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Feds Looking Into Finances
of Jesse Jackson Jr.s Wife
According to a Chicago Sun-Times report, ex-Chicago Alderman
Sandi Jackson, the wife of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., is now
the subject of a federal investigation of her own, one separate from the
one her husband is currently under.
Sources reportedly "close to the probe" told the Sun-Times that fed-
eral investigators are specifically looking into Jackson's access to and
usage of her husband's congressional campaign funds.
Jackson previously noted to NBC Chicago that there was a $69,000
discrepancy between campaign finance reports issued by her office
and her husband's office. She blamed the issue on clerical errors.
Fox Chicago notes that Jackson may be prosecuted "sooner rather
than later" -- possibly within the coming weeks.
Sandi Jackson, who represented the city's 7th Ward, abruptly
resigned from her post last month shortly after her husband resigned
from congress.

Thurmond's Black Daughter Dies
COLUMBIA, S.C. The mixed-race daughter of the late U.S. Sen.
Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years
to avoid damaging his political career has died. Essie Mae
Washington-Williams was 87.
Washington-Williams was the daughter of the infamous one-time
segregationist and his family's black maid.
There had been rumors for decades in political circles and the black
community that Thurmond had fathered a daughter by a black woman.
But Washington-Williams did not come forward and identify
Thurmond as her father until after his death at age 100 in 2003.
Washington-Williams spent decades as a school teacher in Los
Angeles. Thurmond was South Carolina's governor and for a time was
the nation's longest-serving U.S. senator.

USPS Issues Rosa Park Stamp
On what would have been her 100th birthday, Rosa Parks was
remembered by the unveiling of a postage stamp in her honor steps
from the Alabama bus on which she stared down segregation nearly 60
years ago.
Parks, who died in 2005, became one of the enduring figures of the
Civil Rights movement when she refused to cede her seat in the col-
ored section of the Montgomery, Ala., bus to a white man after the
whites-only section filled up. Her defiance and the ensuing black boy-
cott of the city bus system helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rise
to national prominence.
The Parks stamp is the second in a set of civil rights stamps being
issued this year by the U.S. Postal Service.
The USPS launched the series Jan. 1 with the Emancipation
Proclamation Forever Stamp. In August, the series will culminate with
the dedication of a stamp recognizing the 50th anniversary of the his-
toric March on Washington.

Judge Rejects Zimmerman
Lawyers' Request for Trial Delay
On what would be Trayvon Martin's 18th birthday, a judge has
denied a request by his killer for a delay in his trial. George
Zimmerman's attorneys presented a motion Tuesday asking Judge
Debra Nelson to push the trial from mid-June back to November. They
say the prosecutor has been slow in turning over needed evidence. The
state attorney denied the accusation.
Judge Debra Nelson noted Zimmerman's lead attorney had been in
the case nearly a year and says the problems he's having getting evi-
dence are not insurmountable.
Zimmerman is claiming he acted in self-defense in shooting Martin
last year and has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

H.S. Coach Suspended Over
Rant on First Lady's Back Side
A high school coach in Alabama who was caught on tape ranting
against Michelle Obama's effort to promote low-calorie school lunch-
es claiming that the size of her posterior gives her no right to do so
- has been suspended without pay for 10 days for his comments.
"Fat butt Michelle Obama," said Bob Grisham, the head football
coach of Lauderdale County High School in Rogersville, in remarks
that were secretly recorded by one of his students. "Look at her. She
looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She's overweight."
Grisham, was suspended and ordered to take sensitivity training. He
is neither the first nor the most high-profile person to feel moved to
comment on the first lady's physique. Conservative radio host Rush
Limbaugh has repeatedly called her Michelle "My Butt" Obama. And
Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, the Wisconsin Republican, issued an
apology after he was caught commenting on her "large posterior."
In the 90-second audio clip, the coach could be heard saying that "fat
butt Michelle Obama" is responsible for the lighter, 600-calorie school
lunches. Another voice is heard in the background referring to the
president's wife as "big fat gorilla." Grisham continues his tirade,
telling his audience that Mrs. Obama looks like she weighs 185 or 190
pounds and appears overweight. The coach then goes on a rant about
how the country is going in the wrong direction and says several times
that he doesn't 'believe in queers' and doesn't like "queers."

Volume 26 No. 15 Jacksonville, Florida February 7-13, 2013

Embrace the Call to Preserve Our History

By Julianne Malveaux
One hundred and fifty years ago,
President Abraham Lincoln signed
the Emancipation Proclamation. It
was a flawed document that freed
enslaved people in Confederate
areas that he did not control. At the
same time, it was a progressive doc-
ument because it initiated discus-
sion about the Thirteenth,
Fourteenth and Fifteen "FREE-
DOM" Amendments.
One hundred years later, in 1963,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. riveted

the nation with his "I Have A
Dream" speech during the August
28 March on Washington. Many
will remember that he said, "I have
a dream that one day people will be
judged not by the color of their skin
but by the content of their charac-
ter." Somehow people forget that in
the same speech he said, "We have
come to the nation's capital to cash
a check that has been marked insuf-
ficient funds." If people said "cash
the check" as often as they said "I
have a dream," we'd move more

Women of Color Prepare

to Crown Universal Teen

Shown above are 2013 Universal Teens Shantea Small, sponsor
Gerald Minnifield, Rhoda Rom, Ziyad Kirby, Connecka Barrs,
Courtney Lester and sponsor Dr. Helen Jackson. FMP photo
The Women of Color Cultural Foundation has been nurturing the candi-
dates for their 2013 Universal Teen Scholarship Program. The unique edu-
cational candidate experience assists young men and women in the devel-
opment of leadership and communication skills though workshops and
seminars. The crowning of Mr. and Miss Universal Teen will be on
Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 6:00 o'clock in the evening at the Ritz Theatre
& LaVilla Museum in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Since its incep-
tion, the Women of Color Cultural Foundation, Inc. has provided over
$140,000 in scholarships.

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Shown are panelists (L-R) Pamela Chapman (DCPS teacher), Darryl
Williams, Gregory Owens (organizing subcommittee member),
Dennis Lacewell, (panelist) and Alvenia Derban (DCPS teacher).

Symposium Calls on Community to

Reclaim City's Young Black Males

by Lynn Jones
Over the weekend, the
Jacksonville Main Library was the
scene of the 5th Urban Education
Symposium. The Symposium was
in partnership with the Jacksonville
Community Engagement Group
and entitled "Reclaiming Young

Black Males for Jacksonville's
Future." Over 300 scholars, educa-
tors, students, and community lead-
ers were in attendance to hear dis-
cussions on the young black male's
educational status and the contin-
ued plight of the urban playground
to prison pipeline which is leading
black males on a downward spiral
of destruction and extinction. The
symposium kicked off with a regal
start with greetings given by Mayor
Alvin Brown
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Early Voting

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A federal judge has denied the
state of Florida's request to delay a
lawsuit challenging a reduction in
early voting days.
The state sought a delay until
June 3, about a month after the
upcoming legislative session ends,
to see if lawmakers restore early
voting days they cut in 2011.
U.S. District Judge Timothy
Corrigan in Jacksonville wrote
there's no guarantee such a law will
be enacted.
Cong. Corrine Brown and other
plaintiffs contend the Republican-
controlled Legislature's decision to
reduce early voting from 14 to
eight days was discriminatory
because African-Amerians vote
early in higher percentages.
Campaigns such as "Souls to the
Polls" led parishoners en masse on
early voting Sundays.
Corrigan ordered pretrial disclo-
sures and interviews to begin on
Feb. 22 and be completed by Sept.
6. No trial date yet has been set.

The Ladies of DivaNation of the
Red Hat Society celebrated its sec-
ond anniversary this week with a
"Go Red Soulful Luncheon" on
February 5, 2013 at the home of
Chef Harvey, owner of Crystol's
Exquisite Catering. The Red
Hatters were adorned in purple out-

fits and beautiful red hats in cele-
bration of Red Hatters Go Red.
The celebration began with Queen
Diva Norma White sharing histori-
cal and healthy heart information.
She shared "Valentine Jokes" with
the group. Since this is the 15th
Year of the Red Hat Society's exis-

tence, she shared 15 reasons that all
things involving the heart (and the
love it feels) mean so much to Red
Hatters. Following lunch of some
of the chef's best creations, Red
Hatters enjoyed games, door prizes
and presenting birthday gifts to the

Ladies of Diva Nation Go Red in Honor

of Anniversary and Heart Health

Shown above are the Ladies of Diva Nation of the Red Hat Society at their Second Anniversary
Lunkcheon. Seated (L-R): Brenda White, Bettie Hudson, Mary Madison, Catherine Mobley, Erma
Thompson and Sandra Middleton. Standing: Yvette Thomas, Gloria Reid, Norma White, Bertha Padgett,
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African Heritage (300-1619)
Back in this era, most African
men were farmers, cattle raisers and
fisherman. Planting, sowing and
harvesting crops were considered
women's work. Cooking was one of
the most important skills a young
girl needed to learn. One traditional
dish called fufu was made of pound-
ed yams. Fufu was served with
soup, stew, roasted meat and differ-
ent sauces. During this time in his-
tory, cooking was done over open
pits. Africans were very skilled in
roasting, frying, stewing, boiling
and steaming their foods. Their
native foods were yams, okra,
watermelon, cassava, groundnuts,
black-eyed peas and rice.
Indentured Servants and Slavery
In August, 1619, the first group of

Africans landed in America at
Jamestown, Virginia. These
Africans were indentured servants.
They gave up four to seven years of
labor just to pay for transportation
to America. Southern plantations
consisted of Africans from many
different tribal nations. These
Africans made up the slave popula-
tion in southern America. Verbal
exchanges of recipes on these
Southern plantations led to the
development of an international
African cooking style in America.
The slaves enjoyed cooking pork,
yams, sweet potatoes, hominy, corn,
ashcakes, cabbage, hoecakes, col-
lards and cowpeas. On these planta-
tions, cooking was done on an open
fireplace with large swing blackpots
and big skillets.

African American cooking tech-
niques and recipes were also influ-
enced by Native American Indians
all across the United States. When
Africans were first brought to
America in 1619, they lived on
farms. In many areas, local Indians
taught them how to hunt and cook
with native plants. Indian cooking
techniques were later introduced
into the southern society by black
American cooks. Dishes such as
corn pudding, succotash, pumpkin
pie, Brunswick Stew and hominy
grits are a few examples of Native
American dishes found in African
American cooking.
American Revolution 1776
Between 1773 and 1785 thou-
sands of Africans were brought to
America. They were brought ashore
in Virginia, Georgia and the
Carolinas (Sea Island). In America,
slaves were cooks, servants and gar-
deners. They worked in the colonial
kitchens and on the plantations as
field hands. At the Big House,
slaves cooked such foods as greens,
succotash, corn pudding, spoon

bread, corn pone and crab cakes.
These foods were cooked on an
open pit or fireplace. On the planta-
tion, breakfast was an important and
an early meal. Hoecakes and
molasses were eaten as the slaves
worked from sunup to sundown.
Reconstruction 1865
Both the northern and the south-
ern armies hired black Americans as
cooks. Most of the cooking
throughout the South was done by
black cooks. Slaves created their
own recipes and made the best of
hard times and scarce supplies.
Cajun and Creole cooking devel-
oped during this period. These
foods included jambalaya, bread
pudding, dirty rice, gumbo and red
beans and rice. Cooking was done
on a great big old fireplace with
swing pots and skillets with legs.
Post Reconstruction
Westward Movement 1865
At the end of the Civil War, black
Americans began to move west-
ward. They migrated to Kansas,
Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
Black Americans became cowboys

and cooks on the cattle drives.
Many black Americans were also
pioneers and as farmers they sur-
vived off the land. They adapted
their cooking habits and formed
new ones when necessary. It was a
great challenge to create good food
with primitive tools and very limit-
ed ingredients. They cooked such
foods as: biscuits, stew, baked beans
and barbecued meat.
The Great Migration 1900-1945
During this period, a large num-
ber of black Americans worked as
cooks in private homes, shops
restaurants, schools, hotels and col-
leges. Many moved to such large
cities as Chicago, New York, Ohio,
Detroit and Pennsylvania to work.
Black cooks, chefs and waiters also
worked in Pullman cars of the old
railroads and on the steamboats.
Many black Americans also started
small businesses such as fish mar-
kets, barbeque and soul food restau-
rants throughout the United States.
These establishments specialized in
fried fish, homemade rolls, potato
salad, turkey and dressing, fried

pork chops, rice and gravy and
southern fried chicken. Cooking
was done on wood burning and gas
Civil Rights Movement
1965 Present
In the early 60s and 70s, soul
food, the traditional food of black
Americans, was very popular. Soul
foods were candied yams, okra,
fried chicken, pig's feet, chitlin's,
cornbread, collard greens with ham
hocks and black-eyed peas. Today
in the 90s, soul food preparation has
changed. Black Americans are
becoming increasingly health con-
scious, thus, they are avoiding foods
with high levels of fat and choles-
terol, and increasing their intake of
fruit, vegetables and fiber. Black
Americans are still in the kitchen
cooking, but now they are owners
and managers of restaurants. Today
cooking is done on electric, gas and
microwave stoves.
The delectable tastes of 'soul
food' remain popular as restaurants
continue to pop up around the coun-
try from 'mom and pop' to five star.

