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Miami times
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"Florida's favorite Colored weekly."
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Editor: H.F. Sigismund Reeves, <Jan. 6, 1967-Dec. 27, 1968>.
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Description based on: Vol. 25, no. 8 (Oct. 23, 1948).
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Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
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VOLUME 89 NUMBER 45 MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 4-10, 2012 50 cents


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Urban League teams up '
with DCF to tackle problem
By D. Kevin McNeir

Black children are disproportionately
represented in every level of the child wel-
fare system, both in Florida and in the U.S.
But recent statistics reveal an even worse
situation for kids in Miami-Dade Coun-
ty. While Black children compromise 23
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COMMUNITY LEADERS READY FOR ACTION: Elected officials, law enforcement officers, Urban League
staff and representatives from the FL Department of Children and Families have launched a grassroots
initiative to reduce the number of neglected and abused children in the welfare system.

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Freak accident kills two

at Liberty City's Jumbo

Driver, charged with DUI manslaughter, remains in jail

By D. Kevin McNeir

Two men, both leaders in the church and
frequent patrons at the Liberty City's Jumbo
Restaurant [NW 7th Avenue and 75th Street],
were killed Saturday evening when the driv-

to rebuild
at Jumbo's
Restaurant in
Liberty City,
following a tragic
car accident on
Saturday night
that left two
patrons dead.
-MiamiTimes photo/Kaila Heard

er of a pickup truck crashed into the popu-
lar eatery. The driver, Antonio Lawrence, 53,
has since been charged with two counts of DUI
manslaughter and is being held on $30,000
Killed at the scene were Rev. Al Jo Hamlin,
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Governor will battle

health care expansion

Scott says Florida just can't afford to pay for it

By Gary Fineout
Associated Press
Florida Gov. Rick Scott now
says Florida will do nothing
to comply with President
Barack Obama's health care
overhaul and will not expand
its Medicaid program. The
announcement is a marked
changed after the governor
recently said he would follow
the law if it were upheld by

the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Florida is not going to
implement Obamacare. We
are not going to expand
Medicaid and we're not going
to implement exchanges,"
Scott's spokesman Lane
Wright told The Associated
Press on Saturday. Wright
stressed that the governor
would work to make sure the
law is repealed.
Scott told Fox News the
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'Locka'City Manager Brian Finnie and the'Citof- .
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Attorney General cited for contempt in gun probe

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-AP photo
From second from left, Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pe-
losi of Calif., Rep. Bobby Rush, D-III., Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and
others, leave the House, on Capitol Hill in Washington, today, in protest of a contempt of
Congress vote for Attorney General Eric Holder.

By David Jackson
& Kevin Johnson
Republican-run House voted
Thursday to hold Attorney
General Eric Holder in con-
tempt of Congress, protest-
ing his refusal to turn over
documents related to the "Fast
and Furious" gun-trafficking
GOP lawmakers cast Holder
as an obstructionist in the
probe of a botched operation
that contributed to the death
of a border patrol agent. Hold-
er and the White House said
they have provided thousands
of documents and denounced
the vote as pure politics.
Speaking to reporters while
on a trip to New Orleans,
Holder called the vote a "re-

grettable culmination of what
became a misguided and
politically motivated inves-
tigation during an election
White House communica-
tions director Dan Pfeiffer said
it is "a transparently political
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.,
who initiated the contempt
action as the leader of the
House investigation into the
gun-trafficking operation, said
the vote was "not the outcome
I had sought."
"It could have been avoided
had Attorney General Holder
actually produced the sub-
poenaed documents he said
he would provide," Issa said.
"Claims by the Justice Depart-
ment that it has fully cooper-
ated with this investigation

U.S. Attorney General
fall at odds with its conduct."
Holder is the first sitting
attorney general to be held in
contempt of Congress.
The House voted largely
along partisan lines to hold
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Where is our outrage over

recent church thefts?
It is a sad state of affairs when our Black churches -
the collective institution that has given so much in the
quest to free, educate, encourage, feed, and even protect
Black men, women and children -now stand as victims of
random acts of vandalism. Then again, these acts may be far
from random. It seems that there's a group of unscrupulous
bandits who want the copper wire that can be found in the air
conditioning units that keep our churches cool. And as pre-
vious reports have indicated, there's big money to be made,
particularly in overseas markets.
Law enforcement officials may not have taken these thefts
as seriously as they should but our local ministers certain-
ly have. For now they don't know who's behind these costly
thefts but they are convinced that someone does unfortu-
nately these witnesses have chosen to remain silent.
It's unlikely that a band of marauding white men could pull
into the back of a church in Liberty City, Brownsville, Miami
Gardens or Opa-Locka which leads those in the know to con-
clude that these thefts are but another example of Black-on-
Black crime. Have we sunk so low that we are now stealing
from the very places that have been our constant source of
Before there were public schools and colleges that admitted
Black students, there were institutions formed and support-
ed by the Church. When city officials in Miami-Dade County
and elsewhere ignored our cries for safer neighborhoods and
better housing, the Black Church rose to the occasion. And
whenever gunfire has disrupted the peace, taking the lives
of both the innocent and guilty, the Black Church has been
there to both bury the dead and to administer salve to our
broken souls.
It isn't the church that has changed so much in recent years
it's our own people and our values. It's time we reminded
one another of how important and sacred the Black Church
has been and still is as we seek to survive in a country and
world that continue to condone and perpetuate inequality. As
for the thieves who remain on the lose, it's time someone did
the right thing and turn them in.

Rick Scott should welcome

the health care law
When Rick Scott first "ascended the throne" in Tal-
lahassee, you had to wonder if he was the best gov-
ernor that Florida could get. But with all of his mil-
lions he easily bankrolled his own campaign and concrollecd
the rhetoric that was disseminated about his plans. Mean-
while, his opponent, Alex Sink, despite a decent platform,
was lackluster at most. Even more, she took the Black vote
for granted until the very last days of the race. The irony is
Scott never pretended to be anyone else but who he is: a very
rich, privileged conservative that rarely shows signs of com-
promise. But his recent announcement that he will not begin
to implement the federal health care law because it's "bad
policy and too costly" is more than taxpayers should tolerate.
Scott and his Republican cronies say they plan to fight the
law and will wait until November convinced that Romney
will win thus making it easy to repeal the law. For folks
like Scott and his equally-wealthy friends, it's easy to say let's
wait a few more months. But tell that to Florida's estimated
3.8 million people, or 21 percent, that are uninsured. In ad-
dition, there are federal grants totaling millions of dollars that
could improve all of our lives, but Scott has refused to accept
them. Yet he says he cares about "vulnerable Floridians?" Is
Scott talking with "forked tongue?"
This is not the first time that state officials have been in
direct opposition to the President or the Supreme Court. But
this time it's different we need not say why. As November
approaches, Blacks should heed recent history. We allowed
Scott to sail into office and were bamboozled by his Cheshire
cat smile. But if we remain on our hands in November well
get Romney in the White House with good old boy Scott as
one of his most ardent supporters. That has the makings of a
dangerous twosome.

Blacks should always

remember Rodney King
R odney Glenn King died a few weeks ago June 17th
in Rialto, California, about 400 miles away from
his birthplace of Sacramento. But were if not for his
being involved in a routine traffic stop on March 3, 1991 and
what happened afterwards, his life and death would prob-
ably have gone unnoticed save for a few family members and
friends. King by his own admission was not a hero. Perhaps
not but he was a victim.
King was stunned with a taser, kicked repeatedly and
beaten with batons 56 times by law enforcement officials.
We know this because his arrest by four Los Angeles police
officers was videotaped by a witness, George Holliday. After
Holliday's claims were discounted by police he went to a lo-
cal television station; it was seen by millions. In the court
proceedings that followed, three of the four police officers
were acquitted; the jury failed to reach a verdict regarding
the fourth officer. When the news hit the streets, Los Angeles
erupted, sparking the 1991 LA riots. Six days later the riots
were over. But not without serious consequences: 53 deaths,
2,383 injuries, more than 7,000 fires, damages to 3,100 busi-
nesses and nearly $1 billion in financial losses. King served
as the spark for a mass uprising. His beating was the break-
ing point for millions of Blacks that had lived with and grown
tired of police brutality, racism and social injustice. We may
never know how much King was affected by that beating or
the circus-like events that followed. But marty of us know the
tenuous road we walk each day and the dangers that await us
just around the corner simply because we are Black. In that
regard, we are all kindred spirits. Rest in peace Brother KingI

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

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- BY EUGENE ROBINSON, eugenerobinson@washingtonpost.com

Health insurance: A right for everyone

The political impact of Thurs-
day's stunning Supreme Court
decision on health care reform
is clear good for President
Obama and the Democrats, bad
for Mitt Romney and the Repub-
licans but fleeting and thus
secondary. Much more impor-
tant is what the ruling means
in the long term for the physical
and moral health of the nation.
All but lost in the commentary
about the court's 5-4 ruling,
with Chief Justice John Roberts
Jr. unexpectedly joining the ma-
jority, is that the Affordable Care
Act was intended as just a be-
ginning. We have far to go, but
at least we're on our way.
Obama's great achievement
is not any one element of the
health care reform law not
even the now-upheld individual
mandate compelling individu-
als to have health insurance or
pay a fine. The important thing
is the law's underlying assump-
tion that every American, rich
or poor, should have access to
adequate health care. In the rest
of the industrialized world, this

simple idea is taken for granted.
When Obama took office, howev-
er, about 50 million Americans
lacked health insurance. Many
low-income families, especially
the "working poor" who make too
much money to qualify for Med-
icaid, were faced with impos-
sible decisions: Take a sick child
to the doctor or pay the rent?

overall ranking of 37th in the
world, far below other Western
democracies. Infant mortal-
ity in this country, according to
the CIA, exceeds that of Slove-
nia and Cuba. It is possible to
quibble with these figures but
not to ignore them. We should
be ashamed of ourselves.
For healthy individuals, it is

bama's great achievement is not any one element of the
health care reform law not even the now-upheld in-
dividual mandate compelling individuals to have health
insurance or pay a fine.

Buy medicine or buy groceries?
Those who cannot afford health
insurance do ultimately receive
care, of course but often
in hospital emergency rooms,
where treatment is much more
expensive than in a doctor's of-
fice. Our system is thus both
callous and extravagant, costing
much more than it should while
delivering substandard results.
The World Health Organization
gives the U.S. health system an

crushingly expensive to buy in-
surance on the free market. For
those with pre-existing medi-
cal conditions, it is essentially
impossible but not for long,
thanks to the Supreme Court's
landmark ruling. Rather than
seek a radical reshaping of the
health care system, Obama
pushed through a set of rela-
tively modest reforms that will
expand insurance coverage to a
large number of the uninsured

-about 30 million -'u- siTTE not
all. He also tried to use free-mar-
ket forces to "bend the curve"
of rising costs, slowing but not
halting their rise. The result is
a huge, complicated, unwieldy
piece of legislation. I would have
loved to see the president try for
something simpler and more el-
egant, perhaps a "Medicare for
everyone" single-payer system.
Maybe that's where well end up
But despite all the rhetoric
well hear from Romney and the
GOP until Election Day, health-
care reform is here to stay. And
medical costs will continue to
soar, despite the law's efforts to
contain them. Inevitably, if only
because of deficits and the na-
tional debt, Congress will have
to revisit the health care issue
with an eye toward more radi-
cal changes with the underly-
ing assumption that health care
should not be a privilege but a
right. Progressive presidents
since Theodore Roosevelt have
tried to enshrine this principle.
Barack Obama did it.

BY GLO-CRE E. CURHY, i',irM jUuiiinuis

Clarence Thomas worse than the KKK

As the nation eagerly awaited
the Supreme Court's decision
on the constitutionality of the
Affordable Care Act, all eyes
were focused on Anthony M.
Kennedy, a staunch conserva-
tive who occasionally supplies
the lone swing vote that tilts
the court's narrow 5-4 rulings
in one direction or the other.
But this time, to the surprise
of arch-conservatives who had
championed his cause, Chief
Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
sided with the liberal bloc on
the Supreme Court, giving
President Obama an unex-
pected clear victory in his sig-
nature legislative accomplish-
What was not surprising was
that Clarence Thomas would
not step into the role filled by
Roberts. He is widely regarded
as the most conservative mem-
ber of a conservative-dominat-
ed Supreme Court. Thomas
is far more conservative that

Hugo Black, a former member
of the Ku Klux Klan who served
on the court from 1937-1971.
Black later acknowledged that
joining the Klan was a mistake
and became one of the most
liberal members of the Su-
preme Court, strongly back-
ing the principle of "one man,
one vote" and using the equal

benefited from affirmative ac-
tion throughout his adult life.
In their excellent book, Su-
preme Discomfort: The Divid-
ed Soul of Clarence Thomas,
Kevin Merida and Michael A.
Fletcher, two colleagues at the
Washington Post, write: "Ev-
ery Thomas employer, from
[Former Missouri Sen. John]

What was not surprising was that Clarence Thomas would
not step into the role filled by Roberts. He is widely re-
garded as the most conservative member of a conserva-

tive-dominated Supreme Court.

protection clause of the 14th
Amendment to forbid racial
No such luck with Clarence
In every major case involv-
ing affirmative action Thomas
voted against the interests of
Blacks. What makes that so
strange is that Thomas has

Danforth, who gave him his
first job, to President George
H.W. Bush, who nominated
him to the Supreme Court,
chose Thomas at least partly
because he is Black. Race is
a central fact of his meteoric
rise, and Thomas has alter-
nately denied it and resented
it -all the way to the top."

To characterize
Thomas' behavior as resent-
ment is an understatement.
The late U.S. Appeals Court
Judge Leon Higginbotham ob-
served, "I have often pondered
how is it that Justice Thomas,
an African-American, could be
so insensitive to the plight of
the powerless. Why is he no
different, or probably worse,
than many of the most con-
servative Supreme Court jus-
tices of the century? I can only
think of one Supreme Court
justice during the century who
was worse than Justice Clar-
ence Thomas: James McReyn-
olds, a white supremacist who
referred to blacks as 'niggers."
When I look at Clarence
Thomas, and others we
should hold in contempt, I
think back to what Thurgood
Marshall said about Clarence
Thomas: "There's no difference
between a white snake and a
black snake. They'll both bite."


It's time to declare equal opportu:

As we celebrate Indepen-
dence Day here in the U.S., I
wonder when the Black com-
munity is going to learn the
true meaning of this day when
it comes to politics. Indepen-
dence Day, or Fourth of July,
is about freedom to think, be,
imagine and to live. In the U.S.,
July 4, 1776 was the day we
celebrated our freedom from
Great Britain.
Former President Abraham
Lincoln signed the Emanci-
pation Proclamation in 1863,
thus freeing Blacks from slav-
ery. In many ways, Blacks
were more free then, than we
are now. Blacks back then
had a sense of family, owned
their own businesses and
fought for full rights in soci-
ety. Blacks back then never
fought for "equality" because
no one can make you equal.
Instead, they fought for equal
opportunity. Today, we allow

Republicans to ignore us and
the Democrats to only give us
lip service. We have become so
obsessed with symbolism that
no one feels the need to do
anything of any substance for
our community.
Blacks have achieved equal

what do we do? We say give
him four more years. Go figure.
So, on this Independence
Day, please, Black people, try
to free your mind from the tyr-
anny that is the Democratic
Party and Barack Obama.
Sometimes, you have to lose in

nly when we realize that the power of the vote is the
true key to independence, will we be willing to vocally
confront Obama's insidious political strategy towards

rights but not equal opportu-
nity. So, by helping to put a
Black in the White House, we
thought we would finally get
equal opportunity. Wrongly
We have a president that has
more than gone out of his way,
as a calculated political strat-
egy, to ignore the very people
who gave him the largest share
of their vote (96 percent). And

order to win. Sometimes you
have to allow your opponents
to win to force your party not
take you for granted.
If the White House wants to
address the high unemploy-
ment rate in the Black com-
munity, we should work with
them. When they try to inject
1 million illegals into the work
force, they should be opposed.

When Obama tell to
"stop complaining," while ca-
tering to homosexuals and il-
legals, we should oppose him.
I challenge Blacks to stand
against Obama's political
strategy that says ignore and
marginalize us. Blacks should
have the guts enough to pro-
test, like homosexuals and il-
legals did. Obama rightly cal-
culates that Blacks will only
complain and then go out to
vote for him without him hav-
ing to give us anything by way
of policy. Slavery is not just
physical; it's also mental. We
have been freed physically and
legally, but functionally we are
still enslaved to the Democratic
Only when we realize that the
power of the vote is the true
key to independence, will we
be willing to vocally confront
Obama's insidious political
strategy towards Blacks.

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.The importance of a free-thinking court .... : .
The importance of a free-thinking court

President Obama is sighing
with relief, because the Afford-
able Health Care Act was not
struck down as unconstitu-
tional and his solicitor won a
big battle overturning most of
Arizona's "immigration law."
These victories while impor-
tant to the Obama Administra-
tion are more notable because
of the integrity and guts of
Chief Justice Roberts. Roberts,
a President Bush appointee,
has risen above partisan poli-
tics and ideology to preserve
the integrity and esteem of the
third branch of government -
the Courts. He realized that if
he followed his fellow Republi-
can appointees and voted in a
manner that would make the
Republican Party happy that
he would communicate to the
public and the world that the
Supreme Court is not an im-
partial arbiter striving for jus-
tice but rather simply a group
of Republican and Democratic

appointees voting along party
lines. I respect Roberts for his
integrity and hope that the
liberal justices and conserva-
tive justices come to the same
important realization made by
Justice Roberts because the
identity of the Supreme Court
is at stake. If justice cannot be
obtained at the highest court of

dependent and designed to bal-
ance the power so that no one
branch became too powerful.
After Bush vs. Gore, the high
esteem that this country held of
the Supreme Court diminished
because it appeared that the
Democratic appointees voted
for Gore and the Republican
appointees voted for Bush.

a rallying cry of certain conservative groups across the
country because by taking the "courts" these conserva-
tives believe that they can change the laws of the land to reflect
their conservative ideology.

the land, then the entire judi-
cial system becomes perverted
and a cornerstone of our de-
mocracy fails. The founding fa-
thers created three equal and
important branches of govern-
ment, the executive, the legis-
lative and the judiciary. Each
was meant to be equal and in-

This troubled those free think-
ing members of society who re-
alized that the Supreme Court
should not be partisan, but
rather an impartial body that
rises above party affiliation and
rules upon the law and facts in
a manner that seeks to obtain
justice. Roberts realized that

the Supreme Court was spiral-
ing down into a liberal versus
conservative court and took
the monumental step of rising
above his party affiliation.
The desire to appoint ideo-
logues on the bench has be-
come a rallying cry of certain
conservative groups across the
country because by taking the
"courts" these conservatives
believe that they can change
the laws of the land to reflect
their conservative ideology. In
Florida, three justices are be-
ing attacked because they are
viewed as too liberal. A conser-
vative group intends to spend
millions knocking out these
justices even though they are
respected by the bar for their
fairness and impartiality. I
strongly urge voters to retain
our current justices and pre-
vent Governor Scott from hav-
ing the ability to appoint three
new justices who match his

Some Miami Gardens candidates are clueless

Is the Black Church still sacred

to the Black community?

Earlier this year the City of
Miami Gardens passed an or-
dinance that would have kept
someone like Sandusky and
banned a volunteer like Judge
Joe Mathis because of a felony
conviction. Penn State Univer-
sity Assistant Coach Jerry San-
dusky would have been eligible
to volunteer as a coach to chil-
dren living in the City of Miami
Gardens.The ordinance bans a
person with two felonies within
a life time and a single felony in
the past five years. A felony con-
viction can be anything from a
charge of trespassing to posses-
sion of Marine Turtle eggs, im-
properly dumping trash, keep-
ing a rental car longer than the
contract allow, or a traffic viola-
tion. I am condoning unlawful
behavior.; it's not okay to break

the law. However, it is shame- ning a person based simply on
ful that nearly 100 volunteer a felony conviction is another
coaches were affected by this form of profiling and should be
ordinance and are no longer al- banned.
lowed to coach in the City where Pedophiles go undetected ev-
many of them reside and some erywhere in society. Some are
can even vote. It is unfortunate working or serving in positions

The City of Miami Gardens' decision to ban certain residents
from coaching children in their neighborhood is one more
reason you need to know the candidates and vote.

that Miami Gardens centered that grant them full access to
the ban on volunteering on a our children. Unfortunately,
single felony conviction; not on we do not have enough laws
other moral or character stand- and policies to protect our chil-
ing. The ordinance implies that dren under every circumstance.
our kids are safe with coaches Therefore we must empower our
that do not have a felony con- children by teaching them how
viction. Therefore parents have to protect themselves and what
a false sense of security. Ban- to do if they have been violated.

We must educate our children
on what is sexual abuse and
keep open lines of communica-
tion on this topic.
The City of Miami Gardens'
decision to ban certain resi-
dents from coaching children in
their neighborhood is one more
reason you need to know the
candidates and vote. You need
to know their perspectives on
critical issues impacting the
lives of their constituents. We
must vote for representatives
that understand the past in-
justices imposed on the very
constituents they are elected
to serve without taking into ac-
count the type of crime and the
context in which it was done.
We must stop voting for politi-
cians that simply don't give a
damn about us and our issues.

Miami, unemployed

It's sad to say, but I don't think
that the Black
church is sa-
cred to the
Black com-
munity. Not
like it should
be anyway. I
just think that
there are not
as many Black
churches involved in the Black
community as there should be.

Miami, counselor

First and
foremost, we
need to. es-
tablish what
is the Black
church. A
Black church
should be a
place which
embraces African conscious-
ness and has supported Black
people through everything
we've been through over the
past 500 years. There are only
a few churches that meet that
criteria by preserving, main-
taining, sustaining and enrich-
ing the Black community. But
when they do meet that stan-
dard, then yes, I feel that the
Black community holds such
churches as sacred.

Miami, activist

No and it's because churches
are too con-
cerned about
money nowa-
days. The art
of preaching
is to save a
man's soul
- and I don't
think that's
happening with Black church-

es. We have churches on nearly
every corner of the Black com-
munity and yet things are not
changing. So, churches are not
really about helping the com-

Miami, landscapist

No because I don't think the
Black church
is sustain-
ing the Black
I'm a greeter
at Northside
Church of God
and my pas-
tor teaches
about going
out into the community and re-
ally reaching out and helping
out the local neighborhood. But
many times, churches don't do

Miami, truck driver

Yes, overall the church still
is revered.
But the re-
cent thefts of
some of these
churches did
disrespect the
Black church.
a church is
like disrespecting the Lord. It's
His house. Sometimes it does
seem like people don't have
much faith anymore.

Miami, nursing assistant

No because
younger kids
today are
more into
rap music
than they are
into going to

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Health care fight remains a personal one
I was standing under the tree I was surprised that one pop to be denied health insurance, coverage for early
on the corner of Hard Times and under the tree broke it down Also, if you have less than 25 new law creates a
the street of What the Hell is like this. Youngun this is get- employees and provide health gram to provide f
Going On. The conversation was ting real personal with the pres- insurance, you may qualify for for employment-ba
centered on the Affordable Care ident. Home boy can't catch a a tax credit of up to 35 percent continue to prove
Act, aka Obamacare, which the break from Uncle Charlie. Under that increases to 50 percent in coverage to people

Supreme Court has recently
upheld. Over the weekend, all
the Republican leadership were
making their rounds on cable
news programs talking "repeal
and replace." Those leading the
charge included: Senator Mitch
McConnell; House Speaker
John Boehner; up-and-coming
Senator Marco Rubio; and Pres-
idential nominee Mitt Romney.
But when asked, "Replace with
what?" or "How do you intend to
cover the 30 million people that
are uninsured?" there were no
answers of substance.

