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for On-field Use of N-word What the Dunn Verdict Says About Us
INDIANAPOLIS Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie
Newsome confirmed Saturday the NFL is considering instituting a 15- By Marc H. Morial of Trayvon Martin, justice again Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law SUV
yard penalty for on-field use of the N-word. "Jordan had no guns. He had no has been compromised in the fatal to bolster his justification of the Two weeks ago, a jury found
Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams was accused of using the drugs. There was no alcohol They shooting of 17-year-old Jordan killing, as his lawyer stated in his Dunn guilty of three counts of
N-word during a game last season. The Fritz Pollard Alliance has advo- were coming from the mall. They Davis. closing argument, "His honor will attempted murder, one for each of
cated for the end of the use of the word in the league. were being kids." On November 23, 2012, Michael further tell you that if Michael Jordan's three friends, and shooting
The move follows the Jonathan Martin harassment scandal and -Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Dunn, a 47-year-old White man, Dunn was in a public place where into a vehicle. But they deadlocked
Michael Sam's announcement he's gay. Davis fired 10 rounds into a SUV after he had a legal right to be, he had no on the fifth count first-degree
"We did talk about it. I'm sure you that saw that toward the end of the Another mother's anguish. arguing over loud rap music com- duty to retreat and had the right to murder in the killing of Jordan.
year Fritz Pollard came out very strong with a message that the league Another unarmed Black teenager in ing from the vehicle with Jordan stand his ground and meet force Dunn could get at least 60 years and
needs to do something about the language on the field." Newsome said Florida shot dead for no good rea- and three other unarmed African with force, including deadly force." may spend the rest of his life in
during the NFL draft scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. son. Another indefensible instance American teenagers. Dunn claims Jordan Davis bran- prison for the four lesser counts.
Newsome said NFL officials attended the meeting and the committee of Stand Your Ground rearing its Three of the bullets struck and dished a gun so Dunn shot first. But.the failure to convict him of
may present a proposal to owners in Orlando, Fla. ugly head. Eight months after the killed Jordan Davis. Like George But there is one big problem with murdering Jordan Davis raises crit-
"With any rule that we put into play, we have to look at it from A to stunning acquittal of George Zimmerman, Michael Dunn his story. Jordan Davis had no gun ical questions about the devaluing-
Z," Newsome said. "We find out what are the unintended conse- Zimmerman for the shooting death claimed self-defense and used and neither did anyone else in the Continued on page 3
quences, not just the consequences. As it was stated in our meeting,
there are (microphones) everywhere. So if something is being said it's "Weaving" Closes Black History Month with Sharing and Fellowship
probably going to be captured somewhere. So we'll get an opportunity
to get it verified if we have to." Weaving the Web of Our History,
an annual Black History Month
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Nobel event hosted by Carlottra Guyton,
convened last weekend with nearly
M edal, Bible Placed in Care of Court sixty guests filling her Springfield
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Nobel Peace Prize medal and personal Bible home for sharing and fellowship.
must be moved to a court-controlled safety deposit box, a judge ruled the lst Stury oF ary
.' Guyton opens her home to history
lasy week as the late civil rights leader's children are engaged in a fight lovers who come with a home
over ownership of his estate.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said once the de dis to share rio
ovrw nsh eshared buffet dinner, a roundtable
medal and Bible are moved, "they won't go anywhere until we resolve shared buffet dinner, a roundtale
this matter." discussion is held where partici-
pants are encouraged to share a
Under the judge's order, both items will be stored in a single bank box a panits are encoeurage to share ae
and the judge will hold the keys. King, who received the Nobel Peace
Prize in 1964, was assassinated four years later in Memphis, Tennessee. sonal recollections to 'weave the
His two sons, Dexter and Martin King III, want to sell the Nobel web' of our Black History. This
medal and the Bible. Their sister, Bernice King, is opposing the sale. year's discussions anged from the
The King estate sued Bernice King in late January, seeking an emer- Jordan Davis ae t th experi-
ence of integrating a white neigh-
gency court order forcing her to return the Nobel Prize and Bible, say- c borhood and the personal accounts
ing she signed a 1995 agreement giving control of King's possessions
of 92 year old Montford Point
Marine George McIvory who
brought a variety of artifacts
Boston Gov. Deval Patrick Says including his Congressional medal
Maybe to a Run for Oval Office of Hoor.my calendar,"
Boston Governor Deval Patrick cracked the door on Sunday to a Shown above participating in the annual Weaving the Web event are Cheryl Gamble, Neicy Brock Young, said annual participant Greg Miller.
potential White House run after the 2016 election, using a governors' Casey Barnum and Helen Holloway listening intently to Montford Point Marine George McIvory talking come every year to hear and
conference in Washington, D.C., to stir national buzz. about his experience growing up in Jacksonville and racism in the military, share and can't wait for next year."
Asked in an interview with Politico whether he could envision him-
self running for national office, Patrick, who has ruled out vying for the A frican-A m erican Leaders
2016 nomination, replied, "Maybe. Maybe." African-American Leaders
"That's a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years and
she's a tough one to convince," Patrick told the publication. M eet ith President O ba a
He dangled the notion of returning to government after "a break" once
his second term ends early next year. I d -
"I'd like to have another opportunity to serve. I believe in service. I .
enjoy it," the governor said. "I also like coming and going, you know,
because I think that my private-sector life has contributed to how I1 :
think about public-sector challenges and what I do in the public sector." Me
Malcolm X Daughter Pens
Childrens' Book About Her Dad
MALCOLM X'S daughter has written and published a new children's
book about the early life of her iconic father.
Ilyasah Shabazz wrote Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to
Become Malcolm X to help children learn to take responsibility for
The 51-year-old author, whose civil rights activist father was assassi-
nated in 1965, said: "I want any child to pick up this book and feel lov-
able, and that they're worthy of love.
The writer is one of X's six children, and she herself has followed
in his footsteps by becoming a community activist.
Shown above is DJ Bernard Deangelo and Diallo Sekou.
SPresident Barack Obama meets with African American Civil Rights Grassroots Initiative Inspires Entertainment
12 Years a Slave Coming group leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House last week. Commission to Get a Handle on Jax Night Life
to Public High Schools President Obama and Attorney "We are very parallel with the
General Eric Holder met last week- president's plans in many of these by Bro. Diallo Sekou had happened only minutes ago.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is partnering with with a group of African-American areas," Sharpton said. He suggested As I stand outside of Bottoms Up The necessity to display the
New Regency, Penguin Books and the filmmakers to distribute copies civil rights leaders, discussing much of the frustration in the black night club on a late Sunday night, tenets of unity, strength and control
of the acclaimed film, book and study guide 12 Years a Slave to income inequality and jobs, voter community is aimed at the "resis- meeting with the owner "Big Reg" is vital to the future for those in his
America's public high schools. suppression and controversial state tance and blocking" demonstrated from High Life Music, I approach line of work, the city and the
The initiative, coordinated by TV host Montel Williams, will start to laws like Florida's Stand Your by Congress. him about a concept of unity, patrons who support him. I men-
distribute 12 Years a Slave nationwide in September 2014 in concert Ground. "I think the media likes to over- strength and control. Together we tioned establishing a unified front
with the new school year. It is modeled against an initiative Williams Several African-American lead- play some frustrations..." Sharpton spoke on why this concept may with all those involved in the night
launched that led to distribution by "The Montel Williams Show" of ers have been critical of Obama for said, noting Obama was reelected work and why it may not work life of Jacksonville. This unified
copies of the Civil War film Glory to public high schools, not doing more to address the with a healthy African-American among Jacksonville's urban entre- front will include secure venues
12 Years a Slave depicts the harrowing tale of a New York State-born African-American jobless rate in vote in 2012. "Is there some frustra- preneurs. ensuring the public's safety and
free black man kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into particular. But Al Sharpton, founder tion? Yes, but a lot of it is directed Within minutes of our conversa- creating a public relationship with
slavery. The film has been awarded the Golden Globe, the Critics and president of the National at a Congress that refuses to deal tion, he received a Facebook mes- its patrons. Putting a face behind
Choice Award, the PGAAward and the BAFTAAward for Best Picture Action Network, said the meeting with any of the agenda." sage headlined "Shooting in Lava these great venues and the nightlife
and is nominated for nine Academy Awards. was substantive. Continued on page 3 nightclub" this was in real time. It will establish Continued on page 9
Page 2 Ms. Perry's Free Press February 27 March 5, 2014
Making Sure Divorce Doesn't Wipe You Out
As more couples call it quits, experts share tips on protecting yourself
Along with all of its other unfortu- helps couples build trust," he says. ularly children, from prior relation- "Any of these situations can lead
nate consequences, divorce can be so "then, when they face a serious prob- ships. Estate planning to take care of to divorce," says CPA Kohles. "So
financially devastating neither lem, they're equipped to resolve it." the children and the new spouse can while you're talking about it, talk
spouse ever recovers. The three expert's offer these tips prevent problems in the case of death about 'What if we were to divorce?'"
This poses a special problem for for ensuring divorce does not finan- or divorce, advises attorney Hartog. Divorce can be a major tax prob-
people aged 50 and older, one of the cially destroy you, your spouse, or "So often with ill-conceived es- lem, he says. Support payments,
fastest-growing demographics of your family. tate plans, the probate becomes, in property settlements, and retirement
new divorcees. Today, one in four di- This is not a do-it-yourself proj- essence, a post-death divorce. All of accounts can all affect your tax bur-
vorces is an older couple; that's dou- ect. "My partner, Chris Snyder, and I the emotional elements that happen den. When you discuss division of
ble the rate of 1980 numbers, invest much energy into getting to in a divorce get deferred to after your assets, consider the tax implications.
"After 10, 20 or 30 years of mar- know top minds in the different fields death," he says. The kids are fighting "Have the conversation before
riage, divorce is complicated by the because no two ultra-high net worth with the widow about who owns the bad thing happens, and set up
varied assets couples have acquired," situations are exactly the same and what and who's entitled to how trusts to take care of the parties you
says wealth management advisor one top-notch divorce attorney is not much. It's even worse if both spouses wish to take care of. If you don't
Haitham "Hutch" Ashoo, CEO of necessarily the best fit for all of our die and leave adult children with no want a post-nup, at least write down
Pillar Wealth Management, "If you clients," says wealth manager Ashoo. emotional connection." a general agreement that you both
own a business, stock options, com- "We have witnessed much pain, Have the "what if" conversation sign. That gives you a base from
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Black Pages and JEA celebrate Bla k stock, or have a deferred compensa- through many of our clients' mar- denly die? What if something should great way to have a disagreement,"
History M onth one year at a time JEA and tion package, putting a value on them riage dissolutions." happen to one of the children? What he says, "is to not have an agree-
can be a nightmare." It is not too late to try to protect if one of us were to become disabled? ment."