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

Smothered Pork Chops
4 pork chops
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
All-purpose flour
1/4 cup bacon drippings or vegetable short-
1 large onion, sliced
3 tablespoon all-purpose flour

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

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

Ham Hocks
2-4 ham hocks (allow 1 per person)
pinch of salt
Put hock in a large pot. Add just enough
water to cover. Add a pinch of salt. Cover
the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and
simmer 2-1/2 to 3 hours until hocks are ten-
der. Put hocks in a baking dish. Place in 450
degree oven to brown and dry out excess
fat. Serve with greens. (Serves 2-4)
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Chicken/Tuna Casserole
1 1/2 2 cups chicken (cooked)
1/2 cup water
2 cans water chestnuts, sliced
2 cans cream celery soup
1 cup mayonaise
1 cup chopped celery
1 pkg pepperidge cornbread stuffing
4 cups noodles cooked
1/2 stick butter, melted
Combine soup, water, mayonaise. Add
chicken or tuna, noodles, celery, water
chestnuts. If you use tuna, add a little lemon
juice.) Put in buttered casserole dish.
Sprinkle cornbread crumbs on top. Sprinkle
melted butter over crumbs. Bake at 350
degrees F. uncovered for about 45 minutes.
(8 generous servings)

Fried Catfish Fillets
8 to 10 catfish fillets
Salt and Pepper

3 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1/4 cup bacon drippings
Enough vegetable shortening to deep-fry
(2 1/2 to 3 cups)
Wash fish and pat dry. Lightly season
with salt and pepper and set aside. Combine
seasoned salt and next 6 ingredients and
mix well. Dip fillets in eggs, then in corn-
meal mixture. Place fillets on a wax paper-
covered plate and refrigerate: at least 1 hour
to allow cornmeal coating to set. In a large,
heavy frying pan, preferably cast iron, heat
bacon drippings and shortening to 370
degrees F. Oil is sufficiently hot when a hze
forms above the oil and a drop of water can
dance across the surface. Deep-fry fish until
golden brown, drain on paper towels, and
serve immediately. Excellent with slaw and
Hush Puppy Patties. (4 to 5 servings) .

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

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Sweet Potato Pie
2 cups cooked mashed sweet potatoes
1 1/3 cups sugar (brown or white)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk or half-and-half

3/4 stick of butter
Peel and culbe sweet potatoes. Mash
potatoes with all the above ingredients.
Beat with mixer on medium speed until
smooth (or you can mix it by hand until
smooth). Place in pie shell. Bake at 350
degrees for about an hour, or until firm
when touched in the middle.

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

Banana Pound Cake
1 package (18 1/2 ounces) yellow cake
4 eggs (room temperature)
1/3 cup oil
1/2 cup water
1 1/3 cups mashed bananas (about 4
1 package (3 3/4 ounces) instant vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
Combine all ingredients in large mixer
bowl. Mix until blended, then beat at medi-
um speed for 4 minutes. Turn batter into
greased and lightly floured 10 inch tube
pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour or
until done. If desired, dust with confection-
er's sugar before serving.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Sprinkle brown sugar in bottom of well-
greased pan. Dot with butter. Drain pineap-
ple. Place slices in pan with cherry in cen-
ter of each pineapple slice. Sift together
flour, baking powder and salt. Cream short-
ening. Add sugar gradually and beat until

fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well.
Add flour mixture, a little at a time, alter-
nately with milk. Pour batter over fruit.
Bake at 350 degrees F. until brown. for 50
to 60 minutes. Turn upside down on serving
plate. (Serves 8-10).

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

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

Homemade Peach Cobbler
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
sugar, about 1/4 cup, divided
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
3 1/2 cups sliced peaches (one large can,
28 to 32 ounces, drained)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon butter
1 cup sweetened whipped cream or vanil-
la ice cream
Sift flour into bowl with baking powder,
salt, and 1 tablespoon of the sugar. With
pastry blender, cut in shortening until
crumbs are fine. Add milk to make a soft
dough. Combine sliced peaches with lemon
juice, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and
butter in a casserole or baking dish. Pat out
dough to fit over the top of peaches; vent to
allow steam to escape.
Bake in 4500 oven for 10 minutes;
reduce heat to 3500 and bake for an addi-
tional 25 minutes, or until crust is golden
brown. Serve warm with a dollop of
whipped cream, ice cream, or light cream
with a little sugar and nutmeg to flavor.
Serves 8.


February 7-13, 2013

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National Trust Calls for Nominations
of African American Endangered Sites
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is recognizing the
importance of preserving black history by calling for nominations of
endangered African American sites for its 26th annual list of America's
11 Most Endangered Historic Places. For over a quarter century, this
list has highlighted important examples of the nation's architectural,
cultural and natural heritage that are at risk for destruction or irrepara-
ble damage. Nominations are due on March 1, 2013. The 2013 list will
be announced in June. The places on the list need not be famous, but
they must be significant within their own cultural context, illustrate
important issues in preservation and have a need for immediate action
to stop or reverse serious threats. All nominations are subject to an
extensive, rigorous vetting process.
For additional information, e-mail or call
202.588.6141. To learn more about the program and to submit a nomi-
nation, visit:

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Darrell Thomas, Jason Hardwick and Daryl Johnson man the Omega Psi Phi booth and explained their groups, the audience, Angie Dixon
explains the acclaimed "Race: Are We So Different" exhibit to Michael Cobb now open at MOSH.

Minority Transportation Conference

Coming to Jax Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown attended
the kick-off meeting for COMTO's (Conference of Minority
Transportation Officials) National Meeting and Conference, which is
being held in Jacksonville July 13-17. COMTO members are the leading
transportation professionals, working in public transit, government, avia-
tion, and a variety of other fields. Several hundred attendees are expected
in Jacksonville for the conference. Shown above at the kick off meeting are
Bob Prince, National Chairman of COMTO and Jacksonville
Transportation Authority CEO Nathaniel P Ford, Sr.

The symposium Youth Forum
program agenda consisted of 6
: 1) Wake Up!, an interactive activ-
ity that set the tone for the day to
bring the group together and for
students to take ownership of the
day; 2) Man Up! where students
took a personal look at what it
means to "Be A Man" in our socie-
ty. The discussion allowed the
group to discuss gender roles and
stereotypes; 3) Eat Up! Students
were paired/grouped for a "Brother
to Brother" lunch. Students were
given cards with discussion ques-
tions to help drive table conversa-
tions; 4) Speak Up!, students broke
into teams to use their critical think-
ing skills. Each team had to quickly
research a topic and publicly speak
on the chosen topic; 5) Step Up!
students were introduced to differ-
ent types and levels of advocacy
and used the skills learned to iden-
tify problems, issues and solutions
to benefit the community and final-
ly, and 6) Wrap Up! students evalu-
ated their next steps and session
evaluation. The keynote speaker
was Dr. John H. Jackson, President
and CEO, The Schott Foundation.
In December, Duval County

School board approved a proposal
for the establishment of three sin-
gle-gender charter schools for boys
(K-5, 6-8, and 9-12) entitled Valor
Academies of Leadership with a
target launch date of 2014.
The main stage agenda was the
highlight of the symposium where
moderator Cleveland Ferguson,
Esquire facilitated, Profiles of
Single Gender Schools. The panel
members included Darryl Williams,
Principal of Brighter Choice for
Boys Elementary School, Nina
Gilbert, Founder and Executive
Director, Ivy Preparatory Schools,
Atlanta, Georgia and Dennis

Lacewell, Founding Principal,
Urban Prep Academies, Englewood
Campus, Chicago Illinois.
The panel members held the audi-
ence captive as they spoke of single
gender schools and their impact on
the black male, Darryl Williams
informed the audience that as prin-
cipal he teaches "responsibility,
results and rituals" as these three
R's are the keys to his student's suc-
cess. Dennis Lacewell, remarked,
"you have to make the schools
around you better." Attendees were
mesmerized as the panelist also
spoke of their dedication to improv-
ing the plight of the black male and

the restricted funding and the fight
to keep their schools open to mold
successful students that will and
can make a difference.
Another highlight of the day was
when Duval School superintendent
Dr. Nikolai Vitti was introduced to
speak on the "Reflections on the
Challenges of Promoting and
Supporting the Academic Success
of Young Black Males." Dr. Vitti
stood at the podium and announced,
"we have to stop talking and start
doing." The audience applauded
and was impressed with Dr. Vitti's
candid remarks to improve Duval
County Schools.

First Coast Community Invited to Participate

in "Big Read" Classic A Lesson Before Dying

The First Coast Community is
invited to participate in the Big
Read, a community initiative to
promote reading. This year's selec-
tion is Ernest J. Gaines's award-
winning A Lesson Before Dying.
Community events include book
discussions, film screenings, staged
readings, and a conversation with
the book's author. All events are
free and open to the public, though
reservations are required for some
events. Free study guides are avail-
able at Jacksonville Public
Libraries and at some events.
Published in 1993, A Lesson
Before Dying is set in a small Cajun
community in the late 1940s. The
novel tells the story of two black

men one, an uneducated prisoner
awaiting execution for the murder
of a shopkeeper; the other, a col-
lege-educated teacher who reluc-
tantly seeks to help him face death.
In a little more than 250 pages,
these two men discover a friendship
that transforms at least two lives.
Big Read events will take
through March 7. Events include:
Staged Readings of A Lesson
Before Dying, playwright Romulus
Linney's theatrical adaptation, will
take place at Theatre Jacksonville
on Friday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. and
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
Saturday's reading will include a
discussion led by NPR's Al Letson
and local teacher Jason Collins.

Reservations are requested.
Film Screenings of A Lesson
Before Dying, the film adaptation
starring Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson
and Mekhi Phifer, will take place at
selected Jacksonville Public
Libraries through February 16.
Book Discussions will be held at
selected Jacksonville Public
Libraries through February 26.
Author Discussion. The commu-
nity is invited to a conversation
with A Lesson Before Dying author
Ernest J. Gaines, conducted by tele-
conference from the WJCT Studios
on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
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A few weeks back, Florida
Governor Rick Scott announced his
new push for $10,000 or less
degrees in Florida's state college
system. Last year, Texas Governor
Rick Perry announced a similar ini-
On the surface most would agree
that it's a good idea to make overall
education and more importantly,
certain degree opportunities more
affordable. The flip side of the coin
is the fear that "discounted"
degrees may equate to watered
down standards.
There are probably good points
on both sides of the argument, but
for me the question boils down to
what you are getting for that
$10,000. That old platitude "You
get what you pay for" is often the
What will be interesting is the
study of human behavior as it
relates to this issue. TakeAir Jordan
sneakers for example: one of the
attractions to the shoes is the cost
of a pair.
The costs make some feel like
they're getting a more unique, or a
better quality product. At the end of
day, we know that some of the
same factories in China or
Indonesia that make Air Jordan's
make what we used to call "hot
boxes" or no-name generic shoes.
Obviously, the Air Jordan's are
made to higher specs and stan-
dards, but the basic material is cer-
tainly the same.
Governor Scott made a big
announcement last week that all 23
state colleges that currently offer
four-year degrees have backed his
"$10k degree challenge."
Opponents of the concept have
likened it to a "Wal-Mart"
approach to education. In fact,
many Democrats have dismissed
the idea as a gimmick more than
anything else.
I am one Democrat who is not
there yet. I am not ready to call it a
gimmick because I think the idea

definitely desires some merit and is
certainly worthy of conversation.
Ideally, in this country we want to
encourage college to those who
want to go.
And I truly believe that people
shouldn't have to go into massive
debt to better educate themselves.
This reduced cost idea actually
wasn't the brainchild of Perry or
Gov. Perry says that he was
inspired by Microsoft founder Bill
Gates, who had remarked that
online learning ought to make it
possible for students to pay just
$2,000 per year for college.
For many Americans, especially
blacks, education has been the key
to a better life.
Booker T Washington once said,
"Education is the sole and only
hope of the Negro race in
"Education is our passport to the
future, for tomorrow belongs to the

people who prepare for it today,"
said Malcolm X.
So clearly, education and the
ability to access and afford colleges
and universities is critical.
But is this cheapening of degree
programs the answer? So far, col-
lege presidents are saying that they
are interested in supporting the
governor, but they're not sure how
to create a $10,000 degree.
There are certainly more ques-
tions than answers right now I
heard one collegerepresentative
make a point that they currently
have degrees that cost approxi-
mately $14,000; and with financial
aid it gets the degree cost well
under $10,000.
But is that a true $10,000 or less
degree? Not really; especially
when you consider the fact that not
everyone will qualify for financial
If you take the politics out of this
notion, it makes absolute sense to

support it, but as my Grandma
would say, "Everything that glitters
ain't gold." How do you actually
make it work?
Think about the fact that the
nation's public colleges cost
$13,000 annually on average for
tuition, room, and board; while pri-
vate colleges cost an average of
$32,000 a year.
The answer is online degrees. By
creating a robust curriculum of
online degrees or at least blended
online/classroom degrees, the costs
of education should decrease sig-
Time will certainly tell if Texas
and Florida are successful; and the
market will tell us the real value of
$10,000 degrees. If employers
don't embrace this new movement
then theinitiative will be essentially
dead on arrival.
Signing off from Florida State
College of Jacksonville,
Reggie Fullwood

Are $10,000 Degrees a Good Idea?

