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-Hilton Napoleon, II, Esq.,

Police justified in destruction
of Liberty City home?
By D. Kevin McNeir
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Liberty City was the site of a recent early-
morning altercation between Miami-Dade
Police and a family that resides at the
intersection of 63rd Street and NW 19th
Avenue. According to a WSVN news report,
what transpired on Tuesday, Oct. 25th after
the police received calls of shots fired, W'as
a SWAT standoff, eventually resulting in the
safe capture of two children and the arrest
of 10 adults. But based on remarks from the
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BROTHERS UNITED: Adaya (1-r) and Akila
Baki, are waiting for "justice" after Miami-
Dade Police swarmed their home last week in
what the two brothers and other witnesses say
was an unprovoked case of "mistaken iden-
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Feds arrest 42 people

for Medicare fraud
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month, a crack clown to protect citi-
zens from this type of crime played out
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arrested 42 SLIspects on Medicare
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B-CU's Reed moves

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Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU).
President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed has
faced and overcome plenty of adversity
in her life. She tackled and survived
racism in her native town of Dallas,
developed and then instituted pro-
grams that helped college students of
color succeed at schools that were once
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Will UM's science park provide jobs?

Activists demand stake
in new bio-tech park for
Overtown residents
By Kaila Heard
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Weeks after the University of Miami
(UM) officially opened the first building in
their Overtown research park and recent-
ly revealed plans for a $112-million hotel
to be built next, the continued lack of an
official agreement that promises jobs for
the local residents
continues to con-
cern and anger local
community leaders
and activists.
"I absolutely think
that there should be
an agreement made
not only to create
short term jobs, but
one that will create
jobs that are ongo-
ing so that the com-
munity will benefit IVORY
in some way," said
Stephanie van Vark, a local resident who
also serves as liaison for the Overtown
Community Oversight Board.
According to Marcello Radice, the park's
executive director, negotiations are still
ongoing between the developers of the re-
search park, county leaders and commu-
nity stakeholders.

-Photo courtesy: University of Miami.
UM's Life Science & Technology Park, located at the intersection of NW 7th Avenue
and NW 20th Street, is the first in what developers say will be a vibrant research park

community where people can work and play.
"To date, there is no timeline for when
negotiations might be completed," said
Julia Lopes, communications director of
the Overtown Community Redevelopment
Agency (CRA). "We want to get the best
deal for Overtown residents, so we don't
want to rush anything and not be able to
get the best results," she said.
So far, job proposal agreements sub-
mitted by the developers of the park have
been inadequate, according to Keith Ivory,
a community organizer for the Power U

Center for Social Change.
"Our position is that the community
should get more since [the Life Science
and Technology Park] has gotten like a
$100 million in tax money," he said.
The first building of the park, which of-
ficially opened a few weeks ago, received
about $8 million in federal subsidies and
the Life Science and Technology Park's
developer is now seeking an additional
$90 million in tax free bonds from Miami-
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Daylight saving time ends Nov. 6th
Daylight saving time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sun-
day, Nov. 6th, when clocks are turned back one hour.
In the northern hemisphere, daylight saving time gen-
erally begins in March and ends in November. It allows
for more light during the evening hours and less in the
morning hours.
In the U.S., the Energy Policy Act of 2005 says day-
light saving time begins on the second Sunday of March
and ends on the first Sunday of November.
In the U.S., a federal law first standardized the yearly
beginning and end of daylight saving time in 1918 for
the states that chose to observe it.

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In the bid for casinos, will

Blacks be left in the cold?
T ere are plenty of pros and cons as to whether Miami
Should allow destination casino gambling to take up
residents in our town. State officials seem to be sali-
vating with the possibility of a 10 percent return in taxes on
the take from the casinos. But as it has pointed out time after
time, where will Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami
fit in? Someone will have to deal with traffic problems like
when the Heat or there's a major concert at AmericanAirlines
Arena while just down the road the Arsht Center is hosting
a sold-out show. On nights like those, well need a whole lot
more police officers. But who will pay them and what com-
munities will suffer with slower response time when the cops
that normally handle their areas have been pulled away for
downtown duty?
Forget the potential increase in crime or addictions. What
will happen to the small businesses that are interspersed in
the downtown area? And what about some of our newer busi-
ness districts the Design District and Wynwood or even
the convention center in Miami Beach. If the designers of
the casinos follow previous examples, they could make their
centers such wonderful places for gambling, fine dining and
entertainment that folks may not need or want to frequent
out in search of other venues.
Finally, even if our city and county commissioners are able
to negotiate deals that handle the concerns we have raised
thus far, there's still one thing that has not been adequately
addressed: what percentage of Blacks will have an oppor-
tunity to own parts of these new endeavors? The AAA and
Marlins Stadiums projects created several new millionaires
we hear none of whom were Black.
Black commissioners have been clear about the need for
job training for Blacks. But unless policies are changed -
changed in writing many of our people will be ineligible to
work in any casino because they or someone in their family
has a criminal record. And while Overtown becomes overrun
with new money and new money makers, where will the cur-
rent residents fit in or will they?
Let's make sure our Black leaders don't give their votes to
any casino project unless we have guarantees that we won't
be left out in the cold . again.

There's nothing noble about

those who abuse others
During the month of October, there was a plethora of
information and activities that focused on the im-
pact of breast cancer on women. In fact, one might
call this the banner year given the response from the public.
But while interest in prevention efforts and support of those
who continue to suffer from the disease, another annual rec-
ognition took an unexpected back seat domestic violence
We applaud the hard work of people like Jeanette Garofolo,
president of Miami's Safespace Foundation and Liberty City's
native son, Jonathan Spikes. They, along with a host of vol-
unteers, many of whom have suffered from the sometimes
deadly effects of domestic violence, have been instrumental
in raising awareness about this despicable crime. Make no
mistake the physical abuse of another person is indeed a
crime. But the pain goes beyond broken bones, shattered fac-
es and bruised bodies. It impacts men, women and children
psychologically, spiritually and emotionally. In some cases,
it takes years if not a lifetime for one to overcome the dam-
age. Left unchecked, as survivors like one mother, Carolyn
Lourdes will tell you, it has the heinous potential to repli-
cate in successive generations. That's because children often
mimic what they see.
There is nothing manly or noble about those who take ad-
vantage of their strength to manipulate and/or abuse those
who they profess to love. It will take more coalitions like the
one that Garofolo and Spikes have forged in order to make a
real impact on domestic violence. Are you your brother's or
sister's keeper? One can only hope that your response is af-

Big Brother won't stop impinging

on our rights unless we demand it
Once upon a time in a land call the U.S. of A., folks were
proud to claim that they were Americans, whether they
were born in this country or naturalized citizens. But
recent efforts by those who we have chosen as our elected of-
ficials have resulted in feelings that do not invoke pride. One
example is the movement that has swept states like Florida and
Michigan, among others, to drug test those who receive govern-
ment assistance. And no matter how one tries to defend it, it is
inherently wrong and a violation of our rights.
We celebrate the decision rendered by U.S. District Judge
Mary Scriven last week, halting the enforcement of Florida's new
law which mandates drug tests for all applicants for the state's
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
Sometimes in their zeal to "do the right thing" lawmakers and
leaders make assumptions about people or communities that
are simply wrong. That's what has happened here in the Sun-
shine State. As State Representative Cynthia Stafford says, "No
one should have to choose between their privacy and govern-
ment assistance."
The underlying problem with required drug testing of TANF
applicants is the perpetuation of the stereotype that all poor
people use drugs. To be fair, drug abuse is not a problem of
the poor it's a problem of the human family. If there are any
doubts about the validity of this statement, just consider the
increasing number of physicians that have been caught up in
prescription drug and pill mill stings.
For once justice has prevailed. Now our legislators should cor-
rect their error and repeal this ridiculous law.

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The Black Press believes that America can best lead the
world from racial and national antagonism when it accords to
every person, regardless of race. creed or color, his or her
human and legal rights Hating no person, fearing no person,
the Black Press strives to help every person in the firm belief
that all persons are hun as long as anyone is held back

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Blacks make up the cell phone business

Major wireless corporations
should be conscious of the fact
that much of their business and
future depends heavily on the
Black community.
Wireless communication is
an invaluable and increasingly
necessary way to do business
and stay connected with friends,
family, and our local communi-
ties. Wireless use is especially
prevalent within the Black com-
munity. According to Nielsen,
Blacks talk and text on our cell
phones more than any other
race or ethnicity in the country
- on average using 1,300 voice
minutes and sending about
780 SMS (text) messages each
We're also increasingly leading
the way in how the technology is
used. The Pew Research Center's
Internet & American Life Project
was released this past August,
and it shows Blacks use wire-
less more than any other eth-
nic group to access the Inter-
net, send or receive email, play
games, access social networking
sites, post photos or videos on-

line, and to bank online.
Blacks of all ages are clearly
relying on wireless technology
to improve their professional
and personal lives, which leads
me to an extremely perplexing
question: If Black communities
are using wireless as a lifeline to

ies are being heaped on us, per
device which certainly adds
up for families with children
and seniors relying on them,
as well as small business own-
ers providing them for their em-
ployees. These regressive state
and local wireless taxes across

The U.S. Congress is trying to help taxpayers and con-
sumers alike. It is considering the bipartisan and strong-
ly-supported Lofgren-Franks 'Wireless Tax Fairness Act
of 2011,' which would place a five-year ban on all unfair, new
state and local wireless taxes and fees.

connect themselves and to im-
prove our daily lives, then why
is such a vital service taxed at
such incredibly high rates in
this country?
The average American now
pays more than 16 percent in
combined monthly local, state
and federal wireless taxes and
fees; and in this age of budget-
strapped governments thirsty
for revenue, there is a very real
threat of that taxpayer burden
going ever higher. Often, tax lev-

the board hit those on fixed in-
comes, such as seniors, small
businesses and our minority
community families the hard-
est. It makes no sense to me
how we are discouraging the
use of such an important tool by
imposing a tax and fee burden
that's at this point more than
double that which we pay, on
average, in general sales tax.
The U.S. Congress is trying to
help taxpayers and consumers
alike. It is considering the bi-

partisan and strongly -support-
ed Lofgren-Franks 'Wireless
Tax Fairness Act of 2011,' which
would place a five-year ban on
all unfair, new state and local
wireless taxes and fees. Con-
gress is also considering the bi-
partisan Smith-Cohen 'Digital
Goods and Services Tax Fair-
ness Act of 2011,' which would
create a fair, responsible 'na-
tional framework' for the state
and local taxation of digital pur-
Wireless is clearly the leading
communication choice of Blacks
of all ages to stay connected,
and to move our communities
forward. Accessing the Inter-
net via wireless is something
that Blacks have embraced and
then some. We must insist that
an invaluable resource such
as wireless remains affordable
and accessible to all Americans,
regardless of location, race or
ethnicity, nor income. Let your
elected officials at every level of
government .know that when it
comes to wireless taxes, enough
is enough.

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Who is watching over the Supercommittee?
When President Obama ready, students have been hard However, the Supercommittee about the Supercommittee. even
signed the Budget Control Act of hit by budget machinations. Be- is looking for places to cut, and though they are in the throes of
2011, he committed our nation ginning July 1, 2012, students they are looking everywhere. We meetings and negotiations. We
to a budget-cutting process that will no longer receive an interest will all have to lobby to protect can expect Democrats to pro-
may well be cumbersome. The subsidy on their undergraduate the students who do not have tect entitlements and Republi-
"Supercommittee", or the Joint and graduate student loans. Be- the resources of the health care cans to resist tax increases, and
Select Committee on Budget Re- fore now, while studying, stu- industry, legal associations, and these are sure ingredients for an
duction, has a hard timeline of impasse. When the Supercom-
November 23 to propose some t is also likely that Title III funding, whichis specifically target- mittee was formed critics from
$1.5 trillion in cuts. If Congress both the left and the right talked
does not pass the Supercom- ed to HBCUs, will be on the chopping block. Those who care about the possibility of it dead-
mittee proposals, then an auto- about HBCUs must lobby not only CBC members and Congres- locking, as in order to attain a
matic trigger will cut the budget signal Representatives in areas where HBCUs are located ... simple majority, somebody will
across the board by about nine have to cross party lines.
percent. The Supercommittee may well
I suppose the thinking be- dent loans were interest-free, those other 200 crowding Capi- be out of the news, but it should
hind creating the Supercommit- with interest kicking in only tal Hill. not be off our radar screen. The
tee, composed of six Democrats when they began repayment. No It is also likely that Title III dozen members are making de-
and six Republicans, is that 12 more. That will save about $18 funding, which is specifically cisions that will have long-term
minds are better than 535. The billion in the next decade, but targeted to HBCUs, will be on consequences. They may well
size of the committee may also at what cost? It is ironic that the chopping block. Those who decide to tackle aspects of our
make it easier for lobbyists! Ac- on one hand, President Obama care about HBCUs must lobby tax structure, and they will cer-
cording to Politico, more than wants our nation to again lead not only CBC members and tainly decide to cut some, if not
200 lobbyists are pressuring the world in the percentage of Congressional Representatives all, federal programs. We must
Supercommittee members to people who are college gradu- in areas where HBCUs are lo- all ensure that the Supercom-
protect their interests. ates, and at the same time, yet cated, but also any and every mittee will not reduce the deficit
Who will protect the inter- another hurdle is being imposed voter, especially those on the on the backs of the poor and the
ests of young people, especially on those who want to go to col- Supercommittee. powerless, especially our stu-
those who attend HBCUs? Al- lege. You won't find much written dents.


We must reverse the Black-land-loss trend

Way before the current housing
mortgage crisis that dispropor-
tionately has negatively impacted
Blacks, there had been a 20-year
steady pace of land loss in the
majority of Black communities
across the U.S. With the addition-
al persistence of high unemploy-
ment for Blacks, there is a corre-
sponding destabilizing increase in
the daily rate of Black land loss
throughout the nation.
In nearly all reliable reports,
in particular from states where
Blacks are over 30 percent of the
population, more than 10,000
acres of land per day is now be-
ing lost. During the last 20 years,
dialogue about this continued
crisis has moved from awareness
to reaction to cynicism and now
even an emerging sense of hope-
I do not believe Black people
in the U.S., in the Caribbean,
South America, or in Africa can
afford to be casual or hopeless

on the global issue of land loss
by Black people. No one seems
to remember years ago that the
World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) helped to

cause family members for various
reasons decided to let the family
property become the ward of the
state or county.
But beyond the sheer monetary

It is unfortunate that some of us do not even know the value
of the land we live on or have inherited from our fore par-

initially destabilize Zimbabwe be-
cause they disagreed with Presi-
dent Robert Mugabe giving native
Africans millions of acres of their
land back that had been stolen by
Rhodesian farmers and business-
It is unfortunate that some of
us do not even know the value of
the land we live on or have inher-
ited from our fore parents. It is so
sad to go to most county court-
houses to see the long list of prop-
erties that are sold for less than
one-tenth of the real value be-

value of Black-owned land across
America are the tremendous po-
tential health-related and self-
determination benefits for the
use of this land. So many of the
diseases and serious health prob-
lems that Blacks face today are a
direct result of not eating healthy
food properly. When the majority
of Black people in the past lived
on our own farms or in communi-
ties where there was a multitude
of organic gardens, the overall
health condition of our people
was much better. The fundamen-

tal striving for self-determination
and freedom is to be able to feed
yourself, shelter yourself, and em-
power yourself economically from
the bounty and produce of your
own land and labor. Freedom is
inconsistent with being depen-
dent on others to do for you what
God wants you to do for yourself.
Whether you live in a big city or
a small town, the questions about
land ownership and the economic
development of the Black com-
munity are most urgent and im-
portant. The establishment of
local "land banks" and other co-
operative efforts to pool the re-
source potential of our communi-
ties should be given a priority. If
properly done, land purchases
can be a wise appreciating invest-
ment. We owe it to our ancestors
not to lose all that they worked
and suffered so much for in the
past. Let's turn our land losses
into gains by reversing this awful








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Does prison prepare individuals to

return to society?

Unemployed, Allapattah

No, because
number one
they don't
provide the
services that
people need
in order to
be adequate
out here in society. They need
a support system around then
in order to function out here.
There are no windows open
for them. They need basically
a job, they need some kind of
skill set.

Retired, Broward County

No, because they are spend-
ing more mon-
ey on build-
ing prisons it
than they do
on building i

Unemployed, Liberty City

No because I
have had that
same experi-
ence. I had
two sons in
prison and it
did not re in-
troduce them
back in to
society well. When they came
back they didn't have a job and
it is really just worst.

Unemployed, Laile Haiti.

I think it all -
depends on
the person to
actually de-
termine if it g
benefits them
or not. I think
it really all
depends on
the inmate.
Sometimes you get caught up
in different things, but if you go
in there with the outlook that I
am going to use this as a source
of rehabilitation them maybe it
will benefit you.

Construction worker, Liberty City

I think the
prison system
is corrupt,
they don't re-
ally rehablli- .-
tate people.
It is really up
to that iindi-
vidual in my

Student, Little Haiti

From what I
have seen so-
cially, I really
don't think so.
A lot of guys
that come
out seem re-
ally apathetic
when it comes
back to getting back in the
work force. They are very un-


Why prison

Rappers going in and com-
ing out of prison or jail is such
a commonplace occurrence
that it hardly qualifies as a
noteworthy headline. Fans of
hip-hop have learned to take
these things in stride. Atlanta-
born rapper T.I. made a nod
to this relationship between
artists and fans with his lyr-
ics. But T.I is a repeat offend-
er and legal problems have
plagued him throughout his
career. Unlike many who are
released from prison with little
in the way of job skills or pros-
pects, T.I. is set to get right to
work with a book deal and a
reality TV show. His financial
outlook isn't the same as the
height of his popularity, but it
doesn't look to be bleak either.
What remains to be seen is if
his talent has remained intact.
Rappers who have served time
haven't faired so well in this

is hit-or-miss for hip-hop stars

Prison isn't an artist colony.
It's not ra place that nurtures
the creativity and passion of
individuals and helps them re-
alize their complete selves. It's
a series of cages that demor-
alize and depress. Souls are

before landing themselves in
the penitentiary. As with any-
thing, however, the odds can
be overcome.
After serving 11 months of
his of his one-and-a-half year
to four-and-a-half year sen-

Before reporting to prison, T.I. finished up the album, now
titled No Mercy, generally agreed to be his worst work.
Whether it was the previous round behind bars or the
prospects of the next one, something was blocking him from
delivering the type of quality work he fought so hard to become
known for.

broken in prison. DMX, Bean-
ie Sigel, Mystikal, Shyne, Lil'
Kim, Foxy Brown, Black Rob,
Capone (of Capone-n-Norea-
ga), Slick Rick and others have
found it difficult to regain the
type of creative inspiration
needed to record at the stan-
dards they set for themselves

tence for sexual abuse, the
late Tupac Shakur hit the stu-
dio and produced arguably the
best double album in hip-hop
history, 1996's All Eyez On Me.
In 1999, Wu-Tang Clan mem-
ber Ghostface Killah served
time for an attempted robbery
charge dating back to 1995.

Upon his release, he put out
perhaps his best solo album,
2000's Supreme Clientele. It's
possible to go to prison, come
out and continue creating art
at a high level, as these in-
stances proved. But they are
rare exceptions. Before report-
ing to prison, T.I. finished up
the album, now titled No Mer-
cy, generally agreed to be his
worst work. Whether it was the
previous round, behind bars
or the prospects of the next
one, something was blocking
him from delivering the type of
quality work he fought so hard
to become known for.
Now, T.I. is in the unique
position of getting a second
chance it'll take music that
reminds folks of why they fell
in love with his southern drawl
and bold proclamations to en-
sure he has a recording career
that extends past his legal

On the tenth anniversary of
the historic and controversial
welfare reform bill in 2006,
President Bill Clinton wrote
an op-ed full of self-praise for
having beaten back the critics
and revamped the decades-old
welfare system. On the 15th
anniversary of the signing of
the welfare reform law, the co-
lossal problems that Clinton
was warned could and would
happen by simply scrapping a
measure that kept thousands
of mostly poor and minor-
ity women off the streets and
out of jail cells, have surfaced
with a vengeance. Clinton em-
braced all the arguments at
the time that clearing the wel-
fare rolls might be a good move
for those who abused welfare
and used it as a crutch. But
what about the legions of re-
cipients who sincerely wanted
to work but could not find jobs
because they lacked job and

skills training, transporta-
tion, affordable child care, had
chronic health problems, or
inadequate education?
Clinton shelled out millions

states would be sorely tempted
to cut back on the funding of
the support programs, whittle
down the five years time limit
that recipients were eligible

Conservatives argued for decades that welfare hurt poor
and minority women by sapping initiative and encour-
aging them to have more children to get a government
check. Fifteen years later, the nation is stuck with a reform that
did indeed end welfare as we know it.

in block grant funding to the
states to provide training, jobs
and child care for welfare re-
cipients and gave them five
years to find work. This was
a very flawed strategy on two
counts. The first flaw was that
there were no firm directives
on how much and what ser-
vices the states should spend
the money on. The second flaw
was that when the inevitable
economic downturn hit, the


for aid, or simply ax programs
that were in place to help the
recipients get off the dole. This
would virtually insure that
those who had managed to
find work and then suddenly
found themselves victims of
the downturn and out of job
would have nothing to fall
back on to make ends meet.
Clinton did not address or
apparently even consider this
possibility. Though welfare

numbers are drastically down
from what they were 15 years.
ago, the number that receive
food stamps, unemployment
insurance, are in poverty and
are homeless have skyrock-
eted during the past decade.
And with the economy hover-
ing dangerously close to an-
other recession, coupled with
the massive federal and state
spending cuts on income sup-
port and service programs,
the number of poor are almost
certain to grow bigger. Con-
servatives argued for decades
that welfare hurt poor and mi-
nority women by sapping ini-
tiative and encouraging them
to have more children to get
a government check. Fifteen
years later, the nation is stuck
with a reform that did indeed
end welfare as we know it. The
price for that was to increase
poverty for the. millions that
we also know.


Sexual harassment claims may sink Cain campaign

The GOP 2012 presiden-
tial race just turned ugly,
really ugly. It seems that
GOP front-runner Herman
Cain, during his tenure as
head of the National Res-
taurant Association (NRA),
allegedly harassed at least
two female employees who
ultimately left their jobs at
the trade group after com-
plaining of his behavior to
several colleagues and asso-
ciates. The women in ques-
tion complained of "sexually
suggestive" behavior by Cain
and allegedly signed a settle-
ment and release agreement
with the restaurant group
that exchanged a financial
pay out for them forgoing
any legal rights to sue either
NRA or Cain. The only per-
sons who could have leaked
such a document would have
been those privy to its con-
tents, the lawyers involved,
the employees who made the
charges or Cain himself. It
is worth noting that what-
ever campaign got a copy of
this document and leaked
it probably procured it in a
highly unethical manner.

Now, let's deal with the pol-
itics of the day and what this
means for Cain. First, this is
not the same as 1992 and the
allegations against former
President Bill Clinton. Clin-
ton's so-called 'bimbo erup-

tend to rally around their
bad boys (Clinton, the late
Senator Ted Kennedy, Rep,
Barney Frank, and others),
Republicans tend to form a
circular firing and shoot one
another. Conservatives and

Cain, like Justice Clarence Thomas before him, Cain is
likely to deny these allegations, and accuse his detrac-
tors of a high-tech lynching of an "uppity Black."

tions" were covered up by
loyal aides like Betsy Wright
and according to some books
and sources at the time,
even former first lady Hill-
ary Clinton herself. What
makes this issue with Cain
problematic and unique is
that he was the head of a pri-
vate lobbying organization,
which handles such matters
very differently. and thus li-
able for any lawsuits brought
against him as both an in-
dividual and officer of the
entity. In addition, Cain is a
Black conservative, running
for the Republican nomina-
tion. Unlike Democrats who

Tea Party activists who like
Cain will not take kindly to
allegations that he sexually
harassed young women in
his employ.Unsubstantiated
rumors abound that one of
the women who made the al-
legations is white. If that is
the case, it will be explosive.
While America has made ra-

cial progress, there are still
those among us who do not
approve of Black men dat-
ing or pursuing white wom-
en. Cain, who is in his 60's,
portrays himself as a family
values, hard-nosed conser-
vative. These allegations, if
true, would not be compat-
ible with that narrative.
Cain, like Justice Clarence
Thomas before him, Cain is
likely to deny these allega-
.tions, and accuse his detrac-
tors of a high-tech lynching
of an "uppity Black." Some
say that the "leaker" came
from Romney's camp while
others say it was Perry's
camp. Whoever was respon-
sible clearly decided that
Cain was a threat and had
to be disposed of in a most
unfortunate and damaging


Bill Clinton and reform: 15 years later

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At last, honors for the

first Black Marines

Their story to be
taught to new
Corps members
By Jim Michaels
For decades Joseph Smith,
87, didn't want to think or talk
about his time in the Marine
Corps. "Whenever military ser-
vice came up I couldn't truth-
fully say, 'Yeah, I'm a proud
Marine,'" Smith said. "I tried to
say it and it wouldn't quite come
Smith was one of thousands
of African Americans who joined
the Marine Corps during World
War II and then learned they
would be shipped off to a sepa-
rate boot camp for Blacks and
serve in segregated support
units commanded by white of-
Along the way they suffered
indignities limited to support
assignments while on duty, and
confronted with racism when
they were home on leave. After
their service, they were not en-
couraged to stay in the military.
Most faded from history.
"No one knew we existed," he
That's changed. One balmy
evening this summer, Smith
and other Black World War II-
era Marines sat alongside the
Marine Corps commandant and
watched an evening parade in
their honor at the historic Ma-
rine Barracks in Washington.
Some of them were using
canes. Others were in wheel-
chairs. Ranks of crisply dressed
Marines passed in front of the
reviewing stands, where Smith
sat during the parade.
Smith struggled later to -ex-
plain the emotions he felt. "It
was liberating," said Smith, who

-Photo by Adam Gerik
LONG TIME COMING: It took nearly 70 years, but Joseph Smith
said he finally feels like a U.S. Marine.
received a doctorate after the "We're going to anchor the
war and went on to a career as rich history of Montford Point in
a professor and administrator the 236-year history of the Unit-
at the University of Illinois-Ur- ed States Marine Corps," Amos
bana-Champaign. "At last I feel told a gathering of Montford
like a damned Marine." Point Marines this summer.
The Marine Corps is deter- This week, the House of Rep-
mined to rescue the story of the resentatives unanimously ap-
Montford Point Marines so proved a Congressional Gold
named because of the segregat- Medal honoring the Montford
ed boot camp they attended Point Marines. A similar bill is
even though it has meant con- pending in the Senate.
fronting uncomfortable truths The outpouring of apprecia-
about -the history of the Corps tion after so many years has
and some of the earliest Black surprised some of the aging vet-
Marines. erans.
"How could we have taken that Recently, Smith joined more
part of our history and slid it off than 100 other Montford Point
to the side and not embraced Marines as the guests of Amos
it?" Marine Corps Commandant in Washington, D.C. The veter-
Gen. James Amos said in a re- ans, now mostly in their 80s,
cent speech. met Black officers, attended a
parade in their honor and visit-
HISTORY TAUGHT NOW ed the commandant in his circa
Amos has ordered the Marine 180,6 home. Young Marines as-
Corps to teach recruits the his- sisted them when needed.
tory of the Montford Point Ma- The Marine Corps treated
rines, with the rest of the Corps' them to a breakfast on white
legacy. He also intends to incor- table cloths and served them
porate their story into the cur- chipped beef with eggs a sta-
riculum of advanced courses for ple of chow halls for decades.
senior officers. -To be continued next week
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U.S. Rep. Sheilaease of the flag logo, said

M-D Black Caucus elects new officers oansoe Besewell exsecutivedire-
oPerry to denounce the license-plate plan.

