There So Few
a Vegas Style
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of
'Mississippi Burning' Murderer Case
JACKSON, Miss.- The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from
Edgar Ray Killen, convicted of manslaughter in 2005 for the 1964 slaying
of three civil rights workers in what became known as the "Mississippi
Burning" case for the movie that bore its name.
The decision means the justices won't review lower-court rulings that
found no violations of Killen's constitutional rights during his trial in
Mississippi. In 1967, seven men were convicted of federal charges of vio-
lating the civil rights of the men killed. None served more than six years in
prison. The trial for Killen on the federal charges ended in a hung jury.
Killen, now 88, a former sawmill operator and one-time Baptist preacher,
was convicted of manslaughter on June 21,2005,41 years to the day after
the deaths of Michael Schwemer, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. He
is serving 60 years in a Mississippi prison.
In 1964, Schwemer and Goodman, two white men from New York, came
to Mississippi as part of Freedom Summer and teamed up with Chaney, a
young black Mississippian, to help register black voters. They were
ambushed by members of the Klan in Neshoba County and killed before
being buried in an earthen dam. Their bodies were found weeks later after
an intense search.
Killen, once a part-time preacher, was the only person indicted in 2005
when prosecutors brought the first state charges. He was indicted on murder
charges but jurors were given the option to convict him of manslaughter,
which they did.
Florida's Low-Riding Pants
Law To Be Extended To Women
Lawmakers in Opa-Locka. Fla., have an ordinance in place for its male
residents who sag their pants. Now they have decided to include females in
their law too, according to the Miami Herald
The ordinance, which went in to effect in 2007 and was toughened three
years ago, fines men who publicly wear sagging pants and expose their
undergarments. Now, lawmakers in the south Florida city, which touts apop-
ulation of about 15,000, have added females to the existing sagging law.
Consequently, those around Opa-Locka who feel the need to walk around
showing off their underwear will pay a $500 fine or dedicate themselves to
doing 25 hours of community service. The sentence is determined via a
hearing by the city's code enforcement department or city magistrate.
NBA Hall of Fame Center
Walt Bellamy Dies at 74
Walt Bellamy, the Hall of Fame center who averaged
20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 14 seasons in the
NBA. died last weekend at the age of 74.
"Walt Bellamy was an enormously gifted Hall of
Fame player who had a tremendous impact on our
game." NBA Commissioner David Stem said in a
statement released by the league. "Off the court, he
Swas an even more extraordinary person. Walt is going
to be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing
him. On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condo-
lences and thoughts go out to Walt's family."
The former Indiana University star won an Olympic gold medal in 1960
and was the first overall pick by the Chicago Packers in 1961. He was the
rookie of the year with Chicago, averaging 31.6 points and 19.0 rebounds.
and also played for the Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons,
Atlanta and New Orleans Jazz. He played in four All-Star games and was
inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993.
Bellamy was traded three times, going from the Bullets to the Knicks in
November 1965 for Jim Bamrnes, Johnny Egan, Johnny Green and cash, then
to Detroit along with Howard Komives in December 1968 in the deal that
brought star forward Dave DeBusschere to New York. Detroit sent Bellamy
to Atlanta in February 1970 for John Arthurs.
In three seasons at Indiana, the 6-foot-ll former New Bern, N.C., high
school star averaged 20.6 points and 15.5 rebounds.
Judge Approves $50M
Settlement in NFL Retiree Case
A federal judge in Minnesota has given final approval to a $50 million set-
tlement in the court fight over publicity rights for retired NFL players.
The NFL and the retired players reached the agreement in March, and U.S.
District Judge Paul Magnuson gave preliminary approval in April. But 19
players had filed objections, with some saying direct payments won't be
made to the former players and that varying benefits will be unfairly dis-
In his order Friday, Magnuson said those who objected because they were
lured by the prospect of a lucrative personal payout have strayed from the
initial goal of the lawsuit to help those players who were suffering from
dire physical, mental and financial needs. He said the majority of the class
more than 25,000 players recognized the settlement for what it is: a
boon for thousands of former players who can now benefit from a large
financial payout to a fund that is organized for their benefit.
Under the settlement agreement, some $42 million will be distributed to a
"common good" trust over eight years to help retired players with issues like
medical expenses, housing and career transition. The settlement will also
establish a licensing agency for retirees to ensure compensation for the use
of their identities. The league will pay another $8 million in associated costs
including startup money for the licensing agency.
kLOURIVA' IkIRS 1 COAST QLALIIY BLACK W hKLY 5 Cts
Volume 27 No. 2 Jacksonville, Florida November 7-13, 2013
Unemployment for Black Women at 4-Year Low
By Freddie Allen
WASHINGTON (NNPA) Black
women have been known to be the
backbone of the African-American
family. That foundation is rein-
forced even greater by recent statis-
tics as job prospects for Whites and
Black men have slowed or stalled
completely Black women contin-
ue to gain ground in the labor mar-
ket, according to the jobs report.
In fact, compared to the other
adult groups over 20 years old,
Black women have experienced the
greatest decline in their unemploy-
ment rate since September 2012.
The unemployment rate for Black
women over 20 years old was 10
percent in September 2013, a 1.2
percent decrease since September
2012 and the lowest mark for Black
women since March 2009.
The unemployment rate for
White women was 5.5 percent in
September 2013, a 0.8 percent
improvement over the 6.3 percent
rate recorded in September 2012.
The jobless rate for White men was
6.1 percent in September 2013,
down slightly from 6.6 percent in
September 2012. The unemploy-
ment rate for Black men over 20
years old has barely changed since
last September when it was 14.1
percent. A year later the unemploy-
ment rate for Black men is 14 per-
According to the Labor
Department, leisure and hos-
pitality services added an
average of 28,000 jobs per
month over the previous 12
months, but the sector was |
relatively flat in September.
The professional and busi-
ness services sector added
52,000 jobs in the past 12
months ab.d 32,000 jobs in
September. Twenty thousand work-
ers found jobs in temporary help
services in September.
The economy added 148,000 jobs
total in September and the national
unemployment rate edged down to
7.2 percent in September.
Continued on page 2
Federal Prosecutor Will Look Into Kendrick Johnson Case
Macon, Georgia Nearly 10
months after their son died, the par-
ents of Kendrick Johnson are final-
ly getting what they've been asking
for: another investigation into the
teen's mysterious death in the gym
of Lowndes High School in
Michael Moore, the U.S.
Attorney for the Middle District of
Georgia, announced that federal
authorities will investigate the cir-
cumstances behind the death of
Johnson, whose bloody body was
found inside a rolled-up gym mat
on January 11.
Johnson's family suspects the 17-
year-old was murdered and that
someone has tried to cover up evi-
dence in the case.
In addition to suspicions of a
coverup, the family's lawyer has
also raised civil rights concerns,
questioning whether officials in the
predominantly white county took
the investigation of an African-
American teenager's death serious-
ly enough. Authorities say they did.
"We're happy that a fresh pair of
eyes is starting to look at Kendrick's
case," Kendrick's father, Kenneth
Johnson said. "We're just waiting
on the truth to really come out."
The announcement came a day
after a judge granted the family and
CNN access to surveillance images
and investigative files related to the
case, which the Lowndes County
sheriffs office had declared acci-
"His parents never accepted this
explanation that he climbed into a
Marissa Alexander Hearing Date Set
Marissa Alexander may be in
reach of her getting a taste of free-
A judge set Alexander's bond
hearing for this week, November 8,
when she will find out if she will be
released from prison while she
awaits her new trial over an inci-
dent in which she fired what she
described as a warning shot at her
Alexander sought immunity
under Florida's "Stand Your
Ground" law in her first hearing,
but was denied that opportunity.
She was ultimately convicted and
given a mandatory 20-year sentence
under Florida's 10-20-life law cov-
ering crimes involving a firearm.
An appeals court judge ordered a
new trial last month, not because of
the Stand Your Ground ruling in the
case, but because the "jury instruc-
tions on self-defense were erro-
neous" in her first trial. Alexander's
new trial date has been set for
March 31, 2014, according to the
Hours after her new trial was
announced, protesters supporting
domestic violence victims rallied at
the Duval County Courthouse,
demanding Alexander be released
immediately, according to an
Associated Press report.
Many have argued that the
charges against her should be
dropped entirely, including Rep.
Corrine Brown who's become one
of her most vocal supporters.
"She has been in jail for three
years. She has not spent any time
with her baby, and keep in mind
when this incident occurred,
she-the baby-was eight days old,"
wrestling mat got stuck and died. It
flew in the face of all common
sense," Benjamin Crump, a family
attorney, told CNNs Tapper.
His face was bloated with pooled
blood, some of which had poured
out of his body, soaking his dread-
locks and spilling onto the floor.
Within 24 hours of finding the
body, Lowndes County Sheriff
Chris Prine announced that investi-
gators had no reason to suspect foul
play in the death.
Regardless of what happens,
Kenneth Johnson said the family
has no choice but to keep pressing
"We're fighting for Kendrick to
the end," he said.
November 7-13, 2013
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press
Florida's Restoration Laws Leave Over a Million in Limbo
Nate Miles to Keynote Launch
of First Thursday Jacksonville
First Thursday Jacksonville has se-
cured one of the most dynamic and
sought after speakers in America,
Nate Miles, Vice President, Strategic
Programs, Eli Lilly Company for its
"big launch" of First Thursday Jack-
sonville at 12 noon, Thursday, No-
The meeting is free with a bring
your own brown bag lunch (BY-
OBBL) theme and is open to the pub-
lic. Parking is also free in designated
areas. Anyone who has a business.
interested in starting a small busi-
ness, and particularly Black owned
businesses are urged to attend.
First Thursday Jacksonmille is
committed to the advancement of
black-owned bYsdisin Chaurma' aNid"
CEO Lanrr Williams confirmed.
"From networking opportunities to
small business funding, First Thurs-
day's passion is the success of the
black business community one busi-
ness at a time." First Thursday Biz
is proud of its ability to bnng busi-
for Free Black
The DST Buy Black, Gie Back is
a Black Friday (November 29th) tini-
tiative to support African American
Business owners. The Jacksonville
Alumnae Chapter will host a free on-
line business directory to sho'vcase
business owners during this holiday.
season and encourage to Buy Black.
Applications are available NOW at
DSTJAX.ORG. If you have any
ness, labor, government and commu-
nity together for positive meetings
that generate positive outcomes, re-
First Thursday are held atThe Hos-
pitality Center, Aqua Deerwood,
9803 Creekfront Rd. For more infor-
mation on First Thursdays visit
By Charles Moseley
Back in 2006 Florida's former
Governor Charlie Crist had estab-
lished a process which made it pos-
sible for ex-offenders to apply for
their Constitutional rights, including
the right to vote, restored.
Hundreds of thousands of Floridi-
ans, who had served their sentences
and paid their debt to society, too ad-
vantage of the Governors Executive
Today under a Rights Restoration
Policy enacted by Governor Rick
Scott, ex-offenders must wait be-
tween five to seven years before
being allowed to even apply to have
their rights restored.
This issue has become highly
politicized leaving both elected offi-
cials, community activists and social
service providers who assist ex-of-
fenders with becoming self-sufficient
crying foul and advocating for re-
form of Florida's present Rights
Restoration laws, which they feel
place undue restrictions and hard-
ships on ex-offenders.
One of the most vocal political
proponents of Rights Restoration has
been Florida Attorney Perry
Thurston, the Democratic Leader of
the Florida House of Representa-
tives. His legislative office worked
directly with ex-offenders, providing
Rights Restoration Workshops dur-
ing the Charlie Crist gubernatorial
When Governor Scott was elected
he and Pam Bondi, the State Attorney
General, made it the first priority of
his Cabinet to resend the Executive
Order that former Governor Charlie
Crist enacted in2006. That was the
first official act of the Cabinet was to
There was no basis for resending
it. Although they did not fund it,
many members of our community
still took advantage of this process
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that finally gave them a path to get-
ting their rights reinstated. They ob-
viously saw that and wanted to put an
end to it, which they did by creating
a policy for those people who had
fully served their time, now have to
wait five to seven years before they
can apply. And that's whenever they
totally complete their sentence. And,
on top of that, they have to wait an-
other five to seven years.