Rethinking School Desegregation: Was It A Curse Or Cure For Black Male Students?

by Umar Jackson
The year was 1954, the United
States Supreme Court handed down
a landmark decision stating that
racism had no place in education.
Although more of an empty symbol
than a true legal mandate, at the
time, many of the states, both north-
ern and southern, refused to listen,
knowing full well that neither the
legislative or executive branches of
government had no real intent of
telling White Americans that the
time had come for them to allow
Black children to sit next to their
own. However, such a refusal began
to expose the American homeland
as a hypocrite that enjoys telling
foreigners how to treat their citizens
while neglecting their own back
home in North America. Slowly but
surely, White reaction began to set-
tle after passage of the 1975
Education for All Handicapped
Children Act (EHCA), which for-
mally gave birth to the United
States' first federal special education
Although never documented in
any educational law writings, spe-
cial education was the panacea that

gave calm to White school districts
assuring them that they wouldn't
have to truly integrate their schools,
but only give the appearance of
doing so. When forced busing poli-
cies really began to heat up, espe-
cially in northern states, in the late
'60s and early '70s, white schools
were able to get away with "cosmet-
ic integration" policies that forced
Black children, who rode in on
cheese buses, to remain together for
the entire school day. To outside
observers, the school appeared inte-
grated, but inside the building, it
was business as usual. When com-
munity leaders began to push back
against the "cosmetic integration"
practices of principals and superin-
tendents, coincidentally, special
education was bom. Now these very
same racist public school officials
had the ability to legitimize their
"Separate But Equal" schooling by
slave-stamping the cheese-bus-rid-
ing-Blacks with "learning disabili-
ty" and "mental retardation" labels.
This new program, federal special
education, the legal right to segre-
gate learning disability students,
allegedly, for their own educational

benefit, was just the weapon to fix
the race problem. For the past 37
years special education has been
used to hold in check the promises
of the1954 Brown decision.
Who has been the greatest victim
of this modernized segregation poli-
cy disguised as special education?
Clearly, Black boys have had to bear
the greater portion of the burden for
their communities forcing them to
attend schools where they were not
wanted. Had it not been for forced
integration, special education may
have never been created. Yes, chil-
dren with true disabilities, like
blindness & autism, would have had
to receive the services they needed.
Nonetheless, the use and abuse of
the "Specific Learning Disability"
classification, disproportionately
applied to Black learners, wouldn't
be half the problem that it is today
for Black parents. In fact, the
"Emotional & Behavioral
Disturbance" classification, created
specifically to castigate Black boys
who refused to accept White Rule,
would have never been manufac-
tured out of thin air. The most inter-
esting fact of the so-called school

desegregation process is that it only
focused on the desegregation of stu-
dent populations, it never address
desegregation of the teaching ranks.
That's right, Black children today, as
was the case in the '60s & '70s, are
still almost exclusively taught by
white educators.
Why didn't the Supreme Court
address the issue of desegregation
within the teacher ranks? After all,
isn't it only fair that if we are to
expect Black children to be taught
by White teachers, that White chil-
dren should have to be taught by
Black ones? Or better yet, wouldn't
it be a benefit if Black children,
attending racially hostile schools,
can have the opportunity of being
instructed by someone who looks
like them H" at least once in a
while? The reason for the silent
treatment surrounding teacher
desegregation has to do with the
White female control of the public
school, and the quality of life oppor-
tunities that come with being an
educator. Yes, despite the meager
pay, there are some pretty good ben-
efits to being a public school
teacher: retirement, healthcare,

summers off and year-round regular
vacation days, are just a few. Add to
that list that teachers, those who
belong to unions, enjoy one of the
greatest job security professions in
the country almost never being
fired for failure to perform ade-
quately on the job; not to mention
that teachers have one of the highest
fluid professions in the world -
meaning finding a job after relocat-
ing to another city is usually not a
problem at all, even amidst the cur-
rent financial meltdown.
Not to lose sight of the purpose of
this article, the point that I am mak-
ing is that the teaching profession is
heavily guarded by political gate-
keepers to ensure that the color of
American education forever stays
White a" not purely for education-
al reasons, but for financial and
employment reasons as well. One of
the failures of the Black push to
integrate schools was failure to
ensure that the same process applied
to teachers and principals. The other
failure was not forcing any over-
sight provisions, nor putting any
checks & balances in place, to
ensure that special education would-

n't be used to override the Supreme
Court promise of 1954, and the
Civil Rights Bill of 1964. Special
education has been, and continues
to be, the iron fist of segregation
cloaked in the velvet glove of a sup-
port system for disabled learners.
One year before Congress approved
"Special Re-Segregation," during
1974, the American Psychiatric
Association (APA) would begin
work on the DSM-III. Ultimately
published in 1980, at the start of the
CIA's Crack Cocaine war against
the Black community to dissipate
revolutionary activity, the inclusion
of Attention Deficit Disorder
(ADD) into the DSM-III would jus-
tify the brain drugging of an entire
generation of Black boys "for their
own good," with drugs as toxic as
the ones used to send their fathers to
prison, even while then President
Ronald Reagan was busying carry-
ing out former President Nixon's so-
called "War on Drugs."
If you ask which weapon of mass
destruction is worse, special educa-
tion or ADHD, the answer would
be to choose your own poison. It is
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Django: Brillant or Trash?
Have you gone to see Django Unchained yet? Activist Dick Gregory
called the current box office smash "brilliant," while filmmaker Spike Lee
said it was "offensive to my ancestors." All the while, the force behind
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino, is taking bundles of money to the
bank from throngs of Blacks who have attended showings. The movie is
pure fantasy and takes privileges with history, but Blacks like it a lot.
Django Unchained is a 2012 American western film written and directed
by Tarantino. The film stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo
DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson and was the fifth
highest-grossing Christmas release in history. At a New York City pre-
miere, Black society and its media were "overwhelmed" with the film and
its cast.
Black historians see similarities of abolitionist John Brown and his Gang
of 21 in Tarantino's tale. Django Unchained is set in 1858 as several male
slaves are being transported across Texas by the Speck brothers. In their
group is Django (Jamie Foxx), who has been sold away from his wife,
Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). The Speck brothers encounter Dr. King
Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German immigrant dentist and, unbeknownst
to them, bounty hunter.
Schultz takes Django and kills one of the Speck brothers, leaving the
other to be killed by now-free slaves. Schultz reveals that he sought out
Django to aid him in identifying the Brittle brothers, a trio of ruthless
killers working for a plantation owner. Schultz confesses that his bounty
hunting is opportunistic, but emphasizes to Django that he despises slavery.
The two come to an agreement: in exchange for helping locate the Brittle
brothers, Schultz will free Django from slavery and give him $75 and a
horse. After hunting down and killing the Brittles, Schultz takes Django on
as his bounty hunting associate.
In many ways Django is three hours of caricature. After their bounty
hunting success during the winter months, Schultz and Django confirm that
Broomnhilda's current owner is brutal plantation owner Calvin Candie
(Leonardo DiCaprio). At Candie's plantation, Candyland, some male
slaves are trained to fight to the death (called "Mandingo fighting").
Schultz and Django devise a plan to reach Broomhilda by posing as poten-
tial purchasers of a Mandingo fighter. Schultz introduces Django as a free
man and "expert" on Mandingo fighting. Candie and Schultz come to an
agreement to purchase a Mandingo fighter for $12,000. Schultz also offers
to purchase Broomhilda, claiming that she would help alleviate his nostal-
gia for his mother tongue because she speaks German. Django raises the
suspicions of Candie's house slave, Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), who cor-
rectly deduces that Django and Broomhilda know each other, and that the
Mandingo sale is a ruse. He informs Candie.
Throughout, Django Unchained is a brutal tale of retribution based on the
theme that punishment doled out is morally right and fully deserved.
Django is an audacious Black hero who shoots White slavers with impuni-
ty and lives to tell about it. The film's violence is used as a kind of spiritu-
al redemption which Black audiences are meeting with glee.
But, is this the "spiritual redemption" the descendants of slaves need
right through here? With the "debt due" and legacy of slavery continuing
in our daily lives, how can self-respecting descendants of African slaves be
party to such a charade that mocks us and our ancestors?
Today's Blacks deal in movie "make believe" and are loath to accept the
reality of slavery and its legacy in our lives. Blacks accept as "fact" that
they have high unemployment rates, and that Whites rightfully have 20
times our wealth. To be about eliminating America's gross inequities,
,Blacks need to beorganizing con iruiciive collective actions. Stop accept-
ing'tiat "'slat er) as a long rime ago and there is no one alien collectt or
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The legacy of slavery is without end across America. Those who profit-
ed from slavery don't just owe reparations for the past, but for the
inequities of the present as well.



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Refreshing Women Push TV Ministry Church Fellowship Celebrates 15 Years

If you have "talent," sing for God, praise dancing, speaking ministries,
poems, clean fun, and spiritual talent, and testimonies or if you are a pas-
tor, please contact us to be a guest on the show. RWPM TV ministry airs
every Saturday on Comcast 99 at 8:00 a.m. For more information email or visit or call (904) 220-6400 or
write RWPM c/o Reverend Mattie W. Freeman, PO Box 350117,
Jacksonville, Florida 32235-0117. All are welcome.

Bishop Lorenzo Hall Birthday Dinner
Come and fellowship at Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr.'s birthday dinner
celebration Tuesday, February 26th, at 6 p.m. Join the church on this joy-
ous occasion at Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness Church, 723 West 4th
Street. If you have any questions, contact Sister Carla Page at 353-4434 or

Hist. Mt. Zion Family & Friends Day
Pearce Ewing, Sr. Pastor of Historic Mt. Zion A.M.E. and his congrega-
tion church will celebrate Family & Friends Day, Sunday, March 10th. Join
Mt. Zion at their 8:45 church school and the 10 a.m. worship service to cel-
ebrate the theme: "Family and friends working in unity to reclaim the rem-
nants of God," Philippians 1:27. For more information contact the church
at 355-9475. Historic Mt. Zion is located at 201 E. Beaver St.

Donations needed by MMM
Million More Movement Jacksonville Local Organizing Committee, Inc
is asking the public to donate clothes hangers, shoes all size and school sup-
plies to their Clothes Give-Away. These items can be dropped off at 916
Myrtle Ave, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. For
more information visit

Central CME Honors Local Icons
Central Metropolitan CME Church, Marquise L. Hardick, Pastor, will
honor the Pillars of the Jacksonville African-American community Sunday,
February 17th at 4 p.m. The Board of Christian Education of Central
Metropolitan CME Church will have an anniversary celebration with a spe-
cial concert performance by the Edward Waters College Conceit Choir,
under the directorship of Barbara McNeely-Bouie. The program will also
feature an honor awards presentations. Everyone is invited to attend. The
concert is free to the public. Central Metropolitan CME Church is located
at 4611 N. Pearl St. in the Historic Springfield section of town. For more
information call the church at 354-7426.

The Church Fellowship Worship Ministries and Bishop Bruce V. Allen
will celebrate their 15th Church and First Family anniversary, Wednesday,
March 13th through Sunday, March 17th. On Wednesday, March 13, guest
speakers will be: Apostle Fred Gooden of Divine Influence Worship
Ministries. On Thursday, March 14th hear Dr. James White of Heritage
Christian Center, and on Friday, March 15th Pastor Torin Dailey of First
Baptist Oakland, will speak. On Saturday, March 16th it's the churches ban-
quet being held at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 14670 Duval Road. Pastor Gail
Hill of The Family Church of Springfield, MA will speak at Sunday
Morning Worship at 10 a.m. At 5 p.m. evening service special guest will
be Bishop Allen Wiggins of The Hope Church of Orlando, Florida.
Everyone is invited to attend. If you have any questions, please call the
church at 924- 0000. The Church Fellowship Worship Ministries is located
at 8808 Lem Turner Road. For more info contact the church at 924-000.