Black Pages sponsored a breakfast Wednesday morning, February 19th. Au- The best protection, of course, is your family and wealth through a
thor Maggie Anderson who wrote "Our Black Year-The Story of One Fam- having signed a prenuptial agreement postnuptial agreement, he says. This
ily's Mission to Support Black Businesses" spoke at the event. She before saying, 'I do," Ashoo and at- contract is signed by both parties and II i II
challenged all present to spend more dollars at black-owned businesses as a torney John Hartog of Hartog & Baer accompanied by a full disclosure of
way to reduce crime and increase employment in the African American Com- Trust and Estate Law agree, all assets, income and debt of both D rivers*
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JTA Meetings Educate the Community on
Transportation Upgrades and Initiatives
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is holding a series of quarterly
meetings with Community Advisory Groups to acquire feedback and recom-
mendations on how the JTA can improve transportation services for cus-
tomers. Members of the community are asked to attend the meetings to
brainstorm, give feedback and help to map out the enhancement of the JTA
bus service initiatives. Meetings will be held in seven conveniently located
neighborhoods. "This is a great opportunity for the community to voice its
concerns with JTA to provide a better and more advanced transportation sys-
tem." said Dr. Latonya Richardson, pictured with Alice Tolbert Cannon, JTA
Vice President, External Affairs at the recent meeting held at the Regency
Library. For more information or to attend a Community Advisory Group
meeting call 632-5522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jtafla.com.
February 27 March 5, 2014 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 3
Black History Panel Discusses WhattheTrial Says
continued from page 1
of the lives of young Black males
Impact of Longterm Urban Renewal in America and confirms the need
for a repeal of Florida's repugnant
-S .tand Your Ground law that sanc-
Stions the use of deadly force by
anyone who merely thinks or
SRegardless of whether Dunn or
Zimmerman chose to fully exercise
SStand Your Ground provisions in
Stheir defense, this law was very
Sclearly at the center of both cases.
A recent Urban Institute analysis
found that in Stand Your Ground
S' states, "When the shooter is white
a and the victim is black, the justifi-
able homicide rate is 34 percent.
Shown above at the event are Glorious Johnson, Attorney When the situation is reversed and
Mike Sharrit, Sky Makayla Davis, Adoptive parent Kim the shooter is black and the victim
Davis and Dr. Ma H Oe C h Oe C d is white, shootings are ruled to be
Davis and Dr. Mari Hope, One Church One Child justifiable in only slightly more
Pictured I-r: STANDING: Warren Smith, President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; (seated) than 3 percent of cases."
Delores Burns, Louella McBride of the NAACP, and Charles Spencer, Executive VP of the ILA. One Church One Child Raising In the 22 states with "Stand Your
Ground" laws, the justifiable homi-
by M. Latimer According to Warren Smith, economically and socially since the s- la on ot ji cifii e ho
The long-term impact of late 20th President of the Jacksonville 1970s. "Our communities no Awareness on Adoption Options cide rate has risen by an average of
g90np053 percent to the five years follow-
century urban redevelopment was Chapter of the Coalition of Black longer have a base. We now have to 53 percent in the five years follow-
One Church One Child of Florida two children actually had three ing theirpassage. InFlorda, justi-
the focus of a black history panel Trade Unionists, what happened in focus on taking back our children One Church One Child of Florida two children actually had three ing their passage. In Florida, justi-
held in the Springfield area this past Jacksonville was not unique. He and teaching them the importance ed er other siblings who were also avail- fiable homicides have increased by
to raise community awareness of able for adoption, they decided to 200 percent.
weekend. Hosted by the Coalition presented a documentary on Hayti, of history and unity," said McBride. to raise community awareness of able for adoption, they decided to 200 percent.
of Black Trade Unionists, this event a black community in Durham, Another member of the panel dis- children in foster care in need of a take all 5 (five) children and keep These statistics and their underly-
showcased a seldom-discussed North Carolina. North Carolina cussion expressed that community- permanent adoptive family them together as a family. The ing racial disparities, tell us that
facet of African-American history: Central University and North building should begin with educa- During the prayer breakfast, local Carey Family is in the process of expansive self-defense laws such
the implementation of the national Carolina Mutual Insurance tion. "We have to improve our- adoptive families shared their sto- building a larger home to care for as Stand Your Ground are doing
ries. Ms. Kim Davis, a young, sin- the children and allow them to have more harm than good, and when
highway system and government Company, once the largest black- selves before we can improve the ies. Ms. Kim Davis, a young, sin- the children and allow them to have more harm than good, and when
urban renewal projects of the owned company in America, were larger community," said Melissa gle black woman, with no children, their own personal space coupled with implicit racial bias
urban renewal projects of the owned company in America, were larger community,g said Melissa
1950s-1970s weakened thriving both founded in Hayti. Hayti was a Story. began caring for a six-month old, Cleve Warren, Chief Financial and unfounded preconceptions,
black communities around the completely self-sufficient, thriving Warren Smith added that, while medically involved child. She Officer for Florida State College at young Black males are especially
shared that God gave her special Jacksonville was keynote speaker at ausk. Dunn's own bigoted words
country. "I grew up in Jacksonville community that housed more than education and understanding histo- shared that God gave her special Jacksonville was keynote speaker at risk. Dunn's own bigoted words
love for little Sky Makayla Davis. for the event. Mr. Warren spoke on in letters from jail clearly show his
in the 1950s," said Charles Spencer, 200 businesses, most of which were ry were important, more wasMakayla Davis. for the event. Mr. Warren spoke on in letters from jail clearly show his
SAAHer love for the child continued to his family's personal decision to disregard for their lives, as he
longtime community leader and black-owned," said Smith. Hayti required. "In order to strengthen Her love for the child continued to his family's personal decision to disregard for their lives, as he
Executive Vice President of the declined in the late 20th century opportunities for African grow, when Makayla turned 6 years adopt a child. They already had a wrote: "The jail is full of blacks
International Longshoreman's due to a 1958 urban "renovation" Americans, we must have a better old, Ms. Davis legally adopted her. daughter, but decided to add a son. and they all act like thugs. This
She is now eleven years old. She Their son is now 28 years old and may sound a bit radical but if more
Association. "I watched the con- project, which demolished houses understanding of how the world has She is now eleven years old. She Their son is now 28 years old and may sound a bit radical but if more
struction of Interstate 95 cut and businesses through highway changed. Thanks to globalization, currently serves as an active volun- soon to be married. He really people would arm themselves and
struction of Interstate 95 cut and businesses through highway changed. Thanks to globalization,
through and divide the center of construction communities no longer havebound- teer on the Local Advisory encouraged the audience to consid- kill these (expletive) idiots when
Jacksonville's black community. It Louella McBride, a longtime aries. We must use technology to Committee for One Church One er adoption as real way of building theyre threatening you, eventually
weakened our economic and cultur- member of the NAACP, agreed that promote who we are and what we Child, g t to crce n ly they may take the hint and change
al center." African-Americans have suffered have to offer," said Smith. other prospective adoptive and fos- One Church One Child of Florida their behavior."
ter families. is a state-wide, non-profit organiza- This view and those like it are
Jack & Jill Teens Show Oratorical Excellence Adoptive parents Mr. and Mrs. tion, implemented in the state of why we must commit today to
pnce Daniel T. Carey shared that God Florida March 1, 1988 to mobilize action against the devaluing of our
had spoken to them encouraging and engage local communities and young Black lives. Such a blatant
Allana Barlow, Myles Sams and them to provide foster care for assist the Department of Children disregard for the value of a Black
Laila Simmons. Local community older children. Family Support and Families and Local Community male's life should be a wake-up call
media representatives, Aleizha Services, the local community Based Care agencies in addressing to all Americans. We must intensi-
Baston of the Jacksonville Mayors based care lead agency which has permanency issues in child welfare. fy our fight against Stand Your
office, Dee Registre, Public responsibility for children in foster For information on adopting, Ground laws and the underlying
Relations, Edward Waters College care, contacted the Carey Family to fostering, volunteering, contact Dr. mentality that justify the killing
and Lynn Jones of the Jacksonville take 2 (two) siblings. When Mr. Mari Hope at 764-3770, or email at of young Black men whose only
Free Press judged the competition. and Mrs. Carey discovered that the Mari_Hope@ococfl.org. "offense" is being Black.
Shown (L-R) are winners: 3rd place Austin Sams (13), Episcopal High
School, 2nd place Sydney Clark (17), Stanton College Preparatory, and
winner Malcolm Wilkes (17), Atlantic Coast High School.
Jack & Jill of America, Inc., from the cases of Jordan Davis and
Jacksonville Florida Chapter held Trayvon Martin to the triumphs of
their annual 57th Southeastern icons and legends Oprah Winfrey,
Region Ann Owen Gordon Teen Martin, Luther King, Jr. and
Oratorical competition last week- President Barack Obama.
end. Judged on the four areas of Jack & Jill Teen President,
Evaluation, Personal Qualities, Kathryn Huyghue presided over the
Organization of Material, Delivery competition, while Teen Chaplain
of Presentation and Overall Donavon Jordan delivered the
Effectiveness, the teens were vying mediation. Parent Tim Brown
for top honors to represent their emceed the program along with
chapter regenionally and nationally. teen co-sponsors Deborah
The theme was, "Pink and Blue: Cannington and Priscilla Wilkes.
The American You". Delivered The program also included a poetic
peeches touched on everything intermission reading from students
Meet with President Obama
continued from front ly pleased that Obama is pushing
Sharpton said the black commu- Congress to raise the federal mini-
nity has "deep concerns" about mum wage to $10.10..,
some criminal justice issues, "We come today with that sense
including laws like Florida's Stand that this president' s ear, this presi-
Your Ground law and that Obama dent's concern for our community is
"listened very attentively and com- as strong as ever," Morial said.
mited to Holder review their con- Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the From left: Leanna Archer, Beverly Johnson, Roland Panish, Gladys Knight, Dr. Steve Perry, Kenny Williams, and Charles Orgbon ill.
cernes. NAACP Legal Defense Fund said.
Marc Morial, president of the the group was pleased that Obama
National Urban League, said the and Holder "stand united in some of W e ap"pla ud t.h e fe w
group -- which met with Obama for the efforts to ensure that our crimi- W e.ap p lau d th e few
more than an hour -- presented him nal justice system reduces racial
a document, the 21st Century disparities." that inspire the m any
Agenda for Jobs and Freedom, She called it "bold" for Obama 2
detailing a coalition of groups' pri- and Holder to use clemency to aid
orities on health care, voting rights, non violent offenders who were For this year's 365Black~ Award recipients, each day is exceptional. They stand .
education and other issues. "This sentenced to long prison sentences for greatness and bow with selflessness. Through their dedication and service, they
agenda ... aligns in many respects before the fair sentencing act. She world of change. We're proud to honor them all for staying Deeply Rooteinhe
with the president's agenda," noted Obama granted clemency to 3
Morial said. "We talked extensively 8 people late last year and is seek- .o .
about the challenges of unemploy- ing more cases. ';' m$ '2
ment, the challenges of under- Justice earlier this year
employment, the challenges of announced plans to identify non- h
black and urban and brown unem- violent prison inmates convicted of
ployment in this nation." low-level drug charges who would
He said the leaders were especial- be good clemency candidates.