Locally-elected officials were ing information and providing ida State Representative Bar- Council member Felicia Rob- oTexs, as in other states Veterans it ends up becom-
.... Texasi ohlcense-raet tenspblan

recently installed as officers for support to one another. The bara Watson; Miami Gardens inson (seated, 1-r); Miami Gar- T exas, as in other state pla te g a free-speech battle n
the Miami-Dade Black Caucus. Caucus works in cooperation Mayor Shirley Gibson; Judge dens Council member Oliver that reflects their passions. court." he said, adding, "We
The Caucus has several pur- with the League of.Cities. New Ronald Smith (who swore in Gilbert, III and Miami Gardens But the Sons of Confederate have not lost a case ,et.
poses that include: providing officers include: M-DCPS board the new officers); Miami-Dade Council member Lisa Davis. Veterans are meeting fierce The National Associa-
a forum for their members to member Dr. Dorothy Bendross- County Commissioner Michelle Gilbert has been chosen as the opposition to their own pro- tion for the Advancement of
collaborate, networking, shar- Mindingall (standing l-r,); Flor- Spence-Jones; Miami Gardens chairman. nol ofa nlate ferturinp the Colored People has gathered
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Nearly 25 percent of Blacks lack valid voter ID

By Chika Oduah

Nearly 25 percent of Blacks
currently do not have a valid
photo ID necessary to vote, ac-
cording to a recent study by the
Brennan Center for Justice, the
non-partisan public policy and
law institute at New York Uni-
versity's School of Law.
The study revealed that the
number of states with laws re-
quiring voters to show govern-
ment-issued '.photo identifica-
tion, such as a driver's license
or passport, has quadrupled
in 2011, compared to only two
states imposing such laws prior
to this .year's legislative sea-
son. More than 21 million U.S.-
citizens do not possess govern-
ment-issued ID.
The Center reported that sev-
en states had signed photo ID
bills into law at the time of the
study: Alabama, Kansas, Rhode
Island, South Carolina, Tennes-
see, Texas and Wisconsin.
"This is disenfranchising huge
groups of people who don't have
the money to get an ID -card,"
said South Carolina Democratic
Party Chairman Dick Harpoot-
In South Carolina's predom-
inantly-Black Orangeburg
County, the percentage of mi-
nority voters without voter IDs
is higher than the state wide
percentage, as reported by the
Photo ID mandates are part of

new election laws sweeping the
nation, along with proof of citi-
zenship requirements, laws that
virtually eliminate Election Day
and same-day voter registra-.
tion, efforts to reduce early and
absentee voting days and rules
that make it difficult for citizens
with past felony convictions to
restore their voting rights.
As a result, these changes
will make it harder for five mil-
lion people to vote and when it
comes to photo ID, Blacks, His-
panics, senior citizens, people
with disabilities and the poor
are more likely to lack this re-

The enactment of the laws
could also potentially restrict
the voting rights of college stu-
dents, rural voters and the
"These voting law changes
are radical and completely un-
necessary," said Wendy Weiser,
Director of the Center's Democ-
racy Program.
As many as 10 percent of eli-
gible voters do not have, and
will not get, the documents re-
quired by strict voter ID laws,
as reported in the study.
But, there is a readily used
justification that claims that
the new voter laws would re-

duce voter fraud. However
photo ID laws are an attempt
to address what has proved
to be a statistically rare oc
currency: Election Day poll
ing place impersonation. Thi
'myth of voter fraud' assertE
that America's system of frei
and fair elections must be pro
tected as necessary, include
ing with the implementation o
voter ID laws to prevent pollinE
day impersonations.
Implementation of voter II
mandates come with a prici
tag of millions of dollars
States would incur administra
tive costs of changing election
procedures, costs of material
and training for the election of
ficials and poll workers across
the state, not to mention thf
cost of state public informant ioi
campaigns and longer lines or
Election Day.
Proof of citizenship laws wer
approved in Alabama, Kansa:
and Tennessee and mandate
voters to show documentation
such as a birth certification ti
register or vote. Florida, Geor
gia, Ohio, Tennessee and Wes
Virginia have already enacted
bills to reduce early voting.
Though the voter ID require
ments are not justified by an'
serious or widespread prob
lem, the Center suggests tha
states that do require proof o
identity at the poll should per
mit alternative options to serve
as proof.

Retired justice Stevens criticizes, Thomas and wife

By Joan Biskupic

Supreme Court justice John
Paul Stevens said recently that
calls for investigations into
justices' ethics or for chang-
es in the court's practices on
potential conflicts of interest
lack merit.
Yet he acknowledged in an
interview with USA TODAY
that the activities of Justice
Clarence Thomas and his wife,
who as a Tea Party activist has
opposed the new health-care
law pending at the court, have
stoked some of the criticism
from members of Congress
and other quarters. "You can't
help but wish that they had a
lower profile," he said of Thom-
as and his wife.
"I also don't think there's a
chance in the world that it will
affect his vote," Stevens added.
"That is ohe vote that you re-
ally can predict."
He said Thomas has con-
sistently taken a narrow view
of Congress' power to regu-
late interstate commerce and
would not need to be swayed
in the health-care litigation by
wife Virginia, a longtime con-
servative advocate.
Stevens' comments came
in an interview related to the
publication of his new memoir.
He talked at length about sev-
eral of his former colleagues

and addressed some hot-but-
ton issues.

The Obama administration,
defending a requirement that
most people buy health in-

surance by 2014, has urged
the justices to reverse a lower
court ruling that said Con-
gress exceeded its power to
regulate commerce.
Stevens said he is certain
the justices will take up the
dispute but declined to pre-
dict the outcome: "Who knows
what will come up in the ar-
guments?" Earlier this year,
a group of House Democrats
asked Thomas not to take part
in the health-care dispute be-


Retired Supreme Court justice

Tv Show host

,. a
Longtime conservative advocate

cause of his wife's activities.
The conservative Judicial
Watch has questioned the
participation of Justice Elena
Kagan, because she formerly
served as a top administra-
tion lawyer. Neither justice
has found grounds to sit out
the case.

Supreme Court justice
Some members of Con
gress, including Rep. Louis(
Slaughter, D-N.Y., have called
for an investigation into omis
sions in Thomas' financial
disclosure forms of his wife'
income since corrected -
and, separately, urged mor
openness from justices re
lated to their decisions to dis
qualify from cases because o
conflicts of interest.
Stevens, 91, has been trav
eling to promote his book
Five Chiefs: A Supreme Cour
Memoir, and even entertain
ing overtures from Corned:
Central's Colbert Report. "
think I'd do it, if he come.
down here," Stevens said o
host Stephen Colbert. "I lik'
him. I think he's a cleve





Confederate battle flag-a
symbol of slavery to many
Black Americans.
As a state board prepares
to vote on the matter as early
as next month, all sides are

more than 22.000 signatures
of opponents of the Texas
plate, according to Hilaryv
Shelton. a senior vice presi-
dent of the group The Con-
federate flag "is one of the




S- :.:n, 1 rilr l r,,, l.ri V.ter 'n-."
The Sons of Confederate Veterans says it will sue if Texas
rejects this specialty license plate. It has won such suits else-

s weighing in Critics of the
e plate say the Confederate
n flag can be as offensi% e to
n Blacks as a swastika is to
Jews. Supporters say the
e plate is designed to honor the
s Civil War service of men who
e fought to defend the state
n against northern invaders.
o not to protect the institution
- of slavery.
t Texas Land Commissioner
d Jerry Patterson, a sponsor
of the proposed plate, said it
. is aimed simply at honoring
. Texas soldiers. "The debate
- has been driven by a fear of
t offending people." he said.
)f "There is too much concern
- about political correctness."
e The Sons of Confederate
Veterans says membership
is open to the male descen-
dants of any man who served
honorably in the Confederate
, forces. The group, based in
Columbia. Tenn., claims more
than 30.000 members.
Over more than a decade,
the Sons of Confederate
Veterans has succeeded in
getting specialty plates with
Confederate flags approved
in nine states, but it has
had to overcome significant
resistance. The group won
;court rulings in Maryland,
North Carolina and Virginia
compelling those states to
allow flag-emblazoned license
plates after state agencies
initially rejected the plates as
objectionable. It won another
court ruling in March, in a
Florida lawsuit filed after
,- the state legislature failed to
e approve a plate; its bid for a
d plate is still pending.
"In some states, they have






most c>m,- r,)m -n],. re>:o0 nized
symbols of racism not only in
the U.S. but throughout the
world," he said. "The idea that
a state would sanction some-
thing so offensive is hard to
License plates should be
used to showcase a state and
promote tourism, U.S. Rep.
Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas
Democrat, said in a state-
ment. The Confederate battle
flag, she said, "accomplishes
none of those purposes."
Rep. Jackson Lee, a mem-
ber of the Congressional
Black Caucus, and others
have called on Gov. Rick
Perry to denounce the plate.
Perry, who is running for the
Republican presidential nom-
ination, appoints the Texas
Department of Motor Vehicles
board that ultimately will
decide the matter.
Catherine Frazier, a
spokeswoman for Perry's
presidential campaign, said
the decision on the Confeder-
ate flag plate rests squarely
with the board of the Depart-
ment of Motor Vehicles.
"Gov. Perry did not bring
this plate to the...board and
at no time has he asked for it
to be approved," Victor Van-
dergriff, the board chairman,
said in a statement. "We con-
tinue to encourage the public
to share their comments and
feedback" on the plate.
If the Department of Motor
Vehicles votes against the
plate, the Sons of Confeder-
ate Veterans says it is pre-
pared to file suit, contending
that its free-speech rights
have been violated.

Obama fundraiser to kick off

By D. Kevin McNeir

The Obama Victory
2012, a joint fundrais-
ing committee sanc-
tioned by Obama for
America and the Demo-
cratic National Commit-
tee, has chosen Circle of
One Marketing to host
the One Year Out Sun-
day Brunch on Sunday,
Nov. 6 from 12:30 to


Avenue, Studio C. The official
campaign event will feature
entertainment by Ledisi with

special remarks from
Katherine Archuleta,
national political direc-
tor and David Simas,
director of opinion re-
search, both for Obama
for America. One year
from now, registered
voters will return to the
OBAMA polls to vote for presi-

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Frustrations rise as more

developers overlook Blacks
By Gregory W. Wright ilies Fighting Together (LIFFT) Nichson, North Central Dade Braynon also commented

Miami Times writer

Frustrated with a continual
run of developers receiving
public money with the promise
of bringing jobs for the local
residents, but instead bring-
ing in their own work crews,
a grassroots coalition of com-
munity-based organizations
has begun meeting to strat-
egize on how to hold both enti-
ties more accountable.
Community sentiments
boiled over at a recent meeting
at the African Heritage Cultur-
al Arts Center in Liberty City,
as community groups includ-
ing the Miami Workers Center
(MWC), and Low-Income Fam-

came together to publicly dem-
onstrate their frustrations
with a system that includes
their tax dollars, but not their
Members of the MWC started
the forum with a skit that sar-
castically demonstrated how
developers "blow into town"
with promises of jobs and bet-
ter housing for the residents,
along with campaign contribu-
tions for the politicians. While
the promises of campaign con-
tributions are kept, the ben-
efits for the local residents are
seldom realized.
Panel members for the fo-
rum included State Senator
Oscar Braynon, II; Doretha

Area (NCDA) Coalition of 100;
and Stephen Hunter Johnson,
a member of the Miami-Dade
County Black Affairs Advisory
Sen. Braynon lamented the
low voter turnout in the Black
"I am your senator," he said.
"I got here with 2,000 votes. I
represent a district that has
470,000 people. In Miami
Beach and Coral Gables, they
vote at a 50 to 70 percent clip.
Their elected officials are rep-
resenting the people that put
them there. Our elected offi-
cials are representing people
that put money in their pock-

on the proposed casino de-
velopment for Miami-Dade
County. "Whether we like it
or whether we don't, it's com-
ing," he said. "Are we going to
make our elected officials re-
sponsible to make sure that
the jobs to build these casinos
come from here?"
No developers were invited to
attend the community forum.
"When seeking public fund-
ing for their projects, develop-
ers come with the promise of
new jobs," shouted one attend-
ee. "But once they receive our
tax dollars, they bring in their
own crews. They bring hous-
ing, but we can't afford it." -

Pastor given 29-year prison term

By Rafael A. Olmeda

jecting pleas for leniency, a
Broward judge sentenced a for-
mer youth pastor to nearly 29
years in prison for molesting a
14-year-old member of a popu-
lar Coral Springs church.
Russell Lewis, 30, pleaded no
contest in June to three counts
of sexual battery by a custodial
authority and one count of lewd
and lascivious molestation on
a victim younger than 15.
He faced a maximum sen-
tence of 105 years in prison,
but even prosecutor Adri-
ana Alcalde-Padron said that
would be excessive. She asked
for a 30-year sentence.
During a four-hour hearing
recently, Lewis tried to con-
vince Broward Circuit Judge
Sandra Perlman that he de-
served a short prison term fol-
lowed by a lengthy probation.
"I would ask for a second
chance at society, at life," he
said. "I don't-think Fm a bad

person. I made a huge mis-
Lewis was a youth pastor at
Church by the Glades, which
has a congregation of between
6,000 and 7,000 members.
Alcalde-Padron said Lewis
met the victim when she was
12-years-old and carefully ma-
nipulated her, grooming her
until he could take advantage
of her sexually. When she was
14, Lewis molested the girl and
had sex with her during en-
counters between May and No-
vember of 2009, according to
the charges.
The girl was in court last Fri-
day but did not testify. A state-
ment she wrote was read aloud
by a family friend. In the state-
ment, the girl described Lewis
as an oppressive and jealous
figure who belittled her and
robbed her of precious life ex-
periences. Instead of looking
back on her first kiss and first
boyfriend with fondness, she
struggles to forget them, she
sa id.-' .-.- . I - I .-


"I said stop, and he didn't
stop. I know he heard me," the
girl wrote. "I do not feel safe at
church, a place where security
and comfort should go hand in
The girl continues to attend
Church by the Glades.
The congregation's head pas-
toi, David Hughes, testified
-that Lewis would have had too

go out of his way to take the
girl to the room where they
had at least one encounter.
"You would have to be very
strategic to be alone to commit
these acts," he said. "I've never
accidentally stumbled into the
Spanish translation room."
Hughes said the church has
had no direct contact with
Lewis since his arrest in No-
vember 2009, focusing its at-
tention on helping the victim.
Perlman also heard from
Lewis' cousin, brother and
mother, all of whom said the
molestation was out of charac-
ter and unlikely to be repeated.
"I don't think locking him up
is going to help the situation,"
said his mother, Jacqueline
Lewis, who lives in New Mexi-
co. "I just wish that they would
let me take my child home."
Lewis apologized directly to
the victim, her family, and two
dozen members of the Church
by the Glades congregation on
hand for the hearing. He also
*apologized to his mother. _,

Witness says he warned Jackson against anesthetics

By Martin Kasindorf

summoned as a defense wit-
ness in the manslaughter trial
of Michael Jackson's personal
physician testified recently
that he warned the pop star
two months before he died not
to use intravenously adminis-
tered anesthetics to help him
Defendant Conrad Murray is
accused of causing Jackson's
death June 25, 2009, by negli-
gently administering the anes-
thetic propofol and a sedative
while treating the singer for
insomnia. He has pleaded not
guilty. The prosecution rested
its case last Thursday on the
trial's 16th day after calling
33 witnesses and introducing
223 exhibits.
Defense lawyers began put-

ting on their own case and
called Los Angeles internist
and rheumatologist Allan
Metzger as their fifth witness.
Metzger said he had been
treating Jackson for various

complaints for 15 to 20 years
and regarded himself as a
confidant as well as the enter-
tainer's "primary physician."
Metzger said he never pro-
vided propofol or other intra-
venous anesthetics to Jackson
and told him April 18, 2009,
in response to Jackson's ques-
tions that such treatment
would be life-threatening and
should not be done outside a
hospital setting.
Jackson complained of sleep
problems from the very be-
ginning of their relationship,
Metzger said. "I knew that
sleep was an issue, especially
after performing he could
not come down," Metzger
said. The doctor said he had
prescribed Tylenol PM and
Xanax, but Jackson said they
didn't work.
Jackson asked Metzger to

Michael Irvin's mother owes home taxes

A lien has been slapped
on the home of WQAM-560
AM host and retired Dallas
Cowboys star Michael Irvin's
mother. The Broward Coun-
ty Property Appraiser's Of-
fice claims Stella Irvin owes

$49,852.79 in unpaid taxes
and penalties for unjustly
claiming homestead exemp-
tion since 2001. Mama Irvin,
who raised Michael and 16
other kids, is believed to be
living at Michael's $300,000

house in Plantation while
claiming exemption on anoth-
er house valued at $82,000 -
a property tax no-no. Neither
Irvin nor his mom or the staff
at the Property Appraiser


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come to his home April 18 to
discuss health issues and the
50-concert London series that
was to start in July, the wit-
ness said.
Questioned by defense law-
yer Ed Chernoff, Metzger said
Jackson spoke of "his excite-
ment and fear about the tour
... that this was a big obliga-
tion, and he didn't want not
to do a good job." Jackson de-
scribed it as "a huge ordeal,"
Metzger said.
Asked by Chernoff if Jack-
son had felt up to the task,
Metzger said, "I think he be-
lieved he was up to the task
but also fearful about his
nutritional state and staying


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Philadelphia Eagles quar-
terback Vince Young is be-
ing sued by a Dallas strip
club manager he allegedly
punched in the face last year.
Creiton Kinchen
claims in a law-
suit filed in a Dal-
las court recently
that the 28-year-old
Houston native and
former University of
Texas star hit him
"suddenly and with-
out provocation" at YOU
the club.
Kinchen, a manager at Club

sued for assault
Onyx in Dallas, says he re-
fused to convert $8,000 off
Young's credit card into single
dollar bills for tip money.
Kinchen says Young was
drunk at the time of
the June 12, 2010,
scuffle. Young was
cited for misdemeanor
assault. He has said
that he was provoked
and "made a mistake
even being there."
Tom Condon,
JNG Young's agent, could
not immediately be reached
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Driver jailed for injuring Doral cop
A 30-year-old woman accused of injuring an officer and then leaving the scene
of the accident will spend the ne\t 30 days in lail thanks to a plea agreement her
attorney reached with state prosecutors.
Recently, Lisa Carrdad Garcia, turned herself over to begin serving her
sentence. It will be followed by three years probation. Her license will be
suspended for five years.
Doral motorcycle officer Carlos Alvarez said it took him three months to
recover from the accident that occurred on May 22, 2010, where Garcia was
driving without headlights. He said he was disappointed that she would only
serve 30 days.
Garcia drove off in her 1999 Lincoln Continental heading west on SW 35th
Terrace and in the process striking Alvarez.
A tip phoned in to Crimestoppers led to police to Garcia and she turned herself
in a couple of days after the accident.

Three attacks made in postal worker attacks
Three arrests have been made in connection with a recent string of postal
worker robberies that officials say are unrelated.
Two teenagers were arrested along with 18-year-old Steven Daniels. All have
been charged with robbery with a weapon. Daniels appeared in bond court
where the judge ordered him to be held on $100,000 bond.
Daniels and one of the teens were arrested in connection with beating and
robbing a letter carrier on Oct. 7th in Miami Gardens. The second teen was
arrested for robbing a carrier at gunpoint outside an apartment building Oct.
17th on NE 6th Avenue. The third incident remains unsolved.
There is still one robbery unsolved from Oct. 14th. It happened at 10th Avenue
and 146th Street in North Miami.
There is a S5,000 reward being offered for tips that help solve that case.
Anyone with information should call 877-S76-2455 then hit option #2.

Police search for man wanted for sexual assault
Miami-Dade police released the sketch of a man who assaulted a woman.
Detectives say the woman was having car trouble recently and exited at NW
103rd Street.
As she stopped near NW 6th Avenue, police say she was hit from behind by an
unknown assailant and pushed to the ground where she was sexually assaulted.
The man fled in a black, older model Honda with tinted windows. He's
described as a man in his early 20 s, approximately 5'8" to 5'9" in height, thin
build and dark curly hair. He also has a silver hoop earring in his left ear.
Anyone with information on the suspect is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime
Stoppers at 305-47L-TIPS.

Miami police officer charged with reckless driving
A City of Miami Police officer was pulled over by the Florida Highw3y Patrol
after allegedly excessively speeding on the Turnpike.
The FHP officer was traveling southbound on the Turnpike on Oct. 11th at
around 6:30 a.m., when a marked Miami Police cruiser passed her at a high
rate of speed.
The trooper activated her emergency lights and attempted to pull over the
car, but the report claims the car sped ahead weaving in and out of traffic. The
trooper noted that at time, the car reached speeds in excess of 120 miles per
When the trooper was finally able to pull the car over, she approached the car
with her gun drawn and noticed that the driver was a City of Miami police officer
in.full uniform. The officer, dept,ji(eo as Faustr, Lope_, 35, told the trooper tha.
en route_ to an off-duty detail aid he had to be there by i a.im.
The officer was placed in handcuffs and detained in the back of the FHP
cruiser while the trooper investigated. The officer was later released and cited
for reckless driving.


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Sonya Gardner takes time out to assist two students.

Allapattah-born teacher marks 25th year

By Randy Grice

While the teaching profession has its
many demands, one educator is holding
strong in her field. Sonya Gardner, 49,
has been an elementary school teacher
at Ojus Elementary School for over 25
years and has shown no signs of slowing
down. "My greatest inspiration to join
the teaching profession began early in
my life by volunteering in the childcare
center where with my mother worked,"
she said. "I also had the opportunity to
work in the YMCA aftercare program
during my high school years. Having
these enjoyable experiences made an
impressionable mark on my life."
Gardner, who grew up in the heart
of the Allapattah neighborhood, is the
mother of one son and has been teach-
ing since she graduated from the Uni-

versity of Florida. But she admits that
everyone can't be a teacher.
"No, everyone can't be a teacher," she
said. "Anyone can impart knowledge
at any level of altitude. Teaching is re-
lational and reciprocal. Teachers must
display a high level of interest in the
subject matter and the students. To
teach goes beyond the mere delivery,
but yet offering students differentiated
approaches and engaging them in the
learning experience. A teacher takes
the time to research extension activities
that students may participate in order
to connect the relevance in the experi-
ence and begin to understand how the
information can be used in their every-
day lives."
Gardner's teaching expertise stretch-
es through third, fourth and fifth grade.
Currently, she teaches kindergarten.
Over her years of experience, Gardner

does admit that the landscape of educa-
tion has changed.
"The teaching profession has changed
in the sense that academic freedom and
creativity has been shackled out of the
hands of the educator," she said. "The
classroom is plagued with tight time-
lines, intense high stakes test that are
laced with punitive repercussion for the
classroom teacher and negative marks
on communities. Teachers are expected
to bring about parallel result in stu-
dents despite the sincere consideration
of their backgrounds. I must express
that though the platform has intensi-
fied the key component is still the same,
children. This valuable opportunity to
teach is to offer the best opportunity
to all students that they may learn and
grow to become productive and self-
sustaining individuals in society that
care about others as well."


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.- Writing skills is arguably one
"- ,of the most invaluable skills
one can learn in life. Recently
.Dr. Marva McClean, author of
Bridges to Memories and Ethnic
Treasures, held a writing work-
.-,.. shop, "Seize the Pen and Write
.. v Yourself into History" at Fulford
" "United Methodist Church.
-Photo by Marvin Elliott Ellis

Group sponsors

urban gardens
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-Photo courtesy of Youth LE.A D. program

By Randy Grice

With the price of food climb-
ing the charts, communities
across America are leaning
towards being self-sustaining
communities by having ur-
ban gardens and Miami is no
different. The Youth L.E.A.D.
program works in the Miami
community with one goal in
mind, growing food.
"We create and support
healthy, equitable, and envi-
ronmentally sustainable com-
munities throughout Miami-
Dade County," said Erin Healy,
founder and C.E.O. "Food
justice occurs when all people
exercise their right to grow,
eat, buy, and sell food that is
healthy, locally-grown, sus-
tainable, natural, affordable,
humane, socially just, and
culturally appropriate."
The group has been around
since 2009 and caters to com-
munities like Liberty City,
Overtown, and Opa-Locka. Re-
cently, they held a family food
day in celebration of National
Food Day.
"We have partnered to host a
Farmers' Market, run by Urban
Oasis Project, vegetarian food
carts, sorbet carts, a youth-
run smoothie and juice stand,
face painting," Healy said. "We
also had a screening of What's
on Your Plate, a film narrated
by two New York youth, who in-
vestigate where our food comes
Traditionally urban gardens
played an important role in

sustaining large populations
of Americans during economic
depressions. At the same
time, upper-class city dwellers
became worried about crime,
safety, and cleanliness of cities.
This began the City Beautiful
Movement, a reform movement
to clean up and revitalize ur-
ban centers and create beau-
tiful spaces. This movement
sparked the start of school
gardens and garden clubs in
the vacant lots and backyards
of many cities.
Healy said the main goal of
the event was to raise aware-
ness of the need for communi-
ty-driven, local food systems,
the benefits of a plant-based
local food diet, and the social,
health, and environmental im-
pacts of the current industrial
food system.
"Growing one's own food
or supporting the local food
movement is one of the most
powerful ways in which in-
dividuals and communities
can reclaim control over the
food system," she said. "It is
also a free source of organic,
natural foods. Community
gardens are essential to food
justice, as they create green
spaces in urban areas, provide
a free source of healthy food,
help build community as well
as habitat for wildlife, includ-
ing endangered insects that
pollinate crops. We hope that
Miami residents and elected of-
ficials embrace this movement
and allow more residents to
grow food and native plants on
public lands."

FMU holds



Henry Lewis III (1-r), Florida
Memorial University (FMU)
president; DeSean Peterson,
Mr. FMU; NathaliaTheogene,
Miss FMU; and Dr. Dorothy
Bendross-Mindingall, Miami-
Dade County Public School
Board Member pose for a
picture during FM U's A Royal
Night in Africa Royal Coro-
nation for the 2011-2012
academic year. The coronation
was held recently and Peter-
son has the distinction of serv-
ing as the first Mr. FMU in the
institution's 132-year history.




Efforts to sides

By Randy Grice

Last week the Federal District
Court in the District of Colum-
bia denied Florida's request for
an expedited schedule to hear
whether the state's Voter Sup-
pression Act complies with the

decides in favor of Fl
g i hd turn our elections into a mockery
step Voting Rights Actsdelaye by conductinganimportant, na-
tionally significant election un-
federal Voting Rights Act and can tor of the ACLU of Florida said. der two different sets of election
be implemented statewide.. 'To. "Iii. denying their request for a rules depending on where you
date the Voter Suppression Act is drive-by hearing.,the court es- live. Under the system which will
t already being implemented in 62 sentially said that the state's fail- be in place now, a voter in Pinel-
of Florida's 67 counties. .ure to take this issue seriously las will vote under different rules
"The court was right to say this .until recently is no one's fault but than a voter across the bridge
is a mess created by the Gover-.., their own. Thanks to Governor in Hillsborough. The issues at
nor and the Legislature," said .. Scott and Secretary Browning, stake in this case are whether
Howard Simon, .executive diree- Florida is in position yet again to the state will be able to stack the

orida's voters

deck and suppress the vote for
2012 or whether the state will be
forced to follow federal law."
In denying the state's request
for a quick hearing and decision,
the federal three-judge panel cit-
ed the state's own repeated de-
lays in getting the law approved
and the state's decision to the
presidential primate date for-
ward to January. The court cited
the state's three-week delay in

seeking approval of the changes
from the Department of Justice,
failure of the state to seek ex-
pedited review, removing provi-
sions of the law from DOJ review
after 50 of the 60 days had ex-
pired, filing in federal court and
amending their filing to chal-
lenge the Voting Rights Act as
examples that any time pressure
for a decision was caused by the
state itself.

