from Abyssinia Baptist
Church. The public is invited to come and share with women from all over
the city of Jacksonville and Beyond as we lift the name of Jesus in this spir-
it filled fellowship of prayer and praise. The unique worship experience is
just one of the programs to be presented at Emanuel in the 120th milestone
year of the church on May 20th at 4p.m. The church is located at 2407 Rev.
S. L. Badger Jr. Circle E. Dr. Herb Anderson, Pastor, Wilbert Wingard,
Deacon Chairman, Rosa Griffin, Deaconess President. For more informa-
tion, call 356-9371.
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DR. LEROY WALKER:
Black college track and
Olympic trailblazer passes
I ONE HBCU PLAYER TAKEN IN NFL DRAFT;
ST. AUG'S, CHOWAN NAME NEW COACHES
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
BLOW BACK AT ST. AUGUSTINE'S:
RALEIGH, N.C. Saint Augustine's College has
announced the hiring of Lonnie
Blow, Jr. as its head men's bas-
ketball coach. This is Blow's sec-
ond stint as Falcons' head coach.
During his first tenure from 2008
to 2010, the basketball program
experienced its most successful
period in school history. In 2010,
Blow directed the Falcons to their
St. Aug's Sports Photo first CIAA championship and
NCAA Division II playoff berth
in 13 years. It was the Falcons' second conference title
"We are excited to have Coach Blow back as we transi-
tion into university status," President Dr. Dianne Boardley
Suber said. "Coach Blow exemplifies the leadership that
propels student-athletes to not only excel on the court but
in the classroom."
His teams compiled a 46-15 record in two years includ-
ing a 27-5 mark in the 2009-10 season, which was the best
season winning percentage (.844) for the Falcons since
the NCAA started keeping track of the program's statistics
in 1975. Blow, who won a conference crown quicker than
any St. Aug coach, was named NCAA Division II national
coach of the year by Heritage Sports Radio Network and
CIAA coach of the year in 2010, the same year his team was
ranked 23rd nationally in the NABC Division II Coaches
Poll and third in the Atlantic Region.
Blow returns to St. Aug from Old Dominion University
where he was an assistant coach at the Division I mid-major
program for two seasons.
THE STAT CORNER
WHO ARE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
SIGNING OF NFL UNDRAFTED ROOKIE
FREE AGENTS FROM HBCUs
James Dekle, G, Prairie View A&M
Rico Council, LB, Tennessee State
Casey Therriault, QB, Jackson State
Lament Bryant, TE, Morgan State
Jared Green, WxR, Southern
Adrian Hamilton, DE, Prairie View A&M
Demario Pippen, RB, Tuskegee
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Nic Cooper, RB, Winston-Salem State
Mario Louis, WR, Grambling State
Delano Johnson, LB/DE, Bowie State
Micah Pellerin CB, Hampton
Kevin Elliott, WR, Florida A&M
Ryan Davis, DE, Bethune-Cookman
Antonio Dennard, CB, Langston
Donovan Richard, SS, South Carolina State
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Jean Fanor, DB, Bethune-Cookman
Dominique Ellis, S, South Carolina State
Joseph Wylie, DB, Tennessee State
NEW YORK JETS
Donovan Robinson, DE, Jackson State
Marqutte King, P, Fort Valley State
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Paul Cox, WR, Miss Valley State
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Donte Nicholls, DT, Tennessee State
LaQuinton Evans, WR, Southern
All-time low (1) in NFL Draft
By LUT WILLIAMS
After 11 years of paltry numbers in the NFL
Draft, black colleges hit an all-time low when just
one player went off the boards in last week's selec-
South Carolina State safety Christian
Thompson was the only black college product to
be selected, going with the 35th pick in Saturday's
fourth round to the Baltimore Ravens, the 130th
The previous low was two HBCU products
going off the boards in 2010 and 2004.
Thompson, a 6-foot, 211-pounder, was impres-
sive at the Combine, running a 40 time of 4.5 sec-
onds, best among safeties. The defensive-minded
Ravens were glad to get him.
"I wanted to hug (Ravens' GM) Ozzie (New-
some)," Ravens' defensive coordinator Dean Pees
tweeted. "That was a great pick."
"Christian is in the mold of the guys we like
on defense," said Pees to the Caroll County (Md.)
Times. "He's hard-nosed, tough and physical and
smart. We like his versatility.
"We don'treally consider guys box safeties or
whatever. We don't want a one-dimensional safety
that can only play down or play up. Christian can
help us in a lot of ways."
Thompson became the earliest drafted S.C.
State player since 1997, when Raleigh Roundtree
was also selected in the fourth round by San
Diego. This also marked the third straight year a
South Carolina State product was drafted in the
NFL, following Phillip Adams (7th Round, San
Francisco 49ers) in 2010 and Johnny Culbreath
(7th Round, Detroit Lions) last year.
Thompson was a two-year starter at S.C.
State after transferring from Auburn. This past
season, he had 66 tackles and two interceptions
while earning second team all-MEAC honors.
While Thompson was the only HBCU prod-
uct drafted, 23 others from black colleges were
signed to rookie free agent contracts. (See STAT
CORNER). Thompson's SC State defensive back-
field mates Donovan Richard (Jacksonville) and
Dominique Ellis (Kansas City) were among the
free agent signees.
This year's crop of black college NFL pros-
pects was thought to be rather slim with Thomp-
son perhaps the highest rated. He was thought to
be among the ten best free safeties in the draft.
And in fact, he was the fourth player tagged as a
free safety taken behind Notre Dame's Harrison
Smith (1st Round, Minnesota), Tavon Wilson of
Illinois (2nd Round, New England) and Brandon
Hardin of Oregon State (3rd Round, Chicago).
After losing two special teamers via free
agency, Thompson is expected to contribute right
away on punts and kickoffs for the Ravens while
learning the free safety position from veteran
all-Pro free safety Ed Reed.
"We've taken the whole offseason to improve
our special teams to get another defensive player
who can run and hit, and that's what Christian can
do," said Ravens' GM Ozzie Newsome in post-draft
"I love playing special teams," Thompson told
the Times. "I just want to get on the field anyway
He and Reed spent some time together before
the draft, exchanged numbers and stayed in touch
throughout the draft process.
"He told me to stay on top of my game,"
Thompson said. "He said somebody is always
trying to take your position from you and to make
sure I worked harder than everybody else. He gave
me some great advice about football and life.
"This is a blessing in disguise," Thompson
said. "It's like a dream come true. Myself and
plenty of other football players idolize Ed Reed.
To be part of the same defense as him and being
able to learn from him is going to be a great ex-
perience. I'm just very excited. All the hard work
and dedication paid off."
Legendary coach, teacher and mentor
Dr. LeRoy Walker passes
NEW ORLEANS Dr. LeRoy Walker the first African-American
coach of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field team, the first African-American
--, president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and former
longtime coach at North Carolina Central University
died last Monday at the age of 93.
A memorial service was held Monday, May 1 at the
Duke University Chapel.
