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Civil Rights Leader Rev. T.J. Jemison Dies at 95 “The world has lost an icon in the Baptist ministry and the civil rights arena,” Sterling told reporters. “He was a pioneer in race relations.”

BATON ROUGE, LA. —The Rev. T. J. Jemison, a longtime Louisiana pastor and civil rights leader, has died. He was 95. Jemison’s son, Ted Jemison, told The Associated Press that his father died Friday evening of natural causes at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Ted Jemison said his father was a longtime pastor of Mount Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La., and helped organize the Baton Rouge bus boycott in 1953. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sought his advice when organizing the famous bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., two years later, Ted Jemison said. One thing King wanted to know was how the leaders of the Baton Rouge boycott arranged carpool rides for blacks so they could avoid using the buses, Ted Jemison recalled. King wrote about T.J. Jemison in his book, “Stride Toward Freedom.” When King became the first president of the Southern Chris-

tian Leadership Conference, T.J. Jemison was the organization’s first secretary, his son said. “He came up in a time when there was overt racism, but he always preached togetherness. He also believed that everybody deserves a fair share. I think that’s one of the greatest things about him. He never changed his tune. He believed in a man’s worth, regardless of skin color,” Ted Jemison said Saturday in a telephone interview. Ted Jemison said his father also was a kind and giving man. “He made so many people happy by giving up what he had, personally, and he enjoyed doing that,” the son said. T.J. Jemison also served as president of the National Baptist See JEMISON, on page 2

The Rev. T. J. Jemison, a longtime Louisiana pastor and civil rights leader died Friday evening of natural causes at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.

Mayor Holden, BR Film Commission Recruit Film Makers At American Film Market

Local President, CEO Selected For National Professional Council Of United Ways BATON ROUGE, LA – Darrin Goss, Sr., president and CEO of Capital Area United Way, has been selected and approved to serve on the National Professional Council (NPC) of United Ways. Goss, who began his term as CEO on July 1st, stepped into this new role as an executive of a local United Way after serving nearly six years as the VP, Community Impact for the United Way of Greenville County. As a group of committed leaders, NPC focuses on driving network performance, actively working on network wide challenges, and identifying solutions and implementation plans – including the formation of partnering efforts. The membership of NPC will consist of no more than 50 chief executive officers from United Ways in the U.S. in good standing with United Way Worldwide. The United Way Worldwide network includes more than 1,200 local United Ways. The National Professional Council (NPC) has been organized as a strategic, professional leadership body to drive network performance by shaping and demonstrating a culture of shared values, common purpose and performance results for the United Way network in the U.S. The work of committees will be tied to strategic issues and opportunities of importance to the See UNITED WAY, on page 2

EBR Sheriff Taking Applications for Christmas Crusade

BATON ROUGE, LA —The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office will be taking applications beginning Monday for the annual Christmas Crusade for Children program. As in years past, the program is a way for local agencies to donate and deliver holiday gifts to children in need. The program was started in 1988 by Sheriff Elmer Litchfield and has helped thousands of children each year. Parents can apply by visiting an East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office substation and filling out an application Monday, November 18th through Friday, November 22nd, or by visiting the Baton Mayor-President Melvin L. “Kip” Holden

Major films, network series among possible future Baton Rouge projects BATON ROUGE, LA - A number of film makers and at least one major network are closely eying Baton Rouge as a possible location for their future projects after visiting with MayorPresident Melvin L. “Kip” Holden and Baton Rouge Film Commission Director Liza Kelso at the American Film Market last week. Held each year in Santa Monica, Calif., the American

Film Market is the premier annual conference for the film industry, attracting more than 8,000 film industry leaders from over 70 countries for eight days of dealmaking, screenings, seminars, and networking. “These film trade shows are invaluable to us in selling the industry on Baton Rouge,” said Mayor Holden. “Because of our long track record of hosting productions, we are able to meet with the decision makers and show them exactly what we can do to help their productions be successful.” Armed with the fact that Baton Rouge film production has yielded over $104 million year to

date, Mayor Holden and Kelso were well received by executives from NBC Universal Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, ABC Studios, and HBO Studios. Building upon old relationships from productions such as ‘Oblivion’, ‘Battleship’, and ‘Pitch Perfect’, this trip also brought the promise of future television pilots that are looking to shoot in our community. Mayor Holden and Kelso were also able to meet with top Fox Studio executives to discuss the progress of a large feature film that is gearing up to start principle photography at Celtic Studios in See HOLDEN, on page 2

Rouge City Constable’s Office Community Services Division located at Cortana Mall inside Entrance #5 between Sears and Macy’s between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday, December 2nd through Friday, December 9th (Applicants must apply in person). Applicants are only allowed to apply with one of the “Christmas Crusade for Children” participating agencies. Applicants must live within East Baton Rouge Parish, and children must be under 12 years of age to qualify for this program. See CRUSADE, on page 3

70 Teachers Complete Wellness Training New program teaches activities aimed at fighting childhood obesity BATON ROUGE, LA — Nearly 70 East Baton Rouge elementary teachers recently completed a new wellness training program established by MayorPresident Melvin L. “Kip” Holden’s Fresh Beginnings Program to help combat childhood obesity. The program was funded with grant money that Fresh Be-


ginnings received from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Challenge for a Healthier Louisiana Program, which aims to support healthier communities for children and families across Louisiana. The 6-hour hands-on It’s Your Life! Training provides teachers with fun and practical ways to meet the new health and wellness guidelines outlined in the 2011 East Baton Rouge Parish School Board’s Wellness Policy through engaging activities and materials that can be easily integrated into the classroom. See TEACHERS, on page 3


In light of the ongoing bully I believe there’s a big misperception generally that the devil is out to rob people of their “things” (as in material things). These material possessions include their homes, their jobs, and their hobbies ...See Page 6


BOB MIRABITO NAMED CATS CEO Lenard Tillery ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns and Kylum Favorite added 108 yards and three scores as Southwestern Athletic Conference west division champions Southern University knocked off Clark Atlanta, 53-0, on Saturday night at A.W. Mumford Stadium...See Page 8

The interim leader of the Baton Rouge bus system for the past fiveand-a-half months is expected to be named the permanent CEO next week..See Page 2


Cox Communications in Baton Rouge is supporting a holiday campaign to benefit charities across its southeast region this holiday season...See Page 5

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we join with individuals living with diabetes, their families, advocates, and health care professionals to raise awareness of this devastating disease around the world... See Page 7

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Billionaire conservative activists David and Charles Koch are running attack advertising against U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., over her support of the Affordable Care Act. The Kochs spent millions of dollars to try and elect Republican Mitt Romney for president in 2012.

