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By Wayne Parham At the invitation of the Maricopa County NAACP, Roslyn Brock, chairman of the National Board of Directors for the NAACP, will be the keynote speaker at the local chapter’s Freedom Fund Dinner. The annual event, to be held this year on Friday, April 16 at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 122 North Second Street, is a gathering that honors the accomplishments of outstanding Black Women. Brock made history in February when she became the youngest ever and fourth woman to serve as chairman of the National Board of Directors. Over the past 25 years, Brock has served the NAACP in several leadership roles. She is a Diamond Life Member of NAACP and joined the group as a freshman at Virginia Union University where she was elected president of the youth and college division from the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2005, Brock created the Leadership 500 Summit with several other young adult members of the NAACP. The Summit’s goal is to recruit, train and retain a new generation of civil rights leaders aged 30 – 50 to the NAACP. Since its inception, Leadership 500 has contributed more than $650,000 to the NAACP National Treasury to support 2009 Centennial activities. Brock graduated magna cum laude from Virginia Union

Romonia Dixon (center), surrounded by nine other candidates, celebrate her selection as East Valley Boys ARNE WILLIAMS/AZI PHOTO and Girls Club Youth of the Year at a gala banquet last week.

Roslyn M. Brock University; earned a master's degree in health services administration from George Washington University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Theology at Virginia Union University. Brock says her goal in life is embodied in an African proverb, "Care more than others think is wise, risk more than others think is safe, dream more than others think is practical and expect more than others think is possible." For ticket and information about the April 16 event contact Lanette Campbell at 602-5500034, or the NAACP branch office at 602-252-4064, maricopanaacp



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TEEN RECEIVES $20,000 SCHOLARSHIP FOR ASU EDUCATION By ArnE Williams Tempe High School senior Romonia Dixon has just been selected as the East Valley Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley. Dixon won a $20,000 scholarship on behalf of the Victoria Lund Foundation, a long time supporter of the Boys & Girls

Clubs of the East Valley. She will receive $5,000 a year for four years through the fund. Dixon was among nine East Valley candidates competing for the East Valley Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year title. Dixon is on her way to graduating third in her class. She has been a member of the Boys &

Girls Club for more than four years. She is also the captain of her varsity basketball team, a member of the National Honor Society, Stand and Serve (a peer leadership group), Student Council, Black Student Union, Math Team, D. E. C. A. and a meditation group at school. See YOUTH OF YEAR, Page 2

Sigma’s Honor Local Heroes At 60th Regional Conference By Floyd Alvin Galloway They have toiled in the soil for many years and continue to make an impact on their community. The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity honored seven individuals for their service to the community during the organizations 60th western regional delegate conference held in Phoenix. According to Raphael Forbes, western regional director, “the 60th Hon. Brother Oscar Morgan gala is a time honored tradition that allows our region to recognize those who are “Changing Lives Through Service.” This gala is highlighting some of Phoenix’s most distinguished public servants.” Award recipients in education were Dr. C.T. Wright of the Light Hope Institute and Christian Teaching Wisdom; social action Jesse Ary, former Arizona Board of Education


Awardees Lt. Col (Ret.) Asa Herring, Jesse Ary and Junius Bowman

member and Dr. Warren H. Stewart Sr., pastor of First Institutional Baptist Church; business recipient Junius Bowman, former president and CEO of the Phoenix Urban League; outstanding service awardees- Lt. Col. (ret.) Asa Herring of Tuskegee Airman and Aretha Scott-Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. The longevity award went to 95-year-old

retired educator Etta McCaskill Booth. The national organization was founded in 1914 on the campus of Howard University. The regional mission of the organization is to become the leading proactive community service organization focusing on issues and strategies that positively impact young males and the community.





Heroes, Former POWs Here For Local Vets On Sunday, March 21, AZOIC (Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center) host a “Meet and Greet the Iraq Ex-POWs.” The event is a fundraiser to support its Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. Former Prisoner of War Shoshana Johnson will be present to discuss and sign her newly released book “I’m Still Standing.” (see page 7 this issue) Joining her will be former Prisoners of War Jessica Lynch, Joseph Hudson, and Patrick Miller. The event will take place at DAV Post 20, 8447 N. 61 Avenue from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The public is invited and asked to come out, meet some of our recent POWs and some of our local heroes also. So many of our returning Veterans are homeless today and this event will help OIC’s Homeless Reintegration Program help them to help themselves. Former Prisoner of War Shoshana Johnson, a second generation veteran, was the first black female prisoner of war in the mil-

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Shoshana Johnson, Patrick Miller, Joseph Hudson and James Riley, shown here in Associated Press photos shortly after rescue and returning from a doomed mission, will be in Phoenix next week. itary history of the United States. Her unit was ambushed in Nasiriah at the start of the war in Iraq. During a gunfight that led to her capture she suffered bullet wounds to both of her ankles. We will always remember her along with her comrades that we saw on Iraqi TV back in 2003. They were held prisoner in Iraq for 22 days. PFC Jessica Lynch was rescued separately in an operation seen throughout the U.S. and worldwide. She has undergone numerous operations for her injuries. SPC Joseph Hudson was shot

three times during the ambush but survived. SGT Patrick Miller valiantly tried to rescue the convoy by shooting down eight Iraqis and destroying a mortar unit trying to launch missiles into the disabled convoy. Shoshana credits Patrick Miller for her survival. Tickets for the Suncay event may be purchased at AZOIC 39 E. Jackson or call or email Carmen Gomez at AZOIC, 602254-5081, Carmen Gomez Tables for six may also be reserved. The former POWs will be in Phoenix March 21-23 to partici-

pate in ceremonies honoring their comrade and best friend Lori Ann Piestewa who died as a result of the ambush. An enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe, she was the first American Indian woman to give her life for our country in overseas battle. Events for the remaining days of their visit include a March 22 reception and dinner at the Elks Lodge #335 14424 North 32nd Street in Phoenix (5 – 8 p.m.). On March 23 there will be a sunrise memorial at Piestewa Peak, Apache Ramada (6:30 a.m.).

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Her family was split up several times just so each person could have a warm place to lay their head for the night. There were times when shelters were full and the sidewalk was their resting place. That is why giving back to her community has become very important to Dixon. She has turned each of her life’s setbacks into motivation to succeed in life. Her story is inspiring to other young girls as she takes every opportunity she has to teach them about the importance of being a responsible, caring and productive member of society. She is part of a “Read to Me” volunteer program for kids at a homeless shelter she once called home. She also organizes canned food drives and makes sure the park next to her Boys & Girls Club is clean. Romonia will attend Arizona State University where she has already been accepted into the Barrett Honors College and has

also been accepted into the professional program at the W.P. Carey School of Business. She wants to obtain a Masters in International Retail Management and Marketing and open up her own business some day. Dixon will go on to compete against other Boys & Girls Club members at the state level. The State Youth of the Year Legislative Breakfast presented by Fiesta Bowl will be held Tuesday, April 13 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. If Dixon wins at the state level, she could potentially advance to Washington, D.C., in the fall to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year receives an additional $15,000 Reader’s Digest scholarship and is installed by President Obama in an Oval Office ceremony. The East Valley competition was presented by Brock Auto Supply and other sponsors.

Cont’d. from Page 1 Candidates were selected from each of the organization’s branches, they include the following: • Ladmo Branch – Tempe Romonia Dixon, 17 • Grant Woods Branch – Mesa Araly Duran, 17 • Gila River Branch - Sacaton Desiree Santos, 17 • Compadre Branch – Chandler Gustavo Garcia, 18 • Gilbert Branch Tiffany Shepard, 17 • Gila River Branch - Komatke Marysa Lewis, 17 • Queen Creek Branch Chandler Buffington, 15 • North Tempe Branch Tye Youngs, 16 • Apache Junction Branch Jenniffer Abrahamsen, 18 Aside from the $20,000 Victoria Lund Education fund, Dixon was also awarded a laptop,

Romonia Dixon a $600 scholarship from Maricopa Community Colleges, $500 from the Tempe Diablos and a $1,000 scholarship through the Joe Henderson Memorial Fund, a former member of the Chandler Compadres. The remaining nine candidates also received about $2,000 in scholarship money each. For much of Dixon’s life, her family moved from city-to-city and homeless shelter-to-shelter.


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Theater “It’s Always Sunny in Phoenix” presented by Class 6 Theatre, 12:10 p.m. at Herberger Theater, 222 East Monroe, Performance Outreach Theater. For tickets call 602-254-7399 x104 or online To order lunch call Coffea Café, 602-373-6570. Lunch must be ordered before 9 a.m. the day of the show.

WED 17 “How to Do Business

with the Phoenix Union High School District” 4:30 p.m. work-

shop hosted in the South Mountain High School Auditorium 5401 S. 7th St, Phoenix. To RSVP for the workshop call 602-7641572 or email rsvp1@nxthorizon. com by March 16. For a copy PDF copy of the information flyer, please go to: on the Web.

THU 18 The Herberger Theater Center 20th anniversary Founders Celebration. Richard Mallery will be inducted into the Herberger Performing & Broadcast Arts Hall of Fame The event will also recognize the original founders of the Herberger Theater with a luncheon held on Center Stage and

performance by SCAN Originals. For information or tickets visit or call 602-254-7399 x105. Arizona Press Women present standup comedienne and awardwinning writer Jodi Weisberg of Phoenix. Free and open to the public from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the private room of Café Carumba, 7303 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale. Reservations are requested by March 16 to or 480-778-8776.

FRI 19 Brown Bag Series How Air Quality Enforcement Penalties

are Calculated. Noon at the Maricopa County Air Quality Department office, 1001 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 9th floor classroom. Free and open to the public but RSVP requested to Ombudsman Dennis Dickerson by phone 602-506-1813 or e-mail: Brown Bag Series Diversity Initiatives in the United States Navy, noon at the Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W. Washington St. Commander Darryl Toppin, commanding officer of Naval Recruiting District Phoenix, will be discussing the importance of diversity in building

a stronger Navy. No reservation needed. For information, call 602495-3737, 602-534-1557/TTY or visit

SAT 20 Annual Black Youth Recognition Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Arizona State University in the Memorial Union 2nd floor. For information or registration contact Khameelah Shabazz at 602-243-5483 email: Email Community Calendar Information to



Reducing The Black Male Dropout Rate Boys don’t drop out in the 12th grade. They physically drop out in the ninth grade, but they emotionally and academically drop out in the fourth grade. That observation is made early by Jawanza Kunjufu, a noted educator, public speaker and publisher, in his new book, Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate (African American Images, Chicago, 708/6724909) He issues this challenge to readers: “Visit a kindergarten class and observe Black boys in action. They’re eager, they sit in the front, they’re on task. They love learning.” But something happens by the time they reach the ninth grade. Kunjufu says approximately 100,000 African-American males drop out of high school each year; in some urban areas the black male rate approaches 70 percent. Even a high school dropout can calculate that rate amounts to 1 million Black males over 10 years. That 10-year figure is larger than the total population of Detroit, Atlanta, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boston, Charlotte, Denver, Baltimore, Memphis or New Orleans. In his book, Kunjufu provides a lesson plan for reducing the horrendous Black drop-out rate. The turnaround must begin in the home. He notes that schools have students only 9 percent of the time from infancy to 18 years of age. Parents, on the other hand, have students far more longer and must do a far better job of creating the right intellectual atmosphere at home. “Parents, I’d like for you to do an inventory of your home,” Kunjufu writes. “Count the number of books you have vs. the number of CDs and DVDs. That will, in part, explain your child’s academic performance.” He adds, “What you have in your house determines the kind of student that comes out of your house.” Parents should also take firm control of their homes. The author scoffs at the idea of a child telling parents paying rent or a mortgage: “You have no right to go into my room.”

