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FAMU alumni president:

"We can solve our

own problems"


-AP Photo/Tallahassee Democrat
Tommy Mitchell, president of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association,
speaks at a news conference with scores of other Florida A&M University supporters Sunday,
Dec. 18, on the steps of Lee Hall, the Tallahassee university's main administration building, to
show support for FAM U President James Ammons.

By D. Kevin McNeir
Florida A&M University
(FAMU) has been under fire
since the hazing-related death
of band member Robert Cham-
pion, 26, occurred just a few
weeks ago. Champion's death
has since been ruled a homi-

cide. Meanwhile, more reports
have come forward detailing
other hazing activities, the
majority of which are alleged
to have taken place off cam-
pus. Some students have been
arrested and charged for their
participation in hazing while
attacks have come from all

After Governor
Scott got
involved ...
and vocal alumni
said they had
had enough of out-

Please turn to FAMU 8A side interference.

Orosa sworn

in as Miami's

new chief of

By D. Kevin McNeir
Manuel Orosa was sworn in last Friday
as the new City of Miami police chief, after
serving as the department's interim chief
since September. Orosa, 54, now heads a

SCitizens seek

Solutions to

growing job

SLiberty City residents join
: MIAMI, search for answers
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After months of canvassing a diverse spec-
a 31-year veteran of the Department, he Kionne McGhee (center) and Shellie Solomon with the children of our community's incarcer- trum of MiamiDade County's low-income
Says he is well aware of ated adults preparing to take Christmas to the prisons while visiting their parents. neighborhoods, the community-based group
the challenges that he 1MIAMI recently held a press conference
S faces. His first order of to reveal the findings of its survey. What
pS business ofhasbeen to heckhinr th sfe s ion m ateg resulted from the research and interviews
put more officers on the t of nearly 1,000 residents in neighborhoods
-- 2 streets more, he says, .
streets more, he s including Liberty City, Miami Gardens, Al-
will follow. C r 54 p lapattah, Hialeah, Little Haiti, Little Havana,
lice officers so the fund-
lice"Wffieare dowthe fund5-o for ch\ldren of in m atesNorth Miami and mobile homes in differ-
lice oficrs s h ent sections of the County, was a report
OROSA ing is already in place," By D. Kevin McNeir local children. But these children have the : that demonstrated how dire Miami-Dade's
O Ahe said. "I have placed kmcneir@mianitimesonline.com added burden of having parents who are cur- unemployment situation truly is and the
my immediate focus on two beats that have rently behind bars in our state's prisons and personal plights of the people who make up
been neglected for some time: 3rd Avenue Last Thursday, Dec. 16, local attorney Ki- jails. The effort to help these children, spear- the statistics.
in Overtown and 7th Avenue in Model City. onne L. McGhee gave a helping hand to Santa headed by McGhee, was done in collabora- "The city is in crisis," said Eric Brakken,
After we get those in place, the next step will by rounding up friends and supporters who tion with Children of Inmates, a local director of 1MIAMI. "A poor city, an unequal
be to establish additional beats in places donated several hundred toys and games for Please turn to CHILDREN 8A city, has become even more unequal."
Please turn to CHIEF 8A
PRicardo Dormevil, a community activist in
the NorthMiamiand Little Haiti areassaid
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-Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
Terry Elliott (far right) addresses the media about his daughter's trau-
matic experiences while State Rep. Bullard (1-r), Sherria Elliott (wife) and
daughter Sheterria look on.

Parents, school board
members join the fight
By Randy Grice
Moving from childhood to the age
of consent can be a trying time in
a student's life and bullying only
adds to the stress of being a young

adult. With the onslaught of to-
day's social networking, bullying
can follow kids everywhere, even
home. Last Thursday, December
15th, State Representative Dwight
M. Bullard, 34, District 118, held
a press conference on the steps
of the Miami-Dade County Public
School Board building downtown
to introduce his anti-bullying
Please turn to BILL 8A

Angela Samue!s
gives testimony
about her
struggles to
keep her
home from

-Miami Times photo/
Donnalyn Anthony

Iraq War is over, will GOP replace it with Iran?

By DeWayne Wickham
It was one of those moments
in the political life of this
country that ought to cause a
lot of knee-knocking beyond
the walls of an insane asylum.
On the day the Iraq War of-
ficially ended, seven Republi-
cans who are champing at the
bit to be their party's standard
bearer in next year's presi-
dential race were on a stage

in Sioux City, Iowa, de- 41 T to win the GOP nomi-
bating the possibility of nation, sounds like an
Iran joining the world's .' adult when it comes to
nuclear weapons club. ? '. Iran.
And all but one of them Iran is destined to be-
- in that setting, or come a nuclear state.
on other recent cam- While that's not a
paign stages threat- WICKHAM thought I relish, it's a
ened to launch a new reality the pragmatists
Middle East war to keep that in Lhe bowels of the U.S. gov-
Islamic republic from becom- ernment surely understand. If
ing a nuclear power. Only Rep. Iran hadn't made an irrevers-
Ron Paul, R-Texas, a long shot ible decision to obtain nuclear



weapons before an American-
backed NATO force helped Lib-
yan rebels topple Moammar
Gadhafi, it must have done so
after he was chased from pow-
er and summarily executed.
The government in Tehran,
which has threatened the an-
nihilation of Israel, knows it
could end up like Gadhafi's
regime without the protection
that a nuclear arsenal would
give it. Indeed, even the world's

hanian President

"' ."-

most erratic states like North
Korea understand the relative
defensive comfort that even a
few nuclear weapons assures.
Iranian leaders understand
this, too. They know their sur-
vival depends on their ability
to ward off a foreign-assisted
regime change attack from
within, or a direct assault
from an outside force, like the
U.S. invasion of Iraq. And a
Please turn to IRAN 8A

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Christmas begins and ends

with a simple touch
If this were a perfect world, the approach of December 25th
would bring the proverbial "visions of sugar plums danc-
ing in our heads." We would be waiting to take that annual
trip "over the river and through the woods to grandmother's
house." We'd be singing songs by Kirk Franklin like "Jesus is
the reason for the season" and preparing to open boatloads of
gifts and eat until our heart's desires. But this is not a perfect
Many people fight depression- "the blues" during the holi-
day season because life simply doesn't match up to their hopes
and dreams. Someone in Liberty City will spend the day all
alone, perhaps eating a frozen dinner while watching reruns of
holiday movies that, unlike their lives, have happy endings. Es-
tranged couples may attempt to reconnect for the sake of their
children, family and friends, only to realize that the problems
that caused them to separate remain unhealed.
One of the most tragic yet least talked about problems that
occur throughout the year and which are most keenly felt dur-
ing the holidays is the pain experienced by children whose
parents are incarcerated. For these boys and girls, toys, iPads,
computerized gadgets and turkeys with all the fixings might
be on their wish list. But at the top of their list is the hope
that they can have just one day to hide themselves in the arms
of their mothers and fathers. The one quality that all humans
share from the moment we are born is our need for the touch of
another human being.
One local group, Children of Inmates, took young children
and teenagers from Liberty City, Little Haiti and Overtown to
several of the jails and prisons this week along with hundreds
of toys. There the children were allowed to touch their moms
and dads and have a few moments of normalcy in their lives -
lives that are anything but normal.
The volunteers who give their time, talents and donations to
such groups are indicative of the true meaning of Christmas.
Someone needs to know that they are not alone, that the mis-
takes they have made can be corrected and that love for all
humankind still exists. It begins with each one of us, one per-
son at a time. What will you do to make Christmas merry for

Florida A&M

hazing investigation

he recent visit to the governor's mansion by the students
of Florida A and M University [FAMU] is in the tradition
of student leadership at FAMU. One can reflect upon
the initiation of the Tallahassee Bus Boycott in 1956 and the
lunch counter sit-ins in the 60's as well as, numerous other ex-
amples of passive student leadership. The governor responded
by coming out of the mansion and addressing the students. He
conveyed his desire for FAMU to thrive as a university." This,
of course, occurred after his inappropriate attempt to have the
board of trustees suspend the president.
While we are on a positive note, it is important to acknowledge
that Florida A and M University has achieved the No. 1 ranking
among public Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HB-
CUs] in 2012 as listed in the U.S. News and World Report College
ranking for HBCUs. FAMU was also ranked as one of the "Top
100 National Universities" in the September, 2011 edition of the
Washington Monthly magazine for the second consecutive year.
They were also named in Forbes magazine's 2011 Best Colleges
in the Nation" in its annual ranking of colleges as featured in the
September 2011 edition. Finally, FAMU was named one of the
"Best Colleges in the Southeast" in the Princeton Review 2012
Under the leadership of Dr. James Ammons, FAMU has at-
tained remarkable success. The University has received clean.
unqualified audits, accreditation for various programs through-
out the University, received reaffirmation of university accredita-
tion by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [SACS],
increased research funding to strengthen programs and attract
students and has gotten more financial support from alumni.
There must not be any attempt by anyone, be he governor, chan-
cellor, elected official or otherwise to tamper with these success-
es or undermine the leadership of this institution.
The tragic death of Robert Champion has been ruled a homi-
cide and we must share the sorrow of his family and friends.
Investigations are ongoing by the appropriate law enforcement
officials, but those investigations should be allowed to continue
unfettered by outside influence, including elected officials. Until
those investigations are completed, the University staff must be
allowed to function in the best interest of the institution, without
fear of reprisal. We must be vigilant, proactive and be prepared
to respond to anything less. The students, faculty and stake-
holders must be assured that justice will prevail.
"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become
your words. Keep your words positive because your words be-
come your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your
behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits po '. ve because
your habits become your values. Keep your v'- .es positive be-
cause your values become your destiny." Ghandi

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H.E. SIGISMUND REEVES, Founder, 1923-1968
GARTH C. REEVES, JR., Editor, 1972-1982
GARTH C. REEVES, SR., Publisher Emeritus
RACHEL J. REEVES, Publisher and Chairman

With the next election 11
months away, President Obama
has begun sharpening his
populist message and drawing
a sharp contrast between his
vision for America and the Re-
publican alternative. Obama's
speech last week in Kansas
provided an example of how he
plans to attack his Republican
"There is a certain crowd in
Washington who, for the last
few decades, have said, let's
respond to this economic chal-
lenge with the same old tune.
'The market will take care of
everything,' they tell us. If we
just cut more regulations and
cut more taxes -especially for
the wealthy our economy will
grow stronger. Sure, they say,
there will be winners and los-
ers. But if the winners do really
well, then jobs and prosperity
will eventually trickle down to
everybody else. And, they argue,
even if prosperity doesn't trickle
down, well, that's the price of

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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 lirm belief
that all persons are hurt as long as anyone is held back.

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liberty . That theory fits well
on a bumper sticker. But here's
the problem: It doesn't work."
Obama realizes that it will
not be sufficient to simply por-
tray his Republican challenger
as hawking a discredited eco-
nomic theory while he high-
lights economic inequality.
When it comes to the economy,

date had attained in 20 years.
He realizes that the economy
could be a stumbling block to
his re-election.
"We've gone through an in-
credibly difficult time in this
country," he said. "And I would
be surprised if the American
people felt satisfied right now.
They shouldn't be satisfied.

hanging demographics could work to Obama's advan-
tage. In the three new south swing states- Virginia,
North Carolina and Florida -there is both good news
and bad news for the president. The good news is that voters of
color are expected to comprise 31 percent of the electorate.

he says, "We've got a lot more
work to do. And we're going to
keep at it."
It would be a serious mis-
take to think that Obama can
match his 2008 numbers in
the upcoming election. Don't
forget that his 53 percent of
the popular vote was the larg-
est share a presidential candi-

We've got a lot more work to do
in order to get this country and
the economy moving in ways
that benefit everybody, as op-
posed to just a few."
The electoral contest between
Obama and the eventual Re-
publican nominee begins al-
most even, with the president
holding 186 votes in his core

states and the GOP contr':'lling
191. As always, the outcome
will be largely determined by
what happens in the 12 battle-
ground states.
Changing demographics
could work to Obama's advan-
tage. In the three new south
swing states- Virginia, North
Carolina and Florida -there is
both good news and bad news
for the president. The good
news is that voters of color are
expected to comprise 31 per-
cent of the electorate. The bad
news is that unlike the South-
west, white college graduates
in the South favor Republicans
over Democrats.
When asked in a news confer-
ence about Republican charges
that his foreign policy is one of
appeasement, President Obama
replied: "Ask Osama bin Laden
and the 22 out of 30 top al Qa-
eda leaders who were taken off
the field whether I engage in ap-
peasement. Or, whoever's left
out there. Ask them about that."


Nation's leaders out of touch with America

If you needed evidence that
Republicans are out of touch
with America, look no fur-
ther than recent exchanges
among candidates. Mitt Rom-
ney bet Rick Perry ten thou-
sand dollars over something
in his book. I understand
that Romney is disturbed
that Perry has taken some of
his work out of context, but a
ten thousand dollar bet. Give
me a break. With the average
American household surviv-
ing on about $50,000 a year,
that ten grand represents
nearly three months living ex-
penses for the average family.
Could Romney have figured
out a way to make his point
with Perry without thumbing
his nose at the rest of us?
On a roll, Romney also took
on now-frontrunner Newt
Gingrich for making more
than a million dollars in a
contract with Freddie Mac. He
thinks Newt ought to return
the money. I want to know

what Newt was doing for the
mortgage company that made
him worth $1.6 million. And it
just goes to show how differ-
ently Newt lives than the rest
of us do. Of course, that point
was made when he dropped a

not many little people make
ten thousand dollar bets or
earn millions of dollars con-
sulting for mortgage compa-
nies. It's enough to make you
chuckle in dismay at how out
of touch these people are.

n a roll, Romney also took on now-frontrunner Newt
Gingrich for making more than a million dollars in a con-
tract with Freddie Mac. He thinks Newt ought to return
the money.

cool half million dollars at Tif-
There is a yawning gulf be-
tween the economic status of
these presidential candidates
and the rest of us. Even the
Obamas were still paying off
student loans when elected in
2008. No wonder these folks
don't want to tax the wealthy
- they are the wealthy.
The Tea Party populists talk
about the "little people," but

Meanwhile, there are still
more than 14 million people
officially out of work. Out of
touch Republicans who re-
fuse to pass legislation to put
people back to work. The con-
cerns of such ordinary work-
ing people are a concern that
certainly Romney has never
had to experience. No wonder
he can run around making
five-figure bets.
Maybe this seems a little


Blacks must stand up for voting

At the heart of a democracy is
the fundamental right to vote.
Yet for Black Americans, espe-
cially, the right to vote is histor-
ically blood-soaked and sacred.
We paid a heavy price to get the
right to vote. But it is not just
a legal right; it is also a moral
responsibility to vote given the
tremendous sacrifice by so
many of our fore parents that
successfully waged a tireless
struggle to dismantle American
apartheid. Today for more than
45 million Black people in the
U.S., we cannot afford to take
for granted this important civil
right and civic responsibility.
I strongly urge support for hne
NAACP's "Stand For Freedom"
national campaign against
voter suppression in Ameri-
ca. Benjamin Todd Jealous,
NAACP president and CEO, is
taking the right courageous
leadership on this critical is-
sue. Jealous emphasized, "It's
been more than a century since

we've seen such a tidal wave of
assaults on the right to vote.
Historically, when voting rights
are attacked, it's done to facili-
tate attacks on other rights. It
is no mistake that the groups
who are behind this are simul-

communities of color.
The 2012 elections will be
the most important elections
in our lifetime. The strength
of the struggle today to pro-
tect voting rights will in part
be determined by how strong

From the very moment in the aftermath of the election of
Barack H. Obama to be president of the U.S., there has
been a systematic attempt to suppress and prevent an-
other large voter turnout from the Black community

taneously attacking very basic
women's rights, environmental
protections, labor rights and
educational access for working
people and minorities."
From the very moment in
the aftermath of the election of
Barack H. Obama to be presi-
dent of the U.S., there has been
a systematic attempt to sup-
press and prevent another large
voter turnout from the Black
community together with other

a grassroots movement is built
in all of the states where Blacks
and Latinos make up from 30
to 40 percent of the voting age
population. Racial discrimina-
tion is always found to be most
acute in those states and areas
of the nation where the percent-
age of the Black population is
the highest. We must be vigilant
concerning these attacks. As
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as-
serted years ago, "An injustice

mean-spirited, but the audac-
ity of a healthy candidate to
make a five-figure bet has just
flabbergasted me. It reminds
me of Marie Antoinette, who
probably never said, "let them
eat cake," but was beheaded
for her free-spending ways.
I'm not suggesting beheading
as punishment for Romney
or Gingrich, but the French
Revolution raises interesting
parallels to the present time.
The Occupy movement speaks
to the deep economic frustra-
tion that so many people are
experiencing, but there are
probably more people who
went shopping the day after
Thanksgiving than occupied
anything, even for a minute.
Romney may be out of touch
with America, but sometimes
I think that we, too, are out
of touch for electing people
who have essentially told all
of Americans who can't afford
bread that they, too, can eat

any where is a threat to justice
More than 25 different mea-
sures have already been passed
by state legislatures in at least
14 states that will restrict or
prohibit the voting rights of
Blacks and Latino voters. Some
of these include repressive and
counterproductive measures.
According to the New York
University Law School's Bren-
nan Center for Justice, an esti-
mated five million Black, Latino
and other voters could poten-
tially be prevented from voting
in the 2012 elections if we do
not challenge and change these
retrogressive attacks of our vot-
ing rights. Thus, the outcome of
the next critical national elec-
tion is completely at stake sur-
rounding this situation. We are
not making enough protest and
noise about these new Jim Crow
attacks. Stand for freedom, jus-
tice, equality and empowerment
everyday everywhere.


The Obama blueprint for re-election








Will young people turn out to vote

for Obama in 2012?
Retired, Liberty City Laborer, Miami Gardens

No, because -
the younger
generation has -
other things
on their minds
right now.
They don't
have the time
to go vote for
Obama when they have other
things to take care of.

Longshore man, Liberty City

Yes, because
Obama is do-
ing very well in .
that seat. No
one wants to
talk about the
good things
that he is do-
ing. He inherited problems but
he is still making things better.

Record clerk specialist, Miami Gardens

No, because
there are a lot
of things hap-
pening that
are not really V
allowing peo-
ple to feel mo-
tivated to vote
for him again.

Young peo-
ple will sup-
port *him
again. We
don't need to
regress, we
need to keep
moving ahead.


Administrative assistant, Liberty City

Of course
they will sup-
port Obama
again. People
came out to
support him
the first time -
that you would
have never ex-
pected to back him. I believe
more young people will come
out to support him this time.

,Painter, Miami-Dade

Yes, I would hope so, because
he is doing
some good
things. He
deserves four
more years to
more great
things and
I think the
young kids will come out to
support him.


A prayer for this holy, holiday season
God help us to end poverty in running out of unemployment The poverty of having too and child
our time. benefits and no other help in much and sharing too little and freedom an
The poverty of having a child sight. having the burden of nothing to and not wai
with too little to eat and no The poverty of working all carry. you want fo
place to sleep, no air, sunlight your life caring for your own The poverty of convenient The pover
and space to breathe, bask and children and having to start all blindness and deafness and in- and more
grow. over again caring for the grand- difference to others. ing, blami
The poverty of watching your children you love. The poverty of low aim and the needy,

child suffer hunger or get sick-
er and sicker and not knowing
what to do or how to get help
because you don't have another
dime or a car, money, or health
The poverty of working your
fingers to the bone every day
taking care of somebody else's
children and neglecting your
own and still not being able to
pay your bills.
The poverty of having a job
which does not let you afford a
stable place to live and being
terrified you'll become homeless
and lose your children to foster
The poverty of losing your job,

od help us end poverty in our time, in all its faces and
places, young and old, rural, urban, suburban and small
town too

The poverty of earning a col-
lege degree, having children,
opening a day care center, and
taking home $300 a week or
a month if you're lucky.
The poverty of loneliness and
isolation and alienation hav-
ing no one to call or visit, tell
you where to get help, assist you
in getting it, or care if you're liv-
ing or dead.

paltry purpose, of weak will and
tiny vision, of big meetings and
small actions, of loud talk and
sullen grudging service.
The poverty of believing in
nothing, standing for nothing,
sharing nothing, sacrificing
nothing, struggling with others
for nothing.
The poverty of pride and in-
gratitude for God's gifts of life

en and family and
d home and country
nting for others what
r yourself.
rty of greed for more
and more, ignor-
ng, and exploiting
and taking from the

weak to please the strong.
The poverty of addiction to
more and more things; drugs,
drink, work, self, violence, pow-
er, fleeting fame and an unjust
status quo.
The poverty of fear which
keeps you from doing the thing
you think is right.
The poverty of convenient
ignorance about the needs of
those around you and of despair
and cynicism.
God help us end poverty in our
time, in all its faces and places,
young and old, rural, urban,
suburban and small town too,
and in every color of humans
You have made everywhere.


FAMU is obviously different from Penn State
As a 19-year-old Georgia at every college campus in at Pennsylvania State Uni- convenient. He al
State University student, I every state and in most cit- versity. Once it was learned diately demand
became a member of my fra- ies. You tell me the name of that university officials and statement on grot
ternity's pledge club. As a any former or current college administrators were aware went to proper ad
pledge, I was beaten unmerci- student that has ever been a of suspicious acts involv- channels, inform
fully, ridiculed, taunted and part of a fraternity, sorority, ing possible crimes against sity officials that

more as was the tradition in
a variety of campus groups.
Once I crossed "the burning
sands," so to speak, and be-
came a founding member of
the GSU chapter of the fra-
ternity, I was elected found-
ing president by my founding
brothers. One of my first acts
as president was to prohibit
hazing. Yes, my brothers put
stress on future pledges, but
more often than not we re-
quired them to wash cars,
run errands, do homework,
raise money or volunteer in
the community, for instance.
If you don't know, hazing
is a crime. Despite that fact,
hazing goes on essentially

he only person fired so far in the aftermath of the FAMU
hazing tragedy has been the university band director.
How convenient. He almost immediately demanded his
reinstatement on grounds that he went to proper administrative

band, athletic team, military
unit or secret campus soci-
ety that has not been hazed
or does not know if hazing
exists. Hell, you don't even
have to be a college student
to know that hazing possibly
Earlier in 2011, a criminal
act was allegedly committed

a young person, the athletic
director was fired, coaches
were fired, assistant coaches
were fired and even the presi-
dent of Penn State University
was fired.
The only person fired so far
in the aftermath of the FAMU
hazing tragedy has been the
university band director. How

mosT i'me-
d his rein-
unds that he
ned univer-
hazing was

taking place in the band. But
the fired band director said
no one sought to terminate
hazing or suspend or expel
students involved in hazing
from the band or from the
Who is responsible in a
court of law when hazing re-
sults in a death? Obviously
the school and the state that
operates the school are li-
able, but there is a limitation
on damages injured persons
can received from the state.
Any amount over the limita-
tion must come in the form
of a "claims bill" and be voted
on by state legislators and
signed by the governor.


Black Caucus finding harmony with Obama

After a contentious summer,
it seems the Congressional
Black Caucus [CBC] has found
harmony with President Barack
Obama. In August, CBC mem-
bers like Rep. Maxine Waters
of California and John Cony-
ers of Michigan were declaring
that the White House needed
to do more to address high un-
employment in the Black com-
munity. Waters specifically
called for "targeted" programs
that would directly help strug-
gling Black families. There was
an air of combativeness in the
tone of comments coming out
of the CBC's multi-city "for the
people" jobs tour.
Now, the tone has changed.
Recently, the CBC sent out an
e-mail blasting Senate Repub-
licans for blocking the confir-
mation of Obama's choice to
head the new consumer pro-
tection agency created under
the Dodd-Frank financial re-
form bill. It was among several
recent e-mails from the CBC,

most signed by its chairman,
Emanuel Cleaver, attacking
congressional Republicans for
blocking the president's priori-
ties. The symmetry of messag-
ing between the White House
and the CBC is just one sign

members of the CBC," said Val-
erie Jarrett, senior advisor to
the president. "We had a terrific
relationship with [Rep.] Barba-
ra Lee (D-Calif.) when she was
the chair and we have a terrific
relationship with Chairman

Recently, the CBC sent out an e-mail blasting Senate Repub-
licans for blocking the confirmation of Obama's choice to
head the new consumer protection agency created under
the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.

of a warmer relationship. Early
in the Obama administration,
some Black Caucus members
grumbled about a lack of ac-
cess to the White House; ironic
in the wake of the election of
the country's first black presi-
The White House downplays
any talk of difficult relations
with the CBC.
"We have always had a good
working relationship with

But Jarrett acknowledged
that there have been tense mo-
ments between the White House
and some members of the CBC
in the past. "I think that's fair
to say," Jarrett said. But she
said those tensions grew out of
the frustrations the members
were hearing from their con-
stituents about the economy.
"They were hearing questions
in the community about what

is the administration was do-
ing" with regard to jobs, Jarrett
said. "We needed to give them a
more robust briefing, and that
has happened now."
Jarrett dismissed politics as
a consideration in the White
House's stepped up outreach
to the CBC and to Black media
and activists including a re-
leasing a report on how its poli-
cies have benefited Black com-
munities and a conference at
the White House to brief black
community leaders last month.
Instead, Jarrett said the ad-
ministration is simply making
a third-year shift, from problem
solving and focusing on the im-
mediate crises that faced the
president upon taking office,
to touting the administration's
policy successes. "The African-
American population is vitally
important to the overall econo-
my and the president often says
the American dream needs to
be possible for ever. bod',." she
said. "That's what the president

T.D. Jakes wrong to take spotlight off Eddie Long

T.D. Jakes wrong to take spotlight off Eddie Long

Dear Editor,

I read the article "TD Jakes
addresses Eddie Long" in your
last week's edition. I was seeth-
ing after reading it. (The Rev-
erend or Pastor) Jakes inad-
vertently created a diversion
away from the real issues in
the Eddie Long case by trying

to take the focus off Long and
putting it on the young men
(victims). Long knew or should
have known that the age of
consensual sex in Georgia is
16-years-old. In the article I
read in The Miami Times Pas-
tor Jakes commented, "if there
was actually misconduct, the
young men involved in the case

were old enough to make their
own decisions." Aside from
shifting the "blame" from Rev.
Long to the young men, it clear-
ly misses the most egregious
aspect of the case: A pastor
of a huge congregation of peo-
ple who depended on him for
moral and spiritual guidance,
allegedly having sex, "consen-

sual or not," with young men in
the congregation. Please. Long
stood in his pulpit and em-
phatically stated "I am going to
vigorously fight these false al-
legations." Sounds a little like
Herman Cain to me.