Billionaire conservative activists Charles and David Koch plan to run advertisements through one of their political groups, Americans for Prosperity, attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu for her support of the Affordable Care Act. The New York Times reports that Landrieu is one of three Democratic U.S. Senators the Kochs are targeting in a $3.5 million advertising campaign on health care reform. Landrieu and the two other Senators -- Mark Begich of Alaska and Kay Hagan of North Carolina -- all hail from states that supported Republican Mitt Romney over President

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the local economy, with most local vendors offering special ‘production discounts’. This local incentive was well received along with the state’s highly successful motion picture tax credit program. This trip solidifies the success

of the Baton Rouge Film Commission, created by Mayor Holden in 2007, which is responsible for bringing over $700 million of film production to the Baton Rouge Community since its inception.

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EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH- Some of the most exciting names from past LSU Baseball team will host a clinic for players ages 9 and older at BREC’s Greater Baton Rouge Fairgrounds at Airline Hwy. on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 2-6 p.m. Former major league baseball player David Dellucci and his Extra Innings Baseball Academy is offering an instructional clinic which will include notable players such as Mikie Mahtook,


Austin Nola, Micah Gibbs, Frazier Hall, Fran Andermann, John Murphy, Tommy Krysan, Jamin Garidel, Fernando Puebla and Jason Williams. The one-day clinic will provide instruction for children regardless of skill level and will focus on skills such as pitching, hitting, bunting, base running, and individual and team defense. The cost for the clinic is $75 See CLINIC, on page 3

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Convention, the largest black Baptists organization in the United States, and met with seven United States presidents during his lifetime, Ted Jemison said. Todd Sterling, a trustee at Mount Zion First Baptist Church, said T.J. Jemison will be remembered as “visionary leader.” “The world has lost an icon in the Baptist ministry and the civil rights arena,” Sterling told the AP. “He was a pioneer in race relations.” The Advocate reports that Jemison was born in Selma, Ala., to a preacher father and became pastor of Mount Zion First Baptist, in 1949, a position he held for the next 54 years. The Baton Rouge boycott is not as well-known as the one in Alabama, which Jemison attributed to its much shorter duration. Still, the boycott by black riders — aimed at protesting segregated seating on buses that relegated blacks to the back — got attention. Seats in the front of Baton

Rouge city buses were for white riders only. Even if those “white” seats were empty, black riders had to stand if seats set aside for them in the back of the bus were full. In a 2003 newspaper story marking the boycott’s 50th anniversary, 84-year-old Freddie Green recalled sitting guard duty with a shotgun on Jemison’s front porch. Green remembered crosses burned in the minister’s yard and at the church. The funeral for Baton Rouge civil rights leader Rev. T.J. Jemison is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23. Jemison will lie in state at the State Capitol Rotunda in Baton Rouge on Friday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. His funeral will be held the next day, Saturday, at Mount Zion First Baptist Church, where Jemison was pastor for 54 years. Civil rights leaders including Andrew Young, Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton are expected to fly in for the funeral. Break Through! Break Through! Break Through!

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Bob Mirabito to be Named CATS CEO

Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale Slated for Dec. 7 Baton Rouge residents can buy a discounted backyard compost bin or rain barrel, plus pick up some free mulch on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium, located at 1702 Foss Street. Residents should enter the stadium from Scenic Highway. Compost bins that retail for $100 will be on sale for $30 and rain barrels that retail for $150 will be available for $45. Nature’s Best Organics will offer free mulch, one scoop per pick-up truck or load-your-own container, while supplies last. Over one thousand compost bins and rain barrels will be available while supplies last in this citysubsidized program. The “Earth Machine” compost bin is made

Teachers Bob Mirabito BATON ROUGE, La. — The interim leader of the Baton Rouge bus system for the past five-and-a-half months is expected to be named the permanent CEO next week. Capital Area Transit System board President Marston Fowler tells reporters businessman Bob Mirabito has a tentative agreement to continue with the agency for at least


another year. Fowler said he has negotiated a contract with Mirabito, which will be recommended to a committee on Thursday and then submitted to the full board for approval at its Nov. 19 board meeting. The contract names Mirabito permanent CEO for 13 months beginning Dec. 1 and ending Dec. 31, 2014.

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and registration will be available online at For anyone who does not pre-register, spots will be available the day of the baseball clinic and the cost will increase to $100 per player. The Extra Innings Baseball Academy strives to improve the physical skills of each player while also teaching the mental

approach needed to excel at all levels of the game. For more information, contact the Extra Innings Baseball Academy at 225-456-1652 or email at It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish.


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of black recycled plastic, has a 10.5-cubic foot capacity, a 10-year warranty, and fits easily into an average sized sedan. The “Systern” Rain Barrel has a 55-gallon capacity, is made of recycled plastic, and comes partially assembled. Residents who wish to purchase both a compost bin and rain barrel should bring a four-door sedan, pickup truck, SUV or hatchback. City-Parish Recycling Director Susan Hamilton said that a family can produce up to 1,000 pounds of yard waste annually. “Keeping yard waste off the curb through composting, grass cycling, and mulching saves landfill space, valuable resources, and money,” Hamilton said. “In as little as 10 minutes a week, residents can convert leaves and grass

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Teachers completed the second phase of training this month in sessions took place at the East Baton Rouge Parish School System Professional Development Center on Nov. 2 and Nov. 9. It’s Your Life! Is one of five exciting Fresh Beginnings projects aimed at increasing food access and encouraging health and fitness education in North and Old South Baton Rouge. The curriculum is designed to integrate fitness, nutrition, self-esteem, anti-smoking, and anti-bullying across disciplines and grade levels throughout four elementary schools in North Baton Rouge – Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (BRFLAIM), Buchanan Elementary, Ryan Elementary, and