Who were those two write-
in candidates that closed the
Democratic primary between
Katherine Fernandez Run-
die and Rod Vereen? There
are no websites that we can
identify and members of the
press say they can't get a
phone call returned. What
we do know is that Michele
Samaroo and T. Omar
Malone have made this race
that much more intriguing.
With their quick entry and
similarly quick departure
it's not a Democrat-take-all-
race. Whether you like it or
not, both candidates followed
the law as of 2000 when the
elections division ruled that
one single write-in candidate
could close a primary. By the
way, write-ins don't have to
pay filing feels or appear on

ver the weekend, all the Republican leadership were making
their rounds on cable news programs talking "repeal and re-
place." Those leading the charge included: Senator Mitch Mc-
Connell; House Speaker John Boehner; up-and-coming Senator Marco
Rubio; and Presidential nominee Mitt Romney. But when asked, "Re-
place with what?" or "How do you intend to cover the 30 million people
that are uninsured?" there were no answers of substance.

this new law, young adults are
allowed to stay on their parents'
plan until they turn 26-years-
old. It provides new coverage ac-
cess options for folks with Pre-
Existing Conditions that used

the ballot.
Miami Heat Chris Bosh
may find the party ending
sooner than anticipated after
the mother of his child and
former love interest, Allison
Matthis, began using so-
cial media to announce that
she was applying for food
stamps and was facing fore-
closure on her home. State
guidelines say that given his
yearly salary of close to $18
million, that she should be
getting around $30,000 in
monthly child support. In-
stead, it's reported that she
gets a "mere" $2,600. The
tug-of-war continues be-
tween the two parents with
Bosh recently being told by
a Florida judge that he could
not take his three-year-old

2014. States will be able to re-
ceive matching funds to cover
additional older folks, poor folk,
folk with disabilities and some
families and children under
Medicaid. To preserve employer

child out of the country to
the London Olympics. Mat-
this' attorney says they'll be

r retirees the
$5 billion pro-
inancial help
based plans to
ride valuable
le who retire

between the ages of 55 and 65,
as well as their spouses and de-
pendents until more affordable
coverage is available through
the new exchanges by 2014. All
new plans must cover certain
preventive services like colo-
noscopies, mammograms and
Autism screening for children
at 18 and 24 months all of
these and more without charg-
ing a deductible, co-pay or co-
insurance. As Pops was walking
away he said 2008 was a move-
ment but now in 2012 it's gotten
personal. Are you in?

back in court soon to request
an adjustment on the child




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Commissioner Barbara Jordan leads interns in a team building exercise.

Jordan helps youth

gain intern experience

Twenty-three students living
or attending school in District 1
of Miami-Dade County got their
marching orders from Commis-
sioner Barbara Jordan during
the Summer Youth Internship
Initiative (SYII) orientation
session. The high school and
college students went through
a rigorous interview process to
participate in the eight to 12-
week paid internship program.
"This is my opportunity to

help mold and nurture the
careers of our young people,"
she said. "This program gives
students the tools needed to
thrive and survive in the work-
Now in its eighth year, SYII
forms strategic partners with
key businesses in District
1. Students learn business
etiquette, workforce operations
and skills that will enhance
their careers.

During the recent orienta-
tion, students participated
in a resume boot camp con-
ducted by Kennedy Achille,
CEO of Convention Associ-
ates. Mofonobong Essiet, Miss
Black USA 2012 gave a lecture
entitled, Taking Stock in Your
Future. The students also
took part in a financial literacy
workshop and an icebreaker
designed to build trust and

Edmonson leads Liberty City

in annual clean up drive

In a effort to make the NW 18th Avenue cor-
ridor between 62nd and 71st Streets safer and
cleaner, Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmon-
son led her fifth clean-up through the Liberty
City neighborhood on Wednesday, June 27th.
A team made up of Miami-Dade County Public
Works and Waste Management, Police, and Code
Enforcement units, the Greater Miami Service
Corps and the City of Miami Homeless Assis-
tance program walked through the commercial
corridor and residential streets cleaning up de-
bris, citing property and business owners not
in compliance, and talking with residents and
business owners on the needs of the neighbor-
"We continue to come through this area be-
cause the-residents-want to see a cleaner, saf-
er avenue where new businesses can open,"
Edmonson said. "They want this street to be a
lively and thriving corridor. These resiidents are
law-abiding citizens who keep up their homes
and contribute to the stability of Liberty City. We

have cited owners who don't mow or clean-up
their property, we have picked up garbage and
debris and we have found homeless people.living
in makeshift shacks within overgrown lots and
gotten them the proper help. They now haye a
roof over their heads. These walkthroughs help
us pinpoint trouble spots where we need to take

By Robert Laszewski

Because the Supreme Court
upheld the Affordable Care Act, if
there is to be a final verdict on the
controversial new health care law it
will have to come at the ballot box
in November.
Mitt Romney and the Republi-
cans say they want to get rid of the
law on Day One of his administra-
President Obama and the Demo-
crats pledge that they will see the
new law through.

If Republicans sweep the elec-
tions capture the White House,
get at least 51 votes in the Senate,
and hold the House of Representa-
tives- they will have the votes to
gut the law. Under Senate rules, it
would take 60 Senate votes to kill
the Affordable Care Act; 51 votes
would be enough to strip the law's
funding and cripple it. But Republi-
cans would have to sweep the elec-
tions to do that.
Though it is highly unlikely that
Democrats will retake the House,
their chances are about even that
they will hold the White House
and/or the Senate. To ensure Re-
publicans can't cripple the health
law, they only have to capture one
of those.
Conservatives wanted the Su-
preme Court to do the work of
killing the Affordable Care Act for

them. They didn't get their wish,
but the court might have put con-
servatives into a political corner
they will find very uncomfortable.
Under the law, the Medicaid pro-
gram will be substantially expand-
ed now those up to 133 percent
of the federal poverty level will be
eligible for Medicaid benefits. Many
conservative governors were angry
that the federal government would
force even more spending on them
at a time their current Medicaid
programs have become a major
burden on state budgets. Under the
law, if the state didn't agree to ex-
pand Medicaid, they'd lose all Med-
icaid funding.
The Supreme Court has now said
that if a state doesn't want to ex-
pand Medicaid, it doesn't have to
and will not lose current Medicaid
funding from the federal govern-
Now, conservative governors who
said they wanted no part of a Med-
icaid expansion shoved down their
throats from Washington have the
ability to opt out of it without a pen-
alty. That puts those governors and
their legislatures on one big hot
seat. Whether or not their states
get a Medicaid expansion is now
up to them. It's put-up-or-shut-up
time for conservative governors and
state legislators who said the health
law was an onerous expansion of
federal powers over their states.
The biggest part of the Affordable
Care Act is scheduled to take effect
Jan. 1, 2014, when people will be

able to buy guarantee issue insur-
ance in state purchasing exchang-
es. Many who do so will receive
subsidies from the federal govern-
ment to make the cost of their cov-
erage affordable.
But the reality is that most states
aren't likely to be ready with those
exchanges. The estimates are that
anywhere from 20 to 40 states have
done so little work that they will not
be ready to enroll people by 2014.
Under the law, if a state is not
ready, the federal government must
build and operate the insurance
purchasing exchange for them.
The Obama administration has
repeatedly said that the exchanges
will be ready in every state they
have to be in. But the adminis-
tration has not been transparent
about its plans and the progress it
has or has not made toward oper-
ating these complex insurance ex-
changes in what could be most of
the states.
Now that the court has affirmed
the Affordable Care Act, the ad-
ministration is on a hot seat of its
own. Will it really be ready on Jan.
1, 2014, to make health insurance
available to as many as 15 million
The Obama administration needs
to be forthcoming with a plan and
the progress to date.
Robert Laszewski, a former in-
surance executive, is president of
Health Policy and Strategy Associ-
ates and a founding member of the
Alliance for Health Reform.


for children ages 1 -4.
Accepting enrollment applications
for opening day of August 20, 2012
Out of School Services
(after school care, summer camp. etc.)
Tutoring Services
Accepting applications for tutors and
service reps for the 2012-2013 school year.

Miami Times photo/Gregory Wright
DEMANDING CHANGE: A small but determined group of citizens say conditions at the county's jail are

Fear, intimidation and

rats in M-D County jail

By Gregory W. Wright
Miami Times writer

With signs in hand, a small
but relentless group recently
announced that they will not
rest until working conditions at
the Miami-Dade County's main
jail facility has improved. They
are also calling for the dismissal
of Corrections Director Timothy
The group met in front of
the Miami-Dade Corrections
Department headquarters in
Liberty City and were led by
retired corrections department
employee Walter Clark. Join-
ing him were several correction
officers and local community
supporters who say they hope
to keep the pressure on Ryan
and county leaders to improve
the working conditions for jail-
house employees. But Clark
says there are other issues as
well: assaults on corrections
staff have risen; notices to jail
employees alerting of the pres-
ences of inmates with infectious
deceases such as tuberculosis
are routinely sent out late; and
their is a dangerous presence of
rats, roaches, mold and mildew
-*,all healththazards for staff -
and inmates.

As proof, Clark pointed to a
letter dated August 24, 2011
from the U.S. Department of
Justice under the Civil Rights
Act of Institutionalized Persons
Act, addressed to County Mayor
Carlos Gimenez, notifying the
county administration of the
results of a three-year long
investigation of Miami-Dade
County's jail facilities.
Among its findings, Miami-
Dade County Corrections and
Rehabilitation Department:
Is deliberately indifferent to
the suicide risks and serious
mental health needs of its pris-
oners. At least eight prisoners
have committed suicide since
The level of cleanliness at
the jail is poor.
Bags of bio-hazardous ma-'
terials and trash were stored in
hallways unsecured and unat-
The stockade is infested
with flies, ants and rodents.
Inadequate emergency
evacuation; fire and life safety
system poses an unreasonable
risk of harm to prisoners.
The deliberate indifference
to serious medical needs of the
pnsonere-is life threatening,- ...--.
. wih some prisoners waiting

weeks, even months before con-
sulting with medical specialists
on cases of HIV, cardiology and
Clark places the blame for
the deplorable conditions in the
county's corrections facilities
squarely at the feet of Ryan.
"It got bad when they hired
Ryan," Clark said. "He has
failed everywhere he has been.
And a lot of the officers fear
for their careers. The rate that
corrections employees are
disciplined is twice as high as
any other county department.
Employees are harassed for tak-
ing their own sick time."
One corrections officer shared
his frustrations.
"The morale is low," said Offi-
cer Alphonso Bruton, a 26-year
veteran. "Mold, mildew, busted
pipes, rats, roaches!"
Clark says the local union
that serves law enforcement of-
ficers needs to get involved.
"The union is not responsive,"
Clark added. "If we were police,
the union would be all over this.
But they pay the same dues!"
Ryan was unavailable for
comment. We hope to speak
with Gimenez as this story is

No decision yet on Zimmerman's bond

Associated Press A bond
hearing took more a tone of a
trial last week when both sides
in the Trayvon Martin murder
case presented what sounded
like opening statements with
the defense quizzing witnesses

and trying to poke holes in the
prosecution's evidence. Mean-
while, George Zimmerman, 28,
remains behind bars. His law-
yer sparred with prosecutors
over his finances and ques-
tioned why his client is in jail

at all. Circuit Court Judge Ken-
neth Lester said on Friday that
he would need more time to de-
cide whether to grant Zimmer-
man bail again. He now has to
review close to 10 hours of evi-
dence submitted by the defense.

city manager
but the city is on track now. I
think it will benefit from a new
Opa-Locka Mayor Myra Tay-
lor says she wishes Finnie well.
"He is a young, bright man
and I hope only the best for
him," she said. "In his letter
he said he wanted to be closer
to his family. It seems that his
time with us has finally run its

continued from 1A

Finnie was first hired in 2008
as interim city manager. He
resigned in December 2010
after the commission passed
him over for the permanent
position. Then in June 2011,
the commission changed its
mind and asked Finnie to re-
turn this time as city man-

ager. But earlier this year, he
faced the possibility of losing
his job. However, in a 3-2 vote,
the commission decided to re-
tain him. He had faced a total
of 21 charges but was able to
respond to each of them to the
satisfaction of the commission.
In statements made to the
press, Finnie said the following.
"I just felt that it was time.
It has not been an easy job

Court's health care ruling

is uncomfortable for all

Opa-locka to search for new



BAK MUSTi___ _

-Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), left, accompanied by Rep. Cor-
rine Brown (D-Fla.), presents the Congressional Gold Medal to William
McDowell, a representative of the Montford Point Marines.

-Sarah Rohrs/Times-Herald file photo

World War II
veteran Luther Hen-
dricks of Vallejo holds
a group photo of
Black U.S. Marines at
Camp Montford Point.
He is the third man
from the left in the
first row. He served
in the all-Black 51st
and 52nd Defense
Battalions. He
received a
Congressional Gold
Medal in Washington





By Jim Michaels

WASHINGTON Some relied
on walkers, others canes. But
they all struggled to their feet as
the color guard passed and the
Marine Band began playing in
their honor.
Under hazy skies, the Marine
Corps honored more than 400
Black Marines, many of whom
served during World War II and
are now well into their 80s. The
men went to a segregated boot
camp, called Montford Point,
and served in all-Black units af-
"I never thought this day would
ever come," said George Kidd,
87, who entered the Marines in
1943 and was sent to Montford
Point. "They could never bestow
any greater recognition than
The Montford Point Marines,
as they are sometimes known,
received the Congressional Gold
Medal last week. William "Jack"
McDowell of Long Beach ac-
cepted the medal on behalf of all
Montford Point veterans.
During a ceremony at the Ma-
rine barracks not far from the
Capitol Building, Marine general
officers walked down the ranks
of Montford Point Marines, pre-
senting replicas of the medal
- the nation's highest civilian
honor to each veteran.
The Montford Point Marines
never had a prominent place in
history like the Tuskegee Air-
men, Black pilots who flew dur-
ing World War II, or the Buffalo
Soldiers, Black units that fought
during the Indian wars. In recent
years, the Marine Corps became
determined to change that.
"I've been looking for this for
69 years," said Andrew Miles,
86, pointing to the medal hang-
ing around his neck. "I feel good
now. I can go away peacefully."
About 20,000 Marines passed
through Montford Point from
1942 and 1949, when it was
closed and recruit training was
integrated. Most of the Black
Marine units were support or
guard units, but that made little

~s SKMj .0w''

-AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F.Amos, left, greets Thomas Huger,97, of Dayton Beach, Fla., right, and other
surviving members of the Montford Point Marines, during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Wash-

-AP Photo
BELATED AWARD: Men who were among the first Blacks to join the Marine Corps, after President Franklin
Roosevelt ordered the Corps to begin recruiting Blacks in 1941, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal,
a top civilian honor, for their World War II service. At a ceremony last week in the Capitol's Emancipation Hall,
lawmakers praised the men for serving a segregated nation.'You were young, brave and committed to serving a
country that did not yet appreciate your sacrifices,' said Sen. Kay Hagan (D., N.C.).

--' reflected society at the time. Miles pointed out the presence generations of Blacks by prov-
-Craig L. Moran / USAToday "Even though we knew we of ranking Black officers at the ing themselves in training and
Lt. Gen. Robert R Neller, right, presents a Congressional were not getting the same treat- historic Marine Barracks, estab- in battle.
Gold Medal to a member of the Montford Point Marines dur- ment as other Marines, we still lished in 1801. "That makes me feel good,"
ing a ceremony at the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, loved the Marine Corps," said The Montford Point Marines Miles said. "We proved to them
D.C., on June 28. Theodore Peters, 89, of Chicago. helped pave the way for younger we could do it."








Problems abound for Black kids in foster care

continued from 1A

percent of the child population
in Miami, they represent 60 per-
cent of those youth in foster care.
Statewide, they make up 33 per-
cent of the foster care popula-
Additional numbers are even
more disconcerting. In child
abuse investigations, Black chil-
dren are 29 percent of the vic-
tims statewide and 42 percent of
the victims in Miami. And while
every child in foster care hopes
to leave institutional facilities for
the more stable environment of a
home, there just aren't enough
Black families to keep up with
the growing number of children
in the system. Only 32 percent
of fosters homes in Miami are
These troubling statistics have
prompted the Florida Depart-
ment of Children and Families
[DCF] to make reducing the dis-
proportionate numbers their top
priority. In an unprecedented
move, DCF recently announced a
community partnership with the
Urban League of Greater Miami
to address the problem.
"This is not about what's wrong
with DCF this is about finding
ways to change these numbers,"
said T. Willard Fair, president/
CEO, Urban League of Greater
Miami. "We need to do a care-
ful analysis so we can determine
why so many Black children are

being funneled into and remain-
ing in the foster care system.
Only then can we begin to talk
about ways that things can and
should be done differently. But.I
stress, this is a critique of what
our community has to do to im-
prove the lives of our children."

Recent arrests spearheaded
by the State Attorney's Office
exacerbate the challenges that
DCF and the Urban League face.
In the first case, arrest war-
rants have been served for Eric
George Earle, Jr., Willie Clavin
Bivens, Anturell Nathaniel Dean
and David Zarifi. They have been
charged with numerous counts
including racketeering, main-
taining a house of prostitution
and human trafficking of minors
- their victims are all young
girls that are part of the foster
care system.
The second case and sub-
sequent arrest happened last
weekend. Officials were able to
capture Jean Lacroix a DCF
protective investigator from Palm
Beach County that allegedly was
engaged in consensual sexual
intercourse with a juvenile who
was under DCF custody. State
Attorney Katherine Fernandez
Rundle says these cases point to
the need for the entire commu-
nity to keep their ears and eyes
open for things that look suspi-
cious and to report them.

"We want to get men like those
recently arrested off the streets
but it's a constant battle," she
said. "We are confident that well
be able to put them behind bars
for a long time but the young girls
that were taken advantage of will
need a lot of supportive services
including counseling before they
can begin to truly heal. So many
of these young girls have been
abandoned and feel all alone.
We've got to do more for them."
David Wilkins, secretary for
Florida DCF says the new part-
nership formed with the Urban
League will directly confront the
issue of child abuse and neglect.
"This grassroots effort will be
successful where others may
have failed because we are tar-
geting the Liberty City commu-
nity and bringing services here,"
he said. "In the past, we have
had to shuttle children all over
the County or State to provide
them with needed services. One
thing we want to do over the next
12 months, is have local forums
so that we can breakdown the
myths associated with the child
welfare system. We need more
Black families to participate be-
cause we have a disproportion-
ate number of Black children
who need families but their
aren't enough to go around. And
we have to break down barriers
so that it's easier for willing and
capable Black families to take
foster children into their homes."
Fairsays the numbers associ-

Scott refuses to concede healthcare

continued from 1A

Medicaid expansion would cost
Florida taxpayers $1.9 billion a
year, but it's unclear how he ar-
rived at that figure.
Scott said the state will not
expand the Medicaid program
in order to lower the number of
uninsured residents, nor will
Florida set up a state-run health
exchange, a marketplace where
people who need insurance poli-
cies could shop for them.
"We care about having a health
care safety net for the vulnerable
Floridians, but this is an expan-
sion that just doesn't make any
sense," he told Fox host Greta
Van Susteren on Friday.
Scott has gone back and forth
on the issue after the U.S. Su-
preme Court ruled Thursday
that Congress cannot withhold
federal Medicaid funding from
states that opt out of a require-
ment in the overhaul to expand
coverage to those just above the
poverty line.
On the day of the ruling Scott
was cautious about the expan-
sion, saying he wanted to read
the ruling first. Then during an
interview Friday morning on a
Jacksonville radio station, Scott
said it was unlikely he would
go along with the expansion be-
cause of the potential cost to the
But the governor told the Tam-
pa Bay Times later in the day
that he was still evaluating the
ruling and would come up with a
plan within a few weeks.
Scott was vague when asked in
the Fox News interview whether

he's been in talks with other Re-
publican governors about how to
respond going forward.
"Everyone I've spoken to is do-
ing the same thing," Scott said,
but when pressed for specific
names, he only referenced what
the governors of Louisiana, Tex-
as and Wisconsin have said in
the past. His spokesman told AP
he could not confirm what con-
versations Scott has had with
other governors on the issue.
Scott, the former CEO of a
hospital chain, has been a vocal
critic of the health care overhaul
from the start. He made his first
foray into politics by forming a
group called Conservatives for
Patients' Rights that ran televi-
sion ads criticizing the proposal
before it was adopted by Con-
Scott has also complained
about the growing cost of Med-
icaid, the $21 billion safety net
program that primarily aids the
poor but also picks up nursing
home bills for senior citizens.
The governor backed a push by
the Republican-controlled Legis-
lature to shift Medicaid patients
into managed care programs, a
move that is still awaiting federal
Scott has rejected federal mon-
ey in the past, most notably $2.4
billion for high speed rail. His ad-
ministration has also said no to
some money attached to the Af-
fordable Care Act.
But Scott has said yes to mon-
ey associated with the federal
stimulus program and he has
changed some of the positions
he advocated during his run for
governor. Scott also must weigh

the politics of saying no to Med-
icaid because of tight budgets,
while it is likely he will continue
to push for substantial tax cuts
between now and his re-election
campaign in 2014.
According to Census data re-
leased last year, Florida had the
nation's third-highest rate of res-
idents without health insurance
during the past three years.
President Obama's health care
law called for states in 2014 to
expand Medicaid eligibility to
those making up to 133 percent
of the poverty level, or $29,326
for a family of four. While esti-
mates vary, the Florida Agency
for Health Care Administration
has concluded that as many as
1.95 million more people would
join Medicaid and other state-
subsidized health insurance pro-
grams over the next five years.
Most of the cost, running into
the billions, would be absorbed
by the federal government. The
Medicaid expansion would not
cost the state anything until
2017 although AHCA estimates
that changes to other state-sub-
sidized programs would require
state money starting in 2014.
AHCA estimates that the overall
cost to the state would be $2.4
billion between 2013 and 2018
with the federal government
picking up nearly $26 billion.
But other groups analyzing the
potential changes contend that
state officials have "hyper-inflat-
ed" the potential costs because
they assume too many people
will enroll.
The ultimate choice, however,
won't be Scott's alone. It will also
be decided by the Legislature.

