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East Central Florida’s Black Voice DECEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 7, 2016

YEAR 41 NO. 48

‘It could happen anywhere’ Local college students says they feel safe on campuses despite incidents like the one this week at Ohio State. BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

Abdul Razik Ali Artan was shot and killed by police after he attacked and injured 11 students at Ohio State University on Monday morning. Artan, a student at the school, injured victims with a knife after first attempting to run people over with a vehicle. Although he didn’t use a gun like previous attackers at other schools, the incident has the nation once again looking at safety and security at colleges and universities. Despite that incident, some local college students say they feel safe on campuses.

“It could happen anywhere. I don’t think it would happen here because of where we are, but then again it could because of where we are. I do feel safe. We have campus security just about everywhere,” Deja Singleton told the Daytona Times this week. Singleton attends Daytona State College (DSC), which is mostly located in Daytona Beach’s Black community. “It can happen anywhere. You never know. You just have to watch your surroundings, but so far I feel safe on campus here,” noted Tazaye Collins. Collins is a freshman at Bethune-Cookman University (BSee SAFE, Page 2


Shown above is a street scene Wednesday near Bethune-Cookman University. Officers say they are constantly working to keep campuses safe.

The blessing of a box of food

Light Up Midtown returns with senior prom and health fair BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

Duane C. Fernandez Sr., left, poses with Cortina Gaddy, Rose Marie Bryon Children’s Center Executive Director Janet Bryant and her spouse, Charles Bryant, and Pastor Johnny L. Gaddy. Thanksgiving boxes from the center went to needy families.

Times photographer, others help families, children’s center Daytona Times photographer Duane C. Fernandez Sr., who also is president of the Team Hardnotts University Youth Awareness Program Inc., donated $500 to the Rose Marie Bryon Children’s Center last month for 10 boxes of Thanksgiving food that went to One Step At A Time Holy Ghost Filled Ministry Inc.

based in Bushnell. The Rev. Johnny L. Gaddy is the pastor of the ministry. The ministry distributed the food boxes to needy families. The Thanksgiving box giveaway was a fundraising project of the center with support from Bethune-Cookman University and local organizations. The center also will do a

similar project for Christmas. The center, located at 725 South St. in Daytona Beach, celebrated its 70th anniversary last month. The Rose Marie Bryon Children’s Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that receives its funding through private donations. It serves 46 kids with about 80 percent of them coming

from low-income households. The center also provides an after-school program, tutoring, Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts programs, and a summer camp. To participate in the Christmas giveaway, contact Executive Director Janet Bryant at 386-253-9798. The center’s website is

The holiday season is upon us, which means it’s once again time for the real senior prom. The free prom for senior citizens is part of Light Up Midtown activities, which will kick off on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center, 925 George W. Engram Blvd. The prom will be from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. “Many elderly don’t have a lot of family left or family don’t really spend as much time with them during the holidays. Also, a lot of elderly have never been to a prom. It’s a good chance for them to get out and mingle as well as have a good time. It’s also a way for us to thank the elderly and for us to show them our appreciation,” said Charles Bryant, the City of Daytona Beach’s Midtown Redevelopment project manager.

It’s all free This will be the second year for the senior prom, which is for ages 55 and older. Light Up Midtown is in its fifth year. A free meal will be provided to seniors who attend. Free clothing, haircuts and hairdos are available by local barbers and beauticians for the event. Bryant got the idea of the prom from a woman in his hometown. See PROM, Page 2

Daytona book festival to include screening of short films COMPILED BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

When the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival returns next month, one of the authors featured will be filmmaker and director Booker T. Mattison. Mattison will be screening his short films while in Daytona Beach next month. He also will be a featured author on Jan. 13 and 14 at the Sixth Annual F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival to be held at the Midtown Cultur-


al and Educational Center, 925 George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach. F.R.E.S.H. stands for fiction, romance, erotica, spiritual and health. His second book, “Snitch,’’ follows the story of Andre, a young city bus driver who witnesses a murder on his route. It’s a tale of revenge and redemption that offers hope about the strength of community against violence and intimidation.

Wrote screenplay for Hurston film Mattison also wrote the screenplay for and directed the film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s classic story “The Gilded Six Bits,” which aired on Showtime. It starred Chad L. Coleman (“The Walking Dead,” “The Wire”) in his first leading role. The film also starred T’keyah Crystal Keymah (“That’s So Raven,” “In Living Color”), Wendell

Pierce (“The Wire” “Treme’”) and Novella Nelson (“The Antwone Fisher Story”). The Hollywood Reporter said, “Mattison’s direction and feel for her characters match up to Hurston’s sterling piece of fiction... full of atmosphere and strongly developed characters.”

‘Habeas Corpus’ and other projects

pus” starred Chad L. Coleman, Tim Reid (“Sister Sister” “WKRP in Cincinnati”), Jamie Hector (“The Wire,” “Heroes”) and Lee Chamberlin (“All My Children” “The Electric Company”). “Habeas Corpus” has won six film festival awards to date and can be streamed on KweliTV. Mattison’s most recent short film “Bird” is the story of a college track star training for the Olympics who is accused of a crime. It has been screened at the National Black Writers Conference, and Bethune-Cookman, Hampton,

Mattison’s film “Habeas Cor-

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R2 Fraternity to host Black and Gold gala The Beta Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will be holding its annual Black and Gold Legacy Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 3. A reception begins at 6 p.m. and the gala starts at 7 p.m. The black-tie affair will be held at BethuneCookman University’s Center for Civic Engagement, 740 W. International Speedway, Daytona Beach. The event is to celebrate the life accomplishments and contributions of the men of Alpha Phi Alpha. Proceeds will be used to support a scholarship program and community service projects of the chapter. Alpha Phi Alpha members to be honored are Lonnie Brown, Clarence Childs, Sam “Rip’’ Collins, Earl Jackson, John Steele, and Gene Motley (posthumously). Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, call Mike Williams at 386804-6136.

