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VOLUME 89 NUMBER 24 MIAMI, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 8-14, 2012 50 cents

Williams wins big in Miami

Gardens city council race

Proposes three-prong plan to reduce crime



Black businesses rebounding at slower rate
By Randy Grice
While the economy is showing bright spots in Miami-Dade
and Broward Counties with a reported 23,000 more payroll
positions added this past December, Blacks are still way
behind whites in their efforts to get back to work. According
to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, in January 2012,
whites had an unemployment rate of eight percent while
Blacks doubled that at 14 percent. Congresswoman BILL DIGGS
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Jan. 2012
Dec. 2011

By D. Kevin McNeir
Snagging almost 73 percent
of the vote, David Williams, Jr.,
retained his at-large seat on the
Miami Gardens city council in
the recent local elections a
position to which he was origi-
nally appointed. Now Williams,
68, a trained scientist and for-
mer pharmaceutical industry
insider, says he believes the best

way to tackle the continuing
problem of crime in his city is
to get youth excited about edu-
cation, provide initiatives that
foster economic development
and to link senior citizens with
young adults.
"I believe that if we can get
a grip on our youth by getting
them involved in more positive
activities, support more small
business development in Miami
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FAMU's president cancels

marching band camp

Following multiple
reported hazing ac-
cusations at Florida
Agricultural and Me-
chanical University
[FAMU] including
one that was reported
as recent as last week
- and following the
death of a FAMU band AMN
member Dr. James
H. Ammons, 58, the Univer-
sity's president, canceled the
2012 band camp and tempo-

rarily suspended mem-
bership intake for cam-
pus organizations last
"Our top priority is
the health, safety and
well-being of students,"
Ammons said. "We are
convening a panel ot
ONS experts and outstand-
ing thinkers to provide
advice and recommendations
on the operation of student
organizations. Before we enter

into a new student intake pro-
cess, we should have the ben-
efit of the work coming from the
committees and the investiga-
Ammons made the decision
to suspend intake and other
membership activities after
speaking with student leaders,
advisors and other university
"I totally support this effort,"
said Breyon Love, 21, president
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County voters reject pay raise,

term limits for commissioners

By D. Kevin McNeir
Charter reform efforts took
another step backwards in the
recent Miami-Dade County elec-
tions after voters once again de-
cided not to give county commis-
sioners significant pay raises in
exchange for term limits. Voters
have repeatedly rejected propos-
al to raise the commissioners'
salaries this time almost 58
percent said no. However, those

who went to the polls, mostly
Republicans because of the
presidential primary contest,
did approve a measure that will
make it easier for citizens to get
charter-amendment initiatives
on county ballots. Now citizens
will have twice as many days to
collect petition signatures.
Voters may be tired of busi-
ness as usual at County Hall

and want to change the way
things go on in county govern-
ment, but you couldn't tell from
the number of people that vot-
ed. Out of 1,214,351 registered
voters in Miami-Dade County,
only 167,828 ballots were cast
- a voter turnout percentage
of 13.82 percent. Efforts by The
Miami Times photographers to
catch voters at the polls were
futile as some places in Liberty
City and Little Haiti appeared to
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together Malcolm X and a bespectacled Ivyt
Leaguer fated to become one of America's :
top diplomats. The audiotape of Malcolm .
X's 1961 address in Providence might never '
have surfaced at all if 22-year-old Brown Uni-
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bled across a reference to it in an old student ";
newspaper. He found the recording of the
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helps Giants

defeat Pats
In Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI,
Sthe New York Giants once again
took home the gold, defeating the
New England Patriots 21-17 in
Indianapolis. South Florida's
Sown, Jason Pierre-Paul, 23,
h a defensive end for the Gi-
ants, was instrumental in his
team's victory. The Pro Bowl
veteran who is of Haitian de-
cent, was born in Deerfield
Beach after his parents im-
migrated from Haiti in 1983.
Pierre-Paul earned a name
for himself when he first be-
gan playing football during
Si his junior year at Deerfield
Beach Senior High School.

"- Musaddiq Muhammad,
1 owner of House of
SWings (I-r) stands with
S City Commissioners
Michelle Spence-Jones,
SDistrict 5 and Willy
Gort, District 1, to
celebrate the opening
of his new restaurant.
--Mom..t I phrrt, dn tra r.

City's CRA brings new

businesses to Overtown
On Friday, February 3rd, City of Miami Cotnmissioner Mi-
chelle Spence-Jones, 44, District 5, chairperson of the South
East Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agen-
cy (SEOPW CRA), celebrated the grand opening of House of
Wings and Jerry & Joes Pizza. The grand opening ceremony
took place on NW 3rd Avenue between 10th and 11lth Street
and is part of the CRA's commitment to revitalize the historic
NW 3rd Avenue business corridor.

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Remembering the

'Father of Black History'
very Black boy and girl should know the story of
Carter Godwin Woodson and recognize the contri-
butions he made to our nation and to the world.
He may not have the kind of reputation or name recogni-
tion as someone like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but he
made an indelible contribution to the lives and future of
Blacks in America.

Our annual celebration of Black history every February
may never have occurred had it not been for the innovative
efforts of Woodson. After founding "The Journal of Negro
History" in 1916, he pushed for Negro History Week, which
started in 1926. He chose February because the month
held the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln, George Washing-
ton and Booker T. Washington. As time went on, the week
would expand into a monthly observance and is now re-
ferred to as Black History Month.

Woodson, along with his academic colleagues, was first
and foremost an energetic advocate for the study of Black
history as its own field. He knew that as long as we allowed
others to tell our story, that they would continue to insert
their own prejudices and biases, writing inaccurate reports
to suit a mindset of white superiority.

What is more incredible about Woodson's many achieve-
ments is that he rose to such heights after being born in
the home of two former slaves capturing degrees from
the University of Chicago, studying at the Sorbonne in Par-
is and completing his doctorate in history from Harvard in
1912. We can only imagine the opposition he faced, despite
his intellectual abilities, simply because of the color of his

Woodson used the study of history as a spark for social
activism a strategy that progressive Blacks may want to
try today. Every young adult should read his seminal text,
"The Mis-Education of the Negro (1933) whose premise has
become self-fulfilling prophecy: Blacks must be prepared to
teach the coming generations and empower them with the
true story and accurate history that reflects the greatness
of our ancestors.

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OK, now it's settled, right? I
mean, it must be settled by now.
Mitt Romney is going to be the
nominee. Eat your peas, Repub-
licans, and then fall in line, be-
cause Romney's the guy. Right?
Probably. Even at this point, af-
ter Romney trounced Newt Gin-
grich in the Florida primary and
the Nevada caucuses, there are
fairly compelling reasons for Re-
publicans to pause before bow-
ing to the party establishment's
decision that Mitt must be it.
First, many GOP voters still
can't summon much enthusiasm
for their likely standard-bearer.
In a poll released last week, the
Pew Research Center found that
an incredible 52 percent of Re-
publicans and GOP-leaning in-
dependents consider the field of
candidates only fair or poor. Just
46 percent assessed the field as
good or excellent compared
to 68 percent who were satisfied
with the contenders at the same
point in the battle for the nomi-
nation four years ago. In Florida,
exit polls confirmed Pew's find-
ings: Nearly four in 10 GOP vot-

GOP looks good for Obama

ers said they were unhappy with
their choices. Last May, as the
roster of candidates was shaping
up, just 43 percent of Republi-
cans thought the field was fair or
poor, according to Pew. In other
words, the better Republican

significant because the South
is the Republican Party's heart-
land. So far, Romney has not
shown that he can connect with
and excite voters in the South
the way Gingrich does. If the
bruised, battered, underfunded

ingrich won big in South Carolina. And while Romney
rolled up huge margins in the southern and central parts
of Florida, Gingrich beat him in the panhandle counties

voters come to know these can-
didates, including Romney, the
less they like them. Still, some-
body is going to get nominated.
Romney has shown he can beat
Gingrich almost everywhere. But
that "almost" is important.
Gingrich won big in South Car-
olina. And while Romney rolled
up huge margins in the southern
and central parts of Florida, Gin-
grich beat him in the panhandle
counties that border Alabama
and Georgia a part of the state,
demographically and cultur-
ally, that isn't South Beach but,
rather, just plain South. This is

Gingrich campaign can survive
long enough and if Gingrich
can rediscover the in-your-face
mojo that gave him such a lift in
the South Carolina debates- he
could potentially beat Romney in
Georgia and Tennessee on Su-
per Tuesday, March 6, and in
Alabama and Mississippi a week
later. At that point, if I were a
GOP pooh-bah, I'd have to worry
about going into the November
elections with a candidate at the
top of the ticket who had received
so little love from the party's
most loyal supporters. Maybe the
Gingrich insurgency will prove

to be nothing more tan sad,
divisive ego trip. Maybe Romney
will show that he can win or
at least compete in the South.
Realistically, chances are that
his superior resources, organiza-
tion and discipline will prevail in
the end. Then what? Well, if you
believe the polls, Romney prob-
ably loses to President Obama in
the fall.
Perhaps the most important
figure found not in the poll,
but in Labor Department sta-
tistics released Friday- is 8.3
percent. That's the unemploy-
ment rate for January and it is
the lowest since February 2009,
right after Obama took office.
Romney's central argument for
the presidency is that he will
do a better job of managing the
economy. Despite their overall
preference for Obama, many vot-
ers buy that premise. But if the
unemployment rate continues to
fall, it won't matter whether Re-
publicans go with the safe bet
or the mercurial firebrand. Eco-
nomic recovery almost surely
equals four more years.


Leadership must prevail if our 1 ..... ... .'
HBCUT's still (rxven second-clas fulndtlno

Black colleges are to survive

several of our Black colleges and universities in the
State of Florida seem to have reached a crossroads
with the quality and abilities of their leaders being
the primary issue and the future of the schools at stake.

FAMU's President Dr. James H. Ammons is caught in a
hazing fiasco that could impact the university for years to
come. Trouble continues for Ammons, Band Director Julian
White and the historic Marching 100 Band as more allega-
tions come to light of students being hazed. When the dust
settles and the truth is finally known, Ammons and White
may both face their own Waterloos losing their jobs and
leaving with severely tarnished reputations if it is deter-
mined that they were aware of ongoing instances of hazing
but did nothing to stop it. The recent decision to suspend
all recruiting efforts by student organizations, including the
band, does not bode well for the immediate future of the
band or the university.

At Bethune-Cookman University, the recent resignations
of President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed and Attorney Larry
Handfield, who served as the chairman of the Board of Di-
rectors, point to a battle over philosophies, ethics and man-
aging styles. For the moment no one is talking, except for
carefully-crafted statements from the University's public
relations department. Our concern rests with what really
caused Reed, who appeared to be moving the ship along in
an admirable way, to suddenly resign. Furthermore, it's dif-
ficult to fathom why Handfield, who brought significant do-
nations to his alma mater as well as thousands of hours of
volunteer leadership, would be allowed to step down from
the board. Handfield was, from all accounts, a respected
cheerleader and a real motivator. It looks like the gauntlet
has been thrown down as certain parties push their particu-
lar agendas. It remains to be seen who truly has the best
interests of B-CU in mind.

Finally, there is Florida Memorial University South Flor-
ida's sole historically-Black university. This week well see
plenty of pomp and circumstance as President Dr. Henry
Lewis III is installed, almost a year after his arrival, as FMU's
12th president. Lewis has certainly made the rounds since
taking over at the university and has the kind of personality
that makes most people like him. Still, there are those who
say that he has yet to prove that he has overcome his "out-
sider status" and firmly understands not only how things
work here in South Florida but who the powerbrokers and
deal breakers and makers really are. That could be an issue
as Lewis seeks to secure financial contributions for FMU.

Each of these colleges has their own problems and chal-
lenges, none of which are insurmountable. But if our Black
colleges are to survive and thrive, they will need solid leaders
at the top and an equally-talented supporting cast. We have
come too far to allow our beloved institutions to implode.


After six weeks of testimony, a
major trial to determine wheth-
er Maryland's four historically
Black colleges and universities
(HBCUs) have been routinely
denied funding and other need-
ed resources that would have
made them "comparable and
competitive" with white univer-
sities in the state is expected to
end this week, with a ruling ex-
pected by this summer.
The overwhelming majority of
HBCUs, originally established
shortly after the Civil War be-
cause Blacks were not allowed
to attend all-white state univer-
sities, are located in the South.
The Maryland case (Coalition
for Equity and Excellence in
Maryland Higher Education,
Inc., v. Maryland Higher Edu-
cation Commission, et al.) has
attracted national attention, in
part, because it involves a bor-
der state that, like the South,
operated a rigidly segregated
school system, but unlike the
South, has largely escaped in-
tense public scrutiny. The suit
was originally filed in 2006 by
the Coalition for Equity and
Excellence in Maryland Higher

Education, Inc., a community-
based group comprised of alum-
ni of public HBCUs in Maryland
and other interested parties. It
is seeking approximately $2.1
billion to upgrade the four state
HBCUs: Morgan State Univer-

es that established and perpet-
uated a racially segregated sys-
tem of higher education, first
instituting its system of public
higher education in 1807 by
establishing the University of
Maryland at Baltimore. This

The overwhelming majority of HBCUs, originally estab-
lished shortly after the Civil War because Blacks were
not allowed to attend all-white state universities, are lo-
cated in the South.

sity, Bowie State University,
Coppin State University and the
University of Maryland-Eastern
Named as major defendants
are officials of the University
of Maryland Higher Educa-
tion Commission, Gov. Martin
O'Malley and Secretary of High-
er Education James E. Lyons,
The state of Maryland's high-
er education system has a long
history of racial segregation, ac-
cording to witnesses and court
documents. The suit asserts,
"Maryland has systematically
engaged in policies and practic-

was a white-only institution .
. The state began its dual-sys-
tem by assuming control of The
Baltimore Normal School, an
all-Black teacher's school now
known as Bowie State Univer-
sity. This was the beginning of
Maryland's segregated system
of higher education."
Maryland was forced to ex-
pand educational opportunities
for Blacks in order to qualify for
federal land-grant funds. That
led to the state also acquiring
what is now the University of
Maryland-Eastern Shore, Mor-
gan State University and add-
ing Coppin State University in

1950. After passage~fiheCivil
Rights Act of 1964, the state
ended de jure segregation,
opening the doors for Blacks to
attend all-white public univer-
A major component of the
plan to strengthen HBCUs and
encourage more whites to at-
tend them called for the avoid-
ing program duplication at
nearby white universities.
Testifying as an expert wit-
ness, University of Wisconsin
Education Professor Clifton F.
Conrad said that the state of
Maryland still operates a segre-
gated higher education system.
"The dual education systems
remain," he testified. "There
continues to be substantial dif-
ferences severe differences
- in terms of the number of
programs and the quality of
programs. Those students who
enter Maryland's historically
Black institutions whether
Black, White, or other races
- do not have an equal edu-
cational opportunity as those
students who attend the state's
traditionally white institu-


Another Republican distorts Black history

In recent weeks, outrageous
statements targeted at minori-
ty citizens have come out of the
mouths of a number of conser-
vative politicians everything
from the assertion that Blacks
prefer food stamps over pay
checks to the claim that "Black
people" are using "other peo-
ple's money" to get ahead.
But last week, Governor
Chris Christie of New Jersey
may have topped them all when
he declared, "People would
have been happy to have a ref-
erendum on civil rights rather
than fighting and dying in the
streets in the South." The Gov-
ernor's statement was made in
the context of his proposal that
the issue of same-sex mar-
riage in New Jersey be settled
by a voter referendum. But his

words amounted to an insult to
generations of men and women
who put their lives on the line
for equal rights. They also ig-
nore the fact that the sole pur-
pose of any civil rights struggle
is to gain rights for minority
citizens that the majority has
historically and consistently
The nonsense of Christie's
statement was made all the
more apparent by the fact that
during the heyday of lynch-
ings, poll taxes and "separate
but equal schools," any refer-
endum on voting rights and
civil rights for Blacks would
have excluded many of the very
people seeking those rights. In
fact it was only because the
majority for centuries had first
enslaved and then discrimi-

nated against Blacks that it
became necessary for people of
conscience to organize in pro-
test against such treatment.
Christie should remember that
in the 18th century, it was not
a referendum but a revolution
that formed the U.S.A. In the
19th century, it was not a ref-
erendum, but a civil war that
ended slavery and unified our
nation. And in the 20th cen-
tury, it was not a referendum
but a series of non-violent civil
rights struggles that defeated
Jim Crow and secured voting
rights for women, Blacks and
other disenfranchised minori-
Sheila Oliver, New Jersey's
first Black female assembly
speaker, correctly saw Chris-
tie's proposal to submit same-

sex marriage rights to the
whims of voters as a shirking of
responsibility. Oliver also took
issue with Christie's character-
ization of the civil rights strug-
gle, saying, "People were dying
in the streets of the South be-
cause the majority refused to
grant minorities equal rights
by any method. It took legisla-
tive action to bring justice to all
It is almost unthinkable that
a sitting governor would ei-
ther be so uninformed, so cal-
lous to suggest that civil rights
movements have not played a
necessary and positive role in
ensuring that the promise of
freedom, equality and democ-
racy is made real for every citi-
zen. Christie owes us all a clear











Black 'National Anthem' outdated?

Should Black Americans
still consider "Lift Ever Voice
and Sing" as the "Black na-
tional anthem?" Given the
Obama presidency and that
Herman Cain was a vi-
able presidential contender
for the Republicans, aren't
many Blacks right in feeling
we are completely integrated
into the American milieu?
Many will still complain
that segments of the Black
community, especially the
poor and dispossessed, can-
not yet identify with this
land. That leaves open the
question of whether we
should cling to this or any
- separatist anthem. If an
anthem is warranted, is the
current one appropriate? Is
it still sung at Black events?
Is it played at open public
events or at HBCU football
games? Hardly. The song is

largely a relic of the past.
"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
expresses the sentiments of
a people born from slavery
and having great fears of

not portray Black Americans
as the people of action that
we are. Maybe the reason
for this agnosticism about
a Black anthem is that it

sn't it time for some brilliant Black mind to pen something
new for Black America? Some Black institution could com-
mission such work and help promulgate the result.

white America. That hardly
represents Black Americans
"Lift Every Voice and Sing"
does not convey the mind-
set of a people who are now
willing to fight for equality.
Rather, the song says that
- through faith and hope -
God will guide us there. The
anthem is too passive. It does

simply represents too many
words on paper. It is steeped
in the Black American Chris-
tian tradition of calling on
God to do for us what God
has given us the power to do
for ourselves.
God shouldn't magically
cause us to emphasize intel-
ligence over style, thriftiness
and investment over conspic-

uous consumption nor long-
term planning over immedi-
ate gratification. However,
we should marshal our own
senses to adopt the better
and wiser approaches.
That's why it may be time
to retire "Lift Every Voice and
Isn't it time for some bril-
liant Black mind to pen some-
thing new for Black America?
Some Black institution could
commission such work and
help promulgate the result.
The very existence of Black
institutions, by the way, is
a testament to the continu-
ation of separate Americas
and a potential reason for
such an anthem. Let's con-
sider a new song that we can
sing in a place and at a time
where Black Americans en-
joy true social, political and
economic freedoms.


Cornelius's suicide stirs mental health debate

As the nation reflected on
Soul Train's incredible legacy
and mourned the passing of
its creator Don Cornelius, we
cannot sweep his apparent
suicide under the rug. Just as
he awakened us to the magic
of Black music and culture,
his untimely death should
also awaken us to the uncom-
fortable reality of the pervasive
mental "unwellness" in the
Black community.
vTraditionally, the Black com-
S munity has written suicide off
as a "white" thing while also
' *' .'. frowning upon seeking coun-
S" selling of any kind. The perva-
sive logic has been that Black
people can handle anything
because, historically, the
SBlack community has been
subjected to unthinkable and
unimaginable suffering and
survived. In 2006, however,
a landmark study challenged
the "common misconception
that suicide is rare in the
Black community." Former so-
cial worker turned entertain-
7- ment public relations guru

Terri Williams says, "suicide is
really something that we real-
ly don't talk about... so many
times you hear that so-and-so
passed away when they didn't
just pass away; they took their
own lives."

dency of many Black people
to keep things bottled inside
frequently prevents them from
seeking the help that they
need. According to the New
York Times, former Motown
Records chairman Clarence

traditionally, the Black community has written suicide
off as a "white" thing while also frowning upon seeking
counseling of any kind. The pervasive logic has been that
Black people can handle anything ...

Our community's reluctance
to discuss mental health is-
sues such as depression, cou-
pled with her own personal
challenges, inspired Williams
to circle back to her social
work roots in her 2008 book
"Black Pain: It Just Looks Like
We're Not Hurting." Neither
money nor fame shields people
from their mental health is-
sues, according to Williams.
The reluctance of close fam-
ily and friends to take note of
those wounds is often crip-
pling. On top of that, the ten-

Avant and longtime Cornelius
friend noted that "the sugges-
tion that Mr. Cornelius had
committed suicide surprised
his friends." Unfortunately, he
was not alone, even among his
peers. Even TV One's popular
Unsung musical biography se-
ries has touched upon mental
"unwellness." Then, as is the
case now, far too little atten-
tion is directed towards the
tremendous need and useful-
ness of seeking professional
"We don't believe in therapy.


Liberty City, unemployed

They are do-
ing the best
they can do
but I know
they can do
more for our
Black people.
The way the
economy is right now, things
are only about the rich and not
about the poor.

Liberty City, retired

No because
they don't
do anything
for the Black
hoods. I just
really don't -
feel like they
care. I think
that they just want money, that
is just my opinion.

Liberty City, roofer

Well, some-
times it just
seems like the
people that
are getting
elected forget
the promises
that they made
when they

were running. It seems like once
they get elected they forget the
small man.

Liberty City, retired

Yes, because
the party is
still address-
ing the needs
of Black peo-

Liberty City, unemployed

They are still
good for us be-
cause they ad-
dress things
like poverty
and low in-
come in Amer-
ica. Just look
at the good
things Obama is doing and he is
a Democrat.

i *i., i' City, environmental supervisor

Yes, because
things get
done as people
come together (
in the Demo-
cratic party. 1

"Leaders" d
Self-appointed and media-
approved members of the
Black "leadership" in America
appear either silent or openly
supportive when it comes to
rewarding the actions of ille-
gal immigrants. This is in di-
rect contrast to how the civil
rights establishment, Black
and otherwise, operated in
the past.
Past generations of civil
rights leaders appeared to
understand the negative ef-
fects of illegal immigration on
their constituents and com-
munities. Their words and
actions helped protect the
gains of working-class Amer-
icans in contrast to their
successors' calls for amnesty
and open borders.
For example, Cesar Chavez,
the Hispanic labor advocate
lionized by the left, advocat-
ed for strict Immigration and
Naturalization Service en-
forcement for the protection
of his legal unionized labor-
ers. Clarence Jones, a former
advisor to Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., wrote in his book
What Would Martin Say?
that he believes King would
similarly oppose illegal im-
migration due to the econom-
ic effects an influx of illegal
laborers might have on Black
Americans and their eco-
nomic security. Barbara Jor-
dan, the first Black woman
to serve in Congress from the
south, testified before Con-
gress on immigration policy

desert Blacks for illegal a
in 1995 that an effective poli- fair contracting and lending
cy would find that "those who and sane regulation. Cheap,
should not be here will be re- exploited illegal laborers
quired to leave." threaten Black stability. This
With Black unemployment is why it is so aggravating
officially at 15.5 percent in when self-professed Black
November of 2011 (and like- leaders appear more com-
ly much higher considering mitted to the legalization of
so many no longer look for these law-breaking foreign-
work) and an astronomi- ers than economic uncer-

Past generations of civil rights leaders appeared to under-
stand the negative effects of illegal immigration on their
constituents and communities. Their words and actions
helped protect the gains of working-class Americans in contrast
to their successors' calls for amnesty and open borders.

cal 39.6 percent for Black
teenagers, illegal immigrant
jobseekers can place a par-
ticular strain on the Black
community. Yet today's Black
leadership remains fight-
ing the old battle for human
rights when the new prize is
economic opportunity. The
NAACP worries that immi-
gration enforcement such as
Arizona's state-based version
of federal immigration laws
will "contribute to the fur-
ther criminalization of Black
and brown community mem-
bers and mass incarcera-
tion." What it doesn't seem
to realize is that equality is
not at risk to the degree any-
where close to how economic
instability threatens Blacks
right now. What's important
now is employment, access
to business opportunity,

tainty, crime, terrorism, the
budget, education and overt

We believe that you're supposed
to be able to handle everything
yourself. It's a character flaw
or sign of weakness if you go
and talk to a professional. We
just don't go and the reality is
you cannot walk around with
things inside of you; you will
explode," Williams noted.
As heartbreaking as Corne-
lius's death is for his family, his
many friends and the scores of
people he touched every Satur-
day morning with Soul Train,
his suicide should serve as a
wake-up call. As we reflect on
the joy Soul Train brought to
so many of us, we must also
realize that "being Black on a
Saturday morning" or going
down the Soul Train line" can't
take away depression. It can't
mask mental health issues.
Neither can being rich or fa-
mous. When it comes down to
it, the Black community is as
vulnerable to mental instabil-
ity as any other and, until we
face that "ungroovy" reality,
there can be no "love, peace or

neglect among their suffering
Black constituents. Rather
than searching for "parallels"
between immigration reform
and the civil rights move-
ment, how about fixing the
economic mess facing Amer-
ica's real citizens? The fact
is that employers are hiring
illegals instead of Americans
because of greed and a false
veil of power. Black leaders
will not engage the issue in a
realistic, logical or pragmatic
manner based on the facts
of illegal immigration and its
negative impact on their con-
stituents and the country. It's
hard to tell if they do so for
politics, personal gain or if
they are just plain stupid.


For 89 years

Black families

have welcomed us

into their homes so

we can share their

good news with

others s


Is the Democratic party still the best

political answer for Blacks?