GEORGE E. CURRY NNPA COLUMNIST Parents not only have the right to go anywhere in their house, they should also exercise the right to inspect their child’s room at anytime. They should also listen to their children’s music and check out their friends. “Parents, if you don’t do anything else, you need to know your children’s friends. You can tell an awful lot about your child by his selection of friends. Many parents believe their sons are angels. You need to observe your son’s friends in action. Invite them over to your house. Meet the parents of your son’s friends. Why is this so important? Because the peer group is the number one influence on African American males.” Because of that influence, parents should know where their children are during the crucial hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., when children are most likely to get into trouble. Poor parents should not expect their children’s performance levels to be lower than those from rich families. “Wealthy parents don’t have smarter kids than the poor and working poor, than Blacks or Latinos, but what they perhaps do better is insist that the school do its job better no matter what it takes,” Kunjufu believes. He notes that because African Americans suffer from PTSD – Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder – it is crucial that Black males be exposed to culturally-relevant learning materials. Another suggestion is better recognition of academic achievement.

“If you have an assembly program of 500 students but are giving out two awards, there’s a very good chance that AfricanAmerican males will call those two students nerds,” Kunjufu explains. “A more effective assembly program would honor many students. If a student moves from a D to a C, he should receive an award. If he moves from a C to an A, he receives two awards. In this way, it is very possible that all 500 students will receive an award and just maybe the students will buy into academic achievement.” Educators should not buy into the notion of social promotions, the act of promoting non-achieving students to the next grade. “I acknowledge the pain students must endure when they are held back,” Kunjufu says. “But the pain is even greater when, in the ninth grade, they are trying to get through the school day with a fourth-grade reading level.” Churches and community groups also have a role to play in reducing the drop-out rate. “The most important institution in the African American community is the church, and there are 85,000 African American churches,” the author writes. “The One Church, One School program created the concept that churches should sponsor or adopt schools in their community. Can you imagine if each of the 85,000 churches adopted a school? There are some 15,000 elementary and high schools in Black America, which means there would be five to six churches for one school! That’s a winning combination for our children.” In his book, Kunjufu Jawanza has given us the winning formula for halting the Black male dropout rate. The sooner his book is read and his ideas are implemented, the sooner we change the destination of thousands of Black males from prison to educated and productive lives. George E. Curry is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site,


WILL LOBBIES FIGHT FIRST LADY ON OBESITY? Michelle Obama has now challenged Americans to deal with the problem of obesity in children. Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Nearly one-third of U.S. children are now overweight or obese; nearly one in three will eventually suffer from diabetes. In the AfricanAmerican and Latino communities, the proportion is almost one in two. This is, the first lady said, possibly "an even greater threat to America's health than smoking" with staggering costs. A recent study put the health care cost of obesity-related diseases at $147 billion a year. Obesity is now one of the most common disqualifications from military service. Michelle Obama has made this her centerpiece initiative, called Let's Move. She is sensibly focusing on the conditions that lead children to eat bad food and to not exercise. "Our kids did not do this to themselves," she said. "Our kids don't decide what's served to them at school or whether there's time for gym classes or recess. Our kids don't choose to make food products with tons of sugar and sodium in super-sized portions, and then to have those products marketed to them everywhere they turn." So, the first lady has put the focus on changing school lunches, altering the fast-food environment (like shutting down the junk-food machines outside the school cafeteria door), educating parents, providing access to affordable healthy food and encouraging exercise. Her initiative combines both personal responsibility and public action. She wants clear labeling to help parents understand what is in the food that they buy. She's enlisted athletes for public service ads and promotional events to encourage exercise. The president has convened a national task force to coordinate changes in everything from our national


BY REV. JESSE JACKSON food programs to the nutritional materials given out to our citizens. The first lady wants to make this a campaign, one that might challenge all of us to change our habits, while creating institutional supports for the change.

The first lady will face powerful corporate lobbies that make money from peddling junk food. She'll be attacked for being an elitist for presuming to tell us how to eat and exercise. She'll be criticized for talking about eating right, when many folks are struggling just to eat at all. This is just common sense. For all the focus on getting a sensible health care plan in place, the even greater priority is creating good health-care habits. Childhood habits are the most important, and our children now are increasingly at risk. Sensible eating, regular exercise, drinking lots of water -- this common sense too often is ignored by all of us. You dig your grave with your teeth, goes the old saying, and too many folks don't drink enough water. Michelle Obama is right to get athletes engaged in teaching our young. She might want to enlist some "afterletes," too, the retired champions who have let themselves swell up, shortening their life expectancy. See Junk Food Lobbies, Pg. 5

COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR COMMUNITY CALENDAR TUCSON - Celebration of 130 years of trains in Tucson, 11 a.m. at the downtown train depot. Local Buffalo Soldiers and others will participate. People are encouraged to wear clothes of that period. Central District Women’s Department Scholarship Walk-aThon to raise scholarship funds. Begins 7:30 a.m. at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. Scheduled to end at about noon. For information contact: Sis. Freddie Campbell, 602626.5096 or 602-748-8595 or Sis. Carolyn Ross, 602-290-4585.

Black Family Genealogy & History Society will meet at the Roosevelt Community Technology Center, 6029 South 7th Street in Phoenix. 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests welcome. For more information go to

SUN 21 Pay tribute to Iraq ExPOWs 5 – 10 p.m. at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Post #20, located at 8447 North 61st Avenue, Glendale. Good food, a no-host bar, silent auction, music and more. Sponsored by AzOIC, (Arizona Opportunities Industrialization Center). Tickets may be purchased at AZOIC, 39

E. Jackson St., Phoenix. For information contact Carmen Gonzales at (602) 254-5081 or e-mail

FRI 26 The Arizona Black Film Showcase is set to take place in Tempe. This premier event is dedicated to celebrating and promoting the dynamic works of AfricanAmerican filmmakers and filmmakers whose works embrace the Black cultural experience on a national and international level. For information: or email or Through March 28

SAT 27 St. Luke’s Medical

Center 37th Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Health Fair. Activities include: Easter Egg Hunt, bouncy playhouse, games and prizes, free health screenings, community resources and health information for families and a visit from the Easter bunny. On the south lawn of the St. Luke’s Medical Center campus at 1800 E. Van Buren Street in Phoenix, from 9 a.m. – noon. NABVETS Chapter 0044 March meeting 11 a.m. at Victory High School, 1650 West Southern Avenue in Phoenix.

SUN 28 American Legion Post

65, 1624 E. Broadway invites the public to support its annual Scholarship Jazz Concert from 3 to 7 p.m. Proceeds help students from junior high school to college receive a good education. Please stop for an afternoon of good music, socializing for our youth.

WED 31 An evening with critically acclaim film director Spike Lee hosted by The University of Arizona. 7p.m. at Centennial Hall. Some of Lee’s film credits include: Malcolm X, She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, School Daze, to name a few. For ticket information visit




Fry’s Food Stores Honors Sistas Of AZ, Worthy Institute In Giving Hope A Hand Program By Deborah René Fry’s Food Stores, headquartered in Tolleson, named Sistas of AZ a 2010 recipient of its Giving Hope a Hand campaign this year and also provided a $5,000 award to help support Sistas of AZ’s Pink 365 Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Fry’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Fry’s Manager of Consumer Relations Pam Giannonatti expressed the supportive dedication Fry’s associates have for one another and their community customers. While the country desperately seeks solutions regarding the healthcare crisis; local organizations such as Sistas of AZ and the Worthy Institute keep moving with grace, determination, and much needed support to provide healthcare information to the community. Valley businesses and organizations, in addition to Fry’s, that have provided Sistas of AZ support for healthy communities; including ADHS, Maricopa County Well Woman Check, Susan G. Komen, Assured Imaging.

Tina Brown Sistas of AZ Executive Director Tina Brown along with Rasheda Worthy, CEO of The

Worthy Institute agree that more work is ahead as community collaborative efforts address health care needs. A multicultural movement to provide informative health care resources continues as Sistas of AZ completes its 8th year. Brown recalled when friend and Sistas member, Tysha Hill encouraged her to keep the community informed, particularly regarding breast health care. Unfortunately Tysha Hill lost her battle with


breast cancer, but Brown, Worthy and other members of Sistas of AZ never forgot Tysha’s request to keep fighting the battle. Sistas of AZ now keeps the community informed 365 days with their Pink 365 Campaign. “There were 700 screenings we were able to provide to those without insurance or underinsured during 2009,” said Brown. Tina Brown has been on the front lines often with limited volunteers informing people about health care

services, particularly those uninsured or underinsured. Through last year’s process and additional Pap smear screenings provided to the community, Brown found that there is also an ongoing need of cervical cancer resources. On March 20 there will be a mammography screening event at First New Life Missionary

Baptist Church and on March 27 a free breast cancer screening will take place at Matthew Henson/Hope VI. Several screenings are scheduled from now thru May including a free breast cancer screening on May 15 at the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix. Visit for additional information.



First Lady vs. Junk Food Lobbies Cont’d. from Page 3 This incredibly important initiative won't be easy. The first lady will face powerful corporate lobbies that make money from peddling junk food. She'll be attacked for being an elitist for presuming to tell us how to eat and exercise. She'll be criticized for talking about eating right, when many folks are struggling just to eat at all. In our polarized politics, no good deed goes unpunished. Already, the rightwing attack machine has geared up, mocking the notion that obesity is a national security challenge. Michelle Malkin, one of the legions of poisonous rightwing columnists, says this is just an effort to displace parents, "cede the children, feed the state," and favor "SEIU union bosses," whose members serve lunches in schools.

