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Gingrich the historian could learn from 'Red Tails'

By DeWayne Wickham

ORLANDO By the time Newt Gingrich
claimed victory in the South Carolina primary,
I was in a crowded theater watching the movie
about a kind of untold "American exceptional-
ism" that the Republican candidate seems to
dismiss, if not disdain.
The newly-released "Red Tails" tells the story
of the Black pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group,

who before 'c ins Hitler's
Luf'. : had to overcome
their countrynen's implacable
and groundless belief that they
lacked the intelligence and
c',.uraze to be fighter pilots
during World '. ar- II. Over-
GINGRICH chiming an obstacle no white
trainee faced, the pilots of the 332nd dealt the
Luftwaffe a blow that once again underscored

the vital contributions of Blacks to America's
This is not what Gingrich the historian
seems to have in mind when he speaks of
Sre t Ar m g to the America we love." If you listen
to the former Georgia congressman's cam-
paign rhetoric, he makes subtle but unmistak-
able references to race, whether labeling the
nation's first Black president a "food-stamp
president" or insinuating that African Ameri-

cans don't have a work ethic. His solution? Let
urban school children be in-house janitors.
But of course.
Ahhh, the good ol' days, when whites had job
security and white picket fences and couldn't
be bossed around by uppity Blacks, and Afri-
can Americans had to suffer gross indignities
in order to put their lives on the line to defend
their country. Gingrich doesn't say this, but
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B-CU president resigns

Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed to resign struction o several new bud .
after seven years at the helm ment also increased from $28
million to $43 million today.

By D. Kevin McNeir
Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, 64,
has resigned after serving
as the president of Bethune-
Cookman University for the
past seven years. Reed will re-
main at the University during
the transition until the Board

of Trustees determines an offi-
cial departure date. During her
tenure, Reed helped the Uni-
versity launch its first master's
degree program in transforma-
tive leadership, earn its high-
est enrollment in the school's
history, graduate its largest
class on record and improve
its physical plant with the con-

However, Reed faced criti-
cism for firing seven B-CU in-
structors back in 2009 that
led to lawsuits filed against
the University. Reed said her
reasons for the terminations
ranged "from charges of sexual
harassment of students to in-
sufficient academic credentials
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Former president of B-CU

* Experience in the areas
of medical malpractice,
personal injury and
professional liability
employment law
* Trial attorney practicing
law since 1985.
* Has co-chaired the Board '
of Governor's blue ribbon
* Honored in 2009 by The
Fellows of the American A
Bar Foundation

Florida Bar

By Randy Grice

Last year Penelope Towns-
ley, 55, made history by be-
coming the first Black wom-
an to serve as the supervisor
of elections for Miami-Dade
County. Townsley was ap-
pointed on the tail end of
20 11. She has held the posi-
tion for nearly three and a half
"In one word I am honored
to hold this position," she
said. "Before I could get over
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Facebook note

helps cops catch

murder suspect

Wall post leads to an arrest
Miami Times staff report
Through the power of social media people across
the world are able to to connect to catch up on
old times and in a recent case capture a killer.
Lineten Belizaire, 20, suspected murderer of a
pair of roommates and a six month-old baby, was
arrested by the Broward Sheriffs Office as a re-
sult of a Facebook post. He is facing three counts
of first degree murder.
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chooses first

Black president

Attorney Eugene K. Pettis
selected by his peers
By D. Kevin McNeir
Fort Lauderdale attorney, Eugene K. Pettis, 51, has
been chosen as the next president of The Florida Bar.
When he is sworn in as president-elect at the Bar's an-
nual convention in June 2012, and takes over in 2013,
he will become the first Black to hold the position.
"It's an honor to be recognized by my colleagues and
we have 93,000 lawyers in the state that are members
of The Florida Bar," he said. "It's assuring to know they
feel I am worthy to serve as their president and I am
proud that we have finally broken the race barrier. The
Bar was a voluntary organization in 1907 and became a
unified, or mandatory organization in 1951. Either date
you chose, it's clear that we have waited way too long
and ignored quality people of color who were able and
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West aims at Black conservative 'myths'

By William E. Gibson
Republican Congressman
Allen West says fellow Afri-
can-Americans often confess
to him in a low voice, "I agree
with you."
"I tell them, 'Why are we
whispering?' West recounted
on Monday during a Conser-

vative Black Forum, a
gathering on Capitol
Hill designed to dispel
the "myths" surround-
ing Black conserva-
"We can't have this
fear of standing up and
saying who we are," as-
serted West, a tea par-


ty favorite from Planta-
tion who has attracted
fans across the coun-
try. "We shout at foot-
ball games. We shout
at church. We should
be shouting about the
principles that make
us who we are."
West and about a

dozen black leaders said they
want to break down what they
consider public mispercep-
tions about them and about
the monolithic nature of Black
voters and their habit of vot-
ing for Democrats.
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Two 'Williams' vie for Miami Gardens seat

By D. Kevin McNeir
Miami Gardens Council-
man David Williams, Jr., 57,
a FAMU and Barry University
graduate, was appointed to the
city council in March 2011 but
now faces a January 31st elec-
tion, as mandated by the laws
of the State of Florida. He is be-
ing challenged by Kevin C. Wil-

liams, 31, a single father and
pastor of Kingdom Power Cen-
ter Church of God in Christ, for
the at-large seat five position.
Despite numerous attempts
to speak with the incumbent,
we were unable to secure an
interview. However, the chal-
lenger did share his platform
with The Miami Times.
"I talk candidly and admit
that I am not a politician I

am a preacher in the business
of serving and saving souls
and I'm running to save the
City of Miami Gardens," Kevin
Williams said. "The current
council, if I had to grade them,
would get a "D." I was part of
the incorporation process back
in 2003 and think it was the
best thing for our community.
Now we must plot a course
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Suspected killer Lineten Belizaire, 20.

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Black supervisor

of elections

Penelope Townsley makes history

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Ex-felons should be allowed

to rejoin the Black family

o e people who run Miami Gardens will soon vote
on whether to exclude all ex-felons from volunteer-
,L ing in the City's parks and recreation programs. Two
weeks ago, the Council was split on an ordinance that would
disqualify anyone with two or more convictions, regardless
of when they occurred, from volunteering their time with
youth. Close to 100 coaches could soon be told, "thanks but
your services are no longer needed." What then will happen
to the programs and to the hundreds of boys and girls that
participate in them almost every day?
The debate over ex-felon volunteers is a complex issue.
Because of its complexity there are no handy solutions on
which the Council can lean. That's because there are a vari-
ety of categories for felony crimes some are as white col-
lar as one can get. But there are some felonies that are so
heinous that we might be wise to keep the perpetrators from
being involved with our youth. Maybe the thing to do would
be to review the history of each applicant and decide case
by case. That would mean more work for the Council but it
seems like it would be a more fair method. And it's one that
many cities are already using.
Some of the Council members claim their vote is noth-
ing personal but rather is a way to raise the standards.
But that's a little hard to swallow given the problems with
crime, unemployment and their budget. It seems standards
should go towards those problems as well. Perhaps it's just
a case of Blacks being particularly hard on each other we
can forgive but we cannot forget. The only problem is that
we are often victims of a criminal justice system that doles
out punishment and felony records on a continuum that
is unjust. Some crimes can be easily wiped off of records
while others hold back the offender for the rest of their lives.
Somehow we have to find a workable medium so that being
a ex-felon does not continue to equate being viewed as a
lifelong criminal. On the surface the vote is about coaches
and kids in Miami Gardens. But lingering underneath the
rhetoric may be something far more sinister and exclusion-
ary. We can only hope that the Council will d eliberate long
and intently before casting their vote.

Take youth to see

"Red Tails" for a real

'teachable moment'
Members of Black greek sororities and fraternities,
along with faith-based groups, mentoring circles
and even Tom Joyner and Company are calling all
Blacks to line up at theaters across the country. Why? To
show their support for the George Lucas-produced film "Red
Tails" that chronicles the struggles faced by the Tuskegee
Airmen during World War II. While you may not necessarily
enjoy films about war, this is one of those rare moments in
America where the history of Blacks is told as close to the
truth as one can expect. We say as close as possible because
while history is supposed to be objective we know that it
tends to be based on false recollections of other's memory. In
the U.S., the others tend to be white and when the subjects
are Black the truth is often distorted.
No one needs to remind us of the overwhelming obstacles
that Blacks have faced since first being brought to these
shores in 1609 against our will. No one has to tell us how
many Black men, women and children have been murdered,
raped or lynched at the hands of those who hate us because
of the color of our skin.
Such was the case when the pilots who became part of a
project known as the Tuskegee Experiment attempted to fight
for their country and be treated equally. The irony is that the
men who served as part of the historic Tuskegee Airmen were
asking for their chance to serve, knowing they might die for a
country that viewed them as less than human.
It was the philosopher George Santayana who said, "Those
who forget history are doomed to repeat it." His words are
still very true. But maybe, if we let little Black boys and girls
and little white boys and girls encounter and experience the
story of the Tuskegee Airmen, maybe this city, this state and
this nation still have a chance. Perhaps we can begin to put
closure on the centuries-old birth defect of racism that has
kept America from really being "the land of the free and the
home of the brave."
We salute each of the members of the Tuskegee Airmen,
particularly those who are part of the Miami Chapter for their
courage and dedication in the face of insurmountable odds.


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Change: Something they don't believe in
You know-it-alls who think un- know how naive this sounds. I'm publicans have already done a lot tle. Last week he
employment is the most urgent fully aware of the political calcu- of the Obama campaign's work. that Obama had
crisis facing the nation are wrong, lation: Politics is about winning Still, there's a nasty edge to the right now, because
I've learned from watching a zil- and the best way for a Republi- discourse. It's striking that in a in office for four m
lion Republican campaign ads can to win this year is to make state where unemployment is country will be tra
on television this week. All you Obama the issue. All the GOP at 9.9 percent, the last message "something we w
deficit hawks, rise-of-China wor- contenders, to varying degrees, Romney decides to send voters nize." Bingo.
rywarts and alarmed observers The Obama adrr
of the Iranian nuclear program state the obvious
are wrong, too, and should stop ne of Mitt Romney's spots ends by laying out the na- like any of its pr
bothering yourselves with trifles. tion's top priority in no uncertain terms. Voters should its diversity, how
One of Mitt Romney's spots look a lot like the
ends by laying out the nation's support Romney, the narrator says, because "beating I was growing up i
top priority in no uncertain terms. Obama is the most important issue." lina, the political
Voters should support Romney, South Carolina
the narrator says, because "beat- and all male, and
ing Obama is the most important have sought to demonize the before the primary is not "jobs" or ate flag flew prou
issue." president. "growth" but rather, "We've got statehouse in C(
Am I the only one to find that And it's true that the four re- to get rid of this guy." From the Wednesday nigh
weird? I understand why try- maining candidates are spend- sound of it, this whole thing isn't Nikki Haley, who
ing to engineer Obama's defeat ing just as much time and money political. It's personal. Romney descent, gave the
would be an urgent priority for trying to demonize one another, and Gingrich, especially, have of the State addre
Romney, who wants to move his Romney is portrayed as a mushy, taken pains to create the im- finished, state Rep
family into the White House, but flip-flopping moderate in dis- pression that there is something ers, who is Black
why should it be more important guise; Newt Gingrich and Rick alien and illegitimate about the position's respond
to voters than, say, boosting the Santorum as business-as-usual Obama presidency. They portray evidence, voters h
economy or reducing the debt? Washington insiders; and Ron Obama not as a political oppo- capacity for dealing
Why shouldn't the focus be on Paul as a nutty crackpot. Who- nent but as a usurper. Romney's than the Republic
policies and results? All right, I ever emerges as the nominee, Re- approach, however, is more sub- seem to think.


What is the state of the dream in,

I always feel inspired and
elated but also challenged and
chagrined, at some of the cel-
ebrations of Dr. Martin Lu-
ther King, Jr.'s birthday. There
are those, too many folks, who
want to sanitize Dr. King and
turn him into a dreamer. Too
many only quote the part of his
"I have a dream" speech that
talks about character content
and skin color. Too few remem-
ber that in the same speech he
said, "We have come to the na-
tion's capital to cash a check
and the check has been marked
insufficient funds." King was
an economic populist, an anti-
war activist, as well as a clas-
sically-trained theologian. Too
many put emphasis on the lat-
ter, without acknowledging the
That's why each year, I am
excited to receive the State of
the Dream report from United

for a Fair Economy. This or-
ganization does great work in
talking about the wealth gap,
and their annual foray into ex-
ploring the dream has looked at
joblessness, homelessness, and
austerity. This year's report fo-

nearly 5 percent of the Black
population and 2 percent of
the Latino population will be in
prison if current incarceration
trends continue. The report's
set of policy recommendations
includes a recommendation to

What would King say about all this? I think he'd be
outside with the folks from Occupy Wall Street and I
think he'd be directing them to a 21st century ver-
sion of the Poor People's Campaign.

cuses on the emerging majority
and concludes that unless pol-
icy shifts are made, the wealth
gap will grow even wider than it
is today. In addition, they proj-
ect that by 2042, just 30 years
from now when people of color
are a majority in our society,

end the war on drugs. Indeed,
more than half of those cur-
rently incarcerated are casual-
ties of the drug war, some with
very minor offenses, and others
with conditions that warrant
drug treatment, not incarcera-

nadT1er pitch
to be replaced.
e if he remains
lore years, the
ansformed into
wouldn't recog-

ninistration, to
, doesn't look
edecessors. In
ever, it does
nation. When
n South Caro-
leadership of
was all white
the Confeder-
idly above the
olumbia. Last
ht, Governor
is of Indian
annual State
ess; when she
p. Bakari Sell-
, gave the op-
se. From the
ere have more
rg with change
an candidates

What would King say about
all this? I think he'd be outside
with the folks from Occupy Wall
Street and I think he'd be direct-
ing them to a 21st century ver-
sion of the Poor People's Cam-
paign. I think he'd be standing
outside some of the banks, ask-
ing why they deserve the bail-
outs that ordinary people can't
get. There have been significant
changes since King was assas-
sinated in 1968 and the signs
don't say white or colored any
more. The signs don't have to
say it in some instances out-
comes do. In other words, there
are no signs on dollars that
say white or colored, but Black
people have pennies to the dol-
lars of wealth that whites hold.
The dream is certainly a work
in progress but the dream won't
work unless we do. We cannot
afford to be smug, glib, or com-


Report says
The U.S. population is grow-
ing increasingly diverse but
the sharp demographic shift
is unlikely to close the huge
economic gap between Whites
and people of color, according
to an annual report issued by
United For a Fair Economy, a
nonpartisan think tank that
studies wealth and power in
the U.S. Citing Census Bu-
reau figures, the report notes
that whites constituted 80
percent of the U.S. population
in 1980. By 2010, that figure
had slipped to 65 percent.
And by 2042, Whites will be-
come a minority for the first
time since the colonial days.
In addition, it asserts that
"the changing demographics
of the country will produce
a vast racialized underclass
that will persist even after
the majority of the country is
Examples of racial and eth-
nic inequality in the U.S. in-
In 2010, the median fam-
ily income of Black and Latino

Blacks still face racial divide

families was 57 cents to every
dollar of white median family
The wealth gap is particu-
larly disturbing. In 2007, at
the height of the housing bub-
ble, the average white fam-

larger than it is today.
As it related to education,
Black adults are 60 percent
as likely to have a college de-
gree as white adults; Latinos
are only 42 percent as likely.
If current trends continue, by

The report declares, "We need nothing less than a di-
verse, powerful social movement dedicated to advanc-
ing meaningful policy solutions on many fronts to reduce
the racial divide."

ily net worth was five times
greater than the average Black
net worth and more than 3.5
times the average Latino net
worth. If current trends con-
tinue, the report states, Black
families will by 2042 accumu-
late 19 cents for each dollar
of White net worth. Latinos
will have 25 cents per dollar.
That means the wealth gap
between Whites and people
of color in 2042 will be even

2042, Blacks will continue to
make progress in closing the
education gap. However, the
gap will be even larger for La-
People of color represent
more than 65 percent of the
prison population, largely
because of harsh drug laws
and selective prosecutions
that are part of the war on
drugs. Blacks are six times
more likely to be in prison

than whites. Roughly 65 per-
cent of Black men born since
the mid-1970s have prison
records. The report observes,
"If current trends continue to
2042, the percentage of peo-
ple of color who have experi-
enced jail time will dwarf even
that number."
The report declares, "We
need nothing less than a di-
verse, powerful social move-
ment dedicated to advancing
meaningful policy solutions
on many fronts to reduce the
racial divide."
It will take a powerful move-
ment to counter the corrupt-
ing influence that money has
on politics. As the report con-
cludes, "If we are to chart a
path to a more promising fu-
ture, one in which the racial
economic divide is significant-
ly narrowed and prosperity is
more broadly shared, then we
must take immediate action
to ensure that the coming ma-
jority is not further burdened
by the legacy of racism and
white supremacy in the U.S."






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TD Bank and Concordia two bad guys
TD Bank is hit with a $67 mil- bank that you choose one that is provides that all litigation must lions in damages for the wrong-
lion verdict for not alerting in- willing to do business with your take place in Italy. This makes ful deaths, particularly in this
vestors that Rothstein and his community versus just using us. it very difficult for U.S. pas- case, where the accident was
law firm were running a Ponzi On another note, the recent sengers to pursue their claims, due solely to the negligence of
scheme. The jury awarded $32 Costa Concordia wreck has Are the claims for damages the captain and the crew. In
million in compensation to the raised a lot of questions. Can capped? Yes. Carnival has put fact, the Captain's behavior is
victims and an amazing $35 victims sue in the U.S. for their a cap on all claims at $70,000. so atrocious that most might
million in punitive. Many mi- losses? The answer is probably This sum might be sufficient to deem it gross negligence and
nority lawyers cheered the ver- not for Italian and European cover loss of baggage, loss of a his actions in abandoning the
dict. TD Bank uses white ma- passengers to their fate while
jority-owned law firms that hire he boarded a life boat as crimi-
a few minorities. And while it D Bank is hit with a $67 million verdict for not alerting nal and clear grounds for puni-
wants the accounts and busi- investors that Rothstein and his law firm were running a tive damages.
ness of Hispanic and Black in- A few lawyers, are already
dividuals, it does not want to Ponzi scheme. beginning to seek permission
spend its money on minority law to pursue claims in the U.S.
firms. In keeping with that deci- Southern District of Florida.
sion, I feel some satisfaction that passengers and a cautious yes trip and other minor inconve- In light of the fact that Carni-
a South Florida jury hammered for Floridians. Costa Concordia niences, but it will not compen- val is headquartered in Miami,
the hell out of them. In today's is owned by an Italian company sate a person for the loss of a and many U.S. citizens bought
world, any company that does that is a subsidiary of Carnival loved one. As there are several their tickets in Florida, there is
not want to do business with Cruise Lines. The travel vouch- people who died in this sea ac- a chance that they will be able
minorities should go out of busi- ers (contracts) for passengers cident and several persons still to bring suit in Miami and have
ness. I encourage everyone when on the Costa Concordia have unaccounted for, the Company the reliability of the U.S. court
contemplating the selection of a a forum selection clause that would normally be facing mil- system to pursue their claims.


Obama vs Romney: Different visions, issues
Former Massachusetts gover- of Wall Street throughout his "President Obama who, like the poor suffer in
nor Mitt Romney's recent moves, 2008 campaign and has spent Romney, earned a degree from they are not eagei
from decrying the "politics of much of the last three years fac- Harvard and all the opportuni- the same time, the
envy" to his revelation that he ing criticism from liberals that ties that affords began his sachusetts governor
pays a lower tax rate than mil- he is not on their side. career helping jobless workers to strongly defend
lions of Americans, has created But increasingly Democrats, in the shadow of a closed-down economic views ev
the potential for a presidential including the Obama campaign, steel mill. Romney, on the oth- Americans worry
election fought over class and in- are adopting the "1 Percent" er hand, made millions- closing class wages hav
come inequality in a way unseen rhetoric of the Occupy Wall down steel mills," top Obama while the rich are e

in the last two decades.
Romney's aggressive defense
of capitalism, combined with
Obama's recent shift towards
more populist rhetoric, have il-
lustrated a fundamental divide
over the U.S.economy and how it
affects people's lives.
If Romney wins the GOP nomi-
nation, this difference could
result in an election shaped by
two very different visions of the
country, as opposed to results
determined in part by scan-
dals (2000), a war far from U.S.
shores (2004) or a historic eco-
nomic meltdown (2008).
The gap is surprising; Romney
is perhaps the most liberal of the
GOP presidential candidates and
ran Massachusetts in a moder-
ate style when he was the gover-
nor there. Obama is an unlikely
populist; he courted the backing

This kind of election debate could be more difficult than
the campaign Romney has been running in which he
essentially attacks Obama on every issue and says his
business experience is the solution to every problem.

Street movement, casting Rom-
ney and other wealthy individu-
als as profiting while the broader
middle class suffers.
Over the last. two weeks,
Obama's campaign aides have
used personal, sharp language
to attack Romney's work at Bain
Capital, moving from the realm
of public policy to suggest essen-
tially the whole idea of private
equity firms is counterproduc-
tive. They are now likely to at-
tack Romney for benefiting from
lower tax rates on investment

aide Stephanie Cutter wrote in
a memo the campaign released
publicly last week.
Romney has strongly con-
demned this kind of rhetoric,
saying recently income inequal-
ity should be discussed in"quiet
moments" and slamming former
House Speaker Newt Gingrich
for his attacks on Romney's re-
cord at Bain.
If he is nominated, Romney is
unlikely to adopt the even more
conservative rhetoric of former
Senator Rick Santorum and Gin-
grich, who have both suggested

part because
r to work. At
former Mas-
r seems ready
ven as many
that middle-
'e stagnated
earning more.

This divide is already playing
out on issues; Romney's tax plan
gives huge cuts to millionaires
who he says help create jobs;
Obama would raise their taxes.
But what the two campaigns are
debating is even more fundamen-
tal: does every citizen current-
ly have a shot at getting to the
middle class and is something
wrong if the income gap between
the middle class and the wealthy
continues to grow? Is it wrong for
businesses to aggressively seek
higher profit margins, even if it
results in laid-off workers?
This kind of election debate
could be more difficult than the
campaign Romney has been
running in which he essentially
attacks Obama on every issue
and says his business experi-
ence is the solution to every


Should ex-felons be allowed to work

with children?

Unemployed, Liberty City

It is danger-
ous for the
kids. I don't
think that
former fel- .
ons should be t -
working with g.
children in the --

Retired, Liberty City

It really depends on what type
of felony it is. If the felon was in
jail for sexual
abuse then
that makes a

Unemployed. Liberty City

can work
with kids, it *
all depends
on what type
of felony the
person had. If
the felony had
anything to do
with harming children, then no.

Truck driver, Miami Gardens

No because
it is a danger
to the kids. An
ex-felon should
not work will
children pe-

Transporter, New York

If they are not sex offenders or
anything like
that I don't see
why it should -
be a problem..
They can re- .I
ally teach the
children in the ie
community so ,,
that they can 1W
help the chil-
dren avoid becoming felons.

Retired, Liberty -C ot"

I say that they should be able
to work with
kids. It really
just depends *
on what type .
of felony they 1-

In the world of politics are labels needed?