Harpist performs Sunday with Bel Canto Singers Angelica Hairston, a harp instructor with the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble in Atlanta, wlll


perform on Sunday, Dec. 4, in a Christmas concert with the Bel Canto Singers of Daytona. The concert featuring the professional harpist will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 152 Fairview Ave., Daytona Beach. Tickets are available at the door or on the website at $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Hairston is an Atlanta native who has been playing the harp since age 12. The Bel Canto Singers of Daytona was established in 1971 and performs three to four classical and semi-classical music concerts yearly. For more information, visit or call 386-4921940.

VFW Auxiliary hosting breakfast with Santa The Palm Coast VFW Auxiliary, 47 Old Kings Road N., will host a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 3. A pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to noon. Attendees can meet and talk with Santa. Take your cameras. Tickets will be sold at the door. The cost is $5 for ages 12-adult; $3 for ages 3 to 11. Children under 2 years of age eat for free. Call 386-446-8696 for more information.

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“The concept came from a 105-year-old woman in my hometown of Baldwin just outside of Jacksonville. She is still moving on strong. The woman helped raise me. She showed me pictures and told me about the one that she went to,” Bryant shared. “I thought that it would be nice for the city of Daytona Beach to have one.” Last year’s senior prom attracted 275 participants. The hope is for 300 to attend this year, Bryant noted.

From prom to park On Saturday, Dec. 10, there will be an event for all ages with the Light Up Midtown health fair, which will take place at Daisy Stocking Park, 550 Third Ave. The health fair will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. “It’s important for people to keep up with their health, especially during the holidays. It’s a time when we don’t eat as healthy. People need to be careful. This is a good opportunity to get checked out and know your status before the holidays,” Bryant commented. The health fair will include free health screenings, free HIV tests, giveaways, health information, children’s activities, children’s bounce house, free hot dogs and hamburgers and musical entertainment.


Dr. Cleo Higgins, center, was named last year’s prom queen. She was escorted to the prom by the Redds. “I’m still working on the entertainment. There may be a stage act. If anyone wants to sing or rap contact me. I don’t have a problem with anyone performing as long as their act is clean,” Bryant remarked. Farm Share Feeding Families also will send a large truck filled with food to give away.

No parade The event used to consist of a holiday parade, step show and dance, but scaled down. There are no plans to bring back a parade. Bryant stated, “Not thinking about bringing back the parade. It takes a lot of work, preparation and money. There needs to be police and it costs to shut down streets. We are also competing with other local cities such as Holly Hill and Port Orange who have parades at that time. Now Ormond Beach even

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Booker T. Mattison, author, filmmaker and professor, will be in Daytona Beach next month for the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival.


from Page 1 CU.) The historical Black school sits in the heart of Daytona’s Black community.

‘Too many holes’

volved in Muslims people’s affairs around the world. Reports also indicate that Artran was upset that he couldn’t find a place to peaceably pray on campus. Artan’s attacks happened Monday morning near an academic hall on the Columbus, Ohio, campus. About 60,000 students are enrolled there.

Collins said she already has been in a situation that could have jeopardized her safety. She told the Times, “I did experience something here. I saw a person in the park (Joe Harris Park) shoot a gun in the air. Nobody said anything. We just all got up out of there.” There are some students who do have some concerns. “I don’t feel safe on campus. I don’t think there is enough security. There are also too many holes where locals can come on campus. I am concerned that a gunman can get on campus. It could happen here,” commented Eldrick Brackins, who attends B-CU. Brackins said he isn’t concerned about religious or racist extremists but violence in general. “It can be anybody of any race, religion, creed, ethnicity or background come and do something. My concern is with safety in general,” said Brackins.

Yvonne Roberts is currently taking classes online at Daytona State. In the past, she took classes on campus. She still regularly goes on campus. “I don’t feel for my safety for the most part. I recall last year during an armed robbery near the campus them sending out alerts by phone and email letting us know not to come on campus,” she explained. “I commend campus safety for how they handled that. I believe that they usually take the proper procedures of warning the students, staff and community.” In the past, Roberts worked at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University located at 600 Clyde Morris Blvd. She spent 20 years employed at the bookstore. “Most of the campus safety officers at ERAU are former police officers. I think they usually handled things pretty well,’’ she remarked.

Angry, upset

Constant training

Artan was an American citizen who immigrated from Somalia and a Muslim. Media reports indicate that he was angry because of how people treated Muslims, how students treated him, and the U.S. getting in-

Campus safety officials are constantly working on keeping schools safe. “We train all the time for such incidents. We also participate in nationwide safety campaigns to keep everyone safe,” said Marty Pender, safety director at

Proper procedures

Embry-Riddle. “We never had an incident of violence or a weapon. I do believe one time someone was chasing someone with a gun near campus but the Daytona police handled it,” he added. Colleges have protocols in place for incidents of violence or someone with weapons including firearms on campus. They also send out emails, text messages and phone calls when incidents occur. They even post alerts on websites and social media. There are also hotlines where students can call in and report concerns and suspicious activities.