Holder faces GOP-led contempt charges

continued from 1A

Holder in both criminal and
civil contempt.
The issue, however, could
take months or years to re-
solve, if ever. The criminal ci-
tation will be sent to the U.S.
Attorney for the District of Co-
lumbia -- who works for the
Obama administration, which
argued that it cooperated with
the House.
The civil contempt allows the

House to sue Holder in court
in an attempt to get the docu-
ments, but that could also be a
long legal battle.
Thursday's vote came after
a walkout by more than 100
Democratic lawmakers.
"The Republican leadership
has articulated no legisla-
tive purpose for pursuing this
course of action," said a letter
from the 42-member Congres-
sional Black Caucus to col-
leagues. "For these reasons, we
cannot and will not participate

in a vote to hold the attorney
general in contempt."
House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi, D-Calif., called the vote
a "misuse of power, an abuse of
power." Pelosi said the Repub-
licans are trying to intimidate
Holder and the Justice Depart-
ment over some of its actions,
including lawsuits against
states that have passed voter
ID laws.
"It is the wrong thing to do,"
Pelosi said. "After him (Holder),
who's next?"

ated with Black children in foster
care should not be tolerated by
the community.
"Blacks should be outraged at
these numbers," he said. "The
data points to how we care for
our own kids. That means that
it's time for some serious self-
"Anything we can do to save our
children is a positive step," said
County Commissioner Audrey
Edmonson. "We need to keep our
children within their own com-
munities in places with which
they are familiar. More than that,
we must stop depending on other
folks to solve our problems."
Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley
Gibson agrees.
"We must take ownership for
the problems we now face and
it's up to us to come up with vi-
able solutions," she said. "We
have to look at current public
policies and the way we handle
challenges within the child wel-
fare system. Everyone is saying
it but I say too that these are our
children. If anyone is going to
help them it must be us."

Tragedy strikes Jumbo's Restaurant

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61, a minister at St. Barnabas
William Church and Wilton Har-
ris, 60.
Initial reports indicate that the
driver lost control and slammed
into a parked vehicle
just as both men were
leaving the restau- 4BH
rant. The impact from
the crash pushed the
parked truck through
the restaurant's front
glass window, send-
ing both men running
for cover. Hamlin was
thrown back into the
restaurant while Har-
ris was pinned under the truck.
Jumbo's property manager and
longtime community activist Ken
Knight, 59, says the 57-year-old
business sustained extensive
damage. But as has always been
the case for Jumbo's owner, Rob-
ert Flam, the real tragedy was los-
ing two friends.
"I witnessed the entire thing
and can only describe it as a freak
accident," Knight said. "The driv-
er and his family are grieving, the
families of the two men killed are
grieving and everyone associated
with Jumbo's is grieving. Some
asked us if we were going to close
but I knew both men and they
would have wanted us to keep
doing what we've been doing for
57 years serving the commu-
nity even those who don't have
money for a meal."
Rebuilding and healing will
take time
Knight and Flam have already
begun to repair the building from
the damage but say they have no
clue as to how much it will cost.
However, Knight says it's just one

more challenge that the land-
mark business has had to endure
in recent years.
"We were not insured for this
kind of accident but we're de-
termined to rebuild because this
place is one of the community's
last lifelines," he said. "Ever since
we were hit by Hurricane Wilma
in 2005, we have had
to constantly pour in
money for repairs. And
then this community
has been hit hard by
the recession. We're like
a lot of other business-
es in this area that have
Very limited insurance."
Knight says that calls
of support have already
begun pouring in, including those
from City of Miami Mayor Tomas
Regalado and City Commission-
er Michelle Spence-Jones. Both
have reportedly said that they will
find resources in order to help
Flam and Knight rebuild.
"We've had a lot of our regular
customers and others come by
since Saturday night and we want
to be here so they can talk about
our two brothers who were tragi-
cally killed," Knight said. "There
have been a lot of tears and a lot
of stories about the numerous
times they shared in this place.
Rev. Harris was our house pas-
tor and whenever we had a pro-
gram he would lead us in prayer.
He was due to lead a gospel pro-
gram next Sunday. Now, instead
of a gospel festival it's going to be
a memorial service for both men
- two men who were men of God
and leaders in their church. After
that, we want to have rails or bar-
riers constructed on the corner
so that it's safer. We don't want
anything like this to ever happen

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Gospel poet, rapper redefines the genre

Gunn puts a beat

to her spiritual,

unique message
By Kaila Heard

When lona Gunn describes
what exactly it is exactly she
does when she steps up to a
microphone to recite her poetry
while music plays in the back-
ground, she typically, says "it's
poetry with an attitude."
But in many other circles,
Gunn's artistry is described
as Christian rap. However,
the word can still conjure up
negative images among some
people, particularly for those
from an older generation.
The 49-year-old poet, wife
and mother of three can under-
stand some elders reluctance
to embrace the hip hop genre.
"At first, I didn't like it either
because I couldn't understand
what people were saying, so
[rap] was closed off to me," she
recalled. "So my brother began
coach me and he said, 'rap

ain't nothing but with poetry
with an attitude."
Slowly she came to appre-
ciate the genre more. Yet it
was not until last year at the
request of her nephew that
Gunn recited her own poetry to
a beat.
"I just tried it," she said. Her
nephew and his friends loved
it. So, she began reciting her
"poems with an attitude" at
different venues including a
youth congress hosted by the
Seventh Day Adventist Church
in Orlandao last year.
"They just went crazy and
someone compared me to Nicki
Minaj," she said with a laugh.
" I did not know what that
was suppose to mean, but to
the youth it meant something
great. So I realized that they
really liked it."
And although Gunn has
loved to write for several
decades she makes sure to
acknowledge that her creativity
was a gift from a higher power.
"I don't sit down and make
up anything," she explained,
"the poems come when the
Holy Spirit feels like filling my

The Hell That I Live With
By lona Gunn

The hell that I live with it has a name I keep it to myself be-
cause of the shame
The trials are hid by the smile on my face trying to make the
pain go away
The hell that I live with others do not know they see me as I
come and as I go
The hell that I live with it's a reflection of the mistakes that I
made along the way
The hell that I live with makes me want to through up my
hands and quit
The hell that I live with leaves me wondering "Is it worth it?"
The hell that I live with I'll accept it for now because one day
when Jesus comes I'll wear a crown.

mouth or my mind with the
Gunn has found that pattern
to hold true ever since she first
began writing poetry in the

early 1990s. One of her first,
and now one of her most popu-
lar poems, reflects upon the life
and impact of Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.

But beyond famous figures,
her poems cover a vast array of
topics including faith, abuse,
relationships and in particular
"I want to reach those in the
community that are strug-
gling with drugs to let them
know that they don't [drugs],
they have can have a better'life
without it," said Gunn, who

used drugs herself as a teen.
To help her poetry reach a
broader audience, Gunn has
begun to perform at more ven-
ues, posting on YouTube, while
also selling copies of her poetry
and her own poetry CD, "The
Hell That I Live With."
For more information,
contact Gunn at ioniaGunn@



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A triumphant

KANYA'S return

More than 113

dancers attend

local workshop
"The trend to writhe and
move like an exotic dancer has
taken over performance venues
and is known as "twerking,"
according to Elder Tanya
Jackson. The local preacher
believes God has personally
called her to dedicate a por-
tion of her life to retaining
the moral standards of young
people-even to the extent of
their performance demeanor.
To combat the changing
dance styles, Jackson hosted

the annual Camp Kanya last
weekend at the Marco Polo
Beach Resort. Kanya is a Swa-
hili word which means think
well of yourself. For the 15th
year, Jackson who is formerly a
cheerleader at Bethune-Cook-
man College and who serves
on the state level committee of
the Florida Band Masters As-
sociation, brought in staff from
around the country to educate
and train over 113 auxiliary
members including major-
ettes, flagettes and dancers -
to perform in less provocative
ways and instill performance
The minister believes her
mission is to offer classy per-

forming alternatives for chil-
dren as opposed to the sexually
suggestive presentations that
is often seen in public perfor-
mances. For the past three
years, Jackson has partnered
with Richard Beckford to incor-
porate music camp as well.
Camp Kenya is not the only
way that Jackson has reached
out to provide guidance to
the community's youth. Elder
Tanya R. Jackson, who leads
Jewels, the gold medal-winning
baton twirling dance team and
is the mantle carrier for the
True Love Waits Purity Series
is at it again.
For more information, call

AIDS, sex

ed and the

Black church

Local pastor sheds light on

uncomfortable topic
By Kaila Heard
kheard@miamitimesonline.com i

Nowadays, there tend to be two sets
of numbers that spin prominently in
the mind of Apostle Leroy Smith.
The fact that there are 1.1 million
people living/recently infected by HIV
in the United States. And the fact that
of that million, over 200,000 of them
don't know that they are infected. Ap
The lack of knowledge is why Smith's LEROY SM
Please turn to SMITH 8B LERO

First lady implores Black

churchgoers to get political

By Dan Gilgoff

First lady Michelle Obama l
made an impassioned pitch
for Black churchgoers to
political action last Thurs-
day in a speech to the coun-
try's oldest Black religious A 1
"To anyone who says that 4
church is no place to talk
about these issues, you tell l -
them there is no place bet- a gives te k e a s
ter," Obama said at a confer- Frst lady Mchele bama gives the keynote address to
ence of the African Methodist African Methodist Episcopal Church general conference
Please turn to OBAMA 8B week in Nashville.

More Blacks rediscovering their island ancestry

By Kaila Heard
tieaerd@'ni nitit esonline'.corn

If you've been in South Flor-
ida for even less than five min-
utes, somehow you have seen,
touched or tasted the influenc-
es that immigrants from the
Yet local historian and
founder of the Historic Hamp-
ton House Trust, Enid Pinknev
believes its very important to
learn the history behind the
region's people, institutions
and even foods.
"People really don't know who
ICaribbean AmencansI are, so
I think anytime you have an
opportunity to celebrate a her-

itage than you should do so,"
she explained.
With the advent of the Na-
tional Caribbean American
Heritage Month the holiday
was officially recognized in
2006 more Americans hail-
ing from the Caribbean can do
exactly that. In South Florida,
awareness of the contributions
of Caribbean Americans has
particular relevance.
According to the Miami-Dade
County's Office of Black Af-
fairs. nearly one third of the
county's Black population are
Caribbean immigrants. Mean-
ing that many of people are
themselves or have ancestries
who hail from wide variety Ca-

ribbean island na- .,
tions including the ,
Bahamas, Jamaica,
Trinidad and Toba-
go. Barbados, Mar-
tinique and the Cay- i '
man Islands. W
"Meanwhile. in
Broward County, an
estimated 10 per-
cent of the county's
population identifies PINI
as having West In-
dian ancestry (a large portion
of that includes Haitians and
Jamaicans), according to the
2000 Census.
One of the first groups of Ca-
ribbean immigrants to come to
South Florida were Bahami-

ans, according to lo-
S cal historian and au-
,, thor, Marvin Dunn.
* "Bahamians were
coming here before
there was even a city
of Miami," he, said.
"And the permanent
movement of Ba-
hamian into South
Florida really start-
KNEY ed probably around
1880 when there
were severe environmental
problems in the Bahamas that
caused crops to fail and other
The search for a better op-
portunities propelled many Ca-
ribbean immigrants north onto

the shores of South Florida.
"Haitians have been travel-
ing to South Florida for more
than a century now," explained
Chantalle Verna, an associate
professor of history at Florida
International University. But
"the most substantial num-
bers of migrants arrived in the
1970s, late 1980s, and 1990s.
These major waves were pri-
marily due to political and
economic hardship, related to
the dictatorships of Francois
(1957-71) and his son, Jean-
Claude Duvalier (1971-1986)."

One of the issues that Carib-

bean immigrants were forced
were that although their new
home and country offered bet-
ter opportunity, it also intro-
duced them to a system and
people fraught with prejudices
and racism.
However, in addition fighting
racist institutions and laws,
Caribbean immigrants also
faced discriminatory attitudes
from South Florida native peo-
For example, "a lot of the
problems that the Bahamians
came from African Americans
not just white people," Dunn
explained. "So many Bahami-
ans came [to South Florida]
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8B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 4-10, 2012 |

St. Agnes celebrates

its 28th annual Men

and Boys service

Event marks year end retirement of beloved

rector, Father Richard L. Marquess-Barry

By D. Kevin McNeir

The Rev. Vincent Brown, a Bahamian native and pastor elect for Miami's St.
Matthew Missionary Baptist Church, was the guest speaker at the Historic
St. Agnes' Episcopal Church in Overtown last Sunday morning. And while his
words both challenged and inspired everyone that attended, many members of
the church say they had mixed emotions. That's because their longtime rector
and pastor of 33 years, the Rev. Canon Richard L. Marquess-Barry. will be
retiring at the end of this year. Since his arrival, Barry has worked tirelessly
to improve the lives of his congregation and the Overtown community. And
while he and the church have already chosen his replacement, the Rev. Fa-
ther Denrick E. Rolle, it's impossible to replace a man like Barry.
During his remarks, Barry said, "Fear (love) the Lord; seek
His will for your lives and strive to be obedient '
and faithful in your living and worship and
I assure you that He will be with you on, the, '.
Harold Meadows spearheaded the Men's Day
committee; Lemuel R. Moncur served as the co-
chairman. Also in attendance was the The Most
Reverend George Walter Sands, Bishop of the
African Orthodox Church. According to Barry,
Sands is one of his many "sons" in the minis-
try. Following the service, which also included
some of the traditional songs of the church and I '
the baptism of State Senator Oscar
Braynon II's second-born son,
members and friends retired
to the church fellowship
hall for dinner.

TimTes photos/D. Kevin Mc-Ne

Pastor uses life to get message across

continued from 7B

church More Than Conquer-
ors Outreach Ministries, Inc.
created the non-profit orga-
nization, Community Hope
Health and Human Services,
Corp., to provide free HIV/
AIDS testing at their sanctu-
"We have a place where we
worship but then we have a
separate place where we do
our social services like HIV
counseling," Smith explained,
So, "we don't try to indoc-
trinate them with the Word
when we do testing and coun-
But he also stresses that
Community Hope offers qual-
ity care. Smith's HIV counsel-
ing includes not only testing
but following up to help cli-

ents find doctors and finan-
cial assistance for their medi-
"I want to be sure to really
counsel them because I'm a
pastor above all, so i want to
exhibit empathy and compas-
sion," he said.
Above all, Smith believes
everyone should be more in-
formed about the disease.
"There's still a lot of stig-
ma surrounding the illness,"
he said. "A lot of people who
still think that you can get it
through casual contact like by
drinking from the same glass
as someone who has the the
virus which is just not true."
That knowledge is a matter
of life and death for a large
portion of Blacks in South
Florida. In Miami-Dade Coun-
ty, Blacks account for 51.5
percent of AIDS cases, while

in Broward County, they
make up 57.6 percent cases.
Nearly two decades ago,
Smith learned that he was
among the county's HIV posi-
tive population.
The confirmation of his sta-
tus was the culmination of
an Overtown native who had
spent years abusing his life
in various ways with drugs,
with alcohol, physically and
sexually. It was only when he
had been shot at close range
and suffered extensive inju-
ries that a then 27-year-old
Smith accepted Christ in his
life, while on his hospital bed.
It was while he was in the hos-
pital that he was tested and
discovered he was positive.
But the minister credits his
new found faith for helping
him to not be overwhelmed
with depression upon learn-

ing of his HIV positive status.
"I thought 'if God saved
you from a being shot at close
range by a shot gun, then he's
not going to let you die from
HIV," he recalled.
His conversion led to many
changes in his life from a de-
cision to return to school and
eventually receiving his doc-
torate in divinity, opening a
church and counseling com-
munity members.
However, he did not himself
begin openly telling the public
with his HIV status until more
than a decade ago.
"In 2000 that was when I re-
ally started speaking out be-
cause I wanted other people
to come and forward and be
tested," he explained. "I want
to use my life to help people
to prevent them from going
through what I went through."

Use church to discuss politics, issues

continued from 7B
Episcopal Church in Nashville,
"Because ultimately, these
are not just political issues,"
she said. "They are moral is-
With Election Day a little
more than four months away,
the first lady decried what she
suggested was voter apathy in
the Black community.
"How many of us have asked
someone whether they're going
to vote, and (they) tell us, 'No, I
voted last time,' or Is there re-
ally an election going on?'"
"After so many folks sacrificed
so much so that we could make
our voices heard, so many of

us just can't be bothered," she
Obama said that while some
voters were "tuning out" and
"staying home," powerful inter-
ests are busy raising money to
influence Washington.
Barack Obama took 96 per-
cent of the Black vote in 2008,
and strong turnout among
Blacks and other minorities will
be crucial if he hopes to win a
second term, analysts say.
Surveys show that Blacks at-
tend church in higher numbers
than white Americans do, and
Democratic politicians have
long made a habit of speaking
from Black pulpits in the lead-
up to Election Day. The AME
Church has a general conven-
tion every four years.

The first lady also spoke of her
husband on Thursday, telling
the story of a photo hanging in
the Oval Office that shows the
president meeting a 5-year-old
Black boy at the White House
three years ago.
White House photographers
change the photos hanging in
the West Wing ever couple of
weeks, Michelle Obama said,
except for that one.
"If you ever wonder whether
change is possible in this coun-
try, I want you to think about
that little Black boy in the
Oval Office of the White House
touching the head of the first
Black president."
She said Blacks had to' ac-
tively make good on their cen-
turies-old legacy of political ac-

tivism, mentioning names like
Frederick Douglass and Rosa
"Today, the connection be-
tween our laws and our lives
isn't always as clear as it was
50 years or 150 years ago," she
said. "And as a result, it's some-
times easy to assume that the
battles in our courts and legis-
latures have all been won."
In her speech, Obama pro-
moted causes like investing in
roads and schools, creating jobs
and taking care of veterans.
"Our faith journey isn't just
about showing up on Sunday
for a good sermon and good
music and a good meal," she
said. "It's about what we do
Monday through Saturday as

The Mt Hermon Afri-
can Methodist Episcopal
Church is hosting a candi-
date's forum. Call 305-621-

Running for Jesus
Youth Ministry's Summer
Fest Praise Celebration. Call

A Mission With A New
Beginning Church's Wom-
en's Department's provides
community feeding. Call

New Family Life Wor-
ship Center's Let's Talk
Women's Ministry holds a
"The Silent Woman" seminar.
Call 305-623-0054.

Peace Missionary Bap-

tist Church's summer camp.
Call 305-778-4638.

The Living Word Com-
munity Church sponsors a
'Podium of Stars.' Call 954-

New Mount Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church
holds a summer baton twirl-
ing camp. Call 786-357-

Grace and Truth Out-
reach Ministries's to hold
a Liberty Fest concert. Call
305-297-7041 or 786-278-

Speaking Hands Min-
istry's holds a sign language
camp for youth. Call 954-

Regconize your heritage

continued from 7B

that they became unwelcome
because they were seen as for-
He further explained, "It's
predictable whenever any new
group moves into a new area,"
he said. "Haitians, Jamaicans,
African Americans, Black Cu-
bans are different ethically and
those differences trump skin
Nowdays, most Blacks with
West Indian ancestry tend to
live in the areas around North
Miami including Liberty City,

Overtown, Little Haiti and Car-
ol City or further down south
near Perrine, Cutler Ridge, and
Richmond, according to a 2007
study released by the Miami-
Dade County's Office of Black
However, do not be surprised
when you notice Caribbean
Americans living throughout all
of South Florida and beyond,
noted Pinkney.
They are not forced to live in
certain areas because of segre-
gation anymore, she explained
with a laugh. So, "you'll find
them in every neighborhood -
they're everywhere now."

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winter toys are traded in for
sunscreen and sand pails.
The summer months promise
warm days and one of the most
anticipated nights: the Fourth
of July.
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to watch, they are dangerous
to play with. If not handled
properly, fireworks can cause
severe injuries to eyes and
skin. Even just watching a
friend light fireworks can put
North Shore Medical
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mission, more than 9,000
fireworks-related injuries
happen each year. Of these,
nearly half are head-related
injuries. Nearly 30 percent of
these are injuries to the eyes,
one-quarter of which result
in permanent vision loss or
blindness. Children under the
age of 15 account for half of
all fireworks eye injuries in the
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By Nanci Hellmich
S-'Iities of the Food and
SDrug Administration's ap-
'proval of the new diet drug
Slorcaserii say the agency's
track record on weight-loss
pills ought to give consumers
In a statement, Sidney
Wolfe, director of the health
researchh group at Public Citi-
zen, a consumer group, said
that as with other diet drugs,
he expects "this one will be
-withdrawn from the market
'after the agency is forced to
confront the many serious ad-
verse health effects, such as


"Every year around the 4th of
July I see numerous firework
related injuries that could have
easily been avoided," said Dr.
Joseph Flagge, a physician in
the emergency room at North
Shore Medical Center.
Children under the age of 15
were more likely to be injured
b fireworks. In fact, the Na-
tional Fire Protection Associa-
tion (NFPA) noted that children
ages 5 to 14 had a two-and-a-
half times greater risk of fire-
works injury than the general
population. While the best way
to prevent these types of inju-
ries is to leave the show to the
experts, it is incredibly impor-
tant to make sure that children
do not handle fireworks.
Even fireworks sold at a gro-
cery store, such as sparklers or
other small novelties, are just
as dangerous. Sparklers, which
can burn at more than 2,000
degrees Fahrenheit, accounted
for 800 injuries in 2008. Fire-
crackers and bottle rockets
that explode near a person may
cause injury to the hands or
Children, who are naturally
curious and want to see how
things work, may unintention-
ally put themselves in harm's
way when playing near fire-
works. They can get too close
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be reported."
The FDA announced ap-
proval Wednesday of lorcase-
rin, to be marketed as Belviq
(bel-veek), which acts on
brain chemistry to create a
feeling of fullness.
An PDA advisory panel dis-
cussed heart valve concerns.
But in a statement, the FDA
said there "was no statisti-
cally significant difference"
in the development of valve
abnormalities between lor-
caserin and placebo-treated
Scott Kahan, director of the
STOP Obesity Alliance, says

the FDA's decision to OK this
medication shows that the
agency believes the benefits of
the drug outweigh the risks.
A quick look at other
weight-loss drugs:
On the market now. Two
prescription drugs are phen-
termine, which suppresses
appetite; and orlistat (Xeni-
cal), which keeps some di-
etary fat from being absorbed.
Orlistat is sold over-the-coun-
ter as Alli.
Pulled off the market.
In 1997, two diet drugs were
pulled from the market -
fenfluramine (part of the
Please turn to DRUGS 10B

Justices upholds Pres.

Obama health care law

Health insurance
mandate ruled
constitutional as
a tax; Roberts is
swing vote in

5-4 decision

By Richard Wolf and
David Jackson

divided Supreme Court upheld
President Obama's health care
law last Thursday in a complex
opinion that gives the president
a major election-year victory.
The historic 5-4 decision will
affect the way Americans re-

Supporters of President Obama's health care law celebrate
outside the Supreme Court in Washington last Thursday
after the court's ruling.