We are one of several states in the
South that continue to totally disen-
franchise our people by their past his-
tory. By previous past history I mean
that they have already served their
The Sentencing Project, a research
and advocacy group has been study-
ing and addressing this issue since its
inception in 1986. Their research
shows that many states intentionally
retract the right to vote from felons,
but states differ as to when or if the
franchise can be restored. States with
permanent disfranchisement prevent
ex-convicts residing in that state
Continued from front
According to the Economic Policy
Institute, non-partisan think tank fo-
cused on the needs of low- and mid-
dle-income workers, the
unemployment rate "continues to
drastically understate the weakness
ofjob opportunities" because people
who were turned off by an anemic
job market and stopped looking for
work entirely are not being counted.
In a post on EPI's website about
the September jobs report, Elise
Gould, director of health policy re-
search at EPI, wrote: "There were
over 5 million missing workers in
September, and if the unemployment
rate included missing workers, it
would be 10.2 percent, not the 7.2
percent cited in today's report."
Chad Stone, chief economist for
the Center on Budget and Policy Pri-
orities said that the report sho\\ s that
the labor market recovery remains
disappointing slo\\ smithh emplo%-
inent still %%ell belot normal levels
and long-term unemployment .till
near historic highs.
.......ne recommended that. la\\mak-
ers extend federal unemployment in-
surance tor the long-term
unemployed to prevent the already
from ever voting in federal elections,
even though ex-convicts in other
states convicted of identical crimes
may be allowed to vote in such elec-
There are literally 10Os of thousands
of ex-offenders who have had their
rights restored in recent years and are
making major contributions in their
respective communities. Rev. Dr.
Rosalind Osgood is a prime example
of such individuals. Rev. Osgood
currently sits on the Broward County
School board, is an adjunct professor
at Nova Southeastern University and
is the CEO of the Mount Olive De-
velopment Corporation (MODCO), a
agency. She has been a community
activists who has worked tirelessly to
help ex-offenders when they return to
When we deal with this whole no-
tion of Rights Restoration, I think it
is vitally important that the people
who have served their time, whatever
time they were sentenced, they have
access to help them become mem-
bers of society. They should have ac-
cess to society in every capacity.
When somebody does not have their
rights, it really limits their ability to
get a job, to get housing, and it al-
ways makes them become second
class citizens. When we look at it po-
litically, there are several hundred
thousand people that are released
from incarceration every year. If we
just took half of those persons who
are part of that number, who are not
eligible to vote because their rights
are not restored, it's a catastrophe. I
find it very amazing that our recent
governor has a very different view on
this issue. One of the first things he
did upon being elected was to make
it more difficult for persons to have
their rights restored. I got my rights
restored through the process estab-
lished under former Governor Char-
lie Crist's automatic Restoration of
Rights.. So we had a system in place.
Governor Charlie Crist did it. Not to
do so, is not the American way.
for Black Women at 4 Year Low
sluggish recovery from causing addi-
tional hardship for the unemployed.
On November 1, lawmakers let the
temporary increase in the Supple-
mental Nutrition Assistance Pro-
gram, also known as food stamps,
expire despite studies showing how
the program provides significant ben-
efit to the American economy.
According to Feeding America, a
domestic hunger-relief charity, one in
4 Black households live with food in-
security issues compared to 1 in 10
White households and 32 percent of
Black children don't have enough
food compared to 16 percent of
The CBPP report continued: "The
cut is equivalent to about 16 meals a
month for a family of three based on
the cost of the U.S. Agriculture De-
partment's 'Thrifty Food Plan.'"
Families that use both the Emer-
gency Unemployment Compensation
(EUC) program and SNAP benefits
will find it much harder to put food
on the table, if both safety nets are
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Please get tested for diabetes if you:
* Are overweight & over the age of 30
* Have a close family member with diabetes
* Do not exercise for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week
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(L-R) SITTING: Fharnell Marshall, Mariah Shuford, Mario Daniels, Andre Glenn and Serena
Washington. BACK: Rayniyah Glover, Ayana Glenn and Elder Michael Shuford. KFP photo
Hallelujah Festival Highlights Halloween at St. Paul Lutheran
St. Paul Lutheran Church held
their 10th annual "Hallelujah
Festival" event in the St. Paul
Lutheran church annex. The event
is designed to give church and com-
munity youth a "Halloween" expe-
rience in a christian environment.
The Youth and Christian
Education Ministry under the lead-
ership of Pastor Wiggins and
Marsharine Calhoun spearheaded
the festivities with decorations by
Phyllis Gelzer. The Pumpkin Story
was narrated by Cynthia Gibson,
with readings by Malyk Huff and
Anderson Williams. Youth and par-
ents sang "hallelujah" songs and
enjoyed a spaghetti dinner, salad,
rolls and creative cupcakes with
pumpkin faces prepared and served
by church members. Church mem-
ber Fharnell Marshall pho-
tographed and documented the fes-
tival activities while church securi-
ty officers Elders Frank Marshall
and Michael Shuford patrolled the
campus anxiously awaiting
Hallelujah festival friends and fam-
ilies arrival with a safe welcome.
The Hallelujah guests also enjoyed
arts and crafts face painting, color
guard and SPLC gift book markers.
St. Paul Lutheran church member
Cynthia Gibson was excited and
quipped, "Each year we have the
Hallelujah festival to create a safe
and spiritual environment during
the Halloween celebrations
throughout the city. We are thank-
ful for everyone that participated
and plan to see everyone in church
Shown above are children from the UBUNTU Orphanage smiling with their backpacks from
Jacksonville, Florida. In the inset is Christina Lavender (center) and other volunteers, passing backpacks
around the assembly line.
Local Delta Chapter Equips African Children for Education
by Karel Danzie
"I need pencils."
"Hand me that calculator."
Like worker bees in a beehive the
room was all a buzz as members of
the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter
(JAC) of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority, National African
American Women Leadership
Institute (NAAWLI), and other
White House to Clear Up Confusion About Health Care Deadline
Reports that the deadline to sign
up for health insurance has been
extended by six weeks are untrue.
Consumers have until March 31 to
buy insurance and avoid a penalty
even though their coverage will
begin after that date.
The confusion stemmed from the
fact that when consumers sign up
for a plan before the 15th of the
month, their coverage starts on the
first day of the next month. Anyone
signing up after March 1 would not
receive coverage until April 1,
which is beyond the deadline. As a
result, it was widely believed that
the deadline to be insured and not
face a penalty was Feb. 15.
According to Health and Human
Services Department spokesperson
Joanne Peters, CNN reports, the
individual mandate timing has not
changed and March 31 is still the
deadline by which to sign up for
insurance to avoid the penalty.
The administration will soon
issue new guidelines to reinforce
As HHS officials, including
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, pre-
pare to face Congress to
answer questions about the
technical difficulties that
have plagued the health
insurance website, even
Democrats are suggesting
that it might be a good idea
to extend the deadline.
"I believe, given the ,
technical issues, it makes
sense to extend the time
for people to sign up," said
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-
Arkansas) in a statement. "In addi-
tion, the administration should state
clearly how the enforcement mech-
anism will work if people can't sign
up in time."
community participants packed the
upstairs rooms of the Wells Fargo
Historic Springfield Community
Center. The industrious women
were packing two hundred back-
packs to journey across the Atlantic
to the UBUNTU Orphanage in
hopes of narrowing the academic
and economic gaps for children in
Africa. Each of the large red bags
were stamped with UBUNTU in
black and included crayons, pen-
cils, papers and rulers.
"It's the minimal essentials they
need and we are going to get it to
them," said Christina Stallings,
Economic Development Chair for
JAC. The project, dubbed
"Operation Backpack" was under
the sorority's SEED (Sustaining
Education through Economic
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Diarib s, nlieiteAfia- A merca Dispra y e p. S ReggiO e Fl go
"What you see and what
you hear depends a great
deal on where you are
standing. It also depends
on what sort of person you
are," said the great writer
C. S. Lewis. a
That pretty much sums
up the issue of the expan-
sion of gambling in state of Florida.
It is a matter of perspective, and it
is one of the biggest decisions the
state legislature and Governor will
have to make in the near future.
Over the past three years, legisla-
tors in Tallahassee have been lob-
bied on the pros and cons of Florida
becoming a destination casino
With big Vegas-style casinos
come a lot a potential state revenue
from gambling, hotels, rental cars,
restaurants, etc. Think about the
number of corporate and industry
conferences that go to Vegas?
Most would agree that Florida
has a much better climate and is a
far more appealing place to visit
than Nevada. So the potential to
generate new state revenues is pret-
Obviously, there are folks on the
other side that have strong opinions
against big casino gambling com-
ing to the state.
The big mouse in the room,
based in Orlando, probably gets
more or just as much convention
business as Las Vegas. Although
the big casinos developers have tar-
geted south Florida as the location
to build these large hotel, confer-
ence, casino facilities, it could also
affect businesses in Orlando.
The fact that vacationers or con-
vention planners could choose
south Florida over Orlando makes
companies like Disney and
Universal key players in this
One of the biggest concerns that
I haveearda is me cliltural issue.
Nationally, Florida is viewed as a
fun family destination. Would big
casinos have a negative impact on
the state's "image?"
Of course, proponents say no -
casinos will not have an impact on
Florida's family friendly reputation
primarily because the casinos will
be focused in south Florida. Miami
is already seen as an adult vacation
destination. I certainly wouldn't
take my kids on a vacation on
South Beach, so that argument does
have some merit.
Let me back up for. a moment.
Most are already aware that the
state currently allowsgambling in
many ways Florida Lottery, race
tracks, poker rooms, jai alai fron-
tons, racinos, and the seven or so
casinos of the Seminole tribe.
Speaking of the Seminole tribe, it
probably does not surprise anyone
that the Seminoles who run casinos
in the state don't support the expan-
sion of casinos. Essentially, Vegas-
style casinos would hurt the
Seminole monopoly on the Florida
Both sides are spending millions
of dollars to influence both the leg-
islature and the governor's office.
For example, Sheldon Adelson,
the owner of the Las Vegas Sands
Corporation, and the Seminole
tribe both donated $250,000 to
Governor Rick Scott's campaign
And I am not saying that the
money flowing in from both sides
Should Florida Become
i Vegas Style Casino State?
will ultimately decide how a partic-
ular politician votes, but campaign
contributions do typically generate
access and special consideration of
an issue. Just keeping it real!
So where are everyday people in
this big debate? A recent poll paid
for by the Las Vegas Sands sug-
gests a large majority of Floridians
would support a casino expansion
The poll, conducted by Terrance
Group, found that 57 percent of
Florida voters approved allowing
gaming in Florida as a revenue gen-
erator for the state, while 35 per-
cent disapproved. Of course, oppo-
nents point out their own poll done
year, which told a much different
A 2012 Mason-Dixon survey
found that Florida voters were nar-
rowly divided, 42 percent to 44
percent, over destination casinos
and preferred a statewide vote.
The Florida Legislature hired a
company to study the economic
effects and social costs of expanded
gambling in Florida. The Spectrum
Gaming Group, a New Jersey-
based research firm recently
wrapped up their study and present-
ed some preliminary data.
A representative from the compa-
ny recently told a Senate Gaming
Committee that "the expansion of
casino gambling, whether on a
small scale or very large scale,
would have, at best, a moderately
positive impact on the state econo-
A moderately positive impact?
Well, I guess time will tell the
direction the state ultimately moves
on this issue, but the success or
failure of gambling expansion in
Florida maybe one to be studied in
political science courses on college
campuses for years to come. With
big guns and almost unlimited
money on both sides of the issue -
who wins out?
Signing off from Tallahassee,
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by George Curry
The Republican push to reduce
the federal deficit solely through
spending cuts is based on mytholo-
gy rather than fact. That was clear-
ly demonstrated by a series of
reports issued recently by the non-
partisan Center on Budget and
Policy Priorities (CBPP).
In a report issued Oct. 28, CBPP
stated, "As a new budget confer-
ence committee seeks agreement
on spending and tax priorities for
the next decade, some policymak-
ers and commentators who believe
that future deficit reduction must
come solely from spending cuts
will likely repeat the claim that the
federal government is exploding in
size. The data do not support such
"To be sure, total federal spend-
ing as a share of gross domestic
product (GDP) rose considerably
in 2008 and 2009 and remained
high in 2010 and 2011, in part
because GDP was unusually low
due to the Great Recession and its
aftermath. But spending dropped
significantly in 2012 as a share of
GDP and, as the latest
Congressional Budget Office
(CBO) data indicates, this down-
ward trend is expected to continue
over the next five years."
The report, titled "Size and
Reach of Federal Government Are
Not Exploding," notes that those
backing deep cuts in social pro-
grams neglect the real reasons for
increased federal spending.