Valerie Person Baker
Miami Gardens, Florida

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By Adrienne Jordan
Miami Times writer

If you are among those
Black women that use popu-
lar cosmetic brands such as
Lanc6me, L'Oreal or Clinique,
you may have had frustrating
experiences finding products
that match your color and skin
type. What do black products
offer that mainstream cosmetic
lines don't and how do they ac-
count for the different textures
and tones of our skin? Accord-
ing to Donna Italiano, a beauty
consultant at Black Opal, their
products are specifically de-
signed for Black women.
"The Black Opal cosmetics
line is an extension of our sk-
incare line, which focuses on
treating skin with problems
such as oil, hyper-pigmenta-
tion, dryness and acne," she
said. "The Black Opal founda-
tions include treatment ben-
efits, such as oil-blocking mat-
tifiers, oil diffusers; they also
contain copious pigmentation
for color matching. Other pop-
ular Black cosmetic lines in-
clude Iman, Fashion Fair and
Black Up."
According to Dr. Susan Tay-
lor, founder of Rx for Brown
Skin, "By far, the most common
problem that I see is pigmenta-
tion disorders, which includes
discoloration, dark marks and
uneven skin tone."
Perhaps this is why Black
women spend 80 percent
more on cosmetics and twice
as much on skincare than
the general market. Celebrity
Black makeup artist, Sam
Fine, attributes this annual
$7.5 billion expenditure to "the
hope that the product will do
what it's supposed to do."
However. some mainstream
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address the wide spectrum of
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laboration with Queen Latifah
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Florida bar

getting its

first Black

Florida Bar is getting its first
Black president, but he won't
take office until mid-2013.
The bar announced on Friday
that Fort Lauderdale lawyer
Eugene K. Pettis won by default
because no other candidate op-
posed him. He'll be sworn in
as president-elect at the bar's
June 2012 convention, when
Tampa lawyer Gwynne Alice
Young becomes president.
Pettis is a trial attorney and
has been practicing law since
1985. He was elected to the
bar's governing board in 2005.
He chaired a bar committee
that launched a program for
lawyers to teach civics educa-
tion to adults.
Pettis said the bar's challenge
is to make it clear funding the
judiciary is not an option but
Like most of state govern-
ment, the courts have had
sharp budget cuts in recent

fee. It's a stark difference from
their other collections that may
have only offered one or two
shades of brown.
With a growing number of

specialized products tailored
to the Black female consumer,
women can enjoy a wide vari-
ety of cosmetic options. Main-
stream lines such as Cover Girl

are setting the stage for other
brands to follow and acknowl-
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In every bad scenario some good can be found

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Unfortunate situations we
encounter in life can very well
turn out to be blessings in dis-
guise_ hidden from our eyes
until a later date. Only then
are we able to be truly grateful
for the trouble we had to live
Before going to trial I was
offered a golden opportunity
by the state prosecutor to ac-
cept 9 years with 3 minimum
mandatory in exchange for a
guilty plea. With that amount
of time to serve I would have
been released in 1998, thir-
teen years ago. My uncle Paul
was in the county jail with me
at the time and advised me to
take the state's "sweet" offer .
My mother and state-appoint-
ed attorney agreed. Being ob-
stinate, thinking I had every-
thing figured out and because

the state's case against
me was suspect, I fig-
ured I would be an im-
becile to surrender to
the mercy of the court.
I batted the offer down
and proceeded to trial.
After being found
guilty and spending the H1
past 20 years of my life stuck
with a 40 year prison sentence,
it should be easy for me to be
willing to admit that I did not
make a good decision. Howev-
er, as much as I would like to
kick myself in the behind for
not doing so,I can't find one
legitimate reason for me to en-
gage in self-indignation. What
I can find though, are a multi-
tude of reasons to thank God
that I didn't plea out.
Judging by my past state
of mind, had I been released
from prison in 1998,I might
not still be alive. Like many

of my friends and as-
sociates who were not
fortunate enough to be
removed from the dan-
gers of criminal activ-
ity rife in the streets, I
could have easily suc-
cumbed to gun vio-
ALL lence, most likely slain
by the hands of another lost
soul. So despite being absent
from the free world the cre-
ator has allowed me to remain
healthy, and I have grown into
a man who has found his pur-
pose in life.
The many blessings derived
from my incarceration are
while many have lost their
sight, limbs or perhaps a
loved one they can't figure out
why these tragedies occurred.
When we arrive at a place of
understanding, human mis-
fortune can reveal itself in var-
ious ways and become clearer.

Maybe the man who has gone
blind to the world outside him-
self is now able to pay close at-
tention to that divine spirit ex-
isting in his heart and mind.
He can find an inner peace
never before experienced. Per-
haps the limbs once belong-
ing to a vibrant body were
taken in order that a greater
purpose in life could be dis-
covered through this lost.
When in search for a reason
for disaster,tragedy,trouble or
loss,consider how these events
have in some way served as
avenues leading to self-im-
provement. If it is possible for
any good to be drawn from all
bad scenarios,then we should
be willing to appreciate the ill
fortune and have unquestion-
able faith in the fact that there
is a good reason why every un-
pleasant event must occur in

Possible fraud uncovered at FAMU

By Gary Fineout

thorities looking into the death
of a Florida A&M University
drum major opened a new in-
vestigation after they uncov-
ered possible employee fraud
and misconduct at the school,
according to documents re-
leased Wednesday.
Meanwhile, there was more
fallout in Georgia. An Atlan-
ta-area school district sus-
pended all marching band
activities at 21 high schools
over concerns of "inappropri-
ate physical activity" between
students. Two alleged victims
of hazing at Florida A&M were
in the Southwest DeKalb High
marching band, which was
one of those suspended.
"Our interest is in protect-
ing students, the safety of the
students," said district spokes-
-man Walter Woodsy who would
not say whether the inappro-
priate activity involved hazing.
"We have notified schools to be
vigilant of our existing policy,
which is zero tolerance for ha-
rassment of any kind."
In Florida, the state law en-
forcement agency sent letters
to the head of the FAMU board
and the head of the state uni-

versity system, but they did
not detail the potential fraud
or misconduct, saying only
that it involves school employ-
ees as well as "persons associ-
ated" with the university.
The school's'president, James
Ammons was hired more than
four years ago as part of an ef-
fort to clear up past problems
at the university. State audits
found that some financial re-
cords could not be verified and
there was questionable con-
tracting. The college also could
not account for millions of dol-
lars in inventory.
A FAMU spokeswoman said
she had not seen the letters

Israeli plan cracks down

By Ethan Bronner

government on Sunday an-
nounced plans to spend $160
million on efforts to stem the
growing number of Africans
who enter the country ille-
gally, seeking jobs and politi-
cal asylum. The money will
go toward work on an Egyp-
tian border fence that is al-
ready under construction, an
expansion of detention cen-
ters and increased policing of
companies that hire undocu-
mented workers.
"If need be, we will close
businesses so that the enter-
prise known as the State of
Israel does not close," Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanya-
hu said after a cabinet meet-
ing that focused on the issue.
Over the past six years,
about 50,000 Africans, most-
ly from Eritrea and Sudan,
have trekked across the Si-
nai into Israel, some of them
working in hotels and on con-
struction sites, others living
in rundown urban neighbor-
hoods, unable to find work
and relying on refugee agen-
All well-off countries face
the challenge of how to han-
dle poor foreign migrants
and how much credence to
give their accounts of politi-
cal persecution. But the situ-
ation in Israel is complicated
by Jewish history and has
led to a national debate. On
the one hand, this is a small
country that wishes to main-
tain a strong Jewish major-
ity. On the other, the Jews'
past of eviction and persecu-
tion makes some here argue
that Israel should have spe-
cial sensitivity for those flee-
ing prejudice and conflict.

Netanyahu said that the
overwhelming number of Af-
ricans who slip into Israel are
not political refugees, but are
looking to improve their eco-
nomic status. He said they
pose difficulties for the peo-

and could not immediately
Last week, the school's
board of trustees publicly
reprimanded Ammons after a
contentious debate on whether
he should have been placed on
Solomon Badger, chairman
of the FAMU board, said the
university would cooperate
with the new investigation.
"I didn't know anything about
the fraud and I still don't," Bad-
ger said.
Investigators uncovered the
potential fraud while looking
into what is believed to be the
hazing death of Robert Cham-

on migrants
treating the refugees.
The influx of Africans began
in 2005 after the Egyptian
police attacked Sudanese
refugees who were camped
out in Cairo and demanded
asylum. More than 20 people

-Oded Balilty/Associated Press
A Sudanese man at a rally in Tel Aviv on Friday. About 50,000
Africans have moved to Israel in the last six years.

ple they settle among. Poorer
Israelis, in particular, resent
the Africans' arrival and
compete with them for jobs.
"We hear the outcry coming
from Israel's cities," he said.
"We will continue to care for
refugees, but they make up a
minimal part of the human
wave. Entire populations are
starting to move, and if we
don't act to stop this we will
be flooded."
Refugee advocacy groups
in Israel contend that Mr. Ne-
tanyahu is wrong, that the
majority of those who arrive
here are fleeing civil wars or
political persecution.
Netanyahu plans to visit
several African countries
early next year and said he
would raise the issue of repa-

were killed, and word spread
that Israel would provide
them a better welcome and
more job opportunities.
The Israeli government
hopes that the fence being
built along the Egyptian bor-
der will keep out most infil-
trators. The demands for a
fence have grown in the past
year with the overthrow of
President Hosni Mubarak of
Egypt and the increase in
tensions with Cairo that fol-
lowed his ouster.
Three months ago, demon-
strators in Cairo ransacked
part of the Israeli Embassy,
leading the Israeli govern-
ment to airlift its diplomatic
personnel from Egypt. In Au-
gust, infiltrators from the Si-
nai killed eight Israelis near

pion, a Marching 100 band
member. Champion died Nov.
19 after he was found unre-
sponsive on a bus parked in
front of an Orlando hotel after
the FAMU football team lost to
a rival school.
Three weeks before his death,
FAMU freshman and clarinet
player Bria Hunter told police
she was beaten badly by mem-
bers of the "Red Dawg Order,"
a band club was for Georgia
natives. Both Champion and
Hunter were from there.
Three band members were
arrested in Hunter's case and
charged with hazing. Two were
also charged with battery.
University officials suspend-
ed the famed Marching 100
band from performances until
the investigation into his death
is completed.
Ammons also fired band di-
rector Julian White and ex-
pelled four students connected
to Champion's death. But the
university rescinded those
decisions and instead placed
White on administrative leave
at the urging of the state law
enforcement agency. Authori-
ties said they did not want dis-
ciplinary actions to interfere
with the criminal investigation
into Champion's death.

from Africa
the popular Red Sea resort
of Eilat; in fighting after-
ward, Israeli troops killed five
Egyptian security personnel.
But both governments say
they wish to maintain ties,
and Israel said it would send
a new ambassador to Cairo
on Monday. No new perma-
nent home for the Israeli
Embassy in Cairo has been

Wanted: sneaky crook who snuck cash down his pants
The Broward Sheriff's Office is searching for 'a couple of
bold crooks who ripped off a small market and deli and were
caught on surveillance video inside the Second Avenue Market
& Deli in Deerfield Beach.Two men can be seen on the video
wandering around the store separately while it was filled with
customers. One man was seen walking down a short hallway,
prying open an office door where he stuffed a bank bag con-
taining cash in the front of his pants. Once the man grabbed
the cash, both men simply walked calmly out.

Robber holds up Subway shop
A robbery occurred at a Subway restaurant located in the
1900 block of Pembroke Road while the owner, who was not
in the shop at the time, watched on a security camera accord-
ing to Hollywood police spokesman Lt. Diana Periera.

Woman pistol whipped during Gables gas station robbery
Coral Gables police have released a surveillance video of
a gas station robbery in hopes that someone recognizes the
robbers and gives them a call.
The robbery occurred on December 7th, around 5:30 p.m.,
at the Shellgas station in the 1400 block of S Dixie Highway.
A male and female can be seen walking in front of the con-
venience store section shortly before the robbery. The man
went inside, pulled out a gun and attempted to rob the clerk
and a customer. The customer fought back, struggled and af-
ter being repeatedly pistol whipped,the customer ran out of
the store. The armed man then stole cash from the register
and ran.

Miami-Dade Schools police

charge man with burglary
Associated Press Gardens earlier in December.
They found a rope attached to
Miami Dade Schools Police copper wiring hanging from
have charged a 21-year-old one side of the building. A black
man with burglary and grand ski mask was on the ground.
theft. Video surveillance later
Investigators tell the South showed a would-be Spiderman
Florida Sun-Sentinel Anthony at the school. He was clad in
Louis Pepitone is being held at black and had fallen from the
Jackson Memorial Hospital's school roof and was unable to
inmate ward in connection stand.
with seven different cases. It was unknown if Pepitone
Detectives say officers were was being treated for injuries
called to Charles David Wyche, related to the fall when he was
Jr. Elementary School in Miami arrested.

Panhandling Fla. mom

charged with child abuse
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) wandered into traffic.
- A St. Petersburg woman has ing motorist told police
been arrested after her toddler seen the child collect
reportedly wandered into traf- ey.
fic while she was panhandling. Baldyga was holding
The St. Petersburg Times re- saying she had been
ports Bridgette Patricia Baldy- and couldn't find a
ga was arrested Thursday and told police she needed
charged with child abuse and to provide for her daug
possession of a controlled sub- denied the toddler was
stance. dling and wandering ir
Police say the 18-year-old Police say she had
woman was panhandling on a Xanax pills in her pock
busy road when at some point Baldyga's mother is
her 22-month-old daughter ing for the toddler.

A pass-
e he had
ng mon-

g a sign
laid off
job. She
d money
hter, but
now car-

Assistant pastor charged with sexual battery
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) Investigators say the victim,
Authorities in Polk County have who is now 21, contacted depu-
charged an associate pastor ties on Friday to report several
with five counts of sexual bat- incidents of sexual battery over
tery of a child. two months in 2005. He told de-
The Polk County Sheriff's Of- tectives he had met Mathis at a
fice says detectives arrested basketball game when he was 14
40-year-old Arnold Maurice and that the Winter Haven man
Mathis on Saturday. offered to help him financially.



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B-CU student says he was injured in

By Denise-Marie Balona

Christopher King, a student
at Bethune-Cookman Univer-
sity in Daytona Beach, says he
was hit in the back of the neck
so forcefully and often during
a recent hazing ritual at the
school that he blacked out sev-
eral times.
King also was made to roll
around in the mud or do stren-
uous exercises as part of a
series of hazing activities by
members of the marching band
this past semester, he said. He
said he did not want to partici-
pate but felt coerced.
"You feel like if you don't par-
ticipate, you know, you're going
to be that only one," said King,

18, who plays the baritone ing among its marching-band
horn. "You're worried members.
about reputation, and Officials at Bethune-
you're worried about Cookman said hazing
what people are going was not a major prob-
to think about you." *. lem there. The universi-
He described how '1' ty has been vocal about
more experienced its zero-tolerance policy
members of the famed against hazing and oth-
Marching Wildcats *'' er types of misconduct,
hazed and ridiculed said Dwaun Warmack,
the freshman members a vice president for stu-
after band practice on 'dent affairs.
some evenings. WARMACK Citing student-con-
King said it was all fidentiality rules, Bet-
part of a well-known induction hune-Cookman would not
tradition at Bethune-Cookman confirm King's report or share
- the longtime rival of Florida details about a recent hazing
A&M University, which is a fo- investigation at the school. But
cus of national attention and university officials did say they
a state investigation over haz- investigated a complaint by

one student Aug. 29 involving
the hazing of marching-band
One student was found to
have violated the school's anti-
hazing policy and was fined.
Officials said the student was
fined because he was present
during the hazing but did not
report it.
None of the students inter-
viewed during the college's
investigation not even the
accuser would or could
identify any of those who did
the hazing.
Warmack said police were
not called to help investigate
because Bethune-Cookman
did not find evidence that a
crime had been committed.

-AP Photo/Gerry Broome
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet troops during a visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Obama lauds troops as Iraq war wraps up

Addressing U.S.forces a day before conflict's formal

conclusion, president focuses on sacrifices of those who served

By Laura Meckler

dent Barack Obama said the
long, divisive Iraq war will
reach its formal end on Thurs-
day, when an American flag in
Baghdad signifying the U.S.
military mission is ceremoni-
ally lowered and returned to
the U.S.
As the last U.S. troops pre-
pare to leave Iraq after almost
nine years, residents grow rest-
less with the slow pace of devel-
opment. Deborah Lutterbeck
The U.S. flag was lowered
Thursday in Baghdad at a cer-
emony to mark the formal clo-
sure of the American military
headquarters and end of the
Iraq mission.
U.S. troops are still stream-
ing out of Iraq, with the last
ones expected to depart in
coming days. Thursday's
events will mark a historic and
profound moment for the U.S.,
he said.
"The colors you fought under
will be formally cased in a cere-
mony in Baghdad. Then, they'll
begin their journey across an
ocean, back home," Mr. Obama
told some 3,000 military per-
sonnel assembled in a hangar
on the base here.
Combat units uncasee" their
identifying colors when they

arrive for deployments, and
"case" them when they pack
up to leave. Many U.S. units
in Iraq in recent months have
held ceremonies to case their
colors. The ritual reaches back
to the early 17th century, with
the advent of permanent mili-
tary regiments that adopted
identifying symbols.
Obama in his address offered
an abbreviated history of the
costly Iraq war, but his focus
was on the sacrifices of troops:
Nearly 1.5 million men and
women have served, more than
30,000 have been wounded and
nearly 4,500 have died. That
includes 202 from Fort Bragg.
"I could not be prouder of
you. And America could not be
prouder of you," he said. The
troops responded time and
again with the Army's signal of
agreement: "Hooahl"
Before his speech, Obama
met with five returning sol-
diers, and with the family of a
young infantryman who died
Nov. 14. That solider may turn
out to be the last American to
die in the war.
With Iraq's democracy and
institutions in their infancy,
and major questions about the
country's future and security
unsettled, Obama was careful
not to declare victory.
Even now, Americans are
pessimistic about Iraq's future,

according to a Wall Street Jour-
nal/NBC News poll this month.
Sixty percent of respondents
now believe the withdrawal will
lead to "all-out civil war," com-
pared with 54% in February
He acknowledged but didn't
dwell on the fierce and often
partisan divide that for years
dominated public discussion of
the war in the U.S.
He didn't mention that as a
state senator in 2002, he spoke
out forcefully against the war,
or that this opposition fueled
his subsequent presidential
Polling shows that Ameri-
cans strongly favor an end to
the war, and Obama's advisers
are eager to shine a spotlight
on this moment as a promise
the president made and kept.
It represents one in a series
of national-security successes
that advisers believe will buffer
the president from political at-
tacks in an area where Demo-
crats are traditionally vulner-
Voters see the end of the Iraq
war and the killing of Osama
bin Laden as Mr. Obama's top
two accomplishments, accord-
ing to the Journal poll. But
Obama's political aides ac-
knowledge that the weak econ-
omy is nearly certain to over-
shadow his national-security

Kim Jong Il's son vaults to 'Great Successor'

By Jean H. Lee
Associated Press

PYONGYANG, North Korea
(AP) With the sudden death
of his father, Kim Jong Un
went from being North Korea's
"Respected General" to "Great
Successor" a heady and un-
certain promotion for a young
man virtually unknown even
to the North Korean people
just a year ago.
Word of Kim Jong Il's death,
announced Monday two days
after he suffered a fatal heart
attack, thrusts his 20-some-

thing son in the
spotlight as the fu-
ture head of a nation
grappling with dif-
ficult nuclear nego-
tiations and chronic
food shortages.
Within hours of
breaking the news
of his father's death,
state media urged KIM J
the nation's people to rally
around Kim Jong Un and to
"faithfully revere" their next
leader. The son has not ap-
peared publicly since the an-
nouncement of his father's

The death speeds
up a succession pro-
cess that began in
earnest a little more
j than a year ago -
scant time to gain
experience, build po-
litical clout and allay
skepticism at home
IG UN and abroad that he
can lead a nation of 24 mil-
lion. His father, by contrast,
had 20 years of grooming be-
fore his father, North Korea
founder Kim II Sung, passed
away in 1994.

The importance of the econ-
on.y was underscored by an
"open letter" to the president
published in the nearby Fay-
etteville Observer by Mitt
Romney, who is running for
the Republican presidential
nomination. Romney joined the
president in saluting the ser-
vice of returning soldiers, but
wrote that the weak economy
imperils their future.
"Every one of the men and
women who have just come
back from overseas has a fu-
ture to look forward to. Right
now, unfortunately, that future
is bleak," he wrote. He blamed
Obama's economic policies for
weakening the economy.
Obama didn't address the
economy in general in his re-
marks, but did speak of the
need to support veterans when
they return from service. He
noted that the one plank of his
jobs bill to have passed Con-
gress gives companies a tax
credit for hiring veterans.

There was no evidence of any
injury, he said.
"Bethune-Cookman Univer-
sity takes all alleged miscon-
duct issues seriously," he said.
"Any report we have, we launch
a full investigation and ensure
they're adjudicated properly if
there is a violation."
But King said a lot of stu-
dents know about hazing and
choose to remain silent.
Marching bands are a
point of pride at historically


Black colleges such as FAMU
and Bethune-Cookman. The
marching band helps define
these institutions, and the
bands play a significant role in
the schools' fundraising and
The Marching Wildcats at
Bethune-Cookman have been
featured in TV commercials;
the "Ellen DeGeneres Show";
the movie "Drumline"; and in
Super Bowl and Pro Bowl half-
time shows.

-Leon County Jail / December 12
James Harris, (left) 22, Sean Hobson, 23, and Aaron Golson,
19, and are charged with hazing.

FAMU alumni tell

Gov. Scott to back off

Hazing death of

drum major under

By Kathleen Haughney

Florida A&M University board
of trustees prepared to meet
Monday to discuss the sus-
pension of university president
James Ammons, alumni rallied
on campus, criticizing Gov.
Rick Scott,for his .suggestion
that Ammons be temporarily
ousted and suggesting that he
was jeopardizing the universi-
ty's future by getting involved.
It was a simple message for
Scott: Back off.
Last week, Scott, en route
to Tallahassee from Israel, is-
sued a statement saying he
strongly recommended the
board of trustees suspend
Ammons while the Florida
Department of Law Enforce-
ment investigates the hazing
death of Marching 100 drum
major Robert Champion, alle-
gations of fraud and an unre-
lated case of child molestation
at the institution's K-12 school.
But the suggestion to Florida's
only historically black public
university set off a firestorm
of criticism from prominent
black politicians and alumni
who said that the governor was
butting in where he didn't be-
Before Sunday's gathering
and news conference on cam-
pus by the National Alumni
Association, U.S. Rep. Corrine
Brown, D-Jacksonville, and
state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-
Tampa, both FAMU alumnae,

had released statements criti-
cal of Scott for suggesting that
Ammons be fired.
"As a state official and as a
degree recipient from FAMU's
undergraduate and law school
programs, I have great con-
cerns over the governor's haste
to recommend suspending.Dr.
Ammons while simultaneously
admitting he has no knowledge
of any wrongdoing," Joyner
said in a release. "It's particu-
larly galling that the governor
justifies his action as a way to
assur people, thp uniyegrsi jis
fully cooperating."
The trustees called for an
emergency meeting Monday to
be held by telephone to consid-
er the governor's request, but
Sunday, some of the univer-
sity's most prominent alumni
stood on the steps of Lee Hall,
which houses Ammons' office,
and said that the association
wants the full story to be re-
leased before the university
takes steps to discipline any
FAMU personnel or students.
"Name another university
that suspended a president for
hazing and there have been
deaths every year, every single
year," said Tommy Mitchell Sr.,
president of the university's
National Alumni Association.
Separately, the president of
the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools Commis-
sion on Colleges, a regional ac-
crediting body for 11 Southern
states including Florida, sent
Scott a letter saying that if the
board suspended Ammons at
Scott's direction, it would jeop-
ardize the university's accredi-
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looking, but can't find jobs.
"That's why we are calling for
the local government to find
more jobs, whether public
works projects, or to work with
the private sector."
Yvonne Saint Gerard, a co-
ordinator at Jackson Memorial
Hospital, told the group that
the employment crisis does not
stop in just low-income com-
munities. She says that many

furloughs, while the price for
every day items keeps going up
three or four times a year.
"Milk costs more than gas,"
said Saint Gerard. "More peo-
ple are working under the table
and these are middle-class
people. Even people with in-
comes over $100,000-a-year
are concerned."
Kit Rafferty, director for the
community-based Jobs with
Justice, says her members will
continue to fight to improve
the conditions of an often over-
lnn1,, r k h x

last unsubsidized affordable
housing for low-income fami-
lies," she said. "We want com-
panies to look at these people
and hire them. We want to help
them buy the land for their
mobile homes. In these trailer
parks, they own the home, but
not the land. We need to use
the results of this survey as le-
verage and hold the feet of our
elected officials to the fire."
Brakken says based on the
results of their survey, elected
officials should be urged to do
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persuade the wealthiest indi-
viduals and corporations to
pay their fair share; turn bad
jobs into good jobs jobs with
no benefits and those paying
poverty wages; and encourage
a diverse economy by helping
locally-owned businesses grow.
Angela Samuels fought back
tears as she explained that it
was 1MIAMI's coming to her
aid and stopping the eviction
on her home that made her an
eager worker for the organiza-
,," ,

hospital employees come to see ,uu,, o gru' p -- Ltouse who live thle lollowlnlg: support Invest- We are going to rlgnt lorJobs,
her and express their frustra- in mobile homes, ments in public service and for education and for health- Bullied student Sheterria Elliott (center) stands with her
tions over pay cuts and forced "Mobile home parks are the infrastructure developments; care," she said.
parents Terry (I-r) and Sherria Elliott.