While sitting with a group of
friends and watching the Re-
publican debate, we all con-
cluded that Newt Gingrich
was going to win in the South
Carolina primary Republica-
tion nomination, which he did.
As we spoke about the S.C.
elections, we started speaking
about these political labels with
vigor and compassion associat-
ed to Republicans, Democrats
and those in between. I must
say I was very surprised when I
looked up the definitions of the
labels that we so often throw
around. What do these labels
really mean to us as a com-
munity, as individuals or as a
country? Furthermore, how
committed are we to them?
In light of how divided our
government is today, where
there are no apparent at-

tempts of cooperation between ness of the human race and
the parties, understanding the autonomy of the individual
these labels might prove to be and standing for the protec-
informative. Take conserva- tion of political and civil liber-
tism, which means a political ties; it considers government

Must say I was very surprised when I looked up the defini-
tions to the labels that we so often throw around. What do
these labels really mean to us as a community, as individu-
als or as a country? Furthermore, how committed are we to them?

philosophy based on tradition
and social stability, stress-
ing established institutions; it
calls for lower taxes, limited
government and less regula-
tion" Compare that to liberal-
ism, which means a political

as a crucial instrument for
betterment of social inequities.
Then there's progressive which
means believing in moderate
political change and especially
social improvement by govern-
mental action. Finally, there

philosophy based on belief in is moderate which means pi
progress, the essential good- fessing or characterized by I


STie makes a difference for local outreach efforts
Miami Times makes a difference for local outreach efforts

Dear Editor,

Your business feature on the
work of APDA and our mis-
sion to empower the citizens

of Haiti so they can feed them-
selves and earn a decent wage,
published in the Jan. llth edi-
tion of The Miami Times, was
extremely well done. We have

much work to do and need the
assistance of the entire commu-
nity Haitians and supporters
of Haiti alike. We thank your
writer, Randy Grice, for sharing

Great work on coverage of Handel's "Messiah"
Dear Editor, coverage of the Trust's presen- with Classics of the Future con-
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Thank you for your recent ar- violinist, Jeffrey Hughes and was a standing-room only ap-
ticle, "Hampton House brings the Steelband of Florida Memo- preciative audience to which we
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City," published in the Dec. 7, to have your editor present at the coverage The Miami Times
2011 edition and your excellent the Bridging Classics of the Past provided for this event. Again,

litical or social beliefs that are
not extreme.
Is it clear now? Not really.
One thing for certain, in our
country's two-party political
system, both camps are many
miles apart from each other.
What's more, as the two sides
continue to slug it out, it's ev-
eryday people who bear the
brunt. Where is the middle
ground? And how do these la-
bels play out in our thinking
and our involvement in this po-
litical process where everything
is about sound bytes, labels
and coded interpretation on
race, culture and class? Where
should we stand, with passion
and commitment? With all of
our growing pains, the great-
ness of America was built with
cooperative statesmanship and
the art of compromise.

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Black clergy fall on both

sides of the casino issue

By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Time.s writer

The debate on whether to
support casino gambling in
downtown Miami is not an is-
sue restricted to the chambers
of County Hall. With promises
of jobs, funding for education,
support for community-based
programs and improvements to
the local infrastructure, some
of Miami-Dade's ministers say
they support the effort to build
a Vegas-style casino in down-
town Miami. But not so fast,
other preachers say. Appealing
as it may sound, they wonder
if this casino "apple" may come
with a serpent of its own.
During a recent press confer-
ence, Pastor Gary Johnson of
Clergy for Change said his con-
cern is that despite the poten-
tial for needed jobs, casinos of-
ten bring with them an increase
in crime.
"Casinos destroy small busi-
nesses and destroy families,"
Johnson said. "They will bring
more pawn shops, more robber-
ies and more killings."
Nathaniel Wilcox of P.U.L.S.E
advises the community, "Don't
take the gamble," adding that it

will be "bad policy for legislators
to sell their souls for a few dol-
But there are ministers who
have a different take on the is-
sue. Rev. Willie Simms, an asso-
ciate pastor at Peaceful Zion in
Liberty City, says he is heavily
involved, mentally and prayer-
fully, in the casino issue.
"In a stricken economy,
where our community is the
most heavily affected, I am ex-
cited about a proposal to cre-
ate 8,000 permanent jobs, not
including construction jobs -
I just want to make sure they
don't bypass the Black commu-
nity. They have my total inter-
est. I see more than gambling.
I see hotels. I see restaurants. I
see business"
Pastor Jimmy Bryant of
Antioch Missionary Baptist
Church of Liberty City spoke
candidly about the pros and
"I'm aware that it will create
some economic resources," he
said. "However, many in our
community are too undisci-
plined to be able to handle the
temptations that will follow. I'm
afraid that it will do more to
hurt us than help us and cause

more harm than good."
For Charles Mitchell, pastor
of True Vine Baptist Church in
West Little River, his concern is
that while an element of crime
and prostitution already exists
in Miami-Dade, "I'm afraid that
it will become more organized
[as in organized crime]. Prosti-
tution will go to another level,"
he said.
Mitchell compares Vegas-
style casino as having the same
affect a "big box" store like
Walmart has on mom and pop
"A casino offers one-stop
shopping," he said. "It's almost
like bringing a monopoly to
town. I believe like every other
citizen, ministers have a civic
duty to participate or be heard
on issues impacting their com-
munities. I do not represent
the views of my congregation
but to the best of my ability I
allow my position to be shaped
by the word of God. I have not
had any type of formal discus-
sion with my congregants, but
I will, at the appropriate time,
encourage them to participate
in the legislative process and
vote their convictions."
-g.w. wright@hotmail. corn

Homeless science star to

attend State of the Union

homeless New York teen who's
a semifinalist in a prestigious
national science contest has
been invited to watch President
Barack Obama's State of the
Union address.
Brentwood High School se-
nior Samantha Garvey has
been invited to the Jan. 24
speech as a guest of Long Is-
land Congressman Steve Israel.
Garvey's story of academic
success despite financial hard-
ships has gained nationwide
Last week, she was named
one of 300 semifinalists in the
Intel science contest. She's cur-
rently living in a homeless shel-
ter, although Suffolk County
officials are renovating a home
for the Garvey family.
Israel says he was moved by
the aspiring marine biologist's


Samantha Garvey is congratulated by her science teacher.

He's offered Garvey a pres- Israel's office.
gious gallery ticket. Her Her father tells New
parents would watch from they'd love to go.


Recall petition gets over iM signatures

Wisconsin Democrats furi-
ous with Gov. Scott Walker's
(R) policies have collected more
than double the signatures nec-
essary to force a recall election.
Democrats and their allies in
organized labor say they deliv-
ered over a million recall petition
signatures against Walker, far
more than the 540,208 needed
to spark a recall election. The
filing kicks off the latest phase
in a fight over collective bargain-
ing rights that began almost as

soon as Walker took office last
January. Democrats also filed
845,000 signatures to trigger a
recall against Lt. Gov. Rebecca
Kleefisch (R) and enough to re-
call four Republican state sena-
tors, according to party chair-
man Mike Tate.
Last summer, Democrats at-
tempted to win back control of
the state Senate after the Re-
publican leadership passed leg-
islation limiting public workers'
bargaining rights. They recalled

two Republicans but fell one
seat short of flipping the cham-
ber. But Democrats and unions
pressed on against Walker, who
was not eligible for recall until
this year.
Anti-Walker activists needed
a substantial signature buffer,
because some signatures will
almost certainly be thrown out
by the Government Accountabil-
ity Board. Collecting double the
required amount, however, is a
symbolic gesture.

-Miami Times photo/Randy Grice
Shedia Nelson; Henry Crespo, URGENT,Inc. CEO; Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Miami-Dade
County School Board member, District 2;William Drew "Grandmaster Dee" Carter; and Wallace
Aristide, Booker T.Washington's principal present Carter with a certificate for the work he has
done speaking with children.

Hip-hop legend speaks to BTW students

By Randy Grice

Sometimes children need
words of encouragement, not
only from their parents and
relatives, but even from in-
ternational hip-hop legends.
Recently William Drew Carter
professionally known as Grand
Master Dee of famed rap group
Whodini, took the time out to
speak with youth that partici-
pated in URGENT (Urban Re-
newal Greater Enhancement
National Team) Inc.'s summer
youth employment program.
"I hope the students took my
words to heart," he said. "It is
very important that they under-
stood what. I was telling them
because everyone isn't going to

make it as a DJ or a rapper. The
world is wide open and to make
a change you have to be around
people that are positive."
The Whodini DJ took to the
stage to speak with the children
about career goals, dreams and
aspirations. Carter explained to
the audience what it was like to
have that type of success and
still be living to talk about it
once it was all over. He also let
them in on his personal journey
as a hip-hop legend and now a
touring speaker.
"About five years ago I start-
ed going around to different
schools and talking to kids,"
he said. "I really feel that God
touched me one night and told
me to go speak to the next gen-

In addition to the support he
received from URGENT's staff,
he was also supported in his
efforts by Dorothy Bendross-
Mindingall, Miami-Dade Coun-
ty School Board member, Dis-
trict 2.
"I am a proponent of all that
is good for children," she said.
"I think that when children ob-
serve us they know that we are
real. I believe that we should al-
ways be there for our students."
Carter's group was most fa-
mously known for rap hits such
as Friends, Freaks and One
Love. Carter's speech will also
be featured on a segment of TV
One's Unsung, the NAACP Im-
age Award-winning documen-
tary series of one-hour biogra-

Obama taps Stefanie Brown

to lead Black voter outreach

Campaign gears up

for 2012 election
Last week, the Barack
Obama re-election campaign
named a 31-year-old former
field director for the NAACP to
be Black Vote Director for the
campaign's Operation Vote
outreach effort.
Stefanie Brown, formerly
the national field director for
the NAACP in Baltimore, will
direct the campaign's Black
voter outreach efforts. Opera-
tion Vote is the campaign's
national drive to get Black,
female, Latino, LGBT, veteran
and young voters to the polls.
Obama won an overwhelm-
ing majority of Black votes
in 2008 and most experts
believe he'll need a similar
groundswell among Blacks to
win in November.
Brown, a graduate of How-
ard University, served as both


national field director and
head of the NAACP's Youth &
College division. As national
field director, she is credited
with leading an effort that the
NAACP says registered more
than 200,000' voters for the
2008 and 2010 elections. The
Ohio native and former pro-
gram coordinator for an HIV/
AIDS prevention program fo-

causing on at-risk Black and
Hispanic youth in Cleveland,
was named one of Essence.
come's "Top 10 Emerging Po-
litical Leaders of 2010" and
was among Ebony magazine's
"Top 30 Young Leaders under
the Age of 30" in 2007.
"Stefanie has dedicated her
life to empowering people of
color to organize and advo-
cate for justice and equality
in their communities," said
Obama campaign Manager
Jim Messina. She is a natural
fit for a campaign that's fueled
by its grassroots strength.
Stefanie's youth, commitment
and proven ability to mobilize
and energize voters will be an
invaluable asset to the cam-
"The president is going to
need our community more
than ever this year and I look
forward to working together
to win a victory on November
6th," Brown said.

Ex-NLF star to coach at Homestead

Tony Beckhan to lead H.S.football team

Tony Beckham, 33, a for-
mer NLF player is helping to
make dreams come true for
younger athletes as the newest
head 'coach of Homestead High
School's football team. The for-
mer defensive back who played
from 2002-2007 will inherit a
4-6 team at Homestead. Al-
though Beckham wasn't pres-
ent at the press conference
announcing his hiring Home-
stead's athletic director Aaron
Harris said Beckham was se-

elected because he was a good
fit for the program. Beckham
served as an assistant coach
at Fort Pierce Westwood Se-
nior High School and worked
on the staff at Tennessee State
University before coming to
Homestead. He is replacing
Bobby McCray, who coached
Homestead for the past eight
seasons, leading the Broncos
to a 51-32 record and regional
semifinal appearances in 2006
and 2007.

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Tony Beckham
star turned
turned Home-
stead coach.


Bid for Iran nuclear talks confronts old snags

By Brian Murphy
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emir-
ates-The last time Iran's nu-
clear envoys held talks with the
U.S. and other world powers, the
negotiations limped along un-
til a parting shot by the Islamic
Republic: Its labs boosted the

enrichment levels of uranium in
reply to demands for a full-scale
Since then, the standoff has
only become tenser. The Europe-
an Union on Monday joined the
U.S. with new sanctions targeting
Iran's critical oil exports. Author-
ities in Tehran fired back with
another threat to block tankers

in the Persian Gulf -even while
offering to restart international
talks after a one-year gap.
Yet one thing hasn't changed
since the last round of meetings
in January 2011. The chances of
Iran agreeing to stop enriching
uranium the core dispute be-
tween Tehran and its foes -- still
appear slim.

Iran portrays its ability to make
nuclear fuel as akin to a patriotic
cause: showcasing the country's
technological advances, elevat-
ing its international stature and
proudly defying Western nuclear
controls like other nations in the
past including North Korea
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Cameras are watching us constantly

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

If you feel like somebody or
something is constantly watch-
ing you, well you're probably
right. It's also a pretty good
chance that a lot of what you've
done in public or private was all
caught on camera. Undoubt-
edly in recent years, there has
been a tremendous increase as
to the extent that cameras are
being utilized at least compared
to the time when I was arrested
twenty years ago. Across the
nation, more than 540 com-
munities now have traffic cam-
eras and cellphones with the
capabilities of snapping photos
and recording videos. Surveil-
lance cameras have multiplied

everywhere, even at res-
idences. Some correc-
tional institutions are
equipped with over 200
state -of- the art cam-
eras throughout each
of those facilities. For
law enforcement, these
cameras are instrumen- H,
tal in helping to nail criminals
and can also help to clear in-
nocent people. Although most
safety-minded folks appreciate
the fact that the mere presence
of a traffic camera is highly
effective as a deterrent, op-
ponents say that cameras in-
fringe upon personal rights to
due process. Strong feelings
rage on both sides.
In the NFL,a head coach

could challenge a call
and then review the
play on camera. A fi-
nal decision can then
be reached because of
what is seen from all an-
gles on camera. When
a prison staff mem-
ALL ber writes a disciplin-
ary report charging a pris-
oner with an infraction,the
inmate can request that the
DR investigator review the im-
ages positioned in the vicinity
where the alleged incident oc-
curred. Oddly though,in most
instances the investigator will
note that the camera was ei-
ther malfunctioned or simply
did not show what the prisoner
claimed was the case. Accord-

ing to some religious groups,
the life of man is continuously
monitored through a divine
lens which focuses on acts that
will be called into accountabil-
ity on judgement day. The be-
lief is that nothing that we do
is ever hidden from the creator.
On the day of reckoning,our life
performance will be replayed.
Spiritual cameras, traf-
fic cameras, cameras on cell-
phones, cameras are every-
where. For good or bad, the
innovative presence of cam-
eras have made an unapolo-
getic spectacle out of all of our
lives. It would behoove us to be
mindful of our actions because
you never know who is watch-

Guilty verdict for eight in

Haitian prison massacre trial

and Walt Bogdanich ":

In a country where officials
who abuse their power are al-
most never held accountable,
8 of 14 police officers tried for
a 2010 prison massacre were
found guilty on Thursday in
the southern city of Les Cayes,
On the second anniversary
of the massacre, Judge Ezekiel
Vaval handed down sentences
ranging from 2 to 13 years of
imprisonment and hard labor.
The stiffest sentences were
given to the highest-ranking
officials, the former Les Cayes
prison warden, Sylvestre
Larack, and the city's riot po-
lice chief, Olritch Beaubrun,
who was tried in absentia.
Judge Vaval, who received
frequent death threats during
the three-month trial and trav-
eled to New.York over the holi-
.days to write his decision free
from pressure, delivered his
verdicts to an initially hushed
crowd of hundreds packing the
courtroom. He spoke rapidly,
looking off into the distance,
and then rapidly departed
as the audience erupted into
cheers and jeers.
"The decision of the judge is
his expression of the truth,"
Judge Vaval said. "There are
other versions that exist but
this is mine. And that is the
While it was a rough-hewn
legal proceeding by American
standards, the trial, having
taken place at all, represents a
rare victory for the rule of law
in Haiti. Haitian government
officials who break the law, be
they police officers or presi-
dents, typically elude justice,
benefiting from a weak, corrupt
judicial system.
"Wow, this is a real landmark
moment for Haitian justice,"
said William O'Neill, an Ameri-
can human rights lawyer with
decades of experience in Haiti.
"To get some senior law enforce-
ment officials held accountable
with fairly serious sentences -
it's really historic."

Fourteen officers were
charged with murder, attempt-
ed murder and other crimes for
killing and wounding dozens of
detainees in the aftermath of a
disturbance on Jan. 19, 2010, a
week after the earthquake. The
officers opened fire on unarmed
inmates "deliberately and with-
out justification," according to
an independent commission.
That commission, run jointly
by the Haitian government and
the United Nations, was ap-
pointed after an investigation
by The New York Times in May
2010 contradicted the official
explanation for the deaths at
the prison. Initially, the Haitian
government had accepted the
local officials' explanation that
a single detainee had killed his
fellow inmates before escaping.
Larack, in fact, was pro-
moted after the massacre to
run the largest penitentiary in
the country; when the Times
reporters tried to speak with

-Photo by Andres Martinez Casares
Ersilio Noel, in plaid, and seven other Haitians were convicted Thursday in a 2010 massacre.

him there, he ordered them to
destroy videotape of him re-
fusing to answer questions.
And Beaubrun, before leaving
the country for what his law-
yer said were medical reasons,
told the reporters that his riot
squad had never fired a shot.
But The Times found that
police and prison officers had
shot unarmed prisoners, and
witnesses at trial said that
Beaubrun himself not only had
ordered the shootings but had
participated in them.

The Times also reported that
the police had moved some
bodies before outside inves-
tigators showed up and had
hurriedly buried some victims
in unmarked graves.
The joint commission then
conducted an investigation
- although hindered by the
authorities' initial failures to
collect and preserve evidence
- and prodded the government
to prosecute the offenders.
The prosecutor, Jean-Marie
J. Salomon, charged that of-
ficers had killed 20 detain-
ees, but the precise number
of deaths and injuries is not
Testifying at the trial, one de-
tainee, Patrick Olcine, said he
had been shot in the back but
had never gone to the hospital.
"They were taking dead people
and living people, and they
were picking them up togeth-
er," he said. "I didn't want them
to pick me up and go bury me."
By American standards, the
trial often had a circuslike at-
mosphere, with protracted
quarrels between screaming
lawyers playing to the rau-
cous crowds that daily packed
a theater in Les Cayes, Haiti's
third-largest city. Small bot-
tles of rum were on sale at the
door, the trial was conducted
in semidarkness when fuel for
the generator ran out and the
judge, lacking a gavel, rang a
small bell in an often futile ef-
fort to gain control of the court-

Salomon inherited the case
when he was appointed shortly
before the trial. He had never
tried a case before, and trial
observers said he was often
outmatched by highly sea-
soned defense lawyers.
The defense maintained that
the police were just doing their
"But killing people was not
doing their job," said Florence
Elie, Haiti's ombudsman.
The prosecutor asked the
judge to sentence 11 of the
defendants, including Larack,
to life in prison and hard la-
bor. But Ms. Elie said that the
judge, who acquitted six of the
officers, chose an equitable
middle ground in his decision.
He gave Larack 7 years' and
Beaubrun 13.
"If they were civilians, they
would have gotten life," Ms.
Elie said. "But the judge was
wise. If he had given the nor-
mal sentence, we would have
had bigger problems in the
long run with our police force."

Still, Elie said she was very
concerned about reprisals be-
cause the witnesses, the judge
and the prosecutor had not
been given protection, as rec-
ommended by the joint com-
mission. The chief witness for
the prosecution was threat-
ened repeatedly and finally fled
to Port-au-Prince, she said,
adding that she had not been
able to locate him since.
Many Haitians wonder
whether this trial could have a
galvanizing effect on their jus-
tice system, but they are wary
of being hopeful.
Far bigger cases lie on the
Former President Jean-
Claude Duvalier, for instance,
has supposedly been under
investigation since his return
from exile a year ago for human
rights abuses committed dur-
ing his 15-year reign. But the
investigation appears to have
stalled, and the new president,
Michel Martelly, has shown no

inclination to encourage it.
Instead, Martelly has claimed
that nobody in Haiti wants to
see Mr. Duvalier prosecuted
and that the push to do so
comes from "certain insti-
tutions and governments"
Although supposedly con-
fined to his house, Mr. Duvalier
has made increasingly frequent
excursions, and presided over a
promotion ceremony at the Go-
naives law school last month.
But on Thursday, a judge
summoned Mr. Duvalier to
court to explain why he had
violated his house arrest.
Andres Martinez Casares
contributed reporting from Les
Cayes, Haiti.

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Teen accused of impersonating
a police officer back in custody
A Central Florida teen already facing charges that he
impersonated a physician's assistant was arrested for a
second time in South Florida. Matthew Scheidt was arrest-
ed by Homestead police officers, just hours after he was
released on bail from the Miami-Dade County Jail. He was
first arrested January 19th on Miami Beach on charges of
impersonating a Miami Beach police officer and carrying
a concealed firearm. After he posted bail, an Osceola judge
issued a warrant for his arrest. Scheidt, considered a fugi-
tive in Osceola County, was taken into custody in Home-
stead and booked back into the Miami-Dade County jail.

Son of cop alleges severe beating by police
The mother of a 26-year-old South Florida man says her
son was beaten in police custody. Miami Dade Police ar-
rested Rodgerick Everett Jr. on January 18th after they
allegedly saw someone in his car buying narcotics. In his
mugshot, Everett's face appears scraped and bruised, his
lip is swollen, and he's wearing a cervical collar. Everett's
father, who has been in South Florida law enforcement for
the past 16 years told us he has no argument with his son's
arrest or the charges against him, but he doesn't think his
son deserved to be injured during an arrest.

Husband shoots at intruder, turns out to be wife
A South Florida woman remains hospitalized after being
accidentally shot by her husband.
Neleida Vasquez did not want to be interviewed. Miami-
Dade Police said Vasquez had gone out with her two chil-
dren to run some errands and returned home earlier than
expected because she had forgot something. Hier husband
Larry Valadez was at their Southwest Miami Dade home
at SW 146th Terrace and 158th Court. He heard noises
and thought it was an intruder and shot. After talking to
neighbors and reviewing the 911 tape, police said they be-
lieve this was an accident and will not be charging anyone
in this case.

TSA worker accused of

stealing goods
Associated Press

Authorities have charged a
Miami International Airport
TSA worker with grand theft
after he allegedly stole items
from passengers' luggage.
The Miami Herald reports
Michael Pujol was arrested af-
ter an iPad he allegedly stole
was traced to a Craigslist sale.
Detectives say Pujol stuffed

from luggage
goods from passengers' lug-
gage into a hidden pocket in
his work jacket. Detectives say
the pocket was large enough to
conceal a laptop.
Pujol's wife has also been
arrested. In addition to grand
theft, they have been charged
with dealing in stolen property.
Pujol has been suspended
from duty. The couple was re-
leased recently on bond.

Man's body found in freezer; five arrested

Five people have been charged
in connection with the death
of an 80-year-old Panama City
man whose body was found in
a freezer.
The Bay County Sheriff's Of-
fice says deputies found the
body of Raymond Harvey Gsell
in a freezer at his home after
receiving information about a
possible homicide.
The Panama City News Her-

ald reports authorities believe
Gsell was strangled by his
wife and another woman af-
ter an argument about money
to purchase illegal narcotics.
Gsell refused and an alterca-
tion ensued.
Judy Lynn Gsell and Dawn
Rutham Ross have been
charged with murder. Three
others have been charged in
connection with helping dis-
pose the body.




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Johnny Otis,

'Godfather of

Rhythm and Blues,' Dies at 90

A white musician immersed in Black culture

By Ihsan Taylor

Johnny Otis, the musician,
bandleader, songwriter, im-
presario, disc jockey and tal-
ent scout who was often called
"the godfather of rhythm and
blues," died on Tuesday at his
home in Altadena, Calif. He
was 90.
His death was confirmed by
his manager, Terry Gould.
Leading a band in the late
1940s that combined the
high musical standards of
big band jazz with the raw
urgency of gospel music and
the blues, Otis played an im-
portant role in creating a new
sound for a new audience of
young urban Blacks. Within
a few years it would form the
foundation of rock 'n' roll.
With a keen ear for talent, he
helped steer a long list of per-
formers to stardom, among
them Etta James, Jackie Wil-
son, Esther Phillips and Big
Mama Thornton whose hit
recording of "Hound Dog,"
made in 1952, four years be-
fore Elvis Presley's, was pro-
duced by Mr. Otis and fea-
tured him on drums.
At Otis's induction into the
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1994, Ms. James referred
to him as her "guru." (He re-
ceived similar honors from
the Rhythm & Blues Founda-
tion and the Blues Founda-
Otis was also a political ac-
tivist, a preacher, an artist,
an author and even, late in
life, an organic farmer. But it
was in music that he left his
most lasting mark.

