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Henry trying to ‘remove the cloud’ over campaign
McFall turns over information about absentee ballot request forms to State Attorney’s office
Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall has stopped her probe in-
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to absentee ballot request form irregularities related to Daytona Beach mayoral candidate Derrick Henry after being contacted by the State Attorney’s office. McFall confirmed to the
Daytona Times she met with Assistant State Attorney Bruce Bustanante last week and handed over information relating to absentee ballot request forms.
The elections supervisor was concerned this summer when three envelopes with absentee ballot request forms were mailed to her office in DeLand with Henry’s name and address on them in the upper lefthand corner. McFall told the Daytona Times she first suspected someone might be trying to set up Henry and she contacted him.
Henry: Let attorney examine ‘findings’ McFall said she is glad to have the final decision about the matter out of her hands. “I’m not an attorney. It could be carelessness or intent to break the law,” said McFall, adding that even before the State At-
torney’s office approached her, Henry had asked her to turn everything she had about the matter over to the State Attorney. “I have asked the Supervisor of Elections to turn over any ‘findings’ to the State Attorney, and remove the cloud over my campaign. The Supervisor herself stated in her interview with the (Daytona Beach) News Journal that “it is not illegal for a candidate to pass on absentee ballot request forms.’’ ‘’That is what happened in this situation,” said Henry in his written statement.
Aggressive absentee ballot campaigns Initially, McFall said her investigation into the matter would not be
completed until after the Nov. 6 general election when Henry will face Daytona Beach City Commissioner Edith Shelley for mayor of Daytona Beach. The State Attorney’s office, when contacted by the Daytona Times would not say if the office met with McFall. “I cannot confirm that she met with us or turned over paperwork to us because again, that type of question implies either way we are involved or there is a potential for an investigation,” said State Attorney spokesperson Klare Ly. McFall said Henry along with Congressman John Mica had an aggressive absentee ballot campaign for the Aug.14 primary. Please see HENRY, Page 2
Supporter of Henry learns vote didn’t count BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharonda Cowell, recreation leader at the John H. Dickerson Center, shows kids how to use the new computers.
Dickerson Center gets new computers for public’s use BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES email@example.com
There are 10 new computers at the John H. Dickerson Center and residents soon will be able to take classes to learn how to operate their own computer, surf the Internet and send emails. Sharonda Cowell, a recreation leader at the center for the past 12 years, says she can’t wait for people to start showing up to use the new computers. The computer lab will be open while she works from noon to 8 p.m. during the week. Cowell said this is not the first time the center has had computers. She said ones there in the past had been refurbished and there had been problems with them.
Tutoring for kids, seniors The computer lab is located in the Dick-
erson Center where the Dickerson Center Library was once housed. Also in the computer lab is a pool table and a big screen television, which can be used by residents not on the computers. Cowell said she along with others will be offering homework assistance to children and soon will begin a senior citizens computer class to teach the basics. “We are looking for partnerships with surround colleges to have students help school-age children with their homework,” Crowell noted. She said tutorial hours are tentative scheduled to be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The senior citizens computer classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Limited access to Internet sites Hours for the computer lab will be Monday through Thursday 1:30 - to 3:30
and 5 to 7 p.m. Access to computer lab will be available earlier depending on staff availability. The Dickerson Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “It is our hope students come to the labs to learn and use it to help improve their grades,” said Cowell. Cowell said Internet access is limited. Visitors can’t log on to pornography, chat websites, You Tube or Facebook. “Of course you can Google, Yahoo and visit similar websites,” said Cowell. Parent or guardians are encouraged to accompany their children during tutoring times. For more information, call the Dickerson Center at 386-671-5823 or the city’s Leisure Services Department at 386-671-8337. The Midtown Cultural and Education Center also has computers. For more details, call 386-671-5544.
A supporter and volunteer for mayoral candidate Derrick Henry learned recently that his absentee ballot was not counted during the Aug. 14 primary. Dr. Willie Kimmons received a letter from Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall dated Aug. 23. It stated that he had re- Dr. Willie turned an absen- Kimmons tee ballot for which “you were given credit for voting.’’ The letter further stated that the elections canvassing board was “unable to accept the ballot for tabulation as the signature on the returned absentee ballot voter certificate envelope did not match your signature on file.” The letter stated that according to a Florida statue “the signature on file at the start of the canvass of absentee ballots is the signature that shall be used in verifying the signature on the absentee ballot certificate.’’ According to the Volusia County Department of Elections, 350 absentee ballots received for the Aug. 14 primary were rejected by its canvassing board.
Kimmons wrote about election ‘tactics’ The Florida statue states that an absentee ballot shall be considered illegal if it does not include the signature of the elector as shown by the registration records. Kimmons was told “to ensure Please see KIMMONS, Page 2
Local CDC hosting free block party for community on Friday BY JAMES HARPER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a rough couple of years for the Central Florida Community Development Corporation. (CFCDC). CEO Gerald Chester said the community has stuck by the corporation. To show his gratitude and appreciation, the CFCDC is throwing a Summer End Block Party on Friday from 2 to 10 p.m.
Chester said the bad economy really impacted the organization founded and incorporated in 1982. A major portion of its revenue was lost. Chester said the organization also had to do battle with the Internal Revenue Service. The Central Florida Community Development Corporation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) community based organization. The mission is “to provide affordable housing opportunities, stimulate
investment in stagnant or declining communities, and improve the quality of life for low to moderate income persons.’’
‘We are alive’ Chester said it has managed to solve most of the problems and are once again in a good position to help others with foreclosure prevention, coaching people interested in putting together a business plan, and providing
information and resources when available to people interested in purchasing a home. “We are alive. We want to let the people know we are relevant,” Chester said about the importance of the block party. Chester has been with CFCDC for 15 years. “We had a rough start. The community stuck with us,” he remarked. “We have recovered from a number of things.” The block party will take place
on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Loomis and Verdell streets. The streets will be closed off. Most of the activity will take place on property next to the Buzy Bee Restaurant, which the CFCDC had a hand in opening and operating.
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Self defense for women Register now for the next self defense class for women on October 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Being able to recognize dangerous situations and knowing how to use your voice and body language to escape these kinds of situations can be life saving skills. The Daytona Beach Police Department is offering a twohour self-defense workshop for women residents of Daytona Beach. The next class is Wednesday, October 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at police headquarters, 129 Valor Boulevard in Daytona Beach. There is no cost for this potentially
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life-saving training. The workshop is specifically designed for women of all ages and will demonstrate how to escape an attack. It’s not like other programs that show participants how to kick and punch their way out. You will not be thrown around! The practical program will show you how to simply escape from the most common types of attacks. The moves are easy to remember and extremely effective. A participant’s age and level of fitness are not issues. The workshop is being offered in partnership with Simple Self Defense for Women For more information or to register for this class, call 386-295-2043. Space is limited and participants will be selected on a first-come, firstserved basis.