Smiles for kids with parents in prison Bullard wants to

continued from 1A

non-profit organization whose
stated mission is "reaching out,
re-building and reconnecting
"More than 15,000 South Flor-
ida children have parents in jail
or in state or federal prisons -
parents whose actions have left
their children with a confusing
and uncertain example of what it
means to be an adult. Incarcera-

The Delta
Health and Culti
Inc. and the Mi
Chapter of Delta
Sorority, Inc., he

tion has severe unseen conse-
quences for families and friends."
It's the second year that Mc-
Ghee has worked to make
Christmas a happier time for
both children and their incarcer-
ated parents. But there's more to
this picture. By December 22nd,
over 300 children will have had
the chance to visit an incarcerat-
ed parent and have a holiday vis-
it. The visits are a fundamental
part of the Children of Inmates
programs. Ten facilities will be

visited this year.
"This program and these ef-
forts are so important because
often times the children of those
in prison are forgotten about or
left behind," said Judge Stacey
D. Glick. "Initiatives like this
show these children that some-
one cares about them and helps
them make it through the holi-
McGhee says we must all play
our part in taking care of the
children in our communities. The

children mingled among ove
supporters and donators t
cure their business cards.
will be sending thank-you n
at a later date. A total of 500
and games were collected b
end of the evening. The even
held at the News Lounge ii
ami's 55th Street Station. S]
Solomon serves as the exec
director for Children of Inm
Find out how you can hel
visiting www.childrenofinm

Florida's HBCUs with scholarships
Educational leges and Universities: Ed- funds will help Miami-Dade Theta Sorority, Inc., Shir
rural Initiative, ward Waters College, Florida students who plan to matricu- McWhorter-Jones, is picti
ami Alumnae Memorial University, Florida A late at one of the four colleges. below in the center along
Sigma Theta & M University and Bethune- The president of the Miami representatives from the
*ld their Poin- Cookman University. The Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma colleges.

settia Gala 2011 on Saturday,
Dec. 10th at the Hyatt Regen-
cy Miami. To mark the chap-
ter's 70th anniversary, the
sorority donated four checks
at $5,000 each to Florida's
four Historically Black Col-

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where a greater police presence
is needed."
Orosa has hired 16 new police
officers; another 31 are either
being certified or are being sent
to the police academy. After they
are all ready for action, he says
he will be looking at bringing
another 20 officers on board.

Miami is still reeling from its
record number police-involved
shootings that have occurred

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sides aimed at the University's
current president, Dr. James H.
Ammons, 58.
But after Florida's Governor
Rick Scott got involved, ad-
vising Ammons to step down
while investigations continue,
FAMU's able-bodied and vo-
cal alumni said they had had
enough of outside interference.
FAMU National Alumni Asso-
ciation [NAA] President Tommy
Mitchell, Sr., 72, addressed the
media, supporters of the Uni-
versity and the nation on the
steps of Lee Hall Sunday after-
noon. He said that while this is
a difficult time for FAMU, "we
will survive."
"We are pleased with the deci-
sion the board made not to sus-
pend but rather to reprimand
our president," Mitchell said.
"It's important to state that this
is not about Dr. Ammons and
we do not need outside forces to
tell us who should lead FAMU.
We are the stakeholders here. I
retired from FAMU, have three
children who graduated from

over the last 17 months. Orosa
points out that what many citi-
zens do not realize it that the
City has seen a dangerous rise
in Black-on-Black crimes.
"Crimes committed by Blacks
against other Blacks continue
to escalate," he said. "Many of
these are happening in Over-
town and we attribute the in-
crease to drug trafficking. I
believe that by hiring more of-
ficers and having them seen
more frequently, we can reduce
the chances of drive-by shoot-
ings and improve the atmo-
sphere so that decent citizens
can feel safer. Most of the deal-
ers that are setting up shop

FAMU and am preparing the
way for my grandchildren. This
is about maintaining our histo-
ry and our reputation. If Scott
wants to help, he needs to fund
us appropriately."

Mitchell says he represents
FAMU alumni numbering over
70,000. They all agree that
while hazing is clearly a prob-
lem that they are determined
to resolve, that the tradition is
one that extends far beyond the
borders of the FAMU campus.
"Name me one university
president who was ever sus-
pended or fired because of haz-
ing on their campus," he said.
"You won't find one. I have 40
pages of research dating back
to 1838. This is not something
new. There have been 15 cases
alone this year and another
student died in December from
hazing activities. This prac-
tice has run its course. We will
see an end to it and are join-
ing forces with all of the other
Black colleges. We must and
will do what no one else has

in Overtown, including on the
corners, are from places like
Opa-locka. We intend on send-
ing them packing."
Besides creating more beats
and manning them with offi-
cers, Orosa has made it a pri-
ority to meet with some of the
City's clergy for their input and
"I met with about 25 minis-
ters during my first week on
the job," he said. "Their lead-
ership and support are essen-
tial. The majority of the people
who look to us are law-abiding,
church-going folks that believe
in the power of prayer. I want to
hear from them and will listen

been able to achieve -
we will end the ritual F
or custom of hazing at .
Mitchell adds that it
will take student sup-
port to stop hazing.
"We cannot afford to
continue with hazing
but we need student AMh
leaders to get behind
this initiative," he said.
"I believe we can use this trag-
edy for good. FAMU has much
to be proud of but right now
we have become famous for the
wrong reason. Our pharmacy
students are the most highly
sought after graduates in the
country. We have more 'Black
engineers than any college in
the U.S. In 2008 we had the
first Black female graduate with
a "'h.D. in physics. And we have
the largest enrollment of stu-
dents among any HBCU with
13,000-plus. We don't need agi-
tators like Rick Scott to mess
with that or our accreditation."

Mitchell leads 60 chapters of

to their concerns. Keeping
lines of communication is
sential if we are goine to m


- .


an impact on crime. Right now
I have plans to visit different
communities and talk with
their homeowners. You can't
address policing by using just
one strategy because every
community has its own prob-
lems and needs. Overtown is
different from Coral Way or Al-
lapattah. That means we have
to individualize our strategies.
But I was once a sergeant and
was on the streets of Overtown.
We can make that and other
communities safer places for
everyone. We will."

i FAMU alumni across
Sthe U.S. He says they
N need to come forward
"FAMU will live for-
ever and we will make
it through this difficult
time," he said. "But we
need more alumni to
)NS get involved, to make
donations so that we
can offer more scholar-

ships to young people who want
to attend our university. As for
the suggestion made by our
governor, I can't get inside his
mind. What I can say is that we
can ill-afford to let the agendas
of others get in the way of our
long history and achievements.
Students who participated in
hazing will have to face conse-
quences. But we will not yield
to knee-jerk suggestions to get
rid of the marching band. They
are part of FAMU and many
students attend this University
with music scholarships. We
intend on getting our students'
attention. Every organization,
including the band, must vow
to stop hazing immediately.
And it will end."

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ena cyber
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y the bullying legislation, House
t was Bill 627.
n Mi- "This a very important
hellie topic because it addresses
utive a real 21st century need for
rates. our students," Bullard said.
p by "We have seen the necessity
ates. for this bill due to the growth
of Facebook and before that
S Myspace and now Twitter
and the other vehicles for so-
cial media that have now be-
come a new stage for harass-
ment. So, it is important for
us as advocates of children
to understand that there is
lyon an increasing need to protect
ured students."
with Bullard's bill stipulates
four that any complaint of a com-
puter-related incident must
be investigated by a school
district official. Cyber-bully-
ing is defined as the willful
and repeated harassment
and intimidation of an in-
dividual through the use of
electronic mail or electronic
communication with the in-
tent to coerce, intimidate,
harass or cause substantial
emotional distress to a per-
According to statistics com-
piled by M-DCPS, approxi-
mately 160,000 students
skip school daily because
they are being bullied. And
Woods almost 30 percent of youth
are estimated to be involved
in bullying as either a bully,
S a target of bullying or both.
"This is an ongoing chal-
the lenge within our communi-
es- ties throughout the state,"
ake said Dr. Wilbert Holloway,

63, District 1 Miami-Dade
County School Board mem-
ber. "This is not a problem
that has just begun; our chil-
dren have been in bullying
situations since I was a child.
But it has come to a propor-
tion now that we must make
sure that something is done
about the safety and security
of each of our children."

Sheterria Elliott, 12, who'
has been a victim of bullying.
will serve as the face for Bul-
lard's bill.
"I felt really bad," she said.
"I felt like I had nobody to
talk to about this. I just re-
ally wanted to make it stop.
I was experiencing mental
abuse -kids would call me
white and say that I was ad-
opted and they would ask ime
why my parents are Black
and I am white."
Bullying affected Elliot's
parents just as hard.
"As a parent you want to
jump in and help," said Sher-
ria L. Elliott, 41, Sheterria's
mother. "You want to pro-
tect them. But when they
are out in the world they
have to learn to stand up for
themselves. And of course
when she came home crying
I would have to be there for
"It hurt me just as much
as it hurt her," said Terry El-
liott, Sr., 48, Sheterria's fa-
ther. "We had to learn how to
cope with (bullying] to help
her survive. We have helped
our daughter by showing her
a lot of love."

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nuclear bomb will give them
that blocking power.
To say, as even President
Obama does, that no options
have been taken off the table is
one thing. To publicly proclaim
a determination to make war on
Iran to keep it from getting a nu-
clear weapon is an unequivocal
commitment to a new and more
costly Middle East conflict.
In nearly nine years of fight-
ing, the Iraqi War took the lives
of 4,487 American men and
women, and wounded 32,226.
While nothing approaches the
human toll wrought by that
war, the financial cost ap-
proximately $800 billion has
taken a big bite out of our na-
tional treasury. If one of the
hawkish Republican contenders
becomes president, the human

and financial costs of the war
they've threatened to launch
against Iran will pale in com-
parison with the price we paid
in Iraq.
The Republican hawks, no
doubt, will argue this is a cost
we must pay to stop Iran from
using a nuclear weapon against
Israel our most reliable ally
in the region. But unless Ira-
nian leaders want to turn their
entire nation into a suicide
bomber, they won't risk the
nuclear retaliation Israel would
rain down upon them at the
first sign of an Iranian nuclear-
tipped missile heading toward
the Jewish state.
So, while Republicans might
score political points among
their base by threatening war
with Iran, they will succeed
only in pushing Iran to step up
its efforts to get nuclear weap-

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Local course teaches

adults basics of parenting

exactly to teach
Their children to
have racial pride.

By Kaila Heard
While most local schools
have begun to release their
students for winter break,
many of their parents will find
that school has just begun for
them as the latest session for
the Liberty City Parenting Alli-
ance has just begun.
"Every parent should take
the class because we're never
too old to learn and [our class]

teaches new techniques to
implement in your home," said
Carlentz Francois M. Soriano,
the program director for Miami
Bridge Youth and Family Ser-
vices, Inc.
Now in its fourth year, the
free seven-week parenting
course is hosted by the Miami
Bridge Youth and Family Ser-
vices, Inc., with classes taught
twice a week at the Belafonte
"Every parent has a life

ASlAlW AWN N I'.1 11;1" I
Carlentz Francois M.
Soriano, the instructor
for the Liberty Parent-
ing Alliance, encourages
all adults with children
to head back to the
goal for their child. We give
them five things they can do
to make sure that their child
makes it to the top," Soriano
Using lessons found in 'Ef-
fective Black P .i. ,-tin text-
book created by the Center
for the Improvement of Child
Caring, the parenting courses
teaches a range skills from
budgeting to to reading to
healthy eating all with the
Please turn to COURSE 14B

Florida Family

Association sparks

religious debate
By Kaila Heard
With Islam one of the fastest growing religions in America
and the world, it seems fitting that a show highlighting the
life and concerns of those who practice the Islamic faith
would be produced soon.
"All-American Muslim," which follows the lives of five
families in Dearborn, Michigan, premiered on The Learning
Channel (TLC) last month.
Many praised the show for being one of the first to fairly
shed light on what the average Muslim in America really
experiences and believes. The eight episodes of the season
will show how a football player still manages to play while
fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan; career
women and why some women decide to cover their hair; and
interfaith marriage.
Yet other organizations believed "All American Muslim"
had a more malevolent agenda. One of the more vocal efforts
was led by the Tampa-based Florida Family Association, a
conservative Christian group.
Sending out hundreds of thousands of emails to corpora-
tions that advertised during the reality TV's time slot, it
warned that the show is "propaganda....advancing Islamic
David Caton, the executive director of FFA, issued a state-
ment saying, "We just want to make sure that only Ameri-
can laws are enforced in America and that Islamic code or
Sharia law does not change our way of life or diminish our
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Sthe street

Scorner to

the pulpit

By Kaila Heard
I kheard@miamitimesonline.com

For many ministers, the
story of how they wound up
behind the pulpit tends to be
intricate and arduous. For
Reverend Eric Readon of New
Beginning Missionary Baptist
Church in Miami Gardens,
his story starts with a stable
home life then moved to the
street corner and finally to
the church.
When he was 12 he began
stealing cars, but by the time
he was 14 he had graduated
to selling drugs in what was
then considered Carol City.
* Looking back, Readon,
now 35, believes the journey
began when he witnessed the
break up of his parent's mar-
riage (they divorced after over
25 years together).
"What really pushed me into
the streets was my anger over
the separation of my parents,"
he explained. "I was very, very
bitter towards my father. I
thought I had to take care of
the house because I was 'the
man' of the house now."
But, "no matter how far
I got into [dealing] I always
knew it was temporary."
Assured in his mind that
his lifestyle was not perma-
nent, Readon still spent the
next five years continuing
to accumulate bigger sales,
several cars and even vari-
ous real estate properties.
Please turn to READON 14B

Every day of the week long celebration of Kwanzaa is
dedicated to honoring a different principal:

UMOJA (Unity): To strive for and to maintain
unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination): To de-
fine ourselves, name ourselves, create for our-
selves, and speak for ourselves stand up.
BILITY): To build and maintain our community to-
gether and make our brothers' and sisters' prob-
lems our problems, and to solve them together.
build and maintain our own stores, shops, and
other businesses and to profit from them together.

NIA (PURPOSE): To make our collective voca-
tion the building and developing of our communi-
ty in order to restore our people to their traditional
KUUMBA (CREATIVITY): To do always as much
as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our
community more beautiful and beneficial than we
inherited it.
IMANI (Faith): To believe with all our heart in
our people, our parents, our teachers, our lead-
ers, and the righteousness and victory of our

By Kaila Heard
khelard@in a itiiimesotn ine.on
Treated by many in the U.S. as Christmas's
estranged cousin, the 45-year-old Kwan-
zaa holiday often receives barely a brief ac-
knowledgement during its annual December
observance. With that in mind, the Kuumba

Kwanzaa Art Exhibition was founded by the
Kuumba Artists Collective of South Florida
nearly 30 years ago to help counteract that
apathetic attitude.
"Kwanzaa was not very well established
here in Miami then," said Gene Tinnie. one
of the founding members of the Kuumba
Please turn to KAWANZAA 14B

Kwanzaa exhibit brings

affordable art to Liberty City




Americans: Undecided about God?

By Eric Weiner

The holidays are upon us
again it sounds vaguely ag-
gressive, as if the holidays were
some sort of mugger, or overly
enthusiastic lover and so it's
time to stick a thermometer
deep in our souls and take our
spiritual temperature (between
trips to the mall, of course).
For a nation of talkers and
self-confessors, we are terrible
when it comes to talking about
God. The discourse has been
co-opted by the True Believers,
on one hand, and Angry Athe-
ists on the other. What about
the rest of us?
The rest of us, it turns out,
constitute the nation's fastest-
growing religious demographic.
We are the Nones, the roughly
12 percent of people who say
they have no religious affilia-

tion at all. The percentage is
even higher among young
people; at least a quarter are

Apparently, a growing num-
ber of Americans are running
from organized religion, but by
no means running from God.
On average 93 percent of those
surveyed say they believe in
God or a higher power; this
holds true for most Nones -
just 7 percent of whom de-
scribe themselves as atheists,
according to a survey by Trin-
ity College.
Nones are the undecided of
the religious world. We drift
spiritually and dabble in every-
thing from Sufism to Kabbalah
to, yes, Catholicism and Juda-

Why the rise of the Nones?
David Campbell and Robert
Putnam, of the University of
Notre Dame and the Harvard
Kennedy School, respectively,
think politics is to blame. Their
idea is that we've mixed politics

The author, most
recently, of "Man Seeks
God: My Flirtations
with the Divine."

and religion so completely that
many simply opt out of both;
apparently they are reluctant
to claim a religious affiliation
because they don't want the
political one that comes along
with it.
We are more religiously po-
larized than ever. In my secu-
lar, urban and urbane world,

God is rarely spoken of, except
in mocking, derisive tones. It
is acceptable to cite the latest
academic study on, say, happi-
ness or, even better, whip out a
brain scan, but God? He is for
suckers, and Republicans.

I used to be that way, too,
until a health scare and the
onset of middle age created a
crisis of faith, and I ventured to
the other side. I quickly dis-
covered that I didn't fit there,
either. I am not a True Believer.
I am a rationalist. I believe the
Enlightenment was a very good
thing, and don't wish to return
to an age of raw superstition.
We Nones may not believe in
God, but we hope to one day.
We have a dog in this hunt.
Nones don't get hung up on
Please turn to GOD 14B

S. politics

posal would have done, it could
not have effectively reduced
abortion because it provided no
resources to enable women to
have and support their babies.
It was, so to speak, all hat and
no cattle.
This argument is usually
made by feminists. But this
time it's coming from "new
evangelicals" those who
have left the right for a focus
on economic justice, environ-
mental protection and im-
migration reform. Theologian
Scot McKnight calls it "the
biggest change in the evangeli-
cal movement at the end of the
20th century, a new kind of
Christian social conscience."
Richard Cizik, president of The
New Evangelical Partnership
for the Common Good, calls it
a "slow earthquake."
Because 73 percent of U.S.
abortions are economically
motivated (according to the
Guttmacher Institute, a non-
profit that researches repro-
ductive issues), abortion would
drop significantly if medical,
Please turn to ABORTIONS 14B


By Marcia Pally

It's political gospel that evan-
gelicals are a solid Republican
bloc because they vote only for
candidates who oppose abor-
tion. And on the whole, this is
true as they'll likely again
show in the upcoming Iowa
caucuses. But something's up:
wiggle room. While evangeli-
cal opposition to abortion is
firm, the evangelical vote is not
In our ever-shrinking world,
the tentacles of religion touch
everything from governmental
policy to individual morality
to our basic social constructs.
It affects the lives of people of
great faith or no faith at all.
This series of weekly columns
- launched in 2005 seeks
to illuminate the national con-
"We were shocked ibni 260
when so many people came out
for (Barack) Obama. Something

had really changed," Sheryl
Ripke, an evangelical in Iowa,
told me. The 2006 midterms
showed a significant white
evangelical vote for Democrats;
41% were "happy" with Demo-
cratic wins. The 2008 elections
saw a five-point rise in Demo-
cratic votes and a remarkable
32 percent vote for Obama by
white evangelicals younger
than 30.
Since then, evangelicals have
been developing nuanced ideas
about ending abortion that will
appeal to Americans across the
religious and political range.
They begin with the idea that
getting rid of abortion means
providing an alternative. If we
don't, we drive abortion under-
ground, where we lose the ba-
bies and risk losing the moth-
ers, too. There's no win there.
As Shane Claiborne, the Elvis
if'jyb'tinger li' .- n --llc.i put
it, "If I am going to discourage
abortion, I had better be ready

to adopt some babies and care
for some mothers."

Look at what happened last
month with the Mississippi
vote on abortion. The proposal
to give fertilized eggs legal
status as persons failed in this
heavily evangelical state- not
because it wxas too radical but
because it was not radical
enough. Whatever that pro-

More Muslims, Jews celebrating Christmas

By Daniel Burke

Frances Dinkelspiel attends
a Reform synagogue, raises
her teenage daughters Jewish
and plans to host a Christmas
party this year.
As her family has for de-
cades, Dinkelspiel will ex-
change presents, decorate a
tree and inmte friends over for
Christmas Eve.
December 25 has no reli-
gious significance for Din-
kelspiel. a writer in Berkeley,
Calif. "We don't celebrate the
day for the birth of Jesus,"
she said. "I am 100 percent
Rather, she considers the
day a winter festival, as was
common in Europe before the
advent of modern Christmas

Still, Dinkelspiel knows
she's a minority among con-
temporary American Jews.
She's been told that Jewish
families should spend Dec.
25 in Chinese restaurants
or movie theaters, not quaff-
ing eggnog and exchanging
"The vast majority of Jews
in America regard Christmas
as a Christian holiday and
are revolted by the idea of a
Jew celebrating Christmas,"
Dinkelspiel said.
"At the same time, there are
a group of Jews who consider
themselves fully Jewish who
have been celebrating Chrst-
mas for hundreds of years
while not regarding it as a
Christian rite."

The so-called "December
dilemma"-how to navigate
around Christmas in an pre-
dominantly Christian coun-
try-has confronted American
Jews for generations.
Still, 9 percent of Jewish
households in America deco-
rate a Chrstmas tree each
year, and another 8 percent
said they usually or some-
times do. according to the
2000 Natonal Jewish Popula-
tion Survey, the most recent
year for which national data is
It's also not uncommon for
Muslim parents to take on
some cultural aspects of the
holiday to help their children
feel included Yet, Muslims
such as Am Zonneveld are
taking it further and celebrat-

ing the birth of Jesus Christ.
For Muslims such as
Shireen Ahmed, a 34-year-old
social worker and mother of
four who lives in the Toronto
suburbs, the holiday is a time
to teach her kids about their
religion and how to respect
other religions. While Ahmed
does not celebrate Christmas
at home, she says she is "open
and interested" in the idea.
"I look at it from a cultural
tolerance perspecuve. We live
in a society that s diverse.'
she says. adding that she
recently used the Christmas
season as a chance to talk
about Jesus to her 7-year-old
"I explained the Holy Trinity.
and my son said 'What do you
mean? Allah doesn't have a
father or son.'

Vickie Winans crowned queen of Christian comedy

By Dianna Hobbs

This is an excerpt from
EEW Magazine President &
CEO, Dianna Hobbs exclusive
interview with Stellar Award-
winning gospel artist Vickie
With her never-met-a-
stranger personality (I love
that) on full display, Vickie
Winans called me "girl" and
conversed openly and honestly
with EEW Magazine about
so many things like: why she
credits Bishop T.D. Jakes
with jumpstarting her comedy
career; connecting with her
Twitter followers; no longer
caring what people think of
her; her obsession with po-
tato chips; why she absolutely
refuses to hire a manager but
instead handles all her own
management and booking; and
the "Hilarious and Unplugged"
comedy DVD taping that she,
at the time of our discussion,
was released on Dec. 7.
Even though she cracks me
and thousands of others up,
don't mistake her for a come-

dian, Winans says. "I'm not like
a stand-up comedian where
someone writes you like one-
liners. I don't know why I'm
even in comedy. I don't even
really know." But according
to Winans, one of the most fa-
mous preachers of our genera-
tion, Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor
of The Potter's House in Dallas,
knew something about her she
didn't know about herself.

"He said I'm going to stretch
you. He made me be the come-
dian for his Alaskan cruise. He
said I don't even want to hear
you sing," but wanted her to
share some knee-slapping sto-
ries instead. Albeit reluctantly,
she did what Jakes asked and
that changed everything for
Detroit native who is natu-
rally a chuckle-a-minute. She
doesn't try to be funny, which
is the true hallmark of a great
"I just talk about what hap-
pened to me. I'm like Lucille
Ball. I mean, it's like, every-
thing happens to me." Both
good and bad, Vickie Winans
says she enjoys sharing.
Whether she's on stage, or
on 'iwitter (@VickieWinans)
talking to her 13,000+ follow-
ers, Winans is touchable and
very open, although tweeting
gave her pause at first.
"I never was gonna go on
Twitter because I just didn't
think I had the time and I was
thinking, wow, I might as well
be a pastor of a megachurch

with all these people."
Nevertheless, Winans took
the plunge and now her follow-
ers, who call her "Aunt Vickie,"
constantly tweet her, send
direct messages, share their
problems with the woman
they feel so connected to, and
expect daily access to the Des-
tiny Joy Records CEO.
"But honey, you miss a day
[on Twitter] and that's all she
wrote. 'Oh my God I miss you
so much' [they say]. So one
night I was sitting at the house
and I tweeted, I said, 10 people
go to DM (Direct Message) and
give me your phone number
and I'm gonna call you. They
could not believe it. I had 68
phone numbers and I called 10
of them. They were falling out.
I just heard screaming and
cackling. For the first 15 min-
utes, I didn't know what was
said. They just couldn't believe
I was calling them."
To learn more about Vickie
Winans' ministry and to pur-
chase a copy of her funny com-
edy DVD visit www.VickieWi-

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A long-time resident of the Jackson Memorial Long Term
Care Center Wayne Garvey, 51, says he will enjoy spending
the holidays with the friends he's made at the nursing fa-

Elderly share holiday reflections

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For 74-year-old Johnny White, the Christmas holiday allow
him to become nostalgic for the past.
"[Christmas time] means that I can reflect back on when
I was a youngster and how I was so joyful and peaceful," he
In our Dec. 14th edition, the Miami Times published the
article, "Elderly share holiday reflections." However, the
names attached to two of the photographs were incorrect.
Here is a copy of the previously run photographs with their
corrected names.