"While total federal spending
will rise modestly as a percent of
GDP during the latter part of the
decade under a continuation of cur-
rent policies, that is mostly
because of a marked increase in
interest payments," the report stat-
ed. "In particular, as the economy
recovers, interest rates will also
rise, simultaneously increasing the
interest we must pay on any given
amount of debt."
The study also found, "Under a
continuation of current policies,
total federal spending including
interest will drop from 24.1 per-
cent of GDP in 2011 and 22.8 per-
cent in 2012 to 21.5 percent in
2013, before starting to rise in the
middle of the coming decade,
climbing back up to 22.7 percent
by 2023. At least three-fourths of
the increase between mid-decade
and 2023, however, will come
from higher interest payments
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As I noted in this space last
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the elderly, disabled or working
households. Furthermore, as the
Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities observed, increased
spending on safety net programs
because of the recession is both
appropriate and temporary.
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The Debate Over
the Redskins Name
President Barack Obama recently said that if he were the football team's
owner, he'd think about changing the Washington team's name. The nor-
mally non-committal president's comments fueled a debate over the top
sports team in the nation's capital. The debate involves some of the nation's
richest men. A wealthy member of the Oneida Indian Nation has taken it
upon himself to lead the charge against the Redskins' name. Ultimately the
decision will be made by 31 White men.
The Oneida, meaning "the People of the Upright Stone" are a Native
American/First Nations people that are one of five founding nations of the
Iroquois Confederacy located in an area of upstate New York. Historically,
the Oneida were believed to have emerged as a tribe in the 14th century that
inhabited acres of land that later became central New York, particularly
around Oneida Lake and Oneida and Madison counties.
In a so-called "campaign of conscious," the man behind the attack on
Dan Snyder's Washington Redskins happens to be a Harvard Law School
colleague of the president. An Oneida Indian, Ray Halbritter wants the
NFL's second richest team to change its moniker. He's met with a bevy of
groups in the nation's capital, chronicling, "The team's 81 years of history
show that the original owner who named the team was an avowed segre-
gationist and the last team owner to integrate his squad."
What Halbritter says about the Washington Redskins is true, but mem-
bers of the Redskin Nation are leery. Many Washington-area Blacks know
the team's history and have "gotten over" the team's legacy under George
Preston Marshall. Is this just a "conscious" canard that Oneida is playing,
with Obama "cheerleading" for the gambit? Is there any connection to the
millions of dollars Halbritter raised in 2012 for Obama's re-election?
Halbritter can afford to take his "campaign of conscious" a long way. In
1993, Halbritter negotiated a gaming contract for the tribe with New York
Gov. Mario Cuomo, and built the highly profitable Turning Stone Casino
in central New York. Gas stations, luxury hotels, media outlets and textile
factories that followed made Halbritter a very rich man.,
Loyal season-ticket holders and consumers of team merchandise, the
African Americans who comprise 32 percent of Washington, have been a
major segment of a fan base that has made the Washington Redskins one of
the world's most valuable teams. Nowadays, the team is valued at $1.7 bil-
lion. The Skins are owned by Snyder who bought the team for $750 mil-
lion in 1999. Now 46, Snyder has a net worth of $1.1 billion.
Originally, the Skins were the "Boston Braves" and owned by Marshall.
He was the owner and president of the team from 1932 until his death in
1969. The team's second owner, Jack Kent Cooke, built the 100,00-seat
capacity FedEx Field home stadium in Landover, Md. Its headquarters and
training facility are at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va.. and the newly-built
Redskins Complex in Richmond. Va.
The majority of the region's Black community holds great affection for
the team and little inclination for a name change. To illustrate
Blacks'devotion to the Skins, Chief Zee. an African American whose real
name is Zema Williams. serves as the team's mascot. He's been a fixture at
Washington Redskins' home games since 1978. dressed in a faux American
Indian headdress, rimmed glasses and a burgundy jacket.
While we pursue Super Bowl 48. let's present Halbritter with a conun-
drum. Which is correct "American Indian" or "Native American"? The
terms American Indian and Native American are synonyms in the same
way that Black and African American are often used interchangeably. Is
using the term Anmencan. Indian instead of Native American the equivalent.
of using Negro instead of Black?
do not contribute to our long-term
fiscal problems," CBPP said in a
report titled, "Low-Income
Programs Are Not Driving the
Nation's Long-Term Fiscal
I am not suggesting there are not
some serious financial questions
facing the nation. The rising cost of
Medicaid is among those concerns.
But it's important to know why
costs will rise rather than using it
as an excuse to cut social pro-
"To be sure, Medicaid is project-
ed to rise significantly in cost, rel-
ative to GDP, for several reasons,"
said the report on low-income pro-
grams. "To begin with, costs
throughout the U.S. health care
system in both the public and pri-
vate sectors have been growing
faster than GDP for several
decades. Medicaid isn't the cause
of this systemwide cost growth;
over the past decade, in fact, per-
beneficiary costs have risen more
slowly in Medicaid than under pri-
vate insurance, a trend expected to
continue over the next ten years."
It also noted, "A second reason
that Medicaid costs will rise faster
than GDP is the aging of the popu-
lation. Older people have much
higher average health care costs
than younger people. Elderly and
disabled beneficiaries account for
24 percent of Medicaid beneficiar-
ies but 64 percent of program
costs. As the population ages, the
number and share of Medicaid
beneficiaries who are elderly will
increase, raising program costs.
"Another reason that Medicaid
costs will continue to rise signifi-
cantly is the continued erosion of
employer-based health coverage.
Over time, the share of low-income
people able to get coverage
through their (or their families')
employers has fallen, so more of
them have turned to Medicaid for
Yes, the federal government
needs to pay close attention to
future spending and revenue. But
not because spending is out of con-
trol or the safety net is bankrupting
George E. Curry is editor-in-chief
of the National Newspaper
Publishers Association News Service
(NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker,
moderator, and media coach. Curry
can be reached through his Web site,
The Myth of a Federal Government Out of Control
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by Christine Armario
MIAMI One of the nation's
largest school districts has reached
an agreement with law enforcement
agencies and the NAACP to reduce
the number of students being
charged with crimes for minor
The agreement with Broward
County Public Schools is one of the
first comprehensive plans bringing
together district officials, police and
the state attorney's office to create
an alternative to the zero-tolerance
policies prevalent in many schools.
It charges principals rather than
school resource officers with being
the primary decision makers in
responding to student misbehavior.
The move is designed to cut
down on what has become known
as the "school-to-prison pipeline,"
where students accused of offenses
like disrupting class or loitering are
suspended, arrested and charged
Broward, the nation's seventh
largest district, had the highest
number of school-related arrests in
Florida in the 2011-2012 school
year, according to state data.
Seventy-one percent of the 1,062
arrests made were for misdemeanor
Throughout the country, minority
students have been disproportion-
ately arrested, sometimes for the
same offenses their white peers
received only a warning for.
Nationwide, over 70 percent of stu-
dents involved in school-related
arrests or law enforcement referrals
are black or Hispanic, according to
U.S. Department of Education data.
"It's pretty rare," Michael
Krezmien, a professor at the
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, said of the agreement. "I
think if every other school district
did it that would be a great step for-
The new policy creates a matrix
for district officials and school
resource officers to follow when a
student misbehaves. For non-vio-
lent misdemeanors like trespassing,
harassment, incidents related to
alcohol, possession of a misde-
meanor amount of marijuana and
drug paraphernalia, administrators
are instructed to try and resolve the
situation without an arrest. A vari-
ety of alternatives, like participa-
tion in a week-long counseling pro-
gram, are designed to address and
correct the student's behavior.
No student would be arrested for
a first non-violent misdemeanor,
but further offenses will result in
graduated levels of school-based
interventions. After a fifth incident,
students are referred to law enforce-
Felonies or serious threats will
still be handled by police.
The policy went into effect at the
beginning of the current school
year, and Broward Superintendent
Robert Runcie said the district has
already seen a 41 percent decline in
Runcie became superintendent
two years ago, and said one of the
first things he did was look at stu-
dent achievement and outcomes.
One of the data sets that stood out to
him the most showed black male
students in particular falling behind
academically. When he dove further
into the data, he found the same
group was misrepresented in terms
of expulsions and arrests.
"One other thing I heard quite a
bit about was students being arrest-
ed for things that I would never
have believed constituted an
arrest," Runcie said. "For example,
tardiness. Trespassing. Throwing
spit balls. Things that you just,
using a common sense approach,
would say, we wouldn't want to do
this to a child because once you get
a record, it basically stays with you
for your life."
Runcie worked with the NAACP
to create a new student code of con-
duct. The NAACP said they had
attempted to address student disci-
pline with two previous superin-
tendents, without any success.
"Everybody deserves a second
chance and this program will do
just that," said Marsha Ellison,
president of the Fort
NAACP. "And all students will be
treated equally no matter what the
color of their skin."
The NAACP said they hope the
policy will serve as a model for
other districts nationwide.
"People are, I think, becoming
more knowledgeable as they see the
data and more willing and wanting
to fix this problem," said Niaz
Kasravi, the NAACP's criminal jus-
Krezmien said large school dis-
tricts in particular have struggled to
come up with alternatives to zero-
tolerance policies because they are
often following state guidelines that
define what a school disciplinary
"I think most of them are kind of
stuck because they don't have a
good model, or they don't have an
infrastructure within the school to
deal with what really are, most
behaviors, school disruptions,"
Krezmien said. "It's amazing how a
disruptive behavior can be deemed
a threat and suddenly, it's a kid
who's in court over that."
He said creating a policy and
implementing it, however, are two
distinct challenges, and it will be
key for both administrators to
receive proper training and for the
role of police to be redefined.
Despite data showing the nega-
tive consequences of policies that
criminalize student misbehavior,
Krezmien said there has not been an
overall push toward creating zero-
tolerance alternatives and said the
Broward agreement was unusual.
The U.S. Justice Department and
the Department of Education's
Office of Civil Rights have
addressed the issue in individual
school districts. In Missisippi, a
federal judge has scheduled a
December 2014 trial for a Justice
Department lawsuit that claims
there is a "school-to-prison
pipeline" in part of the state that
locks up students for minor infrac-
tions like flatulence or vulgar lan-
Program to Launch at EWC
Miami School District Takes Huge Step
to Curb 'School to Prison Pipeline'
A Caring Career Coaching
Organization Leveraging Patriotic
Heroism (ACCCOLPH), a local
organization focused on reinte-
grating veterans back into the
workforce, will be launching its
new Veteran Business
Development Academy in
The VBDA is a 12-week train-
ing program, housed on the cam-
pus of Edward Waters College,
designed to address a veteran's
professional and social "blind
spot," which ACCCOLPH
founder Arthur Bendolph, a 22-
year veteran of the US Air Force,
refers to as an absence of "soft
skills" due to the high intensity
and precision of military training
To address those soft skills,
ACCCOLPH, A Caring Career
Leveraging Patriotic Heroism,
will be providing classes on busi-
ness etiquette, entrepreneurship,
tion, interviewing skills, resume
writing and networking; and each
Florida Phenom Lawyer Taking Civil Rights Global
Benjamin Crump is an attorney Crump, 43, was born in University in 1992, and juris doc- teenage boys (of his cousin's) wit
om Florida who represents Lumberton, North Carolina. He tor in 1995. While at school he met his wife, Genae Angelique CrumI
,ayvon Martin'sfamily and is an learned about racial injustices Daryl Parks, who became his and the oldest was the same age
Ivocate for civil rights. He is early on. It was at a very future law partner in 1997 Trayvon when the teen was kille
2rtner in his own law firm in young age -fifth grade %% \'hen the\ opened their b\ George Zimmerman in 201
llahassee, Florida, Parks & to be exact-when he practice. The firm recently took on the cas
rump, LLC- official website. became interested in / \W while Crump's of Georgia teen Kendrick Johnsoi
Over the years, he has represent- civil rights. "It was practice mainly deals the youtilh ho %as msienriousl
I victims and their families in a a situation to me, %\%ith personal injur. found dead stuffed inside a mat I
imber of other high-profile cases that I said, 'Why wrongful death, the school gnm.
ith a civil rights or racial justice do people on that and medical mral- "TraY\on hits. home on man
1gle, including the parents of teen side of the tracks practice. lie can't le\ els." Crump said. When asked
lotcamp death victim Martin Lee have it so much sh ;lt\ a%'a\ from the he %%as charging the tfamilh for th
niderson; the family of Alesia better than people
homas, the handcuffed Los on our side of the ....
igeles woman who died in police tracks?'" he says.
stody after being kicked; the Crump moved to
mnily of Kendrick Johnson, the Florida during his civil rights cases case, he stated, "You do it because
en who was found dead inside a high school years to rIn the case of Martin, it's the right thing to do As long :
m mat at school; and the family be closer to his father Crumip took on the case, \ou make \ our goal to do right an
Marlon Brown, who was run He received his criminal pio bono, because tdie situa- do good, all of the money an
ier by a police car in Florida. justice degree from Florida State tion hit home. He is raising a financial material stuff will come
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four-hour class is tailored to help
veterans overcome barriers that
have thus far hindered reentry into
the civilian workforce.