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Casino bill dies in legislature

Gambling loses steam in Florida

By Gary Fineout

The push to transform Flori-
da into an east coast version of
Las Vegas fell apart last week
after state legislators rejected a
plan to bring three major casi-
nos to the state. A House panel
postponed a vote on a bill that
would have granted casino li-
censes to major developers
who pledged to spend at least
$2 billion dollars on a resort.
The decision likely dooms the
proposal for the year since the
measure will not be considered
again in the House during the
60-day session that ends in
Rep. Erik Fresen, District
111 and sponsor of the legisla-
tion, asked for the delay after
it was apparent that his fellow
Republicans were likely to vote

down the bill that would have
also required local voters to
approve the casinos.
The casino legislation had
been one of the most heav-
ily lobbied bills of the 2012
session and drew opposition
from such heavyweights as the
Florida Chamber of Commerce
and Disney. The measure was
backed by Las Vegas Sands
and Genting the Malaysian
company that has already
spent nearly a half-billion dol-
lars to acquire downtown Mi-
ami real estate in the hopes of
building a massive resort and
casino complex.

One legislator said the prob-
lem was that the bill (HB
487) kept changing in an ef-
fort to win support. The Sen-

ate version, for example, was
changed to give dog and horse
tracks in South Florida the
ability to offer the same casino
games as the major develop-
ers. Track owners argued that
the House version which
did not include that provision
- would have put them out of
business. The last version of
the House bill also would have
banned local sweepstakes op-
erations known as Internet
cafes that have spread across
the state.
"This was a recipe that was
just not complete," said Rep.
Doug Holder, District 70 and
chairman of the panel that
considered the measure. "It
had all the right ingredients
but it wasn't finished."
Jessica Hoppe, a top official
with Resorts World Miami,
said that its parent company
Genting is not giving up on its

plans to bring a casino to Mi-
"I don't think this issue will
go away today is not the last
day," Hoppe said.
The Florida Legislature had
also considered the casino leg-
islation in the 2011 session
but the bill had additional mo-
mentum this year because of
Genting's major investment.
Backers and opponents of the
bill made their case to legisla-
tors at the hearing on Friday.
Supporters contended that
the legislation would produce
thousands of jobs at a time
when Florida is still reeling
from the recession and its un-
employment rate is just under
10 percent.
Others, however, said it
would cannibalize existing
businesses and would harm
the state's "family-friendly"

Miramar teenager remains missing

Family believes foul play is the cause

A growing number of volun-
teers have joined authorities
in the search for a Miramar
teenager, Naketa Leiba, 17,
who has been missing since
last Wednesday. Her mother
says she wonders if a man
who stalked the girl last fall is
involved in her disappearance.
Naketa was last seen getting
off her school bus near the

6800th block of SW Street in
"I called at about 4:20 p.m.
and she said 'Oh, mom, I'm on
the way,'" said Sharon Leiba,
Naketa's mother. "And when I
heard 'on the way,' I heard a
crackle or something and then
her phone went dead."
Leiba said that was the last
contact she has had with Na-

keta. She told her parents that
between August and Novem-
ber, an older man in a Toyota
Camry would harass her as
she got off her school bus.
"He trailed behind her and
would ask for her name if
she wanted a ride," Naketa's
mother said. Sharon said she
fears the man may have some-
thing to do with her daughter's
"I think she was abducted,"

she said. "My daughter is not
a runaway."
More than 50 people, in-
cluding volunteers from the
Guardian Angels organization,
showed up over the weekend
at Perry Elementary School,
6850 SW 34th Street where
the young woman went miss-
ing. Naketa, 5'2," was last
seen in a short-sleeved red
Abercrombie & Fitch shirt and

Romney remark puts focus on safety net

for the very poor in American society

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President Obama and his grandmother Sarah Omar.

Obama's grandmother

is fine after car accident

By Bazi Kanani

NAIROBI President Obama's
grandmother, Sarah Obama, is
home recovering at her home in
western Kenya after an accident
that, judging by the condition of
the vehicle, could have been much
"God is with me, because if you
could have seen the wreckage that
we came out of safe, one would won-
der," Sarah Obama said Monday.
Police in the town of Kisumu say
the 91-year-old was traveling to her
home in the village of Kogelo Sat-
urday night when the driver lost
control, and the vehicle rolled into
a ditch.
All five people in the car, includ-
ing her two bodyguards, were taken
to a hospital for treatment. All were
released with minor injuries.

A hospital spokesperson says
Sarah Obama was bruised and in
shock when she arrived at the hos-
pital. She was released about two
hours later.
"You can see I was not injured
save for this small scar on my right
hand and I am not even using a
walking stick," Obama said.
She said friends from as far away
as the United States and the Middle
East have been calling to check on
her, but she assures them, "Hakuna
tabu!" That means 'no problem' in
Sarah Obama is the step-mother
of President Obama's Kenyan fa-
ther. She has been to the U.S. a few
times, and the President has been
to the village to visit with her and
other relatives three times. In his
memoir, "Dream from my Father,"
Obama called her "Granny."

By Marisol Bello

Critics continue to hit Re-
publican presidential candidate
Mitt Romney for saying he is
"not concerned about the very
pe rF-* ` 4* -1 11.- -1 11 -
In an interview Wednesday
with CNN, Romney said, "I'm
not concerned about the very
poor. We have a safety net there.
If it needs repair, Ill fix it. I'm
not concerned about the very
rich. They're doing just fine. I'm
concerned about the very heart
of America, the 90 to 95 percent
of Americans who right now are
His comments touched off
criticism from Republicans, in-
cluding his main rival for the
nomination, Newt Gingrich. At
his first campaign event in Las
Vegas on Thursday, Gingrich
said, "I really believe that we
should care about the very poor,
unlike Gov. Romney. But I be-
lieve we should care differently
than Barack Obama."
Democrats took a whack at
Romney, too. The Democratic
National Committee created a
Web ad Thursday attacking him
for his comments.
The federal government spent

$708 billion in 2009 on pro-
grams for the poor, accord-
ing to a report last year by the
non-partisan Congressional
Research Service. The increase
from the year before, when the
U.S..spent $578,billion, was due
in large part to the economic
stimulus law enacted in 2009.
Sheldon Danziger, director
of the National Poverty Center

Deshawntae Clayton, 3, is measured
screening through Head Start.

at the University of Michigan,
said the recession has hurt pro-
grams for the very poor because
many benefits are getting cut at
the state level.
"The safety net is strong,
mainly because of the stimulus,
bill, but it's not as strong as it
should be," he said.
The strongest programs are
the Earned Income Tax Credit

-Photo by Bob Self/AP
for new glasses after a

What is the safety net for the poor?

Federal and state govern-
ments provide a number of
programs that make up the
safety net for the poor. The
programs are administered by
the federal government, states
or a combination of the two.
Income requirements vary by
program. For those that fol-
low federal poverty guidelines,
a family of four earning up to
$23,050 a year can apply.
Housing vouchers. Rent
subsidy of up to 70 percent.
Eligibility based on income as
a percentage of area's median
N ..

Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families. Cash aid for
families with children. States
set eligibility rules. Federal
law requires most recipients
to work or go to school. Fed-
eral law limits benefits to five
years; states can raise or lower

Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (food
stamps). Financial assistance
for a family below federal pov-
erty guidelines to buy food. In-
come for a family of four must
be less than $2,422 a month.
Special Supplemental Nu-
trition Program for Women,
Infants and Children (WIC).
Food, health care and nutri-
tion education for pregnant
women and mothers with chil-
dren up to age 5. Eligibility for
family of four: income up to
$3,446 a month.
Medicaid. Health care for
the elderly, people with dis-
abilities and dependent chil-
dren and their families.
Medicare Part D. Dis-
counted prescription drugs for
low-income seniors and dis-
abled people.
State Child Health Insur-

ance Program. Medical care
for poor children who are not
eligible for Medicaid.
Free or reduced-price
breakfast and lunch at
school. Eligibility for family
of four: income up to $3,446
a month.
Earned Income Tax Cred-
it. Credit against federal tax
for low-income working fami-
lies. Maximum credit or refund
for a household with three or
more children: $5,751.
Child Care and Develop-
ment Fund. Free or reduced-
cost child care.
Supplemental Security
Income. Cash aid for poor se-
niors and people with disabli-
Pell Grants. Cash for col-
lege expenses. No low-income
requirement, but poorest stu-
dents receive largest grants.
Head Start. School readi-
ness programs, breakfast,
lunch and health screenings
for preschoolers.
Low Income Home Ener-
gy Assistance. Cash for heat-
ing and cooling expenses.
Weatherization Assis-
tance Program. Energy-effi-
ciency improvements to homes
of low-income people.

and food stamps, he says, be-
cause anyone who is eligible
gets benefits.
Programs like housing vouch-
ers are limited by a set amount
of funding, he says, which can
mean long waiting lists.

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Lois Samuels' new designs: Urban, chic and sexy

Lois Samuels, the beauty
behind the brand the "Ves-
sel. by lois" is a triple threat
- model, designer and
mom. Samuels began her
career in fashion as a mod-
el for famed designers like
Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake
': :

and (Givenchy. Two years
ago, Samuels left her mod-
eling career, which included
campaigns with Banana
Republic and Club Mona-
co, to launch a second one
in designing. The modern
and sophisticated collection
launched to rave reviews.
Her journey then took an-
other turn as she learned

to give back to her com-
munity with designs that
are urban, bold, effortless,
chic and sexy with a mod-
ern minimalist twist. Samu-
els started the "Vessel. by
lois" in the spring of 2009
during New York's Fashion
Week. The collections pres-
ent a clean, simple slate of
tailored basics which she

believes are the foundation
of what fashion should rep-
resent. Drawing inspiration
from traditional tailoring
as well as the uniform, she
has created a blend of style
with streamlined comfort
and ease. The Collection
has since been featured in
Vogue Italia, The New York
Times, Glam, Elle and WWD.

The Collection tantalizes
customers with tailored
suits, cocooning capes, sim-
ple and transitional dresses
and overalls that flatter and
enhance the women who
wear them. An aesthetic
that reflects the confidence
and versatility of the brands
global customer is shown in
her designs.



getting more


By Samantha Critchell
Associated Press

NEW YORK Some things
are fashion, and some are ne-
cessity. Where do men's un-
dergarments fall? Increasingly,
right in the middle.
There's a guaranteed market
that needs to replenish supplies

doing. But innovation in style
and technology has made box-
ers, briefs and undershirts that
were once an afterthought into
a buzz-worthy category of men's
clothes. So much so that H&M
is debuting ads for its new un-
dergarment collection by David
Beckham during the Super Bowl
on Sunday, and Jockey wasted
no time signing football star Tim
Tebow as its new spokesman.
It makes sense as a growth
category, says Marshal Cohen,
chief industry analyst with
market research firm The NPD
Group, but it took the right
conditions to get on the fashion
industry's radar: streamlined
design, comfortable stretch
fabrics, the idea that dressing
starts at the base layer and that
shabby-chic doesn't cut it any-
Men, in general, aren't as in-
terested in fleeting trends, he
adds. They are, however, will-
ing to buy an "evolved" product
if they need to replace an old
one. And, Cohen says, as has
happened with smartphones
or athletic apparel, sometimes
men will trade up if they think
there's genuine newness.
It's a purchase men are like-
ly to make for themselves, al-
though creating products that
appeal to women either on a
business level or a more person-
al one is a factor, and that's
why you'll see models such as
sports figures as top ambassa-
dors, he says.
"Undergarments are rela-
tively inexpensive so everyone
can participate," Cohen says.
"It's something that's easy for a
woman to buy for a guy, some-
thing for the guy to buy for him-
self, there's need. It hits a large
swath of demographics."
The total U.S. men's under-
wear and undershirt market for
2011 was up more than 7 per-
cent over the previous year, to-
taling almost $3.3 billion, NPD
numbers show.
H&M must see the potential.
The collaboration with Beck-
ham launches with not only
boxers, briefs and Ts, but also
vests, pajamas and long johns.
Beckham said in a statement
that it took him and his design
team 18 months to come up
with just the right initial styles.
The plan is for new products
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We make the beds that we lie in

By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.

Because of a failing health
condition or the occurrence of a
calamitous event, some people
can't be held fully responsible
for the beds they make. But for
those blessed with no impedi-
ments, the power or ability with-
in allows them to create their
own quality of life.
With the exception of week-
ends and holidays, every prison-
er in FDOC is required to make
their beds properly everyday by
seven a.m. and it must remain
that way until five p.m. Some
make up their own beds while
others pay someone else for this
task. Some inmates will even
sleep on top of the covers to
avoid the laborious task of mak-
ing their beds each day. But one

way or another, human
hands have to make the
appropriate contact with
the beds or face disci-
plinary action.
Much like the the uni-
forms worn by prison-
ers, there is uniformity
in the way each bed is HA
expected to look particularly
with a six inch cuff at the head
and hospital corners at the end.
During the winter months blan-
kets must also be neatly folded
at the foot of the bed.with the
same regulations.
Although FDOC has estab-
lished bunk uniformity, in-
mates, nevertheless, have man-
aged to implement their own
personality into the process.
Close examination of a bed area
can provide a snapshot of the

character of the indi-
vidual inmate. The ap-
pearance of a bed says a
lot about the person who
must lay in it. What can
be said about a bed that
has wrinkles or is no-
ticeably untidy or has a
ALL grimy soiled pillowcase?
On the other hand what kind
of opinion is likely to be formed
about an individual is bed looks
clean and military tight?
Whether viewed positively or
negatively, the result of a made-
up bed can reveal the spiritual
state of mind of a man_ whether
or not the occupant of the bed
is a sluggard or go-getter, a per-
fectionist, methodical or disor-
ganized person. It could even
be that the inmate who pays
another to do this service may

wish for it to reflect his image or
the way he feels about himself.
The time spent making a bed
is almost sure to elicit deep
thought early in the morn-
ing. In silence while making a
bed there is an opportunity for
an inspiring moment to occur.
Ideas seem to pop of nowhere.
Objectives may become clearer
than ever.
Despite how nicely a bed is
made-up in prison, I can not
imagine them being nearly as
comfortable as they would be
in the world outside of prison
walls. In the free world as long
as a man is able-bodied, he
can at least work diligently to-
wards changing the distressful
circumstances met in life and
eventually bring comfort to his
resting place.

Sudan and Congo savaged as world shrugs

By Michael O'Hanlon
and John Prendergast

Last year was a year of un-
precedented action on behalf
of freedom and human rights.
When citizens flooded streets
throughout the Middle East
and North Africa, the U.S. and
other countries dropped their
long-standing presidential al-
lies and demanded new lead-
ership. When massive human
rights abuses loomed in Libya
and Ivory Coast, the interna-
tional community acted deci-
sively. That backdrop makes it
all the more puzzling why the
two countries where human
rights abuses are worst in the
world Sudan and the Demo-
dratic Republic of Congo- have
received such comparatively
tepid international responses.
* In the past quarter-century,
Sudan and Congo have collec-
tively sustained roughly 7.75
million war-related deaths and
unrivaled additional human
suffering,from the use of rape
as a war weapibY -the recruit-
ment of child soldiers, mass
displacement and chronic pov-
By contrast, fewer than
1,000 people died in Egypt in
2011 in a year where the vio-
lent suppression of protests
nonetheless sparked a revolu-
tion and a global outrage
- that brought down a long-
standing autocrat. In Libya, no
more than a few thousand peo-
ple had died from the violence
when President Obama and
other NATO leaders and the
Arab League admirably chose
to support the resistance and
protect beleaguered popula-
tions. Even after a year of war,
perhaps 10,000 to 20,000 died
in all tragic figures, to be
sure, but the sort of thing that
routinely happens in a month
or two in Congo or Sudan. In
Yemen and Syria, where many
eyes are focused these days,
the 2011 tolls were perhaps
1,000 and 5,000 respectively.
Yet we quite properly and ac-
tively debate how to urgently
bring the killing to an end as
soon as possible.

At a time when the U.S. in-
volvement in Iraq's war has
ended and the Afghanistan
mission is beginning to decline
in scale, 2012 offers the world
a chance to amend its past fail-
ings and show the people of
Sudan and Congo the kind of
basic decency that motivated
intervention in Libya.
Policymakers pin their hopes
on the separation of South Su-
dan from the main part of the
country in 2011 and recent
elections in Congo as signs of
progress. But this is pure hope-

_ _________ __~ .w- '
REFUGEES: Victims of ethnic violence wait in line at a food distribution center in Pibor,
South Sudan, a newly created nation.

Death tolls in regional conflicts
Libya Egypt,, Saudi


Sources: International Rescue Committee
Mortality Study: United Nations: ESRI
By Karl Gelles. USA TODAY

fulness, not policy. The two Su-
dans are in active dispute over
several regions along their new
border, where the Abyei area
was ethnically cleansed by the
Khartoum regime. And now,
internally, the Sudan govern-
ment aims to do the same to
the non-Arab populations in
South Kordofan and Blue Nile
regions. In Congo, the Decem-
ber election was quite possi-
bly stolen by President Joseph
Kabila's cronies, and fighting
continues in the east over the
illegal extraction of one of the
richest non-petroleum natural
resource bases in the world.
The United Nations peace-
keeping mission in Congo is
large by global standards but
deploys fewer than 20,000 for-
eign troops for a country the
size of Western Europe and
twice the population of either
Iraq or Afghanistan. Darfur
and South Sudan have simi-

larly undermanned peacekeep-
ing missions, leaving them
front row seats for some of the
world's worst war crimes.
Though more peacekeepers
could help protect civilians,
the peacekeepers need a peace
to keep. Sudan's border popu-
lations need an international
community willing to break the
Khartoum government's block-
ade on humanitarian aid and
to protect them from relentless
indiscriminate aerial bombard-
ment. They need a diplomatic
surge involving China and the
U.S. in support of African medi-
ation. It should apply pressure,
including through the threat of
biting sanctions, aimed at ad-
dressing the myriad conflicts
within Sudan and the brew-
ing resumption of war between
Sudan and newly independent
South Sudan.

The Congolese people need
an international community
willing to stand up to a gov-
ernment that likely stole the
election, just as was the case
when Russia's Vladimir Pu-
tin, Afghanistan's Hamid Kar-
zai and other world leaders
took liberties with their coun-
tries' respective votes in recent
years. They need international
action to deal with the govern-
ment forces and other armed
groups that profit from mas-
sive and violent smuggling of
minerals that power our cell-
phones, laptops, and other
household products unneces-
sarily tainted with this conflict
mineral trade. Again, economic

pressure could be our greatest
point of realistic leverage. In
both Congo and South Sudan,
a serious and expanded invest-
ment in professionalizing army
and police forces will be crucial
to future stability.
The details of what can help
promote human rights and
freedoms in Sudan and Congo
can be debated, but it is un-
contestable that united global
action is imperative. Libya,
Egypt, Ivory Coast and other
examples demonstrate that de-
cisive international action led
by top government officials can
make a huge difference. The
long-suffering people of Sudan
and Congo hope they are next
in line.

(AP) Four more people have
been sent to federal prison is
part of a crackdown in Florida
on pill mills that illegally dis-
tribute powerful prescription
painkillers like oxycodone.
The sentences were part of

Operation Oxy Alley that tar-
geted pain clinics in Broward
and Palm Beach counties.
Prosecutors say the clinics
illegally distributed 20 mil-
lion oxycodone pills and made
some $40 million between
2008 and 2010.

Among those sentenced Fri-
day was 30-year-old Chris-
topher Paul George, who op-
erated the pain clinics along
with his twin brother Jeffrey
George. Christopher George
got more than 17 years in

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Robber wears Obama mask to steal
$1000 from McDonald's
An armed robber stole $1,000 from a McDonald's restau-
rant in Riviera Beach, Florida, while wearing a mask of U.S.
President Barack Obama.
Police are hunting the masked man who they say held em-
ployees at gunpoint on Saturday at 6:30. a.m. and ordered
everyone into a back office. The suspect had walked behind
the counter with his gun and asked the manager to give him
money and told employees he would kill them if they left the

Smirking thief caught on camera he stole
He has been dubbed the'smirking thief' after he was caught
on a hospital security camera in California, stealing the very
camera that snapped his mug, police have said.
The theft is believed to be part of an unusual new crime
wave plaguing the area: thieves and drug dealers stealing se-
curity cameras for their own homes.

Green Cove Springs man guilty in slaying of Fla. girl
A man pleaded guilty Friday in the abduction, molestation
and slaying of a 7-year-old Florida girl who was found in a
Jarred Harrell, 26, was sentenced to life in prison in the
death of Somer Thompson, a second-grader who disappeared
Oct. 19, 2009, while walking home from Grove Park Elemen-
tary School. She was with her sister and some friends, but ran
ahead of them after they had a spat. Two days later, she was
discovered in the landfill.

Suspected teen robber shot and killed
Authorities said a Homestead Police officer was forced to
fire on a teenager identified as 17- year- old Danny Cruz.
Cruz attempted to rob a Chevron gas station on South Dixie
highway and died from his injuries on the scene.

Man arrested for calling 911, drugs found on him
A man who called 911 three times has been arrested on
drug charges in the Florida Keys.
A Monroe County Sheriffs Office report says 51-year-old
Thomas Ecker called 911 three times early Sunday morning
to complain of chest pains, but he hung up abruptly after each
Two deputies responded to the area and reported seeing
Ecker threw a plastic bag with cocaine in the grass. The re-
port also says deputies found marijuana on him.
Ecker denied calling 911, but his. cell phone rang when the
deputies called the number back.
Ecker was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine,
marijuana and drug paraphernalia and misuse of 911. Jail
records show he's being held without bond. It was not imme-
diately known if he has an attorney.

Police make more arrests in acid bomb plot
Police have made more arrests following an investigation
into acid bombs left at an Orlando college.
Seven boys have been arrested in the case. The Orlando
Sentinel reports two 16-year-olds were arrested Friday on
charges of detonating a destructive device on the campus of
Valencia College.
Arrested earlier this week were two 9-year-olds and three
other teens.
Acid bombs have been found on the college campus three
times over the past few weeks. According to a police report,
the acid bomb did about $300 worth of damage. No one was
Police say the bombs are typically made with household

Four more sent to prison in

Florida pill mill crackdown



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Rhyant chosen as new B-CU board chairman

According to a spokesper-
son from Bethune-Cookman
University, Larry R. Hand-
field, Esq., who previously
served as the chairman of
the board, has officially re-
signed both from his posi-
tion and from the board. Lee
E. Rhyant, who previously
served as the vice-chair of
the board, has taken over the
reigns of the board. Hand-

field has served as chairman
since 2009 and was the first
alumnus to hold the posi-
tion. The board said that
another member, Randolph
Bracy, has resigned as well.
"Bethune-Cookman. Uni-
versity holds a great debt
of gratitude to these two
alumni," Rhyant said. "Their
years of service will have a
lasting impact on this insti-

tuition that we all love."
The two resignations came
after the board accepted the
resignation of Dr. Trudie
Kibbe Reed, the Univer-
sity's fifth president. Reed
will remain, according to the
University, until the Board
can determine an official
departure date. Handfield
declined from making any


Famed organist to ring in Black History Month

Dr. Anthony Williams, as-
sociate professor of music
and University organist at
Fisk University in Nashville,
Tennessee, will be featured
in an organ concert to cel-
ebrate Black History Month
on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4
p.m. The venue will be the
Historic St. Agnes Episcopal
Church, 1750 NW Third Av-

enue in Miami.
Williams has per-
formed in churches,
colleges and univer-
sities throughout
the U.S. as well as
in Central America
and Europe. From
1990 to 2005 he was
a member of the mu-
sic faculty at Dillard

University in New
Orleans. However,
he began his teach-
ing career at Fisk in
the late 1980s as the
director of the famed
Fisk Jubilee Singers
- the youngest per-
son in the history of
the ensemble to hold
that position. He re-

turned to Fisk in the fall of
2005 as visiting artist in res-
idence, following the evacu-
ation from New Orleans due
to Hurricane Katrina. He has
degrees from the University
of Cincinnati College Con-
servatory of Music, the Uni-
versity of Michigan and the
American Conservatory of

Holder accuses GOP of'character assassination'

By Kevin Johnson

General Eric Holder lashed
out at Republican members of
a House panel investigating a
botched federal gun-trafficking
inquiry that allowed hundreds
of firearms to flow to Mexico. He
challenged a New York congress-
woman who asked how many
more federal agents would have
to die before the attorney general
took responsibility for the case.
Two weapons traced to the
gun operation, known as "Fast
and Furious," were recovered at
the scene of the murder of Bor-
der Patrol agent Brian Terry in
The weapon used in Terry's
death has not been identified,
but the shooting brought an
end to the gun-trafficking op-
eration in which agents allowed
guns purchased in the USA to

Attorney General
be passed to drug cartel enforc-
ers in Mexico in hopes of build-
ing cases against cartel leaders.
'"As a member of Congress

... is that the way you want to
be seen?" Holder told Rep. Ann
Marie Buerkle, adding that the
question was "beneath a mem-
ber of Congress."
The hearing, marking the sixth
time Holder has been questioned
by Congress about the flawed
gun operation, was contentious
from the start. Rep. Tim Wal-
berg, R-Mich., compared the ac-
tions of a separate Justice offi-
cial in the case to the response of
now-deceased former Penn State
University football coach Joe Pa-
terno to sex-abuse allegations
against former assistant coach
Jerry Sandusky.
In that case, Paterno passed
the information to his superiors
but was publicly criticized for
not reporting the alleged activity
to police.
Holder, clearly irritated, de-
scribed some of the Republicans'
comments as akin to "character

Holder has said he did not au-
thorize the gun operation and
did not learn of the controversial
tactics until more than a month
after Terry's death.
"I am the attorney general of
the United States, OK," Holder
said before launching into a de-
fense of his actions in the gun
inquiry and his management of
the Justice Department.
Earlier, committee Chairman
Darrell Issa, R-Calif., openly
threatened Holder with a con-
tempt citation if the Justice De-
partment did not provide the
panel with additional documents
for its inquiry.
Holder said Justice has turned
over more than 6,000 docu-
ments related to the case.
He disavowed some of the tac-
tics used in the gun investiga-
tion as "misguided" and "wholly