Physicists at European lab:

Close to finding 'God particle'

Discovery could,
help explain,
gravity mystery

By Dan Vergano

International physics
teams Tuesday narrowed
dc.wn the hiding place of the
so-called God particle'
The "God particle" gets its
nickname from its elusive-
ness, sought for decades in
experiments aimed at detect
ing the subatomic particle.
That particle, when found
will answer why other sub-
atomic particles weigh what
they do and perhaps will
open the door to explaining
the mystern of gravity
BLOG: Ph\ sicists, others
react to the announcement
By literally smashing to-
gether atomic particles and
seeing what pieces emerge
from the collisions, two
physics teams at Europe's
CERN lab report they have
seen evidence of the God
particle's existence.
CERN Director Roll-Dieter
Heuer described at the brief
ing the results as tantaliz-
ing' but not a "conclusive"
detection of their quarry.
known to physicists as the
'Higgs boson "
Physicists understand ho\
electromagnetic and radioac
tive forces work. But they
need to find the particle to
complete their understand-
ing of how these forces work
together at the atomic level.
The teams have been on the
trail of the particle at a $4

billion lab experiment since
-1 Fmdutt1ie partc!cle, (first
called the'God particle"
by Nobel Prize-winning
physicist Leon Lederman)
in high-energy experiments
would crown three decades
of experiments by physicists.
S "Finding the (particle) gives
us the detailed rules of Na-
ture," says physicist Frank
Close, author of The Infin-
ity Puzzle: Quantum Field
Theory and the Hunt for an
Orderly Universe. 'And those
,details tell how us Nature
does its work, and will hope-
fully lead to more discover-
The European lab over-
came fears, seen in envi-
ronmental lawsuits filed
in 2008. that its collisions
would spawn tiny black
holes that would eat the
Earth, a staple of late-night
television jokes four years
So far, so good. and
physicists have reported no
signs of doomsday particles
being spawned at the facility.
Further results from the Eu-
ropean lab will be reported
in March. Heuer expressed
confidence that the experi-
ment would conclusively de-
tect the Higgs boson by the
w end of next year.
"There s definitely enough
evidence to say there is likely
something there, but it s too
soon to say this was the day
they found the Higgs boson,"
Close says. "It may say that
in the textbooks 20 years
from now."

Miami Gardens'church hosts prayer

service for victims of violence

On Monday, Dec. 5th, a
prayer service was held in
memory of Terrel Scott, one of
the many victims of violence
in the City of Miami Gardens,
by the People Against Crime
(P.A.C.) at a local church.
Residents of the Miami Gar-
dens community partnered
with P.A.C and held a prayer
service to show the Scott fam-
ily that they are not alone.
During this service there was
singing of praises, prayer and
words of encouragement by
Pastor Charles Thompson.
P.A.C is organized under

the ministry of New Begin-
ning M.B.C, Pastor Eric D.
Readon, and other mem-
bers include Pastor Dwayne
Richardson of Greater Love
Missionary Baptist Church,
Pastor Charles Thompson of
Genuine Love Ministries and
Pastor Mckinley Young of Mt.
Zion African Methodist Epis-
copal Church.
At the end of the special
service, P.A.C and the com-
munity presented monetary
contributions to the parents
of Scott to aid in the final
preparations for their son.

Reduce abortions, realign U.

If babies ceased to serve as political glue,

evangelicals might see some wiggle room

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Now Faith Ministries is
hosting a free christmas toy
and clothing giveaway on Dec.
22nd at 8 p.m.

The Universal Truth Cen-
ter for Better Living is host-
ing its annual Burning Bowl
services on New Year's Eve
with special performances by
a world renowned saxophon-
ist with service times at 6 p.m.,
8:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. 305-

A Mission With A New Be-
ginning Church Youth Depart-
ment will be celebrating their
Christmas Program on Dec. 25

at 11:15 a.m.

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the community
to Revival Services Dec. 28 -31,
8 p.m. nightly and a special
Watch Night Service to begin at
10 p.m. 305-633-2683.

N Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes ev-
eryone to their 'Introduction to
the Computer' classes on Tues-
days, 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and
Thursday, 4 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
305-770-7064, 786-312-4260.

B New Canaan Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the

community to Sun-
day Bible School at 9:30 a.m.
followed by Worship Services at
11 a.m. 954 981-1832.

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance hosts a Mar-
riage Counseling Workshop
every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Ap-
pointment necessary. 786-597-

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the community
to Sunday School at 10 a.m.
and worship service every week
at noon.

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International invites
the community to their Sunday
Praise and Worship Service at
10:30 a.m.

Gamble Memorial Church
of God in Christ asks that ex-
perienced musicians apply to
fulfill their musician position.
305-821-3692, 305-409-1566.

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 Be-
reavement Support Group be-
ginning on the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of each month
from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. 786-488-

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

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 Department
of A Mission With A New Be-
ginning Church sponsors a

Community Feeding every sec-
ond Saturday of the month,
from 10 a.m. until all the food
has been given out. For loca-
tion and additional details, call

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 Sun-
day 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.

Is it disrespectful to laugh about God, faith?

continued from 13B

whether a religion is "true" or
not, and instead subscribe to
William James's maxim that
"truth is what works." If a cer-
tain spiritual practice makes
us better people more loving,
less angry then it is neces-
sarily good, and by extension
"true." (We believe that G. K.
Chesterton got it right when
he said: "It is the test of a good
religion whether you can joke
about it.")
By that measure, there is very
little "good religion" out there.
Put bluntly: God is not a lot of

fun these days. Many of us don't
view religion so generously. All
we see is an angry God. He is
constantly judging and smit-
ing, and so are his followers. No
wonder so many Americans are
enamored of the Dalai Lama.
He laughs, often and well.

Precious few of our religious
leaders laugh. They shout. God
is not an exclamation point,
though. He is, at his best, a
semicolon, connecting people,
and generating what Aldous
Huxley called "human grace."
Somewhere along the way,
we've lost sight of this.

Religion and politics, though
often spoken about in the same
breath, are, of course, funda-
mentally different. Politics is,
by definition, a public activity.
Though religion contains large
public components, it is at core
a personal affair. It is the rela-
tionship we have with ourselves
or, as the British philosopher
Alfred North Whitehead said,
"What the individual does with
his solitariness." There lies the
problem: how to talk about the
private nature of religion pub-
What is the solution? The an-
swer, I think, lies in the sort of
entrepreneurial spirit that has

long defined America, including
religious America.
We need a Steve Jobs of re-
ligion. Someone (or ones) who
can invent not a new religion
but, rather, a new way of being
religious. Like Mr. Jobs's cre-
ations, this new way would be
straightforward and unencum-
bered and absolutely intuitive.
Most important, it would be
highly interactive. I imagine a
religious space that celebrates
doubt, encourages experimen-
tation and allows one to utter
the word God without embar-
rassment. A religious operating
system for the Nones among us.
And for all of us.

Pastor explains why it's hard loving the sinner

conitnued from 12B

But the lifestyle did cost
him. His mother put him out
of her house when he was 18
and their relationship was se-
verely strained; his reputation
among his family's church also
suffered, and several of his
friends were killed.
Yet by then, he had become a
victim of his own success.
"Sometimes you can get away
with something for so long that
you start to feel that you'll nev-
er get caught."

Throughout his years of deal-
ing drugs, Readon was grateful
that his mother and father still
managed to support him while
condemning his lifestyle.

According to Readon, "It's
very challenging, very confus-
ing, very humiliating to love
the sinner but hate the sin
because [they] always wanted
me to not get involved because
there's lot of danger."

By the time he was 22, "I
had accomplished everything
I wanted. So I prayed to God
and I told [Him] that I wanted
to die because I had nothing
more to live for."
Shortly after, Readon's
prayer was answered when his
car was hit by a bus. Yet his
reaction surprised him.
"I had said that I didn't care
about living or dying, but when
I was actually put in that situ-
ation, I realized I wanted to
live," he said. "That was the

real turnaround in my life.
Immediately I decided I would
give my life to God."
He walked away from the
accident with minor injuries,
stopped selling drugs and
quickly joined a church.

One of the lessons that Re-
adon learned from his ordeal
was to choose his actions care-
"Be careful what you attach
yourself to because the same
things you attach yourself to
can attack you later," he said.
Months and even years after he
left the drug game, he is still
dealing with some fall out.
Former associates he thought
were friends spread lies about
him and in the faith commu-

nity, there are still people who
doubt his motives and his abil-
ity to change.
Yet he remains optimistic.
"Time changes [people's] per-
ception of who you were. You
cannot convince somebody of
how you've changed," he ex-
plained. Besides, "I don't care
what anyone thinks, because
I know that's not my life any-
more. .
Now as the pastor of New
Beginning Missionary Baptist
Church, he oversees a congre-
gation that has between 250
to 300 members with a strong
emphasis on outreach minis-
try. The latest effort was the
creation of the People Against
Crime (P.A.C.) Ministry which
is planning to have a special
New Year's Eve cook- out for
the community.

Celebrate local artists, cultural holiday at exhibit

continued from 12B

Artists Collective.
Celebrated since 1981, the in-
termittent exhibit will kick off
this year with a grand opening
reception on Thursday, Dec.
22nd at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center in Liberty
This year, exhibit-goers can
expect to see a wide variety of
art pieces including paintings,

photographs and sculptures.
Among this year's line up of
artists will be Addonis Parker,
Bayunga Kialeuka, James A.
Rush and Overstreet Ducasse.
It's the tenth year that the
exhibit has been showcased at
the African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center, according to Tin-
nie, who adds that there will be
a wide price range for purchas-
able items starting as low as
ten dollars.
"The idea was to make Black

art available to the Black com-
munity especially during gift-
giving time," he said. "Instead
of buying from a department
story why not buy a gift with a
rich history?"
In addition to celebrating lo-
cal artists, Kuumba Artists
Collective of South Florida also
celebrates the Kwanzaa holiday
itself, which takes place from
Monday, Dec. 26th until Sun-
day, Jan. 1st. On Wednesday,
Dec. 26th, there will be a spe-

cial presentation in the theater
at the Center dedicated to hon-
oring the first of the seven prin-
ciples of Kwanzaa "umoja"
The Annual Kuumba Kwan-
zaa Art Exhibition's opening
reception will be on Thurs-
day, Dec. 22nd at 7 p.m. at the
Amadlozi Gallery at the African
Heritage Cultural Arts Center,
2166 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Blvd. in Liberty City. For infor-
mation call 305-751-9791.

Alternative ways of being 'pro-life' yet religious

cotninued from 13B

financial and emotional sup-
port were provided during preg-
nancy along with day care post-
partum services. It would drop
further if we re-thought our
adoption policies and dealt with
the values taught to our kids
about the worth of others and
of intimate relationships, and
- especially for boys about
using others for one's own plea-
Moreover, there's no reason
why evangelicals should not
join with other faith groups,
secular organizations and femi-
nists in developing such pro-
"I am decidedly pro-life,"
Southern megachurch pas-
tor Joel Hunter says, "but ...
by working together instead
of arguing, both sides (for and
against legal abortion) can get
what they want."
That, according to many new
evangelicals, is the pro-life po-

sition. What's radical about it
is that it means money, lots of
it, and time and personal effort.
Forming supportive relation-
ships with women in crisis
pregnancies, with our kids is
a contact sport.
Many "new evangelicals" have
been putting their money where
there their mouths are. That's
not only free medical clinics
and day care centers but also
politically confronting the link
between abortion and economic
need. Midwestern megachurch
pastor Greg Boyd explained
it this way, "A person could
vote for a candidate who is not
'pro-life' but who will help the
economy and the poor. Yet this
may be the best way to curb the
abortion rate."

And that could be the begin-
ning of the end of glue between
evangelicals and Republicans. If
effective abortion-reducing pro-
grams were indeed everywhere,

abortion would cease to be the
cement between evangelicals
and the GOP. Voting Republi-
can wouldn't be the way to be
pro-life; there would already be
a powerful way in every neigh-
How would that affect votes
in Iowa or elsewhere? People
who feel passionately about
ending abortion could actually
work on doing so, without ty-
ing up their vote. Evangelicals
would be able to look at other
Republican policies and judge
the party by them not on
the single issue of abortion.
As Richard Land, president
of the conservative Southern
Baptist Convention's Ethics &
Religious Liberty Commission,
said, "If that issue (abortion)
were taken off the table, then
other issues get oxygen, issues
where evangelicals are not
nearly as certain that Repub-
licans offer the best answer.
Issues like economic justice,
racial reconciliation, the envi-

With a dramatic drop in
abortion, would white evangeli-
cals nonetheless remain Re-
publican? Perhaps. Economic
policies might furnish the glue,
but with the new evangelical
emphasis on poverty and the
environment, that's no longer a
guarantee. At present, neither
creationism/intelligent design
nor gay unions will serve as a
New evangelicals are values
voters who believe in economic
fairness, environmental pro-
tection and stopping abortion.
Who represents that? Though
a sizable voting bloc about
a quarter of the population -
devout Christians not in the
religious right have, incredibly
enough, no candidate.
Moreover, because we know
how to stop abortion, it looks
like the nation faces a choice:
We can build the programs that
will or we can continue to use
babies as political glue. One
doesn't have to be evangelical
to know the pro-life position.

Black parenting 101

continued from 12B

goal of helping adults to learn
how to raise a successful child
from an ethnic stand point.
"We cover how to raise a child
by using Black culture," she ex-
According to Soriano, in
Black culture, adults are less
likely to show genuine affection
and praise their children's ef-
"[The parents] have not been
shown these feelings them-
selves, so its difficult for them
to show their child," she ex-
But such positive demonstra-
tions toward a child will help
them develop better relation-
ships later in life, the parenting
instructor said.
And although the class has
had students from various eth-
nic and racial backgrounds,
the Liberty City Parenting Al-
liance teaches parents how ex-
actly to teach their children to
have racial pride.
And while the class course

honors traditions normally
found in Black household, it
does not condone physical dis-
cipline which has been a long-
standing, popular method in
the community.
According to Dr. Bryan Nich-
ols, a clinical psychologist, this
is because "there are much
greater consequences for mi-
nor infractions if a Black child
doesn't adhere to society's
Instead of spanking the child,
parents can tell them the rea-
son why and demonstrate the
consequences of their actions,
according to Soriano.
And while these are lessons
that are fine-tuned for the
Black family, parents of all eth-
nicities and races are welcome.
"These are the same basic
principals to raise a child of
any ethnicity," Soriano said.
The latest session of classes
began on Dec. 20th, however,
enrollment remains open.
For more information about
the Liberty City Parenting Al-
liance, please call 305-308-

TV show creates real drama

continued from 12B

One of the corporations to
pull their advertisements in re-
sponse to FFA's campaign was
the retail home improvement
company, Lowe's.
According to a statement is-
sued by Lowe's, the North
Carolina-based corporation
apologized for having "man-
aged to make some people
very unhappy." "Individuals
and groups have strong politi-
cal and societal views on this
topic, and this program be-
came a lightning rod for many
of those views. As a result we
did pull our advertising on this
program. We believe it is best to
respectfully defer to communi-

ties, individuals and groups to
discuss and consider such is-
sues of importance," the state-
ment said.
Their decision to withdraw
ad support has drawn outrage
from several different groups.
In an interview with the
Christian Post, Kamal Nawash,
president of the Free Muslims
Coalition, said "I think Lowe's
decision was unjustifiable and
a complete shock. 'All-Amer-
ican Muslim' was able to cap-
ture the similarities of Muslims
to the general American popu-
lation while capturing their
Other groups have called
for actions as varied as simply
asking Lowe's to reverse their
decision to an all out boycott of
the retailer.

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Miami. JTS is a fully accredited
seminary. Various degrees may
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For additional information

contact Dr. Arnold J. Kelly,
305-633-4639 or 305-638-
1789. Courses are also offered
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South FL Jews prepare

to celebrate Hanukkah

More reasons for the holiday season

By Kaila Heard
For the past several years,
the period from Thanksgiving
to New Year's Day has official-
ly been crowned the holiday
season. For many people,
institutions and celebrations
Christmas Day is considered
the most important holiday.
Yet there are several other
holidays and events by other
cultures and religions being
celebrated during this season.
One of the biggest events
will be Hanukah (Chanu-
kah). The eight day obser-
vance holiday, which literally
means dedication, begins on
Wednesday, Dec. 20th and is
designed to celebrate Jewish
people's struggle for religious
freedom. The holiday is also
called the Jewish Festival
of Lights. Historically, the
festival commemorates how a
group of Jews called the Mac-
cabees revolted and ultimately
won against Syrian Greeks
and the rededication of the
Holy Temple in Jerusalem in
165 B.C. According to some
historical accounts, when the
Maccabees reentered they

discovered a single case of
oil which was only supposed
to be enough to light the
temple's candelabrum or me-

the center candle, known
as the Shamash or servant
candle is used to light all of
the other candles.
Among some of the other
traditions maintained dur-

Dreidel Fun

norah for one day. Instead,
the menorah remained alight
for eight days. The occasion
became known as the 'miracle
of the oil.'
Now one of the main tradi-
tions is the lighting of the Me-
norah an additional candle
is lit during each day of the
festival until all candles have
been lit. The candelabrum
has nine candle holders, and

ing the holiday is to exchange
of gifts in particular choco-
late candy coins, or playing
dreidel a spinning top with
a different Hebrew letter on
each side. The letters form the
acronym that means 'a great
miracle happened here.'
Potato pancakes and deep
fried doughnuts are tradition-
ally served during this holiday
as well.

Black churches join 'Occupy Wall Street' movement

By Hamil R. Harris
A prominent coalition of
Black pastors have teamed up
with leaders of the Occupy Wall
Street movement to launch a
new series of actions that they
consider part of the Rev. Mar-
tin Luther King Jr.'s unfinished
"If Dr. King were alive today,
he would be part of Occupy
Wall Street," said the Rev. Ben
Chavis, the former head of the

NAACP, said during a a
news conference at the
National Press Club in ,
Northwest Washington.
The Rev. Jamal Bry- ("
ant, a nationally known
televangelist and pastor
of Baltimore's Empow- CHA
erment Temple Church,
said pastors are starting the
Occupy the Dream movement,
with events starting in Janu-
"Dr. King did not die for a

monument," Bryant said.
"He died for a movement
and that movement must
move forward."
The first major action is
slated for January 16. The
group is asking people to
VIS leave crutches and other
prosthetic devices at the
various Federal Reserve offices
around the country to show
how financial institutions are
crippling residents and the
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The Christ Mass 11 p.m.

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Festive Christmas Mass with Sermon 10 a.m.

Wednesday, December 28th: The Holy Innocents
Children's Service with the Anointing 11 a.m.
Lunch provided for the children following their service

Sunday, January 1, 2012:'Ihe Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ
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Solemn Eucharist with Sermon 10 a.m.

Celebrant and Preacher
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Hospitals hire sales reps to woo doctors


By Phil Galewitz

In northwest Indiana, Carrie
Sota visits five or six doctors'
offices every workday as part of
her new sales job.
But Sota isn't selling the
physicians on a prescription
drug or a medical device. She's
promoting her hospital the
University of Chicago Medical
Sota, 30, is one of four em-
ployees the academic medi-
cal center has hired in recent
months to make "sales calls"
on physicians in the hope that
they will send more patients
to the hospital. "We are trying
to build meaningful relation-
ships," said Sota, who was
previously a saleswoman for
a small medical device com-
The University of Chicago
Medical Center is one of a
growing number of hospitals
nationwide hiring former drug
and device sales reps to visit
doctors' offices to persuade
them to use their services over
competing facilities.
Rather than handing out
samples of prescription drugs,
the sales reps call on doctors


armed with the latest infor-
mation on how their facility
is reducing hospital-acquired
infections and improving
patient-satisfaction scores.
In visits that can last five to
20 minutes, reps try to win
doctors' loyalty by helping
them get better times on oper-
ating room schedules or easier
patient referrals to hospital-
based specialists. The sales
reps can also carry messages
back to the hospital, such as
a doctor's request for a new
medical device to be available
in surgery.
While hospitals have always
tried to woo doctors to refer
patients to them, the institu-
tions are growing more direct
in their efforts. The hospitals
mine data to see which doc-
tors have the most profitable,
well-insured patients, and
then they assign those doctors
to a sales rep.

Convinced the sales-call
strategy is fueling higher
admissions, Tenet Health-
care, the nation's third-largest
for-profit hospital chain, has



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Anthony Turner.
doubled its sales force in the
past two years. It now has 152
"physician liaisons" at its 49
hospitals, most of which are in
California, Texas and Florida.
About two-thirds of Tenet's
liaisons are former drug and

device sales reps, and they
can make tens of thousands
of dollars in bonuses if doctors
increase their referrals to the
hospitals. "These people are
really good and really assertive
and very sophisticated," said

Stephen Newman, Tei
operating officer.
But they do have cr
Paul Ginsburg, pres
of the non-partisan C
for Studying Health S
Change, said, "When

at the health system, this is a
waste of resources. It's a zero-
d sum game."
He added: "The net results
of changing physician-referral
patterns is that one hospital
gains at a cost of others, and
all the hospitals burn resourc-
es to pay salespeoplee who
take up the doctor's time."
While federal law prohibits
hospitals from paying doctors
to admit patients, hospitals
paying salespeople to influ-
ence doctors can get the same
results, he said.
Newman said Tenet's liai-
sons have strict guidelines so
They can't "game the system"
to reach financial bonuses. For
I example, their bonuses can't
S be tied to just one doctor's
As a result of major cutbacks
by pharmaceutical and med-
coworker ical-device companies in the
past decade, hospitals have
thousands of former medi-
let's chief cal salespeople to draw from.
Tenet's roster of sales associ-
itics. ates includes alumni of phar-
3ident maceutical and device giants
enter Sanofi-Aventis, GlaxoSmith-
ystem Kline, Johnson & Johnson and
you look Novartis.

Firms warned about HCG sales

Products containing HCG are illegal,

mislead consumers,federal agencies say

By Julie Deardorff

"Homeopathic" weight-loss
products containing human
chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)
are illegal and mislead con-
sumers, federal agencies said
Tuesday after issuing warn-
ing letters to seven companies
that market the popular pel-
lets, powders and sprays.
In a joint effort to yank the
unproven weight-loss agents
from the market, the Food
and Drug Administration and
the Federal Trade Commission
ordered the businesses to re-
view "unsubstantiated health
claims" and correct a host
of other violations several
companies used the FDA logo
on their sites by month's
end. Companies that do not
comply could face legal action,
according to the warning let-
HCG is a hormone taken
from pregnant women that
has been used by dieters since
the 1970s despite scant sci-
entific evidence showing that
it contributes to weight loss.
The near-starvation regimen
restricts followers to 500 calo-
ries a day for six weeks. At the
same time, dieters regularly
inject, swallow or inhale HCG
because they believe it will
curb hunger pangs, making it
easier to stay on a low-calorie
Companies also routinely
claim HCG can pull fat from
the hips, thighs, buttocks
and chin, "reset" the hypo-
thalamus gland so the weight

doesn't come back and mo-
bilize excess fat for energy
while eliminating the fat that
An injectable, prescription
form of HCG has been ap-
proved by the FDA for female
infertility and other medical
issues; thus it can be used
legally off label for other pur-

about weight loss or fat redis-
tribution, reduces hunger or
improves mood. Most studies
have concluded the HCG is a
"These HCG products
marketed over the counter
are unproven to help with
weight loss and are poten-
tially dangerous even if taken
as directed," said Ilisa Ber-
nstein, acting director of the
Office of Compliance in FDA's
Center for Drug Evaluation

These homeopathic weight-loss products containing human
chorionic gonadotropin are sold online and in some stores.
They are among the products trageted by the FDA and FTC.

poses. But the agency has not
cleared any HCG injections,
pellets, sprays or pills for
weight loss. Since the 1970s,
the FDA has required labels to
state that the hormone "is not
an effective adjunctive thera-
py" for obesity.
Though men and women
lose weight on the diet as
would anyone who eats 500
calories a day the bulk of
research has found no evi-
dence that taking HCG brings

and Research. "And a very
low-calorie diet should only
be used under proper medical
The letters warn the compa-
nies they are violating federal
law by selling drugs that have
not been approved and by
making unsupported claims
for the substances.
The products are technically
classified as drugs because
they are intended to alter the
body's structure or function.