Family seeks answers after

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family and one eyewitness who
lives just two doors away, it ap-
pears that what really occurred
was a result of invalid informa-
tion and mistaken identifica-
"I was working on my com-
puter and heard a series of gun-
shots from what sounded like a
high-powered assault weapon,"
said Adaya Baki, 25, one of sev-
eral brothers who live with their
mother, Altine (Kathi Beese, 50)
at the home. "My brother, Akila
[Bald, 30] and I saw a suspi-
cious car with its motor running
outside and so we armed our-
selves and investigated. But first
I called the police and told them

that shots had been fired."
Baki went on to say that in
his conversation with 9-1-1, he
told them that he and his broth-
er were armed with registered
weapons and needed help. He
says he was advised to remain
on the property.-
"Things kind of moved quickly
after the first police car showed
up," he said. "Then there were
unmarked and marked cars ev-
erywhere and we heard one of-
ficer say they would shoot if we
didn't drop our guns. We took
them inside and then I tried to
figure out why we were being
treated like the criminals. I was
afraid for my family's safety and
my own and kept trying to em-
phasize that to the 9-1-1 opera-

The family reported that t
Special Response Team st6rm
the house with tear gas, smash
through a fence in the rear of t
house and eventually came in
the home where they search
all of the rooms, leaving the m
jority of their belongings, inclu
ing televisions and computer
destroyed. Seven adults we
arrested, two children, there
months-old and three-years-o
were taken by the officers aloi
with one minor, a 17-year-o
brother who was not detained.
"The kids they say were beii
hostage were my children," Aki
added. "I don't know where t,
hostage thing cate. from. But
know it was wrong to shoot at '

being targeted
AR house with my children inside of the family
and to then put them in a cop the initial rep
he car all night long that's where by the press wx
ed they slept for the night. What was: "How do yo
ed frightening to all of us was that situation wit
he the police came in like a band home with th
ito of thugs. We didn't do anything asked. "This s
ed wrong we have rights too." of the police s
ia- The three-year-old's mother, to justify their
d- Jensetta Nerestant, 22, reported ily says there
rs, that she had to take her daugh- fives and sho'
-re ter to the hospital because of officers on th
;e- glass that got in her head after all we can do i
Ald officers destroyed windows in attorney's offi
ng the home. report. But ho



Hilton Napoleon, II, Esq., an
attorney at the Florida-based
firm of Rasco Klock, has been
retained to represent at least one

glass being c
windows? They
broken from
necessary to
There are a lo
will have to be
Tim Simmo

by M-D police

members. He says
orts that went out
were clearly false.
1u have a hostage
:h both parents
ieir children?" he
seems to be a case
searching for a way
r actions. The fam-
was a lot of high-
wboating from the
e scene. For now,
.s wait for the state
ce to release their
ow do you explain
outsidee all of the
y had to have been
inside. Was that
secure the home?
t of questions that
e answered."
ns, 61, lives two

doors away from the home no
more than 30 feet by his esti-
"I have lived here for two years
and cannot remember any time
where those young men or the
family caused any problems and
haven't seen anything illegal go-
ing on" he said. "We all heard
gunshots that night and I can
see what's happening on their
front steps by looking out my
front window. I think the officers
were angry because the brother
[Akila] did not want to let them
inside. This is not a bad family."
Calls and e-mails requesting
information from the Miami-
Dade Police Department pub-
lic information office were not
returned at the time this story
went to press.

B-CU's President Reed is a real dynamo

continued from 1A
two boys one of whom was a
special-needs child. And while
she has earned her doctorate at
one of the country's most pres-
tigious institutions of higher
learning, she says she faced her
greatest challenge one day in
2004, when she agreed to follow
and walk in the footsteps of B-
CU's founder and president --
Mary McLeod Bethune.
"Perhaps I push myself and ev-
eryone else, students and staff,
.around me because history tells
us thatDr McLeod Bethune told
her board of directors a century
ago that she wanted a woman to
take over the mantle and lead
the college she founded to even
greater heights. Who would have
imagined that it would take this
long for her dream to come true?
Ironically, I chose to portray
her during Negro History Week
many years ago when I was a
young girl growing up in Dallas.

I guess even then she
inspired me."
Reed's formative
years in Texas took
place when segrega-
tion was at its zenith.
But she believes that
it actually worked to
her benefit.
"Our teachers
pushed us and loved
us too," she said.
"They knew how diffi-


cult it would be for us
once we got out into the world and
they made sure we were twice as
good as those who would stand
to block our way. They held us to
the highest of standards and al-
ways reminded us that we were
standing on the shoulders of
slaves our ancestors."
Even with such encourage-
ment, Reed admits that college
was never among her plans. "MV
mother saved money to send
my brother to school, not me."
she said. "But things were be-
ginning to change in the U.S.

and I was among
100 Black students
chosen to integrate
the University of
.Texas. Of course it
was tough, but I de-
1 cided early on that
no matter what hap-
pened or how I was
treated. I was going
to survive and grad-
)FIELD Reed continues to
push the University
to new heights and achieve-
"W\e have two brand new fa-
cilities. a center for cn\il en-
gagement and a new living and
learning center that are com-
pletely paid for, plus the Larry
Handfield Athletic Training
Center that's now underway.
We are reaching out to our
alumni because we need them
to serve as mentors for out stu-
dents and to help us with finan-
cial contributions so we can
make it possible for even more

students to attend. Student en-
rollment is at its highest level
ever with around 64 percent of
our kids coming from the State
of Florida. We are proud that
so many students [94 percent
of B-CU's undergraduates are
Black decided to stay home for
As for her students. Reed has
become a "second mother" for
many of them. A Black male
think tank was started under
her watch as a pilot program
and has gone on to become a
nationally-recognized model.
"We believe in teaching mor-
als toour studentsand in giving
them, particularly our young
men given the difficulties they
face in our society, a second
chance," she said. "They like
to refer to me as their mother
sometimes but I am no push-
over We are here to transmit
values to young adults. They
know that nonsense is not on
my agenda. I don't tolerate it
nor do I entertain it."

Is oil drilling dangerous for South Florida?

continued from 1A

a little closer at what is going
Schuler's organization, which
responded to the 2010 BP (Brit-
ish Petroleum)- spill in the Gulf
of Mexico, has been involved in
Cuba since 2001, when Repsol
and Brazil's Petrobras first be-
gan working there.
Jorge Pifion, a former Amoco
executive and a visiting research
.fellow with Florida International

University's Latin American and
Caribbean Center's Cuban Re-
search Institute, warns that if a
spill were to occur, politics could
play a major roll in containing
the situation.
"The danger that Florida
faces is the lack of an oil spill
agreement between the U.S.
and Cuba," he said. "Due to the
embargo, the lack of access to
U.S. equipment and supplies
by international oil companies
drilling in Cuba in case of an
accident, would hinder clean-

up efforts. It seems to me that mate of the cost to clean up BP's
some South Florida politicians oil spill was around $4 billion
are more focused on keeping just slightly higher than the
their South Florida Cuban con- cost of rebuilding New Orleans
stituency content, than safe- and its environs after Hurricane
guarding the economic survival Katrina.
of Florida s tourism industry
which would impact all 19 mil-
lion Florida residents."
This past May, BP was held
responsible for allowing close
to 200,000 gallons of oil to con- I
taminate the ocean as a result
of an explosion at an oil rig in |J1|[*l |
the Gulf of Mexico. A recent esti-

UM makes plans to expand Overtown Park

continued from 1A
Dade County. By the time it
is completed, the eight-acre Life
Science and Technology Park
will feature five buildings that
provide a mixture of laborato-
ries, medical facilities, as well
as restaurants and retail stores.
Depending upon which com-
panies decide to lease space in
the park, as well as the support
services needed, the park could
potentially create hundreds to

thousands of long-term and
temporary jobs. According to a
study by the Washington Eco-
nomics Group, phase one of the
park is projected to create 1,150
direct and indirect jobs.
The number of jobs to be cre-
ated "is a moving target because
we never know what companies
will move in," Radice explained.
In the meantime, to address
concerns of creating perma-
nent jobs for local residents,
the South Florida Workforce
Investment Board has awarded

$400,000 to a partnership with
Miami Dade College and UM to
create a life science job training
program for "residents in eco-
nomically distressed communi-
ties" that guarantees job place-
ment after participants have
completed the program, accord-
ing to a South Florida Workforce
"Hopefully we will be able to
train 40 people in the program,"
said Radice, who believes the
training program will be ready
for operation early next year.

Marc Garcia accepts top

honor among Masons

Miami's newest Grand In-
spector General is Marc A.
Garcia, 49. He was appointed
for the position during the
Free Masonry's 125th an-
nual session for the South-
ern Jurisdiction last month.
In addition, Garcia is also a
member of Miami's Beta Beta
Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi

Alpha Fraternity, Inc., is a
U.S. State Department Bu-
reau of Diplomatic Security
supervisory special agent and
is a U.S. Army reserve colo-
nel. He was among 20 candi-
dates from around the world
chosen to receive the last and
highest 33rd degree in Free

Grand Inspector General

Cases of Medicaid fraud rising
FRAUD card. We also encourage them
continued from 1A to keep journals of their doc-
tors' visits so that they can
were operators of home health- track anything suspicious. The
care agencies, HIV-therapy seniors are our eyes and ears
clinics and medical equipment out there.
businesses. Combined, the of- Viola Walker, 72, a former
fenders are accused of sub- victim of Medicare fraud, said
mittmg $160 million in false she wishes she had known
claims to Medicare for services about the services the SFSMP
that were either unprovided or provides.
unneeded by patients. In turn, "Unfortunately I was one of
Medicare paid out more than the unlucky ones and I was
$90 million. scammed," she said. "A guy
"We are the ones that edu- called me on the phone and
cate people on how to recog- lied to me. I thought he was
nize and report fraud," said with Medicare but it was a
Sandra Colo'n, outreach coor- trick. So far it has been very
dinator for the South Florida hard trying to get things back
Senior Medicare -Patrol (.SF-- ,-finA~xerpr ,. ..,,,- ..,
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importance of their Medicare ory Campbell, 28, the s6n o:
cards and how to protect their Democratic State Represen-
information. We also teach tative Daphne Campbell, 54,
them how to protect their was arrested in a $299,000
personal information. It is re- Medicaid scheme in which he
ally important that they know is accused of fraudulently bill-
what their benefits are so that ing the agency for clients for
they know when they are being whom he did not provide ser-
scammed.' vice. Similar scenarios con-
Colo'n has been working with tinue to be played out across
SFSMP to help seniors combat the country. The Obama ad-
Medicare fraud since 2009. ministration recently an-
"People have to watch out nounced charges against 91
for scammers coming door-to- people in eight cities who have
door that is not supposed to been accused of cheating the
happen," she said. 'We always Medicare system out of nearly
advise people not to carry their $300 million and victimizing
Medicare card with them on elderly and disabled people
a daily basis and then to only who rely on the federal insur-g
carry a copy of the original ance program.

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is.ed "destination casin-" bill .as-
filed recently. allow in, three Las
egas-style oper.tiorns it-, Miari-
Dade and Brovard counties arnd
settinec the stare for a full-throttle
debate about CIgambline in Florid.

The bill will be one of the most
heavily, lobbied pieces of legisl,-
tion during the 2)012 g--islati-e
session, which starts Jan. 10.
Social conservatives, as ell as
business and tourism groups.
are opposed South Florida pali-
mutuels Vwant their "racino" slot
machines to be taxed less if 'Ca-
sins are allo'.ed. And the Semi-
nole Tribe -.-ill fight to maintain
its curre nt casiiio monopoly.
All these factions come ,.ithi
lobb ists and contributions thec
hope s.ill sa.,, lawmakers. One
casino developer Malaysia-
based Genting Americas has
already spent more than $:,00,
million frr ba front property in
dounto'.'nn lMami and so far this
ear has given $!6'5,000 to the
state Republican Party
Sen. Elly-n Bogdanoff,. R-Fort
Lauderdale. a pirnme sponsor
along vith Miiam i Republican
Rep Eri.: Fre-sen. sa,r5 the mera-
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temrpt to "bean the i-.: nversti: ri'
-ibout an irndl-.lr', that's- metarta-
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nrle casino, raclin,:is. horse anid
dog triacs ifd .i.l-a l fronton-..
FlI-,rida is C:,rinsidtered the f-,uirth-
largest an-rnblingr state in the r1--
t:on, she sa.Id
"This bill 1 n more aibIout crera-
ing ai ne>> straitcg"ic direction for
the state of Florid.c." she said "In
the past. it's alv.i,-, been ithe in-
duistr:, dri,'iri the train
Here arte some ,lquesticns rand
answers about the bill.
Q. How many casinos would
be allowed?
A: The bill authirizes three.
each in either MNarmi-D-ide or
Br.,).vard countie, .'. ith!- applh-
.aiiits co,:rinn-,tinr t.:o a miriii-rimur
in.estrrr_,t ,f $2 billion. There s
a refundable $501 million appli-
cation fee. Applica:rts .ouiild be
judged in part o:in their ability, to,
draii tourists ftir Latin Arneric-
and Asia as .ell as the LUnited
Q: What games would be al-
A: Slots-, poker, blackiac.: ba.c-
carat rind for the firs-t time in
Florinda roul-ette and craps
Q. When might they open,'
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lic-cenes b, rmid-201-'.
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\: Genting Malaysia. Las Ve-
gas Sands and W.,nn Resorts.
also based in Las \esas, have
expressed interest. Genting has
p purchased ba;front land nov. oc-
cupied by The Miami Herald, and
Sands has been scouting sites
MGMI and Caesars reportedly
also .ire interested.
Q: How big would they be?
A A casino itself v, would be re-
stricted to 10 percent of the prop-
errt', 5 oerall size in Gentine's
case it has unveiled plans for
10 million square feet of hotels.
restaurants. lounges and lux-
Lir, shops that could mean a
casino of as much as one mil-
lion square feet. the largest in
the .-.orld Ho.--ever. Genting has
.aid its casino would be 23.4.000
square feet for regular gamblers.
plus another 21T.000 square feet
for \lPs.
Q: Will there be any changes
to South Florida racinos?
A The bill does not include any
sweeteners for existing gaming
facilities. Rac-ino operators have
said the-, d ..a t their existing
tax 3:.5 percent of profits cut
to the 10 percent that the bill
V o.-, ld lev--, on casinos. Said Dan
Adkins. vice president of Mardi
Gias Gaminog, who has called for
mor, stud; of the impact of casi -
nos. "If -,o re lust going t Io do it
SIll ndill, at least 1: e us a level
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A brief guide to the Church of Christ, Scientist

By Kaila Heard.

The church was founded in
1879 in Boston, Massachu-
setts by Mary Baker Eddy.
She wrote the book, "Science
.and Health with Key to the

Scriptiures." Together with .
the Bible, these texts pro-. -
vide the foundation for the
denomination's key doctrinal
sources and are referred to
as the church's "pastor."
So what exactly is Chris-
tian Science?

According to Elise. Moore.
a lecturer within the Church
of.Christ, Scientist, "It is
.the divine laws of God that
Christ Jesus came to give
humanity that anyone can
learn and profit-in their

There are no fixed number
of divine laws and they can
be found throughout the
For example, "In the first
chapter of the Bible, the first
divine law is that God is
Please turn to GUIDE 14B

First published in
1875 and read by
more than eight
million people, this
book has a 119-year
history of healing
and inspiration.


New book lists key questions for people with
Ij Kaita H.eard ,ohree years ago, Edwards b-gn .. '
ie'. d. writing w %hat iould later become "The
_;'' _. ._ ... "; Little Pink PuLise of Coura e." IThe book-
. Ten years ao. when her sister as diagnosed with breast let includes questions which Edwards, Pokicifdwoads, nusefr4
,.cancer. Patricia E. Edwards supported her every step of the whose careers nurse spans 47 years., emomen seWiNnIretmon!
Wvay in her fight for life while she received treatment. Later Ed- believes willempower women to become impeiontquishthy sould-
W"ards realized that one of the most important things she did more knowledgeable about breast cancer Amo'nglhertop'i -eryoemui
for her sister was to arim her with four pages of questions that and their treatment options as well as A*khlt .oni
-:s.he should ask her oncoioaist. .. establish a much needed connection -i'-l.-< ihooli l
'-It is common for even the most erudite among us. that when with their doctors. h"viu athaih -ong
Faced with a daunting diagnosis and scanr treatment that e .-" And while breast cancer is the most 2. As diariddeiartfiihb
'-lose our voice at the moment vherin e are m-ost vulnerable, EDWARDS commonly diagnosed cancer among oppiioniyolqglnrwlr
-she said. "Even though we know that cancer of the breast has Black women, the American Cancer Society says that '7S per- tlfiesombprn.
-.become more of a chronic disease. I think there is a lot of ab- cent of them \\ill fight and survive their battle. Edwards says -Oy -
solute terror and fear surrounding t1ie diagnosis." Please turn to BREAST CANCER 14B '.y" eor- -.

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Why is the church silent

about domestic violence?

By Kaila Heard

To be a Black man and a
victim of domestic violence
may seem like a contradictory
statement, but it is actuality
a fact. While women make up
the great majority of domes-
tic violence victims, there is
a solid contingent of men who
are also victims. October is
traditionally dedicated to rais-
ing awareness about intimate
partner violence, as domestic
violence is also called, but it
merits attention every day of
the year. What's more, the is-
sues of male victims are rarely
spoken of and for them there
are fewer options for support.
Florida Memorial University
(FMU) Associate Professor Dr.
Nathaniel Holmes says most
men can't even find help at
their own place of worship.
"We have a theological pic-
ture of what a man is sup-
pose to be and because of
S that manhood just like the
cultural symbol means be-
ing real strong, provider and
protector," said Holmes, who
also serves as an associate
minister at New Birth Baptist
Church in Miami Gardens.
The FMU professor, whose
studies focus on the church's
response to male domestic
violence victims, says that
he has not come across a
church in the South Florida
area that effectively minis-

Victims ol Intimate Paitner Violence
Womnr | 31.,1' __
Men | ,3.150
''r h o' oI: i -'I v ll',' f I I. ITl,,'

Black victims of Intimate
Partner Violence
Blad mene' i2 percrini
Black n,'"en 12 per2.ieri

Same sex couples victims
of Inlimale Partner Violence
Mi'lo 4 4-i percent
Women | :6 percent
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A iorihrn t ih. farool Coaii[ion ol
Anh-ioilerce Froqr mn,.., Mhere 'here
6 33. irinodent'. oil reporie, dom ..seti:
v iolence 3mong, I tlnanii j: D is.p-u-
alis, or trangr ,etn r people i, 2003o
ters to men that are domestic
violence victims. He suggests
that churches focus on three
areas: build a ministry that
is specifically for males; have
an honest, open conversation
about male victims; and dis-
pel the myths about mascu-
"In terms of being effective,
[support groups] have to allow
for a space where men can be
really vulnerable," Holmes ex-
Churches often provide
little support for female vic-

tirs of domestic violence as
well. Paula Silver discovered
t i s reality when she was suf-
fering in an abusive marriage
in the early 1990s.
She found her church had
so little to offer that she would
later go on to found her own
Illinois-based non-profit or-
ganization, Focus Ministries,
inc Besides offering counsel-
ing and resources to battered
women, the organization also
trains other churches about
domestic violence and in-
cLKuiles the Bible their lessons.
"The number one reason
that I hear as to why more
churches don't have minis-
tries dealing with domestic
. violence is their belief that to
do ,: would be to promote di-
,r-re." she said. "Other times
I find they put the full respon-
sibilitv of the marriage rela-
tioni-hip on the woman and
tell hter that being more sub-
missive will make a difference
in ending the abuse."
Silver disagrees and says
that armed with the Bible, she
addresses the abuse head on.
"We focus on Christ for the
ultimate satisfaction because
we want women. to look at
their relationship with Christ
first and then to look at their
own situations," she said.
"God doesn't expect us to sub-
mit to sin because He expects
us to set boundaries and give
consequences since that's ex-
actly what He did."

New Beginning Embassy

offers healing ministry

By Kaila Heard

On Thursday, Nov. 17th and
Sunday, Nov. 20th, Bishop
John H. Taylor and the New
Beginning Embassy of Praise
church family will host a spe-
cial worship service to celebrate
the senior pastor's birthday.
Born and raised in Overtown,
Taylor has become accustomed

of Praise

to constant change. Raised in
the Pentecostal church, during
his youth, Taylor found that
his love of music led him to
play his guitar for his father's
church on Sundays and in the
local clubs at night.
Yet he never shared his fa-
ther's opinion, which was in-
spired' by the conservative
Pentecostal Church's view,
that secular music was "the

devil's music."
"Whether I'm playing in the
club or the church, all the mu-
sical chords are the same,"
Taylor said.
He would go on to enjoy more
than 10 years playing profes-
sionally. However, he slowly
began to give up the musi-
cian's lifestyle and rededicated
himself to his faith after he got
"I came back into the fold
truly because of my wife," said
the bishop, referring to Lady
Please turn to TAYLOR 14B


Rev. John H. Taylor founds

'church of second chances'

LGBT equality within the church

Interview with Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley

By Aisha C. Moodie-Mills
Sally Steenland
Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley

Aisha Moodie-Mills and Sally
Steenland talk with Rev. Dr.
Dennis W. Wiley, co-pastor of
the Covenant Baptist United
Church of Christ in Wash-
ington, D.C., about his work
toward LGBT equality within
the church. They also discuss
a new CAP report, "All Children
Matter," about the legal and
social inequalities that hurt
LGBT families.
Sally Steenland: Rev. Wiley,
.it's often said that rights for
gay, lesbian, bisexual, and
transgender people is a "white
issue." You say that's not true.

In fact, you've said in your ety, as well as sometimes not
writing and speaking that as much educational exposure
"gays are us." Tell us what you, .w'e would like to have. My
mean. iiument is simply to remind
Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Wiley: I -us that in our families, on our
simply mean that a lot of times jobs, in our schools and neigh-
in the Black community, we find borhoods, and of course in our
that some of our leaders and churches, LGBT people are all
others decrease the emphasis around us. We have adopted
on LGBT right. They often say a sort of "don't ask, don't tell"
we have more important issues. policy instead of allowing our
Partly this might be because LGBT brothers and sisters to af-
whites are often in the forefront firm who they are and support
of the LGBT movement. But them.
there are other reasons too. Aisha Moodie-Mills: Another
They're related to racism, the thing you talk about in your
centrality of a kind of conser- "Gays Are Us" series is the con-
vative religiosity within the nectedness of oppressions. You
African American community, lay out three different oppres-
the quest for respectability and sions and how they are inter-
civility within the larger soci- related. Can you talk about

connecting the dots?
D: Martin Luther King has
been a tremendous influence on
me and my theology. So have
many others, including James
Cone, whom I studied with for
my doctorate of philosophy
degree at Union Theologi-
cal Seminary. He is con-
sidered to be the father of '-"
Black theology.
I grew up in a Black
Baptist church in the
south, and so I have al-
ways been in the church. In
terms of connecting those dots,
Martin Luther King, toward
the end of his life, put a strong
emphasis on racism, materi-
alism, and militarism as.the
Please tur tto LGBT 14B

Rev. Dr. Dennis-W.Wiley speaks at "All Children Matter:
How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families,"
an event hosted by the Center for American Progress,
October 25th.

End of the world preacher to retire

With twofailed oDoomsday o

predictions, minister steps down &

By Ray Downs

For the past five months, Har-
old Camping's Family Radio
website had posted on its main
page an "explanation" of why
the world did not end on May 21
and why it would truly end on
Oct. 21. Four days after Camp-
ing's failed doomsday date,
however, that explanation has
been removed, suggesting that
Family Radio may be out of the
rapture prediction business.
The move comes soon after
Brandon Tauszik, a documen-
tarian who has been attend-
ing Camping's Oakland, Calif.,
church for eight months, con-
firmed with The Christian Post
in an exclusive interview that
the Bible preacher has informed
those close to him that he will
effectively retire.
Additionally, Tauszik told CP
that Camping has changed his
views about the possibility that
one can know the exact date of
the end of the world, a notion
that Camping has maintained
for at least 20 years; the dooms-
day prophet made his first pub-
lic end of the world prediction in
1992, claiming the world would

end in 1994.
There has been evidence of
a -"softer" apocalypse message
from Family Radio, with more
emphasis placed on perpetual
readiness for judgment from
God rather than a specific date
on a calendar to prepare for.
Recently, a host on the station
told listeners, "I know that many
of us are deeply disappointed
that Christ did not come. And
I said .something like this back
in May, but please try to keep
in mind that all of us who are
believers, all of us who are
Christians, are to live in such
a way that we are to pray with
the apostle John: 'Come quickly
Lord Jesus."'
The network also released an
official statement that promotes
a similar message:
"Thy command is still to oc-
cupy until he comes," Family
.cadiqo.aid. "We are still to. go
aeh arid tell. We are to share
his word by reading it. teaching
it, and singing it. We still have a
unique tool and that tool is ra-
dio on which we can bring com-
fort and encouragement. Every
day we, who are Christians, live
in attention. We are to live so

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Five months ago, Harold Camping gained international atten-
tion by placing Judgement Day billboards throughout the globe.

that we are ready for the return a receptionist at Family Ra-
of Christ, and even pray for it. dio's Oakland headquarters
But we also rejoice in every new told CNNMoney during the May
day, that we've been given an- doomsday prediction.
other day to occupy and serve In fact, the receptionist said
-outLord." '- u"' n ot" :-'" tthe time that 80 percent of
. If it is true that Family Radio her co-workers do rot believe in
is looking to change its image as Camping's predictions.
an end-times predictor, it would
be in line with many of its em-
"I don't believe in any of this
stuff that's going on, and I
plan on being here next week,"

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By John Blake

Lillian Wells said she had
been laid off from her job, gone
into real estate, and was look-
ing for extra
income when
she went to
church one
Sunday and
heard about a
"sure thing."
Two years
later, Wells
said her house
is weeks away TAYLOR JR.
from foreclo-
sure, she can barely pay for
medication and she's lost at
least $122,000 in retirement
"I've been hurt," Wells said.
"I'm looking for resolution and
restitution at this point, and I
haven't gotten that."
Wells' story is at the center of
a lawsuit that pits her against
Bishop Eddie Long, one of the
nation's most well-known tel-
evangelists, and a charismatic
investor who Long reportedly
compared to Moses.
Wells and nine others are su-
ing Long, claiming he "coerced"
them into investing in a Ponzi
scheme that wiped out at least
$1 million in their retirement
The lawsuit said Long per-
suaded members of New Birth
Missionary Church in Georgia
to invest with Ephren Taylor
Jr., a "child-prodigy entrepre-
neur" representing City Capital
Corp. The lawsuit also names
Taylor and City Capital as
Art Franklin, a spokesman
for Long, said neither Long nor
New Birth would comment on
the lawsuit.
The lawsuit comes six
months after Long reached an

out-of-court settlement with
four men who had accused
him of pressuring them into
sexual relationships.
Taylor, however, went public
earlier this year after Long
posted a YouTube video asking
him to return about $1 million
to New Birth members whose
investments in City Capital.
had gone "sour."
"Please do what's right,"
Long said, addressing Taylor
in the video. "You're a great
fellow. You're a great man. You
do great things. Let's settle
this so these families can move
Taylor responded with a
public statement in which he
said City Capital's legal team
had personally contacted New
Birth to "resolve, refund and
restructure any potential is-
Wells said she was never
directly contacted by Taylor.
She said she was contacted by
some attorneys representing
Taylor, who asked her to mail
some documents to them so
she could get her money back.
Wells said she mailed certi-

fied documents to a post office
box given to her by the at-
torneys, but she did not hear
from anyone and her letter was
Wells, who has been a mem-
ber of New Birth since 1987,
said she was inspired when
she first heard Taylor speak
during a Sunday morning wor-
ship service at New Birth.
Long, according to the law-
suit, introduced Taylor to the
congregation as a minister who
would base everything he said
on the word of God.
When Long vouched for
Taylor, Wells said she decided
to invest her retirement sav-
ings. She never saw a return,
though, and lost "in excess" of
$122,000, the lawsuit claims.
Yet Wells said she still at-
tends and gives money to New
When asked if she trusted
Long, she chuckled and
"That's a difficult question.
If I had the dollars to invest in
something now, I wouldn't go
into one of the things that he
would recommend."

in politics, debate, music
Dariuis Brunson is an out-
standing 8th grade Role Model
student leader at Centennial
Middle School. A member
of the 5000 Role Models of
Excellence Project for three
years, Darius is a member
of the National Honor Soci-
ety, Student Council, Debate -
Team and plays the trumpet
in the Centennial Band. As
president of his school's Role
Models Club, Darius recently
participated in the 5000 Role
Models Officers' Leadership
Training to enhance his lead-
ership skills and aide him in
the successful operation of the
Centennial Middle School Role
Models Club. on September 18. The 5000
For his outstanding contri- Role Models of Excellence Proj-
butions to his school, Darius ect salutes Darius B ritso9,
was recognized as the Miami an excellent student leader
Dolphins' Student of the Game and Role Model.