Winbourne Elementary. It’s Your Life! Was developed by Evlyn J. Daniel Foundation Executive Director Margie Montgomery, BRFLAIM P.E. teacher Bonnie Richardson who was recently recognized as the 2013 Outstanding Dance Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Association, and Westdale Heights Academic Magnet Science Specialist Dr. Mary Legoria, who was recently recognized as the 2013 Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year by the Louisiana Science Teachers Association. The It’s Your Life! Curriculum further enhances the new fitness program installed

into an abundant supply of organic matter for use in gardens, as well as reduce their curbside trash output by 30 percent and their gardening water bills by up to 30 percent.” According to Hamilton, the “Systern” rain barrel also reduces household water bills and is an excellent, chemical-free water source for lawns, plants and gardens. During the December 7th event, the LSU Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners and the East Baton Rouge Parish Recycling Office will offer an Education Expo to teach residents how to use the compost bins, as well as how to practice grass cycling and mulching. Please visit the Recycling Office website at recycle for more information.

by Project Fit America, another Fresh Beginnings project, which aims to help students and teachers meet the district-wide Wellness Policy guidelines of 150 minutes of guided physical activity per week. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and the Louisiana State Police also led anti-bullying assemblies this fall at all four schools. The Evlyn J. Daniel Foundation has implemented annual teacher science education programs since 1981 and will be offering ongoing support and technical assistance to participating teachers. For more information, please contact Fresh Beginnings Grant Coordinator Lyndsi Lambert at lyndsi.freshbeginnings@gmail. com or (225) 205-4124. You can also visit

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Parents must have child’s social security number in order to apply. Limit one toy per child. Persons wanting to donate new, unwrapped, Christmas toys may do so at Cumulus Media Inc. at 631 Main Street. (225) 926-1106, City Constable’s Office Headquarters in the City Court Building, City Constable’s Office Community Services Center inside the Mall at Cortana, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office Substations across the parish. Toys will be delivered prior to Christmas by the participating agencies. The Mall at Cortana, Cumulus Media Inc., and Holiday Helpers are community partners of the “Christmas Crusade for Children 2013.” EBRSO Substations are as follows: Burbank 9313 Burbank Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70820 Phone: (225) 389-5511 Fax: (225) 389-8279 Central 13016 Gurney Road Baton Rouge, LA 70818 Phone: (225) 389-5177 Fax: (225) 389-8980 Kleinpeter 14431 Airline Highway Baton Rouge, LA 70817 Phone: (225) 389-5114 Fax: (225) 389-7823 Scotlandville 1270 Rosenwald Baton Rouge, LA 70807 Phone: (225) 389-5105 Fax: (225) 389-7829 Zachary-Plains 23060 Brian Road Zachary, La 70791 Phone: (225) 389-5037 Fax: (225) 389-8700 Pride-Chaneyville 12828 Jackson Road, Zachary, La 70791 Phone: (225) 289-8985 Fax: (225) 389-8988

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Incognito, Barkeley and Wilbon Use the N-Word By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist

Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin, both of the Miami Dolphins, have dominated the news in the sports world for the past two weeks, but for all the wrong reasons Supposedly, Martin was “bullied” by Incognito to the point that Martin left the team indefinitely. Each plays on the offensive line, stands more than 6 feet, and weighs more than 300 pounds. Incognito has a checkered past dating back to his college days at the University of Nebraska. He has been suspended or disciplined from every team he has played on for various forms of conduct detrimental to the team. After recent voicemails of Incognito using the N-word and threatening Martin’s family became public, the Dolphins suspended him indefinitely. Many have voiced their opinions on the Dolphin’s situation, but none of them deal with the real facts of this case. If you have never been in a professional locker room or on the sidelines during a game, this may be alien to you. In Proverbs 4:7, the Bible states, “Wisdom is the principle thing, therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.” There are things that are done and spoken in the context of professional sports that those outside of that circle will never relate to or understand. Language and behavior that would never be accepted in other settings is the norm in professional sports. A visit to the locker rooms or sidelines are not for the faint of heart. Still, I put this whole debacle with the Miami Dolphins at the feet of the Black players on the team as well as the Black community

in general. Several players on the Dolphins have said that Incognito was an “honorary Black” – whatever that means. Most people gain “honorary” status into a group by doing something positive to advance that group’s cause or mission. So, because Incognito learned how to use the N-word, they made him a member our community? Really? Remember, we are the same group that claimed Bill Clinton was the first Black president because he played the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall’s TV show and had extramarital affairs. The N-word is generously used on NFL sidelines, during the game, and in the locker rooms. Everyone in the NFL is not only aware, but has heard this type of crude language incessantly when around players. The same can be said of the NBA. Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes was recently fined $25,000 by the NBA after he was ejected from a game his team won 111-103. He tweeted, “I love my teammates like family, but I’m DONE standing up for these n——.” The fine prompted former Phoenix Sun star Charles Barkley to comment on TNT: “I’m a black man. I use the N-word. I’m going to continue to use the N-word with my black friends, with my white friends, they are my friends…Hey Ernie, in a locker room and with my friends, we use racial slurs. I understand he should not have made it public.” Barkley has the IQ of room temperature, so his comments are not nearly as surprising Michael See N-WORD, on page 5