Demonstrators for and against the
Affordable Care Act protest in front
of the U.S. Supreme Court.


ceive and pay for their personal
medical care in the future. It
upholds the individual man-
date that most Americans get
health insurance or pay a pen-
alty and it was the penalty,
or tax, that ultimately saved
the law.
Chief Justice John Roberts
announced the decision that

allows the law to go forward
with its aim of covering more
than 30 million uninsured
Americans. He argued that the
mandate is constitutional only
because the penalty "functions
like a tax" and is therefore al-
lowed under Congress' taxing
"Because the Constitution

permits such a tax, it is not
our role to forbid it, or to pass
upon its wisdom or fairness,"
Roberts wrote.
The court's four liberal jus-
tices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth
Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan
and Sonia Sotomayor, joined
Roberts in the majority vote.
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nutrition, ;




To improve school nutrition
and get children to eat health-
ier, involve parents, teachers
and school administrators,
new research finds.
Researchers from Kaiser
Permanente Southern Califor-
nia looked at 400 students at
eight elementary and middle
schools who took part in a
three-year study that exam-
ined the use of a public-health
approach to improve nutri-
During the study, the re-
searchers worked with teach-

ers and administrators at
certain schools to improve nu-
trition practices. For example,
they replaced food and bever-
age classroom rewards with
non-food prizes and imple-
mented healthy catering at
school events and classroom
For fund-raising events,
they served healthy foods and
beverages, awarded non-food
prizes and had games such
as a "prize walk" instead of a
"cake walk." The researchers
noted that schools actually

made more money through
healthy events such as jog-
a-thons than carnivals with
popcorn and pizza.
There was a 30 percent
decrease in the amount of
unhealthy foods and bever-
ages consumed by students
at these schools during the
study, compared to a 26 per-
cent increase at other schools.
The amount of healthy
lunches students brought
from home and other outside
sources also increased at the
intervention schools.


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10B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 4-10, 2012

Pilot program to offer free HIV tests

Get tested at your


By Mike Stobbe
Associated Press

ATLANTA Would you go to
a drugstore to get tested for
Health officials want to know,
and they've set up a pilot pro-
gram to find out.
The $1.2 million program
will offer free rapid HIV tests at
pharmacies and in-store clin-
ics in 24 cities and rural com-
munities, the Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention
announced Tuesday.
Drugstores now offer blood
pressure checks, flu shots and
a few other types of health ser-
vices. Officials are hoping test-
ing for the AIDS virus will be-
come another routine service.
"By bringing HIV testing into
pharmacies, we believe we can
reach more people by making
testing more accessible and
reduce the stigma associated
with HIV," CDC's Dr. Kevin
Fenton said in a statement. He
oversees the agency's HIV pre-
vention programs.
The tests are already avail-

By Jenny Gold

Want to monitor your blood
pressure and sugar level? Eat
healthier meals? Screen your-
self for depression? Find out
if you need glasses? Now you
can do it all with apps on your
In fact, there are 40,000
medical applications available
for download on smartphones
and tablets and the market

Prevention have announced a $1.2 million pilot project to of-
fer free rapid HIV tests at pharmacies and clinics in 24 cities

and rural communities.
able at seven places, and the
CDC will soon pick 17 more
The HIV test is a swab inside
the mouth and takes about
20 minutes for a preliminary
result. If the test is positive,
customers will be referred to
a local health department or
other health-care providers
for a blood test to confirm the
results, counseling and treat-
When the project ends next
summer, CDC officials will
analyze what worked well and

is still in its infancy. But that
growth is in the cross hairs of
new regulatory efforts from the
Food and Drug Administration.
Medical apps offer the oppor-
tunity to monitor health and
encourage patient wellness on
a moment-to-moment basis,
instead of only during the oc-
casional visit to the doctor's of-
fice. Some even replace devices
used in hospitals and doctor's
Please turn to APPS 14B

what didn't, said Paul Wei-
dle, the epidemiologist who is
heading up the project.
An estimated 1.1 million
Americans are infected with
HIV, but as many as 20 per-
cent of them don't know they
carry the virus, according to
the CDC. It can take a decade
or more for an infection to
cause symptoms and illness.
Since 2006, the CDC has
recommended that all Ameri-
cans ages 13 to 64 get tested
at least once, not just those
considered at highest risk: gay

men and intravenous drug us-
On special occasions, health
organizations have sent work-
ers to some drugstores to of-
fer HIV testing. This week.
Walgreens the nation's
largest chain of pharma-
cies is teaming with lo-
cal health departments
and AIDS groups to offer
free HIV testing at stores
in 20 cities.
But this CDC pilot program
is different: It's an effort to
train staff at the pharmacies to
do the testing themselves, and
perhaps make it a permanent
"I'm excited. It's such a new
and novel thing for us," said
Sarah Freedman, who man-
ages a Walgreens in Washing-
ton, D.C., that is participating
in the pilot program.
At her pharmacy, the test-
ing is done in a private room.
They've also taken steps to
make sure that a customer can
very quietly request the test.
For example, they've put out
stacks of special test request
cards they look like business
cards at George Washington
Universityand other nearby
businesses. Anyone seeking a
test can simply hand the card
to the clerk, she said.

There are more than 40,000 health applications available
for download.

Decision expected to give boon for healthcare

continued from 13B

They argued for a more
sweeping approval based on the
commerce clause, but the end
result was the same.
Conservative Justices Samuel
Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Anto-
nin Scalia and Clarence Thom-
as dissented. Kennedy, who
was thought to be the most
likely swing vote, delivered a
scathing denunciation from
the bench.
"The majority rewrites the
statute Congress wrote ...
What Congress called a pen-
alty, the court calls a tax,"
Kennedy said. "The Affordable
Care Act now must operate as
the court has revised it, not as
Congress designed it."
President Obama, speaking
from the White House after the
decision, said, "Whatever the
politics, today was a victory
for people all over this country
whose lives will be more se-
cure because of this law and
the Supreme Court's decision
to uphold it.
"It should be pretty clear
by now that I didn't do this
because it's good politics,"
Obama said. "I did it because
I believed it was good for the
Roberts a conservative ap-
pointed by President George
W. Bush- provided the key
vote to preserve the landmark
health care law, which figures
to be a major issue in Obama's
re-election bid against Republi-


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An opponent of President Barack Obama's health care law
demonstrates outside the Supreme Court in Washington, last
Thursday, June 28, before the court's ruling on the law. The Su-
preme Court's decision to uphold President Barack Obama's his-
toric overhaul is expected to be a boon to most of the health
care industry by making coverage more affordable for millions of
uninsured Americans.

can opponent Mitt Romney.
Romney immediately vowed
to make repeal of the law a ma-
jor part of his campaign, call-
ing it too expensive, too much
government, and too much of a
burden for job creators.
"Obamacare was bad policy
yesterday," Romney said Thurs-
day. "It's bad policy today. If we
want to replace Obamacare, we
need to replace Obama."
The government had argued
that Congress had the author-
ity to pass the individual man-
date as part of its power to reg-
ulate interstate commerce; the

court disagreed with that logic,
but preserved the mandate be-
cause it said the fine amounts
to a tax that is within Congress'
constitutional taxing powers.
As lawyers examined the de-
tails of the various opinions,
political analysts quickly pre-
dicted at least a short-term po-
litical boost for Obama.
Peter A. Brown, assistant di-
rector of the Quinnipiac Uni-
versity Polling Institute, said
"you can hear the sigh of relief
at the White House" over a big
win for Obama.
"It allows the president's sig-

nature achievement to stand,"
.Brown said. "Since politics is
the ultimate zero-sum game,
what's good for Obama is bad
for Gov. Mitt Romney."
He noted, however, that the
ruling allows Romney "to con-
tinue campaigning against the
law and promising to repeal it."
Yale law professor Akhil Reed
Amar said the decision is a
"huge win for Barack Obama
and John Roberts." Amar said
Roberts managed to save the
health care law while still cre-
ating significant new limits on
the federal government's au-
"On the bottom-line issue,
he voted with appointees of the
other party, and he did so even
as he moved the case law to the
right by narrowing the scope of
Congress' commerce power and
accepting conservative princi-
ples," he said.
House Majority Leader Eric
Cantor, R-Va., announced that
the GOP-run House will vote
July 11 on full repeal of the
health care law more of a
symbolic gesture because the
Democratic-run Senate will not
follow suit.
House Budget Committee
Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.,
acknowledged that the election
will be a determining factor for
the law's fate and the GOP's
ability to overturn it.
"It's up to the American peo-
ple in the next election and
their representatives to deter-
mine the fate of this law," he


Many doctors
check patients'
weight and
height but don't
calculate their
patients' body
mass index (BMI),
a number that takes
into account height
and weight. People
who have a BMI of
30 or greater are
considered obese.

Doctors urged to be

'gateway' for obesity

tests and treatments

By Nanci Hellmich

Some diets work, and doctors
need to tell patients that.
Physicians should screen all
adult patients for obesity dur-
ing office visits and either refer
obese patients to comprehen-
sive weight-management pro-
grams or offer them one, says
the U.S. Preventive Services
Task Force in new recommen-
dations announced Monday.
"We found that some weight-
loss programs do work, and of-
ten the gateway to finding the
right program can be through
your physician," says David
Grossman, a member of the
task force and medical direc-
tor of preventive care at Group
Health Cooperative in Seattle.
Many doctors check patients'
weight and height but don't
calculate their patients' body
mass indexes (BMI), a number
that takes into account height
and weight, he says.
People who have a BMI of
30 or greater are considered
obese; that's usually about 30
or more pounds over a healthy
Physicians should tell pa-
tients if they are at a normal
weight, overweight or obese, he
says. The new guidelines don't
spell out how often this should
be done, but Grossman sug-
gests at least once a year.
About a third (36 percent)
of adults in this country are
obese, which puts them at an
increased risk of type 2 diabe-
tes, heart disease, stroke, some
types of cancer, sleep apnea
and many other debilitating
and chronic illnesses. Recent
projections suggest that 42
percent of Americans may end
up obese by 2030 if something
isn't done to reverse the trend.
In its 2003 recommendation,
the task force advised prima-
ry-care providers to screen for
obesity, but these new guide-
lines give specifics on the type
of weight-control interventions
that are the most effective.
After reviewing 58 weight-
loss studies, the task force
found that there is adequate
scientific evidence to show
that moderate to high-inten-

sity comprehensive behavioral
weight-loss programs with 12
to 26 sessions in the first year
can help people lose weight.
The best programs often in-
clude both group and individu-
al sessions and focus on setting
weight-loss goals, improving
diet and physical activity, and
helping patients monitor food
intake and exercise.
"These types of programs re-
ally focus on changing your
lifestyle," Grossman says. Phy-
sicians can refer patients to
registered dietitians, exercise
physiologists, personal trainers
and others who direct weight-
loss programs, he says. "Some
commercial and non-profit
weight-management programs
offer many of these features."
The studies show that com-
prehensive programs can lead
to a loss of about six percent of
obese patients' starting weight,
or roughly nine to 15 pounds,
the panel says. That amount
of weight loss may reduce their
risk factors for heart disease,
the panel says in its recom-
mendations, published online
in the Annals of Internal Medi-
If you're obese and you "lose
five percent of your weight,
you're doing your body a favor,"
Grossman says.
The panel says there was in-
sufficient data for it to recom-
mend the use of current medi-
cations for weight loss.
Obesity experts are applaud-
ing this move. Thomas Wad-
den, director of the Center for
Weight and Eating Disorders
at the University of Pennsylva-
nia's Perelman School of Medi-
cine, says, "The task force's
recommendations are right on
However, before primary-care
doctors tell all obese patients
that they need to lose weight -
which most are painfully aware
of they should ask patients,
'What are your thoughts about
your weight?'
"Doctors should listen re-
spectfully, offer assistance to
those who wish to lose weight
and educate others about the
relationship between their
weight and health."

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continued from 13B

fen-phen combination) and
dexfenfluramine (Redux) be-
cause of heart-valve concerns.
In 2010, Abbott Laboratories
removed sibutramine (Meridia)
because of concerns of an in-
creased risk of heart attacks
and strokes.
FDA reviewing now. By
July 17, the FDA is expected
to decide whether to approve

Qnexa from Vivus. Used in com-
bination with diet and exercise,
patients lose about 10 percent
of their weight on the proposed
diet medication.
Seeking approval. In 2011,
the FDA asked for a clinical trial
on the cardiovascular safety of
Contrave from Orexigen Thera-
peutics. Contrave combines two
drugs now on the market and
works to fight food cravings and
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Abram Wilson,

By Paul Vitello

Abram Wilson, an acclaimed
American jazz trumpeter and
composer from New Orleans
who helped lead a new genera-
tion of jazz artists in Britain,
performing as a kind of cultural
attache from the jazz home-
land, died on June 9 in London.
He was 38.
A sortable calendar of note-
worthy cultural events in the
New York region, selected by
Times critics.
He died several days after
suspending a concert tour and
checking into a hospital with
stomach pains, his wife, Jennie
Cashman, told London newspa-
per The Evening Standard. The
cause was cancer, his wife said.
Wilson, who was raised in
New Orleans and steeped in its
hybrid musical traditions, was
known for combining musical
forms melding quicksilver
bebop with cloudbursts of hip-
hop or passages of Stevie Won-
der sung in his modest Sunday
chorister's voice.
He wove story lines into some
of his most ambitious music.
The autobiographical 2007 con-
cept album, "Ride! Ferris Wheel
to the Modern Day Delta," for


,'example, was a kind of jazz op-
era about a trumpeter who tries
to escape his jazz roots to be-
come a hip-hop megastar, but
who returns to the fold in the

While earning a clutch of Brit-
ish awards for his work, includ-
ing a BBC Jazz Award for best
new CD in 2007, Wilson dem-
onstrated a commitment to his
American jazz roots that often
surfaced with almost mission-
ary fervor, music critics said.
Onstage, between numbers, he
sometimes gave extemporane-
ous history lessons about the
many musical currents that
flowed into New Orleans jazz.
In British towns where he was
performing, he often brought
his band to schools to talk
about the history of the music,
teach the basics of improvisa-
tion and give a taste of music
many of them had never heard.
"I talk about the history -
how people were brought from
Africa to work in the cotton
fields in America, and how they
created the blues, and how that
led to jazz," he said in a British
newspaper interview in 2008.
"Jazz is so different. People

jazz trumpeter

i i .

Abram Wilson, right, onstage with Soweto I(inch in 2004.

need to be introduced to it."
Jason Toynbee, a scholar of
immigrant cultural influences
at the Open University in Lon-
don, described Wilson as a
"hugely important" figure in the
music scene known as Black
British Jazz. "He approached
jazz as an evolving music form,
but also as an important his-
torical cultural force," he said
in an interview last week. In a
British melting pot of jazz mu-
sicians from Europe, the Ca-
ribbean and Africa, Toynbee
added, Wilson saw his role at

least in part as representing the
American sensibility.

Abram Wilson was born in
Fort Smith, Ark., on Aug. 30,
1973, the oldest of six children
of Willie and Doris Wilson. Af-
ter his family moved to New Or-
leans, he was inspired to learn
the trumpet by local musicians
visiting his school. But he cred-
ited his parents with his deci-
sion to make music his profes-
sion. When he was a teenager,
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continued from 10B

offices, such as glucometers
and the high-quality micro-
scopes used by dermatologists
to examine skin irregularities.
"There's a lot of enthusiasm
now for the ability to use design
and to use consumer technol-
ogy to help improve people's
health at the ground level,"
says Andrew Rosenthal of Mas-

sive Health, a mobile health app
company in San Francisco.
But so far, the market has
been unregulated; for both doc-
tors and patients. It is difficult
to know which apps actually
live up to their health claims or
provide accurate information.
Last year, the FDA began to
lay down the law. The agency
released a first draft of guide-
lines that require mobile apps
developers making medical

claims to apply for FDA ap-
proval for those applications,
the same way that new medi-
cal devices must be proved
safe and effective before they
can be sold. But that process
can be both time-consuming
and expensive.
Some app developers are
bristling at the thought of a
rigid regulatory structure,
which they fear will stifle inno-
vation in an industry known

for rapid growth and flexibility.
"The FDA's current regula-
tory process was created when
the floppy disk was around"
- ancient history in the tech
world, warns Joel White, ex-
ecutive director of the Health
IT Now Coalition, which in-
cludes the computer chip
maker Intel, pharmacy ben-
efits manager Medco, Verizon,
Aetna and the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce.

Remembering a very

tremendous man of God

July 2nd marks three
years since Bishop Isaiah
Simmeon Williams, Jr. was
received home.
In reflection, his wife, Dr.
Gloria Williams, says the
emotional transition has been
the toughest part to endure.
"The work has not been
challenging, as I have always
been active and involved; we
were a team and I am ada-
mant about seeing the vision
that the Lord placed in his
heart continue".
She went on to say "We
don't have all the answers but
our hearts are comforted in
our faith through scriptures
like Isaiah 57:1 and 2 Corin-
thians 5:7.
Bishop Isaiah invested a lot
of his life into the community
and had great ambitions and
aspirations for its growth,
with a desire to make every-
thing he touched great. We
continue Bishop Isaiah vision
with the building of Phase I,
apartments for senior citi-
zens and homeless children;
Phase II will be the JPM Cen-
With such an effervescent
personality and charisma, he
found favor with all kinds of

people regardless of national-
ity, race or denomination.
As a result this tremendous
man of God was quite well
known regionally and nation-
ally. We are honored to re-
member his life and celebrate
his legacy. Join us November
1-4th 2012 at Jesus People
Ministries Church Intl as we
celebrate his life and legacy
during Founder's Week. Visit
us online at www.jesuspeo-
plemiami.org for more infor-

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injuries and see a great fire-
works display is by going to a

professional event," said Dr.
Flagge. "However, if you must
use fireworks, follow the pack-
age instructions and be extra
cautious when handling the
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12B THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 4-10, 2012


ALLEN, 84,
certified nurse
assistant, died
June 28 at Ft.
Health and
Center. -
Mrs. Annie
Mae Jackson-Allen resided more
than fifty years in south florida,
mostly in Miami.
She worked for twenty six years
with the Miami Heart Institute on
Miami Beach as a certified nurse
On June 28, Annie Mae answered
the call of Jehovah God at Ft.
Lauderdale Health and

KenaDiitation ;enter.
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"well done" my good
servant; come home a
Memorial Service
Wednesday in the c
rights and Intermen
Saturday at Family and
Gospel Baptist Church
Avenue, Thomasville, (

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Miami Gard
died June 27
at Memorial
West Hospital.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

worker, died
June 26 at
home. Service 1
p.m.,Saturday at
New Jerusalem
Primitive Baptist

Wright and Y
57, retired,
died June 28
at University
of Miami Vitas.
Service 1 p.m.,
Saturday at
Mt. Calvary
Baptist Church.

overseer, died
July 2 at home.
service 5-8
p.m., Friday
at Now Faith
Ministries, 9275
NW 32 Avenue,
Miami, FL. Service
Saturday at House of
Temple, 1425 NW 59 S

Hall Ferguson
16, student, m
died June 26
in Miami FL.
Service 12 p.m.,
Saturday at
Jordan Grove.


Gregg L. Mason Kim Royal Death Notice

"TOM," 91,
retired sky cap
for Eastern
Airlines, died
June 28.
include: wife,
Ernestine; sons,
Henry Leonard
(Zola), Elmer Hawkins and Keith
Dean; daughters, Connie Hawkins
and LaKay Hawkins-Johnson
(Eric); grandchildren and great-
grandchildren. Viewing, 2-9pm.,
Friday. Service 11 a.m., Saturday
at New Way of Life, 295 NW 199th
Street. Interment: Dade Memorial

in her ear, founder, pastor,
and faithful teacher of
ind take your Resurrection
Family Worship
4-9 p.m., Center died "
-hapel. Final on June 27 at
t 11 a.m., home.
I Friends Full He was on
1, 400 Colton the battlefield
GA. for His Lord a longtime. Serving
the Lord and the community as
pastor, teacher and evangelist.
vis Pastor West was pastor of
lens several churches in the area.
Bethel Missionary Baptist Church-
,69, lawn Richmond Heights, Bethlehem
Baptist Church-Miami, FL,
Greater Harvest Baptist Church-
Brownsville, FL, Shiloh Missionary
Baptist Church- Pahokee, FL,
and Resurrection Family Worship
Center-Pahokee, FL.
He left a growing legacy and
forever will be in our hearts the
family: loving and devoted wife,
Esther Purdie West; five daughters,
SdomestVc eda Marie West-Moss of Nassau,
Bahamas, the late Syrinthia
Denise West, Terreceda West
of Atlanta GA, Tashona Teneca
West of Miami, FL; two sons,
Rashay Dumar Purdie of Atlanta,
GA, and Joserr Rommundo West
of Miami, FL; seven sisters, Mary
Ellen Hart, Johnnie Gatlin, Barbara
West-Weisel and Brenda Akins of
Fitzgerald, GA, Geneva McCrae of
Ashburn, GA, and Clara Nelson of
roung Miami, FL; 10 grandchildren, four
WALDEN, great grands and a host of other
relatives and friends.
Viewing, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Thursday,
July 5 at Greg L Mason Funeral
Home. Friday, July 6 from 10 a.m.-
11 a.m., at Resurrection Family
Worship Center, 565 South Barfield
Highway, Pahokee, FL. Homegoing
Service, to follow at 11 a.m. at
Resurrection Family Worship
Center. Interment: Saturday, July 7
Ic e0' on at Dade Memorial Pak.

i3S SR.,89,

11 a.m.,
God Miracle
street, Miami



Hadley Davis
Miami Lakes
72, retired,
died June 22.
Service 10 a.m.,
Saturday in the

88, retired,
died June 30.
Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at St.
Luke MBC.

laborer, died
June 27.
Service 12 p.m.,
Range Saturday in the
S E. THOMAS SR.. chapel.

60, furniture
technician, died 'i
June 1 at home.
Arrangements in i

CAROLYN OWEN, 52, died
June 22, at home. Service 11a.m.,
Saturday at Crooms Temple

June 29, at Vitas Health Care. Ar-
rangements are incomplete.

Happy Birthday

In loving memory of,



07/05/1925- 12/13/2011

We miss you.
Emmett, Gerri, Omavi, fam-
ily and friends.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

. . .

12/25/1918 06/26/2008

Gone but not forgotten.
Love your wife Alean,
the Blakley family and many

LADSON, 29, died June 26.
Survivors include: Zhariya
A. Williams; father, Gerard A.
Ladson, Sr.; mother, Sharron
Ladson; sisters, Traveotta
Sheffield, Princess and Melissa
Robinson and Askia Collier;
brothers, Gerard A. Ladson,
Jr, Quinton Robinson, Larry
Hill, David Collier and Darnell
L. Brunner, and host of other
relatives. Viewing, 5-9 p.m.,
Friday at the church. Service
11 a.m., Saturday at Logos
Baptist Church, 16305 NW
48th Avenue.

JR., died June 26. Survivors
include: father, Da'Von
Scott, Sr.; grandparents,
Gerard and Sharron Ladson;
grandmother, Makela Scott.
Viewing, 5-9 p.m., Friday
at church. Service 11 a.m.,
Saturday at Logos Baptist
Arrangements entrusted
to Gregg L. Mason Funeral

In the South, Charles Menendez has found that even in death,
there remains a racial divide. Nowadays, even the cheapest cas-
ket, $650, is too expensive for some mourners to afford.

