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ACLU to Represent KKK in
Georgia Litter Program Fight
The American Civil Liberties Union will help the KKK take legal
action against the state of Georgia for rejecting the group's Adopt-A-
Highway application.
The International Keystone Knights of the KKK applied to join the
"Adopt-A-Highway" program along part of Route 515 in the north
Georgia mountains. Participating groups are recognized with a sign
along the road they adopt.
State officials announced this month they would deny the KKK
group's application, setting up the legal showdown.
According to reports, the ACLU is still working on its strategy for
representing the group in what it considers a First Amendment case.

Olympian Cullen Jones is
America's Fastest Swimmer
A Black man now holds the title of "fastest swimmer in America."
Charlotte, North Carolina's Cullen Jones won the men's 50 freestyle -
in 21.59 seconds at the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, according to the
Charlotte Observer.
"I've been dreaming of this forever, of qualifying for two individual
events in the Olympics," Jones said in response to a reporter's ques-
tion. "The only thing different is that, in my dream, I'm giving better
He will be swimming in 3 events in the London Olympics this year
and knows he can't disappoint.
"The plan now," Jones said, "is not to let the U.S. down."

Copy of Emancipation
Proclamation Sells for 2.1 Million
NEW YORK- -A rare original copy of President Abraham Lincoln's
Emancipation Proclamation has sold by auction for more than $2 mil-
lion. It's the second-highest price ever paid for a Lincoln-signed
proclamation after one owned by the late Sen. Robert Kennedy that
went for $3.8 million two years ago.
The latest copy of the 1863 document ordering the freeing of slaves,
which was auctioned at the Robert Siegel Auction Galleries, went to
David Rubenstein, managing director of The Carlyle Group invest-
ment firm. The American seller remained anonymous.
The document will go on public exhibit somewhere in Washington,
D.C. The name of the institution is yet to be announced.
Lincoln signed the proclamation during the Civil War, freeing all
slaves in states then in rebellion. The proclamation also provided a
legal framework for the emancipation of millions of other slaves as the
Union armies advanced.
Forty-eight copies were subsequently printed, with Lincoln signing
all of them.
The president donated them to the so-called Sanitary Commission, a
precursor of the modem Red Cross that sold the documents privately
to provide medical care to Union soldiers.
A century later, President Lyndon Johnson invoked the proclamation
while presenting the Voting Rights Act to Congress. He said equality
was still an unfulfilled promise for black Americans.
A total of nine proclamation copies have been sold publicly in the
past 40 years.

FAMU's Band Look for New Leader
Florida A&M's Marching 100 band, an ensemble that has performed
at the Grammy Awards, Super Bowls and presidential inaugurations,
has been suspended from all activities since the November hazing
death of 26-year-old drum major Robert Champion. Although it won't
be back on the football field for the entire 2012-2013 school year, the
university has already begun the search for a new director to replace
Julian White.
According to the Associated Press, it hopes to make a selection by
the end of the fall semester. Thatmight be right around the trial date
that a Florida judge has set for the 11 former members of the band in
Champion's hazing death.
Prosecutors say that Champion died when he was "pummeled to
death" during the ritual that occurred after the Florida Classic, the
annual football game between FAMU and rival Bethune-Cookman
Known to some as "crossing over," the rite required Champion to
make his way from the front of the percussion bus to the back as fel-

low band members blocked his path and punched and kicked him.

Medical Reports Say Zimmerman
Did Not Suffer Head Trauma
George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman who shot 17-year-
old Trayvon Martin dead on Feb. 26, did not suffer brain trauma,
according to a medical evaluation conducted after the shooting, the
Miami Herald reports.
The report did say Zimmerman suffered a broken nose and black
eyes. Standing at 5 feet 7/2 inches tall and 204 lbs, Zimmerman was
also described as "obese" in the report. The doctor wrote that
Zimmerman did "not have any blurry vision or dizziness." Though the
doctor wrote that Zimmerman said he "got nauseous every time he
thought of the night's violence."


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Volume 25 No. 37 Jacksonville, Florida July 5-12, 2012

Supreme Court Hands Obama H

a Huge Healthcare Victory I

by George Curry
With conservative Chief Justice
John G. Roberts, Jr. providing a sur-
prise supporting vote, the United
States Supreme Court gave
President Barack Obama a major
victory Thursday by upholding the
constitutionality of the Affordable
Health Care Act.
In the most watched Supreme
Court case since Bush v. Gore in
2000, the justices upheld the land-
mark healthcare law that requires
all Americans except those object-
ing on religious grounds or facing
financial hardship to obtain health
insurance by 2014 or pay a finan-
cial penalty. The vote was 5-4, with
Roberts joining the court's four lib-
erals Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia

Sotomayor, Stephen G Breyer and
Elena Kagan. Anthony M.
Kennedy, usually the court's lone
swing vote, sided with fellow con-
servatives Antonin Scalia, Samuel
Alito and Clarence Thomas.
The ruling grew out of three
cases challenging the constitution-
ality of the Affordable Care Act that
were appealed to the Supreme
Court a suit by the National
Federation of Independent Business
against Secretary of Health and
Human Services Kathleen Sebelius
and two cases involving HHS and
the state of Florida.
The legislation was signed into
law by President Obama on March
23, 2010. Most of its provisions -
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Bold City Links Among 3,000
Attendees for 39th National Assembly

Among the eleven members of Jacksonville's Bold City (FL) Chapter
in attendance were (L-R) Janice Nelson, Sandra Hull Richardson,
Barbara Darby and Roslyn Phillips.

Over three thousand members of
The Links, Incorporated, converged
on Orlando, Florida for their 39th
National Assembly.
For four days, the women attend-
ed workshops and events designed
to inspire and empower the mem-
bers to continue transformational
program that enhance their local
communities. They also had oppor-

tunities for workshops with
Condoleeza Rice, Judith Jamison,
Johnetta Cole, Eddie Bernice
Johnson and others. In addition,
there was a Town Hall Meeting
with Rev. Al Sharpton and the par-
ents of Trayvon Martin. Locally,
the Bold City Chapter sponsors a
free youth leadership academy for
middle school age children.

Shown above are Montford Point Marines from Jacksonville,
Florida (L-R) George Mclvory and Alpha P. Gainous with fellow hon-
orees Nathaniel Tyus and Edward Norman.

Montford Point Marines Receive

Congressional Gold Medal
Hundreds of African-American veterans who helped to integrate the
Marine Corps during World War H at a time when segregation was an
everyday reality, are now proud recipients of the nation's highest civilian
honor. '
Nearly 70 years after the Marines of Montford Point became the first
African Americans in the Corps, Congress awarded them the
Congressional Gold Medal. The Corps was the last branch of the U.S. mil-
itary to allow blacks to serve.
Montford Point was a North Carolina base that the Corps created to keep
African Americans away from bases where other Marines trained. Roughly
20,000 other African- American Marines trained at the base, which oper-
ated from 1942 to 1949.
The medal will be on display at the National Museum of the Marine
Corps in Virginia. The Marines received bronze replicas.

Ultimate Runway Fashion Show
Nets Funds for HIV Research
AMG Uptown salon hosted their
3rd annual Ultimate Runway
Fashion Show, emceed by celebrity
stylist and TV personality Dwight
Over 500 people witnessed fash-
ions from local and national design-
ers, featuring Leon (Atlanta), Chebri
Fashion (Jacksonville), Meow &
Barks (Jacksonville), and K&G
Fashions (Jacksonville). The event
was held on a garage rooftop in
downtown Jacksonville, which gave
the ambiance of a New York Runway
exclusive. Pictured right is hairstylist
Cheryl Holland, Dwight Eubanks
and Anne Grimsley, owner of AMG
Uptown. Proceeds of the event were
donated to HIV/AIDs awareness.

Jackson Class of 1973 Celebrate 38th Annual Reunion

Rachel Ross, Fernando McGhee, Fredia Davis, Joanne Colson, Angelita Council, Frank Powell, Laverne Hawkins, Lulene Martin, Gwendolyn
Alexander, Gloria Smith, Wiley Mitchell, Georgette Sanders, Lou Brady, Nathan Leonard, Lillian Seabrook, Sharon Martin, Lucretia Dickson,
Sherine Davis, Diana Batts, Gloria Blackshere, Marilyn Stripling, Roosevelt Williams, Debra Lewis, Richard Hendley Leonard Ashely, Carolyn
Anderson,Terry Boykins and Claudine Graham.
The Jackson High School class of 1973 held a summer cook-out at the home of classmate Wiley "Chucky" Mitchell. Classmates were asked to bring
their favorite dish to the event which included an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship. The remainder of the day consisted of reminiscing about the
good ole days, playing games and planning for this year's annual Christmas party and their 2013 "all years" 44th reunion.

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MOSH Cosmic Concert
From June 1st to June 29th,
come experience total-sensory
entertainment as laser lights, high-
def images and digital sound collide
to create a Cosmic Concert! Shows
begin at 7 p.m. For more information
visitwww.moshplanetarium.org or
call (904) 396-MOSH.

Fish Dinners Sale
The Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee Inc., for the
Millions More Movement will be
selling fish dinners and sandwich-
es," Friday, July 6th, at 916 N.
Myrtle Avenue., (between Kings
Road and Beaver Street) from 3-
7:00 p.m. If you have any questions
or just want to learn more about the
Millions More Movement, visit
leloc or call (904) 240-9133 or
(904) 354-1775 or email

Fresh Music Festival
The Veterans Memorial Arena
will be the host of the Fresh Music
Festival featuring Keith Sweat,
Guy, SWV, K-Ci & Jo-Jo, and
Doug E. Fresh, Friday, July 13th.
For more information visit
www.freshmusicfestival.com or
call the arena at (904) 630-3900.

Pride Book
Club Meeting
The P.R.I.D.E July Bookclub
Meeting will be held on Friday,
July 13th at 7 p.m. at the home of
Shelly Casey. The book for discus-
sion is "Lies My Teacher Told Me,
Everything Your American History
Textbook Got Wrong by James W.
Loewen." For more information
contact Romona Baker at 384-3939
or Felice Franklin at 389-8417 or
email felicef@bellsouth.net.

African Night Gala
The Nelson Mandela Committee
presents their African Night Gala,
Saturday, July 14th; 6:00 p.m. to
10:00 p.m. Come enjoy Kitchen
Martha's Authentic African
Cuisine, music from DJ Spotless, a
silent auction, door prizes and
more! For more info call 924-7444.