‘Run, Hide, Fight’ class Local authorities are prepared to handle all situations. “We train for these yearround and have protocols in place. We are always training and going over scenarios. Time is of the essence. The first officer on the scene can respond. There is no more waiting. The officer calls back for back up, but he can move in during such situations,” commented Craig Capri, Daytona Beach’s interim police chief. The Daytona Beach Police Department also conducts a “Run, Hide and Fight’’ class to teach citizens how to respond to mass shootings. “This class is definitely available to be taught to the community. We recently taught this class at the new theaters. It is here to educate the community,” added Capri.

Norfolk State and Stetson universities. His novel “Snitch’’ received a starred review in Publishers Weekly that stated, “Author and filmmaker Mattison’s sophomore outing reads like its ready for screen adaptation... Mattison has a superb ear and his skills keep on growing.” Mattison has adapted the novel into a feature length screenplay that he is currently shopping for production. His debut novel, “Un-

has a holiday parade too.” The original Light Up Midtown concept was for businesses and residents to decorate for the holidays. It also called for everyone to turn on their Christmas lights at 7 p.m. that Saturday. It originally gave out first, second and third place prizes for homes and businesses with the best decorations. “It kind of went by the wayside. It was hard getting businesses to buy into and to participate,” Bryant added. The event also originally hoped to give an economic boost to local businesses along the Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard. Bryant explained, “The park is a prime location there. It is near a lot of businesses in that area. The thought was for people to leave the park after the health fair and go spend money at the businesses in

that area.” Nevertheless, Bryant wants to see area residents come out and take advantage of Light Up Midtown, especially the health fair. “It’s been historically difficult to get organizations to come to this part of town all at once,” he added. “This event doesn’t cost anything but a little time.’’ Light Up Midtown’s main sponsor is VITAS Healthcare. Some of the other sponsors include: Island Doctors, City of Daytona Beach, Bethune-Cookman University, PEPSICO, Supreme Roofing & Construction, Inc.; Midtown Heat Health Equity Action Team, Adventist Health System and Salvation Army. To RSVP for the senior prom and for more information about Light Up Midtown, call 386-6718185 or send an email to Charles Bryant at bryantc@

signed Hype,’’ was nominated for a South Carolina Book Award in the Young Adult Category. He is currently working on his third novel, “Friendship Village.’’

na Beach premier/screening is $10. A Friday, Jan. 13 Meet and Greet with the F.R.E.S.H. Book Festival authors is $25, which includes a dinner.

Hampton professor

Other authors

Mattison received his Master of Fine Arts in film and television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and his Bachelor of Science in mass communication from Norfolk State University. He has taught at the College of New Rochelle, Brooklyn College and Regent University. Presently, he is an associate professor of film studies and English at Hampton University. Tickets for the Dayto-

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the ticket for the sessions with the authors is just $3. Students with ID get in free on Saturday. Other featured authors this year include Brenda Jackson, Harold Michael Harvey and C. David Moody. For more information about the festival, call 386627-4353 or send an email to Freshbookfestivals@gmail. com.

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Ministers help facilitate B-CU’s ‘Exploring Gifts and Graces’ youth program Forty-two “Exploring Gifts and Graces (EGG)” program students visited the Life Enrichment Center, a United Methodist retreat camp in Fruitland Park, last month. Students, completing Phase 2 of “On Eagles Wings,” shaping 33 juniors and seniors from around the state, visited with nine Bethune-Cookman University mentors from the Youth Theology Institute, School of Religion, headed by the Rev. Dr. Randolph Bracy, dean. Workshops on biblical principles were facilitated by Drs. David and Danita Blow, the Rev. Constance Pope and Deborah (Dr. Dee) Henson-Governor facilitated “Faith Exploration,” emphasizing God, Gift, Passion, Spiritual Growth and Opportunities Conversation through Cups of Love. Dr. David Blow shared the achievements of the “Exploring Gifts and Graces” program. Moreover, Dr. Alice Wood held a workshop on anxiety and depression that youths are facing today. The discussion led into a worship service, delivered by the Blows. The service left students spirit-filled and ready to return for Phase 3 in the spring.

Summer program Bethune-Cookman University has been blessed to host another summer youth program for current high school juniors and seniors during the week of July 1523, 2017. “Exploring Gifts and Graces: Summer Adventure in Theology and Leadership” is powered


by the Youth Theology Institute, School of Religion at BethuneCookman University, and is funded by a $600,000 grant from the Lilly Foundation, Inc. With an end goal to further educate about God, students are encouraged to express themselves through their individual gifts. The EGG program is a nineday summer program, where participants live, work and play on campus at Bethune-Cookman. This amazing program allows students to get an early college experience, an opportunity to improve their social skills, and work together to build a better and stronger social foundation.

Christ-focused program The summer theology program will help alleviate the lack of knowledge about Christ and the lack of knowledge in the visual and performing arts. The arts are extraordinary skill sets that are often unrecognizable without understanding or knowing their importance. In the eyes of God, individual gifts are given to promote faith and community. The youth program allows its leaders, staff and students to express their love for Christ in their own personal,

Starlight Holiday Parade is Dec. 10 Make the Palm Coast Starlight Holiday Parade a part of your adventure! That’s 7 p.m., Dec. 10, with visits and photos with Santa from 4 - 6 p.m. There will be food trucks and family-fun entertainment. A parade feature will be lighted floats starting 7 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, 975 Central Avenue, Palm Coast. For further details, call 386986-2323, or log on at www.