Forcing Poor People to Go Hungry By Lee A. Daniels

NNPA Columnist Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government’s forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horse-trading in Washington that has erased a critical portion of the alreadymeager subsidy the federal food stamp program provides the more than 47 million Americans who receive it. And it’s a virtual certainty more draconian cuts in the program will be made – cuts that increase the threat millions of men, women and children will in years to come endure not only hunger but also a host of health and health-related problems that the combination of hunger and poverty will produce or intensify. This is the quagmire a nation with a huge surplus of food must find its way out of. As usual when it comes to federal aid to poor and workingpoor Americans, the issue isn’t really the actual availability of funds for aid. The issue is politics – and the deepening showdown in the nation between compassion and callousness. But it’s also a matter of the House Republicans majority’s refusal to recognize that the food stamp program is a bulwark against the social and economic catastrophe widespread hunger in America would produce. On November 1, Congress allowed to expire without replacement a temporary boost in the food-stamp program budget provided by funds from the 2009 economic stimulus package. The expiration reduced the monthly allotment food stamp recipients get by $11 for a one-person household to $36 monthly for a family of four. The increase had been the government’s response to the need of the program – its formal name is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP) – to cope with the sharp rise in the numbers of Americans needing aid to buy food. That increase was driven overwhelm-

ingly by the Great Recession’s erasing more than 8 million jobs from the nation’s workplace. As joblessness grew, so did the numbers of people seeking food stamps. As a result, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the program’s budget ballooned from $35 billion in 2007 to $80 billion now as its enrollment swelled from 26 million to its current level of one out of every seven Americans. Earlier this year, a majority of Republicans in the GOP-dominated House of Representatives, chanting their mantra of fiscal responsibility, approved as part of the farm bill Congress is considering a provision that would cut $40 billion from SNAP over 10 years. The SNAP provision in the Democratic-controlled Senate version of the bill differs significantly. It proposes a $4 billion reduction. The House proposal would deny benefits to 3.8 million people next year and an average of 3 million each succeeding year, according to the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, a nonpartisan think tank, and usher in a situation of social catastrophe akin to that of some Third-World countries. But the Senate version looks better only by comparison with its extreme counterpart. The harshness of the regime it would produce can be glimpsed by examining the affect the mandated November 1 cut is already having on food stamp recipients – people who by the program’s very eligibility requirements have very low incomes and no financial resources to withstand even minor emergencies. For example, the monthly reductions in allotments that took place this month loom larger given that eligibility for food stamps is limited to those at or below the poverty line: a gross income of $15,030 for a twoperson household, to $23,050 for a family of four. The CBPP report calculated that the November 1 cut reduces the average amount recipients have to spend on each See HUNGRY, on page 7

Republicans’ Crocodile Tears over Health Care By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist

Republicans have no shame. After House Republicans voted more than 40 times to block implementation of what they derisively call Obamacare, they have the temerity to complain that the Obama administration flubbed the Oct. 1 rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Fred Upton (R-Mich,), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee who voted against the Affordable Care Act, held a hearing on “the failures and issues surrounding the implementation of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) health insurance exchanges.” Do Republicans who were willing to shut down the federal government because they couldn’t repeal the ACA want us to believe they honestly care about why the health care program had problems during its initial rollout? Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) isn’t buying it. He said, “For the last few years my Republican friends have called the Affordable Care Act a ‘job killer,’ a ‘threat to liberty,’ and that it would ‘pull the plug on Grandma.’ They have said things like ‘We have to do everything in our power to prevent Obamacare,’ and ‘Obamacare. Get rid of it. Period.’ “All of the sudden, our friends on the other side of the aisle have forgotten this, and are now focused on the successful

implementation of the law and the problems it faces. This is encouraging, and I hope this is a sign that we can work together on this critical issue.” Don’t hold your breath. While acknowledging that his administration “fumbled” the ball when it came to the Oct. 1 rollout, President Obama has become a serial apologist. He has personally accepted the blame when, in fact, few are asking where was Chief of Staff Denis McDonough during all of this. His primary job is to protect the president and he, along with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, failed miserably. If the White House staff had studied the rollout of Romneycare in Massachusetts, they would have discovered that it, too, had a shaky start, getting only 123 signups in the first month; 2,289 after two months and 36,167 after 11 months. Yet, Mitt Romney, America’s Biggest Looser, has the gall to criticize the federal health law that was patterned after the one he proudly signed and later tried to disavow. Friendly fire has come from Bill Clinton, the man who temporarily lost his Arkansas bar license for lying about having sex with a White House intern. He’s in no position lecture President Obama and anyone else about keeping their word to Americans. Furthermore, Obama did what Clinton attempted and failed – he got health care reform legisla-

tion passed by Congress. It was certainly needed. According to a report by the Commonwealth Fund, “As previous studies have shown, health care spending in the U.S. dwarfs that found in any other industrialized country. In 2009, U.S. spending reached nearly $8,000 per capita. The other study countries spent between one-third (Japan and New Zealand) and two-thirds (Switzerland and Norway) as much.” A press release accompanying the study noted, “There were 2.4 physicians per 1,000 population in the U.S. in 2009, fewer than in all the countries in the study except Japan. The U.S. also had the fewest doctor consultations (3.9 per capita) of any country except Sweden. Relative to the other countries in the study, the U.S also had few hospital beds, short lengths of stay for acute care, and few hospital discharges per 1,000 population. On the other hand, U.S. hospital stays were far more expensive than those in other countries – more than $18,000 per discharge. By comparison, the cost per discharge in Canada was about $13,000, while in Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Germany it was less than $10,000.” It added, “Prices for the 30 most commonly used prescription drugs were a third higher in the U.S. compared to Canada and Germany, and more than double the amount paid for the same drugs in Australia, France, the

Putting the ‘Black’ in Black Friday By Ron Daniels NNPA Guest Columnist The Christmas season provides an excellent opportunity for Africans in America to engage in a season of resistance. The corporate retail establishment in this country is heavily dependent upon this season for consumers to participate in a frenzy of buying to buttress their bottom line. The unofficial kick-off of the “shop until you drop” season is the Friday after Thanksgiving, which called Black Friday. This is the day corporate retail giants begin an all out effort to induce, seduce, bribe and otherwise “persuade” consumers to buy enough goods to enable companies to “break into the black” – achieve profitability for the year. Unfortunately, the sons and daughters of formerly enslaved Africans in America, who complain about the oppressive conditions of stop-and-frisk, joblessness, the War on Drugs, crime, violence, fratricide and the murder of unarmed Black men such as Trayvon Martin and Black women such as Renisha McBride are not immune to the seductive appeal of the Christmas season.