Funerals remain

segregated business

When a Black person dies in
one of the rural counties around
here, chances are the body will
end up in the hands of Charles
First, he offers a little prayer
and asks the person on the ta-
ble to help him make the job go
smoothly. Then he gets down to
work, embalming the body like
an old-school craftsman.
"You don't want the family to
touch Grandmama and feel it
cold and hard," he said. "You
want flexibility in the skin. The
idea is to leave a good memory
picture for them."
All of his cases are Black. They
always have been. If Sunday re-
mains the most segregated day
in the South, funerals remain
the most segregated business. In
the same way that generations
of tradition dictate the churches
people attend, the races tend to
bury their own.
"That's the way it has always
been here in the rural areas,"
Menendez said. "White funeral
homes employ white embalmers,
and Black funeral homes employ
Black embalmers. That's the
Menendez, 59, handled his
first body when he was a junior
in high school. Now he runs a
94-year-old funeral home about

an hour's drive east of Atlanta.
His base of operations is the
Mapp-Gilmore funeral home in
Madison, a town of antebellum
homes built with cotton riches
and slave labor that was spared
from the fires set by Union troops
during Gen. William Tecumseh
Sherman's famous March to the
The funeral home was the first
Black-owned business in town.
Two sisters inherited it from their
father and then passed it down
to other family members.
Menendez, who went to em-
balming school in Atlanta, be-
gan working there in 1986. He
bought the business in 2001
with help from the Rev. Hoke
Smith, the pastor at Calvary
Baptist Church.
Their small funeral home
used to be the place where men
sat outside and gossiped over
checkers. But the neighborhood
changed. In an effort at urban
renewal, the city recently added
a park across the street where
people gather.
Menendez's embalming room
is in the back, past the old sofas
and the dusty silk flowers and the
long, low table where the coffins
are placed and the wide stairs
the bereaved trudge to select one
of nine coffins on display.

Composer who became a pillar

Happy Birthday of the London music scene

In loving memory of,




From your loving mother,
sister and brother.

In Memoriam

In loving memory of,

electrician,- ,
died June 23.
Service 2 p.m.,
Saturday in the
S Chapel.

longshoreman, died June 30 at Vi-
tas Hospice. Arrangements are in

BERTHA WILLIS, 77, retired
nurse, died June 29 at home. Ar-
rangements are in complete.

02/14/1951 07/04/2011

A year has passed and we
miss you very much.
The Fuller family.

continued from 11B

he said, he told his father he
was pondering whether to be-
come a lawyer, a doctor or an
engineer. His father replied:
"You know what? I'm going to
take you to an audition."
Wilson attended the New Or-
leans Center for Creative Arts
(Wynton Marsalis and Harry
Connick Jr. also studied there),
and graduated from Ohio Wes-
leyan University before earn-
ing a master's degree in perfor-
mance and composition at the
Eastman School of Music in

In New York he formed his
own quartet and played with
the trumpeter Roy Hargrove's
big band, the Lincoln Center
Jazz Orchestra and the rhythm
and blues singer Ruth Brown.
After moving to London in 2002,
Wilson made three albums for
Dune Records, a British jazz
label: "Jazz Warrior" (2004),
"Ridel Ferris Wheel to the Mod-
ern Day Delta" (2007) and "Life
'Paintings" (2009).
His survivors include his wife,
his parents, four brothers, a
sister and his grandmother, Or-
adell Barker.
He had recently finished and
begun performing a jazz suite
about the life of Philippa Schuy-
ler, an American piano prodi-
gy, born to a Black father and
white mother, who toured the
country in the 1930s and '40s,
became disillusioned by Ameri-
can racism and died in 1967 on
a charitable mission in Vietnam
at age 35.
In a review in April, John
Fordham, a jazz critic for The
Guardian, described the piece
as a poignant portrait of an

Abram Wilson in 2009. As a boy, he honed his skills by listening
to pop classics in his family's garage, equipped with a trumpet
and a radio.
artist undone by the American adding, "It is a work in progress
racial divide. Wilson, he wrote, that will be fascinating to fol-
hoped to stage it as a play soon, low."

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Kelly releases

new book, CD

Illness forces him to cancel talk

shows, performances

By Billy Johnson, Jr.

R. Kelly shares candid
details of his 12-year mar-
riage to Hollywood Exes star
Andrea Kelly in his autobi-
ography, Soulacoaster, The
Diary of Me, just released by
Andrea, who is the mother
of Kelly's three children, is
a cast member on the VH1
reality show that also stars
former spouses of Eddie
Murphy, Prince, Jose Can-
seco and Will Smith. In the
Soulacoaster chapter "The
Breakup," Kelly describes the
day a frustrated Andrea took
off her $50,000 wedding ring
and threw it in a pond in
their backyard.
The problems in Kelly and
Andrea's marriage had been
mounting. According to Kelly,
he continued to struggle with
infidelity, Andrea was un-
happy walking away from her
dance career to be a stay-at-
home mother, and they were
constantly fighting.
"If you really don't love me,
I dare you to take off your
wedding ring and throw it in
the pond out back," he wrote.
Andrea replied that the
proposal wasn't a good idea.
"You might not like what
your dare will make me do,"
she said.
Kelly continued.
"Drea took the dare," he
wrote. "She marched out to
the yard and threw the ring
in the pond. Man, I couldn't
believe it. I offered $10,000 to
anyone who could fish that
ring out of the pond. No one
Their problems escalated.
They began discussing di-
vorce. When Kelly realized
that the relationship was
over, he went to the movies
by himself to see The Note-
book. Though he enjoyed
the love story about a couple
who grew old together and
died in each other's arms, he
got visibly emotional in the
"As the film credits started
to roll, I couldn't move," he
wrote. "I burst into tears.
People walking past me pat-
ted me on the back, trying
to console me. The Notebook
was beautiful, and I was cry-
ing because its hero and her-
oine had died together. But
I was also crying because I

remembered a Valentine's
Day when a helicopter
dropped a rainfall of roses
- that had come and gone.
My marriage had died. And
there was nothing I could do
to bring it back."
Kelly met Andrea when
she auditioned to be one of
his background dancers. He
described their meeting as
love at first sight. Though his
initial attraction was physi-
cal, he loved her confidence.

He described her as a lion-
ess who "calmed [his] inner
In the book co-authored
by David Ritz, who also has
titles with Aretha Frank-
lin, Marvin Gaye and Janet
Jackson, Kelly discusses
being molested by a teenage
girl when he was a child, be-
ing illiterate, his elementary
school teacher who recog-
nized his musical talent, and
his fallout with Jay-Z during
the promotional run of their
Best Of Both Worlds album
and tour.
Kelly has just released a
new CD, Write Me Back.
Illness causes setbacks for
R. Kelly was rushed back
to his hometown Chicago last
Wednesday for medical treat-
ment after falling ill while en
route to New York. The singer
had been scheduled for a
press tour in support of his
memoir. .
"Initial indications are that
he is suffering from compli-
cations from surgery he had
last year to treat an abscess
on his vocal cords," reads a
statement released on behalf
of the singer. "It is unclear
how long Kelly may be side-
A book launch party and
signing in New York were
cancelled, as well as appear-
ances on Late Night with
Jimmy Fallon and the Today

Snoop Dogg with his sons Corde Broadus (left) and Cordell
Broadus on June 11 in Los Angeles.

Snoop Dogg's son

offered scholarship
By Ann Oldenburg

Looks like we could be seeing Diddy and Snoop in the stands
together at UCLA football games.
Diddy's son, Justin Combs, has committed to go to the
school, which gave him a full football scholarship.
And now the news is out that Snoop Dogg's son, Cordell
Broadus, has been offered a football scholarship by the Bruins.
But Broadus, who plays wide receiver and defensive back, is
just starting his sophomore year at Diamond Bar High School
this fall. We'll have to wait until 2015 to see if they take the
field together.

-~ ~

Chaka Khan still every woman

In a recent photo of R&B icon Chaka Khan, one of the in-
dustry's best shows her new figure, reminding fans that she's
still a diva. Chaka Khan also sang one of her most requested
tunes, "I'm Every Woman," as part of a spectacular tribute
to her close friend Whitney Houston during the 2012 BET



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IM DRal. cdv

Ray Brinson, president,
Bethune-Cookman University
and local chapter presidents
provided the City of Daytona
with its 44th Annual National
Alumni Convention. It was
a record-breaking group of
alumni that came ready to
enhance the dream of Dr.
Mary McLeod Bethune,
founder. On the agenda were
plenary sessions, Miss Alumni
rehearsals, Luau, corporate
recognition, President's
Luncheon, speakers including
Lt. Col. Hiram Mann, an
original Tuskegee Airman, a
cook out and a black tie gala.
The gala featured Edward
"Creamy" Hayes and his band
of Collegians. Promenading
around the floor were Ray
Brinson and wife; Dr. Larry
Handfield and wife; Wayne
Davis, local president; Audley
Coakley, trustee; Charlie
Davis and wife; William Clark
and Dr. Cynthia Clark; and
Rev. T. Eilene Martin and
Minister Gregory Robinson.
Highlights of the convention,
according to past National

President John PL
Williams. were
centered around Wayne
Davis, local president, who
escorted Chita Davis in
the Miss Alumnae Contest
who was Miss Gold last yea;
Audley Coakley, escorted
Gina Sanders from Tampa,
FL The Miami Chapter won
the award for having the
largest group (15); Williams
escorted Robin Moncur, last
year's winner in passing the
crown on; from Williams'
encouragement, five members
paid their lifetime pledges: Dr.
Larry Handfield; Donoven
Wells, BCU band director;
James Poitier. associate band
director; Peadro Orey; and
Glen Walker. The high point of
the convention was the Black
and White Gala in honor of
Dr. Larry Handfield, trustee
chairperson; and Dr. Edison
Jackson, interim president of
the university. Others honored
included: Elestine Allen, Rexv.
Nathaniel Jackson, Robert
"Bob" Edwards and Fannie

Other alumni in his musical life while
attendance included: writing a gospel play for
Torian Cox, James Moss, president,
Johnnie Douglas, Bahamian-American
Lakeva Evans, Federation, which was
Johnny McCrea, a big hit. Her friends
Esq., Christella surprised her recently
Matthews, Willie on her 87th birthday
Jackson, Cinnomon party at her palatial
Rolle, Pamela SMITH home. They included
Garrett, Carolene her son-in-law. Obie
Nosgood, Beatrice Dennison, II; daughter. Althea Duran;
Shakingdra Johnson,John Winifred Beacham, Mabel
Williams, Wilhelmenia Wilson, Mary Cunningham,
Blue, Eugene Elliot, Birdie Estella Cox, Dorothy Hanna,
Underwood, Att-y. Robin Evalina Beckham and
Lovett and husband, Cordelia, daughter.
Haquikah Peterson, Beacham and Mabel
Andra Diggs,' placed a huge cake on
Florence Zema, the table as everyone
Jan Harrison, Lady sang the song Bahamian
Gladeez McCoy, s style and reflected on
Syrenthia Parker, the good ole days doing
Catherine Green, God's work. Evangelist
Sara Hallen, Coxy Beneby shed a few
Brown, Vivian Cox, tears when the stories
Gina Sanders, Herb HANDFIELD included her struggle
Corbin, Dr. Willie with her handicap.
Wright and family. She closed the celebration
The legacy of Prescola by thanking her friends for
Beneby continues to spread making it the best day in her
as she moves about the state life including getting married.
of Florida spreading her Frank Pinkney and the Men
evangelical work from the at the Tree of Knowledge, are
Church of God of Prophecy. still on cloud nine from the
She still grieves over the loss special luncheon provided
of her son, Laymon Beneby, for them from the African
who had reached the apex of American Committee of Dade

Heritage and Lemon City
Cemetery for their committed
service over the past 20 years.
Leander "Trixie" Phillips
came on the scene to brag
about his athletic career as
a member of Dorsey High's
football team, where William
Lee, captain. Stanley Finley,
and Phillips made all-state
quarterback, guard and
fullback, respectfully. Phillips
then took over the debate and
added the popularity of Dorsey
High '53-'54 school year when
the team captured two city
championships and finished
second in district competition.
Lee also received a trophy
for outstanding player of that
-ear. Phillips substantiated
his data by pulling out his
Ahami Tnmes and called out
members such as Harold
Scott. co-captain, Willis Bain,
Jimmy Brown, Johnson
Lamar, Charles Lassiter,
Joseph Stevens, Jack Holt,
Augustus Reed, Leo Albury,
Alexander Bethune, Andrew
Lee, Fred Davis, Matthew
Gilbert, Sequire Cowart,
Sam Love, John Sams and
James Heastie. He concluded
by reading Dorsey High had
won seven-of-eight games in
Clara Wiggins Smith's death

has shocked communities in
Miami Gardens. Opa-locka
and Nliami-Dade County.
Her illness lasted for several
years while her popularity
grew among church members,
classmates and neighbors
because of her kindness. She
first worshipped at Ebenezer
UMNC. Her Christian attitude
also brought Re\v. Dr. Jimmie
Brown, one of her former
pastors, to pay trbute to
her, along with Karen Ford
and Rev. John White II from
Emmanuel Temple. Members
included: Kenya Miller,
Lelia Ford, David Smith,
Syrenthia Parker, Pamela
Hines as well as Melissa H.
Smith, Sam Lowe and Felicia
S. Jenkins from Mt. Herman
David Smith reciprocated
the love of his life as tributes
were given by Betty Bullard
and Carrie Sneed. She will
also be missed by mother.
Eunice Wiggins, Timothy and
Rosa Smith, Jack and Dot
Smith, Anthony P. Smith,
Sonja Smith and Aiken
Smith, Bertha M. Brooks,
Julia Whyte, Willie Brooks,
Jr. Alfred and Sarah Brooks,
16 great grandchildren and
many nieces, nephews and

Hearty congratulations
go out to two stalwarts in
the community Father
Richard L. M. Barry and
Deacon Shedrick E. Gilbert.
"Shed," as he is affectionately
known, received numerous
awards this year. Among
them were the BTW Alumni
Association Unsung Hero
Award and the Man of the
Yeai award from the King
of Clubs of Greater Miami
for outstanding community
service. He recently
announced his retirement
from the deaconate and
active ministry at The
Historic St. Agnes Episcopal
Church and was presented
with a beautiful glass
plaque by Father Barry
on the occasion of his
90th birthday. Enjoy your
retirement Deacon Gilbert.
The men and boys of our
beloved St. Agnes held a
superb Men and Boys Day
service and celebration
with Harold Meadows and
Lemuel R. Moncur co-

chairing this !
event. We thank .. '
the men of the parish for
such a glorious celebration
including the cooks and
Get well wishes and prayers
are sent to Thomas Nottage,
Gloria F. Bannister, Peggy
G. Greene, Shane Hepburn,
Elouise B. Farrington,
Inez M. Johnson, Charles
Mobley, Marvin Ellis,
Princess Lamb, Wilhelmina
S. Welch, Veronica O'Berry,
Kim Cooper, Yvonne-
Johnson Gaitor, Yvette
McKinney, Willie Williams
and Selma Ward.
Wedding anniversary
greetings go out to all of
our love birds of the week.
William and Fredericka
L. Johnson, June 24th,
their 23rd; Father and Mrs.
Samuel J. (Lottie) Browne,
June 25th, their 52nd;
Ronald P. and Kim Wright,
Sr., June 25th, their 29th;
Herbert J. and Fredra
Rhodes, June 25th, their

18th; Samuel E. and Taneka
G. Rolle, June 26th, their
13th; Stephen C. and Lucy
Newbold, June 29th, their
27th; Archbishop James and
Lady Margarette Flowers,
July 8th, their 63rd. Happy
anniversary to all of you.
Roderick Knowles,
now living in Burlington
N. C., recently visited his
grandmother, Joyce Major
Hepburn, for two weeks.
Sympathy goes out to Leo
and Vincent Albury on the
death of their mother, Mary
Taylor Albury, last week.
She was a superb cook and
an outstanding church
Elestine McKinney
Allen and Robin Moncur
were in Daytona Beach last
week for the annual BCU
National Alumni Association
convention. Elestine
received a gold clock and cord
for her lifetime membership.
Congratulations Wildcats.
Congratulations are also
extended to Malvern Mathis
who retired from Assurant
Specialty Property as a
systems manager. May you
enjoy your retirement that
you so richly deserve.

Williams now writing, directing,

continued from 1C

your heart. Her onscreen pal
Rockmond Dunbar co-stars
while Tyler Perry protege Rog-
er Bobb directs and produces
the film. She talked about her
life, career and future plans
after fans viewed the movie
during the recent American
Black Film Festival.
"Blacks have been taking
care of other folks' children
forever but the movie tells a
rarely-told story of a Black
couple taking in two white
children usually it's the oth-
er way around." she said. "The
film's message is simple: Don't
block your blessings by asking
God for a ready-made prayer.
And it shows us that we can
be blessed by being receptive
to openings and opportunities
that are around us."
Williams lost her own
mother when she was just
10-years-old and was raised

BET Awards'

dynamic duos
Sunday's bet awards ,kicked off by
showcasing a pair of all-tar teams.
F;rst up: host Samuel L. Jackson arid
director Spike Lee. After Karie West
punctuated an opening performance of
his new songs "Mercy" and "Wa. Too
Cold" with a blistering freestyle. Jack-
son and Lee shocked the crowd by trad-
ing verses over the beat of the Throne's
iWest and Jay-Z'sr hit ----- in Paris."
And a moment later Lee announced
the winner of the night's Fir't award, for
best group ',ep. it was ihe Throne.
West and Jay-Z.

by her grandmother along
with other women from her
neighborhood and church.
She drew on feelings from the
past to prepare for her role in
the film.
"I had a lot of mothers in
my church that loved and
mentored me," she said. "And
many of my prayers were
eventually answered. I was
raised in New York City and
was lucky to be there because
ever since I saw Shirley Tem-
ple I wanted to know what I
needed to do to get inside that
TV screen."
Williams attended the per-
forming arts high school made
popular in the 80s film "Fame"
and originally studied opera.
She's been acting for most of
her life and says she continues
to press on towards greater
"No matter how success-
ful you are, there are always
those voices in your head that
make you doubt yourself, but

you have to believe that what
you're doing is your destiny
and birthright. I remain open
to the Spirit to direct me and
know that I was born to be an
Williams continues to give
back to her community, serv-
ing as a board member and
activist for the Black AIDS
Institute as well as an orga-
nization that is committed to
ending violence against wom-
en and girls A Call to Men.
She is also directing several
projects and has a one-woman
show that she calls her own
Vagina Monologue.
"I've been able to get my act-
ing friends to join me in PSAs
for the Greater Than AIDS
campaign and believe that the
Black community is hampered
because we still can't have
honest, open dialogues about
being gay, straight or sex. But
if we work together I'm con-
vinced that we can end AIDS
in our lifetime."

Kanye West, left, and Jay-Z, aka the Throne, accept the first
award Sunday, for best group, at the BET Awards.

Quvenzhane Wallis makes

'Southern Wild' sing

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' is

wrenching blend of myth and ma

By Claudia Puig

WASHINGTON It's hard to
think of someone like Meryl
Streep giggling during a
photo shoot, or chirping along
to the sounds of a busy digital
Quvenzhane Wallis the
8-year-old star of Beasts of
the Southern Wild and indie
darling of the moment cut-
ting up, laughing and enjoy-
ing herself in one of a string

She's playful but kno%
what she wants. A tape
corder blocks the chair
supposed to sit in? Not
more. And she'll make E
you know the correct sr
of Emily, a baby chick s
named herself.
Zeitlin saw this spunI
years ago. when Wallis
first name is pronounce
"Qui-ven-ZHEN-ay"I an(

i ,I.

Hushpuppy in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild.' "She is a
raculous human being," says director Benh Zeitlin.

of press days.
"I'm used to the flashes,"
she tells the photographer.
Good thing, too, because
she might have more in her
Sure, her personal tastes
tend more toward Hannah
Montana than The Deer
Hunter. But the first-time
actress and fourth-grader al-
ready is garnering Oscar talk
as the film opens today in Los
Angeles and New York.
"She is a miraculous hu-
man being," says Beasts
director Benh Zeitlin, who
co-wrote the Louisiana-filmed
folk tale based on a play by
Lucy Alibar. The film tells
the story of 6-year-old Hush-
puppy, her ailing father, Wihk
(Dwight Henry), and a group
of resilient people cordoned
off from civilization by a large
body of water and always
fearing the blood that may
wash away their lives.
Wallis' Hushpuppy is a
kindergarten-age Paul Bun-
yan who is taught how to sur-
vive in "The Bathtub" by her
daddy. "She was bad that's
why I liked her," says the na-
tive of Houma, La. "She does
whatever she wants to do and
nobody scares her."
Is she as fearless as Hush-
puppy? "Mm-hmml Even
more fearless." Wallis savs
proudly. Her two teenage
brothers might have had
something to do with her for-
titude, although she won t say
as much: "As soon as I was
born, they started aggravat-
ing me."

feel comfortable with either
of them. She was OK with
ig c Henry, though, primarily
because her fellow first-time
actor greeted her with sweets
4,000 from his Buttermilk Drop
ws Bakery &. Cafe.
re- "When they told me I was
she's going to meet Nazie for the
any- first time," Henry says, "I
sure packed up four boxes of all
selling kind of goodies. I handed it to
she her, it put that big ol' smile on
her face, and I knew I had the
k three part then."
(whose If buzz holds to form,
:d Wallis could tie with Justin
d her Henry for the youngest Oscar
nominee ever the co-star
o of Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
was nominated for best sup-
porting actor. The young-
est winner, though, is still
Tatum O'Neal, who won best
supporting actress at 10 for
Paper Moon (1973).
B Beasts has allowed Wal-
lis to see a lot more of the
world than her peers she'll
see in school in August. She
has ventured from the Sun-
dance Film Festival in Utah
to Cannes in France (Beasts
s as won prizes at both) and views
1 mi- her journeys with the per-
spective that comes only with

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Quvenzhane Wallis, left, and Dwight
Henry offer critically acclaimed performances in 'Beasts,' per-
formances which mark the first film experience for both actors.

mom walked into the library
where the director was hold-
ing open auditions. He looked
at 4,000 potential Hushpup-
pies, but no one challenged
him quite literally like
this little girl.
'She took me on," Zeitlin
recalls. "I was telling her to
throw this stuffed animal at
the other actor as part of the
scene, and she refused. She
took a moral stance. She said,
'It's not right to throw some-
thing at someone you don't
know.' It wasn't just that she
was defiant as she was defi-
ant on the grounds of being a
sweet person, which is really
who Hushpuppy is."

Zeitlin had two actors set to
play Wink. but Wallis didn't

"You just fall asleep and
then you wake up two hours
later and you're on an air-
plane," Wallis says. "You're
sitting there wondering, 'How
in the heck did I get here?' It's
something you don't expect.
to be all over the world. You're
little why would you be all
over the world?"
She figures she'll act in
school musicals and plays,
and her role as Hushpuppy
may lead to more on-screen
But Henry wants her to
keep close by and work at
his bakery that is. if she
doesn't eat all of his signature
buttermilk drop doughnuts.
"She's going to be my
cashier." Henry says. "She's
going to manage the front and
watch the money for me."