I'm glad the first lady ignored the many obstacles, the naysayers and the haters, and decided to go forward. If we all join – engage schools, public education, personal responsibility, responsible corporations, institutional changes and pubic action – millions of children might be saved – and the country would surely be the stronger for it. This isn't a challenge that can be solved in a year or in an administration, as the first lady noted, but, "This isn't like a disease where we're still waiting for a cure to be discovered -- we know the cure for this. This isn't like putting a man on the moon or inventing the Internet. It doesn't take some stroke of genius or feat of technology. We have everything we need, right now, to help our kids lead healthy lives." So Let's Move!


BBOD Project Members Named AZ’s Finest The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Arizona has selected 17 single men and women across the Valley as AZ’s Finest. Among those selected are Black Board of Directors Project Members Ray LaStrape and Sharon Gordon. They are being recognized for their professional and charitable accomplishments. Ray LaStrape is general manager and vice president of operations for Everest College Online and a retired warrant officer three from the US Army. He is on the board of New Foundation and a member of Kappa Alpha PSI. He is a native of Beaumont, Texas. Sharon Gordon is a transportation engineer with the Federal Highway Administration. She has volunteered with the Arizona Division Combined Federal Campaign and Arizona State University Math, Science and

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"Our Family Wedding" Is A Most Charming Movie By ArnE Williams "Our marriage, their wedding." It's lesson number one for any newly engaged couple, and Lucia (America Ferrera) and Marcus (Lance Gross) are no exception. In Fox Searchlight’s "Our Family Wedding", they learn the hard way that the path to saying "I do" can be rife with familial strife particularly when your an interracial couple . “Our Family Wedding,” which opened Friday, with a cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia and Regina King revolves around an couple and the tension between their families. It's a charming ethnic comedy culture clash! Director Rick Famuyiwa's third minority-centric feature (following "The Wood" and "Brown Sugar") uses the genre’s successful formula of stressed-out brides, unlucky-in-love sisters or friends, and oddball relatives to confront hitching a Mexican-American bride and her African-American groom. “Wedding films are always about the differences between people,” Rick Famuyiwa, the movie’s director, said. “But they haven’t quite dealt with African-Americans and Latinos.” Set in Los Angeles, "Our Family Wedding" initially unfolds in a light-hearted version of the Los Angeles where narrative coincidences and racial insults run equally rampant. The father of the bride Miguel(Carlos Mencia ) and the father of the groom Brad (Forest Whitaker) have a random run-in

Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker makes "Our Family Wedding" smack of real people. Regina King plays a long time family friend. ARNE WILLIAMS/AZI PHOTOS

before meeting through their kids: Mencia’s character, who owns an auto shop, tows the car belonging to Whitaker’s character from a noparking zone. Naturally, it's not long before Brad and Miguel meet again and receive the unpleasant news that they're soon going to be related: Brad's son, Marcus (Lance Gross), is engaged to Miguel's daughter, Lucia (America Ferrera). The incident sparks hostility that manifests itself throughout the film with ethnic digs as the parents try to assert their equally strong personalities by exercising control over the wedding plans The constant racial bickering never darkens into pure insult. It was not race that’s holding them back, said director Famuyiwa . "It’s that neither dad is able to let go of his child." As the countdown to the wedding proceeds the couple learns to put up with their dads' shenanigans, as what they intended to be a quickie

ceremony balloons into a lavish bicultural blowout. The movie is not just about ethnic tensions, There are conflicts between parents' expectations and children's dreams. Most appealing turn by far arrives courtesy of Regina King, refreshingly down-to-earth as Brad's longtime lawyer/love interest, Angela; Taye Diggs (who starred in Famuyiwa's other two features) and Charlie Murphy pop up briefly as Brad's buddies. The aim is to make the cultural clashes in the film specific enough to feel tailored for minority audiences, but not so narrow that they feel like inside jokes. When the two families argue over which ethnic customs will be included in the wedding, it’s apparent that both just want control. Black or brown, young or old, married or single, "Our Family Wedding" traffics cheerfully, if inoffensively in equal-opportunity clichés.

First Black Female POW Releases Her Story, “I’m Still Standing” By Deborah René Shoshana Johnson has released her story as the first black female Prisoner of War (POW) and the first female POW of Operation Iraqi Freedom in a new book titled, I’m Still Standing - From Captive U.S. Soldier to Free Citizen-My Journey Home. Shoshana was not able to thoroughly discuss what really happened on March 23, 2003 when the 507th Maintenance Company, a combat service support unit was brutally attacked, until now. Shoshana details everything from faulty equipment, particularly the guns themselves to leadership issues, to witnessing death, and ultimately surviving captivity. Johnson’s book also describes the unsettling issues faced once returning to the Unites States after her ordeal. Physical and emotional trauma took its toll along with dealing with media oversights and racism. I’m Still Standing is not a book readers will put down easily as the

pages present very fast moving reading with good detail; forcing us to wonder why this ordeal was not prevented. There are questions needing answers including comparisons of treatment by media regarding Shoshana Johnson and Jessica Lynch. The two indicate no resentment toward each other but Shoshana reveals blatant differences in treatment including a denial for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.


The inconsistency of being transported from dark, depressing prisons, to what is described as “elegant private homes” by guards who appeared thoroughly confused themselves, was difficult for Shoshana. There were some caring doctors who treated Johnson’s wounds from the shooting described in the book. Shoshana shares her feelings of gratitude along with the camaraderie she felt among the five captured American soldiers. The outstanding rescue carried out by the Marines is described and revealed by photos in this compelling book. Shoshana Johnson has received the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal and the Prisoner of War Medal. She is the mother of one daughter and is currently on tour with her book. Retired servicewoman, author M.L.Doyle assisted Johnson with I’m Still Standing which is available now at local bookstores.

American Legion Post #65 – 602-268-6059 – 1624 E. Broadway – Sunday Karaoke cash prizes and dancing, 8 p.m. until closing. Tuesday Chicago Style Stepping on Broadway from 7 to 10 p.m. Backyard grilling. Wednesday Pool Tournament night hosted by Paulette. Free line dancing classes 6 to 8 p.m. and Ole School Wednesday, sounds from DJ Mike, 7 p.m. Thursday ladies and games night – cards, dominoes, pool, D J. Friday and Saturdays are regular D J and party nights. AMVETS Post #15 – 602-268-3331 – 4219 S. 7th Street – Monday and Tuesday drink specials, open pool. Tuesday Bikers night. Wednesday Karaoke from 8 p.m. Thirsty Thursdays with drink specials, open mic, poetry, rap, comedy and fun. Friday night, DJ Correct, kitchen open. Saturday night, DJ Micko, kitchen open. AMVETS Post #65 – 602-257-9016 – 1303 W. Grant – Happy Hour 12 – 6 p.m. Mon-Fri. Monday members night. Tuesday steak and games night. Thursday Karaoke from 7 p.m. until closing with DJ Ray $$$$. Friday and Saturday are party and jamming nights with DJ Louie, Louie 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Join the Ladies Auxiliary for some soul food starting at 3 p.m. March 21, Kids Easter party from 3 to 5 p.m. Elks Lodge #477 - 602-254-1772, 1007 S. 7th Avenue. Temporarily closed. Look for our grand reopening. Sportsman Social Club - 943 W. Watkins Road- 602252-7153 – Birthday parties every Saturday. Sunday Back Yard Boogie cookout starting at 4 p.m. Thursday ladies night drink specials and DJ. VFW Post 1710 - 602-253-6409- 1629 E. Jackson –Tuesday games night and Chicago style stepping lessons from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pinochle Wednesday afternoons starting at 1 p.m 30 & Up every Wednesday 7 pm. Ladies free, DJ Black; cover for men. Old School Thursday nights 5 to 7 p.m.,pool tournament with cash prizes, Old School CDs given away. Friday Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Delicious food available Thursdays. Friday Open Mic Night. Sunday Pool tournament, jazz with DJ Scorpio. Saturday, March 27 “Aries Party.” Everyone invited. Free food, music, dancing and fun starts 8 p.m. All organizations invite the public to book birthday, anniversary or other special event at their posts.

JOSHUA REDFIELD WINS AREA SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION GOING ON TO NATIONAL COMPETITION IN NEW YORK Joshua Redfield, 18, a senior at Highland High School in Gilbert was awarded first place at the 27th annual Shakespeare Competition for high school students held at the Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts in mid-February. The competition is sponsored by the Phoenix branch of the English-Speaking Union (ESU) Joshua will join the other 59 finalists from ESU branches around the county in New York April 24 - 27 where they will compete at Lincoln Center for the grand prize -- a scholarship for summer study in the United Kingdom. Joshua’s bold portrayal of Nick Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream wowed the judges in local competitions. Winners from their high school competitions around the Valley perform at the ESU Phoenix Brach competition for a chance to go to the national competition in New York. Students perform a memorized monologue and sonnet, then are given another monologue to perform as a cold read. Since its inception, the ESU Shakespeare competition program has given more than 250,000 young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to discover and explore Shakespeare’s writings and to communicate their understanding of his language and message. The Phoenix ESU Branch has sponsored a competition since it was established in 1983. For more information on the English-Speaking Union and the National Shakespeare Competition visit


BUSINESS MOVE: Beyoncé spoke in downtown Brooklyn, New York, at the Phoenix House, a nonprofit recovery center for drug and alcohol addiction, to unveil a project she and her mother, Tina, have dreamed of and worked on for years: the Beyoncé Cosmetology Center. According to the press release, the program is "a seven-month cosmetology training course for adult men and women." L'Oréal has donated all the products to be used at the center, and their spokeswoman Beyoncé, along with her mother, have pledged to donate $100,000 annually. After brief remarks by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Tina Knowles, among others, Beyoncé graciously took to the podium to explain both her ties to the house — she first visited in 2007 as part of research for her role as Etta James in "Cadillac Records" — and her hopes for the program. While Phoenix House provides varied vocational training, "I felt like they needed something that was geared towards women — something that would teach them skills that would give them hope even after the Phoenix House," Beyoncé explained about why she chose to fund a beauty school. Her mother also owned and operated a salon in Knowles' hometown of Houston. "I saw that a salon was a place for women to socialize, share stories, cry, laugh and get advice," she continued about her experiences growing up around a beauty parlor. BOUNCING BABY BOY: Singer Keyshia Cole and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Daniel Gibson are celebrating the birth of their first child, a son named Daniel Hiram Gibson Jr. Junior entered the world Tuesday at 11:54 p.m., weighing in at a healthy 7 pounds, 3 ounces. "Both

ZONEI N-A&E mother and baby are doing BEHIND THE SCENES great," says Cole's publicist, Tresa Sanders. "Keyshia would also like to give a special thank-you to her fans that have been with her since the beginning, sharing in her growth as a woman and an artist." It's been an eventful year for the singer. She and Gibson, 24, announced in January that they became engaged on BY ANTRACIA MOORINGS New Year's Eve and were expecting a little bundle of joy. She also makes her movie debut next month in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too and has an album due later in 2010. BRIEFLY: Stevie Wonder has been honored for his contributions to arts and literature in France - 30 years after he was first chosen to receive the title. The hitmaker was named a Commander of the Arts and Letters in 1981, but he has never officially been allocated the prize due to "scheduling conflicts.” The title was formally bestowed on Wonder at a ceremony in Paris on March 6.