Despite being a mover and
shaker in the world of Black
music, Otis was not Black,
which as far as he was con-
cerned was simply an ac-
cident of birth. He was im-
mersed in Black culture from
an early age and said he con-
sidered himself "Black by per-
"Genetically, I'm pure
Greek," he told The San Jose
Mercury News in 1994. "Psy-
chologically, environmentally,
culturally, by choice, I'm a
member of the Black commu-
As a musician (he played
piano and vibraphone in ad-
dition to drums) Otis can
be heard on Johnny Ace's
"Pledging My Love," Charles
Brown's "Drifting Blues" and
other seminal rhythm and
blues records, as well as on
jazz recordings by Lester
Young and Illinois Jacquet. As
a bandleader and occasional
vocalist, he had a string of
rhythm and blues hits in the
early 1950s and a Top 10 pop
hit in 1958 with his compo-
sition "Willie and the Hand
Jive," later covered by Eric
Clapton and others. His many
other compositions included
"Every Beat of My Heart," a
Top 10 hit for Gladys Knight
and the Pips in 1961.
As a disc jockey (he was on
the radio for decades starting
in the 1950s and had his own
Los Angeles television show
from 1954 to i961) he helped
bring Black vernacular mu-
sic into the American main-
Johnny Otis was born John
Alexander Veliotes (some
sources give his first name
as loannis) on Dec. 28, 1921,
in Vallejo, Calif., the son of
Greek immigrants who ran
a grocery. He grew up in a
predominantly Black area of
Berkeley. Mr. Otis began his
career as a drummer in 1939.
In 1945 he formed a 16-piece

band and recorded his first
hit, "Harlem Nocturne."
As big bands fell out of
fashion, Otis stripped the
ensemble down to just a few
horns and a rhythm section
and stepped to the forefront
of the emerging rhythm and
blues scene. In 1948 he and
a partner opened a nightclub,
the Barrelhouse, in the Watts
section of Los Angeles.
From 1950 to 1952 Otis
had 15 singles on Billboard's
rhythm and blues Top 40,
including "Double Crossing
Blues," which was No. 1 for
nine weeks. On the strength
of that success he criss-
crossed the country with his
California Rhythm and Blues
Caravan, featuring singers
like Ms. Phillips, billed as
Little Esther whom he had
discovered at a talent contest
at his nightclub and Hank
Ballard, who a decade later
would record the original ver-
sion of "The Twist," the song
that ushered in a national
dance craze.
Around this time Otis be-
came a D.J. on the Los Ange-
les-area radio station KFOX.
He was an immediate suc-
cess, and soon had his own
local television show as well.
He had a weekly program on
the Pacifica Radio Network in
California from the 1970s un-
til 2005.
Hundreds of Otis's radio
and television shows are ar-
chived at Indiana University.
In addition, he is the subject
of a coming documentary
film, "Every Beat of My Heart:
The Johnny Otis Story," di-
rected by Bruce Schmiechen,
and a biography, "Midnight at
the Barrelhouse," by George
Lipsitz, published by the Uni-
versity of Minnesota Press in
While he never stopped
making music as long as his
health allowed, Otis focused
much of his attention in the
1960s on politics and the
civil rights movement. He ran
unsuccessfully for a seat in
the California State Assem-
bly and served on the staff of
Mervyn M. Dymally, a Demo-
cratic assemblyman who later
became a United States rep-
resentative and California's
first Black lieutenant gover-
Otis's first book, "Listen to
the Lambs" (1968), was large-
ly a reflection on the political
and social significance of the
1965 Watts riots.
In the mid-1970s Otis
branched out further when
he was ordained as a minister
and opened the nondenomi-
national Landmark Commu-
nity Church in Los Angeles.
While he acknowledged that
some people attended just "to
see what Reverend Hand Jive
was talking about," he took
his position seriously and in
his decade as pastor was in-
volved in charitable work in-
cluding feeding the homeless.
In the early 1990s he moved
to Sebastopol, an agricultural
town in northern California,
and became an organic farm-
er, a career detour that he said
was motivated by his concern
for the environment. For sev-
eral years he made and sold
his own brand of apple juice
in a store he opened to sell
the produce he grew with his
son Nick. The store doubled
as a nightclub where Mr. Otis
and his band performed.
Later that decade he pub-
lished three more books: "Up-
side Your Head!: Rhythm and
Blues on Central Avenue"
(1993), a memoir of his musi-
cal life; "Colors and Chords"

(1995), a collection of his
paintings, sculptures, wood
carvings and cartoons (his in-
terest in art had begun when
he started sketching cartoons
on his tour bus in the 1950s
to amuse his band); and "Red
Beans & Rice and Other Rock
'n' Roll Recipes" (1997), a
Otis continued to record
and perform into the 21st
century. His bands often
included family members:
his son John Jr., known as
Shuggie, is a celebrated gui- .
tarist who played with him.

for many years, and Nick was
his longtime drummer. Two
grandsons, Lucky and Eric
Otis, also played guitar with
In addition to his sons,
he is survived by his wife of
70 years, the former Phyl-
lis Walker; two daughters,
Janice Johnson and Laura
Johnson; nine grandchildren;
eight great-grandchildren;
and a great-great-grandchild.

Long after he was a force on
the rhythm and blues charts,
Mr. Otis was a familiar pres-
ence at blues and even jazz
festivals. What people wanted
to call his music, he said, was

of no concern to him.
"Society wants to catego-
rize everything, but to me it's
all African-American music,"
he told The San Francisco
Chronicle in 1993. "The mu-
sic isn't just the notes, it's the
culture the way Grandma
cooked, the way Grandpa
told stories, the way the kids
walked and talked."
Peter Keepnews contributed


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Sant La: Haitian

plan of action

By Randy Grice

Rep. helps to reunite Haitians in America

Recently Representa-
tive Daphne Campbell,
District 108 and Senator
Gary Siplin, District 19
held a press conference
in a joint effort to pro-
mote House Memorial
881 and Senate Memo-
rial 1528 that are aimed
at encouraging the

federal government to
adopt the Haitian Family
Reunification Program.
The pieces of legislation
are also being supported
by Representatives Ha-
zelle Rogers, District 94;
Dwight Bullard, District
118; and Senator Oscar
Braynon, II, District 33.

HM 881 provides for an
organized and safe mi-
gration of Haitians citi-
zens, who have been ap-
proved for visas, to come
to the U.S. Currently
about 100,000 Haitians
are on a four-to-eleven-
year waiting list to have
to access to the U.S.

Two years after the devastating Jan-
uary 12th earthquake rocked Haiti
the nation is still recovering. Thou-
sands of displaced Haitians continue
to deal with situations that stem from
the 'quake. Recently Sant La Haitian
Neighborhood Center (SLHNC) held a
forum with its community partners to
unveil a plan of action for the progress
of the Haitian diaspora.
"It was very important for us to com-
memorate the second anniversary of
the earthquake," said Gypsy Metellus,
executive director of (SLHNC). "We
didn't want this program to strictly be
about remembering those who passed.
We wanted to take this opportunity to
put a face to the plight of all of the
earthquake survivors and refugees who
are here in this community."
The plan of action is centered around
five basic bench marks: housing and,
socio-economic security; health and
mental health: legal and immigration
help; advocacy for a system of care and
fund raising strategies.
"The next step for us is to finalize
this report," Metellus said. "We want
to factor in the input from the folks
that participated in the conversation
today. We are printing this report up
and we are going to distribute it very
widely. The report will be sent to local,
state and national policy makers and
academic institutions and the best out-
come for us would be a better system
of care for cases like this in the future."
An estimated 220,000 people perished
as a result of the earthquake. Serge
Comeau, is an 18-year-old survivor of
the 2010 'quake' who came to the U.S.
just one month after the disaster said,

Gypsy Metellus, executive di-
rector of the Sant La Communi-
ty Center speaks with attendee
of the event about the details of
the plan of action Sant La and
its partners have come up with.
" When I first came here I felt like an
outsider, the U.S. was far more compli-
cated and the social ways were new to
me. School was a little more normal for
me. I thought it would be hard but it
ended up being too easy."

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Producer takes aim at

HIV/AIDS in Miami

By Randy Grice

The pandemic of HIV/AIDS has
been affecting the world since the
late 80s and Miami has not been
exempt. Peter Pericles, 27, a Hai-
tian film maker from Miami, ad-
dresses the deadly disease in his
latest film project.'
"The Warning" is
about a young lady
who discovers the
lessons of being
proactive in practic- .
ing safe sex," he said.
"She takes a fantasy
journey in her past,
present and future
to do so. She learns
important facts about
her friends and people
in her circle and how
they played roles in PETER
affecting her life. The Producer
message of the film is

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stay tested and stay
protected. "
Pericles grew up in Miami but
spent his summers in Brooklyn.
He was inspired to make a film on
AIDS because of a personal experi-
"I had a close friend who took
his own life when he found out he
tested positive," he said. "In the
memory of my friend I created a
scene in my film where a char-
acter acts out a suicide scene. In
respect to the family, the scene is

different from what happened with
my friend."
Although Pericles funded the
film himself and had a lot of sup-
port from friends of his who are
actors he admits that the journey
to create the Warning was rough.
"Finding sponsors and people
who would commit was a huge
challenge," he said. "It
took me four years to
shoot this film due to
the lack of the sup-
port for Black film-
makers in Miami."
Pericles' passion for
making films came in
his early teen years
when he wrote and
directed a short film
called All's Fair In
Love And War. The
film won honorable
ERICLES mention at the Miami
Whe -W Children's Museum
he Warning Film Festival. The
film went on to air on
HBO family's 30 by 30 Kids flick
program. Creating a film on the
history of Haiti and the saga that
played out two years ago during
the January 12th earthquake is
also at the top of Pericles' list of
future projects.
"As a matter a fact I am inter-
ested in making a film about the
devastation in Haiti," he said. "I
am working on a deal right now
to do two films that are based on
Haiti's history."

Jobs and food keys to Haiti's recovery

Senator Nelson gives update on

U.S. aid efforts
By D. Kevin McNeir

U.S. Senator Bill Nel-
son and Congresswoman
Frederica Wilson recently
led a community forum
at Miami Edison Middle
School that drew nearly
150 Haitians and sup-
porters, providing them
with information about
U.S. efforts to rebuild the
ravaged country. The au-
dience was welcomed by
Principal Keith Anderson
and prayer by Rev. Eddy
Gervais from the Faith
Community Center. They
were then asked to join
young men from the 5000
Role Models who circled
the auditorium in a silent
memorial march. It has
been two years since Hai-
ti was struck by its most
devastating earthquake in
its history and while prog-
ress has been made, Nel-
son says more work must
still be done.
"This is the largest ur-
ban disaster in modern
history and it's estimated
that to rebuild Haiti it will
cost in excess of $8 billion
dollars," Nelson said. "One

of the challenges is how to
move forward logically but
before you can begin con-
struction projects the first
thing that had to be done
was to remove the rubble.
Two-thirds of the debris
that remained after thou-
sands of buildings col-
lapsed has been removed.
But it was a monumental
task, led mostly by a team
of Americans, Canadians
and Brazilians. There was
enough rubble, 10 million
cubic meters, to fill trucks
from Key West to Maine
and back again."
Wilson said the forum
was held because many
citizens who live in her
district have been asking
about the progress and
future plans for helping
Haiti get back on its feet.
"The average person re-
ally can't understand how
great a task it is to re-
build after a disaster," she
said. "Haiti is not the size
of the city of Miami it's
huge, more like the state
of Florida. The people that
we invited to talk to the
community are the plan-
ners and the disbursers of
money so they know the

real deal."
Other speakers included
Ken Merten, U.S. Ambas-
sador to Haiti; Tom Adams,
Haiti special coordinator
for the U.S. Department
of State and Elizabeth Ho-
gan, Director of the Haiti
Task Team for the U.S.
Agency for International
Development (USAID).
"The news recently
shared a story about a
boatload of Haitians who
were trying to make it to
the U.S. 83 lived but
over 40 died trying to seek
a better life," Nelson said.

"The list is long in terms
of what's needed in Haiti:
better health care, improv-
ing the infrastructure,
providing adequate food
and. jobs and stabilizing
the country's economy.
Then' there's the task of
finding temporary hous-
ing for the thousands of
displaced men, women
and children. What hap-
pened in a matter of sec-
onds will take close to a
decade to repair. But the
U.S. remains committed
to helping those who are
still struggling."

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tion program and has grown every year since its
inception. As Wilson says. their goal remains the
same: "Each one to teach one, or teach many."
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By Randy Grice

Bullying is an aspect of child-
hood with which many people
can identify with. More and more
bullying is becoming less accept-
able as a rite-of-passage during
adolescence. This past Friday,
January 20th, the Jonathan
Spikes Foundation held an anti-
bullying and conflict resolution
workshop to help Miami-Dade
Public Schools school students
address their problems without
"Once upon a time when I was
growing up I was taunted and
bullied," said Jonathan Spikes,
41, founder of the Jonathan
Spikes Foundation. "I thought
that we needed to address this
issue in order to give the kids
strategies and coping mecha-
nisms that would teach them
how to resolve issues without re-
sorting to violence."
Spikes added that -he hopes
the students will take all of the
strategies they were taught and
begin to incorporate them into
their everyday lives. More than

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Miami Norland students Aliyah Mcelhaney, 15 (1-r) and Tyuana
Lamar, 16 have become critics of bullying since attending the
recent workshop.
800 students were in attendance ed this to be an open discus-
at the "Let's Talk It Out!" work- sion. Today we have started the
shop to get advice on working conversation and hopefully from
problems out through conversa- here we can listen to what they
tion as a positive alternative to have to say and exchange some
choosing teen violence, positive ideas."
"I didn't want this program to In a town-hall-style forum stu-
only be about us giving them in- dents were given the opportunity
formation," Spikes said. "I want- to contribute their ideas on solv-

ing problems without violence.
"Everything we discussed here
today was very true," said, Ali-
vah ".l.lh.nr'. a 15-year-
old Miami Norland Senior High
School 10th grader. "We have
to be mature about the differ-
ent situations that we are faced
with. As young adults we have
to talk things out first or even
bring different situations to the
Spikes also spoke with the
students about channeling their
aggression through different av-
enues like sports, the arts and
music. Students from 17 middle
and high schools, including Mi-
ami Northwestern and Miami
Carol City Senior High Schools
were also workshop participants.
"This was a great event and
they should have more programs
like this for high school students
in the future," said Tyuana La-
mar, a 16-year-old, Norland
10th grader. "There are a lot of
students that like to bully other
students just because they want
to. I feel like these types of events
help them to think twice about
their actions."

Congressman West looks for Black support

continued from 1A

But some observers say that
Black conservatives really are out
of sync with most African-Amer-
ican voters, who reject Republi-
cans after taking a careful and
sophisticated view of the candi-
dates and issues.
Here's a rundown on some of
the leading "myths."
Myth No. 1: Black conserva-
tives are exceptional and quite
different from most African-
The "reality:" Black conser-
vatives at the forum said they
are just like the great majority
of African-Americans and have
faced the same hurdles. West, for
example, grew up in inner-city
Atlanta in a neighborhood near
Martin Luther King's church.
But rather than look to the
government for solutions, Black
conservatives see government as
a barrier to progress.

continued from 1A
he doesn't have to. A not-too-
distant history, as seen in Red
Tails, takes us back to that
time. We don't need Gingrich's
The film documents the
Tuskegee Airmen, Army avia-
tors who were part of a U.S.
government experiment to
train Black combat pilots in the
1940s. They were initially forced
to fly second-hand planes and
then derided by white superiors
who thought Blacks were unfit
for duty. Eventually, the airmen
were allowed to fly better fight-

Myth No. 2: An overwhelm-
ing majority of Black voters are
liberal-minded opponents of con-
servative causes.
The "reality:" Forum par-
ticipants asserted that about a
third of African-Americans iden-
tify themselves as conservative,
though less than a tenth vote for
Republicans in presidential elec-
"They think like us, they just
don't vote like us," said former
U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts,. R-Okla.,
once the only Black Republican
in the House.
A rebuttal: The one-third es-
timate was once true, but recent
polling indicates that less than 20
percent of blacks call themselves
conservative, said David Bositis,
a research associate and politi-
cal analyst at the Joint Center for
Political and Economic Studies, a
nonpartisan group that focuses
on African Americans.


"Even that description mostly
reflects their personal values and
lifestyle, not their politics," Bosi-
tis said of Black conservatives.
"About 75 percent of them have
a very positive view of [President]
Barack Obama."
Myth No. 3: Blacks need gov-
ernment help.
The "reality:" Several conser-
vatives at the forum compared
welfare and other government,
programs to a latter-day form of
slavery, trapping people in de-
"Government handouts and big
entitlement programs are used
like an intoxicating drug," said
David Clarke, the sheriff of Mil-
waukee County in Wisconsin.
"The more government came to
help me, the less responsible I
was for myself."
A rebuttal: Though African-
Americans have a. high unem-
ployment rate of about 15 per-
cent, most are working and not
dependent on government pro-

fails to honestly recall
ers and given critical missions. if elected, he will "rebuild the lieve
"Red Tails" is a fictional ac- America we love." He paints perfe
count of this unit that gives Obama as an enemy of "the Cons
moviegoers a basic lesson in classical America" from which in the
the courage and heroism of he draws his understanding of Wh
these young Black pilots. He- what it is to be an American. abou
roically, several Tuskegee Air- Think Leave It To Beaver. two
men who stayed in the military As movies go, "Red Tails," ques'
after the war rose to the rank which Obama recently viewed to co:
of general, including Daniel at the White House along with Amei
"Chappie" James, who became some of the film's cast, is an en- to lea
this nation's first Black four- thralling look at a history many lesso
star general- the kind of "ex- Americans would rather forget. mine
ceptionalism" few of any race But we can't and shouldn't. The
who serve in the U.S. military thing that is truly exceptional
ever achieve, about America is not its demo-
In his effort to replace Obama cratic idealism, but the willing-
as president, Gingrich pledges ness of those who have been
to his right-wing backers that, denied its promise to still be-

Supervisor of elections makes history

continued from 1A

the excitement of having the op-
portunity to serve our County as
the supervisor of elections I read
a news article that referred to me
as the "First African-American" to
hold the position of supervisor of
elections in Miami-Dade County,
that made me extremely proud"
At the top of Townsley's short
list is the upcoming 2012 elec-
"The most important thing on
my agenda right now is the 2012
election," she said. "Miami-Dade
County is the largest county with
the largest number of registered

voters in the state. Carrying out
an election with a high level of
transparency and accuracy is my
number one goal. Insuring that
this election is just as successful
as previous years is a commit-
ment that I have to the voters of
Miami-Dade County."
With 1,215,939 registered vot-
ers in the County, Townsley has
her hands full but her ultimate
goal is protecting the right to
"Our goal is to be election
ready," she said. "By election
ready I mean encouraging all eli-
gible citizens to register to vote,
making sure they understand the
three ways to vote and making

sure they exercise their right and
get out and vote."
The Republican presidential
primary is only open to GOP
(grand old party) voters. Two
charter amendments on the bal-
lot are open to all voters.
Early voting will be open for
seven days from 7-7 p.m. It be-
gan last Saturday, January 21st
and will end on Saturday, Janu-
ary 28th. Miami-Dade voting lo-
cations: Lemon City Library, 430
NE 61st Street; Model City Li-
brary at Caleb Center, 2211 NW
54th Street; North Dade Regional
Library, 2455 NW 183rd Street;
and Stephen P. Clark Gov't Cen-
ter, 111 NW 1st Street.

grams, according to the Joint
Center report.
"These Black conservatives
want to leave the impression that
every African-American is living
on the street," he said. "But there
is a large Black middle class, and
like the middle class generally, it
has fared poorly under Republi-
can policies."

Myth No. 4: Conservatives
want to rip up the social "safety
The "reality:" West noted that
the Constitution calls for pro-
moting the general welfare, when
means the government needs to
help those who slip off the ladder
of opportunity.
"But the safety net is there for
you to bounce back up and get on
that ladder and start to climb,"
West said. "Some people think
the safety net is like a hammock,
and you just lie there. That's not
what America is about."

in the vision of the "more
ct union" enshrined in the
titution's preamble, if not
e actual text.
at is truly exceptional
t this country is that just
generations after many
tioned the ability of Blacks
me to the nation's defense,
ricans elected a Black man
ad them. That's a history
n Gingrich seems deter-
d to undo at any cost.

continued from 1A

On Jan. 15, Octavia Bar-
nett, 21, Natasha Plummer,
25, and Plummer's six month-
old son, Carlton Stringer Jr.,
were found dead with gunshot
wounds in an apartment at
Somerset Condominiums, in
Lauderdale Lakes. Barnett had
an 11-month-old son, Ladaini-
an Belizaire, who was left un-
harmed. Ladainian is believed
to be Belizaire's son.
This incident only adds to
Belizaire's criminal past. At
age 17, he was charged in Mi-
ami-Dade County with aggra-
vated assault with possession
of a weapon. However in 2009,
the case was dropped, accord-
ing to court records. Belizaire
was also in civil court, where

he spent the later part of 2011
in legal trouble with two other
women about children. In No-
vember, Belizaire was ordered
by the court to pay $240.66 a
month in child support to Isha-
ra Woodard for their three year-
old child, court records showed.

This was not the only time so-
cial networking has been used
to solve crimes. In New Jersey,
police say they arrested a man
who forced a woman into prosti-
tution. They found out because
the woman was able to send a
Facebook message to her broth-
er for help. In Utah, a woman
held captive for five days used a
Facebook status update to save
her and her 17-month-old son
from a grisly hostage situation.

continued from 1A

worthy to serve but were not al-
lowed. I am glad we are on the
brink of removing one of the
barriers but there are many
others that must follow like
Pettis, a co-founder of Halic-
zer Pettis & Schwamm, attend-
ed the University of Florida and
then the University of Florida's
Levin College of Law. The firm
was founded in 1996. When he
takes over as president of The
Florida Bar, he will represent
the country's second-largest
bar with a membership in ex-
cess of 95,000 attorneys.
"I will be working in Tallahas-
see to advocate for the court
system to make sure there is
adequate funding," he said.
"Over the past few years we
have seen a shortage of money
and a disruption of the court
system. My goal will be to work
with the legislation and the
governor to secure a dedicated
source of funding."

Pettis says there are other
topics that while not specifical-
ly listed under the duties of his
job, he plans to focus on when
he becomes president, includ-
ing: greater diversity among
the leadership of The Florida
Bar; mentoring and developing
young attorneys; and pushing
for a better public education
"In Broward County over
53 percent of our Black boys
are not graduating from high
school," he said. "I grew up in
Fort Lauderdale and when I
visit the jails I often run into
old friends or classmates.
When we allow young boys to
fail and not complete school,
we are providing the perfect
pipeline to the prison system.
Miami-Dade County is in a
similar state. We have to begin
having some serious dialogue
on how to change these issues.
The numbers and statistics
come out year after year it's
time that Black professionals
commit themselves to ending
this cycle."

Reed resigns from B-CU

continued from 1A

to a necessity to reduce the size
of the faculty for financial rea-
sons," according to an October
2010 American Association of
University Professors [AAUP]
report. In addition, B-CU was
placed on AAUP's list of cen-
sured administrations in June
2011, meaning conditions for
academic freedom and tenure

were unsatisfactory.
Dr. Larry Handfield, the cur-
rent chairman of the University
Board of Trustees, will end his
term this summer. However, by
his own account, "I will contin-
ue to serve on the board for the
next six years and do not plan
to go anywhere."
Handfield, a Miami native and
longtime contributor to B-CU,
says he will give a complete in-
terview at a later date.