Volusia County Fair to premier new concerts The 68th annual Volusia County Fair & Youth Show promises to crank up the fun at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand from Nov. 1 – Nov. 11, 2012. Beginning Monday, Oct. 1, discounted admission tickets and ride wristbands for the Volusia County Fair & Youth Show will be available at more than 50 Walgreens stores throughout Volusia, Flagler and eastern Seminole Counties. Discounted admission tickets and ride wristbands will be sold at Walgreens stores through midnight Friday, Nov. 2. Prices for the discounted tickets are $6 for adults ages 13 and up (a $2 savings), and $4 for children ages 6-12 (a $1 savings). Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Wristbands for unlimited rides are $15 at
9-11 Blood & Marrow Drive set The Daytona International Speedway and Florida Blood Centers will join forces once again for the seventh annual 9-11 Blood & Marrow Drive on Saturday, Sept. 8 Daytona International Speedway. The 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. inside the Daytona 500 Club, located in the infield and just outside Gatorade Victory Lane. Donors can enter the Speedway through the Turn 4 or Turn 1 tunnels. Every guest who comes
to donate will receive: • A ticket to the 2013 Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race • Free commemorative T-shirt • An opportunity to win two Daytona 500 Club ticket packages for the 2013 Daytona 500 if a minimum of 500 units of blood are collected at the event • A chance to win two Daytona 500 Club ticket packages for the 2013 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola if a minimum of
henry from Page 1 McFall said the Mica campaign mailed or dropped off duplicate absentee ballot request forms for many of his constituents. Henry says he has no apologies for trying to help people vote. “Our commitment is to offer assistance, distribute forms, collect forms, and mail them to the appropriate office for review. And that was and is the extent of our involvement with voter registrations and absentee ballot application requests,” said Henry in a written statement to the Daytona Times. “Some ask why I bother to assist voters with absentee ballot applications, givDerrick en the fiasco of 2010 that Henry unexpectedly cost my Zone 5 commission seat. I make no apology for fervently pursuing the active participation of every citizen in our city,” Henry noted.
Henry: It’s a ‘witch hunt’ McFall said she was not planning to go to the State Attorney about the matter and
CDC from Page 1 and free food for all as well as a time for networking and hanging out with family and friends.
900 units of blood are collected at the event. Donors who schedule an appointment in advance will be entered to win one of five sets of AllAccess track tour tickets, the 90-minute guided tour of Daytona International Speedway. To make an appointment and find out more about the 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive, visit www.DriveToDonate.com or call 1-888936-6283.
was only considering sending a letter to Henry about carelessness when it comes to dealing with absentee ballots. She said it is not unusual for absentee ballot request forms to be mailed to her office with careless mistakes. Without any action on her part, McFall said she was contacted to meet with Bustanante. McFall also said she did not turn over information involving the Mica campaign to the state attorney involving his campaign’s absentee ballot request form issues. Henry is calling what is happening to him a “witch hunt,’’ an effort to malign his campaign. During Henry’s 2010 re-election campaign for city commission, he ordered more than 90 absentee ballots online. Henry was removed from his Zone 5 Daytona Beach city commission seat by then-Gov. Charlie Crist after he was charged with conspiracy to commit voter fraud and illegally obtaining absentee ballots. After paying fines and completing other orders by a judge, the charges against Henry were dropped last year. Henry has said in interviews he never intended to break the law and was working with his campaign manager only to increase voter turnout. After reaching a plea deal, Henry officially resigned as a city commissioner.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., senior citizens are asked to show up under a large tent for a free baked chicken dinner and drinks. From 5 to 7 p.m., people getting off work will be able to eat wings and drink beer, which is expected to
Walgreens through the end of the promotion. The Volusia County Fair & Youth Show opens at 4 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, and 9; at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and 10; and Tuesday, Nov. 6, Sunday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The Fair remains open until midway closes, with the exception of Sunday, Nov. 11 when closing is at 9 p.m. This year’s Volusia County Fair Concert Series includes internationally known acts that offer free general admission seating with gate admission: • Tracy Lawrence in concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3* • The Lettermen in concert, 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6* • The Farm in concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 Concert admission is free with Volusia County Fair gate admission. All seating is general admission, and is limited. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
KIMMONS from Page 1 your current signature is on file for future elections, please complete the enclosed voter registration application and return it to our office.” In a reader commentary printed in last week’s Daytona Times, Kimmons wrote about his concern that “some segments of our great city are awfully afraid of change and will do anything to distract, distort, divert and use fear tactics to try and sway voters from voting for Mr. Derrick Henry.’’ The educational consultant added, “I have confidence in the voters in our great city that they are sophisticated and astute enough to recognize what a small segment of our city is trying to do, divide and conquer. Fear, threats and intimidation may have worked in the ’40s, ’50’s and ’60s. It will not work in Daytona Beach’s mayoral election in November 2012.’’ Kimmons told the Times that he took his absentee ballot to the Supervisor of Elections office in DeLand and signed it there.
Signatures randomly checked Volusia County At Large Councilmember Joyce Cusack served on the canvassing board. Cusack said she knew who Kimmons was and wanted to push his ballot through but the signature did not match. “I tried all I could. He has changed his signatures. You have to compare the signatures,” said Cusack. Kimmons was one of hundreds of absentee ballots randomly checked on Aug. 14, the primary election day. Cusack said Kimmons had more than
one signature on file and none matched his signature on the ballot. “I would have pushed it through if I could have. There is no way that signatures could have passed,” said Cusack. “All you got to do is sign your name. Our folks died to be able to vote. I want every vote to count,” she added.
McFall: Request ballots now McFall said even though the November ballot is not completed, people can request absentee ballots now. She also wants registered voters to “make sure your signature is updated periodically especially before a major election.” Upon learning about Kimmons vote not counting, Henry expressed outrage to the Daytona Times. “The fact that Dr. Kimmons vote did not count is clear evidence that anyone can be disenfranchised and it is a clear example of why we must flood the polls in November to elect a president who cares about equality and local officials who have our best interest at heart,” said Henry. “We let too many important local elections slide through the cracks in the primary and we are now stuck with county officials who are out to rescind our progress,” he added. County Council members Joie Alexander and Cusack along with Judge David Foxman made up the canvassing board for the primary. McFall said the board was “very, very lenient” when it came to disqualifying ballots but absentee ballots with no signatures and signatures that did not match the signature on file had to be rejected.
be for sale. There will be free samples of sub sandwiches. At 7 p.m., the actual block party will begin and go until 10 p.m. There will be food and entertainment including a deejay. Crab legs and barbecue will be sold.