CONCERTS ETC. — MARCH— TUE-THU 16-18 Lunch Time Theater “It’s Always

Sunny in Phoenix” presented by Class 6 Theatre, 12:10pm at Herberger Theater, 222 East Monroe, Performance Outreach Theater. Enter under purple canopy on Van Buren. For tickets call 602-254-7399 x104 or online To order lunch call Coffea Café, 602-373-6570. Lunch must be ordered before 9 a.m. the day of the show.

SAT 20 Cedric the Entertainer at the Celebrity Theatre. Showtime 8 p.m. 440 N. 32nd Street in Phoenix. 602-2671600 FRI 26 The Arizona Black Film Showcase is set to take place in Tempe. This premier event is dedicated to celebrating and promoting the dynamic works of AfricanAmerican filmmakers and filmmakers whose works embrace the Black cultural experience on a national and international level. For information visit or email or Through March 28 WED 31 Black Eyed Peas 7:30 p.m. at Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave. in Glendale. 623-7723200, 800-745-3000,

Oprah Winfrey is facing legal action from bosses at an exercise company who have filed suit against her Harpo, Inc firm over a workout program. Officials at Unicus Performance Training (UPT) filed a lawsuit alleging they were never paid for developing an exercise scheme for the media mogul's company.

— APRIL— SAT 3 Kevin Hart at the Celebrity Theatre. Showtime 8

p.m. 440 N. 32nd Street in Phoenix. 602-267-1600

SAT 17 The Whispers and Mark Woods Jr of

Lakeside Hosted by Joe Torry at the Celebrity Theatre. Showtime 8 p.m. 440 N. 32nd Street in Phoenix. 602-2671600



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Valley Arts Leaders Honored With Annual Living History Award Six Valley arts leaders were honored recently with the 2010 Living History Award presented by the Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., the Phoenix Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. and the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Mu Boule of Phoenix Rod Ambrose, Fatimah Halim, David Hemphill, Colleen JenningsRoggensack, Jewell Parker Rhodes and Charles St. Clair were recognized during the fifth annual Living History Awards ceremony and reception that took place recently at the historic George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix. The Living History Awards Program is the result of a community collaborative organized to honor many of the community’s most distinguished citizens engaged in the arts and to expose Phoenix-area youth to

The 2010 Living History Award honorees are from left: David Hemphill, Fatimah Halim, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Charles St. Clair and Rod Ambrose.

these individuals and their extraordinary contributions to the arts in Arizona and beyond. "Gamma Mu Boule' is honored to join other esteemed organizations that recognize the contributions of our African American heritage in American history," said Sire Archon Bill Jackson. "It is consistent with our vision and mission to

increase community awareness of our rich culture." “The Phoenix Chapter of The Links, Inc., and its partners are committed to casting a bright light on African American venues and individuals who are engaged in the arts, to supporting their endeavors and to exposing our youth to their good works and contributions to our community and the

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

world,” said Kay Lovelace Taylor, chapter president. “The Living History project accomplishes this by providing programming, hands-on learning experiences and mentoring in the arts for youth of color and by annually celebrating the achievements of Valley leaders in the performing and visual arts, film, literature and theatre,” Taylor said.

Since the program’s inception in 2006, the Living History venture has paired local "masters" of the arts with young people from the Greater Phoenix community “in an effort to create a phenomenal learning and teaching experience,” said Marie Boykin Scott, president of the Phoenix Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. "The Phoenix Chapter of Jack and Jill has a history of supporting efforts that enrich the lives of young people and the communities in which they live," Scott said. "This project is a forum for legends, within our community, to pass along the knowledge of their art, and learned life experiences, which are priceless. People of color, African Americans, have often lost precious historical information because it was not documented, honored or shared properly. Through the Living History effort, African American youth

are being taught how to honor, preserve and share our treasurers," she said. This year’s program engaged 24 youth, including the 2010 Links Debutantes and members of the Jack & Jill Teen Group in a comprehensive arts education and enrichment experience. The program included an interviewing techniques workshop designed to help the participants learn and master the essential skills for planning and conducting a productive interview. Using the knowledge and skills gained through the workshop, the Debutantes and Jack & Jill Teens joined in small teams to conduct formal interviews with the featured artists. The youth used the information collected through their interviews with 2010 award recipients to prepare formal introductions of the six Valley arts icons at the Living History Awards Program.

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Chicken Pizza with Roasted Peppers



ove the taste of deli meats and cheeses but wonder how it fits into a salt sensible lifestyle? The answer is, easily! Like much of the advice regarding the food we eat — from fats to sugars to salt — most nutrition experts will agree that the best approach to healthful eating is moderation. One of the ways that food lovers have found to live within health organization guidelines of no more than 2,400 milligrams of salt per day is by selecting lower sodium foods that offer great taste and by making wise choices when adding seasonings. Today, consumers concerned about salt have a wide range of lower sodium fare to choose from for appetizing, satisfying and nutritious meals. Boar’s Head, makers of quality deli meats, cheeses and condiments, has long offered a range of meats and cheeses that are no salt added, low sodium, lower sodium, and even gluten free that provide delicious deli flavor as well as essential protein and nutrients. These lower sodium products make it possible to still enjoy the taste and convenience of deli ingredients in salads, sandwiches, and other mealtime favorites. When there’s no time to cook, it’s easy to stay salt sensible by planning meals with a wide range of lower sodium, ready-made products.

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Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Arugula and Sundried Tomatoes

Chicken Pizza with Roasted Peppers Servings: 6 Although most pizza sauces are high in sodium, this recipe uses roasted bell peppers and lower sodium chicken and blue cheese for an entirely new taste in pizza that’s long on flavor and less on salt. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 large leek, sliced 1 12-inch prepared pizza crust 3/4 cup chopped roasted red peppers 1/2 pound (1/4 inch thick) julienned Boar’s Head Golden Classic Lower Sodium Oven Roasted Chicken Breast 1/2 cup Boar’s Head 28% Lower Sodium Creamy Blue Cheese, crumbled 2 teaspoons dried basil, plus fresh basil leaves for garnish, optional Preheat the oven to 450°F. In large skillet melt butter over medium heat and sauté leeks until softened but not browned, about 4 minutes. Place pizza crust on a non-stick baking sheet. Layer peppers around pizza, leaving about a 3/4-inch border. Add leeks, chicken, and top with cheese. Sprinkle with dried basil and bake 15 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese melted. Add fresh basil leaves if desired.

Deluxe Roast Beef and Imported Swiss Sandwich

Deluxe Roast Beef and Imported Swiss Sandwich

The Balance Like everything else, when it comes to food, common sense is the key to wellness. Balancing lower sodium deli meats and cheeses with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contributes to a healthy diet. Lower Sodium claims are substantiated by USDA-tested sodium levels contained in comparable product lines or meet FDA standards.

Servings: 1 sandwich Using low sodium roast beef in this ever popular sandwich variety delivers deli-delicious taste without excessive amounts of sodium. 3 ounces Boar’s Head Deluxe Low Sodium Cap-Off Top Round, thinly sliced 1 ounce Boar’s Head Gold Label Imported Swiss Cheese, thinly sliced 1/2 ounce leaf lettuce, torn 1/2 ounce red onion, sliced 1 ounce tomato, sliced 2 teaspoons Boar’s Head Delicatessen Style Mustard, optional 1 6-inch Italian bread Spread deli mustard on the top and bottom halves of sub roll. Layer roast beef and cheese and top with lettuce, tomato and onion. Close sandwich, cut in half and serve.

Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Arugula and Sundried Tomatoes Servings: 1 sandwich The powerful tastes of arugula, sundried tomatoes, olives and red peppers are the perfect counterpoint to low sodium Muenster Cheese and Lower Sodium Ham. Italian sandwich loaf 4 ounces sliced Boar’s Head 42% Lower Sodium Branded Deluxe Ham 2 ounces Boar’s Head Low Sodium Muenster Cheese 1/2 cup arugula or spinach leaves 1/2 cup sliced sundried tomatoes in oil 1/2 ounce low sodium black olives, sliced, optional 1 ounce red peppers, roasted Slice Italian loaf in half lengthwise. Layer ham and cheese onto bread with spinach leaves. Add tomatoes, olives, and red peppers and sandwich is ready to serve.

Hickory Smoked Turkey with Orange Dressing Servings: 1 salad The pungent hickory smoked flavor of the turkey contrasts well with the sweet and sour tastes of honey and vinegar and orange juice and dried cranberries. Pecans complement with their smooth taste. Dressing: 1 teaspoon grape seed or canola oil 2 teaspoons honey 1/4 cup orange juice 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper Salad: 1 cup spring mix lettuce 1 large radish, sliced paper thin 4 ounces (1/4 inch thick julienne slices) Boar’s Head Hickory Smoked Black Forest Turkey Breast 4 to 6 whole pecans Dried cranberries for garnish, optional In small bowl, whisk oil with honey. Whisk in orange juice and then vinegar. Add pepper and set aside. Add a little more honey for desired thickness. Build the salad beginning with lettuce and radish slices. Toss. Add turkey and pecans. Toss again and add dressing. Top with cranberries if desired. Add more dressing to taste.



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LET THE MADNESS BEGIN! Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Southern Advance To NCAA Tournament By G. Napier Barnes

The 2010 Morgan State men’s basketball team celebrates their tournament win and NCAA tourney birth with their coaches, cheer squad mascot and fans.

Morgan State, Hampton Win MEAC, Get Ready To Dance By G. Napier Barnes The Morgan State University Bears proved that they were the best team in HBCU basketball by winning both the regular season, and the MEAC tournament championship last weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The conference's number one seed (27-9) destroyed North Carolina A&T 84-57 in the first round, turned back a strong effort by Hampton University (74-67) in the semifinals and stopped a peaking South Carolina State (68-61) in the championship tilt. The Bears received the conference's automatic bid to March Madness and was selected as a 15th seed. They will face the West Virginia Mountaineers (27-6) who are seeded second in the region after an impressive run to the Big East tournament title. MEAC champions have won only two NCAA tournament games both when seeded 15th. Coppin State over South Carolina (1997) and Hampton over Boise State (2001). All other times the conference champion has gone in as a 16th seed or as a

“pigtail” game participant in which they have no victories. The Bears will have their work cut out for them if they are to upset the Mountaineers who enter the tournament on a six-game win streak. The Lady Pirates of Hampton University (20-11) claimed the MEAC Tournament Championship and the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA women's basketball tournament by defeating the South Carolina State Lady Bulldogs 57-46, also last weekend in Winston-Salem. The Lady Pirates came in as the second seed having won 12 out of their last 13 contests. They ran the table by beating the University of Maryland Eastern Shore 65-41 in the second round and spanked the Lady Wildcats for BethuneCookman 58-38 in the semifinal round. The Lady Pirates started that game with a 22-6 run and never looked back. The Lady Pirates got a tough draw in the national tournament with a 15 seed and a date with second seeded Duke on the Blue Devils home campus in Durham. No other MEAC basketball team was selected for post season play.