In 1945, Walker accepted a position as a football
S" and basketball coach at North Carolina Central (then
North Carolina College). In the offseason, he started a
Walker track & field program as conditioning for his players, a
decision that led to a long and highly successful career
as NCCU's track & field coach that brought him national and international
Walker remained head coach at NCC until 1973; during that time he
also earned a Ph.D. from New York University (1957). After his retirement
from coaching, Walker continued his involvement with the school as Vice
Chancellor from 1974-83 and as Chancellor from 1983-86.
During Walker's coaching career at North Carolina Central, he coached
athletes to 11 Olympic medals and sent track & field athletes to every
Olympic Games from 1956 to 1980. His stellar reputation began when Lee
Calhoun won back-to-back Gold Medals in the 110 meter hurdles in the
1956 and 1960 Summer Games. In all, Walker coached eight Olympians,
30 national champions, and 80 All Americans. He also served as a coach
or consultant for several foreign Olympic Teams from 1960 through 1972,
and in 1976, he was named the U.S. men's head coach, the first African-
American man to serve in that position.
Walker also served as chairman of the AAU men's track & field
committee from 1973-76 and the coordinator of coaching assignments
for the AAU and TAC (forerunner to USATF) from 1973-80. He became
TAC president from 1984-88 and later served as senior vice president for
sport of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. He also served as
President of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1992-96 and was its first
As a talented collegiate athlete at Benedict College, Walker earned
11 letters in football, basketball, and track & field before graduating in
1940, and he went on to earn a master's degree at Columbia University in
1941. He then served two one-year stints at Benedict and Bishop as chair
of the departments of physical education and recreation before accepting
a position at Prairie View A&M.
Walker is a member of 14 Halls of Fame was the first African Ameri-
can to receive the James J. Corbett Memorial Award (1993), the top honor
granted by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Shaw men win tennis regional;,
Advance to NCAA nationals
RALEIGH, N.C. Shaw University men's tennis came back from
a 3-0 deficit to down Bloomsburg 5-4 and claim a spot in the Division II
NCAA National Tournament. The Bears (27-2) dropped all three doubles
matches to the Huskies (16-5) and could not afford to lose more than one
of the singles matches in the best-of-nine format match.
Charles Silva at number three singles was the first to report... with
a win over the Huskies' Lee Wexler 6-1, 6-2. Not long after, Shaw's Daniel
Vasquez turned in a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Jeff Nuhfer in the number four
Shaw's Gabriel Nicotra tied the match with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Mark
Schroeder at number two. With the score tied at three, the three remain-
ing matches all went into a third set. Bloomsburg's Mike DiSanto downed
Shaw's Andre Monti 6-1, 6-7, and 7-3 in the tiebreaker in the number six
Shaw could not lose another match if they wanted to advance to tennis'
version of the Sweet Sixteen.
Artur Latypov, Shaw's number one, had won his first set easily at
6-1, but lost the second set to Ricky Dove just as spectacularly 6-1. With
fans now watching both the number one and number five matches intently,
Latypov bounced back and claimed the third set 6-3 to tie the match at
That left fifth singles Juan Sanchez of Shaw versus Tyler Pultro of
Bloomsburg to decide this section of the Atlantic Regionals. Pultro had
taken the first set 6-3, but Sanchez had rebounded with a 6-4 decision in
the second. After holding a 3-0 lead early in the third set, Sanchez allowed
Pultro back in the set. Tied at 5-5, Sanchez held serve to go up 6-5 and then
broke Pultro's serve to take the set and match with a 7-5 score.
Shaw now advances to the NCAA National Tournament May 16-19 in
Louisville, Ky. This is the second straight season the Bears have made it
out of regional play.
Chowan chooses Vincent
as new men's basketball coach [
MURFREESBORO Chowan University has
named Brett Vincent as the Hawks' new men's basketball
Vincent, a native of Shinnston, West Virginia, comes
to Chowan after spending eight seasons with the Fairmont
State University men's basketball program. He served sixincen
seasons as an assistant coach, two as the associate head coach, and spent the
2011-2012 season as the interim head coach. He led the Fighting Falcons
to an 8-19 record this past season as the interim head coach.
"We were ready to make a change and Chowan is a good community
with good people," Vincent said speaking of his family. "I am glad to be
here and have the opportunity to play in the CIAA. It's a great league and
Prior to his stint at Fairmont State, Vincent spent three seasons as head
coach at Lewis County High School. Vincent complied a 92-49 record as
the head basketball coach at Alderson-Broaddus from 1996-2001. He took
over in 1996 at the age of 28, and as one of the youngest head coaches in
the NCAA, promptly led A-B to 20 wins in three of his five seasons.
Vincent played college basketball at three Division I schools: West
Virginia University, Robert Morris and Marshall University, and was a
starter at all three schools.
Avery interim AD at Hampton
HAMPTON, Va. Malcolm "Zeke" Avery will serve as the In-
terim Director of Athletics at Hampton University, effective immediately.
Avery will serve as AD while a national search is being
conducted. There are currently 25 applicants being
Avery is no stranger to Pirate athletics, having served
19 years with the university including three years as
Director of Athletics. He stepped down in 2005 to return
to the classroom.
During his first tenure as AD, Avery saw Hampton
win 15 conference championships and five Talmadge Av
Layman Hill and Mary McLeod Bethune All-Sports Awards given to the top
men's and women's athletic program in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
(MEAC). Prior to becoming Director of Athletics, Avery spent six years as
the Assistant Director of Athletics, where he supervised the Olympic sports
and served as Compliance Coordinator.
Under his direction, Hampton's Olympic sports captured 12 MEAC
championships. Their success and stability aided Hampton in winning the
Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Achievement Award in 2000 and 2001 as the
Division I program in the state of Virginia with the highest overall winning
Arriving at Hampton as the head men's basketball coach in 1987, Avery
spent eight seasons at the helm of the Pirates, compiling a mark of 138-
82. In 1991, he guided Hampton to the CIAA Tournament Championship,
earning him the tournament's Most Outstanding Coach award, as well as
being named the CIAA Coach of the Year.
Stillman takes SIAC baseball crown
OZARK, AL-The Stillman Tigers are SIAC Baseball Champions
for the fifth time in six years after defeating Paine, 7-2, at the 2012 SIAC
Baseball Championship at Eagle Stadium in Ozark, AL.
The Tigers were able to score seven runs thanks to five errors committed
by Paine throughout the game.
All-Tournament selection Dion Bryant went 2-for-4 from the plate
while Tournament MVPJosh Cagle pitched a complete game for the Tigers,
his second of the tournament, with three strikeouts.
Stillman advances to play in the NCAA South Regional on May 17th
at a location yet to be determined.
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports
activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Annual World of
The City of Jacksonville and local
multicultural friends will bring the
world to you with this fascinating
cultural destination that showcases
the unique diversity of our planet,
and puts the wonderful sights,
sounds, and tastes of different
nations within your reach. Visit
Metropolitan Park, May 4-6, from
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for an exciting
adventure around the world! For
more information call (904)
Annual Shrimp Festival
The Annual Mayport Shrimp
Festival will be held May 4-6 in
Fernandina Beach.Join shrimp
lovers and art patrons from around
he world for the annual event held
during daylight hours. For more
information, call 261-5841.