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12 ounces honeles, skinless chicken hrcais.,
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2 tablespoons vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
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3/4 cup Hellmann's or Best Foods
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2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
6 cups assorted fresh vegetables
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1 cup loosely packed fresh basil
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asks, 'what if the

President had lived?'
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lessons for futiire gr'owt.h. But 'what if we
could change some of the great Iramomrentts
ii historr,-' How would our destinies be
That's what best-selling author and
highly -respected professor of law at Yale
Uni\ersit,. Stephen A. Carter. 57. ponders
iii his latest noel "The Impeachmenrt of
Abrahami Lincoln." The book opens % ith
John Wilkes Booth having failed in his as-
sassination attempt But w-hile President
Abraham Lincoln recovers from his inju-
ries, he then faces an impeachment trial for
the actions he took in his efforts to end the
Civil War and to reunify a divided nation.
Carter blends fact with fiction to craft an
intriguing courtroom drama that features
a young, determined Black heroine. Abigail
Canner. whose brilliance and propensity for
the law far outweigh society's self-imposed
barriers of sexism and racism,
"I have always been a Lincoln buff an
amateur to be sure and have been fas-
cinated by him since I \\as child," Carter
said. "Ml father had all kinds of books
about him and his life on his shelves. In my
study at home I have six shelves devoted
to Abraham Lincoln. I thought it would be
fascinating to ask what if he had not been
assassinated. I believe he was one of our
greatest presidents but because he faced a
greater crisis than any other president, he
did things that in light of history don't look
very good. Things like suspending habeas
corpus, shutting down newspapers and
putting northern cities under martial law."

Carter has four best-selling books under
his belt and has written both fiction and
non-fiction. In his current novel he says he
had to do a lot of research so that readers
would believe they were witnessing events
that had taken place during the 19th cen-
"I studied regional accents, examined
modes of transportation and examined
factors related to the Civil War," he said. "I
am a scholar first and so for me conducting
extensive research is a fun process."
Carter adds that he writes books that
he hopes will be both enjoyable and thrill-
ing. But he dislikes the growing trend of
"I have always been a print book person
and worry about their disappearance," he
said. "There's something to be said about
touching a book and turning its pages. You
don't get that experience when you're read-
ing a book online. I really believe our brains
even process information differently when
we're reading a book versus reading from a
computer screen."
Carter's next book will be an historical
novel about the Cuban missile crisis.
By the way, if you're looking for a great
summer read, check out Carter's earlier
best-selling novel, "The Emperor of Ocean
Park." It's arguably one of his finest works
but given its length, it's not for the faint-at-

Miami Jackson's
Class of 1975 plans a class
celebrations. Call 305-467-
0146 or 305-965-3885.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1965, Inc. to
meet. Call 305-213-0188.

.RnHi mij~aNQJlWestern
Alumni Classes host their
annual Blue and Gold Dance.
Call 305-693-1513.

0 Youth Education and
Athletic Program (YEAP)
hosts a summer camp. Call

Miami Northwestern
Senior High Class of 1973
will be meeting to plan 40th
reunion. Call 305-635-3015
or 305-215-3911.
Miami Northwestern

Class of 1967 is planning
their 45th reunion. Call
786-227-7397 or www.

Booker T. Washington
Class of 1967 meets
monthly. Call 305-333-7128.

SThe National Coalition
of 100 Black Women -
Greater Miami Chapter
accepting applications for
Just Us Girls Mentoring
Program. Call 800-658-

* The

Party will

host an Independence
Day Celebration and Voter
Registration Drive. Call

The Oldtimers of
Miami will sponsor their
annual 'Fun Trip.' Call 305-
626-7500 or 786-423-4834

American Senior
High Alumni Association
to hold a masquerade ball.
Call 305-458-4436.

Range Park offers
free self-defense/karate
classes for children and
adults. Call 305-757-7961

or 786-306-6442.

0 Chai Community
Services free food program
is taking applications from
low-income families and
veterans. Call 305-830-

Dads for Justice assists
non-custodial parents
through Miami-Dade State
Attorney's Office with child
support modifications and
visitation rights. Call 305-
Sacred Trust offers

affordable and supportive
housing assistance for low-
income veteran families
facing homelessness.
Call 855-778-3411 or visit

Solid Rock Enterprise,
Inc. Restorative Justice
Academy offers counseling
services for youth. Call 786-
488-4792 or visit www.

Evans County High
,~School Alumni is creating a
- South Florida Alumni contact
roster. Call 305-829-1345 or

W om men's Rihanna is one of the stars who has
been caught in short shorts lately.

S nets are so short.
ultra short Here, her black shorts worn over fish-

shorts are

on the rise

By Olivia Barker

Who wears short shorts? This season, scads .
of women from teen stars (Selena Gomezi to a -i
Real Housewife (Carole Radziwill) and a Desperate
one (Eva Longoria) are showing off their stems t
in teeny hems.
Whether cut from day-glo denim, balanced
with a blazer or seemingly swiped from an
'80s aerobics class, the ultra-short bottoms are
"in every single store," says Seventeen fashion direc- "
tor Gina Kelly, from Old Navy to Neiman Marcus.
Worn with motorcycle boots and Chuck Taylors. :
high heels and flip-flops, they're the unofficial -
uniform of music festival attendees I\anessa
Hudgens) and performers (Rihanna).
And yes, "they're definitely getting shorter, says
Cosmopolitan fashion director Michelle NlcCool.
Which means the hottest hot pants are skirting
the bounds of taste. Miley Cyrus' dimunitiv'e Daisy
Dukes from last week? The white ones \worn with
a crop top and without evidence of under wear?
"I do not advocate that," Kelly says.
PHOTOS: See more stars in short shorts
Unlike with other fashion trends, "it's a very
unique" woman who can stand tall in the short 1
short. "When it works, it can be adorable.' says de-
signer Shoshanna Gruss, who, for the first time "
this spring, made shorts -with a 1%- to 2-inch in-
seam a more sizable part of her collection In her
20-woman office, four or five are wearing shorts to
work. All are in their early to mid-20s
McCool, however, turns a cold shoulder to hot
pants in the office, "even the Cosmo office.' where
interns are "strongly" advised against them In-
stead, save scanty shorts for a picnic or party.
she says.
And pay attention to proportion: Pair skimpy
shorts with an oversized T-shirt or sweater
or a tank top worn under a jacket, 'so it's
not tiny with tiny," Kelly says. When shorts
are denim, McCool advocates going up a
size to stave off thigh squeeze.
Short shorts require something more
intangible to pull on and pull off.
"Itty bitty," as McCool says, Radzi-
will wore black hot pants on the re- .
cent Season 5 premiere of The Real
Housewives of New York City. '. '



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Anthony Cowart, 35, says
cooking is in his blood and he
plans to make his culinary
business a profitable one. The
Miami native learned how to
prepare barbecue, souse, and
other South Florida delica-
cies from his parents but has
perfected some of his own
secret recipes. Now, the owner
of BackYard Barbecue, along
with several of his siblings
and friends, sets up shop most
weekends in Liberty City at
79th Street and 18th Avenue.
"Having a street corner busi-
ness can be a challenge but we
have some of the best barbecue
in town and we have clients
that follow us regularly," he
said. "Pork ribs, chicken and
pork souse you name it we
have it."
Cowart had a booth at the
recent Overtown Rhythm &
Arts Festival and after pull-
ing a seat up at the table, this
writer can attest that his food
is simply deliciously
Cowart's sister, Nikita Ivory,
joined him full time about six
months ago after she was laid
off from her job. Her specialty
is baked goods and she can
whip up things like banana
nut-cake, red velvet and pound
cake or a mouth-watering
sweet potato pie as easily as
"Baking for Anthony helps
me bring in income and it's

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TEAMWORK: Family members and friends who are part of the BackYard Barbecue staff in-
clude: Imani Morgan (I-r), Deshawn Simmons, T.Y., Anthony Cowart [owner], Nikita Ivory and

Mello Manning.
something that I really enjoy,"
she said. "The best part is we
compliment each other. The
economy is improving slowly
so we have good days and then
some bad ones. But we're hop-
ing that things will become
more consistent soon."

Cowart adds that he needs
some assistance with develop-
ing a website and increasing
his promotional efforts so that
more people know about his
"We cater events as well but
I'm looking for a small busi-

ness grant or loan so that I
can upgrade my equipment
- maybe even lease a build-
ing. We're just taking the skills
that our parents taught us to
a new level. And it's great to be
your own boss."

Former standout defensive back at USC and current Arena league linebacker Kevin
Ellison tops this week's sports bizarre behavior list. Ellison, 25, reportedly set his
house on fire last Thursday with a marijuana blunt. He told authorities he did it be-
cause 'God told him to'. Ellison has since been charged with arson for the apartment

Rapper Yo Gotti is the subject of a lawsuit that claims he stole his popular song "28
Bars." Eric Dion Flemming filed the lawsuit against Yo Gotti and his manager Brandon
Cottrell on June 6, claiming that he submitted a musical composition that was pro-
vided to an artist name Starlito, who is signed to Yo Gotti's Inevitable Entertainment.
According to Flemming, Starlito provided a copy of the track to Yo Gotti, who used it
for his track "28 Bars." Flemming is suing for copyright infringement and seeks a trial
by jury to determine damages.

Police are seeking two suspects in the shooting death of 19-year-old rapper Lil
Phat, who was killed June 7 in Atlanta, Georgia. Two Black males are being sought
who were "seen running from the locations at the time of the shooting," said police
spokesman Captain Steve Rose. Lil Phat, born Melvin Vernell, was shot multiple times
in a car that was parked on a the parking deck of Hollis Cobb Drive, near the Northside
Hospital Women's Center. He was signed to Trill Entertainment, which counts artists
like LII Boosie, Webble, Fox and others.

Adam "Pacman" Jones of the Cincinnati Bengals has been ordered by a judge to
pay $11 million to strip club employees for a shooting that took place in 2007. The
judge has forced Jones to "make it rain" on the strip club employees because they
were victimized by bullets fired by a man who was shooting on behalf of Pacman.
Tommy Urbanski, a club manager, was paralyzed from the waist down. Aaron Cud-
worth, a bouncer, was also severely injured. Jones' attorney, Lisa Rasmussen, has
argued that Jones was not behind the shooting. Just last January, Jones had a run-in
with police that led to a charge for disorderly conduct, leading to a one-year probation
and community service. The story goes that Jones and his entourage became angry
after he was pouring out money onto the stage at the strip club and the women were
taking money without his permission. Attorneys say that Jones met with the shooter,
Arvin Kenli Edwards, right before the shooting took place. Edwards is now serving 10
years in prison for his role in the incident.

Mary J. Blige 'crushed' by Burger King ad brouhaha

By Ann Oldenburg

The singer appeared on
radio station Hot 97's "Angie
Martinez Show" yesterday and
said she "thought" the April
ad, which appeared online -
then quickly disappeared -
"would have been ... great for
a branding opportunity."
She said, "It never was a
chicken commercial. It was
ab6oifid andvich ianhld as
singing about the ingredi-

By Ann Oldenburg

Much of the BET Awards
show buzz from last night is
about Chris Brown.



Chris Brown performs onstage
during the 2012 BET Awards
at The Shrine Auditorium on
Sunday in Los Angeles.









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Mary J. Blige performs on ABC's 'Good Morning America' at
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, on June 22 in New York City.

At one point Twitter erupted
with news that the singer
had been arrested for weap-
ons possession at the Shrine
Auditorium. Speculation was
that he was protecting himself
against Drake, in the wake
of their recent nightclub fight
and apparent song diss.
But a rep for Brown was
with him all night and told
Gossip Cop there was no ar-
rest. "Nothing of the sort hap-
pened." Drake didn't attend
the show.
And did Brown did hint at
wrapping up his career? The
Los Angeles Times reports that

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when he accepted the award
for best male R&B artist at the
ceremony, he told the crowd
that Fortune, his album due
out Tuesday, will be his "last."
He said, "I'd like to thank
Team Breezy, everybody who
worked on any one of my
albums. My last album that's
coming out in two days... I just
want to thank all my fans. It's
dedicated to y'all. This one's
for y'all; man, I appreciate
But again, a rep has clarified
that, saying he didn't mean
it would be the last work, but
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lists the ingredients in a
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lettuce, ranch dressing, etc.
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Don't Mind. "I would never
bust out singing about chick-
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But she was immediately
widely criticized for playing
into African-American stereo-
types, and the fast-food chain

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cial, citing music licensing
issues. Soon after, the com-
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to Blige.
And she did the same on
the radio show. "I want to
apologize to everyone that
was offended or thought that I
would do something so disre-
spectful to our culture," Blige
told Hot 97. "I would never do

anything like that purpose-
fully. I thought I was doing
something right. So forgive
me, if that hurts you."
The reaction to the ad hurt
her, she said, recalling that
she "wanted to crawl under
the bed." She adds, "It hurt
my feelings. It crushed me for
like two days. But after those
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By Hadley Malcolm
A year after women started to close the financial literacy gap with
men, their financial knowledge and confidence are waning again.
Women are especially falling behind when it comes to managing
money and investing, says a study released Thursday on the finan-
cial literacy gender gap by education firm Financial Finesse.
From 2011 to 2012, women became disproportionately less likely
than men to pay their credit card balance in full each month,
have an emergency savings fund and have a general under-
standing of stocks, bonds and mutual funds, the survey
found. The gap between men and women widened by at
least 6 percentage points in each of those cases.
The survey results are particularly worrisome given
women's longer life expectancy, combined Aithe t
fact that they have less income on average ver time
Please turn to WOMEN 8D

Local, state

hiring jumps

hit 4-year high

By Dennis Cauchon
In a rare bright sign for the
job.market, state and local
governments are hiring at the
fastest pace in four years.
States, cities, counties
and school districts hired
828,000 workers in the first
four months of the year, up
20 percent from a year earlier,
and the most since 2008,
according to a USA TODAY
analysis of the government's
Job Openings and Labor
Turnover Survey. The number
of job openings at state and
local governments also hit a
four-year high.
This lift in government hir-
ing shows how state budget
problems have eased in recent
months as tax collections

improved. Total revenue is flat
because extra federal aid is
drying up. But tax revenue
generally is spent on work-
ers, especially at the local
level, while federal aid is often
dedicated to outside vendors,
such as health care providers
in the Medicaid program and
highway contractors.
"We're hiring as many as
we can," says Tucson police
recruitment officer Liz Skee-
nes. "In the last few years, we
haven't hired as many offi-
cers as we needed because of
financial problems. Now we're
going back to full force, and
we're happy about that."
Tucson like other state
and local governments still
expects to live with a smaller
workforce than the 2008
What's happening: Govern-
ments are filling jobs that
had been left vacant to save
Please turn to HIRING 8D






Blackmedia turns spotlight on

African-American buying power

Kicks off "In the
Black" campaign
By Alexis Garrett Stodghill
In an historic show of unity,
leading Black media entities are
uniting to bring awareness of
black buying power to large ad-
vertisers and general audiences
through the In the Black cam-
paign, which launches today.
"We're bringing together leading
media and advertising enterprises
that serve Black communities to
showcase ways Black consumers
are growing in market influence
and to provide companies with
greater opportunities to meet the
needs of this valuable community
and grow their businesses," said
Derek J. Murphy, general manag-
er, multicultural. AOL Huffington
Post Media Group.

The campaign will highlight the
fact that Black spending reached
a massive $957 billion dollars
in 2010 and that Blacks' buying

Despite this, leaders in Black
media and advertising perceive
that the robust nature of the
Black market has been over-
looked, as has the necessity of
targeting it through Black me-

"The conversation surrounding adequate investment
l in the strong Black consumer audience from advertis-
ers and key stakeholders has been happening in the
industry for years." Debra Lee
Chariman/CEO, BET Networks

power is projected to reach $1.2
trillion by 2015. Noted trendset-
ters through their consumption,
Blacks comprise only 12 percent
of the U.S. population, yet consis-
tently outspend all ethnic groups
in several key categories includ-
ing electronics and entertain-

dia. The In the Black campaign,
which is backed by a massive
group of firms ranging from Es-
sence Communications to Black
Enterprise, seeks to combat this
"The consortium will use its
collective resources and strength
Please turn to POWER 8D

Foreign-born business thrives

South Florida leads the nation in
immigrant small business owners

By Marcia Heroux Pounds
South Florida has the high-
est share 45 percent of
immigrant business owners,
of metropolitan areas in the
United States, according to a
new analysis by Fiscal Policy
Institute, a research group in
New York.
The study indicates a change

since 1990 when the Miami-
Fort Lauderdale metropolitan
area was tied with Los Angeles
in immigrant business owner-
ship, both at 35 percent, the
Institute said.
Business ownership by
immigrants is closely linked
to large immigrant popula-
tions, the Institute says in its
study released this month.

The Miami-Fort Lauderdale
metropolitan region also has
the largest share 47 percent
- of the labor force who are
foreign born.
The region eclipses Los An-
geles with 44 percent share of
foreign-born business owners
and 43 percent share of the
labor force; and New York with
a 36 percent share of immi-
grant business owners and 36
percent of the labor force.
Immigrant businesses are
rooted in ethnic neighbor-

hoods, said David Dyssegaard
Kallick, senior fellow of the
Fiscal Policy Institute in New
York City. He said many of the
businesses started by immi-
grants are the same "bread
and butter" operations such
as restaurants, grocery stores
and other services for their
Kallick said the Fiscal Policy
Institute's study was the first
he is aware of that looks at
small-business owners that
Please turn to BUSINESS 8D

Entrepeneurs set up shop

By Hadley Malcolm
Across the country, fash-
ionistas, hair stylists and
even florists are gutting old
delivery-type trucks and
turning them into decked-out
mobile stores, avoiding the
overhead costs associated
with brick-and-mortar retail
and bringing consumers in
cities including Austin, Los
Angeles, Portland, Ore., New
York City and Boston a new
and more personal way to

An accessible business
Stacey Steffe was sell-
ing vintage, clothing at craft
fairs and farmers markets
in Los Angeles when she
met Jeanine Romo, who was
selling her jewelry line. After
witnessing the success of
gourmet food trucks that also
frequented the markets, the
two collaborated to launch
Le Fashion Truck in January
"We were both so tired
Please turn to TRUCKS 8D

Is lack of bilingual ability hurting Blacks in job market?

By David A. Love
When it comes to Blacks in
today's job market, skin col-
or or a black-sounding name
could keep some people from
landing a job. But so, too can
the failure to learn a second
language. In El Paso, Texas,
and other heavy Spanish-
speaking areas, otherwise
qualified Black applicants are
finding it hard to find a job
because they are not bilin-
gual. But why is it important

to learn another language?
The U.S. is a diverse nation
that is becoming more diverse
by the day. According to the
U.S. Census, the Latino popu-
lation grew four times faster
than the total U.S. population
between 2000 and 2010. Over
half of U.S. population growth
is due to Hispanics. America's
largest minority group, Latinos
number at 50.5 million, or 16
percent of the national popula-
Meanwhile, Latinos are the

fastest growing eth- tion of our dailylives
nic group, but Asians through the erosion
are the fastest grow- of national bound-
ing racial group, with aries Americans
a growth rate over six respond in one of
times greater than three ways. Some
the total U.S. popula- Americans react to
tion. And these num- this new world by
bers are only expected wanting to know
to increase over the more about the cul-
years. ....... tures around them,
In light of these LOVE beefing up on their
changing demograph- skills and broad-
ics and the increased global- ening their horizons. So, they
ization and internationaliza- study new languages, learn

more about opportunities to
enroll in foreign exchange pro-
grams and travel to another
country in a study abroad pro-
Others fight change, refus-
ing to accept that Spanish is
America's de facto second lan-
guage. Kicking and scream-
ing, they will not readily enter
the 21st century. Rather, they
will try to ban ethnic studies
in public schools and univer-
sities, pass anti-immigration
laws or enact legislation mak-

ing English the official lan-
guage. Fearing more religious
diversity,, some even want to
ban Sharia law. Unfortunately,
xenophobia is as American as
apple pie.
And still others remain indif-
Many Blacks are missing
the boat and will find them-
selves lost in an economy that
is tough enough as it is. There
are many benefits to studying
a foreign language, including
Please turn to JOB 8D




Tompkins named president, CEO of NNPA

By George E. Curry

Highly-respected media and
entertainment executive Wil-
liam G. Tompkins, Jr. has
been named president and
chief executive officer of the
National Newspaper Publish-
ers Association, a federa-
tion of more than 200 Black-
owned publications.
NNPA Chairman Cloves
Campbell, publisher of the Ar-
izona Informant, said Tomp-
kins was selected from an
impressive field of candidates
screened by Carrrington &
Carrington, a Chicago-based
executive search firm.
Campbell described Tomp-
kins as "a true visionary who
will make an immediate im-
pact on the organization."
Tompkins worked at the
Washington Post for 19 years
in a variety of top-level posi-
tions, including vice president

of marketing, director of na-
tional advertising and manag-
er of corporate and financial
advertising sales. He left the
newspaper to join Kodak as
chief marketing officer of its
entertainment imaging busi-
ness unit. Tompkins was also
vice president and general
manager of the Motion Picture
Film Group for the Eastman
Kodak Company, managing a
$700 million global distribu-
tion operation.
In addition, he was chief
marketing officer of NextGen
Media Group, the firm that
is launching the social me-
dia news site ReportN. He
also was president of William
Tompkins Associates, a con-
sulting firm specializing in
providing advice on strategic
planning and operations.
Tompkins is eager to draw
on his wealth of experience on
behalf of NNPA.

"Having had corporate roles
during the majority of my ca-
reer, I now have the opportu-
nity to work with people who
represent the heart and soul
of what our country is all
about, that being entrepre-
neurs who are making a dif-
ference," he said.



1:1 ~a

sibility for the direction of the
organization's personnel, pro-
grams and services and drives
the execution of the strategy
through its daily activities."
The job description also
said the president and CEO
"is the lead spokesperson and
advocate for the organization

"Tompkins was selected from an impressive
field of candidates screened by Carrrington
& Carrington, a Chicago-based executive
search firm." -Cloves Campbell
NNPA Chairman

And he will make a huge dif-
ference for NNPA, a group of
publishers who own and oper-
ate their own newspapers.
According to a job descrip-
tion NNPA provided to can-
didates for the position, "The
President and CEO exercises
overall authority and respon-

with the community and a
diverse set of partners and
Tompkins received his BA
in economics magna cum
laude from Tufts University
and his MBA from the Har-
vard Business School. He
is a former chairman of the

National Kidney Foundation
and has served on the board
of the National Advertising
Although many major U.S.
daily newspapers are experi-
encing financial problems as
a result of dwindling circula-
tion. communit--based pub-
lications appear to be much
more viable. "In spite of the
transformational changes
in the newspaper industry.
Black media publication
continue to play a critical r
in our country, both in te
of their impac: on society
large and especially in
role they play in local c
munities," Tompkins sa
"My background is in m*
and entertainment so the.
portunity to participate'-
the reinvigoration and tr
formation of this hidden je
of newspaper assets will'
both exciting and impact

Housing market

sees prices rise

in most of U.S.

