CONTENTS OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2010
I’m Every Woman Denise Mose shares her story of how Simply “D” became Simply “D”
22 16 Space Coast Honorees 8 State Wide Honorees 32 Tools for Graduation
15 Did You Say Champagne? By Steven King
IN EVERY ISSUE Florida Scope ...................... 14 Ask Deanna .......................... 18 Onyx Profile ........................ 19 Family Features ................ Health Notes
Bishop by Day: Builder of Tomorrow
Fighting Obesity ................... 26 5 Steps to Better Health ...... 28 Breast Cancer Awareness..... 30
utting wholesome food on the table that your family will enjoy doesn’t have to take hours to prepare. Registered Dietitian and author, Felicia Stoler, offers some simple recipes and tips on how to add more flavor and nutrition into your meals, making meal prep stress-free and fun for the family.
Keep your pantry stocked and plan ahead. A pasta meal typically takes less than thirty minutes to make. Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional pasta sauce now has a new, thicker recipe with two servings of vegetables in every half cup. Add some pre-cut fresh, frozen or canned greens as a side dish, and you have a veggie-packed meal.
Include your kids in the cooking process. This is a great way to spend quality time with your children and teach them the skill of cooking. They love to feel like they can contribute to their family, plus — many kids will eat what they make.
Use leftovers for lunch. The Ragú® No Frying Chicken Parmesan is a classic dish that will help you save time. After dinnertime, pack it in a small container or prepare in a hero sandwich for lunch the next day to make less work (and stress) for you in the morning.
Try these recipes with the new Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional pasta sauce, available in the pasta sauce aisle nationwide. For more tips and delicious recipes, visit www.ragu.com or www.facebook.com/ragusauce.
Mama’s Best Ever Spaghetti and Meatballs A classic Italian-American dish that can be as simple or fancy as you
want it to be. 6 servings Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes 1-1/2 lbs. lean ground beef 4 slices whole grain bread, torn into small pieces 2 eggs 1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz.) Ragú® Old World Style® Pasta Sauce, divided 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 12 oz. spaghetti, cooked and drained Combine ground beef, bread, eggs, 1/2 cup Pasta Sauce, Italian seasoning and garlic powder in medium bowl; shape into 18 meatballs. Bring remaining Pasta Sauce to a boil over medium-high heat in 12-inch skillet. Gently stir in uncooked meatballs. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until meatballs are done. Serve over hot spaghetti. TIP: Try adding a cube of mozzarella cheese to the center of each meatball for an easy but fun recipe twist. Nutrition Information per serving: Calories 480, Calories From Fat 90, Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.5g, Total Fat 10g, Cholesterol 130mg, Sodium 630mg, Total Carbohydrate 61g, Sugars 10g, Dietary Fiber 6g, Protein 36g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 6%, Iron 30%
From the Editors tips about gearing up for graduation. We deem it appropriate because it gives you time to access the situation and get ready for the BIG DAY. Dear Readers, It has been a while, but WE’RE BACK. First, let me welcome you to the eighth annual Onyx Awards Gala, which is being held October 16, 2010. This year’s award show promises to be sensational. Our honorees are coming in from all over the state of Florida. They are phenomenal people and we hope you will be there to greet them on the red carpet. Not only that, we will honor the corporation that exercises diversity in the work place. You will find the line up of our honorees in this issue of the magazine. We are also placing the honorees from the Space Coast here. Now, let us tell you more about this month’s magazine. We have decided to dub this the health issue, in honor of breast cancer month. Not only do we have article relative to breast cancer, we also talk about obesity, and heart health. Parents will love this issue, because we are giving
Don’t forget to read the section on scholarships for minorities. Steven King, connoisseur, of fine wines gives us his explanation of “champagne”. And by the way, our headliner for the 2010 Onyx Awards is Evelyn “Champagne” King. What a coincidence! And by the way, look for the Orlando Magic’s schedule on page 11. Deanna! Real people, real advice page. Look for young entrepreneur, Denise Mose and Keith Strictland. Again, we would be remiss if we did not congratulate the honorees of this years statewide Onyx Award. CONGRATULATIONS! See you in January.
Lillian and Lester Seays
SPACE COAST AWARDS
James Goins founded ABC Landclearing & Development, LLC in 1979 with the goal of providing superior service and exceptional quality to our clients. Says Goins, “We still adhere to that philosophy. We are a small minority owned business that specializes in providing superior craftsmanship at competitive rates. The expertise of individual professionals working together as a team is what enables ABC Landclearing to maintain an in depth and focused overview of each project from start to finish.” ABC has a notable list of clients in its portfolio and Goins takes pride in exemplifying the highest standard in the industry. He believes that nurturing relationships is an integral part of the business process. ABC is currently certified with the Florida Department of Labor & Employment Security – MBE, Orange County Government – Florida MBE. Among others, their clients include US Corps of Engineers, City of Cocoa Beach, Volusia County, APAC Florida, Inc., City of Orlando, City of Titusville, Osceola County, City of Melbourne, Ranger Construction, Gunn Construction. For over 40 years, Mr. Goins has given back to his community. This has afforded him the opportunity to give employment to many. ABC has generously supported many youth organizations throughout the years as well as many others in the community.
William Capote (Community Service
SPACE COAST HONOREES 2005. Since his arrival, the “Gophers" have received the school grade of “A” (six straight years) and maintained the honor of being named one of the top 100 middle schools in the State of Florida. In 2007, Brevard Public Schools were recipients of the coveted Governor’s Sterling Award. Only two school districts in Florida have been beneficiary of this prestigious tribute. Principal Johnson was chosen to represent Brevard in the area of leadership.
Andrew Johnson, Jr. (Education) Andrew Johnson, Jr. is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. He received his public school education from Smart Pope Livingston Elementary, James Weldon Johnson Junior High and New Stanton Senior High School in Duval County. Mr. Johnson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University and a Master of Arts Degree from Webster University in Management. He holds a State of Florida certificate with school principal, middle grades mathematics and administration and supervision endorsements. His wife, of 38 years is Cora Danzy Johnson, who is a teacher at McNair Magnet School. Together, they have two children, Christina and Andrew III. They have one grandchild, Kierra. Mr. Johnson became an educator with Brevard Public Schools in 1992 and began administrative duties in 1999. He was dean of students at Rockledge Senior High School from 1999-2001; and assistant principal in charge of curriculum at McNair Magnet School from 2001– 2005. Prior to assuming administrative duties, he was a classroom teacher of mathematics for seven years. Mr. Johnson was named McNair “Teacher of the Year” in 1995. He was also recognized by Brevard Public Schools as the “Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year” in 2004.
Prior to Mr. Johnson’s pursuit of a career in education, he served his country proudly for twenty years as an officer in the United States Army and was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations including the Meritorious Service Medal and Bronze Star for Valor. Major Johnson saw tours of duty in Korea, Germany, Honduras, Panama, Grenada, and Saudi Arabia while serving in various command and staff leadership positions with the 2nd Infantry Division, Berlin Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps and 21st Support Command. He is also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and the Brevard Association of School Administrators. Principal Johnson is a mentor and coach to many aspiring teachers and administrators. He strongly feels that they are ultimately responsible and the catalyst for student learning. One of his most recent accolades is that of being chosen Brevard County Middle School “Principal of the Year” for 2008. He shared this monumental feat with his Assistant Principal making it the first time in Brevard that both administrators received the award at the same time from the same school. Principal Johnson’s comment on this phenomenal occurrence was simply, “You groom them to lose them.”
This past school year, Stone amassed the greatest percentage of student learning gains of all middle schools in Brevard County, showcasing their highest Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FAST) scores in school history. His favorite saying is one borrowed from “Flip” Flippen of AVID fame, “If you don’t have a child’s heart, you have no business with his head.” Principal Johnson attributes his success in life to GOD, his parents, his wife, his children, his friends and those supportive teachers and colleagues that would not let Principal Johnson assumed his present him give up in the pursuit of his goals. position at Stone Middle School in June
The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Center is now open Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opened in April 2004, the 5,000-square-foot cultural center is located in the 11.93acre Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Memorial Park at 2180 Freedom Avenue in Mims, the site of the original Moore family home. On Christmas night 1951, the Moores were murdered for their involvement in the civil rights movement when a bomb exploded under their home. The park is dedicated to the celebration of their lives and to promoting awareness of their unique contributions to the early civil rights movement. This facility is managed by Brevard County Parks and Recreation, North Area.
Bill Gary Reports Dave Berman of Florida Today, Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore might be among the most prominent 20th-century leaders in the fight for equality for black Americans that most people don't know about. Bill Gary, president of the North Brevard NAACP is also president of the Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Cultural Complex in Mims, Florida.
"There's still a lot of unmet questions that don't pass the smell test," said state Sen. Tony Hill, D-Jacksonville and a member of the caucus. No one was ever convicted of the murder of the couple. The FBI interviewed and cleared the Hutchison brothers (who were members of the Ki Klux Klan) as suspects early in the investigation. They are both dead. Moore's only surviving daughter, Evangeline, 76, and living in New Carrollton, Maryland.
The Harry T. & Harriette V. Moore Multicultural Foundation is Receiving the Public Service Award for itâ€™s dedication and service to the community.
New Teen Fatherhood Academy Opens Its Doors
REED EDUCATIONAL CAMPUS CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF GRICE 13TH AS A COMPUTER LAB IN FLORIDA
ORLANDO - The Young Fathers of Central Florida is embarking on a groundbreaking initiative, one which will admit 25 teen fathers between the ages of 15-19 from various backgrounds to participate in a six month, six module training and development program. This component of the YFCF will be identified as the Teen Fatherhood Academy and will meet one Saturday each month for a five hour module session for 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Callahan Community Center.
JACKSONVILLE - GTECH Corporation and the Florida
The remainder of the month, each participant will have additional training sessions with their assigned case manager. Parents will be an integral part of the program and they will be asked to attend one monthly training session. Upon completion of the program, there will be a graduation ceremony recognizing each father and parent patrialization. The start day of the Academy was September 25, 2010, with graduation February 27, 22011, and is open to all teen fathers, from all racial, religious and economic backgrounds. There is no cost to the 25 teen fathers and a portion of the program is being financed by the City of Orlando, Department of Family, Parks and Recreation and the UCF-Strengthening Communities in central Florida.
Lottery launched GTECH’s 13th After School Advantage computer center in the state of Florida. The recipient of this computer center is the Reed Educational Campus located at 1934 Lentie Road, Jacksonville, FL 32209. GTECH’s After School Advantage program, which provides state-of-the-art computers, software, and Internet access to nonprofit community agencies and public schools, is designed to create safe, fun learning opportunities for Florida’s at-risk students participating in after-school programs. This is a major, nationwide initiative by GTECH with a multi-year, $3.3 million commitment; the goal is to close the digital divide and help children from underprivileged backgrounds become better prepared for school and more competitive in tomorrow's job market. The After School Advantage program has been implemented in all states where GTECH has offices nationwide. This includes Georgia, California, New York, Michigan, New Jersey, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, District of Columbia, Arizona, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Idaho, Texas, Virginia, and Florida. To date, GTECH has opened over 140 computer labs nationwide with many more on the way.
Haki Nkrumah, Founder/CEO, believes that there is a critical need in Central Florida for Responsible Fatherhood programs that mentor and educate teen fathers. Donations, sponsorships and volunteers are need to move this program forward. YFCF has father support groups in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, and Lake Counties.
Naturally, we are very excited about this project. The After School Advantage program allows GTECH to apply its technological experience, as the world's leading provider of online lottery technology, to assist in the education of our nation's youth.
Interested teen fathers and parents can get more information by visiting the website at www.youngfathersofcentralflorida.com or call 407.423.9400 or 321.297.3093.
To learn more about GTECH and the After School Advantage program, please feel free to visit our website at www.gtech.com.