IRS crackdown targets

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105 people in 23 states in the past week as part of a nationwide.
crackdown on identity theft and tax refund fraud that was-tie .-,
to warn cheats to beware this tax season, the Internal9erveT'i-
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plaints and indictments and 58 arrests, and has already .
a handful of guilty pleas and sentencing. Besides the IRS, ~e '',
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By Randy Grice

With the mounting problems
in Haiti, people around the
world have assisted in helping
the earthquake ravaged na-
tion regain some sense of nor-
malcy. Locally, professionals
in South Florida's entertain-
ment community are working
in a joint effort. New Faces of
Hollywood (NFOH) Studios has
partnered with Let Haiti Drink
to help provide pure water fil-

tration technology systems
for the county. The filtration
system removes harmful ele-
ments from drinking water.
"The new technologies we
are discovering will literally
save millions of lives" said Isi-
ah E. Sistrunk, chairman of
the advisory board and execu-
tive investment administrator
of IPO Real Medical Group,
the organization that creates
the system. "Our campaign
will provide clean pure water
with no chemicals, microscop-

ic pathogens, metals or toxins
including cholera."
Jerry Jean-Paul, who often
goes to Haiti to volunteer as an
independent citizen, said that
clean water is an important
part of getting Haiti back on
its feet.
"Getting clean water to Hai-
ti is a big problem," he said.
"People across Haiti are dying
because they don't have the
most basic needs like food, wa-
ter and shelter. If Haiti stands
a chance at recovering from

the destruction of the earth-
quake two years ago water will
be the blue print."
Cholera is one of the main
pathogens that affects Hai-
tians when they drink unfil-
tered water.
Nearly 7,000 people have
died from cholera in Haiti, an
epidemic which has become
one of the worst in recent de-
cades. Jon Kim Andrus, depu-
ty director of the Pan American
Health Organization, said that
as of last December, the Hai-

tian government has reported
more than 520,000 cholera
cases with 200 new cases ap-
pearing each day.
"We really wanted to utilize
entertainment as a vehicle to
be able to promote things that
we feel are important," said
Michael Pendleton, CEO of
NFOH Studios. "We are sup-
porting many different pro-
grams that empower people
and improve their standard
of living, including Let Haiti
Drink. Haiti is a cause that I

have been passionate about
since the early 90s when I was
introduced to Haiti and had
the opportunity to live there
for two years. This isn't some-
thing where we are just jump-
ing on the bandwagon we' have.-
been passionate about Haiti
for a long time."
NFOH Studios is based in Ft.
Lauderdale. Last New Year's
Eve the studio held a kick-off
party to celebrate their new
relationship with the Let Haiti
Drink program

Famers market hosts health fair

The Little Haiti Famers Mar-
ket (LHFM), a new weekly non-
profit farmers market, hosted
a free Community Health Fair
on last Saturday, February 4th
at Touissant Louverture Ele-
mentary School, 120 NE 59 St.
Sponsored by the Miami-Dade
County Health Department (M-
DCHD) the Health Fair provided
services and educational mate-
rials on important health issues
affecting the community, which
included blood pressure and
health screening for the entire
family, information on breast
and cervical cancer, Medicare/
Medicaid, diabetes, healthy
cooking, and skin care.
"Events like this are so impor-
tant to people in the communi-
ty," said Darren Kemp, of Little
Haiti said. "Many people do not

know everything they should
know about their personal
health. Events like this help to
keep everyone knowledge."
The LHFM is a weekly not-for-
profit community event where
growers gather to sell afford-
able, fresh, and locally grown
fruits and vegetables foods di-
rectly to consumers. Managed
by Bochika, the market is part
of the Make Healthy Happen
Miami campaign that is work-
ing to transform Miami's food
deserts and food swamps into
healthy, sustainable food sys-
tems. Supporters of the fair
included the M-DCHD, Sak
Pase Media Group, Circle One
Marketing, Notre Dame D'Haiti
Catholic Church, Miami Jew-
ish Health Systems, 54th Street
Medical Plaza, Little Haiti Cul-

tural Center, Youth L.E.A.D.,
Alix Desulme & Associates and
the South Florida Regional
Planning Council.
Bochika was founded two
years ago in Miami. Their mis-
sion is to empower marginalized
and impoverished communities
through participatory sustain-
able economic, agricultural and
social development programs.
To fulfill this mission, Bochika
partners with civic organiza-
tions in the developing world to
design and implement programs
that strengthen internal capac-
ity through training, tools, and
technology. Bochika's work was
acknowledged by former Presi-
dent Bill Clinton in 2010 and
the group received an award
from Miami-Dade County last

Brazil's president talks economics with Haitians

By Anthony Williams

Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's presi-
dent, arrived in Haiti last week
for talks on economic ties and
immigration after a visit to Cuba
where she signed trade deals
and met revolutionary icon Fidel
Rousseff was greeted in Port-
au-Prince by Haitian President
Michel Martelly and Prime Min-
ister Garry Conille.
A large banner at the airport
read "Welcome to Our Home."
The leaders left immediately
for the presidential palace for
talks, expected to focus on Bra-
zil's efforts to deal with Haitian
refugees arriving in the South
American nation since a dev-
astating January 2010 earth-
Brazil recently announced
that it had allocated more than
$500,000 to help the more than
4,000 Haitian immigrants who
are being granted permanent

The northern Brazilian states
of Acre and Amazonas which
border Peru have seen an influx
of undocumented Haitians since
the quake, which left 15 percent
of Haiti's entire population of al-
most 10 million either killed or
Brazil also leads the military
component of the UN mission in
In Cuba, Rousseff, a former
leftist rebel who now leads Latin
America's largest economy, held
talks with her Cuban counter-
part Raul Castro and also called
on the president's brother and
predecessor, 85-year-old Fidcl
Brazil's first woman president
signed agreements to create a
geological data bank, bolster the
metallurgy ministry's technolo-
gy and quality center and set up
a network of human milk banks.
Under the deals, Brazil is to
send experts to oversee imple-

mentation of the projects and to
train Cuban specialists in Bra-
Rousseff also toured Mariel,
50 kilometers (30 miles) west of
Havana, where Brazil has ear-
marked $450 million to finance
expansion of port facilities.
Bilateral trade reached a re-
cord $642 million in 2011, mak-
ing Brazil Cuba's second largest
Latin American trading partner,
after Venezuela.
But Brazilian exports to Cuba
account for $550 million of the
trade, an imbalance that both
sides want to correct.
Rousseff refused to criticize
Cuba's human rights record,
saying the issue should not be
used to score ideological points.
"One should sweep one's own
house before criticizing others.,"
she said. "We in Brazil also have
(human rights problems). So I
am willing to discuss human
rights from a multilateral per-
spective," she told reporters."




Don Cornelius took 'Soul

Train' on pioneering trip

By Frazier Moore
Associated Press

NEW YORK In an era when
Beyonce and Jay-Z are music
royalty, when Barack Obama is
the nation's chief executive, and
when Black stars in the cast of
a TV show are commonplace, it
may be hard togrisp the fiagni-
tude of what Don Cornelius cre-
ated once he got his "Soul Train"
Yes, the syndicated series de-
livered the music of Earth Wind
& Fire, the Jacksons, Marvin
Gaye and Stevie Wonder into
America's households, infusing
them with soul in weekly doses.
Yes, it gave viewers groovy danc-
es and Afro-envy, helping get
them hip to a funky world that
many had never experienced, or
maybe even suspected.
But it was more than that. Be-
fore BET would give Blacks their
own channel, and before Black
music and faces found their way
to MTV videos as well as network
dramas and comedies, "Soul
Train" became a pioneering out-
let for a culture whose access to
television was strictly limited.
"Most of what we get credit for
is people saying, 'I learned how
to dance from watching "Soul
Train" back in the day,'" Corne-
lius told Vibe magazine in 2006.
"But what I take credit for is
that there were no Black televi-
sion commercials to speak of be-
fore 'Soul Train.' There were few
Black faces in those ads before
'Soul Train.'
"And what I am most proud
of," he added, "is that we made
television history."

Cornelius' lega

'Soul Train'
Don Cornelius was a pioneer.
The "Soul Train" creator, who was
found dead at his home last week,
caused a sensation the moment
his groundbreaking musical vari-
ety show launched nationwide in
Each Saturday morning, "Soul
Train" gave African Americans an
opportunity to see themselves re-
flected on their TV screens. Proud
black teens and young adults
moving and grooving down the
now-classic "Soul Train Line" in-
stantly dictated hairstyles, dance
moves and wardrobe choices in
the weeks to come.
The show also gave many white
Americans their first glimpse of
Black culture.
For those too young to remem-
ber the music and dance show, or
missed it the first time around,
producer and "Roots" drummer
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
explains on OkayPlayer.com just

"Soul Train" (which went on
for 35 seasons) didn't make his-
tory just by influencing the mu-
sic charts. It served as a pop-
culture preview and barometer
of fashion, hairstyles and urban
By some measure, "Soul
Train" was the equivalent of Dick
SClark's "American Bandstand,"
although belatedly. Arriving
on the wave of the Civil Rights
Era, it premiered 13 years after
"Bandstand" went national, then
took a while longer to attract lo-
cal stations to air it and advertis-
ers to support it.
From there, it became a Satur-
day afternoon ritual as soul and
rap artists (and white artists, too,
including Elton John and David
Bowie) showed off their latest re-
leases while kids responded on
the dance floor.
"When you come up with a
good idea, you don't have to do
a whole lot," Cornelius told The
New York Times in 1996 in de-
scribing his show's formula. "The
idea does it for you."
On "Soul Train" ("the hippest
trip in America," the announcer
proclaimed, "across the tracks
of your mind") the host, of
course, was Cornelius, but to
describe him as the Black Dick
Clark is somewhat misleading.
(A bit like calling Pat Boone the
white Little Richard, as David
Bianculli noted in his "Diction-
ary of Teleliteracy.")
For Cornelius, the difference
was in the execution, as he told
The Associated Press in 1995.
"If I saw 'American Band-
stand' and I saw dancing and I
knew Black kids can dance bet-

ter; and I saw white artists and
I knew Black artists make better
music; and if I saw a white host
and I knew a Black host could
project a hipper line of speech _
and I DID know all these things,"
then it was reasonable to try, he
On his show, Cornelius was
the epitome of cool, with a bari-
tone rumble that recalled seduc-
tive soul maestro Barry White,
and an unflappable manner all
the way through the hour to his
trademark sign-off: "We wish
you love, peace, and SOUL."
He laced his show with pro-
social messages directed at his
Black audience.
On a 1974 program, he inter-
viewed James Brown about the
tragedy of violence in Black com-
munities ("Black-on-Black crime
looks very bad in the sight of The
Man," Brown said sorrowfully).
Then he brought on a 19-year-
old Al Sharpton, already a civil
rights activist, who presented
Brown with an award for his
But Cornelius never let
preaching get in the way of "Soul
Train's" hipness or of his own.
Standing by Mary Wilson of
the Supremes on another edi-
tion, he sported a slim Black suit
that flared into bellbottoms, a
grey shirt with white polka dots,
and a huge afro.
"What do you do for kicks?" he
asked Wilson, who mentioned
bowling as one hobby, but said
how much she wanted to dance
with Cornelius on "Soul Train."
"You can dance with me,"
Cornelius replied. "But not on

said 'Black is beautiful'

why it was so groundbreaking:
"To say with a straight, digni-
fied face that BLACK IS BEAUTI-
FUL was the RISKIEST radical life-
changing move that america has
seen, and amazingly enough for
one hour for one saturday out the
week, if you were watching soul
train . it became contagious,
next thing you know you are actu-
ally believing you have some sort
of worth."
The outpouring of love, support
and admiration was immediately
evident online following the news
that Cornelius had died in his
Mulholland Drive home in Enci-
no. The early evidence suggests
he died of a self-inflicted gun-
shot wound, although authorities
stress that the death remains un-
der investigation.
Regardless of the circumstanc-
es of Cornelius' death, several
fans noted that the timing was
especially poignant:

"First day of Black history
month. R.I.P Don Cornelius,"
tweeted rapper Young Jeezy.

Other celebrity tweets on
Wednesday spoke to how much
Cornelius meant to black culture:
I never could get my Afro to
work right, but I am among the
legion who wanted a turn on that
Soul Train line. #DonCornelius
RIP," tweeted Gwen Ifill, senior
correspondent for PBS' "News-
"It meant more to me to per-
form on #SoulTrain than to win a
Grammy...Loved U So Much Don.
Thank U RIP," tweeted MC Ham-
My 89-year-old mom just
nailed the critical importance of
#DonCornelius. She called Soul
Train a "rebuttal" to American
Bandstand," tweeted sports writ-
er and ESPN analyst Kevin Black-

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Edmonson seeks further probe of Count's disparity study

Edmonson seeks further probe of County's disparity study

Since requesting a report
more than five months ago from
the County Mayor and his ad-
ministration, Vice Chairwom-
an Audrey Edmonson and the
Board of County Commission-
ers finally received a memorari-
dum confirming the need of a
formal disparity study of Black,
Hispanic and women-owned
business participation in Coun-
ty contracting.
In 2005, after a pre-disparity
study was conducted with find-

ings that data collected from the
County departments fell short
of being able to conduct a full
disparity study, the Board of
County Commissioners adopted.
policies and implemented op-
erational enhancements to ad-
dress many of the data limita-
tions. Last year, several pieces
of legislation were passed to
require collection and tracking
of subcontractor information in-
cluding demographic data. Ed-
monson said, "The small busi-

ness community has :I''
greatly suffered not
due to the lack of oppor-
tunity but the ineffec-
tiveness of the County to
collect critical data that
could help determine
where, if any, there were
disparities. I have often .,.
said that you can drive / .
around this County and EDM
see who is working. As
public officials, it is imperative
that we provide opportunities

,to all businesses of
Miami-Dade County."
During discussions
with her colleagues,
Edmonson often ref-
erenced the state
Sof the economy and
| the unemployment
numbers in Miami-
Dade County. She
)NSON stressed that when
the County expends
tax payer dollars on goods and
services, we should ensure we

are increasing and retaining
the number of businesses par-
ticipating in county contracting.
She is now preparing legislation
directing the Administration to
move ahead in securing a firm
to conduct a full disparity study
using data collected in a cen-
tralized and consistent manner.
The study will be conducted in
.key departments with contracts
in a cross section of trade ar-
eas. Meanwhile, she is prepar-
ing similar legislation directing

the Administration to assign a
department with a centralized
database that has, or can eco-
nomically add, the fields neces-
sary to house this information.
The chosen department could
also be assigned the respon-
sibility for maintaining this
data. Currently, the Miami-
Dade Sustainability, Planning
and Economic Enhancement
Department's (SPEED) Oracle
houses the capacity to accom-
modate the data.

Jobs prognosis still grim for Blacks

continued from 1A

Frederica Wilson, 69, District
17, says that the job market
for Blacks is still in bad shape.
"I have heard anecdotally
that the jobless rate in Miami-
Dade County is as high as
30 percent for young, Black
males," she said. "This is un-
acceptable. One of my top pri-
orities is to combat long term
unemployment and provide
assistance for those who have
gone so long without work."
The unemployment rate for
whites [male and female] in
January 2012 was 22 percent
compared to a 40 percent rate
for Blacks. Bill Diggs, 49, pres-
ident and CEO of the Miami-
Dade Chamber of Commerce,
believes that Blacks are getting
jobs but not fast enough.
"The economy seems to be
turning around at a snail's
pace," he said. "Where there
has been growth is in new
Black businesses. The down-
turn has been in the employ-
ability of workers. It seems like
the numbers are higher in the
Black community than any-
where else."
Diggs adds that the Cham-
ber has seen an increase in

Trever T. Wade, Sr., 36,
branch manager Triton Insur-
ance Group, Inc.
membership, about a 10 to 15
percent jump, but they have
also seen a decrease in Black
companies that are earning
significant amounts of money.
"Since the market went bad
we have seen Black businesses
begin to get back to work but
they're not coming back at a
fast pace," he said. "Things are
gradually moving up."
Other highlights from the
Department's report showed
that in 2010, the unemploy-
ment rate for Blacks was 17

percent in Broward County
and 17.5 percent in Miami-
Dade County. In comparison,
the rate for all races was 11
percent in Broward County
and 12 percent in Miami-Dade
County last year.

Experts point to many rea-
sons to explain why Blacks
seem to have more difficult
time finding jobs. Diggs says
that new demands for certain
skilled laborers in the work-
force are trumping decisions
to hire minorities.
"There used to be a value
of diversity in the workforce
that is not there anymore,"
Diggs said. "There used to be
chief diversity officers at ma-
jor corporations. Things aren't
like that anymore. Diversity
was the first thing to fall off.
Because this has happened
Black people are not being
hired back by these major
companies anymore because
there is no real sensitivity to
Diggs also notes the lack of
technological knowledge as
a reason why some Blacks
aren't getting hired.
"The new economy says you

have to be very proficient from
the perspective of technology,"
he said. "You have to be able
to use the latest and greatest
in software."
Kevin Thomas, 32, a North
Miami Beach entrepreneur,
says that tough times contin-
ue to impact his life.
"I try my best to keep peo-
ple employed, especially Black
people but right now we are
the ones that need the most
help," he said. "Even though
everyone is saying the econo-
my is looking better, I honestly
do not see that big of a change.
Even when I do try to bring on
new people sometimes 'we'
don't have the necessary tech-
nical and social skills I am
looking for."
Trever T. Wade, Sr., 36, a
branch manager for Triton
Insurance Group, Inc., says
that Blacks are missing out on
ground level job opportunities.
"The only jobs I've heard
about are those of lower wag-
es," he said. "I think a num-
ber of our Black people are too
proud to take those positions
which is another conversation.
However, we must get back
into the work force. It seems
like more and more people are
living on the system."

Summit of Black legislators to focus on voters' rights
The Florida Conference of lahassee with the the Annual were students at Harvard. The creation, redistricting to tech-
Black State Legislators and the Distinguished Lecture Series, theme for the summit is "Pro- nology," said Representative
Florida Legislative Black Cau- Charles Ogletree, director of the testing Our Voting, Preserving Mia Jones, District 14, chair
cus are hosting the 10th An- Houston Institute for Race and Our Voice." of the Florida Legislative Black
nual 'State of Black Florida' Justice at Harvard Law School, "Our annual gathering brings Caucus. "This year's event is
conference that begins today is the speaker. Ogletree's 33- together experts, leaders and especially important because
and ends on Saturday, Febru- year career includes serving as citizens from across the state for the first time we will be
ary 11th. The conference kicks a public defender in Washing- and nation to ensure our con- uniting Black professional and
off this evening [Wednesday] ton, D.C., representing Anita stituents are informed and en- civic organizations against the
at 6 p.m. in the Capitol's 4th Hill and teaching both Barack gaged on the issues that mat- ongoing attacks on our voting
Floor House Chambers in Tal- and Michelle Obama while they ter most from education to job rights."

Student finds rare speech of Malcolm

continued from 1A

"No one had listened to this in 50
years," Burnley said. "There aren't many
recordings of him before 1962. And this
is a unique speech it's not like others
he had given before."
In the May 11, 1961, speech, Malcolm
X combines blistering humor and reason
to argue that Blacks should not look to
integrate into white society but instead
must forge their own identities and cul-
ture. At the time, Malcolm X, 35, was a
loyal supporter of the Black separatist
movement Nation of Islam. He would be
assassinated four years later after leav-
ing the group and crafting his own more
global, spiritual ideology.
Malcolm X said, "The legacy of slav-
ery and racism has made the 20 million
Black people in this country a dead peo-
ple. Dead economically, dead mentally,
dead spiritually. Dead morally and oth-
erwise. Integration will not bring a man
back from the grave."
The rediscovery of the speech could be
the whole story. But Burnley found the
young students in the crowd that night
proved to be just as fascinating. Malcolm
X was prompted to come to Brown by an
article about the growing Black Muslim
movement published in the Brown Daily

Herald. The article by Kathanne Pierce.
a young student at Pembroke College.
then the women's college at Brown, wvas
first written for a religious studies class
It caught the eye of the student paper's
editor, Richard Holbrooke Holbrooke
would become a leading diplomat,
serving as U.S. ambassador to
Germany soon after that
nation's reunification.
ambassador to the Unit-
ed Nations and President
Obama's special adviser
on Pakistan and Afghani-
stan before his death in 2010
at age 69. But in 1961. Holbrooke. 20.
was eager to use the student newssa-
per to examine race relations. Pierce
article ran in the newspaper s magazine
and somehow the article made its wa',
to Malcolm X. His staff and Holbrooke
worked out details of the .%isit weeks in
advance. In his speech. Malcolm N out-
lined Black Muslims' beliefs and argued
that Black Americans cannot wan foi
white Americans to offer them equality, .
"No, we are not anti-\.'hitc, e sdid.
"But we don't have time for the ,,vhlte
man. he white man is on top already, .
thejim is the ..- -
boss aJ ready."

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FAMU summer band camp cancelled

continued from 1A

of FAMU's Student Govern-
ment Association. "This is-
sue of hazing has had a
far-reaching impact on the
University and I believe that
we need to pause for a mo-
ment to make sure that all
of our students are ready to
seriously move in a direc-
tion which will result in a
complete culture change.
We want to make sure ev-

ery student knows about the
personal responsibility they
have in making sure we wipe
out hazing on our campus."
According to Ammons, the
temporary suspension on
initiation and membership
intake is effective as of Janu-
ary 31, 2012. According to
University officials, any or-
ganization in violation, of the
temporary suspension will
be suspended as a campus
organization in accordance
with University guidelines.

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Williams focuses on youth

activities in Miami Gardens

continued from 1A

Gardens and expand the kinds
of programs that are attractive
to our seniors, then we can be-
gin to impact the crime rate,"
he said.
"Everyone wants to make our
city safer so that families want
to move here and so that our
citizens feel comfortable but
that means we have to initi-
ate realistic crime prevention
programs. More community
policing, getting more citizens
to participate in crime watch
units and holding more fre-
quent town hall meetings so
that we can teach our people
what to look out for would be
a great beginning. I would be
curious to see where those
committing crimes in Miami
Gardens actually live I think
you would find that a lot of the
criminals come from other cit-
ies and that we have a lot of
rollover crime."
As for the recent controver-
sial ordinance banning ex-
felons with more than two
strikes from volunteering in
after school sports programs,
Williams says he is glad that
the council has decided to give
more thought and conversa-
tion before making the propos-
al the law of the land.
"I moved to table the ordi-
nance and send it to commit-
tee and am convinced that we
should involve citizens and
experts so that everyone has
an opportunity to share their
opinions," he said. "This is a
very important issue and with
the data all over the place, I

didn't think I had enough in-
formation .to make a final de-
cision. By holding a public fo-
rum and inviting everyone to
the table I am confident that
we will arrive at a conclusion
that is best for our city and our

Williams, because of his aca-
demic training that goes back
to FAMU where he earned a
bachelor of science in health,
is a big advocate for getting
more minority students in-
volved in science and math -
and at much younger ages. He
recently led the way in a city-
wide science fair for elementary
school children that partnered
with St. Thomas University.
"We have science labs that
are now operating at five of our
elementary schools but one
day I want to see them in all
of our schools," he said. "We
can get the funding we need
through public-private part-
nerships. The tougher task is
getting our kids excited about
math and science. The sci-
ence fairs do just that. It's
these kinds of initiatives that
will help us change the behav-
ior of our children and move
them towards being productive
citizens. We even have a fish-
ing and gardening club that
we're about to launch. Some
of my fellow council members
laughed at first but what better
way can you suggest to teach
children about self-sufficiency
while placing positively-mind-
ed mentors and senior citizens
into their lives?"

Voters reject commissioner raises

continued from 1A

be all but deserted.
Several criticisms were
lodged against the proposal
- one being that term limits
would not have applied retro-
actively to sitting commission-
ers. Two of the commissioners
- Dennis C. Moss and Javier
Suoto have been in office for
almost 20 years, according to
the county commissions of-
fice of communications. The
other proposal that some say
was even more problematic,
was using a population-based
state formula to raise salaries
from $6,000 to $92,097 a year.
Despite the pay raise coming
with the caveat that commis-
sioners could no longer seek
outside employment, some say
that with today's economy the

pay boost was too high to ap-
prove. Political experts believe
that if true county government
reform is to ever take place, it
will come on the heels of citi-
zen-led initiatives like that
of Miami auto billionaire Nor-
man Braman, who put up the
dollars in last year's historic
recall of Miami-Dade Mayor
Carlos Alvarez. In addition,
elected officials rarely call
for their own term limits and
would consider it political sui-
cide to campaign for raises in
their salaries.
As was mentioned earlier,
voters now have 120 days for
collecting petition signatures
for future proposed charter
amendments and they must
be on the next general election
ballot as opposed to being
scheduled as part of a special

Oden speaker at Bing's Banquet

The Louie Bing Scholarship
Fund, Inc. has obtained Rac-
quel Oden as speaker at its An-
nual Awards Banquet. Oden is
Managing Director at the larg-
est bank-holding company in
the U.S., Bank of American/
Merrill Lynch.
The public is invited to hear
and learn invaluable informa-
tion pertinent to obtaining per-
sonal wealth.
Additionally, the following
individuals will be honored
because of their exemplary
dedication to the youth of our
community: Alison Austin,
Cory Bell, Arnold Davis, Leon
Dixon, Hallie Elam, Edward
Gooding, II, Eddie Jordan,
Greg Magner, Will Miller, Dr.
Frederica Wilson and Joe Mira.
This affair will be held 6:45
p.m., Saturday, February 18

at Florida Memorial University.
Call Louie Bing. Jr. at 305-302-
4544 or Gladys Bracy Smith at
305-753-3836 for tickets.