The Youth Theology Institute, School of Religion at BethuneCookman University, sponsors the “Exploring Gifts and Graces” (EGG) program. unique way. With an emphasis on creativity and the arts, participants will create a special worship experience on the final day of the program. The EGG’s 50 high school students will arrive from around Florida on the afternoon of July 15, 2017. Upon arrival, they will be greeted by 12 Bethune-Cookman undergraduates, who will serve as counselors and mentors. Families and friends will be invited to share in the worship experience that will take place on the final day of July 23.

First Church Choir to perform ‘Messiah’ Handel’s classic, popular oratorio, “Messiah,” will bring musical magic, and will be performed by the First Church Choir. Dr. Samuel Shingles, former Music and Fine Arts director of the phenomenal Edward Waters Concert Choir, will be the director of the choral works. Dr. Shingles is currently director of the Paxon Concert Choir and the Women’s Chorus at the Paxon School for Advanced Studies in Jacksonville. Both choirs are Triple Superior Choirs

awarded by the Florida State MPA Competition. The presentation of “Messiah” unfolds Dec. 10, 4 p.m., for a oneday engagement. The admission is free, but a freewill offering will be requested.   The Rev. Dr. Gillard S. Glover serves as  pastor of First Church, located at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. For further details, contact the church at 386-446-5759.

Ergonomics the topic of Lunch N’ Lecture Ergonomics, the study of performing tasks by preventing repetitive strains and injuries, will be discussed in a City of Palm Coast Lunch N’ Lecture Series. Cora Rehabilitation Clinic will show how ergonomics can make daily living easier and life more relaxing. That’s 11 a.m., Dec. 9, in the Community Wing of City Hall at 160 Lake Avenue, Palm Coast. The lecture is free, but registration is required. So call 386986-2323, or register at www. parks-recreation/programs.

Caribbean food shopping trip set Fill your day with friends on a “Wholesale Food Shopping Trip” in West Palm Beach at the Caribbean Food Service Markets. Start with the freshest produce in tropical fruits and vegetables and the choicest fish and meats. Bring shopping bags and a cooler to keep your purchases fresh. The bus will leave Dec. 10, 7:30 a.m. from the African American Cultural Society. It will return 6:30 p.m. So spend a little time to reserve your spot. Reservations are required, and no refunds will be made. The cost is $50 per person for round-trip transportation and gratuity. Checks may be mailed to the African American Cultural Society, P.O. Box 350607, Palm Coast, FL 32135. Or if you prefer, call 386-447-7030. Reservations also can be made online at ••• As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations Birthday wishes to David Freckleton, Ernestine Logan, Bill Day, Dec. 5; and Larry Wettlin, Dec. 6.

Ultimate classic car show


Vintage vehicles were everywhere at the Daytona Turkey Run held last month. A 1953 Buick Woody Wagon, a 1955 Chevy Bel Air and a 1966 Dodge Charger R-T were among the many cars spotted at the event that attracted classic car lovers from around the world.

The 43rd annual Daytona Turkey Run Car show was held Nov. 24-27 in the infield of the Daytona International Speedway. More than 7,000 vintage, classic, muscle cars and trucks were displayed. According to its website, www., the Daytona Turkey Run is the largest combined car show and swamp meet in the country. It attracts car enthusiasts from around the U.S. and the world. The event started in 1974 and is held every Thanksgiving weekend and the last weekend in March.




What can we learn about Kanye West’s meltdown? Kanye West is melting down. He didn’t perform to expectations at two concert dates, declaring at one that he would have voted for Donald Trump for president – and generating boos. In a subsequent concert, he performed just a couple of songs before abruptly ending his performance. Days later, he was hospitalized in a “psychiatric hold.”

Notable anniversary His mother, Dr. Donda West, died in November 2007. Nine years later, is he especially vulnerable to outbursts and erratic behavior on that anniversary? In any case, even as many of us have admired Kanye West as a boldly audacious entertainer, we are also concerned about his very public meltdown and its implications. African-American people don’t pay enough attention to mental health. We are more likely than Whites to experience mental health challenges, but far less likely than Whites to seek help. We minimize mental health challenges, laughing and calling those who are challenged “crazy” and “cray-cray.” (I do this occasionally). We don’t respond to their very public cry for help.

Health vs. money Kanye West’s behavior could be interpreted as an “ask” for someone to take him, hold him, comfort him, hear him. Cancelling the schedule may have saved his health, but it has cost him mil-


African-American people don’t pay enough attention to mental health. We are more likely than Whites to experience mental health challenges, but far less likely than Whites to seek help. lions of dollars. Imagine the pressure – can I go on and save the day? Or step aside and take a financial hit? Most African-Americans who face mental health challenges face some of the same concerns. If you share your mental anguish, you are the object of jokes and ridicule. If you hide it, you are eaten alive by an anguish that forces you to say “fine” or “OK” when people ask you how you are doing. Just like we tell people to take

Taking an uncommon approach Jane Elliott is not commonly known in American households. She holds no fame among the elites, nor does she command any known political clout. She is small in stature. She doesn’t boast of great wealth. Seeing her one would probably think of her as being non-threatening – even grandmotherly. Her appearance, however, belies her nature. She’s fiercely committed to an anti-racist philosophy and equality and justice for all. She’s a pioneer in the field of diversity training. She’s taken her message across the U.S. and Europe.


an annual physical, to feel their breasts for lumps, to get the prostate check, we need to encourage folks who are erratic to check in with their doctors about their mental health. We don’t do that and, indeed, many health plans limit access to mental health professionals. But the mental health status of African-Americans too often collides with the law enforcement system when erratic behavior on the part of some African-Americans is seen as simply criminal. People who are mentally ill are too often incarcerated or killed because some police forces lack the tools to manage a mental health crisis.