Free Museum Admission
from Bank of America
Bank of America's Museum's on
Us series is offering free admission
May 5th and 6th to local muse-
ums. Participating is the
Jacksonville Museum of
Contemporary Art the Museum of
Science and History. For more
information visit www.www.the-
mosh.org or www.mocajack-
Jazz Jamm with
The Ritz Jazz Jamm Presents
Ronnie Laws and Tom Browne,
Saturday, May 5th for two shows,
at 7 and 10 p.m. Come listen to the
smooth sounds of jamming jazz.
For tickets and more information
call (904) 632-5555 or email
Jacksonville get ready for live
music and good time for Funk Fest
2012. Held May 11 and 12th at
Metropolitan Park, featured artists
will include, New Edition, Dougie
Fresh, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi,
Erykah Badu, Loose Endz and
more. Tickets can be purchased at
local Metro PCS locations.
at Stage Aurora!
Stage Aurora Theatrical Company
will present, The Wiz Mother's Day
Weekend, Friday, May llth May
13th (Mother's Day).
Performances will take place at the
Stage Aurora Performance Hall
located at 5188 Norwood Avenue
inside Gateway Town Center. For
more information call Stage Aurora
Theatrical Company at 765-7372.
Mothers Day Concert
Nu-town Productions presents "A
Mother's Day Concert
Extravaganza," hosted by on-air
personality Wanda P., Saturday,
May 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Greater
Bethany Baptist Church, 401
Stockton St., Featuring national
recording artist Alvin Darling and
Stellar Award Winner Phillip Carter.
Free Admission. For more informa-
tion call (904) 389-3482.
Community Care Day
Make plans to attend Everest
Career Education Network 7th
Annual Community Care Day,
Saturday May 12, 2012 from 10:00
a.m. until 2:00 pm. Jacksonville
business leaders and vendors will
disseminate information and also a
chance to win door prizes every
hour on the hour. For more infor-
mation email DoWilliams@cci.edu
or call (904) 264-9122.
at the Ritz
Its Class Reunion Night at the
Ritz for Douglas Anderson,
Tuesday, May 15th at 6 p.m. Each
month, alumni of Jacksonville's
historically black schools are invit-
ed to meet at the Ritz Theatre and
view the museum's latest exhibits
Classmates will share memories of
their school days and participate in
conversations about current issues
in our schools. For more informa-
tion call (904) 632-5555.
The Clara White Mission's 15th
annual "Miracle on Ashley Street"
Celebrity Chef and Servers event
will be held, Friday, May 18th, 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. The annual event is
held to raise funds to benefit and
address the homeless and critical
demands for the homeless and low-
income. For more information con-
tact Lynn Jones at
call (904) 354.4162.
Free We Remember
The public is invited to a free
viewing of "We Remember
Raines," the acclaimed historical
documentary about Raines High
School. Following the film will be a
discussion on the school and the
future of public schools in Duval.
Refreshments will be served. The
viewing will take place Friday,
May 18th from 6-9 p.m. at the Ritz
Theatre. For more information, call
Free Kids Carnival at
Mali Vai Washington
MaliVai Washington Kids
Foundation will host their Kids 4
Kids Carnival for the community
on Saturday, May 19th from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MaliVai
Washington Youth Center. It is
open to the public and features
interactive activities for every age!
Come out and enjoy games,
bounces houses and inflatable's,
contests, a live DJ, mascots, arts &
crafts, tennis clinics, prizes, special
guest appearances, give-a-ways and
more! For more info on MWKF or
the Carnival, call Ashley Strickland
at (904) 359-5437(KIDS).or visit
American Beach Bid
Card players come partner up for
the 3rd annual American Beach Bid
Whist tournament, Saturday, May
19th, 2 6:30 p.m. at the American
Beach Community Center, 1600
Julia St., 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
prizes for the winners. For more
information contact A.W. Jennings
at (904) 321-3421 or email amer-
email@example.com or visit
Annual Job Fair
On May 21st, Congresswoman
Corrine Brown will host her Annual
Job and Resource Fair from 9:00
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Prime F.
Osborn Convention Center down-
town. Last year more than 14,000
jobseekers attended. The Resource
Fair will include a host of on- site
resource organizations and agencies
to assist applicants. For more infor-
mation contact Jackie Gray or
Carolyn Chatman at 354-1652.
Rains Sports Hall
of Fame Banquet
An invitation extended to the pub-
lic to attend the 2012 Raines Sports
Hall of Fame Banquet, Saturday,
June 2nd at the Omni Hotel, at 6
p.m. For more information email
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
(904) 612-5266 or visit
at the Ritz
Once a month the Ritz offers an
open mic for poets and poetry
lovers of all ages. Show off your
own talent for verse, or just come,
listen and soak up the creative
atmosphere. The next one is
Thursday, June 7th at 7 p.m. For
more information, call 632-5555.
at The Ritz
Modeled after Amateur Night at
the famed Apollo Theatre in
Harlem, contestants compete for
cash prizes and let the audience be
the judge. Friday, June 8, 7:30
p.m. at the Ritz Theatre and
Museum, 829 N. Davis Street for
more information call (904) 632-
Men Who Cook
The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
ofAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
will present Celebrity Men Who
Cook on Sunday, June 10, 2012
from 3-5 p.m. at the Hyatt
Riverfront. For more info or tickets,
call Bonnie Atwater at 868-4030.
Fathers Who Cook
The Annual Jacksonville Fathers
Who Cook will take place Saturday,
June 16th at the Gateway Town
Center. From 11 a.m. 3 p.m., local
fathers will prepare their best dish-
es in a competition where the public
serves as tasters. Proceeds will
enable youth to attend summer
camp. For more information or to
participate, call 591-7568.
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Workout That Help Lower Blood Pressure
Although African American
adults are 40% more likely to have
high blood pressure, they are 10%
less likely than their non-Hispanic
White counterparts to have their
blood pressure under control.
Exercise, weight management,
and a healthy diet do wonders in
preventing this. Working out also
boosts the effectiveness of blood
pressure medication if you're
already being treated for hyperten-
Your workout routine should con-
sist of 30 minutes
of aerobic activity most days of the
week. If you don't have 30 minutes
continuously to exercise, break
workouts into shorter 10- to 15-
minute intervals. Brisk walking,
cycling, jogging, swimming and
stair climbing can be performed as
part of your workout routine.
Strength train three days a week
to help lower your blood pressure.
Since lifting causes a temporary
increase in blood pressure, keep
weight loads modest. Control your
breathing throughout movement
and stop if you feel dizzy or light-
headed. Use resistance exercise
machines such as bicep curls, ab
exercisers, leg presses and chest
presses to work the upper body,
lower body and core. Start off with
one to two sets of 10 to 12 reps for
Every Day Activity
Find activities you enjoy and aim
for 30 minutes a day of "exercise"
on most days of the week. Daily
housework, gardening, washing
windows, using the stairs, carrying
your groceries, walking at the mall,
or riding bikes with the kids all add
up to exercise that benefits your
FE. Beyonce Dishes on How
; She Got Her Body Back
Not e\en Beyonce was able to
look glamorous while giving
Sbtlh -- despite her best efforts.