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Compiled by the Daytona Times Women’s Day and food giveaway The community is invited to celebrate Women’s Day on Sept. 9 during the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services at First Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. Presiding Elder Mary W. Robinson of the West Coast Conference of the 11th Episcopal District of the AME Church will be the speaker. Also scheduled is the monthly food giveaway held Sept. 8 from 1 p.m.-3 pm. More information: 386-446-5759. Allen Chapel to host AME conference The 113th session of the Central Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will take place Sept. 11-14 at the Allen Chapel AME Church, 580 George W. Engram Blvd. More than 1,000 delegates, laypersons, and youth from throughout Central Florida are expected to attend the four-day event. The conference will feature a number of workshops on such subjects as Christian education, social action, health and wellness, women’s and youth ministries. More information: 386-2551195. Human Services to host meetings Volusia County’s Human Services office will host two public meetings to provide information about services provided, identify gaps in
service, and elect a community representative and alternate to serve on the Human Services Advisory Board. The meetings will be held at the Chisholm Community Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., DeLand Sept. 7 at 3:30 p.m. and St. Ann Catholic Church’s educational building, 26 Dogwood Trail, DeBary Sept. 11 at 3:30 p.m. More information: Dawn Jackson, djackson@ co.volusia.fl.us or 386-7365956, ext. 12985. Fire department offers CPR classes The Daytona Beach Fire Department offers CPR courses, based on the American Heart Association 2010 guidelines, on the second Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The next class will be Sept. 8. The classes are held at Fire Station #7, 2545 LPGA Blvd., and costs $40 per person. More information: 386-671-4000. Midtown Board to meet The next meeting of the Midtown Redevelopment Area Board will be held Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the Commission Chambers 301 S. Ridgewood Ave. Daytona Commission meets Sept. 19 The next meeting of the City Commission will be
held Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the Commission Chambers 301 S. Ridgewood Ave. Rubio’s mobile office makes visit The office of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will hold office hours Sept. 12 from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at City Hall. 301 S. Ridgewood Ave. Church, Deltas plan health fair First Baptist Church of Palm Coast and the Palm Coast/ Flagler County Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will present a Community Health Fair on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 6050 Palm Coast Parkway. Health fair supervising physician Dr. Loray Blair-Britt will be the guest speaker. No medical insurance is needed for free health services involving screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass; chiropractic exams and exams for hearing and vision; medical and drug information, and elder care; HIV testing, skin assessment, pediatric health (ages up to 18), and breast exam videos. The Big Red Bus representing Florida Blood Centers will be on hand. More information: 386-4452020. Jazz trio performs Sept. 8 at library Relax to the cool jazz tunes of the Kenny MacKenzie Trio at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway. The group formed in New York City in 2000, plays weekly in several Manhattan jazz clubs. The musicians have released multiple albums. More information:
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386-424-2910, ext. 104, or www.volusialibrary.org. Nurse to discuss medical mistakes Mae Miner, RN, BSN, will present a course designed to educate health care professionals about the number of medical errors occurring in the United States and how to avoid them. The course will be held at Daytona State College Bldg. 320, room 541 on Sept. 17 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Three CEUs. $20. More information: Janine Roberson, 386506-3522. Extension offers lawn, landscape workshop The University of Florida/ Volusia County Extension will offer a Green Industries Best Management Practices Workshop from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6, at the Agricultural Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand. Participants can earn certificate and continuing education units. Registration is required by Sept. 4 with $25 fee. Registration form: http://volusia.org/extension/horticulture.htm under “Residential and urban horticulture.” The fee includes lunch. More information: 386-822-5778. Mentor training scheduled Sept. 18 Community Partnership for Children is recruiting mentors for teenage children in foster care. The next orientation will be held Sept. 18 from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Community Partnership for Children, 160 North Beach St. To register or for more information: Susan Hiltz, 386-547-2293 or Susan.Hiltz@cbcvf.org.
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly is scheduled to perform Oct. 5 at the House of Blues Orlando. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Library to show ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ free on Friday The Daytona Beach Regional Library – City Island and Cinematique will feature “To Kill a Mockingbird” as part of its bookand-movie series “Cinematique under the Stars” Friday, Sept. 7. The 1962 drama is based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning semi-autobiographical novel that has become a classic of modern American literature. The film, set in a small town in Alabama during the Great Depression, explores themes of racial and class injustice and the loss of childhood innocence through the eyes of 6-yearold Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Scout lives with her 10-year-old brother, Jem; their father, Atticus Finch, a respected attorney; and Calpurnia, the family’s housekeeper. When Atticus agrees to represent Tom Robinson, a Black man accused of rape, the trial and
the events surrounding it threaten to rip the fabric of the town apart. A book club discussion will begin in the library auditorium at 5 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk in Riverfront Park on the corner of Beach Street and Magnolia Avenue. Moviegoers should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Hot dogs, popcorn, candy and soft drinks will be available for sale. The rain date will be Sept 14. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library and the Volusia County Public Library system. Reservations are not required. For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.
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Glossing over the truth about our history When Khalil Muhammad speaks, people listen. He is a scholar, historian, and the director of the New York Public Library’s renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Muhammad knows a lot about the importance of being mindful of learning from history. When he spoke about equality of opportunity to 1,800 young leaders at a Children’s Defense Fund’s Haley Farm leadership training session in June, he explained that our nation is testing the old saying: “Those who can’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” He said: “Because of individual Black achievement, some today believe that we have finally reached the promised land of a colorblind equal opportunity America, and yet—and here’s the history lesson—this is the not the first time we’ve been to the mountaintop. Five generations ago, many Americans believed that the heavy lifting of building racial democracy had been completed. “What better proof, they claimed, than the election of more than a dozen African Americans to the United States Congress? From the 1870s through the turn of the 20th century, 14 Black men served in the U.S. House of Representatives and two Black men served in the U.S. Senate. Undeniably these were historic times, watershed events and moments for great optimism.”
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Civil War was just the beginning in a long string of false hopes that eventually became unfulfilled expectations. Muhammad noted that observers have continued to make the same mistake of unfounded optimism about racial equality over and over in the decades since then. Meanwhile, children are not being taught about past battles in the struggle for equality, even relatively recent ones—as shown by the recent National Assessment of Educational Progress that found only 2 percent of the nation’s high school seniors demonstrated basic knowledge of the Civil Rights Movement, including Brown v. Board of Education. Many students don’t learn about other pieces of the Black experience such as the full horror of slavery at all, and “by the time they enter college they don’t recall much Black history that wasn’t about Rosa Parks’ tired feet or King’s dream.”