Youth Summit
The Adolescents Choosing
Excellence Youth Summit for chil-
dren 4-18 years, Monday, July
16th from 9 a.m. 2 p.m., at
Metropolitan Park. The celebration
will include interactive team and
hands-on activities and making
healthy decisions. There will also
be free school supplies, free lunch,

gift bags and workshops. For more
information call 253-2639 or email

Grief and Loss
Support Group
Haven Hospice is hosting a grief
and loss support group on July
16th from 6 7:30 p.m. The support
group is for parents and caregivers
who have experienced the loss of a
child. The event will take place at
the Haven office at 200 Southpark
Blvd., Suite 207, St. Augustine, FL
32086. For more information, call
810-2377 or email Jennifer
Martinez Pinillo at jennifer@green-

Brides Against Breast
Cancer Gown Sale
On Thursday July 19th from 6-9
p.m., Brides Against Breast Cancer
will have a gown sale at the Hyatt
Regency Hotel. Most gown prices
range between $99 and $79 and
include hundreds of name brand
and designer gowns.All forms of
payment accepted. For more infor-
mation call 588-1234.

Comedian Eddie
Griffin in Jax
Comedian Eddie Griffin will be in

concert Saturday, July 28th at the
Times Union Center for Performing
Arts, 300 W. Water Street,. For
more information call (904)
633.6110 or visit www.ticketmas-

Rhythm of
Gospel Awards
The 4th Annual Rhythm of Gospel
Awards will take place at the
Tuesday, July 24th July 29th, the
Omni Hotel downtown. The
Awards is filled with a variety of
innovative and exciting showcases,
choir competitions, pageants and
achievement galas. For more infor-
mation call (210) 745-5858.

The Color Purple
The Tony Award winning musical
"The Color Purple" comes to the
Jacksonville presented by Stage
Aurora Theatrical Company. The
Color Purple will hold auditions on
Saturday, July 28th from 2-6 p.m.
and Sunday, July 29th from 3- 6
p.m. Performances of The Color
Purple will run September 28th
through October 7th, 2012, week-
ends only.

Bikers Against Crime
Families of Slain Children is part-

nering with various motorcycle
clubs to increase awareness of
crime in the community. Come
enjoy food, fun and games and
speakers, Monday, July 30th from
1:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., at 3108 North
Myrtle. For more information con-
tact call 683-4986 or or email

Marion Meadows
in Concert
The Ritz Theater Jazz Jamm will
feature jazz artist Marion Meadows
on Saturday, August 4th atl 7 and 10

p.m. Tickets are currently on sale.
Call 632-5555.

Amateur Night
at the Ritz
Amateur Night at the Ritz will be
held on Friday, September 7th at
7:30 pm. $5.50. Call 632-5555.

Kevin Hart in Concert
Comedian Kevin Hart will be in
concert Friday, October 12th at the
Veterans Memorial Arena. Tickets
are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

Ritz Amateur Night

Seeking New Host
The Ritz Theatre and Museum in downtown Jacksonville is searching for
a new host for their monthly Amateur Night at the Ritz.
The first round of auditions will be held on Thursday, July 26 at 5:00-
6:30pm at the Ritz. From this audition, up to three finalists will advance
to the next round where they will host the September 7 Amateur Night
show. The final winners) will be announced at the October 5 Amateur
Night show. Pre-registration online is required and audition applications
will be available to download online at www.ritzjacksonville.com starting
July 2.
The ideal host will: Be energetic and have an engaging and lively per-
sonality, have a great sense of humor and comic timing, love to perform,
be able to speak well in front of an audience and have strong improvisa-
tional skills.
For more information, call 632-5555.

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Councilwoman E. Denise Lee pleads with Council President Bil Bishop to see the importance of diversity.

Minority Councilmen Unite to Bring

Diversity to Standing Committees

By Lynn Jones
Veteran Councilwoman Denise
Lee called a public meeting last
week to discuss the recent appoint-
ments or lack thereof of incom-
ing Councilman President Bill
Bishop. In a move unheard of in
decades, Bishop assigned four of
the five African American Council
members to the Recreation,
Community Development, Public
Health and Safety Committee and
none to a chairmanship.
Councilman Johnny Gaffney was
assigned to the Finance Committee
and former Council President
Warren Jones to the Rules
Committee. None of the council-
man of color received a chairman-
ship of the six committees that will
shape Jacksonville's future. The
block of council people were seek-
ing a leadership role to represent
the diversity of the city.
Minority Council persons
Reggie Brown (District 10), Johnny
Gaffniey (District 7), Kim Daniels
(at Large-Groupl), Denise Lee
,District 8) and Warren Jones

(District 9) were appalled that Bill
Bishop would make remarks to the
media saying, "I am not running a
quota system," in regards to his
lack of minority leadership in his
Only one other "white" coun-
cilmember Donald Redman attend-
ed the meeting to show his support.
Absent Councilmember's were rep-
resented by their assistants/aids.
Councilman Warren Jones
thanked everyone for attending the
meeting and commented "I'm real-
ly sad, disappointed and embar-
rassed that we have to have this dis-
cussion in 2012, it's about represen-
tation and inclusion."
Not just talking, the minority
councilman put action behind their
words. When it seemed as if they
were getting nowhere in their pleas,
Reggie Brown was the first to hand
in his resignation from the commit-
tees. He was followed by Lee,
Jones and Daniels. Johnny Gaffney
did not stand with the boycott.
-Since the meeting, Bishop- has
named Kim Daniels to chair the

Public Health and Safety
Only five African Americans sit
on the City Council out of 19.
Statistically African Americans
make up 30% residency in
"I am not here for myself, this is
about the future, diversity, fairness
and justice," said Lee. "Justice in
terms for the people who will fight
for future seats, 2012 and beyond."

In the presidential battle-
ground with the biggest prize,
Democrat Barack Obama is
focused on ratcheting up
voter turnout in Florida's uni-
versity towns, its Hispanic
enclaves around Orlando and
its Jewish communities in the
south. Republican challenger
Mitt Romney is working to
squeeze as many votes as
possible out of north Florida's
conservative military bas-
tions, the senior-heavy Gulf
Coast and Miami's Cuban
But their strategies to ener-
gize core supporters overlap
in the central Florida swing-
voting region that's key to
winning the state and its 29
electoral votes. Voters along
Interstate 4, which stretches
from Tampa Bay to Daytona
Beach, will determine the
outcome if the race remains
close into the fall, as expect-
ed. About 45 percent of the
state's voters live in that 17-
county area.
It seems that's usually the
case, judging by Florida's
track record of. hard-fought
races and narrow presidential
outcomes since the 2000 race

landed at the Supreme Court,
which then handed the White
House to Republican George
W. Bush.
Bush won,'the state again
four years later, 52 percent to
47 percent, over Democrat
John Kerry. But in 2008, the
state sided with Democrats
when Obama defeated
Republican John McCain, 51
percent to 48 percent.
This year, the stakes are
hard to overstate: Obama's re-
election is nearly assured
should he repeat his 2008 vic-
tory in Florida, based on how
the states lean now. His
standing in Florida is far
more precarious than it is in
other contested states so if
he wins Florida, it's likely
that he's won in many other
states as he looks to cobble
together the 270 Electoral
College votes it takes to win.
Romney's state-by-state
routes to reaching the magic
number are more limited than
the president's, and a Florida
victory would make it far
more probable that he could
win the presidency.
The electorate in Florida is
virtually unchanged from

Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Abuse at Miami Charter School

Administrators at a charter
school repeatedly failed to
take action after a 7-year-old
student was bullied and sexu-
ally assaulted by an older
classmate to the point that he
attempted suicide, the boy's
mother claims in a lawsuit.
The boy, identified only as
"John" in the lawsuit, first
told his mother in November
2011 that the 11-year-old boy

"made me do something
nasty" in the back of a school
bus, according to a police
report. The boy said he was
forced to perform acts on the
classmate, "J.R." who threat-
ened him with bodily harm.
The boy's mother contacted
Rebecca Dinda, principal of
the Downtown Miami
Charter School the boys
attended, according to the

lawsuit. Dinda assured the
mother "the assault would not
happen again and that the two
children would be separated
and closely monitored." But
the attorney for the boy's
mother, Jeffrey Herman, said
the bullying and threats con-
tinued, followed by a second
sexual assault in a restroom.
The younger boy's mother
said "John" attempted suicide

twice after that, once by
deliberately standing in traf-
fic with his eyes closed and
another time by sticking a
metal hanger in an electric
socket. The mother, who
asked not to be identified by
name to protect her son's
identity, said he is now taking
psychological medications,
has frequent difficulty sleep-
ing and making friends.




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2008 because the ailing econ-
omy stifled the population
growth of the previous
decade. And in this campaign,
the economy dominates.
Florida's unemployment
rate was 8.6 percent in May,
slightly higher than the
national average and all other
presidential battleground
states except Nevada.
Obama is on defense in the
1-4 corridor, which he won by
a very slim majority in 2008
after Bush won it in 2000 and
2004. Republicans hope that
holding their national con-
vention in Tampa in August
will give them an edge.
In a close race where any-
.thing could be determinative,
organization could count
hugely and, on this point for
now at least, Obama has an
advantage. He never disman-
tled his 2008 campaign infra-
structure in the state and has
36 campaign offices. Romney
has quickly opened 23, run
jointly with the Republican
National Committee.
Of paramount importance
for both candidates right now:
energizing and mobilizing
core supporters.

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Community Service is Critical:

We Should all Give Back in Some Way

"Even if I knew that tomorrow
the world would go to pieces, I
would still plant my apple tree,"
said Martin Luther as far back as
the 1500s.
The German priest was essential-
ly talking about doing what is right
regardless of the circumstances,
and community service is at the
very essence of giving back to
those in need.
Approximately two years ago, I
attended the Local Initiative
Support Corp. (LISC) Jacksonville
Dash Awards. Yes, I know what
you are thinking sounds strange.
Well, the "Dash Awards" are com-
munity service awards and, the
dash simply refers to the space on a
gravestone between the day you
were born and the day you die.
Poet Linda Ellis is the author of
the now famous poem, The Dash. It
is a poem that has become increas-
ingly popular since she wrote it in
Some people's dash will be sig-
nificant and other's will have a
dash that is filled with dreams
deferred and unfortunate events. If
you think about it the dash is a
simple symbol with an extraordi-

nary purpose.
The LISC Jacksonville Dash
awards were related to the organi-
zation's involvement in the federal-
ly funded AmeriCorps program.
AmeriCorps is like a domestic ver-
sion of the Peace Corp.
AmeriCorps is a network of
national service programs that
engage Americans in intensive
service to meet the nation's critical
needs in education, public safety,
health, and the environment.
So where am I going with all of
this? I love politics and its role in
our everyday lives, but I love com-
munity service even more.
"No one does it alone," said
Oprah Winfrey. And I totally agree.
That dash on our gravestone
shouldn't be just about our profes-
sional and personal accomplish-
ments. That dash should also
include the things we did to help
others. We should all be giving
back to our communities in some
way and that's why that dash is so
In the poem, The Dash, Ellis
"For that dash
represents all the time

That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those
who loved her
Know what that
little line is worth.
"For it matters not
how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is
how we live and love
And how we spend our dash."
I know that I am always on this
soapbox, but if we are truly going
to turn communities and neighbor-
hoods around we have got to get
involved and give back.
Community service is so impor-
tant because it provides a way for
everyone regardless of your back-
ground to make tangible differ-
ences in our city, state and nation. It
is important that we all have an
understanding of the challenges
that lay outside of our cozy envi-
ronments and work towards solu-
tions to helping at-risk youth and
individuals and families in need
Martin Luther King, Jr. may have
said it best when he said,
"Strangely enough, I can never be
what I ought to be until you are
what you ought to be."