Page 4 Ms. Perry's Free Press February 27 March 5, 2014
The great African American Ra,
writer Zora Neale Hurston once Governor's Race Shaping Up to be
said, "There are years that ask ques-
tions and years that answer." *
Last year, asked the question of Expensive and Highly Contentious
who Democrats will select to run
against Florida Governor Rick complicated at all. The key is pick- However, the only prominent been a moderate so he never had
Scott. This year willanswer that ing the Dem that can actually win Democrat who has actually to caterer to right wing extremists,
question; and we will know who, not making a choice based solely on announced their official candidacy which makes him a much easier pill
why, and if they were successful at values and history within the party. is former Senate Minority Leader to swallowfor most Democrats.
unseating Scott. Recent polling shows that Florida Nan Rich. Yes, I know Nan who? Recently released polls show that
Timing is everything in politics, is as purple as ever. What I mean by Former Florida CFO and the the race has tightened upsignificant-
So the question at hand is who can purple is that the state is neither a woman who lost by a very narrow ly from the gaps that we saw last
beat Rick Scott? Although his solid blue Democrat leaning state or margin in 2010, Alex Sink, is now summer. Polls show Crist leading
approval ratings are still low, he will a solid red Republican leaning state, running for a Tampa-area congres- Scott by around five percentage
have a ton of money to spend and it Here's something to ponder if you sional seat so she's out of the equa- points.Some might be really
is always tough to beat incumbents. didn't know all of the mayors in tion. impressed with that margin, but it's
Who can raise the money and all of Florida's major cities are Despite the rumors, most of the actually down from a 16-point gapore Rea
appeal to enough voters to beat Democrats. The state voted for dust has settled and Charlie Crist is in a March of 2013 poll. Blacks H ave M ore R easons
someone who is very beatable? Let Obama in the last two presidential the man. There is a slight dilemma The same poll shows Scott lead-
me explain a little further, election cycles, though how do you get Nan Rich ing Rich by a margin of 42 percent to be Fearful than W hites
Democrats can pick a great candi- However, Republicans hold the out of the race and save that money to 36 percent, which basically
date like someone from the Florida Governor's Office, all state cabinet and effort by avoiding a Democratic makes the point that Rich is not a NNPA Columnist
House or Senate or even Congress positions, and the GOP controls primary? true player. Outside of her old In the years after enslavement, Southern Whites did all they could to
that the base will love. But can that both the Florida House of Charlie Crist is well positioned to Senate district and Tallahassee no return to a manner of slavery. No White "owned" a Black person, but
candidate raise enough money to get Representatives and Senate. do what he couldn't do as a one knows who she is. many Whites behaved as if they did. Theoretically, Blacks were free to
his or her message out and have But back to the Governor's race Republican candidate for U.S. So for the most part the die has come and go as they pleased, but if they went to the wrong store, sat in
enough mass appeal? and the key players. Well, there's Senate win a primary battle, but been cast and we are looking at a the wrong part of the bus, or failed to yield narrow sidewalks to Whites,
Political parties don't win cam- former Republican Governor turned again it would require him to Crist vs. Scott battle for the they could expect a physical confrontation. All a White woman had to
paigns it's the candidates and their Democrat and friend of President spend money that would be better Governor's mansion. We may see do was cry "rape" for a Black man (and usually the wrong man) was
personality and appeal that win at Obama, Charlie Crist. Then there focused on his general election bat- record funds spent in this race, but beaten or lynched. Whites expected deference from Black people, and
the end of the day. So having a D or are rumors that current U.S. Senator tie with Scott. either way I guarantee that it will be when they didn't get it, they demanded it with physical threats or worse.
R behind your name is never Bill Nelson might take a stab at it Some are concerned that the a close race. In the months after World War II, 12 million soldiers returned home.
enough- well normally not enough, highly unlikely. I have even heard Democratic base is not that excited Signing off from the Governor's Seven percent of them nearly 800,000 Black soldiers got something
but there are some cases where peo- former Governor Bob Graham's about Crist. But I would argue that Mansion (they won't let me in for less than a hero's welcome. Indeed, thousands of Black World II veter-
ple vote straight party line. name which is an even further he is extremely likable, still popular some reason), ans were beaten, often because these men wanted the same rights at
The dilemma for Democrats is not long shot. around the state, and has always Reggie Fullwood home that they fought for abroad. Their sense of dignity and equality
seemed to embolden the Ku Klux Klan, which was responsible for sol-
The Call to Repeal or Amend the Stand Your Ground diers in uniform being pulled off busses, beaten and shot. In some
The Call to Repeal or Amend the Stand Your Ground cases, these soldiers had their eyes gouged out; in some cases they were
castrated, tortured and lynched.
It is now time for the legislature hatred, case of Jordan Davis, and the killer hites engaged in the writing of Jim Crow laws that were imposed
and Governor to take a critical As a member of the Governor's does not get convicted for killing on Blacks such as vagrancy laws that made it possible to jail a Black
assessment on how this law is task force that looked at this law, I this young man because of the con- man because he had no money. These unequal laws made it as easy to
dividing this state and bringing am now asking the Governor to fusion and misunderstanding fnd a nearly free labor market as it had i slavery. There was no relief
negative attention to Florida. I support the recommendations that around the stand your ground law. from this unfairess until the late 1960s and early 1970s. And Whites
think this law needs to be reviewed, the task force submitted. In particu- We are now asking the Governor, attempting to reinforce the myth of White superiority by reinstituting
amended or simply repealed. No lar, the recommendation to do a the President of the Senate and the the practice of deference found a Black population less ready to defer,
law is perfect; only God's divine comprehensive study to see if this Speaker of the House to take an
law. law is being applied justly and fair- objective and prayerful look at the quest for equality
quest for equality.
A law is bad when it gives people ly to all people, and to analyze if law and ask them how they wouldhen the myth ofWhite superiority does not work, too many Whites
the right to shoot first and ask ques- black people and poor people are feel if one of their family members hide behind their so-called fear as a way force deference or provide
tions later; this is morally wrong. I being the victims of the misapplica- were Jordan Davis. penalties for those who will not engage in White people's fantasies. If
am asking our elected officials to tion of this law. We will appoint a national pas- Michael Dunn were so afraid of Jordan Davis and his friends, why did
not get bogged down in partisan We should not be afraid of the tors' task force to work to repeal or
politics and personal agendas and truth. If the data proves that this repair "Stand Your Ground Laws" None of us of certain age loves loud music, but most of us know
None of us of a certain age loves loud music, but most of us know
By Rev. Dr. R. B. Holmes, Jr. to do what is right for all Floridians law is being used in a bias and sub- across the country. The members of how to close a window and tolerate it for a moment or two. Dunn says
Enough is enough. This stand and change this law to make it jective way against a certain group the task force will be announced on he was afraid of teens playing "thug" music. Those teens might well
your ground law has called so more clear and consistent. The of people, then the moral thing to Tuesday, March 25th at 2pm at the have been afraid of him, just as the World War II veterans had been
much confusion, controversy and deaths of Trayvon Martin and do is fix this law, amend this law or National Press Club in Washington, afraid of the KKK. Jordan Davis and his friends might have been as
unrest among some judges, jurors, Jordan Davis and others truly need simply repeal this law. D.C. It is important for pastors to frightened as formers slaves were, when they refused to cross the side-
prosecutors and citizens. This law justice in our court system. The It is indeed unlawful, from my become more involved in challeng- walk into the streets so that Whites could go first. Some of these Black
is divisive and is bringing so much jurors cannot be confused when perspective, to shoot any unarmed ing and changing laws that have a folks ignored their fear and attempted to exercise their citizenship
turmoil and disrespect to the good persons use this law to express their person who is lawfully minding negative impact in our communi- rights. Some were lynched because they would not defer to outmoded
people of this state. fears, frustrations, anger and even their own business, as it was in the ties. customs.
Gary Pearl could be Michael Dunn's evil twin, with a pecuniary twist.
HB aS O ICOa Bltffl In 1983, Pearl left his job as a city sanitation supervisor in Louisville,
Kentucky because he says he had a nervous breakdown, which he
W e are B lack Hr attributed to having to work with Black people. A psychiatrist testified
that Pearl was suffered from paranoid schizophrenia; judge ordered that
by Demetrius Minor Black history is being made have access to a good quality edu- father figure in too many black he be paid $231 per week. The state appealed the award, it was even-
Every February, we are kindly every day! cation. We can possess and nurture homes for a two-parent unit that tually overturned, and Gary Pearl returned to the obscurity he had
reminded of the contributions of I am convinced, now more than the American entrepreneurial spirit helps provide mobility and strength before the "fear" defense.
black Americans in the past. ever, that a legacy isn't formed and become successful and pro- in a family. What would happen if every Black person fearing White people got
We reflect on the bravery and when one takes up a final residence duce thriving families that con- Most important, we must to fie fr u oyent compensation, or carry a gun around to
courage of Frederick Douglass and in the grave and others begin to tribute to a thriving community. acknowledge that Almighty God is assuage himself of his safety? Would a jury be as lenient toward that
Harriet Tubman, who through the articulate how they lived their Our success in life should not be the source of our provisions and Black man as they were with Michael Du? Would they acquit just
process of abolition liberated many lives. Likewise, a legacy isn't cre- contingent on how big a role gov- strength, and that He enables us to like the jury acquitted the men who killed Medgar Evers (it took
and validated the cause of freedom. ated on an epitaph or a monument emment promises to play in our make choices that will have a great decades for a jury to finally do the right thing). A hard read of history
We embrace the legacy of the with glorious quotes. lives. Instead, it should be depend- impact in our families, communi- suggests that Blacks have more to fear from Whites than the other way
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. A legacy is created from what we ent upon morals, faith, our own val- ties and nation. around, but it is Whites, rationalizing their fear, who get to shoot with-
and Rosa Parks, who braved the do in the present to preserve the ues, hard work and the determina- Black history is only vital if we out justification.
hostility of racism and bigotry to future. The current generation of tion to rise from the ashes of low- preserve it. A thorough read of history, however, would remind us of the Dred
pave the way for many to access black Americans is now living its living to partake of the promises We can preserve black history by Scott case where the Supreme Court ruled that Black people have no
the American Dream through their legacy. It is up to us on how this given to us by our Creator. deciding to free ourselves from all rights that Whites are bound to respect. Clearly, Michael Dunn, George
own dreams of equality and justice. legacy is presented. We must speak to the mountains chains of social or economic Zimmerman and the others who have Klan sensibilities and invisible
Black history is rich with many Therefore, I encourage black of despair that exist within our bondage that keep us in a low state hoods, believe a 19th century Supreme Court ruling instead of 21st
such stories of heroism, but it is far Americans to live as a victor, communities and command them of mind. century realities. For folks like Dunn and Zimmerman, however, the
more than a storybook and a histo- When we take opportunities that to be removed. We must exchange The future lies within our hands. 19th century is not very different than the 21st.
ry lesson from which we can draw are advantageous for us to become prison cells that occupy too many Those that went before us should Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and
inspiration. It is modem day life as empowered, we enhance our histo- black men for study halls, college be honored and remembered, but writer She is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women in
well. Black history is the life that ry. classrooms and corporate offices. the responsibility is now up to us. Greensboro, N.C.
we are currently living. I am also adamant that we can We must substitute the lack of a We are black history.