Sunday, November 6th Wednesday, November 9th

Sunday 7:30 a.m. Minister Marsha Screen
Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Prophetess Tamara Simmons
from Broken in Worship Ministers, Nassau, Bahamas
Monday 7:30 p.m. Prophetess Sandra Bethel
from Compassion Christian Church. Belle Glade, FL
Tuesday & Wednesday 7:30 p.m. Apostle Michelle Kelly
from Truth Outreach International Ministries, Tampa, FL
Friday, November 11, 2011 7:30 p.m.
Power of A Praying Woman Banquet

Evening of Fellowship and Entertainment
Guest Speaker: Minister Gloria Jackson-Richardson
Miami Airport Marriott Campus



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For more
please call
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Christ Ministries
\ 305-899-7224
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Chapel of Prayer Min-
istries is sponsoring a free
Health Fair at the Central
Area Apartments on Nov. 5, 10
a.m.-I p.m. 786-285-0849.

The Florida Memorial
University Campus Minis-
try invites the community
to Lecture and Arts Series
for Enrichment in Religion
(L.A.S.E.R) Worship Service
every Thursday at 11 a.m. un-
til Dec. 1.

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International invites
the community to their Sun-
day Praise and Worship Ser-'
vice at 10:30 a.m.

Centurion Apostolic In-
ternational Ministries, Inc.
will host a Men's Empower-
ment Conference, Nov. 10-12,
7 p.m. nightly and Nov. 13 at
11 a.m. 305-638-9700.

Gamble Memorial
Church of God in Christ asks
that experienced musicians
apply to fulfill their musician
position. 305-821-3692, 305-

Zion Hill Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting a
Musical Celebration on Nov. 5
at 7 p.m. 754-779-0974, 786-

Mt. Hermon A.M.E.
Church is seeking singers for
their Community Choir to per-
form at their 9th Annual HIV/
AIDS Benefit Concert on Dec.
10. All interested individuals
should come to the rehearsals
on Nov. 7th, 14th, 21st and
28th at 7 p.m. and Nov. 26th
at 4 p.m. 305-621-5067, 786-

Speaking Hands is col-
lecting donations of uncooked

food items, money or gift certif-
icates until Nov. 11 and cooked
items until Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.
for their Thanksgiving Dinner
Food Drive Benefitting Deaf
Families. 954-792-7273.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to their Family and
Friends Worship Service every
Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 11
a.m. 305-696-6545.

Glendale Baptist Church
of Brownsville invites every-
one to morning worship every
.Sunday at 11 a.m. and Bible
Study every Wednesday at 7
p.m. 305-638-0857.

Set Free Ministries
through Jesus Christ of the
Apostolic Faith Church, Inc.
will be starting a New Bereave-
ment Support Group beginning
on the 2nd and 4th Wednes-
days of each month from 7
p.m.- 9 p.m. 786-488-2108.

New Life Family Worship

Center is hosting a Women's
Conference, 'When An Unsaved
Woman is Watching the Life of
a Saved Woman,' Nov. 18 at 7
p.m. and a Breakfast Brunch
on Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. For tick-
ets, call 305-623-0054.

Lifeline Outreach Minis-
tries invites everyone to their
roundtable to discuss the
Bible every Saturday, 6 p.m.

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church welcomes the com-
munity to attend their Sunday
Worship Services. 786-287-

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites friends
and family to their Sunday
worship services at 7:30 a.m.
and 11 a.m. 305-696-6545.,

New Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church welcomes
the community to their Sun-
day Bible School' Classes at
9:30 a.m. and Worship Ser-

Minister views homophobia as an injustice like racism and sexism

continued from 13B

three giants of oppression. In so
doing, he was connecting the
dots. He was helping us under-
stand that the issue of Black
people in this country is not
just racism in an isolated way.
We must also look around the
world and be in solidarity with
the freedom for oppressed peo-
ple anywhere. That relates not
only to racism in America but to
poverty and classism wherever
it may exist. Dr. King also un-
derstood he could not be a non-
violent warrior in America with-
out being against the insidious
violence that is perpetuated by
this nation and other nations on
each other. And so he came out
strongly against the war in Viet-

nam. He got in a lot of hot water
with that. He was controversial
but he was very strong and very
Today it seems clear that oth-
er issues have risen to the sur-
face, including sexism, as well
as heterosexism, which has to
do with discrimination against
our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and
transgender brothers and sis-
We are complex human be-
ings. None of us lives in an iso-
lated silo. We are people who
need health care, employment,
and good housing. We need
education. We hope that we will
not be trapped in the criminal
justice system, which is now
being called the new Jim Crow.
These are issues that we as hu-
man beings need to confront to-

gether. We can't just say, "I am
going to deal with this one issue
and ignore the others." We need
to be sensitive, involved, and
engaged in all these issues.
S: You wrote some beautiful
articles for CAP where you gave
persuasive rebuttals to argu-
ments within African American
communities against gay and
lesbian rights. You talked about
history, religion, the family,
manhood, and more. Can you
give us some headlines from
those arguments?
D: The argument concerning
history is that a lot of times peo-
ple argue that the LGBT issue is
not part of our history as African
Americans-that somehow we
were influenced by Europeans
to adopt it. This is totally false.
Homosexuality is a part of the

human experience. It is not rel-
egated to one race or ethnicity.
In terms of religion, that is
perhaps the strongest obstacle
in terms of embracing full equal-
ity for our LGBT brothers and
sisters. For Black people in this
nation, the church'has been the
central institution ever since
slavery times. And the Bible has
been the center of the church.
But it has often been a very con-
servative interpretation of the
Bible, so we have latched on to
this conservatism, especially as
it relates to sexuality in general
and homosexuality in particu-
The argument of the family
suggests that marriage equal-
ity and gay rights are somehow
against the family. We had a
wonderful experience at the

Center today as the report "All
Children Matter" was released.
I was on a panel and said that I
speak from personal experience,
not speculation, conjecture, or
theory. My wife and I co-pastor
a church in Ward 8, the poorest
ward in Washington, D.C., and
a predominantly African Ameri-
can ward. We have determined
that our church will be an inclu-
sive church,.welcoming and af-
firming all people regardless of
race, class, gender, sexual ori-
entation, identity, age, or abili-
ty. That sort of makes us radical
within this nation's capital. But
we simply see it as trying to live
out the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We have some of the strongest
families in our church that are
parented by LGBT people.
The last point you mentioned

has to do with manhood, and
that is related to the family is-
sue. Coming out of slavery,
sexual stereotypes were im-
posed upon Black people. And
even during slavery one's man-
hood was challenged in terms
of men not being able to legally
marry or keep their families in-
tact because they were broken
up at will. In the Jim Crow era,
hot only did lynching continue
but there were other forms of
discrimination and oppression
where a Black man could not
figure into the traditional macho
definition of manhood. It is out
of that kind of experience that
some of our Black men have
tended to be sensitive to any-
thing that suggests they are
feminine or have inequalities re-
lated to femininity.

Bishop Taylor: Your past means nothing to God

TAYLOR our children since they were Whe,n ,-a., beloved,- deacon, sermons ;-, .- I
continued from 12B babies to sit between us," said passed away from kidney dis- Taylor stated, "I want people
Taylor, who has eight children. ease seven years ago, it re- to know that you can go on di-
Myra Taylor, the current may- Eventually, Taylor was called newed his passion and focus alysis and know that God can
or of Opa-locka and his wife. into ministry and founded his for his health ministry. Tay- completely heal you."
"She was the first girl I saw that own church, the New Beginning lor is planning to have the. The belief that everyone is
I thought lived the life that she Embassy of Praise in 1984. He 58,000-square foot sanctuary broken in someone, but God
preached." wanted to keep the traditions remodeled .for a dialysis treat- can fix them is one of the bed-
Taylor credits their 41-year- of a Pentecostal church, while ment center by next year. rocks of Taylor's faith.
marriage to advice they re- adding more emphasis on min- "Usually when people get on "If you come to my church
ceiv ed in their first few years istries. In particular, he places dialysis, they feel that it is a all of us are 'ex' somethings
together that said he and his an emphasis on healthy liv- death sentence," he explained. ex-liars, ex-thugs, ex-homo-
wife should never allow their ing, eating right, exercising a In his vision for the future of sexuals" he said. "But this
children to become the focus "holistic" approach to ministry New Beginning, while people church is a church of second
or the purpose of their relation- and the church frequently of- are receiving their dialysis, chances, because what you've
ship. fers health seminars for the they can listen to inspiration- done in the past means nothing
"We have never even allowed community and its members, al gospel music and uplifting to God."

Small denomination uses outreach to educate public

PRAYER public about the 132-year-old was incorporated in 1953. bership at the church and nei-
continued from 12B denomination. The Church of Christ, Sci- their does the Mother Church
"One of the biggest miscon- entist was founded in 1879. [the world headquarters for
participate annually at the ceptions is people confuse us There are 58 Christian Sci- Church of Christ, Scientist in
downtown book fair," said Ed with the Church of Scientol- ence churches in Florida Boston]," Vargas said.
Lyons, the church clerk for ogy because the names are four branches are located in Moore further explained,
the Fifth Church of Christ, similar," Lyons said. Miami. As is its policy, num- "We are not particularly in-
Scientist. The Church of Scientology is bers regarding membership terested in someone being a
It is these and other out- a separate and relatively new are n6t available to the public, member of our church as if
r ach effor-t that educate the Christian denomination that "We don't disclose the mem- that is required for salvation."

Author empowers women in fight against breast cancer

continued from 12B

the number one question that
women should ask is what type
of breast cancer they have.
"There are so many different
types and the type of breast
cancer determines what type of
treatment, what type of medi-
cation you receive and it may

even determine your chances
of survival," she explained.
In addition, women must
ask what are the most effec-
tive ways such as e-mail, so-
cial media platforms or via cell
phone in order to communicate
with their doctor.
Women must ask, "Will
you be there when I need you

While knowledge can set in-
dividuals free, Edwards, who
describes the booklet as a "tool
for families," reminds us that it
can also help a person's family
and friends as well.
"One man who read it said
that if he had had the book be-
fore, he would have known what
-to do to help his wife and would
have understood what she was

facing," Edwards recalls.
"One, of the things that people
who are ill need is to write a lit-
tle list of things that they nor-
mally do but can't do now that
they are sick and say 'here's my
list pick one thing that you
can do for me,'" she said.
The book is available at www.

Christian science declares prayer is the 'ultimate' cure all

continued from 12B

good and creates good," she
further explained.

Church names are chosen
based upon the sequential or-
der of its founding date. In other
words, the first Christian Sci-
ence church established in a
neighborhood or city is named,
First Church of Christ, Scien-
tist, while the next is Second
Church of Christ, Scientist, etc.

Within each local or branch
church as they are referred to,
there are few formal posts or
These positions include the
persons leading the weekly Sun-
day services who are designated
as readers and those members
serving on the church's Board
of Directors and carry out the
running of the church.
"It is a lay church and the
people who lead services are
elected by the congregation,"
said Moore. "Everyone shares
responsibility mainly because
the focus of Christian science

is your individual relationship
with God and helping one an-
other understand more about
God, not on the church's struc-
The people who serve in the
posts of lecturer are chosen
directly by the First Church
of Christ, Scientist, in Boston
which is not only the Chris-
tian Science church but is
also referred to as the "Mother
Church." Lecturers are invited
by various churches through-
out the world to provide speech-
es on various spir-
itual subjects.

According to Vargas, Chris-
tian Science believes prayer is
the ultimate deciding factor in
recovery from disease or injury,
although the church does not
discredit medical science as a
way to remedy illnesses. How-
ever, in their basic views of sal-
vation, the Church of Christ
Scientist is similar to many
other mainstream denomina-
"Christian scientists believe
in Heaven and assert that there
is one God and His one media-
tor for man is Christ Jesus,"
Moore said.

Musical takes top billing at All States Tea

The Episcopal Church Women
at the,Church of the _ncar nat ion
will host its annual All States
Tea on Sunday, November .7th,
beginning at 4 p.m. The theme,
"Many paths, one journey" will
be celebrated through music as
a number of community choirs
perform in the sanctuary.
The program will open with
Incarnation's St. Cecilia's choir.
Throughout the afternoon, at-
tendees will be serenaded by
Mt. Tabor Baptist Church's
women's choir, the North Miami

Sr. High Male Chorus, and the
Greater Bethel AME Mass Choir
and the Chancel Choir from the
Church of the Open Door.
In addition to the entertain-
ment, the Episcopal Church
Women, who are divided into
50 states, will make presenta-
A reception will follow the
program in the J. Kenneth
Major Hall. The Church of the
Incarnation is located at 1835
NW 54th Street and the public
is most cordially invited.


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Join Believers Faith
Breakthrough Ministries
Int'l every Friday at 7:30 p.m.
for Prophetic Breakthrough
Services. 561-929-1518, 954-

The Women's Depart-
ment of A Mission With A
New Beginning Church spon-
sors a Community Feeding
every second Saturday of the
month, from 10 a.m. until all
the food has been given out.
For location and additional de-
tails, call 786-371-3779.

New Mt. Sinai Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to their Sunday Bi-
ble School classes at 9:30 a.m.
and 11' a.m. Worship Service.
305-635-4100, 786-552-2528.

/ The Heart of the City
Ministries invites everyone to
morning worship every Sunday
at 9 a.m. 305-754-1462.

New Life Family Worship
Center welcomes everyone to
their Wednesday Bible Study
at 7 p.m. 305-623-0054.

Christian Cathedral
Church presents their Morn-
ing Glory service that includes
senior citizen activities and
brunch every Friday at 10 a.m.
to 12 p.m. 305-652-1132.

The Faith Church, Inc.
invites you to their service on
Sunday at 11 a.m. and their
MIA outreach service that pro-
vides free hot meals, dry goods
and clothes. Visit www.faith-
church4you.com or call 305-

Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church has moved but
still holds a Fish Dinner every
Friday and Saturday and In-
troduction Computer Classes
every Tuesday and Thursday at
11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Reverend
Willie McCrae, 305-770-7064
or Mother Annie Chapman,


Church says Lil Wayne

a --. leading youth astray

Is lack of outdoor play

making kids nearsighted?



The less time kids spend
outdoors, the more likely they
are to have myopia, or near-
sightedness. This according
to a recent analysis of eight
previous studies conducted
by University of Cambridge
researchers that found that
for each additional hour spent
outside per week, a child's
risk of developing myopia re-
duced by two percent.
The studies involved more
than 10,000 children and ado-

lescents. Lead researcher, Dr.
Justin Sherwin and his team
concluded that nearsighted
children spent an average of
3.7 fewer hours per week out-
doors than those whose vision
was either normal or farsight-
ed (when distance vision is
better than close vision.)
What's the connection
between vision and outdoor
play? As usual, the research-
ers can't really predict with
certainty but there is at least

one theory that may hold
some water. Kids who spend
more time outdoors spend
more time looking at distant
objects that tree in the dis-
tance, the bank on the other
side of the pond, or even their
friends over on the other side
of the playground. Another
theory is that exposure to
natural light may improve a
child's distance vision. Re-
searchers also suggested that
children who spend more time

outdoors are likely to spend
less time doing activities that
involved close vision like
reading, coloring, or playing
computer games.
Personally, I would beg to
differ on that last theory. But
it certainly is interesting that
outdoor play can have such a
profound effect on vision.
Researchers are presenting
their findings at the American
Academy of Ophthalmology
anmtall meeting in Florida.

Children's book tackles breast cancer

By Daniel Rubin

There's a scene in Kerri Con-
ner's children's book that's
ripped from real, raw life.
By the third chemo treat-
ment, her thick, black hair had
started coming out in clumps,
so she asked her father to shave
her head with his clippers.
That afternoon in the sum-
mer of 2008, she drove to the
Meadowlane Montessori School
in Jenkintown for pickup, and
the thought came to mind that
her daughter, 2 1/2-year-old
Madison, would see her and
But when the girl ran to
her, she said, "Mommy, I like
your haircut." Conner was so
stunned she didn't have to fight
back the tears that have welled
up every time she's thought
about that moment since.
"I believe our children do try
to protect us," she said.
She spent the next year
thinking about how to repay
the favor.
Mothers and breast cancer
was something she knew a lot
about. She was fresh out of
Howard University, studying
for her CPA exam and working
in the family accounting firm in
1998 when her mother, Anita,
was diagnosed with an aggres-
sive form of the disease.
High-dose chemotherapy, ra-
diation, and an experimental
stem-cell transplant followed.
Doctors said there was little
else to do for the woman but
pray. They prayed a lot.
Three years ago marked the




Kerri Conner

10th anniversary of her moth-
er's diagnosis, and the elder
Conner was doing fine.
But at her daughter's next
mammogram, at 33, revealed

three lumps in her le
By then, the cancer ha
spread to her lymph n
Kerri thought of
daughter, Madison. H

-"'? she make what happened less
jI scary, more helpful?
What she came up with cap-
tures it all, the struggle to lift
her daughter into the bath or
dress her in the morning, the
changes in mood and appear-
ance. She turned it into some-
thing uplifting for children
whose lives have been upended
by cancer in the house.
The book is called "My Mom-
my Has Breast Cancer, But She
is OK!"
S, She chose a butterfly a
symbol of delicacy, resilience,
and change that most children
'/ study in school to express
:-. what having cancer is like. De-
.>.'". spite their fragility, butterflies
can travel thousands of miles
i.'' in their lifetimes.
Her book is in its second
Sprinting with about 1,700
.-.' ~ copies in circulation. Five per-
cent of the proceeds from sales
were to go to the George E.
Thorne Development Center,
which Anita Conner founded
to motivate women to protect
themselves from the disease
that will threaten one-in-eight
of them.
She's been making presenta-
tions at schools and churches,
and she's been asked whether
she has another book in her.
She might something for chil-
j dren whose mothers don't sur-
vive the cancer.
Again, her story would bor-
*ft breast. row from the butterfly.
id already "I think of them as angels
lodes, that God gives us to remember
her own those we lost," she said. "Some-
[ow could times everything is not OK."

Local teens promise not "to text and drive"

Teens are known for their
abilities to master the latest
technological gadgets, main-
tain the greatest optimism for
the future and to be able to eat
anything they want without
gaining a pound.
Unfortunately, teens have
also become distinguished for
their less than stellar driving
"Motor vehicle crashes are

the leading cause of fatali-
ties for teenagers in our na-
tion," said Miami-Dade County
School Board Chair Perla Tab-
ares Hantman. "With the in-
creased use of cell phones, tex-
ting while driving has become
a real concern. Activities dur-
ing Teen Driver Safety Week
will help promote safe driving
habits, with the goal of reduc-
ing these staggering statistics

in our communities."
Hantman joined other com-
munity leaders, teachers and
students of Hialeah-Miami
Lakes Senior High School on
Friday, Oct. 21st for a spe-
cial ceremony promoting Teen
Driver Safety Week.
National Teen Driver Safety
Week, designated by the U.S.
Congress, ran this year from
Oct. 16-22.This safety initia-

tive encourages parents, young
drivers, lawmakers and educa-
tors to work together to change
risky driving behaviors.
Peer presentations and spe-
cial guest speakers shared
powerful testimonials on the
dangers of reckless driving, in-
cluding distracted driving. The
event also included a ceremo-
nial pledge by all in attendance
to "not text and drive."

By Mark Hensch

A Philadelphia church is
charging platinum-selling rap-
per Lil Wayne of presenting a
big problem for the spiritual
welfare of America's teenagers.
Pastor Jomo Johnson of
Philly Open Air Church said
Wayne's influence over par-
ticipants in his youth ministry
inspired him to investigate the
popular hip hop artist. Hav-
ing grown up on the genre, the
31-year-old pastor said he was
appalled at Wayne's lyrical war
against morality and ethics.
"I believe Lil Wayne is
popular as with him there's
no sense of right or wrong,"
Johnson said. "There are no
boundaries and no author-
ity. Most rappers in the past
wrestled with good and evil.
With Wayne, nothing is sacred
and nothing is holy."
Johnson decided to confront
Wayne's popularity firsthand
and has since published Dead-
est Rapper Alive: The Rise of Lil
Wayne and the Fall of Urban
Youth. The book criticizes
Wayne real name Dwayne Mi-
chael Carter, Jr. and his mu-
sic's negativity. Johnson said it
also fights fire with fire by com-
ing with Deadest Rapper Alive:
In Memory of Dwayne Carter,
a Christian rap album that
counters Wayne's music with a
biblical message.
"The Bible says we can use
our words for curses or bless-
ings," Johnson said. "The
current trend among commer-
cial hip hop is very danger-
ous, amoral and targeted at
the most vulnerable inner city
kids. It could be a great tool for
God's people instead."
Wayne remains one of the
world's most popular rappers
despite serving eight months in
prison for criminal gun posses-
sion in 2010. His last album,
this year's Tha Carter IV, was
released in August and has



New book written by Philly
Open Air Church accuses Lil
Wayne of conducting spiri-
tual warfare on America's
sold over 1.5 million copies.
Johnson said the fascina-
tion many of Philly Open Air's
teenagers had with Wayne
convinced him rap would reach
them with Christ's message. He
began writing Deadest Rap-
per Alive and then advertised
online for rapper cameos on
a potential soundtrack. The
plea for help placed him on the
path of Daniel Rosa and Taurel
Davenport, two New Jersey
rappers better known as Living
The rap duo drove to Phila-
delphia and helped Jomo -
himself a Gospel artist record
15 original tracks glorifying
God and questioning main-
stream hip hop's negativity.
The result of those musical
sessions will appear along-
side Deadest Artist Alive when
the project sees wide release
through Amazon Nov. 11.
"Jesus died for Lil Wayne,"
Rosa said. "If he wanted to go
to Heaven he could. Once you
know God, the only thing yo'Yll
want to do is please Him."


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Family meals can help

teach youth morals

By Chuck Colson

The dangers facing young
people today are many: pre-
marital sex, drug abuse, sui-
cide, and dropping out of
school among them. And if you
listen to the "experts," there
are no easy answers for pro-
tecting our kids. And of course
they are right. But saying there
are no easy answers is entirely
different from saying there are
no answers.
I believe there is something
moms and dads, aunts and un-
cles, grandmothers and grand-
fathers can do and start doing
it tonight that's right to-
night to make a real differ-
ence in the lives of our young
people. It's time to reclaim the
family dinner.
The dinner table is not only
where we share good food and
drink. It is also where we share
our values, what happened to
us during the day the good,
the bad, and the ugly. It's
where we ask questions and
learn from each other. In a re-
laxed atmosphere we can talk
about our faith. The dinner ta-
ble can be a great refuge from
life's hard knocks and stresses.
That's not just my opinion.
The National Center on Addic-
tion and Substance Abuse at
Columbia University finds that
teens who have dinner with
their parents three or fewer
times per week are four times
more likely to smoke, twice as
likely to drink. two-and-a-half
times more likely to smoke

marijuana, and four times as
likely to say they will use drugs
in the future as those who eat
dinner five to seven times a
week with their parents.
These findings mirror the
National Longitudinal Study
on Adolescent Health, which is
the largest longitudinal study
ever done on adolescents. This
study has some amazing sta-
tistics. Of twelve to fourteen-
year- olds who don't experi-
ence family dinners at least
five days a week, 14 percent
report drinking more than once
a month. That's kids twelve to
fourteen. But for those who
have family dinners, it's cut to
seven percent!
Also, 27 percent of twelve to
fourteen year olds who don't
have regular family dinners say
they think about suicide, com-
pared with only eight percent
of those who do eat with their
families. Among seventeen to
nineteen year olds, 68 percent
without the influence of family
dinners have had sex, versus
49 percent of those who have
had family dinners.
I could go on and on, but you
get the idea. Family dinners
are vital not just for food but
for bonding and learning.
Get started, and see what
works for vou. But don't let
the perfect be the enemy of the
good. Twice a week is better
than none. And I bet voull find
being together as satisfying as
a steak dinner with mashed
potatoes and gravy. Bon appe-

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SI ISeasonal flu shot found to be 59 percent effective

Seasonal flu shot found to be 59 percent effective

By Liz Szabo

Seasonal flu shots prevent
only about 59 percent of infec-
tions in adults- not enough
to protect people in a global
outbreak, says a new analy-
sis that may help accelerate
research on an improved vac-
"Today's flu shot is like an
iPhone 1.0," says study author
Michael Osterholm, University
of Minnesota. "What we need
is an iPhone 10.0."
H1N1 shots do slightly bet-
ter than seasonal flu shots,
preventing infection in 69 per-
cent of adults under 65. Nasal
sprays do even better, prevent-
ing infections in 83 percent of
children under age seven, says
the analysis of previous stud-

ies, published online recently
in The Lancet Infectious Dis-
eases. One study found flu
shots reduce hospitalizations
by eight percent. That's signif-
icant, however, given that the
flu hospitalizes about 200,000
Americans a year.
These disappointing re-
sults may come as a surprise
to most consumers, who see
countless ads each year telling
them to get immunized.
The findings shouldn't dis-
courage people from getting
vaccinated, Osterholm says.
"We have an obligation to tell
the public what we know. We
know we need better vaccines.
But 59 percent protection is
better than zero. To me, that
still very much recommends
getting vaccinated."

Some 42 percent of Ameri-
cans plan to get a flu shot this
year, according to a new sur-
vey from CVS pharmacy.
The cost of a flu shot at retail
pharmacies is about $25 to

$30 this year, without insur-
ance. Many companies offer
free shots to employees.
"There isn't any doubt that
influenza vaccine is a pretty
good vaccine, but it's not ex-

cellent, like polio or measles,"
says William Schaffner, a pro-
fessor at Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine. "Even in
the best of times, it's not ca-
pable of completely eliminat-
ing infections."
Two shots prevent about 95
percentof measles infections,
and polio has been eliminated
in most countries.
The technology used to make
flu vaccines hasn't changed
much since the 1940s, says
Arnold Monto, a professor at
the University of Michigan
School of Public Health. "It's
been improved in terms of po-
tency and in terms of safety,"
he says, "but the basic prin-
ciple is the same."
Research has accelerated in
the past five years, partly be-

cause of concerns about pan-
demics, Monto says, yet it's
still a challenge to bring a new
flu vaccine to market, given
the cost of developing one sig-
nificantly better than what's
now available. "One thing
that's held up development is
the fact that we have such a
safe vaccine now," he says.
Scientists are working on a
"universal flu shot" that would
last for years. Francis Collins,
director of the National Insti-
tutes of Health, has said such
a vaccine could be developed
within the next five years.
Researchers also are making
improvements that would al-.
low vaccines to be made much
faster, which could be impor-
tant in an emergency such as
a pandemic, Osterholm says.

Sweets can lead to obese baby Vitamin E raises risk to prostate?