Hampton University won the MEAC championship. Sophomore point guard Jericka Jenkins leads the team in assists and steals and is the second leading scorer.

The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions earned their first SWAC (men) basketball championship and the conference's automatic bid to March Madness by defeating a stubborn Texas Southern team 50-36 last weekend in Shreveport. UAPB (17-15) entered the tournament as the second seed. The Golden Lions started the first two months of the season on a 14-game road trip facing the likes of NCAA tournament qualifiers Georgia Tech, Missouri, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, and Texas El-Paso. They rebounded in conference by going 14-4 including close tournament wins against Mississippi Valley State (69-66) and Alabama State (48-46) before defeating Texas Southern in the championship. Jackson State had the first seed and like UAPB started the season on the road playing 10 straight while losing them all. In conference play the Tigers became the league’s hottest team and had a 13-game winning streak going before losing in the first round to Grambling State. JSU will

face Mississippi State, losers in the SEC championship game to top seed Kentucky, in the opening round of the NIT. As predicted weeks earlier, the SWAC champions will participate in the “pigtail” game against Winthrop with the winner of that contest facing number one seed Duke University. SWAC champions have appeared in five “pigtail” games and have yet to win any. The SWAC is 4-29 in NCAA tournament play. Alcorn State has won 3 times while Southern has one victory in the 30 years of the conference's affiliation with Division I basketball. The top seed on the ladies side, Southern University, breezed through their brackets after escaping #8 UAPB 64-60 in the first round. The next night they stopped Texas Southern 67-55 and then crushed upset minded Alabama State 6047 in the women's championship game. The Lady Jags (23-8) got the worst possible bid for the NCAA tournament when they were chosen to be the first opponent for defending champion Connecticut. UCONN has won an NCAA record 72 consecutive games coming into the tournament.



Williams Track & Field Classic Expanded By Jessie Vanderson - Two days of excitement at the Willie Williams Track and Field Classic was not enough. The high school of division of the more than two decades old track meet at the University of Arizona's Roy P. Drachman Stadium has been expanded to three days. The UA hosted competition will start Thursday morning with action in an unseeded meet. This special competition has been added to the high school division of the Willie Williams Classic to proved an opportunity of athletes not entered in the highly competitive seeded meet a chance to experience competing in a large meet at a major university. "We are trying to do what's best for our meet officials, and give more kids an opportunity to compete at the meet," said UA head track coach Fred Harvey of the expanded format at Willie Williams. "The input that we received back from the high school coaches was that they were all in favor of it." Field events and running events in the unseed-



Pima CC's 4x100 relay quartet of (L-R) Antoine Thomas, Derrick Coker, Nathan Manigault and Matthew Robertson will be one of the unit's to watch in the collegiate division of the Willie Williams Classic. AT RIGHT: Chandler Hamilton senior Le'Sean Marks will be one of the top boys' hurdlers competing at the Willie Williams Classic. J VANDERSON/AZI PHOTOS

ed meet will start Thursday at 2pm. Finals in the seeded meet's boys and girls 4x800-meter relays will be contested Thursday night. The girls' final is at 8:10pm, followed by the boys' final at 8:30. "The meet has gotten better every year. It has been successful because of the way that it is run," said Francesca Green, meet director and assistant track coach. Athletes from roughly 35 schools are expected to compete in the seeded

meet, a two-day competition that has annually attracted squads from southern California, the El Paso area, the Phoenix area, and from across southern Arizona. A full slate of events in the seeded meet will start Friday morning with field events at 10am. The first running event, prelims in the girls' 100-meter high hurdles, will start at noon. The first event in the collegiate division of the meet, the men's 400-meter hurdles, will start at 6pm. Friday with competition in

the Dave Murray Distance Carnival. The final in the girls' 3200-meters will be run at 6:30, followed by the boys' 3200 meter final at 7:30. Both the high school and the collegiate meets will start Saturday at 10am.

Amy Patton Wins Big Sky Freshman of the Year Award Former McClintock standout also sets single season scoring mark By Danny L. White Snow is not the only thing falling in the tall pines of Northern Arizona, during the just completed Lady Lumberjacks basketball campaign. The single season scoring mark, a record that had stood for 23 years came tumbling down as freshman sensation Amy Patton eclipsed and set a few standards that led to her being selected the 2010 Big Sky Freshman of the Year in Women’s Basketball. In what best will be considered a character building and very trying year for a young Lady Lumberjack basketball team, Patton was nothing short of phenomenal. The former Arizona big schools (4A-5A) Player of the Year and Gatorade High School All American was in a zone from the time she stepped on the hardwood. Patton, a product of Tempe McClintock, was second in the Big Sky in scoring with an 18.6 points per game average, she also pulled down 8.6 rebounds per game. In conference play, Patton’s numbers

were even better as she averaged 20.3 ppg and increased her rebounding to 9.6. “I am really excited to have been named the Freshman of the Year,” said Patton adding, “This was one of my goals coming into the season. I felt if I played well and we played well as a team it would happen.” If the Lady Lumberjacks would have had a better season team wise, Patton would no doubt have been considered for the Player of the Year, as she had 13 double doubles (dou-

ble points and rebounds), and four games in which she scored 30 points or more and there were 14 games in which she had 10 rebounds are more (remarkable at any level – this is Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd type numbers). Patton finished the season with more than twice as many doubledoubles than any other player in the Big Sky Conference. She was the fourth best freshman scorer in the entire country, setting a season high 35 points in a game against a good Sacramento State team. The single season scoring mark fell in the Lady Lumberjacks final home game. The mark that was set during the 1986-87 campaign by former NAU great Mindy Sherred at 538 points was topped by Patton as she finished with 539. In addition, Lumberjacks’ junior guard Vickie Toney was named the Newcomer of the Year, as she ranked in the top five in assists with 4.7 per game. Toney, a Chicago native, sat out last season after transferring from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. With the young talent that is being assembled at NAU look for the Lady Lumberjacks to make some noise in the years to come.

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Harris fired by Desert Vista For seven years, former Tempe Corona del Sol SPORTS EDITOR DIGEST High School star basketball player Doug Harris was the head coach of nearby Phoenix Desert Vista High School until he was fired, on Thursday. He was relieved of his duties after an afternoon meeting with athletic director T.J. Snyder and princiBY VINCENT CRAWFORD pal Anna Battle. According to the Arizona Republic, Snyder stated that Harris had been let go of his coaching responsibilities but offered no other details because its a “personnel issue.” With the firing of Harris, its apparent that the school's administration wants to go in a different direction with their boys varsity basketball team and they immediately began looking for a replacement coach. As the Thunder boys basketball program's top mentor, Harris compiled a 138-70 record in seven years and led Desert Vista to the Class 5A Division I state championship in 2008 by beating Phoenix St. Mary's, 63-50. Two years later, however, the Thunder finished 11-15. “I would think after all I had given to this program and the success we've had here that you would give a little leeway when you have a down year,” Harris said. “That happens sometimes in athletics. “It's difficult from the standpoint of how things happened. I'm extremely blessed. I've accomplished many great things here at Desert Vista.” Harris refused to talk about why he may have been released, but confirmed that he was surprised by the firing due to the fact that he had no prior meetings with Snyder or Battle. “I just want to rise above it,” he said. “I think I'll be given another opportunity to coach so I want to be very professional about it.” This season, there was an allegation from some parents that some funded monies was spent improperly when the team traveled to San Diego to participate in the Max Preps Holiday Classic. Even though Harris didn't answer questions why he may have been relieved, he did state that he turned in all the necessary paperwork with regards to the trip and absolutely nothing has become of this allegation. As of this writing, Harris still is on campus teaching social studies.

New AIA rule dealing with club coaches Recently, the Arizona Interscholastic Association's Legislative Council enacted an amendment to an association bylaw that will make any student-athlete who transfers to another school where their club coach is employed ineligible to participate in their sport for one year. The amendment also include any student-athlete who moved to another school to play for a coach/trainer who may have conducted an offseason clinic or camp attended by the players. The only way players can be eligible to immediately play for their new school is to successfully prove that their families moved for other reasons that to just play for the coach/trainer. AIA executive director Dr. Harold Slemmer elaborated on the amendment stating it was created by a rule Oregon basketball coaches helped get in their bylaws due to a problem that had with players following their club coaches. “After a kid enrolls as a freshman, if he wants to transfer to a school where his club coach or personal trainer or any type of instructor is employed they will have to sit out a year,” Slemmer said. “It's worked well there.” The main difference between the two bylaws is that the Oregon's rule does not allow for appeal while the Arizona amendment does allow a hardship appeal.

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Pima CC Hoopsters Head To National Championship Tournaments By Jessie Vanderson

Former South Mountain HS stand out, and Phoenix College quarterback Robert Benjamin has left the University of Wyoming and is attending HBCU Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. Benjamin is expected to compete for the starting job on the team that won last years CIAA Championship.

Another Valley Star Signs With HBCU By G. Napier Barnes III Sometimes things go full circle. Several years ago this reporter had the opportunity to see South Mountain standout, and eventually All-Informant candidate, Robert Benjamin perform. From that moment on I was convinced that young Mr. Benjamin had all the skills to be a successful quarterback in my HBCU conference the CIAA. I contacted the coach at Fayetteville State University and told him about Benjamin's abilities. I was told that small schools like FSU didn't like to recruit high school students from out of state unless they can come in and actually play that first year. Unlike major division I programs, smaller schools can not afford to have an out of state student come in and be “red shirted.” Out of state fees can be doubled the amount of in state tuition, thus most school would rather bring in a junior college player that can have an immediate impact. With that being said Mr. Benjamin was not recruited. Two years later Mr. Benjamin had successfully lead his Phoenix College Bears to their first Valley of the Sun Bowl in over a decade. Fayetteville State's coach saw the game and offered Mr. Benjamin a scholarship right on the field. Mr. Benjamin wanted to wait for a division I offer which he finally

received. He decided to go to the University of Wyoming where he started some games as a junior college transfer. For what ever reasons Mr. Benjamin did not enjoy his experiences at Wyoming. At the end of the fall session he decided to transfer to Fayetteville State where he is expected to compete for the starting quarterback position during spring ball. The Broncos are coming off of their third CIAA championship this decade and had an 8-2 campaign where they just missed the championship game. They also lost one championship game during that time frame. Mr. Benjamin's size, 6'2” 210 lbs, arm strength and speed will be a perfect fit for the Bronco multiple formation offense. Another Valley product, Bryce Williams a 6'2” 215 linebacker who stared at Mesa Community College is also getting ready for spring ball at FSU. Williams played along side Marcos Esquivel at MCC on a team that won the Valley of the Sun Bowl in 2008. Esquivel went on to anchor the Bronco defense that yielded the less amount of yards and points in the conference last season. He garnered All- CIAA honors and also stared in the HBCU All-Star game last fall. With the addition of Benjamin and Williams the Broncos have had over ten players with valley connections to attend the North Carolina school.