On Black Friday – actually, Thanksgiving afternoon – Black consumers will lineup with liberated White folks in the reckless race to give our hard earned/precious dollars to the oppressor. We are addicted. We must educate and organize to kick the habit. Collectively, Black people continue to be neglected, disrespected, disregarded and abused because we have become too tame, tolerant and even accepting of our oppression. This is not to say that there is no fight-back or resistance. The problem is that we lack a “critical mass,” a much larger number of Black people, who are sufficiently enraged and outraged, to act decisively to promote and protect/defend our interests and aspirations. This is the challenge we must overcome. Black Friday should mark a critical point of resistance for Black people, a time when Black consumers utilize the billions of dollars in our hands as a weapon to advance the Black freedom struggle. I have often said if Black people would commit to “keeping Christ in Christmas,” focus on the spiritual and family aspects of the season and consciously refuse to participate in

the senseless buying frenzy, the White Corporate establishment would come running, asking what concessions they should make to end the economic sanctions. Black people have more than 1 trillion dollars of consumer buying power in our hands. The question is whether we have the consciousness, commitment and discipline to use it to promote and defend Black interests. There is no better time to renew a spirit of resistance than the present. Black people all across the nation should resolve to buy Black on Black Friday. At a minimum, Black people should seek out Black businesses and purchase as many gifts as possible from them to bolster the Black economy. Veteran activists, including Bob Law, have long advocated Support Black Business Days to encourage Black consumers to shop at Black stores. He is advocating a similar campaign this year. In addition, Black communities can organize Black Expos on Black Friday where scores of Black vendors and businesses can be assembled under one roof to display their wares for sale. For example, in New York,

Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.” The new law will give Blacks more access to health care. A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, titled, “Health Coverage for the Black Population Today and Under the Affordable Care Act,” found: “Nationwide, just over one in five (21%) of Blacks do not have health insurance. However, the likelihood of being uninsured varies widely across states, ranging from 9 percent of Blacks in Delaware to 30 percent in Louisiana. Uninsured rates for nonelderly Blacks are particularly high in the South. The largest uninsured nonelderly Black populations reside in Florida (718,800), Texas (613,100), and Georgia (594,600). In addition, Blacks comprise a large share of the uninsured population in the District of Columbia (52%), Mississippi (48%), and Louisiana (42%).” As much as Obama, in his words, fumbled the ball, there is no reason to forfeit the game, especially in the first quarter. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at www.twitter. com/currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook

under the visionary leadership of Rev. Dennis Dillon, the Emancipation 2013 Freedom Coalition is organizing a two day Black Friday Expo November 29 and 30h at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. This kind of Expo could become a model for Black communities nationwide. The Support Black Business Days and Black Expo events exemplify the first principle of the utilization of Black consumer power – Black dollars should be used to support Black businesses and entrepreneurs as a means of building a strong economic infrastructure to employ Black people. The second principle of the utilization of Black consumer power is that companies/corporations that depend on Black dollars must be compelled to reinvest in Black communities. Black dollars should be used as leverage with businesses and corporations that depend on Black consumer dollars. It is reasonable to expect and demand that businesses and corporations that we patronize reinvest dollars back into the Black community in the form of jobs, advertisement in Black See BLACK FRIDAY, on page 7

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THE CHURCH LADY REPORT Devil, You Can’t Steal My Joy; You Can’t Hey babies it is a wonderful day to be alive. I hope that all of you are doing well and are still saved and yet holding on. As I tell you all the time God is good all the time and all the time God is good. Just to be here is a blessing darlings. Well the city is sad right about now because we have lost one of our great leaders. Dr. Theodore Jetson Jemison Sr. Activist & Civil rights leader, Pastor and preacher left here on last week to go and be with Jesus. Dr. Jemison will be sorely missed. Do ya’ll know that this man was the one who helped to organize the bus boycott here is Baton Rouge, and he was so successful at it that the late great dr. martin Luther King Jr. came down here to get his input on how to do it elsewhere? Babies that Jemison was a trailblazer. He came from a good Christian family. His daddy was a preacher and they were all Baptist to the bone. That is why he led the National Baptist Convention for 12 years. Now they tell me that they are going to have his funeral on Saturday November 23, 2013 down there at the church where he pastored those 54 years. Fifty-four years…how in the world did any one man put up with you church folk for 54 years? I will never understand how that happens. Anyway, do you know that Jemison will lie in state at the State Capitol Rotunda in Baton Rouge on Friday,

Take From Me What You Didn’t Give Me By Donald Lee

Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Yeah Chile, now isn’t that something. I tell you this is history making again. Babies we can see the hand of God. Please pray for this family and all of us who mourn the loss of this great man. Well-done pastor Jemison! Well done! Well, there is not a lot more going on in the city and if it is I don’t know anything about it because you people just won’t send me the news. I need you to send me that church news people so I can get the word out. Now by now ya’ll ought to know I won’t tell all of your business; just what the people need to know. So send me some news please, and don’t send it the day before the event because you all sometimes wait until the last minute for everything. I’m not fussing I’m just saying that’s all. Anyway, I’m glad that you all are still here sweeties so just stay saved, be safe and go to give God some praise. I’m about to get out of here so ya’ll be good and I’ll see you in church.

I believe there’s a big misperception generally that the devil is out to rob people of their “things” (as in material things). These material possessions include their homes, their jobs, and their hobbies — things that they hold dearly to their hearts. And when they lose these things, they also lose their “joy,” their peace, their sense of accomplishment. As a result, they become filled with depression, malice, hatred, hardened hearts, and they begin to wallow in self-pity and envy toward others. Some people resort to entertaining thoughts of suicide. Some have committed suicide, literally, while others have done so emotionally or metaphorically. This is because they haven’t learned or understood that it is not the “things” that people have that the devil is after. Oh, sure, they are means to an end. Don’t get me wrong. But the devil knows that if he can deceive or dupe people out of their joy — if he can rob you out of your joy — he can render you harmless to his kingdom (of darkness), he can protect his interests, which include keeping people in defeat, his attempt to throw a jab at God. Romans 12:12 (NIV) says, Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. James 1:2-4 adds, Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you

face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. In other words, the Lord is reminding us that when the devil attacks us; the Lord has already installed in us a mechanism to continue functioning at an optimal level. That mechanism is the joy of the Lord, which the Holy Spirit in every believer possesses. The Spirit of the true and living God reminds us that trials and setbacks are nothing more than mere tests to

promote us to the next dimension in God’s blessings for our lives. In them, we grow — we mature. Philippians 4:4 tells us, Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! If that’s not reassuring, I don’t know what is. Put another way, whenever the devil hits you with his best shot, know that the joy God gave you — when utilized — smacks the devil right back — hard!!! And rather than you getting frustrated and forfeiting the control God gave you, the devil gets frustrated. If anybody is to get frustrated and become a nervous wreck, let it be the devil, not you.