The 30-year-old, who wel-
comed Blue Ivy into the
\ world on January 7, want-
ed to look her best when
she met her daughter for
the first time.
"I did have a fresh
eyebrow wax," she
told People maga-
zine. "I got my nails
done, I got my feet done,
had my hair done, and I had
a little lip gloss."
But despite all the primping,
Beyonce, who regardless will go
down in history as one of the
chicest pregnant women ever, said
she didn't exactly feel glamorous
"I didn't feel that I looked beauti-
ful during birth, but who does?
After being pumped with all those
fluids and gaining so much weight
... I barely recognized myself," she
told the magazine. "But after many
hours of labor, I could care less
about about anything but my child.
I didn't care how I looked."
Any woman who has given birth
can relate, but in the weeks after-
ward she was determined to drop
the 50 pounds she gained during her
pregnancy, and just two months
later, Beyonce made her first public
appearance showing off her already
The singer told the magazine she
lost most of the weight through 10
weeks of breastfeeding. A month
after she gave birth, she put herself
on a strict diet and exercise routine,
which initially involved a lot of
walking. Now she's running again.
All that work has paid off: If you
can believe it, Beyonce says she's
only "three to four pounds" away
from her pre-pregnancy weight, but
can already see how motherhood
has changed her physically.
"Your body produces the hor-
mones that make your body soft.
It's just magical," she said. "It
makes me so proud to be a woman
because it's just unexplainable what
happens to your body -- it's incred-
heart. Tip: Increase activity by
parking at the end of the lot, or get
off the bus a stop early and walk to
Consult Your Doctor
Before Getting Started
High-intensity bouts of exercise
are not typically recommended for
high blood pressure sufferers.
Instead, you should work out at a
moderate pace. To know you are
working out at a safe level, you
should have the ability to carry on a
Wear a heart rate monitoring
device during exercise. Your target
heart rate where you should remain
while exercising is 50 to 85 percent
of your maximum heart rate; your
maximum heart rate is approxi-
mately 220 minus your age. Since
blood pressure medications can
lower your target heart rate, consult
your doctor about making any
adjustments during exercise.
Why eat nuts? For one they keep
you full. According to a 2008
review of weight and nuts, there is
little weight change with including
nuts in one's diet even though they
are calorically dense. Scientists
believe this has to do with the sati-
ety (filling) value of nuts, as they
contain, protein, fiber, and fat.
There are even some studies that
show that weight loss diets that
include nuts have better results and
compliance than those that don't.
2. They are good for your heart.
Nuts contain the amino acid argi-
nine, which is involved in a process
that allows blood vessels to dilate
and blood to flow freely. Research
shows that nut consumers had
lower risk factors for hypertension
and HDL (good cholesterol) and
tree nut consumers had a lower
prevalence of abdominal obesity.
City to Bring Back
Summer Youth Jobs
Up until the early 90s, youth in the city could look forward to a job
during the summer months, usually managed by the Private Industry
Council. However, due to budget cuts and a changing political land-
scape, that program was dissolved. Now thanks to a partnership with
WorkSource, the 2012 Mayor's Summer Jobs program is a force in
action. The program will provide the opportunity for 185 Duval County
students, ages 16-21 to earn valuable experience working in various
facets of city government for five, 20-hour weeks, plus one week of
training beginning Monday June 18th and ending Friday, July 27th.
Program information and applications can be found online at:
http://www.worksourcefl.com/jpbseekers. Besides being a student, they
must live in Zone 1 one of the following zip codes: 32202, 32204,
32206, 32208, 32209, 32254 and attending high school, college, or
trade school with a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher and a few
other stipulations. For more information, call 488-6893.
Millions More Fish Fry
The Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee Inc., for the Millions
More Movement, a non-profit local organization will be selling fish din-
ners, Friday,May 5, 2012. The location is 916 N.Myrtle Avenue, between
Kings Road and Beaver Street from 3 7p.m.The cost is $5.00 per dinner.
If you have any questions or just want to learn more about the Millions
More Movement, call 904-240-9133 or 904-354-1775.
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to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of
the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at
Jacksonville, Florida, this 2nd day of May 2012. PUBLICATION:
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32209. In the County of : Duval In the City of: Jacksonville,
State of: Florida Intends to register the said name with the
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Africans Leaving Europe
for Jobs Back in Africa
Kigongo with his youngest wife aged 18, and his children and grandchildren in 1997.
Ugandan Man Leaves Behind 500 Grandchildren
A Ugandan man believed to have fathered the high-
est number of children in the country has died accord-
ing to the website, The New Vision has learned. He
A World War veteran, Lieutenant Jack Kigongo of
Kateera village, Kiboga had 158 children by the time
of his recent death.
He fathered the children from 20 wives, but by the
time of his death he had 11 wives, according to his
son Patrick Bulira Kigongo. He left behind about 500
Three of Kigongo's widows and a number of his
children and grand-children still live in his dilapidat-
Bulira said the family is going through a hard time,
following the death of their father. He said a number
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of Kigongo's children are vending fruits in the
According to Bulira, the once prosperous family
was impoverished by the five-year bush-war that
brought the NRM/NRA to power.
He says their father had a coffee factory, two lor-
ries, a big herd of cattle and all these were either loot-
ed or destroyed during the war.
The scars of the bush war are still visible on the
family's main house. The walls have bullet holes.
In 1997, he had about 150 children. At the time,
Kigongo had just married an 18-year old girl.
According to Bulira, his father had two homes in
Kateera. The mansion was the main home where 12
of his wives stayed while eight lived in his second
Kigongo married his youngest wife, who was 18,
when he was 80 years old. Strangely, she also died
early this year. Kigongo's oldest son is 60 years and
has a home and family in the same village while the
youngest is 15.
Bulira said some of the surviving widows are stay-
ing with their grown-up children.
In 1939, Kigongo was
recruited to fight in the Second
World War where he won him-
self the rank of lieutenant in
Burma. He returned in 1944
and became one of the wealthy
Ugandans in the area.
Upon his return, he bought
60 acres of land and estab-
lished coffee factories and a
number of businesses. When
he was prosperous, Kigongo
Sput up his own primary school
-and a church for his children
and grandchildren.At one time,
80 out of a school population
of 130 were his children.
Bulira said in the 1980s, the
Obote II regime persecuted his
father, prompting him to enlist
some of his children to join the NRA.
"Obote had called my father a rebel and wanted to
arrest him. When he (my father) realized that he was
being persecuted, he mobilised 50 of my brothers and
trained them in the Bokomero bushes," says Bulira.
He said his brothers fought in the NRA bush war
and 22 of them were killed in the struggle.
For decades, many African
countries saw some of their most
skilful young people take their tal-
ents to other parts of the world,
lured by the financial prospects
outside the continent.