TUCSON - The collective consciousness of the entire city will focus this week on the fate of the basketball teams at Pima Community College. For the first time in school history both the men's and the women's squads at the nationally recognized community college qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II national championship tournaments. Both teams left town Sunday, with head coach Todd Holthaus and his Pima women headed to East Peoria, ILL., and the Div-II women's national championship tournament, and head coach Karl Pieroway and his Aztec men bound for Danville, ILL., and the Div-II men's national title tournament. The women's tournament, which consists of a field of 12 teams, will start at noon Wednesday and concluded Saturday. Pima will play

Bismarck State College of North Dakota in a first-round game Wednesday. Pima will enter the tournament as one of the favorites to take the national title after finishing third at the tournament last year. The Aztecs won three of four games at the tournament. The Aztecs will be one of the tournament's most veteran teams. In guards Jessica Jones, Abby Maracigan, and NeNe Villalobos, and center Tia Morrison and forward LeAndra Lucas, Pima starts five sophomores. Morrison, Maracigan, Villalobos and Lucas all played in the national tournament for the AZtecs last year. Maracigan and Morrison, who has committed to play at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas next year, finished the tournament as NJCAA AllAmericans. While the Pima women, who defeated a gallant Mesa Community College team 63-60 in the NJCAA Region I championship game March

4 in Aztecs Gym to qualify for the national championship tournament, were odds on favorites to return to East Peoria this winter, the success of the Pima men this winter came as a surprise for most people. The Aztec men upset favored Phoenix College 73-64 in the Region I Division II title game March 6 on the Bears' home court. The Aztec men will be making their first appearance at the national championship tournament in more than 20 years. The tournament, which features a field of 16 teams, will run from March 16-20. Pima is a darkhorse for capturing the national crown, but enters the tournament playing its best ball of the season. Guards Warren Baker, Jeremy Harden, and Rojar Castro, and forwards Travares Peterson and Ervin Felder will lead the Pima men. Baker and Peterson-the team's leading scorers are NJCAA All American candidates.



The NCAA Division II basketball tournament wasn’t too kind to our HBCU’s last week. The four representatives from the ladies side were eliminated in the first round, and of course on the floor of a region’s top seed. The Virginia State Lady Trojans (CIAA) were bounced by California of Pennsylvania 72-60. Fayetteville State’s Lady Broncos, the CIAA tournament champs, lost to Seton Hill 73-64. Benedict College, the SIAC tournament champions lost to a once defeated Arkansas Tech team on that teams’ home floor 65-48 while SIAC regular season champions FT Valley State dropped a one point contest to Valdosta State 50-49. The weekend for the lady HBCU hoopsters ended with an 0-4 record. The HBCU men hoopsters did manage one victory in five attempts. CIAA tournament champions, the St. Augustine Falcons, defeat Kutztown State 70-54 in the first round but had to face the region’s top seed in West Liberty State (29-2) at West Liberty. The Falcon put up a gallant battle before falling 90-84. Tuskegee, the SIAC tournament king pin, fell hard to that regions first seed Arkansas Tech 92-58. Arkansas Tech is 26-1 and like its lady’s team don’t lose at home. ATU could pull a double-double winning both the men and women’s championships. SIAC regular season champions Clark-Atlanta hung with Valdosta State most of the night before falling 74-67. It is, what it is in Division I basketball. MEAC Champions, Morgan State (27-9) will take on the Big East Conference tournament champions West Virginia. The Mountaineers have been on a roll and may be the nation’s hottest team. As usual the SWAC tournament champion has the honor of playing in the “pigtail” game which will feature Arkansas-Pine Bluff against Winthrop, two real powers in college basketball. The winner will face number one seed Duke, a team many experts pick to make it to the final four. Even the NIT seems to be anti-HBCU. Jackson State, the SWAC regular season champion, will travel to Mississippi State where they will face a Bulldog team that made it to the SEC championship game before falling in overtime to the powerful Kentucky Wildcats 75-74. Basketball wasn’t the only titles settled last week. Alabama A&M defeated Prairie View A&M (4-0) in the SWAC Bowling Championships. It was the Lady Bulldogs second championship in four years as they lost in the final round twice during that time frame. The CIAA bowling championships will take place this week in Durham NC. Fayetteville State (60-2) is the top seed in the west and the favorite to win it all. Bowie State is the top seed in the east posting a 52-11 record. The Lady Bulldogs were tied with Elizabeth City and won a coin flip for the first round bye. On a lighter side the North Carolina A&T Aggies (right) took first place in the cheerleading competition at last weeks’ MEAC tournament. The Aggies edged out Morgan State and Florida A&M in over all performance.




Faith Baptist Church Celebrates 30 Years Of Service By Florence Darby Like mighty oaks that grow from tiny acorns, great churches often grow from prayer groups that are faithful, dedicated and Christ-centered. Faith Missionary Baptist Church at 5802 South 7th Avenue in Phoenix, under the leadership of its founding pastor, Rev. Walter F. Thomas, Sr., is a church that grew out of a prayer group. A year and a half after his ordination by Pastor Robert Martin at Broadway Baptist Church as an associate minister, Minister Thomas accepted his call to full time ministry. After much prayer and counsel with his wife, Vernia, son, Walter Jr., daughter, Rejalette, his sisters Helen and Brenda, they were led by the Holy Spirit to begin a church. Pastor Thomas says, "The name Faith was chosen because that was the only thing we had to go on." Services were held in the pastor's home and later at the YMCA before the first church was completed on 7th Avenue in Phoenix in 1985. A well-documented history of the church as presented by Sister Michelle Carribon, recalled the first service at the present location. It was a sunrise service on Easter morning. There were no lights in the building but an extension cord ran from Mel's house, the neighbor next door, to the church to supply with light. Members sat on sawhorses and at sunrise, light came through a hole in the ceiling and sawdust was on the


— MARCH — WED-SUN 17-21 Gospel "4" Life Church 8th year in Ministry Anniversary. Music, preaching and teaching begins nightly at 7 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Contact Deaconess Brenda Sypher (480) 204-8690 for info.

THU-SUN 18-21 Bethesda Community Baptist

Church, 906 E. Jones Ave., Phoenix, 13th Pastoral Anniversary. Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday services at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Everyone welcome.


Pastor Walter F. Thomas, Sr. (left) and guest speaker Pastor Julian Turner

floor, but they were glad and worshipped God anyway. Faith's rapidly growing membership of predominantly young families working together necessitated a larger building. In 1999, the dream was accomplished and the church family had the joy of moving into their new sanctuary which is beautifully carpeted with matching pews. It adjoins the original building. Sunday afternoon, March 14, was a day of celebration at Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Friends, guest churches and their pastors who came to help the pastor and church family celebrate 30 years of in reach and out reach service to the community through their 15 ministries were warmly welcomed by Sister Bree'ahna Eaton.

Invited guest churches and pastors were New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Rev. Thomas Davis; Church of the Living God, Elder Julian Turner and New Hope Baptist Church, Rev. James Harris. Music for this special event was presented by Faith's Mass Choir. Elder Julian Turner delivered the anniversary sermon. His Spirit-filled message entitled, "God's Blessings Upon The House" was well-received by the audience. Sister Kelli Downing was the mistress of ceremony for the afternoon. Brother Frank Mass made special presentations before the closing remarks by Pastor Thomas. Refreshments were served in the Fellowship Hall after the service.

AME Mid-year Conference Held In Glendale Story and photo By Floyd Alvin Galloway “A Prescription to Rebuild the Walls” was the theme of the fifth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church mid-year session, held March 8-13, at the Renaissance Glendale hotel and Spa. Officiated by Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland, presiding prelate; presiding elders, pastors, clergy and laity from the five conferences, 16 western and mid-western states, attended the weeklong event. “In the midst of the worst economic downturn in this country’s history, your presence at this Mid-

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cise its “influence” in ministry, service and evangelism. Let’s prepare to guide our church to be what God has intended for us to be, not later from now,” Bishop Kirkland added. Several workshops were presented to not only impact inside the walls of the church, but outside the walls also, including sessions for the Young People’s Division and on Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland

Year Session of this administration is greatly appreciated,” said Bishop Kirkland in his message to attendees. “Our time together is essential for the for the Fifth Episcopal District’s clergy, laity and young adults to identify and exer-

addressing problems facing black males. Hosting the event was Tanner Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, under the direction of Pastor Benjamin Thomas Sr. Located in the heart of Phoenix, near downtown, at 20 S. 8th St., Tanner Chapel is the oldest predominantly Black church in Arizona.

SAT 20 Central District Women’s Department

Scholarship Walk-a-Thon to raise scholarship funds. Begins 7:30 a.m. at Sahuaro Ranch Park, 9802 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. For information contact: Sis. Freddie Campbell, 602-626.5096 or 602-748-8595 or Sis. Carolyn Ross, 602-290-4585. • • • Book launch for “Dream Your Destiny: The Daydreamer’s Guide to Success” by Dr. Fred Browning, founder and president of SonRise International Ministries and the pastor of SonRise Faith Community Center in Chandler. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 908 N. Alma School Road in Chandler. Event includes family activities and workshops. The book is available online at www. For event information call 480-968-8858.