Pastor Landon L. Williams
37th Anniversary Celebration
The Greater Macedonia Baptist Church family will present the 37th
Anniversary Celebration for Pastor Landon L. Williams, Sr., Sunday,
February 10th and Sunday, February 17th. Enjoy special anniversary wor-
ship services Sunday, February 10th at 4 p.m. and hear spoken word by
Bishop Virgil Jones, Philippians Community Church.
Guest churches include Mt. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor
Robert Herring and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Pastor Kelly Brown. On
Sunday, February 17that 4 p.m., hear spoken word by Pastor John Guns, St.
Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Guest churches for the day include First
Missionary Baptist Church of Jacksonville Beach, Pastor Marvin
McQueen, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Brian Campbell
and St. Johns Baptist Church, Pastor Steve Jenkins. All Services will be
held at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, 1880 W. Edgewood Ave. For
more information please contact the church at 764-9257.

Holy Ghost Comedy Party
Comedian Funnybone will present a Christian Comedy and Rap explo-
sion, Saturday, February 9th at 6 p.m. at the Times Union Center, 300 Water
St. featuring comedians Chip, Ms. Jen and headliner Albert Harris Jr., aka
Funnybone. For more details email or call
(407) 914-6519 or visit

2013 Stanton Alumni Gala Meeting
The current class leaders of Old Stanton, New Stanton and Stanton
Vocational High Schools are requesting alumni to attend the Alumni Gala
meeting Monday, February 11th at 6 p.m. Alumni will meet at Bethel
Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist Street to discuss plans for
the June 22nd Stanton Gala. For more information contact Kenneth
Reddick, Gala Chairman at 764-8795 or email

Saint Paul AME Church Observes
Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday
Saint Paul AME Church, located at 6910 New Kings Road invite the pub-
lic to observance Shrove Tuesday and Lent Services. The Shrove Tuesday
event will take place on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:30p.m. in the J.M.
Proctor Center. In the United States, Shrove Tuesday is considered as a time
to commemorate the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent,
known as the season of fasting and prayer. In Lent season, forty days of
fasting is observed in which eating fatty substances are forbidden, So to
consume fatty substances as eggs, fats and sugar are used up to make pan-
cakes or pastries. Shrove Tuesday has been in practice since 1000 AD.
Ash Wednesday Service will be held at 12:00 noon and 6:30p.m.on
Wednesday, February 13,2013. For additional information, please contact
the office of the church at 764-2755 or at the

New Stanton Class of 1968 Meeting
All alumni of New Stanton Sr. High Class of 1968 are requested to par-
ticipate in their 45th Class Reunion to be held May 24-26, 2013, in
Jacksonville, FL. For more information, contact Audrey Hicks (305) 474-
0030, email: or Sandra Milton (904) 463-1311,
email: lafayeisworthy@bellsouthnet for further information.

Annual Legends Awards Ceremony
The African-American Game Officials and Athletic Association will cel-
ebrate their 3rd Annual award luncheon by honoring 13 outstanding indi-
viduals who have been instrumental
in the lives of many Jacksonville
youths. The event will be held Friday,
February 15th at 6 p.m.,
For information call Bill Hines at

Former SCLC President Returns to the Helm


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The man who once presided over
the Southern Christian Leadership
Conference, the most storied civil
rights organization in America, has
returned to lead the group.
Charles Steele Jr., who is back at
the helm of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference (SCLC),
also helped the group mark what
would have been the 84th birthday
of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., the civil rights champion who
help found the SCLC 56 years ago.
"With the great history of the
SCLC, there was no way I could sit
idly by and let it go under," Steele
said. "The board asked me to come
back and I did."
Steele, 66, said he had heard too
often the doom and gloom that sur-
rounded the once proud organiza-
tion that rose to prominence during
King's monumental battle to gain
civil rights for African Americans
and others.
Once Steele stepped aside in 2008
as president of the Atlanta, Ga. -
based organization, the whispers in
and outside the African American
and civil rights communities grew
louder. King's image was being tar-
nished, some wrote, while others
said the SCLC had simply lost its

"The world has let us know that
the SCLC is needed as much now as
we were when King was our
leader," Steele said.
"Are we still relevant and impor-
tant? I'd argue, especially based on
what I've heard during my travels,
that we are more important and
more relevant now than ever before.
There is still a great need for us to
continue what King was doing dur-
ing the movement and a greater
need to see that his dream is ful-
filled," he said.
Steele returned in July as chief
executive officer amid calls from
the board of directors to restore
financial stability and credibility to
the SCLC.
The SCLC found itself immersed
in controversy after a 2010 com-
plaint was filed by its General
Counsel, Dexter Wimbish, alleging
that the group's then chairman Rev.
Raleigh Trammell, 74 and treasurer,
Spiver Gordon, 73, had engaged in
unauthorized expenditures.
Both men were ultimately cleared
of those charges although Trammell
was later convicted in an unrelated
theft case in Dayton, Ohio.

Warren to
Keynote Boyscout
Troop 175
Cleve Warren
Cleve Warren will headline the
Anniversary celebration of Boy
Scout Troop Number 175. It will be
held on Sunday, February 10th at
Greater Grant Memorial AME
Church during the 10:30 a.m. serv-
ice.. Robert Bradley and Herman
Floyd are Scout Masters.
Warren, is a graduate of William
Raines High School, a retired
Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S
Army Reserve and is recognized as
one of Jacksonville's most ardent
community leaders. For more
information call the church office at
764-5992. The church is located at
5533 Gilchrist Rd.

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Care in the Home for Heart Disease Eases

Hospitals Patients and Family Members .

This American Heart Awareness
Month, Mission Healthcare
explains how providing care for
people in the home with heart con-
ditions can ease hospital costs,
reduce caregiver stress and increase
patients' quality of life.
Individuals with congestive heart
failure can slow the progression of
their own disease by changing some
of their lifestyle habits such as,
quitting smoking, losing weight and
eating low-sodium low-fat diets.
However, these are just a few of the
various needed life modifications.
"Even though these may seem
like simple adjustments, many
patients find addressing these
changes coupled with the amount of
medications they are taking to be
confusing, daunting and difficult to
tackle on their own," said Jennifer
Robinson, Co-founder of Mission
Healthcare. "Often times, patients
do not take the correct doses of
medication, don't know what signs

to look for if medications are not
working or may not be on the cor-
rect medication schedule."
These confusions result in more
hospital visits, more calls to physi-
cian offices, and puts an increased
stress on the caregiver. It also
decreases the quality of life for the
patient. A professional in the home
for even an hour or two can ease
this process for the individual, the
caregiver and the healthcare
"Many congestive heart failure
patients are frequent visitors to hos-
pital emergency rooms," said
Robinson. "Home health care is.
important to help patients manage
their medication, monitor their fluid
intake/output, and teach patients the
importance of healthy living habits.
This keeps more people out of the
emergency rooms, saving hospital
resources and money."
Home health care ensures that
patients, their family members and

their health care providers (doctors,
nurses, and pharmacists) work as a
team in managing heart conditions,
by working as a team patients live
longer and improve their quality of
"It can be overwhelming for fam-
ily members when someone is diag-
nosed with a heart condition," said
Registered nurses in the home
educate the patient's caregivers on
how to monitor their loved one's
conditions, what to do in emergen-
cies, and the correct questions to
ask at a doctor's visit. This extra
help and education can ease care-
givers' worries.
"The more you know about your
disease or you loved ones' condi-
tions, the more you can be involved
in the care and treatment," said
Robinson. "Take time this February
to stick to healthy living goals and
educate yourself about home

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students, often ignored) sat in at them
Woolworth counters on February hang
1, 1960, more than 50 years ago. notw
The March on Washington hap- expe
opened 50 years ago. The Civil whei
Rights Act was passed in 1964, and slow
beyond that the 1960s will resonate racia
for the next few years with com- Ifs
memorations and anniversaries, been
These celebrations are important might
historical moments, but who unen
remembers? The median age of the the
population in the United States is some
about 37 years old. Many of these spok
folks remember the civil rights of hi
moment through twice and thrice the r
told tales. Those who are under the ues.
median age see the civil rights that
movement as something like a folks
fable, something they heard about, realio
but doesn't really matter to them. after
Many of these young people see Club

cardiovascular Health
reek researchers found that men
took a 30 minute nap at least
e times a week lowered their
of dying from a heart attack by
percent. Factors such as smok-
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ided in the study.
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hen energy naturally drops in
aftemoon, coffee and sugar tend
the usual stimulants of choice.
afternoon sleepiness is a bio-
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selves as "post-racial." They
g out with their peers, race
Withstanding. They have never
rienced discrimination. Even
n they experience it, they are
to embrace it. They are post-
al, whatever that means.
some of these young people had
a immersed in history, they
it understand why the Black
aployment rate is twice that of
White rate. If they had read
e Dr. Martin Luther King, who
e of racial disparities in much
s work, they would understand
many ways the struggle contin-
But popular culture suggests
when Black folks and White
s can both act extreme fools on
ty shows (I think I blanked out
about a minute of "Bad Girls
"); there is some measure of

decrease in body temperature -
nature is telling us that it wants us
to take a nap. By attempting to ward
off drowsiness with caffeine and
sugary snacks, biorhythm is dis-
rupted, extra calories are consumed
and a rollercoaster ride of energy
spikes and crashes begins. This
vicious cycle contributes to
unwanted extra pounds.
Alertness, Improved Mood and
A mid-afternoon nap can help
with depression, dullness and lack
of clarity all of which can hinder
physical and mental performance.
As seen in the Harvard Health
Letter, a New Zealand study found
that "air traffic controllers working
the night shift scored better on tests
of alertness and performance if they
took advantage of a planned nap
period of 40 minutes."
A nap can also:
Slow down or reverse the
process aging
Increase the sex drive
Accelerate the ability to perform

Tilory equality.
There has
been a rich
history and legacy of struggle and
protest that has been swallowed by
the notion of post-racialism in the
first decades of this century. It is
laudable that President Obama used
both a Bible of Dr. Martin Luther
King Jr. and that of President
Abraham Lincoln, connecting the
150-year-old dots. President
Obama's choice in using both
Bibles in this anniversary year is a
testament to his sensitivity and abil-
ity to juggle the tightrope he must
manage as both president of the
United States and the first African
American president of our nation.
Most folks 50 and older get it. What
about those who are both younger
than our nation's median age and
unschooled in the nuances of histo-
ry? Is our conversation about race

The Women of Color Cultural
Foundation, Inc. held its 12th annu-
al Heart of a Woman Red Luncheon
Affair on Saturday, February 2,

motor tasks
Enhance how the body uses
Minimize stress hormones
Alleviate migraines
Reduce brain chatter before
nighttime sleep
Napping Tips
Research has found that napping
regularly may reduce stress and
even decrease your risk of heart dis-
ease. To get the most out of a power
snooze, follow these quick tips:
1. Be consistent. Keep a regular
nap schedule. Prime napping time
falls in the middle of the day,
between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
2. Make it quick. Set your cell
phone alarm for 30 minutes or less
if you don't want to wake up grog-
3. Go dark. Nap in a dark room or
wear an eye mask. Blocking out
light helps you fall asleep faster.
4. Stay warm. Stash a blanket
nearby to put over you because
your body temperature drops while
you snooze.

in America stuck in some kind of
time warp, where we are unable to
speak cross generationally because
we have extremely different memo-
ries, recollections, and knowledge
about that which happened 50 years
We do our nation a disservice
when we duck and dodge our
racially tinged history. We have to
grace and embrace the past in order
to move forward with our future.
Somehow this is a message that
needs to be transmitted to young
people, especially in this 150th year
after emancipation, this 50th year
after the March on Washington, this
season of embracing and celebrat-
ing our history.
Julianne Malveaux is a
Washington, D.C.-based economist
and writer She is President
Emerita of Bennett College for
Women in Greensboro, N.C.

2013 at WJCT Public Broadcasting
Women came, dressed in beauti-
ful red attire, to the forum which
addressed cardiovascular disease in
women. This event is held the first
Saturday in February every year in
conjunction with the National Go
Red Day to raise the awareness of
the number one killer in America.
Denitza Mladenova, a Registered,
Licensed Dietitian from the
Emerald Tiger Nutrition Services
Center presented "Medicine for the

Heart: Sleep and the DASH Diet".
The keynote speaker, Dr. Saumil
Oza, a Cardiologist
Electrophysiologist from St.
Vincent's Healthcare presented
"Women and Heart Disease".
Universal Teen Scholarship
Contestants for 2013 gave the wel-
come (Mr. Zirad Kirby) and a stun-
ning rendition of Maya Angelou's
poem, "And Still I Rise" (Miss
Connecka Barrs, Miss Courtney
Lester, Miss Rhoda Romain, Miss
Shaneria Small).