Scholarships for Minorities Scholarships for Minority Women Actuary Scholarships for Minority Students _ American Chemical Society Scholarships _ American Geological Institute Minority Geoscience Student Scholarship _ American Institute of Certified Public Accountants _ American Political Science Association Minority scholarship list _ Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program _ Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation _ The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta _ Engineering for Minorities _ Gates Millennium Scholars _ International Education Financial Aid _ The Jackie Robinson Foundation (high school seniors only) _ Jack Kent Cook Foundation _ Graduate Scholars Program _ John L. Carey Accounting Scholarship _ Kaiser Media Internships in Health Reporting _ LGBT Scholarships_ Microsoft Scholarships (for computer related degrees) _ Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship (for environmental studies)_ National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART Grant) _ Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education _ Students of Color Scholarship _ Unmet Need Scholarship _ USA Funds Scholarships for African -American Women - Herbert Lehman Education Fund _ The Jackie Robinson Foundation (high school seniors only) _ Ron Brown Scholarship (high school seniors) _ Black Excel Scholarship _ Gateways _ Congressional Black Caucus Foundation _ Dr. James M. Rosin Scholarship _ Fisk Premedical Summer Institute / Minority Medical Education Program _ General Mills Technology Scholars Award _ Law School: MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program _ NAACP Earl Warren Shearman and Sterling Law School Scholarship _ NAACP Scholarships: Earl G. Graves Scholarship, Agnes Jones Scholarship, Lillian and Samuel Sutton Scholarship, Roy Wilkins Scholarship, and the Hubertus W.V. Williams Scholarship _ National Association of Black Journalists _ National Black Police Association
_ National Society of Black Engineers Scholarship List _ Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship _ Siemens Teacher Education Scholarship Program _ Spieler, Rhea and Louis Scholarship Program _ UNCF Merck Science Initiative_ United Negro College Fund Scholarships for Latina Women Hispanic Scholarship Fund (also for college students) _ Adelante US Education Leadership Fund _ Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (Congressional Internship) _ First in My Family Scholarship Program _ Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement _ Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities _ Hispanic Internship Program _ La Unidad Latina Foundation _ Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund _ National Association of Hispanic Journalists _ Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund_ State Farm Hispanic Scholarship Fund ________________________________________________________
Lester Seays Honored by the Sickle Cell Disease Association, Volusia County Chapter, Inc.
Donald Hurtz, Lester Seays, Erica Dunlap (Miss America - 1994) and Brian Seays (Not pictured: Joe Caldwell) Lester Seays received the “Humanitarian Award” for his dedication and service to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Volusia County. He received the honor after playing in the organization’s third annual golf tournament. Lester Seays is the co-owner of Onyx Magazine, and the president of LBS Foundation, which collaborates with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida each year to host the annual Onyx Awards. This year’s awards will be held October 16th and the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive in Orlando.
THE ORLANDO MAGIC SCHEDULE DATE Thursday, Oct. 28 Friday, Oct. 29@ NOVEMBER DATE Tuesday, Nov. 2 Wednesday, Nov. 3 Friday, Nov. 5 Saturday, Nov. 6 Monday, Nov. 8 Wednesday, Nov. 10 Friday, Nov. 12 Saturday, Nov. 13 Monday, Nov. 15 TV) Thursday, Nov. 18 Saturday, Nov. 20 Monday, Nov. 22 p.m. (NBA TV) Wednesday, Nov. 24 (ESPN) Friday, Nov. 26 Saturday, Nov. 27 TV) Tuesday, Nov. 30 DECEMBER DATE Wednesday, Dec. 1 Friday, Dec. 3 Saturday, Dec. 4 (NBA TV) Monday, Dec. 6 TV) Thursday, Dec. 9 (TNT) Friday, Dec. 10 Sunday, Dec. 12 Tuesday, Dec. 14 Saturday, Dec. 18 Monday, Dec. 20 Tuesday, Dec. 21 Thursday, Dec. 23 Saturday, Dec. 25
OPPONENT TIME Washington 8 p.m. (TNT) Miami 8 p.m. (ESPN)
(ABC) Monday, Dec. 27 Tuesday, Dec. 28 Thursday, Dec. 30
OPPONENT TIME @ New York 7:30 p.m. Minnesota 7 p.m. New Jersey 7 p.m. @ Charlotte 7 p.m. Atlanta 7 p.m. Utah 7 p.m. (ESPN) Toronto 7 p.m. @ New Jersey 7 p.m. Memphis 7 p.m. (NBA
JANUARY DATE Monday, Jan. 3 Wednesday, Jan. 5 Friday, Jan. 7 Saturday, Jan. 8 Wednesday, Jan. 12 Thursday, Jan. 13 p.m. (TNT) Saturday, Jan. 15 Monday, Jan. 17 Wednesday, Jan. 19 Friday, Jan. 21 Saturday, Jan. 22 Monday, Jan. 24 Wednesday, Jan. 26 Friday, Jan. 28 @ Sunday, Jan. 30 Monday, Jan. 31
Phoenix 8 p.m. (TNT) @ Indiana 7 p.m. @ San Antonio 8:30 Miami
Cleveland 7 p.m. @ Washington7 p.m. (NBA Detroit 7 p.m.
OPPONENT @ Chicago @ Detroit @ Milwaukee
TIME 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
7 p.m. (NBA
@ Utah @ Clippers @ Denver Philadelphia @ Atlanta Dallas 7 p.m. San Antonio Boston
9 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 9 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. (TNT) 2:30 p.m.
FEBRUARY DATE OPPONENT Thursday, Feb. 3 Friday, Feb. 4 Sunday, Feb. 6 (ABC) Tuesday, Feb. 8 Wednesday, Feb. 9 Friday, Feb. 11 Sunday, Feb. 13 (ABC) Wednesday, Feb. 16 Wednesday, Feb. 23 Friday, Feb. 25 (ESPN) Sunday, Feb. 27
@ New Jersey 7 p.m. @ Cleveland 7 p.m. New York 7 p.m. (TNT)
OPPONENT TIME Golden State 7 p.m. Milwaukee 7 p.m. Houston 8 p.m. (ESPN) @ Dallas 8:30 p.m. @ N Orleans 8 p.m. @ Oklahoma City 8:30 @ Minnesota @ Boston Philadelphia Toronto @ Houston Detroit 7 p.m. @ Indiana Chicago Cleveland @ Memphis
8 p.m. 8 p.m. (TNT) 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 6 p.m. 8 p.m.
TIME Miami 8 p.m. (TNT) @ Washington7 p.m. @ Boston 2:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers 7 p.m. @ Philadelphia 7 p.m. New Orleans 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers 3:30 p.m. Washington 7 p.m. Sacramento 7 p.m. Oklahoma City 8 p.m. Charlotte
Did You Say â€œChampagneâ€?? by Steven King Its time to celebrateâ€Ś Open the champagne! The luxury of this drink consumes the planet and France is the epicenter of classic champagne culture. Champagne is a sparkling wine produced exclusively in the Champagne region of France. Within this region are the Moet and Dom Perignon headquarters along with dozens of other producers. In order to be true champagne, the elixir must originate in the Champagne region of France. If the same type of beverage comes from anywhere else in the world it is a sparkling wine of some kind. Champagne first gained world renown because of its association with the anointment of French kings. Royalty from throughout Europe spread the message of the unique sparkling wine from Champagne and its association with luxury and power. Champagne runs between 8 to 14 percent alcohol on average. A champagne flute is a long slender glass. This elongated design showcases the bubbles or pearls of the Champagne for visual impact and concentrates the aroma to please the nose. Look for these elegant pearls in your next glass of bubbly! There are approximately 49 million bubbles in one bottle of Champagne. The pressure in a bottle of champagne is 90 pounds per square inch about three times that in an automobile tire. A cork leaves the bottle at a velocity of 38-40 mph but can pop out as fast as 100 mph! An extremely versatile wine, champagne goes great with oysters, lobster, roasted chicken, sushi, smoked salmon, mushroom risotto and strawberries. Steven is the Senior Editor of Food & Wine for Onyx Magazine and founder of www.askmewine.com. If you have questions about wine please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parental Tools to Help With Graduation
7. Make sure all fees are paid in full before graduation. Check to see if a clearance sheet is required from guidance. 8. Know the GPA. Is it weighted or un-weighted and what the significance of each is. 9. Make sure the SAT and the ACT are taken. Have your child take the writing portion of the ACT many schools require this portion be completed. Take each test at least twice to obtain as high a score as possible. 10. Graduates should work on marketable skills to obtain a summer job, saving money for school to purchase needed items. 11. Obtain letters of recommendation now so they can be submitted before college applications are submitted. 12. Set academic, professional and career goals now. Have a flexible plan if financial situations change for better or worse.
These suggestions are to assist in making the graduation process easier and less stressful for families of graduating seniors in 2011.
13. Stay involved in your community â€“ volunteer hours to help others and document the hour for community service.
1. Check on the accumulated credits, speak to the guidance counselor for up to date transcript and accuracy, community service hours, etc.
14. Search online and inquire with local businesses about summer internships. Even if there is no pay internships can go a long way with references and referrals for future jobs and careers.
2. Talk to teacher(s) to monitor behavior and make sure that rituals and routines are followed, assignments are up to date projects are completed and homework accounted for. Be sure to get written and signed documentation.
15. Join local business organizations if possible like the Chamber of Commerce, E3 Business Group (www.e3businessgroup.org) to gain marketable skills and get a jump on career goals.
3. Make a point of knowing the graduation countdown calendar for deadlines: prom, cap and gown, senior fees, senior class trip, etc.
16. Participate in church events and activities, check to see if your church provides scholarships, grants and fellowships.
4. Talk to the school guidance counselor about applications for higher education (college, trade school, etc), financial aid and scholarship availability.
17. If possible during the summer visit the college or trade school to make sure you are familiar with the area, travel and housing of the college you may attend in the summer or fall. Take a Internet virtual tour of the area to be familiar when traveling to the site.
5. Cooperate and negotiate travel arrangements for prom and graduation trips/events. Check with other parents about sharing transportation to events. Will there be a need for a designated driver? Parents should talk about expectation on no drugs, weapons and potential sexual activity.
18. Make sure bank accounts are accurate for savings and checking accounts. Determine which is better to use credit or debt and make sure a budget is established and followed.
6. Prepare for FCAT retakes if necessary. Find out when FCAT retesting will be given and the location. Find out about tutors if you suspect there maybe problems. Bethel Baptist Institutional Church institutes a summer program contact the church office for more details.
Created by: Sean Jackson 2010 Palatka High School Graduate Palatka, Florida Jackson Educational Technology Instruction Consultant Nicholas McClenton 2008 Raines High School Graduate Jacksonville, Florida E3 Facebook Manager â€“ www.e3businessgroup.org
Elementary School Leading to College By William Jackson, M.Ed. A quote provided by Karem Medina (Second Grade) "Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one". Bulletin boards, classroom doors and classroom walls at Andrew Robinson Elementary declared a school year leading to academic success. That success is not just targeted for FCAT assessment, but in the motivation to inspire students to attain higher education after they graduate from high school. Planting the mental seeds early for higher learning and achieving a goal, may be something that would inspire many students to become first or second generation college attendees. The new administrative leadership under Principal Crystal Lewis at Andrew Robinson sets the high expectations of professional success for the staff, faculty and support personnel, even the cafeteria staff supports the concept of encouraging college in the young minds of school 3262. Teachers are not just instructional personnel that the students see every day, but examples of success. Many of the teachers have obtained advanced degrees; they are members of civic and educational organizations and active in community activities on a grassroots level, interacting with parents and other members of the community in which they teach. Students are learning they can graduate from high school and attend college if they value their learning and work towards their dreams. Students at Andrew Robinson Elementary School are seeing their future now, visualizing what their future can be. Because of the visual elements this plants a cognitive picture of what they can accomplish. While touring the school, you will see banners proclaiming, “Blasting Off To College Preparation”. Banners are displayed on classroom doors, bulletin boards and throughout classrooms. The telltale signs of Seminoles (Florida State), Bulldogs (South Carolina State and Georgia), Longhorns (University of Texas), Tigers (Edward Waters College and Auburn), Ospreys (University of North Florida), and even Gators (University of Florida) along with many others. The list goes on so students can see the opportunities before them. The doors to higher education are within their grasps. Students are taught not to be deterred or discouraged by challenges that tend to take them off course.