By Nanci Hellmich

Here's some new advice for
moms-to-be: Watch your intake
of sweets, including cakes,
cookies and soda, early in your
pregnancy to lower your risk of
having a baby who is too heavy.
Expectant mothers who con-
sumed more sweets and sugar-
sweetened beverages during the
first trimester of their pregnan-
cies were more likely to have
obese babies than those whose
intake was lower, a new study
"There is something about
the exposure to sweets in utero
that may lead to heavier ba-
bies," says Suzanne Phelan, an
associate professor of kinesiol-
ogy at California Polytechnic
State University-San Luis
Obispo. The risk factor is inde-
pendent of the mother's weight
.gain during pregnancy or start-
ing weight, she says.
Phelan and colleagues at
Cal Poly and Brown University
in Providence examined food
intake during pregnancy of 285
expectant women. They also
reviewed the records of babies'

weights at birth and six-
months-old. Findings presented
at the Obesity Society meeting
in Orlando:
*Normal-weight expect-
ant moms who drank sugar-
sweetened beverages in the first
trimester were at a higher risk
of having large babies than the
women who didn't consume
much of them.
Overweight and obese
women who were consuming
more than 20 percent of their
calories from sweets (desserts.
candy, soda) had more than
two times the risk of having an
overweight or obese baby at
birth and at six months than
heavy women consuming less
than 20 percent of calories
from sweets.
"Moms-to-be need to limit
their intake of sweets early on
in their pregnancy to poten-
tially decrease their baby's risk
of obesity," Phelan says.
Previous research has
shown that women who pack
on too many pounds during
pregnancy increase their
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babies who become overweight
or obese later in life, she says.
Also, women who weigh too
much at the start of their preg-
nancies are at a greater risk
of having heavy babies at the
onset and then heavy children
later on.
Emily Oken, an associate
professor at Harvard Medical
School who studies nutrition
during pregnancy, recommends
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By Rita Rubin

Vitamin E supplements sig-
nificantly increased the risk
of prostate cancer in healthy
men even after they stopped
taking them, scientists report-
ed recently.
Given the popularity of vita-
min E for those 60 and over,
the researchers wrote, "the
implications of our observa-
tions are substantial." Those
studied took 400 international
units (lUs) a day.
The prostate cancer find-
ings come after publication, of
a study that raised questions
about the effects of common
vitamin and mineral supple-
ments in older women. That
19-year study of nearly 39,000
women linked supplement use
to a higher risk of death.
"I think many Americans
view supplements as an insur-
ance policy," says Lori Mina-
sian, a co-author of the vita-
min E and prostate study and
acting director of the National
Cancer Institute's Division of
Cancer Prevention.
"We don't always exercise
gikteq.,Wem'qydGct always eat

right. It's just easier to take a
pill," she says.
In Minasian's study, about
35,000 U.S. and Canadian
men were randomly assigned
to take vitamin E, selenium,
vitamin E and selenium, or a
placebo. Black men, who have
a higher risk of prostate can-
cer, were 50 and older. The

even out, but it kept widening.
By July of this year, 17 per-
cent more prostate cancers,
91 more cases, had been re-
ported in those on vitamin E
than those on placebo pills,
says the study, in the Journal
of the American Medical Asso-
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other men in the study were at
least 55.
In 2008, after the men had
been taking their pills for
about 5`2 years, researchers
told them to stop, a year ear-
lier than planned. An interim
analysis had shown that vita-
min E wasn't reducing pros-
tate cancer risk and might
raise it, although that obser-
vation could have been attrib-
uted to chance.
Once the men stopped ther-
apy, researchers expected the
difference in prostate cancer
risk between those on vitamin
E and those on the placebo to

have an explanation for their
findings, which differ from
other large randomized tri-
als that examined the effect
of vitamin E pills on prostate
cancer risk. Perhaps the men
takirE had higher levels to
begin,. '
Ur6logist Neil Fleshner of
Princess Margaret Hospital in
Toronto thinks the raised-riskl
was merely "statistical. "
"I don't think it's causeand
effect," says Fleshner .who
was not involved in the study.
"Many other studies have
looked at this question--and
not shown that.'

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due to hypertension. Doctors "I wanted t
told her she needed a kidney couldn't image
transplant to survive, going to lose
When Monique Fluker month," said
learned that her mother mom said it
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to see if she was a match. adamant tha
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Kidney recipient Linda Fluker (left), hugs her daughter
and donor, Monique Fluker.

mas holidays, but every day,
I walked and ran. No mat-
ter how cold, or how much
it rained, I went outside to
exercise. It was the hardest
month of my life and I cried
more than I ever have. I was
determined that I would lose
that 20 pounds."
Doctors and nurses were as-
tonished when, 38 days later,
on Dec. 27, 2010, Monique
returned 21 pounds lighter.
"I was so proud of myself.
I was one step closer to giv-
ing my mother her life back,"
Monique said.
Over the next few months,
Monique traveled to Miami
four times for tissue typing,
blood type testing, echocar-
diogram, KUB (examination
of kidney) and upper body

CT scan.
On March 3rd, Monique
underwent a laparoscopic
surgery to remove her kidney
and donate it to her mother.
The surgery lasted six hours.
Monique was discharged from
the hospital on March 5th, and
her mother was released three
days later. The surgery was
a success and Linda Fluker's
new kidney began working im-
"Now, six months later, to
see my mom doing great and
looking strong makes me
happy. I did that! I'm thank-
ful I was able to give back to
her. She's given so much to me
since the day I was born," Mo-
nique said. "I thank God that
he gave me the opportunity to
give to her."

n mm I DNA secrets of the elderly

Genetics to keep those living longer

Prize Foundation, best known
for a spaceflight competition,
is offering $10 million in prize
money to researchers who de-
cipher the complete DNA code
from 100 people older than
100. The contest will be judged

Scientists think DNA from
very old healthy people could
offer clues to how they lived
so long. And that could one
day lead to medicines to help
the rest of us stay disease-free

Genome pioneer J. Craig
Venter the centenarian project
is just a first step in revealing
the genetic secrets of a long
and healthy life.
"We need 10,000 genomes,
not 100, to start to understand
the link between genetics,
disease and wellness," said


By HMkan Charles-Harris, MD FACS | and seemingly otherwise healthy
Board Certified by American Board of Surgery & They noticed a lump in their chest anc
American Board of Vascular Medicine when they came to me for a biopsy
Si learned they had breast cancer.

Men are most frequently
diagnosed with skin, prostate,
lung and colon cancers. But there
is one type of cancer not usually
associated with men that accounts
for approximately 1,970 new cancer
cases per year and causes roughly
390 deaths annually. The disease


is breast cancer.
Common symptoms of male breast cancer
include a lump or swelling in the chest
area, nipple discharge, and skin dimpling or
puckering. Men most likely to develop breast
cancer are between the ages of 60 and 70, have
a family history of the disease or a BRCA2 gene
mutation, have been exposed to radiation, have
high estrogen levels caused by liver disease
or a genetic condition such as Klinefelter's
syndrome, or are overweight or inactive. I have
however seen a number of men in my practice
diagnosed with breast cancer at younger ages

The long-term prognosis for men
with breast cancer is similar to that
for women diagnosed with the disease.
However, male breast cancer often
is identified at a later stage, making
it more difficult to treat. That's why
it's important for men who are more
susceptible to developing breast
cancer to be proactive and take steps

to develop a breast-screening program.
If breast cancer is suspected, a number of
tests may be used to diagnose the disease.
A clinical breast exam can detect lumps or
determine the size and location of the mass.
A mammogram can show images of the
breast tissue using a series of X-rays.
A breast ultrasound can help evaluate an
abnormality using sound waves to generate
images of structures inside the body.
A nipple discharge examination can detect
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By the time you reach, say,
105, "it's very hard to get there
without some genetic advan-
tages," says Dr. Thomas Perls,
a geriatrics expert at Boston
Perls is helping find cente-
narians for the Archon Genom-
ics X Prize competition. The X

on accuracy, completeness and
the speed and cost of sequenc-
The contest is a relaunch
of an older competition with
a new focus on centenarians,
and it's the second sequencing
project involving the elderly to
be announced this month.

Venter, who is co-chairing the
X Prize contest.
But scientists believe there's
more to it, and they want to
use genome sequencing to in-
vestigate. Dr. Richard Cawthon
of the University of Utah, who
is seeking longevity genes by
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My personal struggle with dating while HIV-positive

By Marvelyn Brown
Special to the NNPA

Earlier in my adulthood, I met
a guy who I actually thought
was "the one." He was charm-
ing, educated and sexy; we
had great conversations and
an even better friendship. But,
as' happens, a problem arose:
He asked me to stop educating
people about HIV and to cover
up my AIDS-awareness ribbon
and live a "normal" life. The
crazy thing is that his request
was not the problem; I believe
in freedom of speech, and he
certainly had a right to his

opinion. The problem was that
those words came from one of
my own. No, not a Black man--
one who is HIV positive.
I have never stopped dating
since being diagnosed with HIV
eight years ago. HIV does not
limit me from doing anything. I
do have options when it comes
to men, and when dating, just
as in the classroom, I prefer
multiple choice: I date men who
are HIV positive as well as those
who are HIV negative. There are
pros and cons to dating both.
But while I don't discriminate
because of a man's serostatus,
I would rather have sex with an

HIV-positive man so
that I do not have to
worry about infecting
him. Although I use
protection, nothing is
100 percent certain,
and my conscience
causes me to be very
careful not to transmit
the virus.
On the flip side, dat- BR
ing an HIV-negative
man means that I nev-
er feel the need to babysit: "Have
you taken your meds, boo?" Nor
do I have to worry who would
be there for the kids if we had a
family and both of us got really

sick from AIDS.
Positive men seem
to understand what
I go through; for in-
stance, I take my
medication every
day, but I do not like
it or the side effects,
and I constantly com-
plain. An HIV-posi-
S.. tive man will usually
say to me, "I know,
baby, it is hard. But
you know what you need to do."
An HIV-negative man tends to
say, "Girl, quit complaining and
take your medicine"--as if he
knows what it feels like to take

2,555 pills a year! That is, HIV-
positive men tend to say some-
thing motivational, while HIV-
negative men often piss me off.
Then again, HIV-negative men
seem to believe that the fact
that I share my story means I
am very honest and open. They
like that about me. Sometimes
HIV-positive men believe I'm too
open. It's like I can't win. My
ideal guy would exhibit the best
characteristics of both types of
But no matter who I'm dating,
people assume that the men I
date are HIV positive, too, be-
cause I talk about my HIV sta-

tus on national TV. These men
wish that people wouldn't make
that assumption, and they cer-
tainly don't want to be ques-
tioned about it. I have yet to
meet an HIV-positive man who
is where I am about my HIV di-
agnosis: open and honest.
Being public about my HIV
status has definitely had an
impact on my dating life, but
I continue to educate people
about the disease. No matter
what type of guy I am with, re-
lationships are hard work. And
that is exactly why, at least for
now, I am single and still trying
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People who say they feel happy

may live 35 percent longer

Study focused on

one day in lives

of 3,853 people

By Sharon Jayson

Be happy. Live longer.
No, it's not that simple, but
new research says happy lives
are longer by 35 percent.
The study, published today in
the journal Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences,
found that those who reported
feeling happiest had a 35 per-
cent reduced risk of dying com-
pared with those who reported
feeling least happy.
Rather than rely on recol-
lections about their feelings of
happiness as in earlier studies,
this British study of 3,853 par-
ticipants ages 52-79 rated their
feelings at different times on
one particular day. Five years
later, researchers recorded the
number who died and con-
trolled for a variety of factors,
including age, gender, health,
wealth, education and marital
This approach "gets closer to
measuring how people actually
feel" rather than relying on rec-
ollections or general questions
about well-being, says epidemi-
ologist Andrew Steptoe, a psy-
chology professor at University
College in London, who co-au-
thored the study.
How happy a person is at any
point in time, he says, is a prod-
uct of "some background dispo-
sition; some people tend to be
happier than others," but also

"what they are doing, who they
are with, and other features of
that point in time. Both are im-
"Responses to general ques-
tions are influenced strongly
by personality, by what people
think they 'ought' to say and by
recollections that might not be
quite accurate," Steptoe says.
What's not clear, he says, is
whether happy feelings are the
key to longevity or if it's some-
thing else that causes extended
life. "We can't draw the kind of
final conclusion that the happi-
ness is leading directly to better
survival," he says.
Others who have done re-
search in this area but haven't
read the study say this link be-
tween a one-day measure and
mortality is important.
"The fact that positive emo-
tions in one day predicted sur-
vival is pretty amazing," says

Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychol-
ogy professor at the University
of California, Riverside. "We
do know that happiness is as-
sociated with an extended life
span," she says. If we can get
people to be happier, would that
extend the lifespan? We don't
know that yet. Future research
can definitely try to show that."
Arthur Stone, a professor of
psychiatry and psychology at
Stony Brook University in New
York, who has used measure-
ments over the course of a day
in his research, says the fact
that the researchers "got a re-
lationship with mortality means
that the relationship must be
fairly robust because they only
had 3,800 people and they were
only measuring the one day."
And what if some who were
measured on that one day were
just having a bad day?
"A 'bad day' should weaken
the relationship," Stone says.
"What it's saying is there are
enough people here that people
having odd days didn't really
matter very much. Some people
had bad days and some had
good days. If they had been able
to measure several days with
these techniques, one would
guess that the relationship
would be even stronger."
Laura Kubzansky, an associ-,
ate professor in the Department
of Society, Human Development
and Health, at Harvard's School
of Public Health in Boston, says
there's a "burgeoning body of
work that suggests positive
psychological functioning ben-
efits health," and this study is
significant because it "adds to
the arsenal."

Less water leads to high blood levels

Adults who drank two glasses of water or less each day were more likely to develop

blood sugar levels in the pre-diabetes range, versus people who drank riore water.

By Amy Norton

People who drink less than a
couple of glasses of water each
day may be more likely to de-
velop abnormally high blood
sugar, a new study suggests.
When someone's blood sugar
levels are high, but not high
enough to fit the definition of
diabetes, doctors often consider
that person to have "pre-diabe-
tes" which puts them at risk
of developing the disease itself.
In the new study, adults who
drank only half a liter of water
- about two glasses or less
each day were more likely to de-
velop blood sugar levels in the
pre-diabetes range, versus peo-
ple who drank more water.
But whether simply drinking
water will cut your risk of blood
sugar problems is still up in the
The findings show a correla-
tion between water intake and
blood sugar, but do not prove

cause-and-effect, said senior
researcher Lise Bankir, of the
French national research insti-
tute INSERM.
Still, it is plausible based on
biology, Bankir told Reuters
Health in an email.
A hormone called vasopressin
is the potential missing link, ac-
cording to the researchers.
Vasopressin also known as
antidiuretic hormone helps
regulate the body's water reten-
tion. When we are dehydrated,
vasopressin levels go up, caus-
ing the kidneys to conserve wa-
ter. But research suggests that
higher vasopressin levels may
also elevate blood sugar.
There are vasopressin recep-
tors in the liver, the organ re-
sponsible for producing glucose
(sugar) in the body, Bankir ex-
plained. And one study found
that injecting healthy people
with vasopressin caused a tem-
porary spike in blood sugar.
"There are good arguments to

suggest that there could be a
real cause-and-effect relation-
ship in the association we have
found," Bankir said, "but this is
not a proof."
The findings are based on
3,615 French adults who were
between the ages of 30 and 65,
and had normal blood sugar
levels at the outset. About 19
percent said they drank less
than half a liter (17 ounces) of
water each day, while the rest
drank up to a liter or more.
Over the next nine years, 565
study participants developed
abnormally high blood sugar
and 202 developed type 2 dia-
When the researchers looked
at the participants' risk accord-
ing to water intake, they found
that people who drank at least
17 ounces of water per day
were 28 percent less likely to
develop high blood sugar than
those who drank less than that

Malaria vaccine can save millions

Treatment won't be

available in U.S.
Researchers for the first time
have succeeded in creating
a vaccine against malaria, a
deadly disease that kills nearly
800,000 a year, most of them
The work grew from a part-
nership that some hope could
be a model for attacking dis-
eases in the developing world.
The experimental vac-
cine, still in the testing phase
and several years away from
government approval, pro-
tects only about 50 percent
of children who receive it, but
even that could "potentially

translate into tens of millions
of cases of malaria in children
averted annually," says Tsiri
Agbenyega, the principal inves-
tigator for the vaccine trials at
Agogo Presbyterian Hospital in
Agogo, Ghana.
The vaccine won't be avail-
able in the U.S. because it's
not being developed under
the Food and Drug Adminis-
tration's process. Even when
and if approved in Europe, it's
likely to be available only to
Malaria is one of the most
devastating diseases on the
planet, causing about 225
million cases yearly and more
than 780,000 deaths, most
of them African children, the

World Health Organization
The vaccine was tested on
15,460 children. It was 50 per-
cent protective against malaria
among those five to 17 months.
Results of tests in children six
to 12 weeks old will be released
in 2012.
Andrew Witty, the CEO of
GlaxoSmithKline, said re-
searchers hope to improve the
vaccine's effectiveness, add-
ing, "This is a very meaningful
start." He says the vaccine may
be available in Africa by 2015.
The project is a collaboration
among GlaxoSmithKline, the
PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative
and the Bill and Melinda Gates

Half of women gain too much during pregnancy

continued from 16B

that moms-to-be use modera-
tion. "You can eat sweets dur-
ing pregnancy, but not every
day. And if you do eat a sweet,
go for an extra walk or bike
ride or swim."
In a separate study, also
presented at the Obesity So-
ciety meeting, Phelan studied
whether a moderate diet-and-
exercise program helped ex-

pectant women gain a healthy
amount during pregnancy.
The scientists recruited
400 moms-to-be, including
those at a healthy weight,
overweight or obese. Half got
a lifestyle program that in-
cluded eating and exercise
advice; the other half received
no specific lifestyle guidance.
Normal-weight women who
got advice were more likely to
gain a healthy amount than

those who got no guidance.
The key lifestyle factors that
helped: weighing themselves
daily, limiting fast food and
watching calorie intake.
The diet-exercise program
didn't affect the weight gain of
overweight and obese women
during pregnancy.
Women of all weights who
received advice were more
likely to return to their pre-
pregnancy weight after six
months than the others.

Treatment options for male breast cancer

continued from 17B

cancerous cells in fluid from
the nipple.
A biopsy can confirm a
cancer diagnosis and help
determine if further treatment
is needed. There are three
types of biopsies: fine-needle
aspiration biopsy extracts a
few cells from the suspicious
breast lump; core needle
biopsy removes a tissue sample
for analysis; surgical biopsy
removes all excisionall) or part
(incisional) of the breast lump.
If cancer is detected,
additional tests may be
ordered. An estrogen and
progesterone receptor test may
be performed to evaluate how
cancer cells multiply and if
hormone therapy may stop the
cancer from growing. Human
epidermal growth factor
receptor-2 testing measures
a growth factor protein that
can cause cancer cells to
spread rapidly; in this case
monoclonal antibody therapy
could halt the spread of cancer.
Treatment options for male
breast cancer depend on

many factors, including the
size and location of the cancer,
whether it has spread, type
of cancer, and the man's age
and overall health. Surgical
operations include a:
Simple mastectomy all
breast tissue is removed.
Modified radical
mastectomy the entire
breast and some underarm
lymph nodes are removed.
Radical mastectomy all
breast tissue, lymph nodes
and chest wall muscle is
Chemotherapy uses drugs,
taken either orally or by
injection, to kill cancer cells.
Radiation therapy uses high-
energy X-rays to target cancer
cells. Hormone therapy may
help destroy cancer cells that
have spread or shrink breast
While male breast cancer
is rare, it can be successfully
treated when detected early.
I recommend that men also
perform breast/ chest self-
exams. Be sure to see your
primary care physician
immediately if you notice
any changes.

North Shore Medical
Center's Community Cancer
Center is accredited by the
American College of Surgeons
and treats all types of adult
cancers, including Breast
Cancer. North Shore Medical
Center specializes in external
beam radiation therapy
using some of the latest
IMRT (Intensity Modulated
Radiation Therapy)
techniques and HDR (High
Dose Rate) brachytherapy for
Breast Cancer.
Dr. Hdkan Charles-Harris
is Board Certified by both
the American Board of
Surgery and the American
Board of Vascular Medicine -
Endovascular. He is a newly
appointed Professor of Surgery
at the Florida International
University School of Medicine.
Caring for the North Miami
community since 2000, Dr.
Charles-Harris has served
three consecutive terms as
Chief of Surgery at North
Shore Medical Center, and one
term as Vice-Chief of Staff at
North Shore Medical Center.
He specializes in diagnosing
and treating breast cancer.

Study reveals genetics in those older than 100

continued from 17B

other means, says it may turn
up genetic features that protect
against multiple diseases or
that slow the process of aging
in general.
Protective features of a
centenarian's DNA can even
overcome less-than-ideal life-
styles, says Dr. Nir Barzilai of
the Albert Einstein College of
Medicine in New York. His own
study of how centenarians live
found that "as a group, they
haven't done the right things."
Many in the group, he stud-
ied were obese or overweight.
Many were smokers, and few
exercised or followed a vegetar-
ian diet. His oldest participant,
who died this month just short

of her 110th birthday, smoked
for 95 years.
"She had genes that pro-
tected her against the envi-
ronment," Barzilai said. One
of her sisters died at 102, and
one of her brothers is 105 and
still manages a hedge fund.
Earlier this month, Scripps
Health of San Diego an-
nounced a different genome
project involving the elderly.
The Scripps Wellderly Study
will receive the complete ge-
nomes of 1,000 people age 80
and older from a sequencing
A complete genome re-
veals not only genes but also
other DNA that's responsible
for regulating genes. It's "the
full monty," showing DNA el-
ements that are key for ill-

ness and health, says Dr. Eric
Topol, who heads the Wellderly
Participants in that study
have an average age of 87 and
range up to 108, and they've
never had diabetes, heart dis-
ease or cancer, or any neuro-
logical disease.
"Why are these people Tef-
lon-coated?" Topol asked.
"Why don't they get disease?"
The ability to turn out lots of
complete genomes is "the new-
new thing" in trying to find
out, he said.
"There's been too much em-
phasis on disorders per se and
not enough on the people who
are exceptionally healthy,"
to learn from their genomes,
Topol said. "Now we have the
powerful tools to do that."

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Black minister commends presidential candidate

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lit during the Lakshmi Puja and Diwali festivals, inside a
workshop in Kolkata.

Prayers for peace: Hindus

celebrate 'Festival Lights'

Civil Rights activist Dr. Alve-
da King and niece of Dr. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr. commend-
ed the California Civil Rights
Foundation for bringing clarity
in the case of certain charges
against Herman Cain, candi-
date for President of the United
In response to charges
that Cain "sat out during the
Civil Rights movement," Walter
B. Hoye II, president and found-
er of the California Civil Rights
Foundation, a relatively new
civil rights organization, noted
that Cain was a teenager at the
time. Cain's father had directed
him to focus on school and to

excel in his studies.
"By obeying and hon-
oring his father, Cain
was being prepared for
21st Century leader-
ship," says Hoye.
King in turn noted
that many Civil Rights
leaders from the 20th Ki
century claim to be
followers of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., Black leaders like
Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Jo-
seph Lowery and the Congres-
sional Black Caucus have not
produced results in advancing
the causes of Blacks through-
out the country.
Blacks remain the highest

percentages of unem-
S played, far higher than
any other racial or ethnic
group. Blacks also make
up the highest percent-
age of unwed mothers,
and abortions. "In stark
contrast to the failed vi-
NG sion" of many far-left
Black leaders, Cain be-
lieves in empowerment not
entitlement," King observed.
She further noted there
should not be what the me-
dia is fraifing as a Battle of
the Tax Plans. "Cain leads Tax
Reform. While his political op-
ponents were looking the oth-
er way, Cain came up with a

solid Tax Plan. His 9-9-9 Plan
Now his opponents scramble
for political expediency to oust
Cain's 9-9-9 while Leader Cain
continues to frame the debate."
King goes on to state that
Cain's "Opportunity Zones"
plan and his 9-0-9 plan to aid
the poor are all part of what
many are calling "sheer ge-
She concluded by saying:
"While I no longer endorse po-
litical candidates, choosing the
path of policy over politics, I
admit that I am intrigued by
the candidacy of Cain. He is a
breath of fresh air."

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Hadley Davis
GEE, 57, sani-
tation engineer,
died October
28 at Jackson
North Hospital.

Baptist Church.

housewife, died
October 28 in
Thomasville, -
GA. Arrange-
ments are in- -'

prog ram ,
died October
22 at home.
Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Antioch M.B.
Church of Miami

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chef, died Octo-
ber 29 at home.
Service 2 p.m.,
November 5 in
the chapel.

Hall Ferguson Hewitt
79, bus driver,
died October
25 at home.
Survivors are
son, Roderick
Florence Sr.;
Florence Jr.,
Ronard Florence and Rashad
Florence; grand daughter,
Rashelle Florence. Service 2 p.m.,
November 12 in the chapel.


19, student,
S died October
)n 31 at Jackson
60. retired H o s ita I.


51, laborer,
died October
23 at Jackson

Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Faith
Baptist Church.

DANIELLE M. ROWE, 23, died
on October
22 when she
was killed by
a motorist in
Atlanta, GA.
She was a senior
at Georgia State
majoring in
Marketing. She is survived by her
father and mother, Daniel and
Rosa Rowe who are retired police
sergeants; brothers, Daniel, Jr. and
Derrick, firefighters for Miami Dade
and sister, Vickie Saunders, Atlanta
Traffic Controller Supervisor. A
memorial service 5 p.m., Saturday
at Georgia State University.

Wright and Young
SUSIE THOMAS, 80, retired,
died October
25 at Aventura
Service held
1st. Donations
to Leukemia
Society, 2
Oakwood Blvd.,
Ste. 200, Hollywood, FL 33020.

PAULINE PEREZ, 90, retired,
died October
27 at home. S
Survivors are
five children,
10 grands, 20
great grands,
nine great great
grands and a
host of other
relatives and
sorrowing friends. Service 11 a.m.,
Friday at Peaceful Zion Baptist

MARQUE McCRAY, 31, died
October 25 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at Peace
Baptist Church.

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Survivors are
his father, Leroy
Jones; mother,
Renee Jones;
grandmother, Ola Mae Jones;
sister, Ramona Jules; brother,
Brion Jones; a host of uncles,
aunts, and other relatives and
friends. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist

Gregg L. Mason
EILEEN "Gloria" SHAW, 66,
retired, died
October 28 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Saturday
at 59th St.
Church of God, *'E
59th St and 23rd

Fred Hunter's
WINSTON WELLS, 84, retired
school teacher, died Thursday, Oct.
27 and have gone on to be with
her Lord. The fifth of six children
born to Elijah and Anna Winston
entered this world on May 29, 1927
in Memphis TN. In addition to Cleo,
the youngest of her siblings, there
were four brothers; Elijah, Luke,
Oliver and Clarence.
A graduate of Tennessee State
University where she met her
husband Dr. Earl A. Wells.
She pursued careers in Science
and Education. The following
degrees were attained in the
process; B.S, M.S, and ED.S.
In Dade County Florida she
attained and successfully worked in
the following positions; Elementary
Teacher, Carvers Ranches
Elementary, Science Teacher,
Brownsville Junior High, Asst.
Principal, South Dade Sr. High,
Curriculum Director, Northeast
area Dade County public school,
Principal, Douglas Elementary
School, and Principal of West View
High School.
She received numerous awards
and commendations throughout
her illustrious career.
In 1981, she retired from the
Miami Dade County public school
system after 30 years of services.
The following year she and her
husband Dr. Wells founded and
operated the Afro-In Books and
Things Bookstore- A Liberty City
She has left an indelible imprint
on many people and races. She will
be greatly missed. There will be a
Memorial 9 -10 a.m., Saturday, Nov.
5, at the Fred Hunter University Dr.
Funeral Home, Davie. Service 10
a.m., Saturday in the chapel.

environmental service tech, died
October 29 at University of Miami
Hospital. Arrangements are

maintenance worker, died October
31 at home. Arrangements are

October 25 at Baptist Hospital.
Services were held.

October 26 at North Shore
Hospital. Service 1 p.m., Saturday
at Paradise Memorial chapel.

WYNN, died at Jackson South
Community Hospital. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Paradise
Memorial chapel.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

In loving memory of,

01110/1940- 11/02/2010

It has been a year. Still
loved, still missed, still very
Corbett and Truesdell fami-

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,


would like to express our sin-
cere thanks and appreciation
for the many acts of love and
kindness shown to our family
during the loss of our beloved
May God continue to bless
Dr. David White and family.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

12/16/53- 11/06/08

'A Saint, a Wife and Mother.'
Living this life on earth
without you is like having no
sunshine and no rain.

God for the precious moments
we enjoyed together while you
were here with us.
We love you, we miss you.
Enjoy the presence of the
Your loving husband, Carroll
and daughter, Chelsea.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

would like to express our sin-
cere appreciation and heart-
felt thanks to everyone for
their many acts of kindness,
words of comfort, visits, flow-
ers, cards and donations
shown to our family during
our time of bereavement.
Special thanks to Rev.
Woodrow Jenkins, pastor of
St. Luke M.B. Church and his
outstanding membership for
assisting and caring during
this difficult time.
Your support and prayers
meant so much to us. May
God continue to bless each of
The Rolle, Davis and
Jackson families.