One example Consider Anthony Hill, a naked and unarmed Atlanta Air Force veteran who was acting erratically in his apartment complex in early March. Someone called 911 because a naked man was knocking on doors and “acting deranged.” When DeKalb Police Officer Robert Olsen encountered Hill, he asked him to stop, and when he did not, he was shot twice. Mr. Hill didn’t have a weapon, and anybody who is hanging out naked is clearly mentally impaired. Olsen had a Taser, but he chose to use his gun against a naked weaponless man. Olsen was charged with murder, indicted, and ordered to stand trial. Anthony Hill was believed to be bipolar, and suffering from posttraumatic stress syndrome. He

ness to condemn White racism as the root cause of other seemingly non-related behavior. It confirmed the willingness of many to accept and endorse White racism as an integral part of “the American way of life.” I have previously written that selections for Donald Trump’s inner circle and nominations for his cabinet provide us with a clear indication of how he plans to govern.

Reasons for concern of color. For nearly 50 years, Elliott has challenged racist behavior and injustice in America. She’s the little White woman you may have seen asking an audience of Whites if they’d be willing to receive the same treatment as African-Americans. After a totally negative response, she admonishes them for their understanding of the discriminatory treatment and willingness to accept it for others while rejecting it for themselves. An important consideration of her question to her audience was that it uncovered an unwilling-

Like Ms. Elliott’s question, Trump’s selections indicate his unwillingness to acknowledge the destructive impact of racism upon American society. The inclusion of Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Rudy Giuliani and Jeff Sessions among choices to fill important positions gives all of us reason for concern. The selection of Priebus as White House chief of staff and Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor portend imminent disaster, especially for those committed to human rights. As Republican Party chairman, Priebus ignored and gave silent

How to make democracy more democratic

the Electoral College as a compromise. Today’s Electoral College would be as baffling and unforeseen to the Framers of the Constitution as Twitter or the Mars Exploration Rover. Over the next two centuries, the United States grew to cherish democracy as an American ideal. As the right to vote was expanded and the principle of “one person, one vote” overtook the nation, the justification for the Electoral College diminished.

Afraid of her Contrary to her appearance and size, she strikes fear in the hearts of racist Whites and doggedly breeches their walls of emotional superiority and White privilege. No, she’s not a person

When the United States of America was born, emphasis was far greater on “States” than “United.” Citizens of the newlyformed nation identified first and foremost as “Pennsylvanians” or “Georgians,” for example, and as “Americans” only as a distant second. Our method for selecting a chief executive originally was devised to serve interests of each state, rather than each citizen.

No equal say The idea that all citizens of the nation should have an equal say in electing the highest office in the land was far from the minds of the framers of the Constitution in 1787. The Constitution did not specify who could vote; that was left to the states and most granted suffrage only to White male adult


property owners. Delegates to the Constitutional Convention considered election of the president by Congress, election by state governors, election by state legislatures and direct election by voters. Direct election was considered, though not seriously, and twice rejected. It can be argued that the framers of the Constitution were far more concerned about electing a qualified president than a popular one. The Committee of Eleven on Postponed Matters came up with


Not the first time Five times the winner of the popular vote has been denied the presidency because of the Electoral College – twice in the last 16 years. Today, one Wyoming voter has roughly the same vote power as four New York voters. Minnesota has 22,000 more people than Colorado and one more electoral vote, while Wisconsin has 33,000 more people than Minnesota and the same number of elector-


served in Afghanistan and tried unsuccessfully to get an appointment, and some help, from the Veterans Administration hospital in Atlanta. Might the outcome have been different if mental health professionals, not a triggerhappy cop, intervened? Mental illness was a death sentence for Anthony Hill, and for many others who don’t get the help they need. As the incoming president attempts to reverse some aspects of the Affordable Care Act, conscious health advocates must insist that mental health coverage is as important as physical health coverage. It is disgraceful that a veteran was shot because of mental illness. It is disgusting that others who are unarmed and mentally ill are shot because people untrained to man-

age mental illness are sent with guns into communities and are oblivious to alternatives.

approval to Trump’s racism, sexism, religious intolerance and general bad behavior. Bannon’s position as executive chairman of Breitbart News and champion of alt-right politics bring his objectivity regarding issues of societal tolerance into question. Priebus and Bannon have been metaphorically compared respectively, to the angel on the right and devil on the left shoulder of Trump. Giuliani has distinguished himself as one of Trump’s most aggressive campaign “hatchet men.” Mainstream media reporters characterized many of his statements as maniacal. Postelection, we’ve learned that Giuliani was as deeply engaged on the paid public speaking circuit as Hillary Clinton, who he accused of malfeasance. In classic hypocrisy, his earnings were as obscene as he accused hers of being.