Kohl's Care Scholarship Program

Will Award Young Volunteers
Kohl's Department Stores in now accepting nominations for outstanding
young volunteer for the 2013 Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program.
Nominees must be youth, ages six to 18 years old. Nominations will be
accepted February 1 through March 15 at, and nominators
must be 21 years or older.
Through the program, Kohl's will award more than 2,300 young volun-
teers more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward kids who
have made a positive impact on thier communities.
Prizes include everything from Kohl's gift cards to $10,000 in scholar-
ships for post secondary education. In addition, Kohl's will donate $ 1,000
to a nonprofit organization on each national winners's behalf.
Rethinking Segregation
continued from page 4
no coincidence that these two "psycho-racial strategies" have their roots in
the school desegregation efforts of the 1970s, and are at the top of the list
in reference to what's wrong with public school in this country. Yes, Black
public schools did lack some of the material resources of the White public
schools. However, on the other hand, White schools lacked then, and now,
some of the immaterial resources of the Black schools namely love, com-
mitment, fair play, and confidence that our children can learn. When it's all
said and done, the Black community must ask itself, "Was school desegre-
gation in the best interest of our children? Would it had been better if we
continued to teach them ourselves?"

FAMU Hires Anti

Hazing Administrator

Tallahassee, FL Florida A&M University (FAMU) has hired Bryan
F. Smith will serve as the new special assistant to the president for anti-
hazing. Recently, Smith, who is a FAMU graduate, was the executive
director/co-founder of Destined for Success Educational Service, Inc.
in Decatur, Ga.
"I know this position will require a high level of communication with
various entities around campus, with the local community and with
investigative agencies," Smith said. He received his juris doctorate
from John Marshall Law School, a master's degree in public manage-
ment from FAMU and a bachelor's degree in political science from
North Carolina A&T State University.
He is registered as a certified mediator for the State of Georgia. His
salary will be $90,000 and began work on Feb. 1, 2013.

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JACOBY JONES: Two TDs and a record 290 all-
purpose yards for Baltimore makes former Lane and
SIAC standout a black college Super (Bowl) hero.




NEW CIAA LOGO: In an historical moment
forthe Central IntercollegiateAthleticAssociation, Com-
missioner Jacqie Carpenter,
-A A O unveiled the redesign of the
____ i -i __ _I new conference mark, seal and
tagline, last week at the Char-
lotte Convention Center before a room filled with media,
key conference partners and member institutions.
The new logo is derived from the conference's previous
version; a mark that dates back to the 80's when the confer-
ence was in the midst of its tournament
relocation. In its new design, the logo
and seal remain consistent with its
tribute to the five founding institutions
(five stars), and the CIAA's dedication
to education and growth (wheat).
Representatives from CIAATournament title sponsors
Nationwide Insurance, Food Lion and Toyota shared details
of their planned tournament activities and involvement in
community initiatives. For more information on tournament
activities and an official schedule of events, visit www.

Two of the top black college football teams from this past
season will meet later this year in the 3rd annual Cleveland
According to the Classic's Facebook page (facebook.
com/ClevelandClassic), two-time defending CIAA cham-
pion Winston-Salem State, who made it all the way to
the NCAA Div. II championship game, is set to face 2012
SIAC champ Tuskegee in the game set for Sept. 21, 2013
at FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns in
downtown Cleveland. WSSU, under third-year head coach
Connell Maynor finished 14-1 last season, losing in the
Div. II title game to Valdosta State. WSSU finished as the
No. 1 team in the final BCSP rankings.
Tuskegee, under seventh-year head man Willie Slater,
finished 10-2, losing its final game to Elizabeth City State
in the Pioneer Bowl. The Golden Tigers were sixth in the
final BCSP rankings.

Bowie State @ Lincoln
J. C. Smith @ Fayetteville State
Virginia State @ Virginia Union
St. Augustine's @ Winston-Salem State
Shaw @ Livingstone
UMES @ Howard
Morgan State @ Coppin State
Florida A&M @ N. C. Central
Bethune-Cookman @ N. C.A&T
Delaware State @ Norfolk State
S. C. State @ Savannah State
Albany State @ Paine
LeMoyne-Owen @ Lane
Kentucky State @ Miles
Benedict @ Fort Valley State
Claflin @ Morehouse
Tuskegee @ Stillman
Prairie View @ Grambling
Alcom State @ Miss. Valley State
Texas Southern @ Jackson State
Southern @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Alabama A&M Alabama State
UDC @ St. Thomas Aquinas
Lincoln @ Central Oklahoma
Cheyney @ Bloomsburg
Fairmont State @ W. Va. State
Knoxville @ Central State
Tennessee State @ Murray State
Washington Adventist @ Virginia Union
Morgan State @ Howard

Bethune-Cookman @ N. C. Central
Delaware State @ Hampton
Florida A&M @ N. C. A&T
Concordia @ Lane
Clark Atlanta @ Miles
Texas Southern @ Grambling
Southern @ Miss. Valley State
Prairie View @ Jackson State
Alcorn State @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Alderson-Broaddus @ W. Va. State
Trevecca Nazarene @ Central State
Virginia State @ Chowan
Livingstone @ Fayetteville State
Bowie State @ Virginia Union
Lincoln @ Elizabeth City State
St. Augustine's @ J. C. Smith
Winston-Salem State @ Shaw
Bethune-Cookman @ Howard
Fisk @ Lane
LIU Post @ UDC
Millersville @ Cheyney
Morehouse @ Benedict
Albany State @ Claflin
Clark Atlanta @ Paine
Central State @ Kentucky State
Belmont @ Tennessee State




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Doug Williams, QB, Washington Redskins Grambling

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Lincoln 3 2 5 6 12 8
Virginia State 3 2 5 6 10 10
Virginia Union 3 2 4 7 6 12
Bowie State 2 3 5 6 9 11
Chowan 0 5 0 11 5 14
St. Augustine's 5 0 8 3 15 6
W-Salem State 3 2 9 2 16 4
Livingstone 3 2 7 4 15 5
J.C. Smith 3 2 7 4 14 7
Shaw 1 4 7 4 13 8
Fayetteville State 0 5 3 8 8 12


Norfolk State
North Carolina Central
Savannah State
Delaware State
NC A&T State
Morgan State
Florida A&M
Coppin State
Md. E. Shore
SC State

Tyquan Stroman, 6-6, Sr., G, SAC- Averaged 21 Ricky Johnson, 5-9, So., G, B-CU Averaged 18
pointsand9.5reboundsinwinsoverLivingstone(23 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.5 steals in 2-0
pts., 9 rebs.) and FSU (19 pts., 10 rebs). week. Hit game-winning FTvs. UMES and game.
NEWCOMER winning jumper vs. FAMU.
Emillo Parks, 6-6, So., F, JCSU Averaged 18 ROOKIE
pointsin 2gameswith 2vs.WSSU and 16 with 8 Deron Powers, 5-11, Fr., G, HAMPTON Aver-
rebounds vs. Shaw. Shot 9 of 10 vs. WSSU. aged 11 points, 2 rebounds in wins over SCSU
Domlnlque Byrd, 6-6, Fr,, F, ECSU Was 6 of DEFENSE
6 from the floor vs. VUU. Averaged 12.5 points Austin Witter, 6-8, Sr., F, NC A&T Had 15
in two games. boards, 9 blocks in two conference games with 18
COACH points and 5 assists.
John Hill, Lincoln After 2-0 week, Lions are
second in CIAA North, 8-3 on the road.


Albany State
Fort Valley State
Clark Atlanta
Kentucky State

11 0
10 2
6 6
5 7
4 8
4 8
2 8

9 3
9 3
7 5
4 8
3 8
2 10

Marcus Goode, 6-10, Sr., C, BENEDICT Had
season-high 26 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks
in win over Paine.
D'uanaway Barnes, 6-1, Fr., G, STILLMAN
- Averaged 11.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 43
steals in 2-1 week.


Ark. Pine Bluff
Texas Southern
Alcorn State
Alabama State
Prairie View A&M
Alabama A&M
Jackson State
Miss. Valley St.
Grambling State

16 7
10 13
9 14
9 17
7 17
9 14
8 14
5 15
3 18
0 20

Lazabian Jackson, 6-3, Sr., G, UAPB Averaged
20 points, 5 rebounds in wins over Alabama State
and Alabama A&M. Had 20 points, 5 rebounds in
each game. Had 3 assists and 3 steals vs. ASU,
5 steals vs. A&M,
Malcolm Miller, 6-5, Fr., G, SOUTHERN-Scored 21
points on 7 of 9 shooting with team-high 11 rebounds
in win overJackson Slateand tallied 17 points on 7 of
14 shooting with 9 rebounds in win over Grambling.
Averaged double-double of 19 points, 10 rebounds
while hitting 14 of 23 shots, 6 of 12 from behind the
arc in the two games.


Central State
Tennessee State
W. Va. State
Lincoln (Mo.)
Univ. of DC

12 6
13 10
9 11
8 13
3 18
2 17

Anton Hutchins, 6-4, Jr., G, WV STATE Had 13
points in win over Bluefield State tallied team-high
24 points in loss to third-ranked West Liberty.
Brandon Norfleet, 6-4, Fr., G, CHEYNEY- Scored
32 points in two games, getting 17 points, 3 re-
boundsand assistsvs. Shppensburg and 15points,
3 assists and a steal vs. West Chester.

Jones has memorable Super Bowl

The Catch

First Dance

A former black college standout was a difference
maker and made a strong case for the Most Valuable
Player award in Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII in New
Orleans. And he had a fun time doing it.
Former Lane and SIAC star Jacoby Jones of the
Baltimore Ravens scored on two long, game-chang-
ing touchdowns and left the game
with several records in hand in the
Ravens' 34-31 win over the San
Francisco 49ers. He also imitated
teammate Ray Lewis's squirrel
dance after each score.
Jones, a 6-2, 220-pound
wide receiver and kick returned in

JONES his sixth season out of Lane, first
caught an exciting 56-yard second-
quarter touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco
to put the Ravens up 21-3 with 1:45 left in the half. On
the play, Jones used a double move to get behind 49ers
cornerback Chris Culliver in the middle of the field to
haul in the pass while falling at the San Francisco 11.
When Culliver did not touch him down, Jones got up,
juked Culliver and beat three defender to the left side
of the end zone for the score.
Then, on the opening kickoff of the second half,
Jones caught the ball eight yards deep in the end zone
and literally ran straight up the field, maybe being
touched once, returning the kick 108 yards to give the

Kickoff Return Running away from Niners

Ravens a 28-6 lead. Jones covered the 108 yards in 11
The Ravens had to beat back a late 49ers charge
to come away with the 34-31 victory.
For the game, Jones, who was a third-round pick of
the Houston Texans in the 2007 draft and spent his first
five years with the Texans, set or tied some important
He tied an NFL league record and set a Super Bowl
record for longest kickoff return in a Super Bowl with
the 108-yard touchdown. He also set the record for most
combined yards in a Super Bowl game with 290, and
tied the record for most touchdown plays of 50 yards or
more, with two. He finished with one reception for 56
yards, five kickoff returns for 205 yards and two punt
returns for 29 yards. In his career, Jones now has four
punt returns, three kickoff returns and 12 receptions
for touchdowns.
The MVP award in the Super Bowl went to Flacco,
who completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three
TDs without an interception.
In a side note, a Baltimore-area furniture store is
giving away $600,000 in free furniture because ofJones's
second half kickoff return. In a pre-game promotion,
Gardiner's Furniture said that anything sold in the store
between Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 would be free if a Ravens
player returned the opening or second-half kickoff for
a touchdown.

Dancin' again

Hoops Rundown

The Norfolk State and North Car-
olina Central men stayed undefeated in
conference play and on a collision course,
but it won't be in the regular season.
The NSU Spartans (9-0, 14-10)
and the NCCU Eagles (8-0, 15-7) do not
meet in the 2012-13 regular season but
do appear headed to the top of opposite
brackets in the March 11-16 MEAC
Tournament in Norfolk, Va.
Anthony Evans' Spartans, the
defending MEAC champs, got wins
over Morgan State (64-59) and Cop-
pin State (80-70) this week to improve
to 9-0. LeVelle Moton's Eagles got
wins over Delaware State (54-43) and
Maryland-Eastern Shore (82-54) and
are at 8-0.
NCCU hosts Florida A&M Sat-
urday and Bethune-Cookman Monday
while Norfollk State hosts Delaware
State Saturday and UMES Monday.
Hampton (9-0) got wins over Cop-
pin State (68-59) and Morgan State
(81-60) to remain undefeated in women's

play. The Lady Pirates are two games
up on North Carolina A&T (6-2) and
Delaware State (5-2). A&T defeated
DelState 75-53 Monday.
Hampton hosts DelState Monday.
A&Thosts Bethune-Cookman Saturday
and FAMU Monday.