Card of Thanks

The family of the late,

wish to express our sincere
gratitude for every act of kind-
ness shown to us during our
greatest hour of need.
Although this is a tough
time for us, with God on our
side, the support of our family
and dear friends, we know we
will make it.
The Mickens family


is so thankful for the love,
support and every act of
kindness that all of you have
shown us during our time of
We appreciate the generos-
ity, compassion and prayers.
Thanks for helping to hold
us up. May God continue to
bless and keep each of you is
our prayer.
The Pinkney family







By Dennis Hevesi

Vic Miles, who brought a no-
nonsense, get-to-the-essence
style to his 24 years as a report-
er and anchorman for WCBS-
TV/Channel 2 in New York,
died on Wednesday in Manhat-
tan. He was 79.
His wife, Karen, confirmed
the death.
A well-known face to view-
ers in New York, Miles prided
himself as essentially a street
reporter. Still, through most
of the 1970s and '80s, he was
also the anchor for Channel 2's
weekend news broadcasts and,
with colleagues like Jim Jen-
sen, Rolland Smith and Carol
Martin, a co-anchor during the
Along with Chris Borgen,
John Johnson and Gil Noble,
he was among the first black
television reporters in the city.
"His colleagues considered
him one of the best story-tellers,
with a gift for getting all types
of people to reveal their per-
sonal lives," James Stolz, who
worked with Miles and is now
a producer for CBS News, said
on Friday. Miles was known in
particular for a series of reports
called "Our Block," in which he
told the everyday stories of av-
erage New Yorkers, some deal-
ing with poverty, health crises
and changing neighborhoods.
Miles shared three local Em-
mys, including one in 1993 for

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,

11/04/34 12/17/08

From all of your kids, grand-
children and great grands.
We love and miss you.
The family

Colleagues at WCBS-TV/
Channel 2 described Vic
Miles as a gifted storyteller.
coverage of Hurricane Andrew.
He worked at WCBS from 1971
to 1995, leaving when the hard-
driving Jerry Nachman took
over the station's news opera-
tion and replaced some of its
old-guard reporters to improve
Vic Miles was his professional
name. Victor Miles Levy Jr. was
born in Philadelphia on Nov. 7,
1931, to Victor and Hilda Tren-
field Levy, who had moved from
Jamaica to Philadelphia and
later to New York. A grandfather
was a Jew who had immigrated
to Jamaica.












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ticed that our obituary page has been shorter than usual.
The reason is not that the number of deaths in our commu-
nity have suddenly declined but because our newspaper is
not getting the information on all of the deaths.
For some reason, 14 of the 34 Black funeral homes have
informed The Miami Times that they will not submit any
more death notices to our newspaper for publication: Bain
Range, Gregg L. Mason, Range, D. Richardson, A. Richard-
son, Mitchell, Jay's, Hall-Ferguson-Hewitt, Kitchens, Wright
& Young, Pax Villa, Stevens, Carey, Royal & Rahming and
This newspaper continues to publish all death notices
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been doing for the past 89 years.
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By D. Kevin McNeir
Trinidad native Peter London first started dancing
at the age of six, eventually mastering traditions 'of sa-
cred and secular dance of western Africa, Europe, Afro-
Caribbean and contemporary, just to name a few.
Currently a professor of dance at Miami Dade Col-
lege and the New World School of the Arts,
London marked another milestone
last Sunday with the premier
*'lr .-. ._ showcase of his new dance com-
pany, the Peter London Olobal -
IMF-~ Dance Theater (PLGDT).: It'p
Been a dream. of his for mote
years than he can count. .
"Students, .graduates., -and
their parents have, been. urging.
me to do this-for over 28 years,"
he said.
hNIid 7 guess I was finally willing to.
. take the risk and make a leap'
of faith. I know it might not be.

viewed as a smart move given today's economy but I con-
sulted with my higher power and am letting the spirit
take us forward,".
London has assembled. an outstanding group of com-
pany dancers and apprentices, the majority of whom are
from the South Florida area. Irt fact, his group is unique
in that it seeks to provide opportunities for dancers and
choreographers who have ties to Miami and other neigh-
boring cities,
"I designed it specifically so that aspiring and profes-
sional dancers would have a place where they could cre-
ate new work, perform or serve as lecturers here in our
community," he said, "My commitment is to make
this a first class dance company to make this
a place where you can find dance at the high- r us
eat level globally." '
London, a former principal' dancer with
the Martha Graham Dance -Company is
known for his intricately-choreographed
pieces and for his ability to mold young
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,-. I'.7

Alicia Keys debuts Broadway play
'Stick Fly' premieres in December is expected to draw Black is enough to dominate the
Audiences both locally and multi-million dollar industry.
nationally. But it takes much more than
By Tamy Cozier Walker International Com- that for a niche firm to get a
munications Group has been foot in the door.
Broadway, New York's great contracted to help the Alicia "It's all about networking,"
white way, is getting a splash Keys backed production said Donna Walker-Kuhne,
of color this season. A record succeed when it makes its president of Walker Commu-
number of shows by Black debut in December. Snag- nications Group. "Developing
playwrighLs and directors, going a high profile client like relationships and main-
all featuring a multi-cultural Stick Fly is no easy task for training those connections
cast of actors, are slated a boutique multicultural helps you, as a niche
to open between early marketing firm because gi- firm, generate clients."
October and well into ants Serino Coyne, Spotco Walker-Kuhne,
next year. Among them and Eliran Murphy Group who started her
is a new production reign supreme on Broadv.way. at-home busi-
caied Stick Fly, which For the big three, a name ness with a
modest $5000
in a company
website, forged a
lasting relationship
with Nugent while
working on projects
produced by the indepen-
dent Broadway producer,
including American Buffalo,
Time Stand Still and The
4t Leguizamo Show.
Limited workforce size and
minor revenues are not the
only thing Walker Commu-
nications Group and others
like it have to worry about.
The big three enjoy the lion's
share of productions and
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Kardashian 'Marriage Counm

Blessing or curse for
.7Tyler Perry?
By Ronda Racha Penrice
Keeping up with Kim Kardashian
is getting harder and harder. To say
she's full of surprises is an under-
statement. Recently, the reality star
tweeted that she would be co-star-
ring in Tyler Perry's latest film, The
Marriage Counselor, which reported-
ly starts filming this week in Atlanta.
The film is the latest Perry play to hit
the big screen.
Given that Kardashian is bigger


than ever at the moment, Perry's
decision to cast her is definitely a
great marketing move. Years ago,
the natural question would have
been "Can she act?" but, today, that
seems to be less and less important.
Kardashian is already demonstrating
her worth.
To keep it even realer, fewer folks
even know that Jurnee Smollett,
known to Black audiences for her
role in Eve's Bayou as a child and
the Denzel Washington-directed The
Great Debaters and to mainstream
audiences for her role as Jess Mer-
riweather on Friday Night Lights,
stars in the film as the Ivv League-
Please turn to KARDASHIAN 2C


Marcille's new

reality show

By EURweb.com
Oxygen has announced the pickup of
a reality series that will follow fashion
model, actor, producer and television
host Eva Marcille.
Tentatively titled the "Eva Mar-
cille Project," the show will not
only chronicle "the hectic, yet
fabulous life" of the "Ameri-
ca's Next Top Model" champ
and recent host of Oxygen's
"Hair Battle Spectacular," but
also her three best friends
i as they help each other deal
with love, celebrity life and
the entertainment industry
in the glow of Hollywood's
Oxygen President Jason
Klarman commented, "We
continue to ramp up our origi-
nal production and focus on
the characters and relationship-driven
themes that speak to our audience."
Marcille's group of homegirls includes
actress Denyce Lawton, who starred in
Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" on TBS;
Nikki Chu, an interior and product
designer who has designed for several
celebrities and brands, and Kelly Marie
Dunn, a talent and brand manager
who has worked with A-list musicians
and pop stars.
Oxygen has also greenlighted "LA
Style," a reality series that follows
four young, hip Los Angeles-based
celebrity stylists. These two docu-
series join previously announced
greenlights for "The Next Big
Thing," "Brooklyn Crew" and
"Tanisha Gets Married."
All five shows are scheduled to
air on Oxygen in 2012.



The district rival between
Miami Carol City High (2-51
and Miami Central (6-0) took
place last Friday at Traz Powell
Stadium. I was fortunate to
sit next Martha Odom and
Derreck Lockett, parents
I learned later had three
daughters who graduated
from Carol City: Lucille
Odom, a former captain of
the flagettes, Tarsha Lockett,
who graduated in 2010 and
Janeese Day, a former Bud of
Quarterback Akeem Jones,
connected with receiver
Raheem Oliver on an 80-yard
touchdown pass on the game's
first offensive play, while
Lockett and Odom screamed
to the top of their voices and
Carol City went ahead 8-0 on
a two-point conversion and
the Chiefs never got back into
the game, because the Rockets
scored 48 unanswered points
to stay unbeaten.
During halftime, the Rockets
performed first and displayed
satisfaction of dynamic

as they spread h
out between
the thurty and
showed on the
hip hop routine.
The Chiefs took to ti
in front of the home
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stopped moving as
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Saturday at Arcola Lakes,
Park Banquet Center. New
Born Faith Deliverance M. B.
Church, Rev. Bobby Brown,
senior pastor of Birth with
S,, a Purpose Ministries, Inc.
and friends, completed the
100 people that showed their
Minister Greg Watts served
he field as the emcee of the event. He
e team, called upon the Praise and
eld and Worship team from Birth with
on and a Purpose Ministries,
y never Inc. The team
they included Minister
various Tabitha George,
Pastor Cathi Hall and
rachan, Rev. Bobby Brown,
rachan, Watts followed by
lone to calling on Rev. John
daughter Graves, pastor of
lling on Salem Baptist. Sister MICK
ing her Wendy Goins was
asked to give a selection. After
Director the meal, George was called
s deep upon to perform a liturgical
e band -dance. She chose "For every
s in the Mountain" as her musical
piece. She would make your
program a success. Call 786-
linister 879-2238 for her service.
planning Minister Floyd Sloan,
James Leverne Roundree, and
Faith a Pastor Hall thrilled the crowd

with their arrangement.
of "The Blood" just before
keynote speaker, Rev. Bobby
Brown. "The Blood" was his
chosen topic as he preached.
Others on the program were
Michael Menzies, Reginald
Wilkerson, Tillie Tibbins,
president, Singing Angels;
Etta Mae Lowery, Cynthia.
Walker and husband.
*************** *
Reverend Joann Brookins,
newly appointed pastor for
Opa-Locka UMC and Carol
City UMC has shown
much growth in her two
churches while inviting
The Men of Ebenezer
to be the guest choir
on Sunday, Oct. 9th
for two services at
both churches and one
service on Sunday, Oct.
ENS 24th, for the rally. The
keynote speaker was
Rev. Purnell Moody and The
Men of Ebenezer provided
the music featuring Ja'Von
Brown, Walter and William
Clarke, Tim Strachan, with
Ricky Strachan on the
Order of service included
mistress of ceremonies Gloria
Murray, Sylvia Foster,
Pratt Hardley, Opa-locka

Traveling to New York
City by train and airplane
were the following young
ladies who reported
having a wonderful time
when they went to see
two Broadway shows
and attended the Wendy)
Williams show: Vivian
R. Johnson, Betty D.
Major, Jackie Rawls,
Bertha Glover, Lorraine
King and Emma Curry.
Get well wishes goes
out to all of you: Denise
Flores, Naomi Adams,
Inez McKinney-

Rolle, Sue
Mildred "PI"


Eva Johnson, Lona
Brown-Mathis, Terri
Lynn Kelly, Jacqueline
F. Livingston, Julia
Johnson-Dean, David
Wilson, Wilhelmena
Welsh and Louise H.
Cleare. May good health

soon return to you.
Thedore Dean's funeral
was held Saturday, Oct.
22nd. Your family and
friends will miss you
Sympathy to Helen
Ward McKoy, whose son,
Ronald Sands died last
week. Deepest sympathy
to Helen and her family in
their loss.
Cynthia Smith-Bethel
celebrated her 82nd
birthday on October 1 with
a few of her friends, who
paid her a visit. Happy
birthday Cynthia.
Saint Agnes Episcopal
Church Daughters
of The King spent a
week attending the
Kanuga Conference in
Hendersonville, North
Carolina. Among those
in attendance: President
Leome S. Culmer,
Cynthia L. Brown,
Angela Culmer, Ardie
Bell Edwards, Melvern
Mathis, Gay F. Outler,

Pamela Smith and Sheryl
*Obngratulations goes out
0o The Vestry and members
of The Episcopal Church
Fof the Transfiguration
who celebrated 55 years of
sharing Christ's ministry
on Sunday, Oct. 30th
in Miami Lakes at Don
Shula's Hotel.
Congratulations go out
to Sharria Winnette
Scavella, daughter of
Winston and Gloria P.
Scavella and sister of
Arthur Scavella, who was
awarded the Associate
of Arts degree from the
University of South
Florida and the Bachelor
of Science degree, Summa
Cum Laude in Psychology
from Carlos Albizu
University on October 14.
The acolytes of Saint
Agnes Episcopal Church
along with their parents
and chaperones enjoyed
a fantastic weekend in
Washington, D.C., where
they toured The White
House, Tour of Howard
University, America's first
Cathedral, National Great
Blacks in Wax Museum
and other historical sites.

London's dance troupe debuts

continued from 1C

dancers. One of his protegees
hails from Liberty City and
has gone on to international
prominence: Robert Battle,
current artistic director of
Alvin Ailey American Dance
"As a former student I can
say without doubt, that [Pe-
ter London[ is a great teacher,
coach and mentor," Battle
said. "He is truly a great as-
set and treasure to the world
of dance."

London's dancers are
young, [17- to 26-years-old],
talented and eager to find
their own place in the world
of professional dance. Their
performance on Sunday was
inspiring, energetic and il-
lustrative of the serious work
ethic that London has fol-
lowed since he first began to
"Our dancers have worked
hard and shown their com-
mitment to this new compa-
ny time and time again," he
said. "None of them are paid
yet and there are no contracts

but that will change in the
future. What won't change
is the fact that the members
of this group are determined
to make dance their career.
That's what this new project
is all about."
PLGDT is an artist-in-resi-
dence at the Little Haiti Cul-
tural Center and the venue for
Sunday's performance. They
are among a select group of
finalists that are been con-
sidered for a 2012 Knight Arts
Challenge grant. For more in-
formation go to www.peter-

Firm throws weight behind play

continued from IC

Black shows on Broadway
are. still slim pickings. But
things are looking up.
More Black shows are
available now than in the
past and this is fueling in-
terest in Broadway among
Starting in 1999, interest
in Broadway among Blacks
started increasing signifi-
cantly. Attendance jumped
from 2.4 in percent in 1999

to its highest at 6.7 percent
at the end of the 2007 sea-
son. Interest dropped dra-
matically by the end of 2009
down to 2.4 percent but this
came at a time when Blacks
were one of the most affected
groups during the recession.
With ticket prices averag-
ing $85 during the most re-
cent season, this puts to bed
the myth that Blacks cannot
afford to go to Broadway.
* "People have money to buy
what they want," said Walk-
er-Kuhne. "It's all about the

product and how it is engag-
ing to the community.'
On what is ahead?
Walker-Kuhne plans to
add one more employee and
bring on more consultants to
her staff over the next year.
"I hope to continue to see
our stories and see our peo-
ple work on Broadway, said
Ultimately, more diversity
on Broadway will translate
into increased revenues for
Walker Communications

How will TV socialite fare in movie?

continued from 1C

educated marriage counselor
Judith whose own marriage
is on the brink. Kardashian
plays her co-worker Ava.
Although Kardashian has
appeared in two films, Disas-
ter Movie and Deep in the Val-
ley, as well as on the television
show CSI:NY, this r61e is her
most substantial to date.
There's very little doubt that
Kardashian is the savvy busi-
nesswoman. She has taken ce-
lebrity culture to new heights.
In August, she and her sisters
revealed their "Kardashian"

clothing line with Sears. While
most brides lose money on
their wedding day, Kim Kar-
dashian made money. Her El
special Kim's Fairytale Wed-
ding: A Kardashian Event,
which aired in two parts on
October 9 and 10, drew 4.4
million and four million view-
ers respectively.
As much mainstream suc-
cess as Kardashian enjoys,
however, is she a good fit for
Perry's brand? It's no secret
that Perry has made a fortune
off of catering to Black wom-
en, especially in the Christian
community. How will they re-
act to him further legitimizing

With Perry's moves to in-
clude more non-Black tal-
ent in his films his Febru-
ary 2012 film Good Deeds, in
which he stars, also features
Eddie Cibrian, most recently
of The Playboy Club Kim
Kardashian does make sense
Only time will tell if Perry's
move to cast Kim Kardashian
is a win or fail on his part.
There's little doubt, however,
that Tyler Perry is shaking up
his formula. The real question
however is: will his core, Black
female, church-going audience
embrace the change?

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Dance Ministry, Opa-locka
Chorus, and Presentation of
Families, the main objective of
families donating monies for a
successful rally.
Each family picked up a
basket and filled it up 'with
envelopes while announcing
the amount. The amounts
arranged from $10 up to
$300. The total amount will be
announced at the next activity.
The next activity will be the
gospel choir from Bethune-
Cookman University. Alumni
notified to make donations
are Dr. Cynthia and William
Clarke, Pernella Burke, Dr.
Geraldine Gillard, John and
Annetta Williams, Charlie
and Dorothy Davis, Wayne
Davis, Audley Coakley,
Richard J. Strachan, Martha
Day, Nancy Dawkins and
Kathy D. Thurston.
Rev. Moody spoke on "Taking
Care of God's House" and the
return will be reciprocal.
* Rev. Brookins gave remarks
filled with dignity and pride for
the end result of the program.

The funeral of Annie Woods
Mickens filled Ebenezer
United Methodist Church on
Saturday. Oct. 15th with an
enormous group of family

members, church members,
and friends.
Mickens was born in 1923
to Joseph and Annie D.
Woods. She was the youngest
of nine children while seven
preceded her in death and
her mother died before she
was two-years old, while being
raised by her aunt Ethel
Brewster. She graduated from
Miami Jackson Senior High,
Miami Dade, and served as a
home manager until illness
took over.
She was a faithful member
of Ebenezer under Dr. Rev.
Aaron Hall. She left to stay
with her daughter, Debra, in
North Florida for three years
and returned back to Miami
and Ebenezer UMC under Rev.
Dr. Joreatha Capers.
Songs she requested were
"Amazing Grace," "Oh It Is
Jesus," "Eyes on the Sparrow,"
"Who Holds My Hand," and "It
Is Real." Paying tributes were
made by Eddie Broussard,
Monica Broussard, Pricilla
and Howard Lewis, Gregory
Mickens, Joann Johnson,
Debra Mickens, Vince
Mickens, Beverly Mickens,
Morgan Jones, Nakita
Broussard and Courtney



By Anna SweeLing


Serves 10 to 12
1/3 cup reduced fat raspberry
vinaigrette salad dressing
1 cup firmly packed dark
brown sugar
2 teaspoons Better Than
Bouillon Vegetable Base
2 teaspoons Better Than
Bouillon Chili Base
1 7 to 10-pound thawed,
smoked, bone-in, spiral
sliced, fully cooked ham
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 3500F.
In large saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk to
combine vinaigrette, brown sugar, vegetable and chili
bases. Whisk continuously until glaze begins to boil.
Remove from heat; reheat glaze if needed.
Coat large rack and roasting pan with cooking spray.
Place ham on prepared rack in roasting pan, add water to
pan bottom. Generously brush ham with glaze. Light I
cover ham with foil if ham starts to over brown. Bake
until done, about 2 hours.
Use remaining glaze to baste ham every 30 minutes;
discard left over glaze.
An additional glaze recipe may be prepared and sen ed
warm tableside,
to accompany sliced ham.

Serves 6 to 8
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons Better Than
Bouillon Chili Base
2 large garlic cloves, peeled
and minced
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 pounds frozen whole green
beans '
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Parmesan cheese, for garnish,
Heat oil in a large skillet, heat over medium-high
heat. Add chili base, garlic and salt; cook and stir
for about 1 minute.
Reduce heat to medium, add butter and stir
until melted. Add green beans, stir to coat and
saut6 until crisp-tender.
Before serving, garnish with freshly shaved
Parmesan cheese.



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For publishers, 'sell' is a four-letter word

What used to be profane is becoming

prevalent and very profitable

By Deirdre Donahue

Somewhere, Maxwell Per-
kins is weeping.
Publishing used to be a
gentleman's profession. But
the trend of using profanity
in titles already common
in pop songs and even on
Broadway has now spread
to books.
In the past year there have
been three songs on Bill-
board's Hot 100 chart with
the f-word in the title. Chris
Rock starred in the Broad-
way play The Mother------
With the Hat. And now
publishing is awash with
best sellers whose unprint-
able titles are, for the most
part, being coyly disguised
by asterisks and other sym-
bols over select vowels on the
jackets. They include:
*S--- My Dad Says by

Justin Halpern. Originally a
Twitter feed, the book be-
came a CBS series that was
canceled in May. It peaked at
No. 9 on USA TODAYs Best-
Selling Books list.
*A------- Finish First by
Tucker Max. Peaked at No.
*Go the ---- to Sleep by
Adam Mansbach, illustrated
by Ricardo Cortes, a parody
of a children's book directed
at adults. Peaked at No. 6.
If You Give a Kid a Cook-
ie, Will He Shut the ---- Up?
($14.99) by Marcy Roznick,
a parody, aimed at adults, of
the 1985 children's book If
You Give a Mouse a Cookie

St. Martin's Press execu-
tive editor Marc Resnick, 37.
is editor of the Cookie paro-
dy, which was inspired by Go "'
the ---- to Sleep. "Whether .

they verbalize it or not, every
parent has that moment
when they want the kid to
shut the ---- up," he says.
To critics, he says: "It's a
book for adults who have
heard these words. If you
don t like, don't buy it. Books
have a lot to compete with
these days."
Publishing has met with
little or no resistance from

"People really giggle when
they see the titles," says
Stefanie Kiper, a bookseller
at Water Street Bookstore in
Exeter, N.H. "They sell with
absolutely no help from us.
It's totally word of mouth and
media attention.
"No matter how much curs-
ing,' sex and violence is on
TV and in movies and music,
people still get a little thrill
out of seeing a curse word on
a printed and bound book on
a bookstore shelf."
Not everybody's a fan of the
trend. Eric Metaxas, author
of a best-selling bio of Ger-
man theologian Dietrich
Bonhoeffer and the 2008
children's book It's Time to
Sleep, My Love, finds it of-
"Everyone seems to be
afraid to say 'that's wrong'
for fear of being called a
prude," he says.
But Kiper of Water Street
books predicts: "I think it's a
trend that s only just begin-

For Lawson, anxiety and life

By Tom Jicha

Sharon Lawson, NBC6's
weekend morning anchor, be-
gan preparing for a career in
TV news when she was about
five. Her mother was a regular
news viewer. Sharon watched
along with her. Before long, she
-began acting out what she saw
on the tube. She would grab a
brush or comb or spoon, hold
it in front of her face and say,
"This is Sharon Lawson with
the 6 o'clock news."
She wavered from her goal
only briefly while growing up.
"One year, I wanted to be a
teacher. But I saw how mean
some kids could be to teach-
ers, so I gave up on that," she
Lawson has a Pan-American
background. Her parents are
Jamaican, she grew up in To-
ronto and now, she says, she's
in South Florida to stay. Her

I think it has something to
do with all those eyes looking
at you. I feel people's energy."
love of the area comes partial-
ly from the fact that her last
stop before joining WTVJ-Ch.
6 in 2003 was in Minneapolis,
where winters make Toronto
seem like the tropics.
She has a strange phobia
for someone in her line. Even
though she talks to tens of

thousands of people all the
time on TV, she's petrified to
speak in public. "I think it has
something to do with all those
eyes looking at you," she said.
"I feel people's energy. If I don't
get feedback, I feel like I'm get-
ting something wrong."
It took her a while to get es-
tablished. "I can't tell you how
many news directors told me I
wasn't smart enough, I wasn't
pretty enough or that my voice
Many of those detractors are
working at Podunk stations
while she's an anchor at a
major-market, network-owned
station. "I feed on that now,"
she says.
Calories be darned my fa-
vorite meal is....
Lobster ravioli in pink vodka
sauce. I would wash it down
with vodka, blended with
Splenda and a slice of lemon. I
call it my lemonade remix.

Something about me peo-
ple would be surprised to
know is...
I get sick to my stomach be-
fore I speak in public. Maybe I
should take the edge off with a
little lemonade remix.
My favorite place I have
lived other than South Flor-
ida is...
That would have to be my
birthplace, Toronto. I'm proud
to be a Canuck.
The CD I reach for first
when I get into the car is...
"Bob Marley's Greatest Hits."
When I'm listening, everything
is irie (Jamaican slang for feel-
ing great). Brings me back to
my Jamaican heritage. One
If I ruled the world...
I would work to spread the love
and raise the consciousness
of people everywhere. Maybe
human beings would start re-
specting the human race.

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My life ain't right, its filled with strife
Pain overcomes me daily, oh dear God please save me
I'm on display, the bad guy everyone hates
I look into their eyes and see the hatred in their face
Did the unforgiven, oh well I'm gonna keep on living
Pray to God he is the only one that matters
All the pain is worth it once the blessings pour in
It seems like pain and drama keep pouring
I got to stay; strong my soul keeps soaring
Walking through the valley low
Vipers snapping at my toes
Lord knows I been through a lot
Trying to make my way to heaven cause hell is hot
Fifteen years of pain only I put myself through
Now I'm growing in my manhood and learning the streets will
leave me deceased
The way I used to live was all wrong
So I chose a new route singing God's song
The song of victory yes it is the prodigal son
For once I was dead
But now I live.

Time Warner Cable premieres series on successful Blacks

Time Warner Cable an-
nounced recently that it has
launched its original talk se-
ries "Born to Shine." The series
aims to spotlight the impact
Blacks continue to make with-
in the entertainment indus-
try, sports, technology and the
community. "Born to Shine"
will be available exclusively to
Time Warner Cable Digital TV
customers through its On De-
mand platform.
"'Born to Shine' represents
Time Warner Cable's continued
commitment to ensure custom-
ers have access to relevant con-
tent that is both diverse and in-
spiring," said Marisol Martinez,

senior director Acquisition Mar-
keting at Time Warner Cable.
"The series' organically inte-
grates highlights of Movies On
Demand that feature our tal-
ented celebrity guests and rep-
resents months of collaboration
with networks and community
leaders. We are excited to see
'Born to Shine' come to life."
"Born to Shine" will feature
accomplished guests such as
songwriter and singer Ne-Yo,
Carol's Daughter creator Lisa
Price, writer and director Rob-
ert Townsend, singer Estelle,
actress Tatyana Ali, celebrity
chef Marcus Samuelsson, mod-
el and actor Tyson Beckford,

and ESPN analyst Stephen A.
Smith, among others. These
individuals will share their life
stories and journeys to suc-
cess. "Born to Shine" will also
highlight up and coming talent
through its "Rising Beats" seg-
ment. This segment will provide
a national stage to artists such
as Emmy-winning violinist duo
Nuttin' But Stringz, self-taught
guitarist and singer Maya Azu-
cena, and internationally-ac-
claimed poet Ainsley Burrows,
among others.
"In our community, it is in-
credibly important to give back
to the next generation by nur-
turing and ushering in the new

wave of talented actors and
actresses, singers, writers and
directors, and community lead-
ers," said Kim Fields, actress
and guest on the series. "I'm
thrilled to have been part of
this program to share my per-
sonal experience in the indus-
The "Born to Shine" series
will consist of eight episodes
and which became available
on October 20 on Time Warner
Cable's Entertainment On De-
mand channel, which is free to
Time Warner Cable's Digital TV
customers. For more informa-
tion, visit www.facebook.com/

Raising a child today:

Hands on or hands off?