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vor shares her

gifts of healing with others
By Kaila Heard

The knitted and crocheted hats that Lisa Coleman makes to
give away to local hospital patients comes with strings attached.
With nearly every item she gives away, the present also comes
with her personal advice.
"I'm able to speak to cancer pa-
tients as I'm giving them the
hats to encourage them ," she
explained. "I tell them the
healing process starts in -
your mind first."
The 46-year-old Coleman
is passing on advice the
she relied upon herself. A
The mother of three
was diagnosed with -
leukemia 20 years "--- .:

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Black Catholics

celebrate history

Worshippers honor
Black history
By Kaila Heard
Mahy Black Catholics
who reside in South Florida,
were treated to the talents
of internationally renowned
liturgical composer, author,
presenter and musician
Grayson Warren Brown dur-
ing Revival Services held at
the Holy Redeemer Church
in Miami and St. Philip Neri

Church in Miami Gardens
during the week of Feb. 6th
through Feb. 8th.
Brown's latest release,
"Greatness and Glory are
Yoqrs," includes. &kbpY1 qr-,
winning hymn, "Come to the
The revival services are
annual events held in ob-
servance of Black History
Month and to prepare for
the upcoming celebration of
Easter since Ash Wednesday
- the first day of Lent falls
on Feb. 22 this year. This
Please turn to HISTORY 14B

"Cultivating, Elevating, and Celebrating"

Pastor of the Week

Local church draws

youthful crowds
By Kaila Heard
The eldest of three brothers, Pastor Joseph
'TToles Jr. was the only oneof his father's
sons to enter the ministry. "At sonic points
my dad actually prayed that his first born
would be a preacher," Toles recalled, wvith a
laugh. ,.
S The senior pastor of Greater
Berea Missionary Baptist
Church has been
,-,j f" leading the 47-year-
1. 9 old church that his U
Father formerly pas-
Stepping into the pulpit
once occupied by his father
Please turn to TOLES 14B


Former pastor

memorialized with

street renaming

With a lively praise service, good food and
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live music provided by the Sunshine Junkanoo

Band, worshippers, admirers, colleagues and

loved ones of the late Rev. Dr. Philip Clarke

Jr. St., honored the former pastor of the St.

Matthews Missionary Baptist Church during

the street dedication celebration held on Sat-

urday, Jan. 29th.


Deacon Aaron Cochran has
answered his call to proclaim
the Gospel of Jesus Christl The
Greater Harvest Baptist Church
family under the leadership of
Rev. Kenneth McGee, pastor,
cordially invites the entire com-
munity at large to witness his
first sermon on Sunday, 4 p.m.,
February 12 at Greater Harvest
Baptist Church, 14135 NW 7
Avenue, North Miami, Florida.
The Greater Harvest Baptist
Church family will also be cel-
ebrating their Second Annual
Church Anniversary and Black
History during the month of
February. We are honored to
have the following guests dur-
ing out Pre-Anniversary Ser-
vices. On Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.,
Bro. Justin Brown, Youth
speaker; Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.,
Chief Maurice Kemp, City of
Miami Department of Fire and
Rescue; Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.,
Rev. Howard Siplin, pastor and
Beulah M.B. Church family;
Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m., Rev. Jef-
frey Hamilton, pastor and New
Life Christian Worship Cen-

ter family; Feb. 26 at 10 a.m.,
Prophet Annette Copeland, One
Body of Christ of Love Ministry.
This grand month culminates
on Feb. 26 at 4 p.m. with Rev.
Johnny L. Barber II, Modera-
tor Florida East Coast Associa-
tion and Mt. Sinai M.B. Church
All are invited to come wor-
ship with us during this elevat-
ing experience in the Lord!

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Eddie Long accepts Jewish crown I

Troubled pastor says he is sorry to

the Anti-Defamation League ..t

Bishop Eddie Long has apolo-
gized to the Anti-Defamation
League over an incident in
which he was wrapped in a To-
rah scroll and crowned "king."
As shown in a video that
went viral, the televangelist was
wrapped in a "Holocaust To-
rah" and crowned king during
a recent ceremony at New Birth
Missionary Baptist Church, his
suburban Atlanta congregation.
"The ceremony was not my
suggestion, nor was it my in-
tent, to participate in any ritual
that is offensive in any man-
ner to the Jewish community,
or any group. Furthermore, I
sincerely denounce any action
that depicts me as a King, for
I am merely just a servant of
the Lord," Long wrote in a letter
dated last Saturday.
The letter was addressed to
Bill Nigut, southeast regional
director of the Anti-Defamation
League a Jewish group that
fights anti-Semitism.
"While I believe that Rabbi
Ralph Messer has good inten-
tions during his message at

New Birth, I understand that
the ceremony he performed on
Sunday, January 29th, caused
harm to the Jewish community,
for which I am deeply sorry,"
Long wrote.
Nigut acknowledged the apol-
ogy and said he was grateful for
"I thought it was a very heart-
felt, sincere, humble apology,"
he told CNN. "I was very grati-
fied by Bishop Long apparently
recognizing what our concern
Nigut said he was deeply of-
fended by the "fake ritual," and
by how the Torah was handled
during it.
Video from the ceremony
showed Messer wrapping Long
in the Torah scroll, which he
said was recovered during the
Holocaust. He then directed
four men to lift a seated Long in
his chair and parade him before
the New Birth congregation.
"He is a king. God's blessed
him. He's a humble man, but in
him is kingship, royalty," Mess-
er shouted.


He said during the ceremony
that the Torah was a "price-
less" 312-year-old scroll that
had been recovered from the
Auschwitz concentration camp
during World War II. He said he
wanted to honor Long "on be-
half of Jewish people, and the
land of Israel."
Rabbi Hillel Norry of Congre-
gation Shearith Israel in Atlan-
ta said last week the ceremony
was "ridiculous." There's no
Jewish coronation ceremony
where someone is wrapped in

a Torah and made a king, he
"We just don't do that. We,
treat it with deference," Norry
said of the Torah. "It's not a
shawl, not a crown. Don't treat
it that way."
Norry said Messer doesn't
appear to be an ordained rab-
bi in the Jewish faith. He also
doubts that the Torah scroll
that Long was wrapped in is
actually 312 years old, and had
somehow escaped detection in
a concentration camp.

Will Baptists elect Black president?

By Bruce Nolan

After months of urging from
other Baptists around the
country, the Rev. Fred Luter
told his Black congregation
that he will seek to become
the first Black man to lead the
predominantly white Southern
Baptist Convention.
Several Baptist leaders said
Luter becomes the prohibitive
favorite for the post, to be filled
in a potentially historic elec-
tion at the Southern Baptists'
annual meeting here in June.
SBC Today, a Baptist-fo-
cused news website, carried
the announcement on Wednes-
day (Feb. 1). Youth pastor Fred
"Chip" Luter III separately con-
firmed Luter's announcement
to his church on Sunday.
Luter appears to be the first
candidate to declare for the
post, which will become vacant
this summer when the Rev.
Bryant Wright of Marietta, Ga.,
finishes his second one-year
Many began openly promot-

ing Luter for the top job last
summer, moments after he was
elected the convention's first
Black first vice president.
"If he runs, he'll get elected
overwhelmingly. He may be
unopposed," said Daniel Akin,
president of Southeastern
Baptist Seminary in Wake For-
est, N.C.
No other candidates have an-
nounced so far. Akin said other
potential candidates were judg-
ing their chances on whether
Luter decided to run.
The Southern Baptist presi-
dent has no authority over the
denomination's 51,000 au-
tonomous churches and mis-
sions, but the president exerts
influence by appointing the
most important committees
in Baptist organizational life.
The denomination's turn to-
ward theological conservatism
in the 1980s was triggered by
the election of a succession of
conservative presidents.
Akin, Moore and others say
they are eager to elect Luter,
both for his leadership gifts

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and to demonstrate South-
ern Baptist acceptance of the
chanting face of'their work.'" ''
Luter is widely known
around the convention, hav-
ing preached in hundreds of
pulpits. Moreover, supporters
said he is widely admired as a
pastor in his own right. Luter
built Franklin Avenue Baptist
Church into a major success,
then led his congregation in re-
building after it was destroyed

by Hurricane Katrina.
Akin said Luter's stature
grew in his decision to remain
in New Orleans. "You have to
have unbelievable respect for
a man who made that kind of
commitment," Akin said. "My
God, look at what he did."
Growth in traditional white
congregations in the 16-mil-
lion-member Southern Baptist
Convention has plateaued. In
recent years the denomination
has actively sought to reach
out to nonwhites, typically His-
panics, Blacks and Asians.
In 1990, 95 percent of South-
ern Baptist congregations were
white; now the figure is 80 per-
cent, said Scott McConnell of
'LifeWay Research, a church-
related institute.
"Some critic said of us that
the Southern Baptist Conven-
tion is as white as a tractor
pull," Moore said. "If that re-
mains the case, the Southern
Baptist Convention has no fu-
ture. I think Fred Luter's elec-
tion will be pioneering; I pray it
will not be an anomaly."

Pres. Obama reflects on personal faith

By Eric Marrapodi

President Barack Obama
spoke of his personal faith last
week as he delivered remarks
for the third year in a row at
the National Prayer Breakfast.
In addition, Obama used the
platform in front of religious
dignitaries and politicians to
express his vision of how faith
and government intersect and
can work together.
After his remarks, the presi-
dent received a standing ova-
tion from the crowd at the
Washington Hilton, the White
House pool reporter said.
Journalists are barred from at-
tending the breakfast with the
exception of the White House
pool, which follows the presi-
dent. CNN requested and was
denied access to the event.
The breakfast has hosted
every president since Eisen-
Obama, who, as one admin-
istration official said, identifies
as a "committed Christian who
spends a lot of time working on
his Christian walk," noted in
the speech that he prays daily.
An administration official
speaking on background said

Obama viewed the speech as
chance to explain his person-
al faith practices and to show
"his desire to step in the gap
for those who are vulnerable."
The president also highlight-
ed faith efforts that are partic-
ularly of importance to young
evangelicals, a voting block he
courted heavily in 2008. The
Passion Conference, a mas-
sive gathering of young Chris-
tians that this year took aim at
human trafficking, got a nod
from the podium, as did other

groups with targeted antipov-
erty efforts.
Others in the room recount-
ed the ease with which the
president presented his case
for the integration of his faith
and policy.
"Each time that I have lis-
tened to the president reflect
on his Christian faith, I'm
struck by the quiet poignan-
cy of his words as he speaks
from the heart," said Stephen
Schneck, a professor from
Catholic University who has
advised the administration in
the past.
"This morning we all felt
this. Most moving for me was
the way he spoke of his con-
cern for the poor and mar-
ginalized and the personal
responsibility he felt to serve
these 'least among us,' a re-
sponsibility that the president
grounded in his daily prayer
life," Schneck told CNN. But
he added, "Of course, that
doesn't change that he made a
serious mistake with the HHS
Is Obama losing the Catho-
lic vote?
The administration was still
doing damage control over a

U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services policy
that forces religious schools
and institutions that offer
employee health insurance to
cover FDA-approved contra-
ceptives. The move has an-
gered many Catholics in par-
ticular, who oppose the use
of contraceptives on religious
grounds, and view the policy
as an intrusion on their reli-
gious liberty.
Hunter, who has been a
strong vocal supporter of the
president, noted that while
there was no rancor in the
room about the HHS decision,
"there is real disappointment
with that decision."
Obama did not directly ad-
dress the issue in his speech
but did allude to it when de-
scribing his guiding principles
on coming to tough policy deci-
"We know that part of living
in a pluralistic society means
that our personal religious be-
liefs alone can't dictate our re-
sponse to every challenge we
face," he said. He added later,
"Our goal should not be to de-
clare our policies as biblical. It
is God who is infallible, not us.

Linebacker's faith pulls him through tough spot

By Ericka Sanders

Brackett's life reads like a
He was a walk on at Rutgers
University; yet by his senior
year he was named defensive
captain and won the team's
defensive MVP honors.
The linebacker went undraft-
ed in 2003, but was signed by
the Indianapolis Colts as a free
agent. What should have been

the beginning of
the happiest times
in his life was the
beginning of the
most tragic.
During a
17-month span,
Brackett lost his
mother, father and
brother. In October
2003, his father,
Granville died of a
heart attack. Three
months later, his


mother Sandra
went into the hos-
pital for a routine
hysterectomy and
suffered a stroke
in the recovery
room. Brackett
made the decision
to take her off life
support. Not long
after, his brother
Greg was diag-
nosed with T-cell
leukemia. Despite

a bone marrow transplant
from Brackett, Greg died a few
months later.
What got him through? His
faith in God.
"My mother was an ordained
reverend and always told us
about the importance of faith
and being a faithful believer
and (the power) of prayer," he
told the Recorder. "When I'm
dealing with tragedies or inju-
ries, I give it to God. I believe
that what is for me is for me."


Mime ministry helps to celebrate

State of Opa-locka Address
The mime ministry, Brothers of Expression from the New Begin-
ning Embassy of Praise, performed during the State of the City
Address for Opa-locka on Friday, Jan. 27th. The New Beginning
Embassy of Praise church is led by Rev. Johnny Taylor, who is
married to Opa-locka Mayor Myra Taylor.

UMC celebrates 40 years

of supporting HBCUs

By Faye Wilson

Year after year, when stu-
dents from the New
York Annual (regional)
Conference boarded
buses to visit histori-
cally Black colleges,
they envisioned their
future. They also saw
history in the mak-
ing as they walked the
campuses. Each time
they opened a door or
leaned against sun-
warmed bricks and mortar,
they touched the fruition of
others' dreams.
Forty years ago, when the
1972 General Conference es-
tablsfi W "e'06 eg
Fund apportionment, United
Methodists made a commit-
ment to justice ministries that
began with the work of the
Freedmen's Aid Society.
Organized following the Civil
War to educate people newly
freed from slavery, the soci-
ety helped to establish more
than 70 schools in the south
and southwest regions of the
United States. Eleven of those
institutions remain (some be-
cause of mergers). They are
supported by the tithes, offer-
ings and donations of United
Methodists across the connec-
For 15 years, the Rev. Ju-
lius S. Scott Jr. provided lead-
ership at one of those United


Methodist-related historically
Black colleges Paine Col-
lege in Augusta, Ga. He saw
firsthand how the
generosity of United
Methodists fulfilled
the dreams of thou-
sands of students.
The Black College
Fund "was genius,
really," he said in
a recent interview.
"It provided us with
a pool of funds we
OTT could rely on and
direct to our most urgent
needs. A lot of funds that come
to colleges are designated, es-
pecially federal funds. They
only can be used in a specific
way. (Th4iy^ack'I oltegelun,
on the othqrhand, allowed me
as an administrator to address
critical concerns immediate-
Funding through the Black
College Fund also enables col-
lege administrators to recruit
and retain stellar faculty. A
keystone of the historically
Black colleges is to allow stu-
dents to interact with staff
who serve as cultural, spiritu-
al and academic role models
and mentors.
When educator Gloria Ran-
die Scott received the 2011
Black College Fund Servant
Leader Award, Orphe said
that (Gloria Randle) Scott
"took a little country girl" and
helped Orphe find her voice.

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A Mission With A New
Beginning Women's De-
partment will be sponsoring a
Color Rally on Feb. 10 at 7:30

The Women In The
Ministry Network is hosting
a Fellowship Meeting on Feb.
25 at 7:30 p.m. 954-292-

New Presbyterian
Church in Pompano Beach
is hosting a Faith & Freedom
Weekend, March 2 4. 954-

New Mount Moriah Mis-
sionary Baptist Church will
host the Habitat for Humanity
of Greater Miami's Homeown-
ership Application Meeting on
the second Saturday of every
month at 9:30 a.m. No RSVP
necessary. 305-634-3628.

Carol City United Meth-
odist Church is hosting a Yard
Sale on Feb. 11 beginning at 6
a.m. 786-343-2693.

The Church of the In-
carnation is hosting the His-
torically Black Colleges and
Universities Forum for all high
school students on Feb. 25, 10
a.m. 2 p.m. 305-754-6146.

The Opa-Locka Church
of God will be hosting a Re-
vival with Apostle/Prophet
S.D.James on Feb. 17 19, 8
p.m. nightly. 305-688-8943

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church welcomes everyone to
their Sunday Worship Services
at 12 p.m. and to Praise and
Worship Services on Thurs-
days at 8 p.m. 305-633-2683.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church is hosting a
Family and Friends Day wor-
ship service every Sunday at
7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. 305-

Running for Jesus Out-
reach Youth Ministry is host-
ing a Youth Tent Evangelistic
Service on Feb. 19 at 4 p.m.

New Christ Tabernacle
Missionary Baptist Church
is hosting their pastor's Pre-
Anniversary services on Feb.
10 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 15; Feb.
19 at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center's Let's Talk
Women Ministry is hosting
a session entitled, ""Can God

use a Woman?" on Feb. 18 at 1
p.m. and the church welcomes
everyone to their Family and
Friends Day service on Feb. 12
at 11 a.m.

Women in Transition
of South Florida will have its
Annual Spring Tea on March
17. There will be an informa-
tion meeting on Feb. 4 if you
or the women of your organi-
zation or ministry are inter-
ested in participating in this
event. Call 786-704-6817 to

Salters Chapel A.M.E.
Church will be celebrating it's
annual Jefferson County Day
on Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. 305-

Christ Episcopal
Church's Youth Ministry
welcomes everyone to join
them on a trip to the Holy Land
Experience in Orlando on Feb.
18. 305-607-5553

Benny Hinn Ministries is
hosting a symposium on Feb.
23 24th. 1-800-742-7153.

Christ's Kingdom Life
Center International wel-
comes the community to
their Sunday worship service
at 10:30 a.m. and their Bible
study and Prayer sessions on
Tuesday at 7 p.m.954-963-

The Women Transi-
tioning Program is hosting
another computer training
session for women and men.

God Word God Way
COGIC invites you to revival
Feb. 9 and 10 with Gospel Fel-
lowship, Pastor Graves. 786-

New Beginning Church
of Deliverance invites ev-
eryone to their free weight
loss classes Saturdays at 10
a.m., but enrollment neces-
sary. 786-499-2896.

Memorial Temple Bap-
tist Church holds worship
services nightly at 7:30 p.m.

Emmanuel Missionary
Baptist Church invites ev-
eryone to their Sunday Wor-
ship Services at 7:30 a.m.
and 11 a.m. 305-696-6545.

Redemption Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes everyone to their 'In-
troduction 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, 786-312-4260.

New Canaan Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes the community to Sun-

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

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

Mt. Claire Holiness
Church invites the commu-
nity to Sunday School at 10
a.m. and worship service ev-
ery week at noon and praise
service on Thursdays at 8

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

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

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

Lifeline Outreach Min-
istries invites everyone to
their roundtable to discuss
the Bible every Saturday, 6
p.m. 305-345-8146.

Join Believers Faith
Breakthrough Ministries
Int'l every Friday at 7:30
p.m. for Prophetic Break-
through Services. 561-929-
1518, 954-237-8196.

The Women's Depart-
ment of A Mission With
A New Beginning Church
sponsors a Community Feed-
ing every second Saturday of
the month, from 10 a.m. un-
til all the food has been given
out. For location and addition-
al details, call 786-371-3779.

New Mt. Sinai Mission-
ary Baptist Church wel-
comes 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
Ministries invites everyone
to morning worship every
Sunday at 9 a.m. 305-754-

New Life Family Wor-
ship Center welcomes ev-
eryone to their Wednesday
Bible Study at 7 p.m. 305-

Say it quickly, love on the fast track, fast

continued from 12B

learn about speed dating until
a few years ago, but he quickly
fell in love with the concept.
"Speed dating is a way to
cut through the b.s.," he said.
"Stuff that you couldn't get in
four hours of dancing in a night
club you can get in six minutes
of speed dating."

With only a handful of min-
utes to speak to a potential
partner, daters normally choose
to ask the questions about is-
sues they most care about -
from issues of religion to past
To help those new to dating or
for those who want to improve,
Carroll wrote, "20 Soul Ques-
tions for a Better Relationship."
During his speed dating ses-

sion, the hip hop coach will pro-
vide light entertainment, games
to break the ice and advice to
maximize the potential of the
brief dates.
For the best results which
to Carroll means finding a part-
ner suitable for a monogamous
relationship the dating coach
advised that speed dating par-
ticipants be "honest, be forth-
coming with information, and

have trust and knowledge of
The Speed Dating seminar
will be held on Tuesday, Feb.
14th at 6 p.m. at the Miramar
Library which is located at 2050
Civic Center Drive. Walk-ins are
welcome, but reservations are
preferred. To reserve your seat
or to get additional information,
please call 954-437-1806 ext.

Survivor says fight with faith, hope and love

continued from 12B

Her fight was compounded
with the struggle that her fam-
ily underwent in order to raise
the necessary funds for the
treatment. Eventually, with the
colossal efforts of her mother,
enough money was found.
While Coleman cites many
blessings that helped her fight
and overcome her cancer battle,
one of the biggest was due to
the fact that her sister, 45-year-
old Patrisa Yvette Coleman, was
a perfect blood donor match for
According to the Institute

for Justice, only 30 percent of
people who need bone marrow
transplants find matches with-
in their own family.
For Patrisa, the decision to
donate didn't require any delib-
"I thought that I was going to
lose my sister, so I didn't care
about what happened to me
physically. I just wanted to save
my sister because she wouldn't
have survived if I hadn't done
it," she recalled.
Yet even with the fiscal, moral
and emotional support of her
family and loved ones, Coleman
believed that she ultimately
overcame her ordeal with two

other essential elements.
,"All ,o the.medicine won't do,
any good, if you don't have a
fighting will power and faith,"
she said.
For the single mother, it was
the thought of seeing her sons
reach adulthood that pro-
pelled her through many days.
Now she tries to pass along
this faith and passion for liv-
ing to those who receive her
SHer newfound passion came
to her last year after she had
seen examples of the craft on
"I thought that's what I can
do," she recalled. "I can knit

nice stylish hats using germ-
faine rganio-yarn for kids,
women and men."
Roughly twice a month,
Coleman, who works full time
as an emergency medical tech-
nician (EMT) and is a part-
time student at Broward Col-
lege, visits local hospitals to
deliver her crafts and wisdom.
Patrisa praised her sister's
"I think its great because it
gives [the patients] hope when
they see her giving out hats,"
she said. "Theyll think, 'if the
person who gave me this sur-
vived, then I'm going to survive
this too."

Transform a marriage from good to great

continued from 12B

the law, Weber claims. However,
the executive director says that
Americans can do even better,
citing that $112 billion U.S.
tax dollars are spent on divorce
and unwed childbearing.
According to Weber, 40 per-
cent of children are born out-
side of marriage in America.
Meanwhile, the head of the Na-
tional Center of African-Ameri-
can Marriages revealed that 72
percent of all African-American
babies are born out of wedlock.
"In 1970, 79 percent of all
adults in America were mar-
ried," Weber stated. "But today
that has dropped down to 57

She urged, "Let's work to-
gether, let's strengthen mar-
The goals of National Mar-
riage Week USA is to promote
the benefits of marriage, el-
evate strengthening marriage
as a national issue among
policy makers and the media,
and provide a new national
clearinghouse of established,
trusted marriage classes and
This year's initiative includes
new features such as "Date
Night Challenge," a 2-hour we-
beast with Dr. Greg Smalley
and comedian Jeff Allan. We-
ber has also asked citizens to
appeal to members of Congress
regarding their RSVPs to a re-
ception about why strengthen-

ing marriage is critical to the
nation's economy.
National Marriage week is
part of an international move-
ment the vision of which is
"to encourage the develop-
ment and support of Marriage
Weeks in 75 nations of World
by 2021."
Worldwide, 16 countries are
participating in the event. It is
a celebration of the "diversity
and vibrancy of marriage as
the basis for family life," ac-
cording to organizers.
According to the Internation-
al Marriage Week website, Feb.
7-14 is a time to say "wake up.
Marriage is a great idea."
In 1996, Richard Kane first
introduced National Marriage
Week in the U.K. The initiative

has since spread to the Czech
Republic, Hungry, Switzerland,
Germany, Belgium, Ireland,
Northern Ireland, and Austra-
lia. Co-founders Brent Bar-
low and Diane Sollee of Smart
Marriages introduced Marriage
Week to the U.S. in 2002.
The event is spearheaded
by a group of individuals and
charities that believe a healthy
marriage creates security and
stability for the couple and any
children that may come along.
"If you are fortunate to be in
a marriage, you should look af-
ter it and here are some tips
to help you improve your rela-
tionship, and some signposts
to organizations who can help
you transform a good marriage
into a great marriage."

Blacks have a rich history in Catholic church

continued from 12B

year's theme was the "Power of
According to Father John
Cox, the rector of the Holy Re-
deemer Church, the Revival
Services have been celebrated at
the 300-member church for the
past 22 years.
Black Catholics: a distin-
guished minority
Although in recent decades
the number of practicing Catho-
lics has decreased, Catholics
still represent more than a bil-
lion Christians world wide.
According to the Florida Cath-
olic Conference, there are cur-
rently 2.2 million Catholics re-

siding in Florida.
Meanwhile, according to a
2000 CARA Catholic Poll, Blacks
account for only 3 percent of
Catholics in the United States.
And of the 18,000 U.S. Catho-
lic parishes, only over 1,000 are
predominantly Black.
Since the 1970s, there has
been a growing movement to
recognize the contributions of
minorities to the Catholic re-
ligion. For Blacks, that meant
recognizing how people of color
have been an influential force
within the church almost since
it was first created the first cen-
tury A.D.
According to one rector from
the Diocese of Alexandria, Lou-
isiana in an interview with St.

Anthony Messenger, "It's easy
to think we were converted on
the plantation. But Black Cath-
olics have been a part of the
Church longer than we think."
For example, three popes in
the early church, Victor I, Mil-
tiades (also known as Melchia-
des) and Gelasius I were Afri-
can. And the first Black African
to be canonized was St. Moses
the Black, an outlaw and leader
of a band of bandits who fled
into the desert of Egypt to avoid
In the United States, Black
Catholics have remained faith-
ful worshippers and partici-
pants of the church and even
managed to found and support
Xavier University in New Or-

leans, is the only Black Catho-
lic institution of higher learning
in the United States.
Meanwhile, Black Catholics
continue to receive greater at-
tention nowadays. According to
a recently published National
Black Catholic Survey, Black
Catholics tend to be more re-
ligiously engaged than their
white counterparts.
The study, which was one of
the first studies to focus spe-
cifically upon Black Catholics,
reported that younger worship-
pers also tended to be more
engaged with church activities
with 59 percent reporting that
they attended church services
at least once a week compared
to 35 percent of whites.