But lately, as much of Europe
continues to shrink under the
weight of austerity, an increasing
number of Africans are turning
their backs on cash-strapped west-
ern economies to return to their
continent, seeking jobs and new
One of these returnee Africans -
- known as "repats" -- is Nigerian
Joshua Egba. The 33-year-old
financial consultant left Nigeria a
decade ago to continue his studies
in London, UK.
"Things weren't really happen-
ing in Nigeria in about 2002," he
says. "People were going to the
UK for better opportunities."
But this picture changed com-
pletely in 2008, Egba notes, when
the global financial crisis hit
Britain, bringing with it a feeling
of fear and job insecurity.
"Business are laying staff off,
the government is laying staff off,
so you're not safe," he remembers.
"I thought really it's time for me to
go home because I'm hearing all
these stories, all these success sto-
ries coming from Nigeria, coming
For Nigeria, 2008 was a turn-
around year as a series of govern-
ment reforms boosted the coun-
try's economy that has continued
to grow since then: in the past
three years, the oil-rich West
African nation has seen growth of
more than seven percent while
much of the western world
remains mired in financial tur-
While the evidence over the
returnee figures in Africa is large-
ly anecdotal, observers cite the
continent's impressive economic
growth, coupled with improve-
ments in governance, a boom in
telecommunications and the eco-
nomic slowdown in the West, as
the key factors for the apparent
increase in the number of Africans
coming back to the continent.
"People who wouldn't have con-
sidered coming back in the first
instance started looking at the pos-
sibility of actually going back to
Africa to look for better opportu-
nities," says Funto Akinkugbe,
managing director of findajobi-
nafrica.com, an online platform
that facilitates the connection
between recruitment agencies,
employers and jobseekers.
Akinkugbe notes that his site,
which he says receives around
43,000 45,000 visitors on a
monthly basis, has recorded an
increase of 35-40% in the last two
years over the number of people
applying for jobs in Africa. He
adds that this increase is support-
ed by the ever growing number of
the Africa-focused job portals,
which now number in hundreds.
Akinkugbe says that the main
areas of employment activity are
the mining industry in Central
African countries like the
Democratic Republic of Congo,
agriculture in West Africa and the
oil and gas sectors in countries
such as Uganda and Ghana.
But part of this increasing inter-
est, Akinkugbe explains, is not
only limited to Africans.
"You now also have Europeans
looking at exploring opportunities
in Africa because Africa is an
emerging market, the next desti-
nation," Akinkugbe says. "There's
been a number discoveries within
the last 10 years in the oil and.gas
sector, so you have a lot of coun-
tries ... that are willing to bring in
experts so they can actually devel-
op the local industry."
But amid this brain-gain boom,
there are still millions more pro-
fessionals in Africa put off by the
daily inconveniences of living in
some parts of the continent.
Problems such as traffic, power
cuts, corruption and the general
struggle to get things done quick-
ly can act as a deterrent, especial-
ly among high-skilled African
Nigerian Tunde Ogunrinde,
who returned to his country after
spending some 20 years in
Europe, is today the chief operat-
ing officer of restaurant chain
He says he was lucky to return
to a well-established and organ-
ized industry but adds that more
needs to be done to make it more
appealing for professionals such
as doctors, nurses and lecturers to
come back to the country.
"The government really needs
to put more of an enabling envi-
ronment for those industries to
lure back, not just people like
myself in the retail, hospitality
industry, but also in those indus-
tries," says Ogunrinde.
Court Finds Charles Taylor Guilty of Aiding War Crimes
by Faith Karimi
In a landmark ruling, an interna-
tional tribunal found former
Liberian President Charles Taylor
guilty last week of aiding and abet-
ting war crimes in neighboring
Sierra Leone's brutal civil war.
It was the first war crimes con-
viction of a former head of state by
an international court since the
Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders
after World War II.
Prosecutors failed to prove that
Taylor had direct command over
the rebels who committed the
atrocities, said Justice Richard
Lussick of the Special Court for
A three-judge panel voted unan-
imously that Taylor, 64, was guilty
on all 11 counts of the indictment
against him. The judges found him
guilty of aiding and abetting rebel
forces in a campaign of terror that
involved murder, rape, sexual slav-
ery, conscripting children younger
than 15 and mining diamonds to
pay for guns.
Taylor will learn what penalty
he'll be forced to pay on May 30,
two weeks after a hearing to argue
the most appropriate terms of his
sentence. There is no death penal-
ty in international criminal law,
and Taylor would serve out any
sentence in a British prison.
Taylor's lawyer, Courtenay
Griffiths, suggested the trial was
politically motivated. He claimed
his client's conviction was
"obtained on tainted and corrupted
evidence" based on the testimony
of witnesses from Sierra Leone
who were paid to appear in court.
Griffiths portrayed Taylor as a
legitimate leader who aided rebels
in a neighboring nation. Those
rebels, not Taylor himself, should
be held accountable for their
actions, the lawyer contended.
"If such behavior is to be
deemed illegal, then I'd like to see
it be deemed illegal across the
board," Griffiths said, referring to
leaders of the United States or
Britain potentially paying the price
for crimes committed by covert
groups they have supported.
U.N. human rights chief Navi
Pillay noted that Taylor can appeal
the verdict, and it could be over-
turned. That ,said, she called his
conviction "immensely signifi-
cant," saying it sends out a mes-
sage that even the most powerful
are not above the law.
Taylor has been a pivotal figure
in Liberian politics for decades
after he overthrew the regime of
Samuel Doe in 1989, plunging the
country into a bloody civil war that
left 200,000 dead over the next 14
After he was forced out of office
under international pressure in
2003, he lived in exile in Nigeria,
where border guards arrested him
in 2006 as he was attempting to
cross into Chad amid international
That culminated in his trial,
which began in 2007 at the special
court for Sierra Leone in The
Hague, Netherlands. U.N. officials
and the Sierra Leone government
jointly set up the tribunal to try
those who played the biggest role
in the atrocities.
The court was moved from
Sierra Leone, where emotions
about the civil war still run high.
Judges ultimately heard testimo-
ny from more than 100 people in
the case. They included supermod-
el Naomi Campbell, who told the
special tribunal that she received
"dirty-looking stones" she
assumed were gifts from Taylor
after a dinner hosted by then-South
African President Nelson Mandela
in 1997. The prosecution was try-
ing, with her testimony, to tie
Taylor to "blood diamonds" -- the
mining and selling of diamonds, in
this case to fund rebels in several
African conflict areas.
"When I was sleeping, I had a
knock on my door. I opened the
door and two men were there.
They gave me a pouch and said, 'A
gift for you,'" she said. "The men
didn't introduce themselves or say
Prosecutors accused Taylor of
financing and giving orders to
Revolutionary United Front rebels
in Sierra Leone's civil war that
ultimately left 50,000 dead or
missing. His support for the rebels
fueled the bloody war, prosecutors
Fighters included teenagers
forced to kill, rape and plunder
placed under the influence of
drugs to provoke violent behavior.