Andrew Robinson is a unique educational success, it consistently has earned high grades in FCAT assessment, is a Magnet School and a neighborhood school where most people do not realize the successes this inner city school has achieved. The importance of resources is understood with the availability of dedicated faculty in physical education, art, music, computer lab, science and library sciences for the students from kindergarten to fifth grade. The wisdom of administration identifies that students need access to resources to allow their gifts in other areas to amplify and enhance the classroom learning experiences. Resource teachers are valuable to the instructional scope of the school. Yolanda Williams (ESE) shares that as a people (African Americans) were not allowed to even read a book much less learn math skills, and college was far fetched. Our children today need to know and understand that beyond the doors of our homes, elementary, middle, and high school stand big walls of OPPORTUNITIES and if we don't educate our children about how important college is, they'll continue to fall by the way side. Andrew Robinson is a Title 1 school that services a dynamic student population. Students need to know that without a quality education there are no opportunities for them in our society (at least not productive opportunities). Teachers must continue to stress the importance of how imperative it is to value education so they (children - our future) can obtain productive careers, raise stable families, and possess self confidence. Students need to understand that they are somebody and important in this world.
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” –– Malcolm X.
Ask Deanna! Real People, Real Advice
done the right thing. Dear Deanna! I want more out of my current relationship but I think my past is causing negativity between us. I have been known to have more than one boyfriend and play the field but I’ve changed. I’m ready to settle down but my past seems to haunt me on a regular basis. My boyfriend tells me he would commit but he’s afraid he can’t trust me. What can I do to prove that I’ve changed and can be trusted? Anonymous Charlotte, NC Dear Anonymous:
Ask Deanna! Is an advice column known for its fearless approach to reality-based subjects! Ask Deanna! can be heard every Sunday on KTYM AM 1460 at 3:00pm in Los Angeles Dear Deanna! I have been designated as the babysitter and caregiver for my younger brothers and sisters. My mother started having kids again after I turned thirteen. Now I’m in college and I can’t get my homework completed, I stay tired all the time. I try to talk to my mother but she is always fussing about her boyfriends, my siblings’ fathers and money. I don’t want to quit college or ruin my relationship but it looks as if that’s where things are heading. What can I do? Tamyra Jackson On-Line Reader Dear Tamyra: Families stick together no matter what and in your case, you have to be the glue. You may not see it, but your mother is doing the best she can with what she has. All you can do is hang in there, help the best you can and push yourself harder to become better and achieve. You should work out a schedule with your mother, college and the kids and be sure to rest and stay focused. You will get your reward in the end after you’ve
People believe that once you’re a cheat, you will always be a cheat. Your lack of care for your morals is giving you a dose of reality that you can’t seem to swallow right now. You’ve shown your boyfriend quite a few things when you thought he and others were not looking. The only thing you can do is stay on the straight and narrow path in your relationship, meet his expectations and demonstrate to him that you’re on his team seeking longevity and a future. Dear Deanna! My cousin has betrayed me by getting with my ex-boyfriend. We had a break-up but I felt there always hope to get back together. I’m having a hard time because of the family issue and now they’re having a baby together. I’m trying to control myself and keep it together because he was seeing her when he was with me... I was doing fine and moving on until he called wanting to have a fling. I’m torn between seeing him and telling my cousin. What do I do? Miserable But Holding On Denver, CO Dear Miserable: If you think things are bad now, go ahead and get with him and you’ll have a living nightmare on your hands. Whether he’s with your cousin, a friend or a stranger, you had your chance, it didn’t work out and now he’s onto someone else. You have enough time to hold on to your sanity and find a relationship that’s good for you. Hold your head high and let the past be the past and although your cousin has him, realize that he’s cheating on her but it’s not with you. Ask Deanna is written by Deanna M. Write Ask Deanna! Email: email@example.com or write: Deanna M, 264 S. La Cienega, Suite 1283 Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Website: www.askdeanna.com
“We Pay Attention to the Little Things that Make a Big Difference!”
The construction industry depends on teamwork to successfully complete any project, and Strickland Corporate Services, Inc. offers that final touch that will compliment anyone’s team. Says Keith Strickland, owner of Strickland Corporate Services, Inc., “By creating and executing customized construction cleaning service options, we enhance the project with quality and professionalism.” Strickland Corporate Services, Inc. is a W/MBE Certified Corporation and is known as one of the premier cleaning companies in the Central Florida area. S.C.S. strives to provide the best construction and renovation cleaning services. Their goal is to add a special touch to their clients’ maintenance projects in order to provide an image to the community that keeps continued business. Keith Strickland affirms that he is committed to providing quality and professional service, by keeping open lines of communication with his customers, and says he doing this through proven techniques. Strickland Corporate Services, Inc. is headquartered in Orlando, FL and is certified as a minority vendor by Orange County, Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, and other governmental entities. Strickland Corporate Services, Inc. focuses on projects located in the Central Florida Area (Lakeland to Orlando). It has built a portfolio of projects that have included: commercial construction cleaning, school construction cleaning; renovation construction cleaning, water damage cleaning and church renovation cleaning. With an impressive client roster such as Turner Construction, Beck Construction, Construct II Group, Hunt Construction Group, P.P.I Construction, Associated Cost Engineers, Inc., PSA Constructors, Inc., UCF, IROK Constructional Services, Centex-Rooney Construction and ACY Contractors, Inc., Orange County Public Schools, Strickland believes there’s no way to go but UP.
I’m Every Woman
ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IF YOU ONLY BELIEVE...
Chaka Khan has a song entitled, “I’m Every Woman.” Like the title states, the song is about how women are constantly able to do anything they want. It speaks to women who don’t take ‘no’ for an answer. They are trailblazers, they do things their way…I haven’t met Chaka Khan, but I believe her inspiration might come from this months Cover Girl, Dr. Denise Yvette Mose.
I agreed to meet this young lady in Altamonte. After you read her story, you’ll see why she talks so fast…She’s been very busy.
Dr. Mose has embraced the attitude of openness, possibility, and “what-if” in a way that has lead her from the classroom to the wide open spaces of entrepreneurship and quite possibly…world domination. A former Professional Educator at Full Sail University, she has become an Author, Television Host, Runway Model, Etiquette Specialist, and Founder of her own perfume line, “Simply D.” As notable as any of these accomplishments are, especially for a person only in their mid-thirties, the truly impressive part is that all this has occurred because of her ability to go for her dreams that are usually ‘out of the box’. It also doesn’t hurt that Philanthropist Mr. Leonard E. Burnett has made her his key protégée’ in business. Wow! We can all use a millionaire can’t we?
Denise: I am proud native of Huntsville, Alabama where I graduated from Alabama A&M University with double major in Elementary/Early Childhood Education. Go Bulldogs!!! After graduating I started teaching 5th grade in Clermont, Florida. After a few years of that, I became their Kindergarten Teacher. I then discovered that kids are really interesting little “people.” After all the crayons, crying and interesting parents, I decided to get my MBA.
Kiara: Denise, tell me a little more detail about your background?
Kiara: Considering you ended up where you are today, why did you major in education initially? Denise: Here’s the funny part! I was actually going to be a
lawyer. I went through the whole Miami Vice stage! I was going to help Crockett and Tubbs put the bad guys away. I was fascinated with helping people. However, in my senior year of high school my Economics Teacher asked me to volunteer with 3rd graders. I wasn’t very excited about it because I didn’t see how I could make them understand supply and demand. But Kiara, it was awesome! I had a blast with them. On my last day, a little girl named, Erin Gray asked me, “Miss Denise, will you come back tomorrow?” That was it! I went home that day and told my parents I was going to be a teacher. That little girl sealed the deal. Kiara: What influence did your parents have on you? Denise: Both my parents are from humble backgrounds, and they both felt—knew really—that education was your passport to a better life. They were teachers, too. There were three kids in the house: Danny, Danielle (my identical twin) and me! Growing up we often visited my parents classrooms and met other teachers. I knew at an early age that I was going to college. My parents weren’t going to have us embarrass their name. My parents would say, “You will be somebody, you will be successful, or you won’t be living at 433 very long.” We grew up at 433 Edgemont Drive, so they always referenced where we got our bread and butter! Because we all made good grades, we received scholarships to college. Danielle and I went to Alabama A&M University, while Danny enrolled at Alabama State University. Kiara: You have a Doctorate in Business, but you already had an MBA, why? Many would consider the combo overkill? Denise: Well, in education the more degrees you have the more
Pastor Randolph Bracy, Jr. changed my life! Rev. Bracy has a passion for young people who are doing things and whom he sees potential. He and his wife, Dr. LaVon adopted me. Whenever he visits places that he feels can advance my career, he sends me! In 2004, he sent me to the Summer Leadership Institute at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard? It was extremely humbling to be there. It still amazes me to this day! In 2008, he sent me to Oxford University, The Oxford Round Table, in Oxford England. I served as a Visiting Professor and to present a paper on the business world from my viewpoint. Every year they choose the top 40 influential leaders in their various fields. During those two weeks you take classes, teach a class, present a paper, go on tours and meet the other 39 people. It was amazing. I gave a presentation called the new “New Adam and Eve,” about Barack and Michelle Obama.
you can increase your income. Well, in most cases. I was on my way to being a principal so that was my main motivation at first. But, something changed! While enrolled in my MBA classes it occurred to me that as a black female, it would be advantageous to have as many “letters” behind my name. I needed to have as many tools, rather weapons for whatever I wanted to do in the future. If I started my own business, a Ph.D. would not be needed, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt me either! Or, I could be a University Professor! I began thinking that I could go either way with the Ph.D, so right after finishing my MBA; I began my doctoral program. After five years of study, I graduated in 2004 from Walden-National University. I was 31 years-old. Kiara: So, you got your business degree, but went back to teaching? Denise: Yeah, crazy right? I realized that teaching was truly my first love! I missed the students, the staff, doing lesson plans, I missed it all. So, after I received my Ph.D I accepted a position at Full Sail University as their Course Director for Professional Communication and Business Principle/Marketing. Also, during this time I launched my talk show with Jericho Broadcasting. Full Sail liked that I had a talk show, it helped secure my job. Kiara: How did you receive support and who believed in you the most during this time? Denise: I have a great cast of people around me. My mentor, Len Burnett is my angel on earth. We still meet every week and identify a timeline for the next six months of my career. Next, Monique Mason ( my Agent) believes in me so much. She is the reason I get paid! Now, the next person always makes me smile.
ready for a change. I loved what I was doing, but it was no longer a challenge for me. Besides teaching, my other passion was the Fashion and Beauty Industry! I began researching that field and decided to really become a full-time entrepreneur. I still didn’t know what I would do, so I started mentally and financially preparing. Analyzing my budget was where I began. Plus, my talk show was getting some buzz and started to create income for me. Kiara: Talk Show? Denise: Yes! My talk show, Hip & Happening has been so much fun! We have traveled to the Grammy Awards, Stellar Awards, Dove Awards, Taste of Chicago, Kentucky Derby, MTV Awards, Essence Music Festival and more. I’ve interviewed everybody from Smokey Robinson to Jay-Z! But that’s another story!
Kiara: So how did you finally go from academia to business? Kiara: What was the final push to jump out there? Denise: My time at Full Sail University had been great, but I was
Denise: Well, my church offered a class called Introduction to Entrepreneurship. It was eight weeks long, and I decided to take it. Kiara: Wait. Hold up. You have an MBA, a Ph.D, and were teaching business classes, why would you take a class at church? You could have, maybe should have, been teaching it. Denise: Well, the teacher was the appeal for me. Leonard Burnett. He’s a former NFL star, and had owned several McDonalds franchises and sold them. He was very successful. He was doing what I wanted to do…work for himself!!! He’s a multimillionaire, and he doesn’t have a Ph.D. It was clear he knew a lot more about business that I did! I wanted to learn what he knew. So I took the class and 30 people showed up the first night. By the third class, I was the only one.
everything! It was fascinating. At that point, Mr. Burnett mentioned he knew a gentleman by the name of Fred Parker. Mr. Parker had made scents for Ralph Lauren, John Paul Gaultier and Gucci. This is the key, because anyone serious about getting in the perfume business has to go to Europe to develop the fragrance. Kiara: Europe that makes sense, but you were here in Florida. Were you that convinced?