By Tim Mullaney

Home prices rose in most
of the country in April, as
record low mortgage rates
and some of the cheapest
housing prices in decades
spurred some long-desired
home sales.
The S&P/Case-Shiller
composite index of U.S. home
prices rose 1.3 percent for the
month. The index fell 1.9 per-
cent for the year that ended
in April, Standard & Poor's
reported Tuesday. The house
price gain was larger than
economists had expected.
"All the headlines are posi-
tive on-house prices, and this
is important, because they've

been going down for five
years," said UBS Investment
Research economist Maury
Harris. "It's a confidence-
builder at a time when Amer-
icans really need something
good happening." Home val-
ues rose in April in nearly
all U.S. major cities 18 of
the largest 20 that the in-
dex follows, S&P said. That
shrank the April year-over-
year drop from February's
2.9 percent and March's 2.6
percent decline from a year
The report is one of the
first upbeat signals about
the housing market, which
helped cause the recession
from 2007 to 2009. On Mon-

day, the government said
new homes sales rose at the
fastest pace in two years in
"With April 2012 data, we
finally saw some rising home
prices," says David Blitzer,
chairman of the Case-Shiller
index committee at S&P In-
dices. "While one month
does not make a trend, par-
ticularly during seasonally
strong buying months, the
combination of rising posi-
tive monthly index levels and
improving annual returns is
a good sign."
A group of 114 economists,

executives and strategists
surveyed for real-estate web-
site Zillow.com expect home
prices to fall 0.4 percent this
The S&P/Case-Shiller
monthly index covers rough-
ly half of U.S. homes. It mea-
sures prices compared with
those in January 2000. The
April figures are the lat-
est available. Even with the
gains, the index is 34 percent
below its peak reached in the
summer of 2006. Based on
the 20-city index, prices are
at about the same level as
early 2003.

Job prospects better for bilingual speakers

continued from 7D

helping students boost their
creativity and abstract
thinking, improving their
overall academic achieve-
ment and increasing their
chances of getting into col-
lege. And in a global market-
place, bilingualism means
job opportunities. Foreign
language proficiency pro-

vides you with more flex-
ibility and makes you more
marketable. Careerbuilder.
com notes that employ-
ers highly value bilingual
employees and are will-
ing to them between 5 and
20 percent more per hour
than other workers. The de-
mand is especially great in
the South and West. In ad-
dition, corporations want
people who are better po-

sitioned to deal with their
diverse client and vendor
base. Skilled, more versa-
tile employees are a matter
of competitive advantage
in the business world. The
top industries for bilingual
speakers are financial ser-
vices, healthcare, sales and
marketing and social ser-
vices including consumer
credit counselors, cross-
cultural counselors and bi-

lingual teachers.
The lesson learned in all of
this is simple: Step up your
game and take some Span-
ish classes. Or learn French,
Arabic, Swahili, Mandarin,
Japanese or another lan-
guage of your choosing. And
if you already speak a for-
eign language, brush up
and boost your proficien-
cy. It could help land you a
job and secure your future.

U.S. businesses are more simple to open

continued from 7D

were incorporated, rather
than mostly self-employed
individuals. Nearly 60 per-
cent of the foreign-born
business owners had at least
one paid employee.
Rafael Cruz, regional di-
rector of the Small Business
Development Center in Fort
Lauderdale, said the region's
strong ties to South America

is a major factor. In recent
years, the metro area has
drawn foreign investment
from Brazilians and Cana-
dians, who not only invest
in houses but also in busi-
nesses, he said.
Some people who want to
stay in the country invest in
a business to obtain a visa,
he said.
But foreign owners must
invest a "substantial"
amount, from $500,000 to

$1 million in a U.S. busi-
ness, depending on the visa
program, according to U.S.
Citizenship and Immigra-
tion Services.
People often find that U.S.
businesses are simpler to
open than in their home
country, where ownership is
more restrictive, he said.
Nationwide, the report says
there are 900,000 immi-
grant small business owners
in the United States, 18 per-

cent of the 4.9 million small
business owners overall. The
study defines small business
as those with at least one but
fewer than 100 employees.
The largest number of im-
migrant business owners
is in the professional and
business services sector,
followed by retail, construc-
tion, educational and social
services, and leisure and
hospitality, according to the

Women may sacrifice their earning future

continued from 7D

from being out of the work-
force longer to care for chil-
dren and subsequently less
Social Security to fall back
on, says Financial Finesse
CEO Liz Davidson.
"You put all these factors
together, and we should ac-
tually be ahead of men in
order to even reach parity
in financial security over-
all," she says.
And particularly with in-
vesting where women
widened the gap the most

between 2011 and 2012
- women tend to be risk-
averse, which affects their
financial confidence, says
Pat Seaman, senior director
of National Endowment for
Financial Education.
"That plays into reluc-
tance to make decisions
in investing," she says, be-
cause investing has "proven
to be volatile and a way of
losing a lot of money. Wom-
en are very averse to losing
The survey data show
women are considerably less
likely to be confident their

investments are "allocated
appropriately between cash,
bonds and stocks," with 29
percent of women saying
they were confident vs. 45
percent of men.
But women aren't lag-
ging on everything. Survey
results show them on par
with men when it comes to
retirement planning. Almost
equal numbers of men and
women (more than 90 per-
cent for each) said they par-
ticipate in their companies'
retirement plans or contrib-
ute to an IRA (26 percent
of women and 27 percent

of men).
But why are women back-
sliding overall after showing
improvement in financial lit-
eracy in last year's survey?
"There's a little bit of com-
placency in the fact we're
past the worse of our eco-
nomic troubles," Davidson
says. "Women as caregiv-
ers will do things for their
children and for their fami-
lies that may be costly and
expensive and may be not
even necessary and end up
sacrificing the future, but
in the moment it feels like
the right thing to do."

Drive and buy direct

continued from 7D

of packing and un-
packing our cars
for every event and
thought, how fun
would it be to put our
product in a truck?"
Steffe says.
A truck is a cheap-
er and faster way of
doing business, one
backed by the power
of social media and
the freedom to go to
your customers, rath-
er than waiting for
them to come to you,
says Dave Lavinsky,
founder of Growthink,
a firm that helps en-
trepreneurs start and
grow businesses.
"The mobile retail
option literally saves
hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars," he
Truck owners say
they start profiting
quickly due to a low
initial investment.
Joey Wolffer of The
Styleliner, based in
the Hamptons and
New York City, says
she made a profit her

first summer in busi-
ness, in 2010. It's
those types of vintage
and handmade pieces
most fashion trucks
sell that help keep
shoppers engaged,
owners say.
"When the economy
is the way it is, you
have to give people a
unique way to buy,"
Wolffer says of filling
her mobile boutique
with one-of-a-kind
Customers agree.
"I loved that they
had so many differ-
ent designers that you
just don't find other
places," 32-year-old
Kate Chan says about
The Styleliner, which
she visited when the
truck was in Wash-
ington, D.C., this
'The way of the fu-
Trucks could be-
come more main-
stream as the go-to
business model for
all sorts of entrepre-
neurs, several owners
Michael Gomez is

waiting for approv-
al of his Hairmobile
franchise, hair salon
trucks he hopes to
launch nationwide in
2013. Owners would
pay a franchise fee of
less than $200,000
for a fully outfitted
truck that includes
two salon chairs, two
sinks and the option
for a nail salon area,
designated territory
to do business in their
respective cities, and
customer service and
marketing support.
"Mobile sites are
pretty much the way
of the future to de-
crease overhead and
increase profit for a
small-business own-
er," Gomez says. He
plans to have more
than 2,000 trucks
within 10 years.
When Steffe and
Romo of Le Fashion
Truck saw other retail
trucks pop up in Los
Angeles, they started
the West Coast Mobile
Retail Association,
that sell everything
from kids' clothes to
school supplies.

Early jumps signals growth

continued from 7D

money. State and local
governments employ
19.6 million, down
three percent from
the peak.
The recent jump in
hiring is an early sig-
nal that job growth
may be on the way, at
least in government.
It takes six months to
a year for a boost in
hiring to create a big-
ger workforce.
Private companies
are hiring a little
more, too, up four
percent in the first
four months of 2012

from a year earlier.
The hiring turn-
around has been most
dramatic, starting
last August, in the na-
tion's state and local
governments. These
89,500 cities, park
districts, sewer sys-
tems and other gov-
ernments are a back-
bone of working-class
America, employing
millions of low-profile
truck drivers, health
care aides and mo-
tor vehicle clerks with
decent pay, good ben-
efits and exceptional
job security.
Among those hiring:
California. The

state is opening
homes to care for in-
digent veterans.
Delaware. The
city of Dover is hiring
a trash truck driver, a
mechanic for the sew-
er system and a water
plant operator.
Texas.El Paso
lifted a hiring freeze
this year and is hir-
ing 31.
Florida. The state's
website lists 592 job
openings, including
a bilingual customer
service representative
for Medicaid and a
public relations per-
son to promote Flori-
da citrus.

Black media seeks more power

continued from 7D

to speak to the adver-
tising community and
consumer audience
to raise awareness
and create a sense of
urgency around the
economic opportunity
the Black consumer
segment presents,"
BET Networks, an-
other notable part-
ner, announced in a
press release. "Afri-
can-American media
has the unique ability
to reach the African-
American consumer
base directly and is an
important resource in
identifying and estab-
lishing trends within
the Black community.
The campaign aims

to amplify the value
of engaging African-
Americans through
Black targeted media
and agencies."
"The conversa-
tion surrounding ad-
equate investment in
the strong Black con-
sumer audience from
advertisers and key
stakeholders has been
happening in the in-
dustry for years," said
Debra Lee, chairman/
CEO of BET Networks.
"The campaign brings
together some of the
nation's most influ-
ential media and ad-
vertising companies,
closest to the Black
audience, to develop
a unified strategy to
encourage increased
expenditures in the

consumer market-
place. As a collective,
we are better posi-
tioned to demonstrate
the value of targeting
the Black consumer
audience and part-
nering with leading
brands to help them
Organizations in
this collective in-
clude: TheGrio, BET
Networks, HuffPost
BlackVoices, Inner
City Broadcasting
Company, Steve Har-
vey Radio, The Root,
The Africa Chan-
nel, UniWorld Group,
Johnson Publishing
Company and Vibe
Media, among a to-
tal of 26 participating




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Concern mounts over FAMU's enrollment, graduation rate

By Denise-Marie

Florida A&M Uni-
versity hired Presi-
dent James Ammons
five years ago to turn
around the school
that was struggling
with accreditation
problems and finan-
cial mismanagement.
But academic per-
formance at Florida's
only public, histori-
cally black university
has suffered or re-
mained stagnant in
some key areas under
his leadership, public
records show.
State education
leaders say part of
the problem lies with
a controversial policy
the Ammons adminis-
tration has embraced.
In recent years, FAMU
has opened its doors
to a skyrocketing
number of students
who did not meet the

most basic admis-
sions criteria.
Thousands of stu-
dents enter FAMU
despite being ill-
equipped for the
rigors of university
course work. Only 12
percent of those who
start as freshmen fin-
ish in four years. Only
39 percent graduate
within six. And those
who eventually earn
bachelor's degrees
leave with the high-
est debt load, about
$29,000, of any state
Not only is the low
graduation rate hurt-
ing students' pock-
ets, but the state also
loses money when
students must retake
classes or when they
take additional class-
es after changing ma-
jors because the work
gets too tough.
It is a problem that
has been discussed


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Florida A&M University

with concern in re-
cent years by some
faculty, members of
the university's board
of trustees and State
University Chancellor
Frank Brogan.
SYet over the past sev-
eral years, FAMU has


hiked up its percent-
age of so-called "pro-
file admits," students
whose grades or SAT
scores fell short, who
did not take enough
math in high school
or who failed to meet
other requirements.

Historically, FAMU
has had a much high-
er percentage of pro-
file admits compared
with the state's other
public universities,
most of which limit
these admissions to
less than one per-
cent of undergradu-
ate enrollment. But
last year, more than
half of FAMU's 11,022
undergraduates were
profile admits up
from 14 percent in fall
2006, the year before
Ammons was hired,
Both Ammons
and Solomon Bad-
ger, chairman of the
school's trustees, de-
fended FAMU's pro-
file admits, saying
that the university's
historic mission has
been to provide oppor-
tunities to students
turned away by other
Although the state
sets minimum stan-

State Farm wants another rate hike

It would be sixth

in past two in

a half years

By Julie Patel

State Farm, Florida's third
largest home insurer, is re-
questing a 14.9 percent state-
wide average rate hike due to
changes it wants to make on
home insurance discounts
and deductibles.
The changes include in-
creasing or reinstating some
discounts but overall, they
are projected to increase
rates by a statewide average
of 14.2 percent for homeown-
ers policies, 48.8 percent for
renters and 27.3 percent for
condominium unit owners.

The proposed increase
comes after State Farm re-
ceived rate increases the past
2.5 years of 28 percent, 14
percent, 7 percent, 19 per-
cent and 2 percent, accord-
ing to the insurer's proposal
to regulators. The last major
increase was a 19 percent
statewide average increase in
April 2011.
The proposed 14.2 percent
increase for homeowners in-
cludes a much higher average
rate hike for those who rent
out their homes instead of
live in them: 58 percent. The
Office of Insurance Regula-
tion will hold a rate hearing
on that portion of the rate re-
quest July 25.
Regulators allowed State
Farm Florida to shed 125,000
policies in recent years, which


led the insurer to lose its spot
as the largest private insurer
of homes in Florida. It is the
second largest, with 466,797
home insurance policies, in-
cluding 66,960 in Broward,
Palm Beach and Miami-Dade
counties. Universal Property
& Casualty Insurance in Fort
Lauderdale ,is the largest af-
ter state-backed Citizens

Property Insurance.
A popular discount that
would be reinstated under
State Farm's rate proposal
is the home and automobile
discount, which gives eligible
policyholders a 10 percent
discount on the non-hurri-
cane portion of their home-
owners insurance premiums
if they also have an auto pol-
icy with the insurer.
"That's a positive option for
customers," said State Farm
spokeswoman Michal Con-
nolly. "All of these changes
are to better reflect what's
appropriate for that discount
or option."
The actual rate increase
would depend on what dis-
counts homeowners qualify
for and what deductibles they

Retailers see Fourth of July spending fizzle

By Hadley Malcolm

After 9/11, political
leaders and commen-
tators had a sugges-
tion to boost American
spirits and fuel patrio-
tism: Go shopping.
This Fourth of July,
more Americans are
doing the opposite:
barbecuing instead of
A fifth of Americans,
21 percent, said they
don't plan to celebrate
Independence Day and
those who are plan to
spend less than last
year, according to a
survey released Sun-
day of a little more
than 1,000 people by
That's up from the 18
percent who said they
weren't joining in July
4 festivities last year.
Those who plan to cel-
ebrate are spending an
average of $191 on ev-
erything from travel to
food to fireworks, down
from $216 last year,
the survey shows.
On the other hand,
nearly half of those
celebrating will watch
or light fireworks, ac-
cording to a monthly
consumer survey by
the National Retail
Federation. And close
to 68% of consumers
said they'll host or at-
tend a barbecue, the
most in the nine-year
history of the NRF sur-
Unpatriotic? Or
smart for Americans'
"My hope is that
people have really sort
of changed their pri-
orities," says Jason
Alderman, director of
Visa's financial edu-

Spectators watch the fireworks show on
June 25 in Detroit during the annual Detroit-
Windsor freedom festival.

cation programs. "The
Founding Fathers do
not want us to go into
debt to buy sparklers."
Midwesterners plan
to spend the most at
an average of $211,
while Northeasterners
will spend the least,
an average of $171, the
Visa survey indicates.
Any drop in spend-
ing and celebrating is
most likely due to the
fact the holiday falls
on a Wednesday this
year, consumer psy-
chologist Kit Yarrow
And she adds, "I
don't believe that
Americans have ever
shopped to be 'patri-
otic.' People really
don't look at spending
in a macro sense it's
very individualistic."
"Fourth of July is all
about community, and
that's a white-hot want
right now for many
Americans who feel
increasingly discon-
nected (due to) divisive
politics . and less-
nourishing techno-
fueled relationships,"
consumer psychologist
Kit Yarrow says.
Joe Joyce of White-
fish Bay, Wis., plans to

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celebrate by attending
a community parade
and barbecue that in-
cludes fireworks in the
"The 4th is the best
holiday of the year," he
says. "It is low key, is
always outdoors, and
is a great way to spend
time with families and
Erin Kelley of Phoe-
nix, says she will most
likely have a barbe-
cue with family and

friends, because "with
budgets being tighter
and time off being lim-
ited, casual in-home
celebrations seem like
the way to go."
Fourth of July isn't
considered a consumer
spending holiday, any-
way, says NRF spokes-
woman Kathy Gran-
"The next big test (of
consumer spending)
will be back-to-school,"
she says.

dards for admission to
the university system,
Badger explained,
schools have the au-
thority to consider
other factors, includ-
ing students' special
talents and their so-
cioeconomic status
and family education-
al background.
Badger and other
university officials
pointed out last week
that the rise in profile
admits is likely re-
lated, at least in part,

to tougher state-level
admissions standards
adopted in recent
years and the fact that
students were not la-
beled as profile admits
and tracked before
It makes no sense,
Badger said, to reject
bright students simply
because they do not
do well on college-en-
trance exams or miss
a few foreign-language
credits. "Sometimes,
a student has to have

an opportunity to go
to school," he said.
Some education
leaders, including
members of the Board
of Governors of the
State University Sys-
tem, have sharply
criticized FAMU for
its slipping four-year
graduation rate, low
six-year graduation
rate, faltering fresh-
men-retention rate,
rising number of pro-
file admits and ac-
creditation troubles.





A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on July 12, 2012, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose of authorizing the following:
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning this
item. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15487) City Clerk




Hamptoh Village Apartments, LLC "Hampton Village" is seeking licensed Sec-
tion 3 Certified demolition contractors to provide bids for the demolition of twelve
(12) concrete block buildings located at the SE corner of NW 43rd Terrace and
NW 29th Avenue. Hampton Village is subject to various federal requirements
including the Davis Bacon Act and the regulations set forth in Section 3 (HUD
Act of 1968).

Section 3 requires that job training and employment opportunities be directed
to low- and very-low income persons and contracting opportunities be directed
to businesses that are owned by, or that substantially employ, low- or very-low
income persons.

Section 3 Certified businesses ("Section 3 business concern" as defined in 24
CFR Part 135.5) will be given preference. Among other factors to be consid-
ered include relevant experience, background, trade references and bonding

Quotations and qualifications must be submitted along with proof of compliance
with Section 3 requirements.

To obtain bid information, please email your contact information to Wesley Geys
by July 20, 2012 at 5P to hv@landmarkco.net. Mr. Geys can also be reached by
telephone at (305) 538-9552 x 105.


PLEASE ALL TAKE NOTICE THAT a meeting of the City of Miami Commission
has been scheduled for Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the City of Miami City Hall,
3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, Florida 33133. A private attorney-client ses-
sion will be conducted under the parameters of 286.011(8), F.S. The person
chairing the City of Miami Commission meeting will announce the commence-
ment of an attorney-client session, closed to the public, for purposes of dis-
cussing the pending litigation cases of: In re Wagner Square, LLC, Case No.:,
12-20659-LMI; and In re Wagner Square I, LLC., Case No.: 12-24697-LMI, both
pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida,
in which the City has appeared to protect its interests. This private meeting
will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as the Commis-
sioners' schedules permit) and will conclude approximately one (1) hour later.
The session will be attended by the members of the City Commission: Chair-
man Francis Suarez, Wifredo (Willy) Gort, Marc Sarnoff, Frank Carollo, and
Michelle Spence-Jones; the City Manager, Johnny Martinez; the City Attorney,
Julie O. Bru; Deputy City Attorney, Warren Bittner; and Assistant City Attorneys
Kevin Jones, Ninoshka Reyes, and Robin Jones-Jackson; and outside counsel,
Charles Throckmorton, Esq., and David Samole, Esq. A certified court reporter
will be present to ensure that the session is fully transcribed and the transcript
will be made public upon the conclusion of the above-cited, ongoing litigation.
At the conclusion of the attorney-client session, the regular Commission meet-
ing will be reopened and the person chairing the Commission meeting will an-
nounce the termination of the attorney-client session.

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15489) City Clerk



A public hearing will be held by the City Commission of the City of Miami, Flor-
ida on July 12, 2012, at 9:00 AM at City Hall, located at 3500 Pan American
Drive, Miami, Florida, for the purpose.of authorizing the following:
RENT OF $720,000.00, INCREASING TO $840,000.00 BY LEASE
All interested persons are invited to appear and may be heard concerning this
item. Should any person desire to appeal any decision of the City Commission
with respect to any matter considered at this hearing, that person shall ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including all testimony and
evidence upon which any appeal may be based (F.S.286.0105).

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

Priscilla A. Thompson, CMC
(#15486) City Clerk


Fed: Recession kicked median

household wealth to 1992 level

By Tim Mullaney

Middle-class fami-
lies took the biggest
hit to their net worth
during the crunch be-
cause much of their
wealth was in their
homes, whose values
plunged during the
recession and in its
aftermath, the Fed
report said. Wealthier
families saw a smaller
drop in their incomes,
but nowhere near as
much impact on their
net worth.
Median incomes
among the richest 10
percent of Americans
fell 5.3 percent, com-
pared with 7.7 percent
for all Americans. The
median net worth of
the wealthiest 10 per-
cent actually rose.
The median is the

point where half are
above and half below.
Overall, median
household net worth
slid to 1992 levels af-
ter adjusting for infla-
tion, wiping out the
gains of the late-1990s
Internet boom and the
post-2000 housing
surge, the Fed said.
The impact a given
family felt varied de-
pending on where
they live, how much
they earn and what
kind of investments
they had, said Scott
Hoyt, an economist at
Moody's Analytics.
"Richer people
owned more bonds
that didn't get killed,"
Hoyt said. "For mid-
dle-income house-
holds, their primary
asset is their house,
and the government

stimulus backstopped
incomes at the low
The median family's
net worth dropped
to $77,300 from
$126,400 in 2007, the
Fed said. The wealthi-
est 10 percent of fami-
lies saw their median
net worth rise 1.9 per-
cent to $1.17 million.
Household net
worth peaked at $66
trillion before the re-
cession hit in Decem-
ber 2007 and fell to
$54 trillion in 2008,
according to the Fed.
It was $63 trillion in
the first quarter this
year, but that doesn't
reflect the stock mar-
ket's fall since.
The Fed estimates
Americans lost $7
trillion in home eq-
uity due to a housing

bust that followed a
surge in mortgage de-
faults after 2006.
Movements in the
housing and stock
markets suggest that
middle-class house-
holds probably have
not regained much
of their lost ground
since 2010.
The Standard &
Poor's 500-stock in-
dex is up 4.1 percent
since the end of that
year. Housing prices
have kept declining,
falling 1.9 percent in
the 12 months ended
in March, accord-
ing to the S&P/Case-
Shiller composite in-
As recently as April,
median household in-
comes, adjusted for
inflation, were still 5.9
percent lower than in

June 2009, when the
recession ended, ac-
cording to Sentier
Research, and 8.3
percent lower than in
late 2007.
Incomes improved
in late 2011 but have
begun sliding again
this year, said Gordon
Green, co-founder of
The decline is larger
and more persistent
than in the recovery
from the recession af-
ter 2000, when family
incomes were restored
within 18 months,
Green said.
"Incomes went
down more during
two years of this re-
covery than during
the recession itself,"
he said. "I don't think
we've seen anything
like this."