Here's how the CIAA races look
with two weeks left in the regular sea-
Saint Augustine's (5-0) is atop the
men's South Division after wins over
Livingstone (85-76) and Fayetteville
State (65-55). The Falcons have key
road dates against two of the three second
place teams in the division at Win-
ston-Salem State (3-2) Saturday and
at Johnson C. Smith (3-2) Wednesday.
WSSU is at Shaw Wednesday.
At 4-1 in the division, Elizabeth
City State leads the North by a game over
3-2 Lincoln, Virginia State and Vir-
ginia Union. VSU is at VUU Saturday.
ECSU travels to Lincoln Wednesday.


The Lady Vikings of ECSU pushed
their win streak to eight games and
remained undefeated (5-0) in the North
with wins overBowie State and Virginia
Union. ECSU leads Va. Union (3-2) by
two games.
Fayetteville State squeaked by na-
tionally-ranked Shaw 66-64 Wednesday
to move into a tie with the Lady Bears at
4-1 atop the South. FSU hostLivingstone
and Shaw hosts WSSU Wednesday.

Morehouse (11-0) got wins over
Fort Valley State (66-62) and Albany
State (75-70) to run its win streak to 12
and its lead in the East Division to two
games over Benedict (10-2). Morehouse
will travel to Benedict on Thursday
LeMoyne-Owen felled Tuskegee
Saturday (90-80) knocking the Golden
Tigers back into a tie with Stillman at 9-3
in the West. Stillman beat LOC Thursday


The Tuskegee women moved to
11-0 in the West and lead Stillman (7-
4) by four games. Benedict (9-2) has a
one-game lead over Clark Atlanta in the
women's East. Tuskegee is at Stillman
Saturday in big games for both the men
and women.

Southern (10-1) leads Arkansas-
Pine Bluff (9-2) and Texas Southern
(8-2) in the SWAC men's race. Southern
is at UAPB Saturday.
The Lady Jags of Southern (10-1)
are in a virtual tie with Texas Southern
(9-1) atop the women's race. TSU has
won nine straight since losing to South-
ern on Jan. 2. Southern has run off eight
straight wins since losing at Grambling
on Jan. 6. Miss. Valley State (7-4) is
another three games back.
Southern is atMVSU Monday while
TSU plays at improving Grambling.

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Eliz. City State
Virginia Union
Virginia State
Bowie State
Fayetteville State
St. Augustine's
J. C. Smith
W-Salem State

5 0 10 1 18 3
3 2 6 5 9 11
2 3 4 7 4 15
2 3 3 8 10 11
2 3 3 8 6 12
1 4 3 8 7 14
4 1 10 1 18 3
4 1 9 2 18 3
3 2 6 5 10 10
2 3 4 7 7 13
1 4 3 8 7 13
1 4 3 8 7 13

Kristen Hanzer, 5-10, Sr., G, FSU -Averaged 21
points and 9.5 rebounds in wins over Shaw (19 pts.,
10 rebs.) and St. Aug's (12 pts., 9 rebs.). Was 15
of 17 from the line
Shuanta Ashford, 6-1, Sr., F/C, FSU Averaged
16 points, 9.5 rebounds in wins over Shaw and St.
Aug's (24 pts., 12 rebs.).
Regime McCombs, 5-6, Fr., G, SAC- Averaged 16
points in 2 games. Scored 29 vs. Livingstone
Eva Patterson-Heath, FSU- Had 2-Oweekwithwins
over 9th-ranked Shaw and St. Aug's.


NC A&T State
Delaware State
Florida A&M
SC State
Coppin State
Morgan State
Md. E. Shore
Savannah State
Norfolk State
North Carolina Central

Kelara Avant, 5-11, Sr., F, HAMPTON Averaged
23.5 points and 9.5 rebounds inwinsvs. Howard (15
pts., 6 rebs., 6 steals) and Morgan State (32pts., 13
rebs.). Shot 71.3% (20 of 28) for the week.
and 10 rebounds in two games. Had 13 points, 11
boards vs. DelSlate.
Shanyce Stewart, 5-11, Jr., F, UMES Had 23
rebounds, 9 steals and 1 block in two games,
Had career-highs of six steals and 17 boards
vs. NC A&T


Clark Atlanta
Fort Valley State
Albany State
Kentucky State

9 2
7 3
7 4
6 5
6 5
2 9

11 0
6 4
6 5
2 8
2 9
0 10

Angel Mitchell, 5-6, So., G, STILLMAN -Averaged
16.7points, 6.7rebounds and4.3steastin2-1 week.
Had game-high 26 points in win over Miles.
London Richardson, 5-9, Jr., F, BENEDICT- Had
team-high 16 points in win over Paine.
Morgan Henry, 6-2, So., F, STILLMAN Averaged
11 points, 5.7 boards in three games

Southern 10 1 11 11
Texas Southern 9 1 12 9
Miss. Valley St. 7 4 10 12
AlabamaA&M 6 5 7 14
Prairie View A&M 5 5 8 12
Jackson State 5 6 8 12
Alabama State 5 6 7 15
Ark. Pine Bluff 3 8 7 14
Grambling State 3 8 5 18
Alcomrn State 1 10 1 19
Lechell Rush, 6-1, Sr., F, SOUTHERN- Had double-
doubles in wins over JSU and Grambling totalling 10
points and 10 boards vs. JSU, 11 points, 11 boards,
a steal and 2 blocks vs GSU.
Clerra Ceazer, 5-10, So., G, GSU- Scored team-high
21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in win over
Alcorn State shooting 8 of 12 from the floor, 2 of 3
from behind the arc and 3 of 4 at the line.
Joanna Miller, 5-8, Jr., G, GSU Had game-high
32 points and 11 rebounds in close (83-81) double
overtime loss to Southern. Had 17 points and 5
boards in win over Alcorn State.


Central State 12 6
Lincoln (Mo.) 9 10
W. Va. State 8 11
Tennessee State 8 12
Univ.of DC 8 13
Cheyney 1 17

Jasmine Blanton, 5-8, Sr., G, WV STATE Led
WVSU with 22 points in win over Bluefeld State.
Scored team-high 27 in win over West Liberty
Added Ihree assists and 5 rebounds vs. WLU.

AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XIX, No. 27



Alabama Considers Exonerating The Scottsboro Boys

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by Phillip Rawls, HP
1931, Alabama wanted to execute
the black Scottsboro Boys because
two white women claimed they
were gang-raped. Now, state offi-
cials are trying to exonerate them in
a famous case from the segregated
South that some consider the begin-
ning of the modem civil rights
Two Democratic and two
Republican legislators unveiled

proposals Monday for the legisla-
tive session starting Tuesday. A res-
olution labels the Scottsboro Boys
as "victims of a series of gross
injustice" and declares them exon-
erated. A companion bill gives the
state parole board the power to
issue posthumous pardons.
Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of
Decatur said Alabama can't change
history, "but that does not that mean
we should not take steps today to
address things that we can here in

the 21st century that might not have
been as they should have been."
Gov. Robert Bentley's press sec-
retary, Jennifer Ardis, said he sup-
ports the effort to pardon the
Scottsboro Boys and believes "it's
time to right this wrong."
Sheila Washington, founder of
the Scottsboro Boys Museum and
Cultural Center in Scottsboro, start-
ed organizing the effort after the
museum opened in 2010.
The museum chronicles how race

and sex intersected in the segregat-
ed South on March 25, 1931, when
a sheriffs posse stopped a train at
Paint Rock. Nine black youths, ages
12 to 19, were hoboing on the train
and thought they were being arrest-
ed for fighting with whites on the
train. Instead, they were accused of
gang-raping two white women who
were also riding the freight train.
The nine, from Georgia and
Tennessee, went on trial in
Scottsboro and were convicted by
an all-white jury. All but the
youngest received a death sentence
but later won new trials. One of the
women recanted her story. Five of
the Scottsboro Boys eventually had
the rape charges dropped, while
four were convicted during their
In 1976, the only known living
Scottsboro Boy, Clarence Norris,
obtained a pardon from then-Gov.
George C. Wallace and the state
parole board. At the time, there was
talk of trying to do something for
Andy and Roy Wright, Haywood
Patterson, Olen Montgomery,

Charlie Weems, Ozie Powell,
William Roberson and Eugene
Williams. But nothing happened,
and then little was said after Norris
died in 1989.
Washington called the new leg-
islative effort "a triumph for me."
"It's long overdue. It's almost 83
years old, but the case will never
die as long as there is a courtroom
to present justice in," she said.
The Scottsboro Boys' appeals
resulted in two significant U.S.
Supreme Court decisions saying
that criminal defendants are entitled
to effective counsel and that blacks
can't be systematically excluded
from criminal juries.
The leader of a group that looks
out for the rights of minorities said
providing pardons is important, but
Alabama shouldn't stop there.
"It's equally important that we
ask ourselves today: Are criminal
defendants always provided with
effective assistance of counsel?
Today, are our juries chosen free of
racial discrimination? Until we
answer yes to both of those ques-

tions, the shadow of the Scottsboro
Boys will continue to linger and
continue to remind us of the impor-
tance of doing justice not just in
past times, but in our time," said
Richard Cohen, president of the
Southern Poverty Law Center in
University of Alabama history
professor Tom Reidy, who has writ-
ten about the Scottsboro Boys, said
they should be considered "the
beginning of the modem civil rights
State Tourism Director Lee
Sentell said civil rights tourism has
become an important part of the
state's travel business, and the
Scottsboro Boys museum is among
the attractions promoted by the
state. "A positive action like this
improves Alabama's image and
shows how far our state has come,"
he said.
Joining Orr in sponsoring the leg-
islation are Democratic Reps. John
Robinson of Scottsboro and Laura
Hall of Huntsville and Republican
Sen. Shad McGill of Woodville.

Ten Best Lies of Black History

Special from the Final Call
1. Whites were the first people on earth.
2. Blacks in slavery were only cotton
pickers and maids.
3. Lincoln freed the slaves.
4. Blacks ate each other in Africa.
5. Blacks were cursed black by God.
6. The United States government has
helped Blacks succeed.
7. Jews built the pyramids.
8. Blacks sold other Blacks into slavery.
9. There was no slavery in the North.
10. Columbus discovered America.
Lie #1 Whites were
the first people on earth.
As long as Mendel's Law is in effect
Whites can never be the first humans. This
is the law of biology that asserts that White
skin is recessive and Black skin is domi-
nant, which means that two Whites cannot
produce anything darker than themselves.
This is why ALL those seeking the origin of
human begs start- and end in-Africa.
Recent genetic tests by researchers at the
University of Chicago have proven that a
major genetic alteration occurred exactly
6,600 years-exactly when Elijah
Muhammad taught of the birth of the White
The scientists say that "the selected
genes, which affect skin color, hair texture
and bone structure," were drastically affect-
ed at that very moment in time. Neanderthal
DNA is far more often found in Europeans
and Asians than in Africans. If
Neanderthals predated ALL humans, their
DNA would be MOST prevalent in
Africans. But not only were they first
chronologically, Blacks were also the first
builders of Civilization. The black-skinned
Egyptians had reached a high state of civi-
lization long before the Neanderthal-
whose offspring yet wonders how and why
the pyramids were built-emerged from
cave life. The White-skinned nomadic
Tamahu were a strange people to the Black
Egyptians. They had no apparent skill
except trouble-making. Little did the
Egyptians know what their contact with the
Tamahu would lead to.
Lie #2 Blacks in slavery were
only cotton pickers and maids
Blacks were desired so badly by White
Europeans that they were willing to build
thousands of ships over hundreds of years
to sail thousands of miles over treacherous
ocean to start wars with those Black people
to capture them, bring them back thousands
of miles to enslave them forever, to serve
Whites forever. Blacks had built civiliza-
tions on the African continent that Whites
hoped to build in America. A close reading
of the newspaper advertisements placed by
American slave dealers and slave traders
shows that Blacks were skilled artisans and
craftsmen at the highest level. It is easy to
find ads by White people selling engineers,
carpenters, mechanics, brick masons, nurs-
es, blacksmiths, seamstresses, and bakers.
Blacks so dominated the building trades
that after the so-called emancipation of
1863, it was said that if a White man were
seen doing ANY of this kind of work, it
would draw a crowd of gawking onlookers.
Black slaves were on loan to build the
"President's House" and the Capitol; Black
slaves built the mansions that grace
Southern plantations. Black slave laborers
built America's infrastructure, including its
buildings, roads, bridges, and railways.
Blacks built America-just as they built the
pyramids in Egypt-and then gave civiliza-
tion to the new man on earth, the European.
Lie #3 Lincoln freed the slaves.
Steven Spielberg may believe it but it just
ain't true. A careful reading of Lincoln's