So, when the devil attacks you, remember to remind him that he’s barking up the wrong tree. Don’t let him steal your joy. Donald Lee is founder-pastor of Kingdom Living Christian Center in Dallas. Join him from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. (CST) Mondays through Fridays for prayer at (218) 862-4590 (code 279498#) and for the Sowing of the Word from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Sundays. He may be reached at (225) 773-2248 or Also, visit him at


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ering all children. the citizens of the nation must the CDF Action Council, build- demand that our leaders free our ing on the best practices in states children from the false ideological and lessons learned about children and political tugs of war among falling weight throughloss, the bureaucratic put excess support which can go those who Involve your profits entireahead family. cracks of Medicaid and SChiP, of children’s lives. strongly urged Congress to enact how well did Congress protect the All healthy Children Act, children in 2007? Not well enough: S. 1564/h.r. 1688, introduced 276 Members of Congress had by representative Bobby Scott good CDF Action Council Con(D-VA) in the house and Senator gressional Scorecard scores of 80 Bernie Sanders (i-Vt) in the Sen- percent or higher, and 198 of those ate. the measure would provide had stellar scores of 100 percent. comprehensive benefits including But 231 members scored 60 percent dental and mental health, simpli- or lower—a failing grade from our fied bureaucracy, and a national school days. eligibility plan for families up to Whether Members of Congress 300 percent of the federal poverty are liberal, conservative or modlevel. We thank the 62 house co- erate; Democrat, republican or sponsors for their support. how- independent, children need all of ever, we regret that neither a single them to vote, lobby, speak for and house republican nor any other protect them. Adults need to listen Senator joined them to push for carefully to what candidates say coverage for all children. they will do for children and famithe CDF Action Council strongly lies and, once they are in office, supports long overdue health cov- we need to hold them accountable. erage for everyone in America as Please thank your Members of Consoon as possible—because children gress with scores of 80 percent or cannot wait. As SChiP comes up above and let those with scores of again for reauthorization in early 60 percent or below know you are 2009, we hope every Member of dissatisfied with their performance. Congress will insist on covering And please convey that same mesevery child and pregnant mother sage to each presidential candidate. now by enacting and adequately We must demand that our leaders funding the provisions of the All commit to children as a condition healthy Children Act. of our vote. Specious claims that we could not find the money—$70 billion Marian Wright Edelman is Presiover five years—to cover all dent of the Children’s Defense Fund children is belied by that amount and its Action Council whose Leave spent in eleven months for tax cuts No Child Behind® mission is to for the top one percent of richest ensure every child a Healthy Start, Americans and in seven months a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe for the iraq War. We do not have Start and a Moral Start in life and a money problem in America: We successful passage to adulthood have a priorities and political will with the help of caring families deficit. it is time for all adults to and communities. protect the health of our children. a long way in helping a person at Cook a balanced meal. Share a high risk for type 2 diabetes delay brisk walk, talk with your family alk its onset. adio from page 4 about your health and your family’s or prevent

cardiovascular risk, they may also strengthen their cognitive health. “What’s good for your heart is good for your brain,” says Jennifer Thursday, November Manly, Ph.D., Alzheimer’s Associa-21, 2013 • The Weekly Press • Page 7 tion spokesperson. “every healthy heartbeat pumps about one-fifth of your blood to your brain to carry on the daily processes of thinking, problem solving and remembering.” “By the year 2030, the number of African Americans age 65 or older is expected to more than double to 6.9 million,” risk. said emil Matarese, diabetes Schools, workM.D., sites, Preventive care is critical to American heart Association spokesperson. “Although Alzheimer’s is not part of normal aging, age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. So it is important that African Americans take steps now to decrease their risk of heart disease, improving health and identifying which research has shown could early signs of disease or risk-factors. That is why the Affordable Careheart Act and brain heal shows a link between also decrease the risk of cognitive Research ensures that, incould non-grandfathered heart function lead to impaired brain functio decline.” health plans, Americans at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes can receive diabetes screening, diet counseling and obesity screening with no out-of-pocket cost. Additionally, screening for gestational diabetes is available at no additional (NAPSi)-here’s an alert worth ness of diabetes, particularly when charge for pregnant women. In increased p paying attention to: According to it is left undiagnosed and untreated. 2014, Americans cannot be denied delay or pr the American Diabetes Association the daycoverage is held onbecause the fourththey tuesday health have diabetes. (ADA), learning your risk for type 2 of every March. Among diabetes or any other pre-existing diabetes could save your life. on that day, people are encourfor type 2 condition. Diabetes is a serious disease that aged to take the Diabetes risk test, weight, sed Initiatives such as First Lady strikes nearly 21 million children either with paper and pencil or online. 45 and hav Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move and adults in the U.S. it is named the risk test requires users to answer diabetes. Af program, the questions Centers for Disease the “silent killer” because one-third seven simple about age, Native Ame Control and Prevention (CDC)’s of those with the disease--more than 6 weight, lifestyle and family history-- islanders a National Diabetes Prevention Pro- are women million--do not know they have it. all potential risk factors for diabetes. gram and the10 National For many, diagnosis may come People scoring points orDiabetes more are more than Education partnership seven to 10 years after the onset of at a high riskProgram for type (a 2 diabetes and the Dia of the National Institutes type 2 diabetes. early diagnosis is are encouraged to talk withofaHealth health and CDC) are helping Americans critical for successful treatment and care professional. all estimated ages take 54 action to improve can delay or prevent some of the of An million Ameritheir health and that of the nation. complications such as heart diseases, cans have pre-diabetes. those with To learnhave more about what levyou blindness, kidney disease, stroke and pre-diabetes blood glucose canhigher do to prevent or control amputation. els than normal but diabetes, not high please see that’s one reason the ADA holds enough to www.YourDiabetesInfo. be diagnosed with type or the American Diabetes Alert® Day, 2org diabetes. a one-day wake-up call to inform the early For intervention informationvia on lifestyle the NaAmerican public about the serious- changes such Prevention as weight Program, loss and tional Diabetes please visit prevention. No For a fraud alert for people and places of worship can also be with diabetes, see http://oig.hhs. If you part of the diabetes prevention and gov/newsroom/news-releases/2012/ scree management solution. alert20120309.asp. scree