Other benefits include a Myers-
Briggs personality assessment,
and other training and assessment
methods from proven professional
development programs, such as
Franklin Covey's "Speed of
Trust" and "7 Habits."
The academy is structured to
accommodate up to 25 veterans
who served in Operations Desert
Thunder, Enduring Freedom or
Iraqi Freedom. In addition to the
opportunity to connect with fel-
low veterans, each VBDA student
will receive a scholarship, provid-
ed by community partners and
sponsors, which will cover all
Enrollment in the program
began November 1.
More information on ACC-
COLPH and sponsorship opportu-
nities can be found at www.acc-
colph.com or by calling (904)
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OneJax Thanksgiving Service
The 2013 OneJax Interfaith Thanksgiving Gratitude Service will take
place, Thursday, November 21st, 6 -7 p.m. at Congregation Ahavath
Chesed The Temple, 8727 San Jose Blvd. Join OneJax for this joyous tra-
dition, now in its 95th year! For more details call 620-1JAX (1529).
Greater Macedonia Women's
Conference:"Woman At The Well"
Come celebrate Greater Macedonia's Baptist Church 2013 Women's
Conference promoting the theme: "Woman At The Well". The conference
takes place November 8th November 10th. Friday, November 8th at 7
p.m. is guest speaker Vernita Robinson-Coleman, author of "When All You
Have Is Your Faith". On Saturday morning, November 9th, starting at 8
a.m. are the workshops entitled: *Samarian Woman, *Broken Woman,
*Exposure, *Meeting the Messiah, *Life Changing Conversation and
Evangelism. Also on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. First Lady Bernadette
Williams, Household of Faith will be the speaker. On Sunday, November
10th, at 8 a.m. worship service the guest speaker is First Lady Mary Jones,
Philippians Community Church. For information contact the church at 764-
9257. Greater Macedonia is located at 1880 West Edgewood Avenue.
The Handlers Messiah Concert
at Woodlawn Presbyterian
The music department of Woodlawn Presbyterian Church presents
Handel's Messiah, Sunday, December 22nd at 4 p.m. Interested singers
familiar with this sacred work are invited to join by signing up at one of the
rehearsal. All scheduled rehearsal are Saturdays at 1 p.m. Rehearsal dates
are November 9th and November 16th, December 14th and December 21st.
Please bring a copy of The Messiah if you own one or have access to one.
Resources are limited: Copies can be purchased at Music Time, 2214 Dunn
Avenue or call 696-9882. For more information call 502.6355. Woodlawn
Presbyterian Church is located at 3026 Woodlawn Rd.
Greater El-Beth-El Divine Holiness
2nd Annual Stop the Violence, Stop the
Silence Thanksgiving program
Bishop Lorenzo Hall Sr. officers and members of the Greater El-Beth-El
Divine Holiness church located at 723 W. 4th Street, wish to invite you to
worship with them and be their special guest at the 2nd annual "Stop the
Violence, Stop'thie Silence Day Celebration," Sunday, November 17th. A
great program has been planned for this occasion. Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall
Sr. will be the speaker for the 11 a.m. service and former Councilwoman
Glorious Johnson will be the guest speaker for the 3 p.m. service. Several
civic and political leaders will share and inform the congregation about the
community. Dinner will be served after each service. If you have any ques-
tions contact Pastor Bishop Dr. Lorenzo Hall Sr. at 374-3940 or email
Word Women Powerhouse
Revival Conference 2013
Celebrate the 4th Annual Word Women Powerhouse Revival Conference
Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. The theme is "Time
to Shine" and the scripture is: Daniel 12: 3: "Those who are wise will shine
like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteous-
ness, like the stars forever and ever." Enjoy two powerful days of ministry,
workshops and fellowship at the Renaissance at the World Golf Village,
500 South Legacy Trail, St Augustine, Florida 32092. For more information
call 347-5657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wordwomen-
Health Fair at Woodlawn
The Shaping Christian Leaders of Tomorrow (SCLT) Youth Group at
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church will be sponsoring a Health Fair on
Saturday, November 9th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Family Life Center of the
church. There will be free health information, screenings, and much more!!
The location is 3026 Woodlawn Road. For more information call 635-5387.
Celebrating the Harvest
at Central Metropolitan
Come celebrate Harvest Day with Central Metropolitan CME Church,
Pastor Marquise L. Hardrick, Sunday, November 10th. The Sunday morn-
ing guest preacher is Pastor Marcus Hawkins of Shiloh Missionary Baptist
Church, Madison, Florida. Sunday school starts at 9 a.m. Morning Worship
starts at 10:45 a.m. Also come and enjoy the evening gospel concert at 6
p.m. Special guests are gospel recording artists Monica Lisa Stevenson and
B. Chase Williams and the ShaBach Choir. Central Metropolitan CME
Church is located at 4611 N. Pearl Street. For more information call the
church at 354-7426
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church
Food donations for Woodlawn's Presbyterian Church "Thanksgiving
Baskets" will be collected through November 23rd. All "dry goods" or "can
goods" can be dropped off at Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, 3026
Woodlawn Rd. For more details call the church office at 768-5905.
P.U.S.H. Presents: "A New Beginning,"
On Saturday, November 23rd, Refreshing Women's Pray Until Something
Happens (P.U.S.H.) Ministries under the guidance of Reverend Mattie W.
Freeman and Reverend Erich Jackson, founder and Pastor of Greater Faith
Ministries 5373 Lenox Ave will present "A New Beginning'. The theme is
derived from 1st Peter 3: 20, "to those who were disobedient long ago when
God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In
it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water." Refreshing
Women's P.U.S.H. Ministries and the anointed people of God will give
praises in song and scripture. Special invited guests include Sister Beverly
Allen from the "Bless the Mic" TV show, Sister Wynola Peavie, Atlantic
Beach Ministries and Minister David L. Bolton, New Life Christian Eureka
Lodge under the leadership of Brother Dwayne Mack and many more!.
Come and be a blessing as well as receive one! The event will be held at
The New Friendship Baptist Church, Marvin Nash, Pastor, 1996 Mayport
Rd., Atlantic Beach, Florida. For more information call 220-6400 or email
Senior Citizens Bible Scholarships
St. Thomas Christian University, 103 Century 21 Drive is offering bible
college scholarships to senior citizens 50 years old or older. For more
..details call 389-5592, ext 303 or visit, .w .greatd,4uicatiolp.com..
Word, Shout and Song Exhibit at Ritz
The Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner Connecting Communities
Through Language on display through December 31st. The exhibit includes
rare audio recordings, photographs and artifacts, illuminating Dr. Turner's
foundational work in the 1930s establishing that people ofAfrican heritage,
despite slavery, had retained and passed on their cultural identity through
words, music and story in the Gullah/Geechee community in South
Carolina and Georgia. For more details call 632-5555 or visit www.ritz-
Donate to Help Warm for the Winter
Phat Ryder Motor Cycle Club annual coat drive is in motion! The Phat
Ryders will be collecting new and used coats, jackets and sweaters for the
homeless. Collections are now until December 15th. All coats can be
dropped off at Jenkins BBQ locations. For more details call 536-2212 or
Storytellers League Presents Bean Soup
The 15th Annual "Bean Soup & Stories" Storytelling Festival, presented
by The Northside Storytellers League of Jacksonville, Saturday, Nov. 16,
2013, 11a.m. 2 p.m., at Inman Memorial United Methodist Church, 5334
Old Kings Rd. N., Jacksonville 32254. Featured storyteller is Jim
Mittelstadt, with tellers from 4 Florida leagues. After stories, bean soup,
cornbread, & cookies will be served. Adults $5, children 12 & under $2.
For more info: Mary Webster 786-1949 or Sharon Bennett 422-0895.
The Annual Thanksgiving
Luncheon to benefit frail and home-
bound seniors will be held on
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at the
Wyndham Riverwalk Hotel. This
year marks the 27th year for the
event. To date, over 20,000 seniors
have attended the event the past 24
For more information call 994-
1622 or 766-9955.
Mt. Lebanon "Spiritual"
The Mt. Lebanon Homecoming Celebration in conjunction with the Mt.
Lebanon Praise Team Gospel Fall Fest' takes place Sunday, November
10th, at 4 p.m. Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Freddie
Sumner is looking forward to Jacksonville community friends and family
joining them in a great musical! The theme is "Spiritual" coming from
scripture Ezekiel 36:2, "And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you
to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them."
Come out and hear the Mt. Lebanon Praise Team rendition of Donald
Lawrence's SPIRITUAL! Colors are black with gold. God is in the bless-
ing business and this is sure to be your day for a blessing! For further
details contact Deacon Aldean Green at 407-437-7052.
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church
Patronal Feast Day with Speaker
Attorney Mary L. Walker Huntley
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church will celebrate the annual Patronal Feast
day, Sunday, November 10th at 10 a.m. worship service. The speaker is
Attorney Mary L. Walker Huntley. Attorney Huntley has served as acting
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the United States Department of
Justice Civil Rights Division, Washington, D.C. and the NAACP Legal
Defense Fund in New York, New York. Ms. Huntley is the recipient of
Atlanta's 100 Black Women 2008 Unsung Heroine Award. Come fellow-
ship with St. Gabriel for this informative occasion. For more information
call 765-0964. The church is located at 5235 Moncrief Rd.
JDG Ministries 8th Annual
"Called to Conquer" Convocation
Friend is your faith failing, do you need a miracle? JDG Ministries invites
you to come get your faith refreshed and experience miracles from God at
the 8th Annual "Ca/lled to Conquer" Convocation 2013 Thursday,
November 14ti tmru Sunday, November 17 at h e Tdiemple of'One Accord
Ministries International, 2971 Waller Street (at the intersection of 1-10 &
McDuffAve. Exit 360). This year's theme is "Press Power". Service begins
nightly at 7 p.m. Activities include: Talent Night, Thursday, November
14th, Free Life Enhancing/Word Enlightening Workshops, Friday,
November 15 from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m., Men's Night, Friday, November 15th,
Youth Explosion experience and cookout, Saturday, November 16th start-
ing at 10 a.m., Saturday night Ladies Night, November 16th. The closeout
service begins with Sunday morning Bible School at 9:30 a.m. Morning
worship at 11 a.m. with the closing message of this Holy Ghost filled event
coming from the man of God himself, Bishop Jan D. Goodman, Sr.
Join Bishop Jan D. Goodman, Sr. and One Accord Ministries
International, Inc. along with participating pastors and churches including:
Bishop Michael James, Sr. of Tabernacle of Faith and Deliverance
Ministries, Pastor Darian Oliver, Sr of To God Be The Glory Ministries,
Pastor Roderick Love, Sr. of New Dimensional Ministries, Pastor Abron
Marshall of New Bethel Baptist Church of Pier Station, Fl, Pastor
Nathaniel Parrish of Disciples of Jesus Christian Fellowship, Bishop Izelles
Kirkpatrick of Christian Leaders Fellowship and Superintendent Wayne
Milliner of New Redeemed COGIC. We hope you will join JDG Ministries
and remember come looking for your miracle and expecting GOD to do the
impossible. For more details call Janet Perry at 389.7373 or email
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When African American Women Should Seek Fertility Help
by Dr. Kendall Gray
Infertility among African
Americans is very much a taboo
subject. For men, it's a feeling of
not being able to continue the fami-
ly lineage. Women often look at it
as punishment for something they
may have done at an earlier age and
view it as an atrocity (i.e. abortion,
lifestyles). It's very ironic that
African American women are
looked upon as "baby making
machines" in their earlier years but
when they do the right thing and
wait for the "right time" they could
face infertility problems. More and
more African American women are
waiting longer to get pregnant.
They are seeking education, career
advancement and personal stability
at a rapid pace. To put it more clear-
ly: you're enjoying your youth. The
so-called normal reproductive
years, which are from your late
teens to early 30's, are spent achiev-
ing higher education. In contrast,
our parents often had their children
during their late teens and early
20's, so they were mostly done
before 30. Now, the average sister
is not looking to have children until
her late 20's to her early 30's.