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FOR THE WEEK OF FEB. 25 MARCH 3, 2014 1 4 B L A
IAA CENTRAL INTEROLLEGATE MEAC A o ETERN SIAC SO R INTERCOLLEGATE SWAC SAUTHWES INDEPENDENTS
ATHLETIC AssocLATION ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
FINAL DIV CONF All CONF ALL CONF Au DIV ALL W L
NORTH DIVISION W L W L W L W L W L EASTDMSION W L W L W L W L Central State 16 9
BowieState 7 3 8 8 14 13 North Carolina Central 12 1 21 5 Fort Valley State 14 2 18 7 #Southern 13 2 17 11 W.Va.State 11 13
Lincoln 6 4 10 6 18 8 Hampton 11 3 16 11 Albany State 11 7 14 12 Alabama State 9 5 15 10 Univ. of DC 3 21
ii tate Nfol Se 10 3 16 11 Paine 9 6 14 11 Texas Southe 8 6 12 14 Cheyney 3 22
Chowan 4 6 6 10 12 14 4 11 1 Benedict 10 7 15 10 Pine Bluff 8 7 1017 Lincoln (Mo.) 3 23
iSS ^ S Savannah s 1 s State 8 5 10 ,c
Virginia Union 3 7 511 6 19 Savannah State 8 5 10 17 ClarkAtlanta 9 7 13 11 AlabamaA&M 7 7 10 14 Tennessee Stae 4 24
SOUTH DMSION Florida A&M 7 7 11 160 18 Alcom State 8 7 11 16
Livingstone 8 2 11 5 18 7 Coppin State 6 8 9 18 Clatin 7 17 1 8 rcoState 8 1 WEEK
Winston-Salem State 7 3 11 5 16 10 SC State 5 8 9 17 Morehouse 4 12 7 17 PrairieiewA&M 6 8 8 180 PLAYER
FayettevilleState 6 4 10 6 18 9 Delaware State 5 9 9 18 WEST DMSION JacksonState 6 8 10 16 PLAYER
Shaw 4 6 8 8 10 16 Howard 4 9 6 22 Tuskegee 12 4 15 10 Miss. Valley St. 5 10 9 19 BoKng, 6-, Sr.,G,W. VA. STATE- Got 25
J. C. Smith 4 6 7 9 15 11 NCA&TState 4 9 8 20 Stilman 11 6 16 12 #GramblingState 2 12 3 20 points, bounds hin over Urna hit
St. Augustine's 1 9 4 12 11 15 Bethune-Cookman 4 10 6 23 Kentucky State 10 7 13 12 # negibtefor Conference tie- Postseason pay 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists in win over
CIAA PLAYERS OFTHEYEAR Md.E. Shore 2 10 4 21 LeMoyne-Owen 7 9 10 15 SWACPLAYERSOFTHE WEEK Notre Dame shooting of14 from the feld, 5 of
PLAYER MEAC PLAYERS OTHEWEEK Miles 3 14 3 23 9 from behind the arc. In two games, averaged
FIAA PLERS log TE TR 5s 3. G, LAYER -23.5pointson15of28(53.1%)shootfng,14of23
HOO PS CIAALournen. MEnomas, 5-10, Sr, G, LMNGSTONE Led PLAYERS OF THE WEEK Lane 116 3 2om Miller,66,Sr.,G, SOUTHERN-Araged Sn4s
H CIAA Toumament logo Mar Thomas, 1 16 3 20 Malcolm Mller, 6-6, Sr.,G, SOUTHERN -Araged (60.8%)frlongdistance.Alsomade9of 13FTs.
AATIPOFF:The lA conference averaging 21.2 points per game while Jeremylngram,Sr., G,N.C.CENTRAL- In2-Oweek, 17.0 points and 5 rebounds in two wins. Scored 11 NEWCOMER
TO RNE CAATIPOFF: The CIAA leading Blue Bears to South Division itle His 5.1 hadback-tback3-pointpeomances,36vs.Savan- SIAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK points with4 rebounds inwin overAlabamaA&M. Terry Wood, 6-8, Fr., F, W. VA. STATE Had
O URNI begins a three-week assists per game was second in the league, nah State and 32 vs. N.C. A&T Shot 18 of 36 in the PLAYER Added 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists in win over 13 points and 8 rebounds in win over Urbana,
EASO NMarch through the four DEFENSIVE PLAYER gamesand 27 o32 from the line, also had ive 3s. Maketh Madison, 6-3, Sr, F, STILLMAN -Averaged Alabama State. 15 points and 8 boards in win over Notre Dame.
MrhtSEruhAhSfuODNNSVPAE ROOKIE 17.3 points and 11 rebounds in 3-0 week, in wins over NEWCOMER Averaged14pointsand 8 boardsinthetwowins.
black college basketball OmarBriggs, 6-8, Sr., C, VIRGINIAUNION-Aver- James Daniel, 5-11, Fr., G, HOWARD Scored Miles, Lane and Kentucky State NA
BEG INS aged 8.7 rebounds, 1.5 blocks while sconng 14.3 career-high38pointson8of16 shooing,6of10from NEWCOMER
tournaments, points per game. behind the arc. Also hit 16 of 24 FTs, 3 rebounds, 2 Stanley Magee, 6-4, Jr., F, STILLMAN -Averaged
assists and 2 steals. 18 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in three wins.
LAST GO-ROUND IN CHARLOTTE? CIAA HOOPS DuVaughMaxwell6-7,r-Jr.,FNCCU-10rebounds,
1 steal, 19 points inwinover Howard. BrandonGoode,
ALL-STARS NAMED; STANDOUTS AT THE COMBINE 7-0, Sr, NORFOLK STATE -11 rebounds, 15 points
vs. Coppin State.
UNDER THE BANNER CIAA tourney tips in Charlotte
WHAT'S GOING ON IN AND AROUND BLACK COLLEGE SPORTS LUT WILLIAMS (13-3) is the East's top seed while Tuskegee (12-3)
BCSP Editor is on top of the West. Second seeds in both divi-
SA wide-open 69th CIAA Men's Basketball sions will go down to the wire.
Tournament and 39th Women's Tournament tipped MEAC
off for the ninth consecutive year at the Time War- The top three teams for both the men and
ner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday. women will receive first-round byes into the
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013
In the men's tournament, the top three teams in WOMEN March 10-15 MEAC Tournament in Norfolk, Va.,
the North and South Divisions received byes into #4S St. Augustine's 57, #5N Eliz. City St. 48 according to the league office.
Thursday's quarterfinal round. Bowie State (14-13, #3N Va. Union vs. #6S Livingstone 12:20 p.m. For the men, North Carolina Central (12-
Thomas Deal Briggs Middleton 7-3 N. Div.), Lincoln (18-8, 6-4) and Elizabeth #3S W-Salem St. vs. #6N Lincoln (PA) 2:40 p.m. 1) has a 13-game win streak and a two-game lead
City State (14-12, 6-4) are the top seeds in the #4N Chowan vs. #5S J. C. Smith 5:00 p.m. over Hampton (11-3) and Norfolk State (10-3)
ALL-CIAA HOOPSTERS NAMED: North. Livingstone (18-7, 8-2), Winston-Salem #5S J. C. Smith vs. #6N Va. Union 7:20p.m. with three conference games left on its regular sea-
HAMPTON, VA The Winston-Salem State men State and Fayetteville State (18-9, 6-4) are the #5N Chowan vs. #6S St Augustine's 9:40 p.m. son schedule. Morgan State (9-4) and Savannah
South's top seeds. State (8-5) are currently fourth and fifth.
and Virginia State women led the way with three selec- The top two womens teams in each division WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 LeVelle Moton's NCCU Eagles have home
tions each as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Asso- Virginia State (24-1, 10-0 N. Div.) and Bowie WOMEN'S QUARTERFINALS dates Saturday vs. S. C. State and against fifth-
ciation (CIAA) Men's and Women's Basketball Coaches State (11-13, 5-5) in the North, Fayetteville State #2N Bowie State vs. 3N/6 winner 10:00 a.m. place Savannah State (8-5) Monday before fin-
#2S Shaw vs. 3S/6N winner 12:20 p.m.
Associations unveiled their 12 picks to the 2014 all-con- (19-6, 8-2) and Shaw (18-8, 8-2) in the South re- #1S Fayetteville State vs. 4N/5S winner 2:40 p.m. ishing on the road at Norfolk State Thursday.
ference teams Saturday. ceived byes into Wednesday's quarterfinal round. #1N Virginia State vs. #4SSt. Augustine's 5:00 p.m. Hampton plays Saturday at Norfolk State and
This season's line-up features Men's Player of the The wide-open designation for the men is MEN closes the season at North Carolina A&T next
s seasons line-up features Mens ayer o e based on no team being truly dominant this sea- #4S Shaw vs. 5N/6S winner 7:20 p.m. Thursday. NSU is at Maryland-Eastern Shore
Year, Mark Thomas of Livingstone and Lamesha Deal son. Livingstone and Winston-Salem State may be #4N Virginia State vs. 5S/6N winner 9:40 p.m. Monday.
of Virginia State as Women's Player of the Year. considered co-favorites based on posting the best THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 MSU plays at home Saturday vs. Bethune-
Thomas, a 5-10 senior guard from Saginaw, Michi- records in conference play (11-5), one game better MEN'S QUARTERFINALS Cookman and vs. Florida A&M Monday before
gan, led the Blue Bears to the top seeding in the South than FSU and Lincoln (10-6). #1S Livingstone vs. 4S/5N/6S 1:00 p.m. closing out on the road at Howard. SSU is at NC
Division averaging a league-best 21.2 points per game Virginia State has to be considered the wom- #1N Bowie State vs. 4N/5S/6N 3:00 p.m. A&T Saturday and before finishes next Thursday
1 is p c s i t en's favorite based on its 24-1 overall record and #2N Lincoln (PA) vs. #3S Fayv. State 7:00 p.m. at home to SC State.
while dishing out 5.1 assists per contest, second the national pol. #2S W-S State vs. #3N Eliz. City State 9:00 p.m. Hampton (14-0), on a 13-game win streak,
No. 13 ranking in the WBCA Div. II national poll. Hampton (14-0), on a 13-game win streak,
league. Averaging over 32 minutes per game, Thomas The Lady Trojans have won 14 straight games FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 tops the ladies with N. C. A&T (11-2) and Coppin
was third in the CIAA in assist to turnover ratio (2.5 to 1). since suffering their only loss of the season to WOMEN'S SEMIFINALS 1 and 3 p.m. State (10-4) currently second and third.
Deal, a Norfolk, Virginia native and 6-0 senior for- Shaw (69-64) on Jan. 6. MEN'S SEMIFINALS 7 and 9 p.m. SWAC
ward, led the Lady Trojans to the best record in the CIAA One big question still waiting to be answered Because of APR sanctions, only six men's
(24-1) and its first national ranking in school history plac- is whether the Tourney will be leaving Charlotte WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHP 5:00 p.m. teams and ine womens teams ar currently eli-
ing third in scoring (17.9 ppg.), sixth in rebounding (8.2 after a successful nine-year run. CIAA Commis- MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP 8:30 p.m. gible for the March 11-15 SWAC Tournament in
sioner Jacquie Carpenter said this week that she Houston.
rpg.) and second in free throw percentage (85.0) in the expects the decision on next year's site to be made Southern (13-2) clinched a tie for the men's
conference. Deal won last year's Defensive Player of the by the end of March. second-place team with the best record, regular season title with its win Monday over Ala-
Year award. SIAC Fort Valley State (13-2) has wrapped up the bama State (9-5) but doesn't yet know whether it
Thomas and Deal are joined by Omar Briggs of Vir- Only a handful of games are on tap this week top seed in the men's East while Tuskegee (12-4) will play in the tournament.
ginia Union (men) and Deja Middleton of Fayetteville before the SIAC Tournament tips on Monday, is the West's top seed. Seven teams are still alive Meanwhile, the Southern women (13-2) fell
State (women) as Defensive Players of the Year. Briggs, March 3 at 1 p.m. The league office reported Tues- for the third bye. out of first place with a loss to ASU Monday. Tex-
S i ih v day that first round byes for the men will go to the The two top seeds from each division will get as Southern moved to 13-1 and into first place
a 6-8 senior center from Richmond, Va., averaged 14.3 top seeds from the East and West Divisions and the byes into the women's tournament. Albany State with a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game for the
Panthers. Middleton, a 6-5 junior from Richmond, Va.,
led the ladies in the CIAA with 11.9 rebounds per game,
was second in blocks at 2.8 per game while scoring 13.4
points per contest.