Challenger says we need a new path

continued from 1A

for our future. As of August
2012, all of the members of
the original council, includ-
ing the mayor, will be gone.
We must be clear about the
direction we want to take. We
have soaring unemployment
at 17 percent, foreclosure
rates close to 14 percent and
based on the mayor's numbers
we have seen a staggering 33
percent increase in homicides
and violent crimes. The city's

answer to all of this: increase
the taxes to a double-digit 11
percent. Crime is up because
we have closed parks and
pools none of them are ful-
ly-staffed. And we reassigned
11 police officers because of
the budget. None of these de-
cisions made sense to me. We
had to cancel the King festival
this year because we did not
have the funds, yet we are
going ahead with Jazz in the
Gardens, despite a $2 million
dollar deficit. It's only shown
a profit one year and that was

for only $100,000."
Williams says crime among
youth has risen, he believes,
because they lack adequate
after school and evening activ-
ities. And he's concerned with
the large number of Blacks
who have left Miami Gardens
and the City of Miami and cho-
sen not to return.
"Some say Miami Gardens
has crime problems because
of our diverse Caribbean pop-
ulation but that's not so," he
said. "The problem is with our
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By Kaila mieard m
heard@ miamitimesoninexcom

A popular African saying has always advised that
it takes a village to raise a child.
The Urban Partnership Drug-Free Com-
munity Coalition believes it will take
a village to lower the youth drug
rate in the communities of Lib-
erty City, Little Haiti and the
inner city of Miami.
The idea is that by bring-
ing different segments of
the community together,
the coordinated efforts will
yield better results than
traditional, isolated anti-.
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The Urban Partnership Drug-Free Communi-
ty Coalition met on Thursday, Jan. 20th at the
Community Christian Church in Miami.

How to build a safe home environment


By Kaila Heard
On Saturda-, Jan 21st, several parents
returned to the classroom to participate
in the seminar. "Conflict and Parent-
ing. Building a Safe Home Environ-
rment," at the Overtown Youth Cen-
Presented by Priscilla Dames,
"the CEO and founder of
Wingspan Seminars, a con-
flict management company,
the workshop taught parents
the basics of conflict resolu-
tion including better com-
munimation skills in order
to share information and
-be understood by
others; how to re-
S flectively listen in
.order to pay atten-
tion to the content
'L and feelings ex-
pressed by another
person; and how to

How soon is too

soon to discuss sex

with your kids?

Are parents an untapped resource in the
fight against teen pregnancy, STDs?
By Kaila Heard
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In spite of America's declining ranking in categories from
credit rating to educational excellence, the western democ-
racy has managed to maintain one top position in the world.
According to data released last week by the Centers for Dis-
ease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the United States has the
highest rate of teenaged pregnancy in the developed world.
Yet the controversy surrounding which sexual education
curriculum emphasizing abstinence or comprehensive sex
ed should be mandatory in school remains.
As the debate rages on about how much if any sex educa-
tion should be a mandatory part of the school curriculum, an
alternative venue for youth sex education is being overlooked
- their parents.
The home where children learn many of life's lessons and
values from their parents- may also be one of the best places
for them to learn about their reproductive health as well.
More knowledge is necessary to make better decisions.
Please turn to SEX 14B

effectively problem solve and
resolve issues.
Parents were taught how to
take these skills and apply
them to their own home and
in the way that they relate to
and communicate with their
children. The workshop end- .
ed with parents writing a love
letter to their children to ex- '
press how much they care for ,
and appreciate them. PRISCILLA DAMES
Since 2005, Wingspan Sem- CEO and founder
inars has offered such work- of Wingspan Seminars
shops to various audiences,
teaching the basics of conflict
resolution in order to enhance their overall lives and reduce
the stress and emotional toil that occurs with continual con-
flict. In addition to the parent-child relationship, seminars
have been created to address clashes between colleagues in
the work environment, bullying prevention strategies, and
using mediation as a team building tool.
Last year, Wingspan Seminars introduced their newest
component, Wings on Women [WOW], seminar training for
women focusing on their self-development and empower-

Is prayer coming back

to Florida schools?
By Billy Hallowell
Florida State Senator Gary Siplin, a Democrat represent-
ing Orlando, is on a mission to bring prayer back to public
schools. The lawmaker has proposed a bill that would make it
legal for students to lead prayer. Yes, in public schools.
The proposal would enable school districts to decide if they
want to allow the religions practice at school events. Cur-
rently, students are permitted to pray on an individual basis,
though the group-led prayer being proposed is obviously
quite different. Siplin, likely realizing the controversial nature
Please turn to PRAYER 14B

St. James Baptist

Church celebrates

95th anniversary

Rev. Kenton Williams speaks out on
'Tebowing', faith and love
By Kaila Heard
When Rev. Kenton Williams is not busy juggling the de-
mands of the 95-year old St. James Baptist Church of Co-
conut Grove, the minister like millions of other Americans,
likes to unwind by indulging his passion for sports. He loves
watching basketball and football in particular.
When asked what he thought about the current popularity
of Tim Tebow a quarterback for the Denver Broncos who
is now getting tons of media attention for openly expressing
his devotion to God Williams cautioned Christians from
declaring the celebrity a true tool of evangelism.
"For some people, it has inspired them to strengthen their
faith, but I also see those who just pray to mimic him and it
Please turn to WILLIAMS 14B

The road off the streets
South Florida residents share how they
left homelessness behind
By Kaila Heard
Change is difficult for most people, whether it be simple ad-
justments to one's diet, or more complex adjustments needed
to overhaul a person's lifestyle. Meanwhile, the changes,
support and sometimes also good fortune a homeless person
needs to have in order to get off the streets and into their
own permanent residence can seem overwhelming. However.
it can be done. Since its creation in 1922, the Miami Rescue
Mission which now also has shelters in Broward County -
has been working to help people transition from the streets to
their own homes.
The Miami Times spoke with two residents of the non-profit
organization, the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach
Centers, to hear about their struggles to permanently get off
of the streets.
A brick layer by trade. 33-year old William Williams had
been living in North Carolina where drugs and alcohol had
hampered his ability to work and provide for himself.
"My addictions had gotten out of control in North Carolina,
so I decided to come here [to South Florida] to get a break
from my problems, but you know your problems follow you
wherever you go unless you work on it," he explained.
Cases Angel, the communications manager for the Miami
Rescue Mission, explained that there are many different rea-
sons for people to become homeless although ty,'pically "a
Please turn to STREETS 14B

Mormons optimistic about fitting in

By Cathy Lynn Grossman

Mormons say most Ameri-
cans don't know them, many
don't like them and non-
Mormons call them a "cult."
Even so, Mormons are
optimistic about moving into
the cultural mainstream and
they say the nation is ready
for a Mormon president, ac-
cording to a new survey of
their social, political and re-
ligious beliefs and practices.
The survey, "Mormons in
America: Certain in Their
Beliefs but Uncertain of
Their Place in Society," was
released today by the Pew
Forum on Religion and Pub-
lic Life.
Mormons are less than
two percent of the U.S.
population, but they are in
the spotlight as Mitt Rom-
ney, a former bishop in the
church and front-runner for
the Republican presidential
nomination, faces a primary
battle in heavily evangelical
South Carolina, where his
faith could be a factor.
Mormons overwhelm-
ingly (97 percent) consider

Mormons' views of society

Is there a lot of dis- Is the USA ready
crimination against for a Mormon
Mormons? president?



Source: Pew Forum on Religion arWd Public
Life national survey of 1,019 Mormons on
Oct. 25 and Nov. 16, 2011. Margin of error:
4.5 percentage points

By Julie Snider, USA TODAY

themselves to be Christians,
according to the survey. A
Pew survey of the general
public in November 2011
found only 51 percent of
Americans agree, and the
most common description
non-Mormons gave for the
Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints was a
Findings among the Mor-
mons surveyed this fall show
differences in views:
62 percent say Ameri-
cans know little or nothing
about their religion.
46 percent see a lot of
discrimination against Mor-
68 percent say they're
not seen as mainstream.
"Every Mormon Sunday
school class is a litany of
discrimination Mormons
have faced throughout their
history. It's biblical: The
children of God will be per-
secuted, and evil is arrayed
against them," says histo-
rian Matthew Bowman, visit-
ing assistant professor of
religion at Hampden-Sydney
College in Virginia.

"People think we are weird,
and we're made fun of," said
Bowman, a Mormon himself
and an adviser to Pew on the
Even so, 56 percent of the
Mormons surveyed say the
USA is ready for a Mormon
president, and 63 percent
say acceptance of their faith
is rising.
The survey detailed high
levels of commitment to the
teachings and practices of
the faith. Seven of 10 Mor-
mons scored highly on wor-
ship attendance, frequency
of prayer and the view that
religion is important in their
lives. "That's a much higher
level of commitment than
you find among other reli-
gions and more than twice as
high as you find in the public
as a whole," said Greg Smith,
primary researcher for the
Pew survey.
"It's not a 'cafeteria faith'
where people accept some
things but not others," said
Alan Cooperman, associate
director of research for Pew
Forum. "It's a religion where
you are all in or you are out."

Study: God connections in church are rare

How can

churches fill


with the spirit?
By Jeff Schapiro

A study released recently
found that about one-third of
American adults who have at-
tended church have never ex-
perienced "a real and personal
connection" with God while in
a church service, and those
who have experienced the
connection say it is rare.
The research was conducted
by the Barna Group, a Ven-
tura, Calif.-based research
organization, and sought to
examine what Americans ex-
perience in Christian church-
Of the 1,022 adults sur-
veyed, 66 percent said they
had experienced a personal
connection with God dur-
ing a church service. Only
35 percent of those surveyed
said they connect with God
on a monthly basis, while 44
percent of people who attend
church services weekly said
they feel His presence every

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While fellowshipping with other Christians in church is great, new research finds wor-
shippers are unable to make that same connection with their Creator.

The Barna Group report
identifies this connection with
God as "perhaps the most im-
portant outcome facilitated
by churches," yet one-third
of people said they had never
connected with God in a con-
gregational setting.
Whitman Toland, founding
pastor of C3 Church Greens-
boro in North Carolina, says if
churches want to see individ-

uals better connect with God
they should be less concerned
with presenting a "perfor-
mance" and more concerned
with worshipping Him.
"We've become so influenced
by our culture that we have
polished performances but
no presence of God. And we
start evaluating success by
how well we perform and the
number of people in our meet-

ings, and ... that standard is
actually from a worldly mea-
surement of success," Toland
told The Christian Post on
Many churches today know
how to attract people, he ex-
plained, but their message is
weak. Often pastors try to "get
people to intellectually engage
a spiritual God," but what
they need to do is seek God's

will for the church and trust
in Him.
"I think that we actually
have to have a confidence that,
as individual churches, we are
doing what God asks us to do.
And then it positions God to
do only what He can do."
Other questions were also
raised in the study about the
impact churches are making
Only 26 percent of those
who had been to a church said
their life had been changed or
"greatly" affected by doing so.
Nearly half of those surveyed,
46 percent, said they had not
been changed at all by attend-
ing church, and half of every-
one who had attended church
in the last week said they
could not think of any signifi-
cant insight they had learned
during the service.
The study also found that
68 percent of survey partici-
pants felt connected with oth-
er individuals "who are united
in their beliefs and who take
care of each other in practi-
cal ways" while in a church
setting, and only 23 percent
disagreed. About 73 percent of
those surveyed also said that
caring for the poor was either
emphasized "a lot" or "some-
what" by their churches.


his centennial
Shedrick Davis will celebrate his
100th birthday on Thursday, Janu-
ary 26th among the company of
his wife, Jennie; their two children,
Johnnie Ruth Dukes and Soloman
Davis; three grandchildren, Bridget
Dukes, Kenyatta Smith, and Keis-
han; and five great grandchildren,
Gregory Dukes, Ahan Smith, Asia
Smith, Germany Davis and Kaloan
Davis; along with many other family
members and friends.
Davis was born in Tallahassee
on January 26, 1912 and was one
of three sons. His other two broth-
ers are now deceased. During his
school days, he enjoyed playing
football and basketball. However, it
was his penchant for preparing culi-
nary treats that allowed him to pro-
vide for himself and his family. For
over three decades, Davis's talents
as a professional chef allowed him
to travel throughout the country. He
was once an avid bowler. Now ac-
cording to his wife, he tends to take
life at a slower pace.




Let go of these forgiveness myths Ir-1

By Rabbi Rami Shapiro

New Year's Day is long past.
(Okay, its been over three
weeks since the beginning of
the New Year). Have you bro-
ken your resolutions yet?
If you're like me, the answer
to that question is "yes," so
this is a good time to think
about forgiveness.
Forgiveness isn't a skill you
can master and employ when-
ever you wish, or a tool you
can use the way you might
use an umbrella or a fork.
Forgiveness is a natural
response to reality that arises
from a deep understanding of
the nature of life and how best
to live it.
Forgiveness isn't a way
to escape from your past or
to forget it; it's a way of not
dragging your past into your

Forgiveness isn't a way to
avoid suffering; it's a way to
avoid clinging to suffering.
Life is a blend of joy and
sorrow, happiness and hor-
ror. Forgiveness won't change
that. But it can free you from
dragging sorrow into your mo-
ments of joy, and prevent you
from allowing moments of hor-

and a time to laugh; a time to
mourn, and a time to dance...
a time to embrace, and a time
to let go... a time for love, and
a time for hate... a time to be
born, and a time to die."
Everything has its time, its
moment for arising and its
moment for passing on. You
cannot have one without the

when to hate. When you know
what the moment requires,
you know how to act in it. And
when the moment passes so
does the action that it re-
quired. Forgiveness is what
happens when you know and
live with the arising and pass-
ing of time.
Forgiveness is the art of liv-
ing life with clarity and humil-
ity moment to moment. For-
giveness requires you to know
that everything has its time;
that everything that can arise
will arise; that there is no
escaping joy or suffering. And
that knowing leads us to the
second key to forgiveness: you
are rarely if ever the target.
Forgiveness is difficult only
when we imagine things could
be other than they are. But
they can't. Given all the condi-
tions at play in any given in-
stance what happens is what
must happen.

ror to corrode your moments
of happiness.
There are two keys to liv-
ing life with forgiveness at
its core. The first is found in
Ecclesiastes: "To everything
there is its season, a time for
every purpose under heaven:
a time to plant, and a time
to uproot... a time to weep,

other. Just as front goes with
back, so weeping goes with
laughing, and loving goes
with hating. What you can
have -- all you can have -- is
one thing after another, so
the key to navigating life well
is to know what time it is: to
know when to laugh and when
to mourn, when to love and

Is the gospel closed to the mentally disabled?

By Eryn Sun

Should the Bible be taught
to those with severe cognitive
That was the question posed
by John Knight, the senior di-
rector of development at Desir-
ing God, who explored whether
or not the Gospel appeared
"closed" to those who couldn't
necessarily understand the
Word of God.
Challenged by one of John
Piper's messages titled "The
Word of God is at Work in You"

based on 1 Thessalonians
2:13-16, Knight began to won-
der if a few of the observations
the megachurch pastor made
about the text applied to the
disabled as well.
He first looked at verse 13b,
"When you received the word
of God, which you heard from
Quoting Piper, Knight shared,
"God spoke, humans gave his
word through their words, and
the Thessalonians heard that.
They heard the sounds. They
knew the Greek language. They

construed meaning with their
"God uses humans to deliver
his word, and he delivers it to
humans. Human minds hear
and understand the word from
God, and then another set of
human minds receive it from
those human mouths and
again hear and understand it."
As the father of a child with
severe cognitive disabilities,
including blindness, autism
and cognitive impairments,
Knight found an issue with the

Fortunately, Piper highlight-
ed another point that appeared
to answer his question: As the
Thessalonians heard the words
of Paul, God acted on their
minds and hearts.
"What [God] did was enable
them to receive Paul's words
as the word of God," Knight re-
called the preacher saying. "He
opened their mind and heart to
know that Paul was speaking
the word of God, and he gave
them the inclination to receive
it for what it is, not mere hu-
man words, but God's word."

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Forgiveness isn't something you need to cultivate, but
the natural response to a truth you need to know: every-
thing has its time.






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

Victory Restoration Taber-
nacle presents 'The Real Reality,' a
free stage play, on Jan. 28 at 6:30
p.m. 954-662-1903.

N Set Free Ministries through
Jesus Christ of the Apostolic
Faith Church, Inc. will be having
grand opening Worship Services
on Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.
and a Prayer Meeting at 8 p.m. on
Feb. 7 for National Black HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day. 786-488-2108.

First Baptist Church of
Brownsville is hosting worship
services on Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. for
the Miami Northwestern Class of
1965. 305-635-8671.

The entire community is invit-
ed to Mt. Hermon African Meth-
odist Episcopal Church's Family
and Friends Day on Jan. 29.

0 Bible Teachers Interna-
tional Ministries is hosting their
Second Annual Family and Friends
Day on Jan. 29 at 11 a.m.

Christ's Kingdom Life Cen-
ter International welcomes the
community to their Sunday wor-
ship service at 10:30 a.m. and
their Bible study and Prayer ses-
sions on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.954-

Ministry in Motion and the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center present 'In the Beginning
There was Gospel' on Jan. 27 at
7:30 p.m. 786-443-7406.

Bible Teachers' Interna-
tional Ministries is hosting their

second annual Family and Friends
Day on Jan. 29th at 11 a.m. at the
Sunkist Grove Community Center.

New Beginning Church of
Deliverance invites everyone to
their free weight loss classes Sat-
urdays at 10 a.m., but enrollment
necessary. 786-499-2896.

The Church of Jesus Christ
is celebrating their 22nd Anniver-
sary on Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. 305-762-

Memorial Temple Baptist
Church holds worship services
nightly at 7:30 p.m. 786-873-

Emmanuel Missionary Bap-
tist Church invites everyone to
their Sunday Worship Services at
7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. 305-696-

New Life Family Worship
Center is hosting special services
at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25, when the
topic will be "Prophetic Teaching on
the Curse of the Law"; and on Jan.

26 about "The Blessings of Abra-
ham." Their Women's Ministry is
hosting a seminar, "What Kind of
Woman Am I" on Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.

0 Redemption Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes every-
one to their 'Introduction to the
Computer' classes on Tuesdays, 11
a.m. 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays,
4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 305-770-7064,

New Canaan Missionary
Baptist Church welcomes the
community to Sunday 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. Appointment
necessary. 786-597-1515.

Mt. Claire Holiness Church
invites the community to Sunday
School at 10 a.m. and worship ser-
vice every week at noon and praise
service on Thursdays at 8 p.m.

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

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

* God Word God Way COGIC
is in revival all month with
Apostle Harris of Gods Outreach
Ministries. 786-326-3455.

Set Free Ministries through
Jesus Christ of the Apostolic
Faith Church, Inc. will be start-
ing a New Bereavement Support
Group beginning on the 2nd and
4th Wednesdays 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. 305-345-


Coalition relies upon

continued from 12B REACH A VILLAGE
Although the coalition has
drug campaigns, according to been meeting for nearly two
Michael Nozile, the executive di- years, the organization finally
rector of Gang Alternative, Inc., was awarded a $125,000 Drug
who is also a member of the co- Free Communities Support
alition. Program grant by the White
"We did research and realized House in October 2011.
that the use of alcohol and mar- However, before their ef-

ijuana have been increasing
among our youth in 6th grade
to 12th grade," Nozile said.
The Urban Partnership Drug-
Free Community Coalition
intends to lower that rate by
using several strategies includ-
ing building local drug surveil-
lance systems, researching the
reasons why drug use has in-
creased, and providing a net-
work of safe havens for at risk-

forts can be put into action,
first the coalition must ensure
participation from 12 differ-
ent sectors of the community
- as part of their agreement
for their grant. The sectors in-
clude law enforcement, social
services, the faith community
as well as local youth and par-
So far, representatives from
a variety of organizations from
the Hosanna Community

community partners
Foundation, to the Miami Po- ceived by many and he hopes
lice Department, to the Flor- that all participants will be fi-
ida Department of Children nalized by April.
and Families to middle school "What we're doing right now
students have volunteered, sounds easy, but it is hard
One of the these volunteers, to bring everyone around the
Rev. Eddy Gervais of the Corn- table to volunteer their time
munity Christian Church, be- to address these issues in our
lives each member of the co- community," he said.
alition brings a different way In the latest meeting, which
to combat drug usage. was held on Thursday, Jan.
The church has a "unique 20th, the coalition had as-
role because no one else is signed volunteers to specific
covering the spiritual aspect subcommittees.
of life and the church is al- The Urban Partnership Drug
ways coming from a place of Free Community Coalition
hope," he explained, "and meets on the third Thursday
when there is a message of of every month at 311 NE 78th
hope it tends to give people a Street in Miami. For more in-
sense of self-esteem and gives formation about the coalition
an emotional boost." or to volunteer, please call
According to Nozile, the co- Vivilora D. Perkins Smith at
alition has been warmly re- 305-398-5985.

Civil liberties groups oppose new faith laws

continued from 12B

of the bill, has explained that
no student would be mandated
to participate.
"It is completely volun-
tary," he said. "But we do not
want any influence from the
principal, the counselor, the
dean, the coach or parents."
The proposal would change
the current dynamic, which
does not allow student-led
prayer at school-sponsored
events, by "allowing the use of
an inspirational message, in-
cluding prayers of invocation
or benediction, at secondary
school commencement exer-

cises or any other noncompul-
sory student assembly."
To the surprise of some
atheists and groups that es-
pouse an intense adherence to
the separation of church and
state, the developments are
troubling. Already, the bill has
attracted bi-partisan support
in committee. Within its text
there are restrictions laid out
to determine what, exactly,
the prayer should look like -
restrictions that aren't enough
to curb criticism, though.
According to the bill's text, it
"...is not intended to advance
or endorse any religion or re-
ligious belief." PNJ.com pro-
vides the proposal's parame-

ters for the prayer. It must be:
Directed by the student
government of the school.
Led by students, with no
direction by school personnel.
"Non-sectarian and non-
proselytizing in nature."
The American Civil Lib-
erties Union has come out
strong against the proposal,
writing the following in a letter
posted its web site:
The bill they are consider-
ing, Senate Bill 98, would let
school districts overrule the
objections of religious minori-
ties and organize school-spon-
sored prayer under the banner
of student government.... SB98
would give schools free reign to

make students feel like outsid-
ers in the classroom, alienated
from their peers, or compelled
by peer pressure to engage
in religious practices that go
against their own beliefs.
The Anti-Defamation League
has mirrored these state-
ments, calling the bill "un-
necessary, divisive and un-
constitutional." ADL attorney
David Barkey, who has testi-
fied against the bill, said, "It
is setting schools up for costly
An identical bill has been in-
troduced in the Florida State
House by Rep. Charles Van
Zant, a Republican from Key-
stone Heights.

Miami Rescue Mission provides spiritual support

continued from 12B

lot of times they became home-
less because they spent a lot
of their money on alcohol and
drugs and there's always that
temptation of falling into the
same habits."
Beyond the emergency shel-
ter and daily meals it offers,
the Miami Rescue Mission also
offers a longer term residency
program where participants are
allowed to live and utilize their
various services which includes
drug counseling, and even edu-
cation courses.
Known simply as "the pro-
gram," the basic requirements
need residents to be sober, at-
tain their GED, and depending
on which campus, take a job
training course or volunteer at

the center itself. After these re-
quirements are reached, resi-
dents are considered to have
graduated from the program.
After living for a month on
the streets of Miami, Williams
learned about "the program"
and decided to give it a try.
"I just got sick and tired of
doing the same thing over and
over again, so I decided to bet-
ter my life," he said.
So, the determined young
man became a dedicated partic-
ipant of the program's drug and
alcohol program to remain so-
ber and also got his high school
diploma. Now he is enrolled in
Miami Dade College and study-
ing forensics psychology.
"I think [the program] is the
best thing that's happened to
my life and I know I can look
forward to the future in a posi-

tive way," Williams said.
Eighteen months after he first
entered the doors of the non-
profit organization, Williams
"graduated" from the institution
on Saturday, Jan. 21st along
with over 130 other students.
Among the graduates was
also Orlando Smith. For Smith,
45, the road to homelessness
began with on-the-job injuries
that eventually prevented him
from being able to perform his
duties as an x-ray technician
in Atlanta. He lost his job and
soon became overwhelmed by
bills. By December 2009, he
was homeless.
"I lost everything that's why I
came to the Miami Rescue Mis-
sion to try to get my life back on
track," he said.
Living at the center for the
past 20 months, Smith received

counseling as well as assis-
tance on how to apply for state
benefits for his disability.
Although, he benefitted ma-
terially from the program,
Smith also credits the mission
with deepening his spirituality,
where he learned to "have a pa-
tience and get closer to God and
believe that He is going to take
care of my problems my needs."
However, although the men
are officially done with the pro-
gram, they can remain con-
nected to their colleagues at the
Miami Rescue Mission's Alumni
Association, with "chapters" ac-
tive in South Florida as well as
a variety of other states, accord-
ing to Angel.
For more information about
Miami Rescue Mission, please
.visit www.miamirescuemission.