By Craig Wilson

The best perk about work-
ing at a newspaper is that we
get books before they hit the
bookstores. Over the years, I've
been able to read what's new in
the literary world weeks before
anyone else.
This month is no exception.
The book: Joan Didion's Blue
Nights, the tale of her daugh-
ter's death. It's not out until
Nov. 4.
Like the memoir of her hus-
band's death, The Year of Magi-
cal Thinking, it is both brutally
honest and beautifully written.
Didion remains the master at
putting a magnifying glass to
everyday life.
"I do not know many people
who think they have succeeded
as parents," she writes. "Those
who do tend to cite the markers
that indicate (their own) status
in the world: the Stanford de-
gree, the Harvard MBA, the
summer with the white-shoe
law firm.
"Those of us less inclined to

compliment ourselves on our
parenting skills, in other words
most of us, recite rosaries of
our failures, our neglects, our
derelictions and delinquen-
Reflecting upon how she
raised her daughter, Didion
talks about how children today
are not allowed to fail, to get
hurt, to grow independent. The
parent is always there, long
into adulthood.
I have never been a parent,
one of my regrets in life. But
Didion's words made me won-
der what kind of parent I would
have been. The hands-off dad
of yore, or today's hands-on
guy who talks to his child a
dozen times a day, monitoring
every decision.
I'd like to think I would be the
former. I fear I'd be the latter.
We babysat our neighbor,
Josie, the other night. She's
six. It was only for an hour or
two, but it was long enough for
me to worry about myself.
Was she going to get hurt?
Probably not, since she was sit-

ting on the sofa, playing video
games on her iPhone. But you
never know.
Was she going to choke?
Probably not, although I should
have stopped giving her cook-
ies after the first four.
Is she going to get into Har-
vard? I don't know, but she's
awfully clever, and those little
fingers just danced over that
tiny screen. She's exceptional.
No, really!
She is not alone in her fabu-
lousness, of course.
We had dinner the other

night with old friends. They are
now grandparents. We asked
how the grandson was. He was
wonderful, they said. He has
so much charisma, he glows.
They actually said that.
I then told them I carry $100
in my pocket at all times, wait-
ing to give it to a parent or
grandparent who actually ad-
mits her offspring is, well, just
I still have the $100, of
course. Probably always will.
But at least now I almost un-
derstand why.

Rapper Big Sean has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful imprison-
ment stemming from a backstage incident at a New York concert over the summer.
The Niagara Gazette reports the Detroit entertainer, whose real name is Sean An-
derson, entered the plea as part of an agreement with Niagara County prosecutors
recently. A co-defendant, Willie Hansbro, also pleaded guilty.
The two were charged in August with forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment and
sex abuse after a 17-year-old girl told police she was sexually assaulted during a con-
cert. Authorities didn't release details.
Prosecutors say the victim agreed to the plea deals.
Anderson didn't comment after entering his plea and paying a $750 fine. His lawyer,
Scott Leemon, says the rapper denies there was any sexual misconduct.

Oakland rapper Too Short has been presented with a lawsuit by a woman who claims
he inappropriately touched her during a concert in March. He allegedly made vulgar
comments at 41-year-old Kenya Winston during a performance at Yoshi's Jazz Club in
San Francisco before going off stage and grabbing her breasts.
According to the San Francisco Gate, Winston filed a police report against him four
days later, but no charges were brought against Too $hort. Yoshi's has also been named
in the suit for negligence.

Lil Fizz, the rapping member of mid 2000s boy band B2K, is potentially on the hook for
over $1 million, thanks to a punitive lawsuit from the State of California. Fizz, born Dreux
Pierre Frederic, is accused of co-owning and operating an illegal marijuana dispensary
in West Hollywood, California, TMZ reports.
The feds busted the ganja grocery, cheekily named "Little Amsterdam," for operating
in an area of California that expressly forbids such storefronts. If the business had been
located in certain other parts of California, it would have been perfectly legal.
As an alleged co-owner of the dispensary, Lil Fizz is being called upon to shut down
Little Amsterdam immediately, and then pay a fine of $2,500 for every day it's been open.
Since the shop opened in July of last year, that totals a whopping $1,192,500.

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By Larry Copeland

Event: Last Friday's Atlan-
ta launch of Jay-Z and Kanye
West's much-anticipated
Watch the Throne tour.
Venue:Philips Arena down-
town seats 21,000 for concerts.
The facility, which opened in
September 1999, is the home
of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.
The crowd: A young group of
mostly twentysomethings and
The look: Urban casual,
with a lot of micro-minis and
high heels, baggy pants and
jeans. Jay-Z and West each
wore a black jersey with "JZ"
on the right sleeve, "KW" on
the left. Jay-Z also wore jeans,
boots and his ever-present New
York Yankees baseball cap.
West wore leather pants and
Stage setting: The visually
spectacular show took place
on a main, T-shaped stage
where both entertainers per-
formed together, and also two
cube-shaped mini-stages, one.
at each end of the arena, that
rose and lowered. The two rap-
pers performed separately on

0 The City of Miami Gar-
dens is hosting a Home En-
ergy Savings Workshop on
Thursday, November 3 from
5:45-7 p.m. at the Betty T.
Ferguson Recreation Complex
in the Birds of Paradise Room.
For more information, call

M Booker T. Washington
Senior High School is host-
ing their Career Day, College
Fair and Job Fair on Friday, No-
vember 4 from 8 a.m.-l p.m.
For more information, contact
Dr. Yelena Revere at 305-324-
8900 ext. 2251 or Mrs. Kawesi
Nimmons at 305-324-8900
ext. 2257.

* MDC North Campus
and the Hispanic Scholar-
ship Fund is hosting "College
is Possible" Town Hall and Col-
lege EXPO for middle and high
school students on Saturday,
November 5 from 8 a.m.-noon
at rIDC's North Campus. Reg-
istration for the free event is
required by calling 305-237-

* Actors' Playhouse is
launching Second Annual
Young Talent Big Dreams
Countywide Talent Search on
Saturday, November 5 from
10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Wertheim
Performing Arts Center. For
more information, visit www.
actorsplayhouse.org or call

M King of Foods, Inc. will
host its 3rd Annual "King of
Ribs" BBQ Cook-Off & Food
Festival at Calder Casino &
Race Course on the 4th Floor
Terrace in Miami Gardens. It
will be held on Saturday, No-
vember 5 from 12-8 p.m. For
more information, contact
Kelly Hunter at 786-768-8324.

E The Booker T. Wash-
ington Class of 1962 will
meet Saturday, November 5 at
4 p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. Plans
are being made for our 50th
Anniversary in June 2012. All
classmates are encouraged
to attend and participate so
that we can make this a grand
reunion. For more informa-
tion, contact Helen Tharpes
Boneparte at 305-691-1333
or Lonzie Nichols at 305-835-

E Miami Dade College will
host "Only Sustainable," the
2011 International Conference
on Renewable Energy from
November 7-9 at its Wolfson
Campus Chapman Confer-
ence Center. To register, or for
more information, visit www.

Registration for Miami-
Dade County Parks' Win-
ter Break Camps begins on
Monday, November 7. Camps
will be held December 19,
2011-January 2, 2012 from 9
a.m.-5 p.m. For more infor-
mation, contact Miami-Dade
County Information Hotline
at 3-1-1 or the Miami-Dade
County Parks, Recreation &

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these cubes, which showed
various images (a snarling
pitbull, a swimming shark) at
different points of the show.
Fireballs the size of car tires
shot from the floor toward
the ceiling during some per-
formances. Two large video
screens stretched behind the
main stage; a non-stop laser
light show added to the oomph
Energized audience: Many
in the high-energy crowd re-
mained standing and sway-
ing and dancing and singing -
for the entire 2-hour show. At
one point, as Jay-Z and West
performed N----- in Paris from
their hit Watch the Throne CD,
West exhorted the audience
to "Bounce! Bounce!" The re-
sulting stomping had Philips
Arena rocking and shaking
in a way that it hasn't for the
Hawks in a long time.
Onstage chemistry: Both
artists were onstage first
on those cubes, then on the
main stage for the opening
segment of the show, perform-
ing songs from the new album,
Welcome to the Jungle and
Otis, among them. Then they

Open Spaces Department at

N The Department of Ed-
ucation will host its second
community meeting on Tues-
day, November 8 at 6:30 p.m.
in Miami Central's auditorium.
This meeting will provide com-
munity members from Hiami
Central and Miami Edison with
tools to assist in making wise
educational decisions for the
children in the community.
For more information, contact
Bessie Legrant at 305-696-
4161 ext. 2227.

N Liberty City Farmers
Market will be held Thurs-
day,s, 12-5 p.m. and Satur-
day, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. starting
Thursday, November 10th
at TACOLCY Park until May
2012. For more information,
call 954-235-2601 or 305-751-
1295 ext. 107.

* The Habitat for Hu-
manity of Greater Miami
will have homeownership ap-
plication meetings at several
locations: Saturday, Novem-
ber 12 at New iount r.loriah
Missionary Baptist Church at
9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, No-
vember 16 at African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center at 6:30
p.m.; Saturday, November
26 at Ministerlo C.E.L.A. at 9
a.m.; Saturday, November 26
at Overtown Youth Center at
9:30 a.m. For more informa-
tion, contact McKenzie bloore
at 305-634-3628.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. will meet
on Saturday, November 12 at
4:30 p.m. at African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. For more
information, contact Lebbie
Lee at 305-213-0188.

M The Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1964 will wor-
ship on Sunday, November
13 at St. Mary's W.l-l. Church,
4798 NW 8th Avenue, in cel-
ebration of the church's 88th
Anniversary. Service begins at
10:30 a.m. For further infor-
mation, contact G. Hunter at

M Landmark Education
is collecting new and gently
used books for children in Tri-
County area during the month
of November for families who
can't provide books for their
children. For more informa-
tion, call 305-962-6067, 954-
292-9348, 954-455-4153 or

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1967 will meet
Wednesday, November 9 at
7 p.m. at the home of Mrs.
Queen Hall in Miami Gar-
dens. Meetings are the second
Wednesday of each month.
The remaining calendar date
is December 14. Any ques-
tions, contact Elaine Mellerson
at 305-757-4471 or 786-227-

Speaking Hands Or-
ganization is hosting a three
day mini camp on November


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e West (left) makes a guest appearance as Jay-Z per-
at Yankee Stadium in New York last fall.

each performed a number of
their own hits, sometimes sin-
gly, sometimes together. The
audience roared when they
heard favorites like West's
Monster, Power, Touch the Sky
and Gold Digger, and Jay-Z's
Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Big
Pimpin', Izzo (H.O.V.A.) and 99
Problems. They %e each had
so many hits, I was interested
to see ho\v they would go back
and forth," said Tony Wheeler,
36, a Greenville, S.C., radio
personality in town for the
concert. "I thought they did a

21-23. For more information,
call 954-792-7273.

0 Chai Community Ser-
vices will host "Gotta Get a
Turkey Giveaway" on Tuesday,
November 22 from 2-5 p.m. at
Christ of God Tabernacle. First
come, first serve to 500 fami-
lies. For more information, call

I P.H.I.R.S.T. Impres-
sionz, a dinner poetry event
returns at Oasis Cafe in North
Miami. It will be held on Sun-
days, November 27 and De-
cember 18 at 7 p.m. For more
information, call 786-273-

The College of Arts and
Science Art and Art History
Department at UM presents
the 4th Cane Fair featuring
artwork of U, students. The
eyihibir. n .-.'ill run from Nro-
.'ember 29, 2011 to January
27, 2012 at the Wynwood Proj-
ect Space. For more informa-
tion, call 305-284-3161.

The Miami Jazz Society,
Miami Tower, Sky Lounge
and Community Cultural
Discovery Exchange pres-
ents the fall downtown jazz
series and downtown him se-
ries during the month of No-
vember at the Iliami Tower
Sky Lounge and the Inter-
continental Iliami Indigo Bar.
For more information, contact
Keith Clarke at 305-684-4564.

0 The Washingtonians
Class of 6T5, Inc. present
their 3rd Annual Holiday Ex-
travaganza "Luau Ball" on
Saturday, December 3 from
8 p.m.-1 a.m. at The Grand
Parisien Ballroom. For more
information, contact Barbara
Brown Graham at 305-205-

0 Dad's for Justice, a pro-
gram under Chai Community
Services assists non-custodial
parents through Miami-Dade
State Attorney's Office with
child support modifications
and visitation rights. For more
information, or to schedule an
appointment, call 786-273-

N Jewels Baton Twirling
Academy is now accepting
registration for the 2012 sea-
son. This is a fun way to keep
your child occupied outside of
school. Open to those who at-
tend any elementary schools
within the 33147, 33142,
33150 zip codes and actively
attend church. Contact Elder
Tanya Jackson at 786-357-
4939 to sign up.

The Miami Jackson
Generals Alumni Asso-
ciation is calling all former
cheerleaders, drill team, ma-
jorettes, dance line, flagettes
and band members for the up-
coming Soul Bowl Alumni Pep
Rally. For more information,
call 305-651-5599 or 786-256-

The Miami-Dade Com-
munity Action Agency's
(CAA) Head Start Program
has immediate openings for
comprehensive child care at
the South r.liami Head Start
Center for children ages 3-5

really nice job with that. You
noticed how they would each
do their own' thing on some
songs, then blend it back to-
Coolest, non-gang-related
hand sign: Jay-Z repeatedl-,
told the crowd to "put your dia-
monds up," and they repeatedly
complied, pressing their index
fingers and thumbs together.
ATL connection- Although
West was raised in Chicago,,
he was born in Atlanta. To the
cror d's delight, he and Ja\-Z
played up the Dirty South con-

only. For more information,
call Adrienne, Jennifer of Sofia
at 305-665-4684.

N Looking for all Evans
County High School Alum-
ni to create a South Florida
Alumni Contact Roster. If you
attended or graduated from
Evans County High School
in Claxton, Georgia, contact
Gwendolyn Levant Bryant at
305-829-1345 or Lottie Nesby
Brown at 786-514-4912.

M S.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) is a bi-
ble-based program for young
people and meets at Betty
T. Ferguson Center in Iliami
Gardens each week. For infor-
mation, contact Minister Eric
Robinson at 954-548-4323
or www.savingfamilies.webs.

S Empowerment Tuteiring
in 'Iliam, Gardens offers free
tutoring with trained teach-

nection several times.
Best singalong: When Jay-
Z performed his and Alicia
Keys' 2009 Grammy-winning
hit, Empire State of Mind, he
urged the audience to sing the
refrain. They did so to great ef-
fect, and at the end of the song,
Jay-Z removed his Ya nkees cap
and waved it at the audience.
Onstage quotable: During
one short break between songs,
Jay-Z draped an arm across
West's shoulders and said: "At-
lanta, you are now looking at
black excellence at its finest.
Make some ... noise!"
Moving performance; When.
West sang his hit Runatav,.
about a man who always finds
fault with the. women in his
life. he seemed to really pour
himself into the song, and ap-
peared to be in tears at the end
of it.
Attendance: The cruo".d ap-
pea red to be vter, close to ca-
pacity. A Saturday show was
added after Friday'.s show
quickly sold out.
Long \wait: Jase Da Don,
22, an up-and-coming rapper
from Middle Georgia, said he'd
been eagerly anticipating the

ers. For more information, call

* Merry Poppins Day-
care/Kindergarten in Mliami
has free open enrollment for
VPK, all day program. For in-
formation, contact Ruby P.
White or Lakeysha Anderson
at 305-693-1008.

* Calling healthy ladies 50-+-
to start a softball team for fun
and laughs. Be apart of this
historical adventure. Twenty-
four start-up players needed.
For more information, call Jean
at 305-688-3322 or Coach Ro-
zier at 305-389-0288.

The Miami Northwest-
ern Class of 1962 meets on
the second Saturday of each
month at 4 p.m. at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter. We are beginning to make
plans for our 50bth Reunion.
For more information, contact
Evelyn at 305-621-8431.

show. "It was straight," he said.
Shauna Oliver, 23, who was in
line outside Philips Arena at
6:30 p.m. an hour before the
scheduled 7:30 start said
she initially wanted to attend
Saturday's show. "But it sold
out before I could get tickets,"
she said. "There was no way I
was missing tonight."
Memorable moment: To-
ward the end of the show, they
performed Made in America.
Jay-Z ordered the house lights
turned down and told the audi-
ence to hold up their lights in
tribute to Martin Luther King
Jr. and Malcolm X and their
wives, whom the song honors.
As thousands of cigarette light-
ers and cellphones lit the dark-
ness, a video of King giving his
"I've been to the mountaintop"
speech his last appeared
on the screens behind-the per-
formers. Very, very powerful.
Last song of the night: They
segued from that into a nearly
anti-climactic performance of
Why I Love You.
Next stops: A second Atlanta
show; Greensboro, N.C., with a
lon series of tour dates follow-

Looking for all former
i-ontanari employees to get
reacquainted. 1-leetings are
held on the last Saturday of
each month at 9 a.m. For
more information, contact Lo-
letta Forbes at 786-593-9687
or Elijah Lewis at 305-469-

* Great Crowd Ministries
presents South Florida Gos-
pel Festival at Amelia Earhart
Park on Saturday, March 10,
2012 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For
more information, contact
Constance Koon-Johnson at

Come and join The
Washingtonians Class
of 6T5 Inc. on their cruise
aboard Carnival Cruise Line,
imagination on June 8-11,
2012 to the Bahamas. For
more information, contact
Barbara Brovr.n Graham at
305-205-7115 or Vera Lee at



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Blacks wield considerable consumer power 2-8

Blacks wield considerable consumer Power

Market growth large

in Black communities
WASHINGTON, D.C. Blacks buy-
ing power is expected to reach $1.1
trillion by 2015, according to The
State of the African-American Con-
sumer Report, released collaboratively
by Nielsen and The National Newspa-
per Publishers Association (NNPA).
This growing economic potential pres-
ents an opportunity for Fortune 500
companies to examine and further
understand this important, flourish-
ing market segment. Likewise, when
consumers are more aware of their
buying power, it can help them make
informed decisions about the compa-
nies they choose to support.
"Too. often, companies don't realize

the inherent differences of our com-
munity, are not aware of the market
size impact and have not optimized
efforts to develop messages beyond
those that coincide with Black His-
tory Month," said Cloves Campbell,
chairman, NNPA. "It is our hope that
by collaborating with Nielsen, we'll
be able to tell the African-American
consumer story in a manner in which
businesses will understand," he said,
"and, that this understanding will
propel those in the C-Suite to develop
stronger, more inclusive strategies
that optimize their market growth in
Black communities, which would be a
win-win for all of us."
The report, the first of annual
installments in a three year alliance
between Nielsen and NNPA, showcas-
es the buying and media habits and

consumer trends of Blacks.
The 41st Annual Legislative Con-
gressional Black Caucus Foundation
Conference week's activities set the

that it will be distributed in
NNPA's 200+ publications.
reaching millions of readers
and online ieiev. ers.

"Too often, companies don't realize the inherent differ-
ences of our community, are not aware of the market size
impact and have not optimized efforts to develop messages
beyond those that coincide with Black History Month."
Chairman, NNPA

backdrop for the announcement.
Flanked by civic, business and leg-
islative leaders, Nielsen and NNPA
executives spoke about the relevance
and importance of the information
shared in the report and the fact

"We see this alliance with
NNPA as an opportunity to
share valuable insights, unique
consumer beha\ ior patterns
and purchasing trends ---
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Business owners prepare for success

Grants to be given

to 28 graduates
By Randy Grice

In today's struggling econ-
omy, many economists be-
lieve the comeback of small
businesses will be the saving
grace. A small business pilot
program, Tools for Change,
launched here in Miami-Dade
County, recently held its first
graduation at the Liberty
Square Community Center
[6304 NW 14th Avenue], to wel-
come new business owners in
to the community.
"Today is the first gradua-
tion for a pilot program [Tools
for Change] that was funded
by Miami-Dade Public Hous-
ing and Community Develop-
ment," said Eric Thompson,
who works with students in
the program. "This program
really means the world to our
students. This program takes
people that are single moms,
the head of households and lets
them know that if you do your

A graduate stands with commissioners and state repre-
sentative during her graduation ceremony.

neighbor's hair or you do your
neighbors nails this could be a
profitable business.for you. All
they need is the support and
that means, so much to them."
The program is aimed at
selecting people that live in
public housing, taking them
through a series of workshops.
After each student completes
the program, the student is
awarded a grant of 25 to 50

thousand dollars to open a
small business. The first grad-
uation class has produced 28
Shaheen Woodard, aspiring
businesswoman and mother
of three, said the program has
been extremely helpful to her.
"They were very good people
to work with," she said. "They
helped us out with any and
everything that we needed.

No matter how many times
we didn't get something, they
went over it again and again.
Even when classes weren't in
session, they still came down
to the center to help us with
what we needed. One of the
more helpful things about this
program was the wealth of in-'
formation we received on how
to find different resources.
Graduating out of this program
is a big step for me because I
live in the projects and I need
a change of scenery, I need a
change of income, everything."
Gregory Roundtree, a local
aspiring businessman, said he
hopes to get a grant from the
program in the future to open
his own trucking business.
"I'm interested in signing up
for this program because you
know as Black men we need
to be more of a mentor to our
kids," he said. "This is a pro-
gram based on finding help
for the ones that really need
it. They are giving away free
grants to start your own busi-
ness and hopefully in the fu-
ture, I will be one of the few to
receive a grant."

Women on tap to lead top companies

Fortune' 500 is looking at having 18 female CEOs in 2012, vs. record 16

By Laura Petrecca

A record has been set for fe-
male leadership: More women
are slated to take the reins of
Fortune 500 companies than
ever before.
Recently, pharmaceutical
firm Mylan said Heather Bresch
will succeed Robert
Coury as CEO. Tues-
day, IBM tapped Vir-
ginia "Ginni" Rom-
etty to succeed Sam ...i
Palmisano, making
her the first female
CEO in the compa-
ny's 100-year his- .
tory. Both appoint- "/
ments are effective '
Jan. 1.
If no women step down before
the end of 2011, there will be 18
women running Fortune 500
companies in 2012. Previously,
there haven't been more than
16 female CEOs at Fortune 500
firms at the same time.
Yet, while the upcoming as-
censions are notable, the gender
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Some differences between male and female workers:
Pay. In 2010, women made 81 percent of the median weekly earnings
of their male peers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. While the earn-
ings ratio has gradually risen since the BLS began tracking it in 1979, it
has been stuck in the 80 percent to 81 percent range since 2004.
Expectations and confidence. Four in 10 men are optimis-
tic that they will get an upcoming pay raise, while just 32 percent
of women feel that way, according to a third-quarter survey from
Z career website Glassdoor.com. A separate December 2010 Glass-
door survey found that among employees who are eligible for a
P bonus, 62 percent of men expected one while just 53 percent of
women did. Of those who anticipated a bonus, twice as many men
as women 16 percent vs seven percent expected a bigger
bonus than the year prior.
Mentors and sponsors. Women are less apt to have an of-
fice advocate who will vouch for their competency a so-called sponsor,
says a report by the Center for Work-Life Policy and American Express.
Women qualified to lead "don't have the powerful backing necessary to
inspire them, propel them, and protect them," says the report.
Many women are also without mentors: 82 percent say it is important to
have a mentor, yet 19 percent don't have one, according to a new LinkedIn
survey. Just over 50 percent say they haven't met someone appropriate for
that role. Among the women who have never mentored, 67 percent said
they haven't been asked.

A new Wal-Mart may soon sit on five acres just south
of The Shops at Midtown Miami.

Walmart may come

to Midtown area

After nearly six years of
trying to set up shop in
The Magic City, Walmart
is in the process of open-
ing its first store at The
Shops at Midtown Miami.
Walmart Florida spokes-
woman Michelle Belaire
said the company has a
contract with Developers
Diversified Realty to bu\,
five acres df'laid and is
working on a site plan to be
submitted to the city in the
next couple of months. The

155.000-square-foot store
is projected to be a full-
service grocery store, which
would be just slightly bigger
than the center's existing
This location is the very
same place where the
company had proposed..a. -.
nontraditional, design with
a multi!e\el parking garage
that ivas shot dowri by'ther'i
Miami City Commissioner
Johnny Win ton and other
city officials back in 2005.