Young people grow church

continued from 12B

was no easy task. In addition to
transitioning to a new pastor,
the church experienced a loss
of membership. After Toles Sr.'s
illness and eventual death, reg-
ular worshippers dwindled to a
Yet Toles remained steadfast.
"I don't believe in trying to
force anybody to stay and I
don't believe in trying to make
people come. It's about choice,"
he explained. "I'm about doing
it the way that God wants it to
be done."
The spiritual journey was
slow and steady, yet fruitful.
More than 50 worshippers call
Greater Berea MBC home now
and of those over 35 are young
"It hasn't been easy but the
Lord actually showed me that
once the church began to grow
that it would grow through
young people," Toles said.
The church is now able to
provide several popular min-
istries including liturgical
dance, Praise and Worship
and the mentoring programs
- K.I.N.G.S. (which stands
for Kingdom Influenced Nur-
tured Godly Servants) and
Q.U.E.E.N.S. (Qualified Unique
Elegant Empowered Nurtured

Although a faithful ser-
vant now, Toles himself went

through a period of youthful
From the ages of 18 to 32, he
attended church sporatically,
preferring to spend his time "in
the streets and the clubs" while
also doing drugs.
However, one Friday night
while he was hanging out with
another wayward friend, Toles
received a spiritual wake up
"We were indulging in drugs
and while I was there with him
the Lord just had me step out-
side of myself and allowed me
to see that if I didn't change
I would wind up homeless,"
Toles said of his vision.
The very next morning, Toles
called his father and expressed
his change of heart. The pair
had remained close over the
years in spite of their difference
in lifestyles.
"Quite naturally we had our
clashes," he recalled. "I was in
darkness and he was in light.
He would try to give me God's
perspective, but I didn't want
to hear that. But once I was on
the right path our relationship
Now when people who have
loved ones who are struggling
with additions come to him for
advice, Toles says, "You got to
keep God by saying a word of
prayer. But don't look down on
them. Just let them know that
God loves them."
Greater Berea Missionary
Baptist Church is located at
7831 NW 15th Avenue in Mi-

St. John Missionary Baptist Church

You are invited to come
out on this Sunday, February
12th starting at 3:30 p.m. to
celebrate with the Pastor's
Care Support Ministry of St.
John Baptist Church as they
observe their day.
The sermon will be deliv-
ered by Minister Nelson L.

Please come and help praise
the name of the Lord as you
fellowship with the members
and friends of the Pastor's
Care Ministry.
Deaconess Ida Adkins is
the president. Bishop James
Dean Adams is the pastor.

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Gov. Scott to reject college tuition increase

By Steve Bousquet
Kim Walmath

The first budget confronta-
tion of the legislative session
emerged last week when Gov-
ernor Rick Scott declared his
opposition to an eight percent
tuition increase at state col-
leges and universities that Re-
publican lawmakers support.
"I don't believe in tuition
hikes," Scott said. "We have
to do what the private sector
has done and what every fam-
ily has done and that's tight-
en our belts. The first thing

I want to focus on is how we
can reduce our costs rather
than how do we raise tuition."
The House Appropriations
Committee is expected to vote
out a preliminary budget of
$69.2 billion that includes
an eight percent tuition hike.
Representative Denise Grims-
ley, District 77, who chairs
the House budget panel, is-
sued a statement defending
the House's support for a tu-
ition increase.
"The cost of post-secondary
education in Florida is almost
the lowest in the nation,"

Grimsley said. "Al-
lowing tuition in-
creases helps keep
Florida nationally
Grimsley said
Florida ranks 45th
out of 50 states in
the cost of under-
graduate tuition,
now about $184
per credit hour or
$5,531 for a full
year of 30 credit
hours. The eight
percent increase
to base tuition by


the legislature the logic that tuition needs to
last year totaled increase because it's too low.
$7.65 per credit "I want the cost of living in
hour. The uni- this state to be lower than
versities tacked other states. I don't want it to
on another sev- be higher," Scott said. "Would
en percent to you think that way in busi-
make a $9.16 ness?"
total hike, or He recalled having to pay
$275.10 for a his way through community
full year. Tu- college in Missouri and the
ition has in- uproar that ensued when tu-
creased every ition rose by $20 a semester.
year for the past "It costs money and I want
six years in everybody to be able to afford
Florida. Scott / an education," Scott said.
flatly rejected The state Senate has not

prepared its budget but sup-
port for a tuition increase ex-
ists there, too. Senator Evelyn
Lynn, District 7, who chairs
the budget subcommittee on
higher education, disagreed
with Scott.
"I have great concern be-
cause we're cutting back on
dollars, and education has
been cutting back every single
year for the last four years
now, and to come one more
year where we have to reduce
money and say 'no tuition in-
creases'is very difficult," Lynn

Northwestern holds financial

aid and voter registration fair

By Randy Grice

In today's tough economy
getting a college education is
almost a necessity for those
wanting a good job. Last week,
Miami Northwestern Senior
High School held its financial
aid and voter registration fair.
"Trying to get to college is
something that I have always
wanted to do," said Jauan Bat-
tele, 18, Northwestern llth
grader. "My parents never got
the opportunity to go to college.
My goal is to get to college so
that I can make them proud of
The fair had representatives
from different colleges across
the state and city including
Miami Dade College, Florida
Atlantic University and The
University of Miami,and at-
tracted 200 people including
Northwestern students, their
parents and adults seeking in-
formation regarding a college
"I am 40-years-old and I want
to go back to college," said Jan-
ice Potter, a mother of two. "I
dropped out of college when
I was 19-years-old and had
my first daughter. At the time
I thought that it was the best
thing to do for my child but the
best thing really would have
been to stay and stick it out. A
college education is invaluable
and it lasts forever."

The fair also offered a chance
for people to register to vote.
Financial aid advisors were
available to assist parents and
students in correctly complet-
ing their Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
"This is the most important
document that you will have to
fill out to go to school said Lar-
Marc Anderson, Miami North-
western's College Assistance
Program (CAP) advisor. "The
turn out this year was great
but we really want more peo-
ple." Many students may still
be on the fence about going
to college or even selecting a
major. However, some students
like Aundrey Alen, 18, North-
western l1th grader has his
mind made up.
"This fair is very important to
me, if you don't have a college
degree you can't do anything
b~aUe 4 Ayd ned a' le&'l to
get to where you want to go,"
he said. "In an economy like
this you have to have it all. I am
interested in studying marine
biology when I get to college.
The fair also offered a chance
for people to register to vote.

Northwestern students Jauan
Battele, 18 (L-R) and Aundrey
Alen, 18, weigh their options
for their future in college as
they review information from
an FAU recruiter.

Photo credit: MiamiTimes photo/Randy Grice
Patrick Kodjoe (L) and Boris Kodjoe (far right) pose with students from North Miami Senior High School after speaking at a
breakout session at the UNCF Empowerment Tour.

UNCF Empower Me Tour stops at FMU

By Randy Grice

A college education has always been a
game changer for people in pursuit of a
better life. Last week the United Negro
College Fund's Empower Me Tour made
its seventh stop on the campus of Florida
Memorial University. The free traveling
career and college readiness road show
was aimed at preparing students for suc-
"This tour is having an impact at vary-
ing levels," said Monica Newman Mc-
Cluney, national director of strategic alli-
ances and corporate relations for UNCF.
"For middle and high school students
and their parents we are reaching out to

them with information to better prepare
them for getting to and through college."
During the tour, college, high school
and middle school students got the op-
portunity to listen to a celebrity panel
share their perspectives on what it takes
to be successful. Small breakout ses-
sions were also held on building a per-
sonal brand, speech preparation and
making the most of the college experi-
ence. Among the celebrities on the panel
was singer Kenny Lattimore, 42.
"We have been blessed with pretty ex-
traordinary lives, we are just like those
students only several years later," said
Lattimore. "I think it is important that
they see themselves as being successful.
I believe that if you are given a platform

you have a responsibility. To me that re-
sponsibility is to serve the people."
Stephanie Perry, 18, who was present
at the panel discussion, said she enjoyed
what the panelists had to offer.
"It is not every day that you have celeb-
rities talk to students and actually give
good advice," she said. "A lot of times
we see these people on TV and we don't
know their story. We don't know how
they got to be successful but today it
feels like they pulled the curtains back
just a little bit so we could see our paths
to success."
The nine city tour is in its four year. The
final two stops will be in San Francisco,
California on February 18th and Los An-
geles, California on February 25th.

Photo credit: MiamiTimes photo/Randy Grice
Mildred Meja, principal of Ojus Elementary School (1-r) stands with So-
nya Gardner at the Teacher of The Year Award ceremony.

Veteran teacher

recognized for service

Recently Sonya Gardner, 50, a veteran teacher of more than
25 years, was recognized with the Teacher of The Year Award
(TTYA) at GG's Waterfront Bar and Grill, 606 North Ocean
Drive. Gardner teaches kindergarten at Ojus Elementary
School, 18600 West Dixie Highway. She was first recognized
with the TTYA in 1993. -,

Senator Gary Siplin, District 19

School prayer bill passes

in Florida Senate

Recently the school prayer bill sponsored by Senator Gary
Siplin,58, District 19, passed in the Florida Senate.
"This bill will help students to become a more comprehensive
person," he said. "They will have their academia where their
minds will be developed but now their minds can be developed
as well."
Senate Bill 98 authorizes school districts to allow student-led
prayer at school assemblies.
The legislation is now heading over to the Florida House of
Representatives. SB 98, was approved by the Florida Senate
bin a vote of 31-8.
The legislation provides students with complete discretion in
deciding whether to include an inspirational message as a part
of a student assembly and the content of such a message.
"This bill allows students an opportunity to further grow as
students by exercising their freedom to express themselves
through the delivery of inspirational messages without sup-
pression or influence from school officials or any adults," Siplin
The bill, which is being carried in the House by Representa-
tive Charles Van Zant, District 21, is waiting to be heard in




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Oral HPV

Study: Three

times as many

men as women

By Liz Szabo

Oral infections with HPV, a
family of cancer-causing vi-
ruses, are more common than
doctors expected, according to
the first national study of its
kind. And while the viruses
can be found in saliva, HPV
appears to be mostly spread
through sex,. rather than more
casual contact such as kissing,
according to the study in to-
day's Journal of the American
Medical Association.
HPV, the human papilloma-
virus, is best known for caus-
ing cervical cancer and genital
warts, but it also causes can-
cers at the back of the throat,
tonsils and base of the tongue,
says study author Maura Gil-
lison, a professor at the Ohio
State University Comprehen-
sive Cancer Center.
In her new study, Gillison
found that seven percent of
Americans have a current oral
infection with HPV, accord-
ing to test results from 5,579
Americans ages 14 to 69.
That's higher than Gillison had
expected, she says. Her study
provides the first major one of
oral HPV infection rates for the
whole country.

By Frederik Joelving

Working out regularly may
brighten the mood of people
with chronic health problems
like cancer, heart disease and
back pain, according to the
first sweeping look at previous
But it's no miracle cure: On
agvW~g pioql gud, need
to hit the gym or go for a jog
for one person to see a mood
"It's a nice piece of evidence
and I'm pleased because I like
the concept," said Dr. Alan J.
Gelenberg, who chairs the de-
partment of psychiatry at Penn
State University in Hershey.
Gelenberg, who wasn't
involved in the new work,
said the findings jibe with
guidelines from the American
Psychiatric Association, which
recommends regular exercise
against the blues.
"There is some evidence for
its use to prevent depression,
and there actually is evidence
for exercise as a treatment in
itself," he told Reuters Health.
With the new study, pub-
lished in the Archives of
Internal Medicine, researchers
wanted to weigh the evidence
that training can also help
chronically ill people who don't
have a diagnosis of depression,
but nonetheless may feel down.
That's important because de-
pressive symptoms could make
people less likely to take their
meds, could increase their use
of health services and decrease
their quality of life, said Mat-

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moking and alcohol. Women 3.6% defined as vaginal, oral or anal ing, difficulty swallowing or a
to research Gillison intercourse than among feeling of a lump in the throat,
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mors, Gillison says. teach sexual health and well- cines which cost a total of
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Source: Journal of the American Medical
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the virus infects tion. Gillison says it's possible ing cancer, however, Ault says
and what allows it current genital HPV infection, that smoking leaves the body the study "does argue for vacci-
s to cancer, Gillison About 80 percent of women are more vulnerable to infection or nating everyone." And, he says,
ies show that about infected with HPV by age 50, makes infections more difficult it adds "yet another reason not
of women have a she says. to clear, to smoke."

may boost mood for some chronically ill

-mul I WnM' [ I \ I "What we don't know is much pressed should exercise within

thew Herring of the University
of Alabama at Birmingham.
He and his colleagues
combed through 90 previous
studies including more than
10,000 people with health
problems like cancer, heart
disease, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disorder (COPD),
fibromyalgia, chronic pain or
In each study, people had
been randomly chosen to do
exercises on average, three
times a week over 42 weeks -
or not.
According to Herring, peo-
ple's depressive symptoms, as
rated on a variety of psycholog-
ical scales, dropped about 22
percent with exercise overall.
That's similar to the effects on
fatigue, anxiety, pain and other
mental health outcomes.
"The magnitude of the effect
of exercise training on depres-
sive symptoms among patients

found in our review is small
but significant," he told Re-
uters Health by email.
Herring added that moder-
ate at least 150 minutes of
moderate intensity exercise
per week and vigorous at
least 75 minutes of vigorous
intensity exercise per week -
seemed to help the most.

Still, the report comes with
several caveats. For instance,
it's not clear how many people
with chronic illnesses are able
to work out at sufficient inten-
sity, and many participants did
in fact drop out of the studies.
Also, it's not clear how long
the effects last, how much to
exercise and what kind of ex-
ercise works better aerobic
training like running or walk-
ing or strength training like

Emotional eating: Staying slim


By Kimberly Goad

Your idea of a good time
after a bad day is a scoop of
dulce de leche ice cream piled
high atop a fudge brownie.
You're digging in because
each creamy mouthful makes
you feel inexplicably happy. Is
that really so bad?
Surprisingly, emotional eat-
ing doesn't have to be a prob-
lem, says Michelle May, MD,
author of Eat What You Love,
Love What You Eat. "Trying
to talk yourself out of getting
a mood boost from food only
sets you up for a bigger over-
eating problem-like binge-
ing," she says. You can com-
fort yourself with food and
stay thin with these simple
ground rules.

"We're hardwired to eat for
emotional reasons," Dr. May

says. "From the moment
you're born and your mother
holds you close to feed you,
there's an emotional connec-
tion between being fed and
being loved. That's why it's
counterproductive to say to
people, 'Just don't do it.'"
The treats we crave most are
packed with powerful natural
chemicals that bring on plea-
sure. Chocolate, for example,
contains serotonin and anoth-
er happy-making neurotrans-
mitter, anandamide. And once
that double-fudge brownie
makes its way to your stom-
ach, your body responds with
a rush of endorphins, giving
you a kind of snacker's high.

Before you crack open the
Ben & Jerry's, though, do
what Dr. May calls the "Four-
Really Test": Ask yourself if
you really, really, really, really

want it. "Reach for something
you don't really want, and
you're likely to eat more of it
because it isn't satisfying,"
she says.
That's the danger of answer-
ing a craving with a lighter
version of what you want or
with something else altogeth-
er. "If I'm not hungry, but I
need a little pleasure in my
life, isn't it ridiculous to eat a
rice cake?" Dr. May asks.

Step away from that laptop,
TV, or iPad, so you can focus
fully on the treat you want to
eat. Here's why: If you don't
take a moment to enjoy every-
thing about it, "then the real
reason you're eating it won't
be served," Dr. 'May explains,
and you'll be more likely to
give in to other high-calorie
foods-not to mention more of
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more than we do know," said
Still, he added, "exercise has
a lot of benefits... if someone
doesn't exercise in a stupid
way, like a 65-year-old man
trying to bench press 200
Gelenberg said people with
chronic disease who feel.de-,

a physician's guidelines and
eat a healthy diet.
"I would suggest they indulge
themselves in healthy plea-
sures: people, books, walks,
sitting in a pretty place. If they
still feel 'down,' I'd suggest pro-
fessional attention to consider
psychotherapy or an antide-
, pressant medicine," he said.

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signs of cognitive problems.
They underwent neurological
evaluations at the beginning
of the study and at 15-month
intervals after that for an
average 3.4 years. By the
end of the study, 296 people
had developed mild cognitive
The condition increased
with age and was seen more
among men than women,
except for those 85 to 89
years of age. Those with
higher education levels or
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frequency of mild cognitive
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Having mild cognitive im-
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S'silent' strokes, study finds

By Kathleen Doheny

Sleep apnea, the disorder
marked by abnormal pauses
in breathing during sleep, is
already known to boost the
risk of stroke. Now, a new
study links sleep apnea to so-
called silent strokes, in which
there is tissue death in the
brain without symptoms.
In another new study,
researchers found that rapid
memory loss before a stroke

boosts the risk of the stroke
being fatal.
Both studies are slated for
presentation Wednesday at the
American Stroke Association's
International Stroke Confer-
ence in New Orleans.
Stroke affects 795,000
Americans annually, according
to the association.
In one study, Dr. Jessica
Kepplinger, a fellow at the
University of Technology in
Dresden, Germany, and her

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With child obesity, the focus is always
on things outside the home that we see
as "victimizing" our kids. Putting blame
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colleagues evaluated 56 pa-
tients who had a stroke. They
knew that silent strokes had
been linked to an increased
risk of strokes. However, "there
are barely any studies that
have investigated the relation-
ship between sleep apnea and
the so-called clinically silent
strokes," she said.
To look at the relationship,
they first gave patients in-hos-
pital testing for apnea. "We
Please turn to SLEEP 18B

This year, just like the six
years prior, members of Mt.
Scopus Admiral's Port Hadas-
sah in Aventura volunteered
their time to knit soft blankets
and caps for patients at local
hospitals. The organization
donated many of their beauti-
fully knitted pieces to North
Shore Medical Center's Level
III NICU and Cancer Center.
These thoughtful and tal-
ented women are all between
the ages of 84 and 97. Many
work on their knitting projects
throughout the year, not only
at their weekly meetings. The
blankets are carefully crafted
and come in beautiful colors
and different sizes; each is
unique in its own way. They
donate their beautiful hand
crafted pieces to hospitals
where staff members can
present them to patients and
families who need them most.

By Keith Ayoob

I spoke this week at a health
fair in Connecticut, that dealt
with the issue of childhood
obesity. Everyone had their
ideas about what caused this
epidemic: fast food, school
food, TV, advertising, yada
yada yada.
Perhaps it's human nature
to look for something or some-
one to blame, with the hope
that finding it will wrap the
whole matter up in a neat bow.
Finish with a little hand sani-
tizer and the mess is gone.

Doesn't work like that with
childhood obesity -- too com-
plex, too varied and too many
unknowns. Each child is dif-
ferent, so pinning down causes
gets complicated.
Blaming big institutions or
industry totally dismisses par-
ents as key influencers, role
models and the people who
truly have authority. I find
this annoying and so should
all parents. It's also counter
to taking actionable steps
towards real and permanent
solutions to ending childhood

Ethnographic research from
the International Food Infor-
mation Council and published
in the Journal of the American
Dietetic Association (Borra,
et. al, 2003) has shown that
parents are far and away the
number-one role models for
kids. Parents definitely carry
more weight with their kids,
and not just around the mid-
Parents shouldn't have to
wait for legislation, schools or
industry to change before their
kids can get healthier. There's
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much might raise

your risk for stroke

High levels of a personality trait called
harm avoidance which includes excessive
worrying, pessimism, fear and fatigue is
associated with a higher stroke risk, a new
study indicates.
It included 1,082 older adults without
dementia who were rated on the 35-item
Harm Avoidance Scale. During 3-1/2 years
of follow-up, 258 of the participants died. Of
those, 80 percent underwent a brain au-
People who scored high on the Harm Avoid-
ance Scale had a 2.4 times increased risk of
microscopic stroke and a 1.8 times increased
risk of a stroke that's easily visible in the
brai n.
The link between high levels of harm avoid-
ance and increased stroke risk remained
after researchers accounted for brain and
motor function, cardiovascular risk factors
and conditions, and neuroticism.
The study was to be presented Wednesday
at the American Stroke Association meeting
in New Orleans.
Because this study was presented at a
medical meeting, the data and conclusions
should be viewed as preliminary until pub-
lished in a peer-reviewed journal.

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AFTER: April Lee works out with her husband, John Lee,
in Cypress, Texas. She lost 72 pounds on Weight Watchers.

Dieter's weight, blood

pressure are both lower

* By Nanci Hellmich

. April Lee, 32, of Cypress,
* Texas, says her diet was
* "dreadful" for years.
For breakfast, she some-
* times stopped at a gas
* station and got two hot
* dogs and a soda. At lunch,
* she might eat a Big Mac,
large fries and large sweet
* tea, or go to the all-you-
* can-eat Chinese buffet. She
ate whatever she wanted
S- double burgers, ribs,
* fried cheese appetizers. And
* she didn't touch fruits and
Lee, who is 5-foot-3,
* weighed 211 pounds at
* this time last year. She was
* taking medication for high
blood pressure and was on
the borderline of developing
* type 2 diabetes and high
* cholesterol.
S Then last February, after
hearing about singer/ac-
* tress Jennifer Hudson's
* success on Weight Watch-

ers, she decided to give it
a try. "I joined, and I never
looked back," says Lee, a
customer order specialist
for Home Depot.
"It wasn't hard. You have
so much support. You have
so many people behind
you. Once you walk into
that meeting, they give you
so much comfort that you
don't want to do anything
but continue the program."
"My goal was to be
healthy. I was tired of tak-
ing two blood pressure pills
in the morning and the
evening. I was tired of not
feeling good."
She completely changed
her eating habits, consum-
ing mostly healthy foods
and monitoring her intake.
"I had to do a total turn-
around, a 360."
Since then she has lost
72 pounds and weighs 139.
She is off blood pressure
medications and no longer
Please turn to DIETER 18B

It's all too easy for anyone, especially
teens, to become distracted while driv-
The U.S. website distraction.gov sug-
gests how to help teens avoid distracted
Talk about the consequences of driving
distracted with your teen.
Establish safety rules, including forbid-
ding talking or texting on the phone while
Have everyone in the family sign a
pledge form to drive without distraction.
Become familiar with your state's laws
about distracted driving, and educate
your teen about the legal consequences
of distracted driving.
Be a good role model by turning your
cell phone off while you drive.

A stress fracture is a common injury
of the lower leg and foot, involving over-
used muscles that become fatigued and
are no longer able to protect nearby
bones from stress and shock.
The American Academy of Family Phy-
sicians recommends how to help prevent
stress fractures:
Gradually increase exercise over time.
Engage in different types of physical
activities that use different muscles.
Stick to a healthy diet that's rich in
calcium and vitamin D.
Make sure athletic equipment is in
good shape, especially your running
Always stop exercising and rest if you
have any swelling or pain.

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found an overall high frequency
of sleep apnea, 91 percent, in
our study population of acute
stroke patients, which under-
lines the importance of this
stroke risk factor," Kepplinger
The team also performed
brain-imaging studies. Those
with sleep apnea were more
likely to have the silent strokes,
as evidenced on the brain
scans, the researchers found.
Having more than five episodes
a night was linked with having
silent strokes. The higher the
severity of the apnea, the more
likely these silent strokes were
found on brain imaging.
The more severe the apnea,
the less favorable the outcome
when the patient was dis-
The patients were on average

67 years old, and just over half
of them were women, the study
authors noted.
While the study found an as-
sociation between sleep apnea
and stroke, it did not prove a
cause-and-effect relationship.
In the second study, Qianyi
Wang, a graduate student at the
Harvard University School of
Public Health, and colleagues
evaluated nearly 12,000 men
and women, all above age 50,
enrolled in the U.S. Health and
Retirement Study.
All were stroke-free at the
start. The men and women were
given memory tests every two
years for up to 10 years.
Over time, 1,820 strokes were
reported, including 364 people
who died after the stroke.
The others were stroke-free
for the entire follow-up period,
the study authors noted.
The research looked at the
memory declines over time.

Those who later survived a
stroke "had memory decline
that is nearly twice as fast as
stroke-free individuals, even
before their stroke," Wang said.
"For people who do not sur-
vive stroke, this difference is
even more striking," said M.
Maria Glymour, an assistant
professor of society, human de-
velopment and health at Har-
vard and a study co-author.
"Prior to stroke, people who lat-
er died shortly after stroke were
declining three times as fast as
the stroke-free."
The study was funded by the
U.S. National Institute on Aging
and the American Heart Asso-
"Our study is the first national
picture of how memory changes
over the long-term before and
after stroke onset, compared to
individuals who do not have a
stroke," Glymour said.
Both studies provide some

valuable information, said Dr.
Ralph Sacco, chair of neurol-
ogy at the University of Miami
Miller School of Medicine and
past president of the American
Heart Association. He reviewed
the findings.
"It's been mainly in smaller
studies that sleep apnea has
been shown to be a risk factor
for stroke," Sacco said. The new
research, he noted, goes even
further by linking sleep apnea
with the milder "silent" strokes.
"There are many reasons to
treat sleep apnea, including re-
ducing the risk for clinical and
now silent stroke," Sacco said.
The memory-loss study, he
said, "is telling us that those
who have the worst memory
loss may have a greater death
rate when they have the stroke."
Those with more memory loss
in the study may also have had
more risk factors for stroke,
Sacco added.