Veterans' health claims to climb

By Lindsey Bever

More than 40 years after the;
U.S. military used Agent Or-
ange to defoliate the jungles of
Vietnam" the health care bill
is escalating for taxpayers.
Over the past two years,
federal officials say, an esti-
mated 10,000 more veterans
have sought medical compen-
sation for diseases related to
Agent Orange, an herbicide
that contains a toxic chemical
called dioxin.
In a recent report, the Insti-
tute of Medicine said there is
sufficient evidence of an as-
sociation between exposure
to Agent Orange and illnesses
including soft-tissue sarco-
ma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma,
chronic lymphocytic leuke-
mia, Hodgkin lymphoma and
The report recommended
further research to determine
whether there could be a link
between Agent Orange expo-
sure and other illnesses such

as chronic obstructive pulmo-
nary disorder, tonsil cancer,
melanoma and Alzheimer's
The findings come at a time
when lawmakers are grap-
pling with the long-term
health care costs for veter-
ans of the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, which could ap-
proach $1 trillion, according
to Brown University's Watson
Institute for International
Over the next decade, the
U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs is expected to shell
out $50 billion for health care
compensation for ischemic
heart disease alone one of
the 14 diseases the VA says is
associated with Agent Orange
Last year, ischemic heart
disease, Parkinson's disease
and B-cell leukemia were
added to the list of diseases
the VA associates with Agent
Orange exposure. That added
an extra $236 million in 2010

and $165 million this year in
compensation costs, accord-
ing to a VA report.
In addition, today's soldiers
could experience a larger
backlog for disability-com-
pensation claims from the
VA because of veterans from
previous generations, said
Ryan Edwards, a Queens Col-
lege economist who has stud-
ied the life cycles of veterans'
"We're probably not going
to see the peak in demand
for service needs for another
30 years," Edwards said. "We
have not begun to see the end
"We always tend to think of
science as cut and dried, yes
and no, black and white -
and there's a heck of a lot of
gray in there," said Dr. Terry
Walters, the Department
of Veterans Affairs' deputy
chief consultant for post-
deployment health. "That's
why you need experts to
evaluate it."

But a new drug must be ap-
proved by the FDA; the com-
panies that received the warn-
ing letters have not submitted
applications for approval.
The companies have 15
days to tell the FDA how they
will correct the violations. It's
possible they could seek FDA
approval for the weight-loss
claims, but the agencies ex-
pect they will stop selling the
products. None of the com-
panies that received letters
returned calls for comment.

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Nothing fishy about seafood

Healthful meals

can be quick and

By Ellie Krieger

Susan Bannon, 44, a mother
of three from Wellesley, Mass.,
cooks for her family nearly ev-
ery night, but save for the occa-
sional shrimp dish, she almost
never makes fish. She's unsure
what type to buy, doesn't know
how to season it or tell if it
is done, and she's concerned
about contaminants.
Susan is not alone: the aver-
age American eats a paltry 3'V
ounces of fish a week, less than
half the eight ounces recom-
mended by the USDA Dietary
Guidelines. That means most
are missing out on one of
the most convenient, quick-
est, healthiest foods available.
Whatever the reason, here's a
primer on how to get past any
fish fear you might harbor and
start to enjoy the sea's bounty
more regularly.
The benefits of eating fish are
overwhelming. Studies show
that just two seafood meals a
week can reduce your risk of
dying from a heart attack by
about 30 percent. Fish also
protects against heart arrhyth-
mias, lowers triglycerides and
blood pressure, eases inflam-
mation and keeps blood vessels

healthy. Studies also show that
eating fish may ward against
cancer, help protect skin from
sun damage, keep the brain
healthy and ease the pain of
In addition to seafood's
omega-3 fat, which is respon-
sible for most of these benefits,
fish is a complete package with
filling protein and vitamin D,
zinc, magnesium and iron.

Susan, like many others,
perceives fish as possibly un-
healthy because of reports it
contains such contaminants
as methyl mercury and PCBs.
Though it's true many fish
contain some level of these, the
bottom line is that the benefits
of eating fish far outweighs any
downsides. It actually is a big-
ger health risk not to eat fish.
Just avoid "The Big 4" (the
four fish highest in mercury)
- tilefish, shark, swordfish
and king mackerel and limit
white tuna and tuna steak to
six ounces a week. Also, check
with local advisories before con-
suming any sport fish. Beyond
that there is a sea of options.

Some of the best, most
economical seafood choices
are actually in the freezer and
canned-foods sections. Frozen
fillets and shellfish are easy on

There are plenty

offish in the sea
The options at the store can
be overwhelming and most
people tend to eat the same
types of fish all the time.
Branch ut with these alterna-
tives that have a similar taste
and texture to fish you may
already be enjoying.

If you like ...... then try:
Salmon Arctic Char
Shrimp Scallops
Sole Tilapia
Cod Halibut
Canned tuna Canned

the wallet, convenient and often
"fresher" than what's at the
counter because they are frozen
and packaged right after being
On the shelf there's canned
tuna as well as canned salmon
and sardines. These fish have
all the healthy properties of
their fresh counterparts at a
fraction of the price.
When buying fresh seafood,
look first for a high quality
purveyor you can trust and
even get to know. Trust your
nose and eyes. The store should
smell like the sea, but not

strongly fishy. It should look
clean and well-maintained, and .
the fish should be displayed on
a thick bed of ice. Whole fish
and fillets should have firm and
shiny flesh.

Fish cooks quickly and is de-
licious simply sea-
soned, so you don't
need a lot of time
or expertise to cook
it well. Bake, broil,
grill, poach, steam
or saute it just
avoid frying. When
grilling, choose
steak-like fillets
that hold together
when turned,
such as salmon,
tuna and halibut.
Otherwise use a
grilling basket.
Broiling works well for thin
fillets like flounder, sole and
tilapia. Baking at 400 degrees -
works for just about all types ^
of fish.
You know when fish is done
when it becomes opaque and
easily flakes with a fork. A
handy rule of thumb is to
cook it for 10 minutes per
inch thickness. There are
many ways to season it, but
seafood is delightful with just
a little salt, pepper and lemon
juice. Preparing fish can be
basically effortless once you
try it, you'll be hooked.



FRESH APPROACH: Gary Royce helps
customers at America Seafood in Arlington,
Va. Frozen and canned fish can be as fresh
as the selection behind the counter.

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These exercises take

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By Holly Corbett Bristol

Don't let a jampacked holiday
schedule derail your exercise goals.
"It's the person who consistently does
something who stays fit over time,"
says Greta Blackburn, founder of
FITCAMP, a series of national fitness
boot camps. Quick workouts won't
replace your full-length routine, but
they will rev your energy levels over
the course of the day and help burn
calories. Best of all, these moves
don't require any equipment, so you
can do them anywhere.

This move
from Mandy
Ingber, creator
of Yogalosophy,
used by Jen-
nifer Aniston,
works inner
thighs and
outer glutes.
How to do it: Stand with feet
three feet apart, toes turned out,
knees bent and hands in prayer
position. Sink lower body down
while keeping upper body upright.
Tighten quads and glutes and pulse
hips up and down eight times. Rise
back to Temple Pose and hold for
five breaths. Repeat Plie Squats and

Cohen, author
of No Gym
..' Required, of-
fers this move,
which works
arms, shoulders, abs and legs.
How to do it: Get into a plank
position, keeping arms extended, core
tight and spine straight. Leapfrog legs
forward, so knees are tucked under
arms. Return to plank; hold for five
seconds. Repeat for one minute.

Ingber's move
works core,
quads and
v glutes. Plus, it
improves bal-
How to do it:
Start with feet
three feet apart,
right leg for-
ward and right knee bent at a 90-de-
gree angle. Keep knee directly over
ankle and hips facing front. Keep left
leg firm and left heel planted. Raise
arms up by the sides of ears with
palms facing each other for Crescent
Pose. Hold for five breaths, lifting
chest upward, allowing pelvis to sink
downward. Place hands on hips and
do eight pulsing lunges by bending
knees and allowing back heel to come
off the ground. Repeat Crescent Pose
with left leg; hold for five breaths. Do
eight pulsing lunges with left leg.
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The American Academy of Orthope-
dic Surgeons says risk factors for hip
fractures include:
Being 65 or older.
Being female.
Having a slender build, being Asian
or white, or having a family history of hip
Getting insufficient dietary calcium.
Having poor balance, arthritis, vi-
sion problems or being frail.
Having dementia or another issue
with memory.
Taking certain medications that lead
to side effects including dizziness or

The American Academy of Pediatrics
suggests how to prevent tooth decay in
Brush baby's teeth and gums regu-
Never allow baby to take food or a
bottle to bed.
Restrict a bottle or sippy cup to
mealtimes only.
Make sure your water is fluoridated,
or talk to your dentist about fluoride
Avoid sticky, sweet treats such as
candy, cookies or fruit roll-ups.

The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood
Institute suggests how to recover from
Get plenty of rest.
Follow your doctor's treatment plan.
Take all medications as directed, and
always finish any antibiotic prescription.
Talk to your doctor about any neces-
sary follow-up care.

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How kids' cereals stack up
LOS ANGELES Before you pour your
child a heapin' bowl of sugary cereal, read TAN -'-
this: The Environmental Working Group d IIAV.I
has just come out with its list of the 10
worst children's cereals. Your child's fa-
vorite might be on it. pS
At No. 1 is Kellogg's Honey Smacks.
coming in at 55.6 percent sugar by
weight, followed by Post Golden Cnrsp at
51.9 percent and Kellogg's Froot Loops
Marshmallow at 48.3 percent. The list also
includes, in descending order of sugar.
Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch OOPSI All Ber-
ries (yes, that's really the name), Quaker '
Oats Cap'n Crunch original, Quaker Oats
Oh!s, Kellogg's Smorz, Kellogg's Apple
Jacks and Quaker Oats Cap'n Crunch's
Crunch Berries. In last place, a some- 9
what dubious achievement, is Kellogg's
Froot Loops original at 41.4 percent
sugar by weight.
.How much sugar is that? The report
found that a cup of Kellogg's Honey
Smacks, Post Golden Crisp or General
Mills Wheaties Fuel has more sugar
at 18.7 to 20 grams than does a
Hostess Twinkie, which comes in at
17.5 grams.
Also, not all cereal brands are cre-
ated equal, at least when it comes
to the sweet stuff. Original
Cheerios, according to the re- .
port, is 3.6 percent sugar, while ,
the Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate
and Fruity varieties are 33 per-
cent sugar.
The group also claims that onlI
one-fourth of 84 children's cereals
tested met the voluntary proposed
guidelines of the Interagency Work-
ing Group on Food Marketing, a
group of federal nutrition, marketing..
and health experts brought together
to make suggestions about the nu-
tritional quality of food marketed to .
children and teens.
The voluntary proposed guidelines. .-.
says the Environmental Working Group.
recommend that ready-to-eat cereals
have no more than 26 percent added
sugar by weight.

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Holiday foods

don't have to

be diet-busters

Though nutrients can hide infancy treats,
moderation is key

By Nanci Hellmich
The holidays don't have to be a nutrition nightmare.
In fact, many popular appetizers and even some desserts are low in calories
and pack a powerful nutrient punch, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, a nutrition blogger
and author of Read It Before You Eat It.
Like holiday gifts, the food's wrapping has a lot of impact, she says. "Fried
foods and those wrapped in bacon or bathed in sauces can add unwanted
Some holiday foods are loaded with good nutrition such as lean protein in
shrimp appetizers, fiber in roasted vegetable side dishes and beta-carotene in
sweet potatoes, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian in Chicago.
"Just because the appetizers never made it to a plate doesn't mean these foods
won't make it to your hips," she says.

Keep active as you
eat, drink, enjoy
It's less than a week weeks before Christ-
mas and some people are watching the bath-
room scales and seeing their weight
inch up.
Adults gain an average of one pound
between Thanksgiving and New Year's,
research shows. Sedentary people
actually put on 1 1/2 pounds, and those
who are more active lose 1 1/2 pounds,
the study showed.
For damage control. "Make sure to
add in plenty of enjoyable seasonal
activities to burn off some indulgent
holiday calories," says Dawn Jackson
Blalner, a nutrition blogger on your
life.usatoday.com and author of The
Flexitorian Diet
She tallied the calories in some
favorite holiday treats, then calculated
how much activity it would take for
a 180 pound person to burn off those
., -


Taub-Dix offers some ideas for
holiday party foods that are low
in guilt:
Poached salmon: (A 3-ounce serving) 150
calories. It also supplies a dose of healthy
omega-3 fatty acids, she says.
Two stuffed mushrooms: (With bread
crumbs, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese plus
olive oil) 150 calories. You get some vitamin D
and fiber, she says.
Two big chocolate-covered strawberries:
About 60 calories each. You get the antioxidant
benefits of the berries and the chocolate, espe-
cially if it's dark chocolate, Taub-Dix says. "This
decadent treat could quiet your sweet tooth. It's
a pretty good calorie deal for a dessert."
A handful (23) of almonds: 170 calories.
These munchies are loaded with fiber, protein
and healthy fat, she says. Eat them one by one
and relish the crunch.
A cup of crunchy vegetables: (Broccoli, car-
rots, cauliflower) with four tablespoons of hunm-
mus, only 100 calories for this fiber-rich dish.
Two cubes of cheese and four whole grain
crackers: 150 calories. You'll gain some calcium
for your bones.
One potato latke: About 200-250 calo-
ries each, depending on the size. Skip the sour
cream topping, which is 140 calories for four
tablespoons, and top the latke with applesauce
for only 25 calories.

For Janet



isn't a diet
Spokeswoman wants to
make it 'a way of life
By Nanci Hellmich
Janet Jackson is taking
Janet Jackson, 45, is a new
spokeswoman for Nutrisystem,
the commercial weight-loss
program known for its home-
delivered packaged foods.
The singer/actress, 45, who
has talked frankly about her
history of yo-yo dieting, is a
new spokeswoman for Nu-
trisystem, the commercial
weight-loss program known for
its home-delivered packaged
Jackson, who is 5-foot-4,
doesn't want to talk about the
number on the scales al-
though the company says she
has lost 10 pounds in a little

Janet Jackson, 45, is a new
spokeswoman for Nutrisys-
tem, the commercial weight-
loss program known for its
home-delivered packaged
more than a month because
"I'm not viewing this as a diet,"
she says. "I'm not putting a
number on it. I don't look at
the scale. I'm going about it in
a different way this time."
She doesn't need to lose "a
great amount," she says, and
she'll stop trying to slim down
Please turn to JACKSON 19B

Get moving where you are

continued from 17B

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This move
from Cohen
gives you
a cardio
boost and

abs and thighs.
How to do it: Stand behind
a chair. Swing leg in an arc
over the back of the chair one
way, then bring it back over
the other directiort Swing for
30 seconds, then switch legs,
and repeat.
For stability, hold hands
crossed against chest, and
engage core. (Too difficult? Use
a lower-backed chair.)

S This
0 with a twist,
y by Cohen,
works tri-
ceps, chest
and core.
How to do
Do one
(either in
knees or toes position). As you
come up, shift weight to left
arm, and twist to the side while
bringing right arm up toward
the ceiling in a side plank.
Lower the arm back to the floor
for another push-up and then
twist to the other side. Repeat
for 30 to 60 seconds.

Remember: see your

doctor for your

annual checkup!

Humana Family






By Paul Vitello

In her last days, Dr. Muriel
Petioni summoned to her bed-
side many of the colleagues,
proteges and political allies she
had amassed during a lifetime
as a Harlem physician and
community activist. She gave
each a set of marching orders:
Make sure the new geriatric
center at the hospital has the
homey atmosphere we agreed
on. Have you recruited new vol-
unteers for the Harlem Elders
program, as we discussed?
Dr. Petioni, who died in Man-
hattan at 97, was prominent in
Harlem the way doctors once
were prominent in every small
town in the country. She was

Petion i,


the family physician to Ha
lem's political elite but treats
so many thousands of other
too, that she identified mai
public health issues before th
hit the epidemiologists' radar
She was preaching again
sugar, junk food and obesi
in the early 1950s. Her dieta
warning "You're digging yot
grave with your fork" becan
a trademark, as did the motl
early finger-pointing that usi
ally accompanied it.
Her ties to Harlem ran dee
She was the daughter of one
Harlem's first Black physician
She was among the first gene
ation of Black M.D.'s given ste
privileges at Harlem Hospital
the 1950s, when most hospital

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to wE
ting t
her c
as m
she s
to ta
I good

, Harlem physician,
e country still made Black dad to Charles and Rosa Pet- ment and educ
icians refer their patients ioni. She followed her father's She mentored
white doctors before admit- path, graduating from Howard medical student
:he patients to the hospital. University Medical School in lic schools to
an interview this year with 1937, the only woman in her to think abou
Amsterdam News, Petioni class. In 1942, she married tors, and four
a modest assessment of Mallalieu S. Woolfolk, a Tuske- of Harlem Hos
:areer. "I would give people gee Airman, who later became zation that re:
uch time as they needed," an influential lawyer in Har- against budge
said. "If you had your heart lem, serving many of its po- to that city-ru
mind bursting and needed litical leaders. They divorced in tence.
1k to someone who was a the 1970s. Late in life, s
ician, not bleeding in the During a career of more than ested in the ni
but bleeding in mind and half a century, Dr. Petioni ly. She helped
I would listen. I wasn't worked as a school physician riatric wing at
ant. I wasn't the best phy- for the city's health depart- and marshal
n in the world, but I was ment, maintained her private pand and imp
enough to make people feel practice, and was a founder Harlem Nursir
." or leader of many commu- She is surv:
iriel Marjorie Petioni was nity organizations promoting Charles Woo
on Jan. 1, 1914, in Trini- health care, housing develop- granddaughter


cation in Harlem.
dozens of black
nts, went to pub-
tell young people
t becoming doc-
ided the Friends
spital, an organi-
mains a bulwark
et-cutting threats
n hospital's exis-

she became inter-
eeds of the elder-
i plan a new ge-
Harlem Hospital
d support to ex-
prove the Greater
ig Home.
ived by her son,
lfolk, and two

Cesaria Evora, the voice of longing, dies aged 70

The singer who brought the
Portuguese-creole songs of her
native Cape Verde to the world
apologised to her fans for retir-
ing earlier this year
Creole singer Cesaria Evora,
who has died at the age of 70.
Singer Cesaria Evora, nick-
named the "Barefoot Diva" be-
cause of her propensity to per-
form without shoes, has died
aged 70.
The Grammy-winning singer,
who was forced to retire in Sep-
tember due to ill health, died in
hospital on her native island of
Sao Vicente in Cape Verde.
Evora was famous for sing-
ing blues-influenced music and
began her career performing in
the bars of her hometown, Min-
delo, in the west African island
International popularity came
later in life, at the age of 47,
when in 1988 she released her
debut album, La Diva Aux Pieds
Nus (The Barefoot Diva), which

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Creole singer Cesaria Evora, who has died at the age of 70.

launched her career as a re-
cording artist.
Her 1995 album, Cesaria, was
released in more than a dozen
countries and brought Evora
her first Grammy nomination,
leading to a tour of major con-
cert halls around the world and
resulting in album sales in the

She later won the "Best World
Music Album" Grammy in 2004
for her album Voz D'Amor.
Evora was best known for
singing songs of longing, and
her style brought comparisons
to the American jazz singer Bil-
lie Holiday. She sang in creole-
Portuguese and her style was
heavily influenced by the local

music of her native island.
Evora grew up in poverty in
the port city of Mindelo and of-
ten refused to wear shoes while
performing in support of the
homeless and poor women and
children of her country.
A heavy drinker and smoker,
her health began to decline in
later life and she was diagnosed
with heart problems in 2005.
She suffered a stroke while on
tour in Australia in 2008 and
later underwent open-heart
In September, she spoke of
her sadness at having to retire,
saying: "I have no strength, no
energy. I want you to say to my
fans: forgive me, but now I need
to rest.
"I infinitely regret having to
stop because of illness, I would
have wanted to give more plea-
sure to those who have followed
me for so long."
Evora is survived by her two

Jackson battles weight gain

continued from 18B

"when I feel good about it." She
is following the Nutrisystem
program because "it's not just
about losing weight. It's about
making it a way of life. It's
about maintaining weight."
She works out six days a
week, usually running at least
3 miles. "I try to be consistent.
Right now, I've been on this
kick of running outdoors."
For more than three decades,
Jackson has struggled with her
weight, including having large
weight fluctuations. In 2006,
she weighed 180 pounds, and
in 2008, she lost 60 pounds,
she writes in her book True
You:A Journey to Finding and
Loving Yourself with David
Ritz. "Some of my battles with
weight have been very pub-
lic," she says in the book. "But
most of them have been inter-
nal. Even at my thinnest, when

my body was being praised, I
wasn't happy with what I saw
in the mirror or how I felt about
Her issues with weight began
when she was a child. At age
10, she landed a role on the TV
sitcom Good Times. "They told
me I had to lose weight, and I
wasn't a heavy kid," she says.
Her late brother, Michael, often
teased her. "He talked about
my butt being too big. Some of
us have a big butt, and some of
us don't. I've learned to accept
it and love it."
Over the years, she used food
to comfort herself. "I used food
in an unhealthy way some-
times not eating enough and
being too thin, and at other
times eating when I was de-
pressed, stressed."
As for her weight-loss jour-
ney, she says, "I've come a long
way. I haven't reached where I
want to be. I'm a work in prog-

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Baptist Church
1723 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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Baptist Church
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

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1470 N.W. 87th Street

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Liberty City Church
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1263 N.W. 67th Street

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5946 N.W. 12th Avenue
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Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church
15250 N.W. 22nd Avenue

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4561 N.W. 33rd Court

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1328 N.W. 3rd Avenue

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New Birth Baptist Church, The Cathedral of Faith International
2300 N.W. 135th Street

Order of Services
Sunday Worship 7 a.m.,
11 a.m., 7 p.m.
Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday (Bible Study) 6:45p.m.
Wednesday Bible Study
10:45 a.m.

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Fax: 305-685-0705

Pembroke Park Church of Christ
3707 S.W. 56th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33023

Order of Services
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Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday General Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
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Hosanna Community
Baptist Church
2171 N.W. 56th Street

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Angels of Freedom
Prison Ministries
P 0. Box 26513
Jacksonville, FL 32226
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Faith A.M.E. Church
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Hadley Davis
PAMELA 0. DAVIS, 52, bus aide,
died December
11 at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Tuesday at
Church of God t

December 15 at
home. Service 1
p.m., Tuesday in
the chapel.

WILLIE LEGGETT, 36, laborer,
died December
10. Service 10
a.m., Friday at
Spirit of Christ.

borer, died De-
cember 16 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are

maker, died De-
cember 12 at
Jackson Memo-
rial Hospital. Ar-
rangements are

GRACE WILSON, 51, domestic,
died December
19 at home. Ar-
rangements are

Roberts Poitier
m a s t e r
sergeant, died
December 11 at
the V.A. Medical
Center. Service
11 a.m ~
Wednesday in
the chapel

IONA WILSON, 75, dietician,
died December
15 at Jackson -
Memorial a I
H hospital .
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

67, registered
nurse, died De-
cember 17 at
Florida Medical
Center. Viewing
5-7 p.m., Friday .
in the chapel. ,;
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at Mt.
Olivette Baptist Church, 1450 N.W.
1 Court in Miami.

77, retired edu-
cator for Miami-
Dade County
Public Schools
for 31 years,
died December .
18 at Palmetto
General Hospi- .
tal. Survivors in-
clude: daughters, Pamela Johnson
and Debra Latson-McEwen; broth-
ers, John H. Howard and Louis C.
Howard; a host of other relatives

and friends. Viewing 4-8 p.m., Mon-
day in the chapel, 5727 N.W. 17th
Avenue. Service 11 a.m., Tuesday
at Church of the Open Door, 6001
N.W. 8th Avenue.

Gregg L. Mason
18 at Miami
Jewish Home.
Survivors' I o'
include :
Virginia Hart -
Patricia Burley, I
Charlene Patrick and Patience
Kidd (Peter); sons, Robert Butler
(Cleo) and Charles Patrick.
Visitation 5-7 p.m., Monday,
December 26. Service 11 a.m.,
Tuesday, December 27 at New
Birth Cathedral of Faith. Interment
at Dade Memorial Park.

CLEO BRAXTON, 86, died
December 13
at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday at The
Church of The

84, homemaker,
died December
17 at home.
include: one / "
son, William -
Finley. Service
12 p.m., Friday .
at New Way

Baptist Church.

Hall Ferguson
39, cafeteria
manager, died
December 8 at
home. Service
1 p.m., Friday at
Mt. Olive Church
of God.

December 15 at Jackson South
Community Hospital. Service 1
p.m., Thursday at Bethel Baptist

89, retired childcare assistant, died
December 19 at home. Service 10
a.m., Thursday at the Church of

December 17 at Kendall Regional
Hospital. Service 2 p.m., Friday at
Kendall Oasis at a Glance.