1863 Emancipation Proclamation proves
that it freed NOT A SINGLE SLAVE! In
the surprisingly short document only the
slaves of "rebellious" states are ordered to
be freed; those states who were loyal to
America got to keep their Africans-as
slaves! Thanks, Lincoln. The
"Emancipation Proclamation" lists a whole
slew of places to be "left precisely as if this
proclamation were not issued." At that time
in history, Lincoln actually had no authori-
ty over the states where he "freed" the
slaves. They were part of another country-
the Confederate States of America-with
an altogether different president, Jefferson
Davis. Lincoln himself was never hesitant
to express his hatred of Black people, like
when he said: "As the negro is to the White
man so is the crocodile to the negro and as
the negro may rightfully treat the crocodile
as a beast or a reptile so may the White man
treat the negro as a beast or a reptile." It is
White historians and Hollywood mi-thmak-
ers who so desperately needed to find an
American Jesus to die for America's racial
sins. It is they who have made Lincoln into
something he never was or wanted to be-
a martyr on behalf of Black people.
Lie #4 Blacks ate
each other in Africa
In The General History of Virginia,
Captain John Smith wrote that when famine
struck his new colony in Virginia in 1623
that the English settlers dug up "a savage
we slew and buried ... and ate him."
Another, wrote Captain Smith, was
"boiled and stewed with herbs." And anoth-
er White Virginian "did kill his wife, pow-
dered her and had eaten part of her." And
"many fed on corpses." These White
Europeans-the early pioneers of
America-were feeding on Indians and
each other! Themes of cannibalism have
made it into European fairy tales Hansel
and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and
Snow White. Accusations of cannibalism
were often used by Whites as justifications
for the subjugation or destruction of "sav-
ages" whose land or labor they wanted to
steal. Evidence of cannibalism is found in
all places on earth but the place where it is
most rare-Africa.
Lie #5 Blacks were
cursed black by God
The so-called Curse of Ham (or Hamitic
Myth) was derived from the Biblical story
of Noah (Genesis 9:21-27), and it formed
the core of the racial belief system among
Jews in the centuries before the time of
Jesus. Even though the characters in
Genesis carry no racial identity, Talmudic
rabbis made up a new version of the Noah
episode, in which God curses the offspring
of Noah's son Ham to be black-skinned.
These Jews further say that Ham (the
cursed one) is the father of the Black Race!
The reason that the Jews created this
extremely racist myth is an economic one.
Jewish traders of the Middle Ages dominat-
ed the early slave trade, and at first did not
distinguish their victims on the basis of
race. Over time, the skill, intelligence, and
strength ofAfricans were seen as more mar-
ketable than the abilities of all others, and a
premium was placed on their sale. We see
this today in sports. When seeking their
new stars, college basketball, football,
baseball, and track recruiters scour the
Black inner cities, not the White suburbs.
The ancient rabbis, enjoying the financial
benefits of the slave trade, distorted the
original story of Noah in order to justify the
new racial focus on the "God-cursed"
African-thus sanctifying the African-cen-
tered slave trade.

Spread far and wide as divine prophecy
by the Jewish slave merchants and their
beneficiaries in the clergy, slavery would
ultimately be universally believed to be the
lot of the Black African. Through the mil-
lennium, the so-called Curse of Ham was
easily adopted by all the major religions
and has been used liberally whenever cir-
cumstances required the aggressive asser-
tion of White Supremacy.
Lie #6 The U.S. government
has helped Blacks succeed
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) took hundreds of known actions
against Black advancement organizations
during the civil rights era-including the
use of agent provocateurs, saboteurs, wire-
tapping and the planting of false rumors and
disinformation. The FBI is also a prime sus-
pect in the murders of key Black leaders
and activists. But this subversive govern-
ment activity is part of a LONG HISTORY
of U.S government oppression of "non-
whites" that includes the sanctioning of the
slave trade and the destruction of the Indian
And though it allowed the building of a
giant monument in the Nation's Capitol to
the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 2011, the
government treated him far differently
when he was alive. The long-time leader of
the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, directed that a
letter be sent to the civil rights leader, pres-
suring him to commit suicide! The 1968
U.S. government letter was addressed to
"You know you are ... a colossal fraud
and an evil, vicious one at that. You could
not believe in God ... King, like all frauds
your end is approaching .... King, there is
only one thing left for you to do. You know
what it is You better take it before your
filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to
the nation."
Hoover, the top law enforcement official
in America, was not deranged. Dr. King,
with his Poor People's Campaign and sup-
port for the Memphis Sanitation Workers
Strike, was signaling his interest in pursu-
ing an economic agenda for his people.
Indeed, any Black organization or move-
ment that adopts an economic focus and
encourages Black participation in manufac-
turing, trade, and commerce is automatical-
ly seen as a threat to the established eco-
nomic order. His murder soon followed.
Lie #7 Jews built the pyramids.
There are hundreds of pyramids on the
earth, but the Great Pyramids of Egypt are
considered the first of the Seven Wonders
of the World. The White-skinned Jews that
now inhabit Palestine have erroneously
claimed that according to the Bible their
ancestors were slaves in Egypt under
Pharaoh and that they built the pyramids.
But several Jewish scholars like Prof.
Shlomo Sand, Arthur Koestler, and others
have already dealt a fatal blow to the claim
that the Caucasian Jews have ANY connec-
tion whatsoever to those Hebrews of the
King James Bible. These scholars have
proven that the White Israelis are descen-
dants of a tribe of Europeans called the
Khazars, a 6th-century people who convert-
ed to Judaism long, long after the pyramids
were built, and long after the Bible was
written. And, according to Biblical schol-
ars, the pyramids were built at least 1,000
years before there is even any mention of
any Hebrews.
Shlomo Sand, a professor at Tel Aviv
University in Israel, wrote a revealing book
in 2008 titled The Invention of the Jewish
People, wherein he states: "The ancient
Egyptians kept meticulous records of every
event, and there is a great deal of documen-

nation about the kingdom's political and
military, life .. Yet there is not a single
mention of any 'Children of Israel' who
lied in Egypt. or rebelled against it, or
emigrated from it at any time."
Lie #8 Blacks sold other
Blacks into slavery.
One of the most unseemly manifestations
of Black self-hatred is the often 'iolendly
held belief that 500 years ago Africans sold

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other Africans into centuries of slavery. It is
erroneously believed that alter thousands of
years of African life. Blacks all of a sudden
collapsed into internecine strife and started
killing each other, selling their fellow kins-
men to foreigners for profit.
The fact is that Portuguese "explorers"
mastered a pattern of European conquest
that is 6,000 Nears old. They deliberately
created mixed-race subgroups with the
intention of using them to capture and
enslave the native African populations.
Armriving on the Cape Verde islands in the
late 1400s, Je\'ishl slave merchants kid-
napped and raped African women, and the
mixed-race offspring, called lanados, were
raised on the islands as European Jews.
practicing Judaism and respecting Jewish
authority. These lanqados were sent into the
African mainland to set up an international
"trading post" to at first market the fine fab-
rics being produced by the Africans. But
soon the\ turned on their hosts and began
trading tn Black human beings. The lanqa-
dos 'weie strictly trained in the Jewish fam-
il\ business of slave-dealihug. It w\as these
half-breed. mixed-race (or mulatto) "half-
ncans" w ho infiltrated the Black African
communities. seeking to satisfy the
Ewuopean lust tfo Black labor.
Histonan Walter Rodney described these
"AFRICAN" slave traders thus. "Many of
the pri ate traders were mulattoes, already
linked to the Africans by blood, and there
were those ho had become so integrated
into African life that they wore tribal tat-
too_. It w'as these who were the authentic
lanados. literally 'those \who had thrown
themselves' among the Africans."
Lie #9 There was no
slavery in the NORTH
The idea that the Northern states were
against sla\ery is a complete falsehood.
The new spapers are filled with ads buying
and selling African people. The only reason
that sla ery was more \widespread in the
South was not because Northern Whites
lo\ed Black people, but because the
warmer climate and flatter terrain in the
South allowed for more varieties of pro-
duce to be gio\,n in a much larger area.
Simply put. the farther South one goes, the
higher the concentration of Black slaves.
The earls Miassachusetts legislattue was

the first to officially welcome the African
slave trade; in fact, many "proper
Bostonians" built their fortunes upon that
despicable enterprise. Massachusetts
became America's leading slave-ship
builder and sent one expedition after anoth-
er into Africa to rape, pillage, and plunder
her Black humanity. Gangs of chained'
Africans were landed on the docks of
Boston and Salem by white Massachusetts

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merchants and auctioned alongside hogs.
lumber, and casks of cheese, destined for a
life of hopeless bondage.
Slaveholders in the North were exceed-
ingly brutal and in New York "inappropri-
ate and disruptive kindness" was actually
against the law. Any master "'forgiving,
making up, or compromising" with slaves
was severely fined m New York. Wall Street
(which has now enslaved ALL of America)
was notorious in the 1600s for its African
and Indian slave auctions.
Lie #10 Columbus
discovered America.
Before Christopher Columbus was com-
missioned to sail the ocean blue, he was
sailing the ocean BLACK. That is, he was
sailing the coast of Africa in the slave trade.
One person who talked to Columbus said
that he sounded like "a practiced slave deal-
er." It is in Africa where he probably
learned about the "New World" and how
the ocean currents might get him there.
Africans had long traded amicably with the
Indigenous peoples of America. Columbus
himself found evidence during his voyages
that he was not the first to "discover" any-
Columbus was told by the peoples of
Espanola (Haiti) of Black men who had
appeared on the island before him and they
showed him the lances that they had left
there. The tips of the lances were of a
metal-an alloy of gold-that was preva-
lent in African Guinea. Columbus visited
Trinidad, where the sailors noticed the col-
orful symmetrically patterned cotton hand-
kerchiefs of the indigenous Indian cultures,
which the Native peoples called almayzar.
They were all much the same in color, style,
and use as the headscarves and waistbands
used in Guinea.
The 17 Olmec colossal heads of Mexico
are massive sculptures crafted from large
basalt boulders. The heads date from at
least before 900 BC and are a distinctive
feature of the Olmec civilization. All por-
tray men with wide African noses and full
African lips in apparent honor of those trav-
elers that had visited them. In actuality,
Columbus is a latecomer to the "discovery"
game. His voyages were only notable for
the total destruction be unleashed upon the
Indigenous peoples of Africa and America.

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P-. II "'/hat to do from social, v'oliunt'ei;, political andsporIts activities to selj enrichment (and the ci(ic Scene

The Jacksonville Zoo
During the 2013 Black History
Month, the Jacksonville Zoo is
offering special admission prices.
Buy one adult admission and get
one adult free or buy one child
admission and get one child free
with a coupon. For details visit

Governor Rick Scott's
Black History Month
Art & Essay Contests
Art Contest and Essay Contest
for Grades K-12. Applications are
now available online for Governor
Rick Scott's Black History Month
Art Contest. Two winners will be
selected and will be notified by
February 14, 2013. For more infor-
mation on contest rules and forms
or contact the Governor's Office at
(850) 410-0501.

Driving Ms. Daisy
at the Alhambra
The Alhambra Theater will present
the classic "Driving Miss Daisy"
starring actress Michael Learned.
The story details the 25 year rela-
tionship of Daisy Werthan, a well to
do Jewish widow and her Black
driver Hoke Coleburn in the 1950s.
February 6th March 17th at the
Alhambra Theater, 12000, Beach
Blvd. For more info call 641-1212.


Learning to CoWork
Join Co-work Jax in celebrating
their 1st year anniversary,
Thursday, February 7th, 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. CoWork Jax will be shar-
ing insights on coworking and its
impact around the world. The event
will be held at 5 West Forsyth
Street. For more information email

Ritz Spoken Word
Hear universal spoken word at the
Ritz Theater, Thursday, February
7th at 7 p.m. The event is free and
open to the public. For more info
visit or
call 632-5555.

Mardi Gras Party
On Thursday, February 7th, the
6th annual Community
Connections Mardi Gras Party will
take place. Enjoy New Orleans
style food, beverages and live
music. For more information call
350-9949 or email info@communi-

Best Selling Author
Carl Weber in Jax
Meet author Carl Weber,
Thursday, February 7th at Books-
a-million, 9400 Atlantic Blvd. Carl
is the author of the New York Times
bestseller The Man in 3B. The book
signing begins at 7 p.m. For more
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Retired Educators
Honor Local Icons
The Duval County Retired
Educators Association Cultural
Affairs Committee will present a
multi-cultural program, entitled "A
Walk through History," Thursday,
February 7th, dedicated to the
icons of Jacksonville. The event
will be held, at 10:30 a.m., at Mary
Singleton Community Center, 150
East First Street. For more informa-
tion call Francina King at 696-2473
or email

FENCES presented
at Stage Aurora
In celebration of Black History
month, Stage Aurora presents the
Pulitzer Prize winning play
FENCES by August Wilson,
February 8th -10th. FENCES is
the story of Troy Maxson, a former
Negro Leagues star who now
works as a garbage man in 1957
Pittsburgh. For ticket information
and show-times contact the Stage
Aurora Box Office at 765-7372 or

Katt Williams is back!
The comedy concert you don't
want to miss is coming, Friday,
February 8th. See comedian Katt
Williams at the Jacksonville
Veterans Memorial Arena. For more
information call the arena at 630-
3900 or visit

Cocktails for a Cause
Join the office of Public Defender
Matt Shirk and friends as they host
a 'Cocktails for a Cause' at The
University Club, Friday, February
8th. The goal is to help raise funds
for the Vision for Excellence sum-
mer youth program. Enjoy happy
hour, door prizes and a silent auc-
tion. For more details contact Katie
Schoettler at or
call 255-4672. The event is from 5
p.m. -7 p.m. at 1301 Riverplace
Blvd, 27th Floor.