All four honorees and their fellow All-Conference Black College players shine at the Combine
selectees were formally recognized at the Men's and Tennessee State tight end A. C. Leonard, teammate and offensive
Women's Tip-Off Awards Luncheon, Monday, February lineman Kadeem Edwards and Alabama State running back Isaiah
24th at the Charlotte Convention Center. Crowell were the three black college players among over 300 draft-eli-
gible players at the NFL Combine at the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis
2014 ALL-CIAA MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM Feb. 22-25. Leonard Crowell Edwards
FRONTCOURT Emilo Parks, Jr., JCSU; Tyrell Tate, Sr., FSU; Leonard, a highly-touted prospect that transferred to TSU from Flor-
Preston Cross, Sr., WSSU; ykevin FBazemore, Jr., WSESU; Jon- ida after a misdemeanor battery arrest, perhaps had the most impressive He is listed on several scouting websites as a "Riser" based on his
Briggs, Sr., VUU showing Saturday as he was the top performer at his position in three of Combine performance. Several opine that his effort may have put him into
BACK COURT- Mark Thomas, Sr., LIV; Jody Hill, Sr., LIV; Amere the four performance categories, the mid-rounds of the May 8-10 NFL draft.
May, Jr., SAU; Maquez Jones, Jr., WSSU; Derrick Washington, The 6-2, 252-pound prospect, a two-time black college all-American Crowell, a former Georgia running back and SEC freshman of the
Sr., LINC who battled injuries this year while grabbing 34 passes for 441 yards and year, comes off a year which saw the 5-11, 224-pounder rush for 1,121
Mark Thomas, Sr., G, Livingstone five touchdowns, topped tight ends with times of 4.43 and 4.56 (4.5 aver- yards and scored 15 touchdowns while earning first team all-SWAC honors
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR age) in the 40-yard dash, and was best with a 34-inch high jump and 128- for the second straight year. His 40-yard dash time of 4.57 seconds was
Omar Briggs, Sr., F, Virginia Union inch broad jump (10 ft., 8 in.). Leonard also had 20 reps in the 225-pound 16th among the 36 running backs at the event but he bested the other backs
2014 ALL-CIAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM bench press. with 23 reps on the bench press. He was also credited with a 34-inch verti-
FRONT COURT Tiffanie Adair, Jr., VSU; Lamesha Deal, Sr., "I feel like I have a lot to prove because a lot of people say we don't cal jump and 117-inch (9 ft., 9 in.) broad jump.
VSU; Deja Middleton, Jr., FSU; Alisha Mobley, So., CHOW; Se- play anybody at TSU. So I have a chip on my shoulder and I want to prove Edwards was a two-time all-OVC and black college all-American who
phrah Pam, Jr., LINC; Dionna Scott, Jr., WSSU; Ashley Porter, to people I can play," Leonard said in a video interview shown at The Ten- was the only black college player to play in this year's Senior Bowl.
BACK COURT-Ashle FreemanSo.,., LIVJCSU nesseean newspaper's website. "At TSU, the opportunity humbled me and The 6-4, 313-pounder ran a 5.25 second time in the 40-yard dash, had
Amber Calvin, Sr., FSU; Jessica Lyons, Jr., VSU; Jasmine Elum, gave me a chance to grow. I had to grow. At Florida, I was very immature. 26 reps on the bench press, had a 27-inch vertical jump and 99-inch (8 ft., 3
Sr., WSSU If I got in trouble at Tennessee State, that was it, so I had to focus and get in.) broad jump. Edwards also timed 7.95 seconds in the 3 Cone Drill and
PLAYER OF THE YEAR right. I would say Tennessee State really put me on the map." 4.82 seconds in the 20-yard Shuttle.
Lamesha Deal, Sr., F, ViSU
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Deja Middleton, Jr., C, FSU
ClAA CENTTRALINTERCOLLEGATE MEAC ATHMLEASTERN SIAC SOUTHERNINRCOLLEGIATE SWAC STHE TNCE INDEPENDENTS
ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
FINAL DIV CONF ALL CONF ALL CONF ALL DIV ALL W L
NORTH DIVISION W L W L W L W L W L EAST DIVISION W L W L W L W L Univ. of DC 18 6
SATURDAY, MARCH 1 S5AC Virginia State 10 0 15 1 24 1 Hampton 14 0 23 4 Albany State 13 3 18 5 Texas Southern 13 1 16 9 W.Va. State 17
CIAA Toumament Begins B'ham, AL Bowie State 5 5 6 10 11 13 NCA&T 11 2 21 4 Benedict 11 5 17 9 # Southern 13 2 16 7 Tennessee State 10 17
Tournament Finals Charlotte, N.C. SWAC Virginia Union 5 5 6 10 9 15 Coppin State 10 4 13 13 Clark Atlanta 9 5 16 8 Prairie ViewA&M 10 4 10 14 Central State 6 15
MEAC Ark.-Pine Bluff @ Jackson State Chowan 4 6 6 10 12 15 Savannah State 8 5 15 12 Fort Valley State 9 6 12 13 Jackson State 8 6 10 14 Lincoln (Mo.) 5 20
SC State @ NC Central Miss. Valley State @ Grambling Lincoln 2 8 4 12 11 15 FloridaA&M 8 6 14 13 Claflin 9 7 13 13 Miss. Valley St. 7 8 8 18 Cheyney 4 20
UMES @ Coppin State Alabama A&M @ Texas Southern SOUTH DMSION Norfolk State 7 6 11 13
Delaware State @ Howard Fayetteville State 8 2 12 4 19 6 Bethune-Cookman 7 7 1016 Pane 6 7 9 14 Alabacom State 6 1YER OF THE WEEK
Shaw 8 2 12 4 18 8 Howard 6 7 1016 WEST DIVISION Alcom State 6 9 7 19 ND. PLAYER OF ThE WEEK
Norfolk State @ Hampton TUESDAY, MARCH 4 W-Salem State 5 5 9 7 15 11 SC State 5 8 7 16 Tuskegee 12 3 16 8 Grambling State 5 9 8 17 PLAYER
Bethune-Cookman @ Morgan State SIAC J. C. Smith 3 7 8 8 13 12 North Carolina Central 4 9 9 17 Kentucky State 7 9 12 14 Ark. Pine Bluff 2 12 3 21 17 points with 8 rebounds and 4 assists in win
Savannah State @ NC A&T Toumament Cont. B'ham, AL St. Augustine's 3 7 7 9 12 13 Md. E. Shore 3 10 7 18 Stillman 6 10 10 16 AlabamaA&M 2 12 4 20 over Urbana and 17 points, 8 rebounds in win
SIAC Livingstone 3 7 7 9 12 14 Morgan State 2 11 4 22 LeMoyne-Owen 5 10 5 19 rtineiilfConteTnctrit-Potsbasomnpay overNotre Dame.
Delaware State 2 12 7 19 Miles 4 12 10 16 *i NEWCOMER
Fort Valley State @ Morehouse THURSDAY, MARCH 6 CIAA PLAYERS OF THE YEAR L s 1 14 1 19 WCPLAE t'Hrt.K ShelynShfer,6-0,F.,F,W.VA.STATE-Nine
SWAC MEAC PLAYER MEAC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK P lAYER points and 8 rebounds in win over Notre Dame.
Alabama State @ Texas Southern Bethune-Cookman @ Florida A&M Lamesha Deal, 6-0, Sr., C, VA. STATE-Averaged PLAYER IIE th, i Sr., WF, AlABAA STATE Added14pointsand8boardsinwinoverUrbana.
Southm @ Alcorn Stat Delaware State UMES 17.9points (3rd),8.2 rebounds (6th1) and shot 85.0% Ran Bankston, 5-7, Fr., GDELAWARE STATE-Had SAPLAYERS OF THE WEEK S id p d sholn In wn ver
Southe@ AlcomState Delaware tate UMfrom the line (2nd) intheCIAAwhile leadingtheLady backtoback30-point games,36vs.UMESon12of24 PLAYER Alm Sti Cahned 12 of 21 shots forgame-high
Ark.-Pine Bluff @ Grambling SC State @ Savannah State Trojansto24-1 markandfirst-ever nationalranking shooting.Got33vs.FAMUwith9rebounds,3assistsand Marle McAbee, 5-9, Sr., F, TUSKEGEE -Aver- 25pointsinupsetofSouthem.Averagedl9.5points
NC Central @ Norfolk State 2 blocks. Averaged 34.5 points in 1-1 week. aged 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and in the two wins.
MONDAY, MARCH 3 NC A&T @ Hampton DEFENSIVE PLAYER ROOKIE 1.7 blocks in 3-0 week. NEWCOMER
Deja Middleson, 6-5, Jr., C, FAYETTEVILLE MalriahMcCoy, 5-8, Fr.,G, UMES -Totalled 24 points, NEWCOMER AslheyFerguson,6-2,Fr.,F,TEXASSOUTHERN
MEAC Morgan State @ Howard STATE-LedtheCIAAinrebounding(11.9rpg.)and 9 rebounds and 5 assists in two games. Had 13 points Samantha Thomas, 6-0, Jr., F/C, STILLMAN -Had10pointsand2reboundslnwinoverArkansas
Florida A&M @ Morgan State SWAC was second in blocks (2.8 bpg.) while scoring 13.4 on 5 of 9 shooting, Including 3 3-pinters and had five Averaged 16.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.3 -Pine Bluff. Got 11 points and 4 rebounds in win
UMES @ Norfolk State Jackson State @ Alabama A&M points per game for winners of the South Division. assist in win over Morgan State. blocks in 1-2 week. over Miss. Valley Stae. Made 9 of 10 shots In the
Howard @ Coppin State Prairie View @ Southern DEFENSE two games, 5 of 5 vs. UAPB and 4 of 5 vs. MVSU.
SC State @ NC A&T Grambling @ Alabama State Kait reboundblockedlla sho6-5,R-F in CBOOKAN-verFaAM.
Savannah State @ NC Central Texas Southern @ Alcom State Also had 13 points.
Page 6 Ms. Perry's Free Press February 27 March 5, 2014
Central CME Presents SESCO Awards
Macedonia Hosts Chi Eta Phi's Go Red Day Greater Back row (l-r): Event chair Marguerite Warren, Angela Wright and
Macedonai Baptist Church recently hosted the Chi Eta Phi Sorority for their Shown above l-r are honorees and hosts: Pastor Marquis Hardrick, Mrs. Cynthia Butler; third row Lerose Rucker, Brenda Bass, Begonia
annual Go Red Day. Donned in red attire, sorority members were able to R.L. Gundy (Spirituality), Mrs. Felecia Hardaway (Education), Paul Collier, Chandra Lee and Kim Ingram; second row Dawn Knight and
hear advice and suggestions on how to remain heart healthy. Shown 1-r Tutwiler (Social), Glendia Cooper (Cultural), Ms. Sharon Coon and and event co-chair Erskeline Favors; and front row Claudette Elps. Civil
SEATED are Chapter President Barbara Hopkins, speaker Dana Morris and Mrs. Mariea DeVoe. Dr. Royce McGowan (Outreach) not shown. rights activist and author Rodney Hurst served as keynote speaker.