Card of Thanks O'Neal, comedian, dies at 41

The family ot he late,


wishes to express our sincere
appreciation for your prayers,
visits, cards, flowers, covered
dishes and other deeds of
Special thanks to the follow-
ing people: Rev. Rogery Ad-
ams and the congregation of
Mt. Zion AME Church of Mi-
ami Gardens, Florida. Pastor
Willie and Brenda Williams.
Pastor Anthony Crawford.
Also, a warm and heartfelt
"thanks" to the staff of Hadley
Davis Funeral Home.
The Jacobs family

Card of Thanks

The family, of the late,

By Daniel E. Slotnik

Patrice O'Neal, a stand-up
comedian who boisterously
took on controversial topics
like race, AIDS and his own
struggle with diabetes, died on
Tuesday. He was 41 and lived
in New Jersey.
He died in a hospital in
the New York City area from
complications of a stroke he
suffered on Oct. 19, his agent,
Matt Frost, said.
"See, I've got to lose weight
now to stay alive, and that's
not enough motivation for
me," Mr. O'Neal said in one
of his television specials on
Comedy Central.
At 6-foot-4 and about 300
pounds, O'Neal commanded
the stage with not only his
bulk but also his penchant
for flashy clothing and chains,
and his confrontational style.
He was loud and unpredict-
able, frequently veering away
from prepared material with a
curse-laden segue.
O'Neal's reputation for
brash honesty led many to
call him a comic's comic. He
could alienate audiences and
celebrities alike, both of whom
he mocked relentlessly.
He was quick to dismiss his
detractors. "Liars don't like
me," he told Punchline maga-
zine, which covers the comedy
world. "They don't want to be
given anything straight."
He did not spare himself: his
size and his diabetes were of-
ten incorporated into his act.
O'Neal had a career most co-
medians would envy. He had

stand-up specials on HBO as
well as Comedy Central and
appeared on television com-

Giving brash and

confrontational takes

on hot topics

edies like Mitchell Hurwitz's
lauded "Arrested Develop-
ment," NBC's version of "The
Office" and Dave Chappelle's
hit Comedy Central sketch
series, "Chappelle's Show." He
also performed regularly on
the "Opie & Anthony" satellite
radio show.
O'Neal appeared in a hand-
ful of movies, including the
Spike Lee drama "The 25th
Hour" (2002), released a
stand-up album and DVD,
"Elephant in the Room"
(2011), and was co-host of

the short-lived Comedy Cen-
tral show "Shorties Watchin'
Shorties," which featured the
voices of comedians like Dane
Cook, Denis Leary and Greg
Giraldo riffing as animated
His last widely viewed per-
formance was at the Comedy
Central roast of the actor
Charlie Sheen in September.
"I respect Charlie Sheen, I do,"
O'Neal said, then added, "Not
his body of work."
During his set he likened
Mike Tyson to Muhammad Ali,
not because they were boxers
but because both became ac-
ceptable to white people. And
he advised Steve-O, a recover-
ing drug addict and a star of
MTV's "Jackass," to relapse.
Patrice Lumumba Malcolm
O'Neal (he was named after
the Congolese independence
leader Patrice Lumumba, and
his last name has often been
spelled Oneal) was born on
Dec. 7, 1969, in Boston. He
began performing at open
mikes there, and by the late
1990s he was working clubs
in Los Angeles and New York.
He landed a guest appear-
ance on the MTV comedy
"Apt. 2F" in 1997 and worked
briefly as a writer for World
Wrestling Entertainment
before he had his first stand-
up special on Comedy Central
and was seen on the short-
lived sketch series "The Colin
Quinn Show."
O'Neal is survived by his
wife, Vondecarlo; a stepdaugh-
ter, Aymilyon; a sister, Zinder;
and his mother, Georgia.

Barry Llewellyn, a founder

of the Heptones, dies at 63


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Hospital. Private services.

SEBASTIAO REGO, 97, tailor,
died December 13. Private servic-

died December 13 at North Bro-
ward Medical Center. Private ser-

ALEIDA NUNEZ, 94, retired,
died December 14 at Hialeah Conv.
Home. Private services.

JOHN D. O'GRADY, 86, chef,
died December 11 at Palmetto
General Hospital. Private services.

died December 14 at home. Private

DIGNA QUERT, 65, upholsterer,
died December 15 at home. Private

JOAN PHILCOX, 60, bookkeep-
er, died December 15 at Brook-
wood Gardens Convalescent Cen-
ter. Private services.

clerk, died December 15 at Metro-
politan Vitas Unit. Private services.

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son South Hospital. Private servic-

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Barry Llewellyn, a founding
member of the popular Jamai-
hanks to can harmony trio the Hep-
kindness, tones, died on Nov. 23 in St.
rt during Andrew, Jamaica. He was 63
and lived in Brooklyn.
Founded by Llewellyn and
his schoolmate Earl Morgan,
the Heptones rose from singing
m on the streets of Trenchtown to
am take their place alongside the
JR., 50, Wailers and the Maytals as one
irer, died of the island's most important
SService 1 vocal groups. As Jamaican
nia Church popular music shifted from
the hard-driving ska beat to
a dreamier sound known as
rock steady, the Heptones
were among the most consis-
tent hit makers in reggae, with
romantic records like "Sweet
'A, 87, re- Talking" and "Party Time."
3 at Memo- Barrington Llewellyn was
nit. Private born in Kingston, Jamaica, on
Dec. 24, 1947, began sing-
ing around the age of 14, and
61, equip- formed the Heptones with
'cember 13 Morgan shortly afterward.
stems. Pri- Inspired by American R&B
groups like the Drifters and
the Impressions, the Heptones
95, retired, progressed from lighthearted
/estchester love songs to weightier themes
ate servic- on records like "Equal Rights"
and "Sufferers Time." During
a prolific five-year run with
7, retired, Clement S. Dodd's Studio
t Palmetto One label, they created a deep
te services. catalog of hits that has been
re-recorded over and over by
EZ, 81, re- successive generations of mu-
16, at Villa sicians.
Private ser- They went on to work with
the visionary producer Lee
(Scratch) Perry at the height
94, home- of his powers, and released
17 at Hia- the classic album "Night Food"
nit. Private on Chris Blackwell's Island
Records label in 1976.
Although Leroy Sibbles
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of the Jamaican harmony trio the Heptones.

to friends and fans as Barry
Heptones for his creative in-
fluence. "He was more than a
member of the group," Sibbles
said in a telephone interview
on Sunday. "Barry had more
talent than the other guys who
were singing with us. He was
more musical. He added more
Usually responsible for
singing harmonies, Llewellyn
took the lead on songs like
"Nine Pounds of Steel" and
"Take Me Darling" as well as
the Heptones' biggest inter-
national hit, "Book of Rules,"
which he adapted from "Bag of
Tools," a poem by R. L. Sharpe.
The song was included in two
movie soundtracks.
Llewellyn was not prone to
boast about the song's success.
"He was a very humble per-
son," Ms. Llewellyn said. "He
would just do what he had to
do to make others happy."
Though he lived in Brooklyn,
he was in Jamaica working to
establish a learning center to

help young people in his native
Kingston. "The youth need that
father figure," Ms. Llewellyn
said. "That's what he was really
focusing on." He also recently
recorded an album of his own
music titled "On the Road
Again," which has yet to be
When ibbles left the group
to pursue a solo career in
1978, Llewellyn and Morgan
recruited another lead singer,
Naggo Morris, and continued
to record, but with diminished
success. The original Heptones
lineup reunited in 1995. Sib-
bles said that he and Llewellyn
toured Europe together for the
past five years. "We actually
did a tour about three months
before his passing," he said.
"The last date was in Germany,
and he was still singing as
strong as ever. We never fore-
saw a problem with him."
In addition to his wife, he is
survived by several children
and grandchildren, as well as
four brothers and four sisters.



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NEW YORK (AP) You can
always count on a few things
about the annual Alvin Ai-
ley American Dance Theater
gala at City Center. It will be a
grand occasion. The audience
will be packed, enthusiastic,
beautifully dressed. Much
money will be raised, and
"Revelations" will be on the
Not that it should be any
different. But this year's event
posed a unique challenge:

new artistic director Robert
Battle and the dawn of the
post-Judith Jamison era?
(Plus the sparkling renovation
of City Center, the company's
performing home.) Clearly, a
special weapon was needed.
Live music? That was great,
but they've done it before.
Dancers spilling into the aisles
and balcony? Not bad. But the
surefire winner was to bring
on the children.
Six children as young as

intensity and splaying their
hands in the distinctive moves
of "I've Been Buked," then sa-
shaying across the stage with
their elders in "Wade in the
Water." Considering that "Rev-
elations," Ailey's masterpiece,
is more than 50-years-old and
shows no signs of fading, it
didn't seem too farfetched to
imagine these kids taking the
leads in 15 years or so.
The evening was peppered
with guest appearances, the

lithe and statuesque than most
Ailey dancers, performed a
solo choreographed in 2004 by
none other than Jamison, who
stepped down last season after
more than two decades at the
Jamison's hand-picked suc-
cessor, Battle, was eager to
show off the sense of humor
that has become a hallmark of
his public appearances, tossing
off jokes, hogging the spot
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One of the most significant
parties held during this the
holiday season one of the most
significant was sponsored by
Congresswoman Frederica S.
Wilson in the office of the 5000
Role Models of Excellence.
The office staff pre-
pared two big offices for
the guests with Christ-
mas decorations and
soft music.The staff
wore black, red or greeri
and Melodie Delancey
stood out in a red and
green outfit with an
elves cap of red & white. MUM
The menu consisted of
fried & baked chicken, pigeon
peas & rice, vegetables and
assorted drinks. The guests
.chattered and Ted Hutchison
discovered that Renee' Jones'
daughter was one of his stu-
dents in high school. A distin-
guished guest from M-DCPS
was Freddie Woodson.
Other distinguished
guests from District 17 includ-
ed Alexis L. Snyder, Joyce


M. Postell, Ed-
ward L. Haynes,
Dr. Erhabor
Ighodaro, Mi-
ami Gardens ..m
City Council,
Seat 3, and Shirlee Moreay-
Lafleur. Kudos go out
to those movers and
shakers in the 17th Dis-
trict. Some of the other
guests included Dr.
Chico Arenas, George
Ray, Treska Rodgers,
Tameka Johnson,
daughter of Delancey,
FORD Shelia Hyton
lenza, Mark Beckford,
James Brown, Horace
Hord, Pamela Jones,
Katrina Davis, and
Walta Mac Tolbert.
Congratulations to
the Miami Central
Rocket fans for hav- MINV
ing filled 5000 seats in
Traz Powell stadium last Fri-
day night to witness The 6A
state finals between Mainland

By Dr, Richrd Stracha

of Daytona Beach. It
was a tight game and
got even tighter when
Central failed to score
in their opening pos-
session and Mainland
Buccaneers stopped
their "bread & butter"
plays until they fum-
bled the ball and the WII
Rockets took it in for a
7-0 score. The Buccaneers re-
taliated when Matt Moak con-
nected with D.J. Andrews for a
67-yard catch and run. Hats
off to the Mainland Band for an
excellent half-time show and
playing to the home side. After
the half, Joe Yearby scooted
77-yards through the defense
to 14-7 lead.
Emilio Edleman missed
3-field goals from
48,47, and 53-yards
but came back with
a sure hit, final score
S7-7. Damon Wilcox,
announcer informed
the crowd of the game
between Palmetto and
NGALL Rockets fans have
begun to plan for an-
other trip to the Citrus Bowl in
Orland hoping and to win back
to back championships. Stay

tuned. John McMann,
band director, spotted
Superintendent Alber-
to Cavalho and school
board vice chair Doro-
thy Bendross-Mindin-
gall, approached them
and appealed for more
sousaphones. Now the
LSON proof is in the pudding.
Over 2000 alumni
from Booker T. Washington
traveled to Orlando's Citrus
Bowl to witness the team in
Class 4A Championship game
against Jacksonville Bolles last
Saturday night. Unfortunately,
Booker T. saw a 13-point lead
evaporate in the final quarter
and lost 33-25. Mat-
thew Thomas, MVP,
succinctly remarked, "I
feel like I've been robbed
without a pistol." Coach
Ice Harris spent time
consoling the down-
hearted players, espe-
cially the seniors. At
Leo's Barbershop, Carl- I
ton Jerkins indicated
that youth took over under
pressure. Leo stated that side-
line passes should've been exe-
cuted. However, BTW is not the
biggest but the best. Kudos to
the band that looked good on




TV. President Barack Obama
has reported he will ask con-
gress for more support for HIV/
AIDs which is a plus for Da-
vid Smith, local activist, who
conducted his 9th An-
nual Benefit Concert last
Saturday at Mt. Hermon
AME church with more
than 300 persons attend-
ing. The program includ-
ed Metris Batts, mis-
tress of ceremonies, Tree
of Life liturgical dancers,
and Rev. Darryl Baxter O
giving the invocation fol-
lowed by the Praise & Worship
Team from Mt. Hermon.
Rev. Dr. Joretha Capers
pastor Ebenezer
UMC, read the scrip-
ture, Yvonne Martin
welcomed everyone.
Kudos to the keynote
speaker, Ms. Adella
Watson, a peer edu-
cator, who gave the
statistics that 1 out
BY of 4 has contracted
the disease. An agen-
cy working 24-7 is Empower
"U", Inc. offering free testing
at your home by calling 786-
318-2337 and asking for Leo.
Watson cited cases like
"Magic" Johnson who has

Wedding anniversary
greetings this week to Prince
and Wallis L. Gordon,
Dec. 13, their 40th; Cecil and
Clotilda G. Brown, Dec. 15
their 11th and Harford
and Carolyn Howell, Sr.
celebrating 38 years on Dec.
St. Phillip Neri Catholic
Church at 15700 N.W. 20th
Ave. in Bunche Park has
resumed Sunday services
with Rev. Chanel Jeanty

as priest-in-
Prayers and
get well wishes
to Ebenezer
Edwards, Ella McKinney,
Jackie Livingston and
Ernestine Ross-Collins.
Deepest sympathy to the
family of Nancy Johnson a
staunch member of Bethel
AME church. Nancy's
husband Ivern is known
in the community as the

"upholstery" man.
Congratulations to Lemuel
and Diona Moncur on
the birth of their daughter
Kai Allison born on Dec.
8th and weighing in at 5
lbs.13 ozs. The paternal
great grandparents Lemuel
A.and Florence Moncur
and grandmother Margaret
Moncur along with aunt
Robin Moncur are all
beaming. Traveling to
Orlando to support the BTW
"Tornadoes last weekend
were Barbara Burrows,
Gwen Thomas and Ron and
Kim Wright.
Hope you enjoy the
following poem and Season's

Greetings to all.

'Twas the night before
Christmas and all through
the town, no noses were
frozen, no snow fluttered
down, no children in flannels
were tucked into bed, they all
wore shorty pajamas instead.
To find wreaths of holly,
t"was not very hard, for holly
trees grew in every back yard.
In front of the houses, Dads
and Moms were adorning the
bushes and coconut palms.
The sleeping kiddies were
dreaming in glee, hoping
to find water skis under

the tree. They all knew that
Santa was well on his way,
in a Mercedes-Benz, instead
of a sleigh.
And soon he arrived and
started to work, he hadn't a
second to linger or shirk. He
whizzed up the highways and
zoomed up the road, in a S-L
300, delivering his loads.
The tropical moon gave the
city a glow, and lighted the
way for old Santa below. As
he jumped from the auto he
gave a wee chuckle, he was
dressed in Bermudas with
an Ivy league buckle,
There weren't any
chimneys, but that caused
no gloom, for Santa came in

through the Florida .room.
He stopped at each house....
stayed only a minute,
emptying his sack of stuff
that was in it.
Before he departed, he
treated himself to a glass
of papaya juice upon the
shelf. He turned with a
jerk and bounced to the car,
remembering he still had to
go very far.
He shifted the gears and
stepped on the gas and up
Highway 436 he went like
a flash. And I heard him
exclaim as he went on his
"Merry Christmas y'all, I
wish I could stay!"

MaryJ. Blige makes 'L fe IF worth reliving

Mary J. Blige, My Life H...
The Journey Continues
* * R&B

It's slicker than the land-
mark 1994 original, My Life,
but Mary J. Blige can still belt
it out with the best.
One of the most spurious
and irritating myths around is
that great suffering fuels great
art. Still, it's hard to listen to
the poised, confident woman
on Mary J. Blige's new album,
My Life II ... The Journey Con-
tinues, and not feel nostalgic
for the wounded, struggling
girl who released the original
My Life back in 1994.

The chief producer of that
seminal hip-hop-soul album,
Sean "Puffy" Combs, pops up
on Life II's intro track; in a
phone conversation, Blige re-
calls him telling her "to speak
about the pain." But what's
missing from the accomplished
sequel isn't so much pain as
piquance the combination
of raw sweetness and spice
that made the first Life such a
breath of fresh air. Part of the
problem is modern production
Blige's lithe, tart vocals are
best served without the adult-
contemporary polish that over-
smooths many tracks here.

Mary J. Blige's 'My Life II
is a companion album to her
1994 breakout hit, 'My Life.

The more memorable tunes
nonetheless emphasize her na-
tive grit: the pining Feel Inside,
featuring Nas, or the playful
Next Level, on which she coolly
warms to Busta Rhymes' fun-
ny, funky advances. The stan-
dard edition concludes with
The Living Proof, an account
of transcending troubles that
Blige belts out of the park. "I
got a few scars that's showing /
But I'm (going to) stay strong,
keep growing," she sings.
Even if Life II doesn't meet
the tough standard set by its
predecessor, it offers no reason
to doubt her.

-Elysa Gardner

The guy who starred as troubled youth Thomas Sams in the 1989 classic "Lean
On Me" was arrested in Arizona for allegedly buying 200 pounds of pot from an
undercover cop last week. Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins, 38, has been charged with
two felony counts of possessing, transporting and trying to sell marijuana. Ac-
cording to police Hopkins lives in North Carolina but traveled to AZ to make the
drug deal. Police in Maricopa County say they set up the sting operation and after
Hopkins took possession of the dope, they pulled over his SUV and arrested him.
Cops say they found $100k in cash in the ride and an additional 100 pounds of
weed in his apartment. He says he got involved in the drug deal to provide a nice
Christmas for his family. He is being held on $35,000 bond and faces up to five
years in prison.

Sam Hurd of the Chicago Bears is in federal custody after being charged with
trying to set up a drug dealing network. He was allegedly caught with a kilo of
cocaine when taken into custody. After meeting with an undercover agent at a
Chicago restaurant, Hurd told the agent that he was trying to buyl0 kilograms
of cocaine and 1000 pounds of marijuana to distribute in Chicago. The complaint
was filed in Texas, where Hurd is set to face up to 40 years in prison and a $2
million fine if convicted on the charge of conspiracy to possess with the intent to
distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

Ex-NFL player Charles Grant, who appeared on a recent episode of "Real
Housewives of Atlanta," was recently arrested for writing bad checks. The charge
is a felony because the amount of the check was over $500.

The credit card company, American Express, is allegedly suing actor Wesley
Snipes for non-payment of debt. According to legal documents filed by the credit
card giant in Florida last week, Snipes has an unpaid balance of $29,343.03. The
company wants Snipes to pay this amount plus interest and their legal fees. He is
currently serving a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion after failing to file
tax returns for millions of dollars. He is expected to be released in 2013.

A music executive died on last Monday after being shot by a rampaging gunman
in the heart of Hollywood, a hospital spokeswoman said. John Atterberry, who
had worked with the Spice Girls, Jessica Simpson and others, died at Cedars-Sinai
Medical Center said Simi Singer, spokesperson. The 40-year-old executive was
shot in the face and upper body as he drove his Mercedes-Benz during a random
attack on Friday, December 9th.

New Alvin Ailey season begins

continued from 1C

light just a little and mak-
ing it clear he intends to be
a colorful, jovial presence for
years to come. Of course, the
piece de resistance of any Ai-
ley gala: the amazingly du-
rable "Revelations," this time
performed by an exuberant
though sometimes unwieldy
cast of 50 including 12

dancers from the junior com-
pany, Alley II, and 20 from the
Ailey School sharing the
spotlight with veterans like
Matthew Rushing and Renee
Robinson, whose joy in the
choreography and music was
evident as always. Just see-
ing Rushing's face in "Rocka
My Soul" was a testament of
a dancer loving what he does,
no matter how many times
he's done it.

continued from 1C

encourage his young son, who
was recently born to him and
his wife, fellow actor Idina Men-
zel. The result has been a de-
lightful book called "Chocolate
Mel, illustrated by one of his
closest friends, NAACP Image
Award winner Shane W. Evans.
"Having spent time in a pre-

dominantly white neighbor-
hood, I was constantly asked
why my skin was Black, why
my hair was kinky and so on,
he said.
Diggs says he wanted to en-
courage kids to "appreciate
their differences and celebrate
them with a healthy sense of
The book is about a young
boy whose friends tease him

for looking different. His skin is
darker, his hair is curlier and
his nose is larger than every-
one else's. As Diggs describes,
he is "chocolate." And while
he wants to look like the oth-
er boys and girls, his mother
shows him that he is special
because he is different.
Diggs writes, "Chocolate is
sweet. Chocolate is smooth.
Chocolate is beautiful and deli-

cious. Chocolate is Me!"
With beautiful illustrations
and a simple message, Diggs
and Evans have teamed up to
provide a story that will soon
become a classic for all chil-
dren Black or white. It's an
important story that will help
any child struggling to come to
terms with their own identity
and is a true celebration of the
beauty of our diversity.

Gospel music lets Smith make a joyful noise

continued from 1C

says he was instrumental in
his development.
"Rick took me under his
wings and became my men-
tor and he wasn't the only one
- that was really important,"
he said. "I then went to school
for my certification at Miami
Lakes Tech. Back then you
needed a license to be on the
air. But more than that, you
needed to know someone. The
industry was so locked down
that folks would hang around
the radio stations, trying to
get to know the emcees. The
goal was to get your demo
tape into their hands and
have them listen to it. It's even
harder to get to the top folks
today and is even more about

who you know. Of course you
must have the talent and you
have to always be ready when-
ever that knock on the door
comes your way."
After a couple of gigs in-
cluding a small classical mu-
sic station in Palm Beach,
Smith eventually got a call
from WMBM but it was for
R&B programming. He says it
didn't matter he just want-
ed to prove he was ready.

In 2010, MJ, as most call
him, was recognized as the ra-
dio announcer of the year dur-
ing the South Florida Gospel
Music Awards. He has opened
concerts for and facilitated in-
terviews with Kirk Franklin,
Byron Cage, Ann and Mary

Mary, just to name a few.
And while he didn't win, he
is proud to say that in 2009
he was nominated for one of
the industry's top honors -
the Stellar Awards Radio An-
nouncer of the Year.
"It took me awhile to get the
knack of working in the gos-
pel genre but as I started to
bring different things to my
show, people started paying
attention to me and the buzz
began," he said. "I was mix-
ing in gospel hip-hop and
more contemporary forms and
started to develop a following.
It can be a long day for me be-
cause while I may only be on
the air for five hours each day
of the week, I still have to do
the voicing for commercials,
make appearances and work
on branding the station."

Smith serves as the presi-
dent of the Miami Chapter for
the Florida Gospel Announc-
ers Guild where he focuses
on providing opportunities
for lesser-known artists and
those who have dreams of be-
coming tomorrow's top gospel
"Gospel music continues
to change and we now have
satellite programming and I-
pods, but one thing that won't
change is people's attraction to
certain on-air hosts," he said.
"We all have our personalities
and styles that's what often
keeps folk tuning in."
Call him unique, even
quirky, but MJ Smith has
earned his way to the top and
keeps on pushing for excel-
lence. He's truly making a joy-
ful noise

Diggs tells kids: Chocolate is beautiful and cool

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been HIV positive for years.
The program continued with
Angelita Griffin. Other sup-
porters were Quintara Lane,
Tijuana Kelly, speakers
.-and Pastor John F.
White, candle light
vigil and closing re-
marks from Smith,
who shared that
having a friend to die
Sof HIV/Aids inspired
him to ask the Lord
to help him save oth-
IAMA ers as long as he's
Bobbie Reaves Mumford,
the daughter of the late Rep.
Jefferson Reaves, Sr. and
Jennie Reaves, was funer-
alized last Saturday at An-
tioch MBC. She started her
own public relations firm and
worked with politicians such
as Congresswoman Carrie P.
Meek and Congresswoman
Frederica S. Wilson. Every
campaign rally found Mum-
ford in the back ground. She
will sadly be missed by her
husband, Alonzo B. Mum-
ford, Alonzo Mumford, Jr.,
Bonnie Mumford-Watson,
Darryl Reaves, Jodi Mum-
ford-Porter, and Deborah




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At Harlem Arts School, new chief hits her stride

By Felicia R. Lee

An ordinary Saturday at the
Harlem School of the Arts finds
children in black tights learn-
ing dance moves, pecking away
at keyboards or torturing clay
into intricate shapes. Given
its recent travails, ordinary is
most desirable here.
In April of 2010, financial
problems led to a three-week
shutdown. Even now, the com-
munity arts school, which for
more than 35 years has helped
tens of thousands of children
receive arts training, faces

Yvette L. Campbell, in her
first year (she started in Janu-
ary) as president and chief
executive, has cajoled $2 mil-
lion from donors both old and
new, trimmed the operating
budget by 30 percent and won
the support of other arts and
academic organizations.
"We're doing what we said we
were going to do," said Camp-
bell, 45, who was a dancer
with the Alvin Alley Repertory
Ensemble and Elisa Monte
Dance and the former admin-
istrator of the Alley extension
program. "It's been quality

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Little ballerinas at a classical dance class at the Harlem
School of the Arts.

a debt of $2 million with no
endowment, a fraction of its
former attendance and only 2
of its 32 pianos in good condi-
tion. But thanks to the efforts
of a new chief executive and a
constellation of other support-
ers, the Harlem School of the
Arts does have one thing that
has long been in short supply:

* "Put Your Money
where Your Art Is" An-
hual Kuumtba Kwanzaa Art
Exhibition, begins with a
grand opening reception
on Thursday, Dec. 22 at
7p.m., and continues un-
til Jan.17, in the Amadlozi
Gallery at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Center
(AHCAC), 2166 N.W. 62nd

The First Annual
Committed to Charities
fundraiser will be held on
Thursday Dec.22 at Pan-
gea- Hard Rock Casino
from 7p.m-11p.m. Admis-
sion is an unwrapped toy.
For more information call
561-306-2339 or 954-
790-34110r e-mail char-

Miami Rescue Mis-
sion will help the home-
less and needy celebrate
Christmas on Friday,
Dec. 23rd beginning at
8:30 a.m. where coffee,
fruit and pastries will be
served, and the Christ-
mas meal will be served
at 11a.m.The street will
be blocked off to accom-
modate the homeless and
needy expected.