Home-based sex ed offers a learning opportunity

continued from 12B

Currently, Blacks between
the ages of 13 to 24, make up 56
percent of new HIV cases and
nearly half of 14 to 19 year old
Black girls are infected with
sexually transmitted diseases
such as chlamydia, herpes or
HPV, according to the CDC.
Addtionally, according to
Planned Parenthood, teens
who have had good conversa-
tions with their parents about
sex are more likely to delay
sexual activity, have fewer
partners and use condoms
and other contraceptives when
they do have sex.
Elder Johnny Bell, the pas-
tor of the Family Life Ministry
at New Birth Baptist Church,

gave an emphatic "yes" when
he was asked if parents should
teach their children about sex.
"If you don't and they get in
a jam [get pregnant or get sex-
ually transmitted disease] and
if you ask them who's fault it
is, the kids can say that my
momma and daddy didn't tell
me anything," said Bell.

One of the biggest questions
for many parents is at what
age and how much informa-
tion should be divulged to
their children.
According to Jeffrey P. Bros-
co, a professor of clinical pe-
diatrics at the University of
Miami's Miller School of Medi-
cine, "Kids of all ages have

questions about sex [and] de-
pending on the child's age,
they probably just want a sim-
ple direct answer."
For Rev. Barbara Boyce of
Family Life Worship Center
the age to begin more in-depth
discussions about sex and
sexuality with youth is 13.
So, she established a mentor-
Sing program for girls, ages 13
to 21. In addition to teaching
them various life skills, the
program also provides sex ed-
She explained, "At 13, their
bodies start to say things and
they have [sexual] desires and
we want to start explaining to
the girls what their bodies are
going through, but we direct
them according to the word
of God about how to control

Meanwhile, Brosco encour-
aged parents to see any ques-
tions as a "learning opportu-
"The advantage is that when
parents do talk to their kids
about sex then they can share
their values and influence
their kids views about sex," he
If parents are still too em-
barrassed to discuss the top-
ic with their children, using
books or taking their children
to discuss sex with the family
doctor are also options.
Talking about sex with their
child "is not something a par-
ent should have to do them-
selves but it is something that
they should take responsibil-
ity for," Brosco explained.

St. Matthews to memorialize

Rev. Dr. Philip Clarke, Jr.

St. Matthews Missionary Bap-
tist Church observes Memorial
Service and Street Dedication
in the memory of the late Rev.
Dr. Philip Clarke, Jr., the past
pastor for 42 years on Sunday,
January 29th.
Dr. Clarke was very active
and important to his commu-
nity dating back to the late
1970's. He was a counselor
and a volunteer worker at after
school programs. He funded
and provided workshops for
families, Crime Watch, Health
and Aid Education, Leadership,
Street Management and men-
tor to the youth of all ages. He
was on the Board of Directors
at Miami Job Corp and a sub-

stitute teacher in Miami-Dade
County Public School. He was
also a faithful donor to Florida
Memorial University and Flor-
ida General Baptist, Inc. His
final project before his passing
was the Founder of the Patricia
Davis Moss (PMD) Scholarship
At the 11 a.m. service Rev.
Franklin Clark the pastor of Mt.
Olivette will bring the Memorial
Dedication of the Street will
begin at 3 p.m. A ribbon cut-
ting ceremony with various dig-
nitaries, family and friends in
attendance. Entertainment fur-
nished by the Junkanoos. The
public is invited.

Minister helps the needy

continued from 12B

has no spiritual basis whatso-
ever," Williams explained.
Leading a church with nearly
200 members, St. James Bap-
tist Church chooses to focus
much of its ministerial work on
outreach services.
"We have what I like to call
the care ministries which are
the feeding and clothing min-
istries," he said.
Twice a week, the feeding
ministry gives out food to the
After receiving his license in
ministry in 1993, the 51-year-
old Williams has seen many
trends come and go within the
faith community. One phe-
nomenon he embraced whole
heartedly was the use of music
as a method of praise.
"Everybody is getting more
into the praise and worship
and accepting that it is just the
[expression of the] freedom of
the spirit and allowing God to
have His way," he said.
Although this worship meth-
od has been popular for years
in other Christian denomina-
tions, its increasing popular-
ity in the mainstream is due to
better education and increas-
ing understanding, according
to Williams.

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And while worshippers con-
tinue to grow and learn in their
walk with Christ, Williams ad-
mits that he continues to learn
and grow as well.
"Spiritually, I've learned that
there will be some obstacles
and you have to be able to let
go and let God handle it," he
said. "I've also learned that
there are some struggles that
regardless of your tax bracket
that [people] all have in com-
The reverend sees each day
as a new opportunity for him-
"I'm always trying to be bet-
ter in my knowledge of the
world, in how I interact with
the congregants and those that
I come into contact with," Wil-
liams said.
For a man who once dreamed
of serving a lifetime in the mili-
tary, Williams now finds fulfill-
ment serving as a pastor and
teaching Scripture and biblical
principles to others.
However, he admits that
there are some aspects of be-
ing a minister that he is less
than enthusiastic about.
"Sometimes just dealing
with the confines of traditional
thinking and what I mean by
that is some of the rituals and
traditions of the church," he

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Friday at 7:30 p.m. for Prophetic
Breakthrough Services. 561-929-
1518, 954-237-8196.
The Women's Department of A
Mission With A New Beginning
Church sponsors a community
feeding every second Saturday of
the month, from 10 a.m. until all
the food has been given out. For
location and additional details, call

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

The Heart of the City Min-
istries invites everyone to morn-
ing worship every Sunday at 9
a.m. 305-754-1462.

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



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Voice behind 'At Last'

By Peter Keepnews

Etta James, whose powerful, ver-
satile and emotionally direct voice
could enliven the raunchiest blues
as well as the subtlest love songs,
most indelibly in her signature hit,
"At Last," died on Friday morning in
Riverside, Calif. She was 73.
Her manager, Lupe De Leon, said
that the cause was complications of
leukemia. James, who died at River-
side Community Hospital, had been
undergoing treatment for some time
for a number of conditions, including
leukemia and dementia. She also lived
in Riverside.
James was not easy to pigeonhole. ;
She is most often referred to as a 4.
rhythm and blues singer, and that is -
how she made her name in the 1950s
with records like "Good Rockin' Daddy."
She is in both the Rock and Roll Hall o:'
Fame and the Blues Hall of Fame.
She was also comfortable, and con-
vincing, singing pop standards, as she
did in 1961 with "At Last," which was
written in 1941 and originally recorded relea
by Glenn Miller's orchestra. And among for "tta James Rocks The
her four Grammy Awards (in ng a Album covers 1964.
lifetime-achievement honor in 2003) was 1964.

one for best jazz vocal performance, which
she won in 1995 for the album "Mystery Lady
Songs of Billie Holiday."
Regardless of how she was categorized, she
was admired. Expressing a common sentiment.
Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote in
1990 that she had "one of the great voices in
American popular music, with a huge range, a '-'
multiplicity of tones and vast reserves of vol-
For all her accomplishments, James had an .
up-and-down career, partly because of chang-
ing audience tastes but largely because of drug
problems. She developed a heroin habit in the
1960s; after she overcame it in the 1970s, she
began using cocaine. She candidly described .
her struggles with addiction and her many
trips to rehab in her autobiography, "Rage to
Survive," written with David Ritz (1995).
Etta James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in
Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 1938. Her mother,
Dorothy Hawkins, was 14 at the time; her
father was long gone, and James never
knew for sure who he was, although she
recalled her mother telling her that he was
the celebrated pool player Rudolf Wan-
derone, better known as Minnesota Fats.
She was reared by foster parents and
moved to San Francisco with her mother
when she was 12.
She began singing at the St. Paul Bap-
tist Church in Los Angeles at 5 and turned
to secular music as a teenager, forming a
vocal group with two friends. She was 15
when she made her first record, "Roll With
Me Henry," which set her own lyrics to the
tune of Hank Ballard and the Midnighters'
recent hit "Work With Me Annie." When
some disc jockeys complained that the
title was too suggestive, it was changed to
"The Wallflower," although the record itself
was not.
"The Wallflower" rose to No. 2 on the
rhythm-and-blues charts in 1954. As was
often the case in those days with records
by black performers, a toned-down version
was soon recorded by a white singer and
found a wider audience: Georgia Gibbs's
version, with the title and lyric changed Muhammad All plays a few
to "Dance With Me, Henry," was a No. 1 pop 1974.
hit in 1955. (Its success was not entirely bad
news for James. She shared the songwriting royalties with Ballard and
the bandleader and talent scout Johnny Otis, who had arranged for her
recording session. Otis died on Tuesday.)
In 1960 James was signed by Chess Records, the Chicago label that
was home to Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and other leading lights of
black music. She quickly had a string of hits, including "All I Could Do
Was Cry," "Trust in Me" and "At Last," which established her as Chess's
first major female star.
She remained with Chess well into the 1970s, reappearing on the
charts after a long absence in 1967 with the funky and high-spirited
"Tell Mama." In the late '70s and early '80s she was an opening act for
the Rolling Stones.
After decades of touring, recording for various labels and drifting in
and out of the public eye, James found herself in the news in 2009 after
Beyonce Knowles recorded a version of "At Last" closely modeled on hers.
(Ms. Knowles played James in the 2008 movie "Cadillac Records," a fic-
tionalized account of the rise and fall of Chess.) Knowles also performed
"At Last" at an inaugural ball for President Obama in Washington.
When the movie was released, James had kind words for Knowles's
portrayal. But in February 2009, referring specifically to the Washington
performance, she told an audience, "I can't stand Beyonce," and threat-
ened to "whip" the younger singer for doing "At Last." She later said she
had been joking, but she did add that she wished she had been invited
to sing the song herself for the new president.
James's survivors include her husband of 42 years, Artis Mills; two
sons, Donto and Sametto James; and four grandchildren.
Though her life had its share of troubles to the end her husband
and sorts were locked in a long-running battle over control of her estate,
which was resolved in her husband's favor only weeks before her death
- James said she wanted her music to transcend unhappiness rather
than reflect it.
"A lot of people think the blues is depressing," she told The Los Angeles
Times in 1992, "but that's not the blues I'm singing. When I'm sing-
ing blues, I'm singing life. People that can't stand to listen to the blues,
they've got to be phonies."

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J iwh e Chess Records founder Phil Chess, left,

and the producer Ralph Bass in 1960.

notes on the piano with Etta James in

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M.B. Sanha, 64, president of Guinea-Bissau

The Associated Press

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) -
President Malam Bacai Sanha, who
was elected in this tiny, coup-prone
nation on Africa's western coast
about two years ago, died on Monday
at a Paris hospital. He was 64.
His death was confirmed by an of-
ficial at Guinea-Bissau's embassy in
Paris. No immediate cause was given,
but Mr. Sanha was known to have
diabetes and had been at the hospital
for some time.
Sanha had become less known for
his work as the president than for
his frequent hospitalizations abroad,
which were always described by aides
as routine checkups.
Since gaining independence from
Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has
had series of coups. Just two weeks
ago, the army said a top military of-
ficial had tried to seize power while.
Sanha was ill.
The country has also become one of
the main transit points for drug traf-

President Malam Bacai Sanha of
Guinea-Bissau addressing the 65th
session of the General Assembly at
the United Nations in New York in
September 2010.

fickers ferrying cocaine to Europe.
Sanha won the 2009 presidential
election, held after his predecessor,
President Jodo Bernardo Vieira, was
assassinated. Vieira was shot dead in
his home and many believed his kill-
ing was related to drug trafficking.
Though Sanha had pledged to com-
bat the flow of narcotics, he appoint-
ed Jose Americo Bubo Na Tchuto,
labeled by the United States Treasury
Department as a drug kingpin, to
lead the navy in early October.
"You must prove to those who ac-
cuse you of being steeped in illicit
activities that what they say does not
correspond to the truth," Mr. Sanha
said at Na Tchuto's induction cer-
Sanhd began his political career
as the head of the youth wing of the
African Party for the Independence
of Guinea and Cape Verde, the body
that fought for the country's freedom.
He became a member of its execu-
tive committee and the governor of a


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By Nanci Hellmich

Many people walk for exercise Others run or go to the gr-m But
for those who want to work out in the comfort of their living rooms.
there are hundreds of exercise DVDs often just $10 to $151 that
feature aerobic workouts. strength-training programs, yoga and
Pilates-mspired workouts.
You should find a few exercise DVDs you'll
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Jill Ross, co-owner of Collage Video
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Please turn to EXERCISE 18B

Give your kids tools to form habits

The habits will be
more likely
to stick
By Rose Pastore

Sure, you can stock your
fridge with nutritious snacks
and offer a good example
when it comes to exercise, but
recent studies suggest that,
just like grown-ups, kids need
strong internal motivation
(not micromanagement) in
order to get fit.
"Sometimes we get so
serious about obesity preven-
tion, we forget that kids are
more likely to do it if they're
having fun," says Deanna
Hoelscher, a professor at the
University of Texas School of
Public Health in Austin. In
fact, researchers across the
country are investigating spe-

Playing free: Kids are more active if mom or dad watches from a distance.

cific strategies that encour-
age children to get healthy on
their own. Four experts offer
their evidence-backed tips to
help kids forge healthy habits
and have fun.

In September, the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention launched a $25
million project that, along-
side community interven-
tions, aims to train children
to improve their health habits
by themselves. One tactic
teaches elementary school
students to prepare simple,
healthy snacks. Showing a
younger child how to make
uncomplicated recipes builds
self-confidence and encourag-
es healthier choices, explains
Hoelscher, who is leading part
of the CDC project.
Make it work for you:
Please turn to KIDS 18B

Insulin is a lifesaver for many
people with diabetes, but it must be
stored correctly.
The American Diabetes Association
offers these guidelines for proper
storage of insulin:
Insulin typically is stored in the
refrigerator, but it may be more pain-
ful when injected this way. Insulin
stored at room temperature will last
about a month.
Don't keep your insulin in
extremely hot or extremely cold tem-
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Which group of binge
drinkers overindulge most
often? Not college students
or the nightclub crowd. It's
senior citizens, says a study
released Tuesday by federal
A larger percentage of

young adults binge drink,
and they down more drinks
when they do. But seniors
who indulge to the extreme
do so 5.5 times per month on
average, well above the four
times a month by those un-
der age 45,.the study showed.
"They are typically alone
Please turn to DRINKERS 19B

By Dr. Tyeese Gaines

While numerous reports
warn of the dangers of text
messaging related to driving,
others suggest that texting
can actually be health -
especially for those without
access to a regular doctor.
A study in Boston that was
released in early December
found that text messaging
was a low -cost way to en-
courage the daily use of sun-
screen and. thus, reduced
the risk of skin cancer.
SLxt'-nine percent of par-
ticipants who signed up for
reminder texts as part of the
study reported they would
continue using the service
and 89 percent would rec-
ommend it to others.
Text messages also helped
a small group of heavy
drinkers curb their alcohol
intake, according to another
study released recently.

Selected drinkers were sent
weekly texts tallying their
alcoholic beverages and
received specific feedback
on how best to cut down.
Those receiving the feedback
showed a decrease in the
amount they drank.
The health benefits of tex-
ting are also evident outside
the United States HIV clinics
in Kenya for example, have
helped patients adhere to
their medication regimens
with daily text messaging.
Researchers have found
that the texts erased barri-
ers such as time-consuming
clinic visits, limitations to
medical access caused by
political strife, or the stigma
involved with visiting clinics
identified for HIV-positive
In the U.S., hospitals,
medical centers and individ-
ual doctors are investigating
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Show even very young chil-
dren how to prepare snacks
like a bowl of non-sugary ce-
real with berries or a whole-
wheat peanut butter sandwich
with carrot sticks. Keep sup-
plies on lowest shelves so they
don't have to ask for help.

A University of Missouri cam-
paign gave pedometers to fifth-
graders in an effort to teach
them to create and meet their
own health goals. After a year,
the students were more confi-
dent in their ability to cut back
on television, drink less soda
and exercise every day, accord-
ing to a study in the Journal of
The project focused on self-
efficacy, and, dn their own,
some of the students ended up
protesting the unhealthy foods
in their cafeteria. Pedometers
are ideal for children because
they make it easy to see and
measure results, says study
author Stephen Ball, an as-
sociate professor of exercise
Make it work for you: Ball
suggests that parents buy a
pedometer for themselves and
commit to the same routine
as their kids. "If they see that

parents and teachers value
something, the kids will start
to value it, too," he explains.

Children who had a parent
close by on a playground got
less exercise than kids whose

parents were supervising from
afar, according to a study
published in the American
Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Parental worries about safety
may be stifling play, says study
author Jason Bocarro, an
associate professor at North
Carolina State University.

Make it work for you: Choose
a park with shady, comfortable
seating for parents and safe,
open play spaces for the kids to
promote vigorous activity such
as running. To spur older kids
to become active, find a location
with structured recreational
facilities, like basketball courts
and swimming pools, suggests

When college students
mentored teens about
healthful habits, the high-
schoolers cut their weekly
soda consumption and
reported that they were more
physically active than the
year before. Especially for
girls, peer mentors were more
helpful than regular health
classes at promoting beneficial
behaviors, found a study
in Childhood Obesity. The
next step will be to discover
why boys were less helped
than girls, says study author
John Cawley, a professor of
health economics at Cornell
Make it work for you: The
adolescents in this study were
more likely to adopt good habits
when they saw a respected
peer making smart choices. So
enlist a slightly older relative
or friend to join your teen for
health- boosting activities.

continued from 17B

how best to communicate with
patients via texts, too. As a start,
recently debuted software now
allows health professionals to
send private health information
from cell phone to cell phone
while keeping the information
protected and encrypted.
Certain hospitals, like Temple
University Hospital in Philadel-
phia, have identified the sliecial
needs of underserved communi-
ties and narrowed the focus of
their mobile communications
solely on those patients.
Blacks and Latinos comprise a
key community that can benefit
from text-based medical inter-
One in five Blacks are unin-
sured compared to one out of
ten whites. Blacks are also more
than two times as likely to rely
on public health insurance pro-
grams such as Medicaid than
Access to quality health care is
limited for both Blacks and Lati-
nos. Given the fact that Blacks
and Hispanics each send more
text messages than whites and
Asians, these new efforts are
promising as a means to help
these medically disenfranchised
Sending health-related texts
also creates an opportunity to

interact with medical profession-
als without fear of being judged
based on race or class -- which
is often cited as a source of anxi-
ety among patients of African de-
In addition, texting can provide
anonymity when discussing sen-
sitive topics.
Planned Parenthood of the
Rocky Mountains in Denver cur-
rently answers sexual questions
from teens through text mes-
sages. Once a question is texted,
experts reply within 24 hours.
Veterans considering suicide
can reach the Department of Vet-
eran Affairs' Crisis Centers by
text as well.
All the positive health ben-
efits do not outweigh texting's
real dangers. Texting while driv-
ing has come under increasing
scrutiny, as well as the reported
increase in other texting-related
accidents, such as texting while
walking. Plus, frequently texting
takes a toll on the texter's sleep
cycle and generates numer-
ous aches and pains namely,
thumb, neck and back strains
from constant micro-movements.
However, responsibly texting as
a way of garnering health advice
as these services become more
available could serve as a way
of bringing health and wellness
professionals into contact with
people who otherwise would re-
main underserved.

Beautiful bodies with the right moves for toning and more

continued from 17B

out with simple choreogra-
phy and a toning segment with
a flowing sequence of body-
sculpting classics such as
planks, lunges and push-ups.
Jane Fonda Prime Time
Firm & Burn has easy-to-fol-
low aerobic workouts plus a
relaxing meditation segment.
The cardio portions use simpli-
fied dance steps such as jazz
squares, mambos, cha-cha and

10 Minute Solution: Pilates
for Beginners is an introduction
to Pilates with classic exercises
designed to tone your core, low-
er body and upper body and to-
tal body. Yo'u can customize the
workout to play any segment in
any order.

Ellen Barrett Live: Grace
+ Gusto blends the power and
control of Pilates with the ele-
gance and fluidity of ballet, plus

yoga. The moves are deliberate
and graceful but deceptively
Sexy Abs With Kelly Rowland
and Hollywood Trainer Jeanette
Jenkins is a well-sequenced se-
ries of traditional ab-focused
exercises including curls and
crunches. It's filmed in black
and white.
Full Body Stretch by Karen
Voight is a solid flexibility pro-
gram that is mostly an athletic-
style workout with a few yoga
and Pilates elements. It has

soothing music, an outdoor set-
ting and calm instruction.
Yoga-Tai Chi by Scott Cole is
a relaxing blend of yoga and tai
chi with gentle smoothly-transi-
tioned motions. It includes clas-
sic poses as well as some playful
variations on the classics.

Walk It Off & Tone It Up
by Leslie Sansone is 60 solid
minutes of high-energy, indoor
walking. The steps are basic,
including kicks, sidesteps and

simple dance moves.
Kathy Smith's Kettlebell
Solution is an easy-to-follow
workout that helps shape the
upper and lower body and abs,
as well as providing an aerobic
workout. It requires a kettlebell.
Smith uses two one light, one
*10 Minute Solution: Rapid
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ute segments that each target
a specific area: buns/thighs,
arms/shoulders, abs, total body
and stretch.

Supreme 90 Day System of-
fers 10 no-nonsense workouts
led by instructor Tom Holland
and designed to reshape your
body in 90 days. The toning
movements include classic
squats and bicep curls. The
aerobic intervals are short but
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ly Rippedl features simple
moves with multiple repeti-
tions. The steps aren't com-
plex or. tricky.