History is being re-written and kept from our children, replaced by a hazy and sanitized version As it turned out, the golden Re- of events that can make it sound construction Era just after the as if the fight for racial equality is
already over with a happy ending rather than a continuing struggle demanding continuing vigilance. Muhammad warned that we gloss over the truth about our history at our peril. “Each generation must relearn the past in light of the present, and each generation must discern for itself the relative challenges that discrimination and inequality present for its survival.” Muhammad said, “We’ve heard so much from people over these last couple of years wanting to ‘take the country back’—prompting many of us, of course, to think, ‘Back to what?’ . . . If you hadn’t heard, Black and Brown babies are being born for the first time in American history at faster rates than White babies. The challenge here is to make sure that we don’t move towards apartheid, with a White minority running a majority Black and Brown country.” Are we up to that challenge? When it comes to racial inequality will we keep taking two steps forward and three back? Or, will America continue to move forward to ensure a level playing field for every child of every color and every income regardless of the lottery of birth?
Marian Wright Edelman is president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund (www. childrensdefense.org). Click on this story at www.daytonatimes.com to write your own response.
Who built what? The Republican National Convention’s theme was, “We Built This.” One of the speakers was Sher Valenzuela, a Delaware businesswoman who happens to be Latina. She touted the success of her upholstery business and implied it thrived because of her hard work. That’s only partly true. She also thrived because she started out with $2 million loan from the Small Business Administration, and got another $15 million in non-competitive government contracts. Would her company, First State Manufacturing, have made it without government help? Your guess is as good as mine. But the notion that “we built this” is extremely shortsighted. What exactly did these Republicans build without government help? They don’t even go to work every day in our nation’s Capitol without the help of unpaid enslaved people who toted rock and worked in hot sun to build our nation’s Capitol. It took until 2010 for our nation’s leaders to erect a plaque commemorating this effort. We built the Capitol? And it’s isn’t the same “we” the Republicans are talking about.
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ten by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annette Gordon Reed, “The Hemmings of Monticello’’ (2008). As she reprises some of former President Thomas Jefferson’s diaries, he writes about all the cotton and tobacco “we” planted. I had an amazing visual of Jefferson with a hoe picking and planting. He didn’t. He appropriated the effort of other people’s work, initiative, and infrastructure. He didn’t plant a thing. Enslaved people did the work. Based on his diaries, though, the man who died nearly bankrupt, expropriates the work of others in his use of the term “we.”
President Obama is right to talk about the way all enterprise is interconnected and the many ways that the government role stimulates business. Federal, state, and local government engage in pracRemembering enslaved tices that subsidize businesses It reminds me of a book writ- because they hope for a return,
or because they believe that there are benefits to the community that may come because of government investment. If Republicans want to know what “we” built, they need to look back to the record of former President George W. Bush. That president built a banking crisis, and gave banks nearly $800 billion to bail themselves out. Bush built an unemployment rate that continued to soar under the leadership of his successor, President Barack Obama. President Bush built a couple of wars, leaving the splash back to President Obama. Romney and Ryan; Do you own the house your party built, the house President Obama is trying to repair? Will you claim the “we” on this? Republicans need to be reminded of who built what when they walk into our nation’s Capitol. Some folks eagerly claim credit for their quasi-accomplishments. Others toil, and it takes more than 200 years for our nation to grudgingly acknowledge them. As a descendent of enslaved people, that “we built it” rhetoric repels me.
Julianne Malveaux is a D.C.based economist and author. Click on this story at www.daytonatimes.com to write your own response.
White racism in a green jacket Condoleezza Rice has a book titled: “No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington.’’ The question is “how high an honor” does the former secretary of state consider her invitation for membership in the Augusta National Golf Club? Racism has always been a major issue in the United States. Formal racial discrimination was largely banned in the mid-1960s and came to be perceived as socially unacceptable and/or morally repugnant as well. Historical racism continues in social circles, employment, housing, education, lending, and government. The Augusta National Golf Club is a famous golf site in Georgia. For years, it has been known as the most racist and bigoted institution in American sports. Hailed as a citadel of Southern privilege and exclusivity, the Augusta National Golf Club is a bastion of racism and sexism. America’s last plantation is an exclusive, genteel, wellcontrolled, orderly, polite, body where White millionaire members in green jackets are served by Black waiters, bartenders and caddies.
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1934. Augusta National Golf Club refused to admit Black members until 1990 and it has refused to allow women until recently adding female members: Rice, and South Carolina businesswoman, Darla Moore. Rice is a six-figure a year academic and board director for hire. Rice is the first African-American woman to serve as secretary of state and the first female national security adviser.
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Augusta National is not for “the 99 percent.” No need to apply to Augusta National; you have to be asked to join. Augusta National has about 300 members at any given time. Membership cost between $10,000 and $30,000 and annual dues are estimated to be less than $10,000 per year. Augusta National may be “out Blacks admitted in 1990 of the rough” by its admission of The club opened for play in Jan- women members. But basically, uary 1933 and has hosted the an- the club isn’t exactly an engine of nual Masters Tournament since social change as illustrated by its
dismal record toward Blacks. The first Black player, Lee Elder, didn’t play in the Masters until 1975. The first Black member of Augusta National, television executive Ron Townsend, was admitted in 1990. Never a millionaire, Townsend has been influential across America in a broadcast career that spanned nearly 40 years and included positions at CBS News and CBS-TV as well as with the Children’s Television Workshop. There are currently an estimated half-dozen Black members at Augusta, including Kenneth Chenault, president and CEO of American Express; Lloyd Ward, chief executive of the U.S. Olympic Committee and Virgis W. Colbert, retired executive vice president, Miller Brewing Company. A director of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., when he was extended an invitation to join Augusta National and was asked whether he agreed or disagreed with the club’s past policies, Colbert replied that he “was pleased and honored.”
William Reed is publisher of “Who’s Who in Black Corporate America” and is available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org. Click on this story at www.daytonatimes.com to write your own response.
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Obama needs to project more than ‘Hope’ The primary goal of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. this week is to highlight the sharp contrast between the policies of President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, his Republican opponent. Republicans concluded their national convention in Tampa and for the first time in 60 years, the GOP nominee didn’t make the argument that his party will do a better job in foreign affairs. President Obama took that issue away from Republicans by ending U.S. involvement in the war in Iran, bringing troops back from Afghanistan and approving a mission that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. With shifting U.S. demographics, the Tampa gathering may be the last national political convention that Republicans or any other party can make a racebased appeal to White voters. Despite token appearances by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Artur Davis, a former Democratic congressman from Alabama who couldn’t carry his own precinct in his bid for governor, Team Romney made a major appeal to its base. And the selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate served to underscore that point. The problem for Republicans is that the election will largely be decided by undecided independent voters. And Romney, a Massachusetts moderate-turnedconservative, can’t afford to appeal directly to that group without alienating ardent conservatives already suspicious of him.