And please no excuses. There are
more nonprofits and community-
based programs that need volun-
teers than I have the time or ink to
print. I can't tell you how or where
to volunteer or give back, but I can
tell you that all of us have needed
help at some point in our lives.
Why not return the favor?
And if you are one of those peo-
ple that feels as though no one evdr
helped them along the way well
why not do for someone else what
you feel wasn't done for you?

So as you live your life and deal
with the trials and tribulations -
think about the things you want to
be known for. We cannot take
worldly possessions with us, but
we can take our name and our good
Or as Ellis wrote in the last stan-
"So, when your eulogy is being
read, with your life's actions to
rehash. Would you be proud of the
things they say about how you
spent your dash?"
Signing off from a local nonprof-
Reggie Fullwood

Racial Wealth Gap Doubled in the Recession

In five years,, the gulf between
white wealth and Black wealth in
America ballooned to twice what it
once was. How can you change
By Cord Jefferson
We know, by now the myriad
ways the country's most recent
recession has negatively affected
the i-Black,- community. African-
Americans in the public sector have
lost their jobs at far higher'raftes
than whites, and those jobs aren't
coming back as quickly as private-
sector work, if ever. Thousands and
thousands of homeowners were
stuck and many still are strug-
gling to make mortgage payments
they couldn't afford, with many los-

ing houses they'd worked for years
to try and obtain.
Whether it be job losses, home
foreclosures, or gutted retirement
plans, what's tying together all the
disparate ways African-Americans
have been disproportionately hit by
the recession is one thing: wealth.
That is, the total amount of money
Blck leglep have to(thei-names
has been gradually but surely taken
away from them. Even before thd
start of the recession, Black
Americans were in a bad spot when
it came to their wealth versus, say,
white people's wealth. Today,
things are even worse than they
were before.
Between 2005 and 2010, Asians,

Blacks and Latinos saw their house-
hold net worths fall by nearly 60
percent, according to new statistics
from the U.S. Census Bureau.
White households only saw their
wealth drop by about 23 percent.
The result of such a huge gap
between the losses is the biggest
gulf between white wealth 'and
minority wealth we've seen in
years: Whites, with more than
$110,000 in median household net-
worth, now command 15 times the
wealth of Latinos ($7,424), and 22
times the wealth of African-
Americans ($4,955). Before the
recession, whites had about eight
times the wealth of Latinos and 12
times the wealth of Blacks, mean-

Lifting Mandatory Life Terms

for Juveniles Is
by Aqueela Sherills
My 18-year-old son Terrell was shot and killed by
another young person more than eight years ago.
The person who killed Terrell was never arrested. I
want him be held accountable, but I don't think he
should go to jail for the rest of his life. I think our chil-
dren and all of us are worth more than that.
That is why I applauded the U.S. Supreme Court rul-
ing earlier this week that declared it unconstitutional to
impose mandatory sentences of life without the possi-
bility of parole on children. We should not give up on
people, nor should we suggest that a child's value can
be summed up by his worst act.
I understand how children get into trouble. As a
young person, I made plenty of bad decisions. Growing
up in the Jordan Downs housing projects in Watts gave
a young person few options. With the lack of youth pro-
grams and services, I joined the neighborhood gang. I
witnessed things that no young person should. When I
was in ninth grade, my good friend Ronzell was shot
and killed at school. That was a turning point for me.
I have spent my entire adult life working to bring
peace and healing to my communities. At 19, Hall of
Fame football great Jim Brown and I co-founded the
Amer-I-Can Program, an organization to heal gang vio-
lence around the country. In 1992, working with my

Right Decision
brother and a few other key individuals, I forged a
"Peace Treaty" between the Crips and Bloods in Watts,
creating a domino effect across the country for urban
peace treaties amongst warring gangs.
I raised four of my children as a single father. Terrell
was the oldest. While home on break from Humboldt
State University, he was shot to death at a party in an
affluent black neighborhood. One theory is that a Crip
may have mistaken Terrell for a Blood because he had
a red Mickey Mouse sweater slung over his shoulder.
Terrell died within the hour. I ultimately forgave the
killer because I know that the real villain is what has
gone wrong in our culture that has led us to devalue the
lives of one another.
The Supreme Court has taken an important step in the
right direction. Thankfully, judges now will have to
consider mitigating factors, such as a child's age, histo-
ry of abuse and neglect, and the circumstances of a
crime when determining a sentence. But I think that we
can go even further because no child should ever be told
he or she deserves to die in prison.
Children can change. I am proof positive of that. Our
children deserve our support and, sometimes, a second
chance, to become all that they can.
Aqeela Sherills is the regional director for Resources for Human
Development and is the Southern California outreach coordinator for
California Crime Victims for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.


P.O. Box 43580
Jacksonville, FL 32203

Rita Perry


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UTORS: Lynn Jones, Charles Griggs, Camilla Thompson, Reginald Fullwood,
hinson, William Reed, Andre X, Brenda Burwell, Marsha Oliver, Marretta
hyllis Mack, Tonya Austin, Carlottra Guyton, Brenda Burwell, Rhonda Silver,
own, Rahman Johnson, Headshots, William Jackson.

ing the disparity has nearly dou-
Tami Luhby, at CNN Money,
explains how the divide got so
The main reason blacks and
Hispanics did not fare as well dur-
ing the economic downturn is that
home equity makes up more of their
wealth than it does for whites. The
housing bubble that preceded the
collapse pushed up homeownership
rates among blacks and Hispanics,
who relied more heavily on high-
cost subprime loans to finance their
purchases. As a result, the implo-
sion of the real estate market had a
more devastating impact on black
and Hispanic communities.
Though things seem grim, all is
not lost. Part of the reason African-
Americans seem to struggle so
much with their finances is that
many of them are ignorant of the
financial tools that can help a per-
son keep wealth. Resources to learn
about those tools are available pret-
ty prevalently and for cheap -
around the Intemrnet. Blacks who are
getting older should also try to do
everything in their power to not dip
into their retirement savings to pay
for daily expenses, which can really
hurt them in the long term. Also, if
you have a bit of money, it can help
to go see a financial planner who,
occasionally for a nominal sum, can
help you keep the money you've
already earned.
One thing everyone who deals
with money is going to tell you
about how to maintain wealth is
simple: Rarely if ever should you
spend money on things you don't
need. If you're able to do that,
you'll be able to save money and
then invest it in the things that help
you earn more money.
Of course, the trouble is that
nobody of any race likes being told
they should save money.

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SThe Business -

The B us iness

of Politics
VNo permanent friends, no pennanenl enemies, just
permanent interests.
What do you call yourself- Democrat. Republican, community or gay
activist, Libertarian or Green Party member? And, how has your affila-
tion benefited you in terms of political favors?
The modem political party system in the United States is dominated by
the Democratic and Republican parties. It's important that Black
Americans recognize that neither of these parties have helped us to gain
political equity. Supposedly the purpose of political parties is to bring peo-
ple together who hold similar points of view about government. These
groups influence government. Over the years, Blacks and their political
participation has been far more symbolic than substantive.
Blacks' political highlights date back to February 1989 when Ronald
Harmon Brown was elected chairman of the Democratic National
Committee. As president, Barack Obama is the titular head of the
Democratic Party. And, Michael Stephen Steele served from January 2009
until January 2011 as the first African-American chairman of the
Republican National Committee, but in the final analysis. neither of these
political office holders did anything distinctive other than being "the first
Black" in their position.
Isn't it time Black Americans of all political stripes recognize that we're
never treated equally and that politicians spend their time and resources
on attracting White swing voters. The truth is that both major parties seek
to attract White swing voters by distancing themselves from Blacks. When
you see Black "consultants" on news shows, these party "operatives"
never! discuss political issues germane to Blacks and -are willing pawns
who continue to perpetuate the institutional racism that restricts political
opportunities of African-American voters. .
So, when will we distance ourselves from America's traditional politi-
cal plantations? Does the answer for Blacks' political empowerment lie
with the Republicans or the Democrats? When will significant numbers
of us move off the political plantation system that is prevalent in America
in order to make the political policies and platforms necessary for elevat-
ing ourselves and the passage of our own issues? The venerable Malcolm
X offers substantive political advice: "We need a Black political party so
we can have our own voting bloc and can go to either party and cut deals
that you will only receive our votes if we receive what we demand ...
when we have a voting bloc we are no longer asking or begging for
The lack of a Black political movement also feeds into the mindset that
we live in a post-racial society. But a post-racial order is an illusion.
Racial inequality remains a brutal fact of life in America. The interracial
political unity that is supposed to herald a truly post-racial society does
not exist. The reality is that Blacks and Whites remain bitterly divided in
their political beliefs.
As "the first Black president" makes unflinching commitments to gay
and Jewish groups, are you satisfied with his administration and its lack
of commitment to Black issues and legislation? We need to make it our
business to reconstruct Black politics and build political structures and
alliances based on our concerns. We need to move away from "main-
stream policies" that only mean us harm and fragmentation of our inter-
ests. More of us need to understand that the quests for racial and econom-
ic justice are intertwined with uncompromising spirit and building a bet-
ter society. It's in our own hands "Black politics," and the ability to
influence policy, demand accountability, participate in American political
discourse, and offer alternatives to the status quo is in each of our control.
There is a major disconnect between Blacks' politics and economic
empowerment. The Black society that supported activism in the past is
weaker today than at any other time during the 20th century. Will Blacks
stop accepting what "mainstream society" doles out to us, and instead take
necessary steps to put our issues at the top of the nation's agenda? Why
can't our economic woes and potential solutions be right up there with aid
to and Israel and same-sex marriage policies?
(William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via the
Bailey Group.org)


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July 5-11, 2012

-_ i. Stage Aurora Plans

.- for Black Arts Festival

Stage Aurora will presents its 5th
annual Stage Aurora Black Arts
Festival, July 20th 23rd. Back by
popular demand is the stage pro-
duction of The Wiz! Also on pro-
gram is the White Robin Group, a
Jacksonville two (2) day acting
intensive workshop. The communi-
ty is invited to showcase their act-
ing skills with career acting coach-
es with over 30 years of profession-
al working experience.
Classes will be taught by
Television and Shakespeare
Veteran Scott Whitehurst and
Broadway veteran Angela
Robinson. Participants will be pro-
vided scenes and also will discuss:
What is the definition of acting?
What is the job of the actor? How to
audition and get the part? What is
the spiritual connection to your
artistic passion? After you complete
registration online at www.whiter-
obingroup.com, you will be

emailed scenes to prepare for class.
The festival film showcase also
embraces the Award-Winning
Documentary by Stacey Sargeant,
entitled "Though I'm Not Perfect"
The film was winner for Best
Education Film, Honolulu Film
Awards, 2012. The Jacksonville
Consortium of African American
Artists will be on hand exhibiting
art work. Stage Aurora is asking
that you get involved with upcom-
ing artist performances which com-
prises the Performing Arts Summer
Institute (June 18th July 20th),
The Color Purple auditions, (July
28th & 29th / Callbacks -July 30th).
For more information about the fes-
tival and how you can audition,
contact Stage Aurora at (904) 765-
7372. Or visit their website at
www.stageaurora.org. Stage Aurora
Performance Hall is located in the
Gateway Shopping Center, 5188
Norwood Avenue.