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continued from 17B

safety tips.
Talk with your doctor.
It is important to have regular
physical and eye examinations,
including an evaluation of any
heart or blood pressure problems.
Check with your doctor about
any side effects of medications
you are taking or potential drug
interactions that could increase
your fall risk. For a physician
referral, please call 1-800-984-
Stay active.
Regular exercise can help
strengthen muscles, increase
agility and endurance,
and improve balance and
coordination. Activities such as
walking, water aerobics or tai chi
may be recommended by your
Safeguard your home.
"At our center, occupational
therapy plays a big roll in fall
prevention," said Lawrence. "A
component of our program has
great emphasis on patient and
family education for transitioning
the home."
Eliminate tripping hazards
around the house by having a
clear pathway between rooms,
securing loose area rugs and
removing door thresholds higher

than half an inch. Always keep
clutter off the floor and clean up
spills as soon as possible. Install
handrails on stairs and grab bars
in the bathroom. Place a rubber
mat or textured adhesive strips
in the bathtub or shower. Keep
electrical and extension cords
out of the way.
"Home environments are
reviewed to help identify safety
hazards within a patients
home and help us to provide a
resolution to prevent falls from
occurring," Lawrence states.
Wear the right shoes.
Wear low-heeled shoes that
have nonskid soles. Avoid high
heels, shoes with smooth soles
and floppy slippers. Select shoes
that either tie or have fabric
fasteners to ensure a good fit. Do
not walk around in stocking feet
and use a shoe horn it you have
difficulty putting on shoes.
Watch where you're going.
"Clutter can be a big part of
a home environment and can
lead to disorganization which
can become a safety trap," says
Turn the light on when entering
a room and when going up or
down the stairs. Avoid rushing
to answer the phone or door.
Arrange your closet and cabinet
so things are within an easy
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case of a power failure.
"Nightlights are also important
to have in the home these small
lights help illuminate pathways
in the home," Lawrence said.
"This is good for people of any
Use assistive devices.
Canes and walkers can help
you stay balanced and prevent
harmful falls. A grabber can help
you pick up lightweight items
that are slightly out of reach so
you do not have to bend over and
potentially lose your balance.
Eat right.
Adults of all ages should get
adequate amounts of calcium
and vitamin D to keep their
bones strong. For people over age
50, that means consuming 1,200
mg of calcium daily2b by eating
calcium-rich foods such as
dairy products, dark green, leafy
vegetables, and nuts, as well as
taking calcium supplements.
Having a fear of falling should
not rule your life. For more
information about preventing
falls, talk with your doctor
or visit the National Institute
on Aging Web site at www.
"Fall prevention is a lifestyle
change to promote quality and
healthy living," said Lawrence.
The new Vestibular and
Balance Rehabilitation Center at

North Shore Medical Center offers
evidence-based assessments and
treatments to improve vestibular
and balance disorders, in
addition to identifying early risk
for falls. Vestibular and balance
disorders are serious medical
conditions that can lead to falls
resulting in injuries that can be
The center aims to prevent
falls and their associated injuries
by treating dizziness and balance
disorders, which can be caused
by hearing and vision problems,
ear infections, muscle weakness,
and loss of sensation in the feet
or joints. The Vestibular and
Balance Rehabilitation Center's
multidisciplinary healthcare
team is trained specifically in
balance disorders that often
occur in patients that have or
experience acoustic neuroma;
migraine associated dizziness;
stroke and other neurological
disorders; multiple sclerosis;
leg and ankle fractures; trauma;
cranial radiation; vestibular
neuritis; parkinson's disease;
vertigo; alcoholic degeneration;
syncope; and unsteady gait with
a history of falls.
For more information about
the Vestibular and Balance
Rehabilitation Center at North
Shore Medical Center please call

dead at 95

By Jacqueline Charles

He was a historical figure in the
politics of Jamaica and in the larg-
er global struggle to unite people
of African descent. Ambassador
Dudley Thompson drew crowds
wherever he went. Thompson died
Friday morning in New York, the
day after he turned 95.
Jamaican Prime Minister Portia
Simpson Miller described Thomp-
son as "a man of firm convictions,
articulate, sharp on his feet and
Dudley Thompson loved his
country with a passion and
served it with honor and distinc-
tion." Thompson was up with the
times and his dream was to see a
united Africa.
According to his website, he
was born in Panama and raised
in Jamaica. In the early 1950's,
he practiced law in Tanzania and
Kenya and became involved in
the nationalists' struggles in both
In October, Thompson made
history when the African Union.
made him the first person to be-
come a citizen of the continent
and gave him a passport. Djibril
Diallo an advisor to the president
of Senegal on Disapora Affairs
said, "He was amazing as a Pan-
Africanist and worked to the last
hour just preaching Africa and the

Research shows most seniors drink out of loneliness

continued from 17B

and in isolation, often drinking
in response to some problem in
their lives," said Stephen Fer-
rante, coordinator of a social
work program on aging issues
at Florida Atlantic University.
The finding on seniors came
from the annual report by the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, which has fo-

caused mostly on extreme drink-
ing by teens and young adults.
The CDC defines binge drink-
ing as five drinks for a man, or
four for a woman, in a short
time. The results, from phone
surveys of almost 500,000 peo-
ple last year, found that more
than 38 million adults binge
drink every year.
That contributes to more than
80,000 deaths and $200 billion
in economic costs each year.

Binge drinking leads to auto ac-
cidents, alcohol-related disease,
the spread of HIV and STD, un-
planned pregnancies and vio-
lent acts, the CDC said.
Seniors proved to be the least
likely to binge drink, with only
3.8 percent saying they do,
compared to 28 percent of those
ages 18 to 34 and 17.1 percent
of the population overall. Per-
haps related, Florida ranked
17th lowest in binge drinking

with 16.7 percent of those sur-
veyed saying they do.
Ferrante said about two-
thirds of seniors who abuse al-
cohol have been doing so their
whole lives and have not been
able to stop. But one-third start
drinking in their older years,
usually alone at home in re-
sponse to troubles such as loss
of a spouse, illness and finan-
cial problems, he said.
Lauderhill former alcoholic

Eduardo Melendez faced all of
those when he was binge drink-
ing. He made a fortune as a trav-
el booker, but lost it by buying a
shopping center that failed. The
crisis sent him deeper into the
bottle. His wife and daughter
broke away and eventually he
landed in the hospital.
"When the business started
going wrong, I found an escape,"
Melendez said. "For a lot of the
older people, you live by your-

self, you are all alone, all you do
is sit and think. And drink."
Now 68, he is sober and recon-
nected with his family, through
the Broward County unit of the
statewide Brief Intervention and
Treatment for Elders program.
Seniors in treatment have
more success overcoming alco-
hol and drug problems than do
other ages, Ferrante said. For
information on where to get
help, call 211.

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Hadley Davis
FRAZIER SMITH, 72, school
counselor, diedI
January 7. Ser-
vices were held.



LEOLA HORNSBY, 60, house-
wife, died Janu-
ary 13. Services
were held.


FAULKNER, 66, head

58, crossing
guard, died Jan-
uary 17 at Jack-
son North Hos-
pital. Service
11 a.m., Satur-
day at Spirit of
Christ Center

JERRY JACKSON, 57, laborer,
died January
14 at Jackson

Service 2:30
p.m., Saturday
at Jordan Grove
M.B. Church.

auto mechanic,
died January
19 at home.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

retired school -f,-

teacher of
County, died
January 21
at home. He
was an active
member of the
Omega Psi

Phi Fraternity, Inc. Sigma Alpha
Chapter The Shriners of Miami
and the Florida A & M University
Gold Coast Alumni Chapter.
Mr. Higgs leaves behind to
cherish his memories Gregory
0. Higgs, Hansel S. Higgs II and
Andrea I. Higgs; grandchildren and
great grandchildren.
Litany service for Layminister
Higgs, 7 p.m., Friday at The
Historic Saint Agnes' Episcopal
Church. Immediately followed by
Omega services.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at The
Historic Saint Agnes' Episcopal
Church, 1750 NW Third Ave.,



retired, died
January 20
in Ocoee, FL.
Survivors are
son, Rev. G.
Clark (Judith
Y vettte)
Christa P.; sister, L.V. Walton
(Robert). Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday at Bethel M.B. Church,
654 W. Anderson St, Orlando.
Arrangements entrusted to
Zanders Funeral Home, 232 W.
Michael Gladden Blvd, Apopka, FL.

Roberts Poitier
JUDY WHITT, 65, administrator,
died January 20
at North Shore
Medical Center
Hospice. Ser-
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

MDCPS teacher, died January
18 at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Viewing 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday at
Paradise Funeral Home in Rich-
mond Heights.

82, domestic worker, died Janu-
ary 23 at Miami Jewish Home. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

27, homemaker,
died January
18 at home.
Viewing 4 p.m.-
9 p.m., Friday
at Manker's
Funeral Home.
Service 11 ;
a.m., Saturday
at Church of God and Prophecy

88, wife of the
late Albert W.
Tresvant (the "
first African
American mayor
of Opa-locka,
FL), Opa-
locka's "First
Lady," and long-time administrator
of King Memorial/Opa-locka
General Hospital, died January 20
at Jackson Memorial North.
Mrs. Tresvant is survived by her
five daughters and their families:
Joy Carey (Whayman), Priscilla
Hackett (Edwin), Debbie Wiley,
Portia Livingston (Alfonso), Leslie
Osborne (David); and her brother,
George Wilkinson of Nyack, NY
and other siblings. Memorial
service, 5-8 p.m, Friday at New
Way Fellowship, 16800 NW 22
Ave. Service 11 a.m., Saturday at
New Way Fellowship.

telecommunication, died January
15 at home. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Fellowship of Praise
Church of God by Faith.

Carey Royal R
63, died January
14, in Miami.
Survivors .r

uary 19 at Uni-
versity of Miami
Hospital. Ser- H
vice 11 a.m.,
Saturday at
Sweet Home
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

FAYTHE MACK, one month,
died at Baptist Hospital. Services
were held.

January 20 at Brookwood Nursing
Home. Services were held.

21 at home. Arrangeme

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cents are in- Carolina. Survivors include:
mother, Annette Williams;
father, Roger Harris; three
children, Delishia, Destiney
young and DeVaughn Jr.; brother,
Donald Williams, Jr.;
COX, 29, grandparents, Rev. John P.
Willliams, Logan Harris and
Minister Daisy M. Williams.
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EDDIE BARNETT, 78, retired,
died January 18 at Miami Jewish
Home. Service, 1 p.m., Thursday at
Antioch M.B. Church of Brownsville.

Gregg L. Mason
air condition
mechanic, died
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is survived by
his loving wife,
Wendy Cooks;
two children,

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the chapel.

a.m., today in

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75, housewife, died January 21 at
HAROLD Kindred Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at New Macedonia Bap-
S tist Church.

include : [
mother, Lola
aunt, Edna
Simms; brother,
Raymond Simms (Deborah
Simms); sister, Patricia Davie;
daughters, Jewel Wimberly
(Gregory Wimberly) and Melony
Chaney; son, Yusef Akeem
Washington; grandchildren,
Candice Haase, Shakira Wimberly,
Daijha Wimberly and Kenny
McGhee, Jr.; great grand, Jahi
King; and a host of nieces and
Special thanks to the Muslim
brothers, Brother Rasool and
Services were held.


died January
18 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the

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retired nurse,
died January
18 at Select
Service 11 a.m.,
Friday at St.
James A.M.E.
Church. ,

barber, died January 21. Service
10 a.m., Saturday at New Birth
Baptist Church.

ANNA HUBBARD, 85, retired,
died January 19. Service 3 p.m.,
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God of Prophecy.

LYN, 54, home health aide, died
January 8. Service 4 p.m., Sunday
in the chapel. Burial in Jamaica.

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History makes a good

teacher for boys in need

;7 of greater self-esteem
o. e By D. Kevin McNeir
a'" kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com

Teddy Harrell, Jr., the founder of the African Ameri-
can Performing Arts Community Theatre [AAPACT],
believes one of the best ways to teach young boys
about becoming positive-minded men is to spend time
with them in dialogue and through fun activities. He,
along with his brother, Keith, a manager at AAPACT,
and a group of longtime friends, took 20 young boys
from the area to see "Red Tails" last weekend. After
watching the film that chronicles the lives and chal-
lenges of the Tuskegee Airmen, the boys gathered to
talk about their impressions of the movie.
-. "Our youth know that we have a high school in Mi-
ami named Booker T. Washington but most don't know
anything about the man himself," Teddy added. "This
film is a great opportunity to introduce them to our
Aatthews Many of the boys present come from single parent
homes, but there were a few fathers who joined their
sons and the rest of the group as well. Keith Harrell
says the goal is to let the boys see Black men in a
more positive light.
"AAPACT has been giving back to our community
since our founding in 1989," Keith added. "It means so
much to these boys when you spend time and listen to
what's on their minds. The best way to impact behav-
ior is to lead by example. As far as the film is con-
cerned, the message is simple: Black have contributed
to this country and the world in outstanding ways -
we matter too."
Connie Nappier, III, 52, is particularly proud of the
film. His father, Connie Jr., is a Tuskegee Airmen now
89-years-old and living in Connecticut.
I "President Obama had my dad and the other living
Airmen as his guests during his inauguration," Nap-
pier said. "That was a very special day for our family.
What's interesting is that my father never talked about
the Tuskegee Airmen when we were children, except to
T say he was in the service and he served his country.
The film was good but it still doesn't capture the many
humiliating things that my dad and others were forced
to endure. But they did endure."
After the film was over, some of the boys told this
Please turn to RED TAILS 2C




Fashion star

shines at

Golden Globe
Never mind that it's January. It was a
spring awakening on the red carpet at
the Golden Globes, where some stars
ditched the darker shades of winter
in favor of lighter tones ranging from
blush to lavender.

Minnie, the sassy maid that Spen-
cer played in The Help could only
dream, of such an outfit Ta-
dashi Shoji dress in palest lilac
and matching Christian Loubotin
heels this chic. Spencer, for, told
E! Lhat. last year she watched the
Globes on television with friends,
never dreaming she'd be walking
the carpet herself. "I am having
a ball. It's really very interesting.
This whole process is overwhelm-
ing, but fun."

A Dance Theatre of Harlem

S .- ends eight-year hiatus

Auditions for new touring company in

V Miami to be held on Jan. 28th

By D. Kevin McNeir

Young dancers from
Around the state will
'" converge on Miami this
weekend with hopes of
joining the internation-
ally-acclaimed Dance
Theatre of Harlem [DTH].
Auditions will be held for
th e DTH's touring company,
I. h ich has been on an eight-year
bh.l atus, this Saturday. Artistic
Dire, t:or Virginia Johnson, 63,
will be joined by Endalyn Taylor, the
school's director. On Sunday, they will
be looking at young dancers interested
in participating in the company's sum-
mer intensive program. Students will
learn a range of techniques, from classical
ballet to African dance in summer ses-
sions in both New York City and Detroit.
Johnson says she's excited about the com-
pany's "rebirth."
"We know we will find some wonderful
dancers in Miami and are ready to begin
rebuilding our touring company," she
said. "We are looking for about 10 pre-
mium level dancers who can fulfill the
requirements of classical dance tech-
. nique and are seasoned performers. Au-
ditions are taking place in Miami, New
York City, San Francisco and Chicago.

In 2004 we had 44 dancers in the touring com-
pany plus a truckload of scenery. Due to finan-
cial constraints, we've scaled down consider-
ably. However, we are on track in terms of our
five-year plan and when I was hired in January
2010, my primary task was to bring back the
touring company. Here we are!"
Johnson recalls her early days of dance in the
late 60s when she was told that she should fo-
cus on other forms of dance, rather than ballet,
because of her color.
"Dance Theatre of Harlem will be 43-years-old
on February 11th and we have a rich history,"
she said. "Arthur Mitchell founded this com-
pany [1968] so that dancers who looked like me
could become ballerinas. It was about the skills
and talent of the dancer not their color. We
are continuing that philosophy today. Far too
often people expect Blacks to only do hip-hop
but we can do a lot more. Our focus is to help
our youth carve out a place in the world and to
help them bring positive change to their lives."
As to the long hiatus that the touring com-
pany has faced, Williams believes that better
times are in store for Dance Theatre of Harlem.
"We have stabilized the organization and
strengthened our board, staff and school," she
said. "We've reached out to our funders and are
coming back with a more sustainable touring
company. We may be a bit smaller than in the
past but v. e'll be just as good if not better."
Visit their website at www.dancetheatreofhar-
lem.org for more information about auditions or
the company.

Dolly Parton, left, Queen Latifah and a host of other talented singers
provide fantastic music throughout the film. Unfortunately, the joy ends
when the singing does.

'Noise': Quiet down, just sing

The music is joyful enough, but the plot is pretty thin

By Claudia Puig
Joyful Noise seems tailor-made
for an audience of churchgoers and
Glee devotees.
Producers Broderick Johnson
and Andrew Kosove (The Blind
Side) have a savvy sense for un-
derserved markets. As directed by
Todd Graff, the film gives the plot
short shrift in favor of an empha-
sis on an engaging blend of gospel,
rock, hip-hop and R&B. Not that
that's a bad thing.
The story has some wince-induc-
ing, corn-pone-cutesy dialogue -

spoken by Dolly Parton's character
- and a flurry of moralistic lectur-
ing, mostly by Queen Latifah, but
the music is undeniably enjoyable.
Those who come to see a spiritu-
ally inspiring story, however, will be
disappointed. It's all about winning
a choral competition, which is sup-
posed to somehow make up for the
dire economy in the small town of
Pacashau, Ga.
The choir is an exceptionally har-
monious lot, except for the rivalry
between strong-willed divas G.G.
(Parton) and Vi Rose (Latifah). Vi
Please turn to NOISE 2C

Two perform-
ers from the
Dance Theatre of


2C THE '.IAMI -IME': JANUARY 25-31, 2012

Dr. Astrid Mack, president Paschal, III, N
emeritus, King of Clubs of Agenoria i a _-
Greater Miami, opened their Paschal 1
14th annual holiday gala by E m a n u e 1
,elcoming officers and guests and Ophelia .
and shared memories Lawson,
of former presidents: Homer and Grace
Dr. C.C. Edwards, F.W. Humphries and many
Reynolds, Fred Hicks, -. others. Other guests
Daniel Francis, L. E. included Nelson
Thomas, Fletcher and Fifia Jenkins,
Paschal, Jr., David J'shon Fayson, F.
Mann, James B. and Dr. Rozalyn
Randolph, Sr., Dr. l Paschal, Dr. Edwin
Richard J. Strachan, MINDINGALL Demerette, Edwin
and Nelson Jenkins, and Mrs. Alexander,
interim. Arthur and Ruth
Strachan asked Simms, Vanessa and
the guests to make .. Dr. Arthur Woodard,
believe they were Jerry and Mary
in Paris in a royal Miller, James and
supper club. Reverend Alva Maull, Reverends
James Pacley, James and Gloria
pastor of Newborn Pacley, and Carolyn
Faith Deliverance BC White.
,delivered the prayer WILSON Entertainment also
which received a loud included the alto
amen. Old school dance saxophone playing of
music resounded and Mr. Magic (Michael
Bertha Martin led Emmanuel) and
the Popeye line as she Willie Granger,
and her late husband, trumpet, followed by
Harry Martin, used to Leah Armbrister, a
day years ago at the talented 7th grader
Knight Beat, followed from the Magnet
by James and Margie DEMERITTE Program at Miami
Fayson, Dorothy Norland Middle who
Bendross Mindingall and electrified the filled ballroom.
Samuel Jackson, Fletcher Moreover, the incomparable

and L.

Vaught, Florei
Paul Jose;

By Dr. Richard Strachan

Rochelle Lightfoot
entered the spoitlin.h: as
her business manager
and personal advisor
along with business
manager Patrenia
Dozier Washington.
Demeritte. A weekend
hotel stay for 3-days &
2-nights was won by
Dorothy Patterson.
More line dancing
followed and rushing
on the dance floor were
Charlayne Thompkins,
George and Gladys
Fayson, Lavern Boone,
Lila Cobb, C. Carter,
Basil Binns, Ron
Butler, S. Johnson, N.
Johnson, Dominque,
Mary Reeves,
Bishop Norward
Dean, Franklin and
Lola Clark, Bishop
C. Williams and E.
Williams, Rev. Gregory
Robinson, Teresa
Martin-Major, Henry
and Minnie Jones,
Rev. Robert and Tracy
Jackson. Also, Dr.
Joseph and Sandra
Gay, Henry Mingo,
Charlie Williams,
Hennie Johnson, Gail
Black, Terrance Clarke,
La Sadra Clark, W. and
Barbara Covington,
Bonita North, Evelyn
Campbell, Thelma
Wilson, Dr. Herman

Elizabeth Marshall,
Florence Strachan,
.- Gladys Johnson, and
V3 Romania Wilson.
Kudos to James
S and Marge Fayson,
Demeritte, Mack,
other officers and
wives Stay tuned for
JACKSON more details regarding
our scholarship and
awards banquet.
On Monday,
January 16th staff
from the 5000 Role
Models of Excellence
arrived early to put
the finishing touches
- for the Dr. Martin
CURRY Luther L. King 19th
Unity Scholarship
Breakfast, at the
S Jungle Island Treetop
Ballroom.The Psi
Phi Band rehearsed
special songs for
the occasion. As
Frederica S.
Wilson's voice filled
GIMENEZ the ballroom people
rushed to their
seats. She welcomed
everyone and spoke
about the many ways
that this event brings
S us together as a
,. 14 community of many
traditions, cultures,
and diversity for the
celebration of the
OBAMA legacy of Dr. Martin L.
King, Jr. She received
nce a standing ovation when
ph, she stated, "There are 8,000


students in 101 Miami-
Dade County Schools
and 62 -will receive a
scholarship during
graduation time.
She introduced
toastmasters and
Role Models Edward
Harris, Dr. Rick
Holton, Holton G.
Eric Knowles. Bishop
Victor T. Curry of
New Birth Cathedral
delivered the prayer
and Rochelle
Lightfoot electrified
the audience singing,
"Believe In Yourself".
Sixty-two honorees
entered the
ballroom as "Pomp
& Circumstance"
was played and
Role Models Judges


how he survived by
pla. in g professional
basketball, worked
hard and pushed
and now is the men's
basketball team at FIU.
Knowles brought
on The Highwaymen,
a group of self taught
artists that painted and
displayed "Poinciana
Palms" by James
Gibson. The RME
program will receive a
portion of the profits
from the project.
Other guests
included Senator Bill
Nelson, Mayor Carlos
A.Gimenez, Mayor
Tomas Regalado,
Katherine Fernandez,
Alberto Carvalho,
Robert Parker, Wilbert
Holloway, Dr. Larry
Handfield, Beverly
and Lee Johnson,
Annette and Jimmie
Harrell, Rod Butler,
Willie Granger,
Michael Emmanuel,
Arnold Knight, DJ
Rudd, Patrenia D.
Katie Williams,
Gloria Roundtree, Dr.
Alice Johnson and
Abraham Thompson.
According to Desiree
Jackson, her father,
William B. Jackson
was given a copy of The
Miami Times to read

about about his grandson, William
go and B. Jackson, II.

By Ann-i

Happy, happy belated
birthday wishes to a wonderful
lady Mrs.Dorothy Edwards,
who celebrated her 98th
birthday with her church
family at The Historic Mount
Zion Baptist, Rev. Ralph
Ross, pastor. After an uplifting
worship service the 98 year
young Edwards, and her
family, were feted with a
dinner by her church family.
Congratulations to you. Many
of us remember that "Dot" as
she is affectionately called, is
the widow of Oscar Edwards,
Sr., who was a football coach
and Dean of Boys at you know.
. Not the largest but the
best," Booker T. Washington
High School.
Many prayers and well wishes
are still sent to all sick and
shut-ins in our community. Get
well wishes are also expressed
for Patricia Allen-Ebron,
Charles"Red" Knowles,
Winston Scavella, Frankie
Rolle Harding, Mildred
Ashley, Clarenda Sargent and
Alfred McKinney.
Last week's Business section
of the Miami Herald featured

a story on women lawyers...
"Making their own tracks." We
are proud of Attorney Yolanda
Cash Jackson who was one of
the lawyers featured. Yolanda
is the daughter of Ida Storr
Cash and the late James Cash.
Have to say it. . and she's a
Delta and we are proud of her.
Regarding tickets to the
annual Absalom Jones
observance on Saturday,
February 18th, please be
informed that again, there is
a luncheon and a fantastic
fashion show following the
service. This significant
occasion will be at Holy Family
Episcopal Church in Miami
Gardens and the preacher will
be The Right Reverend Eugene
Sutton, Bishop, The Diocese of
Maryland. If you are interested
in attending the luncheon
you may see Cupidine Dean,
Arnett Hepburn, Janelle
Hall, Flora Brown, Carolyn
Mond or any member of The
Union of Black Episcopalians.
You are encouraged to come as
we remember Absalom Jones,
an abolitionist and the first
Black ordained as a priest in

e old book
Though the cove rn and the And old that can shelter and scatter
pages are torn my fear.
And though places bear traces of This old book is my guide
tears. "It is a friend by my side".
Yet more precious than gold is this It will tighten and brighten my way
book worn And each promise I find

the U.S.
Another belated birthday
greeting goes out to Brenda
Sympathies are extended to
Irene Russell-Hart, Deloris
Hart and their families upon
the death of their brother
Willard Hart who was
funeralized on Saturday,
January 21st at St.Paul A.M.E.
Sincere congratulations to
Reverend Samuel J. Browne
on the 52nd anniversary
observance of his ordination
to the sacred priesthood.
Father Browne was ordained
a priest on January 16, 1960.
Father Browne is the husband
of longtime Miamian Lottie
Major Browne. The couple
live in West Palm Beach with
daughters Mary Anita and
Dr. Dorothy Bendross
Mindingall is to be applauded
for the outstandingjob that she
does on behalf of our children
as a member of the School
Board of Miami-Dade County.
She mails an annual report
"School Matters" that keeps
our community connected and
informed about our children
and schools. Please continue
to keep up the good work.
So pleased to bring news to
you because, after all, you are
the people!