Change in pocket Obama’s larger problem is that after campaigning four years ago on a theme of hope and change, there is not much of either today. His severest critics note that after promising change – that’s about all they have left in their pockets after nearly four years of his leadership. Of course, it’s impossible to bring about change by yourself. And Obama was naïve to believe that he could single-handedly change the political bickering in Washington. The party out of power is always plotting to regain control. However, Republicans reach-
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ed a new low when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced before Obama was sworn in that his top priority was to make sure Obama was a one-term president. And Republicans have sought to block Obama’s major initiatives, including his signature Affordable Care Act.
Obama outmaneuvered They outmaneuvered him on extending the Bush tax cuts. On the campaign trail, Obama promised to extend the Bush tax cuts only for individuals earning less than $200,000 and couples making less than $250,000, a position favored by most Americans. However, Obama consented to a GOP plan extending all tax cuts supposedly in exchange for extending unemployment benefits. Obama should have stood his ground and forced Republicans to vote on whether to extend unemployment benefits to people who had lost their jobs. House Republicans learned early that they could simply pretend to be interested in adopting bipartisan legislation. In an effort to court them, Obama would propose legislation that he hoped would appeal to conservatives. They would play along right up to the end and withdraw from the process, leaving Obama with proposals that even his base couldn’t support. The test this week for Obama is to demonstrate that he isn’t the same naïve former U.S. Senator he was four years ago in Denver. With Republicans hell-bent on not seeing Obama return to the White House, he needs to show that he has more than just the audacity of hope.
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WNV Perspective The mosquito-borne virus has altered how some people think about going outside. The virus has not only sickened humans but also horses, squirrels and especially birds. Far worse diseases have struck America and other countries. The common flu kills hundreds of times more people each year in the United States. Malaria’s annual death toll worldwide regularly stretches past a million. What’s different is the speed and spread of West Nile, an African disease. Before 1999, West Nile was a geographic term, not an illness. The virus had spread through the Middle East and even parts of Europe, but it had not been seen in either North or South America. New York City saw West Nile first. Then it slowly spread across the rest of the nation. With increased world trade and travel, other now-exotic diseases will travel the deadly path of West Nile through America, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “There will continue to be emerging and re-emerging microbes,’’ he said. “That’s the nature of the microbial world.’’ — Seth Borenstein, McClatchy Newspapers
West Nile virus isn’t big — so tiny that 25,000 could fit on the head of a pin — but it has left monster-sized footprints on the American landscape, thanks to that pesky little mosquito uman cases of West Nile virus (WNV) are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), illness from WNV is a seasonal epidemic flaring up in the summer months going into the fall, generally lasting from July through September. For warmer areas with mild winters, the threat can be year-round. As of Aug. 28, 1,590 cases of human WNV infections, including 65 deaths, have been reported for 2012, compared to 712 cases reported in 2011. According to the CDC, the highest number of human cases has been reported in Texas.
Despite the rising death and illness count, you probably won’t get sick from West Nile even if you are exposed to the virus. Of people infected with the WNV, only one in five feels mild The virus is spread from infected blood feeding symptoms. Four out of five peoarthropods, most commonly, mosquitoes, but can ple don’t know they were infectinclude sand flies, “no-see-ums” (ceratopogonids) ed, and the virus is out of their and ticks. These insects can become infected from blood stream in about a week. The symptoms of the milder feeding on infected birds, and the disease spreads infection, called West Nile fewhen they bite to feed on humans or other aniver or Non-Neuroinvasive West mals. At this time, there are no preventive medications Nile disease, may include fever, for humans. WNV cannot be treated by a drug regi- headache and body aches, swolmen, as it is not a bacteria to be treated by an anti- len lymph glands and a skin rash on the trunk of the body. biotic. However, medical treatment in a health care About one in every 150 people facility can help reduce the disease symptoms and infected with the West Nile vicomplications. rus will develop the more severe — Anna Lamy, Hernando Today, Brooksville, Fla. form of the disease called West Nile encephalitis or meningitis, also referred to as Neuroinvasive West Nile disease. Symptoms include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis. West Nile tends to strike people in their 50s or older and those with compromised immune systems. People typically develop symptoms between three and 14 days after they are bitten by the infected mosquito. — MCT
• Most mosquitoes don’t carry any disease. • There are about 2,500 species of mosquitoes, and about 200 types are found in the United States. Of those 200, about 20 are “bridge vectors,’’ mosquitoes that bite both birds and humans and can help transfer a disease from the wild bird population into people. • Only the female mosquito bites people and animals. Her “blood meal’’ is not for food but to help her lay eggs. The blood triggers activity in the female’s ovaries. After a few days, the mosquito lays her eggs — as many as 450. • A female mosquito finds a victim by using thousands of hairs on her antenna to sense heat, carbon dioxide, body movement and moisture. • When the female mosquito bites, her saliva leaves an anesthetic and anti-coagulant, which causes itchy welts. • A female mosquito will drink two to three times her own weight in blood, continuing until stretch receptors in her stomach signal she is full. • Mosquito means “little fly” and is of Portuguese or Spanish origin. • Mosquitoes spread malaria from person to person, without any other animal in between. Even though malaria has been virtually eradicated in the industrialized world, it still kills more than 1 million people a year. • The Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits both dengue fever, often called breakbone fever, and yellow fever. The U.S. government tried to eradicate it from the nation in the 1960s, but it is back and has spread throughout much of the country. • Dengue fever is on the rise worldwide and occasionally shows up in Florida. Dengue fever is fatal in about 5 percent of cases. • Yellow fever kills more than 30,000 people annually, worldwide. • Four different encephalitis viruses that are spread by mosquito — Eastern Equine encephalitis, Western Equine encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis — have struck more than 7,700 Americans in sporadic outbreaks since 1964. • Experts worry that other mosquito-borne diseases will make their way to the United States. At the top of the list are Japanese encephalitis, Rift Valley fever and Ross River fever.