Witnesses testified about grisly
violence by the rebels during the
conflict, including shooting and
disemboweling pregnant women
and children. Sometimes, rebels
asked people if they wanted long
sleeves or short sleeves. The for-
mer meant hacking off hands; the
"Brave men, women and chil-
dren have taken the stand against
Charles Taylor," the prosecutor's
office said in a written statement.
"They have included amputees,
rape victims, former child soldiers
and persons enslaved, robbed, and
terrorized. We are awed by their
Ishmael Beah, a former rebel
child soldier in Sierra Leone who
has written a book chronicling his
experiences, said the verdict gives
people in his native country good
reason to celebrate Friday, on its
Taylor becomes the first former
head of state since Adm. Karl
Doenitz, who became president of
Germany briefly after Adolf
Hitler's suicide, to be convicted for
war crimes or crimes against
humanity by an international tribu-
The International Criminal
Court has charged Laurent
Gbagbo, the former Ivory Coast
president, with crimes against
humanity. It also has a warrant out
for Sudanese President Omar al-
Bashir, who, so far, has been able
to elude arrest.
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May 3 9, 2012
Jamaica Seeks Slavery Reparation
Jamaican MPs are seeking to revive a slavery reparations com-
mission that could lead to requests for compensation from Britain or
repatriation of some Jamaicans to Africa.
The government said in a statement on Friday that Youth and
Culture Minister Lisa Hanna has asked the cabinet to create a new
commission. The previous one disbanded in February 2010 because
of financial difficulties.
If formed, the commission would hold public hearings, document
the existence of any previous reparations and research slavery's
social and economic effects. Legislators would then vote on
whether to demand reparations based on the commission's report.
Britain abolished the transatlantic slave trade in 1807 and banned
slavery in most of its colonies in 1834. Many slaves were brought
to work on sugar plantations in Jamaica and other Caribbean terri-
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EEOC Files Suit Discrimination Against
Jacksonville Firefighters Union as Expected
Family Honors Jimmie Pearl Harper for 80th Birthday
Friends and family from throughout the country joined Mrs. Jimmie Pearl Harper last weekend for a surprise
80th birthday celebration. Held at the Crab Cake Factory on Beach Blvd., the party was arranged by her children;
but the biggest surprise was the attendance of all her siblings. Shown above at the celebration are the honoree
with her brothers and sisters, (L-R) are FRONT: Darlene Downing, Robbie Hansley, honoree Jimmie Harper and
Willie Pearl Blackwell. BACK Rubin Hill, Robert Hill, Roger Hill and Terry Hill. R. Silver photo
The Jacksonville Association of
Firefighters (Local 122 of the
International Association of Fire
Fighters) engaged in intentional
discrimination when it negotiated a
racially discriminatory promotional
process in the City of Jacksonville,
the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
charged in a lawsuit it filed last
According to the EEOC's suit
(Case No. 3:12-cv-00491-MMH-
TEM, filed in U.S. District Court
for the Middle District of Florida),
the City of Jacksonville's written
examinations for the promotion of
firefighters to four ranks engineer,
lieutenant (suppression), captain
(suppression), and district chief
(suppression) have a disparate
impact on African-American candi-
dates, and are not job-related or
consistent with business necessity.
Further, the EEOC said, the union is
liable under Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 because it nego-
tiated in favor of such tests through
the collective bargaining process,
despite knowing that the tests have
a disproportionately adverse impact
on black test takers.
"Labor unions are not beyond the
reach of Title VII," said EEOC
General Counsel P. David Lopez.
"The U.S. Department of Justice
has filed its own Title VII lawsuit
against the City of Jacksonville,
and our companion lawsuit against
the union pursues enforcement of
the law against an equally impor-
tant entity that we believe has per-
petuated a discriminatory process."
Robert E. Weisberg, the EEOC's
regional attorney for Miami, said,
"The union's insistence on main-
taining the current prorhotional
process has deprived many quali-
fied African-Americans of promo-
tional opportunities. We hope this
lawsuit sends a clear message:
Unions have a responsi-bility to
oppose, not acquiesce in, racially
discriminatory employment prac-
EEOC Commissioner Stuart J.
Ishimaru first filed a charge of dis-
crimination against the union in
February 2008. After conducting an
investigation into the charge, the
EEOC found reasonable cause to
believe that the union had discrimi-
nated against black firefighters with
respect to the promotional process.
The EEOC filed suit against the
union after first investigating and,
subsequently, attempting to reach a
pre-litigation settlement through its
conciliation process. The agency
seeks a court order that would pro-
hibit the union from advocating in
favor of a new collective bargaining
agreement that includes use of the
challenged tests. The EEOC is also
asking the court to order the union
to provide compensatory and puni-
The U.S. Department of Justice -
- which has responsibility for suing
state and local governments for vio-
lations of Title VII -- filed suit
against the city on April 23rd, alleg-
ing a pattern or practice of employ-
ment discrimination against
African-Americans in its Fire and
Rescue Department with respect to
EEOC's District Director
Malcolm S. Medley said, "This step
represents the EEOC's continued
efforts to address the union's
involvement in a discriminatory
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Social Security System Remains Solvent lishing 'he said-she said' stories
Continued from front
and should remain an important
Lewis added, "The people need to
ask why some of their representa-
tives were arguing in favor of priva-
tization when the program still
demonstrates a great deal of vitality.
And with modest adjustments
Social Security could continue to
provide security and stability for
seniors many decades in the
Nearly all Americans have some
contact with Social Security, first as
a worker and later as a beneficiary.
ately rely on the program's benefits.
According to the Social Security
Administration, 57 percent of
unmarried elderly Blacks relied on
Social Security in 2010 for at least
90 percent of their income.
Although Blacks represent 12.6
percent of the U.S. population, 23
percent of all children receiving
Social Security survivor benefits
were African American. In addition,
18 percent of disabled workers
receiving benefits were Black.
Despite its unqualified success,
Social Security has been used as a
During one debate, former
Republican presidential candidate
Rick Perry described Social
Security as a "Ponzi scheme."
Nothing could be further from the
As Media Matters noted, "A
Ponzi scheme is a criminal endeav-
or that involves opaque financial
dealings that promise investment
returns when none or next to none
actually exists. Social Security
finances are crystal clear, and the
interest generated by its trust fund is
The media watchdog group stat-
ed, "The 'Ponzi' attack has been
around for decades. A search of the
Nexis database shows that in 1989,
a guest colunmist at USA Today
applied the term to Social Security,
along with Medicare and the feder-
al pension system. In 1992, CNN's
Larry King hosted longtime Reagan
budget director Jim Miller, who
made the same attack. The same
false attack is likely to continue as
alongside conservative colum-
nists intent on undermining Social
Security for ideological reasons."
Television outlets are equally
For example, CNN Money pub-
lished an article in April saying,
"Critical to reining in the United
States' long-term debt will be find-
ing ways to control the burgeoning
costs of Medicare and Social
Security, both of which will face
serious funding shortfalls over the
There was only one problem the
chart that accompanied the story
painted a different picture.