Soothes and gladdens the mind,
As I read it and take heed to it
each day.
To this book I will cling, of it's
worth I will sing
Though great losses and grosses
are mine.
For I cannot despair though
surrounded by care,
While possessing this blessing

Let's just make some more noise

continued from 1iC

Rose is wedded to singing tra-
ditional hymns, while G.G. fa-
vors more contemporary songs,
complete with hip shaking and
elaborate choreography. Guess
who wins?
Dolly's G.G. is coiffed and
dressed to the nines, and Lati-
fah is down-to-earth and hard-
working. They trade barbs at-
most encounters. This rivalry
is intended as a source of great
mirth but is only remotely fun-
ny in one scene where the two
haul off and verbally batter
each other at a restaurant.
Meanwhile, Vi Rose's 16-year-
old daughter, Olivia (Keke
Palmer), and G.G.'s grandson
Randy (Jeremy Jordan) start a

romance, which annoys Vi Rose
to no end. G.G., on the other
hand, gives Olivia a makeup
brush and encourages her to
look more like a woman to at-
tract the handsome fellow.
But G.G. perhaps can be for-
given, since her beloved hus-
band, Bernard (Kris Kristof-
ferson), has unexpectedly died.
She mourns him by imagining
the two dancing in the moon-
light and singing a duet with
.Randy that starts out as a sweet
moment then becomes an ex-
tended maudlin performance.
Talented singers of all ages
abound, particularly Palmer
(Akeelah and the Bee) and Jor-
dan, a Broadway actor. A par-
ticularly engaging version of
Paul McCartney's Maybe I'm
Amazed is a standout.

Everyone in town describes
the musically gifted Randy
as trouble with a capital T,
but he seems harmless, even
goodhearted, helping Olivia's
brother Walter (Dexter Darden)
cope with Asperger's syndrome.
Walter is obsessed with one-hit
wonders and repeatedly cites
his favorite, the Left Banke's
1966 song Walk Away Renee.
He and Randy do a lovely ren-
dition, but the Left Banke did
have a second hit, Pretty Bal-
lerina. Sure, it's nitpicking, but
because the story is so thin, the
viewer has time to ponder be-
tween musical performances.
If it weren't for those musical
numbers, Joyful Noise would
be a slog. More singing and less
talking would have made it bet-
ter still.

Young brothers talk about "Red Tails"

continued from 1C

reporter what they remembered
about "Red Tails."
Deyonn Daniels, 14: "The
movie was incredible and a
must see. How' they all came
together despite their personal
flaws was really inspiring."
Tyriq Smith, 12: "When that

Black pilot took on the German
pilot head-on, it showed real
courage. I know the Tuskegee
Airmen lost 60 pilots in battle.
They were really brave."'
Ryan Sparks, 16: "It's hard
to imagine an all-Black group
of pilots putting their lives on
the line to protect whites who
thought so little of us. Whites
thought we were inferior but

the Tuskegee Airmen showed
them that we can do anything
we put our minds to."
Lamont Harrison, 12: "It had
to be so much pressure that
those men were under, always
trying to prove themselves. All
they wanted was an equal shot."
Then, almost in unison, the
rest of the boys added, "We
Blacks are an amazing people."


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encouraging people
to get out and vote.
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4C THE tMIAM.l TIMES, JANUARY 25-51, 2012

B The National Coalition of
100 Black Women- Greater
Miami Chapter is accepting ap-
plications for girls ages 12-18 to
participate in Just Us Girls Men-
toring Program. Monthly sessions
will be held every 3rd Satur-
day 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. June
at the Carrie Meek Center at
Hadley Park, 1350 N.W. 50th
Street. Call 1-800-658-1292 for

W Liberty City Farmers Mar-
ket will be open each Thurs-
day,12-5 p.m. and Saturday, 11
a.m.-4 p.m. at TACOLCY Park un-
til May 2012. For information call
954-235-2601 or 305-751-1295
ext. 107.

B Opa-locka Farmers Mar-
ket at Nathan B. Young Elemen-
tary is now open on Wednesday
afternoons from 2-5p.m. through
March 7th. The address is 14120
N.W. 24th Ave. For information
call 305-685-0973.

B The City of Miami Gar-
dens will host the City of Miami
Gardens 2012 Citizen's Acad-
emy on Jan. 26th at 1515 N. W.
167th Street. The 10 week edu-
cational program culminates into
increased citizen awareness and
involvement. Graduates of the
first class will be recognized with
a ceremony and reception. For
information visit miamigardens-

N South Miami-Dade Cul-
tural Arts Center (SMDCAC)
and Chamber South present
Band of the United States Air
Force Reserve, Concert Band, a
FREE performance on Thursday,

Dwyane X
By Kelly Dwyer

Dwyane Wade's gorgeous girlfri(
actress Gabrielle Union, threw the
ami Heat all-star a birthday party
week. Then a local car dealership
cided to one-up the actress/model
gifting the guard a McLaren values
nearly a quarter of a million doll
The ancient adage that the richer
become, the more free stuff you ge

January 26 at 8 p.m. For infor-
mation contact the SMDCAC Box
Office at 786-573-5300 or visit

B The College of Arts and
Science Art and Art History
Department at UM presents
the Fourth Cane Fair featuring
artwork of UM students. The ex-
hibition will run until Jan. 27 at
the Wynwood Project Space. For
information call 305-284-3161.

The Florida A&M Univer-
sity (FAMU) Lyceum Series
will present the Dance Theatre of
Harlem Ensemble (DTHE) on Fri-
day, Jan. 27th, at 7:30 p.m. in
Lee Hall Auditorium. Tickets are
now available at Ticket Master.

The Opa-locka Communi-
ty Development Corporation
is pleased to announce its 2012
Homebuyer Education class on
Jan.28th 9a.m.-5p.m.,490 Opa-
locka Blvd. Call 305-687-3545
for additional information.

B The Golden Bells cordially
invite you to a musical program
on Saturday, Jan.28th, 7:30p.m.
at St. Barnabas Wesleyan
Church, 5872 N.W. 24th Avenue.
For information call Sis.McQueen
at 786-251-2878.

B Miami Northwestern
Class of 1967 will have worship
services Sunday Jan. 29th at St.
Mathews Freewill Baptist Church,
at their 10:45 am services. For
more information contact Elaine
Patterson Mellerson at 305-786
2277397 or Gloria Shingles Co-
peland at 305- 624-8918

The City of Miami Gar-
dens has called a special election
on Tuesca,, Jan. 31st to elect a
Council member to represent
at-large seat 5 until August 14,

Chai Community Services
food program is taking applica-
tions from grandparents raising
their grandchildren. All services
are free. For applications call

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

Jewels Baton Twirling
Academy is now accepting reg-
istration for the 2012 season.
Open to those who attend any
elementary schools within the
33147, 33142, 33150 zip codes
and actively attend church. Con-
tact Elder Tanya Jackson at 786-
357-4939 to sign up.

E The Miami-Dade Commu-
nity Action Agency's (CAA)
Head Start Program has immedi-
ate openings for comprehensive
child care at the South Miami
Head Start Center for children
ages 3-5 only. For information,
call at 305-665-4684.

Looking for all Evans Coun-.
ty High School Alumni to create
a South Florida Alumni Contact
Roster. If you attended or gradu-
ated from Evans County High
School in Claxton, Georgia, con-
tact 305-829-1345 or 786-514-

S.A.V. (Survivors Against

Jade all smiles
rolling hard and heavy in Miami these
days. Counting birthday gifts as "free
end, stuff" is a bit of a stretch but counting a
Mi- McLaren MP4-12C as a "birthday gift" is
last nearly as big a stretch. It was a stretch
de- to even deliver the car into the party,
1 by as the dealership awarding the exotic,
d at 592-brake horsepower machine had to
ars. deliver the automobile in by crane as
you it couldn't be driven through the hotel
:t is hosting Wade's party.

Violence) is a bible-based pro-
gram for young people and meets
at Betty T. Ferguson Center in
Miami Gardens each week. For
information contact Minister Eric
Robinson at 954-548-4323 or

0 Empowerment Tutoring
in Miami Gardens offers free tu-
toring with trained teachers. For
information call 305-654-7251.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets the 3rd
Saturday of each month at the
African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. For information contact
Lucius King at 305-333-7128.

B Merry Poppins Daycare/
Kindergarten in Miami has free
open enrollment for VPK, all day
program. For information con-
tact Lakeysha Anderson at 305-

Calling healthy ladies 50+
to start a softball team for fun
and laughs. Be a part of this his-
torical adventure. Twenty-four
start-up players needed. For in-
formation call Coach Rozier at

N The Miami Northwestern
Class of 1962 meets on the
second Saturday of each month
at 4 p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. We are be-
ginning to make plans for our
50th Reunion. For information,
contact Evelyn at 305-621-8431.

B Looking for all former Mon-
tanari employees to get reac-
quainted. Meetings are held on
the last Saturday of each month
at 9 a.m. For information contact
Loletta Forbes at 786-593-9687
or Elijah Lewis at 305-469-7735.

B Great Crowd Ministries

'Mother' is fresh, funny, foul

Excellent cast

brings passion

to GableStage's F)

presents South Florida Gospel
Festival at Amelia Earhart Park
on Saturday, March 10 from 11
a.m.-6 p.m. For information con-
tact Constance Koon-Johnson at

B Xcel Family Enrichment
Center, Inc. a not for-profit
community based charitable or-
ganization will be celebrating it's
2nd Annual Black Marriage Day
Walk on March 24th at Miami
Carol City Park 3201N.W.185th
St. Registration/walk begins and
ends 8-9:30 a.m. Entertain-
ment, speeches and testimonials
10 a.m.- 2p.m. For information
contact Ms.Gilbert at 786-267-

N Miami Jackson and Miami
Northwestern Alumni Associ-
ations are calling all former bas-
ketball players and cheerleaders
for the upcoming 2012 Alumni
Charity Basketball game. Gen-
erals call 786-419-5805, Bulls
call 786-873-5992, for informa-

B Miami Jackson Senior
High class of 92 is currently

planning a 20th year reunion. If
you are a 92 graduate, please
contact the committee president,
Herbert Roach at hollywud3@
hotmail.com or the secretary,
Ronatta Jones, at ms.netta@

B The National Coalition
of 100 Black Women, Inc.,
Greater Miami Chapter pres-
ents the Alvin Ailey Modern
Dance Workshop on Wednesday,
February 8th from 6-7p.m. at
the African Heritage Cultural Arts
Center. The class is open to all
level dancers ages 16 and older.
Advance registration is required
because space is limited. Dead-
line is Monday, February 8th.
You may call 1-800-658-1291 or
visit www.ncbwl00miami.org for
more information.

B BestBuy is awarding up
to 1.2 million in scholarships for
students in grades 9-12. Stu-
dents need solid grades plus
community service or work ex-
perience. Deadline is Feb. 15th.
To see details and/or to apply
visit www.bestbuy-community-
relations.com or www.atl5.com

A man accused of scaling the fence of Halle Berry's house will remain in jail after
pleading no contest to stalking the Oscar-winning actress. Richard A. Franco was
sentenced to serve 386 days in county jail. The 28-year-old was also placed on five
years probation, a year of psychological counseling and ordered to stay away from
the actress for the next decade. He was arrested outside Berry's home in July
alter repeatedly coming onto her property. In one instance, the actress stated in
a sworn declaration that Franco attempted to enter her kitchen, but she was able
to lock the door before he got inside. A burglary charge filed against Franco was

The 33-year-old son of Michael Douglas was sentenced to five years in prison
last April on drug-dealing charges, after he was caught with half a pound of crystal
meth. Last week, Cameron was sentenced to an additional four-and-a-half years in
prison and a 54,000 fine for drug possession while behind bars.

Scratch another notch onto the Fontainebleau, the high-rollin' hotel where Glo-
ria James (allegedly) slapped a valet and where Lil Wayne lost his 305 credentials
by partying with the Dallas Mavericks after they topped the Heat in the NBA Finals
last year. The latest celebrity athlete embroiled in headlines tied to the iconic Mi-
ami Beach spot is Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryanl. Bryant was detained by
Miami Beach cops last weel after getting into a fight with a "famous rapper" and
his posse.


edgy, obeservamt


By Christine Dolen

Stephen Adly Guirgis'
first Broadway play, The
Motherf**cker With the Hat,
has earned plenty of attention -
for its unprintable-as-is title, for
being the show that got Chris
Rock to try acting on Broadway,
for Guirgis' Facebook rant after
a Connecticut theater company
cast two white actors as Puerto
Rican characters.
What can get lost in all the
hype and furor is a funda-
mental truth about Guirgis'
seventh full-length work: The
Motherf**ker With the Hat
(hereafter shortened to Mother)
is as fresh, foul and funny a
play as you're likely to find all
Putting aside the fact that
Guirgis gives the "f" word a real
workout and has several char-
acters smoke or snort various
drugs, Mother is what plenty
of theater fans are hoping for
when they fork over the dough
for a ticket. And that would be
a compelling, entertaining trip
into someone else's screwed up
yet resonant world.
Director Joseph Adler is kick-
ing off 2012 at GableStage with
one of the earliest post-Broad-
way productions of Mother.
There are no Hollywood names
involved, no controversial cast-
ing choices. Adler simply de-
livers a fine, tight show that
moves with the precision of a
subway train roaring right on
time into the Times Square sta-
Guirgis' star-crossed lovers,
an ex-con named Jackie (Artu-
ro Fernandez) and his still-us-
ing girlfriend Veronica (Gladys
Ramirez), live in one little room
in a dumpy Times Square resi-
dential hotel. Jackie is just out
of the joint after doing time for
dealing drugs, but he's sober

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Arturo Fernandez (right) plays a recently sober ex-con,
Ethan Henry his counselor in Stephen Adly Guirgis' 'The
Motherf**ker With the Hat' at GableStage.

and trying to stay that way, not
the easiest thing when Veroni-
ca is inhaling coke and giving
Jackie reason to think she's
been cheating on him.
The 90-minute play fol-
lows Jackie's attempts to get
at the truth in the face of all
kinds of temptations. His so-
briety sponsor, Ralph D (Ethan
Henry, in the role Rock had on
Broadway), tries to keep Jack-
ie clean and thwart his plan
to shoot Veronica's mystery
man. Ralph's hot, angry wife
Victoria (Betsy Graver) offers
Jackie substances, sex and
some devastating information.
And Jackie's stand-up cousin
Julio (Alex Alvarez) provides a
reality check along with some
Jean-Claude Van Damme style
Ranging over the breadth of
Lyle Baskin's three-apartment
set, the characters grapple with.
betrayal, self-serving rational-
ization and their continuing
failure to live as responsible
adults. There are plenty of seri-
ous moments a final scene be-
tween Jackie and Veronica, as
the Commodores' Lady plays in
the background, is heartbreak-
ing but Mother is as hilarious
as it is observant.
As usual, Adler has assem-
bled an excellent cast, with

three of the five actors mak-
ing their GableStage debuts.
Fernandez imbues Jackie with
passion and vulnerability, un-
derscoring the fragility of his
sobriety. Ramirez makes Ve-
ronica one tough New York
babe, a woman with a hair-
trigger temper whose drug
shuts down her better self.
Henry plays Ralph as authori-
tative, charismatic and morally
bankrupt, and Graver's touchy
Victoria becomes just one more
of his victims. As Julio, Alvarez
gets some of the funniest lines
(not to mention heaps of atti-
tude), and he just about walks
off with the show.
If you're put off by the delib-
erately provocative title of The
Motherf**ker With the Hat, this
probably isn't the play for you.
Just know that few playwrights
blend young, edgily urban and
funny better than Guirgis. And
that you're missing another
slam-dunk comedy from Ga-
'The Motherf**ker With the
Hat' by Stephen Adly Guirgis
at GableStage in the Biltmore
Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave.,
Coral Gables 8 p.m.Thursday-
Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sun-
day, through Feb. 5. For more
info 305-445-1119, www.gable-




Sat 214

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Program beneficial to

self-employed Blacks

By Randy Grice

A.'laon-ger t,:r the 5BEP

targets small

business owners

Cuthbert Harewood, 18T H
Jr., hopes his businesses

will inspire others to Local entr
bring their companies seeks to re

back to Liberty City. Liberty Cit

"My job is to try to bring By Kaila Heard
jobs back to my
..For 50-year old C
community," Jr., the idea for the
he said. tive" was inspired b
the neighborhood.
"I remembered as
were a ton of busin
you could just w
ness to the next," s
is a native of Libert
The neighborhood
S his youth, with ma
businesses having
community. Yet the

For entrepreneurs looking to get a leg
up on the competition there are a lot of
programs designed to help them get that
needed edge. One example is the Small
Business Education Program (SBEP) at
Miami Dade College in which entrepre-
neurs can acquire skills and techniques
that will help their businessesZprosper
"So far people have been pretty receptive
to what we are trying to accomplish here,"
said George Ray, III, 29, manager for the
SBEP. "It is one thing for people to show
interest in the program but it's a totally '
different thing for them to actually g on- .
line and apply. That has really Ivbeen A' '-
Please turn to SBEP 6





;uthbert Harewood,
"18th Avenue Initia-
by his nostalgia for

s a kid that there
esses on that street
alk from one busi-
aid Harewood, who
ty City.
d had changed since
ny of the former
closed or left the
memory of its for-

mer glory days has remained with him
for years.
Finally, when he left his job at the
Miami Herald, Harewood felt 18th Av-
enue calling him. He decided to answer
the calling.
"I wanted to return to my neighbor-
hood and take care of my people," he
That was the beginning of what he
would later name the "18th Avenue
His 'initiative' began when he pur-
chased a laundry mat at 6840 NW 18th
Avenue in 1997. It has since grown to
include a hair salon, food market and
a clothing store housed among several
rental properties. They all run along
18th Avenue and are concentrated be-
tween 62nd and 71st streets. Eventual-
ly, he formed the property management
company, Broadway Productions,
Please turn to HAREWOOD 6D

Which college majors lead

to higher unemployment?

By David Schepp

As the recent Occupy Wall
Street protests have shown,
many young people are angry
about the rising cost of col-
lege. Few want to be burdened
by tens of thousands of dol-
lars in debt and are seeking
debt forgiveness on college
loans -- especially in light of
the nation's lackluster job
market, which is yielding too
few job prospects.
Statistics from the College
Board show that average in-
state tuition last year at pub-
lic colleges and universities
exceeded $17,000, includ-
ing room and board a six
percent rise from 2010. CNN
notes that in 2009 Americans
spent $461 billion on post-
secondary education. That's
equivalent to three percent of
the nation's gross domestic
product (GDP) and more than
the total GDP of Sweden, Nor-
way and Portugal.
Still, for many Americans, a
college education has proven
a worthy investment, yield-
ing a lifetime's worth of higher
wages. The key today for be-

ginning or returning college
students is tc find a career in
demand, since the ability to
be flexible in choosing an area
of study may mean the dif-
ference between getting a job
post-graduation or not.
That's because some ma-
jors are more in demand than
others, resulting in a flood of
psychologists and architects.
Whereas, those who study
less popular offerings, such
as engineering or pharmacol-
ogy, are more likely to find
A recent report from the
University of California, San
Diego, shows that positions in
information, communications
and technology are high on a
list of "emerging niche indus-
tries" with growing job pros-
Those include such careers
in health care as laboratory
technologist, which generally
requires a bachelor's degree
with a major in medical tech-
nology or life sciences. Fore-
casts from the Bureau of La-
bor Statistics put the rise in
such positions at 12 percent,
or nearly 21,000 jobs, by 20i8.

Dr.- Bd mm

Dr. Baldwin means business

Dr. Lauri Baldwin Graham of Dis-
tinctive Eyewear loves New Year's res-
olutions. "It's a great way to either set
higher goals for yourself or help get on
the right path to reach personal chal-
lenges." On childhood memories, Dr.
Graham said, "I have many favorite
memories. I am blessed with a great

family that has done nothing but love
and support me-even the one about
one day owning a pet unicorn. They're
still supporting me on that one!" She
went on to say, "I do take a lot of pho-
tos and enjoy being captured in the
moment, whether it's happy, eventful
Please turn to BALDWIN 6D



25oK teen,

summer jobs

By Donovan Ramsey

The Obama administration announced
Thursday its plan to create 250,000 teen
"employment opportunities" this summer.
The program, called "Summer Jobs+, was
kicked off with a commitment so far of
180,000 jobs, according to White House
spokesperson Caroline Hughes. The op-
portunities, targeted at young people, will
be in the private-sector as well as federal

"America's youth can't wait for Congress to
act." "This is an all-hands-on-deck
moment." -OBAMA

agencies and non-profit
"America's youth can't
wait for Congress to act,"
Obama said recently.
"This is an all-hands-on- 'OAF.
deck moment. That's why
we're launching Summer
Jobs+ a joint initia-
tive that challenges business leaders and
communities to join my administration in
providing hundreds of thousands of sum-
mer jobs for America's youth."
This past summer marked record highs
for teen unemployment, particularly
among Black youth. The Labor Depart-
ment released numbers in September
showing that 16- to 19-year-olds ended
the summer with unemployment at 25.4
percent. For Blacks, it was almost double
at 46.5 percent.
Employers including Bank of America,
Starbucks Coffee Co. and AT&T Inc. have
committed a combined 26,850 jobs to the
program. There are additional commit-
ments from Wells Fargo, CVS, Deloitte and
Gap Inc., among others.
A spokesman for House Speaker John
Boehner was quoted as saying in response
to the announcement, "Everyone agrees
internships are a helpful tool for youth,
particularly in this economy. Yet rather
than taking credit for programs that
companies already had in place, a more
constructive use of the White House's time
would be calling on Democratic leaders
to act on the dozens of House-passed jobs
bills still sitting idle in Democratic-run

Technology makes multi-tasking and your life easier

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil
NNPA columnist

Is it me? Or is 2012 flying
by already? I sometimes feel
like it's July already, mainly
because I am a busy lady and
the days just get away from me
so quickly. You know the feel-
ing whether it's your job,
taking care of your 'fmil.'s
needs, making sure you even
remember to take care of your
needs . it's tough. On top of
balancing all of that, you have
to know what's going on in the
world. Remember when televi-

sions and radios were the only
sources? I do. Have you ever
wondered what in the world
you did before having a cell
phone, a laptop or tablet? To-
day, our BFF gadgets allow us
to multitask and Nielsen's most
recent State of the Media: Con-
sumer Usage Report, shares
a few interesting insights that
may explain how you can cook
dinner, go out for a run and
find out if it was Blue Ivy or Ivy
Blue Carter that Beyonce and
Jay-Z named their baby girl.
The television still reigns su-
preme and is the most popu-

lar device. What's
old is new . still.
Two hundred-nine-
ty million people in
the U.S. own at least 4.I
one television and
85.9 million house- ;
holds have upgrad- _
ed cable services
such as broadband
TV. Even though
you can watch all
of your favorite vid- McN
eos on multiple devices now,
288 million viewers (ages 2+)
use their televisions with
the Internet and time-shifted

television at 143 mil-
lion and 111 million,
respectively. And be-
cause multitasking is
an art, Americans still
manage to find time to
watch an average of 32
I hours and 47 minutes
of television weekly.
Blacks still over-index,
watching television at
least 49 hours and 84
EIL minutes a week.
According to the report, mul-
ticultural consumers make up
the bulk of ,the smartphone
users. I've had my smartphone

for a while and don't get me
wrong I love it, but the touch-
screen is just not my friend
sometimes. But, the smart-
phone does help me multitask,
so I adjust. Thirty million peo-
ple use their mobile phones to
watch video and spend an av-
erage of seven minutes weekly
watching their favorites. Com-
puters have allowed us to mul-
titask, as well. For example, I
can send emails, shop, write
this column and listen to my
favorite O'Jays tune without
even leaving my comfy chair.
According to the report, 192

million people in the U.S., use
homework PCs or laptops.
I don't know what I would do
without my laptop. My life is
stored on it and it's got to be
with me at all times. In the
U.S., 94 domains; 2,905 pag-
es; 830 Facebook pages are
viewed per person per month
online. If you are seeking ways
to simplify your life this year,
you should (if you have not al-
ready) invest in multiple devic-
es and gadgets. Trust me, they
are your friends and are here
to make your lives just a little
bit easier.