Mayor Alvin Brown sist for a one on one interview with Free Press Associate Editor Lynette Jones.


As you walk into the Mayor's receptionist area on the 4th floor of City Hall, you notice employees dashing about mak-
ing sure that you're properly acknowledged and recognized. The setting sets a tone of industry, business and cordiality
for those waiting to see Mayor Alvin Brown, the man who made history last year as the first African American Mayor of
Jacksonville, Florida. He also turned the political tides as the first Democratic Mayor of Jacksonville since 1992. In his
office you notice photos of the Mayor handling presidential business on Air Force One and his family. From simple duties
at home to proclaiming that his wife is his best friend, Mayor Brown is destined to take Jacksonville to the next level!
Below are excerpts from the interview between the Free Press' Lynette Jones and Mayor Alvin Brown.

Q: What "adjective" would
you use to describe your first
year in office?
A: I think clearly it's all about
vision and how we take the City to
the next level, I did that by focus-
ing on jobs, education, the port and
focusing on seniors, and establish-
ing a clear vision, assistance with
military affairs, and having an
opportunity to listen to citizens
issues and their challenges.
Q: How would you summarize
your success your first year in
office? .u. v '. :
Verysuccessful. My three main
goals are 1) continue to make gov-
ernment as effective and efficient
as possible, 2)work with business-
es to grow jobs and the local econ-
omy, 3) build a better education
system and improve our public
schools, 4) ensure that Jacksonville
is the most military friendly city 5)
enhance our quality of life and 6)
engage the community.
Q: Are you satisfied with your
Yes, I am- for the first year I
have worked with City Council to
close a $58 million shortfall to bal-
ance the FY12 budget without
increasing taxes or fees or dipping
into city reserves. I've held 21
meetings in city parks between
February and May 2012, where
nearly 2,000 city employees spoke
candidly about their ideas to

enhance efficiency in city depart-
ments. I've unveiled more than $7
million in funding commitments
from the Jacksonville Jaguars,
Florida Blue, Wells Fargo, CSX,
Terrell Hogan and Farah and
Farah. This was done with an event
we held with former president Bill
Clinton. The money will go to pro-
grams to benefit veterans, educa-
tion, parks, downtown revitaliza-
tion and neighborhood stabiliza-
tion. I was also named chair of the
U.S. Conference of Mayors Metro
-Ports and: Expports Task Force, j ,:
August 2011 and have hosted at
least 70 local 'leitders including'
mayors, port directors and trade
specialist to develop a national
agenda that expands ports,
improves infrastructure and mod-
ernizes ports.
Q: I'm sure that you are
aware there are many young
men that look up to you; conse-
quently your success is going to
inspire them to reach their goals,
please elaborate?
This is why I launched the
Learn2Eam program, an initiative
in which more than 200 high
school students (with a strong
focus on free/reduced lunch stu-
dents) spend a week on a local col-
lege campus, participating in class-
es and work-study jobs.
Leamrn2Eam comes at no cost to
taxpayers because of successful

efforts to raise private funds and
develop partnerships with Teach
America, and Jacksonville colleges
and universities. This weekend stu-
dents were on Jacksonville
University campus and had full
schedules. There was a Wake up-
Work Out: Physical Fitness with
Donovan Darius, Financial Aid
101 and a whole list of items deal-
ing with college initiatives.
Q: What is the hardest deci-
sion you have had to make since
you've been in office?
SStaff reduction. Eliminating jobs'
has always been-hard. I value my
Staff ind"th'e" eimployees 'of this,
City. I reduced government size by
more than 200 positions, including
50 mayoral appointees, as part of
overall restructuring that has
reduced payroll by nearly $1 mil-
lion bi-weekly.
Q: Has living a public life
affected your private life?
Well you know you have to have
balance. When I'm home, I'm
home. And when I'm at the office
I'm focused on the job of Mayor.
Q: What is the first thing that
you do before you start your day
as Mayor of Jacksonville?
The first thing I do is pray and
mediate and get my mind right
spiritually. Then when I come in
the office, the day starts with the
whole team and we get into the
work day.

Q: Mayor Brown, I remember
at a press conference you men-
tioned that you do not have a flat
screen TV in your home and that
your sons are doing odd jobs to
purchase a flat screen TV, how
are they progressing?
Mayor Brown laughs, basically I
am teaching them that nothing is
free, so they are working on pur-
chasing the TV; they are earning
the money to get the TV. They're
mowing yards, and they had garage
sales. I want them to do what I do.
Ir believe in strong work .ethics,-
Jordan just turned 10 and Josh is
turning 12 'and it's been tdu'i.' I'do
not have a flat screen TV. I still
have my TV that's 25 years old;
I'm teaching them the value of
need versus wants. They're also
cutting yards, washing cars, any-
thing they can do. I want them to
know that they have to work for it
and they will appreciate it. They
have to be accountable and able to
understand that.
As I am given the final count-
down, I relate the fact that a lot
of individuals did not support
you doing your campaign and it
was down to the wire? No answer
from the Mayor, just a smile, as
we non-verbally communicate
that Mayor Brown was the cho-
sen one for the job.

continued from front
will be phased in over the next
two years. Among other things,
the law prohibits insurance com-
panies from denying coverage
based on a pre-existing condition,
allows children to remain on their
parents' insurance plan until age
26, expands access to insurance to
30 million Americans, eliminates
annual and lifetime coverage caps,
creates insurance exchanges at the
state level for individuals and
small businesses, expands eligibil-
ity for Medicaid and requires
insurance companies to cover cer-
tain preventive services without
co-pays or deductibles.
In a televised speech from the
White House, Obama said, "The
highest court in the land has now
spoken. We will continue to
implement this law. And we'll
work together to improve on it
where we can. With today's
announcement, it's time for us to
move forward."
Even though the ruling repre-
sents a clear victory for President
Obama as he faces re-election in
less than five months,
Republicans immediately vowed
to repeal the measure in Congress.
However, that appears unlikely for
now. Although Republicans hold a
majority in the House, Democrats
hold an edge in the Senate.
Senate Republican leader Mitch
McConnell of Kentucky said,
"Obamacare has not only limited
choices and increased health care
costs for American families, it has
made it harder for American busi-
nesses to hire."
But Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid disagreed. He said on
the Senate floor, "No longer will
Americans be a heart attack or a
car crash away from bankruptcy.
No longer will Americans live in

fear of losing their health insur-
ance because they lose their job."
He added, "Our Supreme Court
has spoken. The matter is settled.
It's time for Republicans to stop
fighting yesterday's battle."
That's exactly what's expected
to happen in the Republican-dom-
inated House.
The official name of the legisla-
tion is the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act. But
Republican critics have derisively
referred to it as ObamaCare, a
term major news organizations
have quickly adopted.
President Obama has flipped
the term on its head, saying, "I
have no problem with people say-
ing Obama cares. I do care."
Democrats and Republicans, all
claiming to care about average
Americans, are on opposite sides
of the issue. The bill passed the
Senate on December 24, 2009 by a
vote of 60-39, with all Democrats
and two Independents voting for it
and all but one Republican voting
against it. It passed the House on
March 21, 2010,by a vote of 219-
212, with 34 Democrats and all
178 Republicans voting against it.
According to an analysis by the
Urban Institute, the number of
uninsured African Americans
under the age of 65 will drop from
7.4 million to 3.4 million as a
result of the healthcare law, a
decrease of 54.6 percent. But
some problem areas remain.
The Supreme Court's ruling was
not a total victory for the Obama
administration. Under the health-
care law, Medicaid was expected
to extend coverage to about 17
million Americans by covering
everyone below 133 percent of the
federal poverty line, approximate-
ly $14,500 for individuals. The
administration had said that states
that refused to go along with the
change would lose their federal

Time Running Out for African-American Collection

was to turn it into a muse-
N um. Now that it is out of
his possession, he just
wants to see his life's work
remain intact.
Black history 'under-
taker' loses treasures
Years ago Montague
and his wife of 56 years,
Rose Casalan, began tak-
ing out loans to archive
and prepare the collection
for sale. They found them-
_. _selves overextended finan-
cially and declared bank-
ruptcy last year. The col-
lection was seized and is
now housed under tight
security in Las Vegas. It is
rr in the hands of a trustee-
ship charged with selling
Nathaniel Montague spent half a century chasing history, meticulously collecting rare fragments ofAmerica's past. i ho satisfy the debts,
BcDain satisfy the debts
But financial woes have cost the former radio DJ his collection -- which could be broken up and sold off in pieces. including a judgment for
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by ittany Alexander
CNN The priceless, 8,000-piece
collection of rare African-American
memorabilia Nathaniel Montague
spent decades collecting could be
dismantled if a buyer doesn't come
forward by mid-July.
During a status hearing in bank-
ruptcy court scheduled for July 20
in Las Vegas, creditor ABKCO
Music & Records plans to ask the
court to conduct an auction of the

items in me viontague Collection,
which includes slave and inden-
tured servitude documents, a signed
copy of Phillis Wheatley's "Poems
on Various Subjects" dated 1773,
and a handwritten letter from
Booker T. Washington seeking
financial assistance for 221 students
at Tuskegee.
"There's nothing I can do,"
Montague said. "I wish there were,
but there isn't. I just hope that we

don't turn out to be losers, and that I
get something for my efforts."
Montague, a onetime radio per-
sonality who coined the phrase
"Burn, Baby, Bum," spent 50 years
acquiring rare and one-of-a-kind
pieces of American history, includ-
ing books, photographs, paintings
and ephemera. An assessment of
five of the pieces puts their total
value somewhere between
$592,000 and $940,000. His goal

$325,000 plus fees from New York-
based ABKCO, an independent
entertainment company that owns
rights to recordings by Sam Cooke,
The Rolling Stones and Bobby
Fees have continued to mount,
including $250,000 from a financ-
ing company to pay for housing and
marketing the collection, said Jason
Wiley, an attorney for ABKCO.
ABKCO had agreed to give the

trusteeship six
months to market
the collection. Time
has run out, and
there have been no
buyers. Now, the
company plans to
petition the court to
conduct an auction
of the collection dur-
ing the July 20 hear-
"We haven't come
close to getting this
thing sold," Wiley
said. "We've got to
cut this thing off."
Dotan Melech, the
federal bankruptcy
trustee charged with

* Nathaniel Montague spent 50
years collecting rare, books,
photographs, paintings

* He overextended himself with
loans to pay for archiving and
housing, had to file bankruptcy
Creditor granted six months to
find a buyer, no one has
stepped up

*If no buyer is found by mid-
July, the 8,000-piece collection
could be sold piecemeal

administering the Montague estate,
is still hopeful he can find a buyer
or get more time from the court. He
has sent letters to a few hundred
individuals and nonprofits that have
shown interest in the collection ask-
ing them to submit their best bid by
July 13.
He is trying to come up with
other solutions, as well, including
setting up Twitter and Facebook
accounts to help get the word out.
He's also considered a Kickstarter
"In this economy, no one throws

money at anything," Melech said.
"We're trying as hard as we can."
If the judge grants ABKCO's
request, the collection could be sold
piecemeal until the debt is satisfied.
Any remaining items could be
returned to Montague.
That will break his heart, Melech
"If you have five children and
two are taken away, it doesn't hurt
less because you got three back," he
Montague says he will think pos-
itively until a deal is made.