Denise: After researching Mr. Parker, and realizing how big a deal he was, I Len Burnett was convinced. We had been emailing back and forth and our conversations were very productive. After speaking on the phone, he said we would need to meet to talk about numbers, and if they all looked good, then I would come out to Paris. I Kiara: Really? The church got a busy millionaire to donate his said to myself, “Yeah, right. Just hop on a plane to Paris.” It time, for free, to teach people how to open a business and better seemed a stretch, but we did meet at a Starbucks in Winter Park, their life; and they didn’t take advantage of the opportunity? and talked for about two hours. The next day he called me to let me know he enjoyed our meeting, and that he would send me Denise: Look, he was there to put us to work and to teach. He some sample vials, and for me to get close friends and get their told us what books to get, and to turn in a paper with some ideas. opinion. I mean it was a real class. That third class was life-changing. I walked in, and after about 20 minutes I asked, “Where is everyKiara: So, the ball was rolling, right? one?” He said, “I think you’re it Denise.” But you know, it was a blessing for me, because I got his full attention. He sat down and Denise: Yes! I got the vials in the mail and crated my list of peoasked me what I wanted to do. I told him I wanted to do it all!!! ple to share this new venture with. John and Marvia arrived first I wanted to write more books, give speeches at universities, speak to my house! They were great! Also, they didn’t ask any quesat the White House, be an Ambassador, and be the next Oprah! tions, just gave me the vial they liked the most. Then, Mr. BurAfter I finished talking, he just looked at me. You know what? nett told me to run some numbers to see what it would cost to Not one time did he laugh or talk down to me. He simply said, do everything. I don’t want to give the figure, but it was not “How soon do you want it?” Then he said something I’ll never chump change. However, I followed through, and gave him my forget, he said, “Denise, because you stuck with me, I’m going to analysis. He looked at my business plan and asked me whether give you all my resources.” I didn’t know what that meant. Many I would work the fragrance. He kept saying, ‘Denise, would you people might think it meant giving me really make this work?” advice. As I found out later, it was more about having access to his other millionaire friends, whom he had been telling about me. Kiara: He gave you a passion test. He allowed me into his world, a very ‘privileged’ world… Denise: I realize that now, Kiara. At the time I did not know Kiara: How did that lead to the perfume? what he was doing. He told me he would call me the next day. When he called he said, “Pack your bags, you’re going to work Denise: Aside from my talk show, Monique had booked me to do with Fred Parker in Paris, France. He gave me the dates; I met a lot of modeling. Mr. Burnett remarked that I seemed to like the him at the church to pick up my ticket and went home in tears! beauty and fashion industry. He suggested I consider a signature Three weeks later I was in a lab in Paris, France working on the product; like perfume. I’m ashamed to say, I wrinkled my nose a perfume that would become, “Simply D.” bit. I have degrees in education and business, not science. I didn’t have any Bunsen Burners at home! He told me that The Kiara: What you describe is a wonderful story. There seems to Beauty Industry was the only industry that didn’t lose money. The be a number of lessons to be gleaned from your startup experirecession had hit, but it didn’t have an impact on fragrance at all. ence. What are those lessons? I still was not convinced, but he told me to research it so I did. The more I looked into it, the more interesting it became. I researched Denise: One, have a mentor. Mentor’s are not appreciated how Chanel, Gucci and Versace got started and really did my enough. Two, have a passion or be passionate. When people see homework. I read about the labs they used for their bottles, and your passion, they will want to help you. I didn’t know what
business I would start, but I had a passion to have a business, and it showed. I did not have the money to go Paris and work with a perfume designer that was behind many top names in entertainment and fashion. Mr. B, as I like to call him, sent me there. He believed in me, and could see I would do the work. I had done the research; I wrote my business plan. I stayed in the class when 29 other people quit the class. He could see I was serious and open to advice. Kiara: Okay, so you got your perfume, Simply D. It was real now. How long before you quit your job? Denise: It took me awhile, two years actually. Mr. Burnett told me that I would have to leave my job, if this was really going to fly! After much prayer with Pastor Bracy, I made my decision. I left Full Sail University January 09’. Kiara: So, to do all of this, who makes up Team Simply D? Kiara: Do you share this passion in your Community? Denise: Mr. Burnett (Mentor), Monique ‘mo’ Mason (Agent), Lillian Seays (Publisher/Cheerleader), Dr. Randolph Bracy, Jr. (Spiritual Advisor), John Ellis (Attorney), Libby Green (Accountant). Kiara: What keeps you motivated? How do you relieve such a busy schedule? Denise: I love to exercise! My Personal Trainer is Mr. Kevin R. Davis. He put me on a great diet two years ago. Swimming, running, yoga, and weights get my full attention five days a week. Also, in those five days, I don’t go over 1,000 calories in a day. Therefore, on my cheat days I eat whatever I want without feeling guilty. Kevin is wonderful! However, when I don’t workout his phone calls can get pretty scary. However, I wouldn’t be able to maintain my busy schedule without his support. Kiara: What about family/friends? Denise: I have a small hand full, not many. I am extremely focused on my career, so I can’t afford to have the wrong people around me. Marvia Barrington, Angela Davis, John Q. Lennard are the ones that show up on my doorstep to hang out. I laugh, cry, scream, and yell with them when I have a crazy day! I can tell them my dreams. I trust them completely. Dame Marva Turner, Carol Cowan and Dr. LaVon W. Bracy are special to me. They were right there when I launched Simply D Perfume. In fact, they were the first to see my bottles when I got them in the mail. Danielle, Danny, Dad and Joyce keep me grounded. Especially, my twin, Danielle!
Denise: Oh yeah! I volunteer tons! I volunteer with Junior Achievement. I visit high schools throughout the school year and talk about the business world and what kids need to make it. In fact, I spent the entire school year at Jones High School. Also, I volunteer with Make-A Wish Foundation/Give Kids the World. Here, I work with terminally ill children. I do everything from making ice cream cones to reading with them. Moreover, I volunteer with Arnold Palmer Hospital, Rollins Youth Group, 100 Black Men, Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, HBCU Initiatives/The White House, Girl Scouts of America, and ONYX Magazine/LBS Foundation. Kiara: What’s next for you? Denise: Well, believe it or not…a doll! Mattel Toys likes my story and if all goes the “Dr. D” Doll will be on shelves Christmas 2011. I’ll be a part of the Barbie Line. This is another reason why you need people on your team to think ‘outside the box’ with you. Kiara: I’m done! I don’t know what else to say. Any last words for our readers Dr. Mose? Denise: I will leave you with these things. One, trust God. Two, read Proverbs 18:16. Three, read, “Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. Four. Stretch yourself to do new things; it’s really the only way to live. Five, surround yourself with people who believe in you.
Allen Wiggins, Bishop by Day Builder of Tomorrow! The game of chess is made up of many pieces. There is the Queen, Knight, Rook, King, and of course the Pawn. However, there is another piece that I did not mention: The Bishop. This is the piece that moves in a diagonal way focused on his next target. Well, the game of chess reminds me of one of the world’s secret weapons. Guess what? He also goes by the name of Bishop.
and running. Excitement was in the air.
Lillian Brown Seays is my publisher, she and her husband, Lester Seays are co-owners of Onyx Magazine. I have the lovely job of interviewing the key people she feels deserve a spotlight in her popular magazine. This brings us to one of this month’s feature stories.
As we walked through each door, many people had been in their location for several years. In fact, I met a barber who had cut hair for over forty-five years in the same location! Forty-Five years! I asked Bishop what it felt like to see this dream become a reality. He responded with the following. “I stand on the shoulders of many people; one being my father, the late Reverend R.W. Wiggins. He was my best friend and he left me a great legacy. Not only did he groom me, he prayed for me and believed in his son. It’s been three years since he passed, but he is still with me. I feel like he’s looking over Heaven’s balcony and enjoying the view.”
Allen Wiggins is a busy Bishop and he’s got plenty reasons to smile. In addition to celebrating ten years as the presiding Bishop of The Hope Church in Orlando, he’s also has his hands full by building his budding community. Churches are known for praising, worshipping, singing and popular preachers. Did you know that Bishop Wiggins is more than what meets the eye? Yes, he’s a beloved rattler from that school in Tallahassee, but he’s also all about building the community around him and his members. The Village Square is a name you might want to get use to hearing. Because this was a building that has received more than a makeover! The mall (as it’s referred to) resides just off of Orange Center Boulevard and John Young Parkway. Nestled in a historic community that Bishop Wiggins aims to take back through economic development; it’s truly booming. He gave me a tour of what is to come in the next few weeks. “Not only will we have hair salons, barber shops and pizza restaurants, we’re going to have a law firm, chiropractic office, men’s clothing shop and frozen ice cream. Even his daughter Brandy and his wife, Lady D have spread their entrepreneurial wings and have two businesses in the mall! Moreover, Poet Blue Bailey will nurture young students in public speaking through poetry and we will have a location for other nationalities (Haitian and Latin-Americans specifically) to meet their needs as well.” I thought he was done; then he took me to the second level of the mall. Again, I was beyond impressed. Betwixt all of the construction, people were everywhere getting their businesses up
“Here we will house a multipurpose room complete with the latest technology equipment that will hold seminars. These workshops will focus on credit counseling, financial literacy, and home-buying. Dr. Mose, I love my community! So many of us have rented forever, I want to see us own where we live!”
The next phase of this area will be a cathedral, medical center, and educational programs. Bishop put it this way… It will be a Center of Transformation! Bishop Wiggins said that we have to minister to the total man through the five areas: Spiritual, Housing, Medical, Economic and Social. He said once we get the men right, the overall community has no choice but to win. Bishop Wiggins is building his community from the inside out. Coupled with The Mayor of Orlando, The Village of Orlando, Commissioners, dignitaries and several other local churches, Bishop Wiggins is eager to launch the mall. Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. is the date of a new beginning in this neighborhood. Passionate, sincere and a visionary; these are just a few words that describe Bishop Allen Wiggins. With dreams like these, it’s no wonder he’s successful.