The best way to reduce the risk of West Nile virus is to eliminate mosquitoes or make them less likely to bite you. Here are some suggestions: • Get rid of any standing water around your home. Mosquitoes breed in it. Turn over wading pools, wheelbarrows, flowerpots, toys and anything that collects water. Discarded tires are common breeding grounds. • Drain and refill birdbaths often. • Unclog roof gutters. • Drill holes in the bottoms of recycling containers so they can drain. • Treat ornamental ponds with larvicide from hardware stores, or stock them with mosquito-eating fish. • Repair holes in window screens. • Don’t spend too much time outdoors during prime mosquito hours, around dusk and dawn. • Wear long-sleeved, loosefitting clothing outdoors to keep mosquitoes from biting you. • Use bug repellent with DEET (sometimes listed on product labels as N-N-diethyl-meta-toluamide). When properly used, it is safe. Children should use repellent with no more than 10 percent DEET. Studies show the ideal percent of DEET for adults is about 35 percent. Don’t spray repellent in enclosed areas and don’t spray it on faces: Spray the repellent on hands and then apply to the face. • The amount of DEET corresponds to how long the repellent lasts. A spray with 7 percent DEET lasts about 21/2 hours unless a person sweats a lot. A spray with 15 percent DEET lasts about four hours. A spray with 28 percent DEET lasts about six hours. • Cover baby carriages with mosquito netting. • Avoid wearing perfumes and colognes when outdoors for long periods. They draw insects.
Q: What is West Nile virus? A: It is an infectious germ that can be spread by many different types of mosquitoes. Q: How big of a deal is it? A: U.S. health officials call it an epidemic that is on track to be as bad as it was in 2002, when 4,156 people were infected and 284 people died in the United States. Q: Who is at risk of WNV? A: Senior adults, infants or anyone with a compromised immune system are at greatest risk for contracting WNV. People who work outside also are at greater risk due to the increased exposure to mosquitoes. Q: Is there a peak time of infection? A: Yes, from midsummer to September in northern climates, and as much as year-round in warmer climates. Mosquitoes may continue to infect people as long as temperatures remain above 50 degrees at night. Q: How is it spread? A: An infected female mosquito bites you. The virus also can be transmitted by blood, but blood centers screen for it. Q: Does weather or rain have any effect on the spread of WNV? A: Experts say that although such questions are difficult to answer, warm weather usually helps mosquitoes breed. States hit hard this year by drought and scorching temperatures also have been besieged by mosquitoes. Q: How long does it take for WNV symptoms to set in? A: Generally, WNV symptoms become present from three to 14 days after being bitten. Q: What are the symptoms of West Nile? A: Typically, a person has an unexplained fever — particularly in the summer and early fall — along with abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, headache, lack of appetite, muscle aches, nausea, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and vomiting, which may last from three to six days. Roughly 50 percent report a rash. In severe, “neuroinvasive” forms of WNV, an estimated 4 percent to 18 percent die
rological effects may be permanent.
— mostly those who are older or suffering from other illnesses. In neuroinvasive cases of of WNV, a person’s symptoms can include confusion, inability to think clearly, muscle weakness, stiff neck, weakness in one arm or leg, loss of consciousness, coma and possible death. These severe symptoms can be related to encephalitis — inflammation of the brain or of tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord — which can lead to brain damage or death, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Q: Does everyone get sick? A: No. Only one in 20 people who is bitten by an infected mosquito will develop symptoms. Q: How is it diagnosed? A: Doctors conduct blood work to find certain antigens that are signs of the disease. They also may perform other procedures, including a computed tomography (CT) or an MRI scan, and a lumbar puncture, also called a spinal tap, to check the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord.
Q: What should you do if you suspect WNV? A: Individuals who’ve been in contact with mosquitoes and are experiencing any of the symptoms are advised to seek a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should seek advice from their physician if they develop symptoms. The risks of WNV to a fetus and breastfeeding infants are still being evaluated.
Q: How is it treated? A: There is no specific treatment. Antibiotics do not fight viral infections, only bacterial ones. Symptoms are treated individually. Q: Is there a vaccine? A: No, not for humans. There is one for horses. State agricultural experts say the fact that only one unvaccinated horse in Michigan this year has contracted West Nile disease is evidence that many horse owners vaccinated their animals. — Patricia Anstett, Detroit Free Press
Q: How long do symptoms last? A: Mild symptoms — fevers and aches — may last a few weeks. Individuals with more severe symptoms may need more time to recover and some neu-
West nile cases in the U.s. by year Year Neuroinvasive Non–Neuroinvasive Total Cases* Deaths Cases Cases 2012**
SOUrce: CDC; *Includes confirmed and probable cases, **as of Aug. 28
More info • The Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/ ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index. htm • The U.S. Geological Survey’s West Nile maps: http://diseasemaps.usgs.gov/ wnv_us_human.html • The American Mosquito Control Association: http:// www. mosquito.org
Sources: American Mosquito Control Association, Louisiana Public Health Office, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and “Mosquito: The Story of Man’s Deadliest Foe.”
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Mainland High School’s offense lines up against DeLand High’s defense during a game last week at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach.
Mainland tops DeLand BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES firstname.lastname@example.org
In a defensive battle, Mainland outlasted DeLand 19-3 at Municipal Stadium in Daytona Beach last week. “We had Jontay Byrd and Quinton Powell back this week, which made a big difference. They are our defensive captains. Our defense played extremely well,” said Mainland Head Coach Scott Wilson. DeLand Head Coach Al Manning remarked, “Our defense played extensively well except for a few big plays. They definitely kept us in the ball game as we made too many mistakes on offense.’’ Father Lopez transfer Anthony Ludivico had a big impact for Mainland running for 164 yards and two touchdowns. Lodivico’s 54-yard touchdown run gave Mainland a 9-3 lead with 2:35 remaining in the second quarter.
Turnovers and penalties The Bucs took control at 16-3 after Ludivico broke loose again this time for a 65-yard score with 3:10 remaining in the third period. Both teams had opportunities but failed to capitalize on the
VOLUSIA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS REVIEW other’s mistakes due to turnovers and penalties. DeLand committed six turnovers while Mainland had four. “We had a lot of mistakes with executing on the offensive end. We often didn’t block well and we didn’t take care of the football,” added Manning. Scott echoed, “I think both teams had a lot of nerves at the beginning, especially with our young players.” The Bucs’ defense, which was led by Powell and Byrd, held DeLand’s Jojo Kemp to just 53 yards rushing. Robinson threw for 146 yards with two interceptions while Dantwan O’Neal had five catches for 122 yards for the Bulldogs. Chris Miglioranzi kicked field goals of 25 and 34 yards, Lavonte Howard and Chris Scott each had an interception for Mainland. Christian Patel’s 37-yard field goal was the lone score for DeLand.