Revelation Commu-
nity Education Center
will operate a holiday camp
until Dec. 30. Call Joyce
Reid at 305-623-0565 for

Liberty City Farm-
ers Market will be held
Thursday, 12-5 p.m. and
Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
at TACOLCY Park until May
2012. For more informa-
tion, call 954-235-2601 or
305-751-1295 ext. 107.

The City of Miami
Gardens announces the
8th Annual Martin Luther
King Contests Oratorical
Contest Preliminaries Jan.
7 at 11a.m. /Finals Jan.16
at 12 noon Break Out Art-
ist Contest Finals Jan.16
at 10 a.m. Art in the
Gardens Contest Judging
Jan.16 at 12 noon. Dead-
line for all applications is

arts. I see the possibilities and
I am trying to get believers on
my train."
Her believers include Geof-
frey Canada, the president and
chief economic officer of the
Harlem Children's Zone. He
has started sending hundreds
of children from his education
and social service program to
the school at 645 St. Nicholas

Jan. 6 All events will be
held at the Betty T. Fergu-
son Retreatioral Complex
300 N.W.199th Street.

AN MLK, Jr. Day of
Service Project will be
held at Goulds Park on
Saturday, Jan. 14th from
8a.m.-lp.m. Event spon-
sored by MDPROS, AARP,
FIU Center for Leader-
ship and Service, District
9 Commissioner Dennis
Moss, Service for Peace
Miami Office, Miami-Dade
College Center for Com-
munity Involvement and
the Parks Foundation.

South Miami-Dade
Cultural Arts Center
(SMDCAC) and Cul-
present Black Violin, a
free concert on Sunday,
Jan.15, at 7p.m. Students
ages 13-22 may get tick-
ets through www.culture-
shockmiami. For informa-
tion contact the SMDCAC
Box Office at 786-573-
5300 or visit www.smdcac.
com for more information.

Jonathan Spikes,
Inc. presents the "Let's
Talk It Out" conflict reso-
lution workshop on Fri-
day, Jan. 20, 2012 at the
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
from 8:30a.m.- 2 p.m. For
more information, email

Booker T. Washing-
ton class of 1965, Inc.
will meet on Saturday,
Jan. 21, 4:30 p.m. at the
African Heritage Cultural
Arts Center. For further in-
formation contact Lebbie
Lee at 305-213-0188.

South Miami-Dade
Cultural Arts Center
(SMDCAC) and Cham-
ber South present Band
of the United States Air
Force Reserve, Concert
Band, a FREE performance
on Thursday, January 26,
2012, at 8 p.m. For infor-
mation contact the SMD-
CAC Box Office at 786-573-
5300 or visit www.smcac.
org for more information.

Avenue (at 141st Street) for
classes in the school's four di-
visions: dance, music, theater
and visual arts.
And Lincoln Center is con-
sidering a partnership with
the school. Reynold Levy, the
president of Lincoln Center
and a member of the school's
advisory council, called Camp-
bell "a force of nature" who has
built relationships and trust
with people now committed to
seeing the school survive. "By
the time she walks out of your
office, you're sold," he said.
Saving the nonprofit school
is a major concern, particu-

The College of Arts
and Science Art and Art
History Department at
UM presents the Fourth
Cane Fair featuring art-
work of UM students. The
exhibition will run until
jan. 27 at' the Wynwood
Project Space. For more
information, call 305-284-

Chai Community
Services food program is
taking applications from
grandparents raising their
grandchildren. All services
are free. For applications
or to schedule an call 786-

Dad's for Justice, a
program under Chai Com-
munity Services assists
non-custodial parents
through Miami-Dade State
Attorney's Office with child
support modifications and
visitation rights. For more
information, or to sched-
ule an appointment, call

Jewels Baton Twirl-
ing Academy is now ac-
cepting registration for
the 2012 season. Open to
those who attend any el-
ementary schools within
the 33147, 33142, 33150
zip codes and actively at-
tend church. Contact Elder
Tanya Jackson at 786-357-
4939 to sign up.

The Miami-Dade
Community Action
Agency's (CAA) Head
Start Program has imme-
diate openings for com-
prehensive child care at
the South Miami Head
Start Center for children
ages 3-5 only. For more
information, call at 305-

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, Geor-
gia, contact at 305-829-
1345 or 786-514-4912.

S.A.V. (Survivors
Against Violence) is a
bible-based program for
young people and meets
at Betty T. Ferguson Cen-

larly in Harlem. Founded in
1964 when the concert sopra-
no Dorothy Maynor gave piano
lessons at a nearby church,
the Harlem School of the Arts
has its roots in the struggles
of the 1960s, when many black
children did not have easy ac-
cess to arts training.
Since then it's expanded to
include community and sum-
mer programs and some that
it runs in public schools. The
children's program charges tu-
ition for group and private les-
sons for students two through
18. The cost for a semester (17
weeks) of classes is generally

ter in Miami Gardens each
week. For information,
contact Minister Eric Rob-
inson at 954-548-4323 or

Empowerment Tu-
toring in Miami Gardens
offers free tutoring with
trained teachers. For more
information, call 305-654-

Booker T. Washing-
ton Class of 1967 meets
the 3rd Saturday of each
month at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter. For more information,
contact Agnes Morton at

Merry Poppins Day-
care/Kindergarten in
Miami has free open en-
rollment for VPK, all day
program. For information,
contact Lakeysha Ander-
son at 305-693-1008.

Calling healthy ladies
50+ to start a softball
team for fun and laughs.
Be a part of this historical
adventure. Twenty-four
start-up players needed.
For more information, call
Coach Rozier at 305-389-

The Miami North-
western Class of 1962
meets on the second Sat-
urday of each month at 4
p.m. at the African Heri-
tage Cultural Arts Cen-
ter. We are beginning to
make plans for our 50th
Reunion. For more infor-
mation, contact Evelyn at

Looking for all former
Montanari employees to
get reacquainted. Meet-
ings are held on the last
Saturday of each month at
9 a.m. For more informa-
tion, contact Loletta Forbes
at 786-593-9687 or Elijah
Lewis at 305-469-7735-.

Great Crowd Min-
istries presents South
Florida Gospel Festival at
Amelia Earhart Park on
Saturday, March 10 from
11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more
information, contact Con-
stance Koon-Johnson at

under $1,000. The courses are
wide-ranging: piano, voice,
percussion, tap, ballet, hip-
hop, playwriting, acting, draw-
ing, photography and graphic
design, among others.
The prep program is a selec-
tive pre-professional, scholar-
ship course of study for stu-
dents 12 through 18. Though
not a full-fledged school
offering arts and academics,
like LaGuardia, the performing
arts high school, it provides
advanced training in all four
arts divisions, and its students
(including Giancarlo Esposito)
have gone on to conservatories

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like Juilliard, as well as to
Broadway and feature films.
"We will not allow this insti-
tution to fail; it's far too impor-
tant," said Charles J. Hamilton
Jr., a senior counsel at the law
firm Windels Marx Lane & Mit-
tendorf, who became the chair-
man of the school's board in
2010. "This school saves lives,
period. It produces extraordi-
nary young people who go off
in life with an appreciation
for life and an appreciation
of themselves. There aren't a
lot of other institutions in our
community that do that."
The school is increasingly
important as financial sup-
port for arts education has
been whittled away in the
public schools, some education
and arts leaders say. School
funds for art supplies, musical
instruments and equipment
declined by almost 80 percent
from the 2006-7 school year
to the 2009-10 school year, ac-
cording to a report by the Cen-
ter for Arts Education, which
works to expand arts educa-
tion opportunities for New York
public school students.
The choice between academ-
ics and arts education is a
false one, Canada said.
"To think that poor children
are going to have a full educa-
tion experience without this
exposure is a mistake," he
said. "We're thinking about the
time that children are not in
school, and just watching TV
or playing video games is not
an option."
The news that the school had
run out of money hit Harlem
hard, especially since few had
any idea it was in such bad

Eiigigh is enough
If Martin were here today, what hard tears he would cry
To knowvthe hope he once held dear would become a dream of4ies
His people have forgotten the advancements which were made
The struggle and steps forward, the ultimate price he paid

He'd view our elected officials motivated by selfishness and greed
Their eyes upon their own pant pockets, not a community in need
He'd ask, what has time created, a new society of poor?
Resulting in more and more families hammering upon homelessness door

He'd see our streets devoid of peace and know that it has become
A battleground of drugs wars and death, where power lies in the gun
He'd know that we were floundering without a concrete plan
I imagine him bewildered and so saddened, finding it hard to understand

That a generation is still stagnate on the road to educational conquest
Little Johnny and Mary who still can't read, held hostage by a test
What of these little children, entrusted to our very care
Their disenchantment blaring, their eyes lost in despair

We've lost our way somehow and thus our families
When we gave in to material things and shunned our responsibilities
Our children can't play or congregate upon their neighborhood streets
We're now a people diffused and adrift, our community ties gone weak

Martin's struggled was for each of us, a dream for all mankind
How would he walk these challenging streets of poverty and crime?
Would he shrug his shoulders, turn his head and just give up?
Or would he stand firmly saying that, "Enough is enough."

Wasting precious time wishing for Martin to be here
Will not change our current predicament nor make it disappear
We must feel, act, live and believe just as Martin had done
Not turn our heads or give way,'til the dream has been won

May the wisdom words of Dr. King, rekindle and renew our faith
Transforming us, propelling us from this dark and stagnant place
Martin's dream gave us hope to envision living life a better way
The time has come now for change, let's not wait for someday
-By L. Hamilton Adderly
Miami, FL

02/13/1938- 11/24/2010

We miss you and love you.
Jimmie, Jr., Mitzi and Jamal.

01/20/1983- 10/10/2011

Loving and missing you.
Love always, Fatty.

Yvette L. Campbell, president and chief executive of the Harlem School of the Arts.




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Remembering Christmas Eve
Day when you went away. Love
you! Daughter, Barbara Gardner.

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You are always in our hearts!
We love you. The Family.

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We miss your laughter.
Wife, kids and family.

We love and miss you!
Happy 38th Birthday!
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We love and miss you.
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Always in-our hearts;4 Lolita,
Harriet, Angela and grands.

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We miss you and love you,
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We miss you and love you.
Joe Johnson and Family.

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Forever in our hearts.
The Capers Family

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You have left sweet
recollections I will keep.
Your spirit will live
in my heart forever.
I will always love you.
Your wife, Eloise Lathers
and family.

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It's been three years. We miss
you today and always.
Love, The Family.

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Happy Birthday!
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It's been two years.
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she first began to draw others into
the world of bartering in 2002 when
she was attempting to find a
Please turn to BARTERING 7D

For some small business owners,
income tax filing season feels like
a slow-motion train wreck. These
are often owners who tend to be
disorganized and unable to keep
good records. Instead of keeping
their companies' books with a small
business accounting program, they
use a stack of overstuffed file folders
or worse, boxes and shopping bags.
They often end up spending hun-
dreds of extra dollars paying their
accountants to sort through the

Tips to brave tax season]

Small business advice for filing taxes

whole mess provided the accoun-
tants will even agree to deal with it.
There's another group of owners who
end up in trouble at tax time. They
haven't been paying attention to
things like letters from the Internal
Revenue Service or state tax au-
thorities. Or they don't stay on top
of filing deadlines. They don't listen
to the advice of their accountants.
Tax season can turn out to be full
of unpleasant and costly surprises.
These owners still have time to avoid
a train wreck and also avoid being
Please turn to TAX 7D




New fashion spot offers dual appeal

By Randy Grice

Often businesses have a
certain appeal that draws in
customers by the dozens. One
start- up shop has uniquely
created two angles that are
helping to make them a big
hit in the heart of Miami.
BeTru located in 55th Street
Station, 5582 NE 4th Ct. is
owned and operated by two
business partners, Donna
Hughes, 44, and Cybele
"We decided to open a store
that has two aspects to it,"
Hughes said. "One of the
aspects is to showcase local
designers and just things that
we like and find interesting.
So we call this a lifestyle
store because you can find a
little bit of everything in here.

The other part of our store is
my space where I do spiritual
readings. It was really impor-
tant for me to find a space
where I could work."
BeTru has been in operation
since July of this year, about
five months. The store is open
from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. on
Tuesday through Saturday of
each week. Hughes said that
the store's dual concept really
helps to drum up business.
"It is kind of like Disney
World you know," Hughes
said. "When you go on a ride
and exit you have to buy
something. It usually works
on that aspect for the read-
ings. Usually people look
around and they see some-
thing that they want to pur-
chase. It is kind of hard not
to find something in here, we
have merchandise in all price


ranges but mostly affordable
so it is kind of hard not to
leave with something in your
In addition to having a store
packed with merchandise
from local designers, both
Hughes and Erydek have
items that they have designed
personally. Although BeTru
caters to the evening crowd
at 55th Street Station Hughes
admits that business can at
times be a challenge because
of their discreet location.
"Well it is kind of a chal-
lenge for us here because we
are not on the street," she
said. "You have to kind of
know where we are. Business
is picking up though. I don't
necessarily believe that you
have to be right in front of
everybody to have business. If
you have good products that
are unique, word of mouth
will help a lot."

-Miami Times photo/Ranc
Co-owner Donna Hughes stands behind the cou
ready for her customers.

Indie director uses marketing skill

By Michelle Kung

Unlike some directors,
"Pariah" writer-director
Dee Rees has a background
in corporate marketing, a
skill set that came in handy
while making -her-first-fea-
ture film.
Set to be released in select
theaters Dec. 28 by Com-
cast Corp.'s Focus Features,
"Pariah" stars a largely
unknown cast in a drama
about a Black teenager com-
ing to terms with her sexual-
ity. Rees and her producer
Nekisa Cooper, who also has
an MBA in marketing from
Clark Atlanta University,
were acutely aware while
making the film that its
theme might be a tough sell
for some audiences.
They are now collaborating
with Focus on the marketing,
which Rees says the studio

No money to

buy? Try


By Leah Mullen

The next time you think you're
flat broke and can't acquire some-
thing you want or need think again.
Physical money isn't the only game
in town when it comes to obtain-
ing goods and services. According
to Simone Kelly-Brown, CEO of
Own Your Power Communications,
bartering is currently experiencing
a re-birth. While Kelly-Brown has

I-shoppers mean big dollars for businesses

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil
NNPA Columnist

When parents read holiday classics
to their children, are they doing it
from a classic picture book? Or from
an electronic device that ensures "vi-
sions of sugarplums" are literally
dancing in full color across a tablet's
screen? Do little girls still ask San-
ta for Barbies or Easy Bake Ovens
(amazing what a strong light bulb can
do, isn't it)? And little boys for trucks
and action figures? Does either still
ask for shiny new bikes? Sadly, no.
According to a recent Nielsen survey,
now when children make out their
lists, there is a very good chance they

are asking for an iPad. Yes, Games are still big. Er,
you heard me correctly. no, I'm not talking about
Data shows that the Apple Monopoly, Sorry or Connect
iPad is at the top of the elec- Four (a few personal favor-
tronics request list among sites Research shows that
nearly half (44 percent) of many of today's kids are
the 6-12 year old set up asking for Nintendo 3DS
from 31 percent in 2010. I'm -- and Kinect for Xbox360.
sorry, but I waited until my Younger children are per-
son was 12 before I even , fectly happy to ask for older
considered getting him a game systems like Ninten-
no bells and whistles cell do DS, PlayStation 3 and
phone, so any phone at age McNEIL Xbox360. I always feel more
six would be out of the question, let connected when I realize that people
alone an iPad. However, Apple isn't around the globe are much more alike
monopolizing the list, though 25 than we are different. We Americans
percent of younger consumers want are not alone with technology top-
computers and other tablet brands. ping the gift-giving (and gift asking)

department. Another recent Nielsen
survey conducted in 56 countries re-
veals that technology ranks number
one around the world, followed by
clothing and books. And, even though
holiday traditions differ around the
world, the universal theme for us all
(well, most of us, anyway) is celebrat-
ing on a budget. We've got to pay for
those fancy electronics, clothes, or
books and whatever else may be on
our shopping lists. Whether you cel-
ebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christ-
mas or any other shopping oppor-
tunity, remember the reason for the
season. Now get out there and em-
brace your consumer power like never
before. Happy Holidays!

Producer Nikisa Cooper, left, and director Dee Rees
pose at a screening on Dec. 1.

could have packaged in a
more sensational way, given
the film's themes. Such tac-
tics might sell more tickets,
"but wouldn't be true to the
core of the film," she says.
"We knew that if the film
|sold, we would only get a
certain amount of money for
it, so we adjusted our budget
accordingly," says Rees, who
made "Pariah" for roughly
half a million dollars. "We
didn't have this fairy tale
view of what might happen,"
she says.
The film, a semi-autobi-
ographical account of Ms.
Ree's life, debuted at the
Sundance Film Festival this
past January.
A graduate of Florida A&M
University's five-year MBA
program, Rees worked at
Procter & Gamble Co., phar-
maceutical company Scher-
ing-Plough Corp. (which was

bought by rival Merck &
in 2009) and Colgate-Palr
ive Co. before applying to
being accepted by New Yo
University's film program
At Proctor & Gamble, R
worked in brand manage-
ment selling panty liners.
"Basically, I was in the bu
ness of selling insecurity,
maybe, peace of mind," sl
says. She was later laid o
which she took as an opp
tunity to move to New Yor
In the city, Rees began
working for Schering-Plou
where she sold Dr. Scholl
insoles, wart removers an
bunion pads-an upgrade
from panty liners, she sa'
During a commercial sho
for one of her Schering-
Plough products she real
she was more interested i
the production side of the
shoot than the branding

Lack of



Blacks hit hardest

as public sector


By Tomothy Williams

Don Buckley lost his job driving
a Chicago Transit Authority bus
almost two years ago and has been
looking for work ever since, even as
r- other municipal bus drivers around
the country are being laid off. At
S 34, Buckley, his two daughters and
his fiancee have moved into the
basement of his mother's house.
He has had to delay his marriage
and his entire savings, $27,000, is
Buckley is one of tens of thou-
sands of once solidly middle-class
ly Grice Black government workers bus
inter drivers in Chicago, police offi-
cers and firefighters in Cleveland,
nurses and doctors in Florida -
who have been laid off since the
recession ended in June 2009.
S Such job losses have blunted gains
made in employment and wealth
during the previous decade and
Co. undermined the stability of neigh-
mol- borhoods where there are now
and fewer Black professionals who own
irk homes or who get up every morning
to go to work. Though the recession
ees and continuing economic down-
turn have been devastating to the
-American middle class as a whole,
isi- the two-and- a-half years since the
or declared end of the recession have
he been singularly harmful to middle-
ff, class blacks in terms of layoffs and
or- unemployment, according to econo-
-k. mists and recent government data.
About one-in-five Black workers
ugh, have public-sector jobs and Black
's workers are one-third more likely
id than white ones to be employed in
e the public sector.
ys. "The reliance on these jobs has
iot provided African Americans a path
upward," said Robert H. Zieger,
ized emeritus professor of history at
in the University of Florida and the
e author of a book on race and labor.
"But it is also a vulnerability."
Jobless rates among Blacks have
consistently been about double
those of whites. In October, the
Black unemployment rate was
n 15.1 percent, compared with eight
percent for whites. Last summer,
the Black unemployment rate hit
16.7 percent, its highest level since

Needs of Black


often ignored

By Ann Brown

Blacks will, by 2015, have a
buying power of $1.1 trillion. Yet
the advertising world steadily
ignores this valuable consumer.
In hopes of providing an arena
where marketers can tap into this
market more effectively, Cable-
televison Advertising Bureau
(CAB) has launched a new website
called reachingblackcosumers.
com. The site provides research
on the media consumption hab-
its, demographics and purchasing
power of Blacks. Partners include:
BET, Burrell Communications and
Turner Broadcasting.
"The CAB is the only indus-
try trade association that has a
dedicated multicultural practice,"
said Cynthia Perkins-Roberts, VP
of multicultural marketing and
sales development for CAB. "As we
have visited agencies and advertis-
ers and even in preparing presen-
tations ourselves, we recognized
a void in the availability of timely
insights and information on the
Black consumer segment which
was leading to marginalization
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By Joyce M. Rosenberg

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in a similar situation a year
from now. Get organized, tax
time is pretty easy for small
business owners who use
accounting software to keep
the books. At some point
early in the year, they just e-
mail records for the previous
year to their accountants or
tax preparers. For the dis-
organized, the season can
be torturous as they sort
through piles of receipts,
checks, credit card state-
ments and invoices. It can
also be extremely expensive
if they hand the mess over to
a CPA who'll charge several

hundreds of dollars an hour
to clean it up. Mark Toolan,
a certified public accoun-
tant in Exton, Pa., has ad-
vice that starts with: "Grab
hold of yourself." Then invest
in some small business ac-
counting software and in-
put the information from all
those bits of paper. Do that
and you'll be able to file your
taxes on time and with a lot
less stress, and set yourself
up for an easier time next
year. The reason why many
small business owners have
such haphazard record-
keeping is they're so busy
with all the other facets of
running the business. Or,
they can't stand the tedious-

ness of the job. These own-
ers need to get some help.
One option is to hire a book-
keeper. Or, as John Evans, a
partner with the accounting
firm BDO Seidman in New
York, suggests, taking on an
intern, perhaps an account-
ing student from a local col-
lege. Evans also recommends
using your bookkeeper or in-
tern to help you get tax forms
like 1099s for independent
contractors in the mail.
"They will do what you hate
to do," he said.
And if you don't have books,
ask your new assistant to
create a ledger. It doesn't
have to involve cccotinini
software, Evans said.


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continued from 6D

of the segment in the adver-
tising marketplace. Television
is the primary entertainment
option for Black consumers as
they consume 40 percent more
television than the rest of the
population. More than 60 per-
cent of their viewing across all
demos is cable programming."

kins-Roberts, help advertisers
better understand the Black
consumer. The reasons Black
consumers are often forgotten
is complex, she says.
"While civil rights is impor-
tant, the marketplace is now
such that we must transi-
tion from good corporate citi-
zenry, to being able to show
how effective marketing to

bottom line," she said. "Lack
of advocacy other popula-
tion segments in the advertis-
ing community have advocacy
groups that have pushed out
insights and information that
have helped marketers keep
their segments more top of
mind. This type of organiza-
tion does not exist in the Black
population segment

Networking helps with fresh idea

continued from 6D

less painful way to network.
For five years Kelly-Brown had
juggled both full-time employ-
ment and her business which
was then called Gots to Have it
When she left corporate
America and decided to focus
mainly on her business, she
knew she needed to get out
and meet new people. Yet de-

spite her outgoing personality,
like many professionals, Kelly-
Brown dreaded the usual net-
working scenes. So she came
up with a fresh idea. She would
gather women together in a so-
cial setting and have them fill
out cards. On one side of the
card they'd write their name,
occupations and what they
have to give in terms of profes-
sional goods and services. On
the other side of the card they'd
list what they were looking for

or what they wanted to take.
Participants would then work
the room comparing cards. If
you met someone who wasn't
a match it was very likely that
she'd talked to someone else
who was and she'd introduce
you. Thus was born Give 'N
Take. The first gathering at-
tracted 30 women without any
formal advertising, participa-
tion doubled at the next gath-
ering strictly through word of

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Steve Harvey

By Jefferson Graham

Steve Harvey, the host of
TV's Family Feud and radio's
The Steve Harvey Morning
Show, admits that he used to
be scared of tech. No longer.
In a visit to his Atlanta radio
studio, the comedian/author
and prolific tweeter (@IAm-
SteveHarvey) talked about
his enthusiasm for interact-
ing with his nearly 400,000
followers on Twitter, his love
of the new iPhone 4S, and
how he wishes the technol-
ogy revolution had happened

earlier in his life.

"I can't live without my
iPhone. I can check tem-
peratures with my voice,
find the nearest Pizza Hut,
get reminders for my sched-
ule, check dates, check
the weather, see the stock

"I get aggravated with the
e-mail because sometimes
there are just too many. I
go to my in-box, and it says

180 messages. I might delete
all of them. I don't want the
stress of trying to read and
answer 180 e-mails."

"My jokes aren't on paper
anymore, they're on the
iPad. If I rewrite a joke, I can
put a cursor on a line, and
put it in the right line. I don't
have to erase and do it over."

"The immediacy of it. You
get an immediate response.