By Denise Mose
Bishop Allen Wiggins
Fighting Obesity is as Easy as Supporting Physical Education In Schools The current focus on obesity in children and teens has society up in arms and is creating a national focus and governmental efforts to get parents informed about the physiological, emotional and psychological dangers of obesity in children and teens. The prevailing understanding for the increase of obesity is there are two primary factors; first, children and teenagers are not eating the right kinds of food. Second, children and teens are getting less exercise. Environmental circumstances and the increased infusion of technology in our daily lives are contributing factors that tend to draw more attention from physical activity outside of the home to a more sedentary life style. The goal should be to reinforce the importance of Physical Education programs in elementary and middle schools nation wide. President Obama established a Task Force on Childhood Obesity with a goal to “solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight.” The First Lady Michelle Obama has launched “Let’s Move”. Her focus on this obesity epidemic has drawn national and international attention. There are health professionals that are already trained, educated and motivated on station at schools throughout this country. If serious consideration is taken into account for addressing obesity in children and teens then serious action should be on properly funding the physical education programs at schools. The misconception is that physical education is play education. Physical education professionals are not just there for free time for kids to play. Physical education teachers are required to take not only educational courses, but courses that are in the scientific and medical fields. Depending on the curriculum, physical education teachers must take several sciences, biology, physical science, kinesiology, physiology of exercise, physics, chemistry and other classes that transcend to other disciplines in medicine, physical sciences and environmental sciences. Physical educators (men and women) are not just “dumb jocks”,
as some people say. Physical Educators are required to be certified teachers and many have certifications in other areas of education especially in leadership. In this time of educational budget cuts and curriculum changes physical education is usually on the budgetary chopping block, but local and national school district administrators and legislative members should understand that not only are the physical needs addressed in the physical education classes, but so is self esteem, self confidence and personal motivation of children and teens. We may never know how many students attribute their success in school and being able to graduate because their physical education teacher motivated them to press forward in the classroom,, apply their physical talents to academics and become successful in school. Even though more parents attend sporting events than they do academic activities, physical activities in sports draw and keep teens and young adults in school. There are other conditions that contribute to the overweight factor, including medical conditions (thyroid, diabetes, etc), the taking of medications and genetics. Overweight students often have low self-esteem made worse when they are unable to participate in normal activities in sports or on the playground. Teen eating disorders like anorexia, nervosa and bulimia develop in response to feelings of body inadequacy and the erroneous feelings of being obese even though the physical indications are of a disorder. Obese children are teased, bullied and made to feel inferior on a number of levels. Physical educators turn these feeling around to motivate students to work to improve their physical conditions for a life time. The importance of a good diet and exercise not just through sports, but even addresses sex in health education classes. The physical education teacher is often the first person that children and teens talk to about sex, drugs, and alcohol before they talk to their parents. There is a trust and connection between students and their physical education teacher. Students feel they will not be judged, teased or put down, because of unfamiliar feelings,
emotional changes and the physical changes of puberty. Sometimes parents’ reaction and denial of their child’s maturity and growth can dissuade open dialogue and cause their child or teen to fear talking to them. Many physical education teachers fill that gap and guide students in the right direction to guidance professionals and open dialogue between parents, children and teens. American’s spend billions of dollars on personal exercise equipment, personal trainers, motivational exercise programs, spa memberships, etc, but there are professionals already available for our children and teens in our schools. These billions need to be put in the physical education programs that are struggling now to address obesity in children and have been for years before this current and urgent focus. The obvious is simple, use the resources that are available––the trained professionals that should be supported more, respected more, and funded more. Why create more programs that only rely on temporary budgets or nonexistent funds when support needs to go to professional educators that are currently in place and making a difference in our schools. By: William Jackson, M.Edy. Physical Education Professional Duval County Public Schools, Jacksonville, Florida __________________________________________________________________________________________________
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5 Steps to Better Heart Health Family Features Family Features) - Heart disease - or cardiovascular disease seems like something that happens to other people. But the truth is, about one third of adult Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 80 million Americans - that's one of every three adults - live with one or more types of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The toll this takes is enormous. In addition to reducing quality of life and raising health care costs, heart disease kills more people than any other disease, including cancer. The CDC estimates that every 37 seconds, someone dies from heart disease. What can you do to reduce your risk of heart disease? Following these five steps can help you take control of your heart health and put you on the path to a healthier life. 1. Know the Risk Factors. Knowledge is power. Once you know what behaviors and conditions contribute to the problem, you can take action. • Unhealthy Diet. Foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol raise blood pressure levels and promote atherosclerosis. Too much sodium causes high blood pressure levels as well. • Physical Inactivity. A sedentary lifestyle impacts blood pressure, the amount of good cholesterol and triglycerides in the body, and weight. • Tobacco Use. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4800 chemicals, many of them damaging to the heart. Cigarette smoking promotes atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) and raises the levels of blood clotting factors. Nicotine raises blood pressure and heart rates, and carbon monoxide reduces the amount of oxygen the blood can carry. Exposure to second-hand smoke can significantly increase the risk of heart disease in non-smokers. • Heredity. Genetic factors may play some role in high blood pressure, heart disease and other vascular conditions. 2. Know Your Numbers. High blood pressure and high cholesterol can damage your heart and blood vessels. But without testing them, you probably won't know whether or not you have these conditions. It's important that you know what your levels are, to keep track of them over time, and to share them with care givers and family members. Using online personal health management applications like Mayo Clinic Health Manager, can simplify how
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Breast Cancer Awareness By Rhetta Peoples If you watched Monday night football recently and saw NFL players wearing pink, there was nothing wrong with your television set. I’ll go a step further and answer your question before you ask it, “yes; they are all getting in touch with their feminine side.” Being “Pink” is the in thing. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I’m sure I don’t have to remind you about that. Pink bows and images are everywhere in an attempt to remind us of the “cause.” Even still, many women are not doing self-examinations each month, nor are they seeing their doctors or getting mammograms on a regular basis. According to Dr. Claudia Baquet, MD, MPH, Associate Dean, Office of Policy and Planning, Professor of Medicine and Principal Investigation at the Bioethics Research Center at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, there is scientific evidence that proves the most dangerous form of breast cancer is found more often in African American women. Now, that research didn’t say “women of color” or “minority women,” the research stated, “African American women.” That’s right, we are the demographic that carries the highest risk of the most deadly form of this horrible disease. This subtype of breast cancer called “Triple Negative Breast Cancer” is the single most aggressive form of the disease. “Triple Negative” does not respond to current medical therapies used to treat the breast cancer that science understands most. Today, the words “triple negative” are ones you don’t want to hear. However, it doesn’t mean the battle is lost. There’s still more than enough hope to go around.
Breast Cancer Month 2010
We have to start by doing monthly self-examinations. We need to visit our doctor regularly and go for our mammograms regardless of how uncomfortable it may be. Most importantly, if you are someone who has triple negative breast cancer, getting a doctor that can help you find reputable clinical trials in which you may qualify for may be the answer. Not only could a clinical trial possibly help you beat the disease, it may assist in a medical breakthrough for so many other women. There’s something more significant and profoundly specific about breast cancer. For women, it not only has the potential to leave you scarred physically, but it can emotionally force her into a situation in which she may feel inadequate compared to other women. With a reputable clinical trial you could have access to medicine that may not yet be approved by the FDA but could possibly help in combatting the disease. If you don’t believe a clinical trial is the way to go, then keep researching and asking your doctor for options regardless of how annoyed he or she may get. Never stop looking for alternatives and more than anything, be conscious of God, who can and always will make a fool of science when he gets good and ready. Those battling breast cancer have a right to find out more about how they can beat this disease. Not just for themselves for those of us sitting on the sidelines, cheering them on. These women, and sometimes men, deserve the opportunity to have active, involved medical practitioners on their side when it comes to recommendations and innovative steps in medical research relating to a disease that may become a primary focus in their lives. Finding a cure is not only important it’s a must. Not just for those who are battling the disease today, but for our daughters who may grow up to face breast cancer in their very own lives. This year, we have the opportunity to elect local officials who may or may not support healthcare issues that are most important to us. Let’s make it clear that finding a cure for breast cancer is an initiative that must be on the table and must be supported by political figures if they expect to get our votes. Being “Pink” really is in!
Space Coast Awards
Delores McLaughlin Publishers Award
Ronald M. Joe, Sr. Cultural Diversity Award The mission of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) is to enhance leadership and readiness by fostering Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity programs and positive human relations through education training and research. DEOMI's education directorates provide training in equal opportunity and equal employment opportunity to specially selected military members including Coast Guard, National Guard, Reservists and Armed Forces civilians, as well as representatives from other federal agencies. The institute graduates approximately 1,250 resident students per year. DEOMI conducts 12 on-campus courses. Five of the courses focus on military EO program and the remainder is designed for EEO professionals. In addition, DEOMI conducts special seminars for senior leaders and reaches worldwide audiences with its mobile training teams. DEOMI's research directorate provides organizational assessments (Military Equal Opportunity Climate Survey), produces background material for federal observances and acts as a clearinghouse for DoD. The new DEOMI campus, completed in October 2003, is a 92,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility located on the scenic Banana River. It provides students, faculty and staff with modern classrooms, lecture halls, library and research facilities.
Delores serves as both the site coordinator for the Brevard County Weed and Seed Initiative and as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Neighborhood Restoration. In her capacity as site coordinator, she is responsible for the day-today operations of the Brevard County Weed and Seed and Project Safe Neighborhood Initiatives. Delores has been instrumental in founding and establishing a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization to sustain the Weed and Seed initiative. She has spearheaded the development of several innovative programs designed to fill gaps in services for the residents of public housing and the Weed and Seed targeted areas. Delores managed the public affairs department of WBSF TV 43 in Melbourne Florida where she developed and produced children’s specials and designed and launched public services projects and campaigns for service and non-profit organizations. She has been active in local community affairs in the Brevard County area for over 25 years. Delores received the 1991 Junior League’s Public Affairs Video Award for Teen Pregnancy Prevention and the 1993 Child Advocate of the year Award presented by Children’s Home Society. She is also a 2004 recipient of the Delta Sigma Theta Crystal Pyramid Award. Over the years, Delores has served as a director on numerous non-profit boards. Winning more than two million in grants for the Brevard County Initiatives, she has received national recognition for her work with Weed and Seed and most recently received the Department of Justice’s Tenure Award for Weed and Seed Site Coordinators.
Pastor Harvey L. Riley Lifetime Achievement Award Rev. Riley owned and operated Riley’s Scientific Barber Shop in Cocoa, Florida for 20 years. During this time he attended Brevard Community College, University of Central Florida and the National Theological Seminary. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in humanitarian letters from the National Theological Seminary. Rev. Riley answered the call into the ministry in 1956. He preached his first sermon of Father’s Day at his home church of Greater St. Paul Baptist Church. He served as pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Daytona Beach from 1959-1971, Friendship Baptist Church in Sharpes from 1971-1973, Metropolitan Baptist Church in Cocoa, from 1973-1982, from 1982 to the present he has served as shepherd of the Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Palm Bay, FL. Rev. Riley is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the NAACP, Habitat for Humanity, the Kiwanis Club, The American Cancer Society, the Sheriff’s League of Chaplains, The Alzheimer’s Association, and the South Brevard Christian Minister’s Fellowship. In September 2009, Rev. Riley was recognized by the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. for his accomplishment of 50 years of pastoring, and on October 17, 2009 the official renaming of Adams Street to Dr. Street ceremony was held.
Business Moses and Emma Harvin (Cocoa) Moses L. Harvin, President and Chief Executive Officer, is the cofounder of American Services Technology, Incorporated (ASTI). The firm, which is headquartered in Rockledge, also has locations in South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Alabama. ASTI is a SBA Certified Minority and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business. The Harvins have positioned the firm in the fast moving competitive department of defense contracting industry. And concentrates on serving the needs of the federal government from logistic management services to facilities support services. The firm has over 100 employees. ASTI’s clients include the United States Air Force, United States Army, Department of Energy-Savannah River Operations, Department of Interior, and its prime contractors. American Services Technology, Inc. has received the Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, Supplier of the Year Award; SBA Certificate of Excellence; Ernest & Young Small Business of the Year and Founders Forum Small Business of the Year. ASTI was also selected as the 45th Space Wing (Patrick Air Force Base & Cape Canaveral Air Force Station) Subcontractor of the Year. Harvin earned an undergraduate degree from Claflin University in South Carolina and a master’s degree from Webster University. He received his commission in the United States Army from South Carolina State University. During his very distinguished military career Major Harvin received the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service medal. Badges include the U.S. Army Ranger Tab, Airborne Badge and Air Assault Badge. Major Harvin retired from the military at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. Moses Harvin’s wife, Emma, is vice president and co-founder of American Services Technology, Inc. She was born in Sumter, South Carolina and attended the University of Kentucky. She holds several cosmetologist consultant licenses in several states. As vice president she offers an array of talent in personnel management and operations at several of their office sites throughout the southeast. ASTI is a diversify company with operations in several areas such as facilities management, maintenance, engineering services, logistics and administrative support services. Emma is intimately involved in the day-to-day operations and management of ASTI. Mrs. Harvin was very instrumental in assisting ASTI in obtaining a high growth rate within the industry, thus being awarded the covenant ‘Inc. Magazine 500 Award’ in 2004 as number 233 of the top 500 companies within the United States.