Women are given a finite number
of oocytes (eggs) from conception,
which is about 500. That is it. Men,
on the other hand, continue to pro-
duce sperm well into their eighties.
In fact, even though the sperm is
mostly dysfunctional at this age, it
is still produced. So when your bio-
logical clock ticks, it really is tick-
ing, which makes time a very
important obstacle when you're try-
ing to achieve pregnancy. There is a
small window of time (about 48hrs)
when ovulation occurs during a
normal menstrual cycle. This is
when you have the highest chance
of conceiving. This time of the
month when you are most fertile
can easily be missed due to work
scheduling, discrepancies with your
partner or just plain fatigue. Some
women go to various websites in an
attempt to find out exactly when
they are ovulating and then notify
their partner that they're having sex
that night. This could be good or
bad (depending on you're relation-
ship), but now sex becomes more of
a chore and could become another
source of stress in trying to con-
If you are in your 20's and having
sex with the hopes of achieving
pregnancy, you should get pregnant
in about 6 months. If you're in your
30's, it could take up to a year. This
longer duration is due to the quality
of eggs, since as your age increases
the quality of eggs decreases. Also,
your ovulation period may need
time to adjust if you have been on
the pill for a large amount of time.
As I mentioned earlier, it is very
important to find out when exactly
you are ovulating. According to
your age bracket you can then
decide to get help.
In conclusion, you should seek
fertility help after a full year of
unprotected sex. When you seek
fertility help, make sure you bring
your spouse or partner to get tested
also. It's just as important to get his
sperm count tested also. Men often
have oligospermia (few sperm) or
Azoospermia (barely any sperm at
all) but still produce a normal ejac-
ulate and they think their sperm is
fine. Or what we often get is men
who have children from previous
relationships and therefore think the
problem is not with them, so they
berate their partner, implying that
it's her fault that she can't conceive.
This brings more unwanted stress to
the relationship as well as pressure
trying to conceive.
Lastly, when you decide to get
help, be sure to ask your OB/GYN
for a good Reproductive
Endocrinologist. An RE would
know more about infertility and the
latest advancements in the field.
Once they know your past medical
history, they can then provide you
with the proper course of action to
hopefully achieve pregnancy.
Quick Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
When eating, just eat. This means no phone, television or other dis-
traction for starters. If possible, even practice eating in silence on occa-
sion to make room for eating awareness to develop. Food is a basic
human need and we deserve adequate, devoted time to do nothing other
than nourish our bodies with wholesome nutrition.
Be seated. Ideally be seated at a dining table. However, the important
point is to not eat while on the go. If you simply must eat on the run, then
at least sit down on a bench in the shopping mall, at a nearby park or
even in your parked car. By being seated, you are acknowledging that
eating is a priority and requires your attention.
Taste your food. Only you know how many times to chew your food.
The key is to take the time to really chew your food with care and atten-
tion. Take note of the texture, saltiness, sweetness or whatever tastes
unfold. Choose wholesome, natural foods which radiate full flavors and
avoid artificial colors and preservatives. By thoroughly tasting all-natu-
ral foods, you may discover you need fewer bites to reach satiation.
Why You Need a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
In the wake of recent events,
plastic surgery has been the hot
topic in the Black community. As
you may have already known, Dr.
Jan Adams (the plastic surgeon who
performed the breast reduction and
tummy tuck on Dr. Donda West) is
currently under investigation by the
State Medical Board of California
and may lose his license. It has
recently surfaced in the media that
Dr. Adams was not a board certified
What is a Board Certified
Not all surgeons offering cosmet-
ic procedures are board certified by
the American Board of Plastic
Surgery (ABPS). Plastic surgeons
certified by the American Board of
Plastic Surgery have undergone
years of extensive education and
training to gain the necessary skill
level needed to provide the most
competent and comprehensive
patient care. More specifically,
board certified plastic surgeons
have proven their ability by meet-
ing the following qualifications at
an efficient level:
1. Graduated from an accredited
2. Completed at least five (5)
years of additional residency.
3. Usually three (3) years of gen-
eral surgery and two (2) years of
4. Actively practice plastic sur-
gery for two (2) years.
5. Pass comprehensive written
and oral examinations.
Who is the American Board of
The American Board of Plastic
Surgery is a member board of the
American Board of Medical
Specialties. The American Board of
Medical Specialties was created to
support the commitment set forth to
protect patients, by regulating the
quality of medical education. While
the intent of the American Board of
Plastic Surgery is not to designate
eligibility of who may perform
plastic surgery procedures, it does
resolve to initiate the qualifying
requirements for applicants request-
ing certification, regulate compre-
hensive examinations and present
certification to,those who meet the
establish requirements. Recognition
of the Board's accreditation is held
in the highest regard and once a sur-
geon completes the requirements,
he/she is referred to as a diplomat
of the American Board of Plastic
Surgery. As stated by the American
Society of Plastic Surgeons, these
diplomats are recognized to possess
extensive skill in the following
1. Congenital defects of the head
and neck, including clefts of the lip
and palate, and craniofacial surgery.
2. Neoplasms of the head and
neck, including the oropharynx and
training in appropriate edoscopy.
3. Cranio-maxillofacial trauma,
including fractures of the mandible
4. Aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery of
the head and neck, trunk and
5. Plastic surgery of the breast.
6. Surgery of the hand/upper
7. Plastic surgery of the lower
8. Plastic surgery of congenital
and acquired defects of the truck
9. Bum managements, acute and
10. Microsurgical techniques
applicable to plastic surgery.
11. Reconstruction by tissue
transfer including flaps and grafts.
12. Surgery of benign and malig-
nant lesions of the skin and tissue.
How to Find a Board Certified
You can find a board certified
plastic surgeon by visiting
geonresource.com and conducting a
doctor search. If you are interested
in a finding a black plastic surgeon
in your area, feel free to conduct a
search on the BlackDoctor.org web-
site. Please always be sure that your
doctor's qualifications are thor-
oughly validated by a certified
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FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 5 11, 2013
WSSU Sports Photo
RUDYJOHNSON: Has led
Rams to eight straightwins
and looks to land team's
third straight CIAA title
I LIVINGSTONE CHOOSES WILLIAMS; COACHES PICK
HAMPTON, NORFOLK STATE IN MEAC BASKETBALL
UNDER THE BANNER
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS
WILLIAMS GETS THE NOD AT LIVINGSTONE:
SALISBURY, N.C. Daryl Williams, a former
standout football player at Tennes-
see State, who in just one season
has brought pride back to Living-
stone College football, was named
head football coach on Monday by
Livingstone College President Dr.
Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr.
Williams, who joined the
l Blue Bears staff in 2012 as offen-
Daryl Williams sive coordinator, had been interim
coach since the start of the 2013
"We have had an opportunity to observe Coach Wil-
liams as offensive coordinator and as interim head coach,
and we have been thoroughly impressed with his integrity
and his focus on the development of student-athletes,"
Under Williams this year, the Blue Bears are 2-7,
having defeated Edwards Waters and Lincoln.
"I'm very excited and grateful that Dr. Jenkins and
Athletic Director Andre Springs had enough faith and
confidence in the process and program I'm establishing
here to name me the head football coach," Williams said.
Before joining the Livingstone coaching staff in
2012, Williams was the associate head coach and quarter-
backs coach at Texas Southern from 2007-2011. From
2001-2007, Williams was co-offensive coordinator, re-
cruiting coordinator and director of football operations at
SIAC LEGENDS SYMPOSIUM:
ATLANTA--On Friday, November 15, 2013 the
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will host
the SIAC Football Legends Symposium, in conjunction
with the SIAC Centennial Football Championship.
The symposium will feature a panel of SIAC legends,
which include Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Ray-
field Wright (Fort Valley State), Super Bowl Champi-
ons Nick Harper (Fort Valley State) and Tyrone Poole
(Fort Valley State), along with former All-Pro Greg
Lloyd (Fort Valley State) and veteran Frank Walker
(Tuskegee). The event will take place on the campus of
Morehouse College's Leadership building at 4 p.m.
"We are honored and privileged to host a group of
SIAC football alumni who together represent and em-
body the best traditions of our conference during the past
100 years," said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore.
Each NFL legend will also serve as honorary captains
for the SIAC Football Championship game played on the
following day on Saturday, November 16 at Lakewood
Stadium at 7 p.m.
There will be a limited amount of tickets available
for individuals interested in attending this historic event.
Tickets will be $19 and can be reserved by calling the
SIAC office (404) 221-1041.
Alabama A&M 19, Alcom State 18
Albany State 31, Benedict 6
Ave Maria 45, Edward Waters 14
Bethune-Cookman 38, NC Central 14
Bowie State 76, Lincoln (Pa) 19
Central Oklahoma 49, Lincoln (MO) 42
Delaware State 22, Howard 20
Eastern Kentucky 44, Tennessee State 0
Elizabeth City State 28, Virginia Union 21
Fayetteville State 34, Livingstone 31
Florida A&M 16, Norfolk State 6
Fort Valley State 46, Morehouse 19
Georgia Military 52, Concordia-Selma 10
Grambling State 47, Miss Valley State 40
Houston Baptist 49, Texas College 7
Kentucky 48, Alabama State 14
Lane 38, Kentucky State 28
Langston 20, OK Panhandle State 19
Miles 31, Stillman 30
Morgan State 30, Hampton 27
NC A&T 59, Virginia-Lynchburg 12
Notre Dame College 42, W. Va.State 16
SC State 45, Savannah State 9
Saint Augustine's 13, Johnson C. Smith 6
Shorter 58, Clark Atlanta 14
Southern 31, Texas Southern 24
Tuskegee 41, Central State 10
Virginia State 28, Chowan 0
West Chester 66, Cheyney 14
Winston-Salem State 28, Shaw 24
1. BETHUNE-COOKMAN (8-1) Shut down NC Central, 38-14. NEXT: Hosts Nor-
2. WINSTON-SALEM STATE (8-1) Got by Shaw, 28-24, with last-minute touch-
down. NEXT: Hosting Fayetteville State for CIAA South title.
3. JACKSON STATE (7-2) Idle. NEXT: At Alabama A&M
4. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (6-3) -All over Savannah State, 45-9. NEXT: Hosts
Florida A&M for homeco ing.
5. TUSKEGEE (8-1) Knocked off Central State, 41-10. NEXT: Hosting Miles for
SIAC West title.
6. TENNESSEE STATE (7-3) Shut out by Eastern Kentucky, 44-0. NEXT: Hosting
7. VIRGINIA STATE (8-1) Shut out Chowan 28-0 to claim CIAA North title. NEXT:
Hosts Virginia Union to close out regular season.
8. ALABAMA STATE (6-3) Lost at Kentucky,48-14. NEXT: Hosting Southern.
9. ALCORN STATE (7-3) Upset by Alabama A&M, 19-18. NEXT: Hosting Prairie
View A&M Thursday.
10. SOUTHERN (5-4) Edged Texas Southern, 31-24. NEXT: At Alabama State.
AZEEZ Communications, Inc. Vol. XX, No. 14
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CIA CENTRAL INTERCOLLEGIATE
CIAA ATHLE'nC AssocIATION
NORTH DIVISION w L W L
Virginia State 6 0 8 1
Elizabeth City State 4 2 4 5
Virginia Union 3 3 3 6
Bowie State 2 4 4 5
Chowan 2 4 3 6
Lincoln 0 6 1 8
Winston-Salem State 6 0 8 1
Fayetteville State 5 1 6 3
Shaw 3 3 5 4
SaintAugustine's 3 3 4 5
Johnson C. Smith 2 5 4 5
Livingstone 1 6 2 7
CIAA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OL Omar Fahnbulleh, Sr. BSU -
WR Brian Rlchards, R-Sr.,WR,SAC-6rec.,154 yards,
1 TD (89 yards). Also had 50-yard reception.
QB Jared Johnson, Sr., BSU 13 of 23, 262 yards, 2
TOs in win over Lincoln.
OB Jordan Anderson, Sr., RB, VSU 23 carries, 160
yards, 3 TOs (15,1,73) in wn over Chowan.
DL Evaa Strange, Jr., SHAW 11 tackles, 9 solo, 4
for losses, 1 sack.
DB DarnellEvans, Sr.,SHAW-2interceptions,returned
one 88 yards for a TO, 4 tackles, 1 forced fumble.
ROOKIE Cyril Davis, R-Fr., QB, SAC 6 of 13,187
yards, 2 TODs (89, 65), 2 ints.in second half vs. JCSU.
SPECIAL Curtis Pumphrey, So.. PK, BSU Blocked
FG returned 70 yards forTO, 6 punt returns for93 yards.