Emily Morton Vice President. STANDING: Jackie Williams, Juanita The Board of Christian Education attendees of the importance of edu- Church of the Crucifixion Celebrates
James, Thelma Hall, Marilyn Middlebrook, Jackie Lee, Loraine Brooks- of Central Metropolitan CME cating our youth on Black History
Hill, Wilma Lauray, Sharon Peele, Julia Paul, Claudette Newman-Daws Church presented their annual and its relevance to modem day Black History through the Arts
and Rometa G Porter. Black History Month Program hon- America. Also highlighting the pro-
oring pillars of the African- gram was world renowned drummer The Church of the Crucifixion American culture. Claudette Elps
Historic M ount Zion A.M .E. American community. Doc "DC" Handy who returned to Catholic Church hosted its third sang songs such as "Wade in the
Family & Friends Celebration Dubbed SESCO, the program trib- his home church for the event, annual Black History Month pro- Water," which were used to send
&amliy F& riends Celebration utes honorees in the areas of "It is an honor to present the five gram, "Rooted in the Past codes to assist slaves along the
The family of Historic Mount Zion AME Church requests your presence Spirituality, Education, Social, "pillars of essentiality" said event Growing toward the Future," this Underground Railroad. Guests set
at their Family and Friends Day Worship service, Sunday March 9th at the Cultural and Outreach. chair Sharon Coon. "We look for- past Saturday. The event celebrated up displays of African-American
10 a.m. and 3 p.m. worship service. The theme is: "Standing together in State Rep. Reggie Fullwood deliv- ward to continuin to honor these the past, present and future of paintings, sculpture, and written
Christ." The event will include celebration through worship, music and ered the keynote address reminding community assets." African Americans through music, history. And noted author and civil
dance. Guest includes Meachum Clark and True Purpose, the Restoration art, dance, poetry and other written rights activist Rodney Hurst provid-
Dance group and much more! Come out and worship and bring a friend! St. John M issionary Baptist Church works. Event chair Marguerite ed the keynote address, which
The celebration will take place at Historic Mount Zion A.M.E., Pastor Warren stated, "We wanted to show- focused on struggles of the Civil
Pearce Ewing, 201 East Beaver St. For more information call 355-9475. Church and Pastors Anniversary case the diversity and talent of Rights Movement. "African
African-Americans." Americans have an amazing history.
St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 135 Brickyard Road, Middleburg, FL Students from Dupont Middle Our ability to sing, dance, write,
W omen Of Prayer and 32068 will be celebrating the Church's 133 years of existence and Dr. C. School performed a folk dance, survive and thrive proves we are a
Purpose Prayer Breakfast Edward Preston Sr, Pastor 24 years of service. The celebrations will be held Poet AHYNTE Head recited a work people of grace, strength and great
during the month of March are as follows: Sunday: March 2, March 9, that celebrated the beauty ofAfrican gifts," said Hurst.
You are cordially invited to the Florida Central Second Ecclesiastical March 16, March 23, and March 30 all services will begin at 4 p.m. Come
Jurisdiction Spring Conference Prayer Breakfast, Sponsored by the and experience the move of God and be blessed with singing, praying, and M t. Sinai M issionary Baptist Church
Jurisdictional Deacon Wives, Wednesday, March 12th at Deerwood preaching at these services. For further information call 272-5100 or visit
Country Club, 10239 Golf Club Drive at 8:30 a.m. For more information www.thestjohnmbc.org or email email@example.com. 106th Church Anniversary
call Missionary Mattie Ferrell at 434-2195.
catll M a F l at 4 9 Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, R.L. Gundy, Pastor is celebrating
S P ANorthside C.O.C. Revival its 106th church anniversary. The anniversary will be on the following
St. Paul AM E Lenten Services Brother Charlie McClendon and the Northside Church of Christ, presents Sundays starting at 4 p.m.: March 16th, April 27th and concluding on May
In observance of the Lenten Season, Saint Paul AME Church has their upcoming Spring Gospel/Revival meetings, March 8th March 13th. 18th. The church is located at 2036 Silver Street. Deacon Joe Baily is the
planned special events and services. On Tuesday, March 4th, at 6:30 p.m. The theme is "Working Together, For One Cause". The schedule of events Chairman. For more information call the church at 354-7249.
is the Christian Mardi Gras. Shrove Tuesday will be celebrated on the include a Total Praise Concert, Saturday, March 8th at 6 p.m.; Sunday,
Campus of the church, in the James M. Proctor Center. On Ash March 9th is Family and Friends Day kick-off with bible school at 9:15 Holsey Temple C.M .E. Church
Wednesday, March 5th, a Lenten Worship service will be held at 6:30 p.m. a.m., morning worship at 10:30 a.m., family dinner at 1 p.m. and evening
The Reverend Anton Elwood, pastor of New Mount Zion AME Church, worship at 6 p.m. On Monday, March 10th the "Let the Bible Speak" Celebrates 141st Church Anniversary
Patterson, New Jersey will be the guest preacher for the Lenten Service on revival services get underway nightly until Thursday, March 13th. For more Holsey Temple Christi Methodist Episcopal Church, 3484 West st
Tuesday, March 11th. Friends and the public are extended a warm wel- information call the church at 765-9830 or visit www.nscocjax.org. Street, is celebrating its 141st Church Anniversary and Homecoming
come to share in all worship services. Saint Paul is located at 6910 New Service on Sunday, March 16th at 4 p.m. and the speaker for the hour is
Kings Road, Rev. Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II, pastor. For more information Historic M ount Zion A.M .E. Reverend Jermaine J. Marshall from Mt. Olive CME, Orlando, Florida. For
contact the church at 764-2755 or via the web at www.stpaulamejax.com. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual Family & Friends Day
Zeta Phi Beta Pearls Breakfast The Historic Mount Zion A.M.E. Church located at 201 East Beaver UNF Interfaith W eek
tby Street, will celebrate its annual Family & Friends Day Celebration on
Hosted by Emmanuel M issionary Sunday, March 9th, at 10 a.m. with Worship Services presented by Elder UNF's 7th Annual Interfaith Week is March 3rd through March 8th. The
Celebrate local heroes as they are honored at the Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority, Virgil Jones, Jr., of the Philippian Community Church as the speaker. The purpose of Interfaith Week is to raise awareness about the diversity of ide-
Inc, Beta Alpha Zeta Chapter Community Pearls Breakfast, Saturday, festivities continue at 3 p.m. with a "Worship Through Music" presented by ological and religious frameworks in America. The 2014 theme is "Better
March 1st at 9 a.m. Celebrate the Pearls at Emanuel Missionary Baptist Meachum Clark and True Purpose along with the Restoration Dance Group. Together: With our Powers Combined!" Enjoy festivals, lectures and dia-
Church, 2407 Division St. For more information email This year's celebration theme is "Standing Together in Christ". logues. For more details call 620-1000 or visit www.unf.edu/interfaith-cen-
email@example.com. For additional information contact Jean Pettis at 355-9475. ter. Interfaith Week celebration will be held on the campus of UNF.
Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464
se1e A -m Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship Midweek Services
Seeking the lostfor Christ 7:40 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
M e 9C s"Miracle at Midday"
Matthew 28:19 20 eJ Church school 12 noon--1 p.m.
9:30 a.m. The Word from the Sons
8: A.M Early orning orship Bible Study and Daughters of Bethel Bishop Rudolph
8:00 A.M Early Morning Worship Bishop Rudolph 6:30 p.m. 3rd Sunday- 4:00 p.m McKissick, Jr.
McKissick, Sr. Senior Pastor
9:30 a.m. Sunday School Senior Pastor Senior Pastor
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 7:40 and 10"40 a.m.
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m. Worship with
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m. us LIVE on
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
the web visit
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM
**FREE TUTORING FOR YOUTH IN ENGLISH, SCIENCE,
Pastor Landon Williams HISTORY AND MATH EVERY TUESDAY 6:30 8 P.M.
Grace and Peace
rr visit www.Bethelite.org
February 27 March 5, 2014 Ms. Perry's Free Press Page 7
Local Non Profit Leaders Lauded With
fInnovative Thinking Award for 'Getting it Done'
Shown (L-R) Robert "Bob" Flowers, president Jacksonville GullahGeechee Nation CDC, Saundra R. Morene,
VP GGNCDC and a Florida Alternate on the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, Althea
N. Sumpter, Acting Chair, GGCHC, Linda Mitchell-Harper and George Gillis of the GGNCDC.
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage
Commission Convene at American Beach
by R.W. McKay highway signs which are being Management Plan. And, it was at
The Gullah Geechee Cultural installed at the entrance and exit of American Beach, just a year ago,
Heritage Corridor Commission met every county along the Corridor. when the Commission began plan- Pictured left to right are the winners of the Innovative Thinking Award: Johnnetta Moore, Acting Chief
at American Beach last week for the Most counties, throughout the ning for its Implementation Plan, Behavioral and Human Services Division, City of Jacksonville; Karen Williams, Outreach Family Services
first of its 2014 quarterly business Corridor's four states: Florida, according to Michael Allen, Manager, Hubbard House, Inc.; Sonet' Pollock, InVEST Victim Advocate, Hubbard House, Inc.; Mindy
meetings. With twenty commis- Georgia, North Carolina, and South National Parks Service Community Mesh, InVEST Detective, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office; Gall Patin, (with trophy) EdD, LCSW, Chief
sioners and alternates present, the Carolina have already authorized Partnership Specialist. Mr. Allen Operating Officer, Hubbard House, Inc.; Liz Rodgers, Planning Technician, City of Jacksonville/Victim
focus was to kick-off its installation of the signs. has been working with the Services Center and John Braun, Manager, Behavioral and Human Services, City of Jacksonville.
Implementation Plan. The Jacksonville/Duval County has one Commission since its inception The Nonprofit Center held their Sector Collaboration award, and the tunities to celebrate the fact that
Commission's Management Plan sign prominently displayed near the around 2006. Congressman James 2014 Local Focus Lasting Impact Innovative Thinking award. This is collaboration and innovation are in
was initiated in 2006 and received Ritz Theatre, on Davis Street, and E. Clyburn (S.C.) authored legisla- Collaboration and Innovation the second year the Non-profit has our DNA. Each of the 5 awards
approval by the U.S. Department of the second one is erected at tion that established the Corridor Awards ceremony last week at presented the awards to the commu- highlights how nonprofits --
Interior in May 2013. As its first Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School. and created the commission back Friday Musicale. The Awards are nity. Non-Profit Center CEO, Rena whether working through volun-
implementation project, an It was at the Ritz Theatre several around 2000; the legislation was designed to highlight and inspire Coughlin remarked, "There are no teers, in partnership with for-profit
announcement was made about the years ago that the Commission approved in 2006. effective and innovative collabora- cash prizes, no glamorous banquets and government, or with a coalition
"Gullah Geechee CulturalCorridor" began its study to develop the tion within northeast Florida. The or even any speeches at the of other nonprofits -- aren't con-
awards presented were the Collaboration & Innovation strained by "how it's always been
Collective Power award, the Awards. Yet they're hugely popular done" but instead focus on "how we
SGrassroots Engagement Award, the with nonprofits because we don't can get it done better," remarked
Change Agent, award, the Cross- get much recognition for or oppor-
Uganda President to Sign
Law That Jails Gays For Life
Uganda President Yoweri from key Western donors over "homosexuality is not a disease but
Museveni will- sign into law a con- alleged rampant corruption, and merely an abnormal behaviour
troversial bill that will see homo- had been under pressure from which may be learned through
sexuals jailed for life despite inter- diplomats and rights groups to experiences in life."
national pressure. block the legislation. "The scientist team has shown
"He will ascend the bill. This bill Last month a spokesman for that homosexuality is a learned
is very popular both within the par- Museveni said the president behaviour, that some people some-
tX SPECIA EDITIOliament and Ugandan society. The believed that gays were "sick" and times do for money, and that is what
president is under strong domestic "abnormal", but felt that sending the president wants to prevent,"
Packs of Kool cigarettes with Kool Mixx 2004 promotional packaging. pressure to sign the bill," Ofwono them to prison was not the right Opondo said.