By Abantika Chatterjee,

What took Walmart so
long to bring back lay-
aways? Sears Holdings'
Sears stores brought back
their layaway payment plan
in 2008. Now, three years
later, Walmart is finally do-
ing the same, but the retail
giant could have used the
shot in the arm a lot earlier.
Walmart has been strug-
gling to end its declining
same store sales (a key
metric in judging a re-
tailer's performance), which
has faltered over the past
nine consecutive quarters.
Although net sales for the
company increased by 3.4
percent and one percent in
2011 and 2010, respectively,
comparable-store sales
declined by 1.5 percent and
0.7 percent in the same
It's no wonder Walmart
is struggling: With massive
unemployment and con-
sumers still struggling to
manage their daily costs,
discount retailers have to
pull out all the stops to win

over new customers, or even
retain the ones they have.
The key to keeping those
customers is to present
them with a value proposi-
tion in this case, offer-
ing them a layaway plan,
whereby customers pay a
small service charge for the
option to pay for products
in installments without
paying any interest.
Walmart had a layaway
plan but shelved it in 2006,
when it thought credit cards
and gift cards had made
the program obsolete. It
probably should have never
shuttered the program.
Customer loyalties shift on
a dime, and ultra-discount
retailers such as Family
Dollar and Big Lots have
been luring penny-pinchers
in the past several years.
Walmart says it might
extend its layaway op-
tion through the year. The
retailer expects the plan to
win back its customers, in-
creasing its customer base
and reversing the negative
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Financial struggle: Beware of payday loan collection scams

Know your rights and responsibilities

By Charlene Crowell

Almost'ivery consumer is concerned
with today's tough financial times.
But for those looking to make a fast
buck, tough times can also make for
easy prey especially when a payday
loan borrower can be tracked down.
Across the country state attorneys
general, the Better Business Bureau,

law enforcement officials and others
are alerting consumers to overly-ag-
gressive phone callers who threaten
arrest if a payday loan is not immedi-
ately repaid.
Claiming to be representatives of a
law firm or collection agency these fake
collectors demand personal financial
information such as bank account or
credit card numbers. Others request

that monies be wired imme-
diately or direct consumers
to purchase a pre-paid credit
card. Regardless of the spe-
cific request, their aim is to
either get your money directly
or gain access to it through
information provided.
In truth, however, many of
these callers have no affilia-
tion with a credible business,
the names are fictitious and


calls are made from un-
traceable numbers. The
heavy-handed collection
tactics are intended to get
cash quickly and move on
to the next victim.
According to North Caro-
lina Attorney General Roy
Cooper, "Don't fall for these
calls from crooks demand-
ing that you pay phony
debts. Never agree to share

your personal information with some-
one you don't know who calls you, no
matter how convincing they sound."
Rather than reacting to harsh lan-
guage and pressures to pay immedi-
ately, consumers would be wise to as-
sert their own interests. A legitimate
debt collector should respond to re-
quests for written and additional in-
formation. That kind of inquiry should
identify the original creditor, amount
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gap between men and
women in the work-
place remains vast,
with females struggling
to get the mentors they
need and the pay to
equal their male coun-
"The advancement
of key women in busi-
ness is stalled," says
Cynthia Good, CEO
of women's business
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This year, there were
98 female CEOs of
3,049 publicly traded
companies analyzed
by .research company
GMI. That represents
3.2 percent of the total
company CEOs and is
just slightly above the
3.1 percent from last
year and 2.9 percent
from 2009.
Female CEOs repre-
sent just about three
percent of Fortune 500
company heads.
In 2009, women held
15.2 percent of For-
tune 500 board seats,
according to women's
issues research group
Catalyst. In both 2009
and 2010, 12 percent
of Fortune 500 com-
panies had no wom-
en serving on their
"We've really flat-
lined," says Debbie
Soon, Catalyst senior
vice president of mar-
keting and strategy.
"For the last five years,
there's been hardly any
Yet, there is hope
that as more women
take the top ranks,; fe-
male workers will be
provided with more:role
models they can emu-,
"It sends the mes-
sage of 'yes, women
can do this,'" Good
says. "Women need .to
see other women in key
In the last few
months alone, three
other new female
CEOs have emerged:
Meg Whitman became
Hewlett-Packard CEO
in September, Denise
Morrison took the CEO
post at Campbell Soup
in August, and Gracia
Martore was named
CEO of Gannett earlier
. this month (Gannett
owns USA TODAY).
There have been
some reduced ranks as
well. For instance, Ya-
hoo CEO Carol Bartz
was fired in September.
But Good says that
the numbers just aren't
strong enough.
"Facts are facts," she
says. "And three per-
cent is just three per-

So what's holding
progress back? A vari-
ety of issues, experts
Many firms have had
male leaders for de-
cades, so a masculine
management pattern is

often the default style,
says Quinetta Rober-
son, a management
professor at Villanova
School of Business.
Managers at those
companies tend to pro-
mote workers who fol-
low a particular type
of sanctioned behavior,
which she says is often
to be "very aggressive,
unattached and di-
A woman who doesn't
have that management
style could be hindered
during her corporate
climb, she says.
Men also tend to tout
their accomplishments
more than women,
Good says. In turn,
they are promoted and
hired based on poten-
tial. Women, who can
be more reticent, "are
promoted and hired
based on if they can do
the job."
Anecdotally speak-
ing, men are also more
apt to quickly say "yes"
to a career-enhancing
assignment that could
affect their personal
life, while women tend
to consider how the op-
portunity could affect
home situations such
as elder care or child
care, 'Catalyst's Soon
In turn, the next time
a manager has a job to
offer, he or she may re-
member that woman's
hesitation and consid-
er going with another
candidate, she says.
Even newly tapped
IBM CEO Rometty says
that she had to change
her thinking process
-- and work style -- in
order to move up the
corporate ranks.
Speaking at a recent
Fortune Most Powerful
Women Summit, she
recounted a story from
"early, early" in her ca-
reer: She was offered a
"big job" that she didn't
think she was prepared
to take. She told the
person who made the

offer that she didn't
have experience and
that she had to think
about the offer before
giving an answer.
When she told her
husband about that dis-
cussion, Rometty said
his response was: "Do
you think a man would
have ever answered the
question that way?"
That was a wake-up
call that she needed to
be more self-assured,
as well as have the
courage to take profes-
sional leaps. "You have
to be very confident,
even though you are so
self-critical inside," she

Good says that it's

not only important for
women to make chang-
es in their behavior
- but that companies
need to make some
shifts as well.
"We've got to get past
the point of just encour-
agement, suggestions
and lip service about
promoting women,"
she says. "We've got to
get to the point where
we set up metrics and
very specific achievable
goals where it leads to
Change won't come
"from one new wom-
an CEO here and one
there," Good says. It'll
only come when busi-
nesses measure and
benchmark their prog-

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owed, date of the al-
leged transaction, etc.
Any pushback from
this line of questioning
should signal that the
caller is suspect.
For bona fide collec-
tion businesses, the
Fair Debt Collection
Practices Act (FDCPA)
sets standards for debt
collectors and covers
personal, family and
household debts. Abu-
sive, deceptive or unfair
practices are specifi-
cally prohibited. This
law covers personal,
family and household
debts including pay-
day loans, credit cards,


The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on November 17, 2011,
to consider the award of an agreement, in the amount of $94,452.00, to the.
Foundation of Community Assistance and Leadership, Inc., a Florida not-for-
profit corporation (FOCAL), for the 2011-2012 contract period, with an option to
renew for a one (1) year period for the same amount and under the same terms
and conditions, for the provision of after school tutoring, counseling, and com-
puter educational services for at risk youth at the City of Miami's Moore Park,'
and to consider the City Manager's recommendation and finding that competi-
tive negotiation methods are not practicable or advantageous regarding these
issues. Inquiries regarding this notice may be addressed to LaCleveia Morley,
Department of Parks and Recreation at (305) 416- 1332.

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-86 (services related to
educational services and activities provided by non-profit organizations within
city parks) of the Code of the City of Miami, Florida, as amended. The rec-
ommendation and finding to be considered in this matter are set forth in the
proposed resolution and in this Code Section, which are deemed to be incor-
porated by reference herein and are available as public records from the City of
Miami. The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly sched-
uled City Commission meeting of November 17, 2011 at Miami City Hall, 3500
Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida.

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment on
the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person
shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (Voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15526) City Clerk



The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida (Board), intends to commission one or more firms or joint
ventures having full architectural and engineering services available within the entity, or with consultants, as
Architectural/Engineer Projects Consultant (A/EPC). Successful firms will be contracted for a period of four
(4) years with extension years at the option of the Board.

MANDATORY PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE: Friday, November 18,2011 at 10:00 a.m., local time, at
the South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union located at 1498 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida.

RESPONSES DUE: RFQ responses must be received no later than 4:00 p.m., local time, Monday, No-
vember 28, 2011 at:

Department of A/E Selection, Negotiations & Contractor Prequalification
Ms, Nazira Abdo-Decoster, Executive Director
1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Room 305
Miami, Florida 33132

REQUIREMENTS: This is an abbreviated ad; the complete legal ad with instructions for this solicitation in-
cluding Board-approved selection procedures and required U.S. General Services Administration modified
SF330 form are available at the above address or at: http://ae-solicitations.dadeschools.net

In accordance with Board policies; a Cone of Silence, lobbyist requirements and protest procedures are
hereby activated. Failure to comply with requirements of this legal ad and Board policies shall be grounds
for disqualification. These, and all related, Board Policies can be accessed and downloaded at: http://www.

auto loans and more.
Phoning consumers
before 8 a.m. in the
morning or after 9 p.m.
at night is illegal. Any
collection attempt at a
consumer's workplace
is also banned. In ei-
ther of these circum-
stances, the consumer
is protected so long as
they advise the collec-
tor of their unwilling-
ness to take such calls.
Each year, the Fed-
eral Trade Commis-
sion prepares a report
on FDCPA. For 2010,

the agency received
more complaints on
debt collection than on
any other industry. The
three top categories of
complaints were:
Calling repeatedly
or continuously;
Misrepresenting the
character, amount, or
status of the debt (in-
cluding demanding a
larger payment than is
permitted by law); and
Failing to send con-
sumers a statutorily
required written no-
tice about the debt and

their rights.
America's lingering
and widespread un-
*employment imposes
financial challenges.
But just because you
may have fallen into
debt, now is not a time
to fall victim to a con-
sumer scam. If debts
are owed, speak direct-
ly with your creditors
to arrange a manage-
able repayment plan,
and develop a paper
trail as evidence of
your good faith efforts
to repay.


The Miami City Commission will hold a Public Hearing on November 17, 2011,
to consider the award of an agreement, in the amount of $86,675.00, to the Be-
lafonte Tacolcy Center, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit corporation (TACOLCY), for
the 2011-2012 contract period, with an option to renew for a one (1) year period
for the same amount and under the same terms and conditions, for the provi-
sion of a sports development program for at risk youth atthe City of Miami's Be-
lafonte Tacolcy Park, and to consider the City Manager's recommendation and
finding that competitive negotiation methods are not practicable or advanta-
geous regarding these issues. Inquiries regarding this notice may be addressed
to LaCleveia Morley, Department of Parks and Recreation at (305) 416- 1332.

This action is being considered pursuant to Section 18-86 (services related to
educational services and activities provided by non-profit organizations within
city parks) of the Code of the City of Miami, Florida, as amended. The rec-
ommendation and finding to be considered in this matter are set forth in the
proposed resolution and in this Code Section, which are deemed to be incor-
porated by reference herein and are available as public records from the City of
Miami. The Public Hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly sched-
uled City Commission meeting of November 17, 2011 at Miami City Hall, 3500
Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida.

All interested individuals are invited to attend this hearing and may comment on
the proposed issue. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City
Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, that person
shall ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made including all
testimony and evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with'Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (Voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15527) City Clerk



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida, on November 17, 2011, at 9:00 a.m., in the City Commission Chambers at
City Hall, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of waiving
the requirements for competitive sealed bidding methods as not being practi-
cable or advantageous to the City for consulting services for the Police Lieu-
tenant examination process, and authorizing the City Manager to execute an
amendment to the Professional Services Agreement (PSA) in substantially the
attached form, between the City and EB Jacobs, LLC for development, imple-
mentation and administration, scoring and reporting of promotional examina-
tions for the civil service classification of Police Lieutenant on behalf of the
Department of Human Resources for a term of one (1) year from the anticipated
contract expiration, which extends the contract from January 10, 2012, through
January 9, 2013, with fees, costs and reimbursable expenses to EB Jacobs LLC
not to exceed the previously approved amount of $381,816.69, by City Commis-
sion Resolution 05-1419, for the extension period of the PSA.

Inquiries from other service providers who feel they might be able to satisfy the
City's requirements for these services may contact Kenneth Robertson, Direc-
tor of Purchasing at (305) 416-1922.

The Miami City Commission requests all interested parties be present or repre-
sented at this meeting and are invited to appear and to be heard concerning this
item. Should any party desire to appeal any decision of the. City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that party shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommodations to participate in this proceeding may contact the
Office of the City Clerk at (305) 250-5361 (Voice) no later than two (2) business
days prior to the proceeding, or at (305) 250-5472 (TTY) no later than three (3)
business days prior to the proceeding.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15529) City Clerk

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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms starting at
$760 monthly. One bed-
room starting at $700, De-
posit Is $500 if you quality
Appliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue
1031 NW 197 TERRACE
One bedroom, one bath.
Rooms available also. Utili-
ties included. Background
check required.
1168 NW 51 Street
One bedroom, partly fur-
nished, utilities included,
$700 monthly, $1200 to move
in, 305-633-1157.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move In. 305-696-7667
1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $425, one bedroom
$525, two bedrooms $625,
cheap move in.

1545 NW 8 Avenue
One bedroom. $725, two
bedrooms, $825. 786-506-

1943 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, $650.
Cheap move in. 786-506-
2015 NW 151 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$630 mthly. 786-277-7028
2330 NW 97 Street
One bdrm, $760, 305-693-
3185 NW 75 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$600 monthly. Move in Spe-
clal. Call 305-439-2906.
3301 NW 51 Street
$595 move in, utilities in-
cluded. 786-389-1686.
5510 SW 32 Street
Two and one half bdrms, one
bath, living room, washer and
dryer connection, $850 mthly.
First and security. 786-370-
5545 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath. $600"
monthly, $1200 to move in.
305-962-1814 305-758-6133
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $495 monthly.
Call 786-478-5430

8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK:
One bdrm, tile, central air,
water included. $750. Section
8 OKAY! 786-355-5665
Move in with first month rent
Remodeled efficiency, one,
two, three bdrms, air, appli-
ances, laundry, gate. From
$400. 100 NW 11 St.
305-374-4412. .
Walking distance to school
from $400. Remodeled
efficiencies, one, two, three
bdrms; two baths. Central air,
laundry, gated. Office 1023
NW 3 Ave. 305-372-1383
$0 down to move in! One
bdrms, Water included.
305-603-9592, 305-458-
1791 or 305-600-7280.

One and two bedrooms.
8620 N Sherman Circle
Two bedrooms, two baths,
central air. Gated and se-
cured at Lake Shore. Appli-,
ances included. Section 8
Welcome! $1100 mthly. 954-
Two bdrms, tiled. $650 mthly
If qualified 786-402-0672
Two bedrooms, one bath,
Section 8 welcome! Available
immediately. $1000 monthly.
954-303-3368, 954-432-3198
Opa-Locka Area
3040 N.W. 135 STREET. One
bedroom, one bath apt., $670
monthly, 786-252-4657.
$0 down to move in. One
and two bedrooms, water
included. 305-603-9592,
305-458-1791 or
1907 NW 2 Court
Nice two bedrooms, air
condition, appliances. Free
HOT water, window shades,
$470 monthly, plus $200
deposit. 305-665-4938, 305-

191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776
66 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 Preferred.
Newly renovated two and
three bedrooms. Sec-
tion 8 OK $300 deposit
for Section 8 Call Morris

15852 NW 38 Place
Two bedrooms and den, air.
$1100 monthly. 305-751-
1817 NW 41 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, air,
$800 mthly, $1900 move in,
Section 8 OK. 305-634-5794
1857 NW 50 Street
One and two bedrooms, one
bath, $550, $625, $750.
1861 NW 42 Street
Newly remodeled, one bed-
room, one bath, central air.
Call 786-356-1457.
1879 NW 73 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, $750 monthly,
$2200 to move in, call Mike
207 SE 10 Street
Air condition one bedroom,
one bath, water and appli-
ances included. 305-685-
209-211 NW 41 Street
Three bdrms, one bath and
two bdrms, one bath, conve-
niently located, new renova-
tion. Section 8 Onlyl 305-975-
1987. -
2127 NW 64 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances, $950
monthly, first, last and secu-
rity. 305-962-2666.
2285 NW 101 Street
One bedroom, tile, water, air,
bars. $700, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson Broker
2646 E. Superior Street
Four bdrms two baths. Sec-
tion 8 OKl 954-614-0434,
954-435-7171 1
B3051'NW 134,Street *
Section 8 Oki Newly remod-
eled, two large bdrms, one
bath, central air, washer and
dryer Included. New kitchen,
bath, and refrigerator, granite
counter tops. $1.025 monthly
Call 954-557-4567
3075 NW 91 Street #2
One bdrm, one batrn Section
8 preferred. 305-299-3142
5529 NW 7 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, appli-
ances, $795, 305-877-0588,
5769 NW 29 AVENUE
One bedroom, one bath, nice,
clean, tile, air, $650 monthly,
Arlene 305-835-6281 or
68 NW 45 Street
Two bdrms, one oath, $695
773 NW 78 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
water included, Section 8
Oki $1,200 monthly. Call

775 NW 47 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath units. Family neighbor-
hood. Completely renovated,
new appliances. Section 8
Only 305-975-1987
7808 NW 9 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1050 monthly. $1250 de-
posit Section 8 welcome.
Call Deborah 305-336-0740.
7912 NW 12 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath, air,
tile, carpet, fenced yard, wa-
ter included, $900. Section 8
Welcome. 305-389-4011
812 NW 70 Street
Four bedrooTs, two baths,
Section 8 accepted, call 305-
467-3344 for more informa-
Three bedrooms, two baths,
tile, central air. $1,200 month-
ly. Section 8 Welcome.
Large four bedrooms, two
baths, 786-286-2540,.
Two bedrooms, starting
$750, three bedrooms,
starting $1300, 305-757-
7067 Design Realty.

1075 NW 76 Street Rear
Large area, appliances and
air, $550 monthly, plus secu-
rity, 305-490-9284.
1235 NW 68 Terrace, Rear
Air, appliances, utilities in-
cluded, $150 wkly, $600 to
; move in, 305-877-0588.
1756 NW 85 Street
$325 move in, $250 bi-
weekly. 786-389-1686
2424 NW 44 Street-Rear

One bedroom, one bath, air,
free utilities. $650 monthly.
$900 to move in.

2571 E. Superior Street
$400 move in, $300 bi-
weekly. 786-389-1686.
2905 NW 57 Street
Small furnished efficiency,
$550 monthly plus $100 se-
curity deposit, first and last.
$1200 to move in, or small
furnished room $285 monthly,
$670 to move in.
305-989-6989, 305-638-8376
Air, utilities, cable. $575,
$1150 move in, 305-751-7536.

1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13387 NW 30 Avenue
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
143 Street 7 Avenue
Private entrance, many
extras. $110 weekly.
305-687-6930, 786-306-0308
1527 NW 100 Street
Rooms for rent. $125 weekly,
air included. 305-310-7463
1601 NW 50 STREET
Air, washer/dryer and cable.
Two rooms available $450
monthly, no deposit.
Call 786-317-3892.
1775 NW 151 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1823 NW 68 Terrace
Remodeled, utilities Included.
$450 mthly. 702-448-0148.
2106 NW 70 Street
Room for one person. $135
Weekly. Private Bath.
2373 NW 95 Street
$80 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-450-4603, 305-915-6276
2831 NW 159 Street
In quiet, clean house, call
Phyllis 754-214-9590.
3290 NW 45 Street
Clean room, $375 monthly.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrig-
erator, microwave, TV, free
cable, air and use of kitchen.
Call 954-678-8996.
4220 NW 22 Court
$85 weekly, free utilities,
kitchen, bath, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
62 Street NW First Avenue
$450 monthly. $900 move in.
Call 305-989-8824
6257 NW 18 Avenue
$100 down, $100 weekly, air.
Prestige Investment
6800 NW 5 Place
Clean $360 monthly
6810 NW 14 Avenue
$125 wkly, utilities included,
$500 to move in.
6816 NW 15 Avenue
Clean room, cable, refrigera-
tor, air, $100 weekly.
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
7125 NW 13 Avenue. $110
weekly, air, kitchen privileges.
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055.
Large bedroom, cable,
central air, parking, utilities
included. Call 954-274-4594.
Rooms in Christian home,
furnished/unfurnished, no
cooking, small refrigerator,
call 305-691-2404.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $110 weekly,
$476 monthly.
Room In Christian Home
Call NA at 786-406-3539
Senior Citizens welcomed
S Houses
1244 NW 45 Street
Three bdrms, ne bath, central
air, new renovation Section 8
Only' 305-975-1987
133 Street and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
1441' NE 153 Terrace
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$995, air, 305-877-0588.
1776 NW 53 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$850 monthly, appliances
Call 954-496-5530.
1825 NW 53 Street
Three bdrms, one Dah, cen-
tral air, new renovation, Sec-
tion 8 Only! 305-975-1187.
20625 NW 28 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
tile, washer and dryer. $1275
monthly. No Section 8.
2119 NW 65 Street
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AG will consider

mortgage reduction

By Kimberly Miller

Reducing mortgage
debt for some hom-
eowners is an op-
tion Florida Attorney
General Pam Bondi is
willing to consider as
part of the nationwide
settlement agreement
with banks to atone
for foreclosure offens-
Although Bondi
condemned principal
reductions in a March
letter she penned with
three other Republi-
can attorneys general,
she said this week she
is open to it "so long
as it remedies harm to
consumers and stays
consistent. with the
law enforcement role
of the state attorneys
Bondi's office said
there's been no
change in her stance
on reducing people's
mortgage balances -
a key issue in ongo-
ing negotiations with
banks that now may
include refinance op-
portunities for un-
derwater homeowners
who are current on
their mortgages.
But some homeown-
er advocates said she
may be softening her
position as' the fragile
coalition of state law
enforcement leaders
continues bargaining
sessions with the na-
tion's largest lenders.
"It sounds like a
lot of spin," said Lisa
Epstein, a West Palm
Beach resident who
founded the website
org. "I'm curious to,
know what the cir-

cumstances have to
be to get the principal
Bondi is one of seven
attorneys general on
the core team negoti-
ating with the banks.
California Attorney
General Kamala Har-
ris resigned from the
group this month be-
cause she said pro-
posals on the table
didn't go far enough
to help homeowners
or punish lenders.
Although discus-
sions are mostly se-
cret, details have
trickled out, including
a principal reduction
proposal and a plan
apparently raised in
a meeting last week
that would make re-
financing possible for
borrowers who owe
more on their loan
than their home is
With record-low in-
terest rates, refinanc-
ing is an attractive
option for borrowers.
But millions of hom-
eowners are blocked
from refinancing be-
cause of plummeting
home values.
More than 1.9 mil-
lion mortgages in
Florida are underwa-
ter, including 141,070
in Palm Beach Coun-
ty, according to a
CoreLogic report re-
leased last month.
The Wall Street
Journal reported
Tuesday that the re-
finance plan would
require homeowners
to be current on their
mortgage, ,paymeata
and would apply only
to loans owned by

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The rise and fall of Tim Tebow

So here we are again, the
conclusion of another great
weekend of NFL action and
the over-scrutinizing of Tim
Tebow. This is nothing new for
Tebow, who has a cult-like fol-
lowing dating back to his days
in Gainesville, where he lead
the Florida Gators to champi-
onships. However, this is the
NFL, where the great things

you once did -n college doesn't
really matter. What matters
most is that you win on Sun-
days. Tebow is such a great
athlete that his unconvention-
al way of playing quarterback
is what fueled the high pow-
ered offense and kept defenses
off balance while at Florida. At
the same time, valuable time
teaching Tebow the ins and

outs of what it takes to have
the basic tools for being an
NFL quarterback was lost.
While Tebow possesses great
work ethic and the person
that you'd love to have your
daughter date, he is not fully
developed for the pro-style
game and it's becoming pain-
fully obvious at this point. The
hype surrounding him enter-
ing the NFL draft the fact
that he could potentially spark
a floundering franchise may
have been w.,hat prompted the
Denver Broncos to select him
as the 27th pick in round one -
way higher than most analysts
had projected. The expecta-
tions were instantly too high
for Tebow.

After a few starts his rook-
ie year, the Denver fanbase
converted to Tebow-ism and
demanded he lead their fran-
chise back to respectability al-
most forcing the hand of coach
John Fox, who reluctantly
went to Tebow after early sea-
son struggles by starter Kyle
Orten. The results have been
hard to watch.
Tebow did show some fourth
quarter magic briefly in the fi-
nal minutes of a comeback win
against the Miami Dolphins.
But there have been too many
overthrows, missed reads,
and lack of anticipation in his
Tebow was woeful, awful.
bad, horrific or any other ad-

jective that may apply in the
45-10 loss against the Detroit
Lions this past weekend. His
own organization has called
him "raw" and he's been de-
scribed as a work in progress
on other occasions.
After the game, he talked
about his improvements since
starting three games .to close
last season. He pointed to
gains in terms of understand-
ing the offense, getting the
team in and out of the right
plays, learning the intrica-
cies of the offense and making
good decisions.
Seven of the first 10 drives
were three plays or less, and
another ended on downs at
the half. Just two posses-

sions included a single first
down before late 'in the third
quarter. What is painfully
obvious for Tebow followers
is that he simply is not ready
to be a consistent starter in
this league. He is missing the
basics that current rookies
Cam Newton and Andy Dal-
ton possess. He is no Sam
Bradford, or Matt Ryan, but
he is a leader and he has
some magical qualities work-
ing for him. It is doubtful that
the positive qualities he does
have will be enough to take
him over the top. The Den-
ver Post has called him the
worst QB in the NFL, and the
criticisms keep coming. Still
I am not betting against him.

Blacks impact consumer market

continued from 7D
with the African-American com-
munity," said Susan Whiting, vice
chair, Nielsen. "By sharing, for ex-
ample, that African-Americans over-
index in several key areas, including
television viewing and mobile phone
usage, we've provided a better pic-
ture of where the African-American
community can leverage that buying
power to help their communities,"
she said. "Likewise, the information
points businesses in the right direc-
tion for growing market share and
developing long range strategies for
reaching this important demograph-
ic group."
Consumer trends in the report in-
clude facts such as:
With a buying power of nearly
$1 trillion annually, if Blacks were
a country, they'd be the 16th largest
country in the world.
The number of Black households

-Miami Times photo/Donnalyn Anthony

Central heads into playoffs,

By D. Kevin McNeir

Traz Powell Stadium was
the place to be last Friday
night where an estimated
8,000 fans watched Head
Coach Telly Lockette's Cen-
tral Rockets put the clamps
on the Northwestern Bulls
for a 37 18 win. The vic-
tory knocked the Bulls out
of playoff contention for the
first time since 1991 and
sets up a District 16-6A
championship showdown
between Central and Belen
Jesuit next week.
It was the fourth consecu-
tive win for Central (7-0,
3-0) over its cross town
rival. And while the Rockets

have had Northwestern's
(5-3, 1-2) number in recent
years, Bulls fans had hoped
that their team would be
able to continue its long
streak of playoff appear-
ances. Central, however,
had other plans. The Bulls
defense showed up and
stopped their opponent at
key junctures throughout
the game, ending any ef-
forts by Northwestern to
build momentum. An inter-
ception by Errol Clark when
the Rockets were down a
point 18-17 led to a touch-
down pass from Austin
Stock to Devontae Phillips
and a 24-18 lead. Clark,
who was named defensive
Most Valuable Player, forced

a fumble later in the sec-
ond half and spearheaded
a determined defense that
refused to allow Central
another score.
Central Quarterback
Joseph Yearby finished the
game with 126 yards on 16
carries, scored twice and
was selected as the game's
Offensive MVP. Coach Billy
Rolle and his team will have
to wait until next year
before they can remount
their efforts for a state title.
Sports enthusiasts may re-
call that Northwestern has
dominated its opponents
for almost 20 years with
four state titles (1995, 1998,
2006, 2007) in six appear-

Booker T. Washington de-

- 18

feated Gulliver Prep, 49-14.
The Tornadoes, 6-1, estab-
lished the lead early in the
game and never looked back.
Miami Edison stopped La-
Salle, 41-19.
The victory kept the Red
Raiders' playoff hopes alive
for one more week but will
need a loss by Gulliver in or-
der to avoid elimination.
Homestead beat Carol
City, 25-23.
The game remained close
with the lead seesawing
until the end. Despite an
impressive 82-yard kickoff
return by Carol City's Er-
mon Lane, a failed two-point
conversion would be the dif-
ference between a tie and a
Jackson stopped Killian,
Norland (8-0) had a bye

earning $75,000 or higher grew by
almost 64 percent, a rate close to
12 percent greater than the change
in the overall population's earning
between 2000 and 2009. This con-
tinued growth in affluence, social
influence and household income will
continue to impact the community's
economic power.
Blacks make more shopping trips
than all other groups, but spend less
money per trip. Blacks in higher
income brackets, also spend 300
percent more in higher-end retail
grocers more than any other high in-
come household.
There were 23.9 million active
Black Internet users in July 2011 -
76 percent of whom visited a social
networking/blog site.
33 percent of all Blacks own a
smart phone.
Blacks use more than double the
amount of mobile phone voice min-
utes compared to whites 1,298
minutes a month vs. 606.


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Raiders celebrate homecoming but
By D. Kevin McNeir ', "

Coaches for the Oak Grove Raid- -:.
ers were up at 5 a.m. last Saturday -AD,
to cut the lawn and prepare rain- F
soaked fields for the team's home- .
coming day. It was a special day for
150 boys and 35 girls and featured
six games and the crowning of the
kings and queens of the homecom- -
ing court. But some said it would
have been even better if instead of
celebrating on the grounds of Holy
Family Catholic Church, that they 7
could have been on their own turf .
back at Oak Girove Park. The Oak Grove Raiders Homecoming Court stands with pride. All
"We have had a good turnout members have 3.0 GPAs and are also athletes.

still without home-court advantage
this year and have continued to the 105-pound team whose play- he said. "Both our boys and girls
grow from four teams last season ers are 9, 10 and 11-years-Qld. share in the camaraderie and
to adding four more this year," They are riding a five-game win- seem to take real pride in being a
said League Commissioner Jimmy ning streak and are one game part of this team."
Richardson, 40. "It's just unfortu- away from going to the Super Young St. Fleur, 35 and David
nate that we haven't had a home of Bowl. Dalpe, 40, agree that the league is
our own. Still, we have been able "We lost last year in the Super something that was long overdue.
to let these kids have fun and to Bowl we are preparing for a dif- "This is about the kids because
instill discipline into their lives, ferent outcome this year," Marc they are our future," St. Fleur
It's discipline that will help them said. added. "But they deserve much
not only on the field but in the Kevin Hicks, an ardent support- more like better field conditions
classroom and in their lives. They er and volunteer for the Raiders and their own home-court. We
see the coaches making sure they says its presence has been keenly just want the best for them and
get to games and practice and see felt by the children in a very posi- believe that they deserve it. What's
that the adults in charge are vol- tive way. unique about this team is that 75
unteering a lot of hours because "Before this league there was to 90 percent of them are Haitian.
they care. We care." nothing in the area for young chil- Football is new for a lot of them,
Jean Marc, 28, is the coach for dren to really do but hang out," but they love it."


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Bulls eliminated from post-season

for first time since 1991