SAT-SUN 20-21 The Women’s Ministry of Willow Grove Missionary Baptist Church annual Women’s Day weekend. Saturday bazaar and brunch beginning 10 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 4000 N Central Avenue, Phoenix. Sister Janice Jackson of St John Institutional Baptist Church will be the brunch/bazaar speaker. The Willow Grove men will present a short fashion show. Call 602-276-2742, 602-476-9909 or 602-363-6032 for vendor and ticket information. The celebration concludes with Sunday services. Sister Minnie Henry of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church will be the 8 a.m. guest speaker; and Evangelist Agatha Meeks of Higher Ground Church of God in Christ will be the 11 a.m. guest speaker. Willow Grove Missionary Baptist Church is at 4401 S. 7th Place and Broadway Rd. in Phoenix. SUN 21 New Beginnings Fellowship Church dedicatory service 3:30 p.m. at 1363 S. Vineyard in Mesa. 480993-3447. • • • Prayer Assembly COGIC Annual Women’s Conference, “Healed, Delivered, and Set Free - A Mountain Top Experience” 10 a.m. speaker Dr. Patricia Bassett of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ, Phoenix. 4 p.m. speaker Evangelist Theresa Parker of Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, Jackson, Mich. Prayer Assembly COGIC is at 4520 W. McDowell Road in Phoenix. For information contact the church office at 602272-1124 or via email at

Roman Catholic Mass Celebration 1 p.m. at St. Pius X Church, 809 South 7th Ave in Phoenix. (North of Buckeye Rd). Father David Sanfilippo, vicar general in the Diocese of Phoenix will be the celebrant. People from Sudan country in Africa plan to attend the Mass. Everyone welcome, 602-354-2025 for more information. Submit listings to

PUEBLO FELLOWSHIP MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH Our pulpit is vacant. We are now interviewing applicants desiring a Pastoral position within this church. Sundays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please contact 602-276-5355 2536 E. Pueblo Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040

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Pastor Raymond Walker, Sr. Celebrates 83rd Birthday Congratulations to Pastor Raymond Walker, Sr., who celebrated his 83rd birthday on Tuesday, March 16. Pastor Walker is the founder and the pastor of the Greater Paradise Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C) for the past 43 years. Pastor Walker was born in Texas and relocated to Arizona in 1958. He was ordained as a minister in 1962 and established Greater Paradise C.O.G. I.C in 1967. God has blessed Pastor Walker with longevity, good health, and exceptional vitality, which he attributes to his Christian lifestyle. He often reminisces about his early childhood years of grow-

Pastor Raymond and Mrs. Oree Walker

ing up in Texas, of being reared by his grandmother and experiencing her tough love, of surviving segregation while being denied his civil rights and subjected to inferior facilities and services. Pastor Walker's indefatigable church atten-

dance and timeliness is worthy of praise. He is a prime example of the scripture that admonishes each of us to be faithful and not slothful. He is a sagacious Bible scholar and often challenges the congregation to study the Bible daily to be able to rightly divide the word of truth (II Timothy 2:15). Pastor Walker is an epitome of what it means to be dedicated and devoted. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Mrs. Oree Walker, for almost 55 years. The love they share is too deep to measure. The Greater Paradise congregation and friends celebrated his birthday on Sunday, March 14. STORY AND PHOTO COURTESY C. FRANCES TROTTER




Greater Love Deliverance Church

Gideon Missionary Baptist Church

1523 E. Wood Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Church (602) 243-7119

A church on the move Come move with us! Rev. John R. Powell, Pastor First Lady Sis. Anita Powell

“Therefore go and make desciples of all nations...” Services Held Sunday at

12763 NW Grand Ave. Surprise, AZ 85374

Church School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m. Bible Study Wednesday Night

First Institutional Baptist Church 1141 East Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034 Dr. Warren H. Stewart Sr., Senior Pastor The Rev. Karen E. Stewart, Pastor’s Wife (602) 258-1998 FAX: (602) 256-2957 LEADING A REVOLUTION OF LOVE THROUGH RIGHTEOUS, RELEVANT AND RADICAL RELATIONSHIPS IN JESUS CHRIST Scriptural Foundation: Mark 12:28-31; John 13:34-35; Romans 13:8-10; Hebrews 6:10-11 (NLT)

Praise & Worship Services Prayer Service Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Putting on the Armor of God Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

1248 East Roeser Road Phoenix, Arizona 85040 Church Phone 602-268-5930 FAX 602-268-1501


202 N. M L King Circle Phoenix AZ 85034 602-254-1576

Service Times Sunday School.........9:15 a.m. Morning Service..........11 a.m. Bible Class Wednesday...7 p.m.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me - Phil 4:13

Elder Dr. Julian E. Turner, Pastor

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church 1720 E. Broadway Road Mesa, AZ 85204 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4242 Mesa, AZ 85211 Ph. (480) 964-5048 FAX (480) 964-5711

Sundays Sunday School at 9 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.

Dr. Lee E. Wells & First Lady Elder Deborah Wells

Purpose, Power, Praise, Prayer and Excellence

Sunday Morning Worship 7:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Church School 9:30 a.m.

Church of the Living God (C.W.F.F.)

School of the Bible Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

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W O R L D H A RV E S T M I N I S T R I E S CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP COGIC 2950 W Fairmount Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85017 602-248-0636, 602-266-1227 fax Reverend David L. Wade Pastor

The Glory of the Lord is in This House Schedule of Services

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Office Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For Information call 602-257-9300

Sunday Monday Night Church School 8:30 a.m. Brotherhood 7:00 p.m. Morning Service 10:00 a.m. 1st & 3rd Senior Mission 7p.m. 1st & 3rd Men’s Chorus 8:00 p.m. Tuesday Wednesday 2nd - 4th Young Adult 7 p.m. Noon Day Bible Study 12 p.m. 3rd Tuesday Ushers 7 p.m. Family Prayer & Bible Study 7 p.m. Thursday Senior Choir 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Youth & Children Choir 10:00 a.m. 2nd Pastoral Support 12:00 p.m. 3rd Saturday Food Care Distribution 8:00 a.m.

Pastor & First Lady Horne

SCHEDULE OF SERVICES Sunday Morning Prayer . . .9:00 am Sunday School . . . .9:30 am Morning worship .10:45 am Wednesday Bible Study . . . . . . .7:00 pm 1st Fridays - Prayer and Pastoral teaching 7:00 pm

Impacting and empowering lives with the Word of God Making Disciples, Maturing Christian, Multiplying Saints

Listen to the Harvest Time Radio broadcast Sunday 6pm 1280 AM KXEG Visit us on the web at:






Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church 1401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 258-0831

Bishop Alexis A. Thomas, Senior Pastor LINING UP SUNDAY Morning Worship . . . . . . . . . . . .7:45am & 10:45am Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:30am Broadcast KXEG Radio 1280 AM........9:30-11:00pm WEDNESDAY Prayer & Praise . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:00pm Family Cluster Bible Study . . .6:30pm


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THE FREE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST IN JESUS NAME, INC. 2766 East Marguerite Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85040

602-268-8076 or 276-5902 BISHOP CHARLES R. JOHNSON Saturday Sabbath School 10 a.m. Saturday Worship 12 p.m. Sunday Night Service 7: 30 Tuesday/Thursday Bible Study 7:30

Bethesda Community Baptist Church 906 E. Jones Ave. - P.O. Box 8442 Phoenix, Arizona 85066


Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Saturdays at 4 p.m. Overseers Brian & Yolanda Ewing Pastors Joshua & Tamela Farr

Pastor James N. Preston, Pastor/Teacher Telephone - 602-276-1006 * Fax - 602-276-4526

Chur ch of Chr ist

1101 W. Tonto St., Phoenix, AZ 85007

1923 E Broadway Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85040 • P.O. Box 8764, Phoenix, Arizona 85066 Telephone (602) 276-2582 • Fax (602) 276-7160 • E-mail

Weekly Community Worship every Sunday at 10am Weekly Prayer and Bible Study every Thursday at 6pm

U N I T E D F E L LOW S H I P C H U RC H 4210 E. Main St. (suite 10 & 11) Mesa, AZ 85205 480-779-6444 •

Sunday School: 9:30am Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00am Tuesday Womens Ministry: 6:00pm-7:00pm Tuesday Mens Ministry: 7:00pm-8:00pm Tuesday Outreach Ministry: 7:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday Hour of Prayer: 6:00pm-7:00pm Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00pm-8:00pm Wednesday Youth Ministry: 7:00pm-8:30pm Thursday Music Ministry: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Southminster Presbyterian Church Elder Reginald Ragland Commissioned Lay Pastor


Youth and Adult/Church School is each Sunday: Children 3-6 years of age meet at 9:00am Children 7-12 years of age meet at 9:00am Teens and adults meet at 11:30am The Chancel Choir meets every Thursday at 7:00pm Youth Choir meets every other Saturday at 2:00pm

Weekly Services Sunday Morning Bible Class ........................... 9:15 a.m. Worship...............................10:30 a.m. Sunday Evening Bible Class (All Ages) ............5:00 p.m. Worship ................................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Class (All Ages) ............6:30 p.m.

Church: 602-252-7852 Res: 602-268-6275

2701 E. Marguerite Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85040 Church: 602-268-0348 or 276-9075 David Eddings, Pastor

Merlon M. Thompson

“…faith, hope, love abide, …the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor 13.13 RSV Sunday: Sunday Morning Prayer......... 8:30 a.m. Sunday School ................... 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship .................10:30 a.m. Evening Worship ................ 5:00 p.m. Tuesday: Bible Study ........................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday: Worship ............................ 7:30 p.m. All are welcome!


Missionary Baptist Church

Fisher Chapel

F a i t h Fa m i l y Community C h u rc h Sunday Services Conducted at Hope Community Church 7901 East Sweetwater (Sweetwater & Hayden) Scottsdale, AZ 85260 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church 1607 EAST SOUTH MOUNTAIN AVENUE PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85040

Dr. Gene James Pastor

Wesley United Methodist Church

Telephone (602) 253-0219 • Fax (602) 253-2772

750 E. Southern Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85040 P. O. Box 8508, Phoenix, AZ 85066 Phone: (602) 268-9461 Fax: (602) 305-9424

“Jesus Christ Is Lord To The Glory Of God The Father.” Phil. 2:11 (b)

Experience the fellowship of caring Christians.

901 W. Buckeye Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007

REV. ROY L. FITZPATRICK, PASTOR Sunday Morning Worship – 10:00 a.m. Sunday School – 9:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study: (Wednesdays) – 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Lord’s Supper – (1st Sunday only) For additional information, please call: (602) 253-0219

A Ministry of Excellence!

The House of Rhema Full Gospel Baptist Church

A warm welcome awaits you.

REV. KARL M. CLARK Worship Services PASTOR Early Morning Worship . . .8:00 a.m. Sunday School . . . . . . . . .9:30 a.m. Morning Worship . . . . . . . .11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study . .Noon & 6:30 p.m.

2802 EAST SOUTH MOUNTAIN AVENUE PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85042 (602) 305-7743 • (602) 243-7006 FAX Sunday School 9 a.m. • Sunday Morning Worship 10 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study & Prayer 6:30 p.m. Mid-week Worship 7:00 p.m.