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RCCGNA celebrates "The Year of
his Glory" with power night praise,
African dinner and comedy night!
The Redeemed Christian Church of God, North America and Florida
(Zones 1 & 2) in association with The Joint Zonal Conference is coming to
town July 6th 8th celebrating the theme "The Year of His Glory." Events
will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel with a "Power Night" praise and
worship rally featuring Pastor James Fadele, PHD and Chairman Board of
Coordinators, RCCGNA, and emceed by Pastor Nimbe Oloruntobo of
Tampa, Florida. On Saturday from 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. it's the Plenary
Sessions & Conference. From 5 6 p.m., attendees will participate in a
Health and Healing walk in downtown Jacksonville, later that night at 7:30
p.m. Pastor George Nwokoye of Orlando, Florida and Pastor Dapo
Ogunsina of Jacksonville, Florida will emcee the African dinner variety and
comedy night. Concluding the celebration will be Sunday service at 9:00
a.m. at Redeemed Christian Church of God, 837 North Street, Jacksonville,
Florida. For more information and tickets email
renee@onascorporation.com or bandele@onascorporation.com and Pastor
Dapo Ogunsina PHD, on 904-923-1144 Hyatt Hotel.

Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry
Refreshing Women is looking for Christian Talent, soloist, speakers,
praise dancers and poem readers for a free service that is free to the pub-
lic. The show will be air Saturday mornings at 8 A.M. on Comcast 29.
Any Pastor wishing to come on the show in the near future are welcome,
and can have their church name and worship service added to the
Community Shout or Roll, by sending their, church name, address and time
of service via email to email CFIGCPUSH TV@Yahoo.com. For more
information, call Rev. Mattie W. Freeman at 220-6400.

Faust Temple Vacation Bible School
Faust Temple Church of God in Christ vacation bible school classes will
begin Monday July 16th through Friday July 20th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. Ages 3 to Adult are invited to attend. There are classes for everyone
including arts and crafts for children. Refreshments will also be served. The
Church is located at 3328 Moncrief Rd. For more information contact the
church at (904) 353-1418. Elder Clarence Jones, Pastor.

Dr. Ken Adkins to Keynote

Open Arms Prayer Breakfast

Pastor Kenneth Adkins, author
of the critically acclaimed,
"Jailbreak to Freedom, Healings,
and Blessings," has been selected
by his mentor, Pastor Leofric
Thomas, Founder and Pastor of
Open Arms Christian Fellowship
to be the keynote speaker at a
"men's" prayer breakfast,
Saturday, July 7th at Open Arms
Christian Fellowship.
The prayer breakfast is expected
to attract hundreds of men from all
over Southeast Georgia and
Northeast Florida. Pastor Adkins
is a highly sought after speaker,
teacher, public relations and polit-
ical consultant, and lecturer. He is
nationally recognized as an advo-
cate for ex-offenders who have
turned their lives around and
recently spoke before Georgia's

Congressman and Senators at The
Capital in Washington D.C.. Since
relocating to Brunswick in 2007,
Adkins has assisted well over 275
ex-offenders in finding employ-
ment and currently mentors a
group of 54 men and women who
are trying to begin their lives over
Pastor Adkins is currently the
senior Pastor and founder of
Greater Dimensions Christian
Fellowship, and lives in
Brunswick Georgia with his wife
Co-Pastor Stormy Adkins. To
RSVP for the breakfast, please call
the church at (904) 766-5797.
Much more can be learned about
the ministry of Kenneth Adkins by
logging on to www.gdcf-

Southside Church of God in
Christ Bishop Edward Robinson, Sr.
and Lady Cynthia Robinson will be
celebrating 33 years of service with
the theme: "Where There is No Side
Like The Southside: Theme A
devoted Pastor Esteemed Very
Highly in Love" (1 Thessalonians

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5:12-13). Join Southside Church of
God in Christ during this wonderful
occasion. Special guest church
members and pastors throughout the
City will be participating in this glo-
rious celebration. Southside Church
of God in Christ is located at 2179
Emerson Street, Jacksonville, FL
For more information contact the
church at (904) 398-1625.

Betty A. Davis
Mrs. Betty Asque Davis passed
this week after a short term illness.
She was born November 1, 1940
to Inez Christopher Asque and the
late Obie L. Asque in Jacksonville,
Florida. A 1958 graduate of New
Stanton High School, she went on to
receive her Bachelor of Science
degree from Florida Agricultural &
Mechanical University in 1963.
Upon completion of her studies, she
established a 30 year career in
social services with the Florida
Department of Children and
Families. Upon retirement, Betty
worked with volunteer Jacksonville
and the Blueprint for Leadership
program and for 11 years, Betty

wrote a distinguished column enti-
tled "Socially Speaking" for the
Florida Star Newspaper.
On her 65th birthday Betty cele-
brated by receiving her real estate
license soon becoming a member of
Watson Realty's Presidents circle.
Betty was also affiliated with many
organizations: charter member of
the Jacksonville chapter of Jack &
Jill, Gateway Council f the Girl
Scouts, Moles, the Links,
Incorporated, Gamma Rho Omeg
chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha
Sorority, Inc. and the past president
of the Jacksonville Women's
Network. Betty was also a member
of the Our Lady Star of the Sea
Catholic Church in Ponte Vedra
She is survived by her husband of
53 years, James Carl Davis, Sr.,
daughter Michele Davis Singleton
(Mark) and sons James Carl Davis,
Jr. (Suzanne) and Lorn C. Davis
(Tamar),, seven grandchildren and
one great grandchild. Final services
will be held Saturday, July 8th, at
10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the
Sea Catholic Church, 545 AIA
North, Ponte Vedra, Florida, 32082.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to the Girls Scouts ofAmerica
Gateway Council.Arrangements
performed by Marion Graham
Mortuary, Eastside Location

Philly Pastors March for HIV Awareness

Seeking the lost for C
Matthew 28:19 20

Pastor Landon Williams


8:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
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Sunday 2 PM 3 PM


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10 a.m. Pastor Robert Lecount, Jr

A church that's on the move in

worship with prayer, praise and power!
2061 Edgewood Avenue West, Jacksonville, Florida 32208
(904) 765-5683 Email:dccfmbc@yahoo.com

'In a 'new paper 'in the journal gests that testing and then maintain-
PLoSOne, a team,of physicians and,, ing,people on treatment could-.dra-
public health researchers report that matically reduce new infections
African-American clergy say they because treatment can give people a
are ready to join the fight against 96-percent lower chance of trans-
HIV by focusing on HIV testing, mitting HIV.
treatment and social justice. According to the paper's analysis,
"We in public health have done a many religious leaders acknowl-
poor job of engaging African- edged that they struggled with how
American community leaders, and to cope with the epidemic, particu-
particularly Black clergy members, larly with challenges related to dis-
in HIV prevention," said Amy cussing human sexuality in the
Nunn, lead author of the study and church or mosque setting.
assistant professor of medicine in Many clergy members also said
the Warren Alpert Medical School they face significant barriers to
of Brown University. preaching about risky sexual behav-
The paper analyzes interviews iors while still emphasizing absti-
and focus group data among 38 nence.
African-American pastors and "It's my duty as a preacher to tell
imams in Philadelphia, where racial people to abstain," one pastor told
disparities in HIV infection are the research team, "but if they're
especially stark. Seven in 10 new still having sex and they're getting
infections in the city are among HIV, there has to be another way to
Black residents. Nearly all of the 27 handle this."
male and 11 female clergy members Many clergy members suggested
said they would preach and promote couching the HIV/AIDS epidemic
HIV testing and treatment. in social justice rather than behav-
That message would provide a ioral terms, Nunn said. They also
needed complement to decades of recommended focusing on HIV test-
public health efforts that have ing as an important means to help
emphasized risky behaviors, Nunn stem the spread of the disease and
said. Research published and widely reduce the stigma.
reported last year, for example, sug- In 2010, Nunn worked with

prominent pastors, local media and
,Mayor. Michael Nutter's office of
faith-based initiatives to promote
and destigmatize HIV testing across
the city. This year, she will partner
with dozens of churches and com-
munity leaders to oversee an HIV
prevention campaign that includes
door-to-door testing in an entire zip
code in Philadelphia with high
infection rates.
Natalie Mitchem, pastor of
Calvary AME Church and director
of the First Episcopal District
Health Commission, has been sup-
portive of efforts to engage faith
leaders in the fight against HIV. She
says HIV awareness and education
is a comprehensive part of the AME
church's health ministry.
"I feel like it's a very significant,
vitally important ministry for
churches of all denominations. It's
important for us to share the mes-
sages about prevention and educa-
tion in our congregations and in our
communities so that people
know we care," Mitchem says.
Nunn said religious leaders are
willing to engage in dialogue and
HIV prevention if it's done in a cul-
turally appropriate and faith-friend-
ly way.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church

215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Weekly Services

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

Church school
9:30 a.m.
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visit www.Bethelite.org

Bishop Rudolph
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Senior Pastor



Final Services Set

for Betty A. Davis

Southside Church of God

in Christ Celebrates 33 Years

Midweek Services
Wednesday Noon Service
"Miracle at Midday"
12 noon-1 p.m.
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Residents The Many Great Benefits of Taking a Daily Walk

Warned of

Residents are advised to use
mosquito repellent and drain stand-
ing water around their homes
before heading outside. As water
levels continue to decline follow-
ing last week's storm, the City of
Jacksonville's Mosquito Control
Division will continue an aggres-
sive effort to larvicide ditches,
swamps and other potential breed-
ing sites.
To deter pests while outdoors,
the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) recommends
using a repellent that contains one
of the following ingredients:
DEET, Picardin (KBR3023), or oil
of lemon eucalyptus.
Temperature and precipitation are'
primary factors that influence mos-
quito breeding-something resi-
dents should keep in mind as the
temperatures continue to hover
near triple digits this week.
A mosquito can breed in one tea-
spoon of water and can develop
into a biting adult in less than a
week, something that raises con-
cerns after Tropical Depression
Debby caused flooding in many
*areas of the city last week.
Increasing temperature accelerates
the rate of mosquito larval develop-
ment and increased rainfall creates
additional breeding sites for mos-
"Our staff was busy last week mix-
ing hundreds of gallons adulticide
which will be dispensed to the fog
trucks for spraying this week," said
Shellhom. "Daily operations will
larvicide by ground and air."
Citizens with mosquito concerns
should call 630-CITY (2489) or visit
www.coj.net and type "Mosquito
Control" in the search area.