"The chart shows that 'entitle-
ments' growing share of [the] econ-
omy is really just Medicare's grow-
ing share of the economy and
higher spending on Medicare is a
result of rising health care costs,"
observed Media Matters. "Social
Security costs are not 'burgeoning,'
and to claim they are does a dis-
service to CNN's readers."
Undeserved criticism of Social
Security notwithstanding, support-
ers acknowledged that changes can
be made to improve the system.
Repealing the Bush tax cuts alone
would fix the problem.
"The revenue lost over the next
75 years from making those tax cuts
permanent would be about two
times the entire Social Security
shortfall over that period," the
Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities calculated. "Indeed, the
revenue loss from just extending the
tax cuts for people making over
$250,000 the top 2 percent of
Americans would itself be nearly
as large as the entire Social Security
shortfall over the 75-year period.
Members of Congress cannot
simultaneously claim that the tax
cuts are affordable while the Social
Security shortfall constitutes a dire
Other improvements can be made
The system can be strengthened
by stabilizing the contribution rates.
Currently, those making $50,000
contribute 6 percent of their wages
to Social Security. However, those
making more than $500,000 con-
tribute only 1 percent.
Congressman Lewis said, "It
should be noted that the Social
Security system has borne the sig-
nificant pressure of a crashing econ-
omy remarkably well and that,
unlike the banks, it did not require a
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Raising Money Savvy Kids
Do your kids keep asking what they can do to earn more allowance? Do they know how to save up for
something they want? You might have a budding entrepreneur on your hands.
From setting up a lemonade stand on the corer to creating smartphone apps, kids are learning the ropes of
running a business early.
* The 2011 Free Enterprise National Survey found that 64 percent of high school juniors were interested in starting
or owning their own businesses. And, in fact, 15 percent of respondents had already started their own business.
* The 2010 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's Youth Entrepreneurship Survey found that 40 percent of
students between the ages of 8 and 24 would like to start a business in the future, or already have done so.
Yet with all this interest in entrepreneurship, few students are getting this information from school. According to
the Council for Economic Education, only 15 states require public high schools to offer a personal finance course,
and there are no national standards for an entrepreneurial education.
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If you have a budding entrepreneur in the family, what can you do
to encourage and equip them to take on the challenges of starting
and running a business?
Kim Danger, personal finance expert and founder of
MommySavers.com, says that even if you're not a business-minded
person, you can help your child or teen grow in this area.
"It's never too early to start learning about financial matters,
whether it's managing their allowances or starting their own dog-
sitting service," Danger says. "In addition to talking with them about
money matters and being a good role model when it comes to
finances, there are some things you can do to help them get some
real-world business experiences."
a Take them seriously. If they have an idea for a product improve-
ment or a service they can provide to neighbors, don't dismiss it.
Listen to the idea and ask them questions to help them figure out
how to make that idea a reality. Even if they don't make a dime,
they'll get a boost in confidence and some lessons in planning
and critical thinking that will pay off later.
* Don't do too much. It can be very tempting for adults to take
over a project and "do it right," but kids need to learn from
mistakes, and to take responsibility for decisions and their con-
sequences. Entrepreneurship means facing a lot of challenges
that require persistence, patience, determination and creative
problem solving. They'll miss out on all those lessons if you
do the legwork for them.
* Make sure it's a labor of love. It's one thing to come up with
an idea to make some short-term pocket money. But starting a
business takes a lot of time and effort, so it needs to be something
that they can be passionate about. Starting a pet-care business
when they don't really love dogs will not end well.
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Danger says that you can also connect your kids with tools and
resources that let them play, learn and experiment, all of which can
encourage them to pursue entrepreneurship.
Play A game such as Nintendo's Fortune Street for the Wii
console lets kids of all ages have fun while making a variety of
business and economic decisions.
* As players make investments and face a dynamic stock market,
they can experience the thrill of seeing rewards for their smart
* By investing in property to influence real estate value, players
can enjoy the fun of watching their in-game communities grow
* The ability to play using a mix of well-known Nintendo
characters including favorites from the Mario franchise and
the DRAGON QUEST universe adds an element of familiarity
* The interactive board game can be played online against friends,
and has different skill settings, so even business beginners can
have a blast while they learn. Find out more at
Learn There are a variety of online resources that students
and parents can use to learn more about finances, business and
* The Council for Economic Education (www.econedlink.org) has
lesson plans, work sheets and activities for kids in grades K-12.
Examples include "Twenty Money-Making Ideas for Young
Persons," and "Earning a Profit" Activities.
* Junior Achievement (studentcenter.ja.org) has articles, games and
videos geared to help young people start their own businesses.
* The U.S. Small Business Administration created Mind Your Own
Biz (www.mindyourownbiz.org) to walk students through five
easy steps to business ownership.
* Yes Kidz Can! (www.yeskidzcan.com) has articles and ideas
about Social Entrepreneurism, as well as small grants for kids
starting socially minded enterprises.
Experiment Wrestling with ideas and putting them into
practice is great experience for any budding entrepreneur.
* Many kid inventors got their ideas by playing with things like
clay, art materials, building-block toys and even computer soft-
ware. Give them materials to work (and play) with and let their
* The Small Business Administration has a number of resources
for teens and students interested in starting their own businesses.
Visit www.SBA.org, and go to the Services page for more
* There are a growing number of competitions geared for student
inventors. Look into the Student Ideas for a Better America
contest by the National Museum of Education for students K-12
(nmoc.org/gallery); The FIRST Robotics Competition for grades
9 to 12 (www.usfirst.org); or any of the Rube Goldberg Machine
"Kids have energy, imagination and creativity that could very well lead to the next big idea or make a big difference in their world," says
Danger. "All they need is some encouragement from you and they can start creating their own future today."
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Is 'Basketball Wives' Becoming the New Jerry Springer?
By Demetria Irwin
This current crop of ratchet reali-
ty shows will eventually go the way
of Jerry Springer. Remember when
it was a big deal whenever there
was a fight on the show and then
eventually there was a fight on
every single show? It got boring,
predictable and though The Jerry
Springer Show is still on (Yes, it
is!), it has basically morphed into a
comedic wrestling show. It's "reali-
ty" television with a huge wink. It
has a faithful audience, but the
hurled fists and insults are expected
and no longer newsworthy.
Now we have Basketball Wives
quickly spiraling into Gorgeous
Ladies of Wrestling territory, except
with better weaves and without the
benefit of a cushioned mat for the
take-downs. Evelyn Lozada, the
demure fiance of Chad Ochocinco,
has thrown drinking glasses, wine
bottles and random home acces-
sories at various cast members. She
also recently jumped on a table
barefoot to pounce on her prey.
Her Vince McMahon approved-
behavior has earned her a petition
asking for her to stop being "about
that life" and move on to something
not involving a television.