Football roundup Trevaughn Rodriguez ran for 202 yards and two touchdowns to
lead Seabreeze past Spruce Creek 48-13. Charles Nelson added 88 yards rushing with two scores and Connor Blair threw for 177 yards with a touchdown for the Sandcrabs. Craig Peludat threw for 256 yards with two scores for Creek. Eugene McGirt added 171 receiving yards with a touchdown and Michael Colubiale had 49 yards receiving with a score for the Hawks. Marcus Dixon ran for 54 yards with three touchdowns as Warner Christian blanked Jacksonville Temple Christian 80-0. Demarious Tillmon added 60 yards rushing with three scores and James Harris had an interception return touchdown for Warner. Bentlee Critter also had three scores (one receiving, one kickoff return and one interception return) for the Eagles. Marcus Johnson threw for 103 yards and ran for a touchdown while D’Cota Dixon ran for 46 yards with a score to lead New Smyrna to a 15-12 win over Titusville Astronaut. The Barracudas defense held the War Eagles to 117 yards. Alex Bell threw for 175 yards with four touchdowns as Atlantic defeated Crescent City 28-7. The Sharks defense also forced five turnovers.
DeLand’s JoJo Kemp rolls over after being tackled by Mainland’s Dwayne Copeland (24) at Municipal Stadium last week.
This week’s top games New Smyrna (1-0) at DeLand (0-1): Two talented teams square off, which means that this could be a thriller. Seabreeze (1-0) at Flagler Palm Coast (1-0): Sandcrabs go on the road to face a tough Bulldogs team that also won big last week. Seabreeze has plenty of weapons but FPC is talented too. Mainland (1-0) at Orlando Jones (1-0): The Buccaneers face a talented and athletic Tigers squad. Mainland will have to play better offensively to win. Spruce Creek (0-1) at University (1-0): A big game for both teams as two of county’s largest schools battle in Deltona. The Hawks are coming off a loss while the Titans won big last week. Both teams have numbers. Atlantic (1-0) at Pine Ridge (0-
Wildcats wear down Alabama State, win MEAC/SWAC Challenge BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES email@example.com
Bethune-Cookman erased a 21-point deficit to beat Alabama State 38-28 in MEAC/SWAC Challenge in front of 17,410 fans at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. “Our kids are buying into our philosophy of staying in the moment. We stayed the course and went through the process. It was tremendous to see the fight in this team today,” responded BCU Head Coach Brian Jenkins. The Wildcats used a brutal rushing attack (367 yards) and their defense clamped down in the second half as they wore down the Hornets. “That’s just hats off to our offensive coordinator Jim Pry. He saw some things and made the right move,” added Jenkins.
Alabama leads early Louisiana Tech transferBroderick Waters threw for 110 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 100 more with a score to earned MVP honors for the Wildcats. For his performance, Waters received MEAC Offensive Player of the Week and BoxToRow.com National Player of the Week honors. Waters replaced Jackie Wilson in the second quarter after the Wildcats’ offense failed to get going. Wilson did have 99 total yards (74 passing, 25 rushing) in
B-CU ROUNDUP the game. “My teammates just had confidence in me and that was a good thing. We all have confidence in each other. I just knew to be ready to play either quarterback or receiver today,” commented Waters. Alabama State (0-1) led 21-0 early in the second quarter behind two touchdown runs from Greg Jenkins and another from Isaiah Crowell.
Great comeback The Wildcats went on to score 38 points. “We wanted to persevere and we did. Adversity creates an opportunity for perseverance. We calmed down in the second half. We started executing and things started happening for us,” said wide receiver Eddie Poole. Poole caught three catches for 102 yards with a score (47-yard touchdown reception, and a 54-yard catch). B-CU got within 21-17 following Waters’ 24-yard touchdown pass to Jhomo Gordon with 5:53 to go in the third quarter. The Hornets fumbled the ensuing kickoff and a few plays later Waters’ six-yard score with 4:28 to go in the quarter gave B-CU a 24-21 lead. Isidore Jackson ran for 123 yards, Rodney Scott ran for 103
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B-CU’s Eddie Poole gets away from Alabama State’s Marcus Berg No. 23 during the MEAC/SWAC Challenge. yards with a score, Eddie Poole had three catches for 102 yards with a touchdown, K.J. Stroud caught four passes for 39 yards, Andronicus Lovette ran for a score and Sven Hurd kicked a 20-yard field goal for the Wildcats. Jarkevis Fields led the B-CU defense with 10 total tackles and a sack. The Wildcats defense held BCU held Crowell, a University of Georgia transfer and last season’s SEC Rookie of the Year, to just 19 yards rushing. Nick Andrews added eight tackles, D.J. Howard seven tackles, Al-Ghaffar Lane an interception, LeBrandon Richardson two sacks and Harold Love III a sack and a half with a fumble recovery for B-CU. “As a unit, we made the right adjustments both as players and as the coaching staff. Once we got pressure on them, they couldn’t take the pressure,” added Fields. Jenkins led ASU with 196 yards passing and 39 yards rushing, garnering their team MVP honors.
Football game notes B-CU rallied from a 21-point deficit for the first time since 2004 against Florida A&M in the Florida Classic. The Wildcats trailed in a season opener under Jenkins for the first time. Eddie Poole extended his streak to 24 consecutive games with at least one catch. He also had 100 yards receiving for the second time in his career. Gordon’s touchdown reception was the first of his career. Lane’s interception was his first as a Wildcat.
MEAC opener next week B-CU travels to Orangeburg, S.C. to face South Carolina State University on Sept. 8 in the conference opener for both teams. The game will air live on ESPNU at 6 p.m. South Carolina beat B-CU 2618 last season in Daytona. The Bulldogs has won 14 MEAC titles (12 outright), including three straight from 2008-2010. They shared the 2010 title with B-CU and FAMU.
1): Atlantic faces the larger school in Deltona, but the Sharks are the favorites to win. Can they stay focused? Father Lopez (0-1, 0-0) at Warner (1-0, 0-0): These two small private schools play in their district opener. This game could get ugly or maybe Lopez is fired up to make it a game.
Prep Sports Seven football 1. Seabreeze (1-0), 2. Mainland (1-0), 3. DeLand (0-1), 4. Warner (1-0), 5. Atlantic (1-0), 6. New Smyrna (1-0), 7. Flagler Palm Coast (1-0). Others: Spruce Creek (0-1), University (1-0). Preseason: 1. Seabreeze, 2. DeLand, 3. Mainland, 4. Warner, 5. Atlantic, 6. New Smyrna, 7. Spruce Creek.