Even a little bit of exercise can
have big gains.
Taking a few moments for a walk
each day is enough to lower the risk
of diabetes in high-risk people who
don't regularly exercise, according
to a new study.
Researchers found that "modest
levels of physical activity are asso-
ciated with a lower risk of incident
diabetes, compared with lower lev-
els of activity," they wrote in the
journal Diabetes Care.
People who walked the most in
the study had a 29 percent lower
risk of diabetes compared to those
who walked the least, Reuters
reported. And the beneficial effects
were seen even among people who
took just 3,500 steps a day -- 12

percent of people who walked this
much each day developed diabetes
by the end of the study period, com-
pared with 17 percent of people
who walked the least in the study,
according to Reuters.
News-Medical pointed out that
people who walked between 5,400
and 7,799 steps each day had a 26
percent lower risk of diabetes com-
pared with people who walked less
than 3,500 steps. And people who
walked 7,800 or more steps each
day had a 23 percent lower risk of
This is definitely not the first time
walking has been shown to ward off
diabetes. An Australian study in the
journal BMJ last year showed that
simply increasing the amount you

walk each day could have powerful
effects in maintaining sensitivity to
insulin -- which could thereby ward
off diabetes, MedPage Today
According to the American
Diabetes Association, people
should aim to walk about 5 miles,
or 10,000 steps, per day. As a strat-
egy to increase the amount of time
you walk each day, the ADA rec-
ommends starting with a comfort-
able pace -- it can be as little as 10
minutes a day -- and then gradually
adding more time every week, until
you get to about 30 to 45 minutes
per day.
Reduces 'Bad' Cholesterol And
Increases 'Good' Cholesterol
Research consistently shows that

a simple walking plan can help properties of walking. Walking at
reduce LDL cholesterol -- the
damaging kind, associated with
heart disease -- and increase
HDL cholesterol, which is asso-
ciated with heart health.
One study in middle aged
men found that walking enough
to burn 300 calories per day
was associated with a signifi-
cant reduction in the total cho-
ptprolrt/IDLT. ratio which is an

indication of better cardiovascular
function. The walking plan was also
effective in lowering damaging
Lowers Body Fat
Even if you aren't genetically pre-
disposed to obesity, you can still
benefit from the weight regulating

4 Essentials For Healthier Natural Hair

African-American women are
redefining the beauty of natural hair
like never before.
With twists, coils, braids and locs,
styles have ventured way beyond
those early Afro styles of the 60's.
That's why today, not only does
hair need to be strong enough to
withstand all of the braiding, pick-
ing and pulling; it needs the right
care to maintain its healthy bril-
liance and sheen.
Though natural styles may have
evolved, the good news is that some
of the best tried and true hair care
ingredients are natural, too.
Try These Natural Hair Tips:
1. Use Essential Oils.
Stick to hair products formulated
with the essential oils that help to
hydrate and infuse your hair with
natural brilliance and sheen. Try tea
tree oil shampoo to purify the scalp,
diffuse unsightly dandruff flakes,
stimulate the scalp and unblock
clogged hair follicles. Or, try an
invigorating peppermint shampoo

to gently cleanse hair and eliminate
that itchy scalp.
Remember, shampooing too often
strips the hair of its natural oils so
be sure not to overdo it! Every
other week is usually enough.
2. Strengthen & Replenish Every
It's imperative to use a good pro-
tectant on your hair daily. Coconut
oil is great for rejuvenating the
scalp and enhancing shine without
adding weight. For weak hair,
there's nothing like castor oil to
help nourish weak, fragile strands
while fortifying hair with the
strength it needs to grow. Or, try a
dab of Jojoba oil to lubricate hair at
the shaft and add maximum shine
with no greasy residue.
3. Deep Condition.
Why? It helps to defend against
damage and maximize shine. Don't
be afraid to veer away from store-
bought brands and keep your hair
care 100% natural by mixing your
own deep penetrating hair condi-

tioner. Use one part olive oil
and one part honey. For
deeper penetration,
apply warm
(microwave for 10-
15 seconds) and pop
on a plastic cap for 45
minutes. Be sure to
shampoo out all of the
mixture and use a regu-
lar conditioner after-
4. Watch out for Moisture
Wool hats, baseball caps, exces-
sive sun and even that seem-
ingly innocent pillowcases
are all enemies of your hair's
natural sheen. So, remember k.
to always sleep in a satin cap
or use a silk scarf underneath that
hat in order to maintain moisture
and prolong your hair's healthy
A word of warning: Nothing
makes natural hair look as dull and
dry as excessive coloring. Explore


natural coloring tools such
as henna. But, if you really must
color, take extra care by using a
replenishing moisture mask after
every coloring session and don't
forget to use a leave-in conditioner
every day.

least 10,000 steps a day was associ-
ated with lower body fat percentage
and lower overall weight, according
to a recent Canadian study of
women, ages 50 to 70 years.
In the study of 57 women, those
who walked more than 10,000 steps
were the only group to have a nor-
mal BMI of an average 25. Those
who walked fewer than 7,500 steps
and those who walked between
7,500 and 10,000 steps were, on
average, overweight. But while
walking may have an effect on
overall body mas, if it's muscle
tone, balance or agility you're after,
the study found that even 10,000
steps wasn't sufficient.
Reduces Fatigue
People with fatigue who also lead
sedentary lifestyles reported getting
a 20 percent energy boost and a 65
percent reduction in fatigue after
following a low-intensity exercise
program that involved walking,
according to a 2008 University of
Georgia study.
Improves the Mood
The benefits of walking extend
beyond the physical. Just 30 min-
utes of strolling a day has been
associated with mood improvement
among depressed patients. In fact,
thanks to the endorphins released
during exercise, the study -- pub-
lished in the British Journal of
Sports Medicine -- revealed that
walking worked faster than antide-

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Norfolk State / NBA photos
ON MAGIC center Kyle O'Quinn rides
RIDE big postseason to second
RIDE round NBA Draft selection.



SALISBURY, NC Livingstone College President,
Dr..Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., announced Andre Springs as
-- the new Director ofAthletics Monday
at an on-campus press conference.
"Andre has camaraderie with
the coaches and staff that will take
Livingstone College athletics to the
next level."
Springs is no strangerto Living-
stone College or the CIAA. Springs
started his second stint as a Living-
Springs stone employee in January 2010
when he was named the head men's
golf coach and for the last six months has been working
additionally as theAssistantAthletic Director for Fundrais-
"It's an honor and a blessing to be a part of the Blue
Bear family," Springs said. "Dr. Jenkins challenged me
with improving this department overall and I stepped up
to the challenge."
Springs first came to Livingstone in 1979 as the head
golf coach after playing four years at Fayetteville State
and winning four CIAA Championships. Springs coached
the Blue Bears for 10 years, helping put together a team
that won three consecutive PGA Minority Golf Champion-
'WhenI left Livingstone the first time, I told myself
that when I returned it would be as the Athletic Director,"
Springs said. "Two years after I was hired as the golf coach,
it's my time to lead this department."
Springs spoke briefly of his plans to lead and elevate
the athletic department by improving facilities and support-
ing the Livingstone student-athletes in their academic and
athletic achievements.
Springs' future plans start with fundraising and during
the press conference he received $3,000 in pledged dona-
tions from coaches and community leaders.

TUSKEGEE, Ala. Patric Simon, the former ath-
letic director atLangston and Alcorn
State, has been chosen as Tuskegee's
new athletic director. He will replace
Alvin Jackson who had been the
university's athletic director since
February 2010. Simon will assume
his responsibilities immediately.
During his four-year tenure with
Langston, Simon had combined total
Simon of 10 conference championships in
the Red River Athletic Conference and Central State Foot-
ball League of the National Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics. Langston was ranked theNo.1 HistoricallyBlack
University and Collegeinthe NAIAin Director's Cup stand-
ings. In the 2011 standings for Learfield Sports, Langston
University was the top school in both the Red RiverAthletic
Conference and Central States Football League for a third
consecutive year.
Simon is a 1977 graduate of Johnson C. Smith Uni-
versity. In 1989, he earned a master's degree from Clark
Atlanta University.

KINGSTON, JAMAICA Johnson C. Smith Uni-
versity alums Leford Green and Shermaine Williams are
headed to the 2012 London Summer Olympics representing
Green won the 400 meter hurdles event at the 2012
Jamaica National Senior Championships on Friday evening
inside National Stadium. The St. Catherine, Jamaicanative is
the national champion in the event for the third consecutive
year. He won the race with a season best time of 48.88.

Saturday, Williams qualified for the national team by
placing third in the women's 100 meter hurdles final. She
was clocked at a time of 12.79 to become the first ever
female Olympian from JCSU. Williams is also a native of
St. Andrew, Jamaica.
Williams and Green are the first Olympians from John-
son C. Smith since Vince Matthews. Matthews competed
and won gold in the 1968 Mexico City and 1972 Munich
Olympics. He set world records in both, running the 4x400
meter relay in 1968 and the 400 meter dash in 1972.

@AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XVIII, No. 49

O'Quinn goes to Magic City

NORFOLK, Va. Some three
months after helping Norfolk State
play "Cinderella" in the NCAA
Tournament, Spartan center Kyle
O'Quinn had another chapter in
his own Cinderella story written last
Thursday night when the Orlando
Magic selected him in the second
round of the NBA Draft.
O'Quinn, who was the 49th
overall pick in last Thursday's
draft, is NSU's first NBA draftee
since Lee Johnson was taken in
the third round of the 1988' draft
by the Detroit Pistons. O'Quinn is
also the first draftee from a MEAC
school since Florida A&M center
Jerome James was a second-round
selection of the Sacramento Kings in
1998. He is the first HBCU player
drafted since DavidYoung of North
Carolina Central was the 41st pick
by the Sonics in 2004.
"This is the ultimate blessing
that I've been hoping for a long time
wouldcome," O'Quinn said. "Iwant
to thank my coaches at NSU for
taking a chance on me and getting
me to this point. I'm excited to be a
member of the Magic.
'It's a miracle," he told the New
York Post. "There's no other word I
canuse. Nobody wouldhave thought
this back in 2008 (when he entered
NSU). The amount of work that had
to be put in, from start to finish, it
looked like it was too much. To get
there, is like, wow!"
O'Quinn joins Orlando's first
round pick, St. Bonaventure center
Andrew Nicholson, on the Magic
squad. Nicholson, a 6-9.234-pound

Norfolk State center, MEAC player of the year
taken by Orlando in second round of NBA Draft

Orlando Magic photo
NEWBIES: New Orlando Magic GM Rob Henrnigan (center) is flanked by
2012 first round draft choice Andrew Nicholson of St. Bonaventure (left, #44)
and second round selection Kyle O'Quinn (right, #9) of Norfolk State.

center, was taken with the 19th
overall selection in the first round.
Nicholson and the 6-10 O'Quinn
may help fill a large hole in the
frontcourt should All-Star center
DwightHoward of the Magic choose
to depart via free agency.
"We are extremely proud of
Kyle and what he accomplished at
NSU," SpartanheadcoachAnthony
Evans said. "He's worked hard to
position himself for this day and we
couldn't be happierfor him. We wish
him nothing but the best in the next
chapter of his basketball career."
O'Quinn didn't begin playing
organized basketball until his junior
season at Campus Magnet High
School in Cambria Heights, N.Y,

and NSU was the only school to offer
him a scholarship.
After serving as a valuable re-
serve for the Spartans as a freshman
in 2008-09, O'Quinn blossomed into
an All-MEAC honoree in his final
three seasons.
He averaged 11.5 points and 8.7
rebounds as a sophomore in 2009-10,
earning second-teamAll-MEAC ac-
As ajuniorin 2010-11, O'Quinn
averaged 16.4 points, 11.1 rebounds
and 3.4 blocks per game en route
to an All-MEAC first team nod and
MEAC Defensive Player of the Year
The 2011-12 season was a fairy
tale year for O'Quinn and the Spar-

tans. O'Quinn averaged 15.9 points,
10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks while
leading the Spartans to their first-ever
MEAC title and an upset of No. 2
seed Missouri in the NCAA Tour-
nament. O'Quinn became the first
player in MEAC history to sweep
league Defensive Player of the Year
and Player of the Year honors in the
same season while helping NSU to
a 26-10 record, the school's most
victories since 1994-95.
He was also namedMEACTour-
nament MVP and the Lou Henson
Award winner at the nation's top
'mid-major' player.
O'Quinn started making a name
for himself nationally with a 26-
point, 14-rebound effort in the win
over Missouri in the Spartans' first-
ever NCAATournament appearance
in March. He went onto earn MVP
honors atthe Portsmouth Invitational
Tournament in April before attend-
ing June's NBA Draft Combine in
O'Quinn leaves NSU as the
school's all-time leader in blocks
(283) andis No. 6inrebounds (1,092)
and 16th in scoring (1,607). He is
the 14th Spartan to hear his name
called in the NBA Draft, and first in
the Division I era. Only three former
Spartans have everplayedin anNBA
game: David Pope (Kansas City
Kings, 1984-85; Seattle SuperSonics,
1985-86), Ray Epps (Golden State
Warriors, 1978-79) andformerNBA
All-Star Bob Dandridge (Milwau-
kee Bucks, 1969-77 and 1981-82;
Washington Bullets, 1977-81).

Jackson State's Tinsley headed to London

The NCAA is apparently very serious about
the Former Jackson State men's track and field
standout Michael Tinsley has made his first
Olympic team after winning the 400 meter hurdles
Sunday at the U. S. Qlympic team trials in Eugene,
Tinsley won with a time of 48.33, knocking
off the gold, silver and bronze medal winners from
the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
1 Tinsley overtook Angelo Taylor, wh6ohad 'i
big lead but faltered over the final hurdle and lost
momentum. Taylor was able to get to the finish
line and land second with a time of 48.57.
Former Saint Augustine's hurdler and four-
time U. S. Outdoor champion Bershawn Jackson
did not make the team finishing fourth in 48.94,
just .05 of a second behind third-place finisher
Kerron Clement (48.89).
Tinsley will participate as a member of the
2012 US Olympic team in London, England. The
2012 Olympics start July 27 with the opening
ceremony and end on August 12
Former North Carolina A&T sprinter Ca-
lessio Newman came within one-hundedth of a
second of making the Olympic team in the 200
meter dash. Newman finished fourth in the event
with time of 20.17 seconds just behind third-place
finisher Isiah Young. Wallace Spearman won the
event in 19.82 with Maurice Mitchell second in
FormerHowardhurdlerDavid Oliverfinished
fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.17.
Aries Merritt won the event in 12.93.
Former Albany State and SIAC track star
Brandon Roulhac finished fifth in the men's triple
jump. Roulhac jumped 52-2 1/4 behind winner
Christian Taylor (57-10 3/4).
While at Jackson State, Tinsley placed his

USAT&F Photo
FINALLY!: Former Jackson State and SWAC track star Michael Tinsley celebrates after crossing
the finish line ahead of Angelo Taylor in winning the men's 400 meter hurdles final on day ten of the
U. S. Olympic Track & Field Team trials at the Hayward Field on July 1, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon.

name on the national and world scene in 2006. He
recorded a sixth-place finish at the USA Outdoor
meet and a win at the NCAA Championships. With
the win, Tinsley became the first JSU track athlete
to win an NCAA Division I title.
With wins in 2006 at the Texas Relays and
the NCAA Championships, Tinsley continued his
move up the national rankings (No. 4), and ended
the year with his first ever T&FN top ten world
ranking (No. 10).
In 2005, he gave a hint of what was to come

with a third-place finish in the 400 hurdles at
the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He was
ranked No. 7 at the end of the year, in the U.S.
Track & Field News.
Tinsley won both the 110-meter and 400-
meter hurdles titles at the 2004 SWAC Outdoor
Championships. A multi-event athlete, he ran
the second leg of the team that captured the
4x400m relay title at the 2004 SWAC Cham-

BCSP Notes

Pierce named Director of Track
and Field at Hampton
HAMPTON, Va. Maurice Pierce, who for 10 years has served as
Hampton University's head women's track & field coach, was named
Director of Track & Field for the school, the Department of Athletics an-
nounced on Monday.
Pierce will be in charge of both the men's and women's cross country
and track & field programs.
"I'm thankful," Pierce said. "I'm grateful to (HU President Dr. Wil-
liam R.) Harvey for looking at the leadership I've shown over the years
and offering me this opportunity.
"The timing is right for this."
Pierce's Lady Pirates have enjoyed much success during his tenure;
most recently, Hampton swept the MEAC women's cross country, indoor
track & field, and outdoor track & field titles this past season.
During Pierce's tenure, the Lady Pirates have won four MEAC cross
country titles (2004, 2006, 2010-11), nine indoor track & field champion-
ships (2003-09, 2011-12), and eight outdoor track & field titles (2003-04,
2006-10, 2012).
Pierce has coached five NCAA champions while at Hampton; Fran-
cena McCorory won three NCAA crowns in the 400-meter dash (2009
indoor, 2010 indoor, 2010 outdoor), while Yvette Lewis took a pair of
NCAA titles in the triple jump (2006 indoor, 2007 outdoor). McCorory
recently earned a spot on the 2012 Olympic team.
"My biggest challenge right now is trying to improve the overall team
performances for men's track," Pierce said. "Historically, the men have
had great individual talent, now we have to use that success to build a
whole team."

Pierce willretain current assistantcoaches Aldrin
Gray and Damion Drummond; Gray will become
the coordinator of men's track, while Drummond will
work with the distance and cross country runners for
both teams.
Prior to coming to Hampton, Pierce served as an
assistant coach at Maryland Eastern Shore (1998- R
99), and as a volunteer women's assistant coach at
Norfolk State (1995-98). While at Norfolk State,
Pierce was instrumental in helping the Spartans win
two CIAA championships and coached over 15 CIAA Pierce
champions, four NCAA Division II qualifiers and one Olympian (Rachelle
Thomas, who competed in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays for the U.S.
Virgin Islands in 1996).
Pierce is also considered one of the top hurdle coaches in the world.
He coached David Payne, who competed in the 110-meter hurdles at the
Summer Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and won a silver medal with
a time of 13.17. Payne was the first athlete coached by Pierce to win an
Olympic medal.
Pierce also coached former Hampton star James Carter as a profes-
sional hurdler from 2000-04. Carter placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles
at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and the 2004 Games in Athens. During
the four years Pierce coached Carter, he made two Olympic teams, three
World Championships teams, one World Cup Team, and one NACAC U-23
team. Carter was ranked in the top 10 in the world all four years.
Pierce is a 1996 graduate of Norfolk State, where he was a member of
the Spartans track team in 1992-93, and 1995. He is married to Cantrese
Pace-Pierce, a 1998 graduate of Hampton.

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July 5-11, 2012


Orleans women, through her Chaka Khan
Foundation, for their life changing achieve-
ments post-Hurricane Katrina.
We recently caught up with the
funk/R&B powerhouse as she discussed her
latest initiative, her recent weight loss,
recording new music and her reaction to
being a sex symbol.
Q: In less than a month you will be in
New Orleans during the Essence Music
Festival where your Chaka Khan
Foundation will honor 33 local women
for their efforts with the SuperLife
Transformation Program. What inspired
you to get involved with the initiative?
A lot of these women, when I met them a
year ago, some of them lived in their cars.
The majority of the other women had seen
if not one or more members of their family
wiped out, gone. So these women were
stressed out. I just couldn't fathom going
down to New Orleans to do the Essence
Music Festival and not leaving some kind
of door opening or something. But what
we're going to do is have testimonials, per-
formances, and a graduation. And once peo-
ple graduate they will become mentors
themselves and pay it forward to the next
group of women.
Q: Will this be an ongoing effort for
your foundation to continue at future
Essence Music Festivals?
Absolutely. I've incorporated these
women into my life. I'm taking the respon-
sibility [for] standing up for them and being
there for them, providing a lot of love and