Carlton L. Robinson (Jacksonville)
Carlton Robinson is a graduate of the University of Sarasota and Argosy University with a Doctor of Business Administration, he received the Master of Business of Administration from City University and the Bachelor of Science Degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Robinson is responsible for a plethora of successes in the northeastern region of Florida: 1. He established Black Business Month on the First Coast as an initiative to promote black businesses in the region. 2. He was successful in creating the Ten Points of Advocacy for strengthening the infrastructure of the black business community. These points were derived from time spent with black business owners over a five-year period. As a result, he was responsible for developing ten points that could strengthen the development of the black business environment and ultimately the business environment in general. These 10 points compliment the efforts of asset buildings agencies throughout the state. 3. He was successful in research and population studies specific to asset building, community development, and business development of African American communities. 4. He created the platform for Business Mentor and Exchange Centers in Northeast Florida and Tampa Bay, Florida to increase the sustainability of black chambers of commerce. The platform emphasizes public-private partners within urban infrastructures. 5. He developed a social entrepreneurship program (SE3) to address unemployment in the African American communities in 2008. Program emphasizes minority small businesses as employers. 6. Worked directly with small business owners at multiple levels in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay areas to enhance their infrastructure. As a result of these practices he created business mentoring and exchange centers in the Jacksonville area and was responsible for the development of business findings during his tenure at the First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce. Four academic publications/presentations resulting from work in the chamber in the last two years. Says Robinson, “I believe there is similar or greater value in all African American Chambers of Commerce across the country if we can find a way to highlight this fact.” 7. Participated yearly in Junior Achievement at local area high schools in Jacksonville, Florida to help inspire youth, teach entrepreneurship, and serve as a role model (A. Phillip
Randolph and Ribault High Schools). 8. Developed a model (DBE-IQ) adopted by the Florida Black Chamber of Commerce that sets benchmarks for the utilization of black-owned businesses. This model can be applied to any community to determine the utilization, capacity, and parity achieved by small businesses. I have addressed Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Tampa Bay markets in an effort to assist chambers and asset builders in those regions. 9. Created an online network for small business owners and entrepreneurs (The Virtual Chamber of Commerce Network) that has led to over $500,000 of documented business contracts and countless partnerships. The network also has research tools, information on international trade, and business templates for small business development. 10. Advanced science on behalf of African American entrepreneurs. ___________________________________________________
ing others to pursue their dreams. From the speaking platform, through his radio show, Business Builders Radio, to his recently published book, “Cubicle to CEO – The Blue Print for starting your own business”, Jackson shares with others, real life lessons on how to overcome obstacles and turn their passion into profits. Because of his own childhood struggles, Jackson truly has a passion for reaching back and preparing the next generation of leaders. He consistently gives of his time, talent and treasure to organizations that focus on youth development. He currently serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Boy Scouts of America, and as District Vice Chairman for their Scout Reach program. Other duties include serving on the Central Florida Urban League Young Professional’s Leadership Council as the Youth and Mentoring Committee Chairperson. He is also a founding member of Generation Success, a partnership agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Junior Achievement of Central Florida, and Rollins College’s Crummer School of Business, which focuses on exposing middle and high school students to leadership opportunities, entrepreneurship, and globalization. www.TheWordsofAction.com __________________________________________________
Jabari Jackson, Sr. (Orlando) Also known by many as “Action” J. Jackson Sr., he is the President and CEO of J. Jackson Enterprises, Inc., a Central Florida based company with a portfolio of subsidiary companies in the industries of real estate, health/ beauty, and business consulting. A savvy businessman, Jackson built two successful businesses in the fields of real estate and in the health/ beauty industry. An achievement which earned him the title of 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year from the African American Chamber of Commerce and recognition as one of Orlando’s 2010 Forty under Forty from the Orlando Business Journal. Although his primary business is in building and developing small companies, Jackson’s true love and passion lie in motivat-
Beatrice Louissaint (Miami) Beatrice Louissaint immigrated to Miami from Haiti at age 5, equipped with 6 words of English and a strong family heritage that has made her a pioneer in the evolution of a vibrant Haitian community in South Florida. In many respects, her father’s passion is what shaped her career. In 1970, he founded Miami’s first Haitian church, which put a young Ms. Louissaint at the cross-
current of the Haitian Diaspora’s development – political, economic and cultural. Since then she has become a powerhouse in her community’s advancement. In 1984, she was the youngest person hired by Dade County Public School’s Project HOPE, and a founding member of its Drug Prevention Program staff for youth. Later, as a staff member of the Haitian American Association, she helped Haitian immigrants transition from farm work to trades in an increasingly diverse economy. Soon after, she founded the Haitian American Women’s Coalition and spearheaded the region’s first Haitian Conference in English focusing on issues of acculturation. In 1990, she launched the first organized effort to build a Haitian community center. Then, in 1992, she founded and produced Miami’s first Haitian TV show in English on WLRN. In the early 1990s, Ms. Louissaint set her sights on helping minority businesses bring more jobs, revenue, and resources to the community. She became the first Executive Director of the Black Business Association. During her 7-year tenure she increased revenue from $30,000 to $300,000 and debuted initiatives like International Trade Assistance. The program took black businesses on trade missions to Brazil, Mexico, Haiti and Ghana and resulted in $1.7 million in new sales in its first year.
ness development. She has appeared on numerous T.V. and radio talk shows, such as This Week in South Florida and Issue for the Day. She founded and hosted her own radio talk show, The Business Bottom Line running for one year with WMBM 1490. She has appeared as keynote speaker for events such as Leadership Florida and the HCA Annual Diversity Conference. Ms. Louissaint holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Barry University and is currently completing an MBA at the Wayne Huizenga School of Business at Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Louissaint is fluent in Creole and conversational in Spanish. Recent awards and recognitions include her induction to Miami Dade College’s Hall of Fame (2009), listing as one of “The 100 Most Influential Black People in Miami” (Miami Times, 2002), “Business Woman of the Year Award” finalist (South Florida Business Journal, 2003), and the “Women’s Leadership Award” (Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, 2000). In addition, she is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and the Miami-Biscayne Bay Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, South Florida Super Bowl XLIV Host Committee and serves on the Board of the Miami Dade College Foundation and Bayside Minority Foundation. _________________________________________________
In 2000, Ms. Louissaint took leadership as President and CEO of the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (SFMSDC), one of 38 affiliates comprising the National Minority Supplier Development Council whose membership includes 60% of the Fortune 500 and 3,500 corporate members nationwide. prominent Florida companies including JM Family Enterprises, Florida Power and Light, PepsiCo and Burger King Corporation. By leveraging the NMSDC’s reputation and relationships, Ms. Louissaint has channelled new resources to hometown minority businesses. Under her watch, the SFMSDC has linked minority firms to $5 billion in corporate procurement sales. Its annual Business Expo is now the largest minority trade event in the Southeast. In 2002, she launched an electronic bid board to directly link minorities to procurement opportunities. In 2005, she set fundraising records for the Expo with corporate sponsorships totalling $180,000. Her powers of persuasion and professionalism continue to open new doors for minority businesses. She has met directly with CEOs of the region’s largest companies – like Office Depot, AutoNation and AT&T - to increase their direct commitment to supplier diversity. Politically, Ms. Louissaint has helped shape state-wide policy for minority business advancement. She was hand picked by Governor Bush as Vice Chair of the One Florida Accountability Commission. In 1994, she was appointed to the Steering Committee for the first Summit of the Americas, which convened 34 heads of state from the Western Hemisphere. That year, she was named “Advocate of the Year” by the Minority Business Development Center. In 1997, she Chaired the Miami-Dade Minority Business Advisory Board during the County’s transition from minority to small business construction program. She is frequently sought as an expert and leader in minority busi-
Sonja Griffin Evans (Pensacola) Gullah artist, Sonja Griffin Evans is the owner of the Gumbo Gallery, resident artist for the Devilliers Cultural Heritage Museum in Pensacola, Florida. Born and raised in the Low Country of Beaufort, South Carolina and currently resides in Pensacola Florida. Evans has a natural ability to express artistically stories and memories of growing up
Communication on the Sea Islands in her work. Gullah is a language and culture which evolved from the thousands of enslaved Africans who were brought to the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia in the 1800s. Griffin Evans discovered her painting ability as an adult, after reconnecting with her childhood love of drawing. Like traditional Gullah artist before her, she paints on canvas, tin and wood to tell her wonderful stories. Sonja includes a story card with each of her paintings, which tells these amazing stories, Bible scriptures or inspirational quotes. Sonja Griffin Evans believes art should encourage and inspire as well as educate and empower our communities. With years of experience in sales, management and as a professional artist, Evans has developed a sharp sense of how the art business can be beneficial to both business and community. As an entrepreneur who quickly built a successful art gallery -also designed to preserve the culture and the lifestyle of the community in which it serves, she has also helped spur the careers of other artist and business owners as well. By opening Gumbo Gallery, located in historic Belmont and Devilliers Pensacola, Florida, Sonja has played a major role in breathing new life into a once dying community. Her collaboration with the Florida Black Chamber of Commerce to develop the ‘Forgotten Communities Art Program’, encouraging African Americans and other artists to paint our culture in a positive light. She is diligently focusing on building an art industry that will create generational wealth in our communities and provide an incubator and primary source of representation in support of multicultural artists. One of the key elements of Gumbo Gallery’s success is its unique business model. Not only does Sonja Griffin Evans strive to create products that leave life changing experiences, but her business is also a resource center to learn more about our Forgotten Communities through its art, crafts, books and storytelling, therefore preserving the culture and heritage of our underserved communities. It is her desire to effect change through her art both economically and spiritually. Sonja Griffin Evans and her business, the Gumbo Gallery, have been featured in numerous publications television and radio broadcastings such as the Pensacola News Journal, Pensacola Voice, Independent News, Gulf Breeze News, Business Climate, Florida Trend, Press Register, Beaufort Gazette, Westside Journal, Bay Magazine, WEAR Channel 3, WTOC Channel 11, Angels In Our Midst, Coming of Age, 93 BLX, WUWF and many more.
Jeffrey Gallop (Titusville) As an employee of USA Today, Jeffery Gallop has provided news coverage of several high profile stories in the Central Florida. The most important of these being the contested 2000 presidential election, and the state’s review of the Harry T. Moore and Harriet V. Moore Assassinations Mr. Gallop serves on the Florida Today’s Multicultural Board, and spear heads a book drive for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Melbourne. He also founded a family ministry that has purchased groceries for needy families in Melbourne, collected goods for Katrina victims, and donated new toys and gifts to the annual Christmas Party given by former state representative, Mitch Needelman.
Kevin Seraaj, J.D., M. Div. (Orlando) Keven Seraaj received the Masters of Divinity from United Bible College and Seminary, Orlando, in 1988 – 1993. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, IL in 1975 after having received his B.A. Degree in Political Science and Economics in 1972. Seraaj is the publisher of the Central Florida Advocate/Orlando Advocate, which he founded in 1993. With 17 years of experience at the helm, the weekly newspaper published by Cornerstone Media Group (CMG) has provided news, information, critical analysis and editorial opinion on issues of all types. The Central Florida Advocate has been granted serveral awards among them are... • Newspaper of the Year -- 1995 and 1996, African American Chamber of Commerce • Media of the Year-- 1996, U.S. Department of Commerce • Media of the Year-- 1997, U.S. Department of Corrections • Numerous other civic and community-based awards The focus of the paper is politics and the emphasis is the Orlando area. The Central Florida Advocate was one of first ethnic newspapers to go online in 1995. It is highly visible and active in the community and first leg of company sales effort on major/key advertising accounts. CMG is indirectly affiliated with Cornerstone Baptist Church, a faith-based institution involved in people development, job, housing, abuse and assistance referral through a network of partnerships that include the nationwide food program, “Angel Foods,” and the State of Florida Access program. Through the Angel Food program, Seraaj has been able to provide low-cost food to participating households. As an Access Partner, Seraaj ensures streetlevel access to government programs of all kinds for citizens and non-citizens alike. Additionally, membership in the African American Council of Christian Clergy makes him part of a network of faith-based service providers that touch every aspect of life in Orlando, FL.