attorney for southern Alabama, Sessions’ office refused to prosecute two Klan members for the death of Michael Donald, a Black male. In 1985, he chose to prosecute three Black community organizers for voter fraud. He condemned the NAACP and ACLU as “un-American” and “Communist-inspired.” He’s accused of using “boy” when addressing a Black attorney. He failed to receive confirmation as a federal judge because of his history. I’ve seen nothing that would suggest his views have changed. Is this who we’re to believe will responsibly enforce the laws in the interest of ALL citizens? Like Ms. Elliott’s audience, Trump is turning a deaf ear to complaints about the fitness of his selectees to fill positions that impact ALL of us. Like Elliott’s audience, it appears that Trump is willing to ignore the imperatives of a discrimination-free society. He’s given us no reason to believe otherwise.

Questionable history The dirty little secret of Jeff Sessions is that his professional history is littered with accusations of racism. As assistant U.S.

al votes. According to a study conducted during the 2012 presidential election, the candidates conducted two-thirds of their public events in September and October in just three states: Ohio, Florida, and Virginia. At the same time, the candidates failed to hold a single public event in 40 states. Overall, campaign events and advertising took place in only 12 states. As a nation that cherishes the “one person, one vote” ideal, we should find these facts offensive. Abolishing the Electoral College would require the consent of the legislatures of the very states that benefit from this imbalance in power. In the current political climate, chances are almost nil.

Change still possible However, the Constitution does not specify how each state must apportion its electoral votes. If states agreed to award their votes to the winner of the national popular vote, the anti-democratic in-

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Time to open up Kanye West is melting down in plain sight, drowning his pain in angry vitriol. When can we African-Americans talk about the mental health crisis that exists in our community? It isn’t going to get better, as hate crime escalates and swastikas begin to adorn our city walls. Some of us will want to fight. Others will be driven to despair. We must speak of mental health and healing, and we must speak of it often.

Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer.

Dr. E. Faye Williams is national chair of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc.

fluence of the Electoral College would be eliminated. The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It has been enacted into law in 10 states and the District of Columbia, representing 165 electoral votes. It will take effect when enacted by states with 105 more electoral votes. Public opinion surveys consistently find solid majorities in favor of eliminating the Electoral College. Even our current president-elect, the most recent beneficiary of its anti-democratic effect, has called it “a disaster for a democracy.” While the road to actual elimination appears long and fraught, eliminating its anti-democratic influence appears to be within our grasp.

Marc Morial is president and CEO of the National Urban League.

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youth as a nation, we lose.”

‘You belong here’


Youth from the Sphinx Organization in Flint, Mich., perform at the awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

Tears and cheers at youth event at White House Students in National Arts and Humanities Youth Program received plenty of hugs, accolades and encouragement from first lady

sador Jose Ramon Cabanas Rodriguez, and music. A string quartet of young men smartly dressed in black performed as part of the event. They represented the Sphinx Overture, a program that provides free music education, violin lessons and instruments to students in underserved communities in Flint, Mich.


Children from all over the nation, some who had never ventured past their street corners and others who had never traveled outside their cities, stood in the White House and cried, the tears streaming down their face. They also laughed and giggled and hugged. They were a diverse group, Black, Hispanic, Native American and gay, ages 12 to 18, They had traveled to Washington from as far away as Alaska and San Francisco to receive awards for their special arts organizations. They also got a chance to say goodbye to the first lady, Michelle Obama, a woman they said made them feel like they too are a part of America. “I’m more than happy,” said Noemi Negron, 15, after giving Obama a huge hug and mugging for the cameras. “As a woman of color, it just makes me so happy to see Michelle up there fighting for everybody’s rights. She thinks

Michelle Obama hugs Noemi Negron at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards ceremony at the White House. everyone should be equal and that’s how it should be and. I think she’s so amazing.”

Plenty of hugs Ian Aquino, an autistic 9-year-old, hugged Obama four times and wore an ear-to-ear smile through-

out the hourlong program. The children and their programs were there to receive awards from the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program, which uses the arts to address the needs of youth with special needs. Aquino, for example, is with Subway Sleuths, a

New York City program for autistic children. Negron is part of Inquilinos Boricuas En Accion’s Youth Development Program in Boston, which helps low-income youth prepare them for college and careers. The program included speeches, a special appearance from Cuban Ambas-

Traeshayona Weekes told the audience that she “had been waiting to wrap her arms around Mrs. Obama all day.” Weekes is with True Colors: OUT Youth Theater, a Boston theater group for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual children. It was not only children who were excited. “Oh my God, it’s like an explosion in my heart,” said Lizt Alfonso, who was honored as founder of the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba School in Havana. “It’s such a delight. I was a little nervous because — you see between two countries you have a lot of differences, but no, we’re the same. We’re at the same point, with the same things and it feels so good to me.” Obama embraced, thanked and took photos with each child. The presentation was one of her last official duties as first lady. “So many lasts we’re having, but this one was the best yet,” she said. “I am proud of you guys. You make this job worth doing, but if we don’t invest in our

Obama said the tenor of the day’s program reflected an effort on her part to make the White House inclusive. “We made it a priority to open up this house for as many young people, because we wanted them to understand that this is their house too,” she said. “There are kids all over this country and the world that think that places like this aren’t for them, so they’re intimidated by it. We worked to change that. They should always feel at home within these walls and so many important institutions all over the world.” She continued, “These kids represent the very best of America. We’re a country that believes in our young people — all of them. We believe that every single child has boundless promise, no matter who they are, where they’ve come from or how much money their parents have. “We believe that each of these young people is a vital part of the great American story. It is important to our continued greatness to see these kids as ours, not as them, not as other, but as ours. So, don’t ever feel fear, because you belong here.”