Dieter was tired of not being healthy and overweight

continued from 17B

has pre-diabetes.
When she went to see her
gynecologist last summer, the
doctor didn't recognize her.
Weight-loss plan: Lee follows
the Weight Watchers Point-
sPlus program, limiting herself
to about 26 points a day.
Breakfast is usually oat-

meal with fruit and Greek yo-
gurt. Her morning snack is
a 100-calorie bag of popcorn
or string cheese and apple.
Lunch might be a half of a tur-
key sandwich on whole-wheat
bread with lettuce, tomato,
cucumber and mustard and a
bowl of low-sodium soup.
Dinner is grilled or baked
fish or chicken, steamed vege-
tables (often broccoli), and half

of a baked potato. Her evening
snack is baked tortilla chips
and salsa. She nibbles on car-
rots and celery throughout the
Exercise routine: She runs
for three miles on the tread-
mill at the gym four days a
week. The other days she does
strength training for 30 min-
utes. She also rides her bike
in the neighborhood and walks

with her husband on the week-
What keeps her motivated: "I
want to continue to be healthy.
I'm not going to let my weight
interfere with that any more."
Goal: Stay at her current
weight. "Not only has my
weight changed, but my at-
titude toward life and people
has changed. I'm more under-
standing and compassionate."

Change the game at home for kids by planning well

continued from 17B

so much they can, and should,
do in their homes with their
Here are some ways parents
can start changing the game at
Prioritize. Good health
doesn't just happen. It's like
any project it takes some
planning, organization and it
takes making it a priority. Just
acknowledge that it's impor-

tant and deserves attention.
That's a good first step.
Accept that there'l be
some pushback from your
kids. This is a huge barrier to
many parents. They don't want
the complaints when kids can't
get everything they want for
meals and snacks. No need to
be a drill sergeant here, some
frills and treats are fine, but
make them occasional, not
constant. As for tantrums and
complaints, it's absolutely crit-
ical for kids to understand that

bad behavior with food or
anything else won't get them
Clean up the kitchen. Make
healthy eating possible. Let
the junk run out and keep it
minimal. Make favorite fruits,
veggies and low-fat dairy foods
their default snacks. Most kids
also like a few fruits and veg-
gies and other healthy foods
and snacks, so keep them
around all the time.
Be a role model. They'll nev-
er eat a better diet than you do,

so have a look at what you'd
like to change in your own diet
and do it gradually, but do it.
Move. Just move. No child
left on his behind. Do it as a
family. Make it fun. Using
some technology, like a Wii Fit
is fine, but don't wait for it.
All you really need are shoes.
FACT: No one's obesity will be
solved without physical activ-
ity. Let's accept reality and
work with it, not fight it. Once
we do that, it gets easier and
more enjoyable.

Sunlight: Friend and foe

continued from 17B

To explore the possible con-
nection between sun and
stroke, the authors analyzed
data collected from an ongoing
study that includes more than
30,000 black and white men
and women over the age of 45.
The team focused on roughly
16,500 of those participants,
none of whom had a history of
stroke or heart disease at the
time they enrolled in the study,
between 2003 and 2007. All
had undergone physical ex-
ams, and all had completed
questionnaires regarding their
medical history and places
they had lived in the past.
Over an average follow-up of
five years, 351 of the 16,500
experienced a stroke. Mc-
Clure's team stacked stroke
incidence numbers up against
satellite and ground informa-
tion concerning geographical
monthly sunlight patterns go-
ing back as much as 15 years.
The result: Those in the bot-
tom half of the sun exposure
range faced a 1.6 times greater
risk for experiencing a stroke
than those in the top half.
In addition, the team found
evidence that those living in
colder climes also showed a
higher risk for stroke.
"We still don't know what ex-

actly the sunlight and stroke
relationship is due to," cau-
tioned McClure. "There are a
lot of hypotheses. But, we re-
ally don't yet understand the
mechanism behind it."
For just that reason, Dr.
Larry B. Goldstein, director
of the Duke Stroke Center in
Durham, N.C., stressed that
more work needs to be done
to nail down the exact nature
of the sunlight-stroke relation-
"The findings don't surprise
me, but it's important to know
that this is a study of associa-
tion," he said, "and associa-
tion doesn't prove causality.
The fact that here low sun ex-
posure and presumably low
sun exposure areas will also
have low levels of vitamin D
- has been associated with a
higher risk for stroke could po-
tentially be explanatory."
"But in fact the authors are
very careful to say that this is
still an exploratory analysis,"
Goldstein noted. "So, even if
this association turns out to be
real there may a wide variety
of potential explanations for it.
We'll have to wait and see."
Another study also being
presented at the stroke meet-
ing revealed that those con-
suming more dietary vitamin D
have an 11 percent lower risk
of experiencing a stroke.

Always love what you eat

EATING and thirds.". "There's no harm
continued from 16B in meeting any need with food
unless it becomes chronic or

"If you've had a good meal
with protein, vegetables, and a
healthy fat, your dessert has a
better chance of being emotion-
ally satisfying," says Julia Ross,
director of the Recovery System
Clinic in Mill Valley, California,
and author of The Diet Cure.
"But a lot of women skip meals
to save calories and go straight
to dessert, so their blood sugar
spikes, then crashes, and they
end up going back for seconds

extreme," Ross says.

Itll strip the pleasure right
out of your splurge. "Nobody
should feel guilty if they use
food to celebrate or feel com-
fort," Ross says. Besides, hat-
ing yourself for loving that
chocolate shake will only make
you need another (high-calorie)
mood boost. It comes down to
this: When you eat to feel good,
let yourself feel good. Then
move on.

Remember: see your

doctor for your

annual checkup!



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Hadley Davis
died January
29. Service 11
a.m., Saturday
at Peaceful Zion
Missionary Bap-
tist Church.

SERETHA BELL, 93, homemak-
er. died Febru-
ary 5 at Unity
Health and Re-
hab. Service
Saturday at Lib-
erty Christian
Center. Time
TBA. .

SHERI LOFTON, 51, stock clerk,
died February
6 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday in the

February 6 at Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Arrangements are incom-

died at home.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday in the

Allen and Shaw
JAMES E. READ, 88, died Janu-
ary 21. Survived by his wife, Mar-
garet Cady Read. No children. My
loving husband of 48 years. My
one and only love. He served in the
Navy during 1942-1946. Graduate
of University of Miami with a mas-
ters degree. He worked at the Bath
Club, Miami Beach. No memorial

MARIA PEREZ, 82, custodian,
died January 28 at Baptist Hospital.

homemaker, died January 24 at

realtor, died January 27 at Aven-
tura Hospital.

customer service rep., died Janu-
ary 30 at home.

RAYMOND JONES, 82, gardner,
died January 30, at Park Plaza N.

LANA, 72, homemaker, died Janu-
ary 30, at Aventura Hospital.

maker, died January 31 at home.

WILLIAM LAMB JR., 89, fire
fighter, died January 30, at Baptist

72, waitress, died February 1, at
Palm Springs Hospital.

JOHN E. CECH, 76, painter, died
February 2 at Memorial Regional

LINDA OLIVEIRA, 59, died Feb-
ruary 2, at Baptist Hospital.

salesman, died January 31, at
Jackson North Medical Center.

homemaker, died February 3, at
Memorial Hospital, Miramar.

died February 5 at Regents Park of


tired, died January 26. Service 1
p.m., Saturday at Church of God
Prophecy, 16801 NW 19 Avenue,
Miami Gardens, FL.

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MONIQUE BRUN, 83, teller,
died January 25
at North Shore
Medical Center.
Service 3:30
p.m., Saturday
in the chapel.

nurse aide, died
February 5 at .
home. Service
11a.m., Satur- '
day at New Mt.
Zion Baptist f

died February
2 at Unity Nurs-
ing and Reha-
bilitation Center.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the

77, caregiver,
died February
2 at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday at St. ,
Kevin's Episco-
pal Church.

wife, died Janu-
ary 27 at home.
Service 12
noon, Saturday
at Mt. Olive Mis-
sionary Baptist ,4
Church, South

72, retired,
died February
4. Survived
by daughter,
Jackson .
Service 12
noon, Saturday
at Mt. Calvary
M.B. Church.

96, house-

railroad worker,
died January
31 at Jackson
North Hospital.
Service 10
a.m., Saturday
at New Bethel
AME Church,


SHERRYTHOMAS, 40, registrar,
died February
5 at North
Shore Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove
Baptist Church.

Hall Ferguson


retired, died
February 5 at
University of
Miami Hospital.
Viewing 6 8
p.m., Friday at
Hall Ferguson-
Hewitt. Service
10 a.m.,
Saturday at New Providence
Missionary Baptist Church.

68, retired, died February 6 at
Hialeah Hospital. Service 11 a.m.,
Friday in the chapel.

Alfonso M. Richardson

died February 6
at Arch Plaza
Nursing and

In loving memory of,

04/07/1937 02/09/2011

It has been a year since
you left us. The pain is un-
bearable, but the lives you
touched and the memories
you left behind will always be
Your legacy of being a terrif-
ic father, best husband a wife
could have will forever live in
our hearts.
We love you, your children,
sisters, brother and your lov-
ing wife.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,
. . .._ ... _

The family of the late,


wants to thank you all for
your condolences prayers and
farewell wishes during our
time of sorrow.
The Sharon, Renee and
Jenkins family.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

L. SCOTT, 85,

include his F -
daughter, Pat[
Thomas; son-in- -
law, Michael Thomas and
granddaughter, Maya Thomas.
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chapel. Service i1 a.m., Monday at
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SYDNEY JOHNSON, 95, retired
beautician died
at home in Rich-
mond Heights
on January 31.
Viewing 4-8
p.m., today at
Range Funeral
Home in Coco-
nut Grove, FL.
Family will receive visitors 5-7 p.m.
in the chapel. Service 11 a.m.,
Thursday at Macedonia Missionary
Baptist Church, 3515 Douglas Rd,
Coconut Grove.

42, financial
died February 1
at University of ,
Miami Hospital,
Service 1 p.m., -
today at New
Birth Cathedral
of Faith.

homemaker, died February 1 in
Griffin Georgia. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Christian Fellowship

Nakia Ingraham
February 5 at Memorial Regional
Hospital. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist

February 1 at Miami Children's
Hospital. Service 2 p.m., Saturday
at Word of the Living God Ministry.

32, minister of
An t i o c h
Baptist Church
of Miami


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RegionalL I-
Hospital, Hollywood. Survived by
his wife, Lumene; children, Anaya,
Gabriel and Alayna; mother, Louise
Joseph; father, Jean Pascal;
brother, Marcus Pascal; sister,
Emmanuela Pascal; grandmother,
Santilia Joseph.
Viewing 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Friday in
the chapel; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Antioch
Missionary Baptist Church of Miami
Gardens, 21311 NW 34 Ave.
Service 11 a.m., Saturday at the

DONALD DAVIS, 46, construc-
tion worker, died February 2 at Mi-
ami Jewish Home. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday in the chapel.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,
- .


Thinking of you on your
birthday we talk of you still,
we haven't forgotten you and
we never will.
Love always, Your mother,
Dorothy; your brother, Andre;
your daughters, Yasmin, Tori
and Morganne; and many
more family and friends.

In loving memory of,


God rang the final bell and
you quietly slept away; and
like the entrance of an angel,
the radiance of your presence
would always fill any room
with joy.
Your departure now leaves
a void of hollow darkness in
many of our hearts that could
only be filled by our faith in
God's love and his promise of
We will always love you,
Shirlene, Demiah, Burnice
Jr., grands, great-grands, the
Wells and Rolle families and

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Love, Strachan, Farringtons
and friends.

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hearts are still heavy and you
are truly missed.
Love your wife, Cherese;
daughters, grandchildren,
family and friends.

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'Special time to be a

woman of color'

By Ann Oldenburg

The March issue of Essence highlights
Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon hon-
orees Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes,
Octavia Spencer, Paula Patton and Pam
Grier. The luncheon is slated to take place
Feb. 23 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
"I think it's
a really spe-
cial time to be F
a woman of
color in this
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ing. We are in
more influential
positions and .
are able to have
a say in the
stories that are
told. I feel very lucky to be in the business
Washington says she was inspired by
a certain American Idol judge. "I grew up
blocks away from Jennifer Lopez. She and
I went to the same Boys & Girls Club. She
was like the dancer who made it big and
moved to Hollywood."
Kerry says that years later when they
met, she told Lopez: "I don't know if I
would've taken a risk in my career if it
weren't for you."

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Omarosa meets Miami's young apprentices

'By Tony Brooks
Miami Times writer

The students at Lake Stevens Middle
School got the surprise of their lives
when Omarosa Manigault, the two-time
star of the Donald Trump hit show, "The
Apprentice," stopped by for a visit. Dr.
Omarosa Manigault or "Omarosa" as
she is affectionately called because of
her strong personality and quick-witted
intelligence brought her positive spin
on life to the Lake Stevens, culturally-
diverse student population. Omarosa is
a celebrity but she is also a mentor. She
told the children that there is no sub-
stitution for hard work. She also shared
her story of growing up poor in the proj-
ects in Youngstown, Ohio.
"I remember telling my friends when I

was very young, 'Girl I'm getting outta
here You gonna see me on TV one day!'
She says they laughed at her then in
disbelief, but as they say, the rest is his-
"I was literally driven by hunger," she
shared with the children. "You better
work hard because you gotta eat!"
Omarosa earned a bachelor's degree
in broadcast journalism in 1996 at
Central State University in Wilberforce,
Ohio. She later moved to Washington,
D.C. where she completed a master's de-
gree and Ph.D. in communication from
Howard University. Omarosa worked
in the office of Vice President Al Gore
during the Clinton administration as
deputy associate director of presidential
personnel. She is presently 'a professor
Please turn to OMAROSA 4C

-Miami Times photo/Tony Brooks

The Miami Times
writer Tony Brooks and
Omarosa Manigault
along with students
from Lake Stevens
Middle School. Oma-
rosa shared with the
students her story of
growing up poor in the
projects in Youngstown,
Ohio and also told them
there is no substitution
for hard work.

Black TV execs: Changing

our images for the better

-Miami Times photo/Tony Brooks
Black television executives pose with Michael and Ramona Woods, co-owners of
Black Network Television at recent NATPE conference on Miami Beach.

By Tony Brooks
Miami Times writer

Black television execu-
tives recently gathered at the
Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami
Beach for a National Associa-
tion of Television Program Ex-
ecutives conference. They say
their goal is to increase their
presence in the Miami market.
Michael and Ramona Woods,
co-owners of Black Network
Television, hope to provide a

catalyst for change and a voice
of excellence for the Black
community through broadcast
media. Black Network Televi-
sion is a new media broad-
casting service that is family-
friendly, reaching over 4.2
million viewers in 28 counties
in North Carolina and several
counties in the Virginia area.
Ramona Woods is a Miami na-
tive, who attended Allapattah
Middle School and graduated
from Miami Jackson Senior

High School. "Many choose a
career that has nothing to do
with their passion or their gift;
consequently, they spend most
of their lives working their job
instead of enjoying their life's
work. We are affording pas-
sionate people the opportunity
to be a voice for a people that
has not been heard, show a
picture of a people that has
not been shown and tell a
story of a people that has not
yet been told."

J. Cole no longer on Grammys sideline with album

By Steve Jones

Rapper J. Cole isn't sure if
he'll win the Grammy Award
for best new artist, but he
plans on looking the part for
the ceremony Feb. 12.
"I'm going to be looking
very nice in a good suit," says
Cole (aka Jermaine Cole), 27,
who'll be competing for the
honor with The Band Perry,

Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj and
Skrillex. "I'm going to bring
my family and friends and
celebrate. I don't know how
likely it is that I'll win, but
I've learned that anything is
Cole, the first signee to
Jay-Z's Roc Nation label, was
surprised that he had gar-
nered enough attention with
his gold-selling debut, Cole

World: The Sideline Story, to
even earn a nomination in
"I was kind of in disbelief,"
says the native of Fayetteville,
N.C., whose hit Work Out has
sold nearly 1.2 million down-
loads. "The day before, I was
trying to prepare for disap-
pointment because I honestly
didn't think it would happen."
The Sideline Story sold

218,000 copies
when it made its
debut at No. 1 on
Billboard's album
chart in September,
after nearly two
years of anticipa-
tion. Cole had al-
ready been featured
on Jay-Z's Blueprint
3, released three
mix tapes, toured


with Jay-Z, Wale,
Drake and Rihanna,
and made hip-hop
magazine covers, but
what he didn't have
was a radio hit.
Like Drake, whose
Thank Me Later
had come out a year
earlier, Cole had a
strong Internet fol-
lowing and avoided

the typical gun and drug
talk in his often emotional
His patience eventually
paid off, and the former high
school basketball player was
finally able to tell the story of
his upbringing and how after
college he struggled to get
somebody in the industry to
listen to his music.
Please turn to COLE 2C



Terry Elliott, Sr., owner of
Elliott Enterprise Group, was
instrumental in promoting the
Christmas parade in December
in Liberty City. Kudos also go
out to Sherna Elliott and
Carol Kinchens, for providing
the community with this
charitable event.Credit
also goes out to Miami
Gardens Masonic
Lodge #777, Angels of
Adora Chapter #99,
along with neighboring
lodges, The City of
Miami police and fire
departments, Miami
Jai-Alai, law offices of DA
David Garvin, CLE
Promotions, Galandi
Group, Jacksonville Jaguars,
Pepsi, Longshoreman Local
#1416, Model City NET and
Dade Equipment Golf Cart.
These sponsors provided toys
for the kids.
Speaking of parades, Dr.
Preston Marshall and his
committee provided the
community with another
successful MLK parade on
January 16th. The Florida
Atlantic University 200-piece
marching band participated
followed by the football team,
and cheerleaders. FIU joined
The City of Hialeah with an

elaborate float.
Others identified
by narrators
Michel le
Simmons and .,.
John Dixon
were Florida Highway Patrol
Honor Guards, Katherine F.
Rundle, Tangy Sears,
Fla. Times float, Rep
Cynthia Stafford,
"Big Mama" ( in all
pink), Commissioner
Jean Monestime, the
Miami Norland band
and of course their
State Championship

B. e Dr.Richarl dI a,

VIS football team. Mayor Miami Northwestern, closed
Shirley Black of El out the 2011 year at a monthly
Portal, Vice Mayor breakfast at Michael' Diner
Dorothy "Dottie" Johnson, and opened 2012 with their
Opa-locka, Carlos Fernandez 2012 breakfast. Discussions
mayor of Hialeah Lucudo focused on continuing with
freedom float, Carlos Giminez, a scholarship award, and
mayor of Miami-Dade county, assisting the band, chorus,
Thomas Regalado, mayor and sport teams with
city of Miami, and Kenny emergency funding. Some
Washington. Other M of the classmates in
bands and participants attendance were Wayne
included Allapattah Bass, Brenda Hadley,
Middle, Miramar High, George Johnson,
Miami Northwestern, Howard Minter,
Miami Edison, North Gerald Joseph, Bishop
Miami High, Miami Joel and Maxine
Beach High, Phi Beta Pratt, Charles Taylor,
Sigma Steppers, FIU, Ann Williams, Lewis
Booker T. Washington, MORRISON Williams.

and the show stopping group
from Trinidad-Tabago. It would
be outstanding if each high
school has a float for school
queens and the principals
waving at the spectators in
next years MLK.
Dorothy J. Morrison,
a North Dade Jr. Sr. High
graduate, entertained the
seniors in Opa Locka with a
special program provided by
Mayor Taylor, Vice
Mayor Johnson,
Commissioners Rose
Tydus, Timothy
Holmes, Gail
Miller, and Deborah
Sheffield Irby, city
Caroline M. Reed,
vice president of TRESV
the class of 1959 at

As they were leaving, in came
the retired coaches ready to
get down as they joshed with
each other about the coming
Super Bowl. Joining the
group was Daryl Dennis who
informed the group that he
was the grandnephew of Lavon
Smiley, a former manager at
the popular Jet Away Lounge.
Others in the gathering
included Ben Addison, David
Biggs, Jim Caldwell,
Mark Carter, Johnny
Davis, Arnold Davis,
Harry Floyd, William
.. Evans, William Snell,
Jerome Simpkins, and
David Williams. As I left,
they were purchasing
a copy of The Miami
ANT Times to read about
themselves. Arnold
Davis was proud to share with
the group that he was selected
as one of the recipients of the
Community Service Award for
contributions he made in
training athletes. He will
be honored on February
18th, at the FMU banquet
room when the Louie
Bing Scholarship Fund
will recognize him. All of
the retired coaches gave
him a standing ovation,
and Richard Gaston ST
announced the upcoming
Pioneer Athletic Hall Of Fame
for Saturday, June 2nd at FIU
Kovens Conference Center
beginning at 9 AM. Everyone is
invited free of charge as a guest

of Gaston. Georgia
Jones Ayers, aka,
"Spitfire" saying what
she wants to regardless ..
of the scenario was
given a room at the
African Culture Center '-'
to display her Black
History artifacts
during Black History MONI
Month. She has
collected memorabilia for the
past 50-years, such as LP's of
"Mom Mabel", "Amos n Andy",
"Pigmeat Markum", classic
films, and other artifacts.
Ayers is also inviting you to
bring your artifacts to the
center and put them on display
for the month of February.
Security will be in place for
protection against theft. Please
make sure you have proper
identification on your items.
For more information, call 305-
The old adage of death
coming in threes was
Brought out when
the community
Swas shocked after
reading in The
I Miami Times about
the passing of
Marlene Burrows,
74, retired nurse
iFFORD and a graduate of
Dorsey High; Hansel
S. Higgs, Sr., 85, a retired
teacher, and an active member
of Sigma Alpha Chapter of
Omega Psi Phi, Inc; and former
first lady of Opa-locka Virginia

Alicia Wilkinson
Tresvant, 88 and a long
time administrator of
King Memorial General
Hospital. According
to Fr. Richard Barry,
Higgs lived a beautiful
life with his family
members (Gregory 0.
STIME Higgs, Hansel S. II
and Andrea and a host
of grandchildren. Shriners of
Miami, classmates from FAMU
were in attendance along with
over 75 brothers of Omega Psi
Phi fraternity, inc. who paid
tribute to him. Burrows will be
known for her efficient handling
of the record books with the
Dorsey High Alumni. More
than 100 alumni members
stood during the reading of
the resolution. Because of her
political power and civic work in
the community, Tresvant was
memorialized by Alicia Donald,
daughter of Juanita Lucky
Hooks. Georgiana Bethel
alluded to her as a classmate
from BTW. Dorothy Johnson
indicated how she motivated
her to become a politician and
bought her clothes to wear at
campaign rallies.
Leome Culmer and Norma
Mims were quite pleased
with the responses received
regarding the planned 75th
reunion of those persons born
in Liberty City. You can help
by writing your history to
facilitate in the preparation of
a comprehensive journal.

By Ann Se

Members of Delta Sigma
Theta Sorority observed
Founders Day last Sunday
at the Episcopal Church of
the Incarnation. Delta Sigma
Theta was founded January
13th, 1913 at Howard
University in Washington,
D.C. Gay Outler .did an
excellent job as chairman
along with her co-chairs
Maureen S. Bethel, Marsha
SoJemee-arn" Sandra Powell.
Shirlyon McWhorter is
chapter president. It was an
inspiring day enhanced by
Founder's Day speaker Rev.
Corliss D. Heath of Atlanta.
The Beta Zeta Sigma
Chapter now known as the
Miami Alumnae Chapter
observed their 70th birthday
and 70 years of service to
this community (1941- 2011).
Taking a trip down memory
lane recalls that the charter
members were: Lugusta
Tyler Colston, Alice Jones

Hawkins, Mildred Jackson,
Pearl Tate Jenkins, Susie
E. Corprew Lucas, Oneida
B. Mickens, Maxine Pollard
Bright-Davies, Frances
Tucker, Dorothy Newton
Maxwell, and Primrose
Barnwell Tibbs.
Kathleen Day-Thurston
and her mother, Martha
Day, enjoyed a week of fun
and relaxation at the Atlantis
hotel in Nassa u. .. -.. .
Get well wishes to all of
our sick and shut-ins in the
community experiencing
health challenges. Thoughts
and best wishes to all of you.
Henry Sanky" Newbold,
enjoyed his natal day with
a few old time friends at his
home last Tuesday evening.
Happy Birthday my long time
friend and former neighbor.
Our birthdays are one month
apart. His is January 31st
and mine is December 31st.
Happy retirement to Jason

Taylor because Miami loves
you and will always remember
you. Enjoy your retirement.
Birthday wishes are also
extended to Gwen Thomas.
Hope you enjoyed your
Hearty congratulations to
Troy and Cecily Robinson-
Duffle whose son Cecil
has accepted the call
to the ministry at Saint
John Institutional Baptist
Church. His sister is Cecily
Anastacia and they are the
grandchildren of Andrew (Bo)
and Thelmarie Mitchell-
. adecelia. Lawrence.. HumKn e
along with her sister and
brother-in-law (Rev. Franklin
and Mrs. Norma Clarke) are in
South Carolina to attend the
funeral of their father Eugene
Lawrence. Our sympathy to
the families.
The Miami Gardens "Red
Hot Divas" invite you to join
their sisters Tyeasa and
Sarah as they spend some
time with you and your friends
at Duffy's Sports Grill 3969
N.E. 16rd Street on Thursday,
February 9th.

Gladys Knight sings from the heart

continued from 1C
brother {Merald Jr., "Bubba'] and
always told us that people are
born with certain gifts," she said.
"It's our job to use those gifts the
best we can and to do it in a way
that is pleasing to God. When
it came to my singing, I figured
that was the way to use my gift."