National Diabetes Month and 2013 World Diabetes Day

By HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

During National Diabetes Month-- we join with individuals living with diabetes, their families, advocates, and health care professionals to raise awareness of this devastating disease around the world. Combating diabetes is a serious public health issue. More than 340 million people worldwide have diabetes. Recognizing the urgency of this public health problem globally, this May the World Health Assembly adopted a global target to stop the rise in diabetes by 2025. As the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, diabetes affects nearly 26 million Americans of all ages. Another 79 million adults are estimated to have prediabetes, a condition that places them at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. While we have made progress in research leading to improved treatment of diabetes, the burden of this complex disease continues to rise. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations not caused by injury, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States. Diabetes also is



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a major cause of heart disease and stroke. Preventing type 2 diabetes and its complications can improve the quality of life for millions of people and save billions of dollars. The direct and indirect costs of diabetes in 2007 were as much as $174 billion. Yet, while type 2 diabetes is often preventable, more and more people – including young people -- are at risk for type 2 diabetes due partly to the obesity epidemic and aging of the U.S. population. Currently there is no way to prevent type 1 diabetes, which is most commonly diagnosed in children and young adults. However, researchers continue their work to identify risk factors and explore preventive measures. It is important to keep in mind the theme of HHS’s National Diabetes Education Program for National Diabetes Month this year: Diabetes is a family affair. Diabetes strikes individuals, but families, communities, and our Nation. Encouraging research shows that taking small steps, such as adding vegetables and fruits to your diet and getting 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week, can help manage type 2 diabetes and improve health. These lifestyle changes can

the Home Instruction Program for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters (HIPPY), after which she became Principal of William Guste Elementary School. Prior to her appointment at LandryWalker, she served as principal at O. Perry Walker Charter High School until the school was unified with L. B. Landry High School. Under her leadership O. Perry Walker achieved local, state, and national recognition for its rigorous academic program and significant gains in student achievement. The world-renowned jazz musician Irvin Mayfield will host the event. There will also be live music featuring the LandryWalker “Chosen Ones” Brass Band and Gina Brown. Cocktails begins at 6:00 p.m., the awards presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.

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Black Friday media, sponsorships and contributions to worthy causes. And, we should not accept peanuts or chump change in exchange for the massive dollars we spend, enriching businesses and corporations owned by interests external to the Black community. Our inner-city neighborhoods are dying for lack of jobs and investment. Therefore, we cannot permit businesses to grow fat off our dollars without demanding reinvestment in our communities. Those who refuse


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meal by 10 cents – from $1.50 per meal to $1.40 per meal. For a family of four the cut amounts to the loss of 21 or 22 meals a month. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, most SNAP recipients work, but at low-wage jobs that after paying for their rent and such other necessities as transportation, leave them out of enough money to buy enough food to eat. In 2007, half of all food stamp users lived in the suburbs, according to an analysis of census data by the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. Now, it’s 55 percent. More than 900,000 of those enrolled are veterans. The 21 million children in households

that get food stamps constitute a quarter of all American children. In other words, they’re ordinary Americans who deserve our compassion and government aid because they have contributed, are contributing, or, regarding the children, have the potential to contribute to the larger society. In that regard, the ounce of prevention of funding the nation’s food stamp program at a level that properly responds to the need is the far wiser course to follow. Lee A. Daniels is a longtime journalist based in New York City. His latest book is Last Chance: The Political Threat to Black America


all funny or remotely appropriate about the use of a lynching reference about Michelle obama,’’ he said. ‘’it’s - i’m speechless.’’ As President Bush pointed out so eloquently during the Black Starting this week, parish history Month event, the noose health units around the state began represents ‘’more than a tool of offering flu vaccinations to all Louimurder but a tool of intimidation’’ siana residentsofofAfrican-Ameriage to be vacto generations cinated; the Department of Health cans. Nooses not only robbed some and Hospitals announced of their lives but many Monday. of their Inpeace addition to protecting against the of mind. seasonal flu, new studieswesuggest ‘’As a civil society, must the vaccine may also protect against understand that noose displays heart attacks and stroke. and lynching jokes are deeply Untilthey now, flu at Louioffensive. areshots wrong. And siana’s parish were rethey have nohealth placeunits in America served only high-risk groups, in today,’’ he for said. order to ensure that those who most Neither o’reilly nor ingraham needed thereprimanded vaccine could a shot. has been byget their reBased on the level of demand from spective employers even though the“high Fox News offer the risk”personality populationdid and the a half-hearted abundance of fluapology. shots being offered At least ingraham didn’t drop at local clinics and pharmacies, the l-word butopening her suggestion that DHH is now its vaccine a former toSharpton, the general public.presidential Those who candidate respectedthe member of would likeand to receive seasonal thevaccination African-American community flu at a parish health and should beyond,bring is a petty thief unit proof of reeks insurof race-baiting and negative steance, Medicaid or Medicare. Those reotyping of African-Americans without insurance will be charged and Supplies black men particular. $10. at in parish health units But it’s hardly the first or time eiare limited, so call first make ther has venturedTo into questionable an appointment. find your local and offensive territory. how can parish health unit, click here. DHH is urging Louisianians to protect themselves and their famifrom pageseasonal 4 lies yStem by getting this year’s flu vaccination. In the United States, seasonout begins October cally flu pointed thatinchanges and runsoccur through Though which in aApril. human being flu is activity is currently low,the flucore searedirected to pull from son in Louisiana typically peaks of his own humanity to reaffirm inself February. It is not too he early worth and purpose. willto get the peak of flu thenprotected by naturefor acquire the will to season. do for himself and others. Every year, millionstoofcover indiSpace is not available viduals contract flu, with more concerns of sothemany people than 36,000 people in the U.S. dying from this virus and more than 200,000 going to the hospital. Influenza also has a tremendous impact on school attendance and on the families of school children. Twenty-eight percent of schoolaged-children get influenza each year. For every 100 school children, influenza accounts for 63 missed school days a year. Of every 100 children who get the flu, 25 family members will come down with the flu within three days. “Right now, flu activity is low in Louisiana, but that will not always be the case and it’s no reason to let your guard down,” said DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert. “Getting a flu vaccination now will help protect you throughout this year’s flu season. I want to speak specifically to parents today in urging people to take responsibility in protecting themselves and their families against the flu. Children who miss school because of this illness can’t learn, and parents fully understand the struggles of caring for a sick child. This is such a simple step every parent can take. I challenge Louisiana moms and dads to beat the national trends and raise our rates of children’s flu vaccinations starting today.” The flu vaccine, which the