COACH Latrell Scott, VSU- WWithwinoverChowan gives
Trojans N. Div. tile under first-year coach.
riE ATHLETE CONFERENCE
W L W L
Bethune-Cookman 5 0 8 1
SCState 4 1 6 3
Delaware State 4 2 4 5
Hampton 3 2 3 6
Morgan State 3 2 3 6
NCA&TState 2 3 5 3
N. Carolina Central 2 3 4 5
FloridaA&M 2 3 3 6
Norfolk State 2 3 2 7
Howard 2 4 3 6
Savannah State 0 6 1 9
# Not egie W rOe
MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Richard Cue, Sr., OQB, SCSU -15 of 25 for 163
yards, 4 TDs, rushed for 128 yards on 17 carries
with 2 TOs. Accounted for 291 total yards in win
over Savannah State.
Tazmnon Foster, Sr., LB, NCCU -18 tackles, 12
solo, 2 forlossoft12yards, 1 sack, forced fumble.
Tarik Cohen, Fr., RB, NC A&T- 28 carries, 130
yards, I TD Antonio Jefferson, WR, MSU 6
rec., 140 yards vs. Hampton.
Mitchell Ward, Jr., PK, DSU Game-winning
26-yard FG in win over Howard.
Rashard Brown, Sr., OL, B-CU 92% grade
SIAC SOUTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
SIAC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
DIV CONF ALL
EAST DIVISION w L W L W L
Fort Valley State 3 0 3 2 4 5
Albany State 3 0 3 2 4 4
Benedict 2 2 2 4 4 5
Clark Atlanta 1 3 1 5 2 6
Morehouse 0 4 0 5 2 7
Tuskegee 3 0 5 0 8 1
Miles 3 0 5 0 5 3
Lane 2 2 3 2 5 4
StllIman 1 3 3 3 5 4
Central State 0 0 0 2 2 7
Kentucky State 0 4 1 4 4 5
SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Chris Rini, Sr., QB, LANE -20 of 30 for 266 yards
and 5 TDs in win over KSU.
LeRon Furr, Sr., LB, MILES -13 tackles, 2.5 tackles
for loss, 2 sacks and a hurry.
Lake McGuffie, Fr., WR, MOREHOUSE 8 recep-
tions, 187 yards.
Hakim Lassiter, Jr., C, ALBANY STATE
James Blngham, So., DB, STILLMAN Returned
blocked punt 35 yards for TD vs. Miles.
OtA/A ^^ SOUTHWESTERN
EAST DIVISION W L W L
Jackson State 7 0 7 2
Alabama State 6 1 6 3
AlcornmState 5 2 7 3
Alabama A&M 3 4 3 6
Miss. Valley St. 1 6 1 8
Southern 5 2 5 4
Prairie View A&M 4 3 5 4
Texas Southern 2 6 2 7
Ark. Pine Bluff 1 5 1 7
Grambling State 1 6 1 9
SWAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Johnathan Williams, Jr., QB, GSU -Tallied 319
total yards, running for 55 yards on 15 carries with
2TDs (1,11), was 18 of 30 for 265 yards and 5
TDs (23,14,7, 28, 9) vs. MVSU.
Brandon Thomas, Sr., LB, TSU 13 tackles, 8
solo, 3.5 for losses, 1 interception, 1 recovery,
2 break-ups vs. Southern.
Patrick Ivy, Jr., QB, MVSU 15 of 35, 266
yards, 2 TDs, rushed for 2 TDs vs. Grambling.
Rashad Anderson, R-Fr., P, AA&M 6 punts for
245 yards, career long of 65 yards,
Tennessee State 7
Va. Univ. of Lynchburg 2
Texas College 1
Lincoln (Mo.) 1
Edward Waters 1
W. Va. State 0
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MarkWright, Fr.,QB,LANGSTON-Led comeback
win vs. Panhandle State completing 19 of 29
passes for 254 yards and 1 TD (33), rushed for
138 yards and two scores (37,1).
John Hunter, MLB, LANGSTON 12 tackles, 3
for losses in win over Panhandle State.
Aaron Johnson, KR, VUL Returned kickoff 95
yards for a TD in loss to NC A&T.
Three title game berths TBD
The CIAA and SIAC championship games
are to be played next week (Nov. 16) in Winston-
Salem (N.C.) and Atlanta respectively, and going
into the final week of the regular season only one
participant is penciled in.
Virginia State's 28-0 shutout win over Chow-
an Saturday gave Latrell Scott's Trojans (8-1,
6-0 CIAA S) the CIAA North Division title and a
spot in next week's league title game at Winston-
Salem's Bowman-Gray Stadium. VSU entered the
AFCA Div. Id national rankings for the first time in
its history this week at No. 25. The Trojans, who
are ranked fifth in Super Region I, close the regu-
lar season hosting Virginia Union Saturday (1:30
The other CIAA championship berth will be
determined this Saturday (1:30 p.m.) when de-
fending two-time South Division and conference
champion Winston-Salem State (8-1,6-0 S) hosts
Fayetteville State (6-3, 5-1 S).
WSSU has won eight straight games after a
season-opening 25-21 loss to UNC-Pembroke.
Anthony Carrothers started at quarterback for
the Rams in that first game. During the eight-game
win streak, Rudy Johnson has been at the helm
and he comes into Saturday's showdown game as
the CIAA passing (235.2 ypg.) and passing touch-
downs leader (21 TDs, only 4 ints.). The Rams,
who a year ago played for the Div. II national
championship, are up to llth in the latest AFCA
NCAA Div. II national Coaches Poll and are third
in Super Region I.
FSU has put together a fine season under
first-year head coach Lawrence Kershaw. The
Broncos lost a close decision to Virginia State (29-
28) to open the season. Like WSSU, FSU lost to
UNC-Pembroke (38-24) and also dropped a 44-34
decision to Shaw. They're riding a three-game win
streak into Saturday's showdown.
While the FSU defense has been consistent,
the offense has come to life under sophomore
QB Derek Bryant, who has started the last three
games. For the season, Bryant has 13 touchdown
passes with just two picks and has seven TD pass-
es and just one interception during the win streak.
Both WSSU and FSU made it to Saturday's
deciding game with close wins last week. WSSU
scored a touchdown in the final minute to defeat
Shaw 28-24. FSU got a late turnover and touch-
down to survive a scare from Livingstone, pulling
out a 34-31 win.
-- W-Salem St. vs. Fayv. St.
- Albany St. vs. Ft. Valley St. Tuskegee vs. Miles -
THE D2 PLAYOFF PICTURE
SUPER REGION I SUPER REGION II
1. West Chester (9-0) 1. Lenoir-Rhyne (8-1)
2. Shepherd (8-0) 2. Newberry (8-1)
3. W-Salem St. (8-1) 3. UNC Pembroke (7-1)
4. Slippery Rock (8-1) 4. North Alabama (6-2)
5. Virginia State (8-1) 5. Tuskegee (8-1)
9. Miles (5-3)
In the SIAC, both the East and West Divi-
sion titles and berths in the championship game
at Atlanta's Lakewood Stadium next Saturday
will be determined this week.
In Columbus, Ga., Saturday (2 p.m.), Al-
bany State and Fort Valley State, tied for the
East lead with 3-0 marks, meet in their traditional
season-ender for the division title.
Albany State quarterback Frank Rivers
(1,683 yards, 210.4 ypg.) and FVSU QB Eu-
gene Smith (1,072 yards, 153.2 ypg.) are 2-3 in
league passing yards and total offense stats. But
while Rivers has thrown for 16 TDs with just 4
interceptions, Smith has only 3 TD tosses and 11,
picks. Jesse Atkins is Rivers' top target hauling
in 43 passes for 565 yards and 7 TDs. De'Angelo
Smith leads FVSU with 30 receptions for 563
yards and 5 TDs.
In the West, Alabama rivals Tuskegee and
Miles, also with identical 3-0 division marks, do
battle in Tuskegee for that division title. Tuskeg-
ee is fifth in Super Region II while Miles is ninth.
Tuskegee leads the conference in scoring
offense (31.6 ppg.) and defense (12.6 ppg.). TU
freshmen Reginald Woods (9.0) and Myron
Bennett (6.5) lead the league in sacks. Quarter-
back Justin Nared (825 passing yards, 5 TDs, 3
ints.) triggers the offense.
Miles is led by quarterback Demetrice Price
who threw two late fourth-quarter touchdowns to
lead the Bears to a come-from-behind 31-30 win
over Stillman last week to keep the Bears in the
title hunt. Antonio Pitts, who had 10 receptions
for 100 yards vs. Stillman, is Price's top target.
In the MEAC, leader Bethune-Cookman
Norfolk State men, Hampton women
picked to win MEAC Basketball titles
NORFOLK, Va. Norfolk State senior Pendarvis Williams was se-
lected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men's basket-
ball preseason player of the year and his defending regular season cham-
pion Spartans were also picked to win the 2013-14 MEAC men's regular
season title in voting by the league's head coaches and sports information
For the women, Florida A&M graduate student Jasmine Grice and
Hampton senior Alyssa Bennett were selected the co-preseason players
of the year while the four-time champion Hampton Lady Pirates were
predicted to win the regular season title.
Williams earned offensive player of the year accolades a year ago
after leading the Spartans to a 16-0 conference finish and regular season
title. He averaged 14.3 points and started 29 of 31 games.
Norfolk State received 14 first-place votes and totaled 624 points to
take hold of the conference's top spot. NSU welcomes a new head coach
to the sideline as former assistant coach Robert Jones takes over the pro-
gram. The team welcomes back four starters and 11 letterwinners.
Grice, a member of the 2012-13 AUll-MEAC first team, averaged 21.7
points (9th nationally) and 6.5 rebounds per game last year. Hampton's
Bennett, the 2012-13 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, averaged 10.1
points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals last season for the Lady Pirates.
Morgan State was predicted to finish second for the men, North
Carolina Central third while Hampton earned the fourth place nod. Last
year's tournament champion North Carolina A&T fifth.
Hampton totaled 658 points and received 20 of 26 first-place votes to
earn the first-place prediction for the women. North Carolina A&T was
picked to finish second with 559 points and four first-place votes. Coppin
State (457 points) received one first-place vote and was predicted to finish
third while Florida A&M (429 points) and Howard (429 points) rounded
out the top five preseason predictions.
Accompanying Williams on the men's preseason all-MEAC first team
are Justin Black (Morgan State), Jeremy Ingram (N.C. Central), Mi-
chael Murray (Coppin State), and Matthew Hezikiah (S.C. State).
Joining Bennett and Grice on the Preseason All-MEAC first team is
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Alcorn State vs. Prairie View A&M in Lorman, MS 6:30p
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Alabama A&M vs. Jackson State in Huntsville, AL 1 p
Alabama State vs. Southern in Montgomery, AL 1 p
Miss Valley State vs. Texas Southern in Itta Bena, MS 1 p
Tuskegee vs. Miles in Tuskegee, AL 1 p
Elizabeth City State vs. Bowie State in Elizabeth City, NC 1 p
Hampton vs. NC Central in Hampton, VA 1p
Howard vs. Savannah State in Washington, DC 1 p
Lincoln (Pa) vs. Chowan in Lincoln University, PA 1p
Shaw vs. Saint Augustine's in Durham, NC 1 p
Morgan State vs. NC A&T in Baltimore, MD 1 p
Central State vs. Johnson C. Smith in Wilberforce, OH 1:30p
Virginia State vs. Virginia Union in Ettrick, VA 1:30p
Winston-Salem State vs. Fayetteville State in W-Salem NC 1:30p
Cheyney vs. Shippensburg in Cheyney, PA 12n
Shepherd vs. West Virginia State in Shepherdstown, WV 12n
Delta State vs. Concordia-Selma in Cleveland, MS 2p
Lincoln (MO) vs. Northeastern (OK) State in Jeff. City, MO 2p
Tennessee State vs. Austin Peay in Nashville, TN 2p
Texas College vs. SW Assembliles in Tyler, TX 2p
Benedict vs. Lane in Columbia, SC 2p
Kentucky State vs. Morehouse in Frankfort, KY 2p
Arkansas-Pine Bluff vs Grambling State in.Pine-Bluff, AR... 2-:30p
Bethune-Cookman vs. Norfolk State in Daytona Beach, FL 4p
' Stillman vs. College of Faith in Tuscaloosa,-AL ...5p
Clark Atlanta vs. Edward Waters in Atlanta, GA 6p
Virginia-Lynchburg vs. Livingstone in Lynchburg, VA 1 p
SC State vs. Florida A&M in Orangeburg, SC 1:30p
24th Fountain City Classic Bounce TV I HSRN
Albany State vs. Fort Valley State in Columbus, GA 2p
(8-1, 5-0), up to llth in this week's Sports Net-
work FCS national poll, hosts (4 p.m.) Norfolk
State (2-7, 2-3). Second-place South Carolina
State (6-3, 5-1) has its homecoming (1:30 p.m.)
vs. Florida A&M (3-6, 2-3).