Other programs honored The AileyCamp Miami, a Miami summer camp that uses dance to increase self esteem discipline before entering high school, was among the programs honored. Others honored at the White House included: Baranov Museum Youth History & Film Summer Intensive, a documentary film making in Kodiak, AK. Next Gen, a San Francisco organization that help teens tell their stories via video, music and film Screen It!, an Austin, Texas program that exposes to art that promotes socio-cultural awareness and development St. Louis ArtWorks, which provides jobs, art, and workforce development training for primarily for African-American teens Teen Arts + Tech Program, a free Michigan program that offers urban high school students a chance to develop critical thinking skills in arts and technology The Reading Road Show - Gus Bus in Harrisonburg, Va., which brings literature to low-income children via two buses free books in various communities Tribal Youth Ambassadors in Santa Rosa, Calif., which engages Native American youth to educate others about their culture.

Coretta Scott King memoir to be released in January TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE

Toward the end of her life, Coretta Scott King, commissioned the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds to writer her memoir. The wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also was the founder of the Martin

Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center). The book, “My Life, My Love, My Legacy,’’ will be released on January 17, 2017. Reynolds, a journalist and author of six books, first came into contact with Coretta King in 1975 when

she was assigned to write a magazine article for the Chicago Tribune. From that encounter, a 30-year life-changing relationship of mentorship and friendship evolved, resulting in King turning to Reynolds, an ordained minister, to write about her

most noteworthy accomplishments but also her deepest pain and setbacks. In the memoir, readers will see both character and courage, a woman who was not only married to Dr. King, but was married to the movement of which she was a partner.

She was born in April 27, 1927 into the troubled and twisted times in Alabama, where her house was burned down as a teenager; she was in her home with her 2-year-old child when her home was firebombed during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Architect of husband’s legacy In her own voice, the book reveals a Coretta, moving on through many lonely days as the architect of her husband’s legacy working tirelessly to found and develop the King Center, lobbying for 15 years for the U.S. national holiday in honor of her husband and campaigning for the rights of the disadvantaged around the globe and at home. In this memoir, for the first time Coretta King talks candidly about her marriage and the rumored reports of Dr. King’s infidelity; she offers her thoughts on the reasons behind Southern Christian Leadership Conference cofounder Ralph Abernathy’s unfavorable characteriza-

tion of Martin in his autobiography, as well as some unproductive characteristics within the inner circle of the civil rights movement. Legendary leaders provide reflections in the book, including Maya Angelou, former U.N. ambassador and U.S. congressmen Andrew Young; Myrlie Evers-Williams, a past chairman of the NAACP, whose civil rights active husband Medgar Evers was assassinated; Rep. John Conyers, who played a major role in legislating the King Holiday bill as well as Dr. Bernice King.




This is personal.

Colorectal cancer is the 2nd leading cancer killer in the U.S., but screening helps prevent this disease. Terrence Howard, actor/musician

Photo: Andrew Macpherson

She was the cornerstone of our family. But my mother died of colon cancer when she was only 56. Let my heartbreak be your wake-up call.

If you’re 50 or older, please get screened. Screening saves lives. 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) •




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No state finals for Mainland after loss to Carol City BY ANDREAS BUTLER DAYTONA TIMES

Mainland High School had its state title hopes end with a 337 loss to Miami Carol City in the Class 6A Region 4 Final last week at Larry Kelly Field at Municipal Stadium. Cameron Davis ran for 157 yards with three touchdowns for Carol City. It is the fourth straight year that the Buccaneers lost in this round and fourth straight year to a team from Miami. Miami Central defeated Mainland in 2014-2015 (Regional final) and 2013 (State semifinal). Central won state titles in all three seasons. Carol City plays in the same district with Central and defeated Central, helping to keep the Miami team out of the playoffs.

Houston hurt Carol City (9-3) scored on the games’ opening possession behind Davis’ 29-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. The Carol City Chiefs led 14-0 in the first quarter after Marvin Smith hit Kevaughn Dingle for a 19-yard touchdown pass. Mainland (11-1) got within 147 when Denzel Houston found Brian Jenkins for an eight-yard score late in the opening period. Carol City pushed its lead to 27-7 at halftime. The Chiefs held the Buccaneers to just 184 total yards. Houston, a dual-threat quarterback, left the game in the second quarter due to an injury. He returned in the second half but couldn’t do much.

Semifinals for Chiefs The Bucs turned to Jason Colubiale and All-American safety Cyrus Fagan. The Mainland defense buckled down and held the Chiefs to 49 yards in the second half. Dingle finished with six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs. Smith threw for 51 yards with a score while Lorenzo Floyd threw for 93 yards for Carol City. Houston threw for 74 yards for Mainland. C.J. Wilson added 39 yards rushing and Jenkins caught five passes for 27 yards for the Buccaneers.


Mainland High School prepares to take on a foe during a previous game this season.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS REVIEW Carol City hosts Charlotte in the semifinals on Dec. 2 with a trip to the Class 6A championship game on the line.