we forget o’reilly’s less-thaninformed comments regarding a dinner he shared last year with Sharpton at Sylvia’s in harlem? o’reilly expressed surprise over how similarSylvia’s was to other federal Centers for Disease Control restaurants in New York restauand Prevention (CDC) recommends rants. for anyone older than six months, is ‘’there wasn’t one person in the best protection getting Sylvia’s who was against screaming, the flu. Healthy people between ‘M-Fer, i want more iced tea,’’’ thesaid. ages of 2 and 49 - those who he are andPost’s do not have Asnot the pregnant Washington robchronic illnesses also have inson sadly observed on MSNBCthe to get theyou live,can attenuated inoption February, ‘’All go by through nasal spray.And People isvaccine his words and his actions. should he keepsconsult saying their thesehealth thingsprofesthat sionals about whether theme.’’ shot or sound pretty darn racist to the nasal is betteranything for them. has talk spray radio learned “Vaccines thefall? bestof prefrom imus’ declineare and ventive measure have to help course not, becausewe it didn’t take fight too the spread this illness, imus terriblyoflong to get aand new gig. we encourage everyone to get their our nation’s outletsnot seasonal flu shot media to help protect should not providebut a platform for only themselves, their families racialhostility hateful and friends asand well,” saidspeech Assistant now or in thefor future. What kind ofJ.T. Secretary Public Health messageare we sending chilLane. “Every one of to usour is respondren, andhealth. our world? sibleour fornation our own Simple in such anwe historic decisions makeelection every year, day go we cannot stand aside andhealthier allow a long way to building individuals to useisthe airwavessafe outcomes. There no simpler, asand aneffective outlet for insensitive decision we canand make misguidedcommentary. if you to stay healthy this flu season than hear something offends you, getting the flu that vaccine.” speak up. The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which is an infection of the respiratory system that causes fever, cough, sore throat, runny/ stuffy nose, chills, fatigue and body aches. Mostwith people get the flu concerned thewho conditions treat their symptoms there. at home atcan Jetson. it is happening with rest and medication. But, What i do know is that most offor some people, the flu is a bigger these youth can be changed, from threat andincan cause more serious contrition a prepatory school illnesses, as pneumonia, for Angola such to rehabilitation for or adeath. positive life that may lead to a peopleglory. for whom vaclife ofOther meritorious That is cination especially important are: the Way IisSee It! • People who live in nursing

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The 40th Annual Bayou Classic at the Mercedes Benz Superdome The Bayou Classic is only a couple of weeks away! Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance, and take advantage of our Family & Friends Special! Buy two Loge tickets and get one game ticket for free. Join us for the 40th Annual Bayou Classic on Saturday, November 30th, as the Southern University Jaguars take on the Grambling State University Tigers. Kick-off is at 1:30pm. Whether you will be visiting friends, or bringing your entire family, there is something for everyone! Ancillary events surrounding the game include the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Bayou Classic Golf Tournament, Battle of the Bands & Greek Show, the

Empowerment Exchange, and Fan Fest. Visit for the complete schedule of events. Tickets are available at the following locations: Ticketmaster, the New Orleans Arena Box Office, the Southern University Box Office, the Grambling State University Box Office, and the Bayou Classic website (


Southern Overwhelms Clark Atlanta 53-0 BATON ROUGE, LA — Lenard Tillery ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns and Kylum Favorite added 108 yards and three scores as Southwestern Athletic Conference west division champions Southern University knocked off Clark Atlanta, 53-0, on Saturday night at A.W. Mumford Stadium. Johnathan Mack intercepted a pass and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter and SU (7-4) never looked back. The Jaguars rolled up 318 yards rushing. Dray Joseph only attempted 12 passes, completing nine, including a 44-yard touchdown pass to Lee Doss. Joseph finished with 105 yards and the Jaguars amassed 423 yards total offense. Doss hauled in three catches for 61 yards. Darrius Coleman scored the fifth of the six rushing touchdowns on the night for SU and chipped in 75 yards on the ground.

On defense, Antonio Garrett finished with seven tackles and Anthony Balancier collected two sacks. CAU (3-7) only managed 91

yards offense, including eight on their only pass completion. They only had two first downs. Montavious Taylor finished with 49 yards rushing on 17 attempts.

Joshua Tate, Bre’na Williams, and Stevon McGill led the Panthers on defense. Tate and Williams each recorded 12 tackles and McGill added 10.

Horace Moody Intramural Sports Complex BATON ROUGE, LA- Southern University has announced an opening of its new, multimilliondollar intramural and recreational sports complex. The Horace Wesley Moody facility, located near student housing, is equipped with a fully stocked weight room and grand gymnasium. The university will offer Zumba, kickboxing and some classes catered to senior citizens. University administrators said the goal is to engage community participation from Southern University staff, alumni and their families. The grand opening was held November 16, 2013.


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