Jenkins emphasized, “We have a very tough game next week. We have to get ready to play because it’s going to be a heavyweight fight.” Volleyball: Wildcats remain winless Bethune-Cookman went 0-4 at the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Classic in Laramie, Wyoming. On Sept. 2, the Wildcats (0-7) fell to Florida Gulf Coast University 3-0 (13-25, 18-25, 23-25) and George Washington University 3-0 (22-25, 23-25, 21-25). “We are playing with a lot of freshman. We also have to play better fundamentally. We are making too many mistakes that you cannot make in the game of volleyball,” said Isaac Raphael, BCU’s head coach. Krysta Gardner paced B-CU in both matches registering a season-high 16 kills against Florida Gulf Coast and 11 against George Washington University. Janeen Davis added nine kills with 12 digs and Monica Lowe contributed 31 digs for the Wildcats. The previous day, B-CU suffered defeat at the hands of University of Missouri Kansas City 3-0 (10-25, 18-25, 15-25) to open the tournament and 3-0 (12-25, 1525, 13-25) to host Wyoming. “We played against two quality programs. I thought we played better against them than we played last weekend,” stated Raphael. Gardner had 11 kills against the Missouri team and seven against Wyoming. Aubrianna Curtis added 33 assists and Aria Cormier seven blocks in the two matches while Jennifer Jimenez had 11 digs against Wyoming. The Ladies traveled to DeLand to face cross-county rival Stetson.
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African-Americans missing profits on wigs, weaves Koreans tops industry in sale of Black beauty supply products
the platform to demonstrate competitive leadership in the $9 billion Black hair care and cosmetic industry nationwide and nationally. However when trying to contact them to find out what help they give suppliers, the website advertised a number that was disconnected and never returned emails. When asked about the association, White said, “It is a joke.” Johnson said she has never contacted them but heard it is not a reliable resource.
BY ASHLEY N. JOHNSON SPECIAL TO THE NNPA
One’s hair is essential to every look, whether it is fried, dyed and laid or laid to the side; braided or loose; kinky, curly or straight; and even glued, sewn or bobby pinned. According to the Black Owned Beauty Supply Association, the Black hair care and cosmetic industry is a $9 billion industry and it serves millions of African-Americans. But while African-Americans are spending most of the money in the industry, especially in regards to extensions, they are profiting the least. Most of the money being made in the industry is going to other ethnicities, the Koreans mainly. “It is very hard breaking into the (hair) industry, being a Black owned business,” said Nora Johnson, an owner of Sisters Beauty Supply, Downtown. “They (Koreans) own it because they have the money. It takes a lot of money and a customer base to keep it going.”
The moneymakers: Wigs and weaves In Pittsburgh and surrounding area there are approximately four Black owned beauty supply stores, such as Sisters Beauty Supply, Quik-It Beauty Supply Outlet, Nebby Beauty Supply and newly, Annette’s Beauty Supply, but almost twice as many are owned by Koreans, the largest being Hair Day in South Side, Two Cousins in the Hill District and Hair Masters in East Liberty. While they all sell hair care products and acces-
Too hard to get Black hair products COURTESY OF J.L. MARTELLO/NNPA
Nora Johnson, of Sisters Beauty Supply poses with hairpieces, some of her largest moneymakers. sories, it is the hair (wigs, weaves, etc.) that are the moneymakers. Bernard White, owner of Nebby Beauty Supply in Oakland, said, “Most products are able to be ordered easily, but there is not a large profit margin to be made. Hair is where the margin is. You can make $3,000-$5,000 a day on hair sales alone.” He added, “It is not really a hard industry to get into, it is getting hair that is the problem. It is a cold business in terms of the hair game. The Koreans have this industry on lock.”
Tough to buy hair from Koreans Both Johnson and White agreed that getting hair is a huge hurdle, because the distributors are Korean and most times they will only sell to other Koreans. White said, “I have to buy hair through exchange. It is rough, but if I don’t increase my hair game, I won’t be in business next year. It is a cold business in terms of
the hair game.” Johnson said that some Korean distributors say they will not sell to stores within so many miles from their other clients, but when she tried to have hair sent to her Aliquippa location, which has no other beauty supply stores, they still would not let her purchase it. She said one distributor also told her the hair she wanted was no longer being sold, but when she went to a local Korean beauty supply store, that same hair was there. When she inquired about it she was told that a local store had told the distributor that if he sold to her, he would no longer buy from him. She said she agrees with location rules, “but there needs to be regulations. One Korean store should not be able to dictate the entire industry in one area.” In order for Johnson to get hair for her shops, she explained that she has to have it delivered to oth-
er cities and then have it shipped there.
Resources slim for beauty suppliers Every year there are several major hair shows and conferences all over the country, such as the Bronner Bros. Beauty Show, the International Hair & Nail Show and more that cater to the African-American consumer. Johnson said she has attended several national conferences in regards to the Black hair industry and Koreans run a majority of them and the workshops are conducted in the Korean language, even the ones on how to sell to the Black consumer. What resources are there out there for Black-owned beauty suppliers? The Black Owned Beauty Supply Association, which is supposed to be one of the resources for Black owned beauty suppliers, advertises that it’s a premier national organization that provides African-Americans
Johnson said that not only is hair hard to get but so are certain hair product lines that cater to women with natural hair or chemically treated hair. She said she has been trying to get a certain brand in her store for years, but the company refuses to let her carry it. White said the same thing. He has tried to get certain popular Black hair care lines but the company will not let him carry it either because he is too close to one of their major distributors or he has to buy thousands of dollars in product, which is unrealistic for his store’s size. Some of the top Blackowned hair care companies are Dudley Beauty Corp., Carol’s Daughter, Luster Inc., and Kimba Hair Care. Jada Robinson said she spends more than $100 a month on hair and said she prefers to get her hair products at the salon because “I feel that there is a large mark-up on products at the hair places that are not owned by Black people. Since there is a huge demand and Black people will always care about their appearance and getting their ‘Hair Did,’ (then) they can continue to charge a lot.”
More natural hair help wanted While many would prefer to shop at beauty supply stores, some feel that they only cater to customers buying hair and not maintaining their own. “Beauty supply stores certainly don’t cater to them. But there’s no need to because natural hair, by definition, should require very few products to take care of it,” said Dana Gary Pathare. “What I would like to see is for Black-owned beauty supply stores or beauty supply stores in general, to focus on healthy hair care products and practices. Instead of pushing weave and wigs on every customer.” She added that she would like to see more demonstrations for natural hair and that she would always prefer to support a Black business. When it comes to having experts in their store, Johnson said she has one and White said one of his goals is to hire a natural hair expert for his store, someone who can give tips and recommendations on products. But while getting products can be difficult, so can support. White said Koreans succeed in the industry because they support each other, but the Black community does not. “They (Koreans) have the relationships and work within, we laugh at them when they are living together, then they break through and have four stores in our community. But we won’t help each other out. It is a culture thing.” He said that none of the other Black-owned beauty supply stores work together to pool their resources.
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Published on Sep 6, 2012