Rev. Seraaj is also a successful business man using his talents and resources, he has been successful in getting contracts for Polished Perfection Cleaning Service, the 16-year old company that he joined in 2008 and in which he is still affiliated. In 1990-1995, he was association with Trexel-Lothian Investments, White Plains, NY where he definitized, researched, and filed a subsequently successful $22 million claim for contact interference by informal changes in inspection criteria and assembly operation against the Department of Defense for bad faith in administration of contract of defense department contractor. He consulted area businesses on responding to requests for proposal--both civilian and military side. He successfully negotiated rights to U.S. representation of King of Pop, Michael Jackson, as part of strategy for national roll-out of chocolate candy products under client entity styled StarChoc USA. Seraaj was tapped to lead this organization as President & Chief Operations Officer. Sales and effort nose-dived when the pop star was arrested in 1990. Seraaj took the 10-year old Progressive Construction Company, Orlando FL, decimated by the long-term illness of its owner, from zero dollars in income to $55,000 per month in one year’s time by focusing on private-sector corporate MBE programs and commitment to excellence in presentation and operational organization. Seraaj wrote the winning proposal for Freedom Food's contract and joined the company when asked to help save it from government threats to shut it down. As Senior Vice-President, he was given complete responsibility for all phases of contract management and administration in accordance with legal requirements, and customer specifications. As the Assistant National Business Manager for a national religious corporation, Seraaj was responsible for the development of 154 businesses in 56 cities nationwide. The businesses included bakeries, clothing stores, supermarkets and restaurants. He negotiated import contracts with governments of Peru and Bahamas, negotiated successful oil contract from Saudi Arabian government during height of national gas shortage, developed operating manuals for all business types to bring uniformity to look, feel and operation of all entities, developed franchising strategy, he traveled extensively in performance of these duties. As an attorney, he has had many, many successes. As pastor, Seraaj was ordained in 1990 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church under the Reverend Jethro Toomer. He belongs to many organizations––some faith-based, others civic.
she received an AA-Certificate in Bible Teaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mrs. Smith was recognized as University Park Elementary School Teacher of the Year”, Ida S. Baker- Distinguished Minority Educator Recognition Award, Brevard County Woman of the Year in 1998, Women of Achievement – Honoree – Space Coast Division of March of Dimes in 1999, and the Community Activist Award in 2005. __________________________________________________
Clara Pittman-Smith (Melbourne) Mrs. Smith, graduate of Florida A&M University with a Master of Science Degree, is a retired school teacher of 30 years. Because of her concern for the community, she participated in several drug marches to help rid the community of drugs. As a former president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she was instrumental in organizing youth groups such as the Delta Academy. As past NAACP president, she was instrumental in organizing the Academic Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympic (ACT-SO) in Brevard County. As a result of the active participation in the NAACP, she has received the Presidential Award four times and was honored as “Teacher of the Year” at University Park Elementary School. In an effort to see all students achieve, she pioneered a tutorial program opened to all students to help them do well on the FCAT when it first originated. Mrs. Smith received certification in administration-supervision from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL in 2008,
Patricia Spencer (Tampa) Ms. Spencer attended Chisholm Private School first through sixth grade, Booker T. Washington High School, Montgomery, AL, graduating in 1954; Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL, class of 1958, majoring in Business Administration. Attended Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, taking classes in Urban Development. Finished Masters level Course, receiving Certification as Certified Travel Consultant. Ms. Spencer was employed as the first female Radio Announcer on WOLK, Winter Garden, FL and the first black long distance operator at Southern Bell Telephone Company in Orlando, FL. Upon moving to Detroit, MI, she spent 20 years at Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, in charge of training for approxi-
mately 3,000 employees at nine different locations. She was in charge of the Summer Work Program, exposing students to various areas of the work environment, and familiarizing them with work ethics, including how to dress properly and how to be punctual, as well as to follow directions. Some of these students were inspired to pursue careers that they were exposed to during these programs. In 1970, Mrs. Spence was appointed to the Detroit, Region 8 School Board (part of desegregation) and was re-elected through 1983. she was responsible for overseeing Title I Funding to 37 schools, building of three new schools, and involving parents, teachers, administrators an students, participating in the running of the school programs. She served as the first school board member on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Black School Educators (NABSE). As a 65 year member of the NAACP (began at age seven) she has served as secretary in both Nevada and Florida, and as Director, Area IX, Florida State Conference. Mrs. Spencer has received recognition from the Governor of Michigan, Mayor and City Council of Detroit; Who’s Who In the Midwest; Mayor and City Council of Las Vegas, Soror of the Year Gamma Phi Delta Business and Professional Sorority; Junior League of Las Vegas Community Service Award; Community Service Award Human Rights Council of Tampa and Hillsborough County; City of Tampa Diamond Award; Community Service Award, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; Florida State Conference NAACP President’s Award; outstanding Facilitator, Thonotasassa, Mango, Seffner Civic Assoc.; City of Tampa 20 Lights Award; Hillsborough County School District Service Award. She was appointed in 2009 by Governor Crist to a four-year term on the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board. Stated Mrs. Spencer, “I believe that being able to work with students and parents as a school board member, as the supervisor of a summer work program, as an advisor for the Phi-Teens youth group with my sorority, and as a Sunday School teacher both in Detroit and Las Vegas, gave me the opportunity to share my passion for young people. I was able to share with them that everything is not right with the world, but they could give their best and realize that with every young person being the best they can and giving something back, the world will get better, being helped by one person at a time. Says Ms. Spencer, “When I see one of the young people that I was able to touch in some way, it makes me know that having a passion for young people is really worth every minute and dollar that I was able to put into it. I get a great feeling for being able to read for the blind weekly for the past four years over WUSF Radio Reading Service at USF, Tampa and volunteering for the Tampa Chapter American Red Cross in various ways.”
Ivy Fowler (Orlando) Ivy Fowler is the originator of the Tiger Den/Chelsea's Boutique that is on the Jones High School Campus. This store, as she calls it, is for all children who attend Jones High School providing them with clothes, shoes, toiletries and other items, as well as free food for their families. The Tiger Den has been able to reach out into the community and help other schools within the area of Jones High School. In 2009, Ms. Fowler provided over 200 prom dresses to Jones and other high schools, she provided food (weekly) to the senior citizens of the Smith Center and to families of students of Jones High School this past summer. Now, she is sending items to the children of Haiti so they, too, may have clothes. College-bound seniors who would not have been able to go to college due to the necessary dorm items have had their problem solved by Ms. Fowler. She has sponsored over 30 college bound students all their dorm items and laptops. She continues to strive to fill the store with necessary items and donations so the students can continue to excel and become leaders in the community.
• August 2004 – Featured in Brevard Ebony News, “In the Spotlight –Our African American Principals: Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” • March 2006 – Featured in Florida Today’s Newspaper, “My Life as a School Principal”. • June 2006 – Selected as the Middle School Principal of the Year for the Brevard County School District. Mrs. Rosette J. Brown has worked as an educator for a total of 32 years. She has been the principal of McNair Magnet School for the past eight years. Under her exemplary leadership, she has led McNair to receive five state and national awards. • State Recognition - Progressed from a “C” to an “A” school grade. McNair has earned the “A” school grade status for the past six years. • National Award – McNair was selected as a Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet School of America (2008). Nationally, thousands of schools enter the contest, but only 50 are selected. • National Recognition – A group of four students from McNair won the National Middle School Academic Science Bowl in Colorado (2004), which was the first time a team from the State of Florida received this award. • National Recognition – A student from McNair Magnet School placed 8th at the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (2003)
Rosette J. Brown (Melbourne) Mrs. Rosette J. Brown is a native of Cocoa, Florida. She received her public education from Poinsett Elementary (Currently McNair Magnet School), Monroe High School, Kennedy Middle School and Rockledge High School. Upon graduation from high school, Mrs. Brown matriculated to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education. Immediately following her college graduation, Mrs. Brown secured a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. After relocating to Brevard County, Mrs. Brown proceeded to further her education by achieving another Master’s Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mrs. Brown has worked as an educator in the following capacities: guidance counselor, language arts teacher, dean, assistant principal of curriculum and principal. While working in the educational field, Mrs. Brown received the following awards/recognitions: • September 1986 - Selected as McNair’s Teacher of the Year. • September 1997 – Voted as one of Brevard’s Top Assistant Principal by Brevard Federation of Teachers Union.
Mrs. Brown is a member of the several community organizations... • City of Rockledge Education Advisory Council • Zion Orthodox Primitive Baptist Church Scholarship Committee • Central Brevard NAACP • Central Brevard Chapter of Florida A & M Alumni Association • Brevard County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. • Democratic Women of Central Brevard • Brevard Association of School Administrators, Inc. Mrs. Brown stated, “Being a principal is a 24-hour job, because I am always on call whenever there is a problem involving McNair students or the school.” She affectionately refers to all of her students as her “babies”. Not only does Mrs. Brown provide the educational guidance for her students to excel, she supplies them with the appropriate emotional nurturing, which is needed for the adolescent age group. Consequently, Mrs. Brown stated, “On a daily basis, you may hear some of my students refer to me as “Mama” and “Grand Mama”, but it’s safe to say that she loves every moment of it.
Theresa B. Hodge, Ph.D. (Jacksonville) Says Theresa B. Hodge, “My objective is to use all of my educational and professional skills to provide the most conducive environment for nurturing and education of our children: promoting intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth.” Ms. Hodge received the Doctorate Degree in Education Leadership in 2003 from Hamilton University, and a Specialist Degree in Education from the University of Florida. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Supervision and Guidance from Florida A&M University, and the Bachlor of Science Degree in Educational Supervision and Guidance in 1964 from Edward Waters College. Presently, Ms. Hodge is program director for the Reed Educational Campus. She oversees, facilitates and supervises girls that are approaching their teen years by helping them to make better choices for their future. She has held this position since 2007. Formerly, Ms. Hodge held the position of principal of Principal of Horizons Unlimited Charter School 2001 – 2003, Paxon Middle School 1997-2000, Northwestern Middle School - 19911993, and Eugene J. Butler Middle School 1989-1993. Ms. Hodge, is the founder / director of Operation Turn-A-Round 1989-Present. Operation Turn-A-Round is a program geared towards “at risk” children. She has received a plethora of prestigious awards from organizations such as National Council of Negro Women, National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Student Services of Duval County and others.
Yvonne Rawls (Gainesville) Yvonne Rawls has a Master of Music Education Degree from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. She received her B.S. Degree in Music Education from Florida A & M University. She did further studies at the University of Florida. Her work experience includes: general music teacher at Joseph Williams Elementary School - 28 years, Gainesville. While there, she served as team leader for several years, served as teacher in charge for two years, and served as chairperson of several committees including the 50th anniversary celebration. She served as third grade teacher at Joseph Williams Elementary School – summer school; and general music teacher and choral director at Lincoln High School, Gainesville, Florida for four years. She is presently retired. As a member of the Alachua County Educators Association (ACEA) Ms. Rawls served as senior representative for Joseph Williams Elementary School for 15 years and chairperson of the Minority Affairs Committee for five years. Ms. Rawls is president of the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. As such, she is a member of the undergraduate council and serves as mentor for one of the members of the under graduate chapter. Presently, she is a representative to deliver Meals-On Wheels. She coaches the Precious Pearls Brain Bowl Team for the Center of Excellence Competition, sponsored by Santa Fe Community College. She tutors third graders in math at Duval Elementary and Rawlings Elementary in preparation for the FCAT. For the past five years, she has been representative to the Senior Citizens Health Forum Planning Committee supported by the University of Florida Eastside Community Practice. Ms. Rawls experience with the NAACP and the Visionaries (oldest civic organization for black women in Gainesville (organized in 1938) is a source of pride for her.