A petition like that will never
work, though. It will do nothing but
build up even more anticipation for
the sure-to-be-ridiculous reunion
show, and Lozada's spinoff with
Ochocinco. Besides, if Evelyn does
leave the show, they'll just replace
Basketball Wives is never short of bickering on any of its' seasons
giving America a scary muted glimpse of Black housewives .
her with someone just as volatile,
but willing to take a smaller pay-
Outside of the soon-to-be-like-
clockwork violence, Basketball
Wives is essentially a prolonged
game of telephone. "I heard that
you said..." "Somebody told me you
tweeted..." Those mini sub-plots get
stretched out over two or three
episodes and then it's all rehashed
on the reunion show where the
juvenile behavior is even more pro-
nounced due to the contrast with the
glam hair, make-up and wardrobe.
Minus the violence, the same can
be said for the Real Housewives of
Atlanta. The reunion for season
four was three hours long -- about
two and a half hours of which was
filled with unintelligible squawking
about black babies and escorts or
something like that. There seems to
be a general consensus that it's just
plain sad to see these grown women
hash out high-school-like drama in
elementary-school-like ways, yet
we keep tuning in every week. As
long as the ratings and ad dollars
are there, the shows will remain.
But I predict these shows' ratings
will naturally die off as people get
bored with the formula, unless they
can consistently rope in relevant
Is it possible to have a reality
Bill Cosby entertained Jacksonville audiences last weekend and
treated the Jacksonvile Free Press to an interview. TM Austin,
Interview by Lynn Jones
Q: How you doing Bill?
A:Everything is fine! The Rent is
Q: With all the recent contro-
versy with the Trayvon Martin
case and issues surrounding
young black men, what do you
have to say to Trayvon Martin
family and protesters?
The difference is that the gun is in
the hands of the people who may or
may not been mentally cleared.
Some don't have correct licenses
and the gun is used to settle some-
thing. You have to point the gun at
someone or show that you have it or
are a threat to a person. If you have
a gun you mean to take someone's
life. You start out with the thought.
Then the gun begins to make clear
judgment. The value of the life of
the person is at stake.
Q: What about racism?
A: Racism is in the mind of the
racist. If you stand on racism, you
don't have much of a point. For
example, a man loves his mother,
but beats his wife.
Q: How is Mrs. Cosby?
A: Mrs. Cosby and I are still
doing things to help people to
understand that we are not mono-
lithic. That if you don't have your
entrepreneurial skills and take own-
ership, then you let others take over.
It's not what you're doing; it's what
you're not doing.
Q: What about today's high
child obesity rate?
What has to happen is that all the
children have to be raised with a
better understanding of food. You
can't eat all that sugar and expect to
be healthy. You have to use your
olive oils, not lard and cook for
your children. You have to saut6,
use herbs and eat at home some-
times. You have to stop pointing the
finger and take the children and put
a higher value on a healthy future.
Q: How has your comedy
changed in your performance?
A: Well tell the church people to
trust me I will not hit below the belt
and I guarantee them they will have
to bring come Kleenex because
show with a black cast that is enter-
taining and not embarrassing?
Seems like it. MTV had the
adorable and empowering story of
Chelsea Settles. VH1 has the family
friendly La La's Full Court Life and
of course the fly June Ambrose in
her new show Styled by June.
Shucks, even T.I.'s show was get-
ting Huxtable comparisons. The
jury is still out on TV One's new
show Love Addiction, it's basically
the format of A & E's Intervention,
but with toxic relationships instead
Robyn Greene Arrington, senior
director of programming and pro-
duction, assured theGrio in an
exclusive interview that the show is
not about exploitative drama. (Did
you see DMX on Couple's
Therapy? Woo sah!) "The goal of
Love Addiction is to offer a unique
television viewing experience that
highlights the sensitive and preva-
lent issue of dysfunctional relation-
ships in the black community, while
providing positive, insightful
options under the guidance of rela-
tionship experts, as well as the love
and concern of family and friends,"
said Greene Arrington.
Kudos to Love Addiction if it
manages to do all of that and cap-
ture the interest of today's fickle tel-
evision viewing audience. For her
part, Shaunie O'Neal, the master-
mind behind the Basketball Wives
franchise, told Vibe that she "hopes
the fans feel they see a balance and
when they leave my show they will
think and say that's right and start
Q: What advice do you have
for young people today?
A:You can't use anger as an
excuse and do nothing. Find out
what challenges you. Teach your
children to read and to write and
take on math and do things that are
thoughtful. You cannot have a brain
Q: Who are you most proud of
in the entertainment industry?
A: I am very proud of Robert
Townsend, we all have to revisit his
movies. Because he always had a
message behind the movie. I want
to thank the school teachers trying
to get the parents to the PTA meet-
ings, the aunts, the uncle's, grand-
parent's, fathers, mothers and part-
ners that culminate a good educa-
tion. When people make fun of you
they end up showing they needed
something from you.
know we have always been real
with our stories, even though it may
not always be a positive portrayal of
adult women, but real women
Balance? No. Maybe 5-10 per-
cent non-cringe-worthy viewing per
episode. And that "real women" bit
is suspect too. I bet those women
would not say or do half of what
they are saying or doing sans cam-
eras. They certainly wouldn't go out
to dinner together so often.
Seriously, do you know a group of
adult women who eat and drink
together so dang much?
Celebrities like Star Jones and
Jaleel White have recently come out
against these types of shows. Do
you think we've reached a turning
point on ratchet reality television or
do we have many more years left of
Demetria Irwin writes for The Grio.
Usher & Tameka Now Having with Custody Issues
TMZ is reporting that Usher and
ex-wife, Tameka Raymond, have
been trying to settle child custody
issues. If they can't work things
out, a judge is said to ready to do it
The singer and his ex-wife recent-
ly showed up to the Fulton County
court where a judge ordered the
couple to try and hash out a temporary custody agreement in private.
The order will also address child support.
As previously reported, Usher and Tameka have been fighting over
their kids for years Tameka wants full custody, claiming he secretly
uses drugs. Usher has denied the allegations, asking for an increase in
daddy time. The couple currently shares custody.
E Cancels Khloe and Lamar
Although E! just re-upped with the
Kardashian clan for $40 million, the net-
work has decided to end one of the
family's numerous reality shows.
"Khloe and Lamar," starring Khloe
Kardashian and her husband Lamar Odom,
will not return for a third season.
The couple decided to pull the plug so
Odom can refocus on his NBA career,
sources tell the site. After posting career-
low numbers following his trade to the
Dallas Mavericks from the Los Angeles
Lakers in December, Odom was placed on
the inactive list earlier this month for the remainder of the season; the
Mavericks will likely try to trade him by June 29.
The couple is expected to continue to make appearances on "Keeping
Up with the Kardashians."
Whitney May Be Encased in Stone
The relatives of the late songstressWhitney Houston (pictured) are
planning to have her body encased in cement in order to put the brakes
on any grave robbers who are making plans to get their hands on any of
the pricey baubles that she is buried in.
Houston, who passed away unexpectedly at
the age 48 due to accidental drowning which
was a result of heart disease and chronic drug
use, was laid to rest in jewelry that is reported-
ly worth $500,000. The grave site of the pop
oL_ princess has had armed security to protect it not
only from obsessed fans, but also from poten-
tial thieves, who might want to get at those
gems buried with Houston.
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