Toacco Agreement Excludes Black MediT Opondo said. solution. Homophobia is widespread in
The Ugandan anti-gay bill However Opondo said the presi- Uganda, where evangelical
by Max Strasser against it. be explicit about how they cruised through parliament in dent had decided to support the bill Christianity is on the rise.
m n tobacco giant on and appoach icad December after its architects agreed after seeking advice from a team of Gay men and women in the coun-
American Aljazeera The tobacco giant Brown and approach African-Americans and
en antson aocate a asto drop an extremely controversial scientists who were asked to "study try face frequent harassment and
When anti-smoking advocate La Williamson recruited Wright at a other marginalized communities,
Tanisha Wright looked at the details job fair held by the NAACP. The according to some with inside death penalty clause, although the homosexuality and genetics in threats of violence, and rights
of an agreement reached last month firm then sent her to predominantly knowledge. Dave Goerlitz, a former bill still held that repeat offenders human beings." activists have reported cases of les-
should be jailed for life. According to the spokesman, the bians being subjected to "correc-
between the three largest American African-American neighborhoods model for RJ Reynolds advertise- should be jailed for life. According to the spokesman, the bians being subjected to "corre
tobacco companies, the Justice of Detroit, where she visited retail- ments, testified that when he asked Museveni, a key regional ally of scientists concluded that "there is tive" rapes.
the United States and the European no definitive gene responsible for
Department and a coalition of anti- ers to promote certain campaigns an executive why he didn't smoke, th Ut Stt th u ne respsi
tobacco groups, she said her "heart and products. It was a good job with the unnamed executive responded, Union, has already been under fire homosexuality", meaning that
dropped." excellent benefits and started her on "We don't smoke that s---, we just
Part of the settlement includes a a great career as a successful exec- sell it. We reserve that right for the
set of "corrective statements," pub- utive. young, the poor, the black and the
health effects of tobacco use and growing doubts about the industry The effects of this relationsip
admissions that tobacco companies and her role in it, especially the have been damaging. Though
knowingly lied about the health aggressive targeting of black com- African-Americans smoke at a rate
consequences of tobacco. These are munities and young people. The roughly similar to other demo- i
supposed to run in more than 600 breaking point for Wright was the graphic groups', they see higher
newspapers around the country and Kool Mixx campaign. Her job was mortality rates.
on three TV networks. to encourage retailers to place col- Smoking causes 80 percent of Good Nutrition for
But to Wright's amazement, orful Kool Mixx displays which deaths from lung cancer among W
African-American media, which featured cartoon images of rappers, African-Americans, the third- Women, Infants and Children
saw extensive targeted advertising DJs and partying African- largest killer for that community,
by the tobacco industry for decades, Americans near cookie and after heart disease and stroke,
were excluded from the deal, candy sections. which can also be caused by smok- WIC offers families:
The revelation stunned Wright. "That campaign just made me ing, according to a 2012 report
But it also offered anti-tobacco- sick. I really understood that this from the American Cancer Society. Check these guidelines to see if Personalized nutrition
industry activists and civil rights company was targeting Black The average incidence of lung WIC might be right for your family: consultations
organizations a way to fight back. youth. I could see it clearly," she and bronchial cancer is 23 percent
Now a court battle is under way, led said. "I didn't even want a sever- higher for African-American men Checks for free, food
by African-American media and ance package. I wanted to quit." than among white men, and the healthy
civil rights groups, to try to remedy She became a whistle-blower and average death rate is 28 percent
the omission and ensure that correc- a tobacco-prevention advocate, higher, the same study found. Tips for eating well to
tive statements appear in front of sharing her insider's knowledge "We smoke just about the same improve health
African-Americans. with anti-tobacco groups. rate as the national average, slightly
The two main representatives of Now she firmly believes that higher among African-American Referrals for healthcare
Black media, the National tobacco companies need to redress males, but our lung cancer rates and
Association of Black Owned their targeting of Blacks. dying rates are almost three times Breastfeeding support
Broadcasters (NABOB) and the Suits against tobacco companies as much," said Delmonte Jefferson, -
National Newspaper Publishers have been ongoing since 1999, and executive director of the National pply
Association (NNPA), have filed a a new round has just begun. African American Tobacco TO apply call
legal brief requesting that African- The exploitative relationship Prevention Network (NAATPN).
American media be represented in between the tobacco industry and "We need to start talking about (904) -, I = 500
the corrective advertising. The African-Americans goes back to the what we need to do to address these
NAACP has filed a similar brief. plantations of colonial America. disparities. Education and informa-
The court gave the parties in the More recently, tobacco companies tion are very important."
case until Feb. 18 to respond. have spent tens of millions of dol- If the NABOB and NNPA request
The relationship between race lars on advertising to African- is granted, an unspecified portion of
and tobacco is a particular passion American audiences and targeted the $30 million to $40 million will A- "
for Wright and an important part them with menthol cigarettes, be spent on African-American lorida
of her own story. It also signifies which health researchers have media in an attempt to make up for HEAL
her coming full circle, from some- found are more dangerous than oth- decades of targeting, according to WIC is an equal opportunity provider.
one who once worked for the indus- ers. those requesting the corrective DuvalCounty
try to one who now campaigns Tobacco company executives can statements.
Page 8 Ms. Perry's Free Press February 27 March 5, 2014
What to do from social, volunteer, political and sports activities to self enrichment and the civic scene
Second Annual Jax Emmet Till Stage Play ages 60 and over to join the City of Riverside Arts Market Golf Tournament will celebrate collaboration between the Black
Jacksonville for a 1.5-mile walk h A their 109th Anniversary of service and Jewish communities in
Talent Competition at the Karpeles around the Sports Complex area to 6th Annversary to the community. For more infor- Jacksonville. For more information
Jax Talent 2014 is an opportunity Mega-mind Productions.com pres- promote active lifestyles for sen- The Riverside Arts Market returns mation call 354-4162. call Chevara Orrin at 678-637-
to showcase your talents. Singing, ents Emmett, The tragedy of a iors. The senior wellness walk is for its 6th year with an opening day, 9041. Or visit
dancing, music or drama, whatever mother's child that died a Hero, Saturday, March 1st at 10 a.m. For celebration, Saturday, March 1st at Women's Conference www.pbs.org/itvs/fromswastikato-
you have to show; bring it on! The from the "Still I Rise Series," more information call 630-7282. 10:15 a.m. that includes a parade jimcrow/story.html.
show is open for registration until February 28th to March 2nd at 5 The approx. 1.5 mile route begins at through the Market and an opening & Expo
February 28th. Contestants must p.m., at the Karpeles Manuscript Metropolitan Park, follows ceremony on the River Stage. The The Opal Network Alliance's Mike Epps in Concert
register online at Library Museum, 101 W 1st St. For EverBank Field and the Baseball celebration will complement its Multicultural Women's Conference Comedian Mike Epps 2014
www.ecolatino.com or www.your- more information visit www.mega- Grounds of Jacksonville to end at abundance of unique vendors and and Expo takes place Thursday, worldwide "After Dark Tour" is
jax.com. General audition is mindproductions.com or call 701- Metropolitan Park. entertainers under the canopy of the March 6th at University of North worldwie er Dark Tou ris
Saturday, March 15th, at UNF. The 7487. Fuller Warren Bridge. For more Florida, at the Adam W. Herbert coming to Jacksonville Friday,
final stage of the contest is a live 24th Annual Black details contact Krysten L. Bennett University Center, 1 UNF Dr. For Moran C enter, 300 W. water s t
show, Friday, May 30th at UNF in 20th Annual St. Mary'S at 389-2449 or visit www.river- more information visit www.onato- Moran Center, 300 W water st.
The Ballroom, Student Union h A S M History Brain Brawl sideartsmarket.com or email day.com or call 407-454-7779. Tkets on sae now or more
The Ballroom, Student Union Mardi Gras Festival information call 633-6110 or visit
Building 58 West, Third. For more The 24th annual James L. Coon, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org. i mi ll
details email JasmineRhey@gmail.com. On Saturday, March 1st, St. African American History Brain Earl Klugh and Nenna www.mikeepps.com
Mary's Mardi Gras Festival will Brawl is still accepting registra- EWC African Freelon in Concert Salvation Army's
Whale-of-a-Sale feature a parade, decorated floats tions. The "Brain Brawl" is sched-reeon in oncert Salvation Army
t Fairgounds! and impressive costumes. This uled for Saturday, March 1st at 10 American Composers The Riverside Fine Arts will cele- Women Auxiliary 28th
t Firgrounds year's "Out of This World" themed a.m. at Florida State College of Benefits Concert brate its 20th anniversary season by
The Junior League of Jacksonville event showcases exciting activities Jacksonville, North Campus. The Edward Waters College is holding featuring two great Jazz legends, Annual Celebrity Chef
will host the 23rd annual "Whale- that are family friendly. The festival Brain Brawl will consist of rounds an African American Composer Earl Klugh and Nnenna Freelon, in Cook-off
of-a Sale", February 28-March events are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and of three levels of teams: elementary, Benefit Concert in the Milne concert, Thursday, March 6th at The Salvation Army Women's
1st. The "Whale-of-a Sale", will include vendors, food and fun! For middle school and high school, Auditorium, 1658 Kings Rd., 7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Auxiliary is in full preparation
feature gefitly used merchandise, parade participation information competing through a question and Sunday, March 2nd at 3 p.m. in 1100 Stockton Street (comer of mode planning for another fabulous
including furniture, appliances, contact Angela Wigger at 912-882- answer format. Each team consists honor of Black History Month. Park). Also featured will be art by year for their 28th annual Celebrity
housewares, clothing, toys and 4000 or visit www.visitstmarys.com. of four members and one alternate. There will be a pre-concert talk Nadine Terk. For ticket information Chefs event. This year's luncheon
more at great prices. The sale will For more details email jlcaahbrain- with Mr. Walter Clyde Orange from contact Riverside Fine Arts at 389- is at the Prime Osborn Convention,
be held at the Jacksonville Musician Nick email@example.com or call Marian the Commodores at 2 p.m. All of 6222 or online at rfaajax.org. 1000 Water St. on Thursday, March
Fairgrounds. For more details email linne at the Rit Hannah 803-6840. the proceeds benefit the Edward 13th, from 10:30 a.m. 1 pm. For
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jazz Jam is back with Waters College Department of Mutt March Festival more information call 301-4841.