Freelancers unite with union

MIAMI Roughly
a third of American
workers these days
are freelancers. It's a
rapidly growing indus-
try and now people are
joining forces.
For freelancer Josh-
ua Warren, finding a
steady stream of in-
come wasn't always
"It was very hit or
miss, it was a lot of
word of mouth," ex-
plained Warren.
This is a common
problem for the 42
million independent
workers in this coun-
"We expect that
nu iber to grow year
after year because, es-
sentially, people are
working by putting
together projects and
gigs and jobs," said
Sara Horowitz with
the Freelancers Union.
According to Horow-
itz there are an in-
creasing number of
organizations and web
sites that are offering
perks and resources
to freelancers.
"We want to make
sure that people get
the same kinds of pro-
tections that tradi-
tional employees get,"
she said.
That's why the Free-
lancers Union offers
cost-effective retire-
ment plans, as well as
dental, disability, and
life insurance.
If you're looking for
affordable healthcare,
sites like Elance and
oDesk offer access to
discounted rates.
"They could also go
to their Chamber of

Commerce and see if
there are any kinds
of group plans," said
If you're job search-
ing, a number of sites
advertise freelance
jobs and work to help
you build a profile.
Many, like oDesk, also
have feedback sys-
tems in place.
After each job they'll
get rated based on
skills, quality, dead-
lines, communication,
and cooperation, en-
abling them to build
an online reputation,"
explained oDesk CEO
Gary Swart.
"I started out on
oDesk at $15 an hour
and now it's up to $95
an hour and that is
directly driven by the
demand," said free-
lancer Joshua War-
These sites also act
as virtual workspaces,
complete with things
like time sheets, sta-
tus reports and digital
to-do lists. Some even
make sure you see a
payday. In fact Swart
said, "We guarantee
payment whether we
collect it from the em-
ployer or not."
Other perks include
tax help, networking,
webinars and product
"Everything from
gym memberships to
office supplies to car
rentals. People are
getting 20, 30-percent
off," said Horowitz.
Joshua has been
so successful; he's
turned his one-man
show into a growing


Singer pleads guilty

in income tax case

By James C. McKinley Jr.

Lauryn Hill, the Grammy-winning singer, has
pleaded guilty in New Jersey to charges that she
did not pay income taxes for three years run-
ning, The Associated Press reported. Ms. Hill,
whose solo debut album in 1998 established her
as a major figure in hip-hop and R&B, admitted
in federal court in Newark on Friday that she had
not filed tax returns from 2005 to 2007, a period
during which she earned more than $1.5 million.
She faces a maximum of one year in prison on
each count. Ms. Hill, 37, of South Orange, N.J.,
has kept a low profile since she put out the criti-
cally acclaimed "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" in
1998, focusing instead on raising her six chil-
dren. She did make an appearance at Hot 97's
Summer Jam concert this year.

"It's allowed me not
only to find more cli-
ents, but also to find
employees and con-
tractors that work for
us," said Joshua.

Membership to the
freelancers union is
free. The organization
is actively pushing for
things like unemploy-
ment insurance, pay-

ment protection, and
fair taxation. Web sites
like Desk and Elance
are also free, but take
a portion of the money
that you earn.

THURSDAY, JULY 26 at 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Historic St. Agnes' Episcopal Church

gab 1750 NW 3rd Avenue




BY 2015

Advertisers urged

,%,e n ore Black media

LU ILA L.,. -

Note to marketers. Television advertising is
not postracial.
That's the message that a newly formed con-
sortium of the count's l arrest AfricanAmer-
ican media outlets wants to send to market
ers, who have largely shunned black media in
favor of placing ads on general outlets.
On Monday, BET Networks, Black Enter-
prise, Johnson Publishing (the publisher of
Ebony and Jet magazines), the National As
sociation of Black Owned Broadcasters and
others will join with media-buying agencies to
introduce a campaign intended to educate ad-
vertisers about the importance of black media
and its increasingly deep-pocketed audience.
Called #1nTheBlack (using the Twitter hash
tag), the campaign will begin with print ad-
vertisements in major newspapers (including
The New York Times) and trade magazines
like Broadcasting & Cable and Adweek. It will
expand to a long-term joint effort that includes
social media and direct outreach to marketers
The initiative comes at a time when advertis-
ers have poured money into Spanish-larguage
TV and radio in an effort to reach the grow-
ing Hispanic population. Black audiences.
meanwhile, have largely been overlooked,
despite projected buying power of $1.2 trilli
by 2015, a 35 percent increase from 2008,

according to the Selig Center for Economic
Growth at the University of Georgia.
In part that is because mark
that ads running during sports programs or a
prie-time drama on a mainstream channel
prime-timn e drama ouiens to id
will reach some black consumers, too, said
Debra L. Lee, chief executive at BET Net-
works. "Any well-developed media plan should
include both," Ms. Lee said. "Black media has
a special connection to black audiences."
BET, a unit of Viacom, has had a particu-
larly strong ratings run in recent years, often
beating cable channels like CNN and Bravo.
"The Game," an original series that started
on the CW network and moved to BET, broke
cable sitcom records with 7.7 million viewers
for the premiere of its fourth season in Janu-
ary 2011.
~t the sames time that audience is getting
richer. Black household earnings grew' 63.9
s percent, to $75.000. from 2000 to 2009, ac-
cording to a Nielsen study.
#InTheBlack is the first industrywide effort
e of its kind and is long overdue, said Donald
A. Coleman, chief executive of GlobalHue, a
multicultural advertising agency. 't's getting
to the point of ridiculousness in terms of the
n budget allocated to the African-American au-
clience," Mr. Coleman said.

-New York Times June 25, 2012

TOe fRiami T'imes

900 NW 54th Street Phone: 305-694-6211

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10D THE MIAMI TIMES, JULY 4-10, 2012



CleI's(S I 0t~



101 A Civic Center Area
Two bedrooms starting at
$800 monthly. One bed-
room starting at $725, De-
posit is $500 if you qualify.
Appliances, laundry, FREE
Parking, central air.
Call 786-506-3067
1545 NW 8 Avenue

1150 NW 1 Place
One bedroom, one bath,
$395. 305-642-7080.
1192 NW 65 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath,
$600 monthly. 305-751-3381
1210 NW 2 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath, $350.
Appliances. 305-642-7080.

1212 NW 1 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$400. Appliances.

1229 NW1 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$450. Appliances, free

1231 NW 58 Terrace
First month moves you
in. One bedroom one
bath.$500 monthly. Free 19
inch LCD TV. Call Joel

1241 NW 53 Street
Two bdrm, one bath. $950
monthly. All appliances
included. Free 19 inch LCD
Call Joel 786-355-7578

13150 Aswan Road #4
$825 Monthly! Opa Locka.
Renovated one bedroom,
one bath, appliances in-
cluded, gated. $699 move in.
Section 8 Welcome. 786-229-
1317 NW 2 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath,
$400. 305-642-7080.

1348 NW 1 Avenue
One bdrm., one bath $375

135 NW 18 Street'
First month moves you
in. One bedroom, one
bath. $400 monthly. Two
bedrooms, one bath, $500
monthly. Free 19 inch LDC
TV. Call Joel

140 NW 13 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath
$475. 786-236-1144 or

14100 NW 6 Court
Huge one bdrm, one bath,
with air, in quiet area, $650
monthly. 305-213-5013
1525 NW 1 Place
First month moves you in.
One bdrm, one bath, $400
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call Joel

156 NE 82 Street
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$750 monthly. No deposit.
Section 8 Welcome.
1648 NW 35 Street
two bedrooms, tile floors,
central air. 786 355-5665.
1801 NW 1st Court
First month moves you in.
Two bdrms one bath. $600
monthly. Free 19 inch LCD
TV. Call:
Joel 786-355-7578

1801 NW 2 Court
First month move you in!
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$595 monthly. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Call: Joel 786-355-

186 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath. $450.

1955 NW 2 Court
One bedroom, one bath.
$450. 305-642-7080

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

200 NW 13 Street
One bdrm, one bath $395.
Ms. Shorty 786-290-1438

210 NW 17 Street
One bdrm, one bath $450.
2295 NW 46 Street
One and two bedrooms. Call
Tony 305-213-5013

2416 NW 22 Court
One bedroom, one bath
$595, stove, refrigerator,
central air. free water.

2701 NW 1 Avenue
First month moves you In
One bedroom, one bath.
$500 monthly. All appli-
ances included. Free 19
inch LCD TV
Call Joel 786-355-7578
30 Street 12 Avenue Area
One bedroom, 305-754-7776
3330 NW 48 Terrace
One bdrm, one bath.
$550 monthly. 305-213-5013
415 NW 9 Street
One bdrm., one bath, $445.
Appliances. 305-642-7080
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.
5200 NW 26 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. Free
gift for Section 8 tenants.
$675 moves you in.
Jenny 786-663-8862

595 NE 129 Street
One bedroom, one bath, large
living room. $650 monthly.
621 NW 64 Street
One bedroom, $650, two
bedrooms, $850. Section 8
Welcome. 786-444-6002.
8261 NE 3 Avenue
One bedroom, one bath.
$550 monthly. All applianc-
es included. Free 19 inch
LCD TV. Joel 786-355-7578
8475 NE 2 Avenue
One and two bdrms. Section
8 OK. 305-754-7776
Move in with first morth 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

1503 NW 207 Street #140
Two bdrm, two bath, remod-
eled. $950 mthly.
191 Street NW 35 Avenue
Four bedrooms, Section 8
Welcome. 305-754-7776.
20600 NW 7 Avenue #202
One bdrm, one bath, central
air, gated. Call 770-598-8974.
20922 NW 39 Avenue
Four bdrms., two baths town-
house, small fenced yard,
pets ok, new central air con-
ditioning, $1100 per month,
$3,000 to move in, call 305-
3901 NW 207 St Rd
Three bdrms., one bath town-
house, new central air con-
ditioning, pets ok, $900 per
month, $2,500 to move in,
call 305-975-0840.
Three bedrooms units. Rudy
4512 NW 191 Terrace


1226 NW 1 Avenue
Two bdrms, one bath. $450.
1291 NW 57 Street
Two bdrms, one bath, tiled,
appliances included. Section
8 ok. Available July 1.
1412 NW 55 Street
One bedroom, air, bars, $600
mthly. 305-335-4522
14870 NE 16 Avenue
Two bedroom, one bath, cen-
tral air, washer and dryer.
$1000 monthly, first ,last and
security. 786-303-8496
15721 NW 38 COURT
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Section 8. $1,400 monthly.
15831 NW 38 Court
Two bedrooms, one bath,
water and appliances includ-
ed, near two colleges. $900
2286 N.W. 46 Street
Three bdrm., one bath, air,
water, $850, 305-213-5013.

2375 NW 97 Street #B
One bedroom, $600 monthly,
first, last and security.
2524 NW 80 Street
Three bedrooms, one bath,
air condition, stove, refrig-
erator, bars. $875 monthly,
$2625 to move in.
3190 NW 135 Street
One bedroom, one bath. Re-
modeled. Section 8 ok. $675
monthly. Water included. 305-
975-0711 or 786-853-6292.
5130 NW 8 Avenue
Four bedrooms, one bath.
$1100 monthly. Central air,
all appliances included. Call
Joel 786-355-7578.
540 NW 60 Street
Three bdrms, two baths, cen-
tral air, $1100 monthly plus
$900 security. 305-301-1993
6025 NW 24 Court
One bedroom, one bath,
$600, appliances.

68 NW 45 Street
Two bdrms, one bath. $695.
745 NW 107 Street
Two bedrooms, very clean.
$895 monthly. 786-306-4839.
920 NW 55 Terrace
Two bedrooms, one bath.
$850 monthly. 305-219-2571
97 NE 59 Terrace
Brand new apt., three bdrms,
two baths with marble kitch-
en, $1395. Section 8 wel-
come. 305-318-8861 and
9956 NW 25 Avenue
Three bedrooms, two baths,
$1300 per month, Section 8
okay, call 305-652-9393.
Two bedrooms, one bath,
near all facilities, free water.
$900 monthly. Security
required. 305-493-9635

L Efficiencies

1814 NW 2 Court
Efficiency, one bath Ap-
pliances, free water and
electric. $375 monthly.
1865 N.W. 45th St Rear
$145 wkly utilities included,
$700 move in. 305-525-0619.
2106 NW 70 Street
Furnished, no utilities, $700
to move in, $650 monthly.
467 NW 8 Street
Efficiency, one bath, $395.
Appliances, free water.

6715-B NW 5 Court
Air, bath, appliances with
utilities. Rent $530 per month
with lease. Security deposit
$800. Call Paul Joseph:
6741 N.W. 6th Court
Water and lights included.
Reduced! Private entrance,
cable, air. Call 305-758-6013
Furnished Rooms
1010 NW 180 Terrace
Free cable, air, appliances
and use of kitchen.
1120 NW 58 Street
Two rooms in a private home.
$150 weekly or $300 bi week-
ly. Deposit $450.
1541 NW 69 Terrace
Clean room, $350 a month.
Call 305-479-3632.
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.
2106 NW 70 Street
$95 weekly. 305-836-8262
2315 NW 81 Street
Two small rooms, $250 to
$350 monthly, $200 deposit,
air, free cable, phone. Free
washer and dryer.
335 NW 203 Terrace
Gated community, refrigera-
tor, microwave, TV, free ca-
ble, air and private bath. Call
342 NW 11 Street
Monthly $400.
Call 786-506-3067

6835 NW 15 Avenue
$100 weekly, $200 to move
in, air and utilities included.
Call 786-277-2693
83 Street NW 18 Avenue
Clean room. 305-754-7776
Clean room, side entry, patio,
air, 305-688-0187.
Nice quiet room, near bus ter-
minal. Call 305-766-2055.
Free cable and air


Rooms with home privileges.
Prices range from $110 to
$125 weekly. Male preferred.
Private entrance. Call 954-
854-8154, 305-384-8421.
2170 Washington Avenue
Clean rooms, $90-110
weekly, $476 monthly.
12950 W. Golf Drive
Three bedrooms, two baths.
Central heat and air and
fenced in yard. $1400 mthly,
$800 Security. 305-301-1993
15750 NW 18 Avenue
Updated five bedrooms, two
baths, tiled, central air, $1725
monthly, 305-662-5505.
15941 NW 17 Court
Three bedrooms, one bath.
$1300 monthly. Section 8
okay. Call 305-652-9393.
1930 NW 114 Street
Three huge bedrooms, two
bath, extra room with washer/
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When you have to eat crow
Sometimes in this sports cause we know it all. So as the
writing business, us media NBA World Champion Miami
types are forced to "eat crow". Heat continue on their national
What that means is sometimes "I Told U So" tour, I guess now
we say "no way a player or is as good time a time as any to
team wins", or admit being wrong about one
"this just can't happen" be- aspect of this championship

team and Head Coach Erik
Spoelstra. First of all many of
us thought that Pat Riley him-
self should at least come down
from the front office and coach
this team, with his protege sit-
ting right next to him on the
bench. We all insisted this
team needed a veteran coach,
someone the players would
respect and looking at young
Spo with his "aw shucks" de-
meanor I just did not see that
happening here. I blamed Spo
partially a year ago when most
folks said he was outcoached
by veteran Rick Carlisle in the

finals loss to Dallas. We ques-
tioned the Heat coach at every
turn and at every opportunity,
if they failed to execute down
the stretch it was Spo's fault.
Too much one on one hero
ball? Why that was the coach's
fault? We were all circling like
vulture's when Dwyane Wade
blew up on his coach on the
sideline during the Indiana
series, "See, told ya they don't
respect him, they would'nt do
that to Riley" we wrote. When
the Heat were on the verge
of elimination in the East-
ern Conference Final against

Boston down 3 games to 2, I
was preparing to cover coach
Spo's departure speech, be-
cause certainly this team ap-
peared to be coming up short
yet again. Sure it was a heroic
performance by Lebron James
that saved the day but let's
all give Coach Spo some well
deserved love here. He never
faltered, he never let go of the
rope (one of his favorite lines),
he kept pushing his guys,
imploring them to finish the
OKC Thunder and they did.
Now Miami Heat Coach Erik
Spoelstra is tied for the most

playoff wins in team history
with his mentor Pat Riley at
34 and even more importantly
he owns a championship ring
that says Miami Heat on -it,
just like his mentor Riley. So
congrats to coach Spo, sure
you will have some guys who
insist that you are supposed
to win with that group, don't
count us among them. You
fought hard for this one, you
deserve the credit like ev-
eryone else, you proved this
writer and a whole lot of other
folks wrong. Yes you can, and
yes you did. congrats Champ.

Overtown youth compete in basketball

By Eric Ikpe
Miami Times writer

Culmer had a target on
their back after winning the
3-on-3 Basketball tourna-
ment in April. This time
around Associated Grocers
took the prize possession by
defeating the reigning cham-
pions this past Saturday at
Overtown Youth Center. But
the real purpose of the event
was to raise funds for deserv-
ing youth to win scholarships.
Unlike the previous tourna-
ment in April, Community Ac-
tion Human Services Depart-
ment (CAHSD) decided to have
youth kids play for bragging
rights and a trophy along with
a certificate to each individual
who participated. "The kids
heard about the tournament
and wanted to play, so we
allowed them to play without
being charged any admission
fee," Staff member Chamarr
West said. "Just to see every-
body have fun-along with re-
ceiving a scholarship is great
for the community." Eight
teams participated in the
tournament, but only one can
be crown king of the court-
and that was the "Heat" who

Tarvoris Innocent, Brenton Ferguson, Vermaine Smith, Vondell
Owens, Rashad Thomas and Voshua Fogler.

routed out 5 competitors to
win the crown prize. The
proceeds that were obtained
went towards the Miami-Dade
community action and hu-
man services department's
Culmer/Overtown commu-
nity advisory committee's
(CAC) scholarship fund. "We
exceeded our expectations
by doubling what we've done
previously," said Jean Fincher

one of the fundraiser plan-
ners. "It's a great feeling to
know that you're able to give
out more than one scholar-
ship to- deserving kids in the
community." For the champi-
onship match-up in the adult
bracket, instead of running
a 3-on-3 match-up-Cul-
mer and Associated grocers
decided to run a full court
game. "Since associated gro-

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HIGH HOPES: Overtown's basketball honchos went all out for the trophy in last weekend's
three-on-three annual tournament.

cers had two teams, and Cul-
mer had two teams...we just
decided to have each team
join together for the champi-
onship," said Chamarr. "The
turnout was great, and we'll
continue to have events like
this, and to bring the com-
munity together." The goals
for next year are even higher

and Fincher believes it can
happen. "We want to be able
to give out [fifteen] scholar-
ships, and to raise more
money," he said. "I believe
we'll also get more sponsors
and to continue to give out
scholarships." By this event
being a success, the staff at
Overtown will continue to set

out for more events and more
communities to get involved.
"I don't just want Overtown to
get involved, I want to eventu-
ally have Booker T, Liberty
City and other communities
get involved. Chamarr said. "I
think we can make it happen,
if we continue to push and
challenge ourselves."

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Miami Times writer

WNBA player and standout
player for the University of Mi-
ami, Tamara James showed
her heart for service Saturday
morning at her annual health
fair. The event was held at the
City of Hollywood's Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Community
Center and drew out a volu-
minous crowd for its sixth
"I am glad that the com-
munity showed up. It's hard
to get people to come out,"
James said.
Despite having her first
child six months ago, James
is already preparing for an-
other season in Israel with
the Maccabi Ashdod team. Ta-
mara's global renown hasn't
displaced her commitment
to the Hollywood community
she grew up in. She had no
problem rolling up her sleeves
to conduct summer basketball
clinics, or playing in her ce-
lebrity basketball tournament
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"I was always taught that
you have a responsibility to be
a blessing to others when God
blesses you," James said.
The halls of the recreation
community center echoed
with the cheers and chatter
of children participating in
James' basketball clinics and
tournaments. On the site,
vision screenings, diabetic
screenings and rapid HIV

testing was available.
James' foundation col-
laborated with the City of
Hollywood, the University of
Miami, Florida State Universi-
ty and the University of North
Florida to make the clinics
and tournament bigger than
previous years. Each univer-
sity had a representative who
participated in the clinics.
The event emphasized the

importance of education and
health awareness.
According to the center's
recreation coordinator, Rich-
ard Walker, the event served
Sas a medium to dispel the
belief that the black commu-
Snity is not health conscious
and provided James, with the
opportunity to give back.
"I think this event allows
people to know that we are
concerned about our health.
We proved that we have a
focus on our health. Those
Swho thought that we wouldn't
come out today were proved
Wrongg" Walker said.
James' over-all message
that she wanted to deliver to
the children and families in
attendance at the event was a
simple call to action summed
up in a simple question. "Got
"Got heart? It's a really
simple message. Is your heart
healthy? Do you have the
heart to work towards your
goal? Continue to do it. It's a
struggle and it's a battle, but
the reward is greater," James

Michael Jordan's son arrested A-0

By Scott Gleeson

Yes, he's smiling in his jail
mug shot.
Perhaps that's why Cen-
tral Florida basketball player
Marcus Jordan was described
as "very animated, intoxi-
cated and uncooperative" by
police when he was arrested
in Omaha early Sunday fol-
lowing a disturbance outside
a downtown hotel.

According to a news release,
police responding to a call at
the Embassy Suites found ho-
tel security trying to subdue
Jordan, who was having an
argument with two women
in the hotel driveway at 2:11
Marcus, the youngest son
of retired NBA great Michael
Jordan, is a rising senior at
Central Florida and averaged
13.7 points a game last sea-

son as a junior. Jordan's old-
est son, Jeff, was on the UCF
team after transferring from
Illinois but left for "personal
reasons" in January.
Jordan was booked at the
Douglas County Department
of Corrections for resisting ar-
rest, disorderly conduct and
obstructing. He had been re-
leased by Sunday night.
It's unclear if father Michael
was there to bail his son out.

Serena Williams moves

on, with room to improve

By Douglas Robson

- Serena Williams has her
methods of putting painful
losses in the past.
"I definitely play my way out
of it," Williams said Monday
at Wimbledon, where she
escaped another tight contest
to beat 65th-ranked wild card
Yaroslava Shvedova of Ka-
zakhstan 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.
Anything, she added, "so
I don't have to suffer that
That, of course, was her
shocking first-round exit at
the French Open to 111th-
ranked Virginie Razzano. It
was the 30-year-old Ameri-
can's first opening-round loss
at a major in 47 appearances.
It wasn't only that she lost.
It was the way she lost -
leading by a set and 5-1 in the
second-set tiebreaker before
coming undone 4-6, 7-6 (7-5),
Williams, a 13-time Grand
Slam tournament champion
who is seeded sixth this year
at the All England Club, sug-
gested Monday the psychologi-

cal toll lingered.
"I think it has spillover ef-
fect, and I need to get over
that," she said. "I was really
upset, and I've just got to
move on. So that's what I'm
working on."
While she has gutted out
some tough wins in her past
two matches, Williams will
have to lift her play if she
expects to expunge the taste
of Roland Garros and collect a
fifth Wimbledon crown.
In the women's quarter-
finals Tuesday, she faces
defending champion Petra
Kvitova of the Czech Republic
in a blockbuster matchup -
a contest that took on more
import when No. 1 seed Maria
Sharapova bowed out Monday.
Kvitova rallied from a set
and a break down to beat
2010 French Open champion
Francesca Schiavone of Italy
4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
"I think it will be a huge
match for both of us," said
Kvitova, who's seeded No. 4.
Evidence that her defeat in
Paris hasn't been overcome
has shown up in Williams'


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