This writer first remembers
when he was a teenager and
Knight a young mother and up-
and-coming star living in De-
troit. Her son and I attended the
same high school and we often
played basketball in her mother's
backyard in Sherwood Forest
[a northwest, upwardly-mobile,
mostly-Black community] until
the wee hours of the nights. She
would often come out to supply
us with energy, including plates
of spaghetti and a whole lot of
"I have had some great memo-
ries in my life and baby, I have
had some bad ones," she admit-
ted. "My children are a blessing
to me and my first gift. But it's
been my faith that has kept me
moving. I have a wonderful hus-
band [William McDowell] and we
are very real people. We get at it
from time to time and don't agree
on everything but after several
failed marriages I understand
that it's a covenant that two must
enter. I have matured in age and
in spirit."
The Pips scored minor success
when they first signed with Mo-
town Records but it was the move
to Buddha Records that would
prove to be the key to the group's

"Motown gave us hand-me-
down songs sometimes they
gave us songs that I did not be-
lieve in, like "Cloud Nine," which
The Temptations later recorded.
I had to perform songs that had
messages that I could both un-
derstand and affirm. I guess you
could say I eventually stopped
being obedient to management
and drew the line in terms of
what kinds of music I was willing
to sing."
In hindsight, Knight made the
right decision. Starting in 1967

with "I Heard it Through the
Grapevine," a huge hit later for
Marvin Gaye, the group scored
hits on both the R&B and pop
charts with "If I Were Your Wom-
an," "Neither One of Us Wants
to be the First to Say Goodbye,"
"Midnight Train to Georgia,"
"Love Overboard" and this writ-
er's favorite, "The Way We Were."
"I am still working on me and
walking by faith and it's all
because of the love and guid-
ance of my parents," she said.
"So far, it has been a wonderful

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His break came via music
executive Mark Pitts, who
once managed the Notorious
B.I.G., and worked with Ush-
er and Chris Brown. The song
Lights Please piqued Jay-Z's
interest and ultimately led to
his signing.
Jermaine Hall, editor in
chief of Vibe magazine, says
Cole's lengthy wait and work
ethic are keys to his appeal.

eryman's rapper," Hall says.
"A lot of people can relate to
what he is going through.
He's also been touring for 2/V2
years and has a huge digital
following. He's a workhorse
who has grinded his way to
the top, and he's done it with-
out a heavy co-sign from Jay-
Cole had been dreaming of
a rap career since he was 12,
when a visiting older cous-
in taught him to compose
rhymes. He asked his mother

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himself to make tracks.
He earned a communica-
tions degree at St. John's
University in New York, but
his primary goal there was to
make connections. Even af-
ter graduating, he took min-
imum-wage jobs to pay the
rent and eat as he focused on
getting his foot in the music
industry door.
The title Sideline Story is
analogous to an athlete wait-
ing for his chance to get off
the bench and show what he
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A Dance


With music by Stevie Wonder

Saturday, February 18, 8pm, $25/$15/$10

($5 tickets CultureShockmiami.com) $5 off orchestra
level seats for students seniors and active military service

Ronald K. Brown, Choreographer of
Broadway's smash hit Porgy and Bess!

Brown's work focuses on the seamless
integration of traditional African dance with
contemporary choreography and spoken word.
On this program is a new work by Brown called
On Earth Together performed by his troupe
Evidence, A Dance Company to the popular
music of Stevie Wonder.




10950 SW 211 ST
Cutler Bay

For ticket information

call 786.573.5300
or visit smdcac.org










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3/4 cup finely chopped, stemmed
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1/2 cup hot pepper jelly (red or
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The National Coalition
of 100 Black Women,
Inc., Greater Miami
Chapter is accepting
applications for girls ages
12-18 to participate in Just
Us Girls Mentoring Program.
Monthly sessions will be
held every 3rd Saturday 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 information.

Miami Jazz Society
and Community Cultural
Discovery Exchange will
present a free viewing of
"Eyes on the Prize: America's
Civil Rights Years,1954 -
1965" every Tuesday during
the month of February at 6
p.m.and 8:15 p.m. at the
Miami Tower, 100 S.E.2nd
Street .

The Miami Jazz
Society will offer a free jazz
concert featuring students
from the University of Miami
Jazz Band on Feb. 8th, 7-10
p.m. at the Miami Tower, 100
S.E. 2nd Street, 19th floor
auditorium. Reception, 5- 6
p.m. Contact Keith Clarke
at 305-684-4564 or www.

The National Coalition
of 100 Black Women, Inc.,
Greater Miami Chapter
presents 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
Deadline is Monday,
February 8th. You may
call 1-800-658-1291 or
org for more information.

BestBuy is awarding up

to 1.2million in scholarships
for students in grades 9-12.
Students need solid grades
plus community service or
work experience. Deadline is
Feb.15th. To see details and/
orto apply visit www.bestbuy-
communityrelations.com or

E The Urban Partnership
Drug Free Community
Coalition will hold their
monthly meeting on Feb. 16th
at Arthur Teele Community
Center, 6301 NE 2nd
Avenue. The Coalition is an
urban partnership dedicated
to the reduction / prevention
of youth substance abuse'
in the greater Liberty City
and Little Haiti communities.
Contact Linda Beauchamp at
305- 398- 5985 for additional

The Booker T.
Washington Class of
1965, Inc. will meet on
Saturday, Feb.18th at 4:30
p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. For
information contact Lebbie
Lee at 305-213-0188.

l. Liberty City Farmers
Market will be open each
Thursday from 12- 5 p.m.,
and each Saturday from 11
a.m.- 4 p.m. at TACOLCY
Park until May 2012. For
information call 954-235-
2601 or 305-751-1295 ext.

New Beginning Baptist
Church of Deliverance of
All Nations invites you to
weight loss classes on the 1st
and 3rd Saturday of every
month. Lose sins while you
lose weight. Contact Sister
McDonald at 786-499-2896.

LivilI 9sd~s

The address is 14120 N.W.
24th Ave. For information
call 305-685-0973.

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

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

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

The Miami-Dade
Community Action
Agency's (CAA) Head
Start Program has
immediate openings for
comprehensive child care at
the South Miami Head Start
Center for children ages 3-5
only. For information call

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

M S.A.V. (Survivors WG s

Against Violence) is a presents South Florida
Opa-locka Farmers bible-based program for Gospel Festival at Amelia
Market at Nathan B. Young young people and meets at Earhart Park on Saturday,
Elementary is now open on the Betty T. Ferguson Ce ,une 30th om 11 a.m.-6
Wednesday afternoons from in Miami Gardens each wee p.m. For information contact
2-5 p.m. through March 7th. For information contact Constance Koon-Johnson at

Minister Eric Robinson at
954-548-4323 or www.

Tutoring in Miami
Gardens offers free tutoring
with trained teachers. For
information call 305-654-

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-

Merry Poppins
in Miami has free open
enrollment for VPK, all day
program. For information
contact Lakeysha Anderson
at 305-693-1008.

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

The Miami
Northwestern Class of
1962 meets on the 2nd
Saturday of each month at 4
p.m. at the African Heritage
Cultural Arts Center. We are
beginning to make plans
for our 50th Reunion. For
information contact Evelyn
at 305-621-8431.

Looking for all former
Montanari employees to
get reacquainted. 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-


IXcelFamily Enrichment
Center, Inc. a not for-profit
community based charitable
organization 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.
Entertainment, speeches
and testimonials 10 a.m.-
2p.m. For information
contact Ms.Gilbert at 786-

N Miami Jackson and
Miami Northwestern
Alumni Associations are
calling all former basketball
players and cheerleaders
for the upcoming 2012
Alumni Charity Basketball
, game. Generals call 786-
419-5805, Bulls call 786-

Cops were called to the Las Vegas home of Flavor Flay alter a family dispute
turned violent and when cops sorted it out, one of his daughters was arrested.
Law enforcement sources said that Flav's 19-year-old daughter Dazayna got into
an argument with one of his step-sons, which eventually became physical.
We're told Flay tried to break it up and got hit by his daughter. It's unclear wheth-
er it was on purpose or by accident Sources say someone in the house called the
cops. When police arrived, they interviewed everyone and found evidence of domes-
tic violence. Dazayna was eventually taken in for misdemeanor battery.

A former professional wrestler was sentenced Monday to 32 years in prison for
having sex with women without telling them he had tested positive for the virus that
causes AIDS.
Andre Davis, 29, was sentenced on 14 counts of felonious assault. Davis, who
wrestled using stage names including Gangsta of Love and Sweet Sexy Sensation,
was convicted in November. Prosecutors had said Davis violated state law by not
telling a dozen sex partners about his HIV status or lying to them. Davis, who said
he didn't disclose his HIV test results because he didn't want his family to know, said
he never intended to hurt anyone. The Cincinnati Enquirer has reported that World
Wrestling Entertainment told Davis in July 2009 that it wouldn't hire him because he
failed his physical and tested positive for HIV. Davis, who could have received over
100 years in prison, faces similar charges in Warren County, north of Cincinnati.

Elephant Man was arrested on January 30th after being accused of raping a
woman in his Jamaican home. The victim's name has been withheld pending an
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New-artist category has hits, misses

By Edna Gundersen

The erratic history of Gram-
my's best new artist award hop-
scotches from bull's-eyes (The
Beatles) and head-scratchers (A
Taste of Honey) to one-hit won-
ders (Starland Vocal Band) and
scandals (Milli Vanilli). And
then there's always speculation
about the category's curse: win
it and risk fading (Paula Cole,
Jody Watley, Shelby Lynne,
Christopher Cross, Men. at
Work, Tracy Chapman, Arrest-
ed Development).
The musician, writer and pro-
ducer agreed to evaluate and
handicap the 2012 slate. His
credentials? He's the drummer
for The Roots, the Grammy-win-
ning neo-soul house band for
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,
and sees a parade of new and
established artists every week.
He's produced artists from Jay-
Z and Al Green to Winehouse
and John Legend. And he's a
self-described "walking Spo-
tify" in the process of digitizing
his 70,000-record collection.
"Most music consumers get
what's fed to them, and then
there are hunters and gather-
ers like me," says Questlove, 41,
currently soaking up the Black

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at Howard University and uses
her "star power" to encourage
youth in various mentoring
Ms. Myers, a science teacher
at Lake Stevens said, "I like
how Omarosa personalized
this wonderful presentation
with the students. She spent a
memorable moment with many
of them and made them feel im-
portant by creating an experi-
ence they will never forget. She
is much warmer in person than
the character on television!"
In an on-line interview Don-
ald Trump paid Omarosa the
highest compliment by saying,
"Omarosa is great television!"

Keys, Duke Ellington's late
phase and bygone psychedelic
soul band Rotary Connection.
Here's how he sizes up the
new artist field:
"She'll wind up the winner,"
Questlove says of the hip-pop
sensation whose debut Pink
Friday peaked at No. 1 and
spawned Super Bass, a beat-
crazy smash that has sold close
to 3.8 million downloads. "The
Recording Academy is part
shock and awe, as with (win-
ner) Esperanza Spalding last
year, but it's also about the
big story, and that's Nicki. She
started as a street rapper, got
buzz with some YouTube clips,
got with Lil Wayne and played
the Madonna card to the hilt,
reinventing her image."
While her persona has
eclipsed her art, "she's quite in-
credible at her craft," he says.
"The Grammys haven't champi-


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oned a female emcee of this cal-
iber since Lauryn Hill in 1998."
The rapper, signed to Jay-Z's
Roc Nation label, bowed at No.
1 with Cole World: The Sideline
As was the case with Rick
Ross, Lil Wayne and Drake,
Cole's debut fell short of previ-
ous mixtapes, "especially his
mind-blowing Friday Night
Lights," says Questlove. "Not to
say it's lackluster, but you have
to go for what you think the
public wants on an album. An
album is business and a matter
of survival. On mixtapes, you
get to be more of yourself.
"If this were based on his
mixtapes, I'd say, yes, it's de-
serving. I loved that he pro-
duced his own material. On the
album, he had other people,
and that was disappointing. I
thought he might be a new ver-
sion of Prince.




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Obama proposes home loan refinancing plan

Initiative to cost

five to $1o billion
By Les Christie

President Barack Obama
proposed a plan aimed at help-
ing millions of homeowners
refinance their mortgages to
today's historically-low rates.
To pay for it though, he'll need
five to $10 billion. The plan
would allow borrowers who are
current on their mortgage to
save thousands of dollars by
refinancing into loans backed
by the Federal Housing Admin-
istration, according to the U.S.

Department of Housing and
Urban Development. To pay
for it, Obama said he does not
plan to add to the deficit. In-
stead, he wants to impose a fee
on large banks a move that
may have a hard time making
it past members of Congress,
who have rejected the notion of
taxing the banks in the past.
The refinancing plan is the
latest in a string of programs
designed to help solve the na-
tion's housing market crisis.
President Obama unveiled the
Home Affordable Modification
Program (HAMP) foreclosure-
prevention effort three years
ago as part of the massive

*" 1 stimulus bill. But the plan, -
-" which sought to help four mil-
lion homeowners, has helped
less than one million to date.
What's different about this
latest proposal is that it would
j help borrowers with private,
4 non-government bank loans
who could not obtain new re-
financed loans in the past be-
cause they owed more on their
mortgages than their homes
were worth.
S "If you're underwater
through no fault of your own
and can't refinance, this plan
changes that," Obama said in
I can't a speech in Falls Church, Va.
last week.

To be eligible-for the new --
refinancing program, borrow-
ers must not have missed a
mortgage payment for at least
six months and have no more
than one late payment in the
six months prior to that. They
also must have a credit score
of 580 or better, a threshold
that the administration says
nine out of 10 borrowers meet.

Their mortgage balance also
cannot exceed the loan limits
for FHA-insured loans in their
communities, which range
Please turn to OBAMA 8D

Gender disparity exists

among Black one percent

By Shartia Brantley

Have you ever wondered how
Black women are doing when it
comes to personal wealth? The
analysis that follows shows the
situation is not positive. A review
of the 2007 Survey of Consumer
Finances data reveals a troubling
disparity: the top Black 1 per-
cent of households by income did
not include a woman as head of
the household. The same is true
for Hispanics. This doesn't mean
female-headed households do not
Please turn to DISPARITY 8D


American Airlines to cut 13,ooojobs

Aims to cut labor costs by 20 percent .

By David Koenig

DALLAS (AP) The par-
ent of American Airlines
wants to eliminate about
13,000 jobs 15 percent of
its workforce as the na-
tion's third-biggest airline
remakes itself under bank-
ruptcy protection.
The company aims to cut
labor costs 20 percent under
bankruptcy protection, and
will soon begin negotiations
with its three major unions.
Some management jobs
would also be cut.

AMR also proposes to
end its traditional pension
plans. The move has been
strongly opposed by the air-
line's unions and the U.S.
pension-insurance agency.
CEO Thomas Horton said
the company hopes to re-
turn to profitability by cut-
ting spending more than $2
billion per year and raising
revenue by $1 billion per
"We are going to use the re-
structuring process to make
the necessary changes to
Please turn to JOBS 8D

Don't give your tax refunds to high-costs lenders, it's your money

By Charlene Crowell
NNPA Columnist

Each year as W-2s begin
arriving in mailboxes, com-
mercials start promoting a
range of services to 'help' con-
sumers with tax preparation.
These advertisements beckon
consumers to take advantage
of convenient and worry-free
services. In reality, however,
many tax season services are
less about convenience and
more about taking a hefty
portion of refunds consum-
ers have already earned. Each

year, high cost tax-related ser-
vices drain an estimated $11
billion from the pockets of 30
million households with mod-
erate and low-incomes. Two of
the most prevalent and high-
cost financial 'services' are
Refund Anticipation Loans
(RALs) and Refund Anticipa-
tion Checks (RACs).
A RAL is a high-cost, short-
term loan secured by the tax-
payer's expected refund. Inter-
est rates on a typical RAL are
about 150 percent. The fee for
the RAL is in addition to the
fee for tax preparation. Other

add-on fees such of Blacks reported
as electronic filing, using a RAL in the
applications and '" last five years, just
fees to cash the six percent of whites
loan check, wind- I did. Similarly, RACs,
up with many tax- '7'V"' temporary bank ac-
payers spending ] counts opened for the
more than 10 per- 1 sole purpose of receiv-
cent of their refund, ing tax refunds, are
just to get their own another costly loan.
money a few days Once the refund is de-
sooner. posited, the lender is-
According to CROWELL sues the consumer a
FINRA Investor Education paper check or prepaid debit
Foundation, a national sur- card and then closes the ac-
vey of self-reported RAL users count. RAC fees vary, but as
showed that while 13 percent with RALs, consumers often

elect to have the tax prepara-
tion costs deducted from their
refund. RAC customers are
also charged checking cashing
and other add-on fees for this
short-term loan.
According to the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corpora-
tion (FDIC), Blacks account for
36.9 percent of the unbanked
- consumers without a per-
sonal account with either a
bank or credit union. Further,
Latino and Black communi-
ties together represent more
than 60 percent of the nation's
unbanked households. Rather

than wasting a portion of tax
refunds on RALs or RACs,
consumers would be better
served by accessing one of the
free tax services available. Lo-
cal IRS offices are available
to assist or direct consumers
to qualified preparers. Other
nonprofit, social service agen-
cies or those serving older res-
idents can also offer referrals
to qualified low and no-cost
tax assistance.
Tax refunds represent mon-
ies owed. Every consumer is
entitled to keep as much of it
as possible.





Jobless benefit claims fall, worker productivity rises

The Associated Press

number of Americans seek-
ing unemployment benefits
fell last week to a level that
signaled a steadily improving
job market. The figures came
one day before the government
is expected to report that
January marked another solid
month for hiring.
Unemployment applications
fell 12,000 to a seasonally
adjusted 367,000, the Labor
Department said Thursday.
The four-week average, a less
volatile measure, dropped
for the third straight week to
That's the second-lowest
level for the four-week average
since June 2008. When appli-

cations stay consistently below
375,000, it usually signals
that hiring is strong enough to
lower the unemployment rate.
Economists expect the
January employment report
to show that employers added
155,000 jobs last month and
that unemployment remained
at 8.5 percent. In December,
employers added 200,000
The job market "still ap-
pears to be slowly moving in
the right direction," said Jim
Baird, chief investment strate-
gist at Plante Moran Financial
In a separate report, the
government said workers were
more productive in the final
three months of last year.
The growth in productivity,

Army veteran Kim Richardson listens to a recruiter at a
job fair sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs,
on Feb. 1, 2012, in New York.

though, slowed from the pre-
vious quarter. Weaker produc-
tivity growth can help boost
hiring if economic growth
picks up.
Applications for unemploy-
ment benefits have steadily
declined since fall as econom-
ic growth has picked up and
employers have cut fewer jobs.
The four-week average has
fallen seven percent since last
October and 13 percent in the
past year.
The nation will gain about
160,000 jobs a month this
year, according to a survey
of economists by the Associ-
ated Press. That's up from an
average of about 135,000 last
Still, the job market has a
long way to go before it fully

recovers from the damage of
the Great Recession, which
wiped out 8.7 million jobs.
More than 13 million people
remain unemployed. Millions
more have given up looking
for work; they're no longer
counted as unemployed.
Nearly 7.7 million Ameri-
cans received unemployment
benefits in the week ending
Jan. 14, the latest period for
which figures are available.
That's unchanged from the
previous week.
The economy's growth rate
rose in the final three months
of last year, to a 2.8 percent
annual rate. That was faster
than the 1.8 percent pace in
the July-September quarter.
But a key reason for the
Please turn to CLAIMS 8D

Some states fare better in recession

Farming energy,

tech regions did

the best
By Paul Davidson

The recession hammered
household income across
the nation, but nearly a
quarter of the states re-
mained pockets of prosper-
ity, with wages and other
earnings growing through
the downturn, according to
a new study.
From 2005 through
2010 a time period that
also covers years before
and after the recession -
states and metro areas that
depend heavily on energy
and agriculture, such as
Texas and Iowa, saw me-
dian household income rise,
after adjusting for inflation,
Sentier Research says in
its analysis of U.S. Census
data. Although the recession
drove down the prices of oil,
food and other coinmodi-
ties, surging demand from ,,
emerging markets such
as China kept prices from

plummeting and allowed
producers to reap profits
and avoid layoffs.
But Midwest manufactur-
ing strongholds and states
that were clobbered by the
real estate crash, such as
Florida and Arizona, expe-
rienced particularly sharp
drops in household income.
For the entire country,
median annual household
income fell 3.5 percent, .
from $53,168 to $51,287 as
unemployment more than

doubled to about 10 percent,
leaving more Americans
seeking fewer positions and
many of the unemployed
taking lower-level jobs.
But some regions fared
better than others. House-
hold income fell 4.7 percent
in the Midwest and 3.5
percent in the West Cali-
fornia, Nevada and Arizona
were hobbled by the housing
crash but only 2.6 per-
cent in the Northeast and
2.5 percent in the South.

Overall, income rose in
12 of the 50 states and in
Washington, D.C. The na-
tion's capital, in fact, posted
the biggest increase in
household income, an 8.1
percent jump to $60,000 in
the recession and its after-
math, as federal government
payrolls grew.
Wyoming, a leading state
for oil, gas and coal explora-
tion, had the largest in-
crease among states. Medi-
an income rose 3.6 percent
to $54,700. Energy centers
North Dakota, Alaska,
Louisiana, West Virginia,
Oklahoma and Texas also
ranked in the top 10 income
gainers, as did agriculture
centers Iowa and Hawaii.
Michigan had the sharp-
est decline, with median
household income drop-
ping 9.5 percent to $47,000
as the auto industry lost
hundreds of thousands of
jobs in the recession. Other
manufacturing centers
among the top 10 income
losers included Indiana,
Ohio and Minnesota. The
real estate crisis and a
Please turn to RECESSION 8D

Foreclosures driving

home prices lower

2011 was a record

low in sales
By John W. Schoen

The ongoing wave of foreclosures
continues to drag home prices low-
er. Foreclosure-related properties,
which made up roughly one in five
home sales in the third quarter
of last year, sold for an average 34
percent less than homes that were
not distressed sales, according to
the latest data from RealtyTrac, a
housing data research firm.
Foreclosures accounted for
a smaller share of total sales
as banks already glutted with
properties slowed the pace of new
seizures until they could unload
the houses they already owned.
The share of distressed sales also
slowed last year following a slow-
down in new foreclosures after
consumer complaints and lawsuits
challenging seizures that resulted
from robo-signing and other ques-
tionable document practices
"The sooner the market gets
more clarity about accepted

foreclosure procedures, primarily
through the long-promised settle-
ment between multiple states at-
torneys general and major lenders,
the sooner the market can more
efficiently dispose of these dis-
tressed properties," said Brandon
Moore, chief executive officer of
Reforms of those procedures are
part of a recently-proposed, com-
prehensive settlement with lenders
over abusive foreclosure practices.
But the settlement, which is being
touted as a program to save homes
from the sheriff's sale, could have
the perverse effect to increasing
the pace of foreclosures if it helps
insulate bankers from potential
Even with the slowdown in home
seizures and the legal complica-
tions often involved in buying
those properties, foreclosure
sales represent a historically high
percentage of all sales, according
to RealtyTrac. During the hous-
ing boom years of 2005 and 2006,
less than fiye percent of gil iQnme.
sales were foreclosure. In the
Please turn to HOUSE 8D

Racial 'opportunity gap' is

smallest in South and West

By Marisol Bello

Blacks and Latinos
are more likely to have
jobs, live in better-off
neighborhoods and at-
tend better-perform-
ing schools in small to
medium-sized metro
areas in the South
and West, according
to an Urban Institute
report out today.
The Washington
think tank found the
"opportunity gap" that
separates Blacks and
Latinos from whites
is greatest in the Mid-
west and Northeast.
The study was based
on five factors: resi-
dential segregation,
neighborhood afflu-
ence, public school
quality, share of em-
ployment and share of
"The story of both
opportunity and chal-
lenges in the U.S. var-
ies widely from one
metropolitan area to
another," says Mar-
gery Turner, the in-
stitute's vice presi-
dent for research, who
conducted the study.
"Many Blacks and La-
tinos are overcoming
barriers. There are
many success stories
... but gaps remain,
and they are signifi-
The study identi-
fied the metropolitan
areas where the gap
between Blacks and
whites is narrowest:
Albuquerque; El Paso;
and Lakeland, Fla.
The widest gaps: Mil-
waukee, Chicago and
For Latinos, the
slimmest gaps are in

Melbourne, Fla.; Pitts-
burgh; and Portland,
Maine, The widest:
Springfield, Mass.;
Hartford, Conn.; and
Charles Becknell
Jr., an Black studies
professor at the Uni-
versity of New Mexico,
disagrees that Albu-
querque has more op-
portunity for Blacks.
He grew up there. He
says more attention
goes to the larger mi-
nority populations of
Hispanics and Native
He points to the per-
centage of professors
designated for ten-
ure at the university
in 2010: two percent
were Black, 71 percent
"Without looking at
the data, I find it pret-
ty unbelievable," he

In Springfield,
Mass., former City
Council president Jose
Tosado says Hispanics
there have underper-
forming schools, high
dropout rates, high
joblessness and low
voter turnout.
"I believe the study is
very much on target,"
Tosado says. "I wish I
could say this kind of
data surprises me."
The report from the
liberal Urban Insti-
tute comes three days
after a study by the
conservative Manhat-
tan Institute found
that Black segrega-
tion from other racial

groups has hit its low-
est point in more than
a century, but social
and income inequality
Duke University
professor Jacob Vig-
dor, co-author of the
Manhattan Institute
report, says Ameri-
cans should debate a
bigger issue: equality
vs. prosperity. Where
there is more equal-
ity between races, he
says, part of the ex-
planation is that those
metro areas are poor
He says, "We need
to help increase every-
one's income."


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Job market improving nationwide

continued from 7D
growth was that companies
restocked their supplies at
a robust pace. Restocking is
likely to slow in the first three
months of this year, which
would lead to weaker growth.
Until consumer spending
picks up, businesses may be
forced to cut back on hiring.
But consumers have been
weighed down by wages that
haven't kept pace with infla-
tion. More jobs and higher
pay would invigorate con-
sumer spending.
Most economists expected
the combination of weaker
inventory growth and tepid
consumer spending to lead
to slower growth in the cur-
rent January-March quarter.
Many are predictingtwo per-
cent annualized growth this
Workers were more efficient
in the final three months
of last year, although their
gains in productivity slowed
from the previous quarter.
Slower productivity growth
can be a good sign for hiring
if economic growth picks up.
The Labor Department said

Thursday that worker pro-
ductivity rose at a 0.7 percent
annual rate in the October-
December quarter. That's
below a downwardly revised
1.9 percent in the previous
Labor costs rose 1.2 per-
cent in the final three
months of last year, as wages
and salaries grew at a faster
pace than productivity. Still,
inflation-adjusted wages fell
1.2 percent in all of 2011, the
steepest annual drop since
Productivity is the amount
of output per hour of work.