387-9927 T a nm a "Dream Girls" Music. For more information email Bring your pet to the Mutt March
the urban and contemporary jazz
Harlem Globetrotters style of Nick Colionne, Saturday, Encore Dates email@example.com or call 470- and Festival, Saturday, March 8th, From Swastika to Jim
mt s fo t sow Satu E ncore p aes o 8050 or visit the campus at 9 1 p.m. Enjoy vendors, a family Crw Fm Sc
in Jacksonville March st for two shows at 7 p.m. Enjoy an encore performance of www.ewc.edu. fun zone, music, pet adoptions and Crow Flm Screening
in Jacksoville and 10 p.m. For tickets and more the stage play "Dream Girls", a silent auction. Make sure you Participate in the screening and
See the Harlem Globetrotters "You information call the Ritz box office Saturday, March st and Sunday, org with anel discussion f From Swastika
Write the Rules" World Tour a at 632-5555 or visit www.ritzjack- March 2nd at Stage Aurora Play C Inaugural come ou for a fun morning wifesti- to Jim cussirow at the Cummer
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial sonville.com. The Ritz is located at House, 5164 Norwood Ave. Golf Tournament val takes place at the Jacksonville Museum of Art & Gardens, 829
vArena, 300 Peilip Ranolph 829 N Davis St. "Dream Girls" comes to Stage The Clara White Mission Landing, 2 Independent Dr. For Riverside Ave, Thursday, March
Blvd, Friday, February 28, 2014 at Aurora in full costumes, music, and Inaugural Golf Tournament takes more information call the 13th. This community initiative is
7 p.m. Fans will decide the rules, Mayor's Walk for glamour! For more information call place Monday, March 3rd, from 12 Jacksonville Humane Society at designed to foster long-term dia-
to getting double the points for ba Senior Wellness 765-7372 or visit www.stageauro- p.m. to 5 p.m. at Deercreek Country 725.8766 x5575 or visit www.jax- logue, understanding and collabora-
et a o or a as ra.org. Club, 7816 McLaurin Rd. N. Clara humane.org. tion between the Black and Jewish
kets. Call 630-3900 for more info. Calling all Duval County seniors White Mission Inaugural Charity communities in Jacksonville. For
White Mission Inaugural Charity communities min Jacksonville. For
"A Thin Line" more information call Chevara
Orrin at 678-637-9041. Or visit
g the Stage Play www.pbs.org/itvs/fromswastikato-
Come see "A Thin Line" stage jimcrow/story.html.
play, Saturday, March 8th at 7 p.m.
at the Ritz Theatre For more infor- 28th Celebrity
mation call 632-5555 or visit he uce
is located at 829 N. Davis Street. Attend the 28th annual Salvation
Army Women's Auxiliary local
From Swastika to Jim Celebrity Chefs Tasting luncheon
Co and silent auction, Thursday,
Crow Film Screening March 13th, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at
Participate in the screening and the Prime Osborn Convention
panel discussion of From Swastika Center, 1000 Water St. Enjoy great
to Jim Crow at WJCT Studios, 100 food, local celebrities, decadent
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Cheyenne Woods, Like Her Masjid Al-Salaam Celebrates Black History Recognizing
ST the Contributions of the Hon. Elijah Muhammad
Uncle, Finds Victory on Pro Tour by Rhonda Silver ex-convicts, drug users, self-
On February 16th, Masjid loathing individuals who
Earl Woods strikes again, playing rounds with her Al-Salaam's lecture room were transformed by faith in
Woods gained renown as a mom, Susan. Cheyenne and Allah into business own
was filled to capacity as Allah into business owners,
demanding and ultimately success- Earl once had a long prac-4 k te sak Bth leaders, lecturers and Imams.
ful golf dad, for grooming his son, tice session together near .A Joseph Carswell, N.O.. His common sense approach
Edrickst 'Tigero W ds, to beoeJoseph Carswell, N.O.I. His common sens e approach
Eldrick "Tiger" Woods, to become his home in Cypress Minister Mark X. Man and to self-sustainment was
the world's best player. Less publi- (Orange County) when she Brother Haru Hotep Tar bore u
cized but similarly intriguing: Earl was 11 or 12.s to the geat wisdo "Message t the Blackman m
Woods also introduced his grand- "He was her biggest and contributions of the America" and "How to Eat to
and contributions of the America" and "How to Eat to
daughter, Cheyenne, to the game. influence and her biggest Honorable Elijah Live" were two of his great-
This connection came to mind supporter," Susan Woods Muhammad. The Honorable est literacy works. Elijah
when Cheyenne Woods, 23, collect- said in 2006, less than four Elijah Muhammad was a Muhammad was a man with
ed her first victory on a major pro- months after Earl died. at ahe an eae only a 3rd grade education
fessional thei Sundayi master teacher and leader only a 3rd grade education
fessional tour Sunday in Australia. "She was the apple of his who instilled a sense of pur Shown are program participants Imam Umar who changed a nation. The
She shot a final-roaMd 69 to win the eye." pose and pride in the African A. Sharif-El, Bro. Harv Hotep Tar, N.O.I. challenge of each of the
Australian Ladies Masters, co-sanc- Cheyenne is the daughter American. Minister Minister Mark X. Man and Bro. Joseph speakers was simply...look at
tioned by the European and of Susan and Earl Woods Muhammad built a Nation Carswell. his example, and decide what
Australian women's tours. Jr., Tiger's half-brother; (The National of Islam) within this nation of former you will change, and get in the fight.
Earl Woods gave Cheyenne her Earl Woods Sr. had three
first set of clubs and peppered her children in a marriage prior
with the same catchphrases ("putt to to marrying Tiger's mother. An 'Ordinary Love' in Extraordinary Times
the picture") he delivered to Tiger. Cheyenne Woods grew up
She quickly became hooked, often in Phoenix, won a boatload of jun- ior tournaments and twice earned by Idris Elba the raw. Mandela, the man in love -
All-America honors at Wake Forest To be a Mandela is to understand in love with one woman and in
M ichael Vick Partners W ith (Arnold Palmer's alma mater). the longings of the South African love with a nation.
That '06 story characterized people. That is the first thing I "This song," Winnie said to me,
Bow W ow For New H air Line Cheyenne and Tiger as not especial- learned when I set out to portray "carries our thirst for freedom and
Bo W ow For N H ai L ne ly close at the time, though she Nelson Mandela, the new nation's peace and unity on its wings. A
described their relationship as founding leader and inspirational great voice like that of Nelson
Vick and Bow Wow, also known "pretty comfortable." Her dad, Earl visionary, in Mandela: Long Walk Mandela, is never silenced. "
as Little Bow Wow, have partnered Jr., acknowledged that Tiger's suc- To Freedom. To hear this song is to understand
together to release a new line of cess on the course "set the bar" for So when I saw Winnie Mandela why some oppressors fear music as
hair care products called Cheyenne as she chased a career in last week, and she tells me that her much as they fear their people's
WaveMasterz. golf. nation is united in the hope that the cries in the street. Music, such as
While their website is currently Based on her play in Australia, song for that film, "Ordinary Love," that which U2 contributes to the
Sunder construction, it looks as and her poise in answering is in that envelope on Academy world, and wrote for our film, can
though the line will feature brushes, inevitable questions about her Award night, I accept that truth. move mountains and continue our
pomade, durags, and skull caps. So famous uncle, Woods seems well "Ordinary Love" is no ordinary evolution towards freedom and
far there is only one functioning tab equipped to find her place. It was song, as President Mandela was no unity. Through "Ordinary Love,"
on the site called Celebrity Launch impossible, watching the high- ordinary man. Everyone has a sense Bono and U2 captured the passion
Tour. When you click on the tab, lights, not to admire the smooth, of who Mandela is -- be it his of a yearning people.
there is a message from Vick and Ernie Els-like tempo in her swing nobleness, his white hair, his calm- Winnie Mandela and Idris Elba And I think there may be another
Bow Wow that says, "We're gonna a striking contrast to Tiger's almost- ing yet commanding voice. It was- Winnie during his imprisonment South African up above listening to
set ya city on ..FIRE." violent action. n't until I read the letters -- the per- that I gained a deeper understand- the music and hearing his own
Vick took to his personal Twitter This was apparent to Hall of sonal and emotionally charged ing of the other side of Mandela: voice being carried along in the joy
account to announce the launch of Famer Ben Crenshaw back in '06, exchanges between Madiba and Mandela the vulnerable. Mandela that only music brings.
his newest business move. "Follow when Cheyenne was only 16.
the next BIG thing, my business Crenshaw played alongside her in Denzel Plans on M ore Broadway Roles
_,f -Z venture: @WaveMasterz the First Tee Open that year, and on
M a #TeamVick," he tweeted on this was his observation: "She just NEW YORK -- Now that his chil- eight-show week schedule. So once
Michael Vick Monday, February 17, 2014. has beautiful rhythm in her swing. dren are grown, you can expect to they got old enough, I could start
Former Philadelphia Eagles quar- Vick and Bow Wow have also She has a calm demeanor. If she see a lot more of Denzel coming back."
terback Michael Vick is taking a launched an lnstagram account that keeps that rhythm and attitude, Washington on Broadway. Washington last appeared on
break from football and moving on features the logo of their new line, she'll do fine." The Tony- and Oscar-winning Broadway in the 2010 revival of
to a very different endeavor. So far, they have 3,215 followers. August Wilson's "Fences," where
actor, who is set to portray Walter August Wilson's "Fences," where
Lee Younger in Lorraine he .picked up a best actor Tony.
Hansberry's classic play "A Raisin Before coming back to Broadway
in the Sun," is lately finding more in 2005 to play Brutus in "Julius
time for theatre work. Caesar," Washington hadn't
A EI "Up until nine years ago, I hadn't appeared on a Broadway stage
been here in 15 years, from 1990 since 1988.
.....Duntil 2005. Basically, that was "I've been back three times in nine
because of raising my kids, my wife years. And I'll be back again, hope-
and I," Washington said Tuesday. mute from Califoria to New York, fully," Washington said.
He added: "It's impossible to com- or New York to California doing an
Entertainment Commission Seeks to Change Nightlife Landscape
continued from front tioned in the first meeting with the handling the person." In my opin-
strengthen, unite and allow the Dj's, venue owners and promoters ion, the thinking here is, when the
human element to evolve into the that, "one must have a relationship people know the owner they tend to
public's perception. Big Regg with its patrons." Mr. Thomas con- respect the location a bit better than
agreed. tinued, "You have to have a 'cool- a place that has "no face". Bernard
With our first meeting only days er,' which is a security person who Be of Quad City Dj's, a staple in the
later; it was James Thomas owner can talk the potential incident Dj community patiently expressed
of Jims Place nightclub who men- down, versus running over and man his sentiments, "there has to be a
need for DJ's to learn to watch for
potential violence in the clubs and
not escalate it with music that even-
tually can turn a potential fight into
a fight with the music they play.
The Dj controls the pace of the club
*. ",and can set the mode for the
.2 =*The second meeting was recently
held at Skyline Sports Bar and Grill
across from the Gateway Shopping
0 Mall. All those who attended
\Lagreed to the agenda and pledged
Sadegree of safety control amongst
"We don't want another life lost at
I the hands of ignorant individual
/ cowards," I passionately said. As
the interaction took place, we
promised to stay connected through
emails and text messages in an
effort to create a strong support of
S A 5 this unified front. It will be called
"The Entertainment Commission."
The first agenda item of The
Entertainment Commission is to
SY develop an application for a
II I "BlackBallList". This list will con-
I I I I sist of violent patrons that shall be
banned from all venues we are
I apart of. All the information along
with a brief report and picture shall
go into the data base of The
Entertainment Commission and
Desirae Royal, local contributor and volunteer until further notice they shall not
return to any of the events or ven-
ues. This will happen in real time.
This is about Black on Black crime,
GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER. LIVE UNITED this is about saving lives and pre-
vention, this is about ensuring the
United Way of public it is ok to come and enjoy
Na yourself because the city's enter-
Northeast Florida I tainment entrepreneurs do have
21} ~your best interest at heart.
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