Join in the Big Read
Check out A Lesson Before Dying,
at Theatre Jacksonville for a staged
reading and discussion of Ernest J.
Gaines' classic novel. The staged
reading will be held February 8th
at 8 p.m. and February 9th at 2
p.m. Following the staged reading
join JAX2025 Steering Committee
Member, Al Letson, as he leads a
community discussion. For more
details call the theater at 396-4425.
Theater Jacksonville is located at
2032 San Marco.

Traces of Blue Sing
ACapella at the Ritz
Traces of Blue, formerly known
as Afro Blue Vocal Band, an acap-
pella group of 10 singers will per-
form at the Ritz Theatre, Saturday,
February 9th. The group was a
contender on the show "the Sing-
Off." Their musical style, is jazz,


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MLK Children's
Chorus Concert
The Jacksonville Children's
Chorus presents the fourth annual
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" concert,
Saturday, February 9th, at 3 p.m.
at the Jacoby Hall in the Times-
Union Center for the Performing
Arts, 300 Water St. For more infor-
mation visit www.jaxchildrenscho- or call 353-1636.

Mardi Gras
A New Orleans style Mardi Gras
Masquerade Party will be held
Saturday, February 9th, 6 p.m.-10
p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police
building, 5530 Beach Blvd. Enjoy
give-a-ways, door prizes and elabo-
rate costumes. For ticket informa-
tion contact Danette McQueen at

P.R.I.D.E Book
Club Meeting
The P.R.I.D.E. February Book
Club meeting, will be held
Saturday, February 9th at 3 p.m. at
the Jacksonville Public Library, 303
N. Laura Street. Come discuss the
book "The Super Freak Way: Focus
to Win" by Almon Gunter. For more
information call 389-8417.

Fort Mose Annual
Flight to Freedom
The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection's Fort
Mose Historic State Park will cele-
brate the first legally sanctioned,
free African settlement, Sunday,
February 9th, from 10 a.m. to 3
p.m. Demonstrations will include
ee-enactors in period clothing, mili-
tary drills, cooking and an exhibit
on Native Indians.; There will also
be performances and food vendors.
For event details, call 823-2232.

A Holy Ghost Party
Comedian Funnybone will pres-
ent a Christian Comedy and Rap
explosion, Saturday, February 9th
at 6 p.m. at the Times Union
Center,. featuring comedians Chip,

Ms. Jen and headliner Albert Harris
Jr., aka Funnybone. For tickets and
more info call (407) 914-6519 or

Mardi Gras Buzz
The 3rd Annual
Mardi Gras Jax event will be parad-
ing through the streets of
Jacksonville Beach Saturday,
February 9th. Celebrate New
Orleans' style with drink specials,
costumes and beads galore! Venues
open at 4 p.m. For more informa-
tion or tickets, visit www.mardi- or call 394-7196.

Retro Show
Antiques, treasures, and things
you thought you had lost forever
are all on display at the Retrorama
Vintage Pop Culture Collectibles
Show. Enjoy dealers of fine col-
lectibles, toys, comic books, TV &
movie memorabilia, and much
more, Sunday, February 10th, 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ramada Inn
Conference Center, 3130 Hartley
Rd. For more details call 880-4281
or email or

Through Song & Story
On Monday, February 11th at
12:30 p.m. the Sparky and Rhonda
Rucker's program, Heroes and Hard
Times: American History Through
Song and Story takes audiences on
a journey that spans over three cen-
turies of African American history,
from slavery to Civil Rights. For
more information, call 997-2795.
Event location: FSCJ, Deerwood
Center, Center Court, 9911 Old
Baymeadows Road.

African Children's
Choir on Tour
The Watoto Children's Choirs
traveling from Africa on a five-
month eastern U.S. tour will visit
Jacksonville February 13th, 14th
and 15th. The performance is enti-
tled, "Beautiful Africa: A New
Generation." All performances are
free and open to the public. Their
Jacksonville performances include
SweetWater Community Club,
Kingdom Impact Gospel Church
and St. Paul United Methodist
Church. For showtimes or more
information, call 813-449-2927.

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'Betty & Coretta'

Daughters Say Movie

Got It Totally Wrong

by Stan Castle
Is it Hollywood's responsibility when depicting a person's life to rep-
resent that subject as accurate as possible? Lately, however, there have
been several complaints by family members and friends of iconic peo-
ple who recently had their story told on film. Last week, Apple co-
founder Steve Wozniak, blasted the jOBS film that debuted at Sundance,
depicting the life of the late Steve Jobs. In a comment to Gizmodo,
S-Wozniak said the
film was, "not
close...we never
had such interaction
and roles...I'm not
even sure what it's
getting at...person-
alities are very
wrong although
,.:.mine is closer."
S Now, Betty
Shabazz and Coretta
Scott King's daugh-
ters are speaking out on the latest film Betty & Coretta, about their
mothers' lives. In a recent Washington Post story, Ilyasah Shabazz and
Rev. Bernice King expressed their frustrations over the Lifetime-pro-
duced film, mentioning that it's full of inaccuracies and fabrications.
"My mother was not a weak, timid, insecure woman as portrayed,"
Shabazz said. "She was regal, compassionate, strong, loving, beautiful,
resilient and highly educated. That is why the Delta Sigma Theta soror-
ities named academies all across this country after her, so others could
be inspired how to turn triumph into tragedy. "If only Lifetime had con-
sulted us, the sisters, maybe this would be more than fiction. I am not
pointing my finger solely at them, but it must be our responsibility to
ensure history is properly documented.
As said in the Washington Post, The Scott King family is hurt deeply
"One of the basic objections was how the film suggested that Coretta
Scott King accepted the accusations that her husband was unfaithful to
her based on what was supposedly heard on a tape sent by the FBI to the
King home. This was not the case, as the King family has said for
Betty & Coretta is based on the relationship between Betty Shabazz
and Coretta Scott King after their husbands were murdered. The story
centers how they moved on as single mothers united by a commitment
to social justice.
How can audiences take these Hollywood biopics serious if they keep
getting complaints from the recipient's love ones? If the person's life
isn't exciting enough to make it into a film, they should find someone
else. It's not acceptable to produce films with fabrications just to make
a buck. Not only is it wrong, but it represents the people in a light that
is inaccurate, thus, creating a false legacy.

Mr. T. Returns to the Scene as a Life Coach

By Randee Dawn, TODAY
In 1982, he was pounding -- and
getting a pounding from -- the
Italian Stallion in "Rocky III."
From 1983-87, he was a proud
member of the "A-Team," and a
cultural phenomenon. Now, in
2013, Mr. T has entered the digital
generation, with his own advice
show on YouTube, and a smart-
phone app.
Pity the fool who doesn't keep up
with Mr. T.
"Ask Mr. T" only has one episode
thus far, but there's plenty of prom-
ise and lots of attitude in his take-
no-prisoners style, where he stands
against a blank wall and answers
submitted questions. This week:
"The copier at work is broken
again. What shall I do?" Partial
answer: "Don't let no machine take
you for a ride!"
Anyone can submit questions on
the bouncer-turned-actor's new app,
which is "reduced price for a limit-
ed time only fools!" according to

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the copy on the iTunes preview
page. That low, low price? Just .99
cents. With the app, a person can T-
ize their photos (adding chains, a
feather and facial hair to an already-
existing snapshot) and download

other information about the man
and the myth. (Mr. T promises, in
his YouTube comments, that an
iPad version is "coming soon
There is of course a constant

Roots Cast Reunites for Black History Month

Cicely Tyson: Tyson, a former O.J. Simpson: Even before his
Ebony magazine model (and ex- retirement from the NFL,
wife of Miles Davis) earned an embarked on a successful film
Emmy nomination for her role as career with parts in films such as
Binta in Roots. Roots, in which he played Kadi
Sii --Touray.

LeVar Burton: Burton became an overnight star
with compelling and sympathetic portrayal of the
prideful protagonist Kunta Kinte. Since then, is
best known for his portrayal of Geordi La Forge
on the sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next
Generation and his educational kids' show
Reading Rainbow. His most recent directorial
project Reach for Me, was released in theaters in
March 2008.

John Amos: Prior to Roots
Amos was best known for his
father role on Good Times. In
1977, he received an Emmy nom-
ination for his role as an older
Kunta Kinte in Roots.
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Ed Asner: Asner appeared in
the first three episodes of Roots
as slave ship captain Thomas
Davies. Primarily known for his
Emmy Award-winning role as
Lou Grant on Mary Tyler Moore.

Ben Vereen: He was already an accom-
plished theater actor before he won the
Emmy for his portrayal of 'Chicken'
George Moore in Roots. Vereen has
continued to appear on and off-
Broadway in plays such as A Christmas
Carol, Chicago, Fosse, I'm Not
Rappaport,land I icked from the mid-
90s onward.

Shown above is an aerial view of Michal Jordan's Jupiter home.

Jordan's new $12M FL

Home Move in Ready
Life's good when you're His Airness. Michael Jordan is just about to
move into a new 28,000-square-foot, $12.4 million home in Jupiter, Fla.
Among his neighbors will be one Tiger Woods.
The three-acre home, under construction since 2010, is located on three
parcels in Jack Nicklaus' exclusive Bear's Club community. For fans, you
could possibly join the Bear's Club ... if you could come up with the report-
ed $350,000 initiation fee and $25,000 annual dues.
According to local realtor Jeff Lichtenstein, Jordan's home has 11 bed-
rooms, a pool house, a two-story guard house and an athletic section with
a basketball court. The media room has a heavy-duty ventilation system
for removing cigar smoke, appropriate for a guy who loves his stogies so
much he once had the entire city of San Francisco upset with him over his
smoking. Won't be a problem in his own home, we're guessing.
Not bad for a 49-year-old guy. And he'll have plenty of space to rest his
aching bones.

The original cast of the ground-
breaking TV mini-series Roots will
be partaking in a live Q&A for a
town-hall event on Sirius XM in
light of Black History Month.
The cast, which includes LeVar
Burton, Leslie Uggams and Louis
Gosett Jr., will answer questions
from a studio audience moderated
by civil rights activist Joe Madison
after the broadcast of the mini
"We are excited to have members
of the original cast of Roots in our
studios with a live audience. Joe
Madison's dedication to civil rights
.and social issues and his ability to
put history into context for a wide
audience of all people makes him
the ideal host for this special
event," said Scott Greenstein,
President and Chief Content Officer
of SiriusXM in a press release.
The original 12-hour mini series
was arguably the most successful
television movie series of all time.
It was nominated for a combined 35
Emmy awards and won 14, includ-
ing best director, best actor and best
"Roots made television history
when it originally aired in 1977,

and its cultural impact and influ- channel 107 February 9 at 6:00 pm was nominated for a combined 35
ence remain powerful today," said and February 10 at 12:00 pm. awards, and won 14, including nine
Greenstein. When Roots first aired on Emmy awards. Roots had a lasting
The special will air on SiriusXm January 23, 1977, ABC aired the impact on viewers, television, and
Channel 128 on February 9 at 2:00 first of eight consecutive episodes its cast. On the 36th anniversary of
pm, 6:00 pm, and 9:00 pm; and of the twelve-hour mini-series its airing,let's takes a look back at
Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 am and Roots. Arguably the most success- where the at the 'Roots' cast that
10:00 pm and on SiriusXM Stars ful television movie of all time it changed television.

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stream of jovial behavior over on
Twitter thanks to @MrT -- where
he's set up shop with comments,
140 characters at a time. "First
Name 'Mr', middle name 'period',
last name 'T' and don't you forget it
fools!" is one sample tweet.
This isn't the first time Mr. T has
taken to dispensing advice: In 1984
he hosted a motivational video
called "Be Somebody ... or Be
Somebody's Fool," where he spoke
to children about how to deal with
their problems ... and made an awe-
some music video called "Treat
Your Mother Right (Treat Her
Right)." And in 2006, he returned to
TV with the TV Land reality show,
"I Pity the Fool." So don't think he's
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