This year, everybody want

By Rachel Metz know what to do with a
Associated Press tablet."
For some people, the de-
SAN FRANCISCO De- vice has become indispens-
spite the gloomy economy, able for playing and work-
shoppers are expected to ing. While you can surf
shell out for tablet comput- the Web, send emails and
ers this December. making watch movies on a laptop .

them about as popular as
candy canes and twinkling
The glossy-screened gad-
gets are the most-desired
electronic devices this
holiday season. And, of all
the gifts people are crav-
ing, tablets are second only
to clothing, according to
the Consumer Electronics
Association. The industry
group expects U.S. consum-
ers to spend an average of
$246 on electronic gifts.
To be sure, tablets were
on some wish lists last
year, but they were mostly
prized by gadget geeks. In
2010; people were "trying to
figure out what the whole
tablet thing was-about,"
says Gartner analyst Caro-
lina Milanesi. "Now, people

By Mark W. Smith

High-tech gadgets are pop-
ping up on nearly everyone's
holiday wish lists this year.
E-readers have been
flying off the
shelves and the
fastest growing
category of us- ,-
ers is older than
55, according to a
Nielsen study.
Tablets, too, are
high interest. A
host of inexpensive
Android competi-
tors are popping
up to challenge
the supremely
dominant Apple
iPad, something
no tablet has been
able to do.

or smartphone, consumers
are gravitating to tablets
because they can be more
The iPad is still expected
to far outsell other tablets
this year. So far, in fact,
Apple has captured about
75 to 85 percent of the U.S.
market, according to tech-
nology analyst Rob Enderle.
Two of the most promis-
ing competitors come from
online retailer Amazon.com
Inc. and book seller Barnes
& Noble Inc. The compa-
nies, major players in the e-
reader market, recently re-
leased tablets of their own
that undercut the iPad's
$499 base price: Amazon's
Kindle Fire, which costs
$199, and Barnes & Noble's
Nook Tablet, which costs

Here's a look at the very best
of what will make the people
on your shopping lists smile
this holiday season.

This year, it's all
anr about the tablet. And
judging from readers'
questions, many people
are looking for a less
expensive, not-iPad
tablet. Bad news there,
though. Those $200
or less Android tablets
almost all run an old,
S non-tablet version of
Android. They'll lure
you in with the promise
of a tablet experience
for just $99 or $199,
but the iPad is still the
only tablet I can whole-
heartedly recommend.
SIt's more expensive


Barnes & Noble's


$249. The Fire, which uses
a heavily modified version
of Google Inc.'s Android
tablet software, is expected

than many, but there's
nothing else like it. It h
most apps, the longest
life and a screaming fa
cessor. Don't accept an
tions. Price: Starts at $

One of the biggest ba
this holiday season is
the Kindle Fire and th
Tablet. I've used both,
Fire is the e-reader wo
money. Don't buy it ex
a fully realized tablet
ence the hardware i
slow and it's missing f
like Bluetooth connect
but it's the best e-read
made. It can also run
set of Android apps, in
ing Angry Birds, Word
Friends, Netflix and H
Plus. Price: $199. wwv

This is the first time I've
actually been able to talk to
my fans. I'm talking to peo-
ple I'd never get a chance to
talk to, which is kind of cool
for a guy like me. I'm in a
radio booth, on stage, or be-
hind a camera on TV. I don't
know what they're thinking
or saying. I know they're out
there, but it's kind of cool to
be able to talk to them."

Harvey's company, Alter
Ego, helps celebrities with
their tweeting. "A lot of
people are too busy to tweet.
Even if you're not tech savvy,
or don't have time to do it, we
do it for you. We call you and
say, 'What do you have go-
ing?' ... It's all done in their

"If this had been happen-
ing 10 years ago, I could have
been rich a long time ago. I
would have found a way to
make this work. People who
are not taking advantage
of the technology are really
hurting themselves."

s a tablet

Retro cellphone

handset takes off

Old-fashioned design makes it easier to hold

By Roger Yu

Like Betty White and
Buddy Holly glasses,
the traditional phone
handset is now retro
cool. The makers of the
product complete
with hand cradle, the
rounded receiver and
transmitter and the
curly cord say mo-
bile phone users are
snapping up the hand-
Sales have soared in
the past year, driven
by the soaring num-
ber of people who have
canceled their land-
line phones and gone
wireless -only, the er-
gonomic awkwardness
of holding a notepad-
shaped device to the
ear and concern over
cell phone radiation.
The retro handset
is a testament to the

to be particularly popular "classic" des
with gift givers in part be- Bell phones,
cause of its low price. Howard, CE
"When you get below trial design
$200, sales go up dramati- Design. "Fr
cally," says Enderle. gonomic s
Enderle thinks the Fire it was desil
will be a popular gift, es- well. It wa
pecially for kids. To him, for the hur
it seems sturdier than the he says.
iPad with a display built The retro
from scratch- and crack- on the m
resistant Gorilla Glass, typically
and it's cheap enough that with mobil
parents won't be upset if a and compi
child manages to break it. have a 3.5rr
Tom Mainelli, an analyst earphones,
at research group IDC, iPhone, I
expects the Fire and Nook and And
Tablet to take the sec-
ond- and third-place spots,
respectively, behind the
iPad during the last three
months of the year.
Rather than hurting
Apple, he believes the suc-
cess of newer tablets will
help grow the entire tablet
"I don't think Apple loses 1 A
just because Amazon wins,"
he says.

1 zon.com/kindle.

just There isn't a better piece of
ias the technology I've used this year
battery than the Jawbone Jambox.
st pro- It's a beautifully designed,
.y imita- palm-sized wireless speaker
;499. that syncs with any device
over Bluetooth. This thing
packs incredible sound, too.
It's a perfect companion to any
battles smartphone, tablet or iPod.
between It's a great companion for the
e Nook frequent traveler, too. There
and the is no better personal speaker
)rth your out there. Price: $200. www.
pecting jawbone.com.
features This stylish, pear-shaped
:ivity universal remote control sits
ier ever near your entertainment center
a small and syncs with an iPhone,
Lclud- iPad or iPod Touch, allowing
s with you to control your TV, cable
ulu box, DVD player or set-top
v.ama- boxes like the Roku. It basi-

sign of the
says John
O of indus-
firm KDA
om the er-
gned quite
s modeled
nan face,"

market are
le phones
uters that
im jack for

phones. They have a
button for picking up
and hanging up direct-
ly from the handset.
Native Union, a Hong
Kong-based manufac-
turer, started selling
its $30 Moshi Moshi
Pop handset in the
U.S. last year and
ships about 30,000

to 40,000 of them a
week. The U.S. has be-
come its largest mar-
ket, overtaking China,
South Korea and Hong
Yubz, a Las Vegas-
based company, has
sold a $40 rival prod-
uct, Yubz Retro Hand-
set, since 2007. With
sales up about 60%
this year, 2011 is turn-
ing out to be the best
year yet, says Karin
Brewer of Yubz. South
Korea-based iClooly
makes a $40 retro
handset and base that
holds the smartphone
and charges the bat-
"When we first start-
ed, we didn't expect
this kind of phenome-

cally turns your iOS device
into a remote that can control
your whole set-up. The app is a
great visual guide that shows
programs in photographic tiles.
Want to watch "Glee?" Just
click on it. Price: $79 at the
Peel store online. http://store.

This camera has been called
the biggest leap forward in
picture-taking in decades. Un-
like traditional cameras that
capture light headed in one
direction toward the cam-
era the Lytro captures every
bit of light traveling in every
direction. This means that you
can actually focus the image
after the fact, using software.
With its innovative shape and
embedded technology, it's sure
to be a discussion starter. The
base model is 8 GB and holds
350 photos. Price: Starts at
$399. www.lytro.com.

non," says John Brun-
ner of Native Union.
"It's picked up a cult
Moshi Moshi hand-
sets received a jolt of
unplanned publicity
when a photographer
caught musician Len-
ny Kravitz using the
phone in public. Native
Union says it doesn't
pay Kravitz for en-
Susan Johnson, a
fashion blogger and a
client partner at Face-
book, got lots of com-
ments on Facebook af-
ter uploading a photo
that pictured her us-
ing a Moshi Moshi.
Johnson mostly uses
her iPhone at home
and in the office and
says the handset "is
just really comfort-
Her one quibble: The
handset's sound qual-
ity isn't quite as good
as she gets without an
Brunner says
Moshi Moshi sets are
equipped with "noise-
reducing" technology.
Yubz's handsets fea-
ture a volume-control
button that boosts the
sound, Brewer says.

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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 qualify.
Appliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Mr. Willie #6

1229 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Appliances, free

1231 NW 58 Terrace
One bedroom, one bath.
$450 monthly, $750 move
in. Two bdrms, one bath.
$550 monthly, $850 move
in. Call Joel 786-355-7578.

1237 NW 77 Terrace
One bedroom unfurnished,
$625 monthly, first and last to
move in. 305-205-2823.
1245 NW 58th Street
Studio $395 per month. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578
1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$525. Free water.
1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080

1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Two bdrms, one bath $500.

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500, 786-236-1144 or
14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Two bdrms, one bath $525.
Ms. Jackson 786-267-1646.

14460 NW 22 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath
$595. Appliances, free

1450 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425
Two bdrms, one bath $525

1500 NW 65th Street
One bedroom, one
bathroom apt. $395 per
month, $600 move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1525 NW 1 Place
One bdrm, one bath, $350
monthly. $575 move in. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1540 NW 1 Court
Studio $425; one bedroom
$525; cheap move in.

1556 N.W. 62 TERR
Two bedrooms, one bath, ap-
pliances and water included.
$600 monthly. $600 to move
in. 786-663-0322
1600 NW 59 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $575.
Appliances, 305-642-7080.

1718 NW 2 Court
One bdrm, one bath, $425.
Mr. Gaiter in #1

1744 NW 1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Two bedrooms, one
bath $550. Appliances,

176 NE 60 Street
Two, two bedroom apts. $400
and $600 monthly. Call 786-
1801 NW 2 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $850 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1803 NW 1 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath
apt. $595 per month. All
appliances included. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Joel

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $495.

1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$425. Appliances, free gas.
200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

2295 NW 46 Street
One and two bedrooms. Call
Tony 305-213-5013.
2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one
bath $650, free water.
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
341 NE 77 Street
One bdrm apt. $650 a month;
$1300 to move in; call 305-
758-6133 or 786-514-5535.
411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $425.
Appliances, free water.

50 Street Heights
Walking distance from
Brownsville Metrorail. Free
water, gas, window bars,
iron gate doors. One and two
bdrms from $490-$580 mthlyl
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
bedroom, $485 monthly, win-
dow bars and iron gate doors.
Free water and gas. Apply at:
2651 NW 50 Street or call.
65 NW 27 Street
(lst Ave. and 27th ,t.).
Five bedrooms, three baths.
$1000 monthly, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TVI Call Joel

7525 North Miami Avenue
One bdrm, one bath, renovat-
ed, new appliances, parking,
free water, and security ne-
gotiable. Section 8. HOPWA
OK. $650. Call between 9-6
only, 305-754-7900.
7752 NW 2 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1,535 monthly. Section 8
Welcome. 305-582-8210.
8295 N.E. Miami Court
Large one bdrm, one bath,
central air, new kitchen and
bath. Walk in closet, $635
monthly. 305-947-4502
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
One bdrm, tile, central air,
water included. Section 8
OKAYI 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.
Overtown, Liberty City,
Opa-Locka, Brownsville.
Apartments, Duplexes,
Houses. One, Two.and
Three Bedrooms. Same day
approval. Call for specials.

Plus water! Spacious, one,
two bdrms. Special for se-
niors 786-486-2895
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
One and two bedrooms avail-
able. Move in special $1,000
with approval. 786-488-5225
Beautiful one bedroom, $594
monthly, apartment in gated
community on bus lines. Ap-
ply at: 2651 NW 50 Street or
call 305-638-3699.
Move in before the New
Year with $0 down.
One and two bdrm,
water included. 305-603-
9592, 305-600-7280 or

Move in by New Year with
$0 down. One and two
bedrooms, water included.
305-603-9592, 305-600-
7280 or

One bdrm, one bath. $300
monthly, move in special two
months free. 954-632-8607
1730 NW 1 Court
One and two bedrooms,
quiet building, only a few left.
Call 305-458-1791.
Business Rentals
Call 305-757-9710
4801 NW 27 Avenue
Freestanding store available,
completely renovated. Air
conditioned. Roll-down
security doors. Outside
lighting. $950 monthly, $950
Security Deposit. Call
140 NW 70 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1600 mthly, 404-509-0614.
20600 NW 7 Avenue #202
One bdrm, one bath,
central air, gated.
Call 770-598-8974
1291 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tiled,
appliances included. Section
8 only. 786-277-4395
131 NW 32 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $595,
free water. 305-642-7080
15 NE 183 Terr.
Three bdrms, two baths. Sec-
tion 8 welcome. 305-332-
1526 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$475, free water,

1542 NW 35 Street
Really nice, two bdrms, air
and some utilities, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
1695 NW 116 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $800
mthly. Call 770-496-4376
1773 NW 41 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. Air.
$725 monthly, $1200 move
in. 305-322-8966
1813 NW 44 Street
Efficiency, one bath
$525. Four bdrms, two
baths $1195. Free water,

21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bdrms, remodeled. $795.
Call 786-306-4839.
2285 NW 101 Street
One bedroom, tile, water, air,
bars. $700, No Section 8.
Terry Dellerson, Broker
2397 N.W. 104 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1325 mthly. 305-525-0619,
2587 NW 165 STREET
Near N. Dade Health Clinic.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air and heat. $1200
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
2646 E. Superior Street
Three or four bdrms, two
baths. Section 8 OKI 954-
614-0434, 954-435-7171
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895, free water and elec-
tricity, 305-642-7080.

4425 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one
bath, $675, appliances.
4625 NW 15 Court
Two bdrms, remodeled.
$795. 786-306-4839.
7749 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$700 monthly, central air, all
appliances included. Free
19 LCD TV.
Call Joel 786-355-7578

3737 Charles Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath duplex
located in Coconut Grove.
Near schools and buses.
$650 mthly, $650 security de-
posit, $1300 total to move in.
305-448-4225 or apply at:
3737 Charles Terrace
783 NW 80 Street
Utilities included call
One bdrm efficiency, lights
and water included. Section

8 OK. 786-486-9044.

N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 Preferred.

Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1600 NW 56 Street
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1722 NW 77 Street
$120 weekly, air,
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
1815 or 1820 All Baba Ave.
Clean rooms, $400
monthly. 305-754-6556,
2831 NW 159 Street
In quiet, clean house, call
Phyllis 754-214-9590.
2915 NW 156 Street
Free utilities. $135 weekly,
$300 move in. 305-624-3966
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrig-
erator, microwave, TV, free
cable, air and use of kitchen.
Call 954-678-8996.
6257 NW 18 Avenue
$100 down, $100 weekly, air.
Prestige Investment
6800 NW 5 Place
Clean $360 monthly
6835 NW 15 Avenue
Holiday special, $90 weekly
or $300 monthly, $400 to
move in, air and utilities in-
Call 786-558-8096
$90 weekly, air condition, qui-
et area. Call 786-600-8150
$130 weekly. Free utilities.
Central air, cable TV, washer/
dryer, phone, internet. $450
mthly. 305-299-2405.
Rooms with home privileg-
es. Prices range from $90
to $125 weekly. Males pre-
ferred. 305-696-2451.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.
SHouses I
1090 NW 91 Street
Three beds, one bath, nice
neighborhood. Section 8 wel-
come. Call Florence 919-356-
12845 NW 17 Ct (ERPD)
Three bedrooms, new bath,
air, tile, $1,100. No Section 81
Terry Dellerson, Broker,
15820 E Bunche Park Dr
Renovated three bedrooms,
one bath, large lot, Section 8
okay, $1175 per month,
1828 NW 71 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
central air, tiled floor, fenced
yard. $1200 monthly, $2400
to move in. 786-222-7945
1851 NW 67 Street
Four bdrms, two baths.
$1095. Appliances, 305-
19322 NW 23rd Ct.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
central air, tiled floors, bars,
fenced yard, $1450 monthly.
No Section 8. Call 305-625-
2 NW 69 Street
Three bdrms, one bath
$1200. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080.
2135 NW 46 Street
Two bdrms, den, central air.
$950. 786-306-4839.
221 NW 82 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800 includes water. No Sec
8. Call 305-267-9449.
2300 NW 53 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, security bars, tile,
Section 8 preferred.
2401 NW 170 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, tile, air, $1,300, No Sec-
tion 8, Terry Dellerson, Broker
310 NE 58 Terrace
Five bedrooms, 3 baths,
$1200 monthly, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel 786-
3332 NW 49 Street
Spacious five bedrooms, two
baths, tiled, central air, $1700
monthly, 305-662-5505.
3411 NW 172 Terrace
Four bedrooms, two baths,
tile, air, $1,400, No Section 8,
Terry Dellerson, Broker
440 NE 74 Street
Three bdrms, two baths,
$1200, central air.
4740 NW 19 Aveune
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Section 8 OK. 305-751-7151
66 NW 166 Street

Great property, big yard,
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ily room, near college, quiet,
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Dolphins remain mediocre

We've seen this movie be-
fore when it comes to your
Miami Dolphins. They are
pretty good but just not
good enough or they are bad
but not as bad as everyone

thinks. Huh? Still stuck on
neutral is the case for a team
that was once the darlings
of South Florida Ever since
the winning days of Don
Shula and Dan Marino, the

Fins have been trying to re-
kindle that feeling of being a
perennial playoff contender.
They are still searching as
they will once again miss the
playoffs this year. They have
been respectable lately, com-
ing off of last weekend's road
win at Buffalo where Reggie
Bush ran wild for 203 yards.
That win has continued a re-
cent trend this season that
saw this team smack around
the competition in the sec-
ond half of the season. These
Dolphins despite the home

loss against Philadelphia are
pretty good and should have
been at least competing for a
playoff spot. Somehow, they
got off to an 0-7 start this
season, which at one time
had fans dreaming of win-
ning the Andrew Luck sweep-
stakes. The turnaround was
not enough to save former
Head Coach Tony Sporano's
job, however. We have seen
a lot of the things this team
lacked a year ago including.
big plays offensively as they
proved in the Bills game that

included a 76-yard touch-
down run by Reggie Bush
and a 65-yard touchdown
reception hauled in by Bran-
don Marshall. Brian Hartline
was looking like the second
coming of Steve Largent as
he torched the Bills deep on
a couple of receptions. An
attacking offense, making
big plays, a ball hawking de-
fense. This was just typical of
what we have seen from this
team lately. So where was it
in the first half of the sea-
son? The truth is the coach-

ing staff should have had
this team ready to play from
the onset. They weren't.
Team owner Steven Ross
says he wants to find the
next young Don Shula. So
who is that guy going to be?
Bill Cowher? Jon Gruden?
Jeff Fisher? The search
committee is already hard
at work in pursuit of a dif-
ference maker, led by Ross
and GM Jeff Ireland. Good
luck finding the next Shula
gentlemen you're going to
need it.

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$2,000 stipend for

athletes hits snag

Schools' concerns

include fairness of

Title IX impact
The NCAA's plan to give athletes
a $2,000 stipend may be in trouble.
The legislation, passed in Octo-
ber, now faces an override challenge
at January's annual NCAA conven-
tion, a decision that could create
an unusual discrepancy between
recruits who have already signed
national letters-of-intent and those
who have not.
David Berst, the Division I vice
president of governance, acknowl-
edged Wednesday that about 1,000
players signed with schools in No-
vember, and those who did it with
the promise of getting an additional
$2,000 toward the so-called "full
cost of attendance" would still get
their extra money. Those who did
not, may not.
"I would hope we don't end up
with that, but it could happen,"
Berst told The Associated Press.
Berst said 97 schools have signed
onto the override measure, more
than the 75 needed for the NCAA
board to reconsider the stipend. If
that number hits 125 by Dec. 26,
the legislation would be suspended.
Either way, the Division I Board
of Directors has three options: Re-
scind the stipend and operate un-
der previous NCAA rules, modify

the rule or create a new proposal
that would go back to the schools
for another 60-day comment pe-
riod, or allow members to vote on
the override. It would a take 5/8ths
majority of the roughly 350 Division
I members to pass.
If the legislation is changed or re-
scinded, athletes who signed with
the expectation of receiving addi-
tional money might bring legal ac-
tion if they did not get it.
That puts the NCAA in the posi-
tion of perhaps having to impose
two competing rules this year.
"We would honor the agreements
that have taken place," Berst said.
"So even if you were to rescind the
rule as of Dec. 26 and not operate
under that rule in the future, we
would honor those agreements. I
think that causes the board to re-
double its efforts at the January
NCAA president Mark Emmert
has insisted over the past several
months that the additional money
is not pay-for-play and compares it
to stipends non-athletes receive be-
yond the cost of tuition, room and
board, books and fees. Until 1972,
college athletes were permitted to
receive a small monthly payment as
laundry money.
Some critics contend $2,000 is
not nearly enough and cite studies
showing the average athlete pays
roughly $3,000 to $4,000 out of his
or her own pocket in college costs.


Norland gets its

revenge and second

state championship

By D. Kevin McNeir

Norland has had an entire year to
contemplate their loss in the Class 5A
state championship game last year.
This time they were hellbent on mak-
ing sure that didn't happen again. And
when the dust settled in Orlando's
Citrus Bowl, it was the Norland Vikings
who strutted away with the brag-
ging rights a perfect 15-0 record, a
national ranking of No. 8 by ESPN and
a second state championship. Most of
the nearly 4,000 fans that attended the

game were Norland supporters, waving
street signs and wearing T-shirts that
had the word "redemption" printed on
the front.
As was the case throughout this sea-
son, Norland was led by its senior run-
ning back Duke Johnson and a defense
that refused to give any leeway to their
opponents, Crawfordville Wakulla.
Johnson put on a real show in his
last high school game, but he won't be
going far away next fall. He will suit
up for the Hurricanes at the Univer-
sity of Miami. The finalist for the Mr.
Florida award rushed for 130 yards,
returned a kickoff for 69 yards and a
touchdown and scored for four more
touchdowns as well. He ended the
season with 2,087 yards and 29 rush-
ing touchdowns a new record for
Miami-Dade County.
Team members like Feddie Davey

said the key to their victory was keep-
ing their eyes on the prize.
"We had no friction [this year] be-
tween the team; we were one unit and
we were the best."
Coach Daryle Heidelburg took over
the helm three years ago and says he
was intent on putting together a cham-
pionship program. He has clearly done
just that. Norland becomes the fifth
school from the County since 1963
to win multiple state titles; the oth-
ers include: Coral Gables, Carol City,
Northwestern and Southridge. Central
would have joined them had they won
in their Class 6A final matchup last
Johnson wore special black and
gold socks and gloves to honor one of
his mentors Liberty City Optimist
founder Sam Johnson who died last
Sunday after suffering a heart attack.

Former champs lose to Armwood, 40-31

Central falls flat in state finals

By Akilah Laster

The former 2010 state
champion Central Rockets'
fuel was low at the incipient
moments of their return to
the Class 6A state final last
Saturday against Armwood
High School at the Citrus
Bowl. Appearing frantic and
unprepared their play did not
resemble the formerly unde-
feated team that pummeled
through almost every note-
worthy Dade County team
during the regular season.
Central (14-1) was shutout
in the first quarter as the
Armwood (15-0) defense col-
lapsed on every rushing play
and senior quarterback Aus-
tin Stock threw two intercep-
tions that led to a 0-16 begin-
ning. Central would never be

able to rebound and left the
stadium with their first loss
of the season, 40-31.
"[Stock] had to be mistake
free in a game like this," Cen-
tral head coach, Telly Lock-
ette said. "I told him to keep
his head in the game and
stay positive."
Stock had no completions
and Central rushed for only
39yards in the first quarter,
including a 32-yard run by
sophomore running back Jo-
seph Yearby.
Central had overcome a
17-point deficit to win last
year's state title but could not
repeat those ftl.'rts
"Our offense didn't' help
the defense out," Lockette
said. "Turnovers put the de-
fense in bad situations."
Inconsistent plays, turn-
overs and penalties-includ-

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Ing a intentional down call
on the final Rocket offensive
possession, kept pressure
on the Central defense to
make big plays. But fatigue
and mental defeat kicked in
as they allowed the Hawks
to score on an 80-yard pass
play. Central fans quieted as
their state title hopes dwin-
Tears began to flood the
Rocket sideline as junior

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kicker Emilio Nadelman
kneeled with his face in his
towel, Iill'.r-.i .1 n ii" the
devastating reality of the
game. As the coach gathered
his team after the game he
was brought to tears as well.
"I could sec tears on their
faces and they fought back so
hard," Lockette said. "In life
you're going to have adver-
sity, but you will come back."
"We'll be back," he added.

ffor Humanity
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Request for Proposals

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Inc. is requesting proposals for
consideration to provide services detailed below. Proposals shall be received
by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami, Inc., 3800 NW 22 Avenue, Miami,
Florida 33142 as per below. The proposals shall be clearly marked as per each
Service. Project locations are determined as per each RFP. Late submittals
shall not be accepted or considered.

These Projects, in part, may be federally assisted and may be funded, in part
by a Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program. Bidders must comply
with Presidential Executive Order 11246 clause, as amended; the Copeland
(Anti-Kickback) Act; the contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and all
other applicable federal and state laws, and local ordinance.

This is also a Section 3 covered activity. Section 3 requires that job training,
employment and contracting opportunities be directed to low and very-low in-
come persons or business owners who live in the project's area.

Full General Liability and Workman's Compensation insurance is required for
all trades. Worker's Compensation exemptions will not be accepted. No bond-
ing is required. Activities are Davis Bacon exempted.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is an EOE (Equal Opportunity Employ-
er) and invites bids from small businesses, Section 3 businesses, minority
business enterprises or woman-owned businesses.

Selection will be made based on the contractor's qualifications, experience in
Miami-Dade County, professional references, and the ability to meet sched-
ules and budget.

Bidders must obtain a pre-bid package containing the Scope of work by down-
loading it at:
ftp://fto.miamihabitat.net and entering: constructionguest- as password and

Please download all items under each separate project RFP and submit all
forms required by each Scope of Work. Please be aware of due dates and time
for each proposal.

All responses and proposals are to be emailed to:

or physically sent to:
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. 3800 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami. Fl

TRADES: Shell construction, Turn-Key construction (Residential), Roofing.


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