Sunday School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. Tuesday Bible Study......10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. “Come Worship With Us” Rev. Gina R. Casey, Pastor Church: 243-5913

Phillips Memorial C.M.E. Church 1401 E. Adams Street Phoenix, AZ 85034 602-253-7156

Rev. Felix Jones, Pastor Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 AM Sunday Services . . . . . . . . 11:00 AM ............6:00 PM Bible Study Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 PM






56 S. Robson, Mesa, AZ 85210-1344


Touching Hearts and changing Lives by The Power of His Word Luke 4:18,19 SUNDAYS: 9am- Sunday School 11am- Morning Worship 4 pm - BTU/CBT Christian Bible Training MONDAY: 6pm - Intercessory Prayer Meeting WEDNESDAY: Prayer Meeting– 5:30pm Bible Study - 7pm E-mail:

South Phoenix Missionary Baptist Church 2006 East Broadway Road • Phoenix, AZ 85040 Study: 268-2512 or 276-6237 Weekly Services Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:00 a.m. 1st Sunday Communion . . . . . 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Teacher’s Meeting . . . . . . . . . 6:30 p.m. Mid-Week Service . . . . . . . . . 7:30 p.m. Bible Study . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 p.m. Dr. Bernard Black, Pastor “This is the Church Where Everybody is Somebody”

UNION INSTITUTIONAL BAPTIST CHURCH 2760 East Mobile Lane Phoenix, Arizona Phone: 602-276-6871 Fax: 602-314-6421

Rev. Lenten Jackson, Jr. Pastor Church Schedule Sunday School............ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ..........11:00 a.m. Prayer Meeting .. Wed. 6:00 p.m. Bible Study ..........Wed. 6:30 p.m.

SUNDAY WORSHIP AND BIBLE STUDY Early Worship - 7:50 a.m. Morning Worship - 10:20 a.m. Sunday School - 9:20 - 10:25 a.m. BIBLE STUDY Tuesday Evening: 7 - 8 p.m. Wednesday: noon - 1 p.m.




Rev. C.R. McDuffy

931 S. Stapley Dr. Mesa AZ 85204 480-835-6320



Sunday Mornings .8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Sunday Mornings . . . . . .9:15 a.m. Sunday Mornings . . . . .10:45 a.m. 1st Sunday Mornings Wednesday Mornings . .9:30 a.m. Wednesday Evenings . .6:30 p.m.

Canaan Missionary Baptist Church



1428 So. 13th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: 602-252-5344 • Fax 602-252-1478 Breakfast Ministry Sunday School Morning Worship Communion Prayer & Bible Study Prayer & Bible Study

“Come Visit With Us Where You Are A Stranger But Once”


St. John Institutional Baptist Church

Murph Community AME Church REV. DR. D. CHARLES WHARRY, PASTOR 6702 North 27th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85017 Church: 602-246-3951 Email: SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP 9:30 A.M. SUNDAY CHURCH SCHOOL 8:00 – 9:25 A.M. MONDAY-BIBLE STUDY 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY-CHURCH ACADEMY 6:00 7:00 P.M. SATURDAY BIBLE STUDIES MENS 8:30 – 9:30 A.M. WOMENS 9:30 – 10:30 A.M.

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BEACON LIGHT SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH Dr. W. Don Edwards 2602 N. 51st Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 602-285-9391

Wednesday Prayer Meeting 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Everyone Welcome


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NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) The City of Phoenix, Street Transportation Department, hereby solicits responses from qualified consultants to assist with the interpretation of ADA Title II regulations and implementation of the Street Transportation Department’s ADA compliance plan on an as needed basis. Examples of the types of facilities within the public right-of-way include sidewalks, on-street parking spaces, pedestrian crossings, and means of access to bus stops and other public facilities. To secure a copy of the official RFP, interested parties should request a copy after 8:00 a.m. (MST) on March 15, 2010, by phone at (602) 534-3141, by fax at (602) 495-2016, by e-mail at or in writing at the address stated below: City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department Laura Belval, Management Services Division 200 West Washington Street, 5th Floor Phoenix, AZ 85003-1611 The RFP is also available on-line at Proposals will be received until 10:00 a.m. (MST) Time on Thursday, April 8, 2010, at the above location. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals and to make the award in the best interest of the City of Phoenix.

Program Helps Boys Develop Into Men By Floyd Alvin Galloway Coming into manhood for African American boys is no easy task and is more complicated in today’s world. Some years ago the rules of life were simpler; not necessarily easier, but simpler. But simplicity is not always the best. Today a significant number of young Black males lack the positive male influence in their development, being raised in a single parent home by a female can make their development more challenging. “Youth in general, and African American males in particular, face daunting challenges daily. Many, for a variety of reasons, go without the skills needed to navigate adolescence. Skills that equip them with the tools needed for the transition to manhood,” said Ahmad Daniels of The Men of Impact Leadership Academy.

The Men Of Impact Leadership Academy participants develop communication and teamALVIN GALLOWAY/AZI PHOTO work skills during one of the sessions.

For several years there has been a great program for young girls to learn the skills of developing into positive community assets through a rites of passage program. Now one for African American boys is taking shape. According to Daniels, The Men of Impact Leadership Academy provides an opportunity for young males to participate in a self-discovery learning environment that have their interests at heart. “The curriculum is meant to add value to everything currently being

learned related to writing, history, self-discovery, and leadership,” Daniels said. Geared for young men ages 14 – 17, the academy is currently holding its program on the campus of Phoenix College on 1202 W. Thomas Road, building B room 125, on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12:30 p,m. It is designed to prepare these young men for a successful transition to manhood. The curriculum, which is cultural and gender specific, will encompass understanding failures, principals and responsibil-

ity, social/civil responsibility, school as an enriching experience and others. “This is what many mothers have been asking for...waiting for. Now it is here; writing, history, selfdiscovery, leadership.” Quoting from novelist and playwright James Baldwin, Daniels says, "They are all our children and we will benefit by or pay for what they become." For more information about the program, call 704-491-3053 or email


AVIATION DEPARTMENT RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE ACQUISITION SERVICES REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) The City of Phoenix Aviation Department is seeking residential real estate acquisition services for its Voluntary Acquisition and Relocation Services Program, which is a component of the Community Noise Reduction Program. RFQ documents are expected to be available April 2010. Visit or contact Gretchen Wolfe, City of Phoenix Aviation Department, 3400 E. Sky Harbor Blvd., Suite 3300, Phoenix, AZ 85034-4405, 602273-4082 (phone), 602-273-8809 (fax) for more information.

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INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) PROVIDE AND INSTALL DIESEL ENGINE SYSTEMS IFB #PT10-008 The City of Phoenix (CITY) invites bids from qualified firms to provide and install twenty (20) replacement diesel engine systems in accordance with the terms, conditions and specifications contained in the Invitation for Bids (IFB). Interested persons may obtain the IFB by downloading a copy from the City’s website: Kimberly Hayden, Contract Specialist City of Phoenix Public Transit Department 302 North First Avenue, Suite 900 Phoenix, Arizona 85003-1598 (602) 534-8294 FAX (602) 495-2002 E-mail: (preferred) Any questions that arise relating to this IFB shall be directed, in writing, to Kimberly Hayden at the above address, or via e-mail, by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Proposals will be received by the Public Transit Department, Suite 900, 302 North First Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85003, until Thursday, April 8, 2010, 2:00 P.M., Phoenix Time. Late proposals will not be considered.

Non-profit Corporation Articles of Amendment File # 0113598-9 On April 1, 2007 New Hope Missionary Baptist Church name was changed to New Hope Bible Church by voting and approving the name change by church committee officers and church members during an urgent church business meeting called by church senior pastor, Pastor Bruce Hart. The amendment was adopted April 1, 2007 by act of the members. Dated as of the 10th day of November, 2008 signed by Nellie Nelson, church Thru 3/17 secretary/clerk.

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NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office is soliciting proposals from qualified agencies to provide a Prostitution Diversion Program funded by the City of Phoenix. The program is to provide and monitor rehabilitation services to participants focusing on support, education, and treatment to end a lifestyle of prostitution. To secure a copy of the official Request for Proposals (RFP), interested parties may obtain a copy from the City’s Website at Please click on Prostitution Diversion Program to download a copy of the RFP. You may also request a copy in writing, by phone, fax, or in person to: Mailing address: City of Phoenix Law Dept. Location: City of Phoenix Law Dept. Prosecutor’s Office Prosecutor’s Office Diversion Programs Unit Diversion Programs Unit P.O. Box 4500 300 W. Washington, 8th Fl. Phoenix, AZ 85030-4500 Phoenix, AZ 85003 Phone: (602) 261-8188 Fax: (602) 256-3509 Proposals will be received until 10:00 a.m. Phoenix, AZ time, Monday, April 19, 2010, at the above location. Any contract entered into pursuant to this RFP will not exceed four (4) years. Thereafter, the contract will be subject to a one (1) year renewal with the approval of the City of Phoenix and the provider. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals and to make the award in the best interest of the City of Phoenix.





Natalie Randolph: Lone Female High School Football Coach By Vincent Crawford Sports Editor In 1986 it was a movie, but in 2010, it's reality. When the movie “Wildcats” premiered, it was based on a female coaching a high school football team. The coach in the movie was played by Goldie Hawn and future star Wesley Snipes was appearing in his first cinematic role. Twenty-four years later, what is believed to be the only woman coaching boys' varsity football in the United States is now an actuality according to Sydney Chambers of the Clell Wade Coaches Directory, which maintains a database of all coaches at U.S. colleges and high schools. In 2009, there was no woman listed among the 15,675 public or private prep football coaches. That changed on Friday when Natalie Randolph, who is African-American, was officially named the head football coach at Calvin Coolidge Senior High School, in Washington, D.C. “While I'm proud to be

Natalie Randolph is introduced as the new head football coach for Calvin Coolidge Senior High in Washington DC. with the mayor in the background and her future players flanking her. She has shown were football prowess both on the field (left) as a tackler and a wide receiver and off the field as wide receiver coach for H.D. Woodson High.

part of what this all means,” Randolph said, “being female has nothing to do with it. I love football. I love teaching, I love these kids. My being female has nothing to do

with my support of a high school varsity football team. “I'm probably more Tony Dungy-esque. I'm soft-spoken, so yelling is not me. I'm going to be

me. That's what I do in the classroom. I do what I have to do to get it done.” Randolph, 29, was chosen from 15 candidates to replace the old Colts coach

who resigned in January. The former University of Virginia sprinter is a Washington native and played six years as a receiver for the D.C. Divas of the National Women's

Football Association helping the team win a title in 2006. As for her coaching experience, she was the wide receivers coach at H.D. Woodson High in the District for two years (2006, '07) before joining Coolidge's faculty, in '08, as a biology and environmental sciences teacher. When Randolph was named the new Colts head coach, the announcement was delayed two hours so that Mayor Adrian Fenty could be present to proclaim “Natalie Randolph Day” in the city. There may not be official records on the number of women who have coached football in the U.S., but the number probably is small. In fact, Randolph is not the first female coach in the D.C. area. In 1985, Wanda Oates was named head coach at Ballou, however she only lasted one day in the position before opposing coaches pressured the deputy schools superintendent to remove her from the job because they didn't want to coach against a woman.

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