SWAC East leader Jackson State (7-2,7-0),
coming off a bye week, is at (1 p.m.) Alabama
A&M (3-6, 3-4 E). Alabama State (6-3, 6-1 E),
second in the East, is hosting (1 p.m.) West Divi-
sion leader Southern (5-4, 5-2 W).
Prairie View (5-4, 4-3 W), a game behind
Southern in the West, plays Thursday (6:30 p.m.)
at Alcorn State (7-3, 5-2).
Hampton's Nicole Hamilton, Coppin State's Kyra Coleman and Eboni
Ross of North Carolina A&T.
The 2014 MEAC Basketball Tournament is slated for March 10-15 at
the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.
MEN'S PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1) Norfolk State 2) Morgan State 3) NC Central 4) Hampton 5 NC A&T 6) Savan-
nah State 7) Delaware State 8) Bethune-Cookman 9) Coppin State 10) Florida
A&M 11)SC State 12) Howard 13) Maryland-Eastern Shore
PRESEASON ALL-MEAC FIRST TEAM
Justin Black, 6-2, Sr., G, MSU; Pendarvis Williams, 6-6, Sr., G, NSU; Jeremy Ingram,
6-3, Sr., G, NCCU; Michael Murray, 6-5, Sr., F, CSU: Matthew Hezikiah, 6-11, Sr.,
Lamont Middleton, 6-3, Sr., G, NCA&T; Jamie Adams, 5-10, Sr., G, FAMU; Bruce
Beckford, 6-5, So., F, NCA&T; Du'Vaughn Maxwell, 6-7, Sr., F, HAMPTON; lan Chil-
es, 7-2, Sr., C, MSU
Malcolm Hawkins, 6-5, Sr., G, NSU; Emmanuel Chapman, 6-1, Sr., G, NCCU; An-
thony Hubbard, 6-5, Sr., F, MSU; Troy Snyder, 6-6, Sr., F, UMES; Rashid Gaston,
6-8, So., F, NSU; Brandon Goode, 6-8, Sr., C, NSU
WOMEN'S PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1) Hampton 2) NCA&T 3) Coppin State 4) Florida A&M 5) Howard 6) Morgan
State 7) SC State 8) Bethune-Cookman 9) Maryland Eastern Shore 10) Dela-
ware State 11) Norfolk State 12) Savannah State 13) NC Central
PRESEASON ALL-MEAC FIRST TEAM
Jasmine Grice, Grad, G, FAMU: Nicole Hamilton, Sr., G, HAMPTON; Kyra Coleman,
Sr., G/F, CSU; Alyssa Bennett, Sr., F, HAMPTON; Eboni Ross, So., C, NC A&T
Kimberiy Sparkman, Sr., G, FAMU; Chastity Rene Taylor, Sr., G, B-CU; Tracy King,
Sr., G/F, NC A&T; Tierra Hawkins, Jr., F, DSU: Ashleigh Claybrooks, So., C, UMES
Tracey Carrington, Jr., G, MSU; Terrenisha Hollis, Sr., G, B-CU; Rachel Gordon, Sr.,
F, NSU; Larissa Carter, Sr., F, CSU; Charmaine Greene, Sr., C, SSU
November 7-13, 2013
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What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Drive & Book Sale
Join the Friends of Brentwood
Library for a November
Membership Drive and Book Sale.
The sales are Tuesdays and
Thursday 10 a.m. to noon and 3:30
p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Brentwood
Branch Library, 3725 Pearl Street at
West 27th Street. For more informa-
tion call 630-0924.
Great news! Tickets for the 2013
Jacksonville Fair are on sale now!
The Jacksonville Fair takes place
November 6th to November 17th
at the Jacksonville State Fair
Grounds, 510 Fairgrounds Place.
Enjoy food, rides and fun! For tick-
ets, concerts and more details visit
www.jacksonvillefair.com or call
Brenda Jackson 100th
Book Signing Party
Celebrate renowned Jax native and
New York Times best seller author
Brenda Jackson's 100th book sign-
ing party, Friday, November 8th, 7
11 p.m. at the University Club,
1301 Riverplace Towers, 27th
Floor. Enjoy food, dancing and
fun! The red carpet affair is
Saturday, November 9th at the
Touchdown Club East- Ever Bank
Stadium, 5:30 p.m. 1 a.m. For
more details email 100bookcelebra-
The Beaches Area Historical
Society invites you their 33rd
Annual Gala under the stars in and
around the Beaches Museum
Chapel, 381 Beach Blvd,
Jacksonville Beach. Enjoy festive
food, dancing and cocktails, Friday,
November 8th at 6:30 p.m. For
more information contact Gala
Chair Cabeth Cornelius at 241-
Coach Washington, Sr.
There will be a dedication pro-
gram and unveiling of a street des-
ignation/roadway marker and
reception event honoring Coach
Nathaniel S. Washington, Sr. It will
be Friday, November 8th at 11 a.m.
in the courtyard of Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts, 2445
San Diego Road. For more informa-
tion call Samuel Davis, Jr. at 318-
The annual 44th Northwest Classic
which pits Ribault vs. Raines High
School School, kicks off Friday,
November 8th, with the 1st Annual
Alfred Austin Basketball
Tournament at 7 p.m. in the Ribault
Gymnasium. On Saturday
November 9th, at 10 a.m. the
parade will take place beginning at
the Shoppes of Sherwood, 5045
Soutel Drive, routing to Ribault
High School. At 2 p.m. the teams
will hit the field at Kibault High
School, 3701 Winton Dr. If you
need additional information contact
Siottis Jackson at 894-3598.
Pearls & Cufflinks Gala
Join the Clara White Mission in
their mission to end homelessness
and hunger through education and
job training at the annual Pearls and
Cufflinks Gala, Saturday,
November 9th, from 6 p.m. to 9
p.m. at the Citi Conference Center,
14000 Citi Cards Way. For tickets
and reservations contact Deborah
Henry at 354-4162.
On Saturday, November 9th it's
Showcase JAX! a celebration of
resources and spirit. Enjoy a net-
working reception followed by an
entertaining Business Innovation
awards dinner. Some of the area's
top business leaders and supplier
representatives will be in atten-
dance. For more information call
SCLT Youth Group
The Shaping Christian Leaders of
Tomorrow (SCLT) Youth Group at
Woodlawn Presbyterian Church
will sponsor a Health Fair,
Saturday, November 9th, 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. in the Family Life Center
of the church. There will be free
health information, screenings, and
much more! The church is located
at 3026 Woodlawn Road. For more
information call Anne Hart 635-
Mama's Girl Play at
Paxon Revival Center
AARP and GDavis Productions
presents "Mama's Girls," an urban
stage play that will take you on a
emotional journey as five sisters
come together to face the reality of
their mothers declining health. The
play takes place, Saturday,
November 9th at 7 p.m. at Paxon
Revival Center, 5461
Commonwealth Avenue. For more
details call 757-5304 or email
Durkeeville Car Show
The Durkeeville Historical
Society Car Show fundraiser takes
place, Saturday, November 9th at
the museum, 1293 W. 19th Street.
DHS needs your "hot" car!!! Come
view the best of show car awards,
raffle and fun. For more informa-
tion call 598-9567 or visit www.dur-
Celebration of Life
with Will Downing
LJ Holloway and Associates pres-
ents the 7th annual Celebration of
Life Benefit Concert, Sunday,
November 10th at 7 p.m., featuring
the prince of sophisticated soul Will
Downing. The celebration recog-
nizes students' determined and
deserving students majoring in dis-
ciplines of Health and Science. For
more details or to purchase tickets
call 576-3218 or 701-3557 or visit
A Great Day in Lavilla presents a
Burlesque Show, Sunday,
November 10th, at 4 p.m. at The
Norm, 2952 Roosevelt Blvd. For
more details call 384-9929.
Free Military Massages
Massage Envy Spa, presents their
2nd annual "Massages for Military"
an event honoring active duty mili-
tary personnel and veterans.
Massage Envy Spa will provide
military participants complimentary
1-hour massage sessions. This one-
day event will take place Monday,
November llth. To book an
appointment call 821-3689 or visit
Join the City of Jacksonville
Monday, November llth for a
patriotic parade featuring grand
marshals, senior military officials,
active-duty and retired military
units, veterans groups, local high
school marching bands, military
organizations, decorative floats,
giant balloons, JROTC units and
more! Visit www.makeascene-
downtown.com or call 630-2489.
Cocktails & Conversation
Join The Cummer for an evening
of discussion, music, wine and
cheese for the featured exhibition:
Modern Dialect: American
Paintings from the John and Susan
Horseman Collection. Enjoy a meet
and greet with music, wine and
cheese, Wednesday, November
13th at 6:30 p.m. For more infor-
mation visit www.cummer.org or
contact Kim Pomar at 356-6857.
The Cummer is located at 829
for the Holidays
The University of Florida
Cooperative Extension Family and
Consumer Sciences Program will
present a program on Cooking
Healthy for the Holidays at the
Duval County Extension Office,
1010 North McDuff Avenue on
Thursday, November 14th, at 6
p.m. Reserve your spot and take
home recipes and ideas to make
your holiday one to remember. You
may pre-register at
9951 or call 255-7450.
Tango Fire Dance
Argentina's acclaimed tango com-
pany, Tango Fire Flames of Desire
plays at Jacksonville's Times-
Union Center's Moran Theater, 300
Water St., Thursday, November
14th at 7:30 p.m. Flames of Desire
takes the audience on a journey
through tango tracing its roots
from the Barrio's of Buenos Aires
city into Cabaret before moving
through the decades to showcase
tango's growing popularity as a
contemporary dance form. For
more information email
email@example.com or call 442-2933 or
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The best time to make decisions regarding long-term care is well before it's needed. An unexpected illness or injury
may force you or a loved one into making hasty decisions.
Long-term care is a set of services and supports for people who are unable to perform Activities of Daily Living
(ADLs). ADLs are self-care activities, such as getting in and out of bed, walking, bathing, dressing, eating, and bowel and
bladder management. About 70 percent of people turning 65 can expect to need some kind of long-term care services as
they age. Experts encourage everyone over age 50 to take the time, while you have it, to research options and make
important choices. Long-term care planning means developing a personal strategy now for how things should be handled
later when you or a loved one is in need of care. Important considerations include the following:
Staying In Charge
An important part of long-term care planning
is outlining how you would like things to be
handled. Expressing preferences clearly about
how any declines in ADLs should be handled,
what financial resources are available, and who
should provide needed care is a good way to
retain control. All adults over age 18 should
execute legal documents that appoint one or
more individuals to make health care and finan-
cial decisions for them in the event they become
unable to make decisions for themselves. Adults
who lose the ability to make decisions before
executing these documents must have the court
system appoint someone to make decisions for
them. An attorney can also prepare an advance
care directive, which is a set of written instruc-
tions detailing what medical care you want or
do not want.
Those who would prefer to stay at home for as
long as possible should make a plan to do so, and
consider making modifications as needed. Home
modifications are often intended to allow maximum
self-care, and to help avoid a fall. Avoiding a fall
can help delay or avoid the need for long-term
care. Typical modifications include widening
doorways, adding wheelchair ramps, improving
lighting, mounting stairway chair lifts, installing
medical alert systems and adding handrails or
safety grips. An important consideration for any-
one planning to stay home is to ensure the bath-
room can be used safely. Ideally, your residence
should maximize your ability to continue perform-
ing ADLs, and help you avoid a fall.
Maintaining a good relationship with a primary care
physician is key. Regular check-ups can lead to early
diagnosis of any physical, mental or emotional
decline. Be honest and open about symptoms, daily
habits or changes in appetite. Be sure to have the
primary care physician review all medications.
Ongoing medication management is an important
part of staying healthy and avoiding a fall.
Unpaid family members are the most common
source of long-term care help. But, they may not
be able to provide all the care you need, or be
there every hour of the day. If you intend to rely
on family members for long-term care services be
sure to involve them in your long-term care plan-
ning. Make sure they are willing and able to be
caregivers for you.
As part of your long-term care plan, look into
caregiving services in your area, including in-
home care providers and elder daycare centers.