Over the past three years, she has written a Master of Science Degree Program in Instructional Design and Diversity Education. That program launched in the fall of 2008. At this time she is writing diversity training programs that will be offered internally and externally online and onsite. As a result of a gubernatorial appointment, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers. For the year 2007-2008, she was named Executive of the Year at Nova Southeastern University. She was included in the Who’s Who in Black South Florida at the unveiling April 2007, and was interviewed by Tavis Smiley regarding NSU’s outstanding achievement in graduating minority students, which recently appeared on CNN. as a panel member discussing Black in America. She was interviewed by Kitty Oliver for the Becon TV series, Bridging the Culture Gap. In addition, she is a diversity trainer and has a passion for speaking at various civic, religious and educational events. Dr. Smiley is the dean, Office of Community Education and Diversity Affairs (OCEDA) (October 2003 – present). __________________________________________________
Delores Mixon Smiley, Ed.D. (Plantation) Dr. Delores Smiley proudly states, “My professional background includes a broad range of administrative office skills (1967-1984), administrative supervision (1985 to present), and extensive teaching experiences from the ninth grade level to higher education (1985-2004).
During Dr. Smiley’s earlier years of administrative experience, she served as the director of the student support services program at Siena Heights (College) University in Adrian, Michigan for four years (1990-1994). In 1994, she was the recipient of one of the two nationally awarded Graduate Administrative Fellowships offered by Nova Southeastern University. After receiving her doctorate from Nova in 1995, she was hired as a coordinator in the doctoral programs for higher education. From 1996 forward, she was successively promoted to associate director, associate dean for cluster development and marketing, and director of administrative services for the Graduate Leadership Services Division. Presently, she is Dean of the Office of Community Education and Diversity Affairs of Nova Southeastern University’s Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services. Dr. Smiley’s teaching experience includes five years of secondary teaching (9-12) in English, social studies and community education in the Albion, Michigan school system. At the college/university level, she has taught freshmen and sophomore English, composition and writing, research, African American experience (wrote the syllabus), and critical reading and thinking. Currently, she teaches leadership courses in the doctoral program. She currently serves on the Doctoral Applied Dissertation committees as reader and as advisor.
Arthur C. Blatch (Titusville) Rev. Blatch is a graduate of Brevard Christian University in
Cocoa and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Pastor Blatch is an accomplished free-lance artist representing a new wave in art, which combines realism and emotionalism to interpret various subjects such as landscapes, portraits, space art, still life and African American lifestyle. He has displayed these works throughout the United States in galleries, museums, art shows and state buildings. His works were also displayed in the White House in 1982. Rev. Blatch is chairman of F.I.C. Gentlemen in training program, an advisory board member of Positive Annual Progress, Titusville High School; and a member of project safe Neighborhood Crime Prevention Task Force. Recently, Rev. Blatch established a new church of worship. The Christian Life Center of Titusville. _____________________________________________________
self to play the piano, she played so well in high school, she was often invited to tour with the Detroit Motown family. Karen is also very gifted by God in the area of Christian comedy, and playwriting. She is a song writer, and was very proud to be nominated as “Best Contemporary Gospel Artist of the Year 2003 in Orlando, FL, after recording her first CD, entitled, “Jesus Loves You”. Mrs. People’s main desire is to bring to the stage, a gospel musical stage play, that she has written and presented already in four cities, entitled “She Won’t Tell” this play is dedicated to the survivors of sexual abuse. She has presented this 27cast member production in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Kissimmee, FL hoping to take her play to her hometown, Detroit, Michigan, where she feels there is a great need for healing. Mrs. Peoples has traveled to three countries in Africa, ministering to women on how to survive the hideous crime of rape, and child molestation. In 2001 she and her husband was given the commission by God to open up and operate a ministry called “Wings of Hope”, where together they are the founders. In this ministry, she has gone live over the radio, to counsel women, men, and teens, which have been sexually abused. She has facilitated many women’s conferences involving women’s issues, and has also mentored and counseled many young girls in the central Florida area, as well as across the United States. She has received many letters of recognition and thanks, from city officials, congratulating her on the achievements in helping others survive rape, as God has blessed her to be a survivor of this crime many years ago.
Evangelist Karen Peoples (Jacksonville) Karen Yvette Peoples, was born on November 15th, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, sixth child of seven. She is a college graduate, with a paramedic/nursing degree, along with a bachelor degree in theology & Christian counseling, specializing in rape counseling, where she received training through the Detroit Police Dept’s Sex Crime Unit. She has an associate of science degree in funeral services, and currently is a funeral director with Lehman Funeral Home in Daytona Beach, Florida. Karen is the author of two published books, entitled, “Raped and Restored, and “She Won’t Tell”. She is presently working on her third book entitled, “When Purpose Met Destiny”. Musically and theatrically gifted by God since the age of seven, Karen taught her-
Mrs. Peoples also appeared on the “Today’s Family Show”, on WTGL’s channel 55 speaking about rape survival. She lives and has dedicated her life to helping women through the horrors of rape and child molestation. She has given to the community by way of serving as a minister of music/choir director for more than 30 years. She has directed five choirs at one time at Mount Sinai, where Larry G. Mills is the pastor. She also has taken her books to many high school, and has spoken to teens about being safe in the home, where she say’s most molestation takes place. Evangelist Karen Peoples is the wife of minister Oliver Peoples, the mother of three daughters, and one son, and the grandmother of 11. Evangelist Peoples is saved, filled with the Holy Spirit, and anointed to do the will of the Lord all over the world.
NON COMPETITIVE AWARDS Brewer has devoted the rest of his life working with disadvantaged youth and people in poverty. Vice Admiral Brewer was born in Farmville, Va., and raised in Orlando, Fla. He is the son of Mildred S. Brewer and the late David L. Brewer II, both retired educators in Orlando, FL. His distinguished naval career began in 1970 when he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy by former Secretary of the Navy, the late Senator John Chafee (Rep.-R.I.). He was a member of the first graduating class of the first Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps unit established by the U.S. Navy at a historically black university, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Tex.
David L. Brewer, III Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, Retired (Lifetime Achiever Award) Vice Admiral David L. Brewer III, USN (Retired) served his country for over 35 years in the United States Navy. Upon retirement from the Navy, Vice Admiral Brewer continued his service to our nation when he was selected as the 46th Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in November 2006, where he served until December 2008. Those two assignments are a culmination of the oath he took when he was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy in 1970, “...that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” In assuming the position of Superintendent of LAUSD, Brewer stated that America has the greatest military in the history of the world and will not be defeated by a foreign military power in the foreseeable future. However, he believes that the greatest threat to America’s freedom and form of democracy are the domestic enemies of ignorance, poverty and crime affecting millions of our school children and their families. Thus, Vice Admiral
During his distinguished naval career, Vice Admiral Brewer was honored with the Naval War College’s Distinguished Graduate Leadership Award – 10th recipient; the Navy League of the United States Vincent T. Hirsch Maritime Award; the National Defense Transportation Association’s Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award; and, numerous other military and civilian awards.
Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas (Global Award)
Vice Admiral Brewer's personal military awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal. During his tenure as Superintendent, LAUSD, he was honored with the Los Angeles NAACP’s Man of Valor Award, Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles, cable television’s Telly Award (best local programming) for his TV show Transforming Education with Superintendent Brewer, and Great Beginnings for Black Babies’ Dr. Virginia Hunter Education Award. Vice Admiral Brewer is married to Dr. Richardene “Deanie” Brewer, a distinguished educator of over 30 years. They have a daughter, Stacey, who is an attorney.
Michelle A. Robinson President of Verizon’s Southeast Region (Diversity Award)
state. His responsibilities included the development of space-related industry and economic initiatives. He represented the State’s interests in the development of space policies and programs and advises the Governor and Lt. Governor on all civil, commercial and military space matters.
Dwayne Murray, Esq. Grand Polemarch Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (Public Service Award Organization)
STS-87 (November 19, 1997-December 5, 1997) was the fourth U.S Microgravity Payload flight, and focused on experiments designed to study how the weightless environment of space affects various physical processes, and on observations of the Sun's outer atmospheric layers. Scott performed two spacewalks. The first, a 7 hour 43 minute EVA featured the manual capture of a Spartan satellite, in addition to testing EVA tools and procedures for future Space Station assembly.. The second spacewalk lasted 5 hours and also featured space station assembly tests. The mission was accomplished in 252 Earth orbits, traveling 6.5 million miles in 376 hours and 34 minutes. Scott has written a book about his experiences in space, titled “Reflections From Earth Orbit”, published by Apogee Books. Scott is now the Dean of the College of Aeronautics at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. _________________________________
Scott retired from NASA and the U.S. Navy at the end of July 1999 to accept a position at his alma mater, Florida State University, as Vice President for Student Affairs. Scott then served as director of the Florida Space Authority, he attempted to promote the development of a commercial spaceport in the
(Publishers’ Award) 2003, Dr. Moody founded Health Masters Club (HMC), a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring children’s well-being. She currently serves as the Executive Director of HMC and Medical Director of its signature program, Health Masters Camp, a summer camp that educates children about smart eating habits and encourages active, healthy lifestyles for youth at-risk of obesity. In addition, she works directly with local schools through HMC in several key ways. Step Up to School Wellness-Take the Team Nutrition Challenge is HMC’s school-based initiative which encompasses 30 schools in Orange County and state-wide with the goal of improving children’s lifelong eating and physical activity habits. Dr. Moody is also a National School Nutrition Association Certified Healthy Edge Trainer and works with school districts to develop nutritional plans for students by directly training school food service staff.
Winston E. Scott (Publishers’ Award)
_ Tony Hansberry, II at age 14, developed a way of sewing up patients after hysterectomies that stands to reduce the risk of complications and simplify the tricky procedure for less-seasoned surgeons. This is a FIRST!
Dr. Moody launched a TV production, Breast Health for Divas, geared around breast health awareness and cancer prevention by advocating changing the ACS protocol to teach breast self-exam at age ten as part of her Healthy Breasts 2020 Initiative.
Alzo Reddick, Ph.D.
Jack “Cy” McClairen
(Public Service Award)
(Lifetime Achievement in Sports)
Alzo Reddick, is a native of Alturas, Florida. Reddick previously served as a Representative in the House of Representatives of the U.S. state of Florida. He currently lives in Orlando, Florida with his family. He received his B..S degree from Paul Quinn University in 1960, masters degree from Florida A&M University, his doctorate degree from Nova University, and another doctorate from the University of Florida. Dr. Alzo Reddick is the Director of Special Programs and Defense Transition Services, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. He is a highly successful professional with 40 years of increasing levels of educational, management and political experience. He has more than 35 years as an administrator, professor and teacher in private and public education. He one of the few educators that has worked in all grade levels from primary to higher education in segregated and non-segregated schools. He is known for his lectures on the Civil War and African American History, specializing on the role of the black cowboy winning the west.
Coach Jack “Cy” McClairen, as a true “Omega man”, has demonstrated and practiced the guiding principles of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity––manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift for sixty years. His steadfast dedication to these guiding principlas has been demonstrated in his tenure as a student athlete, teacher, coach, administrator, mentor and friend to thousands of students. McClairen earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, and track at Bethune Cookman. He was the first Wildcat to be drafted into the professional ranks in football. After a two-year tour of duty in the United States Army, McClairen began a successful NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was named to the NFL All-Pro team in 1958. In 1961, he returned to his alma mater and became the most successful basketball coach in the history of the school. McClairen also coached football at Bethune Coolkman and served as the Director of Athletics from 1961 to 1972. In 1988, he was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame; in 2008 he was inducted into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame. Coach McClairen currently serves as the Senior Associate Athletic Director and assistant golf coach at Bethune Cookman University.
Dwight Howard who made a personal donation of $100,000 to Haiti, is currently running an online fundraising campaign via the DHF to help match his personal contribution. Said Dwight, “I was personally moved to do something international after spending time in South Africa last summer and finding out the impact I can make on kids from a different culture and place. Haiti seemed like the perfect place to start and a place that really needs the help. They were a poor country and then they had the devastating earthquake, so they need a lot of help. There have been a lot of relief efforts in Haiti already but there’s still a lot of work to do there, especially with the children.” Howard has tapped team mate, Adonal Foyle, to manage the fund on his behalf. The Dwight Howard Fund is not Howard's first non-profit venture. In 2004, he established the Dwight D. Howard Foundation, Inc., which offers scholarships for students who want to go to Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy and grants for Lovell Elementary School and Memorial Middle School in Orlando. But after Howard saw the plight of the children in South Africa, he wanted his foundation to go worldwide