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more upbeat

Experts predict a
turnaround is near

By Julie Schmit

Optimism is building that the housing industry
is nearing at bottom finally.
Home sales and home building are forecast to
rise this year after sliding steeply the past five
years in housing's worst downturn since the
Great Depression.
Recovery is expected to be slow, and home
prices are widely expected to fall this year. But
investors are betting on the start of an upturn,
bidding up home builder stocks and causing
them to outperform the broader stock market.
Chief executives are more positive. JPMorgan
Chase's Jamie Dimon said last week that hous-
ing is near its bottom but could stay there a year.
Stuart Miller, CEO of home builder Lennar, said
the market has started to stabilize because of
low prices and record-low interest rates.
Market researcher RBC Capital Markets has
also turned from a "bearish" view on housing to
saying that 2012 "will mark a step in the right
Many economists expect home prices to fall
more this year because of foreclosures and other
properties sold at very low prices.
As foreclosures pick up this year, "prices will
drop," says Stan Humphries, Zillow chief econo-
mist. He says home prices won't bottom until
later in 2012 or next year.
On average, prices have fallen by about a third
since 2006.
"This year will feel a lot better to builders,
investors and real estate agents than to consum-
ers," says Jed Kolko, economist for real estate
website Trulia.
Housing's outlook is brightening with signs of
a better economy. Last month, U.S. employers
added 200,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate
fell to 8.5 percent, lowest in nearly three years.
While an economic shock could derail prog-
ress, "there's now more evidence of improvement
in the economy, and housing will follow the
economy," says David Crowe, chief economist at
the National Association of Home Builders. More
improvement is expected for:
Sales. Existing home sales will rise 12 per-
cent this year after a two percent increase last
year, and new home sales, coming off a horrid
year, will jump 74 percent this year, Moody's
Analytics predicts.
November's existing home sales hit their high-
est mark in 10 months, and new home sales were
the year's second best, IHS Global Insight says.
Construction. Single-family housing starts
will rise 37 percent this year, Moody's predicts,
after falling nine percent last year.
Home builder stocks are on a run. The S&P
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The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority ("MDX" or "Authority"), requires
the services of a qualified Consultant to provide Construction Engineering
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Deadline for Request for Additional Information/Clarification: Monday.
January 30, 2012 at 5:00 P.M.

Detailed scope of work and specifications for this bid are available at the City of
Miami, Purchasing Department, website at www.miamigov.com/procurement,
Telephone No. 305-416-1958.

NO. 12271.

Johnny Martinez, P.E.
AD NO. 14920 City Manager

for Humanity'
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 submit-
tals 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
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all other applicable federal and state laws, and local ordinance.

This is also a Section 3 covered activity. Section 3 requires tha t job
training, employment and contracting opportunities be directed to low and
very-low income 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-
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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is an EOE (Equal Opportunity Em-
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business enterprises or woman-owned businesses.

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forms required by each Scope of Work. Please be aware of due dates and
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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
One bedroom $425, studio
$395, cheap move in. Call
786-506-3067. 1541 NW
1 st Place.

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

1210 NW 2 Avenue
One bdrm., one Bath, $400.
Appliances. 305-642-7080.
1215 NW 103 Lane
Two bdrms, gated security,
tile, $700 mthly, $1000 to
move in. 305-696-7667
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.

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.

135 NW 18 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$450 month. $700 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LDC TV. Call

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$500, 786-236-1144 or

14370 NW 22 Avenue
One bdrm, one bath $425.
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

1542 NW 35 Street
Really nice, two bdrms, air
and some utilities, $850
monthly. 786-488-0599
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,

1801 NW 1st Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $850 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1801 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$550 monthly. $850 to
move in. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

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

1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$425. Appliances, free gas.

200 NW13 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.
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
411 NW 37 Street
Studios $395 monthly.
All appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578

415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $495.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
One bedroom, very nice $450
a month. Call 305-557-1750.
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 mthly!
Apply at 2651 NW 50 Street,
call 305-638-3699.
5130 NW 8 Avenue
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1,000 per month, all appli-
ances included. Call Joel

5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
$675 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

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
(1st Ave. and 27th St.)
Five bedrooms, three baths.
$1000 monthly, all appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV! Call Joel

6832 NW 5 Place
Studio $110 weekly, $450 to
move in, Ehti,:enc,:y available
all locations. 786-286-2540
731 NW 56 Street
One bdrm, one bath. Free
water. $495 monthly.
Call 786-328-5878

8475 NE 2 Avenue
Two bdrms. Section 8 OK.
One and two bedrooms, from
$495-$585 monthly. Free
water, window bars and iron
gate doors. Apply at: 2651
NW 50 Street or call.
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.

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
No security deposit re-
quired. One or two bdrm,
water included. 305-603-
9592, 305-600-7280 or

One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
Move In Special!
Spacious two bdrms, one
bath, tile, $695. one bed-
room, one bath, $500
spacious three bdrms, one
bath, tile, central air, $850

Limited time move in
special! Gated and secure
building. One bedroom,
$400 and two bedrooms
$550 only! Water included.
55 and older get additional
discount. Cail 305-603-
9592, 305-600-7280 and

2906 NW 195 Lane
Three bdrms., one bath.
Voucher. 954-471-7878.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
Section 8 Welcome.
Two bedroom, two bath con-
do. Will accept Section 8.
Three and four bedrooms
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
19351 NW 45 Avenue
3842 NW 213 Street
2775 NW 195 Terrace

1140 NW 114 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$795 Molly 305-541-2855
1150 NW 76 Street
Available now! Three bed-
rooms, two baths, new ap-
pliances with washer/dryer,
tile, blinds, large closets,
central air. No Section 8.
Call 786-357-5000.

131 NW 32 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $595,
free water. 305-642-7080
1330 NW 46 Street
Two bdrms., one bath, tile,
bars, $900 mthly, across from
school, call 305-219-2571.
13865 NW 26 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath, wa-
ter included, $675, 305-975-
0711 or 786-853-6292.
1410 NW 38 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
office includes water, $850
monthly, 305-662-5505.
1547 NW 53rd Street
Two bedroom, one bath, air
conditioned. 305-693-9118 or
1574 NW 58 Street
Newly renovated, tiled, air,
two bdrms., one bath, $900 a
month, call 786-285-4056.
1601 NW 50 Street
Three bedrooms, two baths,
den, $1200. 786-234-1621.
1828 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, appliances, $800
monthly, Section 8 Welcome.
1877 NW 43 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
Central air, $900 monthly.
Section 8 Welcome. 305-331-
2431 or 786-419-0438.
207 SE 10 Street
Air condition one bedroom,
one bath, water and appli-
ances included. 305-685-
209-211 NW 41 Street
Three bdrms, one bath and
two bdrms, one bath, conve-
niently located, new renova-
tion. Section 8 Only!
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, remodeled.
$795 monthly, 786-306-4839.
2397 N.W. 104 Street
Three bdrms, two baths.
$1195 mthly. 305-525-0619.
2521 NW 175 TERRACE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances, laundry room.
786-853-6292, 305-975-0711
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$895, free water and elec-
tricity, 305-642-7080.
3051 NW 134 Street
Section 8 Ok! Newly remod-
eled, two large bdrms, one
bath, air, $925 monthly.
Call 954-557-4567
4130 NW 22 Court
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1195. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080.

4425 NW 23 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$600, four bedrooms, two
baths, $900. Appliances,

449 N.W. 82 Street
Two bedrooms. $1000 mthly.
No security deposit with Sec-
tion 8, 305-751-3381.
5509 N.W. Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath. Newly
renovated $650 mthly, first,
last, security. 305-751-6232
5929 NE 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$725, free water.

6250 NW 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath
$850. Free water/electric.
6920 NW 2 Court
Updated two bedrooms, one
bath, tile, central air, $900
monthly. 305-662-5505.-
6920 NW 6th Court
Three bdrms., one bath, wa-
ter, $900, 786-486-8669
728 NW 70 Street
Two bdrms, one bath.
786-506-5364, 786-301-2171
7521 NW 1 Avenue
Huge three bdrms, two baths.
ALL NEW! Impact Windows,
central air, walk in closets.
$1250 mthly. 305-793-0002

775 NW 47 Street
Spacious two bedrooms, one
bath units Family neighbor-
hood. Completely renovated.
new appliances. Section 8
Only. 305-926-8660.
7822 NE 1 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$800. Appliances, free

92 94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, S950 mthly. Section
8 only. 305-490-9284.
981 NW 103 Street
Two large bdrms., one bath,
$875 mthly, 786-385-8271.
9896 NW 21 AVENUE
Two bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled floors.
CALL 786-237-1292
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$1100, 754-423-2748.


100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1245 NW 77 Terrace
Efficiency, tile floor, central
air, washer/dryer Section 8
Ok. $600 monthly. Call
18550 NW 38th Court
Very beautiful spacious stu-
dio, brand new refrigerator
and stove, utilities and cable
included. Private entrance.
2106 NW 70 Street
Furnished, no utilities, $1000
to move in, $900 monthly.
2478 N.W. 92nd Street
$500 a month, $1000 to move
in, all utilities paid,
3153 NW 53 Street
Starting at $450 monthly.
First, last and security.
4320 NW 173 Drive
Very nice and spacious,
786-447-5734 305-620-1710
5541 NW Miami Court
Newly renovated, fully
furnished, utilities and cable
(HBO, BET, ESPN), from
$185 wkly to $650 monthly.
Efficiency and room
Small but nice, furnished, free
utilities, 954-986-0304.
Available immediately! $500
monthly. First and security to
move in. 305-836-3577

Furnished Rooms

13377 NW 30 Avenue
Extra large, $95 wkly, free
utilities, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
15341 NW31 Avenue
Large room, full bath, private
entrance. 305-687-8187
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1822 NW 66 Street
$300 monthly. 305-244-2528
for appointment.
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
2900 NW 54 Street
Large space (12,000 sqf.),
affordable rent and ideal
location. Call 954-885-8583
or 954-275-9503.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrigera-
tor, microwave, TV, free ca-
ble, air and private entrance.
Call 954-678-8996.
3370 NW 214 Street
Clean rooms, $100 Weekly.
Jay, 305-215-8585.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
342 NW 11 Street, rooms
for rent, $125 weekly, $400
monthly, 786-506-3067.
Near 27 Avenue, 183 Street
One bdrm in my home, $400
a month, shared bathroom
with one other man. Move in
with $400. Leave message,
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.
Now offering shared apart-
ment .-.r,.in,_ included no
deposit. Call 786-468-6239.
2162 NW 5 Avenue, Miami

1231 NW 101 Street
Two bedrooms, two baths,
newly remodeled, $850, 305-
133 Street and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
Huge four bdrms, two baths,
water front property. $1650
monthly. 786-356-8818.
1514 NW 74 Street
Section 8 Preferred, three
bedrooms, one bath, fenced
yard, central air, ceiling fans,
refrigerator, stove. Washer,
dryer, security bars, awnings.
$1,375 mthly. $500 security.
Call 786-218-4646
15755 NW 158 Street Rd
Updated three bdrms, one
bath, tile, central air, $1175
mthly. 305-662-5505.
2 NW 69 Street
Three bdrms, one bath
$1075. Appliances, free
water. 305-642-7080
2015 NW 81 Terrace
Must see! Large two bed-
rooms, two baths, air, fenced
and more. $1350 monthly,
first and last. Section 8 wel-
come. Call for appointment,
221 NW 82 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$750 includes water. No Sec-
tion 8. Call 305-267-9449.
2330 NW 97 Street
One bdrm. small private
house. $760. 305-693-0620
2930 NW 65 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1300 monthly. All Appli-
ances included. Free 19"
Call Joel 786-355-7578

42 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 Preferred.
5551 NW 15 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two
baths,$1200 per month,
all appliances included.
Section 8 welcome. Free
19 inch LCD TV. Call Joel
660 NW 52 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air, tiled, bars, util-
ity room with washer/dryer
hook-up. Very quiet street.
$1150 monthly. First and last.
No Section 8.
6951 NW 3 Avenue
Two bedrooms, one bath,
tiled, fresh paint, $995 month-
ly, 305-662-5505.
7753 NW 2 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath
house, $700 monthly,
central air, all appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578.

8231 NW 14 Court
Four bedrooms, 2 baths, cen-
tral air, newly renovated, near
Arcola Park.
845 NW 84 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$875. No Section 8. Call
Three bedrooms, one bath.
Four bdrms, three baths. Will
accept Section 8.
Three bedrooms, two baths,
garage; laundry and dining
room, yard maintenance in-
cluded. Near Calder Casino,
Turnpike, and Sunlight Stadi-
um. First and security. $1500
mthly. Section 8 OK 305-623-
0493. Appointment only.
Spacious four bdrms, two
baths, plasma TV included.
No credit check, Section 8
Welcome! Others available.
North West Dade
Huge house, Section 8
house, everything newly
renovated with wood floors,
custom kitchens, central air
and more. Move-in condition.
Please call 305-321-4077.
Four bedrooms, central air,
back yard and quiet neighbor-
hood. Call 305-342-8665.
Behind in Your Rent? 24
Hour notice. Behind in Your
Mortgage? 786-326-7916.

Two bedrooms, two baths.
$7900 down and $899
monthly. NDI Realtors,

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Exp. Housekeeper
Driver's license. Cleaning,
wash/dry, iron and cooking.
Six days, 8-5 p.m. North
Miami area. 305-915-7377,
call 12-5 p.m. daily.

Assistant Training
Admin. Assistants with
Microsoft Office skills
are needed now!
No experience? We can
train you!
Find out if you qualify
Call for free info!

Begin a new career
in computers now!
Accelerated IT training is
now available!
No prior technical
experience is needed!
Local career training and
job placement available!
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Trainees Needed
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depend on Certifid
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Job Training and -,-
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Find out if you qualify!
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Complete home remodeling,
Air Condition repair
Roofing Block Laying
Carpentry Doors
Electrical Painting
Locks Drywalls
Plumbing Plastering
Pressure Cleaning
Ask for Mike: 786-308-8281
Visit us online
Custom-made cabinets for
kitchens and bathrooms at
affordable prices.
14130 N.W. 22nd Avenue.
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Business takes aim

at sports industry

Bernard Poitier, Jr., leads company

into the next frontier

By Randy Grice

In the eyes of many sports
fanatics the court and field
are where all the action is,
but for one company the game
starts on neither. Through
The Go To Player Sports Show
Corporation Bernard Poitier,
Jr., 51-years-old, is zeroing
in on sports from an entirely
different angle.
"The show (The Go To Play-
ers Sports Show) is focused
on health, wellness and fit-
ness," he said. "The show will
take sports to a different level
by showing a closer look at
the game played off the field.
We are trying to tap into the
core of that magic and tell the
amazing stories of legends.
I created The Go To Players
Sports Show because I want-
ed to make a different type
of show. I wanted to make a
show that looks at athletes for
their up-bringing and where
they came from."
Poitier's roots run deep in
the Miami area. The bud-
ding businessman is the
son of Bernard Poitier, of the

By Bob Velin

The promoters don't seem to
be making much headway in
arranging the highly anticipat-
ed Floyd Mayweather-Manny
Pacquiao megafight.
So Mayweather appar-
ently took matters into his
own hands, calling Pacquiao,
through Pacquiao's manager,
Michael Koncz, in the Philip-
pines last week to ask him di-
rectly about fighting on May
5th in Las Vegas.
"I told him we should do the
fight as long as he agrees to
50-50 sharing," Pacquiao told
ThePhilippine Star during an
awards dinner in Manila.
As for the timing, Pacquiao
said, "We did not talk about
the date (of the fight)."
Mayweather, 34, has insisted

long-standing Poitier Funeral
Home. Being raised under the
entrepreneurial guidance of
his father, it was only natural
that he would pick up a thing
or two about running a suc-
cessful business.
"My father's business had
a great influence on me,"
he said. "I picked up a few
things from him. I take noth-
ing for granted. I look at the
resources that are available.
And I always remember that I
have to keep an open mind."
The businessman adds
that while he doesn't see
local radio and television
sports shows as competition
he is preparing himself for
a challenge. Poitier's show
profiles the lives of current
and former athletes. Cur-
rently Poitier is in negotiation
to have his program broad-
casted weekly. "I'm getting
a great response from the
things that I'm doing with my
company," he said. "At this
time I have a tentative agree-
ment with a broadcasting
company to air the show one
day out of the week. That is
something that I am working

on May 5 as a fight
date since he got his
87-day jail sentence
pushed back to June 1
to accommodate a May
5 fight, leaving enough
time to heal from pos-
sible injuries from the
fight before he begins
serving his sentence.
Bob Arum, Pac-
quiao's promoter
and chairman of Top
Rank, has said they

would need to do the
fight at the end of May or early
June, to give Pacquiao time to
heal from a 29-stitch cut he
suffered in November against
Juan Manuel Marquez, and
also to get a 45,000-seat tem-
porary outdoor arena built.
Arum has said if that cannot
be arranged, they could work

-Miami Times photo/ Randy Grice
Bernard Poitier, owner of
The Go To Player Sports Show

on to create exposure and get
the brand name out there."
While Poitier's business has
only been around for about a
year he says he has encoun-
tered challenges, but nothing
he can't handle.
"Applying for government
grants has been a problem to
the growth of the company
but I am not holding that as
a crutch," he said. "I trust
in the Lord and believe that
he will lead me to overcome
different barriers, challenges
and difficulties."

Bonds defiant to the end

By Juliet Macur

The door to the federal court-
house in San Francisco opened
earlier this month, and out
walked Barry Bonds, a man
who had been pursued by fed-
eral prosecutors for the better
part of a decade.
No longer was his face
blank, as it was during most
of his federal perjury trial last
spring. He looked relaxed,
and he even smiled as he
climbed into a black S.U.V.
Prosecutors wanted an "un-
repentant" Bonds sentenced
to 15 months in prison for
obstructing justice in the Bay
Area Laboratory Co-operative
steroids investigation. Instead,
he received 30 days of house
arrest, 2 years of probation,
250 hours of community
service and a $4,000 fine as
his penalty for giving evasive
answers to a grand jury in
2003. He has appealed the
Bonds shed no tears at his
sentencing, unlike Marion
Jones, the star sprinter sent
to prison for six months in
2008 for lying to Balco in-
vestigators and for her in-
volvement in a check fraud
scheme. For Bonds, unlike

- .

Jones, there would be ni
apologies for any transg
sions, real or perceived.
Instead, the lasting im
of Bonds's perjury case
just be his smile on the
of his sentencing. To sor
it signified the smug rea
tion of a superstar who
away with using steroids
other performance-enha
drugs to break Hank Aa
career home run record.
others, particularly his :
it showed genuine relief
man unfairly accused.
It was a smile that Boi

kept to himself during his
perjury trial. Like a well-
trained defendant, he sat
stone-faced as witness after
witness described his sus-
pected drug use.
A childhood friend testified
that she saw Bonds's personal
trainer inject him. His former
mistress claimed that his
testicles had shriveled be-
cause of steroid use and that
he threatened to cut out her
breast implants because he
paid for them. Other ballplay-
ers, including Jason Giambi,
said Bonds's trainer had
supplied them with steroids
and other drugs to boost their
o Throughout some lurid tes-
res- timony, Bonds remained stoic,
even as his mother, Pat, wiped
iage away tears in the courtroom's
might front row.
day Nearly eight years after he
me, testified to the grand jury in-
Ic- vestigating steroid use among
got elite athletes, Bonds, the final
s and defendant in the Balco saga,
incing left the courthouse as a felon.
ron's But this month he walked
To out grinning and unbroken,
fans, a reminder that his home
of a run records, for which he is
both adored and reviled, still
nds stand.


something out
for a megafight in
November in Las
May weather
talked to the
media after do-
nating $100,000
to the Susan G.
Komen breast
cancer char-
ity as part of his
promise to his
sentencing judge,
about facing Pac-

"There is no fight I want more
than the Manny Pacquiao
fight," he said. "I guess he said
he agreed to fight. The only
thing that is stopping this fight
right now, that I truly believe
is stopping the fight, is Bob

James reminds fans he

is richer than they are

By Howard Beck

Before he departed the
stage, before the curtain
dropped and the N.B.A.
plunged into six months of
self-imposed darkness, LeB-
ron James gave his critics a
stinging farewell to remember.
The Miami Heat had just
lost the championship to the
Dallas Mavericks. James
was a prime culprit, for his
abysmal fourth-quarter play
throughout the finals. To
those who resented the Heat's
bravado and bluster, this was
karmic payoff. So, James was
asked, did it bother him that
people were celebrating his
"Absolutely not," he said.
"Because at the end of the
day, all the people that was
rooting on me to fail, at the
end of the day they have to
wake up tomorrow and have
the same life that they had be-
fore they woke up today. They
have the same personal prob-
lems they had today. I'm going
to continue to live the way I

want to live and continue to
do the things that I want to do
with me and my family and be
happy with that."
The critics could enjoy the
schadenfreude "but they
have to get back to the real
world at some point," he said.
It was a verbal air ball, a
sneering dismissal that rein-
forced every negative percep-
tion. James sounded callous
- a one percenter reminding
the 99 percent that he was
impervious to their taunts.
Two days later, James
backed away from the com-
ments, saying they had been
misconstrued. The intended
message, he said, was about
moving on.
Perhaps. But it is difficult to
know with James because his
messages are often clumsily
delivered, and because he so
often tries to distance himself
from them.
Last season, James sug-
gested that contracting
teams "would be great for the
league." When that sparked a
backlash, he promptly denied

endorsing the concept, say-
ing that he had been misin-
terpreted. He spent months
defending his televised "Deci-
sion," before finally conceding
that it might not have been
the greatest idea.
James is easily cast as a
villain not just because he
spurned Cleveland for Miami,
or because he audaciously
predicted multiple titles, but
because he can seem so cal-
lous, distanced and lacking
When James says he pays
no heed to the criticism, he
intends it as professional bra-
vado, but it comes off as ar-
rogance. The implicit message
is the one that he articulated
in June: You (critics/fans) are
not important enough to mat-
ter to me.
James recently said he
regretted embracing the vil-
lain's role, telling USA Today,
"I turned into somebody that
I'm not." But the resentment
will not subside until James
understands the reason it ex-
ists in the first place.

Toe injury causing continuous

problems for Bulls' Derrick Rose

Chicago Bulls star
guard Derrick Rose
might miss his third
game in a row for the
team with the NBA's
best record because
of his sprained big left
Rose did not par-
ticipate in the team's
morning shootaround
before the evening's
game at the Cleveland
Cavaliers. Rose, 23,
has been sidelined
with a sprained left big
toe he first injured Jan.
10 when Minnesota
Timberwolves forward
Anthony Tolliver drove
Rose's foot into the
ground on a scramble
for a loose ball. Rose
had missed only five
regular-season games
in his first three years
in the league.
For the first time,
Rose admitted the in-
jury is worse than the
turf toe he had in his
second season that
didn't cost him any
games. Rose said he
can't bend his left big
toe and he has "a little
regret" for averaging
40 minutes in consec-
utive games last week-
end against the Boston
Celtics and the Toron-
to Raptors.
"Knowing that right
when it starts feeling
good it can go right

back to zero, I have to
make the smart deci-
sion," said Rose, still
wearing a walking
boot. "I wasn't able to
bend my toe in like
three years. When
this injury happened,
I aggravated it and I
played on it sooner. It
was real bad.
"Injuries are going to
happen. That's why I
always get treatment.
This is worse than
my second season.
That season, I just
played through it but
it wasn't that bad. Not
being able to bend my
toe in three years and
somebody just forced
their weight on my toe,
it definitely hurt it."
The Bulls (13-3) will
likely take a cautious
approach with Rose,
who is averaging 20.8
points, 11th best in
the league, and 8.7
assists, tied for third.
He hasn't played since
last weekend against
the Raptors.
Even without their
top player, the Bulls
blew out the Phoe-
nix Suns 118-97. C.J.
Watson started for
Rose and scored 23
The Bulls return
home Saturday and
host the Charlotte

Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose has
been an observer the last two games because
of a sprained left big toe that still has him in a
walking boot. He might miss his third game in a
row when the Bulls play at the Cleveland Cava-
liers on Friday.

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