Find out about elder shuttles, meals on wheels
and other low-cost services offered in your
community. Several types of housing come with
support services for people who cannot fully take
care of themselves due to aging and/or disability.
Public housing is available for low-to-
moderate income elderly and persons with
Assisted living homes are group living set-
tings that offer housing in addition to assis-
tance with ADLs and other services, such
as meals. Generally, they do not provide
Continuing care retirement communities
provide a range of housing options, including
independent living units, assisted living and
nursing homes, all on the same campus.
Nursing facilities, or nursing homes, are the
most service-intensive housing option, provid-
ing skilled nursing services and therapies
Take the time to familiarize yourself with the
different types of facilities available in your
area. Ask family and friends for any recommen-
dations they may have and take advantage of
information available on the Internet. Visit
www.longtermcare.gov to find out more informa-
tion about each type of facility and costs associ-
ated with long-term care. Your local Area Agency
on Aging office also offers a list of resources
available to the elderly in your area.
Having your long-term care plan squared away
and clear, so there are no misunderstandings or
second-guessing, can be the greatest gift you can
give to your loved ones, and yourself.
For more information, visit www.longtermcare.gov.
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T.O. Seeks Help from lyanla
Either you loved him or you
hated him. There seemed to be no
middle ground with Terrell "T.O."
Owens, once one of the premiere
wide receivers in the NFL. His
well-documented fall from grace
began after a brief but drama-filled
stint with the Eagles, which includ-
ed highly public verbal warfare
with quarterback Donovan
McNabb, and reportedly, a naked
locker room fist fight with tackle
Owens frustration appeared to
deteriorate into desperation with the
debut of the ill-advised reality
show, "The T.O. Show." Obviously
troubled, Owens recently sat down
with lyanla Vanzant for the season
premiere of "Iyanla, Fix My Life,".
"I'm here in Alexander City, Ala.
because there is a man down on the
field," said Vanzant in this intrigu-
ing installment, as she drives into
Owens' hometown. "Like so many
men in this city, in this state, in this
Country, he has lost his way."
When she arrives, Owens puts on
a happy face as he greets her. A
magnificent physical specimen,
Owens and Vanzant
and six-time Pro Bowler who was
once one of the most formidable
offensive forces in football, Owens
hasn't played a regular season game
since 2010 and is currently paying
$45,000 a month in child support to
four different "baby mamas."
Straight to the point, Vanzant
asks, "Why are you back here
now?" According to the network,
the spiritual life coach, who has
survived her own series of setbacks,
uncovers Owens' pain from rarely
seeing his mother and not knowing
the identity of his father, and soon
realizes that the circumstances of
his life likely stem from his feelings
of abandonment as a child.
Through a series of "emotional
heart-to-heart sessions, you see
Owensdissolve into the wounded
11-year-old boy who discovered
that the neighbor raising his family
across the street was his own father.
It is immediately apparent that the
relationship with his parents must
be healed before he can have a pos-
itive relationship with his children.
Then there is the question of his
once-thriving career. "Now 40-
years-old with little if any chance of
ever returning to the NFL, Owens is
now forced to face the rest of his
life. "I'm in the real world now, and
I've been exposed to what the real
world is. You get to the point like,
'Man, is it worth living for?"
"You maximized your talent and
didn't maximize your craft," said
Vanzant. Your first craft is being a
man. While gridiron glory may be a
thing of the past for Terrell Owens,
Vanzant appears to be setting him
on the path to a productive and
Allen Iverson Retires Broke
;didn't have the money to pay his dren.
court mandated $8,000-a-month With all of his financial issues,
IkI \ child support payments to his ex- Iverson is said to be worth less than
wife, Tawanna, for their five chil-
Oprah Winfrey's Yard Sale Fetches $600,000 for Charity
Oprah Winfrey's old stuff fetched $600,000 last weekend. In what was described as "an epic yard sale", the
Saturday event went down in classic Oprah style: all for charity. That seemed only to up the ante on what peo-
ple were willing to spend. The Los Angeles Times noted that the Oprah touch sent prices on the most mundane
items skyrocketing, simply because people wanted something that was Oprah's including a teapot expected to
go for $100. In the end, it had another zero attached to its price tag. Other non-bargains included: A set of six
18th-century Louis XVI armchairs with hand-embroidered details netted $60,000; An enlarged print of a TV
Guide photo of the TV host, with a $200-$400 estimate, went for $3,000; Crystal lamp bases (described as "sim-
ple"), expected to fetch $200-$400, went instead for $2,500; Two 13-ft. long sofas, upholstered in crushed velvet
with roped fringe, collectively brought in $8,750. The treasures came from the 59-year-old media mogul's homes
in Hawaii, Indiana and California, with the auction taking place inside three tents on the polo grounds in Santa
Barbara, Calif. All proceeds from the sale benefited Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Why Are There So Few Black Entertainers with Dark Skin
'.. Kele Okereke
There is an undeniable scarcity of Black female actors in
film and television. Of the female actors that we see, it's even
rarer to see one of a darker skin tone. When British dual-her-
itage actor Thandie Newton was cast as Olanna, the volup-
tuous, brown-skinned and beautiful Igbo heroine of the film
adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half of a
Yellow Sun, there was a furor. The 2006 book, which won the
Orange prize for fiction, tells the story of the Biafran war.
Many saw the casting of Newton as a step in the right direc-
Allen Iverson tion for Hollywood, which has been notoriously slow to
Allen Iverson, who has been greenlight films featuring black actors in leading roles, but
deemed "the best pound-for-pound not everyone was happy. An online petition sprang up,
NBA player" by such icons as demanding the film be recast.
Lebron James, announced his The petitioners wrote: "Thandie Newton is an accomplished
retirement from the Philadelphia and talented actress. However, she is not Igbo. she is not
'76ers, even tSough He has't been"" Nigeraansheoes not physically resemble bbo-i"men."7
i NBA player "lor nearuftnr ei' hltest.'hispetition is important because we live in a
years. The 11-time All-Star and world where mass media sells us the belief that white, and
seveii-time_.. All-NBA selection, anything close to white, is right, and black is not only wrong,
whose estimated wealth hovered it is unattractive, and undesirable. The casting of Thandie
-around the $200 million mark, is Newton as an Igbo woman is not only false, it helps promote
reportedly leaving his beloved sport the idea that light skin and curly hair is the only way a black
relatively broke, according to The woman can be represented in the media, because that is the
Inquisitr. only way they are attractive. This casting choice is an abomi-
The 38-year-old shooting guard, nation to Igboland."
who was first drafted by the 76ers This reaction seems to highlight a worrying trend through-
in 1996, has reportedly squandered out the media in which the dark-skinned black woman seems
his wealth and is facing financial almost non-existent. We rarely see her dancing in R&B
ruin. In his post-NBA career, "The videos: she has been replaced as the love interest by her light-
Answer" has been marred by child skinned or white sisters. We do not even see her in the faces
support issues, divorce settlement of our black female pop stars. Take Rihanna, Beyonc6 and
entanglements, debts to jewelers Nicki Minaj, all light-skinned with European features and
and attorneys, alleged gambling blond weaves. Even in the world of fashion, the image of the
and alcohol addictions, and proper- black woman has been all but erased from the catwalk. As
ty foreclosures. At one point this Naomi Campbell recently said, opportunities for black mod-
year, there was even talk ofjail time els seem scarce. The most successful black female model is
for Iverson because he reportedly now London-born Jourdan Dunn, who has campaigns for
Burberry, Calvin Klein, and Victoria's Secret. Dunn is 5ft well in the US, Asia and Africa. Mexican American women in
lOin, rakishly slender and, most importantly, light-skinned. Arizona, California and Texas have report-
Where have all our dark-skinned sisters gone? lWhat does it edlv suffered mercury poisoning after
mean that the only acceptable black faces are light-skimied' tur.ning to whitening creams to bleach
This is the reality of colonsm.. their skin. That skin-bleaching cos-
Colorism refers to discrimination based on skin color. metics have persisted for decades
Typically it disadvantages dark-skinned people, and pmn i- signals the enduring legacy of
leges those with lighter skin. Dark Girls, a 2011 documentary colburism.
by film-maker Bill Duke. sought to rip the lid off colonsm. It is clear that the effects of col-
For more than an hour. dark-skinned black women shared orism run deep in our society. One
their feelings of rejection, sexual objectification and margin- could struggle to think of a dark-
alisation. In one of the more harrowing segments it reported a skinned female actor or per-
new version of the 1940s doll experiment b\ Kenneth and former currently on televi-
Mamie Clark, which had children select a white or a black .- sion screens during
doll (they typically chose white), and showed how black primetime. One stand
children had internalised racist ideas In the updated \er- *. out is 16-year-old
sion. black children favoured light-skinned dolls oernh Barrett,
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It's not just a theoretical issue. Colorism yields real .started her
advantages for people with light skin. A Villanova tenure on
University study of more than 12,000 African I The X
American women imprisoned in North Carolina Factor.
found that lighter-skinned black women received Hannah,
shorter sentences than their darker-skinned coun- prone to
terparts. Previous research by Stanford psycholo- floods of
gist Jennifer Eberhardt found that darker-skinned t e a r s ,
black defendants were twice as likely as lighter- impressed the
skinned black defendants to get the death J judges with her
penalty for crimes involving white victims, mature-sounding soulful
Colourism also manifests in the romantic tone and she certainly has lots
realm. Because fair skin is associated with ot promise. During a recent live
beauty and status, light-skinned black show. she sang a note-perfect
women are more likely to be married than rendition of the Christina
darker-skinned black women. "We find that Ii Aguilera torch song Beautiful.
the light-skin shade as measured by survey The e\er-sage Sharon Osbournme
interviewers is associated with about a 15% made sure to remind her: "Yes, you
greater probability of marriage for young black are beautiful. ou lust have to
women." Light skin is so coveted that t belhee it. dear." \Vise words,
whitening creams continue to sell a Bar.et E v^ A Sharon.
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NSOC Feeds Hundreds' Mind, Body, and Spirit at Annual Co
Michelle Andrews and Akya Sanders
Sheila and Henry Davis
Playing Checkers Clifford Campbell and Tyrone McCloud
Joya Jackson and Kaylisa McCloud
Face painting artist Marty Hill and Tonisha Merritt
Community Day Organizer Lynn Sherman
with NSCOC Senior Minister Charlie McClendon
Senior Minister Brother Charlie
McClendon and the Northside
Church of Christ Family began cel-
ebrating their 36th Annual
Homecoming and 59th Church
Anniversary with their 14th Annual
Community Day Free Fish Fry and
health screening where over 800
children and families attended.
Participants of the Homecoming
shared their spiritual experiences
and chatted with old friends and
neighbors. Children played in the
designated bouncy houses and
grabbed snow cones as they played
with their friends. Other activities
included face painting, horseshoes,
checkers, bingo, basketball, a
megaslide and clothes give-a-way.
The Health Planning Council of
Northeast Florida representative
Rashell Kole spoke to parishioners
and guest regarding the advantages
of the Affordable Care Act.
The festive free event kicked off
the NSCOC week-long celebration
themed, "Working Together for One
Cause," Gospel Song Fest and 59th
Church Anniversary. The celebra-
tion will continue this weekend on
Saturday, November 9th at 6 p.m.
with a Gospel Songfest presenting
acapella at its best to entertain,
inspire and praise with the joyful
voices of His Image, Total Praise,
Voices of Harmony, A.D. 33,
Genesis McClendon and Northside
Church of Christ Mass Chorus all
from Jacksonville, FL. Out of town
groups include United in Song-
Tampa, FL, B.A.S.I.C. & T.F.C-
Nashville, TN, The Lamplighters-
Mt. Bayou, MS, Redeemed-Baton
Rouge, LA and Jerome and Tiffany
Malone of Rogersville, AL.
On Sunday, November 10th is the
Annual Homecoming Day
Celebration an all day celebration
beginning with the Memorial
Homecoming Breakfast/Program at
7 a.m., early morning worship 8:45
a.m., morning worship 10:45 a.m.
and immediately following worship
will be the Annual Homecoming
Dinner at 12:45 p.m. The Annual
36th Homecoming will conclude
with the Homecoming Program and
more group singing at 2:45 p.m.
For more information or transporta-
tion, call 765-9830.
Scoop up hugs, kisses,
and C:Sqv 94.
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shopping at Publix for your favorite treats and other items your family loves? With a little
planning, you can enjoy great Buy One Get One Free deals and weekly specials throughout
the store. Bring in your coupons, and save even more. With all the ways Publix helps you
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