Commentary There is no need for the Buccaneers to hang their heads. They lost to a good football team. This game was hyped up on social media and Daytona had a big turnout to support Mainland. The Buccaneers were the pride of Daytona and Volusia County the entire week. Mainland struggled offensively without Houston. The Chiefs also won the game by dominating up front on both sides of the ball. Carol City linebacker Moris Lugo caused havoc. The Chiefs defense was able to get to Houston while their offense was able to run on the Bucs’ stingy defense. Mainland will again reload

for next year and shoot for a state title.

On to basketball The Atlantic Sharks boys’ basketball team (3-0) opened the season with wins over Longwood Lyman, Pierson Taylor and New Smyrna. Star guard Stacy Beckton stood out as well as Lee Williams, Tyrell Brown, Jacquez Davis, Tyresse Seals and DeAndre Harbee. Atlantic played the top ranked team in Central Florida in Orlando First Academy on Nov. 28. The Sharks host Mainland on Dec. 7. During the game, they will participate in the Samaritan Speaks “100 Shoes for 100 Souls’’ charity event. Both team coaches in David Howard, Sr. (Atlantic) and Landis McCoy (Mainland) will coach in bare feet. Following the game, 100 shoes will be donated to children. All game proceeds will go toward the cause. “We always ask the community to support us, so I always ask my team to give back,” Howard said.

Mainland High School teammates wait on the sideline during a game this season.

Golf industry aims to diversify ‘Game of Kings’ BY MICHAEL H. COTTMAN URBAN NEWS SERVICE.

Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation, says strong words about an overwhelmingly White, $70 billion business. “The golf industry should look like America,” Mona told Urban News Service. “Diversity is fundamental to the future success of the golf industry.” Mona, who is White, says that when he surveys golf courses around the country, he says he mainly sees two colors: green and White. Golf industry reports confirm Mona’s impression. American golfers are 77 percent male and 80 percent White, according to the 2015 Golf Diversity & Inclusion Report. Among professional golfers, 75 percent are male and 86 percent are White. And golf-industry workers – every one from caddies to greenskeepers – are 90 percent male and 88 percent White.

Taking action Golf remains a big business in America. Some 25 million Americans play 455 million rounds annually on 15,350 links, according to World Golf Foundation. Golf generates some $55.6 billion in annual wages. Asked why a White executive like Mona worries about racial diversity, Mona didn’t hesitate. “It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “We want to make young people and parents from diverse backgrounds aware that there are 2 million jobs in the golf industry.” He is matching his words with action. He created a Diversity Task Force, established partnerships with major companies and will host a diversity forum this month with major industry leaders.

Job opportunities Mona plans to create job op-

portunities for minorities with a range of diversity initiatives include: A 10-week paid internship program with the Professional Golf Association Tour. The Golf Channel’s internship openings now appear on the careers website its parent company, NBC Universal. Nike Golf now offers a 12-week internship that explores all of the company’s divisions. The World Golf Foundation also seeks African-Americans and other minorities, Mona said, for full-time jobs at courses across America, including head golf professionals, course superintendents, caddy masters, and food and beverage managers. These steps are afoot even as younger golfers are leaving the sport. About 200,000 Millennial golfers walked away in 2013, according to the National Golf Federation, mainly because of costs in time and money. Golfers between 18 and 34 have drifted off for the last 20 years, according to federation research.


Above are the University of South Florida Women of Color golf student ambassadors at the Lexington Oaks Golf Course in Wesley Chapel. this boulder by himself?”

Program for sisters

‘Work in progress’ Major golf gear manufacturers also are retrenching. Nike recently announced that it would stop making golf clubs, balls and bags. Instead, Nike will focus on golf attire. While Tiger Woods remains the world’s highest-profile Black golfer, Mona’s Diversity Task Force confirms just how rare his face is on the greens. Little has changed in golf since the demographics of its players and staff was first studied in 2003, said Diversity Task Force member Dr. Michael Cooper. “I haven’t seen a lot of what is supposed to be taking place, and I can’t vouch for golf becoming more inclusive and diverse than it is,’” Cooper said. “But I do have faith in Steve Mona.”

Steve Mona, CEO of World Golf Foundation, stated, “We want to make young people and parents from diverse backgrounds aware that there are 2 million jobs in the golf industry.” “With regard to racial diversity, this is a work in progress,” said Cooper, who has played for 48 years. “And we have an awful long way to go.” Can Mona convince other golf industry leaders to take diversity

seriously? “If we don’t have Steve Mona, we’re nowhere,” Cooper said. “He’s a fair man, and he’s the most committed [White] guy in a leadership position in the golf industry I’ve seen. But can he move

Clemmie Perry, the founder of Women of Color Golf, is looking to introduce more minority women to the “sport of kings.” She said she has trained more than 250 women — 95 percent of whom are Black — to play golf since she launched her group in 2013. “I didn’t see any women on the golf course Clemmie who looked like Perry me,” Perry said. “I’m creating pathways for women to enter the game. Golf is about access. Golf is giving [Black] women access to business relationships they would never have. We can’t get the jobs if we don’t have the relationships.” Perry, a Tampa resident, first took up golf after finding a set of clubs on the side of the road. When Lockheed Martin laid her off from an executive post in 2012, she used her severance to start Women of Color Golf. Even former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an avid golfer, wants to see more minorities on the putting greens. It’s important that “golf look like America,” Rice said.



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