A slowdown in productivity
is bad for corporate profits.
But it can be good for hiring
if it signals companies aren't
able to squeeze more work
out of their existing staffs.
When that happens, it often
means they must add more
workers if they want to grow.
Productivity jumped after
the recession, largely be-
cause companies boosted
output without hiring much.
But productivity slowed in
2011, in part because com-
panies hired more workers
and worked their staffs lon-

Total hours worked rose
last year for the first time
since 2007.
In the first six months of
2011, productivity fell largely
because consumers cut back
on spending in the face of
higher food and gas prices.
That slowed overall economic
Growth accelerated in the
October-December quarter
to a 2.8 growth annual rate.
That spurred more hiring.
Companies added an average
of 137,000 jobs per month
in the final three months of
last year. That was below
the third quarter's average
but much higher than the
97,000 added in the April-
June quarter.
The average work week
ticked up in the final three
months of last year, to 34.4
Companies found ways
to produce more goods and
services with fewer workers
during the recession. Great-
er productivity helped them
boost profits. But it also al-
lowed them to hold back
on hiring after companies
slashed millions of jobs dur-
ing the downturn.

Move includes restructuring debt

continued from 6D

meet our challenges head-on
and capitalize fully on the
solid foundation we've put in
place," Horton said in a letter
to employees.
Horton said cost-cutting
will include restructuring
debt and aircraft leases,
grounding older planes, and
changing labor contracts.
Jeff Brundage, AMR senior
vice president for human re-
sources, gave employees the
estimate of job cuts, accord-
ing to an official who asked
not to be identified because
the .comment was made in a
closed meeting.
If American and its three
unions can't agree on labor
cuts, the company could ask
a bankruptcy judge in New

York to impose changes on
workers. But federal law re-
quires the company to make
a good-faith effort to negoti-
ate agreements with labor
Employees have braced for
bad news for weeks. Hor-
ton said in December that
the company would emerge
from bankruptcy with fewer
"I expect dismay and out-
rage from our membership
as details of the proposal
are made public," said Lau-
ra'Glading, president of the
flight attendants' union.
More details about job
cuts and the fate of AMR's
pension plans are expected
to be released later Wednes-
day, when company officials
are scheduled to meet sepa-
rately with the Allied Pilots

Association, the Association
of Professional Flight At-
tendants and the Transport
Workers Union.
The U.S. Pension Benefit
Guaranty Corp. has been
warning AMR for weeks
that it will oppose an effort
to end the pension plans,
unless the company proves
it can't survive any other
way. If AMR terminates the
plans, it will dump obliga-
tions for paying benefits on
the PBGC.
Besides spending cuts,
Horton said Wednesday
that the company plans to
ground older planes and go
ahead with orders to buy'
hundreds of new aircraft.
That would cut fuel use -
high fuel costs have been a
major drag on AMR and oth-
er airlines. The bankruptcy

judge hasn't approved those
new orders, but he has al-
lowed the company to take
delivery of some new jets.
Horton said as part of an
effort to increase revenue,
American will increase
flights in New York, Los An-
geles, Chicago, Dallas and
Miami by 20 percent over
the next five years.
AMR lost $884 million the
first nine months of 2011,
and Tuesday it disclosed a
$904 million loss for Decem-
ber alone. It has lost more
than $11 billion since 2001.
AMR is the latest of sev-
eral large U.S. airlines to go
,throc'lgh bankruptcy to re-
duce costs and debt Unit-
ed, Delta and US Airways in
the past decade, and Conti-
nental now part of United
- in the 1990s.

Black women short in wealth building

continued from 6D

exist among the top income
earners, but their numbers
appear to be small.
"It's somewhat depressing,
but it kind of shows us for ev-
ery Sheila Johnson or Oprah
Winfrey, clearly hundreds of
thousands are financially
struggling and are not where
they want to be in terms of
income and net worth," said
Lynnette Kalfani-Cox, co-
founder of Askthemoney-
coach.com, a free financial
advice blog.
Black women lack partici-
pation in so-called "wealth
builders," said Wilhelmina
Leigh, senior research asso-
ciate at the Joint Center for
Political and Economic Stud-
ies. Leigh says looking at the
drivers of wealth underscores
the scarcity of Black women
in the top 1 percent.
"Look at the major forms
of wealth owning a house,

stocks, bonds and busi-
ness ownership,". Leigh said.
"Blacks fall short and Black
women especially fall short in
terms of having those things.
So it's not a mystery at all.
It's an unfortunate and very
explainable reality."
Ironically, Black women are
earning more college degrees
their male counterparts, but
have not been able to capital-
ize on that advantage when it
comes to building wealth.
According to the U.S. De-
partment of Education, Black
women earned 66 percent of
bachelors degrees conferred
to Blacks, versus 34 percent
for Black men in the 2008-
2009 academic year.
"Women are not on the
'wealth escalator,'" said
Mariko Chang, author of
"Shortchanged: Why Women
Have Less Wealth & What
SCan Be Done About It."
She adds that there are
things that help people con-
vert their wealth more quick-

ly including: fringe benefits
such as company-sponsored
retirement accounts and
health benefits. Chang says
women are more likely to
work part-time jobs that don't
offer these benefits.
And while two-income
households have economies
of scale in terms of amass-
ing wealth, experts say Black
women should not wait to get
married to start.
"We [women] can not afford
to wait," said Kalfani-Cox.
"Figure out how to improve
your credit rating or how to
invest more.

According to Leigh, income
gaps and caring for fam-
ily are major roadblocks to
Black women generating net
worth. In addition, she notes
that while Black women have
narrowed t
"Income is where wealth
starts," she said. "You must
have disposable income to

accumulate wealth."
Black women's role as care-
giver also impacts their abil-
ity to grow their assets.
"There is a significant prob-
lem in our culture of taking
care of other people," said
Glinda Bridgforth, author of
Girl Get Your Credit Straight.
She emphasizes caring for
others over an extensive pe-
riod of time prevents women
from building wealth and
minimizing debt.
So often we're trying to
support our children or our
parents," she said. "It's a very
challenging situation to be
Overall Black women can
change their financial cir-
cumstances. Kalfani-Cox
stresses financial literacy
and a mentor are critical to
getting on the path to wealth
accumulation. "Find a men-
tor who has had to make
tough choices who can teach
you something through their
life experience," she said.


Foreclosures continue diving

continued from 7D

third quarter, the
share reached 20 per-
cent, down from 22
percent in the second
quarter and 30 per-
cent in the third quar-
ter of 2010.

Those percentages
are much higher in
the states hardest hit
by the housing col-
lapse. In Nevada, fore-
closure-related sales
accounted for nearly
57 percent of all resi-
dential sales during
the third quarter, the

highest percentage of
any state. In Califor-
nia 44 percent of the
sales were foreclosure
related, followed by
Arizona (43 percent)
Georgia (34 percent),
Colorado (26 percent)
and Michigan (23 per-

Florida not among top ten

continued from 7D

drop-off in tourism
pummeled Florida
- where median in-
come fell 7.3 percent to
$46,158 as well as
Nevada and Arizona.
Other findings:
Seven of the top
10 metro areas with
the biggest income in-
creases were in Texas,
which was cushioned
by strong energy, tech-
nology and agriculture
sectors, as well as con-
servative lenders that

helped the state avoid
the housing bust.
Among metro ar-
eas, household income
increased the most -
12.2 percent in La-
fayette, La. which
has many oil service
companies, medical
facilities and retail-
ers. Although energy
was hurt somewhat in
the downturn, "com-
panies haven't let peo-
ple go" because they
didn't want to recruit
new employees in the
upswing, says Bruce
Conque, vice president

of the Greater Lafay-
ette Chamber of Com-
Indiana's Elkhart-
Goshen region, known
as the RV capital of the
world, posted a 13.6%
drop in household in-
come to $45,610, the
sharpest among metro
areas. Sales of RVs,
luxury items, were hit
hard. "You shouldn't
live without an RV, but
you can," says Kyle
Hannon, vice presi-
dent of the Elkhart
Chamber of Com-

HAMP means more help

continued from 6D

from $271,050 in low
housing cost areas
to $729,250 in high-
cost ones. They also
must own and occupy
the home covered by
the loan.
The administration
wants the program
to include a provi-
sion requiring lend-
ers to take a "hair-
cut" by writing down
mortgage balances
of deeply underwater
loans those whose
borrowers owe more
than 140 percent of
their current home
values. The more un-
derivatfer borrowers
owe compared with
their home values,
the greater the risk of
By refinancing into
lower interest rate
loans, mortgage bor-
rowers could sub-

stantially reduce
monthly payments.
Many would go from

paying six percent or
more to about four


The City Commission will appoint five (5) board members to the Liberty City
Community Trust ("Liberty City Trust")

With the exception of the youth board member, the members appointed to the
Liberty City Trust Board must be eighteen (18) years of age, and reflect the
diversity of the community and share technical, professional expertise or expe-
riential knowledge and interest in the following areas: residential construction,
development, architecture and engineering, planning, zoning and land use law,
economic development, historic preservation and restoration, administration,
fiscal management and community involvement.

Anyone having interest in and knowledge of the Liberty City area are encour-
aged to solicit and to submit to the Office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 3500 Pan
American Drive, Miami, Florida, 33133, a completed nomination form indicating
the name, address and qualifications of persons for consideration as prospec-
tive appointees to the Liberty City Trust Board of Directors. Forms are available
at the Liberty City Trust, 4800 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33127."

All nominations must be received by Friday, March 9, 2012 at 4PM. The City
Commission will consider the confirmation of the appointments at the City Com-
mission meeting presently scheduled for April 12, 2012.

For further information you may contact Elaine Black, President/CEO at Tele-
phone No. (305) 635-2301 ext. 375.

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Section 8 special. One and
two bedrooms. Furnished
units available. $199. Total
move in. 786-488-5225
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.

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

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

1245 NW 58th Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$495 per month. $750 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LCD TV. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.

1250 NW 60 Street
One bedroom, one bath
$500. Free water.

1261 NW 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$550. 305-642-7080
1281 N.W. 60 Street
One bdrm, $525, two bdrms,
$625, Call 305-747-4552.
1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$425. Ms. Shorty in #1.
13220 Aswan Road
One bedroom, one bath. Call
305-816-6992 or
135 NW 18 Street
One bedroom, one bath.
$350 month. $575 move
in. All appliances included.
Free 19 inch LDC TV.
Call Joel

.,14NW 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

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

1600 NW 59 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, $575.
Appliances, 305-642-7080.
1612 NW 51 Terrace
Utilities included, $550 moves
you in. 786-389-1686.
167 NE 59 Street
One bedroom, one bath,
$650; three bedrooms, one
bath, $1250. Section 8 wel-
come. 954-914-9166
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. $475.


1927B NW 56 Street
Two bedrooms. $700 mthly,
first and last. Free Water.
1969 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$425. Appliances, free gas.

200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $425.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom one bath
$650, free water. 305-642-
2581 E Superior Street
One bdrm, one bath, $600
mthly, call 305-652-9393.
2751 NW 46 Street
One bedroom, remote gate,
$650 monthly. 954-430-0849

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.

48 NW 77 Street
Beautiful one bedroom, $585
monthly. Call after 6 p.m.
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

Two bedrooms, one bath,
$520-$530 monthly. One
,bedroom, $485,mooth.ly, 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

6951 NW 5 Court
Two large bedrooms, one
bath, deposit negotiable.
Section 8 OK. 786-278-6155
6962 N.W. 2nd Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
section 8 welcome. Call Mr.
Coats at 305-345-7833.
781 NW 80 Street
One bedroom
Call 786-295-9961
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.
Free water. 305-642-7080
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
701 N.W. 7 Ave
Two bedrooms, one bath,
ready to move in. $650
monthly. Call 305-652-9393.
No security deposit re-
quired. One bedroom, water
included. 305-603-9592,
305-600-7280 or

One bedroom, one bath,
$450 monthly. 305-717-6084
One and two bedrooms.

786-267-3199 .

Two bedrooms, two baths, tile
floors, near all facilities, free
water. $850 monthly. Security
required. 305-493-9635
Qualify the same day. Lim-
ited time move in special!
Gated and secure building.
One bedroom, $400 and
two bedrooms $550 only!
Water included. No security
deposit required. 55 and
older get additional dis-
count. Call 305-603-9592,
305-600-7280 and

140 NW 70 Street
Four bedrooms, two baths,
$1395 mthly, 786-370-0832,
20022 SW 123 Drive
Section 8, no deposit, four
bedrooms, two baths, tiled
floors, central air, washer/dry-
er, gated community, $1200,
20829 NW 25 Avenue
Two bedrooms, two baths,
$1150 monthly. Section 8
Welcome, 305-794-2358
2875 NW 196 Street
Three bdrms, one bath, ac-
cept Section 8, 305-970-5573
Three and four bedrooms
units. Rudy 786-367-6268.
19351 NW 45 Avenue
17942 NW 40 Court
2758 NW 198 Court

1174 NW 64 STREET
Two bedrooms, one bath,
appliances included. Utility
room in rear. Near schools
and transportation. Section 8
Welcome. 305-624-7664
131 NW 32 Street
Two bdrms, one bath $595.

1330 NW 46 Street
Two bdrms., one bath, tile,
$900 mthly, 305-219-2571.
1391 NW 43 Street
One bdrm, one bath, Section
8 welcome, $750 monthly.
16159 NW 39 Court
Two bdrms, one bath, $1000
monthly. 305-751-3381
1921 NW 59 STREET
Ready to move in. Two bed-
rooms with new carpet, one
bath, near schools and bus-
es. Full, big kitchen with tile
floor, blinds on all windows,
stove, refrigerator, two re-
verse cycle air conditioning
units, three ceiling fans. Sec-
tion 8 Welcome! $750 mthly,
$1500 to move in. 305-323-
5795 or 305-653-2752.
21301 NW 37 Avenue
Two bedrooms, remodeled.
$795 monthly, 786-306-4839.
2221-23 NW 66 Street
One bedroom, one bath, Sec-
tion 8 welcome, $700 month-
ly, call 954-914-9166.
2403 NW 82 Street
Section 8 Welcome! Two bed-
rooms, one bath, air. $1100
monthly, first and last, $500
security to move in.
2486 NW 81 Terrace
Huge two bedrooms, one
bath, tile floors, central air,
$850, Section 8 welcome!
2587 NW 165 STREET
Near N. Dade Health Clinic.
Three bedrooms, one bath,
central air and heat. $1200
monthly. Section 8 welcome.
271 NW 46 Street
Two bedrooms, one
bath, $875; three bdrms.,
two baths, $1275. Free
water and electricity,
3075 NW 91 Street #2
One bdrm, one bath. Section
8 preferred. 305-299-3142
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.
5093 N.W. 2nd Avenue
Two bdrms, two baths, wa-
ter included. 305-975-5596

540 NW 60 Street
Three bdrms, two baths, ap-
pliances, $1100 monthly plus
$900 security. 305-301-1993
5509 N.W. Miami Court
One bdrm, one bath. Newly
renovated $650 mthly, first,
last, security. 305-751-6232
5903 NW 30 Ave
One bdrm, one bath, air,
640 NW 65 Street #3
Two bedrooms, one bath, se-
curity bars, air, appliances,
ceiling fans, $1,000 monthly,
Section 8 welcome.
8001 NW 11 Court, Apt. 2
Spacious one bedroom, walk-
in closet, $650 monthly, in-

cludes water, $1800 to move
in, tile floors, 305-305-2311

92 94 NE 59 Terrace
Two bdrms, one bath, central
air, bars, $900 mthly. Section
8 only. 305-490-9284.
Two bdrms, one bath, first,
and security. 305-244-6845

100 NW 14 Street
Newly renovated, private
bath and kitchen, utilities and
cable (HBO, BET, ESPN). 24
hour security camera, $185
wkly, $650 mthly.
1165 NW 147 Street, #C
$550 monthly. All utilities in-
cluded. 305-490-9284.
2478 N.W. 92nd Street
$500 a month, $1000 to move
in, all utilities paid,
4020 NW 1 AVENUE
Furnished, air, new applianc-
es. Utilities included. $550
monthly. 305-608-3799.
47 N.E. 80th Terr #3
One person, $400 monthly,
$1200 to move in.
Call 305-621-4383
5422 NW 7 Court
$600 includes electric and
water. No Section 8. Call

Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
13377 NW 30 Avenue
Extra large, $95 weekly, free
utilities, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1500 NW 183 Street
Cable, air, $140 weekly. $285
to move in. 786-457-2998.
15810 NW 38 Place
$85 weekly. Free utilities,
bath, kitchen, one person.
305-474-8186, 305-987-9710
1775 NW 151 Street
New management. Micro-
wave, refrigerator, color TV,
free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728.
1887 NW 44 Street
$450 monthly. $650 moves
you in. 305-303-0156.
1973 NW 49 Street
Clean room, $475 monthly.
2010 NW 55 Terrace
Air, $140 weekly, cable, utili-
ties included, 786-487-2286
2169 NW 49 Street
$95 weekly, cable, air.
Call 786-234-5683

335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrigera-
tor, microwave, TV, free ca-
ble, air and private entrance.
Call 954-678-8996.
6601 NW 24 Court
Microwave, refrigerator, color
TV, free cable, air, and use of
kitchen. Call 305-835-2728
6835 NW 15 Avenue
$100 weekly, $200 to move
in, air and utilities included.
Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
9800 NW 25 Avenue
Rooms in Christian home,,
$500 monthly, no cooking,
small refrigerator, call 305-
691-2404 or 305-693-7628.
$30 a day, 305-305-7765.
Cable TV, utilities included,
$550 monthly. 305-687-1110
Clean room, side entry, patio,
cable, air, 305-688-0187.
Large bedroom. Weekly or
$400 monthly. 954-292-5058.
Clean Rooms, air included.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.
Now offering shared apart-
ment everything included no
deposit. Call 786-468-6239.
2162 NW 5 Avenue, Miami

1000 NW 128 Street
Three bdrms, one and half
bath, $1,200. 954-805-7612.
133 Street and NW 18 Ave.
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Call 305-754-7776
1782 NW 63 Street
Newly remodeled, wood
floors, two bdrms, one bath.
$1095. 305-642-7080
19303 N.W. 28 CT.
Three bedrooms, one bath.
2115 NW 56 Street
Four bedrooms, two bath.
Renovated. Section 8 Ok.
Call 305-926-8660.
2246 Rutland Street
Nicely renovated, two bdrms,
one bath, tile/carpet, air,
fence. $1095 monthly. Sec-
tion 8 OK! Call Kenny
2330 NW 97 Street

One bdrm, small private
house, $760. 305-693-0620

2561 NW 14 Ct
Ft. Lauderdale
Four bedrooms, two bath.
Move-in special, easy to
move in, remodeled. $1600
monthly. 305-926-2839.
2914 NW 49 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air, Section 8 Ok! Call
2930 NW 65 Street
Section 8 Welcome
Three bedrooms, one bath,
$1300 monthly. All Appli-
ances included. Free 19"
Call Joel 786-355-7578
3050 NW 44 Street
Newly renovated, two bed-
room, one bath. Section 8
welcome! Call 305-693-1017
or 305-298-0388.
3051 N.W. 204 Lane
Three bedrooms, two
bathrooms, bars, central air,
Section 8. $1300 monthly.
Call 305-474-9234
3531 NW 209 Terrace
Four bdrms, two baths, air,
two car garage, fenced,
$1,400, No Section 8. Terry
Dellerson, Broker 305-891-
42 NW 166 Street
N. Miami Beach twnshe, new
four bedrooms, two baths.
$1600. Section 8 Preferred.
4970 NW 32 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1400 monthly, Section 8
Welcome! 786-457-2998
5612 NW 11 Avenue
Three bdrms., two baths,
fenced, windows/doors bars,
central air, stove, refrigerator,
$1150 mthly, Section 8 wel-
come, 305-389-4011.
565 NE 131 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
and Florida room. Great loca-
tion, schools, public transpor-
tation, $1400 monthly,
5690 NW 5th Ave
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Giants rally, reign as

:Per Bowl champs-

By Jon Saraceno

Eli Manning was right, after all.
As the NFL season concluded
Sunday evening with a dra-
matic, heart-stopping last lap at
Indy, the New York Giants quar-
terback demonstrated he is in
Tom Brady's class.
And, in case folks haven't no-
ticed, Tom Coughlin owns Bill
The Giants quarterback and
coach appear destined for Can-
ton for a down-the-road date
with immortality at the Pro
Football Hall of Fame. Sunday,
they partied with Lombardi as
confetti rained down at Lucas
Oil Stadium.
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"(Eli Manning) will never again
have to answer questions, 'Do
you consider yourself an elite
quarterback and in Tom Brady's
class?' NBC analyst Cris Col-
linsworth said.
With the entire Manning fam-
ily watching, the 31-year-old
quarterback emerged from his
sibling's daunting shadow and
engineered another brilliant
comeback culminating in the
Giants' thrilling 21-17 victory.
"It's been a wild game. It's
been a wild season," said Man-
ning, named Super Bowl MVP
for the second time. "We had a
bunch of guys who never quit."
Manning commandeered a
seventh fourth-quarter come-
back this season as the Giants
upended the Patriots in the Su-
per Bowl for the second time in
five seasons. He also was MVP
in Super Bowl XLII in Febru-
ary 2008. He finished Sunday's

game with 30 completions in 40
attempts for 296 yards and one
touchdown with a passer rating
of 103.8.
"Coughlin and Manning put
themselves in the discussion for
the Hall of Fame," NBC's Bob
Costas said.
For the third consecutive time
against the Patriots, Manning
was the difference at the game's
Throwing darts to his receiv-
ers, he led a nine-play, 88-yard
drive in 2:49, with running back
Ahmad Bradshaw scoring un-
molested from the 6-yard line as
he paused at the goal line, then
fell gently backward into the end
zone with 57 seconds remain-
"I was yelling at Ahmad not to
score," Manning said, because
the clock was ticking and the Gi-
ants were hoping to kill it with-
out permitting Brady a chance
for a potential game-winning fi-
nal drive.
Brady's last-play Hail Mary
fell incomplete in the end zone.

Once again, Manning outdu-
eled his more highly regarded
Manning, who established a
Super Bowl record by complet-
ing his first nine passes, has
won eight of his last nine playoff
starts. The former No. 1 over-
all draft pick was 9-for-9 in the
first quarter for 77 yards and a
2-yard touchdown pass to Victor
Coughlin is now 5-1 against
Bill Belichick, the Patriots'
hooded genius. Coughlin tied
Bill Parcells- the former re-
vered Giants head coach for
Super Bowl victories.
Coughlin's strategy was to
deploy a grinding rushing at-

tack to control
possession and
keep the football
out of Brady's
hands. When
Bradshaw and
Brandon Jacobs
weren't churn-
ing out chunks
of yardage on the
ground, Manning
used sharp play-
action passes to
dissect the Patri-
ots secondary.

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For the second
time, Manning will be fitted for a
Super Bowl ring at the expense
of Brady and Belichick.
So, too, will Coughlin, the of-
ten-maligned coach who forever
seems to be trying to keep the
wolves at bay. Even though the
Giants ownership has stuck by
him, it wasn't a huge vote of con-
fidence in July when he received
only a one-year contract exten-
sion, through 2012.
"I'm not about comparisons,"
Coughlin said after the victory
when asked by tying his mentor,
"I'm thankful and grateful."
Coughlin, the persnickety,
tough-minded coach with the
Lombardian coaching style,
owns something else, too: At 65,
he is the oldest head coach to
win a Super Bowl.
"For some reason, Tom never
has been looked upon as being
as good a coach as he is," CBS
.nl.l't Phil Simms said. "His
(all-business) mannerisms and
his (strict) way people can't
relate to him or think they can't.
He doesn't give the press snappy
or cute answers. That's the per-
ception about him. I've always
known it's wrong."
For only the fourth time since
2001, the formidable Belichick-


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Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants
poses with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants de-
feated the Patriots by a score of 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI
at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Brady combo was defeated twice
in the same season by the same
opponent. The Giants beat the
Patriots 24-20 in Week 9. Until
Sunday, that was New England's
last defeat, leaving its 10-game
winning streak smashed on the
final day of the season.
In a game featuring the first
confrontation of a pair of former
Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks,
Manning conquered Brady for
a third consecutive time. Man-
ning joins Drew Brees of the
New Orleans Saints and retired
Jake Plummer as the only quar-
terbacks to carve a winning re-
cord vs. Brady with a minimum
three starts.
"He's literally taken this team
on his shoulders," Coughlin be-
fore the rematch.

Madonna's halftime show entertains

By Robert Klemko

no wardrobe malfunctions, but
Madonna's halftime act at Su-
per Bowl XLVI didn't exactly go
off without a hitch Sunday.
Accompanying artist M.I.A.,
36, flipped the bird toward a
camera just before a cutaway
during the halftime show.
It seemed a blip on the ra-
dar of an otherwise successful
production, in which Madonna,
backed by a marching band
dressed as soldiers of antiquity
and a capacity crowd armed
with flashlights, tacked on to
the tradition of increasingly ex-
travagant Super Bowl halftime
Some of hip-hop's biggest acts
joined Madonna, who promised
no controversy in pre-show in-
terviews. The pop icon, 53, said
earlier during Super Bowl week

there would be no wardrobe
malfunctions, a la Super Bowl
XXXVIII when Justin Timber-
lake tore off a piece of Janet
Jackson's top.
Between halves, producers
erected a stage which spanned
some 30 yards, 11 additional
light banks, and a white screen
in front of the stage which
showed accompanying light ef-
fects and images, including a
montage of film actors from the
black and white era and a final
message: World Peace.
Hip-hop artist Cee Lo Green
led a marching band, and LM-
FAO joined Madonna at center
stage for a rendition of their
2011 hit Sexy and I Know It,
which seemed to get the biggest
rise out of the Lucas Oil Stadi-
um crowd.
The show, which borrowed the
creative direction of Cirque du
Soleil, featured several dancers

bouncing about on a highwire
above the stage, not unnoticed
by the buzzing crowd.
Madonna concluded with
Like a Prayer (1989), accom-
panied by a sparkling array of
flashlights in the stands. Imag-
es and videos of M.I.A.'s gesture
lit up the Internet.

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