Q: In addition to your philanthropic
efforts, you've also been working steadily
with your music career. Are you currently
recording a new album?
Yes, I've been working steadily, non-
stop. I'm in the studio right now, trying to
get a couple of tracks out there for people to
hear over the summer. The album won't be
out until next year.
Q: The album's release next year also
marks your 40th anniversary in the
music industry.
Yes, it's a big moment for me. I'm still in
the mix, still doing it. And even a lot better
now, because I'm in much better shape than
I was in the last 10 years. So everything is
going really well.
Q: Congratulations on your recent
weight loss. What's your reaction to
those speculating that you had surgery?
They can say whatever they want. Only I
know what's really going on. My weight
loss had to occur, because I was diagnosed
with Type-2 Diabetes and I also had high
blood pressure. And I've been on medica-
tion for that since last year until the begin-
ning of this year. And I ended up going,
"Oh, no, no, no, no, this is enough. I can't
live like this." And I have a new little
daughter to raise [my granddaughter], I
adopted her so I have to be here. ... [She]
was really my first and major influence to
lose weight and get healthy so I can be here
for her. What I did was stopped eating and
went on a strict unconditional fast for a cou-

ple of months. And went off meat, became
vegan, stopped all the dairy, stopped all the
And with that mindset are you seeing a
significant change in the material that
you've recorded in the past?
I'm not playing it so safe. I feel like I
have no boundaries, musically, right now.
There are none. Any restrictions that I place
upon [the music], I place them on myself.
The hardest thing right now is to trust that
instinct. It's the same instinct on many dif-
ferent other levels for other stuff. But I
think you'll see something different.
Q: In the past you've contributed to
various soundtracks, not to mention your
cover versions of a few notable James
Bond themes. Can fans expect you to
record for another blockbuster in the
near future?
I certainly hope so. A lot of doors have
opened significantly for me since I dropped
the weight. And I have mixed reactions to
that, but I'm going to strike the iron while
it's hot. So there's been lots of meetings
with lots of people. I'm coming out with a
perfume line called, Khanasutra, a line of
candles, and Chaka Lips for the holidays.
Q: With you receiving mixed reactions
stemming from your weight loss, what
are your thoughts on some calling you a
sex symbol?
Well, I've always been a sex symbol.
When I was fat I was a sex symbol. Some
men like it that, you know. But I don't think
about that. That's so far from my mind right

Magic Johnson Launches

New TV Network
As the crowd counted down, Magic Johnson pulled a large silver lever
jutting from a box labeled "ASPiRE." With that, his new cable network
went live.
Then stagehands whisked the contraption off the dais at Aspire's gala
premiere party Wednesday night. The switch was just a prop, of course,
connected to nothing.
But Magic Johnson's ties to the African-American community (not to
mention sports history.'and-contem..--
porary c4Aw. are-direct and.stoung.--.
Now, the basketball great and busi-
ness tycoon is leveraging his clout
and good name to launch Aspire.
"We have a big platform for
African-American work," Johnson
told the gathered. "Family driven
content, positive images of African-
Americans that's what we want
that platform for!"
Big aspirations, indeed, as Aspire
makes its debut. Initially it's avail-
able in about 7 million homes and in 16 of the top 25 African-American
markets (including New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington). It can
be seen by some customers served by Time Warner Cable Inc. and by
Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable operator, which is introducing
the minority-oriented Aspire as part of an agreement struck with the
Federal Communications Commission when Comcast purchased NBC
Aspire's reach will grow to 12 million homes by year's end, to 20 mil-
lion to 30 million homes by the end of 2013, and to 40 million homes
within two years, according to Johnson.
"Focus groups told us African-Americans want more family content on
TV," he says a few hours before the party. "If they would have told me,
'We don't need another channel, there's not an opportunity for you,' we
wouldn't be sitting here."

ATLANTA- There are many def-
initions of a mistress. For the cast of
a new wannabe reality TV show,
The Real Mistresses of Atlanta, it
defines women willing to do just
about anything for fame.
If Mistresses makes it to a televi-
sion network, it will join a growing
list of reality shows filmed in and
around Atlanta: shows such as
VHl's Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,
Bravo's The Real-Housewives of
Atlanta and WEtv's Braxton Family
What distinguishes these pro-
grams is the fact that they all fea-
ture an ensemble of feisty black
women. With this come regular
bouts of catfights, bickering, and
nasty confrontations between
grown women of color.
Amidst all the drama is a growing
chorus of disapproval about how
these productions portray black
women, with online petitions even
pushing for mass boycotts of some
shows. Those spearheading the
campaigns say cast members are
mere pawns in the game of reality
television and that the shows are
demeaning and exploitative.
Now, attention has turned to how
these reality shows depict Atlanta, a
city famously known as the black
Mecca. Not only is Atlanta home to
affluent, middle-class blacks, but is
the number one tourism destination

for African-Americans, according
to the 2004 Travel Industry
Association report.
Critics of the "reality" genre fear
that everything unique about
"Hotlanta," from its complex of his-
torically black colleges to its unin-
terrupted succession of African-
American mayors, is now being
eclipsed by dysfunctional images
churned out by black reality dra-
"They represent Atlantans as
more materialistic, narcissistic, and
less thoughtful or socially con-
scious than we are," said Dr. Robert
Franklin, president of the world
famous Morehouse College.
"Most of the images are imbal-
anced, frivolous and misleading,"

he said. "One wonders if the sub-
jects of these programs know any-
thing about the serious institutions
like the Atlanta University Center
and individuals like John Wesley
Dobbs that changed Atlanta and
America, and are truly worthy of
public attention."
"As an African-American woman
I wouldn't want anyone to judge the
women of Atlanta by reality TV,
which is just a snapshot," said for-
mer Atlanta mayor Shirley
Franklin. "We come in many differ-
ent shapes and sizes, women like
Coretta Scott King, Spelman
woman, Agnes Scott women, elect-
ed officials, businesswomen as well
as housewives."
The growth of reality television

shows in Georgia has in part been
fueled by attractive tax incentives
that came into effect in 2008.
Statewide, there has been an influx
of film and television productions
across all genres.
For TV networks, though, reality
television is an attractive program-
ming strategy. The format is rela-
tively cheap to make compared to
quality scripted dramas, and often
attracts younger viewers, an impor-
tant demographic for advertisers.
"It's all about money and an
effort to increase viewers," said
Sidmel Estes, an Atlanta native,
who works as a media consultant in
the city. In fact, many of these real-
ity-based shows do pull in huge




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Opens Up on Weight

Loss, Music and

Being a Sex Symbol

Black Atlantans Fed Up With Reality TV Reputation


July 5-11, 2012

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Mayor Brown's Learn2Earn Program

Immerses Students in College Experience /

About 90 Students
Walk Away With
New College
Hopes and Dreams
Mayor Alvin Brown inspired
Jacksonville high school students to
attend college during the opening
ceremony of Learn2Earn at
Jacksonville University, which
launched June 24.
Leamrn2Earn, a program imple-
mented as a hands-on approach to
boost the quality of education, host-
ed rising sophomores and juniors in
an immersion of student life for one
week on a residential college cam-
pus. The focus was on students who
receive free or reduced lunch and
would be the first in their family to
achieve a college diploma.
"I want each and every one of
you to graduate from high school
on time and be on your way to col-
lege," said Mayor Brown.
The week program lasted from
June 24 to June 29. Students took
part in classes, lived in dormitories
and worked on-campus jobs under
the supervision of Teach For
America staffers. During the pro-
gram, Mayor Brown ensured stu-
dents had a range of topics to learn
from: professional development,
writing, university orientation,
financial aid, public speaking, din-
ner etiquette, Historically Black
Colleges and Universities, and a
forum where speakers would
answer the question "What's the
deal with college?"
"In my first year of office, said
Mayor Brown, "I focused closely
on education and it paid off. We
now have more mentors, a great
program to help college students fill
out their FAFSA and City Year
coming to troubled Duval schools.
But Learnm2Earn is right at the top of
the list."
Mayor Brown's education initia-
tives were created to increase the
high school graduation rate and
boost the number of college-educat-
ed people in Jacksonville. Mayor

Georgia Prisoners Stage

Hunger Strike for Change

Inmates protest practice of solitary confinement and other issues

Weak, bleary-eyed and hungry,
several inmates in a Georgia prison
are making a second attempt at
staging a hunger strike in efforts to
bring awareness to what they call
unreasonable and inhumane treat-
ment at the hands of prison guards
and officials.
Since June 10, a group of inmates
at the Diagnostic and Classification
Prison (the same facility where
death-row inmate Troy Davis was
held and executed in 2011) have
refused to eat, demanding access to
proper hygiene, medical treatment,
the restoration of their visiting and
communications rights and access
to personal property, says the Black
Agenda Report. Many of the men
were involved in a previous hunger
strike launched in December 2010.
Unfortunately the peaceful demon-
stration was cut short by the brutal
beating of inmate Miguel Jackson
and others who were allegedly tar-
geted for participating in the
Jackson was severely injured
after he was taken to a secluded
area without video surveillance at
Smith State prison and beaten with
a hammer-like object by prison
guards. Following the attack,
Jackson's,.family -and -lawyers say
that prison officials refused Jackson

medical attention for months, and
today he says he still suffers from
splitting migraines as a result of the
Thirty-seven of the men who par-
ticipated in the original hunger
strike were singled out as leaders,
and as punishment they were sent to
the Diagnostic and Classification
Prison, where they were placed in
solitary confinement. There, they
allegedly endured only restricted
access to visits and communication
with attorneys for the past 18
"Most of civilized humanity
regards extended solitary confine-
ment as a crime," said Rev.
Kenneth Glasgow, according to
Black Agenda Report. "We hope
that people around the state and
around the country will call the
prison, the Department of
Corrections and Georgia's governor
to express their concern for the
well-being of the prisoners on
hunger strike, and we further hope
that they will join us on Monday,
July 2 for a day-long fast in solidar-
ity with the Georgia prisoners who
are only insisting upon their digni-
ty, their humanity, their legal and
human rights."
_-Amid the prisoners' many other
demands, the insauof solitary o.n-

finement looms large over their
cause. The practice has come under
heightened scrutiny as advocates
and former inmates testified before
a Senate panel last week about the
psychological effects and human
rights implications of the practice.

"I lived behind a steel door that
had two small slits in it, the space
replaced with iron mesh wire,
which was dirty and filthy," death-
row exoneree Anthony Graves told
the Senate panel, after spending 18
years behind bars and the majority
of that time in solitary confinement.
"Those slits were cut out to com-
municate with the officers that were
right outside your door. There was a
slot that's called a pan hole, and
that's how you would receive your
food. I had to sit on my steel bunk
like a trained dog while the officers
would place the trays in my slot.
This is no different from the way
we train our pets."
The inmates' attorneys now are
calling on the Georgia Department
of Corrections to follow its own
regulations, entitling inmates in
punitive isolation to a status review
every 30 days and insist that such
evaluations be made public infor-

Brown appointed the city's first
education commissioner, Dr.
Donnie Homer Jr., through a $1-a-
year executive-on-loan agreement
with Jacksonville University to help
turn the vision behind programs
like Leam2Eam into reality.
"At the end of this intense week,"
said Dr. Homer, "participants typi-
cally say: 'OK, I get it. Now I
know what it's like to go to col-
At the closing ceremony for the
program, Mayor Brown gave the

students advice about their futures.
"It's all about you," said Mayor
Brown, "your future, your dreams,
your hopes and your aspirations.
You must never surrender your
dreams, your hopes and your aspi-
ration. You must never stop dream-
ing; I don't care how difficult it is. I
don't care how tough it's going to
get. I don't care if you live in a war-
zone. I don't care what anyone tells
you-you must never surrender.
You must never give up --you must
never quit! You will get there."

Mayor Brown chats with Malik Brown (no affiliation).

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